Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1478945 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

#975974 Sep 4, 2013
A Brief History of Russia and the West The Background
Everyone, since geopolitics was invented, has always known that Eurasia is the key to global supremacy. For that reason, Russia has been under attack by the West every time the West could get it together to launch an attack. Napoleon had his try, and the Germans had a go in World War I, having been manipulated in the context of Britain's balance of powers strategy. Then in World War II the Germans attacked again, having been re-armed by Western financiers. A strong, healthy Russia, even if geopolitically benign, is an obstacle to any power who seeks hegemony in global affairs.

The Cold War, an invention of the West, embodied two primary objectives. First and foremost, it provided an excuse for interventions all over the globe on the part of the US — ostensibly 'protecting the free world from Communism'— while in fact exploiting the hell out of what were deemed to be 'underdeveloped' nations. Secondarily, the Cold War amounted to a long-term attempt to destabilize the Soviet Union, which finally succeeded in 1990. The Cold War was perhaps the most successful of the historical series of attacks on Russia.

Once the Soviet Union had been destabilized, Yeltsin, a tool of the West, continued the attack on the Russian Republic itself, selling off its assets to cronies, while leaving Russia's infrastructures to rot. But lo, there arose in the East a great leader, along with surging oil prices, and Putin managed to turn Russia back into a contending superpower. The tide had turned. The Bear had awoken and found its courage. The old Grand Chess Game was again afoot.

The next Western attack, following that of Yeltsin, came in the form of CIA-managed 'colored revolutions', in the Ukraine, Georgia, et al. Russia has itself to blame for the ill will toward Russia that lingered in these places, but in reality that old history is not relevant in these political events. That ill will was exploited successfully by the US, but in fact these nations would fare much better in close cooperation with Russia than as client states of the West.

I don't want to romanticize Russia, not at all. But one must recognize certain things about Russian imperialism as contrasted to Western imperialism. Western imperialism — driven by banking elites — has economic exploitation as its primary objective. Russian imperialism — driven by national interests — has national security as its primary objective. While Western colonies, a.k.a. client states, are always poorer than the West, the Eastern European satellite nations typically had a higher standard of living than Russia itself during the Soviet era. Russia was more concerned with having a stable buffer against the West, than it was with robbing the satellites of their assets.

This is why I say that the nations surrounding Russia, now that they have gained their independence from Russian bureaucratic methods, would be better off economically by integrating themselves as peers into the Russian sphere of influence. Unfortunately, Russia is pathetic with propaganda, and with population management, as compared to the West, so they resorted to dictatorial methods in the Soviet era — and hence all the residual ill will that currently beclouds sound economic thinking. Any client state of the West is destined for economic exploitation, typically by means of enriching a local elite and keeping it in power as long as it plays ball with the international bankers — and suppresses its own people.


New York, NY

#975975 Sep 4, 2013
A Brief History of Russia and the West The Current Situation
Russia has turned the tide re/colored-revolutions, and is enticing back to the fold many of its neighbors by offering them favorable and profitable economic deals — not by installing suppressive client regimes. Russia has also out-foxed the US-UK oil cartel in the Caspian region and elsewhere. Russia, in concert with China, is beginning to eclipse the US-EU Axis in many areas, including manufacturing, control over energy supplies, productive economic activity, and monetary reserves. Only in military capability does the US continue to hold a #1 rating, and the actual military advantage slips day by day away from the Pentagon, as Russia and China develop their 'asymmetric' counter-measures.

This is the context in which US-NATO trained, armed, and encouraged Georgia to launch its brutal and illegal attack on South Ossetia, intentionally killing Russian citizens and peace-keepers, and intentionally targeting civilians generally. Nearly all of the casualties in the overall conflict were inflicted by Georgian forces at the outset of hostilities. The US and UK media refer to the total number of casualties, and imply that Russia is to blame for them. Such is the nature of our so-called 'free press'.

Clearly the US & NATO had no intention of backing up the Georgian forces, although Saakashvili was most likely led to believe otherwise. It's always dangerous to go with a 'green light to attack' from America. Saddam fell into that trap and got the Gulf War for his reward. And way back in the 1956 Hungarian uprising, the Voice of America had promised the rebels that America would come to their aid, and then they were left out to dry, cannon fodder for Cold War propaganda. The Kurds have been similarly betrayed on several occasions. The Native Americans had a phrase about the Yankees, "White Man speak with forked tongue".

Russia could not possibly have responded other than she did, on humanitarian grounds alone, along with national pride, and backed up by current international law & practice. And given the current geopolitical situation, Russia was probably looking for an opportunity to demonstrate her new-found assertiveness on the world stage. So the whole scenario was totally predictable by Washington, and the outcomes are exactly what the US wanted. Hence the one-sided spin in the media. The whole point of the operation was to demonize Russia and to reinstate the Cold War regime, an objective the US has been building up to for some time.

Honolulu, HI

#975976 Sep 4, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Galt apologizes for the world for forcing Obama to be a dumbass.
lol! Now I know where Temeula is! I'm tracking a vehicle through your neck of the outhouse!

Since: Jul 08

We will not go gentle

#975977 Sep 4, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
The tales of Uncle Remus are only considered racist by book-burners like you, who also object to Huck Finn.
Br'er Rabbit and the Tar Baby is a perfect analogy for Obama and Syria.
So, GFY, you ignoramus.
It's not a damned thing like "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Chandler's original used the term N'r tarbaby...I suppose those things went over much better in the antebellum South. You no doubt found Django to be racist and pornographic?

New York, NY

#975978 Sep 4, 2013
What's To Come
This leads us to considering two possible future scenarios: armageddon and regionalism. In the armageddon scenario — the stuff of Cheney's dreams — we finally have World War III, a nuclear exchange, and the winner takes all, if a winner remains standing. In the context of that scenario, the Georgian exercise would be meant to harden the lines, and to prepare populations to understand the 'why' of conflicts to come.

In the regionalism scenario, which I explored in The Post-Bush Regime, a Prognosis, the motivation for the Georgian exercise would be more along the lines of 1984, the creation of an enemy persona, an essential character in propaganda drama — "The Wicked Witch of the East unleashes her winged monkeys on the 'innocent' Georgians" — that sort of thing.

In support of the armageddon scenario we have reports of a US-NATO naval armada converging on Iran, with the intention of a full blockade. Russian military ships would challenge such a blockade, and off we go into armageddon land.

In support of the regionalism scenario we have reports of a collapsing dollar, and of the Amero coming to the rescue, along with the North American Union. A circling of the wagons into regional self-sufficiency, and most likely a post-capitalist, neo-feudal, world system.

Which will it be? Your guess is as good as mine.

On the other hand, by means of grass-roots intervention, a whole new scenario could be introduced. Only time will tell.


Honolulu, HI

#975979 Sep 4, 2013
Buroc Millhouse Obama wrote:
<quoted text>
It's one of those things called a Human Being. They sit on the aisle opposite you robots.
Ah! I was wondering why they kept dumping crap there! Thanks for clarifying!

Scottsbluff, NE

#975980 Sep 4, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
...90 days is a long time just for punishment for a gas attack.
Smells like all-out war for regime change.
I agree if it is suppose to be a simple "shot across the bow" the timeline doesn't support this claim.

Since: May 11

Aspers, PA

#975981 Sep 4, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
The tales of Uncle Remus are only considered racist by book-burners like you, who also object to Huck Finn.
Br'er Rabbit and the Tar Baby is a perfect analogy for Obama and Syria.
So, GFY, you ignoramus.
The term was hijacked & used as a racial slur. You know this yet chose to use it.

You can claim your intent wasn't racist but you've posted slurs in the past and they are many ays to say what you did without sing the racial sensitive terminology especially in reference to a black person.

You right whiners search for ways to post slurs. I guess you think racism is funny.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#975982 Sep 4, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>As opposed to the "older dry ass" period when people discovered that soft grasses, fish, fowl and small mammals were much tastier and far easier to digest.
Kinda like the first buffet line.
Also__Super Walmarts currently feature between 4 and 8 self pay stations depending on location. Walmart and NCR have plans to improve the technology and install an additional 14,000 stations at select stores during 2014.
BTW meat is at the top of the list of items pilfered at those stations followed by the usual easy to sell products, coffee, batteries, motor oil, pet food, haircare products, and of course Zyrtec.
Finally, you wimped out when Galt stated that Walmarts are located in low income neighborhoods. That's not true__and never was. Shame on you for letting that slide.
Galt stated that Walmarts are generally NOT located in inner-city minority neighborhoods because of political opposition. Morality is not related to income and not all low-income people are thieves.

Realtime and his thieving buddies should also realize that shoplifting is considered a serious crime in many jurisdictions, punishable by jail time.

New York, NY

#975983 Sep 4, 2013
Operation The Eagle Strikes;Like most people who have any awareness of the world, you've probably been wondering about the events in Georgia. Is Russia going to be 'isolated'? Is NATO going to expand into Georgia and the Ukraine? Will Russia bomb the missile systems the US is deploying in Poland? Might things spiral out of control into a nuclear exchange? I too have been wondering, and watching the developments carefully. The picture is now beginning to become clear.

The first thing to realize is that everything that is happening has been planned out well in advance by the usual suspects in Washington. The events have not in any sense been caused by tensions in the Caucus, rather those tensions have provided a convenient venue for Washington to pursue its grand designs.

The second thing to realize is that Russia has no interest whatsoever in conflict. By this I don't mean 'Russia is good', but rather 'Russia is sensible'. The conflicts now and to come are entirely the creation of US/EU elites, in their pursuit of global domination.

The third thing to realize — and this is well known in both Washington and Moscow — is that the US has been preparing for many years to carry out a nuclear first-strike against Russia. That's what Reagan's 'Star Wars' was about, and the thread continues to space-based lasers, and right down to the missiles in Poland.

The fourth thing to realize is the reason why this first strike is critical to US/EU elite interests. Without it, the overwhelming balance of global power will shift to Eurasia, to Russia and China. Eurasia is growing rapidly economically, while the US & EU are in rapid economic decline, and these trends are not going to change without decisive military intervention.

There was a period where it seemed Russia could be defeated without a conflagration. Under Yeltsin, Washington thought it could destroy Russia from within. And then later the 'colored revolutions' looked like they might succeed. Those schemes, however, failed. The Russian Bear is now fully awake, with pockets full of cash, and prepared to defend its interests. Not a scenario that pleases a bully who wants to be King of the Schoolyard.

That's the background to the events in Georgia.

What we are now seeing is the countdown to the first strike. There are many dimensions to the project. The military capability is only one part. Equally important is the psy-ops preparation.
SO F the lily,Realdave/time sonicfilth,leosana,yeah,njraid er1

Scottsbluff, NE

#975984 Sep 4, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
MoveOn Plans To Launch ‘Major Effort’ Against Use Of Force In Syria
i see all the faux conservative liberals are here.
and WOW....not so much.
Is those Liberals who have become hawks now neo-Liberals and faux Liberals?


Are Liberals who stuck with their principals now faux liberals for not walking in step in with Obots?

New York, NY

#975985 Sep 4, 2013
Operation The Eagle Strikes Militarily, the US is not ready yet. The missile defense systems still need a few years to be sufficiently effective to enable a first strike with minimal damage to the US from Russian retaliation. Evidently, the Pentagon now has a reliable date for when it will be ready, and that's the reason for the launch of the psy-ops part of the project.

That's what the Georgian incident was all about: the beginning of a psy-ops project, Demonizing Russia. Washington hit Russia with provocation it couldn't ignore ('an offer it couldn't refuse'), and then the propaganda machine (i.e., the Western media) launched its well-prepared campaign of lies and deception.

This is only the beginning. Washington and its toady NATO will push Russia again and again, forcing it into moves that will be increasingly easy to demonize. By such means Washington will create a situation where populations in the West think of Russia as expansionist, just like in the Cold War. As the first-strike capability nears readiness, the pushing will be accelerated. Ultimately Russia will be forced to take an action that will be perceived by Western audiences as 'going too far', and that will be the excuse for the first strike.


Cape Canaveral, FL

#975986 Sep 4, 2013
WOW wrote:
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'.
Who wrote that prose? Obviously not your flaky azz.

Right wing sites are same same church fool__I've got a secret, give me money and I'll share it with you.

Get yourself a fkn life loser__and quit stealing the written works of others.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#975987 Sep 4, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Geosynchronous orbits???
Oh, you were talking about directv. I thought you were talking about spy satellites. Lol

New York, NY

#975988 Sep 4, 2013
Think about this. There is, and never has been, a danger that Iran might lob a nuclear missile on the U.S. or any European country. It is obvious that if Iran were to do this then it would be obliterated in a nuclear retaliation. Therefore the U.S. change of strategy has nothing to do with Iran, but rather with Russia. Either (a) the U.S. has realized that its previous plan to launch a nuclear first strike against Russia using the proposed Polish missile base was seriously flawed or (b) the Poles have (secretly) informed the Americans that they will not allow the development of the Polish missile base to proceed because of the danger that this would pose to Poland (in the event that the Americans used it to attack Russia) or (c) the Germans became very alarmed by Russia's plans (in response to the Americans) to base nuclear missiles in Kaliningrad (targeted at European cities) and put pressure on the Poles. So the Americans have had to rethink their strategy for their nuclear first strike against Russia. Fortunately this is likely to put their timetable back somewhat, perhaps to 2015 rather than 2012. Or perhaps this decision by the Americans is a ploy to deceive the Russians (and the rest of us), and the timetable remains intact, minus the Polish missiles.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#975989 Sep 4, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
Eman proves how uninformed he is with this one.
Wow Eman.
Please, enlighten us.

“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#975990 Sep 4, 2013
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
When Obama started threatening Syria, Israel handed out gas masks.(Despite Kerry's claim there is no threat). On Twitter a father was talking about helping his children put glitter on the mask.
Considering just how much this bass turd lies, I strongly suspect his motives for "shooting across the bow" of Assad. He's still looking for a homeland for the Muslim Brotherhood and their terrorist friends having failed in Egypt.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#975991 Sep 4, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Geocentric orbit. About 23,000 miles.
if he was talking about weather or communication satellites. But what good would those do in this situation?

New York, NY

#975992 Sep 4, 2013
Obama's Economic Agenda:
a Timely Review
Fiscal considerations: austerity and the chains of debt
The stimulus package, as we read in the NY Times, allocates $789 billion for recovery, some for programs, and some in tax reductions. Meanwhile Geithner, the Treasury Secretary, announced that an additional $2.5 trillion would be allocated to the insolvent banks. That means we're taking on an additional national debt of $3.2 trillion, with over 75% of that going directly to the banks.
The decision to pursue the bailout scheme in this way cannot be called an inheritance from the Bush administration. The funds disbursed under Bush were on a more modest scale, and Obama actively supported that part of the bailout. Obama has dramatically increased the bailout amount, and the whole bailout scheme must be seen a primary part of the agenda of Obama's own administration. He inherited the collapse, but he wasn't obligated to pursue the solution he is pursuing.

What does it mean for the Treasury to go into debt for an additional $3.2 trillion? We need to take into account that the US already had a large national debt, the largest in the world, and that it was already running high budget deficits and high trade deficits, all of this before the collapse, the bailout, or the recession. One does not need to be an economist, or have a crystal ball, to see that America will be on its knees financially. With a global recession underway, and no hope of early recovery, this is the very worst time, from a fiscal point of view, to take on major additional debt.

With continuing foreign wars and the additional repayment burden, America will only be able to operate by running record budget deficits for the foreseeable future. And we need to understand that such borrowing can only happen if the credit is available. Obama blithely spends $3.2 trillion, and we might assume the government can do that any time it wants, but that's not true. Without the cooperation of the Federal Reserve and its international cohorts, neither the bailout nor the recovery plan could have been pursued.

There is one other way the US can fund its deficits, and that is by having the Federal Reserve simply print money, with no kind of backing. But again, this requires the agreement of the privately-owned Fed, and it results in Treasury debt, just as if the money had been borrowed legitimately. Such a policy would also be inflationary, perhaps leading to Weimar-style hyper-inflation. Nonetheless, Geithner is ready to print money if other funding can't be found, as we read in the NY Times on February 11:

Since: Jul 08

We will not go gentle

#975993 Sep 4, 2013
Oh, well, time to not only ignore, but completely honor the Grumpy Old Pricks sock drawer with my absence. Clearly, it's the time that they all belly-up [wheel chair mounted] to the bar for an all-night Happy Hour in the Closet on Loser Street...Y'all don't dislocate your arm[s]? too badly patting yourself on the back, ya' hear

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