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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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.

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<quoted text>the WPA has been replaced by more horrific government entities. Not exactly a shining example.
None of which happen to come to mind?

Is that it?

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<quoted text>EPA. The state sponsered Eco terrorists do just that. I would call taxes communist when they extend beyond what they were originally intended for. And when they keep increasing to fund communist programs.
You mean what the US Constitution originally intended income taxes to be for?

Have fun with that one.
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Estimated tanning salon revenue is $5 billion per year, with a negative growth rate of 1.1%.
Go figure.
Because tanning salons are the best place to tan all your parts before a special photo shoot on Twitter. I once tried to get an even color by exposing myself in the front seat of my convertible and all of a sudden it went from sunny to rain. I sent that picture to Hillary but she tweeted back stop it Joe. LOL, she thought it was the funny uncle VP at it again.

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Why not have Lincoln-Douglas style debates where the candidates actually debate each other instead of making mini-speeches in response to often puerile questions?
That'd be a lot more fun to watch.
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<quoted text>Or Newtered?
IMO Newt and Ron Paul each made an azzhole out of Romney, setting him up for eventual failure. That Willard had never set on a toilet without blue water didn't help his chances either.
The problem for any GOP candidate is how to play to all sides of their party. They change their stripes depending on the audience.

That much, they're consistent.

Candidates who tried to hold their radically conservative lines exited early.

Romney ended up being the sacrificial lamb by default. Newt was there to show how low they were willing to go.
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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!!

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<quoted text>It would appear that O'bama is going to be wanted by the United States government--he should be executed according to Diane Feinstein. O'bama leaked all the information about the terrorists threats to the public in order to damage America and help the terrorists and of course to make himself look good.-why would O'bama leak all this information? Why would he help the terrorists? they know now not to use that frequency. O'bama is a traitor.
"I think it's an act of treason,” the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee told reporters.
The California lawmaker went on to say that he had violated his oath to defend the Constitution.
“He violated the oath, he violated the law. It's treason.”
Y'all are so pathetic, here's the actual quote:

The California lawmaker went on to say that Snowden had violated his oath to defend the Constitution.
“He violated the oath, he violated the law. It’s treason.”

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Putin reportedly suicidal over Obama rejection.
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.
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Conservatives Have No Idea What ‘Racist’ Means
A Republican claims Obama's tax on tanning beds is 'racist'—because black people don't need to use them. Jamelle Bouie says it's another example of how the right has warped the word.
If this sounds a little strange, just think about the health implications of sitting under ultraviolet light for hours at a time. Risk for melanoma increases by 75 percent when people begin tanning before the age of 35, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. One study found that tanning beds cause roughly 170,000 cases of skin cancer each year, and at one point the Food and Drug Administration proposed banning bed use by customers under 18. When it comes to lowering costs in the health-care system, reducing skin cancer incidence by encouraging people not to use tanning beds is low-hanging fruit.
Of course, for every sensible step taken by the Obama administration, there’s at least one Republican who sees it as a sinister plot to rob Americans of their freedom.
In this case, it’s Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida, who recently revived the tired attack against the tax (John McCain and Snooki railed against it back in 2010) with a disturbing new twist.“It’s a racist tax,” Yoho, who is white, recently told a group of constituents, because dark-skinned people don’t need to tan.“I thought I might need to get to a tanning booth so I can come out and say I’ve been disenfranchised, because I got taxed because of the color of my skin.”
If white people were required to use tanning beds as a condition of their citizenship, Yoho might have a point. As it stands, this is stupid; this is a tax on tanning beds, paid by people who purchase them, and felt by people who use them. The only way to describe this as “racist” is to turn the word into a mindless insult.
But this, in fact, is what it’s become among a large number of Republicans. Since Barack Obama entered office, a vocal group of conservatives has been obsessed with proving him the “real racist.” After Obama gave his “race” speech in Philadelphia in 2008 following the controversy over Jeremiah Wright, Rush Limbaugh argued that it was an effort to hide the “other Obama,” who “has been … soaking up all of this hate-mongering racism from [Wright] for over 20 years.” The next year, Glenn Beck called now-President Obama a racist for his handling of the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.“This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture,” Beck said.“I don’t know what it is.”
This echoed a comment from the late Andrew Breitbart, who built his popularity off of claims that Obama was a “race baiter” who sought reparations for African-Americans. On one edition of Fox Business Network’s America’s Nightly Scoreboard, Breitbart excoriated the president for not pursuing the New Black Panthers, and following a “scandal” manufactured by right-wing bloggers like himself. By “letting the [New] Black Panthers off,” he declared, Obama is “defending racists,” which is “virtually the same.”
At no point, in any of this, did the conservative commentators prove racial animus on the part of the president.
Yoho’s comment fits comfortably into this rhetoric, which includes the conservative response to President Obama’s remarks on the George Zimmerman verdict last month, which caused a paroxysm of outrage from right-wing websites, with the Daily Caller blaring,“Obama Goes Full Race-Baiter,” and the National Review going after the comments as another plank in “The Obama Administration’s Race-Baiting Campaign.”
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HEY HEY HEY YOUR PEOPLE ARE BIGOTS ALSO semenhole dont forget that you bred with who destroyed you before you would breed with BLACKS so HEY okay BOB BARKER sick of your phony A** just ask your MOM

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You mean what the US Constitution originally intended income taxes to be for?
Have fun with that one.
What are Constitution Free zones set up by O'bama's DHS?
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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
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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
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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!
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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.

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<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.
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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.
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Just another example of selective enforcement of ObamaKKKare and special favors for the few.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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