The Obama regime still hasn’t made any formal comments reacting to the North Korean hacking.
WASHINGTON — White House spokesman Josh Earnest Thursday downplayed the prospect of any U.S. government reaction to the hacker attacks that stopped Sony Pictures Entertainment’s rollout of a movie about North Korea.
The hacker attacks were apparently launched by North Korea’s fascist government to stop the Sony movie company from releasing a comedy that ridicules North Korea’s dictator. The movie is titled “The Interview.”
On Dec. 17, the company canceled the movie’s Dec. 25 rollout, and said it has no plans to release the movie.
U.S. government officials have told media outlets that Korea is apparently directed the hacker attack.
The appropriate response is “carefully being considered” in the White House, Earnest said.
This is either ridiculous or a great thing depending on how you look at it…maybe both.
Via Washington Examiner:
New statistics from C-SPAN detailing the activity in the Senate over the past two years appears to defy the 113th Congress’ reputation as “do-nothing.”
The public service cable operation that covers the Senate and House gavel to gavel found that the total number of roll call votes taken in the Senate actually increased over the 112th Congress, which served from 2011-2013. Votes increased to 657 from 484.
Someone is craving attention…
Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, is threatening to take Rand Paul to court to block him from running simultaneously for president and reelection to the Senate in 2016.
In her first television interview since Sen. Mitch McConnell routed her by 15 points last month, the Democratic Senate nominee declared that she will not be “bullied” by Paul, who is a heavy favorite to win a second Senate term if he’s allowed to stay on the ballot.
“The law is clear,” Grimes told WHAS-TV in Louisville. “You can’t be on the ballot twice for two offices.”
“We’ll look to the court for any guidance that is needed,” she added. “And at the end of the day, we’re not going to be bullied.”
Grimes also told the Louisville ABC affiliate in the interview published Wednesday that she has not decided whether to seek a second term as secretary of state in the 2015 election.
We know how this admin likes to make budget cuts “ruin” (aka punish) everything with the American people…
WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says budget cuts just enacted by Congress could delay tax refunds next year.
At a news conference Thursday, Koskinen said taxpayer services will be hurt, and fewer agents will be auditing returns. He said about half the people who call the agency for assistance won’t be able to get through to a person.
Congress cut the IRS budget by $346 million for the budget year that ends in September 2015. The $10.9 billion budget is $1.2 billion less than the agency received in 2010.
The cuts come as the IRS is starting to play a bigger role in implementing President Barack Obama’s health law. For the first time, taxpayers will have to report on their tax returns whether they have health insurance.
Proud union hack.
Via Capitol City Project:
MSNBC liberal talking head Ed Schultz, who regularly props up unions on his show, received a minimum of $127,000 from organized labor during the fiscal years of 2013 and 2014, according to the United States Department of Labor payer/payee query.
The 2014 Teachers AFL-CIO National Headquarters report — released in September of this year — shows that Schultz was given $20,000 from the union for “representational activities.”
In 2013, three payments were made from labor unions to Schultz that currently show up on the site.
Holder says we are “too reluctant to talk about racial things.” Hmm, maybe it’s because the second a white person brings it up liberals start accusing them of racism?
REID: “A lot of people talk about biases. Police officers not from the communities that they’re policing. Kind of the racial, the ethnic biases that also play into policing. You came into office very early on in your tenure and you made a very strong statement. And you said that we’re a nation of cowards and dealing with the issues of race. Do you still believe that now? Because we don’t seem to have gotten very far even in terms of dealing with those underlying racial issues.”
HOLDER: “Well, I think as a nation, we are too reluctant to talk about racial things. It’s painful, it’s difficult, given the history of this nation. And it’s been — the easier thing to do is try to figure out a way in which you kind of deal with the issue that’s before you and not deal with the underlying concerns that make a particular incident blow up into something that is of nationwide concern. So, yeah, we’ve not done all that we can. I’m hopeful that with regard to this incident at this time with this president that we can make progress in ways that we have not in the past.”
Watch out, Harry Potter, you might be next.
BAGHDAD (AFP) — The Islamic State group said Thursday it beheaded a man in public on charges that he was a “sorcerer”
The jihadist group released pictures of the execution on a square in Nahyat al-Alam, a few kilometers north of the Iraqi town of Tikrit,
One picture showed what the IS statement called “talismans” found in the victim’s possession, but appear to be nothing more than prayer beads and a green Shiite banner.
Some residents who spoke to AFP said the executed man was a Sunni who had recently joined the police in Samarra, a town further south which is under government control.
The executioner was identified by some local sources as a top IS operative for the central Salaheddin province, of which Samarra and Tikrit are both part.
At some point Sony will quietly write a huge check to Sharpton’s National Action Network and this will all go away.
Via LA Times:
Embattled Sony Pictures Entertainment co-Chairman Amy Pascal will meet with the Rev. Al Sharpton in New York on Thursday, a week after she apologized for a leaked email exchange in which she made racially insensitive remarks about President Obama.
Sharpton is among the chorus of critics who have suggested that Pascal should resign since the emails were released.
A spokeswoman for Sharpton confirmed that the two were scheduled to meet in Manhattan on Thursday morning after Pascal called Sharpton to discuss the emails.
It is the latest indication of the pressure Pascal and Sony have faced since being besieged by a Nov. 24 cyberattack in which hackers scooped up confidential documents, emails and employee information. It ultimately led to the cancellation of the release of the studio giant’s “The Interview” over hackers’ threats to security at movie theaters.
These are the benign at best emails the race hustlers are claiming is horribly racist:
In a November 2013 email exchange leaked by the hackers, Pascal asked producer Scott Rudin what she should talk to Obama about at a breakfast event hosted by DreamWorks Animation.
“Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” she wrote, referring to the film about a freed slave. Later in the exchange, Pascal wondered if she should ask Obama if he liked two other African American-focused films, “The Butler” and “Think Like a Man.”
Someone should break the bad news to Tina Brown, Michelle had Barack castrated years ago. Rumor has it she carries his “cojones” in her pocketbook.
Hollywood is run by a bunch of gutless guppies.
Via Daily Beast:
Three movie theaters say Paramount Pictures has ordered them not to show Team America: World Police one day after Sony Pictures pulled The Interview from release. The famous Alamo Drafthouse in Texas, Capitol Theater in Cleveland, and Plaza Atlanta in Atlanta said they would screen the movie instead of The Interview but Paramount has ordered them not to do so. (No reason was apparently given and Paramount hasn’t spoken.) Team America of course features Kim’s father, Kim Jong-Il, as a singing marionette.
Say it with us, OFA: “Christmas card”
Ridiculous to say the least.
Via The Hill:
A U.S. military commander used the term “Daesh” to describe the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) at a Pentagon briefing for the first time on Thursday.
The term is the Arabic acronym for ISIS, but the State Department and coalition partners in the region use it since it also sounds like the Arabic word for “crush underneath the foot.”
“Our partners, at least the ones that I work with, ask us to use that because they feel that if you use ISIL that you legitimize a self-declared caliphate, and actually they feel pretty strongly that we should not be doing that,” said Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, commander of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. ISIL is another acronym used for ISIS.
“Daesh is why we are here. Daesh uses terror and fear to dominate people and reward themselves. It has demonstrated time and time again a disregard for life and humanity. It has also openly stated intentions to apply its trademark barbaric methods not only regionally, but globally as well,” he said.
It is not clear whether other Pentagon officials will begin using “Daesh” in future briefings.
Michael Moore last seen crossing his sausage-size fingers.
Note to NHL executives: Moonbats aren’t exactly big sports fans (unless you consider male figure skating a “sport”).
Via National Journal:
The National Hockey League has committed to becoming the first major sports league to go carbon-neutral.
Under a partnership with the energy-services firm Constellation, the league will work with its 30 teams to slash its carbon emissions and purchase carbon offsets for all its emissions during the current 2014-15 season. The league is estimated to emit 530,000 metric tons of carbon this season through energy use at its arenas and offices, nearly 2 million miles of team air travel, consumption of goods, and other league operations.
“Our sport was born on frozen ponds and relies on winter weather,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “Everyone who loves our game will benefit by taking an active role in preserving the environment and the roots of the game.”
Pandering to the the base.