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Maria von Trapp, last of famous
singing siblings, dies at 99
CNN, by Lawrence Crook III    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 2/23/2014 6:33:19 AM     Post Reply
Maria von Trapp, the last of the singing children immortalized in the movie musical "The Sound of Music," died at her Vermont home of natural causes, her half-brother told CNN on Saturday. The native of Austria was 99 and lived in Stowe. She died Tuesday. Maria von Trapp was the third-oldest child of Agathe Whitehead and Capt. Georg von Trapp. The couple had seven children: Rupert, Agathe, Maria, Werner, Hedwig, Johanna and Martina. Georg von Trapp´s second wife, Maria Kutschera von Trapp, wrote a book titled "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers," which sparked two German-made movies and "The Sound

Texas tea party sours on Stockman
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2014 6:17:21 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON — It’s the epic GOP primary that wasn’t. Tea party activists hoped to oust Texas Sen. John Cornyn this year in an early-March contest that could have burnished their credibility heading into the midterms. Instead, Cornyn’s best-known challenger, Rep. Steve Stockman, has gone missing on the campaign trail, dogged by unflattering stories about his past and his ethics. It’s a disappointment for many national political watchers who had pulled out the popcorn for this race. Stockman has a penchant for making inflammatory statements — one of his bumper stickers read: “If babies had guns they wouldn’t be aborted.” In December, he

Rick Perry: Wendy Davis’ Election
‘Never Going to Happen’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2014 6:13:52 AM     Post Reply
Outgoing Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently spoke with MSNBC host Abby Huntsman for a lengthy interview about his politics, policy preferences, and his possible successors. When Huntsman asked if he could foresee Democratic gubernatorial candidate, state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), residing in the governor’s mansion, Perry sidestepped the question before saying that Davis’ election, like other fanciful outcomes, was “never going to happen.” “Can you see Wendy Davis living here?” Huntsman asked Perry amid a tour of the governor’s residence. “You can see anybody living here,” Perry replied. “The issue is, are they going to win an election.” “Texas is a conservative

  


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Cancer, Obamacare Victim at
Center of Political Storm
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2014 5:46:30 AM     Post Reply
Julie Boonstra, a cancer patient who was kicked of off her health plan due to Obamacare, lashed out at Rep. Gary Peters (D., Mich.) on Saturday after lawyers for his campaign demanded that Michigan broadcasters cease airing ads featuring her story. Boonstra, a Michigan resident, was diagnosed with leukemia five years ago. She was recently kicked off of her healthcare plan due to regulations passed as part of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which Peters voted in favor of. After relating her story publicly in an ad produced by the advocacy group Americans for Prosperity (AFP), Peters dispatched

Can Ukraine Survive?
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2014 5:44:34 AM     Post Reply
President Yanukovych has fled Kiev and retreated to the East, but apparently has refused to resign and is characterizing the popular uprising as a “coup.” In the meantime, protesters have taken over Kiev. This remarkable footage of Maidan (Independence Square) was shot yesterday by a drone:(Snip for video)There is talk of new elections being held as early as May, but at the moment the situation is murky. Leaders of the largely Russian-speaking areas of eastern Ukraine say they are taking control of their territories until “constitutional order” is restored. Which, from their perspective, might be never. Whether Ukraine can survive in

Radical candidates self-destruct
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/23/2014 5:38:24 AM     Post Reply
The train wreck continues in the conservative world populated by groups such as Heritage Action and the Senate Conservatives Fund. One of their top candidates, Milton Wolf, who is seeking to bump off popular conservative incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas, is trailing by a huge margin, 49 to 23 in the most recent poll. This is after he and the right-wing chorus made a huge to-do about Roberts not living in the state. (In fact, he travels home frequently and is a familiar face.) In Kentucky, Matt Bevin trails Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell by 20 to 30 points according

Preview: Most-anticipated Senate races
New York Post, by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/23/2014 5:28:50 AM     Post Reply
For the third time in four years, the Republican Party finds itself politically positioned to win control of the Senate. More than eight months before President Obama’s second midterm election, his job approval ratings are stuck in the low 40s as voters continue to frown on his signature domestic initiative, the Affordable Care Act. And the majority of contests likely to determine the outcome of the 2014 campaign for Senate control are being fought in red states. But as in 2010 and 2012, when the GOP nominated flawed candidates who torpedoed their party’s chance to demote Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.),

  


  

On the March in Caracas
National Review Online, by Editors    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2014 5:26:08 AM     Post Reply
The protesters in Venezuela do not seek anything extraordinary: They demand to be secure in their homes and their persons, they demand an end to current shortages of staple foods and other goods in the country, and they demand the right to free speech. That these things should be considered a challenge to the Maduro regime is what is extraordinary, along with the regime’s brutal response to the protests — both speak to the character of the current Venezuelan government. If honoring such basic human decencies requires a regime change in Caracas, that is more a reflection on the current

Sebelius Lied, Jobs Died: Here
Are 33,000 Jobs In Just One Industry
Lost Because Of Obamacare
Independent Journal Review, by Soopermexican    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2014 5:17:20 AM     Post Reply
There are so many bad features of Obamacare we were mislead on that we’re going to have come up for a euphemism for lying – maybe the administration is “truth impaired”? “Honesty-challenged?” The latest comes from just one industry reporting how many jobs were lost because of the medical device tax that was included in the bill in order to raise money to pay for its poorly designed ponzi scheme: The Advanced Medical Technology Association surveyed its members to determine the number of lost jobs since the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices took effect in January 2013, raising about $3.8

Obama to unveil new manufacturing
institutes in Chicago, Detroit
Los Angeles Times, by Christi Parsons & Melissa Harris    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2014 5:10:26 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to announce on Tuesday the opening of two new manufacturing institutes in the Chicago and Detroit areas as part of a larger plan to use public-private partnerships to advance his agenda despite opposition from Republicans in Congress. Several federal agencies will join forces with companies and universities to run the institutes, which will be devoted to bridging the gap between applied research and product development, according to an administration official familiar with the plans. Each institute will function as a “teaching factory,” the official said, and will provide training for workers while also helping companies get the

Former NRA president Charlton
Heston to get US Post Office stamp
Daily Caller, by Mike Piccione    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/23/2014 5:05:29 AM     Post Reply
The United States Postal Service has announced that former NRA President Charlton Heston will be honored with his own stamp. The stamp is part of their “Legends of Hollywood” series, and while the specific issue date has not yet determined, it will be issued sometime in 2014. Heston was a five term president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003. He was a tireless advocate for Second Amendment rights and will always be remembered by the NRA faithful for his “cold, dead hands” speech delivered at the 2000 NRA Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. The speech was

  


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Police chief forced to apologize
over comments saying that at least
jogger didn´t have to deal with
police who sexually assaulted her
Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Grieg    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/23/2014 4:46:33 AM     Post Reply
Austin police chief Art Acevedo has issued an apology for comments he made during a press conference yesterday concerning the arrest of a female jogger near the University of Texas campus on Thursday. Acevedo dismissed the controversy over police handling of a jaywalking jogger, saying ´Cops are actually committing sexual assaults on duty so I thank God that this is what passes for a controversy in Austin, Texas.´ Today, he released a statement saying that he was trying to put the arrest of jogger Amanda Jo Stephen ´into context by bringing attention to the fact that law enforcement deals with many acts

Self-Described Thugs
Weekly Standard, by Scrapbook    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2014 4:37:53 AM     Post Reply
To hear the left tell it, the right is seething with hatred, ready to erupt into violence at any moment. Pro-lifers, gun owners, and Tea Partiers—a Venn diagram that encompasses more than half the country—are all sub rosa thugs. The media assist by reflexively blaming acts of political violence on conservatives, even when no such connection exists. Last week provided a good reminder that one of the biggest sources of political violence in this country has long been and remains labor unions. The Justice Department filed racketeering and arson charges against the Ironworkers Local 401 in Philadelphia. “The defendants relied

When Millenials Can´t Move
Out of Their Parents´ Basements
the Entire Economy Suffers
New Republic, by David Dayen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2014 4:34:03 AM     Post Reply
This week, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York offered continuing evidence of the student debt crisis. Outstanding student debt again topped $1 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2013, making it the second-largest pool of debt in the nation behind mortgages. This has tripled in just a decade, as higher-education prices increased faster than medical costs, up 500 percent since 1985. While delinquency rates for all loans have trended downward for the past three years, student loan delinquencies have surged; currently 11.5 percent of all student loans are 90 days behind or more. The recent explosion in student debt—now held

Drag a Hundred Dollar Bill
through a School of Journalism
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/23/2014 4:31:55 AM     Post Reply
James Carville once shockingly demonstrated the left´s disdain for the morals of the poor, saying, "Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you´ll find." In truth, you can buy whatever you want much more easily if you drag that bill through a School of Journalism. CNS reports that George Soros has seeded such schools at the University of Southern California and the University of Wisconsin to create shock troops for the now shelved FCC plan to monitor (bully) the media into acting as even bigger megaphones for the administration and Democratic Party than they already

  


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Despite setback, the FCC’s snout
is under the tent
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 2/23/2014 4:26:57 AM     Post Reply
Chalk one up for the good guys — well, sort of. After a week of mockery, derision, and disdain, the Federal Communications Commission has announced that it won’t put observers in newsrooms after all. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Feb. 10 had alerted the public to the dangers of having government representatives querying news bosses about how they decide what stories to cover — and which ones not to cover. The implicit threat of such heavy-handed research is that the government could be on the verge of announcing that IT will decide what stories are important to

Wisconsin’s Legacy for Unions
New York Times, by Steven Greenhouse    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/23/2014 4:21:20 AM     Post Reply
Three years ago, a labor leader named Marty Beil was one of the loudest opponents of Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget repair bill,” a proposal that brought tens of thousands of protesters out to the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison in frigid February weather. A gruff-voiced grizzly of a man, Mr. Beil warned that the bill was rigged with booby traps that would cripple the state’s public-sector unions. He gets no satisfaction from being right. Since the law was passed, membership in his union, which represents state employees, has fallen 60 percent; its annual budget has plunged to $2 million from $6

Ship loses more than 500 containers
CNN, by Tom Lister    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/23/2014 4:15:06 AM     Post Reply
On any day, between 5 million and 6 million containers are on the high seas, carrying everything from potato chips to refrigerators. But not all of them make it to their destination, as the crew of the Svendborg Maersk have just found out. Their Danish-flagged ship was in the Bay of Biscay last week as hurricane-force winds battered the Atlantic coast of Europe. Amid waves of 30 feet and winds of 60 knots, the Svendborg began losing containers off northern France. After the ship arrived in the Spanish port of Malaga this week, Maersk discovered that about 520 containers were

As Allies Fell, Noose Closed
on ´El Chapo´ Guzman
Associated Press, by Martin Duran*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/23/2014 4:09:57 AM     Post Reply
MAZATLAN, Mexico -- For 13 years Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman watched from the rugged mountains of western Mexico as authorities captured or killed the leaders of every group that challenged his Sinaloa cartel´s spot at the top of global drug trafficking. Unscathed and his legend growing, the stocky son of a peasant farmer grabbed a slot on the Forbes´ billionaires´ list and a folkloric status as the capo who grew too powerful to catch. Then, late last year, authorities started closing on the inner circle of the world´s most-wanted drug lord. The son of one of his two top henchmen, Ismael "Mayo"

Ukraine: President´s Whereabouts Unknown
Associated Press, by Yuras Karmanau & Jim Heintz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/23/2014 4:06:32 AM     Post Reply
KIEV, Ukraine -- The whereabouts of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych were unclear on Sunday, a day after he left the capital and his arch foe Yulia Tymoshenko was freed from prison and returned to Kiev to address a massive, adoring crowd. A plane with Yanukovych onboard was denied permission to take off Saturday evening from Donetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine that is the president´s base of support, en route to Russia, the State Border Guard Service said. The president´s spokesman said Sunday morning that even he does not know where Yanukovych is. The Kiev protest camp at the center of the

  



What gradual climate warming
could mean for Michigan tourism
Gannett Michigan, by Kathleen Lavey    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/23/2014 12:18:31 AM     Post Reply
Lined up in the parking lot of the Mt. Brighton ski area last summer, rows of new, state-of-the-art snow-making equipment gave the place a military feel. They even call the huge, round fans that cool and crystallize droplets of water into snowflakes “guns.” The equipment, part of a $10 million renovation at the popular Livingston County ski area, is an investment in the future by its new owners, Colorado-based Vail Resorts. (Snip) But it’s also critical hardware to cope with longer-term climate change, which has boosted the average temperature in the U.S. about 1.5 degrees

Hayes and Krauthammer Scoff
at Media Claim of ‘Austerity’ Under
Obama: ‘An Assault on the Dictionary’
Newsbusters, by Brent Baker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/23/2014 12:12:17 AM     Post Reply
Steve Hayes and Charles Krauthammer, on Friday’s Special Report with Bret Baier, scoffed at the Washington Post’s front page characterization that President Barack Obama’s expected budget proposal “will call for an end to the era of austerity that has dogged much of his presidency.” Hayes marveled: “This is one of the funny things about reading mainstream newspapers and watching mainstream media report on this President, is they somehow are operating under the illusion we’re living in this age of austerity.” Krauthammer proposed, “we have talked about Obama’s assaulting the Constitution. This is an assault on the dictionary. This is a

´Don´t let a child ruin what we have
worked for!´: Residents of wealthy
Atlanta neighborhood plan protest
against Justin Bieber moving into the area
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/22/2014 11:26:11 PM     Post Reply
It seems some wealthy Atlantans aren´t keen on the prospect of a drag-racing, egg-throwing Canadian teenager for a neighbor. Residents of the well-to-do Buckhead neighborhood are planning to stage a protest outside the Blackland Road property the pop star has his eye on. Given Bieber´s prior egg-throwing antics at his Calabasas residence, which are now under investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney´s office, the residents´ wariness is understandable. The event is set for Monday and so far 136 people have committed to the 6am event. [Snip] ´Some can’t even let their children play in the driveway without fear;

Why the eruption in Kiev could set off a
tsunami that will engulf us all: As Ukraine
burns, a stark warning from our most
authoritative historian of Eastern Europe
Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Almond    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/22/2014 11:20:39 PM     Post Reply
Television pictures of revolutions can make them seem like a spectator sport. [Snip] But the implosion of the Ukrainian state in the last 48 hours is a political earthquake. Chaos in Kiev could set off a tsunami that will toss Western Europe from its moorings too. It is a mistake to think we are watching from a safe distance. Maybe Ukraine is as foreign to the British people today as it was when an obscure crisis on its southern coast in Queen Victoria’s reign became the Crimean War. Maybe Ukraine is as foreign to the British people today as it

Obama seeks to defuse
tensions among Democrats
Washington Post, by Karen Tumulty    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/22/2014 11:17:57 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is stepping up his efforts to coalesce and energize the Democratic base for the 2014 elections, backing off on issues where his positions might alienate the left, and more aggressively singling out Republicans as being responsible for the country’s problems. Voter turnout in midterm elections tends to be much lighter than it is in years when the country is picking a president, which means that it is crucial to maximize the enthusiasm of the party stalwarts who are most likely to show up at the polls. That helps explain why, in several sensitive policy areas, Obama recently has

1 Dead, Dozens Rushed To
Area Hospitals After Carbon
Monoxide Leak At Long Island Mall
CBS News [New York], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/22/2014 10:52:55 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK – One person is dead and at least two dozen others were rushed to area hospitals for apparent carbon monoxide poisoning at a mall on Long Island Saturday evening. A spokesperson for the Huntington Community First Aid Squad told 1010 WINS that an employee of the restaurant Legal Sea Foods at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station was killed by the odorless gas. A total of 29 people were also rushed to area hospitals and treated for elevated levels of carbon monoxide. A spokesperson for Huntington Hospital said 10 of those sickened were rushed there and that

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