And, at that price, the hook-and-eyes are pulling apart, while the center panel has been altered.
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American and Latin American Politics, Society, and Culture.
And, at that price, the hook-and-eyes are pulling apart, while the center panel has been altered.
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A new Internet ad by the president’s reelection campaign features a portrait of the first family asking supporters to “help the Obamas stand up for working Americans.” The appeal, a departure from the typical Obama messaging, provides an early glimpse of the role the president’s wife and daughters are likely to play in his campaign.
– President’s Day 2012, Michelle and the first daughters in Aspen, Colorado to ski.
– Christmas 2011, the first family in Hawaii for an extended vacation.
– Summer 2011, in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., for the annual beach break.
– June 2011, the first lady, her mother and daughters traveled to South Africa and Botswana.
– President’s Day 2011, the first lady and first daughters travel to Vail to ski.
– Christmas 2010, in Hawaii.
– August 2010, the first family traveled to Panama City Beach, Fla., for some sun and fun at the beach.
– August 2010, Obama spent the weekend alone in Chicago for his 49th birthday bash.
– August 2010, the first lady and daughter Sasha traveled to Spain for a mother-daughter vacation.
– August 2010, summer vacation again at Martha’s Vineyard.
– July 2010, the first family went to Mount Desert Island, Maine.
– May 2010, the first family had a four-day trip to Chicago.
– March 2010, first lady and daughter spend Spring Break in New York City.
– Christmas 2009, Hawaii again for the annual break.
– August 2009, at Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon for a short vacation.
– August 2009, their first summer vacation as first family at Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
The Obamas stand for working Americans…only if those Americans own Aspen Skiing Co.
Michelle Obama, of course!
You can’t make this up if you tried.
Michelle Obama borrowed three very nice bracelets for Monday’s DNC fundraiser in New York (h/t Silvio),
If you’ve been saving your nickels and dimes, the cuffs are available locally at Judith Ann Jewels. The First Lady wore Katie’s Lotus cuff priced at $15,000 with 2.9 carats of diamonds, her Gothic cuff at $15,350 with 2.17 carats in diamonds and the Quatrefoil bracelet at $11,800 with 1.73 carats in diamonds.
The news is making a stir, considering the recent rumblings of class warfare; even NYC’s own mayor Bloomberg was saying there’ll be rioting on the streets. However the First Lady chose bracelets designed by Houston-based Texas A&M graduate Katie Decker, who will probably be able to hire more people, as Texas leads the nation on job creation:
The Lone Star State added 84,900 jobs in the field of professional and business services between the midpoints of 2006 and 2011.
That’s the kind of stimulus I favor.
DIfferent stimulus in fashion news comes from Paris, where Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández was strongly supporting the hotel and shoe industries:
Cristina Fernández and her daughter stayed at the luxurious “George V Hotel” ($1,500-$12,500 a night) in Paris during an official visit to France ahead of flying to New York for the United Nations General Assembly today.
Those of us who follow these stories may recall that terrorist Yasser Arafat’s widow lived at the 5-star Georges V for many years.
But I digress.
Before her meetings with French president Nicolas Sarkozy and other French officials, Cristina had the “George V Hotel’s Personal Shoppers” bring her several purses and pairs of shoes which she tried on in the comfort of her suite.
In addition to Louis Vuitton bags, Hermès Birkin and Kelly bag purses, the Argentine president purchased 20 pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes, at approximately $5,500 a pair.
You must be in Paris to get those. Here in the USA us plebes have to settle for the cheap Louboutins at Saks’s shoe department, all with the sought-after red sole,
The pair above retails for US$895, and certainly would be most appropriate for UN conclaves, even when you ought to miss the Durban III part where Ahmadinejad and Mugabe beat up on Israel.
For the budget-minded, I must admit that I own a pair of red-soled shoes,
Sharp-looking, but didn’t cost anywhere near Louboutin’s.
Ironically, they were made in Argentina.
Linked by The Other McCain. Thanks!
The 1,500 square foot garden has produced more than 2,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables, the White House touts, over the first two years of its existence. Many of those vegetables harvested from the garden contribute to meals that guests eat at the White House, as well as on the plates of the Obama family’s nightly dinners. The rest of the garden harvest goes to charity, the First Lady’s office says.
The folks who make MiracleGro would probably eat their hearts out, but does the 2,000 lbs include the produce that had to be thrown out because of the toxic sludge, and the stunt vegetables used for the Iron Chef White House stint,
Except for the honey, no food on the show came from the White House.
Fret not. After all, it’s an equal opportunity garden.
That alone ought to make it prodigious.
At least as long as ABC News is out there writing puff pieces.
In case you want to reproduce the irreproducible results, there’s a book in the making, too.
An 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Japan,
It is the strongest earthquake in the history of Japan. Tsunami waves are hitting areas of the Pacific. Not to be missed, the Communications Minister of Bolivia blames the earthquake and tsunami on global warming, and that people aren’t listening to Evo Morales. Richard Fernandez, however, manages to speak with reason,
Planetary forces are so enormously powerful that attempts to control the environment must often fall a far second to simply being able to survive what Mother Nature throws in humanity’s way. Man has survived on this planet by adapting; by storing away in times of safety the food, energy and resilience that are needed to recover from catastrophes he can neither foresee nor prevent.
Whirlpool created following the earthquake,
Venezuelan crude oil is now at $101/barrel. Hugo Chavez’s going to stay in power for a long time.
The soaring gasoline prices are a War On The Poor.
Jamie Glazov has panelists Michael Ledeen, Pavel Stroilov, Lt. General Ion Mihai Pacepa and Nonie Darwish, in a Symposium: The Red Arabs
As regular readers of this blog know, I think the compact fluorescent lightbulbs are hazardous, inefficient, a ripoff, and, worst of all, make you look like Lilly Munster. Rand Paul lets it rip on “people who believe in some choices but don’t let the consumer choose what’s in their homes”:
Michelle Obama sports a $1,000 handbag, which looks like a $40 tote from Target to my untrained eyes. John Hinderaker proposes, LET’S MAKE OBAMA KING, but John may be a little late, at least in Obama’s mind.
Where’s Mel Brooks when we need him? Eva Braun in drag as Al Jolson.
Get lots of sleep, good whole natural food, and a lot of water, says the trainer, Cornell McClellan.
McClellan is flown from Chicago to DC by the White House 2-4 times a week
He owns Naturally Fit, a personal training and wellness center in Chicago, and now spends part of his week in Washington at Mr. Obama’s request.
“It was an easy sell for me, because I thought of it as kind of a duty, to serve the president,” said Mr. McClellan, who works out with the first couple, often in the early morning, at the gym in the White House residence. Mr. and Mrs. Obama both try to exercise for at least an hour every day, and Mr. McClellan says he usually sees them two to four times a week, depending on their schedules.
Michelle certainly has been getting a lot of sleep at exotic locales, such as Vail, Colorado, and Majorca, Spain.
As for the good whole natural food, here’s the menu for last Sunday’s banquet at the White House,
Salad of roasted pears with housemade ricotta, walnut crisps, with White House Kitchen Garden greens
Scallops with spiced mango chutney
“Surf and Turf”
Local Black Angus Beef with Blue Crab
Who knew there were Black Angus roaming the DC area? But I digress,
Black Beans and Rice, Plantain Chips
Coconut Sorbet in a Chocolate Shell with Poached Tropical Fruits made with White House Honey
American wines from California, Washington and New York will be served with each course
All that carbo-loading would easily amount to some 2,200 calories, depending on how you count it.
In unrelated news, Americans trying to leave Libya not only had to wait out in the open, completely defenseless, but are expected
to reimburse the government for the cost, estimated to be equivalent to the one-way commercial ferry crossing of the distance from Tripoli to the Maltese capital of Valletta, it said. Any onward travel from Malta must be paid for by the passengers
Surely the administration will let them eat cake once they get to the USA, as long as they pay for their own cake.
At least they got plenty of water to stare at while they waited for the ferry.
What the hey is an obesogen?
chemicals in the environment, newly termed obesogens, may lend a helping hand in the obesity epidemic, especially in babies and children. Studies show that these chemicals are found in the water and food supply as well as in other man-made chemicals
You mean, like the pervasive corn syrup and soy additives process foods contain, partly in thanks to the federal agricultural subsidies? No. They mean any chemical.
Ah, that clears that up: An obesogen is yet another excuse for more government regulation,
An article by Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) explains, “REACH stands for ‘registration, evaluation and authorization of chemicals’ — the name of a massively bureaucratic program in the European Union. The EPA wants Congress to use it as a model for revisions to the Toxics Substances Control Act — and they even have started working on their version of the program while pushing for congressional authorization.”
Think about it: every thing you eat will be considered under the scope of the Toxic Substances Control Act.
It’s the perfect setup for the nanny state: Erase any sense of responsibility for the overeater, push in legislation and regulation, increase government control, and make everybody pay for it.
The obesogen, indeed, will bloat the bureaucracy.
Michelle Obama says on what you feed your kids, “We can’t just leave it to the parents.” National Review has a few things to say on that, but regardless of what they say, the obesogens have arrived to stay.
Parenting not up to the parents, as a pretext for more government spending,
“Everywhere I go, fortunately, I meet parents who are working very hard to make sure that their kids are healthy,” said Mrs. Obama. “They’re doing things like cutting down on desserts and trying to increase fruits and vegetables. They’re trying to teach their kids the kind of healthy habits that will stay with them for a lifetime.
“But when our kids spend so much of their time each day in school, and when many children get up to half their daily calories from school meals, it’s clear that we as a nation have a responsibility to meet as well,” Mrs. Obama said. “We can’t just leave it up to the parents.
Here’s the spending part,
The law increases spending on school nutrition programs by $4.5 billion over ten years and encompasses a range of provisions, including offering qualified children breakfast, lunch and dinner at school, as well as meals during the summer. It also includes a pilot program for “organic foods.”
The First Husband, who had to leave Bill Clinton in charge of Friday’s press conference because he’d kept the FLOTUS waiting, said the law better pass, or,
“I would be sleeping on the couch.”
And so it passed.
It’s been a busy day but at least there’s time for a roundup:
Richard Fernandez has History According To Hollywood, specifically on Valerie Plame, the CIA person who according to at least one eyewitness used to drive her convertible with the top down into the CIA parking area – while she was “undercover”. Even the WaPo pours criticism on Hollywood myth-making on Valerie Plame controversy.
And what happens just a week before the release of the latest expensive installment of a franchise on the bubble of extinction? An actor puffed up with his own importance decides to attack the very heart of the series and take what it means — it’s very essence — away from the very audience that can make it the most profitable. I don’t want to see some goofy, multi-cultural, politically correct fantasy movie because nowadays everything’s multicultural, politically correct and goofy. Call me intolerant, but I want to see a Christian movie, a movie that honors and respects my beliefs and affirms them. And if Muslims want the same, more power to them. But this ain’t it.
But please Liam, don’t stop there. Do tell us what “Taken” is really about. Let me guess, a father’s journey through an evil Walmart in search of a daughter captured by crass American materialism?
Somebody ought to tell Michelle Obama to say no to anything argyle, but MOTUS has the funniest political blog around.
Next thing you know, we won’t need to put down the bong here in the Garden State. Some never did.
Derek Jeeter is staying with the Yankees and I couldn’t care less.
Happy Chanukkah, GM!