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  • Local news blogging: NY Senate definitively rejects gay marriage

    By Anthony BowePublished December 3, 2009 Comments

    The New York Senate voted 38-24 against legalizing gay marriage Wednesday.  The 30 Republicans that unanimously voted 'no' on the measure were joined by eight Democrats.  Democrats hold the Senate majority by one seat. NY Daily News: "After two hours of emotional and often deeply personal debate, the Senate voted down the measure 38-24, effectively killing its chances before next year's elections. "Democrats couldn't muster enough votes on their own and some Republicans who were open to the idea voted no because they were fearful of a conservative backlash, advocates said. "New York now joins a list of 31 other states to shoot down gay marriage. Five states have approved same-sex unions." The outcome of the bill shellshocked advocates who garnered major political endorsements and spent upwards of $1 million on lobbying efforts, reports the New York Times. "In Albany on Wednesday, proponents had believed going into the vote that ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Reversing Obama on the KSM trial...

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 3, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Reversing Obama on the KSM trial, Comedy Central Scoops Network News on Climate-Gate Scandal, and All the Prez's climategate deniers.  National Review: Reversing Obama on the KSM Trial My answer has been the same each time: We absolutely can get President Obama to reverse this decision. We’ve done it before.  Fox News: Comedy Central Scoops Network News on Climate-Gate Scandal The network news broadcasts have ignored a growing scandal over evidence of a potential climate cover-up — and now they've even been scooped by the fake news at Comedy Central. NY Post : All the Prez's climategate deniers Never mind all the devastating new information about data manipulation, intimidation and coverups to "hide the decline" in global temperatures over the last half-century, they say.  

  • Local news blogging: Virginia casts aside historic roots, enacts tobacco ban.

    by Anthony BowePublished December 2, 2009 Comments

    Virginia enacted a restaurant smoking ban Tuesday that's similar to laws in D.C., Maryland and countless other states and cities. The Washington Times: "The new law allows smoking only in separately ventilated rooms, away from nonsmoking patrons. It also permits smoking on outdoor patio areas, and private membership clubs such as Elks Clubs or American Legion posts are exempt. Violators are subject to a $25 civil fine." Virginia bloggers comment: Barticles: An accidental stroke of genius. "It’s hard to know if Tim Kaine is telling the truth in this story about his proposed cigarette tax hike and the smoking ban." Anti-BVBL: Virginia Restaurants Now Smoke Free. "No one can justify smoking.  However, is that the principle issue here?  It would seem to me that the restaurant owner should be the one who determines if a smoking is allowed or not.  Those customers who do not want to be around it ...

  • Webb warns Obama on taking action in Copenhagen

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 2, 2009 Comments

    **UPDATE December 7, 2009  When asked about the recent Environment Protection Agency's endangerment finding of CO2, Senator Webb told the Washington Times and others today on Capitol Hill, "I think we need to go back and look at the Supreme Court decision in which the EPA asserts that it has that authority, because it is a derived power based on legislation, and it is a limited power. I don't think the administration can agree to anything, for instance, in Copenhagen on an endagerment finding that was based on one piece legislation in a Supreme Court decision."  ---------------------------------- December 2, 2009 Looks like a fellow Democrat has concern with the president's handling of the the cap and trade issue upon Mr. Obama's trip to Copenhagen. Senator Jim Webb (D - Va.) wrote to the administration last week warning President Obama that the White House does not have unilateral power to commit the ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Chris Matthews calls West Point the 'enemy camp'...

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 2, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Chris Matthews calls West Point the 'enemy camp', Slain Washington cop was Tea Party activist, and Feds are steering charity dollars to ACORN  You Tube: Chris Matthews calls West Point the 'enemy camp' After President Obama's speech to West Point about Afghanistan, MSNBC's Chris Matthews called West Point the "Enemy Camp." Lakewood Police:Slain Washington cop was Tea Party activist Tina was our conservative friend. She was excited to be a part of the Olympia Tea Parties and proudly stated why she got involved in politics over the past year. Tina was sharp too, only a couple mornings ago we had a great discussion on the future of our Republic and how we felt true limited government conservatives should take back out political party.   The Conservatives :Feds steering charity dollars to ACORN Despite all that we know about ACORN - the corruption, the vote ...

  • McCain remains mum on Navy SEALS court-martial

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 1, 2009 Comments

     It looks like our military members may need to start lawyering up before they go into battle. As the war on terror transforms into further legal courtroom battles. The Washington Times editorial page describes the latest outrage.:  Petty Officers Matthew McCabe, Jonathan Keefe and Julio Huertas face charges related to the apprehension of Ahmed Hashim Abed, alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four American security contractors in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. The "war crime" at issue is a punch in the gut.   Mr. Abed, code named "Objective Amber," claims he was roughed up when the SEALs nabbed him on Sept. 3, specifically that Petty Officer McCabe punched him in the stomach. Petty Officers Keefe and Huertas are charged with offenses related to the investigation. The facts are as yet unclear - another report was that Petty Officer McCabe gave Mr. Abed a bloody lip - but nothing we ...

  • Local news blogging: Tale of two cities, mayor corruption vs. mayor runoff

    by Anthony BowePublished December 1, 2009 Comments

    Mark Tuesday as a historical day for politics in Baltimore and Atlanta. In both cities, current and future mayors take center stage. Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon was found guilty of embezzlement after receiving a jury's convicted on one of five counts.  Dixon avoided conviction on two felony counts but still may lose her mayor position, as the Baltimore Sun reports.In Atlanta, voters will choose a new mayor Tuesday in a runoff election called because neither candidate could net 50 percent of the general election vote necessary to win the seat in November.  Mary Norwood led November's general election with 46 percent of the vote against runoff challenger Kasim Reed's 36 percent. Since then however, Reed has bridged gaps in the polls and earned wide array of endorsements. Only an estimated 30 percent of registered Atlanta voters turned out for the Nov. 3 general election. The New York Times writes about ...

  • Andrew Sullivan cups mouth, issues correction

    by Anthony BowePublished December 1, 2009 Comments

    Andrew Sullivan, publisher of The Daily Dish blog hosted by The Atlantic, issued a correction Monday after vehemently chastising Charles Karauthammer for positions the columnist never expressed.  Sullivan claims he didn't read the date on Krauthammer's column and mistook it for something current, even though it was dated May 30, 2008. Sullivan's tail tucked between his knees on Monday: "I completely misread the date on one of Charles Krauthammer's columns on climate change and he rightly excoriates me for the error. I'm not sure how it happened, but I assumed, I think, that a piece sent to me in response to the climategate issue was current and didn't check the date. It makes the post largely moot. Krauthammer does omit the gas tax idea in that column, as I noted, but he explains the small discrepancy..." "I was wrong in inferring any shift of Krauthammer's position under Obama; and I ...

  • Sen. Conrad 's 9/11 trial remarks taken out of context?

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 1, 2009 Comments

      Senator Kent Conrad's (D - N.D.) office insists that his words were "taken out of context" when he talked to a CNS News reporter about his thoughts on trying professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civil court.: CNSNews.com asked Conrad: “We’re going to have a civilian trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. If our troops--the evidence against him is going to be found in Afghanistan, there on the battlefield--if our troops need to enter a house and they think that there’s evidence there, should they have to establish probable cause and get a search warrant from a judge first?”Conrad said: “You’re not being serious about these questions, are you?” CNSNews.com: “[Yes], in a civilian trial. If I was on trial or you were on trial, that would have to be [done].”Conrad responded, “We have tried terrorists in our courts and done so very successfully in the past and ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Huckabee and O‚ÄôReilly on the cop-killer clemency...

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 1, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Huckabee and O'Reilly on the cop-killer clemency, why scientists lie and what to do about it, and Christmas music was banned in a New Jersey school district. Hot Air: Video: Huckabee and O’Reilly on the cop-killer clemency “[S]oftball treatment,” declares the boss, wondering what happened to the patented O’Reilly third-degree vis-a-vis Huck’s long, infamous record of clemencies while governor.  American Thinker:Why scientists lie -- and what to do about it Career pressure: This is the most common reason. The data isn't going your way and you may fail to get your thesis accepted, or not get tenure, or miss a promotion, or lose your grant or your job.  The Bulletin :Christmas Music Banned In Jersey School District The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Maple-South Orange school district’s ban on all religious Christmas music including instrumentals, which ...

  • Video: Secretary Duncan belittles DC Voucher program

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 30, 2009 Comments

      Education Secretary Arne Duncan denied any lobbying effort has been afoot over the pending legislation known as the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA). Secretary Duncan responded to The Washington Times's question about whether or not there was a violation of the 2009 Omnibus Act, which prohibits lobbying for pending legislation by government agencies, by the administration during a conference call with college presidents. Today's Washington Times editorial titled "Schoolyard bullies" talks about the administration's effort to push this legislation prior the passage. The Washington Times also asked why the Obama administration continues to reject the renewal of the Washington D.C. voucher program. The Education Secretary tore apart the program in favor of claiming that it was better to improve the current system. Secretary Duncan argues that only a few kids are being 'saved' in lieu of countless others, but about 1700 low-income students will be dropped from ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Seven stories Barack Obama doesn't want told...

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 30, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Seven stories Barack Obama doesn't want told, Forty percent of Democrats say they are unlikely to vote in the 2010 elections, Gallup released a new poll today saying Americans still lean heavily against health care reform legislation. The Politico: Seven stories Barack Obama doesn't want told A year into his presidency, however, Obama’s gift for controlling his image shows signs of faltering. As Washington returns to work from the Thanksgiving holiday, there are several anti-Obama storylines gaining momentum. National Review:40 Percent of Democrats Saying They're Unlikely to Vote, or Certain to Not Vote in 2010? Two in five Democratic voters either consider themselves unlikely to vote at this point in time, or have already made the firm decision to remove themselves from the 2010 electorate pool. Indeed, Democrats were three times more likely to say that they will "definitely not ...

  • Video: Bloomberg pooh-poohs concerns about NYC 9/11 trials

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 26, 2009 Comments

        New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg spoke with press on Wednesday during a trip to Washington D.C., and told reporters he remains confident that New Yorkers would be safe during the 9/11 trials in downtown Manhattan, but the mayor seemed terribly nonchalant about the concerns surrounding the trials.: "I'm very confident. People get tried in New York all the time. Terrorists, common criminals, and everything in between and we provide security. Keep in mind, if these terrorists were tried in a military tribunal in Guantanamo, we would raise the level of security anyway, so there isn't that much difference. This is what we trained for, this is what we practiced, this is what we do...keeping the city safe." The 9/11 terror trials are likely to last a number of years, and downtown Manhattan is not known for being free of heavy traffic. It is one thing for New Yorkers ...

  • Off the beaten path online: 'Fed' was written Ashley Todd-style...

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 26, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: "Fed" was written Ashley Todd-style, less than ten percent of Obama's cabinet has private sector experience, and 40.91 percent of your Thanksgiving dinner is brought to you courtesy of the government. Michelle Malkin: More on Sparkman: “Fed” was written Ashley Todd-style The nutball blogger who wrote on September 26, “No Suicide: That’s the one thing we know for certain now in the case of the Kentucky lynching”… Washington Examiner:Less than 10 percent of Obama cabinet has private sector experience Such a story would seem to be a no-brainer for the ABC, CBS and NBC to pick up on, but their Nov. 24 broadcasts failed to do so. What did they opt for instead? A sea lion glut in San Francisco, an orphaned moose in Vermont and the meal selection on the President's State Dinner.  ATR :40.91 Percent of the Cost of Your ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Lincoln's Health Care Delay a 'Ruse'

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 25, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Blanche Lincoln's health care delay is a ruse, the three main television news networks refuse to cover "Climate Gate," coverage about the climate gate emails were buried deeply in the pages of The Boston Globe.  TheConservatives.com: Arkansas News: Lincoln's Health Care Delay a 'Ruse' There was this peculiar part of the story, which seemed to indicate everything was planned. Lincoln explained to the reporter that she "didn't rely on any outside advice in coming to her decision" or the manner in which she would announce her vote. Really, not even Landrieu or Reid. NewsBusters:ClimateGate Ignored, Again -- Broadcast Nets Go with State Dinner Menu... Such a story would seem to be a no-brainer for the ABC, CBS and NBC to pick up on, but their Nov. 24 broadcasts failed to do so. What did they opt for instead? A ...

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