Barack Obama, our next President

"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 ... Full Story

Bronx, NY

#895382 Apr 30, 2013

Gering, NE

#895383 Apr 30, 2013
Jimmy wrote:
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Oh, how enlightening. Another "raw story" from the airhead.
Don't forget her/his second favorite source-National Enquire

Gering, NE

#895384 Apr 30, 2013
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>Just when one believes you chimps can't get any dumber, along comes more from the idiot sock drawer. Did you not recognize the dates? "a bonanza ranging from cash and food stamps to Section 8 housing from 2002 to 2012, the Herald has learned." Just who granted them asylum and granted them "welfare" in 2002?(Did you know that the asylum policy started in 1980--and I just don't think Carter or Clinton were around then.) Also, 100K over ten years means the family of six received 10K a year--a bonanza in deed, living right there in Mittens' cul de sac, no doubt. LMAO@U
That was a stretch

Bronx, NY

#895385 Apr 30, 2013
The right to vote? A candid history of voter suppression in the United States Though voter suppression featured prominently in US news during the last election, the issue of who has the right to vote is “a long-running class battle between the wealthy elite and the workers,” reports Christina López.“The biggest form of voter suppression,” she writes,“is that workers and the poor have nobody to vote for who represents their interests.”

Bronx, NY

#895387 Apr 30, 2013
OBAMA IS NOW THE HEAD The Spoils of War: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade
Washington's Hidden Agenda: Restore the Drug Trade
In the course of the last three years, there has been a surge in Afghan opium production. The Vienna based UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reveals that poppy cultivation in 2012 extends over an area of more than 154,000 hectares, an increase of 18% over 2011. A UNODC spokesperson has confirmed that opium production is heading towards record levels.

According to the 2012 Afghanistan Opium Survey released in November 2012 by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). potential opium production in 2012 was of the order of 3,700 tons, according to UNODC data.

There is reason to believe that this figure of 3700 tons is grossly underestimated. While bad weather and damaged crops may have played a role as suggested by the UNODC, the estimated potential production for an area of cultivation of 154,000 hectares, is well in excess of 6000 tons. With 80,000 hectares in cultivation in 2003, production was already of the order of 3600 tons.

It is worth noting that UNODC has modified the concepts and figures on opium sales and heroin production, as outlined by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

A change in UN methodology in 2010 resulted in a sharp downward revision of Afghan heroin production estimates for 2004 to 2011. UNODC used to estimate that the entire global opium crop was processed into heroin, and provided global heroin production estimates on that basis. Before 2010, a global conversion rate of about 10 kg of opium to 1 kg of heroin was used to estimate world heroin production (17). For instance, the estimated 4 620 tonnes of opium harvested worldwide in 2005 was thought to make it possible to manufacture 472 tonnes of heroin (UNODC, 2009a). However, UNODC now estimates that a large proportion of the Afghan opium harvest is not processed into heroin or morphine but remains ‘available on the drug market as opium’(UNODC, 2010a).…EU drug markets report: a strategic analysis, EMCDDA, Lisbon, January 2013 emphasis added

There is no evidence that a large percentage of opium production is no longer processed into heroin as claimed by the UN. This revised UNODC methodology has served,–through the outright manipulation of statistical concepts– to artificially reduce the size of of the global trade in heroin.

According to the UNODC, quoted in the EMCDDA report:

“an estimated 3 400 tonnes of Afghan opium was not transformed into heroin or morphine in 2011. Compared with previous years, this is an exceptionally high proportion of the total crop, representing nearly 60 % of the Afghan opium harvest and close to 50 % of the global harvest in 2011.

What the UNODC,–whose mandate is to support the prevention of organized criminal activity– has done is to obfuscate the size and criminal nature of the Afghan drug trade, intimating –without evidence– that a large part of the opium is no longer channeled towards the illegal heroin market.

In 2012, according to the UNODC farmgate prices for opium were of the order of 196 per kg.

Each kg. of opium produces 100 grams of pure heroin. The US retail prices for heroin (with a low level of purity) is, according to UNODC of the order of $172 a gram. The price per gram of pure heroin is substantially higher.

Gering, NE

#895388 Apr 30, 2013
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>Just when one believes you chimps can't get any dumber, along comes more from the idiot sock drawer. Did you not recognize the dates? "a bonanza ranging from cash and food stamps to Section 8 housing from 2002 to 2012, the Herald has learned." Just who granted them asylum and granted them "welfare" in 2002?(Did you know that the asylum policy started in 1980--and I just don't think Carter or Clinton were around then.) Also, 100K over ten years means the family of six received 10K a year--a bonanza in deed, living right there in Mittens' cul de sac, no doubt. LMAO@U
The Obama FBI was alerted the Jihad activity of this family over two years ago. Concentrate! That is the issue.
It was the OBAMA administration that gave the younger brother permanent residence status on 9/11/12 -same day as the Benghazi attack. This happen after the family was on the TIDE list.

Go try to blame someone else for that.

However, I agree we need to tighten up our immigration policies. There are definitely undesirables that we are admitting.

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#895389 Apr 30, 2013
flack wrote:
It is estimated that millions of trees grow because of squirrels forgetting where they buried their nuts.
dem forgot where he buried his nuts.

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#895391 Apr 30, 2013
flack wrote:
Female DNA found on bomb part. Where it came from unknown.
That entire family needs to be arrested.
Jane Says

New York, NY

#895394 Apr 30, 2013
Hell Hath No Fury Like a Lib Proved Wrong

Quit lattes?‘Poor’ Ben!

Ben Affleck has a lot to atone for.

For the next, excruciating 5 days, Ben, 40, plans to take a quickie jaunt to an exotic locale — the land of poverty tourism.

Ben has vowed, along with other egocentric celebs, to subsist this work week on the miserly sum of $1.50 a day.

That’s roughly the cost of a single, poached oyster. In 120 hrs, enough time to lose a few unwanted pounds, organize a press conference, and make emergency reservations at Nobu, Ben intends to prove that he’s down with the poor folks he sees through limousine windows. Even Ben’s ex-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow, who tends to exist on lemon juice and Prada, could never hack it.

From the comfort of one of his luxe homes, guilt-ridden Ben’s brief, cleansing fast is intended to make a statement about hunger.



Ben was denied a nomination for Best Director by an irate Academy, which also snubbed Kathryn Bigelow, director of the PATRIOTIC, Islamic-averse “Zero Dark Thirty.”(“Argo” managed to win Best Picture.) There go the invitations to Sean Penn and Michael Moore’s houses!

Trouble is, Ben’s attention-grabbing foray into the realm of the impoverished is offensive — to the poor. These folks can’t jump into $70,000 Tesla Model S electric sedans at the conclusion of self-imposed starvation.

Andrea Peyser

Gering, NE

#895395 Apr 30, 2013
Fenris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
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Says a Fox News, fktard.
Stop spitting on the bus.

Bronx, NY

#895396 Apr 30, 2013
WE NOW HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT ADMITTED USING The Taliban prohibition had indeed caused “the beginning of a heroin shortage in Europe by the end of 2001&#8243;, as acknowledged by the UNODC.
Heroin is a multibillion dollar business supported by powerful interests, which requires a steady and secure commodity flow. One of the “hidden” objectives of the war was precisely to restore the CIA sponsored drug trade to its historical levels and exert direct control over the drug routes.
Immediately following the October 2001 invasion, opium markets were restored. Opium prices spiraled. By early 2002, the opium price (in dollars/kg) was almost 10 times higher than in 2000.
In 2001, under the Taliban opiate production stood at 185 tons, increasing to 3400 tons in 2002 under the US sponsored puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai.
While highlighting Karzai’s patriotic struggle against the Taliban, the media fails to mention that Karzai collaborated with the Taliban. He had also been on the payroll of a major US oil company, UNOCAL. In fact, since the mid-1990s, Hamid Karzai had acted as a consultant and lobbyist for UNOCAL in negotiations with the Taliban. According to the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan:
“Karzai has been a Central Intelligence Agency covert operator since the 1980s. He collaborated with the CIA in funneling U.S. aid to the Taliban as of 1994 when the Americans had secretly and through the Pakistanis [specifically the ISI] supported the Taliban’s assumption of power.”(quoted in Karen Talbot, U.S. Energy Giant Unocal Appoints Interim Government in Kabul, Global Outlook, No. 1, Spring 2002. p. 70. See also BBC Monitoring Service, 15 December 2001)
History of the Golden Crescent Drug trade
It is worth recalling the history of the Golden Crescent drug trade, which is intimately related to the CIA’s covert operations in the region since the onslaught of the Soviet-Afghan war and its aftermath.
Prior to the Soviet-Afghan war (1979-1989), opium production in Afghanistan and Pakistan was directed to small regional markets. There was no local production of heroin.(Alfred McCoy, Drug Fallout: the CIA’s Forty Year Complicity in the Narcotics Trade. The Progressive, 1 August 1997).
The Afghan narcotics economy was a carefully designed project of the CIA, supported by US foreign policy.
As revealed in the Iran-Contra and Bank of Commerce and Credit International (BCCI) scandals, CIA covert operations in support of the Afghan Mujahideen had been funded through the laundering of drug money.“Dirty money” was recycled –through a number of banking institutions (in the Middle East) as well as through anonymous CIA shell companies–, into “covert money,” used to finance various insurgent groups during the Soviet-Afghan war, and its aftermath:
“Because the US wanted to supply the Mujahideen rebels in Afghanistan with stinger missiles and other military hardware it needed the full cooperation of Pakistan. By the mid-1980s, the CIA operation in Islamabad was one of the largest US intelligence stations in the World.`If BCCI is such an embarrassment to the US that forthright investigations are not being pursued it has a lot to do with the blind eye the US turned to the heroin trafficking in Pakistan’, said a US intelligence officer.(“The Dirtiest Bank of All,” Time, July 29, 1991, p. 22.)
Researcher Alfred McCoy’s study confirms that within two years of the onslaught of the CIA’s covert operation in Afghanistan in 1979,
“the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands became the world’s top heroin producer, supplying 60 per cent of U.S. demand. In Pakistan, the heroin-addict population went from near zero in 1979 to 1.2 million by 1985, a much steeper rise than in any other nation.”
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#895397 Apr 30, 2013
Southern Whites' Shift to the GOP Predates the '60s

I by-and-large agree with the thrust of Jamelle Bouie’s recent American Prospect article, which argues that Republicans badly misapprehend the reason(s) African-Americans generally vote for Democratic candidates. Too many conservatives assert that African-Americans have developed a “false consciousness” and simply need to be shown the error of their ways before they’ll start supporting Republicans. Asking “What’s the matter with black people?” simply isn’t going to get the GOP very far in its minority outreach efforts.

But in the course of this argument, Bouie makes the following statement:“White Southerners jumped ship from Democratic presidential candidates in the 1960s, and this was followed by a similar shift on the congressional level, and eventually, the state legislative level. That the [last] two took time doesn’t discount the first.”

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Bronx, NY

#895398 Apr 30, 2013
CIA assets again controlled this heroin trade. As the Mujahideen guerrillas seized territory inside Afghanistan, they ordered peasants to plant opium as a revolutionary tax. Across the border in Pakistan, Afghan leaders and local syndicates under the protection of Pakistan Intelligence operated hundreds of heroin laboratories. During this decade of wide-open drug-dealing, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in Islamabad failed to instigate major seizures or arrests.
U.S. officials had refused to investigate charges of heroin dealing by its Afghan allies because U.S. narcotics policy in Afghanistan has been subordinated to the war against Soviet influence there. In 1995, the former CIA director of the Afghan operation, Charles Cogan, admitted the CIA had indeed sacrificed the drug war to fight the Cold War.‘Our main mission was to do as much damage as possible to the Soviets. We didn’t really have the resources or the time to devote to an investigation of the drug trade,’ I don’t think that we need to apologize for this. Every situation has its fallout. There was fallout in terms of drugs, yes. But the main objective was accomplished. The Soviets left Afghanistan.’”(McCoy, op cit)

Bronx, NY

#895399 Apr 30, 2013
Narcotics: Second to Oil and the Arms Trade
The revenues generated from the CIA sponsored Afghan drug trade are sizeable. The Afghan trade in opiates constitutes a large share of the worldwide annual turnover of narcotics, which was estimated by the United Nations to be of the order of $400-500 billion.(Douglas Keh, Drug Money in a Changing World, Technical document No. 4, 1998, Vienna UNDCP, p. 4. See also United Nations Drug Control Program, Report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 1999, E/INCB/1999/1 United Nations, Vienna 1999, p. 49-51, and Richard Lapper, UN Fears Growth of Heroin Trade, Financial Times, 24 February 2000). At the time these UN figures were first brought out (1994), the (estimated) global trade in drugs was of the same order of magnitude as the global trade in oil.

The IMF estimated global money laundering to be between 590 billion and 1.5 trillion dollars a year, representing 2-5 percent of global GDP.(Asian Banker, 15 August 2003). A large share of global money laundering as estimated by the IMF is linked to the trade in narcotics.

Based on recent figures (2003), drug trafficking constitutes “the third biggest global commodity in cash terms after oil and the arms trade.”(The Independent, 29 February 2004).

Moreover, the above figures including those on money laundering, confirm that the bulk of the revenues associated with the global trade in narcotics are not appropriated by terrorist groups and warlords, as suggested by the UNODC report.

There are powerful business and financial interests behind narcotics. From this standpoint, geopolitical and military control over the drug routes is as strategic as oil and oil pipelines.

However, what distinguishes narcotics from legal commodity trade is that narcotics constitutes a major source of wealth formation not only for organised crime but also for the US intelligence apparatus, which increasingly constitutes a powerful actor in the spheres of finance and banking.

In turn, the CIA, which protects the drug trade, has developed complex business and undercover links to major criminal syndicates involved in the drug trade.

In other words, intelligence agencies and powerful business syndicates allied with organized crime, are competing for the strategic control over the heroin routes. The multi-billion dollar revenues of narcotics are deposited in the Western banking system. Most of the large international banks together with their affiliates in the offshore banking havens launder large amounts of narco-dollars.

This trade can only prosper if the main actors involved in narcotics have “political friends in high places.” Legal and illegal undertakings are increasingly intertwined, the dividing line between “businesspeople” and criminals is blurred. In turn, the relationship among criminals, politicians and members of the intelligence establishment has tainted the structures of the state and the role of its institutions.

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#895400 Apr 30, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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The President doesn't issue welfare payments; retardicans are so stupid. Who gets welfare of $100,000? No one. He's a mental case.
Put a little effort into it and you won't look so dumb.

Gering, NE

#895401 Apr 30, 2013
Fenris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
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You that stupid tea bagger that argued Romney was gonna win?
lily/Ferris/dem in meltdown

Gering, NE

#895402 Apr 30, 2013
Eman wrote:
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That entire family needs to be arrested.
It is unbelievable that the wife in a tiny apartment was unaware of what was happening. Mom is on the TIDE list. It is a family affair.

What I don't get is Muslim men usually head the family, but in this group it was momma.

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#895403 Apr 30, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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School records such as schools attended are not sealed.
Just as you know the schools Obama attended.
Palin's school records (classes grades etc) would be sealed unless she released them'
Try again Jane. Are your school records sealed or not?
The media rush was not the media's fault. When McCain picked a virtual unknown, sh*t happens.
Palin's story was interesting because it showed what a clawing, self absorbed b*tch she is. Trouncing friends *& colleagues to climb a little higher.
The story became how could the Republicans run such a person as VP.
You win dumbest statement of the year

"The media rush was not the media's fault."

Wow. You can't get any dumber.
Jane Says

New York, NY

#895404 Apr 30, 2013
Hell Hath No Fury Like a Lib Proved Wrong

Quit lattes?‘Poor’ Ben!

Ben Affleck has a lot to atone for.

For the next, excruciating 5 days, Ben, 40, plans to take a quickie jaunt to an exotic locale — the land of poverty tourism.

Ben has vowed, along with other egocentric celebs, to subsist this work week on the miserly sum of $1.50 a day.

Had Ben done his homework, he’d know that OBESITY IS A FAR BIGGER PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY THAN HUNGER.

The United States provides a generous safety net.

As Mayor Bloomberg famously said of New York’s homeless shelters,“You can arrive in your private jet at Kennedy Airport, take a private limousine and go straight to the shelter system, walk in the door, and we have to give you shelter.” Ben wouldn’t even have to make his bed.

Assuming Ben was truly broke, he’d be eligible for $200 a month in federal food stamps, enough to keep him in Jelly Bellies. If he put his entire family on stamps — wife Jennifer Garner and three little kids — they’d get $793 IN FOODSTAMPS, enough for jumbo-sized jars of Costco mayonnaise.

It doesn’t end there.

In an alternate universe, where Ben procreated with his ex Jennifer Lopez, his film career collapsed after “Good Will Hunting,’’ and IF HE SQUANDERED EVERY DIME ON POKER, HE’D BE ELIGIBLE FOR WELFARE.


BEN COULD COLLECT UP TO $351 in Los Angeles as a single man,$966 FOR A FAMILY OF FIVE.

If he filed for welfare in New York, the average individual here gets paid $480, maxing out at a handsome $613; FAMILY BENEFITS GO UP TO $1,119.


Conveniently, Ben might withdraw welfare cash with an Electronic Benefits Transfer card — useful at many bars, strip clubs and XXX-rated gay and straight porn video shops throughout the city, as
The Post’s Kate Briquelet first reported.

Feeding America may not be enough. There’s a whole hungry world to dominate. But Ben should know after establishing his pet charity, The Eastern Congo Initiative, that starvation is most often caused not by poverty, but war.

Throwing money, or his famished body, at Africa will achieve little. If Ben wants to help solve intractable problems, he should get on the ground, work with established aid groups. Or, take the Madonna approach and remove poor children one by one from their native lands to raise as his own.
And why five days? Why not live on pennies for a year? I guess Ben might get too weak to host “Saturday Night Live” May 18.

Ben Affleck’s hunger stunt is designed to bring glory to himself. It’s insulting to the people he claims to want to help.

Write a check, Ben. And eat something.

Read more: Ben Affleck starves for attention in poverty stunt -

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#895405 Apr 30, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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God Dammit Carol, quit your f*cking lying
The recession stated in the 4th quarter of 2007. Not two years after Democrats tok control of Congress.( there were never more that 50 Democrats in the Senate.)
Show me the legislation the Democrats passed that created this recession in 9 months???
The Housing market started to decline in 2006.
This was over 6 years of a Bush Administration with every department of the federal government run by Republicans.
This mess was primarily a Republican generated mess.
My God, Bush started with a balanced budget on a path to surpluses.
Epic meltdown in progress.

Dealing with the aftermath of 9/11 was supposed to be free (liberal mentality)

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