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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,...
  • Paula Broadwell Spent Year Embedded With Petraeus

    11/11/2012 6:07:56 PM PST · by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC · 48 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Nov 10, 2012 | REENA NINAN
    Didn't read this article. No need. The point is not the article's contents, but rather the wording of the headline. "Embedded With," did you say? Hmmm.... "Somehow I don't think that word means what you think it means." - Inigo Montoya
  • OBAMA WON'T FIGHT FOR GAY MARRIAGE HIS SECOND TERM

    11/11/2012 6:02:36 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 28 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | November 11, 2012 | Robert Bigelow
    Barack Obama isn’t exactly famous for his loyalty; he has a history of jettisoning people once they’ve outlived their usefulness to him. This time, it’s the gay community. On Friday, Obama told an MTV audience that he would not fight for gay marriage his second term, intoning that “it would be up to future generations of Americans to implement meaningful reform.” Here’s the kicker; realizing that some states are now endorsing gay marriage, Obama suddenly became a champion of states’ rights, asserting, “For us to try to legislate federally into this area is probably the wrong way to go.” When...
  • Unlicensed To Kill ( SF sanctuary-city )

    11/11/2012 5:53:58 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | 11 Nov 2012 | Debra Saunders
    Drew Rosenberg became a victim of San Francisco's sanctuary-city policies Nov. 16, 2010. The second-year law student was riding his motorcycle in rush-hour traffic, when a car driven by an unlicensed driver made a left turn and hit him. That evening, Don Rosenberg of Westlake Village, Calif., received the phone call every parent dreads. His precious son was dead. Then another nightmare unfolded. As Rosenberg investigated driver Roberto Galo's background, he discovered that San Francisco's sanctuary-city policies have served as an enabler for dangerous drivers. Rosenberg sees his son's death as highly preventable. Five months earlier, San Francisco police stopped...
  • 6 lingering questions about the exit of Gen. David Petraeus

    11/11/2012 5:46:26 PM PST · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 11 Nov 2012 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE and JOSH GERSTEIN
    Resignations over scandals often raise more questions than they answer, and that’s true of Gen. David Petraeus’s abrupt exit from the Central Intelligence Agency. Some have already been put to rest: Paula Broadwell, the co-author of “All In: The Education of David Petraeus,” has been identified as the woman at the center of the FBI email probe that ultimately toppled him. But many questions remain. Here are POLITICO’s six most important: 1. Why resign now? The Obama administration’s first sex scandal exploded just three days after the president was reelected at the end of a hard-fought campaign and just days...
  • No Fiscal honeymoon for president Obama [Congress Shouldn't Give Him One Either!]

    11/11/2012 5:40:34 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/7/12
    The newly re-elected US President Barack Obama will need to quickly secure agreement on avoiding the 'fiscal cliff' and raising the debt ceiling following Tuesday's elections, Fitch Ratings says. The economic policy challenge facing the President is to put in place a credible deficit-reduction plan necessary to underpin economic recovery and confidence in the full faith and credit of the US. Resolution of these fiscal policy choices would likely result in the US retaining its 'AAA' status from Fitch. As reflected in the Negative Outlook on the rating, failure to avoid the fiscal cliff and raise the debt ceiling in...
  • Meet the Press Panel Blames Romney Loss on Limbaugh and ‘Loons and Wackos’ of Conservative Base

    11/11/2012 5:33:53 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 77 replies
    Meet the Press Panel Blames Romney Loss on Limbaugh and ‘Loons and Wackos’ of Conservative Base By Brent Baker Created 11/11/2012 - 6:01pm Sunday’s Meet the Press featured a panel of five, none of them conservative (Congressman-elect Joaquín Castro, Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, author Doris Kearns Goodwin, the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and NBC’s Chuck Todd), to assess why Mitt Romney lost and “the future of the GOP.” And they agreed conservatives are the problem. Todd, NBC’s political director, decided the GOP has become “a coalition of special interest forces” and fretted “the leaders in Washington can’t control the special...
  • Prepare for Demise of California; Liberals Will Get All the Government (and Tax Hikes) They Want

    11/11/2012 5:29:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | Mike Shedlock
    On Tuesday voters in California went the wrong way on three propositions. Voters approved Proposition 30 "temporarily" increasing the state sales tax and income tax on individuals making over $250,000. They voted against Proposition 31 that would allow the governor to cut the budget in fiscal emergencies. They voted against Proposition 32 would prevent unions from making campaign donations via members' dues. Moreover, and worse yet, Democrats picked up two more votes in the state legislature giving them a supermajority, capable of passing any tax hikes they want. Those results are so awful I suggest you prepare for the demise...
  • Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create...

    11/11/2012 5:25:31 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    We petition the obama administration to: Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government. The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect...
  • Austin school district cancels UT play about same-sex penguin parents

    11/11/2012 5:15:56 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    statesman.com ^ | 9 Nov. 2012 | Jody Serrano
    A University of Texas play about two male penguin parents has ruffled feathers at the Austin school district, prompting the cancellation of 10 scheduled performances at Austin elementary schools. Written by UT theater graduate student Emily Freeman, “And Then Came Tango” is a play about Roy and Silo, real penguins at New York’s Central Park Zoo who were given a fertilized egg and raised the hatchling, Tango, together. UT students first performed the play for second-graders at Lee Elementary School in Central Austin in October. District officials raised concerns about age appropriateness and suspended the play, finally canceling it at...
  • White House Plans Public Appeal on Deficit ["Aggressive Public Campaign" For Obama Agenda]

    11/11/2012 5:12:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | November 11, 2012 | DAMIAN PALETTA AND JANET HOOK
    White House Plans Public Appeal on Deficit BY DAMIAN PALETTA AND JANET HOOK WASHINGTON—The White House plans an aggressive public campaign to build support for its approach to reduce the deficit through tax increases and spending cuts, a sharp contrast to its private talks with Republicans that faltered last year. President Barack Obama will meet with labor leaders Tuesday and a number of chief executives on Wednesday, in an effort to solidify backing for his proposals. Both groups carry sway with different segments of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Mr. Obama also plans to travel outside of Washington to try and...
  • Hamas: No Compromises With Israel on Anything, Ever

    11/11/2012 5:07:22 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/11/12 | David Lev
    In response to statements by Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas that he would not demand the “right of return” for PA Arabs to the homes that their grandparents and great-grandparents abandoned in the State of Israel – statements Abbas later reneged on – Hamas has issued its own document on the matter. Even if the PA as a matter of policy were to agree not to demand that nearly all the Jews of Israel be thrown out of their homes to accommodate the descendants of “refugees,” Hamas said it wold never agree to such a plan – and any concessions...
  • Conservatives, We are not outnumbered.

    11/11/2012 5:06:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/12/2012 | Brian T. Carter
    There are at least three options in how conservatives respond to the election results: First, conservatives can take the Tucker Carlson, David Frum, and Bill Kristol approach by nominating even more moderate Republicans and shamelessly pandering to disparate constituent groups, hoping to cobble together a larger coalition than liberals. ...and toward what end? Abandoning core principles can only undermine conservatives' credibility, and liberals will just choose to demonize right-leaning candidates on other issues. Even if the cave and pander strategy is successful, then what is the difference between the parties? What is achieved? A variation on this approach is to...
  • Jesus Christ 'Should Be Downplayed In School' [MultiCulturalism's End Game!]

    11/11/2012 5:04:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | November 09, 2012 | Graeme Paton
    Jesus Christ 'Should Be Downplayed In School' Schools should downgrade Christianity in assemblies for a more “inclusive” multi-faith approach, say religious education advisors. By Graeme Paton 09 Nov 2012 Teachers should no longer be expected to “accord a special status to Jesus Christ” as part of traditional acts of collective worship for pupils, it was claimed. Guidance sent out to local committees – established to determine RE in communities across England – called for a focus on a “wide range of religious traditions” such as Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. By law, conventional state schools are required to stage daily...
  • Do not cave-in to the so-called "dream act"

    11/11/2012 4:49:52 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 70 replies
    Nov 11, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    The dream act is a socialist democrat dream come true. And a nightmare for liberty minded Americans. The dream act solves no problems. Amnesty solves no problems. The border will not be enforced and instead will be flung wide open. We do not have jobs for Senator Graham's "eleven million" illegal aliens already here and their offspring nor the other eleven or twelve million he's not counting and their offspring and all their relatives that will be following. We cannot afford the welfare, foodstamps, housing, education, healthcare, EITC, etc, that they demand. And the flood across the borders will be...
  • 'We would rather lose with you than win with anyone else' (Matt Rhoades, Mitt's failed campaign mgr)

    11/11/2012 4:18:35 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 11/11/12 | Daily Mail
    According to ABC, campaign manager Matt Rhoades told Romney: 'We would rather lose with you than win with anyone else.' Colleagues also stood and clapped for Rhoades and Mitt's 'Body Man,' Garrett Jackson who often tweeted behind-the-scenes pictures during his many hours at Romney's side on the campaign trail. The defeat was a stunning blow to the Republican camp who had been confident they would win even in the last few hours of the campaign.
  • Wan Welcome for New Times Boss (BBC pedophile enabler starts his NYT CEO gig tomorrow...)

    11/11/2012 4:06:39 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    New York ^ | 11/9/12 | Joe Hagan
    While the staff of the New York Times has been absorbed in hurricane and election coverage, it’s also kept a wary eye on a big story brewing in its own headquarters—the imminent arrival of the new CEO, Mark Thompson, the former director-general of the BBC who starts at the paper on November 12. He does not arrive with the full confidence of the Times’ journalists. “People are going to start paying closer attention, and that probably isn’t good for newsroom morale,” says one Timesman, “because there’s now a widely held sense that this guy’s story doesn’t add up.”
  • California Gov. Brown: DOJ, Obama should 'respect' state marijuana laws

    11/11/2012 3:52:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/11/12 | Zack Colman
    Calif. Gov. Brown: DOJ, Obama should 'respect' state marijuana lawsBy Zack Colman - 11/11/12 10:12 AM ET California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said the federal government should let recently passed marijuana legalization laws stand in Colorado and Washington. “It’s time for the Justice Department to recognize the sovereignty of the states,” Brown said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “I believe the president and the Department of Justice ought to respect the will of these states.” Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for recreational use through ballot measures last week. But marijuana is still outlawed at the federal level, which...
  • REACHING OUT

    11/11/2012 3:44:20 PM PST · by 7thson · 81 replies
    Another question for Freepers. Specifically, Freepers who are black, Hispanic, and women. Before and since the last election, I keep hearing that the Republican Party needs to do a better job at reaching out towards blacks, Hispanics, and women. Also, the youth vote. My question - what is meant by reaching out? What precisously does the Republican Party need to say to these groups in order to get their votes? Are we suppose to outbid the Leftists?
  • Enough with the low Romney voter turnout! (Vanity)

    11/11/2012 3:40:41 PM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 20 replies
    There at at LEAST several million votes yet to be tabulated across the nation. At the timeof this post in CA alone there are around 3 million, in AZ around 400,000, many states across the nation are at 97, 96, 95 % of total votes reported short of 100%. http://www.examiner.com/article/three-million-votes-uncounted-california http://campverdebugleonline.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubsectionID=1&ArticleID=36491 http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/President/2012/ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/
  • New Details in Patraeus Scandal: Woman Who Received Threatening Emails Revealed

    11/11/2012 3:39:27 PM PST · by nuconvert · 82 replies
    -excerpt- Kelley alerted the FBI about the emails that appeared to be an attempt to blackmail Petraeus, which started the investigation, said the sources, who are close friends of the Petraeuses. In addition, the threatening emails might not have come from biographer Paula Broadwell, as widely reported. Kelley, a Tampa, Fla. resident who is married with three children, and sister Natalie are close friends of the Petraeus' and spent holidays together. And she was not having an affair with the retired, four-star Army general, sources close to the family tell Fox News.
  • Schumer urges weather agency to keep Sandy labeled a tropical storm (insurance purposes)

    11/11/2012 3:28:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/11/12 | Zack Colman
    Schumer urges weather agency to keep Sandy labeled a tropical stormBy Zack Colman - 11/11/12 04:23 PM ET Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is urging the federal weather agency to avoid labeling super-storm Sandy a hurricane because doing so would raise insurance deductibles. Schumer sent a letter Sunday to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and insurance companies warning that classifying Sandy as a hurricane could boost deductibles to $20,000, compared with $1,000 for a tropical storm. Schumer says insurers are seeking to have Sandy labeled a hurricane to cut their losses from the devastating natural disaster. “Today, we’ve sent...
  • Greeks angered by "princes of parliament" pay fight

    11/11/2012 3:27:58 PM PST · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-11-12 | Michael Winfrey and Lefteris Papadimas
    When Greece's government pushed through a law last week aimed at slashing public wages and raising taxes, its biggest threat was not the firebrand opposition or the 100,000 protesters thronged at the gates of parliament. It was the assembly's workers themselves, a well-connected group that has long evoked disdain for enjoying the kind of lavish pay and benefits that have become emblematic of the public sector excess at the heart of Greece's debt crisis. The staff dispute that image. But, having discovered that a 500-odd page draft law of cost cuts and tax hikes included a last minute amendment giving...
  • Obama hails veterans, pledges continued support

    11/11/2012 3:16:57 PM PST · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 11, 2012 | Samson Reiny
    President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to mark the Veterans Day holiday on Sunday, declaring that soldiers' needs would be met even as the country winds down wars in the Middle East and Asia.
  • A time for courage, and action

    11/11/2012 3:07:39 PM PST · by diamond6 · 10 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | November 9, 2012 | Caroline B. Glick
    Mitt Romney wasn't a bad candidate. He ran a fairly strong race. He made a few errors. And he made many good moves. Certainly he was adequate. And he was probably the strongest Republican candidate among the primary field of contenders. That is, he was the best man available to run against Barack Obama. And he did a pretty good job. Obama on the other hand, was a horrible candidate. He was mean and vindictive. He was contemptuous and superficial. He ran on irrelevancies like abortion and a fictitious Republican war against women. He didn't give his supporters any reason...
  • State Department military liaison who sparked of Petraeus affair to FBI about 'jealous' mistress

    11/11/2012 3:04:36 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/11/12
    This is the woman who complained to the FBI about harassing emails from the mistress of Gen David Petraeus. Jill Kelley, 37, of Tampa, Florida, is a State Department military liaison officer who appears to have a longstanding friendship with Petraeus, who quit as CIA director in disgrace last week. Mrs Kelley lives in a $1.2million house with her husband Scott, a surgeon, and their three children. She told agents that Paula Broadwell, the 40-year-old biographer who has been identified as the ex-CIA boss' mistress, sent her harassing emails telling her to 'back off' Petraeus. An online picture album posted...
  • Panetta: DOD moved quickly on Libya consulate attack (diverted nearby unarmed drone)

    11/11/2012 3:03:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/11/12 | KATE BRANNEN, DARREN SAMUELSOHN
    Panetta: DOD moved quickly on Libya consulate attackBy KATE BRANNEN and DARREN SAMUELSOHN | 11/11/12 9:58 AM EST Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the U.S. military “did everything they were in position to do” about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. In a letter and timeline sent to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Panetta said the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate and nearby annex in Benghazi were over before U.S. forces could arrive. **SNIP** As Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey has noted, “It was 9/11 everywhere...
  • Election triggers gun sales

    11/11/2012 3:01:18 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11-11-12 | unattributed
    Gun manufacturer stocks are a hot commodity on Wall Street in the wake of Tuesday's election. Gun shop owners are reaping the benefits, too. Some are selling ten times what they normally do as customers load up. "Our ammo and our guns have literally been flying off the shelf," says Rich Chatmas, co-owner of The Gun Cleaners in Waco, Texas. It's been the trend at the gun shop, especially over the last two days. Customer Brian Richardson has been anticipating President Obama's re-election for months. "I was a little concerned, because I know that the current president is real big...
  • Minister: We'll Hit Them Till They Say 'Enough'

    11/11/2012 2:56:58 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/11/11 | Gil Ronen
    Minister Moshe Yaalon (Likud) said Sunday that Israel does not intend to maintain restraint in the face of the intense rocket attacks from Gaza. "If the terror organizations do not cease their fire we will be prepared to toughen our response as much as necessary, until they say 'enough!'," he said. "There is a complicated war here, and in the end we will finish it," he said. "This is not a one-off move. But we will put an end to it. We do not intend to maintain restraint because the situation is unbearable for us." "We will bring quiet to...
  • Probe into horrific home explosion in Indy could be lengthy (Homeland Security involved)

    11/11/2012 2:54:34 PM PST · by RummyChick · 74 replies
    wbst.com ^ | 11/11 | wbst.com
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The investigation into an explosion on the south side of Indianapolis could take weeks, an official with Citizens Energy said on Sunday. Two people were killed, and more than a dozen homes were damaged or destroyed after a large explosion rocked a south side neighborhood late Saturday night. The Indianapolis Fire Department says the explosion happened in the 8400 block of Fieldfare Way, which is in a subdivision just off of Sherman Avenue south of Stop 11 Road. Citizens Energy shut off gas to all the homes in the subdivision and investigated potential gas issues in the...
  • REPORT: DOJ KNEW OF BROADWELL INVESTIGATION FOR MONTHS

    11/11/2012 2:25:37 PM PST · by tobyhill · 49 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11/11/2012 | by LIBERTY CHICK
    As new information emerges regarding Friday’s resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, not only does the story begin to crystallize, but so does the timeline of the FBI investigation that sparked it. In light of the news that officials in the Department of Justice apparently knew about the investigation for months, it now appears that they may have prolonged the release of information to appropriate parties, including to the director of national intelligence. Details surfaced late Friday that the woman with whom Petraeus engaged in an affair was in fact his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Ultimately, it was the harassing emails...