Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1252366 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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TSM

El Paso, TX

#849956 Jan 29, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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If you & DBWRiter would quite blowing each other long enough you would know that Obama was in a meeting at 11 PM with Leon Panetta & the Head of the Joint Chiefs.
But that would take both of you being informed. Ad we know you both are uninformed jackasses.
RealDave are saying Panetta was given those Orders but fail to act? The meeting at 11pm was with Biden/Panetta Benghazi was not mention!! Again Dave According to the official White House transcript of the press gaggle that began at 10:47 a.m. and ended at 11:19 a.m., the subject of Benghazi never came up!!

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Bronx, NY

#849958 Jan 29, 2013
president Obama sided with the charter school sugar daddies instead of black teachers, black parents and their children.

President Obama appointed Chicago Schools CEO Arne Duncan Secretary of Education. A champion of privatization, Duncan had closed dozens of Chicago schools, many on short notice, some at the apparent behest of gentrifying real estate developers. Duncan fired so many veteran black Chicago teachers to , fill their slots with mostly white rookies, that teachers sued him for racial discrimination in federal court and won. Duncan even introduced military charter schools in Chicago, in one case handing a west side middle school to the US Marine Corps.

No Child Left Behind had been passed by a Democratic congress in the first days of the Bush administration. Opposition to its policies was widespread, and much of that opposition was among Democratic constituencies. So President Obama's signature education policy initiative, would bypass Congress and the opportunity for public debate on the disastrous effects of existing pro-privatization policies.

Secretary Duncan at his side, President Obama introduced Race To The Top, drawn up by the Bill & Melinda Gates, the Eli Broad, Boeing, Walton Family and other foundations. Under Race To The Top states and school districts are forced to bid against each other for many of the same education dollars they used to receive as a matter of course. The winning districts are those who apply Race To The Top's four official solutions to their so-called “failing schools.”

Race To The Top's four federally mandated “solutions,” which are never spelled out by corporate media news outlets, are “school transformations,”“school turnarounds,”“school restarts,” and “school closures.”

Race to the Top defines a “school transformation,” its first remedy, as firing the principal and up to 50% of teachers, replacing them with temps and newbies, hiring expensive consultants, often the same folks who drafted Race To The Top guidelines or their cronies, to redesign curriculum and personnel policies.“Transformed” schools tie teachers jobs to test scores (that’s what caused the national epidemic of cheating scandals) lengthening school days with no extra pay, cutting wages & benefits and of course lots more costly and useless tests.

Race To The Top calls its second remedy “school turnaround.” Turnarounds are exactly the same as school transformations, with high priced “run the school like a business” consultants, increased reliance on standardized tests, sanctions for teachers and all new hires sourced from Teach For America type agencies, except that transformations fire up to 50% of school staff, but to be called a turnaround schools must fire at least 50% of school staff.

“School restarts,” are the third Race To The Top solution. In a “restart” you close the public school and reopen a new school with new staff and the same connected consultants used for transformations and turnarounds, but all under the management of a private corporation. In other words, you close the public school and open a charter school in the same building. Charters of course can use public money to hire even less qualified teachers, pick and choose the students it serves, and often to generate handsome private profits.

Race To The Top's fourth remedy is “school closure.” You fire the staff, padlock the school doors and let families take their chances on the free market, or find another public school if they can.

The states and school districts quickest to carry out the most transformations, turnarounds, restarts and school closings are the ones who get to keep or increase their levels of federal funding. Those who drag their feet lose federal education dollars. That's why it's a race, but not exactly to the top.

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Bronx, NY

#849960 Jan 29, 2013
The fact is, Race To The Top is consciously designed to punish school districts that try to protect their educational assets, and rewards those who eviscerate and sell them off.

President Obama's Race To The Top then, is the direct cause of our national wave of school closings and mass teacher firings from Philly to Atlanta and Los Angeles to Rhode Island. It was local implementation of Obama's Race To The Top mandates that forced Chicago teachers out on strike last fall, and it's reluctance to carry out these measures that now imperils education funding in cities as large as Las Vegas.

The Chicago teachers class action lawsuit is a good thing. But the courts have been captive to the far right wing for a long time now, and are not likely to issue quick and sweeping rulings that upset things as they are. In the end, the only thing that will begin to save public education, that will halt the wave of school closings and teacher firings is mass mobilization on a scale not seen in fifty years. Right now, that seems almost as unlikely as corporate school reform being reversed or halted by the federal court.

What passes for black leadership these days, the descendants of the old line “civil rights” organizations are firmly on the corporate education reform bandwagon. Bill Gates, for example, delivered the 2011 keynote at the National Urban League's annual meeting. The NAACP and similar outfits are no better, all preferring to do the bidding of their funders and their president, over the interests of ordinary black families and their children. Even teachers unions are handicapped. Unlike the Chicago Teachers Union most haven't spent the last few years forging deep ties with organized forces in their school communities, and lack even a tradition of standing up for their own members they way labor unions ought to.

In human history, the notion that everybody is entitled to a quality public education is still relatively new, and has powerful enemies. President Obama is one of these. It was the insistence of newly freed slaves that led to the first universal public education laws in the South. African American leaders till now have always been stalwart champions of public education. Until we raise up a new crop of leaders and movements not beholden to corporate funding, not disposed to uncritical worship of corporate power wielded by a black face, public education will continue to wither and die.

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Spring, TX

#849961 Jan 29, 2013
Nuculur option wrote:
Once I realized you had no clue, I decided to let you stew in your own stupidity!!
I see you're still stewing..........
Please let us know if the lightbulb ever comes on in that short-circuited pile of mush between your ears.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA
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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?

And;

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.

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Realtime

Deltona, FL

#849962 Jan 29, 2013
Nuculur option wrote:
Once I realized you had no clue, I decided to let you stew in your own stupidity!!
I see you're still stewing..........
Please let us know if the lightbulb ever comes on in that short-circuited pile of mush between your ears.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA
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He and his new butt buddy Martinez are having a regular luvfest on that other thread__Born in Chicago, Shiny Erection and others (bronach) are all over the Trayvon threads puking racist sht and this past weekend brought some from the Orlando Forums Crazy Ron crew to this thread.

Without HIPPA these mutts would all be on a list.

Lou Barletta just put his foot in his mouth__he's a first term TeaParty stooge.

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Forks_make_Us_fa t

Oklahoma City, OK

#849963 Jan 29, 2013
47%er...

drunk...

goes for a drive...

causes 15 wrecks...

kills one...

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/24/16...

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Bronx, NY

#849964 Jan 29, 2013
The Obama administration is willing to cut an infinity of deals for the Lords of Capital. Two Crimes Of The Century in a row have produced no serious criminal prosecutions of individuals. Attorney General Eric Holder gave out “so many immunities from prosecution he looked like Abraham Lincoln on Emancipation Day.”

The federal government and the nation’s biggest banks have reached yet another settlement in the Crime Of The Century – or, one of those crimes that are supposed to come around only once a century but seem to pop up every year or so nowadays, as finance capitalism rushes towards its final collapse. The $8.5 billion deal is the second settlement in what was called the robo-signing scandal, in which banksters took possession of homes whose mortgages they could not prove they actually owned.

If ever there were a capital corporate crime, this was it – a mega-theft so monstrously destructive it merited French Revolution-style justice, with hundreds of one-way trips to the guillotine. Instead, what we got was presidential intervention, during Obama’s last State of the Union address, when he announced that there would be a settlement with the states to avoid state prosecutions of the banks. The robo-signing investigation would pass into the gentle hands of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, whom the bankers had no reason to fear, and the states would divide up $25 billion, much of which would never reach victimized homeowners

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Forks_make_Us_fa t

Oklahoma City, OK

#849965 Jan 29, 2013
Help us Democrats!

When no one needs a AR-15...

so...

no one needs to drive a Corvette...

Drunk driver kills two...

http://www.corvetteonline.com/news/wrecked-ve...

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#849966 Jan 29, 2013
On Monday, Noble Prize Nominee, renowned author, and humanitarian Dr. Jim Garrow revealed some startling information on newly reelected Barack Obama’s plans for the next four years.

In a now heavily shared Facebook status update, Garrow blew the whistle with a claim that, if true, should send shock waves throughout America.

I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks.

“The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not.” Those who will not are being removed.

As the post began to gain ground, many people questioned Garrow as to who the source was.

“The man who told me this is one of America’s foremost military heroes.”

While Garrow’s claim may not sound like actual new information for those that are already aware of the options that are now publicly on the table, the fact that he is a former Noble Peace Prize Nominee and not someone who is easily labeled a conspiracy theorist makes his claims all the more important.

As the Examiner noted,“Garrow is a well-respected activist and has spent much of his life rescuing infant girls from China, babies who would be killed under that country’s one-child policy.”

Dr. James Garrow is the author of The Pink Pagoda: One Man’s Quest to End Gendercide in China. He has spent over $25 million over the past sixteen years rescuing an estimated 40,000 baby Chinese girls from near-certain death under China’s one-child-per-couple policy by facilitating international adoptions.

He is the founder and executive director of the Bethune Institute’s Pink Pagoda schools, private English-immersion schools for Chinese children. Today he runs 168 schools with nearly 6,300 employees.

This is definitely an interesting time, so nothing should be ruled out.

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“Constitutionalis t”

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Spring, TX

#849969 Jan 29, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>He and his new butt buddy Martinez are having a regular luvfest on that other thread__Born in Chicago, Shiny Erection and others (bronach) are all over the Trayvon threads puking racist sht and this past weekend brought some from the Orlando Forums Crazy Ron crew to this thread.
Without HIPPA these mutts would all be on a list.
Lou Barletta just put his foot in his mouth__he's a first term TeaParty stooge.
Do you mean Hoodieman? That drug-using drop-out gang-banger wannabe who got blown to hell while he was trying to bash an armed American's brains out against a concrete sidewalk?

Note to drug-using drop-out gang-banger wannabes: Don't bash a smaller person's head against a concrete sidewalk while they are on their back on the ground. They are possibly armed and you are likely to get a hole blown through your worthless ass.

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Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#849970 Jan 29, 2013
Once I realized you had no clue, I decided to let you stew in your own stupidity!!

I see you're still stewing..........

Please let us know if the lightbulb ever comes on in that short-circuited pile of mush between your ears.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA
DBWriter wrote:
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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?
And;
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.

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#849971 Jan 29, 2013
Do you really think the people you overheard talking was serious? I have heard people joke about that same thing...it's a joke. I am SURE you didn't hear the whole conversation. Please don't go there. Also ther are some blacks who didn't vote because they didnt like either men, there are some blacks who voted for McCain. There are some people who thought it was two of the lesser evil and voted for McCain becaue he was white. So again dot go there.
proud2bwhite

Auburn, NY

#849972 Jan 29, 2013
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Get your cheap and ill-informed child like barbs in quick, a celler dweeling rubber fork user residing in his single wide like yourself can only dream of my life as I will be headed out again come Friday. You will be relieved to know that I will be deep into the Jefferson National Forest for the next couple months, no internet. So the good news for me is I will soon forget that I live in a nation where morons like you exist.
hey ghost ,sorry to hear you got thrown out again and have to live in a tent in the woods for the next few months hope you can collect enough cans to get some raman noodles. I would help you out by buying one of your imaginary books if you would just tell me the title..

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#849973 Jan 29, 2013
flack wrote:
Fracking worse on climate than coal!
Can't you friggin' libtards make up your minds!!!
So now you're a believer in Climate Science??

You're weird!!

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Gloucester, VA

#849974 Jan 29, 2013
Gunner wrote:
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Poor dumb republicans.
Fighting math and science has to exhausting.
IN ALL YOUR WISDOM DID YOU LEAVE A WORD OUT ??

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sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#849975 Jan 29, 2013
Karl Rove backed up Bobby Jindal's commentary that the Republican party must "stop being the stupid party" Monday, telling Bill O'Reilly that he thinks Jindal "is right."

"The Republican party can't simply be in mindless opposition to Barack Obama. It has to offer a vision of the future that is attractive and compelling for Americans to associate with," Rove said, comparing the formulation to Daniel Patrick Moynihan's legendary 1970s essay urging Democrats to become the party of ideas.

Rove resisted O'Reilly's assertion that that meant the GOP needs to move more to the center, saying instead it needs to move away from "stupid things" like those said by Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, and towards a clear definition of what the party stands for.

"Explain what you're for and be for something," Rove said. "We are a growth and opportunity party. We believe in limited government and cutting the deficit and restraining spending...We need to talk about what it is that we want to do for America, not simply what we want to stop President Obama from doing."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/29/karl...

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Bronx, NY

#849977 Jan 29, 2013
OBAMA NO DIFFERENT THAN BUSH HIS COUSIN A Polish investigation into secret CIA jails is being suppressed because it will embarrass the top echelon of the country’s government, lawyers of two men held illegally in one of the CIA’s ‘black sites’ in Poland tell media.

Reportedly, the results of this investigation could link some of Poland’s most senior politicians with illegal detention and torture, as well as impact negatively on the relationship between Poland and its key ally, the US, according to Reuters.

The news agency’s sources, including lawyers and human rights activists, reveal that the investigation was halted after the original investigators were taken off the case early last year.

The probe began in 2008 with prosecutors from the capital Warsaw, but in early 2012 the prosecutor-general transferred the investigation to the southern city of Krakow.

“The image is of a complete lack of action,” Mikolaj Pietrzak, lawyer for Saudi national Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri who says he was detained in a CIA jail on Polish soil, told Reuters.“The case is obviously, in my opinion, under political control … The most convenient thing politically is for the case to drag on,” Pietrzak added.

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Newington, CT

#849978 Jan 29, 2013
Oh Lokie Here!

An imbecile who can't write a complete sentence is calling someone else dumb. You can't make this $hit up!
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>Look, dumb carol, nobody really wants to know about your personal life--pathetic or otherwise--but you can't "attest" for anyone but yourself, let alone George Dumbya Bush or your father...you keep tying that millstone around your neck minute by minute.

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Newington, CT

#849980 Jan 29, 2013
Let's see if the petty person finds my typo...

LOL!

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Bronx, NY

#849981 Jan 29, 2013
They came as slaves; vast human cargo transported on tall British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.

Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. They were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the marketplace as a warning to other captives.

We don’t really need to go through all of the gory details, do we? We know all too well the atrocities of the African slave trade.

But, are we talking about African slavery? King James II and Charles I also led a continued effort to enslave the Irish. Britain’s famed Oliver Cromwell furthered this practice of dehumanizing one’s next door neighbor.

The Irish slave trade began when James II sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World. His Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves.

Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white.

From 1641 to 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English and another 300,000 were sold as slaves. Ireland’s population fell from about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade. Families were ripped apart as the British did not allow Irish dads to take their wives and children with them across the Atlantic. This led to a helpless population of homeless women and children. Britain’s solution was to auction them off as well.

During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children between the ages of 10 and 14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia and New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women and children) were sold to Barbados and Virginia. Another 30,000 Irish men and women were also transported and sold to the highest bidder. In 1656, Cromwell ordered that 2000 Irish children be taken to Jamaica and sold as slaves to English settlers.

Many people today will avoid calling the Irish slaves what they truly were: Slaves. They’ll come up with terms like “Indentured Servants” to describe what occurred to the Irish. However, in most cases from the 17th and 18th centuries, Irish slaves were nothing more than human cattle.

As an example, the African slave trade was just beginning during this same period. It is well recorded that African slaves, not tainted with the stain of the hated Catholic theology and more expensive to purchase, were often treated far better than their Irish counterparts.

African slaves were very expensive during the late 1600s (50 Sterling). Irish slaves came cheap (no more than 5 Sterling). If a planter whipped or branded or beat an Irish slave to death, it was never a crime. A death was a monetary setback, but far cheaper than killing a more expensive African. The English masters quickly began breeding the Irish women for both their own personal pleasure and for greater profit. Children of slaves were themselves slaves, which increased the size of the master’s free workforce. Even if an Irish woman somehow obtained her freedom, her kids would remain slaves of her master. Thus, Irish moms, even with this new found emancipation, would seldom abandon their kids and would remain in servitude.

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