Barack Obama, our next President

"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 ... Read more
carol

Orlando, FL

#882375 Apr 1, 2013
What? You thought "Eden" was created out of nothing? Nah! When I said Adam and Leo were the first man and woman you didn't imagine that I didn't have to take the land from the Abo's first did ya? The original draft said, "And God chased the Abo's out of the parcel of land now defined by I-95 and I-9 and created the first "white" man out of a wad of mud."

Happy Apres-Easter everybody.

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carol

Orlando, FL

#882376 Apr 1, 2013
My sense is, "Betsy," that all this will be very confusing for those reading back over the Internet in generations to come.

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nobamaredux

United States

#882377 Apr 1, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
In 2010, Adelanto sold its prison to Geo Group for lump payment of $28 million. As part of the deal, Adelanto helped the new buyer secure a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), for which the city negotiated an additional payout of $50,000 a year from Geo Group.
Geo quickly expanded the facility to hold 1,300 inmates, making it the largest private deportation center in the state California. It projected an annual revenue stream of $42 million (at a rock bottom rate of $99 per detained immigrant per day). And according to its cushy contract with ICE, Geo was guaranteed a 75-percent minimum occupancy rate, meaning that the feds agreed to pay the private prison company $36 million a year to run its Adelanto facility, whether it contained immigrant detainees or not. All this, of course, is being funded by hardworking American taxpayers.
http://www.alternet.org/immigration/obama-dep...
Easy to throw around revenue numbers without mentioning either the net profit or the alternative cost (probably much higher) for the federal government to run the institution.

When the government tries to save money, all you people do is bitch.

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Betsy

Orlando, FL

#882378 Apr 1, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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You're a liar Carol, I don't know how you call yourself a Christian with all the hate and lies that you spew
Oh, Lily, you know democrats wanting more votes at any cost is just as true as I do.

You have to look no further than the top 3 "evolvers" on your side of the fence. Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton all "evolved" over the issue of gay marriage within just months of each other.

If one of Obama's daughters or Chelsea Clinton had come out of the closet, it would be more understandable as was the case in that one republican.

But the motives behind the top 3 democrats suddenly doing a complete about face on gay marriage at the same time should be clear to you any everyone else.
Betsy

Orlando, FL

#882379 Apr 1, 2013
Jane Says wrote:
<quoted text>Looney Lily would call that social justice
Free anything is a gimmick. There's always a catch.

Liberals are too gullible. Scammers see them coming a mile away.
nobamaredux

United States

#882380 Apr 1, 2013
Being president of the U.S., the most powerful man in the world, is often most about perception. The man (or, one day, woman) in the job takes actions large and small every day, but it is the perception of the man that seeps into the everyday lives of working Americans.

That’s why presidential candidates always hit Philadelphia for a cheesesteak during campaigns (Democrats to Pat’s, Republicans to Geno’s). Sure, they’re running billion-dollar operations trying to win the White House, but one picture of them wolfing down a Cheez Whiz-covered glob of meat on a Philly street hits home with millions of voters:“Hey, that guy’s just like me! He loves him a Pat’s [or Geno’s] cheesesteak, too!”(Unless you’re John F. Kerry and order Swiss cheese — then everyone hates you.)

Sometimes, that perception cuts to the core. Like when President George W. Bush stopped playing golf in 2003, at the height of the Iraq War.

“I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal,” he said years later.“I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them.”

That’s also why Mr. Bush did two other things, without fanfare or praise. First, he never headed home to his Texas ranch until after Christmas, instead going to Camp David for a few days. That way, the hundreds of people revolving around him at all times — White House staff, Secret Service agents, reporters, photographers, all the others — could spend the holiday with their families in and around Washington, D.C. No one ever reported that.

Second, he rarely attended sporting events, although he once owned a baseball team and was a self-confessed stats junkie. His thinking there was the same: If he went to a baseball game (right down the street from the White House), his mere presence would mean hours and hours of extra security for fans. He once stopped off at the Daytona 500 and the metal detectors through which every fan had to pass left thousands outside in line when the green flag fell; he didn’t attend many sporting events after that.

But something remarkable has happened with these occupants of the White House: Neither President Obama nor first lady Michelle appear to give a damn about perception. They won the White House and, by God, they’re going to enjoy their time there, no matter the cost. And who cares what you think, anyway?

How else to explain the nonstop vacations the pair keep taking during what Mr. Obama calls the “worst financial crisis since the Great Depression”? In 2013, the First Family has already enjoyed three vacations — that’s one a month.(Sorry, Joe America, you might have to forget your week at the beach again this year, but make sure you get those taxes in on time!)

The Obamas ended 2012 and kicked off 2013 in an $8 million, 6,000-square-foot house in Hawaii (they left well before Dec. 25, by the way). There, the president played five rounds of golf (breaking the 100-rounds-as-president threshold). Scarcely a month into Term 2, Mrs. Obama headed off for Aspen, taking along the couple’s daughters. Vice President Joseph R. Biden also hit the Colorado slopes. While the girls (and Joe) were gone, Mr. Obama nipped down to Florida for a four-day boys weekend of golf, teeing it up with his buddies — and Tiger Woods. He hit the links again this weekend, then dropped in for an NCAA tournament game in Washington.

Then, last week, reports emerged that the Obama girls were kicking it in the Bahamas for spring break. Days later, a Colorado news station, KMTV, reported that the girls were now skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho. The White House flacks didn’t like that one bit.

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sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#882381 Apr 1, 2013
What Benghazi Tells Us About the GOP Brand

....The GOP is now in the position that Carter’s party was in, and in contrast Obama has acquired something like Reagan’s “teflon” coating—as the Benghazi episode illustrates. Benghazi was a national humiliation, caught the administration in a tangle of its own words, and should have raised serious questions about why we were in Libya in the first place. Americans, including an ambassador, had died, and Obama’s signature foreign-policy intervention was the strategic backdrop. It happened shortly before an election, yet Obama took no damage from it. Instead, Republicans who insisted that this was a great scandal came off looking like unpatriotic kooks to non-Republicans. Why?

It’s a simple matter of trust: the nation now trusts Democrats more than Republicans on foreign policy, and Iraq is largely the reason for that. This gives Obama and his party a margin for error: his Benghazi screw-up is seen as an aberration, much as Reagan’s Lebanon humiliation was. It doesn’t fit the brand’s reputation for leadership, and that reputation is stronger in the public mind than the impression made by an incident even as gruesome as the Beirut barracks attack or the murder of an ambassador.

Coca-Cola knows how this works. If a customer gets one flat bottle of pop, he won’t flee from Coke to Pepsi or RC. He may be unhappy with this particular experience, but the brand is strong enough that it shapes a storyline even for the dissatisfied customer: this was a one-off mistake; you trust the brand, and that counts for more than what you see with your eyes or taste with your tongue. Trust trumps experience, up to a point.

The point beyond which trust doesn’t trump experience? A failed war, for one thing.

The larger argument of my “GOP’s Vietnam” article is that failed wars don’t just affect a party’s reputation in foreign policy but have spillover effects elsewhere. If I’m right about that, the GOP has today depleted its margin not only in foreign policy but across the board. And the next Republican president, like Carter, may not get much benefit of the doubt from the public.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/mccart...

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carol

Orlando, FL

#882382 Apr 1, 2013
Betsy wrote:
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Free anything is a gimmick. There's always a catch.
Liberals are too gullible. Scammers see them coming a mile away.
And, who are the "scammers", Bets?

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carol

Orlando, FL

#882383 Apr 1, 2013
Check...

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Betsy

Orlando, FL

#882384 Apr 1, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Instilling fear is control. Perhaps Carols parents beat her, that's why she's a control freak.
Weren't you ever disciplined by your parents?

Why is it liberals equate discipline with a beating? Were you beaten as a child? I sure hope not. If so, at least that would explain your own personal view.

If not, were you ever disciplined? And did you never do anything wrong as a child? Because the perfect child doesn't exist.

Most children whose parents cared enough to teach them right from wrong when they were growing up love them even more after becoming adults themselves.

True for me anyway.
nobamaredux

United States

#882385 Apr 1, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
What Benghazi Tells Us About the GOP Brand
....The GOP is now in the position that Carter’s party was in, and in contrast Obama has acquired something like Reagan’s “teflon” coating—as the Benghazi episode illustrates. Benghazi was a national humiliation, caught the administration in a tangle of its own words, and should have raised serious questions about why we were in Libya in the first place. Americans, including an ambassador, had died, and Obama’s signature foreign-policy intervention was the strategic backdrop. It happened shortly before an election, yet Obama took no damage from it. Instead, Republicans who insisted that this was a great scandal came off looking like unpatriotic kooks to non-Republicans. Why?
It’s a simple matter of trust: the nation now trusts Democrats more than Republicans on foreign policy, and Iraq is largely the reason for that. This gives Obama and his party a margin for error: his Benghazi screw-up is seen as an aberration, much as Reagan’s Lebanon humiliation was. It doesn’t fit the brand’s reputation for leadership, and that reputation is stronger in the public mind than the impression made by an incident even as gruesome as the Beirut barracks attack or the murder of an ambassador.
A more logical explanation is a biased media that distorts the truth to serve Obama, including a fat pig named Candy Crowley in the debate.

Obama campaign ads are now claiming that his anti-gun legislation is actually pro-gun.

The world is upside down.

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Betsy

Orlando, FL

#882386 Apr 1, 2013
Betsy wrote:
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Free anything is a gimmick. There's always a catch.
Liberals are too gullible. Scammers see them coming a mile away.
Scammers meaning democrats and liberal media who easily fool the easily fooled.
TSM

El Paso, TX

#882387 Apr 1, 2013
The Emperor after Three Lavish Vacations you would think he’ll sit down and do the Peoples business like a (Budget) Nah, another Fundraiser, what’s the hurry, when I said sacrifice I meant you Peasants!!

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“Amor patriae.”

Since: Feb 08

Eastern Oregon

#882389 Apr 1, 2013
Betsy wrote:
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Free anything is a gimmick. There's always a catch.
Liberals are too gullible. Scammers see them coming a mile away.
Problem is, the liberals are the scammers and they're not gullible, they're greedy to the point of self debasement.

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nobamaredux

United States

#882390 Apr 1, 2013
Betsy wrote:
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Weren't you ever disciplined by your parents?
Why is it liberals equate discipline with a beating? Were you beaten as a child? I sure hope not. If so, at least that would explain your own personal view.
If not, were you ever disciplined? And did you never do anything wrong as a child? Because the perfect child doesn't exist.
Most children whose parents cared enough to teach them right from wrong when they were growing up love them even more after becoming adults themselves.
True for me anyway.
The mass murderers at Columbine and Newtown were probably never disciplined by their parents.

Like the parents who take their urchins on an airline flight and let them kick the back of the seat in front of them for hours without saying a word, then get offended if you complain.

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sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#882391 Apr 1, 2013
Having no margin for error on foreign policy is one of the things that consistently hampers Republican criticisms of administration actions. The public doesn’t trust them or their judgment on these issues as they once did, and that means that hawkish Republican arguments face a much more skeptical, if not hostile, audience than they did at the start of the century. The trouble for a lot of Republican hawks is that they don’t realize that they now have no margin for error. Many of them continue to promote very similar policies without making much effort to justify them to a skeptical public, and they seem to think that they can rely on the party’s traditional advantage in this area to make up for the fact that their arguments aren’t very good. For the better part of forty years, Republicans were accustomed to attacking the other party as “weak” while positioning themselves as the more hawkish party, and in the last two presidential elections they have found that the old lines no longer work. Hawkish posturing may have once inspired confidence, because there was not much fear that a Republican president would start, much less lose, a major war. Now the hawkish posturing is taken as a virtual guarantee that the next Republican president probably will start more wars. Regardless, the risk that the next Republican president might plunge the U.S. into another war is not one worth taking.

Republican hawks likewise didn’t have much credibility to use the aftermath of the Libyan war against Obama, since almost all of them were supporters of intervention in Libya and had been arguing for an even larger, more aggressive American role there. If some of the hawks had had their way on Libya, there would have been U.S. soldiers coming under attack there on a regular basis. Seeking to out-hawk Obama doesn’t just make for substantively bad policy, but it demonstrates impressive political incompetence on a large scale.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/lariso...

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Waxman

Stratford-upon-avon, UK

#882392 Apr 1, 2013
WaxmanIdiot wrote:
<quoted text> you waxturd, being born the natural scum you are, apparently lack experience in running elections, stay ignorant dumbfkk.
wtf do elections have to do with two libtards using ropes instead of guns to commit suicide, libtard?

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Jane Says

New York, NY

#882393 Apr 1, 2013
carol wrote:
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And, who are the "scammers", Bets?
this one makes up about $700 on a typical day. most make around $200 per day.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editoria...

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sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#882394 Apr 1, 2013
nobamaredux wrote:
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A more logical explanation is a biased media that distorts the truth to serve Obama, including a fat pig named Candy Crowley in the debate.
Obama campaign ads are now claiming that his anti-gun legislation is actually pro-gun.
The world is upside down.
like a 'biased' media distorted this?....

The Hezbollah bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983 cost more American lives, by far, than the hostage crisis and botched rescue. Reagan pulled out of Lebanon—and invaded Grenada, which proved to be a quick, if not quite clean, intervention. It could have been seen cynically as an attempt to distract from the Lebanon debacle; that was certainly how the left saw it. But Reagan didn’t suffer much in the following year’s election for the deaths of over 200 Americans in Beirut or from any suspicion that Grenada was a smokescreen. Why did Reagan emerge unscathed from events that would have destroyed a Democratic administration like Carter’s?

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/mccart...

it's not the media. it's 8 years of incompetence from the Bush admin. and until you folks figure that out you're going to have an endless steam of Democrats in the WH that will keep FOX in the money for years to come.

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Wheresthetoasty

Glenpool, OK

#882395 Apr 1, 2013
RealDave the H0M0 wrote:
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Chuckle Chuckle. The brainwarshing is working
marshemellows on stick!!!

Like it takes a fraking engineer to toast marshemellows.

Geez.

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