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Mediaite: Alan Dershowitz on Sony Hack: It’s ‘Pearl Harbor on the First Amendment’ [rdbrewer]


Listener Calls Into Glenn Beck Radio Show With an Incredible Allegation About Michelle Obama’s Race Story
The woman who asked for help is an Obama supporter and is married to an MSNBC producer. Via commenter "Jane D'oh." [rdbrewer]


Meet Derby, the dog who runs on 3-D printed legs
"With his new legs, he can run." [rdbrewer]


Obama gives the Castro regime in Cuba an undeserved bailout
"President Obama granted the regime everything on its wish list that was within his power to grant.... That liberalization will provide Havana with a fresh source of desperately needed hard currency and eliminate U.S. leverage for political reforms." The Castros will get all the money we spend there, allowing them to stay in power indefinitely. [rdbrewer]


Vermont’s Giving Up On Single-Payer Health Care Over Ballooning Costs [rdbrewer]


Ann Coulter: One In Five People Who Write For Rolling Stone Are Morons
"In response to the total implosion of Rolling Stone’s preposterous story about a fraternity gang-rape at the University of Virginia, the media have reverted to their Soviet-style reporting. They’re not even saying: We’re choosing not to talk about UVA because it’s a side show. It’s more like: UVA? That’s a school?" Related: Jackie sounds a little cray cray. [rdbrewer]

Ungrateful Loaf: Why Are Conservative Culture Reviews Always So Negative?
"If you reflexively hate what Hollywood does now, why in God’s name are you reviewing new movies?" [Gabriel Malor]
Miami Herald: Miami, heart of Cuban exile community, stunned by U.S. policy shift
Via Drudge. "Shock reverberated through Miami, the heart of the exile community, where detractors lambasted the policy shift — and the Democratic president — for what they called a betrayal." [rdbrewer]


David P. Goldman: Why Liberals Really, Really Hate Us
The left knows it’s practicing politics as performance art. And they know how silly they look doing it. But they also know we know, and they hate us for knowing. Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]

Man who gave away Panama Canal 'proud of Obama' for normalizing relations with Cuba without bargaining for anything in the process
"Now I know I'm not the worst president ever," Carter probably said. Even Robert Menendez thinks the Cuba deal stinks. Marco Rubio says it's "willfully ignorant." Look, narcissists gonna narcissist, you guys. [rdbrewer]
Video: Man Falls Off Treadmill While Checking Out Woman
But a solid 9.5 on the recovery. I'm sure she bought it. [rdbrewer]

Ben Shapiro, Truth Revolt: Michelle O: Racist Target Shopper Asked For Help Taking Something Off A High Shelf
Thing is, two years ago it was just a short lady who needed help. And Michelle felt good about helping her. (Michelle is apparently unaware the David Letterman show is taped.) [rdbrewer]


Hans Fiene: 3 Ways The Biblical Blockbuster Can Get Its Groove Back
"Step 3: Pretend Mel Gibson Is Roman Polanski." [rdbrewer]


Mollie Hemingway: 5 Reasons Why Jeb Bush’s Presidential Exploration Is Going Nowhere
"4) Too close to his brother’s big government legacy." [rdbrewer]


Jim Tankersley: The great start-up slowdown
"The country doesn’t have enough of the kind of entre­pre­neur­ship that creates jobs and too much of the kind that boosts rich executives at the expense of everyone else." Crony capitalism. [rdbrewer]


Michelle Malkin: Jeb, the Chamber’s Water Boy
"Jeb’s indulgent (and ultimately doomed) enterprise has three privileged constituencies: Big Business, Big Government, and Big Media." [rdbrewer]
Ralph Peters: Is Our Priority Protecting Humanity, or Protecting Monsters?
While the NYT whines about "torture," the Taliban clarifies the issue for us by slaughtering 150 schoolchildren
Shock: Gay Bakeries Refuse to Make Cakes With Inscription "Gay Marriage Is Wrong," Turn Away Customers
So I guess some people are permitted to retain their moral beliefs...
Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of 2014? George Clooney's Wife, Just Because She Landed Her Man
This is what a feminist looks like... oh and I think we may be at Peak Celebrity and therefore Peak Decadence
Josh Kraushaar, National Journal: Jeb Bush Is Dismissing the GOP Base at His Own Peril
"In September, Gallup found that only 41 percent of respondents thought that 'government should do more to solve the country's problems.'" [rdbrewer]

Megan McArdle, Bloomberg: Russia's Problems Are Everyone's Problems
"[T]he world is about to experience a major financial crisis in a country that seems to deal with its internal troubles by slicing off bits of neighboring countries." [rdbrewer]


Editors: Going for 45
"Jeb Bush, who says he is considering running for president, is a strong conservative." The rhetorical trick here is to take the biggest knock on a person or thing and confidently state the opposite of the truth, hoping people buy it, like "Cap'n Crunch stays crunchy in milk." No, it does not. It's an attempt at persuasion, not accurate communication. Annoying but not surprising. They jumped on the Romney bandwagon early too, didn't they? [rdbrewer]


Charles C.W. Cooke: Jeb Bush: The Wrong Name at the Wrong Time
"Dynastic objections aside, it strikes me also that Jeb is almost perfectly wrong for this moment in American history." [rdbrewer]


Erick Erickson: House Conservatives Have the Power and Should Depose Speaker John Boehner
"Although many would have you believe otherwise, Boehner has not yet been elected Speaker for the new term. House Republicans elected him as their nominee for Speaker in November, but the full House of Representatives needs to vote on his nomination in January." [rdbrewer]

Ross Douthat, NYT: Jeb and Dynasties
"[T]here really would be something historically unusual about having the same two families alternate in the American presidency for, potentially, twenty-eight out of thirty-six years." [rdbrewer]
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