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Is Alison Lundergan Grimes Gunning for Rand Paul?

By on 12.18.14 | 1:05PM

We haven't heard much from Alison Lundergan Grimes since she lost to Mitch McConnell by a landslide last month, but apparently she's still Secretary of State in Kentucky. Which is inconvenient only in that her recent experience seem to make her a bit touchy about the next election cycle.

Rand Paul, who has not announced that he is actually running for anything, casually announced a bit ago that he would try to keep his Senate seat even if he were to run for President. Given that the nomination process for Presidential candidates started six weeks ago, and the election actually isn't for another two years, he has plenty of time to consider that decision ahead of declaring for anything, let alone making any effort at actually submitting paperwork. BUT FEAR NOT, people of Kentucky. Alison Lundergan Grimes is already on the case, and she will sue Rand Paul's cargo shorts off if he even so much as thinks about running for two offices at the same time.

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Bill Clinton Creeps On NY Dem’s Daughter

By on 12.18.14 | 12:49PM

This is yesterday's viral photo, but we were all so obsessed with covering unimportant things like the Administration lifting the Cuba embargo and North Korea strong-arming Hollywood into pulling a movie that was probably going to tank anyway that we had to pass on covering a creepy photo of Bill Clinton hugging the daughter of a New York Democratic mega-donor. 

Fear not, though. 

The woman being only minimally restrained by both former President Clinton and what appears to be a Herve Leger bodycon dress, is Andrea Catsimatidis, daughter of John Catsimatidis, a "billionaire grocer" who donated $750,000 to Hillary's 2008 Presidential bid, and who may be best known for his part in a scheme to allegedly purchase the New York Senate for the Democratic Party, along with current NYC mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Alberta Tories Gain Nearly Entire Wildrose Party Caucus Including Leader Danielle Smith

By on 12.18.14 | 12:24PM

What a difference nine months make. Back in March, the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party was at its lowest ebb in its 43 years in office. Alison Redford was forced to resign as Premier in disgrace after spending lavish amounts of government money for personal expenses, the most notable of which was the $45,000 spent to attend the funeral of the late South African President Nelson Mandela.

This should have been a boon to the official opposition Wildrose Party led by Danielle Smith.

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Kim Jong Un “Interview” Death Scene Leaks Online

By on 12.18.14 | 11:25AM

Yesterday was a great day to be a tinpot dictator. 

We've already discussed the US softening of relations with Cuba, and last night, Sony Pictures, terrified of North Korea's psychotic overlord and his Atari missile launcher, pulled The Interview from theaters, after it became apparent that North Korea was behind the massive Sony email leak. Now, granted, had something actually happened, we'd have been all over Sony for failing to take decisive action, and blaming them for whatever life, limb and property was lost in the ensuing revenge. But at least right now, it's pretty clear that when it comes to a strong foreign policy towards men in fancy pajamas with rockets pointed at their Malibu beach hosues, Hollywood is more in favor than we thought they'd be.

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Why Did Harper Help Obama with Cuba?

By on 12.18.14 | 8:46AM

Yesterday, I wrote about Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's role in facilitating talks between the Obama Administration and the Castro regime which led to the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations as well as Canada's long standing diplomatic ties with Cuba.

Despite Canada's history with Cuba, I am still puzzled as to why Harper helped Obama in this matter. The reason for my puzzlement is due to Obama's efforts to block the expansion of the Keystone Pipeline which eminates from the oil rich province of Alberta. Given Obama's inflexibility and intransigence where it concerns Keystone, why would Harper have any inclination to help Obama? 

I suppose Harper thinks his was the act of a statesman. It would have been perhaps been statesman-like if resulted in more concessions from Castro. But Obama gave away the store. It pains me to say it, but Harper ran a fool's errand. Besides does Harper honestly think Obama is going to help him out if he's in a fix? Obama would throw Harper under the bus faster than you can say Justin Trudeau.

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Now I Really Want To Go See “The Interview”

By on 12.17.14 | 10:10PM

When I saw the trailer for The Interview, I told my roommate Christopher Kain, "Boy, this looks really stupid."

I had absolutely no desire to see this movie at all. I can't stand Seth Rogen. He's almost as annoying and unfunny as Will Ferrell.

But now that Sony has cancelled its Christmas Day release in light of two theatre chains pulling the movie amidst hacking threats (apparently from the North Koreans themselves) to carry out "9/11 like attacks" against theatres that dared show the movie, I want to see this movie.

And when I say I want to see The Interview, I don't want to see it On Demand. I want to see in a theatre armed with only popcorn and licorice.

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Marco Rubio: Barack Obama is the Worst Negotiator Ever

By on 12.17.14 | 4:44PM

The deal brokered to put an end to the US embargo against Cuba and "normalize" diplomatic relations is, at best, controversial. No one can tell for sure who will profit from it, why it was done, why it was done now, and how long it will be before we can aggressively import cigars and classic automobiles. 

What remains more important than that, however, is how the deal was brokered, what we got in it, and whether any part of the deal is ultimately fair to the United States, which has spent half a century building up the embargo in order to crush the Communist regime (which responded, mostly, but crushing it's own people). In return for no longer pretending Cuba doesn't exist except when we need to issue Beyonce a travel visa, which is everything Cuba's been asking for, we get a political prisoner whose name Barack Obama probably didn't even know before November. It seems like a dream come true for the Castros (zombie and not-zombie alike) and bit of a rough deal for anyone who spent the last fifty years or so hiding out from them.

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Canadian PM Praises U.S.-Cuba Rapprochement; Facilitated Talks

By on 12.17.14 | 4:23PM

In a year end interview with the CBC's Peter Mansbridge, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper praised normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba and revealed that he facilitated talks between the Obama Administration and Raul Castro's regime starting in June 2013.

Harper told Mansbridge, "I think that's an economy and a society just overdue for entry into the 21st century. Time will tell, but I think probably when the current generation of leadership passes you'll see some changes."

Harper is usually spot on when it comes to foreign policy, especially where it concerns the Middle East and Islamic terrorism. There is no foreign leader more publicly supportive of Israel than Harper.

But when it comes to Cuba, Harper is wearing rose colored glasses. When the current generation of leadership passes? Raul Castro is 83. Fidel is 88. Aside from some brave souls, the Castros are all Cubans know. Old habits are hard to break.

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Rick Santorum Would Like to Talk Frankly About Procreation

By on 12.17.14 | 1:19PM

I'm not sharing this because I feel like it adds anything to the debate over who should be our 2016 Presidential nominee. Frankly, I think the more candidates we have with varying degrees of insanity on varying subjects, the better. It's high time that the Republican party extoll the virtues of diversity of opinion within its ranks, and while some of the crazier folk might be apt to tarnish the party's public image in unexpected ways, at this point, they're only living up to double-standards that have already been set for them. And, if all else fails, with so many potential nominees seemingly grasping at the straws of sanity in one room, there's always a chance that a professional debate could dissolve into a wrestling match. 

I'm sharing this because I had to read it and I do not want to be alone in my misery. Ladies and gentlemen: Deep Thoughts With Rick Santorum.

I’ve spoken on a lot of college campuses and a lot of high schools, and [I've got] seven kids, so obviously sex isn’t a real problem for me.

No.

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Michelle Obama Once Got Asked for Help at Target, Thinks It Was Probably Racist

By on 12.17.14 | 1:09PM

Look. I honestly believe that yes, there are lingering vestiges of racism in our society. You don't exorcise something that pervasive in modern culture in less than a century. Occasionally - not regularly, but occasionally - we've all been known to make varying assumptions about other people based on existing stereotypes.

I have no doubt that, in their lifetimes, the Obamas have experienced lots of instances of discrimination based on skin color, and I think that's a tragedy. However, I do not think being asked to reach something on a high shelf at a big box retail store is one of those instances.

"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," Michelle Obama, who is 5'11", said. 

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