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Obama explains that awful debate
performance (Hint: Not his fault)
Investor's Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 10/5/2012 9:15:47 AM     Post Reply
The United States Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama, has figured out what caused his pathetic performance in the general election's first presidential debate this week: It was Mitt Romney's fault. The day after the listless, bored, defensive Democrat scared the cliches out of his media pals and gifted his opponent with a poll bump, Obama offered a manufactured explanation for his poor showing in front of about 50 million people.

REPORT: Obama Camp.
Threatens NAACP Official
Breitbart's Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/5/2012 9:11:59 AM     Post Reply
The Illinois political director of President Barack Obama’s campaign allegedly threatened a Chicago NAACP official because he did not support Obama’s reelection campaign.David Lowery, the president of the South Suburban Branch of the NAACP, alleged to CBS Chicago that Louis Raymond, the Obama official, threatened him during a phone call because Lowery did not support Obama. Lowery felt Obama did not adequately address the concerns and issues of the black community. “You know what? I know everything about you,” Raymond allegedly said, according Lowery. “We’ve been watching you, and since you don’t support Obama, we’ll deal with you.”

Santelli Smells A Rat:
'I Told You They'd Get It
Under 8%—They Did!'
Newsbusters, by Mark Finkelstein    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 10/5/2012 9:01:37 AM     Post Reply
Rick Santelli, the man who helped launch the Tea Party with his impassioned comments from the trading floor in 2009, sees the hand of politics at work in today's announcement that the unemployment rate has dipped below 8%. Speaking on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning just minutes after the number was announced, Santelli said: "I told you they'd get it under 8%--they did!" View the video after the jump. The Obama campaign is sure to jump on the news today--but Santelli has put a big question mark over the validity of the data.



U.S. Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Falls
to 7.8%; 114,000 Jobs Added
Bloomberg News, by Alex Kowalski    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/5/2012 8:36:22 AM     Post Reply
The unemployment rate in the U.S. unexpectedly fell to 7.8 percent in September, the lowest since January 2009 as employers took on more part-time workers. The economy added 114,000 workers last month after a revised 142,000 gain in August that was more than initially estimated, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median estimate of 92 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an advance of 115,000. The jobless rate dropped from 8.1 percent and hourly earnings climbed more than forecast. Improving employment prospects that lead to stronger wage growth provide workers with the wherewithal to boost

Romney Deflates the President
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: Not your typical New Yorker- 10/5/2012 7:51:15 AM     Post Reply
Out on a limb, where the breeze is best: The impact of the first debate is going to be bigger than we know. It's going to affect thinking more than we know, and it's going to start showing up in the polls, including in the battlegrounds, more dramatically than we guess. It wasn't just Mitt Romney's strong performance. It was President Obama's amazingly weak one. He's never been punctured before. But by debate's end Wednesday night, if you opened the window this is what you could hear: Ssssssss. The soft hiss of air departing from a balloon.

Russia's secret service says
Al-Qaeda are behind spate of
forest fires across Europe
Daily Mail (UK), by Jill Reilly    Original Article
Posted By: thelmalou- 10/5/2012 7:50:26 AM     Post Reply
Russia's secret service has claimed that Al-Qaeda are behind spate of forest fires across Europe. The revelations come after deadly fires which have swept through forest land in the EU over the past few months. Only last week a forest fire fanned by gusting winds forced the evacuation of some 2,000 people from a handful of small mountain towns in eastern Spain. In both Portugal and Spain thousands of residents have been forced to flee their homes as well as dozens of people killed.

Be wary of playing
Turkey’s great game
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 10/5/2012 7:48:20 AM     Post Reply
The state is taking a lead role in unseating Syria’s Assad, but it has a hidden agenda. Syria might be getting all the blame for firing the first shot in the sudden eruption of hostilities on the Turko-Syrian border, but Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, can hardly claim to be an innocent party when it comes to stoking the fires of a conflict that retains the potential to ignite a regional conflagration. For more than a year now Turkey has been taking a lead role in the campaign to overthrow the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.



U.S. citizen opens fire at Eilat
hotel, kills worker, is then
shot dead by police
Haaretz [Israel], by Yanir Yagna    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 10/5/2012 7:45:42 AM     Post Reply
A 50-year-old Eilat hotel worker was killed on Friday morning by a suspect who stole a firearm from a security guard at the Leonardo Club Hotel in the southern city, and opened fire. The shooter, a 23-year-old American citizen, also an employee of the hotel, was later killed by police during an exchange of gunfire. Guests were instructed to remain in the rooms, following the original shooting. Shortly afterwards, a large police contingent, and counter terrorism unit arrived on the scene. They started investigating the incident and searched for the suspect.

U.S. coal stocks jump
on Romney comments: analysts
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Not your typical New Yorker- 10/5/2012 7:42:40 AM     Post Reply
Mitt Romney's support of the coal industry during his debate with President Obama sent coal company stocks higher on Thursday, analysts said. "It's amazing what 15 words about coal in a presidential debate can do for the stocks," said Michael Dudas of Sterne Agee. "These stocks have been volatile, but you can't discount what a man running for president said about coal. Call it the Romney rally."(snip)"People in the coal industry feel like it's getting crushed by your policies," he told Obama.

Venezuela:Bonds rally as
Chavez losing invincibility
Bloomberg News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 10/5/2012 7:40:33 AM     Post Reply
Venezuelan bonds are posting the biggest rally among major developing nations as investors bet that President Hugo Chavez’s tenure will end soon even if he wins the closest election he’s faced in 14 years. The country’s dollar bonds returned 30 percent this year as Chavez’s battle with cancer slowed his campaign for another six- year term that would allow him to extend his push for more state control of the economy. Only the Ivory Coast’s debt has gained more, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s EMBI Global Index. While Chavez is still the likely winner, investors are

Death Panel Rattle
American Spectator, by Kevin Mooney    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 10/5/2012 6:40:27 AM     Post Reply
Until two nights ago, most voters were largely unaware of the unelected 15 member Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created as part of Obamacare. Mitt Romney can further capitalize on his adroit performance in Wednesday's debate by focusing public attention on the power and influence of IPAB in the coming weeks. When he was asked why he wanted to repeal the federal health care law, formally titled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Romney quite correctly touched on rising insurance costs, and Medicare cuts, but it was his third response to moderator Jim Lehrer that really stood out.



Obama's Mask Slips
American Thinker, by Pamela Geller    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 10/5/2012 6:24:20 AM     Post Reply
Much is being made of the devastating blow that Mitt Romney administered to President Obama in the first presidential debate Wednesday night. Romney was masterful; Obama was incomprehensible. Romney was presidential; Obama was incoherent. Romney schooled Obama; Obama responded by doing the hand motions to "The Wheels On the Bus Go Round and Round." Republicans and conservatives alike were cheering. Even Romney skeptics like me happily conceded that Romney was the right guy all along. There will be an October surprise from the Obama camp, but they got one themselves Wednesday night.

Michael Jackson's death set off
wild cash scramble between mom
Katherine and sister La Toya --
and even a fight over Janet
Jackson's cemetery deposit
New York Daily News, by Nancy Dillon    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 10/5/2012 6:14:50 AM     Post Reply
Michael Jackson's grieving relatives rolled up to the singer’s rented mansion hours after his death in a chaotic search for garbage bags full of cash, a new report states. Within hours of Jackson’s June 25 death from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, sister La Toya Jackson and her boyfriend, Jeffre Phillips, arrived at the house demanding to be admitted, Vanity Fair reports. “We’re family, and we should have access to the house,” one of two said, according to the story, an adaptation from Randall Sullivan’s forthcoming Jackson epic, “Untouchable.” Sullivan’s book says matriarch Katherine Jackson arrived that night

Restoring the American Dream
American Spectator, by Peter Ferrara    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/5/2012 6:09:39 AM     Post Reply
President Obama told a sleepwalking America in his Democrat Convention Acceptance speech: I won't pretend the path I'm offering is quick or easy. I never have. You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve the challenges that have built up over the decades. But here is the actual truth, rather than a self-serving rationalization -- with the right policies, America would be enjoying an historic boom before next Christmas,

Does Obama just hate his job?
Salon, by Alex Pareene    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/5/2012 6:05:56 AM     Post Reply
Hey, maybe Obama just doesn’t like being president? And that’s why he was so “off” last night? It’s as good a theory as any. Here’s Kevin Baker, at Harper’s: Instead, Obama signaled that he wants out. His diehard supporters are already trying to wave away this weirdly awful, unengaged performance as just his latest turn of Zen mastery, but that dog won’t hunt. They should steel themselves for more shocking displays of indifference over the next month on the part of this strangely diffident individual. It’s quite possible that he means what he says,



Get Ready for Chicago Rules
Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/5/2012 6:00:56 AM     Post Reply
The most interesting place to have been in America on Thursday morning? Obama campaign headquarters. No need to guess what the post-debate conversation was in Boston: jubilation over Mitt Romney's wildly impressive Denver performance, and a strategy session on how to keep the momentum. But in Chicago? Amid the gloom, amid the shock, one pained question surely drove the discussion: "What now?" Because Chicago understands that the immediate critique of Barack Obama's debate performance understates the damage the president did to his campaign. Yes, he was detached. Yes, he was unprepared.

Facebook to charge users to
‘promote’ posts to friends
Fox News, by Jeremy A. Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 10/5/2012 5:54:29 AM     Post Reply
Facebook wants you to advertise … to your friends. The world’s largest social network, which announced Thursday that it has crossed the billion-user mark, has struggled to make money from its enormous pool of users. The solution: Turning individual users into advertisers. “I thought it was a joke at first, to be honest,” explained Cameron Yuill, founder of digital media technology company AdGent. “Now they’re going to charge me $7 to tell my friends something?” Facebook announced Wednesday that Joe Sixpack will soon be able to ensure that you're reading his messages, thanks to an expansion of the Promoted Posts program,

Moving Beyond Affirmative Action
New York Times, by Thomas J. Espenshade    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/5/2012 5:50:50 AM     Post Reply
ON Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas, the latest in a long line of conservative assaults on affirmative action that dates to the late 1970s. Nearly a decade has passed since the court, in Grutter v. Bollinger, approved the continued use of race as one factor in an individualized, “holistic” review of an applicant’s qualifications for higher education. Now even such limited consideration of race is being challenged. Abigail Fisher, who is white, graduated from a Texas public high school in 2008

Revolt of the Spooks
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/5/2012 5:46:05 AM     Post Reply
Weeks before the presidential election, President Barack Obama’s administration faces mounting opposition from within the ranks of U.S. intelligence agencies over what career officers say is a “cover up” of intelligence information about terrorism in North Africa. Intelligence held back from senior officials and the public includes numerous classified reports revealing clear Iranian support for jihadists throughout the tumultuous North Africa and Middle East region, as well as notably widespread al Qaeda penetration into Egypt and Libya in the months before the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

The Undoing of Storybook Man
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/5/2012 5:40:40 AM     Post Reply
It was the Puss in Boots eyes. If you’ve seen the Shrek movies or the spin-off cartoon starring the storybook cat voiced by Antonio Banderas, you know what I’m talking about. Whenever Puss in Boots really needs something from someone, he flashes these enormous kitten eyes that melt anyone in their path. Whenever my daughter really wants something, she tries to lay them on me, and I have to say, “Stop trying to give me the Puss in Boots eyes . . . you can’t have chocolate cake for dinner.” I knew Barack Obama was miserable


The Skeptics Are Thrashing The
Alarmists In The Global Warming Debate
Forbes, by James Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/5/2012 5:37:18 AM     Post Reply
So you thought Mitt Romney gave Barack Obama a good beating in last night’s debate? That is nothing compared to the beating climate realists have been inflicting on alarmists in the global warming debate. Rarely will global warming alarmists step into the ring for a live debate that people can watch. There are good reasons for this. When you remove alarmists from the protection of a fawning liberal press and subject them to a debate on equal terms without media filters, embarrassing things tend to happen. Kind of like last night’s presidential debate. But I digress.

Obama, the god who bleeds
Washington Times [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/5/2012 5:28:53 AM     Post Reply
The poet Robert Graves wrote, “One hard look can close the book that lovers love to see.” On Wednesday night, Americans saw Barack Obama in a new, hard light. He was not the smooth, confident leader they imagined him to be. He was rambling, unfocused and ultimately bested by another, more able man. His defeat defied what was expected, or what many believed was even possible. The scene was reminiscent of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” where Danny Dravot, a British soldier with delusions of godhood, is bitten by the native girl he seeks to wed.

Pinocchio for President
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 10/5/2012 5:25:19 AM     Post Reply
Team Obama, scrambling to regain solid footing after Wednesday’s debate debacle, has switched attack targets. Mitt Romney the extremist is out. Mitt Romney the liar is in. Chief campaign strategist David Axelrod complimented Romney’s “vigorous performance” — but added that it was “one that was devoid of honesty.” Really. Axelrod talking “honesty.” Indeed, he said, “the question is . . . whether or not a candidate that is so fundamentally rooted in hiding the facts and truth” can be trusted with the presidency. But while that description applies to one of the candidates, it’s not Mitt Romney.

Syria Conflict Can’t Be Wished Away
Commentary Magazine, by Max Boot    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/5/2012 5:21:57 AM     Post Reply
Foreign policy wasn’t on the debate agenda last night, but Mitt Romney did say, “What’s happening in the Middle East? There are developments around the world that are of real concern.” Indeed. The latest being that for a second day in a row Turkey has shelled Syria in retaliation for Syrian mortar shells landing in Turkey and killing several people. This is only the latest sign of how the Syrian conflict continues to rage and to spill over Syria’s artificial borders. Yet President Obama seems to be acting as if he could wish the conflict away, presumably

Jim Lehrer, Model Debate Moderator
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/5/2012 5:07:05 AM     Post Reply
Apologists for President Obama’s weak performance in Wednesday night’s debate have found a scapegoat. It’s Jim Lehner, the PBS anchor who served as moderator. The charge? He let Mitt Romney run amok—that is, talk more—by not enforcing the time limits on speaking. This is untrue. As it turns out, Obama spoke four minutes more than Romney did in the 90-minute debate. But since he had so many pauses, stumbles, and instances of “Ah…ah,” Romney actually got in more words, 7,891 to Obama’s 7,350. Romney simply had more to say—and that surely wasn’t Lehrer’s fault.

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