Michelle Antoinette

Life’s a party and a feast for First Lady Michelle Obama.

On their vacation to Maine she and President Obama dined on lobster, while the kids had a shrimp basket (no worries about the fried food?) then went on to an ice cream shop. But you regular Americans should vacation in the Gulf and watch your cholesterol.

And don’t forget Bo, their Portuguese water dog (didn’t Obama commit to getting a rescue dog?). Bo had no worries about missing the family since he was flown in his own plane by himself, except for a few aides, to Maine to greet the family. Hmm, wonder how he likes his steak?

Tonight, the Obamas will throw a party featuring Broadway luminaries such as pianist Marvin Hamlisch and actor Nathan Lane so getting back to business after their trip won’t be too tough a task. And, they seem to have settled in to a weekly Wednesday night party for hundreds so they can make it to hump day. With only four vacations since April, relaxation should be a priority, don’t you think?

The only parallel I don’t see between Michelle and Marie Antoinette is she certainly will never say “let them eat cake.”

Tehran in Greenwood, Mississippi

Think Sharia law can’t come to the American South?

In Greenwood, Mississippi, the Islamic Republic of Iran is putting down roots in our health care system.

According to an article in the July 1 issue of AARP’s “Bulletin,” while Congress was lurching towards a Health Care Reform bill, the National Institute of Health and Iran’s ministry of health organized a tour of Iran’s health care system. They focused on looking at “health houses” in rural Iran with an eye towards implentation in the Mississippi Delta.

These health houses use villagers trained to provide basic services and take care of sanitation, water testing and environmental projects, according to writer Joel K. Bourne. They are supervised by doctors at a regional health center and care for 80 percent of cases. Prevention is part of their mandate, too.

The article mentions Greenwood, Belzoni and Mound Bayou as places where the Iranians have taken a look.

“Despite its reputation in America as an international pariah with an infamous human rights record – part of former President George W. Bush’s  ‘axis of evil’ – Iran has won kudos from the World Health Organization for its innovative primary health care system,” Bourne writes. Well, yes, there is that little quibble we have with them about undermining our culture, obtaining nuclear weaponry and destroying Israel.

Not a problem, continues health care consultant James Miller.

“Yes,” he says, “Iran is a rogue nation. But if the Iranians came up with a cure for cancer, would we not use it just because we dislike their leaders?”

Seems like an enormous non sequitur to me; do you trust people with your life who ultimately want to annihilate that life? I choose no.

It doesn’t seem like a leap to me from infiltrating our health care system to infiltrating our legal system from a country that feels strongly about pushing Shariah law on the rest of humanity. Should we give Iran a foot in the door of our country? Can we trust them in anything? It’s shocking that it is even considered.

Tea Party Book Party

Before announcing author Laura Ingraham at her book signing Saturday, Memphis Tea Party president Mark Skoda had a few things to say about the dust up with the NAACP.

Skoda recounted his CNN interview where he discussed the racism charges made against the Tea Party with Hillary Shelton, a representative from the NAACP.

“I invited them to meet with Tea Party people” to attempt a dialog, Skoda said. Later “CNN called me back and said they got a ton of positive email” about the exchange, more than their usual amount.

He then went on to introduce Ron Ramsey, Tennessee gubernatorial candidate, who said he was “flattered to have Tea Party support. We (the U.S.) are teetering,” he continued. “Do we want to be the freedom loving people we have been or more like Europe? ”

Also present were other candidates including Charlotte Bergmann, who is hoping to win the race for Tennessee’s 9th Congressional district. I wish she had been given time to say a few words. It was puzzling.

“Diary” dishes

Radio talk show host, author and conservative commentator Laura Ingraham delivered some zingers at her book signing Saturday, July 17 at the Hilton hotel.

In town to promote her new book, “The Obama Diaries,” a tongue in cheek look at the Obama presidency, Ingraham said, “I want to do to the Obamas what they did to Sarah Palin.” Humor and satire, like Saul Alinsky’s recommended tactics, are her vehicles to achieve this. “I can assure you,” she said, “that there is more truth in these diaries than in any Robert Gibbs press conference – ever.”

“The Obamas don’t like you,” she told a Tea Party/Republican audience. “You drive them crazy because you’re effective. The first sign of a successful movement is when you’re demonized,” she continued.

Commenting on the Obamas’ vacation in Maine (“the little people go to the Gulf” don’t you know) Ingraham wondered if  coercing Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins might possibly be on the menu along with the lobster.

“The first public pictures of their vacation were of the First Family getting ice cream. I recall Michelle Obama saying ‘dessert is not a right. We don’t have it at every meal.’  Apparently not,” Ingraham said. “Since they have it between meals.”

“I object to the White House using the obesity issue to get more money from Congress, nine billion of which will include what’s in school vending machines. I don’t need them to tell me how to cut the pork,” she quipped.

Calling the Health Care Reform bill “terrifying,” Ingraham noted its ill effects are already starting.
“More doctors are leaving. More are not taking Medicare patients. And insurance companies are raising premiums, not lowering them.”

Ingraham sees a bitter fight ahead for us. “They’ve done serious damage to the country. But we must be warriors for America.”

But comfort comes to her in remembrance of her exit interview with Ronald Reagan.
“I was 23. I was shaking and nervous going into his office. I was going onto law school. I was the last one leaving when President Reagan called out to me. ‘By the way, Laura,’ he said, ‘make it matter.’

“I always take that with me. As long as I am breathing I will do everything in my power to stop those like Obama who want to make us into a version of their more perfect union and lose our freedom.”

Laura Ingraham Book Signing

Laura Ingraham was in town today at the Ridgeway Hilton to speak to a Memphis TEA Party group and sign her new book, “The Obama Diaries.”

Laura Signs Books
Georgeann King checks out the book-signing action with Laura Ingraham in the background.
Ron Ramsey
Georgeann gets a picture with Lang Wiseman, left, Chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party, and Ron Ramsey, the Memphis TEA Party's pick as GOP candidate in the Aug. 5 primary.
Charlotte Bergmann
Charlotte Bergman, GOP candidate for U.S. Congress from the 9th District, greeted many of her TEA Party friends at the event.
David Lenoir
David Lenoir, GOP candidate for Shelby County Trustee.
Mark Skoda
Mark Skoda, founder of the Memphis TEA Party, introduced Laura Ingraham and Ron Ramsey to the crowd.

Pugilistic Politics

Everytime I see Steve Cohen’s yard signs with the message “Fighting for Memphis” I always find it disturbing. Fighting who? Is there a rabid band of anti Memphis people in Washington threatening attack? Are our fellow Americans the enemy? Are our fellow Memphians? What are we fighting for?

It’s just  illustrative of the divisive nature of Democrat political strategy. It’s always us against them, me against you. Someone’s always the victim that has to be defended. I wish we were back to the time when each American considered he was responsible for himself and to God.

Move along, no scandal here

Fox News’ anchor Megyn Kelly has been hot on the case of the Black Panther voter intimidation. She had a lengthy interview with J. Christian Adams of the Justice Dept. who told about the slam-dunk case being more or less dropped by the DOJ.

Yesterday she debated Democrat strategist Kirsten Powers and she didn’t hold back. Check this out:

Voter Intimidation

Watch the Fraud and Show Your Worth

It is well known that Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) has aspirations for the presidency. He has been visiting Republican conventions, such as the recent one in Nashville, and setting up fund raising pacs.

However, if he lets the alleged voter fraud that elected Al Franken to the Senate  continue, Pawlenty will not be a candidate worthy of consideration.

In the six month post election  recount, Pawlenty trusted the Democrat Secretary of State to fairly ascertain what went on even though he was funded by the George Soros project to elect Democrat Secretaries of state.

Now the Minnesota Majority has conducted a study of the recount that finds at least 341 convicted felons in largely Democratic Minneapolis-St. Paul voted illegally in the 2008 race between Franken and Coleman, the Republican incumbent.  Their final recount “showed Franken beat Coleman by 312 votes – fewer votes than the number of felons whose illegal ballots were counted,” according to their study. Furthermore, the report charges that efforts to get state and federal authorities to act on its findings have been “stonewalled” according to Fox News.

If Pawlenty can’t conduct an honest review and won’t stand up for a fellow Republican, in my opinion, he can’t be trusted. I’d like to see what his next move is.