Monday, November 30, 2009


  • House Members Worth $1 Billion

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are worth at least $1 billion.
An analysis of financial disclosure forms by Roll Call, a sister publication of, found 125 lawmakers were worth more than $1 million.
Overall, the representatives, nonvoting delegates and the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico were worth at least $1.13 billion, with a minimum debt of $125.69 million. (Numbers are not exact because Members only report a range of their net worth.)
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is the richest House lawmaker, with a minimum net worth of at least $164.65 million, while Democratic Rep. Alcee Hasting is at the bottom, with negative $2.13 million.

  • Military Suicides Higher than Casualties

More U.S. military personnel have taken their own lives so far in 2009 than have been killed in either the Afghanistan or Iraq wars this year, according to a compilation of the latest statistics from the armed services.
As of last week, at least 334 members of the military services have committed suicide this year, compared with 297 killed in Afghanistan and 144 who died in Iraq.
Lawmakers in recent years have been increasingly concerned about the growing problem of military suicides, especially in the Army. They have been holding hearings, passing bills and approving billions of dollars more than requested to improve mental health care for military personnel and vetearns.
But even those who have been most intensely focused on the issue said they found the new numbers alarming.
  • Take a Good Look at the Health Care Bills with Easy-to-Use Search Feature
The Senate has just released its version of the bill, and . . . it, too, is big. Now, you're likely still curious about what's in both of them--but maybe not curious enough to leaf through all 2,047 pages. Thankfully, the New York Times is going to help meet you halfway. They've got a handy feature that allows you to scan both documents, or see all the differences between the two versions on a single page--making the experience of dissecting and making sense of the thing much easier. It's called, aptly, Search the Senate Bill, and it finds any keywords you'd so desire to search for in the hulking text of both documents.


mikeb302000 said...

Mr. Natural, I just found your site through the Existentialist Cowboy, whom I like very much.

I like what I see here. I'll be back.

Mr. Natural said...

Thanks for stopping by mikeb! Sorry about the delay, just getting used to moderating comments.

mikeb302000 said...

May I ask why you recently started moderating? On my blog, some of the hard-line pro-gun guys became so abusive I started doing it.

Mr. Natural said...

Mike, I only started moderating because I was getting a little spam.

I SAW the stuff the pro-gun guys were dropping at your blog. At no place in the bill of rights does it state that as a citizen of the USA to you get some sort of inalianable right have as many of any kind of gun you want. When it was WRITTEN, the Green Mountain Boys were the guerillas fighting the red suited soldiers of King George! The whole bill of rights, indeed, the whole CONCEPT of a United States of America are among THE most liberal ideas ever heard around this weary old world! King George thought they were TREASONOUS! From that I extrapolate that the country was, in fact, founded by liberals - some educated, and some not so much.

As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.