menu seems gone, and the home page doesn't show up last messages

Hello,

Just installed a bunch of plugins, and the Product theme into a fresh wordpress installation.

This is a plain wordpress install, no MS, or buddypress.

I am hitting two problems:
1- There is no menu on the page
2- The home page is emty, doesnt show the latest article. It does however show he content of a page if i change the homepage type to static (in general WP settings)

what gives?

TIA!