One small thing you can do in light of the Sony/North Korea fiasco

The cancellation of next week’s release of “The Interview,” a Sony film shelved amid threats by hackers the U.S. government believes to have been working for the North Korean government, is an affront to American ideals about free expression. It’s also a dangerous precedent of coercion and blackmail against a major corporation that could be replicated in far more meaningful ways against other companies — or even our government. It should be taken far more seriously than the mere loss of a probably-stupid movie I and many others wouldn’t have seen anyway.

Some folks looking for a way to “do something” in the face of this fiasco tried to schedule screenings of the 2004 film “Team America: World Police,” which also mocks a North Korean leader — only to have the studio, Paramount, kill those screenings as well.

So if you’re still looking for a way to send some kind of a message, short of pirating “The Interview” and making it available to the whole world, you could do much worse than going to see the movie with a Dec. 25 debut you should have picked anyway: “Unbroken.”

The book, by Laura Hillenbrand (who also wrote “Seabiscuit”), is one of the finest I’ve read in the past few years. It tells the story of Louie Zamperini, an Olympic athlete turned World War II airman who survives an amazing ordeal at sea after crash landing, only to be captured and tortured by the Japanese military. The movie is said to be very faithful to the book and Zamperini’s story, and if that’s true, it will make for a great way to spend a couple of hours (provided you’re not squeamish about watching some brutal scenes). It’s a compelling story of a great American’s triumph over the oppression of his captors and of his salvation, in more than one respect.

And with that, I bid you adieu for the year. I haven’t taken much vacation this year, so I’m going to take the next two weeks off to spend with my family. I appreciate all of you for sticking with the blog through a number of changes this year, and I look forward to cranking it back up on Jan. 5. In the meantime, I’ll leave this thread open for a few days.

I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year’s.

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IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

 Conservatives do have one thing to be thankful for: The fact is that Hillary Clinton learned so many lessons from her surprising 2008 defeat that she’s repeating each of them all over again.  Once more she is running as the overconfident, inevitable nominee with safe speeches filled with mush and a bloated campaign staff that already is leaking against each other in the press. 

Which is probably why so many Republicans, fresh off of their 2014 election triumphs, are excited.


And their other choice is warren, hahaha.



http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/republicans-2015-ready-for-hillary-113956.html#ixzz3NuKslN00

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

 Clinton, meanwhile, flew on multiple occasions in the same plane to Epstein’s private Caribbean island, Little St James, between 2002 and 2005 as he developed his philanthropic post-presidential career. It would later be alleged in court that Epstein organised orgies on that same private island in the US Virgin Islands.


big bill. 


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/who-is-jeffrey-epstein-a-study-of-the-man-linked-to-worlds-of-celebrity-politics--and-royalty-9954397.html



IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

You know what's funny, DDT never killed as many birds as the windmills have.


Not even close.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

 Let's start with premiums. President Candy Land promised that he'd "lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year." But premiums for people in the individual market for health insurance have spiked over the last year. In fact, Forbes health policy journalist Avik Roy and the Manhattan Institute analyzed 3,137 counties and found that individual market premiums rose an average of 49 percent.


Tis the year of obamacare vanishing from the Earth. And with it, all of liberalism.


http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/12/31/obamacares_annus_horribilis_125104.html#ixzz3Nr4LKOUK 

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

Threaten the world with a nuke?


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IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

Wanna get sanctioned? Hack into our clown show and will give you what fer.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

North Korea starves all of it's people to death and the proggies don't say a thing about it.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

 A recent Commonwealth Fund survey found that four in 10 working-age adults skipped some kind of care because of the cost, and other surveys have found much the same. The portion of workers with annual deductibles — what consumers must pay before insurance kicks in — rose from 55% eight years ago to 80% today, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation. And a Mercer study showed that 2014 saw the largest one-year increase in enrollment in "high-deductible plans" — from 18% to 23% of all covered employees.

“People put off care or they split their pills. They do without.” KAREN POLLITZ, A SENIOR FELLOW AT KAISER


Meanwhile the size of the average deductible more than doubled in eight years, from $584 to $1,217 for individual coverage. Add to this co-pays, co-insurance and the price of drugs or procedures not covered by plans — and it's all too much for many Americans.


Not a "junk" plan^^?


http://www.usatoday.com/longform/news/nation/2015/01/01/middle-class-workers-struggle-to-pay-for-care-despite-insurance/19841235/

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

Can you believe that, linking to the "smirking chimp?  What's next, the Moonbat Times?





Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

I think you're overdoing the whole gruber thing, Rafey. You may want to update your shtick.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Tiberius-Constitutionus


I'd feel the same way T-Roll, if I had willfully allowed myself to be Grubered.  


That little voice you hear in your head when someone is obviously trying to deceive you is worth listening to.

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

"But the Republicans sell the schnooks the idea that they’re the party of business, the guys who are savvy about money and know how to create prosperity. And they do. They create ever greater wealth for the people at the top of the heap. Anyone who points that out, however, is engaging in “class warfare,” just as anyone who points out the racism that is the glue binding the right wing together is playing “the race card,” and is therefore, a “racist.”"


same link

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

 Incidentally, did you know that, during this same period when riots, looting and arson have been raging, a black policeman in Alabama shot and killed an unarmed white teenager -- and was cleared by a grand jury? Probably not, if you depend on the mainstream media for your news.

The media do not merely ignore facts, they suppress facts. Millions of people saw the videotape of the beating of Rodney King. But they saw only a fraction of that tape because the media left out the rest, which showed Rodney King -- another huge man -- resisting arrest and refusing to be handcuffed, so that he could be searched.


Why? What is the objective? Do you think the cops are going to lose? All you're going to get is more hate, more distrust, more dead black men. Is that what you're after?

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

 Why don't you tell us, then, who the Democrats will nominate?


Either one of them. That's how dumb y'all are.



MarkVV
MarkVV

@RafeHollister 


Scalise must have attended too many white supremacists' events to remember them all, if he admitted attending one he did not attend. 

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@MarkVV @RafeHollister He spoke to a community group in the AM and the supremists rally was in the PM, same hotel.  Some of the early arriving Supremacists attended his 15 minute speech at the community group.  


This was about 10 years ago, he didn't even remember being there, but quickly accepted the fact that he was in the hotel that day, when presented evidence.  Funny, how the GOP, will accept evidence, but the Dems and media continue to dismiss evidence they don't like, with the Hands up, Don't Shoot ruse, that continues on unabated.



MarkVV
MarkVV

@RafeHollister @MarkVV 

Funny, how you know exactly what happened. But not funnier than comparing what a politician may have done in this century with what another politician (Robert Byrd) did in the middle of the last century. 

straker
straker

I whine -  "anyone who thinks hillary or warren are inevitable"


Why don't you tell us, then, who the Democrats will nominate?

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@straker You are right Straker, the bench strength is slim, either Granny Benghazi or Fauxcohontas.  Maybe Barry can import a good candidate from Mexico or Cuba, surely they have a socialist they can lend us,  or get folks excited by crazy Uncle Joe.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@RafeHollister @straker 


The Republicans have it easy. They have white supremacists' sympathizers on hand for any post anytime.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@straker

Not addressed to me, but...

O'Malley? Webb?

.

.

.

Bernie Sanders?

schnirt

IReportYouWhine#1
IReportYouWhine#1

Anyone here who thinks hillary or warren are inevitable may want to consider entering rehab.

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@IReportYouWhine#1


Says the blogger who for months told the blog what President Romney was going to do or not do.

Thanks for the cheap entertainment.


President Romney?

lol

So how was your stint in rehab?

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Because of con redistricting shenanigans, the House will be much harder to win back.


Now that is a hoot.  Go to Realclearpolitics.com and click on the map of the US House Districts.  The Red will blind you.  The whole country is red except a few blots of blue in the urban areas.  Splain how you can redistrict that map and turn it blue.  The states overwhelmingly are red, only 14 are controlled by the Dems.  If you look at those maps, you see why Obama is so desperately trying to import more liberals.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@RafeHollister

The Red will blind you

Dirt doesn't vote.

 a few blots of blue in the urban areas

AKA "those parts of the country where most people actually choose to live."

straker
straker

Tiberius


I agree that in 2016 the cons will have a tough time of it.


But, starting in January, after the new Congress is sworn in, they MUST make every effort to either repeal Obamacare or radically change it.


If they fail, what will they tell their electorate?

Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

@straker It will tell the electorate the same thing the conning con cons have been telling the electorate since Ronnie Rayguns: con hypocrisy knows no bounds.

straker
straker

Tiberius - "no they won't"


Yes, see, they have to.


Every single Republican running for election and re-election PROMISED to repeal Obamacare.


If ALL of them fail to do this, what do you think will happen in the 2016 elections?


I know many of their electorate aren't exactly the brightest bulbs in the box, but even they won't appreciate a complete failure after all those promises.

Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

@straker If I knew you IRL, I'd put money on it and even give you 10:1 odds.

In 2016 the cons are going to have a tough time of it.  Another Democratic president.  And the Dems recapture the Senate.  Because of con redistricting shenanigans, the House will be much harder to win back. 

straker
straker

Rafe - "amazing how many folks willfully suspended reality"


Not to worry!!!


The new Republican Congress will take Obamacare apart piece by piece.


Not sure what they will replace it with.

Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

@straker Yeah, no, they won't.  They'll make a big deal of it.  But when push comes to shove, they'll do nothing except (a) stuff that's completely inconsequential or (b) make genuine improvements that both Dems and the President will also approve of.  The ACA war is done.  President Obama won.  End of story.

MHSmith
MHSmith

@straker


Not before this so-called Republican Congress can get past...


Hint, hint... 60 or 2.


Otherwise, the SC is all they got to hang their hopes on. 


But all and all, it is going to be interesting watching this NEO-Ridiculous non-establishment GOP ... oopsy... This "Neo-Republican" Party execute their own version of "cram it down their throats".

My bet is, it won't workout any better for them than it did for the Dimwit Dems. 



RafeHollister
RafeHollister

“The problem is it starts to go hand in hand with the mandate; you can’t mandate insurance that’s not affordable. This is going to be a major issue,” Gruber admitted in an October 2, 2009 lecture, the transcript of which comprised the policy brief.


“So what’s different this time? Why are we closer than we’ve ever been before? Because there are no cost controls in these proposals. Because this bill’s about coverage. Which is good! Why should we hold 48 million uninsured people hostage to the fact that we don’t yet know how to control costs in a politically acceptable way? Let’s get the people covered and then let’s do cost control.”   Dailycaller.com



Amazing how many folks willfully suspended reality, and allowed themselves to be Gruberized.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@FIGMO2

“You don't answer the questions because your answers will likely make you guilty of what you accuse me.”


I have no idea, what you are talking about, and why. I have just told you I did not answer your questions because it was neither something I had posted about, nor something I was interested in. Why do you think you know better why I do things than I do?


“You contradict yourself by responding to my comments, in which you claim to be disinterested.”

Wrong again. I responded to the nonsense you wrote about Senator Obama’s bill, and then to your silly ways you responded to that. Clearly I was not disinterested.


P.S. Needless to say, arguing with you is nowhere near the top of my interests, but in view of the dearth of comments of interest here lately …

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@MarkVV

It was a comparison thingy, Mark.

Dodd-Frank is of no interest to you? Obama's Affordable Care Act, the same?

Alrighty din!

Are we done NOW?

MarkVV
MarkVV

@FIGMO2 @MarkVV 


What you posted about Dodd-Frank and ACA is of no interest to me. Understand the difference?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@MarkVV

Understand the difference?

I do.

What I posted was the inconvenient truth about both. Dodd-Frank is toothless and the ACA a giveaway to the insurance companies.

Some things you'd rather not acknowledge. Me and my inconvenient truths being among them.


MarkVV
MarkVV

@FIGMO2 @MarkVV 


It is always amusing when some people mistake their opinions for the truth.


But it is even more amusing when someone like you, who misses no opportunity to attack the democrats/progressives, first attributes some opinions to democrats/progressives:


“are you one of the many democrats/progressives who see Dodd-Frank as a toothless (silly) bill,”


“are you one of the many democrats/progressives who believes that Obama's ACA was a giveaway to the insurance companies,”


and then assumes those positions for himself/herself:


“What I posted was the inconvenient truth about both. Dodd-Frank is toothless and the ACA a giveaway to the insurance companies.”


I would never have guessed you were a closet democrat/progressive!


FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@MarkVV

I used to be pretty liberal, Mark. When I came to realize they, the Democrats, had joined forces with the progressives is when I opted out. There is no "I" on their team. A dangerous and subversive lot, those progressives.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@FIGMO2 @MarkVV 

As usual, FIGMO2, you answer has failed to address the substance of my post. which was that you first asked me mockingly whether I subscribed to the views of the "democrats/progressives" regarding Dodd-Frank and ACA, and then you expressed your agreement with those same views of the people you are now calling "a dangerous and subversive lot."

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@MarkVV

I never saw the need for either. Should have allowed the financial institutions to file for bankruptcy...shake up their totem pole. I do take pleasure in pointing out how progressives/democrats were scammed. A little slow on the uptake, they were/are.

I think it was Adam Green, founder of Progressive Change Campaign Committee (BOLDPROGRESSIVES.ORG) who said:

Green doesn’t deny the reality of unprecedented Republican obstructionism, but he doesn’t see it as an excuse, either. Some traditional Democrats, low-information people, are willing to give him a pass and say, ‘Oh, the Tea Party got in the way,’ he says. But those who are more of the progressive movement and look at this through a more sophisticated lens see that there was a fundamental lack of willingness to fight in the beginning of his presidency that had ripple effects throughout.

^^^ That's what a progressive thinks of people who still support Obama. Given the fact that African Americans are among his greatest supporters, that's an insult. What I call subversive racism on the part of "their benefactors".

Disgusting!