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  • Stats Show U.S. Experienced Birth Decline in 2008 as Abortions Likely Rose

    08/12/2009 4:08:36 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 559+ views
    Life News ^ | 8/12/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- New statistics show the number of births declined in 2008 as the economic downturn began to take hold. The figures lead to a grim prediction, supported by significant circumstantial evidence surfacing in the last 12-18 months, showing abortions are likely on the rise.The National Center for Health Statistics indicates the nation saw 4,247,000 births last year, which is a 68,000 drop from the 2007 figures.Although they both added more people during that time, California and Florida saw the largest drop in the birth rates.Carol Hogue, an Emory University professor of maternal and child health and epidemiology,...
  • Wealthy Americans Unholster Their Weapons

    08/09/2009 10:54:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 212 replies · 7,834+ views ^ | August 9, 2009 | Dan Kennedy
    The resistance is well underway. Affluent Americans – defined as the top 20 percent of U.S. households by income – spent about 10 percent less in 2008 than they did in 2007, according to a study by luxury-goods researcher Unity Marketing. And those households with incomes of $250,000 or more are cutting back on spending even more than all affluent households overall. 54 percent of these consumers are spending even less in 2009 than in 2008. Those $250,000+ earners, threatened and demonized by President Obama, are retaliating with their most powerful and damaging weapon: not spending. It is a quiet,...
  • Voting Rate Dips As Older Whites Stay Home [Enabled 0 to Win OH & PA!]

    07/20/2009 1:43:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 147 replies · 2,165+ views
    APReport ^ | July 20, 2009
    Voting rate dips as older whites stay home About 63.6 percent of the nation's eligible voters cast ballots in November WASHINGTON - For all the attention generated by Barack Obama's candidacy, the share of eligible voters who actually cast ballots in November declined for the first time in a dozen years. The reason: Older whites with little interest in backing either Barack Obama or John McCain stayed home. Census figures released Monday show about 63.6 percent of the nation's eligible voters, or 131.1 million people, voted last November. Although that represented an increase of 5 million voters — virtually all...
  • 2008 voting rate down as older whites stayed home

    07/20/2009 11:17:06 AM PDT · by kddid · 59 replies · 1,943+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | July 20, 2009 | HOPE YEN
    For all the attention generated by last year's presidential race, census figures show the share of eligible voters who actually went to the polls in November declined from 2004. According to the data, more older whites opted to stay home compared with 2004, citing little interest in supporting either Barack Obama or John McCain.
  • Obama rode wave of 3.7 million donors to victory (McCain = 827K)

    06/28/2009 9:34:08 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 43 replies · 1,761+ views
    Preliminary results of a study on presidential campaign donations shows that President Obama had more than 3.7 million donors compared with 827,000 who donated to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) And while Obama had a substantial lead over McCain in small donors -- $200 or less -- Obama also led in the number of individuals who gave at or near the legal limit of $4,600, researchers at Brigham Young University said. Donors gave Obama $700 million to Obama (sic) and $316 million to McCain. Donations from individuals giving $200 or less represented nearly a quarter ($178 million) of Obama's fund-raising total...
  • Production of Cocaine, Heroin Dropped in 2008

    06/24/2009 8:55:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 350+ views
    Sindh Today ^ | June 24th, 2009
    Worldwide production of cocaine and heroin dropped in 2008, with the sharpest reductions in Colombia and Afghanistan, the UN said in a report Wednesday. Cultivation of opium poppies – from which heroin is derived – fell by 19 percent in Afghanistan, which is the largest producer of the drug. In Colombia, the largest exporter of cocaine, coca production declined by 18 percent, the report said. Antonio Maria Costa, director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said that increases in seizure levels combined with higher prices and unstable consumption markets have contributed to the drop in cocaine supplies. “The...
  • Handgun Sales Up 70%(!) in 4th Quarter of 2008 (Obama: Handgun Salesman of the Year)

    05/04/2009 3:30:16 PM PDT · by Atlas Sneezed · 24 replies · 2,508+ views
    National Shooting Sports Foundation ^ | May 4, 2009 | National Shooting Sports Foundation
    Conservation Efforts Benefit from 31 Percent Jump in Excise Taxes Firearms and ammunition excise tax collections for fourth quarter of calendar year 2008. SALES REMAIN STRONG FOR MANUFACTURERS . . . Firearm and ammunition manufacturers paid more than $98 million in excise taxes in the fourth quarter of 2008, up 31.2 percent over the same period in 2007, according to figures released earlier today by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, $27.6 million was collected for pistols and revolvers, $35 million for long guns and $35.5 million for ammunition. Compared to the same period...
  • Planned Parenthood surpasses 300,000 abortions a year

    04/18/2009 4:40:40 AM PDT · by dixiedarlindownsouth · 70 replies · 1,503+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 4/17/2009 | Tom Strode/Baptist Press
    WASHINGTON (BP)--Planned Parenthood, the country's No. 1 abortion provider, increased its count of the lethal procedures to 300,000-plus per year and again totaled $1 billion in revenue, according to its latest annual report. Affiliates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) recorded 305,310 abortions in 2007, the latest year for which statistics were reported. In 2006, PPFA accounted for 289,750 abortions. Its total revenue reached $1.04 billion, with $349.6 million of that in government grants and contracts. Those figures are based on the financial year from July 2007 to June 2008. PPFA's abortion figures include those performed by surgical...
  • U.S. closed banks match total for all of 2008

    04/17/2009 8:34:06 PM PDT · by FromLori · 1 replies · 236+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/17/09
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Regulators closed banks on Friday in Missouri and Nevada, bringing the total of U.S. bank failures this year to 25 and matching the number that failed throughout all of 2008, as the struggling economy and falling home prices take their toll on financial institutions. Last year, 25 U.S. banks were seized by officials, up sharply from only three in 2007. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp said Great Basin Bank of Nevada had assets of $270.9 million and deposits of $221.4 million. The failure is expected to cost the FDIC deposit insurance fund an estimated $42 million. Nevada...

    04/15/2009 3:56:44 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies · 968+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 15, 2009
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama is one taxpayer who filed his returns on time. Tax returns released by the White House show Obama and his wife, Michelle, together made $2.7 million last year. While that's far more than the U.S. median household income of about $50,000, it's also far less than the Obamas made the previous year. In 2007, they made $4.2 million.
  • Planned Parenthood's Annual Report Shows Record Net Assets, Increased Abortions

    04/13/2009 8:56:31 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 7 replies · 776+ views
    Planned Parenthood's Annual Report Shows Record Net Assets, Increased Abortions Monday, April 13, 2009 By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer (Correction: This story as first published reported that the Planned Parenthood Federation of America had $1.014 billion in profits in 2007-08 when, in fact, the organization had that amount in net assets.) ( – The Planned Parenthood Federation of American released its annual report for 2007-2008 last week, revealing record net assets of $1.014 billion and an increase of 15,560 more abortions in 2007 than the previous year.* The American taxpayer also contributed more than ever before, with $349.6 million...
  • Planned Parenthood 2007-8 Report: Abortions Break 300,000 in Year, Highest-Ever Taxpayer Funding

    04/09/2009 12:59:04 PM PDT · by preciousbabies · 12 replies · 501+ views ^ | Thursday April 9, 2009 | By Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 9, 2009 ( - The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has released its official 2007-2008 report, which shows that 305,310 unborn children were killed in chemical, medical, and surgical abortions by PPFA in the space of a year, up from 289,750 in 2006. The report also reveals that the total taxpayer money received by PPFA affiliates increased to $350 million.... ~Snip~ Despite a growing collection of data from sting operations showing Planned Parenthood employees evading the law, the total government grants and contracts received by PPFA affiliates increased from $337 million in the 2006-07 cycle to...
  • U.S. 2008 household wealth fell $11.2 trillion: Fed (Thanks to the Dems & 'Culture of Corruption')

    03/12/2009 10:07:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 749+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/12/09 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. households suffered a record-large 9 percent drop in wealth and pared debt in the fourth quarter as a deepening recession battered confidence and finances, Federal Reserve data showed on Thursday. Household net worth dropped by $5.1 trillion from the prior quarter to $51.5 trillion. For the full year, net worth dropped by $11.2 trillion, reflecting steep declines in the housing and stock markets. The declines in household net worth were the largest since quarterly and annual records began in 1951 and 1946, respectively, the Fed said. Since a second-quarter 2007 peak of $64.4 trillion, household wealth...
  • Buffett: 'I Did Some Dumb Things' in 2008

    02/28/2009 9:10:48 AM PST · by Baladas · 15 replies · 1,088+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 28, 2009 | Frank Ahrens
    Warren E. Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway investment fund and holding company and possibly still the world's richest person, released his annual shareholders letter moments ago, in which he says, "during 2008 I did some dumb things in investments." "I made at least one major mistake of commission and several lesser ones that also hurt," he said. "Furthermore, I made some errors of omission, sucking my thumb when new facts came in that should have caused me to re-examine my thinking and promptly take action." That "major mistake," Buffett writes, was the purchase of millions of shares of ConocoPhillips oil...
  • Fannie Mae posts huge 2008 loss, seeks new bailout

    02/26/2009 5:42:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 1,054+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/26/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Troubled US mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae said Thursday it lost almost 60 billion dollars last year and expected to suffer more losses in 2009, and asked for a further 15.2 billion dollars in government aid. The US government-controlled Fannie Mae reported a loss of 25.2 billion dollars in the fourth quarter driven mainly by the effects of a prolonged housing slump and a global financial crisis. It had a third-quarter loss of 29.0 billion dollars. For the full year of 2008, the company posted a loss of 58.7 billion dollars, almost 27 times higher than the...
  • Soros Found Plenty of Places to Buy as 2008 Ended

    02/18/2009 4:33:53 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies · 966+ views
    Indie Research via Yahoo! Finance ^ | February 18, 2009 | By the Staff
    Though George Soros has been vocally bearish at various points over the last year, the hedge fund he founded was finding a lot of places to buy as 2008 closed out. Soros' portfolio value, as reported on SEC filings, actually increased by 20% between the end of Q3 and the end of Q4. Soros' funds managed to ride out 2008's carnage with aplomb. According to Foreign Policy magazine, Soros's Quantum funds returned 10% in 2008, and according to Bloomberg, the Quantum Endowment Fund returned 8% last year. [snip] The fund's holdings have generally been quite eclectic and, looking at Soros'...
  • A Month in the life of President Bush ( News and many photos) February 2008

    02/06/2009 5:21:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 374 replies · 12,845+ views
    White House Archives ^ | February 6, 2009
    Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • Unemployment rates by state in December 2008

    02/03/2009 4:45:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies · 2,123+ views
    In December 2008, Michigan and Rhode Island reported the highest jobless rates, 10.6 and 10.0 percent, respectively; Wyoming posted the lowest unemployment rate among the states. The Rhode Island rate was the highest in its series. (All state series begin in 1976.) Four additional states recorded rates of 9.0 percent or more: South Carolina, 9.5 percent; California, 9.3 percent; Nevada, 9.1 percent; and Oregon, 9.0 percent. Wyoming posted the lowest unemployment rate, 3.4 percent, followed closely by North Dakota at 3.5 percent. Overall, 10 states and the District of Columbia registered significantly higher jobless rates than the U.S. figure of...
  • ExxonMobil shatters U.S. record for annual profit ($45.2 billion)

    01/30/2009 6:54:55 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 31 replies · 726+ views
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | January 30, 2009 | John Porretto
    HOUSTON (AP) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. on Friday reported a profit of $45.2 billion for 2008, breaking its own record for a U.S. company, even as its fourth-quarter earnings fell 33 percent from a year ago. The previous record for annual profit was $40.6 billion, which the world's largest publicly traded oil company set in 2007. The extraordinary full-year profit wasn't a surprise given crude's triple-digit price for much of 2008, peaking near an unheard of $150 a barrel in July. Since then, however, prices have fallen roughly 70 percent amid a deepening global economic crisis. In the fourth quarter...
  • Obama hauls in record $750 million for campaign

    01/30/2009 9:19:31 AM PST · by STARWISE · 48 replies · 1,211+ views
    Int'l Herald Tribune ^ | 12-5-08 | Michael Luo
    President-elect Barack Obama brought in nearly $750 million for his presidential campaign, a record amount that exceeds what all of the candidates combined collected in private donations in the previous race for the White House, according to a report filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. Underscoring the success of his fund-raising, Obama reported that he had nearly $30 million in the bank as of Nov. 24, despite spending furiously at the end of his campaign.
  • Economy likely shrank at fastest clip since '82

    01/30/2009 3:39:30 AM PST · by Flavius · 10 replies · 490+ views
    Jeannine Aversa ^ | 1/30/08 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The country tumbled deeper into recession and probably logged its worst economic performance in a quarter-century during the final three months of last year as battered consumers and businesses throttled back spending. The U.S. economy is deteriorating at an alarming clip as the housing, credit and financial crises -- the worst since the 1930s -- feed on each other in a vicious cycle that has proven difficult for Washington policymakers to break.
  • Another warmer than normal year, 2008 ties for 8th place overall(Sheeple Alert)

    01/19/2009 7:21:49 AM PST · by PROCON · 61 replies · 1,493+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Last year was the eighth warmest year on record, according to the National Climatic Data Center. The world's temperature in 2008 tied that of 2001 according to the center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Preliminary calculations show the world's average temperature for 2008 was 0.88 degree Fahrenheit above the 20th Century average of 57.0 degrees F. The ranking means that all of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1997. Climate scientists around the world have raised concerns about global warming caused by the so-called greenhouse effect in which chemicals, largely...
  • 2008 Global Temperature Ties As Eighth Warmest On Record

    01/18/2009 7:45:27 PM PST · by dila813 · 59 replies · 2,350+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Jan. 19, 2009 | ScienceDaily
    The year 2008 tied with 2001 as the eighth warmest year on record for the Earth, based on the combined average of worldwide land and ocean surface temperatures through December, according to a preliminary analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. For December alone, the month also ranked as the eighth warmest globally, for the combined land and ocean surface temperature. The assessment is based on records dating back to 1880. The analyses in NCDC’s global reports are based on preliminary data, which are subject to revision. Additional quality control is applied to the data when late...
  • A Year in the Life of President Bush (a lot of photos): Part 2 (April - June 2008)

    01/10/2009 1:29:26 AM PST · by snugs · 170 replies · 3,461+ views | 10th January 2008 | Snugs
    This is the second part of the 2008 review and as was true for part one the following photos may not necessarily be the best photos or the most important but they are chosen because they appeal to me and hopefully to you as well. It maybe because of the content, the expression on the face(s) or just an unusual photo. As I explained there are so many photos I have split this thread into 4 the first one will be January - March, this one the the second one April - June, the third July - September and the...
  • A Year in the Life of President Bush (a lot of photos): Part 3 (July - September 2008)

    01/17/2009 8:59:21 PM PST · by snugs · 181 replies · 8,139+ views | 17th January 2008 | Snugs
    This is the third part of the 2008 review and as was true for parts one and two the following photos may not necessarily be the best photos or the most important but they are chosen because they appeal to me and hopefully to you as well. It maybe because of the content, the expression on the face(s) or just an unusual photo. As I explained there are so many photos I have split this thread into 4 the first one being January - March, the second April - June and this one the the third one July - September,...
  • A Year in the Life of President Bush (a lot of photos): Part 4 (October - December 2008)

    01/18/2009 5:29:31 PM PST · by snugs · 138 replies · 6,630+ views | 19th January 2008 | Snugs
    This is the fourth and final part of the 2008 review and as was true for parts one and two and three the following photos may not necessarily be the best photos or the most important but they are chosen because they appeal to me and hopefully to you as well. It maybe because of the content, the expression on the face(s) or just an unusual photo. As I explained there are so many photos I have split this thread into 4 the first one being January - March, the second April - June, the third July - September, and...
  • Foreclosures up a record 81% in 2008

    01/16/2009 10:10:21 PM PST · by Lorianne · 36 replies · 1,174+ views
    CNN Money ^ | January 15, 2009 | Les Christie
    U.S. foreclosure filings spiked by more than 81% in 2008, a record, according to a report released Thursday, and they're up 225% compared with 2006. A total of 861,664 families lost their homes to foreclosure last year, according to RealtyTrac, which released its year-end report Thursday. There were more than 3.1 million foreclosure filings issued during 2008, which means that one of every 54 households received a notice last year. "Clearly the foreclosure prevention programs implemented to date have not had any real success in slowing down this foreclosure tsunami," said James Saccacio, CEO of RealtyTrac in a statement. And...
  • Outdoor Mag: Obama is 'Gun Salesman of the Year'

    01/16/2009 8:17:08 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies · 1,336+ views
    Outdoor Mag: Obama is 'Gun Salesman of the Year' @ 10:47 am by Walter Alarkon President-elect Obama is the Gun Salesman of the Year, according to The Outdoor Wire, a news service for outdoor sports. "Manufacturers are months behind on orders for semi-automatic pistols, AR-style rifles, and anything with so-called 'high-capacity magazines'," declared The Outdoor Wire's publisher, Jim Shepherd. "Buyers we’ve surveyed across the country seem to have a single explanation for their rush to purchase firearms — Obama." Guns are in demand because sportsmen are wary of Obama's support for gun control laws, Shepherd said. "Mr. Obama has consistently...
  • 2008 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary

    01/15/2009 4:04:54 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 4 replies · 321+ views
    The Supreme Court of the United States ^ | 12/31/2008 | Chief Justice Roberts
    2008 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary This past November, the Smithsonian Institution completed an acclaimed renovation of its National Museum of American History, which houses many of our Nation’s most treasured historical artifacts. The highlight for many visitors is the Star-Spangled Banner Gallery, which provides a permanent home for the garrison flag that flew over Fort McHenry on the morning of September 14, 1814. The appearance of the flag at dawn marked the success of American soldiers in repulsing a British attack during the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to compose the song that has become...
  • Freeper LS RUNNER UP on Olbermann's Worst of 2008!

    01/15/2009 12:43:43 PM PST · by LS · 115 replies · 2,809+ views
    MSNBC Olbermann show | 1/15/09 | LS
    <p>What a great honor: on Jan. 14, Keith Olbermann named me runner-up to Glen Beck for "World's Worst of 2008."</p> <p>Freepers, I'm deeply humbled by this great award, and I want to thank my publicist, my editor, my wife, and all you little people out there (just kidding, you little people).</p>
  • Nation's First Government-Funded Abortion Alternatives Program Helps 20,000 Women in 2007-08

    01/14/2009 8:57:41 AM PST · by GonzoII · 13 replies · 308+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | HARRISBURG, PA, January 13, 2009
    Tuesday January 13, 2009 Nation's First Government-Funded Abortion Alternatives Program Helps 20,000 Women in 2007-08 HARRISBURG, PA, January 13, 2009 ( - Real Alternatives, the statewide program administrator for the award winning Pennsylvania Alternative to Abortion Services Program, has reported that in fiscal year 2007 -2008 a record 19,742 women were provided comprehensive counseling, mentoring, and support.In 2007-2008 the program received its highest funding of $6.5 million per year by the Commonwealth's Department of Public Welfare."We have seen a steady decrease in annual abortions since the start of the program 13 years ago," said Kevin Bagatta, Real Alternatives President...
  • The Top 10 Religious Liberty Articles of 2008

    01/10/2009 4:23:17 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 172+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 01/10/2009 | Michael Peabody
    On January 8, 2009, Richard John Neuhaus, 72, the intellectual force behind an influential coalition between Catholics and Protestants passed away after a long battle with cancer. A Lutheran pastor who converted to Catholicism in 1990 a priest in 1991, Neuhaus served as the president of The Institute on Religion and Public Life, the conservative think tank that publishes First Things magazine. Neuhaus was active in liberal politics until Roe v. Wade was handed down. His view on the importance of upholding religious orthodoxy is sumarized by “Neuhaus’s Law”, which states that “Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or...
  • The Biggest Ironies of 2008

    01/10/2009 7:32:17 AM PST · by AJKauf · 20 replies · 889+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 10 | Victor Davis Hanson
    I did a lot of Q-and -A interviews on talk radio recently about the bailout. And I got dozens of angry letters about my written opposition to government money going to the Big Three. But one argument struck me. For all those who wish to save the UAW and “high-paying union jobs”, why not just buy American? I have this unsupported, but I think empirical notion that those on the Left in California both supported the bailout and the idea of unions, but seem to like Hondas and Toyotas better than Focuses and Escapes—and most certainly Mercedes, Volvo, Lexus, and...
  • 2008 Coldest Year Since 2000 and Clearly Not a Top Ten Warmest Year

    01/09/2009 5:45:39 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 6 replies · 799+ views
    Icecap ^ | January 09, 2009 | Joseph D’Aleo
    2008 ranked 15th coldest of the thirty years of records for the University of Alabama MSU based lower tropospheric temperatures (right in the middle of the pack). It was the coldest year since 2000. It continues the downtrend of the last 7 years. This compares with the Hadley Center data which (together with the equally alarmist WMO) claims 2008 will rank 10th warmest since 1850. (159 years!). How can an “average year” in one data base appear be a “top 6%” warmest year in another? Well the global data bases of NOAA GHCN, NASA GISS and Hadley CRUT3v are all...
  • By the Numbers: The Ten Most Popular Stories of 2008

    01/09/2009 8:31:49 AM PST · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 353+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | January 7, 2008
    Wednesday January 7, 2009 By the Numbers: The Ten Most Popular Stories of 2008 January 7, 2008 ( - From the bizarre to the beautiful, in 2009 LifeSiteNews published thousands of original stories on many of the most important developments having to do with the issues of life, culture, faith and the family. But after crunching the numbers we found that the following ten stories came out on top as the most read stories of the past year. Many of these stories are just as important now as they were when they were first published. We hope you enjoy this retrospective.The Top 10 Most...
  • US Temperature in 2008 Was Near 20th Century Average

    01/09/2009 10:09:27 AM PST · by Fractal Trader · 17 replies · 883+ views | 9 January 2008 | Jim Efstathiou Jr.
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  • NOAA: 2008 Temperature for U.S. Near Average, was Coldest Since 1997; Below Average for December

    01/09/2009 10:24:27 AM PST · by tom h · 21 replies · 1,255+ views
    The 2008 annual temperature for the contiguous United States was near average, while the temperature for December was below the long-term average, based on records dating back to 1895, according to a preliminary analysis by scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C... Chart:
  • Top dog and cat names of 2008

    01/07/2009 1:12:14 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 144 replies · 2,448+ views
    PMSNBC ^ | 1/7/09
    Move over, Fluffy and Fido. There's a new batch of pet names in town: "people" names! Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), the nation's largest and oldest provider of pet health insurance, scoured its database of more than 466,000 insured pets to find the most popular dog and cat names of 2008. (Animals not insured by VPI were not included in the survey.) But for those who like to think outside the (litter) box, VPI also came up with a list of unusual pet names, like Meatwad and Miss Fuzzbutt. The company's employees selected 50 unusual dog names and 50 unusual cat...
  • Energy firms got a break in '08

    01/08/2009 5:22:20 AM PST · by thackney · 160+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 7, 2009, 11:40PM | PEGGY FIKAC and JANET ELLIOTT
    At a time when the oil and gas industry was reaping record profits, producers got a break under Texas' new business tax, according to a draft report from a state advisory committee. Oil and gas producers paid nearly $411 million last year under the new business tax, down from nearly $489 million in 2007. The industry also separately pays state levies including severance taxes, which skyrocketed with 2008's higher oil prices. Most other industries ended up paying more last year than in 2007 under the business-tax expansion, according to a draft of the Business Tax Advisory Committee's report to the...
  • Value of 2008 Bailouts Exceeds Combined Costs of All Major U.S. Wars

    01/08/2009 6:49:01 AM PST · by ex-Texan · 23 replies · 842+ views
    CNS News ^ | 12/18/2008 | Fred Lucas, Staff Writer
    The total value of the bailouts undertaken by the federal government in 2008 now exceeds the combined cost of every major war the United States has ever engaged in, according to a comparison of war costs calculated by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and the value of the bailouts as calculated by Bloomberg News or Bianco Research. According to CRS, all major U.S. wars (including such events as the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, but not the invasion of Panama or...
  • 2008: The deadliest year in history

    01/08/2009 11:15:57 AM PST · by chordmaster · 16 replies · 596+ views
    NEW YORK, NY - Preliminary data from the United Nation's World Health Organization indicate that 2008 was the deadliest year in history. Worldwide deaths were up a staggering 0.6% from the previous record set in 2007, continuing a series of increases throughout this century. As has been the case in most years, the sick and the elderly were the hardest hit...
  • The 40 Most Obnoxious Quotes For 2008

    01/07/2009 7:08:41 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 598+ views ^ | January 7, 2009 | John Hawkins
    40) "Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security." -- Obama foreign policy adviser Richard Danzig 39) "I have to tell you, you know, it's part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama's speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg." -- "Journalist" Chris Matthews 38) "Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don't care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks." -- Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings on Sarah Palin 37) "That was Barack Obama, he just tripped off a chair...
  • Top Ten Christian Bashing Incidents of '08

    01/06/2009 11:10:26 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 1,028+ views
    CMR ^ | January 6, 2009 | matthew archbold
    A San Francisco Catholic Church had swastikas and other nasty things spray painted on its walls this week due to the Church's stance on Prop 8. As we all know, the cultural elite of this country have adopted a sickening tone of anti-Christianity recently and it only seems to be getting worse. With that in mind I noticed that the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (CADC) prepared a Top Ten list of the most egregious acts of Christian Bashing in American in 2008. #10: Jack Black Musical Video In a short video posted on entitled, "Prop 8 The Musical," an all...
  • Time Warner Updates 2008 Business Outlook (RED INK - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/07/2009 5:48:01 AM PST · by abb · 27 replies · 443+ views
    Yahoo Biz ^ | January 7, 2009 | Staff
    A judgment against Turner Broadcasting System in December following a trial related to the 2004 sale of its winter sports teams, resulting in an aggregate charge of approximately $280 million... The restructuring of a lease for space in the Time & Life Building, held by a lessee who recently declared bankruptcy, that will require a charge of $50 million to $60 million. An increase of approximately $40 million in reserves for potential credit losses related to several customers of Time Warner who have recently declared bankruptcy. The economic environment has proved somewhat more challenging than the Company previously expected, particularly...
  • Evolution Missing from Top Science of 2008

    01/06/2009 7:53:59 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 311 replies · 2,260+ views
    ICR ^ | January 6, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Evolution Missing from Top Science of 2008 by Brian Thomas, M.S.* The acclaimed research journal Science has published its picks for the top ten scientific breakthroughs of 2008.1 The number one breakthrough was the manipulation of body cells into an embryonic state, thereby producing induced pluripotent stem cells. Geneticists hope that these will supply stem cells to test and treat diseases without the needless destruction of human embryos. Also making the list are planets that have been directly detected for the first time outside of earth’s solar system, cancer-causing genes pinpointed through genome research, and the development of iron-based materials...
  • Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2008

    01/06/2009 4:16:10 PM PST · by blueyon · 13 replies · 2,449+ views
    Judical Watch ^ | 12/21/08 | Judical Watch
    Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2008 list of Washington’s "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians." The list, in alphabetical order, includes:
  • Top 10 most unbelievable things of 2008 -- or maybe of all time

    01/06/2009 10:11:16 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 18 replies · 1,976+ views
    Renew America ^ | Michael Bresciani
    Some of the most popular TV shows today are top ten lists. Everything from the top ten most deadly snakes to the top ten worst disasters is being aired. Here is a top ten list of what could be considered the hardest things to believe from the year 2008. That there are only ten is also hard to believe when in reality there are literally hundreds. That Barack Obama and the Democratic National Convention have spent an estimated $1,000,000 to keep Obama's official birth certificate from being seen when it only costs $10.00 to produce it. For ten bucks it...
  • Homeschooling goes boom in America - 74 percent increase in number of families teaching....

    01/06/2009 11:39:38 AM PST · by GonzoII · 152 replies · 2,288+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | January 05, 2009 | By Chelsea Schilling
    A homeschooling movement is sweeping the nation – with 1.5 million children now learning at home, an increase of 75 percent since 1999. The Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics reported homeschooling has risen by 36 percent in just the last five years. "There's no reason to believe it would not keep going up," NCES statistician Gail Mulligan told USA Today. A 2007 survey asked parents why they choose to homeschool and allowed them to provide several reasons. The following are the most popular responses:
  • Rooney family member to enter Congress today

    01/06/2009 7:41:04 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 11 replies · 792+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Tuesday, January 6, 2009 | Salena Zito
    A member of the Pittsburgh family that owns the Steelers will take the oath of office in Congress today. Tom Rooney, 39, of Tequesta, Fla., a Republican elected to represent Florida's 16th Congressional District, is the first Rooney to hold elected office. He is the grandson of Steelers founder Art Rooney. "Anyone from Western Pennsylvania that walks into my office is going to feel right at home," Rooney said in a phone interview Monday. His office will exhibit Steelers pictures and memorabilia because "it is the only framed art that I own."
  • Top Ten Instances of Christian Bashing in America, 2008

    01/05/2009 12:17:28 PM PST · by Sopater · 28 replies · 1,354+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | Jan. 5, 2009 | Dr. Gary Cass
    The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (CADC) has prepared a Top Ten list of the most egregious acts of Christian Bashing in American in 2008. Every day in America serious Christians face increasing hostility at work, school, and in the culture because they stand for their faith and values. "It is time for the Christian bashing to stop and for Christians to no longer be treated like second-class citizens," said Dr. Gary Cass, Chairman and CEO of CADC. "Anti-Christian bigotry is real and growing. Those who engage in it should be exposed and called to account." INSTANCE #10: Jack Black Musical Video...