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Thursday, December 18, 2014



Dogton Abbey

House Cats of
Hudson County

The Evidence That North Korea Hacked Sony Is Flimsy
"Centrally Involved?": Has The Times stepped in it again?
Intel concerns about Russia-Cuba ties preceded
Obama’s deal to dismantle sanctions

The answer to "Why all of a sudden?" It wasn't.
U.S. Links North Korea to Sony Hacking
Best Not Go to a Picture Show:
Gov't says Norks are "centrally involved."
Communism chic: Obama, with nothing to
lose, embraces Cuba

Gruber Vindicated? How could we not have known
Obama would do this.
Chris Rock: Hollywood is terrified over Sony hack
Where is Dennis Rodman when we need him?
Obama: ´Go to the movies´
After you, Mr. President.
MN State Rep Wants $329,000 Refund from Jonathan
Gruber for Work With ´Beyond Laughable´ Error Rates

Minnesota State rep says, "...projections were so far off
that it has proved absurd."
Miami reacts to Obama´s Cuba move:
Tears of joy, cries of ´traitor´

Cries of "traitor" louder than joyful sobs.
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Tom Coburn rankles Harry Reid
in farewell Senate disputes
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan*    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/18/2014 10:07:20 AM     Post Reply
It takes a certain kind of senator to single-handedly block a bill that supporters say would save veterans from committing suicide. (snip) The Oklahoma Republican also held up an energy conservation bill, released a road map for reforming the Social Security disability system, tried to undo one of Mr. Reid’s nuclear option-fueled rules changes and battled with Mr. Reid to try to pass a legacy-building transparency bill that would have forced the executive branch to produce a list of all its programs — all part of one of the busiest weeks any departing senator has ever had.

The implications of Sony´s surrender
to hackers go far beyond a silly movie
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/18/2014 9:55:00 AM     Post Reply
The imbroglio over cancellation of Sony´s holiday comedy "The Interview" might seem on one level to be a minor Hollywood flap over what even its writer/co-star calls "a silly movie." But the corporate chaos and complete cave of the Japanese firm to vague threats of terrorism by anonymous hackers against movie theaters scheduled to show the $44 million film starting Christmas Day raises a panoply of very serious concerns from censorship to national security. Obama administration officials said Wednesday with "99% certainty" that North Korea or its contractors were behind the threats and weeks-long release of sensitive private and proprietary

14-Year-Old Stops Home Invasion –
Protecting Grandma Shoots One Thug
Dead, The Other Apprehended… (Video)
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/18/2014 9:26:50 AM     Post Reply
Charlotte – Burglars had tried to break into George and Anna Marie Wyant’s home near Mint Hill at least twice, so they kept a pistol hidden in the house for protection, hoping they’d never have to use it. On Tuesday, their 14-year-old grandson was visiting. He was sick with bronchitis, and Anna Marie, 73, had just had hip replacement surgery. They were taking care of each other while his mother and the rest of the family was at a Christmas party. (Video) The teen was headed to the



Double-Stacked Nothingburgers – Most
Ridiculous Media Driven Story of Year –
Sony Cancels Release of “The Interview”…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/18/2014 9:21:18 AM     Post Reply
Hollywood pulls the release of a movie that no-one was going to go see and the lapdog media goes bonkers. Goes to show us all how the media are intrinsically driven by Hollywood nonsense. Imagine if PBS announced the cancellation of Masterpiece Theater because of scheduling conflicts with Monday Night Football + irate fans making threats. Yeah, we’d all laugh – out loud. But for some reason people are freaking out over Sony’s decision to cancel a flop before it flops. Go figure. (ps. Hollywood shouts Aieeee “terrorism, terrorism”… I smell a taxpayer bailout)(Via Variety) With theater chains defecting en

How Republicans could stop
Obama´s Cuba play
Politico, by Lauren French    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/18/2014 9:19:41 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba has hit a familiar roadblock: Republicans on Capitol Hill. Just hours after Obama announced that a prisoner swap with the Cuban government for two Americans was the start of a new relationship with the communist country, Republicans began informally kicking around ideas to stop any changes to the U.S.-Cuba relationship. On the list: deny Obama funds to reopen an embassy in Havana, stall the nomination of a potential ambassador, vote down a bill to open up travel more widely and ignore requests from the White House to lift a decades-old embargo.

Marco Rubio’s fury over the Cuba shift
shows why Obama made the right move
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/18/2014 9:16:37 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the Republican Party’s point man on Cuba, seemed to be struggling to contain his fury as he responded to President Obama’s move Wednesday to normalize relations with the Cold War foe. The Cuban American legislator, addressing a roomful of reporters and photographers in the Capitol, chopped the air with his right hand, fired off terse answers to questions and, frequently raising his voice, spat insults at the Obama administration:

Can We Send Alan Gross
Back to Cuba?
American Thinker, by Matthew Vadum    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/18/2014 9:14:52 AM     Post Reply
Why did President Obama engineer a prisoner swap with Communist Cuba involving Alan Gross, an American citizen who badmouthed his own country mere hours after he arrived back on U.S. soil? It turns out that a cabal of left-wing extremists helped to make Gross´s release happen. More on that in a moment. Just look at the first thing newly freed Gross did upon arriving back in America. He pulled a cowardly pox-on-both-your-houses stunt, drawing a vile moral equivalency between the U.S. and the brutal, fascistic island hellhole he just escaped (snip)It is also strange that as Gross prepared for his press conference,



The Absurdity -- and the
Bright Side -- of 2016
Real Clear Politics, by Heather Wilhelm    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/18/2014 8:52:13 AM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he would “actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United States,” America’s legion of political junkies didn’t exactly jump for joy. On the contrary, many of them—especially if they are conservative or libertarian-leaning activists—rolled their eyes, sighed with world-weary despair, or simply fell into a spell of gentle, quiet weeping. “If Jeb Bush is the nominee,” best-selling author Brad Thor announced, “I will never vote Republican again.” On Twitter, writer Ben Shapiro lampooned the “GOP geniuses” behind the Jeb push: “In 2012, top issue was Obamacare, so we

Senior US senator seeks study of
impact of Cuba trade restrictions
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/18/2014 8:49:59 AM     Post Reply
Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, chairman of the US Senate Finance Committee, asked the International Trade Commission on Wednesday to begin a study of the economic impact on the United States of current restrictions on exports to Cuba. He said the study, ordered in light of President Barack Obama´s easing of trade restrictions on Cuba, would assess the effect of restrictions on exports of goods and services and travel to Cuba by US citizens. "At a time when so many Americans are just getting by, we also cannot ignore the trade opportunities currently denied to American farmers, manufacturers, and service providers," Wyden said

Are Drone Strikes More
Defensible than Torture?
National Review, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/18/2014 8:47:21 AM     Post Reply
There are lots of hypocrisies surrounding the recently released executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. But they pale in comparison to the current Democratic silence about President Barack Obama’s policy of targeted drone assassinations. Since 2004, drones have killed an estimated 2,400 to 3,888 individuals in Pakistan alone, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London. An estimated 345 to 553 individuals in Yemen have been killed in drone strikes over the same period.

President Obama Didn’t Tell
The Whole Story About Cuba
The Federalist, by Mike Gonzalez    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/18/2014 8:45:30 AM     Post Reply
Why did President Obama go for broke on Cuba, announcing the United States would normalize relations with that repressive regime? The answer appears in his statement to the nation. There, the president not only made clear that this change has been on his bucket list for some time, but also that his knowledge of Cuba comes straight out of the international Left’s playbook. “When I came into office, I promised to re-examine our Cuba policy,” Obama said, proving once again that last month’s midterm shellacking seems to have had an odd effect on our president. Rather than make him humble, rejection


Obama Libre
Politico, by Carrie Budoff Brown *    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 12/18/2014 8:42:23 AM     Post Reply
If President Barack Obama’s year ended in November, it would have been one of the worst of his presidency.Good thing he had the past five weeks.Obama feels liberated, aides say, and sees the recent flurry of aggressive executive action and deal-making as a pivot for him to spend his final two years in office being more the president he always wanted to be.As of Wednesday, that includes doing what 50-plus years of predecessors couldn’t do in relations with Cuba, propelling a generational shift in American foreign policy that could bring down a final remaining pillar of the Cold War. The

Obama stresses freedom of Gross from
Cuba at Hanukka candlelighting ceremony
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/18/2014 8:40:39 AM     Post Reply
Presiding over the White House Hanukka ceremony on Wednesday US President Barack Obama wasted no time connecting the 8-day Jewish holiday to the historic Cuba policy changes he announced earlier in the day, which led to the release of jailed Jewish-American Alan Gross. "I´m told that in the Jewish tradition one of the great mitzvah´s is ´pinion sabihin´," said Obama, "It describes the redemption, the freeing of captives. And that´s what were celebrating today because after being unjustly held for more than five years, Alan Gross is free."

Europe Delivers Triple Blow to
Israel, and to Europe’s Jews
Breitbart London [UK], by Shneur Odze    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/18/2014 8:30:09 AM     Post Reply
The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg removed Hamas from its list of terrorist organisations yesterday on a “technicality”; meanwhile, 115 miles away in the European Parliament, members were busy voting by a majority of 498 to 88 to recognise a Palestinian state “in principle”. The vote received 111 abstentions. Whether the timing was by coincidence or design, it was certainly at the very least unfortunate. The motion passed at the European Parliament follows a number of similar votes taken in national parliaments across Europe in recent months. The trend started in October when the Swedish parliament became the first to

How Headlines Change the Way We Think
The New Yorker, by Maria Konnikova    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 12/18/2014 8:22:48 AM     Post Reply
“Why Headlines Matter.” “Misleading Headlines Can Lead You Astray.” “How What You Read Affects What You See.” “How Bad Headlines Make Bad Memories.” “Eleven Reasons Headlines Are Important.” “You’ll Never Believe How Important an Accurate Headline Is.” Those are all possible titles for this piece that I discussed with my editor. And, actually, the one that we picked may be the most important part of this article. By now, everyone knows that a headline determines how many people will read a piece, particularly in this era of social media. But, more interesting, a headline changes the way people read an article



Opinion: Nothing will change for the
people of Cuba in deal with U.S.
New York Daily News, by Robert Dominguez    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 12/18/2014 8:18:26 AM     Post Reply
It’s been nearly 55 years since my parents were forced to leave Cuba after my father had been jailed and falsely accused of assassinating one of Fidel Castro’s top generals. Yet when he heard the U.S. was taking steps to restore relations with a government many in the Cuban exile community still consider “the enemy,” his emotions over that life-altering event — anger, frustration and a deep sense of loss and betrayal — were still as raw as the day he left his homeland. Now in his early 80s and no longer the idealistic, dashing Cuban Air Force pilot he

Historic Day for Washington, Havana
...and Pyongyang´s Hackers
Forbes, by Claudia Rosett    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 12/18/2014 8:15:30 AM     Post Reply
On a day when hackers working for North Korea managed to shut down the release of an American movie, on American soil, by threatening terrorist attacks on American theaters, one might have supposed that a televised announcement from President Obama would have been all about measures to deter and punish North Korea. At the very least, Obama might have proposed putting North Korea back on the U.S. list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, from which it was removed in 2008 by the Bush administration in a desperate bid to salvage a rotten nuclear deal. But no. On Thursday, when Obama spoke

America Is In A Post-Constitutional Age,
And It´s Americans´ Own Fault
Investors Business Daily, by Walter E. Williams    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 12/18/2014 8:12:33 AM     Post Reply
Suppose you saw a person driving his car on the wrong side of a highway, against the traffic. Would you call him a stupid and/or incompetent driver? You say, "Williams, what kind of question is that? Of course he´s one or the other!" I´d say: "Hold your horses. What are his intentions?" If the driver´s intentions are to cause highway calamity, one can hardly call his actions stupid or incompetent. Given his intentions, he is acting wisely, in a manner to achieve his objectives. This observation lies at the heart of my colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell´s column last week,...

American troops battle ISIS for
first time as they see off attempted
attack by militants on Iraqi base
Daily Mail [UK], by Corey Charlton    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/18/2014 8:10:28 AM     Post Reply
A number of militants have been killed in Islamic State´s very first battle with U.S. ground troops after the extremists attempted to overrun an Iraqi military base. The militants attacked Ein al-Asad military base on Sunday where more than 100 U.S. military support troops are based. Despite launching the surprise attack just after midnight, ISIS´s offensive was swiftly repelled when U.S. troops and F18 jets joined in the skirmish in support of the Iraqi Army. Facing both Iraqi and US troops supported by F18 jets, an unknown number of ISIS attackers were killed during the two hour firefight before being forced to

Sony emails show a
studio ripe for hacking
Associated Press, by Ted Burdis    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/18/2014 7:58:47 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren´t paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials. Sony Pictures hackers stole 47,000 social security numbers, including Sly Stallone´s The Verge



´We have killed all the children, now what do we
do?´: Taliban death squad´s frantic request for
instructions after slaughtering 132 innocents...
as military airstrikes kill 57 in hunt for
´Radio Mullah´ who ordered massacre
Daily Mail [UK], by John Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/18/2014 7:56:17 AM     Post Reply
The depraved Taliban gunmen who slaughtered 132 students at a school in Pakistan contacted their commanders to ask: ´We have killed all the children, now what do we do?´, it has been revealed. Having stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar using machine guns and rocket launchers to massacre those inside, the six men were instructed to await the arrival of soldiers before detonating their suicide vests, according to a security official citing unspecified intelligence gathered on site. The details come as it emerged sixteen prominent commanders from different wings of the Pakistani Taliban were involved in organising the attack, with another

The Evidence That North Korea
Hacked Sony Is Flimsy
Wired, by Kim Zetter    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/18/2014 7:34:08 AM     Post Reply
The actions show just how much power the attackers behind the Sony hack have amassed in a short time. But who exactly are they? The New York Times reported this evening that North Korea is “centrally involved” in the hack, citing unnamed U.S. intelligence officials. It’s unclear from the Times report what “centrally involved” means and whether the intelligence officials are saying the hackers were state-sponsored or actually agents of the state. The Times also notes that “It is not clear how the United States came to its determination that the North Korean regime played a central role in the

NIH Blows $1.3 Billion On
Failed Children´s Health Study
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: RockyTCB- 12/18/2014 7:24:08 AM     Post Reply
Government Waste: The good news is the National Institutes of Health pulled the plug on a national children´s health study because it was fatally flawed. The bad news is they wasted 10 years and $1.3 billion before they admitted it. Congress mandated the National Children´s Study as part of the Children´s Health Act of 2000. The idea was to follow 100,000 newborns across the nation — in places ranging from urban California to the Florida swamps — until they turned 21, and measure how environmental and other factors affected their health. Yet for the past 14 years, all the NIH managed to

Obama Didn´t Spread the Wealth,
He Concentrated It, Pew Study Finds
Investor´s Business Daily, by John Merline    Original Article
Posted By: RockyTCB- 12/18/2014 7:16:47 AM     Post Reply
Here´s more evidence of just how successful President Obama has been at "spreading the wealth around" since he took office. A Pew Research Center report released on Wednesday found that the gap in net worth between the country´s wealthy and the middle class reached record highs in 2013 -- the last year for which it has data. According to Pew, which used data from the Federal Reserve´s Survey of Consumer Finances, upper-income median net worth in 2013 was 6.6 times greater than the median net worth of middle-income families ($639,400 vs. $96,500). That´s up from 4.5 in 2007, the last year before the

Searching for the Next Michael Brown
American Thinker, by Colin Flaherty    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/18/2014 6:54:35 AM     Post Reply
Families are lining up to make their son the next Michael Brown. Waiting to tell their story of how racist cops killed their child For No Reason Whatsoever. The latest example comes from Philadelphia, where, early Monday morning, police shot Brandon Tate-Brown. The details are familiar enough: the 26-year old Tate-Brown was driving at 3 a.m. without headlights when two officers stopped him. If this stop was anything like most others, then Tate-Brown convinced himself he was being pulled over for one reason only: driving while black. Soon after he got out of the car, a struggle began. That’s how reporters describe it,

Intel concerns about Russia-Cuba ties preceded
Obama’s deal to dismantle sanctions
Washington Times, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 12/18/2014 6:46:03 AM     Post Reply
Months before President Obama announced on Wednesday that he is seeking to do away with decades of U.S. economic sanctions against the communist regime in Cuba, Russia concluded a security deal with Havana aimed at bolstering intelligence and military ties to the island dictatorship. The Russia-Cuba agreement was announced May 16 when a memorandum was signed in Moscow establishing a joint working group between Russia’s Security Council and the Cuban Commission for National Security and Defense.

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