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Water Cooler Archive: June 2010

  • Arkansas bloggers discuss Lincoln's victory

    Arkansas bloggers discuss Lincoln's victory Published June 10 2010

  • U.S. taxpayer money funding terror education in West Bank, Gaza

    The United States gives a quarter of a billion dollars to UNRWA every year - and much of it is used in classrooms where Hamas dictates the curricula. Published June 10 2010

  • Big Tuesday primary round up

    Tuesday primaries produced winners who will face weaker incumbents than in years past. Published June 10 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: W.H. Press Assoc. credentialed 'homeless' reporter...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: W.H. Press Assoc. credentialed 'homeless' reporter, 2 Bodies found in Pinal County Desert, Prisoners convert to Islam for jail perks. Published June 8 2010

  • Rangel on WH faith in BP: They don't have the slightest clue

    The BP oil spill continues to deluge the gulf coast regions of the United States, and the Obama administration is feeling heat from those he could usually count on to stand by him. Democratic strategist James Carville railed at the president for being slow on getting the government involved and nightly conservative basher MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann appeared disappointed with the White House’s lack of action. A few days before the recent Congressional recess, I spoke with Congressman Charles Rangel, New York Democrat, who seemed frustrated that the administration had not dealt with the oil companies before the spill. Published June 8 2010

  • Government grows, economy slows

    No surprise there, as this Administration is all about creating government jobs, even if it harms private sector job growth. In fact, for the sixteen million unemployed Americans, the federal government is often the only one hiring. In contrast to growing government, the private sector has been relatively stagnant in creating new jobs. The Gallup job creation index for April shows a 2 to 1 lead in federal government hiring over the private market. Published June 7 2010

  • Pixies become latest band to bail on Israel

    The Pixies join Klaxons, Elvis Costello and other acts in canceling Israel shows following the flotilla incident. Published June 7 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: Barack Obama ignores D-Day anniversary – goes to theatre party instead

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Barack Obama ignores D-Day anniversary – goes to theatre party instead Two arguments against ‘But Republicans did it too!', Barack Obama: Let them eat tar balls. Published June 7 2010

  • Israel forced to apologize for YouTube spoof of Gaza flotilla

    The Israeli government has been forced to apologize for a You Tube video spoof making fun of Gaza flotilla activists. Published June 6 2010

  • Helen Thomas dropped by agency

    Politico is reporting the agency that represents Helen Thomas, Nine Speakers, has dropped the longtime White House journalist from their client list as a result of her comments made about Jewish people and the Middle East. Published June 6 2010

  • Report: Iran offers military escort to ships breaking Gaza blockade

    News across the wires reports that Iran is willing to provide a military escort to cargo ships looking to break through the Gaza blockade. Published June 6 2010

  • Audio/Video- WH Reporter and Flotilla passengers insult Jews

    The Israeli Defense Forces released a new clip on Friday with an audio exchange between the captain on board the ship Mavi Marmara and the Israeli Navy radio operator. Many are comparing this clip with longtime White House reporter Helen Thomas who made remarks telling the "Jews to get the hell out of Palestine." Published June 5 2010

  • Will Democrats find their technology mojo in time?

    The Personal Democracy Forum held its eighth annual gathering in New York City this year on June 3 and June 4. According to its website, PDF describes itself as: "One hub for the conversation already underway between political practitioners and technologists, as well as anyone invigorated by the potential of all this to open up the process and engage more people in all the things that we can and must do together as citizens. We value your input and ideas." PDF has a reputation of being dominated by liberal progressives who attend the yearly event. However, PDF founder Andrew Rasiej told me the organization has been reaching out to conservatives to attend the annual forum since its inception. Published June 5 2010

  • Amateur Night at the Apollo

    Welcome to everyone, and thanks for coming all the way up here to 125th street. We got a great show for you tonight… He is here all the way from our nation’s capital, that’s Washington D.C., home of Marion Berry, pork barrel spending, and the second black President, cause we all know that big Willy Clinton was the first… here he is, put your hands together, and but hide your wallets first… Mr. Barrack “Don’t call me Hussein” Obama. Published June 4 2010

  • Presidency a decade ago could've saved Gore marriage

    Gore family friend says Tipper, Al's relationship "never recovered" from the election loss to Bush. Published June 4 2010

  • Video- Gov. Christie slams public teachers unions

    At a recent town hall meeting New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Republican, railed at public teacher unions as being "bullies." Published June 4 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: Theft of Mojave Cross will only stiffen veterans’ resolve...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Theft of Mojave Cross will only stiffen veterans’ resolve, Israel Navy: 3 commandos nearly taken hostage in Gaza flotilla raid, Brewer: I asked Obama'when' he intends to secure the border. Published June 4 2010

  • White House falls deeper into job for campaign resignation scandal

    If the White House was only juggling the Sestak issue, it would be one thing, but Republicans saw the administration’s Achilles’ heel was the need to meddle in state elections and political appointments. This was especially obvious after former Illinois Governor Democrat Rod Blagojevich bucked the White House and his Party and appointed Roland Burris to President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat in 2009. Published June 3 2010

  • Activists aboard Gaza-bound flotilla wanted to be 'martyrs'

    Footage released Thursday by the Israel Defense Forces shows a 'peace activist' from the Mavi Marmara ferry saying his objective in boarding the flotilla was to become a martyr. Published June 3 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: FTC to 'reinvent' journalism...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: FTC to “reinvent” journalism, The Supreme Court hears the sounds of silence, Forced unionization: Big labor's last stand? Published June 3 2010