Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1565665 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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Greenwood, IN

#1051805 Jan 2, 2014
LoisLane59 wrote:
Liberals need to be careful not to jump the gun too soon when it comes to interpreting the polls.
It's not like Obamacare was a success and is just going to get better. In fact, the opposite is proving to be true.
In other words, it's not like Obamacare is going to go away and be swept under the rug by the liberal media this time.
It's widely understood there will be more problems before it gets fixed - if and when it becomes a success.
A lot of people aren't going to be as patient when it comes to their health care as this administration seems to think.
likewise, conservatives need to be careful not to jump the gun too soon when it comes to interpreting the polls.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove

be careful!

btw....6 million have signed up. big failure eh? let's see the do nothing GOP come up with a bill to fix that.

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1051806 Jan 2, 2014
Guess this has to be repeated and posted until it sinks in....

"An official report released by the NHS this week found that thousands of Britons may have died unnecessarily because of poor care.

It said that failing NHS hospitals are "trapped in mediocrity" and named 11 hospitals in desperate need of improvement. Moreover, one member of the investigating panel said that the facilities named were not even the worst in the country."

When it comes to our liberal friends, the lights are on but nobody's home apparently.

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1051807 Jan 2, 2014
flack wrote:
<quoted text> It's all in the rocks.
Will have to go back and look that one up.


Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1051808 Jan 2, 2014
The bone-dry desert of present-day Mars may seem like the last place you would look for water, but the Red Planet actually contains a wealth of water locked up in ice.
Evidence that Mars once supported liquid water has been mounting for years, and exploratory missions have found that water ice still exists on the planet's poles and just beneath its dusty surface. Accessing that water could require digging it up and baking it in an oven, or beaming microwaves at the soil and extracting the water vapor. Yet no mission has attempted to extract water on Mars or any celestial body beyond Earth in appreciable quantities.
Now, the Netherlands-based organization Mars One, which wants to establish a permanent human settlement on the Red Planet, is planning to send an unmanned lander to Mars in 2018 that would carry an experiment to demonstrate that water extraction is possible. Mined water could be used for drinking, growing plants or creating fuel.[Photos: The Search for Water on Mars]
"Here on Earth, we've experimented with different technologies to extract moisture out of the atmosphere or soil," said Ed Sedivy, civil space chief engineer at the security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin and program manager for NASA's Phoenix lander flight system.
The question is, Sedivy said, "At the concentration of water we're likely to encounter and the temperatures we're likely to encounter [on Mars], how do we validate those technologies are appropriate?"
H2O on the Red Planet
Numerous studies have suggested that water exists on Mars, based on evidence from Mars orbiters and rovers such as outflow channels, ancient lakebeds, and surface rocks and minerals that could only have formed in the presence of liquid water.
Today, Mars is too frigid, and its atmospheric pressure is too low, to support liquid water on its surface — except for very short spans of time at low altitudes — but frozen water can be found in the planet's ice caps and beneath the soil surface.
NASA's Phoenix lander detected water ice at its landing site in 2008. The spacecraft dug up chunks of soil, and its onboard mass spectrometer found traces of water vapor when the sample was heated above freezing. More recently, NASA'sCuriosity rover detected water molecules in soil samples analyzed by its SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) instruments, suggesting Martian soil contains about two pints of water per cubic foot of soil.
Microwaving Mars
The most obvious method for extracting water would be to dig up the frozen soil and bake it in an oven until the water vaporizes. But there's another method that could be more efficient and require less digging.
"For mining water off Mars, you want to get a high quantity of water," said Edwin Ethridge, a senior ISRU (In-Situ Resource Utilization) scientist and retired NASA consultant. Ethridge and his colleagues have studied water extraction in simulated lunar and Martian environments using microwave beams.
In the lunar experiment, Ethridge and William Kaukler of the University of Alabama in Huntsville used a conventional kitchenmicrowave oven to "cook" some simulated lunar regolith, the layer of loose soil and rocks found on the moon's surface. The heat vaporized the frozen water, which was then collected and condensed on a chilled plate.
Water absorbs microwaves (short electromagnetic waves) very well, but ice does not, so the microwave beams actually heat up the rock, which heats the ice upon contact, Kaukler explained.
The microwave technique would work pretty much the same way on Mars, Ethridge told . The main advantage over excavating methods is that it requires less digging — though, depending on how deep the water is, you might need to drill holes down and beam microwaves through them, he said.[How Mars One's Lander Will Explore the Red Planet (Infographic)]


Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1051809 Jan 2, 2014
Drilling for moon water

Of course, Mars isn't the only place scientists hope to find and mine water; the moon and asteroids are also prime targets.

"Water enables so many things. If we're going to go out into the solar system, we're going to have to use the resources we find at the destination," Bill Larson, the NASA scientist who oversees the program to use substances found on other worlds, said in a statement.

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) sensed water on the moon remotely, and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) that impacted the moon in 2009 found direct evidence of water ice and vapor in a perpetually shadowed lunar crater.

Now, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency are developing a new lunar rover called Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction, or RESOLVE, which they hope to send to the moon this decade. RESOLVE, which was recently tested on lava beds in Hawaii, would be able to drill into the moon's surface and heat up the material to measure the amount of water vapor inside.

NASA officials say that with a few small changes, RESOLVE could be deployed to search for water and other resources on Mars.

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Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1051811 Jan 2, 2014
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>The Three Stooges__Larry, Moe, Curly, Curly Joe and Shemp.
What else ya got numbnuts???
That poll should've asked Obama the question. Since he doesn't seem to know the answer concerning the three branches of power. He probably would've forgotten about Shemp too and then called it a trick question.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#1051812 Jan 2, 2014
flack wrote:
<quoted text> So? The federal government still couldn't enter the state without the governor's permission.
that is a lie and typical of your stupidity.

Did Eisenhower have permission to Federalize the Arkansas National Guard to integrate schools in Little Rock??

Of course not.

""The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007 Pub.L. 109-364

Federal law was changed in section 1076 so that the Governor of a state is no longer the sole commander in chief of their state's National Guard during emergencies within the state. The President of the United States will now be able to take total control of a state's National Guard units without the governor's consent. In a letter to Congress, all 50 governors opposed the increase in power of the President over the National Guard.""

Stay off the idiot blogs like you used yesterday. Read up and learn.

Your idea of States Rights ended when the South lost the Civil War.

You post lies repeatedly, as if they may come true by repetition.

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1051813 Jan 2, 2014
fetch almighty wrote:
<quoted text>Scientists and other so called 'experts' have never been able to figure out how the pyramids in Egypt are built--hardly can anyone expect an 'expert scientist' to be able to figure out the human race. Liberals put too much faith in 'experts'.
Only the "experts" that feed their progressive liberal brains.

All other "experts" are phonies. Like Obama's scandals.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#1051814 Jan 2, 2014
Eman wrote:
<quoted text>
...then you go on and argue.
using your analogy, did the government ban the production of new horses? I know you don't understand some people don't think its the governments job to bsn light bulbs. LED are a much better product and the market would have adjusted without the governments intervention
"my typos are better than your typos"


Cape Canaveral, FL

#1051815 Jan 2, 2014
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
He shouldn't have landed. Bush was wrong. It WOULD have been a mistake.
And if this is your only criticism when both the governor of that state and the mayor of that town failed miserably to evacuate every citizen in New Orleans after watching a level 5 hurricane barreling down on them days beforehand, you're just plain pathetic....(I was going to say stupid. Either/or.)
More lies and gibberish.


Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1051816 Jan 2, 2014
It’s official: Obamacare debuts with more canceled plans than enrollments
12:10 AM 01/01/2014

Obamacare may have promised health insurance for the masses. But on its first day, it’s left more Americans without coverage than before the law was passed.

More than 4.7 million Americans had their health insurance canceled as a result of any of the thousand-plus-page law’s new rules, the Associated Press reports, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed Tuesday that between federal and state exchanges, just 2 million Americans have signed up for Obamacare coverage.(RELATED: Obama administration announces net loss of at least 3 million insurance plans)

The Obama administration has yet to announce the final tally of full enrollments, which are only confirmed once customers have made their first payment, but Cato Institute health policy expert Michael Cannon warns that not all those who signed up will complete their purchases, potentially leaving the White House with an even lower bottom line.

Even without the full number of enrollments, Obamacare’s current net effect is clearly in favor of cancellations. Millions are already seeing Obamacare’s adverse effects — largely due to more mandates for more services.

The health-care law requires that all insurance plans cover 10 “essential benefits,” eliminating millions of plans that don’t fit the bill and boosting costs for consumers that have to purchase coverage for services they may not want or need.

All plans must include maternity coverage, for example — including plans for men and post-menopausal women. Even customers without children must purchase plans that cover pediatric services. Other newly established essential benefits include hospitalization, mental-health services and preventive and wellness services.

While a grandfather clause allowed plans purchased before Obamacare passed in 2010 to continue, HHS estimated that 40-67 percent of plans would eventually lose their status and cost millions of Americans their insurance plans.

The Obama administration eventually admitted Obamacare’s role in crushing many Americans’ coverage and has scrambled to belatedly make up for it. President Barack Obama first attempted to reinstate the canceled coverage for just one more year, but many insurers chose not to restart already-canceled plans.

The latest stopgap, announced just before the deadline to purchase exchange coverage, is to allow those with canceled plans a one-year “hardship exemption” from the individual mandate to have medical coverage, but insurance companies didn’t see this as an adequate solution either.

“This type of last-minute change will cause tremendous instability in the marketplace and lead to further confusion and disruption for consumers,” Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for the trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans, told reporters.

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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1051817 Jan 2, 2014
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
"nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
exactly why Obama's drone executions are illegal...

even a teabagger like dumbass Dave sometimes gets it right...
new yawk

Buffalo, NY

#1051818 Jan 2, 2014
Until The State ACTED: Requesting FEMA through Bureaucratic Process, The Federal Government cannot act and certainly couldn't have declared Louisiana a state of emergency UNTIL - as in AFTER the forms were filed BY The State to The Federal Government.

But what part of The State has to request The Federal Government's assistance, per bureaucratic process, did you not understand?

What part of The National Weather Service also contacted Blanco & Nagin to START the process so FEMA could act did you not comprehend?

Now what? Appears Facts & Findings just don't compute since you want to be right just for the sake of being right instead of admitting you are wrong ( incorrect ) and perhaps you just may learn ... something.
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
Bush declared Louisiana a National Disaster area two days before the storm hit.
Now what?

Scottsbluff, NE

#1051819 Jan 2, 2014
Lighting Science issues recall of 554,000 LED bulbs because of fire hazard...

The bulbs are being called back due to their being a possible fire hazard after internal components overheat. This is a voluntary recall that affects bulbs sold under the Sylvania, Definity, EcoSmart, and Westinghouse brand names

The LED bulb was great when used as small lights in electronics.

As a replacement light source they have major problems....
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1051820 Jan 2, 2014
Laney F wrote:
How long do you think before New York City slides backwards to the David Dinkins high crime, grafiti era with its new liberal Mayor who got elected cause his kid has an afro and he promised "equality" and "fairness"?
During yesterday's inauguration, numerous libs knocked former Mayor Bloomberg's policies. Meanwhile, Bloomberg was a successful businessman who followed Guiliani, a successful prosecutor. Their leadership brought NYC back from being another lib run cesspool.
In true lib fashion, an empty suit politician was elected by the lowest voter turnout in years. We might as well have Al Sharpton sitting in Gracie mansion.
Detroit, here we come.
Sit back and watch the decline. Squeegee men and thugs are rejoicing.
New York won't become Detroit immediately because it still has rich people that it can milk...

...for a while...

as usual, the middle class will be the losers...


Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1051821 Jan 2, 2014
MILLER: Gun re-registration begins in D.C., may lead to arrest and confiscation
First law in U.S. to require renewal with fingerprints and fees

By Emily Miller-The Washington Times Wednesday, January 1, 2014

For the first time in the United States, a citizen who has legally registered a gun will have to submit to a renewal process. The consequences of not knowing about this new law or missing the specific 60-day window are dire.

Starting on Jan. 2, every single D.C. resident who has registered a firearm since 1976 must go to police headquarters to pay a $48 fee and be photographed and fingerprinted.

The Metropolitan Police Department estimates there are at least 30,000 registered gun owners.

If the registrant does not go to the police station within three months after a set time frame, the registration is revoked. That citizen is then in possession of an unregistered firearm, which is a felony that carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.

The gun itself is put into a category of weapons that can never be registered, just as though it were a machine gun or a sawed-off shotgun.

The city has not made clear how it will enforce the law, but the police are in possession of all registrants’ home addresses so confiscation and arrests would be simple.

The police are notifying registrants by mail that they have to come to the station on the set schedule.

Also, the department took out a $550 advertisement in The Washington Times to run on Monday. The required public notice is not being printed in any other newspaper or media outlet.

The three-year expiration date is supposed to uncover if a gun owner does something that makes him suddenly a danger to society, such as committing a felony, becoming a drug addict or being involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.

I recently asked D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, who wrote these laws in 2009, why he couldn’t just run all our names through the FBI’s National Instant Background Checks System (NICS), which uses information including name, Social Security number, birth date and physical characteristics to determine if the applicant is legally prohibited from owning a gun.

NICS is used nationally for gun sales and transfers from licensed dealer and applications for a concealed-carry permit.(The records are not kept in order to prevent a national gun registry.)

“I don’t want name-based,” Mr. Mendelson replied.“I can go in and pretend I’m Emily Miller if I have your name and Social Security number. So name-based is not as good for identification as fingerprints. And NICS doesn’t have all the information.”

These points are disputed in a December court filing in the federal court case known as Heller II, which is challenging D.C.’s registration laws, including the reregistration section. The plaintiffs point out that NICS covers all state and local databases.

In a deposition, the officer in charge of the registration section for 20 years admitted that the unit has not had a problem with fake IDs.

Furthermore, criminals don’t go to the police station before buying their guns. Only the law abiding do that.

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Greenwood, IN

#1051822 Jan 2, 2014
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
No one ever claimed the ACA wasn't still here last year. Certainly not me.
Nixon remained in office too until the media and public opinion resulted in his forced resignation.
If Obama were Nixon, he'd more than likely be in the same boat about now. But the media is on Obama's side and both ignore public opinion.
And you are helping them to bamboozle us.
media on Obama's side?

prove it. start with FOX.

can't you find a better excuse for why folks won't buy into the right wing BS? like it might be because you're all nutjob CRAZY?


Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1051823 Jan 2, 2014
Nuculur option wrote:
<quoted text>
that is a lie and typical of your stupidity.
Did Eisenhower have permission to Federalize the Arkansas National Guard to integrate schools in Little Rock??
Of course not.
""The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007 Pub.L. 109-364
Federal law was changed in section 1076 so that the Governor of a state is no longer the sole commander in chief of their state's National Guard during emergencies within the state. The President of the United States will now be able to take total control of a state's National Guard units without the governor's consent. In a letter to Congress, all 50 governors opposed the increase in power of the President over the National Guard.""
Stay off the idiot blogs like you used yesterday. Read up and learn.
Your idea of States Rights ended when the South lost the Civil War.
You post lies repeatedly, as if they may come true by repetition.
Hey numbnuts look at the year on that law! It was passed because of that libtard losing governor of the state!

Bethlehem, PA

#1051824 Jan 2, 2014
Sheesh, just skimmed through a few posts, rightwingers are actually dumber than last year.

Oh well, Happy New Year everybody.

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#1051825 Jan 2, 2014
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
But you claim businesses can't afford to pay more than minimum wage. Now you claim people who work minimum wage are unable to show up at work.
Then you claim these people can buy health insurance.
More proof you have no clue what health insurance costs buying as individuals.
Is there anything you actually know anything about besides mooching off subsidies?
I never said that. All I every said is anyone still making minimum wage after being in the workforce for more than a year or two isn't even worth that much.
Then, I asked you why should any company be forced to pay more for the same worthless product?
You really need to work on your reading and comprehension of the written English language. If I were you, I'd go get my money back from those institutions that told you they were educating you.

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