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  • Amonix: Another Obama-Subsidized Solar Company Fails

    07/18/2012 1:38:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/18/12 | John Nolte
    Here we go again. Yet another example of the Obama White House's failed attempt to pick winners and losers and doing so by gambling with our our tax dollars, this time to the tune of $6 million in tax credits and $15.6 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Energy. This company, Amonix, is only 14 months old. How in the world did it qualify for that kind of tax dollar windfall without any kind of track record? Oh: Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and Gov. Brian Sandoval were among the political leaders who lauded...
  • Brazil Stimulus Fails to Raise Growth

    05/19/2012 6:31:11 AM PDT · by Son House · 7 replies
    Financial Times ^ | May 18, 2012 | Joe Leahy
    Brazil’s economic output shrank in March, defying government stimulus measures and surprising economists who had predicted that Latin America’s biggest economy would begin to recover from a prolonged slowdown. The 0.35 per cent contraction, compared with February, makes Brazil’s growth the second slowest in Latin America in real terms, after Argentina. The news comes as Asia’s major emerging market economies, China and India, are also decelerating. “The weak … conditions are likely to encourage the authorities to add more fiscal and monetary stimulus to the economy and to remain activist on the foreign exchange front,” said Alberto Ramos of Goldman...
  • Sharpton breaks promise to Trayvon supporters, fails to show up in Sanford for Easter ‘Occupation’

    04/08/2012 4:07:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 70 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/08/12 | Matthew Boyle
    Sharpton breaks promise to Trayvon supporters, fails to show up in Sanford for Easter ‘Occupation’By Matthew Boyle - The Daily Caller – 4 hrs ago MSNBC host and the Rev. Al Sharpton has broken a major promise he made to those supporting him and Trayvon Martin’s family: he didn’t show up in Sanford, Fla., to “occupy” the town over Easter weekend. On March 26, Sharpton had vowed to “occupy” Sanford over Easter weekend to show support for Trayvon, the 17-year-old black teen who was shot by Hispanic man George Zimmerman on Feb. 26. “We’re going to have a full blown...
  • Union Chief Leo Gerard: 'Resistance Movement' Needed to Seize Bridges, Banks in Case OWS Fails

    United Steelworkers international president Leo Gerard has a message to the flea party whiny-whiners still camping out instead of sleeping in their parents' basements -- playtime is over. Just in case the Occupy movement fails -- in other words, when it fails -- Gerard is urging union members to fill that gaping void with "more militancy." "And no wonder people are occupying. We oughta be doing more than occupying parks. We oughta start occupying bridges. We start oughta occupying the banks places themselves."
  • House Fails to Raise Debt Ceiling to $16.7 Trillion

    05/31/2011 5:54:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Silver Doctors ^ | 5/31/11 | staff
    The House has officially failed to pass legislation raising the Federal Debt limit to $16.7 trillion. The vote was not even close, with 288 Nays to 74 Yeas. Only 1 Republican voted to increase the debt limit, with 228 voting against the increase. Don't worry Turbo Tim, The Bernank can just turn on the printers if you run low on federal employee pension funds. Now that Republicans have made their symbolic vote against the increase, we'll see how long it takes them to cave and agree on $30-$50 million in budget deductions and pass the debt increase.
  • WH Fails to Release Easter Proclamation

    04/25/2011 10:06:28 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 71 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | April 25, 2011 | foxnews.com
    President Obama failed to release a statement or a proclamation recognizing the national observance of Easter Sunday, Christianity's most sacred holiday. By comparison, the White House has released statements recognizing the observance of major Muslim holidays and released statements in 2010 on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha. The White House also failed to release a statement marking Good Friday. However, they did release an eight-paragraph statement heralding Earth Day. Likewise, the president's weekend address mentioned neither Good Friday or Easter. However, the First Family did attend an Easter Sunday worship service at a Baptist church and last week, the president...
  • Union Fails Pension Math: Part Time-WI Teacher Set to Earn More in Retirement than She Did

    02/22/2011 11:56:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    big government ^ | 2/22/11 | Ben Everard
    Shortly after the Green Bay Packers turned the nation’s attention to the Midwestern state, Wisconsin once again has garnered the nation’s attention. At stake this time is not a trophy, but a prized retirement package promised to public employees. Throngs of protesters have taken to Madison, Wisconsin to either show their support or disdain for Governor Scott Walker’s plan to require public employees to pay 5.8 percent (the national average is roughly 12 percent) of their salary as a contribution to their pension. The looming issue of funding public pensions is not unique to Wisconsin. Governor Walker’s stand, however, has...
  • Amazing: WaPo Fails toPublish Own Poll on ObamaCare'sLowest Popularity Ever

    12/14/2010 4:34:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 12/14/10 | Tim Graham
    A new ABC-Washington Post poll found ObamaCare sunk to its lowest popularity yet: 52 percent opposed, and only 43 percent in favor. ABC mentioned the poll without fanfare at the end of a Jake Tapper report on Monday’s World News, and Tapper added this was the health law's "lowest level of popularity ever." But Tuesday’s Washington Post reported not one sentence on the poll in the paper – even as they reported in the paper that the same survey found Obama’s tax-and-unemployment-compensation deal has “broad bipartisan support.
  • Salazar Fails to Calm Oil Drillers after Gulf Meeting

    11/24/2010 9:00:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/24/10 | Kristin Brown
    A much anticipated meeting between Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and executives from the oil and gas industries failed to lead to much progress, as both sides expressed frustration with the outcome of Monday's meeting aimed at diffusing simmering tensions in the wake of the BP oil spill. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La) set up the meeting with Salazar, industry executives, and regional lawmakers in order to address frustrations the industry has with the Obama administration's new rules and regulations for offshore oil and natural gas drilling - rules that were put in place after the BP oil spill earlier this year....
  • US offenders unmonitored as tagging system fails

    10/07/2010 9:20:45 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 1 replies
    bbc.co.uk ^ | October 7, 2010 | Unattributed
    Thousands of US sex offenders, prisoners on parole and other convicts were left unmonitored after an electronic tagging system shut down because of data overload. BI Incorporated, which runs the system, reached its data threshold - more than two billion records - on Tuesday. This left authorities across 49 states unaware of offenders' movement for about 12 hours.
  • (Florida's) Horizon Bank Fails; 2010 Total at 119

    09/12/2010 11:32:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    The Street ^ | 9/11/10 | Philip van Doorn
    Horizon Bank Fails; 2010 Total at 119By Philip van Doorn 09/11/10 - 10:42 AM EDT BRADENTON, Fla. (TheStreet) - Florida regulators on Friday shut down Horizon Bank of Bradenton, bringing the total number of bank failures for 2010 to 119. The failed bank was included in TheStreet's Bank Watch List of undercapitalized institutions, based on second-quarter regulatory data provided by SNL Financial. Horizon Bank was undercapitalized since the second quarter of 2009, when a $6.9 million net loss pushed the institution's Tier 1 leverage ratio down to 4.04% and its total risk-based capital ratio to 6.66%. These ratios need to...
  • Malaysian 'Muslim' woman fails in bid to become Hindu

    08/04/2010 11:38:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Agence France Presse ^ | 8/4/10 | Staff
    The High Court in Penang state ruled that 28-year-old S. Banggarma, whose Muslim name is Siti Hasnah Vangarama Abdullah, was a Muslim because her parents converted the whole family in 1983. "Parents have the right to determine the faiths of children who are below 18. It is a universal right, irrespective of religion," said judicial commissioner Yaacob Sam. Banggarma, who has argued that she was made to convert to Islam at the age of seven when she was placed in a children's home, vowed to continue to fight the case.
  • Senate Fails To Spare Doctors From Medicare Cuts

    06/18/2010 12:55:17 PM PDT · by edpc · 110 replies · 3,644+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 18 June 2010 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON – The Senate passed legislation Friday to spare doctors a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments — but the last-ditch effort did not come in time. Moments after the Senate acted, Medicare announced it would begin processing claims it has already received for June at the lower rate. The reason: the House cannot act on the fix until next week.
  • The Obama Moratorium: No offshore drilling while he’s in office

    03/12/2010 8:59:51 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 64 replies · 1,800+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 03/10/10 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The Obama administration’s six-month delay in approving new offshore drilling leases in federal waters will become a new three-year ban, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar quietly told reporters last Friday. Which means that no new oil and gas leases will be approved during President Obama’s term even though two –thirds of the American public supports such activity, according to a December 2009 Rasmussen poll. Sixty percent also believe that gas and oil prices will drop if the government allows offshore drilling, opening up an estimate 14 billion barrels of oil and 55 trillion cubic feet of natural gas On July 14,...
  • Obama fails at bid to bring Olympics to Chicago (Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm)

    10/02/2009 10:39:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 70 replies · 2,154+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/2/09 | Julie Pace - ap
    COPENHAGEN – Chicago's early exit from finalist balloting for the 2016 Olympics was a personal setback for President Barack Obama and a painful defeat for America's most prominent Midwestern city. ... Tokyo was eliminated in the second round, leaving Madrid and odds-on favorite Rio de Janeiro to square off in the final balloting. Chicago had seemed to pick up momentum in the last few days, with many IOC members seemingly charmed by Mrs. Obama, who came to Copenhagen ahead of her husband. But when IOC president Jacques Rogge announced the first vote's results, while the Obamas were flying home on...
  • OBAMA FAILS! PRESIDENT'S CHICAGO OLYMPICS BID ELIMINATED IN THE FIRST ROUND

    10/02/2009 10:34:15 AM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 13 replies · 733+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | October 2, 2009 | TheCapitalist
    After nine months of humiliating, worldwide America-bashing, telling the globe how rotten America was until he became president, Obama hasn't lost an opportunity to apologize to the world for the so-called sins of America...
  • Health Debate Fails to Ignite Obama’s Grass Roots

    08/15/2009 7:43:51 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 66 replies · 4,371+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 14, 2009 | By JEFF ZELENY
    MUSCATINE, Iowa — At her home on Tom Sawyer Road here the other night, Bonnie Adkins agreed to begin spreading the word that President Obama’s embattled health care plan needed help. In Des Moines, Pat Walters made telephone calls to Democrats to rally support for the Obama health care plan. Ms. Adkins, who for the past two years devoted hundreds of hours helping Mr. Obama get to the White House, hosted a potluck supper that was advertised to Democrats in this eastern Iowa town along the Mississippi River. People were invited to bring a favorite salad or dessert — and...
  • Obama fails to name anti-Semitism envoy

    07/30/2009 2:51:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 638+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/30/09 | ETGAR LEFKOVITS
    The Obama administration has failed to name an envoy for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism around the world as mandated by US law since the previous ambassador was relieved of his duties at the start of the president's term more than six months ago, officials said Thursday. The failure to name a new envoy for the post raises questions about the importance the new administration attaches to the fight against anti-Semitism, said Rafael Medoff, director of the Washington DC-based David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies. "Foot-dragging on the selection sends a message that anti-Semitism is not of great importance to...
  • Stimulus Fails. 60 Days For A New Plan That Works, Or Use Republican Economic Plan[Vanity]

    04/01/2009 3:08:45 AM PDT · by Son House · 236+ views
    Me | 1Apr2009 | Me
    Yes, President Einstein should be held to his same standards for GM. Anybody with an Economics 101 level knows the Stimulus bill is a failed plan. Combine that with the ‘Green’ legislation and all the other ways Democrats punish achievers, and America will have a Politically Made Disaster, easily predictable, Politically Made Disaster by a Democrat Congress and the media President Řbama. Increasing taxes will actually decrease economic activity, which will result in less federal tax revenues collected. Mix that with the enormous spending bills Congress is writing into law and the eventual outcome is easily predictable, a very unbalanced...
  • Man Fails To Hijack Russian Plane

    10/24/2008 1:32:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 726+ views
    cbsnews.com ^ | 10-24-08 | staff
    Police Arrest "Insane" Man Who Demanded Commercial Jet Fly To Vienna (CBS/AP) A passenger demanded that a Moscow-bound flight change course and fly to Vienna but the attempted hijacking was thwarted. Russian news media say the hijacker — described in one report as having a history of mental illness — was overpowered by other passengers. The ITAR-Tass news agency quotes a spokesman for Sky Express airline saying that a passenger demanded the plane change course about 20 minutes before it was due to land in Moscow. The incident occurred while the plane with 130 people on board was en route...
  • Muslim Support Fails to Re-Elect London's Livingstone

    05/05/2008 8:40:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 145+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 5-5-08 | staff
    (IsraelNN.com) Boris Johnson defeated Ken Livingstone, who was running for a third term of mayor and won wide support from the city's growing Muslim community. Johnson, a member of the Conservative party, was backed by 53.2 percent of the voters. Livingstone frequently has collided with Jewish community in London, previously accused Israel of "ethnic cleansing" and once refused to apologize for comparing a Jewish reporter with a Nazi concentration camp guard. Johnson has been more favorable towards Israel and opposed last year's movement by academics to boycott the Jewish state
  • House fails to overturn Bush veto [Aljazeera version with star Nancy Pelosi on front page]

    05/03/2007 1:37:21 PM PDT · by bedolido · 3 replies · 658+ views
    english.aljazeera.net ^ | 5-2-2007 | staff writer
    The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives has failed to overturn the US president's veto of a war-funding bill that would have set a timetable for withdrawing US forces from Iraq. By a vote of 222-203 on Wednesday, the house fell far short of the two-thirds support needed to override George Bush's veto.
  • California to sue EPA if it fails to act quickly on air standards

    04/25/2007 8:33:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 493+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 4/25/07 | Samantha Young - ap
    SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday said his administration will sue the Environmental Protection Agency if it fails to act more quickly on California's request to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. Schwarzenegger said he called EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson on Wednesday and told him his agency was moving too slowly on California's 2005 request for a waiver to the federal Clean Air Act. The waiver, if granted by the EPA, would allow California to more aggressively regulate greenhouse gases as air pollutants. “If we don't see quick action from the government, we will sue the U.S. EPA,” Schwarzenegger...
  • Senator Clinton Fails To Report Charity

    02/27/2007 3:35:43 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 793+ views
    Sen. Clinton fails to report charity WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's office has amended her Senate financial disclosure reports to include her family's $5.16 million charity. The reports were amended late Monday after receiving inquiries from The Washington Post. The newspaper said Clinton has failed to report the charity five times since it was established in 2001. A Clinton's spokesman said the senator's failure to report the existence of the family foundation was an oversight, the Post said. Clinton serves as treasurer and secretary of the family foundation, which was seeded with $5.16 million of...
  • Pope's Apology Fails To Halt Islamic Uproar

    09/16/2006 7:14:01 PM PDT · by blam · 81 replies · 1,387+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-17-2006 | Michael Hirst - Nick Pisa
    Pope's apology fails to halt Islamic uproar By Michael Hirst and Nick Pisa in Rome (Filed: 17/09/2006) Muslims leaders around the world demanded a more personal apology from the Pope last night after the Vatican said he "sincerely regrets" the offence caused by remarks which they claimed had insulted Islam. Senior Vatican officials tried to damp down fury over the speech in which the Pope quoted from a medieval text saying that the Prophet Mohammed had brought the world "only evil and inhuman" things. Activists from the Daughters of Faith protest against the Pope Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's secretary...
  • Bush Doctrine On Terror Fails To Convince Public

    09/06/2006 7:19:21 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 795+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9-7-2006 | Ewen MacAskill
    Bush doctrine on terror fails to convince public · Poll shows rising anxiety in both US and Europe· Iran now seen as country posing the gravest threat Ewen MacAskill, diplomatic editor Thursday September 7, 2006 The Guardian (UK) The Bush administration's claim that Americans are now safer from terrorism has been undermined by a poll yesterday showing a significant jump in the number of Americans and Europeans concerned about Islamist extremism and other global threats. The survey, published days before the fifth anniversary of 9/11, is at odds with a Bush administration document on terrorism on Tuesday that insisted: "America...
  • CA: The pandering pair - When all else fails, build more prisons

    07/11/2006 9:13:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 376+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 7/11/06 | Editorial
    Just when you thought California's 20-year prison construction boom was over, here comes another election season. Gubernatorial candidates Arnold Schwarzenegger and Phil Angelides are falling over each other to launch a new era of prison construction. This is bipartisan, equal opportunity pandering and fear mongering, with an obvious impetus. The prison guards union, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA), has $10 million to spend to help or defeat a candidate for governor. How obvious is this link? Schwarzenegger recently told The Bee editorial board that Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, a card-carrying member of the CCPOA, would be handling his prison...
  • Enormous New Dam Fails In Brazil

    07/10/2006 8:15:34 PM PDT · by blam · 157 replies · 5,140+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7-10-2006
    Enormous new dam fails in Brazil 10 July 2006 From New Scientist Print Edition. GIANT cracks have opened in one of the world's tallest dams, just months after completion. The cracks appeared after a tunnel collapsed on 20 June beneath the 200-metre-high Campos Novos dam in southern Brazil, and the reservoir rapidly emptied. At one point, 4000 cubic metres of water (more than enough to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool) were rushing downstream every second towards a second dam on the river Canoas. "If this had happened during the rainy season, and the two reservoirs had been full, water would...
  • Happiness Lies In Misery As UN War On Hunger Fails To Progress

    05/16/2006 7:30:46 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 229+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-17-2006 | David Blair
    Happiness lies in misery as UN war on hunger fails to progress By David Blair in Dar-es-Salaam (Filed: 17/05/2006) Wrapped in the tatty sheets of a hospital bed, Happiness Kitomari raised her emaciated arms and clasped her distraught mother with tiny fingers. She stared with bewildered eyes at the tangled drip-feed keeping her alive. Emergency treatment will probably save this malnourished young girl from the slums of Tanzania's capital, Dar-es-Salaam. But her mother, Anna, must struggle every day to feed her children. "Life is very hard and sometimes I want to die," said Mrs Kitomari. "It is better to die...
  • Space Station Fails to Boost Orbit in Engine Test

    04/20/2006 7:07:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 424+ views
    Space.com ^ | 4/20/06 | Tariq Malik
    The International Space Station (ISS) failed to reach a higher orbit Wednesday during a test of two long-dormant engines mounted near a Russian-built docking port. Russian ISS flight controllers hoped to test two engines along the aft end of the station's Zvezda service module during a 14-second burn planned for 3:49 p.m. EDT (1949 GMT), NASA officials said. The engines have not been fired since Zvezda docked at the ISS in July 2000, they added. "We were all set for it but the engines never fired," NASA spokesperson Rob Navias told SPACE.com. The two dormant Zvezda engines are located at...
  • Rap mogul fails to appear for court-ordered hearing - Suge Knight & The Death of Death Row Records?

    04/01/2006 2:57:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 590+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/1/06 | Linda Deutsch - AP
    Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight failed to appear at a court-ordered debtor hearing Saturday, triggering legal actions which a judge had warned would place his Death Row Records in receivership. In addition, lawyers suing him plan to ask that he be held in contempt and jailed until he participates in the debtor hearing that requires him to disclose all of his assets. At issue is an unpaid judgment against Knight for $107 million that was awarded to Lydia Harris, the former Knight associate who claimed she helped start the rap record empire with her former husband, Michael Harris. Harris,...
  • Gold card plan fails to please

    03/15/2006 9:59:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies · 1,009+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 3/15/06 | Claire Vitucci
    WASHINGTON - A key provision in the Senate's main immigration bill would create a "gold card" for the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, allowing them to live and work legally in the United States -- but without offering them a clear path to citizenship. The legislation, which calls for dramatic increases in the number of legal immigrants, is meant to placate those who want illegal immigrants sent back to their home countries and those who want them to become legal, permanent residents. The problem is both sides oppose it. "It says, 'We want your labor. Yes we think you're...
  • Bush Fails To Prevent East Coast Blizzard (Krazey Kool-Aide Komedy Komments)

    02/22/2006 8:06:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 566+ views
    Bush Fails To Prevent East Coast Blizzard Minorities Hit Hardest by Brian Williams NBC 02/12/06 As President Bush and his staff cowered in the White House, the snow continued to pile up on the many poor and African American victims who could not afford to get out of town or to safety in Florida. Crucial supplies of blankets, hot cocoa, popcorn and dark rum, so essential to surviving the stress of any major snowstorm, lay in stores undelivered. "Where is the government? I need my sidewalk shoveled so I can get out to buy my danged lottery tickets!" said one...
  • Sharon Fails to Come Out of Coma

    01/13/2006 12:05:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,157+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/13/06 | Steven Gutkin - ap
    JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's failure to wake up from a coma nine days after suffering a massive stroke does not bode well for his recovery, some doctors said Friday. With extensive brain damage looking likely, Israelis have begun to look ahead to life without Sharon. Sharon, 77, remained in "critical but stable" condition Friday, showing no change from the previous day, said Hadassah Hospital spokesman Ron Krumer. Israel's Channel 10 TV and Army Radio cited Hadassah officials as saying they were worried Sharon has shown no signs of awakening, even though doctors have begun weaning him off heavy...
  • Village People policeman fails to show up for drug sentencing

    10/20/2005 9:11:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 393+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 10/20/05 | AP
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Victor Edward Willis, the original policeman in the 1970s music group the Village People, was being sought on arrest warrants after failing to show up for a sentencing in a drug case Thursday, authorities said. Willis, who co-wrote disco hits such as "Macho Man" and "In the Navy" before leaving the Village People in the late 1970s, was arrested July 11 after a Daly City police officer found a gun and what was believed to be crack cocaine in his car after a traffic stop. Willis was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday morning in San Mateo...
  • CA: Both sides cheer budget even as it fails to solve future problems

    07/06/2005 6:39:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 269+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 7/6/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO - It's like a credit card bill that California lawmakers can't seem to get under control - the state budget deficit born of a perpetual imbalance between what the state spends and what it takes in. The gap stood at $17 billion last year, had been projected to be almost $9 billion this year and is likely to be about $5 billion in the 2006-2007 fiscal year. Despite a balanced-budget agreement struck this week, economists and fiscal analysts warn that future shortfalls are likely to continue until a long-term fix is found. "We haven't come to grips with the...
  • ISS Oxygen Generator Fails for Good, Station Managers Say (has ~5 month reserve supply)

    05/16/2005 7:17:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 946+ views
    Space.com via Florida Today ^ | 5/16/05 | Todd Halvorson
    CAPE CANAVERAL - A balky Russian oxygen generator broke down on the International Space Station, but its two-man crew has a reserve air supply that would last about five months, NASA officials said Friday. The station's primary generator, which has been operating in an on-again, off-again fashion for months, stopped working last week and the station's crew has not been able to fix it. Mission managers say the unit has failed for good. Consequently, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev and U.S. astronaut John Phillips will be relying on reserves until replacement parts arrive at the station in late August. Kylie Clem,...
  • Kenyan First Lady Fails In Assault On Press Freedom

    05/03/2005 5:31:43 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 534+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-4-2005 | Adrian Blomfield
    Kenyan first lady fails in assault on press freedom By Adrian Blomfield in Nairobi (Filed: 04/05/2005) Kenya's first lady stormed into a newspaper's newsroom yesterday and demanded the arrest of journalists in a protest over allegedly snide coverage of her behaviour. Lucy Kibaki's bizarre actions, captured on video, were later televised to astonished Kenyans, some of who have nicknamed her "Stormin' Lucy" because of her temper fits. She had earlier called on the police in Nairobi to detain the World Bank's representative in Kenya, accusing him of playing loud music. Mrs Kibaki, wife of President Mwai Kibaki, was furious at...
  • Zimbabwe Famine Red Alert As Harvest Fails

    04/29/2005 5:56:41 PM PDT · by blam · 57 replies · 1,157+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-30-2005 | Peta Thornycroft
    Zimbabwe famine red alert as harvest fails By Peta Thornycroft in Harare (Filed: 30/04/2005) A famine watch group issued a red alert for Zimbabwe yesterday, saying that most people were no longer able to buy enough food. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network said the harvest was "insufficient to satisfy consumption needs" for the next year. The maize harvest has been the worst in memory It issued its warning the day after the head of the country's grain marketing board admitted to a state-run newspaper that it was planning to import 1.2 million tons of maize, a staple food which...
  • Space Station Circuit Breaker Again Fails

    03/16/2005 9:40:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 444+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/16/05 | Marcia Dunn - AP
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - For the second time in just under a year, a circuit breaker failed on the international space station Wednesday, shutting down one of the gyroscopes needed to keep the orbiting outpost steady and pointed in the right position. The circuit breaker was a new one put in by spacewalking astronauts last summer. In a repeat from one year ago, the latest failure left the space station with only two functioning gyroscopes, the bare minimum needed for control, NASA (news - web sites) said. This time, though, the problem could affect NASA's plans to launch Discovery to...
  • CA: Questions persist on pensions to deceased - (San Diego) Report fails to clear up confusion

    02/14/2005 10:34:26 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 278+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 2/14/05 | Jonathan Heller
    San Diego's pension system has issued a report on how it handles payments once a retiree dies, but some City Council members say it raises more questions than it answers. The report states that since 1996 the pension system inadvertently has paid 36 individuals after they died. Those 36 are among 114 cases in which payments to deceased retirees might have occurred and are under review. The report does not mention the 114 number. "I view that as a material fact that should have been included in the report," Councilman Brian Maienschein said. Maienschein is a member of the council's...
  • U.S. Fails to Make List of World's Freest Economies

    01/05/2005 9:25:11 AM PST · by LongsforReagan · 27 replies · 1,163+ views
    NewsMax ^ | January 4,2005 | Carl Limbacher
    U.S. Fails to Make List of World's Freest Economies The United States is missing for the first time from an annual ranking of the world's 10 freest economies. Story Continues Below The Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal since 1995, finds that the United States is letting Big Brother grow obese as other countries get lean and fit. Chile, Australia and Iceland improved enough to leave the U.S. in a tie with Switzerland for 12th place. "The United States is resting on its laurels while innovative countries around the world are changing...
  • Pill 'fails more in obese women' --- "higher risk of pregnancy"

    12/29/2004 6:21:37 AM PST · by bedolido · 24 replies · 807+ views
    BBC ^ | 12/29/2004 | staff writer
    Women who are overweight or obese have a much higher chance of becoming pregnant because their Pill has failed, researchers have found. Overweight women were 60% more likely to fall pregnant while on the Pill. Obese women were 70% more likely, found a study in Obstetrics and Gynaecology by a team from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle. It suggested that of 100 women on the Pill, an extra two to four would fall pregnant due to being overweight. The Pill is usually estimated to be over 99% effective. This means that less than one woman in 100...
  • CA: Voluntary effort fails, regulators require diesel emission upgrades

    12/09/2004 6:56:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 376+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/9/04 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - California air pollution regulators, frustrated with the failure of a voluntary plan promoted by the trucking industry, instituted mandatory requirements Thursday to clean up illegal diesel engines. Air quality groups hope California's decision once again ripples across the country, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency struggles with the same nationwide enforcement problem. The decision applies to an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 vehicles licensed in other states that drive through California, as well as 58,000 California-licensed trucks. But the Engine Manufacturers Association suggested it will sue on behalf of its members, who believe they shouldn't have to pay...
  • CA: For Schwarzenegger, 'openness' in government falls short of goal

    11/14/2004 8:14:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 250+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/14/04 | Michael R. Blood - AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - As a candidate, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger promised to illuminate the inner workings of Sacramento the way klieg lights bring sunshine to a movie set. No more back-room handshakes and whispers, no more money-for-favors legislating. "I will work to reform government by bringing openness and full disclosure to public business," the governor said on his inauguration day. As the former Hollywood actor marks his first 12 months in office Wednesday, his plan to usher in a new era of transparency at the statehouse remains a work in progress, even by the account of his staff. While Schwarzenegger...
  • CA: Poll: Jones fails to raise awareness

    08/07/2004 8:50:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 514+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/704 | Alexa H. Bluth
    Although U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's double-digit lead has dipped slightly, Republican challenger Bill Jones has failed to make a significant impression on voters after five months of campaigning for the Nov. 2 election, according to a new statewide Field Poll. Half of likely voters said they have no opinion of former Secretary of State Jones, despite his recent appearances with Vice President Dick Cheney and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. The Democratic senator leads Jones among likely voters by 50 percent to 33 percent, according to the survey. Seventeen percent said they support another candidate or were undecided. "The reason Boxer...
  • CA: Democratic budget fails in Senate, governor softens criticism

    07/21/2004 5:43:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 339+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/21/04 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lacking Republican support, a proposed $103 billion state budget failed in the Senate by three votes Wednesday as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger continued to campaign for his own spending plan. The largely symbolic vote came as Schwarzenegger prodded San Diego shoppers and diners to keep pressure on lawmakers and he continued to blame the three week impasse on unions and special interests linked to Democrats. But the governor curbed his harsh partisan rhetoric that peaked over the weekend. In the Capitol, Democrats attempted to shift responsibility for the holdup to the governor and his fellow Republicans by voting...
  • Democratic Convention Media Area Not Ready (fails inspection, changes will cost $300k)

    07/10/2004 7:45:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies · 717+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/09/04 | JENNIFER PETER
    Democratic Convention Media Area Not Ready Fri Jul 9,11:12 PM ET By JENNIFER PETER, Associated Press Writer BOSTON - A pavilion for working news organizations at the Democratic National Convention is not up to city codes and requires about $300,000 worth of work just two weeks before the event begins. "The building is not ready to be occupied," Lt. Richard Powers, a member of the fire department's public information office, said Friday. "They have certain standards which they haven't met." The pavilion is next to the FleetCenter sports arena, site of the convention. Several news organizations, including The Associated Press,...
  • Presidential push fails to quell GOP fear of Patriot Act

    05/12/2004 7:55:52 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 40 replies · 376+ views
    the hill.com ^ | 5 12 04 | Alexander Bolton
    A group of libertarian-minded Republicans in Congress is blocking President Bush’s effort to strengthen domestic counterterrorism laws and reauthorize the USA Patriot Act, which the president has made one of his top domestic priorities this year. As a result of this opposition, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, was forced last week to cancel panel consideration of legislation that would have given law-enforcement officials more tools to pursue suspected terrorists. As other administration policy initiatives — such as a manned mission to Mars — have languished in Congress, Bush has emphasized the importance of renewing the...
  • Putin Watches As Missile Launch Fails

    02/17/2004 12:07:05 PM PST · by PureSolace · 14 replies · 217+ views
    AP / Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, February 17, 2004; 2:45 PM | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    Putin Watches As Missile Launch Fails By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV The Associated Press Tuesday, February 17, 2004; 2:45 PM MOSCOW - A technical glitch thwarted the launch of Russian ballistic missiles in the Barents Sea on Tuesday during naval maneuvers overseen by President Vladimir Putin, who watched the massive exercise while decked out in naval officer's garb aboard a nuclear submarine. The failed launch - part of an exercise described as the largest show of Russian military might in more than 20 years - marred an event apparently aimed at playing up Putin's image as a leader attempting to restore the...