Glad to see this. Our first thought: about damned time. This crap has been going on for way too long. Mom's second thought: who is tired of sneaking his Havana cigars into the country? I can already hear the knee-jerk conservatives and Cuban-American community howling. (Update: I won't link to the stories but evidently the news media is picking up on the dismay of both groups.)
Like the author at Crooks & Liars, I hope Wal-mart simply pays up but I don't think they are that smart. Chiseling their workers has been a major tactic for padding their bottom line for years. They simply don't get slapped often enough or consistently enough to stop.
I never had any intention of going to see The Interview. Not possible now that Sony has pulled the movie it isn't an option. The style of comedy is not one I appreciate. Can It Happen Here? has a few cogent comments concerning Sony's stupidity in making the film in the first place and I concur. I though the comments the stars made in their own interview on ABC which indicated surprise at the attack on the film exhibited a cultural blindness of colossal proportions. They thought it all good fun. They simply don't understand one of the major characteristics of the 'cult of personality' which holds sway in North Korea. It is a religion and the personality at the pinnacle of the cult can't tolerate being the butt of a joke and especially one which postulates a plot to kill him. Why did they think the Koreans would react with any better grace than some Muslims did to the Dutch cartoons featuring unflattering depictions of the Prophet?