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 ... Read more
PDUPONT

Holyoke, MA

#897569 May 5, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Obama sympathizes with Islamic terrorists, his brothers.
Yeah you vomitous cretin he's been just killing them with sympathy along with Hellfire missiles.
You're an idiot!
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#897570 May 5, 2013
There Are No ‘Absolute’ Rights

Nearly every idea in the Bill of Rights comes with restrictions and limitations. To think that the Second Amendment should be any different is absurd.

Every time I write a column on guns, the howl arises that I am talking about a right that is enshrined in the Constitution, buddy, and I better watch myself. The howl then transmutes into an extended harangue that this right is absolute, and no libtard fascist, whether me or the Satanesque Dianne Feinstein, is going to limit the right in any way. The first soldier to charge across this rhetorical veld is followed by hundreds harrumphing their assent. The only problem is that it’s an ahistorical, afactual, and barbaric argument. No right is absolute. In fact, the Second Amendment arguably has fewer restrictions on it these days than many of the other first ten, and there is and should be no guarantee that things are going to stay that way. In fact, if we’re ever going to be serious about trying to stop this mass butchery that we endure every few months, they cannot.

....I’m sure that pro-gun extremists know very well about Scalia’s famous opinion in Heller (2008), which dramatically expanded gun rights. But even in that decision, Scalia himself said that Second Amendment protections could apply only to weapons “in common use at the time.” Chris Wallace asked Scalia in 2012 about semiautomatic weapons and extended magazines, and he said:“What the opinion Heller said is that it will have to be decided in future cases. What limitations upon the right to bear arms are permissible. Some undoubtedly are, because there were some that were acknowledged at the time. For example, there was a tort called affrighting, which if you carried around a really horrible weapon just to scare people, like a head ax or something, that was I believe a misdemeanor. So yes, there are some limitations that can be imposed.”

Now I don’t trust him to rule that way as far as I could throw him, but if even Scalia is saying that, then yes, limitations are both possible and reasonable.

Imagine what conservatives would think of a group of liberals who insisted, while threatening an insurrection, on a pure and absolute interpretation of the Fourth or Sixth Amendment—and imagine how ridiculous they would look to average Americans. Hunters, sportsmen, collectors, and even defenders of their homes (misguided as they may be), according to the statistics certainly do have rights to keep and bear arms that are reasonable and should not be trampled. But the idea that any right is unrestricted is totally at odds with history, the law, and reality. And the idea that a group of Americans possesses an absolute “right” to own and keep weapons that can—and in practice do—kill numerous innocent people in seconds, destroying families and communities and tearing at the nation’s collective soul, is barbaric and psychotic. As the old saying goes: if you want to shoot an assault weapon, go enlist.

For civilians, meanwhile, we’re one Supreme Court justice away from getting some sanity and balance to interpretations of the Second Amendment, and the only thing I can’t decide is whether it would be more delicious for Barack Obama to appoint that judge or for Hillary Clinton to do it.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/05...

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sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#897571 May 5, 2013
Black folks are not stupid.(Republican attempts to lure black voters)

I have to admit that rather than being angry about Republican attempts to lure black voters by twisting and spinning and blatantly lying about who they are as a party and who and what they stand for, I have been watching their contortions with an almost unholy glee.

They have had it so easy fogging the minds of low-information white folks who consist on a steady diet of Fox news, conspiracy theory, and panic-driven racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia, that blinded by buying their own propaganda and bigotry, they have bought the package they sell and continue to make futile attempts to steer us "blah" folks to vote for them, even as they spit on us in public on a daily basis.

Their "intellectual" theorists from the Buckley minions at The National Review, their bloated, bloviating media mouthpieces and money-men, are facing a dark future with few of us of darker in hue voting for the Party of R in the years ahead, and no tactic, stratagem or game plan they come up with from the depths of warped-by-hate brain pans seems to work. Gotta hand it to 'em—they keep trying.

My latest loud guffaw came while reading "Conservatives Try to Rewrite Civil Rights History (Again)" which opened with:

Rand Paul’s unsuccessful speech at Howard University—where he tried, and failed, to paint the Republican Party as the true home for African American voters—didn’t happen in a vacuum. It drew from a heavily revisionist history of American politics, in which the GOP never wavered in its commitment to black rights, and the Democratic Party embraced its role as a haven for segregationists. In this telling of history, black support for Democrats is a function of liberal demagoguery and crude identity politics. If African Americans truly understood their interests, the argument goes, they’d have never left the Republican Party.

The piece went on to explore recent attempts at re-writing racist southern-strategy architect Barry Goldwater's contributions to black folks.

Write-on R's. You will write in vain.

We don't need degrees in political science, or to read right-wing bloggers to know our history. Many of us had Republican grandparents. I know I did, and wrote about it. Black folks talk about politics in barber shops, beauty parlors, sittin' on bar stools, on the bus on the way to work and around the dinner table. We don't form our opinions based on punditry. We deal with the daily reality of walking, eating, sleeping, working, driving, shopping and breathing while black.

Black people are not stupid.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/05/05/1206...

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sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#897573 May 5, 2013
The R's have convinced themselves that the last two national election cycles are some sort of aberration, that just because Democrats had some black guy at the top of the ticket black folks blissed out and will come to our senses once he is no longer the Democrats' standard bearer. They are completely ignoring the fact that black folks have been voting for white Democrats since FDR started luring us away from the R party of old a long time ago.

Sure, they can buy off a few dusky faces to spout their rhetoric. Just see how well choosing Michael Steele worked out for ya. Opportunists come in all colors. Pasting a dark visage on tainted ideology does nothing to mask the stench of rotting food for thought.

Black people are not stupid.

Nor have we been struck blind, deaf and senseless. We hear dog whistling and the dulcet tones of patronizing put-downs quite well, thank you.

We may not all be PhDs, but a degree from the university of the streets serves us well—we have learned the hard way how to survive in a hostile America. We begin learning the day we are born, drink it in with our mother's milk or formula and before we are in the second or third grade we learn daily lessons in blackness.

You have Bell-Curve'd us, and Willie Horton'ed us, and Welfare Queen'ed us, as you stand-your-ground and stop-and-frisk us.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/05/05/1206...

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Realtime

Deltona, FL

#897574 May 5, 2013
Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
Wall Street Journal
April 29, 2013
The Coming Obamacare Shock
Single adults age 21-29 earning 300% to 400% of the federal poverty level will be hit with an increase of 46% even after premium assistance from tax credits.
An estimated 10 million people, approximately two-thirds of the market that is low- or average-risk, will see higher insurance bills for 2014.
Three million people will lose their insurance altogether in 2014 and six million will have to pay the individual-mandate tax penalty in 2016 because they don't want or won't be able to afford coverage even with the subsidies.
Younger, healthier workers will see very large increases in premiums: 89% in Missouri, 91% in Indiana and 101% in Nevada.
Employees whose employers have to pay a tax penalty because their policies do not carry sufficiently generous insurance will see their wages fall. Others will lose their jobs or see their hours reduced.
It appears that there will be 30 million to 40 million people damaged in some fashion by the Affordable Care Act—more than one in 10 Americans.
We'll hear about innocent victims who saw their premiums skyrocket, who were barred from seeing their usual doctor, who had their hours cut or lost their insurance entirely — all thanks to the faceless bureaucracy administering a federal law.
When that reality becomes clearer, the law is going to start losing its friends in the media.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142412788...
Anyone on the left ready to say "uncle"?
Opinion piece and while Kessler has very impressive credentials in health care policy he's having fun with numbers and words. In one example, he has premiums for small groups increasing as much as 18% in another he has premiums increasing over 80%__apples and oranges perhaps? How many US dollars is 400% of the US Poverty level Carol? Why would the esteemed professor use such a description to state a persons income.

Health care premiums have been increasing every year babe particularly since the mid 1990's.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#897575 May 5, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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Check out the graph.
Do you right whiners know how to read a graph?
http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/05/29/g...
US Government works have decreased under Obama.
Provide a reputable source and Galt will review.

Galt will not infect his computer by visiting a Soros website like Media matters.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#897576 May 5, 2013
PDUPONT wrote:
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According to whom? You? Who the hell made you the arbiter of what's a valid religion or not?
The only religion you ascribe to is the egocentric sociopathic nihilism espoused by Ayn Rand the second rate author who lived out her final days dependent on the government she despised.
You're an idiot!
Islam is barbaric terrorism disguised as religion.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#897577 May 5, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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Ford paid his employees well. He wanted them to be able to afford to buy one of his cars.
This is totally different that the right whiner m minimum wage mentality that John Galt believes in.
People who work at Walmart own cars.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#897578 May 5, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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You & Flacktard love NASA except when they talk about global warming, then you call them lying azzholes.
The ones putting politics over science are you & Flacktard and the rest f the feeble minded right.
The sole mission of NASA should be space exploration.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#897579 May 5, 2013
PDUPONT wrote:
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Yeah you vomitous cretin he's been just killing them with sympathy along with Hellfire missiles.
You're an idiot!
Obama has installed radical Islamist governments in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and is working on doing the same in Syria.
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#897581 May 5, 2013
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) cautioned against rushing to arm the Syrian opposition forces Sunday over fears that those weapons could end up in the hands of al Qaeda.

"I'm saying that unless we know exactly who they're going to -- at least generally who they're going to, that it can be very counterproductive," King said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Hopefully, we've been looking at this carefully, and we have a better feel now, a better understanding of where the weapons will be going. But until then, I'm very concerned that we could just replace one terrible dictator with a terrible ideological movement which is aimed at our destruction."

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/r...
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#897582 May 5, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Opinion piece and while Kessler has very impressive credentials in health care policy he's having fun with numbers and words. In one example, he has premiums for small groups increasing as much as 18% in another he has premiums increasing over 80%__apples and oranges perhaps? How many US dollars is 400% of the US Poverty level Carol? Why would the esteemed professor use such a description to state a persons income.
Health care premiums have been increasing every year babe particularly since the mid 1990's.
The federal poverty level for a single individual is $11,490, so the individual referred to earn roughly $35-45K.

This statistic is used because that is how the Socialist Democrats determine insurance premiums.

Despite the debate, we will soon learn the size of premium increases and the extent to which people lose coverage.

The political uproar when voters actually are charged the Obamacare penalty-tax will sink the Democrat party.
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#897584 May 5, 2013
The Appetite for Intervention

The public doesn’t support involvement in Syria’s conflict, and they never have, but as on so many other issues what the public favors has remarkably little effect on the policy debate. There is arguably less public support for intervention in Syria today than there was a year ago, but intervention has gained far more supporters in Washington over that same period. Whatever the world may be learning, Americans are being reminded that their preferences are a hindrance and an annoyance to a large number of people in Washington dedicated to dragging the U.S. into one conflict after another.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/lariso...

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TSM

El Paso, TX

#897585 May 5, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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Check out the graph.
Do you right whiners know how to read a graph?
http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/05/29/g...
US Government works have decreased under Obama.
RealDave you don’t need a graph here’s the Facts… those who pay the Tab the producers (Private Sector) unemployment at 7.5%, while the takers (Government) unemployment at 3.3%, again looks as the Non- Produces are Faring Well while the producers are feeling the Blunt of this Incompetent President!!

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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#897586 May 5, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
The Appetite for Intervention
The public doesn’t support involvement in Syria’s conflict, and they never have, but as on so many other issues what the public favors has remarkably little effect on the policy debate. There is arguably less public support for intervention in Syria today than there was a year ago, but intervention has gained far more supporters in Washington over that same period. Whatever the world may be learning, Americans are being reminded that their preferences are a hindrance and an annoyance to a large number of people in Washington dedicated to dragging the U.S. into one conflict after another.
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/lariso...
Obama is leading the charge to install another radical Islamist regime in Syria.

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“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#897587 May 5, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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The federal poverty level for a single individual is $11,490, so the individual referred to earn roughly $35-45K.
This statistic is used because that is how the Socialist Democrats determine insurance premiums.
Despite the debate, we will soon learn the size of premium increases and the extent to which people lose coverage.
The political uproar when voters actually are charged the Obamacare penalty-tax will sink the Democrat party.
Not that we aren't already in big financial trouble but this boondoggle is going to collapse the economy for good. As I've said before we are on a train on a end of line track and the democrats are pouring on the coal. Gonna be a hell of a wreck. To bad a lot of innocent people are going to get hurt.

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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#897588 May 5, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) cautioned against rushing to arm the Syrian opposition forces Sunday over fears that those weapons could end up in the hands of al Qaeda.
"I'm saying that unless we know exactly who they're going to -- at least generally who they're going to, that it can be very counterproductive," King said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Hopefully, we've been looking at this carefully, and we have a better feel now, a better understanding of where the weapons will be going. But until then, I'm very concerned that we could just replace one terrible dictator with a terrible ideological movement which is aimed at our destruction."
http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/r...
Just as Obama did in Libya, resulting in the Benghazi debacle.

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“Amor patriae.”

Since: Feb 08

Eastern Oregon

#897589 May 5, 2013
A campaign against Griffon vultures is gathering pace in France after it was revealed that the carrion eaters had devoured the body of a 52-year-old woman who fell to her death in the Pyrenees.

Major Didier Pericou of the gendarmerie said the woman had fallen down a 300-metre slope while taking a short cut walking with two friends.

"There were only bones, clothes and shoes left," he told The Times.

"They took 45 to 50 minutes to eat the body."

French farmers are now demanding the right to shoot the protected birds after attacks on sheep and cows.

The birds no longer have their diet of carcasses because European health and safety regulations now force breeders to burn dead animals.

The Pyrenees population of Griffon vultures has apparently been affected by an EC ruling that due to danger of BSE transmission, no dead animals must be left on the fields.
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This has critically lowered the food availability of the scavenging birds.

Like other vultures, the Griffon is a scavenger, feeding mostly on carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over open areas, often moving in flocks. The maximum lifespan recorded for a specimen kept in captivity is 41.4 years.

Fear of vultures has been growing in recent years. Le Nouvel Observateur reports of 'mutant vultures', with one woman saying that a group of the birds, whose wingspans can exceed seven feet, hovered near to where her children were sitting.

One farmer, Alain Larralde, reported seeing a group of vultures attack and start eating an adult cow. There have also been alleged sightings of live animals being carried off.

"You can't imagine what it is like to see an animal eaten alive, " Mr. Larralde was reported to have said.

Over the past few months, there have been 42 claims for compensation from farmers who say they have had livestock taken by the birds.

The vultures, which have evolved to eat carrion and not tackle live prey, may have changed their habits due to starvation.

According to a New Scientist report, there have been cases of vultures grabbing the bodies of shot animals before the hunters can reach them.

"We are seeing three-figure vulture flocks over Belgium and Holland. These birds are fanning out across Europe in search of food," Grahame Madge, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' European bird of prey expert told the Mail.

Environmentalism, political correctness, and over-regulation, this is freakin' hilarious.

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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#897590 May 5, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Not that we aren't already in big financial trouble but this boondoggle is going to collapse the economy for good. As I've said before we are on a train on a end of line track and the democrats are pouring on the coal. Gonna be a hell of a wreck. To bad a lot of innocent people are going to get hurt.
Will the Obama regime install withholding for the Obamacare penalty-tax, or will it hit like a bomb on April 15?

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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#897591 May 5, 2013
Weakness of Obama Kills Five More American Patriots in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP)— Seven U.S. soldiers and a member of the NATO-led coalition were killed on Saturday in one of the deadliest days for Americans and other foreign troops in Afghanistan in recent months, as the Taliban continued attacks as part of their spring offensive.

The renewed violence came as Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged at a news conference that regular payments his government has received from the CIA for more than a decade would continue. Karzai also said that talks on a U.S.-Afghan bilateral security agreement to govern future American military presence in the country had been delayed because of conditions the Afghans were placing on the deal.

The U.S.-led coalition reported that five international troops were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, and coalition spokesman Capt. Luca Carniel confirmed that all five were American.

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