Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1348755 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Nov 5, 2008, titled Barack Obama, our next President. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...

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#823765 Dec 17, 2012
sonicfilter wrote:
On April 28, 1996, a gunman opened fire on tourists in a seaside resort in Port Arthur, Tasmania. By the time he was finished, he had killed 35 people and wounded 23 more. It was the worst mass murder in Australia’s history.
Twelve days later, Australia’s government did something remarkable. Led by newly elected conservative Prime Minister John Howard, it announced a bipartisan deal with state and local governments to enact sweeping gun-control measures. A decade and a half hence, the results of these policy changes are clear: They worked really, really well.
At the heart of the push was a massive buyback of more than 600,000 semi-automatic shotguns and rifles, or about one-fifth of all firearms in circulation in Australia. The country’s new gun laws prohibited private sales, required that all weapons be individually registered to their owners, and required that gun buyers present a “genuine reason” for needing each weapon at the time of the purchase.(Self-defense did not count.) In the wake of the tragedy, polls showed public support for these measures at upwards of 90 percent.
What happened next has been the subject of several academic studies. Violent crime and gun-related deaths did not come to an end in Australia, of course. But as the Washington Post’s Wonkblog pointed out in August, homicides by firearm plunged 59 percent between 1995 and 2006, with no corresponding increase in non-firearm-related homicides. The drop in suicides by gun was even steeper: 65 percent. Studies found a close correlation between the sharp declines and the gun buybacks. Robberies involving a firearm also dropped significantly. Meanwhile, home invasions did not increase, contrary to fears that firearm ownership is needed to deter such crimes. But here’s the most stunning statistic. In the decade before the Port Arthur massacre, there had been 11 mass shootings in the country. There hasn’t been a single one in Australia since.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/2012/12/16/g...
Hmmmm ...

What the article fails to mention is that now Australia is an authoritarian police state similar to Stalin's USSR ... Oh wait, that was in The Onion.
TSM

El Paso, TX

#823766 Dec 17, 2012
Save a child… Ban Hollywood!!
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#823767 Dec 17, 2012
ole_47 wrote:
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YOU....YOU are responsible!
Fatalities...from TVs or furniture falling on people...
176
CLEAN UP your ACT mister!
http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia11/os/ti...
i don't install TVs.

anything there on projector screens?

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#823768 Dec 17, 2012
Obama 2016 wrote:
<quoted text>These idiots and the idiots on right-wing hate radio are perfect examples of why the 1st amendment need to be looked at more closely and perhaps revised.
No it doesn't, want to affect a change? Start petitions for religious organizations to put pressure on Westboro. Protest their gatherings like many organizations already do. Organize boycotts of the sponsors of idiots like Rush, that's what'll get it done.
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#823770 Dec 17, 2012
Tenzing wrote:
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Hmmmm ...
What the article fails to mention is that now Australia is an authoritarian police state similar to Stalin's USSR ... Oh wait, that was in The Onion.
so Murdoch really has sunk his claws into Australia?

oh wait, that was story on KOS.

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#823771 Dec 17, 2012
carol wrote:
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It's right and good that a president speak on behalf of a grieving nation at a time like this.
What was disconcerting to me was the campaign-like applause by those in attendance when the president was introduced to address the families and the nation.
It was not a time to be introduced as if at a political rally or the audience to clap like performing seals this time.
It was a somber time that needed no introductions and for the audience to respectfully remain silent.
That really bothered me.
The first responders received the same level of applause. Didn't they show that part on Fox?

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#823773 Dec 17, 2012
proud2bwhite wrote:
<quoted text>he did not have an asault rifle.
Are you equally proud to be a retard??

"As new details emerge, the scope of the horror expands. Lanza apparently sprayed two classrooms at the school with relentless fire from a semi-automatic assault rifle.

It was a massacre, and most of the victims were first-graders. Autopsies on the bodies of the children reveal that many, if not all, had been shot multiple times.

"I only did seven of the autopsies," medical examiner Wayne Carver said. "The victims I had ranged from three to 11 wounds a piece, and I only saw two of them with close-range shooting."
ole_47

Oklahoma City, OK

#823775 Dec 17, 2012
DEMOCRATS help us!

evil bar B q grills...

send 20,000 to the ER....

WE NEED legislation NOW!!!!!!!

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story...

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#823776 Dec 17, 2012
carol wrote:
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Ironically, the president talked of children as being a vital part of ourselves with their very first cry. In actuality, every parent knows they become a vital part of ourselves when hearing the heartbeat for the very first time and seeing them moving around in the womb on a sonogram. He spoke of children being "suddenly exposed to the world, to possible mishap or malice, and every parent knows there’s nothing we will not do to shield our children from harm"...except suction them out with a vacuum or pierce the back of their neck with a sharp object upon delivery if they are an inconvenience.
A beating heart and moving limbs doesn't constitute a living human being apparently. Millions of these unborn lives will never even have a first cry because they aren't shielded from malice or harm.
That bothered me too.
I knew it was coming. Shamelessly using this tragedy to push your pseudo-religious agenda.

Sheesh!

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#823777 Dec 17, 2012
shinningelectr0n wrote:
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They've been emailing patriotic Americans since the Newtown incident.
I've gotten several. And I contributed.
You're not on that list, fool.
Go ahead. Ask some more stupid questions.
Good. We'll take losers like you down with the NRA.

Joe Manchin has already turned on them.

Joe Scarborough has turned on them.

Rupert Murdoch has turned on them.

There WILL be better gun laws in Amreica - coming soon!!

“Is that all you've got?”

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#823779 Dec 17, 2012
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>Raped at gun point? Regular people who need an assault rifle and a 100 round clip to feel safe should be banned...
Tell that to the parents who have lost children in shooting sprees.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#823780 Dec 17, 2012
ole_47 wrote:
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Tell them what? Do you ever see the family members of DUI car crash campaigning for the banning of automobiles? Get hold of yourself...
No, but they have dumbed down the law so that you can no longer have wine with your dinner at a nice restaurant without fear of being stopped at a highway checkpoint.

Surrendering your rights for "safety" is dangerous.
ole_47

Oklahoma City, OK

#823781 Dec 17, 2012
SAVE US DEMOCRATS with legislation...

Food is a killer!

IT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED...

"...Of the 141 choking deaths in kids in 2006, 61 were food-related.”

From GMU...
http://stats.org/stories/2010/choking_hot_dog...
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#823783 Dec 17, 2012
Any "assault weapon" ban should also apply to all law enforcement agencies. There is no reason for the police to have weapons not available to the general public.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#823784 Dec 17, 2012
RealDave wrote:
My home was hit by a 9 mm bullet 4 weeks ago. It hit the bedroom wall, my wife was in that room. The shooter was target shooting pumpkins about half a mile away. His excuse was he didn't think the bullets would go that far.
A few years back, another target shooter shot out my patio door with my son standing at that door. Ricochet? Really? They do that?
My pick up has a bullet hole in it.
My old pick up had one.
Yep, guns are safe.
Well, Dave, somebody must be pissed off at you (easy to understand given your attitude) because all that is just too much to be a coincidence.

What did the police say when you reported all these crimes, because they are crimes?

"Fairy tales will come true...."

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#823785 Dec 17, 2012
Obama 2016 wrote:
<quoted text>Guns don't kill people. People with guns kill people. America needs to get rid of all these guns. It's time to repeal the deadly 2nd amendment.
No, it isn't.

This incident was caused by a stupid woman who kept guns in her house, knowing she had a troubled son. A very troubled son.

Gun safety is the issue. All gun owners should practice EXTREME GUN SAFETY if they have children in the home.

The 2nd Amendment is law. But firearms in the days of the founders were single fire muskets without rifling or any accuracy.

I believe anyone should be able to own any gun that was available in 1776.

As for either pistols or rifles with large magazines, there is absolutely no reason these should be availabvle to the genera public.

A crazy with a musket would not be a mass murderer, period.

Time for America to stand up and decide if our safety is more important than NRA and this false belief that eveyone carrying a gun makes us all safer.

As we've seen, even police often kill or wound bystanders in a shootout.

Imagine the death count if we arm people in schools.

Do we really want our children to grow up in a nation where there are armed guards in their schools??

What message does that send??

All so a few right wing pissant cowards can feel like real men??
ole_47

Oklahoma City, OK

#823786 Dec 17, 2012
LAWMAKERS help us!

from...

OUR RENEGADE TOILETS...

"...Every year, there are more than 40,000 toilet-related injuries in the US..."

Find Thomas Crapper and arrest him!

"...Most toilets will flush in the key of E flat..."

http://www.2020site.org/fun-facts/Fun-Toilet-...
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#823787 Dec 17, 2012
RealDave wrote:
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You wish the Norquist pledge was a red herring. Conservatives hold that about their pledge to thus country.
Don't you find the conservstives approach to this as rather telling?
The Democrats want those who are doing well in the economy to give up their Bush tax cut, to help raise revenues.
The Conservatives want to protect the wealthy while demanding old people get less from Medicare to save money.
Raising taxes on a few people, without spending control, will do nothing to reduce the deficit.

Obama refuses to discuss real spending cuts.

So over the cliff we go.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#823788 Dec 17, 2012
Tenzing wrote:
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That's a good analogy. Pro-choice people love abortion every bit as much as pro-gun people love mass murders with legal weapons. Its really the same argument for both sides.
Yes, but there are three positions in the abortion debate, not two.

There are those who are pro-abortion, not just pro-choice.

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#823789 Dec 17, 2012
carol wrote:
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It's right and good that a president speak on behalf of a grieving nation at a time like this.
What was disconcerting to me was the campaign-like applause by those in attendance when the president was introduced to address the families and the nation.
It was not a time to be introduced as if at a political rally or the audience to clap like performing seals this time.
It was a somber time that needed no introductions and for the audience to respectfully remain silent.
That really bothered me.
Well Carol, I'm happy it bothered you.

I was there last evening. The President hit all the right notes, and the people applauded the idea that the POTUS cared enough to attend a memorial and pray and cry with them for their losses.

And you're bothered?? You really are a sick, warped woman. You should be cheering for Obama!! But you're a crude racist, so I expect nothing more from a sick witch like you.

Campaign like applause?? You havbe definitions for applauses?? How is a campaign applause different from a welcoming applause for the leader of our nation??

Your hatred for your own nation is on full display this morning, you unAmerican POS.

BTW, every person who spoke from the podium was introduced and applauded. The clergy, the Governor, and the President.

Take your right wing hatred and anti-American thinking and stuff it where the sun doesn't shine.

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