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    BHO Farewell Address seems somewhat hypocritical.

    “Poverty is falling again.”

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    • Colors of the Rainbow (913 posts)
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      1. I am avoiding it

      I am done with Barack Obama and his presidency.

      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        3. Don't blame you.

        The last eight years have been a lot of hot air. Only a masochist would consider more talk and all that missed opportunity. I listen to remember each broken promise.

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        • malokvale77 (973 posts)
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          9. Yes, each broken promise. nt

          • Octafish (2864 posts)
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            15. Bubble Man

            He said the increasing complexity, compartmentalizations, stratification and 100s of channels on cable mean each of us is in a bubble, aware of our own facts, but not aware of all that’s really there.

            So why no New New Deal for the 21st century? Where was the Apollo program for renewable power? Where did we reach for the stars?

            It’s been 8 years of promoting the interests of Wall Street and War Inc.

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            • The Crone (2755 posts)
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              34. It was a great surprise to hear Trump's

              Nov 8th acceptance speech, in which  he was gracious, grateful and humble. And right off the top, he stated it was his priority to help inner city neighborhoods across America truly recover and get back to work.

              I can’t think of any other Pres-elect even mentioning inner cities. Last time I remember a Dem mentioning them was when HRC labeled young black men in inner cities as thugs.

              "Let us not seek the Republican answer nor the Democratic answer but the right answer." John F. Kennedy   America is the only country that has real   lemons in its furniture polish, and artificial lemon flavoring  in its lemonade!
              • Octafish (2864 posts)
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                94. Scary, isn't it?

                Like 50-degrees at the North Pole in December, a Repuke acting like Teddy Roosevelt calls for a celebration.

                Obama went along with Snyder cough DeVos and let Detroit go bankrupt. Flint still has unsafe water. And Puerto Rico, American citizens stand aside for vultures.

                 

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              • VoiceOfReason (930 posts)
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                107. talk is cheap

                Doesn’t cost him a dime.

                We shall see.

                "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!
                • The Crone (2755 posts)
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                  117. Yes we shall see.

                  One of main problems for me  right now is I don’t find his Cabinet choices any more odious or  insidious than Obama’s were.

                  I mean, Hillary Clinton as Obama’s Secretary of State? Well, at least she never did any “Pay for Play” maneuvers that cost hundreds of thousands of people in Syria their lives, all for the benefit of her, Billie boy and her friends in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

                  Tim Geithner, as Obama’s guy to head up US Treasury? Well, at least Tim made sure that the Bad Actors on Wall Street went to prison for their illegal maneuvering during the time when the mortgage frauds were an every Day occurrence. And good thing too that Tim let Wall Street know that he would force Congress to have  Glass Steagal re-installed, and that Glass Steagal would once again be the Middle Class protection agreement keeping us from more economic harm.

                  Oh wait, that is the dream I had, regarding Hillary and Tim, and  not at all  the reality that shaped up.

                   

                  "Let us not seek the Republican answer nor the Democratic answer but the right answer." John F. Kennedy   America is the only country that has real   lemons in its furniture polish, and artificial lemon flavoring  in its lemonade!
        • VoiceOfReason (930 posts)
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          39. I think obama did a great job considering

          Turtle McConnell and his racist followers obstructing him every step of the way.

          He nailed OBL.  Not many terrorists attacks during his admin.

          Kept us from starting WWWIII.

          Constant attacks from RWnuts [talk radio, anti obama attacks on the internet, the birthers and other fake news propaganda.

          Russian hacking and social media paid trolls.

          Karma will eventually bring forth the truth.

           

          “Thou shalt not bear false witnese against thy neighbor”.

          Haters gonna hate and liars gonna lie.

          Seems like there are more obama haters here than bernie supporters.

           

           

          "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!
          • Two way street (1507 posts)
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            41. Just like you said, liars are going to lie. no text needed

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            • VoiceOfReason (930 posts)
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              71. Was that a rimshot?

              lol!

              "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!
          • GloriaMundi (406 posts)
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            49. You think "trump did a great job considering"…

            …really?  Last time I looked, he’s not in office yet.

            Oh.  You meant Obama.  Seems a little… Freudian.

      • Sadie (3050 posts)
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        28. Remember the Campaign Trail

        He damn near demanded that the people who voted him in MUST vote for Hillary.  Fuck that.

          Wake up, peeps, their kids go to Harvard and Yale; your kids go to Iraq & Afghanistan.   
        • VoiceOfReason (930 posts)
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          72. Any law against that?

          Doesn’t free speech apply to bernie?

          “Divide and conquer”

          "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!
          • Sadie (3050 posts)
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            76. No, Barack did

            sorry.  I wasn’t clear.  He campaigned for HRC.

              Wake up, peeps, their kids go to Harvard and Yale; your kids go to Iraq & Afghanistan.   
            • VoiceOfReason (930 posts)
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              81. That's cool

              I do it myself a lot.

              "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!
    • VagrantPeters (472 posts)
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      2. Falling in love again with us Americans.

      Maybe he forget the ‘in love’ part.

       

       ...and that man has been goin' round takin' names ever since there was a world.
      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        4. He's in his natural element.

        Talking up the crowd on all that he ignored for two terms, from economics to race (not civil rights).

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        • VagrantPeters (472 posts)
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          5. A lot of folks love a charming huckster – all hat – no cattle.

          Now that Trump is coming in, Obama has become almost Christ like to some.

          Jesus wept.

           ...and that man has been goin' round takin' names ever since there was a world.
          • Octafish (2864 posts)
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            7. Democracy in peril, and he has no clue why.

            Guy’s symbolism in speech and direction in policy was all in service to the inheritors of the Dulles brothers. No butter, all guns. He finds it normal to bomb democracy into the world so that democracy doesn’t ever have to come home to America again.

             

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            • VagrantPeters (472 posts)
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              11. Good ol' John and Allen!

              Monstrous.

              Hot Dulles and a Koch should be our new Fourth of July meal.

               

               

               ...and that man has been goin' round takin' names ever since there was a world.
            • malokvale77 (973 posts)
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              12. "…so that democracy doesn’t ever have to come home to America again."

              It’s painful to realize the full truth of that.

              • Octafish (2864 posts)
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                74. Hurts incredibly. Obama advanced the Secret Police State.

                During the U.S. conquest of the Philippines, Mark Twain wrote an imagined history of twentieth-century America.  In it, he predicted that a “lust for conquest” had already destroyed “the Great (American) Republic,” because  “trampling upon the helpless abroad had taught her, by a natural process, to endure with apathy the like at home.” Indeed, just a decade after Twain wrote those prophetic words, colonial police methods came home to serve as a template for the creation of an American internal security apparatus in wartime.

                Alfred W. McCoy, Obama’s Expanding Surveillance Universe

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          • Sadie (3050 posts)
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            29. We all wept

            and we have 4 years to get our act together.  Actually, only 2, because this has to be time for real change or we sink.

              Wake up, peeps, their kids go to Harvard and Yale; your kids go to Iraq & Afghanistan.   
          • Enthusiast (5960 posts)
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            103. Plus One!

            "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
      • Two way street (1507 posts)
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        86. The King of Flip Flop trained his girl to be just like him.

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    • Cleita (1872 posts)
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      6. It seems he didn't disappoint. I thought his address would be self-serving and

      maybe even disingenuous, which is why I’m not watching. After attending a local County Board of Supervisors meeting this morning, I have heard enough bull shit from politicians for the day. Thank you though for watching and reporting that I’m not missing anything.

      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        10. His rhetoric makes me want to vote for him.

        Then I remember Obama used the last eight years to comfort the comfortable.

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        • Cleita (1872 posts)
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          14. Rhetoric doesn't raise the quality of life for most Americans.

          Like Hillary, I just want him to go. Today I had a conversation with a person who couldn’t understand why Trumo won.  I, myself, believe Trump got elected because people were tired of voting for the devil they knew and decided to try the devil they didn’t know for a change. Hillary had promised her administration would be a continuation of Obama’s.

          • Octafish (2864 posts)
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            16. President Obama brought up how if we don't like it, do something.

            Put on your shoes and organize in the community. Get a clipboard and signatures and run for office.

            He missed the irony in that he, as President, could do more than anyone. And. He. Didn’t. He just talked.

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            • em77 (2507 posts)
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              22. Yes. That part had me laughing.

            • Sadie (3050 posts)
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              30. We remember

              and no clip boards for this girl.  I want peace for Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan,Libya, and for Christ sake anyone else we have eff’d up.

                Wake up, peeps, their kids go to Harvard and Yale; your kids go to Iraq & Afghanistan.   
            • U4ikLefty (253 posts)
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              33. He sure treated us well at Occupy when we spoke up.

              yeah, what a great guy :sarcasm:

              Proud to be a spoiled brat
              • ThouArtThat (2747 posts)
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                38. All Too True – The 99% Spoke – The 1% Quelled – All Led By BHO

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                • Octafish (2864 posts)
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                  63. Never did explain why the FBI entertained snipers.

                  FBI Ignored Deadly Threat to Occupiers

                  US Intelligence Machine Instead Plotted with Bankers to Attack Protest Movement

                  by DAVE LINDORFF
                  CounterPunch, WEEKEND EDITION DECEMBER 28-30, 2012

                  New documents obtained from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security by the Partnership for Civil Justice and released this past week show that the FBI and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies began a campaign of monitoring, spying and disrupting the Occupy Movement at least two months before the first occupation actions began in late September 2011.

                  As early as August, while acknowledging that the incipient Occupy Movement was “peaceful” in nature, federal, state and local officials from the FBI, the DHS and the many Fusion Centers and Joint Terrorism Task Force centers around the country were meeting with local financial institutions and their private security organizations to plot out a strategy for countering the Occupy Movement’s campaign.

                  Interestingly, one document obtained by PCJ from the Houston FBI office refers to what appears to have been a plan by some group, the name of which is blacked out in the released document, to determine who the leaders were of the Occupy Movement in Houston, and then to assassinate them with “suppressed” sniper rifles, meaning sniper rifles equipped with silencers.

                  The chilling document in question reads as follows:

                  “One identified BLANK as of October planned to engage in sniper attacks against protesters in Houston, Texas if deemed necessary. An identified BLANK had received intelligence that indicated the protesters in New York and Seattle planned similar protests in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. BLANK planned to gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest group and obtain photographs, then formulate a plan to kill the leadership by suppressed sniper rifles.”

                  The wording does not sound like it’s some crank Tea Party faction they’re talking about — especially the words “deemed necessary” and the reference to “gathering intelligence against the leaders of the protest group.” Fortunately, in any case, no such assassination campaign materialized in Houston or anywhere else during the wave of Occupy actions across the country, but at the same time, there were never any arrests of whatever organization or individuals that the FBI clearly knew to be planning such a terrorist action against the Occupy activists.

                  CONTINUED…

                  http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/12/28/fbi-ignored-deadly-threat-to-occupiers/

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                  • ThouArtThat (2747 posts)
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                    65. Proves Two Things That Bear Remembering

                    1 – Law Enforcement had moles inside Occupy before the occupation began

                    2 – Some entity affiliated with or associated with Law Enforcement is prepared to terminate progressives

                    Think about those two facts carefully.

                    Progressives cannot start a movement without being surveilled and progressives will be terminated should the 1% feel the need arises.

                    Folks that is reality.

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                  • VoiceOfReason (930 posts)
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                    73. I remember

                    what the fbi did to john lennon.

                    "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!
            • jdpriestly (4364 posts)
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              36. It's sad really. Especially for the African-American community.

              There really weren’t many improvements for them under Obama.

              But Obama can talk.  Must have an ancestor who kissed the Blarney Stone.  His voice is “sonorous.”  Just beautiful, and his delivery perfect  — when he speaks.

              Granted, the Republicans barred his way as much as possible.  But he made the mistake of trying to compromise with them rather than taking his ideals (if they really are his ideals) to the people and going to the people with ideals to circumvent the Republican naysayers.

              And Obama just ignored the working people of Wisconsin.  That was the moment of truth.

              Obama is a good man, but he lacked the courage to be a great president.

              No Truth!  No Trust!  Bernie or Bust!
              • Two way street (1507 posts)
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                42. His fictional memoirs will be another fairy tale praising himself.

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              • Caretha (614 posts)
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                48. Good grief jd

                put the bong down.  “Obama is a good man”?  No he’s not.  Everything that he’s done has helped our Democracy slip away in the past 8 years, and he was the jackass greasing the tracks.

                "But the moment eloquence or the language of debate enters, true reasoning becomes impossible. For the purpose of the debater is not to find the truth but to win the argument, and to this end he will often stray as far as possible from the real issues"   "Eloquence and debate are designed, not to decide issues, but to sway people, for this reason they lean heavily on appeals to emotion and prejudice, and make use of neat, clever, and sometimes humorous turns of phrase rather than profound analysis of ideas" "Of all this Confucious was contemptuous" Confucious by H. G. Creel 1913, Chapter "The Teacher"
                • jdpriestly (4364 posts)
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                  68. He is a better man than Reagan, either of the Bushes or Clinton, and most

                  certainly a better human being and man than Donald Trump.  It’s all relative.

                  No Truth!  No Trust!  Bernie or Bust!
                  • VoiceOfReason (930 posts)
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                    75. Not to a birther

                    Hate is a virtue to them.

                    "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!
                  • ThomPaine (2737 posts)
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                    91. What does "better man" mean? He normalize most of the shit that

                    Bush/Cheney did to us.  He committed war crimes by killing people with drones without any kind of process.

                     

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                    • jdpriestly (4364 posts)
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                      95. A better human being, more humble, more considerate, kinder to the American

                      people.  I disagree with a lot that he did and some of his appointments, but then think about his predecessors.  George W. Bush got us into Iraq.  Clinton changed securities and other laws to the detriment of the American people.  Obama droned people.  That’s pretty bad.  He and Bush did away with our civil liberties in terms of surveillance and habeas corpus.  But Obama does not have the same kind of disregard for Americans that the other recent presidents demonstrated.  Not a whole lot better, but somewhat better.  I don’t expect much from Trump either.  So Obama is better than the others.  No major, major scandals during his presidency.

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                      • ThomPaine (2737 posts)
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                        121. I view it differently. In some ways Obama was worse than Bush.

                        We hated Bush’s arrogance when he stole our liberties.  But Obama gets away with normalizing those disasters with a smile.  What I hear is that it’s ok to lose liberties, to get kicked in the groin, if the person in humble and has a nice smile.

                        Where is his smile while Gov Siegelman, a Republican political prisoner, rots in prison?

                        He did smile when he told us that a little torture just sometimes happens.  Let me emphasis how that makes me feel.  I lived thru 8 years of Republicans stealing our liberties and proudly torturing innocent people.  I couldn’t wait until we could get a “DEMOCRAT” in office.  And what happens?  Obama tells Cheney “good job with the torture”, and flips the American people the bird.   He not only didn’t prosecute war crimes, and didn’t even condemn war crimes, but gave his blessing by trying to tell us that “shit happens”.

                        He didn’t want to punish war crimes because he might want to commit some himself.  Bingo-bango, can you spell drone strikes, killing roughly 50 innocents for every SUSPECT.  What a precedent.

                        But for some, it’s all ok because he can come across as humble and has a nice smile, but ask the families of the innocents murdered by “fire from the sky” terrorism, how humble they think he is.

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                      • jdpriestly (4364 posts)
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                        122. You are correct on every point, and yet Bush's smirk???

                        It’s all relative.  Obama is much kinder than GW Bush could ever be.

                        And yet all you say is true.  So that shows simply what a terrible condition our country is in.

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                      • ThomPaine (2737 posts)
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                        124. Yes I agree.

                        :hi:

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              • Enthusiast (5960 posts)
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                102. I do not believe Obama is a good man.

                The evidence tells me he is a right wing Trojan Horse that many of us thought was a good man. We were mistaken.

                "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
            • GloriaMundi (406 posts)
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              51. "Put on your shoes"…

              …I wonder, was he talking about those comfortable walking shoes that he said he would put on before walking the line with the unions?  Guess he couldn’t find them or something.

            • jwirr (2802 posts)
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              54. That must be what the email about organizing was all about this morning. I did

              not read it.

            • ThomPaine (2737 posts)
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              88. I agree. The irony was bleeding all over. Many of us grabbed clipboards and

              did the phone-banks, and went door to door to get “Progressive” Obama elected and for what good.  Remember Rick Warren Mr. President?  And it continued down hill from there.

              aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
            • farleftlib (1257 posts)
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              93. That was so galling! How dare he.

              IIRC, he sent the activist army home in 2009 and said he didn’t need our help no matter how eager we were to give it. And then he stuck his knife right in our collective back. What a POS to say what he did after all the support we offered his hypocritical lying ass.

              Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have. Margaret Mead
          • sharkbait (196 posts)
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            26. That's the whole truth of it.

          • jwirr (2802 posts)
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            53. I don't think he is just going to go – email today from his get organized group

            and he is saying now is the time to get organized using that as their tool. Need to see where he goes from there. And how he uses that site once it is no longer connected to government.

            • ThomPaine (2737 posts)
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              123. We were organized and enthused in 2009, ready to fight to regain

              our lost freedoms and liberties.  But at his inauguration he made it crystal clear (Rich Warren) that he not only didn’t need us, he disparaged us for the benefit of his conservative pals.  Now he has the nerve to tell us to get organized.

              aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
        • ThomPaine (2737 posts)
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          92. He is a master of rhetoric.

          aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
    • HIP56948 (1599 posts)
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      8. I remember thinking 8 years ago. "Well, this is refreshing"

      Turned out to be just another dog and pony show.  Oh, he’s said some wonderful things but has never crossed over the line to even be mildly progressive. Looks like I voted for a male Margaret Thatcher

      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        13. 35 Years of Thatcher Trickle Down.

        Homeowners foaming the runway for the banks. Wars without end in “faraway lands” for profits without cease.  The wealthiest times in human history mean richest beyond measure are safe offshore for the 1-percent and Austerity for the 99-percent in the safe from terror Homeland.

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        • HIP56948 (1599 posts)
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          17. Damn, I wish I could write as eloquently as you do. Your words are like a …

          ..fine symphony…easy to listen to.

          • Octafish (2864 posts)
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            58. Thank you. You are most kind.

            The words flow from memories of times I want to share and see again.

            What a great man said about language:
            “We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.” — Alan W. Watts


            I mistakenly posted this below, thinking it was going to appear here. When I try to work with a smart phone, it shows how dumb I really are.

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    • Rosa Luxemburg (1048 posts)
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      18. He was much better than a lot of former presidents

      The more that social democracy develops, grows, and becomes stronger, the more the enlightened masses of workers will take their own destinies, the leadership of their movement, and the determination of its direction into their own hands. Rosa Luxemburg.    
      • Rozinante (2295 posts)
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        19. The former Presidents set a low bar.

        • Seshat (383 posts)
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          20. The sad fact is that he was probably the best president of my adult lifetime.

          THAT’S how low the bar has been sit. I’m 61 years old.

          • Art from Ark (1729 posts)
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            40. I don't see how you can make that statement

            I”m slightly younger than you, but I still date back to Eisenhower. Obama comes in far, far behind Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, and even Eisenhower. Heck, even Ford, and even Nixon. He even admitted that he was more like a “moderate 80s Republican”, even though the qualities he attributed to them were not at all what the 80s Republicans were all about.

            • Seshat (383 posts)
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              61. I said adult lifetime I wasn't counting Eisenhower Kennedy or Johnson.

              I agree that in my lifetime Kennedy, Johnson (despite the taint of the Vietnam war) and Eisenhower were better than Obama

              In my adult lifetime however while I agree that Nixon in some ways was more progressive than Obama, but Watergate and his conduct of the Vietnam war put him on the negative side in my opinion

              I also agree that Carter was a better man and one of the great regrets of my life is that I voted third party when he ran against Reagan but he was a better ex president than president.

              Obama has his  faults. He’s far too close to Wall Street IMHO, he has made many errors in foreign policy. He is not pro worker.  His signature achievement, Obamacare, is about to be dismantled.  On the other hand he did bring the country out of the disaster that was the Bush administration and the economic collapse. He has had a largely scandal free administration and his personal conduct has been impeccable.  So yeah, compared to Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush II I give Obama some credit.

          • Major Hogwash (1628 posts)
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            80. If he would have had a more liberal Congress, imagine what he could have . .

            . . accomplished. He could been the best President in the last 75 years. But, as it turns out, a lot more Americans are racist than I thought they were. They hated Obama, and so they voted for very right wing, very conservative Republicans to take control of Congress. Then those same Republicans blocked nearly everything he wanted to do, and fought him tooth and nail on the issues he did manage to somehow get through a Congress totally opposed to him. The last 3 sessions of Congress were some of the most belligerent Congresses in history and they worked diligently to hamper Obama, especially during his last term. What stands out the most, during his final year, was when they treated him like a 2nd class citizen. Even denying him his Constitutional right to pick a new justice for the Supreme Court to replace Scalia. I have never seen the President of the United States treated so shabbily.

            Hopefully, the Democrats will piss on Trump’s face and treat him as poorly as the Republicans have treated Obama.

             

            • Dont call me Shirley (3107 posts)
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              85. That's why he installed DWS…

              so he would never have a liberal or progressive legislature. Remember his good bud Ram calling us Fucking [email protected]?~?

            • ThomPaine (2737 posts)
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              90. You are talking about someone different than I saw for the last 8 years.

              He sang a good progressive tune until elected.  He embraced Rick Warren at his inauguration for fucks sakes, and went right from there.  Look at all of his appointments.  No progressives?  Even some Republicans.  The TPP wasn’t progressive, nor was his acceptance of torture.  While we wanted him to reverse the shit Bush enacted, he instead normalized many of them.

              He never condemned the war crimes of Bush / Cheney but instead committed his own.  Oh yeah, instead of insisting that Constitutionally illegal indefinite be stricken from the defense funding bill, he left it in but promised (crossed his heart) that he’d never use it (meaning until he needed it).  Yes we know his promises were worthless, like rolling back the Patriot Act.

              What’s worse than having a Republican president violate the Constitution?   Having a Democratic President not do anything to fix it.  Normalizing.

              Bottom line is that Obama isn’t progressive and didn’t want a progressive Congress.

              aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
              • Major Hogwash (1628 posts)
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                109. You are wasting your time.

                You complained about Obama for a long time at SV. What good did it do you? For that matter, what good did it do for you to respond to my comment?

                Perhaps you would have preferred McCain in 2008, eh?

                Or Romney in 2012? Hmmm?

                You can’t rewrite history. The Republicans filibustered Obama more than any 2 other Presidents . . combined!

                That’s a fact.

                You can’t rewrite history to fit your narrative.

                You’ll just have to deal with it.

                • ThomPaine (2737 posts)
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                  110. Really? That's your argument? The Republicans made him do it? Is that

                  why he appointed so many Republicans?  The Republicans didn’t force him to scoff at the torture of Bush/Cheney.  They didn’t force him to leave the indefinite detention in the Defense Spending bill.  The drone kills are all him.

                  And in other areas he might not have been able to do much other than speak out but he was silent.   He turned his back on the millions of PoC in private prisons for profit as well as those murdered in the streets.  He turned his DoJ against OWS.

                  What history am I rewriting?

                  aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
            • Enthusiast (5960 posts)
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              101. No. You have it wrong. Republicans didn't force Obama to

              create the Catfood Commission. They didn’t force Obama to “foam the runway” for the fraudulent banks.

              Obama was a RW Trojan Horse.

              "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        21. Much better. But not as good as he could have been.

        War is still THE racket and he expanded the practice. And it’s Government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich by any other name is still the name of the game. As for those who take to the streets to protest, their photographs are taken and processed by facial recognition software; their contacts, communications and concerns are captured and catalogued for future retrieval; their lives reviewable for extrajudicial death by drone or traffic stop.

        If he had wanted, he could have jailed the traitors, warmongers and banksters. Instead, he protected them.

        “Get the truth and print it.” -- John S. Knight
        • Rosa Luxemburg (1048 posts)
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          23. Yes

          I think if you are the president you don’t have much say. Just like a figurehead.  I bet he’s glad he’s out of it.

          The more that social democracy develops, grows, and becomes stronger, the more the enlightened masses of workers will take their own destinies, the leadership of their movement, and the determination of its direction into their own hands. Rosa Luxemburg.    
      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        31. ''But it's really just a piece of parchment.''

        “(The Constitution) has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power.”

        Swapped out the mis-post and now dupe. Sorry about the confusion.

         

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        • ThomPaine (2737 posts)
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          111. Just because it's written in the Constitution doesn't mean shit. Take

          indefinite detection for example.  Bush had an American citizen picked up off the street and taken to a secret prison and “interigated” with no right observed.  No contact with family or lawyers for a long time. Eventually the case made it to court, most likely too late to save the sanity of the accused.  The courts played pin pong with the case and eventually it made it to the SCOTUS and they punted.  Now the “right” of the government to detain American citizens is included in the defense funding bill as a matter of course and Obama is cool with that.

          aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
          • VoiceOfReason (930 posts)
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            113. another example, "The War Powers Act"

            The CONUS states that only congress can declare war”

            Yes it does, yes it does.

            OMG, I starting to repeat myself like trump.

             

            Shame on me!

            "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!
            • ThomPaine (2737 posts)
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              116. And the Constitution does'nt provide forCongress abdicating their responsibilies

              aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
    • Satan (1277 posts)
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      24. It was classic "Speech Barry"

      Unfortunately, that guy wasn’t ever actually the President. Instead, we had this guy…….

      Fuck Trump, and fuck anybody who defends him. He has proven himself to be a threat to all life on Earth.
      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        44. ''Democracy can buckle when it gives in to fear.''

        I’ll say.


        FBI Entrapment Created ‘Illusion’ of Terrorist Plots: Report

        A close look at government counter-terrorism tactics reveals that many people convicted would never have committed a crime if not for law enforcement encouraging, pressuring, and sometimes paying them to commit terrorist acts.

        by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
        Common Dreams, July 21, 2014

        Federal officials and law enforcement agents are treating American Muslims like “terrorists-in-waiting,” according to a new report released Monday by Human Rights Watch and Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute.

        The FBI, under pressure to appear effective and worthy of its $8.4-billion budget, has “targeted American Muslims in abusive counterterrorism ‘sting operations’ based on religious and ethnic identity”; sent informants to mosques to “troll for leads”; and in some cases encouraged or even paid individuals to undertake terrorist acts, the report (pdf) reveals.

        “Americans have been told that their government is keeping them safe by preventing and prosecuting terrorism inside the US,” said Andrea Prasow, deputy Washington director at Human Rights Watch and one of the authors of the report. “But take a closer look and you realize that many of these people would never have committed a crime if not for law enforcement encouraging, pressuring, and sometimes paying them to commit terrorist acts.”

        The study, entitled Illusion of Justice: Human Rights Abuses in U.S. Terrorism Prosecutions, examines 27 federal terrorism cases (of more than 500 since September 11, 2001) from initiation of the investigations to sentencing and post-conviction conditions of confinement, finding infractions at every turn.

        SNIP…

        In fact, Illusions of Justice details how such practices are counterproductive, sowing seeds of mistrust within the American Muslim community:

        The law enforcement practices described in this report have alienated the very communities the government relies on most to report possible terrorist threats and diverted resources from other, more effective ways, of responding to the threat of terrorism. Its proclaimed success in convicting alleged terrorist conspirators has come with serious and unnecessary costs to the rights of many of those prosecuted and convicted, to their families and communities, to the public, and to the rule of law.

        CONTINUED…

        http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/21-6

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    • MrMickeysMom (1039 posts)
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      25. I suppose I'll see it sometime, but I knew this wasn't a speech for me…

      I no longer need to be told that my participation would be met with his guidance. For all the coolness and warmth and personality and nice family, it was never supposed to have just been about that. I WAS supposed to have been putting on your comfortable shoes and participating with the working class. I’ve never been so let down in such a nice way for 8 years.

      Once the aftermath of the inauguration clears and the academy awards speeches call “sudden” attention to inequality, there will be the final recognition that something wrong was never made right. I’ll be happy to explain to more and more people that the mess we are in today was something we could hoped to believe gone. It wasn’t… Neither were the prisons empty of people of color for crimes of poverty and desperation. Neither was Wall Street gone of relaxation of regulation. Neither was the ease-dropping of every phone call, e-mail and text.

      His term of hope was delivered as an elephant giving birth to a mouse.

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      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        45. ''And we have shown that our economy doesn't have to be a zero-sum game.''

        Taken For Granted At Davos That US Government Run On ‘Legalized Corruption’

        By: DSWright
        FireDogLake.com, Wednesday January 21, 2015

        While there may be confusion among some in the US as to how the American political system operates, it is apparently taken for granted by participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that politics in America is based on bribery and corruption.

        In an interview at Davos with Bloomberg News related to growing concerns about rising wealth inequality and its corruption influence on American politics economist and NYU business professor Nouriel Roubini stated as a matter of fact that it would be hard for the US to overcome wealth inequality because the US political system was based on “legalized corruption” which meant rich people – having more resources to bribe politicians with – would generally prevail.

        Tom Keene, Bloomberg: How big is the plutocracy effect in 2015?

        Nouriel Roubini: It’s significant because we are in a democracy where it supposedly has to be one man, one vote, but the reality is that those who are billionaires, those that have economic and financial power can affect legislation on taxation of capital gains, of carried interest by having that political power.

        In the US we have a system of legalized corruption if you think about it. K Street and the lobbying affect legislation with the money they give the politician and therefore those who have financial resources have a greater impact on the political system than those who have less. So it’s not a true democracy, it’s a plutocracy.

        This is not news to anyone paying attention. In fact, Princeton University produced an exhaustive study that made headlines demonstrating that the wealthy ultimately determine legislative outcomes in the US Congress. Add to that an experiment the progressive group CREDO and UC Berkeley ran where they offered meetings to representatives with either actual constituents or non-constituent donors with the representatives overwhelmingly choosing the donors and you certainly have a picture of a cynical system run on cash.

        CONTINUED w/links…

        http://news.firedoglake.com/2015/01/21/taken-for-granted-at-davos-that-us-government-run-on-legalized-corruption/#at_pco=cfd-1.0&at_ab=-&at_pos=7&at_tot=8&at_si=54c5412562e4586b

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        • ThomPaine (2737 posts)
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          112. The quest for wealth has to, by definition, be zero-sum.

          aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
    • TRex (1688 posts)
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      27. Words don't help the starving go to bed at night.

      But they do help when you are rich enough to live in a DC Bubble.

      I never promised you a rose garden.
      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        46. ''…it's become safer to retreat into our own bubbles…''

        How America’s Super-Rich Are Draining the Poor of a Longer Life Span

        by Les Leopold
        Huffington Post, 02/23/2016

        The American people have a deep sense of fairness. We are angry about the dramatic rise in the pay gap between the top 100 CEOs and the average worker — a gap which has widened from $45 to $1 in 1970 to a whopping $844 to $1 today. (Please see Runaway Inequality for more data)

        A new study shows that runaway inequality also is creating a more deadly gap — a growing life expectancy gap between the rich and the poor.

        Just as with inequality, there always has been a gap in life expectancy based on income. But something new and disturbing is now underway: The life expectancy gap is accelerating. Runaway inequality is robbing lower income groups of the longevity they deserve.

        This was not expected. On the contrary, as our country grew richer and richer, we believed the gap would narrow. Advances in medicine, health education and our overall standard of living should have increased the life-spans for every group, regardless of income, race or ethnicity.

        CONTINUED…

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/les-leopold/how-americas-super-rich-a_b_9296782.html

         

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    • U4ikLefty (253 posts)
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      32. Was he selling any used cars?

      Proud to be a spoiled brat
      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        47. ''Yes we can.''

        Michael Froman and the revolving door

        By Felix Salmon December 11, 2009

        Michael Froman is one of those behind-the-scenes technocrats who never quite makes it into full public view. But according to Matt Taibbi, he’s one of the most egregious examples — up there with Bob Rubin, literally — we’ve yet seen of the way the revolving door works between business and government generally, and between Citigroup and Treasury in particular.

        I’m not sure how much of this information is new, but a lot of it was new to me, especially the bit about Froman “leading the search for the president’s new economic team” — while he was still pulling down a multi-million-dollar salary at Citigroup, no less. Apologies for quoting at length:

        Leading the search for the president’s new economic team was his close friend and Harvard Law classmate Michael Froman, a high-ranking executive at Citigroup. During the campaign, Froman had emerged as one of Obama’s biggest fundraisers, bundling $200,000 in contributions and introducing the candidate to a host of heavy hitters — chief among them his mentor Bob Rubin, the former co-chairman of Goldman Sachs who served as Treasury secretary under Bill Clinton. Froman had served as chief of staff to Rubin at Treasury, and had followed his boss when Rubin left the Clinton administration to serve as a senior counselor to Citigroup (a massive new financial conglomerate created by deregulatory moves pushed through by Rubin himself).

        Incredibly, Froman did not resign from the bank when he went to work for Obama: He remained in the employ of Citigroup for two more months, even as he helped appoint the very people who would shape the future of his own firm. And to help him pick Obama’s economic team, Froman brought in none other than Jamie Rubin, a former Clinton diplomat who happens to be Bob Rubin’s son. At the time, Jamie’s dad was still earning roughly $15 million a year working for Citigroup, which was in the midst of a collapse brought on in part because Rubin had pushed the bank to invest heavily in mortgage-backed CDOs and other risky instruments…

        On November 23rd, 2008, a deal is announced in which the government will bail out Rubin’s messes at Citigroup with a massive buffet of taxpayer-funded cash and guarantees… No Citi executives are replaced, and few restrictions are placed on their compensation. It’s the sweetheart deal of the century, putting generations of working-stiff taxpayers on the hook to pay off Bob Rubin’s fuck-up-rich tenure at Citi. “If you had any doubts at all about the primacy of Wall Street over Main Street,” former labor secretary Robert Reich declares when the bailout is announced, “your doubts should be laid to rest.”

        It is bad enough that one of Bob Rubin’s former protégés from the Clinton years, the New York Fed chief Geithner, is intimately involved in the negotiations, which unsurprisingly leave the Federal Reserve massively exposed to future Citi losses. But the real stunner comes only hours after the bailout deal is struck, when the Obama transition team makes a cheerful announcement: Timothy Geithner is going to be Barack Obama’s Treasury secretary!

        Geithner, in other words, is hired to head the U.S. Treasury by an executive from Citigroup — Michael Froman — before the ink is even dry on a massive government giveaway to Citigroup that Geithner himself was instrumental in delivering. In the annals of brazen political swindles, this one has to go in the all-time Fuck-the-Optics Hall of Fame.

        Wall Street loved the Citi bailout and the Geithner nomination so much that the Dow immediately posted its biggest two-day jump since 1987, rising 11.8 percent. Citi shares jumped 58 percent in a single day, and JP Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley soared more than 20 percent, as Wall Street embraced the news that the government’s bailout generosity would not die with George W. Bush and Hank Paulson.

        How much influence did Froman have over the appointment of Geithner as Treasury secretary? Geithner, who wanted to become Treasury secretary and who as New York Fed president was a central (if not the central) figure in orchestrating the massive Citigroup bailout just after the election, knew what Froman’s job was in the Obama transition team, and knew that Froman was a senior executive at Citigroup.

        CONTINUED…

        http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/12/11/michael-froman-and-the-revolving-door/

        “Get the truth and print it.” -- John S. Knight
    • Haikugal (4641 posts)
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      35. Hissssssss!!!

        Be the bird.....       Hey DNC! Up Yours! It's ON!!
      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        55. ''I can't do that.''

        Answering chants of “Four more years,” possibly raised in response to a vocal heckler.


        “For 240 years, our nation’s call to citizenship has given work and purpose to each new generation.  It’s what led patriots to choose republic over tyranny, pioneers to trek west, slaves to brave that makeshift railroad to freedom.  It’s what pulled immigrants and refugees across oceans and the Rio Grande, it’s what pushed women to reach for the ballot, it’s what powered workers to organize.  It’s why GI’s gave their lives at Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima; Iraq and Afghanistan – and why men and women from Selma to Stonewall were prepared to give theirs as well.”


        Money trumps peace.

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        • Haikugal (4641 posts)
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          66. Thanks for the link friend!

          :hi:

            Be the bird.....       Hey DNC! Up Yours! It's ON!!
    • ThouArtThat (2747 posts)
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      37. Mr. Hope and Change – Sorry – Correction – That Is Mr. Hypocrite

      eom

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      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        56. ''…we're all in this together…''

        Even as the clock ran out, I kept hoping things would change.


        Geithner sacrificed homeowners to “foam the runway” for the banks

        Is great phrase:

        Neil Barofsky, the former special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, has published a new book, “Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street.” It presents a damning indictment of the Obama administration’s execution of the TARP program generally, and of HAMP in particular.

        By delaying millions of foreclosures, HAMP gave bailed-out banks more time to absorb housing-related losses while other parts of Obama’s bailout plan repaired holes in the banks’ balance sheets. According to Barofsky, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner even had a term for it. HAMP borrowers would “foam the runway” for the distressed banks looking for a safe landing. It is nice to know what Geithner really thinks of those Americans who were busy losing their homes in hard times.

        CONTINUED w VIDEO and links and more letters…

        http://washingtonexaminer.com/video-geithner-sacrificed-homeowners-to-foam-the-runway-for-the-banks/article/2502982

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        • ThouArtThat (2747 posts)
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          60. When One Realizes That It Is All A Shell-Based Confidence Scam

          One then realizes that until the American people have truly had enough, nothing will change.

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    • djean111 (2852 posts)
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      43. Turns out Obama was best at making speeches.

      Everything else?  Not so much.  I didn’t bother watching it, no point to it.

      You think the only reason that people won't vote for a warmongering Third Way fracking-enabling cluster bomb throwing H-1B increasing lying pandering corporate and Wall Street shill who says she has no problem putting abortion rights on the table is because we are mad about Bernie?  Um, nope.
      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        59. ''And all of us have more work to do.''

        The Government Lied When It Said It Only Bailed Out Healthy Banks … 12 of the 13 Big Banks Were Going Bust

        Posted on January 11, 2013 by WashingtonsBlog

        The Government’s Entire Strategy Was to Cover Up the Truth

        We noted in 2011 that the Geithner, Bernanke and Paulson lied about the health of the big banks in pitching bailouts to Congress and the American people:

        • The big banks were all insolvent during the 1980s.
        • And they all became insolvent again in 2008. See this and this (busted link at WB).
        • The bailouts were certainly rammed down our throats under false pretenses.
        • But here’s the more important point. Paulson and Bernanke falsely stated that the big banks receiving Tarp money were healthy, when they were not. They were insolvent.
        • Tim Geithner falsely stated that the banks passed some time of an objective stress test but they did not. They were insolvent.

        CONTINUED w/links to all the points above…

        http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/01/12-of-the-13-big-banks-went-bust-and-the-government-lied-when-it-said-it-only-bailed-out-healthy-banks.html


        Don’t blame you for not watching, djean111. It’s a form of slowing down time for me.

        “Get the truth and print it.” -- John S. Knight
    • Xyzse (1651 posts)
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      50. Haven't read it yet… I will soon.

      I’ll reserve judgement till then, but you said “somewhat”, and I’m like, wasn’t his whole Presidency “more than just somewhat”?

      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        62. Absolutely Somewhat.

        He didn’t mention the banks or Wall Street, at all.

        TARP Funds for Housing Relief: 90% Unspent

        At least Ike brought up the Military-Industrial Complex.

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        • Xyzse (1651 posts)
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          64. Yep, will have to read it soon.

        • VoiceOfReason (930 posts)
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          77. I like Ike

          He federalized the troops in little rock, Arkansas that led to the desegregation of public schools.

          "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!
    • Blackspade (2363 posts)
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      52. Falling off a cliff….

      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        82. Richest times in human history went unmentioned.

        Slap-in-the-Face Wealth Gap Images

        by Paul Buchheit
        Published on Monday, December 01, 2014 by Common Dreams

        Just 70 individuals now own as much wealth as half the world. In the U.S., the richest 40 individuals own as much as half the country, and the 16,000 American households in the top .01% have accumulated an average net worth of over a third of a billion dollars. As extreme wealth continues to grow out of control, inequality worsens for the rest of us, plaguing our country and our world, spreading like a terminal form of cancer. It should be a major news item in the mainstream media. But the well-positioned few are either oblivious to or uncaring about its effect on less fortunate people.

        The data and charts (citations here) come from Forbes, Credit Suisse, and a recent study by Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.

         

        1. Just 70 Individuals Own As Much Wealth As Half the World

        halftheworld.jpg

        Less than a year ago, Oxfam reported that the richest 85 individuals owned as much wealth as half the world. But recently updated calculations reveal that the richest 70 individuals now own $1.842 trillion, more than the poorest half of the world.

        We’re drawing nearer to the fulfillment of Charles Koch’s dream: “I want my fair share and that’s all of it.”

        2. Just 40 Americans Own As Much Wealth As Half the United States

        40americans.jpg

        About a month ago it was 43, and a month before that it was 47. Now the richest 40 Americans (The Forbes 40) own a little over $1.092 trillion, about the same, according to calculations based on Credit Suisse data, as the poorest half of the country.

        The national wealth that was created by all of us over many decades is quickly being redistributed to fewer and fewer incomprehensibly rich people.

        One of the causes for this pathological transfer of wealth is revealed in the final image..

         

        3. Stock/Equity Wealth of the Richest 12,000 Households Has Surpassed the Housing Wealth of 108,000,000 Households

        stockequity.jpg

        Just 35 years ago, the percentage of national wealth in middle-class housing (net of mortgages) was about seven times more than the percentage of national wealth in equities owned by the .01% (12,000 families). Now middle-class housing is only about half the value of those equities.

        Saez and Zucman report that the total of corporate equities, bonds, and savings deposits owned by the .01% amounted to 2.2 percent of total U.S. household wealth in the mid-1980s, rising to 9.9 percent in 2012. Meanwhile, housing for the bottom 90% dropped from 15 percent of total household wealth to 5-6 percent. Since the bottom 50%, according to the authors, own almost zero wealth, the housing figures pertain to the 50-90% families, which can be described as “middle class.”
        Possible solutions are becoming clearer:

        (1) A Financial Speculation Tax to slow down the flow of money to the takers

        (2) Occupy Wall Street, Phase II
        This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License

        Paul Buchheit is a college teacher, an active member of US Uncut Chicago, founder and developer of social justice and educational websites (UsAgainstGreed.org, PayUpNow.org, RappingHistory.org), and the editor and main author of “American Wars: Illusions and Realities” (Clarity Press). He can be reached at [email protected].

        SOURCE w/links to details:

        http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/01/slap-face-wealth-gap-images

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        • Enthusiast (5960 posts)
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          99. Recommended to the max!

          Just 40 Americans Own As Much Wealth As Half the United States and it is never mentioned on the MSM.

          "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
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      57. We ALL have Obama's number – he's a fucking fraud and a LIAR.

      I am so glad he’s exiting the White House. He’s been a disgrace! I hope he retires in Hawaii and we never have to see his freakin’ lying face again.

       
      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        83. Banksters and Fraud also went unmentioned.

        William K. Black thinks President Obama didn’t acknowledge a key component in the financial crisis that the bills before Congress won’t address — fraud. A former regulator who helped crack down on massive fraud during the savings and loan crisis in the 1980s, Black tells Bill Moyers on THE JOURNAL that, despite evidence of fraud at the top banks, prosecutions seem far away. “If you go back to the savings and loan debacle, we got more than a thousand felony convictions of the elite. These are not, you know, tellers or something. We today have zero convictions, zero indictments, zero arrests of any of the elite, non-prime lenders that, through their fraud, drove this crisis.”

        http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/04232010/profile.html

         

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        • incognito (1063 posts)
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          84. If course!

          Barack’s retirement plan! His payback will yield MILLIONS.

           
        • Enthusiast (5960 posts)
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          98. Huge Plus One!

          That’s why they groomed Obama for the job. They knew he could escape most of the criticism from the left.

          "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
    • Rocker (437 posts)
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      67. BHO said torturers are patriots and said we're sanctimonious…

      for opposing them.

      That’s BHO’s legacy, appeasing war criminals and traitors to every American value.  There is his criminal bank legacy as well, of not prosecuting a single banker who conspired against millions of Americans for years.  Of course, there’s also his Nobel Peace Prize legacy of 1000+ drone deaths and wars in 7 countries.

      Now, there’s his final legacy of red-baiting Americans with McCarthyism 2.0.  I read someone say they were “conflicted” over BHO, well I’m not; he’s the biggest destroyer of every single democratic value that existed in 2008.

      • VoiceOfReason (930 posts)
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        79. could you supply a link to when he said that?

        Meh!

        "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!
        • Rocker (437 posts)
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          96. Sure, google must be really hard for some people, lol

          https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/01/obama-cia-torture-some-folks-brennan-spying

          • VoiceOfReason (930 posts)
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            100. Everything is hard for me

            I am still recovering from colon cancer.

            w and cheney started it and most republicans supported it.

            LOL!

             

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            • Art from Ark (1729 posts)
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              126. May you make a full recovery

              • VoiceOfReason (930 posts)
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                127. Thank you

                Very kind of you.

                "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!
      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        106. ''(ISIL) cannot defeat America unless we betray our Constitution…''

        Team Obama’s Justification For Killing A 16-Year-Old American In A Drone Strike Is Stunning

        MICHAEL KELLEY
        Business Insider, OCT. 24, 2012, 2:04

        Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, a senior adviser to President Obama’s reelection campaign, recently became the first person on Team Obama to address the killing of 16-year-old American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, Conor Friedersdorf of the The Atlantic reports.

        Abdulrahman was the son of New Mexico-born cleric and al-Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki. Both were killed in separate drone strikes last year.

        A reporter asked Gibbs: “Do you think that the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki’s 16-year-old son, who was an American citizen, is justifiable?”

        Here is Gibbs’ answer:

        “I’m not going to get into Anwar al-Awlaki’s son … I would suggest that you have a far more responsible father if they’re truly concerned about the well being of your children. I don’t think becoming an al-Qaeda jihadist terrorist is the best way to go about doing your business.”

        CONTINUED…

        http://www.businessinsider.com/alwaki-son-yemen-16-drone-2012-10


        Something, somewhere is very wrong when a US citizen — a MINOR — can be reduced to bug splat without due process, let alone charge and no one gets held to account.

        “Get the truth and print it.” -- John S. Knight
    • Abakan (2184 posts)
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      69. Hypocrisy, Thy name is Barack H Obama.

       
      I have much to say, so I talk to birds. They are truly the only ones who listen.  
      • VoiceOfReason (930 posts)
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        78. It's interesting that…

        I never read any insults against the icon of evil, Turtle McConnell.

        He said that he hopes obama will fail.

        My reply to that sinister pig is that if the president fails america does too.

        He is a simple minded bigot, married to a foreign spy, imo.

        "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!
      • Dont call me Shirley (3107 posts)
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        87. You got that correct, Abakan!

      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        105. ''Maybe you still can’t believe we pulled this whole thing off.''

        Obama Worries Future Presidents Will Wage Perpetual, Covert Drone War

        Ryan Devereaux, Alex Emmons
        The Intercept, October 3 2016, 4:42 p.m.

        PRESIDENT OBAMA WARNS in a new interview of a future in which a U.S. president could engage in perpetual covert wars “all over the world.” But he claims that the accountability and transparency measures he is instituting will make that less likely.

        SNIP…

         

        “What’s so interesting is that President Obama acknowledges this problem — that future presidents will be empowered to kill globally, and in secret. What he doesn’t acknowledge is how much of a role his administration had in making that a bizarre normal,” Naureen Shah, director of national security and human rights at Amnesty International, told The Intercept.

        “There is something so strange about the person who many would say is very responsible for this situation actually acknowledging it and saying he tried to plan for it,” Shah added. “What we’ll be left with from the Obama administration is a far more dangerous precedent of secret, global killings than what we started with.”

        From the very beginning of his presidency, Obama tightly embraced legal arguments, including the “state secrets privilege,” to deflect inquiries into the government’s use of lethal force in foreign countries; he fought vigorously for years to keep his rationale for assassinating an American citizen secret; he never explained how the U.S. came to kill that same American citizen’s 16-year-old son; and he has never once forced his premier intelligence agency to publicly answer for the deaths of non-Western civilians — of which there have been many — during an eight-year covert bombing campaign.

        In the New York magazine interview, Obama gave human rights groups and “the left” credit for pushing him on issues of transparency in targeted killing — but at the same time indicated they had little impact on his own decisions.

        CONTINUED…

        https://theintercept.com/2016/10/03/obama-worries-future-presidents-will-wage-perpetual-covert-drone-war/


        Gee. That kind of attitude from Amnesty International can get someone in trouble, if you know what I mean.

        http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB572-Declassified-files-show-Operation-Condor-targets-for-assassination/

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        • ThomPaine (2737 posts)
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          114. "But he claims that the accountability and transparency measures he is

          instituting will make that less likely.”  What is “instituting?”  Did he write it in chalk on the bathroom wall?

          aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
    • Enthusiast (5960 posts)
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      97. Obama is a total hypocrite.

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        104. ''The wealthy are paying a fair share of taxes.''

        Check Out Who’s Hiding $32 Trillion in Offshore Tax Haven Accounts

        EXCERPT…

        Some $32 trillion has been hidden in small island banking hubs which host a bevy of trust funds, shell corporations and other tax havens, the Tax Justice Network estimates.

        SNIP…

        The information is still being sifted through, even as it’s being released to the public, but here’s some of what’s been found so far:

        ■ American Denise Rich, ex-wife of pardoned tax cheat Marc Rich, has been uncovered as the settlor and beneficiary of two large trusts based in the tiny Cook Islands. The ICIJ found that Denise Rich gave up her American citizenship in 2012. Her citizenship was convenient enough when President Clinton had the authority to pardon her ex-husband.

        ■ French President Francois Hollande, ardent socialist and tireless champion of the 75% marginal tax rate, appears in these documents, mostly by association. His campaign co-treasurer, Jean-Jacques Augier, has been forced to reveal the name of his Chinese business partner in a Caymans-based distribution company. Augier says he used his offshore company to make a large investment in China.

        ■ Australian actor Paul Hogan, of “Crocodile Dundee” fame, has lost about $35.3 million from an account that he used to offshore his “bonza” film royalties. His once-trusted tax adviser Philip Egglishaw ran off with Hogan’s sizeable hidden offshore stash.

        ■ French banking scion Elie de Rothschild, of the famous banking family, has been named in the leaks. He was instrumental in setting up some 20 trusts and 10 holding companies in the Cook Islands, all extremely opaque in nature. His heirs have, not surprisingly, refused comment.

        ■ Brigitte Bardot’s third ex-husband, Gunter Sachs, a millionaire industrialist, has been revealed as the owner of a huge, obscure wealth-masking machine: trust upon shell company upon holding company, almost ad infinitum, mostly based in the Cook Islands. The ICIJ has constructed an interactive map of Sachs’ extensive offshore holdings and business networks. The network is fairly representative of the steps that many on this list have taken to hide their wealth away. You can marvel at its imponderable complexity here.

        And these names are barely the tip of the iceberg. The shockwaves have already begun to spread through the corridors of wealth and power all over the world.

        How Much is $32 Trillion?

        It bears repeating: $32 trillion has been stashed away, off the books, by corporations and wealthy individuals.

        CONTINUED…

        http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article40250.html


        How Obama could of been one of the greats:


        Tax Offshore Wealth Sitting In First World Banks

        James S. Henry
        07.01.10, 09:00 AM EDT
        Forbes Magazine dated July 19, 2010

        Let’s tax offshore private wealth.

        How can we get the world’s wealthiest scoundrels–arms dealers, dictators, drug barons, tax evaders–to help us pay for the soaring costs of deficits, disaster relief, climate change and development? Simple: Levy a modest withholding tax on untaxed private offshore loot.

        Many aboveground economies around the world are struggling, but the economic underground is booming. By my estimate, there is $15 trillion to $20 trillion in private wealth sitting offshore in bank accounts, brokerage accounts and hedge fund portfolios, completely untaxed.

        SNIP…

        This wealth is concentrated. Nearly half of it is owned by 91,000 people–0.001% of the world’s population. Ninety-five percent is owned by the planet’s wealthiest 10 million people.

        SNIP…

        Is it feasible? Yes. The majority of offshore wealth is managed by 50 banks. As of September 2009 these banks accounted for $10.8 trillion of offshore assets–72% of the industry’s total. The busiest 10 of them manage 40%.

        CONTINUED….

        http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/0719/opinions-taxation-tax-havens-banking-on-my-mind.html


        Not only would that money balance the budget, erase the debt and fix the nation and world’s problems from hunger and homeless to energy and education; it would free humanity to do better things than make war all the time. Might even help pay for saving the planet. But, no. He refused to rock the boat.

        “Get the truth and print it.” -- John S. Knight
        • Enthusiast (5960 posts)
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          108. Holy shit!

          "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
      • ThomPaine (2737 posts)
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        115. And he thinks his rhetoric don't stink.

        aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
        • Octafish (2864 posts)
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          118. Yes, we con.

          The guy talked like a New Dealer.

          He governed like a Reagan appointee.

           

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    • LibDemAlways (301 posts)
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      119. Obama has always reminded

      me of the smooth guy at the used car lot who is so engaging and friendly that people fail to see they’re being sold a bunch of false promises and driving off in a lemon.

      The people who make a difference are not the ones with the credentials but the ones with the concern....Max Lucado

      • Octafish (2864 posts)
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        120. ''The spirit that took flight at Kitty Hawk, and Cape Canaveral.''

        Hear ya about the POSUCS my old friend Will Pitt once wrote about. The spiel can’t hide the fact he doesn’t know the features of the wrecks on the lot.

        In the speech, he mentioned the spirit of American Exceptionalism blah blah blah:


        It is that spirit born of the enlightenment that made us an economic powerhouse. The spirit that took flight at Kitty Hawk, and Cape Canaveral. The spirit that cures disease, and put a computer in every pocket. It’s that spirit – a faith in reason, and enterprise, and the primacy of right over might, that allowed us to resist the lure of fascism and tyranny during the Great Depression, and allowed us to build a post-World War II order with other democracies, an order based not just on military power or national affiliations but on principles – the rule of law, human rights, freedom of religion and speech and assembly, and an independent press.


        I wonder if President Obama is aware of our history, including all that around what used to be Cape Kennedy until the freaking Pruneface and Poppy got the Ayatollah on their side in 1980 and the resultant rise of the right.


        Richard M. Nixon refused to commission Apollo 11 as ‘The John F. Kennedy.’

        Pat Moynihan and a whole lot of people on both sides of the aisle thought it was a great idea. Nixon and his creeps did not.

        (Blogger Machodoc) Came across an interesting tidbit at the Archives…. specifically in Kissinger’s National Security space files.

        It seems that in early summer 1969 Bill Moyers, after reading an article in Newsday, wrote Pat Moynihan to ask if he could convince President Nixon to christen the Apollo XI the “John F. Kennedy”. Moynihan agreed, sent a memo to up the chain of command, where before it finally reached the White House received a couple of additional endorsements.

        On June 12 the proposal reached John Ehrlichman’s desk, and in a memo to H. R. Haldeman, wrote: “Unlike Daniel P. Moynihan, I can see no advantage to the President to commission the Apollo 11 moon shot the “John F. Kennedy.” We would win neither friends in Congress no votes in 1972 and would only become pawns in the press’s game of perpetuating the name of JFK. Fall prey to this and the next step will be renaming the moon because NBC thinks it would be a good idea.”

        The next day, in a memo to his boss, Haldeman, Steve Bull agreed, an in his memo said that “we have gone far enough in “Kennedyizing” such ventures.”

        In the action box at the bottom of the page, in the space recommending the action be abandoned is Haldeman’s “H”, with a note in strong handwriting and double underlined, “positively!!”

        SOURCE:

        http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum29/HTML/000980.html


        “Houston. Tranquility Base here. The John F. Kennedy has landed.”

        Has a nice ring to it. No wonder the right hates Democrats and the truth.

         

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        • VoiceOfReason (930 posts)
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          125. The fact of the matter is that two house of congress

          are far more powerful than any president, especially when the two houses openly admitted that they wanted the president to fail.

          Hell, they could literally make a law to keep the president from taking a shit.

          "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!