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Kaci Hickox: Ebola’s Sandra Fluke

Originally posted at American Thinkerindex

Two perfect examples of bleeding hearts choosing a cause and then demanding that the cost be exacted from the hides of others are two liberal women who have made national news despite caring little about the expense of their personal wants.

The first woman is Sandra Kay Fluke (pronounced fluck), an attorney and women’s rights activist who, in her last year of Georgetown University Law School, used polycystic ovary disease as a rationale to denounce the Catholic university’s refusal to comply with an Obamacare insurance mandate to provide women with free contraception and abortion.

Fluke was unabashed in her demands, citing $3,000 in birth control expenses as one of the reasons Americans should be forced to finance contraception for women who feel others should fund their sex lives.

After well-deserved criticism and much controversy, with the help of Democrat handlers, Sandra became the left’s spokeswoman in the fabricated “war on women” and was elevated to the status of patron saint of polycystic ovary disease awareness.  The epitome of liberal activism, Ms. Fluke made it quite clear that her desire for free birth control took precedence over the religious convictions of those she felt should be forced to foot the bill for her contraceptives.

In other words, Sandra Fluke was unwilling to sacrifice her own money, yet she had zero compunction about citing polycystic ovary disease as a way to force others to absorb the cost of her birth control pills.

In order to raise awareness about the “war on women,” Sandra was more than willing to  wage all-out war on religious liberty and oppress anyone who disagreed with her personal views.

Now we have Sierra Leone Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox.  While defying quarantine requirements instituted by the state of New Jersey and the CDC in her home state of Maine, Kaci, who seems unconcerned about the welfare of her friends and neighbors, was concerned enough about herself to don a bicycle helmet while out cycling with boyfriend Ted Wilbur.

In West Africa, Kaci was concerned about West Africans, but back home in America, Kaci is more concerned about Kaci than the safety of those she could expose to a fatal hemorrhagic fever.  So, unlike Sandra Fluke, Kaci Hickox’s message does not involve the “war on women”; rather, it focuses on the futility of a mandatory “self-quarantine” even though it is now being reported that her roommate in Africa is infected with Ebola.

Kaci Hickox cared so much for West African Ebola patients that she was willing to risk her life.  However, once home in the U.S., when asked to inconvenience herself for 21 days by participating in a cautionary self-quarantine, self-sacrificial Kaci refuses to comply.

Leaving aside arguments about the dangers and ramifications of asking a free people to submit to government-mandated quarantines, or whether the Ebola crisis is fabricated or not, there is a huge measure of hypocrisy that needs to be pointed out on Kaci Hickox’s part that is typical liberal modus operandi.

Liberals like Kaci love for government oversight to be enforced on everyone else, but when government tries to dictate something they would rather not do, like pay for their own contraceptives or stay indoors for 21 days, liberals cry the loudest.

Then, in a stunning example of stupidity trumping science, in a statement that encapsulates the negative impact that moral relevancy has had on America, Kaci’s boyfriend Ted said, “We don’t believe that we can get anyone sick.”  That’s because in Obama’s America, a regime Kaci and Ted both proudly identify with, declaring one’s belief places that belief on par with the truth, even if it’s false.

That’s why just like Sandra Fluke, Kaci Hickox may portray herself as altruistic, but as it turns out, her type of progressive philanthropy comes with a price.  Because when Kaci’s hypocrisy is factored into the equation, just like Sandra Fluke, she embodies the high cost of liberal double standards.

Out of the Abundance of Michelle’s Heart

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On the last day of the US-Africa Leaders Summit, Michelle Obama, together with Cokie Roberts and former first lady Laura Bush, attended a White House event to promote empowering women. It was during the conversation about girls and education that the first lady switched from the seriousness of racism to the levity of sexist jokes.

Discussing with Mrs. Bush that countries that typically oppress women oftentimes struggle economically, Michelle shared that she felt that when it comes to speaking up for girls, first ladies “can’t waste [the] spotlight.”  On behalf of both herself and Laura, Michelle pointed out that being first lady “is temporary… life is short, and change is needed.”

Then, apropos of nothing, she added that “women are smarter than men.” Suddenly, it was like a NOW meeting, where women diminish men to feel empowered.

As for Michelle, somehow, after discussing the importance of the spotlight, pointing out the temporary status of a first lady, acknowledging the brevity of life, and promoting change, she segued into “women are smarter than men” which, on the linear trajectory of related topics, didn’t exactly flow.

Although likely a poor attempt at humor, Michelle’s “smarter than” comment, which, together with the concurrent eye-roll and furrowed brow, explains how she views her husband Barack who, as far as we know, is a still a man.

Evidently, Michelle feels she has the right to freely express the type of sexist opinion that a man, out of fear of harsh rebuke, wouldn’t dare say about a woman, even in jest.

Nonetheless, the audience chuckled and then, to cover her derriere with another joke, Mrs. Obama warned that “men can’t complain because you’re outnumbered today.” What was Shelley going to do, wrap the complainers in a “women are stronger than men” half-Nelson?

Confusing the matter more, at one point Michelle shared that “I tease my kids… I tell them I want them to use Instagram to take a picture of something really important rather than their food… I mean, no one really cares what you had for lunch.”

“Women are smarter than men” and “no one really cares what you had for lunch?”

This from a woman who has been so obsessed with food choices that she’s banished traditional bake sales from school premises, replaced snack foods in school vending machines with dehydrated organic kale, and continues to hunt down macaroni and cheese on school lunch menus with the dogged determination of Sherlock Holmes.

Suddenly lunch doesn’t matter?

Remember when, in response to her incessant haranguing, public schools actually gave consideration to recording defiant children tossing veggies in the trash in school cafeterias with “trash-cams?” Now Mrs. Obama empowers her daughters by nixing the pictures of food because she feels there’s more import things to photograph than what they’re eating for lunch?

Michelle Obama is saying these things because she is the embodiment of what Jesus referred to when He said in Luke 6:45 that “out of the abundance of the heart [the] mouth speaks.”

In her heart Michelle Obama probably does think she’s smarter than men and that her brilliance surpasses that of a certain man some say has a brilliant feminine side himself. Moreover, when it comes to policing millions of snapshots of kids’ school lunches, as far as Mama Obama is concerned, Sasha and Malia are the only ones excused.

Mrs. Obama and Co. Take in the ‘Mrs. Carter Show World Tour’

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The sizzling temperatures are not the only things turning the heat up all over America. Yet as racial unrest, IRS controversies and other scandals continue to rage, it seems nothing can prevent Michelle Obama from squeezing every last ounce of summer vacation fun out of June, July and August.

In Ireland it was a $4,000 per-night stay in the Princess Grace Suite at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, an African adventure in the beginning of July, and now, mid-month, the First Lady and the girls accompanied by 20 “friends” gassed up the People’s Plane and flew to Chicago to take in yet another Beyoncé concert.

And all that is just an appetizer for the “extended vacation” plans the Obama women have for Martha’s Vineyard in August.

Nevertheless, while Rihanna, whose boyfriend Chris Brown has been known to rough her up, was storming off the stage after being pelted with potato chips in the UK, Mrs. Jay-Z Carter was performing for American royalty in the Obama hometown of Chicago.

In preparation for the event, extra security swept Chicago’s United Center, and on the night of the concert the 20-person Obama entourage fueled up in a private room at Carmichael’s Chicago Steak House prior to dancing it up with Queen Bey.

Curiously, Beyoncé, who is the spokesperson for Pepsi, wrote a song for and performed in a ‘Let’s Move!’ video entitled “Move Your Body.” Clearly disregarding Beyoncé’s “$50 million, multi-faceted deal with Pepsi,” and despite Beyoncé guzzling soda in commercials, Mrs. Obama, who incessantly harangues America about sugar content, must agree with her husband who said that “Beyoncé could not be a better role model for my girls.” Speaking of great role models, wonder what Michelle thought about the glittery nipple ensemble Beyoncé dons during her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.”

But before America gets apoplectic about Mrs. Obama spending more tax money jetting around the country and the world having a blast, it’s best to be fair. Apparently, the concert wasn’t the real reason Michelle O and Co. went to Chicago, nor was it so that Mrs. Obama could spend a little girl time chatting with Oprah’s best friend Gayle King while Mrs. Carter sang “Naughty Girl,” nor was it to potentially be in attendance for another Beyoncé-led moment of silence for Trayvon Martin.

Oh no, none of those reasons apply. Mrs. Obama was mainly in Chicago to attend an official event with Mayor Rahm Emanuel (who was recently caught boogying to “Blurred Lines” at a Robin Thicke “Taste of Chicago” event), to help Chicago high school students get summer jobs–in mid-July–while she looks forward to a relaxing time on Martha’s Vineyard in August.

Michelle Obama, Job Creator

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Michelle Obama has a vacation gig that’s hard to beat.  There’s the February ‘spend time with the daughters’ vacation, which usually entails skiing and snowboarding in Vail, Beaver Creek, or Aspen. There’s ‘tag along with Barry’ excursions, which turn into holiday adventures like last years’ post- Vail trip to Rio.  Following closely behind are the April trips like last year’s slogging stout in Ireland and an outing to rub elbows with royals Kate and Will.

Then there’s the pre-vacation vacation in June, which usually precedes the Martha’s Vineyard official vacation in August.  Last year it was a ‘fried fat cake’ safari to Africa.

In the fall, prior to Christmas vacation in Hawaii, there’s usually some event Michelle manages to turn into a fun jaunt. Last year it was the Asian Pacific Conference conveniently located in Hawaii, where the First Lady got to squeeze in some R & R and local dining before returning early for a $4 million, 17-day Hawaiian Christmas respite.

Now here’s the thing:  This woman wouldn’t know work if she tripped over it.  She’s either dancing with platypuses, making cameo appearances on children’s shows, dining in tony bistros, hosting glitzy star-studded parties, or circumnavigating the globe following a strict vacation schedule she hasn’t deviated from since she first set her dainty size-11 foot in the White House.

And she does all this while her husband, who has put America’s workforce on a permanent vacation, talks about creating jobs.

These two should pick another pet project, because working and job creation just doesn’t suit either of them.  How can this couple, one of whom is rumored to have spent nearly $10 million on vacations in three years, even dare to mention the word ‘job?’  Especially since a large portion of Michelle’s travel, security, and entourage expenses come compliments of the American taxpayers who, despite Barack Obama’s efforts, still manage to have a job.

But then again, all things in perspective, kudos to Barack’s better half, for at least breathing life into the job market by keeping hotel housekeeping, restaurant staff, security details, social directors, masseuses, baggage porters, desk clerks and pool and bellboys gainfully employed.

Which is exactly what Michelle is doing for President’s Day. Instead of spending it with the President, the First Lady, eager to keep legions of resort service workers employed, packed up the girls and headed out to Colorado for a ski vacation.  According the Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, seven deputies will be employed, at least until the Obama girls leave, because after meeting with the Secret Service, DiSalvo loaned his personnel to help “protect the first lady and her family” on what is being touted as a “low-key” vacation.

How did the first lady make her way to Aspen?  She spoke at a fundraiser at James Crown (family worth 3.1 billion) of Chicago’s Tiehack side estate last July where ‘low-key’ supporters paid between $1,000 and $10,000 to attend.

James Schine Crown, son of billionaire Lester Crown, is, among other things, the owner of the Aspen Skiing Company. He must have quite a hot tub, because Michelle decided to bunk with Jim and Paula Ann for a couple of days, ski Buttermilk, and “relax and enjoy what the resort has to offer,” because God knows no one deserves a vacation more than job-creating resort dweller Michelle Obama.

Besides being the President of Henry Crown and Company private investments, James Crown is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of Chicago, as well as a director of JPMorgan Chase and General Dynamic.

In the end, it may work out because ironically, Mr. Crown also sits on the board at dessert giant Sara Lee. Maybe that’s why Michelle is there, because as Barack Obama says “In America there is always something we can do to create jobs.”

So, on a personal quest to help her husband keep America employed, Michelle could actually be on a so-called ‘working vacation’ in Aspen.  Mrs. Obama could be laying the groundwork with her billionaire pal Jimmy Crown for Sara Lee to assist her in a ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ project, wherein the dedicated first lady and the billionaire mogul provide cake for the masses and create jobs at the same time.

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