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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“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#939887 Jul 8, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
Sure seems like there has been an unusual number of explosions this year. Two fertilizer plants in Texas and Indiana and now a train derails and explodes in Quebec.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/08...
Coincidence?
Maybe ,if we called abortion clinics 'fertilizer plants' then Republicans wouldn't be trying to shut them down.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#939888 Jul 8, 2013
Arab slave trade

When I was researching the subject of the Arab slave trade, I came upon a veritable treasure of a website established by The African Holocaust Society, or Mafaa [Swahili for "holocaust"], a non-profit organisation of scholars, artists, filmmakers, academics, and activists dedicated to reclaiming the narratives of African histories, cultures, and identities. Included in this great body of scholarly works is a comprehensive section on the Arab slave trade, as well as the Jewish slave trade, African-Arab relations over the centuries, and more, by Owen Alik Shahadah, an activist, scholar and filmmaker.

Reading this part of our shared history, we can see how a large proportion of Arabs, including those among us who harbour anti-black racism, are the sons and daughters of African women, who were kidnapped from Eastern African nations as sex slaves.

Unlike the European slave trade, the Arab slave trade was not an important feature of Arab economies and it predominantly targeted women, who became members of harems and whose children were full heirs to their father's names, legacies and fortunes, without regard to their physical features. The enslaved were not bought and sold as chattel the way we understand the slave trade here, but were captured in warfare, or kidnapped outright and hauled across the Sahara.

Race was not a defining line and enslaved peoples were not locked into a single fate, but had opportunity for upward mobility though various means, including bearing children or conversion to Islam. No-one knows the true numbers of how many African women were enslaved by Arabs, but one need only look at ourselves to see the shadows of these African mothers who gave birth to us and lost their African identities.

But while African scholars at the Mafaa Society make important distinctions between the Arab and European slave trades, enslavement of human beings is a horror of incomprehensible proportions by any standard, and that's what it was in the Arab world as it was - or is - anywhere. There are some who argue that the Arab slave traders were themselves indistinguishable from those whom they enslaved because the word "Arab" had cultural relevance, not racial.
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#939889 Jul 8, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Me too! Pay for it yourself!
Bah, Homer has no kids but pays for your brats to go to school.
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#939890 Jul 8, 2013
positronium wrote:
<quoted text>One God.
Which?
WOW

Bronx, NY

#939891 Jul 8, 2013
In response to an essay I wrote recently regarding the "essential blackness" of the Palestinian struggle, I received this reaction, among others: "What about Arab anti-black racism? Or the Arab slave trade?"

The Arab slave trade is a fact of history and anti-black racism is a fact of current reality, a shameful thing that must be confronted in Arab societies. Though I claim no expertise on the subject, I think that applying notions of racism as it exists in the US will preclude a real understanding of the subject in the Arab world.

I spent much of much of my youth in the Arab world and I do not recall having a race consciousness until I came to the United States at the age of 13. My knowledge of Arab anti-black racism comes predominantly from Arab Americans. Like other immigrant communities, they adopt the prevailing racist sentiments of the power structure in the US, which decidedly holds African-Americans in contempt.

This attitude is also becoming more prevalent in Arab countries for various reasons, but mostly because Arab governments, particularly those that import foreign labour from Africa and Southeast Asia, have failed to implement or enforce anti-discrimination and anti-exploitation laws.

In many Arab nations, including Kuwait where I was born, workers are lured into menial jobs where their passports are confiscated upon arrival and they are forced into humiliating and often inhuman working conditions. They have little to no protection under the law and are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, including extraordinarily long working hours, withholding of salaries, sexual, mental, and physical abuse, and denial of travel.

The recent case of Alem Dechesa brought to light the horrors faced by migrant workers in Lebanon. Dechesa, a domestic worker from Ethiopia, committed suicide after suffering terrible mental and physical abuse at the hands of her Lebanese employers, whose savage beating of her in front of the Ethiopian Consulate went viral last year.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#939892 Jul 8, 2013
Gaddafi's role

The late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi understood this and he used his power and wealth to try to redeem our shared history. He was the first Arab leader to apologise on behalf of Arab peoples to our African brothers and sisters for the Arab slave trade and the Arab role in the European slave trade.

He funnelled money into the African Union and used Libya's wealth to empower the African continent and promote pan-Africanism. He was a force of reconciliation, socialism, and empowerment for both African and Arab peoples. Gaddafi's actions threatened to renew African-Arab reconciliation and alliances similar to that which occurred at the height of the Non-Aligned Movement during the presidencies of Jamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt and Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana.

Thus, NATO's urgency to prevent "massacres" and "slaughter" in Libya was manufactured and sold wholesale. The fear of African-Arab solidarity can be seen in the way the US-backed Libyan insurgency spread rumours that "black African" mercenaries were committing atrocities against Libyans. Gaddafi became an even bigger threat when an agreement was reached with the great anti-imperialist force in South America, Hugo Chavez, to mediate a solution to the uprising in Libya.

Now both of these champions of their people are gone, and the so-called Libyan revolutionaries are executing "black Africans" throughout the country. Gone, too, is NATO's worry about slaughter in Libya, and another high-functioning Arab nation lies in ruin, waste and civil strife - primed for rampant corporate looting.

I wrote previously that the Palestinian struggle against the erasure of our existence, history and identity was spiritually and politically black in nature. So, too, are other struggles, like that of migrant workers throughout many Arab nations. These are our comrades. They are the wretched, exploited, robbed, and/or, at last, liberated.

I refer to Black as a political term, not necessarily a racial or ethnic descriptor. In the words of Owen Alik Shehadah: "Black People is a construction which articulates a recent social-political reality of people of colour (pigmented people). Black is not a racial family, an ethnic group or a super-ethnic group. Political Blackness is thus not an identity but moreover a social-political consequence of a world which after colonialism and slavery existed in those colour terms. The word "Black" has no historical or cultural association, it was a name born when Africans were broken down into transferable labour units and transported as chattel to the Americas."

But that word has been reclaimed, redefined, and injected with all the power, love, defiance, and beauty that is Africa. For the rest of us, and without appropriating the word, "black" is a phenomenon of resistance, steadfastness - what we Palestinians call sumud - and the beauty of culture that is reborn out of bondage and oppression.

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#939893 Jul 8, 2013
TSM wrote:
Is there a pattern here? Hillary has a seizure prior to her testimony on Benghazi, Kerry caught yachting during Middle-East Crisis WH denied than backtracks days later Teresa Heinz Kerry taken to hospital Critical condition appeared to have a seizure of some kind or is this just a Migraine brought on by Kerry!!
Any convenient means of stonewalling that's plausible to distract the masses will do.

Sometimes Obama just gets downright lucky - a major hurricane right before the election? Couldn't have asked for a bigger spotlight or photo ops before the people went to the polls.

Romney all but disappeared during that week before the election blinded by the glow of Obama looking so presidential in the aftermath of massive destruction.

Kind of like a sign though too. Massive destruction helps elect the wrong president?

Just being introspective.

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#939894 Jul 8, 2013
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>Do you have a breakdown of the tanks Janet Napolitano has at her disposal?
No. Can you help us with that one? How many tanks did Janet Napolitano procure while Obama was spending a hundred million dollars on a jaunt in Africa and taking hot meals away from the Armed Forces of the United States serving in Afghanistan?

Now back to the post you keep running away from:

I didn't mean to inadvertently over tax your ability to rationalize. I probably caught you off guard. I'll give you another chance since it was probably a fluke you got your ass handed to you.
Daughter-in-law of communist Vernon Jarrett and has the office immediately adjacent to the Oval Office. You know, the office Obama went to when he was summoned from the golf course when he didn't even have a clue the operation to kill bin Laden was even happening. You ran away from that discussion previously when the truth about Obama being indoctrinated in Marxist communism his entire life got shoved up your ass.
Now, back to the topic you responded to:
It's 9/12.
You're the president.
What do you do? Do you:
1) Surrender to the muslim jihad? or;
2) Do the Bill Clinton thing and lob a few cruise missiles into their general direction? or;
3) Do the exact same thing in the exact same place against the exact same enemy as the Soviets, and somehow you expect a different result? or;
4) You do something different.
If you choose 4) You do something different, what do you do?
... well, dumbass?
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#939895 Jul 8, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Did you know that she married Wm. Robt. Jarrett in 1983 when Obama was about 22 yoa? Did you know that she then divorced Wm. Robt. Jarrett in 1988 when Obama was about 27 yoa.
To characterize her present status as Vernon Jarrett's daughter in law would be a lie.
Morning Realtime, Happy Town Crier Day and happy Ice Cream Month. Tomorrow is Sugar Cookie Day, always a fan favorite.

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#939896 Jul 8, 2013
Karma wrote:
<quoted text>
GUESS YOU CAN'T READ. The Mission was not support nation building in Afghanistan, or support a puppet regime
here read real slow:
THE MISSION: GET OSAMA BIN LADEN AND AL QAEDA.
I would not have outsourced the mission to a bunch of warlords. I would have used American troops. I would not have diverted troops & equipment from that mission to invade Iraq., i would have used troops in overwhelming superiority at Tora Bora and gotten Osama bin Laden. Then I would withdraw all troops
I would never have invaded Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, did not pose a threat to us and actually provided a deterrent to Iranian ambitions
I read and understood your response.

So, your answer was:
"Do the exact same thing in the exact same place against the exact same enemy as the Soviets, and somehow you expect a different result?"
Is this correct? You would do the exact same thing in the exact same place against the exact same enemy as the Soviets, and you're stupid enough to think you'd have a different experience than the Soviets, right?
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#939897 Jul 8, 2013
So what's the latest scoop on Janet's tanks and all that ammo?

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#939898 Jul 8, 2013
Lily Boca Raton Fl wrote:
Mark Osterman, Zimmermans friend testifying. He has written a book on Zimmerman.
He can't keep a straight face. Thinks its funny. His fatty wife just cried and said it was "Georgie" screaming help on the 911 tape.
What an effing load.
You are such a vile, hateful beast. No wonder all you post is enquirer caliber stuff.

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#939899 Jul 8, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
<quoted text>
hint.....
here's a great story about how Rubio could now win a national election because he quit catering to the Tea Party.
Marco Rubio Spurned by Original Tea Party Supporters Over Immigration
The boosters who helped elect the Florida senator are denouncing his immigration heresy—backing ‘amnesty’ when he swore he wouldn’t—and vowing a primary challenge. But his national prospects look brighter.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07...
won't be long before Republicans candidates will be running on....'I don't belong to the Tea party!'....and winning.
Here's the story you ran away from with your ignorant indoctrinated party line rhetoric:

Aist of the ideas the Democrats want everyone to think are archaic....
So, you don't like this idea, right?
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
and this:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
and this:
"No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law."
and this:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
and this:
"No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."
and this:
"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence."
... and most especially, you hate the notion of a constitutional republic with limited government.
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
These ideals are what you pretend to believe. The TEA Party actually believes in them,... and will fight you to keep it the standard of our country. You will have to kill them to eliminate the Constitution, which is your ultimate goal.
Do we have to fight ANOTHER war to make these points about limited government and individual rights?
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#939900 Jul 8, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Did you know that she married Wm. Robt. Jarrett in 1983 when Obama was about 22 yoa? Did you know that she then divorced Wm. Robt. Jarrett in 1988 when Obama was about 27 yoa.
To characterize her present status as Vernon Jarrett's daughter in law would be a lie.
Does DBWriter know this? Valerie Bowman Jarrett - parents James E. Bowman and Barbara Taylor Bowman.

Now what?
WOW

Bronx, NY

#939901 Jul 8, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Any convenient means of stonewalling that's plausible to distract the masses will do.
Sometimes Obama just gets downright lucky - a major hurricane right before the election? Couldn't have asked for a bigger spotlight or photo ops before the people went to the polls.
Romney all but disappeared during that week before the election blinded by the glow of Obama looking so presidential in the aftermath of massive destruction.
Kind of like a sign though too. Massive destruction helps elect the wrong president?
Just being introspective.
No luck HAARP

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#939902 Jul 8, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
Newark Mayor Cory Booker proposes government-funded college accounts in run-up to Senate primary
Government funded? Lmao! He'll get the sheep vote with that for sure. You sheep like free stuff. Government funded = higher taxes.

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#939903 Jul 8, 2013
NJ raider 1 wrote:
<quoted text> He is Zimmerman's worst witness. His book contradicts Zimmerman's account on several occasions. He just testified that Zimmerman's holster was an internal holster, not an external holster &, that it's hard to see even without a jacket on. Also the prosecutor was trying to get Osterman to admit that, if you shot someone &, didn't know they were dead or the threat was neutralized, it's commonsense or protocol to keep you gun out. Osterman is ducking & dodging his direct questions, trying not to say anything incriminating on George's behalf. His testimony is more damning than good!
So, what you're saying is, if a person has a concealed weapon, it's ok to attack them and bash their brains out against a concrete sidewalk, right?

NEWS FLASH

Americans have the right to be armed.

ADVISE

If you're a drug-using dropout gangbanger wannabe and are thinking about attacking someone because they appear to be weaker than you, remember that Americans have the right to be armed and you may get blown to hell like Hoodieman.

Since: Apr 09

Elmont, Long Island NY

#939904 Jul 8, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
I read and understood your response.
So, your answer was:
"Do the exact same thing in the exact same place against the exact same enemy as the Soviets, and somehow you expect a different result?"
Is this correct? You would do the exact same thing in the exact same place against the exact same enemy as the Soviets, and you're stupid enough to think you'd have a different experience than the Soviets, right?
okay, besides from lacking any reading comprehension skills, and having no historical knoweledge, you are apparently DUMBER THAN A ROCK.

So we will have to start with the basics

DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT THE SOVIET MISSION WAS IN AFGHANISTAN??

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#939905 Jul 8, 2013
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>Bah, Homer has no kids but pays for your brats to go to school.
Homer lives in Virginia?
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#939906 Jul 8, 2013
Ok so DBWriter has acknowledged that Valerie Jarrett is in fact the daughter-in-law, and not the daughter.

So he did get one thing right so far this year.

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