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'I don't want to ruffle
any feathers': Big Bird
responds to Romney on SNL
as show lays into Obama's
debate performance
Daily Mail (UK), by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2012 12:09:19 PM     Post Reply
Big Bird took to Saturday Night Live this weekend to respond to Mitt Romney's plan to axe him. Joining Seth Meyers at the 'Weekend Update' anchor desk, the Sesame Street favorite declined to comment on the presidential hopeful's vow to cut federal funding for PBS. Explaining why, Big Bird said he didn't want to 'ruffle any feathers'. He told Meyers how he had learned of being mentioned on Wednesday's debate. He said he'd gotten 'a million tweets'. From real birds, that is. Following Romney's triumphant performance in the first presidential debate, SNL was left in the unexpected position

NBC tells Obama not
to use footage
Politico, by Dylan Byers    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2012 12:02:47 PM     Post Reply
NBC has asked President Barack Obama’s campaign to stop using the network’s footage in a recently released reelection ad, POLITICO has learned. In a letter sent Friday night to Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, NBC told the Obama campaign to cease using network footage in a new 30-second spot, released shortly after Wednesday’s debate, in which Andrea Mitchell is shown on air citing an independent, stating that Mitt Romney’s tax plan would cost $4.8 trillion over 10 years, a source said.

Axelrod: Obama 'taken
aback by the brazenness' of
Romney's debate performance
Politico, by Mackenzie Weinger    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 10/7/2012 11:57:40 AM     Post Reply
Obama senior campaign adviser David Axelrod on Sunday said Republican Mitt Romney delivered a “very good performance” at the first presidential debate that was “completely un-rooted in fact” and the president was “taken aback at the brazenness” of the Republican nominee's answers.(snip)As for why Obama did not address Romney’s “47 percent” comments at the debate, Axelrod said “the president obviously didn’t see the appropriate opportunity.” “The president was earnestly trying to answer questions that were asked on the topics that were being discussed, and he didn’t find the opportunity to raise it, and it’s obviously well known,” Axelrod said.

  


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Man dead, 2 teens wounded
in Southwest Side park
Chicago Tribune, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2012 11:50:05 AM     Post Reply
A man was killed and two teens were injured in a shooting inside a Back of the Yards neighborhood park on Saturday afternoon, police said. Someone got out of a maroon van and opened fire, police said, hitting the three who were standing together inside Davis Square Park at 4430 S. Marshfield Avenue about 12:53 p.m. Following the shooting, one of the victims ran home and called police. A 27-year-old man, Hector Cruz, was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he was declared dead at 2:05 p.m., according to police

Texas school district to
require students to wear
RFID chip while on campus
American Thinker, by Lee DeCovnick    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 10/7/2012 11:44:01 AM     Post Reply
A school district in San Antonio, Texas is requiring middle and high school students to wear a "tracking" chip while on campus. And not just a passive RFID (Radio-frequency identification) chip, these second generation RFID chips include a battery that transmits a radio signal for constant location monitoring of the students. District spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said, "Chip readers on campuses and on school buses can detect a student's location but can't track them once they leave school property. Only authorized administrative officials will have access to the information." Yea, right.

Venezuela Eyes Change
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 10/7/2012 11:35:47 AM     Post Reply
If Hugo Chavez is an autocrat, how could he be in danger of losing the Venezuelan presidency in an election on Sunday? The question, posed by one of Mr. Chavez’s dwindling band of American supporters, is a fair one: Polls show a race to the wire between the caudillo and challenger Henrique Capriles Radonski. An opposition victory would mean an epochal change of political direction in one of the world’s largest oil producers, with far-reaching consequences for Cuba and other leftist Latin American regimes. The answer begins with the fact that Mr. Chavez,

So much for bipartisanship
Telegram & Gazette [Worcester, MA], by Robert Nemeth    Original Article
Posted By: onashi- 10/7/2012 11:32:51 AM     Post Reply
One has to feel sympathy for poor Scott Brown. He has been an outstanding public servant, accomplished lawmaker and all-around decent human being. He has earned re-election to the U.S. Senate many times over, yet has to scramble to retain his seat in a close election. He has earned a reputation for using independent judgment in a political arena dominated by cutthroat party politics, and in return should be able to enjoy respect from both sides of the aisle.

  


  

Signs accumulate that liberals
are embarrassed by Obama
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 10/7/2012 11:27:42 AM     Post Reply
President Obama's poor debate performance may have shattered some illusions among his supporters in the liberal media elite. Having invested themselves in the illusion of him as the fulfillment of the liberal dream of shattering glass ceilings and pernicious racial stereotypes, his evident lack of preparation felt like a betrayal to some. They are starting to catch on that they bought into an illusion. So they are turning on him. Witness the shocking empty chair cover on the New Yorker, edited by Obama hagiographer David Remnick: The comments which follow savaging Obama are worth reading, too.

Real America still believes
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, by Salena Zito    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 10/7/2012 11:12:06 AM     Post Reply
SHARPSBURG, Md. Just past dawn on a brisk September morning, a couple in their 30s walked along the sunken road known as “Bloody Lane” with a toddler sleeping soundly in her stroller and a newborn snuggled against his father. “Just think about this — we’re standing here at the exact moment the battle began,” the husband said as his wife nodded, smiled and reached down to hug her sleeping daughter. Both parents then sat in the grass along the crushed-limestone lane. They were among thousands who converged before sunrise on this small Maryland town for the 150th anniversary of Antietam

Cameron Says Further Action
to Be Taken on Taxing the Rich
Bloomberg News, by Kitty Donaldson & Robert Hutton    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/7/2012 11:10:00 AM     Post Reply
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said his government will announce additional measures to increase taxes on the rich, while ruling out a so-called mansion tax wanted by his Liberal Democrat coalition partners. “We are going to take further action to make sure that the richest people in our country pay their fair share towards deficit reduction,” Cameron told the BBC’s “Andrew Marr Show” today as his Conservative Party began its annual conference in Birmingham, central England. He said he didn’t believe that people who saved and bought large houses should be hit “every year with a massive

John Kerry
wrong Mitt Romney Pretender
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 10/7/2012 11:04:19 AM     Post Reply
Every election campaign has its most laughable moment, and the Barack Hussein Obama one has (make that had) John Kerry. According to Alexander Marlow, Managing Editor of savvy Breitbart news, “Team Obama Blames John Kerry for Debate Loss”. Well given that Kerry ran against him in 2004, guess that’s the closest Team Obama can get to George W. Bush. In terms of rollicking laughter, Kerry as Obama’s sparring partner in practice rounds leading up to the first presidential debate, has gotta’ be right up there with Clint Eastwood’s Empty Chair.

  


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Obama: Beware of the
Silent Majority
Canada Free Press, by J.D. Longstreet    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 10/7/2012 10:59:13 AM     Post Reply
The “Silent Majority.” Where are they today? Remember during the Nixon Administration the “Silent Majority” was often spoken of in the press. The President (Nixon), himself, gave them credit for supporting him… not only in elections but supporting him generally. Well, where did they go? Oh, they’re still here… and just as powerful as before. You see them every day. They’re all around you. They are the folks you see at parties who stand around the edges of a group discussing politics. They never have any input into the discussion, they just absorb it.

Poll: Wisconsin Shake-up,
Romney in Striking Distance
Breitbart Big Government, by Elizabeth Shield    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2012 10:56:00 AM     Post Reply
A PPP poll released October 6 reports Romney advancing in Wisconsin, as Obama's 7% lead is reduced to a mere 2%. The poll was conducted on October 4-6 among 979 likely voters with a margin of error of 3%. The previous poll, conducted on September 20 among 842 likely voters, had Obama leading with 52% and Romney at 45%. Two weeks later and after the first presidential debate, Obama has dropped to 49% while Romney increased his vote share to 47%. The October poll also shows Romney a clear winner in the Presidential debate with 61% saying so and only

Turkish artillery return fire
at Syria for fifth day after
mortar lands inside Turkey
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/7/2012 10:53:00 AM     Post Reply
Akcakale, Turkey — Turkish artillery fired toward Syria for a fifth day in a row on Sunday, minutes after a Syrian shell landed on Turkish territory. An Associated Press video journalist witnessed the shell landing some 200 meters (200 yards) inside Turkey, near the border town of Akcakale. A short time later, eight mortars could be heard fired from Turkey. Town mayor Abdulhakim Ayhan confirmed that Turkish artillery immediately returned fire. He said shrapnel from the Syrian mortar caused some damage to a grain depot, but no one was hurt by the shelling. The Anadolu Agency reported that

Obama Flying to LA to
Reassure Hollywood Donors
Hollywood Reporter, by Tina Daunt    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2012 10:46:53 AM     Post Reply
The president arrives for a star-studded concert and high-roller dinner on Sunday amid "shock" in Hollywood over his Denver debate performance. President Barack Obama returns to Los Angeles Sunday for a star-bedecked celebrity concert and fundraising dinner. In the wake of his Denver debate troubles, however, the long scheduled visit has acquired another, equally urgent purpose—reassuring his Hollywood supporters that he's fighting to win the race and he's poised for a comeback in the next televised forum with former Gov. Mitt Romney. From the now iconic dinner at George Clooney’s house

  


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Venezuelans vote for president
after fierce campaign
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 10/7/2012 10:44:50 AM     Post Reply
Voters in Venezuela are going to the polls in what is predicted to be the country's most tightly contested presidential election in a decade. Left-wing incumbent Hugo Chavez, first elected in 1998, is being challenged by opposition leader Henrique Capriles. Mr Chavez wants to continue what he calls his socialist revolution while Mr Capriles has promised to restore economic growth. Almost 19 million Venezuelans are eligible to vote in the election. Mr Chavez - who is seeking a fourth term in office - was diagnosed with cancer last year but says he has now fully recovered. A colourful and often controversial

Bugle calls and insults at
dawn for Venezuela vote
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 10/7/2012 10:39:58 AM     Post Reply
CARACAS, Venezuela — Just try sleeping in on election day in Venezuela. In the hilly eastern Caracas slum of Petare, a truck began blaring reveille from loudspeakers before 3 a.m. and a male voice urged people to get up and vote. The man's voice also periodically insulted opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. A few hours later, a man on a motorcycle, his face covered with a red bandana, parked in front of a Petare polling station and sounded his bugle while a comrade yelled "Long Live Chavez!" President Hugo Chavez faced the tightest re-election

Brit Hume: It's no shock
Obama had weak debate
Politico, by Mackenzie Weinger    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/7/2012 10:37:03 AM     Post Reply
Fox News’s Brit Hume saiys that unlike many pundits and commentators, he wasn’t surprised by President Barack Obama’s poor debate performance. “This idea that [Mitt] Romney won the debate because Obama basically didn’t show up, I don’t buy that,” Hume said on the “Fox News Sunday” panel.(Snip)The president wasn’t “terribly bad” as a debater, but “he has a very weak case” and Romney was “on his game,” Hume said. “The president was saddled with weak circumstances, and therefore a weak case, and it was not surprising to me that he did not argue it well,” Hume said.

Behind the closed doors of
Washington lobbyists
CBS News, by Sharyl Attkisson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2012 10:34:17 AM     Post Reply
"The Catholic Church has lobbyists," said Professor James Thurber. "The Boy Scouts have lobbyists. The AFL-CIO has lobbyists. Apple does. Everybody has a lobbyist." No one knows the business of Washington lobbying better than Thurber. He helped write a report on lobbying reform for the American Bar Association, and he teaches a course to aspiring lobbyists at American University. His definition of a lobbyist: "Someone who advocates for someone else and is getting paid for it." The fingerprints of lobbyists are all over daily life. They defeated plans to cap credit card interest rates.

Security and jobs key to
EADS-BAE merger: UK
Reuters, by Guy Faulconbridge*    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/7/2012 10:27:02 AM     Post Reply
The proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems must ensure British security and jobs are preserved, finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday, just three days before a deadline for detailing the deal. Tensions over the supermerger have spilled into the open in recent days as France, Britain and Germany jockey over the role of the state in what would be the world's largest aerospace and arms group. "Our approach to this has been to make it very clear that our priorities are of course the national security of the United Kingdom, second: jobs and investment

  



Dems Out Andrea Mitchell as Partisan
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 10/7/2012 10:10:37 AM     Post Reply
We’ve often noted in this space the enormous advantage President Obama derives from having the mainstream media firmly in his pocket. But it appears the geniuses running his campaign don’t understand that the best way to exploit this edge is not to make it so obvious as to remove any doubt that the press has gone in the tank. That was exactly what they did when they used a clip of NBC’s Andrea Mitchell spouting Obama talking points on the air in a new web ad. NBC has reacted to this breech of the informal rules

Pro-Romney Student Bullied
by Union Teacher, Gets No
Support from Union
Breitbart's Big Government, by Jennifer Stefano    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 10/7/2012 9:55:45 AM     Post Reply
The government sector unions that have funneled millions of dollars this election cycle to left leaning groups and candidates, have “no plans” to help a pro-Mitt Romney student who says she was victimized by a union member teacher for her political views and now fears for her life. Samantha Pawlucy, a sophmore at Charles Carroll High School in Philadelphia, told local media outlets her geometry teacher, Lynette Gaymon, tried to throw her out of class for wearing a Romney/Ryan t-shirt and demanded Pawlucy take it off and now she is afraid to return to school for fear of being attacked.

'Turkey Is Going Down
a Highly Dangerous Path'
Spiegel [Hamburg, Germany], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/7/2012 9:52:04 AM     Post Reply
Turkey's retaliation against Syria marks a dangerous new phase in the conflict -- one that threatens to grow into a regional confrontation. That, though, might be what Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has in mind, say German editorialists on Friday. It could lead to greater Turkish influence in the Middle East. Retaliatory strikes by Turkey against Syria on Wednesday have created an entirely new dimension to a civil war that now threatens to become a full-fledged regional conflict in the Middle East. The moves by Ankara came after shelling by Syrian forces that killed five women and children in the

Another threat alleged over shirt
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Jonathan Lai    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2012 9:47:54 AM     Post Reply
The first call came Friday evening, tinged with racist hate. "Watch your back, (racist slur). I'mma blow your (profanity) brains out," one of Lynette Gaymon's aunts said Saturday. Gaymon, a geometry teacher at Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond, has been accused of humiliating a student who wore a pink Romney/Ryan T-shirt on "dress-down" day Sept. 28. After the story drew media attention last week, the teacher's aunts said, she stayed out of school and took refuge with friends. On Friday, harassing phone calls began to come in, they said. Gaymon lives with two of her aunts in

Rampant recycling fraud
is draining California cash
Los Angeles Times, by Jessica Garrison    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2012 9:41:22 AM     Post Reply
Just over 8.5 billion recyclable cans were sold in California last year. The number redeemed for a nickel under California's recycling law: 8.3 billion. That's a return rate of nearly 100%. That kind of success isn't just impressive, it's unbelievable. But the recycling rate for certain plastic containers was even higher: 104%. California's generous recycling redemption program has led to rampant fraud. Crafty entrepreneurs are driving semi-trailers full of cans from Nevada or Arizona, which don't have deposit laws, across the border and transforming their cargo into truckfuls of nickels.

Romney TV ad: Obama ‘not
telling the truth’ about
tax reform plans
The Hill [Washington DC], by Meghashyam Mali    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2012 9:36:15 AM     Post Reply
Mitt Romney on Sunday unveiled a new TV ad pushing back on President Obama's claims the Republican challenger misrepresented the GOP ticket's tax reform plans in Wednesday's debate. "President Obama continues to distort Mitt Romney’s economic plan." says a voiceover as the ad begins. "The latest? Not telling the truth about Mitt Romney’s tax plan. In the first presidential debate earlier this week, the president charged that Romney's plans called for a $5 trillion tax cut.

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