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  • Rewarding Metro's poor track record with more subsidies?

    By Anath HartmannPublished April 21, 2010 Comments

    The same day the governors of Maryland and Virginia and the Washington, D.C., mayor called publicly for a less dangerous, more accountable Metro system, a D.C. Council member pitched a 10-cent-per-gallon gas-tax hike to help pay for the chronically-in-the-red, accident- and outage-prone rail network. Democrat Jim Graham of Ward 1 introduced a bill Tuesday that would raise the gas tax in Washington--and areas Metro serves in Virginia and Maryland--from 23.5 cents a gallon to 33.5 cents a gallon. Washington already has among the highest gas taxes in the nation. Mr. Graham told the Washington Business Journal: "Each and every year, we have to pull together this crazy patchwork quilt of various jurisdictions contributing various monies without the opportunity to have a dedicated tax revenue source for our rail system. I know this is perhaps not the most advisable thing to do in an election year, but we’ve got to step forward ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Former Rolling Stone’s child lover says raise the age of consent...

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 21, 2010 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are:Former Rolling Stone’s child lover says raise the age of consent, Bisexual men sue gay group, claim bias, Take the painkiller and go home. Life Site News: Former Rolling Stone’s child lover says raise the age of consent Smith, 39, revealed to the Mail that she has come a long way from being the Wild Child on London’s celebrity scene in the 1980s to a woman who is now single, celibate, and living out a revived Catholic faith, mentoring young girls, and involving herself in charitable work. Seattle Times: Bisexual men sue gay group, claim bias The three Bay Area men say the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance in essence deemed them not gay enough to participate in the series. American Spectator:  Take the painkiller and go home The defining moment for the Presidency of Barack Obama came early, in June, 2009. ...

  • Democrats dodge questions on party connections to Goldman Sachs

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 20, 2010 Comments

    At a press conference on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, dodged questions from reporters about his party's close ties to Wall Street, while he attacked the GOP for the Republicans' Wall Street connections. When asked about the numerous finance lobbyists on Capitol Hill and their efforts with the Democrats, Mr. Reid responded, "There are more than 1500 lobbyists here to work on this bill. Push back is coming from those who don't want any changes in this legislation just as with healthcare. " Fox Business Network's  Charles Gasparino wrote a story last week about a fund raising event hosted by Goldman Sachs and attended by Mr. Reid. Mr. Gasparino wrote: " ...Reid was verbally harangued by several senior Goldman executives, including Cohn himself, for being part of the growing chorus of politicians who are using anti-Wall Street rhetoric to score political points." CNN's Dana Bash asked Senator ...

  • Louisiana news blog looks at possible assailant of Jindal aide

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 19, 2010 Comments

    (All bolding on this post is mine) Allee Bautsch, a Louisiana GOP fundraiser for Gov. Bobby Jindal, was released from the hospital today. She and her boyfriend Joseph Brown endured an April 9 brutal attack by individuals outside of Brennan's, a restaurant in New Orleans' French Quarter. Mr. Jindal's office released a statement today announcing Ms. Bautsch's release from the hospital: “Allee is home from the hospital and she continues to make good progress in her recovery from serious injuries. She now has weeks of rehabilitation ahead of her. We are refraining from further comment at this time on the investigation, because it is an open, active law enforcement investigation. We expect the authorities to find the people who did this and ensure they are brought to justice.” The Hay Ride, a local Lousiana news blog, has been covering the case since news of the assault broke. The blog has ...

  • Off the beaten path online: New 'Jews for Palin' group takes aim at Obama...

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 19, 2010 Comments

      Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are:Unexpected unemployment chart of the day, Extra tax refunds giving consumers a short-term boos, New 'Jews for Palin group' 'takes aim at Obama.   Hot Air: Unexpected unemployment chart of the day  The employment picture hasn’t changed much at all in the past six months despite all of the media spin. Initial jobless claims have been flat since the end of October, as this chart from Uncommon Misperceptions shows. Investors Business Daily: Extra tax refunds giving consumers a short-term boost As the economy was nose-diving last spring, most people probably overlooked the record-smashing $259 billion in refunds awarded (as of April 24) — roughly $40 billion, or 17% ahead of the 2008 tax season. Arutz Sheva:  New 'Jews for Palin' group takes aim at Obama A new Jewish organization has been started in the United States – openly supportive of Sarah Palin, ...

  • Pres. George Washington's $300,00 late library book fee

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 19, 2010 Comments

    Australia's Herald Sun reports our first president of the United States George Washington has a late book fee at the New York Library that became as massive as $300,00: America's first president never returned the books, on international law and parliamentary debates. "We're not actively pursuing the overdue fines. But we would be very happy if we were able to get the books back," librarian Mark Bartlett said. Washington's late fee went unnoticed for almost 150 years. President Washington borrowed: Law of Nations, a treatise on international relations, and Vol. 12 of the Commons Debates, which contained transcripts of debates from Britain's House of Commons.  

  • Boxer: Backers should have tea partiers' enthusiasm

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 18, 2010 Comments

    ***Updated - 12:25 AM 4/19/10 Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, told supporters this weekend to get as excited as the "tea party people are." In August, Mrs. Boxer criticized those protesting health care reform legislation at town-hall meetings and described them as "well-dressed."   Mrs. Boxer, who is facing a tough re-election bid, is only a few points ahead of three possible GOP challengers.

  • Pataki 2012?

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 16, 2010 Comments

    Former Governor of New York Republican George Pataki could be eyeing a run for 2012. A New York GOP insider told me today that Mr. Pataki seems to be considering a presidential run. Mr. Pataki recently made it clear he would not be running against New York Democratic Senator Kirsten GIllibrand, though his poll numbers show he could have very well had a strong chance at taking her seat during this year's mid term elections.  The New York Republican insider said,“Its certainly something Pataki seems to be looking at, and the people of New York would likely be receptive going off on what the poll numbers have looked like for him against Kirsten Gillibrand. This is clearly a smart way for him to raise his profile on a national scene once again.” Through his non – profit, revereamerica.org, the former New York governor is planning to travel to Iowa and ...

  • When the left projects their violent streak onto conservatives

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 16, 2010 Comments

    In another example of the left projecting their issues on to conservatives comes the latest report about the brutal attack on a Louisiana Republican fundraiser and her boyfriend outside a fundraising event where Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal was in attendance. Yahoo News reports the following: Last Friday night, Allee Bautsch, the chief fundraiser for Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, was violently assaulted, along with her boyfriend, outside of a famed New Orleans restaurant. Reports on the incident remain murky, but a source close to Bautsch tells Yahoo! News that they were politically motivated and that Bautsch has been hospitalized for days to treat her injuries. The piece also includes a disturbing quote from a NOPD Public Information Officer:  That account has not been confirmed, but Yahoo! News spoke to a friend of Allee Bautsch who's been in communication with her since the attack. The friend, who declined to be named because the attackers ...

  • Charity, gratitude and the role of government

    by TWT GuestPublished April 16, 2010 Comments

    By Dr. Gary C. Lawrence National Poll / N = 1000 Registered Voters Conducted March 29 – April 7, 2010 Main Findings The survey questions began, “Let’s say that your neighbor told you that he and his family do not have enough food to eat.”  Then followed several statements to which respondents were asked to indicate their degree of agreement or disagreement. Nine out of ten Americans feel they have a moral obligation to help a neighbor who does not have enough food for his family. Of those who feel this moral obligation, three in ten believe society has a duty to enforce it, while almost six in ten do not. A majority believes government has a duty to provide food for this neighbor, but they do not believe government has the right to increase taxes to do so.  Four in ten believe that the neighbor has the right to ...

  • Hot issue cool brains

    by TWT GuestPublished April 16, 2010 Comments

    By Malcolm A. Kline Apparently university administrators are so busy fighting global warming that they can’t take the time to read the Climategate e-mails that show that the science behind the theory is corrupt. At George Washington University, for example, “The Office of Sustainability and Climate Action Plan implementation teams are on schedule to complete the promised road map to make GW carbon neutral by its deadline of May 15, a University administrator said this week,” Michelle Brown reported in the GW Hatchet online on April 8, 2010. “Sophie Waskow, the stakeholder engagement coordinator of the Office of Sustainability, said the plan will be unveiled April 22 at an Earth Day celebration.” “The Climate Action Plan implementation teams have made significant progress analyzing different strategies for reducing carbon emissions resulting from the University’s energy and transportation activities,” Waskow stated in an e-mail. Meanwhile, “What emerges from our review of the ...

  • Video: Washington, D.C. tax day tea party rally

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 15, 2010 Comments

    A Washington D.C. tea party rally on April 15 took place in Freedom Plaza. Another tea party protest was held nearby in front of the Washington Memorial. Below are a few videos of activists and curious liberals engaging tea party protesters.

  • AP: Obama mocks tea party protesters

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 15, 2010 Comments

      In yet another act of arrogance, President Barack Obama ridiculed the tea party protesters today at a Miami fundraiser. The AP reports (h/t - Dan Riehl): President Barack Obama says he's amused by the anti-tax tea party protests that have been taking place around Tax Day. Obama told a fundraiser in Miami on Thursday that he's cut taxes, contrary to claims of protesters. He says he's been a little amused over the past couple of days when people at the rallies complained about taxes. Quoting the president: "You would think they'd be saying thank you."  

  • Iowa young conservatives organize themselves

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 15, 2010 Comments

    Young conservatives are using the President Barack Obama's many communication, outreach, and organizing strategies to get young voters on the right fired up and involved. The Iowa Dream Project is a solid example of what conservatives in every state should do to, if they want their voices heard. Here are their stated goals: Iowa must get back to #1 in the nation in education results and innovation, reversing a slide toward mediocrity. Iowa must reverse the Brain Drain trend, through both urban and rural growth. Iowa can be the midwest's premier place to live, work and play. Growing Iowa paychecks must be a pillar of our economic development. That means lower taxes, less government intrusiveness and higher quality jobs with higher pay. Increasing the civic engagement of young Iowans, with an increased voter turnout of 5% by young Iowans. The Iowa Dream Project has started up a Facebook page dedicated ...

  • Off the beaten path online: AP admits Rep. Heath Shuler did not hear tea party racial slurs...

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 15, 2010 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: AP admits Rep. Heath Shuler did not hear Tea Party racial slurs, The 'crash' that burned, No time behind bars for Imam in NYC subway-plot. Newsbusters: AP admits Rep. Heath Shuler did not hear Tea Party racial slurs Rep. Heath Shuler is denying a report that he heard racial slurs yelled from a crowd of angry health care protesters outside the U.S. Capitol. Pajamas Media: The 'crash' that burned Our tipsy medical administrative assistant in Chicago aside, it appears that tea party crashers simply aren’t showing up in the numbers that Democrats hoped for … or for that matter, showing up as anything resembling competent crashers at all. Associated Press: No time behind bars for Imam in NYC subway-plot An Afghanistan-born imam who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the investigation into a suicide bomb plot against New York City ...

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