And a good time was had by all.
…Remember The Interview? Really?
"'They will not have just won this battle, but they will be emboldened to continue the war, from hacking to intimidating us, to more violent means,' said Carole Lieberman, a psychiatrist and author of 'Coping with Terrorism: Dreams Interrupted.' 'We are now being seen as a cowering nation and terrorists from Korea to the Middle East are laughing at us.'"
Give us a break. How is Sony Pictures “us”?
(In fact. from Wikipedia…
Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (SPE) is the American entertainment subsidiary of Japanese multinational technology and media conglomerate Sony.
Just pointing out.)
And now we’re supposed to do what, go to war over some freaking movie company? Because otherwise the terrorists will win?
Get a grip.
"County Executive Steve Bellone said that is how the 19-year-old Duke University student and porn actress ended up as one of the 267 people on his ‘following’ list."
Now we can just blame Kim Jong Un for everything.
Noted by our Pacific Rim Bureau chief, from the Seattle Times:
"Clearly determined to make himself more synonymous with ‘roasting’ than a tipsy Dean Martin, established non-Seattleite Howard Schultz…the somewhat-ingenious peddler of the $5 coffee drink, announced a new plan to (literally) double the bucks in Starbucks with a new line of ‘Reserve’ beans and ‘Roasteries’ with all sorts of imaginary special qualities."
Headquartered as we are in a town with not just fewer than 42 but zero Starbucks outlets, we can only wonder at the magnificence of it all. Imagine:
“The half-again-more-costly magical brew will be roasted in Extraordinarily Special Supercalifragilistic machinery, then dispensed via copper pneumatic tubing…"
That ain’t just Joe.
"A Kentucky woman was in jail on Wednesday after authorities caught her trying to shoplift merchandise while her son took part in a 'Shop with a Cop' event."
"'This report makes clear that there are some areas of our country's preparedness that need strengthening up,' said Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., who co-chairs the Senate Caucus on Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism."
I think we’ve found it!
Also, who knew there was a Senate Caucus on Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism? Does this mean there’s also a Senate caucus on not weapons of mass destruction terrorism?
"It’s absolutely true that the most most notorious prison camp on the planet is in Cuba — but it’s run by the U.S. Government. "
"Apparently we are supposed to regard the cancellation of a dumb movie as The Worst Thing Ever, since it involves surrender to an ugly regime and its evil ways. The great and the good are now exhorting President Obama to do something about this outrage and teach North Korea to behave. The hideousness of Pyongyang is no more ‘news’ than learning that Hollywood is full of idiots. What exactly the moral outrage contingent wants Washington, DC. to do about Sony’s prostration before the prophets of juche is far from clear."
"Sony’s executives now say they knew that basing a film on the assassination of a living national leader — even a ruthless dictator — had inherent risks."
Based on Sony’s trailer for the movie, The Interview, (maybe it’s still around, maybe it got yanked along with the film itself), we just might owe North Korea a debt of gratitude here. And I don’t mean just for the juicy executive quotes. Either that or possibly I’m just out of touch with what’s funny these days. (OK, you can put your hands down now.)
"He threatened to use his new position as a subcommittee chairman on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to block the nomination of an ambassador to Cuba and the building of an embassy there, and he said the better policy would be to increase the Soviet-era sanctions."
Of course, for $48 million maybe they could finally beat Ohio State, so maybe it’s worth it after all.
"The new U.S.-Cuba deal ends a long-standing ban on importing Cuban tobacco and eases traditionally tense travel bans — but bringing back cigars in bulk and tourism are still off limits.
"The policy change, annouced Wednesday, allows American travelers to bring back $400 worth of goods from Cuba, but it puts a $100 cap on tobacco and alcohol.…
"Plus, $100 doesn't go very far: In Cuba, a box of Cohibas runs between $130 and $150, Welsch estimated."
"Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them."
Never thought I’d be nostalgic for Goldwater. (A lot more at the link, above.)
"It's no surprise that Bush pounced to attack the shift in policy. A few weeks ago, Bush said that the current prohibitions on travel and trade are too loose and that the US government should clamp down harder on the Castro regime."
"US and Cuba are to start talks to normalise diplomatic ties in a historic shift in relations between the two countries, media reports say.…
"US President Barack Obama is making a statement later. "
"Mr. Bush could still win even if Tea Party supporters opposed him by a wide margin."
If Bush declares he will win the Republican primary and very possibly win the 2016 general election, especially if his opponent then is Clinton. There. Let’s not have any more discussion of this: That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.
ADD: This this was posted before I learned about today’s announcements involving relations with Cuba. I’m doubling down.
"This methane, which was detected by the Curiosity rover, can only really come from two places: Geological activity… or life."
As long as it doesn’t come through here. We’re opposed to pipelines here. Also, we’re opposed to any source of energy except, currently, the sun. So we’re hoping it stops raining soon.
If we could do fracking on Mars, we might be OK with that.
"John Yoo, the former Justice Department lawyer who authored a series of notorious memos cited by the Bush administration to justify the torture of terrorism detainees, acknowledged on Sunday that the CIA may have broken the law."
"Lane Kelly, Greenfield’s finance director, said the town will designate about half of the spaces in four of the town’s downtown parking lots as ‘premium’ spaces in an effort to open up space and make it easier for people who shop, dine, volunteer or go to the movies to find a place to park. They also aim to make it easier to find parking for people who plan to take the train when Amtrak returns to Greenfield."
"Last Friday, after the publication of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s history of torture and deceit post-9/11, Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who was tortured as a prisoner in North Vietnam, appeared on the Charlie Rose show.
"Watching was like taking an anti-Cheney pill."
"The SS United States was launched in 1952 as the world's fastest ocean liner, and it still holds the record for speediest trans-Atlantic voyage. The ship was partially funded by the Navy with the idea that it could be converted one day into an extremely efficient troop transporter."
"'Any white person with a criminal record, however, will be deported in the next 90 days back to their ancestral homeland. Rush Limbaugh will be going to Germany. Justin Bieber will depart for Canada. And the entire cast of Jersey Shore will be returning to Italy.'"
"Cho, who was head of cabin service at Korean Air, ordered a senior flight attendant off a Dec. 5 flight after she was served macadamia nuts in a bag, instead of on a plate, in what she thought was a breach of service protocol in first class."
Down at the John W. Olver International Bus Station work is furiously underway to build a platform beside the track. The track runs right by the bus station which, when it was built a few years ago with stimulus money, was intended to be a train station too, but nobody thought to build the platform because it was imagined back then, we suppose, the train would never actually arrive. But now we know it will. December 22.
There’s no time (and perhaps no money) to build a permanent platform by the track so construction of a temporary platform is hurriedly underway. From the looks of it, it’s intended to be temporary for a long, long time.
But no matter. The high speed train will leave from here on December 22 around 1:30 PM and arrive in New York City about 6:30, in plenty of time for a fashionably late East Coast supper and perhaps a show. There is no return train until the next morning, so take your jammies if you go.
Yes. The high speed train will whisk you from here to New York City in five hours flat. Or, if you prefer, you can drive it (according to Google) in a little over three.
"1911: Harvard President A. Lawrence Lowell describes cheerleading as 'the worst means of expressing emotion ever invented.' In response, The Nation defends the activity: 'The reputation of having been a valiant 'cheer-leader' is one of the most valuable things a boy can take away from college. As a title to promotion in professional or public life, it ranks hardly second to that of being a quarterback.'"
"(Reuters) - A Wisconsin man told a sheriff's deputy he had not been drinking, but rather eating beer-battered fish when he was pulled over for what could be his 10th drunken driving offense, according to an incident report released on Wednesday."
"The studio 'does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use' of the information, Boies wrote in the letter, according to the New York Times report."
"It's a matchup between two of the league's most disappointing teams."
"As best I can tell, Lena Dunham is the Miley Cyrus of condescending, phony intellectuals."
"After many requests, Netflix secured the rights to the newest British cult hit Happy Valley."
“British cult hit” is just plain terrifying.
"We’re not talking about whistleblowing or related matters of political import where important discussions need to be had. This is nothing more than privacy evisceration courtesy of media opportunism."
When we’re talking about my stuff it’s privacy.
When we’re talking about your stuff it’s transparency.
See how that works?
"Down here in the tabloid trenches, we also must deal daily with people who somehow keep getting their names in the news, but who hold, frankly, no fascination whatsoever."
"As special agent in charge of the criminal investigation task force with investigators and intelligence personnel at Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, and Iraq, I was privy to the information provided by Khalid Sheik Mohammed. I was aware of no valuable information that came from waterboarding.…Cheney’s claim that the frequent waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed ‘produced phenomenal results for us' is simply false."
This whole “torture works” crowd is just plain embarrassing.