Corruption, Waste and Fraud..

According to Webster: cor·rup·tion, (in context) The act or process of corrupting… 

i.e., According to Webster: cor·rupt·ing, (in context) Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved. 

According to Webster: waste, To use, consume, spend, or expend thoughtlessly or carelessly. 

According to Webster: fraud, (in context)  A deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain.

At this point, I don’t believe there’s any doubt in anyone’s mind that Barack Obama, our current Commander-in-Chief, is a politician.

Nor do I believe there is anyone in America unaware of our Commander-in-Chief’s capacity to spend money.

Albeit with the proclivity that three quarters of America’s population has for ignoring the world around them, to include the “handwriting on the wall” and the “nose on their faces.” I shrink, i.e., (refrain) ..from (making comment) on America’s knowledge of Barack Obama’s affiliation with acorn.

So I’m borrowing a line from the epic, ”Forrest Gump;”



Previously, (like yesterday) post entitled; ‘Entourage,” was pretty much (a waste) of (my) time and (yours) sense it concerned a (forward,) i.e., (junk e-mail) explicitly composed to deliver more (untruth and misinformation.)

(Sidebar) In America “UNTRUTH AND MISINFORMATION” is traditionally the (politically correct) way to say; “LIES AND DECEPTION).

Question: What do the composers of this (waste of space) junk e-mail, i.e., “knuckleheads” ..not understand about the rank-and-file, (ordinary Americans) .capacity to digest the truth?

Especially when, (at least in my opinion) ..the truth is more damning than of their lies and deception.


What is the truth?


At least according to my understanding of the truth, ..the (job) ..of being (The First Lady) ..of the United States of America, in fact;


Michelle Obama is the first lady of the United   States by virtue of a wedding ceremony.

To my personal knowledge, (wedding ceremonies) and a (wedding certificate,) ..provide “no (legal) benefits” beyond acceptance of mankind’s biological imperative, ..and a (tax break) from the I.R.S.

When our founding fathers wrote the Constitution, they provided for a remuneration during and individuals term of service. They (did not provide) for remuneration beyond an individuals term of service.

And they sure as hell (didn’t provide) a remuneration for an elected individuals wife.

According to Webster: re·mu·ner·ate, To pay (a person) a suitable equivalent in return for goods provided, and services rendered.

I understand goodwill and I understand the function of an ambassador. We, “We the People” employ a sizable number of ambassadors, which we pay a salary to perform their jobs.

Michelle Obama (is not employed) by the U.S. Government, with the “US” in this particular case referring to (us,) and I, ..we the people.

At this point, I understand (reality) ..I understand that there are no do-overs. What’s done is done, ..however alluding to my (God-given common sense,) ..I also know that simply because that’s the way we did it yesterday, ..doesn’t mean, ..that that’s the way we have to do it tomorrow.

By all accounts America’s National debt, ..(our) National debt, ..(yours and mine,) ..our (children’s and our grandchildren’s) National debt, fast approaching $16 trillion.


According to Webster: ob·scene, (in context) Offensive to accepted standards; offensive or repulsive to the senses.

Michelle Obama’s, (reported) spending of $10 million taxpayer dollars for personal gratification, i.e., (family vacations) since her husband was elected president in 2008 is obscene.

Correct me here if I’m wrong, ..since I’ve been blogging, ..I have read the U.S. Constitution in its entirety, ..and I found (no section or article) ..that pertains to “our” government as being affiliated with Club Med.

If like me,’d like to cut out the corruption and wasteful spending in Washington D.C., ..let’s start with the employees that are employed as a staff for a non-employee.

Unless of course, you’re a wrongheaded progressive liberal that approves of this kind of misappropriation, in which case, (since fair is fair) I believe the government should hire a staff, i.e., (entourage) for every unemployed man and woman in America.


According to Webster: fa·ce·tious, Playfully jocular; humorous.

In short, ..America, ..and/or “We the People” ..derive no benefit from providing a staff (twenty-four men and women) work for an individual that is (not employed) us.

Especially when it cost “us,” ..according to “our” Government Accounting Office;


Trying to clean up what Michelle Obama has spent, ..and/or, ..what we spend on her? identifying what previous first ladies have spent, ..and or, ..what we spent on them, ..has no value.


Spending taxpayers dollars on (idealistic projects) and/or (entertainment) for the spouses of our presidents is wrong.

We pay the individual that we elect to the office of President of the United States $400,000 a year.

Which would equate to ten years earnings for me when I was in the workforce. Although the company that I worked for was broad-minded and generous in its relationship with its employees, “they” (did not) ..pick up the tab for my wife and my family to vacation in Hawaii, ..Martha’s Vineyard, ..Aspen, ..Spain, ..or Africa.


Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…


According to Webster: en·tou·rage,  (in context) A group of attendants or associates.



Once again, I’m (wasting my time) ..writing about something today that I (should not be writing about,) ..because what I’m writing about today, (another false forward currently making its way around the www.) ..should not have been written.

Michelle Obama’s Staff

Posted on August 5, 2009

Q: Does First Lady Michelle Obama have an “unprecedented” number of staffers?

A: A spokeswoman for the first lady says that Michelle Obama currently has a staff of 24. That may indeed be the largest of any first lady, but Hillary Clinton, with 19 staffers, and Laura Bush with at least 18 and perhaps more, weren’t far behind.


Is this accurate? And how does it compare to prior first ladies’ staffs?

First Lady Requires More Than Twenty Attendants

Recession, Depression, What, Michelle Worry?

July 7, 2009

Dr. Paul L. Williams

“In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much,” she said. “See, that’s why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service, ” Michelle Obama.

No, Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as the First Lady and she doesn’t perform any official duties. But this hasn’t deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession. Just think Mary Lincoln was taken to task for purchasing china for the White House during the Civil War. And Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her personal secretary.

How things have changed! If you’re one of the tens of millions of Americans facing certain destitution, earning less than subsistence wages stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart or serving up McDonald cheeseburgers, prepare to scream and then come to realize that the benefit package for these servants of Miz Michelle are the same as members of the national security and defense departments and the bill for these assorted lackeys is paid by John Q. Public:

1. $172,2000 – Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)

2. $140,000 – Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)

3. $113,000 – Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary)

4. $102,000 – Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady)

5. Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

6. $90,000 – Medina, David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

7. $84,000 – Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)

8. $75,000 – Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)

9. $70,000 – Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady)

10. $65,000 – Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)

11. Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)

12. $62,000 – Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)

13. $60,000 – Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)

14. Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)

15. $52,500 – Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady)

16. $50,000 – Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady)

17. $45,000 – Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)

18. Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)

19. $40,000 – Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

20. $36,000 – Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)

21. Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)

22. Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)

There has never been anyone in the White House at any time that has created such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the facilitation of the First Lady’s social life. One wonders why she needs so much help, at taxpayer expense, when even Hillary, only had three; Jackie Kennedy one; Laura Bush one; and prior to Mamie Eisenhower social help came from the President’s own pocket.

Note: This does not include makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, 49, and “First Hairstylist” Johnny Wright, 31, both of whom travelled aboard Air Force One to Europe.


The White House published the 2009 Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff on its official blog on July 1, listing the title and salary of many White House office employees.

A few days later, a fuss began online over the number of people who are assigned to work for the Office of First Lady and how much they earn per year.

A blog post from Chicago Sun-Times reporter Lynn Sweet on July 6 put the spotlight on “What Michelle Obama’s Staffers Earn.

The staff of (,) a Web site that describes itself as a place “where you can engage in the life and death struggle against the forces of Islam, apostasy, moral complacency, cultural relativity, and the New World Order,” then took the information and posted a piece claiming that the first lady had hired an “unprecedented number of staffers” to “cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession.”

That piece was also posted on the conservative Web site ( under the byline of (Dr. Paul L. Williams,) who runs

That post has become part of a chain e-mail that some of our readers have passed on to us, and the e-mail expands upon Williams’ post, falsely claiming that some recent first ladies have had only one or three staffers.

How Many?

According to the 2009 White House report to Congress, there are 16 people with a title specifically indicating they work for Michelle Obama’s office. In other words, there are 16 people with “first lady” somewhere in their title, such as Jocelyn Frye, deputy assistant to the president and director of policy and projects for the first lady.

The list reported by Sweet and The Last Crusade, however, includes six other staffers who do not have “first lady” in their title but are a part of the first lady’s office staff.

Such as Desiree Rogers, special assistant to the president and White House social secretary, and Natalie Bookey, staff assistant.

We contacted Katie McCormick Lelyveld, Michelle Obama’s press secretary, to check the list’s accuracy. Lelyveld told us in an e-mail that the first lady’s current staff size is actually 24, not 22, as the chain e-mail claims. Lelyveld couldn’t provide a list of the staffers at that time.

First Ladies Past…

The chain e-mail’s author claims that “[t]here has never been anyone in the White House at any time that has created such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the facilitation of the First Lady’s social life.”

The author claims that “even Hillary, only had three; Jackie Kennedy one; Laura Bush one.” But the counts for those first ladies are incorrect – and they’re way off.

Stephen Plotkin, reference archivist for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, told us in an e-mail that Jacqueline Kennedy’s office was “headed” by one person, but said that there were “at least 9 people working for Mrs. Kennedy, with the promise of a great many more” during her time at the White House.

Kim Coryat, an archives technician at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, told us it can be difficult to nail down a precise count of staff considering “White House staffing for all offices ebbs and flows with time.” But she said in an e-mail that White House telephone directory records indicate that Hillary Clinton had at least a staff of 13 as of October 1993; 18 as of April 1997; and 19 as of March 2000.

Lelyveld said that Michelle Obama’s staff was actually no different than that of her predecessor, Laura Bush.

“[W]e have exactly the same staff number as Mrs. Bush and our office organization reflects a similar staffing model, so insinuations otherwise are wrong,” she said.

Lelyveld said that the White House’s “personnel records indicate” that there were 24 staffers for Laura Bush at some point. We were able to verify at least 18 staffers for Laura Bush, as of June 30, 2008, via the 2008 White House staff list published in The Washington Post’s White House Watch column.

Sixteen people were specifically referred to as a “first lady” staffer, and Amy Zantzinger and Dorothy Thornton served as White House social secretary and deputy social secretary, respectively. It’s possible that someone with the title of “staff assistant” was assigned to the Office of First Lady as well, as is the case with Michelle Obama’s staff.

The combined annual salaries for the 22 staffers we can specifically identify as working for Michelle Obama come to $1.6 million. For the 18 we could identify as working for Laura Bush in 2008, the total is $1.4 million.

Dr. Myra Gutin, a professor of communications at Rider University and a first ladies historian, says that the first lady’s role has certainly “grown and evolved” since the 1960s, but generally speaking, the first lady’s “staff numbers about 14-16.”

Gutin told us she recalled “some first ladies have had staffs of more than that.” –D’Angelo Gore


Executive Office of the President. “Annual Report on White House Staff to Congress.””  1 Jul 2009, accessed 30 Jul 2009.

Sweet, Lynn. “What Michelle Obama’s Staffers Earn.” 6 Jul 2009, accessed 30 Jul 2009.

Sweet, Lynn. “More Michelle Obama staff appointments.” 16 Jan 2009, accessed 30 Jul 2009.

“First Lady Requires More than 20 Attendants.””  6 Jul 2009, accessed 30 Jul 2009.

Froomkin, Dan. “2008 White House Office Staff List.” Washington Post White House Watch Column. 24 Jul 2008, accessed 30 Jul 2009.

Gutin, Myra. E-mail sent to “”  30 Jul 2009.

Plotkin, Stephen. E-mail sent to “”  31 Jul 2009.

Coryat, Kim. E-mail sent to “”  31 Jul 2009. (Source, FactCheck.Org)

Accordingly, I find myself in agreement with fact as to the validity of the; (Michelle Obama staff forward) making its way around via cyberspace. (IT”S FALSE).

Which of course brings us to what I am not in agreement with?

 Michelle Obama in Hawaii on the taxpayer’s dime.

Michelle Obama in Spain on the taxpayer’s dime.

Michelle Obama in Aspen on the taxpayer’s dime.

The Obama in Martha’s Vineyard on the taxpayer’s dime. 

Michelle Obama in Africa on the taxpayer’s dime. 

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…


According to Webster: rule,  (in context) To exercise control, dominion, or direction over; govern.


I’m the boss – I make the rules

And to think, ..all my life, ..I have believed that it was the Congress that created our laws.

According to Webster: law, A rule of conduct or procedure established by custom, agreement, or authority.


According to Webster: pre·am·ble, A preliminary statement, especially the introduction to a formal document that serves to explain its purpose.

Such as the United States Constitution…

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Article I

Section 1

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

How about that? Article 1, ..Section 1, of the document, i.e., (our Constitution) ..that has served America for 236 years, ..states quite clearly that our laws shall be made by the Congress.

So what does the President do, ..just what is his job description?

Article 2

Section 2

1: The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

2: He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

3: The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

Section 3

He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

Section 4

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. (Source, the Constitution of the United States of America).

(Sidebar) for those of you who may have missed it? Or simply didn’t understand? The President of the United States, according to (our Constitution) is (legally) pretty much limited to eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner, ..without the (advice and consent) of the Congress.

Our founding fathers, who, “our” history will attest, ..were also quite adept in the field of (organizing communities,) as they made this Nation happen, ..and they made it happen without food stamps.


That was then, ..this is now.

Editorial: Keeping it as brief as possible, if America is to survive as America? We the people, ..need to turn this wagon around and return to then…

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Government vs. Commerce..

According to Webster: gov·ern·ment, The act or process of governing, especially the control and administration of public policy in a political unit.

According to Webster: com·merce, The buying and selling of goods, especially on a large scale; – Intellectual exchange and/or social interaction.

Question: Who is the Government in America?

“Our” government in America,, (by the auspices and the authority of our founding fathers) ..a Democratic Republic.

According to Webster: auspices. (in context) Protection or support.

A Democratic Republic is a country which is both a republic and a democracy. It is one where the (ultimate authority and power) is derived from the citizens who, the authority of the U.S. Constitution, ..have the “right to vote.” (Source Wikipedia).

Question: So what does that mean?

It means that our current commander-in-chief, (POTUS) President of the United States, Barack Obama, has no more power than the power that “we the people” allow him.


I’m the King!

No one elected Barack Obama to be a Monarch or a King, his job in Washington D.C. is working for the people, “We the People,” and I,  ..not who “he” decides (the people are) ..or “who” he wants to work for. There are rules for being the President of the United States, the same as there are rules for any job. The rules for being the leader of America were established one hundred and seventy-four years before Barack Obama was born, ..they’re written down in a document known to “us” as our Constitution .

Not one congressperson or senator from the right side of the aisle voted for Barack Obama’s “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. i,e., (Obamacare) ..because at the time the polls indicated that 72% of America’s population was opposed to it, ..and a majority remains opposed.

 It’s great to be me

If nothing else has become clear to you, ..(with “you” being the collective American public) ..during the last 3 1/2 years, ..the one thing that should be crystal clear to you by now? that Barack Obama does not understand the American people, ..or his job.


The job of president is not to spend as much money as you can as fast as you can…


..nor is it to see if you can log more rounds of golf than any other president in our history.

Government’s job is to regulate commerce and maintain a military force capable of protecting the citizens that pick up the tab.

What’s hard to understand?

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Predator or Prey..

Again with a flood of E-mail objecting to my use of the image above to “exact a face” ..(in my opinion) ..on the relationship between the Obama administration and America.

In reply to all my Liberal friends out there; ..a BIG… all of you! 

Question: What is it that turns a perfectly wonderful (Homo sapiens) like this…


..a left-wing Meathead? 

Sure, ..of course this is America, ..the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” And yes, ..our first amendment does guarantee individuals, ..even meatheads, the meathead above to think and believe as he wishes.

Of course what the Constitution does (not guarantee) is that “we” Homo sapiens, ..born with ..(God-given common sense) ..are not in any way bound to follow to the progressive liberal garbage explicated by wrongheaded Homo sapiens like Bob Beckel and his ilk. 

In America, ..under the First Amendment of the Constitution, ..we, “We the People,” ..are all free to ponder and exercise our own thoughts and opinions…

In America anything is possible, least for those of us that understand the difference between inert an innate.


if Obamacare isn’t repealed, ..I’m going to owe how much?

 Please save something for me.


My mom and dad voted for John and Sarah..


My mom and dad voted for Obama.

 Yeah, ..mine too.

 I thought I was voting for mama,  ..not Obama.


So stop yer sniveling, ..get up off your butt and make it right in November.


If Obama wins a second term, life is over. 

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Unemployed in America..

Question: What does the high unemployment in America mean to you?


Why are we, (the collective we) “Americans,” seeing more and more young men and women standing on our streets with cardboard signs pleading for employment?


…and families!

America is the richest nation on the planet, ..we send billions of dollars, ..yes billions! ..with a capitol “B,” nations all over the globe every year.

Being an “old fart,” ..i.e., (senior citizen) ..that paid into Social Security for forty-six years, ..although my income is diminutive, is backed up by the full force of the United States Government, ..the (OASDI). “Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance,” ..and/or “The original Social Security Act of 1935.”

Accordingly, my income is as secure as Barack Obama’s! Yet my income is provided, (not by the taxpayers,) ..but rather by working men and women who pay into the Social Security fund. Which of course is a great benefit, ..or it was until the Congress of the United States voted to borrow from the Social Security fund in 1968 by attaching the Social Security fund to the general fund.

With the operative word there of course being (borrow).

The Congress didn’t steal “our” money, ..I mean, ..come on,  ..stealing is illegal. Think about it, can you imagine anyone in our government stealing from their employer?

I know that I should have followed my question mark with a smiley face, ..however I like to think of my readers as having enough (common sense) understand that I was being facetious.

According to Webster: fa·ce·tious, Playfully jocular; humorous.

What is not playful, jocular or humorous is the destruction that the Obama administration is “ladling” upon America, layer after layer.

According to Webster: la·dle, A long-handled spoon with a deep bowl for serving. — la·dling.  


New numbers show that the overall unemployment in the Black, i.e., (African-American) community is at 16.2 percent, while the unemployment rate for Black males (alone) is at 17.5 percent.

According to “,” America’s new overall jobless rate is now at more than nine percent, ..with the African-American community back up to Great Depression levels.

Also according to ( ..In some cities, “black unemployment” is expected to stay in (double digits) for another decade. (Source

In the 2008 election (94%) of the black community voted for Barack Obama. Which was approximately 6% of the total vote.

Which of course is not a whole lot and possibly the reason that Barack Obama has ignored his black constituents in favor of the same (white wealthy elites) ..that grease the wheels, ..whether you’re talking politics, ..or commerce?

As I have stated many times in my blather previously;  “Impoverished does not automatically equate to ignorance.”

In 2008 Barack Obama was an exciting new toy, ..promising hope and change.

(What disenfranchised individual would not buy into that?)

Whatever the reason? is traditional for colleges and universities to provide their students with an adequate education in a span of four years.

Barack Obama has been schooling (us) ..Americans, ..”We the People” to his agenda for (us) ..We the People” ..for close to that number of years now, ..and, ..(at least in my opinion) ..we, ..”We the People,” ..Americans that believe in and adhere to the Constitution as penned by our forefathers, (at least in my opinion) ..are way past needing any more classes from Prof. Obama.

Universal healthcare to anyone with (common sense) is understood to be beyond the realm of possibility.

Paying off Barack Obama’s nightmarish $16 trillion dollar national debt (within a generation) to anyone with (common sense) is understood to be beyond the realm of possibility.

Especially with “eight” or “nine” percent of the population unemployed.

Numbers, that (at least in my opinion,) will continue to rise on a scale equal to the escalation of our national debt if Barack Obama is elected to a second term.

Question: What makes me think that?

Although I fully understand that it is impolite to answer a question with a question, nevertheless, here is my answer to my own question.

I’ve been paying attention, ..because being retired, ..I have lots of time to pay attention.

According to government statistics, 27 million Americans are now unemployed or underemployed.

Fact; Unemployed people are neither a benefit to society or our economy, ..with one exception.


 Michelle Antoinette Obama 

Michelle Obama is unemployed, so it is fortunate that she is married to a man who earns $400,000 a year. $400,000 that he is paid annually by the taxpayers of America.

Consequently it is understandable that Michelle Obama would have the capacity to take a vacation now and then…


Above is an image of Michelle Obama enjoying the hospitality of the Hawaiian islands.

Hawaii Reporter research shows the total cost for the President’s visit for taxpayers far exceeded $1.5 million in 2010 – but is even more costly this year because he extended his vacation by three days and the cost for Air Force One travel has jumped since last assessed in 2000.

In addition, Hawaii Reporter was able to obtain more specifics about the executive expenditures.

The total cost (based on what is known) for the 17-day vacation roundtrip vacation to Hawaii for the President, his family and staff has climbed to more than $4 million. Here’s why.

TRAVEL: $3,629,622

The biggest expense is President Barack Obama’s round trip flight to Hawaii via Air Force One, a cost the GAO office estimated at $1 million in the year 2000.

Contacted today, the GAO confirmed there is no report the independent office affiliated with Congress has prepared since 2000 to operate Air Force One and Air Force Two.

However, the U.S. Air Force provides the most current numbers of $181,757 per flight hour.

Travel time for Air Force One direct from Washington D.C. to Hawaii is about 9 hours or $1,635,813 each way for a total of $3,271,622 for the round trip to Hawaii and back.

The cost for USAF C-17 cargo aircraft that transports the Presidential limos, helicopters and other support equipment to Hawaii was not made available.

However, the flight time between Andrews Air Force Base and Hawaii is at about 21.5 hours roundtrip, with estimated operating cost of $12,000 per hour. (Source: GAO report, updated by C-17 crew member).

The United States Marine Corps provides a presidential helicopter, along with pilots and support crews for the test flights, which travel on another C-17 flight. That is $258,000, not including costs for the 4 to 6 member crew’s per diem and hotel.

Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii costs about $63,000 (White House Dossier), but add security and personnel for a total of about $100,000.

HOUSING: $151,200



The President and his family pay for their own beachfront rental (they are not staying in the Winter White House this year but rather a house on the same street further to the ocean point).

The Kailua rentals are fronted by the ocean and backed by a canal. So, the taxpayers must cover the costs for housing U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Coast Guard and Navy Seals in beach front and canal front homes in Kailua.

That costs about $1,200 a day ($200 allocated per bedroom per day). Since security arrives one day early, homes are rented for 18 days.

That is about $21,600 per home for approximately 7 houses rented at a total cost of $151,200 for security to stay nearby.

HOTEL: $72,216


 Moana Surfrider Resort

The President’s staff and White House Press Corps stay at one of Hawaii’s oldest and most elegant hotels, the Moana Surfrider.

Hawaii Reporter confirmed they are again staying there this year. Besides its stunningly beautiful view of Waikiki, and its traditional architecture, it is one of the most pricey hotels in the state.

Government rates are $177 per night, but that only is available during certain times a year.

Rooms typically start at $250 but can cost on average as much as $450 a night, and are even higher during the holidays.

Hotel spokeswoman Marsha Weinert said she could “neither confirm nor deny” the president’s staff is staying there.


View of WaikikiBeach from the Moana Surfrider Hotel.

A conservative estimate with rooms at the government rate of $177 per day (excluding a 9.25 percent Transient Accommodation Tax and a 4.712 percent General Excise Tax on each bill, meals, internet charges and other charges) means the taxpayers are covering more than $72,216 in hotel bills for an estimated 24 staff.


Local police over time for the president’s visit has historically cost Oahu taxpayers $250,000 but may be more expensive this year with the extended vacation.

The city ambulance accompanies the president 24 hours a day through his entire visit is $10,000, according to city spokeswoman Louise Kim McCoy.

The total cost (based on what is known) for a 17-day round trip vacation to Hawaii for the President and his family and staff and security is an estimated $4,113,038.



 Michelle in Spain – 2010 

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it obtained documents from the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service detailing costs associated with Michelle Obama’s controversial August 2010 vacation to Spain. According to a Judicial Watch analysis, the records indicate a total combined cost of at least $467,585.


Michelle in Aspen

Michelle Obama’s Family Ski Trip to Aspen, Colorado Cost Taxpayers at Least $83 Thousand Say Records Obtained by Judicial Watch.

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has obtained records from the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service detailing Michelle Obama’s February 2012 President’s Day weekend ski vacation to Aspen, Colorado, with her two daughters.

Judicial Watch obtained the records pursuant to a May 31, 2012, lawsuit against both government agencies. Among the highlights from the records are:

The total cost for the Aspen ski vacation was at least $83,182.99.

The bill for the U.S. Secret Service, including accommodations at the Fasching Haus deluxe condominium and the Inn at Aspen, was $48,950.38.

The cost for the flight, per official DOD published hourly rates, was $22,583.70.

Food and miscellaneous on-flight items cost $235.44. The cost for rental cars totaled $6,442.23.


 Michele at Martha’s Vineyard 

Four, ..that’s right, (4) government jets were utilized in the transportation of Michele’s Martha’s Vineyard getaway, all provided by the U.S. taxpayer.


Michelle in Africa

According to; ( Michelle Obama Has Spent $10 Million Taxpayer Money on Vacations Alone.

Michelle Obama’s taxpayer-subsidised, privileged lifestyle is out of control!

Following in Barack Obama’s footsteps of wasteful spending and corruption, Michelle Obama is doing her best to spend as much of our money as she can before the Obamas get thrown out of the White House on their asses in 2012.

Reports say that, in the past year, Michelle Obama has already spent over $10 million of taxpayer money on her family vacations alone!

The last vacation for Michelle Obama to South Africa reportedly cost the taxpayers $424,142, and doesn’t even include the food, lodging, and ground transportation for the large Obama entourage, and where, for some “unexplained” reason, Obama’s daughter’s, Malia and Sasha were listed as “Senior Staff.”

Question: Is it proper, ..or more importantly, (honest) ..for the Obama’s daughters to be listed as “Senior Staff”? 

A better Question: What could be the reasoning behind such a (misguiding) tactic?

 Because that’s what I do, ..stupid! 

If you’re thinking about voting for this, ..(poor excuse for a human being) ..come November, ..please do yourself, ..and the rest of America a favor and think again…  I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Sharing the load..

Although America (is) by tradition, ..and by “legislation” ..a nation “established” our founding fathers, be free of tyranny, ..where a man, ..and/or (legislatively) ..a woman has an equal (at least in theory) opportunity to compete for the American dream.

We, “or,” least those of us with (common sense,) ..know and understand that although the “American Dream” is alive and well, ..and available, is only “available” to those with the (ambition and fortitude) to obtain it.


Or at least that’s what the grinning idealistic (left wing) “Post Turtle,” currently serving as our Commander in Chief wants “us” to believe.



This man is every bit as much a “burden” (or more correctly) “more” of a “burden” on America than the gentleman in the preceding image.

We, “we the people,” ..are (in fact) ..picking up the tab for both of these individuals. The first of course, ..I personally have no problem with, to my knowledge “he doesn’t” spend a million taxpayer dollars every time he crosses the street. He hasn’t played a hundred rounds of golf on the Nation’s dime. He didn’t publicly embarrass America by explicating that he believes that a Cincinnati police officer behaved “stupidly” for performing his duty…


According to Webster: du·ty,  An act or a course of action that is required of one by position, social custom, or law.


Soup kitchen Sam, (most likely for no other reason) than he is not an aggressive individual, ..has become a (burden) on society, ..and I can accept that. I have never eaten in a soup kitchen, ..however I have been (without) the price of a meal more times in my life than I care to reflect on.

Accordingly, in my adult life, or more correctly, during my life in the workforce, and even today (scraping by) on my Social Security, (the negligible part that remains after sixty years of (dipping) by those “we” pay to manage the fund.

(Note) Social Security is a fund created by the contributions of people who “work.” Social Security is not an entitlement.

According to Webster: con·tri·bu·tion, (in context) A payment exacted for a special purpose.

According to Webster: en·ti“tle·ment,  (in context) To furnish; a handout. – welfare.


When it is within my purview, I will not see another human being go hungry.

Of course with that said, I would like to clarify that I am not inviting the world to breakfast tomorrow morning.

America is not simply a great country because we have a Constitution that guarantees us opportunities and freedoms offered by no other country on the planet. America is not a great country because we have the right to vote.

America is a great country because although each of “us,” its (three hundred and eleven million) residents, ..that generally interact with fewer than twenty people outside of our own domain. When America is threatened, ..we, “We the People” have always joined together to overcome the threat.

Barack Obama did stand before this nation on television and announce that he believed that the Cincinnati police officer who performed his sworn duty to uphold the law, “behaved stupidly,” ..when he, ..(the police officer) ..was confronted by,  (not) ..simply an “unhappy citizen,” ..but an “unhappy” (black) citizen.

According to Webster: black, (in context) Being of the color black, producing or reflecting comparatively little light and having no predominant hue.

So there you go, is a color, is not a race of people, ..nor is black a licensed to stand on a soapbox and explicate what you are entitled to.

There are African-Americans in America, ..albeit there are no African-Americans in America that were born in America.


Charlize Theron – (A real African-American)

People fortunate enough to be born in America, ..are Americans, ..regardless of their lineage.

Barack Obama, has indeed, (according to most every news outlet in this nation) ..played “One Hundred” rounds of golf on the nation’s dime.


 President Barack Obama. 

So what has our current President and Commander-in-Chief provided America?

Has Barack Obama brought the country “closer together” as he promised during his campaign? …NO!

Has Barack Obama “created jobs or lowered unemployment” as he promised during his campaign? …NO!

Has Barack Obama “reduced our national debt by half” as he promised during his campaign? …NO!

Has Barack Obama “closed” the military detention center at Guantánamo Bay as he promised during his campaign? …NO!

Is Barack Obama a man that “one of America’s oldest allies” “Israel” ..can depend on as he promised during his campaign, ..if Israel is attacked by Iran? ..or another (out of control) middle Eastern nation? …I have my opinion, ..what’s yours?


Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

All Hands on Deck..

As I have shared in my blather on many occasions, I am a (bona fide) “died in the wool” (100% Conservative) advocate of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

I owned a Red Ryder BB gun at the age of five, at the age of seven I was regularly providing meat for my family’s dinner table that I bagged with my J.C. Higgins (plunger firing pin) single shot .22 caliber rifle. At the age of nine I purchased a full (military stocked) ..surplus “30-40 Krag” rifle, ..with which I harvested my first deer. The rifle was as tall as I was, albeit I outweighed it by more than a hundred pounds.

I am proud to be an American, and to live in a country where men and women are guaranteed certain inalienable rights. I am proud to live in a country where I have, “a right” (freedom of speech) and (freedom of the press) guaranteed to me by the First Amendment of our Constitution.

I am just as proud to live in a country that guarantees me the “Right to Keep and Bear Arms” ..with which to protect myself and my family, ..or provide them with protein.

I have owned guns all my life and I have hunted all of my life. Nevertheless, I am as a “human being” every bit as abhorred and appalled when a member of my species commits an act of murder.

Taking a person’s life is a “heinous act” ..much too frequently experienced in America.

I, like an enormous number of people in America these past few days have been watching “our Teleprompter reading buffoons” ..explicate their sentiments and opinions. Or more correctly, ..(reading) ..the “sentiments and opinions” ..written for them by someone that is most likely paid a fraction of “their” salary.

What happened in Aurora, Colorado, by every measure that I am aware, as tragic as dying in the streets of Kandahar or in a rice paddy in Vietnam.

We, “people,” i.e. (Homo sapiens,) ..are by nature, ..prone to violence. We are all disasters ..(given the proper motivation), waiting to happen.

We, (at least most of us,) ..tell ourselves that “we,” ..(could never) ..commit such a depraved act, ..and of course the Lion’s share of us believe it. Because few, ..if any? least anyone that I know, ..since I was raised by parents who taught me right from wrong and that hurting others wasn’t an option.

A simple message to convey, ..and a simple message to understand, ..nevertheless, would seem the greater that “our” population becomes, ..the more prone to senseless violence we become.

Question: Are we, ..people, (Homo sapiens,) ..prone, and/or drawn to violence because of our nature, ..or because of our schooling, (programming,) ..i.e. ..fetchin’ up?

Question: How old were you the first time you struck another human being in anger?



When, ..(Homo sapiens) ..are in the “adolescent” phase of their development, ..having personally been there and done that, ..I can testify unequivocally that it is extremely difficult to find an acceptable reason (not to punch) someone that has explicated that your mother wears combat boots.

However, given the passage of a dozen or so years when I returned home from Vietnam, ..I found it a hundred, ..or even a thousand times more unacceptable to unleash my capacity for violence on another human being.

Because, (in truth) ..there is absolutely no acceptable reason or justification for one human being to harm another.

Human beings can be docile obedient creatures, ..or they can be reckless and complicated beyond the stretch of even Rod Serling’s imagination.

According to Webster: en·vi·ron·ment, The complex social and cultural conditions affecting the nature of an individual or a community.

Question: Why is it more often than not, ..that it is intellectual young men, with a presumptive bright future that veer off the path?


Charles Joseph Whitman (June 24, 1941 – August 1, 1966) was a student at the University of Texas at Austin and a former Marine who killed 16 people and wounded 32 others (a total of 49 victims including himself) during a shooting rampage on and around the university’s campus on August 1, 1966. (Source Wikipedia).

James Oliver Huberty, (October 11, 1942.) Huberty used a 9 mm Uzi semi-automatic as the primary weapon fired in the massacre that he perpetrated at a McDonald’s restaurant in California along with, ..a Winchester pump-action 12-gauge shotgun, ..and a 9 mm Browning HP, ..killing 21 people and wounding 19 others. (Source Wikipedia).

Seung-Hui Cho, a student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks, approximately two hours apart, before committing suicide on April 16, 2007.

The Virginia Tech massacre is recorded as the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history. (Source Wikipedia)

Question: (To satisfy my personal curiosity). What is it about academia that inspires young man to go on killing sprees?

As a high school dropout and an individual who has worked my entire life to support myself and those I care about, ..I really want to know what makes the educated mind such a volatile habitat?

Within minutes of the shooting in Aurora, ..the Lions share of (pundits and talking heads) ..most all, ..(proud products of academia,) ..were once again haplessly railing against “our” second amendment.

What is it that academia injects into young people’s heads that makes them want to commit mass murder?

An unfair question you say; “then what question would be fair?

Is it fair for those (products of academia) to blame “guns” for taking a life?

Guns are not manufactured with a brain, ..guns don’t harbor hate or animosity, ..hate and animosity are manifestations of man.

So maybe one of these days, if our (products of academia) ever get their heads out of their armpits, ..maybe the public will be treated to a “talking head” that actually understands the difference between inert, ..and innate.



Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…


 Statue – The Veil of Ignorance. 

According to Webster: ig·no·rance, The condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed.

Ignorance, (at least in my opinion) is the justification that we use to describe our inability to make informed decisions.

With that thought in mind, and considering my proclivity for taking the short road whenever possible, I introduce you to my shortcut for today…

The Age of Ignorance..

By Charles Simic

Widespread ignorance bordering on idiocy is our new national goal. It’s no use pretending otherwise and telling us, as Thomas Friedman did in the Times a few days ago, that educated people are the nation’s most valuable resources.

Sure, they are, (but do we still want them?) It doesn’t look to me as if we do. The ideal citizen of a politically corrupt state, such as the one we now have, is a gullible dolt unable to tell truth from bullshit.

An educated, well-informed population, the kind that a functioning democracy requires, would be difficult to lie to, and could not be led by the nose by the various vested interests running amok in this country.

Most of our politicians and their political advisers and lobbyists would find themselves unemployed, and so would the gasbags who pass themselves off as our opinion makers.

Luckily for them, nothing so catastrophic, even though perfectly well-deserved and widely-welcome, has a remote chance of occurring any time soon. For starters, there’s more money to be made from the ignorant than the enlightened, and deceiving Americans is one of the few growing home industries we still have in this country.

A truly educated populace would be bad, both for politicians and for business.

It took years of indifference and stupidity to make us as ignorant as we are today. Anyone who has taught college over the last forty years, as I have, can tell you how much less students coming out of high school know every year.

At first it was shocking, but it no longer surprises any college instructor that the nice and eager young people enrolled in your classes have no ability to grasp most of the material being taught. Teaching American literature, as I have been doing, has become harder and harder in recent years, since the students read little literature before coming to college and often lack the most basic historical information about the period in which the novel or the poem was written, including what important ideas and issues occupied thinking people at the time.

Even regional history has gotten a short shrift.

Students who come from old New England mill towns, as I have discovered, have never been told about the famous strikes in their communities in which workers were shot in cold blood and the perpetrators got away scot-free. I wasn’t surprised that their high schools were wary of bringing up the subject, but it astonished me that their parents and grandparents, and whoever else they came in contact with while they were growing up, never mentioned these examples of gross injustice.

Either their families never talked about the past, or their children were not paying attention when they did. Whatever it was, one is confronted with the problem of how to remedy their vast ignorance about things they should have already been familiar with as the generations of students before them were.

If this lack of knowledge is the result of the years of dumbing down of high school curriculum and of families that don’t talk to their children about the past, there’s another more pernicious kind of ignorance we confront today. It is the product of years of ideological and political polarization and the deliberate effort by the most fanatical and intolerant parties in that conflict to manufacture more ignorance by lying about many aspects of our history and even our recent past.

I recall being stunned some years back when I read that a majority of Americans told pollsters that Saddam Hussein was behind September 11 terrorist attacks. It struck me as a propaganda feat unsurpassed by the worst authoritarian regimes of the past—many of which had to resort to labor camps and firing squads to force their people to believe some untruth, without comparable success.

No doubt, the Internet and cable television have allowed various political and corporate interests to spread disinformation on a scale that was not possible before, but to have it believed requires a badly educated population unaccustomed to verifying things they are being told.

Where else on earth would a president who rescued big banks from bankruptcy with taxpayers’ money and allowed the rest of us to lose $12 trillion in investment, retirement, and home values be called a socialist?

In the past, if someone knew nothing and talked nonsense, no one paid any attention to him. No more. Now such people are courted and flattered by conservative politicians and ideologues as “Real Americans” defending their country against big government and educated liberal elites. The press interviews them and reports their opinions seriously without pointing out the imbecility of what they believe.

The hucksters, who manipulate them for the powerful financial interests, know that they can be made to believe anything, because, to the ignorant and the bigoted, lies always sound better than truth:

Christians are persecuted in this country

The government is coming to get your guns.

Obama is a Muslim.

Global Warming is a hoax.

The president is forcing open homosexuality on the military.

Schools push a left-wing agenda.

Social Security is an entitlement, no different from welfare.

Obama hates white people.

The life on earth is 10,000 years old and so is the universe.

The safety net contributes to poverty.

The government is taking money from you and giving it to sex-crazed college women to pay for their birth control.

One could easily list many more such commonplace delusions believed by Americans. They are kept in circulation by hundreds of right-wing political and religious media outlets whose function is to fabricate an alternate reality for their viewers and their listeners.

“Stupidity is sometimes the greatest of historical forces,” Sidney Hook said once. No doubt. What we have in this country is the rebellion of dull minds against the intellect. That’s why they love politicians who rail against teachers indoctrinating children against their parents’ values and resent the ones who show ability to think seriously and independently. Despite their bravado, these fools can always be counted on to vote against their self-interest. And that, as far as I’m concerned, is why millions are being spent to keep my fellow citizens ignorant. (Source,

As a high school dropout, I have to assume that I am one of the ignorant folks that Mr. Simic is railing about? Although I agree with Mr. Simic that America’s population is getting dumber by each successive generation, I do not agree that academia is any more of an answer than right or left wing practices.

When you take 20 or 30 generations of Homo sapiens and program them from cognizance to (believe what the loudest and most frequent) voice projects, ..then you can begin to understand why this nation is losing to Post Turtles.

What Charlie, ..a.k.a., Mr. Simic failed to relate in his exceptionally well-written article is that human beings, i.e., “we” (Homo sapiens) are endowed by our creator, whether our creator is accepted by you as God, ..or Nature? We are born with common sense.

Historical fact: Homo sapiens, i.e., (human beings) one stage of evolution, ..or another, ..(prior) the invention of the University, ..according to University studies, ..survived on this planet for fifty to eighty thousand years.

(Sidebar) Please Note; University studies across the span of academia relate a deficit of 30,000 years concerning man’s existence,, (at least in my humble opinion,) the next time you want to stake your life on University information, might want to take something into consideration?


Like understanding how your life relates to those around you?

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Honor, Devotion, ..and Respect..

According to Webster: hon·or,  (in context) A code of integrity, dignity, and pride,

According to Webster: de·vo·tion, (in context) Ardent, often selfless affection and dedication, as to a person or an event.

According to Webster: re·spect, (in context) To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem.

Qualities that, ..(at least in my opinion) .. Our current commander-in-chief Barack Obama seems to believe that he deserves because he is the current commander-in-chief, i.e., a.k.a. (POTUS) President of the United States.

Although it goes without saying, ..since (my name) not among the forty-four men, ..who if, ..(by no other measure) than the act of a pencil mark on a piece of paper, ..or a strategically placed hole in the same, ..who have been elected to serve as this Nation as “President of the United States” ..since this Nation became a sovereign Nation.

Not that who? ..or who “has not” been the President of the United States over the past 236 years has anything to do with my concern this morning.

My concern this morning, (with our nation circling the drain,) is why would anyone with the “common sense” that God gave a duckbilled platypus, ..think that spending from twenty-six to fifty-nine dollars for a gallon of an alternative (biofuel) to power America’s Military aircraft is a good idea?

Barack Obama is a “wrongheaded ideologue” ..(hell bent) on returning America to a monarchy and a nanny state where the population is dependent on, ..and beholding to a King, ..a King named Barack.


It’s good to be King.



The truth is what I (and MSNBC) say it is…

Principles, ..and ethics, ..are for fools. 

 ..the treasury belongs to the King. 

In the news;

The Navy spent $26 a gallon for biofuels for this week’s Great Green Fleet demonstration, while the Air Force spent twice as much per gallon to test synthetic jet fuel last month.

The Air Force bought 11,000 gallons of alcohol-to-jet fuel from Gevo Inc, a Colorado biofuels company, at $59 a gallon in a program aimed at proving that new alternative fuels can be used reliably in military aircraft – once, that is, their pricing is competitive with petroleum, which now costs $3.60 a gallon.

The cost of the Air Force demonstration, $639,000, ..was far less eye-catching than the $12 million the Navy spent for biofuels to power a carrier strike group on alternative energy for a day.

All part of the Pentagon push, which has escalated under the administration of President Barack Obama, to adopt green solutions to rising fuel costs.

(sidebar) Don’t they have a math department at Columbia and Harvard?

Albeit I had less than a fondness for math in high school, I did come by enough arithmetic to understand that $59 a gallon is more than $3.60 a gallon, ..which by (my math skills) not a savings, ..or at least it’s not a savings that I can afford.


Some Republican lawmakers have criticized the high price-per-gallon paid by the Navy as wasteful Pentagon spending at a time of significant budget cuts and a shrinking fleet.

Which, (at least in my considered opinion,) ..places Barack Obama’s (wrongheaded) obsession with green energy right up there with his idealistic (Patient Protection and Affordable Care act) a.k.a. “Obamacare.”

Question: How many “Solyndras” do you think it’s going to take before (the American taxpayers) get it?

Green energy is a joke, ..albeit, is not a funny joke. When the men and women who support the government with their tax dollars cannot afford the products and services invested in by their government, it isn’t rocket science to understand that these products have (less) than no value.

Nor is it “rocket science” to (understand) that keeping Barack Obama in the Oval Office has (less) than no value.


 With the people’s help, ..America can survive!

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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