Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1276652 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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Tito Malandro

Haverhill, MA

#900513 May 10, 2013
Tiburcio Pelotas wrote:
I am older, but not wiser.
I crack wise jokes in prostibules
Where the ladies are not ladies.
What?
I do recognize our new Pope from Argentina.
These phrase are part of his farawell discurse in Buenos Aire, before coming to The Vatican.
I' ll be darn!

Since: Apr 13

Orlando, FL

#900514 May 10, 2013
Reality wrote:
<quoted text>
And how many of these attacks were blamed on a YouTube video by the Administration? How many of these attacks were the American public lied to about?
Thank you. Thank you very much...for being a voice of reason in this crazy mixed up country abundant with too many useful idiots.

Sometimes I think my head is going to explode.
Lincoln

United States

#900515 May 10, 2013
Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
<quoted text>
Not to mention:
2012 - Attack on the American Embassy in Egypt.
2012 - U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi.
2012 - Attack on the American Embassy in Yemen.
2013 - United States embassy bombing in Ankara, Turkey.
1492-Columbus fails to find land obviously President Obama's fault
Tito Malandro

Haverhill, MA

#900516 May 10, 2013
Diane Sawyer wrote:
<quoted text> It has been reported that being clueless is your main attribute, followed closely by programmed fanaticism.
You should marry the Pope or I'would like to use you as a toilet.
Lincoln

United States

#900517 May 10, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, not. If Bush Sr, had pressed the war further, the second war might not have been necessary.
History does not disclose its' alternatives
WOW

Bronx, NY

#900518 May 10, 2013
On the Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign:‘We will March to Ignite the Revolution King Called for’
OBAMA SUCKS Next Saturday morning, many of us will mark the 45th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign that Martin Luther King inspired, but did not live long enough to lead, by marching from Baltimore to Washington, D.C.

On May 11, the families of young Black and Brown people who have been killed by police will link arms with poor people, immigrant workers fighting for their rights, students, Walmart workers, union members, unemployed people and Occupy Wall Street activists, and walk 40 miles south down the highway to Washington, D.C.

We will occupy Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, a few blocks away from the White House and down the road from the Capitol. There we will erect a big tent and convene a People’s Power Assembly.

We are doing this to bear witness to the truth, and to help spark the social revolution that Dr. King prescribed in the months before his death.

Dr. King often said that truth crushed to earth will rise again. The brutal truth is that the powers that be are waging a war against virtually everything that Dr. King fought and died for.

Fifty years ago, on the steps of the Lincoln Monument, King shared his dream with the world. Today more and more of us are living in a nightmare.

Anyone who thought that having an African-American family or a Democrat in the White House would negate the urgent necessity for a social revolution has long awoken from that dream.

Our young people are more likely to be in prison than in a job.

Poverty, unemployment and desperation are more widespread today than they were when King was alive. The pauperization of the population is the biggest crisis today.

The banks got bailed out after the 2008 global financial crash, and the stock market has soared through the roof. But for the rest of us — the people that Occupy Wall Street calls the 99%— there’s nothing but economic terrorism in the form of unemployment, evictions, foreclosures, low wages and cutbacks.

The 1% have never been richer, greedier and more determined to eliminate, privatize or otherwise destroy every program that is helpful to the poor.

Since: Nov 11

United States

#900519 May 10, 2013
JWBooth wrote:
<quoted text>Obama supporters wasted a lot of everyone's money by electing an incompetent, unqualified community organizer in 2008, and then re-electing the same incompetent snakeoil salesman in 2012. You might as well run in 2016.
No one can beat Santa Claus!

Especially when he uses the toys and money of tax payers.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#900520 May 10, 2013
Wall Street has ordered the politicians and the corporate media to justify the war against the poor.

We’ve been told that the cutting of Social Security, health care and unemployment benefits and the closing of hospitals, schools and post offices are being forced upon us by harsh economic realities.

We’ve been told that there’s no point in proposing a real jobs program because we can’t afford one.

These things are presented to us as though they were inarguable facts. They are not.

They are absurd and cruel lies put forward by the 1% in defense of a social and economic order that puts profits and greed before people’s needs. These lies are meant to demoralize us and persuade us that it’s useless to fight for a world based on equality, justice, solidarity and love.

These lies, and the 1% whose interest they serve, must be defeated.

When King proposed the Poor People’s Campaign in 1967, he said that a revolution of values was needed, one that would transform a profit-centered economy into a people-centered one.

We will be marching on Saturday to ignite that revolution.

For details on the March see www.PeoplesPowerAssemblies.org


I LOVE TO SEE THE OBAMA SUPPORTERS SAY HE JUST AS SHI**Y AS BUSH WHEN THEY COMPARE THE SCREW ups JUST BECAUSE THE ZOTHER GUY SCREWED UP ITS OK FOR THIS GOI BOI PRESIDENT HOW YOU DOING MR PRESIDENT YOU ARE LIGHT IN THE FANNY
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#900521 May 10, 2013
TheIndependentMajority wrote:
<quoted text>
Well goober, finally pull yourself out from in front of the marsheemallow roasting did ya? Get yer fill thar in bump-ee-ville? Gooduh. Now go moe the grass or something lol.
Wonder what happened to "The Book" and the mansion in Canyon Lake?
WOW

Bronx, NY

#900523 May 10, 2013
OBAMA WILL have A MALE DRESSED AS MARILYN MONROE TO SING happy birthday in AUGUST NO NOT MICHELLE

Since: Apr 13

Orlando, FL

#900524 May 10, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Pathetic slop every word of it lies.
Who ordered the CIA to stand down?
Pitiful
Top Diplomat in Tripoli: Pentagon Told Special Forces to 'Stand Down'

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/05/0...

Talk about tools....you're a jack hammer.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#900525 May 10, 2013
Baltimore chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Next Saturday morning, many of us will mark the 45th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign that Martin Luther King inspired, but did not live long enough to lead, by marching from Baltimore to Washington, D.C.

On May 11, the families of young Black and Brown people who have been killed by police will link arms with poor people, immigrant workers fighting for their rights, students, Walmart workers, union members, unemployed people and Occupy Wall Street activists, and walk 40 miles south down the highway to Washington, D.C.

We will occupy Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, a few blocks away from the White House and down the road from the Capitol. There we will erect a big tent and convene a People’s Power Assembly.

We are doing this to bear witness to the truth, and to help spark the social revolution that Dr. King prescribed in the months before his death.

Dr. King often said that truth crushed to earth will rise again. The brutal truth is that the powers that be are waging a war against virtually everything that Dr. King fought and died for.

Fifty years ago, on the steps of the Lincoln Monument, King shared his dream with the world. Today more and more of us are living in a nightmare.

Anyone who thought that having an African-American family or a Democrat in the White House would negate the urgent necessity for a social revolution has long awoken from that dream.

Our young people are more likely to be in prison than in a job.

Poverty, unemployment and desperation are more widespread today than they were when King was alive. The pauperization of the population is the biggest crisis today.

The banks got bailed out after the 2008 global financial crash, and the stock market has soared through the roof. But for the rest of us — the people that Occupy Wall Street calls the 99%— there’s nothing but economic terrorism in the form of unemployment, evictions, foreclosures, low wages and cutbacks.

The 1% have never been richer, greedier and more determined to eliminate, privatize or otherwise destroy every program that is helpful to the poor.
Realtime

Deltona, FL

#900526 May 10, 2013
Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
Some liberals seem to think there have been no attacks on Americans or American sites since 2009.
These people would be called "tools" or "useful idiots" by Karl Marx.
Fitting, I suppose, considering this parallel universe and history repeating itself right before our very eyes.
Looks like Lincoln stuck it to you pretty good babe__are you going to apologize? Or change the subject.

I wonder how many CIA bases were attacked while shrub was POTUS? You do know that Woods and Doherty died defending the CIA base and not the consulate right?

That sort of stuff is usually kept secret, having the names of the operatives and contractors made public kinda ruins their gig.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#900527 May 10, 2013
Hold the Front Page! We Need Free Media, Not an Order of Mates
The other day, I stood outside the strangely silent building where I began life as a journalist. It is no longer the human warren that was Consolidated Press in Sydney, though ghosts still drink at the King’s Head pub nearby. As a cadet reporter, I might have walked on to the set of Lewis Milestone’s The Front Page. Men in red braces did shout,“Hold the front page”, and tilt back their felt hats and talk rapidly with a roll-your-own attached indefinitely to their lower lip. You could feel the presses rumbling beneath and smell the ink.

This was the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, where I learned to report crime, courts, sport, killer bees, Rotary meetings and the arrival of almost famous people from that mysterious land,“overseas”. The proprietor was a former boxer, Frank Packer, immortalised in Cyril Pearl’s Wild Men of Sydney, and knighted for his vendettas against anyone to the political left of Pontius Pilate.

“Sir Frank” was seen on the editorial floor on Saturday nights after the races. If his horse had lost, fear and loathing were a presence. Once, he cancelled all the late editions and exiled the production staff to the King’s Head, where their necessary return was negotiated from a phone on the public bar.

My only encounter with Sir Frank was when I foolishly boarded a geriatric lift precariously filled with the corpulent proprietor and his two gargantuan sons, Clyde and Kerry.“Who the fuck are you?” said Kerry, later to find distinction as the money bags behind World Series cricket.

The training was superb. A style developed by a highly literate editor, Brian Penton, who had published poetry in the Telegraph, instilled a respect for English grammar and the value and informed simplicity. Words like “during” were banned; “in” was quite enough. The passive voice was considered lazy and banned, along with most clichés and adjectives — except those in the splenetic editorials demanding all Reds went to hell. When I boarded a rust-streaked Greek ship for Europe, I was sorry to leave; I had begun to learn about the craft of journalism and about those who controlled it and used it and why.

A lesson that endures is that when the rich and powerful own the means of popular enlightenment and dress it up as a “free press”, bestowing a false respectability called the “mainstream”, the opposite is usually true. Sir Frank turned out to be a minnow compared compared with Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch bought the Packer newspapers in 1972 and today controls 70 per cent of Australia’s capital city press, along with dozens of local and regional newspapers. In Adelaide and Brisbane he owns almost everything. Two conglomerates dedicated to a doctrinaire, often extreme world view — Murdoch’s News Limited and Fairfax Media — control 86 per cent of the Australian press.

This absence of choice and real dissent, let alone “balance”, extends to the national broadcaster, the ABC, a progeny of the BBC run as a corporate hierarchy. There are honourable exceptions, of course, among them Philip Dorling, Kate McClymont and Quentin Dempster. Unlike the US and Britain, independent online journalism is rare. The result is a sameness that seems remarkable and demeaning in a first world, educated society.

Since: Apr 13

Orlando, FL

#900528 May 10, 2013
Eman wrote:
<quoted text>
"A new poll of living and deceased serial killers has shown that upwards of 80 per cent lean towards conservative ideals "
How the hell do you poll dead people? The same way they are allowed to vote?
The Treasury Department should have been in "Sixth Sense". They see dead people all the time and even send them a SS check every single month. Millions of dollars worth too. Wonder who's picking up those checks in the mailboxes?

Since: Apr 13

Orlando, FL

#900529 May 10, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Same as Watergate. The truth will eventually emerge.
It's not going to go away.

Obama just thinks we're all as stupid as his blind followers.
Diane Sawyer

Pompano Beach, FL

#900530 May 10, 2013
Tito Malandro wrote:
<quoted text>
You should marry the Pope or I'would like to use you as a toilet.
illegalalienlowlifebottomfeedi ngwelfareleechobamaworshipping moronforsure say what? LOL
WOW

Bronx, NY

#900531 May 10, 2013
The Deep Politics of Hollywood
In the Parents` Best Interests
Tom Cruise –“the world’s most powerful celebrity” according to Forbes Magazine – was unceremoniously sacked in 2006. His dismissal was particularly shocking for the fact that it was carried out not by his immediate employer, Paramount Studios, but rather by Paramount’s parent company, Viacom. Viacom’s notoriously irascible CEO Sumner Redstone – who owns a long list of media companies including CBS, Nickelodeon, MTV, and VH1 – said that Cruise had committed “creative suicide” following a spate of manic public activity. It was a sacking worthy of an episode of The Apprentice.[i]

The Cruise case points to the overlooked notion that the internal mechanisms of Hollywood are not determined entirely by audience desires, as one might expect, nor are they geared to respond solely to the decisions of studio creatives, or even those of the studio heads themselves. In 2000, The Hollywood Reporter released a top 100 list of the most powerful figures in the industry over the past 70 years. Rupert Murdoch, chief of News Corporation, which owns Twentieth Century Fox, was the most powerful living figure. With the exception of director Steven Spielberg (no. 3), no artists appeared in the top 10.

Each of the dominant Hollywood studios (“the majors”) is now a subsidiary of a much larger corporation, and therefore is not so much a separate or independent business, but rather just one of a great many sources of revenue in its parent company’s wider financial empire. The majors and their parents are: Twentieth Century Fox (News Corp), Paramount Pictures (Viacom), Universal (General Electric/Vivendi), Disney (The Walt Disney Company), Columbia TriStar (Sony), and Warner Brothers (Time Warner). These parent companies are amongst the largest and most powerful in the world, typically run by lawyers and investment bankers.[ii] Their economic interests are also sometimes closely tied to politicised areas such as the armaments industry, and they are frequently inclined to cozy-up to the government of the day because it decides on financial regulation.

As Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Professor Ben Bagdikian puts it, whereas once the men and women who owned the media could fit in a “modest hotel ballroom,” the same owners (all male) could now fit into a “generous phone booth.” He could have added that, whilst a phone box may not exactly be the chosen venue for the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Sumner Redstone, these individuals do indeed meet at plush venues such as Idaho’s Sun Valley to identify and forge their collective interests.

Of course, the content of a studio’s films is not, as a rule, determined entirely by the political and economic interests of its parent company. Studio CEOs typically have considerable leeway to make the pictures they want to make without direct interference from their ultimate masters. At the very least, however, the content of Hollywood studios broadly reflects their wider corporate interests, and, at times, the parent companies behind the studios take a conscious and deliberate interest in certain movies. There is a battle between “top down” and “bottom up” forces, but mainstream media and academia have traditionally focused on the latter, rather than the former.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#900532 May 10, 2013
Consider last year’s blockbuster Australia, the epic from Baz Luhrmann. Two of the film’s most salient aspects were that, firstly, it glossed-over the history of Aboriginal people, and, secondly, it made Australia look like a fantastic place to go on holiday. This should come as no surprise – Twentieth Century Fox’s parent company (Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp)– worked hand-in-hand with the Australian government throughout the film’s production for mutual interests. The government benefited from Luhrmann’s huge tourist campaign, which included not just the feature film itself but also a series of extravagant tie-in advertisements (all in apparent support of its ham-fisted Aborigine “reconciliation” programme). In turn, the government gave its favourite son tens of millions of dollars in tax rebates. The West Australian newspaper even alleged that Murdoch had his “journalistic foot soldiers” ensure that every aspect of his media empire awarded Australia glowing reviews, an assessment nicely illustrated by The Sun, which enjoyed the “rare piece of good old fashioned entertainment” so much that its reviewer was “tempted to nip down to the travel agent.”

There are historical precedents for such interference. In 1969 Haskell Wexler –cinematographer on One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest – had considerable trouble releasing his classic Medium Cool, which riffed on the anti-war protests at the Democrat Convention the previous year. Wexler claims he has Freedom of Information documents revealing that on the eve of the film’s release, Chicago’s Mayor Richard J. Daley and high sources in the Democratic Party let it be known to Gulf and Western (then the parent company of Paramount) that if Medium Cool was released, certain tax benefits and other perks in Gulf and Western’s favor wouldn’t happen.“A stiff prick has no conscience,” Wexler told us angrily, referring to Hollywood’s business leaders,“and they have no conscience.”

Wexler explained how this corporate plot was enacted so as to minimize attention:“Paramount called me and said I needed releases from all the [protestors] in the park, which was impossible to provide. They said if people went to see that movie and left the theatre and did a violent act, then the offices of Paramount could be prosecuted.” Although Paramount was obliged to release the film they successfully pushed for an X rating, advertised it feebly, and forbade Wexler from taking it to film festivals. Hardly the way to make a profit on a movie, but certainly an effective way to protect the broader interests of the parent.

Then there’s the more famous case of Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), the Michael Moore blockbuster which the Walt Disney Company tried to scupper despite it “testing through the roof” with sample audiences. Disney’s subsidiary Miramax insisted that its parent had no right to block it from releasing the film since its budget was well below the level requiring Disney’s approval. Disney representatives retorted that they could veto any Miramax film if it appeared that its distribution would be counterproductive to their interests. Moore’s agent Ari Emanuel alleged that Disney’s boss Michael Eisner had told him he wanted to back out of the deal due to concerns about political fallout from conservative politicians, especially regarding tax breaks given to Disney properties in Florida like Walt Disney World (where the governor was the then US President’s brother, Jeb Bush). Disney also had ties to the Saudi Royal family, which was unfavourably represented in the film: a powerful member of the family, Al-Walid bin Talal, owns a major stake in Eurodisney and had been instrumental in bailing out the financially troubled amusement park. Disney denied any such high political ball game, explaining they were worried about being “dragged into a highly charged partisan political battle,” which it said would alienate customers.
Kim Kardasian

Haverhill, MA

#900533 May 10, 2013
martinezjosei wrote:
<quoted text>
No one can beat Santa Claus!
Especially when he uses tax payers money to buy sex toys for his ugly wife and and daughters.
You are right he shound't use my money, you money every bodies money for his family malfunctions.

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