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Well maybe not in bed with them but she certainly has a lot of money invested in Clean Energy stock – like $100,000! According to an article in Town Hall by Kevin Glass, Ms. Pelosi stands to benefit from pending clean energy legislation.

Recently, there has been attention called to the potential for insider trading on Capitol Hill. Mr. Glass points out that “A fuel subsidy proposal, if passed, would enrich Representative Nancy Pelosi because of her stake in a “green” firm that stands to benefit. Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens owns a big slug of the company and has been on a campaign advocating for the legislation. The billionaire is oddly aligned with Pelosi, though her stake is smaller. The Democrat’s asset disclosure indicates she owns as much as $100,000 of Clean Energy stock. And earlier this year, she listed the NATGAS Act as one of the priorities for her “Make It In America” agenda.”

So it seems that Ms. Pelosi stands financially ready to reap the rewards of increased natural gas subsidies. Even without the questionable utility of the bill, this is certainly a moral failing on former Speaker Pelosi’s part.

This type of insider trading in Congress needs to be stopped. Recently, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee have sent a bill to the full Senate containing ethics reforms that would put curbs on the practice. Perhaps the House will follow the Senate’s lead?

But then with all of the crony capitalism going on in Washington, I’m sure our honorable congress people will find a way to “grandfather” some of their deals and make them not apply.

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When I first saw this article, I thought that this is just another way that Democrats want to control and demagogue the Republicans. But thanks to an article by Katie Pavlich of TownHall, she breaks down the legality of this type of corrupt political machine.

Someone in the Obama presidential campaign thinks that by collecting email addresses of Republicans from their supporters is a “fun” idea. However, this is just a way to build a database that would enable Democrats to target Republican voters during the general election campaign. It could also become part of a Democratic effort to influence Republican primary voters to select a candidate that Democrats think Obama could most easily defeat. The email asks their supporters to send them the email addresses of their Republican friends to Obama’s 2012 election campaign web site.

Now you would think that these “government officials” from his campaign would know that this is a violation of federal law, Can Spam Law. The law says that a business cannot spam your email box if you did not give them your email address. It is illegal for them to send you a single email unless you personally signed up for it. Thus this is illegal for the Obama campaign to spam your inbox without your permission.

In addition, the CAN-SPAM Act doesn’t apply just to bulk email. It covers all commercial messages, which the law defines as “any electronic mail message the primary purpose of which is the commercial advertisement or promotion of a commercial product or service,” including email that promotes content on commercial websites. The law makes no exception for business-to-business email. That means all email – for example, a message to former customers announcing a new product line – must comply with the law.

Each separate email in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act is subject to penalties of up to $16,000, so non-compliance can be costly.

But then we are talking about the DNC Chair headed by our most favorite Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She thinks all Democrats are above the law. And then we have the Justice Department, headed by Eric Holder, who will weasel his way around this one in the name of Obama’s re-election. Then of course there is Obama who thinks he is above the law and loves Executive Orders.

I’ve visited Wisconsin once on my way to Ohio. Granted I was only at the airport but what I saw of the state as I flew over seems like a nice state. But the people there are weird! Here is one more proof of how weird they are.

An article in the Daily Caller, says that signatures of Hitler and Mickey Mouse are acceptable for the recall petitions for Governor Scott Walker. The Government Accountability Board reviewing the petitions unanimously approved a plan that would allow questionable names to be counted if they are signed within the circulation dates and have a proper address.

Are they serious?

They claim that all signatures are given the basic presumption of validity. So it may not be eliminated due to the fact that this is a valid signature on face value. Hello! There is no such person as Mickey Mouse and Adolph Hitler died a long time ago.

Then they go on to say, “We may certainly note fictitious names — if we note them on the petition we will flag them — but we will not strike them unless challenged,” added David Buerger, another petition reviewer co-team leader. “In the last round of recalls, you may recall, there was a person who signed Adolf Hilter’s name to a petition. Fortunately, they gave a Berlin, Germany address and so we struck it on that basis rather than on the basis of it being Adolf Hilter.”

So far the petitioners have collected more than 300,000 signatures. They need 540,200 signatures by January 17th. No problem,. I’m sure that the unions have a plan. After all there are the seven dwarfs who haven’t signed yet and of course there are the Star Trek characters, Jimmy Hoffa, as well as all the Brady Bunch. But then I’m giving these “cheese heads” some good advice.

I’m sure that Governor Walker will challenge all the names on the petition, if not, he is also a “cheese head,” no brain matter just cheese up there.

According to a local article, Federal authorities are planning to crack down on the medical marijuana business in Colorado on a large scale for the first time. As I wrote several months ago, the Attorney General of Colorado was concerned about the medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado because selling marijuana is still a Federal crime.

Now it seems that warning letters will be going out to dispensaries and grow facilities near schools. The letters are giving 45 days to shut down or move operations. If they don’t shut down the U.S. Attorney in Colorado will shut them down.

The dispensaries that are set to be targeted are the ones that are located within 1,000 feet of schools. That measurement is being used because that distance already appears in federal law as a factor in drug crime sentencing.

The move comes after the Justice Department sent out a memo clarifying that marijuana has been and remains illegal under federal law despite what has taken place with state regulations. Colorado is one of 16 states where medical marijuana laws have been approved.

Many of the state’s dispensaries that are closer than 1,000 feet to a school have already been approved to be there under local laws. These dispensaries were grandfathered in. But now it is unclear if they are allowed to operate under the Federal crackdown.

When Coloradoans approved medical marijuana I’m sure no one anticipated what the Federal government would do. Now it seems that the Feds are getting serious about dispensaries and grow facilities especially if located near a school. As far as I know, there is a law prohibiting liquor stores near schools so why not marijuana dispensaries?

I know it’s the Holiday Season but with all the bad news floating around, i.e. Fast and Furious, drones crashing, Congress still arguing about payroll tax relief and unemployment insurance, I thought a funny story about a stupid criminal would be a nice relief.

In Beaver, Pennsylvania, a nineteen-year-old man, Devonte Davon Jeter, was one of four men in a car stopped by the police back in May of this year. Police discovered marijuana in the car and arrested all the men. They really didn’t know which one was in possession of the marijuana but Mr. Jeter helped them out.

He asked the arresting officer if he could have his weed back. Of course his defense attorney claims that the bag of weed could have belong to one of the other three men. But with Mr. Jeter asking for return of his bag of weed, the judge decided that he should be held over for marijuana possession trial.

Your smile for the day – thanks to another stupid criminal.

True words from our President in an interview on CBS last night isn’t it? Obviously, he hasn’t fixed the economy. With all of his blaming everyone else but himself and his administration, you would think Obama would have chosen a better thought on this one.

Ed Morrissey of Hot Air also says in his article that the Romney campaign put out a web ad today that uses Obama’s own words and says that is what Republicans have been saying all along!

The most recent CBS poll showed that two-thirds voters don’t have a clear idea why Obama wants a second term — including a majority of Democrats.  Romney scores with his preparation to lead on economic issues rather than make capitulationist statements about rough seas and stormy weather.  It may not quite be the same as Jimmy Carter’s malaise speech, which implied that the economic environment would never really improve, but Obama comes close in this interview.

Romney should put this on the air in Iowa right away.  Regardless of who wins the nomination, this should be seen over and over again for Republicans during the general election. In fact, all of Obama’s doom and gloom about the country and the economy should be the focal point of a lot of Republican ads with a counter attack of optimism from Republicans.

To see Romney’s great web ad click here.

On Fox News this morning, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz insisted that unemployment didn’t go up in Barack Obama’s term of office. Tell that to all the 2 million plus unemployed workers, Debbie, who during the Obama administration lost their jobs and cannot find employment.

What makes this so amazing is that she tells Gretchen Carlson of Fox News that her narrative doesn’t work any longer. Deny, deny and deny is all Debbie can do. I think her hair is curled too tight for her to start thinking logically.

According to a Hot Air article, they lay out a few facts that Debbie just can’t wrap her meager brain around:

•Jobless rate in January 2009: 7.8%.  Jobless rate in November 2011: 8.6%.

•Number of employed in January 2009, in thousands: 133,563.  In November 2011: 131,708

•Civilian participation rate in January 2009: 65.7%.  In November 2011: 64.0%

•Unemployment level in January 2009, in thousands: 11,984.  In November 2011: 13,303

•Number of people not in labor force, January 2009, in thousands: 80,554.  In November 2011: 86,558

It’s also worth noting that this growth in disconnected potential workers and the associated drop in the civilian-participation rate are almost entirely responsible for the published jobless rate being as low as it is and the exodus of 315,000 workers from the workforce last month.  But in Debbie’s world these people don’t count at all do they?

I’ve seen Gretchen Carlson interview people on Fox News and she has her facts straight and tells it like it is. She doesn’t make things up like Debbie Wasserman Schultz. But then I guess Debbie does live in an alternate universe where facts are not to be trusted only “feelings.”