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Passages from the Koran are appearing spontaneously on the skin of a baby in southern Russia. Nine-month-old Ali Yakubov, a.k.a. Koran Baby, has become a sensation in the Russian Republic of Dagestan, which is 90% Muslim. His parents claim that the signs began when the word "Allah" appeared on his chin, and longer passages began emerging on his arms and legs twice weekly. Pilgrims are coming from across Russia to witness the miracle baby. A local Iman notes that "the Koran forecasts that before the end of the world, there may be people with its sayings on their bodies." Others speculate that this is a case of dermatographic urticaria, also known as "skin writing" and that the parents or some other party are perpetrating a hoax. But unlike Balloon Boy, this hoax inspires the type of fanaticism that can kill people. Hopefully Russian child protective services will investigate the parents for child abuse.
Impeached governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, celebrity for all the scummy reasons, will be allowed to appear on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice after a judge in his federal trial raised no objection Tuesday. Prosecutors said they were worried the loose-lipped Blagojevich would jeopardize jury opinion in his trial set to start in June. The show will tape next week and probably air sometime around when his trial begins next year. Meanwhile the prosecution's case against Blagojevich continues to grow as his former chief of staff, Alonzo "Lon" Monk, agreed this week to testify against his former boss as a part of a plea agreement. Monk joins another former Blagojevich chief of staff set to testify in the federal case. Illinois blogs comment on the latest Blagojevich news, speculate about his sleazy term, and analyze state 2010 election races in Blago's shadow: Illinois Issues Blog: More on Monk. "Monk, of Park ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Obama's resolution to stifle free speech on Islam, Palin Wins, Pawlenty falls, and MSNBC host Chris Matthews thinks right-wing evangelicals are most like the Taliban. FrontPageMag.com: Obama’s Resolution to Stifle Free Speech on Islam On October 1, 2009, the Obama administration in conjunction with the Egyptian government, introduced an anti-free speech measure to the United Nation’s Human Rights Council (HRC). It was adopted the next day without a vote. Red State: Palin Wins. Pawlenty Fails. The big loser here is Tim Pawlenty. At the first of this month, he made a great deal out of his new leadership PAC. He made great hay out of going out for real conservatives and not just the same old, same old. HotAir.com: Matthews: Religious right in US most like … the Taliban That must be from all of the times the Religious Right ...
Minnesota's Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty is in Washington D.C. tonight holding his first fundraiser for his newly formed political action committee "Freedom First." The fundraiser will start at a local Washington D.C. bar and make its way to the home of lobbyist John Milne and his wife Deb Anderson. Unfortunately, Pawlenty's handlers don't trust their candidate to survive a little scrutiny, even from fellow conservatives. After contacting Pawlenty's consultant Alex Conant about attending the first Pawlenty event, The Washington Times got the brush off: "The event is closed to press, but it's outside, so you may get some color from the sidewalk and may be able to ask him a question as he's leaving..." Golly, how thoughtful. Like we need permission to stand on the sidewalk and shout questions. Not to be deterred, we sent the consultant a second email suggesting he reconsider and we got back this howler: "(You're) ...
Headlines in the special election to fill Rep. John McHugh's seat in New York's 23rd Congressional District have been dominated by Republican nominee Dede Scozzafava. And it's not good news.Scozzafava, an assemblywoman in the state legislature, and her campaign are receiving slashing criticism after a member in her camp, thought to be her husband, called the police on a reporter from The Weekly Standard who questioned her stances. The campaign has continued to attack the journalist in a obvious attempt at intimidation. Up to this point the assemblywoman has been the target of scorn for her liberal stances – she's pro-gay marriage, pro-choice, and recently endorsed card check. Meanwhile, Scozzafava is receiving endorsements as mixed as her message. She's supported by NYSUT, New York's largest labor union, and GOP leaders like Newt Gingrich. Scozzafava's campaign keeps muffing up at a time when their candidate desperately needs a break to catch ...
“America, ACORN lied to you.” That's the familiar 'duh' message revisited as James O' Keefe and BigGovernment.com bust ACORN again, this time with a video from the organization's Philadelphia office.Expect this video to spur more controversy with opponents than previous videos. The video's sound was edited to mute the voice of ACORN employee Katherine Conway Russell's due to legal issues surrounding O'Keefe, partner Hannah Giles and, publisher of BigGovernment, Andrew Breitbart. “We muted the audio of the ACORN employees on the video released today due to ACORN’s legal attack upon us. We call upon ACORN to state publicly now that it has no objection to the public release of any its employees oral statements to us. If they are interested in the truth, why wouldn’t they do so?,” O' Keefe said on BigGovernment. With or without sound, the video still undermines testimony from ACORN workers that O'Keefe and partner Hannah ...
In the video clip below, Congressman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) took to the House floor today and defended conservative media outlets.
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: A West Virginia woman has recanted her story of torture after she helped send six people to prison, MSNBC blames the tele-prompter for a race gaffe, and Rep. Alan Grayson's new "listing of the dead" website has more problems than just being offensive. CNN: Woman recants story of West Virginia abuse A 22-year-old woman whose claims that she was abused in a trailer in rural West Virginia in 2007 helped send six people to prison now says she made up the story, her lawyer said Wednesday. Michelle Malkin.com: MSNBC’er blames teleprompter for race-hustling reverend mix-up Just imagine the coyote howls of “RAAAAAAACISM” that would be resounding right now if this gaffe had occurred on Fox News instead of “Real News” Network MSNBC. Jammie Wearing Fool: Doofus Grayson Gets Punked The NRCC also noted that the new site links to both ...
The Washington Times Water Cooler blog continues looking at the Center for American Progress study's The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything. Today, we take a glimpse on why feminist language tends to turn men off. In the video clip below, staffers discussing The Shriver Report ask each other why men are too often turned off by feminist language. On this issue, the Washington Times asks about the report's response to men losing money and custody of their children more often in cases of divorce
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: The White House attack on Fox News is more about warning liberal media, Republicans choose sides in NY-23 race, and Marco Rubio cuts Charlie Crist's lead in half in Florida's GOP Senate primary. Ace of Spades HQ: White House Attack on FoxNews Really About Keeping Leftwing Media from Covering Any of Their Scoops The criticism of Fox is not aimed at Fox. It is aimed at liberal editors, and is intended to quarantine the dramatic news being uncovered by right-of-center media. The Jawa Report: The New York 23 Race - Fred Thompson vs. Michael Steele If you haven't been following it, the race in NY-23 has Fred Thompson, Club for Growth and Bill Kristol on one side, Newt Gingrich, Daily Kos and Michael Steele on another side, and Bill Clinton and Barack Obama on yet another side. National Review ...
President Barack Obama has nominated Georgetown University law professor, Chai R. Feldblum, to the Equal Employment Opportunity Council. Dr. Feldbaum, a lesbian activist attorney, has also been a staffer at the American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign, and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, author of Roe v. Wade. Unlike Mr. Obama's recent Czar appointments, Dr. Feldblum must face Senate confirmation hearings prior to assuming her job as commissioner at EEOC. However, her past controversial statements and actions may very well catch up to her. As commissioner of the EEOC, Dr. Feldblum would be responsible for enforcing employment discrimination laws. In 2006, Dr. Feldblum demonstrated how far out of whack are her priorities. In 2006, the Supreme Court voted unanimously that colleges must allow military recruiters the same access to students as other employers on their campuses if the schools wanted to receive federal funds. The court rejected a free ...
A second debate is past and only two weeks now remain in the race for the governor's office in New Jersey. An average of all polls taken show Republican candidate Chris Christie leading incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine by just one percentage point. Independent candidate Chris Daggett controls double digit support in most polls.New Jersey bloggers comment: THE DEBATES PolitickerNJ: Christie wins debate, Corzine a close second.Democrats and Republicans react and spin debate.Local GOP reaction to debate.Politics Patrol: Debates Lively. “Independent Chris Daggett: “I’ve got to buy you a calculator, Mr. Christie, because your numbers don’t add up. They never add up. No plan at all, no plan. We have to deal with balancing the budget, yet, but we have to be responsible stewards.“Chris Christie: “I’m going to be more than happy to take Mr. Daggett’s calculator and get you a dictionary, Mr. Daggett, because only you can take a $4 ...
Center for American Progress released a study yesterday titled The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything. The left leaning Center for American Progress worked with first lady of California Maria Shriver to put together a report essentially promoting the center's liberal policy agenda on the hill. The Shriver Report focuses primarily on women in the American workforce. Looking at history, the report comments on where they say women were in the work force, and where they think women should be today and the future. The Washington Times Water Cooler will examine the Shriver Reports claims regularly. Today, we will begin with a video of staffers from the Center for American Progress who spoke to audience and press about about the report. The Family and Medical Leave Act was enacted in 1993 as a way to help Americans handle the circumstances of both work and family. Under FMLA, a company ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: The White House has other targets after Fox News, Dede Scozzafava calls the cops on a reporter for doing his job, and freezing Yankee fans are preached to about global warming. PajamasMedia Claudia Rosett: First They Came for Fox News… You don’t have to love Fox News to see how dangerous it is when the President of the United States gives his staff and advisers a green light to single out and denigrate by name a specific news organization. As we surely all know by now, this is what the White House has been doing to Fox. Weekly Standard John McCormack: Scozzafava Calls the Cops It was a fairly typical evening--until the speech ended and someone with Scozzafava's campaign called the police. On me. Powerline: "Global Warming" At Yankee Stadium Along with 50,000 other shivering fans we had to endure a scoreboard message from Robert Redford sponsored ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Democrats may need more voters at the polls in 2010, The White House has a plan to marginalize the Chamber of Commerce, and Time Magazine promotes eco-friendly and sex toys. TheConservatives.com Brian Faughnan : Dionne: Democrats Need More Suckers to Vote EJ Dionne worries that the Democrats will suffer at the polls next year because the young voters who propelled them to victory last year may stay home. Politico Lisa Lerer : White House plan: Neuter the Chamber The White House and congressional Democrats are working to marginalize the Chamber of Commerce — the powerful business lobby opposed to many of President Barack Obama’s first-year priorities — by going around the group and dealing directly with the CEOs of major U.S. corporations. NewsBusters Tim Graham : Time Promotes Green Sex Toys, Like Whips That Are ‘Cruelty-Free (to Cows, That Is)’ Kingsbury notes that the Catholic Church’s promotion ...
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