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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Could it have been the Republicans who consistently voted against funds for increased embassy security? Hmmm…that makes their current carping seem awfully political, doesn’t it? Again, sins of politics are not mortal. But one does wonder why the Republicans tend to fix on issues like this, which are defined by their absence of substance.(I haven’t noticed the Republicans clamoring to spend more on embassy security–which would be a matter of substance, happily embraced by the Administration.But that would require a budget deal, which would give the President a win.)

In fact, the Republicans are now, according to the Washington Post, back in their standard dilatory mode when it comes to producing a budget agreement because–wait for it–things are going pretty well in the deficit department. With recovery, there are higher tax revenues (up 16%) and lower government payouts for services to the unemployed, and the deficits are melting away. So the Republicans believe that they’ve lost their leverage to reduce government spending.

Reducing government spending–rather than speeding a recovery–was always the Republican intent. The evidence was just too overwhelming that reducing spending in a recession retarded, rather than speeded, a recovery. What the current, intellectually limited GOP really care about is: government spending=wasting money on the poor. Everything else is flummery and encrustation.

The sad thing here is that the Republicans are right, in part, about government spending. It is wasteful. There are far more efficient ways to do Medicare that would produce a better health care system for the elderly. Social Security disability is slouching toward scamdom. The Veterans Administration is a 19th century bureaucratic disaster. Unemployment benefits and food stamps should require some sort of return service from recipients. The list goes on…But rather than address the substance of those problems–problems that Democrats don’t seem very interested in solving–they obsess on the stupid: fixing on more-or-less budget debates, federal dictatorship fantasies and meaningless political ploys like Benghazi.

I suspect they won’t be a viable political party until they begin to focus on substance rather than emptiness.

Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/05/08/benghazi...
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John Galt wrote:
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The Coburn amendment, attached to unrelated water resources legislation and set for a 60-vote threshold, would require federal agencies (excluding the Pentagon) to report the number of rounds of ammunition they purchase. It would also require them to report firearms purchased as well as those that are stolen, lost or unaccounted for.
Sounds very reasonable, a form of gun control.
The most widespread of the recent rumors involves a Department of Homeland Security contract for a maximum of 450 million rounds of .40-caliber jacketed hollow-points, to be supplied over the next five years.

After receiving numerous questions from his constituents regarding the contract, pro-Second Amendment U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) and his staff set out in search of the truth. In a press release, Rep. Westmoreland's office explains:

If you take the number of agencies that will be using this ammunition – CBP, Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), ICE, the U.S. Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, the DHS police force, and all the guards that protect the various buildings these agencies are housed in, and spread that out over 5 years, you start to see that 450 million rounds really isn't that large of an order. Especially considering it is used for training purposes like firing range and live fire exercises, on-the-job use (though that is very limited), and to shore up their supplies. In fact, there are 65,000 – 70,000 law enforcement personnel at DHS who would be covered under this … ammunition contract. If DHS were to purchase all 450 million rounds over 5 years, then that would equate to only about 1,384 rounds of ammo per year per law enforcement [officer]… assuming the lower estimate of only 65,000 law enforcement personnel at DHS. Considering those agents go through training exercises several times per year, that is not a lot of ammunition.

Perhaps most strangely, some have cited the purchase of hollow-point ammunition as evidence of the federal government's evil motives. Hollow-points are the defensive ammunition of choice for federal, state and local law enforcement officers across the country, just as they are for private citizens. These attacks are eerily similar to statements made by gun prohibitionists, who spent the much of the '70s,'80s and '90s complaining about "dum dum" bullets.(In fact, the Violence Policy Center's website still exhibits a publication lamenting that federal ammunition law "has no effect on today's generation of high-tech hollow-point ammunition.") The attacks also ignore the fact that federal agents, unlike average taxpayers on more limited budgets, normally train and qualify with their duty ammunition.

As most gun owners will agree, skepticism of government is healthy. But today, there are more than enough actual threats to the Second Amendment to keep gun owners busy. With two key Supreme Court decisions hanging by a one-vote margin, the Justice Department deeply involved in a cover-up of a disastrous Mexican gun smuggling operation, and President Obama touting a ban on popular semi-automatic firearms, there is no need to invent additional threats to our rights.

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Yes, and that was $50 million. They don't really care about those 4 Americans who got killed, they don't care about the 20 kids killed in CT either. This is the usual bullshyt show. Darryl likes to see himself on tv. The car thief runs the ethics committee!!!
What a riot.
Is it customary for FOX to cut away during much of the questioning?

This guy Hicks was not even in Benghazi yet he's telling his story as though he was there?

Republican grandstanding at it's best. Thompson refused to speak to any Democratic members of the committee.

LMAO Strickland has morphed into Wickland__suddenly, so much for the accuracy of the news agencies.

One (R) committee member actually asked Hicks to describe the feeling on the ground in Benghazi when Susan Rice went on TV the following Sunday. LMAO those who actually were in Benghazi had already been evacuated when Rice appeared on TV.

It is a riot lily__more fkn bs that on this thread.
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Four more years of Obama failures will make for a Republican victory in 2016.
Let me know when he has an actual 'failure' and no not a rightwing/Fox News manufactured one.
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lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>Get ready for the Heat to win game 2!!
They better win.
Half the Bulls team is hurt.
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sonicfilter wrote:
Benghazi Again
The Republicans, apparently with nothing better to do, are still chasing their tails over the tragic events in Benghazi on September 11.
Actually, no. That’s not true. They’re chasing their tails over what happened after the tragic events of September 11. They’re mostly concerned that the Obama Administration tried to cover up the fact that this was a terrorist attack by a local militia (translation: local street gang) which aspired toward bad-butt Al Qaeda status. This is a pretty hard sell since, the day after the attack, the President called it an “act of terror.”
It does seem that the Administration’s talking points were massaged a bit after the President’s candor. This may have been attributable to the presidential campaign and the Administration’s desire to low-ball the Al Qaeda threat. If so, this was a venial, not a mortal, sin. It affected not one life. More likely, though, the wording was scrubbed as a result of the nature of the investigation going on at the time–it may have been deemed premature to announce that it was a pre-meditated act of terror. Perhaps the local militia lucked into a situation where they showed up at the consulate and found very little security protection. Hard to say. There were protests all over the middle east that night, ginned up by jihadis using the excuse of a near-unseen anti-Muslim You Tube video.
But let’s say the street gang had been casing the joint in advance. Who’s to blame for the lax security? This is the real substance of the case. Could it have been the Secretary of State? Undoubtedly, no. This sort of question is well below her pay grade. Could it have been the person in charge of embassy security issues? More likely, and that person resigned after the subsequent investigations…and even that might have been unfair for two reasons. Security was up to the Ambassador and Chris Stevens was well known for erring on the side of greater public access to U.S. facilities. Or, more plausibly, reason number two…
http://swampland.time.com/2013/05/08/benghazi...
So Republicans are pumping up Al Queda, emboldening the enemy as it were. So we can add 'traitors' to their list of accolades.
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"Nobody gives a shyt about Benghazi"?
Did you really just say that?
Do you have even one explanation as to why this happened, Lily? Because the rest of us would sure love to know the information you apparently have privy to.
If a Republican president and his administration lied to you for weeks and weeks after a terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11 and then pretended like it wasn't that important to provide you and your liberal pals any answers because it was more important to win an upcoming election...you know damn well you would give a shyte!!! A big frggin' shyte!!!
God help us survive your liberal warped mentality.
I told you once before motormouth, do your homework.

Where were you and your opportunistic lying idols when these happened? Lol, not a peep from you then hmm, blabber-mouth fox parrot? You entirely ignore the dozen-plus consulate/embassy attacks that occurred when George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were allegedly “keeping us safe.” Not a peep.

January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people are killed.

June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al-Qaida attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.

October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of “Bali Bombings.” No fatalities.

February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.

May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al-Qaida terrorists storm the diplomatic compound killing 36 people including nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck bomb.

July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy, killing two people.

December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al-Qaida terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people are killed.

March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers.(I wonder if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name “David Foy.” This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what’s considered American soil.)

September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar” storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. Four people are killed, 13 are wounded.

January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a Greek terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy. No fatalities.

March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Members of the al-Qaida-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S. Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing two.

July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people are killed.

September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal of weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. Sixteen people are killed, including an American student and her husband (they had been married for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.
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Fenris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>I TOLD you not to suck so hard.....
Is there anything that doesn't make you have homoerotic thoughts, lady?

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Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Is it customary for FOX to cut away during much of the questioning?
This guy Hicks was not even in Benghazi yet he's telling his story as though he was there?
Republican grandstanding at it's best. Thompson refused to speak to any Democratic members of the committee.
LMAO Strickland has morphed into Wickland__suddenly, so much for the accuracy of the news agencies.
One (R) committee member actually asked Hicks to describe the feeling on the ground in Benghazi when Susan Rice went on TV the following Sunday. LMAO those who actually were in Benghazi had already been evacuated when Rice appeared on TV.
It is a riot lily__more fkn bs that on this thread.
You sure watch a lot of Fox for someone who claims they are always wrong.

Commercials and intermittent commentaries are not unusual. These breaks are very short.

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FOX talking points scare no one.
Liberal talking points scare the hell out of a lot of us.

We're worried it's contagious and the weak are the most vulnerable.
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<quoted text>So Republicans are pumping up Al Queda, emboldening the enemy as it were. So we can add 'traitors' to their list of accolades.
Ansar al-Sharia was being used by Benghazi authorities as a sort of police force, they had uni's and pickup trucks with their name and logo on the doors.

The group "may" have also assisted the CIA with it's "projects."

BTW happy leg of lamb day Homer
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"Nobody gives a shyt about Benghazi"?
Did you really just say that?
Do you have even one explanation as to why this happened, Lily? Because the rest of us would sure love to know the information you apparently have privy to.
If a Republican president and his administration lied to you for weeks and weeks after a terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11 and then pretended like it wasn't that important to provide you and your liberal pals any answers because it was more important to win an upcoming election...you know damn well you would give a shyte!!! A big frggin' shyte!!!
God help us survive your liberal warped mentality.
Couple more for you and the Benghazi clown parade, big mouth:

February 17, 2008. Belgrade, Serbia. Approximately 2,000 Serbs protested and stoned, then entered the Slovenian embassy, causing major damage, burnt down portions of the United States and Croatian embassies in Belgrade. CNN reported that "charred remains" of an individual had been found inside the burnt-out offices.

October 28, 2002 - 60 year old American diplomat Lawrence Foley is shot to death by Al Qaeda terrorists outside his home in Amman. Foley was supervisory director of the USAID program in Jordan. Foley's assassination was part of a spate of Al Qaeda attacks in the fall of 2002 also including the Bali bombing (which killed over 200 including seven Americans) and the death of an American Marine in Kuwait.

October 15, 2003 - Three American State Department personnel are killed when a roadside bombing strikes their armored vehicle in Gaza. A Syrian-sponsored Palestinian terror group, the Popular Resistance Committee, takes reponsibility. No American retaliation takes place.

January 1, 2008 - American USAID diplomat John Granville, being driven home from a New Year's Eve party at the British Embassy, is ambushed and killed along with his Sudanese driver by jihadist militants in Khartoum, Sudan. Not until Obama came into office were rewards of up to $5 million offered for capturing those responsible.
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Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
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You sure watch a lot of Fox for someone who claims they are always wrong.
Commercials and intermittent commentaries are not unusual. These breaks are very short.
I no longer get C-Span__FOX is my only choice and trust me it really blo's.
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Define "left wing media."
not FOX.
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Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Ansar al-Sharia was being used by Benghazi authorities as a sort of police force, they had uni's and pickup trucks with their name and logo on the doors.
The group "may" have also assisted the CIA with it's "projects."
BTW happy leg of lamb day Homer
Cheers, happy LOL day. I think you should be in charge of the questioning.
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Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
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Liberal talking points scare the hell out of a lot of us.
We're worried it's contagious and the weak are the most vulnerable.
so says one who repeats what they hear on FOX at the first available moment.

so logically,'we're' not much to worried about you.
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Liberal talking points scare the hell out of a lot of us.
We're worried it's contagious and the weak are the most vulnerable.
The weak or at least the weak-minded are all watching Fox News.
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well sure he did....

Coburn Pulls Gun Amendment That Flirted With Obama Conspiracy Theory

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Personalized bone substitutes created from skin cells
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Fenris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>While the "erotic" part should be swapped with the word "nauseous", the simple answer is: "not when it involves a fat pssyfkphag like you".....:-)
The numerous homosexual related posts you've made to others, all day, says otherwise.
Pssyfkphag?
Sounds like prison lingo, bottom boi.

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