These Are The Things Michelle Obama Finds More Important Than Church

The most attention-starved first lady in recent history made yet another talk show appearance this week, sitting down with “Live with Kelly and Michael” co-host Michael Strahan on the White House lawn.

Before the conversation started, the segment began on an awkward note as Michelle joined in the audience’s applause upon her introduction.

“You don’t have to clap for yourself,” Strahan explained.

From there, however, the interview quickly redirected to the Obamas’ Easter celebration the previous day. She explained the family went to church, describing the event as a rare occurrence – especially for a family about whom candidate Barack declared faith was a central theme.

“We definitely try to go to church every Easter if we can,” she said. Other Sundays, however, are apparently less about God and more about recovering from the latest taxpayer-funded vacation.

Michelle said “we really try to use Sunday as a family downtime where we can kind of breathe and catch up and maybe take a little nap every now and then if we’re not working.”

While Christians across the nation look forward to weekend services as a way to worship with their church family and receive a relevant message of faith, the Obamas are apparently more apt to dream about God than visit His house.

“We could be loungin’ and nappin’,” she elaborated.

After the family’s trip to church for Easter service, Michelle explained they enjoyed a family dinner that would undoubtedly be banned from any public school adhering to her nutritional mandates.

“We sat around really full because we ate too much,” the anti-obesity activist recalled. “It was successful; we were full.”

The interview also touched on the Obamas’ parenting style.

“We like any parents, we love to embarrass them,” she said of their two daughters. Each parent has their own way of embarrassing the kids, she added.

“If they’re, like, looking a little, you know, uninvolved in an event,” she said, “I’ll just lean over and be like, ‘If you don’t smile, I’m gonna start dancin’.”

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You Won’t Believe How Big Obama’s Earth Day ‘Carbon Footprint’ Is

It is not a new phenomenon for leftist activists to expect others to follow their rhetoric but not their example. Such hypocrisy, however, has only become more prominent as it relates to the hysteria over man-caused global warming.

Al Gore, who became a pioneer in promulgating climate hysteria by spreading unfounded accusations and speculation on the issue, is also one of the least personally credible sources. For instance, he resided in a sprawling estate, using far more energy than the average American could ever dream of, while producing the propagandistic film “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Years later, he sold his struggling cable network to Al Jazeera, despite the fact that the news organization is funded by oil barons in the Middle East.

Gore, however, is far from the only hypocrite capable of demonizing the meager carbon emissions of ordinary citizens while jetting around the world and, according to the left’s logic, ushering in a climatological holocaust.

As America celebrated Earth Day Tuesday, Barack Obama marked the occasion by emitting about 15 times more carbon – in one trip – than the average American releases in an entire year.

According to reports, he began the day with a cross-country flight from the nation’s capital to Washington State. That trip sent out an estimated 568,032 pounds of carbon into the atmosphere. Ordinary citizens, on the other hand, are responsible for creating about 38,000 pounds of carbon each year.

That trip, however, was just the beginning of Obama’s pollution-heavy schedule. He was also set to begin an international trip to Asia, which would create nearly 1.2 million additional pounds of carbon emissions. In total, the two trips are expected to create nearly 890 tons of carbon.

Of course, the peripheral entourage – a backup plane, cargo planes, helicopters, support staff, limousine, etc. – means the true amount of emissions created during the tour will be much greater.

Still, leftists are capable of telling hardworking Americans – with a straight face – that they will destroy the planet unless they agree to trade in their incandescent bulbs for more expensive and dangerous compact fluorescents.

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You’ll Never Guess Who’s On The Clintons’ Enemies List

Holiday weekends often produce unusual news.

For me, this Easter weekend was especially strange. You see, late on Friday, the Clinton Presidential Library released some documents that revealed something I’ve known for decades but had trouble proving…

My name was on the Clinton White House’s list of spies and enemies.

Now, such lists aren’t new, but they were rarely ever seen by anyone outside of the administration. Beginning in 1978, however, the Presidential Records Act changed the ownership of presidential and White House documents, making it mandatory that they be released over a fixed timetable.

Without such a law, I doubt the Clintons would’ve ever let this most interesting document, “The Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce,” see daylight.

Under Pressure From the Political Elite

Originally, this document was 331 pages. Unfortunately, what the Clintons released was reduced to only 28 pages, and much of the information had been scrubbed.

But even the redacted version exposes the Clintons’ favorite method of spiking stories from the news, a method that has been perfected by the Obama machine.

The document claims that Joseph Farah (of the Western Journalism Center) and I were engaged in a conspiracy to spread illegitimate investigative reportage.

Here’s how the report articulates the point: “The Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce refers to the mode of communication employed by the right wing to convey their fringe stories into legitimate subjects of coverage by the mainstream media.”

By making the stories somehow the domain of odious right-wingers, the Clinton team believed they could intimidate mainstream outlets from covering these stories.

The report continues:

“This is how the stream works: Well-funded right-wing think tanks and individuals underwrite conservative newsletters and newspapers such as the Western Journalism CenterThe American Spectator and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Next, the stories are reprinted on the internet where they are bounced into the mainstream media through one of two ways: 1) The story will be picked up by the British tabloids and covered as a major story, from which the American right-of-center mainstream media (i.e., The Wall Street JournalWashington Times and New York Post) will then pick the story up; or 2) The story will be bounced directly from the internet to the right-of-center mainstream American media. After the mainstream right-of-center media covers the story, Congressional committees will look into the story. After Congress looks into the story, the story now has the legitimacy to be covered by the remainder of the American mainstream press as a ‘real’ story.”

All I can say is, wow, they really are paranoid.

I had a completely different take of what was going on during this same period…

At the time, I was the editor of a small newsletter called Clinton Watch, and we covered stories ignored by the mainstream news media.

This was in the days before the internet was widely used, and news traveled more slowly. To try to speed stories up, I employed the most high-tech tool I had at the time… a fax machine. I would fax stories to various reporters in the much larger mainstream media, even if they mostly ignored what I had to say.

Yet this is how the report describes it: “The media food chain is the system by which right-wing activists feed conspiracy theories and innuendo from the fringes into the mainstream media. The ‘food chain’ starts with activists such as Willie Horton creator Floyd Brown, Sheffield Nelson and Larry Nichols. These activists feed the partisan conservative press. Publications such as The American Spectator, theWashington Times and the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. The mainstream press then picks up on these reports.”

In fact, I openly shared the stories with any reporters who would listen. Mostly, only the conservative press took note. I was routinely frustrated by the other American media groups’ reluctance to cover important stories just because they were pressured to back off by the powerful elite.

This is the reason I shifted careers and became a full-time scribe. You see, for the country to function properly, we need an informed citizenry. Thus I pledge to you that I’ll continue to write and share stories spiked by the pressure of the political elite. I work for you, the reader, and no amount of pressure from the bigwigs of D.C. will shut me up.

 

This commentary originally appeared at CapitolHillDaily.org and is reprinted here with permission. 

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Watch BLM Whistleblower Reveal What Could Be The Real Reason Behind Bundy Ranch Stand-off

Meet BLM whistleblower Rusty Hill, who uncovered the corporations and shady land deals connected to Reid Bunkerville LLC, Zion Bank Corp, and BLM lands surrounding the Bundy properties.

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Guess What This Democrat Just Admitted About Obamacare (It Isn’t Pretty)

In a recent radio interview, Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch conceded what millions of ObamaCare opponents already realized. While there is already plenty for critics to complain about, he noted that future mandates will only make the healthcare law less sustainable and more unpopular.

There is a simple reason the administration has systematically staggered the implementation of certain details within the law, he explained.

“There are parts of ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act, that have been postponed because they are unpalatable,” he said. “As these provisions come into effect, the administration thus far is saying ‘we can’t handle this now so we’re going to delay it.’”

At some point in the future, however, the other shoe will drop.

“It’s going to hit the fan,” he concluded, noting aspects of the law including mandatory registrations and penalties will give Americans an even clearer look at what a disaster ObamaCare truly is.

“Any individual with an individual healthcare plan that exceeds $10,200 is in a ‘Cadillac plan’,” he said, explaining employers will have to pay “a 40 percent tax on the amount over the maximum established under the Affordable Care Act.”

This represents the first time in American history that healthcare plans have been subject to a tax, Lynch said. Frustratingly, he concluded we are likely stuck with the law at this point.

“I think it would be impossible for a repeal right now,” he said, “because you’ve taken on 31 million new people.”

While he feels that providing insurance to more Americans is “a good thing,” he said the “problem has always been paying for it.”

To do so, Lynch reasoned, those with existing healthcare plans will be on the hook financially, even as they see their policies morphed into coverage that abides by ObamaCare’s mandates.

The administration “made a promise to the 270 million who already had healthcare that your healthcare will either be the same or improved by this,” he said, admitting that will be a “tough promise to live up to under this system.”

Reports indicate Lynch was the only member of his state’s congressional delegation to vote against ObamaCare in 2010. Four years later, it is clear he recognized a threat most of his fellow Democrats were unable – or unwilling – to see.

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