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Beyoncé’s pro-‘life is but a dream’

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Originally posted at Live Action News

Superstar songstress Beyoncé Knowles, aka Mrs. Shawn Carter, probably doesn’t realize it, but her new documentary, Life is but a Dream, is doing a serious disservice to Barack Obama’s pro-choice agenda. During the 2012 campaign, pop star/Obama BFF Beyoncé hosted a $40K-a-plate campaign fundraiser for the president at Jay-Z’s exclusive 40/40 Club. She and stage mother Tina Knowles even designed a t-shirt to raise money for Runway to Win.

Then, barely a month after she proudly lip-synchedher way through The Star-Spangled Banner at the president’s inauguration, Beyoncé debuted in a self-directed, self-produced 90-minute “look at me, I’m Queen B” HBO documentary about herselfThe two things the HBO Beyoncé-mentary confirmed were that Beyoncé thinks very highly of herself and that although she identifies with the likes of Barack Obama, when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth, she doesn’t toe the liberal pro-choice line.

In fairness, it is possible that Beyoncé isn’t aware of how her lamenting a miscarriage and admission that hearing a baby’s heartbeat in the womb is “the most beautiful music [she] ever heard in [her] life” could negatively affect Barack’s anti-Born Alive Act ideology. After all, Beyoncé did dance up a storm in a Michelle-inspired “Move Your Body” video and then went on to sign a $50-million deal with PepsiCo, apparently without a thought as to how becoming the face of Pepsi could undermine Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move”-away-from-sugar initiative.

America knows where Barack Obama stands on the issue of abortion. However, it is confusing when a superstar like Beyoncé says things about pregnancy like “It is the most powerful creation for you to be able to have life growing inside of you. There is no bigger gift, nothing more empowering” – and then endorses a president who believes that saying when life begins is “above [his] pay grade.”

After the 2012 birth of Mr. and Mrs. Carter’s daughter Blue Ivy, in an interview with U.K.’s Star Magazine, Beyoncé said, “You have the instant connection once you know your child is growing inside you…from the time I knew I was pregnant we have been parents.” Sentiments like those indicate that Beyoncé didn’t read the Planned Parenthood talking points memo prior to the interview.

And it gets better. According to Beyoncé – one of Barack Obama’s biggest celebrity supporters – if you’re pregnant, you’re carrying “a child” and are being granted “an opportunity to bring a life into the world.”

In Life is but a Dream, Beyoncé continues the pro-life theme when she shares her sadness over the loss of her first baby in the early stages of pregnancy. The young mother said that when she first heard the baby’s heartbeat, she immediately picked out a name and “envisioned what [the] child would look like.”

In a prior interview, the megastar had already discussed that devastating loss. Beyoncé said that upon learning that there was no longer a heartbeat, she went to the studio and penned and then sang a song she called “the saddest [she had] ever written.” The words to the unnamed track are those of a bereaved mother telling a baby that would never to be born, “I’m longing for your heartbeat, heartbeat.”

By being such a staunch supporter of Barack Obama, and then sharing  maternal feelings toward an unborn child with a name and a face,  Beyoncé certainly does nothing to reinforce the “blob of cells” argument that liberals depend upon when justifying abortion.

Beyoncé also expressed the strong belief that a miscarriage teaches a woman things about pregnancy – “Especially after losing a child, the pain and trauma from that just makes it mean so much more to get an opportunity to bring a life into the world.”

Two years after her miscarriage, Beyoncé was blessed when she conceived Blue Ivy. In the documentary, the 17-time Grammy-winner rubbed and cradled her swollen belly on camera and showed clips of her announcing her pregnancy on the MTV Music Awards show in 2011. It was there that Beyoncé looked into the camera and said that the “baby wants to introduce herself.”

With all the heartbeat talk and the black-and-white sonogram popping up on the TV screen, one would think Planned Parenthood would request that the documentary be removed from prime time for supporting “informed consent” and promoting what the abortion-backers refers to as an “invasive procedure.”

The documentary even included intimate footage of Beyoncé preparing to give birth and husband and rapper Jay-Z awaiting the baby’s arrival. After the precious Blue Ivy Carter was born, Beyoncé said that “I felt like God was giving me a chance to assist in a miracle.” He certainly was!

Can Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s Friendship with the Obamas Survive PepsiCo?

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Originally posted at Breitbart BIG Hollywood

Since Obama’s election in 2008, Jay-Z, aka Shawn Corey Carter, and his bodacious bride Beyoncé have been right at the top of the list of Obama darlings.  After all, at the 2009 Inauguration Ball, it was Beyoncé who serenaded the slow-dancing duo into the White House with her own rendition of Etta James’ “At Last.”

The Jay-Zs and the Obamas are so cozy as couples that the President even allowed them to enter the inner sanctum of the Situation Room, situated somewhere in the bowels of the White House.  Once there, the awestruck couple looked like little kids sitting inside Saddam Hussien’s mansion following the occupation of Iraq.

In addition to foursome events, over the past few years Beyoncé has been right there beside Mrs. Obama and her “Let’s Move” initiative to get children to move more and to eat smaller, healthier portions.  The first lady relied so much on the booty-licious pop star that she recruited Beyoncé to teach corpulent school children how to dance around in hot pants and lime green high-heeled sneakers.  Michelle must have had so much confidence in the abilities of “Move Your Body” Beyoncé, she trusted that even the clumsiest kid would emerge from the videotaping session unscathed.  Now that’s a sign of a true and lasting friendship.

Mrs. Obama told People magazine that if she could be anyone in the world it would be Beyoncé. Not long after, Beyoncé wrote a gushy letter to Mrs. Obama thanking her for her dedication to “All the Single [and otherwise] Ladies” of the world.  Then, the first lady took Sasha and Malia to Revel Resorts in Atlantic City to support Beyoncé at her back-from-maternity-leave concert.

Beyoncé agreed to design a T-shirt for the Obama 2012 “Runway to Win” clothing line, and the entrepreneurial Carter twosome hosted a $40K-per-head fundraiser for Obama at their tony Manhattan 40/40 club.  It was there, against a backdrop of 350 bottles of $300 Armand de Brignac Brut Gold, the President discussed with donors how the two couples shared humble beginnings.

Although the relationship by and large has been idyllic, there have been a few bumps in the road. One time Jay-Z had the audacity to express the opinion that he preferred less government. Gazillionaire and part owner of the New York Nets Jay-Z said that he didn’t mind paying more taxes, but wished more of the monies went toward things he believed in.

The high-profile Obama supporter also said that “politics” is a word he doesn’t like because “It implies something underhanded and I think we need less government.” So, the Brooklyn-born rapper desires “less government,” but supports big-government Barack Obama’s big government vision?

Yet despite the contradictory messages, during the first term the friendship has endured the test of time.  However, that bond is about to endure an even greater test.

Seems Mrs. Jay-Z, the woman who supported Mrs. Obama’s healthy-eating initiative and who lives in New York Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-soft drink city, just signed a $50 million dollar deal with corporate America biggie PepsiCo.  After the first of the year, Beyoncé will be the new face of sugary, caffeine-laden soda pop.

PepsiCo is a world leader in snacks and beverages.  The company has made its billions administering 12-ounce/42-gram sugar highs.  To put it bluntly, PepsiCo sells carbonated caffeine-and-sugar water.

Moreover, in addition to contributing to soda-induced caffeine addiction, obesity, and Type II diabetes, PepsiCo also manufacturers Lay’s and Doritos, two of the vending machine snacks that Michelle Obama made sure were replaced with carrot sticks.

Tropicana, Gatorade, and Quaker are also under PepsiCo’s mantle. And as if Beyoncé aggravating Michelle by undermining her “Let’s Move” initiative and selling limited-edition soda with her mug on the can wasn’t enough, PepsiCo has “revenues of $60 billion and employs 285,000 people.” Therefore, the same type of conglomerate Barack Obama has spent the last four years portraying as selfish, abusive, and evil is about to be internationally promoted by global partner and Obama familly BFF Beyoncé.

Can the camaraderie survive Beyoncé being the new face of a snack-and-soda company after showing up on a “Let’s Move” video for a first lady whose signature issue disses salty snacks and sugary soda?  How is the Michelle Obama going to explain to the kiddies why the pretty lady with the big hair dancing in the “Let’s Move” video can drink Pepsi and eat Doritos, but they can’t?

Moreover, can the foursome’s pop/political partnership outlast Ms. Pepsi-licious Beyoncé’s decision to accept $50 million from a corporate giant?  And when the President confiscates half of that $50 million to finance altruistic efforts that are likely different than the causes Jay-Z supports, will Jay-Z restate more firmly his desire for “less government?”

If Beyoncé feels it may be necessary to recycle her Pepsi soda cans for spare change to pay Obama’s exorbitant taxes, will she even want to sing at the next inaugural ball?

There’s a lot at stake here.  Like, what’s the couples’ bowling night going to be like after ‘big government’ Barack Obama taxes ‘less government’ Shawn’s wife’s hard-earned PepsiCo dough into oblivion while denigrating the CEOs that will be signing Beyoncé’s $50 million paycheck?  Is that what Jay-Z means when he says he dislikes politics because they are “underhanded?”

In the end, it will be interesting to see whether or not Michelle Obama will support her good friend Beyoncé’s creative endeavor/business choice with the same energy and dedication that Beyoncé extended towards Michelle Obama’s – and whether or not Shawn Corey Carter, over a beer at a Net game, will be able to pry his buddy’s sticky fingers off some of the money Beyoncé earns

‘Jay and Bey’ Fete Barry

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Forget the White House Honey Ale beer.  While cash-strapped Americans were attempting to squeeze two cups of tea out of one Lipton tea bag, Barack Obama was fundraising in a ritzy Manhattan nightclub that features an 18-foot tower of gold-bottled French champagne.

“It’s floor-to-ceiling gold bottles in the entire space. It’s beautiful – breathtaking,” a rep for the Flatiron District hot spot told The New York Post. “It’s the first thing you see when you walk in.”

That’s right — on behalf of your everyday middle-class American, Barack Obama was out stumping for dollars at hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and his diva wife Beyoncé’s 40/40 nightclub, which features “a custom-designed tower of $800-per-bottle champagne.”  Three hundred and fifty bottles of Armand de Brignac at $800 a bottle comes to a $280,000.  Allegedly, the “dazzling tower” was covered by a black drop cloth so the president could mock his wealthy competitor for being out of touch with Middle America without looking like a complete hypocrite.

Following a hard-hitting interview with David Letterman where Barry and Dave discussed pressing issues like the president’s weight and how good he looks and the misfortune of Obama never having seen the late-night comic in the buff, the president’s motorcade zipped over to a 200-person, $12,500-per-family Waldorf reception.  From there the entourage proceeded to the Flatiron District to raise money at a $40,000-per-person fundraising dinner with “Jay and Bey,” as Obama likes to affectionately call the power couple.

Once there, Barry thanked his former Situation Room guests for their friendship and acknowledged the similarities he shares with Jay-Z.  Taking a cue from David Letterman, Obama exercised his stand-up comedy routine, saying, “Jay-Z now knows, you know, what my life is like.  We both have daughters.  And our wives are more popular than we are.”

The president further addressed the crack dealer-turned-music magnate directly when he added, “So — you know.  So we’ve got a little bond there.  It’s hard, but it’s OK.”

In a red cocktail dress, the bodacious Beyoncé was also thanked by the president for being a role model to daughters Sasha and Malia.  Barack Obama must believe that gyrating around in your underwear, pole-dancing, and slithering along the ground in a leopard body suit are examples of “class … poise[,] and … talent,” because in the oh-so-very-talented Obama’s estimation, Beyoncé “[c]arries herself with such class and poise and has so much talent.”

Mrs. Shawn Corey Carter reciprocated with a compliment by telling the hundred or so multimillionaires that “I can’t tell you how proud we are to host tonight’s event with President Obama. … We believe in his vision.”  It would be interesting to hear Beyoncé share exactly what she understands that vision to be.

While Obama spoke, the tony crowd sat on plush couches munching on hamburger sliders and sipping champagne.  Some crowded the overhead balcony and listened as Obama talked about the “choice voters face this fall as they decide whether to give him a second term or elect Republican Mitt Romney. It is a choice, he said, that will determine the long-term direction of the country.”

The president said, “So, I don’t want people to be complacent, but I also don’t want people to be discouraged. We’re on the brink of an election, but more importantly, we’re on the brink of moving America in a direction where we’re going to be more just, more fair.”

We’re on the brink, all right.  As for the “fair” part — how fair is fair?  Are we on the verge of being so fair that all Americans will one day also be able to pay $40K for a teensy-weensy burger and some bubbly?

Either way, as unprecedented tornadic wind gusts and sideways rain beat against the side of the New York City nightclub, the Pharaoh — I mean Obama — promised the group that although the economy tanked during the last four years, he plans on doing exactly what he’s been doing, fully confident that “[t]he economy’s going to grow in a way that includes everybody.”

Wait — “the economy’s going to grow in a way that includes everybody?” If the $40,000 40/40 club group gave any thought to what including “everybody” could mean for them, after gagging on those cheeseburgers, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and the donors would think twice before giving Barack Obama another turn at bat to level the playing field.

Nonetheless, in the shadow of the shrouded 18-foot champagne tower, the president declared that, despite his failed attempts at kowtowing to Islam, his being burned in effigy in India, and the ever-increasing anti-American sentiment in the Middle East, re-electing him guarantees an “America that’s respected around the world, because we’re putting forward our best values and our best ideals” — whatever that means.

And in the end, Barack Obama’s ninth New York campaign haul, give or take an $800 bottle of champagne or two, came to a paltry regular-Joe total of $6 million.

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