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"We have met the enemy, and he is us." - Pogo
Sony Pictures has canceled the release of a comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader, in what appears to be an unprecedented victory for Pyongyang and its abilities to wage cyber-warfare.Our fearless leader's response to blackmail and threats? He is considering "a wide range of options."
Sony canceled next week's theatrical release, citing decisions by several theater chains to hold off showing the film. The hacker group that broke into Sony's computer systems had threatened attacks on theaters that planned to show it.
North Korea has denied it was behind the hacking, but security experts in Washington said it was an open secret Pyongyang was responsible.
"The U.S. government is working tirelessly to bring the perpetrators of this attack to justice, and we are considering a range of options in weighing a potential response," NSC spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said..."Regardless of 'credible evidence' or not, if barry had any testosterone at all, he would man up and
... several U.S. national security officials told Reuters the government had no credible evidence of a physical threat to moviegoers.
Three movie theaters say Paramount Pictures has ordered them not to show Team America: World Police one day after Sony Pictures surrendered to cyberterrorists and pulled The Interview. 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 to stop... Team America of course features Kim's father, Kim Jong-Il, as a singing marionette.May as well watch the Team America theme song now, before YouTube caves in and pulls it. Warning - definitely NSFW!
After the news began to spread of Columbia University granting their students extensions on their exams due to the protests of the recent Grand Jury decisions in Ferguson and NYC, other schools such as Georgetown and Harvard began requesting the same delays on their exams.
In the wake of this news, one student from Oberlin College emailed her professor with a similar request, stating:
People like him make me proud to have been a professor.“I do not know if you have been in conversation with any other students or faculty regarding finals. I do know, though, that the college administration has done very little, if anything, to support students who are struggling and feel traumatized because of the recent (and day-to-day) acts of racism in this country…The professor’s answer wasn’t nearly as wordy, but it was certainly clear:
I am asking that you create an option (if you have not already done so) for students who do not feel like there are in a place, emotionally, mentally, or physically, to postpone the statistics final…
I know that you have the ability and power to make decisions like this, and I am asking that you use your power to support your students who have put so much energy into the class already. They are tired, they are hurting beyond belief, and their wellbeing needs to be prioritized.”
The floors are streaked in blood and the walls pockmarked with bullet holes. Many children trying to flee were shot in the doorways of their classrooms; their bodies piled up, preventing others from escaping.Co-exist my ass.
Michelle Obama worked her way way through college compiling poorly written essays on racial discrimination. Now, she is talking to People Magazine about a tour she took recently as the First Lady of the United States at a Target store. At 5 ft. 11 in., someone didn’t recognize her, and asked Michelle to help her grab something off of a shelf. Which is racism…
“I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new,” Michelle Obama, who is 5’11”, said.
Did you know that Democrats drink more than Republicans? Or that they are likelier to choose clear liquors, whereas Republicans tend toward the darker ones?For the detail-minded among you, this information comes from a report by National Media Research, Planning and Placement — an Alexandria-based Republican consulting firm. The data is drawn from a survey of over 50,000 consumers.
Democratic drinkers are more likely to sip Absolut and Grey Goose vodkas, while Republican tipplers are more likely to savor Jim Beam, Canadian Club and Crown Royal.
The results are fascinating: Analyzing voting habits of those who imbibe, (researchers) found that 14 of the top 15 brands that indicate someone is most likely to vote are wines...Fittingly, the beverage preferred by high-turnout voters who skew the most Democratic is a wine named Smoking Loon...
... high-turnout Democrats tend to patronize Washington state vineyards Columbia Crest and Chateau Ste. Michelle, whereas high-turnout Republicans go for California wines Kendall-Jackson and Robert Mondavi.
And, perhaps not surprisingly, given the relative youth of those involved, people who take shots of Jagermeister or Don Julio (Tequila) are much less likely to vote.
Rum appears to be the most bipartisan drink. Both Bacardi and Captain Morgan Spiced Rum fall right in the middle of the political spectrum.
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When Merline Sylvain-Williams went to her daughter’s holiday concert Friday, she knew something was missing. The music was great, as always, and the children were adorable. But a certain jolly, bearded figure was nowhere to be seen. Ho, ho, hmm.So because one person - one selfish, whiny, miserable person with no trace of consideration or compassion in his or her bleak and withered heart - can't muster just a tiny bit of tolerance and understanding, everyone else has to suffer. Especially the kids.
Santa Claus, a festive fixture at the Peabody School’s concert in past years, was absent this time around, an apparent victim of a single complaint about whether he belongs in a public school. (emphasis added)
“It’s too bad,” Sylvain-Williams said after the morning show for students in grades 1 through 4. “I like to see to the joy in the children’s faces when they see him.”
Another mother, Salina Frazier, said it made sense to have Santa skip the show, given the diversity of the school.Ah, yes - diversity. We are all being forced to worship at the throne of diversity.
Law school exams often present legal conundrums ripped from headlines of the day, but one UCLA law professor is apologizing for basing a test question on what is apparently a taboo subject -- the fallout from the police shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Mo.That sounds like an excellent question. Take a real-life situation, explore the ramifications in terms of a field of study (in this case, the law), and apply what you've learned. However, evidently the powers-that-be don't agree with Professor Goldstein and me.
Professor Robert Goldstein said the exam question was designed to test students’ ability to analyze the line between free speech and inciting violence. It cited a report about how Michael Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, shouted, “Burn this bitch down!” after a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.
The question then asked students to imagine that they are lawyers in the St. Louis County Attorney’s office and had been asked to advise the prosecutor “whether to seek an indictment against Head” for inciting violence. The exam reads:
“[As] a recent hire in the office, you are asked to write a memo discussing the relevant First Amendment issues in such a prosecution. Write the memo.”
... students complained...BFD - students always complain.
... writer Elie Mystal at the popular legal blog “Above the Law” opined that the test question was “racially insensitive and divisive.”In true liberal fashion, she also got the facts incorrect.
... Mystal also incorrectly alleged that the question asked students to “advocate in favor of extremist racists in Ferguson.”Sadly, Goldstein backed down.
Goldstein has apologized for putting the question on the test and has promised not to grade the question.Thankfully, there are other law professors with more cojones than Goldstein, and more common sense than Mystal and other whiny libs.
“I clearly underestimated and misjudged the impact of this question on you. I realize now that it was so fraught as to have made this an unnecessarily difficult question to respond to at this time. I am sorry for this..."
Other law professors say there should be no need to apologize for such a straightforward exam question.That would be the best outcome we could hope for from this PC absurdity - fewer lawyers.
“If there are some law students who are such delicate flowers that merely being asked to assess whether certain controversial speech that's been in the news is constitutionally protected, in a class covering the First Amendment of all things, then maybe they should find another profession,” David Bernstein, a law professor at George Mason University School of Law, told FoxNews.com.
President Obama discussed his morning ritual lately with ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd, admitting to feeling like the politics is a bit much at times, and he likes to kick back and watch some ESPN.More:
“Listen, I spend most of my time watching ESPN in the morning,” Obama said. “I get so much politics I don’t, you know, want to be inundated with a bunch of chatter about politics during the day.”
The Washington Free Beacon notes that the Government Accountability Institute reported Obama has missed 62.5 percent of his daily intelligence briefings during his presidency...
... Obama said he would turn on ESPN when reading a "really fat briefing book."One would think that the presumed 'leader of the free world' would focus a little more on major issues affecting multiple countries and billions of people. Or at least on the many and major problems facing this country.
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A Bradenton woman was arrested Sunday afternoon after getting into a fight with her twin sister about a vibrator and her boyfriend, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.Somehow I doubt if there will be any protests over the deputy's actions in this case.
Heidi Creamer started fighting with her twin at 1:38 p.m. in the 5500 block of 36th Court East over "Heidi's boyfriend and a sexual toy (vibrator)," and the verbal argument soon turned to blows...
Creamer punched her sister in the face in the foyer of the apartment, knocking her to the floor... The victim then started kicking Creamer away as Creamer punched, scratched and pulled her twin's hair.
When Creamer exited the front door to place some items outside, her twin slammed the door and locked Creamer outside.
When a deputy arrived on scene, the twin sister was on the balcony of her apartment with blood on her face, where she had been yelling to neighbors to call the police.
Creamer was banging on the front door, screaming obscenities and yelling at the officer ... The deputy handcuffed Creamer, citing safety concerns about Creamer's aggressive behavior...
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House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama joined forces today to push their respective party members to provide 219 votes--one more than was needed--to ensure passage of an omnibus government funding bill that permits the administration to spend money implementing Obamacare and Obama's planned unilateral actions that will effectively amnesty as many as five million illegal aliens.Wait a minute! Didn't the American people just demonstrate that they wanted no part of obamacare or obamnesty? Did I misinterpret the results of the November elections?
For all the Sturm und Drang of the bill's passage last night, there's a simple reason House Democrats ultimately provided the votes to pass the CRomnibus*, and always were going to provide the votes to pass the CRomnibus: they didn't have a better alternative. If the CRomnibus collapsed, what came next would have been worse for Democrats.* (Cromnibus = a mash-up between a Continuing Resolution, which is how congress funds the government when it fails to do its jobn and pass a real budget, and an omnibus bill, which is how congress should fund the government)
... Republicans had a Plan B. If the CRomnibus hadn't passed, they would pass a three-month stopgap spending bill. Then the next Congress could worry about how to fund the government through the rest of the year. It was actually a pretty reasonable Plan B — which is why it scared Democrats. If there was going to be a shutdown over this, it was going to be up to Democrats to cause it, and it was going to be Democrats who took the blame for it.But noooo ... Boehner and his buddies bailed obama and the dems out.
The 219-206 House vote saved Obama from embarrassment and a quick renewal of bitter partisan fights over short-term spending bills. But it couldn't hide his strained relations with Democrats who largely blame his sagging popularity for their Nov. 4 midterm election setbacks. They lost the Senate majority and a dozen House seats.And yet in spite of that Boehner and the republicans bent over and grabbed their ankles for barry and the dems.
1- The office holiday party is a great opportunity for you to show your co-workers the more social and fun side of your personality. If you do not have a social and fun side to your personality, hang out with Accounting.
2 - Yes, at the office holiday party your only “work” is to shmooze, drink on the company dime, and chat it up with the most attractive people in the room. If you are in Marketing, today is “business-as-usual.”
3 - The office holiday party is also a great opportunity to talk to people you rarely interact with on a day-to-day basis. For instance, you may see the engineers talking to the receptionists. After 2 - 3 minutes of awkward, choppy, pause-riddled conversation, you will understand why these 2 groups should be restricted to hallway head nods.
During the mid-1980s dairy farmers decided there was too much cheap milk at the supermarket. So the government bought and slaughtered 1.6 million cows. How come the government never does anything like this with lawyers?However, I recently ran across this article written by a lawyer who seems to understand the consequences of 200+ years of governments passing unneeded and unnecessary laws, quite often at the urging of special interest groups.
On the opening day of law school, I always counsel my first-year students never to support a law they are not willing to kill to enforce. Usually they greet this advice with something between skepticism and puzzlement, until I remind them that the police go armed to enforce the will of the state, and if you resist, they might kill you.Bravo! The man recognizes that every law on the books is at some point enforced at the point of a gun. I would argue that the vast majority of laws do not come close to meeting that standard of lethality. Eric Garner was basically killed so that the state of New York could continue to collect exorbitant taxes on tobacco (a tax of $5.85 per pack of cigarettes).
I wish this caution were only theoretical. It isn’t. Whatever your view on the refusal of a New York City grand jury to indict the police officer whose chokehold apparently led to the death of Eric Garner, it’s useful to remember the crime that Garner is alleged to have committed: He was selling individual cigarettes, or loosies, in violation of New York law.
… Libertarians argue that we have far too many laws, and the Garner case offers evidence that they’re right. I often tell my students that there will never be a perfect technology of law enforcement, and therefore it is unavoidable that there will be situations where police err on the side of too much violence rather than too little. Better training won’t lead to perfection. But fewer laws would mean fewer opportunities for official violence to get out of hand.
… Every new law requires enforcement; every act of enforcement includes the possibility of violence. There are many painful lessons to be drawn from the Garner tragedy, but one of them, sadly, is the same as the advice I give my students on the first day of classes: Don’t ever fight to make something illegal unless you’re willing to risk the lives of your fellow citizens to get your way.
...federal law alone includes more than 3,000 crimesHere's my proposal - for every new law that is passed, at least one, and preferably two, existing laws must be repealed. Implement that and over time we'll get back to a manageable number of laws that deal with truly significant issues.
...an astonishing 300,000 or more federal regulations may be enforceable through criminal punishment in the discretion of an administrative agency. Nobody knows the number for sure.
Husak cites estimates that more than 70 percent of American adults have committed a crime that could lead to imprisonment. He quotes the legal scholar William Stuntz to the effect that we are moving toward “a world in which the law on the books makes everyone a felon.” Does this seem too dramatic? Husak points to studies suggesting that more than half of young people download music illegally from the Internet. That’s been a federal crime for almost 20 years. These kids, in theory, could all go to prison.
... Increasingly often over the past year or so, the sitemeter tracking code has been non-deterministically routing visitors to unwanted advertising sites, playing strange background music, etc. At about the same time, the company stopped responding to any support queries or complaints. Because its tracking statistics are useful, and because the unwanted redirections were rare and intermittent (and arguably due to mistakes rather than malice), I've stuck with them.The cause?
But as of yesterday evening, for a significant period of time, every single attempt to access (this blog) resulted in a glimpse of the desired page followed quickly by redirection to x.vindicosuite.com, which is apparently some sort of passive DNS replicator or something. As far as I can tell, no virus or worm attack was involved, but the redirection alone is unacceptable...
... Sitemeter has been bought by the same ad-ware intensive company that bought MySpace. And, now the script that you embed on your web site for the Sitemeter is also going out and establishing connections and setting cookies for all of these other sites.Many others have reported the same problem. Thankfully, much like the federal government, Sitemeter appears to be mindlessly incompetent as opposed to deliberately evil. Nevertheless, it can still cause great harm.
I not only found it is setting this cookies and establishing these connections, but it is also REDIRECTING my site to an "ad" page...
Back in the day, one of the things I taught was cost-benefit analysis. I used to pound into my students heads that they must consider not only primary costs and benefits, but secondary and tertiary - and beyond - ones as well.... with just days to go, he's only about 826,000 or so cars short of that goal.Instead of 200,000 Nissan Leafs on the road today -- as Obama's Department of Energy predicted in 2011 -- there are less than 70,000.And while Obama forecast 375,000 Chevy Volt sales by 2014, just a bit more than 71,000 have made it off the showroom floor.Fisker, which was supposed to be selling 85,000 electric cars a year by now, went bankrupt last year.Add it up, and there are a grand total of less than 180,000 plug-ins on U.S. roads today. Worldwide, there are only 400,000.And so, after shoveling $8 billion in taxpayer money into electric cars, Obama quietly ended up ditching his 1 million goal late last year.The electric car picture isn't likely to get much better in the years ahead, no matter how much money the government throws at this technology.As Mark Mills carefully and devastatingly explains in an article on Real Clear Politics, electric cars face one impenetrable obstacle in replacing gas-powered cars -- it's called physics."Pound for pound (and pounds matter) the chemicals that comprise gasoline store 40 times more energy than the best chemicals in batteries," he writes. "Gasoline is not only more dense but also remarkably safe, easy to store, and portable."He goes on: "The underlying difference in energy density — hydrocarbons vs. electrochemistry — is locked in the physics of the associated atoms and molecules. No venture capital, government subsidy, or computer magic can change that," he writes.What this means is that electric engines must be far heavier. "A Tesla battery pack, plus motor, weighs over 1,500 pounds. A loaded fuel tank, plus motor, in a Mustang weighs just over 500 pounds."Electric cars are also, he explains, far more expensive to drive than gas-powered ones when you include all the costs involved.