Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1745655 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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“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#1074125 Feb 4, 2014
new yawk wrote:
How about I challenge you.
I'll show you how to balance a cigarette filter on your head.
< Carol can start saving them starting NOW >.
I'll take aim. I'm A Dead Shot Shootin'...!!
Unless I choose to miss ...
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHA......
<quoted text>
You are an Old Dead-Eye, alright.

You bin shootin' yer mouth off for ages now....

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#1074126 Feb 4, 2014
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
an interview, a discussion....not a speech....
no, one does not continually interrupt the interviewee in and interview, or in a discussion.

This is why billO is known as a hack. it would seem the only reason obama went on his show was to prove that fact once again....
new yawk

East Amherst, NY

#1074127 Feb 4, 2014
A couple of challengers who can mop this thread with you 24/7, 365?

A long time. Longer then you've been mopping those bathroom stalls ...

But not as long as you've been swiggin' that swine in a bottle!
NuculurVodkaOption wrote:
<quoted text> Yes...How long have you and Woodprick57 been a couple? LOL

Since: May 11

New Oxford, PA

#1074128 Feb 4, 2014
M Stein wrote:
<quoted text>I think you should move to Canada and let us know how many months you have to wait for that lobotomy.
Ask citizens of Canada or the UK, two nations famous for their universal healthcare systems.
Many Canadians love to talk of their “free” healthcare system, forgetting that if a free lunch doesn’t exist, then a free colonoscopy can’t either.
Neither doctor salaries nor cardiopulmonary bypass pumps are cheap, and the money to pay for them has to come from somewhere.
Canadian health care expenditures work out to just shy of $6,000 per capita per year, compared to the top-ranked U.S. with $8,233. In Canada, nearly all of the $6,000 is funded via taxes. Less than half of that comes from income taxes with the bulk of the costs bankrolled by corporate and sales taxes.
Increases in per capita healthcare spending in Canada have kept pace with those in the U.S., expenditures in the former having almost tripled since the mid-70s, going from $39.7 billion to $137.3 billion.
The Canadian government not only acknowledges that many of its citizens have to wait a long time for care, but recently spent an additional billion dollars to examine the issue. In the meantime, watching the months pass is an unavoidable component of Canadian healthcare.
If you want a new hip or knee, prepare to live with your old one for at least half a year.
Wait times are a fact of life under socialized medicine in the United Kingdom, too. The U.K.’s National Health Service claims that you shouldn’t have to wait longer than 4.5 months for your approved service yet recent reports say patients can wait as long as eight months for cataract surgery.
Wait times in Canada are increasing, too and are UP BY 95% SINCE 1993, ACCORDING TO ONE MEASURE. At least one Canadian doctor has pointed out the absurdity of dogs being able to see specialists faster than humans can. In the U.S., such wait times aren’t even an issue.
Last year I paid early 20K total for my wife & I for just the insurance. Not counting out of pocket.$6k per person, sounds like a deal.

Last time i had knee issues, it took me three months to get in to see the specialist.

My wife had a friend who moved to Canada. She went to get treated for an ailment, got treated, paid nothing, and when she got home, a receipt was in her e-mail.

How much do you spend a year on your insurance, deductibles, & out of pocket?

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#1074129 Feb 4, 2014
shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
Look at all the munitions that your creator gave to you and what have you done with it?
Squandered. All squandered.
You sit here on Topix with your peashooter targeting nothing higher than ankles.
The greatest sadness in Life comes not from war, pestilence or even death but from all that could have been but never was.
Go play with your clinical depression, dood.
you are correct. you are no higher than my ankle....not really higher than the stuff i scrape off my shoes, really.

i do tons while taking the occasional few seconds to point out what a few you are making of yourself with your idiocy and ignorance....i read books while i am on line. i play my guitar. i do the dishes and clean the house...

hell, when my knee is healthy i have usually done more outside by the time i am online than you do all week...

perhaps this is why i am orders of magnitude smarter than you...

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1074130 Feb 4, 2014
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>maybe the fact that Olive Garden and Red Lobster are hurting means that people are finally getting good taste and want good food?
one can only hope...
Editor's note: LZ Granderson writes a weekly column for CNN.com . A senior writer for ESPN and lecturer at Northwestern University, the former Hechinger Institute fellow has had his commentary recognized by the Online News Association, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Follow him on Twitter @locs_n_laughs.
(CNN)-- I grew up a poor kid in Detroit.
Government cheese sandwiches, occasional nights without electricity, long-distance telephone calls reserved for emergencies only.
Yet despite our struggles, my family never lost hope that life would get better for us. We never lost faith in the American dream.
And as trivial as it may seem, a lot of that had to do with Red Lobster.
Now before you dismiss the notion that a chain restaurant could somehow be a beacon of light, you have to understand that in my neighborhood, if your family went to Red Lobster for dinner, that meant you were really doing something. It meant you got dressed up in your church clothes. It meant you would be using a salad fork and maybe even ordering the fancy dish you saw on TV. It meant twice, sometimes three times a year, a poor family like mine could order a steak in a middle-class restaurant and pretend we were rich.
This is why when word recently came out that the chain was in financial trouble, I -- and many people who grew up poor like me -- paused.
"Our industry is in a period of significant change,with relatively low levels of consumer demand in each of the past several years for restaurants generally, and for casual dining in particular," said Clarence Otis, the CEO of Darden, the parent company of Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse, among others.
The truth is, the working class has been getting pinched for decades.
According to Forbes, Darden reported a 37.6% drop in earnings per share in the first quarter of the current fiscal year compared with a year before. Red Lobster was the biggest culprit. The magazine reports that the restaurant's revenue dropped 4.9% during the second quarter. Darden this month announced plans to separate Red Lobster's 705 locations from the rest of its portfolio with the possibility that it could be sold off.
As I've gotten older and a bit more affluent, perhaps even snobbier, I recognize that with the exception of those delicious cheddar biscuits, most of Red Lobster's dishes pretty much taste the same.
But statistics suggest that we haven't been going to restaurants like Red Lobster the way we used to, and it's not because our collective palate has changed.
It's because we can't afford to eat out anymore.
In the four years since the economy began to rebound, the median annual household income fell by 4.4%. But for black households like the one I grew up in, income fell by nearly 11%, more than twice the rate of Latino homes and three times that of whites. Red Lobster remains a favorite spot for black families to dine after church. I imagine it's harder to do with over a 10th of the family's income gone.
But it's a mistake to blame the erosion of buying power and the decline of middle-class touchstones like Red Lobster or JCPenney on just the Great Recession.
"It's a mistake to blame the decline of middle class touchstones like Red Lobster or JCPenney on just the Great Recession."

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1074131 Feb 4, 2014
The truth is, the working class has been getting pinched for decades.
From November 2012 to November 2013, weekly earnings rose 1.1% while the consumer price index increased 1.2%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That small uptick may not seem like much until you factor in three years ago, wages increased 1.8%, and the CPI was up 3.5%. And that may not seem like much until you realize that almost every year since 1983, a series of small ticks like those two examples has been widening the gap between between what we earn and what we can buy.
Consider the poverty threshold.
For a family of four in 1983 it was $10,178. Adjusted for inflation, that should be $23,817.03 today. However, the actual 2013 poverty threshold is $23,492, a difference of $325.03.
When you're living check to check, that's a lot of money.
When you're living check to check with smaller checks to work with, luxuries quickly fall by the wayside. Luxuries like going out to eat, which has slowed considerably since 2010.
Red Lobster is not the only restaurant seeing more empty seats than in years past. It's just the one that happens to have an interesting tie to the poor folks I knew.
The poor folks I know.
As the nation talks about income inequality and the prospects of raising the minimum wage, it's interesting to note that the true buying power of minimum wage peaked in 1968. That also happens to be the same year Red Lobster was founded.
I'm no economist, but I doubt that the struggles of the working class and the struggles of a restaurant that depends on the working class for business are just a coincidence.

Since: May 11

New Oxford, PA

#1074132 Feb 4, 2014
shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
Shrimp and Lobster go on long migrations along the seafloors so I can imagine there might be some understandable interest in knowing how fast they can "walk", I suppose.
But why couldn't their speed be simply tracked in situ instead of placing them onto treadmills?
That money could be better spent tracking the slow speeds at which Liberals think.
There were study the effects of a pathogen. If they sat in a tank, it would not emulate life in nature.

Its not that complicated.

But hey, you keep on " OMG OMG OMG Shrimp on a treadmill OMG OMG OMG"

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#1074133 Feb 4, 2014
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
yeah, that's why not a single Republican in Congress voted for this abortion that is screwing the middle class.....while your parasite kid feeds on their bones in his worthless job.....
apparently, you don't remeber the pledge they took when Obama took office.

it wasn't about the quality of the legislation, it wasn't about what was best for their constituents. it was about not voting for anything Obama backed, as they pledged...

(oh and then saying that obama has divided the nation...)
new yawk

East Amherst, NY

#1074134 Feb 4, 2014
Yep ... Only difference is I can back mine up. AND hit my target. The Jugular. YOURS.

But you? Careful, you'll shoot'chur eye out, kid! And I already mangled your Ego, ID.

PS Just think of me as The Neutralizer. And Thanks for the Compliment which I accept.
shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
You are an Old Dead-Eye, alright.
You bin shootin' yer mouth off for ages now....

Since: Jul 08

We will not go gentle

#1074135 Feb 4, 2014
USAsince1680 wrote:
<quoted text>
Deflect much???
Besides......
November 25, 2008: Today Show Shrimp on a Treadmill
"David Scholnick, a biologist from Pacific University, recently invented a shrimp treadmill, which allows researchers to measure the activity of an exercising shrimp for a set period of time at fixed speed and oxygen levels. Scholnick has been using the treadmill to determine the disparity between the performance of healthy and sick shrimp, as a means of examining how disease impacts shrimps' performance."
So you recall who was president in 2006, 07 & 08 when the project was funded?
Could it be the same man who gave us washed "African Balls"? Would that be the one? Funny how these right whiners get the most important part of their story wrong.
M Stein

Jamaica, NY

#1074136 Feb 4, 2014
shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
A few years back, I read about a Wheel design for communal senior living(don't you just cringe when hearing the expression "senior ling? A bathroom every 20 feet with Depends Coin Dispensers in them....)
The Wheel concept has a communal hub with relaxation, laundry, kitchen, entertainment areas inside but all private living areas are located at the end of each "spoke" emanating from the wheel's hub. The final circumference connecting it all is a foot path. Those spaces between spokes can be natural settings with perhaps wading pools, birdbaths and spring-loaded hangman snares for any Trayvons who might slip in through the security perimeter.
Target Practice is on every Saturday morning, rain or shine.
As we are pushed more and more to third world country status, I imagine the world of the future will be divided between those living in gated communities and those who do not. Like in the Hunger Games, those who live in D.C. are already living this way and live similar to those in the Capital District.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1074137 Feb 4, 2014
Lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Isn't it interesting that she bemoans all social programs yet is the first one take advantage of them? She claims to have a degree yet only earned $15.00 an hour. Her daughter went to school on social programs. She took early social security a d they're taking out a mortgage with a VA loan. At their age? These people are classic nanny state hypocrits
you people pass all these welfare programs and force the middle class to pay for them against their will...

and then you bitch when the middle class tries to get a small portion of their money back from the programs instead of letting it all go to welfare bums....

get a live, you thieving crook....

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#1074138 Feb 4, 2014
flack wrote:
<quoted text>Editor's note: LZ Granderson writes a weekly column for CNN.com . A senior writer for ESPN and lecturer at Northwestern University, the former Hechinger Institute fellow has had his commentary recognized by the Online News Association, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Follow him on Twitter @locs_n_laughs.
(CNN)-- I grew up a poor kid in Detroit.
Government cheese sandwiches, occasional nights without electricity, long-distance telephone calls reserved for emergencies only.
Yet despite our struggles, my family never lost hope that life would get better for us. We never lost faith in the American dream.
And as trivial as it may seem, a lot of that had to do with Red Lobster.
Now before you dismiss the notion that a chain restaurant could somehow be a beacon of light, you have to understand that in my neighborhood, if your family went to Red Lobster for dinner, that meant you were really doing something. It meant you got dressed up in your church clothes. It meant you would be using a salad fork and maybe even ordering the fancy dish you saw on TV. It meant twice, sometimes three times a year, a poor family like mine could order a steak in a middle-class restaurant and pretend we were rich.
This is why when word recently came out that the chain was in financial trouble, I -- and many people who grew up poor like me -- paused.
"Our industry is in a period of significant change,with relatively low levels of consumer demand in each of the past several years for restaurants generally, and for casual dining in particular," said Clarence Otis, the CEO of Darden, the parent company of Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse, among others.
The truth is, the working class has been getting pinched for decades.
According to Forbes, Darden reported a 37.6% drop in earnings per share in the first quarter of the current fiscal year compared with a year before. Red Lobster was the biggest culprit. The magazine reports that the restaurant's revenue dropped 4.9% during the second quarter. Darden this month announced plans to separate Red Lobster's 705 locations from the rest of its portfolio with the possibility that it could be sold off.
As I've gotten older and a bit more affluent, perhaps even snobbier, I recognize that with the exception of those delicious cheddar biscuits, most of Red Lobster's dishes pretty much taste the same.
But statistics suggest that we haven't been going to restaurants like Red Lobster the way we used to, and it's not because our collective palate has changed.
It's because we can't afford to eat out anymore.
In the four years since the economy began to rebound, the median annual household income fell by 4.4%. But for black households like the one I grew up in, income fell by nearly 11%, more than twice the rate of Latino homes and three times that of whites. Red Lobster remains a favorite spot for black families to dine after church. I imagine it's harder to do with over a 10th of the family's income gone.
But it's a mistake to blame the erosion of buying power and the decline of middle-class touchstones like Red Lobster or JCPenney on just the Great Recession.
"It's a mistake to blame the decline of middle class touchstones like Red Lobster or JCPenney on just the Great Recession."
and that changes the fact that their food sucks how?
sorry, were you under the impression that that was fine dining? i'm sorry...i mean, i am really sorry for you....

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1074139 Feb 4, 2014
We should be more worried about the oceans than the ever-changing climate.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/02/04...

This is both sad and alarming. Over 400 dolphins this year. Twice as many as in 2012. Beached whales were reported just recently.

Something is wrong. Could be from volcanic or other changes on the ocean bed or human contamination. But this is worrisome to me.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1074140 Feb 4, 2014
angel wrote:
<quoted text> Your point?

Or were you as I suspect trying to imply gays are more prone to be abusers?
yes, in a school setting....
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#1074141 Feb 4, 2014
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>maybe the fact that Olive Garden and Red Lobster are hurting means that people are finally getting good taste and want good food?
one can only hope...
Well, the article did say the low and high end dining establishments were doing ok.

So I don't think so......
NewYawketyyawkya wk

Satellite Beach, FL

#1074142 Feb 4, 2014
new yawk wrote:
LOL! The he-she is a psychological thumb sucker.
Taking refuge behind one-line idiocracies.
Send the he-she a lace handkerchief!'-)!
A lil dab'll do her ...
<quoted text>
new yawk: "Obamabot of the Year"
A BIG dab is her wish...LOL
NewYawketyyawkya wk

Satellite Beach, FL

#1074143 Feb 4, 2014
new yawk wrote:
A couple of challengers who can mop this thread with you 24/7, 365?
A long time. Longer then you've been mopping those bathroom stalls ...
But not as long as you've been swiggin' that swine in a bottle!
<quoted text>
new yawks meltdown continues...LOL

Since: May 11

New Oxford, PA

#1074144 Feb 4, 2014
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
You oversimplify. Analogous to your statement, all life is carbon based. Yet, there is a difference between jellyfish and lizards. You are ignoring the obvious difference between the normal heterosexual union and the abnormal homosexual union.
You promote writing some law making them the same. Therefore...
I still don't understand how you can't see the difference between the normal heterosexual union and the abnormal homosexual union. Obviously, you can see the difference. So, that brings us to the next question:
What is the motivation to call something that is very obviously different than the normal heterosexual union the same thing as the normal heterosexual union?
What is the benefit of ignoring the difference?
Again, what is there in the laws regarding marriage that depend upon the mix of genitalia?

We are talking same sex marriage as this is what you started with your premise that marriage laws were designed for procreation. Yet you have failed to mention a single aspect of marriage law that deals with that aspect.

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