Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1433652 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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HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

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.
Realtime

Cape Canaveral, FL

#875659 Mar 18, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
That's what they all said in the dot.com boom
http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2010/technolog...
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.
HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

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.

Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

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."
HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

New York, NY

#875663 Mar 18, 2013
The Dreams Of A Father becomes the Nightmare of a Nation
HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

New York, NY

#875664 Mar 18, 2013
Obama Continuing the Bush/Cheney Assassination Program In June, CIA Director Leon Panetta allegedly informed members of the House Intelligence Committee of the existence of a secret Bush era program implemented in the days after 9-11 that, until last month, had been hidden from lawmakers. The concealment of the plan, Panetta alleged, happened at the orders of then-Vice President Dick Cheney.

Now, The New York Times is reporting that this secret program that had “been hidden from lawmakers” by Cheney was a plan “to dispatch small teams overseas to kill senior Qaeda terrorists.” The Wall Street Journal, which originally reported on the plan, reported that the paramilitary teams were to implement a “2001 presidential legal pronouncement, known as a finding, which authorized the CIA to pursue such efforts.”

The plan, the Times says, never was carried out because “Officials at the spy agency over the years ran into myriad logistical, legal and diplomatic obstacles.” Instead, the Bush administration “sought an alternative to killing terror suspects with missiles fired from drone aircraft or seizing them overseas and imprisoning them in secret C.I.A. jails.”

The House Intelligence Committee is now reportedly preparing an investigation into this program and the Senate may follow suit.“We were kept in the dark. That’s something that should never, ever happen again,” said Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein. Withholding this information from Congress “is a big problem, because the law is very clear.”

There are several important issues raised by this unfolding story. First, while the Times claims the program was never implemented, the program sounds very similar to what Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sy Hersh described in March as an “executive assassination ring” run by Dick Cheney that operated throughout the Bush years:

“Congress has no oversight of it. It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on. Just today in the Times there was a story that its leaders, a three star admiral named [William H.] McRaven, ordered a stop to it because there were so many collateral deaths.

“Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That’s been going on, in the name of all of us.

Hersh’s description sounds remarkably similar to that offered by the Times and the Wall Street Journal. While the House and Senate should certainly investigate this program—and lying to Congress, misleading it or concealing from it such programs is likely illegal—it is also important to guarantee that it has actually stopped. But another pressing issue for the Congress is investigating the Obama administration’s adoption of this secret program’s central components. As the Times noted, the major reason—beyond logistical hurdles—that the program was not implemented (if that is even true) was that the Bush administration began increasing its use of weaponized drones to conduct Israeli-style targeted assassinations (often, these drones kill many more civilians than so-called “targets”). These drone attacks, coupled with the use of extraordinary rendition and secret prisons, became the official program for “eliminating” specific individuals labeled “high value” targets by the administration.

The Obama administration has not only continued the Bush policy of using drones to carry out targeted assassinations, but has also continued the use of prisons where people are held indefinitely without charge or access to the International Committee of the Red Cross. Under Obama, Bagram air base in Afghanistan is expanding and, at present, hundreds of prisoners are held there without charges. In essence, the Obama administration is doing exactly what this secret CIA program sought to do, albeit out in the open.
Realtime

Cape Canaveral, FL

#875665 Mar 18, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
Florida is reevaluating it's testing methods for NCLB assumes all students will be attending college. Hah!

When I was a young snapperwhipper the high schools in my region offered various course loads__college prep__business__home economics and industrial arts. Beyond high school there were different sorts of trade schools-union apprenticeship programs and such.

My friends who became tool and die makers made great money over the course of their lives. One friend became a captain on a Great Lakes freighter. Class reunions are interesting.
The Slayer

Findlay, OH

#875666 Mar 18, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
I forget the Generals name....but he was saying that
for years the armed forces have had women in very important
roles such as nurses and other such very skilled roles.
His concern was that if the Armed Forces start to
become more and more of a unpleasant experience for
women, they will then have a hard time in recruiting
women into the armed forces.

That and I guess I just a little bit of the old school way
of thinking......Men fight the wars to keep the Women
and children safe....I see no reason to change that.

I think we are traveling a dangerous road when our leaders
want to push Women more and more into combat roles.

There is plenty of opportunities for Women in the Armed Forses
with out them jumping into enemy fox holes and slugging it
out with enemy soldiers.

Since: Jul 08

We will not go gentle

#875667 Mar 18, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
Have you tried your bigoted BS on Israel? They've been drafting everybody for ever, and I don't think they're considered over-aged cub scouts last I heard. Besides, get with the century--I think I can score more kills with my little drone than that machismo jarhead with all the upper body strength that doesn't include his head.
The Slayer

Findlay, OH

#875668 Mar 18, 2013
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>Have you tried your bigoted BS on Israel? They've been drafting everybody for ever, and I don't think they're considered over-aged cub scouts last I heard. Besides, get with the century--I think I can score more kills with my little drone than that machismo jarhead with all the upper body strength that doesn't include his head.
If you did some basic research before you posted this, you
would know that there is one group of people excepted
from Israel draft.
carol

Orlando, FL

#875669 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.
At one time, high school graduates could take jobs in factories and plants where the work was tedious on assembly lines but the pay wasn't that bad.

Also, in some states, children followed in their parents' footsteps and worked in the mines and quarries where the pay, again, wasn't that bad.

Technology has in many ways become a bad thing.

A lot of high schoolers who can't find decent paying jobs because computers or robots do them now find themselves with no other choice but to go to school to put off the inevitable - working at McDonalds.

Sad but true.
The Slayer

Findlay, OH

#875670 Mar 18, 2013
carol wrote:
<quoted text>
At one time, high school graduates could take jobs in factories and plants where the work was tedious on assembly lines but the pay wasn't that bad.
Also, in some states, children followed in their parents' footsteps and worked in the mines and quarries where the pay, again, wasn't that bad.
Technology has in many ways become a bad thing.
A lot of high schoolers who can't find decent paying jobs because computers or robots do them now find themselves with no other choice but to go to school to put off the inevitable - working at McDonalds.
Sad but true.
Yes...very true, it is not easy for the young people.
Skill Skill SKILLS.....You have to have skill to compete.
The robot replaces the unskilled worker, but not the skilled worker.
new yawk

Salt Lake City, UT

#875671 Mar 18, 2013
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>But that's not in the red print--saying one thing and doing another...you callin' J.C. a hypocrite, dumb carol? That should go over really well where you're goin'/(BTW, what's "deceipt"?
It where you gotta sit to drive decarp.
carol

Orlando, FL

#875672 Mar 18, 2013
For my pretend namesake's benefit (I refuse to respond to him directly):

Virtually all modern scholars of antiquity agree that Jesus existed and biblical scholars and classical historians regard theories of his non-existence as effectively refuted.

Look it up.
new yawk

Salt Lake City, UT

#875673 Mar 18, 2013
carol wrote:
The movie, The Nativity, was the most accurate depiction of biblical times and Jesus' true heritage.
He definitely looked Jewish. And I mean Jewish in the Middle Eastern sense.
And yes, my pretend namesake, you won't find any historical scholar who denies Jesus' existence.
If you do, they're out of the mainstream and wrong.
Um.... I'm afraid that's not quite right, dear. Even the Jews were of the opinion that among the hoard of Jesus' in Palestine at that time, none were prophets, none were the sons of Gods. The Jews only changed their tune when they found out there was a buck to be made in it. Need I point out dear that you just flopped out yet another "judgement" to squirm and jerk uncomfortably on the floor.

Since: Jul 08

We will not go gentle

#875675 Mar 18, 2013
The Slayer wrote:
<quoted text>
If you did some basic research before you posted this, you
would know that there is one group of people excepted
from Israel draft.
The exemptions have nothing to do with gender, Debjinn. As of July 2012, "The prime minister named a new team to draw up a law that would "share the burden" of military service, which is required for most Israelis when they reach the age of 18. The existing law provides an exemption for Arabs and ultra-Orthodox Jews.

The issue has been a controversial political topic for months for Netanyahu, but time is running out. Israel's Supreme Court has ruled that the law, which exempts tens of thousands of Israelis from service, must be replaced by August 1."

(I don't know if it was rewritten or not...maybe they just asked for a few more hundreds of billions in USA aid to hire mercenaries.)
carol

Orlando, FL

#875676 Mar 18, 2013
Boy, I sure go from being one of the "popular kids" to one of the "outcasts" with mindboggling speed since last night.

Must have been something I said to leosnana after she quoted scripture to me about name calling right after she called me a moron again.

C'est la vie.

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carol

Orlando, FL

#875677 Mar 18, 2013
Virtually all modern scholars of antiquity agree that Jesus existed and biblical scholars and classical historians regard theories of his non-existence as effectively refuted.
new yawk

Salt Lake City, UT

#875679 Mar 18, 2013
carol wrote:
For my pretend namesake's benefit (I refuse to respond to him directly):
Virtually all modern scholars of antiquity agree that Jesus existed and biblical scholars and classical historians regard theories of his non-existence as effectively refuted.
Look it up.
As it happens, there's no need. I read all the books i could handle on the subject long, long ago. Turns out, nothing's been dug up since then. Well, there was that coffin... but, darn it, somebody figured out that the name had been chiseled in long after the thing was buried. Ooopsie's! There is every chance - for how do you prove a negative - that historic Jesus never existed and, frankly, the story makes a lot more sense that way.

Peter: "No, I'm tellin' yas, I seen it wid me own eyes I did! He got up, got dressed, had himself a bit of a pee you know, and then he just walked right out of there he did!... What?.... Um... sure I saw it, I saw it myself I did... and, um.... yeah, then he sorta floated away down the street and I lost track of him for a day or two and finally here he comes in the pub, see? An' he's got these holes in his hands and feet and shit... HE DID! Yeah, I seen it myself. So here he comes in that pub and he looks around an' says, "Ye that have gathered in my name, deserve a drink! Drinks all round barkeep!" Yeah.. yeah, it's just the kind of guy he was I'm tellin' ya... yeah, sure, a few bob wouldn't go astray, bless you my son, bless you.. yeah, jus' toss it in the hat there with the other... yeah, there's a good lad... shalom to you too, brother..."

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