Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1534504 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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Since: Aug 13

Bozeman, MT

#1005013 Oct 16, 2013

“The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default.” Alan Greenspan

“In the case of United States, default is absolutely impossible. All U.S. government debt is denominated in U.S. dollar assets.” Peter Zeihan, Vice President of Analysis for STRATFOR

“In the case of governments boasting monetary sovereignty and debt denominated in its own currency, like the United States (but also Japan and the UK), it is technically impossible to fall into debt default.” Erwan Mahe, European asset allocation and options strategies adviser ...


Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1005014 Oct 16, 2013
This poor safety record may have been due in part to a deadly flaw in the aircraft's design that caused an engine stall and loss of control under a certain combination of angle of attack and airspeed frequently encountered during takeoff. According to a former F-102 pilot we've interviewed, this problem caused the plane to roll inverted and resulted in several fatal crashes. Numerous accidents were also encountered during landing because of the plane's high angle of attack and airspeed that reduced the pilot's visibility and reaction time. These factors have traditionally been two of the primary disadvantages of delta wing aircraft and explain why the pure delta wing design was later abandoned. Today's delta wing aircraft are typically equipped with leading edge extensions or canards that improve safety and performance. Luckily, F-102 operators overcame these deficiencies thanks to good pilot training and control lockouts that prevented the plane from reaching extreme conditions, and the F-102 went on to become one of the safer fighters of its day.

Regardless, the F-102 was still far more dangerous to fly than today's combat aircraft. Compared to the F-102's lifetime accident rate of 13.69, today's planes generally average around 4 mishaps per 100,000 hours. For example, compare the F-16 at 4.14, the F-15 at 2.47, the F-117 at 4.07, the S-3 at 2.6, and the F-18 at 4.9. Even the Marine Corps' AV-8B, regarded as the most dangerous aircraft in US service today, has a lifetime accident rate of only 11.44 mishaps per 100,000 flight hours. The F-102 claimed the lives of many pilots, including a number stationed at Ellington during Bush's tenure. Of the 875 F-102A production models that entered service, 259 were lost in accidents that killed 70 Air Force and ANG pilots.

Nevertheless, we have established that the F-102 was serving in combat in Vietnam at the time Bush enlisted to become an F-102 pilot. Air National Guard pilots from the 147th FIG, where Bush was stationed, even served combat duty in Vietnam routinely under a volunteer program called "Palace Alert" from 1968 to 1970. Palace Alert was an Air Force program that sent qualified F-102 pilots from the ANG to bases in Europe or southeast Asia for three to six months of frontline service. This program was instituted because the Air Force lacked sufficient pilots of its own for duty in Vietnam but was unable to activate ANG units since Presidents Johnson and Nixon had decided not to do so for political reasons. Thanks to Palace Alert, the Air Force was able to transfer much-needed National Guard pilots to Vietnam on a voluntary basis while not actually activating any ANG squadrons.

Fred Bradley, a friend of Bush's who was also serving in the Texas ANG, reported that he and Bush inquired about participating in the Palace Alert program. However, the two were told by a superior, MAJ Maurice Udell, that they were not yet qualified since they were still in training and did not have the 500 hours of flight experience required. Furthermore, ANG veteran COL William Campenni, who was a fellow pilot in the 111th FIS at the time, told the Washington Times that Palace Alert was winding down and not accepting new applicants.

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1005015 Oct 16, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Topix needs a jibberish judgit for Lois Lame's nonsense.
Okay, smartass...<you don't mind my calling you smartass, do you?>

Did or did not Obama cover-up the Benghazi attack blaming a video weeks after it became known it was a planned terrorist attack?

Did or did not Obama stonewall the investigations into Benghazi?

Did or did not Obama refuse to answer any questions as to who was responsible or provide any details to explain why it happened?

Did or did not Obama - and Hillary - lie straight-faced to the victims' families at their funerals about that video?

Did or did not Obama fly to Los Vegas the very next day to raise money for his campaign?

Did or did not Obama make any arrests of the terrorists involved after the attack and even to this day?

You know the answers as well as me. You're just too happy being a smartass.

Since: Jul 08

We will not go gentle

#1005016 Oct 16, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
Is this Nutcase Wednesday? Kerrriistttt...
Every day is Nutcase Day with these Gormless Officious Pervs...and a very merry Unbirthday to you, Lil. Don'cha just love a bunch of losers who don't know that scrapping and scraping are two different things, call others tards because they've never heard the term "wont," and are Sofa King stupid they can't figure out sofa king? Aunt Batty Loo musta' larned 'em all.
Grey Ghost

Partlow, VA

#1005017 Oct 16, 2013
flack wrote:
President George W. Bush and The F-102
George W. Bush's military service began in 1968 when he enlisted in the Texas Air National Guard after graduating with a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University. The aircraft that he was ultimately trained to fly was the F-102 Delta Dagger. The F-102 may have been old but was far from useless, and it continued to serve proudly with both Air Force and Air National Guard units well into the 1970s. Furthermore, the F-102 was deployed to Vietnam throughout most of the conflict, and the aircraft proved its value early by deterring North Vietnamese pilots from straying across the border. Perhaps more importantly, the F-102 and its Air National Guard pilots performed a vital role in defending the continental United States from nuclear attack.
The F-102 was a supersonic second generation fighter designed in the early 1950s for the US Air Force. The primary mission of the aircraft was to intercept columns of Soviet nuclear bombers attempting to reach targets in the US and destroy them with air-to-air missiles. The technologies incorporated into the aircraft were state-of-the-art for the day. The F-102 set many firsts, including the first all-weather delta-winged combat aircraft, the first fighter capable of maintaining supersonic speed in level flight, and the first interceptor to have an armament entirely of missiles. Among the many innovations incorporated into the design were the use of the area rule to reduce aerodynamic drag and an advanced electronic fire control system capable of guiding the aircraft to a target and automatically launching its missiles.
The F-102 made its first flight in 1953 and entered service with the Air Defense Command (ADC) in 1956. About 1,000 Delta Daggers were built, and although eventually superseded by the related F-106 Delta Dart, the F-102 remained one of the most important aircraft in the ADC through the mid-1960s. At its peak, the aircraft made up over half of the interceptors operated by the ADC and equipped 32 squadrons across the continental US. Additional squadrons were based in western Europe, the Pacific, and Alaska.
As the 1960s continued, many of these aircraft were transferred from the US Air Force to Air National Guard (ANG) units. More than 500 Delta Daggers would eventually serve with 23 ANG units across the US, including squadrons in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. Because of thier important role in defending North America, these ANG units came under direct authority of the ADC itself and were considered a vital component of the Air Force's strategy to defend the US.
One of the primary ANG units to receive the F-102 was the 111th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS) at Ellington Air National Guard Station, which operated the aircraft from 1960 through 1974. These planes were given responsibility for patrolling the Gulf Coast and intercepting Soviet aircraft based in Cuba that regularly flew off the US shore to test American defenses. The 111th was and still is part of the 147th Fighter Wing in Houston, Texas. It was here that George W. Bush was stationed following his enlistment in May 1968.
My, my, flack, you failed to mention that was also the base that after our government wasted a lot of money training Bush he refused to take a drug test and lost his pilot's license. I'm sure just a small over sight on your part...Huh Hypocrite?


Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1005018 Oct 16, 2013
After being accepted into the ANG, Airman Basic Bush was selected to attend pilot training even though his test scores were the lowest acceptable for that position. His six weeks of basic training was completed at Lackland AFB in Texas during July and August of 1968. Upon its completion, Bush was promoted to the officer's rank of second lieutenant required for pilot candidates. He spent the next year in flight school at Moody AFB in Georgia from November 1968 to November 1969. The aircraft Lt. Bush trained aboard were the T-41 Mescelero propeller-driven basic trainer, T-37 Tweet primary jet trainer, and possibly the T-38 Talon advanced jet trainer. Bush ranked 22 out of 53 students in his flight school class with a grade of 88 on total airmanship. His scores included 100 for flying without navigational instruments, 89 in flight planning, and 98 in aviation physiology. Bush also completed two weeks of survival training during this period.

Bush then returned to Ellington in Texas to complete seven months of combat crew training on the F-102 from December 1969 to June 1970. This period included five weeks of training on the T-33 Shooting Star and 16 weeks aboard the TF-102 Delta Dagger two-seat trainer and finally the single-seat F-102A. Bush graduated from the training program in June 1970. The previously mentioned Maurice Udell was a flight instructor for Lt. Bush who was interviewed by the Associated Press in February 2004. MAJ Udell recalled that Bush was one of his best students saying that, "I'd rank him in the top five percent."

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George W. Bush during his service with the Air National Guard

As Bush was completing his training and being certified as a qualified pilot, there was always the possibility that the ANG might be mobilized in order to send F-102 squadrons to Vietnam. However, the F-102 had originally been stationed in that theater to guard against the possibility of air attack from the North, a danger that never materialized since North Vietnamese pilots refused to stray south of the border and outside their own protective SAM barrier. This lack of a threat prompted the Air Force to gradually withdraw the F-102 from southeast Asia beginning in December 1969 and concluding in May 1971. The F-102 was instead returned to its primary role of providing air defense for the United States. This vital mission had been almost entirely transferred to the ANG by that time since the Air Force had become increasingly tasked with its overseas responsibilities in Europe and Asia.

Ellington, where Bush was stationed, has remained a National Guard air defense base until the present day. In the early 1970s, however, the facility also took on a secondary duty as the only training base for all F-102 pilots in the ANG, including some 15 or so squadrons at the time. Lt. Bush remained in the Texas ANG as a certified F-102 pilot who participated in frequent drills and alerts through April of 1972. It appears that he remained on air defense alert since he did not meet the minimum of 1,000 flying hours needed to become an F-102 pilot instructor. Bush had over 600 flight hours when he left the Guard, but only 278 of these were aboard the F-102 and TF-102.

By this time, the 147th Fighter Wing was also beginning to phase out the F-102 in the air defense role in favor of F-101B and F-101F two-seat long-range interceptors. As the Ellington F-102 fleet was transitioned to training ANG pilots from other units or retired from service, the F-101 took its place as the primary air defense fighter for the Texas ANG. The base received its first F-101 in May 1971 and its final F-102 was retired in August 1974. The F-102 remained in use with several other units until 1976 when the 199th FIS of the Hawaii ANG finally concluded the long and proud service of "the Deuce," as it was affectionately known.


Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1005019 Oct 16, 2013
Bush was honorably discharged from the Air National Guard in October 1973 at the rank of first lieutenant. An ANG physical dated 15 May 1971 indicates that he had logged 625 flight hours by that time, and he ultimately completed 326 hours as pilot and 10 as co-pilot while serving with the 111th FIS in Texas. In the fall of 1973, Bush began coursework at the Harvard Business School where he received an MBA in 1975.

This article has relied on a number of print sources and first-hand accounts. Particularly informative in describing the history and military service of the F-102 Delta Dagger has been the fantastic book Century Jets: USAF Frontline Fighters of the Cold War and its 65 page article entitled "Convair F-102 Delta Dagger" by Robert F. Dorr. Other sources that provided background information as well as interesting details include The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft by David Donald, ed., Convair F-102 Delta Dagger by Wayne Mutza, and David Isby's Jane's Fighter Combat in the Jet Age. Another superb resource is Joe Baugher's American Military Aircraft, particularly the F-102A and Squadron Service sections.

We are also indebted to a number of former pilots and ground crew who flew and maintained the F-102 at Air Force and National Guard bases around the world from 1958 to 1973. These retired servicemen have provided extensive details and expertise in documenting the history of the F-102 and providing relevant comparisons to more recent planes that our staff members have experience flying.

by Greg Alexander
by Joe Yoon,

No Surprize

Saint Petersburg, FL

#1005020 Oct 16, 2013
Grey Ghost wrote:
<quoted text>
Same as a brain fart on the right, OR , that's almost as long as it takes a bagger to grab hold of reality or a fact.
Throwing commonsense at your traitorous dumbass ghost is like throwing crack at an addict you liar and loser. America's sellout grey ghost, a traitor, always coming back for more...

It's the culture...

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1005021 Oct 16, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
<quoted text>
no one cares. the GOP shutdown has taken the air out of that sail.
and i imagine the next few weeks of right wing pundits trying to cover for the GOP surrender will keep it that way.
"Taken the air out of that sail"?

You funny. The sail on the sailboat hasn't even left the dock yet.
Grey Ghost

Partlow, VA

#1005022 Oct 16, 2013
No Surprize wrote:
<quoted text>It's the culture...
As my little bitches obsession continues as she waits for her SS check and food stamps. Hypocrite much...I guess it's the "CULTURE" huh psycho?

Since: Aug 13

Bozeman, MT

#1005023 Oct 16, 2013
Whatever wrote:
How big is the debt?
Do you know if you paid the government $1.00 a second every day it would take 32,000 years to reach $1 Trillion!
The National Debt has continued to increase an average of
$1.81 billion per day since September 30, 2012.

Honolulu, HI

#1005024 Oct 16, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
You never explained, for one example, how a computer generated signature got on a supposed "birth certificate" generated in 1961.
Like I say to the television when one of those ghosts-are-real shows are on, show me the ghost.
Show me the computer from 1961.
lol! I don't need to son.

That's not my claim it's computer generated.... it's YOURS.

So I'm still waiting for you my little lying idiot!
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#1005025 Oct 16, 2013
Constitutional scholar Sarah Palin explains complicated Constitutional law words to you

Apparently the president thinks he can furlough reality when talking about the debt limit. To suggest that raising the debt limit doesn’t incur more debt is laughably absurd. The very reason why you raise the debt limit is so that you can incur more debt. Otherwise what’s the point?

It’s also shameful to see him scaremongering the markets with his talk of default. There is no way we can default if we follow the Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment, Section 4, requires that we service our debt first. We currently collect more than enough tax revenue to service our debt if we do that first. However, we don’t have enough money to continue to finance our ever-growing federal government (with our $17 trillion dollar national debt that has increased over 50% since Obama took office). That’s why President Obama wants to increase the debt limit. He doesn’t want to make the tough decisions to rein in government spending.

Also, too: Social Security.

So, he’s scaremongering the markets about default, just as he tries to scaremonger our senior citizens about their Social Security, which, by the way, is funded by the Social Security Trust Fund and is solvent through 2038.

Indianapolis, IN

#1005026 Oct 16, 2013
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said in a tweet that the shutdown will end on Wednesday, now that House Republicans failed to pass their own bill last night.

'Having exhausted all alternatives, today looks to be the day we do the right thing and end the shutdown.'

Flake opposed using a shutdown as leverage to defund Obamacare from the start because he didn't think the strategy would work.

"If you're going to take a stand on something, the other side has to fear a shutdown," Flake said on MSNBC's Morning Joe at the beginning of October. "In this case, I think the Democrats knew that if there were to be a shutdown, that it would be Republicans who take the blame. And so you're threatening to do something that the other side isn't very fearful of."

hey tea lost.
No Surprize

Saint Petersburg, FL

#1005027 Oct 16, 2013
Grey Ghost wrote:
<quoted text>
As my little bitches obsession continues as she waits for her SS check and food stamps. Hypocrite much...I guess it's the "CULTURE" huh psycho? I served they are the ones that send me my $1,000 a month check, and my tri-care along with a few other perks..
It's the culture...

Scottsbluff, NE

#1005028 Oct 16, 2013
99.6% of visitors did not enroll in Obamacare
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#1005029 Oct 16, 2013
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>Every day is Nutcase Day with these Gormless Officious Pervs...and a very merry Unbirthday to you, Lil. Don'cha just love a bunch of losers who don't know that scrapping and scraping are two different things, call others tards because they've never heard the term "wont," and are Sofa King stupid they can't figure out sofa king? Aunt Batty Loo musta' larned 'em all.
Oh yeah; that "wont" post was priceless. Probably thinks it's from that song "Baby Ima Wontchoo"!!

Honolulu, HI

#1005030 Oct 16, 2013
Eman wrote:
<quoted text>
we were talking about your silly notion that Republicans are holding anyone hostage. But now you want to change the subject.
They are son.

But it looks like the cracks are getting bigger in the hostage takers armour...

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1005031 Oct 16, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Meltdown in progress....
Start packing; the teaparty is over. Where will you go? Russia?
My delusional liberal clueless friend, the show has just begun.

Obama, Reid and the Democrats are now the stars of the show.

Instead of worrying about the tea party or republicans, you should just hope the new stars can pull this off.

Because the curtain will come down on them otherwise. For good.

Honolulu, HI

#1005032 Oct 16, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
Was Obama involved in a conspiracy to kill the US Ambassador to Libya?
No son. He wasn't.

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