July 2009


Hill's Schoolgirl Look

Hill's Schoolgirl Look

“Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping.” – The North Korean Foreign Ministry in a written statement. That is to say, premeditated. Proofread. The opposite of impromptu misspeech. (Hopefully they mean some hypothetical schoolgirl and not 60s coke-bottle glasses schoolgirl.)

“He’s never commented about profitability in a public setting! This is historic! We’ve never once had to think like this.” – Conde Nast employees squawking to the New York Observer after publisher Chuck Townsend told them they’d actually have to make money now.

“Our first day back was Wednesday and it was — I’m going to keep saying this because I hope it embarrasses them — a seventeen-hour day, which I think is cruel and mean.” – Katherine Heigl complains about a long day on Grey’s Anatomy, a day that producers painstakingly rearranged (to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars) to accommodate her movie promotion schedule. I hate to use the D-word, but she really is a female version of a hustler.

“And getting up here I say it is the best road trip in America soaring through nature’s finest show. Denali, the great one, soaring under the midnight sun. And then the extremes. In the winter time it’s the frozen road that is competing with the view of ice fogged frigid beauty, the cold though, doesn’t it split the Cheechakos from the Sourdoughs? And then in the summertime such extreme summertime about a hundred and fifty degrees hotter than just some months ago, than just some months from now, with fireweed blooming along the frost heaves and merciless rivers that are rushing and carving and reminding us that here, Mother Nature wins. It is as throughout all Alaska that big wild good life teeming along the road that is north to the future.” – Former Gov. Sarah Palin’s farewell speech, exemplary of her daily struggle with the english language.

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“(Barack and the kids) will pull weeds, whether they like it or not.”

New York ran a quick piece in June jokingly deriding Michelle Obama for her “overachieving” organic vegetable garden, which she planted in hopes of teaching Americans more about nutrition. That month, the garden yielded 73 pounds of lettuce and 12 pounds of peas, with the lettuce total now up to an improbable 153 pounds. It also produces collards, chards, herbs, and berries.

For the first time in her adult life, I think Michelle Obama can be proud of her vegetable garden.

But I’d take it a step further than merely “overachieving” and say there’s something vaguely sinister afoot on the East Lawn. This looks more like a labor camp than the White House. Who are these people, tiny enslaved Americorps “volunteers?” Children she lured through the side gate with the promise of abundant kale? I mean, 153 pounds? What, is she fertilizing the garden with these kids?

According to the pool report, the kids were indeed working their little fingers to the bone to serve Michelle her arugula:

While one group of children worked in the kitchen (see first report) others were outside preparing salad and decorating cup cakes with raspberries and blueberries (apparently an alternative to frosting.)

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"This is tastier than paint chips, huh kids?"

And as for using them for fertilizer, I was wrong. Actually, it turns out it’s fertilized with lead! On July 11, the White House had to admit the soil contains 93 parts per million of lead as opposed to the 10-5o ppm cited as a safe level for children. (FLASHBACK: “This doesn’t help my kids.”)

Lead truly becomes a serious danger at around 300 ppm.

Apparently, the delicious mineral is courtesy of “sewer sludge” from a nearby water treatment plant, which Clinton-era staff used to fertilize the grounds. Using waste water as fertilizer is legal in the US, but not for use in areas where crops are being grown for consumption.

White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass admits the garden is not “certified organic,” but a spokesman for the First Lady says the family intends to continue eating it and feeding it to foreign dignitaries.

I guess that means we can add Michelle Obama to the list with Hillary Clinton as one more person with a stronger foreign policy stance than the POTUS.

The other reason to keep the garden around is it deflects attention from the FLOTUS’s true evil-deeds.

The President seems to be gearing up to relocate the health care policy debate to the White House, where Michelle, David Axelrod, and Valerie Jarett have his ear on a daily basis. Coincidentally, Michelle helped create the disgraceful, and apparently borderline illegal, Urban Health Initiative at the University of Chicago. And Jarett assisted in hiring Axelrod to whitewash the patient dumping program and sell it to the public. This is similar to what the UK’s National Health Service does– that is, “educate patients” on the difference between primary and emergency care, and “increase self-treatment.” Self-treatment?

The result? UCMC sent Dontae Adams home last August after a pit bull attacked him, ripping off part of his hip and most of his upper lip. But, hell, Barack’s own grandmother can’t get a hand with her hip, so Dontae Adams was barking up the wrong tree. His mother had to take him on an hour-long bus ride across town, where he immediately had reconstructive surgery to “preserve his speech.” Yet when UCMC had discovered they were on Medicaid, it was determined all Dontae would need was morphine and antibiotics.

Surgeons were upset the FLOTUS and the rest of the hospital board implemented the changes without consulting them, and staff called the move “an attempt to ensure that the hospital retains only affluent patients with insurance.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, UCMC ranks at the bottom for free care despite reaping “10s of millions of dollars in tax benefits for its promise to treat the uninsured.”

This is a lot like when we first heard the Blagojevich tapes, and realized Patty’s mouth put Rod’s to shame. Michelle is just as cynical and corrupt as the rest.

gardenMichelle’s other major misdeed has been her alleged involvement in Gerald Walpin’s firing as Americorps Inspector General. After it was decided that the volunteer corps would be the FLOTUS pet project, it seems Michelle settled on moving her Chief of Staff into the role of Americorps/CNCS senior advisor. But first, Walpin had to go– he’d uncovered the organization’s waste, fraud, and abuse, having spent duplicate money, violated grant rules, cheated on background checks, and seen La Raza waste its funds. Not only did Pres. Obama fire him though, he ignored his responsibility to provide Congress with a non-political reason for doing so. Instead, he gave three reasons at three different times, never referring again to the others.

Michelle is now selecting the nominee for Americorps CEO, and the press will inevitably give him only cursory examination.

And if any unbecoming news does break, she can get back out for a photo-op in the garden , where she does all her heavy labor in full wrap cardigans and tights, because she’s going for authenticity here. (This from the woman who complained to a group of blue collar housewives about the perils of being a millionaire and having to pay for tennis and piano lessons.)

This woman is what Hillary Clinton would be if HRC were born and bred in Chicago Gangland, but she can just decorate cupcakes with organic berries and then take the girls to J. Crew for some summer cardigans, and we can forget all about this silly politics she deigned to get involved in.

I hope there’s room to bury secrets and lies next to the thyme and arugula.

“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” – Margaret Sanger

I’m going to post a couple things out of order because I haven’t put anything on in a while…

Proud Brooklyn Jew and incidental Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (quite a title, no?) freely told the New York Times Sunday Magazine that

Wishing She Were At Camp Che-Na-Wah

Wishing She Were At Camp Che-Na-Wah

she thought Roe v. Wade was originally decided with the understanding that global overpopulation needed to be sorted out. Therefore, she figured some sort of legal apparatus would be set up to allow abortion funding through Medicaid — that way, we could just get rid of the populations that wear their pants around their knees and aren’t good enough to do any cool shit like camping in the Castkills or getting Mitzvah’d.

The full insanity:

Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth, and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk coercing women into abortions when they didn’t really want them. But when the Court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong.

Oops! A mere 7 years later, when Harris v McRae saw the Supreme Court uphold the Hyde Amendment (which disallows Medicaid funding for abortions), Ginsburg decided maybe Roe wasn’t about pulling what Margaret Sanger called “human weeds” after all.

The Times reporter of course was neither taken aback by this nor feeling compelled to ask a follow-up question. Instead, she shared some of her own views on the accessibility of abortions with a hilariously leading question, allowing Ginsburg to chime in: not to worry, women will soon be popping the morning-after pill with abandon.  FULL TRANSCRIPT.

Ginsburg is already on the record many times over as thinking that the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment is a better way to justify abortion than a 4th Amendment right to privacy incorporated through Due Process. A woman, she says, cannot be viewed as a fully adult and equal citizen in the eyes of the law if she is treated like a child, deprived over the choice of what to do with her pregnancy regardless of the stage.

In fact, she thinks Roe stymied a progressive march toward unlimited abortion rights by codifying some legal abortions and prematurely inciting the rage of social conservatives.

It reminds me of a question Justice Rehnquist asked her when she was arguing before the Supreme Court in Duren v Missouri: “You won’t settle for putting Susan B. Anthony on the new dollar, then?”

Here’s the piece I wrote about it.

After Drudge posted it in the dreaded Red Ink, it got so many clicks it crashed our site, and Hannity did a segment on it that evening, generously saying, “That’s certainly a pro-abortion argument that I have not heard in a while.”

Jonah Goldberg also is filing an editorial about it to appear in tomorrow’s Los Angeles Times and he confirms my suspicion that these kinds of feelings have only been bubbling under the surface. Citing the opinion of Oliver Wendell Holmes on sterilizing “imbeciles,” Goldberg looks at Buck v Bell, which held that sterilizing lower-class women was constitutional. Goldberg writes:

In recent years, openly discussing the notion of eugenic aspects of abortion has become taboo. But as Ginsburg’s comments suggest, the taboo hasn’t eliminated the idea; it’s merely sent it underground.

Ginsburg is a native a Midwood, just north of the Belt Parkway and Sheepshead Bay, an area that was once heavily Jewish and also kvelling over having produced notable Jew like Gil Hodges, Chuck Schumer, Arthur Miller, and Woodie Allen. Her cocamamie,  fercockt thoughts on Roe came in the 1970’s, just as Midwood saw an onslaught of immigrants from places like Jamaica, Haiti, Guyana, Turkey, and Korea, to name a few. Presumably because it’s easily accessible via the now-horrid B trains from Midtown, it changed the complexion of the neighborhood.

This story is bigger than just this, though. It seems to me that under the mistaken impression that flagrant liberalism is sweeping the nation thanks to D’Ohbama, people of this persuasion are openly admitting what they’ve often been too shrewd to in the past. I wrote a story the other week about the UN Population Fund– despite being an organization that claims it is “using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty,” it really deals in euphemisms about abortion. Funding for it is being restored through USAID this year despite the fact that they cooperate with Chinese authorities who coerce women into abortions.

And in March, my favorite, Hillary Clinton, made the breathtakingly stupid comment that she was “in awe” of Margaret Sanger upon being presented Planned Parenthood’s prestigious Margaret Sanger Award. (FLASHBACK: Undercover Caller Asks to Earmark Donation to Abort a Black Baby; Employee Laughs, Says “Understandable”).

Melanne Verveer, recently installed as the State Department’s Ambassador-at-Large for Women’s Issues, will further use diplomacy and our tax dollars to advance this philosophy.