Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1580794 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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Gauley Bridge WV

#1045178 Dec 19, 2013
“As long as we look to legislation to cure poverty or to abolish special privilege we are going to see poverty and special privilege grow”
― Henry Ford, My Life And Work

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#1045179 Dec 19, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
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"In the case of the Keystone pipeline, it turns out there’s a special twist. At the moment, there’s an oversupply of tarsands crude in the Midwest, which has depressed gas prices there. If the pipeline gets built so that crude can easily be sent overseas, that excess will immediately disappear and gas prices for 15 states across the middle of the country will suddenly rise. Says who? Says the companies trying to build the thing. Transcanada Pipeline’s rationale for investors, and their testimony to Canadian officials, included precisely this point: removing the “oversupply’ and the resulting “price discount” would raise their returns by $2 to $4 billion a year."
"According to the National Wildlife Federation, that would translate to about $3 for an average 15-gallon fill-up—as independent energy economist Philip Verleger put it, with Keystone the industry “will be able to use its market power to raise the heavy crude price to Midwest refiners above the level that would prevail in a competitive market.”
http://www.thenation.com/blog/166399/keystone... #
"Any analysis which attempts to show that adding 830,000 barrels per day of highly-discounted oil to U.S. markets will raise gasoline prices is not worth the paper it is written on,” said Michael Whatley, vice president of the Consumer Energy Alliance.“Clearly, Consumer Watchdog and its anti-Keystone XL billionaire backer, Tom Steyer, continue to choose ideology over logic.”"

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#1045180 Dec 19, 2013
Eman wrote:
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hate speech IS subjective. You seem to think you can decide what's acceptable. Makes you no better than those yelling "Stop Immorality, Stop Homosexuality, Stop Lesbianism"
That is where you are wrong. Yelling, "to each his own" is not hate speech. It's tolerance. Something you would know nothing about.

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#1045181 Dec 19, 2013
Whatever wrote:
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USAsince is just being intolerant to a viewpoint different than her own.
Look in the mirror sweetie. Look in the mirror.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1045182 Dec 19, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>The economy is on fire, even the housing business is coming back years before the experts thought it could.
If DaBammy would have had even a bit of help from the Republican controlled house. who knows where we'd be?
Shheeeit__Flack could already have a drone to transport him to his www.aeromobil.com
For release:
December 17, 2013

Diminishing housing affordability continues to slow down home sales in November

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 17)– A run-up in home prices, coupled with higher interest rates, put downward pressure on housing affordability and led to the fourth straight month of sales declines in November, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®(C.A.R.) reported.

“Improving home prices are a double-edged sword for the housing market. While welcomed news for homeowners and prospective sellers, diminished affordability is squeezing out many buyers and dampening their enthusiasm for home purchasing,” said 2014 C.A.R. President Kevin Brown.“Buyers are playing the waiting game and putting their home search on hold until prices stabilize and more inventory becomes available in the market.”

Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 387,520 units in November, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. Sales in November were down 3.4 percent from a revised 401,000 in October and down 12 percent from a revised 440,250 in November 2012. The November 2013 figure was the lowest since July 2010. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2013 if sales maintained the November pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.

The statewide median price of an existing, single-family detached home slipped 1.2 percent from October’s median price of $427,290 to $422,210 in November. November’s price was 22.2 percent higher than the revised $345,560 recorded in November 2012, marking the 17th straight month of double-digit annual gains. The median sales price is the point at which half of homes sold for more and half sold for less; it is influenced by the types of homes selling as well as a general change in values.

“Sales reached their highest level in the fourth quarter of 2012, when mortgage rates bottomed out last November. While diminishing housing affordability played a big role in the larger than expected decrease in home sales this November, exceptionally strong sales last year was another factor for the double-digit year-to-year decline,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young.“The demand for housing could remain soft in the upcoming months as buyers and sellers continue to search for a level playing field in the market.”

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#1045183 Dec 19, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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Right whiners ove gay bashers. Look at Rick Santorum's popularity with the far right.
Ted Cruz: "If you believe in free speech or religious liberty, you should be deeply dismayed over the treatment of Phil Robertson. Phil expressed his personal views and his own religious faith; for that, he was suspended from his job. In a free society, anyone is free to disagree with him--but the mainstream media should not behave as the thought police censoring the views with which they disagree."

Hypocrites. Seems like just yesterday they were screaming, "Good riddance, Martin Bashir."

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#1045184 Dec 19, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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even homosexuals like you are entitled to equal protection under the law...
...but that is all...
It is apparent you are obsessed with homosexuals. Time to come out of the closet.

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#1045185 Dec 19, 2013
Eman wrote:
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obamas stimulus package expanded food stamp eligibility.
Can any facts to back up your personal opinion? Tick Tock.

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#1045186 Dec 19, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
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Oh gee, doesn't surprise me at all that you believe that nonsense about the benefit to American workers. Construction of the pipeline will employ about 2,000 people over two years....many of those will be Canadians. After that, it will take 50 - 100 people to maintain the line....again many will be Canadians. ALL will work for the Canadian company, TransCanada.
FACT: Canada and TransCanada stands to gain the most from the pipeline with jobs, money, and the ability to move out crude oil that cannot be refined in their own country.
Canada and big oil want to rape America for profit! Gee, who would have thunk it.
you're such a sheep
"This new pipeline would ideally transport crude petroleum recovered from the Alberta tar sands and from North Dakota shale fields. This petroleum contains more sulfur and requires additional refining which can be completed in Houston refineries."
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#1045187 Dec 19, 2013
Whatever wrote:
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Take it easy there Skippy. It is call an exchange. You say...I say.
You need to relax. Why not sit back and have a nice hot cup of hot chocolate with those little marshmallows. Not too hot, Homer doesn't need no damn lawsuit.

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#1045188 Dec 19, 2013
Eman wrote:
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"Any analysis which attempts to show that adding 830,000 barrels per day of highly-discounted oil to U.S. markets will raise gasoline prices is not worth the paper it is written on,” said Michael Whatley, vice president of the Consumer Energy Alliance.“Clearly, Consumer Watchdog and its anti-Keystone XL billionaire backer, Tom Steyer, continue to choose ideology over logic.”"
Yea, right. Put your faith in the opinion of the "vice president of the Consumer Energy Alliance. LMAO
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#1045189 Dec 19, 2013
The Right’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ Hypocrisy

Conservatives think people should be held responsible for their actions—until one of their own, like Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, has to pay a price for their bigoted views.

Attention conservatives: you have the right to hate any group you want. Blacks, gays, Muslims, Jews, other sects of Christians, whoever you like. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court has noted numerous times that the First Amendment guarantees “freedom of thought” in addition to freedoms such as religion and expression. Consequently, you can think as many hateful thoughts as you choose.

But here’s the thing: if you voice those hateful views publicly, you will be held accountable. That’s called personal responsibility. You would think people on the right would be familiar with that concept since they idolize Ronald Reagan, who famously said,“It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”

Look, you aren’t going to find a bigger defender of freedom of speech than myself. I’m both a writer and standup comedian, so expression is my lifeblood. But the First Amendment does not provide you immunity. It simply means that the government can’t prevent you from expressing yourself. But once you say something, you will be called to answer for it.

This is the same reason Alec Baldwin was fired last month from his MSNBC show for making gay slurs.(Despite claims from the right, Alec Baldwin was indeed criticized publicly by GLADD for his comments.) And it’s the same reason Martin Bashir was pushed out at MSNBC for his horrible comments about Sarah Palin.

Yet despite that bedrock principle of the conservative movement, some are now arguing in essence that Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson should get a free ride for his anti-gay comments. And lets be perfectly clear: Robertson is not in trouble for saying that:“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus.”(Why so many on the right are obsessed with other people’s anuses is something I’ll never fully comprehend.)

The words at issue were when Robertson equated people having sex with animals as the same as sex between consenting gay adults. Together with his comments likening gays to terrorists,“whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?” This was clearly a homophobic rant that demonized Americans simply because of their sexual orientation.

Robertson’s comments led A&E, the network that airs his megahit show, to suspend him indefinitely. They didn’t fire him. Nor did A&E pull Duck Dynasty off the air. They didn’t even say they weren’t going to pay Robertson. Bottom line: A&E acted swiftly to save the brand of Duck Dynasty, a show that generates millions in ad revenue for the network. A&E made the right call.

However, this measured response outraged many on the right. Some took to Twitter to scream that “freedom of speech” is being destroyed. GOP USA has blasted A&E.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/12...
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#1045190 Dec 19, 2013
Never one to miss a chance for publicity, Sarah Palin posted on Facebook:“Free speech is an endangered species. Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”(Only Palin could claim that a person who has just voiced intolerant comments like Robertson is being attacked by “intolerants.”)

Of course, when Martin Bashir made despicable comments about Palin, she didn’t defend him by saying,“Free speech is an endangered species.” Nope, instead she slammed Bashir’s comments as being “vile” and “evil.” And officials at Palin’s political action committee demanded that MSNBC punish Bashir.

Robertson understands this better than the governor of Louisiana. He released a statement after the firestorm erupted that said, among other things, that he would “never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me.” There’s no reason not to believe Robertson. This isn’t a situation like TV Chef Paula Deen where we saw a long history of racially insensitive statements. The result was that Deen ending up losing millions in endorsements.

In contrast to Deen’s plight, I predict Duck Dynasty’s ratings will actually increase. Very similar what we saw with Chick-Fil-A appreciation day after the fast-food chain’s owner made comments opposing marriage equality.

But regardless what happens with Duck Dynasty’s ratings, it should be clear to all that we live in a country where liberals and conservative are both held accountable for the words they say. And that is the way it should be.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/12...

Even Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal chimed in this morning, defending Robertson with the statement,“I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”” How Jindal can believe that Miley Cyrus twerking is the same as demonizing a minority group is beyond words. Jindal then lashed out the “politically correct” crowd, which is code that someone wants to be able to disparage minorities without consequences. Sorry, Bobby, those days are long gone in America.
Realtime

Cape Canaveral, FL

#1045191 Dec 19, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
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Paula Deen.
My earliest encounter with a TV racist/bigot was Tom Brookshire who was able to conceal his racism with unique verbiage.

He got busted a time or two__suspended and then eventually fired for telling it like it was__at least to him. In Brookshire's world blacks were better football and basketball players by God's grace__athleticism. They (blacks) didn't have to work out, study play books, practice__basically all blacks had to do was show up, dress out and then let nature take it's course.

Pat Summerall should have reached over there and smacked Tom on several occasions but never did__he would later regret the partnership quietly__he had his own demons but those didn't include racism or bigotry.

Probably the best broadcast duo in football history though.

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#1045192 Dec 19, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
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and pulling the cash while i'm sitting here laughing at you.
cash...im sure you report every penny on your tax return.

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Gauley Bridge WV

#1045193 Dec 19, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
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Can any facts to back up your personal opinion? Tick Tock.
Can Expanding Food Stamps Jolt The Economy?
by KATHY LOHR
July 07, 200912:18 AM

Through the recession, 4.8 million people have been added to the rolls of the federal food stamp program.

The federal food stamp program is being beefed up in hopes that it will help jolt the sagging economy back to life. However, economists are conflicted over how big an impact this increase will ultimately have.

Food In The Fridge

The government is spending $20 billion to expand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, by about 13 percent. For Charmaine McCauley, a single mother of two in suburban Atlanta, this increase translates into an extra $45 a month.

"You know, just the staple stuff you need like bread, milk, cheese, eggs — those little things. That little extra can help with that," McCauley said.

McCauley had been doing well as a mortgage broker, but after the recession hit, she lost her job and her $680,000 home. About six months ago, she started receiving food stamps.

Amid the recession, 4.8 million additional people have sought out food stamp assistance. In February 2008, 27.7 million people nationwide were receiving food stamps, compared to 32.5 million people 12 months later.

McCauley now sells Mary Kay cosmetics full time, but she says the food stamps give her the extra help she needs to keep the refrigerator stocked for her family.

"It's definitely something that has helped our family," said McCauley. "A lot."

A Multiplier Effect

The idea of the stimulus plan is simple. The concept assumes people who get extra money will spend it — and that increased spending will bolster the economy.

"This injection of funds ends up being spent on food, and that has a multiplier effect through the economy," explains Ray Hill, professor of finance and economics at Emory University. "As more people are employed in grocery stores, more people are employed to make the food, more people are employed to grow the food as a result of that stimulus."

Most economists say every dollar spent on food will result in $1.50 to $2 in stimulus. The problem, Hill says, is that $20 billion is not enough.

"Increasing the amount of food stamps itself is not going to have a major effect on the economy. You get a good value for the money in the sense that each dollar is highly stimulative," said Hill. "But it's a drop in the bucket compared to the total size of the economy and the total employment in the United States."

Increasing Stability

The total cost of the federal stimulus plan is $789 billion. It is difficult to measure the effectiveness of the plan, but Mark Zandi, chief economist with Moody's Economy.com , says the food stamp increase is a good, quick way to create spending.

"If the stimulus is working, along with all the other things policymakers have done, we should see a more stable economy by the fall and, hopefully, we start to see a bit of growth in 2010," said Zandi. "I don't think even under the best of circumstances we're going to come roaring back. But I think we are past the worst of it, and hopefully, we have a more stable economy later this year and into next."

Zandi says spending federal dollars on food stamps, benefits for the unemployed, aid to state governments and infrastructure improvements provides the best chance of stimulating the economy out of the recession.

Others fear too much of the stimulus money will not be spent until 2010 or 2011, and by then the economy is expected to begin turning around on its own.

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#1045194 Dec 19, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>The logistics are already known dummy. It's a pipeline and the owners already operate pipelines in the US.
It will take X people to build__actually complete because much of it is already in place and then about 50 persons to operate. I'm not sure what the various taxing arrangements are or how the states and Feds expect to collect but I'm certain that your dumbazz doesn't have a clue either.
The Honda analogy was clueless!
Hard Rock has just purchased 11 acres of beachfront in Daytona Beach and will employ +/- 1000 workers beginning in 2014 to build a hotel-cafe which will provide about 400 permanent jobs beginning in 2016.
The land is available due to Bush era commercial real estate failures.
Hard Rock plans to reserve enough land for a casino if and when gambling becomes an option. Interesting that planning for a casino is already in the plans of ISC which is developing it's land adjacent to the Worlds Center of Racing.
"The Honda analogy was clueless!"...then you go on some hard rock rant. Wtf crappy pot are you smoking?

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#1045195 Dec 19, 2013
Emeem wrote:
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Its becoming clear to all sane people that Obama has brought the economy back from the Republican recession. Bernanke cancels the stimulus bond buying program sending the stock market soaring. New housing starts are way up, 200,000 new jobs in two months, inflation down, interest low, health care for more Americans.....life is good!
he didn't cancel anything...you are either dumber than sht or a bald face liar.

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#1045196 Dec 19, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
Never one to miss a chance for publicity, Sarah Palin posted on Facebook:“Free speech is an endangered species. Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”(Only Palin could claim that a person who has just voiced intolerant comments like Robertson is being attacked by “intolerants.”)
Of course, when Martin Bashir made despicable comments about Palin, she didn’t defend him by saying,“Free speech is an endangered species.” Nope, instead she slammed Bashir’s comments as being “vile” and “evil.” And officials at Palin’s political action committee demanded that MSNBC punish Bashir.
Robertson understands this better than the governor of Louisiana. He released a statement after the firestorm erupted that said, among other things, that he would “never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me.” There’s no reason not to believe Robertson. This isn’t a situation like TV Chef Paula Deen where we saw a long history of racially insensitive statements. The result was that Deen ending up losing millions in endorsements.
In contrast to Deen’s plight, I predict Duck Dynasty’s ratings will actually increase. Very similar what we saw with Chick-Fil-A appreciation day after the fast-food chain’s owner made comments opposing marriage equality.
But regardless what happens with Duck Dynasty’s ratings, it should be clear to all that we live in a country where liberals and conservative are both held accountable for the words they say. And that is the way it should be.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/12...
Even Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal chimed in this morning, defending Robertson with the statement,“I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”” How Jindal can believe that Miley Cyrus twerking is the same as demonizing a minority group is beyond words. Jindal then lashed out the “politically correct” crowd, which is code that someone wants to be able to disparage minorities without consequences. Sorry, Bobby, those days are long gone in America.
Its getting harder and harder to tell if right wing morons like Palin are hypocrites or just plain stupid.

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#1045197 Dec 19, 2013
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>I just said it was interesting, calm down dick breath.
your parents must be real low lifes.

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