Jesse Eisenberg Confronted By Mark Zuckerberg (Video)

Jesse Eisenberg, the man who portrayed Mark Zuckerberg in the fantastic film The Social Network, hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend. In his monologue, he is confronted by the man who plays Mark Zuckerberg on SNL…and Mark Zuckerberg. Funny stuff but, kind of ‘awk-berg’ eh?

Enjoy.

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John Stossel’s State Of The Union

John Stossel makes some great arguments as to what spending should be cut. This reminded me a lot of President Ford’s address in 1975.

We’re in deep trouble.

You know why. Our debt has passed $14 trillion, and yet our current spending plans will make that worse. The U.S. debt will reach Greek levels in just 10 years.

But do not despair. If we make reasonable cuts to what government spends, our economy can grow us out of our debt. Cutting doesn’t just make economic sense, it is also the moral thing to do. Henry David Thoreau had it right when he “accepted(ed) the motto … that government is best which governs least.”

So what should we get rid of?

We start by closing the Department of Education, which saves $100 billion a year. Education ought to be in the free market. It’s insane to take money from states only to launder it through Washington and then return it to states.

Next, we should close the Department of Housing and Urban Development: $41 billion. We had plenty of housing in America before a department was created. Let’s get government out of that business.

Then we eliminate the Commerce Department: $9 billion. A government that can’t count the votes accurately should not try to negotiate trade. Trade should be free. Free trade creates prosperity. And since trade should be free, we should eliminate all corporate welfare and all subsidies. That means: agriculture subsidies, green energy subsidies, ethanol subsidies and subsidies for public broadcasting. None of these is needed.

I propose selling Amtrak. Taxpayers will save money, and riders will get better service. Why is government in the transportation business? Let’s have private companies compete to run the trains.

And we must finally stop one of the biggest assaults on freedom and our pocketbook, the war on drugs. The drug war is really a war on our own people. The ends do not justify the means.

Read the rest of this brilliant piece at this link.

The ‘Not So’ Stately History Of The State Of The Union (Video)

With its pageantry, sense of occasion and august setting, the State of the Union is one of the most revered traditions in the U.S. Congress. Neil Hickey at the Wall Street Journal looks back at the history of the State of the Union speeches with Donald Ritchie, U.S. Senate historian.

Keep going to the end and you’ll (hopefully) be a surprised as I was to learn where the ‘State of the Union’ speech gets its name from.

Kelly’s Court Cracks Up Over Texting Fountain Woman Cathy Marrero (Video)

The woman who fell into a mall fountain while texting, Cathy Marrero, came before Kelly’s Court on FNC. Megyn Kelly and her panel discuss (and laugh) whether Ms. Marrero, who has now brought legal action against the mall, has a case.

(Video via Business Insider)

Rest Easy JFK (Video)

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of John F. Kennedy as the 35th President of the United States. Sadly though, the current Democratic party is not the party of John F. Kennedy anymore. You see, Kennedy believed in tax cuts which has always spurred economic growth. Here he is speaking about his tax cuts which he was presenting to the next Congress.

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ObamaCare Video Of The Day

One of the hidden elements of the new ObamaCare health reform law was a new federal regulation listed in the law mandating all restaurant chains of 20 or more locations to place calorie counts on its menus.

Ed Morrissey, commenting on this video at Hot Air, notes the unintended consequences of the mandate:

The mandate will creates a huge cost burden for restaurants not just in testing and printing costs for initial compliance, but every time the restaurant wants to add a new item to its repertoire. The extra cost will be worth it, say many, because it will change American eating habits once the benighted consumers realize the high amount of calories they consume when eating outside the home.

The study quoted on CNN at the video below, found out that putting calorie counts on menus does NOT change people’s eating habits. So, the menu mandate, which costs restaurants and fast food places money each time they add or delete something from the menu thereby costing jobs, is a big waste of taxpayer dollars.

Exit question: I guess this goes to show it’s true what Ronald Reagan once said:

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.”

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Is Chap Peterson Afraid Of An ‘Inconvenient Truth’?

Is Virginia State Senator Chap Peterson (D-34) afraid of an ‘inconvenient truth’?

WTOP reports on how Peterson is trying to keep Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli from finding out the truth about Dr. Michael Mann:

A power struggle is unfolding in Virginia over climate change research.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has been taking the University of Virginia to court to get information on a climate change researcher who once worked at the school.

Now several members of the State Assembly say they’ve had enough and have introduced legislation to rein in Cuccinelli’s investigation.

Cuccinelli, a global warming skeptic, is looking into whether UVA professor Michael Mann manipulated data to show that there has been a rapid, recent rise in the Earth’s temperature.

Democratic Sens. Donald McEachin of Henrico and Chap Petersen of Fairfax County say their bills won’t give blanket immunity to colleges to defraud the state, but they would curb politically motivated probes.

I am surmising that Senator Peterson hasn’t seen the online global warming petition, now up to over 31,000 signatures from climatologists and other scientists (over 9,000 PHD’s) who had previously believed in the science surrounding ‘man-made’ global warming. The petition seeks to demonstrate that the claim of “settled science” and an overwhelming “consensus” in favor of the hypothesis of human-caused global warming and consequent climatological damage is wrong. No such consensus or settled science exists. As indicated by the petition text and signatory list, a very large number of American scientists reject this hypothesis.

So then, the question remains, what does Senator Peterson seek to hide from the Attorney General and thereby the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia? Here’s hoping AG Cuccinelli’s pursuit of the truth continues.