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  • Michelle's Secret Ski Trip Revealed by a Smashup

    02/17/2015 6:24:03 AM PST · by rktman · 36 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/17/2015 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Forget the roses and chocolate for Valentines Day. Giving new meaning to the concept of romance, just four weeks after returning from 17 days in Oahu the president headed to California for a weekend of golf and his wife and two daughters, for the fourth year in a row, headed to Aspen for a ski weekend. Recently, shortly after Americans witnessed a Jordanian pilot burned alive by ISIS, Obama flew to Rancho Mirage, but all was quiet on the Michelle ski-trip front. Judging from the lack of press, one would think that for the first time while hubby duffs around...
  • Breaking: U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan Bracing for “Imminent Complex Attack”

    02/15/2015 8:01:18 PM PST · by george76 · 95 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | February 15, 2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    The State Department issued a little noticed statement on Saturday warning of an “imminent complex attack” on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, telling Americans to avoid the area around the embassy. “As of February 2015, militants are preparing an imminent complex attack against the U.S. Embassy compound in Kabul City, Afghanistan, from a location near Massoud Circle. The U.S. Embassy is taking this threat seriously and advises American citizens to avoid the area.” Massoud Circle was the location of a deadly suicide bomb attack last September claimed by the Taliban. ... As the Kabul Embassy staff prepares for an...
  • More Than 500,000 In U.S. Could Be At Risk Of Female Genital Excision

    02/06/2015 12:43:59 PM PST · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    LATimes ^ | February 06, 2015 | ALEXANDRA ZAVIS
    More Than 500,000 In U.S. Could Be At Risk Of Female Genital Excision Preliminary data shows that up to 507,000 women and girls in the United States were at risk of female genital excision in 2013. By ALEXANDRA ZAVIS A new study finds that nearly 507,000 women and girls in the U.S. could be at risk of female genital excision There is anecdotal evidence of U.S. girls being sent to their parents' home countries for 'vacation cutting' Nearly 507,000 women and girls in the United States could be at risk of female genital excision, including 57,000 in California, a new...
  • Obama’s Hawaii vacation is over, now it’s time for taxpayers to pay massive tab

    01/12/2015 7:59:06 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 12 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | January 9th, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    – President Barack Obama and his family just spent their Christmas and New Year’s holidays in Kailua. Now it’s time for taxpayers to pick up the tab. While the Obamas and friends who accompany them pay for their own private vacation home rentals on or near Kailua Beach, taxpayers foot a multimillion dollar tab for everything from a stand-by ambulance to the fuel for Air Force One.
  • NYPD Barred from Vacation Until Arrests Increase

    01/11/2015 3:23:39 PM PST · by servo1969 · 126 replies
    breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 1-11-2015 | Dan Riehl
    Across New York City, policemen are being put on notice by higher ups, get back to business as usual, or no vacations, or sick days, according to reports. And borough commanders want to see the proof. “Throughout the city, precincts are being ordered to hand up to borough commanders ‘activity sheets’ indicating the number of arrests and summonses per shift…” Said one union source, according to the New York Post, “Police officers around the city are now threatened with transfers, no vacation time and sick time unless they write summonses.”
  • Obama’s Hawaii vacation is over, now it’s time for taxpayers to pay massive tab

    01/09/2015 10:55:35 AM PST · by PROCON · 25 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | Jan. 9, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    HONOLULU – President Barack Obama and his family just spent their Christmas and New Year’s holidays in Kailua. Now it’s time for taxpayers to pick up the tab. While the Obamas and friends who accompany them pay for their own private vacation home rentals on or near Kailua Beach, taxpayers foot a multimillion dollar tab for everything from a stand-by ambulance to the fuel for Air Force One.Local taxpayers pick up the bill for Honolulu Police Department escorts who guard Obama, first lady Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha around the clock. Figures just released by HPD spokeswoman Michelle Yu...
  • I Wasn't Treating My Husband Fairly, And It Wasn't Fair

    01/08/2015 10:13:52 AM PST · by wastedyears · 199 replies
    SunnySkyz ^ | 12-28-2014 | SunnySkyz
    My "Aha Moment" happened because of a package of hamburger meat. I asked my husband to stop by the store to pick up a few things for dinner, and when he got home, he plopped the bag on the counter. I started pulling things out of the bag, and realized he'd gotten the 70/30 hamburger meat - which means it's 70% lean and 30% fat. Read more at http://www.sunnyskyz.com/blog/610/I-Wasn-t-Treating-My-Husband-Fairly-And-It-Wasn-t-Fair#EY4FIxGCmr92Qrb1.99
  • President Obama fits in a visit with Eddie Vedder while in Hawaii

    01/04/2015 9:25:13 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    UPI ^ | January 4, 2015 | Thor Benson
    HONOLULU, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama and his daughters visited Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and family on the final day of their Hawaiian vacation on Saturday. The president and his family were renting a vacation home near Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was born, and they decided to visit Eddie Vedder while in Kailua. Vedder played the Hawaiian ukelele at a 2012 re-election fundraiser for Obama in Tampa, Fla.
  • Obamas drop $1K for meal at Hawaii restaurant that charges $500K for membership

    01/03/2015 3:43:59 AM PST · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 2, 2015 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent a leisurely couple hours at Vintage Cave Honolulu, dropping an estimated $1,000 on a meal with wine at an upscale restaurant that actually charges $500,000 for those who want to buy a membership. Mr. Obama passed on the membership at the Vintage Cave Honolulu, but he did order the price-fix menu at $295 per plate, Mediate reported. And, according to Honolulu Magazine, “the total bill for two, with wine, will approach $1,000.” The restaurant bills itself on its website this way:
  • Obama’s golf game displaces Army wedding

    12/29/2014 9:15:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 29, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    President Obama’s golf game on Sunday forced a pair of Army captains to move their nuptials to a different location, Bloomberg reports. Edward Mallue Jr. and Natalie Heimel had planned to tie the knot on the 16th tee at Kaneohe Klipper golf course when management informed them that they would have to wait a day so the president could hit the links. Kaneohe Klipper is an 18-hole championship course on the military base that offers views of the Ko’olau Mountains and Pacific coastline. The episode is the second time the president’s golf game has caused a commotion since he began...
  • Obama's Golf Game Displaces Army Wedding

    12/29/2014 9:43:16 AM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 29, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    President Obama’s golf game on Sunday forced a pair of Army captains to move their nuptials to a different location, Bloomberg reports. Edward Mallue Jr. and Natalie Heimel had planned to tie the knot on the 16th tee at Kaneohe Klipper golf course when management informed them that they would have to wait a day so the president could hit the links. Kaneohe Klipper is an 18-hole championship course on the military base that offers views of the Ko’olau Mountains and Pacific coastline. The episode is the second time the president’s golf game has caused a commotion since he began...
  • BLIZZARD WARNING in Hawaii As Obama Vacations

    12/24/2014 4:14:33 PM PST · by Steven Tyler · 26 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Dec 24, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Weather.com reported: Yes, there are blizzard warnings on Christmas Eve in Hawaii, where the two highest mountain peaks on the Big Island will see a White Christmas. Lower elevations will see thunderstorms and heavy rain and are under flash flood watches through this evening. There is also the risk of mudslides in steep terrain. Up to 7 inches of snow possible on Hawaii summits http://t.co/oJffrB28Ax
  • Obama, Still on Vacation, Asks Biden to Attend Slain Cop’s Funeral

    12/24/2014 6:48:33 AM PST · by PROCON · 27 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 23, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    While President Obama is vacationing in Hawaii, he has dispatched Vice President Joe Biden to attend the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos, one of the police officers murdered in New York City. “The President has asked Vice President Biden to attend the service for Officer Rafael Ramos and is grateful that the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will be traveling to New York City to attend the service on Saturday,” the White House Deputy Press Secretary said in a statement.
  • Splash: Obama 'eagerly looking forward to' 17-day Hawaii vacation

    12/15/2014 12:02:54 PM PST · by PROCON · 56 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The first family is returning to Hawaii for their seventh straight Christmas vacation, a 17-day break President Obama is “eagerly looking forward to.” The White House has announced that the president and his family with depart Washington on Friday and is expected to return Jan. 4. “On Friday, the first family will depart the White House en route to Honolulu, Hawaii — a flight that I know the president himself is eagerly looking forward to,” said spokesman Josh Earnest.
  • Obama’s 2014 Christmas Card to the CIA

    12/10/2014 10:27:36 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/10/14 | Judi McLeod
    Meanwhile, Merry Christmas, America, from the all-year-round, no-goodwill, most anti-American president in all of history This time last year, the Obamas were figuratively thumbing their noses at out-of-work, winter-bound masses via multiple stories about their upcoming sixth-in-a-row, lavish Christmas holiday in Hawaii. This year, only one story about the annual Christmas trek to Kailua can be found in the mainstream media or on the entire internet. So far, not a peep about presidential Christmas holidays 2014 on WhiteHouse.gov. “President Barack Obama plans to return to Hawaii again this year for his annual Christmas vacation, and he and his family will...
  • The Ghost Hotels of the Catskills

    08/25/2014 9:42:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 25, 2014 | Brandon Presser
    Phones on desks, linens on beds, catalog cards spilling out of the filing cabinets—all covered with a fine patina of dust. Neglected for years, and abandoned in seconds, it’s like a modern-day Pompeii in which the earth suddenly reclaimed its souls as they went about their daily business. But this isn’t fodder for the next Dean Koontz thriller; it’s real, and its 100 miles north of New York City. Sullivan County once boasted 538 hotels and over 50,000 bungalows, but today practically nothing remains of this illustrious, vacationing era, save crumbling towers and abandoned estates. Walking through the haunting wreckage—thirsty...
  • Obama Argues He Needs A Vacation Without the Press Following Him

    09/07/2014 7:02:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 91 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 9/7/14 | Pam Key
    Sunday on NBC´s "Meet The Press," host Chuck Todd took President Barack Obama to task for the optics of going golfing moments after his statement on ISIS beheading journalist James Foley. Obama complained during his vacations he would "love" not to be followed by the press. “You know, it is always a challenge when you’re supposed to be on vacation, because you’re followed everywhere, part of what I would love is a vacation from the press," Obama said. The president did take some responsibility saying, “But there’s no doubt that after having talked to the families, where it was hard...
  • President Obama Checks Stonehenge Off His Bucket List

    09/06/2014 10:56:27 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 55 replies
    ABCNews ^ | Sep 5, 2014 2:59pm | Ann Compton
    President Obama Checks Stonehenge Off His Bucket List By Ann Compton Sep 5, 2014 After a grueling week of foreign policy crises that must have often seemed like trying to push boulders up a mountain, President Obama took a surprise detour on the way home. Marine One flew him halfway across England so he could walk amid the mysterious and awe-inspiring boulders of Stonehenge. “Spectacular” he kept saying. The president walked alone amid the towering slabs at sunset, humbled. “How cool is this?” he asked.
  • Governor Palin: ‘No Drama Obama’s Summer Casual Agenda for America’

    08/29/2014 9:15:39 PM PDT · by Bratch · 11 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | August 29 2014 | Sarah Palin via Steve Flesher
    Via Facebook: No Drama Obama’s Summer Casual Agenda for America (or What He Didn’t Do On My Summer Vacation)There is absolutely nothing important going on in the world right now.There are no security threats, no worldwide turmoil affecting America’s interests, no civil war in Syria, South Sudan, or Libya. No war on our ally, Israel. No Ebola epidemic devastating West Africa and spreading. No race riots tearing apart a whole community in Missouri. No Russian aggression in Ukraine. No deranged North Korean dictator testing more missiles. No Chinese jets getting up close and personal with our American military. No brave American...
  • Playin' Two Rounds (Song Parody)

    08/26/2014 9:16:25 AM PDT · by LonePalm · 6 replies
    LonePalm | 26 August 2014 | LonePalm
    Playin’ two RoundsWords and Music to Draggin' The Line by Tommy James and Bob King Parody and Copyright by LonePalm Makin' vacation the old, hard way. Puttin' and drivin' hard day by day. I dig blow and grass and the well kept grounds. Playin' two rounds [Playin’ two rounds]. Michael Brown is pushin’ up Daisies. Raisin’ more funds from my far left crazies. They dig blow and grass and the well kept grounds. Playin’ two rounds [Playin’ two rounds]. Playin’ two rounds [Playin’ two rounds]. I feel grand. Got lots of cash in hand. Speeches are all pre-planned. What can’t...
  • Feeling rested? Smiling president returns to the White House after relaxing in Martha's Vineyard

    08/25/2014 5:03:20 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | August 25, 2014
    Complete Headline: Feeling rested? Smiling president returns to the White House after relaxing in Martha's Vineyard amid ISIS and Ferguson crises President Barack Obama's summer vacation off the Massachusetts coast has come to an end. The president returned to the White House late Sunday after spending two weeks with his family on the island of Martha's Vineyard. What a break it turned out to be. His attempt at rest and relaxation was largely overtaken by events involving Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, including the videotaped execution of an American journalist they had been holding hostage, and the unrest...
  • Obama's vacation ends (None too soon)

    08/24/2014 7:59:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 24, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    President Obama boarded a plane back to Washington late Sunday after a two-week trip to Martha's Vineyard plagued by criticism from Republicans and some Democrats. Republicans continuously criticized Obama during the trip for vacationing while events unfolded in Iraq and Ferguson, Mo. The trip will likely be remembered most by critics for Obama’s nine rounds of golf. However, he also held conversations with nine foreign leaders and delivered four statements to the press, according to The Associated Press, which kept a tally of everything that went on during the 14-day break. Obama spoke at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser...
  • President Obama’s Vacation by The Numbers (29.5 Hours On The Golf Course As Race Riots Rage ...)

    08/18/2014 1:19:06 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 18, 2014 | Mary Bruce
    As President Obama gets ready to interrupt his vacation for two days of meetings at the White House, here’s a look at how he spent the past week on Martha’s Vineyard: During NINE days of vacation, the president played SIX rounds of golf on TWO courses with 11 different partners, spending roughly 29.5 hours on the links. He made TWO family outings to the beach, spending roughly SIX and a HALF hours soaking up the sun and surf. [Snip} He ... delivered TWO public statements on TWO different topics, Iraq and the situation in Ferguson, Mo. [Snip] He went for...
  • The Obama Vacation Beat: Friday, August 15, A perfect day for a bike ride in the State Forest

    08/16/2014 6:12:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Martha's Vineyard Times ^ | August 15, 2014 | BY NELSON SIGELMAN
    On another gorgeous Martha’s Vineyard summer day, President Obama, Michelle and daughter Malia behaved like any other vacationing family — the difference being a train of SUVs, reporters and Secret Service agents — and went for a bike ride in the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest. President Obama departed his vacation home in Chilmark at 11:18 am for West Tisbury, according to pool press reports. The motorcade arrived at a bike path in West Tisbury at 11:38 am and the Obamas and their security contingent pedaled away. The traveling press pool traveled by van a few miles to a scenic...
  • Barack Obama's 'vacation from hell'

    08/15/2014 5:25:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/15/2014 | By CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    President Barack Obama really wanted to take a vacation. But then the world intervened. The president’s plan to snag two weeks off in Martha’s Vineyard has been an utter failure, marking his worst attempt at relaxation since the Detroit underwear bomber consumed his 2009 Christmas holiday in Hawaii. On the eve of his departure late last week, Obama authorized airstrikes in Iraq to beat back Islamist militants from committing genocide. Then as he wrapped up his first round of golf on the Massachusetts island Saturday night, The Atlantic interview with Hillary Clinton hit the Web, sparking days of speculation about...
  • Obama briefed on Ferguson as protests, police clash

    08/14/2014 6:48:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Fox ^ | 8/14/14
    .... Obama was briefed Wednesday night on the intensifying situation in a St. Louis suburb where protesters continue to clash with police in the wake of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager....
  • Vacationing Obama Style -- Hypocrisy's Finest Hour

    08/14/2014 4:27:24 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 18 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | 8/13/14 | Mark Alexander
    MVI is known as one of the wealthiest and whitest places on earth for its lack of racial and economic diversity, which makes it the perfect getaway for Democrat charlatans. Now, if your only source for information on Obama is the White House press blog, you’d never know he’s on vacation, because there’s been no mention of “Martha’s Vineyard” – and for good reason. Exotic presidential vacations don’t go over well when all those “hard-working Americans” Obama so often exploits in his stump speeches are barely making ends meet because of his failed economic policies. Indeed, illegal immigrants are streaming...
  • Amerika’s Son-Of-A-Beach: Sub-Par

    08/13/2014 5:25:56 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-13-2013 | MOTUS
    Boy, it’s not just Ferguson, Missouri; racism is breaking out all over the place. For example, have you seen what Dana Milbank wrote? President Obama must really be teed off.Hillary Rodham Clinton, his once-loyal secretary of state and his likeliest successor, has gone rogue, criticizing his foreign policy as too timid.Obama responded with not one but two rounds of golf. And even Jimmy Fallon is writing racist jokes now: “After spending yesterday at the beach, Obama said, “This has been fun, but I should really get back...to the golf course.” What is it with the obsession with Big Guy’s vacation?...
  • Trey Gowdy Wants to Defund Obama’s Vacations, And He’s 100% Right

    07/21/2014 7:38:12 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 59 replies
    t seems like just about every week Trey Gowdy is in the news as he fights the good fight against Obama and the liberals. He’s been relentless going after the administration on Benghazi and other scandals, and calling out Democrats like Nancy Pelosi on their “mind-numbing” stupidity. Gowdy has also announced support for a lawsuit against Obama for failing to do his basic executive duties. He’s now got another suggestion to rein in this reckless administration: Defund Obama’s vacations as a punishment for executive overreach. Awesome.
  • A "Tone-Deaf" Obama Mocked By The [NY Times] For Vacationing While The World Burns

    07/20/2014 11:22:22 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 20, 2014
    When it comes to mocking president Obama, there is no easier or more effective way than focusing on his vacation/golfing schedule. The conservative Washington Examiner did just that last week, before the latest Malaysian Airlines disaster, when it reported that "It's going to be hot tubs, basketball, tennis and golf for the first family this summer, having set plans for a 16-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., on a $12 million, 10-acre forested estate on the southwestern corner of the island. Reports from the Bay State indicate that President Obama and his family will vacation August 9-24 at the 8,100-square...
  • Obama Gives ‘Baptist’ Group $190 Million To Build Illegal Immigrant Resorts & Offices in Six Cities

    07/16/2014 12:37:14 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 55 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | July 16 2014 | Jim Hoft
    As reported earlier today by Kristinn Taylor… The Obama administration has awarded a $50 million contract to a charitable group to buy a Texas resort hotel and transform it in to a 600 bed facility for juvenile illegal aliens. The beautiful Palm Aire resort and hotel has an indoor Olympic sized pool and an outdoor pool.  Free Wi-Fi and cable TV are included in the simply decorated guest rooms. The Palm Aire Hotel and Suites is set to be sold to Baptist Child & Family Services (BCFS) operating under a federal contract, pending local government approval, according to reports from Weslaco,...
  • CURL: The hypocrisy of Obama’s 15-day Vineyard vacation

    07/13/2014 6:04:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 13, 2014 | Joseph Curl
    On April 1, the U.S. economy dropped a whopping 2.9 percent for the first three months of the year (no fooling). The American workforce participation rate fell to a 40-year low. One-third of people aged 18-29 have moved back in with their parents. Millions of Americans this summer will enjoy yet another “staycation”: They just can’t afford to go to the beach or the mountains, even for a week — again. Swipe cut to President Obama: He’s eating shave ice in Honolulu; playing golf (some 180 rounds so far); jetting off to Martha’s Vineyard for a 15-day vacation in a...
  • Obama returning to Martha’s Vineyard for 2014 summer vacay: report

    It's back to the Vineyard for the Obamas. The first family will again descend on the Massachusetts retreat this summer, likely from Aug. 9 to 23.
  • Amid border crisis, Obama to take 15-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard

    07/10/2014 11:41:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 82 replies
    The Washington Times. ^ | July 10, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    President Obama is taking a 15-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard next month, despite the widespread criticism he’s received for not visiting the U.S.-Mexico border while it descends into chaos. The Obamas will leave Washington on Saturday, Aug. 9, and stay at a $12 million vacation home in Martha’s Vineyard until Sunday, Aug. 24, the White House confirmed late Wednesday. The president is expected to return to Chilmark and stay in a secluded house off North Road that overlooks the north shore and Vineyard Sound, the Martha’s Vineyard Times reported. Though not confirmed by the White House, the Obamas are expected...
  • The jobs report knows: Americans aren't planning to take a summer vacation

    07/04/2014 6:01:47 PM PDT · by GilGil · 17 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 7/3/2014 | Jana Kasperkevic
    Economists and lawmakers view the jobs report as good news. The US economy gained 288,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1%. One economist even said the report is "as good an excuse as any to enjoy the weekend's fireworks." Yet as Americans struggle to make do with their stagnant wages and the bills that never seem to stop piling up, one thing has to go: vacations. So as businesses anticipate a slower summer, thousands of restaurant and hotel workers are left without work.
  • Who’s to Blame for High Airfares?

    06/24/2014 8:18:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/24/14 | Bryan Riley
    Airline ticket prices are soaring this summer. Prices are up 12 percent since 2009, even after adjusting for inflation. When customers of Spirit Airlines book their flights, they can see exactly what they’re paying for. Spirit provides a breakdown of individual factors that make up the total cost of an airline ticket, including the base fare, fuel prices, and taxes/fees (aka the government’s cut).
  • ISIS ADVANCES – BAGHDAD AIRPORT UNDER ASSAULT (Photos)

    06/15/2014 8:07:30 PM PDT · by blueyon · 78 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/15/14 | Jim Hoft
    ISIS TERRORISTS BEGIN ASSAULT ON BAGHDAD— Baghdad International Airport under Assault– Here’s a new image reportedly of an explosion at the Baghdad airport. The Battle for Baghdad has begun…
  • News Analysis: Obama in tough spot amid worsening Iraqi chaos

    06/15/2014 7:31:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Xinhua China News ^ | June 15, 2014 | By Matthew Rusling
    Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is in a tough spot as Islamic militants sweep across northern Iraq, overtaking two major cities as tens of thousands of Iraqi government troops reportedly abandon their posts. Fighters from the Sunni group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are reportedly beheading victims in a bid to instill fear as they sweep through the country's north, and have vowed to attack the national capital city of Baghdad. The mayhem puts Obama in a sticky position. After more than a decade of wars in the Middle East, trillions of taxpayer dollars spent and...
  • Court: Dead workers have right to holidays (European Court of Justice)

    06/13/2014 1:23:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    The Local ^ | 12 Jun 2014 14:55 GMT+02:00
    Dead workers in Germany have a right to any annual leave which they’ve failed to claim at the time of their death, Europe’s top court ruled on Thursday. In a case brought by a widow from North Rhine-Westphalia, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled she was entitled to money from her dead husband’s employer for the holiday he had failed to claim. The dead man, named only as Mr. Bollacke, worked for the retailer K+K from August 1998 to November 2010, when he died. …
  • The Wild Children of Yesteryear

    06/01/2014 6:40:44 PM PDT · by windcliff · 65 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5-31-14 | JON GRINSPAN
    PHILADELPHIA — DINNER with your children in 19th-century America often required some self-control. Berry stains in your daughter’s hair? Good for her. Raccoon bites running up your boy’s arms? Bet he had an interesting day. As this year’s summer vacation begins, many parents contemplate how to rein in their kids. But there was a time when Americans pushed in the opposite direction, preserved in Mark Twain’s cat-swinging scamps. Parents back then encouraged kids to get some wildness out of their system, to express the republic’s revolutionary values. American children of the 19th century had a reputation. Returning British visitors reported...
  • Obama’s Secret Service Entourage in Africa Cost Taxpayers Over $2M (Total cost $60M to $100M)

    05/30/2014 3:03:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 30, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) – The cost for the lodging, entertainment, and security by the Secret Service for the June 2013 Africa trip by President Barack Obama and his family cost $2,189,727, according to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch. In addition, the flights costs to, around, and from Africa for that trip cost $8,104,224, and the total cost of the trip has been estimated by numerous media reports as somewhere between $60 million and $100 million. “The Obamas clearly either do not understand the value of a dollar – or understand it all...
  • Just How Much Beyond the Presidential Salary Do The Obamas Spend on Travel and Vacays?

    05/01/2014 7:58:36 PM PDT · by Aria · 27 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 5/1/2014 | Michael Hausam
    Obama administration travel and vacation documents were released yesterday by Judicial Watch, and they reveal an unprecedented level of executive branch leisure spending. According to public information: “As of 2001, the president earns a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment. The most recent raise in salary was approved by Congress and President Bill Clinton in 1999 and went into effect in 2001.” Obtained via a Freedom of Information request, here are some of the Obama presidency’s spending items: Since 2009, a total of $40,000,000 has been spent....
  • Obama-Biden vacation tab reaches $40 million --- $2.9 million alone for two Obama 2014 golf

    04/30/2014 8:20:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/30/14 | Paul Bedard
    The travel costs for vacations taken by the first family and the Bidens have reached over $40 million with the Air Force´s revelation that two golf outings by President Obama this year cost $2.9 million, according to the taxpayer watchdog group Judicial Watch. The group said that the Air Force provided documents and records that put the price of the first family´s trip to Key Largo, Fla., in March at $885,683 just for flying Air Force One. The travel costs to golf in Palm Springs, Calif., in February, where the president also met with King Abdullah II of Jordan, was
  • Breaking: Wind Arrives in the Forbidden City

    03/21/2014 8:03:43 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 65 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-21-2013 | MOTUS
    For those of you who’ve been missing the fashion updates of the recently shuttered Mrs. O site, good news! I think she’s taken her keen eye for fashion over to Huffpo. At least this sounds like her: Velvet and patchwork and shine -- oh, my. Michelle Obama, along with daughters Sasha and Malia and mother Marian Robinson, arrived in China Thursday, but you'd never know by looking at them that they just took a 14 hour flight. The ladies of the first family not only look fresh-faced, but extremely fashionable as well in their travel outfits. FLOTUS stunned in a...
  • Obama’s Increasingly Weak And Frivolous Presidency

    03/21/2014 5:53:34 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 44 replies
    No one should begrudge the President a little rest and frivolity. There is a time and a place for it. The issue for a President is picking the time and place for such things. George W. Bush refused to golf once the wars started, deciding that the appearance of the President golfing sent the wrong message. Bush was forever attacked for spending a month at his ranch every summer, despite the fact that he had the same access to the government and the world that he had in the White House. Bill Clinton took less vacation time than Bush, spending...
  • No Reporters on Michelle Obama's Trip to China

    03/19/2014 6:17:34 AM PDT · by don-o · 53 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 18, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    First Lady Michelle Obama will be accompanied by her children and her mother on her trip to China, which begins today. But she won't be accompanied by the press. "Michelle Obama’s trip to China starting on Wednesday will be nonpolitical, the White House says, a 'people-to-people exchange' emphasizing the importance that both nations place on education. As if to underscore the point, no reporters are traveling with the first lady, and she does not plan to give interviews while there," reports the New York Times. The White House is defending the first lady bringing her family along for the ride...
  • President Obama shows Vineyard fore-sight

    03/18/2014 11:23:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 19, 2014 | Gayle Fee
    Like the swallows to Capistrano, the White House advance peeps have hit Martha’s Vineyard scoping out yet another Obama presidential vacation. Ukraine? Crimea? Putin? The president’s going to Mad Martha’s! Word from The Rock is that Barry, first lady Michelle and kids Sasha and Malia will land on the island sometime around Aug. 9 for a week or so. As you are so well aware, the first family has vacationed on the Vineyard every summer of Obama’s presidency, with the exception, of course, of 2012, when he was up for re-election and canoodling with the beautiful people in a $30...
  • As the weekend begins let's remember that for some of us the weekend is every day (16 images)

    03/14/2014 4:44:39 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-14-14 | The Looking Spoon
  • Obama Visits Ocean Reef (Key Largo Florida)

    03/13/2014 11:46:32 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 8 replies
    Key West Citizen and Bait Wrapper ^ | March 12, 2014 | JOSH GORE Free Press Staff
    NORTH KEY LARGO -- President Barack Obama spent his first weekend in Key Largo without ever leaving the secluded Ocean Reef Club. The president traveled from Washington, D.C., to Florida last Friday morning, accompanied by U.S. Congressman Joe Garcia, D-Miami, with whom he discussed the situation in Venezuela, immigration reform, implementation of the Affordable Care Act and skyrocketing flood insurance rates, Garcia's office said. After arriving in Miami, the president, with First Lady Michelle Obama, visited Coral Reef Senior High School, where he spoke to hundreds of teenagers about education and financial aid. From there, the Obamas were taken by...
  • Obama Completes Fun-in-the-Sun Weekend

    03/10/2014 2:20:29 PM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 3/10/2014 | Keith Koffler
    President Obama Sunday returned from yet another golf vacation, this one a two-day excursion to Key Largo with First Lady Michelle Obama. The Obamas stayed at the ritzy Ocean Reef Club, requiring a major security operation to ensure their safety and happiness. “The White House rented several houses in Ocean Reef and security in the community was tight,” according to KeysInfoNet, which said F-16s had to be scrambled a couple of times to escort private planes out of the area. It’s the third vacation of the year for the Obamas, following their annual sojourn in Hawaii in January and separate...