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  • Mojave Desert Cross Returned and Rededicated to WWI Veterans

    11/11/2012 9:48:24 PM PST · by Jay777 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | unknown
    A cross honoring those who died in World War I was returned after being stolen two years ago. Fox News reporter Dominic Di-Natale reported from Barstow, California where a rededication ceremony was taking place for the Mojave Desert cross. It was originally raised in 1934 and was at the center of a national controversy over the separation of church and state. The objections over the cross being place on public land went all the way to the Supreme Court. The cross was hidden from the public and eventually stolen in a nighttime heist but returned about a week ago. The...
  • Israel Facing Attacks on 3 Fronts, Strikes Back in Gaza and Golan, Awaits US Support at UN

    11/11/2012 9:44:43 PM PST · by robowombat · 39 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | NOVEMBER 11, 2012 4:29 PM | Michael Widlanski
    Israel Facing Attacks on 3 Fronts, Strikes Back in Gaza and Golan, Awaits US Support at UN NOVEMBER 11, 2012 4:29 PM Michael Widlanski Israel fired its own rockets into Syria for the first time in nearly 40 years after Syrian artillery shells hit an Israeli army base bordering a civil-war-torn Syria, and the action came as more than 100 rockets and mortars fired by Hamas and other Palestinian groups struck Israel’s southern towns and villages closing schools and factories. Four Israeli soldiers were wounded, two gravely, when the terrorists in Gaza attacked the border fence and Israeli forces inside...
  • Did Petraeus mistress reveal new Benghazi details?

    11/11/2012 9:30:46 PM PST · by Arthurio · 20 replies
    Did Petraeus mistress reveal new Benghazi details? Posted By Blake Hounshell Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 9:56 PM Share So here is a bizarre twist in the David Petraeus resignation saga. Paula Broadwell, the biographer revealed as the woman having a secret affair with the now-former CIA director, gave a talk at the University of Denver on Oct. 26 in which she appeared to reveal sensitive, maybe even classified, information about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The most interesting revelation is her claim that the CIA was holding several Libyan militia members prisoner, which may...
  • Red China: Beijing trying to put a lid on massive capital outflows

    11/11/2012 9:24:15 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 11/8/2012 | Joshua Eisenman, ed.
    In 2011 Chinese investors evaded government regulations to move $602.9 billion out of country and the outflow is increasing. Last year’s outflow was part of a $3.8 trillion flood of capital that left China over the last 11 years, rising from $172.6 billion in 2000. Public frustration with a banking system that subsidizes state companies at the expense of savers, as well as profiteering from loopholes in China’s pervasive economic controls, are the primary causes of the outflows. It is unclear how much money came from crime or corruption but by aiding tax evasion the illicit outflow could widen China’s...
  • US WEIGHS IN ON THE DURAND LINE [Afghanistan/Pakistan]

    11/11/2012 9:15:46 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies
    AFPC South Asia Security Monitor ^ | 11/6/2012 | Jeff Smith & Amanda Sawit. eds.
    U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman stirred controversy last month when he acknowledged on Afghan television that the U.S. recognizes the Durand Line as the international border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Though it was a mere restatement of longstanding US policy, the Afghan foreign ministry protested. Kabul “rejects and considers irrelevant any statement by anyone about the legal status of this line,” read an October 23 statement. The colonial-era border was drawn in 1893 to separate British-India and Afghanistan. It cuts the Pashtun nation, one of the largest tribal societies in the world, virtually in half. No...
  • Petraeus 'flew mistress to Paris for a trip that was funded by the government'

    11/11/2012 9:08:08 PM PST · by Arthurio · 69 replies
    David Petreaus took his mistress with him on a government funded trip to Paris after he was named director of the Central Intelligence Agency, according to news reports. Petraeus made the trip with 40-year-old Paula Broadwell, who has written a fawning biography of him, in July 2011, an unnamed source told Buzzfeed. Petraus was heading to his new job as chief of the CIA at the time. Sixteen months later, the four-star general has resigned from his post after his affair with Broadwell was uncovered by the FBI. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231568/Petraeus-flew-mistress-Paris-trip-funded-government-named-CIA-chief.html#ixzz2ByvdfzPq Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • U.S.-Russia ‘reset’ hasn’t changed stance

    11/11/2012 8:57:28 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    American Foreign Policy Council ^ | 11/8/2012 | Ilan Berman
    You might not be familiar with Sergei Magnitsky, the 37-year-old Russian lawyer who died of medical complications while languishing in a Moscow prison back in 2009. You should be — Magnitsky’s case is worth knowing, both because of what it says about the nature of the Russian state and because it could soon prompt a substantial shake-up in U.S.-Russian relations. A lawyer for the Moscow-based Hermitage Capital investment fund, Magnitsky ran afoul of Russian authorities when he stumbled across, and dutifully reported, evidence of massive official corruption. For his trouble, he was imprisoned and held without trial for nearly a...
  • Deadly blast devastates Indianapolis neighborhood

    11/11/2012 8:35:35 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 128 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 11, 2012 | Charles Wilson
    Splintered beams and boards on a piece of charred earth were all that remained Sunday where at least two Indianapolis homes were leveled in a blast that killed two people and rendered homes for blocks uninhabitable. A backhoe raked through the rubble in the middle-class subdivision as clusters of firefighters and rescue workers weary from a long, chaotic day that began late the night before waited for their next assignment. The two-story, brick-faced homes on either side of those demolished by the blast were ruins. One home's roof was gone, a blackened husk left behind. On the other side of...
  • Petraeus told within last six weeks of probe that found affair

    11/11/2012 8:21:26 PM PST · by tobyhill · 92 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/11/2012 | By Catherine Herridge
    FBI investigators confronted then CIA Director David Petraeus within the last six weeks about his relationship with biographer Paula Broadwell, Fox News has learned -- a detail that comes as lawmakers complain they did not know about the issue until Petraeus resigned Friday. A source, who is not authorized to speak on the record about the FBI investigation due to its sensitive nature, characterized the meeting between Petraeus and Bureau agents as “recent, and within the last six weeks.” Asked when Broadwell was confronted, Fox News was told “a little before that.” Asked why the FBI did not brief Congress...
  • A couple of Benghazi observations from ZeroHedge

    11/11/2012 8:16:40 PM PST · by Carismar · 15 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | Nov. 10, 2012 | George Washington
    The article is informative for sure, but here are some further observations found in the comments section: The Stevens killing was a staged kidnapping – Obama’s October surprise – gone badly wrong. According to this theory, the idea was for Stevens to be “taken hostage”, and Mr. Nobel Peace Prize would free him after “delicate high-stakes” negotiations, and look like a hero, just before the election. (It would also have presented a welcome opportunity – or excuse – to hand over the “Blind Sheik” in exchange. Obama is under tremendous pressure to hand over the "Blind Sheik".) But the kidnappers...
  • Peggy Noonan: Petraeus resignation "mysterious"

    11/11/2012 7:53:01 PM PST · by Arthurio · 40 replies
    The resignation of CIA Director General David Petraeus has raised more questions than answers, said a roundtable of political analysts on "Face the Nation," including Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, who called his announced departure over an extramarital affair "a little too mysterious" and "strange." "This feels a little Homeland, almost," Noonan said, referring to the cable television show about the CIA and terrorism. "And I just have to ask why do we have to lose him over this? That actually makes no sense." Dee Dee Myers, former press secretary to President Bill Clinton, said Petreaus' resignation "raises so...
  • Timeline Shows F.B.I. Discovered Affair in Summer

    11/11/2012 7:39:50 PM PST · by Arthurio · 21 replies
    November 11, 2012 Timeline Shows F.B.I. Discovered Affair in Summer By SCOTT SHANE and CHARLIE SAVAGE WASHINGTON — High-level officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department were notified in the late summer that F.B.I. agents had uncovered what appeared to be an extramarital affair involving the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David H. Petraeus, government officials said Sunday. But law enforcement officials did not notify anyone outside the F.B.I. or the Justice Department until last week because the investigation was incomplete and initial concerns about possible security breaches, which would demand more immediate action, did...
  • Biggest mistake of the campaign? Republicans assumed voters were smart

    Let’s face facts. Democrats gained in the House of Representatives, the Senate and the chief Democrat in charge was re-elected after one of the worst four year periods in American history, economically and constitutionally. How does that happen? Republicans/Conservatives gave voters credit for being smart while Democrats assumed they’re not. Let’s break down what Obama, Pelosi, Reid, the Obama SuperPACs, et al were saying for a year and a half: Republicans are prosecuting a war on women Romney only cares about his rich friends and Wall Street Romney is responsible for the death of a woman by somehow giving her...
  • CEO of Papa John's says employees' hours will likely be cut due to ObamaCare (GOOD!)

    11/11/2012 7:11:37 PM PST · by tobyhill · 47 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/11/2012 | fox news
    The CEO of popular pizza chain Papa John's says his employees may face reduced hours and he expects his business costs to rise because President Obama's re-election most likely insures the president's health care reform law will be implemented in full. NaplesNews.com reports John Schnatter made the remarks to a small group at Edison State College's Collier County campus the day after the election. Schnatter, who supported Mitt Romney in the election, said all Americans having health insurance under ObamaCare is a good, but estimates the change will cost Papa John's $5 million to $8 million annually. Schnatter estimated that...
  • Threat to Lord Patten as BBC chief gets £1.3 million ($2.1 million) payoff

    11/11/2012 6:48:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:56PM GMT 11 Nov 2012 | Steven Swinford
    Lord Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, came under increasing pressure last night as it emerged he approved a £1.32 million ($2.1 million) severance package for George Entwistle, the former director-general. Entwistle, who resigned on Saturday night after just 54 days in the job, leaves with a £450,000 ($715,365) lump sum on top of his £877,000 ($1,394,961.75) pension pot, which was described as “unjustifiable and unacceptable” by one MP. … Entwistle quit after Newsnight was forced to issue an “unreserved” apology to Lord McAlpine after it broadcast a report wrongly accusing a senior Conservative of pedophilia, which led to...
  • How Petraeus changed U.S. military

    11/11/2012 6:47:17 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | Sunday, November 11, 2012 | Peter Bergen
    Historians will likely judge David Petraeus to be the most effective American military commander since Eisenhower. He was, after all, the person who, more than any other, brought Iraq back from the brink of total disaster after he assumed command of U.S. forces there in 2007. To understand how daunting a task that was, recall that when Petraeus took over in Iraq, the country was embroiled in a civil war so vicious that civilians were dying at the rate of 90 a day. Iraq's government itself was fueling the violence because the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior was home to...
  • Will Obama II Be Reagan I Or Truman III?

    11/11/2012 6:47:11 PM PST · by Perdogg · 38 replies
    There are plenty of analogs for market and economic behavior currently echoing the past - some scary, some terrifying, and some hopeful. Barclays found two interestingly similar election-bound relationships to the current environment but with very different outcomes: Harry Truman's successful 'Fair Deal' 1948 campaign and Jimmy Carter's unsuccessful 1980 re-election effort. Via Barclays: In both cases business confidence and capital spending were soft during the election year; however, during the sprint to the November elections the market went in completely different directions. In 1948, the S&P 500 dropped 11% from June through late September, bounced in October then fell...
  • Mistresses give great headlines

    11/11/2012 6:46:43 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/11/12 | Taylor Bigler
    Hell hath no fury like a mistress scorned. So seriously, you guys, stop having affairs. If you are a fictional character in a popular 1987 film starring Glenn Close, then your mistress will boil your child’s bunny rabbit and then you’ll have to kill her in your own bathtub. Nobody wants that. If you’re a real person with a respected military career and a high-powered position — say, the director of the CIA — your mistress will send threatening e-mails to your rumored other other woman and then you’ll be forced to resign in disgrace. Nobody wants that, either! Fortunately...
  • Did The Global Trade Collapse Just End?

    11/11/2012 6:37:22 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-11-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    Did The Global Trade Collapse Just End? Joe WeisenthalNov. 11, 2012 Back at the end of September, we ran this chart from Morgan Stanley, pointing to the severe slowdown in world trade growth.Morgan Stanley So is the severe downturn over? Trade data this weekend from China supports the view that things are improving. SocGen has the summary: China’s export growth rose further to +11.6%yoy in October from +9.9%yoy in September, beating expectations (Cons. +10%; SG +9%) for a second month. There were two more workdays last month than that in October 2011, which contributed to the headline improvement. But, even...
  • Bob Woodward Shocker: There Is a Way to Raise Revenue AND Lower Tax Rates

    11/11/2012 3:49:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | November 11, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Stop the presses! Stop the presses! The Washington Post's Bob Woodward on The Chris Matthews Show Sunday not only called Democrat visions of balancing the budget by raising taxes on the rich a "fantasy," but he also said "there is a way to...raise more revenue and perhaps lower the rates" (video follows with transcript and commentary): Bob Woodward Shocker: There Is a Way to Raise Revenue AND Lower Tax Rates BOB WOODWARD, WASHINGTON POST: But there's a fantasy element, unfortunately, in this, about the tax increases for the wealthy. It probably is sensible, good policy. It’s theology, as you know,...