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The Great Escape murders:
How the Nazi slaughter of escaped
heroes led to one of post-war
Europe´s biggest manhunts
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Read    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/3/2013 8:44:14 AM     Post Reply
On March 29, 1944, Australian Squadron Leader James Catanach and three fellow Allied airmen found themselves languishing in a Nazi prison just a few miles short of the Danish border. After being prisoners inside Stalag Luft III, a notorious PoW camp located 100 miles south-east of Berlin, freedom had seemed so close just days before. Two years after being shot down over Norway, Catanach had been part of the most daring escape of the war. Some 76 Allied airmen had tunnelled out, before attempting to disperse across Europe and escape back to Britain. The 22-year-old Aussie spoke fluent German

This Story Stinks
New York Times, by DOMINIQUE BROSSARD and DIETRAM A. SCHEUF    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 3/3/2013 8:20:19 AM     Post Reply
In the beginning, the technology gods created the Internet and saw that it was good. Here, at last, was a public sphere with unlimited potential for reasoned debate and the thoughtful exchange of ideas, an enlightening conversational bridge across the many geographic, social, cultural, ideological and economic boundaries that ordinarily separate us in life, a way to pay bills without a stamp.

Shoplifters in Seattle: thefts
rise after plastic bag ban
Telegraph [UK], by Nick Allen    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/3/2013 8:02:34 AM     Post Reply
Seattle prohibited use of the bags eight months ago, encouraging people to bring their own reusable bags or pay a five cent tax for paper carriers. But thousands of dollars of extra produce has since gone missing, with store owners saying it is easy for thieves to walk in with reusable bags, conceal items in them and then walk out. Asking shoppers to leave their bags or backpacks at the front of stores while they shop has been deemed impractical. In a survey, more than one in five businesses in the city said shoplifting had become a problem because of



Beat the Press
New York Post, by Maureen Callahan    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 3/3/2013 7:46:02 AM     Post Reply
As coverage of last week’s flare-up between Bob Woodward and the White House devolved into the granular parsing of words and implications and extrapolations and possible intent, the larger point was roundly missed: the increasing pressure that White House correspondents feel when dealing with the Obama administration — to follow their narrative, to be properly deferential (!), to react to push-back by politely sitting down and shutting up.

Three Obama Adminstration Sequester
Claims That Were Not Backed
By Evidence
BuzzFeed, by Andrew Kaczynski    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 3/3/2013 7:38:39 AM     Post Reply
At a press conference Friday, President Obama said "all the folks who are cleaning the floors at the Capitol -- now that Congress has left, somebody is going to be vacuuming and cleaning those floors and throwing out the garbage -- they´re going to have less pay." He continued adding "the janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they´ve got to figure out how to manage that. That´s real."

Won´t you let dad protect me
like you protect your daughters,
Mr President? Families in Utah
protest against gun control laws
Daily Mail [UK], by Snejana Farberov    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/3/2013 7:35:17 AM     Post Reply
Protesters in Salt Lake City came armed to a Saturday rally against gun control laws, among them a two-year-old girl bearing a toy six-shooter and carrying a sign with a message for the president. [Snip] The little girl, sporting a pink shirt, matching pink boots and a flower in her blond curls, was clutching a cardboard sign nearly as big as she is that read: ´Mr President, sir, why don’t you want my mom + dad to protect their 2 girls like you protect your 2 girls - with gun?´ The pint-sized protester was only one of dozens of children

Warren critics, take note
Boston Herald, by Margery Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: John c- 3/3/2013 7:33:12 AM     Post Reply
Those who like to deride her as the “fake Indian” should know: Freshman U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has done more for your wallet in the past two weeks than Scott Brown did in two years and most of Congress has managed in their entire careers. Warren crushed and humiliated, first, federal banking regulators, and then Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on why both sit on their hands while big banks keep shafting average Americans — even though average Americans’ tax dollars bailed them out. Warren did this calmly, graciously, politely, in complete control and without ever reading a note. And she reduced both Bernanke and Elisse Walter, chairman of the mighty Securities and Exchange Commission, to gulping and stammering.



I rescued Argo hostages in my
orange Austin Maxi... it had a GB
sticker on! Hit film lauds American
heroes and claims Brits refused
to help, but our man in Iran
reveals the real story
Daily Mail [UK], by Martin Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/3/2013 7:30:10 AM     Post Reply
It was on a cold evening in January that my wife Sue and I set off from our home in Kent to watch Argo at the Odeon in Earls Court, West London.[Snip] However, even forewarned I could not help but grimace when, in the first ten minutes of the movie, one of the characters describing the fate of the escapees says: ‘The six of them went out a back exit. Brits turned them away, Kiwis turned them away. The Canadians took them in.’ I thought to myself: ‘That’s wrong. They shouldn’t have said that.’ Not only had the

´No borders´ anarchists aid
migrants en route to the UK
Daily Express [UK], by James Murray, Tracey Kandhola    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/3/2013 7:13:26 AM     Post Reply
Shadowy British “revolutionaries” are helping waves of migrants in Calais get around immigration rules and prepare for life here after they illegally enter the UK, the Sunday Express can reveal today. The activists, who believe there should be no borders between European countries and that anyone who wants to live in Britain should be able to, encourage the poorly educated migrants to follow their Left-wing anarchist ideology.[Snip]Since the notorious Sangatte refugee camp closed down in Calais, these volunteers make regular trips to France to give would-be migrants sleeping bags, phones, bikes, books, food, and help them to find squats.

EU ´growth boost from
US free-trade deal´
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/3/2013 6:59:57 AM     Post Reply
Europe´s most senior trade official has said that a free-trade agreement between the US and European Union would boost its growth by as much as 1%, leading to many more jobs. The EU and US recently began formal talks on a trade deal. The deal would the biggest free-trade agreement in history. EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said that both were still "suffering the effects of the earthquake that hit our economies in 2008". "This is the cheapest stimulus package you can imagine," he told an audience at Harvard University on Saturday, saying that for the EU, "the income

What voters really want
is a proper choice
Telegraph [UK], by Janet Daley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/3/2013 6:53:26 AM     Post Reply
Nigel Farage hit the nail on the head with his quip about three social democratic parties.[Snip] In Eastleigh, the electorate swung, with considerable enthusiasm, behind Ukip, a party which they know will never form a government and which has vilified all the plausible governing parties. It is customary to describe this sort of event as a “protest”--or, in the more dismissive formulation of the moment, “just a protest”, as if it were some kind of ritualised tantrum by a benighted public whose occasional fits of political immaturity had to be indulged. Don’t worry--David Cameron actually said this in almost as



The White House Joins the Cash Grab
New York Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 3/3/2013 6:45:14 AM     Post Reply
It is tempting to applaud the nonprofit group now spending nearly $100,000 on ads to pressure Republican lawmakers to accept gun-control measures. The group is fighting a well-financed and powerful corporate gun lobby that has never hesitated to spend millions to get its way in Congress. But a closer look at this group shows how disturbing its work really is. Its name is Organizing for Action, and if its initials seem familiar, that’s because the group is the direct descendant of Obama for America, the president’s campaign organization in 2008 and 2012.

Who´re you going to Trust:
The Stock Market or
the Media Innumerates?
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 3/3/2013 5:27:59 AM     Post Reply
Years ago, when I used to play poker with some guys, I played a hand in which across the table from me was someone who looked as though he had a straight flush. He kept pumping up the bidding and everyone folded but me. When we finally showed our hands he had nothing. "You don´t know what you´re doing," he yelled. "Any good player would have folded! Why did you stay in?" he shouted angrily. "Because you curled your lip and reacted furiously when I stayed in. Someone with a winning hand would never do that."

Obama issues rare immigration-
related pardon
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/3/2013 5:22:21 AM     Post Reply
All presidential pardons are unusual these days, so unusual that one prominent commentator on the issue refers to President Barack Obama as "among the most merciless presidents in the history of the United States." However, the list of 17 pardons President Barack Obama granted on Friday contains one that is even more rare than usual: a pardon aimed at curing an applicant´s immigration problems. Obama pardoned An Na Peng of Honolulu for her 1996 conviction on a single felony charge of conspiracy to defraud the Immigration and Nautraliztion Service. The case stemmed from allegations that Peng and

´Elaine Chao is just as much
an American as any of the
rest of them´: Enraged GOP
Senator Mitch McConnell defends his
Taiwanese born wife over ´racist´
Twitter attack launched by liberal group
Daily Mail (UK), by Snejana Farberov    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/3/2013 4:38:29 AM     Post Reply
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell struck hit back at a Democratic Kentucky super PAC that criticized his wife´s Asian heritage, calling the group´s Twitter messages ´racial slurs´ and "the ultimate outrage.´ Addressing some 100 home-state supporters at a Republican dinner in Winchester Saturday, McConnell said the group Progress Kentucky ´will not get away´ with attacking his wife on the issue of her ethnicity. The controversial tweet posted February 14 said McConnell´s marriage to Elaine Chao, the former Labor Secretary under President George W. Bush, ‘may explain why your job moved to (hash)China!’



Dear John: Skip daddy´s advice
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: Babsathome- 3/3/2013 3:33:45 AM     Post Reply
They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. But Boston City Councilor John Connolly better hope that old saw is wrong, because if he follows in the daffy footsteps of his hack father, he doesn’t have a prayer of unseating Mayor Mumbles Menino. Actually, he already doesn’t have a prayer, unless Boston’s mayor for life suddenly decides to pull a Pope Benedict XVI, which seems less likely with each passing day, and each passing campaign-finance report.

The Hostess Shuffle: Feds put
the ‘dough’ in this doughnut
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 3/3/2013 2:49:49 AM     Post Reply
“The devil,” wrote Shakespeare, “hath power to assume a pleasing shape.” It is just such a devil that has been summoned forth from the still warm remains of Hostess Bakeries in the form of millions of dollars of assistance money being paid out to thousands of former Hostess workers.At first glance, it is a very pleasing devil indeed.[SNIP]But wait a minute. Why should those former Hostess workers get extra help from the federal government when so many other people are out of work, too? What makes this former cupcake maker the Hostess with the mostest?

Seized Chinese Weapons
Raise Concerns on Iran
New York Times, by Robert F. Worth & C. J. Chivers    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/3/2013 12:05:05 AM     Post Reply
An Iranian dhow seized off the Yemeni coast was carrying sophisticated Chinese antiaircraft missiles, a development that could signal an escalation of Iran’s support to its Middle Eastern proxies, alarming other countries in the region and renewing a diplomatic challenge to the United States. (Snip) The missiles were labeled QW-1M and bore stencils suggesting that they had been assembled at a factory represented by the state-owned China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation, sanctioned by the United States for transfers of missile technology to Pakistan and Iran.

Obama camp identifies more bundlers
Politico, by Donovan Slack    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/2/2013 11:53:25 PM     Post Reply
The Obama campaign is identifying high-dollar fundraisers for the fourth quarter of 2012. The updated list of bundlers on the campaign´s web site includes roughly a dozen new names in the $500,000 and above category. They include actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, as well as clean-energy venture capitalist Steve Westly. Westly was bumped up from the $200,000 to $500,000 range, while the Smiths are on the list for the first time. The couple hosted a glitzy fundraiser at their California home in October. The full updated list is here. The new names in the half-million-dollar range:

Egypt needs to fix economy,
strike IMF deal: Kerry
Reuters, by Arshad Mohammed & David Stamp    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/2/2013 11:38:43 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday it is vital that Egypt revive its economy and that the country´s fractious political parties reach agreement on painful economic reforms to secure an IMF loan. (Snip) The Islamist government of President Mohamed Mursi said on Thursday it would invite an IMF team to reopen talks on a $4.8 billion loan that was agreed last November but put on hold at Cairo´s request during street violence the following month. Two years after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, the most populous Arab nation is deeply divided with many opposition parties


40 Years After An Acid
Attack, A Life Well Lived
New York Times, by Wendell Jamieson    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 3/2/2013 11:37:51 PM     Post Reply
On an October afternoon 40 years ago, on a beautiful block in Park Slope, Brooklyn, a crime occurred in a split second that was as permanent as it was cruel. Grown-ups tried to make sense of it, even use it as a cautionary tale for their children, but in the end, many just put it out of their minds. How could they not? It was just too awful, its lessons too hard to fathom. The victim was named Josh Miele. He was 4. On that day, Oct. 5, 1973, he was playing in the backyard

Gay sex rings, ´The Filth´
corrupting the Vatican...
and why the Pope Really quit
Daily Mail [UK], by John Cornwell    Original Article
Posted By: LittleRedHen1- 3/2/2013 11:30:18 PM     Post Reply
The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrung his hands above his head in triumph as he emerged as Pope on to the balcony of St Peter’s eight years ago. He had won! He had longed to be Pope. He has loved being Pope. He expected to die as Pope. (snip) The real reason he has quit is far more spectacular. It is to save the Catholic Church from ignominy: he has voluntarily delivered himself up as a sacrificial lamb to purge the Church of what he calls ‘The Filth’. And it must have taken courage.

Venezuela´s Hugo Chavez undergoing
chemotherapy, official says
Los Angeles Times, by Mery Mogollon & Chris Kraul    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/2/2013 11:29:59 PM     Post Reply
Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has been out of public view since his December surgery for cancer, is undergoing another round of chemotherapy in a bid to stop the spread of the disease, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said. (Snip) Maduro said the chemotherapy Chavez was receiving is typical for patients after such surgeries. Authorities have said little about Chavez´s condition or prognosis since his Dec. 11 operation in Havana, other than that he is suffering from respiratory weakness, that he is on a respirator and that he continues to fight for his life.

Republicans revisit Medicare
reform to cut spending
Los Angeles Times, by Lisa Mascaro & Michael A. Memoli    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/2/2013 11:23:16 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Fired up as once-unimaginable spending cuts start to slice the federal budget, Republicans are launching a new phase in their austerity campaign — resurrecting the party´s cost-cutting plan to turn Medicare into a voucher-like system for future seniors. Despite public uncertainty Saturday about the $85 billion in so-called sequester cuts, (Snip) Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the former Republican vice presidential nominee, is preparing a budget blueprint that aims to balance revenue and spending in 10 years. But his effort has run afoul of the GOP vow not to change Medicare

Stymied by a GOP House,
Obama looks ahead to 2014
to cement his legacy
Washington Post, by Scott Wilson and Philip Rucker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/2/2013 11:12:17 PM     Post Reply
President Obama, now facing the consequences of automatic spending cuts and the complications they raise for his broader domestic agenda, is taking the most specific steps of his administration in an attempt to ensure the election of a Democratic­controlled Congress in two years. “What I can’t do is force Congress to do the right thing,” Obama told reporters at the White House on Friday after a fruitless meeting with Republican leaders to avert the country’s latest fiscal crisis, known as the sequester. “The American people may have the capacity to do that.” Obama, fresh off his November

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