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Chuck C. Johnson Wrong Again: FBI Conclusively Links N. Korea to Sony Hack

Self-beclowned yet again
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All week long, right wing smear merchant Chuck C. Johnson has been ranting on Twitter about his goofy theory that North Korea had nothing to do with the Sony hack, claiming to have proof from “Sony insiders,” and demanding apologies from anyone who dared to suggest otherwise. A small sample of his dozens of boasting tweets:

Et cetera, et cetera.

If you’ve been following the sad saga of the Ginger Avenger and his long-running habit of shooting himself in the foot, you probably already know where this is headed.

Yes, that’s right — the FBI announced today that they have conclusively linked North Korea to the Sony cyber-attack.

Some of the evidence they cite in their statement:

Technical analysis of the data deletion malware used in this attack revealed links to other malware that the FBI knows North Korean actors previously developed. For example, there were similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks.

The FBI also observed significant overlap between the infrastructure used in this attack and other malicious cyber activity the U.S. Government has previously linked directly to North Korea. For example, the FBI discovered that several Internet protocol (IP) addresses associated with known North Korean infrastructure communicated with IP addresses that were hardcoded into the data deletion malware used in this attack.

Separately, the tools used in the SPE attack have similarities to a cyber attack in March of last year against South Korean banks and media outlets, which was carried out by North Korea.

Hmmm. Who do we believe? The FBI’s investigators, or Chuck C. Johnson’s “anonymous sources?” It’s a real quandary.

We notice, however, that for every single recent breaking story, Chuck has claimed to have anonymous sources right in the middle of it. A cynical person might begin to suspect he’s just inventing these “sources” to inject himself into the news.

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Michele Bachmann: I Outsmarted Progressives With Evidence-Based Arguments

Bachmann brags
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I can’t help it; when Michele Bachmann boasts about outsmarting liberals with “evidence-based arguments,” I just start to giggle uncontrollably. Every time I watch this clip I crack up.

Wingnuts say the darndest things.

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Fake Outrage Alert: Alan Gross’s Lawyers Have a Photo of Che Guevara! Secret Commies!

Plotting the destruction of all that is good and true
Wingnuts • Views: 10,475

The right wing media is in unison screaming mode again, sliming newly-released American Alan Gross, because of course they are. A photograph of Gross in his lawyers’ Washington DC office after getting out of a Cuban prison shows photographs of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro hanging on the wall.

In the strange paranoid wingnut universe, this is proof that Gross and his lawyers are secret commies dedicated to the destruction of America.

Here’s the photo, posted by New York Times photographer Stephen Crowley:

And here’s a typical right wing reaction:

I don’t know why those pictures are on the wall, but if I had to speculate I’d say it might be because these lawyers were working on getting Alan Gross out of Cuba for the last five years, and hung the pictures as a way to keep the issue front and center.

That’s just a guess, of course. But I’m pretty sure it wasn’t because they’re plotting secret commie plots, and then circulating a photo that exposes them by mistake.

A Beautiful Animated Short Film on a Controversial Subject: “Gentrification”

An animated pastel watercolor vision
Arts • Views: 15,269

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A strange and fascinating animated short film by Alberto Mielgo, for a mid-week weirdness break.

Painted, animated and Directed by Alberto Mielgo
2D animation, Black Inks, Pencil, Watercolors and After Effects
Music: Franz Schubert - String Quintet in C Major, D. 956: ll. Adagio

Watch: President Obama Announces Normalization With Cuba

A new chapter
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Today President Obama announced historic changes in the relationship between the United States and Cuba, and the US right wing is already in panicked freak-out mode.

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Tuesday Night Jam: James Taylor, “My Traveling Star”

Coming back home was like going to jail
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Here’s James Taylor recorded at a three-night engagement at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA, in July 2007, with 2 minutes of exposition before the song begins.

Watch my back and light my way
(My traveling star, my traveling star).
Watch over all of those born St. Christopher’s Day
(Old road dog, young runaway).
They hunger for home but they never stay,
They wait by the door,
They stand and they stare.
They’re already out of there,
They’re already out of there.

My daddy used to ride the rails
(So they say, so they say).
Soft as smoke and as tough as nails, my daddy
(Boxcar Jones, old walking man).
Coming back home was like going to jail.
The sheets and the blankets and babies and all,
No, he never did come back home,
Never that I recall.

Never mind the wind,
Never mind the rain,
Never mind the road
Leading home again.
Never asking why,
Never knowing when,
Every now and then,
There he goes again.

She had a cat and a dog named Blue
(My traveling star, my traveling star).
A big old stove and a fireplace, too
(Old road dog, young runaway).
She told me she loved me like it was true.
I knew I should stay,
I knew I would go.
Run, run, run away.
Run, run, run away, boy.

Run before the wind,
Run before the rain,
Over yonder hill,
Just around the bend.
Never knowing why,
Never knowing when,
Every now and then,
There you go again.

Tie me up and hold me down
(Oh, my traveling star).
Bury my feet down in the ground
(Oh, old road dog)
Claim my name from the lost and found
And let me believe
This is where I belong
Shame on me for sure
For one more highway song.
My traveling star, my traveling star…

And Now, Jeb Bush

Very predictable
Politics • Views: 25,511

To no one’s surprise, Jeb Bush is making noises like he intends to run for President.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said Tuesday he’s taking a major step toward running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, a move that could put pressure on other candidates to make their intentions known sooner than expected.

“I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States,” Bush, 61, wrote in a Facebook post to which he linked from his verified Twitter account. “In January, I also plan to establish a Leadership PAC that will help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation. The PAC’s purpose will be to support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.”

If America elects a third Bush to the presidency, we’ll deserve whatever we get.

Monday Night Jam: Sean Rowe, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”

Red hair and black leather
Music • Views: 29,575

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Tonight’s musical tour de force is Sean Rowe’s fierce rendition of Richard Thompson’s classic folk ballad, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning.” An intense performance of a great, great song.

Thompson described this as “a simple boy-meets-girl story, complicated somewhat by the presence of a motorcycle.”

Said Red Molly to James, that’s a fine motorbike
A girl could feel special on any such like
Said James to Red Molly, well my hat’s off to you
It’s a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952
And I’ve seen you at the corners and cafes it seems
Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme
And he pulled her on behind
And down to Box Hill they did ride

Said James to Red Molly, here’s a ring for your right hand
But I’ll tell you in earnest I’m a dangerous man
I’ve fought with the law since I was seventeen
I robbed many a man to get my Vincent machine
Now I’m 21 years, I might make 22
And I don’t mind dying, but for the love of you
And if fate should break my stride
Then I’ll give you my Vincent to ride

Come down, come down, Red Molly, called Sergeant McRae
For they’ve taken young James Adie for armed robbery
Shotgun blast hit his chest, left nothing inside
Oh, come down, Red Molly to his dying bedside
When she came to the hospital, there wasn’t much left
He was running out of road, he was running out of breath
But he smiled to see her cry
And said I’ll give you my Vincent to ride

Says James, in my opinion, there’s nothing in this world
Beats a 52 Vincent and a red headed girl
Now Nortons and Indians and Greeveses won’t do
They don’t have a soul like a Vincent 52
He reached for her hand and he slipped her the keys
He said I’ve got no further use for these
I see angels on Ariels in leather and chrome
Swooping down from heaven to carry me home
And he gave her one last kiss and died
And he gave her his Vincent to ride

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