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Hackers Release New Demands: Pull Online Trailers & Don’t Allow The Interview to Be Leaked

Friday, December 19th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

From CNN: “Source: Hackers send new message to Sony”:

The hacker message is effectively a victory lap, telling the studio, “Now we want you never let the movie released, distributed or leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or piracy.”

The message also says, “And we want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately.”

It warns the studio executives that “we still have your private and sensitive data” and claims that they will “ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble.”

The email was titled “Message from GOP.” The anonymous hackers have called themselves “Guardians of Peace.”

So how long will these trailers and clips remain up? It’s already become tricky to find online the final sequence of Kim Jong-un’s exploding head.

Yesterday I highlighted a report about Korean activists seeking bootleg copies of The Interview and predicted that the effect of North Korea bullying Sony into burying Seth Rogen and James Franco’s new film would be that it would leak all around the world and the internet, becoming unstoppable and much more damaging. But if the blackmailing goes a step further, if now Sony must start pulling the material they’ve already released in addition to legally threatening anyone who might be so bold as to share the film illegally, then I’m now not so sure.

It’s entirely within the realm of possibility that soon The Interview trailers will be pulled and an army of recently-recruited Sony lawyers will even start sending notices to websites that have written movie promotions or stories covering the controversy, asking them to delete pieces, lest more embarrassing emails be released.

The question will be: how far backwards could this go? Already the screenings of Team America: World Police announced to replace The Interview have been cancelled. Will this go further or will American companies fight back?

Obviously, it’s hard to expect them to want to fight when the example set by the Jarrett-Obama administration, per Cuba and Iran, has been to bend over backwards and embrace illiberal tyrannies.

Some have suggested the fantasy of the federal government buying the movie, endorsing it, and spreading the film around for free. My prescription goes several miles further in hawkishness, of course…

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What the Stats Really Say About Racially Motivated Cop Killings

Friday, December 19th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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Larry Elder at Real Clear Politics breathes essential statistical insight into the ongoing fight over whether or not white cops have a predilection for shooting black men:

In 2012, according to the CDC, 140 blacks were killed by police. That same year 386 whites were killed by police. Over the 13-year period from 1999 to 2011, the CDC reports that 2,151 whites were killed by cops — and 1,130 blacks were killed by cops.

Police shootings, nationwide, are down dramatically from what they were 20 or 30 years ago. The CDC reported that in 1968, shootings by law enforcement — called “legal intervention” by the CDC — was the cause of death for 8.6 out of every million blacks. For whites the rate was was .9 deaths per million.

By 2011, law enforcement shootings caused 2.74 deaths for every million blacks, and 1.28 deaths for every million whites. While the death-by-cop rate for whites has held pretty steady over these last 45 years, hovering just above or below the one-in-a-million level, the rate for blacks has fallen. In 1981, black deaths by cop stood at four in a million, but since 2000 has remained just above or below two in a million.

So what’s driving this notion that there is now an “epidemic” of white cops shooting blacks when in the last several decades the numbers of blacks killed by cops are down nearly 75 percent?

As Elder points out, there was no mention of race or racial motivation in the cases of Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, or Michael Brown. When questioned about the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman verdict, “several jurors later said that during jury deliberations ‘race never came up.’” Elder asserts

This white-cop-out-to-get-black-civilian narrative advances the interest of many. The media loves what Tom Wolfe called the “Great White Defendant” — a bad white guy everybody can agree to dislike. For the Democrats, it furthers their assertion that race remains a major problem in America, that Republicans/tea partiers/black conservatives are out to get them, and you must vote for us. For “activists” like the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, and local wannabes, it gives them continued relevance.

In reality, the facts provide a startling lack of evidence in support of the theory of racial motivation. At the same time, they do provide solid evidence that both the media and so-called community activists like the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson need to promulgate the myth of ghetto culture in order to maintain power over an audience and presumed authority over an entire segment of the American population.

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Hollywood Pulls More Movies in Dictator’s Wake

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

What Kimmy doesn’t want you to see.

Cinema Blend reports:

We might as well all pack up and go home, because at the moment the bad-guys are winning. The repercussions of Sony’s hacking are now starting to be felt around the movie industry, as New Regency has announced that work on Steve Carell’s potential new film set in North Korea had now been stopped.

At the time of its cancellation, the project was being developed for Gore Verbinski to direct with Steve Carell was going to play the lead. Steve Conrad, who has previously written The Weather ManThe Pursuit Of Happyness and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, had scribed what’s been described as a paranoid thriller. In fact, production had already been pencilled in for March. But the recent hacking of Sony and the consequent threats to any screening of The Interview has led New Regency to decide that there wasn’t any point in making the movie. According to Deadline, insiders from the studio explained to the website, “it just makes no sense to move forward.” This all apparently began internally, with the folks at Fox saying that they wouldn’t be distributing the film. Thus, the plug was pulled.

The plug might also impact a number of other Gore Verbinski films set to be released by the same studio, despite the fact that they have nothing to do whatsoever with North Korea.

Studios are now going to think twice about creating any movie that could lead to them being targeted. Now big, serious questions need to be asked. Why was Sony able to be hacked so easily? Where does cinema go from here? At the moment it feels like the movie industry is about to cave in on itself. Who would have thought that it would be all be because of a Seth Rogen movie?

In related news, the Kim Jong-un death scene (shown above) has been leaked:

Defamer first previewed the clip on Monday, but removed it shortly thereafter. They also explored the leaked emails between Rogen and Sony execs, in which the co-director and actor became exasperated with the studio’s repeated demands for a less graphic death scene.

And so this is the final product. The death scene that was apparently seen by the State Department and has effectively led to the movie being shelved altogether for fear of terrorism.

If Hollywood had any sense of history, they’d be asking WWCCD: What Would Charlie Chaplin Do? For those of you too young to get the joke, try this question: What would Hitler have done if he had the Internet? At least one Texas theater chain is fighting back against one of the most blatant violations of freedom of speech this side of the Pacific.

*Updated*: Another upload of video via Daily Caller.

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Jon Stewart Thinks Geraldo Shouldn’t Be So Quick to Give LeBron Fashion Advice

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 - by Paula Bolyard

 

Jon Stewart reacted to Geraldo Rivera’s criticism of Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, who wore a a t-shirt emblazoned with “I Can’t Breathe” to a recent game. Stewart said on Wednesday, “This should be a perfectly acceptable way to express one’s feelings about political issues.”

“Last time I checked, t-shirts don’t block traffic. They don’t prevent you from shopping at Macy’s,” Stewart said.

Geraldo Rivera said he wondered if LeBron should instead wear a shirt that said, “Be a better father to your son. Raise your children.”

Stewart said that LeBron (the father of three) actually lives that message. But added, “If he wants advice on shirts, I’m sure he’ll ask someone who wears one.”

Ooh. Ouch.

Pre-Christmas pro-tip: Don’t forget to talk to your kids — and parents — about responsible social media usage.

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[VIDEO] Jay Thomas Tells CNN That Getting Killed by NoKo Would Be a ‘Great End’ to Careers of Rogen and Franco

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Yes, he was kidding. Maybe. Jay Thomas isn’t exactly known for holding back so CNN knew what they were getting into here. I can hardly wait for the demands for an apology and Thomas flatly refusing them.

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Journalism: 72 Million Ways to Die

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 - by Michael Walsh

The suicide of American journalism, and the “objective” ideal I grew up with as a young reporter, continues apace, as I noted in this space yesterday and the IBD website mentions today:

Media Malfeasance: In less than two weeks, bombshell stories of a vicious gang rape and a millionaire teen investor were exposed as frauds that never would have made it into print but for gross negligence and liberal bias.

Over the weekend, Jessica Pressler, a “star reporter” at New York magazine, told the story of an underage teen who’d already made $72 million trading stocks on his lunch break. It was part of a series on why people should love the city. The story spread like wildfire, showing up in the New York Post, Marketwatch, the New York Daily News, Fox News and others.

Too good to check, except perfunctorily. The idea that a high school kid (bonus points for his name: Mohammed Islam) could beat the market was irresistible, given the feel-good, Narrative-framing tendencies of the magazine’s writers and editors.

Meanwhile, the University of Virginia gang rape story continues to unravel, exposing new depths of laziness, recklessness and bias at Rolling Stone.

It’s now clear that there were so many holes in “Jackie’s” rape claims that anyone who’d done the minimum of unbiased reporting would have dismissed her as not credible and moved on. But Jackie’s story supported the current liberal belief that sexual assaults are rampant on college campuses. So why doubt her?

Why indeed? There’s a reason that, back in the day, every revolution began be seizing the newspapers and radio stations. The Left understands, far more than the Right, that propaganda is everything — and if it has to kill American journalism to make its points, then so be it.

Over at Sultan Knish, Daniel Greenfield has some typically perceptive thoughts on “Life in Post-Truth America.” Well worth a read.

 

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It’s Called Obama Privilege

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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In an interview with People magazine, Michelle Obama gets serious about “the impact of stereotypes” in the “wake” of the Brown and Garner incidents:

“Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs,” Mrs. Obama said in the Dec. 10 interview appearing in the new issue of PEOPLE. 

“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.” 

Word to the wise: The next time someone asks you to help them with an item on a shelf, they’re obviously racist. Michelle probably wanted to reply, “Can’t you see I’m the first lady?!” but instead checked her privilege. I’m sure she rewarded herself for that at Bergdorf’s later.

The president also chimed in:

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It Didn’t Take the Press Long to Lie About Ted Cruz’s ‘Apology’

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

True, he did apologize.

Ted Cruz privately apologized to GOP senators Tuesday for interrupting their holiday schedules by his surprise tactics that effectively brought the Senate into session over the weekend.

According to five senators who attended Tuesday’s caucus lunch, Cruz offered the apology in unsolicited remarks, saying that he regretted if any of his colleagues’ schedules were ruined by his maneuvering. He didn’t say whether he would do something similar again, senators said.

He was sorry for any scheduling inconveniences his colleagues may have experienced, fair enough.

In the Reuters telling of the story, the misrepresentation begins with the headline:

Firebrand Senator Ted Cruz apologizes for U.S. spending bill ruckus

Then “a source familiar with the meeting” is quoted as saying Cruz “was contrite and made an effort to explain to people he wished he hadn’t done it.”

The “it” is never explained. Of course, the source could actually be reliable and Cruz could still have been talking about the inconvenience, but this article is definitely crafted to leave people with a different impression.

Cruz Comms Director Amanda Carpenter removed any doubt:

 

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North Korea Threatens to Attack NYC Movie Premiere?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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Apparently Kim Jong-un isn’t into Seth Rogen’s brand of humor.

While the North Korean dictator does not claim responsibility, he nonetheless praised a terrorist threat issued in advance of The Interview‘s Thursday night premiere in New York City:

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We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.

Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.

The world will be full of fear.

Remember the 11th of September 2001.

We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.

(If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)

Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

All the world will denounce the SONY.

It has been widely suspected that North Korea is involved in the recent hacker attack on Sony performed by the “Guardians of Peace.” This email seems to confirm that suspicion:

The threat was included alongside the release of another set of emails, this time said to be those of Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton. Because the hackers post this information anonymously and are contacting reporters through reusable email addresses, it is possible that a separate party is behind this threat. However, that seems unlikely. The communications have been consistent, and it should be clear soon whether the leaked emails are genuine, confirming the authenticity of this note.

While Seth Rogen reportedly doesn’t regret making the film about two American TV boobs sent on a secret mission to assassinate the North Korean dictator, he and his co-star James Franco have cancelled all upcoming press appearances to promote the film. Meanwhile, the New York City police are busy ramping up for the now scaled-back screening.

The Interview is due out in theaters across the country on Christmas day.

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Street Fighter 2 With Your Favorite Talk Radio Hosts

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

My picks: I prefer Prager to Limbaugh, regard Levin and Hannity both equally (I like them in some ways, dislike them in others,) and while I tend to disagree with both Medved and Hewitt on many ideas (such as on immigration…) I still like Hewitt and his show a lot… (Is that the equivalent of preferring to pick Ken instead of Ryu?)

Who are your favorites? What other head-to-heads should be considered? Hit me up on Twitter with your ideas.

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[VIDEO] AP’s Julie Pace: Warren Has ‘Principles,’ Not Sure What Hillary’s Message Is

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Here’s a big bowl of Ouch Flakes for Her Inevitable Madameship’s breakfast this morning. My PJTV colleague John Phillips and I have speculated on several occasions that the press will eventually turn on Hillary, we just didn’t think it would be this soon.

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SCOTUS Says ‘No’ to Arizona Appeal to Limit Abortion Drugs

Monday, December 15th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

From the Los Angeles Times:

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down Arizona’s bid to limit how doctors prescribe drugs that are commonly used in early abortions.

The justices in an unsigned order dismissed an appeal from Arizona state lawyers and let stand a lower court ruling that blocked the abortion regulation from taking effect.

The court’s action is the latest showing the justices are skeptical of strict new state regulations on abortion, or at least unwilling to confront the issue now.

In October, the court blocked Texas from enforcing part of a new abortion law that would have required all abortion clinics to meet the standards of an ambulatory surgical center. Lawyers for the clinics said this rule, if enforced, would have closed most of the state’s remaining abortion facilities.

While this is certainly unwelcome news for those of us who are pro-life, it does serve to illustrate just how full of it the pro-abortion lobby is. Since the election in November, dire warnings of end times for convenient abortions have been ringing throughout the left media (Google “abortion rights Republican majority”). The story goes that the states are asserting their rights (in America? Quelle horreur!) and rolling back “a woman’s right to chose” to the point that it’s nigh on impossible to get an abortion.

No.

Some states have tried to make the procedure safer (Texas), which shouldn’t even be debatable after the Gosnell horrors were revealed. Others have tried to make abortion a bit more difficult to get than, say, gum at 7-Eleven. Of course, any restrictions are seen as onerous to the abortion lobby.

In the fevered minds of the professional abortion mongers, one state’s actions will somehow countermand Roe vs Wade overnight.

If there is anything we’ve learned from Jonathan Gruber, it’s that they know they’re playing to a stupid constituency.

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Sydney Siege Over, CNN’s Costello Immediately Wonders if Police Could Have Handled It Differently

Monday, December 15th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Gosh, it’s stunning to think that this would pop into her head after weeks of relentless bashing of law enforcement by the media and elected officials.

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Which Talk Radio Hosts Are Your Favorites?

Monday, December 15th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

Last week I described my current talk radio work-day listening schedule: The Morning Answer with Ben Shapiro, Elisha Krauss and Brian Whitman from 6-9; The Dennis Prager Show from 9-noon; an afternoon break for meetings or writing to classical music from noon to 3; and then The Ben Shapiro Show from 3-6 in the afternoon.

One of the great things about today’s technology is that it’s possible to listen to multiple radio shows at the same time. When the commercials start on one show then it’s time to switch over to the other. Who should I give a shot and try and integrate into my daily routine? And also what podcasts do you recommend for daily listening? I try and catch Walter Hudson’s every day too.

Tweet your suggestions to me and I welcome dialogue on Twitter at @DaveSwindle. I’ll update this post throughout the morning with any highlights from the shows or memorable online exchanges.

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Updated at 7:13: Wow, already 2 responses:

Updated at 8:35: I registered my disagreement with Morning Answer Host Brian Whitman’s SoCal fast food recommendations which are as wrongheaded as his political positions:

Forget Tommy’s. The Habit is the best burger in Los Angeles. (Yes, better than In-N-Out!)

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Christmas Tradition Warms Children to Big Brother-Style Government

Monday, December 15th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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Think the Elf on the Shelf is a cute little holiday tradition to keep your young one on their toes? Think again.

Laura Pinto, a digital technology professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology recently published a paper concluding that Santa’s little spy  “sets up children for dangerous, uncritical acceptance of power structures.”

When children enter the play world of The Elf on the Shelf, they accept a series of practices and rules associated with the larger story. This, of course, is not unique to The Elf on the Shelf. Many children’s games, including board games and video games, require children to participate while following a prescribed set of rules. The difference, however, is that in other games, the child role-plays a character, or the child imagines herself within a play-world of the game, but the role play does not enter the child’s real world as part of the game. As well, in most games, the time of play is delineated (while the game goes on), and the play to which the rules apply typically does not overlap with the child’s real world.

“You’re teaching (kids) a bigger lesson, which is that it’s OK for other people to spy on you and you’re not entitled to privacy,” she tells the Toronto Star.

She calls the elf “an external form of non-familial surveillance,” and says it’s potentially conditioning children to accept the state acting that way, too.

“If you grow up thinking it’s cool for the elves to watch me and report back to Santa, well, then it’s cool for the NSA to watch me and report back to the government,” according to Pinto.

According to the report, some parent bloggers agree with Pinto’s conclusions. However, others think she’s gone overboard with a fun holiday tradition. Pinto also fails to criticize the Elf’s Jewish counterpart “Mensch on a Bench” for exhibiting the same surveillance state tendencies since the Mensch spends his nights watching the menorah, not the kiddies.

Is this another case of academia gone too far, or is there something to this notion of Big Brother Elf?

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White House ‘Cringed’ While Reading Hacked Sony Emails

Friday, December 12th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

From Variety:

White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Friday said he thinks “a lot of people cringed a bit” when reading Amy Pascal’s hacked Sony e-mails in which she jokes about President Obama’s movie tastes with producer Scott Rudin.

Pascal apologized for the racially tinged emails, which she called “insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am.”

Speaking at the White House press briefing, Earnest noted that “at least one of the Sony executives whose emails were made public has apologized for the contents of those emails, and I think that was appropriate.”

“I think a lot of people who read those e-mails, maybe not everybody, but I think a lot of people, cringed a bit when they were reading them,” Earnest said.

No doubt Pascal’s “apology” was accompanied by an offer of more financial contributions to Democrats in the future.

What probably had the White House cringing more than the racial stereotype jokes was the revelation that the president isn’t worshiped by those in the entertainment industry who support him. They put on a good show and play up the messiah nonsense but he is still nothing more to them than a political tool that they pay to use.

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The 2 Talk Radio Shows I Try to Listen To Every Morning

Friday, December 12th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

What does your morning media routine look like?

In an ideal day I try to get caught up on most of my PJ editing from 6 AM to Noon PST — that way I can can synch my work with The Morning Answer from 6 to 9 and then The Dennis Prager Show from 9 to noon. (Then I try to schedule meetings and writing time for the early afternoon before getting back to editing at the end of the day when The Ben Shapiro Show comes on in the afternoon at 3.)

Sometimes when I hear points from the shows that I like I’ll tweet them out:

On the rare occasions when Brian Whitman — the “mushy moderate” and so-called liberal who plays the Alan Colmes role on The Morning Answer against the Tea Party conservatives Ben and Elisha — makes a point I appreciate I’ll try to tweet to him. For example, I really liked his forceful rejection the other day of the way some Americans fawn over the British royal family as though they were still subjects of the Crown:

What do you think of the conversation on The Morning Answer and today’s Prager Show? Tweet your ideas to me and I’ll update this post with any highlights from this morning.

UPDATED, 10:15 AM

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Your Weekly ‘MSM Really Wants Mitt Romney to Run’ Post

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

He’s kinda sorta maybe changing his mind!

For most of the past year, Mitt Romney supporters have publicly said he should consider running again. And for most of the past year, Romney has seemed uninterested.

Until recently.

While some people close to Romney insist he hasn’t moved from saying he has no plans to run, the 2012 Republican nominee has sounded at least open to the idea in recent conversations, according to more than a dozen people who’ve spoken with him in the last month.

In his private musings, Romney has sounded less than upbeat about most of the potential candidates in the 2016 Republican field, according to the people who’ve spoken with him, all of whom asked for anonymity in order to speak freely.

He has assessed various people’s strengths and weaknesses dispassionately, wearing what one ally called his “consultant cap” to measure the field. He has said, among other things, that Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, would run into problems because of his business dealings, his work with the investment banks Lehman Brothers and Barclays, and his private equity investments.

Anyone else here old enough to remember when journalists would quote anonymous sources for more concrete information? These days we’re treated to a lot of shadowy speculation.

It is chuckle-worthy that Romney is assessing the strengths of other candidates, given that he had very few of his own (“Nice guy” isn’t a strength in a presidential election, sorry kids).

The potential Jeb people/Romney people discord is interesting, however. That’s two pools of old GOP money battling it out, which could help a candidate without the good old boy network cred emerge.

This is probably just more wishful thinking on the part of the MSM hacks, who know an easily beatable candidate when they see one and are more than happy to keep manufacturing reasons for Republicans to look at him.

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I Recommend The Ben Shapiro Show for Your Afternoon Talk Radio Choice

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

What do you think of the subjects Ben discusses today? Tweet your ideas and comments to me.

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Lena Dunham Cries ‘Victim’ in Wake of Barry One Shakeup

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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Breitbart pursued. Barry One threatened to sue. After days of media silence, Random House, the publisher of Not That Kind of Girl, issued a statement that was essentially a load of bull, claiming no wrongdoing but instead “regretting confusion” and offering to pay Barry One’s legal fees to date. Here’s the kicker:

Our offer will allow Mr. Minc and his client to donate all of the crowd-funding raised to not-for-profit organizations assisting survivors of rape and sexual assault.

Vomit. Go ahead. I did in my head. But wait until after you read Lena Dunham’s barf-worthy “woe is me” comment issued after days of media silence (and Olivia Pope-worthy legal strategics, no doubt):

Speaking out was never about exposing the man who assaulted me. Rather, it was about exposing my shame, letting it dry out in the sun. I did not wish to be contacted by him or to open a criminal investigation. I am in a loving and peaceful place in my life and I am not willing to sacrifice any more of it for this person I do not know, aside from one night I will never forget. That is my choice.

…[Rape survivors] have the right to tell their stories, to take back control after the ultimate loss of control. There is no right way to survive rape and there is no right way to be a victim. What survivors need more than anything is to be supported, whether they choose to pursue a criminal investigation or to rebuild their world on their own terms.

Even if those terms include, well, lying about who raped you and then loudly crying victim before the entirety of the alleged rape incident could be publicly questioned. Hey, if UVA chicks can do it, why can’t “feminism is a brand” Dunham?

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Belatedly, NBC News Admits Gruber’s Words Will ‘Keep Haunting Democrats’

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

It’s online, but it’s a start.

The debate over Gruber’s words will extend beyond today’s hearing. The Supreme Court will hear a case called King v. Burwell this spring in which conservative lawyers argue the subsidies people get under the law should not apply to states that have not set up their own exchanges, citing text of the law, which says tax credits should go to Americans, “through an Exchange established by the state.” The Obama administration and Democrats who wrote the law, as Gruber argued, have said it was always their intention to offer tax credits to people who did not leave in states that set up their exchanges.

Only 14 states have so far set up exchanges, meaning that millions of people would not be eligible to get the subsidies under the law if the court rules against the Obama administration’s position. If the Court ruled against the administration’s view, it is likely states with Republican-led governors and legislatures would opt against setting up exchanges, as they have declined to expand Medicaid under the law, while more blue states would embrace the exchanges.

The remarks that Gruber made in a speech in January 2012 are now at the center of the conservatives’ case at the Supreme Court, which is expected to make a ruling next spring. “What’s important to remember politically about this, is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an Exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits,” Gruber said back then, suggesting most states would eventually feel compelled to set up exchanges.

Conservatives seized on these comments because Gruber was a key figure in crafting the health care law. He was an architect of the Massachusetts health care reform signed into law by then-Gov. Mitt Romney that included a mandate everyone purchase insurance. The Obama administration borrowed heavily from the Massachusetts law in writing the Affordable Care Act, and Gruber worked as a paid consultant for the administration in 2009 and 2010, using an economic model he has created to predict how much various provisions in the law would cost and how many of the uninsured they would cover.

This isn’t notable because it is providing any groundbreaking news, quite the opposite. It’s notable because the post saying what until recently was something that the MSM and the Obama administration had hoped to keep contained as merely internal outrage among conservative activists and pundits. In the not too distant past, the mainstream, left-leaning media could simply ignore a story like this and it would often go away. That is obviously no longer the case.

President Obama and his cheerleaders in the press seem to be unaware of the rapidly shifting media landscape, however, and keep plowing ahead as if it were 1997. That is why the president thought he could merely tell everyone that Gruber didn’t play a big part in the crafting of Obamacare and it would be enough to throw people off the trail.

The media has, for the most part, spent a month ignoring this and hoping for a little retro magic. That the most partisan hacks among the Big Three networks are now stating the obvious means it is probably an even bigger problem than they’re admitting and Team Lightbringer is really sweating this one.

Baby steps.

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Former Obama CIA Dep. Director: Torture Report ‘Deeply Flawed’

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

I don’t know how this guys snuck onto a CBS news show but he’s certainly not in line with the prevailing MSM narrative.

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(VIDEO) MSNBC Sadly Trots Out Valerie Plame as CIA Expert for Torture Report Story

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

The leftist media is fond of resurrecting figures that were central to narratives that they have created to destroy Republicans in the past. Anita Hill is dusted off every so often so they can stomp their feet and remind us that they hate Clarence Thomas for being a black man who isn’t liberal. Now it’s Valerie Plame’s turn. The woman who was so deeply undercover that she had a parking space at Langley was MSNBC’s “former covert operative” expert today for a segment on the CIA torture report, as if her administrative track career gave her some keen insight into enhanced interrogation techniques.

It was Ms. Plame who was supposed to bring down Karl Rove for good. Lo these many years later, Mr. Rove is doing quite well (for better or worse) and Ms. Plame is presumably on her way back to media mothballs.

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Jewish Worshiper Stabbed in Brooklyn Synagogue

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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Cell phone video shot by witness. Graphic content.

The New York Post reports:

Police shot and killed a disturbed man inside one of Brooklyn’s most prominent synagogues Tuesday morning, apparently after he asked for a Bible and then stabbed someone there, sources said.

The bloodshed happened at the world headquarters of the Lubavitch Hasidic sect at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights shortly after 1 a.m., sources said.

Calvin Peters, 50, had walked into the basement of the synagogue where people were praying, sources said.

According to police sources, Peters asked for a copy of the Bible, then briefly walked out, sources said.

He returned and stabbed a an Israeli student in the side of the head for an unknown reason.

“He’s a very serious student he’d been studying all day,” witness Levi Deutsch said about the victim. “He was stabbed in the side of the head he was conscious but he was bleeding a lot.”

Another witness flagged down cops who were passing the headquarters.

Officers then confronted the man in an encounter that was captured on a dramatic video.

The cops warned Calvin Peters, believed to be homeless, to put down his knife several times. After finally putting it down, he grabbed it once more and lunged at the police officer, causing the officer to fire the fatal shot.

Mere weeks after the lethal stabbing attack conducted by Palestinian militants on a Jerusalem synagogue, CNN included this quote in their report:

“Most likely it is not a hate crime,” said Mony Ender, the deputy spokesman for Chabad Lubavitch in lsrael. “The assailant was not (running) amok. He stabbed one person, with an ordinary kitchen knife, although he could have attacked many more people who were there.”

However, according to the New York Daily News, the NYPD anti-terror unit was called out to the scene:

An Israeli student praying in a Brooklyn synagogue was stabbed in the neck early Tuesday after a knife-wielding maniac burst inside and yelled “I want to kill the Jew!”

…”I will kill the Jew! I want to kill the Jew!” a witness heard the attacker yelling as he entered the 24-hour religious center.

…A 25-year-old Israeli who was in the synagogue said he saw Peters enter and leave the building an hour before the attack.

“He was looking around, He asked for a book,” that witness said. “He looked not so much crazy, but different.”

When the man returned, he was armed with a knife in his hand and anger in his voice.

“I never thought it would happen in New York,” the witness told The News. “These things don’t need to happen.”

The stabbing victim is currently hospitalized in stable condition.

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MSM Dutifully Eggs on Climate Hysteria During UN Summit

Monday, December 8th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

It is once again the time of year when the most useless international body in Earth’s history gathers to coordinate its efforts to usurp sovereignty from the United States under the guise of stopping whatever it is they say climate is doing these days.

I attended/infiltrated the 2010 version of this event in Cancún, Mexico, and it was a most bizarre experience. At the conference expo they had a “Home of the Future” that looked like a prairie hut from the 1870s with solar panels. Most of the expo attendees were school children who were bused in for some good old-fashioned indoctrination.

However ridiculous these people seem to the sane eye, they are still a well-oiled machine, and that is what makes them dangerous. The left-leaning professional publicists formerly known as reporters are more than eager to make much ado about whatever progressives tell them to.

This morning’s news found Bloomberg News hyperventilating about typhoons in the Philippines, which are about as rare as embarrassing public antics by Miley Cyrus. The most recent occurrence of this seasonal event is touted as adding “urgency” to the UN talks.

Our friends at the New York Times even trotted out the “global warming” throwback for a headline today, discussing what will be “commonplace” in 2040, based on some predictive models. Bless their hearts, the models haven’t been working out that well for them thus far, but they keep treating them as flawless.

While his immigration overreach has been getting all of the attention lately, this press message coordination is designed to give President Obama some backup for more executive action.

The research, by a team led by University of Cal-Irvine doctoral candidate Tyler Sutterley, first appeared online at the journal Geophysical Research Letters on November 15th, about two weeks before Thanksgiving. So why is it making headlines now? Probably because the National Aeronautics and Space Administration issued a press release on the new paper on December 2nd. Why wait so long? Because on December 1st, the United Nations kicked off its annual climate confab and the Obama administration is keen on orchestrating its release of scary-sounding climate stories so as to attempt to generate support for its executively commanded (i.e., avoiding Congress) carbon dioxide reduction initiatives that will be on display there. This also explains the recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration speculation that 2014 is going to be the “warmest year on record”—another headline grabber—two months before all the data will be collected and analyzed.

The media fix will always be in when it comes to climate change hysteria (children’s entertainment is embarrassing because of it right now), and the current occupant of the Oval Office will do everything he can on his own to burden the American taxpayer to help fund his pet issue.

With a little help from his friends, of course.

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Zionist Students Fight Back Against Students for Justice in Palestine

Monday, December 8th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach kvells some wise advice in the Jerusalem Post:

On Wednesday night, my son Mendy held a demonstration inside an event held by the Students for Justice in Palestine at New York University. They were screening a documentary by Israeli filmmaker (or should I say anti-Israeli filmmaker) Lia Tarachansky, called On the Side of the Road.

…My son sought to show the other side of the story. While there were indeed hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees, there were even more Jewish refugees driven from Arab lands and Iran beginning at the same time. The number of these refugees amounted to 850,000 Jews. My son and his fellow students held 6-foot signs displaying this number. These refugees fled their countries due to the fierce anti-Semitic atmosphere that had begun to envelop them. In the 1940s, and especially after 1948, pogroms were set against the Jews of the Middle East, with hundreds killed. In Iraq in 1941, 180 Jews were murdered, with 900 Jewish homes, schools, businesses and synagogues destroyed.

In Tripoli, 1945, 140 Jews were massacred and another 4,000 were left without homes. In 1947, 75 Jews were murdered across Syria, and another 80 were killed in the anti-Jewish Cairo bombings of 1948. That year 82 Jews were murdered in Aden, in what has come to be known as the “Yemeni Holocaust.”

These killings were not carried out by armies, but by enraged civilian populations who stormed the Jewish areas of their cities.

My son put this information onto signs and set them before SJP’s audience for all to absorb.

…There was another side to this story. The NYU students deserved to see it.

Get ready to laugh. Apparently the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) kids didn’t think Mendy’s demonstration was permitted. That’s right, professional protesters didn’t think Zionists had the right to protest. Then again, perhaps it had less to do with “right” and more to do with being shocked that college kids would dare to go against the campus trend.

When the SJP organizers saw him and the other students protesting the event, they were shocked. “Is this allowed?” asked the director.

It was, and Mendy had the papers to prove it. She was at a loss for words, and just stared at the display. In the decade that the SJP has been operating, they had never seen something like this inside the walls of their very own event.

…The fight for Israel at leading Western universities is the singles greatest PR war on campus.

It’s a war that is winnable if Jewish and pro-Israel students learn that the time has come to fight back.

 

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Joe Scarborough Teases Employers, Asks if Christie’s Clearing in Bridgegate Will Get Coverage

Monday, December 8th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

I believe his contract says he is allowed to remind everyone that he isn’t really one of the MSNBC gang once a month, so he’s hit his max for December.

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Does Contemporary Feminism Need Campus Rape to Survive?

Monday, December 8th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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The illustrious Mother Jones reports opinion contemporary feminists thrive on:

However, recent research shows that the broad contours of the environment described at UVA—where women report widespread sexual assault with no consequences for perpetrators—is not unique on America’s college campuses. As one expert told RS contributing editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely, “the depressing reality is that UVA’s situation is likely the norm.”

Except for the fact that we now know the “UVA situation” was a lie. And if you’re worth your weight as a scientist or statistician, your “norm” can’t be based on a lie. Therefore, neither can your “depressing reality” no matter how “broad contours” you stroke into the picture you are painting. (“Pretty little contours,” Bob Ross instructs.) And when it comes to the 1 in 5 undergraduate women are sexually abused stat, you’re talking some of the broadest strokes imaginable in both execution and interpretation. (“Pretty little lies,” Bob Ross chimes in.)

Mother Jones uses the art of the infographic to cite disturbing statistics regarding campus rape. For instance, 57% of sexually abused undergraduate women are “under the influence of alcohol and drugs.” No comment is made comparing that stat with the next one that reads “4% of college women are given drugs without their knowledge.” In other words, 53% of undergraduate women who are sexually assaulted have had that assault occur after knowingly imbibing in drugs and alcohol. Out of those women, 85% “have previously seen or spoken with their assailant.”

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Rolling Stone Editor Acknowledges ‘Discrepancies’ in UVA Rape Story

Friday, December 5th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Oops.

In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced. We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. We are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by the story.

Were this an isolated incident it would be bad enough. This story, however, was written at a time when there is a movement afoot on college campuses to basically strip constitutional rights away from male students, creating “guilty until proven innocent” policies regarding sexual assault. This wasn’t reporting, it was deliberate political narrative-building.

The discrepancies in this story have been out there for all to see for a while and, while it’s good that the magazine finally acknowledged them, it would have been better had an editor done his or her job in the first place.

Cautioning against false accusations is not the same as ignoring the problem, although this debate has become so heated that claim is often made.

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Fear Not, the Washington Post Is Still on the All-Important Elizabeth Lauten Story

Thursday, December 4th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

The headline:

Who had the worst week in Washington? Elizabeth Lauten.

This is the kind of story that one would expect a recent hire at a lunatic fringe site like Media Matters or Talking Points Memo to be running with. That the flagship paper in the nation’s capital ran no fewer than twelve stories prior to this one is beyond embarrassing.

It’s also proof that the mainstream media doesn’t lean left, it is left. This isn’t biased reporting, it’s public relations work for the Democrats. President Obama and his signature achievement spent Thanksgiving under a bus, having been thrown there by members of Democratic leadership. He also went down to somewhere near #648 on his list of people to nominate for secretary of Defense because nobody really wants the job.

What does a faithful member of the cult do when the leader is being besieged by reality?

Whip up a distraction.

Elizabeth Lauten has to have had the worst week in Washington in the minds of Chris Cillizza and his ilk because the alternative–that their Messiah is failing–is just too painful to bear.

When future civilizations study the death of journalism and newspapers in our time, they will no doubt almost immediately note that it was by suicide.

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Beyonce Dons Niqab, Sexes Up Islam & Black Power Street Protests in New Video

Thursday, December 4th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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Yeah, it’s that creepy.

Radical Islamists (and probably fairly traditional mainstream ones, for that matter) are already offended at Beyonce’s attempt to sex-up Islamic headwear by pairing the face-veiling niqab with a bare midriff and peek-a-boo boobs. So much for vowing to Qaddafi’s son to respect sharia law.

Mark Tapson breaks down the well-timed offense, a re-release of  a nearly year-old video, over at FrontPage:

The dirge drags on as Beyoncé pouts, scowls, and growls. Her mob smashes car windows with baseball bats, hurls Molotov cocktails, and burns cop cars while Beyoncé sings: “The laws of the world never stopped us once/’Cause together we got plenty super power.” Except for the music and the ultrachic posturing, it suggests the real-life “sensitive urban zones” of Paris, where immigrant “youth” go on nightly, car-immolating rampages and challenge the police in territorial skirmishes.

As the song draws mercifully to a close, the privileged Beyoncé – having peeled off the niqab and donned a camouflage jacket that costs probably $3000 – faces off with her defiant, multicultural mob of chiseled cheekbones against a line of cops in riot gear. She stands next to a man in a balaclava reminiscent of her niqab. The two of them clasp hands Thelma and Louise-style in anticipation of the confrontation to come. The message: rioting, property destruction, anarchy, and attacking cops are cool – and nothing influences youth more than the aura of cool.

…The video was actually first released last December, long before the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Why would Beyoncé believe that this is an appropriate time to put it back in the public eye?

Ratings. Tapson’s right, incitement, too. Because as the mainstream media has taught us so well in Ferguson, incitement garners ratings. And when you’re a brand you will absolutely pursue violence and death in the name of topping the charts. Will Beyonce brand this violent form of radical Islam-meets-black power the way she has so successfully branded feminism? Let’s hope so, only because Beyonce’s “feminism” has inspired so many celebs to leave the fold, and so many women to re-think exactly what a movement about freedom and equality should really look like.

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Megyn Kelly Is the New Ratings Champ in Key Demographic at Fox News

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

America wins again.

“The Kelly File,” hosted by Megyn Kelly, attracted 546,000 viewers ages 25 to 54 in November, more than any other cable news program in the demographic coveted by advertisers. It’s the first time Kelly has topped the nightly cable news rankings since her show began last year, and the first time any Fox host has beaten O’Reilly in two years.

O’Reilly, who has hosted “The O’Reilly Factor” since 1996, drew 521,000 viewers in the 25-to-54 age group. He had the larger overall audience, with more than 3 million people tuned in nightly, while 2.73 million watched “The Kelly File.”

Both shows prospered in a month where Fox News, owned by 21st Century Fox Inc. (FOXA), outdrew every cable channel in prime time except for ESPN. Fox attracted more than 2 million viewers a night between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. in November, which included Congressional elections and protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Fox News’ prime-time ratings have increased 12 percent this season in the 25-to-54 age group from last year, while total prime-time viewership has climbed 3 percent.

This was inevitable. While O’Reilly appeals to an extremely devoted and, for now, larger demographic, Kelly probably has broader longterm potential with the money demo. Of course, Roger Ailes knew this when he moved her from daytime into her current slot. Roger Ailes knows everything about cable news, remember?

Kelly is also dispelling the myth that FNC prime time viewers are all octogenarians who still tell “Ike” stories. The liberal media would have us believe that all Republicans fit that description even as they champion a grandmother for the presidency in 2016.

Megyn Kelly’s growing audience is younger and most definitely not ready for Hillary.

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University of South Alabama Distances Itself from Ferguson After Newspaper Draws Comparisons

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 - by Chris Queen

A recent Washington Times article about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has stirred up a firestorm 600 miles away. The piece by Valerie Richardson draws comparisons between the Ferguson case, which led to rioting and violence, and a 2012 case in which a black police officer at the University of South Alabama shot and killed an unarmed white teen.

A two-year-old case involving the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old white man by a black police officer is gaining attention on social media in the wake of this week’s protests and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Gilbert Collar, a white, unarmed 18-year-old under the influence of drugs was shot and killed Oct. 6, 2012, by Officer Trevis Austin, who is black, in Mobile, Alabama. Despite public pressure for an indictment, a Mobile County grand jury refused to bring charges against Officer Austin, concluding that the officer acted in self-defense.

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The discrepancy in the reaction to and coverage of the two grand jury decisions has not been lost on social media, where critics are citing the Collar case to counter those who say Brown was the victim of racism in both law enforcement and judicial system.

On Thursday, the website Conservative Tribune headline trumpeted the case: “Unarmed White Teen Gunned Down by Black Cop … Where’s the Outrage?”

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The real outrage is taking place in Mobile, Alabama, where the university makes its home. Local officials there don’t like the comparison between the horrendous events in Ferguson and their older case.

According to local officials, the two cases were handled radically differently, and the fundamentals were dissimilar.

“Communication was the key to it,” Sheriff Sam Cochran told AL.com.

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“We put out more information, we called the news media and we showed the video from the eyes of the officer,” he said.

Members of the media watched the tape twice and were able to report on what they saw. “I think the communication calmed people down,” Cochran said.

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Mobile County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lori Myles said that a strong relationship with the media is central to eliminating speculation.

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Myles added that one key element in the Ferguson case was absent.

“They’re focusing on race, this was never that,” she said of the USA shooting.

It’s worth noting that, though many people still characterize the South as a racist region, the Gil Collar case did not turn into a debate over black vs. white.

Much of the blame for the tragedy that nearly destroyed the city of Ferguson lies at the feet of the media. I’m sure the fine folks in Mobile want to heap a double portion of blame on certain members of the media for painting their dissimilar — but equally sad — case with the same brush.

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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski: Let’s Do Away With Data-Based Crime Fighting

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

My goodness, but the media is full of muppets.

When they’re not fact-checking SNL skits that criticize Obama, and dumpster diving to drive obscure GOP staffers mad, they’re chucking reason and science in the name of feel-good political correctness — never batting an eye that if they get what they want, innocent Americans will be victims of crime, and some of them will die at the hands of violent criminals.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough tried to have a real conversation on race and crime and police practices this morning. It failed. But not because of him, it’s because of his his liberal cohort.

Scarborough tried to get his pal Mika Brzezinski and guest Dorian Warren to see that police departments base their patrolling and practices on crime data. They refused, and Warren kept criticizing police and “stop and frisk.”

Brzezinski betrayed the left’s claim to be the “reality based community” and the politicos who favor science, though, when she blasted police use of data to craft crime-fighting strategies.

“[Policing] should not be based on the data,” an exasperated Brzezinski said. “It should be based on moving society forward, and treating whites and blacks equally.”

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Obama Sells Ambassadorship to a Soap Opera Producer

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

ABC News frames this story as “John McCain is angry over President Obama’s latest pick for an ambassador.” Which is the wrong framing, ABC, and yet another example of why no one bothers to trust the MSM these days. Y’all just can’t help yourselves from making bad guys out of good guys and good guys out of bad. See: Ferguson, where the high armed robber who attacked a cop is the media’s “victim,” and the police officer who was doing his job is somehow the “villain.”

The right framing here is that Barack Obama, the man who promised hope and change and that he would run a clean, open and honest government, runs an opaque oligarchy for the rich has once again sold an influential post to one of his fundraisers. This time it’s Colleen Bell, producer of The Bold and the Beautiful — a daytime soap. She raised enough campaign cash for Obama to get herself appointed and confirmed by the Democrat-controlled Senate to become ambassador to Hungary. Obama misrepresented himself as this transformational figure, but he’s just a grifter like so many who have come before him.

The Senate confirmed a producer of the soap opera “The Bold and The Beautiful” today to serve as ambassador to Hungary, and Sen. John McCain is not happy about it.

Prior to the vote, McCain, R-Ariz., went on a tirade about how Colleen Bradley Bell, a soap opera producer and bundler for President Obama’s campaigns, is “unqualified” to represent the United States as an ambassador to Hungary.

“We’re about to vote on a totally unqualified individual to be ambassador to a nation which is very important to our national security interest,” McCain said on the Senate floor. “Her qualifications are as a producer of the television soap opera ‘The Bold and The Beautiful,’ contributed 800,000 [dollars] to Obama in the last election and bundled more than $2.1 million for President Obama’s re-election effort.”

“I am not against political appointees … I understand how the game is played, but here we are, a nation [Hungary] that is on the verge of ceding its sovereignty to a neo-fascist dictator getting in bed with Vladimir Putin and we’re going to send the producer of ‘The Bold and The Beautiful’ as the ambassador,” McCain continued. “I urge my colleagues to put a stop to this foolishness. I urge a no vote.”

Regardless of McCain’s urging, the Senate confirmed Bell to the ambassador post with a vote of 52-42.

Which means that the Obama Democrats rubber-stamped his pick. They did it before they lose power next month.

ABC does point out that Bell was one of those Obama appointees who proved themselves clueless and evasive during Senate confirmation hearings.

MCCAIN: So what would you be doing differently from your predecessor, who obviously had very rocky relations with the present government?

BELL: If confirmed, I look forward to working with the broad range of society –

MCCAIN: My question was, what would you do differently?

BELL: Senator, in terms of what I would do differently from my predecessor, Kounalakis –

MCCAIN: That’s the question.

BELL: Well, what I would like to do when — if confirmed — I would like to work towards engaging civil society in a deeper — in a deeper –

MCCAIN: Obviously, you don’t want to answer my question.

After McCain’s rant on the Senate floor today, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., defended Bell saying she is “intelligent,” “successful,” and “knows how to make friends.”

Well under those qualifications Obama should send Dora the Explorer to become ambassador to Russia. She’s intelligent, resourceful, makes friends and she would forbid Putin from swiping more countries. Only two things stand in Dora’s way: She’s not real, and did she raise enough cold hard cash for the Obamessiah?

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