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The Interview, reviewed: Kim Jong-un assassination comedy is hardly Earth-shattering stuff - not that you’d guess it from today’s headlines

news.nationalpost.com — To quote the philosopher/Spinal Tap guitarist David St. Hubbins, "There's a fine line between clever and stupid." Judging from the careers of James Franco and Seth Rogen, this is a line that they sometimes choose to blur.

Andrew Coyne: What would a responsible party do in the Wildrose’s place except give up?

fullcomment.nationalpost.com — Many people have responded with bewilderment to the news that the Wildrose Party, until lately Alberta's Official Opposition, has decided instead to join the government. Or at least, that a substantial part of its caucus has. Particular scorn has attached to the party's leader, Danielle Smith, for being among them.
Dec 17, 2014

Andrew Coyne: What would a responsible party do in the Wildrose’s place except give up? natpo.st/1AeLpDj via @fullcomment

Dec 17, 2014

RT @RobSilver: I miss Coyne.... @nppolitics: Andrew Coyne: What would a responsible party do in the Wildrose’s place except give up? natpo.st/1AeFNc7

Dec 17, 2014

@nppolitics: Andrew Coyne: What would a responsible party do in the Wildrose’s place except give up? natpo.st/1AeFNc7

Dec 17, 2014

RT @nppolitics: Andrew Coyne: What would a responsible party do in the Wildrose’s place except give up? natpo.st/1AeFNc7

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Toronto Raptors’ Drake Night 2 could have been an inspiring sequel but instead everything was the same

news.nationalpost.com — Drake Night 2: The Re-a-Drakening The original Drake Night came to us at a time when the Toronto Raptors were a curiosity with some potential to be more than that. The We The North campaign had not launched, and the playoff series against Brooklyn, which showcased the team's young, diverse and passionate fan base, was still three months away from starting.
Dec 18, 2014

Again, from last night, my uber-serious review of Drake Night 2, in which you can have your say at the bottom! news.nationalpost.com/2014/12/17/dra…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @e_gilbert: Drake compares Raptors to kids of Degrassi. @ekoreen invites you to rate the Re-A-Drakening. SO MUCH happening here: natpo.st/1ArZDip

Dec 18, 2014

Last two two tweets: My own oft-recognized dumbassery. Here's the correct link to @ekoreen's piece natpo.st/1ArZDip

Dec 18, 2014

Drake compares Raptors to kids of Degrassi. @ekoreen invites you to rate the Re-A-Drakening. SO MUCH happening here: natpo.st/1ArZDip

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Canadian gun lobby group under fire for ad featuring Santa giving kid an assault rifle

news.nationalpost.com — Canada's National Firearms Association has come under fire online for a Christmas ad featuring Santa giving an assault rifle to a beaming child. The ad is accompanied by the cheeky caption "Don't shoot your eye out, kid!" - a reference to the popular holiday movie A Christmas Story, in which a child wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

Wildrose slaps down Danielle Smith’s ‘reunification’ plan in unanimous vote

news.nationalpost.com — EDMONTON - Alberta's Wildrose party has unanimously rejected former leader Danielle Smith's "reunification proposal" and will begin a new leadership selection process in early 2015. President David Yager has stepped down and will now serve as vice-president of fundraising. He will be replaced by Jeff Callaway, who previously served as president from 2008 to 2010.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @nppolitics: Wildrose slaps down Danielle Smith’s ‘reunification’ plan in unanimous vote natpo.st/1AkbFvV

Dec 18, 2014

RT @nppolitics: Wildrose slaps down Danielle Smith’s ‘reunification’ plan in unanimous vote natpo.st/1AkbFvV

Toronto Raptors get some revenge against Brooklyn Nets with win on Drake Night

news.nationalpost.com — TORONTO - Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 12 assists as the Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-89 on Wednesday night - a bit of payback against the team that ousted Toronto from last season's playoffs. Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors (20-6), who won their fourth straight game.
Dec 18, 2014

A throwaway on Drake Night is actually a recognition that these mature, commanding Raptors have outgrown the gimmick. natpo.st/1r1A4EL

Trailer Tracker: White God is the latest addition to the ‘animals taking over the world’ genre

news.nationalpost.com — Film has a long history of stories about animals that take over the world. Alfred Hitchcock gave us an avian menace in 1963 with The Birds. Apes took over in 1968's Planet of the Apes (followed by three sequels and a TV series), again in 2001 and most recently in 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its 2014 sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Stephen Harper on his first task when the Parliament Hill attack began: Get out alive

news.nationalpost.com — Stephen Harper says his "first responsibility" when a gunman broke into Parliament Hill's Centre Block on Oct. 22 was to "extricate" himself from the danger so he could do his job as prime minister. Harper made the comment in an interview Wednesday with CBC News, part of a round of year-end discussions he held with some media outlets.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @sladurantaye: First thing @pmharper did once he was safe on day of shooting was call his mother. to say he was safe. news.nationalpost.com/2014/12/18/ste…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @sladurantaye: First thing @pmharper did once he was safe on day of shooting was call his mother to say he was safe. news.nationalpost.com/2014/12/18/ste…

Pamela Porter gets two years in jail for money laundering linked to husband’s alleged hospital fraud

news.nationalpost.com — The wife of alleged fraudster Arthur Porter has pleaded guilty to two counts of laundering the proceeds of crime. Pamela Porter entered the pleas in a Montreal courtroom this afternoon. One of the charges was related to helping her husband launder money from an alleged fraud of $22.5 million in a $1.3-billion supherhospital project in Montreal.
Dec 18, 2014

Pamela Porter handed two years jail for money laundering, MUHC scheme. Steal of a deal for the ex-spywatchdog's wife. natpo.st/1zBaC9Q

Police say Ontario Liberals paid $10,000 to wipe 600,000 files off hard drives in premier’s office

news.nationalpost.com — TORONTO - Court documents allege the Ontario Liberal party paid the spouse of a top aide to Dalton McGuinty $10,000 to wipe computer hard drives in the premier's office. The allegation is contained in police documents used to obtain a search warrant that was executed in November at an Ontario government cyber security office in downtown Toronto.

Why Fairy Tale of New York is the only Christmas song that matters

news.nationalpost.com — There's a tough bit of Pogues in every holiday season: that drunk sweatered uncle too foul to hold their tongue; that time you passed out under the chestnut tree in your cousin's backyard; the odious nephew (spoiled rotten and never worked a day in his life) who shows up once
Dec 18, 2014

"MacColl’s voice is the syrup to McGowan’s hard tack." @hockeyesque on The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York": news.nationalpost.com/2014/12/18/why…

With help of a mouse tanning salon, UBC scientists may have accidentally found the secret to wrinkle-free skin

ww2.nationalpost.com — With help of a mouse tanning salon, UBC scientists may have accidentally found the secret to wrinkle-free skin Randy Shore, Postmedia NewsWednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 Researchers at UBC created a solar light box for mice to assess the effects of UV light on their skin.
Dec 18, 2014

With help of a mouse tanning salon, Canadian scientists may have accidentally found the secret to wrinkle-free skin buff.ly/1JadXBU

Black teen wins legal victory over South Carolina justice system - 70 years after the state executed him

news.nationalpost.com — COLUMBIA, S.C. - More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.
Dec 18, 2014

Horrifying. >Black teen wins victory in S Carolina justice system, 70 yrs after his execution. ow.ly/G7UlZ pic.twitter.com/u7PAtLqDZW

The Interview may have survived if it had let Kim Jong-un do the same

news.nationalpost.com — "No picture ever made has promised more momentous consequences ... ridicule against the most dangerously evil man alive has loomed as a titanic jest, a transcendent paradox." It's not advance praise for The Interview, which we learned this week may never play in cinemas after cyberattacks and threats of physical violence from North Korean-backed hackers.

Will Russian ruble collapse doom the KHL? Teams reportedly in crisis, many players not getting paid

news.nationalpost.com — With oil prices down, the ruble in freefall and the country likely headed for a deeper recession, the Kontinental Hockey League may not survive Russia's financial crisis. According to a report in the Globe and Mail, financial difficulties have forced sponsors to pull funding for multiple KHL teams. At least three teams (Slovan Bratislava, Atlant Moscow Oblast and Dinamo Riga) are "believed to be on the verge of financial ruin."

National Post Sessions: Brooklyn’s Gold Lake channels the American West Coast sound via Spain

news.nationalpost.com — National Post Sessions invites musicians to perform stripped-down versions of their hits or favourite songs. This week, Gold Lake perform We Already Exist. Gold Lake may call Brooklyn home but their hazy songs recall the breezy echoes of the other American coast.

Robyn Urback: TTC takes giant step toward the present with card payments. Only several more giant steps to go

fullcomment.nationalpost.com — What a time to be alive. We can send pictures across the world in a matter of seconds, keep a lifetime's worth of information literally in our pockets and have little robot vacuums clean our houses after we leave for work. The future is now.
Dec 18, 2014

TTC will soon allow credit card payments! Also, have you heard of this fab new band called "Destiny's Child" natpo.st/1C5IVXh

Barbara Kay: Harvard students want to learn the law without discussing ‘upsetting’ crimes

fullcomment.nationalpost.com — There are days when I think the entire media has been taken over by the satirical publication, The Onion, whose hilarious riffs on cultural and political trends skewer political correctness with such straight-faced precision that they are frequently taken at face value. But the latest Darwin-award entry in cultural lunacy is no satire.
Dec 18, 2014

Barbara Kay: Harvard students want to learn the law without discussing ‘upsetting’ crimes natpo.st/1GV8YBp via @fullcomment

Coalition airstrikes putting ISIS ‘on the defensive,’ says commander of Canadian warplanes

news.nationalpost.com — KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait - The fighter pilot commanding Canadian warplanes bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq says the coalition air campaign that the Royal Canadian Air Force is part of has made such progress that the Iraqi government was now in a position to decide when was the best time for its forces to begin trying to regain territory it lost earlier this year.
Dec 18, 2014

Coalition airstrikes putting ISIS ‘on the defensive,’ says commander of Canadian warplanes natpo.st/1GV5bUB via @nationalpost