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Water Cooler Archive: December 2009


  • CNN's Gupta: Climate change makes pollen dangerous to your health

    Watch out, folks! Climate change is making the plant life grow at a more serious rate than ever before, thanks to the uptick in pollen the pollen count. Published December 9 2009

  • Kevin Jennings's longtime foe, 'Mass Resistance'

    Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings is in the news again over an event known as "fist-gate" that made news almost a decade ago when Brian Camenker's Massachusetts group, Mass Resistance, recorded audio from Mr. Jennings' former group the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) conference in 2000. At the conference, students as young as 12 years old were given graphic instruction on homosexual sex acts by state employees. Published December 8 2009

  • VIDEO -Michael Mann on CNN: Scientists, mathematicians often use the word 'trick'

    Climate scientist Michael Mann, best known for creating the questionable  "hockey stick" graph to show the effects of so-called anthropogenic global warming after the industrial revolution spoke to CNN about the University of East Anglia climate-gate emails.  Published December 8 2009

  • Local news blogging: NJ Senate committee clears gay marriage bill

    The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee narrowly passed a same-sex marriage bill Monday night.  The full Senate will vote on the measure Thursday and then, if it passes, it will reach final vote at the Assembly. Supporters say they do not yet have the 21 total votes needed to pass the Senate, according to the New York Times.   Published December 8 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Navy SEAL says he did not mistreat Iraqi detainee...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Navy SEAL says he did not mistreat the Iraqi detainee, the cancer death rate continues to fall, and Is the Holder DoJ imploding? Published December 8 2009

  • Local news blogging: Baucus stirs ethics q's by nominating beau

    Sen. Max Baucus admitted Saturday that he recommended a senior staffer for the U.S. attorney job in Montana while he was involved romantically with her. Published December 7 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Obama to dictate climate change regulation without Congress...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Obama may dictate climate change regulation without Congress, Britain's Brown call's climate change skeptics "flat earthers, and If the public option stands, senators say they'll block a vote on health care bill.  Published December 7 2009

  • Obama tries to unite hill Dems, makes no mention of public option

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) asked President Barack Obama to meet with Senate Democrats and two Independents in a closed door meeting today to discuss passing the pending Senate health care bill.  Democrats only need to unite all sixty votes from their caucus in order to break any filibuster that could endanger the passage of the bill.    Published December 6 2009

  • Video: Killing jobs at the White House jobs summit

    The White House hosted a jobs summit on Thursday. A large portion of the jobs summit involved pushing what has become known as “green jobs.”  Apparently, the Obama administration’s strategy is to kill jobs in an entire industry like coal, so he can prop up his friends in the green energy industry. Published December 4 2009

  • Local news blogging: Georgia speaker resigns House amid controversy

    The speaker of the Georgia House, Glenn Richardson, resigned from his seat Thursday amid allegations four days ago from an ex-wife that he had an affair with a lobbyist. Published December 4 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Poll - Castle beats AG Biden for Senate...:

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: VP Biden's Son, Beau, is behind in a head to head poll against Mike Castle for Delaware's U.S. Senate Seat, a former British soldier faces death by firing squad in Congo, and Senator DeMint threatens to block Bernanke's renomination. Published December 4 2009

  • Local news blogging: NY Senate definitively rejects gay marriage

    The New York Senate voted 38-24 against legalizing gay marriage Wednesday.  The 30 Republicans that unanimously voted 'no' on the measure were joined by eight Democrats.  Democrats hold the Senate majority by one seat. Published December 3 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Reversing Obama on the KSM trial...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Reversing Obama on the KSM trial, Comedy Central Scoops Network News on Climate-Gate Scandal, and All the Prez's climategate deniers Published December 3 2009

  • Local news blogging: Virginia casts aside historic roots, enacts tobacco ban.

    Virginia enacted a restaurant smoking ban Tuesday that's similar to laws in D.C., Maryland and countless other states and cities. Published December 2 2009

  • Webb warns Obama on taking action in Copenhagen

    Looks like a fellow Democrat has concern with the president's handling of the the cap and trade issue upon Mr. Obama's trip to Copenhagen. Senator Jim Webb (D - Va.) wrote to the administration last week warning President Obama that the White House does not have unilateral power to commit the United States to any standards agreed upon at the upcoming climate change conference in Denmark. Published December 2 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Chris Matthews calls West Point the 'enemy camp'...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Chris Matthews calls West Point the 'enemy camp', Slain Washington cop was Tea Party activist, and Feds are steering charity dollars to ACORN  Published December 2 2009

  • McCain remains mum on Navy SEALS court-martial

     It looks like our military members may need to start lawyering up before they go into battle. As the war on terror transforms into further legal courtroom battles. The Washington Times editorial page describes the latest outrage. Published December 1 2009

  • Local news blogging: Tale of two cities, mayor corruption vs. mayor runoff

    Mark Tuesday as a historical day for politics in Baltimore and Atlanta. In both cities, current and future mayors take center stage. Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon was found guilty of embezzlement and voters in Atlanta will choose a new mayor in a runoff election. Published December 1 2009

  • Andrew Sullivan cups mouth, issues correction

    Andrew Sullivan mans up after lame personal attack on Krauthammer Published December 1 2009

  • Sen. Conrad 's 9/11 trial remarks taken out of context?

    Senator Kent Conrad's (D - N.D.) office insists that he his words were "taken out of context" when he talked to a CNS News reporter about his thoughts on trying professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civil court. Published December 1 2009