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May 25, 1977

Star Wars (not Episode IV: A New Hope) was released on this day forty years ago. A true cinematic phenomenon, an event sociologique, as Lacombe quips to Roy Neary in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

I was twenty years old when the movie came out. I did not see it immediately, even though I loved science fiction and space operas. Heinlein and Asimov and Bradbury were part of my reading back then. I was primed to eventually see it. And see it I did. I was bowled over by the movie. Quibbles aside that age and hindsight have brought up, my twenty year old self loved this movie. I saw it again, and again. I took my sister, all of ten years old at the time, to see it and she loved it as well. All told, I know I saw the movie at least a hundred times. (Back then you had dollar theaters.) Three years later, what I think is the best of the entire franchise, The Empire Strikes Back, was released, and then Return of the Jedi, three years after that. I bought the VHS tapes, I bought the laserdiscs, and I watched them every so often and marveled at the freshness of them. George Lucas had done something special.

And then, he fucked up big time.

I’m not going to rant about how fucking awful Episodes I through III are. Let’s just say that I’d rather watch something else and keep the wonderful memories of that movie that turns 40 today.

P.S., I utterly refuse to buy any Star Wars movies on Blu-ray or DVD until Disney (now the successor to LucasFilm) releases the first three movies in their original theatrical releases. Lucas, in his unbridled arrogance and disdain for the fans that made him billions, decided to “improve” the movies with new scenes and, worse of all, changing plot points so as not offend. It’s bullshit.

Han shot first.

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The NSA Under Obama Violated the Rules of Collecting Data on American Citizens

Here is something HUGE the MSM is not covering, simply because it is something they do not want Americans to be aware of, especially because it concerns the wrongdoing of the previous administration…

The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.

More than 5 percent, or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011, according to one classified internal report reviewed by Circa.

The Obama administration self-disclosed the problems at a closed-door hearing Oct. 26 before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that set off alarm. Trump was elected less than two weeks later.

The normally supportive court censured administration officials, saying the failure to disclose the extent of the violations earlier amounted to an “institutional lack of candor” and that the improper searches constituted a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue,” according to a recently unsealed court document dated April 26, 2017.

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A lot more. Continue reading @ Circa.

And do not discount the last move Obama and Loretta Lynch made before leaving office to open very wide the ability for these intel agencies and departments to “share” data. This is by design, to be sure, and I believe we are seeing the results of such in all the incessant ‘leaks’ of intel and various informations since the Trump administration moved into the Oval Office.

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VOTD: They Got Nothing

Here’s a Montage of Democrats Confirming They Have ZERO Evidence Trump Colluded with Russia

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Popcorn Alert: This “Anonymous Source” That Might Bite Them All in The Ass

Gateway Pundit: ‘Complete Panic’ at Highest Levels of DNC Over Kim DotCom’s Seth Rich Announcement

Zero Hedge: Seth Rich Plot Thickens: “DC Insider” Speaks Of “Complete Panic” At Highest Levels Of DNC

Meanwhile…

Obama Holdouts In Trump Administration Hiding Hillary Emails For YEARS [VIDEO]

DNC battling class-action suit alleging Sanders was robbed in 2016

House IT Aides Fear Suspects In Hill Breach Are Blackmailing Members With Their Own Data

AND … as:

Hume: Flynn Invoking the 5th Amendment Is a Smart Move

This…

Is this even legal or ethical? I mean, typically the democrats would be pissing themselves over this.

Sen. Murphy: While Democrats’ Focus on Trump/Russia, Republicans Working on Health Care, Taxes

Republicans Go to Jail, Democrats Run Free: Why isn’t it imperative that Republicans do unto Democrats what they continually do unto them?
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No Bowing: First POTUS to Vist the Middle East on First International Trip – UPDATES

YUGE!

GREAT AGAIN: Unlike Obama, Trump doesn’t bow to Saudi king

‘Your soul will be fully condemned!’ Trump’s Saudi speech warns terrorists their days are numbered as he implores Arab leaders to stamp out ‘Islamic terror groups’ and ‘drive them out of your places of worship’

Here’s the full transcript of Trump’s speech to Middle East leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Melania Trump hails ’empowerment of women’ at Saudi company visit

Trump: ‘Rare opportunity’ exists for peace in Middle East

Welcome to Israel: Trump lands in Tel Aviv in pursuit of an elusive peace deal and vows to ‘build a future where all our children can grow up strong and free of terrorism and violence’

UPDATES:

Mic Picks Up Trump, Netanyahu Discussing Mutual Disdain for the Press

Via Drudge Report:

Egyptian president says Trump ‘capable of doing impossible’…
Israel in rare overture to Palestinians…
Tensions deepen with Iran…
Must ‘never ever’ be allowed to build nukes…
Priebus, Bannon back to DC…

MORE:

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Shit The Batshit-Crazy Democrats are Doing

1. Because it worked out so great for them in the last few elections, up and down ballot…

Democrats Push Left as Midterm Campaigns Approach

2. Because “Democracy!!!” That’s a word the democrat party (who insist you call them the ‘democratic’ party) always claim we, the US, are. Democrats are now seeking to continue to remove “We The People’s” power and control of our government. It’s why we have election. You vote in the people either to continue or to reverse what administrations and/or the legislation have done…

Senate Democrats Want to Make It Harder for Congress to Remove Regulations

3. Talk about “collusion” … and treason…

Democrats sketch ‘international resistance’ on eve of Trump trip

4. Now that they’ve had the MSM prime-the-pump with all the fake news and false narratives and premises…

Worried about fallout, Dems poised to poll-test impeachment

5. As we were saying… And the American people hate and distrust the media only slightly less than they do the democrats…

Camille Paglia: Democrats are colluding with the media to create chaos

6. **EYEROLL** … Dumbasses in spades…

After Mueller, Trump Critics Worry: Maybe There’s No Scandal

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The New Racism: OUT – Integration … In – Segregation

American University blocks whites from cafe designated as ‘sanctuary’ for nonwhites

Hysteria Over ‘Transracialism’ Article Outs The New Left As Witch Hunters: What is fascinating here is not the argument over whether the logic of transgenderism also justifies transracialism. Rather, it is the reaction to the article.

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