'Putin Understands That He Has Nothing to Fear From the United States'

'The Ukrainians are utterly helpless'

'What we are doing is holding the coat of the unarmed little guy in a fight'

From the Special Report-


Photos: Passenger Ship Carrying 447 People Sinks Off South Korean Coast

A coast guard rescue is underway to help a passenger ship that’s sinking off the coast of South Korea. The ship is carrying 447 people, many of whom are students, according to the ship’s owner Chonghaejin Marine Co.

No passengers have been harmed so far in the incident, which occurred off South Korea’s southwest coast, coast guard official Park Jung Il said by phone from Mokpo, southwest Korea. An official at Chonghaejin Marine Co. confirmed it owns the sinking “Sewol” vessel, asking not to be named citing company policy. The ship usually travels between Incheon and the South Korean island of Jeju, Yonhap News reported.

About 190 passengers have been rescued from the vessel so far, Yonhap reported, without citing anyone. The car ferry was built in 1994 and has a capacity of 921 passengers, the agency said. The ship was carrying 325 high school students and about 150 cars, Yonhap said.

YTN TV reported the ship may have hit rocks due to fog, citing a South Korean government official. (via Bloomberg)

more at reuters


World Oil Reserves

World Oil Reserves in 2013
Venezuela tops the list (300BBl), followed by Saudi Arabia (no surprise)
What is interesting is that Canada is in 3rd at 175B barrels

via Amazing Maps-


George Will Rips Obama: 'Some Presidents Take Their Foreign Policy From Woodrow Wilson, Some From Henry Kissinger, This is Foreign Policy From Monty Python'


George Will on Special Report lets the administration have it.


Texas: Wendy Davis Trailing Republican Greg Abbott By 8 Points Among Women, 21 Points Among Men -PPP

Greg Abbott leads the race for Texas Governor by 14 points. The bad news for Wendy Davis is that there has been no movement in the polls in her direction whatsoever. In November, a PPP poll had almost identical results - a 15 point lead for Abbott 50-35. Today it is 51-37. There has not been a survey conducted this year that Abbott hasn't led Davis by double-digits

PPP's newest Texas poll finds Republicans leading by double digits in all of the state's major races for 2014. In the Governor's race Greg Abbott's at 51% to 37% for Wendy Davis.

 Those numbers are largely unchanged from our last poll of the state in early November when Abbott had a 50/35 advantage.

Davis had a 39/29 favorability rating right after her famous filibuster last June, but since then voters in the state have mostly moved toward having negative opinions about her and now she's at a 33/47 spread. Davis' name recognition is actually 12 points higher than Abbott's, but his reviews break down favorably with 40% having a positive view of him to 27% with a negative one. -


Greg Abbott campaign ad: 'Words matter'

Dem Senator Mary Landrieu’s New Ad Says Obama Policies ‘Simply Wrong’

It must be an election year.

Landrieu tries to separate herself from Obama in her latest ad. Hopefully the people of LA will see right through this because if she is reelected, all of this will go right out the window when she heads back to Washington. Everybody knows she will vote with Obama on almost every single piece of legislation and she won't have to face the voters for another 6 years.

WASHINGTON -- Beat up for months by a series of expensive negative ads financed by conservative advocacy groups, Sen. Mary Landrieu's campaign is out Tuesday with its own new TV ad boosting her efforts on behalf of the oil and gas industry,.

The 60-second ad portrays Louisiana residents at home, in a restaurant and at their job watching TV news accounts of Landrieu, a three-term Democrat, as she fights against the moratorium on deep-water oil and gas drilling after the 2010 BP oil spill and for sharing federal off-shore royalty revenue with Louisiana and other producing states.

"300,000 people that go to work every day in this industry," Landrieu says in a video shown in the ad. "You just can't go beat up on them." The ad says that as the new chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee she has the "most powerful position in the Senate for Louisiana."

"We produce the oil and gas that's the message we told to the president," Landrieu says in another news clip."

The ad buy is $250,000 for this week, and is running statewide, according to the Landrieu campaign.


Ukraine Launches Military Operation Against Pro-Russian Militia

Crackdown On Pro-Russian Separatists Underway
Ukrainian military retake airport 
Ukraine ‘on the brink of civil war’ 
Seven busloads of Ukraine government troops in black military fatigues
Ukraine:  This is an 'Anti-terrorist operation'
Pro-Russian forces have seized a dozen government offices in 10 eastern Ukraine cities
Obama speaks to Putin about violence in Ukraine
NATO Secretary General: Military will not get involved
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov accuses West of ‘off the scale’ hypocrisy over Ukraine
U.S. military on high alert as Ukraine troops trade gunfire with pro-Russian militants

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (NYTimes) — The Ukrainian military stormed an airport 25 miles north of this eastern city on Tuesday, beginning what the president called a military operation to confront pro-Russian militants in the eastern part of the country

A column of armored personnel carriers flying the Ukrainian flag entered the airport late in the afternoon, local reporters there said. The convoy was met by a crowd of pro-Russian militants that the soldiers tried to push back by firing in the air, they said. The Ukrainian soldiers quickly took control of the facility, while the commander sought to persuade the militants to leave, they said, describing the situation as more of a “mob scene” than a gunfight

The movements suggested that Kiev had overcome fears that an overly assertive Ukrainian military response could quickly lead to heavy civilian casualties and play into Moscow’s narrative that Russian-speakers are in need of protection


Ukrainian army troops stand next to an armored vehicle with a Ukrainian flag on the outskirts of Izyum, Eastern Ukraine, Tuesday. An Associated Press reporter saw at least 14 armored personnel carriers with Ukrainian flags, one helicopter and military trucks north of the city of Slovyansk on Tuesday. SERGEI GRITS / AP

CNN captures video of convoy of Ukrainian Armored Military Vehicles on the move


Dr. Ben Carson: White House Requested An Apology For ‘Offending’ Obama at National Prayer Breakfast

"I received a call from some of the prayer breakfast organizers saying that the White House was upset and requesting that I call the president and apologize for offending him"

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year.

Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20.
“He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of the program, I received a call from some of the prayer breakfast organizers saying that the White House was upset and requesting that I call the president and apologize for offending him. I said that I did not think that he was offended and that I didn’t think that such a call was warranted.”
Conservatives rallied around Carson after his remarks, made from a podium as Obama sat just feet away. In his speech, he railed against “political correctness” and offered specific ideas for health care reform.

“Many have commented that the president appeared to be uncomfortable during my speech, but I was not paying particular attention to him or his reactions, as my comments were really directed more at the American people than the people on the dais,” Carson recalls

Maybe Dr. Ben Carson should also request an apology from Barack Obama for having him audited by the IRS in October 2013


Tea Party Primary Challenger Ad Says Boehner Has 'Electile Dysfunction'

Pretty clever ad from Republican primary challenger J.D. Winteregg

'When the moment is Right'

The Ohio Republican's primary opponent, tea party-backed J.D. Winteregg, is using Boehner's name in a parody themed campaign ad, which accuses the longtime congressman of having "Electile Dysfunction."

The ad mimics commercials marketing drugs for male sexual dysfunction.

The ad says a daily dose of "Winteregg in Congress will help you every time the moment is right to have your voice heard at the federal level."

And Winteregg's ad doesn't stop with Boehner's name.

"Other signs of Electile Dysfunction may include extreme skin discoloration, the inability to punch oneself out of a wet paper bag, or maintain a spin in the face of liberal opposition," the narrator says. "If you have a Boehner lasting longer than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention."

Tea party primary challenger ad says Boehner has 'Electile Dysfunction'

This is a very good ad from challenger J.D. Winteregg, but the truth is,  he has no chance of ousting Boehner in the Republican primary.  Boehner has never gotten less than 64% of the vote in the last decade in the general election and never gotten less than 80% in the Republican primary.

In 2012, Tea Party activist David Lewis challenged Boehner in the Republican primary. On election day, Lewis pulled in 16% to Boehner's 83%. The problem is, many people who are supporting the tea party candidate against John Boehner do not get to vote in Ohio's 8th district, which is as Republican as any district in the U.S.


Feds Charge Phoenix Woman For Throwing Shoe at Hillary Clinton

(Photo from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Alison Ernst, who was arrested April 10, 2014 in connection with an incident involving throwing a shoe at Former Secretary of State and Former First Lady Hillary Clinton. Alison was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and released. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

Trespassing, violence against a person in a restricted building and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

She could face 2 1/2 years in prison

LAS VEGAS  (AP) Federal authorities have lodged two criminal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton while she gave a convention speech at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, didn't respond to a phone message Monday about the charges of trespassing and violence against a person in a restricted building, which were filed Sunday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.

She could face up to a year in federal prison on each charge if she's convicted. A court date wasn't immediately set, and it wasn't clear if Ernst had a lawyer.

Las Vegas police booked Ernst last week on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge and freed her with a June 24 court date. Charges haven't been filed in that case.

A disorderly conduct conviction could get Ernst up to six months in county jail. Ernst immediately surrendered and was arrested after the incident Thursday in a ballroom at the Mandalay Bay resort.

The federal charges accuse her of bypassing security to enter the ballroom and committing a violent act by throwing the shoe that police say she pulled from a purse and hurled about 60 feet toward the former secretary of state.