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Water Cooler Archive: September 2009


  • Water Cooler reader believes we have NEA /artist dynamic backwards

    The following is a response to the Water Cooler's coverage of the NEA conference calls from Kevin Erickson, Co-Director of the Seattle based All-Ages Movement Project: Published September 22 2009

  • NEA Chairman admits mistake on August 10 conference call

    National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman responded to the August 10 NEA, White House, and United We Serve conference call in a statement sent to the Washington Times. Published September 22 2009

  • White House responds to August 10 NEA conference call

    White House spokesperson Bill Burton responded to questions about the National Endowment for the Arts August 10 conference call to ABC News reporter Jake Tapper. Published September 22 2009

  • Local news blogging: New York governor scores perplexing victory

    New York Gov. David Paterson sealed an underdog's victory Tuesday when New York State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, voted 4-3 to uphold the governor's authority to appoint a lieutenant governor.  This comes after Paterson's political clout took a hit over the weekend when news broke that the White House is quietly urging him to duck out of a 2010 gubernatorial race.  New York's bloggers are having fun with this one. Published September 22 2009

  • Artist blog on May 12 White House artist briefing

    As a result of our crowd sourcing call, reader Joellen gave us the heads up on this particular web blog of an artist who attended the May 12 White House briefing. Judith Baca, a community organizer who heads up the Los Angeles based non-profit SPARC (The Social and Public Art Resource Center) attended the May 12 White House briefing for sixty artists.  She later blogged about the event and revealed some interesting thoughts of her own. : Published September 22 2009

  • Bloggers react to August 10 NEA conference call

    Below are some conservative bloggers reactions to the National Endowment for the Arts August 10 conference call list.  We will be posting more as they come in. Published September 21 2009

  • Local news blogging: NC college board welcomes illegals

    Illegal immigrants in North Carolina may again pursue two-year degrees after the State Board of Community Colleges voted 16 to 1 in unanimous approval Friday.  Under the ruling, immigrants without legal papers will still have to pay out of state tuition and won't be eligible for financial aid.  Local bloggers had this to say. Published September 21 2009

  • May 12 White House briefing pushed Obama agenda on to artists

    The Obama administration apparently met with 60 artists and creative organizers according to an online document by Pratt Center for Community Development, State Voices, Arlene Goldbard, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Published September 21 2009

  • Revealed: Partial list of August 10 National Endowment for the Arts conference call participants

    The Washington Times has obtained a partial list of "artists and influencers" who were participants on the August 10 National Endowment for the Arts hosted conference call Published September 20 2009

  • Irving Kristol remembered

    Four prominent conservatives remember a leader and a mentor. Published September 18 2009

  • Pelosi and Feinstein: Different Milk messages

    Sen. Feinstein's reflections on Harvey Milk's murder don't jibe with House Speaker Pelosi's. Published September 18 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Obamacare sinking poll numbers...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: sinking Obamacare poll numbers, a Hollywood actor is not impressed with Obama's environmental action, a congressman skips out on the ACORN vote, and Andrew Breitbart is promising more ACORN videos. Published September 18 2009

  • Local News Blogging: Virginal Gubernatorial Race

    Polls conducted for the Virginia gubernatorial election between Creigh Deeds (D) and Bob McDonnell (R) before yesterday's debate vary widely, but it appears this race may be getting tighter.  Virginia bloggers comment on the latest polls and yesterday's debate. Published September 18 2009

  • Gore minion on NEA's controversial call?

    The National Endowment for the Arts controversial August 10 conference call included some interesting participants eager to help the NEA, United We Serve, and the White House.  One of the participants was an employee at former Vice President Al Gore's Current TV.  Published September 17 2009

  • Local News Blogging: State Bloggers on ACORN

    As BigGovernment prepares to release EVEN MORE videos of filmmaker James O'Keefe and TownHall.com columnist Hannah Giles busting ACORN offices coast-to-coast, local bloggers in states with exploited ACORN offices follow side-stories and offer commentary. Published September 17 2009

  • Sergant's outreach effort was always political

     Yosi Sergant, now former Communications Director of the National Endowment for the Arts was active in the Barack Obama  presidential campaign in 2008.  He was a curator at an art show during the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.  Published September 17 2009

  • Americans for the Arts disputes NEA editorial

    On Sept. 13, Americans for the Arts emailed The Washington Times a letter objecting to an editorial published online on Sept. 11 and in the Sept. 14 print edition of the paper. They published both on their web site on Sept. 14 and you can read them in full there. Now The Washington Times responds. Published September 17 2009

  • Did arts organizations just reiterate an old position?

    The Washington times responds to the Americans for the Arts. Published September 17 2009

  • When did the NEA chairman and the Americans for the Arts president meet?

    The Washington Times respond to Americans for the Arts. Published September 17 2009

  • Was it fair to point out Americans for the Arts' Democratic ties?

    The Washington Times responds to Americans for the Arts. Published September 17 2009