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The Swartberg Pass.The Mighty Swartberg PassCarriages on the Pass circa 1880This is the king of passes in the Cape. The Swartberge pass also known as the Zwartberg Pass and The Great Zwarte Pass is situated between Prince Albert and Oudtshoorn. This was the masterpiece of that remarkable and brilliant engineer and road builder, Thomas Charles Bain (1830 – 1893). This is also the last of the seventeen passes he built in the Cape Province.The Eerstewater todayOn entering the gorge from the Prince Alfred side, one is overwhelmed by a feeling of insignificance as one travels between towering, rugged, sheer cliffs. An ice-cold mountain stream greets the traveller at Eerste Water (First Water) – Bain’s camp was situated there. In later years it became known as Die Danssbaan (dance floor), as many young people came from afar to waltz under the stars. As the road snakes higher and higher, around hairpin bends, one becomes aware of the crisp, clear air filled with the scent of Proteas.Modern Images at the start of the passFrom the summit at “Die Top” the view is breath taking.A spectacular zig-zag in the Pass- an irressistible subject for photographers for over 100 year- This photo dates from 1910Work was started by a John Tassie in 1881 but after 13 months of heavy work using 100 Mozambicans from Delagoa Bay he had advanced only 6 kilometres. Tassie was declared insolvent and work ceased until Thomas Bain took over in November 1883, using 200 to 240 convicts, using picks, shovels, sledgehammers, and gunpowder. Boulders were spilt using fire to heat the rocks and then doused in cold water. The smaller rocks were carefully dressed by the convicts and used to build impressive retaining walls that support the road against precipitous slopes. A century later travellers still marvel at this feat.The Swartberge Pass is the last of the great passes built in the nineteenth centaury and is of great historical interest. Originally the routes through Meiringspoort and Seweweekspoort were the only link between the port of Mossel Bay and the towns and villages of the Great Karoo. The road through Meiringspoort was constructed by Adam de Smidt and was officially opened on the 4th March 1858. These routes were frequently closed due to flood damage and rock falls. Heavy flooding during 1875 closed both roads for weeks.Looking down from close to Die TopBad weather made construction difficult. A group of convicts died when the roof of their hut collapsed during a snow storm. During May 1885 heavy rain caused mudslides, which almost destroyed the convict camp and severely damaged the nearly complete road. The same rains washed away the road through Meiringspoort.Two dates can be seen chiselled into the rocks in the Pass: 1884 was chiselled into a large boulder near Fonteintjie on the Prince Albert side near Die Top of the pass. In the high retaining wall near Boegoekloof on the Oudtshoorn side of the mountain you can see the date 1886. More than thirty curves and drifts in the Swartberge Pass have been named and each has its own interesting history.The Oudtshoorn Courant of the 16th September 1886 published this telegram: The Zwartberg Pass is now open to Wagons on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – the Government taking no responsibility. On the 5th May 1888 a notice was given of a toll to be imposed at the summit of the pass. A toll fee of four pence per wheel and one penny per animal. The toll official was responsible for collecting the toll and maintaining the road.Dry stone walling from the original constructionIn 1879 Bain estimated that the pass would cost 20 000 pounds on the 14th July 1887 Bain reported that the total construction cost was 14 000 pounds.A cape Cart at the clear stream at Eerstwater. 1890. Today there is a low water bridge across the stream.Over six hundred plants have been identified in the Swartberge Nature Reserve. A large, colourful variety of Proteas, tolbosse, pincushions, Ericas and shrubs can be seen. Klipspringer, Vaalribbuck, duikers, baboons and dassies and more than 130 bird species have been recorded.There are signboards placed along the road through the pass the following signs can be seen from north to south.Droewaterval no water running at this timeTEEBERG (tea Mountain) Here you find the well known honey tea bush, much sought after by earlier inhabitants, From this point the summit of the pass is visible and if you look down into the chasm you should recognise Malvadraai far below. The view across the Karro plains to the Nuweveld Mountains 120 kms away is spectacularMap of The Swartberg passSources and BiblographyHelen Marincowitz        The Swartberg PassGraham Ross                   The Romance of  Cape PassesT.V.Bulpin                        Discovering South AfricaSome images Courtesy of Fransie Pienaar Museum, Prince Albert1 CommentFiled under 4x4, Commentary, ToursTagged as 4x4, Adventure Tourism, Cape Province., Conservation, Die Hel, Discovery, Flowers, Great Karoo, Mossel Bay, Mountain Pass, Off-Road, Oudtshoorn, Prince Albert, South Africa, Swartberg, Thomas Charles BainAny one coming to or already in South Africa and is considering touring the Garden Route should not miss the opportunity to drive up the Swartberg Pass and then spending the night in Gamkaskloof (Die Hel).Stay over in Prince Albert and start early next morning you want to allow at least 5 hours to drive the 25 kms which comprises the total Swartberg Pass. There are many places to stop and take photographs. There are 27 named points on the pass and at Die Top you are at 1600 metres. The pass was built by convicts by hand, there was no dynamite at that time. Many of the dry packed wall first built are still remaining. Not so long ago the government wanted to tar the pass but this was rigorously resisted by the locals.In fact the Swartberg pass is possibly South Africa’s best pass.Once you have crested the pass you arrive at the Otto du Plessis road which was completed in 1962 which was the first road access to the isolated Gamkaskloof 57 km away. The drive takes at least 2 hours you have to drive slowly!A n overnight stay at one of the chalets will allow time for you to experience what the few families put up with during their lives there.Leave a commentFiled under 4x4, News, ToursTagged as 4x4, Die Hel, Discovery, Gravel, Mountain Pass, Off-Road, Pass, Prince Albert, South Africa, Swartberg, Tours, Travel



Malia, Obama’s elder daughter, 19, had a privileged education in D.C.’s élite Sidwell Friends private school.In the summer before she graduated from high school, her parents thought it appropriate for Malia to intern on Lena Dunham’s HBO show Girls — the edifying show that depicted naked sex scenes, including a man eating a woman’s .After graduating from high school, Malia is notable for only one thing — making a public spectacle of herself at music fests and clubs, high on booze, marijuana, or some other drug.A year ago, Malia twerked and exposed her butt at a Lolapalooza music festival.The latest incident took place in Chicago on Friday night, August 5, 2017, at another Lolapalooza, where she threw herself onto the ground, writhing and banging her head.TMZ reports that “looking kind of dazed,” Malia “needed a lift at the end of the night — as in a golf cart to take her out of the show.”By the way, have any of you seen the Obamas as a family since they left the White House?Obama has been vacationing non stop on billionaires’ yachts, without Mooch; she was sighted coming out of a health club. I haven’t even seen pics of the two together. And what happened to the younger daughter, Sasha, 16?Malia’s and Sasha’s contract as Barry and Big Mike’s fake daughters must have expired. See:H/t FOTM‘s DCG.~Eowyn34 Comments Posted in Culture War, Liberals/Democrats/Left, Michelle Obama, Obama, United States Tagged HBO "Girls", Lena Dunham, Lolapalooza, Malia Obama, Malia Obama wasted at Lolapalooza, Sasha ObamaMalia Obama, Barry & Mooch’s 18-year-old daughter, twerked and lifted her short dress to expose her butt at the Lolapalooza pop music festival.You’d think that Malia had grown up in the ghetto, instead of in the White House and schooled in the exclusive Sidwell Friends private school.But then what do you expect?After all, last summer, her parents saw fit that Malia interned at Lena Dunham’s Girls HBO TV show — a show that depicted a man licking/eating a woman’s .A “meaningful message” Dunham is spreading on GirlsWhy anyone in their right mind would want to lick or thrust his penis into another’s or ingest feces, is utterly beyond my comprehension. The is not designed for sexual penetration, nor is fecal matter — replete with germs — meant to be ingested.But the Devil likes to pervert everything that is of God, turning things upside down — good is evil, and evil is good. There’s a reason why sodomy is favored by the Devil and is used in initiation rites by satanists (see “Satanist Explains the Rites of Sodomy“).~Eowyn41 Comments Posted in Culture War, Liberals/Democrats/Left, Michelle Obama, Obama, Satanism, United States Tagged Lolapalooza, Malia Obama, sodomy is satanicObama recently was in London, lecturing the Brits against Brexit, their upcoming referendum on leaving the European Union, which deservedly got him a stinging rebuke from London mayor Boris Johnson.In an op/ed for The Sun, Johnson recalls that in 2009 when Obama took over the White House, he removed a bust of Winston Churchill that had been in the Oval Office. Johnson writes:“Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender.”By the way, in 2012 the Obama Administration first denied removing the bust, calling the story “100 per cent false” — that the bust is still in the White House, but simply moved to Obama’s private residence. Later, however, the Obama White House admitted that the Churchill bust in the President’s residence is a different bust, and that the original one had indeed been removed. (Source: Independent)While in London, in a townhall meeting on April 23, the POS also badmouthed North Carolina on barring so-called “transgenders” from using the restroom of their fancy instead of in accordance with their biology. That means, if NC’s lunatic critics have their way, the state will be forced to let fully biological males with a penis to use a girl’s restroom.In the course of his hectoring on transgenders’ right to use the bathroom of their choice, Obama also extolled same-sex marriage and attributed his change of stance to his daughters, Malia and Sasha. Then he said something very curious.As reported and transcribed verbatim by The Huffington Post:The president said that he initially didn’t think the labels for same-sex couples really mattered as long as they had the same rights as heterosexuals. Sasha and Malia helped him see why that wasn’t the case.“I have to confess my children generally had an impact on me,” he said during a town hall in London. “People I loved who were in monogamous same-sex relationships explained to me what I should have understood earlier, which is it was not simply about legal rights but about a sense of stigma, that if you’re calling it something different it means that somehow it means less in the eyes of society.”I found the full video of the townhall meeting of hundreds of young “useful idiots” drinking in the POS’s words. This is what Obama said on same-sex marriage, beginning at the 40:13 mark:“On marriage equality, I was in favor of so-called civil unions. My notion was initially that labeling those partnerships as marriage wasn’t necessary as long as people were getting the same rights, and it would disentangle them from some of the religious connotations that marriage had for lots of Americans. And that’s where I think … now, I have to confess, my children generally had an impact on me, people I loved who were in monogamous same-sex relationships explained to me what I should have understood earlier, which is it was not simply about legal rights but about a sense of stigma, that if you’re calling it something different it means that somehow it means less in the eyes of society.”Brian Anderson of DownTrend.com writes:Maybe that’s just the worst segue ever, but right after he says his children helped him on the issue he says these people that he loves were in gay sexual relationships. He doesn’t say his daughters and other people that he loves convinced him to support gay marriage, just that his daughters did. The entire point that he’s trying to make is that Sasha and Malia were the ones that help him arrive at his opinion on the matter.I’ve read that thing a dozen times and I can’t come up with any other interpretation. Obama is saying that his daughters, who are in “monogamous same-sex relationships,” are the ones that convinced him to support same sex marriage. If he was talking about anyone else, he would have put that in, but he didn’t.What makes this really disturbing is that Obama changed his position on gay marriage in 2012. Malia would have 14 years old and Sasha only 11. What we are left with is that Obama is claiming his young daughters, one who was pre-pubescent, were in committed gay sexual relationships.I found photos of Sasha Obama, 14, with a boy, allegedly her date to her high school’s homecoming last October. I could find no reports of Malia, now 17, going on a date or having a boyfriend.H/t FOTM‘s Glenn47See also:~Eowyn24 Comments Posted in Culture War, LGBT, Liberals/Democrats/Left, Obama, transgender, United States, war on Christianity Tagged Boris Johnson, Malia Obama, North Carolina bathroom bill, Sasha ObamaYahoo: Talk about a great summer gig! Malia Obama landed the dream internship of a lifetime this summer — working with Lena Dunham on the set of HBO’s hit series Girls.“She’s a fan, and she mentioned that to Lena [Dunham] when she came to the White House,” a source close to the production told Us Weekly. “I’m not sure how long she’ll be interning for. It’s a bit of a trial thing for her. They’ve known each other and discussed for a while. Lena and her get along great.”Malia, who turned 17 on Saturday, July 4, has already been spotted out and about in Brooklyn neighborhood Williamsburg, delivering coffee for the cast and crew and helping to keep the public away from the set, according to TMZ.But despite her young age, this isn’t Malia’s first foray into the entertainment industry. Last summer, she worked as a production assistant for Halle Berry’s CBS show Extant. She also currently has an internship at a fashion house, a source told Us.Malia is set to graduate from private Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., next year, and will be attending college the following fall. She was recently spotted checking out New York University, and has also toured Columbia University (her father’s alma mater), along with Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley.The First Teen has come a long way from her days as a high school student, set to head to her high school prom. Last May, President Obama sat down with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, and talk turned to his older daughter’s love life.“May we ask, did she go with a boy to the prom?” Ripa asked. Protective President Obama didn’t bite the bait, however, responding, “I think this is classified information.”Nothing says “great summer gig” better than letting your 17-year-old work on a set that produces crap like this....See also:DCG16 Comments Posted in Children, Culture War, Hollywood liberals, Liberals/Democrats/Left, Media, Michelle Obama, Obama, pedophiles, United States Tagged girls, HBO, Lena Dunham, Malia Obama, Obama's parentingI got an email this morning from FOTM reader Dave McMullen, asking why there aren’t baby pictures of Obama’s two daughters, Malia and Sasha.Wikipedia says “Barack and Michelle Obama have two daughters: Malia Ann, born on July 4, 1998, and Natasha (known as Sasha), born on June 10, 2001.“So I did a Google Image search for Obama’s daughters. I couldn’t find any baby pics of Malia or Sasha; neither could Dave.The youngest-looking pic of the girls I found (see below) was in an article extolling Michelle Obama, dated August 20, 2007, on the website Afrobella. The pic is undated. If we go by the date of the Afrobella article, Malia would be 9 years old and Sasha would be 6 years old.In contrast, Dave found a website with a pic of Laura Bush, wife of President George W. Bush, holding their two-month-old twins, Jenna and Barbara.I have seen pics of Barack and Michelle’s wedding, like this one below, but none of Michelle pregnant with child.Then I went on the website Ancestry.com, and searched for birth records of Malia Obama, b. 1998, and Natasha Obama, b. 2001. These are the results:In other words, Ancestry.com has no birth records for Malia or Natasha Obama.Then I paid $9.95 for a trial membership in GenealogyBank.com so that I can search that website for the Obama girls’ birth records.Below is a screenshot I took from genealogybank.com of the result of my search for Malia Obama. I’ve circled in red the date and time when I accessed the website. Click the image below to enlarge.As you can see above, the only thing genealogybank.com has in its newspaper archives on Malia Obama is an article by Sen. Obama titled “Progress on campaign finance reform,” in the Chicago newspaper Hyde Park Herald of August 26, 1998, in which Obama (presumably) mentioned Malia. Here’s the newspaper clip (the words are rather blurry):Below is a screenshot I took from genealogybank.com of the result of my search for Natasha Obama. I’ve circled in red the date and time when I accessed the website. Click the image below to enlarge.The only thing genealogybank.com has on Natasha Obama is an article in Hyde Park Herald of  July 4, 2001, again by Sen. Obama titled “Tallying wins and losses in Springfield Springfield report,” in which he wrote “The newest addition to the Obama family — Natasha — was born on June 10th, and Michelle and I have been busy changing diapers.” Click image below to enlarge.In other words, I couldn’t find any birth records of either Malia Obama or Natasha Obama on either ancestry.com or genealogybank.com.The same Wikipedia entry I had referenced at the beginning of this post states that Malia and Natasha Obama “were both delivered by their parents’ friend Dr. Anita Blanchard at University of Chicago Medical Center.”Wikipedia’s source of that assertion is an article of Jodi Kantor titled “Obama’s Friends Form Strategy to Stay Close,” in The New York Times of December 13, 2008. The article is about a group of Obama’s closest friends in Chicago, among whom are Valerie Jarrett (now Obama’s senior White House adviser) and a black man named Martin Nesbitt who is now, according to NYT, a “real estate executive”. Nesbitt’s wife is Dr. Anita Blanchard.l to r: Martin Nesbitt, Valerie Jarrett, BHO, Dr. Eric WhitakerAlas, the NYT article does NOT say that Dr. Blanchard had delivered Obama’s daughters. Instead, what the article says is “Mr. Nesbitt’s wife, Dr. Anita Blanchard, delivered nearly all the children [of Obama and his closest friends in Chicago], and the adults became their godparents.”If anyone can find baby pictures and birth records of Malia Obama and/or Natasha Obama, please let me know!H/t FOTM’s Dave McMullenReader scannersliveinvain found this pic of Barack and Michelle with an infant Malia (Source). I’m no photoshop expert, but the figures of Mooch and Barry look too sharply delineated from the background.Reader Sao Ken found this pic of baby Sasha with her 3-years older sister Malia (source: globalgrind.com):Here’s another pic of young Malia and Sasha (source). Whose hairy arm is that behind the girls? (h/t FOTM reader JS):Attorney Orly Taitz is wondering if Natasha Obama had been adopted from Morocco, and has issued a call for help, Dec. 1, 2013:I am looking for any and all information in regards to Michelle and Barack Obama travelling to Morocco in 2000-2001, one way trip for Natasha (Sasha) Obama from Morocco in and around 2000, possibly 2001, If you have such info, please, forward it to Orly.Taitz@hushmail.comResponding to a comment from a reader accusing her of “going after” Obama’s daughters — just as commenters here on FOTM similarly have accused me of “going after” the girls when all Taitz and I are doing is simply to ask questions — Taitz wrote this comment:dr_taitz@yahoo.com December 2nd, 2013 @ 7:15 amNobody is going after the children. It is a legitimate question: why there are no birth certificates and birth records for Malia and Sasha Obama, while there such records for children of other presidents? For example, media questioned, whether Sarah Palin’s youngest child is actually her daughter’s child, Sarah Palin produced his hospital birth certificate. Media reported on adoption of McCain’s second daughter Bridget, on adoption of Romney’s grand children, on birth of two of Romney’s grand children by a surrogate, why not provide an explanation, why there are no birth records of Malia and Sasha Obama in national databases, while all the other records are there. This is particularly of interest, as it was shown that Barack Obama is using a stolen Connecticut Social Security number of Harrison Bounel, which failed both e-verify and SSNVS and fabricated IDs. What is going on?In an email, Dr. Taitz wrote, “one of my supporters claimed that she worked in the US embassy in Morocco when Sasha (Natasha ) Obama was adopted from Morocco,” but Taitz is still trying to confirm this claim.~Eowyn602 Comments Posted in Children, Liberals/Democrats/Left, Michelle Obama, Obama Tagged Ancestry.com, Dr. Anita Blanchard, GenealogyBank.com, Laura Bush, Malia Obama, Martin Nesbitt, Natasha Obama, Orly Taitz, Valerie JarrettA school psychologist is a psychologist employed in U.S. public and private schools who provides psychological and psychoeducational assessment, counseling, and consultation to students, parents, and teachers. A school psychologist is also trained in the ethical, legal and administrative codes of their profession.Given their professional training in psychology and their supposed commitment to ethics and morality, the behavior of two school psychologists who are in the news reminds me of that old chestnut about nuts being especially attracted to the psychological profession.Maryland school psychologist Stephanie MiklesBrian Keubler reports for ABC2News that a school psychologist (“behavioral specialist”) in Maryland’s Hartford County Schools, 42-year-old Stephanie Mikles, has been indicted for bestiality.School psychologists are called behavioral specialists in Harford County Public Schools and are required by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to have a master’s degree, advanced graduate specialist’s, or doctoral degree in psychology, education, or human development from a state or regionally accredited institution. In the case of Mikles, her LinkedIn page says she has a M.A. in Counseling from Rivier College, and B.A. in Education and Sociology from U. of Massachusetts, Amherst.Stephanie Mikles was hired in 2009 to be the behavioral specialist for Bel Air, Maryland’s Harford County Public Schools. Last year, the child advocacy center of Harford County began investigating Mikles, in the course of which the investigators were surprised and shocked to discover still photos of Mikles engaged in “unnatural or perverted sexual practice” — having “sexual intercourse with a dog.”Police say the bestiality happened in August of 2008 but in Maryland, there is no statute of limitations for bestiality. Sources tell ABC2 the pet still lives with the family at their Jarrettsville home.Mikles is out on a $5,000 bond and is currently on administrative leave without pay from the Harford County Schools System. If convicted of the misdemeanor of bestiality, she could be punished for up to 10 years in prison and a $1000 fine.Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DCThen there is James F. Huntington, the school psychologist at Sidwell Friends School — the elite private school in Washington, DC, with an annual tuition of around $34,000, to which President Lucifer sends his two daughters, Sasha and Malia. Sidwell is also the school of Joe Biden’s grandchildren. Chelsea Clinton and Al Gore III both attended the school, as did the children of cabinet secretaries, journalists, business leaders, senators, and congressmen, among others.According to an account by Mary Yarrison and Harry Jaffe in The Washingtonian, the school and its staff psychologist, Huntington, are the defendants in a lawsuit brought by Arthur “Terry” Newmyer, the father of a Sidwell student. The lawsuit has a trial date of November 18, 2013.Newmyer claims the school psychologist had an affair with his wife, Tara Mehrbach, while treating the couple’s 5-year-old daughter, and that Sidwell administrators knew about the adulterous affair but took “flagrant and outrageous actions” that “allowed its staff psychologist to have an open sexual relationship with the married mother of a then five-year-old Sidwell student he was treating.” Newmyer asks for $10 million in damages. (Newmyer and Mehrbach are now divorced.)According to the lawsuit, during the course of the affair, Huntington sent a number of lewd e-mails to Mehrbach from his Sidwell account—sometimes in the middle of the workday:Newmyer says he had contacted Sidwell numerous times to register his concern that the school psychologist was having an affair with his wife at the same time he was treating his daughter. Despite many entreaties, little changed. On February 11, 2011, Newmyer sent copies of a detailed memorandum on the matter to Sidwell’s board, along with some e-mails between Huntington and Mehrbach. On February 16, 2011, Sidwell fired Huntington. Three months later, Terry Newmyer filed suit against Sidwell and Huntington.You can read Newmyer’s complaint in pdf, here.See also “Teachers behaving badly: lesbian rape and urinating in classroom,” April 25, 2013.On July 10, 2013, a judge ruled that 46-year-old Stephanie Mikles will stand trial for allegedly having sex with the family dog between August 1 and August 31, 2008. What prompted the police search of her home were allegations made by a boy who claimed he had sex with Mikles, after which she showed him a recording of her bestiality with her pet dog. Mikles had been put on unpaid administrative leave but yesterday, a school district spokesperson said she no longer works for the school system.  [Source]~Eowyn15 Comments Posted in Children, Culture War, Education, Liberals/Democrats/Left, Obama, United States Tagged Al Gore, Arthur Newmyer, Chelsea-Clinton, Hartford County Public Schools, James F. Huntington, Joe Biden, Malia Obama, MSDE, Sasha Obama, Sidwell Friends School, Stephanie Mikles, Tara MehrbachAmerica’s national debt is now fast approaching $17 TRILLION. Earlier this month, the White House even canceled public tours as a result of the recent budget sequester, citing Secret Service staffing costs.Despite that, the POS continues to spend precious taxpayer dollars, flagrantly and wastefully.Three days ago, Breitbart.com got a tip that the Obama girls, Sasha and Malia, are quietly spending their spring break at the Atlantis resort (pic below) on Paradise Island in the Bahamas — information that was not publicly announced or reported.Both the White House and the Atlantis resort declined to confirm the report or comment, but another guest provided a photograph of Sasha and Malia at the resort. Social media, including Twitter and Facebook, have also carried reports of the First Daughters’ presence at Atlantis. One person who is at the resort wrote: “Rumor confirmed: friends saw the first daughters with a gaggle of friends being escorted to the held elevator.”Secret Service spokesman Bryan Leary declined to answer when Breitbart News asked him for details on the cost of the trip and how many Secret Service agents or other resources are assigned to this trip, instead saying the agency would not confirm or deny trip details for anyone under its protection, including Sasha and Malia.It is unclear if First Lady of Snot Michelle Obama is also at the resort, or if she is planning to join her daughters there.According to the nonpartisan citizen watchdog group Judicial Watch, Malia Obama’s trip to Mexico last spring break, during which she was apparently accompanied by Secret Service protection, cost taxpayers $115,500.87. Sasha did not accompany Malia on that trip.Per Judicial Watch, specific details for Malia’s 2012 Mexico trip include:Ground transportation: $23,964.81Lodging: $21,682.92Airfare: $47,767.34“Vouchers”: $21,636.14 (not itemized)Support Charges: $449.66 (travel for one from Mexico City to Oaxaca, not itemized)Now Judicial Watch wants to know how much Malia and Sasha’s 2013 spring break in the Bahamas is costing taxpayers.Matthew Boyle reports for Breitbart.com, March 26, 2013, that Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of the Obama administration for expense details on first daughters Sasha’s and Malia’s spring break vacation.Judicial Watch’s president Tom Fitton told Breitbart News, “The Obamas’ unnecessary personal luxury travel is an abuse of office in this age of sequester, unemployment, and out-of-control government debt. Taxpayers are right to wonder why the Obamas repeatedly take personal trips with seemingly little regard for the resulting drain on precious tax dollars.”The administration legally has 30 days to respond to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request, but the POS has broken that rule in the past. Judicial Watch filed its FOIA request for records on Malia’s Mexico trip in early April 2012, but the administration stalled on providing the documents until after the election. Judicial Watch ultimately filed a lawsuit to force the administration to release those documents.H/t FOTM’s joworth.~Eowyn24 Comments Posted in Children, Economy, Liberals/Democrats/Left, Media, Michelle Obama, Obama, Taxes, Travel, United States, US Presidents Tagged Atlantis resort, Bahamas, Judicial Watch, Malia Obama, Malia Obama's 2012 Mexico vacation, Paradise Island, Sasha Obama, Secret Service, Tom Fitton, White House toursEnter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.Join 8,510 other followers





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