A New Hope

In the lexicon of the political class, the word ‘sacrifice’ means that the citizens are supposed to mail even more of their income to Washington so that the political class will not have to sacrifice the pleasure of spending it.

American journalist and author, George Will, was born on this day in 1941.

Forty-five years ago this month, Star Wars: A New Hope premiered in theaters.

For a certain generation, it changed the way we went to the movies.

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It changed a lot of things. And it brought us forty-five years of joy, with a couple of disappointments. Many of us have passed the joy along to our children.

But, as much as they may love the series, they’ll never have the joy of seeing that first light saber or the shock we all felt when Vader said “Luke, I’m your father.”


Not even the “Who Shot J.R.?” frenzy could top that.

My boys are huge Star Wars fans.

For the older, when we introduced him, we introduced pizza and movie night. Every Friday night for years, it was pizza and a movie. More often than not it was The Empire Strikes Back.

The younger one came along and jumped on the bandwagon, or speed racer. And then there was the Christmas when the only thing he wanted from Santa was a Darth Vader voice changer.

It’s around here in a closet somewhere.

Today they’re both adults and can recite to you the Star Wars cannon.

They can do the same with Star Trek, which is my preferred world, because after all, that was also revolutionary.

And, with very rare exceptions, Star Wars or Star Trek are the only series the four of us can watch together and be mostly happy about it.

Back when I first saw the original Star Wars trilogy I, along with just about everyone else, thought that it was great, and that it was over. We didn’t have VCRs or streaming service. We had no idea that there would be more films, series, product marketing, and more.

We were just enjoying the heck out of some good movies.

True, The Phantom Menace almost ruined all of that. But honestly, I watch all nine over the Christmas holidays and, other than Jar Jar, I didn’t mind the movie so much.

I mean with the prequels, at least we realized that Luke’s whining is hereditary.

May the 4th be with you.

American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor, Randy Travis, was born on this day in 1959.

True story: My aunt had a cat that loved Randy Travis. She would put the video on and the cat would come and sit in front of the TV. But not when it was multiple stars. Only Randy.


If Roe is overturned, look for 3 long overdue developments
Kayleigh McEnany at Fox News
Three important developments would occur should the draft holding in Dobbs become the actual holding of the Supreme Court: the aberrational abortion laws of the United States would cease in some jurisdictions; the unsound and roundly criticized legal reasoning of Roe would be undone; and America’s abortion laws would be reconciled with the mainstream opinions of the American public. Read More.

EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans Introduce Legislation To Defund Biden’s Disinformation Board
Daily Caller
The bill would completely bar federal funding for the DHS’ “Disinformation Governance Board,” something Johnson said the Republicans will do if President Joe Biden does not get rid of the board. Read More.

After Chanting All Night, Crowd Of Worshippers Still Can’t Get Moloch To Answer Them
The Babylon Bee
“We’ve chanted, and danced, and even cut ourselves with knives, but still, Moloch is silent,” said protest leader and male feminist Skeeve Rapenburg. “Why does he not hear? Why won’t he send down fire from the sky and consume this infernal SCOTUS building? MOLOCH! HEAR US!” Read More.


1796 – Horace Mann, American educator and politician (d. 1859)
1929 – Audrey Hepburn, Belgian-British actress and humanitarian (d. 1993)
1946 – Gary Bauer, American political activist


The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121:7–8

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