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  • More US households short of food (Dems controlled Congre$$ since 2007, Wad'sUp with this?)

    11/15/2010 8:56:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11/15/10 | BBC
    Almost 15% of US households experienced a food shortage at some point in 2009, a government report has found. US authorities say that figure is the highest they have seen since they began collecting data in the 1990s, and a slight increase over 2008 levels. Single mothers are among the hardest hit: About 3.5 million said they were at times unable to put sufficient food on the table. Hispanics and African Americans also suffer disproportionately. The food security report is the result of an annual survey conducted by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Households deemed "food insecure" experienced a...
  • USA Gun Owners Buy 14 Million Plus Guns In 2009

    03/05/2010 12:15:48 PM PST · by fuzzybutt · 74 replies · 1,688+ views ^ | January 13th, 2010 |
    Washington, DC --( Data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) for the year reported 14,033,824 NICS Checks for the year of 2009, a 10 percent increase in gun purchases from the 12,709,023 reported in 2008. So far that is roughly 14,000,000+ guns bought last year! The total is probably more as many NICS background checks cover the purchase of more than one gun at a time by individuals. To put it in perspective that is more guns than the combined active armies of the top 21 countries in the world.
  • At Least 36 Died in Washington State in 2009 Under New Assisted Suicide Law

    03/04/2010 7:38:34 PM PST · by DemonDeac · 43 replies · 536+ views
    " At least 36 terminally ill people died last year after taking lethal medication prescribed by doctors under Washington State’s new physician-assisted suicide law, according to a state report released Thursday, the first since the law went into effect a year ago. A total of 63 people filled prescriptions for lethal medication, but not everyone took it. All those who did take it died. Some people who did not take it died from other causes." "Oregon, whose law went into effect in 1998, also released its annual report this week. The Oregon Public Health Division said 59 people died last...
  • Barack Obama ‘destroys first year in office’

    02/27/2010 1:56:27 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 69 replies · 3,098+ views
    Barack Obama ‘destroys first year in office’ Barack Obama Christina Lamb in Washington WHEN President Barack Obama took office last year he was compared to Superman, even joking at a dinner that he had been “born on Krypton and sent here ... to save the planet Earth”. Last January he appeared on the cover of Spider-Man. Now, with his ambitious legislative agenda in tatters, the once invincible president has moved from comic-strip hero to comparisons to one of the great flawed figures of American literature. Ten days ago a leading election analyst, Charlie Cook, compared Obama and his battle to...
  • American Conservative Union 2009 Congressional Ratings

    02/22/2010 4:51:36 PM PST · by Impy · 32 replies · 489+ views
    American Conservative Union ^ | Febuary 22, 2010 | Impy They were released last week. Currently they're only available in PDF format. They aren't the be all end all but they are a usual barometer among many. They look at 25 votes for each house across a wide spectrum of issues. In 2008 there was a huge lurch to the left according to their scores. Some called their ratings outliers because of this. 2009 saw a general improvement of scores more in line with other years.
  • Obama Spurns Gun Control: Why the anti-gun lobby is disappointed with Obama's first year

    02/15/2010 8:31:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 35 replies · 1,020+ views
    Reason ^ | February 15, 2010 | Steve Chapman
    Among the many groups that opposed Barack Obama's presidential race, few were more certain or vehement than gun rights organizations. "Barack Obama would be the most anti-gun president in American history," the National Rifle Association announced. "Obama is a committed anti-gunner," warned Gun Owners of America. So it's no stunner that after a year in office, the president is getting hammered by people who have no use for his policy on firearms. The surprise is that the people attacking him are those who favor gun control, not those who oppose it. Obama's record on this issue has been largely overlooked—except...
  • Lobbying hit record $3.5 billion in 2009

    02/12/2010 7:45:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 228+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/12/10 | AP
    WASHINGTON – What recession? Health care and business interests led the way as clients spent a record $3.5 billion on lobbying last year, prompted by Obama administration drives to reshape federal policy for the medical, financial and energy industries. Amid a stagnant national economy and the worst unemployment in nearly three decades, lobbying expenditures grew by 5 percent from the $3.3 billion spent in 2008, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. The growth also came despite efforts by President Barack Obama to curb lobbyists' influence. The figures underline the vast and growing sums that industries, unions and ideological...
  • 2009: Lobbyists Most Profitable Year

    02/12/2010 1:29:42 PM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies · 169+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 12, 2010 | David Paul Kuhn
    A record $3.47 billion was spent on federal lobbyists in 2009, according to a new study by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Ergo, fair now to say that Wall Street and K Street had a bull year, while Main Street suffered in recession. The lobbyist boon times were tied to the legislative debates of the day: health care reform, financial reform and energy policy.
  • New report says illegal immigration population plummeted last year

    02/09/2010 4:43:16 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 33 replies · 655+ views
    Contra Costa Times (CA) ^ | 2/9/10 | Matt O'Brien
    The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States dropped by 1 million people in two years, according to new estimates by the Department of Homeland Security. The government thinks that 10.8 million illegal immigrants lived in the country in January 2009, down from a peak of nearly 12 million in 2007. If the official estimates are correct, not since 2005 has the population of illegal immigrants been as low as it was last year. Some private researchers, however, are questioning the magnitude of the drop. # Top countries of origin for illegal immigrants in the U.S.: Mexico: 6.65...
  • Job openings fell nearly one-quarter last year

    02/09/2010 2:44:37 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 4 replies · 199+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/9/2010 | Staff
    WASHINGTON - Finding a job got much tougher last year, as the number of available openings fell by nearly one quarter. At the same time, the unemployed population soared by more than one-third, leaving more laid-off workers competing for fewer jobs. All told, there were 6.1 unemployed workers in December, on average, for every available position, according to Labor Department data released Tuesday. That's a sharp increase from 3.4 jobless workers per opening in December of 2008, and much worse than the 1.7 unemployed people per opening in December 2007, when the recession began.
  • Job Openings Plunged by One-Quarter Last Year

    02/09/2010 11:14:09 AM PST · by mdittmar · 14 replies · 389+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | February 9, 2010 | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
    Job openings fell by nearly one-quarter last year as layoffs also soared Finding a job got much tougher last year, as the number of available openings fell by nearly one quarter. At the same time, the unemployed population soared by more than one-third, leaving more laid-off workers competing for fewer jobs. All told, there were 6.1 unemployed workers in December, on average, for every available position, according to Labor Department data released Tuesday. That's a sharp increase from 3.4 jobless workers per opening in December of 2008, and much worse than the 1.7 unemployed people per opening in December 2007,...
  • VIDEO: Michelle Obama: President Obama Has Had A "Phenomenal First Year"

    02/09/2010 7:25:30 AM PST · by ianschwartz · 37 replies · 882+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 9, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    AP: First lady Michelle Obama says President Barack Obama "has done a phenomenal job," but that people have a right to criticize him. In an interview broadcast Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America," she said getting things accomplished in heavily politicized Washington is "a constant struggle."
  • Michelle Obama Responds to Palin Criticism: "My Husband has Done a Phenomenal Job" - Video

    02/09/2010 7:20:55 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 28 replies · 695+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | February 9, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of First Lady Michelle Obama reacting to criticism by Sarah Palin and others by saying she believes "my husband has done a phenomenal job" during his first year in office. She was reacting to Sarah Palin's question to Americans, "How's that Hopey Changey stuff working out for you." Michelle Obama also said she is very "proud" of her husband and the job he is doing. . . . (VIDEO)
  • 2009 in Review: A Bad Year for Democrats!

    02/04/2010 2:07:23 PM PST · by iloveamerica1980 · 3 replies · 174+ views
    Dittos Rush! ^ | 2-4-10 | James
    Video: Rising unemployment and an ever-increasing deficit, a stimulus bill that failed to stimulate the economy, budget-busting health care legislation that would raise taxes and cut Medicare, and broken promises on transparency and closing Guantanamo it hasn't been a very good year for Democrats. Here, the year in review.
  • It’s not easy being the new messiah [Thou shalt hurl]

    02/03/2010 2:24:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 272+ views
    The Scotland Herald ^ | January 31, 2010 | Ron Ferguson
    Well, is God blessing Barack Obama? The beleaguered US President must wonder about that every time he wakes up in the White House. Part of his problem, of course, is that when he ran for the presidency under the slogan of change, the electorate projected their own dreams and aspirations onto what was effectively a blank slate; some even saw him as a black messiah. The problem with being viewed in this way is that when expectations are not met, the messiah can quickly morph into the scapegoat. So what is it with Obama and God? Last week’s television programme...
  • Stimulus created 600,000 jobs at the end of 2009, White House says

    01/31/2010 8:36:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies · 721+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/1/10 | Ed O'Keefe
    The Obama administration's economic stimulus program created nearly 600,000 jobs in the final three months of 2009, a figure in line with the administration's goals for job creation through the end of 2010, the White House reported Saturday night. The new total was down from the totals reported for the previous quarter, partly because the administration decided in December to count only the jobs paid for with stimulus funding instead of estimating the number of jobs "created or saved" with the money. Critics had panned the "created or saved" measurement as a subjective and confusing way of determining the program's...
  • Person of the Year: Ron Paul

    12/17/2009 9:55:34 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 1,590+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2009-12-17 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    People often mistake being named Time’s “Person of the Year” as an honor, but that men as sinister as Adolph Hitler, Josef Stalin and Rudy Giuliani have all been given the title suggests otherwise. According to Time, the award is primarily a recognition of influence and by that measure the 2009 selection of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke makes sense. Explains Time, the Fed is “an independent government agency that conducts monetary policy, which means it sets short-term interest rates - which means it has immense influence over inflation, unemployment, the strength of the dollar and the strength of your...

    01/27/2010 2:52:13 PM PST · by Recovering Ex-hippie · 43 replies · 645+ views
    Last night I figured out how much money last year I SAVED by being a Freeper and what I got out of Freerepublic! AMAZING....Here is the breakdown: Money I saved... 1. Not buying the local newspaper--$125. 2. No subscriptions to "News" magazines--$110. 3. Taking my homemade lunches, thanks to Granny's Frugal Cooking Thread--$260. 4. Mercury Light bulb Professional Cleaning ( cause Freeprs warned me!)I didn't need cause I didn't buy those dumb bulbs---$260. 5. Investment Newsletter I didn't have to order cause I get so much info here--$189. 6. Making my own Greeting cards using pics and cartoons on Freep...
  • Gates Highlights Top 2009 Accomplishments

    01/27/2010 3:15:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 138+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2010 – Most people would be hard-pressed to squeeze the highlights of their past year – and what they hope to accomplish in the year ahead -- into 50 seconds. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates took a crack at it in, ticking off the Defense Department’s most significant milestones since January 2009. The secretary focused on three top efforts: the war effort in Afghanistan, the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq, and submission of a defense budget that supports major reforms while increasing military capabilities and taking care of troops and their families. Operations in Afghanistan topped...
  • Where Has Susan Rice, our UN Ambassador, Been This Past Year?

    01/22/2010 1:50:19 PM PST · by kingattax · 11 replies · 623+ views
    Big Government ^ | 1-22-10 | Richard Grenell
    This week marks the one year anniversary of Susan Rice’s confirmation by the United States Senate to represent the American people at the United Nations. Over the past 12 months, the U.S. has faced some serious foreign policy challenges such as Iran’s nuclear ambitions, North Korea’s ongoing nuclear weapons’ tests, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, freezing terrorists’ assets world-wide and now the on-going disaster in Haiti. But while the UN struggles to find common ground on these and other important issues, Susan Rice has chosen to spend several days of the work week over the last year in Washington, DC hanging out...
  • The Best Iraq Film of 2009

    01/25/2010 5:43:52 PM PST · by AJKauf · 9 replies · 433+ views
    "Brothers" Deserves the Oscare More Than "Hurt Locker." The latter turns the Iraq conflict into Hollywood thriller cliche. Brothers returns a kind of agonized humanity to what was becoming a propaganda genre....
  • NASA: 2009 second warmest year on record

    01/24/2010 3:56:39 PM PST · by Dementio · 77 replies · 2,666+ views
    Mongabay ^ | January 24, 2010 | Jeremy Hance
    According to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), last year was tied for the second warmest year on record after 2005, the warmest year on record. If just looking at the southern hemisphere, however, 2009 proved the warmest yet recorded since record-taking began in 1880. Overall 2009 tied a total of five other years—four from the 2000s—for the second warmest on record. But, researchers say what is most important was that the past decade, from January 1st 2000 to December 31st 2009, proved the warmest on record. "There's always interest in the annual temperature numbers and a given year's...
  • 2009 Democratic agenda severely weakened by Republicans' united opposition

    01/24/2010 6:08:02 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 21 replies · 776+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2010 | Shailagh Murray, Michael D. Shear and Paul Kane
    The breathless pace that President Obama set after taking office last January jolted lawmakers from the soporific haze of the final George W. Bush years, revving up dormant committees and lighting up phone lines with a frenzy of dealmaking. Wielding large Democratic majorities, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) relied on their expert vote-counting skills to send Obama 13 major bills and bring an overhaul of the nation's health-care system to the brink of final passage. By Christmas Eve, when the Senate finally adjourned, lawmakers were exuberant, if exhausted. Then the bullet train...
  • Bam's flaws come home to roost: Obama's 2008 campaign weaknesses foreshadowed a tough first year

    01/24/2010 2:38:35 AM PST · by maggief · 35 replies · 1,310+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | January 24, 2010 | Mark Halperin
    In early January 2007, Barack Obama dropped by the Chicago office of his chief strategist David Axelrod for a chat. Clad in jeans and his White Sox cap, Obama was fresh off a family vacation where he had tramped along Waikiki Beach, grappling with some final doubts about making the race for President. Obama acknowledged to Axelrod that, unlike so many politicians of the modern era - thorny amalgams of hubris, egocentricity and glaring need - he didn't require the presidency to achieve self-worth.
  • 2009 airline revenue: Worst drop ever

    01/23/2010 3:33:35 PM PST · by Lorianne · 22 replies · 634+ views
    CNN Money ^ | January 20, 2010 | Ben Rooney
    The airline industry suffered its largest drop ever in passenger revenue last year as a weak economy grounded many would-be travelers, an industry group said Wednesday. The Air Transport Association of America said total passenger revenue for the major U.S. carriers fell 18% in 2009 versus the year before. It was the largest drop on record, exceeding the 14% decline in 2001. The revenue decline was due to a 6% drop in passenger volume, and a 13% plunge in the average price paid to fly one mile, the ATA said. "The global recession, accompanied by high levels of unemployment, hit...
  • On Christian Unity in 2009

    01/20/2010 10:38:10 PM PST · by ELS · 8 replies · 428+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 20, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On Christian Unity in 2009 "When He Wishes and When We Are Prepared, [God] Will Create Unity" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 20, 2010 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, We are in the middle of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an ecumenical initiative, which has been in the making now for more than a century, and which every year attracts attention to a topic: that of the visible unity between Christians, which calls to consciences and stimulates to...
  • Obama's first year: What went wrong

    01/20/2010 4:44:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies · 886+ views
    Politico ^ | January 20, 2010 | John F. Harris and Carol E. Lee
      As the Obama administration marks its first birthday, there is no reason to shop around for the perfect present. What President Barack Obama needs most is obvious: a new political strategy — ideally one more grounded in the realities of governance than the one he embraced a year ago Wednesday. Republican Scott Brown’s astonishing Senate victory in Massachusetts does not spell doom for Obama’s agenda, even if many Democrats are acting as though it does. He remains a president who scores more than 50 percent in most polls, and whose party controls Congress. That’s more than enough clout for...
  • Obama's First Year: By the Numbers

    01/20/2010 3:48:31 PM PST · by ColdOne · 6 replies · 386+ views
    CBSNews&Politics ^ | January 20, 2010 | Mark Knoller
    Nothing special," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs when asked what President Obama is doing today to mark the end of his 1st year in office and the start of his 2nd. (at left, President Obama takes the oath of office, Jan. 20, 2009.) To hear Gibbs tell it, no one at the White House is much interested in noting the one year milestone. "It's an anniversary of types, but I don't see that a lot of people are ultimately focused on marking the first year," said Gibbs at yesterday's daily press briefing. He said the White House already had...
  • Top Democrat on Obama's Domestic Agenda After One-Year: Much Better than Bill Clinton's

    01/18/2010 7:06:41 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies · 472+ views ^ | January 18, 2010 | Major Garrett
    After one year in office, the White House and its Democratic allies sum things up this way - we're in charge, you're not happy, but think how much unhappier you could be. It's not exactly bumper-sticker material and polls suggest it's been of limited political utility. But, for now, it's the best the party in power has to offer when its aggressive policy agenda and political future have been mired in anxiety surrounding an economy barely hobbling out of deep recession. As bad as things are, Obama and congressional Democrats say without the $787 billion stimulus, hundreds of billions in...
  • Gun control group gives Obama failing grade; says it's been disappointing year

    01/18/2010 9:36:20 AM PST · by Drew68 · 4 replies · 428+ views ^ | 18 Jan 10 | Michael O'Brien
    President Barack Obama received a failing grade this year from The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence on Monday . The Brady Campaign blasted the president, whom the group endorsed in 2008, for not having taken significant steps to advance gun control laws. "It's been a very disappointing year for us, especially considering what he campaigned on," the group's president, Paul Helmke, said during an appearance on MSNBC. "This year they ran away from the issue, and actually signed two repeals of good gun legislation." Those changes, which would allow guns in national parks and on Amtrak trains, were attached...
  • Homicide totals in 2009 plummet in District, Prince George's

    01/18/2010 6:37:17 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies · 554+ views
    Washington POst ^ | 1/1/10 | Allison Klein
    The District and Prince George's County, long considered the region's most violent jurisdictions, logged their lowest homicide totals in years in 2009, with D.C. hitting a 45-year -low. The number of slayings last year in the District, once known as the murder capital of the United States, was 140, a 25 percent drop from 2008. Prince George's recorded 100 killings, the county's lowest in nine years. Montgomery and Fairfax counties also had significant decreases in homicides in 2009. But the drop in the District was unprecedented and significant for its size and its scope: Every police district in the city...
  • Obama's stimulus plan promises new jobs (1/16/2009. Hey Obama, how's that stimulus working out?)

    01/18/2010 6:00:17 AM PST · by tobyhill · 4 replies · 433+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 1/16/2009 | Tara Weiss
    In his weekly radio address on Jan. 10, 2009, Barack Obama said the No. 1 goal of his economic stimulus plan is to create 3 million new jobs in the next two years. Less than 20 percent of them will be government jobs. What exactly, then, will these jobs be? Career Web site Jobfox has analyzed Obama's plan and come up with five areas of likely job growth over the next two years, with 22 specific job titles among them. Engineering, accounting, nursing and information technology will all fare particularly well, Jobfox predicts.
  • Two bad for Obama

    01/18/2010 1:28:52 AM PST · by ricks_place · 15 replies · 1,116+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 17, 2010 | Michael Goodwin
    President Obama had some low points in his first year, but it looks like we ain't seen nothing yet. Year 2 of his reign of error is shaping up as more of the same, only worse. Much worse. In just one day last week, Obama hatched two incredibly awful ideas. Either alone would be bad news for the country. Together they could create more damage to a nation already staggered by 10 percent unemployment, huge deficits and political polarization. What iceberg? Full speed ahead! The Thursday decisions to punish banks for making money and to exempt union workers from an...
  • What Didn’t Happen

    01/18/2010 1:41:34 AM PST · by ricks_place · 23 replies · 1,040+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 17, 2010 | PAUL KRUGMAN
    Lately many people have been second-guessing the Obama administration’s political strategy. The conventional wisdom seems to be that President Obama tried to do too much — in particular, that he should have put health care on one side and focused on the economy. Skip to next paragraph Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times I disagree. The Obama administration’s troubles are the result not of excessive ambition, but of policy and political misjudgments. The stimulus was too small; policy toward the banks wasn’t tough enough; and Mr. Obama didn’t do what Ronald Reagan, who also faced a poor economy early in...
  • The First Year: A Near Total Disaster

    01/18/2010 5:32:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1,168+ views ^ | January 18, 2010 | Bruce Bialosky
    On Wednesday, Barack Obama will have completed his first year as our President. In almost every regard, his actions and the actions of his administration have been disastrous for the long-term future of this country. The things he’s done correctly can be counted on one hand: • He set up a commission to cut $100 million from the federal budget. It was a small amount, but the effort was worthy and should be repeated, albeit with much larger numbers. • He went to Dover Air Force Base to witness the return of some of our soldiers killed in action. Whether...
  • Top 10 Films of 2009 (Michael Medved)

    01/17/2010 12:12:37 AM PST · by L.A.Justice · 36 replies · 1,896+ views
    Medved Website ^ | 01/15/2010 | Michael Medved
    Medved's Top 10 movies of 2009 1. The Last Station 2- (500) Days of Summer 3- Up in the Air 4- The Hurt Locker 5- Up 6- The Blind Side 7- Julie & Julia 8- An Education 9- The Stoning of Soraya M. 10- Bright Star
  • One year later assessing Obama: Testing the promise of pragmatism

    01/17/2010 6:50:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 823+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 17, 2010 | Dan Balz
    A month before he was inaugurated, Barack Obama pinpointed one of the biggest challenges he would face as president. Could he restore confidence in government, even as he was proposing the biggest federal intervention in the domestic economy in a generation? --snip-- After the New Deal and the Great Society, Reagan made government the enemy and, through tax cuts and generally unsuccessful attempts to cut spending, sought to scale down the size and power of Washington. What Obama proposed -- for the economy, health care and energy -- amounted to an attempt to reverse much of what Reagan had done....
  • Obama's First Year

    01/16/2010 10:32:42 AM PST · by radioone · 304+ views
    Big Government ^ | 1-16-10 | Paul A. Rahe
    We must, I think, begin before the beginning. The Obama campaign was predicated on a fraud. With a skill that was breathtaking.
  • Wolf attacks on Montana livestock spike in '09

    01/14/2010 4:28:48 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies · 1,263+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 14, 2010
    Gray wolves killed livestock in Montana at the rate of an animal per day in 2009, stirring a backlash against the predators in rural areas and depleting a program that compensates ranchers for their losses. The sharp increase over 2008 livestock losses... Such attacks — plus elk herd declines blamed on wolves in parts of Montana and neighboring Idaho — have renewed calls by many ranchers and hunters to reduce the predator's population. "... They'll go out and hamstring a bunch of animals just for fun," wolves attract particular disdain because of their viciousness — many killed animals are left...
  • Reid awarded 2009 ‘Mormon of the Year’; students unsure

    01/14/2010 11:47:24 AM PST · by Colofornian · 78 replies · 1,813+ views
    BYU Daily Universe ^ | Jan. 13, 2010 | Stephanie Lacy
    After becoming the highest-ranking elected Mormon in church history in 2007, Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) has drawn an immense amount of attention from the media in recent days for his comments about President Obama. But even despite the controversial comments published in a new book referring to Obama as a “light-skinned African-American” with “no Negro dialect,” a popular LDS blog announced on Monday it had chosen Reid as the 2009 Mormon of the Year. In recent years Reid has helped The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with many critical political issues. One of these issues includes...
  • Fox News Poll: Obama Ends First Year With 50 Percent Approval Rating [Unbelievable!]

    01/14/2010 1:21:15 PM PST · by Steelfish · 26 replies · 1,629+ views
    FoxNews ^ | January 14, 2010
    Fox News Poll: Obama Ends First Year With 50 Percent Approval Rating Thursday, January 14, 2010 Dana Blanton At the end of Barack Obama's first year in office, the country is fairly divided on the job he's doing as president, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday. Fifty percent of Americans approve of his job performance, less than half think he's meeting expectations, and nearly 2 out of 3 Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. today, the poll found. The president's job rating remains steady, as half of Americans approve of his performance...
  • 2009’s terrorists were full of fervor, not skill

    01/13/2010 8:41:16 AM PST · by dirtboy · 8 replies · 349+ views
    NY Times via MSNBC ^ | 1/13/2009 | Scott Shane
    WASHINGTON - As terrorist plots against the United States have piled up in recent months, politicians and the news media have sounded the alarm with a riveting message for Americans: Be afraid. Al Qaeda is on the march again, targeting the country from within and without, and your hapless government cannot protect you. But the politically charged clamor has lumped together disparate cases and obscured the fact that the enemies on American soil in 2009, rather than a single powerful and sophisticated juggernaut, were a scattered, uncoordinated group of amateurs who displayed more fervor than skill. The weapons were old-fashioned...
  • No Shock: Stimulus Is A Money Loser

    01/12/2010 5:18:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 402+ views ^ | January 12, 2012 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Economic Recovery: The results are in, and last year's $787 billion stimulus not only failed to do what it was supposed to do, but it has also turned out to be one of the worst investments in economic history. Remember the debate in 2008 over the bailouts then being put together by the Treasury, the Fed and the Democratic Congress? Proponents often raised the possibility that any bailout would make money for taxpayers. Didn't work that way. As we've discovered, the American people aren't just saddled with the ongoing costs of the various and sundry stimulus programs. They're also taking...
  • LDS blog names Harry Reid as Mormon of the Year

    01/11/2010 8:04:06 PM PST · by delacoert · 59 replies · 1,267+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 01/11/2010 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    The staff of a popular Mormon blog announced Monday it has chosen embattled Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as the 2009 Mormon of the Year, even as several top Republicans called for his resignation. During the past year, Reid was the "most visible and influential Mormon politician in the world," Kent Larsen III, organizer of the annual conference at, said in a phone interview. "What most made Harry Reid Mormon of the Year was his overall presence in the news and issues that affect peoples lives." While Reid's faith is not always discussed as much as that of other...
  • United: Residents say bye to Ill. in ’09

    01/11/2010 5:50:25 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 10 replies · 523+ views
    St Louis Biz Talk ^ | 01/08/10 | Kelsey Volkmann
    More people left Illinois last year than any other state except Michigan, a new study shows. In 2009, more than 58 percent of moves in Illinois tracked by a United Van Lines’ migration study involved people packing up to leave the state. Of 10,940 moves, 6,365 were outbound and 4,575 were inbound. Missouri was one of six states to achieve near-perfect balance, gaining approximately the same number of residents as were lost during the year’s 5,960 moves, United Van Lines found.
  • The Year of the NRA

    01/10/2010 6:11:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,110+ views
    NEW WEST ^ | 1-07-10 | Bill Schneider
    Is it pure coincidence that the best year ever for the gun lobby happened to be the first year of the Obama administration? UPDATED, January 8, 10 am. See Update at end of article. I’ve left 2009 behind, almost. Bear with me for one more look back. Remember the insane paranoia among gun owners during the 2008 election season and throughout most of 2009?  The gun lobby whipped firearm owners into a fervor before and after the election of Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress with dire predictions about the impending demise of the Second Amendment if not all freedoms...
  • Mormon Media Observer: Top 10 LDS newsmakers of 2009

    12/30/2009 1:32:39 PM PST · by Colofornian · 289 replies · 2,607+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Dec. 30, 2009 | Joel Campbell
    The Mormon Media Observer looks back at the year filled with LDS newsmakers. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., tops the list, based on a newsmaker's frequency in the news as well as the significance of their stories. 1. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada The Senate Majority Leader led the battle to push through health reform in the Senate. News coverage of Reid made a household name and the divisive debate made him out to be both villain and saint. He may still face a tough battle in his home state of Nevada to save his seat. On Christmas The New...
  • 2009 People Choice Awards Red Carpet (Glamorous Beautiful Stars aplenty)

    01/09/2010 7:31:58 AM PST · by Mister Ghost · 25 replies · 1,230+ views
    The Fashion Time Magazine ^ | Jan 7th, 2010 | The Fashion Time Magazine
    Zoinks! Jinkies! Pow! The 2009 People Choice Awards Red Carpet was filled to the brim with a bevy of Glam Goddesses so beautifully attired, our mouths were left agape in wonder. That old Hollywood style came happily crashing down upon us, in one thunderous boom after another, and we were one, united in a transcendental fashion nirvana. Be still our fashionable hearts! It was Jessica Alba who outshone everyone at the event, wearing a dazzling Antonio Berardi mini dress.
  • 9 Reasons Why The Dec. Jobs Report Is Bad News For Dems

    01/08/2010 3:03:27 PM PST · by moose2004 · 7 replies · 1,146+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/8/10 | moose2004
    Talk about one last gasp from the horrible year that was 2009. On the political front, the December jobs numbers were terrible news for the White House and congressional Democrats in a midterm election year. Here’s how it plays out:
  • Liberal Media Bias Shows Up in the Strangest Places (Even in their "100 Best Places" list)

    01/07/2010 8:19:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies · 1,349+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 01/07/2010 | Warren Cole Smith
    The mainstream media love lists. On almost any day, open up the paper or log on to your favorite news website, and there's some sort of list: The Richest Americans. The Best Colleges. The Most Powerful Political Leaders. Whatever. These lists are designed to look like valid studies. They may even tout a rigorous methodology. But most of these lists are generated using arbitrary -- and often ideologically driven -- criteria. The lists that I find most frustrating are those that rate cities. The Happiest Cities. The Best Cities to Raise a Family. And this week's entry: "The Best U.S....