Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1549492 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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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#875639 Mar 18, 2013
Homer 2016 wrote:
<quoted text>Global Warming is mainstream thinking, just sayin'
Herd thinking.

New York, NY

#875641 Mar 18, 2013
cont;Today’s “message” of grotesque inequality, social injustice and war is the propaganda of liberal democracies. By any measure of human behavior, this is extremism. When Hugo Chavez challenged it, he was abused in bad faith; and his successor will be subverted by the same zealots of the American Enterprise Institute, Harvard’s Kennedy School and the “human rights” organisations that have appropriated American liberalism and underpin its propaganda. The historian Norman Pollack calls this “liberal fascism.” He wrote,“All is normality on display. For [Nazi] goose-steppers, substitute the seemingly more innocuous militarization of the total culture. And for the bombastic leader, we have the reformer manque, blithely at work [in the White House], planning and executing assassination, smiling all the while.”

Whereas a generation ago, dissent and biting satire were allowed in the “mainstream,” today their counterfeits are acceptable and a fake moral zeitgeist rules.“Identity” is all, mutating feminism and declaring class obsolete. Just as collateral damage covers for mass murder,“austerity” has become an acceptable lie. Beneath the veneer of consumerism, a quarter of Greater Manchester is reported to be living in “extreme poverty.”

The militarist violence perpetrated against hundreds of thousands of nameless men, women and children by “our” governments is never a crime against humanity. Interviewing Tony Blair 10 years on from his criminal invasion of Iraq, the BBC’s Kirsty Wark gifted him a moment he could only dream of. She allowed Blair to agonise over his “difficult” decision rather than call him to account for the monumental lies and bloodbath he launched. One is reminded of Albert Speer.

Hollywood has returned to its cold war role, led by liberals. Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning ‘Argo’ is the first feature film so integrated into the propaganda system that its subliminal warning of Iran’s “threat” is offered as Obama is preparing, yet again, to attack Iran. That Affleck’s “true story” of good-guys-vs-bad-Muslims is as much a fabrication as Obama’s justification for his war plans is lost in PR-managed plaudits. As the independent critic Andrew O’Hehir points out,‘Argo’ is “a propaganda movie in the truest sense, one that claims to be innocent of all ideology.” That is, it debases the art of film-making to reflect an image of the power it serves.

The true story is that, for 34 years, the US foreign policy elite have seethed with revenge for the loss of the shah of Iran, their beloved tyrant, and his CIA-designed state of torture. When Iranian students occupied the US embassy in Tehran in 1979, they found a trove of incriminating documents, which revealed that an Israeli spy network was operating inside the US, stealing top scientific and military secrets. Today, the duplicitous Zionist ally – not Iran – is the one and only nuclear threat in the Middle East.

In 1977, Carl Bernstein, famed for his Watergate reporting, disclosed that more than 400 journalists and executives of mostly liberal US media organizations had worked for the CIA in the past 25 years. They included journalists from the New York Times, Time, and the big TV broadcasters. These days, such a formal nefarious workforce is quite unnecessary. In 2010, the New York Times made no secret of its collusion with the White House in censoring the WikiLeaks war logs. The CIA has an “entertainment industry liaison office” that helps producers and directors remake its image from that of a lawless gang that assassinates, overthrows governments and runs drugs. As Obama’s CIA commits multiple murder by drone, Affleck lauds the “clandestine service… that is making sacrifices on behalf of Americans every day… I want to thank them very much.” The 2010 Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, a torture-apology, was all but licensed by the Pentagon.

Cape Canaveral, FL

#875642 Mar 18, 2013
Patriot wrote:
Illegal aliens steal jobs that belong to Americans; 11.5 MILLION jobs are held by individuals who have no right to be on U.S. soil, much less jobs. You don't reward their lawlessness, you deport them.
Hah, LMAO the (R) politicians finally agree on 11 million and the loons start running the number back for effect.

Hows that Louisiana sinkhole coming along?

Oh and what about the rancid burps bubbling up from California's Salton Sea? Did you know that poster Galt lives just over the hill from there?
The Slayer

Findlay, OH

#875645 Mar 18, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Yep! They give men six months paternity leave over there in France right along with the women. Don't believe in the draft but draft one draft all says I!!!
The draft is a needed tool in the event of a large war, like
But only men should be drafted, not women.

I do not agree with social engineering in the Armed Forces.
Moving women more and more into combat roles...bad idea
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#875646 Mar 18, 2013
Realtime wrote:
Market back up over 14,500, Flack won't get his dream come true (flashpoint) today. Those analysts who actually understand how the various markets affect one another are thinking that the DOW will top 15,000 this summer and may go as as high as 15,750 before it levels off.
The real estate market sks, savings accounts are no place to put ones money__the stock market is just about the only game in town.
That's what they all said in the boom

United States

#875648 Mar 18, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
Another right whiner blaming Obama for the Bush recession. Typical.
Especially love the way you right whiners punish little children for their parents not finding jobs in an economy that the Republicans destroyed under Bush.
RealDave Obama’s starting his 5th year as President the Economy in the Tank Hope and Change has wither on the vine, but Dave can you tell us once again the Story how’s it’s Bush’s Fault!!
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#875649 Mar 18, 2013
Jane Says wrote:
<quoted text>here's another fear for liberals: two parents who have finished high school, married and then had a child!!!! that was what Bloomberg is now promoting in NYC and the libs are besides themselves with shock and horror. meanwhile, NYC taxpayers pay well into the millions for baby mamas who can't get along with their own baby mama and want their own apartments.
'New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has drawn the ire of the poverty-industrial complex for launching a gutsy ad campaign against teen pregnancy. Posters in thousands of bus shelters and subways show tiny tots bewailing the bad news about teen pregnancy.“Because you had me as a teen,” cries one,“I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school.” Other stressed-out toddlers warn of the financial burdens their unwed mothers will face and the near certainty that their fathers won’t stick around. One little sage identifies the simplest way to avoid poverty: graduate from high school, get a job, and wait until marriage before having a child.
These are all incontrovertible facts that social science has known for decades but that professors and politicians have not dared inject into the public sphere. And the reason for their reticence is fully on display in the advocacy world’s reaction to the ad campaign. Like clockwork, Planned Parenthood of New York put out a press release blasting the ads for “stigmatizing” teen parents.'
Another fallacy of the liberal mindset is that everybody should get a college education.

The results is millions of kids piling up massive debt getting worthless degrees from third-rate diploma mills so that they can compete for jobs that do not require a college degree.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#875650 Mar 18, 2013
The Slayer wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes...that does seem to the case at times.
Kinda sad...when you work harder and harder, but to many
people in the wagon and no enough people left to pull
the wagon.
Kinda think its time to tell the lazy slackers to get
the hell out and start pulling for a darn change.
Problem is that they will never pull the wagon as long as someone else is willing.

So maybe it's time to take a seat and let them pull the wagon or starve.

New York, NY

#875651 Mar 18, 2013
A just-released report,“Iraq War Among World’s Worst Events,” provides a cogent summary of devastation so extensive and terrible that readers will be challenged to not turn away. In the report, David Swanson offers a 10-year overview of human consequences of moral turpitude for which no American official or propagandist has been held accountable.

Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, don’t expect the vast numbers of media hotshots and U.S. officials who propelled that catastrophe to utter a word of regret. Many are busy with another project: assisting the push for war on Iran.

Days ago, speaking of possible actions against Iran, President Obama told an Israeli TV reporter:“I continue to keep all options on the table.” Earlier this month, Vice President Biden told AIPAC’s annual conference that the president “is not bluffing.” Biden said “all options, including military force, are on the table.” Those statements are similar to the threats from President Bush and Vice President Cheney before the invasion of Iraq.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#875652 Mar 18, 2013
The Slayer wrote:
<quoted text>
The draft is a needed tool in the event of a large war, like
But only men should be drafted, not women.
I do not agree with social engineering in the Armed Forces.
Moving women more and more into combat roles...bad idea
Totally agree that the draft is involuntary servitude.

As for drafting women, sure women in combat is a bad idea, but if you're gonna allow that, then women should be drafted just like men.

Enemy soldiers will love the fresh meat.
The Slayer

Findlay, OH

#875653 Mar 18, 2013
carol wrote:
<quoted text>
If your hillbillyass wasn't so fat, maybe they wouldn't have you pullin' the wagon ... jus' sayin'...
Iam not a hillbilly or fat, but I do have to pull because
of lazy liberals, who think they are entitled to something
for nothing.

New York, NY

#875654 Mar 18, 2013
Obama is Worse than Bush
in Favoring the Super-Elite, Bailing out the Banks and Protecting Financial Criminals
Even Democratic Party Loyalists Starting to Wake Up to the Fact that Obama Is As Bad As Bush … Or Worse

Obama Is Worse than Bush In Favoring the Super-Elite, Bailing Out the Big Banks, Protecting Financial Criminals, Targeting Whistleblowers, Keeping Government Secrets, Trampling Our Liberties and Starting Military Conflicts In New Countries

Glenn Greenwald notes that even Democratic party loyalists are getting fed up with Obama’s Bush-like actions:

Even the most loyal establishment Democrats are now harshly denouncing the president for his war on transparency ….

This secrecy has become so oppressive and extreme that even the most faithful Democratic operatives are now angrily exploding with public denunciations.

(Greenwald gives numerous examples.)

The Hill reported last month:

A majority of voters believe President Obama has been no better than his immediate predecessor, President George W. Bush, when it comes to balancing national security with the protection of civil liberties, according to a new poll for The Hill.

Thirty-seven percent of voters argue that Obama has been worse than Bush while 15 percent say he has been “about the same.”[In other words, a total of 52% think Obama is just as bad as Bush. That was before the drone controversy - discussed below - went viral.]


The results cannot be fully explained as party line responses. More than one in five self-identified Democrats, 21 percent, assert that the Obama administration has not improved upon Bush’s record. So do 23 percent of liberals.

Indeed, more and more Democrats are waking up the fact that Obama is doing a lot of the same stuff Bush did.

Bush was a horrible president. His warmongering, disrespect for civil liberties, redistribution of wealth from the poor and middle class to the super-elite, and obsession for secrecy were all abysmal.

New York, NY

#875655 Mar 18, 2013
how does Obama stack up by objective measurements?

Let’s compare …

Favoring the Super-Elite the Expense of Everyone Else
Income inequality has increased more under Obama than under Bush.

Under Obama, the richest Americans have captured more than 100% of all income gains (and see this).

Liberal Nobel prize economist Joseph Stiglitz said in 2009 that Obama’s toxic asset plan “amounts to robbery of the American people”.

Bailing Out the Big Banks
While everyone knows about the $700 billion “Tarp” bailout which started under Bush, a top banking analyst puts the current bailouts under Obama at more than $780 billion each year.(Background here.)

Protecting Financial Criminals
Obama has prosecuted fewer financial crimes than President Reagan, Clinton or either of the Bush presidents.

Obama’s chief law enforcement officer – the Attorney General of the United States – has publicly stated that he won’t go after big banks.

Targeting Whistleblowers
Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined.

Obama – even more than Bush – is protecting criminal activity by prosecuting and harassing whistleblowers.

Indeed, the Obama administration is are literally treating whistleblowers as terrorists.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#875656 Mar 18, 2013
TSM wrote:
<quoted text>
RealDave Obama’s starting his 5th year as President the Economy in the Tank Hope and Change has wither on the vine, but Dave can you tell us once again the Story how’s it’s Bush’s Fault!!
Today Obama pissed away another day by nominating another token for a meaningless job.

One day closer to the end of the tunnel with no further damage done.

New York, NY

#875657 Mar 18, 2013
OBAMA Using Government Secrecy
In March 2010, AP documented that – under Obama – 17 major agencies were 50 percent more likely to deny freedom of information requests than under Bush.

An ACLU staff attorney puts it:

In some ways, the Obama administration is actually even more aggressive on secrecy than the Bush administration.

A new AP investigation published last week shows that the Obama administration has recently become more secretive than ever.

Trampling Liberties and the Constitution
Liberals rightfully hate Bush for trampling liberties. Bush even called the Constitution a “God Damn Piece of Paper”.

But Obama has gone much further than Bush ever did by:

(1) Declaring the right to assassinate Americans living on U.S. soil (no … this was never disclaimed) without any due process of law

(2) Declaring that he can indefinitely detain Americans on U.S. soil without any due process of law

(3) Spying on Americans more widely than Bush (the former head of the National Security Agency’s global digital data gathering program – William Binney – says that he pervasiveness of spying under Obama has only “gotten worse”)

(4) Bush destroyed much of the separation of powers which made our country great. Under Obama, it’s gotten worse. For example, the agency which decides who should be killed by drone is the same agency which spies on all Americans

(5) Otherwise shredding the Bill of Rights

New York, NY

#875658 Mar 18, 2013
OBAMA Starting Military Conflicts In New Countries
Liberals rightfully lambast Bush for getting us into the disastrous Iraq war.

But Obama has in fact launched wars in Libya, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan … and up to 35 African nations (and see this).

Obama – citing a Nixon administration official’s justification for invading Cambodia – has claimed his power extends into every country in the world … well beyond those where we are engaged in hostilities.

Obama has dramatically escalated the use of drone assassinations, which are creating many more terrorists than they are killing. The former chief military prosecutor at Guantanamo says that Obama’s drone surge is as damaging to our country as Bush’s torture program. I think he’s actually underestimating damage from the program, as drones have become the number 1 recruiting tool for Al Qaeda (especially since children are now being targeted for drone assassination … Oh, and torture is still happening on Obama’s watch; background).

And the Obama administration has probably supported even more terrorists – in Libya, Syria and elsewhere – than Bush. See this, this, this, this and this.

Cape Canaveral, FL

#875659 Mar 18, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
That's what they all said in the boom
Well, the dot com boom was only frosting on the late 1990's cake wasn't it? As I recall there were plenty of places to make money way back then.
The Slayer

Findlay, OH

#875660 Mar 18, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Problem is that they will never pull the wagon as long as someone else is willing.
So maybe it's time to take a seat and let them pull the wagon or starve.
You got that right...what a better motivator for
self-reliance then little bit of hunger.

Its not being mean or selfish or greedy or racist its just
the right thing to do.

New York, NY

#875661 Mar 18, 2013
NSA Whistle-Blower: Obama “Worse than Bush”
The national security state needs a boogeyman to keep the money flowing
Thomas Drake, the whistle-blower whom the Obama administration tried and failed to prosecute for leaking information about waste, fraud and abuse at the National Security Agency, now works at an Apple store in Maryland. In an interview with Salon, Drake laughed about the time heconfronted Attorney General Eric Holder at his store while Holder perused the gadgetry on display with his security detail around him. When Drake started asking Holder questions about his case, America’s chief law enforcement officer turned and fled the store.

But the humor drained away quickly from Drake’s thin and tired face as he recounted his ordeal since 2010 when federal prosecutors charged him with violating the Espionage Act for retaining classified information they believed he would pass on to then Baltimore Sun reporter Siobhan Gorman. While Drake never disclosed classified information, he did pass on unclassified information to Gorman revealing that the NSA had wasted billions of taxpayers’ dollars on Trailblazer, a contractor-heavy intelligence software program that failed to find terrorist threats in the tsunami of digital data the agency was sucking up globally — and sometimes unconstitutionally. While Trailblazer burned through cash, in the process enriching many NSA employees turned contractors, Drake found that another software program named ThinThread had already met the core requirements of a federal acquisition regulation that governed the proposed system at a sliver of the cost, all while protecting American civil liberties at the code level. The NSA leadership, however, had already bet their careers on Trailblazer. So Drake blew the whistle, first to Congress, then to the Department of Defense Inspector General’s Office, and finally, and fatefully, to Gorman.

Last June, the government’s case collapsed. On the eve of trial, all 10 counts were dropped. In a Kafkaesque turn of events, Drake actually helped the government find a misdemeanor to charge him with — exceeding authorized use of an NSA computer — so federal prosecutors could save face. Once facing 35 years behind bars, Drake pled guilty to the misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to one year of probation and 240 hours of community service, what he sardonically calls “his penance.”
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#875662 Mar 18, 2013
Gosnell attorney: Prosecution “elitist, racist”

A Philadelphia prosecutor Monday morning opened the trial of West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.

Attorney Joanne Pescatore called it a case not about abortion but about murder.

Gosnell faces a possible death penalty if the jury finds him guilty.


Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013, 11:43 AM

Calling it a case not about abortion but about murder, a Philadelphia prosecutor this morning opened the trial of West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.

Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore told the Common Pleas Court jury that evidence would show that Gosnell, 72, was a "wolf in sheep's clothing" who "used and abused desperate women."

Pescatore told the jury that abortion is legal in Pennsylvania up until the 24th week of pregnancy. Gosnell, however, specialized in what the prosecutor called "high-volume high-profit" illegal late-term abortions that "almost guarantee a live birth."

"If a baby is born alive, it's alive and no one has the right to take some solution to kill it," Pescatore said.

Defense attorney Jack McMahon gave the jury a starkly different view of the case, telling the jury that prosecutors are trying to impose "Mayo Clinic" standards on a West Philadelphia clinic that serves the urban poor.

"They're trying to hold him up to the standards of the Mayo Clinic the standards of a West Philadelphia clinic," McMahon said. "If you want Mayo Clinic standards than you go to the Mayo Clinic."

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