Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1442586 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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Truth is no SIN

New York, NY

#855665 Feb 7, 2013
Afghanistan could become, according to The New York Times “the Saudi Arabia of lithium”.“Lithium is an increasingly vital resource, used in batteries for everything from mobile phones to laptops and key to the future of the electric car.” At present Chile, Australia, China and Argentina are the main suppliers of lithium to the world market. Bolivia and Chile are the countries with the largest known reserves of lithium.“The Pentagon has been conducting ground surveys in western Afghanistan.“Pentagon officials said that their initial analysis at one location in Ghazni province showed the potential for lithium deposits as large as those of Bolivia”(U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan – , June 14, 2010, see also Lithium – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

“Previously Unknown Deposits” of Minerals in Afghanistan
The Pentagon’s near one trillion dollar “estimate” of previously “unknown deposits” is a useful smokescreen. The Pentagon one trillion dollar figure is more a trumped up number rather than an estimate:“We took a look at what we knew to be there, and asked what would it be worth now in terms of today’s dollars. The trillion dollar figure seemed to be newsworthy.”(The Sunday Times, London, June 15 2010, emphasis added)

Moreover, the results of a US Geological Survey study (quoted in the Pentagon memo) on Afghanistan’s mineral wealth were revealed three years back, at a 2007 Conference organized by the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce. The matter of Afghanistan’s mineral riches, however, was not considered newsworthy at the time.

The US Administration’s acknowledgment that it first took cognizance of Afghanistan’s vast mineral wealth following the release of the USGS 2007 report is an obvious red herring. Afghanistan’s mineral wealth and energy resources (including natural gas) were known to both America’s business elites and the US government prior to the Soviet-Afghan war (1979-1988).

Geological surveys conducted by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and early 1980s confirm the existence of vast reserves of copper (among the largest in Eurasia), iron, high grade chrome ore, uranium, beryl, barite, lead, zinc, fluorspar, bauxite, lithium, tantalum, emeralds, gold and silver.(Afghanistan, Mining Annual Review, The Mining Journal, June, 1984). These surveys suggest that the actual value of these reserves could indeed be substantially larger than the one trillion dollars “estimate” intimated by the Pentagon-USCG-USAID study.

More recently, in a 2002 report, the Kremlin confirmed what was already known:“It’s no secret that Afghanistan possesses rich reserves, in particular of copper at the Aynak deposit, iron ore in Khojagek, uranium, polymetalic ore, oil and gas,”(RIA Novosti, January 6, 2002):

“Afghanistan has never been anyone’s colony – no foreigner had ever “dug” here before the 1950s. The Hindu Kush mountains, stretching, together with their foothills, over a vast area in Afghanistan, are where the minerals lie. Over the past 40 years, several dozen deposits have been discovered in Afghanistan, and most of these discoveries were sensational. They were kept secret, however, but even so certain facts have recently become known.

It turns out that Afghanistan possesses reserves of nonferrous and ferrous metals and precious stones, and, if exploited, they would possibly be able to cover even the earnings from the drug industry. The copper deposit in Aynak in the southern Afghan Helmand Province is said to be the largest in the Eurasian continent, and its location (40 km from Kabul) makes it cheap to develop. The iron ore deposit at Hajigak in the central Bamian Province yields ore of an extraordinarily high quality, the reserves of which are estimated to be 500m tonnes. A coal deposit has also been discovered not far from there.
Jane Says

New York, NY

#855666 Feb 7, 2013
Truth is no SIN wrote:
Naming the Dead: New Investigation into Victims of US Drone Strikes
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is launching an ambitious new investigation, which will seek to identify as many as possible of those killed in US covert drone strikes in Pakistan, whether civilian or militant.
The Bureau is raising some of the money for this project through a crowd-funding appeal.
As part of our ongoing monitoring and reporting of CIA and Pentagon drone strikes, the Bureau has already recorded the names of hundreds of people killed in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
At the end of January 2013, the Bureau was able to identify by name 213 people killed by drones in Pakistan who were reported to be middle- or senior-ranking militants.
A further 331 civilians have also now been named, 87 of them children.
But this is a small proportion of the minimum 2,629 people who appear to have so far died in CIA drone strikes in Pakistan. The Bureau’s work suggests 475 of them were likely to have been civilians.
‘At the moment we know the names of fewer than 20% of those killed in Pakistan’s tribal areas. At least 2,000 deaths still remain publicly anonymous,’ said Chris Woods, who leads the Bureau’s covert drone war team.
‘Our aim will be to identify by name many hundreds more of those killed. A significant number of those identities will be known by local communities, by US and Pakistani officials, and by militant groups. We hope to convince them to share that information.’
I have no problem with drone attacks and am glad Obama is ordering them on terrorists--but that has to be clearly defined with REAL guidelines and not Obama sitting there with a deck of cards; otherwise, it might be on American citizens without trial and whose only terrorize him by not agreeing with him.

I also love the hypocrisy--if Bush had been doing this, the left would be screaming and it would on the front page every day.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#855668 Feb 7, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Arm the drones with assault rifles__problem solved.
Who owns the oil is an interesting question particularly in an era where directional/horizontal drilling, fracking etc etc is commonplace.
How the government has and continues to issue mineral rights, oil leases and drilling permits is also interesting__amusing actually. T. Boone Pickens father worked for the US government and damned if he wasn't one of the guys that issued oil leases.
Nepotism and cronyism was the rule back in "the good old days."
It seems ironic that the oil companies are making huge profits on our natural resources and then receive subsidies and pay no taxes.
What a deal eh?
T Boone Pickens! All his billions couldn't keep his grandson alive.
Maybe he shouldn't have spent millions lying about John Kerry.
Karma has mysterious ways.
All this whining about drones is amusing at best. They're whining about all the innocent children killed! How many were killed in our ground invasion into Iraq? No whining then, who knows how many Iraqis were killed, probably over half a million, not to mention the use of white phosphorous, causing birth defects till now.
The republicans are just all about the bullshyt.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#855669 Feb 7, 2013
Waxturd brought out Jimmy again??
Jimmy wrote:
Old Raider brought out Not Surpized again?
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#855670 Feb 7, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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You're right, there are no tax breaks and the oil companies pay the most taxes; and the Nazis were communists and Martin Luther King was a Republican and the Sandyhook murders were the result of gay marriage and abortion, and, and, and.....
Yer all outta yer minduhs.
So, as usual you have no specifics, just unsupported accusations.
Truth is no SIN

New York, NY

#855671 Feb 7, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
The natural resources should belong to the American people and profits distributed to them.
LILY ARE YOU OK TODAY WHAT HAPPENED MAMA NOBODY IN THE STATE OF FLA. WANTED TO F you last night you seem a little off today sperm count low in your tummy,I would let off some but for some reason I think you have BAD REQLLY BAD TEETH LIKE BRIANS BABYmomma
lily waxman raton fl

Pompano Beach, FL

#855672 Feb 7, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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The natural resources should belong to the American people and profits distributed to them.
Sure...until Obammy starts redistributing your liquor...then you'll turn on him for sure.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#855673 Feb 7, 2013
Truth is no SIN wrote:
<quoted text>“The War is Worth Waging”: Afghanistan’s Vast Reserves of Minerals and Natural Gas
The War on Afghanistan is a Profit driven "Resource War".
US and NATO forces invaded Afghanistan more than eleven years ago.
Afghanistan is defined as a state sponsor of terrorism.
The war on Afghanistan continues to be heralded as a war of retribution in response to the 9/11 attacks.
This article, first published in June 2010, points to the “real economic reasons” why US-NATO forces invaded Afghanistan eleven years ago.
The legal argument used by Washington and NATO to invade and occupy Afghanistan under “the doctrine of collective security” was that the September 11 2001 attacks constituted an undeclared “armed attack”“from abroad” by an unnamed foreign power.
Michel Chossudovsky, February 5, 2013
The 2001 bombing and invasion of Afghanistan has been presented to World public opinion as a “Just War”, a war directed against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, a war to eliminate “Islamic terrorism” and instate Western style democracy.
The economic dimensions of the “Global War on Terrorism”(GWOT) are rarely mentioned. The post 9/11 “counter-terrorism campaign” has served to obfuscate the real objectives of the US-NATO war.
The war on Afghanistan is part of a profit driven agenda: a war of economic conquest and plunder,”a resource war”.
While Afghanistan is acknowledged as a strategic hub in Central Asia, bordering on the former Soviet Union, China and Iran, at the crossroads of pipeline routes and major oil and gas reserves, its huge mineral wealth as well as its untapped natural gas reserves have remained, until June 2010, totally unknown to the American public.
According to a joint report by the Pentagon, the US Geological Survey (USGS) and USAID, Afghanistan is now said to possess “previously unknown” and untapped mineral reserves, estimated authoritatively to be of the order of one trillion dollars (New York Times, U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan – , June 14, 2010, See also BBC, 14 June 2010).
“The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.
An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.
The vast scale of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth was discovered by a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists. The Afghan government and President Hamid Karzai were recently briefed, American officials said.
While it could take many years to develop a mining industry, the potential is so great that officials and executives in the industry believe it could attract heavy investment even before mines are profitable, providing the possibility of jobs that could distract from generations of war.
“There is stunning potential here,” Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the United States Central Command, said…“There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant.”
The value of the newly discovered mineral deposits dwarfs the size of Afghanistan’s existing war-bedraggled economy, which is based largely on opium production and narcotics trafficking as well as aid from the United States and other industrialized countries. Afghanistan’s gross domestic product is only about $12 billion.
I think they should have blasted Afghanistan to smithereens and be done with it. Period.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#855674 Feb 7, 2013
Kinda ruins your claim that Obama hates Capitalism, doesn't it??

Eman wrote:
<quoted text>
That's nothing new...
In 2008, JP Morgan Chase was in Obama's Top 5 donor list with $808,799
"In 2010, President Obama signed into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act...
...The bill mandates that “all state agencies implement Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) systems by October 1, 2020” for those receiving money through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. And which company administers nearly half of all states’ EBT programs? You guessed it: JP Morgan Chase..."
Suckers!! <Wait, that would be us, the American tax payer. Doh!!>
Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#855675 Feb 7, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Homer wears slippers.
'Nuff said.
Mail delivery three days per week would be more than adequate.
Why do rightwingers hate slippers? What do you hop out of bed and throw on a pair of army boots and your camo outfit, ready to greet the day? Sure I have a pair of slippers, some days I wear em some days I do not. Rightwingers are retarded.

Lovington, NM

#855676 Feb 7, 2013
PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
It's not Obama's government you vomitous cretin, it's our government. It's the government that maintains our interstate highways which makes commerce possible. It makes sure that the air you breath and water you drink doesn't kill you. It runs those weather satellites that give advance warnings of hurricanes and other dangerous weather conditions. It runs the Coast Guard that rescues those who've found themselves in dire circumstances at sea and interdict drug shipments.
You're an idiot DB.
The Apocalypse
Chapter 14
14 And I saw, and behold a white cloud; and upon the cloud
one sitting like to the Son of man, having on his head a crown
of gold, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
So Surprizedobamawa x

Pompano Beach, FL

#855677 Feb 7, 2013
Not Surprized wrote: ...
Not Surprised Is Stalking Again wrote:
No need to lie stalker. You were banned for stalking and for spamming topix with your judgit machine, Waxballs. Your lucky you weren't arrested for what you did to that woman you fckn sick bastard. Go back to the cesspool you dragged yourself out of you animal.
Waxballs Waxbrains resurfaces from the longest dumpster dive in history!! Remember that topix banishment ? Still stalking women and giving out their personal information to the many topix posters roound the world? Better watch your step there Waxbrains, the Moderators are watching, you sick, psycho Stalker. Still spamming threads with macros runescape I see. You're a real honest to God psychotic STALKER. ... ...
Oct 17, 2009
"Sounds Paranoid To Me wrote:
She changed her name bacause she was being stalked. The poster who was stalking her got her private information and published it for the world to see on this forum. That is why he was banned. So she changed her name. I observed the whole incident from the start. Not only did he publish her information but continued to stalk and harass her. Can you understand why she would change her name now?
sunnycali wrote:
Would you report someone HERE to the moderators if they were giving out YOUR personal information?
Oct 15, 2009
"sunnycali wrote:
Again, if someone posted YOUR private information would you just sit there and say, "way to go - that's freedom of speech in action?" And I mean information that included your home address and phone number. You would do nothing? If the answer is that you would do nothing then you apparently care little for your family.
Oct 15, 2009
"sunnycali wrote:
So if someone were giving out your personal information you would not report that person? If someone were using extremely obscene language you would not report that person?
This has absolutely nothing to do ideology. I don't have any problem with free speech. I don't have any problem with people of any political bent expressing their opinions. I DO have a problem with people violating the most basic terms of decency.
Oh, and I would report someone if I saw them breaking into YOUR house. Or abusing a member of YOUR family. I guess you and I are different in that respect. And I'm very sorry for that. Not for me but for you.
#58531Reply Jun 9, 2010
"Devin wrote:
Waxman, you are a known stalker, you've been sactioned by Topix on several occasions.
You are the poster child for keeping certain presonal information unrelated to the debate to one's self.
Come on now...... What's your purpose why aren't your focusing on the issues of the debate, the 1995 Budget Impass?
.... stay with the issue of the debate which is more than enough dialogue with individuals like yourself... didn't you ever warn your children about relating personal information over the internet about themselves?.. it's an employed security feature...
Not Surprized! ROTFLMAO!
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#855678 Feb 7, 2013
Jane Says wrote:
<quoted text>I have no problem with drone attacks and am glad Obama is ordering them on terrorists--but that has to be clearly defined with REAL guidelines and not Obama sitting there with a deck of cards; otherwise, it might be on American citizens without trial and whose only terrorize him by not agreeing with him.
I also love the hypocrisy--if Bush had been doing this, the left would be screaming and it would on the front page every day.
No Jane, it would be you, screaming on here about brining Awlaki and his son back here for a trial and imprisonment.
You're all just pissed off that it's President Obama who is taking care of business the way that it should. You want to call Awlaki an American citizen? To me, he lost those rights. I would think you, a rabid anti muslim would agree.

Hamden, CT

#855679 Feb 7, 2013
Obama & Democrats cut Blue Angels. Need mo Obama phones & Angry Birds
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#855680 Feb 7, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Nobody has any idea where the guy is, probably headed for Mexico.
Executed the daughter of an LA police captain that he blamed for his dismissal, along with her boyfriend, then shot three cops last night, one fatally.
He'll likely kill himself.
Nj raider 1

United States

#855681 Feb 7, 2013
Truth is no SIN wrote:
I LIKE THE WORDING OF THIS ONE LOLOLO THE COP ALWAY SAYS THE BLACK GUY WAS Pentagon general counsel, Jeh Johnson, made the same case. He claims “belligerents" who also happen to be US citizens do not enjoy immunity where non-citizen belligerents are valid military objectives,AND THATS WHY HE HAD FOUR SHOTS IN THE BACK OF THE POLICE CAR WITH HANDCUFFS ON LOLOLOl 3/5 DEMOCRATS THEY HAVE CROSSED OVER lololol RODNEY KING WAS, TRAYVON MARTIN WAS,BELLIGERENT lolo what happened to them DRONES OVER PHILLY, BRONX,OAKLAND,SHAOLIN, THEY USED THEM ON WHITE FARMERS WHAT YOU THINK IS COMING FOR YOU WHEN OBAMA GONE LOLOL 3/5 democrats only see prince charming and cinderalla
We bump heads again 2/5 republican! I see you wasn't smart enough to wear a helmet this! The blackman in charge is targeting white folks & somehow black people in general are naive! Please tell me how that 1 works. Allow me to reiterate. Being white has it's perks I must admit, but through liberty breeds anarchy. Sorta like there's always something negative in something positive. Ask yourself this question or questions. Would a black kid from any of those cities you named have been able to fly under the radar trying to buy material to make a bomb or spend $20,000 on guns? I think not! Seems like those Liberty's y'all like to brag about is coming back to bite you in the ass. They ain't worried about any of the cities you names because no 1 from those cities, ghettos, hoods can get their hands on bomb making material. Not only that, but your people prove them right with every mass killing performed in the same fashion as jihadist kamikazes. This really has nothing to do black people & everything to do with the whitemans ignorance to there surroundings. Look at all these arabs owning gas stations. This has been a full on war since gwvb decided to invade iraq for control of their oil supplies. Some americans are as american as their names & like I said ", you just happen to be 1. Enjoy your liver leave as than a stripped from your palms 1 by 1.

Pompano Beach, FL

#855682 Feb 7, 2013
Nuculur option wrote:
Not Surprized brought out Nucular Nuts again??
<quoted text>
Not Nuked! ROTFLMAO!
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#855683 Feb 7, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
I had an Algebra teacher in high school whose voice was like a drone; it was unbearable, we'd all fall asleep, She was around 80.
The better students take algebra in 7th or 8th grade, not in high school. But remedial algebra may be taught in high school.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#855684 Feb 7, 2013
Typical of your ignorance.

Under Obama, America is producing far more oil and natural gas than ever imagined by 'oilman' Bush.

More production than in the past 15 years, in fact.

Bush and Co. were into procuring oil by invasion.

How'd that work?? They didn't get any for a Trillion Dollar war!!

Did I mention that Bush was a failure in the oil business??
Eman wrote:
So let's recap, Bush and Co were in the business of promoting big oil. Obama and Co are in the business of promoting poverty.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#855686 Feb 7, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
The natural resources should belong to the American people and profits distributed to them.
In your Communist world.

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