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  • Off the beaten path online: 58% favor waterboarding of plane terrorist to get information...

    By Kerry PicketPublished January 4, 2010 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: 58% favor waterboarding of plane terrorist to get information, staff walks out on party-switcher Griffith, and heroin for dummies. Rasmussen:  58% Favor waterboarding of plane terrorist to get information Fifty-eight percent (58%) of U.S. voters say waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques should be used to gain information from the terrorist who attempted to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day The Hill:  Staff walks out on party switcher Griffith Rep. Parker Griffith's (Ala.) staff has resigned en masse after his recent decision to switch parties and become a Republican.  NY Post: Heroin for dummies The city spent $32,000 on 70,000 fliers that tell you how to shoot heroin, complete with detailed tips on prepping the dope and injecting it into your arm.  

  • Thanks to our readers for your 2010 headline submissions

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 1, 2010 Comments

    The Washington Times Opinion section presented the New Years day page with predictions of 2010 headlines we considered both likely and unlikely. We would like to thank our readers for helping us compile a great list. Special thanks goes to those on the Water Cooler, Twitter, Red State, and Free Republic. Below are a few other 2010 "headlines" which did not make our print edition due to space but bear mentioning. Contributors of the 2010 headlines include the Washington Times Opinion staff, Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, staff at CEI, and staff at Newsbusters.: Welfare mortgage legislation repealed  Local ACLU plants crosses in front of City Hall  Gitmo remains open, larger facility built nearby Winter 2009 coldest on record SCOTUS: foreign terrorists not due same rights as Americans Israel strikes Iranian nuclear facilities Estate tax repealed Neutrality neutralized: Net bill dead in the water Climate scandal: More emails emerge, more records faked In "hard pivot," Obama fires Geithner, Summers; appoints Forbes to ...

  • Obama appoints transgender political activist as advisor

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 1, 2010 Comments

     *Updated with press release link President Obama has appointed Amanda Simpson to the position of Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce. Ms. Simpson is likely to be the first transgender appointee of the Obama administration. In a National Center for Transgender Equality press release, Ms. Simpson is quoted as saying,: ''I'm truly honored to have received this appointment and am eager and excited about this opportunity that is before me. And at the same time, as one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government, I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds, and that this appointment opens future opportunities for many others.'' Ms. Simpson has thirty years experience in the aerospace and defense industry. She most recently served as Deputy Director in Advanced Technology Development at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona. According to the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance, Ms. Simpson has an activist political background ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Ben Nelson to Henry McMaster: 'Call off the dogs'...

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 1, 2010 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Ben Nelson to Henry McMaster: 'Call off the dogs', How did Obama fare in 2009? Don't ask an Obamaniac!, and War? What war? Politico: Ben Nelson to Henry McMaster: 'Call off the dogs' Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) reached out Thursday evening to South Carolina GOP Attorney General Henry McMaster, the leader of a group of 13 Republican state attorneys general who are threatening to file suit against the Senate health care bill, and urged him to forgo any legal action, POLITICO has learned. Vocal Minority How did Obama fare in 2009? Don't ask an Obamaniac! I also pointed out that I was far from the only one severely disappointed with the current president and his administration. Obama’s approval rating teetered around 50% since mid-July and has stayed below that since mid-November.  Townhall: War? What war? Now, in a sneaky move ...

  • Montana Supreme Court allows for doctor-assisted suicide

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 31, 2009 Comments

    The Associated Press is reporting today that the Montana Supreme Court has ruled that nothing in the state law can keep patients from seeking physician-assisted suicide.: A year ago, a state District Court judge ruled that the state's constitutional rights to privacy and dignity protect the right of terminally ill Montanans to get the drugs needed to die peacefully. But advocates have said a decision from the state Supreme Court was needed before physician-assisted suicide would be embraced by the medical community. Americans United for Life, a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization, weighed in on this case back in September. President of AUL, Dr. Charmaine Yoest, said in a press release,: “Suicide advocates disingenuously argue that no one is harmed in assisted suicide.  Not only does this claim ignore the fact that physicians are put in a position of killing their patients, but it also ignores the immeasurable damage caused to ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Diesels could outrun hybrids in 2010...

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 31, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Diesels could outrun hybrids in 2010, Dems blame Bush admin for terror attempt, and the US releases ‘dangerous’ Iranian proxy behind the murder of US troops. Scripps: Diesels could outrun hybrids in 2010 Plug-in hybrids may generate more eco-buzz when the calendar flips, but diesels could prove more powerful in revving up the automotive economy. Hotline: Dems blame Bush admin for terror attempt As GOPers begin increasingly using the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner to score political points, 2 Dems are blaming the Bush admin for events that led directly to the failed attack.  Long War Journal: US releases ‘dangerous’ Iranian proxy behind the murder of US troops The US has released the leader of an Iranian-backed Shia terror group behind the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in January 2007.

  • GM rehires pricey lobbying firms--at taxpayer expense

    by Anath HartmannPublished December 30, 2009 Comments

    General Motors is using taxpayer money to get more taxpayer money, according to a Wednesday editorial in The Examiner. In an effort to receive government subsidies, tax breaks and other financial favors the troubled car manufacturer, which has not turned a profit since 2005 and on a monthly basis actually loses $400 million, has reportedly rehired two of the high-priced lobbying firms it fired last summer. K Street outfits Duberstein Group and Greenberg Traurig were quietly brought back on in recent months, and the firms Washington Tax Group and GrayLoeffler were added to GM payrolls. Perhaps now the whereabouts of that $52 million in bailout money to GM will be less of a mystery to taxpayers. According to The Examiner editorial, "Duberstein Group's average quarterly fee last quarter was $94,000, while Greenberg Traurig's was $40,000 and GrayLoeffler's was $28,000. In the third quarter, GM paid the Washington Tax Group $25,000."   News of ...

  • Obama no longer knight-in-shining armor for Maureen Dowd

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 30, 2009 Comments

    New York Times Op-Ed columnist Maureen Dowd, a usual cheerleader for President Barack Obama, was particularly harsh on her favorite Whitehouse resident in her column today. While Ms. Dowd cannot help but take shots at the Bush administration while tearing up Mr. Obama.: W., Dick Cheney and Rummy kept ceaselessly dragging us back into the past. America seemed to have lost her ingenuity, her quickness, her man-on-the-moon bravura, her Bugs Bunny panache. Were we clever and inventive enough to protect ourselves from the new breed of Flintstones-hardy yet Facebook-savvy terrorists? W.’s favorite word was “resolute,” but despite gazillions spent and Cheney’s bluster, our efforts to shield ourselves seemed flaccid. After Ms. Dowd's tantrum over former President Bush, she tears into Mr. Obama.: If we can’t catch a Nigerian with a powerful explosive powder in his oddly feminine-looking underpants and a syringe full of acid, a man whose own father had ...

  • Submit your 2010 headlines to the Washington Times Opinion page

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 30, 2009 Comments

      We want your help with our New Year's Day editorial. We're looking for the headlines conservatives would like to see in 2010. The headlines can be serious, funny, or ironic. It is your choice, and we will credit your submission if it is used in Friday's paper. We'll post the best of the rest here. Simply place your suggestion in the Water Cooler comments below or go through Twitter and use the hash tag #2010headlineswehopefor. Here are a few to get the brain cells started: Gore plane frozen to tarmac in Rio Republicans take back House and Senate SpongeBob Squarepants wins peace prize Obama saved by pistol-packing hero Harry Reid loses re-election bid ACORN disbands under crush of political scandal  

  • Israeli bloggers on TSA's new travel rules

    by Anath HartmannPublished December 30, 2009 Comments

    If there were an eye-rolling emoticon, Israeli bloggers would have about worn it out in the last few days. Many of those writing from Israel, a country which knows a thing or two about dealing with the terrorist threat, have been surprised by the fallout from the attempted Christmas Day plane bombing. As news of new, even stricter last-hour flight rules surfaced, writers in Israel were incredulous. "When a young child's sleep is disturbed because it's "no pillow time" on the plane, you know that idiots are in charge," wrote the Shiloh Musings blogger. "Instead of wasting their time and efforts on disturbing a child's sleep, they should be watching those who could be terrorists." A blogger for Sultan Knish also scoffed at the new rules, calling them "overreaching." "[W]hile the TSA rushes to implement a new set of overreaching regulations that will accomplish nothing except to make passengers miserable, before quietly ...

  • Nelson blunders Nebraskan reaction to health care vote

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 30, 2009 Comments

    *Updated A day before Sen. Ben Nelson (D - NE) voted for the passage of the Senate's version of the health care reform bill, the Nebraska Senator appeared confident before reporters that his vote would not hurt him back in Nebraska. Last week, The Washington Times asked him what he expected from his constituents, when he returned home after the Senate recessed for Christmas.: "Well, two types[of constituents]. Those who are saying very positive things about this legislation and those that have the opposite point of view. There’s nothing new about that." Mr. Nelson further responded to a question about how he would characterize the response he received immediately after announcing his support of the Senate health care bill.  "It’s been just about the same. If anything our calls are probably  fewer right now. We still get a lot of out of state calls, but the in-state calls are actually a ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab organized 'War on Terror Week'...

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 30, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab organized 'war on terror week', bleeding hearts and jihadi revolving doors, and Back in the tank with Fannie, Fred. Times Online : Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab organized 'War on Terror Week' while studying at UCL The Nigerian student who organised “War on Terror Week” in January 2007 is now better known as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be suicide bomber who tried to blow up a transatlantic airliner last week. Townhall: Bleeding Hearts and Jihadi Revolving Doors The bleeding-heart ostriches of the left are blaming (who else?) cowboy George W. Bush for radicalizing poor, oppressed Yemenis.  Investors Business Daily: Back In The Tank With Fannie, Fred Now, in a sneaky move made on Christmas Eve, Treasury lifted the $400 billion cap on borrowing by the two government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), at least through 2012. So you, the taxpayer, ...

  • Audio: Schumer continues to dodge questions on terror trial flip-flop

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 29, 2009 Comments

    In the midst of the aftermath of the attempted terrorist attack of Northwest flight 253, Americans are wondering what kind of measures government officials will take to protect the country from further danger. Accused terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is now sitting in a Federal Michigan correctional institution in Milan. Mr. Abdulmutallab was supposed to head to federal court on Monday; however, for an unknown reason, the visit was cancelled. A bail hearing is set for the terrorist suspect on January 8. Now that terrorists and would-be terrorists caught on the battlefield by our military overseas and by a flying Dutchman en route to Detroit are afforded full fledged constitutional rights as any American citizen would, thanks to the efforts of ACLU lawyers. While in 2001, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) bristled at the thought of providing someone like Osama Bin Laden and his co-horts the same due process as Americans and ...

  • Obama administration demanded explanation for Israel's Fatah killings

    by Anath HartmannPublished December 29, 2009 Comments

    President Obama won't call the Iranian government illegitimate, but he will make demands of a democracy at the behest of a group that openly sponsors terrorist activities. That's the change we need. On Saturday the U.S. administration requested "clarification" of the Israel Defense Force's Friday killing of three convicted terrorists who murdered a rabbi in the West Bank last week -- a diplomatic slap. And for what? Soldiers shot at and killed Fatah members Ghassan Abu Sharkh, 39, Anan Suleiman Mustafa Subih, 36, and Nader Raed Sukarji, 40, outside a Nablus home after all refused to surrender. All three of the men had spent time in Israeli prisons. A ballistic test of guns inside the house confirmed one of the weapons had been used to murder Meir Avshalom Hai, a 45-year-old father of seven, last Thursday.But it is the United States, not Israel, that ought to be explaining. Subih had ...

  • Ethics Committee Launches Investigation of Pete Stark

    by Brian FaughnanPublished December 29, 2009 Comments

    If you work in Washington long enough, there are some things you get used to. One of them is the tradition of burying news by releasing it on a Friday afternoon. Or even better: on Christmas Eve. That's when the House Ethics Committee quietly announced the launch of an ethics probe into California Congressman Fortney 'Pete' Stark: The Chair and Ranking Republican Member of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (the Committee) have jointly decided to extend a matter regarding Representative Pete Stark, which was transmitted to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics, for a 45-day period... The Committee will announced its course of action in this matter on or before February 10, 2010. The substance of the referral from the OCE has not been publicly disclosed, but presumably it relates to that office's publicly-reported review of Stark's tax records. In particular, the Ethics Office had looked ...

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