Barack Obama, our next President

"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 ... Full Story
WOW

Bronx, NY

#975714 Sep 4, 2013
“You Get a President… Nothing Else”
President Obama offered the crowds at the March on Washington commemoration…nothing, except the fact of a Black presidency. That’s all he’s ever offered. The question is:“What good to black Americans is a first black president who brings them nothing more than the fleeting symbolic satisfaction of his technically black presence in the White House.”by Paul Street

“It's like,'OK, you get a president, you get nothing else. You got him so you don't need to eat, you don't need education.' It's just almost worse…”– Judith Hawkins, Washington D.C.

I’m not a big fan of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). It’s a conservative, power-friendly communications entity that can be counted on to serve elites more often than not – not all that different from the dominant, mass consent-manufacturing corporate media in the U.S.

Still, I’ve got to hand it to the BBC for providing some decent reportage on race in the United States at the 50thanniversary mark of Martin Luther King’s magisterial “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Mall in Washington DC.

Watching television two nights ago, I was taken aback even more than usual by the vapidity of the “P”BS Newshour’s take on that topic. The Newshour’s segment on American race relations a half century after the 1963 March on Washington (MOW) was lightweight white bait. So what if the Newshour co-anchor in charge of the segment was a black American – Gwen Ifill, who tells viewers in a “P”BS advertisement that her job as a journalist permits her to “ask not only all of my own questions but also and more importantly all of your questions”? Her segment was remarkable for the extent to which it avoided difficult and painful questions about the persistence of steep racial inequality in the U.S. and the reasons for that persistence.[1]

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Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#975715 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.
The man said, "When a country uses chemical weapons that is where I (notice the 'I') draw a red line. Now he said he didn't draw the line. That is a lie!!!!

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#975716 Sep 4, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
President Barack Obama won the backing of key figures in the U.S. Congress, including Republicans, in his call for limited U.S. strikes on Syria to punish President Bashar al-Assad for his suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/03/us-...
seems the Brotherhood has infiltrated the GOP.
but we all knew that already. thanks a lot George.
The truth is obama painted us into a corner. Why do you guys bitch when the gop backs obama?
No Surprize

Seminole, FL

#975717 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.
Obama has mishandled Syria over the past few years. The good/very good options he once had to fix Syria, are in the rearview mirror you warmongering idiot... More golf anyone? Vacations??

It's the culture..
Whatever

Gering, NE

#975718 Sep 4, 2013
“the President does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/20...

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#975719 Sep 4, 2013
PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
Nothing changed last month Carol. Just like there was no legislation last week as you claimed, because Congress wasn't even in session. You're a damned liar.
Google "Congress and staff exempt from Obamacare".

Reuters
August 7, 2013

When Congress passed the health reform law known as Obamacare in 2010, an amendment required that lawmakers and their staff members purchase health insurance through the online exchanges that the law created. They would lose generous coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

(Some republicans argued that if Obamacare was good enough for the American public, they were good enough for Congress. Democrats were eager to go along with it.)

But it soon became apparent the provision contained no language that allowed federal contributions toward their health plans that cover about 75 percent of the premium costs.

This caused fears that staff would suddenly face sharply higher healthcare costs and leave federal service, causing a "brain drain" on Capitol Hill.

The Office of Personnel Management, the federal government's human resources agency, decided to help Congress escape the most onerous impact of law as it was written.

Republican Senator David Vitter vowed to reverse the OPM ruling to ensure that no members of Congress, Capitol Hill staff nor Obama administration appointees get any federal subsidies for health insurance purchased on Obamacare health exchanges.

"These recent maneuverings inside the beltway are precisely why the American people rightly despise Congress," said Vitter, of Louisiana. "Perhaps if White House appointees and Congress have to live under these same Obamacare rules, things would be changed quickly for the better."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/07/us-...

Congress gets to keep their Cadillac coverage at our expense under the guise of Obamacare while we have to take whatever we can get.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#975720 Sep 4, 2013
“It seems like everything is going backwards.”

Mardell then reported sharply disparate official unemployment rates by race in Washington DC: 3.5% for whites and 22% for blacks (“although some say [the black rate] is really much higher”). He also observed stark economic inequalities in the U.S. as a whole: average U.S unemployment of 7.4% vs. black U.S. unemployment of 12.5%; overall median income of $50,502 vs. median black income of $33,460; a national poverty rate of 15% vs. a black poverty rate of 27.4%. Mardell added that blacks make up 40 percent of the remarkable number of Americans in jail even though they comprise 13% of the U.S. population.

Like all good journalists, Mark Mardell knows that statistics only go so far when it comes to reaching viewers and readers. You’ve got to talk to some real people to put a human face on the story.

So Mardell went to a food distribution center in a black Washington D.C. ghetto, where the destitute rub shoulders with the working poor in search of adequate nutrition. There he met an 80-year old black woman named Evelyn Brown, a former nurse who “has worked all her life but finds it hard to make ends meet.” A veteran of the 1963 MOW, Ms. Brown told Mardell that "It seems like everything is going backwards,'cause…I came up the ranks, the hard times, so therefore I can see what's going on now…Really it is a struggle, it's a terrible struggle."

Mardell also interviewed a younger black woman named Judith Hawkins, who told him that “not enough has changed since King marched…We can sit in the front of the bus and we don't have to go to the outside water fountains,” Ms. Hawkins said. "And people would say we've come a long way because Barack Obama is president. It's almost like he's the panacea, but I mean with the recession it's really real here…It's like,'OK, you get a president, you get nothing else. You got him so you don't need to eat, you don't need education.' It's just almost worse, it almost made it worse because of the backlash."
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#975721 Sep 4, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text> Just mocking you right whiners.
...no, you're the only freak who acts like a little girl
WOW

Bronx, NY

#975722 Sep 4, 2013
YOU GOT NUTTIN Mardell said something quite remarkable in his piece on race in the U.S., which reported more about that topic than “P”Bs and Gwen Ifill have had to offer over multiple days of pretending to discuss the same topic in coordination with the MOW anniversary.“While many whites might see Mr. Obama's election as the final, triumphant chapter in the civil rights story,” Mardell observed,“here [in Washington D,C.’s black ghetto] it is sourly noted that he hasn't visited this part of the city just a few miles from where he lives.”[1A]

“He could have noted the first technically black president’s repeatedly stated hostility to the notion that blacks deserve any special programs or compensation for the powerful role racism has played in producing the nation’s persistent stark racial disparities.”

There’s a lot more that Mardell could have said about the sorry state of U.S. race relations today. Mardell underestimated the size of the incarcerated population. He should have provided data on the wealth/net worth race-gap.(The New York Times reported last spring that ”by the most recent data, the average white family had about $632,000 in wealth, versus $98,000 for black families and $110,000 for Hispanic families”[2]) He could have noted the first technically black president’s repeatedly stated hostility to the notion that blacks deserve any special programs or compensation for the powerful role racism has played in producing the nation’s persistent stark racial disparities – along with Obama’s nasty habit of lecturing poor blacks on the their own supposed personal and cultural responsibility for their disadvantage.

Mardell might have politely challenged Ms. Hawkins notion that black Americans “got a president” or at least made it explicit that they only got one of a symbolic kind. The Harvard-educated and elite white-vetted half-white president has been Wall Street and corporate America’s president more than anything else.

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Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#975723 Sep 4, 2013
Good grief!!!

Main article: List of parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention

Almost all countries in the world have joined the Chemical Weapons Convention. Currently 189 of the 196 states recognized by the United Nations are party to the CWC.[1] Of the seven states that are not, two have signed but not yet ratified the treaty (Burma and Israel) and five states have not signed the treaty (Angola, North Korea, Egypt, South Sudan and Syria).

You were saying?
Whatever

Gering, NE

#975724 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.
Remember that "red line" the UNSC set for Iraq, which Iraq violated, and Democrats like Obama said we shouldn't have responded to?
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#975725 Sep 4, 2013
Yosemite fire started by illegal pot growers....

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#975726 Sep 4, 2013
martinezjosei wrote:
Liberals now admit children know more about foreign affairs than the man-child incompetent Obama!!! LOL!!!
Saddam Hussein killed hundred of children but that was Ok for Liberal and Bush was a war criminal but under Obama now that is a bad thing!
See? Liberals are brain dead hypocrites!
For a lot of us, the hypocrisy is blinding.

We need liberal filtering sunglasses to shut out the glare.
Whatever

Gering, NE

#975727 Sep 4, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text> Just mocking you right whiners.
Your brilliant use of dumbassery really brought that concept home?
WOW

Bronx, NY

#975728 Sep 4, 2013
THE DREAMS SOLD TO THE SLEEPERS the Obama years have in fact been worse for black Americans (consistent with Evelyn Brown’s comment that “everything is going backwards”)– no “just almost worse” about it. And he might have dug deeper to learn that a number of left U.S. anti-racist intellectuals and activists warned from the very beginning that the “vacuous to repressive neoliberal” President Obama (I quote Dr. Adolph Reed Jr.) was going to be a big problem for the black equality struggle in America. This was my position early on, for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the expectation that Obama’s rise to the White House would prove the last nail in the coffin of white America’s willingness to admit that racism still poses serious barriers to black advancement and racial equality.[3]

Still, Mardell and BBC deserve credit for telling some very basic truths that seem beyond the reach of U.S.“mainstream” media. The numbers and real-world testimony they provide are honest and harsh enough to suggest serious problems with the dominant progress narrative, richly fed by Obama’s dangerous ascendancy.

It is easier, of course, to tell difficult truths about social conditions and disparities in nations other than your own.(I am skeptical about whether BBC is as incisive and candid when it comes to racial inequality inside the United Kingdom). That said, it is good to see on BBC a rare bit of honest and serious reporting about racial oppression and the real lives of black Americans in the endlessly deceptive and mendacious Age of Obama.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#975729 Sep 4, 2013
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>Hey, Idiot by Choice, could you practice your right to remain stupid elsewhere I'm really tired of all you smelly old socks following anyone with "walkin' around sense" everywhere in an inane attempt to bore them into abdication.
No one cares what you think.

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#975730 Sep 4, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> A measure of scale is needed. Not that I don't agree with you. Remember the gulf oil spill? Well the amount of oil spilled is equal to one drop of oil in a bath tub full of water. Just like this fire out west. For the most part they should just let it burn. It has burned before and it will burn again. If people must build in those places they must build in protections or insurance. If neither and something happens then they are on their own. No government handouts. Same with flood plains.
As far as natural disasters like floods and fire, you could be right.

When it comes to man-made disasters of dumping chemicals and nuclear waste in our oceans, the measure of scale isn't big enough.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#975731 Sep 4, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
People who really care about their cars (or their finances) do not use car washes. Bucket of soapy water, a sponge, a hose, and a towel are better than any car wash.
LOL! You'd be amazed at the amount of money made at full service carwashes! People don't want to spend their free time cleaning a car; many people here have multiple vehicles; it's a booming business.
TSM

El Paso, TX

#975732 Sep 4, 2013
I think this statement by Matthews highlights Liberals Ideology: Mathews; Dems Must Support War to 'Save President's Hide' it’s not about America it’s about Party!!
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#975733 Sep 4, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> A measure of scale is needed. Not that I don't agree with you. Remember the gulf oil spill? Well the amount of oil spilled is equal to one drop of oil in a bath tub full of water. Just like this fire out west. For the most part they should just let it burn. It has burned before and it will burn again. If people must build in those places they must build in protections or insurance. If neither and something happens then they are on their own. No government handouts. Same with flood plains.
GROVELAND, Calif.— As the massive Rim fire roared out of the Stanislaus National Forest and deeper into Yosemite National Park this week, public attention rose sharply.

But the intensity of firefighting did not.

That's because part of the blaze had crossed into the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, which has a more restrained approach to managing wildfires than other federal, state and local fire agencies battling the 300-square-mile blaze.

Officials estimate that it will be fully contained in two or three weeks, but it is expected to keep smoldering for weeks longer and won't be truly out for months.

"This fire will burn until the first rains or until the snow flies," said Lee Bentley, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.

Although the 4,900 firefighters here operate under a unified command, the park service has a very different firefighting philosophy from that of the forest service or the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The portion of the Rim fire burning outside the park is fought aggressively by the forest service and Cal Fire. Bulldozers rip fire lines across the landscape, and crews fell trees and set protective backfires. Helicopters and tanker airplanes drop water and retardant.

"We want to send as much equipment to a fire as we can," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant. "Our goal is to put it out early and avoid having a large fire."

But inside parks, a policy often called "fire use" accepts fire as a naturally occurring process and often a useful tool.

Park fire managers suppress blazes that endanger people or threaten structures and resources. Fires in tourist-heavy Yosemite Valley, for instance, are "very, very controlled," said Tom Medema, Yosemite's chief of interpretation and education.

Otherwise, park officials prefer to herd fires where they want them to go and allow blazes to burn out on their own.

It's a science-based approach that serves the same function as off-season forest thinning and controlled burns. But those arguments often fail to stand up to public distaste for trees burning in beloved national parks.

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