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South Korea: a rough guide
to Gangnam style
Telegraph [UK], by David Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 10/7/2012 5:45:13 AM     Post Reply
The global pop sensation of the year has got us all excited about South Korea. Welcome to the world of K-culture. Gangnam Style, a novelty song by the South Korean rapper Psy, is the global pop sensation of 2012. It is No1 on the UK singles chart and has been viewed more than 360 million times on YouTube. Britney Spears asked Psy to teach her his rodeo-riding dance live on Ellen DeGeneres’s TV show. Even a YouTube clip of five Korean girls dancing to Gangnam Style has been viewed more than 35 million times.[Snip] Here is your instant, 10-point

Jose Antonio Vargas
Narrowly Avoids ICE Officials
Atlantic, by Connor Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 10/7/2012 5:39:51 AM     Post Reply
Activist Jose Antonio Vargas was arrested on Friday while in Minnesota and the police reported him to immigration officials, but they declined to issue a detainer that would have seen Vargas handed over to the ICE and possibly deported. Vargas was arrested for a traffic violation on Friday morning for driving without a valid driver's licence. Vargas was originally pulled over for driving while wearing headphones. Vargas' arrest is notable because, as MinnPost points out, the county he was arrested in regularly participates in the Bush-era immigration initiative Secure Communities:

Abdication of a superpower
Washington Examiner [DC], by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/7/2012 5:34:59 AM     Post Reply
The New York Times reports that the Obama administration has abandoned its limited goal of a negotiated settlement with the Taliban, leaving the Afghans to do it in the years after we leave. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi rebuffed President Obama's call for free speech in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, calling in his United Nations speech for repression of any speech that offends Islam. President Obama intervened militarily in Libya after his then-defense secretary, Bob Gates, said America had no national security stake in that nation. The result, in the words of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,



Stop Obama From Cheating Gulf States
American Spectator, by Quinn Hillyer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/7/2012 5:30:20 AM     Post Reply
There will be lots more to write on this topic, but here's a snippet at this link: After Congress passed the RESTORE Act to direct any monies from a federal lawsuit against BP (related to the oil rig blowout) to the affected Gulf States according to a formula set in the act, the Obama administration, as is its wont, is trying to make an end run against a law the president himself signed, by reaching a legal settlement with BP that directs the money elsewhere so the feds have control of it. This is an outrage.

Lifting Obama’s gag
order on military chaplains
Washington Times [DC], by Sen. Jim Inhofe & Sen. Roger Wicker    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 10/7/2012 5:20:50 AM     Post Reply
Our Founding Fathers spoke much about the importance of “freedom of conscience” and its underpinning of all other freedoms. In 1803, Thomas Jefferson said, “We are bound, you, I, and every one to make common cause even with error itself, to maintain the common right of freedom of conscience.” Recent decisions by the Obama administration and Pentagon leaders threaten this common right, and their assault on freedom of conscience raises new and serious concerns — especially for our servicemen and women. Our armed services were created with an apolitical framework, and this unique platform has helped maintain

Benghazi Blame Game
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/7/2012 5:15:36 AM     Post Reply
There were 13 violent attacks and ominous incidents near the US consulate in Benghazi in the months before terrorists murdered the US ambassador to Libya on Sept. 11. Militants even videotaped Ambassador Chris Stevens on his morning runs outside the wall — and threatened to kill him. But if that wasn’t enough to clue in the State Department that trouble was at hand, the US mission in Libya also “made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi,” according to congressional investigators — but was “denied these resources by officials in Washington.” Sure enough, on the 9/11 anniversary,

Obama Would Have Sent
bin Laden to Civilian Court
Accuracy in Media, by Andrew McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/7/2012 5:09:13 AM     Post Reply
We have a clueless ideologue, or, more likely, a hopelessly dishonest ideologue, as commander-in-chief. There can’t be any other explanation. The Hill reports that President Obama has said he would have had Osama bin Laden sent to a civilian U.S. court for a criminal trial if the Navy SEALs had captured him, as opposed to killing him. The report is based on a Vanity Fair article derived from Mark Bowden’s new book, The Finish. Using the constitutional term “Article III” as lawyers often do in referring to the civilian federal courts, the report quotes Obama as explaining,



Clarity Comes November 6
Weekly Standard, by Irwin M. Stelzer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/7/2012 5:01:37 AM     Post Reply
Friday’s jobs report might, but only might, have been the last one that will have any effect on the race to the White House. By the time the next report is published on November 2, only four days before the election, about 40 percent of all voters will have cast early or mail ballots. But the American Enterprise Institute’s Karlyn Bowman, a polling analyst, says that although we don’t really know how many undecided voters there are, “the best bet” is that about 5 percent of voters are undecided—7 percent in the key swing state of Florida.

Poll: Apparent Slide for
Obama Following Debate
National Journal, by Steve Shepard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/7/2012 4:52:51 AM     Post Reply
A new poll shows a slight change in the presidential race immediately following Wednesday night's debate in Denver, with a 4-point lead for President Obama the day before the debate becoming a 1-point deficit the day after his uninspiring peformance. On Tuesday, the Washington, D.C.-based Clarus Research Group surveyed 590 likely voters and found Obama leading Mitt Romney, 49 percent to 45 percent. On Thursday, Clarus found, in an identical number of interviews, that Romney had inched ahead by 1 point, 47 percent to 46 percent. Obama's support slipped by 3 points and Romney's ticked up by 2 points.

Does Obama Even
Want to Win the Election?
Daily Beast, by Michael Tomasky    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/7/2012 4:47:48 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama gave some lively performances on the stump after that sorry debate, including before 30,000 roaring people in Madison, so someone seems to have told him how bad it was.(Snip)There’s no doubt that he did envision himself as transformational. Almost everything that had happened in his life before becoming president—succeeding at everything, often leaving observers in awe of him—clearly suggested to him that he’d conquer the presidency. He also believed, I think really genuinely believed, that he was and could be a post-partisan figure.

The Master Debater Part II
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 10/7/2012 4:35:33 AM     Post Reply
Wednesday the public got to see the president as I have always seen him -- a lazy, superficial thinker who is over his head as Chief Executive. There were so many witty tweets and columns that our side of the aisle was kept laughing as the night wore on. "Mene mene tekel upharsin", tweeted the great Iowahawk, reminding readers of the words written by a mysterious hand that to the Biblical Daniel correctly signified the end of a king (Belshazzar) and his reign.



Expectations run high
for Biden-Ryan debate
Washington Post, by Felicia Sonmez    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/7/2012 4:35:15 AM     Post Reply
Vice President Biden, a man with nearly four decades of experience in politics, has not been taking lightly his preparations for his debate against Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), holding practice sessions and perusing briefing books in recent months. Now, in the wake of President Obama’s widely panned performance last week in his first debate against Mitt Romney, the stakes for Biden are suddenly higher than ever. In the Oct. 11 vice-presidential debate he must not only avoid making any gaffes but also try to puncture his Republican opponent’s arguments on taxes, entitlement reform and deficit reduction,

One winner from the
debate… coal miners
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/7/2012 4:30:45 AM     Post Reply
It seems that one unexpected group of people may have gotten a decided lift from Mitt Romney’s success at the first presidential debate. According to Business Insider, coal miners – lately in tremendous fear for their livelihoods – may have reason to hope for saving their jobs if Mitt pulls out a win next month. The biggest winners today were coal companies. Last night, Romney gave high praise to coal and clean coal technology. Shares of Alpha Natural Resources and Arch Coal soared today. It’s no secret that coal miners, along with all of the subsidiary industries

Venezuela's Chavez ducks tough
question at election eve news conference
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/7/2012 1:19:38 AM     Post Reply
Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has held an impromptu news conference on the eve of what is expected to be his closest election yet, but he refused to answer tough questions such as whether he would quit politics if he lost. Chavez excused himself from responding by citing election law, which prohibits candidates from making political statements in the two days before election day. (Snip) Chavez says he hopes his opponents don't attempt what he calls a "destabilizing game." If that happens, he adds, "we'll be alert to neutralize them."

Jacksonville area may prove
key to Florida victory
Associated Press, by Brendan Farrington    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/7/2012 1:10:39 AM     Post Reply
Jacksonville, Fla. - Eric Allen was 18 and voting in his first presidential election when he chose Barack Obama over John McCain. Four years older now and looking for a job, he is just the kind of voter Republican Mitt Romney needs to win - and win big - in northeast Florida's Duval County and take the most coveted of the toss-up states."I voted for him last time just to see the change," Allen says of Obama, "and there was no change." For Lashawn Williams, the excitement she felt from Obama's first run is still there in spite of an



The forgotten girls: By 2020, there
will be 50m child brides
under the age of 15
Independent [UK], by Sarah Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/7/2012 1:02:48 AM     Post Reply
When 12-year-old Nargis was woken up, one morning in Bangladesh, by two women she did not know, she was confused. She did not understand when they told her she would be marrying their brother in just a few weeks, or that she would be leaving her parents' home. When she became a mother two years later, losing her son after only 16 days, the pangs of fear were familiar. (Snip) Across the developing world around one third of girls get married before 18, according to Unicef. Around 10 per cent, like Nargis, will not have even have turned 15. Marie

Patients starve and die
of thirst on hospital wards
Telegraph [UK], by Laura Donnelly    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/7/2012 12:57:43 AM     Post Reply
Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards, new figures disclose today. The death toll was disclosed by the Government amid mounting concern over the dignity of patients on NHS wards. They will also fuel concerns about care homes, as it was disclosed that eight people starved to death and 21 people died of thirst while in care. (Snip) as well as 43 people who starved to death, 287 people were recorded by doctors as being malnourished when they died in hospitals;

Israel reportedly fears drone
may have been sent by Iran
to spy on Dimona nuclear plant
Times of Israel [Jerusalem] & AP, by Joshua Davidovich    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/7/2012 12:52:20 AM     Post Reply
Israeli security officials are reportedly examining the possibility that a drone shot down deep in Israeli territory on Saturday may have been despatched in a Hezbollah-Iranian operation and may have been sent to surveil the Dimona nuclear site. The army was still examining the remains of the downed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Saturday night and had released no official information about its investigation. But Israeli media reports suggest officials fear the drone may have been part of a larger operation to spy on strategic sites inside the country.

Polls Are Collapsing For Obama All
Over The Place After The Debate
Business Insider, by Brett LoGiurato    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/7/2012 12:47:58 AM     Post Reply
Both national and swing-state polls are beginning to tighten in the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. It's a signal that an expected Romney bump is starting to take shape after his consensus win in the first presidential debate on Wednesday. (Snip) Wisconsin: This is the big one that should worry Obama. The Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found that Obama's lead had tightened from 7 points in its last survey to just 2 points post-debate. The reason for that is almost exclusively debate-related — 61 percent of Wisconsin voters thought Romney won the debate, compared

'Sheriff' John Rovick dies at 93;
popular L.A. children's TV host
Los Angeles Times, by Dennis McLellan    Original Article
Posted By: Cliff- 10/7/2012 12:45:03 AM     Post Reply
"Sheriff" John Rovick, the beloved Los Angeles children's TV show host whose gentle, fatherly persona made him a welcome guest in homes throughout the 1950s and '60s, died Saturday morning. He was 93. Rovick died in his sleep at a nursing facility in Boise, Idaho, said his wife, Jacqueline. A Toledo, Ohio, native who launched his broadcasting career in radio, Rovick was a newly hired staff announcer at KTTV-TV (Channel 11) when the Los Angeles station first went on the air in 1949. In 1952, after KTTV acquired a batch of old cartoons and was searching for someone to host


Trending: Romney's
softer side in Florida
CNN, by Rachel Streitfeld    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/7/2012 12:41:11 AM     Post Reply
Saint Petersburg, Florida - In a speech to another approving audience on what has become a post-debate victory tour, a contemplative Mitt Romney shared some of his personal side with Florida voters Friday night. The GOP nominee, who was joined by his wife Ann, told an audience of several thousand supporters about the deaths of three Americans who had made a lasting impact on him. (Snip) Romney said. "I've seen the character of a young man like David, who wasn't emotional or crying. He had his eyes wide open." After Oparowski's death, Romney delivered the eulogy at the funeral.

Ark. GOP calls candidate
' statements 'offensive'
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/7/2012 12:36:18 AM     Post Reply
Little Rock, Ark. - Arkansas Republicans tried to distance themselves Saturday from a Republican state representative's assertion that slavery was a "blessing in disguise" and a Republican state House candidate who advocates deporting all Muslims. The claims were made in books written, respectively, by Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro and House candidate Charlie Fuqua of Batesville. Those books received attention on Internet news sites Friday. On Saturday, state GOP Chairman Doyle Webb called the books "highly offensive." And U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, a Republican who represents northeast Arkansas, called the writings "divisive and racially inflammatory."

France looks at extending school
week to curb student burnout
Associated Press, by Lori Hinnant    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/7/2012 12:33:12 AM     Post Reply
Paris - French children go to school four days a week. They have about two hours each day for lunch. And they have more vacation than their counterparts almost anywhere in the West. It may sound a bit like the famously leisurely work pace enjoyed by their parents, most of whom work 35 hours per week as dictated by law. But the nation's new government says elementary school kids risk classroom burnout, and is moving to help them cope. The issue: French school days may be relatively few, but they are at least as long as a day of work

Obama's healthcare law:
Historic reform and
signature failure
Los Angeles Times, by Noam N. Levey    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/7/2012 12:29:41 AM     Post Reply
Washington — President Obama had reason to be hopeful in July 2009, as he met one afternoon in the Oval Office with Maine Sen. Olympia J. Snowe. The new president was trying to sustain his ambitious initiative to overhaul the nation's healthcare system. He needed Snowe, a centrist Republican, to make the effort bipartisan. Now, she was telling Obama what he wanted to hear: She would be with him. That would precipitate a months-long scramble as the president and his team shaped the legislation to meet Snowe's concerns. White House aides worked through a 10-point memo that Snowe's office

Life of a salesman: Selling
success, when the American
dream is downsized
Washington Post, by Eli Saslow    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 10/7/2012 12:29:26 AM     Post Reply
He had always managed to find optimism in even the worst circumstances, and here was another chance: a heat advisory, 98 degrees and rising at 11 a.m., the hottest day of the year yet. “Thank you,” said Frank Firetti, 54, as he walked out of his Manassas office into a blast of humidity in early June. “Thank you,” he said again. “What a perfect day to sell a pool.” He opened the trunk of his 2004 Toyota compact and changed into his selling outfit of slacks, a yellow polo and a silver wristwatch. He rubbed lotion

Obstacles for Obama’s health panel
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Sam Baker    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/7/2012 12:28:19 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s plan to control Medicare spending — an expert board of cost-cutters — might have trouble even coming into existence. (Snip) The candidates clearly disagree about whether the IPAB is the right approach. Obama described it as a panel of experts leveraging Medicare’s purchasing power to bring down healthcare costs, while Romney cast it as a band of faceless bureaucrats whose decisions will ultimately undermine seniors' access to care. Health policy experts say the IPAB won't turn out to be as sinister as Romney described it, but it also might not be as effective as Obama envisions. In fact,

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