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“The Interview” and Hacking of Sony

We’re getting a little tired of reading harebrained opinions by pundits and experts about Sony’s decision to yank its movie “The Interview” after Sony was hacked, apparently by the petulant North Korean regime.

1) It’s Sony’s movie. There is no “right to be shown a movie.”

2) By all accounts this was a B-grade comedy with very little artistry or other redeeming merit. There are very few right-to-free-speech issues here.

3) The movie is Sony property and Sony’s decision to run it or not, not the media’s, and not the so-called cybersecurity experts’.

4) If Sony decided to run the movie anyway, and even one of 18,000+ theater outlets had been victimized by a terrorism bombing attack, the media and the public wouldn’t be screaming “capitulation,” they’d be screaming for Sony’s head on a platter for risking public safety by inviting a terrorist response.

5) The only appropriate response to North Korea is beyond Sony’s expertise, and hopefully Anonymous is working on that now.

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Respect the Office

I had lunch with a very old friend earlier this week. He is an old-school (1960’s) conservative. I mentioned how the media, including a channel he watches, savages the President with smears and lies. His answer surprised me. He said: “I don’t care WHAT party a person is from, the President of the United States is OUR PRESIDENT and he should be treated with respect, dammit!”

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TULIP TREES by Richard

See image posting in PHOTOS. thumbnail, featured imageTULIP TREES by my friend Richard Wanderman, on Flickr. Canon PowerShot G7 X, November 9, 2014, Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, south of Kent, Connecticut. Richard says, “I’ve shot these enormous tulip trees before and it’s sort of a test for any camera I’ve got. The tilt out LCD on the G7X makes this kind of shot a breeze. ”

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“A Gaggle of New York’s Finest” by Richard

See image posting in PHOTOS. thumbnail, featured image“A Gaggle of New York’s Finest” by my friend Richard Wanderman, on Flickr. Ricoh Imaging GR, October 31, 2014, NYC. Richard says, “We walked down to the Village to get some pizza … and because it was Halloween and there was going to be a parade, there were NYPD everywhere. This looked like a scene out of a movie.”

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“Khorasan Group” flap-du-jour Explained

Sometimes more is less, and sometimes, less is more, and sometimes it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference. There can be no question that several Al-Qaeda groups operate in the Khorasan area. Administration or media hype, or a politically motivated attempt to discredit the Administration? We take a look at this flap-du-jour in Commentary.

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