Barack Obama, our next President

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"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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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) became the latest Republican to criticize what he described as a "silly effort" by some members of his party to block funding for the government unless Obamacare is gutted.

Corker said that fellow Republicans like Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) who have pledged to block a continuing resolution (CR) and cause a government shutdown unless Obamacare is defunded are "taking themselves out of the debate."

"Oh, I think it's a silly effort," Corker told MSNBC's Chuck Todd. "What people are really saying who are behind that effort is we don't have the courage to roll up our sleeves and deal with real deficit and spending decisions. We want to take ourselves out of the debate and act like we're being principled to the America people by saying,'If there's one dime of funding for Obamacare we're not going to vote for the CR.'"

"I don't look at that as very courageous," he continued. "Most of us see through it and realize that these people are really just taking themselves out of the debate. We've got an opportunity to get our country right as it relates to fiscal issues. We've taken some big steps and when people take themselves out of the game like this, I think people see through it and understand what's taking place."

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/g...

"....people see through it and understand what's taking place."

let's not forget...there are only 3 million FOXbots.
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What "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" Can Teach Us About Don Lemon's Suggestion That Black People Should Pull Up Their Pants and Pick Up Litter

To much condemnation by "Black Twitter" and other social media, CNN's Don Lemon said that black people could improve their lot in life by following his suggestions and guidelines about their personal comportment and behavior.

Given that the context and prompt for his advice was the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, Lemon's suggestions are especially noxious.

As an African-American, Lemon is recycling the politics of "black respectability", what is a very old tradition in black life and social thought. He is dead center in the centuries-long tradition of black political thought.

But, he has no appreciation for its nuances.

Lemon's argument, that black folks should pick up litter, pull up their pants, and stop making babies everywhere out of wedlock, reveals a piss poor understanding of the relationship between life chances, institutional racism, political economy, and race in post civil rights America. Lemon is also factually challenged.

Not all of us are properly trained social scientists. That does not render one mute in speaking about issues of American politics, society, and public/private life.

But, given his national and high-profile position, I would expect a bit more from Don Lemon. Maybe he should read a few books and articles by serious people such as William Julius Wilson, Sudhir Venkatesh, Cathy Cohen, Mary Patillo, John Jackson, Joseph Stiglitz, Michelle Alexander, Elijah Anderson, Mario Small, and others before offering up his half-processed folksy wisdom from the barbershop tailor made for public (white) consumption about black poverty, race, and upward mobility? I dare to dream.

Alas, Don Lemon is part of a long tradition of public scolding by African-Americans against "deviants" in their own community, one which recycles white racism under the guise of "black tough love". History suggests that Don Lemon has much good company in this very profitable public performance: a book is no doubt forthcoming; there will be a speaking tour too.

Don Lemon proudly proclaimed that he is going to be an Uncle Tom. Who am I to interfere with a man's dreams?

http://www.chaunceydevega.com/2013/07/what-it...
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John Galt wrote:
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People living that close to the edge can't afford to have children.
Yet they do don't they? Sex is the poor mans opera.

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Bring your own toothbrush.
So, how much do your think a skilled surgeon should earn?
I recently had to have an emergent appendectomy. The surgeon's fee alone was over $5000. The hospital bill for a two-night stay was almost the same. Fortunately, we have good insurance through my husband's employer and the surgeon and most of the hospital bill was paid in full.

But what if we didn't have good insurance or didn't have $10,000 just laying around just to take out my appendix?

When does one's expertise cross the line into exploiting and abusing a broken system?

It would seem $5000 would be more than compensatory for both the surgeon's expertise and the two-night hospital stay.

Hospitals are raking in the dough hand-over-fist. Insurance companies have to pay the crux of this medical scam and why medical insurance is so friggin' unaffordable for a lot of people.

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So, you never said how much the stimulus bill cost? Are you really sticking to that claim?
So, if Congress passing a 500 billion dollar tax cut with no offsetting spending cuts, then it adds to the debt.
When it adds to the debt, that debt needs to be paid.
When you pay that debt, aren't you spending money?
Just askin' Mr Pretend Engineer.
Yes, the costs were given. The initial cost, and the 10 year CBO estimated cost. Go back and actually read the post you comment on, idiot.
A tax cut isn't necessarily a revenue cut. But, even if it is, it is not a spending cut, it is a tax cut.
The problem is the government spends too much. Fix that problem. If you can't fix that problem, nothing will help.

Let's not quibble about your inane diversions. Here are the facts:

Obama's government needs to increase the debt 8 percent every year just for its day-to-day existence.
The calculated growth of the economy is 2 percent, to include the growth of government, which accounts for most of the growth in the calculation of the economy. The real economy that pays for everything is roughly three quarters of the government-calculated economy.
The government-calculated economy is 15 trillion dollars. The real economy is about 12 trillion dollars. The debt is currently 17 trillion dollars, or one and a half times the size of the real economy.
Increasing the debt at 8 percent every year with a stagnant economy that is two thirds the size of the current debt is insane. It is certain to collapse the government.

The government has a spending problem.
Fix it.
I've got an idea.
No more debt. Not for any reason.
When any agency or department expends all appropriated funds, shut that agency or department down until there is more money in the treasury to appropriate.

That will fix the deficit problem and avoid the certain collapse of our government.

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sonicfilter wrote:
What "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" Can Teach Us About Don Lemon's Suggestion That Black People Should Pull Up Their Pants and Pick Up Litter
To much condemnation by "Black Twitter" and other social media, CNN's Don Lemon said that black people could improve their lot in life by following his suggestions and guidelines about their personal comportment and behavior.
Given that the context and prompt for his advice was the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, Lemon's suggestions are especially noxious.
As an African-American, Lemon is recycling the politics of "black respectability", what is a very old tradition in black life and social thought. He is dead center in the centuries-long tradition of black political thought.
But, he has no appreciation for its nuances.
Lemon's argument, that black folks should pick up litter, pull up their pants, and stop making babies everywhere out of wedlock, reveals a piss poor understanding of the relationship between life chances, institutional racism, political economy, and race in post civil rights America. Lemon is also factually challenged.
Not all of us are properly trained social scientists. That does not render one mute in speaking about issues of American politics, society, and public/private life.
But, given his national and high-profile position, I would expect a bit more from Don Lemon. Maybe he should read a few books and articles by serious people such as William Julius Wilson, Sudhir Venkatesh, Cathy Cohen, Mary Patillo, John Jackson, Joseph Stiglitz, Michelle Alexander, Elijah Anderson, Mario Small, and others before offering up his half-processed folksy wisdom from the barbershop tailor made for public (white) consumption about black poverty, race, and upward mobility? I dare to dream.
Alas, Don Lemon is part of a long tradition of public scolding by African-Americans against "deviants" in their own community, one which recycles white racism under the guise of "black tough love". History suggests that Don Lemon has much good company in this very profitable public performance: a book is no doubt forthcoming; there will be a speaking tour too.
Don Lemon proudly proclaimed that he is going to be an Uncle Tom. Who am I to interfere with a man's dreams?
http://www.chaunceydevega.com/2013/07/what-it...
He's only an "Uncle Tom" to cowards. He's a hero to a lot of other people.
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LoisLane59 wrote:
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Don Lemon, a black CNN commentator who agrees with Bill O'Reilly about not addressing the root problems in the black community said on air, "Just because you CAN have children doesn't mean that you SHOULD have them."
Finally, the right message by the right voices! Black leaders who have influence.
Start With the Man in the Mirror, Don Lemon

The CNN anchor's "tough talk" fails to reflect what's really going on in the black community.

What Lemon did on his show -- wagging his finger at all the pants-sagging, littering, unwed high school dropouts -- was a mutation of truth telling. He was nothing more than a tattletale, pointing excitedly to all the things his brothers and sisters are doing wrong in the hopes of what? A reward? A pat on the back? A seat at Bill O'Reilly's table?

http://www.theroot.com/views/start-man-mirror...

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<quoted text>A quick google search turns up three well known conspiracy sites posting that non-story with various amounts ranging from $147 at Brietbart to a whopping $900 at World Nut Daily.
While it is true there is no amount referenced in the executive order, it was announced in a White House memo. The right wingnuts just decided to propagandize it by claiming the executive order was funding a "terrorist organization" instead of reporting the truth.

The $500 million figure comes from the FACT that "since FY2008 the present, annual regular-year U.S. bilateral assistance to the West Bank and Gaza Strip has averaged around $500 million, including annual averages of approximately $200 million in direct budgetary assistance and $100 million in non-lethal security assistance for the PA in the West Bank."

The only reason Congress placed a hold on the funds 2011/2012 was because of the Israeli lobby which was "against the initiatives in the United Nations and other international forums aimed at increasing international recognition of Palestinian statehood outside of negotiations with Israel."

"Some Members of Congress have proposed additional conditions in anticipation of possible future steps by the PLO to make legal action possible—including at the International Criminal Court (ICC)—against perceived Israeli violations of various international laws and norms."

Besides, "even if the immediate objectives of U.S. assistance programs for the Palestinians are met, lack of progress toward a
politically legitimate and peaceful two-state solution could undermine the utility of U.S. aid in helping the Palestinians become more cohesive, stable, and self-reliant over the long term."

The last thing the leadership of israel wants to see is a more cohesive, stable and self-reliant Palestine.



MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE

SUBJECT: Waiver of Restriction on Providing Funds to the Palestinian Authority

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 7040(b) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2012 (Division I, Public Law 112-74)(the "Act") as carried forward by the Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Division F, Public Law 113-6)(the "CR"), I hereby certify that it is important to the national security interests of the United States to waive the provisions of section 7040(a) of the Act as carried forward by the CR, in order to provide funds appropriated to carry out chapter 4 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act, as amended, to the Palestinian Authority.

You are directed to transmit this determination to the Congress, with a report pursuant to section 7040(d) of the Act as carried forward by the CR, and to publish this determination in the Federal Register.

BARACK OBAMA

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/20...

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RS22967.pd...

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sonicfilter wrote:
What "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" Can Teach Us About Don Lemon's Suggestion That Black People Should Pull Up Their Pants and Pick Up Litter
To much condemnation by "Black Twitter" and other social media, CNN's Don Lemon said that black people could improve their lot in life by following his suggestions and guidelines about their personal comportment and behavior.
Given that the context and prompt for his advice was the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, Lemon's suggestions are especially noxious.
As an African-American, Lemon is recycling the politics of "black respectability", what is a very old tradition in black life and social thought. He is dead center in the centuries-long tradition of black political thought.
But, he has no appreciation for its nuances.
Lemon's argument, that black folks should pick up litter, pull up their pants, and stop making babies everywhere out of wedlock, reveals a piss poor understanding of the relationship between life chances, institutional racism, political economy, and race in post civil rights America. Lemon is also factually challenged.
Not all of us are properly trained social scientists. That does not render one mute in speaking about issues of American politics, society, and public/private life.
But, given his national and high-profile position, I would expect a bit more from Don Lemon. Maybe he should read a few books and articles by serious people such as William Julius Wilson, Sudhir Venkatesh, Cathy Cohen, Mary Patillo, John Jackson, Joseph Stiglitz, Michelle Alexander, Elijah Anderson, Mario Small, and others before offering up his half-processed folksy wisdom from the barbershop tailor made for public (white) consumption about black poverty, race, and upward mobility? I dare to dream.
Alas, Don Lemon is part of a long tradition of public scolding by African-Americans against "deviants" in their own community, one which recycles white racism under the guise of "black tough love". History suggests that Don Lemon has much good company in this very profitable public performance: a book is no doubt forthcoming; there will be a speaking tour too.
Don Lemon proudly proclaimed that he is going to be an Uncle Tom. Who am I to interfere with a man's dreams?
http://www.chaunceydevega.com/2013/07/what-it...
There's apparently a lot of "Uncle Toms" finally speaking out.

Demonizing other blacks for just saying what everyone knows to be true is going to backfire on the Grievance Industry. Wait and see.
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Fenris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
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Aren't you hittin the sauce a little early today, injun Joe?
that's right, when i post what you can't intellectually acknowledge....insult.

it's the right wing culture.

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Fenris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
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What really drives gasoline prices is NOT supply and demand of oil; its how said S & D is affected by refining capacity. Given transpo costs etc for oil to already over-regulated existing refineries, the Keystone could potentially facilitate new construction in more friendly environments......
Ya mean outside of the US?

What's that do for the jobs picture?
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He's only an "Uncle Tom" to cowards. He's a hero to a lot of other people.
a lot of white bigots.

so who really cares what they care about?

and for you to act like the opinion of black folks on the matter are of no consequence speaks loudly to your acknowledgment that FOX is a racist hotbed.

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Yep.

People don't care. They just wanted a black president. Period.

You're right, they have no one to blame but themselves when taxes skyrocket and the military becomes downsized, leaving us vulnerable to attacks.

They are actually happy that they have put this country in danger.

Y'all are right all the people want us a black president for the first time

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What is really scary is that you have these posts cataloged & then copy & paste them over & over.
What kind of nutjob does this?
"special Purpose Vehicle"? You don't even know what one is.
Obviously, you don't.
I've explained what they are several times here, and exactly what their part was in the economic collapse. You should have been paying attention. You would have learned something. You know, Ben Bernanke mentioning them in his testimony to Barney Frank's committee should have indicated to you they had importance of significance.

Do I have to explain what a Special Purpose Vehicle is again for you? Or, can you tell us what they are?
I'm guessing you don't have a clue. Therefore, because they were the key element in getting fraudulent ratings for the worthless traunches comprised of failed CRA mortgages, you haven't got a fucking clue why or how the economy collapsed.

I want you to tell us what a Special Purpose Vehicle is, or just say you don't know anything about what you copy and paste here.

A "Special Purpose Vehicle" is...(why don't you finish that sentence and show us you know what you're talking about.)

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It's more of a terrorist organization that the Palestinian Authority which is the beneficiary of the $500 million.
You're so full of stuff, you're eyes are brown. Give it a rest, and read history, if you have progressed beyond "Dick and Jane" primer readers....

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A surgeon's expertise should be compensated just like any medical physician who spent years in school and in residency to become a doctor.
But the attitudes in the medical profession, inflated egos and apathy, sometimes peaks even before a medical student becomes a full-fledged doctor.
And unnecessary tests and procedures are done on a routine "knee-jerk reflex" basis because of the fear of being frivolously sued.
Few people respect the medical profession anymore. There's a good reason for that.
A hospital admission just means everyone can get on board the gravy train - and many do. Specialty doctors are called in for "consults" and get paid just for dictating something in your chart whether they actually treated you or not.
This is not how it's supposed to work.
Just eliminating the outrageous costs of medical supplies and unnecessary tests alone would reduce costs. Making insurance competitive nationwide is another.
But very few surgeons and specialist are worth the god-awful amounts of money the insurances pays them and patients getting stuck with the rest of an outrageous bill.
Doctors used to work for a chicken. It's supposed to be "a calling". Not an insurance Ponzi scheme.
Carol channeling Sue Lowden.
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LoisLane59 wrote:
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Don Lemon, a black CNN commentator who agrees with Bill O'Reilly about not addressing the root problems in the black community said on air, "Just because you CAN have children doesn't mean that you SHOULD have them."
Finally, the right message by the right voices! Black leaders who have influence.
If Your Mother had listened :-)
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Liars abuse and manipulate a broken system. Racism is a grievance industry for personal and political gain.
Liars and racists come in all shapes and sizes.
In 2008, an NBC/WSJ poll showed 70% of whites and 64% of blacks felt race relations were "very good".
Nothing changed except a new administration who encouraged the grievance industry to rear its ugly head.
But you don't get it, do you?
Fox talking points get old after five years.
LOL

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Start With the Man in the Mirror, Don Lemon
The CNN anchor's "tough talk" fails to reflect what's really going on in the black community.
What Lemon did on his show -- wagging his finger at all the pants-sagging, littering, unwed high school dropouts -- was a mutation of truth telling. He was nothing more than a tattletale, pointing excitedly to all the things his brothers and sisters are doing wrong in the hopes of what? A reward? A pat on the back? A seat at Bill O'Reilly's table?
http://www.theroot.com/views/start-man-mirror...
There's big money to be made in the Grievance Industry. The reason Juan Williams wrote his book years ago specifically about this "industry" is because he once worked for Jesse Jackson and finally realized Jackson and others like him were going to corporations, getting money deals from them to keep their mouth shuts and not label them as racists to destroy their businesses.

Juan is not conservative-leaning by anyone's standards. Yet, he is extremely passionate about the rap industry also promoting drug abuse, disrespect for women and glorifying gangs. He called it "criminal" because it's just producing more criminals.

You might be awake but you're still very much asleep.

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<quoted text> Just to let you know I maybe read 1 out of 50 of your posts. They are mostly just garbage not worth the wasting of time.
No surprise there. Rethugs don't like telling or hearing the truth. That is why you people rely so much on Faux News and Breitbart for your "news". Garbage in, garbage out.

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