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Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are:Recanvassing shows that the NY-23 race has tightened even after Bill Owens was sworn in, Medical marijuana gets support from the American Medical Association, and Sen. Jack Reed (D - RI) manages to find constitutionality in the health care mandate. Syracuse.com:Recanvassing shows NY-23 race tightens even as Rep. Bill Owens is sworn into House seat But Hoffman’s concession -- based on snafus in Oswego County and elsewhere that left his vote undercounted -- set off a chain of events that echoed all the way to Washington, D.C., and helped secure passage of a historic health care reform bill. LA Times: Medical marijuana gets a boost from major doctors group The American Medical Assn. on Tuesday urged the federal government to reconsider its classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use, a significant shift that puts the ...
The Supreme Court's disastrous 2005 Kelo v. City of New London decision sparked a property rights movement across the country about local governments around the nation who seize private property for the reason of "economic development." As a result of the court decision, Susette Kelo's land was given to private developers working on high-end projects in the surrounding area of the coroporate facility for the drug manufacturer Pfizer. Ms. Kelo's home and other dwellings were bulldozed over in the end. Pfizer recently announced, however, it plans to vacate its research and development facility in New London, Connecticut and move to nearby Groton. The Hartford Courant reports that the pending loss of Pfizer's headquarters, "could also complicate New London's effort to redevelop the Fort Trumbull area... " The Courant references the Kelo decision and the so-called redevelopment Fort Trumbull was supposed to have as a result of the high court's decision.: ...
Republican Governor Jodi Rell announced that she will not seek reelection when her term expires in 2010. Rell has enjoyed relatively high poll numbers during her term, even through state budget difficulties. Her decision has sent the state's GOP scrambling to find a candidate with enough name recognition to win the office in a largely Democratic state. Rells planned retirement adds additional drama to the 2010 gubernatorial elections when 37 contests will decided the political landscape across the nation.Connecticut bloggers comment on Rell's announcement and the 2010 election: CT News Junkie: Following announcement Rell's approval rating spikes. "A new poll released just one day after she announced she wouldn’t run in 2010 shows Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s approval rating shooting back up from its all time low of 59 percent." Connecticut Bob: Jodi Rell is a nice lady. “Just because I'm a guy who writes a blog that is ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: UPS is trying to get FEDEX reclassified under federal law, Pro-Abortion House Dems solidify opposition to the conference report with the Stupak amendment, the Constitutional contempt of the health care mandate. Reason.TV:UPS vs. FEDEX: Ultimate Whiteboard Remix So now UPS is trying to get FEDEX reclassified under federal law as a way of screwing a competitor. That's horrendous, but it also makes a sick kind of business sense. Red State: Pro-Abortion House Dems Solidify Opposition to Conference Report with Stupak Amendment More than 40 lawmakers vowed to oppose the final healthcare bill if the House language on abortion is not removed. Town Hall: A Minority View: Constitutional Contempt Later on, Pelosi's press spokesman Nadeam Elshami told CNSNews.com about its question regarding constitutional authority mandating that individual Americans buy health insurance. "You can put this on the record. That is not a ...
Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao may become synonym on Capitol Hill for "lonely vote." During the narrow passage of the House's healthcare reform bill on Saturday, Cao was the only House Republican to vote in favor of the bill. Cao is a Louisiana freshman congressman residing over a resoundingly Democratic congressional district that includes New Orleans. He came to office last year by defeating nine-term incumbent Rep. William Jefferson after Jefferson was indicted on federal corruption charges. Jefferson was later convicted on federal bribery charges after the FBI found $90,000 dollars in his freezer. The Times-Picayune reports that Cao was heavily lobbied by the Obama White House, but his ultimate decision hinged on abortion legislation associated with the bill. "Ultimately, after nearly a dozen hours of debate on the controversial health-care plan, the House approved, 240-194, an amendment sponsored by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and endorsed by the U.S. Conference of ...
David Frum nails it today. A favorite target of conservatives (including myself at one point), Mr. Frum gets it right on his blog post about how our tip-toeing around the issue of racial pro-filing resulted in the Fort Hood disaster. Here are two excerpts. But again – the alternative to ethnic profiling is not declining to react to suspicious behavior by a Muslim person lest we somehow corroborate a stereotype. Not all Muslims are terrorists. Indeed, hardly any Muslims are terrorists. But when authorities begin to receive credible information that one particular Muslim might be dangerous – especially if that person wears the uniform of the United States – it beggars belief that they would hesitate to act. Yet hesitate they did. Too bad Hasan didn’t try to smuggle a bottle of water aboard an aircraft. Then of course they’d have thrown the book at him. Indeed. The folly of ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: New York Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava resigned from her leadership post, Joe Biden is the unknown vice president, and Chris Matthews cannot figure out why contacting terrorists would be considered a crime. WNYTV:Scozzafava Resigns From Republican Assembly Leadership Post In a prepared statement, Republican Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb said he accepted her resignation as Minority Leader Pro Tempore. Hot Air:Video: Who’s the vice president of the United States? Like Treacher says: In fairness, Biden probably couldn’t answer this question either. NewsBusters: Matthews on Ft. Hood Suspect Warning Signal: 'That's Not a Crime to Call al Qaeda, Is It? "Apparently he tried to contact al Qaeda. Is that the point at which you say, ‘This guy is dangerous?' That's not a crime to call up al Qaeda, is it? Is it? I mean, where do you stop the guy?". ...
The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates voted for the AMA to maintain its endorsement of the U.S. House of Representatives health care legislation H.R. 3962, according to David Cook, Executive Director of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG). MAG released the following statement: The Medical Association of Georgia is pleased that the American Medical Association's House of Delegates voted to support a patient's right to privately contract with their physician during its meeting in Houston this evening ("Resolved that our AMA actively and publically support the inclusion in health care reform legislation the right of patients and physicians to privately contract, without penalty to patient or physician"); this was one of our primary objectives going into the meeting. We are also pleased with the vote to oppose an unaccountable federal entity (i.e., IMAC) from dictating future health care policy. MAG is, however, disappointed that the motions calling for ...
In a sharply worded critique of a ProPublica article in the Columbia Journalism Review, writer Dean Starkman uses the term "tea-bagging" to refer to Citizens Against Government Waste, a non-profit taxpayer watchdog group. "But at least the Journal doesn’t rely for its lead quote on the media director of some obscure tea-bagging operation..." When called on the sexual meaning of "tea-bagging," Starkman claimed innocence in a comment on his blog post: "Yup, I do apologize for that language. ... "tea-bagging" carries connotations I certainly didn't intend. I found the quote to be intemperate, as I said, but then used language that was much worse. ..." Starkman followed up when contacted by The Washington Times: "It was a screw up on my part. I had it in my head as a more or less commonly accepted way of referring to tea-partyers. The sexual connotation did not enter my mind at all. ...
The country continues to mourn the deaths of 13 people and pray for the 29 wounded in the shooting at Fort Hood last week. The AP is reporting Monday that accused killer Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is awake and talking in the hospital. “...it's unknown when investigators might take advantage of his improving health to press forward with their probe into the shooting spree.” The AP story continues: “Authorities say Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan fired off more than 100 rounds Thursday at a soldier processing center before civilian police shot him in the torso. He was taken into custody and eventually moved to an Army hospital in San Antonio, where he was in stable condition and able to talk, said Dewey Mitchell, a Brooke Army Medical Center spokesman. “Authorities continue to refer to Hasan, 39, as the only suspect in the shootings, but they won't say when charges would be ...
On Saturday afternoon prior the passage of H.R. 3962 and the Stupak-Pitts pro life amendment, Rep.Henry Waxman (D - Calif.) took questions from reporters about the language of the Stupak amendment. The Washington Times asked the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee about whether or not the amendment could be changed later on after the passage of the bill. :AUDIO “The bill, if it passes, will be up in conference with what the Senate passes, and then we will have to work there to resolve differences and to fashion one bill that we will then kick back to our respective chambers to get the president to sign after we pass it.”
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Democrats who voted against the health care bill speak out, Michelle Malkin asks why the British are the ones making the 9/11 connection to the Ft. Hood shooter, and the Democrats health care bill may come back to haunt them later. TheConseravtives.com:Boren: Pelosi Bill Will Lead to Single Payer It's a shame that the only candor from any Democrats on health care is coming from those who opposed the bill MichelleMalkin.com:Why do we have to read British papers to get Ft. Hood jihadist news?! The base commander at Fort Hood says soldiers who witnessed a shooting rampage that left 13 people dead reported that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!" before opening fire at the Texas post. NY Post: With this 'victory,' Dems might as well be whistlin' 'Dixie' Saturday's vote to create a massive government-run health-insurance program is to ...
***Update: Audio of Rep.Henry Waxman interview and videos of floor questioning from Minority Leader John Boehner H.R. 3962, America's Healthy Future Act, passed the House yesterday evening 215 to 220 after several hours of debate. Amid floor speeches, pro-life congressmen were also successful in writing in the pro-life oriented Stupak-Pitts amendment. Pro-life groups were excited over the passage of the amendment and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged the passage of the amendment. However, during questioning from the press prior the passage of the Stupak-Pitts amendment, the Washington Times asked Rep.Henry Waxman (D - Calif.) if the amendment could be changed later on after the eventual passage of H.R. 3962 last night.: AUDIO “The bill, if it passes, will be up in conference with what the Senate passes, and then we will have to work there to resolve differences and to fashion one bill that we will then kick ...
***Update: AUDIO: Here is sound of the Washington Times running after Congressman Owens for this story. It should be noted the audio has been edited out, when Mr. Owens finally reveals the personal G-mail address of his chief of staff Bradley Katz. We respond "that needs to be put out to the press." Congressman Bill Owens (D - NY), who was just sworn in yesterday, gave a floor speech this evening announcing that he would vote "yes" on the House health care bill known as H.R. 3962. Mr. Owens is the new congressman from New York's 23rd District. He beat out Conservative Doug Hoffman for the seat after Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava dropped out of the race and endorsed Mr. Owens. Mr. Owens is being accused by a local newspaper in his district for breaking several campaign promises. H.R. 3962 does have a public option written into the bill. It seems ...
The health care bill in the House, H.R. 3962, is in desperate need of votes, and pro-life congressmen are sitting on their hands demanding the legislation have stringent pro-life language which would keep federal money from funding abortions. Similar to the Hyde Amendment, which bars tax-payer money from funding abortions under the Department of Health and Human Services programs, the Stupak-Pitts amendment would accomplish the same under H.R. 3962. Rep.Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) told reporters the pro-choice caucus is furious and will do everything it can to defeat the amendment.: “This all happened last night. The Stupak –Pitts amendment pretty much makes a legal medical procedure unavailable to most or all women in the exchange…even with their own money, and this is a vast expansion of choice restrictions. It is probably the biggest restriction of a woman’s right to choose that will be considered on the House floor in my career. The ...
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