What is the mot juste?
Mrs. Obama appeared before a Democratic National Committee women’s event to raise money, and she let Republicans have it, characterizing them as misogynists who are out of step with American values.
From the White House transcript of her remarks:
When a small group of folks in Congress shuts down our government to try to shut down Obamacare, and we watch as our President stands strong, that’s not just some political fight in Washington — it is a battle about our most fundamental values and aspirations.
If you’re not happy about what you’ve seen in Congress lately, if you don’t like seeing folks in state government trying to undermine Obamacare or chip away at women’s rights and women’s health, then I urge you — let’s not just sit around feeling angry or helpless or hopeless, especially not women. (Laughter.) . . .
And all the women and families who don’t want anyone interfering with their most private health decisions, women who are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies, they’re counting on us. They’re counting on us to stand up and fight for rights and freedoms that we all deserve, and that’s why we need your support right now.
Because there is something that all of you can do right now today to make a huge difference: You can write a check. That’s what we need you to do right now. We need you to write a big old check. (Laughter.) Write the biggest check you can possibly write.
So we need you all to max out. And just as important, once you’ve maxed out, we need you to go back to your states and get everyone you know to give whatever they can as well.
Oh, shut your big old mouth. Ma’am.
Odd that she’s still calling it ObamaCare. It’s EdselCare now, isn’t it? Occasionally maybe the Affordable (ha!) Care (ha-ha!) Act? I’d sooner have my name associated with a strain of herpes than with this plague.
Anyhow, the pitch is getting a little stale:
At a fundraising event in New York City [in May], First Lady Michelle Obama shared her “motto” for donations to the Democratic National Committee: “Max out! And if you’ve maxed out, get your friends to max out.” She explained that “maxing out” won’t just help embattled Democratic congressmen in 2014 — it “sounds kind of baller too.”
Mrs. Obama attended two events in Manhattan on Wednesday, including one with members of fashion elite at the apartment of designer Tony Burch, where she thanked those in attendance for helping her “become the poised and stylish woman that I am.”
Because what “poised and stylish” woman doesn’t say “max out” and “baller”? She’s Eldridge Cleaver in Vera Wang.
PS: Is this what Mrs. Obama meant by “women’s rights”?
What wasn’t mentioned in the cheery report about Falls Church Healthcare Center was what the Virginia Department of Health found when it made a planned and announced inspection of the clinic in August 2012.
As reported in a 65-page document, the facility was found to be blood-splattered and failing to comply with even basic sterilization procedures. Again, this was after being told when to expect a visit from health inspectors.
The inspectors observed that two blood collection tubes, designated as “clean and ready for use”, actually had a “dark reddish substance” where the tube for blood collection attached. A staff member said that the cleaning process for these tubes is to run them under water and then soak them in alcohol at the end of the day, but not between patient uses. When the inspectors pointed out the substance, a staff member said, “That looks like blood. They aren’t clean.” So the staffer ran them under water and said the “blood” was gone.
The facility was found to be blood-splattered and failing to comply with even basic sterilization procedures.
There was also dried blood of various colorations on the foot/leg support of the procedure table and the metal support under the padded area and the metal base of the procedure table itself. A procedure room was reported as ready for the patients scheduled that day, but observation revealed visible dried blood on the metal joints that connected the metal leg stirrup/supports. There was also dried blood splatter in the “Wet Lab”/Dirty scrub room, on the swing door to a second procedure room, the door jamb to the same room and the wall above the freezer. Two pathology containers were contaminated with blood, and clean equipment was put in contaminated areas.
A sponge used to clean blood splatter was kept on a utility sink, and a staff member reported that the cleaning method for the sponge was to rinse it under water.
This sounds nearly as grisly as “Dr.” Keith Gosnell’s torture chamber. Yet this is the first I’ve heard about it. Feminists, predictably, are not amused:
In a victory for the Falls Church Healthcare Center, a Virginia women’s health clinic that provides abortions, an Arlington County judge ruled last week to allow the clinic’s appeal regarding targeted regulation of abortion provider (TRAP) laws to move forward in court. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who is currently running for state Governor, had tried to have the appeal dismissed, but the judge ruled against him.
About 30 supporters of the clinic attended the hearing in the courtroom, and around 75 attended a lively rally before the hearing outside the courthouse.
“Freedom to have our bodies treated like a toxic waste dump!” You’ve come a long way, baby.