Low Popahirum, National Edition (3-10-14)

“The Pentagon may be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars studying Vladimir Putin’s body language in order to ‘better predict [his] actions,’ but Putin does not need a study to read President Obama’s body language.” – Marc Thiessen/Washington Post

Beck hasn’t lost respect for all politicians, just most of them. On the right, he likes Utah’s Mike Lee, Texas’s Ted Cruz, and Kentucky’s Rand Paul. He respects anybody who goes to Washington and sticks to his principles — even the socialist senator Bernie Sanders. ‘I’m sure Bernie would disagree, but Bernie and I could be fast friends because he’s doing what he said he’d do,’ he says. ‘Same with Dennis Kucinich, aliens and all.’” – National Review

“Teams trying to locate the Boeing Co. (BA) 777 that vanished over the sea three days ago will scour data for radar signatures while seeking to detect pinging from black boxes as the search for visible wreckage proves elusive.” – Bloomberg

“Count me as one who was not surprised at the size of Rand Paul’s victory in the CPAC straw poll.  I’m only surprised it wasn’t bigger —  even though he nearly tripled the votes of his nearest rival Ted Cruz.” – Roger L. Simon/PJ Media

“The Washington Post has the bombshell story of the month: ‘A pair of surveys released on Thursday suggest that just one in 10 uninsured people who qualify for private health plans through the new marketplace have signed up for one—and that about half of uninsured adults has looked for information on the online exchanges or plans to look.’ Well, and there goes the famed rationale for the health-care law—which was to bring the people, numbering anywhere between 31 million to 47 million depending on how and whom you count, without insurance into the system.” – John Podhoretz/Commentary

“Last week, I warned that the next step for Russia after seizing the Crimea over the status of ethnic Russians would take place in the Baltic states of Estonia and Latvia. All it would take, I argued, would be for Moscow to foment unrest in those ethnic-Russian communities, antagonize the governments in both states, and then insist that Russia had to intervene to protect them. More than a quarter of the population in both countries consist of ethnic Russians, while in Ukraine it only came to 18%.” – Hot Air

“Don’t know how many of you caught Pat Caddell’s  address at CPAC, but it was fascinating. He excoriated the GOP, the money men, the Roves in our midst. And then he went after Boehner.  He all  but called for the House GOP caucus to toss him overboard. Powerful stuff.” – RedState

“And yet, for many on the left, they could not see the difference. True Detective was a good show, therefore it must serve to flatter their cherished cult beliefs. It must resolve, they thought, to ultimately say that everything they believe is right.” – Ace Of Spades

“The amount of debt globally has soared more than 40 percent to $100 trillion since the first signs of the financial crisis as governments borrowed to pull their economies out of recession and companies took advantage of record low interest rates, according to the Bank for International Settlements.” – Bloomberg

More Americans used buses, trains and subways in 2013 than in any year since 1956 as service improved, local economies grew and travelers increasingly sought alternatives to the automobile for trips within metropolitan areas, the American Public Transportation Association said in a report released on Monday.” – NY Times

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