Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1567236 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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“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#854226 Feb 5, 2013
Homer 2016 wrote:
Folks, rightwing blogs and opinion pieces are not facts.
Folks, here is an idiot calling the official website of the Marine Corps a "rightwing blog" or an "opinion piece".

Here is the official website of the Marine Corps publishing an article in JULY, 2012, with a photograph of the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps visiting the Force Recon Marine unit prepositioned in Sigonella specifically to respond to specifically an attack on our embassy specifically in Libya.

Where was Obama during the 7-hour battle between Al Qaeda and the stripped-down American embassy security detatchment in Benghazi when orders with presidential authority came from the White House for the AC-130s on station and the Force Recon Marine units were ordered to disregard their default orders and the White House hung the Americans out to dry in Benghazi while they watched Al Qaeda kill them on the real-time video feed?
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#854227 Feb 5, 2013
Born in New Mexico to Yemeni parents, Mr. Awlaki, 40, began preaching in mosques while a college student in the United States. During that time, as a preacher in San Diego, he met two of the Sept. 11, 2001, attackers. He returned to Yemen in 2004 and his English-language sermons became ever more stridently anti-American.

American counterterrorism officials said his Internet lectures and sermons inspired would-be militants and led to more than a dozen terrorist investigations in the United States, Britain and Canada. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas in 2009, had exchanged e-mails with Mr. Awlaki before the shootings. Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square in May 2010, cited Mr. Awlaki as an inspiration.

(I'm glad he's dead)

Since: May 11

Waynesboro, PA

#854228 Feb 5, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
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If you want to get that kind of money, become a CEO. Or, you can use the traditional American economic system and start your own company.
Even if you don't have the gumption to start your own company, and you don't have the talent required to become a CEO, and you didn't take advantage of the education opportunites available to every goddam person in the entire country, you still can earn a very nice middle-class living that includes a house, a pickup truck for you, a car for your wife, new clothes for your kids, a four-wheeler, a bass boat, a set of golf clubs, vacations to Yellowstone, Bar-B-Q Super Bowl party for your friends, and some money left over for food and beer.
All you have to do to get this is just GET A F**K*NG JOB, show up for work every day... on time, do what you're paid to do, and be a student of your profession.
If you can't find a job, there are 30 million illegal aliens doing the work Obama is paying his base to not do. Take one of those jobs.
Here's the deal....
Work or starve.
There's no more money to pay for that government gravy train you've been riding for 50+ years.
Speaking of government gravy trains, why are my taxes subsidizing your pay?
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#854229 Feb 5, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
<quoted text>
biggest education budget ever.
worrying about not being reelected.
I can't imagine him getting re elected.
Truth is no SIN

New York, NY

#854230 Feb 5, 2013
Individualism and the Failures of Liberalism in America
There is a common question being asked today in liberal and activist circles:“Why, in the face of all the deeply immoral actions engaged in by the U.S. government regarding its domestic and foreign actions, can liberals not organize themselves enough to push back against the economic-political managers of the totalitarian surge of the U.S. government?” This essay is an attempt to answer this question, at least in part.

There is a common denominator between traditional liberals and conservatives that engages one camp and immobilizes the other. That common denominator is the philosophy of individualism—i.e. subjective relativism. In its extreme form, it is the adolescent level of narcissism, in which one is concerned with only oneself. When one combines this individualism with the moral relativism of a capitalistic philosophy which denies the objective moral values that would limit individual desires (in this case, the desire for money), one finds a philosophy that is shared by both traditional liberals and conservatives. Both are combined in the philosophy of Ayn Rand, who makes a virtue of selfish individualism, the “all for me and my interests” syndrome. For example, in her book The Virtue of Selfishness, Rand says that “the actor must always be the beneficiary of his action”(p. x).

Even more, it is positively irrational for actors not to be selfish/self-interested. Traditional liberals themselves participate in this philosophy when they attempt to stand alone with their own opinions and the philosophy of “this is right for me,” or “I do what I want or think is best for my interests,” or “no one can tell me what is right, true, etc.” Any one of these fits nicely into the traditional Lockean-Libertarian understanding of human nature, in which humans by nature are selfish and desirous (see John Locke, Two Treatises of Government, Second Treatise, Chapter IX). In general, liberals follow the Randian philosophy when they put their own self interests ahead of a general principle or general set of principles concerning what is right, true, just, etc. To put it as de Tocqueville did:“in democratic societies, each citizen is habitually busy with the contemplation of a very puny object, which is himself”(Democracy in America, Chapter XVIII).

Even worse, some academics and intellectuals support this type of primacy of the individual and/or its accompanying cognitive and ethical relativism by finding ways of justifying it, all with the end-game in mind to deny the importance of the normative dimension of human reason and its relation to ethics, by maintaining the primacy of the non-rational and non-normative dimension to human cognition. This is exemplified today by one such attempt to reduce beliefs to mere metaphors or “frames.” When irrationalism of this type is said to found human reason or morality, it inevitably produces (or at the very least contributes significantly to) an ethical relativism which, when combined with individualism, results in a noteworthy blow to the cause of rational normative thinking, such as the political norms of “justice for all”(i.e. justice as a universal precept) or “equality barring none,” to say nothing of the notion of community.1

Hamden, CT

#854231 Feb 5, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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You act as though all the rebels were Al Qaeda. This is certainly not even close to the case.
A lot of work was done to try to get any weapons heading into Libya not fall into the hands of terrorists.
The judgeits were gone until you came back, nutjob. Seems like they flare up when you or the other mental case Old Raider are around. He should be showing up any minute now.

So, did Afghanastan attack us?

Did your beloved Democrats support using force in Iraq?
Jane Says

New York, NY

#854232 Feb 5, 2013
Truth is no SIN wrote:
Obamacare: A Deception
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, commonly referred to as the ACA or Obamacare
Obamacare works for the insurance companies but not for you.
Obamacare was formulated on the concept of health care as a commercial commodity and was cloaked in ideological slogans such as “shared responsibility,”“no free riders” and “ownership society.” These slogans dress the insurance industry’s raid on public resources in the cloak of a “free market” health care system.
You will learn how to purchase a subsidized plan at the Exchange, what will happen when income and family circumstances change during the year or from one year to the next, and other perils brought to you by Obamacare. It is one of the most important articles that will be posted on my website this year. Americans will be shocked to learn the extent to which they have been deceived. The legislation neither protects the patient nor are the plans affordable.
The author shows that for those Americans whose income places them between 138% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level, the out-of-pocket cost for one of the least expensive (lower coverage) subsidized policies ranges from 2% to 9.5% of Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI), a tax base larger than the Adjusted Gross Income used for calculating federal income tax.
What this means is that those Americans with the least or no disposable income are faced in effect with a substantial pay cut. The author provides an example of a 35 year-old with a MAGI of $27,925. The out-of- pocket cost to this person of a Silver level plan (second least expensive) is $187.33 per month. This cost is based on pre-tax income, that is, before income is reduced by payroll and income taxes. There goes the car payment or utility bill. The lives of millions of Americans will change drastically as they struggle with a new, large expense – particularly in an era of no jobs, low-paying jobs and rising cost of living.
The author also points out that the cost of using the mandated policies will be prohibitive because of the large deductibles and co-pays. Many Americans will find themselves not only with a policy they can’t afford, but also with one they cannot afford to use. Those who cannot afford the insurance, even with a subsidy, will be faced with a costly penalty, and in many cases, this, too, will be difficult, if not impossible, to pay. As each year’s subsidy is based on last year’s income, there will be a substantial year-end tax liability for those who must repay the subsidy in whole or part because their income increased during the year. The stress alone from such a regressive scheme is, without a doubt, not conducive to good health and well-being.
Diets will worsen for millions of Americans as they struggle with a new large expense. Thus, the effect of Obamacare will be to worsen the health of millions. Indeed, a “glitch” in the legislation allows millions to be priced out of coverage.
Alternatively, Americans might be able to acquire health insurance coverage but have no doctors willing to treat them. [2]
The ACA requires use of MODIFIED ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME (MAGI) instead of Adjusted Gross Income for all determinations made by an Exchange including eligibility for Medicaid except in certain cases. So, in this lesson, we’ll refer to annual income as MAGI.
Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) is defined as Adjusted Gross
lots of unintended consequences in "LET'S PASS THE BILL AND THEN WE'LL FIND OUT WHATS IN IT"

Cape Canaveral, FL

#854233 Feb 5, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Probable lured him outside and got him with a drone strike. Would explain the explosion. Seem to be the future here in the USA.
Booby trap.

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#854234 Feb 5, 2013
Taxper wrote:
<quoted text>
You need to read Roosevelt’s message to congress of January 11, 1944. The Democrats and Republicans have been pushing their twist of communism from the days of Lincoln. Central control of economic and equality by the elitists in government is communism at is best. Of course they are getting theirs off the top. The control of the nation’s production by the government is all in a communist handbook.
Anyone who believes that security and prosperity for all can be provided by a government is a fool or a thief. The way that works, the elitist’s thief in government use the authority they derive from the fools the steal from the free.
The delusion of the day is to enrich all classes at the expense of Americans Freedom and liberty; it is to generalize plunder under pretense of organizing it. Now, legal plunder may be exercised in an infinite number of ways. Plunder comes in an infinite multitude of plans for organization; Tariffs, protection, perquisites, gratuities, encouragements, progressive taxation, free public education, right to work, right to profit, right to wages, right to assistance, right to instruments of labor, gratuity credit, on and on. And it is all these plans, taken as a whole, with what they have in common, Legal Plunder, known as Communisms.
Right on pal, and you call it like it is. Communists plain and simple. People have short memories. The Nazi German regime was
a Socialist government, just like Russia, which is why they made a non-aggression pact which Hitler broke. The Chinese had to break away from their Communist ideals, and turn to Capitalism to grow their economy, and our phony President and his Liberal burnt brained pals are trying to turn our country away from Capitalism to Socialism(communism). Sort of the Tail Wagging the Dog idea.
Jane Says

New York, NY

#854235 Feb 5, 2013
Unless Congress Acts, A Loophole In Obamacare Could Deny Health Care To Some Families

'...Congress said affordable coverage can’t cost more than 9.5 percent of family income. People with coverage the law considers affordable cannot get subsidies to go into the new insurance markets. The purpose of that restriction was to prevent a stampede away from employer coverage.

Congress went on to say that what counts as affordable is keyed to the COST OF SELF-ONLY COVERAGE offered to an individual worker, not his or her family. A typical workplace plan costs about $5,600 for an individual worker. But the cost of family coverage is nearly three times higher, about $15,700, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

So if the employer isn’t willing to chip in for family premiums — as most big companies already do — some families will be out of luck. They may not be able to afford the full premium on their own, and they’d be locked out of the subsidies in the health care overhaul law.

Ron Pollack, the executive director of the health care advocacy group Families USA, told Modern Healthcare,“This is a very significant problem, and we have urged that it be fixed. It is clear that the only way this can be fixed is through legislation and not the regulatory process.”


remember Obammy's "promise of you can keep what you have...."
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Since: May 11

Waynesboro, PA

#854237 Feb 5, 2013
TSM wrote:
This is what Liberalism gets you: CHICAGOLAND: Police To No Longer Respond Immediately To Burglaries, Car Thefts!!
Then we can move on to ‘The Economic Horrors of Obama’s Policies’ Unemployment Rate Back Up To 7.9%, 8,500,000 Left Labor Force in Obama’s First Term, another 170,000 disappeared in January, Gas prices to top $4 again!! America we haven’t seen anything yet!!
You are a liar.

The Chicago Police will no longer dispatch police from 9-11 calls if the suspect(s) are no longer there.

They will send lighter duty police to get a report but not on an emergency basis.

Yep, lets rush two officers in a car to an empty parking space so the owner can say-"look my car is gone".

I have piles of horseshit in my front pasture that are smarter than you people.
Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#854238 Feb 5, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Oh good grief!!! What the man is trying to get you to understand is the Money will mostly come from the lower to upper middle class!!! Not the rich. You people are denser than a white dwarf. Just like the Bush tax rates most of the breaks went to the loser to upper middle class. Hang on to your hats, err, wallets sheeple!!
Flack, you really should lay low after picking the 49ers. Just sayin'

Since: May 11

Waynesboro, PA

#854239 Feb 5, 2013
Jimmy wrote:
<quoted text>
So, you've backed off of your dishonest asertion about Afghanastan, eh libtard?
OK - one out of two down.
Now let's discuss Iraq. Remeber that one. I's the one all the Democrats were warning us about. Yes, the same one the Democrats voted for military force on.
Here you go dishonest political hack clown: =Cwqh4wQPoQkXX
I didn't back off sh*t. You are one of those people that give people the finger when they aren't looking.

The Democrats voted based on the intel provide by crooked George & DumbassDick.

“Is that all you've got?”

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#854240 Feb 5, 2013
carol wrote:
I was almost a Rhodes Scholar, you know. But those jealous judges were envious of my deeply-held faith and refused to let me be one. That's when I refused to listen to any "sciency" hogwash, especially EVIL-ution. From that point on it was a slide into prostitution and 6 back alley abortions -- and that was just with my dad! Liberals are evil, more evil than you know.
As usual, you continue to show the world how offensive the radical gay, death cult atheists of Topix are. Why don't you make a promotional calender and show us how truly hideous your crowd is? Just don't hang it too close to any mirrors; replacing them could get tedious.

Hamden, CT

#854241 Feb 5, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Exactly. Yes, Leon Panetta authorized the use of equipment, not specified. Everyone thinks they have the right to know everything; heard Wolf Blitzer asking totally ridiculous questions of law enforcement yesterday; asking them to reveal every detail of how and what was said by the hostage negotiaters. Enough already.
So glad that boy is alive.
Did you run this post by Media matter first?
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#854242 Feb 5, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
<quoted text>
How the G.O.P. Became the Anti-Urban Party
The very word “city” went all but unheard at the Republican convention, held in the rudimentary city of Tampa, Fla. The party platform ratified there is over 31,000 words long. It includes subsections on myriad pressing topics, like “Restructuring the U.S. Postal Service for the Twenty-First Century” and “American Sovereignty in U.S. Courts,” which features a full-throated denunciation of the “unreasonable extension” of the Lacey Act of 1900 (please don’t ask). There are also passages specifying what our national policy should be all over the world — but not in one American city.
Actually, that’s not quite true. Right after “Honoring Our Relationship With American Indians” and shortly before “Honoring and Supporting Americans in the Territories,” the Republican platform addresses another enclave of benighted quasi-citizens: the District of Columbia. Most of what it has to say is about forcing the district to accept school vouchers, lax gun laws and the fact that it will never be a state. It also scolds the district for corruption and “decades of inept one-party rule.” Only a city would get yelled at.
Unsurprisingly, the chairman of the Republican platform committee, Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, is from a state that has no city with a population of 500,000 or more. One of his two “co-chairmen” was Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, which ranks 47th among the states in population density. The other was Marsha Blackburn, who represents a largely suburban district of Tennessee.
IT could hardly be otherwise. The Republican Party is, more than ever before in its history, an anti-urban party, its support gleaned overwhelmingly from suburban and rural districts — especially in presidential elections.
Urban is another word for blacks and hispanics. Interesting.

Since: May 11

Waynesboro, PA

#854243 Feb 5, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
Where was Obama during the 7-hour battel between Al Qaeda and the stripped-down American embassy security detatchment in Benghazi while the real-time video was being watched in the White House?
Who in the White House gave the orders for the AC-130 and Marine Force Recon units specifically prepositioned to respond to specifically an attack on the embassy in specifically Libya to disregard their default orders while they watched Al Qaeda kill Americans on real-time video?
Got an answer for these questions, dufus?
... empty chair....
Where was he at 11:00 PM?

You know yet you continue with your pile of crap.

What default orders? Who gave these orders.
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lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#854245 Feb 5, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Booby trap.
Flack's afraid of getting "droned"!!

Meanwhile back at the ranch:


Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Monday recommended that state legislators allow longer early voting periods and more kinds of early voting sites and set limits on constitutional questions placed on ballots by the Legislature.

Detzner, appointed by Gov. Rick Scott last year, based his suggestions on conversations with elections supervisors in what he called “underperforming” counties, after voters in the 2012 general election waited up to eight hours to cast ballots in some areas, including Palm Beach County

I agree; the ballot is too long, filled with all kinds of crap to confuse the voters.
Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#854246 Feb 5, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
Get off your ass and actually look for some truth, dupe.
If you actually look into the matter beyond what you're programmed to say in your indoctrinatino sessions, you'll see that one of the former SEALs was actively painting the target. That means that Specter WAS ON STATION! Probably an AC130U. A ground laser designator is not a briefing pointer laser. You do not “paint” a target until the weapons system/designator is synched; which means that the AC130 was on station.
Here is the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps visiting the Force Recon Marine unit specifically prepositioned in Sigonella to respond to an attack on the embassy in Libya in July, 2012.
If you actually were interested in truth, you'd have already read all of this and it would be obvious to you the White House hung the Americans out to dry in Benghazi while they watched Al Qaeda kill them on the real-time video feed.
Dear Stupid,

Your first link is a rightwing blog, your second is a link to a military site, show me from below where they were stationed in Libya and the orders they were given -

NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Sicily -- General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Micheal P. Barrett, met with the Marines and sailors of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa, July 18, 2012.

Special-Purpose MAGTF Africa, a unit of about 125 Reserve Marines and sailors from roughly 32 different units, is commanded by Lt. Col. Gerard Wynn of 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company out of Mobile, Al. The unit supports Marine Forces Africa and U.S. Africa Command by providing security cooperation teams to African nation partners.

“Talking to leadership at U.S. Africa Command they told me that Special-Purpose MAGTF Africa couldn’t be more flexible, more user friendly,” said Gen. Amos.“Other than Djibouti and some episodic exercises,[Special-Purpose MAGTF Africa] is the only trained, consistent, persistent Marine Corps force that AFRICOM has.”

While Special-Purpose MAGTF Africa offers AFRICOM a new set of capabilities in theater security cooperation and crisis response, the Reserve Marines and sailors of the Special-Purpose MAGTF are representative of the operational reserve, a concept the Marine Corps has recently embraced.

“You Marines are forward-deployed and forward-engaged; shaping, training, deterring, and responding to all manner of crises and contingencies,” said Sgt. Maj. Barrett, referencing the Commandant’s Planning Guidance while talking to the Marines.“You are part of an operational reserve. One hundred percent of Marine Forces Reserve units have deployed over the past ten years. That is over 75,000 Marines and sailors!”

Many of the Reserve Marines and sailors of Special Purpose-MAGTF have civilian careers as business owners, law enforcement officers, or as paramedics, while others are working towards a degree. Both Gen. Amos and Sgt. Maj. Barrett thanked the reservists for volunteering to take time away from their civilian lives and staying dedicated to the mission.

“Don’t think that we don’t know what you are going through here,” said Gen Amos.“Thank you for being Marines and thank you for volunteering,”

Since: Nov 09

Mcallen, TX

#854247 Feb 5, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
Let's try this again. This time, try to not be distracted and remain on topic.
Where will the money come from to pay for Obama's government?
You dance around this question like a club-footed penguin. How about telling us what the plan is. You idiots do have a plan, don't you?
It's becoming obvious that you are using Topix to build evidence for an insanity defense for something you have planned for the future. I'll help your case, answer this.

Can the President of the United States of America spend $1 without approval of congress?

hint: refer to Article I, sect 8 of the Constitution

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