All I can say is WOW. You have got to be kidding me. Newt Gingrich wants to put us on the moon. This is so far removed from any sense of reality it truly boggles the mind. Wait a second, wasn’t he kicked out of Congress? How stupid do our politicians think we are, or more to the point how stupid are they? We have so many more pressing issues facing the nation and the planet and the best thing he can think of is establishing a base on the moon? What about getting the country off of fossil fuels… by the end of his second term we should 50% carbon neutral. What about that? Making the concerted effort to commit to overhauling our economy too 100% renewables would create jobs, would stimulate the economy and ultimately SAVE MONEY. Send us to the moon. What an asshole.
Alright, did I make a promise not to make fun of Sarah Palin in my last post? Hmmmm, I don’t think so – I do seem to remember saying something about all the back and forth maybe being unfair. Well, who cares, she still drives me crazy, so I thought that for the new year I might throw up an old post discussing her old reality TV show:
“Sarah Palin’s Alaska” debuted last night on TLC. In case you missed it, here were the top five most notable quotables:
“She’ll be downstairs in a minute. You can text her up there.” – Sarah Palin, to a boyfriend of her daughter’s.
“This is not flippin’ easy.” – Sarah Palin, on rock-climbing.
“These people want to seek and destroy.” – Todd Palin, on Joe McGinniss, a reporter who moved next door.
“He was stuck inside writing an ugly book – see, we one-upped him. We had a good day, and he’s stuck in his house.” – Sarah Palin, on McGinniss.
“I love this state like I love my family.” – Sarah Palin, on Alaska.
Or maybe not. I know that poor Palin has gotten skewered left and right from just about everyone, so maybe it’s unfair for me to keep bashing in to her – but let’s be honest, she deserves it. It is inconceivable that this woman could or should wield any political influence at all. I’m not really going to discuss the obvious with her ridiculous statements and media shenanigans, although we do have lots of wonderful quotes below to keep you entertained. No, it’s not just that she has her head in her a**, it’s more that it’s obvious she has absolutely no concern for the American people and is only in it for the money, she is a PR machine and nothing more, a joke. And the more that we give her any attention, the more we degrade ourselves and our country.
“Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, is going to be part of the Fox News team. So, yeah. Finally, finally, her years of reading all those newspapers and magazines have really paid off. This should balance things out over there at Fox News. I can see that coming from my house.” -David Letterman
“Sarah Palin, part-time Governor of Alaska, is angry because Michele Obama is encouraging kids to eat healthy. Sarah Palin believes the government shouldn’t tell us what to do. Sarah Palin believes she should tell us what to do.” —David Letterman
“One of Sarah Palin’s supporters is about to release a documentary about her called ‘The Undefeated.’ That’s like a documentary about Arnold Schwarzenegger called ‘The Faithful.’” –Jimmy Fallon
“It doesn’t make it a gotcha question just because it got ya.” —Jon Stewart on Sarah Palin complaining that a reporter asked her a “gotcha” question about Paul Revere (the question was “What have you seen so far today, and what are you going to take away from your visit?”)
Democrats and Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday advocated new restrictions on insider trading to help lift waning public trust in Congress.
Previous efforts to pass restrictions on insider trading have not advanced in Congress. The issue re-emerged after a report last month by the CBS News program “60 Minutes,” which said members of Congress bought stock in companies during debates on legislation that might affect the businesses.
None of the investments by members of Congress was illegal, the report said.
“This is about restoring faith,” said Representative Tim Walz, a Minnesota Democrat who is sponsoring legislation to explicitly ban insider trading. “If you think a 9 percent approval rating is bad, don’t do anything, drag it out and watch what happens,” he said referring to polling on Americans’ approval of Congress.
You have got to be kidding me… none of this was deemed illegal???? Insider trading is insider trading. Take a look at how the SEC defines “Illegal Insider Trading”:
Illegal insider trading refers generally to buying or selling a security, in breach of a fiduciary duty or other relationship of trust and confidence, while in possession of material, nonpublic information about the security. Insider trading violations may also include “tipping” such information, securities trading by the person “tipped,” and securities trading by those who misappropriate such information.
Examples of insider trading cases that have been brought by the SEC are cases against:
Corporate officers, directors, and employees who traded the corporation’s securities after learning of significant, confidential corporate developments;
Friends, business associates, family members, and other “tippees” of such officers, directors, and employees, who traded the securities after receiving such information;
Employees of law, banking, brokerage and printing firms who were given such information to provide services to the corporation whose securities they traded;
Government employees who learned of such information because of their employment by the government; and
Other persons who misappropriated, and took advantage of, confidential information from their employers.