An honorary degree recipient stupefies Rutgers

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Barack Obama recently accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker at Rutgers University’s commencement.  After gracing the podium with the usual perfunctory niceties, rather than exhibit sensitivity toward Muslim graduates, Barack Hussein exercised his comedic chops by joking about whether New Jersey breakfast meat should be called pork roll or “Taylor ham.”

Then, after sharing that he has  “soft spot” for “typical white” and 99-year-oldgrandmas in need of pacemakers, America’s classless president spent a great deal of time rebuking the Republican presumptive nominee.

In addition to admonishing Trump, President Obama used the commencement speech as a platform to lift up progressive ideology, put down political adversaries, and defend the last eight years. His remarks started with lauding the diversity of a graduating class that included a South Asian philosophy student and a “first-generation Latina student from Jersey City” who probably wouldn’t need a translator to understand Target’s new all Spanish ad campaign.

As an entrée to challenging the class to pursue social justice, Obama told them, “I’m fond of quoting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who he believes once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”  One small problem, MLK didn’t say it, the 19th-century Unitarian minister/abolitionist Theodore Parker did.

After Obama expunged Winston Churchill from the redecorated Oval Office, the president, who exploited the Rutgers discourse to ridicule his political adversaries for lack of brainpower, had the misquote emblazoned on the rug.

At Rutgers, the guy who just said he has a “soft spot” for grandmas also injected divisiveness by suggesting that the older Americans are full of  “fear… division and paralysis.”  Then he commended #feelthebern moochers for their “cooperation … innovation and hope.”

The president told the soon to be alumni, “So you’ve got the tools to lead us…you’ll look at things with fresher eyes, unencumbered by the biases and blind spots and inertia and general crankiness of your parents and grandparents and old heads like me.” In other words, anyone who doesn’t worship Barack Obama is biased, blind, inert, cranky and “longing for the ‘good old days’.”

That’s why, the president informed the graduates, “the ‘good old days’ weren’t that great.” He warned that all talk about the past should be taken “with a grain of salt,” because it comes from a generation that flourished when “America pretty much did whatever it wanted around the world.”

After belittling the elders, Obama praised himself when he said, “In fact, by almost every measure, America is better, and the world is better, than it was 50 years ago, or 30 years ago, or even eight years ago” – a comment that thrilled the clapping seals in mortarboards.

For good measure, the president also brought up slavery, Jim Crow, and the suppression of women’s rights.  Then he claimed that since 1983, the year his college transcripts went missing, crime, teenage pregnancy, and poverty rates have declined.

Obama chose not to quote statistics regarding illegal felons roaming our streets and threatening our children, 50+ million aborted American babies, and millions of unemployed people receiving government subsidies.

Nor did the equal pay advocate mention that in his own administration women still earn less than men.

Instead, Obama bedazzled spectators with bluster about jobs, Obamacare, clean energy, and marriage equality.  He even mentioned eliminating polio, and cutting infant mortality, but didn’t reference importing Third World diseases like MDR-TB, or Planned Parenthood peddling baby body parts.

Barack Obama is so clueless, that in an attempt to inspire his audience, the pro-choice president mentioned Alice Paul, who, besides being a “daughter of New Jersey” and a suffragette, was ardently pro-life.

After hearing the Rutgers University keynote commencement speech delivered by Barack Obama, it’s clear that the 44th president thinks he is the Bill Cosby of politics.  The difference is that unlike Cosby, who was accused of drugging women with Quaaludes, to stupefy his audience, Obama infuses his delusional rhetoric with Cosby-style humor.

Thanks to Obama, Rutgers graduates have much to fear; yet the president encouraged them not to fear the future.  That led him to a second point where he stressed globalism, which he defined as an “interconnected…world.”   Then, Obama hinted that he believes responsible border security is solving a problem “in isolation.”

This is Obama’s rationale:

When overseas states start falling apart, they become breeding grounds for terrorists …that ultimately can reach our shores.  When developing countries don’t have functioning health systems, epidemics like Zika or Ebola can spread and threaten Americans, too.

True, a wall won’t stop terrorism or disease. But, enforcing immigration law and refusing to import and resettle refugees that ISIS has vowed to infiltrate might help.

After hamstringing the U.S. military Obama then added:

But I worry if we think that the entire burden of our engagement with the world is up to the 1 percent who serve in our military, and the rest of us can just sit back and do nothing.  They can’t shoulder the entire burden.

Then, further along in the speech the keynote speaker contradicted that logic when he said, “We can close tax loopholes on hedge fund managers and take that money and give tax breaks to help families with child care or retirement.” Put simply, when it comes to “leveling the playing field,” the excuse Obama uses to demilitarize the armed forces, he then uses to justify forcing a small percentage of earners to support those who  “just sit back and do nothing.”

Lacking any quality input of his own, without uttering his name, Obama spent a lot of time taking Donald Trump to task.

After mocking Trump “building an endless wall,” Barack pulled out the “isolating and disparaging Muslims” card, the “betrayal of our values” card and the “important partners in the fight against violent extremism” card.

Oh, and right before some egghead in the audience yelled “Four more years!”, Obama insinuated Trump “blames [America’s] challenges on immigrants.”

From there, in an attempt to portray anyone who disagrees with his politics as uneducated, illogical, “anti-intellectual” and troglodyte in nature, Obama implied that those who contradict his views, namely Trump, lack “facts, evidence, reason, logic, [and] an understanding of science.” This from a guy who doesn’t believe partially born newborns are human and that greenhouse gasses are a bigger threat than ISIS teaching French boys how to kill.

With that in mind, maybe Obama should refrain from highlighting his own shortcomings by saying things like, “In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue.  It’s not cool to not know what you’re talking about. ”

After emphasizing that the “good old days” should be taken with a “grain of salt,” Obama painted a certain Republican presidential candidate as unenlightened by calling upon our  ‘enlightened’ limited government Founding Fathers, many of whom owned the slaves he alluded to when talking about disregarding our nation’s past.

Obama, who scorns rugged individualism and who once called our Constitution “deeply flawed” told his audience “rational thought and experimentation and the capacity of informed citizens to master our own fates…[is] embedded in our constitutional design.”

That was right before the man who thinks he’s “the smartest guy in the room” cited modern technology making us “more confident in our ignorance.” And, quite frankly, who better than Barack Obama to recognize that “a whole lot of folks who are book smart…have no common sense?”

Barack alluded to Donald when he mentioned leaders who have “a disdain for facts, when they’re not held accountable for repeating falsehoods.” Maybe, instead of expelling CO2 when talking climate change, Obama should take some time to self-reflect.

In a call to the citizenry that sounded more like a quote from Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto than a college commencement speech by an American president, Obama mentioned “collective decisions on behalf of a common good.”

Then, after implying that Donald Trump is a complete idiot, Obama, who clearly forgets what he’s reading off the Teleprompter, said progressive goals are reached through “advocacy… organizing… alliance-building, and deal-making, and …changing of public opinion.”  Obama claimed all this “happened because ordinary Americans who cared participated in the political process.”

A legend in his own mind, what’s clear is that Obama doesn’t realize that those are the very things that propelled the “Art of the Deal”-maker to the front of the pack.

In the end, Obama offered the Rutgers graduating Class of 2016 insights he’s never taken to heart himself. That’s why, when the president uttered the words, “your generation will feel the brunt of this catastrophe,” it sounded more like he was referring to his presidency than an issuing indictment on climate change denial or Donald Trump.

Update on Baby Jose and the state of Venezuela

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Three weeks ago my friend Jacqueline O, a retired government surgeon in Venezuela, mentioned that a child of a friend’s relative needed a procedure on his heart because he was born with one ventricle.

The baby’s name is Jose Manuel Villamizar Zambrano, and because of a birth defect, Jose requires a cardiac catheterization and almost surely will require follow-up heart surgery.

Jacqueline and I became online friends because she is so ardently anti-Marxist and attracted politically to people of like mind.  Jacqueline is an activist at heart and has a soft spot for suffering children, which may be why my big mouth and my politics piqued her interest.

For the last seventeen years, this brave woman has lamented the mayhem socialism is wreaking on her once beautiful country.  For eight of those years, she oftentimes would agree with my assessment of socialists or just ask for prayer.

Jacqueline found out and conveyed to me that Jose’s mother Evelyn took her son to the government-run free Venezuelan health care hospitals, where the baby, despite his oxygen-deprived blue lips, was turned away because the equipment was broken.

Naturally, when I heard about the baby’s plight, I asked my friend if there was something I could do to help.  Jacqueline again asked for prayer, because for the child to be treated at a private clinic, his mother would need what amounted to 10,000 American dollars.

Rather impulsively, and with not one iota of experience raising money, I ran headlong into starting a GoFundMe campaign, and within one week, I raised, by the grace of God, and the help of many generous people, $10,000.  There was even one selfless individual who said that if the campaign fell short of the goal, he, after donating quite generously to begin with, would provide the remainder.

GoFundMe was wonderful and vetted the campaign thoroughly.  The organization requested backup verification including documentation from Jose’s mother, pictures, medical records, official letters, and even a photo of her government ID.

Since all this happened, Jacqueline and I have been in almost constant contact, either online or by phone, and what was once a casual understanding of the plight these people suffer every day has become something quite different for me.

Since raising the money, there have been all sorts of obstacles and barriers.

Getting the funds converted and sent to Jose has also been a bit of a trial.

Thanks to GoFundMe, and the wonderful people that made this miracle happen, Jose, who lives in San Cristobal, estado Tachira, which is about 14 hours each way by bus to Caracas, will receive the initial part of his care at the private Clinica Santa Sofia, in Caracas.

In the meantime, the plight this baby and his mother are suffering has been verified by correspondence I’ve had with Jacqueline over the past few weeks.

One day, this woman spent four hours standing in line to buy a stick of butter!

In Venezuela, the shelves are empty, and things Americans take for granted are nowhere to be found.  When Venezuelans go to the market, there is no oil, butter, toilet paper, diapers, medicine, or baby formula.  In fact, this good woman respectfully asked if some of the donated money could be designated to buy Jose diapers and formula, both of which are in short supply.

My friend has expressed to me that she longs for the day when she will again enjoy a bowl of cornflakes and milk.  Right now, in Venezuela, there is no milk.

After posting an MSN article about embattled leftist Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro titled “Maduro in crackdown under Venezuela emergency decree,” in the best way she could express it in English, Jacqueline replied to the post, saying this:

You’re seeing only a piece what’s the reality. Maybe today we’ll get water, from last week and nada of water set. We have a médium water tank and 10 médium bottles potable water. From 4 bathroom we close 3. No bread. Ore arepa (our national food) have to paid more money for toilet papers, no butter, milk even for baby, Etc, etc.

That grim picture needs no translation.

So, with that in mind, I’m writing an update for two reasons.

First, I want to reassure all of you that gave money and prayed – we’re doing the right thing.  Just two weeks after the GoFundMe campaign was started by someone who never raised a dollar in her life – namely, me – the New York Times published an article titled “Dying Infants and No Medicine: Inside Venezuela’s Failing Hospitals.”

Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

Gloves and soap have vanished from some hospitals. Cancer medicines are often found only on the black market. There is so little electricity that the government works only two days a week to save what energy is left…  Late last fall, the aging pumps that supplied water to the University of the Andes Hospital exploded. They were not repaired for months.

So without water, gloves, soap or antibiotics, a group of surgeons prepared to remove an appendix that was about to burst, even though the operating room was still covered in other people’s blood.

A little farther along, the article says that because of the devastating conditions, President Maduro’s “opponents in the legislature declared a humanitarian crisis … [and] passed a law that would allow Venezuela to accept international aid to prop up the health care system.”

Mr. Maduro, who is Chávez’s successor, “[r]ejected the effort, describing the move as a bid to undermine him and privatize the hospital system.”  Delusional Maduro said this: “I doubt that anywhere in the world, except in Cuba, there exists a better health system than this one.”

Sound familiar?

This brings me to the second reason I chose to write all this.  I do it to warn anyone who thinks this couldn’t happen in America.  Seventeen years ago, Venezuela wasn’t what it is today.  The people of Venezuela embraced socialism because Hugo Chávez promised them that if they did, they would eat – today, if they don’t die, they get to stand on line for four hours for a stick of butter.

Update: David Paulin writes:

Hugo Chávez initially ran as a political outsider and had pledged to steer a “third-way” between socialism and capitalism. It wasn’t until well into his presidency (I think his second term) that he finally declared himself a socialist. In other words, the socialist take-over of Venezuela was a gigantic bait and switch. See my articles on this at AT and FPM.

That said, it might be said that Venezuela was on a slippery slope toward all of this — in light of a long-time political climate of bread-and-circuses populism fueled by its oil wealth.

 

Caitlyn Jenner Reportedly Sabotages Obama’s Bathroom Agenda

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Sixty-six-year-old Caitlyn Jenner, or “Cait,” as his or her friends like to call him or her, singlehandedly brought sexual identification awareness to the forefront of American culture.  Now Kardashian family biographer, Ian Halperin, has claimed that sources tell him Caitlyn is unhappy as a woman and is thinking seriously “in the next couple of years” of  transitioning back to male.

Halperin alleges that while researching his book Kardashian Dynasty: The Controversial Rise of America’s Royal Family, insiders indicated that, unlike Pat SuzukiGlamour magazine’s “Woman of the Year,” is no longer singing “I enjoy being a girl,” and instead is considering re-embracing his or her original manhood.

That’s right; after fashion retailer H&M partnered with Cait and came out with transgender sportswear, Caitlyn, a purported victim of “sex change regret,” may be leaning away from jogging bras and toward men’s golfing duds.

Forget the clothing line, Caitlyn’s backpedaling is sure to unsettle Barack Obama.

Thanks in part to the capricious Caitlyn bringing the plight of transgenderism to the fore, Obama who chooses to ignore immigration law, has expended an inordinate amount of energy focusing on elimination law.

After Caitlyn raised awareness, the president, who barely notices when a U.S. Navy Seal is killed by ISIS in Iraq or makes nary a comment when a 90-year-old Minnesota farmer is murdered by illegals, has had plenty to say about frightened schoolchildren sucking it up and venturing into creepy gender-neutral restrooms.

The Obama administration has been so concerned about where transgenders relieve themselves they flexed their muscles and decreed that heterosexuals being uncomfortable about using a same-sex bathroom does not justify keeping men dressed like women out of the ladies’ room, or vice versa. In fact, Obama issued an edict that all public schools had better provide transgender access to restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities — or face the loss of federal funds.

That’s why, with blackmail on the table, now may not be the best time for news to come out that one of the reasons Caitlyn wants to transition away from estrogen back to testosterone is that he or she is still attracted to women.  The revelation is problematic because the left argues that gender-neutrality in the restroom is not a problem and that forcing little girls to shower with transgendered boys does not threaten privacy because boys who identify as girls aren’t attracted to girls.

Halperin says that Caitlyn feels otherwise.

And it gets weirder.

In 2015, with his junk tucked up in a silk teddy, Jenner was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair.  This summer, wearing nothing but an American flag and an Olympic gold medal as a fig leaf, Caitlyn plans to pose nude for Sports Illustrated.

Now, after ignoring Deuteronomy 22:5, which says, “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this,” Halperin asserts that Caitlyn’s devout Christianity has caused the transgendered cover girl angst.

Apparently, Caitlyn’s conflict arises from Scriptures that censure homosexual sex. So, for relationship reasons, Caitlyn is allegedly willing to drop being a lesbian, de-transition, find a female mate, and have heterosexual sex.  Then, instead of two “women exchanging the natural function for that which is unnatural,” as it says in Romans 1:26-27, Bruce will be free to fornicate with a totally clear conscience.

Meanwhile, in the wake of a father of ten/grandfather of five trying to decide whether to wear Spanx or a jock strap, Americans are left to deal with a president who publicly praised the former Olympiad for having the “courage to share his or her story.”

As a result of that inspiration, Obama’s nondiscriminatory bathroom edicts now demand that courageous feelings, rather than biology, should determine what Americans may have to endure whenever they venture into a public bathroom, shower, or college dorm.

Progressives understand that a transformational culture war will result in collateral damage. So, after terror takes place in the toilet, which it will, rest assured that Barack Obama will react to unfortunate bathroom catastrophes with the same emotionless shoulder shrug he exhibited when Kate Steinle was shot in the back by an un-deported illegal alien felon.

Therefore, after Barack Obama and Housing Secretary Julian Castro finish resettling our neighborhoods this fall, in addition to odd sightings in Target bathrooms, expect to see ISIS refugee infiltrators reapplying their lipstick in the public restroom at the local library.

That being said, lately, America feels like a 10,000-passenger cruise ship originally destined for the Virgin Islands. However, at the behest of merely 30 passengers, or 0.3%, who changed their minds and would rather sail to Cuba, for the last eight years, Captain Obama has steadily changed course.

The problem for the other 9,970 passengers is that, once again, the minority is steering the vessel.

With Caitlyn Jenner and others like him as poster children, Barack Obama preaches against intolerance.  But then, on a cruise to nowhere that the 99.7% didn’t sign on for, he forces the intolerable upon those averse to having their privacy subjected to sexual anomalies and theoretical gender distinctions.

So, regardless of what Barack Obama says, in the future, if a 6’ 2” woman who looks like Caitlyn Jenner enters the restroom wearing Christian Louboutin heels, just remember that he or she may be wearing sky-high pumps simply to have a clearer view over the top of your stall.

QUESTION: Do You Believe for ONE Second That Hillary Connects to the ‘Common Person’?

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On the night of the New York State Democrat primary, after beating Bernie Sanders who was raised in a rent-stabilized apartment in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, Hillary Clinton’s pretentiousness was on full display.

Sporting an affectatious grin, Miss Hillary, with her usual dose of disingenuous corniness, told the doting flock of misguided sheeple, “Today you proved once again there’s no place like home!”

What became clear that night was that the room full of toadies cheering on Hillary were either unaware, or didn’t care, that the unscrupulous carpetbagger calling New York “home” is an Illinois-born, Connecticut schooled, Arkansas groomed, and ultimately, Washington DC bound — fake, phony, fraud.

In other words, in the claw to the top, Hillary misuses whole states like rungs on a ladder.

And, believe it or not, the fault lies with intellectually challenged folks in states like New York who feel that inducting a post-menopausal pair of ovaries into the White House is long overdue.

Therefore, with low stores of estrogen as the primary criteria, the sycophants wearing balloon hats and waving Hillary placards seem willing to overlook prevarications from a woman whose whole life has been a sham. Let’s not forget, when not coughing up a lung, Hillary feigns being married to a philanderer she hasn’t co-habited with for almost four decades.

It has to be that candidate Clinton is clever enough to know that for people with questionable character, to be accepted by voters afflicted with equally questionable character, a constant barrage of balderdash is an indispensable tool.

An attempt to barrage the unwashed masses must be why nouveau riche multimillionaire Hillary recently felt moved to malign billionaire Donald for having a fleet of golf carts stuffed to the gills with cash. The problem is that Hillary critiquing Donald for being rich is sort of like Madonna condemning Kim Kardashian for being an exhibitionist.

After all, in a little more than a decade, the Clinton machine has managed to bilk $153 million out of the coffers of Wall Street firms by giving speeches for $250K a pop. So, Hillary criticizing anyone’s affluence is a perfect example of how this well-practiced chameleon changes color to trick the easily duped.

According to the woman whose daughter lives in a 5,000 square foot, $10.5 million, Madison Avenue apartment, self-made billionaire Trump’s problem is that he jets into a campaign stop in the lap of luxury, then flies out to return to his opulent digs in Trump Towers.

Hillary, who never created a job in her whole miserable life, and has lived primarily off the largesse of the American taxpayer, criticized the businessman who created 34,000 jobs, because she said, he said, “wages are too high in America and [he] doesn’t support raising the minimum wage.”

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton pays her female staff 28% less than her male staff.

The doyenne of The Clinton Foundation, a family organization whose logo features Clinton name, then offered guidance to a man whose surname adorns the Trump Towers, saying:

Come out of those towers named for yourself and actually talk and listen to people. At some point, if you want to be president of the United States, you have to get familiar with the United States; you have to spend time with Americans of all sorts and backgrounds in every part of our country.

Did Hillary say: “Americans of all sorts and backgrounds?” Wait! The woman admonishing Donald for lack of multicultural exposure is the same individual who teamed up with corrupt NYC mayor Bill de Blasio to crack “CP time” jokes.

Either way, maybe Mr. Trump should pay heed to Hillary when she says:

Don’t just fly that big jet in and land it and go give a big speech and insult everybody you can think of and then get on the big jet and go back to your country clubhouse in Florida or your penthouse in New York. I somehow don’t think that puts you in touch with what is going on.

After all, before flying exclusively in a $39 million, 16-passenger, Gulfstream G450 private jet, and after being chauffeured around for 36 years, Hillary did get “in touch with what is going on” by enduring the Scooby-Doo for a week, and riding in a Bronx subway for two stops.

And when not ignoring commoners in wheelchairs, it’s Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, who willingly braves the threat of E Coli to eat Chipotle like the little people.

However, there is one problem. “Crooked Hillary” did target Donald’s penthouse, but forgot about her own $3-million mansion in Chappaqua, New York, and her $3-million mansion in Washington DC as well as apartments in NYC and Little Rock.

Notwithstanding those and many other hypocrisies, when not tying up NYC traffic to get a $600 haircut at Bergdorf Goodman, or demanding a luxury presidential suite, this populist pretender, with her eye fixed like a laser on the White House, spends time on Listening Tours “talking and listening to people” she cares nothing about.

That’s why, despite Hillary’s history of deceitfulness and unbridled ambition, it’s astounding that there are still minions who support someone who left the White House in 2001 driving a U-Haul packed with stolen items, and who later claimed that, at the time, she was “dead broke.”

In the end, if fake Benghazi videos, dead Americans, and compromised email servers fail to shake up Clinton’s supporters, then, come November, not even a Trump Train will be able to stop Sir Edmund Hillary’s namesake from pulling off her greatest hoodwink.

Michelle’s Historically Black Attempt to Malign Mississippi

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Last year, the first lady, Michelle Obama, gave a commencement speech at Alabama’s Tuskegee University that sounded more like she was paying homage to black activist W.E.B. DuBois than the school’s founder Booker T.  Washington who, as an ex-slave, believed character and hard work were key to improving the plight of the black man.

Then again, Michelle is part of the illiterate gang who ousted evil slave owner Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill without researching the philosophies escaped slave Harriet Tubman stood for. Wait until Obama, who misquoted MLK on his Oval Office rug, realizes Underground Railroad conductor Tubman was a devout Christian whose pistol-packing ways mirror Sarah Palin, not Maxine Waters.

Nonetheless, Michelle recently returned from a trip with the guy who lectures continents on gay rights and who, after wishing Queen Elizabeth happy 90th birthday, threatened Britain by warning that voting “Yes” on a referendum to bow out of the EU would place the UK at the ‘end of the TTIP trade deal queue.’ Sorry, but that sounds more like Chicago-style coercion than a friendly suggestion to an ally.

Either way, Mrs. Obama is not unlike her Saul Alinsky-trained husband. The FLOTUS also ‘sees the world not as it is but as it should be’ and feels it’s her duty to set the non-compliant straight.

That’s why, after returning from making enemies overseas, Michelle quickly donned her tam and gown and headed to give a confrontational commencement speech in a state still stigmatized by a dark image concerning civil rights.  It was at historically black Jackson State University that Michelle chose to include in her remarks a rebuke to Mississippi for daring to uphold the First Amendment.

As part of the discourse, the FLOTUS used voting rights as the vehicle to refer disparagingly to the “religious freedom bill” recently signed into law by governor Phil Bryant. The basis of the bill is to protect those who, because of a religious opposition to things like same-sex marriage, extramarital sex, or transgenderism, refuse to provide services to whose behavior falls outside what they believe to be Scriptural precepts.

Governor Bryant maintains that the “religious freedom bill” was passed “to protect sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions… from discriminatory action by state government.” Bryant said the new law “merely reinforces” existing religious freedom rights on the state level, “does not limit any constitutionally protected rights or actions,” and does not challenge federal law.

The bottom line is that Americans are still free to live any way they choose. With that in mind, religious freedom should mean that no one is strong-armed to accept or accommodate conduct that runs contrary to a person’s deeply held faith.

Much like her husband, Michelle Obama disagrees.

It’s good to know that, in the name of nondiscrimination, dear FLOTUS can always be counted on to verbally discriminate against anyone who desires to remain true to constitutional or religious convictions.

That’s why; by comparing the God-given civil rights of black Americans to gender identity confusion and illegal immigration Mrs. Obama pretty much exploited Jackson State University graduates. Michelle got all preachy saying, “We see it right here in Mississippi — just two weeks ago -– how swiftly progress can hurtle backward. How easy it is to single out a small group and marginalize them because of who they are or who they love.”

It’s obvious from that statement the FLOTUS believes that if ‘who you are and what you believe’ make you hesitant to share a restroom with a transgender; you are worthy to be discriminated against. Otherwise, according to Michelle, ‘singling out and marginalizing’ is unacceptable.

And so, rather than commend her audience’s achievements, or inspire black graduates to forthcoming success, the FLOTUS turned a graduation into an opportunity to publicly reprimand a Republican governor and to stir animosity by insinuating that Mississippi is reverting back to civil rights abuses.

Mrs. Obama pressed on:

So we’ve got to stand side by side with all our neighbors –- straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender; Muslim, Jew, Christian, Hindu immigrant, Native American — because the march for civil rights isn’t just about African-Americans, it’s about all Americans. It’s about making things more just, more equal, more free for all our kids and grandkids.

The FLOTUS must have gotten confused because, while secretly viewing Christians as the one’s doing the oppressing, she mistakenly included Jesus-following, gun, and Bible-clingers in her “march for civil rights” appeal.

More importantly, since when is a force against one’s will to benefit another’s will the definition for the upholding of civil rights? And if that is how things now work in Obama’s fundamentally transformed America, shouldn’t Halal butchers be mandated, despite religion, to sell legal pork products to customers who demand bacon?

Besides, if  ‘justice, equality and freedom’ are the goals, how does one carp about laws being passed that seek to ensure the right to “freedom of religion?” Moreover, in what way does the president saying, while in the UK, that a law “should be overturned” that preserves religious liberty make America “more just, more equal” and freer?

In the end, Michelle’s anti-freedom/ averse-to-equality rant are just more drivel issuing forth from a woman who, together with her subversive spouse, profess love for America and adherence to the Christian faith, but exhibit neither.

Instead, in an effort to destabilize the Constitution, disparage Biblical values, and chop away at conventional social mores, every year, Michelle “turns up like a bad penny” at historically black commencement ceremonies where she attempts to stir up racial divisiveness and gain political points by playing the victim card.

At the end of the day, Mrs. Obama can be counted upon to defend against intolerance by speaking prejudicially against the foundational principles held dear by great historical figures such as the Christian freedom fighter about to be memorialized on the front of the $20 bill.

Can We Solve the Muslim Terrorist Problem with Jewelry Design Jobs for ISIS?

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America is well aware that ISIS, if not in our midst already, is on the way. When the Islamic radicals arrive, the group plans to infiltrate our malls, schools, and houses of worship.

Yet the president doesn’t seem worried. As the refugee crisis heats up Obama is busy attending state dinners, flashing the peace sign at nuclear conferences, hanging out with Beyoncé and Jay-Z at White House Easter egg rolls, criticizing Trump and Cruz, and punishing cable companies for cornering the market on black set-up boxes.

In other words, Barack Obama is blasé about ISIS’s promise to gain entry into the U.S. by mingling in with the Syrian refugees the president plans to resettle in America.

It was back in 2015 when U.S State. Department SPOX Marie Harf told MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Mathews that if the Islamic JV team were part of a jobs program they would feel useful, keep occupied, and pose less of a threat.

With jobs in mind, maybe the president is unperturbed because when his special guests step off the military cargo planes he sent to pick them up, he has plans to provide them with jobs.

A career for ISIS is not an unusual concept because the insurgents will “do jobs Americans won’t do”, and have proven very proficient with sharp objects.

So, after ISIS unpacks and settles in, Obama can start with giving them job applications to work in either butcher or barber shops. For those adept with scalpels, and lugging biohazard bags to the incinerator, there are wages to be made at abortion clinics.

If a guy is a bearded burly sojourner with experience in multipurposing trees, the logging industry is always hiring lumberjacks.

As luck would have it, there’s a coroner shortage.

ISIS enjoys gore, they have sawn-off and handled thousands of body parts, and have dug many a “shovel ready” grave. That’s why when it comes to tasks that involve blood, guts, and rotting flesh these folks are the perfect choice for transporting cadavers to the morgue.

Let’s not forget that the soldiers of the Islamic State are comfortable wearing facemasks. Facemasks scream: “Ski instructor.” Does anyone know how to say, “Vail, Telluride, and Aspen” in Arabic?

ISIS also loves working with women. So maybe Obama will ask undocumented Asian immigrants to train the men to be mani/pedi technicians, massage therapists, swimsuit photographers, and fashion designers?

ISIS even has a knack for constructing man size steel cages, so how about a job as a zookeeper?

Speaking of zoos, summer is coming, which means openings for lifeguards. And who better to make sure no one gets sucked away in the undertow than a group of guys with a ton of experience maneuvering the sun and surf?

Not only that; but think of what this group has accomplished schooling the Cubs of the Caliphate.

Let’s face it, it’s not easy to get unruly youth to march, sit up straight, and obey on command. Come the fall, Obama could mandate that nursery schools and/or public elementary schools hire the Middle Eastern militants as monitors and cafeteria personnel.

And if that doesn’t work, suicides vests can always be defused and double as uniforms for school crossing guards.

In addition to directing traffic, these fellas are simply unafraid of heights. Throwing large objects off of roofs might make ISIS appealing to skyscraper constructors, trapeze coaches, and shingle and roofing companies.

Demolition is a known ISIS forte. That’s why swinging a wrecking ball and driving a bulldozer has job potential.

ISIS has first-hand knowledge of antiquity and relics. That’s good news for museums that are constantly on the lookout for reputable security help, as well as curatorial apprentices.

Let’s not forget immolation skills.

After Obama resettles ISIS in our neighborhoods the fire starters can tackle the hot griddle at IHOP, fan the coals at local BBQ joints, and work firing up the brick ovens and monitoring mozzarella melt times in pizza joints.

After all of that, no one could argue that ISIS has an eclectic and diverse repertoire! Now we find out there’s yet another proficiency to add to the Islamic State’s extraordinary resume. In addition to drowning people in cages, crucifying Catholic priests, and burning Jordanian fighter pilots alive, ISIS designs jewelry.

ISIS’s affinity for necklace design became public when the group released a video showing an alleged Iraqi spy kneeling on the floor wearing a shiny exploding bauble. Not to worry, with gainful employment, proper guidance, directed mentoring, and one on one counseling, in time, ISIS’s desire to design ornamental bombs will go away.

Meanwhile, the man in the video was dressed in an anti-Gitmo orange outfit similar to the designer pantsuit Hillary Clinton frequently wears. But, rather than accessorizing with oversized pearls, and quite unlike a Pandora charm, the man was sporting a choker featuring a metal wire and a bomb.

After getting past seeing the device on the video detonated, and watching as the victim’s brains were blown to smithereens, one can’t help but be struck by the creative nature and unique skillset ISIS’s jewelry-making talents exhibit.

That’s why if Obama puts ISIS to work creating necklets he can place them in jobs working with artisans who specialize in hammered silver pendants.

Quite frankly, all things considered, it’s no wonder Obama is relaxed about ISIS’s impending arrival. The advent of ISIS in America will not only provide our nation with another culturally diverse group of newcomers, it will also offer an opportunity for Barack Obama to teach xenophobes and Islamaphobes to never give up on good people.

Barry the Cable Guy

imagesOriginally posted at American Thinker

Barack Obama exhibits a pattern of behavior Americans should recognize by now. Whenever this president starts talking about “loosening the grip” of corporations, increasing competition, and opening markets to ensure lower prices it’s a sure sign that the noose of government is about to become tighter around America’s neck.

For nearly eight years, under the guise of shielding the American people from harm, Obama has methodically shifted power away from the private sector toward the most powerful and corrupt conglomerate on the face of the planet –- the U.S. federal government.

Let’s not beat around the bush; the prospect of thwarting corporate America gets the president all excited.

Obama began his reign of terror by “loosening the grip” of health insurance companies. The problem is that in order for his administration to rush in and patch things up, he first needed to break what wasn’t broken.

When the Affordable Care Act was being foisted on America, the president spent a full year attempting to convince the wary that insurance companies needed to be accountable. Americans were incessantly lectured to about how competition would lower prices, improve care, and expand access.

At the time, the president argued that:

In the end, this isn’t about politics. This is about people’s lives and livelihoods. This is about people’s businesses. This is about America’s future, and whether we will be able to look back and say that this was the moment when we made the changes we needed and gave our children a better life. I believe we can, and I believe we will.

ObamaCare has done none of that. Rather than be rescued by “changes we needed,” ever since healthcare reform was enacted Americans have been suffering the ramifications of ‘changes no one needed.’

Now, with an eye toward a government bailout, health insurance companies are citing unsustainable losses. Meanwhile, consumers are overburdened with high premiums, rising copayments, increasingly second-rate care, and exorbitant deductibles.

In response, drooling statists are anticipating the right moment to step forward and absorb a mess that was specifically created with a government fix in mind.

And so, contrary to popular opinion, ObamaCare is not nose-diving.

The whole process, from implementation to failure, was a government coup designed to bring America closer to having no other choice but to accept a single-payer system.

Moving right along, the elderly will next be denied medical care, but not before Obama persuades baby boomers that government absorption of 401Ks ensures a secure retirement.

In the interim, Barack is biding time golfing and undermining big business.

That’s why, as ISIS increases in power and North Korea ignites the fuse on the end of a nuke pointed toward California, instead of devoting energy to critical matters, the president is working hard to ‘fundamentally transform’ the future of cable boxes.

As the number of illegal immigrant children tunneling across our border rises 1,200% and peculiar bacteria kills 18+ and shootings in the gun-control capital of Chicago are up 200%, Obama’s FCC appointee, Chairman Tom Wheeler, and America’s Chief Executive have agreed that the pay television industry must be open the market to competition.

How nice of Barack Obama, who supports making the Internet into a public utility, to volunteer to support the F.C.C.’s effort to break up cable cartels that wrongly monopolize the sale of service.

Seems that Barry the Cable Guy would rather Americans buy their boxes from third parties who have the cutting-edge technology to gather, via smart TV,information currently unavailable on electronic health records.

Either way, to convince cable companies to “loosen their grip” on the black set-top boxes that deliver pay TV, the federal government plans to push a broad federal effort intended to increase the type of competition government intervention notoriously obstructs.

Speaking of competition, the president, who gained experience dabbling in the free cell phone business, had this to say about how the economic system he despises will benefit the cable industry:

One of America’s greatest strengths is our free market. A thriving private sector is the lifeblood of our economy — it’s how we create jobs, expand opportunities, and give everybody a shot at success. It’s what has made America the strongest country on Earth.

That kind of disingenuous rhetoric issuing forth from the mouth of a man with such antipathy towards private enterprise is a sign that another industry is about to become entangled in Barack Obama’s tentacles.

The only thing missing from that hogwash is the pledge that ‘if you like your cable box you can keep your cable box.’

The reasoning behind muscling into the cable business is that lonely little converters symbolize corporate dominance over the same folks Obama shamelessly exploits in his pursuit of power.  So, to justify throwing the full weight of his office behind the FCC, Obama will probably emphasize the plight of poor people paying too much for cable, which is true.

However, what the Fundraiser-in-Chief forgot to mention when he announced his support for Unlock the Box was that, just like the insurance donors that profited handsomely from Obamacare, the “competition” effort he currently supports benefits a tiny group of top Democrat techie donors like Apple, Amazon, and Google.

By bailing out banks, the auto industry, and destroying health care, this president has contributed mightily to the expansion of the federal behemoth. That’s why; peering into every citizen’s home makes pay TV setups the obvious next step.

So, as always, the goal of Obama-fairness has zilch to do with competition, consumer protection, or the broader economy.  Instead, Obama’s support of smashing up cable companies has everything to do with rewarding political friends and expanding an insidious regulatory organism that already controls too much and puts too much money in the pockets of the CEOs running the Washington DC monopoly.

In the end, government control of cable will likely result in the further loss of personal security protections.  Moreover, it will bring America one-step closer to the type of statism Barack ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Obama is in the business of building all by himself.

Here’s WHY John Adams Would Butt Heads With GODLESS LIBERALS

johnadamsOriginally posted at CLASH Daily

In a diary entry dated February 22, 1756, Founding Father and Second U.S. President, John Adams, wrote the following:

Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love and reverence toward Almighty God…What a Utopia, what a Paradise would this region be.

It is now 260 years later, and liberals, in a quest to usher in another kind of utopian paradise, reject the Bible and prefer instead to depend on a counterfeit, government-mandated definition of Adams’s “justice, kindness, and charity.”

Rather than looking to God as the source, the “charity towards fellow man” John Adams describes is what the irreligious left believes can be legislated and imposed.

Secular government-types dismiss the God Adams promoted as Almighty because in America today Biblical moral code infringes on the type of godless nirvana liberals have been trying in vain to establish since time immemorial.

The Word of the Christian deity that Adams said calls us to “be obliged in conscience”, represents dictums that are diametrically opposed to national pastimes such as abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, and the gross sexualisation of small children. Unlike the culture that the left advances, nowhere in the book Adams values are heroes made of the sexually-perplexed, prevaricators, or those who take innocent life.

In essence, life, liberty, and individual freedom violate the sort of communal control that drives those that dismiss God. Yet in many circles liberals have been so successful at distorting arguments and furthering a counterfeit dogma that those without God accept the fake as virtuous.

In liberal utopia, minorities dictate to the majority a brand of altruism that embraces frightened girls sharing restrooms with transgender males, illegal immigrants invading and bilking American taxpayers, and women being esteemed by slaughtering the unborn and then peddling baby livers for the philanthropic advancement of science.

Thanks to the efforts of hedonists, secularists, and liberal humanists, at public libraries and schools across the nation, the Bible John Adams revered so highly is now on a list of objectionable books.

In an effort to not offend the ungodly, God’s word is currently in jeopardy of being stifled because in America today obstructing the First Amendment, and repressing truth, is how freedom is interpreted and the common good preserved.

The possibility that the Bible may end up censored is not surprising because leftist benevolence, if given ample time, always results in tyranny.

Liberals who profess to be unprejudiced don’t care that the Bible has guided our nation’s founding and is comprised of literature, history, prose, music, law, culture, and antiquity — let alone being inspired by God.

Scripture presents God’s view. That’s why a nation that has strayed far from the divine falsely believes the book John Adams imagined should guide America’s legal system violates a law that originally was established to keep the state out of religion – not the other way around.

James LaRue, who directs the Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association, which released the 2016 “State of Libraries Report,” said that, of late, “You have people who feel that if a school library buys a copy of the Bible, it’s a violation of church and state.”

If Americans are complaining that the book that helped establish their freedom threatens that freedom – liberal indoctrination is really kicking in.

LaRue explained that objections are sometimes a “retaliatory action, where a religious group has objected to a book and a parent might respond by objecting to the Bible.”

In other words, one parent complains about Heather Has Two Mommies being in the children’s book room, so Heather’s two mommies register a complaint about the Bible being in the theology section.

That’s why; in the name of tolerance, the diversity police need to make sure that none of the books the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) endorse is on the “challenged” list.

In the meantime, LaRue clarified that although the library association is not against having Bibles in public schools, guidelines for the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom stressed that “as long as the library does not endorse or promote the views included in the Bible,” the Bible does not violate the separation of church and state.

Good thing! After all, institutions supported by American taxpayers can’t be fostering biblical views that could be interpreted as backing a utopian paradise with God’s tenets at the head rather than government decrees.

Either way, the travesty is that those that support the right to watch porn on public library-owned computers are the same folks responsible for placing the Bible on the top 10 “challenged” books list of 2016.

Simply put, quite unlike the nation that John Adams so passionately described more than two centuries ago, America is on a crash course to become a “region” where conduct and belief are regulated by something other than God and Biblical precepts.

And, worse yet, the archaic idea of the freedom that “reverence toward Almighty God” rewarded us with when our nation was founded, is about to be relegated to a book on a shelf in a public library that no one will be permitted to read.

Michelle Teaches Argentinian Girls about Catcalls and Chauvinism

michelle.jpg_1718483346Originally posted at American Thinker

Although no one has stopped American girls from learning, the U.S. government banner Michelle Obama travels the world carrying reads: “Let Girls Learn.”

In fact, observant American girls like myself have studied how the FLOTUS cleverly exploits gender-specific initiatives to bilk the American public into covering exorbitant travel expenses.

If a girl uses her brain, it’s easy to figure out that every year, after her ski weekend in Aspen, while Sasha and Malia are on Easter break the FLOTUS feigns false concern for educating girls as an excuse to impose her entourage on world leaders. Annually, in the name of education, Michelle loads up a couple of Air Force Ones, jets all over the globe, dresses up in expensive clothes, sight sees and mooches a free meal off of whoever is dumb enough to buy into the ruse.

The FLOTUS spends $222K for two nights in China, and in between dancing the tango and eating fried fat cakes in Botswana, Michelle manages to wangle passing those expenses along to the American taxpayer and does it by preaching to girls, worldwide, on the subject of racism, victimization, and sexism.

Recently, after touring a Third World country dressed in haute couture, while in Argentina, a nation famous for cultural machismo, Mrs. Obama promoted “Let Girls Learn” by sharing how a girl with a modest background became the victim of catcalls.

Michelle chose to lift up America’s greatness by telling women in a country where machismo is rampant that American men treated her as if she were a hunk of that $100 per pound Wagyu beef she regularly enjoys.

Michelle flew all the way to South America to visit a school in the Barracas section of Buenos Aires to edify Argentinian girls with lessons that included stories about how American “men would whistle at [her] as if  [her] body [was] their property,” which is how both she and her husband now view America.

Either way, Michelle should already know that talking about machismo in Argentina is like talking about pacca sul sedere in Italy.  What’s the problem, doesn’t the FLOTUS appreciate the diverse rainbow of difference that makes up the multicultural world her husband so highly esteems?

How about, instead of wasting her breath in South America, the FLOTUS come home and give that catcall speech to the illegal Mexican male immigrants currently flooding this country who think machismo is an acceptable way to behave toward American women?

According to the FLOTUS, in addition to being frequently hooted at, teachers in the public school system also wronged her by asking brother Craig what he wanted to be when he grew up and talking down to her by asking who she intended to marry?

Despite the perception that the road to her success was thwarted on every front, Michelle went on to prove her mettle by surpassing her failed basketball coach/ESPN commentator brother and marrying a failed president.

As for street harassment, Michelle, who spearheaded her healthy eating initiative by discussing Sasha and Malia’s body fat, just couldn’t get off the topic.

The FLOTUS filled rapt ears with stories of men noticing her body “…as if I were an object to be commented on instead of a full human being with thoughts and feelings of my own.”

The funny thing was all that meat market talk took place right around the time a picture of a sexy woman in fishnet stockings, wearing a short sequined dress with a slit up the side, wrapping her left leg around the president’s thigh during a tango, received worldwide circulation.

Nonetheless, with no way to verify the veracity of Michelle’s “strong… powerful… outspoken” tales of woe, the FLOTUS continued to school Argentinian girls about American teachers who “would call on the boys instead of the girls, even though the girls had better grades.”

Seriously? Mrs. Obama wants girls to believe that her teachers only called on boys, and that the girls in Michelle’s school had better grades than all the boys? The only thing missing from that cock-and-bull story are embellishments about white male teachers at Michelle LaVaughn Robinson’s school calling on the white boys with worse grades, while relegating much smarter black girls, like herself, to emptying the trash cans.

Sorry, if this how Michelle thinks ‘girls learn,’ then girls should skip “Let Girls Learn” and just sign up for ‘Girls Will Believe Anything.”

In the end, Mrs. Obama shared how she found a way to work through the trial of being sexually harassed by men, and scorned and disqualified by her teachers.

Similar to her husband’s philosophy that defeats Islamic terrorism by partying while victims of extremist attacks are being stacked in freezers, Michelle told the girls that in response to being acknowledged for her outstanding female form and disdained for her mediocre mind, she “…decided not to listen to the voices of those who doubted or dismissed [her].”

Instead, Michelle said, “I decided to listen to my own voice!” And, judging from her questionable decision to do things like show up in $1-a-day Cuba wearing $4K outfits, maybe Michelle Obama should find another voice to listen to.

Either way, what Mrs. Obama didn’t expound upon was that despite having unexceptional grades, thanks to quotas, and a brother who grew up to be a Princeton basketball coach, she was able to attend an Ivy League school where, according to her difficult to read thesis, because of white faculty, she also felt  uncomfortable.

From Princeton, Michelle graduated Harvard Law, was underappreciated as a lawyer at Chicago’s Sidney Austin, met Barack Obama, converted to community organizing, and was taught from the best how to swindle the American public for everything she felt, and still feels, she is owed

And so, what did this girl glean from Michelle’s Argentinian “Let Girls Learn” trip? I learned that the FLOTUS’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative is a convenient pretext Michelle Obama can use to get the nation she detests to foot-the-bill for all the high-priced vacations she’s convinced she deserves.

he wanted to be when he grew up and talking down to her by asking who she intended to marry?

Despite the perception that the road to her success was thwarted on every front, Michelle went on to prove her mettle by surpassing her failed basketball coach/ESPN commentator brother and marrying a failed president.

As for street harassment, Michelle, who spearheaded her healthy eating initiative by discussing Sasha and Malia’s body fat, just couldn’t get off the topic.

The FLOTUS filled rapt ears with stories of men noticing her body “…as if I were an object to be commented on instead of a full human being with thoughts and feelings of my own.”

The funny thing was all that meat market talk took place right around the time a picture of a sexy woman in fishnet stockings, wearing a short sequined dress with a slit up the side, wrapping her left leg around the president’s thigh during a tango, received worldwide circulation.

Nonetheless, with no way to verify the veracity of Michelle’s “strong… powerful… outspoken” tales of woe, the FLOTUS continued to school Argentinian girls about American teachers who “would call on the boys instead of the girls, even though the girls had better grades.”

Seriously? Mrs. Obama wants girls to believe that her teachers only called on boys, and that the girls in Michelle’s school had better grades than all the boys? The only thing missing from that cock-and-bull story are embellishments about white male teachers at Michelle LaVaughn Robinson’s school calling on the white boys with worse grades, while relegating much smarter black girls, like herself, to emptying the trash cans.

Sorry, if this how Michelle thinks ‘girls learn,’ then girls should skip “Let Girls Learn” and just sign up for ‘Girls Will Believe Anything.”

In the end, Mrs. Obama shared how she found a way to work through the trial of being sexually harassed by men, and scorned and disqualified by her teachers.

Similar to her husband’s philosophy that defeats Islamic terrorism by partying while victims of extremist attacks are being stacked in freezers, Michelle told the girls that in response to being acknowledged for her outstanding female form and disdained for her mediocre mind, she “…decided not to listen to the voices of those who doubted or dismissed [her].”

Instead, Michelle said, “I decided to listen to my own voice!” And, judging from her questionable decision to do things like show up in $1-a-day Cuba wearing $4K outfits, maybe Michelle Obama should find another voice to listen to.

Either way, what Mrs. Obama didn’t expound upon was that despite having unexceptional grades, thanks to quotas, and a brother who grew up to be a Princeton basketball coach, she was able to attend an Ivy League school where, according to her difficult to read thesis, because of white faculty, she also felt  uncomfortable.

From Princeton, Michelle graduated Harvard Law, was underappreciated as a lawyer at Chicago’s Sidney Austin, met Barack Obama, converted to community organizing, and was taught from the best how to swindle the American public for everything she felt, and still feels, she is owed

And so, what did this girl glean from Michelle’s Argentinian “Let Girls Learn” trip? I learned that the FLOTUS’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative is a convenient pretext Michelle Obama can use to get the nation she detests to foot-the-bill for all the high-priced vacations she’s convinced she deserves.

Michelle’s $4K casual Cuban cocktail dress

Originally posted at American Thinker

I’m the type of person that tries to make people feel comfortable.  In order to accomplish that goal, I consider the company I keep and adjust accordingly.  For instance, if I’m with overweight people, I don’t discuss my diet and treadmill mileage.  If I’m visiting with the elderly, I avoid the subject of wrinkles, nursing homes, and funerals.  And, unlike Michelle Obama, if I volunteer at a soup kitchen, I don’t wear my $565 Lanvin sneakers.

But hey, that’s just me.

On the other hand, even if it makes people feel bad, the first lady seems to revel in showcasing her affluence.  This week, in front of destitute Cubans who, on average, earn about $1 a day, Michelle Obama did just that.

The first lady’s imprudence began when the Obama entourage that included Sasha, Malia, Charlie Rangel, Grandma Marion, and Nancy Pelosi arrived in Cuba.  After landing, Michelle descended to the tarmac from Air Force One decked out in a $2,100 Carolina Herrera “springtime floral” frock.

Cuba is an island where even government workers don’t earn a living wage, and doctors who work in the Cuban health care system earn $67 a month.  The food in Cuba is in such short supply that it’s rationed, and in some cases, it’s purchased illegally on the black market.

Yet despite the magnitude of Cuba’s abject poverty, America’s sartorial preener arrived in Havana wearing an ensemble whose cash value could support a Cuban family for six years.

What next?  When not trumpeting her good fortune in front of poor Cubans, Michelle will offer to entertain paraplegics by boogying to “Uptown Funk“?

And the thoughtlessness got worse.

As poor Cubans lined the streets of Havana straining to catch a glimpse of American royalty, Michelle, guest of dictator/president Raúl Castro, made her way, dressed in yet another designer dress, to the Palace of the Revolution (of all places) for a state dinner.

While Cubans ate peasant food like moros y cristianos, Michelle was dining on a sumptuous menu of “[s]hrimp mousse … with cream of mojito; golden cream soup flavored with Caney rum accompanied by slivers of ham; traditional pork garnished with baby tamales … and a trio of Grandmother’s sweets.”

As Cubans roamed Old Havana in worn out flip-flops and secondhand clothes, Michelle impressed her hosts in a dress made of “Kashmiri fabric embroidered with an Indian floral motif.”  This was a “casual cocktail” knee-length black floral dress by Naeem Khan that, according to the New York-based designer’s collection, came with a $4,490 price tag.

Rounding that bottom line up, that little number’s cash value could provide an average Cuban worker a salary for 12-plus years.

It’s probably unfair for me to project my standard for how to treat people onto the first lady.  Just because Michelle dresses like nobility in the company of the lowly doesn’t mean she has little regard for the predicament of the poor.  After all, the woman who sports overpriced clothes does have a husband who, when not paying for her haute couture, stresses the value of “sharing our wealth.”