Water Cooler Archive: July 2012


  • PICKET: Olympics math - Medal winners to pay up to $9,000 to IRS

    Here is some interesting Olympics math coming from Americans for Tax Reform. American athletes who win medals at the 2012 London Olympics will have to cough up some dough to the IRS when they return the United States. Published July 31 2012

  • PICKET: Chick fil A debate part of long list of religious freedom battles v. government

    It appears many are surprised that liberal politicians are looking for ways to ban the restaurant chain “Chick fil A” from opening their businesses as a result of the CEO Dan Cathy’s personal stance on traditional marriage. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Boston Mayor Tom Menino, and now San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee have already said that Chick fil A was not welcomed in their cities. Published July 30 2012

  • PICKET: Sen. Sessions: Obama ad claiming plan will pay down debt is false

    Senator Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican and ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, is not buying the administration's claims on the president's updated budget and is demanding that President Barack Obama's campaign remove an ad (above) that says he has a plan to ‘pay down the debt in a balanced way.’ President Obama claims his plan, which includes his tax proposal that would hike taxes on those making $250,000 and above would be used to pay down the debt. Published July 27 2012

  • PICKET: (VIDEO) Border agents say DHS tells them to release illegals after violent crimes are committed

    Senator Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, introduced two top border immigration agents on Thursday to talk about the lax enforcement directives they are given by the Department of Homeland Security and how illegal immigrants are cheating the system to get into United States even after multiple violent crimes have been committed. Published July 27 2012

  • PICKET: (AUDIO) Durbin, Kerry, and Davis distance themselves from Mayors Emanuel and Menino on Chick-fil-A controversy

    Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel both made remarks recently that the restaurant chain "Chick-fil-A was not welcomed in either of their cities due to the CEO's support of traditional marriage. Democrats in Washington are already distancing themselves from the controversy. Published July 26 2012

  • PICKET: (AUDIO) Chicago Dem Congressman opposes barring businesses based on religious beliefs of CEO's

    Congressman Danny Davis, Illinois Democrat, who represents Chicago's west side disagreed with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and local Chicago Democrat Ald. Joe Moreno who are looking to block restaurant chain "Chick-fil-A" from opening up any further businesses in the city due to the company's CEO support of traditional marriage. Published July 26 2012

  • PICKET: Exclusive - DOJ IG meets secretly with Gowdy and Chaffetz - 'fast and furious' report to be released 'in weeks not months'

    Congressman Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, and Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican, both met with newly appointed Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz last week, Rep. Gowdy told me on Wednesday, to discuss when the IG will release his report on the investigation into the now defunct ATF “Fast and Furious” gun walking operation. Published July 25 2012

  • WISER: Auditing the Fed — Paul's swan song

    Advocated by Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, for decades, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act would direct the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office to conduct an audit of the Fed and make recommendations for legislative or administrative actions in a report submitted to Congress. Published July 25 2012

  • PICKET: (VIDEO) Romney takes sharp turn from Obama policy and names 'radical Islamic terrorism' as a threat

    GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke before the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday in Reno adnd hammered the Obama administration's foreign policy from the middle east to defense cuts. One particular issue that Mr. Romney pointed out was the threat of "radical Islamic terrorism." Published July 25 2012

  • PICKET: Did Netanyahu take a subtle swipe at Obama admin?

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed on "Fox News Sunday” the recent terrorist attack via suicide bomber in Bulgaria. The attack at a Bulgaria bus station killed five Israeli tourists. Netanyahu reiterated to Fox News host Chris Wallace that Iran along with Hezbollah its, “terrorist proxy,” were responsible for the attack and other acts similar to it. Published July 24 2012

  • PICKET: People sharing name of Colo. shooting suspect receive backlash

    The Denver Channel writes that James Holmes, the 24-year old accused of shooting 71 people, 12 of them fatally, at a mid night showing of The Dark Knight Rises premiere in Aurora, Colorado has also caused some online agita for a number of individuals who share his name. Published July 23 2012

  • PICKET: Poll shows majority of voters blame Obama over Bush for weak economy

    A new poll from The Hill shows that more people are blaming President Obama for the bad economy more than they are former President George W. Bush. Published July 23 2012

  • PICKET: Authorities interview 'second person of interest' in Colo. shooting case

    Fox 31 Denver is reporting that local state and federal authorities are looking for a second person of interest they believe may have been involved in the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting late Friday night. Published July 22 2012

  • PICKET: Colo. shooting shows failure in treatment of mentally ill

    The horrible massacre that happened at the Century 16 Cineplex in Aurora, Colorado has set off the debate between second amendment and gun control activists. According to reports, the suspected gunman, 24-year old James Holmes, allegedly shot 71 people at the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises at the Aurora theater. Published July 20 2012

  • PICKET: AMC bans costumes and masks at theaters

    AMC Entertainment reacted to the tragic shooting at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado by issuing the following press release regarding its theaters. Published July 20 2012

  • PICKET: Media finds way to blame tea party for another violent tragedy

    Once again, the media managed to blame the tea party for a horrific violent tragedy. This time the tragedy was in Aurora, Colorado at midnight showing of the Dark Knight Rises. Twelve people were killed by a shooter who went on a rampage, fifty other individuals needed to be treated for injuries. Below are examples of past tragedies that the tea party was unfairly blamed for immediately after the event occurred. Published July 20 2012

  • PICKET: 1986 Dark Knight Returns comic portrays movie theater shooting

    The tragic shooting that resulted in 12 people killed and 50 injured in Aurora, Colorado at a mid-night Dark Knight Rises showing has many wondering what the shooter's motivation was. The Washington Examiner is reporting on a 1986 Dark Knight Returns issue story portraying an individual shooting and killing 3 people at a Batman-inspired porn theater as a possible motive. Published July 20 2012

  • PICKET: (VIDEO) Fireworks at Napolitano hearing-DHS Sec unaware of classified doc leak and WH terror group visit

    Fireworks on Capitol Hill happened at a Homeland Security Oversight hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Congressman Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican, grilled Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano over reports (h/t Daily Beast) that an Egyptian terrorist group obtained visas and gained access to meet with top White House officials. Published July 19 2012

  • WISER: Carbon tax proposal by left-right coalition sparks backlash

    A carbon tax proposal might be gaining momentum among policy groups on both the left and right despite opposition from some free-market think tanks and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill. Published July 18 2012

  • PICKET: Obama bundler at Bain opens Obama camp to more criticism from Dems over Bain attacks

    The attacks on Mitt Romney from the Obama campaign for his work at Bain Capital appear to be boomeranging back to Obama. According to Mike Flynn at Breitbart.com, although Romney exited Bain in 1999, Obama Bundler Jonathan Lavine joined Bain Capital in 1993 and currently serves as its Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer. Published July 18 2012

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