Sony Cancels Release Of ‘The Interview’ On Christmas…

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Sony has waived the white flag.

Via Variety:

With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas release of “The Interview.”

In announcing the decision to cancel the holiday debut, Sony hit back at the hackers who threatened movie theaters and moviegoers and who have terrorized the studio and its employees for weeks.

“Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like,” the statement reads.

“We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public,” it continues. “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

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WH Won’t Rule Out Obama Visit To Communist Cuba After Relations “Breakthrough”…

Via The Guardian:

The diplomatic overhaul after decades of estrangement and embargo will restore an American embassy in Havana, ease travel, commerce and internet restrictions, and review the US position that Cuba sponsors terror. The White House refused to rule out a visit by President Obama to Havana.

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Rosie O’Donnell: Yeah, I’m Not Going To See ‘The Interview’ Due To Those Terror Threats…

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Such a loss.

Via The Wrap:

Threats of terrorism at theaters that show the upcoming movie “The Interview” have scared Rosie O’Donnell enough to make her not want to see the film, she admitted on Wednesday’s “The View.” As TheWrap previously reported, hackers behind the Sony cyberattack promised to carry out 9/11-style attacks on theaters that show the James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy.

“How many people would not got to see it because of this threat?” O’Donnell asked the live studio audience. “Because I wouldn’t go. Truthfully. I wouldn’t … It’s not worth it to me to see a movie that’s supposedly not even that funny.”
While not stating whether or not they would see it in theaters, each of O’Donnell’s co-hosts expressed their anger at those responsible for the threats.

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Flashback: Valerie Jarrett Once Mistook A 4-Star General For A Waiter…

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Earlier today we posted the story of Mooch telling the horrific racist tale of Barack being mistaken for a waiter. A member of the Obama admin did the same to a 4-star general.

Via Daily Caller:

President Barack Obama isn’t the only powerful man in Washington who was once confused for a waiter when wearing his evening best. So was a top general in the U.S. Army — by Valerie Jarrett!

As The Daily Caller first reported back in 2011, Obama’s top adviser mistook a four-star general for a waiter during a fancy dinner hosted by the Alfalfa Club. According to a Daily Caller source, as the general walked by Jarrett’s table, she signaled to him that she wanted more libation.

“I’d like another glass of wine,” she reportedly said.

Like a gentleman, the career military man didn’t make a fuss of the matter, according to the source.

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It’s Official: Republican Takes Over Seat Formerly Occupied By Gabby Giffords…

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Republicans now have their largest House majority in over 80 years.

Via Reuters:

(Reuters) – U.S. Representative Ron Barber, an Arizona Democrat and former aide to Gabrielle Giffords, has officially lost his re-election bid to the Republican challenger in November’s congressional elections, a judge certified on Wednesday.

A superior court judge declared Martha McSally, a retired Air Force colonel and a pioneer of women’s combat aviation in the 1990s, the winner after a state-mandated recount showed she won by 167 votes in the Nov. 4 election.

“There’s no getting around that this was an incredibly close and hard-fought race. After what’s been a long campaign season, it’s time to come together and heal our community,” McSally said in a statement.

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Obamacare Fines Right Around The Corner For The Uninsured…

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There’s gonna be a whole lot of pissed off people come February 15.

Via The Hill:

People without insurance are running out of time to avoid the hefty ObamaCare penalties that the IRS will be handing down in 2016.

Consumers face a Feb. 15, 2015, deadline to buy insurance, after which those without coverage could be hit with fines of $325 per adult or 2 percent of family income, whichever is higher.

Uninsured people looking to escape the penalties are turning to the exchanges before they close, while insurance companies and tax preparers are seizing on the looming tax hit as a business opportunity.
One recent mass mailer from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield obtained by The Hill warned potential customers in the Washington, D.C., region that going without health insurance coverage would come with a steep cost.

“When you don’t have health insurance … you put your financial security at risk,” the mailer states. “That’s because under the new Affordable Care Act legislation, millions of Americans will have to pay an increased penalty tax of at least 2 percent of their income in 2015 if they go uninsured.”

The “good news,” the letter said, is that CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has “solutions” to help people avoid the penalty, including coverage that is “compatible with financial assistance or free money from the government that will help qualifying individuals pay for insurance.”

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Thousands Of People Flocked To Arlington National Cemetery To Lay Wreaths For The Fallen…

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Great story.

Via Washington Free Beacon:

“Remember. Honor. Teach.”

That’s the message Wreaths Across America wanted to impart through this weekend’s wreath laying event at Arlington National Cemetery. If the thousands of volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning were any indication, the organization was successful.

Caroline Nicholson participated to honor her father and those he served with. “My dad’s in the Army, he’s overseas right now so he couldn’t be here,” she said choking back tears. “We’re actually going to go and see where members of his brigade was buried.”

“They gave their lives for our country and there’s no better way to give back than put a wreath on their grave and honor their memory.”

Amy Johnson, Caroline’s friend, came to support her. “I’m so grateful for their service,” she said. “This is a nice way that I can give back.”

Eugene Lau told the Free Beacon he was there to honor a veteran who had helped his family when they first arrived in America. “I had a family friend who passed away a few years ago,” he said. “He was an Air Force pilot in World War II. He helped my family out so much when my parents immigrated here.”

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Price of Ground Beef Climbs To Another Record; Increased 20% In One Year…

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PETA rejoices.

Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) – The average price of a pound of ground beef climbed to another record high — $4.201 per pound — in the United States in November, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In August 2014, the average price for a pound of all types of ground beef topped $4 for the first time, hitting $4.013, according to the BLS. In September, the average price jumped to $4.096 per pound, and in October, the average price climbed to $4.154 per pound. In November, the average price hit the highest price ever recorded — $4.201 per pound.

A year ago, in November 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.477 per pound. Since then, the average price has increased 20.8 percent in one year.

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Liberal Amherst College Students Demand School Change “Lord Jeffs” Mascot Claiming He Commited Genocide Against Native Americans…

Amherst College is so far to the left it could easily be confused for a communist re-education camp.

Via Campus Reform:

“We didn’t choose the moose, the moose chose us,” say students at a top liberal arts school in Massachusetts.

Amherst College students have rehashed a movement to change the college’s official mascot to the Moose in order to honor the time the animal wandered onto campus last spring.

Students at Amherst have been anxious to change the name of the current mascot—the Lord Jeffs, named for founder of Amherst, Mass., Lord Jeffrey Amherst—for several years. Amherst was a prominent general during Pontiac’s Rebellion, and students say he is guilty of genocide for allegedly ordering a subordinate to practice biological warfare with smallpox-infested blankets. Students also point out that he had nothing to do with the school’s actual founding.

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Charlie Rangel On Cuba Deal: “I’ve Never Been More Proud Of Being An American”…

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Rangel the ambulance chaser is already in Havana.

Via Daily Caller:

Democratic New York Congressman Charlie Rangel said on MSNBC’s “Ronan Farrow Daily” that in the aftermath of the normalization of relations with Cuba, he has “never been more proud of being an American.”

Rangel, who was in Havana for some reason, said the Cuban people were ecstatic. ”This is a tremendous, historic event, the people in Havana are dancing in the street with glee, there’s always been a love between the Cuban people and the American people, notwithstanding the problems our governments have had.”

NBC/WSJ Poll Finds Number of Americans Who Think Race Relations Are “Good” Nosediving…

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Or as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson call it, mission accomplished.

Via NBC:

A majority of Americans now say that race relations in the United States are bad, according to the latest NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll, which showed the most pessimistic assessment of racial issues in almost two decades.

In the wake of protests over the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police, just four in ten Americans told pollsters that they believe race relations in the United States are “good,” while 57 percent disagreed. And nearly a quarter – 23 percent – classified the current state of the country’s racial issues as “very bad.”

The data showed a dramatic slide from just 18 months ago, when a July 2013 poll indicated that a majority – 52 percent – offered an optimistic view of race relations. And throughout President Barack Obama’s first term in the White House, more than seven in ten Americans said race relations were good, with a record 77 percent giving a positive assessment shortly after Obama’s election as the first black president.

Picture of Che Guevara Hangs Behind Alan Gross As He Prepares His Remarks After Arriving In America…

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Oberlin Students Upset School Will Not Cancel “F” Marks For Blacks Students Who Didn’t Study Because They Were Protesting Ferguson

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HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA …. *breathe* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Via Inside Higher Red:

“I would really like to see the normal grading system suspended for this semester and replaced with a no-fail mercy period. Administrators should require professors to exercise complete flexibility in what students are saying they can produce academically.

Require that every professor listen to what their students are saying and if that means rather than writing a paper students instead meet with their professor to simply discuss in groups their paper topics or if tests are taken collectively with professors there are ways to make sure we are learning what we are supposed to be learning in ways that are not so taxing in times like this. Students in this moment should have complete access to alternative modes of learning while we process what’s happening.

Basically, no student especially black students and students of color should be failing a class this semester. A ‘C’ should be the lowest grade students can receive this semester. Professors should be required to work with students, who would otherwise be at risk of failing, to create alternate means of accessing knowledge.”

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Holder: I’ve “Bonded” With Obama Over The Years Talking About Racist Cops Targeting Blacks…

Holder announcing today his new race-based rules for police officers.

Obama Trashes America For Using Sanctions To “Deny Cubans Access To Technology”…

“I know, it’s so unlike Obama to blame America” – said nobody.

I believe in the free flow of information. Unfortunately, our sanctions on Cuba have denied Cubans access to technology that has empowered individuals around the globe.

Report: Raul Castro Urges Obama To Illegally Lift Embargo Using An “Executive Action”…

Castro knows only Congress can lift the embargo, but he also knows Obama thinks laws don’t apply to him.

Via USA Today WH correspondent:

Barack Obama Assures America He’s Personally Taking Part In Cuba Deal With A Picture Of . . . Barack Obama…

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Hillary Clinton Takes Bold Position In Her First Comments On Ferguson/Garner Protests: “Yes, Black Lives Matter”…

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Obama calls this “leading from behind.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she’s proud to have been part of an administration that “banned illegal renditions and brutal interrogations” and said the U.S. should never be involved in torture anywhere in the world.

Clinton spoke about the importance of the nation acting in accordance with its values after receiving an award from The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights at a gala in New York.

“Today we can say again in a loud and clear voice that the United States should never condone or practice torture anywhere in the world,” Clinton told the audience. “That should be absolutely clear as a matter of both policy and law, including our international treaty obligations.” […]

Clinton also addressed the recent protests that have raged across the country, and drew links between violence at home and abroad.

She declared, “yes, black lives matter,” a mantra of demonstrators around the country who have been protesting recent grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers involved in the deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York.

Baltimore Police Chief Ripped By NAACP And Ferguson Protest Leaders For Asking If They Would Show Support For Cop Shot By Black Man…

If the Police Commissioner wasn’t black, he would have been called a racist hundreds of times by now.

Update to this story.

Via Baltimore Sun:

Officer Andrew Groman stood outside the car and ordered passenger Donte Jones to show his hands, police say, but the 19-year-old passenger wouldn’t.

Groman warned Jones he would be hit with a Taser. Finally, police say, the officer fired the shock gun at him.

At the same time, police say, Jones withdrew a black revolver and squeezed off three rounds. A bullet slipped under Groman’s bulletproof vest, police say, wounding him in the abdomen. […]

Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts did not appear at the news conference. Batts drew criticism from activists after he wondered aloud Sunday whether the demonstrators who have protested the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Eric Garner in New York and others at the hands of police in recent months would show similar concern for Groman.

“Although I certainly understand the pain and frustration expressed by Commissioner Batts, I believe his questioning of the community’s response to the shooting is misplaced and not helpful to the dialogue between the police and the community we’re trying to build,” Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore chapter of the NAACP, said Monday. […]

“Baltimore Bloc condemns the insensitive and deliberately provocative comments made by Anthony Batts last night,” the group said on its Facebook page. “Police officers are sworn to protect and serve the community. They are aware this is a dangerous job, as is the community who pays them for this service, arms them with several weapons at a time, and provides them with bulletproof vests and other protective gear that in some cases we are not legally permitted to own ourselves.

“This is quite different from the circumstances surrounding the in-custody murders of unarmed civilians by those same extremely armed and protected agents of the state.”

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No Taxpayer Funded Sex Change For Inmate Convicted Of Murdering His Wife, Court Rules

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He errr her must have been missed by the Obamacare navigators.

Via AL Com

A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder.

Michelle Kosilek, born Robert Kosilek, is serving a life sentence for killing spouse Cheryl Kosilek in 1990. Kosilek has waged a protracted legal battle for the surgery she says is necessary to relieve the mental anguish caused by gender-identity disorder.

In 2012, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf became the first judge in the country to order sex-reassignment surgery as a remedy for an inmate’s gender-identity disorder. Courts around the country have found that prisons must evaluate transgender inmates to determine their health care needs, but most have ordered hormone treatments and psychotherapy, not surgery.

Wolf’s decision was upheld by a three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but prison officials appealed and won a rehearing before the full appeals court.

In a 3-2 ruling Tuesday, the full 1st Circuit found that Kosilek failed to demonstrate that prison officials violated the Eight Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment by not providing the surgery.

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