Barack Obama, our next President

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"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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You know I love you though,(not admitting any weakness.) We're only a few years apart... just imagine if we were born apart together.
[Cohn:]“I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it.”
[Jake:]“Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bull-fighters.”
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The other problem is no one is minding the store and welfare fraud and abuse is becoming rampant - especially in the cities.
Food stamps should be the responsibility of each state. The federal government trying to oversee something this massive is like trying to restrain a bull in a china shop.
Food stamps no longer exist dummy__the recipients are issued a card (EBT) and while there is still fraud it's nowhere near the amount back in the days of the coupons.

Obviously you haven't a clue as to how SNAP is administered.
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Car-shopping website Edmunds.com has raised its full-year U.S. car sales forecast to 15.5 million vehicles, a level the industry hasn't seen since 2007, as car shoppers remain resilient in the face of fiscal issues in the U.S. and uncertainty in Europe.

"Car shoppers seem unfazed by fiscal issues in the news," said Edmunds chief economist Lacey Plache. "Even though consumer confidence has been up and down so far this year, there are "wealth effects" that are making Americans feel comfortable finally buying the new cars they've been waiting for."

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/edmunds-lift...

Homer predicted this, I knew you rightwing fckers couldn't drive that old crappy car around forever.

Time to replace that old washer and dryer and your fridge has seen better days. You may want to get rid of that old oil burning furnace or at least upgrade to a more energy efficient model.
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Obama to attend the opening of W.'s new library.

I wonder if they will have a copy of The Pet Goat in there?
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STILL HOPE- FOR CHANGE wrote:
HOW CAN SOME BLACKS;How Can Blacks Love Obama So Much When They're Doing So Bad;Is there a disconnect between the actual economic well-being of African Americans and their uncritical, unconditional love for their first black president: one opionion is "The short answer to the question is that Black folks are whores for symbolic signs of progress and achievement aided and abetted by an anti-intellectual bent and a "Black Media;that in essence constitutes Black Minstrel shows. We act like thumb-sucking children and we get treated accordingly.
We don't know how to even define substantive progress anymore.
Another major component/factor relates to our fragile emotional state: we PROJECT shit all the time. PROJECTION is what got Obama elected in the first place. We always want someone to "like" us or respect us even when we do little to earn it. Thus every slight at Obama is a slight against Black folks, at least that's how its interpreted. Blacks are so enthralled with White measures of their success that they can't find nor define their own metrics. Sad thing is expect matters to get worse as immigrants take the service industry and construction jobs. Black unemployment will be fixed at 25% and Negroes will STILL be raving about Obama.
This morning, I listened to Tom Joyner and his cohorts joke about the Atlanta test cheating indictments. TJMS won't have anyone on to discuss the immorality, coerciveness, and bankruptcy of No Child Left Behind or Race to the (Bottom). But they and millions of their viewers will guff it up about what is the appropriate punishment. Hardy har har.
We're a collective bunch of Minstrels acts/performances. It is what it is.
It will be 25 years before Blacks realize what harm Obama has inflicted, and even then I surmise less than 50% of those Blacks polled will have a negative opinion of him. Negroes will be lined up outside homeless shelters talking about, "If only they'd let Obama be Obama." Pathetic. We're screwed, but well entertained.
You should stop taking & think for a second, giving the fact you can't do 2 things at 1 time. How can someone talk about a group of peoples shortcomings & how we try to measure our success by white merit, then turn around & measure our success on white merit? I don't know what black people you know since it's obvious you don't even know yourself, but we fine. Only time can heal wounds & tho shit is still f cked up, no on can deny the progress we've made in the last 20yrs. I challenge you like I challenge everyone who kicks the presidents back in. What are doing to make the situation any better besides talking shit on a internet thread? Like I thought, STFU!
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The Assassination Of Dr. King And The Suppression Of The Anti-War And Peace Perspectives
Memory, individual and collective, is clearly a significant site of social struggle.”

(Aurora Levins Morales)
Unlike the celebrations organized around the birthday of Dr. King, with which the U.S. government severs Dr. King from the black movement for social justice that produced him and transforms his oppositional stances into a de-radicalized, liberal, integrationist dream narrative, the anniversary of the murder of Dr. King creates a challenge for the government and its attempt to manage the memory and meaning of Dr. King. The assassination of Dr. King raises uncomfortable questions -- not only due to the evidence that his murder was a “hit” carried out by elements of the U.S. government, but also because of what Dr. King was saying before he was killed about issues like poverty and U.S. militarism .

The current purveyors of U.S. violence will find attention to Dr. King’s anti-war and peace position most unwelcome, especially with a black president that has been able to accomplish what U.S. elites could have only dreamed of over the last few decades - the normalization of war-making as a legitimate tool to advance the geo-political interests of the U.S. and its’ colonial allies. So reminding people of Dr. King’s opposition to U.S. warmongering and the collaboration of liberals in that warmongering then and now, produces a strange convergence of political forces from both ends of the narrow U.S. political spectrum that have an interest in suppressing King’s anti-war positions.

The Suppression of the anti-war and peace movement and the pro-war coalition
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<quoted text> You should stop taking & think for a second, giving the fact you can't do 2 things at 1 time. How can someone talk about a group of peoples shortcomings & how we try to measure our success by white merit, then turn around & measure our success on white merit? I don't know what black people you know since it's obvious you don't even know yourself, but we fine. Only time can heal wounds & tho shit is still f cked up, no on can deny the progress we've made in the last 20yrs. I challenge you like I challenge everyone who kicks the presidents back in. What are doing to make the situation any better besides talking shit on a internet thread? Like I thought, STFU!
THIS CLOWN SPEAKS FOR BLACK PEOPLE WITH HIS GARBAGE OPINIONS see my post post and F/O
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ESPN: Obama's Basketball Bricks 'Most Embarrassing Moment Of His Presidency' sort of reflects Obama’s Presidency!!
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then and now

When Dr. King finally opposed the war on Vietnam he incurred the wrath of liberals in the Johnson Administration, the liberal philanthropic community, and even a significant number of his colleagues in the clergy. The liberal establishment was scathing in its condemnation of his position and sought to punish him and his organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), in a manner similar to their assaults on the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), when it took an anti-war and anti-imperialist position much earlier than Dr. King and SCLC.

In today’s popular imagination of the anti-war and peace movement in the 1960s and 70s, the culprits have been re-imagined as the radical right, symbolized by President Richard Nixon. But it was the Kennedy Administration that escalated U.S. involvement in Vietnam, despite the liberal mythology around his supposed reluctance to do so, and it was Democrat Lyndon Johnson who dramatically expanded the war. When Johnson pulled out of the 1968 presidential race, Hubert Humphrey, the personification of contemporary liberalism, was slated to be the favorite to win the Democratic nomination. Humphrey, along with the rest of the liberal establishment, was firmly committed to Johnson’s war strategy, even in light of growing public opposition.

It should also be remembered that the Chicago police riot of 1968 against anti-war demonstrators took place at the Democratic National Convention, where the protestors were directing their fury at the Democratic Party -- which has controlled the Executive Branch during the escalation of almost every major military experience by the U.S. State from the Second World War onwards. The notion of democratic weaknesses on matters of “national defense” owes itself to the historical amnesia of the U.S. population and the successful propaganda campaigns of the more aggressive foreign interventionist elements of the radical right over the years.
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Today the array of forces in support of U.S. military aggression is similar to what we saw from the establishment in 1968, except for one important factor: in 1968 there was an organized, vocal anti-war movement that applied bottom-up pressure on the liberal establishment in power and on the Nixon Administration. Today, however, not only have significant elements of the contemporary anti-war and peace movement voluntarily demobilized during the Obama era, many of those individuals and organizations have entered into what can only be seen as a tactical alliance with the Obama Administration and provided ideological cover for imperialist interventions around the world.

Even mainstream human rights organization have facilitated the cover-up, either by their silence on the question of war; by their tacit acquiescence as demonstrated by their pathetic pleading with the attacking powers (usually the West, under NATO) to adhere to the rules of war; or by the construction and articulation of some of the most noxious but effective white supremacist covers for imperialist dominance that may have ever been produced –“humanitarian intervention” and the “right to protect.” Operating from the assumption that the white West are the “good guys” and have a “natural” right to determine which nations deserve to be sovereign, when regimes should be changed, who the international criminals are and what international laws need to be enforced, the political elites have been able to mobilize majority support for imperialist adventures from Iraq to Libya and now Syria. In a nod to the civilizing assumptions of Western modernity that is at the base of the colonialist project justifying these interventions, progressives and even some radicals have muzzled themselves or have even supported these misadventures that entail the West, under the leadership of the U.S., riding in to save people from their “savage governments.” For these activists, if those humanitarian missions result in Western companies managing to secure water, oil and other natural resources and shifting regional power relations to favor the West, well that is just the price to pay for progress. As Madeline Albright said in response to a question regarding the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children due to U.S. sanctions,“we think the price was worth it.”
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The murder of Dr. King was not just the murder of a man but an assault on an idea, a movement and a vision of a society liberated from what Dr. King called the three “triplets” that had historically characterized and shaped the “American” experience - racism, extreme materialism and militarism. On April 4, 1967 in the Riverside Church in New York, exactly one year to the day before he would be murdered, Dr. King took an unequivocal stand in opposition to the U.S. war on the people of Vietnam, and declared that the only way that racism, materialism and militarism would be defeated was if there was a “radical revolution of values” in U.S. society. Today, 45 years later, with a Black president in the White House, racism in the form of continued white supremacy has solidified itself on a global scale; extreme materialism characterizes the desires and consumption patterns of a debt constructed middle class, even as it feels the weight of a national and global economic crisis; and militarism occupies the center of U.S. engagement with the nations of the Global South.

While the current national and global reality could not have been prefigured by political elites in the U.S., the murder of Dr. King and the disarray within the civil rights movement on direction, goals and programs, allowed the government to e turn its repressive apparatus to the violent suppression of the Black liberation movement. As the leading element for radical social change in the U.S., the assaults on the Black liberation movement meant that the hope for fundamental change in the U.S. would not be realized. The radical revolution of values that King hoped would transform the country was repackaged by the early 1970s into an individualist, pro-capitalist, debt-constructed consumer diversion. The country began a more dramatic rightward move in the late 1960s that saw the emergence of Nixon; Ronald Reagan; New Democrats; a new and even more virulent ideological construction – neoliberalism; and a uni-polar world, where under Bush and now Obama, the U.S. and its Western colonial allies are able to engage in a form of international gangsterism -- invading nations, changing governments and stealing resources, in a manner that is similar to the early years of conquest when they first burst out of Europe in 1492
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TSM wrote:
ESPN: Obama's Basketball Bricks 'Most Embarrassing Moment Of His Presidency' sort of reflects Obama’s Presidency!!
THIS WAS WHAT THEY USED TO GET DUNCES LIKE NJRAIDER to fall in love WITH THE FRAUD OBAMA what dunces this guy obama did'nt grow up in a community with BLACKS and BALL PLAYERS, he PHOTO OPS with anyone he can how come I have never seen him with the BASKETBALL ICON FROM CHICAGO BULLS? mmmmmm FOH OBAMA
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The challenge is clear. A de-colonial, revolutionary shift in power from the 1% to the people is the only way Dr. King’s “radical revolution of values” can be realized in a national and global context in which the West has demonstrated that it will use all of its military means to maintain its hegemony. Yet, to realize that shift, the “people” are going to have to “see” through the ideological mystifications that still values Eurocentric assumptions as representing settled, objective realities on issues like democracy, freedom, human rights, economic development and cultural integrity in order to confront the new coalitions of privilege. Dr. King and the black anti-racist, anti-colonialist movements for social justice brought clarity to these moral issues by its example of movement building that sparked struggles for social justice in every sector of U.S. society. That is why sidelining black radical organizations and the black social justice movement has been one of the most effective consequences of the Obama phenomenon.

Today the necessity to stand with the oppressed and oppose war and violence of all kinds has never been more urgent. But that stand cannot be just as individuals. Individual commitment is important, but what Dr. King’s life reaffirmed was the power of movement -- of organized and determined people moving in a common direction. That is why the government so desperately attempts to disconnect Dr. King from the people and the movement that produced him and to silence any opposition to its colonialist violence. The example of movement building and struggle is an example that has to be brutally suppressed, as witnessed by how the Obama Administration moved on the Occupy Wallstreet Movement once it became clear that they could not co-opt and control it.
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NJRAIDER your RACISTS BIGOTTED OPINIONS MEAN NOTHING TO ANYONE HERE IS A REAL BLACK MAN FROM NJ NOT SOME BOOT LICKING JIM CROW DEMOCRAT CLOWN;Ajamu Baraka was the founding Director of the US Human Rights Network until June 2011. A long-time human rights activist and veteran of the Black Liberation, anti-war, anti-apartheid and central American solidarity Movements in the United States, Baraka has been in the forefront of efforts to develop a radical “People-Centered” perspective on human rights and to apply that framework to social justice struggles in the United States and abroad. He is currently a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, where he is editing a book on human rights entitled “The Fight Must be for Human Rights: Voices from the Frontline.” The book is due to be published in 2013. WHO THE F ARE YOU NJ RAIDER 0
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OBAMAS LIES Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act into Law after Promising GMO Labeling in 2007
President Obama has signed into law the notorious Monsanto Protection Act legislation hidden inside of the Continuing Resolution spending bill, which protects Monsanto and its genetically modified creations from federal courts.

Passing up the chance to veto the bill in favor of stopping Monsanto’s increasing monopoly on the food supply, Obama pushed the bill through into a law in a move that reminds us of his failed 2007 promise to ‘immediately’ label GMOs upon his election.
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The History of America’s “Africa Agenda”. The Role of John Foster Dulles
On February 11, 1958 Secretary of State John Foster Dulles was asked about Tunisia during a press conference.

A few days earlier French planes had bombed and strafed schools and a local market in the village of Sakiet. Dulles’ reply was ignored by the daily press, and before the Internet that meant it almost didn’t happen. But Toward Freedom obtained a transcript and printed it verbatim.

Editor Bill Lloyd said it seemed like “the most eloquent testimony in many months on the inadequacy of U.S. policy regarding North Africa.” The headline read:“Dulles Humor slights Tunisia Policy”

Dulles had been asked to “define a little more specifically for us” the US interest in the Tunisian crisis, basically,“what US objectives are in dealing with this situation?” TF continues online & in communities “We would like to see in Indonesia a government which is constitutional and which reflects the real interests and desire of the people of Indonesia,” Dulles began. He went on to say that the Indonesian people would never want a Communist government, especially since “most of them are Moslems,” and wouldn’t want a government that “maintains itself only by coercive methods and does not respond to the will of the people.”

Only then did someone in the press corps suggest that perhaps Dulles had misunderstood the question, since he was being asked about Tunisia “and you replied on the Indonesian. But could I ask the question again, sir?”

Dulles replied,“Maybe the same answer applies.”

What followed was laughter. Eventually, Dulles did add that the US hoped to minimize the impact of any incident in Algeria. Nothing should deflect “the trend toward cooperation which we believe is in the interest on all concerned.”
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I saw her hobbling along in front of 14 where Fitz was drinking. I didn't call out. There was no need. I could see she was worn smooth on her left side and didn't use a cane, as I had. All I wanted to do was to to fuck her. It's hard being a man. It's probably hard being a woman but how would I know?

I followed her around the circle until she finally turned around and looked directly at me. "Give a girl a hand," she said. So I did.
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Leo, I love you. Do you intend for me to recite the entire English language before you succumb? Ok, so be it. How could you possibly give in to that cretin knowing that there's a man like me in the world? Expediency? Oh well.
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Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Food stamps no longer exist dummy__the recipients are issued a card (EBT) and while there is still fraud it's nowhere near the amount back in the days of the coupons.
Obviously you haven't a clue as to how SNAP is administered.
Same thing. How can the federal government who can't even keep up with over 900,000 claims by veterans keep up with the abuse and fraud of EBT cards?

Get this.

A local CBS affiliate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, did an investigative report and found that a single mother of two who makes $19,000 a year is entitled to nearly $82,000 a year in free daycare, free weatherization projects on her home, free cell phones, etc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

It's not the issue of taxpayers not wanting to help someone with child care so they can work but the tempatation by many single mothers NOT to earn more for fear of losing these entitlements.

Don't you see this is a potentially big problem? Especially when there's so little oversight?
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Homer 2016 wrote:
Obama to attend the opening of W.'s new library.
I wonder if they will have a copy of The Pet Goat in there?
BTW, Homer, I would hope you had a gun handy if someone twice your size just decided to beat the tar out of you.

Poor Homer, you wouldn't stand a chance.

Maybe we should ban strong muscular guys.

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