News of the Week for Oct. 7th, 2012

Election 2012

Obama Raises $181 Million, Only Around 2% of Donations Reportable

Keep an Eye on Swing-State Latinos
Middle Cheese writes in on a topic he’s been examining a while, how Obama and Romney stack up on the Latino vote

Obama: ‘Everybody’s Getting a Fair Share’
In President Obama’s closing statement at last night’s debate, he seemed to make a remarkable slip. “All those things are designed to make sure that the American people, their genius, their grit, their determination, is — is channeled and — and they have an opportunity to succeed. And everybody’s getting a fair shot. And everybody’s getting a fair share,” Obama said, before quickly correcting himself and adding.
“[E]verybody’s doing a fair share, and everybody’s playing by the same rules,” he added.

Romney’s strong debate showing puts Europe on edge
President Barack Obama’s lackluster performance in the first U.S. election debate provoked uneasiness in European capitals on Thursday, where hopes are mostly, if unofficially, pinned on his securing a second term.

Connecticut Senate Race Is Tied, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds

Former NBA player Greg Anthony endorses Romney for President in new ad, gets support and attacks on twitter

Wisconsin absentee ballots for military voters sent after deadline
If you are a member of the U.S. military on deployment, and you hail from the state of Wisconsin, please know that you have the heartfelt thanks of every patriotic American for your service… but you might not be able to vote in the 2012 election.

Night of the Living Pelosi

Elizabeth Warren issues incomplete list of cases
Unwittingly also demonstrates her extensive practice of law from her Massachusetts office

Judge halts Pa.’s tough new voter ID requirement
A judge on Tuesday blocked Pennsylvania’s divisive voter identification requirement from going into effect on Election Day, delivering a hard-fought victory to Democrats who said it was a ploy to defeat President Barack Obama and other opponents who said it would prevent the elderly and minorities from voting.

Plurality say polls biased for Obama
A plurality of Americans and more than seven in 10 Republicans say pollsters are intentionally skewing results to benefit President Obama, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

Hide The Decline

Environment & “Green Energy”

Antarctic Sea Ice Grows By The Size Of Texas Since 1979
Hansen predicted peak ice loss in Antarctica, and it has done the exact opposite.

Salt marshes will suck CO2 from air faster and faster as seas rise
Runaway global warming gets more negative feedback

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

At the Bottom of the Slippery Slope
Where euthanasia meets organ harvesting.
In 1992, my friend Frances committed suicide on her 76th birthday. Frances was not terminally ill. She had been diagnosed with treatable leukemia and needed a hip replacement. Mostly, though, she was depressed by family issues and profoundly disappointed at where her life had taken her.

Belgium pioneers organ donation from euthanased patients
The practice of transplanting organs from patients who die after voluntary euthanasia is becoming relatively common in Belgium.

War & Terror

Turkey, Syria Exchange Fire Across Border for 4th Day
This is exactly the nightmare scenario that has kept policymakers awake at night since the Syrian civil war began.

Tunisia seeks death penalty over anti-U.S. attacks
Tunisian authorities are seeking the death penalty against several suspects who have been detained over attacks on the U.S. Embassy and the neighboring American school last month, defense lawyers said Thursday.

Turkey authorizes military operations in Syria
Turkey sanctioned further military action against Syria on Thursday and bombarded targets across the border with artillery for a second day, raising the stakes in a conflict that increasingly is bleeding outside Syrian territory.

Whistleblowers say State cut security in Libya over last six months
Plenty of people wonder why the Obama administration didn’t do more to secure our consulate in Benghazi — but did they do less?  Did the State Department reduce security in Benghazi and Libya over the last six months?

North Atlantic Council statement on developments on the Turkish-Syrian border

U.S. had early indications Libya attack tied to organized militants
Within hours of last month’s attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, President Barack Obama’s administration received about a dozen intelligence reports suggesting militants connected to al Qaeda were involved, three government sources said.

North and South Korea ‘on the verge of nuclear war’
A senior North Korean diplomat warned a meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York that “a spark of fire could set off a thermonuclear war” on the Korean Peninsula.

Obama Admin Rejected Military Intervention in Benghazi During Attack

Did the White House order a cover-up over the murder of Libya’s US Ambassador?

House committee: security requests denied in Libya

2 US border agents shot, 1 killed, near major drug corridor in Arizona

Juarez drug cartel leader ‘El Diego’ was captured with Fast and Furious weapons
When Mexican authorities took Juarez drug cartel carnage king Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez — better known as “El Diego” — into custody, he had weapons from Operation Fast and Furious on his person, the English-language transcript of the Spanish-language television network Univision’s special investigation into the scandal shows.

Azerbaijan To Aid Israel in Attack on Iran?
Could Azerbaijan be the key to Israel’s strategy for successfully attacking Iran’s nuclear program? A report from Reuters suggests that talks are afoot between the two unlikely allies

Chinese Hackers Break in to White House Military Office
The network is one of the U.S. government’s most sensitive computer networks.

National power-grid tech blueprints ‘stolen by Chinese hackers’
Telvent pulls plug on networks after shock raid

National

Students will be tracked via chips in IDs
Northside Independent School District plans to track students next year on two of its campuses using technology implanted in their student identification cards in a trial that could eventually include all 112 of its schools and all of its nearly 100,000 students.

57 percent of Millennials oppose racial preferences for college, hiring
The poll comes a week before the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of the use of race in admissions to the University of Texas at Austin.

Free Speech on Trial in DC, Today
We will be back in court today fighting for our unalienable first amendment rights under the law and pushing back against the encroaching blasphemy laws (‘do not criticize Islam’) under the sharia. This is the key battle in the stealth jihad being waged across this country and all free nations.

George Zimmerman Sues NBC Over Edited 911 Tape
In March, NewsBusters broke the story about NBC’s Today show airing an edited audiotape of George Zimmerman’s 911 call the day he shot Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Latest Statistics on Illegitimate Births

Anti-Israel, Pro-Hamas Muslim Leader Is US Delegate to Warsaw Human Rights Conference
His most infamous statement was during a radio interview on September 11, 2001, accusing Israel of the attack on the WTC.

Running the Train not Same as Spitting on the Train, Paul Supporters are Learning
It’s true that after four years of effort, supporters of Rep. Ron Paul have successfully ousted the “old guard” from the leadership of both the Nevada and Clark County Republican parties. But now that they’re in charge, they have no one to fight with but…themselves.

New antibiotic cures disease by disarming pathogens, not killing them
A new type of antibiotic can effectively treat an antibiotic-resistant infection by disarming instead of killing the bacteria that cause it.  Researchers report their findings in the October 2 issue of mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

Obama Offers To Reimburse Companies If They Violate Federal Labor Law
Trying to ride two horses with one ass is something that is best left to movie stuntmen (or the very stupid) because, in the end, people get trampled.

Talker Jerry Doyle Replaces Michael Savage on Talk Radio Network
Talk Radio Network has finally announced who will be replacing the recently departed Michael Savage as the network’s 3PM to 6PM conservative talk radio host. That man is TRN’s Jerry Doyle.

College admissions case: Made simple
Editor’s note:  During the Supreme Court’s summer recess, the blog is publishing a series of posts that explain, in non-legal terms, some of the most important cases that will be decided in the new Term that starts October 1.  This is another in that series.  It explains the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.  Beginning next Tuesday, the blog will be hosting a symposium on that case.

White House to contractors: Hold off on layoff warnings

Univision exposes Mexican massacre by the Cartel using guns from Fast and Furious

Economy & Taxes

How long will it take us to pay back $16 trillion in debt?

Trickle-Down Government: Jobs Numbers Inflated by Public Sector Hires

Ukraine is Leading West – Not Bowing East
In Russia’s shadow, Ukraine – a former Soviet Union satellite – is deepening and entrenching its commitment to traditionally Western free market principles.  And the economic results are – shocker – phenomenal.

Greece, Samaras, we only have funds till november
Premier, ‘if my government fails, chaos will ensue’

Why Today’s BLS Jobs Numbers Make No Sense
Every month, we try to break down the monthly employment report from the BLS and analyze it in plain English.  Today’s report of September employment is so bizarre that it’s hard to comprehend, much less give over.

California Gas Stations Shut as Oil Refiners Ration Supplies
Gasoline station owners in the Los Angeles area including Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) are beginning to shut pumps as the state’s oil refiners started rationing supplies and spot prices surged to a record.

France’s Fiscal Suicide
I try to be self aware, so I realize that I have the fiscal version of Tourette’s. Regardless of the question that is asked, I’m tempted to blurt out that the answer is to reduce the burden of government spending.

Another domino falls as Hollande pushes France into depression
If French President François Hollande thinks he can assuage the bond markets by dishing out tax-heavy austerity instead of genuine reform, he has been given very bad advice.

European September Car Sales Datapoints

International

The first poll exit polls give victory to Henrique Capriles
The consultant Variance granted a victory for opposition leader 51.3% versus 48.06 Chavez. The school closings occurred one hour after the stipulated

The president and the potbangers
Times are getting tougher for Cristina Fernández, but she is not beaten yet

Mass rally in Venice to call for independence from Italy
Two centuries after Napoleonic forces snuffed out the 1,000-year Venetian Republic, Venetians are once again aspiring to become an independent state.

The State of the Chávez-Capriles Race, Or Is Hope Springing in Venezuela?
Unnoticed by many, there is another crucial election taking place in our hemisphere this fall–this Sunday in fact. Fourteen-year incumbent president Hugo Chávez (who re-wrote the Venezuelan constitution to allow him to run for unlimited terms of office–in effect to become President for Life) is facing off against former Mariana province governor Enrique Capriles Rodanski.

Iran police clash with protesters over currency crisis
Riot police in Iran have clashed with protesters in the capital over sharp falls in the currency, the rial.

High U.N. Official Calls Free Speech a ‘Gift’
The United Nations would have us forget all about the idea of inalienable rights with which all individuals are endowed by their Creator. The UN wants us to forget the idea that government was established for the purpose of securing these rights, not to create them with the power to take them away. Such ideas are so old-fashioned, after all.

Legally Recognized Multi-Partner Unions: Why Not?
A public notary in Brazil has registered a three-person partnership as a legally recognized civil union. Brazilians are waiting to see how other public officials treat the notary’s action.

Dutch abortion ship heads for Morocco
A Dutch “abortion boat” has set sail for Morocco, its first trip to a Muslim country, to provide abortions to women who are exposed to grave health risks if treated domestically, its organizer said on Monday.

Opinion

Obama, Dems Almost Answerable to No One

The First Amendment vs. Multiculturalism
We must insist that our traditions and laws apply equally across the board.

Another US Grant of “Rights” to “Nature”
Anti-humanism is spreading like a stain, with the environmental movement becoming particularly misanthropic. Case in point: The rise of the “nature rights movement” that elevates the natural world to moral equality with human beings.

We Live Under a Media Coup d’État
We are the victims of a media coup d’état and are currently living under it.

The New Left Fascists
The mainstream media applauds the unapologetic criminality of journalist Mona Eltahawy, arrested for vandalizing Pamela Geller’s pro-Israel ads in the New York subway.
The internationally notable Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy last week took a can of spray paint and began spray-painting over an ad in the Times Square subway station that she didn’t like. Eltahawy painted the ad until a supporter of the ad got in between her and it; shortly thereafter, Eltahawy was arrested, charged with criminal
mischief, and spent the night in jail. That a prominent journalist would stoop to this crude act of vandalism is noteworthy in itself, but even more striking is the fact that so many on the Left are applauding her for it.

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