Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1478945 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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Since: Apr 13

Orlando, FL

#891895 Apr 23, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
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your selective memory is a real hoot. you've almost got carol beat.
You can argue that Eisenhower first came up with the idea of "investigating" the situation in Vietnam and Nixon took much too long to end it...but you will never win an argument that Kennedy didn't get us into it and Johnson didn't accelerate it.

Difference being, I hold Nixon responsible for not ending it sooner. You want to give Kennedy and Johnson a pass.

Indianapolis, IN

#891896 Apr 23, 2013
The GOP isn't reversing its 180 on returning to "regular order" in the budget process.

On the Senate floor Tuesday morning, Majority Leader Harry Reid moved to appoint seven Democratic and five Republican Senate negotiators to a conference committee with House counterparts, to iron out major differences between the two chambers' budgets.

Now that both bodies have passed budgets, convening a conference committee is the next step in "regular order," which Republicans have insisted on returning to for several months.

But speaking on behalf of Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) objected to Reid's request.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#891897 Apr 23, 2013
Most people who met or knew Tamerlan, including family members, say he was a jerk. His dad, however, insists Tamerlan was “kind” and “very nice.”

Tamerlan’s mother is just as deluded. She swears Tamerlan and Dzhokhar couldn’t be involved in a bomb plot because “my sons would never keep a secret.” Instead of correcting Tamerlan’s conspiracy theories, she swallowed them. According to one of her spa clients, Zubeidat recently called the 9/11 attacks a U.S. plot to stoke hatred of Muslims.“My son knows all about it,” she allegedly told the client. Zubeidat also says the FBI has been watching her family constantly for years, which the FBI denies. Last year, she was arrested, but apparently never prosecuted, for shoplifting $1,600 worth of clothes.

“wake up”

Since: Jan 10

utica ny

#891898 Apr 23, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
KABUL, Afghanistan — Officials say a helicopter owned by an Afghan company has made an emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled area of eastern Afghanistan, and the insurgents took all nine people who were aboard hostage.
A district administrator in the area says the helicopter landed on Sunday afternoon in strong winds and rain in a village of Logar province, southeast of Kabul and about 30 kilometers (or 20 miles) from the Pakistan border.
Hamidullah Hamid said on Monday that the Taliban captured all nine aboard the aircraft and took them from the area. He says the crew and passengers are all civilian.
brought to you by the muslim religion of peace..
Jane Says

Jamaica, NY

#891899 Apr 23, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Go buy some exlax; you're backed up again. Who wrote that? Pamela Geller?
exlax? guess you're missing the affirmative action ambulance chaser early in the day.

but more importantly, when you can't dispute what is posted you and other libots criticize the source. kind of like when you defended John Edwards against the National Enquirer when the NY Times wouldn't discuss what a dirtbag he was.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#891900 Apr 23, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> If they have more planned they wouldn't.
Well, the investigation is still ongoing. There are always the copycats as well. We always want to know the why, but perhaps they're just bad and evil. What did they hope to accomplish?
They seemed to be pretty ill prepared to escape. No money, no plan. Did they really think they could just resume normal life?
How delusional. Millions of photos were taken.

Indianapolis, IN

#891901 Apr 23, 2013
Austerity doctrine is exposed as flimflam

The austerity claque got it wrong. And the harsh bill is being paid by millions of Americans and millions more in Europe in jobs lost, homes foreclosed, families split apart, hopes crushed.

They can’t repay the costs of their folly. We don’t really need an apology. But could they at least get out of the way so we could get on with the jobs programs that we should have undertaken years ago?

Austerity has been tried and found wanting in practice. Instead of expansion and growth, Europe has been driven back into recession. With Britain’s credit rating downgraded, its economy contracting, its unemployment rolls soaring, its debts rising, three years of rosy forecasts shredded, Tory Chancellor George Osborne’s tears at the lavish funeral for Margaret Thatcher may well have been for the burial of his own reputation. Britain is “playing with fire,” warned the International Monetary Fund’s chief economist, Olivier Blanchard, who told Sky News,“The danger of having no growth, or very little growth, for a long time, is very high. You get a number of vicious circles that come into play.”

And now austerity’s theoretical underpinnings have been exposed as flimflam, constructed out of a spreadsheet error and goofy logic. The austerity advocates pitched their case on the basis of a prestigious 2010 paper by the blue-chip economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff; it claimed to show that when the ratio of public debt to GDP exceeded 90 percent, economic growth fell dramatically. With the United States and European nations beyond or nearing that number, any effort by the government to stimulate the economy through traditional deficit-financed jobs programs would lead only to slower growth, higher unemployment and worse debt.

Reinhart and Rogoff’s paper was cited repeatedly by everyone from conservative economists to reputable bankers to politicians from Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, to Republican budget guru Paul Ryan (Wis.). Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles and the Pete Peterson-funded austerity lobby used it as proof that immediate action was needed to fend off economic ruin.

But Thomas Herndon, a graduate student in economics at the University of Massachusetts, discovered that Reinhart and Rogoff had made a truly egregious error in their calculations, omitting basic data. A working paper by Herndon and his professors Michael Ash and Robert Pollin posted last week revealed the errors along with an insupportable method of averaging GDP growth across countries and time. They showed that when the data were totaled correctly, the average rates of growth for countries with 90 percent public debt to GDP ratios from 2000 to 2009 was comparable to or higher than those for countries with debt ratios between 30 to 90 percent.

Reinhart and Rogoff admitted the arithmetic errors but claimed, incorrectly, that it was still true that high public debt levels were correlated with slower growth. But their self-defense failed to address the point made by sensible economists when the study first came out: Correlation is not causation. It’s obvious that after Wall Street blew up the economy, the recession caused lower tax revenues, and higher spending on unemployment, food stamps and stimulus programs to forestall an all-out Depression. Government deficits and public debt rose as a result of the crisis, not as a cause.

The IMF, once a bastion of austerity economics, has admitted its errors, warning that austerity is now sabotaging recovery. As the fund lowered its growth projections for next year, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde called on the United States and many countries in Europe to focus more on growth and less on trimming budget balances this year, warning,“We need growth, first and foremost.”


Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#891902 Apr 23, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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First of al, voters now can be asked for ID. The question was a Photo ID.
Republicans passed voter photo ID requirements even though there is no statistical evidence o any voter fraud that this photo ID would prevent.
In other words, it was voter suppression. No one said it was racist. The motivation was to reduce the number of Democrats voting. Not racially motivated.
With background checks for gun purchases, the motivation is public safety.
Dance, Dave, dance!
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#891903 Apr 23, 2013
Kaitlin The Wolf Witch wrote:
<quoted text> typical right wing stupidity.
Max Baucus is a Democrat
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#891904 Apr 23, 2013
Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
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That's why so many countries in Europe are struggling to stay afloat. They wanted "fairness" too until the government couldn't extract enough tax money anymore. France has already reached 75% and it still isn't enough.
But our beloved celebrities who worship Obama's idea of "fairness" are ever so happy to do their "fair share". Just wait until they have to fork over 75%.
This president wants big government by taxing everything that isn't nailed down. We've got four more years ahead. Unless more Americans snap out of it before November 2014.
(Reuters)- France's Constitutional Council on Saturday rejected a 75 percent upper income tax
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#891905 Apr 23, 2013
Jane Says wrote:
<quoted text>exlax? guess you're missing the affirmative action ambulance chaser early in the day.
but more importantly, when you can't dispute what is posted you and other libots criticize the source. kind of like when you defended John Edwards against the National Enquirer when the NY Times wouldn't discuss what a dirtbag he was.
Kerrrist, you rightwingers jump all over the damn place; stay tuned for Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton and the abortion doctor.

Take a pill or something, stupid woman.

Oh what the hell; what about Dave Ritter getting spanked with diapers! You rightwingers are sick in the head.

Indianapolis, IN

#891906 Apr 23, 2013
Can Christians Learn from the War in Iraq?

A number of commentators have been asking what lessons we might learn from the war in Iraq. With American troops having been so recently withdrawn from that nation, this is certainly an appropriate question. I feel compelled to ask a somewhat more narrowly focused question:“What can Christians learn from the war in Iraq?” I want to offer several thoughts on what I believe are lessons desperately needed.

As I name these lessons, I’ll refer to a “Larry King Live” interview with a number of Christian leaders just prior to the invasion of Iraq in March, 2003. What we find here goes a long way toward illustrating why the white evangelical church – and not alone – was so shamefully and persistently supportive of the war in Iraq. The deplorable use of scripture, the great ignorance of the just war tradition and the naive, blind faith in the Bush administration expressed by most of the participants in this program are emblematic of the utter failure of a great majority of evangelical leaders to lead in a genuinely Christian manner. The sorts of things said in this interview were repeated in countless pulpits and religious talk shows.

The lessons I believe can be drawn from the war in Iraq include the following six items:

First, Christians need to be aware of the fact that times of war are prime times for the abuse of the Bible.“How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy,” Friedrich Nietzche famously said. Bad biblical reasons are particularly abundant during times of war. Most of them are well worn and have long been discredited and disavowed by respectable scholars. But that doesn’t stop preachers and religious talk show hosts from endlessly regurgitating them.

Second, Christian leaders need to actually understand something about Christian views on war and peace before they open their mouths in public. Too often Christian preachers and pundits sanction war automatically with a nod toward the “just war” tradition. But it quickly becomes apparent that few of them have even the most basic grasp of the tradition. It is not enough to vaguely reference the concept of “just war” without showing how a specific war stands or falls before it.

Third, it is crucial that Christians in America learn to listen to Christians from other lands. Church leaders elsewhere in the world weren’t taken in by Bush’s claims about Iraq being an immediate threat to peace. They had a clearer vision about the injustice of the war and the possible destructive consequences. Many churches outside the U.S. condemned the war both before and after it started. I have not found one that offered support for it.

....Sixth, if the experience of the Iraq war is any guide, it suggests that Christian leaders who support war are even more untrustworthy and prone to cling to mistaken views than are hawkish politicians. Their credibility needs to be questioned. It should be no wonder that active church members continued to support the war in Iraq even after most of the country was souring on the war. So many of the leaders of their churches were tenacious war supporters.

No doubt there are other lessons from the war in Iraq that can and should be learned by Christians. But whether any of them will be absorbed by those who need the lessons the most is another matter. We can only hope and pray that something will be learned before the next war occurs.

so i would say the gist of it is....Christians have no problem advocating violence against those who are different from them.

sound familiar?
Jane Says

Jamaica, NY

#891907 Apr 23, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
The Saudi Marathon Man
A twenty-year-old man who had been watching the Boston Marathon had his body torn into by the force of a bomb. He wasn’t alone; a hundred and seventy-six people were injured and three were killed. But he was the only one who, while in the hospital being treated for his wounds, had his apartment searched in “a startling show of force,” as his fellow-tenants described it to the Boston Herald, with a “phalanx” of officers and agents and two K9 units. He was the one whose belongings were carried out in paper bags as his neighbors watched; whose roommate, also a student, was questioned for five hours (“I was scared”) before coming out to say that he didn’t think his friend was someone who’d plant a bomb—that he was a nice guy who liked sports.“Let me go to school, dude,” the roommate said later in the day, covering his face with his hands and almost crying, as a Fox News producer followed him and asked him, again and again, if he was sure he hadn’t been living with a killer.
not NBC, or CBS, or CNN.....FOX.
yawn. the terrorist in the hospital bed was described as nice too. meanwhile, libs in high places and their media lapdogs were once again more than eager to blame the tea party.
Jane Says

Jamaica, NY

#891908 Apr 23, 2013
Boston Bombers: Media Caught Wrongfully Accusing American Patriots – AGAIN!

April 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm in News by Tea Party
Tea Party Patriots Call on the Media, Obama Insiders, to Stop Defamation

Today, the Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization, continued to mourn the tragedy of the Boston Marathon Bombing, and to pray for its victims – while calling on the media and top Obama advisors to stop using national tragedies to falsely accuse and defame American patriots.

“When will they learn their lesson and stop blaming American patriots first when tragedy strikes in America?,” said Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots.“Now that the Boston bombers have been identified as Chechnyans, it is time for the media and top Obama insiders to apologize, once again, for trying to blame another national tragedy on American patriots.”

Here are some recent examples of the media wrongfully accusing American patriots:
2013 – Boston Marathon Bombing – Accused Tea Partiers – WRONG

President Obama’s senior strategist David Axelrod explained why the President didn’t call the Boston bombings a “terrorist attack,” made a point of saying publicly that the Boston bombings occurred on “tax day”(the day often associated with tea parties, in the home city of the Boston Tea Party).

Government official Stephanie Johnson picked up the theme and wrote:“I fear nutty logic goes like this … Patriots Day. April 15. Tax Day. Bad government. Boston. Tea Party. Let’s show ‘em”

The Huffington Post’s Nida Kahn tweeted:“We don’t know anything yet of course, but it is tax day & my first thought was all these anti-gov groups.”

CNN’s Peter Berger said the attackers “might be some other kind of right-wing extremists.”

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said,“Normally domestic terrorists, people, tend to be on the far right.”

Liberal activist Michael Moore tweeted,“Tax Day. Patriots Day.”

2012 – Colorado Movie Theater Shootings – Accused Tea Partiers – WRONG

ABC News falsely accuses a tea partier of the Colorado movie theater shooting, and later issues an apology and retraction:“ABC News broadcast report suggested that a Jim Holmes of a Colorado Tea Party organization might be the suspect, but that report was incorrect. ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted.”

2011 – Shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords – Accused Tea Partiers – WRONG

Within an hour of the shooting, which killed 6 and injured 13 (including Rep. Giffords), the media launched a full-on assault to blame Sarah Palin and American patriots and tea partiers. When it was revealed that the shooter, Jared Loughner, was a lone crazed shooter, not a tea partier, Slate refused to let go of the false accusation, with Jacob Weisberg writing:“the Tea Party movement did make it appreciably more likely that a disturbed person like Loughner would react…in the crazy way he did.”

“We call on the media and all politicians to stop falsely accusing and defaming American patriots of crimes they did not commit. We are putting all media outlets on notice that false and defamatory attacks on the American people will no longer be tolerated. We demand apologies and retractions immediately,” said Martin.


Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#891909 Apr 23, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
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so when FOX said it was a brown person.......?
John King from CNN was the first one to use 'dark skinned individual'.

“Amor patriae.”

Since: Feb 08

Eastern Oregon

#891910 Apr 23, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>It's not his tax you fkn imbecile__he only just recently expressed a willingness to sign the legislation which levels the retail playing field.
Oh, I know, he's just a po minority, shufflin' along with his hands in his pockets, thinkin' bout you.

Since: Apr 13

Orlando, FL

#891911 Apr 23, 2013
TheIndependentMajority wrote:
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To blame "Bush" for the blisters from thumb twiddling?
Even if the UN Inspectors had gone into Iraq and determined there were absolutely no WMDs after the UN's "serious consequences" resolution and the Iraq War never happened, does anyone really believe Saddam wouldn't have immediately rebuilt his WMD program once the world was temporarily satisfied?

Were the UN Inspectors going to remain there or continue ongoing inspections indefinitely?

Since: Apr 13

Orlando, FL

#891913 Apr 23, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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(Reuters)- France's Constitutional Council on Saturday rejected a 75 percent upper income tax
Well, yeah...NOW they do. They're wising up. Maybe you should.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#891915 Apr 23, 2013
Appearing on Fox News Republican talk show “Hannity” Monday night, right-wing columnist Ann Coulter said she’s sad that not only does she think the Boston bombing should shut down the nation’s immigration reform debate, she would like to see the alleged bomber’s widow in jail too, not for committing a crime but for “wearing a hijab.”

“I don’t care if she knew about this,” Coulter said.“She ought to be in prison for wearing a hijab. This immigration policy of us, you know, assimilating immigrants into our culture isn’t really working. They’re assimilating us into their culture. Did she get a clitorectomy too?”

Fellow Republican talker Laura Ingraham said as much on Monday afternoon, suggesting that the U.S. shut down all immigration from majority Muslim nations.“I would submit that people shouldn’t be coming here as tourists from Chechnya after 9/11,” she said.“Dagistan, Checnya, Kergystan, uh-uh. As George Bush would say,‘None of them stans

Since: Apr 13

Orlando, FL

#891916 Apr 23, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
A car bomb has exploded outside the French embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli, wounding two French guards and several residents.
The blast in Tripoli destroyed the embassy's ground-floor reception area and perimeter wall, as well as damaging neighbouring homes and shops.
French President Francois Hollande called on Libya to act swiftly over this "unacceptable" attack.
It is the first major attack on a foreign embassy in the Libyan capital.
I was certain Obama assured us he personally had the enemy on the run. Could have sworn he did.

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