May 14th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

What do you think is Sarah Palin's favorite literature?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

This was just too good to pass up.

It was announced this week that Sarah Palin's second book will be out this fall.
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Oh goody.

The publisher says that among other things it will contain Ms. Palin's favorite literature and poetry.

Now if memory serves me correctly, back when she was destroying John McCain's chances to be president by doing those self-destructive interviews with Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News, Couric asked her what newspaper she read on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of current events:

Couric: And when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?

Palin: I've read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.

Couric: What, specifically?

Palin: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.

Couric: Can you name a few?

Palin: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too.

Now we are being asked to believe that a woman who couldn't name a newspaper she read while aspiring to the second highest office in the land has an appetite for literature and poetry.

Sarah Palin is making a naked grab for all the money she can get her hands on.

And that's fine... they all do it. That's why she quit in the middle of her term as governor of Alaska.

But stop playing us all for rubes who fell off the truck when the carnival went through town.

Here’s my question to you: What do you think is Sarah Palin’s favorite literature?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Sarah Palin
May 14th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Should govt. keep track of how fat our children are?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The government might soon be in charge of tracking how fat or skinny American children are.

Under the Healthy Choices Act - states would receive federal grants to track the body mass index of children ages two through 18 years old. The bill would require doctors in these states to collect this information and then pass it on to the state government... which would in turn pass it along to the feds.

The bill says that federal officials would use this data to identify obesity trends in different parts of the country... and how those trends change depending on gender and socioeconomic status.

Also, if a child's body mass index is greater than the 95th percentile, the bill requires the state to give the parents information on how to lower it... and on local child obesity programs.

One of the bill's sponsors - Democratic Congressman Ron Kind from Wisconsin - tells Cybercast news service that no one would be forced to come into their doctor to get their body mass index tested.

It would be taken when the child is at the doctor for a regular visit. The bill's sponsors also point out that any data collected will not include the patients' names.

This is all part of the larger measure that funds several programs and introduces new regulations meant to reduce obesity. Many would argue this is long-past due... with One-third of all U.S. children and two-thirds of all adults either obese or overweight.

Being fat also means being more likely to have everything from diabetes to heart disease to some kinds of cancer. And the costs of treating those things affect us all.

Here’s my question to you: Should the government start keeping track of how fat our children are?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Children • Obesity • On Jack's radar