Barack Obama, our next President

Full story: Hampton Roads Daily Press

"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 ...
Comments
896,701 - 896,720 of 1,081,723 Comments Last updated 7 min ago
Wayne of NJ

New York, NY

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976273
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

Whatever wrote:
Egypt continues voicing their displeasure of Obama due to his staunch and unwavering support for Islamist.
Popular Egyptian Newspaper Publishes Picture of Obama As The Devil…
http://weaselzippers.us/2013/09/05/popular-eg...
That's not as offensive as what that rodeo clown did.

And now: Rebels have attacked a Christian village in the war torn country of Syria, beheading priests and brutally killing others. Not surprisingly, the rebels have ties to al Qaeda.

The rebels launched the assault on the ancient Christian village of Maaloula _ which is on a UNESCO list of tentative world heritage sites _ on Wednesday after an al-Nusra fighter blew himself up at a regime checkpoint at the entrance to the mountain village. The village, about 40 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of Damascus, is home to about 2,000 residents, some of whom still speak a version of Aramaic, the ancient language of biblical times believed to have been spoken by Jesus.

Heavy clashes between President Bashar Assad's troops and Nusra Front fighters persisted in surrounding mountains Thursday, according to the Observatory, which collects information from a network of anti-regime activists.

Speaking by phone from a convent in the village, a nun told The Associated Press that the rebels left a mountaintop hotel Thursday after capturing it a day earlier. The nun said the frightened residents expect the Islamic militants to return to the Safir hotel and resume shelling of the community below.

"It's their home now," the nun said. She spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
Al Qaeda led rebel force groups have also reportedly vowed to continue their attacks on Christians as soon as the United States "liberates" the country from it's President Bashir al-Assad.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976274
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

2

2

2

Your tax dollars at work, from the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/world/middl...
Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976275
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

3

3

3

sonicfilter wrote:
<quoted text>
Bush who?
the next thing you know Obama will have voted for the Iraq war and the whole thing will be his fault.
'But Saddam was killing his own people with chemical weapons!'
You do know one of the charges against Hussein during his trial was that he killed approximately 5,000 Kurds in one attack alone.

http://history1900s.about.com/od/saddamhussei...
Wayne of NJ

New York, NY

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976276
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

sonicfilter wrote:
<quoted text>
yes i know, i'm disrupting the Iraq war apology tour that you gang of certified nutjobs have had to put on your nutjob agenda.
why can't you guys just say you're sorry for voting for Bush?
Answer to your question: Because with each passing day it becomes clearer that those were the good old days.

How many more years of ineptness, blame and the buck never stops here can the United States handle? Or, in Obama's case: how many rounds of golf or campaign stops or vacations between now and the next President?
Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976277
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

2

2

2

sonicfilter wrote:
<quoted text>
yes i know, i'm disrupting the Iraq war apology tour that you gang of certified nutjobs have had to put on your nutjob agenda.
why can't you guys just say you're sorry for voting for Bush?
Denying that Hussein used CW on his own people is really damaging your credibility.
Criminals

Knoxville, TN

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976278
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

This kneegrow pig is a black piece of crap who sold nd used cocaine and hung around gay bath houses . Why would anybody listen to this queer drug addict . He should be hanging around Gay Disney World or queer Hollywood . The pig should be in jail . He was going to do HEROINE !
No Surprize

Seminole, FL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976279
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

2

1

1

sonicfilter wrote:
Fox News Dementia: Media Is Not As Hard On Obama/Syria As They Were On Bush/Iraq
Recall that it was the New York Times that employed Judith Miller (now with Fox News) who was instrumental in providing cover for the Bush administration’s pro-war agenda. She was a trusty vessel for the dissemination of propaganda from Bush’s war hawks. She was the reporter most responsible for validating false intelligence on Saddam Hussein’s weapons capabilities and ambitions.
If you watched MSNBC at the time, you might recall that the top rated program was hosted by talk show legend Phil Donahue. He was a prominent skeptic of the looming U.S. invasion of Iraq. Consequently, the management of MSNBC viewed him as a “difficult public face for NBC in a time of war.” His show was canceled in February of 2003, shortly before the invasion.
The media presentation of dissent was nearly non-existent. Despite the fact that millions of Americans took to the streets to protest the war, the media declined to cover the demonstrations. Contrast that with the way they slobbered over a few malcontents in a tiny and unpopular political sect known as the Tea Party, and a handful of their hollering rubes at town hall meetings ranting about their opposition to health care.
The characterization of the media as going soft on Obama with regard to Syria is also delusional in the extreme. As expected, Fox News has been harshly critical of Obama no matter what he does. Last week they hammered him for taking a unilateral stance and failing to consult Congress on a possible reprisal for Syria’s chemical weapons deployment. This week they are bashing him for wasting time with congressional consultations and weakening the presidency by seeking them. What’s more, Obama has come in for criticism by pundits on the left like Rachel Maddow and Thom Hartmann and even Jon Stewart.
The right-wing directive to refrain from criticizing a president during international hostilities is apparently only in effect when a Republican is in the White House. Critics of Bush were often called traitors when they expressed their opposition to his policies. But outraged Tea-publicans are now encouraged to disparage the Commander-in-Chief in the most vile terms. Today it is the President who is called a traitor by right-wing protesters who fancy themselves as patriots.
In light of these facts, it is incomprehensible how Crowley can take to the Fox News channel and offer a twisted version of history wherein Obama is getting a pass and Bush suffered outrageous slings and arrows. And what is even more disturbing is that so many Fox News viewers are too dimwitted to separate the Fox fallacy from reality.
http://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP/...

so where would i find 'thoughts of my own'?
A mindless observation - but the view into a tormented mind was worth the read.

The Government Cheese and Non Sentient Welfare Crowd

It's the cu;ture...
John Galt

Temecula, CA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976280
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

2

2

2

Think Progress has Obama trailing 49-199 in House vote, with most support coming from DemoKKKrats.

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/09/02/...

Call your Congressman and tell him/her "Hell, no".

Even you Florida Bocajews.
Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976281
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

2

2

2

sonicfilter wrote:
Fox News Dementia: Media Is Not As Hard On Obama/Syria As They Were On Bush/Iraq
Recall that it was the New York Times that employed Judith Miller (now with Fox News) who was instrumental in providing cover for the Bush administration’s pro-war agenda. She was a trusty vessel for the dissemination of propaganda from Bush’s war hawks. She was the reporter most responsible for validating false intelligence on Saddam Hussein’s weapons capabilities and ambitions.
If you watched MSNBC at the time, you might recall that the top rated program was hosted by talk show legend Phil Donahue. He was a prominent skeptic of the looming U.S. invasion of Iraq. Consequently, the management of MSNBC viewed him as a “difficult public face for NBC in a time of war.” His show was canceled in February of 2003, shortly before the invasion.
The media presentation of dissent was nearly non-existent. Despite the fact that millions of Americans took to the streets to protest the war, the media declined to cover the demonstrations. Contrast that with the way they slobbered over a few malcontents in a tiny and unpopular political sect known as the Tea Party, and a handful of their hollering rubes at town hall meetings ranting about their opposition to health care.
The characterization of the media as going soft on Obama with regard to Syria is also delusional in the extreme. As expected, Fox News has been harshly critical of Obama no matter what he does. Last week they hammered him for taking a unilateral stance and failing to consult Congress on a possible reprisal for Syria’s chemical weapons deployment. This week they are bashing him for wasting time with congressional consultations and weakening the presidency by seeking them. What’s more, Obama has come in for criticism by pundits on the left like Rachel Maddow and Thom Hartmann and even Jon Stewart.
The right-wing directive to refrain from criticizing a president during international hostilities is apparently only in effect when a Republican is in the White House. Critics of Bush were often called traitors when they expressed their opposition to his policies. But outraged Tea-publicans are now encouraged to disparage the Commander-in-Chief in the most vile terms. Today it is the President who is called a traitor by right-wing protesters who fancy themselves as patriots.
In light of these facts, it is incomprehensible how Crowley can take to the Fox News channel and offer a twisted version of history wherein Obama is getting a pass and Bush suffered outrageous slings and arrows. And what is even more disturbing is that so many Fox News viewers are too dimwitted to separate the Fox fallacy from reality.
http://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP/...
LOL, Todd from NBC, is on Twitter right now defending his reporting by pointing to "Russia Today" as a comparison.
Wayne of NJ

New York, NY

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976282
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

4

4

4

Once Again President Dithers Shows He's No Ronald Reagan

John Kerry made some impressive arguments in favor of military action.

He said the evidence is undeniable that Assad’s military forces used chemical weapons to kill nearly 1,500 men, women and children in Damascus.

He said that if the United States does not act to punish Assad it will send the wrong message to every rogue regime in the world.

And at one point, cranking up the rhetoric, Kerry said,“This is not the time for armchair isolationism. This is not the time to be spectators to slaughter.”

At about this point in the proceedings, I began to wonder if Kerry’s talking points had been written by George W. Bush.

When I closed my eyes, I swear I heard the voices of Colin Powell, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld explaining why the United States had a moral duty to invade Iraq and take out Saddam Hussein.

Kerry’s running argument with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky about whether the Obama administration was going to go to war even if Congress didn’t give its permission brought me back to 2013 -- and reminded me how horribly President Obama’s indecisiveness has botched Syria.

Let’s say everything Kerry said the other day about Assad being responsible for the gas attack and the importance of the civilized world punishing him is true.

Let’s say President Obama is not playing some cynical political game with Congress, or trying to win points with the public, and that he knows every single claim Kerry made is absolutely true.

Then what is the president waiting for? Why in God’s holy name hasn’t Obama already kicked Assad’s butt?

Two weeks after Assad gassed his own people and crossed the president’s imaginary red line, we’re still debating in Congress and worrying if Vladimir Putin will get mad at us if we beat Russia’s favorite Middle Eastern pet.

Obama should have done the same thing in Syria that President Ronald Reagan did in Libya when he had to wise-up Gadhafi about the cost of waging his terrorism campaign against the West.

Reagan acted the way the president of the United States should act -- DECISIVELY.

Reagna made no calls to the United Nations asking for permission to bomb Libya.

Reagan orchestrated no debates in Congress.

Reagan acted with resolve and ordered bombs to be dropped, not coalitions to be formed or opinion polls to be taken.

Long before Assad had a chance to launch a poison gas attack, our cut-rate commander-in-chief should have ordered a few cruise missiles fired at Assad’s head to get his full attention -- or better yet, kill him.

It’s too late for such presidential decisiveness now.

President Obama needed to show Assad that he -- and the United States -- meant business a long time ago.

But his administration dithered for more than two years, and 100,000 Syrians died in a civil war that now has so many rebel factions no one can tell the good guys from the bad.

Sen. Lindsey Graham was right when he said this week that it’s already too late for the United States to come up with a Syria strategy. He said our best options already are in our rear-view mirror.

At this point, all we can do is drop some leaflets on Damascus telling the Syrians how sorry we are that we have a president who still can’t get his act together.

Even Jimmy Carter was better than this ditherer.
No Surprize

Seminole, FL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976283
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
Denying that Hussein used CW on his own people is really damaging your credibility.
LOL... sonicmoron has no credibility.. Hell he has nor brain... A tin hat for sure...

Mo free shit is hard to vote against when it's all the pookie sonicmoron knows.

It's the culture...
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976284
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

sonicfilter wrote:
<quoted text>
no.
Good morning Sonic!

The civil war in Syria has been devastating, generating a death toll fast approaching 100,000, while uprooting millions of civilians from their homes.

But as the US and Russia signed an unprecedented accord on Wednesday in search of a political solution to an increasingly intractable conflict, its underlying causes in a fatal convergence of energy, climate and economic factors remain little understood.

But the US, Israel and other external powers are hardly honest brokers. Behind the facade of humanitarian concern, familiar interests are at stake. Three months ago, Iraq gave the greenlight for the signing of a framework agreement for construction of pipelines to transport natural gas from Iran's South Pars field - which it shares with Qatar - across Iraq, to Syria.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the pipelines was signed in July last year - just as Syria's civil war was spreading to Damascus and Aleppo - but the negotiations go back further to 2010. The pipeline, which could be extended to Lebanon and Europe, would potentially solidify Iran's position as a formidable global player.

The Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline plan is a "direct slap in the face" to Qatar's plans for a countervailing pipeline running from Qatar's North field, contiguous with Iran's South Pars field, through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and on to Turkey, also with a view to supply European markets.

The difference is that the pipeline would bypass Russia.

Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have received covert support from Washington in the funneling of arms to the most virulent Islamist elements of the rebel movement, while Russia and Iran have supplied arms to Assad.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-...
PDUPONT

Chicopee, MA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976285
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

flack wrote:
<quoted text> You cannot give a right to one by denying a right to another.
Really! Whose rights are being taken away by guaranteeing adequate health care to all citizens? The big insurance executives who make their fortunes on the miseries of others? Cry me a river. People have a greater right to medical care than an insurance CEO to a yacht.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976287
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

continued:

Israel also has a direct interest in countering the Iran-brokered pipeline. In 2003, just a month after the commencement of the Iraq War, US and Israeli government sources told The Guardian of plans to "build a pipeline to siphon oil from newly conquered Iraq to Israel" bypassing Syria.

The basis for the plan, known as the Haifa project, goes back to a 1975 MoU signed by then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, "whereby the US would guarantee Israel's oil reserves and energy supply in times of crisis." As late as 2007, US and Israeli government officials were in discussion on costs and contingencies for the Iraq-Israel pipeline project.

Syria's dash for gas has been spurred by its rapidly declining oil revenues, driven by the peak of its conventional oil production in 1996. Even before the war, the country's rate of oil production had plummeted by nearly half, from a peak of just under 610,000 barrels per day (bpd) to approximately 385,000 bpd in 2010.

Since the war, production has dropped further still, once again by about half, as the rebels have taken control of key oil producing areas.

Faced with dwindling profits from oil exports and a fiscal deficit, the government was forced to slash fuel subsidies in May 2008 - which at the time consumed 15% of GDP. The price of petrol tripled overnight, fueling pressure on food prices.

The crunch came in the context of an intensifying and increasingly regular drought cycle linked to climate change. Between 2002 and 2008, the country's total water resources dropped by half through both overuse and waste.

Once self-sufficient in wheat, Syria has become increasingly dependent on increasingly costly grain imports, which rose by 1m tonnes in 2011-12, then rose again by nearly 30% to about 4m in 2012-13. The drought ravaged Syria's farmlands, led to several crop failures, and drove hundreds of thousands of people from predominantly Sunni rural areas into coastal cities traditionally dominated by the Alawite minority

The exodus inflamed sectarian tensions rooted in Assad's longstanding favouritism of his Alawite sect – many members of which are relatives and tribal allies – over the Sunni majority
John Galt

Temecula, CA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976288
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

Fenris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>
Rule#1 for topix crowd control: DONT FEED THE RETARDED LEFTIST TROLLS...:-)
Particularly all the Ghost sockpuppets...

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976289
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

2

2

2

What a bunch of buffoons the people in the middle east must think our representatives are. They are telegraphing what they are going to do, where they are going to do it, and when they are going to do it, if by chance they get around to deciding that they are actually going to do it. Those people live by strength. Any sign of hesitation is seen as weakness. They will exploit that weakness. Saying that we won't put 'boots on the ground' no matter what is opening yourself up to attacks that will force you to do just that. But the representatives will have to get together and squawk for a week or two before they get around to doing what needs to be done.

It is my opinion that if this government does any military action it will cause a war that nobody wants. A war that will spread across ,not just the middle east, but Africa and maybe even lower Europe. We are playing a very dangerous game of chicken. One, I think, where there will be no winner.
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976290
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
You do know one of the charges against Hussein during his trial was that he killed approximately 5,000 Kurds in one attack alone.
http://history1900s.about.com/od/saddamhussei...
no kidding!?

yes, i do know that. 5,000 Kurds with....wait for it....chemical weapons!

we should of just nuked that fcker. him and that Assad guy.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976291
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

3

3

3

continued:

Since 2001 in particular, Syrian politics was increasingly repressive even by regional standards, while Assad's focus on IMF-backed market reform escalated unemployment and inequality. The new economic policies undermined the rural Sunni poor while expanding the regime-linked private sector through a web of corrupt, government-backed joint ventures that empowered the Alawite military elite and a parasitic business aristocracy.

Then from 2010 to 2011, the price of wheat doubled - fueled by a combination of extreme weather events linked to climate change, oil price spikes and intensified speculation on food commodities - impacting on Syrian wheat imports. Assad's inability to maintain subsidies due to rapidly declining oil revenues worsened the situation.

The food price hikes triggered the protests that evolved into armed
rebellion, in response to Assad's indiscriminate violence against demonstrators. The rural town of Dara'a, hit by five prior years of drought and water scarcity with little relief from the government, was a focal point for the 2011 protests.

The origins of Syria's 'war by proxy' are therefore unmistakeable - the result of converging climate, oil and debt crises within a politically repressive state, the conflict's future continues to be at the mercy of rival foreign geopolitical interests in dominating the energy corridors of the Middle East and North Africa.

But whoever wins this New Great Game, the Syrian people will end up losing.

As other oil exporters in the region approach production limits, and as climate change continues to wreak havoc in the world's food basket regions, policy makers should remember that without deep-seated transformation of the region's political and economic structures, Syria's plight today may well offer a taste of things to come.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-...
John Galt

Temecula, CA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976292
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

2

2

2

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP)– A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman warned any military intervention in Syria would create a nuclear disaster.

“If a warhead, by design or by chance, were to hit the Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MSNR) near Damascus, the consequences could be catastrophic,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich stated, according to Russia Today.

Lukashevich said if a military strike were launched without seeking approval from the United Nations Security Council that new suffering for other countries of the Middle East and North Africa would occur. He added that the region could be at risk of “contamination by highly enriched uranium and it would no longer be possible to account for nuclear material, its safety and control.”
No Surprize

Seminole, FL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#976293
Sep 5, 2013
 

Judged:

2

2

1

lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Good morning Sonic!
The civil war in Syria has been devastating, generating a death toll fast approaching 100,000, while uprooting millions of civilians from their homes.
But as the US and Russia signed an unprecedented accord on Wednesday in search of a political solution to an increasingly intractable conflict, its underlying causes in a fatal convergence of energy, climate and economic factors remain little understood.
But the US, Israel and other external powers are hardly honest brokers. Behind the facade of humanitarian concern, familiar interests are at stake. Three months ago, Iraq gave the greenlight for the signing of a framework agreement for construction of pipelines to transport natural gas from Iran's South Pars field - which it shares with Qatar - across Iraq, to Syria.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the pipelines was signed in July last year - just as Syria's civil war was spreading to Damascus and Aleppo - but the negotiations go back further to 2010. The pipeline, which could be extended to Lebanon and Europe, would potentially solidify Iran's position as a formidable global player.
The Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline plan is a "direct slap in the face" to Qatar's plans for a countervailing pipeline running from Qatar's North field, contiguous with Iran's South Pars field, through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and on to Turkey, also with a view to supply European markets.
The difference is that the pipeline would bypass Russia.
Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have received covert support from Washington in the funneling of arms to the most virulent Islamist elements of the rebel movement, while Russia and Iran have supplied arms to Assad.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-...
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...

Over 100,000 Syrians killed in the past two years was no problem...

Golf anyone? Vacations?? More incompotence, ineptitude anyone??

It's the culture...

Tell me when this thread is updated: (Registration is not required)

Add to my Tracker Send me an email

Type in your comments below
Name
(appears on your post)
Comments
Characters left: 4000
Type the numbers you see in the image on the right:

Please note by clicking on "Post Comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

79 Users are viewing the Chicago Forum right now

Search the Chicago Forum:
Title Updated Last By Comments
Topix Chitown Regulars (Aug '09) 7 min RACE 97,552
BARACK OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICATE: Suit contesting... (Jan '09) 7 min wojar 174,883
Six-year-old girl watches in horror as police '... 12 min hands on AR 2
2 men charged with attempted murder in shooting... 14 min reality is a crutch 1
Weapons of mass production 15 min Alexandra Klausner 1
Abby 7-28 28 min Pippa 4
Chicago mayor vows to shelter 1,000 undocumente... 33 min Hope you can afford it 1
•••

Beach Hazards Statement for Cook County was issued at July 28 at 3:19AM CDT

•••
•••
•••

Chicago Jobs

•••
Enter and win $5000
•••
•••

Chicago People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

•••

Chicago News, Events & Info

Click for news, events and info in Chicago
•••

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]
•••