Darth Barack and the Attack of the Drones

Mon, Jun 23, 2014 - 3:01pm

I've recently re-watched Stars Wars Episodes I-III for the first time since seeing them in the theater. While Phantom Menace is still cringe-inducing in parts, I did and still do like Episodes II and III. (Mostly due to young Obi-Wan Kenobi and his awesome lightsaber fights!)

Star Wars Episode I - Qui-Gon Jinn & Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Maul

George Lucas, as flawed a filmmaker as he is, was extremely prescient, and I could not help but think about the parallels between the fall of the "Old Republic" and where we are at today in America.

Episodes II and III came out after 9/11, and were probably in part responding to the implementation of the Patriot Act and fomenting of the second Iraq War. It's funny, but at the time, I was very much afraid that George W. Bush would be suspending elections and become dictator for life. Conspiracy theorists have turned their fears about Bush towards Obama, and in retrospect, Bush seems like a harmless presidential version of Roscoe P. Coltrane from the Dukes of Hazzard.

Rosco P. Coltrane (James Best) spins a yarn to the FBI

But "Darth Barack," as I might call him, is probably not Darth Sidious. He is not poised to become Emperor. He's more like Count Dooku, the Emperor's patsy who gets his head chopped off when he's no longer useful.

Beyond the somewhat heavy-handed examples of a military false flag being used to take down the Republic, the Star Wars prequels inadvertently show us why it was allowed to happen.

While a lot of people complain about Hayden Christenson in his role as the young Darth Vadar, I've come to believe that the biggest problem in the Star Wars prequels is not Hayden (who, in my feminine eyes, is perfect as the brooding, smoldering, emotional and dense young man who turns to the dark side). Rather, it's the absence of Han Solo and particularly Princess Leia.

Instead of Princess Leia, we get Padmé Amidala, played by Natalie Portman, and while she's beautiful, she does not have the spark and sass of young Carrie Fisher. Natalie Portman spends most of the three movies looking either like a China doll or a deer caught in the headlights.

We're not told why Naboo elected a teenage "queen" to run their entire planet, but let's extrapolate and presume that, despite their fabulous Romanesque architecture and fancy clothing, the people of Naboo are shallow, image-driven people who choose their leaders based on their youth and good looks instead of wisdom. Queen Amidala's replacement looks almost exactly like her, complete with ridiculous make-up and the vacant eyes of a Vogue model.

No wonder the Old Republic fell - if this was how they chose their leaders.

Padmé herself seems to spend most of her time in a haze as if she were on a cocktail of psychotropic medications. Anakin, clearly tortured and filled with pain, tells her all sorts of crazy things, and what does do? She stares blankly and then hugs him.

Anakin: "Honey, I'm home!
Padmé: "That's nice, dear, what did you do today?"
Anakin: "I went to the Sand People and just slaughtered all of them, including the children, like animals. It was really awful, but I kinda liked it!"
Padmé (staring blankly): "Awww. Sounds like you had a bad day." (hug)

Now, it's not that Padmé is completely unaware. For example, when Palpatine finally takes full control of the Senate and the Republic, Padmé utters her famous line: "So this is how liberty dies...with thunderous applause."

Liberty is Dead

But that's it. She says it while sitting in her chair, leaning forward as if she's watching a football game. Does she stand up and yell: "YOU LIAR!!!" Does she protest? No. She just comments to her friends and meekly goes along with it.

Can you imagine Princess Leia just sitting there docilely while a dictator took the throne? She would have thrown something at him, at least.

Princess Leia was Bad-Ass, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi

When Padmé does take action, such as when she and Anakin went to "rescue" Obi-Wan Kenobi, she runs in without any sort of plan and ends up getting captured. Sure, she can save herself with her magic hairpins, but her daughter, Princess Leia, would have never been that stupid in the first place. (One has to wonder where Leia got her brains from, because Luke Skywalker, the annoying, whiny idiot that he was, clearly took after both his parents).

Is it any wonder then (SPOILER ALERT!) that Padmé ultimately dies not because of Darth Vadar's death hold, but because she just gave up on life?

In this respect, Padmé Amidala is the perfect character, in that she is an extremely poignant example of the lack of fighting spirit among most Americans today.

Whether George Lucas intended to or not (and likely, it was a complete accident), he actually gave us a really good snapshot of how and why liberty fails. It's not just that good people do nothing. It's that good people have become passive, complacent, and reactionary.

And let's not let the Jedi off the hook here - they became soft, arrogant, and too blind to see the truth right in front of them. And when the time came to act, they also barreled in like a bunch of drunken teenagers looking for a fight, instead of actually sitting down to craft a strategy.

Evil has a plan. It actually takes the time to plot out its next moves. It purposefully tries to keep the side of good off-balance and in reactionary mode.

Meanwhile, the people who live in the Republic have gotten soft and comfortable. They are subdued by media, medication, and materialism. Or they are escaping reality through their "death sticks." When confronted with some uncomfortable truths, they go into denial. They become passive and reactionary, instead of bold and proactive.

Death Sticks

Of course, there is "A New Hope." By the time the people finally wake up after 20 years of being beaten down by a repressive regime, they've realized they can't stay soft. They can't just sit on the sidelines. And they can't just go in half-cocked all the time. They need a plan. (The plans to the Death Star, that is.) And through careful coordination and commitment, good can triumph.

But it doesn't just happen automatically. Good won't triumph if you just sit there passively and keep your mouth shut while the Emperor takes his throne.

Now, I realize life isn't like Star Wars. We don't have cool Jedi Knights running around having amazing lightsaber duels. However, I'm struck more and more by the defeatism I see among people who are concerned about our liberties. Whether you believe elites are engaging in a full New World Order-style plot to take over the planet, or a more pragmatic belief in simple government corruption and collusion with the "banking cartel," responding like Padmé Amidala is not going to get us anywhere.

Time and again you'll hear discussion about how all the events happening around us are "planned":

  • Border immigration crisis - "planned" to overwhelm and take down the system
  • Manipulation of metals - "planned" to push individual people out of metals so the elites can take control of them
  • Banker bailouts - "planned" to take taxpayer money for the banking cartel
  • Iraq crisis - "planned" to create another crisis point to create "order out of chaos"
  • Ukraine - "planned" overthrow of government to increase Western hegemony

Etc. etc. But what are the "plans" of the opposition?

I don't see any. What I see is a lot of hand-wringing at best and blank stares at worst.

Is this it? Are we really so helpless that we have to just sit back and watch liberty die (with applause)? Or can we find the plans to the Death Star and fire some fatal shots to turn the tide here?

I can't honestly say I have the answers, but I think a good starting place would be to at least begin to think more strategically. If there's one thing we can learn from movies like Star Wars, it is that evil gets arrogant, and once in power, it makes mistakes. That leaves openings.

Darth Barack, for example, recently backtracked a bit on his talks about amnesty for immigrants. He also completely miscalculated the reaction to the release of Sergeant Bergdahl. The situation in Iraq is actually making people on both sides of the political spectrum unhappy. Whether Darth Barack sends in more troops or drones to the conflict, the region is probably so destabilized at this point as to be beyond the control of the Western elites.

They played their hand a bit too aggressively, and are now reaping the blow-back.

So what now? Well, that's up to you. Right now, you might be acting like the recalcitrant Han Solo at the beginning of "A New Hope," just watching your own back and saying to hell with everyone else. The price of that cynicism, however, is isolation and a lack of purpose. But you, too, can be a hero, if you choose.

About the Author


Jun 23, 2014 - 4:06pm


and now I will read


​did a charity bbq at my office today, hard to feel bad about oneself when you are helping others

Jun 23, 2014 - 4:08pm

It's hard to be a hero...

When you get old.

Jun 23, 2014 - 4:10pm

To Many Sheeple

Are living in the Fantasy World as it is and they believe in Star Wars, Star Trek and all these other off shoot movies and TV programs that they are lost forever. Even a few on here quote from these shows as if their real. Keep Stacking .

Mr. Fix Marchas45
Jun 23, 2014 - 4:19pm

Jun 23, 2014 - 4:24pm

Good post, Stephanie

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward." Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Jun 23, 2014 - 4:37pm

What the framers had to say . . .

. . ."--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." --Declaration of Independence I am mildly surprised that there has yet been a military coup de tat in the U.S. We are ripe for it.

transplanted baby
Jun 23, 2014 - 4:48pm

The law

Movies are good. Books are better. Read Bastiat's The Law recently. Gets at who has the right to make laws. Also found vatican news site. News.va. Has daily posts about what the Pope said. Things like help people, etc. Ties into enjoying office barbecues as mentioned above. As for revolution- yeah, maybe- but I myself don't have the confidence to rewrite the laws for the world.

Green Lantern Marchas45
Jun 23, 2014 - 4:53pm

Re: Too Many Sheeple

"Are living in the Fantasy World as it is and they believe in Star Wars, Star Trek and all these other off shoot movies and TV programs that they are lost forever. Even a few on here quote from these shows as if their real. Keep Stacking "

You would quote from great pieces of literature including science fiction because it has real world implications. Shakespeare is fiction too but somehow he managed to encapsulate in his works of literature and poetry just about every human psychological archetype. Lucas and Roddenberry might be modern day shakespeares within their genres.

As far as the more fictional elements, you might find that at some point in the future these authors foresaw the future. Computers appeared in literature as far back as the writings of Jonathan Swift, or Edgar Page Mitchell all who wrote about the computer well before it was ever invented.

Well, it looks like the sheeple and NASA have one thing in common. A believe in the fantastical. I'm reposting. I'm just quoting NASA. You might want to look deeper into where the authors received their inspiration.


Green Lantern
Jun 23, 2014 - 5:25pm

Look to the Irish

If you want to fight the establishment, find a good Irish writer. Jonathan Swift single handedly took on the Crown of England when they wanted to issue inferior coinage to the people of Ireland. He wrote 7 pamphlets known as the Drapier Letters. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/12784/12784-8.txt Most of Jonathan Swift satire served the cause of liberty, Gulliver Travels, A Modest Proposal were attacks on the English Landlords. W. B. Yeats translation of Swifts Epitaph reads: Swift has sailed into his rest;Savage indignation there Cannot lacerate his breast. Imitate him if you dare, World-besotted traveller; he served human liberty. Satire has a long history of being effective against the establishment. Born in Rome as a literary genre and used extensively by the Ancient Greeks. Most famous Aristophanes who they unsuccessfully tried to crucify for his satire against he politicians of the day. If the weapon the establishment uses to control minds is through the media and the creation of pseudo-events. It stands to reason that the most powerful anecdote is an equal and opposite dose of the same medicine. However, it does have to occur before Stalin starts knocking down doors.

Jun 23, 2014 - 5:26pm


Anyone noticed that the toolbar for uploading images etc isn't loading? Or is it just me?

Green Lantern
Jun 23, 2014 - 5:29pm

re: errr

me too. otherwise I would posted pics of swift and his books

Mr. Fix Bollocks
Jun 23, 2014 - 5:47pm

“May the force be with us all”.

Great article,

but there's one small point being missed here, and I would have to say that it is “the force”.

There is an ongoing battle between good and evil, and most don't even know what side they're on.

One thing I do know, is that we need patience.

Right now, “doing the right thing” has no reward, at least not publicly.

I choose to keep a “low-profile”, and do the right thing quietly.

When all hell breaks loose, there will be plenty on our side fighting the "dark side forces".

The problem with organizing a “resistance movement" at this point in time, is that opposition is being eliminated, one man, or one small group at a time.

When our dark overlord and president finally tips his hand, there will be overwhelming opposition. Until then, we wait and prepare.

And my all time favorite line:

“May the force be with you”.


My toolbar works fine when I go to “edit”.

Jun 23, 2014 - 5:51pm

GL - It's a conspiracy!

The toolbar loads inside the vault. Hmmm...

Looks like those who aren't paying are being slowly deprived. Next they won't be allowed to type certain letters of the alphabet in their posts. I can see it coming.

This is being done deliberately so those in the vault can feel their superiority, can look down on those outside, and sneer. It's the start of the big divide.

All planned.

Perfectly acceptable to me, of course ;).


edit: oh, it loads now. damn!
edit: no, it's disappeared again. watch out - they're playing with our minds.

I Run Bartertown
Jun 23, 2014 - 6:08pm


That's Nnsense. Turd wuldn't d that t us.

Jun 23, 2014 - 6:14pm

I Run Bartertwn

Yes, yu're right. I'm just being paranid.

T many sctches. Must pull myself tgether.

silver foil hat
Jun 23, 2014 - 6:54pm

Hey hey hey....

my login still works.

Here's something else to think about on the topic of movie quotes. Not a big fan of 'zombie' movies (there are enough real life examples in the general population as witnessed daily) but here's another quote:

Andrew Fassbach: "Mother Nature is a serial killer. No one's better. More creative. Like all serial killers, she can't help but the urge to want to get caught. But what good are all those brilliant crimes if no one takes the credit? So she leaves crumbs. Now the hard part, while you spent decades in school, is seeing the crumbs for the clues they are. Sometimes the thing you thought was the most brutal aspect of the virus, turns out to be the chink in its armor. And she loves disguising her weaknesses as strengths. She's a bitch. "


Now, substitute "TPTB" for "Mother Nature" and re-read, and interpret 'virus' as you find in contemporary context.

In reference to the first point, the 'Border immigration crisis - "planned" to overwhelm and take down the system', you just have to see the report that the fedgov put out a bid in January for the transport and handling of those children https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/06/stunning_dhs_solicited_bids_for_vendor_to_handle_65000_unaccompanied_minors__in_january.html

They are announcing their intentions by 'clues' along the way.

And I believe that the "Star Wars" story is one of the clues. A major one, at that.

Jun 23, 2014 - 7:15pm
Jun 23, 2014 - 7:16pm

If you like your toolbar

......... (I think you know the rest)

Jun 23, 2014 - 7:39pm

Darth Cheney

"We also have to work, though, sort of the dark side, if you will." https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2005/11/07/BL20051107... I've always thought that Cheney fits best into the saga. Heck doesn't he even have pieces replaced in his heart to keep it working?

Jun 23, 2014 - 7:41pm


My college-age daughter loved your analysis (particularly your description of Luke and Leia). She uses the imperial march for my ringtone.

Jun 23, 2014 - 7:54pm

Very nice

Very good stuff Stephanie

Jun 23, 2014 - 7:55pm

Iraq quagmire

Seems to me that Papa Bush had the intelligence (innate and from formal CIA contacts) when he elected not to march on Baghdad in the Gulf War, Operation Desert shield 1990/1991. I also have the sense that the son was motivated to exceed the father and so was easy prey to that dark force (Cheney et al) that espoused the shock and awe of the "made for television" Iraq war that started in 2003. It was shortly after that war started that I learned of the Islamic schism of Sunni and Shiite Muslims and I suspect that many of the administration were not ahead of me in that regard. In any China shop if you break it it's yours. Iraq is surely a massive broken China shop and the blow back could last generations with the planting of fresh 911 seeds. https://www.cbsnews.com/videos/lindsey-graham-seeds-of-911-being-planted...

Jun 23, 2014 - 8:04pm


i wonder if the next President will be anohter bush

Jun 23, 2014 - 8:21pm

FYI, there were a couple of

FYI, there were a couple of images in the post that were not loading correctly, which caused a problem with the toolbar. Should be corrected now. And just for waxybilldupp...

StychoKiller Bollocks
Jun 23, 2014 - 8:31pm

@Bollocks The Force has a


The Force has a strong influence on the weak-minded... :>D

So It Goes
Jun 23, 2014 - 8:56pm

What's going on?

I think I might be developing a case of hummmmmm...........

First - gold looks like it should be in the process of taking off right now. In fact in the short term - miners are leading silver, which in turn is leading gold. I mean besides all the positive fundamentals for gold, technically we have completed a double bottom, two inverse head and shoulder patterns, and broken through a six month rising pennant formation.

But WTF is with the GOFO rate - it is blowing out to high positives indicating that there is plenty of physical gold in the market. Who is selling all this physical gold into the market?

Not long ago many were espousing the importance of the longish term negative GOFO rate as a sign of a very tight physical market. Now - GOFO is way positive! I wish one of the "insiders" who commented on how powerful the GOFO rate was when it was relentlessly negative would give an update now that GOFO seems to be "full of sound and fury signifying nothing". (Faulkner).

FWIW, I still firmly believe that a global (and certainly US dollar) fiat currency collapse is coming and that one should prepare accordingly. That said, where are the loud voices telling us what the GOFO might really mean now? Is there no accountability? I find the gathering of information at times frustrating and confusing because the data can be so biased as to valuable one day and worthless the next.

Oh well, So it goes.

Bongo Jim
Jun 23, 2014 - 9:10pm
Jun 23, 2014 - 9:20pm

Harvey's Up!

This is Harvey for tonight as the thread is broken and I cannot post.

  • Harvey: The big stories of the day belongs to Germany who will no longer repatriate its gold. They save face by saying that the gold is safe is the USA. The real reason that it will not be repatriated is because it is no longer in New York having traveled great distances to land at its ultimate destination: Shanghai. Over the weekend, we had many disturbances inside the Ukraine and Iraq. In the Ukraine, Russia has amassed another huge number of troops on the border with Ukraine. In another disturbing news, Ukraine has siphoned off natural gas destined for Europe. This should be interesting to see how this plays out. In Iraq, ISIL has now taken all the border crossings with Syria and Jordan as well as taking many towns along the way. Iraq still controls the big oil refiner in the north near Mosul but it is surrounded by insurgents. The Kurds still control Kirkuk and all of Kurdistan and many refugees are heading over there. The one million barrels of floating Kurd oil has finally found a home. The buyer was Israel as they were not concerned with USA wrath and Iraqi boycott of their oil. All GOFO rates are positive and increasing. GLD: Gold gained 2.4 tonnes and stands at 785.02 tonnes. SLV: Silver lost 1.441 million oz of silver and stands at 10,181.34 tonnes.
  • GoldCore: The speed with which insurgents threatened Iraqi Oil production has stunned many analysts and underscored the fragile nature of energy exports from politically unstable regions. Oil prices are now trading at the highest level since September trading in London at $115.66 a barrel. The move by insurgents has also made a mockery of the U.S. administration's policies in Iraq, which seems to be plagued by intransigence, nepotism and corruption. With large swathes of Iraqi people excluded from the political process on the basis of religious and tribal affiliation it is little wonder that a group such as ISIS found the necessary support to field an army and take such enormous territory and is now threatening the capital. It is also telling that the U.S. seemed wholly unprepared for such an event as it would seem that all stakeholders were caught flat footed. The fact that the “response” being considered is a joint effort with Iran (remember the axis of e-eeeevil"), rings of desperation. DS: The whole ISIS thing is to integrate Iraq more closely with the Iranian control.
  • GoldCore on India import restrictions: The Hindustan Times reports today that India's battle to reduces its Current Account Deficit has been largely successful and the government is preparing to reduce the tax on imports and remove some of the restrictions that meant that 20% of what was imported must then be exported. India's imports of gold fell, circa 245 tonnes, in 2013 - 2014 from the year previous. If the report proves to be accurate extra demand for gold from India could drive gold prices far higher.
  • Zero Hedge: Several months after it was revealed that Germany was able to only recover a miserable 5 tons of its gold in all of 2013 (under 10% of the 84 tons it was scheduled to repatriate), Germany appears to have given up entirely in its attempt to recover gold which simply is not there, and as Michael Krieger reports, citing Bloomberg, has decided to keep "it" (by "it" we don't mean the gold since that clearly has not been at the Fed for decades, but merely the paper promises of ownership: for more see China's gold rehypothecation scandal and how the unwind works) at the NY Fed after all. That is to say, in the "safe hands" of former Goldmanite Bill Dudley.
  • Chris Powell: Grant Williams says that prices for ritzy real estate and artwork are exploding and gold well could be next. But then people who buy houses in Mayfair or apartments on Park Avenue typically want to live in them sometimes, just as people who buy paintings by Van Gogh or Vermeer want to be able to look at them occasionally, not just fondle certificates purporting to signify ownership. Unlike ritzy real estate and artwork, paper gold can satisfy infinite demand without ever requiring an increase in price, and paper gold still seems to satisfy many people who suppose themselves to be investors, like people who buy shares of exchange-traded gold funds.
  • Harvey: Andrew Maguire claims that 90 tonnes of gold has been asked to be delivered upon in London. The process of the delivery is on going. That amount is huge and it is not sovereign China but may be some major entity.
  • Chris Powell: Singapore fund manager Grant Williams says he can't remember anything in his 30 years in the financial markets that has been as unloved as gold mining shares. That's partly why he thinks things are about to change. DS: Unlike physical gold, the manipulators can manufacture unlimited quantities of counterfeit digital stock at no cost to them. They can short the miners to oblivion, and no one will stop them. Buying miners is tap dancing in a mine field. Lindsey Williams says all paper assets will go to zero. Buy bullion and hold it in your possession.
  • Alasdair Macleod (GoldMoney): Say's Law states that we make things to buy things, so you cannot divorce consumption from production, and money is just the temporary lubricant for the process. Tinkering with monetary value solves nothing. This was the accepted wisdom before Keynes turned it on its head in the 1930s. Today governments and central banks think they can do better than markets by monetary intervention and state direction. The result is businesses that should fail are supported and uneconomic activities promoted. And when this support operation shows signs of collapsing, we are told it is deflation. If the word has any meaning, it is nothing of the sort: markets are merely trying to embrace reality and cleanse themselves of the accumulated distortions. The fact that this cleansing process has been suspended, at least since the Reagan/Thatcher era of the early 1980s, warns us that the accumulation of distortions is great; so great that when they are corrected Irving Fisher's warning about slumps will be proven to be correct. The marker of course is the accumulation of debt, which strangles everything. My conclusion is that use of the term deflation is passing off the accumulating problems created by government and monetary interventions as the failure of markets.

Enjoy another pleasant evening of civilization before the great unraveling!


Fred Hayek
Jun 23, 2014 - 9:31pm

Anyone considering the 3 Star Wars prequels

Anyone considering the 3 prequels has to come face to face with their comic destruction by Red Letter Media.


(Part 1 of 9) Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones Review

Jun 23, 2014 - 9:32pm

GOFO historical chart

So it goes,

I wouldn't say GOFO is high. You can see on this 20 yr chart that it has been as high as 8.0% and typically ranging between 1.5 and 6.0% Today the GOFO rate is .12% You can also see on the chart that GOFO has stayed below 1% since 2009.

I do not purport to know the significance of that other than we have had an abnormal condition since 2009 and that even if not negative, it has never returned to pre-crash levels.

I have been watching the IRS hearings tonight. I am struck by the IRS head's arrogance and obstinacy. How can we believe anything that any official agency tells us, including LBMA.


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