Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1480049 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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Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#1158812 Jun 30, 2014
"Companies are clearly taking advantage of the Bush global economic collapse to crush the American worker." - Homer
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#1158813 Jun 30, 2014
flack wrote:
U.S. Economy
Good News on Health-Care Spending Is Making U.S. GDP Look Bad
By Matthew Philips and John Tozzi June 25, 2014
The U.S. economy shrank 2.9 percent during the first quarter, the biggest decline since early 2009's free-fall in the midst of the Great Recession.
The decline in GDP is nearly three times worse than the U.S. Commerce Department predicted a month ago and nowhere near the first forecast made in April showing that GDP increased 0.1 percent. But this is the third and final forecast of first-quarter GDP—it’s now officially in the books.
As the estimates of first-quarter growth kept getting worse, expectations for the second quarter have improved. In April, economists surveyed by Bloomberg were predicting second-quarter growth to come in at 2.8 percent. Now they’re expecting 3.5 percent.
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The big surprise in the first quarter was the dip in health-care spending. The U.S. spent $6.4 billion less on health care in the first quarter than in the last quarter of 2013. Government statisticians initially forecast a 9.9 percent increase in health-care spending—and what we got was a 1.4 percent decline. Considering all the millions of previously uninsured people who are gaining access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, how can they be shrinking so dramatically?
Health-care costs overall have been increasing more slowly in recent years compared with the pace before the 2007-09 recession. Slow growth in the price of health-care services combined with a decline in utilization—the amount of health care people consumed—in the first quarter. So lower costs and greater access translated into lower consumption. That’s a head-scratcher.
Some people saw this big revision coming, based on the method the Bureau of Economic Analysis uses to make its estimates, as Austin Frakt pointed out on the Incidental Economist blog last month. To estimate the effect of Obamacare in the first quarter, the BEA initially relied on trends in Medicaid spending, because it could not directly capture spending by people newly enrolled in private insurance.
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Still, health-care spending is expected to accelerate again in coming quarters “as the millions of people who gained health insurance coverage during the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period begin to use their new coverage,” Jason Furman of the Council of Economic Advisers wrote Wednesday morning. Many of them got insurance at the very end of the first quarter—which could set the stage for an increase in health spending later in the year. Either way, it’s clear that with all the changes Obamacare has caused, statisticians are still trying to figure out how to model health-care consumption.
The two other big drags on growth were private-sector investment and trade. Together they sapped the economy of 3.5 percentage points of growth. The investment story isn’t terribly surprising, and one we’ve covered fairly thoroughly. It goes like this: Businesses, spooked by economic and regulatory uncertainty (not to mention congressional high jinks), have chosen to hold on to cash rather than invest it in new equipment. Until recently, the market was rewarding those companies that chose not to invest and punish those that did. That trend won’t last forever, and there’s evidence it’s starting to turn.
When the economy grows in the second quarter will all you rightwing idiots that posted the story of it shrinking(which was just about every on of you morons) post how it grew?
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#1158814 Jun 30, 2014
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
what happened to the concept of not allowing them to cross the border to begin with????....
What happened to the concept of not hiring them in the first place?
Realtime

Deltona, FL

#1158815 Jun 30, 2014
flack wrote:
<quoted text> GE REPORTS
We Have Solar Power and Wind Power, Here Comes Moon Power
May 14, 2014
When Mark Baker looks up at the moon at night, he does not see magic or mystery. He ponders megawatts.
Twice a day, like clockwork, the moon’s gravity makes the seas ebb and flow. For Baker, a marine renewables business manager at GE Power Conversion, the tides are the perfect source of energy, more predictable and reliable than wind or solar power.“Some U.K. locations have significant tidal head ranges,” he says.“They offer a tantalizing energy generation potential.”
The moon could join the sun as a source of renewable energy.
GE Power Conversion is testing tidal turbine generators and other underwater technology in turbines standing on the sea floor near the Orkneys in Scotland and at Ramsey Sound in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Baker says that GE is ready to scale up the power system to a large array of tidal turbines planned for the bottom of the Pentland Firth, a narrow channel that separates the Orkneys from the northern tip of Scotland. The channel has some of the fastest moving currents in the U.K.
People tried to capture tidal and wave energy since the Middle Ages when they used “tide mills” to grind grain. Ideas Lab reported that the first tidal power station was the Rance tidal power plant built between 1960 and 1966 in La Rance, France. But the technology did not catch on because of its high capital cost and the limited availability of sites with sufficient tidal flows.
Although innovations in turbine technology and design have begun to lower those costs and make deployment possible in more areas, the technology is “decades behind other forms of renewables and will likely need significant government support and research to become a true clean energy player,” according Ideas Lab.
The U.S. is currently underwriting development of 17 tidal and wave energy demonstration projects. The U.S. Department of Energy’s latest assessment identified up to 1,400 terawatt hours of potential tidal energy generation per year—one terawatt-hour of electricity is enough to power about 85,000 homes. Developing just a small fraction of the wave and tidal energy available in the U.S. could power millions of American homes.
“Wave and tidal energy represent a large, untapped resource for the United States and responsible development of this clean, renewable energy source is an important part of our all-of-the-above energy strategy,” said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson in a statement last year.
BBC recently described Scotland as “a Saudi Arabia of renewable energy potential.” The Pentland Firth project alone could supply almost half of Scotland’s electricity needs - as much as 1.9 gigawatts.
The turbines resemble large aircraft propellers submerged in 180 to 240 feet of water. They stand in strategic “pinch points” of the firth, where the tides rush in and out at the highest speeds.
Engineers can capture energy from the vertical and horizontal movements of the tides. Some teams have also used buoys that generate electricity from the up and down movement of the waves. But “it happens to be roughly an order of magnitude more difficult to mount and maintain equipment on the surface of the sea,” Baker says.“Companies have put in wave systems only to find them dashed upon the rocks.”
Baker believes that tidal power generation arrays will start popping up in the U.K. and elsewhere in the world.“Tidal lagoon power stations could soon also become a reality in the U.K.,” he says.“They are capable of utility-scale power generation.”
But, but, but__what about the turtles that could be injured?
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#1158816 Jun 30, 2014
Homer wrote:
"Companies are clearly taking advantage of the Bush global economic collapse to crush the American worker." - Homer
And these wage slave morans will keep voting for them. They will continue to vote for the scoundrels until they abolish minimum wage, social security, medicare, Medicaid, foodstamps, Pell grants, student loans! They will keep voting against gay marriage and abortion!
Until they find out much later how much they're totally fked. Then it will be too late. Idiots.
Jesus isn't going to pay their rent.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1158817 Jun 30, 2014
Nostrilis Waxmoron wrote:
<quoted text>
Nothing to be pissed off about. Democrats will find a way to have the government provide contraception for anyone who wants it. Much better than letting the private sector screw it up.
Libtard logic!!! Let the government pay for it! Here's a clue libtards, the government doesn't have any money!!! It's taxpayer money and I for one am tired of you libtards spending it on any pie in the sky scheme you hatch out of your pea sized brains. Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Oh that's right, you can't buy votes like that!!!!!

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#1158818 Jun 30, 2014
Teaman wrote:
<quoted text>
Uh, I think stoning people is an assault punishable by [state] law.
A corporation can't be [forced] by buy Lucy's pills.
That isn't what the ruling said. Not even close.

You didn't read about the ruling, you just saw the headline and made uninformed comments.

But that's what you do, you always come here and make shit up.

That's what Teabaggers do.
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#1158819 Jun 30, 2014
Barack Carter wrote:
<quoted text>So rightwing religous nuts are holding us back?
It isn't because of an anti-business, pro-unwed mother, importing millions more poor benefit sucking illegal aliens, dumb down the electorate, every child gets a trophy liberal policies?
Well, how about that.
Explain how liberals are 'anti-business'.

Are you saying women should only be allowed to have children if they are married? How are liberals being 'pro-unwed mothers'? Do you mean by standing up for individual rights?

If illegals are getting benefits, fix the problem.
If an illegal goes to the emergency room bleeding to death, should they be turned away?
Barack Carter

New York, NY

#1158820 Jun 30, 2014
Homer wrote:
Do you know you still cannot buy or sell an auto in Pennsylvania on Sunday? More backward religious rightwing thinking.
Sophisticated cities run by liberals, like Detroit, are open for business 7 days a week whether it be for violent flash mob shopping, carjacking or drive-by shootings. Lib cities never sleep.
In The Right

United States

#1158821 Jun 30, 2014
Pelosi calls border crisis an ¨opportunity.¨

Careful Nanny, your Freudian slip is showing.
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#1158822 Jun 30, 2014
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Libtard logic!!! Let the government pay for it! Here's a clue libtards, the government doesn't have any money!!! It's taxpayer money and I for one am tired of you libtards spending it on any pie in the sky scheme you hatch out of your pea sized brains. Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Oh that's right, you can't buy votes like that!!!!!
So....when are you leaving America son?14

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1158823 Jun 30, 2014
Weather Channel Founder Explains the History of the Global Warming Hoax

March 17, 2014 By Matthew Burke


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Weather Channel Founder John Coleman explains the history of the Global Warming hoax.
Weather Channel Founder John Coleman explains the history of the Global Warming hoax.
John Coleman, an award-winning meteorologist and weatherman with sixty years of experience and founder of the Weather Channel, produced a video explaining the history of the man-made global warming hoax (see video below).

Coleman, a former broadcast meteorologist of the year of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), explains that after being a member for several years, he quit the AMS after it became very clear to him that “the politics had gotten in the way of the science.” Coleman explains that there is no man-made global warming, and he’s sure of it.

Coleman says that if there were evidence of man-made global warming, he would have been dedicated his life to stopping it:
“I love our wonderful planet Earth. If I thought it was threatened by global warming, I would devote my life to stopping the warming!”
Now they call it “climate change” instead of global warming, because the warming has stopped, says Coleman, and that $4.7 billion in taxpayer money is funding “bogus reports” and “bogus research.”

Coleman explains that any warming or “climate change” is extremely negligible from a long-term perspective and certainly nothing unusual or alarming, and points out that Antarctic sea ice is close to an all-time high, and the polar bear population is as high as it’s been in recorded history.

In regards to rising sea levels, Coleman says that:
“It’s rising at about the rate of about six inches per hundred years, as part of this inter-glacial period. When North America was covered in a 400 foot thick ice core at the end of the last ice age, the oceans were low, and then as that ice melted, of course the oceans have risen. That rise has been gentle and is not important.”
Obama is a joke

Emmaus, PA

#1158824 Jun 30, 2014
flack wrote:
Hobby Lobby wins Supreme Court case.
Another part of Obamacare bites the dust!!!!!!!!!!

Since: May 14

Location hidden

#1158825 Jun 30, 2014
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Libtard logic!!! Let the government pay for it! Here's a clue libtards, the government doesn't have any money!!! It's taxpayer money and I for one am tired of you libtards spending it on any pie in the sky scheme you hatch out of your pea sized brains. Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Oh that's right, you can't buy votes like that!!!!!
Its you or Hobby Lobby, if the poor can't afford contraception then logic dictates that they will continue to have sex and make babies they can't afford. Would you rather pay for a few pills or to raise their children?
Ironically you right wing morons are celebrating a SCOTUS decision that will result in more Democrats being born, how's that logic?
TSM

El Paso, TX

#1158826 Jun 30, 2014
The court smacks down Obama, ISIS Mocks him, Putin gives him the middle finger and the rest of the world laughs at Him!!
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#1158827 Jun 30, 2014
Corporations Are People, And They Have More Rights Than You

Protecting women's rights, according to the Court, isn't a good enough reason for the government to force a business corporation, at least a privately held one like chain craft store Hobby Lobby, to include birth control in its insurance contrary to the business owner's wishes. At least that's what the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, held in Hobby Lobby. Federal statutes guaranteeing religious freedom to "persons" apply equally to closely held business corporations, and those corporations' religious liberty is "substantially burdened" by having to provide their employees with contraception. So the rights of employees have to give way to the rights of the corporation.

The Court's decision in Hobby Lobby isn't a surprise. The Roberts Court has been largely hostile to the rights of women -- allowing greater restrictions on abortion, restricting their ability to sue for workplace discrimination, and limiting the scope of family leave laws. Meanwhile, the data show that the Roberts Court is the most business-friendly Supreme Court in nearly a century. Just as Citizens United expanded the rights of business corporations to speak about political issues -- and, in the eyes of many, enabling them to drown out the voices of We the People -- Hobby Lobby has given businesses another powerful tool to fight against regulation. Hobby Lobby's religious rights enable the firm to ignore the voices of women who wish to enjoy the health benefits from controlling reproduction.

And women may not be the only victims. What religious rights will business corporations seek next?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-winkler/co...

Since: May 14

Location hidden

#1158828 Jun 30, 2014
Obama is a joke wrote:
<quoted text>
Another part of Obamacare bites the dust!!!!!!!!!!
On the plus side this will result in more Democratic babies!
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#1158829 Jun 30, 2014
flack wrote:
Weather Channel Founder Explains the History of the Global Warming Hoax
March 17, 2014 By Matthew Burke
22217
SHARES Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter
Weather Channel Founder John Coleman explains the history of the Global Warming hoax.
Weather Channel Founder John Coleman explains the history of the Global Warming hoax.
John Coleman, an award-winning meteorologist and weatherman with sixty years of experience and founder of the Weather Channel, produced a video explaining the history of the man-made global warming hoax (see video below).
Coleman, a former broadcast meteorologist of the year of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), explains that after being a member for several years, he quit the AMS after it became very clear to him that “the politics had gotten in the way of the science.” Coleman explains that there is no man-made global warming, and he’s sure of it.
Coleman says that if there were evidence of man-made global warming, he would have been dedicated his life to stopping it:
“I love our wonderful planet Earth. If I thought it was threatened by global warming, I would devote my life to stopping the warming!”
Now they call it “climate change” instead of global warming, because the warming has stopped, says Coleman, and that $4.7 billion in taxpayer money is funding “bogus reports” and “bogus research.”
Coleman explains that any warming or “climate change” is extremely negligible from a long-term perspective and certainly nothing unusual or alarming, and points out that Antarctic sea ice is close to an all-time high, and the polar bear population is as high as it’s been in recorded history.
In regards to rising sea levels, Coleman says that:
“It’s rising at about the rate of about six inches per hundred years, as part of this inter-glacial period. When North America was covered in a 400 foot thick ice core at the end of the last ice age, the oceans were low, and then as that ice melted, of course the oceans have risen. That rise has been gentle and is not important.”
So it's all over then?
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#1158830 Jun 30, 2014
Obama is a joke wrote:
<quoted text>
Another part of Obamacare bites the dust!!!!!!!!!!
lol! Psst! Actually son, it has nothing to do with changing the ACA.

But you'd have to read and comprehend to know that!
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#1158831 Jun 30, 2014
lily boca raton fl wrote:
Corporations Are People, And They Have More Rights Than You
Protecting women's rights, according to the Court, isn't a good enough reason for the government to force a business corporation, at least a privately held one like chain craft store Hobby Lobby, to include birth control in its insurance contrary to the business owner's wishes. At least that's what the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, held in Hobby Lobby. Federal statutes guaranteeing religious freedom to "persons" apply equally to closely held business corporations, and those corporations' religious liberty is "substantially burdened" by having to provide their employees with contraception. So the rights of employees have to give way to the rights of the corporation.
The Court's decision in Hobby Lobby isn't a surprise. The Roberts Court has been largely hostile to the rights of women -- allowing greater restrictions on abortion, restricting their ability to sue for workplace discrimination, and limiting the scope of family leave laws. Meanwhile, the data show that the Roberts Court is the most business-friendly Supreme Court in nearly a century. Just as Citizens United expanded the rights of business corporations to speak about political issues -- and, in the eyes of many, enabling them to drown out the voices of We the People -- Hobby Lobby has given businesses another powerful tool to fight against regulation. Hobby Lobby's religious rights enable the firm to ignore the voices of women who wish to enjoy the health benefits from controlling reproduction.
And women may not be the only victims. What religious rights will business corporations seek next?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-winkler/co...
They opened a big door with this one, next up: pre-existing conditions

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