Barack Obama, our next President

There are 20 comments on the Nov 5, 2008, Hampton Roads Daily Press story 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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Since: Aug 09

Saint Louis, MO

#973274 Aug 30, 2013
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Obama has only killed 258,000 Africans, so far, but Still Counting:

Legal Roadblocks for U.S. Famine Relief to Somalia Creating Humanitarian Crisis
January 27, 2010
The unfolding crisis in Somalia illustrates a common dilemma U.S. nonprofits face when trying to conduct humanitarian operations in territory controlled by an organization listed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT). The humanitarian imperative to provide urgently needed food to nearly one million people in an area controlled by al-Shabab, a listed SDGT, conflicts with the “strict liability” standard against supporting terrorists that even has State Department employees fearing sanctions from Treasury. Now the United States government (USG) response to the famine in Somalia is forcing it to confront the same onerous hurdles current national security laws create for nonprofits.

The Crisis in Somalia
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) calls Somalia “one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.” Years of internal strife and widespread drought have left millions of Somalis dependent on food aid every month, and nearly 71 percent of the Somali population suffer from under-nourishment, according to UN reports.

A country without a central government, Somalia has experienced 19 years of continuous internal conflict that has resulted in the deaths of up to one million people and left at least 1.5 million people internally displaced. Its southern provinces are under the control of al-Shabab, a terrorist group whose December 2009 attacks on humanitarian aid agencies and demands for payments forced the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) to suspend food distribution there. Before being forced out, the WFP had planned on feeding nearly 2.8 million Somalis (nearly 40 percent of the entire Somali population). Now at least one million Somalis trapped in areas controlled by al-Shabab are at risk for starvation.

The United States is the largest contributor to the WFP. According to the United States Agency for International Development Assistance (USAID), between February 2007 and March 2008,“over $319 million in assistance was provided by USAID through international and local nongovernmental organizations and United Nations agencies.”

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Fenris the Big Bad Wolf

United States

#973275 Aug 30, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL, talk about a herd....every post of yours is about black people. Take your circus on the road and go and tell the black people how stupid they are and why the Republican party is their only hope in life. Just do it, and get back to us with the report of your progress. You're not convincing anyone on here, besides your herd.
Now now, Swilly!! You're just mad because your hero baruck had his most embarrassing day ever at the helm yesterday. Take two bananas from petty cash, scratch your hubby's fuzzy head, and kick him in the can and send him out into the cotton fields. Abusing him might make you feel better...

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#973276 Aug 30, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL, talk about a herd....every post of yours is about black people. Take your circus on the road and go and tell the black people how stupid they are and why the Republican party is their only hope in life. Just do it, and get back to us with the report of your progress. You're not convincing anyone on here, besides your herd.
Oh, Lily, every post of mine is not about black people.

No one but you has called black people stupid.

You just want them to stay poor, uneducated and dependent.

That's what's stupid.

Since: Aug 09

Saint Louis, MO

#973277 Aug 30, 2013
Continu3eed from above...

Obama has only killed 258,000 Africans, so far, but Still Counting:

The Legal Dilemma
With nearly three million people at risk of starvation in Somalia, the urgent need for foreign aid is apparent. However, at least $50 million worth of American aid to Somalia, through USAID and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is being held up in part because of State Department concerns about facing prosecution from Treasury for inadvertent capture or use of humanitarian aid by al-Shabab. Russell Brooks, a spokesman at the State Department, said, "It is true that some humanitarian funding was placed on hold, pending resolution of the OFAC (Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control) issue." According to an August 2009 report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA),“the delay in reaching a decision on humanitarian funding for Somalia by the US government is already impacting many agencies and their programmes, creating a planning challenge.”
Current law prohibits any contact with a listed terrorist group, regardless of intent, making distribution of food to hungry people living in regions controlled by such groups nearly impossible. The humanitarian exemption to the prohibition against providing material support to terrorists only extends to medicine and religious materials.

Interaction with a listed group, however, is sometimes unavoidable. During Sri Lanka’s civil war, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)“established an extensive network of checkpoints” restricting who entered or left their territory. After the 2004 tsunami left hundreds of thousand on the island in need, humanitarian groups found it nearly impossible to deliver aid to the refugees without some contact with the LTTE.
In Somalia al-Shabab has reportedly made matters worse by requiring nonprofits to pay monthly "security" fees as part of permission to operate in areas they control. Peter Smerdon, a spokesman for WFP, said,“in November, Shabab gave us a list of 11 conditions for aid agencies to meet, including removing women from jobs in aid work. They also made a demand for payment of $20,000 over six months for security.” The New York Times reported that “United Nations officials say they have no choice but to work with local Shabab commanders to distribute critically needed aid, like 110-pound bags of sorghum, tins of vegetable oil, plastic sheeting and medical supplies, in Shabab-controlled areas.”

The dilemma this creates in a humanitarian crisis is so severe that in the fall of 2009, according to the New York Times, the State Department sought “confirmation that OFAC (Treasury) will not seek enforcement action against United States government employees, grantees and contractors” if,“accidental, unintentional or incidental benefits” goes to al-Shabab. Treasury responded by saying any transactions with al-Shabab “were prohibited, but that it would not prosecute American aid officials if they acted in 'good faith.'”

Fear of incidental benefits to some members of listed groups should not prevent the delivery of vital aid to those in need. For instance, if lives are saved because a U.S. nonprofit digs a well for a Somali village, the fact that one al- Shabab member gets a drink of water should not deny this critical resource to the entire village. To do otherwise is to impose collective punishment on the victims, a clear violation of human rights standards.

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Since: Aug 09

Saint Louis, MO

#973278 Aug 30, 2013
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More Barriers to Aid
The UN is apparently also grappling with the problem, and has drafted its own set of conditions for contractors delivering aid. In late 2009 the UN and U.S. were at an impasse over what the language should be, but no agreement was reached after the U.S. did not respond to the UN's proposed substitute.
The Charity and Security Network has also learned that USAID began drafting new conditions to apply to grants from OFDA to nonprofit grantees in the fall of 2009, and further changes are expected in February. USAID has not responded to our request for a copy of the new conditions. However, they are said to include enhanced due diligence practices to avoid benefitting al-Shabab and an agreement to report any incidental benefit to USAID.
Since such inadvertent or incidental benefits could result in criminal prosecution of the nonprofit, this condition puts nonprofits in an untenable position. However, if Treasury's extended its reported new policy not to prosecute government officials who act in “good faith” while operating in areas controlled by a SDGT to nonprofits, the reporting requirement for incidental benefit would be more sensible and the humanitarian imperative could be better met. Instead, nonprofits are now apparently forced to choose between signing objectionable agreements in order to continue operations, or close down vital operations.
Additionally, politically charged agreements between relief groups and the U.S. government would undermine the fragile neutrality humanitarian aid groups have in Somalia. The U.S. government is viewed unfavorably by many in Somalia, and anything that weakened the wall of political impartiality between aid groups and the USG will only increase Somali suspicion toward aid groups and make the environment more precarious for relief workers.
It is unknown if any formal agreements have been finalized between the different agencies. The discussions surrounding these issues are taking place behind closed doors, with limited involvement from nonprofits. This lack of transparency prevents U.S. nonprofits from contributing their expertise and experience to the discussion. U.S. nonprofits share the same concerns about aid inadvertently falling into the hands of terrorists and are dedicated to the mission of saving lives.
http://www.charityandsecurity.org/analysis/Le...

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#973279 Aug 30, 2013
It's Friday. It's a double-point Friday, Monday being a holiday. Time for the White House to make some statement they want to be buried in the old news by the time everyone comes back from the holiday and looks at the news again.

What ludicrous statement does everyone here think will come out of the White House today?

The Democrats put a muzzle on Joe Biden so he doesn't embarrass them and blow the plan to help Al Qaeda get their hands on chemical weapons.

What idiotic thing will the White House say today?

Does anyone think Vallerie Jarrett will start a war against Syria?

Since: May 11

Gettysburg, PA

#973280 Aug 30, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> They don't belong in any of those either, lemming!!!
The Federal government should not be involved in taxes?

How should the IRS handle married couples?

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#973281 Aug 30, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
flack wrote:
<quoted text> I don't give a damn about some stupid election! I don't give a damn whether it's a republican or democrat president! I am neither!!!! What I do give a damn about is the greatest country ever conceived by man being destroyed by a bunch of progressive traitors!!!! What I give a damn about is the willful destruction of the idea of self reliance by the American people!!!! What I give a damn about is the growing mentality that because you exist you have the right to what other people worked hard for!!!!! I resent the fact that you progressives think you can just march into America and decide what we can eat, drink, drive, where we can smoke or not, and any other progressive idea that takes away the freedoms of the American people!!!!
Nailed it!
What a load, or two...
Lily is the type that thinks cocaine dealers should get a free pass but pill poppers should get put to death.

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#973282 Aug 30, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Yeah we know. You're a progressive communist.
"progressive communist" is an oxymoron.
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#973283 Aug 30, 2013
martinezjosei wrote:
Obama promised $4.00 gas, enjoy Liberals!
lol! You really are brain dead!
State The Obvious

Waynesboro, MS

#973284 Aug 30, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Are you in favor of American intervention into Syria? I say, let Assad kill them all, come what may. There are reports that there are 6000 fighters from other countries in Syria. Let the UN evacuate the Christians and innocent families and let them all just keep killing until it's over. Sounds crazy doesn't it? But I don't see what our dropping bombs will do to help anyone. Do you?
Israel, Israel, Israel...

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#973285 Aug 30, 2013
Emoron wrote:
<quoted text>
I told you before that I was against intervention in Syria. You asked who supported action in Syria, if you clicked on the article I cited you would have seen a number of REPUBLICANS that were pushing Obama to act without delay.
Why are you pretending that the hawks in the Republican party don't exist?
Again, RINOs are Democrats wearing a RINO costume. I would have thought a person as intelligent as you would have figured that out by now.
McCain said US Armed Forces should be fighting side-by-side with Al Qaeda.
Does that tell you anything about RINOs?
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#973286 Aug 30, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
To the medieval radical conservatives that ludicrously call themselves "liberals", if you're not Democrat you have to be Republican. The fact that there are multiple sects in opposition to them goes against their execution of the Saul Alinsky principle to make it appear as if "all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other." That "other side" has to have a single identiy. For the Democrats to acknowledge that multiple factions oppose them, they cannot be in compliance with this part of the Saul Alinsky strategy.
This is the only reason why these medieval ultra-conservative loons claim any opposition to them is Republican, and they ignore any and all other labels.
lol! I keep telling you son....

.... cons rewrote and improved Alinsky's book!

“It's always darkest 'fore dawn”

Since: Jul 08

When's dawn?

#973287 Aug 30, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
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It wasn't a "conservative candidate". It was an old man in Maine who was "pissed off at the system" and doesn't believe Obama is who he says he is.
He's one person who doesn't represent anyone, and what he said was wrong.
Liberals, on the other hand, are like a herd of buffalo who think and act exactly the same. A herd of blind loyalists is much more concerning than one disgruntled old man.
Not a candidate??? " A retired police officer who used a racial slur and suggested shooting President Barack Obama in a Facebook posting resigned Thursday from all boards and committees on which he serves in town.

David Marsters submitted his resignations from the Ordinance Review Committee, Budget Committee and Charter Commission in an email in which he apologized for the actions.

The resignations came hours before Sabattus town selectmen were to meet to consider removing Marsters from all positions he held in the town. But despite the resignations, Marsters isn't giving up his political aspirations altogether because he's still planning to run for Board of Selectmen..."

Apparently you can't read, can't write, can only lie and stir the sanctimonious sh[t of the self-aggrandizing victim. You're certifiable and on permanent ignore with the rest of your ilk, Batty Loo.

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#973288 Aug 30, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh, Lily, every post of mine is not about black people.
No one but you has called black people stupid.
You just want them to stay poor, uneducated and dependent.
That's what's stupid.
Even she doesn't know why everything she's been programmed to regurgitate places everything in categories where "all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other." She is just doing what Saul Alinsky commanded, and hasn't got a clue why she does that. The indoctrination consists solely of tactics. The indoctrination doesn't include discussions of strategy. It just commands the tactics be executed, and instructs how to execute them.
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#973289 Aug 30, 2013
Anonymous of Indy wrote:
<quoted text>Neo Cons are Psueo Liberals too which most are in the Republican Party parading around like Bigots too and there is nothing conservative about them.
http://conservapedia.com/Neoconservatism
LMAO

the (getting very old)'you are what we are' right wing cop-out.

how's that workin' for ya? anyone buying that load of donkey-crap? seems it started with trying to shift blame for right wing racism back on everyone else in the name of winning an election over a black candidate, so you could win the black vote, which i seem to remember failed miserably.

conservapedia might work as a source for failed conservatives, but seeing as how the liberals have the man in the WH, pretty much a bust with those who haven't failed.

and the 'elephant' in the room...how many of those Dem congressman voted for the Iraq war? were they wrong to vote for an illegal war that nearly every republican in Congress voted for? because the road you guys are traveling with this 'oh not us' nonsense would indicate you think we never should have been in Iraq.
State The Obvious

Waynesboro, MS

#973290 Aug 30, 2013
Bombing a country for bombing itself is fúçking STUPID...

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#973291 Aug 30, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>lol! I keep telling you son....
.... cons rewrote and improved Alinsky's book!
And that explains why there are so many Republican "community organizers" (whatever the hell that is).
Do you ever listen to yourself?

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#973292 Aug 30, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
"progressive communist" is an oxymoron.
...or redundant.
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#973293 Aug 30, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
I want to know where that hunting reserve is where you can shoot lawyers.
The idiot was in the way. During the hunt that idiot decides to just saunter over to where another hunter is waiting to shoot something. Any hunter knows not to do that.
... the next time you go hunting, how about you just lolligag over to some other hunter's location.
Perhaps you can create one son.

It's great you've created a new hunting rule son.

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