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  • Debate leads to strong Romney fund-raising

    10/06/2012 1:44:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | October 6th, 2012 03:09 PM ET | CNN Political Unit
    Mitt Romney's showing at Wednesday night's debate paid off, according to a Saturday tweet from his campaign spokeswoman. In the 48 hours post-debate, Romney's campaign raised "more than $12 million," press secretary Andrea Saul tweeted. …
  • Once-reluctant Mitt Romney opens up on the campaign trail - “Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose!”

    10/06/2012 1:42:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 197 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 6, 2012 | Philip Rucker,
    ST. PETERSBURG,Fla.—Mitt Romney, his friends often say, is a private man in a public world. But with just one month left until the election, he has calculated that to win the presidency he must do what for years he has been loath to: share intimate stories about his life.So it was that as the sun set on his rally here Friday night,...Romney talked about David for the first time himself.“It was clear he was not going to make it,”Romney said. “I went into his room one night when he was in bed,and he asked me a very difficult question. He...
  • Mark Steyn: Will Big Bird ever leave the government nest?

    10/06/2012 1:40:04 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 19 replies
    OC Register ^ | 6 Oct 2012 | Mark Steyn
    If Sesame Street is not commercially viable, then nothing is, and we should just cut to the chase and bail out everything. Apparently, Frank Sinatra served as Mitt Romney's debate coach. As he put it about halfway through "That's Life": "I'd jump right on a big bird and then I'd fly ... ." That's what Mitt did in Denver. Ten minutes in, he jumped right on Big Bird, and then he took off – and never looked back, while the other fellow, whose name escapes me, never got out of the gate. It takes a certain panache to clobber not...
  • FBI: Strong Signs Border Death from Friendly Fire

    10/06/2012 1:39:15 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies ^ | 10/6/12 | JACQUES BILLEAUD and BRIAN SKOLOFF
    Friendly fire likely was to blame in a shooting near the Arizona-Mexico line that killed one federal agent and wounded another, the FBI said, noting the investigation was still ongoing in the case that reignited the political debate over border security. "There are strong preliminary indications that the death of United States Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie and the injury to a second agent was the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents," FBI Special Agent in Charge James L. Turgal Jr. said in a statement Friday.
  • Daryl Hannah and 7 Other Celebs Arrested While Crusading for a Cause, 2 With Close Calls

    10/06/2012 1:38:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 6, 2012 | Lauren Effron
    Daryl Hannah, of "Splash" and "Blade Runner" fame, was arrested Thursday afternoon for protesting the construction of a major oil pipeline in Texas. The Keystone XL pipeline is designed to bring crude oil from Canada to Texas' Gulf Coast. Hannah, along with 78-year-old Texas landowner Eleanor Fairchild, were arrested for criminal trespassing and other charges after they were accused of standing in front of pipeline construction equipment on Fairchild's farm in Winnsboro, a town about 100 miles east of Dallas, ABC affiliate KLTV reported. …
  • John Kerry’s Elizabeth Warren Dilemma

    10/06/2012 1:31:47 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 29 replies
    Boston Magazine ^ | 10/5/2012 | Jason Schwartz
    If Washington, DC, is a city of poorly guarded secrets, perhaps the least well guarded is Senator John Kerry’s desire to be secretary of state. Hillary Clinton has made it clear that she will not return for a second term in that role, and if President Obama is reelected, Kerry would certainly be a favorite for the post. From his emergency diplomatic relations with Afghanistan to his work chairing the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Kerry has been one of Obama’s go-to guys for international affairs. Considering that our senior senator was among the first high-profile politicians to support Obama’s...
  • Gravis Poll - Colorado (Romney 49%, Obama 45%)

    10/06/2012 1:30:05 PM PDT · by TexasFreeper2009 · 28 replies
    Gravis Marketing ^ | 10/6/12 | staff
    45.5%. What happened? In terms of the numbers, Obama saw a decrease of 4.4% among “Verylikely Obama” voters, an increase of 1.2% among “Likely Obama” voters, and a 1.1% decreasein “Somewhat likely voters”. On the other side, Romney saw a 0.2% decline in “Very likelyRomney voters,” a 1.3% increase among “Somewhat likely Romney” voters and a 2.7% increaseamong “Likely Romney” voters. Overall, it looks as if the debate shifted voters more away fromthe “very likely” category towards center. Interestingly, the percentage of “Undecided” wentfrom 4.3% to 4.8%.

    10/06/2012 1:27:53 PM PDT · by Snuph · 16 replies
    Big Government ^ | 6 Oct 2012 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    As part of its “benchmark” health care plan to satisfy ObamaCare’s requirement of the establishment of Essential Health Benefits (EHB’s) in each state, the state of New York has requested that annual doctor visit limits be substituted for lifetime and annual dollar limits in health care plans. ObamaCare is gradually setting up a two-class system of health care access in this country. Only the very wealthy will be able to obtain the types of treatments and access to health care that many Americans have enjoyed in the past. Everyone else…well, just take a check and wait in line.
  • Rice on Benghazi: Blame the intelligence community

    10/06/2012 1:26:43 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice told Republican senators that her televised statements last month on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi were based entirely on information she was given by the intelligence community.
  • Injured soldiers, civilians, ready for Everest climb

    10/06/2012 1:24:29 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 20 replies
    National Post ^ | October 5, 2012 | Jen Gerson
    A team of 24 is expected to arrive in Kathmandu on Sunday, en route to the high peaks of the Himalayas to raise awareness for Canadian soldiers injured at war — and inspire anyone suffering from similar mental and physical scars. The True Patriot Love expedition — 13 soldiers, a doctor and 10 civilians — left on Friday. They will eventually climb to the Mount Everest base camp, and then on to Island Peak. All the while, several trekkers, soldiers Master Cpl. Peter Burcew and Cpl. David Macdonald and civilians Scott Kress and Shaun Francis, will blog the trip here....
  • Young White Evangelicals will Vote Romney, Poll Finds

    10/06/2012 1:19:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Religious Dispatches ^ | 10/06/2012 | Sarah Posner
    The latest poll out of Public Religion Research Institute examines the political and religious attitudes of "younger millennials," the 18-25 set. Do you remember a lot of fretting (from the conservative side) that younger evangelicals are drifting away from Republican orthodoxy? Or, (from the progressive side) that younger evangelicals are a potentially get-able voting bloc for Democrats? This poll dispels all of that.According to the poll [PDF], a full 80% of white evangelicals in that age group plan to vote for Mitt Romney. Just 15% say they will vote for Barack Obama.The poll finds both a racial and religious divide...
  • "Born and Raised In Nevada" - Pro Romney Greg Anthony Ad

    10/06/2012 1:18:06 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    Former professional basketball player Greg Anthony has a soft spot in his heart for Nevada. When he voted for Barack Obama, he thought he’d be a centrist. After four years though, he’s heard enough excuses. He’s supporting Mitt Romney because we can’t afford four more years like the last.
  • Who Mastered Fire?

    10/06/2012 1:16:02 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 | L.V. Anderson
    Richard Wrangham, an anthropologist at Harvard, claims that hominids became people—that is, acquired traits like big brains and dainty jaws—by mastering fire. He places this development at about 1.8 million years ago. This is an appealing premise no matter who you are. For those who see cooking as morally, culturally, and socially superior to not cooking, it is scientific validation of a worldview: proof that cooking is literally what makes us human. For the rest of us, it means we have a clever retort the next time one of those annoying raw-food faddists starts going on about how natural it...
  • WFSB set to host first United States Senate debate(Murphy/McMahon, Sun @ 11 AM)

    10/06/2012 1:14:50 PM PDT · by matt04 · 2 replies
    hannel 3 Eyewitness News will host the first United States Senate debate between Linda McMahon and United States Rep. Chris Murphy on Sunday at 11 a.m. Both of the candidates have been offered and have accepted the invitation to debate issues regarding the state. Dennis House, Eyewitness News anchor and Face the State host, will serve as moderator of the debate. A panel of journalists, Angela Dias, of WTIC Radio, Mark Pazniokas, from the Connecticut Mirror and Fran Schneidau from WCBS News Radio 880 will question both candidates. The debate will be televised live from 11 a.m. until noon without...
  • Drop your gay marriage laws, Tory chairmen tell David Cameron

    10/06/2012 1:07:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:59PM BST 06 Oct 2012 | Patrick Hennessy
    David Cameron has been given a clear demand from the Conservative Party’s grass roots to drop his controversial plans to legalize same-sex marriage in an eve-of-conference poll. The survey of Tory constituency chairmen, seen by The Sunday Telegraph, finds that 71 percent think the proposal—which the Prime Minister has pledged will be law by 2015—should be abandoned. Nearly half the chairmen claim their local parties have lost members as a result of the plans, while only three percent say they have gained membership. …
  • Mid-air terror with death threat on Tiger flight between Coolangatta and Sydney

    10/06/2012 12:57:50 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 7th October 2012 | Jonathan Marshall
    TERRIFIED passengers thought they were going to die in a mid-air nightmare after a passenger aboard a Sydney-bound flight threatened: "I hope you have life insurance". Fearing he would storm the cockpit, a group of passengers aboard told how they kept a constant watch as the man attempted on four separate occasions to enter the toilet at the front of the plane. "It was the scariest thing ever," said traveller Daniel Schwerdtfeger. "He eye-balled me from behind the curtain and ran his finger across his neck suggesting he was going to kill me." A stewardess, taunted and abused during the...
  • Romney camp reports $12M in online donations in 48 hours after strong debate performance

    10/06/2012 12:55:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/06/2012
    Mitt Romney's strong debate performance Wednesday night has generated $12 million in online contributions, his campaign said, as well as a surge in volunteers and bigger crowds at his events. The $12 million the campaign reports raising in less than 48 hours after the debate tops the amount Mr. Romney raised in the days after announcing Rep. Paul Ryan, R.-Wis., as his running mate and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold a major plank of the president's health-care law. Sixty percent of the money came from first-time donors, the campaign said, according to The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Romney's debate...
  • Pre-election media on jobs reports, then and now

    10/06/2012 12:53:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/06/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Yesterday's jobs report from the BLS had an interesting analogue in history. The month before the 2004 election --- also a contest for an incumbent President’s re-election --- the jobs report for September turned out to be rather weak. The BLS reported a net increase of only 96,000 jobs, weaker than the previous several months, and as it turned out only a short-term blip in a fairly strong recovery of jobs from a lingering recession. That's slightly weaker than yesterday's +114,000, and in September 2004 the jobless rate remained unchanged at 5.4%, but it's close enough to compare the media...
  • Why The Ryan/Biden Debate Will Be Inherently More Entertaining

    10/06/2012 12:50:28 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 70 replies
    Village Voice ^ | October 5, 2012
    America is still letting out an exhausted sigh from the debate two nights ago in Denver. At this point, who knows who won, and who actually cares? The best/worst part of it all, as my colleague James King pointed out, is that Donald Trump was mentioned two times in 90 minutes; that's two times more than the number of times Trump should ever be mentioned in a presidential debate. Nevertheless, the next two meetings between Romney and Obama will likely produce more "mehs" from the begrudging national audience. Don't worry, Election Day will be over soon enough. At least we...
  • Texas Teen Tells 911 It Was 'Weird' to Kill His Mother and Sister

    10/06/2012 12:36:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 06, 2012 | CHRISTINA NG
    Texas Teen Tells 911 It Was 'Weird' to Kill His Mother and Sister By CHRISTINA NG Oct. 6, 2012 In a chilling 911 call, Texas teen Jake Evans spent 20 minutes calmly recounting how he shot and killed his mother and sister, calling himself "evil." "It's weird," an even-voiced Evans told the 911 dispatcher. "I wasn't even really angry with them. It just kind of happened. I've been kind of planning on killing for a while now." Evans, 17, of Parker County, Texas, was arrested after he called police early Thursday morning to report he had killed his mother Jami...
  • Pope's Butler Convicted

    10/06/2012 12:23:38 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies
    abcnews ^ | Oct. 6, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI's butler Paolo Gabriele was convicted this morning of stealing the pope's private papers and leaking them to journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, who published them in a best-selling book. It took the three judges presiding over the case in Vatican City about two hours of deliberations to reach the guilty verdict today, the fourth day of hearings. Gabriele was sentenced to 18 months in an Italian prison, which was less than the expected sentence of four years. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters after the reading that the tribunal had fully accepted the "extenuating circumstances" and had reduced...
  • Study: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions

    10/06/2012 12:22:16 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 56 replies
    AP via The Boston Globe ^ | October 5, 2012 | Lauran Neergaard
    Free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large study concludes. The findings were eagerly anticipated and come as a bitterly contested Obama administration policy is poised to offer similar coverage. The project tracked more than 9,000 women in St. Louis, many of them poor or uninsured. They were given their choice of a range of contraceptive methods at no cost — from birth control pills to goof-proof options like the IUD or a matchstick-sized implant.
  • Wenzel Strategies Ohio Poll (Romney 48%, Obama 47%)

    10/06/2012 12:05:03 PM PDT · by TexasFreeper2009 · 21 replies
    Wenzel Strategies ^ | 10/6/12 | staff
    Romney has moved ahead of Obama by a single point, 48% to 47% with 5% yet undecided.
  • 52 hurt in multiple-vehicle pileup on I-75 in Florida

    10/06/2012 12:01:14 PM PDT · by Blue Highway · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/5/12 | CNN
    (CNN) -- Fifty-two people were hurt Friday in a pileup involving dozens of vehicles on an interstate highway on Florida's Gulf Coast, police said. The accident, which occurred about 3:30 p.m., involved at least 46 vehicles in the southbound lanes of I-75 on the Manatee/Sarasota county line, said Lt. Chris Miller with the Florida Highway Patrol. Twenty-two people, three of them in critical condition, were taken to area hospitals, he said. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening, he said. "Quite a few had minor injuries that didn't require transport," he said. The incident occurred about the time an afternoon...
  • Mitt Romney in Newport News, VA on Mon Oct. 8, 5 pm

    10/06/2012 11:58:04 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    From email
    You’re invited to a Victory Rally with Mitt Romney and the Republican Team Monday, October 8, 2012 Doors Open 3:00 PM | Event Begins 5:00 PM Victory Landing Park, 23rd Street in Newport News, VA 23607 All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, or signs will be allowed in the venue. Cameras are permitted. For questions, contact us at: | (757) 279-8253 For Important Campaign Updates: Text (VA) to GOMITT (466488) PAID FOR BY ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT, INC. WWW.MITTROMNEY.COM
  • Turkey’s March Toward Religious Extremism

    10/06/2012 11:48:29 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 2 replies
    Commentary ^ | 05 October 2012 | Michael Rubin
    Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has made no secret of his religious agenda. “We will raise a religious generation,” he told parliament. With the military under Erdoğan’s boot, one-in-five Turkish generals are now imprisoned for offenses emanating from Erdoğan’s fevered imagination.
  • Redistribution is Not to Americans

    10/06/2012 11:40:34 AM PDT · by annajones · 26 replies
    Opinion | 10/06/2012 | annajones
    redistribution is not to americans. with no jobs there will be no money to pay for the entitlements. tax the rich to give to the poor. what rich?
  • Mitt's New Momentum

    10/06/2012 11:40:30 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 10/5/2012 | Robert Stacy McCain
    FISHERVILLE, Virginia -- Randy Goettge left Leesburg about 3:30 p.m. Thursday and the normal drive time should have gotten him to the Romney-Ryan "Victory Rally" here by the announced start time of 6 p.m. Unfortunately for Goettge, about 10,000 other Virginians had similar plans, producing what was surely the biggest traffic jam in the history of Augusta County. Traffic was backed up for miles in every direction -- all the way from the Highway 285 exit to Interstate 81 four miles west -- and by the time Goettge found a place to park and walk the final mile to the...
  • US winks again at Pakistani terror tactics

    10/06/2012 11:39:10 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 5 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Oct 6, 2012 | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: As it has happened in the past, Pakistan has been spared the rod by the United States for its international transgressions, this time for its continued patronage of terrorism in the region, in the interest of what Washington believes is American national security. The US state department last month waived legal requirements that made its nearly $ 2 billion annual aid to Pakistan contingent on its cooperation in counter-terrorism, ending nuclear proliferation and building democratic institutions, a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report released recently has revealed. Secretary of state Hillary Clinton is said to have informed Congress, which has...
  • How the Liberal Media Ruined Obama

    10/06/2012 11:34:26 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 80 replies ^ | 10/6/2012 | Lisa Fritsch
    Watching the debate reminded me of a child set out on his own after being raised by parents who failed to teach him responsibility and accountability and let the child think that he was above being corrected or disciplined. This was the time that Chris Matthews could not jump in and tell the people what Obama meant to say." Indeed, Obama has been brought up by an adoring and overindulgent liberal media who have coddled him for the last eight years on everything from his appearance to Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, and his caught-on-a-live-microphone secret handshake with Russian President Medvedev,...
  • Cops Nab Alleged TSA Thief, Hundreds Already Fired

    10/06/2012 11:31:16 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    Cops Nab Alleged TSA Thief, Hundreds Already Fired By LEE FERRAN, MEGAN CHUCHMACH , RANDY KREIDER and BRIAN ROSS Oct. 6, 2012 A TSA employee working in a Los Angeles airport could become the 382nd worker fired from the security agency for allegedly stealing from travelers, a years-long problem highlighted in a recent ABC News investigation. Los Angeles police released a statement late Friday saying a passenger came to the authorities after he said money had been taken out of his wallet while he was going through airport security at Los Angeles International Airport. After a brief investigation, police arrested...
  • Ramsmussen:.Daily Presidential Tracking Poll Hint: we found the 47%

    10/06/2012 11:27:54 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 1 replies
    rasmussen ^ | 10-6-2012
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 49% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns the vote from 47%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and two percent (2%) are undecided. These results are based upon nightly interviews and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. As a result, only about two-thirds of the interviews for today’s update were conducted after the presidential debate. Sunday morning’s update will be the first national polling based entirely upon post-debate interviews. Still, the numbers reflect quite a debate bounce for Romney. Heading into Wednesday’s...
  • Romney “Cheat Sheet” Was A Handkerchief, Campaign Says

    10/06/2012 11:23:21 AM PDT · by Justaham · 41 replies ^ | 10/5/12 | Zeke Miller, Andrew Kaczynski
    Mitt Romney's campaign is shooting down a simmering online theory the Republican nominee used a "cheat sheet" in Wednesday night's debate against President Barack Obama. The theory — extensively documented by the liberal blog Daily Kos and picked up on the Daily Beast and elsewhere — focuses on a brief moment as Romney took the stage, pulled something out of his pocket, and put it on the podium. But according to a Romney aide the object was simply a handkerchief, not an illicit list of zingers. "It's a handkerchief," the aide said simply in response to the post. Romney can...
  • Costa Mesa Mayor Proposes To Shut Down Soup Kitchens To Deal With Homeless Problem

    10/06/2012 11:20:24 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 23 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 10/5/2012 | Staff
    COSTA MESA ( — The mayor of Costa Mesa proposed to get rid of soup kitchens to deal with the area’s homeless problem at a city council meeting on Tuesday. “My belief is that if we manage to put the soup kitchen out of business that will go a long way to addressing the attractiveness in our city that’s creating a huge negative impact,” Eric Bever said. According to Bever, the “negative impact” is homeless people who like Costa Mesa because of services that offer food to less fortunate individuals. Clients at Someone Cares Soup Kitchen and the non-profit Share...
  • Vote Obama. No America.

    10/06/2012 11:18:12 AM PDT · by annajones · 1 replies
    opnion | 10/06/2012 | annajones
    redistribution is not to americans. no jobs = no entitlements. for each class of jobs cut the domino effect will kill the jobs of every class: poor, middle, union. our futre? look at europe.
  • Maher on Obama: 'Looks like he took my million and spent it all on weed'

    10/06/2012 11:06:32 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 43 replies
    politico44 ^ | 10/6/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    "He sucked. He looked tired. He had trouble getting his answers out. It looks like he took my million and spent it all on weed," quipped Maher, who has donated $1 million to pro-Obama PAC Priorities USA. "It was fascinating to watch these two men, I mean, the contrast in their demeanor: Now we know what Romney looks like when he’s all charged up. And now we know what Michael Jackson looked like when he was on the Diprivan," Maher joked.
  • Should the unemployment survey be updated? (Fix or Nix)

    10/06/2012 11:04:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/06/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    Once upon a time --- back in the "good old days" when jobs were considerably more plentiful --- the monthly unemployment figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) were barely noted by the majority of Americans. (Assuming, that is, that they were aware of them at all.) If unemployment is down around five percent and it goes up to 5.2 in July and down to 4.8 in October, nobody notices. As Ed Morrissey pointed out yesterday, such shifts can be accounted for by seasonal variations in labor demand, localized effects in particular industries or, as we probably saw...
  • Reid Announces More Than $21 Million to Boost Mobile Telecommunications in Rural Nevada

    10/06/2012 11:03:41 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Nevada Senator Harry Reid ^ | October 5, 2012 | Nevada Senator Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced grants totaling $21,060,477 to Commnet of Nevada to begin construction of mobile telecommunications infrastructure projects in rural Nevada communities which currently lack access to 3G or 4G mobile service. Awardees were selected by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) through America’s first “Mobility Fund” auction. The funding was made possible by the FCC’s Universal Service Program which allocated $300 million to a new Mobility Fund meant to help close gaps in mobile coverage in the United States. “This is a good day for communities in rural Nevada,” said Reid. “I am pleased that...
  • Dishonest Unemployment Numbers

    10/06/2012 10:59:07 AM PDT · by kingattax · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10.5.12 | Robert P. Kirchhoefer
    A flashback to a CNN article from just before the 2004 election era shows just how unbelievable today's new unemployment numbers are. In September 2004, new numbers came out, showing a drop in unemployment from 5.5% to 5.4%. At that time, with a much lower unemployment number than we have today (around 8% today), the increase in new jobs that caused a 0.1% decrease in unemployment was 144,000. So, let's get this straight. With 144,000 new jobs in a smaller U.S. population (about 295 million in 2004 vs. about 314 million today), you get a drop in unemployment by 0.1%....
  • Rice on Benghazi: Blame the intelligence community

    10/06/2012 10:54:25 AM PDT · by yoe · 21 replies
    Foreigh Policy ^ | October 5, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice told Republican senators that her televised statements last month on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi were based entirely on information she was given by the intelligence community. "In my Sept. 16 Sunday show appearances, I was asked to provide the administration's latest understanding of what happened in Benghazi," Rice wrote in a Thursday letter to Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). "In answering, I relied solely and squarely on the information the intelligence community provided to me and other senior U.S. officials, including through...
  • SoCal hit with huge increase in gasoline costs (Up to $6/gallon in some parts of L.A.)

    10/06/2012 10:52:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/06/2012 | Rick Moran
    There's a shortage of gas in California and consumers are beginning to feel the pinch. CBS LA: What goes up, must come down. But in the meantime, consumers try to cope. Southern Californians are paying the highest prices in the nation currently. And experts say that pain at the pump will last a little while longer. One station in Calabasas is charging the highest rate in LA County - nearly $6 for a gallon. Reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, Amanda Burden went to the station and called it a virtual ghost town. She said cars peeled in but peeled right...
  • Happy Days Are NOT Here Again. You don't need a conspiracy to know the job market is still lousy.

    10/06/2012 10:45:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/06/2012 | The Editors
    The jobless rate fell in September to 7.8% from 8.1%, though the economy created only 114,000 new jobs, and some of our conservative friends smell a bureaucratic rat so close to Election Day. We doubt the Labor gnomes are manipulating the numbers, and in any case chasing conspiracies detracts from the real news, which is that the job market still stinks. Democrats are celebrating the decline in the jobless rate, which only shows how their standards have changed since President Obama entered the White House. In 2004, they were lambasting George W. Bush for a September jobless rate that was...
  • High U.S. Unemployment Rate, Obama Failure Or Bush Catastrophe For Romney To Continue?

    10/06/2012 10:44:09 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies
    TMO ^ | 10-6-2012 | Nadeem Walayat
    High U.S. Unemployment Rate, Obama Failure Or Bush Catastrophe For Romney To Continue? ElectionOracle / US Presidential Election 2012Oct 06, 2012 - 01:11 AM By: Nadeem Walayat Democrats and republican have been busy putting their own spin on the latest unemployment data released by the BLS which shows that the US unemployment rate fell below 8% for the first time in 45 months by falling 0.3% to 7.8% for September 2012, down from a high of 10% reached in October 2009. Amidst an election frenzy, both parties and candidates have jumped on the data to their advantage. Romney called it...
  • Source of Strange Jobs Numbers: Obama's August Reprieve to 1,800,000 16-30 Year Old Illegals?

    10/06/2012 10:43:42 AM PDT · by xzins · 17 replies
    Freeper Editorial ^ | 6 Oct 12 | Xzins
    In June, President Obama issued an executive order permitting the 16 to 30 year old children of illegal immigrants to remain in the US without fear of deportation. The move affected some 1.8 million young adults, all apparently, of working age. According to the order, beginning in mid-August all of these young people would have unimpeded access to jobs, and that access would be renewable every other year. Reports of the progress of Obama's program have stated that lines have been long and that applications have been plentiful. Since these young people were all of an age when they are...
  • Military Employed For Crowd Control At College Football Game

    10/06/2012 10:40:19 AM PDT · by Snuph · 37 replies
    Oath Keepers ^ | October 4th, 2012 | Brandon Turbeville
    In yet another example of the blurring of the lines between civilian police and US military forces, Columbia, South Carolina police “officials” have announced that US Military Police from Ft. Jackson will be on the streets alongside civilian law enforcement after the South Carolina-Georgia football game this Saturday night, October 6. According to reports by WISTV, Columbia will be spending more than $11,000 worth of overtime for 50 officers who will be placed in the Five Points and Vista areas after the game. The teams will be made up of University of South Carolina Campus Police, Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies,...
  • Obama close to raising $1 billion after near-record September tally

    10/06/2012 10:35:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/06/2012 | Dan Eggen
    President Obama’s reelection campaign, which only two months ago fretted that it was losing the money race to Republican challenger Mitt Romney, said Saturday that it was on the cusp of raising $1 billion for the 2012 election after posting its strongest fundraising month of the year. The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised $181 million last month, easily eclipsing the $114 million that they had raised together in August. The number falls just shy of the all-time monthly record of $193 million, however, which was set by Obama in September 2008. Campaign manager Jim Messina wrote in...
  • Israeli jets down small Hamas/Hizballah unmanned aircraft from Gaza

    10/06/2012 10:26:50 AM PDT · by Snuph · 10 replies
    Debkafile ^ | October 6, 2012,
    DEBKAfile’s military sources reports that the unmanned plane was sent over Israeli airspace at the start of a military mobilization exercise conducted by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. It is coordinated with Hizballah and sponsored by Iran. The Lebanese terrorist group may have helped Hamas launch the aerial vehicle, which came in from the west. It as shot down almost half an hour after the intrusion. The IDF spokesman denied it caught Israel intelligence unawares. He said the UAV was tracked from the start and the operation for downing it was delayed to avoid harm to civilian locations in its...
  • Scientists Identify Massive Geothermal Hotspot In Utah

    10/06/2012 10:26:12 AM PDT · by blam · 27 replies
    Consumer Energy Report ^ | 10-3-2012 | CER
    Scientists Identify Massive Geothermal Hotspot In UtahConsumer Energy ReportOctober 3,2012 Following two full years of study, scientists have confirmed that they have identified a huge geothermal hotspot in Utah, presenting the possibilities of exploitation of the find for cheap energy production purposes. The area in question, covering an area of about 100 square miles, lies in Utah’s Black Rock Desert basin, south of Delta. During the two-year study, researchers drilled nine deep wells in the basin in an effort to confirm that water at very high temperatures was close enough to the surface to be manipulated, potentially allowing it to...
  • Gallup confirms Romney's post-debate surge

    10/06/2012 10:24:38 AM PDT · by Arthurio · 8 replies
    Gallup confirms Romney's post-debate surge Numbers are now 0 49% R 46%, vs a 6% lead for 0 pre-debate. Keep in mind that this is a 7 day poll, so it will be a while before the full impact of the debate is reflected in Gallup. Gallup also continues to poll only registered (not likely) voters.
  • Re-Elect the President [Nation Barf Alert]

    10/06/2012 10:20:44 AM PDT · by oblomov · 12 replies
    The NAtion ^ | 22 Oct 2012 | Nation Editors
    Progressive opinions on Barack Obama’s first term are as conflicted as his record. These differences are a sign of a diverse and spirited left, and we welcome continued debate in our pages about the president’s record and policies. But that discussion should not obscure what is at stake in this election. A victory for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in November would validate the reactionary extremists who have captured the Republican Party. It would represent the triumph of social Darwinism, the religious right, corporate power and the big money donors who thrive in a new Gilded Age of inequality. It...