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  • Video: FCC Commisssioner Robert McDowell talks Mark Lloyd and diversity issues

    By Kerry PicketPublished October 13, 2009 Comments

    At the Heritage Foundation's weekly blogger's briefing, the Washington Times spoke with Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell about past controversial statements made by FCC Diversity Czar Mark Lloyd. Commissioner McDowell also discussed issues relating to the FCC's diversity committee.  

  • 1998 Jennings "killing" column debated among bloggers

    by Kerry PicketPublished October 13, 2009 Comments

    It seems the Water Cooler is taking criticism for a recent post regarding Safe School's czar Kevin Jennings 1998 essay in the Advocate magazine, but what about the 1998 essay itself?  A conservative response from gaypatriot.net provides an interesting point of view missing from the debate. Here is an excerpt of a post from Alvin McEwen at the LGBT blog Pam's House Blend, which said the following of the conservative response to the 1998 Jennings essay: Apparently my post on the new lie regarding Kevin Jennings - that he advocates murdering people if they call someone a 'faggot' attracted some attention from a few circles- most specifically from the site who wrote the original piece.The piece came from the site Verum Serum. Via the original headline, it pushed the notion that Jennings did advocate murder. Jennings was actually saying that society is part the blame for school violence because it enhances gender stereotypes and extreme ...

  • Local news blogging: Branstad Iowa re-run

    by Anthony BowePublished October 13, 2009 Comments

    Former four-term Iowa Governor, Terry Branstad, filed papers last week initiating what appears to be a run for Governor in 2010.  The newly formed Branstad campaign committee says the move is exploritory, not definite, adding Branstad has yet to make up his mind on a run.  But as top state Republicans already join the campaign, Brandstad's candidacy seems all but solidified.  Iowa bloggers comment on how the GOP gubernatorial primary race has changed: Sioux City Journal: Iowa GOP leader says Branstad best choice to carry GOP.O.Kay Henderson interviews Branstad staff about campaign's hiring of Jeff Boeyink. Iowa Politics Insider: “Cook Political Report changed the Iowa governor’s race rating from slightly favoring incumbent Democrat Chet Culver to toss-up status…in light of former Gov. Terry Branstad’s formation of a campaign organization...” Branstad decision stirs debate inside GOP.How Branstad move affects other candidates.Democrat ads already attacking Branstad.Bleeding Heartland:Early Republican reaction to Branstad's moveThe ...

  • What About Us

    by James S. RobbinsPublished October 13, 2009 Comments

    So the White House declared war on Fox News for its editorial content and not our editorial page? Why not us? The New York Times credited us with starting the whole Death Panel craze, and we have consistently been in the lead of exposing Obama administration policies and personalities they would rather keep out of the public eye. And we still get no respect. I guess we'll have to keep trying. 

  • Off the beaten path online: Challenging a study claiming gun owner are more likely to be shot...

    by Kerry PicketPublished October 13, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: An odd study says gun owners are more likely to be shot themselves, Why President Obama is actually worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize, Has the National Endowment for the Humanities flew under the radar too long? Pajamas Media  Clayton E. Cramer on: Yet another flawed study attempts to make the case for keeping citizens defenseless What’s the direction of causality here? Are you more likely to be shot because you own a gun? Does anyone seriously believe that buying a gun attracts criminal attackers? National Review  Rich Lowry on: Obama Deserves the Nobel Prize Pres. Barack Obama deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. That’s an indictment, not a compliment. Rather than living up to the honor, it should be Obama’s mission to show he’s thoroughly unworthy of it. Powerline Jim Leach on: Bridge to Nowhere While the National Endowment for the Arts has attracted attention as a ...

  • Video: Enviro-media throws out filmmaker McAleer

    by Kerry PicketPublished October 12, 2009 Comments

    Back in September, during the New York CIty premier of the environmentalist film The Age of Stupid, filmmaker of Not Evil Just Wrong Phelim McAleer was thrown out of the event after asking questions of attendees.  Mr. McAleer recently questioned former Vice President Al Gore about errors in the film An Inconvenient Truth, where moderators cut Mr. McAleer's microphone, so the Irish filmmaker is not unfamiliar with being the odd man out in the environmental media world.  Below the first clip is Mr. McAleer questioning Mr. Gore.  However, unlike most broadcasts of the clip, one can hear journalists say, "kill the mic." Mr.McAleer's own film Not Evil Just Wrong is set to premier this week on October 18th.  

  • Local news blogging: CA water battle

    by Anthony BowePublished October 12, 2009 Comments

    California's water policies take center stage this week as the state legislature meets for a special session Monday following Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's request.The governor threatened last week to veto hundreds of bills if state lawmakers didn't agree to a new water deal by the end of the weekend. A special Sunday meeting conducted by Gov. Schwarzenegger with the state's top Republican and Democratic leaders didn't yield an agreement, but the governor still signed a majority of the bills he threatened to veto.Despite the tension, both sides appear to be nearing a resolution.LA Times: “Working through the weekend in pursuit of a water deal that has repeatedly eluded them, Republican and Democratic leaders said they hoped to present a water package to their respective caucuses within two days.” California bloggers provide more insight and commentary:Total Buzz: “Even though he and legislative leaders didn’t secure on a water deal by midnight, Gov. ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Our twisted foreign policy towards the Taliban...

    by Kerry PicketPublished October 12, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Our twisted foreign policy towards the Taliban, why debating liberals can be so frustrating, and 2010 may very well be a rude awakening to certain Democrats who sailed through in '06 and '08. Hotair.com  Allahpundit on: If the Taliban's serious about detente, why don't they give us Bin Laden? The thrust of the recent Taliban nonsense about being good boys in Afghanistan if we leave is that they won’t tolerate Al Qaeda in their midst anymore. Big Hollywood  Leigh Scott on: Debating Leftists is Like Debating Charles Manson We have one group of people who live in a fantasy world, full of twisted facts, backwards logic and wishful thinking.  You can’t debate that.  TheConservatives.com Brian Faughnan on: Democrats Repeat Mistakes of the Past But the Democrats are not 'battle-tested.' They have benefited from two historic wave elections - with 2008 resembling the post-Watergate wave. There are plenty ...

  • Video: ESPN's Steven A. Smith defends Limbaugh's bid for the Rams

    by Kerry PicketPublished October 12, 2009 Comments

    ESPN's Steven Smith defended Rush Limbaugh after stories arose that players would not play for the talk radio host.  Mr. Smith believes otherwise. (h/t hotair pundit)

  • Attributed to Kevin Jennings: Killing someone who calls you a f****t is not a surprise

    by Kerry PicketPublished October 11, 2009 Comments

    According to this link, Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings wrote the following piece in the September 29, 1998 issue of The Advocate: (h/t Morgen R at VerumSerum.com) Be a man: when boys take up guns to kill those who torment them with words like "faggot," we shouldn't be surprised. When I was 8, my dad died unexpectedly of a heart attack. As the youngest of five siblings (four of us, boys), I looked to my brothers for guidance on how to act in this unsettling and unfamiliar territory. At dad's funeral I got the message. When I started crying, my brother Mike looked down and barked, "Stop crying. Be a man. Don't be a faggot." While astoundingly insensitive in his timing, my brother was simply passing down the code of masculinity he'd been taught. "Real men' don't show their feelings, and those men who do are faggots--which is the last thing any real ...

  • Navy Secretary: Women 'soon' will serve on submarines

    by Kerry PicketPublished October 10, 2009 Comments

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said on Tuesday that women would soon serve on submarines reversing a long time ban by the Navy. The Department of Defense : Appearing on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Mabus signaled that the Navy is moving closer to allowing coed personnel on submarines. “It will take a little while because you’ve got to interview people and you’ve got to be nuclear trained,” he said, referring to prerequisite steps before a sailor is assigned to a submarine. Officials previously have cited a lack of privacy and the cost of reconfiguring subs as obstacles to allowing female crewmembers to serve aboard the vessels. But Mabus is one of several top Navy officials recently to call for an end to the policy. The Navy secretary’s comments yesterday amplify his previous endorsement of ending the ban. “This is something the [chief of naval operations] and I have been working on since ...

  • Mark Steyn on Obama's Nobel

    by David MastioPublished October 9, 2009 Comments

    OBAMAWORLD: Peace in 12 daysWhat will the president do for an encore?By Mark SteynThe most popular headline at the Real Clear Politics Web site the other day was: “Is Obama Becoming A Joke?” With brilliant comedic timing, the very next morning, the Norwegians gave him the Nobel Peace Prize. Up next: his stunning victory in this year's Miss World contest. Dec. 12, Johannesburg. You read it here first. For what, exactly, did he win the Nobel? As the president himself put it: “When you look at my record, it's very clear what I have done so far. And that is nothing. Almost one year and nothing to show for it. You don't believe me? You think I'm making it up? Take a look at this checklist.” And up popped his record of accomplishment, reassuringly blank. Oh, no, wait. That wasn't the real President Obama. That was a comedian playing Mr. ...

  • NY's GOP ACORN endorsed candidate

    by Kerry PicketPublished October 9, 2009 Comments

    UPDATE 10/17/09 - Americans for Tax Reform announced yesterday Assemblywoman Scozzafava signed ATR's Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Yesterday, Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in her race to replace former Rep. John McHugh. Democrat Bill Owens is the only candidate not to sign the Pledge in this race. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- New York's 23rd Congressional District seat was recently vacated by Republican John McHugh after President Obama appointed the upstate New York former congressman to be the Secretary of the Army.  A special election to be held on November 3 is scheduled to fill Mr. McHugh's old seat.  However, conservatives and some GOP activists are not necessarily thrilled with New York's Republican local county committee chairmen's nominee for the race. By nominating Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, Republican county chairs have disappointed the conservative base of the state party as well as the New York Sate Conservative party itself, and it is hardly ...

  • Comments from DOJ address on Watercooler

    by Anthony BowePublished October 9, 2009 Comments

    Only two comments were left by Department of Justice computers on WashingtonTimes.com this year. This certainly doesn't lend any support to the charge there is a "blog squad" working within the department. To reiterate what Matthew Miller, Director of Public Affair at the Justice Department told the Washington Times: "There is no 'blog squad'. There is Tracy [Russo] who handles online media.  It’s the policy of the office of public affairs to not post anonymous comments.  We have not seen any evidence that anyone does post comments, and if we did have evidence of that, people would no longer work here."  If any bloggers out there have additional evidence of blog comments left by Department of Justice IP adresses, we'd love to have info added to comment section for this post so that we can follow up. Of particular use would be the exact IP addresses used to leave comments.

  • Local news blogging: Rangel's troubles deepen

    by Anthony BowePublished October 9, 2009 Comments

    Rep. Charles Rangle can barely see out of the hole he's dug himself in to as repeated ethics violation claims continue to build.  Thursday, a congressional ethics committee expanded their two year investigation into the New York congressman to include hundreds of thousands of dollars of personal assets that Rangel underreported in 2007.According to Politico: “Now, Rangel will have to combat allegations that cropped up when he amended several years of legally required personal financial disclosure reports in August, revealing that his 2007 disclosure had understated his assets by as much as half. “He initially reported a range of assets between roughly $500,000 and $1.3 million but later amended that to between roughly $1 million and $2.5 million. “The unreported assets, first reported by CQ, included two accounts worth at least $250,000 and property in New Jersey." Even before the ethics committee broadened their probe, House Republicans were blocked Wednesday ...

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