Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1405041 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

#856392 Feb 8, 2013
Charismatic masculinity has been an Achilles heal of Black leadership.”

The only way to remedy this consistently bankrupt organizational model is to develop Black political mobility that unites people around issues that represent their class and economic interests instead of depending on the illusion of racial kinship forcing us to foist our representation on people chosen within a status quo paradigm. This leads to another problem in the Black community: the reality of “brokerage” politics. A middle class educated Black person, or a Black person faking grassroots bona fides, acts like a “broker” for the “downtrodden” with the powerful Whites as if he’s a legitimate representative of their interests. Ironically, this broker is elevated to leadership by the same status quo forces the establishment controls. Brokerage politics is a farce, and Blacks are one of the few communities that fall prey to this charade. Think about it: You have Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton engaging in various discourse about what Barack Obama should or should not do for the Black poor. What is wrong with this picture? All of these men are millionaires if not close to it, including Obama! What logical community of poor people would allow millionaires to be the ones who negotiate their interests for them? It’s idiotic. What ends up happening is that these types of “representatives” do things to ensure their viability as “brokers,” while securing their financial status and yammering on about the same things over and over again. Meanwhile, the poor and disenfranchised continue to get ground to powder. More often, these “brokers” go into overtime trying to maintain close relationships with those at the levers of power. Hence they actually become servants of those forces. Al Sharpton is a perfect example with the current administration.

This is not to say that there is no value in having notable individuals speak out against political administrations that advocate policies that damage constituencies they have sympathy for. People of other ethnic groups do this as well. The problem in the black community is that such individuals are given some kind of mythical status as actual legitimate representatives of a “collective Black interest” whatever that actually is.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#856393 Feb 8, 2013
Eman wrote:
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There is a lot of anti drone legislation being proposed throughout the country.
Yes, in South Dakota, the state senate passed a Dronehood Bill, thereby giving drones legal rights before they become drones.
Truth is no SIN

New York, NY

#856394 Feb 8, 2013
Brokerage politics is a farce.”

The remedy for this old tired model of leadership is to give power to the people as to empower themselves. At the grassroots level people must be trained with the organizational and political capital to advocate and fight for policy and economic models that best serve their needs. They must negotiate their interests in democratic organizational structures with checks and balances on leadership that truly reflect their demographic realities. Many educated elites would dare argue that the poor and working class don’t have the capacity to advocate for themselves and need the traditional brokers. Once again, the example of the Colored Farmers’ Alliance becomes relevant. Less than 30 years after slavery when Blacks were at a position much more precarious than they are today, with high levels of illiteracy, they were able to organize a grassroots movement of 1.2 million members that advanced social, economic, and political interests in line with their positions in society while effectively challenging the economic status quo and making political alliances with similarly situated Whites. Therefore, shall we argue that in the early 21st century, with all the technological and media vehicles we have, that such mobilization is impossible today?

The Black brokerage leadership model needs to die. Grassroots movement based politics has to make a comeback or else the Black community is doomed. The paradigm must be sophisticated and cannot be the mundane standard Kumbaya “We Shall Overcome” pickets and protests format. Those tactics may occasionally be used, but the strategy must be refined and adapted to modern times and given cross-generational functionality. We see where the 45-year absence of movement based activism has gotten us. The time is now to wake up and mobilize collectively or abdicate forever to the status quo. The choice is ours.

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”–Frederick Douglass.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#856395 Feb 8, 2013
Truth is no SIN wrote:
The Commander in Chief has made it clear, publicly stating,‘I am not the president of Black America.’”
As noted African American political science Professor Adolph Reed, Jr. stated in his thought provoking book, Stirrings in The Jug:
“To be sure, because Afro- Americans have had no referendum or other forum for legitimizing claims to be a national leader, the support of White opinion makers has been keen for all aspirants to such Race Leader status. From Marcus Garvey to Elijah Muhammad to Louis Farrakhan to Jesse Jackson--all have reproduced the ironic strategy of seeking to become the Black Leader by means of White acclamation.”
Black Leadership being chosen by White acclamation is nothing new and goes back as far as the late 1800s. In an almost formulaic fashion, continued well into the 20th century, the status quo establishment propped up Black leaders who presented acceptable remedies to the “race problem,” then elevated an opponent ideology with a fixed critique. The result was to limit the discourse to those two accepted or acknowledged paradigms.
Booker T. Washington received wide ranging support from Northern industrialists and establishment economic forces in the South promoting an acceptable ideological thesis of accommodation. Subsequently, W.E.B. DuBois, through elite ideological mechanisms, was presented as a philosophical anti-thesis, forcing the process of synthesis to be limited between two totally undemocratic paradigms. Both of these paradigms were chosen by establishment gatekeepers mostly outside the Black community. The same process occurred with DuBois and Marcus Garvey, and continued through Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. It’s called a Hegelian Dialectic and the Black community has fallen victim to it over and over since the 1890’s.
Time is Tight; Booker T and the MG's

http://www.last.fm/music/Booker+T.+&+the+...

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gauley bridge wv

#856396 Feb 8, 2013
Eman wrote:
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There is a lot of anti drone legislation being proposed throughout the country.
Charlottesville Va passed a ordinance making it a drone free zone. Home of the University of Virginia, one of the most liberal universities around, is where Larry Sabato is a professor.

Since: May 11

Waynesboro, PA

#856397 Feb 8, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Jesus you are thick as a brick. That is not what Panetta or Dempsey stated. Think they are going to lie to a Congressional hearing?
"Soon, Panetta and Dempsey met with President Barack Obama, the secretary told lawmakers.
Obama ordered that the Defense Department respond to the attack with "all available DOD assets" and try to protect U.S. personnel, Panetta said."

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/07/us/panetta-...

"In his testimony, Mr. Panetta said he and Gen. Dempsey discussed the attack for 15 minutes in the Oval Office the afternoon of Sept. 11, and also covered the anti-American protest that had broken out that day at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Then, Mr. Panetta told the committee, the president told him to “do whatever you need to do to be able to protect our people there,” though when it came to specifics, the president “left it up to us.”"

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TSM

United States

#856398 Feb 8, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/09/world/afric...
This shows that there were two attacks & not this long battle.
It showing Obama in a meeting with Panetta & the head of the joint chiefs an hour & 20 minutes after the attacks started.
I wish you dumbasss right whiners would read this & STFU about sh*t you know nothing about.
RealDave since comprehension seems to be your liability I’m going to use the Fewest Words to explain what Panetta said!! Dave… Panetta said” he” the ‘President’” she”‘Secretary of Defense’ was AWOL from Benghazi!!

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gauley bridge wv

#856399 Feb 8, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Yes he does. It's a grape grown in the Rhone Valley, dummy.
Pinot du Drone.
Oh Lily you shouldn't had done that. Now you will never hear the end of it. Hey you ever go eat at that restaurant.
Truth is no SIN

New York, NY

#856400 Feb 8, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Time is Tight; Booker T and the MG's
http://www.last.fm/music/Booker+T.+&+the+...
YAWN I USED THAT JOKE MONTHS WEEKS AGO awwwww HOPE YOUR TUMMY IS FULL TODAY
lily waxman raton fl

Pompano Beach, FL

#856401 Feb 8, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Yes he does. It's a grape grown in the Rhone Valley, dummy.
Pinot du Drone.
The one topic on which lily frequently imbibes.

Since: May 11

Waynesboro, PA

#856402 Feb 8, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> You're totally hopeless. It was suppose to rain here all day and night. For about the last two hours the sun is out and hardly any clouds in the sky. You nor anybody else is able to tell us what will be in a hundred years. Nobody.
It was never forecast to be a major event in Virginia Beach.
We are talking about the blizzard.

I guess, f*ck it, You're probably one of the dumbasses that ignore weather warnings & up being rescued in a hurricane.

After all, you don't know the difference between weather & climate.

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#856403 Feb 8, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Time is Tight; Booker T and the MG's
http://www.last.fm/music/Booker+T.+&+the+...
That be why yo Happy Hour be near

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Realtime

Cape Canaveral, FL

#856404 Feb 8, 2013
Homer 2016 wrote:
<quoted text>We'll chalk this up with $7 gas, inflation, stagflation, market crash, electric bills going up 1000%, Romney winning, 49ers winning the Super Bowl, Jerry's closing early ever...
My fave is the MQ9 Reaper which has a payload of 1.7 tons. This is definitely not your daddy's drone but the latest in the US hunter-killer arsenal. Long range, pusher prop, can remain aloft for hours and at the low low price of $10.5 million each.

The little stealth looking drone, only takes pictures/video and for now I'm unable to find the costs to procure or operate. Also, some of the little drones are merely dummies to play with the radar of our perceived enemies__Iran for instance.

I mentioned recently that the Orange County Sheriffs Office had purchased a couple of drones for twenty $25K each__they're tiny, toy like, similar to radar controlled hobby aircraft. These things can carry small cameras and have extremely limited capabilities.

Whatever__I don't think the US military/CIA have anywhere near 30,000 of drones__at least not yet.

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We will not go gentle

#856405 Feb 8, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> I know right! They are coming totally unhinged.
You "know right"? Damn it all, flack, but your brand of stupid just gets on my last nerve...I'm seriously considering building a drone this summer...better stay in the bunker with your gold.

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New York, NY

#856406 Feb 8, 2013
What they Don’t Tell You About the Economy
The corporate media and front groups for big business and political parties leave out what we believe are important details. That’s why at It’s Our Economy we focus on articles that go deeper into current news. This week: the real national security budget is bigger then acknowledged, the growth in GDP before the election seems to be due to government spending being sped up, the poor don’t live well as the right wing claims, and the U.S. is a ‘managed democracy’ or polyarchy where the people do not rule,Economist David Cay Johnson digs deep to show that while attention is focused on the President’s budget proposal for military spending and cuts to Social Security and Medicare, a large sector of spending is being ignored. That is total spending on the National Security State and it is as much as 2.5 times the base Defense budget; that’s $1.3 trillion not the $525 million the corporate media trumpets.
And labor economist Jack Rasmus reports that GDP was artificially inflated in the third quarter last year (just prior to the elections) by record levels of federal defense spending. Was this to make the economy look good for the election? We may never know the reason for this rapid spending of government funds. It might not had even been noticed, but on the other side, in the fourth quarter, the GDP declined. Why? A rapid drop in military spending. The shrinkage of GDP in the fourth quarter had people looking more closely at the numbers. Rasmus still cautions that we are headed for a double-dip recession in 2013-14. A recession can be mitigated by job creation, but unemployment is rising and technology is permanently destroying middle class jobs. The likelihood of a recession is increasing because of an unprecedented drop in federal spending. As we warned, experience shows that cuts in spending during an economic collapse makes a long and deep recession more likely.

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sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#856407 Feb 8, 2013
Eman wrote:
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There is a lot of anti drone legislation being proposed throughout the country.
drone on Eman.

anyway, no one wants to spy on patriotic conservatives. it's those damn liberals we have to worry about.

Did see where O ordered up a thousand more black helicopters? And are you still living at the same place you were last week? There's already plenty of buses left over from carting blacks to the polls at least twice, so when a freshly painted light blue bus with a BIG yellow UN on the side pulls up just march your butt out there.(the FEMA camp in North Korea is the best! tell them to send you there! my son-in-law loves it!)

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New York, NY

#856408 Feb 8, 2013
Thomas Edsall busts the myths about Americans in poverty being promulgated by the right. He says,“the presence in the United States of 42.6 million people officially living in poverty — no matter that they have access to a trickle of consumer goods — must be recognized as a powder keg.” And Greg Kaufmann writes that if we are serious about education, we must address poverty.
And while we are often told that we live in a democracy, Cliff DuRand explains the conflict between real democracy and a global corporate state. He calls the US government “polyarchy” or a form of low-intensity democracy or as Sheldon Wolin calls it a “managed democracy.” Chris Hedges tells us in simple terms these terms mean “political theater” to hide the rule of the elites behind a thin veil of expensive campaigns. Democracy is literally translated as “people power.” An area of the world where true democracy (participatory democracy) is growing is Venezuela, but the corporate media goes to great lengths to hide this. We interviewed Cliff Durand and Chris Hedges on “Clearing the FOG” this week, and next week we will speak about participatory democracy in Venezuela and the United States.

The good news is that economic and participatory democracy are growing in the US. We are pleased to announce the first It’s Our Economy State Chapter in Colorado. If you are interested in starting a chapter, contact us at [email protected] wledge is power. That is why we try to bring you information that is not prominent in the media. Please share this email with others.
Kevin Zeese, JD and Margaret Flowers, MD co-direct It’s Our Economy and co-host Clearing the FOG. This article is based on the weekly newsletter for the organization, sign up to receive it for free here.

THEY NEEDED A BLACK FACE FOR THE RACE WAR OBAMA IS A CARPET BAGGER LIKE IT OR NOT HE IS NOT FROM THE COMMUNITY BLACK OR WHITE HE WAS NOT RAISED IN AMERICA

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New York, NY

#856410 Feb 8, 2013
Adam Lanza may have not acted Alone”. Other “Potential Suspects” in Sandy Hook Massacre?
Statement of Connecticut District Attorney,Connecticut State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky has argued that unsealing warrants in the Sandy Hook case might “seriously jeopardize” the investigation by disclosing information known only to other “potential suspects.”

Sedensky said that unsealing the warrants would also:

“”identify persons cooperating with the investigation, thus possibly jeopardizing their personal safety and well-being.”“

The statement by the CT prosecutor’s office is the first indication from state authorities that Adam Lanza may have not acted alone. The statement was made in support of a motion to continue the seal on the results of five search warrants for 90 more days.

CT State Police Public Affairs Officer Lt. Paul Vance said in an official press release on December 16th that:

“The male subject identified as the shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been identified as ADAM LANZA DOB: 04/22/92; he resided at 36 Yogananda Street. His cause of death was gunshot wound and his death is ruled a suicide.”

However, neither Vance nor the CT Attorney General’s office have ever ruled out the possible presence of other suspects. The New Haven Register reports Vance as having said:“Whenever you conduct an investigation you don’t speculate as to where it’s going to take you, as I said, we’re going to look at every single thing, every piece of material and we’ll take it from there.”

The CT State Attorney General’s Office is handling the investigation of the mass shooting, in which 20 children and 8 adults died last December 14th.

The motion to extend the seal on the records for 90 days was granted by Superior Court Judge John Blawie, who wrote in his decision that:

“”The court finds that due to the nature and circumstances of this case and the ongoing investigation, the state’s interest in continuing nondisclosure substantially outweighs any right to public disclosure at this time,”"

OBAMA RAN TO SANDY HOOK TO COVER HIS AS*

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gauley bridge wv

#856411 Feb 8, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
"Soon, Panetta and Dempsey met with President Barack Obama, the secretary told lawmakers.
Obama ordered that the Defense Department respond to the attack with "all available DOD assets" and try to protect U.S. personnel, Panetta said."
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/07/us/panetta-...
"In his testimony, Mr. Panetta said he and Gen. Dempsey discussed the attack for 15 minutes in the Oval Office the afternoon of Sept. 11, and also covered the anti-American protest that had broken out that day at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Then, Mr. Panetta told the committee, the president told him to “do whatever you need to do to be able to protect our people there,” though when it came to specifics, the president “left it up to us.”"
Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/...
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Oh WOW! He spent a WHOLE 15 minutes on an attack on US soil! 15 minutes!!! When both were asked if they heard from the White House again that night both said no. When asked if they heard from State again that night they both said no. We can't have no terrorist attack so close to the election and when Obama has to get ready to go party with Beyonce and Jay-Z. Face it, they tried to cover it up with the video lie and it blew up in their face.

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We will not go gentle

#856412 Feb 8, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
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drone on Eman.
anyway, no one wants to spy on patriotic conservatives. it's those damn liberals we have to worry about.
Did see where O ordered up a thousand more black helicopters? And are you still living at the same place you were last week? There's already plenty of buses left over from carting blacks to the polls at least twice, so when a freshly painted light blue bus with a BIG yellow UN on the side pulls up just march your butt out there.(the FEMA camp in North Korea is the best! tell them to send you there! my son-in-law loves it!)
lol...but, you know, I've come to believe those patriotic conservatives just fail to see the humor in anything black even if it involves FEMA camps, helicopters, or blue helmets.

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