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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Medicare Part D compared to Obamacare is like a paper cut compared to disembowelment.
like how the ACA reduces the deficit while Part D adds?

but you avoid that fact that dems stood up for Part D even after they didn't vote for it.

not that it matters. the ACA is here to stay no matter how many failed votes the GOP congresscritters think they need to have so the nutjobs will think they got their monies worth.
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Whether one is a believer or not on both sides, we are most definitely in a spiritual war as much as a political one.
If the majority officially replace government with God as the supplier of our needs and a secularist government acts as our collective conscience, we have lost the war on both fronts.
total BS....

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A couple made a deal that whoever died first, they would come back and inform the other of the after life. Her biggest fear was there was no heaven. After a long life the husband was the first to go and true to his word he made contact.

"Mary... Mary...."

"Is that you Fred?"

"Yes, I have come back like we agreed."

"What is it like?"

"Well, I get up in the morning, I have sex, I have breakfast, I have sex, I bath in the sun, then I have sex-twice, I have lunch, then sex pretty much all afternoon-supper-then sex till late at night, sleep then start all over again. "

"Oh Fred you surely must be in heaven."

"Hell no, I'm a rabbit in Kansas."
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Iowa Town Says No to Koch Brothers Influence on Local Elections

But while Team Koch has a virtual stranglehold on Washington Republicans, Americans for Prosperity is finding it a bit harder to ram its agenda down the throats of voters at the local level – folks who have suffered in real time at the hands of a low tax, low personal freedom (for minorities, women and the gay community), low job creation agenda.

Monday morning’s edition of The New York Times carried a feature story entitled, Koch Group Has Ambitions in Small Races. At first glance this is a rather dispiriting headline. But a closer read carries a beacon of hope for those wondering when the predatory siblings might get their comeuppance. Writer John Eligon takes a look at the coming local elections in Coralville, Iowa, where voters are preparing to select their next Mayor and City Council members.

It seems Americans for Prosperity has been everywhere. Eligon writes that the group’s local chapter,“has jumped into the race…with an aggressive campaign, mailing fliers, advertising in newspapers, calling voters and knocking on their doors. Its latest leaflet hit mailboxes last week, denouncing the town’s growing debt and comparing it to the financial woes of Detroit.”

Marvelously, it seems Iowans have been largely unmoved by these efforts, to such a degree that they are turning from candidates who appear affiliated with the propaganda. Eligon continues,“Chris Turner, a first-time candidate for the City Council who has spoken out against the debt, said that although he disagreed with Americans for Prosperity on most issues, he could not seem to catch a break because his campaign platform aligns with the organization.

‘Every time I go to a debate or anything, I’ve tried talking about the budget, and then they just go,‘Koch brothers, Koch brothers, Koch brothers,’ he said of his critics, adding that he wished Americans for Prosperity ‘would just go away.’”

While many more such repudiations of the Kochs’ expensive, undermining tactics will be needed before we can classify the local revolt as a full-fledged movement, this is highly encouraging. The thing about trends is that they can always be reversed. If Americans for Prosperity continues to repulse savvy municipal voters who know they are being had, that we can’t cut our way back to a thriving middle class, candidates will stop accepting Koch money and support. And then just maybe Chris Turner will get his wish and Americans for Prosperity will go away, taking their benefactors with them.

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It seems like people are going a little more crazy.

There seems to have been more serial tragedies in the past five years than in the eight years prior.

Maybe not. Just can't recall that many domestic tragedies during the Bush administration.
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Focus on God’s Priorities for the USA

The Bible says Americans are to:

Ask God for mercy for our sins, crying out:“spare Your people”(Joel 2:17, Judges 3:9),
Re-affirm covenant: The Lord is the God of the USA and Americans are His people (2 Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 34), and
Turn from our wicked ways-including helping those with false gods (2 Chronicles 7:13-14)
Make disciples of the USA (Matthew 28:19-20)

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RealDave wrote:
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Prove it how, state my income?
Look, Mr Subsidized salary, subsidized health insurance,it takes a lot of nerve you who lives off of a subsidized industry to speak ill of anyone else getting help from the government.
Whenever you decide to man up & make it on your own, then we can talk.
You are another dupe on the government dole.
You can state all you want. Nobody believes any of it, anyway.
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do you demand that other welfare recipients repay money to which they were not entitled???
ObamaKKKare is just medical food stamps....
Do you wear your Romney and Issa pusceeee pants?

GOP PUSCEEEE PANTS!

No place for man junk.....just room for tiny GOP pusceeee!

Romney! What a pusceeeee! LOSER!

ISSA? what a moron loser with nothing.

Republicans: all liars....all pusceees!
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A previous article said March 23, 2010 will live in infamy. With strokes from 22 pens, Obama enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

It’s a monstrosity. Rules and regulations run thousands of pages. Providing healthcare should be simple.

ACA complicates it enormously. It’s rife with inequities. Households can’t possibly understand its provisions. They have no say. They’re forced to comply.

ACA is a scam. It’s a ripoff. It’s a healthcare rationing scheme. It’s a boon to providers. They wrote the law. It lets them game the system for profits.

It makes a dysfunctional system worse. US healthcare is outrageously expensive. It’s double the cost of other developed nations.

It’s woefully inadequate. Obamacare leaves millions uninsured. It leaves millions more way underinsured. It makes US healthcare more than ever unaffordable.

It requires buying insurance or be penalized. In 2014, it’s $95 per person up to 1% of family income, whichever is greater.

Fines increase sevenfold over the next two years. In 2016, it’s $695 per person up to 2.5% of income, whichever is greater.

Exemptions apply for individuals and families meeting these requirements:

uninsured less than three months a year;
undocumented aliens;
prisoners;
members of recognized Native American tribes;
income officially deemed too low;
lowest-cost coverage exceeding 8% of household income;
belonging to a recognized religious sect rejecting health insurance coverage; and/or
belonging to a recognized health-sharing ministry.
Obama granted 1,231 companies, organizations and Congress exemptions. They’re for one year. Perhaps they’ll be extended. Maybe they’ll become permanent. They provide special benefits denied ordinary Americans.

Congressional members and staffs get healthcare through Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP) coverage. It affords dozens of options. It lets them choose what’s best for them.

It subsidizes 70% of premiums. It does so tax free. For an additional fee, congressional members (excluding family members) can get special on-site Washington area military hospital Attending Physician treatment.

Obamacare’s Section 1312 says the following:

“(T)he only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are,(1) created under (ACA); or (2) offered through an exchange established under this act.”

At the same time, congressional members, their families and staffs qualify for tax-exempt subsidies. They’re afforded special benefits denied ordinary Americans.

An August Office of Personnel Management (OPM) proposed rule was finalized in September. It maintains congressional subsidies.

It does so for lawmakers and staffs enrolling in a Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). It’s available in Washington. It’s for businesses with less than 50 employees.

On October 22, the Washington Post headlined “Health co-ops, created to foster competition and lower insurance costs, are in danger.”

Ostensibly they were created for increased competition. Doing so helps lower costs. They failed the test. They’re troubled.

One coop closed. Another is struggling. Federal audits show nine more have financial problems.

“Their failure would leave taxpayers potentially on the hook for nearly $1 billion in defaulted loans and rob the marketplace of the kind of competition they were supposed to create,” said WaPo.

“And if they become insolvent, policyholders in at least half the states where the co-ops operate could be stuck with medical bills.”

Pressure from insurance industry lobbyists created what’s not working.“(O)nerous restrictions” doom many coops to fail.

RACISM WONT MAKE OBAMACARE WORK
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Once again, religion is not monopolized by the right nor is abortion.
Wish to gracious you could understand this.
There's something admirable about a candidate simply stating they are pro life when the question of abortion inevitably comes up in Republican debates rather than stating they are pro killing the unborn.
That's exactly what Reagan did and that was good enough, wasn't it?
why not simply state that abortion cannot be banned and that the candidate's views are private...

"unborn" means just about as much as "undead"...

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Here's Dweeb, doing what he does best.
Talking thru his ass.
Gun nuts are a distinctly Repugnant problem. Funny how you nitwits say Dems are afraid of guns and want them outlawed, then turn around and accuse Dems of mass murder, clearly a Repugnant tactic.
The skinhead in AZ was a Teabagger.
The kid from CT was an NRA member.
Case closed, as is your mind, midget.
Typical spam.

Here's the facts.

Jared Loughner:

"The liberal side sought to depict Loughner as a radical anti-government conservative, saying heated tea party rhetoric and Sarah Palin's political map literally targeting Giffords' congressional district must've inspired him in some way. In response, many conservatives maintained that the shooting was independent of any tea party or larger political affiliation, pointing to reports of the alleged shooter's troubled mental state.
Pima County Registrar of Voters records show that Loughner registered to vote on Sept. 29, 2006, voted in the 2006 and 2008 elections but is currently "inactive" after declining to vote in November, 2010."

I'm just curious now.
How the hell did you come to the conclusion that Jared Loughner was a TEA Party enthusiast when he decided it wasn't even worth voting in 2010?
What do you use for logic in that mush you call a brain?
I know. I know. Call on me, teacher.
You use spam.
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“Federal grants were converted to loans with tight repayment schedules.”

Coops “were barred from using federal money for crucial marketing.”

“(T)hey were severely limited from selling insurance to large employers.” They’re the most lucrative customers.

Obama officials approved limited coop funding. It was “cut to a small fraction of what experts told Congress” was needed to assure their viability.

Coops initially were meant to be nationwide. Only two dozen began operating. They differ from traditional insurers. They’re nonprofit.

Onerous rules hamstring them. They’re troubled. They’re scrambling to survive against long odds.

According to Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Professor Karen Davis:

“One provision after another got stuck in there to limit their probability of success.”

“It’s a little ironic to say you are for competition in the free market and then you don’t make it easy for new entrants.”

A system ostensibly created to help ordinary Americans was designed to fail.

Earlier US coop experiments were “littered with failures,” Davis added. Insurance giant lobbying assured it. This time appears no different.

Former Baltimore health commissioner Peter Beilenson is Evergreen Health Co-op CEO. He calls obstacles he faces “by far the most challenging (ones)(he’s) been involved with in (his) 21-year career.”

Evergreen is financially troubled. It’s heavily debt burdened. Its solvency is in doubt. The entire coop experiment looks headed for failure. Obamacare rules bear full responsibility.

They mandate fining nonprofit hospitals for providing free healthcare. They’re covered under ACA’s Section 501c3. They’re required to meet four specific requirements to maintain tax exempt status:

Conduct periodic community health needs assessments (CHNA).
Provide written financial assistance and emergency care policies.
Establish charge limitations for emergency or medically necessary care; and
Set policies and procedures related to billings and collections.
America has nearly 5,000 community hospitals. Around 2,900 are nonprofit. Complying with Section 501 isn’t easy. Doing so involves considerable time and expense.

Obamacare imposed enormous burdens. Penalties for noncompliance are $50,000 annually. Multiple hospital organizations face larger fines.

Most serious is potential loss of nonprofit status. Losing exemption makes them subject to numerous federal, state and local taxes.

They’ll no longer be able to issue tax-free bonds. Charitable fundraising will be denied.

Obamacare requires everyone other than above listed exemptions buy health insurance. It’s no longer an option. It’s to enrich insurers. It’s to discourage charity.

Nonprofit hospitals are endangered. Henceforth, they must prove their service is needed. They must satisfy Obamacare mandated rules. They’re overseen by IRS bureaucrats.

Failure to comply risks losing tax exempt status. Eliminating nonprofits affords insurance giants greater profit opportunities. They wrote Obamacare rules to assure them.

They’re complicated and disturbing. Healthcare experts believe it’s hard to impossible for charitable hospitals to properly comply.
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Pray Fervently. "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes." Proverbs 21:1

Christians realize that we cannot fix a dying system. God did not intend, however, that Christians stop voting (in countries that allow voting.) Christians have a responsibility to speak up for what is right and to testify of Jesus.

The systems of this world are groaning in travail. Jesus said that things will wax worse and worse, and then the end will come. There is no hope in the systems of this world, but we have our hope in the administration of God's Kingdom.

In socialist countries or Islamic countries, Christians have little choice. In fact, it is difficult just staying alive in such countries--if you serve Jesus. If you have freedom to worship, thank God and pray that He preserve your freedom.

We know that the systems of this world are dying systems that cannot be fixed, but we also know that we have a responsibility before God to do what He puts in our hand to do. The most important thing that the redeemed can do is to pray, to walk in the Spirit and be a witness, to speak the Truth in Love, and not to deny Christ in thought, word, or deed. To abdicate our responsibility is to sin.

The solutions do not lie in human government, but human government will become a real force for evil if the redeemed do not take their place. The redeemed do not live to make money but rather work to make a living as part of their ministries and their orderly lives in God's purpose. In the same way, the redeemed do not live for politics, where such cults as liberalism and Islam do consider politics to be central. If the redeemed back out of the process completely, we open the door for the unregenerate to make all of our decisions for us.http://www.seekfind.net/Ser ving_God_In_An_Ungodly_World.h tml
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Laney F wrote:
<quoted text>Lefty goon tactics on display:
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142...
It's heartbreaking and infuriating. This woman has been fighting for her life for seven years, and now she's faced with choosing among a menu of broken promises. How did the Obama White House respond to her op/ed? By promoting a left-wing hatchet piece to attack the victim's credibility by blaming her insurers.
Cause the buck NEVER stops with Obammy.
He didn't know.
No one told him.
so how many of those kind of stories can you guys find?

i bet i can find a lot more of the other kind.

not taking away anything about her situation, but a few will lose while most will gain.

and anyway, every time one of those stories comes out it seems that a couple of days later someone goes AH-HA! FOX actually debunked the last one if that gives you any idea of how some have been misled by other right wing sources.

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John Galt wrote:
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why not simply state that abortion cannot be banned and that the candidate's views are private...
"unborn" means just about as much as "undead"...
Or just read the 10th Amendment verbatim.
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It seems like people are going a little more crazy.
There seems to have been more serial tragedies in the past five years than in the eight years prior.
Maybe not. Just can't recall that many domestic tragedies during the Bush administration.
right wing cray-cray feeding the nutjob masses.

yes i'm overstating. the 'masses' part anyway.
Too Vague

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Los Angeles Times: "LAX to Add 1,200 Surveillance Cameras for Increased Security"
Date: August 02, 2002

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The city hopes to curb evacuations and more closely monitor terminals for criminal activity at Los Angeles International Airport by quintupling the number of surveillance cameras focused on facility curbs, ticket lobbies, terminal doors and the airfield.

The city agency that operates LAX will spend as much as $20 million to add 1,200 closed-circuit television cameras in the airport's nine terminals and on the 3,500-acre airfield by December 2004. Each terminal will receive up to 150 new cameras.

Read more: Read more: http://www.google.com/url...

Los Angeles Times: Israeli to help with LAX security
Date: June 14, 2008

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LOD, ISRAEL — Israel's top airport security official will make periodic reviews of anti-terrorist measures at Los Angeles International Airport under an agreement signed Friday during a visit here by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The pact, formalizing an arrangement begun nearly two years ago, will send the Israeli official, Nahum Liss, and two colleagues to Los Angeles for regular inspections as $1,000-per-day consultants. The officials work for the authority that operates Ben-Gurion International Airport.

Read more: http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jun/14/local...

Los Angeles Times: Police: LAX dry ice explosions 'an internal job, maybe a labor dispute or a prank'

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"This appears to be an internal job, maybe a labor dispute or a prank," said Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Michael Downing. "But we do take this very seriously. This is along the lines of planting a pipe bomb.

"It's a destructive device. The detonation or possession of a destructive device is a felony," Downing added.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/15/travel/los-ange...

Jewish Virtual Library: U.S.- Israel Homeland Security Cooperation

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Since its establishment as a state, the reality of life in Israel has forced Israelis to defend themselves against constant terrorist threats. As a result, the Jewish state has become a world leader in designing techniques and technologies in the arenas of homeland security and counter-terrorism. Israel is working with the U.S. government and private entities to develop technologies and equipment aimed at thwarting terrorism and safeguarding citizens in both nations.

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STOP VOTING UNGODLY wrote:
Pray Fervently. "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes." Proverbs 21:1
Christians realize that we cannot fix a dying system. God did not intend, however, that Christians stop voting (in countries that allow voting.) Christians have a responsibility to speak up for what is right and to testify of Jesus.
The systems of this world are groaning in travail. Jesus said that things will wax worse and worse, and then the end will come. There is no hope in the systems of this world, but we have our hope in the administration of God's Kingdom.
In socialist countries or Islamic countries, Christians have little choice. In fact, it is difficult just staying alive in such countries--if you serve Jesus. If you have freedom to worship, thank God and pray that He preserve your freedom.
We know that the systems of this world are dying systems that cannot be fixed, but we also know that we have a responsibility before God to do what He puts in our hand to do. The most important thing that the redeemed can do is to pray, to walk in the Spirit and be a witness, to speak the Truth in Love, and not to deny Christ in thought, word, or deed. To abdicate our responsibility is to sin.
The solutions do not lie in human government, but human government will become a real force for evil if the redeemed do not take their place. The redeemed do not live to make money but rather work to make a living as part of their ministries and their orderly lives in God's purpose. In the same way, the redeemed do not live for politics, where such cults as liberalism and Islam do consider politics to be central. If the redeemed back out of the process completely, we open the door for the unregenerate to make all of our decisions for us.http://www.seekfind.net/Ser ving_God_In_An_Ungodly_World.h tml
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religion has no place in politics...and you church people cannot ban abortion even with overwhelming Republican majorities in Congress and the White House...so stop tilting at windmills...

“God bless you, Mr. President”

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LoisLane59 wrote:
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You are correct about the words "always" and "never". You made up the "only" part.
So you have no room to question anyone else's credentials.
You're a none too bright liar, Batty--what does only mean except a variant of none as opposite of all. My right to question? I'm still keeping up the good fight, even if I may have missed a few firsts along the way. Do you really think it makes sense to say you "left" teaching to be a full-time mom when by the time you quit (and were obviously not capable of delayed gratification necessary to leave pension funds alone) said child was ten years old? I don't. You're a liar, and I will continue to treat you as such.
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John Galt wrote:
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why not simply state that abortion cannot be banned and that the candidate's views are private...
"unborn" means just about as much as "undead"...
"unborn" means just about as much as "undead"

I disagree.

That is an insult to zombies everywhere.

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