Wednesday, December 31, 2014

We all know this guy Al Sharpton.

Anyone ever known him to be anything less than a loud mouth agitator disliked by many?

Here is a moment ya all been waiting for,

Al Sharpton, A Quiet Moment

Onlookers were dumbfounded last week, confronted with a strange, unsettling sight.  Somebody managed to pull himself together, and took a picture of the Reverend Al that will go down in history

 It was scary."  Someone pulled himself together long enough to call paramedics.  

"we didn't know what to do"

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Another Excuse to Loot and Destroy

Here we go again. 

Shooting Death of Black Man by White Officer Spurs Protests in St. Louis Suburb

This time there is VIDEO,

 Even if clear would anybody expect anything other than burning, looting etc.
We’ve seen the chanted lies,  HANDS UP DON’T SHOOT, I CAN’T BREATH to inflame the feral population. I am wondering if this time the mantra will be something along the lines of 

Officer Did Not Have Body Camera On

It is a now no win war when we suffer folk like always about Al

I don't know about New York City politic, the the concept that BIG AL reportedly has the ear of Mayor Bill de Blasio by itself would be disturbing. But then Mayor Blasio is a disturbing concept

It is the business of the folk of New York City. 

I am sitting here looking at this crook reportedly visited the White House 81

Well, Barry [aka Obama] learned big city politics in Chicago. 

Al Sharpton's $4.5 Million Tax Bill 

Another Obama IRA scandal to pile on other scandals.

Berkeley Officer-Involved Shooting 12-23-2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

I love the game of chess.

There was a time when I aspired to garner the rating of "EXPERT" by the United Chess Federation.

Well I spent a couple of years in the Army.  Come home, played chess, worked and went to school.

No problems except I lost interest in the finer points of chess.  I just want to play and have fun. 

And  the computers took over, that was for me the last straw.

Computers finished what the Russians started.

Chess with no style.

Chess Yields to the Young

The latest exemplar of this trend is 24-year-old Magnus Carlsen of Norway, who defended his title as world chess champion in a match in Sochi, Russia last month. He defeated 45-year-old Viswanathan Anand of India, the former champion whom he had dispatched a year ago to win the crown.

Just thinking

modern tournament and match schedules are more rigorous. In 1985, the world championship match had three games a week for a leisurely eight weeks. These days, the entire match is finished in little more than two weeks—a comparative sprint. A second factor is the explosive growth in the amount of chess information available online and in the capacity of computers to spot errors and suggest better opening moves. This enables younger players who train conscientiously to reach elite status even faster than state-supported Soviet prodigies could 30 years ago.

Does all that result in better game play?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Zimmerman, Civil Rights Charges

That guy who occupies the White House and his attack dog Eric Holder managed to demonstrate just how far they would go for political purposes.

For the past two years they have gone after George Zimmerman as a last desperate attempt to satisfy a constituency which profits in claiming a world view of victim hood.

Ya all know, the usual gangsters like 'Hymietown' Jackson and Rev Al Sharlaton have the lease on the Barry's neck and that Holder guy doesn't care who he tramples.

In this case George Zimmerman was in their targeted victim.

George Zimmerman not expected to face civil rights charges in Trayvon Martin death
The Justice Department is not expected to bring civil rights charges againstGeorge Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, according to three law enforcement officials, despite allegations that the killing was racially motivated.
The federal investigation of Zimmerman was opened two years ago by the department’s civil rights division, but officials said there is insufficient evidence to bring federal charges. The investigation technically remains open, but it is all but certain the department will close it.
Two Years
Investigators still want to “dot their i’s and cross their t’s,” said one official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the matter.
Yea, sure

Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in a state trial in Sanford, Fla., last year. Even so, civil rights and African American organizations urged Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to bring a federal civil rights case against him.
Of course, Eric H. Holder Jr. was more than ready to comply.
It's politics not Justice.
I mean, what is one person who identifies himself as Hispanic to do?
Seems best thing is to go about his own business and ignore the racists.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Shumer vs. Religious Rights

Somehow I don't see the right to Chuck Schume as enshrined in the First Amendment of our Constitution 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof

subject to the whims of this guy  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) or those of like mind.

How many times are regular Americans subject to the intolerance progressive-liberal-leftist tirade about intolerance just to have Chuck come out with this tirade?

At a press conference Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said people with religious beliefs who disagree with the Obamacare contraception mandate should be given a choice between living by their faith or being allowed to form a corporation to do business.
“You’re born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide penumbra – you don’t have to form a corporation,” Schumer said.
Government GIVES!
Since when?
Silly Question to ask a liberal/progressive.
Read the rest of the article.
In the Hobby Lobby case, decided last month, the Supreme Court ruled that a closely-held family-owned corporation could not be forced by the government to violate their Christian beliefs by providing insurance coverage for drugs and devices that can cause abortions. Schumer argues that the court "misapplied" the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
“The court took that and applied it – misapplied it – to for-profit companies who exist for the purpose of benefitting from the open market, working in the marketplace under our laws.”
“We wouldn’t tell the owners of Hobby Lobby to convert to a different religion or disobey their religion  - but we don’t say that they have to open up a company and go sell toys or hobby kits.”
Schumer’s comments came at a conference to push the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act, a Democratic bill aimed at forcing employers to abide by the ObamaCare contraception mandate reversing the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the issue.

The Fix is in?

Such manipulation at high levels of government should not come as a surprise to anybody. What got me was this one was is so nakedly transparent.

I am confused as to what the desired outcome is. We all know we can't count on what this Obama guy might tell us.

Well then, didn't the current occupant of the White House promise transparency, openness?

Somehow, I don't think this is what he had in mind.  

Well-connected rookie judge to preside over Khattala Benghazi trial

Just three months into his tenure on the federal bench, and before his formal investiture ceremony later this week, newly minted U.S. District Judge Christopher “Casey” Cooper has been handed one of the most high-profile and politically sensitive American terrorism cases in recent years.

Cooper, who was confirmed by the Senate in March, has been randomly assigned by the court’s selection system to preside over the U.S. government’s case against Ahmed Abu Khattala, a suspected ringleader in the deadly attack on U.S. outposts in Benghazi, Libya.
“He can handle it. Casey didn’t come from academia or a corporate boardroom. He came from the trial bar and he will be quite capable,” said William Jeffress, a partner at Cooper’s former law firm who is also his father-in-law.
Cooper, 47, was part of the Obama administration’s transition team and is one of the more connected people in D.C. legal circles. His wife, Amy Jeffress, is a former national security adviser to Attorney General Eric Holder. She previously ran the national security section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office that has charged Khattala, and mentored the lead prosecutor on the case, Michael DiLorenzo.
As an undergraduate at Yale, Cooper’s roommate and close friend was John Rice, brother of President Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Susan Rice’s controversial television appearances in the days after the Benghazi attacks helped fuel criticism that the Obama administration was trying to downplay suspicions of terrorist involvement in the assault that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
Chicago style of patronage.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Obama % Redistribution

This commentary, Why the Fuss? Obama Has Long Been On Record In Favor Of Redistribution which is not new (9/23/2012).

Just ran across this and it reminded me of the warning signs which should have alerted a concerned citizenary of the predictible failure of the current occupant of the White House.

Why the Fuss? Obama Has Long Been On Record In Favor Of Redistribution

In 2001, then state senator and University of Chicago law lecturer, Barack Obama, sat down for a public radio interview. At the time, he did not anticipate a near-term run for the presidency. He spoke candidly and deliberately about how to “break free” of Constitutional constraints against redistribution to provide “economic justice.” In the course of his interview, Obama laid out the electoral strategy of cobbling together the  “power coalitions” that have been the hallmark of his 2012 re-election campaign.

Politicians are said to speak the truth only by mistake. As his political career took off unexpectedly, Obama subsequently hid his views on redistribution, except in unguarded moments, such as “you didn’t build that” or “spreading the wealth around is good.” But on that day in 2001 in a Chicago public radio station, Obama candidly expounded his political and social philosophy as shaped by his critical-legal studies professors at Harvard and his experience as a community organizer in Chicago.

The 2001 “Obama Raw” interview remains the one definitive Obama soliloquy on the Constitution,

First: “We still suffer from not having a Constitution that guarantees its citizens economic rights.” By positive economic rights, Obama means government protection against individual economic failures, such as low incomes, unemployment, poverty, lack of health care, and the like. Obama characterizes the Constitution as “a charter of negative liberties,” which “says what the states can’t do to you (and) what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf.” (Ask not what you can do for your country but what your country can do for you, to paraphrase John F. Kennedy).
Second, Obama regrets that the Constitution places “essential constraints” on the government’s ability to provide positive economic rights and that “we have not broken free” of these Constitutional impediments.  Obama views the absence of positive economic liberties that the government must supply as a flaw in the Constitution that must be corrected as part of a liberal political agenda.
Third, Obama concludes that we cannot use the courts to break free of the limited-government constraints of the Founders. The courts are too tradition and precedent bound “to bring about significant redistributional change.” Even the liberal WarrenCourt “never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society.”  Obama opines that the civil-rights movement’s court successes cannot be duplicated with respect to income redistribution: The “mistake of the civil rights movement was (that it) became so court focused” and “lost track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground…In some ways we still suffer from that (mistake).”
Fourth, Obama argues that economic rights that the state must supply are ultimately to be established at the ballot box. Those who favor redistribution must gain legislative control through an “actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change.” The electoral task of a redistributive President is therefore to craft coalitions of those who stand to benefit from government largess. The legislature, not the courts, must do this “reparative economic work.”

In a burst of what today might be regarded as political incorrectness, Madison wrote in 1787: “The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to a uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties (by what Obama calls “negative rights”) is the first object of government.” In modern English: It is government’s job and duty to protect the rights of those who succeed, even if the majority wishes to take these rights away. That is the test of character of a democratic government.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Maryland’s Bathroom Bill

There was a time I considered myself a liberal, but I had to stop. There was nothing wrong with my liberalism, but much of today's liberalism is unrecognizable to anything resembling common sense.

I mean really, to satisfy a small portion of the populace with mental problems the rest of us have to reject a shared respect of decency and modesty? 

 Maryland’s bathroom bill benefits few transgenders, puts all girls at risk from pedophiles

Maryland moms and dads will now have to be more vigilant when their children use public bathrooms. It will soon be legal for a man who simply says he identifies as a woman to use the ladies’ room.
This serious risk for sexual assaults of women and little girls is all in the name of political correctness. And this is just the latest in a string of successes by the transgender lobby.

On Friday, the Maryland House passed legislation that prohibits discrimination based on “gender identity” in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations — which, most disturbingly, includes restrooms.
The state Senate passed the same bill earlier in the month. Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to sign it, and it will go into effect on Oct. 1.
The most dangerous impact of this new law is that a man cannot be stopped from going into a women’s bathroom, locker room or pool changing room.
The state does not specify that a person must have undergone a sex-change operation to have their legal rights of “gender identity” protected.
A man doesn’t even have to dress like a woman.
To be considered transgender, you just have to give a “consistent and uniform assertion” of believing you are supposed to be the opposite sex. Or, a person has to provide evidence that the non-biological sex is “sincerely held as part of the person’s core identity.”

Those outraged by this bill are considering a plan to assess whether there is enough financial and grass-roots support for a referendum in November.
A total of 55,736 signatures would be needed by May 31, but the state’s board of election recommends getting 20 percent to 30 percent more to compensate for the ones that are ruled invalid.

FULL STORY - Emily Miller - Washington Times

Friday, May 2, 2014

Back Door Socialism

I've talked before talked about George F. Will.

Just gotta share this with ya all.

George Will sits down with The Daily Caller's Jamie Weinstein. 

GEORGE WILL: Global warming is socialism by the back door. The whole point of global warming is that it's a rationalization for progressives to do what progressives want to do, which is concentrate more and more power in Washington, more and more Washington power in the executive branch, more and more executive branch power in independent czars and agencies to micromanage the lives of the American people -- our shower heads, our toilets, our bathtubs, our garden hoses. Everything becomes involved in the exigencies of rescuing the planet.

Second, global warming is a religion in the sense that it's a series of propositions that can't be refuted. It's very ironic that the global warming alarmists say, "We are the real defenders of science," and then they adopt the absolute reverse of the scientific attitude, which is openness to evidence. You cannot refute what they say. 

I own a house in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, facing the Atlantic, where the hurricanes come from. After Katrina, the global warming people said, "This is just a sign of the violent weather that's going to become more common because of global warming." Well, that certainly interested me. Of course, since then, there's been a collapse of hurricane activity. 

I was a columnist in the 1970s when Newsweek, Time, all sorts of media outlets said the real problem is global cooling. I remember the Washington Post reporting that the armadillos were going south to escape the coming chill, the threat of glaciation over northern Europe. We've been through this before. You say, "What happened to global cooling?" They say, "Well, our models were wrong." Now we're supposed to risk several trillion dollars of global growth and spending on new models that might be wrong? 

One other thing, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change produced a report. The New Yorker, which is impeccably alarmed about global warming, the writer being their specialist began her story something like this: "In a report that should be but unfortunately will not be viewed as the final word in climate science." Now, just think about that. The final word in microbiology, the final word in quantum mechanics. There are no final words in science. But there you have the deeply anti-scientific temper of the global warming advocacy groups: Final words.

Real Clear Politics

Hubble Space Telescope turns 24

I remember growing up just in time to observe the beginning of human space exploration. Satellites orbiting the Earth, then eventually walking on the Moon.

A lot has happened since then, a most important was 24 years ago, Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble Space Telescope turns 24: The journey so far

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is celebrating its 24th birthday. The craft was launched on 24 April 1990, becoming the first major optical telescope ever launched into space.

Soon after launch, astronomers noticed images recorded by the space observatory were blurry. Investigation revealed the main (primary) mirror of the instrument was ground to the wrong shape. The error, present in the outer edge of the mirror, was off by one-fiftieth of the thickness of a human hair. That small mistake destroyed the capabilities of a wide range of observations made using the $2.5 billion dollar craft. 
Four primary instruments of the Hubble Space Telescope were impaired by the error. Three of these, the Goddard High Resolution Spectrometer, Faint Object Spectrograph, and the Faint Object Camera were corrected with the addition of a single module. 
"The Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement (COSTAR) instrument, installed in 1993, fixed a major flaw in Hubble's primary mirror," NASA officials wrote in a press release about the anniversary of the Hubble mission. 
COSTAR was not capable of improving the measurements of the Wide Field and Planetary Camera (WFPC) on Hubble. That instrument was designed to record deep-space images in great detail. Work had already started on an upgrade, the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2). That replacement mechanism was adapted to account for the error in the orbiting observatory. 
The Pillars of Creation, an image of the Eagle Nebula photographed by the Hubble
telescope in 1995 captivated viewers around the world. 
Hubble travels at around 17,000 miles per hour during its orbit, which it has completed over 110,000 times since the start of its mission. During that time, the orbiting observatory has traveled 2.8 billion miles, approximately the distance between the sun and the planet Neptune. 
The NASA observatory uses 2,800 watts of electricity to complete, about the same as a 20,000 BTU air conditioner.  
Some of the oldest galaxies in the observable universe have been imaged by Hubble,
which also determined limits of their age. Planets around other stars, including those still in the process of formation, have been viewed by astronomers using the HST. 
Gamma Ray Bursts (GRB's), the most powerful explosions ever witnessed by mankind, have also been examined by Hubble, revealing information about the cataclysmic events. During the 1960's, GRB's were discovered by military satellites searching for evidence of nuclear tests. 
COSTAR and the WFPC2 were returned to Earth in 2009. Both modules have recently been put on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.
Happy Birthday, Hubble!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Eric Holder, Wimp

Eric Holder, he is a real piece of work.

Eric Holder Says He Wasn't Playing Race Card When Decrying GOP Opposition

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Attorney General Eric Holder said he wasn't referring to race last week when he strayed from prepared remarks during a speech before a civil rights group in order to discuss the way he has been treated at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
"I didn't say there was a racial component. I was very careful not to say that," Holder told The Huffington Post on Friday, when asked about his comments before the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.
First of all, anything having to do with Sharpton is suspect in itself.
moving on
"What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?" Holder asked during his National Action Network speech.
Context is everything.  Who does he think he is fooling? He is out there with Al Sharloton?

We all know AL Sharloton is a phony race baiter, everything but a convicted lair.

Not like Eric isn't a buddy of the other race baiter, President Omabama.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Another reason to reign in out of control government regularity agencies such as the US Food and Drug Administration.

All things considered, other than unnecessarily costing businesses lots of money. Potentially adding material to land dumps, and just being stupid on the face of it.

What we have here is where long standing practices, which by all accounts are working well be altered to solve a problem which does not exist.

New FDA Regulation Could Cripple Ranchers, Beer Brewers

A proposed new regulation by the Food and Drug Administration aims to protect both
livestock and consumers, but critics say it would hurt ranchers and beer brewers without increasing safety.
The proposed rule, which is part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, would tighten regulations on pet food and animal feed "by requiring animal food facilities to take preventive steps to ensure that food for animals is safe," according to the FDA.
The controversy surrounds the rule's effect on the longtime practice of beer brewers giving their spent grain, the malted barley left over after the beer brewing process, to neighboring ranchers and dairy farmers. The practice serves two purposes: to help the brewers get rid of millions of tons of leftover product, and to provide a free, nutritious food source for animals at local farms.
Under the new regulation, the practice would be outlawed, unless breweries go through expensive and time-consuming measures to ensure the grain is up to regulation.

Monday, March 31, 2014

It was my parents generation which put forth so much courage.

Well, it was also the generation of so many Brits who had the courage to go confined in a tube so to fight a horrible enemy.

Britain's last surviving Second World War-era submarine HMS Alliance reopens its hatches after £7m makeover

HMS Alliance – the only British surviving Second World War-era submarine – has reopened
its hatches following a major £7m restoration project.
The 281ft sub, based at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, has been completely restored with new interpretation, lighting and soundscapes to form one of three major exhibitions marking 100 years of untold stories at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Tours on board now begin with a new film narrated by British Hollywood star Ian McShane, highlighting life on HMS Alliance from WWII through the Cold War until the 1970s.

I do not have a way to compare the living conditions, but my visit to the American boat,

  BOWFIN  brought me to a new reality.

No Right to Kosher or Halal Meats

We know enough about the current occupant of the White House and his aversion to Christian principles when it comes to unborn human life. That is all fine and good, then his Obamacare law moves on about other First Amendment issues.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

Not satisfies with the attack on Christian principles, why not go after the Jews and Muslim?

One mght think something simple as Kosher or Halal meats would escape the attention of the ever expanding/intrusive government would be spared. 

Short of attacking the concept of God himself just attack the practices of the religious to make a point.

DOJ: Free Exercise Clause Does Not Protect Kosher Meat Companies

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the First
Amendment right to the free exercise of religion and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (C)—which Congress enacted to guide the Executive Branch and courts in defending that right—would not directly protect kosher or halal meat-processing corporations from a hypothetical federal rule that by generally banning certain meat-processing practices effectively banned kosher and halal meat processing by incorporated businesses.

Verrilli told the court that the customers of a kosher or halal meat-processing company--not the company itself--would have cause to sue in such a situation.
But he did not directly say whether the Obama Administration believed that the customers of a kosher meat-processing corporation should prevail in such a case.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Obamacare vs. Regil

This President Obama guy just doesn't seem to understand the Bill of Rights thing.
Here I going to look at the First Amendment Right,

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; 

Of course nobody antagonistic to religion would confront that on it’s face. Attacks to the natural rights of, the people are side blinded.

The Hobby Lobby Hubub

ON March 25th the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare”, was back before the Supreme Court. Two years ago the justices upheld most of the law. This week they heard oral arguments in Sebelius v Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v Sebelius. These two consolidated cases concern Obamacare’s “contraceptive mandate”—the requirement that businesses offering their employees health insurance must provide plans that cover all federally-approved contraception methods at no extra cost to their employees.

Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties are both owned by Christians who believe that some of those contraceptive methods are tantamount to abortion, because they can prevent a fertilised egg from implanting in the uterus. The owners seek an exemption to the contraceptive mandate under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a statute that Congress passed almost unanimously in 1993. This says that “government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability”, unless the law is the least restrictive way to further a compelling state interest. (Many states have similar rules—see map.)
OK people. Abortion or what is considered  contraceptive methods are tantamount to abortion, because they can prevent a fertilised egg from implanting in the uterus. The owners seek an exemption to the contraceptive mandate under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)
That was step one. Next step moves from Christians to the Jews.

Friday, March 21, 2014

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, An Obama Political Tooil

I remember when NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration was about doing cool stuff which fired the imagination.

Ya know, like figuring how to put satellites in orbit around the Earth. Sending men into space so  to eventually land a man on the Moon.  Sending probes to land on Mars, pass collect information from other planets and eventually leave the solar system altogether.

I would say such things are worthy projects, not only in their accomplishments but do inspire and instill pride.

That was the good old days. As of  Feb.2 2020 they took on new missions, nothing to do with Space exploration,

Omar Khay
"When I became the NASA administrator, (President Obama) charged me with three things," Bolden said in the interview which aired last week. "One, he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math; he wanted me to expand our international relationships; and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering."

This is hilarious. I mean really, who knew the Muslim world was suffering a self-esteem problem? Even more crazy is the thought an intervention by  NASA would really do much to alleviate this perceived malaise.

OK, that is a quick history on what comes next, ,  

Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?
A new study sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

This guy who occupies the White House has no shame. Tugging at every string to justify a failed economic theory of redistribution, takes a icon of success, NASA down the tubes with him.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Another Taxpayer Paid Michelle Vacation

Another vacation for Michelle Obama on the tax payers dime. Not just for her, but her two kids and Mom to boot.

I have no idea how much this is going to cost us as such expenses are some government secret.

OK, we all know such vacations by the First Lady are not cheap. The one question I would like an answer to is just what we taxpayers get in return.

WH: 'Real Treat' for Michelle Obama to Take Her Mom and Daughters to China

( - First lady Michelle Obama "has been looking for an opportunity to go to
China," a White House official said on Monday. And she considers it a "real treat" to take her daughters and her mother with her -- a trip she's making at considerable expense to taxpayers, although the White House refused to give a dollar figure.

"You know, the first lady has talked about the importance of young people here in the United States learning about other cultures. She believes that about her own children, and has seen this as a really unique opportunity to share a very different part of the world with her two daughters and with her mother as well," Mrs. Obama's Chief of Staff Tina Tchen told a conference call on Monday.
"I think, as she said before, before they came here to the White House, Mrs. Robinson had not done any travel internationally, so the opportunities when she's been able to do that have been a real treat, I think, for Mrs. Robinson, for the first lady, for her daughters as well to travel together and to see these places and experience them together."