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  • Flashback 2005: THE WORST MANAGERS OF 2004: Franklin Raines [CEO] Fannie Mae

    09/18/2008 6:58:45 PM PDT · by ETL · 12 replies · 458+ views ^ | JANUARY 10, 2005
    Jan 2005... On Labor Day, he was a favorite to be Treasury Secretary should John Kerry win the White House. At yearend, he had left under a cloud. The charmed career of Franklin D. Raines -- a poor kid from Seattle who climbed through Harvard and a Rhodes Scholarship to become White House budget director and CEO of Fannie Mae (FNM ) -- crashed to a halt on Dec. 21. That was six days after the Securities & Exchange Commission's top accountant declared that mortgage giant Fannie misstated earnings for 3 1/2 years, leading to an estimated $9 billion restatement...
  • PETA Killed 97 Percent of 'Companion Animals' in 2006, According to VDACS (only 12 adoptions)

    01/15/2008 8:39:24 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 52 replies · 227+ views
    Death toll up to 17,400; overdue report describes PETA's deadliest year ever WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An official report from People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), submitted nine months after a Virginia government agency's deadline, shows that the animal rights group put to death more than 97 percent of the dogs, cats, and other pets it took in for adoption in 2006. During that year, the well-known animal rights group managed to find adoptive homes for just 12 pets. The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is calling on PETA to either end its hypocritical angel-of-death program,...
  • Top 10 Public Education Quotes of 2005

    01/04/2006 3:30:53 PM PST · by WatchYourself · 32 replies · 926+ views
    Human Events ^ | Jan 4, 2006 | Mike Antonucci
    The Education Intelligence Agency is proud to present the 2005 Public Education Quotes of the Year, in countdown order. Enjoy! 10. "After all these years, I'm sorry to say my recommendation is this: Forget about self-esteem and concentrate more on self-control and self-discipline." -- Roy F. Baumeister, professor in the department of psychology at Florida State University. (January 25 Los Angeles Times) 9. "When the students don't learn, the school must change." -- Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, addressing the National Governors Association. (February 27 Los Angeles Times) 8. "If the United States is to preserve our system of free public...
  • ‘US soldier suicides climb in 2005’

    04/22/2006 6:49:01 PM PDT · by voletti · 23 replies · 586+ views
    Daily Times Pakistan ^ | 4/22/06 | AFP
    WASHINGTON: The US Army said 83 soldiers committed suicide last year, more than a quarter of them while deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Ten soldiers took their own life in the first three months of this year, the army said. With 83 deaths in 2005, the suicide rate for active duty soldiers was 1.29 per 10,000 persons, up from 1.10 per 10,000 the year before and the 25-year average of 1.24 per 10,000, the army said. The rate for civilians from the same demographic group was 1.98 per 10,000 persons, the army said. Of last year’s suicides, 25 were by...
  • Gas prices around the world (2005)

    04/19/2006 8:12:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies · 2,001+ views ^ | 4/2005 | Staff
    Think you pay a lot for gas? Perhaps you'd prefer to live in Venezuela. NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – Gasoline prices in the United States, which have recently hit record highs, are actually much lower than in many countries. Drivers in some European cities, like Amsterdam and Oslo, are paying nearly 3 times more than those in the U.S. [Snip] Nation City Price in USD Regular/Gallon Netherlands Amsterdam $6.48 Norway Oslo $6.27 Italy Milan $5.96 Denmark Copenhagen $5.93 Belgium Brussels $5.91 Sweden Stockholm $5.80 United Kingdom London $5.79 Germany Frankfurt $5.57 France Paris $5.54 Portugal Lisbon $5.35 Hungary Budapest $4.94 Luxembourg...

    04/10/2006 12:04:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 281+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Chris O'Brien and Jack Davis
    Silicon Valley in 2005 continued its steady climb out of the depths of the bust. While the year didn't exactly qualify as a boom, it nonetheless looked pretty good by the numbers. Silicon Valley's 150 largest public companies notched up record profits and record revenues in 2005 for the second straight year, according to the Mercury News' annual SV150 survey. For the first time since 2001, the companies added a significant number of jobs. While much of that hiring was outside the valley, the region also experienced an uptick in employment for the first time in four years, according to...
  • 30 Million Bags Lost in 2005 by Airlines, Report Says

    03/21/2006 6:27:15 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 31 replies · 526+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday , March 21, 2006
    If you've ever been frustrated after an airline lost your luggage, you're in the good company of millions of others. An estimated 30 million bags were temporarily lost by airlines in 2005, and 200,000 of those bags were never reunited with their owners, according to an industry report released Monday. The report by SITA Inc., a company that provides technology solutions for the air transport industry, also noted that "the problem of mishandled baggage is worsening on both sides of the Atlantic." The 30 million misdirected bags comprised only 1 percent of the 3 billion bags processed last year by...
  • What People Earn: How Did You Do?

    03/14/2006 8:01:09 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 113 replies · 3,328+ views
    Parade ^ | March 12, 2006 | Lynn Brenner
    Despite a flourishing economy American workers are less confident about their financial security than they were two years ago. The U.S. has enjoyed four straight years of economic growth, but most families have lost ground: In 2005, more than 80% of American workers saw their inflation-adjusted wages fall for the second year in a row. While the economy has been growing since 2001, all the benefits of that growth have gone into corporate profits, says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s, a Pennsylvania-based consultant firm: “Corporate profits’ share of the national income is at a 60-year high—and that has...
  • The REAL "Best Picture" of 2005

    03/14/2006 1:20:49 PM PST · by joyspring777 · 50 replies · 2,758+ views
    In 1981, as a member of a traveling theater ensemble, I won an Oscar-night betting pool by correctly guessing more Academy Award winners than my fellow actors. The secret of my success: I knew that the winners were determined as much by Hollywood politics as on the merits. Back then, of course, "Hollywood politics" meant who was liked or disliked by his peers, who was the "sentimental favorite," who was "due" for an award, etc. Increasingly, however, the "politics" driving the Oscars -- and Hollywood itself -- is politics pure and simple. I write a few weeks before this year's...
  • Ethanol Industry Sets Record in 2005

    03/06/2006 11:00:00 AM PST · by kellynla · 257 replies · 1,842+ views ^ | March 6, 2006 | staff
    Washington, DC [] The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announced that the U.S. ethanol industry set annual production records in 2005, producing just less than 4 billion gallons (3.904 billion gallons) and averaging nearly 255,000 barrels of ethanol production daily, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). "These figures represent not only the tremendous growth our industry is experiencing, but also the future growth that will occur," said RFA President Bob Dinneen. "Demand for ethanol will only continue to grow as refiners remove MTBE from the marketplace and more Americans switch to this clean burning, renewable fuel,"...
  • Shark Attacks Down In 2005 - But Up In The Longer-term (International Shark Attack Files)

    02/26/2006 5:52:32 PM PST · by Mongeaux · 4 replies · 291+ views
    Surfersvillage Global Surf News ^ | 26 February, 2006 | ISAF
    The International Shark Attack File (ISAF) investigated 105 alleged incidents of shark-human interaction occurring worldwide in 2005. Upon review, 58 of these incidents represented confirmed cases of unprovoked shark attack on humans. Incidents involving sharks and divers in public aquaria or research holding-pens, shark-inflicted scavenge damage to already dead humans (most often drowning victims), attacks on boats, and provoked incidents occurring in or out of the water are not considered unprovoked attacks.
  • NTU Rates Congress 2005 [Who are the friends of the taxpayers?]

    02/24/2006 1:01:54 PM PST · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 19 replies · 811+ views
    National Taxpayers Union ^ | February 23, 2006
    Yes, it’s that time of the year again. NTU released its annual rating of Congress today. If you haven’t visited today, make sure to Click Here for the pdf and Here for the Database.
  • XM Satellite Radio loses $666.7M in 2005

    02/16/2006 2:06:45 PM PST · by iPod Shuffle · 72 replies · 1,877+ views
    Washington Business Journal - February 16, 2006 LATEST NEWSBusiness Pulse Survey: Should Metro embrace more advertising? Click here to vote Washington Business Journal - 4:46 PM EST Thursday XM Satellite Radio loses $666.7M in 2005 Ben HammerStaff Reporter XM Satellite Radio reported sales increases and much higher losses for the fourth quarter several days after director Pierce Roberts Jr. resigned and warned of a "crisis." The D.C. company's stock price fell 5 percent, or by $1.27, to close at $23.98 Thursday. The broadcaster generated fourth-quarter sales of $177.1 million, compared with $83.1 million a year earlier and 2005 sales...
  • Music's Top Money Makers 2005

    02/13/2006 4:23:37 PM PST · by laney · 6 replies · 343+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Feb 13th, 2006
    NEW YORK - Complaining about the musical guests at Super Bowl halftime shows may be a time-honored tradition, but you've got to hand it to the NFL and ABC this year: When they handed over their precious 12-minute time slot to the Rolling Stones, they were giving the people what they wanted. That's because the Stones, wrinkles and all, were the most popular act in the United States in 2005, at least when it comes to the cash they generate. The band tops Forbes' list of last year's biggest money makers in music, generating some $168 million in record and...
  • GAO: FY 2005 Financial Report of the United States Government

    02/13/2006 9:00:47 AM PST · by soccer_maniac · 7 replies · 498+ views
    A must read for everyone!
  • DoD: 2005 Year in Review

    02/10/2006 6:21:26 PM PST · by bnelson44 · 1 replies · 389+ views
    Dod ^ | 2/10/06 | DoD
  • Howard Dean's hard-money challenge (He Stinks at Fund Raising)

    02/08/2006 4:46:36 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 11 replies · 466+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 3, 2006
    Under Howard Dean's leadership last year, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) raised about $50 million less than the Republican National Committee (RNC). And the DNC spent every dime (and then some) that it did raise last year. Mr. Dean and the DNC entered the 2006 election year with less than $6 million in cash on hand. Indeed, the DNC had less money in the bank at the beginning of 2006 than it had on Jan. 1, 2005, just several weeks before Mr. Dean arrived. Meanwhile, with $34 million in cash on hand at the beginning of 2006, the RNC had...

    02/07/2006 11:12:33 AM PST · by ex-Texan · 46 replies · 1,369+ views
    RealtyTrac ^ | 1/23/2005 | Staff Writers
    U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT Nearly 847,000 Properties Enter Foreclosure During The Year; Florida, Colorado and Utah Post Nation’s Highest Foreclosure Rates. Irvine, Calif. – January 23, 2006 – RealtyTrac™ (, the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today released year-end data from its 2005 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which showed that 846,982 properties nationwide entered some stage of foreclosure in 2005, and a 25 percent increase in the number of new foreclosures from the first quarter to the fourth quarter. RealtyTrac publishes the largest national database of pre-foreclosure and foreclosure properties, with more than 550,000 properties in nearly 2,000 counties...
  • Efficiency of American workers slows in 2005 (MSNBC puts hilarious negative spin on good news!)

    02/04/2006 7:57:45 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 7 replies · 572+ views
    MSNBC ^ | February 2, 2006 | AP
    WASHINGTON - The efficiency of American workers rose in 2005 at the slowest pace since the recession year of 2001 while a key gauge of wage pressures rose at the fastest pace in five years, the government reported Thursday. The Labor Department said productivity rose by 2.7 percent last year while labor costs rose by 2.4 percent, the biggest jump since a 4.2 percent increase in 2000. For just the final three months of the year, productivity actually fell by 0.6 percent, the first decline since early 2001, and labor costs rose by 2.4 percent. The combination of slowing productivity...
  • California lost 500 farms in 2005

    02/02/2006 5:27:59 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 60 replies · 958+ views
    SacBee via SHNS ^ | 02-02-06 | JIM WASSERMAN
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California, the nation's leading farm state, lost 500 farms in 2005 as agriculture continued to consolidate to bigger operations and urban development consumed more land, says a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While California's closures represented less than 1 percent of the state's remaining 76,500 farms, the number of farms in the state has fallen for seven straight years _ a loss of 10,500 farms _ reported the USDA. California state conservation officials estimate urban growth alone covers 50,000 irrigated acres of farmland yearly. Last year, state farm acreage dropped by 300,000 acres. Nationally, California's...
  • Word of the Year

    02/02/2006 12:08:20 PM PST · by siunevada · 16 replies · 673+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | January 31, 2006 | Christopher Orlet
    Among the Intellectualoids It's been years since I've paid attention to Time magazine's choice for Man of the Year or, more recently, Persons of the Year. The whole contest has grown yawningly predictable and far too PC. But at my local news stand recently I was nearly knocked off balance by the absurd contrast of Time's Persons of the Year cover: there, scowling through crimson shades was the super-cool Paul "Bono" Hewson wedged between Bill and Melinda Gates like a big nerd sandwich. I could perhaps understand putting Bono on the cover of Time in 1990 after the release of...
  • Democratic Sen. John Kerry Raised $5 Million in 2005, Has Almost $10 Million in Bank

    01/31/2006 9:57:29 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 711+ views
    w abc radio ^ | Wednesday , February 1
    If he decides to make another run for the White House. Most of Kerry’s cash is left over from the 2004 campaign, $9.1 million in his presidential campaign account and almost $800,000 in his political action committee account and his Senate election account. The leftover money from his presidential campaign proved to be a sore point with many Democrats, who questioned why he didn’t spend it all to unseat President Bush. Clinton raised $5.3 million through the first three quarters of 2005 and had $13.8 million in the bank. She was expected to release her latest fundraising totals on Tuesday,...
  • Tax returns for 2005 have new rules on auto donations, retirement savings and more

    01/29/2006 1:55:10 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 37 replies · 1,526+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | January 29, 2006 | Eileen Putman (A.P.)
    New rules for donating that old car, tax breaks for hurricane victims and people who helped them, and bigger incentives to save for retirement are among changes Americans will see this tax-filing season. Other new wrinkles include: High gasoline prices lifted the standard mileage rate allowed for business use of vehicles. And a new definition of "qualifying child" affects tax benefits for certain filers -- the technical details of which might make your eyes glaze over. But if the fine print is too much to take, take heart: This year, the Internal Revenue Service has made it easier to procrastinate....
  • Economy grows at slowest pace in three years

    01/27/2006 6:39:14 PM PST · by Dubya · 30 replies · 614+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 27, 2006 | JEANNINE AVERSA
    WASHINGTON -- The economy grew at only a 1.1 percent annual in the fourth quarter of last year, the slowest pace in three years, amid belt-tightening by consumers facing spiraling energy costs. Even with the feeble showing from October through December, the economy registered respectable overall growth of 3.5 percent for all of 2005 — a year when business expansion was undermined by devastating Gulf Coast hurricanes. The Commerce Department report, released today, offered the latest figures on gross domestic product, the best measure of the country's economic standing. The 1.1 percent growth rate in the fourth quarter marked a...
  • New-Home Sales Hit New Record In 2005 Sales Top 1.28 Million for the Year

    01/27/2006 11:55:03 AM PST · by xcamel · 8 replies · 304+ views
    Sales of new single-family homes closed out the year on an up note, topping last year’s record sales by more than 6 percent, the Commerce Department reported today. Total new single-family home sales for 2005 reached a record 1.282 million, up 6.6 percent from the previous annual record of 1.203 million set in 2004. For December alone, new home sales hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.269 million units, up 2.9 percent from November’s pace of 1.233 million units, but down 6.6 percent from the October pace. “There is no denying that 2005 has been a tremendous year for...
  • GM Loses $8.6B in 2005 (Staggering Loss)

    01/27/2006 7:43:11 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 88 replies · 1,269+ views
    The Car Connection ^ | 1/27/06 | Mikey_1962
    General Motors produced another awful financial surprise Thursday by announcing it lost $4.9 billion during the fourth quarter and more than $8.6 billion for all of 2005. The company says the wide losses were due to the heavy cost of the company's contracts with the United Auto Workers and the need to bail out the bankrupt Delphi Corp. Richard Wagoner, GM's chairman and chief executive officer, said, "Our results were dramatically and adversely affected by charges for restructuring and matters associated with Delphi Corp.'s Chapter 11 filing," Wagoner said. It "was one of the most difficult years in GM's history,"...
  • New-Homes Sales Hit All-Time High in 2005

    01/27/2006 7:22:32 AM PST · by new yorker 77 · 1 replies · 201+ views
    The AP via Yahoo! News ^ | January 27, 2005 | Jeannine Aversa
    New-home sales for all of 2005 climbed to an all-time high, marking the fifth year in a row of record sales. The Commerce Department reported Friday that sales of new single-family homes clocked in at 1.28 million units last year, representing a 6.6 percent increase over last year's 1.20 million units, the previous all-time high. Sales of new homes as well as existing homes — the biggest chunk of the housing market — have logged records five years running. In December, new-home sales rose 2.9 percent from November's pace — defying analysts' expectations for sales to go down last month....
  • December New Home Sales Climb; Record Sales in 2005

    01/27/2006 7:12:09 AM PST · by new yorker 77 · 4 replies · 190+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | January 27, 2005
    Sales of new U.S. homes expectedly rose 2.9 percent in December as mortgage rates dipped, but home prices fell for a third month and the number of houses on the market hit a record, according to a government report on Friday. For the year, the Commerce Department said a record 1.282 million new homes were sold, up 6.6 percent from 2004, capping a five-year rally in the U.S. housing market that sent sales and construction levels to new highs. Sales of new single-family homes climbed to a 1.269 million unit annual pace in December after falling sharply the previous month....
  • Halliburton's 2005 profit: 'Best in our 86-year history' (Enjoy Libs)

    01/27/2006 7:26:28 AM PST · by new yorker 77 · 13 replies · 367+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 26, 2006 | Lynn J. Cook
    After three years of losing money, Halliburton reported a hefty profit for 2005 and announced that all six of its divisions posted record results. "The year 2005 was the best in our 86-year history," Dave Lesar, Halliburton's chairman, said Thursday. The company posted a year-end profit of $2.4 billion, or $4.54 per share, on revenue of $21 billion. That compares with a $1 billion loss in 2004 when Halliburton finally settled scores of asbestos and silica lawsuits. For the fourth quarter, Halliburton booked a profit of $1.1 billion on revenue of $5.8 billion. Lesar attributed the fourth-quarter comeback primarily to...
  • World awash in glut of wine

    01/26/2006 5:20:32 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 59 replies · 1,243+ views
    SacBee ^ | 01-26-06 | Jim Wasserman
    On the heels of a record 2005 California wine grape harvest, an Australian wine glut, high inventories of unsold French wine and big harvests in Chile and Argentina, the nail-biting has just begun for the Golden State's growers and vintners. For U.S. wine drinkers, whose livelihoods don't depend on the profit margins of a bottle of wine, the future is plentiful, tasty and inexpensive. With beer consumption still nine times higher in the United States than wine - and even hard liquor still having an edge - U.S. wine consumption of 2.4 gallons per capita has huge potential for growth....
  • Global Surface Temperatures in 2005

    01/26/2006 9:29:50 AM PST · by cogitator · 17 replies · 833+ views
    NASA Earth Observatory ^ | October 26, 2005 | NASA GISS
    The year 2005 was likely the hottest year in more than a century. According to a study by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) examining temperatures around the world, 2005 was either the warmest or tied for the warmest ever recorded. According to the GISS team, global warming is now 0.6°C (about 1°F) over the past 30 years, and 0.8°C (about 1.4°F) over the past 100 years. The GISS team measured temperatures using records from land-based weather stations, and ship and satellite measurements of sea-surface temperature. This image shows temperature anomalies relative to the 1951-1980 mean. Areas of...
  • Why Wall Street had a record year and you didn't (CNN engages in class warfare)

    01/25/2006 3:53:41 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies · 562+ views
    CNN/Money ^ | 1/25/06 | Justin Fox
    The S&P had a measly return of 4.9 percent. Securities firms gave out a record $21.5 billion in year-end bonuses. That's fair.NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - It was, as you may have already heard, a record year for Wall Street pay. Securities firms in New York gave out $21.5 billion in end-of-year bonuses, according to the state comptroller's office. That's $125,500 per employee (although of course the money wasn't distributed anywhere near evenly). The last time things were this good for Wall Street's traders and bankers, at the end of the Internet boom in 2000, the rest of the country got...
  • The Top 5 Campus Outrages of 2005

    01/24/2006 4:41:38 AM PST · by QwertyKPH · 17 replies · 1,393+ views
    American Apectator Online ^ | 24JAN2006 | Jim Eltringham
    Academia has a well-deserved reputation as a citadel of the left, but conservatives made great strides on college campuses in 2005. There are now nearly 700 active, independent conservative groups at colleges and universities in all 50 states. Students started nearly four dozen new conservative campus newspapers in 2005, bringing the total to 153. Predictably, the advancing campus conservative movement draws a strong reaction from the entrenched campus left. The reaction comes in a variety of forms, from stringent speech regulations to outright violence. But it's always outrageous -- and never has it been more outrageous than in 2005. Five...
  • Russia posts 6 percent GDP growth in 2005

    01/24/2006 10:28:50 AM PST · by x5452 · 24 replies · 522+ views
    Business Week ^ | JAN. 24 2006
    Russia posts 6 percent GDP growth in 2005 JAN. 24 7:58 A.M. ET Russia's gross domestic product grew by 6 percent in 2005, the head of the Federal State Statistics Service said Tuesday. Vladimir Sokolin also said that inflation during that period was 10.9 percent, the lowest rate in the past seven years. Russia's economy in recent years has rebounded significantly from the economic collapse of 1998 and Sokolin said the latest figures show "the positive trend of social-economic processes continued."
  • Last Year Was Warmest in a Century

    01/24/2006 1:10:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 967+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/24/06 | Malcolm Ritter - ap
    NEW YORK - Last year was the warmest in a century, nosing out 1998, a federal analysis concludes. Researchers calculated that 2005 produced the highest annual average surface temperature worldwide since instrument recordings began in the late 1800s, said James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The result confirms a prediction the institute made in December. In a telephone interview, Hansen said the analysis estimated temperatures in the Arctic from nearby weather stations because no direct data were available. Because of that, "we couldn't say with 100 percent certainty that it's the warmest year, but I'm reasonably...
  • Tragic: U.S. passed 47 million mark for abortions in 2005

    01/23/2006 5:41:22 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 46 replies · 1,109+ views
    BPNews ^ | 24 January 2006 | Michael Foust
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--In what can only be described as tragic, the United States likely experienced its 47 millionth legal abortion at some point in 2005, more than three decades after the Supreme Court issued its infamous 1973 Roe. v. Wade decision legalizing the killing of the unborn. The statistic is based on data since 1973 gathered by the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute and on estimates by the National Right to Life Committee. In the first full year of abortion legalization nationwide (1974), Guttmacher counted 898,600 abortions. That number reached a peak of 1,608,600 in 1990, before falling to 1,293,000 in 2002....
  • GOP posts record-breaking fundraising in 2005

    01/23/2006 4:27:53 PM PST · by AZRepublican · 4 replies · 355+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | 1/23/06 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The Republican National Committee said it pulled in more than $100 million in donations last year, a record for a U.S. non-presidential election cycle. RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, in a release Monday, said the party received some $101.5 million in contributions in 2005 and has about $34 million on hand. The release said more than 1 million people donated to the GOP last year. "Our fundraising success this year is a credit to the wide base of support for President Bush and the Republican Party throughout the country," Mehlman said. "This strong showing in 2005...
  • CNN Spends 2005 Telling People They’re Going Backwards

    01/22/2006 4:10:35 PM PST · by Only Waxing · 5 replies · 582+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 1/20/06 | Noel Sheppard
    In many respects, 2005 was the strongest economic year the United States has experienced since 1999. The Gross Domestic Product continued its uninterrupted string of consecutive 3-percent or better quarterly increases – 10 quarters in a row, the longest streak since the mid-’80s. The nation added 2 million new non-farm payroll jobs. The average net wealth of the citizenry reached another all-time high – a total of more than $51 trillion – by the third quarter of 2005. And, as the Labor Department just reported on January 18, inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index was virtually the same...
  • The Wallet-to-Wallet Chasm

    01/22/2006 8:11:07 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 14 replies · 460+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/22/06 | Chris Cillizza and Peter Baker
    Despite a lackluster showing in 2005 elections for the GOP, the Republican National Committee raked in better than $100 million last year and enjoys its largest cash-on-hand lead over its Democratic counterpart in more than a decade. For the year just passed, the RNC brought in nearly $102 million -- give or take a few hundred thousand -- and had $34 million in the bank. The Democratic National Committee raised $51 million in 2005 but showed $5.5 million on hand at the end of the year. That cash disparity, which has led to grumbling and fretting by some people in...
  • Army Secretary: 2005 Brought Solid Accomplishment

    01/19/2006 10:01:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 297+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 19, 2006 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2006 – Army re-enlistments in 2005 were the highest they've been in five years, with more than 69,500 soldiers choosing to continue their service, the Secretary of the Army said here yesterday. This surplus in retention made up for recruiting shortfalls the Army has faced, Francis J. Harvey said at a Pentagon news conference. The U.S. Army is the most capable, best trained, best equipped and most experienced force the United States has fielded in more than a decade, and 2005 was a year of many significant achievements, Harvey said. Speculations that the Army is severely stretched...
  • Report: 2005 One of the Worst Years for Newspaper Stocks in a Decade (DME Alert)

    01/20/2006 2:09:35 PM PST · by abb · 27 replies · 574+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | Jan 20, 2006 | Jennifer Saba
    NEW YORK Last year is shaping up to be a stinker for the newspaper industry. The sector turned in one of its worst performances in a decade, with newspaper index stocks down 21% during 2005 -- underperforming the S&P500 by about 24%, according to a report released today by Goldman Sachs. "It was a clean sweep, with all nine of the newspaper publishers in our coverage universe posted negative stock price performance for the year," said the report. "It's enough to make a newspaper analyst cry." The upside in 2006? Not much. The revenue environment is going to be challenging,...
  • Home building sets record in 2005

    01/20/2006 2:07:32 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 459+ views
    Last year was a record for the nation's home building industry . The Commerce Department reported Thursday that construction of single-family homes and apartments totaled 2.065 million units last year. The increase of 5.6 percent over 2004 pushed overall residential construction to the second highest level on record, exceeded only by 2.357 million units built in 1972. Meanwhile, single-family home construction hit an all-time high for the third straight year, rising to 1.714 million units, up 6.4 percent from the previous record of 1.611 million homes built in 2004. The record-setting performance came despite the fact that housing activity dropped...
  • Sportsmen Numbers are on the Upswing

    01/18/2006 10:02:47 AM PST · by HolgerDansk · 7 replies · 310+ views
    The Spokane Spokesman-Review ^ | Dec. 18th 2005 | Rich Landers
    [...] The number of paid hunting license holders increased .3 percent from 14,740,188 to 14,779,071, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent National Hunting License Report. The stabilization is welcome following a long downward trend, said Jodi Valenta of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.[...]
  • 2005 Today's Toons Favorites (Results)

    01/16/2006 3:56:51 PM PST · by pookie18 · 98 replies · 2,951+ views
    various | 1/16/06 | various
    After starting with ~13,000 possibilities, the first annual Best Of Today's Toons is over & all the votes have been tallied. Neither hanging nor pregnant chads were encountered & Diebold equipment was not used. First, a few stats. There were 90 valid entries received & thanks to all of you who took the time to vote!! Votes were cast, in order of preference, for between 1 & 10 of the 25 finalists. Cartoonists Mike Lester and Cox & Forkum had the most items (4) in the finals. FReepers Prime Choice & cartoonistx had 2 items apiece; Zacs Mom had one....
  • 2005 Ties for 2nd Warmest Year (Junkman refutes alarmist global warming claims)

    01/13/2006 9:05:01 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 16 replies · 663+ views
    Newswise ^ | January 5, 2006 | Staff
    Newswise — With a global average temperature that was three-tenths of a degree Celsius (0.54° Fahrenheit) warmer than seasonal norms, 2005 tied with 2002 as the second warmest year in the past 27, according to data gathered by NOAA satellites and processed at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Temperatures in 2005 followed a general pattern seen over the past 27 years, with the most significant warming seen in the northernmost third of the planet — especially in the Arctic. Large regions of slightly warmer than normal temperatures covered much of the globe. Since November 1978, the Arctic atmosphere...
  • In 2005, US Economy Lost 51,000 Manufcturing Jobs and Wages Lagged Inflation

    01/13/2006 6:50:55 AM PST · by Willie Green · 134 replies · 2,167+ views ^ | Thursday, January 12, 2006 | Professor Peter Morici
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. The Labor Department reported the economy added 108,000 payroll jobs in December. The consensus forecast was 207,000, and my forecast, published by Reuters was 180,000. Unemployment fell to 4.9 percent, mainly because fewer adults chose to participate in the labor force. In the fourth quarter, 438,000 jobs were added, and this is consistent with GDP growth in the range of 3.0 to 3.5 percent Economic growth appears to be moderating from the red hot numbers posted in the third quarter, and if the Fed does not push interest rates too much...
  • Bankruptcy Filings Hit Record 2M in 2005

    01/11/2006 8:07:30 AM PST · by LouAvul · 7 replies · 553+ views
    yahoo ^ | 1-11-06
    WASHINGTON - The rush of indebted consumers to file bankruptcy before a tough new law took effect pushed personal filings for 2005 to their highest annual level on record — more than 2 million, according to new data. Significant increases in consumer bankruptcy filings occurred in every region, according to the data released Wednesday by Lundquist Consulting Inc., a financial research firm based in Burlingame, Calif. It tallied 2,043,535 new filings last year, up 31.6 percent from 1,552,967 in 2004 — meaning that one in every 53 households filed bankruptcy petitions, according to the company. The new law, bringing the...
  • Hall of shame for 2005 is 'Perfect'

    01/10/2006 4:55:41 PM PST · by pissant · 25 replies · 790+ views
    Inside ^ | 12/30/05 | Barry Caine
    THE 2005 HALL of Shame lacks marquee monstrosities with the magnitude of "Gigli" and "Boxing Helena." Still, wretchedness is wretchedness and several wretched movies jockeyed for position on our 10-worst list. 1. "The Perfect Man" — Gorgeous Heather Locklear can't get a date so her daughter Hilary Duff impersonates a man courting her mother over the Internet. Creepier than the bug scene in "King Kong." 2. "The Ice Harvest" — Like walking through a murky aquarium. Two men with the personalities of cashews steal $2 million on Christmas Eve. One (John Cusack) thinks it's smart to stash the cash with...
  • Americans saving less than nothing. Spending could outstrip income in 2005

    01/10/2006 7:33:53 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 50 replies · 1,227+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 01/08/2006 | Tom Abate
    Americans saving less than nothing Spending could outstrip income in 2005, which hasn't happened since the Depression Tom Abate, Chronicle Staff Writer When the Commerce Department recently tallied up consumer finances for November, it found that Americans shelled out more money than they took in. It was the seventh such month of red ink during 2005. Kevin Lansing, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco, tracks the personal savings rate -- the Commerce Department's measure of how much consumers have left after spending is subtracted from income. In November the savings rate was a negative 0.2 percent....
  • Michael Medved: Top-money makers explode myths

    01/10/2006 1:35:43 PM PST · by Caleb1411 · 83 replies · 3,549+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1/10/06 | Michael Medved
    The list of top movie money-makers for 2005 exposes enduring misunderstandings about American entertainment. Among the fifteen most popular films, only one — number five, "Weddings Crashers" — was rated "R," and none of them was even vaguely controversial. The biggest blockbusters — "Star Wars," "Harry Potter," "Narnia," —hardly explored edgy approaches to sex or politics. Meanwhile, the radically different list of top Oscar contenders is dominated by adults-only, controversial fare, with "Brokeback Mountain," "Munich," "Syriana," "Good Night and Good Luck," "Capote," and "Transamerica" leading the way. The movie establishment honors precisely those releases that fail to connect with mainstream...