Barack Obama, our next President

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"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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Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#1008707 Oct 21, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
When pointedly asked again if the president called him at any time during the night of 9/11/2012 to get an update, Panetta looked like he was under a lot of duress and said, "No."
Doesn't matter your ideology, there's something wrong with that picture.
I wonder how much duress bushie boy was under when he ordered American troops and the coalition into iraq?

Or maybe the better question is how much duress did bushie boy put the allies in?
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1008708 Oct 21, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
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I don't care if they change their investment strategy as long as they are taxed at the same rate as everyone else. America will be just fine.
the investment strategy will avoid the high tax...and America will be the loser...

Since: Feb 08

Spokane, WA

#1008709 Oct 21, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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You call it success when one of Halliburton's KBR subsidiary electrocutes soldiers?
Yet have a freaking fit about a few glitches in the ACA program.
"real dumb"
You say a few glitches in the nobamaware program? A few? An army of software experts are working to get the glitches out of nobamakare. The boy president nobama one more time directed a fiasco. What 250 million and counting? Chum change for a chimp boy president.
Peace
KMA
BORN IN THE USA

Lillington, NC

#1008710 Oct 21, 2013
Tim Cushing
TechDirt
October 21, 2013

nsa-squareAnother leak has been released from Edward Snowden’s files, this one covered by French newspaper Le Monde. Sam Jones, writing for The Guardian, breaks down the details.

The report in Le Monde, which carries the byline of the outgoing Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who worked with Snowden to lay bare the extent of the NSA’s actions, claims that between 10 December 2012 and 8 January 2013 the NSA recorded 70.3m phone calls in France.

According to the paper, the documents show that the NSA was allegedly targeting not only terrorist suspects but politicians, businesspeople and members of the administration under a programme codenamed US-985D.

“The agency has several collection methods,” Le Monde said.“When certain French phone numbers are dialled, a signal is activated that triggers the automatic recording of certain conversations. This surveillance also recovers SMS and content based on keywords.”

Le Monde says “recording” but according to the Washington Post, the NSA grabbed the metadata on 70 million calls and recorded an unknown number of calls originating from certain phone numbers. Even considering the fact that intelligence agencies consider foreign surveillance to be completely normal (and, importantly, not granted the limited protections provided to the American public), the breadth of this collection has drawn some harsh criticism from French legislators.

The French government has summoned the US ambassador in Paris, demanding an explanation about claims that the National Security Agency has been engaged in widespread phone surveillance of French citizens…

The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, warned:“This sort of practice between partners that invades privacy is totally unacceptable and we have to make sure, very quickly, that this no longer happens.”

Partners or not, grabbing data on 70.3 million phone calls in less than 30 days means there’s little being done in the way of targeting (much like here at home). Instead of answering this leak directly, spokespeople for the agency pointed to a statement made by James Clapper all the way back in June — the one that says all these collections are “legal” and subject to “Congressional oversight.” Clapper’s canned statement also refers to the NSA’s programs being used to “thwart terrorist and cyber-attacks against the US and its allies,” but that hardly explains some of the phone calls that were “targeted.”

According to the paper, the documents show that the NSA was allegedly targeting not only terrorist suspects but politicians, businesspeople and members of the administration under a programme codenamed US-985D.
Realtime

Deltona, FL

#1008711 Oct 21, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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KBR separated from Halliburton in 2207.
My God, you people just make up sh*t as you go .
Or are you just liars?
Alan Grayson who blistered Custer-Battles in a whistleblower class action suit also had KBR in his cross hairs but the plethora of military contractor fraud suits began a logjam that exists to this day.

Iraq was a huge mistake__particularly as the misguided venture was financed by emergency funding which does not consider the replacement of equipment and ordinance or the costs for future veterans health care and benefits.

And just look at the Iraq BushCo's effort left behind___still a shthole__only much more dangerous.

They weren't throwing rose petals__it wasn't a slam dunk__the oil did not pay for the reconstruction and the US taxpayers will be paying for Iraq debacle for decades.
BORN IN THE USA

Lillington, NC

#1008712 Oct 21, 2013
Additionally, Le Monde states that unpublished information it obtained indicates massive phone surveillance on private citizens as well as more evidence of the agency delving into the “secrets of major national firms.” This latter part was also an issue in Brazil, another country where diplomatic relations have been strained by revelations of the NSA’s activities. Earlier leaks indicating the NSA spied on foreign embassies resulted in French president François Hollande threatening to suspend TAFTA negotiations. This latest leak only adds to the strain, even if a large majority of that “strain” has been, up to this point, political posturing.

The fact that the French government does plenty of its own domestic surveillance under a PRISM-esque program also indicates this call for an answer from the American ambassador to France may be more of the same. Nothing distracts from domestic surveillance issues like stories of another country’s intrusive efforts — efforts France’s intelligence agencies may likely benefit from.

The above isn’t meant to downplay the seriousness of what’s going here. The NSA is collecting even more metadata (and intercepting an unknown number of phone calls). If this leak is simply a snapshot of an ongoing program (like the Section 215 collections in the US), then the agency is likely grabbing data on upwards of 800 million phone calls a year — in just one country.

This article was posted: Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:08 pm
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#1008713 Oct 21, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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People will not stop investing, but they will not earn less because they will pay less for stocks to maintain the same net after-tax return.
the other crap about payback is absurd....
Speaking of crap, you do a fine job son.

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#1008714 Oct 21, 2013
Ray Donovan wrote:
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There is no excuse for the absolutely laughable "launch" of the ACA website. Not in this tech-crazy day and age.
That's worth saying again.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1008715 Oct 21, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
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Troll alert!!!
Troll: "A person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments by posting extraneous off-topic messages with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion."
If you don't like it...you can always leave...

it's a f*cking game...can't you Commie hacks understand that?????
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#1008716 Oct 21, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
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So, what happened to that 100 million dollars we gave Obama to write the software he stole?
Where did that 100 million dollars go?
It's didn't cost 100 million dollars for Obama's "programmers" to find the copyright references in the software code and delete them.
What happened to the 100 million dollars we gave Obama for him to write the software he stole?
lol! Why don't you tell us son?

Since no one else cares what you're saying.
forks_make_us_fa t

Norman, OK

#1008717 Oct 21, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) doesn't want another government shutdown, but Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is already egging on the next one. A power battle brewing between the two senators is growing personal ahead of the next critical deadline.
Federal government funding expires again on Jan. 15 and the two influential senators are already on a collision course after Cruz's quixotic push to defund Obamacare fell flat in the recent budget debacle and badly damaged the GOP's standing before the party surrendered.
"There will not be another government shutdown," McConnell said Sunday. "You can count on that."
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/mcconnell-vs-...
If there is another shut down Kentucky will have to give that $2b dollars back!!!!!!

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#1008718 Oct 21, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text> The worst recession in 80 years, a near financial meltdown, a housing collapse in the midst of two quagmire wars had nothing to do with it.
It was all because Obama was elected.
Because they knew he would be so bad for investors.
In fact, he was so bad to stopped the market slide & what is it now?
You people are dumber than sh*t.
The Democrats' Marxist CRA program caused the economic collapse after two years of oversight by Democrats Dodd and Frank, from whom we heard a constant stream of lies right up to the collapse.

Two wars mean two enemies.
Name the two different enemies of these supposed two wars.
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#1008719 Oct 21, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
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... looking for a <dumb fish looking at an obvious lure> icon.
You never responded to the Machiavelli-ObamaKare comparison I wrote, using the text you provided as the standard of comparison.
How do you feel about being duped into promoting an obviously Machiavellian plan to regress the country back to the middle ages?
You obviously want others to do work for you son.

You must be a t-per!

Am I right?
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#1008720 Oct 21, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
What shut down?
I don't recall seeing any government shut down.
I do recall 87 percent of the government being unaffected, though.
Show me the shut down.
lol! Well, we know you're not living in America then son!
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#1008721 Oct 21, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
Here's a fact anyone who deals with copyrighted software knows:
The problems with the software Obama stole for his ObamaKare site can only be fixed by the people Obama stole the software from. They are the only people who know where all the software bombs are, put there to sabotage any thief like Obama who steals their software.
Every bit of money spent trying to fix the problem is wasted. It can never be fixed. Obama has to go to the people he stole the software from to fix the problem.
lol!

I love this comedy channel.
Realtime

Deltona, FL

#1008722 Oct 21, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Never voted for Reagan. Why try something we know will be a train wreck? Oh that's right. You did!!!
Why not? Your voting rights were not yet restored? You weren't old enough? You didn't give a fk one way or the other?

Or did you vote for Jimmy???
BORN IN THE USA

Lillington, NC

#1008723 Oct 21, 2013
Susan Jones
CNS News
October 21, 2013
The unpopular President Barack Obama.(Photo: Public domain)

The unpopular President Barack Obama.

President Obama’s approval rating has taken another hit, dropping for the third quarter in a row, this time to 44.5 percent between July 20-Oct. 19, Gallup reported on Monday.

That’s a three point decline from the previous quarter, and it is the third largest quarter-to-quarter decline of his five-year (19-quarter) presidency.

Obama’s highest approval rating (63 percent) came during his first quarter as president, and by the fifth quarter, it had dropped to 48.8 percent. Obama’s lowest quarterly approval rating, 41 percent, came in the 11th quarter (third year) of his presidency.Looking at the most recent quarter, Gallup says Obama's daily job approval rating dropped in August and September amid criticism over his call for military action in Syria and Russia's intervention to prevent it. The partial government shutdown that began on Oct. 1 and Obama's refusal to negotiate over that and the debt limit sent his job approval rating as low as 41 percent in the current quarter, before it rebounded slightly.

Gallup notes that three post-World War II presidents -- Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower, and Bill Clinton -- had significantly higher 19th quarter averages than Obama, all near 60 percent. Two presidents had lower 19th quarter averages than Obama: Richard Nixon, whose 19th quarter came during the Watergate investigations, and Lyndon Johnson, attributable mostly to the increasingly unpopular Vietnam War.

Obama's 19th quarter approval average is very similar to that of George W. Bush (43.9 percent). Bush's 19th quarter ratings drop came amid criticism of his handling of Hurricane Katrina, and it never recovered.

A decline in approval from the 19th to the 20th quarter has been the norm for presidents, Gallup says; only Reagan and Clinton did not see at least slight declines in their 20th quarter, and only Reagan's rating notably improved.

The implications, according to Gallup: Obama is suffering through another approval slump, something he experienced during the latter part of his first year into his second year as president, and during the latter part of his third year. After a relatively strong fourth year that included several quarters of higher ratings that aided his re-election, his approval rating has now declined in each of the last three quarters.

The legislative battles over the federal budget and the Affordable Care Act, as well as the federal debt limit, took a toll on the president's popularity, with his Gallup daily approval rating falling to 41% on some days during the shutdown.

The deal to end the gridlock over spending and the debt limit -- and problems with implementation of the Affordable Care Act -- may have some effect on Obama's 20th quarter ratings, which Gallup continues to track with its daily polls.- See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jon...

WELL I THINK THE USA IS WAKING UP SOME????
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#1008724 Oct 21, 2013
Ray Donovan wrote:
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If anything, the ability to be forewarned and to prepare for a plethora of situations makes it easier. Like you say, not many surprises.
You really need to dampen your name-calling, especially since you're giving your opinion, nothing more.
lol! I love this comedy channel!

Since: Feb 08

Spokane, WA

#1008725 Oct 21, 2013
No Surprize wrote:
<quoted text>AND... We still witness Dumbass Dave, continually making a fool of himself, living in a rear view mirror still breastfeeding on George Bush and sucking Dick Cheney...
It's the culture...
"No Surprize"
"real dumb" will find away to suck the government teat no matter which party is in power.
Peace
forks_make_us_fa t

Norman, OK

#1008726 Oct 21, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
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FACT: The people moving out of the state are wealthier than those moving in. People are attracted by the low housing costs and the reason for the low housing costs is...Texas is a hell hole.
California has high housing prices because the wealthy want to move here.
2012
"For the past two decades, California has been sending more people to other American states than it receives from them. Since 1990, the state has lost nearly 3.4 million residents through this migration."

Where did the people go?

"The data show a pattern of movement over the past decade from California mainly to states in the western and southern U.S.: Texas, Nevada, and Arizona, in that order..."

http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/cr_71...

How did 3 million poor people get the money to move?

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