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Ethanol regs push us
into “the blend wall”
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/10/2013 4:56:16 AM     Post Reply
Filed under the “we hate when we turn out to be right” category, domestic energy producers are facing some tough choices in the coming months thanks for a one – two punch of ethanol and government regulations. A combination of the drought this summer wiping out a fair portion of the corn crop and an unfunded mandate scheme by the federal government have resulted in there not being enough affordable ethanol for producers to blend into E-10 fuel. When producers can’t meet the minimum amount of “renewables” required by Uncle Sam, they have the choice of using RINs

The Professor, the Bikini Model
and the Suitcase Full of Trouble
New York Times, by Maxine Swann    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 3/10/2013 4:50:42 AM     Post Reply
In November 2011, Paul Frampton, a theoretical particle physicist, met Denise Milani, a Czech bikini model, on the online dating site Mate1.com. She was gorgeous — dark-haired and dark-eyed, with a supposedly natural DDD breast size. In some photos, she looked tauntingly steamy; in others, she offered a warm smile. Soon, Frampton and Milani were chatting online nearly every day. Frampton would return home from campus — he’d been a professor in the physics and astronomy department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 30 years — and his computer would buzz. “Are you there, honey?”

Japan´s cleanup lags from
tsunami, nuke accident
Associated Press, by Mary Yamaguchi & Elaine Kurtenbach    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 3/10/2013 4:45:45 AM     Post Reply
NARAHA, Japan -- Two years after the triple calamities of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster ravaged Japan´s northeastern Pacific coast, debris containing asbestos, lead, PCBs - and perhaps most worrying - radioactive waste due to the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant looms as a threat for the region. So far, disposal of debris from the disasters is turning out to have been anything but clean. Workers often lacking property oversight, training or proper equipment have dumped contaminated waste with scant regard for regulations or safety, as organized crime has infiltrated the cleanup process.



Krauthammer: Obama on Charm
Offensive Because ‘Media Could No
Longer Cover for Him’
Newsbusters, by Brent Baker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/10/2013 4:12:46 AM     Post Reply
Charles Krauthammer credited President Obama’s charm offensive toward Republicans to his losing the news media which couldn’t any longer abide his ridiculous sequester “cut” exaggerations. “Obama’s strongest constituency, which is not the left, it’s the mainstream media, could no longer cover for him without being entirely embarrassed,” Krauthammer observed Friday night on FNC, “It had to expose the one exaggeration after another on the sequester.” (Snip) The only thing that truly changed is that his numbers have gone down from the mid to high 50s into the 40s.

Obama serves up one-liners
at Gridiron Club dinner
Los Angeles Times, by Lisa Mascaro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/10/2013 4:01:56 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – President Obama served up a steady course of one-liners at the Gridiron Club dinner Saturday night, a storied song-and-joke fest attended by Washington’s political power brokers and the journalists who cover them, providing a timely stage for the White House´s new charm offensive. “Because of ´sequester,´ they cut my tails," quipped Obama, the headline guest at the 128th annual event, a white-tie affair that pokes fun at official Washington. "There is one thing in Washington that didn’t get cut: The length of this dinner. Yet more proof that the sequester makes no sense.”

Power vs. liberty: A lovers’ quarrel
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 3/10/2013 3:23:57 AM     Post Reply
The much talked-about schism in the Republican Party is better defined as a schism between the lovers of liberty and the lovers of power.But let’s be more specific: This schism is really a love triangle as the libertarians and authoritarians vie for the affections of the American people.It’s nothing new, a spat as old as the political feud between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, but it made for headlines last week when Sen. Rand Paul thumbed his nose at his Republican handlers and went directly to the American people with a real live filibuster on the floor of the Senate.

Recovery! Law schools opening law
firms so their graduates can get jobs
The Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 3/10/2013 1:31:06 AM     Post Reply
Three years after the ‘recovery summer,’ top law schools are opening law firms in order to ensure that their graduates can find jobs that can pay off the student debt. From The New York Times: Over the next few years, 30 graduates will work under seasoned lawyers and be paid for a wide range of services provided at relatively low cost to the people of Phoenix.



Obama Meets the Press—for Dinner
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/9/2013 10:18:46 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is meeting the press tonight in Washington, D.C. He´ll be having dinner tonight at the Gridiron Club, an organization of journalists, at a downtown hotel. But only one print pool reporter will be allowed to cover the event, which is supposed to be humorous and in good fun. And a camera crew was once again not allowed to cover the event. Here´s the first print pool report of the evening: The motorcade departed from the South Lawn at 6:51 p.m. and arrived at the Renaissance Washington Hotel four minutes later. There were no sightings of the president, who is speaking at

Trouble in Amnesty Paradise
National Review Online, by Mark Krikorian    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/9/2013 10:11:29 PM     Post Reply
The Schumer/Rubio amnesty bill was supposed to have been introduced by now. It was supposed to be at the beginning of March, then was pushed to mid-March, now early April. The problem is not Jeb Bush’s flip-flop-flip on citizenship for illegal aliens, as hilariously embarrassing as that was for the Smarter Bush Brother. Rather, the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce can’t agree on a guestworker program. A massive new program to import indentured low-wage manual laborers from abroad is the only real reason the Chamber has any interest in the immigration bill.

The Real Reason McCain-
Graham Attacked Ted Cruz
PJ Media, by Kerri Toloczko    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/9/2013 10:10:58 PM     Post Reply
Anything involving junior Texas Senator Ted Cruz is likely to invoke some level of toxic response from Senator John McCain of Arizona and his secondary outlet of public communication, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. That Senator McCain harbors a grudge against “the Bushies” for the South Carolina primary defeat that ended his presidential run in 2000 is the worst kept secret in Washington. Having “his” candidate lose in his home state was also a blow to Graham. Known for his long memory, some Senate staffers joke the “R” behind McCain’s name is for “revenge.”

Gingrich: ‘I’m Really
Disappointed in John McCain,’
‘I Don’t Know What’s Happened’
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/9/2013 10:02:21 PM     Post Reply
Newt Gingrich had stern words for John McCain about the senator’s criticism of Rand Paul’s filibuster over drone policy this week. “I’m really disappointed in John McCain, and I’m very saddened by it,” the former House speaker told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday. Gingrich found it surprising that McCain, who has taken on the GOP in the past, “was now lecturing the next generation because they have the guts to stand up” to the party. “I would’ve thought John McCain would’ve applauded him. He would’ve said, ‘I may not agree with you in detail,



WashPost: Obama Shutting Down
White House Tours Isn´t a Stunt,
It´s a ´Civics Lesson´
NewsBusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/9/2013 9:52:02 PM     Post Reply
The front page of Saturday´s Washington Post took the publicity stunt of shutting down White House tours and spun it as an educational event. The headline was “In canceled White House tours, a civics lesson: Disappointed tourists help administration show sequester’s pain.” Inside the paper, the headline was “Worthless tickets drive home government’s dysfunction.” Ahem, the tickets are free even when they are honored. The online headline was even worse: "With canceled tours, White House teaching how democracy works." Reporter David Nakamura blamed not Obama but the

Dr. Carson: Media Bullies ´Suppress
Freedom of Speech,´ ´Beat On Anyone
Who Doesn´t Toe the Line´
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/9/2013 9:42:37 PM     Post Reply
Dr. Benjamin Carson made some more controversial statements Saturday. Appearing on Fox News´s America´s News Headquarters, Carson said, "The bullies are the people, especially the media who like to just beat on anybody who doesn´t toe the line...they suppress freedom of speech" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary): UMA PEMMARAJU, HOST: Why do you think your message is resonating with so many people? DR. BENJAMIN CARSON: Because I think there are a lot of people who have been bludgeoned into silence who really feel very strongly

A river once ran through it!
Map showing Antarctica before
the ice came shows huge valley
running through the continent
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/9/2013 9:41:26 PM     Post Reply
Scientists have discovered that a wide, gentle river once flowed across the frozen wastes of Antarctica. Before the continent was hidden under two-mile thick ice 34 million years ago, the land was relatively flat, according to a new study. The 3-D map of Antarctica today shows how it looked when the earth was warmer with deep valleys and mountains carved by glaciers. Trapped beneath the ice of Lambert Graben in East Antarctica--home to the world´s biggest glacier--is a deep gorge, reported NBC News. Scientists have always been puzzled when it was carved and how it got so steep.

MoS Diary: Adele lands her
biggest ever gig at Michelle
Obama´s 50th birthday party
Daily Mail [UK], by Charlotte Griffiths    Original Article
Posted By: Desperata- 3/9/2013 9:36:43 PM     Post Reply
Having picked up an Oscar, Adele might have thought her incredible US adventure couldn’t get much better. But now I can reveal the Skyfall singer has landed the biggest gig of next year – singing for Michelle Obama during her 50th birthday party at the White House. The 24-year-old star will join Beyonce at the bash on January 17 – proof she has been given the ultimate seal of approval in the US. ‘America’s First Lady will be holding a huge celebrity-packed party for her birthday at the White House next year and, as she adores Adele and Beyonce, she has asked them both to sing,’ says a source.



Colo. Democrats pass most
gun-control bills but drop
two after rape outcry
Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/9/2013 9:33:42 PM     Post Reply
DENVER | Colorado Democrats rammed most of their gun-control package through the state Senate late Friday, but yanked two bills after a furious backlash over the concerns of rape victims. Senate Democrats gave initial approval to five bills, including legislation to extend background checks to private sales, limit ammunition magazine and shotgun capacity, and compel domestic-violence offenders to relinquish their guns. But with the clock nearing midnight and a blizzard looming, Democrats agreed to drop two of the more controversial measures: a bill to create legal liability for

‘Slaughtered in the USA’: Labeling
rule burns meat industry
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Ben Goad    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/9/2013 9:24:45 PM     Post Reply
A meat industry already imperiled by federal budget cuts is lashing back at the Obama administration following the release of new proposed labeling regulations seen as costly and unnecessarily onerous. The new regulations, to be published Monday for public consideration, are meant to resolve last year’s finding by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that U.S. rules give American meat products an unfair advantage over those from Canada and Mexico. If the WTO violation is not remedied by May 23, America’s top two meat-trading partners could impose damaging sanctions in the form of tariffs against U.S. meat producers and packers.

MailOnline caps another record-breaking
year with top award at Oscars
of British journalism
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Tomlinson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/9/2013 9:20:49 PM     Post Reply
MailOnline cemented its place as the world´s biggest newspaper website last night after scooping another gong at the 2012 Press Awards--the Oscars of British journalism. [Snip] The win caps another record-breaking year for the site, which registered more than 114million monthly unique browsers in December and continued its phenomenal rise into 2013 when it enjoyed its highest-ever figures of 126,753,431 in January. MailOnline won the judges over with its dynamic coverage of three vastly different stories--Hurricane Sandy which struck the United States in October, the tragic death of the hoaxed nurse at the Duchess of Cambridge´s hospital in December

Government ‘Probably’ Shouldn’t
Force People to Exercise: Bloomberg
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/9/2013 9:18:53 PM     Post Reply
What a relief. The thought of seeing Bloomberg in exercise clothing was giving me a sour stomach. Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be one of the world’s biggest proponents of government action to promote public health, but Hizzoner has his limits. In his weekly radio appearance on John Gambling’s radio show, the mayor was asked whether he would consider ordering mandatory gym memberships and he admitted that’s taking things too far. “Well, you have to be practical about what legally you can do and what people will do,” said Mr. Bloomberg. “The nice thing about the soda thing is it’s really

Congress blocked Kerry from
offering more aid to Egypt
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Julian Pecquet    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/9/2013 9:14:48 PM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry had hoped to offer considerably more aid to Egypt than the $250 million he announced during his trip to Cairo but was blocked by Congress, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said. “This is not the aid package that the administration wanted to announce,” Royce told The Hill. The administration wanted to release a “larger sum,” but bowed to the wishes of Royce´s committee as well as congressional appropriators, he said. Royce wouldn´t say how much Kerry had hoped to announce, but the State Department has been pressing


Rice said to be at top of the
list for national security adviser
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/9/2013 9:07:07 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is rumored to be President Obama’s first choice to succeed Thomas Donilon as national security advisor. The Washington Post, citing an administration official familiar with the president’s thinking, reported Saturday that Rice “has emerged as far and away the front-runner." Tapping Rice would likely to prompt an angry Republican backlash in Congress. Rice was widely reported to be the Obama’s first choice for secretary of State, but withdrew her name after encountering strong Republican opposition led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

NYSE prepares disaster backup plan
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: woofwoofwoof- 3/9/2013 7:58:40 PM     Post Reply
The New York Stock Exchange is readying plans to be able to operate without human traders in case another disaster, such as Superstorm Sandy, forces the shutdown of its historic trading floor in downtown Manhattan, The Wall Street Journal reported. NYSE Euronext (NYX.N) is preparing to submit details of the plan to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, according to the report, which cited people involved in the preparations. If activated, the plan would represent the first time the 221-year-old exchange would rely entirely on computer systems, without the oversight of

Comet Pan-STARRS at its
brightest this weekend
Space.com, by Miriam Kramer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/9/2013 7:53:16 PM     Post Reply
A comet that just made its way into the Northern Hemisphere evening sky should be at its brightest this weekend, but it may be tricky for stargazers to see. On Sunday (March 10), the Comet Pan-STARRS is expected to make its closest approach to the sun, potentially making the comet shine even more brilliantly when it appears at twilight low in the western sky, weather permitting. But stargazers will need a bit of preparation (not to mention a clear sky) to see the comet. "There is a catch to viewing Comet Pan-STARRS," Amy Mainzer, the principal investigator of NASA´s

SXSW: Cat videos, crowdsourcing,
taking online communities offline
Los Angeles Times, by Andrea Chang    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/9/2013 7:52:42 PM     Post Reply
Austin - Cat videos got a major boost last year with the first-ever Internet Cat Video Festival, and its success is leading to a number of, ahem, copycat events. An entire panel at this year´s South by Southwest festival, which kicked off Friday, was dedicated to all things cat videos. (Snip) Among those in attendance: Will Braden, the director behind the viral cat video hit "Paw de Deux," which won the festival´s "Golden Kitty" award last year. Hill and Stulen said that at first they only expected a few dozen people to attend the event on the lawn of the Walker Art Center. But 10,000 people showed up for

Blasts Hit Afghanistan
After Arrival of Hagel
New York Times, by Alissa J. Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/9/2013 7:25:58 PM     Post Reply
Kabul, Afghanistan - A bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives struck outside the Afghan Defense Ministry on Saturday, killing at least 10 people in a blast just hours after Chuck Hagel, the new United States defense secretary, arrived here. And a short time later, another bomber detonated his explosives in eastern Afghanistan before reaching what appeared to be his target, a joint Afghan-American military checkpoint. He killed eight children and a policeman, according to Afghan military and hospital officials. Although Mr. Hagel was not at the site of either blast,

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