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

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#901915 May 13, 2013
flack wrote:
An autonomous flying cat? Really?
KURZWEILAI.net
Google's self-driving car gathers nearly 1GN/second
That should be 1GB/second.
TSM

El Paso, TX

#901916 May 13, 2013
I see the Campaign and Chief doing what he does Best ‘ Fundraising ‘ he’s not much at governing so focus on what you’re good at….. Another Speech Anyone!!
WOW

Bronx, NY

#901918 May 13, 2013
How does one become rated “the best writer on race today?” By telling white people what they want to hear. Ta-Nehisi Coates is “the new favorite Black cultural tour guide of the chattering class” because he “talks about racism in a way that makes White Liberals feel good.”In mainstream media, both print and televised, there are certain Black folk who serve a role that is historical – going back to Booker T. Washington – and consistent, but still profoundly damaging to the sensibilities of the Black masses, particularly the Black poor. That person is the black cultural tour guide. The name “Black cultural tour guide” is often too benign a description for this ilk. In reality they sometimes act like the zoo keeper taking the nice sub-urban White family into the exhibit of all the REAL DANGEROUS animals. The lions, tigers, bears, and gorillas. They interpret the signs and signals of these species for the White onlookers, let them know when certain movements mean danger, and also inform them when it’s safe to toss a banana or piece of fruit at the big ape with the scowl. This often is how their depictions can be translated in the worst and most racist extremes in their attempts to convey “authentic blackness.”

Ta-nehisi Coates is not of that more extreme variety – the zoo keeper. But make no mistake that he is the new favorite Black cultural tour guide of the chattering class.

In a recent piece in the New York Times entitled “Beyond the Code of the Streets,” Coates discusses how his upwardly mobile middle class college educated Black friends have this inner “code” that represents their authentic instincts as a product of growing up in the mean streets of the “hood” and how the wrong kind of interaction can bring them back to the “code” resulting in tragic if not life threatening circumstances.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#901920 May 13, 2013
Fenris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
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"His fathers genes were stronger than his mothers genes because, you can't even see the white in him"? Congratulations, you have just crossed the border into retarded negroville. Say hello to your tour guide, dumb dave..
THE NJ STANDS FOR N***ER JERK HE IS NOT READY FOR HIS GENES too smart and a BIGOT WHO ACTS AS IF HE DOESNT KNOW IT
Jimmy

Newington, CT

#901921 May 13, 2013
Dickhoitz wrote:
<quoted text> No one gives a flying flick!
Speak for yourself, inbred DemocRAT.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#901922 May 13, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
By your logic, why bother with marriage at all, straight or homosexual? Just screw away, like ghetto bunnies.
By your logic; the government should institute forced marriage and stone people to death for having sex before marriage!
Oh yes, the rightwing authoritarian at his finest.
Then you can hire sex police to make sure no one is doing it; they can knock on doors; "papers please?"
"Book 'em Danno, these two aren't married"
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#901924 May 13, 2013
TSM wrote:
I see the Campaign and Chief doing what he does Best ‘ Fundraising ‘ he’s not much at governing so focus on what you’re good at….. Another Speech Anyone!!
DRUNK!
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#901925 May 13, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>He also mentioned that many of Gaddafi's shoulder fired surface to air missiles remain unaccounted for and could present extreme danger for low flying aircraft.
That was an outstanding interview which extended into the second segment of FTN which btw is not available everywhere.
I doubt any of these goobers watched it. It was a good interview.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#901926 May 13, 2013
WOW wrote:
<quoted text>THE NJ STANDS FOR N***ER JERK HE IS NOT READY FOR HIS GENES too smart and a BIGOT WHO ACTS AS IF HE DOESNT KNOW IT
Are these your own words or cut and paste?

Jane? Give your son his pills fer krissakes.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#901927 May 13, 2013
Ta-nehisi Coates has been listening to way too much hip hop music.”

“For black men like us, the feeling of having something to lose, beyond honor and face, is foreign. We grew up in communities – New York, Baltimore, Chicago – where the Code of the Streets was the first code we learned. Respect and reputation are everything there. These values are often denigrated by people who have never been punched in the face. But when you live around violence there is no opting out. A reputation for meeting violence with violence is a shield. That protection increases when you are part of a crew with that same mind-set. This is obviously not a public health solution, but within its context, the Code is logical.

As someone who grew up in Jamaica, Queens and has lived in rough urban environments from Boston to Miami, I can say emphatically that Ta-nehisi Coates has been listening to way too much hip hop music.

This phenomenon he refers to as this “code” is a product of a concept called hyper-masculinity, and there is nothing particularly “black” about it. The Italian-American, and Irish-American white kids I went to Catholic High School with in New York City often exhibit this “code.” If you ever played high school football or any physical sport as a young man you’ve experienced a similar “code,” regardless of if you’re black or white. If you spent time in the military, particularly in certain branches known to play heavily on notions of hyper-masculinity such as the Marines or Navy Seals, you know the “code,” as well. So there is nothing “black” about the code.

“He enables the most noxious forms of racial essentialism.”
WOW

Bronx, NY

#901928 May 13, 2013
The only thing Black about it is that writers like Coates essentialize this behavior as a “black thing you wouldn’t understand”– unless, of course, you read his articles in The Atlantic or The New York Times – it legitimizes the view that those Black male youth are so dangerous, don’t you see? Even one of their own, this young brilliant Ta-nehisi Coates, tells us that even their educated ones, doctors and writers, succumb to it when provoked. Now you understand why we must have policies like Stop and Frisk to target these people, don’t you see? Ta-Nehisi has shown us the way! How could you possibly call us racist? This is the perfect example of how racial essentialism – basically meaning that all Black people are essentially the same ideologically, culturally, and politically – enables thinking that leads to the most dangerous policy prescriptions. And, at the same time, Ta-Nehisi Coates will wax rhapsodic in pieces for The Atlantic highlighting the racist injustice of New York City’s Stop and Frisk Policy.

I read Ta-nehisi Coates as a good writer and limited thinker who hasn’t had the indulgence to engage in the intellectual heavy lifting to be anything but today’s favorite Chocolate boy wonder who talks about racism in a way that makes White Liberals feel good. He challenges the status quo about as much as Jiffy Peanut butter. In fact, he enables the most noxious forms of racial essentialism and repeatedly speaks in this annoying voice of “authentic blackness” that comes out of a Tribe Called Quest CD. The fact that this guy is considered the “the best writer on race today,” is only further indication on how pathetic writing on race today really is.
TSM

El Paso, TX

#901929 May 13, 2013
We have two Hot Issues now Benghazi/IRS let’s see if the Liberal Media can report and Chew Gum at the same Time!!
Lincoln

United States

#901930 May 13, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
By your logic; the government should institute forced marriage and stone people to death for having sex before marriage!
Oh yes, the rightwing authoritarian at his finest.
Then you can hire sex police to make sure no one is doing it; they can knock on doors; "papers please?"
"Book 'em Danno, these two aren't married"
Good morning.
Right wing getting desperate.
one troll has institutionalized himself :-)
Grampy

South Windsor, CT

#901931 May 13, 2013
WOW wrote:
Since President Barack Obama has been willing to give the go ahead to operations that President George W. Bush would not have approved, operations have been much more aggressive and, presumably, JSOC has been able to fan out and work in way more countries than ever expected.
Global assassinations have been embraced by the current administration, opening the door to night raids, drone strikes, missile attacks where cluster bombs are used, etc. Each of these operations, as witnessed or experienced by the civilian populations of countries, potentially inflame and increase the number of areas in the world where there are conflict zones.
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The world is literally a battlefield with conflicts being waged by the US (or with the “help” of the US). And, no country is off-limits to US military forces.
Of course, JSOC is not accountable to Congress … let alone the public:
JSOC operates outside the confines of the traditional military and even beyond what the CIA is able to do.
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But it goes well beyond the war zones. In concert with the Executive’s new claims on extra-judicial assassinations via drone strikes, even if the target is an American citizen, JSOC goes around the world murdering suspects without the oversight of a judge or, god forbid, granting those unfortunate souls the right to defend themselves in court against secret, evidence-less government decrees about their guilt. As Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh said at a speaking event in 2009:
Congress has no oversight of it. It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on.
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There are legal restrictions on what the CIA can do in terms of covert operations. There has to be a finding, the president has to notify at least the “Gang of Eight”[leaders of the intelligence oversight committees] in Congress. JSOC doesn’t have to do any of that. There is very little accountability for their actions. What’s weird is that many in congress who’d be very sensitive to CIA operations almost treat JSOC as an entity that doesn’t have to submit to oversight. It’s almost like this is the president’s private army, we’ll let the president do what he needs to do.
THE BLACK TIMES ARE COMING TO AMERICA
Obama's JSOC operations are patterned after the basic "Chicago Ghetto Drive-by", with high tech features utilized.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#901932 May 13, 2013
Open Letter to President Obama: What About We People Who Are Darker Than Blue?President Obama likes to associate himself with “change.” But his altering of the name of the month set aside to celebrate Black music is quite unwelcome.“By not recognizing Black Music Month and changing the name in 2009 you have taken a step backward Mr. President.”President Barack Hussein Obama, the first African president of the United States will be remembered for bombing Libya and murdering its leader Muammar Gaddafi. Libya is not in the Middle East. The last time I checked it is on the African Continent.

He has also dropped a bomb on the cultural front; he is attempting to crush the unity of Africans at home and abroad. Even the former Mayor of Toronto, David Miller, proclaimed June Black Music Month during his tenure in office, but not so with Obama. By not recognizing Black Music Month and changing the name in 2009 you have taken a step backward Mr. President.

Back on 2 June 2009, President Obama did issue a statement in support of what he then and now refers to as African American Music Appreciation Month. In one fell swoop he took an international music and nationalized it. The music of Africans in American music is international music.

Recall, it was The Black Music Association created by Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright and others that brought together Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley and the Wailers, in concert, to demonstrate this fact. Kwame Brathwaite captured Wonder and Marley in action in a historic photo.

Sir Duke Ellington pointed out nearly a century ago that we as a people must call our music “Negro”(Black) music so others could not dishonestly claim it as theirs. Black music is one of the many gifts that Africa and Africans have presented to the world.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#901933 May 13, 2013
President Obama gave a brilliant speech at El–Azhar University in Cairo in 2009. The 44th president has proven that he is one of the most intelligent,(if not the most intelligent) head of state in the history of the USA. The president’s speech was like a vintage Earth, Wind & Fire performance. However, it was just that – a performance.

“The music of Africans in American music is international music.”

Mumia Abu-Jamal pointed out,“But in truth, Obama had them at Salaam-Alaikum, the universal Muslim greeting meaning ‘Peace be unto you.’ Peace, it’s sad to say, is hardly a reality when one’s own government is at war with its own people.” The recent events in Egypt and the Middle East proved Mumia to be on point.

While the President was touring the Middle East in 2009, he failed to recognize the 30th anniversary of Black Music Month. More than one person has raised the question that perhaps he didn’t know. I find this unbelievable.
In 2009 he hosted Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire and Sweet Honey in the Rock at the White House. He had even invited Odetta to sing at his inauguration; however, she joined the ancestors before that historical event.

How can a man who spent most of his adult life in Chicago claim to be totally unaware of Black Music Month? Chicago is the home of Mahalia Jackson, Martin Luther King’s musical lieutenant; Sam Cooke; Curtis Mayfield; Jerry Butler; Mavis and Pop Staples; Ernest Dawkins; R.Kelly; Common; Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#901934 May 13, 2013
The June 2009 issue of Ebony Magazine, which I bought in the middle of May, was dedicated to Black Music Month. This issue has Jada Pinkett Smith on the cover, and features a photo of President Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama, with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

After being called out by The Caribbean World News Network, President Obama did rightly proclaim the month of June, National Caribbean American Heritage Month. President Obama issued this statement on 2 June 2009. According to the 6 June 2009 issue of the New York Times, he signed a proclamation establishing the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission. The commission is supposed to organize activities to mark the 100th anniversary, in 2011, of President Reagan’s birth. What about we people who are darker than blue, President Obama?

“How can a man who spent most of his adult life in Chicago claim to be totally unaware of Black Music Month?”

If a Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission is in order what about a Black Music Month Commission with people like Randy Weston, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jayne Cortez, Cassandra Smith, Amiri Baraka and Queen Latifah? Raynard Jackson of Philadelphia has opined,“It’s a no-brainer to do a town hall meeting with singers, producers, and songwriters during Black Music Month.”
WOW

Bronx, NY

#901935 May 13, 2013
By not recognizing Black Music Month from 2009 until 2012, you have taken a step backward, Mr. President. Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice Bishop told us 30 years ago,“Forward Ever. Backwards Never.” One of the greatest Africans to ever grace the planet, Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah, said the same thing 20 years before that.The great saxophonist Archie Shepp once said,“What Malcolm X said John Coltrane played.” This was the expression of Africans in North America; the same thing occurred in the Caribbean and in Africa.

In the Caribbean, Walter Rodney (Guyana) and Bob Marley (Jamaica) were the concrete expressions of this phenomenon in the 1970s and early 1980s. On the mother continent, Thomas Sankara (Burkina Faso) and Fela Anikulapo Kuti (Nigeria) are examples of music and politics complimenting one another in the 1990s.

Despite this influence on the planet, it was only 32 years ago that the Black Music Association (BMA) persuaded the US government to recognize Black Music Month. In June 1979, around the time the Sugarhill Gang's “Rapper's Delight” was being released, Kenny Gamble led a delegation to the White House to discuss with President Jimmy Carter the state of Black music.

At the meeting, Carter asked trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and drummer Max Roach if they would perform “Salt Peanuts,” to which Gillespie replied that he'd only do so if the president,(who made a fortune as a peanut farmer) provided the vocals.

Since that great and dreadful day when Carter butchered the song, June has officially been designated Black Music Month.

“Bob Marley, Louis Armstrong and Miriam Makeba are known all over this small planet we call Earth.”

It must be mentioned that in 1979, the world was witnessing a revolutionary breeze as Maurice Bishop and the New Jewel Movement seized state power in Grenada; Daniel Ortega and the Sandinistas swept the counter revolutionary forces out of power in Nicaragua like a broom; and the Shah of Iran was dethroned after being installed in power by the CIA in 1953.

The soundtrack to all of this was Gene McFadden and John Whitehead’s,“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” which was released in 1979. Recall,“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” was played at the 2008 Democratic National Convention on the night Illinois Senator Barack Obama accepted the
Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States.

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#901936 May 13, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
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"It's sort of a cartoonish impression of military capabilities and military forces," Gates said.
he did.
No he didn't. You're smarter than that.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#901937 May 13, 2013
OBAMAS GOVERNMENT IS OWNED BY BIG BUSINESS Corporations Too Big for the Law

“The Justice Department is handing out these non-prosecutions and prosecution deferred agreements like candy,” said Russell Mokhiber, editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter. The publication sponsored conference, in Washington, under the heading,“Neither Admit Nor Deny: Corporate Crime in the Age of Deferred Prosecutions, Consent Decrees, Whistleblowers and Monitors.” Corporations are “too big to fail, too big to indict, and too big to challenge, apparently,” said Mokhiber

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