Luke Skywalker Signals His Virtue

Well, technically it was Mark Hamill… but… you know.

Basically, it’s what was in the back of his mind.

Hamill has revealed some of the history he created himself to get into the mindset of an older, broken, and weary Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi.

Since it’s not canon, there’s no need for a spoiler warning. Instead, here’s a heartbreak warning: the actor devised an absolutely wrenching experience for one particular chapter in the character’s life after the events of Return of the Jedi.

“Actors like backstories. They want to know motivation and all those things, and it’s such a blank slate,” says Hamill, who has become so entwined with the character over four decades that he sometimes references himself and Luke interchangeably. “You know, if you look at it intellectually, I realized that it’s not my story anymore and so what [Luke] did or did not do in the intervening years aren’t really important to the audience at this point, but I have to work it out for myself.”

Hamill is probably wrong about that. Luke’s history is extremely important to Star Wars fans. But most of the books and comics about Luke that were written as part of the Expanded Universe are now decanonized and classified by Lucasfilm as “Legends.”
That’s why the actor felt he had leeway to imagine his own version of what happened to Luke during that in-between time.

“I wrote lots and lots of scenarios,” Hamill says. “I made notes that he fell in love with a woman who was a widow and had this young child.”

The monk-like Jedi aren’t supposed to have personal relationships, so Hamill says Luke would have temporarily left the order during this time. We know from The Force Awakens that he would later return and found a training academy for new Jedi (which had its own tragic end when his nephew, Ben Solo, fell to the dark side and returned to destroy the school as the monstrous Kylo Ren).

But this long-before imaginary relationship with the widow also had an unhappily ever after for Luke.

“He left the Jedi to raise this young child and marry this woman,” Hamill says. “And the child got hold of a lightsaber and accidentally killed himself.”

That’s darker and more painful than anything fans might guess about the hero, but to Hamill, it would have created the grief and guilt he could imagine leading Luke back on a redemption-seeking path. And it also might explain why the character is hesitant about holding a lightsaber again.

“It’s nothing to do with the story, but when I think about gun violence and you read these tragic stories of kids getting hold of their parents’ guns and killing a sibling or themselves, I mean, I had to go to really dark places to get where Luke needed to be for this story,” the actor says.

Again, this was just an acting tool, so you won’t hear this tale revealed in The Last Jedi or anywhere else. But Hamill said he would consult with writer-director Rian Johnson just to make sure the heavy emotions and turmoil he was generating inside Luke’s head hit the right tone.

So apparently virtue signaling liberals had problems with light saber violence that required light saber control laws in the same way dumbasses want more gun control even though they know nothing about gun laws or gun crime.

Looks like some liberal idiocy survived from a long long time ago in a galaxy far away. Which is a frightening thought.

 

Alt Right 101 | The Beauty in Health & Fitness | #7

Alt Right 101 | The Beauty in Health & Fitness | #7

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In This Episode We Discuss:

  • 1:37 Why the Alt Right cares about physical aesthetics
  • 3:56 How the left attacks excellence
  • 9:34 How women are shamed for striving for beauty and fitness
  • 17:57 How we prop up the unhealthy and unfit as icons and idols
  • 25:34 Some statistics on anorexia vs obesity
  • 34:51 Is allowing children to become obese child abuse?
  • 37:09 Male beauty standards
  • 42:26 Survival of the fittest as a historical strategy
  • 46:18 Bre’s tips for health and fitness
  • 48:31 Mark’s tips for health and fitnes
  • 51:32 Various tips and tricks
  • 1:00:01 Foregoing short term pleasure for long term goals

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Progress on U.S. Taxes

I’m generally not one to get excited about freaking tax codes and more tax cuts, but…

The Senate passed sweeping revisions to the U.S. tax code past midnight Saturday after Republicans navigated a thicket of internal divisions over deficits and other issues to place their imprint on the economy.

The bill, which included about $1.4 trillion in tax cuts, would lower the corporate rate to 20% from 35%, reshape international business tax rules and temporarily lower individual taxes. It also touched other Republican goals, including opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling and repealing the mandate that individuals purchase health insurance, which would punch a sizable hole in the 2010 Affordable Care Act. But some objectives, such as repealing the alternative minimum tax, fell by the wayside in last-minute wrangling.

“In the end it all came together and we’re pretty excited about what we’ve been able to accomplish for the American people,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said in an interview Friday. “We’ve got a corporate rate at 20% that we think makes us competitive in the world again and provided substantial middle-income tax relief.”
The bill passed 51-49, with all but one Republican voting for it and all Democrats voting against. The sole Republican, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, stated his opposition before the vote, citing worries it would expand budget deficits.
The bill’s ultimate passage would mark a legislative victory for President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans. Mr. Trump has made the tax overhaul a centerpiece of his economic policy goals, focusing on a rewrite of business taxes, which he has argued make the U.S. uncompetitive internationally. The bill could also give lawmakers something to campaign on in the 2018 midterm elections.
Democrats blasted the bill, calling it an unacceptable giveaway to corporations and the wealthy. They also criticized last-minute Republican adjustments and waved handwritten amendments around the Senate floor to show how hastily the changes were being made.
This is actually a really good thing. Which is why I’m worried it won’t fully pass. The jab at ObamaCare is enough to get people a little excited. And it’s also a reason to be shocked that the GOP was able to get enough cohesion to pass it through the Senate. Except Corker. The slime.
One key thing that people tend to ignore or not understand is that taxes are more complex than the idea of cutting taxes for the rich and giving more money to the poor. This age old idea of Robin Hood steals from the rich and gives to the poor isn’t how reality works either. In reality, the rich will do everything in their power to avoid paying taxes, and it’s completely legal. They will call their accountant or their tax advisor and try finding a way to get out of paying as much as they can. The middle class doesn’t have this luxury. So when Bernie Sanders gets up on stage and talks about taxing the rich, he’s talking about doing something that can’t be done. All that would happen is that the middle class would continue to drown in taxes, as if they don’t already. So this slight relief could actually be a good thing for the average person given that the mandate to purchase health insurance is hurting a lot of families.
I wasn’t exactly a cheerleader for this bill, but if Trump can get this passed and move onto DACA or Welfare Reform I’ll be pleased. And I’ll be even more pleased if he can stop illegals or immigrants in general from being able to obtain welfare. Because it’s not for them. It’s for U.S. citizens. 
But as usual, I tend to dream big.