Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1744928 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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Truth is no SIN

New York, NY

#849848 Jan 29, 2013
Back in 1992 the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff held a “Strategy Essay Competition.”

The winner was a National War College student paper entitled,“The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012.” Authored by Colonel Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. the paper is a well documented,“darkly imagined excursion into the future.”

The ostensibly fictional work is written from the perspective of an imprisoned senior military officer about to be executed for opposing the military takeover of America, a coup accomplished through “legal” means. The essay makes the point that the coup was “the outgrowth of trends visible as far back as 1992,” including “the massive diversion of military forces to civilian uses,” particularly law enforcement.

Dunlap cites what he considered a dangerous precedent, the 1981 Military Cooperation with Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies Act, an act that sanctioned US military engagement with law enforcement in domestic “support operations,” including “civil disturbance” operations. The act codified the lawful status and use of military “assets” in domestic police work.

Encroachment upon Basic Freedoms

Since that time the American people have been subject to a series of deeper and deeper encroachments upon our basic freedoms, increasingly extensive deployment of military operations on the home front, perpetrated by a corporate driven military mission creep that now claims the right and duty to arrest and detain us on the word of a Pentagon or White House operative. President Obama’s signing of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) whose Section 1021 sanctions the military detention of American citizens without charge, essentially aims to put the last nail in the coffin of our Constitution, our teetering Republic and our most basic democratic traditions.

The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision. While President Obama issued a signing statement saying he had “serious reservations” about the provisions, the statement only applies to how his administration (“you can trust me”) would use the authorities granted by the NDAA, and would not affect how the law is interpreted by subsequent administrations. The White House had threatened to veto an earlier version of the NDAA, but reversed course (of course) shortly before Congress voted on the final bill, which the President signed on the 31st of December 2011, a day that will go down in infamy.

“President Obama’s action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law,” said Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director.“The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield.” According to Senator Dianne Feinstein.“Congress is essentially authorizing the indefinite imprisonment of American citizens, without charge,” she said.“We are not a nation that locks up its citizens without charge.” Think again.(Guardian, 12/14/11)

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#849849 Jan 29, 2013
Nuculur option wrote:
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Wrong Jimmy Stewart, Dweeb.
At last, you've openly proven what a moron you are!!
We all knew it, but you've never openly displayed this level of ignorance.
"James Bennett Stewart (born c. 1952) is an American lawyer, journalist, and author."
Note to "imposters". Please stop, nuc can't take much more. Tia

I got your back, nuc.
Truth is no SIN

New York, NY

#849850 Jan 29, 2013
The Obama administration’s vendetta against whistleblowers continues with the sentence of 30 months jail time handed down on Friday for former CIA agent John C. Kiriakou, who in 2007 acknowledged that US agents were involved in torture.

On December 10, 2007, Kiriakou was interviewed on ABC News about the capture of Abu Zubaydah, who the Bush administration claimed was an Al Qaeda “mastermind” and aide to Osama Bin Laden. In the course of the interview, Kiriakou acknowledged that CIA agents waterboarded Zubaydah.

Kiriakou’s statements about torture in the 2007 interview were ambivalent. On the one hand, Kiriakou stated that the torture of Zubaydah was effective in obtaining information. On the other hand, Kiriakou was apparently troubled by the political, legal, and moral implications of torture.

Whatever Kiriakou’s intentions in his initial ABC News interview, his statements represented the first public confirmation by a government agent that Zubaydah had been waterboarded. The interview was widely reported and lauded internationally, but it also made Kiriakou a number of enemies in high places.

Kiriakou’s 2007 interview represented a step forward in efforts to bring to light the criminal abduction, torture, and murder apparatus erected by the US government in the course of the so-called “war on terror.” The revelation that Zubaydah was tortured certainly implicated top personnel in the US government, as well as the torturers themselves, in war crimes and other serious violations of US and international law.

In the upside-down world of the US justice system, the orchestrators of torture remain at large, and Kiriakou is going to prison.

Since: Jul 08

We will not go gentle

#849851 Jan 29, 2013
Truth is no SIN wrote:
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives pushed back the deadline for raising the federal debt ceiling Wednesday, voting for a measure that would suspend the current limit on federal borrowing until May 19. The vote averted an immediate crisis over the debt ceiling that threatened to destabilize US and world financial markets.
The move sets the stage for negotiations over the next several months between the two big-business parties over deep cuts in social programs.
The White House endorsed the postponement of the debt ceiling, issuing a conciliatory statement Tuesday, the day before the vote, with White House press secretary Jay Carney saying that if the bill “reaches the president’s desk he would not stand in the way of the bill becoming law.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hailed the House action, declaring,“I’m very glad that they are going to send us a clean debt-ceiling bill.” Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington state, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, immediately embraced the requirement in the House bill that the Senate pass a budget by April 15.
As the price of voting for this extension, more Republicans demanded an intensification of the assault on essential social benefit programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. This is comprised of at least three separate initiatives:
• The House will adopt a budget resolution, drafted by Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan, aimed at reducing the annual federal deficit to zero over the next ten years. While Ryan gave no details, the cuts required would go far beyond his two previous proposals, in 2011 and 2012, which included transforming Medicare into a voucher program and effectively eliminating Medicaid.
• Congressional Republicans will enter the next round of fiscal negotiations on the so-called sequester, spending cuts that take effect March 1, with the demand that the full $110 billion in across-the-board cuts take effect. Any rescinding of scheduled cuts, for example in military spending, as demanded by many congressional Democrats and Republicans, would require equivalent offsetting cuts somewhere else.
• The debt ceiling extension is tied to a requirement that the Democratic-controlled Senate adopt a budget resolution of its own by April 15. Murray’s support means that Senate Democrats will go on record with their own proposal for cuts in entitlement programs for the first time since Obama entered the White House in 2009.
These maneuvers set the stage for a new and greatly accelerated attack on the social programs on which tens of millions of working, disabled and elderly Americans rely on for their health coverage and basic income.
Pushing the debt ceiling back into May gives priority to the budget talks over the sequester cuts, set to take effect March 1, and to a measure that would authorize federal spending for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year. The current authorization, known in Washington jargon as a “continuing resolution,” was adopted before the 2012 election and expires March 27. At that point, many federal operations would be shut down for lack of funding.
Could you manage to actually read some of this sh!T and paraphrase instead of just copying the whole shmeal to regurgitate? I mean, it's not as if you had anything better to do.

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#849852 Jan 29, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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OMG, not the "never had a job" lie again.
Come on, get imaginative & make up some new lies for a change.
If you were that Senator..... Now that's comical. Hillary would have you whimpering cowering in the corner.
Enlighten us. Tell us about Obama's work history.

As I recall, Obama had two stints as a summer intern and some work on something called "Project Vote" and had never passed the bar and had never even seen the inside of a courtroom as a lawyer when he was somehow given a position on the faculty at the University of Chicago Law School.

Tell us more about Obama's (lack of a) work history.
Truth is no SIN

New York, NY

#849853 Jan 29, 2013
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>How's it hangin', Jane? That was the Breitbart blogs that used the "Lick Wall Street's Boots" nonsense you plagiarized. The "Wall Street Journal" actually included that "Ms. White's former clients include the independent directors of News Corp NWSA +0.50%., who hired her in 2011 during the company's U.K. phone-hacking scandal. News Corp. owns Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal."
No joke like an old joke like an illiterate fool of a Tea Bagger...
Benjamin Jealous, expressed his views on Barack Obama and the “Black Struggle”….

Via Washington Post:

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous said Sunday, perhaps unwittingly, that black Americans “are doing far worse” than when President Obama first took office.“The country’s back to pretty much where it was when this president started,” Mr. Jealous told MSNBC host David Gregory on “Meet the Press.”“White people in this country are doing a bit better. Black people are doing far worse.”

The black unemployment rate was 12.7 percent when Mr. Obama took office. While the unemployment rate in the U.S. as a whole is below 8 percent, the Labor Department reported the black jobless rate was up from 12.9 percent to 14 percent for December. The worst during Mr Obama’s first term was in September 2011, with 16.7 percent unemployment for blacks — the highest since 1983, the Department of Labor reports. The black teen jobless rate hit a staggering 39.3 percent in July 2012.

The NAACP, the National Urban League and the National Action Network, among others, met for the second time on Friday to discuss a “black agenda” for the president, Politic365 reports. The coalition stated it will urge Mr. Obama to mention an urban jobs plan in his State of the Union speech on Feb. 12.

There is a valid point made here

You had no life before OBAMA so you can't be truthful also you still have no life RACIST KKK DWEMOCRAT DUMMY
Truth is no SIN

New York, NY

#849854 Jan 29, 2013
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>Could you manage to actually read some of this sh!T and paraphrase instead of just copying the whole shmeal to regurgitate? I mean, it's not as if you had anything better to do.

Cape Canaveral, FL

#849855 Jan 29, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Good news on Kerry, yes, he invited President Obama to speak at the convention nominating him for President; I'll never forget that speech. It put him on the map.
65 Syrians found shot in the head, hands bound. Spoke to some friends who are originally from there; they think that President Assad will prevail and not step down. Interesting.
Russia disagrees as does nearby Lebanon and even Syria's BFF Iran is fretting.

As long as the USA avoids anything beyond humanitarian aid and helping our buds in Turkey control the border I don't give a fk what happens to Syria. Not our problem!

Should add that the USA just provided Lebanon with 2000 armored vehicles (APC's) a few helicopters and 38 million rounds of small arms ammo. Looks like we look for Lebanon to do for themselves.
lily waxman raton fl

Pompano Beach, FL

#849856 Jan 29, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Can you believe Jane is going skiing? She'll be pushing people off the chair lift.
Jane? Send us a picture of you skiing, sorry, I just can't see a swine like you skiing.
You probably can't see anything...through those inebriated blood-shot eyes of yours.
lily waxman raton fl

Pompano Beach, FL

#849857 Jan 29, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
Jane, getting ready to go skiing:
Shes on the right with the yellow shirt
Actually that's you, with the Re-Elect an Incompetent Obama sticker on your rearend.
Truth is no SIN

New York, NY

#849858 Jan 29, 2013
Obama’s inaugural speech showed him to be:

“…as big a war criminal as many of us on the Left consider George Bush,” said author and activist Kevin Alexander Gray, in Columbia, South Carolina.“I think the idea of a president giving a speech while simultaneously giving orders to kill people through the use of drones – of that being some kind of powerful, progressive speech, is absolutely ridiculous.” In suggesting that the age of retirement be raised for Social Security, Gray said Obama “is willing to say to Black people: you work till you die.”
new hammer time

Richmond, VA

#849859 Jan 29, 2013
Truth is no SIN wrote:
Obama is not the lesser of two evils, he is the more effective of two evils… Obama is getting away with things that no white president could get away with ...those who have orchestrated his two terms are well aware of that.”-Jared Ball, crediting Glen Ford.
Obama is NOT the Realization of King’s Dream
Barack Obama is the first African-American to hold the office of President of the United States. This is a major milestone to be sure. In 1963, when civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King gave his famous and iconic “I have a Dream” speech, such an achievement would have seemed unachievable, if not unthinkable.
Considerable attention has been brought to the fact that this year, the date of his second and final presidential nomination falls on Martin Luther King Day. This would not be the first time comparisons have been made between the two men.
A popular sentiment in America is that the election of Barack Obama to the US Presidency represents the realization of King’s dream. However, anyone who has taken a close look at Obama’s background and record in office should find this puzzling.
In one of his last speeches, King spoke of the triple evils not only of racism, but of materialism and militarism. Obama has overseen the expansion of Bush’s wars, as well as government bail-outs of financial interests implicated in the scandalous sub-prime mortgage fiasco.(Incidentally, seven of those Wall Street firms – Goldman Sachs, UBS AG, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse were by February 2008, among the top fourteen donors to Obama’s first campaign for US President.)[1]
This week’s Global Research News Hour focuses on the role of Barack Obama within the framework of the American power structure. Our guest is Jared Ball, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. The interview focuses on Obama’s track record in office, his inaugural address, and what his Cabinet picks tell us about his policy priorities moving forward.
Mali The End Game. Imperial Hand-Over?
In one of his most recent essays, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb: Who’s Who? Who is Behind the Terrorists? Professor Michel Chossudovsky of the Centre for Research on Globalization addresses the current crisis in Northern Mali, and the hostage-taking in Algeria.
you are all over the map.......a rewrite is due.
lily waxman raton fl

Pompano Beach, FL

#849862 Jan 29, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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He's a 23 year old Brazilian! Now that the neighbors have been harrassing him, peeking in the windows, banging on the door etc. the BOA has issued eviction notice. We were all kind of routing for the kid because it pissed those bytches off!! You have to be able to hang in there for 7 years, and if you do, the house is yours.
Is that how you got the place behind the warehouse?
Truth is no SIN

New York, NY

#849863 Jan 29, 2013
the same old neo-liberal Obama.“It’s kind if surprising to see how willing folks that describe themselves as being of the Left are, after four years of a presidency that proceeded to be a monument to the unelected dictatorship of money and empire, to give credence to his words,” said Paul Street, activist and author of The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama and the Real World of Power. If you read the speech closely,“it’s the same old deeply conservative, state capitalist, neo-liberal Obama.”

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new hammer time

Richmond, VA

#849864 Jan 29, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
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Go back and see who the f**k you replied to, idiot.... jeeeezzz... you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it grow a thumb and shoot itself.
Now, kindly tell us the answers. Here's the post again for your convenience:
Where was Obama during the 7-hour battle between Al Qaeda and the stripped-down American security detatchment while the real-time video was being watched in the White House?
Where will the money come from to pay for Obama's government?
Since the answers are so logical and obvious, you should have no problems just jotting down them for us.
A simple location is required to answer the first question.
A simple source of money is required to answer the second question.
this is so simple....the money will come from the same place GWB used to start 2 fake azz wars
forks_make_us_fa t

United States

#849865 Jan 29, 2013
47%er.....protecting his Obama mural....

With a AR-15......
Truth is no SIN

New York, NY

#849866 Jan 29, 2013
Our black political class, from the president down to sheriffs evoke the struggles and victories of the fifties and sixties, but have nothing to show for the seventies, eighties nineties or the new century except their own careers. They are utterly unprepared to fight or even assist in the fight for economic justice, peace and rolling back the prison state. But they're good role models, which is all we really need.

Symbols Are All We Need: Four More Years of Black Silence, Irrelevance

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

We've all lived to now to see the US elect thousands of African American local and state officials and re-elect the first black president.

It's important somehow, that all these mayors, congress creatures and the rest from county sheriffs to the president are black, and that they all ceaseless evoke the epic Black Freedom movement of 45 and 50 years ago. It's much less important that black leadership has few or no victories to boast for the seventies, the eighties, the nineties or the new century, apart from their own illustrious careers, or that the war on drugs and the prison state sprung AFTER the Freedom Movement ended and continue effectively unchallenged on their watch.

It matters immensely that the first black president has beautiful children and a lovely wife from the south side of Chicago descended from former slaves out of South Carolina, and that his administration's many black faces in high places along with the over forty blacks sitting in the House of Representatives are role models for black youth everywhere.

It matters much less that black unemployment remains at record levels, that US wages have not risen in thirty years and that the first black president apparently forgot his campaign promise to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour almost as soon as he made it. And it certainly matters when racist Republicans diss our president.

But it matters very little that the black role model president conducts weekly “Terror Tuesday” meetings in the White House basement at which he dispatches drones to murder and special forces to kidnap and torture in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and across the African continent. It matters not at all that the First Lady is a shameless flack for Wal-Mart, that the Department of Justice prosecutes whistle blowers instead of war criminals, or that black military and diplomats like Susan Rice are up to their armpits in African blood.
new hammer time

Richmond, VA

#849868 Jan 29, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Good news on Kerry, yes, he invited President Obama to speak at the convention nominating him for President; I'll never forget that speech. It put him on the map.
65 Syrians found shot in the head, hands bound. Spoke to some friends who are originally from there; they think that President Assad will prevail and not step down. Interesting.
he doesn't have to step down....he'll be shot down.

United States

#849869 Jan 29, 2013
OldRaider wrote:
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You pounded the Benghazi drum for weeks before the election trying to lay the blame on Obama. Did it work? Do you believe that anyone besides Obama haters thinks he should have micro-managed this incident? Are you suggesting that Obama is such a great leader that had he interceded and interfered with on site military and State Department officials that he would have saved these men?
This is a stupid fight for Republicans to pick. Before the election at least it made political sense, now you're just barking at the moon.
OldRaider you’re just another Obama apologist but here’s a simple question on Benghazi!! Obama said: I told them to do whatever it takes! Raider name the individual he gave those Orders to?
Truth is no SIN

New York, NY

#849870 Jan 29, 2013
Our black political class is utterly self-interested. It cannot begin to mobilize black communities to demand higher wages, a massive jobs program to relieve unemployment, a rollback of the prison state, a new paradigm of urban economic development that isn't just moving poor people out of neighborhoods and richer ones in. It can't begin to make these things happen because foisting itself and its own advancement off as “representing” the black oppressed masses is the beginning and the end of who they are and what they do.

For them, the election and and re-election of Barack Obama is the end of black history. Addressing black unemployment, pervasive economic injustice, cutting back the warfare and prison states, opposing the neoliberal agenda of privatization and austerity put forth not just by the black president, but by an entire layer of black officials are, in their language not pragmatic or “realistic.”

So if our black leaders have anything to say about it, four more years of Barack Obama mean four more years of black silence and irrelevance on the issues that matter most to our communities --- on jobs, economic injustice, the prison state. It means black leadership will wring its hands and do nothing as federal policies drive the militarization of Africa, more police and fewer experienced teachers in our schools, and continually falling wages.

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