The Washington Times - October 19, 2009, 04:42PM

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.


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 of Natural Family Planning (monitoring fertility cycles without artificial contraceptives) as going green, and then, naturally, calls on Trojan to explain the usual Time point of view, that extra children are an ecological menace.