Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1405590 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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Grey Ghost

Annandale, VA

#1090432 Mar 4, 2014
DBWriter wrote:
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You weren't saying that when you were one of the frauds pretending to be Vietnam veterans in the so-called "Vietnam Veterans Against the War". In fact, you were part of a conspiracy to promote fraudulent information from fraudulent sources with the specific intent to slander the American veteran.
Now, back to you acknowledging the real world facts of history.
Tell them "mission accomplished".
The President of the United States ordered the Armed Forces of the United States to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq.
Mission accomplished.
Tell the Armed Forces they accomplished their mission.
I'm betting you're so indoctrinated with hatred of the US Armed Forces, you can't make yourself acknowledge fact.
Congratulate the US Armed Forces for a mission accomplished. Post it.
You are obviously way to stupid to converse with. If all we wanted was to take Saddam out that would have been soooo easy and at no cost FOOL. Most all of us Vietnam veterans wish it had never happened. You attempt to disguise your ignorance as concern for our military is par for the course when it comes to baggers. Idiots like you are the biggest deterrent to peace in our great nation. I have my honorable discharge along with all of the paraphernalia that 21 years in the United states ARMY brings, you lowlife freak. What was your miserable azz doing all of that time, azzwipe?
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#1090433 Mar 4, 2014
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
So, you are sticking with the scenario where everything was great & then day day, it collapsed.
Housing started to decline 2006.
Recession started December 2007
The TARP announcement was merely when Bush could no longer hide the impending doom caused by hosing & the recession because he needed that 750 billion.
And you flipn tree hugging ":it awrl a Bushes fault" WHINERS...sure as hell do NOT help anything with that bullchit, duhm whiney azz blame a Bush IGNORANCE.

Talk about "duhhhh 80's cawrled, them want they foreen policys back" level of DUHM ignorance.

At least the flipping 80's COMPREHENDED what FOREIGN Policy was and HAD some.

Libuhrul LunaTICS...wah wah wah..u a racist...wah wah wah..duh erl companies are just wantn to get rich...wah wah wah...weze can't poorchuse innernet fo our I Phones wit out foostamps...wah wah wah..we wants mo' entitleMENTALcase cuz we delusionally believes we is speshull...wah wah wah.

Fgn clueless, no priorities, NO BRAINS, slacker, lunaTic, entitleMentalcase, libuhrul... fence hanging, brainless loserTics..

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1090434 Mar 4, 2014
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
I get it. Either you are totally ignorant of the acid rain issue or just can't admit it actually worked. Just like a carbon tax or carbon cap & trade would lower CO2 emissions.
Oh I remember them putting lime in the trout streams. Trouble is they never proved a thing.

Remember the big “acid rain” scare during the 1970s and 1980s attributing damage to lakes and forests to emissions from Midwestern utilities? If so, did you ever hear the results of a more than half-billion-dollar, 10-year-long national Acid Precipitation Assessment Program study that was initiated in 1980 to research the matter?

Probably not.

As it turned out, those widespread fears proved to be largely unfounded, since only one species of tree at a high elevation suffered any notable effect, and acidity in lakes was traced to natural causes. The investigating scientists reported that they had “turned up no smoking gun; that the problem is far more complicated than it been thought; that other factors combine to harm trees; and that sorting out the cause-and-effect was difficult and in some cases impossible.”
Raspewitin

Edgerton, WI

#1090435 Mar 4, 2014
America is not "a country," let alone the "greatest country." America is a place where greedy and ineffectual people ran to escape their "countries." A nation of outcasts and misfits hiding behind a vague eighteenth century ideal of the perfectibility of man... unless he is black or brown.

Companies are not people. Companies are the means by which americans (see above) seek to defraud others and to steal whatever they might have for their own.

Courts are not laws. Courts are things you can buy to rule in your interests, and you do. And you have.

Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, these are not "judges." They are simply useful, compliant tools hired by companies. Companies that they have conveniently defined as "people." (see above.) Their religion is money. Their intelligence is merely convenient. They tell you drones what is profitable for you to say, and you say it. Over and over and over again, in hopes that some idiot in Orlando will believe you.

The problem for you, it the "We the People," thing. You've tried - and succeeded - in buying judges to support your interpretations of "law," and to lend credence to your ridiculous claim that companies are people, but you're out of time now. You're all out of time.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1090436 Mar 4, 2014
Dumbass!!!!

Robert Bruck, a North Carolina State University plant pathologist who worked on the project, observed:“if you’re environmentally oriented, you going to find things to be concerned about; if you’re one who finds no reason to get excited, you’ll find much to support that too.”

Although the Reagan-Bush administration refused to sponsor any acid rain legislation before the results were in, the regulatory groundwork had already been established through the EPA to avoid letting a perfectly good crisis go to waste.

Senator John Heinz (R–PA) and Timothy Wirth (D-CO) had previously cosponsored a “Project 88” to provide a pathway for converting environmental issues into business opportunities. That media-fueled alarm about acid rain provided a great basis for new “allowance trading” legislation to create markets for buying and selling excess sulfur dioxide (SO2) credits. Project 88 became the Clean Air Act of 1990.

Carbon-Capping Cronies: Enron, Al Gore and Friends

One of the big traders in the SO2 allowance market was Enron. Back at that time in the 1990s the company was diversifying its energy business, and already owned the largest natural gas pipeline that existed outside of Russia, a colossal interstate network. However natural was having difficulties competing with coal.

The hype about global warming which had been ginned up by then-Senator Al Gore’s famous 1988 congressional hearings on the matter provided what Enron recognized as a dream opportunity. After all, since a cap-and-trade market had been established for SO2, why not do the same for CO2 which was already being blamed for a climate crisis? Natural gas was a lower CO2-emitter than coal. Besides, they knew exactly where to go in Washington to get some help.

Enron’s CEO Ken Lay had met with President Clinton and Vice President Gore in the White House on August 4, 1997 to prepare a strategy for the upcoming Kyoto conference in December. Kyoto was the first step toward creating a carbon market that Enron desperately wanted Congress to support.

But there was one very pesky problem. Unlike SO2 which really does produce unhealthy smog, CO2 wasn’t a pollutant…at least not yet…and therefore EPA had no authority to regulate it. So after Al Gore’s Senate pal Timothy Wirth was appointed to become undersecretary of state for global affairs in the Clinton-Gore administration, Enron’s boss Lay began working closely with him to lobby Congress to grant EPA necessary CO2 regulatory authority plus also gain public support for the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol initiative.

And lobby they did. Between 1994 and 1996 the Enron Foundation contributed nearly $1 million to the Nature Conservancy, and together with the Pew Center and the Heinz Foundation they engaged in an energetic and successful global warming fear campaign which included attacks on scientific dissenters. Incidentally, the Heinz Foundation, headed by Teresa Heinz Kerry, generously provided a $250,000 award to Al Gore’s star congressional hearing witness, NASA’s James Hansen, who subsequently went on public record supporting her new husband John Kerry’s failed presidential bid.

An internal Enron memorandum stated that Kyoto would “do more to promote Enron’s business than almost any other regulatory initiative outside the restructuring [of] the energy and natural gas industries in Europe and the United States.”

The rest, as they say, is history. Al Gore and his partner David Blood, the former chief of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) took big stakes in the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) which was poised to make windfall profits selling CO2 offsets if and when cap-and-trade was passed in Congress. Speaking before a 2007 Joint House Hearing of the Energy Science Committee, Gore told members:“As soon as carbon has a price, you’re going to see a wave [of investment] in it…There will be unchained investment.”
Realtime

Cape Canaveral, FL

#1090437 Mar 4, 2014
flack wrote:
<quoted text> And for your info the strip malls and even malls these stores are leaving already have too many vacate storefronts. They will sit empty for who know how long.
Storefront fundy churches? Or even better, how about TeaParty offices and meeting spaces all tax deductible under the 501 (C 4) status.

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#1090438 Mar 4, 2014
TheIndependentMajority wrote:
<quoted text>
Au' contraire Galt.
The Ukraine will remain at the forefront of heated burners, until viable, agreed upon solutions are implemented, concerning the MANY natural resource pipelines that run to and fro across Europe and mid East Asia, as well as the rights of use of the Crimean seaport, to and from, the rest of the world.
Actually it's really a little surprising that the bluster hadn't reared sooner than this...there's still a lot of UNdeveloped, third worldish, countries over there, Galt.
Agreed upon by whom, moron.

Venezueala is throwing off the shackles of Chavez and demanding a return to capitalism and business with the United States, throwing the Chinese Chavez brought in to replace the United States business interests out. They were burning cities.

This is infinitely more important to the United States than Ukraine electing a pro-western government, then seeing what came with the open border with Europe, then voting out that pro-wester government and voting in a pro-Russia government, then the pro-western fanatics burn Kiev because the majority of Ukrainians wanted and voted for a pro-Russian government.

Ukrainians elected that government. What fucking business is it of yours to determine what government Ukraine has?

Just who the fuck do you think you are?
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#1090439 Mar 4, 2014
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Russia supplies most of the gas and oil to the EU and the old satellite countries. There will be no sanctions.
We better be thinking about the HELSINKI Act ourselves for sure.

Flpn tree huggn DOLTS-think such doesn't apply to US as well??

(who some of these kids think they are anyway-king and queens of duh world?)

Hypocrite Idiots.
TSM

United States

#1090440 Mar 4, 2014
Obama’s foreign policies look like his domestic policies Huge Failures!!
Raspewitin

Edgerton, WI

#1090442 Mar 4, 2014
And what's TRULY amazing, is that you know all this already. You are so incredibly cynical and greedy that you will stand right up and demand respect, both for yourselves, and for the military whose only job is to keep the people from rising up and killing you.
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#1090443 Mar 4, 2014
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
reinstate program to construct ABM systems in Poland and Czech Republic.....
admit Ukraine and Belarus to NATO.....
Yea...and make them earn their own Solvency THEMSELVES dammit, because the US has BETTER things to do -like take care of our OWN issues!
Buroc Millhouse Obama

Hamden, CT

#1090444 Mar 4, 2014
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
I get it. Either you are totally ignorant of the acid rain issue or just can't admit it actually worked. Just like a carbon tax or carbon cap & trade would lower CO2 emissions.
Dumbo says he gets it!

ROTFLMAO!!!

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1090445 Mar 4, 2014
Thanks to a 2010 Republican mid-term House cleaning that didn’t occur.

Windy Hurricane Sensationalism Poses Extreme Science Threat

There’s nothing like terrible and destructive weather events to stir up climate scaremongering. A notable example occurred just prior to the release of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 Summary for Policymaker’s Report following the devastating 2004 summer storm season which witnessed five landfall hurricanes in Florida which captured media attention throughout the world.

Opportunities to link this unusual pattern to man-made global warming were not lost on some IPCC officials, particularly Dr. Kevin Trenberth, a scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in New Zealand. In October of that year he participated in a press conference that announced:“Experts found global warming likely to continue spurring more outbreaks of intense activity.”

But there was a serious challenge. The IPCC studies released in 1995 and 2001 had found no evidence of a global warming–hurricane link, and there was no new analysis to suggest otherwise. Dr. Christopher Landsea, an expert on the subject at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, was astounded and perplexed when he was informed that the press conference was to take place.

As a contributing author on both of the IPCC’s previous reports and an invited author for the upcoming 2007 report, Landsea believed there must be some huge mistake. He had not done any work to substantiate the claim. Nobody had. There were no studies that revealed an upward trend of hurricane frequency or intensity…not in the Atlantic basin or in any other basin.

Landsea wrote to top IPCC officials imploring,“What scientific, refereed publications substantiate these pronouncements? What studies being alluded to have shown a connection between observed warming trends on Earth and long–term trends of tropical cyclone activity?”

Having received no replies, he then requested IPCC leadership assurance that the 2007 report would present true science, saying:“[ Dr. Trenberth] seems to have come to a conclusion that global warming has altered hurricane activity, and has already stated so. This does not reflect consensus within the hurricane research community… Thus, I would like assurance that what will be included in the IPCC report will reflect the best available information consensus within the scientific community most expert on this specific topic.”

After the assurance didn’t come, Landsea resigned from the 2007 IPCC report activities and issued an open letter presenting his reasons.

And while the IPCC press conference proclaiming that global warming causes hurricanes received tumultuous responses in the international press, Mother Nature hasn’t paid much attention. In reality, there has been no increase in the strength or frequency of landfall hurricanes in the world’s five main hurricane basins during the past 50-70 years; there has been no increase in the strength or frequency in tropical Atlantic hurricane development during the past 370 years; and the U.S. is currently enjoying the longest period ever recorded without intense Category 3-5 hurricane landfall.

By the way, while there also hasn’t been any increase in mean global temperatures during lifetimes of most of today’s high school students, Kevin Trenberth’s theories still get lots of attention. Searching for answers as to where the “missing heat” that greenhouse gas emissions should have trapped in the Earth’s climate system went, he speculates that the oceans ate them. Unfortunately, the science to support this most recent assertion is once again missing as well.

Since: May 11

Blain, PA

#1090446 Mar 4, 2014
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Wonder if this had anything to do with it?
Jul 24, 2007
$5.85 for all covered, nonexempt workers
Jul 24, 2008
$6.55 for all covered, nonexempt workers
Jul 24, 2009
$7.25 for all covered, nonexempt workers
Must be it.
The minimum wage went up 60 cents an hour & 4 months later we were started the worst recession in 80 years.
Just like that 50c increase in 1996 followed by another in 97 created that horrific recession.
In 1968, the minimum wage was equivalent to over $10 in todays money. My God, that must have been the Great Depression.
You people are sofa king lame that you have to think that hard & be that ridiculous rather to admit the Republicans screwed the country under Bush.
If the right whiners today, actually admitted how bad they were under Bush, apologize for it, and try to hep this country now, they could win elections.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1090447 Mar 4, 2014
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Storefront fundy churches? Or even better, how about TeaParty offices and meeting spaces all tax deductible under the 501 (C 4) status.
What part of 'strip malls and malls already have plenty of vacant storefronts they can't fill now' don't you understand?
Raspewitin

Edgerton, WI

#1090448 Mar 4, 2014
So, yes, military members, Mission Accomplished. Congratulations. You did exactly what you were supposed to do, what you were DESIGNED to do, and now you will spend the rest of your pathetic lives voting against your own best interests. For no other reason but that you don't wish to admit that you did what you did... for absolutely nothing and to "protect" absolutely no one. Congratulations.
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#1090449 Mar 4, 2014
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
Agreed upon by whom, moron.
Venezueala is throwing off the shackles of Chavez and demanding a return to capitalism and business with the United States, throwing the Chinese Chavez brought in to replace the United States business interests out. They were burning cities.
This is infinitely more important to the United States than Ukraine electing a pro-western government, then seeing what came with the open border with Europe, then voting out that pro-wester government and voting in a pro-Russia government, then the pro-western fanatics burn Kiev because the majority of Ukrainians wanted and voted for a pro-Russian government.
Ukrainians elected that government. What fucking business is it of yours to determine what government Ukraine has?
Just who the fuck do you think you are?
One thing I am NOT-is a COMMIE Nor do I think we should be supporting anymore talibanish type environments, ESPECIALLY while our OWN military (and everything else for the past five years) languishes.

If Putin rounds Cuba and shows up a few nautical miles off duh coast of Texas-THEN we might have a Putin problem...and You BOZO heads better be SUPPORTING OUR military!
Flck dem commie, occupy anyone elses anything, speshull entitlementalcase type loserTics.

KEYSTONE!

T.E.A. FOR America-NOT COMMIE divide, drain and WHINE against it!

That's WHO!
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#1090450 Mar 4, 2014
Obama, the feckless tyrant

President Obama is such a weak strongman. What’s more, he is a feeble dictator and a timid tyrant.

That, at any rate, is Republicans’ critique of him. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Obama’s critics pivoted seamlessly from complaining about his overreach to fretting that he is being too cautious. Call it Operation Oxymoron.

Last Wednesday, I sat in a House hearing and listened to Republicans describe Obama exercising “unparalleled use of executive power” and operating an “uber-presidency.” They accused him of acting like a “king” and a “monarch,” of making the United States like a “dictatorship” or a “totalitarian government” by exercising “imperial” and “magisterial power.”

But after events in Ukraine, this very tyrant was said to be so weak that it’s “shocking.”

....In theory, it is possible for Obama to rule domestic politics with an iron fist and yet play the 98-pound weakling in foreign affairs. But it doesn’t make a lot of sense that one person would vacillate between those two extremes. A better explanation is Obama’s critics are so convinced that he is wrong about everything that they haven’t paused to consider the consistency of their accusations.

Obama is neither tyrant nor pushover. In general, the criticism of him being inconsistent and indecisive is closer to the mark. But the accusation that he has been feckless in Ukraine is still dubious, because those demanding a stronger response have been unable to come up with one.

After Obama threatened Friday that “there will be costs” to Russia’s action in Ukraine, my colleague Charles Krauthammer, who in the past likened the president to Napoleon, said on Fox News that “everybody is shocked by the weakness of Obama’s statement.”

But if Obama had made specific threats toward Russia, he would have set himself up for the conservatives’ criticism of his Syria policy — that he was drawing “red lines” that he wasn’t prepared to enforce. And suppose he were willing to draw red lines and back them up with military might. Inevitably, he’d be accused of trying to distract from Obamacare or other domestic troubles, as he was when he threatened a military strike on the Syrian regime.

....But the condemnation continues, unrestrained by consistency. The conservative commentariat has turned on a dime from talk of “King Obama” to worry about the “price of weakness” and the president’s missing “backbone.”

A month ago, the Heritage Foundation president, former senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), called Obama a “playground bully” and an “imperial president.” Now DeMint accuses him of making “weak statements” that will “only invite aggression.”

Six weeks ago, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a Senate candidate, posted a photo of Obama on Facebook with the messages “Stop the imperial president” and “Stop the Obama power grab.” Now Cotton has issued a statement accusing the president of “trembling inaction.”

Grabbing power with trembling inaction? Only the most diffident of despots could pull that off.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-m...

so what is Obama best at?

getting right wing nutjobs to make themselves look like idiots. he's had Rush's number from day one.
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#1090452 Mar 4, 2014
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
Agreed upon by whom, moron.
Venezueala is throwing off the shackles of Chavez and demanding a return to capitalism and business with the United States, throwing the Chinese Chavez brought in to replace the United States business interests out. They were burning cities.
This is infinitely more important to the United States than Ukraine electing a pro-western government, then seeing what came with the open border with Europe, then voting out that pro-wester government and voting in a pro-Russia government, then the pro-western fanatics burn Kiev because the majority of Ukrainians wanted and voted for a pro-Russian government.
Ukrainians elected that government. What fucking business is it of yours to determine what government Ukraine has?
Just who the fuck do you think you are?
(and PEAS DB---all that pipeline stuff...better keep UP on the FOREIGN POLICY and UN type stuff---cause see how EASY the Idiots jump).
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#1090453 Mar 4, 2014
Is it just me, or does the rhetoric about the crisis in Ukraine sound as if all of Washington is suffering from amnesia? We’re supposed to be shocked — shocked!— that a great military power would cook up a pretext to invade a smaller, weaker nation? I’m sorry, but has everyone forgotten the unfortunate events in Iraq a few years ago?

My sentiments, to be clear, are with the legitimate Ukrainian government, not with the neo-imperialist regime in Russia. But the United States, frankly, has limited standing to insist on absolute respect for the territorial integrity of sovereign states.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene...

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