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Water Cooler Archive: February 2011


  • (video/photo) Wis. protesters constant harassment of Fox News

    Fox News reporter Mike Tobin has been reporting from Madison, Wisconsin for a little over two weeks now, and the protesters have not made it easy for the Fox News crew to do live shots and stand ups. Mr. Tobin recently reported that a protester hit him, while the reporter was in the middle of a stand up. Here are a few other videos and photos I took during my time in Wisconsin last week, and they show exactly what the Fox News guys have been going through while reporting in Madison. Published February 28 2011

  • Gov. Walker: I hope Obama isn't acting like the union bosses

    Governor Scott Walker’s office released a statement Monday afternoon responding to President Obama who said on Monday that public union employees should not be "vilified or "denigrated" Published February 28 2011

  • CWA Union conference call shows anger towards Christie and concern for future

    The Communications Workers of America, a union that represents employees in the “telecommunications, broadcasting, cable TV, journalism, publishing, manufacturing, airlines, customer service, government service, health care, education and other fields,” conducted a conference call for about two thousand of their members on Wednesday evening to discuss the events happening in Wisconsin and other areas of the country. Published February 25 2011

  • Rep. Capuano: 'I regret my choice of words'

    In the midst of rising tensions between state legislatures and unions on changes in labor's collective bargaining rights, Congressman Michael Capuano, Massachusetts told a union audience on Tuesday, "You have 'get a little bloody when necessary." Mr. Capuano found himself in the middle of a firestorm after that remark. Reminders that the Democrats have been calling for "civility" and a "new tone" rightfully surfaced. Published February 24 2011

  • CWA Union conference call shows anger towards Christie and concern for future

    The Communications Workers of America, a union that represents employees in the “telecommunications, broadcasting, cable TV, journalism, publishing, manufacturing, airlines, customer service, government service, health care, education and other fields,” conducted a conference call for several thousand of their members on Wednesday evening to discuss the events happening in Wisconsin and other areas of the country. Published February 23 2011

  • Obama bombs it on Libya

    President Barack Obama's clumsy response to the Libyan people's uprising against their country's dictator Moammar Gaddaffi shows Mr. Obama is once again, like he was with the Iranian student protests last year, slow to the punch. Published February 23 2011

  • Wis. Senate Dems found in Harvard, Illinois hotel; GOP lawmakers keep options open for bill passage

    It appears the 14 Wisconsin Senate Democrats have been located near the Wisconsin border in Harvard, Illinois at a Heritage Inn and Suites. Published February 22 2011

  • Air Tanker award coming Thursday afternoon

    The long-awaited decision on who will build a badly needed air refueling tanker will be announced Thursday afternoon. Published February 22 2011

  • (video) Allen West to CAIR rep: Don't try and blow sunshine up my butt

    Congressman Allen West, Florida Republican, hosted a townhall meeting on Monday in Pompano Beach and was confronted by the executive director of the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Nezar Hamze. With a Koran in his hand, Mr. Hamze asked the Florida Congressman, "Can you show me one verse in this Koran where it says to attack America. attack Americans, or attack innocent people?” Published February 22 2011

  • Photo Gallery: WI protests are all 'about the money'

    Often during the Wisconsin pro-union protest this past week, the mantra heard from crowds and Wisconsin Democratic legislators is that their demands are only about losing collective bargaining power and "not about money." Published February 20 2011

  • University's hate for military was never about DADT

    Colleges like Columbia University, who banned ROTC from their campus 42 years ago, would often cite the now repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military rule as reason to keep military recruiting off their campuses. Too many Americans accepted the phony and hypocritical nature of this argument. In one instance colleges wanted homosexuals to serve openly in the military, yet in the next instance post DADT repeal, college students and faculty are still harassing military recruiters for being the military. Published February 20 2011

  • (video) Doctors signing fake sick notes for union workers in WI

    Pro-Union protesters in Wisconsin directed state workers to a location where doctor's signed notes could be collected by Wisconsin union members who skipped work to protest in Madison. Published February 19 2011

  • Tea Party arrives in Madison to face pro-union protesters

    Tea Party groups emerged in Madison, Wisconsin around the state's capitol on Saturday to counter pro-union protesters. Published February 19 2011

  • WI protesters find Fox News Channel's truck

    A group of Wisconsin pro-union protesters found Fox News Channel's satellite truck parked outside of the state's capitol on Friday evening. Published February 18 2011

  • (video) Gov. Walker on protesters: We can't let them drown out voices of millions in WI

    Thousands of pro-union protesters emerged in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday to oppose a bill proposed by Republican Governor Scott Walker that would strip public unions of collective bargaining power. Mr. Walker addressed the press in the early evening in his office at the Capitol. For those wondering, I took a photo from the the governor's press room. Video clips of the governor's press conference are included in this post. Published February 18 2011

  • More Gov. Walker comparisons to Hitler and terrorists on WI protest signs

    Union protesters continue to compare Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker to Hitler and a terrorist. Published February 18 2011

  • (video) WI Union protester on 'Don't tread on me' flag: Tea Party stole the design

    A Wisconsin union protester told me why he believes the tea party stole the design for what looks like a Gadsden flag that he was carrying. Published February 18 2011

  • (video) WI Dem lawmaker defends union dues

    Wisconsin Democratic Assemblyman Fred Kessler defended union dues members must pay, when I asked him if the dues hit their members too hard in the pocket. Published February 18 2011

  • (video) WI Dem lawmaker unsure about private sector support for union protests

    Wisconsin Democratic Assemblyman Fred Kessler is unsure about whether or not the unions protests in his state are receiving any private sector support. Published February 18 2011

  • FDR vs. Wisconsin Teachers

    President Obama is way to the left of Franklin Roosevelt when it comes to public-employee unions. Published February 18 2011