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Water Cooler Archive: October 2009

  • Local news blogging: Scozzafava scorn

    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. Published October 22 2009

  • ACORN suffers more irreparable cracks

    With or without sound, a new ACORN video damns testimony from ACORN workers that O'Keefe and partner Hannah Giles were denied and escorted out of the Philly office.  Instead, the video shows nothing different than past videos: a young prostitute and her congress nominee boyfriend, who are starting a business with foreign child prostitutes from El Salvador, warmly accepted by an ACORN employee who provides tax and loan assistance. Published October 22 2009

  • Video: Mike Pence defends conservative media on House floor

    In the video clip below, Congressman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) took to the House floor today and defended conservative media outlets. Published October 22 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: West Virginia woman recants story of abuse...

    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. Published October 22 2009

  • Video: Taking on The Shriver Report - Liberal feminism still struggles to attract men

    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 as to why feminist language tends to turn men off.  Published October 21 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: The White House attack on Fox is a warning to other media...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: The White House attack on Fox News is more about warning other media, Republicans choose sids in NY23 race, and Marco Rubio cuts Charlie Crist's lead in half in Florida's GOP Senate primary. Published October 21 2009

  • AUDIO: Obama EEOC nominee fought to keep military recruiters off college campuses

    President Barack Obama has nominated Georgetown University law professor, Chai R. Feldblum, to the Equal Employment Opportunity Council. Ms. Feldbaum, a gay activist attorney, formerly was 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. Published October 20 2009

  • Local news blogging: NJ race nears close finish

    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: Published October 20 2009

  • Video: Taking on The Shriver Report - Government's role in deciding time off from work

    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 hi   Published October 20 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: The White House has other targets after Fox News...

    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. Published October 20 2009

  • Off the beaten Path online: Dems need more voters in 2010...

    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. Published October 19 2009

  • Paying for a Colorado man's ego

    Richard and Mayumi Heene met in acting school according to Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden.  A failed actor, Mr. Heene sought to look for fame through the reality show Wife Swap. Today, authorities say he and his family made a hot-air balloon and a story built on a fabrication. Published October 18 2009

  • Sheriff: Balloon Boy saga was a hoax

    The Larimer County Sheriff, Jim Alderden,  told media this afternoon that the Heene family made up the entire story of their son Falcon being whisked away in a silvery balloon for the sake of a publicity stunt. Published October 18 2009

  • Video: Juan Williams responds to racial insult

    Fox News political commentator Juan Williams responded tonight after being insulted with a racial slur by talk radio host Warren Ballentine on last night's O'Reilly Factor. Published October 16 2009

  • Balloon Boy 911 call released

    The 911 call with Falcon Heene's parents has been released. Published October 16 2009

  • UPDATE: Supreme Court web fails transparency test

    Word is the Supreme Court's website is a complete joke. Upon review by Watercooler staff, the site indeed looks like it hasn't been updated since Al Gore invented the internet. Published October 16 2009

  • Stimulus jobs paying $500,000 -- good work if you can get it

    $500,000 Published October 16 2009

  • 2007 Video flashback: CNN guest called Juan Williams a 'happy negro'

    This is not the first time Juan Williams has been attacked with a racial slur on a cable news broadcast. Newsbusters writer Matthew Balan noted that on a CNN program aired in September of 2007,  African American university professor and blogger Boyce Watkins called Mr. Williams a "happy negro" after comparing FNC host Bill O'Reilly to Iranian tyrant Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  Published October 16 2009

  • Local news blogging: Power to the people in Ill.

    Illinois voters may soon be empowered to remove the standing governor from office. If 60% of voters vote 'yes' in November 2010 elections the state constitutional amendment will pass.   Published October 16 2009

  • AUDIO: Radio Host: "I didn't call (Juan Williams) a house negro."

    Warren Ballentine, a talk radio host who sparred with Juan Williams about Rush Limbaugh last night on the O'Reilly Factor, talked about the response from those not at all pleased with his "porch" remark on his online radio show today saying the following.: Published October 16 2009