Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1497160 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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New York, NY

#975941 Sep 4, 2013
The Underground Empire -
Where Crime and Governments Embrace There is no question that the Underground Empire today has more power, wealth, and status than many nations. It flies no flag on the terrace of the United Nations, but it has larger armies, more capable intelligence agencies, more influential diplomatic services than many countries that do. We are so accustomed to thinking of crime in terms of street muggings, burglaries, and Mafia murders that we fail to recognize it as a major international force, a Fourth World of nations united not by military might, economic condition, or political theory, but by an ideology of greed, by the institutionalization of state-supported crime. These countries are our enemies, and more insidiously so than those of two world wars, for they conceal their attacks beneath promises of amity and cooperation.

Without the cooperation of corrupt governments, the international narcotics industry could not exist. But governments, our own particularly, lean over backward to conceal this fact from their constituents (and sometimes from themselves), for to recognize it would cripple foreign relations. How can the American government accuse a foreign leader (General Noriega of Panama, for example) of pervasive criminal activity, and at the same time deal with him effectively as a head of state?

How natural, how necessary, it is that the United States government, principally through its intelligence services, should have secret relations with the Underground Empire, just as it must with other sovereign entities, even when they invade innocent neighbors and torture dissidents. The interests and methods of intelligence agencies are in many cases identical to those of high-level criminals. Both seek power, or the paths to power, through bribery, blackmail, and intimidation. So it is natural that as one progresses upward through layers of crime one finds more and more intelligence agents. They take power where they can get it. The world that international criminal groups have created is precisely the kind of world intelligence people seek out and populate. They are not only within it, but of it. If an intelligence agent finds that his asset, the man with the power, happens to be the world's biggest drug trafficker -- well, so be it. If you've worked hard to get him in your pocket and then see his power threatened, you'll work hard to help him hang on, even if it means a little smuggling -- drugs, guns, sacks of cash.

The interest of the CIA is national security, threats to the country from without. The interest of law enforcement is internal security, the threat of crime. The CIA, in its pursuit of intelligence and influence, often courts the same powerful figures Centac pursued as criminals. But the external threat is always deemed more pressing than the internal threat, and intelligence wins precedence over law enforcement. The highly connected, tuxedo-clad criminal is left in place to provide intelligence to the United States -- and drugs to its citizens.

Where criminal proceeds so vastly exceed those of traditional industries, a nation is tempted to stop fighting crime and nationalize it. And in Some cases, before a nation can nationalize crime, crime criminalizes the nation. This happened in Bolivia in 1980.

Believe it or NOT

Scottsbluff, NE

#975942 Sep 4, 2013
Democrats voting "No" on the Syria resolution included Sen Tom Udall (NM) & Sen Chris Murphy (CT)

New York, NY

#975943 Sep 4, 2013
International crime eventually ascends through politics, diplomacy, and statesmanship to a level of supracrime, where, having triumphed absolutely, it rules even that which had been created to destroy it, and is eventually not recognized as crime at all.

So long as they do not seriously imperil American foreign interests, the United States government will take no effective action against international groups engaged in crime for profit. To assuage the anger of voters who do not like to be murdered, robbed, swindled, and burglarized, who do not like to see narcotics on sale in schoolrooms, the Pentagon, and Congress, future administrations will continue to re-declare the war on drugs. The war will continue to be a civil war, one aboveground sector of the government attacking the drug traffic on front pages and the seven o'clock news, another underground sector secretly permitting the traffic, at times promoting it.

What can we do? It has, as my agent friend said, "been going on forever." The first coconspirators were two humans and a reptile, the first contraband an apple. Today the Underground Empire, the international narcotics industry, affects each one of us, from the films we watch to the music we listen to, the price we pay for our homes, the safety of our streets, the readiness of our defense forces, the honesty of our government, the behavior and habits of our children.

You do not have to be a ClA-hater to trek around the world viewing one major narcotics group after another and grow amazed at the frequency with which you encounter the still-fresh footprints of American intelligence agents. You might never be absolutely certain the footprints shouldn't be there, but you will always be uncomfortable that so many solemn men in pinstriped vests are lying about them.

The tracks are everywhere. The dapper, aristocratic Mr. Lung -- "02" to his American government contacts -- speaks laughingly of ClA-supported Thais helicoptering up the mountain to collect their "goodies" from CIA client Chang Chi-fu, the world's foremost opium dealer. Chang's heroin-dealing colleague, Chinese General Li Wen-huan, is known to be a CIA dependent. The CIA terminates Operation Durian, a DEA assault against Lu Hsu-shui, whose wife happens to be a cousin of Poonsiri Chanyasak, the Communist Lao government's "minister of heroin," and who himself turns out today to be associated with a representative of Communist Chinese intelligence. Assassin Michael Decker, suspected of CIA connections, describes a CIA weapons brochure found in the personal papers of Alberto Sicilia-Falcon, a major marijuana-heroin-cocaine dealer also suspected of employment by the CIA. Sicilia-Falcon and his influential bullfighter friend Gaston Santos join in a ClA-sanctioned Portuguese arms deal. Sicilia-Falcon's friend and adviser, CIA-trained Jose Egozi, also involved in the Portuguese weapons deal, talks to Centac agents and ends up hanging from a bed sheet in his Mexican prison cell. Sicilia, under torture, is said to confess to CIA drugs and weapons operations intended to destabilize Latin nations. Rearrested after his escape, facing assassination or further torture, Sicilia is rescued by a high Mexican official the CIA later identifies as its "most important source in Mexico and Central America." In Panama the CIA inhibits a DEA intelligence operation, and blocks a Washington meeting between Panama's drug-dealing leader and DEA bosses.


Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#975944 Sep 4, 2013
12,900 years ago marks the beginning of the Younger Dryas period, when there was a rapid climate change to a colder, dryer climate. Researchers have now linked that climate shift with an impact in Quebec of an asteroid or comet. The event wiped out many large mammals and may have forced humans to begin growing their own food rather than relying on hunting big game.

Since: Feb 08

Spokane, WA

#975945 Sep 4, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
When you said this: "Obama on TV lying through his teeth about how he didn't draw a red line the world did. "
Geneva Convention, UN banned the use of chemical weapons. Not just in the nations that signed but all nations.
These bodies drew that red line.
Syria ratified the Geneva Protocol in 1968.
"real dumb"
The UN has declared any action by the US in Syria would be illegal.

Scottsbluff, NE

#975946 Sep 4, 2013
The Senate Committee bill authorizes military action against Syria but not to exceed 90 days and no deployment of troops.

Mark Knoller, CBS News

New York, NY

#975947 Sep 4, 2013
The CIA may argue that it dirties itself in the narcotics industry because that is where it finds the leaders of nations it seeks to comprehend and influence. Over a period of five years I became convinced of the participation in the drug traffic of high officials in at least thirty-three countries: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, the Bahamas, Brazil, Belize, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Burma, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, France, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Not to mention a host of Caribbean, Asian, and European money-laundering nations, plus the PLO and various revolutionary and terrorist groups. In many cases the participation of officials was sufficiently high-level and pervasive to suggest the knowledge and approval, and at times the participation, of the chief of state. If the United States finds it necessary to deal secretly with powerful criminals, some of them masquerading as democratic leaders of free nations, it would be nice to know that we are aware of the price we're paying. How much intelligence and influence is worth how many heroin deaths? How many cocaine overdoses? How many marijuana-fogged seventh-graders? It would be nice not to be told that the problem will be solved shortly after the next election by another thousand agents, a few score prosecutors, a dozen new jails...

Since: May 11

Aspers, PA

#975948 Sep 4, 2013
John Galt wrote:
Br'er Obama now elbow-deep in the Tar Baby.

Galt uses a slur once again.

Like Moocher Eed, Galt likes to post terminology that is typically considered racist & then pretend its not he case at all.

More proof that many right whiners posting here are racists.

Since: Jul 08

We will not go gentle

#975949 Sep 4, 2013
Chicagoan by Birth wrote:
<quoted text>How Yeahoo? You are the idiotic comedy, by the way you post? Give it up Yeahoo..
Do please explain why there is a comma between comedy and by? Why is none used between up and Yeahoo? Which authority converted the ellipses consist of two dots and when? Talk about a no-good Birfertic...

New York, NY

#975950 Sep 4, 2013
the natural right of people everywhere to pursue their lives, interests and pleasures free from harmful social conditioning, from exploitation and domination by covert political and economic forces which seek to enslave them and from repressive authoritarian governments, rapacious capitalist corporations, mendacious religious organizations, fraudulent international bankers and the unholy alliance among all of these which works to deprive the common people of all countries of their freedom, health, happiness and the full realization of their spiritual potential. When someone next offers you disinfo, lies and deceit Just Say 'Know'.

Scottsbluff, NE

#975951 Sep 4, 2013
Yeas on Syria resolution in Foreign Relations Cmte: McCain, Flake, Corker, Menendez, Boxer, Cardin, Shaheen, Coons, Durbin & King

Noes on Senate Foreign Relations Cmte Syria resolution: Paul, Barrasso, Johnson (WI), Rubio, Risch, Murphy & Udall (NM).

New York, NY

#975952 Sep 4, 2013
Robert Gorden suggests that Edward Snowden may have been an unwitting tool
when he leaked information about the NSA's programs of mass surveillance Obama is a weasel. That is not the same as being weak. He likes to present himself as peaceful. He likes to prosecute wars below the radar so it looks like he has clean hands. He attacks the weak. When caught he will say it would have been worse if my political adversaries were in office. You peace loving people are lucky you have me. He likes the role of the "good cop" against McCain who plays the "bad cop". It is all the same BS, but it keeps his political constituency in line.

New York, NY

#975953 Sep 4, 2013
Obama has accomplished what he was hired to do. That is, take a bankrupt American banking system and reload it with public funds. No one ever expected Obama to lead militarily.

Internationally he only had to continue existing policies which included the finishing of the encirclement of Russia, the beginning of the encirclement of China and the continuation of the destruction of nation states in the Middle East, with an eye to area conquest under the banner of the Empire and some agreeable form of Islam. Obama has been doing his job, with varying degrees of success.

It is my albeit unpopular view that the Snowden incident was set up, as he was never properly vetted and there was ample data available that he had views that were not friendly to the government.

The reasons for unleashing Snowden upon the world were threefold. First, it is an attack an Obama who is now a lame duck and has outlived his usefulness. More of these attacks will follow as the powers that be seek to put Baby Bush [Marvin Bush? Jeb Bush?- ed.] in the White House in '16 so they can prosecute their war against Iran, which is necessary for their global vision [of "full-spectrum dominance" - ed.].

But first they had to reload their banking system.

Second, Snowden's revelations would let them gage the level of popular push-back they would suffer when the world would eventually learn about their behavior. If the world knows at an early stage and there is no real push-back, it will act as an innoculation later when global central control is pushed to more intolerable levels.

And for that the Empire has done very well. Lots of populist chatter but the leaderships of the usual two tweedle dee tweedle dum parties always make it clear behind closed doors that it is going to be business as usual, even if they will have to make window dressing reforms to please their constituencies.

As far as global snooping goes, what the Empire learned from Snowden is: it's all systems go.

And finally the most important element of why Snowden, is to make it clear especially to global intellectuals who are always the ones who create the most problems for the ruling classes, that they are being watched, that everything they do or say is going to be recorded and, I might add, a psychological profile of those whom the Empire deems interesting will be created.

These weapons of mass tyranny that Snowden revealed unleash most of their power by creating fear in the hearts of their adversaries. The Empire does not really want to drag people away. They just want you to shut the ____ up.

Since: Feb 08

Spokane, WA

#975954 Sep 4, 2013
No Surprize wrote:
<quoted text> What a dumbass... LMFAO.. You leosnana an unconscious piece of shit, it's "maid" not "made" you illiterate idiot...
The Government Cheese and Welfare Crowd...The Blind Lead...
It's the culture...
"No Surprize"
The grammar and spelling expert "leosampleanus" correctly used the word made. One time, long, long ago, she was made in the shade. She was a maid who go made, she remembers the tryst well, it was a one time event.

Scottsbluff, NE

#975955 Sep 4, 2013
COB Sep 03 2013 Total Public Debt Outstanding $16,738,618,787,875.30

Since: Feb 08

Spokane, WA

#975956 Sep 4, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
McCain won't sign the resolution because there's not enough force.
You got it wrong. McCain wants the US to go in and kill Assad.
One more time you are wrong. McCain voted for the resolution.

New York, NY

#975957 Sep 4, 2013
As a proud citizen of the free world I was cut to the quick when you called our leader a “wimp”.[Note irony - ed.] Actually he has developed a style so powerful it will be taught at Shaoling for at least the next 500 years.

It is called the “Eloquent Weasel” technique. It is a non-confrontational style in which the user encourages his (or her) opponents to beat themselves up and afterwards say,“Thanks, I needed that”.

Obama was hired to take a bankrupt banking system and reload it with public funds (and debts). At this writing he has completed this job, and after having looted the public he has gotten them to say,“Thanks, I guess someone had to do that”.

Now you may say that home court victories are easy. How can you fail with a vigilant press like CNN or the New York Times?

It is victories away from home that show the efficacy of a new technique. But I would argue that Obama has demonstrated the raw power of this technique on the road as well.

When he was hired there were still outstanding jobs abroad for him to complete and begin. They included the military encirclement of Russia and China as well as the destruction of nation states in the Middle East, leaving failed states in their wake so they could be more readily united under the Empire’s flag with some pliable form of Islam.

While the Middle East is still clearly a work in progress, Obama has finished off Iraq as a failed state while Tunisia, Libya, Syria and Egypt are either there or close. And don’t get me started on Afghanistan. So give our leader some credit, Don Pepe.

But the real power of the Eloquent Weasel style could be seen in a Pew Research poll, admittedly before Snowden but AFTER all of the rest of what I wrote about had occurred. Just as the American Sheeple love Obama even after having been pillaged by him, Russian, Chinese, Indian, Brazilian, European and African Sheeple thought he was hot stuff as well.

Only those recalcitrant Middle Easterners hadn’t yet learned that what is happening to them is for their own good. Like me and everyone else they will learn to love Big Brother (or is it Big Bama?).

To fully understand how incredible this is, think about it. If Vlad the Hammer could as a practical matter surround the US with anti-missile systems, with aircraft carriers covering its Atlantic and Pacific coasts and with such systems in place throughout the Canadian and Mexican borders, well, that would be an awesome feat for him as a Russian, right?

But now what if he could do that and still get the majority of Americans [in Obama's case, Russians and Chinese - ed.] to think that he was a great guy? Would you not worship a man like that as possibly the harbinger of the second coming?

So you the Pepe possy, when you denigrate our great leader think twice. In the good cop bad cop model of one of our typical great democracies, only the local bad cops (the McCain-FoxNews-ers) are allowed to call or imply that Obama is a wimp.

The lily,realdicdave, realtime,leosana,sonicfilth,ye ah,THEY HATE OPEN INFORMATION
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#975958 Sep 4, 2013
flack wrote:
12,900 years ago marks the beginning of the Younger Dryas period, when there was a rapid climate change to a colder, dryer climate. Researchers have now linked that climate shift with an impact in Quebec of an asteroid or comet. The event wiped out many large mammals and may have forced humans to begin growing their own food rather than relying on hunting big game.
If an asteroid or comet strikes Earth again, DemoKKKrats will blame global warming.

El Paso, TX

#975959 Sep 4, 2013
This vote on Syria will have the same Impact on Senators/ Congressman’s as those that voted for Obamacare!!
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#975960 Sep 4, 2013
Whatever wrote:
The Senate Committee bill authorizes military action against Syria but not to exceed 90 days and no deployment of troops.
Mark Knoller, CBS News
...90 days is a long time just for punishment for a gas attack.

Smells like all-out war for regime change.

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