ERIC CANTOR’S INSIDER TRADING KABUKI DANCE: Let’s Call it the Beltway Hokey Pokey

Guest post by Sara For America

Back in 2012, Eric Cantor dazzled us with his STOCK Act Hokey Pokey. Today he is going to teach us how to do this clever dance game.

Background

To start, you will need a piece of important legislation drafted to make members of Congress, their families and staffers adhere to the same standards as other Americans. In this case, the STOCK Act; a bill that prohibited insider trading by Congress based on non-public information gained in their role as lawmakers. Both Democrats and Republicans agreed that passing this law would help restore confidence in government, because Congress was making money hand over fist by exempting themselves from securities laws applied to the rest of us. (I know, that’s horrible, isn’t it?)

Step One

Listen to all the pros and cons about the STOCK Act so you can decide how best to approach it without angering your base (that would be Wall Street).


You put your ear in, you take your ear out, you put your ear back in and you shake it all about. You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about!

Step Two

Pay particular attention to what your Wall Street buddies, and other deep pocket lobbyists think you ought to do. (Pay particular attention– with hand outstretched.)

You put your hand in, you take your hand out, you put your hand back in and you shake it all about! You do the hokey pokey and your turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about!

Step Three

After all the other members of Congress agree on the details of the bill, you show up when nobody is paying attention, and submit a new version that has a loophole hidden in it. This loophole allows Congressional family members (including yours) to trade on insider information, which basically defeats the whole purpose of the bill. This is a pretty sneaky move, so in this step, put your hands on your hips and gloriously emphasize the big hip twist! Tweak it, baby!

You put your hip in, you take your hip out, you put your hip back in and you shake it all about! You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about!

Step Four

Now, just hang tight and see if anyone notices. Be careful when turning your back to the other dancers in this move; it’s best to keep looking over your shoulder at all times, while not losing balance. Go on about the business of being re-elected (while never agreeing to debate).

You put your backside in, you take your backside out, you put your backside in, and you shake it all about! You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about!

Step Five

When someone does notice, in this case CNN, and sets off a media firestorm, this is where you go all in. It’s as if the Hokey Pokey is in control of you now!! The moves are unintentional, they just happened, and how ludicrous to suggest there was something sinister going on otherwise! (This is a good place to try out your Indignant Face.)

You put your whole body in, you take your whole body out, you put your whole body in, and you shake it all about! You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about!

Final Step

Just wait and things will blow over. They always do!

You do the hokey-pokey!!! You do the hooooooo-key-pokey! You do the Hokey.Pokey …..That’s what it’s all about!!

There now, you are a Hokey Pokey master too! Aren’t you proud of yourself?

That’s what it’s all about!

Note: Once you have mastered the dance, you won’t need this specific song. But the song is pretty fun.


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Doug Ross @ Journal

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE: Don’t Call Lawbreakers Lawbreakers

It would seem that the acts of wantonly breaking our immigration laws and violating U.S. national sovereignty don’t qualify as illegal acts, at least in the view of one of our radical, hard left, activist Supreme Court Justices.

Sotomayor: Labeling Illegal Immigrants Criminals Is Insulting

Sotomayor, the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court, said she didn’t even know what an Ivy League college was when a friend suggested she apply. She wound up attending Princeton and Yale Law School.

On the Supreme Court since 2009, Sotomayor said it was tough at first as justices made references that went over her head. She said joining the high court amounted to joining an ongoing conversation among justices who had served for years… “I figure I may not be the smartest judge on the court but I’m going to be a competent justice,” she said.

Sotomayor was asked at a talk at Yale Law School later in the day about her use of the term “undocumented immigrants” rather than the traditional illegal alien. Sotomayor characterized the issue as a regulatory problem and said labeling immigrants criminals seemed insulting to her.

“I think people then paint those individuals as something less than worthy human beings and it changes the conversation,” Sotomayor said.

Hey, La Raza: no one’s painting those individuals as something less than human. We’re calling them illegal aliens because they broke our laws. You know, the same laws you took a freaking oath to uphold and protect.

This is the problem with the radical left: they think they can pick and choose the laws they want to enforce. In the end, however, lawlessness begets lawlessness. And when people like this — presumably the very authorities upon whom the law rests — belittle the legal system or, worse, ignore it, they are unraveling the fabric that holds the civil society together.

Sotomayor and Obama are, in a subtle way, fomenting anarchy. Because when people believe that even their president and the highest court in the land can simply disregard the written law, they’ll figure they can too.

Such behavior is amoral and deeply malevolent.

Hat tip: BadBlue News

Doug Ross @ Journal

Why did a CNN anchor just call Iran nuclear deal a “train wreck”?

CNN's Fareed Zakaria interviews Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria interviews Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

“In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani forcefully asserted that Iran would not destroy its nuclear centrifuges ‘under any circumstances,’” reports the Washington Beacon. “Rouhani’s comments come just days after the U.S. and Iran began to implement a deal which the White House claims will scale back Iran’s nuclear program. The Obama administration claims the goal of the deal is to prevent a nuclear Iran, yet Rouhani’s comments show Iran views the deal much differently.”

“Reacting to Rouhani’s position, Zakaria told CNN that the Iranian President’s comments struck him as a ‘train wreck,’” the Beacon reported.

“This strikes me as a train wreck. This strikes me as a huge obstacle because the Iranian conception of what the deal is going to look like and the American conception now look like they are miles apart,” Zakaria said.

Below is a full transcript of the exchange:

HASSAN ROUHANI: So in the context of nuclear technology, particularly of research and development and peaceful nuclear technology, we will not accept any limitations. And in accordance with the parliament law, in the future, we’re going to need 20,000 mega watts of nuclear produced electricity and we’re determined to get it at the hands of our Iranian scientists. And we are going to follow on this path.

FAREED ZAKARIA: So there would be no destruction of centrifuges?

ROUHANI: Not under any circumstances. Not under any circumstances.

CHRIS CUOMO: I mean, Fareed, what is the deal? That’s supposed to be the whole underpinning of moving forward from the United States perspective is that they scale back, they dismantle, all this stuff we’ve been hearing. How do you interpret what you just heard from the president?

ZAKARIA: Well, I was as struck by it as you were, Chris. This strikes me as a train wreck. This strikes me as potentially a huge obstacle because the Iranian conception of what the deal is going to look like and the American conception now look like they are miles apart. The Iranian conception seems to be they produce as much nuclear energy as they want, but it is a civilian program and you can have as much monitoring and inspections as you want. The American position is that they have to very substantially scale back the enrichment of uranium and the production of centrifuges. For the first time you have the president of Iran unequivocally saying there will be no destruction of centrifuges. He also made clear in the interview with me that the two heavy water reactors would continue in operation. So this seems like — you know, this is stillborn — I’m not even quite sure what they’re going to talk about if these are the opening positions. And it’s very hard to walk back from as absolutist a position as the president of Iran laid out.


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