Star Wars Rebels: The rebellion begins!

I am very happy with the title to the new Star Wars animated series coming to the Disney Channel during the fall of 2014.  On the front of my very first car I had a license plate which said, “Proud to be a Rebel.”  After several decades of being a “rebel,” I am still proud of it—which is a trend that will extend for many more decades.  But when Star Wars Rebels makes its debut I will be more proud of being a rebel than ever because I can begin to share Rebels with my grandson, who will be the perfect age to watch this exciting new program with me and enjoy the fabulous mythology from a galaxy far, far away…….a long time ago.





May 20, 2013

Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class,Sherlock HolmesMr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young JusticeThe Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we’re thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD’s viewers.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”

The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen.Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.

Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. Casting will be announced at a later date. More information about this developing project will be found on and on Facebook at

Rich Hoffman

166701_584023358276159_1119605693_n“If they attack first………..blast em’!”

The IRS Ways and Means Hearings in Washington D.C.:Justin Binik Thomas and Tea Party friends seek justice

What a lot of people do not realize is that Tea Party groups are educational organizations designed to get back into touch with Constitutional ideals and beliefs that were valued upon the founding of The United States of America.  In essence they are like a giant book club where members get together and talk about the merits of books they have read like The Federalist Papers and The 5000 Year Leap.  That makes the recent IRS scandal against the Tea Party that much more preposterous, which has been going on for over three years now, culminating in the testimony in Washington that is currently going on.  All government entities from local schools to the smallest cubical in the IRS administration offices have in their culture an inherit desire to advance statism—and anything that is a threat to their statism they deem worthy of attack.  If a school levy is resisted, the advocates of the tax increase believe they have a “right” to destroy businesses and any individual who stand in the way of their funding.  The IRS does the same on a massive scale acting as agents of tyranny to those who oppose statist oriented government objectives.  So as a supporter of Tea Party causes, it gave me great pleasure to listen to the testimony of May 17, 2013 and hear occasional cheers coming from the crowd sitting in the balcony—since I personally know a good portion of the Tea Party patriots making such a ruckus there.

Many people are just now arriving to where many of us have been for a long time.  Justin Binik-Thomas is a friend of mine who was also up in the balcony, along with Rachael Proctor who I most recently discussed in another article.  They were joined with most of the organizational heads of the Liberty Township Tea Party which is one that I have supported from the beginning as it is the group that is in my home district.  In February of 2013, only a few months ago I had to provide the IRS through the Liberty Township Tea Party hard copies of videos I made which were shown at a picnic that was done at a local farm celebrating patriotic themes.  CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW.  To understand what the Tea Party is all about, watch the video I have at that link because it involves many of the people targeted in this current IRS probe, and it can easily be seen how ridiculously stupid the IRS probe of these people truly is.    I remember vividly the meeting where it was discussed how the IRS had asked the Liberty Township Tea Party about their relationship with Justin Binik Thomas, who is one of the founding members of the Cincinnati Tea Party, and the cold chill that permeated the audience at that event.

Unlike my Tea Party friends, my interest in politics extends beyond education.  I am an aggressive type of individual and I sometimes do and say things many of them would never consider.  For that reason I keep a bit of distance from them so to preserve my right to exercise my intentions without bringing negativity into their direction, particularly from groups like the IRS or any other government body.  So privately, frequent readers of my Overmanwarrior’s Wisdom got together with Justin Binik-Thomas to deal with this whole IRS thing.  CLICK HERE TO REVIEW.  I’m not the kind of person who believes in mass demonstrations and protests.  I don’t do the group activity thing but I do respect those who do.  The people who were in that Overmanwarrior’s group were not the types who would collect in mass to show the IRS that there is strength in numbers—they are the type of people who are prepared for the next tragic steps once government organizations realize that the Tea Party will not back down.  They are people like Justin Binik-Thomas who won’t be frightened away from holding leadership positions in the Tea Party organizations, due to IRS intimidation.  Knowing something about media relations myself, if those steps are necessitated, I don’t want my friends in the Tea Party splattered all over the news as a negative connection to me, so I keep a respectable distance—because that is where I am.  I admire their kindness, and desire to learn.  That much I share with them.  But I have different methods for dealing with bullies that is much more direct than a lot of people feel comfortable with.  I intend to direct that kind of attention toward one of the biggest bullies around, the IRS.  So the meeting we had with Justin well over a year ago in the middle of this IRS scandal was to deal with those next steps should the IRS push the issue beyond pieces of paper and phone calls.

This is where the statist government types like Barack Obama are at a loss, and why they find themselves in the center of so much trouble.  America is not Europe; we have not been beaten down by thousands of years of statism under kings and queens.  America was founded by rebels fleeing Europe.  Rebellion is so deeply ingrained into our DNA that it cannot be easily changed leaving a subtle and constant push against statism.  Even though government education has trained the minds of generations toward statism, deep in their hearts Americans hate it, and they act against it any way they can.  Most of the people I know are happy to peacefully protest, as they traveled to Washington to show a unified force against the IRS.  But I prepare in other ways for events that are historically probable.  I do not count on government to submit itself to the will of the American people, and I expect a fight from them.  So I am always in a state of preparation.  But what we all have in common, my Tea Party friends and some of my “other” friends who will strategically stay in the shadows until needed–is that we are not going to yield.  Submission to government is not an option.  We will never submit to United Nations authority, we will never submit to the tyranny of the IRS or any other government organization.  I personally won’t even submit to a local trustee or zoning board.   I don’t go out looking for trouble, I simply resist the imposition of my time, money, and energy by those who want something from me, and hope to force me to act in the way they desire through “thuggish” democracy—mob rule.

What else is the motive when a bunch of union inspired thugs attempt to vandalize the property of a target, or organize a mass protest in front of a home or business?  What is the point of spying on a target so that weaknesses in their defense can be ascertained?  What is the point of using the rule of law through the tax code or some other government inspired imposition to arrest a target and throw them in jail just because they have charisma and a following?  The intent is to “win” at their intended strategic objectives, through force.  The IRS did these types of things to the Liberty Township Tea Party because they wanted to send a strong message to a Tea Party group in John Boehner’s back yard.  They wanted to tie up the efforts of the Tea Party into not protesting big government and national debt, but to put them on the defensive with red tape and bureaucracy.  It was harassment with the intention of “changing” the behavior of the Tea Party groups.  By targeting Justin Binik-Thomas the IRS wanted to send a message to the other Tea Party groups that leaders in such groups would be targeted—so to discourage leaders from naming themselves for fear of an audit.

I am happy to see the victims of this IRS harassment enjoying their moment in the sun.  They deserve to look down from the gallery upon those who intended to bring harm to their lives—and the IRS did intend to use their authority to change Tea Party behavior.  Justin deserves that satisfaction as does Rachael and the representatives of the Liberty Township Tea Party who were there for the testimony.  It is nice to see justice being handed out where it is deserved.  I’d rather get everything out in the open so that the pretense of politeness can be dropped and everyone can start dealing with reality.

As these scandals break, and justice comes to the aggressors of the IRS and the government that supports such a tyranny, what I believe will happen may be delayed, where the federal government out of frustration just turns on the American people with out-right force.  Such peaceful resolutions are the intentions of the Tea Party and I’m happy to see them getting some form of justice from the efforts and worry they have expelled.  But such victories are paper in nature and easily forgotten.  They are not the kind of conflict resolution that I am thinking of.  It would seem that for that, I’ll have to wait a bit longer as the government recalibrates for their next psychological assault.  But what we all share no matter what the method is that submission is not an option.  Statist government is not what we are willing to support, and there isn’t any amount of forced imposition that can change that basic premise.

Rich Hoffman

166701_584023358276159_1119605693_n“If they attack first………..blast em’!”