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WHOOPS! Michelle Will Never Shop There Again
From Carol Felsenthal
Posted January 26, 2009 | 09:57 AM (EST)
If Michelle has the urge to look at jewelry the next time she’s in Chicago, she would be wise to stop by his store.
The top of the front-page in Sunday’s Chicago Sun-Times features a photo of Michelle in diamond, dangling earrings and the headline, "An Exchange She Can Believe In." It trumpets the lead item in gossip columnist Mike Sneed’s column, explaining that for Michelle’s birthday in January 2008, then candidate Obama bought his wife diamond earrings for a reported $5,000, which she returned for earrings with bigger diamonds that "reportedly" cost $12,000.
Sneed’s source was Sherry Bender, the owner of Goldsmith Ltd., at 900 N. Michigan. Why Bender would be so indiscreet–in contrast to Chicago’s Ikram Goldman, the Rush Street boutique owner who has been Michelle’s source of advice, styling, inauguration dress, coat, and ball gown, as well as jewelry–is puzzling. (When I sought to interview Ms. Goldman for my profile just out on Michelle Obama, she was so far from talking to me that she did not even respond to my letter and email.)
Ms. Bender tells Sneed:
"Mr. Obama came in himself and picked out a pair of earrings for Michelle, which were sort of long and dramatic, and the diamond dangled at the bottom."
A short time, later, Bender continues, "Michelle came in, returned the earrings, looked around and picked out something a little more classic, with bigger stones, that was twice the price. She wanted to check with her husband first — then Barack came back in and bought what she wanted — which happened to be what I suggested originally." (Bender, Sneed notes, designed the earrings herself.)
As I describe in the profile, "The Making of a First Lady," Michelle has expensive tastes and it was she who wanted to trade up from their two-bedroom condominium on the first floor of a three-story walkup, for which they had paid $277,500 in 1993, to the $1.65 million six-bedroom Georgian revival Kenwood mansion that landed them in a deal with the wife of Tony Rezko, the convicted felon and fundraiser/fixer, waiting for sentencing–and talking to the feds in the meantime.
"Michelle …wanted a house, …a big house with a big yard. Barack wanted his family to be comfortable, but he would have been satisfied with three spoons, a fork, and a dish,’" a person who knows the Obamas well told me. "It was an issue for her." So Michelle has expensive tastes. They had taken a second mortgage out on the condo to help them through his 2004 race for the U.S. Senate. The dynamic between the two was dicey; she would have liked to have stayed home after her second daughter was born in 2001; she couldn’t because of what she considered her husband’s selfish indulgence of insisting on staying in the state Senate and teaching part time at the University of Chicago law school. She knew, because she had worked at Sidley & Austin–as had Barack for a summer while at Harvard Law–that Sidley would have welcomed the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review and allowed him to handle pro-bono public interest cases. "She still didn’t really understand why he was not at a law firm, where he could be making $700,000 or $800,000 a year or a million or two," a former advisor told me.
At that point, when he spent $12,000 on the earrings, the Obamas had plenty of money–he was a celebrity because of his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention–and his books were stuck at the top of the bestseller lists earning him millions in royalties. Once their finances became more than comfortable and her husband won the U.S. Senate seat and was a national figure, Michelle, whose friends unanimously call her "grounded," signed on to what looked like a tough race for the nomination. Even then– Obama had won the Iowa caucuses on January 3, but lost the New Hampshire primary on January 8, and important caucuses in Nevada, South Carolina awaited them later in January, and 22 Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses awaited them on February 5–Hillary was still the best bet to win the nomination, if not quite the "inevitable" nominee. Barack had enormous appreciation for Michelle and her increasingly willingness to hit the trail as a surrogate. The earrings were, perhaps, a token of appreciation. Michelle is often compared to Jackie Kennedy Onassis as a fashion icon who will bring couture clothes, style and taste to the White House–and a forum for American designers who struggle in this economy. The comparison is fine with the millions who admire the Obamas.
In her own career, Michelle could have earned big money had she been willing to remain at Sidley and eventually become a six-figure partner there or elsewhere. But she wasn’t willing to do that. She gave it up for public service jobs that paid her a fraction of her earning potential. She wanted to do good and make a difference. (In that sense, perhaps she is better compared to Eleanor Roosevelt.)
Still, now that Michelle Obama is in the White House and the spotlight is on her relentlessly, she has to be careful that Nancy Reagan is not the First Lady to whom she is compared.
Here’s a picture of Obama #2, shown here wearing the dress designed by her "surfer dude-turned-designer", Tracy Feith (also pictured). Does she look like "First Lady" material to you?
Here’s the story from the Chicago Daily Observer on Obama #2 (aptly named). I intentionally kept every one of the comments intact below the article because I felt they need to be read as well. I guess not everyone is on the Obamaboat…
Michelle Obama’s Job Eliminated
She hasn’t shown up for work very regularly over the last year or so, so when Michelle Obama’s $300,000 job was cut at the University of Chicago Hospitals, it may have been hard to notice the difference. Crain’s skipped the part about the incoming First Lady, must have been an oversight in their expert analysis of Chicago Business, because we know Crain’s is “Not show business. All business”.
The Tribune announced the layoff without much analysis, but let the cat far enough out of the bag to prompt our Don Rose to question how important Michelle Obama’s job must have been, as it was so easily eliminated. The New Republic gnashes their dentures at the how a community can be served without Michelle Obama, despite the void of actual labor she has performed while being on the campaign trail. The comments are much more informative than the article in TNR.
The Washington Post smells a rat, with a critical article of a lawyer from U of C hospitals, who worked with Michelle Obama in implementing a rationalization of emergency healthcare delivery. The lawyer, Susan Sher, had the nerve to co-operate with President Bush and the Federal Government’s initiatives to deliver emergency care in the emergency room, and everyday care in health clinics. No word on the Michelle’s level of co-operation with the Bush administration at her executive position.
The Univesity of Chicago Press Room continues to impress with stories about blood cancer therapies and a Webcast of innovative cardiac surgery, but is tight lipped about layoffs effecting the First Lady and 15 other senior executives.
Blah.. Blah.. Blah
Much – ado – about – nothing.
Contain your sour grapes… they’re falling out all over the place.# 14 January 2009 at 8:24 pm
Joey K said:
Gee, the U of C, dependent on federal largesse, creates a do-nothing $300,000 job for the wife of the new US Senator.
Sure sounds like “Pay to Play” to me.
Of course, that term would be too crass for Hyde Park. I guess it should be called “Persolvo Ludo”.# 14 January 2009 at 8:35 pm
David Hinz said:
I am shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, to find that there is graft and corruption going on in Chicago. [apologies to Claude Rains]# 14 January 2009 at 8:38 pm
Yeah, Nothing to see here. But we better make sure that Joe The Plumber paid his taxes and Palin didn’t get per diem for working out of her house. Wouldn’t that money have been better spent on a couple of nurses?# 14 January 2009 at 8:52 pm
Remember, she had to work twice as hard to get half as far. She said that. I wish I could get a 300k a year job and just hang out with my wife and support her with her goals. That would rule. She\\\’s not the messiah though. She\\\’s just a blonde chick.# 14 January 2009 at 8:59 pm
The Office of the President-Elect has investigated and found no conflict of interest.# 14 January 2009 at 9:25 pm
Ernest T said:
I wonder if Michelle will be filing an unemployment claim?# 14 January 2009 at 9:44 pm
Thts not the first lady i knew!# 14 January 2009 at 11:27 pm
lost freedoms said:
Part of what Blago/Obama will sweep under the rug……if they can…..# 15 January 2009 at 7:06 am
Pat Hickey said:
Evidently, Mrs. Obama ‘did her job’ for the U of C and handsomely. Now, it is on to bigger and better change.# 15 January 2009 at 1:35 pm
Wow, you know times are tough when they start to eliminate patronage positions.# 15 January 2009 at 3:59 pm
Oh, Pulsamsara says, “move along, nothing to see here, folks.” Well, I beg to differ. I’m already sick of the corruption, greed, and graft from this presidency. Don’t be an idiot, you false messiah worshipper. If a $300K job was any kind of essential job, they would have filled it. No wonder health care costs are so high.# 15 January 2009 at 4:52 pm
Dickie Daley said:
Laying her off just beause she’s moving to Washington D.C.? That’s just “downright mean”. For the first time in my adult life, I’m proud of my hospital.# 15 January 2009 at 5:09 pm
Here comes the Obama bus…..BAM ! Goodbye Michelle.
NEXT!# 15 January 2009 at 5:39 pm
Isn’t this that $300K salary that Michelle Obama had to “work twice as hard to get half as much” for? Her contribution and hard work must not have been critical or even necessary for the hospital to not consider refilling her position — so what does this say about how Obama does business? Sounds like politics as usual.# 15 January 2009 at 6:10 pm
Hell is freezing over in Chicago# 15 January 2009 at 11:15 pm
michelle obama hates white people i heard it out of her mouth and can see it in her ugly face i pray god interjects and doesent let this muslum america hater take control# 15 January 2009 at 11:37 pm
Chicago style politics = pay to play.# 15 January 2009 at 11:43 pm
its hard for me to believe that the people would vote for a muslum over a war hero afer 911 we have too many foreiners in this country wake up and vote for republicans white people# 15 January 2009 at 11:43 pm
Common Sense said:
Anyone who doesn’t see anything wrong is this is a moron or deranged.# 15 January 2009 at 11:46 pm
Valerie Jarrett (prospective US Senate candidate #1 in the Blagojevich scandal) helped guide Michelle into this plum position.
Pay to play in Chicago extends to private sector employment in entities that are recipients of tax dollars.# 16 January 2009 at 12:00 am
The Suzz said:
I just can’t believe what is going on. The sad part is NO ONE can do anything about it. There is so much corruption in the OBAMA team. They believe if they don’t go crazy about anything being said or found out …it will eventually go away…Hey remember the BIRTH CERITIFCATE thing…it never appeared did it. Remember TUTU, gone forgotten..she’ll never talk will she. The list goes on and on….# 16 January 2009 at 12:08 am
why doesn’t Michelle like white folks? she’ is married to half of one# 16 January 2009 at 12:28 am
What was Michelle’s job title? If memory serves me correctly, she was a “Diversity Coordinator”. What does that mean? Does one need a law degree to perform that job?
How many people get 200 % raises while performing the same job?# 16 January 2009 at 12:55 am
i think most obama supporters (will not call him president, sorry)seem to have forgotten he is HALF WHITE and that the woman who raised him and sent him to PRIVATE SCHOOL was his WHITE grandmother! Which half doesn\\\’t michelle not like – maybe she only likes his his black stepmother? Talk about \\"white-washing\\"!# 16 January 2009 at 1:00 am
Yea, birth certificate will never be presented – he gave Clintonites team control instead as a payoff- Hillary and other cronies in exchange for being able to be protected by Clinton machine.
remember Michelle-this huge ugly gorilla hated Hillary, but after all Obama had no choice but give into Clintons….
This messiah everyone is peeing all over themselves will do a lot of damage- already gays in the military law is being passed, reparations and more blacks to be placed for positions they are not qualified….All the bailouts, stimulas packages …our country is being robbed in a broad daylight….Chacago will move into Washington and White house…and not to forget $150 million dollars to spend on coronation of Black King who already wants to be compared to Lincoln!!!
He makes me sick!# 16 January 2009 at 1:31 am
Yeah..with her supersized lips..they would have to hire Lewinsky to replace her but Bill still has use for her. Besides, she was only a sewer pipe for DONKEY BOY to funnel funds to her employer.# 16 January 2009 at 1:38 am
ron j said:
looks like she was a crummunity organizor too,,# 16 January 2009 at 1:47 am
hilly had the video of m.o. at the louis farakhan.
want to know what she said about the jive ash honkey trash?
you won\\\’t know until just before next election time.
this was a strong smelling rumor. sounds plausable from the clinton machine. hilly wanted billy to have her senate seat, but she has no dirt on the n.y governor.
push 1 for english
p.s. awaiting the next daylite robbery of our treasury by the traitors on the hill. got rope?# 16 January 2009 at 1:50 am
S/B: louis farakhan birthday party.
push 1 for english gringos# 16 January 2009 at 1:51 am
Better buy more guns and ammo while you still can. We\’re gonna need them when these liars and corrupt thugs crash the entire country down around our ears!# 16 January 2009 at 2:20 am
can anyone say AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ???# 16 January 2009 at 2:43 am
Mark ONeill said:
Screaming for change is a tactic for social change. The call for “change” and repeating the word “change” appeals to people who feel that the wealthy and corrupt take advantage of the poor. Poor people and those for who “things just have not worked” out voted for “change”.
Yet, things do not work out for the poor, disadvantaged and unconnected because the Michelle Obamas of the world have the jobs that they should have.
Change the change — before it is too late. Return to the original values of the United States.# 16 January 2009 at 2:51 am
William P. Homans said:
Dear Joe (the racist),
People voted for Obama, a man who has generally thought about what he is doing– there are cracks and bloopers, but generally– over a 40-year untreated case of PTSD behind his war experiences who may have taken 5 minutes of thought to make his decision about a running mate. Can you spell V-E-T-T-I-N-G?# 16 January 2009 at 3:03 am
Does any of this surprise us? The graft and corruption that is Chicago will now be displayed on the national stage for all of us to witness. Yes the day has come, change they can believe in, the 99% of blacks just lined up at the polls to vote for these phoneys. But blacks are very good (and many turncoat whites too) at voting for corrupt and inept politicians just simply because they are black. Even the hispanics lined up against us so they could have their first non-gringo president. When these fools get done doing the damage they are most certain to do, there wont be another “African American” president for another 100 years. Basically because everyone will be too afraid to vote for another if in fact an electoral system even still exists by then. Oh by the way, dont you dare talk about any assassination of this guy even though a whole movie was produced by the hollywood scum bags of the assassination of “W”. Such is the police state we exist in now. Welcome to Orwells 1984, we are living it. Stock up now on plenty of guns and ammo while you can, I already did so. Is it all just so much paranoia? well, we are about to find out and I will be ready for it, will you?# 16 January 2009 at 3:26 am
Mike Hernan said:
Lats start calling him “Obama the mushroom”; comes out of a stack of dung and claims to have been in th edark the entire time.# 16 January 2009 at 3:32 am
Eleanor Stump said:
It was a payback racket and everybody knows it.# 16 January 2009 at 3:35 am
SE Morgan said:
With Obongo and his Patrick Ewing looking sheeboon wife its just more of the same old TNB…
Chimpout.com!!! Rocks!# 16 January 2009 at 3:37 am
political favoritism!!# 16 January 2009 at 4:10 am
Didn\’t Michelle say \"she had to work half as much for twice as much\"? Oh never mind…I must have been thinking of affirmative action.# 16 January 2009 at 4:46 am
Doing nothing in the United States except being a professional racial grievance hustler for years at $300,000 per year, and it took until February of 2008 for Michelle Obama to declare: \"For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country.\" Lord, help us, please ….# 16 January 2009 at 6:15 am
She only got $300,000 a year after her hubby requested and received millions in earmarks for the company she worked for.# 16 January 2009 at 7:32 am
WOW!!! What breaking news!!! I just figured something out…Their all…”CROOKS”…The BS still continues.# 16 January 2009 at 7:56 am
Hipocrites!!!!!! All politicians should be fired in this country
and we should bring in new and monitor them closely. If they are
crooked, let’s just hang them. So many of them have given the middle
class people the road to poverty and sometimes even death. Let’s be
fair. “AN EYE FOR AN EYE!”………They all should be checked out
and if they have been crooked….they need to go to prison…and I mean realllllll prison!!!# 16 January 2009 at 8:23 am
WOW!! The man was a lawyer turned community organiser, making money from…… and the madam was a diversity organiser making 300,000/yr, and yet they could only afford only one car for the whole family. Who is deceiving who.Or may be the madam doesn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t drive, because there are free labour that drives her arround.# 16 January 2009 at 8:49 am
i find it funny(pathetic)that those holier than thou democrats appear to look the other way or say “oh its ok,they didn’t know or they forgot” when its one of their own,but dont let a republican do something wrong & its throw their but in jail or force them to retire or step down,we should throw the whole bunch out & start over & put term limits(good ole kkk boy robert c byrd with 50+ years comes to mind)on all of them,may i suggest 12 years at the most. and a message for mr al gore,when will the global warming start ?# 16 January 2009 at 9:37 am
No matter if you are democrat or republican you live in a different world than the rest of us out of power. Obama is no different than anyone else in power. There will be no change.# 16 January 2009 at 2:43 pm
Well my fellow Americans, it sure is ugly out there! Does it really surprise anyone about this witches salary, or about the “Messiah”? Business as usual in the political realm in America. I suggest re-reading the Constitution, the federalist papers and the declaration of independence. Re-introduce yourself to what America was suppose to be, and the role of citizens and the government. Your eyes will be opened to how long those in power have been subverting the laws laid out by the constitution, and how we have let it go on. Only an educated population(And you won’t get that in public schools)can turn the tide! “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue.”
-Barry Goldwater# 16 January 2009 at 3:47 pm
Dan Kelley said:
What I find tedious about Barry and Michelle is that they have spent most of their entire adult lives bashing and criticizing the USA while at the same time loading up their plates at the buffet table. I cannot think of a perk, benefit or affirmative action give away that they did not take. The vision is that the government owed a luxurious lifestyle to both of them.
What is pathetic is to see how tightfisted the Obamas were in terms of charitable contributions (except for paying off Jeremiah Wright). It was so bad that Obama’s handlers had to press him to start making donations to avoid the appearance of being a miser.# 16 January 2009 at 4:13 pm
Great comment Warden. So true…# 16 January 2009 at 4:25 pm
William Vicevich said:
Does any of these revelations surprise anyone? We the American people
have elected a person with no discernible experience. A fellow who has
really never held a proper job in his entire life. A person who at the least has questionable acquaintances. A wife who obviously has a chip
on both shoulders and no feeling of appreciation for this country. Now we find that she worked a sham job that didn\’t even require replacement. Even before these two have been in office for one day, all kinds of strange facts keep popping up. Now comes the fun part. Watching these frauds try to actually govern and implement their ideas. The campaign is over and that was the easy part. Now it gets real.# 16 January 2009 at 4:58 pm
Senator gets Uncle to apring big for hospital. Hospital springs big for Mrs. Senator (Michelle-o-potomus), to do nothing in a nothing to do job. Question is: Did Mrs. Do nothing deposit the 300 G’s in her personal account and file tax returns singly, or into a joint account with her senator and file jointly. Or did they? Did they what? Did they even file at all, silly! Well, did they? Um?# 16 January 2009 at 8:07 pm
M. Obam said:
Well I have yous know that I went into that stinkin hospital 5 times for that $300K. Weez also claimed it on the tax\’s just like the deduction for our house that the lawyer owns. M.# 16 January 2009 at 9:12 pm
NOW I get it, HOPE!!!! I HOPE that through eliminating all of my competition that I can get elected to stae senate and then HOPEFULLY someone will let my wife impart her wisdom upon their esteemed institution for $300K on those days when she’s not campaigning for my NEXT position.# 16 January 2009 at 9:13 pm
Hope and change. My girlfriend voted for these bozos. I tried to explain it to her, but she’s a liberal, so she didn’t understand. If you have a homeless veteran sitting on the sidewalk, begging for money, that’s a bad situation. But if you pick him up and put him in the middle of the busy street, you have CHANGED things. Is it better? Nope, it’s just CHANGED. Then you just HOPE he doesn’t get run over by a truck.# 17 January 2009 at 6:57 am
Roger Ramjet said:
Well, isn’t it obvious that her work there was done…all fixed…forever, so why should that position be there anymore, and who on earth could ever fill those, um, heels?
Seriously, what keeps the suckers that voted this guy in from having buyer’s remorse is beyond me. Guess they figure it doesn’t affect them, or that with the MSM/Hollywood brainwashing they just know that they’re oh so better off without Bush in the White House.# 19 January 2009 at 2:06 am
Michelle’s Expensive Taste In Earrings
During last year’s presidential election, Michelle Obama poked fun at President Bush’s $600 stimulus tax rebate plan. She suggested at the time there was little you could do with that amount of money than buy something like a pair of earrings. “You’re getting $600. What can you do with that?” she asked. “Barack’s approach is that the short-term quick fix kinda stuff sounds good. And it may even feel good that first month when you get that check. And then you go out and you buy a pair of earrings.”
It turns out that $600 wouldn’t cover the purchase of earrings for Michelle. Barack’s approach was to buy her a $5,000 pair of diamond earrings for her birthday last year. Michelle promptly returned the earrings to the jewelry store where he purchased them and exchanged them for a $12,000 pair. Quoting a store employee, the Sun-Times’ Michael Sneed writes, “Michelle came in, returned the earrings, looked around and picked out something a little more classic, with bigger stones, that was twice the price. She wanted to check with her husband first — then Barack came back in and bought what she wanted — which happened to be what I suggested originally!” The store employee added, “It was pretty typical of a married couple. But that was what was cute about it.”# 26 January 2009 at 1:17 pm
Regarding your last sentence in the above article, \"but is tight lipped about layoffs effecting the First Lady and 15 other senior executives.\":
Who\’s your editor? There are effects of layoffs and there are those who are affected by layoffs. More specifically, there are those whe are tight lipped about layoffs affecting the First Lady and other senior executives.
Obama’s half brother arrested on charge of marijuana possession
NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) — George Obama, the half brother of U.S. President Barack Obama, has been arrested by Kenyan police on a charge of possession of marijuana, police said Saturday.
George Obama was arrested in Kenya on a charge for possession of marijuana, according to police.
Inspector Augustine Mutembei, the officer in charge, said Obama was arrested on charges of possession of cannabis, known in Kenya as Bhang, and resisting arrest. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday, Mutembei said.
He is being held at Huruma police post in the capital of Nairobi.
CNN Correspondent David McKenzie talked with George Obama at the jail where he is being held. Speaking from behind bars, Obama denied the allegations.
"They took me from my home," he said, "I don’t know why they are charging me."
George Obama and the president barely know each other, though they have met before. George Obama was one of the president’s few close relatives who did not go to the inauguration in Washington last week.
In his memoir, "Dreams from My Father," Barack Obama describes meeting George as a "painful affair." Barack Obama’s trip to Kenya meant meeting family he had never known.
McKenzie tracked down George Obama in August 2008 and found him at a small house in Huruma, a Nairobi slum, where he lives with his mother’s extended family. His birth certificate shows he is Barack Obama’s half brother.
The two men share the same Kenyan father. In the memoir, Barack Obama struggles to reconcile with his father after he left him and his mother when he was just a child.
Barack Obama Sr. died in a car accident when George was just 6 months old. Like his half brother, George hardly knew his father.
George was his father’s last child and had not been aware of his famous half brother until he rose to prominence in the Democratic primaries last year.
Unlike his grandmother in Kogela, in western Kenya, George Obama had received little attention from the media until reports about him surfaced in August 2008.
The reports sprung from an Italian Vanity Fair article saying George Obama lived in a shack and was "earning less than a dollar a day." Those reports left George Obama angry.
"I was brought up well. I live well even now," he said. "The magazines, they have exaggerated everything.
"I think I kind of like it here. There are some challenges, but maybe it is just like where you come from, there are the same challenges," Obama said.
Obama, who is in his mid-20s, said at the time that he was learning to become a mechanic and was active in youth groups in Huruma. He said he tried to help the community as much as he can.
It’s sad to think that even Google is in Obama’s pocket now. Our days as a free nation with the privilege of freedom of speech are numbered. Here’s some info on the subject…
Google Purges Obama ‘Failure’ Links
It didn’t take very long into Barack Obama’s presidency for a group of users to declare him a "failure"–or for them to assert such feeling by way of Google.
Following in the footsteps of the much publicized "miserable failure" Googlebombing of George W. Bush, the "group" greeted the new president during his first days in office by assuring that searches for the world "failure" brought him to the top of the list of results (a sunnier version of the move did the same with the phrase "cheerful achievement.")
The problem? A legacy of Googlebombing attached to official government sites featuring Bush, which transitioned over to Obama after the inauguration.
Google addressed the prank in a recent blog post, stating:
"Rather than edit these prank results by hand, we developed an algorithm a few years ago to detect Googlebombs. We tend not to run it all the time, because it takes some computing power to process our entire web index and because true Googlebombs are quite rare (we joke around the Googleplex that more articles have been written about Googlebombs than there are actual examples of Googlebombs)."
Google ran the algorithm, and now, in a turn for the meta, searches for the terms "cheerful achievement" and "failure" will lead users to online posts about the Googlebombs, rather than the Googlebombs themselves.
It’s disturbing how adoring the media is to Obama. They are so bias in their reporting of all things Obama, we will never know exactly how he is performing as our president. If you think Watergate was a big cover up, that’s nothing compared to the media cover up of Obama. As far as they’re concerned, he can do no wrong. Remember when the Democrats and the media were all over Bush’s blunder when he went to open a door and found it was closed…
He was called "a lame duck" along with an assortment of other, more offensive names, yet when Obama called out, "The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree" during his campaigning, the media ignored it. What about the claim by Obama that "he knew nothing about his aunt (his father’s half-sister, ‘Auntie Zetuni’) living in subsidized housing in Boston, MA or her illegal status?" That’s right, Obama, feign ignorance…"I know nothing!" I don’t believe for a minute that he didn’t know. After all, his campaign accepted $250 in donations from her. It will be interesting to see how she fares in her hearing which is scheduled for April. Will Obama come to her rescue? If he does, every illegal alien in the country will demand amnesty as well.
Remember the George Stephanopoulos cover up…
Asked about whether McCain himself has done anything to suggest he’s Muslim, Obama said, “Let’s not play games. What I was suggesting — you’re absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith. And you’re absolutely right that, that has not come…”
“Christian faith,” Stephanopoulos interrupted, correcting Obama.
“… my Christian faith. Well, what I’m saying is that he hasn’t suggested that I’m a Muslim.
George Stephanopoulos quietly corrected Obama instead of letting him take the hit. I recently mentioned in a previous blog how the media explained away the reason Obama had to do an oath do-over. Too many words to remember without that trusted teleprompter. As a result, when he did the second oath, it was "audio only", and I’m thinking it’s because he was reading from a teleprompter this time. He’s always getting a free pass when he screws up, yet Bush never even made it out of the gate without the media bashing him. The media frenzy over the bruise he sported was played out for days…
Bush joked about it, "If my mother is listening, mother, I should have listened to you: Always chew your pretzels before you swallow."
Bush lost consciousness for a brief time in the White House on Sunday evening while eating a pretzel and watching a professional football game on television. He fell from his couch and has a scrape and large bruise on his left cheekbone, plus a bruise on his lower lip. His glasses cut the side of his face. Not one story was reported about how lucky he was and how it could have been worse. Whenever something bad happened to Bush, they loved it and would exploit it for all it was worth. The media is guilty of what I call the eighth deadly sin: schadenfreude, which means pleasure taken from observing the misery of another. How sad for us that we can no longer depend on the news we hear; we get the news they want us to know―censorship at its best.
I’m predicting it is only a matter of time before our news will be censored like it is in other countries. Case in point: Only minutes into his presidency, Obama was censored by the Chinese government. References to communism and to dissent in his inaugural address were deleted from Chinese-language translations in the state media. During a television report, state-run CCTV cut away from the English-language video of Obama’s speech Tuesday, leaving the anchorwoman and a Washington correspondent befuddled about how to fill the airtime. The sentence that seemed to most irritate the Chinese was when Obama said, "Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions." We already see how our news reporters manipulate news stories about Obama by casting him in an adoring light. Obama sometimes chooses his words carelessly when there is not a teleprompter nearby, but don’t worry. The adoring media will cover up any Obama negativity. When his approval rating starts nosediving, and it will, can we depend upon the media to be straight with us? I doubt it.
As I’ve said over and over again, Obama is nothing without his best friend, the teleprompter. Can you imagine how this would have played out in the media if this were Bush instead of Obama. What the heck is the attraction? I just don’t see it. He makes one gaffe after another, yet his teflon coating protects him from negativity. I can see his cockiness starting to surface. Watch as he walks now, he’s now got a mocky, cocky stride, and we have his adoring fan base to thank for that. They’ve created a monster.
There are so many Obama gaffes…too many to mention here, but this is the latest "D’oh! alert" in the Obama gaffe library…
Hey Bam, that’s not the door!
By LISA O’NEILL
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, January 28th 2009, 3:07 PM
Obama approaches a window of the Oval Office, instead of the door, shown to the right.
It looks like President Obama hasn’t gotten acquainted to his White House surroundings. On the way back to the Oval Office Tuesday, the President approached a paned window, instead of the actual door — located a few feet to his right.
Gee, from what I’ve heard about this guy, I’m surprised he didn’t just use his magic powers and walk through the window when it didn’t miraculously open up for him! This, to me, is an omen that he shouldn’t be on the other side of the window. Even if this does surface in the news, my guess is that his adoring media will explain this away by saying that he’s not yet familiar with his new home. Not only is he oblivious to his surroundings, he’s totally oblivious to what’s going on in this world. Clearly, he’s out of his element here. Maybe now the majority of you will see what few of us already know…that he’s just a media-hyped plain guy, not some supernatural being who has the power to stop all wars and bring us to prosperity. The reality is that if you want money in your pocket, you’ll have to save what little you can because this administration is on a spending spree, not a tax-cutting mission.
Doors didn’t open automatically for Obama’s predecessor either. While making a hasty exit from a 2005 press conference in Beijing, former President George W. Bush tugged on the handles of a door, only to find it locked.
Bush laughed off the blunder, but the pictures still live on as part of Bush’s “lame duck” legacy. However, there was little note taken of Obama’s rookie mistake.
Obama, who was returning from meeting with Congressional leaders, may have been distracted by Republicans’ icy reception to his $825 billion stimulus package, which is poised to pass on Wednesday even without a groundswell of Republican support.
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Pomegranate: The Wellness Fruit
Look at this story about Ayman al-Zawahri, Al-Qaida’s #2 leader (correctly named…he’s definitely a #2 leader!) from November of last year. Does Obama really think that his media-induced charisma and self-proclaimed superman powers will stop all wars. Think again, Obama. You’re playing with the big boys now…
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader appeared in a new video posted Friday calling on Americans to embrace Islam to overcome the financial meltdown, which he said was a consequence of the Sept. 11 attacks and militant strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ayman al-Zawahri, whose 80-minute recording touched on a number of subjects, also lashed out at Afghanistan’s government and said any U.S. gains in Iraq will be temporary.
Zawahri’s new recording came in the form of a question-and-answer session with an off-camera interviewer.
Appearing in a white turban and robe, Zawahri discussed the roots of the U.S. economic crisis. He said it was a repercussion of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States, and that the crisis would continue “as long as the foolish American policy of wading in Muslim blood continues.”
“The American economy was afflicted by a downturn and loss of investor confidence in the market following the events of Sept. 11,” he said.
“The modern economy has been destroyed by the strikes of the mujahedeen (in Iraq and Afghanistan) and usury,” he said, using the Arabic term for holy warriors.
Under Islamic Sharia law, usury, like drinking alcohol, is among the grand sins.
Zawahri then called on the American people to “embrace Islam to live a life free of greed, exploitation and forbidden wealth.”
He also dared President George W. Bush to increase the number of troops in Afghanistan and the region.
“I tell Bush: the dogs of Afghanistan have yet to eat their fill of the flesh of the Americans,” Zawahri said. “I challenge you, if you’re really a man, to send the entire American army to Pakistan and the tribal regions.”
Zawahri’s new tape came about a week after his last message, which he used to accuse U.S. President-elect Barack Obama of turning his back on his black heritage to gain power.
Osama bin Laden’s top lieutenant did not refer to the attacks in Mumbai, India, late Wednesday and early Thursday that killed scores.
Intelligence analysts said the violence carried trademarks of al-Qaida but evidence has been pointing to homegrown terrorists. A little known suspected Islamic militant group has claimed responsibility.
Zawahri also labeled Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s recent attempt to negotiate with Taliban insurgents a sign of his government’s weakness. He also accused the United States of giving phony reports of success in the turbulent region, maintaining the Americans are doomed to fail in Afghanistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan.
Discussing Iraq, Zawahri said that U.S. gains are temporary. He also stressed that that Sunni Awakening Councils – former insurgents who have revolted against al-Qaida – will not be accepted by the Shiite majority government.
Zawahri spoke out against charges al-Qaida has killed innocent civilians, calling the reports Western propaganda.
Zawahri, an Egyptian, also took aim at Egypt’s government, blaming it for the blockade of the Gaza Strip because it has kept its border with the territory sealed. Israel has also sealed crossing points because of Palestinian rocket fire.
Zawahri called on Egyptian students and workers to stage a general strike to demand the lifting of the siege on Gaza.
“What is the problem if everybody goes on strike in Egypt and announces that they are blockading themselves in their houses until the government lifts the blockade from our brothers in Gaza?” he said.
ACORN Could Get Billions from Democrats’ Trillion Dollar Spending Plan
"Job Creation" Bill Offers Taxpayer-Funded Bonanza for Organization Reportedly Under Federal Investigation
Washington, Jan 23 – The House Democrats’ trillion dollar spending bill, approved on January 21 by the Appropriations Committee and headed to the House floor next week for a vote, could open billions of taxpayer dollars to left-wing groups like the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). ACORN has been accused of perpetrating voter registration fraud numerous times in the last several elections; is reportedly under federal investigation; and played a key role in the irresponsible schemes that caused a financial meltdown that has cost American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars since last fall.
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and other Republicans are asking a simple question: what does this have to do with job creation? Are Congressional Democrats really going to borrow money from our children and grandchildren to give handouts to ACORN in the name of economic “stimulus?”
Incredibly, the Democrats’ bill makes groups like ACORN eligible for a $4.19 billion pot of money for “neighborhood stabilization activities.” Funds for this purpose were authorized in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, signed into law in 2008. However, these funds were limited to state and local governments. Now House Democrats are taking the unprecedented step of making ACORN and other groups eligible for these funds:
“For a further additional amount for ‘Community Development Fund,’ $4,190,000,000, to be used for neighborhood stabilization activities related to emergency assistance for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes as authorized under division B, title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (Public Law 110–289), of which—
“(1) not less than $3,440,000,000 shall be allocated by a competition for which eligible entities shall be States, units of general local government, and nonprofit entities or consortia of nonprofit entities[.]”
“(2) up to $750,000,000 shall be awarded by competition to nonprofit entities or consortia of nonprofit entities to provide community stabilization assistance […]”
The House Democrats’ trillion dollar spending bill also includes $1 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. CDBG funds are given by the federal government to state and local governments which often contract with nonprofits for services related to the purpose of the grant.
ACORN knows how to secure CDBG funds. Audit reports filed by ACORN’s headquarters with the Office of Management and Budget show that ACORN spent $1,588,599 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds from FY 2003 through FY 2007. It is not clear from these records when or from what source the funds were awarded to ACORN. It is also not clear whether ACORN chapters or affiliates have received CDBG grants on their own.
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) repeatedly urged President George W. Bush and other federal officials to withhold taxpayer funds from ACORN, including $17.2 million in federal grants awarded in December 2008 after numerous allegations of wrongdoing in connection with ACORN’s election activities were reported by the news media.
Leader Boehner also released a study of federal records in October 2008 listing tens of millions in federal grants received by ACORN. A new updated and more expansive study reveals that ACORN has actually received millions more than first thought. A review of the Federal Register and news releases issued by federal agencies showed that ACORN was awarded more than $53 million in taxpayer dollars. This amount does not reflect the millions more ACORN has received in federal block grant funds awarded to state and local agencies which passed them on to ACORN.
Some think that desperate times call for desperate measures, but this tragedy should never have happened…
I actually cried when I read this story. For some reason, this couple didn’t think they had anyone to turn to. What a tragic loss. May God rest their beautiful souls…
LA man upset over job kills wife, 5 kids, himself
Updated: 2009-01-28 11:41
LOS ANGELES – An American man who fatally shot his wife, five young children and himself Tuesday had earlier faxed a note to a TV station claiming the couple had just been fired from their hospital jobs and together planned the killings as a final escape for the whole family.
This undated photo obtained January 27, 2009 from Ervin Antonio Lupoe’s Facebook web page shows Ervin Antonio Lupoe (top L), his wife Ana (top R) and their five children: Brittney (top), twin girls Jaszmin and Jassely and twin boys Benjamin and Christian. The exact identification of the sets of twins is not known. A medical technician fatally shot his wife, five young children and himself Tuesday after claiming in a note to a TV station that he and his wife both had just been fired.
The station called police after receiving the fax, and a police dispatch center also received a call from a man who stated, "’I just returned home and my whole family’s been shot."
Officers rushed to the home in Wilmington, a small community between the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, about 8:30 am, apparently within minutes of the killings. Officers could still smell the gunshot residue in the air.
Although the fax asserted that Ana Lupoe planning the killings of the whole family, police Lt. John Romero said Lupoe was the suspect. A revolver was found next to his body.
Ana Lupoe’s body was found in a downstairs bedroom with the bodies of the couple’s twin 2-year-old boys. The bodies of an 8-year-old girl, twin 5-year-old girls were found alongside Lupoe’s in an upstairs bedroom.
It was the fifth mass death of a Southern California family by murder or suicide in a year. Police urged those facing tough economic times to get help rather than resort to violence.
"Today our worst fear was realized," said Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner. "It’s just not a solution. There’s just so many ways you find alternatives to doing something so horrific and drastic as this."
Lupoe removed three of the children from school about a week and a half ago, saying the family was moving to Kansas, the school principal told KCAL-TV. Crescent Heights Elementary School Principal Cherise Pounders-Caver said nothing seemed to be troubling Lupoe at that time; she did not ask why the family was moving.
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center West Los Angeles released a statement confirming both Lupoe and his wife worked there; both were medical technicians.
"We are deeply saddened to hear of the deaths of the Lupoe family," it said in a statement.
Rich people are trying to live like the rest of us, under designer cover, of course. I had to laugh at this story.
How is having rich people hide their luxury spending habits helping them sympathize with what the rest of the world is going through? The only way they could know our plight is if they walk a mile in our shoes, not in their Jimmy Choo shoes. Those gluttonous, spoiled pigs are so out of touch with what we’re going through, yet they’re the first to speak out against something they don’t like, even if they don’t know what they’re talking about. They use their celebrity status to their advantage. They’re not living like the rest of us, at least not honestly…
Conspicuous consumption is out, inconspicuous consumption remains
The Associated Press
updated 7:12 p.m. ET, Tues., Jan. 27, 2009
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Throwing your money around is so pre-recession.
As the economy weakens, the wealthy and the businesses that cater to them say it’s more common — even chic — to scale back extravagant spending and play down affluence. Retailing experts call it luxury shame, or stealth wealth.
From Rodeo Drive to Fifth Avenue, that means one thing: Hide the labels.
Some shoppers are asking cashiers at high-end stores to put their purchases in plain white paper bags. Others want their expensive clothes and jewelry shipped home so they can walk out of the store without any bags at all.
"There’s a sense of there being a gaucheness in spending in excess and coming home with a Louis Vuitton or Chanel bag," says Lucyann Barry, a personal shopper and stylist for New York’s ultra-rich.
For one self-conscious client, Barry recently delivered a $1,200 Gucci handbag disguised as a gift so the rest of her family wouldn’t know she had bought it herself. (When you feel the need to hide something, you know what you’re doing is wrong.)
Of course, plenty of rich people have become decidedly less so as stocks, homes and businesses have declined in value during the recession. And they’re cutting back. Holiday sales were down at Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co. and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Despite the slump, the affluent still maintain lifestyles that would seem extravagant to the vast majority of Americans — hundreds of dollars spent at exclusive restaurants, thousands dropped on shopping sprees.
What’s different now is the extra care some are putting into making themselves seem more like everybody else. (Oh, they should be applauded for pretending to be like everyone else. Please! Spare me!)
"I’m trying to be more covert," said Edward Douglas, of Randolph, N.J., who owns a small manufacturing company that he says has so far been unaffected by the recession.
One of his luxuries is vacationing with his family in the Bahamas, and although he still intends to go this year, he’s planning on flying commercial instead of by private jet. (He’s lucky. The rest of us have to stay home and vacation in Back Porch Beach for some fun in the sun.)
Robert Jones, who owns businesses including a nightclub and two restaurants, now spends $400 on a regular hotel room for his family rather than shelling out $1,000 for a suite.
And instead of chartering a private plane for business trips, he’s signed up for CoGoJets’ "jetpooling" service — the jet-set equivalent of sharing a taxi.
"A lot of us are downsizing not only because we have to, but because we think it is the right thing to do," he said.
At the trendy Intermix clothing store in West Los Angeles, some shoppers are still willing to drop $10,000 on a shopping spree that might bring home a couple of ostrich skin handbags, a pair of shoes and a designer dress.
But instead of walking out with one of Intermix’s prestigious shopping bags, they often have their purchases shipped to their homes. They also come to the store dressed down in jeans and a T-shirt, a clerk observed. (This must be a requirement in becoming a celebrity—taking the “hypocritical” oath [as opposed to the Hippocratic Oath taken by doctors].)
"The fashionista is now a recessionista," said Burton M. Tansky, president and CEO of Neiman Marcus, which is throwing more invitation-only events for small groups of its best customers.
The fashion industry itself appears to be waking up to the new subdued shopping mood among the well-heeled. That means more understated colors and prints, says fashion consultant Robert Burke, who has previewed the collections of several major designers that are to be displayed next month in New York.
In Hollywood, a place that usually accepts any excuse to throw a party, holiday gatherings were sparse last year — even among people who could afford them.
And while Hollywood power brokers will still eat and greet at Spago in Beverly Hills or Granita in Malibu, they’re less likely to splurge on those $300 bottles of wine.
"People want to look as though they are respectful that this is a recession," said Barbara Lazaroff, who with her ex-husband and business partner, Wolfgang Puck, operates upscale restaurants in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas and other cities. (Celebrities frown upon cheap knockoffs, and the irony is that they are proving to be cheap knockoffs themselves.)
In the run-up to this year’s Golden Globe awards, Daily Variety reported dozens fewer sponsors lined up to hustle their wares at swag suites, those hotel rooms where celebrity nominees drop by to pick up bags filled with thousands of dollars’ worth of designer trinkets.
"We have this culture of luxury shame," says Hollywood publicist Michael Levine. "I think it’s become kind of shameful to express over-affluence." (The only thing that’s shameful is the amount of money these celebrities get, and don’t deserve.)
But there’s another way of thinking about it: Maybe, if the super rich really want to help out their fellow Americans, living a less luxurious lifestyle isn’t the way to go. Money dished out on pricey dinners and clothes keeps people employed. (Oh, really! Those are probably the words from the owner of a pricey restaurant or clothing store. I’m thinking that money dished out on pricey dinners and clothes would only help the rich owners. If the super rich really wanted to help out their fellow Americans, what about them staying home one night a week from their expensive nightly drunken binges or extravagant shopping sprees, then donating to charity the money they would have spent? That’s never an option, though. Instead, they still splurge, never having to take responsibility for their bad spending habits.)
"We better hope they don’t stop spending too much," says Milton Pedraza, founder of the Luxury Institute, which tracks spending on luxury goods.
Not to worry, says Barry, the personal shopper and stylist, who has seen firsthand the difficulty wealthy people have in giving up luxury cold turkey. (Are you kidding me! Maybe Ms. Barry should walk down the street and see firsthand the difficulty poor homeless people have in wondering when they’ll get their next meal. To them, cold turkey would be a luxury item!)
"Rather than buying six jackets at Chanel, let’s say, they may buy one jacket," she said. "There’s a big difference in getting out of the car with six Chanel shopping bags and getting out with just one." (Tell that to the poor soul who doesn’t even have a sweater to wear, while he’s getting out of his cardboard box he calls ‘home’.)
Obama chose an Arabic satellite TV network for his first formal television interview as president, part of a concerted effort, as he says “to repair relations with the Muslim world that were damaged under the previous administration.” Oh, really! Just as I predicted in a previous blog, Obama will fault Bush with all the wrong in our country for the next four years. How convenient for him. This is his way to explain away all his wrongdoings. We have nothing to apologize for, but he does. He would have been more honest if he said that he chose Arabic TV "to repair the damage he did to those two Muslim women while on the campaign trail". Did he forget the time he had to apologize to those Muslim women who were part of the audience in Detroit, Michigan, at one of his campaign rallies? Obama was “urged” by Muslim leaders to personally apologize to the women, Shimaa Abdelfadeel and Hebba Aref, after they were told they could not stand behind Obama because of their "hijab" or headgear, and were asked to leave. Obama, at the time, was fighting accusations that he was a Muslim, and I guess this was his way of distancing himself from anything Muslim. Bad call, Obama. All is forgiven, though, because he will be blaming Bush for everything, and as most of the world thinks, Obama can do no wrong. We’ll see…
Too hot for TV: The Superbowl advert pulled for showing models taking too much pleasure from their veggies
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:53 AM on 28th January 2009
A provocative advert featuring sexy models rubbing various vegetables across their bodies has been banned for being too raunchy for TV.
American network NBC was planning to show the advert, put together by animal charity PETA, during this Sunday’s Superbowl extravaganza – an event watched by more than 70million Americans.
But it has refused to air the ‘Studies Show Vegetarians Have Better Sex’ advert unless certain shots – including a model licking a pumpkin and a model rubbing asparagus over her lap – are removed.
NBC objected to PETA’s advert, which included such moments as a model rubbing broccoli all over her body
The advert shows various models – all in underwear – playing with a variety of vegetables including aparagus, broccoli and aubergines.
They are filmed in a series of provocative poses, with one lying on a couch while running vegetables up and down her body and another crawling on all four towards a pumpkin before licking it.
Another model even blindfolds herself before running a bunch of asparagus across her breasts and abdomen.
‘Veggie Love’: One model enjoys the sensual caress of a pumpkin
‘Too hot for TV’: A model helps PETA sell the delights of asparagus
PETA said: ‘PETA’s ad – which features a bevy of beauties who are powerless to resist the temptation of veggie love – was deemed too hot for the Super Bowl.
‘NBC rejected the video because of concerns over "rubbing pelvic region with pumpkin," and a woman "screwing herself with broccoli".
‘Apparently, NBC has something against girls who love their veggies.’
NBC has so far made no official statement over the advert.
Just when I didn’t think the news media and pharmaceutical industry couldn’t sink any lower, we are being cautioned that if you are thin, stay away from fat people because they’ll make you fat because of a fat virus. Please! I never heard anything more idiotic than that in a long time. There’s a news story that has surfaced (video and separate story at bottom). People of a different color, religion, gender and sexual orientation are off limits so who is left for the media to attack now? Fat people, of course, because even in this overly offensed nation, it is still acceptable behavior to attack fat people. How disgusting is this? It is more apparent in Hollywood "fat" movies where thin people don fat suits instead of just hiring a fat person for the role, and on the comedy circuit where there are fat jokes galore.
I can see an old episode of the Twilight Zone resurfacing…1960s "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street", written by Rod Serling and covered one of his favorite themes: mob psychology. A peaceful summer day on Maple Street in a quiet suburban town is shattered when the residents believe they’re under some type of bizarre alien invasion. Nearly all of their technology (i.e., lights, autos, appliances, etc.) begins to malfunction and panic sets into the neighborhood. Instead of trying to find the true cause of this disaster, however, the residents take the path to least resistance and start to accuse each other of being the "monster." Soon they’re turning on their own neighbors and a vicious riot ensues. There truly are some aliens in the mix, but they’re basically unobtrusive observers to the chaos. Their strategy is simply one of "divide and conquer" and the distrustful people of Maple Street are the perfect guinea pigs for their first experiment.
"The Monsters…" shows Serling’s most biting and cynical side. There were many Twilight Zone episodes that dealt with mob rule as their subject matter, but this one is the best of all and a true classic in the series. Even the aliens quite smugly agree with Serling’s view of human nature. "They’ve found the enemy, and it is themselves." How true those words are.
Now, in the 2009 version, Maple Street is Main Street USA, the alien attack is the "fat virus attack", technology malfunctioning is changed to people’s metabolism malfunctioning, blaming all the fat people in the world for their fatness. Do you see the similarities here? How barbaric is this? People get fat because of varying reasons, none of which has to do with having a fat person sneezing on them or sitting next to them in a restaurant. This is such nonsense that I have to laugh. It’s ignorance in its ugliest form. Just when fat people thought it was safe to eat a sandwich in front of others, this story comes out to set them back. This is just as preposterous as saying that if you sit next to a guy who is allergic to shellfish, if he sneezes on you, you will "catch" the allergy as well. Please, people, get your heads out of the sand!
If you ask me, and this is my own conspiracy theory surfacing here…This is the sly pharmaceuticals’ way of getting grant money out of an already overstressed, moneyless pit from the government, during a near dead economy. Fear breeds fear, and when the money-grabbing pharmaceutical companies get out the word about the so-called “AD-36 adenovirus”, people will start to turn on fat people blaming them for their fatness or inability to lose weight instead of examining what the real cause is—inactivity and overeating. Instead of reaching for a salad, they will go out and hunt down and punish fat people, where the pharmaceutical industry will say that they can try to stop the spread of this "fat virus" with more money from the government. Remember when the government and the media told us fish oil was dangerous to our health? Lo and behold, down the road, the government funds a research group that looked into a "pharmaceutical grade" fish oil capsule, which happens to be 2-3 times the price of natural fish oil capsules, they find it and FDA passes it. The corrupt government officials from the FDA took handouts from the pharmaceutical giants and debunked natural fish oil caps while praising the prescription brand, stating that although it is more expensive, it’s "better for your health" because it’s government regulated. Hmmm…when did government regulation help with anything? Even Wall Street is still tanking after the government’s intervention. Please! Spare me the government and media mumbo jumbo! I trust their reporting just about as far as I can throw them.
What would be more believable story to me is the media issuing a statement that some chickens had the AD-36 adenovirus and were put into the food supply. The people who ate the infected chickens developed the virus, not by sitting next to a fat person. That’s a story that seems to have more credence? What do you think?
What is happening to this world as we know it? The media consistently beefs up stories (no pun intended) for ratings and has always put the cart before the horse and has neglected to get their facts verified. This fat virus story is out there creating anxiety and hostility, yet this virus has only been studied in lab animals (chickens and monkeys). Human testing has not been committed on the grounds of “research ethics”. What do they know about what this would do to humans? Anything to sell a story, huh? Whatever happened to journalistic ethics? God help us…
Could fat be catching?
by Jenny Bryan
Could a fat virus be responsible for the epidemic of obesity that is sweeping the USA and seems to be spreading to Britain? Obesity scientist, Dr Nikhil Dhurandhar thinks that it is and has some intriguing research findings to back him up. But he knows that other obesity specialists cannot believe it’s that simple.
The concept of a virus causing obesity is so far away from mainstream causes of obesity that it’s going to take much more convincing and evidence simply because it’s a very different idea. But we’ll do it,’ predicts Dr Dhurandhar, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
In the USA 61% of people are now officially classed as obese (with a body mass index, BMI, of over 30) or overweight (BMI of 25-30). The situation is scarcely any better in the UK, with about 20% of people obese and over 40% overweight.
If you look at a map of obesity in the USA, you can watch the epidemic spreading rather like a forest fire from the east coast to the west over the last 20 years. And it is this, says Dhurandhar, which suggests that there could be an infection.
It started with chickens
Dhurandhar’s story starts in Bombay in the 1980s with a mysterious epidemic that wiped out hundreds of thousands of chickens. The birds were found to be infected with an adenovirus called SMAM-1. Adenoviruses are very common. There are at least 40 types that affect humans and they cause about 1 in 20 cases of chest infection.
What was intriguing about the Indian chickens with SMAM-1 was not so much that they were probably killed by an adenovirus infection, but that they died plump, with a large pale liver and large kidneys. They weren’t thin and emaciated as you might expect an animal with a virus to be.
Working in India, Dhurandhar deliberately infected some more chickens with the same virus and, sure enough, these birds also put on weight. He decided to pursue his research in the USA, but the US government wasn’t keen on him importing a virus that had wiped out a large portion of the Indian chicken population.
Instead, Dhurandhar borrowed a human adenovirus, called Ad-36, from the US collection and set to work infecting first chickens and then rhesus monkeys and marmosets. Like the chickens, infected animals started to put on weight. Six months after they were infected, three male marmosets put on three times as much weight and doubled their body fat compared to three animals that were not infected. It was a very small study, but the results were still impressive.
It wouldn’t be ethical to infect humans with Ad-36 to see if they got fat. But, as the virus does occur naturally in the human population, Dhurandhar decided to compare infection rates in people who were fat with those who weren’t. He tested 500 people in three cities. Thirty per cent of obese people screened positive for the Ad-36 virus, compared with only 5 to 10% of those who were not overweight.
How the fat virus might work
Dhurandhar – and his critics – wanted to know how a fat virus might work. Dhurandhar showed that Ad-36 appeared to increase the size and number of fat cells in infected animals. In the laboratory, his experiments suggested that Ad-36 encourages pre-fat cells with the potential to become fat cells to do just that. Three times as many pre-fat cells became fat cells when they were exposed to Ad-36 compared with fat cells that weren’t exposed to the virus.
As part of his studies to try and convince other obesity researchers about the importance of the fat virus, Dhurandhar turned to a set of identical twins, Christyn and Beth. Born with exactly the same genes, there was no chance that one twin was genetically more likely to put on weight than the other. Until they went to college, the twins did indeed remain a very similar weight – as do nearly all sets of identical twins. But in the two years after Christyn left home to go to college, she became two and a half stone heavier than her twin. Blood tests showed that, while Beth remained Ad-36 negative, Christen had, at some point, been infected with the virus. Did the virus make her put on weight or did she just eat more and exercise less when she went to college? Who knows, but Dhurandhar blames it on the virus.
Others remain sceptical.
‘The idea that a virus may be causing obesity seems intrinsically unlikely,’ says Professor Stephen Bloom, from Imperial College, London. ‘Obesity has been growing at a constant rate for about 50 years and the causes are pretty obvious. People have been eating much more and taking less exercise. Why do you need to invent some strange story about a virus?’
Virologist, Professor William Russell, from the University of St Andrews, points out that adenoviruses have never been linked with a long-term illness, like obesity. They cause short-term infections and disappear. It’s important to keep an open mind but, at present, the evidence just does not stack up, he says.
A vaccine against obesity?
In the USA, some scientists are more prepared to accept that viruses could be involved.
‘Viruses can lie dormant for many years and we’ve seen the crossover of the HIV virus, for example, from animals to humans. We may be seeing a similar thing now with the obesity virus,’ suggests Dr John Foreyt from Baylor College, Texas.
‘We really don’t know why people get fat or why people are skinny. There’s so much that is unknown and that’s why we need new theories and people looking at why our bodies are the way they are,’ he says.
One possible hypothesis is that, in the late ’70s, someone working on a chicken farm in India had the Ad-36 virus and came in contact with birds with SMAM-1. The two viruses got together, exchanged genetic material, and turned into a hybrid virus capable of infecting humans and making them fat. There is nothing, of course, to confirm this series of events, but Dr Dhurandhar now has research grants to help him develop his theories. He has his sights set on a vaccine against the fat virus, but accepts that could be some way off:
‘It would be absolutely fascinating to have a vaccine to prevent at least some types of obesity virus – that’s my dream,’ he says.
"Just to review, the public cannot get access to paperwork related grants distributed by then-state-legislator Obama (records from 1997 to 2000 aren’t available); his state legislative office records (which he says ‘may have been thrown out’); he refuses to release a specific list of law clients, instead giving a list of all of his firm’s clients, numbering several hundred each year; he won’t release his application to the state bar (where critics wonder if he lied in responding to questions about parking tickets and past drug use); he’s never released any legal or billing records to verify that he only did a few hours of work for a nonprofit tied to convicted donor Rezko; and he’s never released any medical records, just a one-page letter from his doctor."
By JENNIFER GOULD KEIL and CHUCK BENNETT
STILL ‘HIGH’ ON THE HOG: Citigroup, fresh off its $45 billion rescue, is going ahead with the purchase of a Dassault Falcon 7X.
Last updated: 10:06 am
January 26, 2009
Posted: 1:02 am
January 26, 2009
Beleaguered Citigroup is upgrading its mile-high club with a brand-new $50 million corporate jet – only this time, it’s the taxpayers who are getting screwed.
Even though the bank’s stock is as cheap as a gallon of gas and it’s burning through a $45 billion taxpayer-funded rescue, the airhead execs pushed through the purchase of a new Dassault Falcon 7X, according to a source familiar with the deal.
The French-made luxury jet seats up to 12 in a plush interior with leather seats, sofas and a customizable entertainment center, according to Dassault’s sales literature. It can cruise 5,950 miles before refueling and has a top speed of 559 mph.
There are just nine of these top-of-the-line models in the United States, with Dassault’s European factory churning out three to four 7Xs a month.
Citigroup decided to get its new wings two years ago, when the financial-services giant was flush with cash, but it still intends to take possession of the jet this year despite its current woes, the source said.
"Why should I help you when what you write will be used to the detriment of our company?" replied Bill McNamee, head of CitiFlight Inc., the subsidiary that manages Citigroup’s corporate fleet, when asked to comment about the new 7X.
"What relevance does it have but to hurt my company?"
It’s not uncommon for large companies to pay a deposit on a new plane then cancel the order before delivery, according to a source in the corporate aviation business.
Citigroup execs are also quietly trying to unload two of their older Dassault 900EXs.
Those jets, nearly 10 years old, are worth an estimated $27 million each. They were still listed for sale yesterday on the Web site of Citigroup’s aviation broker, Aviation Professionals.
A company representative said she would not comment on "brokering both sides of the deal" when asked about the incoming Falcon 7X.
The Dassaults are part of CitiFlight’s Gulf Sierra fleet, which includes the two Falcon 900EXs, tail numbers N399GS and N588GS, currently for sale. FAA records show Citigroup reserved a new tail number, N488GS, possibly for the incoming 7X on Nov. 10 last year.
A woman answering the phone at CitiFlight’s private hangar in White Plains said she was "not authorized to release information" about the new jet.
Dassault’s US sales office declined to comment.
Citigroup spokesman Stephen Cohen declined to comment.
By admin | January 26, 2009
This seat still remains unfilled. Who is it being saved for???
Report on the opening of the Fifth Elected Parliament of Europe in Strasbourg and its occupancy of the new Parliament Buildings.
Ian R.K: Paisley, M.P., M.E.P.
The recently elected Fifth Parliament of Europe met on Tuesday, 20th July, 1999, in its new glass building which cost the taxpayers of Europe an as yet uncalculated sum of billions of Pounds. The first meeting, due to begin at 10.00 a.m., did not start until 10.30 because the amplification system, which cost millions of Pounds, was defective. No doubt more defects in this Crystal Palace will be manifested in the days to come.
Incidentally, the Members of the European Parliament had no say whatsoever in where the building was to be located, what its design was to be, what amount of money was to be spent on it, or how it was to be furnished. The French Government forced it both upon Members of Parliament and upon the Governments of European Union countries, Germany and the United Kingdom being made to foot the exorbitant bill. These two countries are Europe’s pay slaves.
The prophetic significance of the European Union has been revealed as the saga unfolds. [See our two articles on "The Conspiracy behind the European Union".] First, the sign which it chose as its symbol was the Woman riding the Beast. This comes from a prophecy in Revelation 17. The depiction of the harlot woman was reproduced on the centenary stamp of the European Union, in a huge painting in the Parliament’s new building in Brussels, and by a huge sculpture outside the new E.U. Council of Ministers Office in Brussels. The new European coinage, the Euro, bears the same insignia. The Tower of Babel has been used on the posters emanating from Europe – a truly suggestive prophetic sign.
Now, a massive Crystal Palace tower (officially called the Tower Building) houses the Fifth Parliament of Europe.
It is certainly a building of the Space Age. The seats of its massive hemicycle are designed like the crew seats in the Star Trek space machines. There are 679 of them – but wait for it! While these seats are allocated to Members, one seat remains unallocated and unoccupied. The number of that seat is 666. The relevant section of the seating-plan provided to each Member reads as follows:
- 655 Couteaux
- 656 Fitzsimons
- 657 Hyland
- 658 Kuntz
- 659 De La Perrière
- 660 Marchiani
- 661 Montfort
- 662 Quiero
- 663 Souchet
- 664 Thomas-Mauro
- 665 Zissener
- 666 ——-
- 667 Cappato
- 668 Turco
- 669 Bonino
- 670 Pannella
- 671 Dupuis
- 672 Della Vedova
- 673 Dell’Alba
- 674 Gorostiaga Atxalandabaso
- 675 Gobbo
- 676 Speroni
- 677 Bossi
- 678 Formentini
- 679 Crowley
Revelation 13:18: “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” That is 666.
Today this scripture is being fulfilled before our very eyes.
The Antichrist’s seat will be occupied. The world awaits his full and final development. The Lord will destroy him by the spirit of His mouth (the Word of God) and by the brightness of His coming (2 Thes. 2:8). The coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
Husband’s kiss woke ‘sleeping beauty wife’ in coma after heart attack
By Vanessa Allen
Last updated at 1:13 AM on 26th January 2009
After two weeks sitting by his wife’s bedside hoping she would wake from a coma, Andrew Ray was at his wits’ end.
Doctors had told him Emma could become a real-life sleeping beauty when she failed to regain consciousness after a heart attack.
The distraught father of two played her tapes of their baby son crying and their daughter shouting ‘wake up Mummy!’.
Finally, in desperation, he leant over her hospital bed and pleaded: ‘Emma, if you can hear me, please just give me a kiss.’
Kiss of life: Andrew woke his ‘sleeping beauty’ wife Emma from her coma with a kiss.
‘What happened next was beyond my wildest dreams,’ he said. ‘She turned her head towards mine, puckered up her lips and gave me a little kiss. ‘I couldn’t believe it. My heart felt like it was going to leap from my chest – it suddenly felt like a huge weight had been lifted.’ The kiss was witnessed by doctors who were astonished by the 34-year-old’s sudden response.
Mrs. Ray had suffered the heart attack just ten days after giving birth to her son. Her horrified husband had to give her mouth-to-mouth after she collapsed while they were out shopping. She was taken to the hospital where doctors were able to restart her heart, but warned she could remain in a coma indefinitely.
Mr. Ray said a doctor told him: ‘She could wake up the following day, she could wake up in a month, or you may be left with a sleeping beauty.’
The IT consultant from Telford, Shropshire, tried to rouse his wife by playing recordings of their baby son Alexander and toddler Ella. He said: ‘I would play Emma the sounds of Alexander crying and gurgling, Ella singing and shouting "Wake up Mummy!". ‘I even played her recordings of the songs we had danced to during our wedding. ‘I would speak softly to her, clasp her hand, pinch her fingers, all the time telling her I loved her or begging her to wake up. By the time I asked her to kiss me, I was approaching my wits’ end.’
The happy couple embrace on their wedding day in 2000.
However, the kiss was just the start of an agonizing battle for Mrs. Ray, who continued to drift in and out of consciousness. Her brain had been starved of oxygen when her heart stopped beating, and the resulting injury left her with short-term memory loss. Mrs. Ray was transferred from the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to a specialist brain injury rehabilitation unit at the Hayward Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent. She was eventually allowed home, but now almost two years later, the former IT consultant still needs ongoing rehabilitation for the brain damage she suffered.
Doctors believe her heart attack may have been caused by a blood clot after her son Alexander, now two, was delivered by Caesarean section. She had been to see a GP the night before her cardiac arrest, complaining of palpitations, but was told it was probably down to a minor infection.
Mrs. Ray said: ‘The recovery is awful because I have so little memory. ‘I would wish above all else to be well, to walk unaided and to have my memory back. ‘I would love to remember what I’ve done each day. Andrew helps me to do everything. Without him, I don’t know how I’d cope.’
Mr. Ray said he was just grateful his wife had survived. He said: ‘She can walk quite well holding hands now, and at least our kids still have a mother and I still have a wife.’
Freddie Seeks Up to $35 Billion From U.S.; Fannie May Follow
By Dawn Kopecki and Jody Shenn
Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) — Freddie Mac, the mortgage-finance company under federal control, needs as much as $35 billion more in federal aid, and Fannie Mae may soon ask the U.S. Treasury Department for rescue funds as well.
Freddie, which took $13.8 billion from Treasury in November, said in a securities filing yesterday that its fourth- quarter operating losses will again drive its net worth below zero. The McLean, Virginia-based company also said it settled a dispute over Washington Mutual loans with JPMorgan Chase & Company.
The request for funds comes as the Treasury faces increasing demands from U.S. financial companies, including Bank of America and Citigroup, Inc., that are coping with the fallout from a slumping housing market and a deep recession that’s driving foreclosures to record levels. Treasury officials pledged in September as much as $100 billion to Fannie and Freddie each to ensure their solvency.
“Their losses are going to be much higher than anyone anticipated,” said Paul Miller, an analyst with FBR Capital Markets in Arlington, Virginia. “The more and more that people are digging into these portfolios, they’re finding out the more and more these guys were doing sub-prime and Alt-A loans and classifying them as prime.” Alt-A loans were made to borrowers with little or no income verification or to those with credit scores slightly above sub-prime.
Freddie and Washington-based Fannie are the largest sources of mortgage money in the U.S., owning or guaranteeing a combined $5.2 trillion of the $12 trillion home-loan market.
The companies have posted five consecutive quarters of losses totaling $68.4 billion combined. The Federal Housing Finance Administration seized their operations in September amid concern from regulators that the government-sponsored enterprises may fail in the worst housing slump since the Great Depression.
Fannie, which hasn’t yet drawn on the Treasury backup funds, said in November that it may do so after it reports fourth-quarter results next month. Fannie also said at that time that $100 billion may not be enough to keep it afloat. Treasury agreed to pump money into the companies if the value of their assets drops below what they owe on their obligations.
“Given that they have $4.5 trillion of risk out there, $100 billion is a drop in the bucket,” Miller said. “Given the fact that their risk profile on these loans is greater than they led everyone to believe, greater than $100 billion in losses on each institution would not surprise me.”
Stefanie Mullin, a Federal Housing Finance Agency spokeswoman, declined to comment.
FHFA Director, James Lockhart, who regulates the companies, said in an interview this week that one or both companies may request federal aid after they report fourth-quarter earnings next month.
Reporting in February
“They will be reporting numbers in mid-to-late February and, yes, I think everybody would expect that there would be a draw on Treasury,” Lockhart said.
Spokesman, Brian Faith at Fannie, Sharon McHale at Freddie and Thomas Kelly at JPMorgan declined to comment.
Freddie’s settlement with JPMorgan, which took over WaMu’s assets after the thrift collapsed in September, will allow the New York-based bank to retain WaMu’s mortgage-servicing contracts, according to the filing.
In exchange, JPMorgan will assume WaMu’s obligations to repurchase any bad home loans that the thrift sold to Freddie with “recourse.” JPMorgan will make a “one-time” payment to cover other loans that WaMu would have been required to buy back because the mortgages failed to meet promises made to Freddie about their quality, according to the filing.
The filing didn’t specify how much JPMorgan is paying Freddie.
Last Updated: January 24, 2009 00:00 EST
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