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Teacher fired over ‘kill’ remark
nets $427G pay
Boston Herald, by Matt Stout    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/27/2013 3:05:19 PM     Post Reply
The Hub’s top earner in 2012 is a grade school teacher who once said she had the “urge to kill” her boss, comments school officials used to fire her and later, paid for — to the tune of nearly $400,000 in back pay after a judge ruled they had no grounds to boot her. Teresa D. Underwood topped the city’s payroll last year with $427,522.71, an eye-popping number that dwarfed the next highest earner — Superintendent Carol R. Johnson — by more than $100,000. Former Boston Latin teacher Jonathan Bonds filled out the top three with $318,158 in pay,

Spring Break hits Cancun... in February!
Marines patrol streets as hard-partying
American students roll in
Daily Mail (UK), by Katie Davies    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/27/2013 2:59:45 PM     Post Reply
Spring Break chaos has arrived early in Mexico´s Cancun this year with American college students already beginning their revelry across the resort. Hundreds of students have been pictured starting the party early in the Mexican city today, drinking heavily and dancing the night away with marines on patrol to ensure no one gets too carried away. This year Cancun was found to be the number one destination for students looking to enjoy the typically wild week-long holiday which doesn´t usually get going until March. However, some college students were out in force last night drinking and partying

Chilean government slashes fuel
tax as gas prices continue rising
Santiago Times [Santiago, Chile], by Amelia Duggan    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/27/2013 2:55:56 PM     Post Reply
Finance Minister Felipe Larraín confirmed Tuesday that the government would significantly drop the gas tax this week via its Sipco mechanism, which reduces fuel taxes when gas prices spike strongly. The announcement will come as welcome news to Chilean motorists, who have seen the price of regular 93-octane fuel rise nearly 9.9 percent from US$5.41 per gallon in November to US$5.95 per gallon last week. The Sipco requires gas prices to rise 10 percent over a period of one month to a year in order for the tax rebate to kick in.

  


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Congressman Takes No
[Bleep] From Obama
American Spectator, by Quin Hillyer    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/27/2013 2:55:06 PM     Post Reply
Sophomore U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, graduated first in his class at West Point, graduated from Harvard Law School, had a hugely successful career in the aerospace industry, and also has a think-tank background. He may be a seriously rising star. Anyway, he put out a self-explanatory press release that is a beauty to behold. Take that, Mr. Obama! Today, White House Spokesman Jay Carney asked during a press briefing what Congressman Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, would say to defense workers facing furlough because of the President’s sequester plan. The following is his statement:

How sequester cuts are made
can be telling
Los Angeles Times, by David S. Cloud    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/27/2013 2:54:21 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Only days before the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman was due to leave Norfolk, Va., for the Persian Gulf this month, the Pentagon abruptly canceled the deployment, pleading poverty. With cuts in the federal budget scheduled to take effect Friday, Pentagon officials said they feared that sending the carrier on a six-month cruise to the Middle East would empty their operations accounts. President Obama on Tuesday alluded to the decision to hold back the Truman. "The threat of these cuts has forced the Navy to cancel the deployment," he said in a speech in southeastern Virginia,

A tale of hostage-taking
not involving Iran
Washington Times, by Charles Hurt    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/27/2013 2:51:49 PM     Post Reply
The Oscar-winning tale “Argo” contains a movie within the movie. Comparisons to Shakespeare’s Hamlet — or anything worth remembering, for that matter — certainly end there. So, it was altogether fitting that first lady Michelle Obama horned her way into the insufferable ceremony to award the night’s most coveted honor to the hostage thriller. After all, she knows something about hostage-takers and their diabolical demands. She sleeps with the most daring and nihilistic of them all. Washington breathlessly watches the dramatic countdown to the coming “sequester” cuts. For many around here, the apocalypse is upon us.

Rodeo rolls out the red carpet for
the U.S. military and its rocking soldiers
CultureMap [Houston, TX], by Shelby Hodge    Original Article
Posted By: Four_Leaf Resident- 2/27/2013 2:50:44 PM     Post Reply
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo parade included more than just cowboys and high school bands. There was a significant military presence. Here, the U.S. Marine Corps Band from New Orleans performs. All of the military participating were invited to the World Championship Bar-B-Que Cook-off with the Goody Girls BBQ team offering to feed them all.

  


  

CPAC chair on why Christie was
snubbed: He wasn´t an ´all-star´
Star Ledger [Newark,NJ], by Brent Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/27/2013 2:50:00 PM     Post Reply
TRENTON — The head of the influential Conservative Political Action Committee said there´s a reason Chris Christie wasn´t invited to the group´s annual conference next month: The New Jersey governor didn´t have "an all-star year," according to a report by the National Journal. Al Cardenas — chairman of the American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC — wrote in an e-mail to the political magazine that he was "proud" to have Christie speak at last year´s conference because of his record of balancing the state budget and fighting teachers unions, the report said. But over the last year, Cardenas said,

Krauthammer To O’Reilly: GOP
Shouldn’t Shun Christie In Spite Of
Giving Obama ‘Lap Dance’ After Sandy
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/27/2013 2:41:56 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey governor Chris Christie has not been invited to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference this year, due to what one insider described as his “limited future” within the Republican party. Bill O’Reilly brought on Charles Krauthammer to talk about why this happened, with both men surmising it had to do with Christie embracing President Obama during Hurricane Sandy. Krauthammer quipped that it was more than an embrace, it was a “lap dance.” O’Reilly presumed that this was all due to Christie publicly embracing the president in the wake of Hurricane Sandy a week

RedState’s Erick Erickson Hits
Conservative Media For ‘Failing To
Advance Ideas,’ Constant Outrage
Mediaite, by Meenal Vamburkar    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/27/2013 2:34:22 PM     Post Reply
The “conservative media is failing to advance ideas and stories,” RedState editor Erick Erickson asserted on Wednesday. Noting that the echo in the chamber has gotten too loud, Erickson urged conservatives to step away from the outrage and focus instead on integrity in reporting. “Conservatives are trying so hard to highlight controversies, no matter how trivial, we have forgotten the basics of reporting: W5 + H as I learned in grade school, also known as who, what, where, when, why, and how,” he wrote. “We need to establish a baseline for integrity in

N.Y. gun law mandates
magazines that don´t exist
Ithaca Journal (Ithaca, NY), by Jessica Alaimo    Original Article
Posted By: GOPJihad- 2/27/2013 2:31:14 PM     Post Reply
ROCHESTER — Starting April 15, New York will have the smallest gun magazine limit in the country, and all signs indicate no gun makers have plans to accommodate it. Gun manufacturers have never had a reason to make a magazine with fewer than 10 rounds, because no state required it until now. And, as far as local gun dealers and the Democrat and Chronicle have been able to determine, there are no manufacturers planning to make seven-round magazines. This means that in less than two months, gun dealers such as Paul Martin, owner of Pro-Gun Services in Victor…

  


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Liberal Guest To Hannity: ‘Most
Republicans Are Fat Asses,’ Health
Care Costs High Because Of Them
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/27/2013 2:22:59 PM     Post Reply
While you all were busy watching, and re-watching, the explosive battle between Sean Hannity and Rep. Keith Ellison (R-MN) last night on Fox’s Hannity, another kerfuffle took place during the show, albeit with a much friendlier ending. During a debate on NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s “nannying” public health policies, Fox liberal contributor Tamara Holder said that “most Republicans are fat asses,” and lamented how “fat Republicans who drive through Wal-Mart in their buggies” are partially responsible for the increased healthcare

Cobb nixes crackdown on
illegal immigrant hires
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Jaime Sarrio    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/27/2013 2:22:22 PM     Post Reply
A divided Cobb County Commission on Tuesday struck down a controversial proposal that would have imposed new regulations aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from being hired to work on taxpayer projects. The rule would have required most contractors to ask the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to inspect employment records, advise them on hiring practices and issue fines for illegal hires in serious cases.(Snip) Illegal immigration is an especially salient issue in Cobb, which in 2010 made national headlines when illegal immigrants were found to be working on the county’s new courthouse. Leaders have taken a series of steps,

Obama activists now soliciting
"sequester stories" from
worried citizens
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/27/2013 2:15:57 PM     Post Reply
They pine to hear tales of horror from the citizenry, perhaps. Organizing for Action, the aggressive grassroots non-profit that grew out of President Obama’s 2012 campaign, is now seeking “sequester stories” from loyal Democrats and progressives. The canny idea intensifies the Democratic Party’s blame game and fear mongering over the looming budget cuts. “Right now, each of us has a responsibility to step up and make sure Congress hears our voices. Whether you’d be directly affected by these sequester cuts, or whether they’d affect a senior, veteran, or teacher you know, please share what

Bud, Michelob watered
down beers, lawsuit alleges
Associated Press, by Maryclaire Dale    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/27/2013 2:10:51 PM     Post Reply
Philadelphia — Beer lovers across the U.S. have accused Anheuser-Busch of watering down its Budweiser, Michelob and other brands, in class-action suits seeking millions in damages. The suits, filed in Pennsylvania, California and other states, claim consumers have been cheated out of the alcohol content stated on labels. Budweiser and Michelob each boast of being 5% alcohol, while some light versions are said to be just over 4%. The lawsuits are based on information from former employees at the company´s 13 U.S. breweries, some in high-level plant positions, according to lead lawyer Josh Boxer of San Rafael, Calif.

  


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Supreme Court justices hint at
striking Voting Rights Act provision
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Sam Baker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/27/2013 2:08:11 PM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court signaled strongly on Wednesday that it might strike down a section of the Voting Rights Act as the court’s conservative members cast the provision as outdated and unfair. With a crowd of congressional Democrats and civil rights icons gathered outside, the court heard oral arguments over Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires certain states and counties to get permission from the federal government before changing their voting laws. The court’s conservative justices appeared deeply skeptical

White House: ICE to blame
for release of illegals
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/27/2013 2:03:19 PM     Post Reply
The White House said Wednesday it had nothing to do with the decision by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release immigrants awaiting deportation back into the country in order to save money ahead of the looming budget “sequesters.” “This was a decision made by career officials at ICE without any input from the White House as a result of fiscal uncertainty over the continuing resolution as well as possible sequestration,” spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. He didn’t say whether the White House agreed with the decision,

White House was not involved in
ICE´s decision to release detainees
Politico, by Jennifer Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 2/27/2013 2:02:19 PM     Post Reply
The White House and the Department of Homeland Security were unaware of Immigration Customs and Enforcement´s decision to release detainees until the agency announced it, administration officials said Wednesday. "This was a decision made by a career officials at ICE without any input from the White House, as a result of fiscal uncertainty over the continuing resolution, as well as possible sequestration," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday. Personnel at Department of Homeland Security headquarters in Washington were also unaware of the decision until the announcement was made, a department official told POLITICO.

Colombian astronomers trace the origin
of the meteor that crashed in Russia
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/27/2013 2:01:56 PM     Post Reply
Astronomers from Colombia have traced the origin of a meteor that injured about 1,000 people after breaking up over central Russia earlier this month.Using amateur video footage, they were able to plot the meteor´s trajectory through Earth´s atmosphere and then reconstruct its orbit around the Sun. As the space rock burned up over the city of Chelyabinsk, the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings causing millions of dollars in damages. The team, from Colombia, has published details on the Arxiv website.

JFK´s only grandson, a 20-year-
old Yale student, is training
to become an EMT
Daily Mail (UK), by Hayley Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/27/2013 1:56:40 PM     Post Reply
John F. Kennedy´s only grandson, 20-year-old Jack Schlossberg, is training to become a first responder, according to friends at Yale University. ´Jack sees this training as a way to give back to the New Haven community that he’s living in,´ a friend of Jack´s told the New York Post. The source, who said he bonded with Schlossberg when they were summer interns for Sen. John Kerry a couple years ago, asked to remain anonymous. ´Jack’s very aware of all the privileges and opportunities that come with his family, so his EMT training has a lot to do with

  



Biden: ‘I Tend to Say What
I Mean, and That Gets Me in
Trouble - Except in Mississippi´
Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/27/2013 1:52:17 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General on gun violence Wednesday, said he says what he means and that gets him in trouble. "No one’s ever doubted that I mean what I say. The problem is that I tend to say what I mean, and that gets me in trouble - except in Mississippi,” Biden said, after inviting the attorneys general to share any constructive criticism they may have about his proposals on gun control.“I want to invite you, and I’m gonna have my staff afterwards available –

George Zimmerman wears a disguise
and body armor when he goes
out in public and he remains
in hiding one year after killing
Trayvon Martin
Daily Mail (UK) & Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/27/2013 1:52:06 PM     Post Reply
George Zimmerman wears a disguise or body armor in public because he still feels threatened one year after he killed Trayvon Martin, his lawyer said today. The former neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida, captured national attention when he shot dead Trayvon, an unarmed 17-year-old who was walking to his father´s house. Zimmerman claims he was defending himself and was not initially arrested. Zimmerman remains in hiding and ´can´t go out in public without wearing a disguise or body armor,´ defense attorney Mark O´Mara told CNN.

Dem introduces anti-racial
profiling bill one year after
Trayvon Martin´s death
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Pete Kasperowicz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/27/2013 1:47:39 PM     Post Reply
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) on Tuesday proposed an anti-racial profiling bill to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Norton´s bill, H.R. 838, would let states apply for federal grants to create programs aimed at reducing racial profiling. These programs could include instituting anti-racial profiling laws, maintaining data on traffic stops to check for racial bias, and training law enforcement officers. "The Trayvon Martin tragedy did not involve a law enforcement officer, but his death reminded the country that racial profiling discrimination remains largely unaddressed," Norton said.

Obama’s Fear of Spending Cuts
National Review, by Michael Tanner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/27/2013 1:46:51 PM     Post Reply
According to President Obama, the $62 billion in new taxes this year imposed as part of the fiscal-cliff deal will have no effect on economic growth. In fact, the president believes that he can safely impose another $58 billion in tax increases to replace spending cuts from the upcoming sequester. And, of course, Obamacare’s almost $42 billion in new taxes (and regulations) in 2013 don’t have any impact on hiring or investment. But, the president says, the $44 billion in cuts this year resulting from the sequester will throw the U.S. economy back into recession.

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