News Roundup for 12/11/09

Christmas present
A simple Christmas wish

-Headline of the day-
"All I want for Christmas is reasonable regulation of the financial industry."

Seriously, how can you go wrong with a headline like that?

California Rep. Jackie Speier asks us to think about going to the mall. There are tons of regulations involved with this building; you've got building codes that keep it from falling on your head, store owners aren't allowed to rip you off or horsewhip their employees -- little things like that. "While no merchant is clamoring for more government intrusion," she writes, "most would agree that it is reasonable to impose standards to protect consumers from toasters that explode when plugged in or toys that contain toxic chemicals."

Note to self; exploding toasters = bad. I'm going to have to do more shopping now.

She wants Wall Street to be as regulated as Main Street -- which is a pretty good idea. When the notions store down the street goes belly-up, they don't actually get a bazillion-dollar bailout. I know, I was surprised too. And they don't get to make crazy gambles with other people's money before they finally fail. Maybe AIG or Goldman Sachs shouldn't be allowed to either. Just a thought.

A notion, if you will. (The Hill's Congress Blog)

-Cartoon time with Mark Fiore-
Hey kids, you hear about this "climategate" thing? Turns out that, by the same reasoning, all of science has been disproved!

Click for animation

I'm really going to miss gravity. (MarkFiore.com)

-Bonus HotD-
"Tiger Woods porno spoof, 'Tiger's Wood,' starring Kayden Kross, Tyler Knight, already in production."

Try to act surprised. My prediction; no Oscar nominations.

Just sayin'. (NY Daily News)

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