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Boston Globe front page “news”: At a White House rich in coffee lore, no word on president’s preference

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Boston Globe: A recipe for beer brewed by the White House? The Obama administration happily shares it. A list of wines served at state dinners? No problem. But what about the First Family’s coffee habits? My mug is empty. Security concerns are initially cited. Then e-mails go unreturned. Caffeine consumption in the West Wing has, apparently, become a state secret.

For an administration that loves to talk about the importance of local food, especially when it comes from the celebrated White House vegetable garden, it turns out that the Obama White House makes it nearly impossible to find the source of its coffee and how it is prepared.

Hard-hitting journalist Matt Viser

Hard-hitting journalist Matt Viser

As a reporter covering the president in Washington — and as a passionate coffee drinker — I have sustained an enduring quest to figure out how the people inside one of the most intense work environments in the world get their caffeine fix.

Yes, the mysteries of ISIS or Russian President Vladimir Putin are more pressing. But coffee has currency within the White House. It is the fuel for peace summits, the jolt behind major speeches, and the lubricant for making world-altering decisions. The transition of two presidents traditionally involves a pre-inauguration cup of coffee between the sitting president and his soon-to-be successor.

Look at almost any photo of a meeting inside the Situation Room — from the killing of Osama bin Laden to preparations for a hurricane — and coffee cups are spread around the table. When foreign dignitaries come to visit, they are offered coffee. When top White House staffers need a charge for early mornings and late nights, there are urns full of Starbucks and longtime D.C.-based roaster ME Swings coffee waiting inside the exclusive dining room known as the White House Mess.

But what is served in the residence? Or when the White House pulls out all the stops for a state dinner? And is the First Lady a loyal coffee drinker? No answers from the Obama administration.

Over the years, presidential candidates on the campaign trail show their taste for coffee by sipping diner brews in New Hampshire and Iowa. Once in office, coffee can become as intertwined with a president’s daily rituals as the morning briefing or the presidential motorcade leaving from the South Lawn.

“It was enjoyed every day,” said John Moeller, who served three presidents working in the White House kitchen from 1992 to 2005.

Thomas Jefferson, who stocked his cellar at Monticello with beans imported from the East and West Indies, deemed coffee “the favorite drink of the civilised world.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked White House staff to bring him a dark French roast with a coffee maker on the tray, so he could brew it to his liking.

Perhaps the truest barista-in-chief was Teddy Roosevelt, who had a coffee cup so sizable, his son once said, that was “more in the nature of a bathtub.” Roosevelt was also the one, legend has it, that said Maxwell House was “Good to the last drop,” coining what would become the coffee company’s catch-phrase.

During a White House renovation in the late 1990s, the kitchen staff had some money left over and decided to spring for a large espresso machine.

“We said what the heck, we could fit that into our kitchen,” said Moeller, a chef for the Clinton and both Bush administrations. “We were making espresso drinks for the first lady. Both Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Bush enjoyed a nice latte in the afternoon. It wasn’t unusual getting a call at 1 or 2 in the afternoon: ‘Time for a latte.’ ”

In the residence, Moeller said, there was a Mr. Coffee drip machine, while downstairs there was a larger machine to serve the masses. Several French press devices were kept nearby, but were rarely used.

This brings us to Obama, whose history-making bid for the presidency apparently extends to the kitchen. The White House’s current chief occupant may not even be consuming whatever beans they’re buying.

That’s right. Obama, who has been bedeviled by the Tea Party and whose critics say he needs a little more pep in his step, is himself partial to tea.

obamateaStudy photos of Obama — in the Oval Office, aboard Air Force One, inside the Situation Room — and he almost always has a cream-colored, gold-trimmed porcelain cup in front of him. But inside those cups, aides say, is almost certainly tea (his favorite is Black Forest Berry made by Honest Tea).

“Very honestly, I do not recall him drinking coffee ever,” said Arun Chaudhary, his former videographer. “Obama’s not really a coffee drinker,” said Jon Favreau, who is the president’s former speech writer and most definitely a coffee drinker, often grabbing a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts on his way into work. “I’ve seen him order tea quite a few times but never coffee.”

When the president stepped into Starbucks recently, he emerged with a cup of tea. When he went to a specialty coffee shop in Missouri, he left with a cup of iced Earl Grey. When the barista offered tea with lavender, he responded, “I’m not confident enough to order that.”

Despite the boss’s indifference, the White House does care where its coffee comes from. They’re just not saying, citing “security of the White House food supply.”

Do they serve Dunkin’ Donuts? No, says Dunkin’. Is Starbucks the provider? They seem to suggest not (although one informed source suggests so).

The White House Mess, which is operated by the US Navy, served Dunkin’ Donuts from 2006 through the end of 2011. This was a joy for many of the Massachusetts natives who occupied the White House during the Obama administration. But Dunkin’ chose not to renew the contract, wanting its coffee to be served only at franchised locations.

Maybe the Obama White House relies on Intelligentsia, the roaster from his hometown Chicago? (Company officials say no, but the president was known to visit one of their stores before he ran for president). What about Blue Bottle, the buzzy brewer out of California? (They insist no, although they once served the First Lady a French press brew during a breakfast fund-raiser in Berkeley).

To those who may think the Obamas could actually be growing beans in the White House garden, think again. It’s too cold. “It’s all to do with climate. You’re talking ideal 5,000 to 6,000 feet of altitude with 75 degree average — no higher than 86 no lower than 50,” says George Howell, a Massachusetts-based pioneer of the specialty coffee movement.

Read the rest of this hard-hitting piece of journalism here.

Closing: I go through more coffee than that in about two years. As to where the rest of the coffee may be coming from, Americans want answers! OK, maybe just this American does. But the White House seems willing to let the mystery endure.

ISIS? Benghazi? Iraq? Boko Haram? IRS? The economy? Illegals? Meh, what does the president drink?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Glad to know the State Run Media is on top of things.

DCG

Tranny voted Colorado high school’s homecoming princess

All of a sudden, trannies are all the rage.

In May, a bearded transvestite named Conchita Wurst (see below) was voted the winner of Eurovision, an annual song competition held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. Note the intertwining snakes, more like worms, on his chest.bearded tranny Concita Wurst

Here in America, Time magazine’s cover of June 9, 2014 proclaimed we’re at a “Transgender Tipping Point: America’s Next Civil Rights Frontier”!

For that matter, the late Joan Rivers, two months before she died from a botched “routine” endoscopy, had admitted “we all know” Barack Obama is “gay” and Michelle Obama is a “tranny.”

With a tranny as the First Lady of the United States, it’s no wonder the media and pop culture have seized upon transgenders as their newest cause célèbre. The latest to join the tranny bandwagon is a high school in Colorado, where a cross dressing boy, who feels he’s really a girl, was selected as the school’s 2014 homecoming princess.

Andy "Scarlett" LenhTraditionally, homecoming princesses are selected based on their physical attractiveness. As you can see for yourself in Andy “Scarlett” Lenh’s pic above, I doubt he was voted homecoming princess based on his pretty looks.

Debbie Kelley reports for The Gazette, Sept. 13, 2014, that 16-year-old Scarlett Lenh, a biological male, was officially crowned the 2014 homecoming princess for Sand Creek High School during Friday night’s football game.

Scarlett was born Andy Lenh and this school year started identifying as a female transgender.

After he found out at an afternoon assembly that the majority of the junior class had voted for him over three other candidates, Scarlett/Andy said, “It was really exciting. It felt really good. I couldn’t stop smiling.” Two of the other girls who were nominated by their peers were “extremely supportive,” but the other “was really upset.”

Scarlett/Andy said that being in the running for homecoming princess was no joke to him: “One of my friends mentioned it, and I didn’t think anything of it because I didn’t think I’d be nominated. But, now, it really matters to me. This is something I’ve wanted to do since my freshman year. I want people to be themselves and not feel uncomfortable in their own body and mind.”

Andy/Scarlett has dressed in girls’ clothing for the past few weeks and also uses the girls’ bathroom at Sand Creek, which is on North Carefree Circle in Falcon School District 49.

Some students and adults are upset about both issues.

“It’s craziness,” said Jana Neathery, whose granddaughter attends Sand Creek. “Originally, it was a joke that he was going to be nominated for homecoming princess, but he got a lot of nominations,” Neathery said, referring to Scarlett, “and now there are a lot of upset girls because a spot was taken from them. I’m very sympathetic that he’s transgender, but he should be on the boys’ side, not the girls’.”

Neathery also is mad that Scarlett/Andy uses the girls’ bathroom: “It’s ridiculous – he’s interested in girls, and they’re allowing him to use the girl’s bathroom.” Neathery said that when she complained to the principal, he told her if a girl feels uncomfortable in the bathroom when Scarlett/Andy is in there, the girl should leave. “I suggested he go to a nongender-specific restroom, whether it be in the office or the teachers’ lounge,” Neathery said. “I said, ‘So my granddaughter can put on jeans and say I feel like a boy today’ and go into the boys’ restroom?’ ”

Some students say it’s strange to have a student who has a male body in the girls’ restroom. Scarlett/Andy said his high school counselor would speak with administrators to “figure out a solution.”

Jarrod Clarke, a junior at Sand Creek, said, “I think it’s wrong because he’s actually a guy, he’s not a girl, and he hasn’t been doing this his entire life – he’s only been recently doing it. We thought he was doing it as a joke. He’s a guy and doing this for whatever reason. But he’s still a guy.”

Another Sand Creek student who asked not to be identified said of Scarlett/Andy, “We know him pretty well. He’s only cross-dressing, putting on girls’ clothes.”

D-49 spokesman Matt Meister said he could not comment on the issue due to student privacy laws but in a statement said, “The leaders at Sand Creek High School and in District 49 respect the decision of the Scorpion student body in electing their homecoming court. Our board policy sets the standard that we do not exclude any person from participating in any program or activity on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.”

When asked by The Gazette if he is attracted to girls, Scarlett/Andy said, “For the last year and a half, I haven’t been attracted to anything.”

In June 2013, at another local school, Coy Mathis, a transgender first-grader who was born a boy but identifies as a girl won the right to use the girls’ restroom at Eagleside Elementary in Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8.

Coy Mathis’ parents took the case to the Colorado Civil Rights Division, claiming the district’s refusal to allow Coy to use the girls’ bathroom violated Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act. The division ruled in favor of the “girl,” saying keeping the ban in place “creates an environment that is objectively and subjectively hostile, intimidating or offensive.”

Back to Scarlett/Andy.

He said he has known since he was 7 or 8 years old that he felt like a girl and not a boy. “It was always in the back of my mind. In middle school I tried to block it out. This year, I got serious about expressing it. I see it as a great thing. I hope it helps people understand if they want to be something and work hard at it, it can happen.”

Scarlett/Andy told his family this week: “It was really hard. My mom didn’t like it, but she wants to support me for what I do in life.”

H/t FOTM’s MomofIV

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~Eowyn

Reaction to Obama’s ISIL counterterrorism policy speech

Dr. Eowyn:

Critical views on the POS’s policy regarding the jihadist Islamic State include:

1. Derision at his calling the ISLAMIC STATE neither Islamic nor a state. Just as medical doctors can’t hope to cure an illness if they can’t even properly name it, how is America to defeat IS if the Obama administration can’t even properly identify what it is?

2. Obama’s arrogance in saying, once again, he’ll do it alone with or without Congress.

3. Pointing out that Obama, once again, ignored U.S. military leaders’ expert judgment, this time on the futility of air strikes on IS without ground troops.

4. Pointing out that there is no “coalition” behind Obama’s new policy — not from our European allies, nor from any of the Arabic states. Notice the total silence emanating from Egypt.

The above 1-4 mean certain failure for the POS’s announced strategy in dealing with the Islamic State. That in turn means (a) More millions of taxpayer dollars spent on air strikes will be wasted; and (b) IS’s slaughter and persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria will continue.

The one exception from the critical analyses is David Brooks of the New York Times and PBS News Hour pundit. Obsequious Brooks actually compared Obama to Moses. It would be funny if Brooks isn’t such a revolting brown-noser. That this man is still given credibility and prestige is a sad commentary on the media and the gullibility of the American people.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

On Sept. 10, 2014, thirteen days after admitting he had no strategy to deal with the Islamic Caliphate or State (IS, aka ISIL, aka ISIS), President Barack Obama finally unveiled his “counterterrorism” policy against the IS from the State Floor of the White House.

(For a summary and video of his speech, see “Obama announces U.S. ‘counterterrorism’ policy against ISIL“.)

Below is a sample of reaction to his speech. Note that my words are colored green.

~StMA

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writes in the Washington Post, Sept. 10, 2014:

[...] Although Obama promised a “steady, relentless effort” in a nationally televised address Wednesday night, he also said that “it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL,” using a common acronym for the Islamic State.

Such a mission was not the U.S. military’s preferred option.Responding to a White House request for options to confront the Islamic State,

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Obama grows horns

On Sept. 10, 13 days after admitting he had no strategy to deal with the Islamic State (IS, aka ISIS, aka ISIL), the POS ceremoniously unveiled his “counterterrorism” policy against IS from the State Floor of the White House.

Here’s the video of his speech:

Depending on the angle of the camera — NBC News’, for one — President Lucifer can be seen sprouting horns from his head.

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Here’s a closer-up view:

Obama horns

Kinda reminds me of the pic of the POS (below) published a year ago by the popular and widely read Egyptian newspaper Al Wafd:

President Satan

H/t GovtSlaves and FOTM’s elldee626

~Eowyn

Another deep thought from the iY Generation: US overdoes 9/11 rituals

The enlightened Jeremy Rowley

The enlightened Jeremy Rowley

Campus Reform: America “overdoses” on patriotism on September 11, according to an editorial authored by a University of Wyoming student.

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Published on the 13-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a student at the University of Wyoming penned an editorial decrying the sense of “pride” Americans showcase on September 11. The student blames suburban families and public schools as being the worst culprits when it comes to patriotism.

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“Pride is by far the most common response to the annual reminder of the attacks on our country, and this is the issue,” Jeremy Rowley, a sophomore at the university, wrote. “Suburban families erect their stars and stripes as public schools broadcast cliché images of bald eagles and American landmarks while blaring Lee Greenwood’s ‘Proud to be an American.’”

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Instead, Rowley suggested that those who “may not be ready to move on” mourn quietly and humbly. “Instead of celebrating our country and shunning all those who don’t fit in or agree, we, the United States of America, need to get over it,” he wrote.

Rowley turned the attention in his editorial to social issues, lightly referencing the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the alleged gender pay gap. “Contrary to popular belief, America is not the best country in the world,” Rowley writes.

“We live in a country where unarmed people of color are shot to death without justification,” Rowley said. “This same country still struggles with paying women a fair wage. All the while, we neglect to give our children an internationally competitive education. The list of injustices goes on and on, and yet we band together and celebrate our country at a time when pride is the least justifiable reaction.

A university spokesperson confirmed the author of the editorial is a student at the school. The University of Wyoming declined to comment on the editorial.

The university’s calendar listed one event—a “ 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance(maybe they assembled KaBOOM! backpacks like Obama did?)—that was scheduled for Thursday evening at War Memorial Stadium.

Rowley did not return Campus Reform’s request for comment by press time.

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Hollywood job loss increased 19% in 2 years

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Dave McNary reports for Variety, Sept. 10, 2014, that preliminary statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show a steady erosion of jobs in the motion picture and sound industries.

Employment in those two industries has dropped to 298,000 in August — marking the first time in the past decade that the number has dropped below 300,000. To better understand the 298,000 jobs, that figure is:

  • 8% decline from a year ago when total employment in the motion picture and sound industries was 324,600 jobs.
  • 19% decline from 2 years ago when total employment was 366,300 jobs in August 2012.

Hollywood’s declining employment will continue. On Sept. 4, Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara told the studio’s 8,000 employees that layoffs were coming at every level.

The industry has been hit by a sharp decline in domestic box office, with summer business generating the poorest total in eight years. Additionally, production incentives outside the U.S. have continue to lure producers to use international locations.

The BLS stats showed that average hourly earnings of $29.20 in July for all employees and $23.71 for non-supervisory employees.

The Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) statistics for 2012 — the most recent period covered by the industry group — asserted that the industry supports a total of 1.9 million direct and indirect jobs for a total of $111 billion in total wages in 2012, with the direct jobs generating $46 billion in wages, and an average salary 43% higher than the national average. “There were over 293,000 jobs in the core business of producing, marketing, manufacturing, and distributing motion pictures and television shows,” the MPAA said. “These are high quality jobs, with an average salary of $86,500, 76% higher than the average salary nationwide.

The MPAA estimates that there were nearly 360,000 jobs in related businesses that distribute motion pictures and TV shows to consumers. The “indirect” jobs include caterers, dry cleaners, florists, hardware and lumber suppliers, and digital equipment suppliers. This also includes jobs in other fields that do business with consumers, such as DVD and Blu-ray retailers and employees at theme parks and tourist attractions.

I read some of the 259 comments on this article on Variety. The comment below is representative:

Kim says:

I think folks are tired of going to the movies and having liberal agendas shoved down their throats instead of entertainment. Hollywood has alienated a huge segment of America that simply does not agree and the box office reflects that..

Bear in mind that Hollywood employment is plummeting DESPITE the 20% tax cut “the entertainment industry” has enjoyed since the 1950s.

And they want more: A bill in Sacramento will increase California’s “incentives” for Hollywood from the current $100 million to $400 million a year. (See DCG’s post on this, here.)

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~Eowyn

The Harley Biker – as reported by the MSM

angry lion

A Harley biker is riding by the zoo in Washington, D. C. when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage.

Suddenly, the lion grabs the girl by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside.

The girls’ parents scream helplessly.

The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.

Whimpering from the pain, the lion jumps back, letting go of the girl, and the biker brings her to her terrified parents, who thank him profusely.

A man standing by has watched the whole event, but without lifting a finger to help.

Addressing the Harley rider, the man says, “Sir, that was the most gallant and bravest thing I’ve seen a man do in my whole life.”

The Harley rider replies, “Why, it was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and acted because it’s the right thing to do.”

The man says, “Well, I’ll make sure this won’t go unnoticed. I’m a journalist, you know, and tomorrow’s paper will have this story on the front page. So, what do you do for a living and what’s your political party affiliation?”

The biker replies, “I’m a U.S. Marine and a Republican.”

The journalist leaves.

The following morning the biker buys the paper to see if it indeed brings news of the event. On the front page is this screaming headline:

“U.S. MARINE ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH!”

….and that pretty much sums up the media’s approach to the news these days.

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H/t FOTM’s pnordman

~Eowyn