Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1264504 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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TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#1017247 Nov 3, 2013
fetch almighty wrote:
SICK CALL: O'bama bundler Anthony Weltersí firm owns the company picked to repair the health Web site.
The couple then became top donors for Obamaís inauguration festivities, kicking in $100,000 out of their own pockets and bundling another $300,000 from friends and business associates, according to the center.
The investments quickly paid off for Beatrice Welters. The Obama administration tapped her in 2009 for the plum job of US ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, which she held through last November.
The couple have been frequent guests at the White House.
Visitors logs show at least a dozen visits between the two by the end of 2012, the most recent information available.
The entire Welters family has gotten into the donation game.
The Welters, along with their sons, Andrew and Bryant, have contributed more than $258,000 to mostly Democratic candidates and committees since 2007.
Whatís more, UnitedHealth Group is one of the largest health-insurance companies in the country and spent millions lobbying for ObamaCare.
The insurance giantís purchase of QSSI in 2012 raised eyebrows on Capitol Hill, but the tech firm nevertheless kept the job of building the data hub for the ObamaCare Web site where consumers buy the new mandatory health-≠insurance plans.
QSSI has been paid an estimated $150 million so far, but officials couldnít say how much more the company might collect on the ≠repair contract.
Makes one wonder how much money O'bama and the democrats have stolen already.
And all's that needed done was a little upgrade tweak to existing system prgrams already found in every local givverment services office across the U.S.

People would've already had actual verifiable, indentifiable via far more secure means with out breaching HIPPA violations or the Constitution-to options of affordable care, should they choose to-rather than being communistically forced to pay yet MORE for an already beleagured and bloated system.

Just unreal.
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#1017248 Nov 3, 2013
Mr Lib wrote:
<quoted text>
I won't answer your first point as it reeks of opinion and not facts.
As for Afghanistan, take a wild guess who got us in there.
Al Qeada...via a Saddam the Insane reactionary "it awrl the US's fault" derived of an extremely warped terrorist psycho-mental case(s) mentality.
Grampy

South Windsor, CT

#1017250 Nov 3, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text> so now you're claiming business is political?
Gee son. That means Citizens United gives corporation even more protection by law by the Reich wing.
Talk about incestuous...
With Obama's political appointees like the EPA's Al Armendariz and the IRS's Lois Lerner businesses have no choice other than be political to survive.
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#1017252 Nov 3, 2013
Mr Lib wrote:
<quoted text>
lol
Must I have a degree in economics to know the mountain of debt we have today began with the Reagan tax cuts and accelerated under the tax cuts of Bush?
FYI, I have two courses in college economics under my belt. It's not as though I'm totally ignorant of the subject. And you are no Paul Krugman.
I recall just the mention of "trickle down" economics was enough to make my instructors' eyeballs roll.
Well, they were right, weren't they?
The trickle down theory actually worked...the economy was excellent-plenty of JOBS and work for people that didn't mind doing so, with capped and curbed and far more constrained BUDGETS on the fwee-riding type socialist programs.

You were just oblivious to it, sitting there in some four walled box of a room, slurping up every word of some cross eyed college instructor as some sort of gospel real-rest-of-the-working-class - world truth lol.
PDUPONT

Belchertown, MA

#1017253 Nov 3, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, apparently, a terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11 leaving four dead with no answers as to why they were not secured or removed didn't deter this president from attending a fundraiser in Los Vegas the very next morning.
He has his priorities, you know....
Carol it was Ambassador Stevens who decided who would accompany him to Benghazi, not the President and when news of the attack reached Tripoli and Washington reinforcements were sent. That's all anyone could have done. Yes the President went to Las Vegas the following day. At that point there was nothing that he could do in the aftermath except let the FBI and the CIA do their jobs. It's not like he was out of touch, Air Force One has a powerful communications center that informs the President of what's going on anywhere in the world.
By the way Carol, what did Bush do when he received his PDB that indicated that there was to be an imminent attack on this country? He stayed on his faux ranch. There was more brush to cut. Don't start on priorities you damned hypocrite.
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#1017254 Nov 3, 2013
killtaker wrote:
Way out there...
For vagina's everywhere...
"Look at Betty Friedan, one of the founders of '60s feminism. She never worked a day in her life, married a very wealthy man, wrote The Feminine Mystique in his mansion, had housemaids do the housework...and also had children. Exactly how was she not a traditional woman, except for being a insane leftist?"
http://uncabob.blogspot.com/
WOA now there cowboy--or are you being functionally illiterate and purposely WAYYYYYY distortive of the actual truth on purpose???
PDUPONT

Belchertown, MA

#1017255 Nov 3, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Obamacare was doomed to fail ever since it's one-party inception and strictly partisan vote. You should have known this too.
It doesn't work that way for one thing - and they didn't even read the darn thing.
Again, you should have known this.
The question is - why didn't you?
You're full of crap as usual Carol. If the ACA was doomed to fail then the Republicans would simply let it and reap political capital for at least a decade. It's already helping people like someone on long term chemotherapy who doesn't have to worry about their treatment being cut off because of some arbitrary lifetime cap. Childhood cancer survivors can't be denied coverage as adults. Families with young adults in college or just starting out in life don't have to shell out for another policy. Seniors are getting a break on their medications under Medicare part D. People are getting rebate checks if their insurance provider hasn't used 80% of their premiums on providing medical expenses.
The question is why do you shill for people who couldn't be bothered to piss on you if you were on fire?
Lisa

United States

#1017256 Nov 3, 2013
PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
Carol it was Ambassador Stevens who decided who would accompany him to Benghazi, not the President and when news of the attack reached Tripoli and Washington reinforcements were sent. That's all anyone could have done. Yes the President went to Las Vegas the following day. At that point there was nothing that he could do in the aftermath except let the FBI and the CIA do their jobs. It's not like he was out of touch, Air Force One has a powerful communications center that informs the President of what's going on anywhere in the world.
By the way Carol, what did Bush do when he received his PDB that indicated that there was to be an imminent attack on this country? He stayed on his faux ranch. There was more brush to cut. Don't start on priorities you damned hypocrite.
"it's Bush's fault"...your mantra is worn out. Let the chips fall on the shoulders of who is supposed to be responsible. Now we are in the Obama Administration and he is supposed to be the head CEO of our country. But by his own words he is the most unengaged president(CEO)"I didn't know, I heard it on the news, the first time I heard about it".... But we know that's impossible every single time he uses that worn out excuse. The WSJ has an article explaining the administration knew years ago that ACA would cancel Americans private insurance policies even though Obama up to a week ago was still lying to the public we could keep our insurance and our doctors, neither statement is true. Don't even say that all the private insurance was crappy policies because that would be patently FALSE!
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#1017258 Nov 3, 2013
PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
Carol it was Ambassador Stevens who decided who would accompany him to Benghazi, not the President and when news of the attack reached Tripoli and Washington reinforcements were sent. That's all anyone could have done. Yes the President went to Las Vegas the following day. At that point there was nothing that he could do in the aftermath except let the FBI and the CIA do their jobs. It's not like he was out of touch, Air Force One has a powerful communications center that informs the President of what's going on anywhere in the world.
By the way Carol, what did Bush do when he received his PDB that indicated that there was to be an imminent attack on this country? He stayed on his faux ranch. There was more brush to cut. Don't start on priorities you damned hypocrite.
And you totally missed the reality boat there, or you can't differentiate between a person sitting in a classroom full of young childen, promoting literacy (rather than ghettoism) eh? Which is it Dupont?
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#1017259 Nov 3, 2013
PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
You're full of crap as usual Carol. If the ACA was doomed to fail then the Republicans would simply let it and reap political capital for at least a decade. It's already helping people like someone on long term chemotherapy who doesn't have to worry about their treatment being cut off because of some arbitrary lifetime cap. Childhood cancer survivors can't be denied coverage as adults. Families with young adults in college or just starting out in life don't have to shell out for another policy. Seniors are getting a break on their medications under Medicare part D. People are getting rebate checks if their insurance provider hasn't used 80% of their premiums on providing medical expenses.
The question is why do you shill for people who couldn't be bothered to piss on you if you were on fire?
Why do you stick your head in the sands of denial, and not see the other side of the gilded, communist wooden nickel?

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1017260 Nov 3, 2013
ECONOMY
5 Surprising Things You Can Buy With Food Stamps
By Christopher Matthews @crobmatthewsNov. 01,
Follow @TIMEBusiness
Reductions in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, automatically kick in today as a result of the expiration of provisions the 2009 stimulus bill. Meanwhile, Congressional leaders are debating what further cuts will be made to the program as part of negotiations over the farm bill. Republicans are pushing to make benefits less generous and to increase work requirements; Democrats disagree.

An issue that hasnít gotten as much attention during these debates is what food-stamp recipients are able to buy with their benefits. Public health advocates like Michele Simon have long argued that the lack of restrictions on the types of food aid-recipients can buy has helped fuel an American health crisis caused by unhealthy eating. Writes Simon:

ďMuch attention has focused on how agricultural subsidies fuel our cheap, unhealthy food supply. In reality, the largest and most overlooked taxpayer subsidy to Big Food in the farm bill is SNAP, which now represents more than ten percent of all grocery spending.Ē
So what exactly can SNAP recipients buy with their benefits? There are a few restrictions, against alcohol, and tobacco for instance. But curiously, most junk food is fair game, calling into question whether the ďnutritionĒ in SNAP means much to lawmakers at all. Here are just a few of the items one can buy:

Red Bull
Sugary Soda
Candy
Mixes for alcoholic beverages
Artificial sweetener
Of course, big agribusiness is complicit in the structure of the food stamp program. Simon gives the example of New York Mayor Michael Bloombergís effort to bar food-stamp recipients from buying sugary soft drinks with SNAP dollars. Big companies like Pepsi and Coca-Cola fought back against the measure, which was ultimately vetoed by the Department of Agriculture, saying that the measure would be unworkable.

But take a look at the current restrictions the Agriculture Department places on food stamp use, and itís difficult to understand why proscribing junk food purchases would be all that difficult. The list of items that one canít buy with food stamps but that are also commonly found in supermarkets is extensive, including the aforementioned alcohol, but also pet food, ornamental gourds, and prepared foods. Why would barring junk food be functionally different than barring alcohol?

Hunger advocates have pushed back against food-stamp restrictions. But as Simon points out, Walmart and other corporate beneficiaries of SNAP spend millions of dollars each year funding anti-poverty groups. This is laudable, but it is also perhaps a way to fund advocacy initiatives that dovetail with these corporations profit motive as well.

Christopher Matthews @crobmatthews
Christopher Matthews is a Writer and Reporter for TIME.

Read more: 5 Surprising Things You Can Buy With Food Stamps | TIME.com http://business.time.com/2013/11/01/5-surpris...

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1017261 Nov 3, 2013
Analysis: Did Syria's Assad get away with chemical weapons attack?

By Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News
News analysis
CAIRO -- Bashar Assad got away with it.
Only a few months ago, Syria's president was a widely-condemned rogue leader whose police state had just launched poison gas on commuter villages outside Damascus. Fourteen-hundred people, including hundreds of children, were choked to death, their nervous systems shut down by the gas that seeped into their homes. And the world watched it happen in unprecedented detail. Images of the attack seeped into even far corners of the Internet.
It took more than a year to determine the extent of the vicious shelling in the Syrian city of Hama in 1982 by Assadís father. The death toll from that massacre remains disputed, but estimates from news agencies and non-governmental organizations put the total at around 20,000. This time, however, cellphones, tablets and social media exposed the horrors of what happened outside Damascus, almost in real time. Syrian activists posted live updates as bodies were buried in rows in mass graves. The hours of graphic videos of dead babies on hospital floors are accessible for free to anyone with an Internet connection.
Yet, somehow, Assad not only got away with the gas attack, but appears to have also emerged stronger after it. How is that possible?
Russian President Vladimir Putin had a lot to do with it. By stepping into the standoff between Syria and the U.S., he tossed Assad a lifeline that also allowed President Barack Obama to forgo intervening in a conflict most Americans wanted no part in after a decade of costly wars in distant Muslim lands.
Assadís price for the monstrous attack, his punishment, was to give up his chemical weapons in an internationally-supervised process. Destroying the weapons is a net positive for the world -- fewer deadly tools in the hands of a dangerous regime -- but itís not much of a price for Syria to pay. Itís like getting away with mass murder with only a fine.
In exchange for destroying the poison gas and the factories that make it -- a process thatís almost impossible to verify -- there would be no U.S. military strike. Assad would get to stay in power and continue his war with "conventional weapons," including artillery and Scud missile attacks on civilian areas, napalm dropped on schools, and starving the opposition into submission. Even more shocking is that Assad has weathered the crisis appearing to the world as reasonable, rational and ready to compromise.
While Putin threw Assad -- and Obama -- a lifeline, it was the rebels themselves who helped the Syrian president rehabilitate his image. The rebels are increasingly associated with al Qaeda fanatics who have hijacked their revolution. The al Qaeda rebels kidnap journalists who want to tell their story, and aid workers who try to bring food and medicine.
Assadís government says it will take part in peace talks. The rebels refuse.
Assad says heís fighting terrorists. Some of the rebels make him look like he has a point. This Ramadan, Assad should send Putin and al Qaeda fruit baskets.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1017262 Nov 3, 2013
This isnít the first time a dictator is getting a second chance, and even coming off looking better after committing heinous crimes. Saddam Hussein was never punished for the gassing in Halabja that left 5,000 people dead; the U.S. didnít intervene until he invaded oil-rich Kuwait two years later. Assadís father, Hafez, remained in power for nearly two decades after Hama. He grew to become a fixture of stability in the Middle East who kept his border with Israel quiet and peaceful.
President Obama used to say it was a matter of "when," not "if" Assadís regime would fall. Its inevitable collapse now, however, seems far less certain, even after the most watched war crime in history.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1017263 Nov 3, 2013
Cuba shutters private theaters, threatens other businesses
By Reuters
Cuba closed dozens of home-based movie theaters on Saturday and reaffirmed its plans to end the private sale of imported goods as communist authorities pressed for "order, discipline and obedience" in the growing small business sector.
A government statement issued through official media said home-based theaters and video games will "stop immediately in any type of self employment," a local euphemism for small business.
The statement said "the showing of movies, including in 3D salons, and likewise the organization of computer games, has never been authorized."
The government banned the private sale of imported goods last month, a measure that potentially affects some 20,000 small businesses and their employees who sell clothing, hardware and other goods brought in informally by travelers, some of whom visit the Caribbean island regularly carrying merchandise from the United States, Spain and Latin American countries.
President Raul Castro, who replaced his brother Fidel in 2008, has instituted a series of market-oriented reforms to Cuba's Soviet style economy where the state still employs 79 percent of the 5 million-strong labor force.
"These measures are corrections to continue bringing order to this form of management, fight impunity and insist people live up to the law," the government said on Saturday.
"In no way does this mean a step backward. Quite the contrary, we will continue to decidedly advance in the updating of our economic model," it said, adding that would only be possible "in an atmosphere of order, discipline and obedience."
The import ban has created a fury among entrepreneurs and the public who have tired of buying high priced and low quality clothing from state-run establishments.
Saturday's closing of private theaters will add fuel to the fire as they have been overwhelmingly welcomed by the public.
Marlene said her neighbor was planning to open a 3D salon.
"The state has no 3D theaters, so what is their problem. Sometimes the government seems to want to make our lives worse for the fun of it," she said, asking her last name not be used.
State role questioned
Cuban economist Juan Triana, in his regular Thursday commentary on state-run Radio Taino, said that the government should get out of businesses it had no reason to be in, referring to the ban on imports.
"Is it really worthwhile for the state to continue expending effort, money and prestige in an activity it was not designed for ... and which in general undermines its prestige due to the quality of the products, but also theft, corruption, many costs that are difficult to cover even though prices are very often two or three times their value," he said.
On Saturday the government said it had decided to postpone the ban on imports until January to give vendors time to liquidate their inventories.
Three years ago the government opened up retail services to "self employment" in the form of 200 licensed activities from clowns, seamstresses, food vendors, taxis and the building trades, to small businesses such as restaurants, cafeterias, bed and breakfasts and entertainment.
The government said the measure was aimed at absorbing excess state labor, improving services, eliminating inefficiencies and bringing black-market activity above ground.
There are now 442,000 self-employed people in Cuba, of whom around 100,000 work as employees of small businesses, according to the government.
Enterprising residents have taken advantage of some of the categories - for example entertainer or seamstress - to offer movies, video games and imported clothing and supplies in greater variety and at lower cost than the state.
In September the government added 12 new licenses, including real estate broker, but also listed all self-employed categories and the content of approved activity. It added phrases such as for seamstress, "does not include the sale of manufactured or imported clothing."
angel

Palm Coast, FL

#1017264 Nov 3, 2013
Lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
So you are against free enterprise then? All prices of all products are not the same in every store. The only way for all drugs to be at the same price for everyone is by government control.
If it's not her liquor, it's her drugs.
angel

Palm Coast, FL

#1017265 Nov 3, 2013
Lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
What a load. You couldn't stand the the Hispanic kid was dressed nicely. Period. If he was white you wouldn't have even had such a thought. Perhaps the kid had grandparents who bought his clothes; perhaps his parents were divorced and his father bought the clothes, perhaps his mother worked in a retail store... The possibilities are endless. Free lunch is based on income.
lily also loves the race card
angel

Palm Coast, FL

#1017266 Nov 3, 2013
Lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Imagine if there were no poor people, who would they pick on then?
probably drunkard racists from boca
Kenny

Lafayette, CA

#1017267 Nov 3, 2013
Hilary for President!
Waxman

Windsor, CT

#1017268 Nov 3, 2013
Aides Debated Obama Health-Care Coverage Promise

Behind the Scenes, White House Officials Worried About Insurance Pledge

http://stream.wsj.com/story/latest-headlines/...

The Liar-n-chief knew all along he was lying to the American people. The Obama legacy will be that he was the most dishonest, unethical president in history. He should be impeached.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1017269 Nov 3, 2013
Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
Milton Friedman
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