Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1347790 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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Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#855093 Feb 6, 2013
Death of Tenzing wrote:
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How much US public debt does China own?
About a trillion dollars I believe.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#855094 Feb 6, 2013
The author, on the other hand, sees the notion to be an inexplicable Americanism.Marie’s characters are shown as struggling for acceptance, not as engaging in malicious pretense. The novel was written by a Frenchman and published in France for a French readership. Its tone is, “look at the bizarre customs of those strange Americans.”Nevertheless, Marie is important because it is the first literary indication that a unique and unprecedented social ideology, the one-drop rule, had recently arisen in the United States. That a Frenchman first recorded it in fiction is a curiosity.The first two American-written novels about passing are Clotel; or, The President’s Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States (1853) by William Wells Brown and The Garies and Their Friends (1857) by Frank J. Webb.William Wells Brown was a former slave and an established author who had published the autobiographical Narrative of William Wells Brown, a Fugitive Slave in 1847. Frank J. Webb, a freeborn African-American, was a newcomer to the reading public.Clotel is about slavery. Its protagonist (Thomas Jefferson’s slave daughter) escapes captivity, passes for White in the North, but then returns to the South to rescue her own daughter and dies in the attempt. Most of the novel does not focus upon the pretense of Whiteness, but is instead a pastiche of slave tales culled from the author’s own experiences, hearsay, journalism, and other fiction.Clotel lacks the unity customary to novels and seems disjointed to the modern reader. Nevertheless, it is the first known piece of literature depicting a society that considers Blackness to be an intangible trait.It is the first to portray people (both Black and White) who believe that a European-looking person of undetectable African ancestry is a member of the Black “racial” group nonetheless. The book’s market success shows that most readers agreed.The Garies and Their Friends is about life in freedom in the North, not about slavery in the South. Although it abounds in sub-plots (more than are customary in most modern novels), it is more tightly written than Clotel.It focuses on passing by its title couple. Its sub-plots show different forms of passing (accidental, deliberate, ignorance, etc.). Although it came out four years after Clotel, most scholars today credit it with inventing the literary theme of passing.Clotel and The Garies and Their Friends are similar in that they were the first successful novels published by African-Americans, and yet they are almost universally ignored in Black studies departments today.This is because their ideology is repellent to modern African-Americans. None of the characters who engage in passing in these two novels feels any guilt or remorse for the act.Some (usually delicate Victorian females like Clotel herself) sincerely want to be accepted as White. Others (usually defiant self-sacrificing Victorian men) consider it a justified deceit upon an unjust society.

Deltona, FL

#855095 Feb 6, 2013
Death of Tenzing wrote:
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You didn't post any link.
I had this one laying around maybe that will help whoever was talking about military simulation games spilling over into real life and vice versa.
History 101

Orlando, FL

#855096 Feb 6, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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Bush was actually still President in 2007 & 2008.
Bush left office with the debt at 10.8 trillion.
Are you forgetting 9/11? what about the children that died in the Pentagon and Oklahoma City? How di you imagine Bush was going to keep us safe from terror? By funding more welfare babies?

It's a well known fact that without the two wars and the foundation of the Department of Homeland Security the United State would be the most prosperous nation on earth right now. He was just doing what he thought was right.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#855097 Feb 6, 2013
Homer 2016 wrote:
<quoted text>Sandals, the official shoe of the rightwinger.
No IT's THE VACATION SPOT of CHOICE NO EBT CARDS ACCEPTED THERE it's a resort not a project or section 8 the army code for crazy

Indianapolis, IN

#855098 Feb 6, 2013
Karl Rove defends super PAC, cites Todd Akin

Karl Rove roared back Tuesday night against tea party critics within his party who say his super PAC’s new initiative is aimed at undermining their candidates during Republican primaries.

“Some people think the best we can do is Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock — they’re wrong. We need to do better if we hope to take over the United States Senate. We need to get better conservative candidates and win,” Rove, a former White House adviser to President George W. Bush, said on Fox News.

Read more:
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#855099 Feb 6, 2013
What will Obama and the Democrats say if the Republicans go along with what the Democrats have always wanted, which is massive cuts in defense spending?

Of course, these cuts would be to reduce the deficit, not to piss away the money elsewhere.
History 101

Orlando, FL

#855100 Feb 6, 2013
I for one would not vote for a black man again. We have seen over and over that they are not fit to lead, only play basketball and baseball. Who disagrees with what's right in front of their noses?

Indianapolis, IN

#855101 Feb 6, 2013
Eric Cantor's plan for Republican rebirth crashes and burns in less than 24 hours

On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor kicked off yet another one of his efforts to reinvent the Republican Party, telling fellow Republicans that budget issues are important, but that it is time for the GOP to start talking about other things.

....I'd like to focus our attention on what lies beyond these fiscal debates. Over the next two years, the House Majority will pursue an agenda based on a shared vision of creating the conditions for health, happiness and prosperity for more Americans and their families. And to restrain Washington from interfering in those pursuits....

That actually made some sense: Republicans really do need to move on from being the party that doesn't want to do anything but cut spending. But that was Tuesday. Now it's Wednesday and:

Today, the House will vote to require the President to put forward his plan to balance the budget.#RequireAPlan
—@GOPLeader via web

Heckuva rebirth you got going on there, Eric. It was nice while it lasted, I guess.

Since: Jul 08

We will not go gentle

#855102 Feb 6, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Yesterday she claimed to be a Yale grad!!!
Waxturds, Dumbya, and now Methmouth! If it weren't for Bill, Hillary, and John Kerry, they probably would have shut it down by now...wait, flack will be receiving his honorary PhD. in fortune telling from them any time now...'course, it might just be from the lock company.

“Is that all you've got?”

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#855103 Feb 6, 2013
Truth is no SIN wrote:
Until the 1830s, such accounts invariably referred to “white” slaves in the American South. Before then, none used terms like “white-looking” slaves. But by 1840 travelers’ accounts had shifted to the modern form of expression.
That “white-looking” is the current form of expression is indisputable. With one exception, every textbook or monograph, published since the turn of the twentieth century refers to “white-looking” slaves.Few modern authors can bring themselves to state the obvious fact that many thousands of White people (by the usage of the time) were enslaved in the antebellum South. Today’s academic canon is that they were merely “white-looking”(whatever that means).[The exception is Lawrence Raymond Tenzer, The Forgotten Cause of the Civil War: A New Look at the Slavery Issue (Manahawkin NJ: Scholars' Pub. House, 1997).]But such anachronistic backwards-projection of today’s ODR was not the case before 1830. John Ferdinand Dalziel Smyth who toured the South in the 1770s wrote about “female slaves who are now become white by their mixture.”Jacques Pierre Brissot de Warville in 1788 reported a “white boy” in a Philadelphia school for Negro children. Dr. Jesse Torrey in 1817 wrote about “a decently dressed white man” who was also a slave.
In 1839, reverend Francis Hawley of Connecticut wrote,“It is so common for the female slaves to have white children, that little or nothing is ever said about it.” No account before 1830 has yet turned up that employs modern (“white-looking”) terminology.The change in paradigm from “white” to “white-looking” apparently took less than a decade. In 1837, Captain Frederick Marryat wrote that “said boy is in a manner white, would be passed by and taken for a white man.”The following advertisements for runaways tell the same story. Take into account that the descriptions in these ads are the most accurate that the unhappy owners could produce. They wanted their valuable property found and returned, after all. 1.[$100 reward will be given for my man, Edmund Kenny. He has straight hair, and a complexion so white that it is believed a stranger would suppose there was no African blood in him. A short time since, he was in Norfolk with my boy Dick, and offered him for sale. He was apprehended but escaped under pretense of being a white man.— Anderson Bowles, The Richmond Whig, Va. Jan. 6, 1836.] 2.[$10 reward for the apprehension of William Dubberly, a slave belonging to the estate of Sacker Dubberly, deceased. He is about nineteen years old, quite white, and would not be readily taken for a slave.— John J. Lane, The Newbern Spectator, N.C., March 13, 1837.]3.[Runaway from the subscriber, a bright slave named Sam; light sandy hair, blue eyes, ruddy complexion. He is so white as to pass easily for a white man.— Edwin Peck, Mobile Ala., April 22, 1837.]4.[Runaway, a bright woman, named Julia, about twenty-five years old. She is white and very likely may attempt to pass for white. She is a good seamstress, dresses fine, and can read a little.$200 reward, if caught in any Free State and put into any good jail in Kentucky or Tennessee.— A.W. Johnson. The Republican Banner and The Nashville Whig, Tenn. July 14, 1840.]5.[Runaway from me, a woman named Fanny. She is as white as most white women; with straight light hair and blue eyes, and can pass herself for a white woman. She is very intelligent; can read and write, and so forge passes for herself. She is very pious, prays a good deal, and was, as supposed, contented and happy. I will give $500 for her delivery to me.— John Balch, Tuscaloosa Alabama, May 20, 1845.]6.
Why not deal with the "here and now" and not crap that happened over a hundred years ago?

Since: May 11

Loysville, PA

#855104 Feb 6, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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None of those strikes were targeted assassinations of American citizens, which makes a difference.
I posted it to show the drones were utilized under President Bush & many civilians were also killed in the process.

You f*cking loons act as though this is some Obama came up with.

As far as targeting American citizens by the government, it happens all the time.

If a US citizen is threatening to do harm/ has done harm to people & they can not be captured to prevent further harm, then they are killed or wounded.

The police do it all the time.

We have the cleric go & join terrorists & actively recruit suicide bombers to attack US assets.

You take him out if you can because invading Yemen to try to capture is too risky.

If a US citizen joined the Taliban & was attacking US forces, I guess you would jump up & say " Stop, you can't shoot that attacker - he is a US citizen. OMG OMG OMG". Yep, I guess, according to you, we should just allow him to kill as many soldiers as possible until we can capture him & put him on trial.

The same with the sniper in the clock tower.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#855105 Feb 6, 2013
Now let us look at court cases.
“Racial” Classification Court Cases
In May of 1834, Ohio residents Mr. and Mrs. Williams tried to enroll their five White-looking children in the District 6 public school. They were turned away because the law demanded racially segregated schools.Although the children’s mother was White, the father admitted to having an imperceptible trace of Negro ancestry. The Williams couple sued the school board in Williams v. School District, 1834 Ohio.The trial went to the heart of the issue. Were the Williams children members of the Black “racial” group because their father had slight African ancestry? Or were they White based upon the traditional rules: appearance, blood fraction, and association?The school board advocated a one-drop rule of invisible Blackness. The children’s records showed that they had African blood, they argued, and so they should be ruled to be Black even though they did not look it.The Williams family lawyer argued in favor of an appearance-based view of color line positioning. The children should be ruled White because, physically speaking, they “really were White,” even though their father was probably not.The judge ruled in favor of the rule of physical appearance. The children were White because they looked White. The court awarded damages to be paid to the Williams family and ordered the school board to admit their children.In fact, the decision was far from inevitable, and the case could easily have gone either way. The judge ruled against the school board partly because they,“had the shabby meanness to ask from [Mr. Williams] his contribution of tax, and [then turn around and] exclude his children from the benefit of the schools he helped to support.” Had the members of District 6 School Board had the sense to exempt the family from school taxes first, in order to exclude the children, as did the schools of the time in Connecticut, the court might well have ruled in their favor.The defendants in this case argued that one could look European (as did the Williams children) yet be a member of the Black “racial” group nonetheless. As it turned out, the judge did not agree with the argument and he did not impose a one-drop rule. But the case is still important because Williams v. School District, 1834 Ohio was the very first time that a one-drop rule was seriously argued in a U.S. court of law.Incredibly, this watershed case happened just three years after Gray v. Ohio, 1831, the robbery conviction case that opened this topic. Recall that in Gray v. Ohio, the state prosecutor allowed a convicted felon to go free rather than argue that the female robber was “really” Black due to her acknowledged trace of African ancestry.Nevertheless, although the change was abrupt, there would be no turning back. Just three years later, across the Ohio river in Kentucky, in Gentry v. McMinnis, 1835, a lawyer argued (again unsuccessfully) in favor of invisible Blackness.
History 101

Orlando, FL

#855107 Feb 6, 2013
Football. I meant football not baseball. Cubans play blaseball.

“Is that all you've got?”

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#855108 Feb 6, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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So now Al Jazeera is what, a terrorist organization?
Here I thought you right whiners were all about freedom & now you bitch because Al Gore sold his company to whomever he wanted.
I suspect you would also support his decision to eat human fetuses for breakfast.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#855109 Feb 6, 2013
History 101

Orlando, FL

#855110 Feb 6, 2013
nanoanomaly wrote:
<quoted text>Why not deal with the "here and now" and not crap that happened over a hundred years ago?
Because he's a spammer you moron. Now go and take care of the old man. His colostomy bag looks like it's about to explode!
Jane Says

New York, NY

#855111 Feb 6, 2013
History 101 wrote:
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Obama's exact words: "UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It's the Post Office that's always having problems!"
Oh crap...the President of the United States doesn't know Obamacare is going to be another disaster like the Post Office...God help us.
it will be very interesting to watch the reaction of many middle class voters whose jobs will only insure the employee and not the family--and they will not be eligible for any Obamacare subsidies.

get ready to say it:
"told you so"
"WHO did you vote for?"

Ambiguity in Health Law Could Make Family Coverage Too Costly for ManyBy ROBERT PEAR
WASHINGTON — The new health care law is known as the Affordable Care Act. But Democrats in Congress and advocates for low-income people say coverage may be unaffordable for millions of Americans because of a cramped reading of the law by the administration and by the Internal Revenue Service in particular.

Under rules proposed by the service, some working-class families would be unable to afford family coverage offered by their employers, and yet they would not qualify for subsidies provided by the law.

The fight revolves around how to define “affordable” under provisions of the law that are ambiguous. The definition could have huge practical consequences, affecting who gets help from the government in buying health insurance.

Under the law, most Americans will be required to have health insurance starting in 2014. Low- and middle-income people can get tax credits and other subsidies to help pay their premiums, unless they have access to affordable coverage from an employer.

The law specifies that employer-sponsored insurance is not affordable if a worker’s share of the premium is more than 9.5 percent of the worker’s household income. The I.R.S. says this calculation should be based solely on the cost of individual coverage for the employee, what the worker would pay for “self-only coverage.”

Critics say the administration should also take account of the costs of covering a spouse and children because family coverage typically costs much more.

In 2011, according to an annual survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance averaged $5,430 a year for single coverage and $15,070 for family coverage. The employee’s share of the premium averaged $920 for individual coverage and more than four times as much,$4,130, for family coverage.

Under the I.R.S. proposal, such costs would be deemed affordable for a family making $35,000 a year, even though the family would have to spend 12 percent of its income for full coverage under the employer’s plan.

The debate over the meaning of affordable pits the Obama administration against its usual allies. Many people who support the new law said the proposed rules could leave millions of people in the lower middle class uninsured and frustrate the intent of Congress, which was to expand coverage.

“The effect of this wrong interpretation of the law will be that many families remain or potentially become uninsured,” said a letter to the administration from Democrats who pushed the bill through the House in 2009-10. The lawmakers include Representatives Henry A. Waxman of California and Sander M. Levin of Michigan.

Bruce Lesley, the president of First Focus, a child advocacy group, said:“This is a serious glitch. Under the proposal, millions of children and families would be unable to obtain affordable coverage in the workplace, but ineligible for subsidies to buy private insurance in the exchanges” to be established in each state.


Pompano Beach, FL

#855112 Feb 6, 2013
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>Waxturds, Dumbya, and now Methmouth! If it weren't for Bill, Hillary, and John Kerry, they probably would have shut it down by now...wait, flack will be receiving his honorary PhD. in fortune telling from them any time now...'course, it might just be from the lock company.
babymama squealin agin
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#855114 Feb 6, 2013
nanoanomaly wrote:
<quoted text>Why not deal with the "here and now" and not crap that happened over a hundred years ago?

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