(Some Of) The Top Lies In Obama’s Speech About Cuba

From Breitbart:

Top 10 Lies in Obama’s Cuba Speech

By Joel B. Pollak | December 18, 2014

In the course of his address [on ‘normalizing relations with Cuba], Obama told American ten major lies, both of omission and commission. Here they are, in order of appearance:

With a couple of omission by us for space.

1. No mention of the Cuban missile crisis. “I was born in 1961 just over two years after Fidel Castro took power in Cuba… Over the next several decades, the relationship between our countries played out against the backdrop of the Cold War and America’s steadfast opposition to communism.” Cuba’s role in helping the Soviet Union project a direct threat to the U.S. mainland is carefully elided…

In fact, Obama made it sound like the only problem over the years was America’s opposition to communism.



US Troops Battle ISIS For 1st Time, As More Sent To Iraq

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

American troops battle ISIS for first time as they see off attempted attack by militants on Iraqi base

By Corey Charlton | 18 December 2014

A number of militants have been killed in Islamic State’s very first battle with U.S. ground troops after the extremists attempted to overrun an Iraqi military base. The militants attacked Ein al-Asad military base on Sunday where more than 100 U.S. military support troops are based.

So US ground troops advisors engaged in their first direct combat with ISIS, in what turned out to be a two hour firefight — and that doesn’t even get reported by the American news media? We guess they are too busy reporting on the Sony hack. Besides, this news might undercut Obama’s promise of ‘no boots on the ground.’

By the way, the base in question is the largest airbase in Iraq’s all important Anbar province.


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Sharpton Will Decide Which Sony Movies Can Be Shown

From Hollywood tabloid, The Wrap:

Sony’s Amy Pascal Teams With Al Sharpton, Black Activists to Combat Hollywood’s Lack of Diversity

By Linda Ge on December 18, 2014

Amy Pascal met with Rev. Al Sharpton Thursday, a week after apologizing for leaked e-mails in which she and producer Scott Rudin exchanged racially-charged jokes about President Barack Obama.

“Very pointed and blunt exchange w/Amy Pascal in our 90 min meeting [sic!],” Sharpton tweeted after the meeting. “Hollywood needs to change. Her leaked e mails show a cultural blindness.”

We thought the goal of the civil rights movement was to make everyone color blind. (Just kidding.) For the record, we suspect that even Steven Spielberg couldn’t get a 90 minute meeting with the head of Sony.

Sharpton also held a news conference in Manhattan announcing Sony had agreed to form a “working group” to address the racial diversity issue in Hollywood along with members of activist groups including Sharpton’s own National Action Network, the National Urban League, the NAACP and the Black Women’s Roundtable.



WH Is Weighing ‘Proportionate Response’ To Sony Hack

From Reuters:

White House says U.S. weighing proportionate response to Sony hack

By Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland | December 18, 2014 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Thursday that U.S. officials were treating a cyber attack on Sony Pictures as a serious national security matter and that President Barack Obama’s National Security Council was considering a proportionate response.

Are they planning to shut down North Korea’s burgeoning movie industry? Shut down their studio tours?

Obama’s top national security officials have met daily about the attack, which was done by a "sophisticated actor," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

Those damn ‘actors’ are really getting serious about their activism.

But Earnest said he was not in a position to confirm North Korea was responsible for the attack, and said the federal investigation was progressing.



Paramount Blocks ‘Team America,’ Sony Cancels Tours

From the Daily Beast:

Paramount Bans Showing ‘Team America’

December 18, 2014

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. (No reason was apparently given and Paramount hasn’t spoken.) Team America of course features Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il, as a singing marionette.

Which is putting it mildly.

In 2004, North Korea demanded Team America be banned in the Czech Republic. “It harms the image of our country,” a North Korean diplomat said then.


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Prof Punished For Noting A Liberal Prohibited Gay Debate

From the Daily Caller:

Marquette Prof Suspended For Criticizing Liberal Colleague Who Quashed Gay Rights Debate

By Chuck Ross | December 17, 2014

A tenured Marquette University political science professor has been officially barred from campus and suspended for writing a blog post criticizing a philosophy instructor who refused to allow a conservative student to debate the topic of gay marriage in her classroom.

The suspended professor, John McAdams, received a letter on Tuesday from Richard Holz, the dean of the Wisconsin school, informing him of his suspension. “The university is continuing to review your conduct and during this period — and until further notice — you are relieved of all teaching duties and all other faculty activities, including, but not limited to, advising, committee work, faculty meetings and any activity that would involve your interaction with Marquette students, faculty and staff,” reads Holz’s letter.



FLOTUS Told Different Version Of Shelf Story 2 Years Ago

From Breitbart:

FLOTUS Flashback: Woman Asked for Help at Target ‘Because She Was Short’

December 17, 2014

Wednesday, People magazine published an interview titled “The Obamas: How We Deal with Our Own Racist Experiences,” in which Michelle Obama claimed it was due to racism that a woman at Target asked her for help to get detergent from a high shelf.

“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.



NYC Pushes For A Settlement In (Non) ‘Chokehold’ Death

From a gleeful Associated Press:

NYC pushes for settlement in chokehold death

December 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The city said Wednesday that it is trying to negotiate a settlement with Eric Garner’s family as scores of defense attorneys protested the criminal justice system’s handling of police killings of unarmed black men by participating in marches and die-ins.

And never mind that there was no ‘chokehold’ used on Mr. Garner. And never mind that Mr. Garner did not die from asphyxiation. (And, while we’re at it, Michael Brown was only unarmed because he couldn’t wrest Officer Wilson’s gun from him.)

Officials in Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office said the push to reach a settlement of the $75 million civil rights claim brought forth by Garner’s family is part of Stringer’s strategy to settle major civil rights claims before lawsuits are filed.



VT Quits Single Payer, NY Bans Fracking, WA Caps Carbon

The blue state governors are suddenly really busy, now that nobody is paying attention. (And to think some people wonder why there are now more Republican governors and Republican controlled legislatures since the end of the Civil War.)

First we have this from the Associated Press:

Governor abandons single-payer health care plan

By DAVE GRAM | December 17, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. Going forward with a project four years in the making would require tax increases too big for the state to absorb, Shumlin said. The measure had been the centerpiece of the Democratic governor’s agenda and was watched and rooted for by single-payer health care supporters around the country.


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Amnesty Activists Sue Over Illegals Drivers Licenses Data

From a terribly concerned Associated Press:

Lawsuit over immigrant license data

By AMY TAXIN | December 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrant advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday over concerns that federal immigration agents could use state driver’s license databases to track down people for deportation.

The National Immigration Law Center sued the Department of Homeland Security demanding documents detailing how federal immigration agents access and use driver’s license data.

The lawsuit comes after immigrant advocates in Maryland received reports that federal agents earlier this year arrested several immigrants with prior deportation orders after apparently identifying them with help from a driver’s license photo and vehicle information…

And we can’t allow authorities to have any way to enforce our laws. And bear in mind that, thanks to Obama, the only people getting deportation orders these days are hardened criminals.



Jeff Sessions ‘Yields’ Budget Chairmanship To Mike Enzi

From an amused Reuters:

Sessions yields to Enzi as U.S. Senate Budget chairman

By David Lawder | December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Mike Enzi said on Wednesday he will take over as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee next year after the panel’s current top Republican, Jeff Sessions, agreed to step aside…

Why isn’t the news media talking about the Republicans war on its own base? — Unlike the fantasy of the Republican ‘War On Women,’ this is actually real.

Enzi, who had previously served as the top Republican on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, had decided to exert his remaining seniority to become the Budget Committee chairman instead.

That seniority literally came from the luck of a draw. When Sessions, an outspoken conservative from Louisiana [sic], and Enzi, a more moderate senator who shuns the media limelight, both joined the Senate in 1997, they drew straws to determine who had greater seniority.



Obama Commutes Crack Dealers, Rolls Back Guidelines

From a cheering Associated Press:

Obama commutes sentences for 8 drug inmates under new policy

By NEDRA PICKLER | December 17, 2014  

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday cut short prison time for eight drug convicts as part of his new initiative to reduce harsh sentences under outdated guidelines, a step that could lead to a vast expansion of presidential clemency in his final two years in office.

Is Obama the second term of Jimmy Carter or the third term of Bill Clinton?

The president also is pardoning 12 convicts for a variety of offenses. But the commutations are particularly significant because they are the first issued under new guidelines announced earlier this year designed to cut costs by reducing the nation’s bulging prison population and grant leniency to nonviolent drug offenders sentenced to double-digit terms…

The old sentencing guidelines subjected tens of thousands of blacks to long prison terms for crack cocaine convictions while giving far more lenient sentences to those caught with powder who were more likely to be white.



US Confirms North Korea Behind Sony Hack, Sony Caves

From CNN:

U.S. to announce that North Korea behind Sony hack: CNN

December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says federal investigators have now connected the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. hacking to North Korea and are expected to make an announcement in the near future. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to openly discuss an ongoing criminal case…

Has Obama offered to put the filmmakers in jail yet? Has he told the UN that ‘the future must not belong to those who would slander the Dear Leader’?

From Variety:

Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

By Brent Lang | December 17, 2014

With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas Day 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.



Hillary & Obama Agree: Economic Sanctions Don’t Work

From the Washington Post:

Hillary Clinton agrees with Obama on Cuban embargo

By Anne Gearan | December 17, 2014

President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba is almost certain to be supported by his former secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who said earlier this year that  the half-century-old embargo was outdated and counterproductive.

That’s funny, in 1999, President Bill Clinton expanded the trade embargo even further by also disallowing foreign subsidiaries of US companies to trade with Cuba. Perhaps Mrs. Clinton was too busy trying to contain the ‘bimbo eruptions’ preparing to run for the Senate to notice.

She has also called the failure to win the release of prisoner Alan Gross, who was freed Wednesday, one of the regrets of her tenure…

One of many, we hope.


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Obama Claim Gross Wasn’t Traded For Spies – Tough Sell

From the Washington Post, of all places:

Obama says Alan Gross wasn’t traded for Cuban spies. That’s a really tough sell.

By Aaron Blake | December 17, 2014

Regardless of how popular polls say diplomacy with Cuba is, President Obama has a very significant sales job in front of him. He needs to make the case that normalizing relations with an often-antagonistic communist neighbor is in the best interests of the United States…

"Often antagonistic" is one way of describing a country that was even willing to house nuclear missiles aimed at the US. — And, besides some cigars, what exactly are we getting out of normalizing relations with Cuba? (And we thought tobacco products were bad, anyway.)

One early stumbling block in building bipartisan consensus, though, is Alan Gross.


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