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  • Allen won't seek office again

    11/13/2012 10:03:27 PM PST · by Coronal · 22 replies
    Daily Progress ^ | 11/13/12 | Coronal
    ALEXANDRIA -- Defeated Republican U.S.Senate candidate George Allen said Monday he will not seek elective office again. "I'm grateful for the support, generosity and the votes of over 1.7 million people, but I have no intention of running for office again,'' Allen said during a 45-minute interview in his Alexandria office.
  • Death penalty sought [for] US soldier in Afghan massacre case

    11/13/2012 9:53:03 PM PST · by olcurmudgeon · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | Nov. 14, 2012 | n/a
    A US soldier accused of killing 16 civilians - nine of them children - in southern Afghanistan in March should face the death penalty, military prosecutors say. Several soldiers told the preliminary hearing that Sgt Robert Bales returned to their base covered in blood. Sgt Bales' lawyer says there is not enough evidence for him to stand trial. The lead investigator in the case will make a recommendation on whether a full court martial ought to proceed. Col Lee Deneke will make his recommendation to a senior general by the end of this week, who will then make a decision...
  • California's Uncounted Mail-In Ballots Reach Thousands

    11/13/2012 9:12:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    KABC-TV ^ | November 13, 2012
    California's Uncounted Mail-In Ballots Reach Thousands November 13, 2012 SACRAMENTO (KABC) -- There are plenty of vote-by-mail ballots in California that won't count in the final November tally, largely because of postmarks and signatures. There's a group out to change some of those ballot rules, hoping to boost voter turnout. Thousands of vote-by-mail ballots throughout California are sitting in county registrar offices right now and will never be counted. Some signatures on ballot envelopes don't match the one on the voter registration card. Other ballots are from previous elections. But the most common reason a ballot doesn't get counted: it...
  • US Conference Board fears BRICS miracle over as world faces decade-long slump

    11/13/2012 9:10:21 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/13/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The catch-up boom in China, India, Brazil is largely over and will be followed by a drastic slowdown over the next decade, according to a grim report by America’s top forecasting body. Europe's prognosis is even worse, with France trapped in depression with near zero growth as far as 2025 and Britain struggling to raise its speed limit to 1pc over the next three Parliaments. The US Conference Board’s global economic outlook calls into question the "BRICs" miracle (Brazil, Russia, India, China), arguing that the low-hanging fruit from cheap labour and imported technology has already been picked. China’s double-digit expansion...
  • General Petraeus on leadership (His views on truth)

    11/13/2012 9:05:24 PM PST · by haffast · 12 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | March 5, 2010: 4:55 AM ET | Interview by Brian O'Keefe
    (snip) When you’re evaluating yourself, what qualities do you try to focus on? Petraeus: On every bit of guidance I give, the last instruction is: Learn and adapt. We also work very hard on [being] **first with the truth**. That’s a powerful admonition: First of all, we’re going to **tell the truth**. We’re not going to put lipstick on pigs. We’re going to be absolutely **100% forthright** and **brutally honest** with — not just with ourselves and with our subordinates and our superiors — but **with the press**. The credibility of leaders is of enormous importance. How do you identify...
  • Putin: Obama Plans to Visit Russia

    11/13/2012 8:59:30 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    Russian president Vladimir Putin claims President Barack Obama is planning to visit Russia, the outlet RIA Novosti reports. "US President Barack Obama has confirmed plans to visit Russia at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Russian president’s spokesman said on Tuesday," the Russian outlet reports. "Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Obama made the statement when Putin called a second time to congratulate the US president on his reelection."
  • Beware China's 'honeytrap' spies

    According to intelligence agencies, China is enlisting beautiful women for corporate espionage in the West. How does the dreaded "honeytrap" method work?
  • Guns, Gold And Four More Years

    11/13/2012 8:42:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 12, 2012 | Sam Rolley
    Most conservatives believe that the re-election of President Barack Obama is going to bring dire economic circumstances over the next four years, which could possibly drive the Nation into total collapse.The belief is likely not far-fetched considering the current state of affairs in American economics as the United States hurls toward a “fiscal cliff” which will combine rising tax rates and government shutdowns, the government prepares to raise its debt limit again to the tune of $2.4 trillion and the number of Americans out of work continues to trend at dismal levels.All of the ominous headlines about the shape of...
  • Petraeus Personally Investigated Benghazi Attack

    11/13/2012 8:41:14 PM PST · by forty_years · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | JONATHAN KARL
    In late October, Petraeus traveled to Libya to conduct his own review of the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. While in Tripoli, he personally questioned the CIA station chief and other CIA personnel who were in Benghazi on Sept. 11 when the attack occurred. The Libya stop was part of a six nation trip to the region. Petraeus intended the review as a way to prepare for his upcoming testimony before Congress on Benghazi. "He was looking forward to testifying," a Petraeus friend told ABC News. "He wanted to be fully prepared." Petraeus' friend...
  • Sir Walter Scott Foresees Obama Reelection, End of U.S. (Vanity)

    11/13/2012 8:28:56 PM PST · by kreitzer · 4 replies
    "It has been thrown away like a child's broken toy. Well, transeat, the good sense of the people is much trusted to; we shall see what it will do for us. The curse of Cromwell on those whose conceit brough us to this pass. Sed transeat. It is vain to mourn what cannot be mended."
  • EU: Greek debt auction averts imminent default

    11/13/2012 8:19:19 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/13/2012 | Louise Armitstead
    Greece managed to raise €4bn (£3.2bn) of short-term debt that is likely to avert imminent default, but fears over the country’s future persisted amid infighting among its creditors. Athens’ successful bond auction cheered traders, despite warnings that Greece may have to hold another emergency auction to raise the final €1bn needed to redeem the €5bn bond due on Friday. Greece’s finance minister, Yannis Stournaras, admitted there was still a “very high” risk of default, even if Athens meets its obligations this week. Speaking to the EU Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee, Mr Stournaras said fears over Greece - or “drachmaphobia”...
  • General William 'Kip' Ward demoted for lavish travel, spending

    11/13/2012 8:01:26 PM PST · by haffast · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Published: 02:09 PM, Tue Nov 13, 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of U.S. Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday. Panetta stripped Gen. William "Kip" Ward of a star, which means that he will now retire as a three-star lieutenant general despite arguments from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff against the demotion. Ward also has been ordered also repay the government $82,000. (snip) The demotion comes as retired Army Gen. David Petraeus resigned as CIA director because of an extramarital affair...
  • West-Murphy Day 8: Al Sharpton's office getting involved

    11/13/2012 7:49:31 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 13 replies
    A release issued by the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network late Tuesday afternoon indicated that representatives from his local office will speak at a press conference Wednesday "to call for a mechanical and hand re-count of the ballots in ... the West/Murphy race."
  • Wannabe mothers line up for 12/12/12 babies

    11/13/2012 7:46:14 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | Santosh Andhale
    Mumbai - It’s the last chance of the decade to have a unique, memorable birth date — 12/12/12. And expectant parents are lining up for that moment. Ahead of December 12, 2012, couples are preparing to fix this unique birth date for their newborns. This trend of having muhurat babies – or planned caesarean section on special dates – is getting fashionable among parents, say city gynaecologists who get requests from patients wanting babies on their ‘auspicious’ day. Over the last few years, dates with repetitive numbers all through the the ‘DD-MM-YY’ format are becoming a craze, says doctors. Last...
  • Energy Boom Could Make U.S. Largest Oil Producer by 2020

    11/13/2012 7:40:07 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 13 November 2012 | Brian Koenig
    Energy Boom Could Make U.S. Largest Oil Producer by 2020 The New American 13 November 2012 The growing energy boom in the United States will make it the largest global oil producer by the end of the decade, temporarily exceeding Saudi Arabia, and a top exporter of natural gas, according to a new report. Released Monday, the International Energy Agency (IEA), a French research group for oil-importing nations, published data showing that by 2030, the United States will be energy self-sufficient on net and North America will become a net oil exporter. ... Related Articles: 2011 - Natural Gas —...
  • Watergate Hearings John Dean on Prostitutes, Muggings, and Kidnappings (1973)( Hint hint...)

    11/13/2012 7:27:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/13/12 | CSPAN
    Flashback to 1973...
  • 'Doomsday Preppers' get ready for the endtimes ( 9 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, National Geographic)

    11/13/2012 7:09:46 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 11/13/2012 | Ellen Gray,
    "THOUSANDS IN Northeast still without power," read a headline on CNN as I was getting ready to write about Tuesday's Season 2 premiere of Nat Geo's "Doomsday Preppers." Hurricane Sandy may not have figured in the end-of-the-world scenarios of the families profiled on the show, but unless you've been living under a particularly well-equipped rock, chances are there's something in your home that wasn't there a month ago, whether it's a fresh stash of D batteries or a case of canned soup Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20121113_Ellen_Gray___Doomsday_Preppers__get_ready_for_the_endtimes.html#ixzz2CA8nkHOi Watch sports videos you won't find anywhere else
  • OK, Here's Barack Obama's Opening Offer

    11/13/2012 7:05:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/13/2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    Later this week, Obama will have his first face-to-face negotiations over the Fiscal Cliff. In a post that came out this afternoon, The Washington Post's Zachary Goldfarb nicely summarized Obama's opening offer: Obama’s previous proposal called for raising $1.6 trillion in new taxes on the wealthy by allowing tax rates to increase, imposing a new special tax on millionaires and limiting deductions for the wealthy. He also proposed $340 billion in health-care and entitlement savings, continuing $1.1 trillion in spending cuts already passed into law and generating another $1 trillion in savings through the end of the wars in Iraq...
  • Pepsi seeks lead in the cola wars with new ‘fat-blocking’ soda (Moochelle approved?)

    11/13/2012 7:00:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11/12/12 | Danielle Tworek
    Pepsi seeks lead in the cola wars with new ‘fat-blocking’ sodaBy: Danielle Tworek November 12, 2012 In the endless battle to shake their growing reputation as a key trigger point in America’s obesity epidemic, the major soda manufacturer, Pepsi, has a new invention for the soda market: Pepsi Special, the “fat-blocking” cola. On November 13, consumers in Japan will believe they can say yes to the fries and even add a little bacon on that burger as they head through the drive-thru, as long as they include a large Pepsi Special with their meal deal. At least that’s the concept...
  • White House: FBI ‘Protocols’ Kept Obama From Learning of Petraeus Affair Before Election

    11/13/2012 6:59:54 PM PST · by chessplayer · 37 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – FBI protocol determined when the president of the United States would be told that his director of the Central Intelligence Agency was engaged in an adulterous affair, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday.