CIA Director Story Gets Stranger
An investigation is expected to be underway soon in regards
to former CIA Director David Petraeus, who resigned last week after citing an extra-marital
affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Questions are arising as to
whether that relationship put the nation’s security at risk, and whether Broadwell
had access to classified information.
FBI agents were searching her home in North Carolina yesterday.
Now a new wrinkle has developed in this story. The
Washington Post reports that according to a senior U.S. defense official, the
FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of documents — most of them
e-mails — that contain “potentially inappropriate” communication between Gen.
John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, and Jill
Kelley, the 37-year-old Tampa woman whose report of harassment by a person who
turned out to be Petraeus’s mistress ultimately led to Petraeus’s downfall.
Judge Blocks Portion of CA Trafficking Law
A Federal judge has blocked a section of California’s new law that increases fines
and penalties for those convicted of human trafficking. The ACLU had sued over Prop 35’s requirement
that all registered sex offenders disclose information about their website
usernames. It was approved last Tuesday
by 81-percent of California
Partnership for a Faster Internet Experience
Acer and Google are teaming up on a new, more affordable
Chromebook. The C7 runs Google’s Chrome
operating system, which is designed to cut down on a lot of the extra
background programs and run stuff online so that it boots up more quickly. It’s being sold exclusively via Google Play and
at Best Buy – for under 2-hundred dollars.
Church Around the World
Christians Released From Iranian Prison
Two more Christians have been released from prison in Iran
after their families posted bail. The
two had been arrested recently at a church gathering along with five
others. Mohabat News, a Christian news
service there, says a lot of times the government will target people of means
for arrest just because they know they have the money to pay bail.
Arrests Christians Without Announcing Charges
A house church leader in China has been sentenced to a labor
camp for the third time. China Aid says
the 51 yr old woman, whose name is not being released, will have to serve
eighteen months. The odd thing this time
is that police did not point to any specific wrong doing, they were simply
looking to try to maintain order ahead of a Communist Party gathering.
31 Flavors of Help for Our Veterans
Baskin-Robbins is stepping up to provide a little hope for
our heroes, waiving the initial franchise fee of 25-thousand dollars for some
honorably discharged veterans so that they can own their own business. Bill Mitchell is the senior Vice President at
Baskin-Robbins, and a former officer in the Army. He says he knows how hard it is to transfer
back to civilian life, and he wants to try to help make that as smooth as
Tensions Rise in Afghanistan
Our relationship with Afghanistan
is becoming more strained, after a shooter wearing an Afghan uniform killed a
member of the US
led forces. That soldier has been
identified by British officials and is the latest in a series of insider
People in over twenty states have filed petitions to secede
from the United States. There are various reasons given - one
petition cites the economy, another suggests we’ve moved to far away from what
the founding fathers intended. The
president does not have the authority to grant that, but the White House has
launched a program called “We the People,” which will officially respond to any
petition that receives 25-thousand or more signatures. In Family Life Nation, petitions are being
gathered in Florida, Georgia, Michigan,
Tennessee, and Texas – which is getting close to that
Family & Relationships
Bullying Can Begin at Home
A lot of parents worry about their kids being bullied, but
they may be encouraging their kids to be bullies without realizing it. Dr.
Colleen Logan says parents need to examine their own behavior, citing studies that
show us that parents who are inattentive or uninvolved, use harsh discipline or
actually are bullies themselves are more likely to create an environment that
is conducive to bullying. Dr. Logan also says as many as half of the children
who are bullied never tell their parents, so you should look for signs like
wanting to avoid school, or coming home hungry.
New Complaints About Facebook
Now that the elections are over, we can go back to
complaining about Facebook on Facebook.
The latest update – Relationship Profiles. If you have your profile linked to your spouse’s,
you can now see your entire relationship laid out on a ready-made profile page.
Finances & Economy
Is Facebook making You Poor and Fat?
All that time you’re spending on Facebook is making you
spend more at the store. Marketing
professors at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University
say their research has found that social networking reduces self-control, which
can lead some people to make bad decisions with their money. They also found people who use Facebook tend
to be heavier, carry more debt, and have lower credit scores.
Penney’s Losing Money
You would think that lower prices would mean more people
coming in. It doesn’t appear to be
working for JC Penney. Their stock has
fallen 13-percent this year, and Standard and Poors cut their credit rating
last Friday after Penney’s posted big 3rd quarter losses. That new pricing plan was unveiled back in
January, but got sidetracked when some pro-family groups boycotted Penney’s
over new advertising that included homosexual couples. Penney’s has since stopped that ad campaign.
If you’re trying to fend off type-2 diabetes, try squashing
it instead. Phil Lempert with www.SupermarketGuru.com says recent
studies show squash has anti-diabetic properties, and can also supply
antioxidants and help cut down on inflammation.
He says squash got a bad wrap because of the carbs, but it’s really high
in vitamin C, potassium, B vitamins, and Omega-3s.
Thinking Clearly More Difficult in a Hurry
If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have
time to do it over? New research has
confirmed that haste really does make waste, because the brain switches into a
special mode when pushed to make rapid decisions. That mode increases the likelihood that there
will be mistakes.
Super Storm Sandy
Clothed in Compassion
Nick Sippl is from Northern Michigan. He is in New York helping victims of Super Storm Sandy through his job. Seeing the need first hand, he has organized a clothing drive. He says The police and the National guard were literally not knocking on doors, but kicking in doors to see if anyone was home. They had to be evacuated the water was rising so much. This lady I talked to was about five and a half feet tall. She told me when she came out of the house they were holding their children over their heads. When she came down to the street level, the water was up to her neck. They had pretty much lost everything. When they came in, we got them dried off. "That’s what got me thinking, these people have nothing." If you live in the area, please drop clothing off at Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church. Click here for their address and phone number. There's a trailer parked outside where you can place your donation.
Pearl Foy is using one of the talents God has given her to raise money for Super Storm Sandy victims. She will give it to the victims by way of the Salvation Army. She's organizing a Hair Cut-A-Thon. It will be held on Sunday November 11th from 10am-5pm in the Phoenix Arizona area. There are two locations. One is located at the Turning Point Beauty College in Mesa. The other will be held at Kor Beauty Academy in Peoria.
Help Salvation Army Relief Efforts with A Simple Text
Text the word "STORM" to 80888. Then respond with a "yes" when the text response comes to you.
Give Blood and Money Through Red Cross
Because many blood donation centers on the east coast are closed, it is even more important for we who are out of harm’s way to donate. www.RedCross.org has all you need to know. You may also give money via that web site, or you can give $10 via text message by texting the word “RedCross” to 90999.
Slice of Family Life Nation reaches Out to Sandy victims
Nick Sippl is from Northern Michigan, but he’s in New York right now
helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Nick has gone the extra mile to organize a clothing drive after seeing
one family’s struggle. Nick told FLR News, “The police and the National guard
were literally not knocking on doors, but kicking in doors to see if anyone was
home. They had to be evacuated the water was rising so much. This lady I talked
to was about five and a half feet tall. She told me when she came out of the
house they were holding their children over their heads. When she came down to
the street level, the water was up to her neck. They had pretty much lost
everything. When they came in, we got them dried off. That’s what got me
thinking, these people have nothing.” Nick says the National Guard had to
literally kick in some people’s doors to see if they were home. We’ve got more stories and links up on this