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‘We Must Overcome These Villains or Our Earth Will Be Threatened’

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WORLD’S FINEST #148 (March 1965)
Art by Curt Swan & Sheldon Moldoff
Words by Edmond Hamilton

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‘Saturday Night Live’ At Halfway Mark: Reconsidering A Hot Mess

Originally posted on Deadline:

UPDATE: Saturday Night Live, the show that Deadline commenters love to beat on like it owes them money, last night completed a first half of shows that improved dramatically over the season opener. I have watched since SNL launched in 1975, and to me it has always been like hitching your wagon to a sports team. Some years, you enjoy winning seasons fueled by great talent rosters; some years you suffer through rebuilding seasons. I trashed the season opener, but noted the potential. In fairness, I’ve seen enough to say: this group of writers and performers of  Saturday Night Live has gelled so quickly I only wish Lorne Michaels, and not Phil Jackson, was rebuilding the New York Knicks.

snl castAfter losing stalwarts Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis, Michaels last season added too many newcomers–with not enough racial diversity–and didn’t know what to…

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‘The Combat of Mars and Minerva,’ 1771

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The Combat of Mars and Minerva
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Oil on canvas, 143 x 104 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille

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[VIDEO] Mike Rogers: Intelligence Community Was Ready to Respond to North Korea Hack Attack, Didnt Get Decision from Obama

“The problem here was not the fact that we didn’t have the capability to do something nearly in immediate time, we just didn’t get a decision from the president of the United States.”

Ryan Lovelace writes: Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the intelligence community is ready to respond to the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment by hackers that had the support of North Korea. “Our intelligence services, the folks who would be responsible for at least the first wave of trying to make sure they don’t have the capability to do this again, were ready, they have the capability, they were ready to go,” Rogers said on Fox News Sunday….(read more)

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[VIDEO] Dr. Evil on Saturday Night Live: Mike Myers Mocks North Korea and Sony

SNL” veteran Mike Myers returned to the show on Saturday as Dr. Evil to mock North Korea’s cyber war with Sony Pictures.

The Austin Powers nemesis, appearing in the show’s opening sketch, ripped everyone from the hackers (“There’s already a GOP and they’re already an evil organization”) to Sony, who, according to Dr. Evil “hasn’t had a hit since the Walkman.”

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He also poked fun of “The Interview.” Read the rest of this entry »


‘COPS EXECUTED': The front page of the New York Post for Sunday, December 21, 2014

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UPDATE: Cop Execution ‘Revenge’ for Garner

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Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner — in what investigators believe was a crazed gunman’s ­assassination-style mission to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

“We’re all in this together.”

Mayor De Blasio, to grieving cops

“No we’re not.”

One of the grieving cops

“It’s an execution,” one law-enforcement source said of the 3 p.m. shooting of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

The tragic heroes were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant when they were shot point-blank in the head by the lone gunman, identified by sources as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, who had addresses in Georgia and Brooklyn.

Moments after killing the two officers, he too was dead, having turned the gun on himself on a nearby subway platform as cops closed in.

“I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today,” a person believed to be the gunman wrote on Instagram in a message posted just three hours before the officers were shot.

“They Take 1 Of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs,” the post continued, signing off with, “This May Be My Final Post.”

The Instagram page included an image of a silver automatic handgun with a wooden handle. Another image showed the same camouflage pants and distinctive blue sneakers worn by the gunman as his body was carried from the scene on a stretcher.

He used the hashtag #ShootThePolice, along with two other hashtags referencing Garner and Brown.

Brinsley walked up to the cops’ patrol car at the corner of Myrtle and Tompkins avenues, approaching from the sidewalk. Read the rest of this entry »


Franklin’s Warning ‘Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech,’ California Style

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By Tim Phillips and David Spady

Benjamin Franklin’s warning is perhaps more apt today than at any point in American history. In the past four years, the Democratic Party and the progressive movement have been dealt devastating losses at the ballot box, in large part becauseEverett Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), portrait by David Martin, 1767 voters rejected their policies as violations of fundamental liberties.

Yet rather than debate the merits of their policies, many on the left responded with a coordinated campaign to suppress free speech—primarily by intimidating, demonizing and silencing the people who opposed and defeated them. Examples include the Internal Revenue Services’ targeting of conservative nonprofit groups, Senate Democrats’ recent attempt to write a new constitutional amendment that would gut the First Amendment, and a host of other anti-free-speech efforts at both the state and federal level.

Our organizations, Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit advocacy group that mobilizes grass-roots activists to support or oppose specific legislation and hold lawmakers accountable, and Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which educates citizens about the benefits of free-market policies, have been among the left’s primary targets. Read the rest of this entry »


Officer Down Memorial Page: Police Officer Wenjian Liu, New York City Police Dept.

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Police Officer Wenjian Liu and Police Officer Rafael Ramos were shot and killed from ambush while sitting in their patrol car at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Thompkins Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Both officers were participating in an anti-terrorism drill when a subject walked up their patrol car and opened fire with a handgun, striking them both in the head and upper body multiple times. Other officers immediately pursued the the subject into a nearby subway station where the man committed suicide.

The subject was a gang member from Baltimore, Maryland, who had traveled to New York City specifically to ambush police officers. The man had published his intentions on social media prior to the shooting.

Officer Liu had served with the New York City Police Department for four years. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Can they breathe?’ Execution-style killing of two NYPD officers celebrated; ‘Salute the shooter’

Originally posted on Twitchy:

It was just last night that a handful of supporters of the New York Police Department attempted to hold a #ThankYouNYPD rally. The group was easily outnumbered by protesters, who taunted them and likened the gathering to a Klan rally. Just days before that, police haters hijacked a #BlueLivesMatter hashtag, while others were caught on video at the #MillionsMarchNYC chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops!”

With news just coming in that two New York City police officers were reportedly ambushed in their patrol car and shot execution-style, it’s not surprising that the anti-cop contingent is coming out to proudly express their smug satisfaction if not outright joy with the slayings.

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BREAKING: Two NYPD Cops Shot Dead in Patrol Car in Brooklyn

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Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead — execution style — as they sat in their marked police car on a Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, street corner.

“I saw an officer being put on a stretcher…There was lots of chaos and confusion.”

According to preliminary reports, both officers were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill when they were shot point-blank by a single gunman who approached their car at the corner of Myrtle and Tompkins avenues.

“It’s an execution,” one law enforcement source told The Post of the 3 p.m. shooting.

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The gunman just started “pumping bullets” into the patrol car, another source said.

The suspected gunman fled to a nearby subway station at Myrtle and Willoughby avenues, where he was fatally shot. Preliminary reports were unclear on whether he was shot by police or his own hand.

“They engaged the guy and he did himself,” one investigator said.

Brooklyn cops shot. Two police officers are believed to be shot at 3PM on Myrtle avenue and Tompkins avenue in Bed Stuy Brooklyn. Both officers were rushed to nearby Woodhull Hospital, a perp was found inside the Myrtle avenue train station with self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. He was rushed by medics in likely condition. Ongoing investigation.

Two police officers are believed to be shot at 3PM on Myrtle avenue and Tompkins avenue in Bed Stuy Brooklyn. Both officers were rushed to nearby Woodhull Hospital, a perp was found inside the Myrtle avenue train station with self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. He was rushed by medics in likely condition. Ongoing investigation.

“I heard shooting, — four or five shots,” ear-witness Derrick McKie, 49, told The Post. Read the rest of this entry »


Memmi, Lippo: ‘Mocking of Christ’ c. 1340

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MEMMI, Lippo
Mocking of Christ
c. 1340
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Collegiata Santa Maria Assunta, San Gimignano

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[PHOTO] Jazz: Chet Baker

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Zombie Marxism Prevails: Castro Thanks U.S. but Affirms Cuba’s Communist Rule

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HAVANA — President Raúl Castro declared victory for the Cuban Revolution on Saturday in a wide-ranging speech, thanking President Obama for “a new chapter,” while also reaffirming that restored relations with the United States did not mean the end of Communist rule in Cuba.

“I do not believe we can keep doing the same thing for over five decades and expect a different result.”

–Barack Obama

In a televised speech that lasted less than an hour at the end of Cuba’s legislative session, Mr. Castro alternated between conciliatory and combative statements against the United States and the rest of the world.

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He emphasized that Cuba would accelerate its economic reform, prioritizing an end to the country’s dual-currency system. But he also said that changes needed to be gradual to create a system of “prosperous and sustainable communism.” Read the rest of this entry »


Sony Chief “Disappointed” By Obama Rebuke, Hollywood’s Cowed Silence

Originally posted on Deadline:

UPDATED: Sony CEO Michael Lynton further contradicted President Obama’s criticism that Sony had “made a mistake” in handling the release of The Interview in his full sit-down with CNN on Friday. Obama said today that the studio did not come to him for help when cyberterrorists crippled the studio in a November hacking attack ordered by North Korea, but Lynton said the President was the mistaken one. “We definitely spoke to a senior advisor in the White House to talk about the situation,” he confirmed. “The White House was certainly aware of the situation.”

What’s more: Sony also consulted with the US State Department before the November hacking attack to assess any potential political heat the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy might provoke. Lynton said Sony went to experts, think tanks, and the State Department “to get an understanding of whether or not there was a problem” with the comedy…

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Pulp Cover: ‘Girls Gone Wild on the D Train’

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‘Hacker in Chief’ Sony Flick Nix Wrong: Bam New York Post Cover, December 20, 2014

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SONY HACK UPDATE: ‘The Interview’ Facebook, Twitter Accounts Are Deleted

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Todd Spangler reports: The Facebook and Twitter pages for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s “The Interview” — the satirical film at the center of North Korea’s alleged attack on the studio — as of Saturday morning were not accessible.

It’s not clear if Sony deleted the accounts or if hackers had disabled them….(read more)

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Chinese Newspaper: The Interview Shows Hollywood’s ‘Senseless Cultural Arrogance’

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Clifford Coonan reports: A state-run Chinese newspaper has slammed Sony’s North Korean-baiting comedy The Interview, which it pulled after a cyberattack, saying it was evidence of Hollywood’s “senseless cultural arrogance”.

“Any civilized world will oppose hacker attacks or terror threats. But a movie like The Interview, which makes fun of the leader of an enemy of the U.S., is nothing to be proud of for Hollywood and U.S. society.”

An editorial in the Global Times newspaper, part of the group that publishes the official Communist Party newspaper, the People’s Daily, said making a comedy about the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was “tasteless” and “nothing to be proud of.”

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China is North Korea’s only significant ally. China supported the North during the Korean War (1950-53) and aid from Beijing has probably kept the North Korean economy going since it lost the support of the Soviet Union following its collapse in the early 1990s.images

“No matter how the U.S. society looks at North Korea and Kim Jong Un, Kim is still the leader of the country. The vicious mocking of Kim is only a result of senseless cultural arrogance.”

However, relations have been strained since the North decided to go ahead with its nuclear weapons program against China’s wishes.

The editorial ran as North Korea said accusations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were “groundless slander” and that it was wanted a joint probe into the incident with the US.

“Any civilized world will oppose hacker attacks or terror threats. But a movie like The Interview, which makes fun of the leader of an enemy of the U.S., is nothing to be proud of for Hollywood and U.S. society,” ran the commentary. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Students Agree to Deport Americans in Exchange for Illegal Immigrants

Students at George Washington University signed a petition to deport one American citizen in exchange for one illegal immigrant. More than two-thirds of the students approached by Campus Reform agreed to sign the petition.

Maggie Lit reports: Students at George Washington University (GWU) willingly signed a petition supporting the deportation of one American citizen in exchange for one illegal immigrant.

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“Please sign our petition for President Obama to deport one American citizen, in exchange for one undocumented immigrant,” read the petition. “Everyone must be allowed a shot at the ‘American Dream.’ Americans should not be greedy. Let us right the wrongs of our past and make another’s dreams come true.”

“If somebody were to sign up for this program and they were going to go through all the effort to become this one undocumented immigrant than I think that’s enough will power and enough desire, they should be able to come in.”

“It makes sense,” one student told Campus Reform. “Like, I’ve noticed that there is a lot of like hatred against undocumented immigrants and it’s not necessarily their fault.”

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“Everybody deserves a shot and we shouldn’t rule anybody out,” said another. Read the rest of this entry »


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