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  • Democrats Lose Big Test Vote on Health Legislation

    10/21/2009 9:04:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies · 1,400+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/21/09 | ROBERT PEAR and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    WASHINGTON — Democrats lost a big test vote on health care legislation on Wednesday as the Senate blocked action on a bill to increase Medicare payments to doctors at a cost of $247 billion over 10 years. The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, needed 60 votes to proceed. He won only 47. And he could not blame Republicans. A dozen Democrats and one independent crossed party lines and voted with Republicans on the 53 to 47 roll call.
  • How Big Is American Government?

    09/22/2009 2:22:48 PM PDT · by DesScorp · 3 replies · 329+ views
    Cato@Liberty ^ | Sep. 22, 2009 | Chris Edwards
    Federal, state, and local government spending will be 42 percent of U.S. gross domestic product in 2009, according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. That’s huge–more than 4 out of every 10 dollars of everything produced in America now gets channeled through governments. How does that compare to other advanced nations? Chart 1 shows that total government spending in the United States is somewhat less than the average of the 30 industrial nations in the OECD, but that the U.S. advantage is shrinking. During the 1990s, the U.S. government size was about 10 percentage points smaller...
  • 'Big Wave' Theory Offers Alternative to Dark Energy

    08/19/2009 11:03:17 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 29 replies · 1,870+ views ^ | 8/18/09 | Clara Moskowitz
    Mathematicians have proposed an alternative explanation for the accelerating expansion of the universe that does not rely on the mystifying idea of dark energy. According to the new proposition, the universe is not accelerating, as observations suggest. Instead, an expanding wave flowing through space-time has caused distant galaxies to appear to be accelerating away from us. This big wave, initiated after the Big Bang that is thought to have sparked the universe, could explain why objects today appear to be farther away from us than they should be according to the Standard Model of cosmology. "We're saying that maybe the...
  • Big Obama campaign donors get ambassadorships

    06/25/2009 4:17:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 1,511+ views
    breitbart ^ | 6/25/09 | ROBERT BURNS
    President Barack Obama on Thursday selected for ambassadorships in Europe two of his presidential campaign's biggest fundraisers, extending a pattern of rewarding political supporters. Obama chose career foreign service officers to head U.S. embassies in Latvia, Benin and Zimbabwe. Obama said he will nominate William Eacho, chief executive officer of Carlton Capital Group, a private investment company, to be ambassador to Austria. Eacho raised more than $500,000 for Obama's presidential run; he and his immediate family also donated $226,000 to federal politics in 2007-08, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics.
  • World's Largest Stuff - Awesome

    04/28/2009 10:58:14 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 6 replies · 1,014+ views
    Now That's Nifty ^ | 04 28 09 | Nick
    It took Gregory Dunham 3 years to build, and it cost him 300.000$. But then he’s also got a 3.429 m (11 ft and 3 inch) tall behemoth of a contraption sporting 500hp and a whooping top speed of 65 mph. World's largest arcade machine. The machine is 13 feet tall, has about a 70-inch screen.
  • Big Bonuses at Fannie and Freddie Draw Fire

    04/04/2009 11:10:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 957+ views
    NYT ^ | 4/3/09 | CHARLES DUHIGG
    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two troubled companies at the heart of the nation’s mortgage market, are set to pay their employees “retention bonuses” totaling $210 million, despite calls from lawmakers to cancel the payments.
  • Gates readies big cuts in weapons

    03/23/2009 4:57:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies · 1,303+ views ^ | 3/23/09 | Bryan Bender
    As the Bush administration was drawing to a close, Robert M. Gates, whose two years as defense secretary had been devoted to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, felt compelled to warn his successor of a crisis closer to home.
  • Shedding Light on the Protein Big Bang Theory

    03/15/2009 3:14:14 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 30 replies · 1,975+ views
    CEH ^ | March 13, 2009
    Shedding Light on the Protein Big Bang Theory March 13, 2009 — The precise three-dimensional structure of a typical protein molecule is so complex, its origin would seem hopeless by chance. What if evolutionary biologists were to discover a whole host of proteins literally exploded into existence at the beginning of complex life? We can find out what they would think by looking at an article on the “protein big bang” found on Astrobiology Magazine...
  • Congratulations: You're Hiring (250,000 New Bureaucrats)!

    03/07/2009 2:03:31 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 9 replies · 525+ views
    With the economy struggling, it's nice to see someone hiring – you. Yes, you, the taxpayer. According to the Washington Post, President Obama's massive $3.6 trillion budget proposal is so expansive that "tens of thousands of new federal government workers" will be needed to do… whatever it is government bureaucrats do.
  • Both parties love big government _ just different programs

    03/06/2009 4:36:25 PM PST · by patriotmediaa · 16 replies · 1,198+ views ^ | 03/05/09 | Steven Thomma
    WASHINGTON — Strip away the political finger pointing over President Obama's proposed budget and the fight boils down to a clash of values. Both major parties are really for big government — just big in different places. Republicans say they're outraged that Obama would "borrow and spend" his way to a new behemoth government. But they borrowed and spent their way through the '80s and the current decade. And they love big government — when it's at the Pentagon . Democrats from Obama on down insist that they don't like big government, that they're just forced into a temporary spending...
  • Big Brother Obama Supporters On the Internet Are Watching You (Satire)

    02/26/2009 8:19:21 AM PST · by Nachum · 147 replies · 6,462+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2/26/09 | Judi McLeod
    While the Obama-led Democrats control the future of the United States of America, the grassroots on the Internet (The Obama Forum) are in the process of turning in “enemies of Obama”, including the parents of children who are Obama supporters. Obama supporting children have actually posted their parents’ names and addresses on the Obama Forum. (here). In all of its searches, Canada Free Press (CFP) has found no comment from any official in the Obama administration repudiating the Forum.
  • )Hungry catfish @ lake Conroe (vanity}

    01/12/2009 2:58:37 PM PST · by eastforker · 30 replies · 2,313+ views
    me ^ | 1/12/09 | eastforker
    This guy was hungry!!! A Fish Story A guy who lives at Lake Conroe (50 miles north of Houston ) saw a ball bouncing around kind of strange in the lake and went to investigate. It turned out to be a flathead catfish who had obviously tried to swallow a basketball which became stuck in its mouth! The fish was totally exhausted from trying to dive, but unable to because the ball would always bring him back up to the surface. The guy tried numerous times to get the ball out, but was unsuccessful. He finally had his wife cut...
  • Senate bailout vote scheduled tomorrow at approx. 9pm Eastern; shamnesty tactics all over again

    10/01/2008 2:48:12 AM PDT · by yoe · 33 replies · 1,473+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | September 30, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    Hill sources buzzing. A Senate bailout vote is scheduled tomorrow at 9pm Eastern. No bill details seen yet. How it will go down…There will be up to 6 roll call votes on the following items: (1)Motion to concur on the House message, H.R. 2095, Rail Safety; (2)a Dorgan amendment relating to H.R. 7081, the U.S. - India Nuclear agreement; (3)a Bingaman amendment relating to H.R. 7081, the U.S. - India Nuclear agreement; (4)passage of H.R. 7081, the U.S. - India Nuclear agreement; (5)a Dodd amendment to H.R. 1424, relating to the bailout package; and (6)passage of H.R. 1424, the bailout....
  • Mark Warner Top Donors (ACTBLUE, Altria, Verizon)

    09/10/2008 6:26:54 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 4 replies · 169+ views ^ | September 10, 2008 |
    ActBlue $649,130 Altria Group $59,400 Verizon Communications $33,000 Northrop Grumman $32,800 HBK Capital Management $32,200 Covington & Burling $29,050 Columbia Capital $25,300 Hogan & Hartson $24,600 Norfolk Southern $24,200 Alion Science & Technology $22,900 Humana Inc $22,500 Patton Boggs LLP $21,300 Williams & Connolly $21,100 Time Warner $21,050 Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin $20,900 Dominion Resources $20,400 DLA Piper $19,850 SLM Corp $19,600 Friedman, Billings & Ramsey $19,400 McGuire, Woods et al $19,400
  • Big Oil

    07/14/2008 9:08:20 AM PDT · by MosesKnows · 30 replies · 253+ views
    Not Verified | July 14, 2008 | MosesKnows
    Big Oil Did you know that the United States does NOT have any big oil companies? It's true: the largest American oil company, Exxon Mobil, is only the 14th largest in the world, and is dwarfed by the really big oil companies--all owned by foreign governments or government-sponsored monopolies--that dominate the world's oil supply. With 94% of the world's oil supply locked up by foreign governments, most of which are hostile to the United States, the relatively puny American oil companies do not have access to enough crude oil to affect the market and help bring prices down. Thus, ExxonMobil,...
  • An American in Washington

    06/24/2008 5:15:27 AM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 1 replies · 170+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | June 24, 2008 | Jeffrey Lord
    Tim Russert was an American. I'm not using the term in its patriotic sense, although he certainly was not just a patriot but an unabashed one at that. No, Tim Russert was an American in that very particular fashion that makes Americans the most distinctive breed of humans on the planet. He was an American in precisely the cultural sense that causes European elites -- and all too frequently our own -- to grind their teeth and look down their noses with such haughty disdain at the one population on earth composed of the entire world's rejects, refugees and descendants...
  • Front runners propose billion-dollar expanses in government

    02/04/2008 7:23:59 AM PST · by sdnet · 133+ views ^ | February 4th, 2008 | Steve Adcock,
    The National Taxpayer's Union recently published a variety of statistics that brings to light how far the national presidential front runners plan to go to expand the power and influence of the already-morbidly obese federal government. Assuming the most conservative cost estimates: “The eight candidates proposed a combined total of 189 items that would increase federal spending, 24 items that would decrease it, and 238 items whose budgetary impacts are unknown -- in addition to dozens of sub-items further detailing program components. The four respective frontrunners in the two parties (John McCain, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama), proposed...
  • In a big country, dreams stay with you

    08/16/2005 9:12:26 PM PDT · by manny613 · 2 replies · 280+ views
    These days Timothy Barry is living off the fat of the land, taking advantage of a huge market niche that has been overlooked by other business people. Barry sells products that make life easier for people who tip the scales at more than, say, 300 pounds.
  • Microsoft seeks patent for office 'spy' software

    01/15/2008 3:33:21 PM PST · by PureSolace · 16 replies · 136+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | January 15, 2008 | Alexi Mostrous and David Brown
    Microsoft is developing Big Brother-style software capable of remotely monitoring a worker’s productivity, physical wellbeing and competence. The Times has seen a patent application filed by the company for a computer system that links workers to their computers via wireless sensors that measure their metabolism. The system would allow managers to monitor employees’ performance by measuring their heart rate, body temperature, movement, facial expression and blood pressure. Unions said they fear that employees could be dismissed on the basis of a computer’s assessment of their physiological state. Technology allowing constant monitoring of workers was previously limited to pilots, firefighters and...
  • Big prisoner release plan

    12/21/2007 9:26:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies · 229+ views ^ | December 21, 2007 | Andy Furillo
    In what may be the largest early release of inmates in U.S. history, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration is proposing to open the prison gates next year for some 22,000 low-risk offenders. According to details of a budget proposal made available to The Bee, the administration will ask the Legislature to authorize the release of certain non-serious, nonviolent, non-sex offenders who are in the final 20 months of their terms. The proposal would cut the prison population by 22,159 inmates and save the cash-strapped state an estimated $256 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and more than $780...