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Water Cooler Archive: November 2009


  • Off the beaten path online: Security threats inside and out for 9/11 trial...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: The security around the 9/11 terror trial is being questioned, the Obama administration's focus on health care reform has distracted the White House and its allies from the country's unemployment problem, and conservatives are demanding an investigation of SEIU president Andrew Stern. Published November 17 2009

  • Local news blogging: Gitmo goes Illinois?

    A little used prison in Thomson, Ill., located 150 miles west of Chicago, is emerging as the favorite setting to house suspected terrorists currently held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Proponents say the prison would reportedly bring thousands of jobs to Thomson, Ill., where the prison is located, while opponents say the security risk is far too great. Published November 16 2009

  • The AMA still does not get it

    Not surprisingly, the American Medical Association took umbrage to our recent editorial of titled "A proud legacy trashed." Published November 16 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Miranda rights for terrorists...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was never mirandized, New York has Senator Schumer to thank for the NYC terror trials, and the CDC Task Force says that sex-ed is  better than abstinence but won’t release full data to the public. Published November 16 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: British pol pushes personal 'carbon allowance'...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: A British politician believes his countrymen should be given a personal carbon allowance, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Ct.) falls behind possible challengers for 2010, and Sen. Harry Reid might have to think about packing up his office in Washington as well. Published November 13 2009

  • Local news blogging: Republican SC senator censured by local GOP

    Senator Linsey Graham (R - S.C.) was censured by an executive Republican Party committee in Charleston County on Monday for his support of legislation Republicans on Capitol Hill have generally fought against. Published November 12 2009

  • Local news blogging: Baltimore Mayor theft trial

    Opening remarks in the criminal theft trial of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, a Democrat, delivered Thursday. Published November 12 2009

  • Hoffman spokesman: Why did Pelosi swear in an uncertified 'winner'?

    New York’s 23rd Congressional District race supposedly concluded last week when conservative candidate Doug Hoffman conceded the race to Democrat Bill Owens, when the Hoffman campaign was told it was down 5,335 votes with 93% of all the county precinct votes tallied. However, the Post Standard, a local paper in Syracuse, is reporting that after recanvassing of all the ballots, NY-23’s race has tightened even further. Published November 12 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Recanvassing shows NY-23 race tightens further after Owens sworn in...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are:Recanvassing shows that the NY-23 race has tightened even after Bill Owens was sworn in, Medical marijuana gets support from the American Medical Association, and Sen. Jack Reed (D - RI) manages to find constitutionality in the health care mandate. Published November 12 2009

  • Pfizer closes facility four years after Kelo case

    Pfizer recently announced it plans to vacate its research and development facility in New London, Connecticut and move to nearby Groton. The Hartford Courant reports that the pending loss of Pfizer's headquarters, "could also complicate New London's effort to redevelop the Fort Trumbull area... " Published November 11 2009

  • Local news blogging: Rell's decison creates GOP hole in CT.

    Republican Governor Jodi Rell announced that she will not seek reelection when her term expires in 2010.  Rell has enjoyed relatively high poll numbers during her term, even through state budget difficulties.  Her decision has sent the state's GOP scrambling to find a candidate with enough name recognition to win the office in a laergely Democratic state. Published November 11 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: UPS vs. FEDEX: Ultimate Whiteboard Remix...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: UPS  is trying to get FEDEX reclassified under federal law, Pro-Abortion House Dems solidify opposition to the conference report with the Stupak amendment, the Constitutional contempt of the health care mandate. Published November 11 2009

  • Local news blogging: Rep. Cao, Lone Ranger or Lone Danger?

    Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao may become synonym on Capitol Hill for "lonely vote."  During the narrow passage of the House's healthcare reform bill on Saturday, Cao was the only House Republican to vote in favor of the bill. Published November 10 2009

  • Frum gets it right, our shoes and water bottles are not the problem

    David Frum nails it today. A favorite target of conservatives (including myself at one point), Mr. Frum gets it right on his blog post about how our tip-toeing around the issue of racial pro-filing resulted in the Fort Hood disaster. Published November 10 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Scozzafava resigns from Republican Assembly leadership post...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: New York Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava resigned from her leadership post, Joe Biden is the unknown vice president, and Chris Matthews cannot figure out why contacting terrorists would be considered a crime. Published November 10 2009

  • Resolution to rescind AMA endorsement of House health care bill voted down

    The American Medical Association House of Delegates voted for the American Medical Association to maintain its endorsement of the U.S. House of Representatives health care legislation H.R. 3962, according to David Cook, Executive Director of the Medical Association of Georgia. Published November 9 2009

  • CJR's 'I'm a moron' excuse.

    In a sharply worded critique of a ProPublica article in the Columbia Journalism Review, writer Dean Starkman uses the term "tea-bagging" to refer to Citizens Against Government Waste, a non-profit taxpayer watchdog group. Published November 9 2009

  • Local news blogging: Fort Hood

    The country continues to mourn the deaths of 13 people and pray for the 29 wounded in the shooting at Fort Hood last week. Published November 9 2009

  • Audio - Waxman on Stupak: Differences can be resolved in conference

    During questioning from the press prior the passage of the Stupak-Pitts amendment, the Washington Times asked Rep.Henry Waxman (D - Calif.) if the amendment could be changed later on after the eventual passage of H.R. 3962 last night.:AUDIO Published November 9 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Dems who voted against the health care bill speak out...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Democrats who voted against the health care bill speak out, Michelle Malkin asks why the British are the ones making the 9/11 connection to the Ft. Hood shooter, and the Democrats health care bill may come back to haunt them later. Published November 9 2009