#854155 Feb 5, 2013
YEA LIBS ARE THE EQUALIZER lololololhahahahaha For the masses of Black people, progress against job discrimination ground to halt decades ago. Even at the supervisory level, apartheid is the order of the day.“Black men and women are rarely hired to supervise white people. Black men supervise black men, black women supervise black women, and white men are in positions to manage everyone else.”
#854156 Feb 5, 2013
Justice Department Leaks Memo “Legalizing” Murdering Americans
And why not? Either there’s a whistleblower in the Department of So-Called Justice about to be charged with espionage, and NBC is about to face the same persecution as WikiLeaks, or this is one of those “good” leaks that the White House wanted made public in an underhanded manner — perhaps as an imagined boost to morality-challenged CIA director nominee John Brennan who faces his Senate Rejection Hearing on Thursday.
The memo, which is thought to be a summary of a longer one, says the United States can murder a U.S. citizen abroad (abroad but somehow “outside the area of active hostilities” even though killing him or her seems rather active and hostile) if three conditions are met:
“1. an informed, high-level official of the U.S. government has determined that the targeted individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States;”
The memo goes on to base its claims on the supposed powers of the President, not of some random official. Who is such an official? Who decides whether he or she is informed? What if two of them disagree? What if he or she disagrees with the President? or the Congress? or the Supreme Court? or the U.S. public? or the United Nations? or the International Criminal Court? What then? One solution is to redefine the terms so that everyone has to agree.“Imminent” is defined in this memo to mean nothing at all.“The United States” clearly means anywhere U.S. troops may be.
“2. capture is infeasible, and the United States continues to monitor whether capture becomes feasible;”
And if a high-level official claims it’s infeasible, who can challenge that?
“3. the operation would be conducted in a manner consistent with applicable law of war principles.”
When a U.S. drone strike killed Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, no one had shown either of them to meet the above qualifications.
When a U.S. drone strike targeted and killed 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, no one had shown him to meet the above qualifications; I don’t think anyone has made such a claim to this day. And what about his cousin who died for the crime of being with him at the wrong time?
The sociopaths who wrote this memo have “legalized” the drone-killing of Americans with the exception of all the Americans known thus far to have been murdered by our government with the use of drones.
Since: Dec 10
#854157 Feb 5, 2013
If you want to get that kind of money, become a CEO. Or, you can use the traditional American economic system and start your own company.
Even if you don't have the gumption to start your own company, and you don't have the talent required to become a CEO, and you didn't take advantage of the education opportunites available to every goddam person in the entire country, you still can earn a very nice middle-class living that includes a house, a pickup truck for you, a car for your wife, new clothes for your kids, a four-wheeler, a bass boat, a set of golf clubs, vacations to Yellowstone, Bar-B-Q Super Bowl party for your friends, and some money left over for food and beer.
All you have to do to get this is just GET A F**K*NG JOB, show up for work every day... on time, do what you're paid to do, and be a student of your profession.
If you can't find a job, there are 30 million illegal aliens doing the work Obama is paying his base to not do. Take one of those jobs.
Here's the deal....
Work or starve.
There's no more money to pay for that government gravy train you've been riding for 50+ years.
Since: Dec 12
#854158 Feb 5, 2013
Hang on a sec, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the possibility of locking up Jane Says.
#854159 Feb 5, 2013
Mistakes are proof that you are still trying...
You're not crazy. You are just upset and deranged because your imaginary friend is mad and won't talk to you... You have so much to do...so little desire to do it.
You still have not told us why the ghettos and projects are magnets for blacks??
#854160 Feb 5, 2013
it took you 20 minutes to write this, and now you've gone and missed the morning coffee truck.
#854161 Feb 5, 2013
i vote we skip Zimbabwe.
#854162 Feb 5, 2013
Obamacare: A Deception
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, commonly referred to as the ACA or Obamacare
Obamacare works for the insurance companies but not for you.
Obamacare was formulated on the concept of health care as a commercial commodity and was cloaked in ideological slogans such as “shared responsibility,”“no free riders” and “ownership society.” These slogans dress the insurance industry’s raid on public resources in the cloak of a “free market” health care system.
You will learn how to purchase a subsidized plan at the Exchange, what will happen when income and family circumstances change during the year or from one year to the next, and other perils brought to you by Obamacare. It is one of the most important articles that will be posted on my website this year. Americans will be shocked to learn the extent to which they have been deceived. The legislation neither protects the patient nor are the plans affordable.
The author shows that for those Americans whose income places them between 138% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level, the out-of-pocket cost for one of the least expensive (lower coverage) subsidized policies ranges from 2% to 9.5% of Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI), a tax base larger than the Adjusted Gross Income used for calculating federal income tax.
What this means is that those Americans with the least or no disposable income are faced in effect with a substantial pay cut. The author provides an example of a 35 year-old with a MAGI of $27,925. The out-of- pocket cost to this person of a Silver level plan (second least expensive) is $187.33 per month. This cost is based on pre-tax income, that is, before income is reduced by payroll and income taxes. There goes the car payment or utility bill. The lives of millions of Americans will change drastically as they struggle with a new, large expense – particularly in an era of no jobs, low-paying jobs and rising cost of living.
The author also points out that the cost of using the mandated policies will be prohibitive because of the large deductibles and co-pays. Many Americans will find themselves not only with a policy they can’t afford, but also with one they cannot afford to use. Those who cannot afford the insurance, even with a subsidy, will be faced with a costly penalty, and in many cases, this, too, will be difficult, if not impossible, to pay. As each year’s subsidy is based on last year’s income, there will be a substantial year-end tax liability for those who must repay the subsidy in whole or part because their income increased during the year. The stress alone from such a regressive scheme is, without a doubt, not conducive to good health and well-being.
Diets will worsen for millions of Americans as they struggle with a new large expense. Thus, the effect of Obamacare will be to worsen the health of millions. Indeed, a “glitch” in the legislation allows millions to be priced out of coverage.
Alternatively, Americans might be able to acquire health insurance coverage but have no doctors willing to treat them.
The ACA requires use of MODIFIED ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME (MAGI) instead of Adjusted Gross Income for all determinations made by an Exchange including eligibility for Medicaid except in certain cases. So, in this lesson, we’ll refer to annual income as MAGI.
Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) is defined as Adjusted Gross
#854163 Feb 5, 2013
a) all tax exempt interest accrued or received in the taxable year;
b) the non-taxable portion of Social Security benefits provided under Title II of the Social Security Act which includes old-age benefits, disability benefits, spousal benefits, child benefits, survivor benefits and parental benefits;
c) tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits that are not includible in gross income; and
d) the exclusion from gross income for citizens or residents living abroad.
The adoption of MAGI, created by the ACA, is defined in a new section of the IRS code.
Politicians, health care policy wonks and vested interests will brush aside the ACA’s adverse effects. You’ll hear that some have fallen through the cracks of health care reform but the problems can be easily tweaked. You will also witness the usual dog-and-pony show on Capitol Hill in which the two parties play the blame game. The bought-and-paid-for mainstream media will regurgitate whatever Washington feeds it, and TV talking heads will chime in, inviting their “experts” to analyze the situation while real people in the real world struggle to get by under this law or fall by the wayside.
Good luck everyone and watch out for the folding chairs.
#854164 Feb 5, 2013
Spending Cuts: White House Zeros in on Medicare
Both President Obama and a top economic adviser have confirmed that Medicare, the federal program that underwrites the cost of health care for more than 50 million elderly and disabled people in the United States, is a prime target in the budget-cutting negotiations now going on behind the scenes in Washington.
While talks continue on social program cuts that will affect tens of millions and ultimately the majority of the American people, public attention is being diverted to a serious of secondary issues, such as prospective gun legislation. There was, for example, enormous media attention given to a photograph of Obama shooting skeet with a shotgun at Camp David, including a protracted debate over when the photograph was taken and whether the president could be said to be a hunter.
The real business of the Democrats and Republicans, however, is laid out in the Saturday radio addresses by Obama and a spokeswoman for the congressional Republicans, both of them calling for substantial cuts in domestic social spending.
Obama’s address repeated his empty claims of an economic recovery. He failed to note the radical divergence between the boom in business profits, stock prices and corporate CEO pay and the disastrous state of the job market, with workers’ wages and benefits continuing to decline.
Obama then turned to the question of the deficit, with his usual mixture of doubletalk and demagogy, declaring,“We all agree that it’s critical to cut unnecessary spending. But we can’t just cut our way to prosperity.”
In a passage from the brief address that was not quoted in media accounts, Obama continued,“Already, Republicans and Democrats have worked together to reduce our deficits by $2.5 trillion. That’s a good start. But to get the rest of the way, we need a balanced set of reforms. For example, we need to lower the cost of health care in programs like Medicare that are the biggest drivers of our deficit, without just passing the burden off to seniors.”
The last phrase is typical of Obama speechmaking, and of all the declarations by big business politicians in Washington. First, you signal to your corporate masters what you plan to do, i.e., make drastic cuts in Medicare. Then you reassure the victims of this policy that they aren’t really the target.
In truth, that is exactly what the White House and congressional Democrats and Republicans are planning. They will impose the burden of the fiscal deficit on the backs of the most vulnerable sections of the working class: the elderly, the disabled, young people and the poor.
#854165 Feb 5, 2013
#854166 Feb 5, 2013
Perhaps the State Department should have revoked Awalikis citizenship before he was killed. That's what this is about.
#854167 Feb 5, 2013
"Not Surprized"]Whoa folks, wait a minute here. I rarely log on to Topix anymore (too tedious), but I DID read a few pages of this forum. I am a Topix old timer, having been a posting veteran since 2007. Let me clear you guys up on something: "WARTURD/WAXMAN" and "FLORIDA" are a bi-racial gay COUPLE that live together in CT. "FLORIDA" is anglo (but pathetically tries really hard to sound urban & tough), while WARTURDS/WAXBALLS (the SOCIOPATHIC-PSYCHO-RACIST) is negro.
They have been notorious trolls on the gay sites for a long time, and it was in the earlier days of Topix (when they had actual profiles w/pics) that they outed themselves. They usually get on Topix at the same time sharing their ignorance at the same time. Given as they look like a cross between eggplants and Ooompa Loompas from Willie Wonka, they were usually laughed out of the forum (or just ignored). I am really finding it hard to believe some are legitimately debating with these intellectual lightweight, ID CHANGING, ID STEALING KNUCKLE DRAGGING, TOPIX TROLL CLOSET CASES.
#854168 Feb 5, 2013
Actually it took me about 3 seconds, you must type with 1 finger or possibly your thumb or a toe.
Since: Dec 10
#854169 Feb 5, 2013
Al Qaeda is attacking us for 7 hours. The real-time video is being watched in the White House.
This is just one of a hundred articles describing the assets available. Get off your ass and actually look for some truth, dupe.
If you actually look into the matter beyond what you're programmed to say in your indoctrinatino sessions, you'll see that one of the former SEALs was actively painting the target. That means that Specter WAS ON STATION! Probably an AC130U. A ground laser designator is not a briefing pointer laser. You do not “paint” a target until the weapons system/designator is synched; which means that the AC130 was on station.
Here is the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps visiting the Force Recon Marine unit specifically prepositioned in Sigonella to respond to an attack on the embassy in Libya in July, 2012.
If you actually were interested in truth, you'd have already read all of this and it would be obvious to you the White House hung the Americans out to dry in Benghazi while they watched Al Qaeda kill them on the real-time video feed.
#854170 Feb 5, 2013
You'd better get your son locked up quick before he murders you
#854172 Feb 5, 2013
Should read the re-carving of Africa shouldn't it?
Since: Dec 10
#854173 Feb 5, 2013
If you attempt to dodge answering a question by asking a question, I just go back to the original questions you dodged. For instance, the questions you've been dodging for a month now:
Where was Obama during the 7-goddam-hour battle between Al Qaeda and the stripped-down American embassy security detatchment in Benghazi when orders with presidential authority came from the White House to hang the Americans in Benghazi out to dry while the White House watched Al Qaeda kill them on the live video feed?
Where will the money come from to pay for Obama's government?
When you answer these questions, then we can get to the questions you posed in your predictable attempt to digress and avoid admitting Obama is a clown act.
#854174 Feb 5, 2013
In Libya, Obama joined forces with and supplied weapons to Al Qaeda to interfere in the civil war to depose Qaddafi. Then we suffered the attack on the consulate in Benghazi while trying to recover the weapons.
#854175 Feb 5, 2013
Early Tuesday afternoon, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor plans to deliver a major speech kicking off his latest attempt at revitalizing the Republican Party brand.
If this sounds vaguely familiar to you, it's not your imagination. As Politico's Jake Sherman and Jonathan Allen point out, this isn't Cantor's first rodeo when it comes to brand rebuilding—it will be his fourth. In 2009, there was the National Council for a New America, in 2010 there was the "Young Guns", and in 2011 there was "cut-and-grow."
Sadly for Cantor, in 2012 his efforts were rewarded with the reelection of President Barack Obama, a larger Democratic majority in the Senate, and a smaller Republican majority in the House. But now it's 2013 and it's apparently time for the fourth generation of Eric Cantor, GOP Brand Rebuilder™. So, on Tuesday morning, Cantor explained to CBS News what will be different this time:
What this is about is about making sure that we can express why we're doing what we're doing ... what it is more is explaining why we're doing what we're doing.
Aha. So instead of doing something about being wrong, this time Eric Cantor thinks House Republicans need to do a better job of explaining why they are wrong. Great plan, sir. It worked so well the last three times you tried it.
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