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Water Cooler Archive: March 2012

  • PICKET: DOJ on New Black Panther Party Zimmerman bounty - No comment

    The U.S. Department of Justice had no comment on the $10,000 bounty the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) was offering for a "citizen's arrest" of George Zimmerman, the 28 year old man who told Sanford, Florida Police he shot and killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin on February 26 in an act of self-defense. Published March 30 2012

  • PICKET: FLA Gov. Rick Scott on New Black Panther's Zimmerman Bounty: 'They compound tragedy with tragedy'

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott has issued a statement in response to threats from the Black Panthers who have threatened a bounty on George Zimmerman, the 28 year old man who shot and killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin last month. Published March 29 2012

  • PICKET: Spike Lee apologizes to elderly Florida couple...settles with family

    Filmmaker Spike Lee apologized to David and Elaine McClain of Sanford, Florida on Wednesday night after re-tweeting their address out to his 250,000 followers last week. Mr. Lee thought the McClain's address belonged to George Zimmerman, the 28 year old man who fatally shot 17 year old Trayvon Martin last month. Published March 28 2012

  • PICKET: Elderly FLA couple lawyer up after Spike Lee address tweet

    It was bound to happen. The elderly Sanford, Florida couple whose address was misidentified by a tweet from a Los Angeles man and later retweeted by filmmaker and actor Spike Lee, has hired the Morgan & Morgan law firm to represent them, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Published March 28 2012

  • PICKET: Spike Lee re-tweets incorrect address of Trayvon Martin shooter

    Filmmaker Spike Lee made waves on Twitter last week when he re-tweeted to his 200,000 followers (h/t Twitchy) what was thought to be George Zimmerman's home address in Sanford, Florida. Mr. Zimmerman told Sanford police last month that he fatally shot 17year old Trayvon Martin in self-defense. Published March 27 2012

  • PICKET: Zimmerman-Martin case led by political narrative

    NBC Miami posted a news package profiling George Zimmerman, the man who claimed to local police he shot 17 year old Trayvon Martin in self-defense on February 26, within a gated community in Sanford, Florida. While bits and pieces of the case continue to be released, the Justice Department has been called upon to look into the shooting further. Published March 26 2012

  • PICKET: (VIDEO) Holder says his handling of 'fast and furious' not a distraction to Obama

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder does not believe his handling of operation “Fast & Furious” has become a distraction to President Barack Obama. He confirmed this to the Washington Times on Thursday night in Washington. A.G. Holder would not comment on when he thought the Inspector General would release her report on the botched gun walking operation. Published March 23 2012

  • PICKET: Two House Dems call on DOJ IG to release Fast and Furious report before November elections

    Two House Democrats called upon the Department of Justice’s Acting Inspector General Cynthia Schnedar, who is investigating the department’s failed “Fast and Furious” gun walking operation, to deliver her report before the 2012 November elections pass. Published March 22 2012

  • PICKET: Limbaugh mentioned in L.A. City Council resolution condemning on-air 'racist' or 'sexist' remarks

    According to reports coming in from Los Angeles, the L.A. City Council passed a resolution (13 to 2) on Wednesday calling upon broadcasting companies to tell their on-air hosts to "not use and promote racist and sexist slurs” on their radio and other on air broadcasts. The dissenting votes came from Council Member Joe Buscaino and Council Member Mitch Englander. Published March 21 2012

  • PICKET: Issa and Grassley demand answers from Holder on recent fast and furious developments

    Congressman Darrell Issa, California Republican, and Senator Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, sent a joint letter to Attorney General Holder on Monday demanding answers about a gun trafficking suspect, involved in the 2010 fast and furious operation, who was caught, released, and arrested almost one year later. Published March 20 2012

  • PICKET: Issa plans to grill Energy Sec. Chu over DOE waste

    Congressman Darrell Issa, California Republican, told me he plans to grill Obama Energy Secretary Steven Chu, when Secretary Chu comes before Rep. Issa's committee today, House Oversight Government and Reform. Published March 20 2012

  • PICKET: Holder '95 anti-gun 'brainwash' remarks likely reaction to GOP '94 House win

    Breitbart.com posted a C-SPAN2 video from 1995 of then-U.S. Attorney Eric Holder discussing a public campaign to ”really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.” Published March 19 2012

  • PICKET: FDR pressed english on Puerto Ricans

    Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is taking lots of heat over his remarks regarding what language Puerto Ricans should be speaking. Politically the issue is a third rail that more than likely cost him a number of delegates from the island. Published March 18 2012

  • PICKET: (video) Anita Dunn avoids questions on Fluke controversy

    The Washington Times affiliated radio program America's Morning News spoke with former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, who is now a managing Director at the Washington D.C. based PR firm SKD Knickerbocker, on Sunday. Published March 18 2012

  • PICKET: (VIDEO) George Clooney arrested in Washington

    Hollywood actor George Clooney was arrested in Washington on Friday in front of the Sudanese Embassy. Published March 16 2012

  • PICKET: Obama errs on Rutherford B. Hayes phone slam

    President Barack Obama slammed former President Rutherford B. Hayes, a Republican, on Thursday when excoriating his critics for dismissing alternative energy sources. He compared them to President hayes, who he wrongly believed dismissed the invention of the telephone. Published March 15 2012

  • PICKET: Rep. Bob Turner announces run for U.S. Senate against Gillibrand

    Congressman Bob Turner, New York Republican announced on Tuesday afternoon he will be challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Democrat, for her seat this year. Published March 13 2012

  • PICKET: Rep. Turner considering run for senate?

    Congressman Bob Turner, New York Republican, is being courted by GOP state party officials to run against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Democrat, this year. Senator Gillibrand was appointed to her seat in 2009 by former New York Governor David Paterson when Hillary Clinton vacated the seat. Gillibrand was later elected to the seat in 2010, in order to finish off Clinton's term. Sen. Gillibrand must now run for her first six year term in office. Published March 12 2012

  • KOVACS & VERNUCCIO: Raising the tipped minimum wage does more harm than good

    Politicians and interest groups playing the gender card to push their agendas is nothing new. But recently, it seems to be getting harder, as they are grasping at straws. Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) recently introduced legislation to increase the tipped minimum wage—the base a restaurant must pay its workers before the employee receives cash tips—claiming that restaurant workers’ wages, especially female worker’s wages, have been stagnant for years. Yet a quick look at the facts shows their claims do not stand up to scrutiny. Published March 12 2012

  • PICKET:(video) A.G. Holder avoids question on when fast and furious report will emerge

    Attorney General Eric Holder refused to answer questions about Fast and Furious last week from the Washington Times affiliated radio show America's Morning News. The inspector General report has yet to emerge about why the federal government knowingly allowed guns into the hands of dangerous Mexican criminals across the border. Published March 12 2012