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  • Germany spends millions on animal-only bridges

    09/18/2013 10:03:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Sep 2013 16:32 CET | Kate Ferguson
    Germany is living up to its environmentally-friendly image by spending millions of euros on building bridges just for animals. Humans caught crossing them face a €35 fine. More than a hundred wildlife bridges are to be built in the next decade. Gerhard Klesen, a forester employed by the Ruhr Regional Association, spent a decade campaigning for an animal-only bridge to be built over a motorway in the town of Schermbeck in North Rhine-Westphalia. Man-made barriers such as roads and canals restrict animals’ natural movement, he said. That limits genetic diversity, which in turn leads to an increase in disease and...
  • Vintage Photo, Early 1900's - U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Pig Cafeteria"

    06/24/2013 7:35:41 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Early 20th Century | Retronaut
    “The Pig Cafeteria” was an exhibit produced by the Department of Agriculture to educate farmers about new methods of farming and raising livestock — specifically, what to feed pigs so that they would be healthy and profitable.
  • Senator Says Nuts to SDSU (San Diego State University) "RoboSquirrel" Study

    10/24/2012 3:16:34 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | October 22, 2012 | Gary Robbins
    Senator says nuts to SDSU 'RoboSquirrel' study - The 'Robosquirrel' developed by San Diego State and UC Davis can move its tail to mimic the behavior of a real animal. UC Davis A San Diego State University research project involving robotic squirrels has been placed on Sen. Tom Coburn's annual list of wasteful government spending, a move the campus says is unfair and misleading. Coburn, R-Okla., issued the list last week, criticizing everything from the use of food stamps to purchase fast food to a subsidy for a struggling ferry business in Alaska. The list also is critical of the...
  • McConnell agrees to ban earmarks

    11/15/2010 10:35:41 PM PST · by FredJake · 26 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | Nov. 15, 2010 | Joe Newby
    On Monday, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), agreed to a ban on earmarks. Originally, he had resisted such a ban, arguing that it would put the president in charge of state spending, but noted that most Americans were upset over abuses in the system. According to an article at Fox News, McConnell said: "As the leader of my party in the Senate, I have to lead first by example," McConnell, R-Ky., said from the floor of the Senate on the first day of its lame-duck session. "Nearly every day that the Senate’s been in session for the past two years,...
  • Politico's Allen: 'Absurd' For Voters To Kick Out Reid, Bennett

    05/13/2010 6:30:41 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 32 replies · 963+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Enraged voters, too dumb to appreciate the purveyors of pork . . . That was Mike Allen's complaint on Morning Joe today. Politico's chief political correspondent labelled "absurd" the decision of Utah and Nevada voters not to re-elect Bob Bennett [done deal] and Harry Reid [likely goner]. And why is it such a bad mistake? Because Bennett and Reid are proven pork providers for their states. Allen offered his analysis in response to Mike Barnicle's suggestion that in the current political climate, bringing home the bacon might actually backfire on politicians. View video here.
  • 2010 Education Pork

    04/26/2010 7:17:19 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 106+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 26, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    2010 Education Pork Bethany Stotts, April 26, 2010 The 2010 Congressional Pig Book, released by Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is out, and it exposes the considerable pork given to academia. “Sen. [Tom] Harkin [D-Iowa] has long been a determined crusader for pork,” states the Pig Book summary (pdf). “In a November 25, 2006 New York Times article, he claimed, ‘I happen to be a supporter of earmarks, unabashedly. But I don’t call them earmarks. It is “Congressional directed spending.”’” Harkin, who chairs the Senate Labor/HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, earmarked approximately $7.29 million “for the Iowa Department of Education” to run...
  • Voting: A right or responsibility

    08/25/2008 2:11:01 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 62 replies · 238+ views
    mainestategop blog ^ | 8/25/08 | mainestategop
    A week ago I was at McDonald's ordering lunch. It was very busy and there was a large crowd present. I ordered the food and waited around for a few minutes. While I was doing so, a manager and another crewmemeber were getting ready to put the flags up on the pole. The manager showed him how to fold the flags up and they folded up old glory into a nice triangle with loving and patriotic care. While they were folding the McDonald's flag, a funny looking woman in her thirties with two tots in a carriage walked up to...
  • Robert Novak: GOP Drinking Its Bath Water

    05/18/2008 10:24:44 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 21 replies · 138+ views
    RCP ^ | May 19th, 2008 | Robert Novak
    Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, at age 38 and having served less than five terms, did not leap over a dozen of his seniors to become ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee by bashing GOP leaders. But an angry Ryan last Wednesday delivered unscripted remarks on the House floor as the farm bill neared passage: "This bill is an absence of leadership. This bill shows we are not leading." Ryan's fellow reformer, 45-year-old Jeff Flake of Arizona, in his fourth term, is less cautious about defying the leadership and has been kept off key committees. On Wednesday, he said...
  • TexDOT: No Money to Build New Highways

    09/28/2007 5:07:02 AM PDT · by ElephantinTexas · 41 replies · 331+ views
    WOAI ^ | 09/28/2007 | Jim Forsyth
    TexDOT: No Money to Build New Hghways Agency blames diversion of state gas tax money, curbs on privately funded toll roads By Jim Forsyth Friday, September 28, 2007 At a time the Texas Department of Transportation is defending spending thousands of dollars on a public relations campaign designed to convince you to support toll roads, the department says it has no money to pay for highway construction, 1200 WOAI's Robert Wood reports. "The bottom line is, we're running out of money very quickly," TexDOT's Chris Lippincott says. Lippincott blames decisions by state lawmakers to spend more than $1.5 billion in...
  • Filling the void (Fred Thompson--Election 2008)

    09/15/2007 4:45:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 1,008+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2007 | Chris Edwards
    There has been a void in the Republican presidential race. The party's candidates have spoken about immigration, taxes, social issues and the war in Iraq. Mitt Romney, Rudolph Giuliani and John McCain have also spoken frequently about Ronald Reagan in order to position themselves as the political heirs to the great president. The candidates, however, have overlooked a central idea that animated Mr. Reagan's view of government. That was federalism, the constitutional principle that the federal government's responsibilities are "few and defined" as James Madison put it. Mr. Reagan believed the federal government had grown too big and swallowed up...
  • Porkers feeling the heat

    06/18/2007 12:41:39 PM PDT · by JZelle · 13 replies · 597+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-18-07 | Donald Lambro
    The Democrats, flush from their 2006 election gains, took over Congress in January, promising to end the legislative stalemate and pass a sweeping agenda for reform. Nearly six months later, they have backpedaled on their promises of reform; they've made little progress on major legislation; their job-approval ratings have taken a nosedive; and there's talk for the first time that House Democrats could lose seats to the Republicans in 2008. They came into power pledging to curb wasteful pork projects that had hit a record $23 billion in 2006. Then they passed a budget resolution that would increase nondefense discretionary...
  • House Democrats to insert earmarks behind closed doors

    06/07/2007 7:52:38 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 12 replies · 832+ views
    One News Now ^ | 6/7/7 | Jim Brown
    A taxpayer watchdog group says Democrats in Congress are not living up to their promise of openness and transparency in the appropriations process. The group, Citizens Against Government Waste, says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's vow that her party would preside over "the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history" has already proven to be a phony promise. House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey (D-Wisconsin) has announced he will allow all earmarks into conference reports, which are negotiated behind closed doors and cannot be amended when they reach the House and Senate floors. Obey's plan ignores rules that...
  • Shutting Down the Senate's Favor Factory (taxes and spending)

    11/20/2006 12:42:09 AM PST · by xtinct · 17 replies · 772+ views
    Human Events ^ | 11-20-06 | Robert Novak
    While House Republicans reacted to stinging rejection from America's voters by refusing to change leadership, their Senate counterparts have tried to use their closing weeks in power to enact a last burst of pork-barrel spending. But that effort was stalled last week by independent-minded Republican senators, spearheaded by two abrasive freshmen and one longtime hairshirt. Before Congress recessed Friday for Thanksgiving, the GOP leadership appeared to capitulate. The freshmen, Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint, campaigning in 2004 in Oklahoma and South Carolina, promised not to fall in line with GOP leaders. Fulfilling that pledge allied them with the long-termer John...
  • Pork-Barrel Spending: But That’s Not All…

    09/15/2006 6:06:59 AM PDT · by Small-L · 9 replies · 478+ views
    12 Sep 2006 | Tom Schatz
    Members of Congress have returned after unwinding from a “grueling” legislative calendar: The Senate was in session for 101 days and the House was in session for 76 days, compared to 141 days worked by the average American. After catching up on their sleep, members will try to convince the folks back home to re-elect them. Based on the August 8 primary results, incumbents better wake up. The voters should also be aware that many members of Congress are preventing them from making informed decisions on Election Day. As in most recent years, Congress is woefully behind in passing the...
  • Bill allocates funds for Dauphin Island Beach purchases (Pork Alert)

    07/31/2006 5:48:00 PM PDT · by Small-L · 4 replies · 352+ views
    Dauphin Island Times ^ | July 14, 2006 | Mark
    Under a spending bill passed Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee approximately $2.5million would be appropriated for public beach and wildlife habitat purchases on Dauphin Island out of the next federal budget. The bill was created by Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama. Senator Shelby heads the subcommittee that crafted the spending bill. Why is this happening, you ask? Because Shelby knows Dauphin Island needs these things for its continued growth as a socio-economic entity. Because Dauphin Island officials don't have the resources to do this themselves. And because he's in a position to allocate a small portion of pork...
  • Sen. Craig and Rep. Simpson are March Porkers of the Month [Defense of pork barrel spending]

    04/10/2006 12:02:09 PM PDT · by Small-L · 1 replies · 299+ views
    CAGW ^ | March 2006
    Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) and Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) Co-Porkers of the Month for their editorial “Earnest Earmarks,” which portrays earmarking as a proper exercise of Congress’s constitutional spending power and a check on the growth of government. Sen. Craig and Rep. Simpson argue that earmarks do not increase spending because Appropriations Committees must stay within the overall limits set by the budget resolution. But the budget resolution is nonbinding and Congress routinely exceeds its spending caps. Furthermore, lawmakers often vote for expensive bills in exchange for pork projects in their home districts....
  • Earmark Reform

    03/21/2006 2:28:49 PM PST · by Small-L · 3 replies · 237+ views
    Council for Citizens Against Government Waste ^ | March 16, 2006 | Thomas A. Schatz
    ...The seven-point criteria to classify a project as pork-barrel spending were developed in conjunction with the bipartisan Congressional Porkbusters Coalition. They are: * The project was requested by only one member of Congress; * The project was not specifically authorized; * The project was not competitively awarded; * The project was not requested by the President; * The project greatly exceeds the President’s budget request or the previous year’s funding; * The project was not the subject of a hearing; and, * The project only serves a local or special interest. Any project that meets one or more of these...
  • Tancredo Blasts Colorado’s ‘Bridge for Nobody’

    11/19/2005 9:27:34 AM PST · by arnoldpalmerfan · 10 replies · 864+ views
    Office of Congressman Tom Tancredo ^ | November 18, 2005 | Will Adams
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Will Adams November 18, 2005 202.226.6997 Tancredo Blasts Colorado’s ‘Bridge for Nobody’ Tancredo Says Animal Bridge Shows Democrats’ Hypocrisy on Budget Rhetoric WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) blasted Colorado’s “vegetated wildlife overpass” as an egregious example of the Democrats’ pork-barrel spending. The $500,000 down payment on the nearly $5 million overpass, which was approved as part of the Transportation Appropriations bill today, will, apparently, serve animals who want to cross over I-70 near Vail. “We’ve all heard of the ‘bridge to nowhere’ that was stripped from the transportation bill today. At least that bridge...
  • Roll out the pork barrel

    08/05/2005 10:40:02 PM PDT · by Coleus · 22 replies · 1,088+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 08.04.05 | Jeff Jacoby
    At $286.4 billion, the highway bill just passed by Congress is the most expensive public works legislation in US history. In addition to funding the interstate highway system and other federal transportation programs, it sets a new record for pork-barrel spending, earmarking $24 billion for a staggering 6,376 pet projects, spread among virtually every congressional district in the land. The enormous bill -- 1,752 pages long -- wasn't made available for public inspection until just before it was brought to a vote, and so, as The New York Times noted, ''it is safe to bet that none of the lawmakers,...
  • Public taxes, private lot (Is this true Kentuckians?)

    01/21/2005 10:38:33 AM PST · by jb6 · 16 replies · 469+ views
    Courier Journal ^ | Friday, January 21, 2005
    Whoever heard of spending $500,000 of American citizens' tax money to build a parking lot for a private business? Whoever heard of a supposedly conservative congressman perpetrating and defending such an abuse? And whoever heard of a businessman so brazen as to defend such crass patronage as being "the American system"? Well, Kentuckians have heard it all now, thanks to U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers. The Somerset Republican has amassed such power as one of the U.S. House's appropriations "cardinals" that even the blatant misuse of public funds for a private parking lot slides quietly past all the paper tigers who...
  • You did say pro-*choice*, didn't you?

    11/25/2004 8:55:30 AM PST · by sionnsar · 10 replies · 422+ views
    Ecumenical Insanity ^ | 11/24/2004 | Athanasius
    All right. Enough of this geek stuff. Back to what matters. [FWIW, there were some technical glitches with Ecumenical Insanity the past day or two -- sionnsar] As if we needed it, here's more proof (via Ted Olsen at Christianity Today Weblog) that many who claim to be pro-choice are actually pro-abortion and anti-choice. The evidence comes from members of Congress upset that the recently passed omnibus spending bill contained this provision: None of the funds made available in this Act may be made available to a Federal agency or program, or to a State or local government, if such...
  • The Bush Paradox

    02/17/2004 11:36:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 175+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 18, 2004 | PETE DU PONT
    <p>Wasn't the era of big government supposed to be over?</p> <p>"We know big government does not have all the answers. We know there's not a program for every problem. We have worked to give the American people a smaller, less bureaucratic government in Washington. And we have to give the American people one that lives within its means. The era of big government is over."</p>
  • During a time of huge deficits, spending bill shouldn't be filled with pork

    12/09/2003 9:25:01 PM PST · by Holly_P · 2 replies · 184+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | 12/09/03 | Editorial
    Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay calls his party's $373 billion spending bill "worthy of the national challenges it meets." Republican House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Young says it's "the best product we could provide.” Democratic Rep. David Obey says it's not only "a bad bill" but "a gratuitous insult to every worker entitled to overtime pay." The president of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, Tom Schatz says not only are the Republicans three months behind in presenting the bill, they've apparently spent the time to "pile on the pork." DeLay says the bill is an "achievement in...
  • Tired of pork barrel spending?

    09/27/2003 1:54:04 PM PDT · by gocartoons · 2 replies · 276+ views
    Stephen Kramer, Cartoonist ^ | 9/27/03 | Stephen Kramer
    Tired of pork barrel spending? We can turn loose one of these in the Democratic side of the House and Senate and get rid of some of it... Cut the pork now!
  • Halibut and more smells up Congress

    06/11/2002 4:27:08 AM PDT · by olliemb · 74+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 11, 2002 | Robert Novak
    Halibut and more smells up Congress By ROBERT D. NOVAK AS President Bush announced the government's reorganization to combat terrorism, the Senate quietly concluded a charade of business as usual under cover of a national crisis. In the dead of the night, it passed an "emergency" anti-terrorism appropriations bill that in fact was loaded down with extraneous spending. The appropriators like to put bills like this on a fast, closed train, shielded from the public. Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Phil Gramm of Texas battled to slow down and open the runaway express. But scarcely one-third of their...