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Water Cooler Archive: September 2009

  • Local news blogging: Dems banana-split over public option

    The Right is celebrating the democrat-led Senate Finance Committee failure to insert the public option into the Senate's health care reform bill Tuesday.  Twice, democrat dissent contributed to the committee striking down amendments promoting government-run health insurance programs by votes of 15-8 and 13-10.  Republicans say the Democrats appear weak. Democrats who voted against one or both of the measures, Max Baucus of Montana and Democratic Sens. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Thomas R. Carper of Delaware and Bill Nelson of Florida, enticed bloggers in their respective states. Published September 30 2009

  • Nothing neutral about net neutrality

      So called "net neutrality" has been a buzz word among those on the left for several years now since the internet has proven to be the private sector's biggest success stories.   . Published September 30 2009

  • Empire State Building wears Communist colors this week

    The Empire State building is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China by flooding the upper parts of the city's tallest sky scraper in red and yellow lights (representing the Chinese flag).   Published September 30 2009

  • Local news blogging: 2016 Chicago Olympic Bid

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle are traveling to Denmark this week attempting to lobby the International Olympic Committee into supporting Chicago as host of the 2016 summer olympics.  This is a hot-button issue in the Illinois blogs. Published September 29 2009

  • Earth to Krugman, stop whining

    New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman "feels despair" over the fate of the planet due to climate change.  Has he bothered to reading the news lately? Published September 29 2009

  • UPDATE: Video '08: Community organizers pray to Obama

    Naked Emperor News brings forth another shocking video. In the video clip below, community oragnizers gather in a religious-like ceremony and begin chanting leftist platitudes. Published September 29 2009

  • Local news blogging: Polanski arrest

    The arrest Saturday in Switzerland of American director Roman Polanski, who has been on the run since 1978 after pleading guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl, is becoming somewhat of a foreign diplomatic crisis.  Polanski fled the U.S. after the judge who presided over the case hinted he would refuse the district attorney's plea agreement set with Polanski and seek a stiffer sentence, possibly a maximum penalty. France and Poland, where Polanski enjoys dual-citizenship, are calling for his immediate release by pressuring the U.S. and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to intervene.  The U.S. is requesting Polanski's transfer back to the States. California bloggers uncovered some interesting nuggets in this controversial story: Published September 28 2009

  • Children may not be praising the president for long

    The Associated Press is reporting President Obama is looking to expand the school year. Published September 27 2009

  • Correction: Previous Entry

    The previous entry referencing that the Capitol Hill switchboard was being used to push health care reform legislation was incorrect.  This is not the case. Published September 27 2009

  • Video: Another song by school children praising Obama

    B. Bernice Young School in Burlington Township, New Jersey was under scrutiny this week after a video surfaced of their grade school children singing a worshipful like song to President Obama.  Another video appears to be making the rounds on the web today of another group of children singing a song to President Obama that has an idolizing theme.  Published September 26 2009

  • Local news blogging: Kirk appointment

    Vice President Joe Biden may have to avoid swearing in today if a Massachusetts judge sides with the state's GOP. Mr. Biden is slated to swear in Paul G. Kirk Jr.  to a vacant senate seat left by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy at 3 p.m. today. The GOP's argument is the subject of an Associated Press story published in the Washington Times website Friday.  Massachusetts bloggers discuss the Kirk appointment: Published September 25 2009

  • Yosi Sergant submits resignation, new WH policy guidelines on outreach established

    In the midst of the National Endowment for the Arts controversy, their former communications director Yosi Sergant has submitted his resignation.  The NEA's Sally Gifford sent the Washington Times the following release. Published September 24 2009

  • Local news blogging: Thwarted terrorism plot

      A possible terrorist plot appears foiled after U.S. authorities detained and charged a suspect in Colorado for allegedly planning to use explosive devices in New York City. Najibullah Zazi, an airport shuttle driver in Denver, has been charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction — explosive bombs — against persons or property in the United States. Two other suspects, an NYPD informant and Zazi's father, have been cited for lying to the FBI.   Bloggers in Colorado and New York have tracked the story this week.     Published September 24 2009

  • May 12 White House briefing grant recipients

    Our crowd sourcing efforts prompted Water Cooler reader "Christie" to send us grant information on some of the sixty artists who attended the May 12 White House briefing.   Published September 24 2009

  • Video: School children taught to praise President Obama

    In this video, school children being taught to sing the praises of President Barack Obama. Published September 23 2009

  • House and Senate GOP leaders call for oversight hearing and explanations on NEA controversy

    Rep. John Kline (R-MN), the top Republican on the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee, is calling for a congressional oversight hearing into allegations that officials with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the White House inappropriately used federal resources to promote a political and legislative agenda. Kline made his request in a letter delivered yesterday to the committee’s Chairman, Rep. George Miller (D-CA). Published September 23 2009

  • Another Americans for the Arts participant on August 10 call

    While Americans for the Arts denies any knowledge of the August 10 NEA, White House, and United We Serve conference call, a Water Cooler commenter pointed out that Nicola Vassell, an August 10 call participant,  happens to be a member an American for the Arts committee herself. Published September 23 2009

  • Local news blogging: Atlanta floods

    Following days of constant rain and record setting flooding in Atlanta, flood waters are finally receding, reports say. But the damage has been done. The death toll has reached nine and early estimates suggest $250 million in damage was caused by the flooding.  Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue issued a “State Of Emergency” for 17 counties and also requested President Obama to make a Declaration of Disaster Areas.      Since Sunday, Georgia bloggers have provided updated news, alerts, analysis and various posts of interests related to the flood.   Published September 23 2009

  • More Americans for the Arts denials

    Americans for the Arts is repeating last week's denial of involvement in the controversial Aug. 10 National Endowment for the Arts conference call. Published September 23 2009

  • Updated: NEA Chmn. Rocco Landesman Translation

    For those who were unable to understand yesterday's statement by the NEA chairman on the recent scandal. Published September 23 2009