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Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Climate Alarmist Blames This Weekend's Blizzard On Global Warming, Film Review - Avatar, and Citadel Broadcasting Files For Chapter 11. Newsbusters: Climate Alarmist Blames This Weekend's Blizzard On Global Warming Climate Progress's Joe Romm says this weekend's blizzard that rocked the Eastern seaboard was caused by global warming. Hot Air: Film Review - Avatar The buzz on the film Avatar was that it would “change the way films are made,” and that it would be as transformative an experience as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Perhaps that advance promotion was unfortunate, because James Cameron has made an entertaining popcorn movie that moves quickly and creates a beautiful vision of a forest world with its stunning CGI. Pajamas Media: Citadel Broadcasting Files For Chapter 11, AP Buries The Lede Under [CEO Farid Suleman's] rule, the company’s left-wing political bias became so ...
Republican Senators hammered away tonight at the huge Medicaid deal for Nebraska that is seen as a trade off for Sen. Ben Nelson's (D - NE) vote for the Senate health care bill. With the addition of Mr. Nelson, the Democrats now have 60 votes to break a GOP filibuster on the Senate floor, end debate through cloture, and vote on the health care bill. On the floor of the Senate, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R - S.C.) railed on the "back room" deal done by Democrats to attain Nelson's golden vote. "It's sleazy, in my view," he said. Sen. Tom Coburn (R - OK) said in a press conference this afternoon, " I think you have a half nelson a three-quarter nelson and a full nelson going on here." This evening, Sen. Charles Grassley (R - IA) took it one step further and put forth a parliamentary inquiry to the ...
****Updated with video link and more transcript Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today took shots at those who are not supporting the health care legislation. During a floor speech, he excoriated Senate GOP members for holding up the pending health care bill and accused their supporters of being birthers and fanatics in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups. He started off by citing an editorial from the Manchester Journal Inquirer, which used the insult "lunatic fringe.": (WATCH THE VIDEO HERE about 116:06 in. 2:55pm EST) “Let's Look At What Current Observers Are Saying As A Possible Early Indicator Of The Judgment History Will Inflict. Recently, The Editor Of The Manchester Journal Inquirer Editorial Page Wrote Of The Current G.O.P. Which He Called ‘This Once Great And Now Mostly Shameful Party,’ That ‘It Has Gone Crazy, Is More And More Dominated By The Lunatic Fringe And Has Poisoned Itself With Hate.’ He Concluded, ‘They No ...
*Updated with bolding of transcript and additional press conference information The Washington Times reported last night Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE.) had told reporters no deal was agreed to after he emerged from a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and other Democratic leaders. He went on to say health care talks were ongoing. What he failed to mention, through all of his rhetoric about his concern for pro-life language in the bill, was the huge Medicaid pay off to Nebraska being slipped into the health care bill. Essentially, the federal government will pay for Nebraska's new Medicaid recipients. The provision is worth about $45 million for the first ten years.In fact, Nebraska will be entitled to 100 percent federal help from Medicaid forever. "We have an agreement that the plan will not use federal dollars to fund abortions," said Senator Nelson. "I believe we have accomplished that goal. It's clear ...
Last October 27 we wrote: We look forward to headlines about record cold temperatures during the December climate summit, and to hearing desperate speeches about stopping irresistible global warming during the signing ceremony, held during a blizzard. It's easy to make predictions like this if you start with the premise that God has an amazing sense of humor and will periodically use it to illustrate human folly. Plus we based it on the well documented Gore Effect, the observed correlation between global warming activism and severely cold weather. Check it out, it is based on as sound scientific reasoning as the global warming theology.
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) emerged from evening talks with Democratic leaders over his reservations on the health care bill still pending in the Senate. "There isn't a deal. The discussions continue. This isn't quite an offer or acceptance situation. This is a discussion that is ongoing with a variety of different points to be made," said the Senator from Nebraska."Some of them are about abortion, some of them are about adoption, some of them are about conscience clause. So there is quite a bit of complexity." Mr. Nelson has taken issue with the health care bill's language on federally funded abortions. The Senator wants tighter restrictions on insurance coverage for abortions. He described some of the ideas being worked on saying, "There are revised concepts, rather than provisions. They are the kind of concepts that would exclude any kind of federal funds directly or indirectly being used to fund elective abortions." ...
Since I posted some audio of Senator Al Franken (D-MN) sending me to his press secretary recently, Mr. Franken has acted up quite a bit on the Senate floor in an unusual fashion for a freshman senator. He had an intense exchange with Senator John Thune (R - S.D.), the number four Republican in the GOP leadership, on Monday after Mr. Franken introduced a motion for the health care bill to change an excise tax to surtax(video below). Yesterday, Mr. Franken did not allow senior Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) an extension to an alloted ten minutes to continue remarks on the floor. Yet again, Mr. Franken's action against Mr. Lieberman was unusual for a freshman senator. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) commented on Senator Franken's response towards the Connecticut Senator(video below).: "I've been in this Senate 20-something years and it's the first time I've seen a member denied an extra minute ...
You know a conservative argument has carried the day when even those Democrats most ardently claim to help say they would rather not have the helping hand of government in their lives. So comes the shocking news on NPR this morning: A Washington Post-ABC poll this week showed a majority of uninsured people thought they would be better off under the status quo than under the changes now being proposed. The poll results are here, but I can't find the breakdown that NPR is refering to on either the Post or the ABC site. If NPR is right, this is huge.
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Byrd's coal comments rock W.Va., Pelosi Bars Republicans from Copenhagen Press Conference, and MSNBC's Chris Matthews Slams the Left as Not Real Democrats. Politico: Byrd's coal comments rock W.Va. An extraordinary recent statement by Sen. Robert Byrd has stunned his coal-dependent home state and left West Virginia politicians and business leaders scrambling to understand the timing and motivation behind his unexpected discourse on the future of the coal industry. Human Events: Pelosi Bars Republicans from Copenhagen Press Conference House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) today barred Republican members of the congressional delegation to Copenhagen for the U.N. “climate change” conference from participation in the official congressional press conference at Bella Center. Freedom's Lighthouse: MSNBC's Chris Matthews Slams the Left as Not Real Democrats Matthews was referring to those on the Left who are defecting from support of President Obama's Health Care push ...
Greenpeace activists got a taste of their own vandalism this week in Copenhagen. Distracted by the free donuts brought aboard one of their huge, gas-guzzling ships by people they later realized were members of an opposition group, Greenpeacers did not immediately notice members of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow unfurling over the side of their ship a large banner mocking them. CFACT supporters held the banner, done in Greenpeace's trademark green and white and reading "Ship of Lies,"over the railing of Arctic Sunrise, one of Greenpeace's two ships. Later in the day CFACT pulled off another caper, when members pulled up alongside the group's other ship, Rainbow Warrior, in a motorized dinghy and displayed a similar banner, this one reading "Propaganda Warrior." "Greenpeace ships, like the Rainbow Warrior and Arctic Sunrise, have become global symbols for radical environmentalism, and we wanted to call attention to the harm these groups ...
While the rest of the liberal universe is souring on President Obama's inability to deliver socialized medicine, MoveOn.org remains in the tank for Obama, holding the inexperienced president blameless. It is costing them with the true believers.
This morning, NPR's Morning Edition passed on a massive whopper in one of its commentaries. You can get health care there if you're in a dire situation — say, if you're pregnant or recovering from drug addiction. I know a few girls who got pregnant just to afford a doctor's visit, or had another baby just to keep their health insurance. NPR prides itself on its high journalism standards and quite often they meet them. There's a reason I listen to NPR, usually I learn stuff. Yeah its biased, but there's always original reporting. But this is way over the line. This claim is one of those things journalists know as "Too Good to Check." NPR, just like most under-staffed over-worked news orgs, doesn't fact check commentaries by outside contributors, but somebody does read them. The claim of multiple girls getting pregnant JUST so they can afford to see a ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Nelson says his vote is not for sale, don’t believe the hype about the plug-in car, and Schumer "regrets" his slur of a flight attendant. CBS 3: Nelson Says Vote Not For Sale Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson, the key Democrat hold-out in pushing health care reform forward in Washington, adamantly says his vote is not for sale at any price. Minyanville: Don’t Believe the Hype About the Plug-In Car Hybrid gasoline-electric and all-electric cars will continue to cost more than vehicles with a conventional internal combustion engine for the foreseeable future, putting the new technology beyond the reach of many car buyers. CBS: Schumer "Regrets" Slur of Flight Attendant New York Senator Chuck Schumer was reportedly waiting to take off on a flight from D.C. to New York Sunday when a flight attendant told him to turn his phone off.
*updated 12/17/09 Senator Jim DeMint (R - S.C.) had no regrets with the GOP's strategy today, when Senator Tom Coburn (R - OK) asked for Senator Bernie Sanders (I - VT) seven hundred and sixty-seven page single payer health care amendment be read by the clerk. The reading of the amendment could have lasted until Saturday, but Senator Sanders put a stop to the reading of his massive amendment at almost three 'o clock this afternoon, but it seems as if a parliamentary procedure may have been broken in the process. When Mr. Sanders called to withdraw his amendment during the clerk's reading, Mr. Coburn objected, but the parliamentarian recognized Mr. Sanders nonetheless and ignored Mr. Coburn. According to Senate procedures, "Under Rule 15, paragraph 1, and Senate precedents, an amendment shall be read by the clerk before it is up for consideration or before the same shall be debated ...
The political blogosphere has been buzzing since the announcement Tuesday that the Obama administration plans to buy the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Ill., to house about 100 Guantanamo detainees. Numerous bloggers are raising the obvious question of how, just days after the passage of the bill that approved a $3.6 trillion budget for fiscal year 2010, the White House will pay for the new facility and all the incidentals that will accompany it. Though the administration has so far remained mum on the projected cost of the acquisition and its expected source of funding, the Get d'Clu blog says the facility itself would cost about $120 million up-front and would require at least $65 million annually in operational fees. The state-of-the-art detention facility at Guantanamo Bay was built at a cost of over $50 million for the explicit purpose of keeping terrorists away from U.S. Soil,” says Get d'Clu. “Scrapping ...
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