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  • Does Obama remember when Coakley snubbed him in 2008?

    By Kerry PicketPublished January 16, 2010 Comments

    President Barack Obama is flying into Boston on Sunday to try and help the struggling Martha Coakley campaign in the final days of the Massachusetts Senate race. Mr. Obama must have swallowed a lot of his pride to make this trip, knowing it is all about keeping the Senate Democrats at sixty, because Ms. Coakley was not as courteous to Mr. Obama during his Boston birthday bash in 2008. Verum Serum has discovered interesting audio of Ms. Coakley, a Hillary Clinton for President supporter, explaining to NPR why she decided to skip Mr. Obama's birthday event. In fact, just 3 weeks later, while representing the State of Massachusetts at the Democratic National Convention, she voted for Hillary Clinton after Mrs. Clinton had formally released all of her delegates to vote for Obama.  AUDIO [Transcript H/T Verum Serum] [NPR reporter]: Much has been made of the rift between Hillary Clinton’s supporters and Obama’s in this presidential campaign. Last night ...

  • Video: Brown camp files criminal complaint against Mass. Dems over flyer

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 16, 2010 Comments

    Dan Winslow, Brown campaign counsel, spoke to reporters (VIDEO BELOW)today about the campaign's filing of a criminal complaint against the Massachusetts Democratic Party regarding a recent mailing paid for and sent by the Massachusetts Democratic Party. The flyer alleges the following: "1,736 Women were raped in Massachusetts in 2008. Scott Brown wants Hospitals to turn them all away." Mr Winslow explained the basis of the criminal complaint against the Democrats in Massachusetts over the said flyer.: "There's a lot of wiggle room in a campaign,of course. In the rough and tumble of campaigns and the elbows that can be thrown...that's all fine and good, but the law also specifies the outer limits and the outer limit is falsity. Its against the law in Massachusetts to make a statement...a false statement for purposes of trying to affect an election. This is a statute that is within the corrupt practices act of Massachusetts. ...

  • Large Brown supporter turnout at Coakley rally

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 15, 2010 Comments

      If there is one thing the Scott Brown campaign is overflowing with right now, its volunteers. A rousing contingent of Brown supporters appeared at a press conference for him in front of Paul Revere's statue in a park named after the Revolutionary War era hero this afternoon and followed the Republican state Senator and former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani around Boston's north end (see photo on right). Brown supporters are so revved up, a large and loud group of them appeared outside (see photo above) of Brown opponent Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley's rally tonight in Worcester. The crowd of Brown fans was so impressive for a counter-rally, if one did not know any better, it would be easy to mistake, at first glance, that Mr. Brown was speaking to supporters in an auditorium at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and not Ms. Coakley. Mr. Brown and Mr. Giuliani went ...

  • Muslim extremists flip out over Facebook photo

    by James S. RobbinsPublished January 15, 2010 Comments

    A dozen Pakistani Muslim extremists in Lahore burned a Norwegian flag and chanted slogans after a Norwegian newspaper reprinted the famous Danish Mohammed cartoons and a Norwegian Member of Parliament changed his Facebook profile picture to the caricature of Mohammed with a bomb in his turban.  Ulf Erik Knudsen, a fourth term member of Norway's Stortinget, said he posted the picture "in sympathy with one who is threatened by forces that want to restrict freedom of expression." This is a reference to artist Kurt Westergaard, who was the object of a New Years Day assassination attempt by a 28 year old Somali man affiliated with the al-Shabab movement. The picture originally ran in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September 2005. "We must ensure freedom of expression," Mr. Knudsen told the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. "It is threatened by certain sections of fundamentalist Islam, which is opposed by our Western values."  Pakistan's National Assembly passed ...

  • Tanning tax would hurt businesses, slash jobs

    by Anath HartmannPublished January 15, 2010 Comments

    To finance Obama's vision of more affordable healthcare for all, the Senate last month decided to make something else less affordable for some. It removed a measure in the health care bill that would have imposed a 5 percent tax on all elective cosmetic surgeries and replaced it with a 10 percent tax on already-pricey indoor tanning. Tanning beds have been linked to melanoma, which people under age 30 have a 75 percent increased chance of getting if they use such machines. But baby-sitting is not the government's business, though it seems to disagree--at least where there's money to be made. To little effect on quitting rates, last April it hiked the tax on cigarettes 158 percent per pack. (We're awaiting the Big Mac Levy and the Failure-to-Floss Tariff.) The Indoor Tanning Association recently started a petition to get the measure removed, and tanning franchises have begun urging customers to go to the Web site ...

  • 2008 flashback: ACORN graded Coakley A+

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 15, 2010 Comments

    Mass Resistance has dug up an interesting press release in Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley's political past. In 2008 Ms. Coakley sent out an endearing press release praising the now scandal embroiled ACORN.: “I am honored to have received this recognition from ACORN,” said Attorney General Coakley.  “As our office continues to fight predatory lending practices, it is important for local, state, and federal officials, as well as others to work together to try and provide relief and real solutions to individuals who face the threat of foreclosure.” Ms. Coakley is the top law enforcer of Massachusetts, and her support of ACORN's practices makes one wonder where her ethical compass actually rests in matters of how she handled the licensing of non-profits in her state as well as being responsible for the reporting and financial disclosures of those groups. 

  • Off the beaten path online: Corrupt ACORN graded Coakley A+...

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 15, 2010 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Corrupt ACORN graded Coakley A+ , The “Kennedy seat” attitude isn’t helping, and The Fall of Obama. Mass Resistance: Corrupt ACORN graded Coakley A+   Martha Coakley received an A+ rating from the corrupt, “criminal enterprise” ACORN for her work “fighting foreclosures” in 2008. She was one of only six AG’s to get that high grade. Coakley issued a press release. Hot Air:  The “Kennedy seat” attitude isn’t helping  Everyone knew that Vicki Kennedy, the widow of late Senator Ted Kennedy, would eventually make a public pitch for Martha Coakley as the true, legitimate heir to the “Kennedy seat.”  Real Clear Politics: The Fall of Obama What went wrong? A year ago, he was king of the world. Now President Obama's approval rating, according to CBS, has dropped to 46 percent -- and his disapproval rating is the highest ever recorded by Gallup at the beginning ...

  • Boston paper: Dem operative admits to cheating on Brown '04 state Senate race

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 15, 2010 Comments

    The Boston Phoenix revealed a disturbing piece of information about the 2004 special election which sent GOP'er Scott Brown to the Massachusetts legislature. The article is about the conscience clause debate in the state, which embroiled not only Mr. Brown but also his daughters. After attacking Mr. Brown for introducing a bill with a conscience clause amendment as pay back to the Catholic Church for backing him in his 2004 election, the Phoenix  gives a piece of information from an unnamed Democratic source about how dirty the 2004 special election for the state Senate appears to have been.(bolding is mine) : In 2004, Brown won a special election to become state senator, despite the state Democrats scheduling the election to coincide with the Presidential primary, when Democrats would be flocking to vote for John Kerry. (As one Democratic operative recently put it to me: "We cheated, and he still beat ...

  • Martha Coakley: Devout Catholics 'Probably shouldn't work in the emergency room'

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 14, 2010 Comments

    How can a Massachusetts Senate candidate possibly offend  39 percent of voters in her state? If it's Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley, she would tell devout Catholics not to bother working in an emergency room (H/T Jim Hoft - Big Government). In the audio clip below, Ms. Coakley chokes on a question from radio host Ken Pittman referring to the conscience clause. Under the  conscience clause, workers in health-care environments ranging from doctors to maintenance men can refuse to offer services, information, or advice to patients on issues like contraception, blood transfusions, etc..if the workers are morally against it. Here is how Ms. Coakley handled the matter. (audio and transcript below): Ken Pittman: Right, if you are a Catholic, and believe what the Pope teaches that any form of birth control is a sin. ah you don’t want to do that. Martha Coakley: No we have a separation of church ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Poll: 67 percent of Americans oppose funding abortion in health care bill

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 14, 2010 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Poll: 67 percent of Americans oppose funding abortion in health care bill, CBO will receive merged health care bill soon, and Putin worries about 'global cooling'. Life News: Poll: 67 percent of Americans oppose funding abortion in health care bill   Quinnipiac found men and women about even on the question of opposing abortion funding with men opposing it 65-29 and women oppose it 68-26 percent. Government Executive: CBO will receive merged health care bill soon Healthcare overhaul negotiators hope to send a melded package to the Congressional Budget Office in the next few days, according to House members entering a leadership meeting with committee chairmen Thursday morning. UPI: Putin worries about 'global cooling' Never mind that he said it.  That’s okay.Obama has forgiven him, so has Al Sharpton. Never mind that the quick forgiveness is most assuredly politically-based given that Obama needs Reid to force-feed ...

  • 'Climategate' professor, Penn State got stimulus checks for 'climate research'

    by Anath HartmannPublished January 14, 2010 Comments

    The Obama White House is apparently so eager to see the stalled cap and trade bill through the legislative process that it's willing to give money to charlatans to get it done. According to NewsBusters, Michael Mann, the Pennsylvania State University professor responsible for the now-widely discredited "hockey stick" graph on climate change, last June received more than $541,000 in stimulus funds for research purposes.  It is difficult to see precisely how falsified climate data will stimulate economic growth, but the timing of the grant coincides with the June 26 House passage of Obama's "American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009," a shortsighted mammoth of a bill that promises to hike the price of all manufactured goods, thus driving down consumer spending and raising unemployment. The 'Climategate'-ensnared Mann is now under investigation by his employer institution for his attempts to fix global temperatures. But Penn State this month received almost $2 million (also ...

  • Could a recount in Massachusetts Senate race become the real 'delay'?

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 14, 2010 Comments

    Senate Democrats are counting on their 60 seat member caucus to withstand any filibuster. The special election in Massachusetts for the open Senate seat previously held by Ted Kennedy is being watched closely. The GOP candidate, State Senator Scott Brown, has closed in on Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley. Rasmussen's latest poll shows Ms. Coakley just two points ahead of Mr. Brown. This is an extraordinary change from Rasmussen's last poll on the race showing Mr.Brown nine points behind a little more than a week ago. The Brown campaign has said if the GOP State Senator wins, the Democrats in the state will find a way to delay Mr. Brown's certification (more info here) before the Senate wraps up health care reform legislation and votes for its final passage. Mr. Brown has already said he would vote against the health care bill, while appointed Massachusetts interim Senator Paul Kirk (D ...

  • Making America pay for terrorists' 9/11 trials does not constitute 'fighting terrorism'

    by Anath HartmannPublished January 13, 2010 Comments

    Obama may have vowed to fight terrorism, but he has a strange way of doing battle. With the news last week that New York City has estimated the cost of security for trying the 9/11 plotters at $200 million per year and the federal government likely to pick up that check, one has to wonder just how committed to this 'fight' the president and his administration really are.   Pushing ahead with plans to bring enemy combatants within blocks of the site where they killed nearly 3,000 people just a few years ago is insult enough to the American people, but asking taxpayers to foot the bill and give the rights of U.S. citizens to foreign mass murderers is inexcusable--most especially in light of all the other exorbitantly costly bills Congress has been furiously ramming down taxpayers' throats.  New York Democrat Charles Schumer made the ludicrous statement last week that ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Rasmussen - Reid’s support falls even lower

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 13, 2010 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Reid’s support falls even lower, Gillibrand is running scared, and Martha Coakley changes YouTube thumbnail away from 'deny rape victims care'. Rasmussen:  Reid’s support falls even lower A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Nevada finds Reid earning just 36% of the vote against his two top Republican challengers. That’s a seven-point drop from 43% a month ago.  NY Daily News: Gillibrand is running scared A new analysis of the Senate health care bill finds a section of the manager's amendment Senate Leader Harry Reid added to the bill that could find billions of dollars going to abortion funding. Hot Air Pundit: Martha Coakley changes YouTube thumbnail away from 'deny rape victims care' Coakley's YouTube page today, changes the stillshot to "No new prescription drug coverage" ..You can click to enlarge any of these...  

  • Rep. Frank lashes out over accusations that Mass. Dems would stall a Brown certification

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 12, 2010 Comments

    House members returned from their recess over the holidays today, and health care legislation was the number issue on the agenda.  The Senate race in Massachusetts, though, could change the dynamics of the debate, should GOP State Senator Scott Brown prevail next week. The Democrats risk losing their 60-seat filibuster proof majority with a Brown win. However, while the special election for the Massachusetts Senate seat previously held by Ted Kennedy has yet to be decided, the Brown campaign has already charged that Massachusetts Democrats will find a way to keep Mr. Brown from being certified, should he win, before the final vote on health care legislation happens in the Senate. Fox News spoke to Mr. Brown about his concern on this issue.: "When I heard ... the machine, not only locally but nationally, is trying to manipulate the process and make sure that if I'm elected, a duly elected senator, ...

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