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Water Cooler Archive: December 2010

  • Gallup looks back at key 2010 polling results

    Gallup.com has gathered together some of their various polling results from 2010. Polling topics include: political, economic, well being, and world news. Here are a few highlights mentioned from each month. Published December 31 2010

  • MSNBC's Olbermann rips Limbaugh, O'Reilly, FNC in profane twitter tirades

    MSBC Countdown Host Keith Olbermann took to Twitter on Thursday and let out a tirade of profane attacks against talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, FNC host Bill O'Reilly and the cable network at-large. Published December 30 2010

  • Grey lady's 'cyberconspiracy' accusation falls short

    The New York Times, is credited with breaking the recent story regarding the Obama administration's new policy in Medicare regulation that would "pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment." Published December 30 2010

  • Report: New TSA body scanner easily outsmarted

    The introduction of the Transportation Security Administration's new full body scanners caused much of a stir in the United States for the invasive nature of the technology. Many criticized that a suicide/homicide- bound terrorist needed only to insert an explosive inside himself to get past the new security machine, but a new piece published from the Journal of Transportation Security reports a hell-bent terrorist would not even need to go that far to slip an explosive device past TSA officials at the airport. Published December 28 2010

  • Teacher in Spain charged for saying 'ham' to Muslim pupil

    The tolerance/anti-tolerance brigade is at it again and a teacher in a Spanish secondary school is finding himself the victim of it. The family of a Muslim pupil filed a complaint with the National Police against the teacher for mentioning the word "ham" around the student during class time. Published December 28 2010

  • Rep. Ellison hopes 'border will become an irrelevancy' (video)

    Congressman Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, addressed an audience (h/t The Blaze- Full version below) at the Network of Spiritual Progressives Conference in June of this year, where the lawmaker gave his views on how he views the nation's national security policy among other issues. Published December 27 2010

  • Report: Richardson likely to succeed Hillary Clinton

    According to various sources in news reports, The Obama administration may be "pointing toward New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as possibly replacing Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in 2011.” Published December 27 2010

  • AZ lawmaker physically assaulted

    UPI is reporting that AZ State Representative Frank Pratt was beaten and tied up in his place of business on Christmas day by an attacker who fled in a truck. Published December 27 2010

  • Saddam etched Qur'an in own blood

    If there was any doubt Saddam Hussein had a twisted mind, here is a bizarre Saddam-era relic Iraqi leaders are poring over to prove otherwise. According to the Guardian--a 605 page Qur'an inked in the in the blood of the executed dictator was found. Published December 23 2010

  • Unions continue to intimidate citizens at private homes

    The unions are continuing their assault on private homeowners' property. Union members of Roquette America in Keokuk, Illinois (h/t Dana Loesch at Big Journalism) stood outside of Roquette executives' homes on Wednesday night and sang "carols" while shouting profanities to the residents inside. WGEM reported Roquette workers "have been off the job for almost three months now. Published December 23 2010

  • 2010 HUD grants include training for La Raza and Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp.

    As the American people shop for and wrap final Christmas gifts for their family and friends, the Obama administration announced on Thursday their own present from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Published December 23 2010

  • Lawmakers go home for Christmas - A lame duck session wrap up

    Democrats saw a clock ticking rapidly down following giant Republican gains in the House and a number of GOP pick-ups in the Senate. In spite of less than a two month deadline after election day on November 2, Democrats and the White House managed to achieve pieces of legislation, but unlike times past during the days of a filibuster proof majority, it was not without many hours, days, and weeks of negotiation. Published December 23 2010

  • Walter Reed Hospital: We send e-mail messages out for all the holidays

    Colonel Van Coots of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center found his office phone ringing furiously off the hook on Wednesday. Activists read from blog sites that he sent an e-mail to his staff and patients recognizing the Islamic new year, but the Colonel argues he sendse-mail messages out for all the holidays. Published December 22 2010

  • ROTC comeback on campuses post DADT repeal?

    Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) have long been banned from a number of college campuses since the Vietnam War days, but in more recent times, many schools used the excuse that the now former military policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) was the primary reason for banning ROTC from their schools. However, times are changing and without a military draft or a DADT policy to complain about, universities are now being pressured to bring ROTC back to their campuses, and frankly, they should. Already, University leaders are weighing in. Published December 22 2010

  • Gov. Christie commutes sentence of legal gun owner

    New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie commuted the sentence of a 27-year old gun owner who was sentenced to seven years in prison for possession of firearms. Published December 21 2010

  • TWT Water Cooler Blog 2010 in review

    Here are a number of stories The Washington Times Water Cooler blog covered and sometimes broke throughout 2010. Writers and contributors to this blog are looking forward to another year in 2011 of great news stories, opinion journalism, and political thought. Published December 20 2010

  • DADT repealed; What next for those who attack military recruiters?

    The U.S. Senate voted to pass the repeal of the Military policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) by a vote of 65 to 31 on Saturday afternoon. Republican senators who voted “yes” with the Democrats were: Scott Brown of Massachusetts, George Voinovich of Ohio, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mark Kirk of Illinois, John Ensign of Nevada, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine.The final passage of the bill was far from a surprise and the legislation will land on President Barack Obama's desk as fast as the most previous legislation did. Published December 18 2010

  • DREAM Act fails in the Senate

    A cloture vote to end debate on the DREAM Act failed in the Senate on Saturday by 55 to 41. The Dream Act is amnesty legislation that would allow children, brought to the United States by their illegal alien parents, to gain citizenship by attending two years of college or joining the military Published December 18 2010

  • DREAM Act vote scheduled this weekend

    A cloture vote is planned for the DREAM Act at this afternoon. 60 votes are needed to go forward on a vote on the amnesty bill and Roy Beck, President of Numbers USA, a DC based anti-illegal immigration group, sees its final passage remaining shaky. Published December 18 2010

  • Cleaver: I did not propose $48 billion earmark

    "Anybody up here who requests $48 billion should be impeached," Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri Democrat, told me when I asked him about reports that he proposed a $48 billion ear mark in the House spending bill. According to the House Appropriations Committee rules since the beginning of 2009, members of Congress are required to publicly post and explain all of their earmark requests. Published December 17 2010