Yesterday’s election showed that even Texans’ appetite for strong candidates does not extend to oddballs who threaten to sue people for truthful statements and seem generally untrustworthy. Like Christine O’Donnell, whom I opposed not for being a witch but because she seemed dishonest, Steve Stockman does not seem like the kind of person who would make you proud.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine at a fundraiser in California on Tuesday, comparing Russia’s decision to issue passports in the Crimean region to the “population transfers” carried out by Nazi Germany before World War II.
Clinton made the remarks at a $1,500-per-plate fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach at a law firm downtown, Keesal, Young & Logan.
I’m convinced. Let’s start World War III then.
Michelle Obama, her daughters and her mother plan a week-long solo visit to China this month that includes meetings with China’s first lady and high school and university students – and that will likely cost U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars.
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According to Judicial Watch, it cost more than $11 million for the president and his wife to travel to Africa to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral in December of last year. According to the New York Daily News, the Obamas were only in Africa for ‘less than 13 hours.’
But that trip was nothing compared to a 2013 visit the Obamas made to the Dark Continent, which reportedly cost tax payer more than $100 million.
On the 2013 trip, some of the reported expenditures include the stationing of a Navy aircraft carrier off the coast of Africa equipped with a fully staffed medical trauma center, military cargo planes to fly a fleet of 56 support vehicles to transport the Obamas – complete with 14 limousines and three trucks carrying bulletproof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the Obamas were to stay – and fighter jets that flew in shifts to provide coverage over the president’s airspace for the entire trip.
In June, the first lady went to Ireland for a two-day trip. The cost to taxpayers: $5 million.
Michelle Obama reportedly stayed at a $3,300-per-night hotel in Dublin, and needed to book 30 rooms at the posh Shelbourne Hotel for her staff and security detail.
We’ve lived through an era of easy money, in which we were allowed and even encouraged to spend without limits; to borrow instead of save….
Once we get past the present emergency, which requires immediate new investments, we have to break that cycle of debt.
A walk down memory lane regarding Obama’s spendthrift nature here.
Thanks to Dana, who provides at least half the ideas for posts lately.
(Accepted Wisdom™ is a semi-regular feature of this site, highlighting contradictory viewpoints held by the elite.)
It is Accepted Wisdom™ that:
U.S. intelligence told Bush that Saddam tried to buy yellowcake in Niger. Bush claiming to believe that, and repeating it to the American people, was a lie.
And at the same time:
U.S. intelligence told Obama that Russia would not invade Ukraine. You can’t blame Obama for believing U.S. intelligence.
Thanks to a tipster.
Last night I had the privilege of seeing the Vienna Philharmonic perform at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa.
No offense to the original conductor, Daniele Gatti, who was forced to bow out due to an inflammation of a tendon in his shoulders (occupational hazard, I guess) . . . but I was pleased when I heard that the replacement conductor was going to be the great Lorin Maazel. Maazel is a world-renowned conductor who has led the Cleveland Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and many other fine orchestras.
The program included Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony.
Maazel took the first movement of the Schubert at a very, very slow pace — slower than any recording I can remember hearing by any orchestra. At this pace, Schubert sounded a little like Bruckner. I don’t know that the pace would have worked for a recording, but in a live performance, the unusual tempo worked. When the music hit a crescendo, hearing every note played (rather than a rush of violins) intensified the excitement. The slow pace did make the very occasional ragged entrance of a trumpet a bit more evident, and seemed to throw off one of the cello players at one point. But these were minor quibbles. The second movement was lovely and left the listener wondering why Schubert did not write more.
The Mahler was very well done. I’ve never been a huge Mahler fan, but I have always found the Fourth accessible. The piece is very thematically unified in ways both large and small, and there is even a hint in the first movement of the opening of the Fifth Symphony — evidently Mahler had all these ideas running through his head at the same time. The piece has three solo parts for the strings, and our excellent seats gave us a chance to watch the concertmaster play two violins, not at the same time! (one was tuned up a note) and the associate concertmaster who at times intertwined his solos beautifully with the concertmaster’s. The final movement is essentially a song, which was sung by soprano Juliane Banse. As she sang of “The Heavenly Life,” a blogger ruminated on his own good fortune in having a rare opportunity to see a world-class orchestra and conductor in his little neck of the woods.
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for 90 minutes on Saturday and expressed “deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law,” the White House said.
Putin must have been deeply concerned by Obama’s use of this phrase, since Obama doesn’t express “deep concern” lightly. It’s not like it’s a pet phrase he trots out every time something happens overseas.
Or . . . maybe it is.
- Darfur, April 2008:
IN APRIL 2008, candidate Barack Obama expressed “deep concern” that the Bush administration was making an unseemly deal with the Khartoum regime as a means to bolster the fledgling but already failing UN/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).
- Gaza, January 6, 2009:
Barack Obama, who takes over as U.S. president from George W. Bush on January 20, broke his silence about the violence in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, calling the loss of civilian lives in Gaza and in Israel a “source of deep concern for me.”
- Taliban, March 5, 2009:
Taliban havens Obama’s deep concern
THE terrorist attacks have greatly heightened US concerns about the political stability of Pakistan, already under pressure from a weakened economy and increasingly assertive militant groups.
In a joint press conference with the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, President Barack Obama expressed his “deep concern” about the attack.
- Iran, June 16, 2009:
As Iran’s Guardian Council announced a partial recount of Friday’s contested presidential election results, and mass protests rocked the capital of Tehran for a second day Tuesday, President Barack Obama used a press conference with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to again express his “deep concerns about the elections.”
“I have said before that I have deep concerns about the elections, and I think the world has deep concern about the election,” Obama said.
- Libya, February 5, 2011:
In separate phone conversations with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama “expressed his deep concern with the Libyan government’s use of violence which violates international norms and every standard of human decency, and discussed appropriate and effective ways for the international community to immediately respond,” the White House statement said.
- Sudan, June 16, 2011:
U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday met with his special envoy for Sudan to express “deep concern” over the violence and humanitarian crisis in the country.
- Syria, August 12, 2011:
President Obama, for his part, expressed deep concern about Assad’s continued use of violence in a phone call with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Edrogan, said the White House. The two leaders agreed violence should end now, US officials said.
Of course, it’s not just international issues where Obama is deeply concerned. He shows deep concern about domestic issues as well.
- Tucson, January 9, 2011:
Obama “was updated on the investigation around 9 a.m. by (national security aide) John Brennan,” said a White House statement. “The president will continue to be updated as appropriate in the coming days.”
He is not expected to speak today on the tragedy.
The statement also said that Obama did connect with Giffords’ husband, astronaut Mark Kelly.
Obama “expressed his deep concern and full support,” the statement said.
There are more. I just got tired of documenting them all.
Because Obama so often expresses deep concern, it stands to reason that he is, of course, deeply concerned. Confirming this deduction, the blog I Hate the Media in April 2011 collected over a dozen examples of Obama being deeply concerned.
So when Obama tells Putin of his deep concern, well . . .
Thanks to an excellent tipster.
I hate the Oscars. Because I hate Hollywood. Talk about something else.
P.S. If you really want to talk about the Oscars, go ahead. I’m mostly just kidding. But not about hating the Oscars. I do.
I always ignore them and they are always running in the background in the other room. What am I doing tonight instead? Laundry, and a mass operation with the Sous Vide Supreme, the Sous Vide Supreme vacuum sealer, and a ton of meat from CostCo.
I spent the past 24 hours brining over a dozen super-thick pork chops and about 6 salmon fillets (carved up from a giant $25 slab of salmon). I have been removing them from the brine, putting salt and pepper and other seasoning on them, and sealing them in vacuum bags. Already did all 6 salmon fillets and 4 of the pork chops. I also made some Kräuterbutter with unsalted butter, dill, parsley, chives, lemon juice (fresh squeezed), pressed garlic, salt and pepper. I have 4 salmon fillets in the water bath, and plan to cook all 6 tonight. Three are marinating in the bag with the Kräuterbutter and three will be heated with only basic spices (salt, pepper, and garlic powder). I will quick chill 5 of them and freeze at least 3, and plan to eat one of the thick ones with the Kräuterbutter. Mmmm.
Mrs. P. said to me yesterday: “I don’t think you need to buy meat for one person at CostCo.” I beg to differ, and storing up about a month’s worth of vacuum-sealed food is the proof of the pudding. I’d talk more about it, but I have to get one of the thinner filets out of the machine presently.
I’ll let you know how my meal tonight is. By the way, I noticed that two of you got the Sous Vide Supreme from Amazon. Good choice: the bargain under-$400 deal is now back up to $499. Anyone care to share how it’s going?
What are you guys up to?
I can’t believe it’s been two years.
I don’t think I can top the post I wrote last year. So I won’t try. Rest in peace.
Our Society’s (Taxpayer-Funded) Total Disintegration Confirmed: Planned Parenthood Video Explaining How Bondage and Sadomasochism Are Really A-OK
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE)–which received more than $2.75 million in government funding in 2012–has produced and posted online a video specifically aimed at teenagers that promotes bondage and sadomasochism (BDSM) and proposes “rules” to follow when engaging in these activities.
“People sometimes think that those who practice BDSM are emotionally scarred or were once abused—not true, it’s a total myth,” the host of the video, Laci Green, informs its intended audience of teens.
“BDSM relies upon and creates trust,” she says.
Your taxpayer dollars at work:
In what sense is our government’s behvaior less oppressive and outrageous than the behavior of the British government that prompted the American Revolution?
There must be some way for the sensible people in this country to avoid being forced to pay for lunacy like this. Of course, no revolution would happen today. I doubt any state would even be willing to secede (my preferred solution). But I truly find it almost intolerable to live in a place where I am forced, at the threat of being arrested at gunpoint, to pay for stuff like this.
Thanks to Dana.
Yes, they said it:
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) February 28, 2014
@TheDemocrats is the official Twitter account of the Democrat party. It is a verified account with 289,000 followers.
Be very proud.