Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1536104 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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WOW

New York, NY

#960970 Aug 7, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
The idea that Obama is a racist reads as baffling to most Americans, but it makes sense if you understand the particular racial beliefs of conservatives. If the liberal perspective on racism is that racial inequality is a genuine fact of contemporary American life—and requires race-specific remedies—then the conservative view can be expressed with a line from Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinion in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1:“The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”
In other words, only the “colorblind” are capable of stopping racism. What’s more, the inverse is also true: if you’re not colorblind, then you are incapable of stopping racism. Which leads to a final conclusion: anyone who treats race as a social reality is a racist. The corollary to this—seen here, for example—is that accusations of racism are more troubling than actual discrimination against minorities.
Because Obama acknowledges race as a force in American life—and because he even suggests that there are racists among us—he becomes the “real racist,” a construction designed to give conservatives moral high ground, while allowing them to insult Obama. After all, for them,“racist” is the worst accusation in American life.
This rhetoric, it should be said, extends beyond the fever swamps of the right wing. In his concurrence to Fisher v. Texas, the recently decided case on racial preferences in higher education, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas likens supporters of affirmative action to slaveholders and segregationists.“Slaveholders argued that slavery was a ‘positive good’ that civilized blacks and elevated them in every dimension of life,” wrote Thomas.“Segregationists likewise defended segregation on the ground that it provided more leadership opportunities for blacks.” In this telling, the real racism is using racial preferences to account for past discrimination.
With three years (and some change) left in President Obama’s term, we will see more of this rhetoric. Until then, however, it’s worth giving a quick primer on what racism is. Racism, as The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote last year, is the “broad sympathy toward some and broader skepticism toward others.” It’s both the miasma of beliefs and assumptions about blacks and other minorities, and the policies passed in response to those beliefs and assumptions. It’s the white supremacist heritage of this country and the ways in which it continues to shape individual lives. It’s “cantaloupe calves,”“stop and frisk,” and the presumption of black criminality.
What it isn’t, by far, is a black president who talks about race, and tries—whenever possible—to talk about its role in American life.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08...
HEy HEY HEy semenhole your people rather to BREED WITH THE PEOPLE WHO DESTROYED YOUR NATION AND KICKEd YOU OFF YOUR LAND okay ask your PARENTS ok ask BOB BARKER SO YOU ALL ARE JUST AS RACISTS AS ANYONE ELSE FOS
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#960971 Aug 7, 2013
Death of Tenzing wrote:
<quoted text>
Only in absolute number of seat changes, not in power shifts.
As for "NO legislation" how does the House shut down Obamacare without legislation?
Inaction on funding
shrimp_on_treadm ills

United States

#960972 Aug 7, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Taxation advocates always fail to acknowledge that people will change their behavior in response to tax laws.
The tanning tax will likely result in a net revenue loss because of decreased employment and profits in that business.
Just like those who don't think the NYSE will leave town if the city taxes stock transactions.
Ala the luxury yacht tax a while back....

And more recently Buffett and the private jet scandal!
Realtime

Cape Canaveral, FL

#960973 Aug 7, 2013
Death of Tenzing wrote:
<quoted text>
I heard this morning that AQ intends to take control of a pipeline and the port it supplies.
That sounds more like they plan to go into business than execute a terror attack.
I'm still not buying it, its too convenient and it reeks of the bad ol' Bush days.
There are two ports in that area of Yemen for oil export mostly. Al Qaeda has tried to blow one of the ports up but the attempt was foiled by Yemen intel/military.

Yemen's government needs help in fending of AQ, the US is providing the best satellite intel on the planet in combination with some well placed drone strikes. Six AQ types were killed during the past 48 hrs with dozens wounded.

We can't send troops to the middle East__that just becomes too fn ugly__yet that's the path that Republican leadership would take.

Drone's, cruise missiles etc. are the only viable options available to the US. Even our mercenary army, the highly paid CIA operatives and contractors have been exposed and exploited by eager journalists and no nothing talking heads.

We've cut back militarily in the middle East under Obama but we can't pull out.

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#960974 Aug 7, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>You mean like forcing people to buy homeowners insurance if they get a mortgage?
there again you are using & depending on someone elses money to risk.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#960975 Aug 7, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
Capitol Hill staffers will avoid the financial blow of a Republican-planted provision in Obamacare that was poised to significantly raise their health care costs next year and lead to disruptions in congressional offices.
A rule issued Wednesday by the Office of Personnel Management, which handles congressional compensation, says the federal government may contribute to insurance premiums for lawmakers and congressional staff who are set to be dropped from their federal health plans and must buy policies on the Affordable Care Act exchanges next year.
“These proposed regulations implement the administrative aspects of switching Members of Congress and congressional staff to their new insurance plans — the same plans available to millions of Americans through the new Exchanges,” Jon Foley, OPM’s director of planning and policy, said in a statement Wednesday.
What had been spun as an effort to seek special treatment was, in reality, a response to the provision inserted into the law by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in an attempt to put Democrats in a predicament. If this law is so great, he argued, we should subject ourselves to it. In a surprising move, Democrats embraced the provision and included it in the law.
But the reality was less simple. Under the Grassley amendment, lawmakers and congressional staffers who work for “the official office of a Member of Congress” are the only employees of large organizations in the country who are required to buy insurance from the Obamacare marketplaces. OPM said that because there’s no statutory definition for what constitutes an “official office,” members gets to decide whether committee or leadership staffers qualify.
The Affordable Care Act doesn’t specify whether the government would be allowed to help them pay for the premiums. If not, health care costs for lawmakers and staff would soar, leading to an uneven playing field between them and other employees.
One solution would have been to enact a quick and easy legislative fix. But Republicans immediately took that off the table when the problem became public this spring and was initially portrayed in the media as an attempt by Congress to weasel out of complying with the law.
So Plan B was to push OPM to let Congress help staffers and their bosses pay for insurance on the exchanges. Facing pressure from the White House and Democratic leaders, OPM agreed, leaking word of its ruling last week and making it official Wednesday.
“The proposed regulation,” a White House aide said last week,“will provide for the implementation of the Grassley Amendment, making it clear that these employees will enroll in Marketplace plans, will not qualify for premium tax credits, and, like private sector employees, will not lose their employer contributions for these health plans.… The Administration is focused on making this law work right.”
Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) called it an “outrageous exemption for Congress” when news about the upcoming OPM decision leaked last week.
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/08/ob...
Just another example of selective enforcement of ObamaKKKare and special favors for the few.

“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#960976 Aug 7, 2013
Death of Tenzing wrote:
<quoted text>
Whenever it stinks, look into it. I know y'all won't because it aligns with what you want to hear but the applicable Army Regulation goes back to 1992:
DoD Directive 5210.56, Use of Deadly Force and the Carrying of Firearms by DoD Personnel Engaged in Enforcement and Security Duties, February 25, 1992
SUMMARY: This Directive reissues DoD Directive 5210.56, dated February 25, 1992, and implements
the provisions of reference (b) that govern the carrying of firearms by civilian DoD personnel performing law
enforcement and security duties, and references (c) and (d) that apply to the carrying of firearms by DoD
military and civilian personnel aboard commercial aircraft.

*I don't see what this has to do with Clinton's law to ban military carrying on bases in 1993. Please explain.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#960977 Aug 7, 2013
Death of Tenzing wrote:
<quoted text>
That'd be a lot more fun to watch.
As well as eliminate any suggestion of bias.

Let's see who can stand on their own feet without assistance.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#960978 Aug 7, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Taxation advocates always fail to acknowledge that people will change their behavior in response to tax laws.
The tanning tax will likely result in a net revenue loss because of decreased employment and profits in that business.
Just like those who don't think the NYSE will leave town if the city taxes stock transactions.
That's silly! A meagre 10% tax on tanning salon services is too low to effect the buying behavior of the wealthy enough people who can afford to go to tanning salons. I guarantee that they won't fore-go the pleasure of getting a tan because the price goes up a dime on the dollar.
rahm Jizzbucket emanuel

Oswego, IL

#960979 Aug 7, 2013
Since bo is so concerned about an individuals rights from what he said on Leno last night, I wonder when he will talk to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, the ENTIRE Middle East regarding their treatment of gays, lesbians and women. I'm sure it will be very soon!
WOW

New York, NY

#960980 Aug 7, 2013
Do We Want School or Education?
As our world continues to unravel in response to the impact of our uneconomic activities on ecological systems, it is obviously worth asking searching questions about the nature of modern society. By doing this we can make intelligent decisions about the direction in which we should move as we thoughtfully respond to the interrelated crises we face.

Robert J. Burrowes

For many people, the central question is this: Will tinkering with human society be enough to get us out of this mess? Many people think not and I am one of them. For the moment, however, rather than focus on the nature of the economy, political systems or other aspects of modern societies, I would like to discuss the issue of education.

For a long time, people in different parts of the world have struggled to expand access, including access for girls, to school. This struggle still takes place in many countries. But I want to add my name to the list of people who question whether school is the best way to get an education. And In essence, schools are designed to teach a disintegrated set of 'knowledge' and skills that are useful to those businesses and corporations which provide employment, however menial, in the mainstream economy. This schooling is taking place even now when there is little evidence to suggest that the mainstream economy is capable of providing full employment and, more importantly, there is a great deal of evidence to suggest that this economy will need to be utterly transformed if we are to survive the interrelated ecological threats to our survival.

there are many reasons why I believe it is not.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#960981 Aug 7, 2013
fetch almighty wrote:
<quoted text>LOL-you are a funny man.:) O'bama is showing what a baby he is in the world of international affairs. This temper tantrum will is being laughed at by those in power. I suggest O'stupid, does what he said he was going to do, and go talk to Iran without any preconditions.
You really have to wonder if Putin isn't really gay. Come out , Vlad and free your sexual libido.You'll feel better.
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#960982 Aug 7, 2013
fetch almighty wrote:
<quoted text>What are Constitution Free zones set up by O'bama's DHS?
lol! As usual, you bring up a point, then demand others fill in the blanks for you.

Since: Dec 12

Location hidden

#960983 Aug 7, 2013
fetch almighty wrote:
<quoted text>What are Constitution Free zones set up by O'bama's DHS?
Obama established the DHS?

News to me, probably news to him too.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#960984 Aug 7, 2013
TSM wrote:
Obama to snub Putin at the G-20 while Kerry/Hagel will speak to Russia’s counterparts concerning Snowden ‘Laughable ‘ his action to snub Putin is a child trying to act macho Obama, Kerry, Hagel reminds me of the Three Stooges!!
Putin is taking the rejection much harder . He's pouting like a 2 year old just told that he's getting a bath before bedtime.
WOW

New York, NY

#960985 Aug 7, 2013
Do We Want School or Education;Let me briefly state some problems with school: it is highly damaging physically, sensorily, intellectually and emotionally. Schooling requires the child to spend six hours each day sitting in a school classroom, for up to 13 years. Physically, the classroom utterly destroys posture and movement patterns because the human body is designed to move regularly. If you have ever witnessed the grace of movement of a village African who has never been to school, then you know this too.

Sensorily, the best classroom is devoid of stimulus compared to nature and this exacts a heavy cost by dramatically curtailing the child's learning opportunities as well as stifling the development of its sensory capacities themselves. Have you ever been awestruck by what an indigenous person raised in a natural environment can learn from a smell, a touch or a breath of wind, or how they can track an animal?

Intellectually, the school classroom offers a mind-numbingly boring and incredibly limited range of topics all taught in lock-step as if each child was identical and had the same interests and learning rates.
TSM

United States

#960986 Aug 7, 2013
Obamacare will have the same effect as FF ‘One Huge Sucking Sound ’ on the Taxpayers Dollars!!
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#960987 Aug 7, 2013
Anonymous of Indy wrote:
<quoted text>there again you are using & depending on someone elses money to risk.
Isn't that what banks do?

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#960988 Aug 7, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>lol! Son, you obviously contradict yourself.
But that's no surprise. You're a contradiction to begin with!
Says the guy whose posts are always a contradiction. But he/she must.. be excused because he/she is a Barack Hussein Obama disciple??
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#960989 Aug 7, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>There are two ports in that area of Yemen for oil export mostly. Al Qaeda has tried to blow one of the ports up but the attempt was foiled by Yemen intel/military.
Yemen's government needs help in fending of AQ, the US is providing the best satellite intel on the planet in combination with some well placed drone strikes. Six AQ types were killed during the past 48 hrs with dozens wounded.
We can't send troops to the middle East__that just becomes too fn ugly__yet that's the path that Republican leadership would take.
Drone's, cruise missiles etc. are the only viable options available to the US. Even our mercenary army, the highly paid CIA operatives and contractors have been exposed and exploited by eager journalists and no nothing talking heads.
We've cut back militarily in the middle East under Obama but we can't pull out.
That's what I find so comically funny...

... cons were all gung ho for going into the middle east under bushie boy, but cry like babies to get COMPLETELY out of the ME under Obama.

They're so confused about what they want.

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