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The Sandra Fluke Traveling War on Women Show

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Sandra Fluke was a third-year student at Georgetown Law and past president of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) when, on behalf of women with ovarian cysts, she showed up at an unofficial hearing before House Democrats.  Fluke appeared before America to demand that the Jesuit-run university offer health insurance to students that covered contraception and abortion. As a result, Ms. Fluke is now a general in a contrived war on women – a battle that started when Democrats attempted to invade the Catholic Church with liberal policy.

Ms. Fluke became infamous when radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh satirically called her a “slut,” which instantly thrust her into the role of spokeswoman for consequence-free sex.  In the course of the hysterical backlash, President Barack Obama called her to soothe her hurt feelings and congratulate her parents for having such a heroic daughter. Eventually, Rush did apologize to Sandra for suggesting that a single woman begging the entire country for free birth control was a bit slutty.

But it didn’t end there. Sandra’s meteoric rise to fame continued when she shared her wisdom at the DNC Convention. Now, on behalf of Barack Obama, just weeks prior to the 2012 election, Fluke is taking her reproductive justice spiel to cities all across America.

Sandra Fluke’s Traveling War on Women Show is one part of an effort by Democrats to drive voters to the polls to vote early.  Recently, at a “Sak ‘N Save” in Reno, Nevada, Sandra spoke to a group of 10 who were either eager to hear what she had to say, thought she might be handing out free samples, or quite possibly were looking for an opportunity to pack Ms. Fluke’s groceries.

Seemingly overwhelmed by her own celebrity, Sandra told the crowd hanging on her every word that 2012 has turned out to be not quite what she expected.

The newly-minted law school grad probably thought the Catholic Church would roll over and provide the insurance and that she and her free contraceptives could fade into obscurity, but so far the poor girl has been subjected to just the opposite. Instead, sort of how Halle Berry became the face of Revlon, the Georgetown Law graduate has become the fresh face of free contraceptives.

Addressing those 10 people in Reno, Fluke said “A lot of women come to me and tell me stories individually about their lives about what access to healthcare has meant to them; what the Affordable Care Act is going to mean to them.”

Sandra inspired the rapt Reno ten when she claimed “A lot of young people tell me how important it was to stay on their parents’ plan until they were 26.”  For those eager to realize the American Dream, there’s nothing like being 26, living in Mom and Dad’s musty basement, and having open access to all the birth control one could ever desire.

And if those contraceptives should fail, not to worry, Sandra shared that “Folks tell [her] what a difference it made to be able to rely on Planned Parenthood when they needed it and what it would mean if Mr. Romney gets his way to defund Planned Parenthood.”

What Sandra failed to warn her audience about was that most Planned Parenthood clinics do not provide the mammograms Barack Obama claims is the reason for funding the abortion provider.  Moreover, Sandra also forgot to mention that, just like Sesame Street, Planned Parenthood would do just fine without federal funding, which means liberals have created yet another straw man for their endless parade of female dupes to drag around.

Nonetheless, as Ms. Fluke takes her show on the road, she’s gathering quite a fan base. In Reno, a gentleman named Leo Horishny was among those who battled the multitudes to get a chance to see Fluke. Horishny said he wanted to see the person whom members of the media had used “intimidating rhetoric against as a political tactic.”

Horishny believes that “intimidating rhetoric” is “a scary trend today?” No Leo, what’s really frightening is Sandra Fluke taking her free contraceptive pitch so seriously that she’s willing to compete with the weekly sales circular for the attention of 10 people at a place called “Sak ‘N Save.”

A million muppets to participate in ‘Puppet Power’ march

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

For those Million Worker Marchers now receiving their Barack Obama entitlements, marching for jobs is no longer necessary. But for the “million” black men who marched for “atonement, unity and brotherhood” in 1995 and the “million” moms who demonstrated for stricter gun laws, some stiff competition is heading their way.

In fact, when the curtain on a “puppet power” rally on Washington’s National Mall rises on November 3rd, it promises to stand head-and-shoulders above its predecessors, especially since legions of 8-foot Big Birds are expected to join the demonstration.

The idea for the “Million Muppet/Puppet Power” march was birthed when Mitt Romney dared to suggest that reining in the nation’s indebtedness should take priority over Placido Flamingo and Curly Bear.

During the first Presidential Debate in Denver, the Republican presidential candidate submitted to America that subsidizing Big Bird with $445 million in federal budget disbursements that public television received in 2012 is not worth borrowing money from Communist China.

While Mitt Romney’s iconoclastic views were shocking, he did balance his statements by professing a personal affection for Big Bird.  Romney then intimated to Jim Lehrer and Barack Obama that he would allow neither sentimentality nor a love of the Sesame Street theme song to stand in the way of ending government subsidies to a children’s program PBS has sponsored for close to half a century.

Meanwhile, on the night of the debate, as fate would have it, two 40-something Big Bird activists – one an animation executive from California and the other a student from Boise, Idaho – crossed paths in cyberspace.  In response to Willard Romney’s blatant disrespect for educational television programming for children, the duo quickly teamed up like Bert and Ernie and established a website called “Million Muppet March” to voice opposition to Mitt Romney’s PBS-cutting proposals.

The men chose not to make the Muppet March what Michael Bellavia, president of the animation studio Animax Entertainment, called just “a virtual show of support.”  The LA animation executive shared that “because it seemed like there was already a growing interest in it,” he and Chris Mecham, his Big Bird cohort from Boise, decided: Why not take the opportunity and make it an “active, participatory event?”

On his Facebook page, Chris Mecham identifies his political view as “social liberalism” and says he is a writer interested in healthcare policy and currently studying political science at Boise State University.

Chris shared that on the night of the debate, while Romney was “still talking [he] was thinking of ways [he] could express [his] frustration at [Romney’s Big Bird] argument. Before the debates were over [Chris] had put up the Million Muppet March Facebook page.”

Mr. Bellavia and Mr. Mecham, who had a post on his Facebook profile page he later took down calling Romney a “c*&ksucker” [sic] – which in certain circles would definitely be considered an expression of love – both agree that the while the event may not draw in “a million Muppet-loving people,” the puppet-minded civic crusaders “hope to create … a ‘love fest’ featuring skits and musical performances with Muppets.”

Sorry people, but that scary scenario sounds a lot more like what goes on at a reefer-smoking Million Marijuana March.  The only thing worse would be Abdullah the Puppet being designated to march side-by-side with Miss Piggy in the puppet parade.

Nevertheless, the organizers of the event do feel like the November 3rd rally may “get close to the biggest ever assemblage of puppets in one place…and probably the most ever puppets marching on Washington.”  Not quite – let’s not forget Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, where an estimated 1.5 million puppets braved the frigid weather to attend that historic event.

Regardless of who does or doesn’t choose to show up on the National Mall, there’s still a few glaring contradictions at play here.  For starters, why isn’t Chris ‘share the wealth’ Mecham equally frustrated over former Sesame Workshop 1% CEO Gary Knell receiving $988,456 in total compensation in 2010?  Or new Sesame CEO H. Melvin Ming, who before stepping into the CEO role in Knell’s place was the second-highest compensated employee that same year?

Then there’s the absurdity of big-government liberal types like Bellavia and Mecham marching on Big Bird’s behalf, asking for continued funding for educational programming for the children who, on a different day, other liberal groups would be demanding government funding to abort.

Maybe someone should tell marchers Mike and Chris that if ever there was a reason to descend on Washington D.C, it’s to protest the Obama administration’s cover-up of what really happened in Benghazi to Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other murdered Americans on September 11th 2012, not to demand continued funding for Oscar the Grouch.

So there you have it – liberal zombies marching for Muppets, which is proving to be just an organized group of dummies marching for dummies.

Mitt Pronounces Big Bird a Dead Canary

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Barely blinking once throughout the entire first presidential debate, moderator and timid minute-counter Jim Lehrer should have taken pointers from PBS colleague Count von Count from Sesame Street, because Mitt Romney ran roughshod over Jim and in the process flattened Big Bird, too.  Mitt informed a stunned Lehrer: “I’m sorry, Jim — I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS.  I’m going to stop other things.  I like PBS.  I love Big Bird.  I actually like you, too.  But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”

That’s right — Mitt Romney actually had the audacity to suggest that in addition to Sesame Street, fiscal sanity may require eliminating federal funding for vital PBS shows such as Beeswax, Islam: Empire of Faith, Who’s Dancin’ Now?, and Nerds 2.0.1.

In response to the controversy surrounding Seamus’ dad dissing Big Bird, Sean Higgins from the Washington Examiner quelled national anxiety when he reported that “Sesame Street generated $134 million in revenue last year; will be unharmed if it loses the $1.5 million currently provided by the federal government.”

Sesame Workshop’s Sherrie Westin even chimed in, admitting that “quite frankly, you can debate whether or not there should be funding of public broadcasting. But when they always try to [trot] out Big Bird, and say we’re going to kill Big Bird — that is actually misleading, because Sesame Street will be here.”

Nonetheless, bird-loving Barack is sure that Big Bird has provided the “wedge issue” he’s been waiting for.  So much so that in an attempt to regain momentum, the president is attempting to pluck out Mitt Romney’s post-debate plumage in hopes of lining his own political nest with Big Bird’s feathers.

Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki supports the effort.  Ms. Psaki maintains that “[t]here’s been a strong grassroots outcry over the attacks” — not on Bengazi, but on Big Bird.

Listening to Jen, one would think that “mothers across the country” couldn’t care less about issues that negatively impact their children’s futures and are more concerned that Big Bird be able to continue living in the large nest behind the 123 Sesame Street brownstone at taxpayers’ expense.

With advisers like Jen Psaki, the president may decide it’s good politics to roller-skate into the next debate in a giant Big Bird costume to drive home the point that, contrary to recent foreign policy blunders, he’s neither a “chicken” nor a “bird on the run,” and that PBS funding is one of his top priorities.

After all, how dare Mitt Romney suggest that funding Sesame Street might not be worth the United States being indefinitely indebted to Communist China?  In fact, a good foreign policy argument might include Barack Obama pointing out that Mitt Romney is so anti-Big Bird that he didn’t even realize that in 1983, the oversized canary traveled extensively in the People’s Republic of China in search of Feng Huang, the Phoenix bird.

Adding to the outcry and despite her husband regularly stomping all over the endangered American bald eagle, Michelle Obama did not control herself when she recently took “a rare dig at Romney” for bullying Big Bird.  After all, not only do the first lady and Big Bird have a longstanding relationship, but the Sesame Street star believes that he and Michelle may even share a familial connection.

In 2009, when Mrs. Obama preached planting and eating fresh veggies to the kiddies on Sesame Street, Aloysius Snuffleupagus’s flightless best friend walked in for a guest appearance.  The huge, yellow, unicycle-riding mutant bird, who under different circumstances would pounce on the seeds the first lady was sowing, suggested that based on their mutual tall stature, he and Michelle may have originated from the same genetic pool.

Family is family, which may be why, while campaigning at Loudoun County Fairgrounds in Virginia, Michelle Obama directly addressed Big Bird supporters, saying, “[W]e believe in keeping our priorities straight.”  Ahem.  Then, verbally dyslexic Michelle Obama also attempted to convince the crowd that “We all know good and well that cutting Sesame Street is no way to balance the budget [and] that shortchanging our kids is not how we tackle our deficit.”

Sorry, but hearing a partial-birth abortion/free-contraceptives/government-funded abortion activist like Michelle Obama preach about “keeping our priorities straight” and “shortchanging our kids” seems, at best, a tad insincere.

Nonetheless, in some circles, if Sesame Street toddlers do manage to make it out of the womb alive, watching the Cookie Monster eat cookies while trying to gag down oven-fried asparagus spears must be well worth becoming further obligated to the largest foreign owner of our national debt.

In the end, all the attention Michelle and Barack are giving Big Bird may have symbolic meaning far beyond the PBS funding controversy.  In the past, mine workers would take caged canaries down into the dark tunnels with them to detect deadly gas.  If methane or carbon monoxide leaked into the mineshaft, the canary would stop singing, keel over in the cage, and, in the process, save lives by warning miners to rush to the surface.

Mitt Romney’s suggestion to kill federal funding for the big canary on Sesame Street may be the first step toward bringing the American economy out of the depths of despair for a long-overdue breath of fresh air.

Michelle Obama: Critical Advocate

Originally posted at American Thinker

Michelle Obama is not one who can easily hide her feelings; usually her emotional state is visible on her face.  Think civil rights leader Dorothy Height’s funeral, or Michelle staring down French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozi.

So it wasn’t a shock to find out that some of the less-than-thrilled expressions Americans have witnessed over the last three years may be rooted in how Mrs. Obama thinks her husband and his team should be handling the affairs of the nation.

One has to admit, if Jodi Kantor’s New York Times article, “Michelle Obama and the Evolution of a First Lady” and forthcoming book “The Obamas” is an accurate portrayal, Michelle Obama going toe-to-middle-finger with Rahm Emanuel indicates she’s one tough cookie.

Kantor’s book points out that despite Mrs. Obama’s initial hesitation to involve herself in her husband’s administration, she has been an “unrecognized force …[and]… her story has been one first of struggle, then turnaround and greater fulfillment.”

The book says that Mrs. Obama was a “supportive but often anxious spouse, suspicious of conventional political thinking, a groundbreaking figure who has acutely felt the pressures and possibilities of being the first African-American in her position and a first lady who has worked to make her role more meaningful.”

According to Kantor, Mrs. Obama was often “caught in an internal debate about how the Obamas should look and live, travel and entertain.”

Her feelings for a country she only recently became proud of are evident in her ongoing disregard for the opinion of its people by blatantly indulging her affinity for opulent vacations, epicurean Xanadus, and closets full of couture.

The forthcoming book exposes Michelle projecting her own racism onto a colorblind America. Even after a white majority put her husband into the White House, Michelle felt that “As the first African-American first lady, [she] wanted everything to be flawless and sophisticated; [because] she felt ‘everyone was waiting for a black woman to make a mistake.’”

Supposedly fiercely defensive on her husband’s behalf and seeing him as a “transformational figure,” her allegedly hostile clashes with the likes of ex- Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel indicate Michelle is someone other than who she projects herself to be while hula-hooping and gardening with Big Bird on Sesame Street.

According to longtime Obama strategist David Axelrod, behind the scenes, if Mrs. Obama “thinks things have been mishandled or when things are off the track she’ll raise it, because she’s hugely invested in [her husband] and has a sense of how hard he’s working, and wants to make sure everybody is doing their work properly.”

Discussing with aides the first lady’s displeasure about the direction the administration was taking on issues like healthcare reform, President Obama once confided that “She feels as if our rudder isn’t set right.”  Does “our rudder” include his rudder?

So apparently if everybody isn’t “doing” what Michelle thinks they should be doing, or someone criticizes what she is doing, the “rudder” adjuster believes “things have been mishandled [and] are off the track.

The book says that Robert Gibbs tried to protect the White House from being seen for what it is: “oblivious to public anger about joblessness, banker bailouts and bonuses.”  Apparently, Gibbs had the wherewithal to try to tamp down the “vacations, décor, entertainment [and] even matters as small as whether to announce the hiring of a new florist.”

According to Kantor’s account, Michelle was as thrilled with being told what to do by her husband’s team as she was being prohibited from walking her dog, or “monitored by her husband’s aides for everything from how she decorated the family’s private quarters to whether she took makeup artists on overseas trips.

So to show advisors who was in charge, Mrs. Obama flew the dog she couldn’t walk to vacation spots all around the world, called in a high-end Hollywood decorator to gussy up the living quarters, and hired a makeup artist that charges $15K per day.

Kantor’s book maintains that Mrs. Obama has no problem expressing her opinion behind the scenes about issues such as: how health care reform should’ve played out, the direction the 2012 reelection effort should take, and who should call the shots.

However, the book does say that publicly, the first lady has been reluctant to step into the limelight, except on signature issues like “Let’s Move” and assisting military families.  That was until recently when, in between vacation junkets, dutiful wife Michelle has taken to appearing on behalf of her husband in an attempt to exploit her popularity to “buoy [Obama] personally and politically.”

And while politics and policy intricacies are telling, more telling by far was the way Mrs. Obama handled the President’s 50th birthday, which said a lot about her domineering nature and how convinced she is that we, as well as he, need her to show us, and him, how it should be done.

According to Kantor’s book, in preparation for the coming election, Michelle exercised a practice run on birthday party guests, warning them not to leave early – under penalty – of what?  Then, she commenced with delivering a “stem-winder of a toast in praise of her husband,” who sat there like a schlemiel.

Minus the soaring orchestration and slide show, Mrs. Obama subjected those supposedly already her husband’s friends to her deluded version of Barack Obama: the “tireless, upright leader who rose above Washington games, killed the world’s most wanted terrorist and still managed to coach his daughter Sasha’s basketball team.”

A more apt description would have been: a president who, between vacations, ‘tirelessly’ works from 9:30 am – 6:30 pm and has played more golf standing ‘upright’ than any other president in American history; a president who “rose above Washington games” so well that, against Congress’ wishes during a “recess” that was still in session, he appointed a five-time Jeopardy champion to the position of director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The man who shamelessly takes credit for killing Osama bin Laden – an end that would never have been achieved without GW Bush’s committed determination, and a father who, when not out golfing, will use any excuse, including spending time with the kids, to pop a few shots through a basketball hoop.

However, besides the ‘everyone was waiting for a black woman to make a mistake’ -portion of Jodi Kantor’s “critic and advocate” book, the most revealing moment of all was what allegedly happened during that laudatory 50th birthday party soliloquy.

Kantor recounts that in front of 150 guests, Michelle admitted to being hard on an embarrassed Obama, who attempted to cut her off only to be firmly told “to sit and listen,” which he submissively did, summing up in three words Mrs. Obama’s ever-evolving attitude toward the President of the United States and all of us as well.

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