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A Different Kind of Gas Shortage
Weekly Standard, by Kelly Jane Torrance

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Posted By:StormCnter, 5/1/2014 5:06:46 AM

At a Harris Teeter in suburban Washington, what used to be Harry’s Balloon Corral is, to young eyes, disappointingly empty. The grocery store has posted a notice explaining why. Children accustomed to alleviating the boredom of the weekly trip to the supermarket with the serious task of keeping a helium-filled balloon from floating out of their reach aren’t likely to understand it, however. “Due to a national helium shortage, we are currently unable to offer Harry the Dragon balloons to our customers in training. We apologize for the inconvenience.” Few of their parents will get the sign, either. Helium is


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A Different Kind of Gas Shortage
Weekly Standard, by Kelly Jane Torrance    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/1/2014 5:06:46 AM     Post Reply
At a Harris Teeter in suburban Washington, what used to be Harry’s Balloon Corral is, to young eyes, disappointingly empty. The grocery store has posted a notice explaining why. Children accustomed to alleviating the boredom of the weekly trip to the supermarket with the serious task of keeping a helium-filled balloon from floating out of their reach aren’t likely to understand it, however. “Due to a national helium shortage, we are currently unable to offer Harry the Dragon balloons to our customers in training. We apologize for the inconvenience.” Few of their parents will get the sign, either. Helium is




Blue on blue: Wendy
Davis’ camp slams DGA
Hot Air, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/1/2014 4:36:19 AM     Post Reply
The Democratic Governors Association is currently engaged in political triage, a routine political ritual in which parties set priorities for spending over a campaign season’s home stretch. Analysts create tiers of races based on the likelihood of victory, then proceed to distribute resources accordingly. The DGA is out with its revamped 2014 list, and some contests didn’t make the cut — a clear indicator of where the national party is anticipating defeat. Being left on the outside looking in can be a traumatic experience for spurned candidates, as the kiss-off can be lethal to fundraising and building momentum. Heartache: The chairman

Donald Sterling flap is also disturbing
for what it says about sex
Washington Post, by Ruth Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/1/2014 4:33:24 AM     Post Reply
Race is, hands down, the most repulsive aspect of the Donald Sterling scandal. But sex is a close second. To listen to the taped conversation between the octogenarian owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and the 30-something V. Stiviano is to glimpse the tawdry and inherently unequal arrangement between — well, let’s put it primly, benefactor and recipient. The Sterling-Stiviano deal appears to involve a transaction as old as time. We’ve seen it before, yet we rarely see inside it in such unvarnished, ugly form.Just look at the photos of the pair courtside, and you know what’s up: Sterling, puffy-faced and

DGA Head Admits Odds Are
Tough for Davis in Texas
Real Clear Politics, by Adam O´Neal    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/30/2014 2:49:51 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Governors Association Chairman Peter Shumlin, saying his organization´s members are "on offense," predicted Tuesday morning that several Republican incumbents will be defeated this November. However, he also provided a bleak assessment of Democratic gubernatorial chances in several states -- including Texas. “This is the referendum on the Tea Party governors that got elected four years ago,” asserted the Vermont governor, who spoke to reporters at a breakfast hosted by the centrist think tank Third Way. Shumlin listed Maine, Pennsylvania, and Florida as states where the DGA has “very high hopes” of defeating Republicans. He added that Democrats have “good shots”

Kentucky coal group targets California
billionaire, climate-protection efforts
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/30/2014 2:45:54 PM     Post Reply
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes´ meeting with California billionaire Tom Steyer has prompted the Kentucky Coal Association to warn her not to accept donations from him or his climate-protection group. Grimes and other candidates attended a meeting Tuesday in Chicago with Steyer and other major Democratic donors, according to her campaign. In a prepared statement, Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett said anyone accepting donations form Steyer or his NextGen Climate Action group would "identify you as being against the production and use of Kentucky coal." "Her comments thus far have been pro coal. She has made

Firstborn Girls Are the Best at Life
Time, by Eliana Dockterman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/30/2014 2:42:39 PM     Post Reply
Firstborn girls are more likely than their siblings to succeed, according to a study from the University of Essex. Scientists applied modeling techniques to data from the British Household Panel Survey, which contains 1503 sibling clusters and a total of 3552 people. They examined both within-and between-family variances to find that birth order actually does affect academic success. Firstborns are most likely to be “ambitious” and “accomplished” compared to their younger siblings. And firstborn girls turn out to be the most ambitious: they are 13 percent more likley to aspire to attend graduate school than firstborn boys. These statistics are true regardless




Getting Past Name-Calling
to Talk About Poverty
Wall Street Journal, by Juan Williams    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/30/2014 11:37:20 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) is scheduled to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday to discuss his plans to address poverty and his March 12 comments in a radio interview about a "tailspin of culture" in our inner cities where "generations of men [are] not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work." Mr. Ryan´s statement sparked liberal accusations of racism. Rep. Barbara Lee (D., Calif.) called it "a thinly veiled racial attack" that "cannot be tolerated" for ignoring that the majority of the poor are white and often live in the suburbs

U.S. economy stalls on inventories, trade
Reuters, by Lucia Mutikani    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/30/2014 9:23:35 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. economy barely grew in the first quarter as exports tumbled and businesses accumulated stocks at the slowest pace in nearly a year, but activity already appears to be bouncing back. Gross domestic product expanded at a 0.1 percent annual rate, the slowest since the fourth quarter of 2012, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday. That was a sharp pullback from the fourth quarter´s 2.6 percent pace and was worse than economists´ expectations for a slowdown to a 1.2 percent rate. The slowdown partly reflected an unusually cold and disruptive winter, marked by declines in sectors ranging from business spending to

Rick Perry Has Last Laugh
as Toyota Moves to Texas
Legal Insurrection, by Leslie Eastman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/30/2014 5:37:39 AM     Post Reply
Professor Jacobson just asked if a Toyota can get from California to Texas on single tank of gas? As a Californian, I would like to answer that question. First, you need to know that California Governor Jerry Brown recently said Rick Perry’s efforts to recruit businesses to Texas are “barely a fart.” So, if the fuel is blended with those farts, the answer is: Hell, yes! Interestingly,Toyota has had a relatively long-term stay in California. With its worldwide headquarters in Japan, Toyota’s U.S. operation has headquartered in Southern California for more than 50 years. Most employees affected by the move, which begins in 2016, work

Obama’s ugly anti-Americanism
abroad resurfaces in Malaysia
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/30/2014 5:27:24 AM     Post Reply
It’s in unscripted moments — when there’s no teleprompter rolling — that we get the most telling insights into the mind of President Obama. These insights were especially on view at his joint news conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Sunday in Kuala Lumpur. Mr. Obama was asked about Malaysia’s record on “human rights, racial tolerance, political accountability and free speech” and specifically “the precarious legal position” of an opposition political leader, whose case has been taken up by Human Rights Watch, among other monitoring organizations. “I think the prime minister is the first to acknowledge that Malaysia’s still got some

Hurricane Carter Exonerated Again...and Again
American Spectator, by William Tucker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/30/2014 5:23:15 AM     Post Reply
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter died at the age of 76 two weeks ago and immediately the encomiums began again — “wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit,” “could have been champion,” “victim of racial injustice,” etc., etc. I wasn’t even going to bother with this — what else do you expect of the New York Times? — but then Sports Illustrated arrived: Before he spend 19 years in prison on a wrongful murder conviction, before he was the subject of a Bob Dylan hit and a Denzel Washington biopic, before he was a symbol of the ways racial injustice can



The Obamacare Opportunity
Weekly Standard, by James C. Capretta & Yuval Levin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/30/2014 5:16:35 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare’s defenders are doing their best to sustain a triumphant mood these days. In the wake of the late-March surge in exchange enrollment, many proponents of the law have insisted it can no longer be rolled back. As the president put it in his April 1 Mission Accomplished speech announcing the enrollment figures, “The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” But just as conservative assertions that the law would collapse of its own weight were premature, so too are today’s liberal proclamations that the debate is over. Clear-eyed opponents of Obamacare have long understood that once the Supreme Court upheld

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