Accuracy in Media

The election of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on November 8 was not only a rejection of Hillary Clinton, based on her trustworthiness and her legal and ethical problems, it was also clearly a repudiation of Democratic policymaking, with Trump promising to eliminate or revise a number of Barack Obama’s signature achievements. But, speaking to the press in his first press conference after the election, President Obama maintained that he is leaving the White House and America in as good a shape as possible.

“As I told my staff, we should be very proud that their work has already ensured that when we turn over the keys, the car’s in pretty good shape,” Obama told the press on November 14. He then pointed to the jobs market, poverty levels, health insurance, and curbing carbon emissions. “…[M]y goal is on January 21, America’s in the strongest position possible and hopefully there’s an opportunity for the next president to build on that,” he said.

The press asked Obama questions about Trump’s temperament, rather than calling out Obama’s narrative that America is somehow better off because of his leadership. This has been a problem throughout Obama’s eight years in office. Too many in the media dare not challenge Obama’s claims of great policy successes, or of being transparent, and having a scandal free administration. They want instead, it seems, to be liked by him, to keep their access to him, plus they generally support his agenda. So they rarely contradict him.

For example, we have long pointed out that citing the falling unemployment rate creates a falsely optimistic view of the economy. Gallup argues that real unemployment is at 9.5 percent, not the 4.9 percent that the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported. “For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not count a person who desires work as unemployed if he or she is not working and has stopped looking for work over the past four weeks,” states Gallup.

However, even the higher unemployment number downplays the seriousness of the current job situation. The U.S. labor participation rate is currently at its lowest levels since the 1970s. The labor participation rate is an estimate of the share of the population actively engaged in the labor market, either employed or currently looking for work. Nearly 15 million people have left the workforce since President Obama came to office in 2009, bringing the total up from about 80 million people to approximately 95 million. Those people are no longer counted when calculating the unemployment rate, rendering the 4.9 percent rate a very poor indicator of how the economy is doing.

“The incoming administration doesn’t have to put out a huge number of fires,” said Obama at the press conference, alluding to the economic crisis that he faced upon taking office. “And that’s a testament to the tremendous work that my team has done over the last eight years,” he said.

President Obama has repeatedly claimed that he has cut the deficit. During his 2016 State of the Union address, he claimed that his policies had cut “our deficits by almost three-quarters.” However, as the Center for Individual Freedom points out, Obama’s “worst legacy, one that remains grotesquely underreported by the ‘watchdog’ mainstream media” is “by far the worst deficit record in U.S. history.”

“Over an eight-year period, that amounts to an accumulated $2 trillion under [George W.] Bush, or an average of approximately $260 billion,” states CFIF. When campaigning for the presidency in 2008, Obama called it “unpatriotic” that Bush had taken the national debt from approximately $5 trillion to $9 trillion. Today our national debt is just under $20 trillion after eight years of Obama in the White House. Far from leaving the United States in good shape, Obama is leaving it in debt-ridden shambles.

Trump has promised to roll back one of Obama’s key legislative achievements—Obamacare—which Obama claims has made the “uninsured rate” the “lowest level on record.” But, as we have reported, having insurance with large deductibles and skyrocketing premiums has hardly equated to more Americans receiving care.

The press has systematically failed to ask key questions about policies that are meant to bolster Obama’s legacy, refusing to call attention to Obamacare’s faults or expose the unsigned Iran “deal” as an enormous hoax. So it is of little surprise that the mainstream media also allowed Obama to claim the mantle of “scandal-free.”

“I am very proud of the fact that we will, knock on wood, leave this administration without significant scandal,” Obama told the press. “…I will put this administration against any administration in history.”

The press considered few, if any, of the major Obama scandals—the IRS targeting scandal, Benghazi, the Veterans Administration scandal, Fast & Furious, ransom cash sent to the Iranians—as real scandals. That is because the press has made excuse after excuse for Obama’s mismanagement or deliberate malfeasance, perennially ignoring and downplaying his scandals.

President Obama’s administration has also been the least transparent administration in history, fighting against Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to keep government business secret, and systematically targeting journalists who print leaked information. Obama has gone after those compromising national security, unless the person misusing classified information is Hillary Clinton.

Obama’s claim that he is scandal free has been echoed by the token conservative at The New York Times, David Brooks, as well as Obama’s former senior advisor, David Axelrod. As I previously argued, “The question of presidential legacy, however, revolves not around a president’s demeanor but rather his policy successes and failures, as well as his character….These scandals, and the ensuing cover-ups, have stained Obama’s reputation less publicly than in previous administrations not because of their minor importance, but rather because a corrupt media is willing to overlook massive amounts of evidence of malfeasance to benefit their allies in the Democratic Party.”

The Christian Science Monitor disagreed with my—and others’—use of the word “corrupt” to describe the media.

The Islamic State (ISIS) has expanded from JV status, as Obama told the New Yorker in early 2014, to operating in more than two dozen countries. “Since declaring its caliphate in June 2014, the self-proclaimed Islamic State has conducted or inspired more than 140 terrorist attacks in 29 countries other than Iraq and Syria,” according to CNN, “where its carnage has taken a much deadlier toll. Those attacks have killed at least 2,043 people and injured thousands more.”

There are half a million people who have been killed in Syria, which Nick Kristof of The New York Times calls “Obama’s worst mistake.”

Another part of his legacy is that Obama has left the Democrat Party in disarray. The media were assuring us that Trump was about to take the Republican Party down with him, and that it was on the verge of extinction. But, in fact, Republicans now dominate at the combined state and federal level like never before in modern times. As a result, Democrats are on the verge of choosing Rep. Keith Ellison (MN), a radical left-winger who supports the Muslim Brotherhood-front group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and who has been a harsh critic of America’s ally Israel, as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Is that the lesson that Democrats learned from this last election?




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Comments

  • M J

    The fact this man, who spent more time playing golf, vacationing, importing Muslim terrorists, making our country look like a laughing stock – WORLDWIDE – and getting our police killed by spreading hate has been a total farce for one with the title of “President”! The rear view mirror is the best place for him – and investigate where he hid trillions of our spent and not-yet-earned taxpayer money!

  • D Hall

    The cars in pretty good shape???? it’s been abused for eight years,has hundreds of thousands of miles on it.and NO maintenance the paint has worn off the tires are bald,and it is just waiting for the junk yard to open

  • WayneOvolcano

    He is a man who is truly “clueless”. A great man would not have to sing his so-called accomplishments. Guess what Barack, you lost again the Senate and House. Your legacy carried Hillary back to her “made-up” residence of New York. You will go on a speaking tour with your friend the “American Terrorist” Bill Ayers to trash the Trump Administration. An administration without Jihadists in the Oval Office.

  • KC

    OPOS’S LEGACY WILL BE THE STORM TROOPER STANDING GUARD WITH MACHEIN GUNS AT THE MALLS, THE STREET CORNERS, SCHOOLS ANYWHERE PEOPLE GATHER , BECAUSE OF HIS IMMIGRATION POLICIES ! 20 TRILL IN THE HOLE, RACE WARS, DEAD COPS, IRANS BOMB ECT ECT ECT ,,,,, THE LOST DECADE !

  • biilyjoe

    And Obama’s criminal mother-in-law, the white-hating, Chinese-degrading criminal from chicago, is robbing us on her way out the door by stealing a pension of $160, 000 per year for babysitting her 2 grand daughters. Someone needs to stop this. And finally, exorcise and fumigate that oval office/white house after demons jarrett/obama/sharpton finally are expelled.

  • David

    I would not say he is clueless. He KNOWS what he has done but he ALSO knows that history is written mainly by left-wing college professors who get their material mostly from the ‘mainstream’ press of the day. What he is really doing here is speaking in code to his followers and to his friends in the press and Academia reminding them of what to say (and what NOT say) as they write the history of his administration.

    What he is also doing is completely shameful in that he has refused to lift a finger to try and stop the radical left and their continuing protests of Trump’s victory AND has announced that he will continue to speak out against the Trump Administration after he leaves office! Both of these acts are completely shameful and show how INSECURE the man really is. Only an insecure man would feel the need to continue to try and point out his ‘successes’ and refuse to step aside when his time in the office is over. How many times did George W. Bush take to the airwaves and criticize Obama’s policies? For that matter, how often did Bill Clinton take to the airwaves to criticize Bush’s policies after he left the White House? I don’t even recall Jimmy Carter going out and criticizing Reagan’s policies at every turn. It just isn’t done! And as for refusing to tell the protesters to go back to class, that is flying in the face of the concept of a ‘peaceful transfer of power’ the US is known for throughout its history. Even after Presidents have been murdered there has been a peaceful transition. Obama should remember that we the people let him have a ‘peaceful transition’ in 2009-09 and that Trump deserves no less today.

    He is running scared. He is afraid that his friends in the media will turn on him and that his friends in the academic world will have second thoughts about his ‘legacy’ and might decide to tell both sides of the story (which would in this day and age be considered a “random act of journalism” by the press and “a random act of truthfulness” by history writers. Since the “New York Times” claims to ‘get it’ now on what they missed in the run up to the election and claim to pledge to spend more time getting to know ‘the rest of America’ he is afraid that they might actually start criticizing his policies and printing the truth. Like that’s REALLY going to happen.

  • oat21

    He’s actually the laughing stock of the world with his claims of greatness and wonderful accomplishments, with his actual 9.5 unemployment ++ rate, his 20 trillion dollar debt, his enormous health care premiums and huge deductions never seen before, the enormous Iran hoax deal, the least transparent administration in the history of our country and on and on and on, the list is way to long. My guess is the liberal media has even fudged his current popularity numbers to be at 52% or they just surveyed his adoring left wing liberal fans in hollywood and around both east / west coasts.

  • rac647

    Fact are not important to the Lame Stream media. They have been, are, and will continue to be the paid propaganda agents for the Socialist/Democratic party. Yes, that is the Socialist/Democratic party, lets start calling them by their truthful name, they have not been the “Democratic” party since before the end of the Clinton years. They are hardened Socialists and they need to start being truthful with the people of the united states, as do their press useful idiots.

  • rac647

    Not only that but it became obvious he had no respect for the office when a photo surfaced of him with his feet up on the Resolute Desk. Disgusting.

  • John Cunningham

    He will be doing that for quite a long time. He is fairly young and will make Al Sharpton look like Billy Graham. That is, unless he is in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary?

  • blbc

    Well, keeping on keeping on, I imagine. What else would we expect from him.
    We’ve just barely survived (well, at least most of us did, sigh) the past eight years.

  • efred1

    He’s not clueless, he’s truly delusional.

  • efred1

    “The car’s in pretty good shape”? He never had the oil changed, never washed it, used the interior as a dumpster, never had an alignment done, never serviced the brakes, never changed the tires, drove it WORSE than a rental car in a demolition derby, managed to dent every single body panel on the vehicle, and he calls it “in pretty good shape”?!?!?!!!

    Man, I’d hate to see what his idea of mistreating, neglecting and abusing a car is.

  • congress controls the purse. last two years of bush, dems controlled it, last two of obama, the gop.

  • victorianikolov

    I think the Obama popularity survey was done in colleges. Only left wingers would give Obama a good rating. The true 9.5% unemployment rate is outrageous. Obama’s regulations and highest corporate tax in the world, plus the destruction of the coal industry and fossil fuels in general, has created unemployment only a President Trump can turn around..

  • victorianikolov

    Congress was blocked in the Senate by Democrat Senator Harry Reid. He sat on Bill’s, wouldn’t let them go to the floor. Even when Republicans gave control, Democrats filibuster and even change the rules, (like create a nuclear option) that gave us Obamacare with a simple majority and not ONE Republican voted for it. Democrats cheat, they lie, they are criminals, to get what they want. Republicans don’t have the courage to stop democrats from their criminal activity. A Republican an goes to jail right away, because Republicans themselves clean house.

  • Lee Ryan

    When I heard O’bumble say that he did so well and had no scandles, I thought I was having hallucinations!
    Barack is clearly living in another
    Stratosphere. All the previous entry’s are completely true. I’m so proud I’m not a democrat.

  • John Cunningham

    When Obama talks like that, he is talking to his base. The media is part of that base. He knows he can say or doing anything and it would be righteous.
    He is the one who needs investigating. Hillary has done small things. Obama tried to over throw our way of life..

  • rebeccadewhirst

    You said it all……how did this man ever get elected TWICE!

  • IQ_160

    #HandCuffObama

    #HandCuffHillary

    #HandCuffSoros

    #CNNsucks

  • Bertharina Rina

    COMMUNISM DEAD ?
    ( MOTHER OF ALL LIES )
    Blogged
    Al Gore Tied to ‘Russian’ Crime Lords
    Al Gore’s past involvement in the pillaging of the Russian economy is coming back to haunt him.
    Exclusive to The SPOTLIGHT
    By Martin Mann
    A sophisticated syndicate of billionaire crime lords and its network of financial firms, money laundries, lobbyists, politicians and news organizations is reportedly the real driving force behind the direction Al Gore’s campaign has taken, not the sudden urge of the Democratic Party to assume the mantle of “integrity” and “dignity” before an indifferent and forgetful electorate.
    “Has anyone noticed that the worst blot on Gore’s vice-presidential record — his role in overseeing the criminalization of Russian society — is never mentioned in the [mainstream] press, never raised in Congress?” asked Dr. Werner Kohlmann, a seasoned journalist with a PhD. in sociology.
    There is no question that as the Clinton administration’s point man for Russia and head of the top-level U.S.-Russian committee on “democratization” and economic policy, Gore was given the key role to guide and finance the transformation of the former Soviet heartland into a “stable market society” after the collapse of communism. Finality.
    Hog: Since 1933 Roosevelt funded Communist Russia until 1945. Our USA is Communist controlled.

  • Bernice Berman Beckwith

    Frankie Davis Jr’s only legacy is implementing an 8 year holocaust across America planned and paid for by Globalist Commies.

  • stickler

    If you’re going for accuracy in media, please try to demonstrate some minimum standards yourself.
    You claim that BLS does not count people who have stopped looking for work over the past 4 weeks as unemployed. Yes, they do. Please give the entire truth.
    OK, that’s not likely, so I’ll do it, but you’ll need to use google to find the details and check my accuracy.

    BLS publishes 6 measurements of unemployment each month. They are called u1, u2, u3, u4, u5, and u6, and the unemployment numbers go higher with each of the 6 methods of measurement.
    -U6 includes the people who are not currently [w/in the past 4 weeks] seeking work – so, it is absolutely wrong to say the BLS does not include ”discouraged job seekers”. In u6, BLS does include those who have stopped actively looking for work either b/c they are discouraged, or because they are currently working part-time or temporary jobs, or b/c they are in a training program. It basically includes everyone who says they want a job but cannot find one in their field and commensurate with their training and so they have stopped searching.
    -U3 uses the ”actively searching” numbers. It has been the unemployment statistic that is most commonly cited. It is good to have a STANDARD measurement used so that figures can be compared over time or between candidates. If everyone uses a different measurement, then there is no way to compare or see trends. U3 is the median [happy medium] measurement.
    EVERY SINGLE ELECTION CYCLE, this same accusation comes up claiming that some candidate [or BLS] is HIDING the real unemployment figures. They will insist that u5 or u6 presents the ”real” unemployment picture. Each candidate presents his own U3 BASED unemployment statistic but uses the higher U5 or U6 for the opposition.
    AIM is just stirring up an old and tired debate about unemployment statistics. BLS uses and publishes [monthly] several unemployment statistics. U3 is the most used measurement, and that is important for CONSISTENCY and tracking TRENDS OVER TIME.
    It does not matter if you use U3 or U6 or any ot the other measures. ALL OF THEM show that Obama took over when unemployment was at a record high, and it has been going down steadily. It is now at the same low level as it was in 2006.
    It would be accurate to give some credit where credit is due and to stop fanning this fallacy that unemployment has remained a big problem under Obama. JOBS, JOBS, JOBS is NOT the issue America faces. With this current low level of unemployment, the issue becomes INFLATION.

  • lgeubank

    He wanders all around the world creating devastation and misery, and pats himself on the back for doing such wonderful things. He treacherously stabs Gaddafi in the back and creates chaos in the whole Middle East. He collectivizes medical care as brutally as Stalin collectivized agriculture, then congratulates himself, saying, “Oh, what a good boy am I!”

    The psychiatrists must have a name for Obama’s syndrome.

    (Please, no raving, incoherent, frothing War And Peace-length tomes in response. Who has time?)

  • victorianikolov

    Igeubank,you are right about everything. Obama also stabbed our ally Egypt in the back, making Mubarak resign, to put his pals, the UNINDICTED CO CONSPIRATOR the Muslim Brotherhood in power. He never expected the military to overthrow the terrorist regime. He gas hated Egypt ever since. He overthrew Libya, Egypt, and took the soldiers out of Iraq to cause a refugee crisis. Except, no one took in the Christian refugees. They were all killed. There aren’t any refugee camps that will take Christians. Obama didn’t call to bring any Christian refugees here. HE IS THE CAUSE OF WHAT ISLAM HAS BEEN TRYING SINCE THE CRUSADES. THE WORLD DOMINATION OF ISLAM. SWEDEN HAS 15 YEARS BEFORE ISLAM IS THE MAJORITY. THEN SHARIA LAW WILL BE IMPOSED.
    THAT IS WHAT OBAMA IS DOING TO AMERICA. EVENTUALLY, 20 YEARS TO MOST, THE MUSLIM POPULATION WILL BE IN CONTROL. OUR CONSTITUTION WILL BE FORBIDDEN, WE WILL BE POWERLESS TO STOP SHARIA LAW CONTROL. THAT’S WHAT THE USEFUL IDIOTS IN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY ALLOWED TO HAPPEN. ISLAM DOES NOT ASSIMILATE, EVER. POLITICAL SUICIDE FOR THE USEFUL IDIOTS, WHO WILL LIVE IN DHIMMITUDE OR CONVERT TO ISLAM. STUPID FOOLS.

  • victorianikolov

    Stickler, what kind of stickler are you, when you never mentioned the Labor Participation Rate, which is the most accurate way if measuring how many people ARE working. Since less than 64% of of the country IS working, what happened to the 36% not working. Did you count how many in that less than 5% unemployment rate are really part time. You can bet it’s the majority. Full time jobs are hard to find, since the UN affordable Care Act destroyed them. Please understand, the underemployed are not being counted. DO YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE LABOR PARTICIPATION RATE? Obama Doesn’t use the same formula for unemployment that was used in the past. He has to fudge his numbers. HE HAS BEEN LYING TO THE PEOPLE ABOUT EVERYTHING AND WHEN ANYONE POINTS IT OUT, THEY ARE CALLED A RACIST. WELL HIS POLICIES STINK, AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS RACE. HE IS THE RACIST FOR SUPPORTING THE MARXIST GROUP, BLACK LIVES MATTER. AND SUPPORTING ANY CRIMINAL, AS LONG AS THEIR BLACK. WHEN THE NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY BLOCKED WHITES FROM VOTING IN 2008, HE STOPPED ANY INDICTMENT. IF WHITES BLOCKED BLACKS FROM VOTING FOR HILLARY, THEY WOULD BE IN JAIL. THE RACIST DEMOCRATS WOULD SEE TO THAT. OBAMA IS A RACIST AND AN ANTI SEMITE. HE PUT ISRAEL IN TO THE MOST DANGER EVER. TRIED TO STOP NETANYAHU FROM SPEAKING TO OUR CONGRESS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF THE IRAN DEAL, WHEN NETANYAHU HAD AN APPOINTMENT AT THE WHITE HOUSE IN THE BEGINNING, OBAMA WENT UPSTAIRS TO EAT WITH HIS FAMILY, AND KEPT NETANYAHU WAITING FOR TWO HOURS. OBAMA IS AN ANTI SEMETIC POOR EXCUSE FOR A PRESIDENT. IT’S NOT HIS COLOR, IT’S HIS ACTIONS. IF HE WAS A WHITE, IRISH REPUBLICAN, I WOULD SAY EXACTLY THE SAME THING. IN FACT, IF YOU READ THE REAL HISTORY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, IT US FILLED WITH RACISM. THEY ARE THE KKK, THEIR OWN SENATOR, ROBERT K. BYRD, HILLARY’S MENTOR, WAS A GRAND WIZARD IN THE KU KLUX KLAN. DEMOCRATS DIDN’T VOTE FOR THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1963-64. DEMOCRATS ARE STILL THE RACISTS, KEEPING BLACKS IN THEIR URBAN PLANTATION, MAKING SURE THEY STAY POOR, WITH BAD SCHOOLS, BAD JOBS, SO THAT THEY’LL NEED GOVERNMENT. BLACKS NEED TO WAKE UP AND SEE THEIR ONLY HOPE IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, WITH HOPE OF GOOD JOBS AND CHARTER SCHOOLS. REPUBLICAN BLACKS ARE VERY SUCCESSFUL. THE REPUBLICAN IDEOLOGY IS SELF RELIANCE, EDUCATION, NO CHILDREN TILL YOUR MARRIED AND HAVE A GOOD JOB. THAT’S THE FORMULA DR. BEN CARSON USED. READ HIS BOOK, “GIFTED HANDS” THAT’S THE FORMULA ALL PEOPLE USE WHEN SUCCESSFUL, NO MATTER WHAT PARTY, OR WHAT COLOR. BIGOT DEMOCRATS WON’T TELL YOU THAT, BECAUSE YOU WON’T VOTE FOR THEM, IF YOU DON’T NEED THEM.
    BACK TO YOUR POINT, STICKLER, UNEMPLOYMENT IS WORSE THAN EVER, JUST NOT REPORTED PROPERLY. RESEARCH HOW MANY NEW UNEMPLOYED EACH WEEK. HOW MANY JOBS CREATED. AT THE END OF EACH MONTH. CALCULATE THAT. THEN COUNTRY UP ALL THE JOBS CREATED FOR THE YEAR, HOW MANY FIRST TIME UNEMPLOYED FOR THE YEAR, YOU WILL SEE HOW BAD IT REALLY IS.
    THOSE WHO AREN’T LOOKING ANY MORE, ARE NOT BEING COUNTED. YOU ARE NOT COUNTING THEM. YOU ARE NOT COUNTING THE UNDEREMPLOYED. THE UNDER 5% RATE NOW IS COUNTING PEOPLE TWICE OR THREE TIMES. THE NUMBERS DON’T DISTINGUISHE BETWEEN PART TIME AND FULL TIME. THEY ALSO DON’T DISTINGUISHE BETWEEN MORE THAN ONE PART TIME JOB PER PERSON. SO THE NUMBERS ARE SKEWED. TOO BAD YOU ARE WRONG, BECAUSE YOU WENT IN TO SOME REAL DETAIL. IT JUST DOESN’T ADD UP TO ACCURATE NUMBERS. MORE THAN ONE PART TIME JOB FOR THE SAME WORKER DOESN’T COUNT AS TWO OR THREE PEOPLE WORKING. SOUNDS LIKE THE WAY DEMOCRATS COUNTED THE DEAD SOLDIERS. IN VIETNAM, BECAUSE, THEIR MORE DEAD, THE ANGRIER PEOPLE GOT. SO 2 LEGS AND TWO ARMS, COUNTED AS 4 PEOPLE. THAT SUMS UP FUDGED FIGURES BY DEMOCRATS. IT TOOK A REPUBLICAN, NIXON, TO PUT A STOP TO THAT, AND TO END THE WAR. NIXON. A REPUBLICAN.

  • victorianikolov

    Berthed inappropriate, YOU are SO RIGHT about Communism in America. The DemocRAT party has become Socialist/Marxist. People must not give them any more power. They have been trying for to destroy our Constitution al Republican. It will happen eventually through evolution. The schools and colleges are now run and taught by mostly Marxists, and if your ideology isn’t to the left, you won’t get tenure, or will be shouted down. The young people are now so brainwashed, they are the future. Which means no future for America. They will do everything possible to block anything Trump tries to do to fix the damage. We all have to keep voting Democrats out of office. Things will only get better with a free market economy, low taxes, and government out of our face, which means fewest regulations possible. Our Constitution is there to protect US from GOVERNMENT. We must never forget that. We must hold our media accountable. When you see inaccurate reporting, no matter who, put it on Facebook and Tweet out facts. Only facts. If you are wrong only one time, you won’t be believed again. That’s my information. It’s our only hope of remaining a Constitutional Republic.

  • victorianikolov

    Bertharina Rina, in my first response to you, I don’t know where the word “inappropriate” came from, right after your name in the first row. It just appeared. I had another word, but my response was so long, I don’t remember what it was. (AN age thing, I’m sorry.)
    IF any other words don’t make sense, please understand, the computer changes my words to what it thinks it should be. So try to imagine what I might have meant, if there is a word, that doesn’t make sense, because it is not in context with the meaning of my sentence, it means the computer made it up, and I didn’t see it, to fix it. Thank You.

  • victorianikolov

    Bertharina Rina now I see what happened to your name and why the word “inappropriate ” showed up when I hit send. The computer rewrote what I had, thinking it was a typo. Your name was changed f Ryu omega Bertharina Rina to what it became. I am sorry to take up your time with explanations, but I felt bad that your name came out wrong.

  • victorianikolov

    Words were changed again. The word “from” became, “f Ryu omega” makes no sense. But I never typed “f Ryu Omega”

  • stickler

    Thankfully, I can ignore most of your RANTING because it is hysterical, uninformed, rambling, incoherent, and HUGELY OFF-TOPIC. The topic is unemployment, and I will stick with the FACTS supported by DATA.

    Firstly, you say, ”Obama Doesn’t use the same formula for unemployment that was used in the past. He has to fudge his numbers.” That is a TYPICAL and INTENTIONAL media inaccuracy/deception used to influence political opinion WITH FLAWED INFO. It is the old HALF-TRUTH PLOY. No, Obama does not use the same formula as used in the past, but OBAMA DID NOT CHANGE THE CALCULATION. IT WAS CHANGED IN 1994 AND HAS NOT BEEN CHANGED SINCE! In 1994, Congress passed an act, [begun by Bush, Sr] which cut off people who had not sought employment [or job training] for OVER 52 WEEKS. [a reasonable move, imo. If you are doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to get a job, you should not be collecting unemployment compensation.

    There is no SINGLE, perfect measure of unemployment. That is why the BLS provides multiple measures. The LABOR PARTICIPATION RATE is calculated EVERY MONTH by BLS; It has not been discontinued, neglected, or ignored. But it is definitely NOT some perfect measure as it is does not provide any picture of WHY participation fluctuates. Discouraged workers, part-time workers, underutilized workers are NOT IGNORED. They are included in U4, U5, and U6.

    Now, let’s look at the specific data for labor force participation. If you had a brain with 2 functioning hemispheres, you would have looked up the data on BLS instead of mindlessly accepting whatever you hear from the R [such as this sham ”accuracy” site]. But I don’t suppose you [or any of the other mindless sheep] bothered to do that, did you? I’m looking at the chart from Jan1, 2006 thru’ the present right now. Do you think this fell specifically under Obama, fool? It was falling like a rock under Bush, but the rate of decrease FELL UNDER OBAMA. In fact, labor participation HAS BEEN RISING for the past 15 months. [you can set the graph for whichever time period you wish, Participation has been plummeting since 2000, so only a liar or a moron is going to place the blame on Obama!]
    Now, what does that MEAN? Why is the labor force shrinking as a proportion to the total population? An obvious explanation would leap to the mind of anyone with a fully functional brain. WE HAVE AN AGING POPULATION! A little googling will show you that the drop in participation has been thoroughly researched and analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office as well as dozens of economic research groups. A full half of the drop in participation is DUE TO AN AGING POPULATION. The other 1.5% drop is accounted for by multiple factors as ”fluctuating business cycles”, downtrends in the global economy, and the fact that we are still recovering from the worst economic recession in a century.

    For the rest, you’re completely deluded and ignorant.

  • Bertharina Rina

    ANTI-SOCIAL DELEMMA
    Christian America is hopelessly in its struggle against the all-out invasion of global revolutionaries, as the sewers of the East are flushing it’s incendiaries of beneficial hatred, being infused with the Marxian perception of its vile and vicious hatred of civilized mankind. All in all, the up-coming selection is between good and greater evil. Rats and muck-divers team up astumble-turds stepping forward from individual dumpsters. George Romney is a scoundrel and monstrous sycophant. If George Romney is a Christian then HOG is a jet pilot. He possesess the feature of a professional lemmon sucker. The national gum-beaters association would not let him into it’s back door. Too, his fellow sychophants fall in line as burnt-out mud-slappers.
    This enemy within, political hacks, lurks through the halls of congress , into the most elevated realms of state. Its octopus like fangs mellow-down within all level of states, as dependencies feeding from a national corporational scheme, as rats like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, and Kasish are thrown in, while fronting for an invisible hand of individual ruthless spitefulness, as tokened hyperventing swindling; in harboring as liars ingested with genetically inherited dispositions worming quite wayward through a path via a mental disorder of psychic demeanor riveted as, “ Ineluctable Determinism.“ This self-imposed masked hysteria cultivates open political hypervented mayhem, an ugly order cultivating an unholy outlet for entertainment.
    Individual neurotic personality decadence and degeneration, orally capstoned as unique organised confusion between a fallacious hatred for STATE stability, and hostility geared to such genetic instability, snaking its way back to ancient totem-pole fascination, of which was marketed among sub-humanity in Abraham’s day. Modern day political syphilis inveigh- “ I don’t care if I’m right.” This pattern of twisted thoughtess hysterics well fit the office seeking escapading nonsense as an organized maleu of muck slingers— three stooges, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and me- too Kasish, with throwing in a wannabe hook-nosed Mitt Romney.
    From the gutter of leftism, unmanly discontents, outfitted substituted vermin, nurturing embellished suppressed idiotic behavior deliverance, as a temporally oriented organic fixation; Such mud slappers, specifically subservient to an icon–HATRED, failed as a fool’s fool. Mitt Romney, previously embalmed, arises as a left over deadbeat from a pro-socialist clam bake.
    Unfortunately, Here, we have a roost of quadrupled blockheads, as burned out odd-balls, posed as bootlicking ass kissers, subervient to devils in national office; and clowns in hock to one massive melancholia news media. More So, we have journalistic clod busters, media, hawking for 4 losers, as outhouse bandits looking for a fresh warm meal.
    Remarkable it is, that a nest of pre-bought laid- backs, four dunces, officiating office-seeking pundits, pirating for Communism, perpetuating per-porn industries and Hollywood socialists infiltration. Such knotheads toss a good man, ( Trump ), aside, in furthering some implication, that America needs a harlot for President. Apparently, The war for a national leader resonates, with the desires of a hidden-hand nestling the seed of Bolshevism, as The DistrictOf Columbia has its own commie red-light of reds in bed.
    Naturally, planting the maneuvering of 4 snatch-ups is equivalent to eventually melt into universal socialism, in using shoddy ambushing in order to gain office through political banditry, as tools of those elite; of whom intend to pull America into the ever ascendancy web of universal globalism. Indeed, through ballot-box banditry, as tools of those elite, ( 4 stooges ), cleverly intend to pull America into the web of universal globalism; to gain office through political whoredom, as tools of whom intend to grab an election as rats for hire !
    This spoken crew as hog-washing the populace covers rotary official political gangsterism—tools of a rooted elite, using idiots as useful bait, selfishly seek monetary gain, as souls–useful; intend to reroute America into an ever incipient hell, as a gang of universal globalists rabble-rousing mobs, being influenced by way of underhanded, unscrupulous bastards, ready to bargain selves–for fists full of filthy lucre. Absolutely! Rubio, John Kasish, Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney, would make good dumpster divers. Our Lord often spoke of such gullible humanity as ( dogs ), turning to consume their own vomit ). Rubio and Cruz should return to Cuba for a new start. Indeed, anyone can become president–for the Humane Society. The human dung generated by four losers should go centrifugal, as food for the political rodents previously gathered in order to be fed.
    We have four sorry scumbags in attempting to Bolshevise America. The Supreme Court is now the Sanhedrin with bums like these in tow.

  • Bertharina Rina

    Entangling Alliances THE SPOTLIGHT
    BLOGGED The real news
    Rep. Ron Paul
    … When we look at global situations today, the words of our founding fathers are becoming more relevant daily. We need to understand that a simple, humble foreign policy makes us less vulnerable and less targeted on the world stage. Pakistan should not be getting an “allowance” from us and we should not be propping up military dictators that oppress people. We should mind our own business and stop the oppressive taxation of Americans that makes this meddling possible. END.
    Hog is not speculating, when attempting to assure all voters that the, “ Hidden Hand “- -also known as the, “ Evil Eye “, is weighing in on two individuals that might lock hands, while national citizens follow suit to be fed some google DE gook, of loose golf-course conversation. America is absolutely in the hands of a universal elite, as fronts, for any & all political whores being salted down among our federal republic. Hog is witnessing
    the politically orientated division of our national Republic, right into arms of a politico/religious machine of global intrigue ! Indeed, through the ballot-box gutter, straight into a fifty-state slaughter pen. Satan had taken our Lord to a very high precipice, Him the whole world was offered, if He, ( Christ, would bow down to. SATAN. Our Lord refused, and denounced Lucifer. America is the final vestige, of an Alice in Wonderland. Many voters have taken sides seeking falling crumbs from the table of pseudo Democracy. Whomever swelters down within the U.S. State Department
    will surely fit right into Art.6, Sec.6 on treaties, of which was originally grandfathered into our Constitution after it was ratified. Here, the Bank of England lay the ground work, of which has brought this Republic to its president day knees.

  • Bertharina Rina

    Recently I had two professors in my home. Both of these are confirmed liberals. Indeed, most likely, both have had their brains dug out by elevated education.

  • Tbear
  • very true, sadly. it would be soooooooooo nice if the gop would grow a spine!

  • i found that to be insane. after saddam, gaddafi turned over a new leaf & started helping in the war on terror!

  • after clinton’s housing bubble, [which bush warned both dems & the gop in congress 17+ times about] blew up, yes!

  • actually carter did to everyone after him!

  • stickler

    I have no idea why you are responding to my comment on UNEMPLOYMENT statistics with misinformation on the HOUSING BUBBLE. Can you stick to a topic or are you a fan of Trump’s incoherent, rambling rants?
    As far as who caused the housing bubble/economic crisis, you are a knee-jerk partisan who reads selective, one-sided, partisan sources. The fault of the economic crisis lies with both dems and reps, including your beloved GW. Read ‘Who Caused the Economic Crisis?’ in FactCheck.org. Read it S-L-O-W-L-Y and without the ‘I love GW’ pins stuck in your eyes and blinding you.

  • edwin

    Right wingers, Republican or Democrat come off with some scary sh_t . The right wing have contributed nothing I can think of.
    What is terrifying about a Trump Presidency is not Trump himself… Oh, he’s scary, yes, but not *terrifying*. After all, I do think that there are *enough* SANE people around him… secret service, the intelligence community, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that he can be somewhat restrained from driving this country over the edge.
    It’s his FOLLOWERS! There are some seriously whacked out loonies out there… folks whose cheese has slid completely off the cracker…. who could… and probably *will* do some Incredibly Dangerous S…..tuff! Militias, “lone wolves”, Timothy McVeigh wannabes. It has been noted that during Democratic Presidencies, these groups and individuals become more active. During Republican Presidencies, things “settle down” a bit… but that’s with SANE Republican Presidents. Whatever flaws Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II had… they were, at the end of the day *reasonable*. Not likely to fly off the handle or go to pieces. Or to “inspire” ardent followers to DO Incredibly Dangerous… stuff!
    NOT SO Donald Trump! “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?!!” cried Henry II in the year 1170, and sure enough… four men took it on themselves to, unbidden directly, assassinate Thomas Becket! A disastrous result… I wonder… what will Trump say, without thinking, that may well inspire one of these ‘bent arrows’ to DOOOOO something? So yeah, Trump is scary… his worshipers, though… are definitely terrifying!

  • Meggie

    What is going on with the Obama legacy. First he installs the former campaign chair of HRC to lead the nomination apparatus of the Party, and, of course she corrupted it to favor HNC. Why would any decent person, in a party with a NEUTRALITY rule for debates and primaries, choose the flunky of an active candidate to rule over the process? Of course, that made people suspicious and angry. And now the return to Joe McCarthy tactics because the Russians may have facilitated hackers who told us what we already knew. That Democrats don’t believe in Democracy….it they did, they wouldn’t have invented the Superdelegates to overrule voters choices. I have voted for Democrats my entire life (and I am OLD). I won’t do it again unless they get some competent, fair, decent leadership. The current leadership, inclined my friends who are part of the problem, are like lobsters in a pot…so euthanized by their own power needs that they don’t even notice that the water is boiling.

  • M S

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    In the intervening five months we have seen violence and chaos, but it is the leftists who keep running amok, as usual.

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  • M S

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    Not a reasonable source because FactCheck.org is not impartial. They usually report accurate facts, but they skew their reporting by choosing inflamatory Republican statements to fact-check while letting Democrat whoppers go unmentioned. When the truth is ambiguous, they tend to use “intuition” to find that, even though the evidence is weak, the Democrats’ take is probably correct.

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  • stickler

    Google – ‘The 10 Best Fact Checking Sites’.
    Obviously, there is no impartial way to claim that any fact checking site is impartial. You may find a certain set of facts more compelling than I do.
    Accuracy in Media is considered a HIGHLY biased fact checking site with a strong conservative slant.

  • M S

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    I think all so-called fact checking sites are merely opinion journalism with a facade of supposedly better credibility. It seemed you maybe agreed with that as well.

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  • stickler

    You must be truly impressed by trump’s [drumpf’s] humility. There’s a man who never boasts about himself. He will never be called a pathological narcissist by millions.
    I’m sure YOU also are a very, very, very smart ‘persona’ whom many call a genius and have accomplished great, amazing, beautiful things but , like drumpf, you’re too modest to boast.

  • edwin

    People exercising their 1st amendment right against a tyrant. The fact a few hot heads get out of control , no one condones it. Anyone who supports Trump is a true boobisie

  • M S

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    Tyrant? Boobisie?

    The 1st Amendment protects the right to peaceably assemble. It doesn’t protect rioting, which has become a common feature of leftist protests. Your disingenuous reply belies your post from five months ago, when you wrote,

    What is terrifying about a Trump Presidency is not Trump himself…It’s his FOLLOWERS! There are some seriously whacked out loonies out there…

    Perhaps you might edit your earlier piece to correctly identify what ideology the “whacked out loonies” follow. It ain’t Trump or conservatism.

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  • Priyant Mangat

    You are not living under a tyranny.

  • edwin

    In terms of personality, from what I can see, Trump has always been a tyrant. His mercurial personality, his tendency to threaten and intimidate to get his way, and his emotional outbursts when he does not, are all common to tyrannical personalities.
    As president, however, he has been prevented so far from becoming a tyrant, although that is clearly what he is striving for. By calling for an elimination of checks and balances against his unilateral power, he is trying to establish himself as a dictator. Firing Comey in order to stop an investigation into his dealings with Russia is from the first chapter of the Tyrant Handbook.
    we need Republican help to fix this mess ,The Republican gerrymandered congresscritter need to support articles of impeachment. Enough is enough!

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  • Priyant Mangat

    You do realise that a lot of Democrats wanted to fire James Comey as well?By the way the president won’t be impeached even if your party controls the congress.

  • edwin

    As a Hillary voter I didn’t shied any tears for Director Comey, but I thought it was dirty as hell the way Trump did it and without cause. This man Trump is going down. Trump is a deplorable human and a habitual liar and narcissist. It obvious that Comey was getting to close to the truth. Hillary’s bid for President wasn’t doomed if anything it was ordained. Trump would take the lies from WikiLeaks’s provided from the Russians and legalize WikiLeaks as a reliable source , oh how he loved WikiLeaks. Then FBI director did his little thing just as Hillary had started gaining in the polls in the final days.
    He’s already set himself up for impeachment, a list of possible offenses that could get Trump to that point are familiar: charges of treason with Russia, abuse of power and emoluments violations. also now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then a senator, who argued that a president could be impeached for offenses committed before he took office. Among those potential offenses,Trump’s housing violations, charity problems, potential violations of the Cuba embargo and Trump University.
    It’s all part of a brief — designed to be damning — tour through Trump’s history. It includes section headings like “Trump Towers Become Vacant Lots” and “Lying His Way to the Presidency.” It eventually leads to the conclusion that Trump might serve himself up for impeachment: “Trump’s disregard for lying in sworn testimony, examined in the context of the Bill Clinton precedent, shows how Trump’s opponents could set an impeachment trap for him through a civil lawsuit.”

  • Priyant Mangat

    Just because he praised wikileaks (which he shouldnt have) and was considered a proponent of improving relations with Russia during the elections does not make him a Putin puppet.If you are going to make the case that he is,please provide evidence.How are his supposed housing violations,charity problems and Trump university are reasons to impeach him when it all occurred before he was president?Can you elaborate about the supposed violations of the Cuba embargo?And more thing can you provide sources to back your claims?

  • edwin

    Revelations that Donald Trump’s hotel and casino company secretly spent money trying to do business in Cuba in violation of the U.S. trade embargo roiled Miami politics Thursday, forcing top Cuban-American Republicans to express concern about Trump’s dealings while maintaining that the allegation isn’t reason enough to disavow the presidential nominee yet.
    Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts paid at least $68,000 to a consulting firm in late 1998 in an attempt to give Trump’s business a head start in Cuba if the U.S. loosened or lifted trade sanctions, according to a front-page Newsweek report titled “The Castro Connection.” The consulting firm, Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corp., later instructed the casino company to make the spending appear legal by saying it was for charity.
    Trump’s most prominent local Cuban-American supporter, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, called the report “troubling.”
    The emoluments clause states:
    “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
    The clause does not prohibit an officeholder from accepting payment for goods or services from a foreign state, and was never envisioned to prevent this. In fact, several Presidents have ran their own businesses and sold goods to foreign countries including George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.
    The purpose of the clause was to prevent office holders from accepting bribes as presents, a common practice during the 1700s when the Constitution was written.
    Trump admits to being Putin’s puppet, not just looking like one.
    “When I spoke with Putin, he asked me whether or not I would see Lavrov. Now what do I–should I say ‘No, I’m not gonna see him?’ I said, ‘I will see him.'”
    Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak wasn’t just “unprecedented,” it was truly “unpresidented.” No president with a functional State Department would have allowed a foreign minister and an ambassador–the one who’s already tripped up two administration officials (Mike Flynn and Jeff Sessions)–to hobnob with him in the Oval Office. It’s totally demeaning to the office. And now we find out from the Lester Holt interview that Trump did it as the unwitting puppet of Vladimir Putin, because Trump admitted it, of course.
    Yes, Donald, anyone with a lick of sense given this current political moment would have said, “No. Lavrov can meet with Tillerson.” Instead, we have Trump, gripping and grinning Lavrov and Kislyak like they’re his two new besties.
    Now, look, this meeting was deeply problematic on so many levels: the White House locked out U.S. press while allowing a Russian news agency in; it posed a total security risk by agents of the very government that just hacked our democracy; and the White House readout of the Lavrov meeting didn’t even include the fact that Kislyak was there (i.e. without Russian media photos, U.S. press wouldn’t have even known the meddling ambassador was in attendance.)
    But consider something else, part of the reason that meeting ever took place is because Trump doesn’t, in fact, have a functional State Department to put the kibosh on such an ill-advised meeting (seriously, every foreign leader around the world now thinks/knows that Trump is Putin’s puppet).
    Remember, Trump and Tillerson–who likely has more Russian contacts than any other Trump Cabinet member–have drained the State Department dry of institutional knowledge. There’s been not one, but two major purges at State, resulting in a major brain drain there.
    Something about Tillerson’s extensive Russian rolodex, the purge at State, and the Lavrov/Kislyak Oval Office visit this week feels very suspect. Instead of Tillerson being hobbled, he appears to have been empowered with a whole lot of access and influence and few people to rein him in. And if he were using that power to protect our national security interests along with the international reputation of the U.S., Russian operatives would never have been allowed to infiltrate the Oval Office this week and publicize it around the world.

  • Priyant Mangat

    Can you please provide sources to support your claims?How many times do I have to ask?

  • edwin

    Guardian, CNN, Slate mag., Yahoo, USA Today, Newsweek, Bloomberg and other public sources and news accounts. You can check them out yourself, all you have to do is google in the question.

  • edwin

    Here is an example from Slate magazine. Documents show that the Trump company spent a minimum of $68,000 for its 1998 foray into Cuba at a time when the corporate expenditure of even a penny in the Caribbean country was prohibited without U.S. government approval. But the company did not spend the money directly. Instead, with Trump’s knowledge, executives funneled the cash for the Cuba trip through an American consulting firm called Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corporation. Once the business consultants traveled to the island and incurred the expenses for the venture, Seven Arrows instructed senior officers with Trump’s company—then called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts—how to make it appear legal by linking it after-the-fact to a charitable effort.

  • Priyant Mangat

    Did you derived that information from http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/09/29/trump_reportedly_violated_the_cuba_embargo.html
    and
    http://www.newsweek.com/2016/10/14/donald-trump-cuban-embargo-castro-violated-florida-504059.html?
    That statement of the president supposedly investing in Cuba illegally is debunked by http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/another-media-distortion-why-trumps-dealings-with-cuba-are-a-non-scandal/
    and speaking of Castro Cuba did not your ideal candidate Bernie Sanders as well as Jill Stein praised Castro Cuba?Don’t believe me?Then dont take my word for it and check these sources supporting my claims out:
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/11/27/sanders_on_cuba_of_course_their_economy_is_terrible_but_they_have_good_health_care.html
    https://www.democracynow.org/2016/11/29/bernie_sanders_on_the_life_and
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/03/10/bernie-sanderss-praise-for-communist-cuba-just-became-an-issue-but-do-people-even-care-anymore/?utm_term=.81688025b53d
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/272485-sanders-defends-past-praise-of-fidel-castro
    and according to Slate Bernie Sanders refused to disavow praise for Castro Cuba as supported by http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/03/09/bernie_sanders_on_fidel_castro_and_cuban_communism_at_debate_video.html
    No wonder why Cuban American generally vote Republican and in general the cuban american voters helped Trump win Florida as supported by https://townhall.com/columnists/humbertofontova/2016/11/19/draft-n2247692
    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/andres-oppenheimer/article112080317.html
    http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/how-the-cuban-american-vote-helped-trump-in-florida-804395587520
    http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/11/15/unlike-other-latinos-about-half-of-cuban-voters-in-florida-backed-trump/
    Please dont call those Cuba Americans “boobsies”.

  • Priyant Mangat

    What I am asking is that you should provide citations.

  • edwin

    Any one who voted for Trump has to be a booboisie and as stupid as he is..
    Newsweek is out with a new charge against Donald Trump. The magazine is reporting that Trump violated the United States’ embargo with Cuba.
    In 1998 a company controlled by Trump spent at least $68,000 to reimburse consultants sent to Cuba to explore hotel opportunities on behalf of the company, according to Newsweek.
    The trip came while Fidel Castro was in power and the U.S. had an embargo on any exports to Cuba.
    The magazine said the trip took place just months before Trump’s short-lived run for president in 1999. He had a campaign kick-off event in Miami with a group of Cuban-Americans. During the announcement Trump vowed to never spend money in Cuba until Castro was no longer in power — he never disclosed that he had already spent money through a complicated process. In Cuba’s favor they have more doctors and teachers per capita than any nation in the world. Why are you so obsessed with Cuba. The Cuban embargo should have ended 50 years ago. We trade with every communist nation in the world and give them diplomatic privileges. Why should have Cuba been any different.

  • edwin

    Many of my replies are from an articles I read months or years ago and I saved them for further references. I would very seldom keep the reference because many are paraphrased. Nobody has ever asked for references. They are capable of looking up on their own. Many right winger won’t accept anything unless its from a right wing source which more often than not are fake sources. I have been doing research and blogging long enough to know pretty much whose is pulling my leg.

  • Priyant Mangat

    By that logic we should lift embargoes and sanctions of all kinds on Iran,North Korea and Russia as well as other threats.Are you implying that JFK was wrong to impose embargos on Cuba?You mention that ” We trade with every communist nation in the world and give them diplomatic privileges. Why should have Cuba been any different.” which my response is that we should not trade with and give communists states any diplomatic privileges at all in the first pace.

  • edwin

    JFK should have issued a boycott temporally on Cuba, But it should not have lasted for 55 years. It became a political thing after the first few years and had no logistic purpose after that/
    The US sanctions on Cuba were justified by their supporters with reference to the Communist government’s human rights record. That record, bad as it is, however, cannot explain the sanctions. They are rather pique that Cuba defied American hegemony and corporate domination. The sanctions have not overthrown the government of Fidel Castro. They have imposed some hardships on ordinary Cubans.
    Let’s consider dictatorial countries with which the US has diplomatic relations; some of them are actually very warm friendships, despite all the arbitrary arrests, censorship, etc. Some of them are even Communist! With Cuba, it had to be personal.
    1. Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy which doesn’t even allow political parties or any kind of public dissent.
    Human Rights Watch reports:
    None of the opponents of diplomatic relations with Cuba has even once suggested that the US break off relations with Saudi Arabia over its medieval human rights practices. I therefore conclude that human rights does not drive this issue.
    2. Zimbabwe. The US has diplomatic relations with the notoriously dictatorial government of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe and actually has given the country $400 million in humanitarian aid.
    Human Rights Watch reports 3. Belarus, a small eastern European country with a population of 9.5 million, which never made the transition to democracy after the fall of the Soviet Union. We have an embassy in Minsk, though the post of ambassador is right now unfilled (there is a charge d’affaires).
    Human Rights Watch says: 4. Sultanate of Brunei: The US has warm diplomatic relations and a US embassy there, despite its disregard for basic human rights
    5. We actually have an embassy in Vietnam of all places: Human Rights Watch writes:
    “The Vietnam government systematically suppresses freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, and persecutes those who question government policies, expose official corruption, or call for democratic alternatives to one-party rule. Police harass and intimidate activists and their family members. Authorities arbitrarily arrest activists, hold them incommunicado for long periods without access to legal counsel or family visits, subject them to torture, and prosecute them in politically pliant courts that mete out long prison sentences for violating vaguely worded national security laws.
    If the US recognizes Vietnam and has an embassy there after all that happened between the two countries, it seems like a minor thing to have diplomatic relations with Cuba.
    Countries trade with each other when, on their own, they do not have the resources, or capacity to satisfy their own needs and wants. By developing and exploiting their domestic scarce resources, countries can produce a surplus, and trade this for the resources they need.
    Clear evidence of trading over long distances dates back at least 9,000 years, though long distance trade probably goes back much further to the domestication of pack animals and the invention of ships. Today, international trade is at the heart of the global economy and is responsible for much of the development and prosperity of the modern industrialized world.
    Goods and services are likely to be imported from abroad for several reasons. Imports may be cheaper, or of better quality. They may also be more easily available or simply more appealing than locally produced goods. In many instances, no local alternatives exist, and importing is essential. This is highlighted today in the case of Japan, which has no oil reserves of its own, yet it is the world’s fourth largest consumer of oil, and must import all it requires. Many of the resources we need are only available from dictators or communist countries

  • Priyant Mangat

    Such as?

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  • edwin

    We import 50% of our oil, there are some mineral commodities that the U.S. does not produce domestically, making the country completely dependent on imports for these commodities. In 2016, the United States was completely dependent on imports for the following 20 mineral commodities:
    Arsenic, asbestos, cesium, fluorspar, gallium, natural graphite, indium, manganese, natural sheet mica, niobium, industrial quartz crystal, rare earths, rubidium, scandium, strontium, tantalum, thallium, thorium, vanadium, and yttrium as well as some foods and medicines raw products from the rain forest areas etc.

  • edwin

    All the FOX host behave badly to their guest that don’t agree with them/ They don’t usually book guest the don’t agree with them. CNN have more guest on the balance out then discussions. An echo chamber like the one pushed in the anonymous Guardian piece is much more of a problem in news consumption than inaccurate information. The more “curated” the media becomes, the less likely we are to hear opposing viewpoints and to have ours challenged. That’s a bug, not a feature. Fake news is bad right or left. I find much more fake news on the right. Fox news is 40% fake. During the past election there were more fake news stories than true ones.

  • Priyant Mangat

    Even if its true that Fox news always behave like that,that does not mean it is okay for CNN to do it does it?

  • Priyant Mangat

    By the way what is your opinion on Linda Sarsour?

  • edwin

    Had no idea who Linda Sarsour was, Had to look it up. didn’t see anything out of the ordinary or spectacular.
    Linda Sarsour is a working woman, racial justice and civil rights activist, every Islamophobe’s worst nightmare, and mother of three. Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She is a Palestinian Muslim American and a self-proclaimed “pure New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn!” She is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change. Linda has been at the forefront of major civil rights campaigns including calling for an end to unwarranted surveillance of New York’s Muslim communities and ending police policies like stop and frisk. In wake of the police murder of Mike Brown, she co-founded Muslims for Ferguson to build solidarity amongst American Muslim communities and encourage work against police brutality. She is a member of the Justice League NYC, a leading NYC force of activists, formerly incarcerated individuals, and artists working to reform the New York Police Department and the criminal justice system.
    Linda co-chaired the March2Justice, a 250-mile journey on foot to deliver a justice package to end racial profiling, demilitarize police and demand the government invest in young people and communities. Linda Sarsour was instrumental in the Coalition for Muslim School Holidays to push New York City to incorporate 2 Muslim high holy holidays in to the NYC Public school calendar. This year, New York City will be the largest school system in the country to officially recognize these holidays. This year, Linda joined leading social justice faith leaders as a Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary.
    She has received numerous awards and honors including “Champion of Change” by the White House, YWCA USA’s Women of Distinction Award for Advocacy and Civic Engagement and the Hala Maksoud Leadership Award from the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Sarsour was named among 500 of the most influential Muslims in the world. Most recently, Linda was profiled on the front page of the New York Times Metro Section and dubbed “Brooklyn Homegirl in a Hijab” and introduced Linda to their readership as “ Mixing street smarts, activism and her Muslim identity, Linda Sarsour has become a political force”. She has written for and has been featured in local, national, and international media discussing impact of domestic policies that target Arab and Muslim American communities, criminal justice issues and Middle East affairs. Linda is well respected amongst diverse communities in both in New York City and nationally. She is most known for her intersectional coalition work and building bridges across issues, racial, ethnic and faith communities.

  • Priyant Mangat

    Do you mean the same Linda Sarsour that has slandered true feminists(not the bulllshit third wave femminists that think the West is run by a oppressive patriarchy but those are risking their lives in campaigning for genuine women rights against an actual oppressive patriarchy) such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Nomani by saying”I wish I could their vaginas away.They don’t deserve to be women. ” Not only that she even stated that Saudi Arabia treats women better than the West! I am not being deceptive .Just check out her tweets such as the ones from tps://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/blatant-hypocrisy-milo-yiannopouos-now-part-of-demonstration-to-cancel-a-graduation-speaker/linda-sarsour-saudi-arabia-tweet-1/
    If you agree with Linda Sarsour that Saudi Arabia or muslim countries in particular treats females better than the West then you are retarded according to anyone who is not oblivious to the events occurring right now including The Independent which itself who is extremely biased and dishonest but is correct when it comes to Saudi Arabia.
    Dont believe me?
    Then check out
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-women-flee-sexism-at-least-thousand-a-year-a7642041.html
    http://fortune.com/2016/03/17/this-is-how-oppressed-women-are-in-saudi-arabia/
    http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2372-the-soul-crushing-realities-being-female-in-saudi-arabia.html
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/07/saudi-arabia-women-rights-activists-petition-king
    She also stated that Zionism and Feminism is incompatible as evidenced by
    https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/05/24/dartmouth-student-who-confronted-sarsour-about-her-take-their-vaginas-away-tweet-laments-administrative-student-support-for-controversial-anti-israel-activist/
    https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/03/16/american-jewish-actress-mayim-bialik-takes-on-anti-israel-activist-linda-sarsour-zionism-and-feminism-are-not-contradictory/.
    So she is praising the worse human rights violators on the planet while slandering a nation that has not only has by far the human rights in the region but has one of the best human rights in the entire world especially when it comes to women rights.
    Not only that she has ties to islamist organisations who dont have the best views on women including the terrorist organisation Hamas as evidenced by
    http://www.theblaze.com/video/tomi-exposes-the-truth-about-linda-sarsour-the-woman-behind-the-womens-march-on-washington/
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/01/womens-march-organizer-linda-sarsour-has-family-ties-to-hamas-recently-met-former-hamas-financier
    http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Linda-Sarsour-the-Lefts-latest-star-481651
    and
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/05/linda-sarsours-little-lie-about-her-vile-attack-on-ayaan-hirsi-ali-is-a-big-deal/
    By the way your opinion on Madonna?

  • edwin

    It appears she is somewhat radical in her views, in America we have a right to be radical , wrong or stupid. I don’t understand why she bothers you . I never heard of her until you mentioned her.
    Linda Sarsour, a community worker from Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, has also been the focus of a recent debate after she was appointed to a neighborhood advisory panel. The main reason for the controversy: Members of her family had been arrested on accusations of supporting Hamas, the Islamist group that governs the Gaza Strip. One member of the Tea Party and other community workers asked that she be removed.
    She denies having any contact with Hamas or other radical Muslim groups. Otherwise she never would have received a “Champion of Change” award from President Barack Obama some months ago, she said.
    Sarsour was also accused of “romanticiz[ing] Sharia law and hint[ing] at it taking over America whereby we would have interest free loans.” Those claims appeared to stem from tweets in which she stated that as a Muslim she abides Sharia law (a “set of principles that govern the moral and religious lives of Muslims”) and in which, depending upon one’s point of view, she either advocated that legal system in the U.S. or lamented the poor understanding of its meaning and application (particularly that its principles apply only to Muslims and not those of other faiths) in America: As for Madonna, she is a well known entertainer also has a right to her opinion supports more liberal point of views which you probably don’t like. Have seen some of the most gross comment made about Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama which you right wingers are ok with.

  • edwin

    CNN always have a dissenting view guest on and they let them have their say. Fox insults and interrupt their guest on a continuing basis. They have some real smart ass host. The Fox News audience skews more ideological than that of its two main competitors. Fully, 60% of Fox News viewers describe themselves as conservative, compared with 23% who say they are moderate and 10% who are liberal, according to a 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center. By contrast, the ideological makeup of CNN viewers (32% conservative, 30% moderate, 30% liberal) and MSNBC viewers (32% conservative, 23% moderate, 36% liberal) is far more mixed.

  • Priyant Mangat

    How is receiving a Champion of Change award a refutation of the argument of her having ties to islamists groups?Just because she received a Champion of Change award (which is as pointless as the noble peace prize.) from Obama does not change the fact she supports extremist and terrorist organisations as evidenced by https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/01/womens-march-organizer-linda-sarsour-has-family-ties-to-hamas-recently-met-former-hamas-financier ,
    https://www.adl.org/sites/default/files/documents/assets/pdf/israel-international/american-muslims-for-palestine-2013-03-29-v1.pdf
    http://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/Linda-Sarsour-Womens-March-organizer-works-to-link-civil-rights-struggles-to-Palestinian-cause-479505
    and attacked genuine feminists such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali for opposing the spread of a vile misogynistic culture that inflicted female genital mutilation (and many more horrors) on innocent individuals and the majority of the victims of the “culture” are themselves muslim thus it is NOT anti muslim for wanting your own country not to become like Sudan or Saudi Arabia.
    According to Piers Morgan who used to work for CNN,Trump’s recent speech in Saudi Arabia proves that he is not anti muslim as evidenced by http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/piers-morgan-lauds-trumps-speech-muslim-world-shows-what-brilliant-leader-he-can-be.
    If you want to listen to the speech here it is http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/266764/president-trump-reverses-obamas-arab-spring-saudi-daniel-greenfield

  • edwin

    I AM NOT SURE WHY YOU ARE SO OBSESSED WITH THIS WOMAN ALL OF A SUDDEN. IS IT BECAUSE SHE DREW A BIGGER CROWD WITH THE WOMENS MARCH ON WASHINGTON AFTER THE INNAUGERATION THAN TRUMP DID ON THE DAY OF THE INNAUGERATION. As-salmu alaykum, may peace be upon you brothers and sisters,” the hajib-wearing Sarsour declared in her screeching harangue to the Women’s March (see video below). But her greetings of peace did not extend to President of the United States Donald Trump, as she soon made clear. “I stand here before you unapologetically Muslim American, unapologetically Palestinian-American,” she said, before shrieking, “I will respect the presidency, but I will not respect this president of the United States of America!”
    The march organizer went on to accuse President Trump of winning the White House “on the backs of Muslims and black people and undocumented people and Mexicans and people with disabilities, and on the backs of women.” would had no idea who she was until you mentioned her. Didn’t know she was the one who organized the march. Who is she supposed to be a threat to? Trump.

  • Draintheswamp

    REPORT : Obama Depressed Trump “Slowly Ripping Down” His Legacy

    He does not really care. If he did he would not have tried to destroy America.
    Obama doubled the national debt, had wide open borders, put illegals, foreigners and refugees FIRST and Americans last.
    He treated veterans horribly, and he gave Iran billions for no reason whatsoever
    A racially divided country.?? A gutted military.?? A back breaking Federal deficit.?? Women fearful of using a public restroom.
    Obama destroying America was by design. Obamacare was designed to fall. What do you expect from a Muslim.
    We’ve had enough of Obama. He did his best to destroy America during his two terms.
    Obama is a Muslim and Evil Man.
    Obama is traitor to this country. I believe he will be found out and brought to justice for sedition soon enough. If anyone can accomplish this it’s Trump.
    His hatred for America and Americans was palpable. We finally have someone who loves America and the ordinary Americans and it shows. Obama can go back to kenya and lick his wounds.

  • Draintheswamp

    http://constitution.com/obama-heads-germany-mock-trump-wall-comment/

    Obama has only confirmed what a pathetic loser and supporter of extremist Islam he is. Open borders mean no country, as hundreds of millions of criminals and terrorists flow in for the freebies, bringing illegal drugs, and violent crime seeking easy victims. Obama has always been nothing but a POS.

    This poor excuse for a human being belongs in an underground jail cell till he rots away. He has done enough to try to destroy America and created this chaos around the world. It’s no wonder he chose to go see Merkel, she’s just as pathetic as he is. Both are Pieces OS!
    He should just stay there.

  • edwin

    I think President Obama is completely misunderstood. He has faced more opposition from the Republican Party than most presidents have in the history of the United States. I don’t think that there is anything about this man doesn’t have the complete interest of the American people at heart.
    You might portray him as mean because as the President, he has to be tough, especially when dealing with thee ridiculous opposition facing him from congress during his entire term. Not to mention, this is the hardest job in the world so it takes extremely tough characteristics to be successful at it.
    In short, of course he is. The guy is an ENFJ, which means the entire focus of his life is to create a society that makes people’s lives better. He’s an excellent leader and handles situations better than many of his predecessors. I’m personally going to miss him as president and am grateful for the 8 years he gave in service to the United States and he is a Christian.. So you would prefer someone like trump says something about you. I have owned and started 5 businesses and managed others. I am 80 years old and have seen more than you could think about. , born in 1937. Am a democrat and have seen what the democrats have accomplished over the past 80 years and couldn’t name anything the republican party has ever done for the working and middle class. Trump is not fit to be President. His daddy gave him a million to get started and bought 15 million in stock when he got in trouble in the casino business which he declared bankruptcy on with a total of 6 bankruptcy’s. He is not only a disgrace but the scum of the earth is Trump and all to many of the people who supports his perverted views. I cannot understand how so call evangelical Christians are supporting this man. It’s beginning to seem as if “family values” conservatives are phonies. Is Donald Trump the role model we want our children listening to for the next 4 years? Hell no….
    Who is Donald Trump? Well, Part drama queen. Part conman. Part egomaniac. Part racist. Part woman-hater. Part sexual assaulter. Part cheapskate. Part spoiled brat. Full-time Fornicating adulterer. And there’s more… Here’s the proof:
    *He’s the guy with “the best memory in the world” who couldn’t recall a beauty pageant contestant, an Hispanic women, even when he was reminded that he called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping”; and then the next day he said she was the worst Miss Universe ever.
    *He’s the “arbiter of good taste” who called a woman disgusting who used a break to use a breast pump, and who called Hillary disgusting for taking a bathroom break during a break in a Democratic debate, while he actually appeared in a Playboy porn video in the year 2000.
    *He’s the ‘philanthropist’ who pays his own bills with charity money, he buys pictures of himself with charity money, and hey, guess what, it’s not even really a registered charity.
    * He’s the ‘friend to veterans’ who lost numerous cases when sued after failing to comply with handicap access laws for his buildings, dragging out cases for years, even when it involved a disabled veteran.
    *He’s the ‘diplomat’ who claimed in 2014, “I spoke indirectly and directly with [Russian] President Putin, who could not have been nicer.” And in 2015, “And I got to know him [Putin]very well because we were both on 60 Minutes.” And finally, the truth, in 2016, “I have nothing to do with Putin. I have never spoken to him.”
    *He’s the ‘transparent’ guy who won’t show us his taxes.
    *He’s the ‘patriotic American’ who took 9-11 clean-up funds intended for small businesses. And he said he lost hundreds of friends on 9-11, yet he can’t name one.
    He’s the guy who has a good relationship with ‘the blacks’ who flip-flopped and lied for years about President Obama’s birth, ran full-page ads calling for the death penalty for 5 young teenage blacks wrongfully accused of raping a white woman in Central Park (The Central Park Five), and refused to rent to blacks.
    *He’s the self-described ‘really smart person’ who had his own hotel’s payment systems hacked in Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, Florida, Hawaii and New York in 2015. Data was stolen, his company covered it up, failed to notify customers, ignored recommendations on how to fix it, and so were subsequently hacked again, with Trump ultimately having to pay a big fine.
    *He’s the ‘friend of labor’ who knowingly built his namesake Trump Tower with undocumented foreign construction workers who were treated so badly that they sued and won on the grounds of unsafe working conditions. They were paid $5 an hour when they were paid at all. Said the Judge, “They were off the books. No taxes of any kind were paid.”
    * He’s a ‘self-made millionaire’, who started out with millions from his father, and who bailed him out financially a couple of times with millions more, and still his businesses had to declare bankruptcy 4 times.
    * He’s a ‘straight talker’ despite the fact that fact-checking websites say he lies in excess of 75% of the time.
    * He’s the commander-in-chief wannabe who flip-flops weekly on whether to send troops into the Mideast, who is not sure if Russia is in the Ukraine or not, who claims to know more than the generals, insults gold star moms, insults living heroes, and cheats veteran’s charities out of money.
    *He’s a ‘man of the people’, who criticizes mothers and wants their noisy babies thrown out of rallies.
    * He’s the ‘champion of the middle-class’ who believes that American wages are too high, while many of his products are made in China, Bangladesh, Honduras, Vietnam, South Korea, India, and elsewhere.
    *He’s the ‘job creator’ who is going to bring jobs back to the US, yet hasn’t brought any of his own companies’ manufacturing of clothing or anything else back to the US.
    * He’s the ‘sympathetic’ man who mocked a physically disabled reporter.
    *He’s the ‘law and order candidate’ who incites supporters to physically attack protesters and offers to pay the legal bills of violent supporters.
    * He’s the ‘compassionate conservative’ who thinks women should be punished for getting an abortion even if they were raped. And he relishes telling people they’re fired.
    He’s the ‘foreign policy expert’ who gets his experience from watching the Sunday Morning shows, and too dumb to know that a ruthless dictator (Putin) that represses his people is not “good leadership”.
    *He’s the ‘tactful politician’ who calls people, fat, ugly, and stupid — especially women. But if they are attractive then he asserts that their menstrual periods cause them to ask him tough questions. But claims he will be a great role model for children. No, Mr. Trump…not only are you unfit to be president you are unfit for our children [I turn the channel because I never know what this loose cannon will say while my kids are watching].
    *He wants to lead the free world that proclaims, “Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free and you’ll have a right to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness”…except for Muslims.
    He’s the ‘protector of seniors’ who has said Social Security is a Ponzi scheme and wants to cut it, Medicare, and Medicaid.
    *He’s a ‘family values kind of guy’ who brags about groping women’s pus$y, trying to fcuk another man’s wife, has been married 3 times, with the first divorce decree including a gag order on his ex-wife (the one accusing him of rape) in exchange for a big pile of cash. And while married to his current (third) wife he said his daughter is so hot that if she wasn’t his daughter they would be dating (creepy). Worse yet, the bastard told Howard Stern it was okay to refer to his daughter Ivanka as “a piece of ass”.
    He’ll uphold the dignity of the office of the President of the United States, except on those days when he tries to convince America that he doesn’t have a small penis, as he did during the nationally televised debates while some of our children were watching.
    * He’s a man who ‘sacrifices for his country’ who believes building his empire to feed his greed and ego is akin to dying in battle or losing a child who died in battle.
    * He’s the tough-talking guy who got a medical draft deferment for a terribly painful bone spur, but he can’t remember which foot it was on.
    He ‘leads’ on important issues of the day as evidenced by his claim that no one was talking about immigration until he brought it up even though the rest of the country has been talking about it for decades. His ‘leadership’ on the issue was to marry his 3rd wife, a foreign women who was working in this country for a year before she received a Visa.
    * He’s the ‘bulwark against Wall St’ who said he was financing his own campaign who has hired a former Goldman Sachs banker to head his fundraising efforts, including outreach to billionaire hedge fund managers.
    He’s a ‘level-headed guy’ who read a story in the National Enquirer and is now concerned that Senator Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the JFK assassination. And he’s re-tweeted grossly false racist statistics from a fake organization, excusing himself later by saying he doesn’t start rumors, he just spreads them.
    *He’s the ‘protector of ordinary citizens’ who has flip-flopped on the assault weapons ban and guns in the classroom within just a few days.
    * He’s the ‘lover of Israel’ who said to the Republican Jewish Coalition, “I’m a negotiator like you folks”.
    He’ll protect the entire globe, although he believes global climate change is a hoax, while at the same time seeking government funding to help combat the effects climate change at one of his golf courses…which makes him either a liar or a fraud.
    * He’s an ‘honest guy’ with a fake university. Heck, He’s not even legally allowed to call it a university as it doesn’t have the proper credentials and he’s being sued because the curriculum was a sham.
    * He’s the ‘lover of all people’ who thinks the judge of Hispanic descent can’t be impartial in the lawsuit regarding the “University” just mentioned.
    * He’s the ‘great thinker’ who said that if all the drunken revelers in the Orlando nightclub shooting had been armed, things would have gone much better.
    He seeks to be the leader of the free world who is eager to torture, kill the mothers and children of our enemy, and try US citizens at military tribunals in Guantanamo Bay Cuba.
    * He’s the ‘lover of Democracy’ who has suggested that his political opponent be jailed now, or be shot if elected.
    * He’s the ‘lover of the free press as long as they say “nice” things about him. But when they report “facts”’ they are part of a conspiracy of a “rigged system”.
    He’s the guy so sharp on his feet that during a debate he pitifully asks viewers to call Sean Hannity of Fox News when he got caught in a lie from not knowing his facts because he doesn’t like to study and read.
    * He’s the tough talking coward that spends nearly a year and half telling his supporters he will “make” Mexico pay for a wall but when face-to-face with the Mexican president never mentions payment of the wall and goes silent when the Mexican president confronts him that Mexico will not, under any circumstances, pay for a wall.
    *He’s the Peeping Tom and Sexual Predator that brags about walking in on young (barely legal) nude beauty pageant contestants because “I own the pageant”. He boasts to Howard Stern about “banging” 18 year old contestants as “it’s my duty as the owner”. God only knows how many of those young girls he took advantage of…”grabbing pu$sy” and “doing anything” as he eludes to in video and radio. Now ask yourself, would you want your young daughter alone around Donald Trump? (google “upcoming Trump rape case involving 13 year old girl”).
    Pure and simple, Donald J Trump is a disgrace and will “Make America” the laughing stock of the world.

  • edwin

    If you’re one of those folks who thinks President Obama is a “disappointment,” you haven’t been paying attention the last few years. And those of you who try to draw comparisons with the Bush Administration should put away the hallucinogens and have your memory checked. If you were in a coma for the eight Bush Years, I apologize and forgive you. But please join the real world. So far, this president has done most of what he said he would do if elected; imagine what he could have done by now if progressives had supported him and not given him a Congress that doesn’t look at him as if he’s the demon seed.
    Not only is Obama NOT a “disappointment,” he’s pretty much the opposite.
    Not only is he NOT a “disappointment,” he’s pretty much the opposite. And no, I don’t just say that because he took out Osama bin Laden, helped Libya determine their own destiny for the first time in a while, and because he seems able to handle international incidents without starting a new war. The guy does nearly everything we elect a president to do, and he doesn’t brag about it constantly.
    Is he perfect? No, he’s human. Does he deserve some criticism? I suppose, but I must admit I haven’t seen any complaints that were of based on anything having to do with the real world. One I can’t forgive him for is pulling Janet Napolitano out of Arizona. But the thing is, on balance, he’s mostly stellar. Besides, criticism about certain specific problems is one thing; taking on an overall “Obama sucks” meme not only has the potential to put Willard Romney into power, it’s also a lie. Just because you wanted a president who would give you a glitter-farting unicorn and didn’t quite get that doesn’t mean he’s not doing well at the job we hired him for.
    What follows is a PARTIAL list of Obama’s accomplishments so far. Unlike many such lists, there is a link to a citation supporting every single one.
    Legislative Prowess.
    Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office. Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%. http://n.pr/i3d7cY
    Fiscal Responsibility.
    Within days after taking office, Obama signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse. http://1.usa.gov/dUvbu5
    Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money. http://n.pr/hcgBn1
    On his first full day, he froze White House salaries. http://on.msnbc.com/ewJUIx
    He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending. http://www.cio.gov
    He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems, and also signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting system. http://bit.ly/hOw1t1 http://bit.ly/fz8GAd
    Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/hwKhKa
    Improving the Economy, Preventing Depression.
    Obama pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as “the stimulus package,” despite the fact that not one Republican voted for that bill. In addition, he launched recovery.gov, so that taxpayers could track spending from the Act. http://1.usa.gov/ibiFSs http://1.usa.gov/e3BJMk
    In his first year, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy 3.5%. http://reut.rs/i46CEE
    Obama completed the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan, and recovered virtually all of its costs. http://1.usa.gov/eA5jVS http://bit.ly/eCNrD6
    He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan. http://1.usa.gov/goy6zl
    Obama oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years. http://bit.ly/hrrnjY
    He oversaw a bailout of General Motors that saved at least 1.4 million jobs, and put pressure on the company to change its practices, resulting in GM returning to its place as the top car company in the world. http://lat.ms/zIJuQx
    Obama also doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency. http://bit.ly/eYD4nf
    He signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system. It also created a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown. http://abcn.ws/g18Fe7
    Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, which was designed to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices. http://1.usa.gov/gIaNcS
    He increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect. http://bit.ly/f77aOw
    Obama signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures. The bill also provided $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and to stabilize the housing market. http://bit.ly/eEpLFn
    Through the Worker, Home Ownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, Obama and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery. http://bit.ly/dZgXXw http://bit.ly/gORYfL
    He initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses.
    http://1.usa.gov/eu0u0b
    Obama created business.gov, which allows for online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has since merged with SBA.gov.) http://www.business.gov
    He played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis. http://nyti.ms/gHlgp5
    Obama took steps to improve minority access to capital. http://bit.ly/f9xVE7
    He created a $60 billion bank to fund infrastructure improvements such as roads and bridges. http://bit.ly/e1SSaQ
    He implemented an auto industry rescue plan, and saved as many as 1 million jobs. http://bit.ly/ibhpxr Many are of the opinion that he saved the entire auto industry, and even the economy of the entire Midwest. http://bit.ly/gj7mt5
    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Obama saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost. http://1.usa.gov/ez30Dc
    Obama dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby moving forward to cut ties between energy companies and the government. http://nyti.ms/bw1MLu
    He provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession. http://bit.ly/g0IKWR
    He used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. http://on.msnbc.com/i1i8eV
    Obama crafted an Executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans. http://bit.ly/eyqsNE
    Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection.
    Obama ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money. http://huff.to/eAi9Qq
    He pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression. http://bit.ly/hWCPg0 http://bit.ly/geHpcD
    Dodd-Frank also included the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau http://1.usa.gov/j5onG
    Obama made it so that banks could no longer use YOUR money to invest in high-risk financial instruments that work against their own customers’ interests. http://bit.ly/fnTayj
    He supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation. http://bit.ly/fnTayj
    Obama wholly endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes. http://bit.ly/esOdfB http://bit.ly/eG4DPM
    He made a deal with Swiss banks that permits the US government to gain access to the records of criminals and tax evaders. http://bit.ly/htfDgw
    He established a Consumer Protection Financial Bureau designed to protect consumers from financial sector excesses. http://bit.ly/fnTayj
    Obama oversaw and then signed the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression. http://thedc.com/gxkCtP
    Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination.
    Obama advocated for and signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to assault anyone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. http://bit.ly/gsMSJ7
    He pushed through, signed and demanded the Pentagon enact a repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that forced soldiers to lie to fight for their country, and put our troops at risk by disqualifying many qualified soldiers from helping. http://bit.ly/fdahuH http://bit.ly/mZV4Pz
    Obama appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. http://1.usa.gov/fi5IY0
    Helped Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. http://bit.ly/th0JC8
    He extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. http://1.usa.gov/g2RLCj
    Obama has appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history. http://bit.ly/g1lA7D
    He issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other. http://1.usa.gov/aUueGT
    He established a White House Council on Women and Girls http://1.usa.gov/rFfqMM
    He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. This was after the GOP blocked the bill in 2007. Only 5 Republican Senators voted for the bill. http://bit.ly/fT3Cxg
    Obama wrote and signed an Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies evaluate the effect of their policies and programs on women and families. http://bit.ly/e1puTk
    He expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act. http://1.usa.gov/dSbI0x
    Under Obama’s watch, National Labor Relations Board has issued final rules that require all employers to prominently post employees’ rights where all employees or prospective employees can see it, including websites and intranets, beginning November 2011. http://1.usa.gov/qu2EhQ
    Fighting Poverty.
    Obama provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). http://nyti.ms/gfLqyM
    He signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs. http://wapo.st/eWECA8
    Improved Foreign Relations and American Status Abroad.
    Obama visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office. http://bit.ly/hZycda
    As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration. http://nyti.ms/dKvY4g
    He did much to restore America’s reputation around the world as a global leader that does the “right thing” in world affairs, at least according to the rest of the planet. http://bit.ly/h743y7 http://bit.ly/ho4TCr
    He re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues. http://1.usa.gov/e7QuDj
    Closed a number of secret detention facilities. http://nyti.ms/rpUc9l
    Obama improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys. http://1.usa.gov/tiGAGe
    He pushed for military to emphasize development of foreign language skills. http://bit.ly/AxUCLV
    Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence. http://bit.ly/9axfWh
    He refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program. http://bit.ly/xVmSZK
    He worked to make donations to Haiti tax-deductible in 2009. http://huff.to/6YkAVY
    He established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. http://1.usa.gov/eX28DP
    Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia. http://1.usa.gov/hxdf8U
    He established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them. http://n.pr/hY3Kwa http://nyti.ms/emQBde
    He ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and a smattering of Democrats) who prevented him from following through. http://bit.ly/eW6CVF
    Obama ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture, or what Bush called “enhanced interrogation.” He ordered interrogators to limit their actions to the Army Field manual. http://bit.ly/g6MTuC
    he ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed. http://bbc.in/h6N9ax
    He released the Bush torture memos. http://bit.ly/hWJ5z0
    On his second day in office, he signed a detailed Executive Order that banned torture, reversed all Bush torture policies, and put the United States in compliance with the Geneva Convention. http://1.usa.gov/dL6Zve http://nyti.ms/hzWWys
    In response to the emerging “Arab Spring,” he created a Rapid Response fund, to assist emerging democracies with foreign aid, debt relief, technical assistance and investment packages in order to show that the United States stands with them. http://bit.ly/zfmGv9
    Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war, and to encourage Iran to give up their nuclear program. http://1.usa.gov/wLtNjb
    Ended the Iraq War. http://tgr.ph/ru0tyS
    He authorized and oversaw a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates. http://bit.ly/y8c9Fz
    Better Approach to “Defense.”
    Obama created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat. http://1.usa.gov/gDX1nE
    He authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010. http://1.usa.gov/gLFZl2
    He restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush. http://lat.ms/gkcl3i
    He signed and pushed to ratification a new SALT Treaty. http://bit.ly/f3JVtw
    Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will last until at least 2021. http://1.usa.gov/cI1bC4
    Through the Defense Authorization Act, he reversed the Bush Administration and committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq. http://bit.ly/hk73OJut continued

  • edwin

    (continued from last post ) He developed the first comprehensive strategy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan designed to facilitate the defeat of al Qaeda and the withdrawal of most troops, as well as the rebuilding of Afghanistan. http://wapo.st/ee4Xcs
    He returned our focus to Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing our troops. http://bit.ly/lNXUna
    Fulfilled campaign promise and ended our involvement in Iraq, and will complete full troop withdrawal before Christmas 2011. http://onforb.es/nTUk4Z
    He took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world. http://yhoo.it/n5lXs6
    He negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India. http://1.usa.gov/aHp0Cn
    He took decisive action to use NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that the Libyan people could topple a despotic government and determine their own fate. http://aje.me/qAh4Sj
    Treating Soldiers and Veterans with Respect
    He made sure that families of fallen soldiers could be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB, by providing funding for it. He also ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers.http://nyti.ms/glqN66 http://bbc.in/gWSSkA
    He funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services. http://1.usa.gov/huhqfo
    He provided the troops with better body armor. http://bit.ly/hzSv2h
    Created the Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care. http://1.usa.gov/f4yaxW
    He put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date. (personal note: my son will be in harm’s way for six fewer months with Obama as president, so you know I love this one). http://nyti.ms/e2YQ7Q
    He supported and signed the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which made more money available to enable better medical care for veterans. http://1.usa.gov/fN4ur1
    He ushered through the largest spending increase in 30 years for the Department of Veterans Affairs for improved medical facilities, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities. http://1.usa.gov/gY8O3x
    He created the Green Vet Initiative, which provided special funding to the Labor Department to provide veterans with training in green jobs. http://bit.ly/epwUQY
    He oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals. http://bit.ly/gjzTxX
    Education.
    He has repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process. http://bit.ly/gYWd30 http://bit.ly/e9c7Dr http://bit.ly/eEzTNq
    Completely reformed the student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate. http://nyti.ms/dMvHOt
    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , he invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. http://1.usa.gov/gGRIAr This includes a major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide http://bit.ly/fNDcj3 , as well as an expansion in school construction. http://bit.ly/fYwNrV
    Also through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start. http://1.usa.gov/tzT2Rr
    Signed the Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0 http://bit.ly/hPhG7J
    He oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low-income students to go to college. http://bit.ly/hI6tXz
    He passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds. http://1.usa.gov/dQvtUe
    greater Transparency and Better Government.
    He signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch. http://bit.ly/fsBACN
    He signed an order banning anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years. He also put strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House. http://nyti.ms/gOrznV
    He held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public. http://bit.ly/gVNSgX
    The Obama White House became the first to stream every White House event, live. http://1.usa.gov/kAgOP5
    He established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities. http://www.serve.gov
    He provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history. http://1.usa.gov/hQ7ttV
    He crafted an Executive Order on Presidential Records, which restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records, and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews. This will provide the public with greater access to historic White House documents, and severely curtails the ability to use executive privilege to shield them.
    http://1.usa.gov/gUetLb
    He improved aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent in the processing of FOIA requests. http://1.usa.gov/gjrnp2
    National Safety and Security.
    He’s restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully. http://bit.ly/h8Xj7z
    Authorized Navy SEALS to successfully secure the release of a US captain held by Somali pirates and increased patrols off the Somali coast. http://nyti.ms/efBO7B
    Has repeatedly beefed up border security http://bit.ly/mMYB4i
    Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden. http://bit.ly/jChpgw
    Science, Technology and Health Care.
    He created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making.
    http://1.usa.gov/g2SDuw
    Opened up the process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects. http://bit.ly/j0KV2U
    He eliminated the Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. He also provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research. http://bit.ly/h36SSO http://ti.me/edezge
    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs. http://nyti.ms/fTs9t7
    He signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis. http://bit.ly/fOi2rb
    He expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families, to cover more first-time mothers. http://bit.ly/jRRRJc
    His EPA reversed research ethics standards which allowed humans to be used as “guinea pigs” in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics. http://bit.ly/bKgqdS
    Conducted a cyberspace policy review. http://1.usa.gov/gmbdvC
    Provided financial support for private sector space programs. http://bit.ly/fn8ucr
    He oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use. http://bit.ly/dNTRyP
    He ushered through a bill that authorized the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products. http://on.msnbc.com/fiKViB As a result, the FDA has Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients and banned sale of cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”
    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs. http://bit.ly/ecQSgA
    He also increased funding for community-based prevention programs. http://bit.ly/frMPG3
    He oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors. http://bit.ly/e5b1iq http://1.usa.gov/fVNkt9
    He eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price. http://bit.ly/fOkG5b
    Two weeks after taking office, he signed the Children’s Health Insurance Re-authorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million. http://bit.ly/fDEzGv
    He held a quick press conference, and urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation. Rep. Waxman responded by launching a probe, and Anthem Blue Cross put the increase on hold for two months. http://yhoo.it/e8Tj9C
    Ushered through and signed the Affordable Health Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage to 30 million more people, and ended many common insurance company practices that are often detrimental to those with coverage. He also established http://www.healthcare.gov/
    Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V
    Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he provided tax breaks to allow 3.5 million small business to provide health insurance to their employees, and 29 million people will receive tax breaks to help them afford health insurance. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V
    Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. http://nyti.ms/ekMWpo
    Through the Affordable Health Care Act, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V
    Provisions in Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act have already resulted in Medicare costs actually declining slightly this fiscal year, for the first time in many years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Last year’s increase was 4%. Compare that to the average 12% annual inflation rate during the previous 40 years. http://1.usa.gov/oMxpTh
    Strengthening the Middle Class and Families
    Obama worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families. http://bit.ly/fNfidS
    He cracked down on companies that were previously denying sick pay, vacation and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare tax payments through abuse of the employee classification of independent contractor. http://nyti.ms/fOGLcj
    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , he cut taxes for 95% of America’s working families. http://bit.ly/eSEI4F
    Under Obama, tax rates for average working families are the lowest they’ve been since 1950. http://bit.ly/f74pD8
    He extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years. http://bit.ly/eFeSdP
    He extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s extended unemployment benefits several times. http://aol.it/evtVxD http://nyti.ms/emrqKJ http://bit.ly/hOtIpg http://bit.ly/fTT7kz
    Environment and Energy.
    He fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact federal fuel efficiency standards that were above federal standards. http://nyti.ms/e8e94x
    He fast-tracked increased fuel economy standards for vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year. It was the first time such standards had been increased in a decade. http://politi.co/hiaPKM
    He oversaw the establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, which creates more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies. http://bit.ly/lZp73y
    His EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history. http://bit.ly/lP3yEL
    He ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances. http://1.usa.gov/g3MTbu
    He ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. http://reut.rs/fV155p (As you can see, Republicans are trying hard to kill it.)
    He oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers. http://bit.ly/mjnq2R
    Obama bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions. http://bit.ly/froaP5
    His EPA ruled that CO2 is a pollutant. http://bit.ly/iQTSNN
    He doubled federal spending on clean energy research. http://bit.ly/iN0sCE
    He pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars. http://bit.ly/j8UP5Y
    He created a program to develop renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that will produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. http://1.usa.gov/fgfRWq
    Obama reengaged in the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions agreements talks, and even proposed one himself. He also addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference, officially reversing the Bush-era stance that climate change was a “hoax.” http://bit.ly/dX6Vj3 http://bit.ly/fE2PxK http://nyti.ms/hfeqvv
    He fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide. http://bit.ly/eJ6QOO
    He required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption. http://bit.ly/lBhk7P
    Following Bush’s eight year reign, he reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic. http://bit.ly/fzQUFO
    Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid automobiles, and later he and Democrats morphed that program into one that includes electric cars. http://bit.ly/glCukV
    Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles. http://bit.ly/h5KZqy http://1.usa.gov/fLWq5c http://1.usa.gov/hmUSbk
    Obama oversaw and pushed through an amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://1.usa.gov/yTRYVo
    He also actively tried to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to eliminate the liability limits for those companies responsible for large oil spills. http://nyti.ms/bxjDi3
    He initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://nyti.ms/bVuB7a
    Through Obama’s EPA, he asserted federal legal supremacy, and barred Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own. http://bit.ly/ww8eMd
    He strengthened the Endangered Species Act. http://bit.ly/hscjsH
    His EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year. http://bit.ly/jYH7nt
    Through the EPA, he took steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans. http://bit.ly/fBuWd2
    Obama increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10% http://bit.ly/fbJPjY
    He announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards. http://1.usa.gov/oQiC1K
    He announced the development of a huge increase in average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg to 35.5mpg starting in 2016 and 54.5 starting in 2025 http://1.usa.gov/qtghsW
    Other Stuff.
    Obama has expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA. http://bit.ly/etznpY
    He oversaw funding of the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History, which is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015. He protected the funding during the recent budget negotiations. http://on.fb.me/fD0EVO http://bit.ly/ff5Luv
    Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. http://bit.ly/dFb8qF
    Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Justice in the court’s history, and the women represent only the third and fourth women to serve on the court, out of a total of 112 justices. http://huff.to/eOChg6 http://bit.ly/i02wgP
    He appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president. http://bit.ly/dX6vNB
    He eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and he rescinded the global gag rule. http://bit.ly/eCFAI1 http://bit.ly/f92drF
    Obama loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference. http://huff.to/eQfa7j
    His FDA banned the use of antibiotics in livestock production. http://bit.ly/jUjLzo
    Obama ushered through and signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program.

  • Priyant Mangat

    She doesn’t really believe in democracy does she?Why be so hostile to a legitimate leader while being pro extremist?In order to answer the question”who was she supposed to be a threat to?” one must consider her attacks on genuine feminists such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali so the answer is she is a threat to proponents for genuine human rights and all decent people.By the way do you support the BDS movement?Also what is your opinion on Ayaan Hirsi Ali?

  • Draintheswamp

    Nope, you retarded libtard. He’s right. Obama is gay and that Michelle is a tranny. Just like Joan Rivers said
    Michelle 0bama has shoulders that are three times the width of his head, you can study any photo of him and measure, or pause any video (he has to be facing square to the camera). A man has shoulders that are three times the width of his head, and a woman has shoulders that are two and a half times the width of her head. This is human anatomy, the rules, a man can take all the female hormones he wants and get fake boobs, get his penis chopped off, wear a dress and wig, but he can’t change the shoulder width. This is just one clue to the true gender of Michelle 0bama, there are also many others, I’ll let you do the research and see if you are able and willing to look at this yourself, but I think you like the idea of Michelle being a man in a dress and don’t want the fantasy to end. As for Barack bein ggay, this is well known, in his college years he was called bath house Barry, Larry Sinclair testified that he had sex with Barack and smoked crack with him, and Barack was a member of the ‘low down’ club in his church in Chicago, the low down club was a bunch of gay men, and 3 of them were murdered when he was running for president, obviously to keep them quiet

  • Obama almost single handed “stopped” America. His legacy is suffering and confusion. We still do not know what he is, and who he is, as he was foisted upon us by gross manipulations. These manipulations would have succeeded in foisting Clinton on us had not over 60 million American said “no”. And they were the right 60 million, as they turned the electoral college victory to 306 Trump 232 Clinton

    In a way, I am glad it happened. We have all been swimming is a “sea of lies” as I see it for decades, as one administration after another has learned to manipulate and control the people and over extract wealth from our people by slight of hand and distortion of truth.

    Now because of this historic upset in the elections, we see emerging evidence of massive vote fraud, and out right sedition. We are seeing what some of our formerly trusted leaders have been doing that they can mask and hide no longer.

    Our country is in the midst of a morality and ethics crisis in almost every sector. Castles in the sky built by lies and misrepresentations are crumbling. “Truth” has always been problematical, simply because what may be true for one, is not necessarily true for another. But what we are seeing now almost daily in the MSM now is blatant disregard for even the ideal of truthful representation.

    To me this looks like real communication is finally being achieved, and dirty laundry is being seen. Now to deal with it.

    I pray that President Trump is not led blindly into “war”. I Pray that president trump, instead, focuses on truth and justice, and the restoration of “decency” in my country.

    WAR is the most serious threat to the re-establishment of our Republic. N. Korea. It is a trap into which we all may descend if Mr. Trump is not very careful. Actions against N/Korea, if any, should be taken with the full cooperartion of China and Russia, both of whom border that ppalce.

  • edwin

    The reason you right winger Tea Baggers and John Birch types booboisies can’t see Obama’s accomplishments is that you have had your head up your a-s for 8 years . If you’re one of those folks who thinks President Obama is a “disappointment,” you haven’t been paying attention the last few years. And those of you who try to draw comparisons with the Bush Administration should put away the hallucinogens and have your memory checked. If you were in a coma for the eight Bush Years, I apologize and forgive you. But please join the real world. So far, this president has done most of what he said he would do if elected; imagine what he could have done by now if progressives had supported him and not given him a Congress that doesn’t look at him as if he’s the demon seed.
    Not only is Obama NOT a “disappointment,” he’s pretty much the opposite.
    Not only is he NOT a “disappointment,” he’s pretty much the opposite. And no, I don’t just say that because he took out Osama bin Laden, helped Libya determine their own destiny for the first time in a while, and because he seems able to handle international incidents without starting a new war. The guy does nearly everything we elect a president to do, and he doesn’t brag about it constantly.
    Is he perfect? No, he’s human. Does he deserve some criticism? I suppose, but I must admit I haven’t seen any complaints that were of based on anything having to do with the real world. One I can’t forgive him for is pulling Janet Napolitano out of Arizona. But the thing is, on balance, he’s mostly stellar. Besides, criticism about certain specific problems is one thing; taking on an overall “Obama sucks” meme not only has the potential to put Willard Romney into power, it’s also a lie. Just because you wanted a president who would give you a glitter-farting unicorn and didn’t quite get that doesn’t mean he’s not doing well at the job we hired him for.
    What follows is a PARTIAL list of Obama’s accomplishments so far. Unlike many such lists, there is a link to a citation supporting every single one.
    Legislative Prowess.
    Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office. Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%. http://n.pr/i3d7cY
    Fiscal Responsibility.
    Within days after taking office, Obama signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse. http://1.usa.gov/dUvbu5
    Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money. http://n.pr/hcgBn1
    On his first full day, he froze White House salaries. http://on.msnbc.com/ewJUIx
    He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending. http://www.cio.gov
    He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems, and also signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting system. http://bit.ly/hOw1t1 http://bit.ly/fz8GAd
    Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/hwKhKa
    Improving the Economy, Preventing Depression.
    Obama pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as “the stimulus package,” despite the fact that not one Republican voted for that bill. In addition, he launched recovery.gov, so that taxpayers could track spending from the Act. http://1.usa.gov/ibiFSs http://1.usa.gov/e3BJMk
    In his first year, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy 3.5%. http://reut.rs/i46CEE
    Obama completed the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan, and recovered virtually all of its costs. http://1.usa.gov/eA5jVS http://bit.ly/eCNrD6
    He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan. http://1.usa.gov/goy6zl
    Obama oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years. http://bit.ly/hrrnjY
    He oversaw a bailout of General Motors that saved at least 1.4 million jobs, and put pressure on the company to change its practices, resulting in GM returning to its place as the top car company in the world. http://lat.ms/zIJuQx
    Obama also doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency. http://bit.ly/eYD4nf
    He signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system. It also created a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown. http://abcn.ws/g18Fe7
    Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, which was designed to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices. http://1.usa.gov/gIaNcS
    He increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect. http://bit.ly/f77aOw
    Obama signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures. The bill also provided $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and to stabilize the housing market. http://bit.ly/eEpLFn
    Through the Worker, Home Ownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, Obama and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery. http://bit.ly/dZgXXw http://bit.ly/gORYfL
    He initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses.
    http://1.usa.gov/eu0u0b
    Obama created business.gov, which allows for online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has since merged with SBA.gov.) http://www.business.gov
    He played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis. http://nyti.ms/gHlgp5
    Obama took steps to improve minority access to capital. http://bit.ly/f9xVE7
    He created a $60 billion bank to fund infrastructure improvements such as roads and bridges. http://bit.ly/e1SSaQ
    He implemented an auto industry rescue plan, and saved as many as 1 million jobs. http://bit.ly/ibhpxr Many are of the opinion that he saved the entire auto industry, and even the economy of the entire Midwest. http://bit.ly/gj7mt5
    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Obama saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost. http://1.usa.gov/ez30Dc
    Obama dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby moving forward to cut ties between energy companies and the government. http://nyti.ms/bw1MLu
    He provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession. http://bit.ly/g0IKWR
    He used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. http://on.msnbc.com/i1i8eV
    Obama crafted an Executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans. http://bit.ly/eyqsNE
    Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection.
    Obama ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money. http://huff.to/eAi9Qq
    He pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression. http://bit.ly/hWCPg0 http://bit.ly/geHpcD
    Dodd-Frank also included the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau http://1.usa.gov/j5onG
    Obama made it so that banks could no longer use YOUR money to invest in high-risk financial instruments that work against their own customers’ interests. http://bit.ly/fnTayj
    He supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation. http://bit.ly/fnTayj
    Obama wholly endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes. http://bit.ly/esOdfB http://bit.ly/eG4DPM
    He made a deal with Swiss banks that permits the US government to gain access to the records of criminals and tax evaders. http://bit.ly/htfDgw
    He established a Consumer Protection Financial Bureau designed to protect consumers from financial sector excesses. http://bit.ly/fnTayj
    Obama oversaw and then signed the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression. http://thedc.com/gxkCtP
    Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination.
    Obama advocated for and signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to assault anyone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. http://bit.ly/gsMSJ7
    He pushed through, signed and demanded the Pentagon enact a repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that forced soldiers to lie to fight for their country, and put our troops at risk by disqualifying many qualified soldiers from helping. http://bit.ly/fdahuH http://bit.ly/mZV4Pz
    Obama appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. http://1.usa.gov/fi5IY0
    Helped Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. http://bit.ly/th0JC8
    He extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. http://1.usa.gov/g2RLCj
    Obama has appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history. http://bit.ly/g1lA7D
    He issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other. http://1.usa.gov/aUueGT
    He established a White House Council on Women and Girls http://1.usa.gov/rFfqMM
    He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. This was after the GOP blocked the bill in 2007. Only 5 Republican Senators voted for the bill. http://bit.ly/fT3Cxg
    Obama wrote and signed an Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies evaluate the effect of their policies and programs on women and families. http://bit.ly/e1puTk
    He expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act. http://1.usa.gov/dSbI0x
    Under Obama’s watch, National Labor Relations Board has issued final rules that require all employers to prominently post employees’ rights where all employees or prospective employees can see it, including websites and intranets, beginning November 2011. http://1.usa.gov/qu2EhQ
    Fighting Poverty.
    Obama provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). http://nyti.ms/gfLqyM
    He signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs. http://wapo.st/eWECA8
    Improved Foreign Relations and American Status Abroad.
    Obama visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office. http://bit.ly/hZycda
    As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration. http://nyti.ms/dKvY4g
    He did much to restore America’s reputation around the world as a global leader that does the “right thing” in world affairs, at least according to the rest of the planet. http://bit.ly/h743y7 http://bit.ly/ho4TCr
    He re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues. http://1.usa.gov/e7QuDj
    Closed a number of secret detention facilities. http://nyti.ms/rpUc9l
    Obama improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys. http://1.usa.gov/tiGAGe
    He pushed for military to emphasize development of foreign language skills. http://bit.ly/AxUCLV
    Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence. http://bit.ly/9axfWh
    He refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program. http://bit.ly/xVmSZK
    He worked to make donations to Haiti tax-deductible in 2009. http://huff.to/6YkAVY
    He established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. http://1.usa.gov/eX28DP
    Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia. http://1.usa.gov/hxdf8U
    He established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them. http://n.pr/hY3Kwa http://nyti.ms/emQBde
    He ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and a smattering of Democrats) who prevented him from following through. http://bit.ly/eW6CVF
    Obama ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture, or what Bush called “enhanced interrogation.” He ordered interrogators to limit their actions to the Army Field manual. http://bit.ly/g6MTuC
    he ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed. http://bbc.in/h6N9ax
    He released the Bush torture memos. http://bit.ly/hWJ5z0
    On his second day in office, he signed a detailed Executive Order that banned torture, reversed all Bush torture policies, and put the United States in compliance with the Geneva Convention. http://1.usa.gov/dL6Zve http://nyti.ms/hzWWys
    In response to the emerging “Arab Spring,” he created a Rapid Response fund, to assist emerging democracies with foreign aid, debt relief, technical assistance and investment packages in order to show that the United States stands with them. http://bit.ly/zfmGv9
    Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war, and to encourage Iran to give up their nuclear program. http://1.usa.gov/wLtNjb
    Ended the Iraq War. http://tgr.ph/ru0tyS
    He authorized and oversaw a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates. http://bit.ly/y8c9Fz
    Better Approach to “Defense.”
    Obama created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat. http://1.usa.gov/gDX1nE
    He authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010. http://1.usa.gov/gLFZl2
    He restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush. http://lat.ms/gkcl3i
    He signed and pushed to ratification a new SALT Treaty. http://bit.ly/f3JVtw
    Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will last until at least 2021. http://1.usa.gov/cI1bC4
    Through the Defense Authorization Act, he reversed the Bush Administration and committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq. http://bit.ly/hk73OJ
    He developed the first comprehensive strategy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan designed to facilitate the defeat of al Qaeda and the withdrawal of most troops, as well as the rebuilding of Afghanistan. http://wapo.st/ee4Xcs
    He returned our focus to Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing our troops. http://bit.ly/lNXUna
    Fulfilled campaign promise and ended our involvement in Iraq, and will complete full troop withdrawal before Christmas 2011. http://onforb.es/nTUk4Z
    He took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world. http://yhoo.it/n5lXs6
    He negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India. http://1.usa.gov/aHp0Cn
    He took decisive action to use NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that the Libyan people could topple a despotic government and determine their own fate. http://aje.me/qAh4Sj
    Treating Soldiers and Veterans with Respect cont. next comment

  • edwin

    Con t. from last comment
    He made sure that families of fallen soldiers could be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB, by providing funding for it. He also ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers.http://nyti.ms/glqN66 http://bbc.in/gWSSkA
    He funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services. http://1.usa.gov/huhqfo
    He provided the troops with better body armor. http://bit.ly/hzSv2h
    Created the Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care. http://1.usa.gov/f4yaxW
    He put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date. (personal note: my son will be in harm’s way for six fewer months with Obama as president, so you know I love this one). http://nyti.ms/e2YQ7Q
    He supported and signed the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which made more money available to enable better medical care for veterans. http://1.usa.gov/fN4ur1
    He ushered through the largest spending increase in 30 years for the Department of Veterans Affairs for improved medical facilities, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities. http://1.usa.gov/gY8O3x
    He created the Green Vet Initiative, which provided special funding to the Labor Department to provide veterans with training in green jobs. http://bit.ly/epwUQY
    He oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals. http://bit.ly/gjzTxX
    Education.
    He has repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process. http://bit.ly/gYWd30 http://bit.ly/e9c7Dr http://bit.ly/eEzTNq
    Completely reformed the student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate. http://nyti.ms/dMvHOt
    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , he invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. http://1.usa.gov/gGRIAr This includes a major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide http://bit.ly/fNDcj3 , as well as an expansion in school construction. http://bit.ly/fYwNrV
    Also through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start. http://1.usa.gov/tzT2Rr
    Signed the Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0 http://bit.ly/hPhG7J
    He oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low-income students to go to college. http://bit.ly/hI6tXz
    He passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds. http://1.usa.gov/dQvtUe
    greater Transparency and Better Government.
    He signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch. http://bit.ly/fsBACN
    He signed an order banning anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years. He also put strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House. http://nyti.ms/gOrznV
    He held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public. http://bit.ly/gVNSgX
    The Obama White House became the first to stream every White House event, live. http://1.usa.gov/kAgOP5
    He established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities. http://www.serve.gov
    He provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history. http://1.usa.gov/hQ7ttV
    He crafted an Executive Order on Presidential Records, which restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records, and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews. This will provide the public with greater access to historic White House documents, and severely curtails the ability to use executive privilege to shield them.
    http://1.usa.gov/gUetLb
    He improved aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent in the processing of FOIA requests. http://1.usa.gov/gjrnp2
    National Safety and Security.
    He’s restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully. http://bit.ly/h8Xj7z
    Authorized Navy SEALS to successfully secure the release of a US captain held by Somali pirates and increased patrols off the Somali coast. http://nyti.ms/efBO7B
    Has repeatedly beefed up border security http://bit.ly/mMYB4i
    Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden. http://bit.ly/jChpgw
    Science, Technology and Health Care.
    He created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making.
    http://1.usa.gov/g2SDuw
    Opened up the process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects. http://bit.ly/j0KV2U
    He eliminated the Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. He also provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research. http://bit.ly/h36SSO http://ti.me/edezge
    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs. http://nyti.ms/fTs9t7
    He signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis. http://bit.ly/fOi2rb
    He expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families, to cover more first-time mothers. http://bit.ly/jRRRJc
    His EPA reversed research ethics standards which allowed humans to be used as “guinea pigs” in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics. http://bit.ly/bKgqdS
    Conducted a cyberspace policy review. http://1.usa.gov/gmbdvC
    Provided financial support for private sector space programs. http://bit.ly/fn8ucr
    He oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use. http://bit.ly/dNTRyP
    He ushered through a bill that authorized the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products. http://on.msnbc.com/fiKViB As a result, the FDA has Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients and banned sale of cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”
    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs. http://bit.ly/ecQSgA
    He also increased funding for community-based prevention programs. http://bit.ly/frMPG3
    He oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors. http://bit.ly/e5b1iq http://1.usa.gov/fVNkt9
    He eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price. http://bit.ly/fOkG5b
    Two weeks after taking office, he signed the Children’s Health Insurance Re-authorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million. http://bit.ly/fDEzGv
    He held a quick press conference, and urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation. Rep. Waxman responded by launching a probe, and Anthem Blue Cross put the increase on hold for two months. http://yhoo.it/e8Tj9C
    Ushered through and signed the Affordable Health Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage to 30 million more people, and ended many common insurance company practices that are often detrimental to those with coverage. He also established http://www.healthcare.gov/
    Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V
    Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he provided tax breaks to allow 3.5 million small business to provide health insurance to their employees, and 29 million people will receive tax breaks to help them afford health insurance. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V
    Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. http://nyti.ms/ekMWpo
    Through the Affordable Health Care Act, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V
    Provisions in Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act have already resulted in Medicare costs actually declining slightly this fiscal year, for the first time in many years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Last year’s increase was 4%. Compare that to the average 12% annual inflation rate during the previous 40 years. http://1.usa.gov/oMxpTh
    Strengthening the Middle Class and Families
    Obama worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families. http://bit.ly/fNfidS
    He cracked down on companies that were previously denying sick pay, vacation and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare tax payments through abuse of the employee classification of independent contractor. http://nyti.ms/fOGLcj
    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , he cut taxes for 95% of America’s working families. http://bit.ly/eSEI4F
    Under Obama, tax rates for average working families are the lowest they’ve been since 1950. http://bit.ly/f74pD8
    He extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years. http://bit.ly/eFeSdP
    He extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s extended unemployment benefits several times. http://aol.it/evtVxD http://nyti.ms/emrqKJ http://bit.ly/hOtIpg http://bit.ly/fTT7kz
    Environment and Energy.
    He fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact federal fuel efficiency standards that were above federal standards. http://nyti.ms/e8e94x
    He fast-tracked increased fuel economy standards for vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year. It was the first time such standards had been increased in a decade. http://politi.co/hiaPKM
    He oversaw the establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, which creates more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies. http://bit.ly/lZp73y
    His EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history. http://bit.ly/lP3yEL
    He ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances. http://1.usa.gov/g3MTbu
    He ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. http://reut.rs/fV155p (As you can see, Republicans are trying hard to kill it.)
    He oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers. http://bit.ly/mjnq2R
    Obama bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions. http://bit.ly/froaP5
    His EPA ruled that CO2 is a pollutant. http://bit.ly/iQTSNN
    He doubled federal spending on clean energy research. http://bit.ly/iN0sCE
    He pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars. http://bit.ly/j8UP5Y
    He created a program to develop renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that will produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. http://1.usa.gov/fgfRWq
    Obama reengaged in the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions agreements talks, and even proposed one himself. He also addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference, officially reversing the Bush-era stance that climate change was a “hoax.” http://bit.ly/dX6Vj3 http://bit.ly/fE2PxK http://nyti.ms/hfeqvv
    He fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide. http://bit.ly/eJ6QOO
    He required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption. http://bit.ly/lBhk7P
    Following Bush’s eight year reign, he reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic. http://bit.ly/fzQUFO
    Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid automobiles, and later he and Democrats morphed that program into one that includes electric cars. http://bit.ly/glCukV
    Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles. http://bit.ly/h5KZqy http://1.usa.gov/fLWq5c http://1.usa.gov/hmUSbk
    Obama oversaw and pushed through an amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://1.usa.gov/yTRYVo
    He also actively tried to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to eliminate the liability limits for those companies responsible for large oil spills. http://nyti.ms/bxjDi3
    He initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://nyti.ms/bVuB7a
    Through Obama’s EPA, he asserted federal legal supremacy, and barred Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own. http://bit.ly/ww8eMd
    He strengthened the Endangered Species Act. http://bit.ly/hscjsH
    His EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year. http://bit.ly/jYH7nt
    Through the EPA, he took steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans. http://bit.ly/fBuWd2
    Obama increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10% http://bit.ly/fbJPjY
    He announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards. http://1.usa.gov/oQiC1K
    He announced the development of a huge increase in average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg to 35.5mpg starting in 2016 and 54.5 starting in 2025 http://1.usa.gov/qtghsW
    Other Stuff.
    Obama has expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA. http://bit.ly/etznpY
    He oversaw funding of the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History, which is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015. He protected the funding during the recent budget negotiations. http://on.fb.me/fD0EVO http://bit.ly/ff5Luv
    Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. http://bit.ly/dFb8qF
    Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Justice in the court’s history, and the women represent only the third and fourth women to serve on the court, out of a total of 112 justices. http://huff.to/eOChg6 http://bit.ly/i02wgP
    He appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president. http://bit.ly/dX6vNB
    He eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and he rescinded the global gag rule. http://bit.ly/eCFAI1 http://bit.ly/f92drF
    Obama loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference. http://huff.to/eQfa7j
    His FDA banned the use of antibiotics in livestock production. http://bit.ly/jUjLzo
    Obama ushered through and signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program.

  • edwin

    Trump supporter’s are hopeless
    I trust that responsible journalists will continue to hammer away at Trump (OMG, that name, seriously?) I’m hoping that his presidency will go the way of Turmp steaks and Trump University. However, his supporters will not let go, as Trump said, he could shoot someone on 5th street in NYC and they wouldn’t care. Seriously, who are these people? I know some of my cousins are these people, but I know there are others that are good people and just grasping at straws. Of all the flimsy things they could grab, Trump is the worst. As Carl Bernstein said, and I paraphrase, Trump floats in a weightless atmosphere of lies. He doesn’t bother to substantiate or deny, he just farts out something and the 50% you speak of inhale and swear they smell roses. That 50% are bigots, racist and Booboisies and Trump has no real interest in them or their needs. Some one should wiretap the WH. This guy is dangerous. A CEO, any CEO make a bad President CEO’s are dictator’s by the nature of their previous job.Trump thinks he can do anything he wants and get by with it. like running his own company. That’s not how government works. He thinks he can still run his company and be President at the same time. That creates hundreds of conflicts of interest. His coziness with Putin and Russia is going to bite him in the ass. Their is too much smoke not to be a serious fire. Does Russia have hotel videos of sexual mis conduct with minors. If there were mis coduct, they will have videos, that’s how it works in Russia. If his campaign with his knowledge were coordinating hacking information with Russia in destroying the Clinton campaign, that’s out there. If he was in contact with Russia during the campaign making deals to pay them back , that’s out there. If U S intelligence were listening which they were that’s out there. Anyone of these could bite him in the rear end. He can’t knock Russia because of black mail threats. Russia can get anything they want out of Trump. I think congress have begun to figure that out. His moral background alone is enough to make him unfit to be President. There is rape , sexual assault , peeping Tom charges that would bury anyone else that didn’t his money. he was able to fool millions of his boobislie follows with his constant lies. several fact checkers report that he lies 75% of the time. His followers are so naïve that they don’t care and many Republicans and well as Democrats would vote for the devil before they would vote for someone from the opposite party. I don’t see how he can survive all the baggage but if he don’t . Pence is not much better as far as a leader and ideology is concerned. conservatives were afraid of Obama because of what conservatives said Obama would do, and liberals are afraid of Trump because of what conservatives (especially including Trump himself, if you want to call him one) said Trump will do.
    My favorite Conservative sayings, “Obama has FEMA camps ready to lock up people in these camps who criticize him, ACA will have death panels for the elderly, Obama Institutes Sharia Law as his last executive action (as recently as Jan 17, 2017), and Obama will proclaim martial law and remain president for a third term,” which was swallowed hook, line, and sinker and believed lock, stock, and barrel by the same rank and file conservatives who write questions such as “Why do Liberals think…” those who on any website comments sectopms refer to anyone who disagrees with their conservative view as “Libtards.”

    PolitiFact has done extensive fact-checking on Obama’s faith and has debunked false claims in chain e-mails that he attended a radical Islamic school, that his political rise mirrored a biblical tale about the Antichrist, and that he took the oath for U.S. Senate on a Koran. All three earned our lowest rating, Pants on Fire.
    Our fact-checking also showed clear evidence that Obama is a Christian. According to the president’s memoirs and independent biographies, Obama was not raised in any particular faith. He became a Christian when he was in his 20s while working as a community organizer in Chicago. Obama said the churches there impressed him with their commitment to social justice and the hope they gave to the poor.
    “It was because of these newfound understandings that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity United Church of Christ on 95th Street in the Southside of Chicago one day and affirm my Christian faith,” Obama said in a 2006 speech. “It came about as a choice, and not an epiphany. I didn’t fall out in church. The questions I had didn’t magically disappear. But kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side, I felt that I heard God’s spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth.”
    Several independent reports have documented Obama’s church membership and faith life. “Along his Senate campaign trail (in 2004), Obama would never fail to carry his Christian Bible. He would place it right beside him, in the small compartment in the passenger side door of the SUV, so he could refer to it often,” reported journalist David Mendell in his 2007 biography Obama: From Promise to Power.
    In what category does Obama belong? I would make a case that he be considered among the “near greats.” Here’s why:
    Not since 1933, when FDR took office at the depth of the Great Depression, has a president confronted such a profound economic crisis on the first day in office. The banking system was collapsing, the two big automotive companies were near bankruptcy, unemployment was rising and the housing market was in a free fall. It was Obama’s policies, enacted into law despite unprecedented Republican obstruction, that helped turn the economy around. In fact, Obama’s policies have been far more successful than Roosevelt’s New Deal program. It was increased wartime production after 1939, not New Deal programs, that ended the depression. Obama ended the “great recession” while slowly disengaging the nation from active involvement in two foreign wars.
    Just about every economic indicator reveals an American economy on the rebound, and the growth has far outpaced that in other developed nations. You would not know that by listening to the cartoonish complaints of the Republican candidates running for president. What they fail to mention is that the economic results would be even better had it not been for the Republican-imposed sequester in 2011.
    Like all “great” and “near great” presidents, Obama not only solved the problems he inherited, he has managed to leave his own mark on the institution. With the Affordable Care Act, Obama accomplished what every Democrat since Harry Truman has tried but failed to pass — national health insurance for all Americans. He has championed other reasonable policies — fighting global warming, ending gun violence through sensible gun control legislation, and immigration reform — only to have his initiatives stymied by conservative opposition. Most of all, Obama has been masterful in exercising the intangible aspects of the presidency — inspiring people with his words, and articulating a clear alternative vision for the nation that makes his opponents appear small-minded and petty. And lets not forget the symbolic power of being the nation’s first African American president.
    Obama’s accomplishments in foreign policy have also been notable. In addition to the economic crisis at home, Obama inherited unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not only has Obama been winding down America’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, he has reoriented the nation’s priorities abroad and articulated a more modest vision for America’s role in the world. He signed a controversial nuclear deal with Iran, opened relations with Cuba, and has refused to be drawn into another ground war in the Middle East. His Eisenhower-like restraint in the use of military power has sent Bush-era neoconservatives into hysterics, but it has dramatically improved America’s image in the world.
    What remains unclear is whether Obama’s vision and his policies will reshape the Democratic party. Austerity has produced low growth, not vice versa. The stimulus showed that government spending creates jobs and the USA continues to lead the other western democracies in growth, even if that growth is tepid. The entire western world is seeing growth less than 3% and the only places where growth is moderate are the emerging eastern economies. China won’t be seeing 10% growth again in who knows how long, if ever. right wing uses false numbers to make a point, as an example
    Of the 92 million people who are not employed, 37.5 million are age 65 and over — an age when Medicare kicks in and many Americans head into retirement. Another 11.9 million are between 16 and 19, meaning they’re either high-school-age or starting college. And another 8 million are age 20 to 24, when many are in college or graduate school.
    Of the 92 million people who are not employed, 37.5 million are age 65 and over — an age when Medicare kicks in and many Americans head into retirement. Another 11.9 million are between 16 and 19, meaning they’re either high-school-age or starting college. And another 8 million are age 20 to 24, when many are in college or graduate school, Or simply staying home and raising a family. The US work force is apx 165,000,000. I questioned the 500,000 McDonald job figures , haven’t took the time to research it. This money is never a waste, just not productive as intended. Without it we would be a much worse shape. Economy is tied to the wealthy and the banks to provide loans. The prez can only do so much. Stop crimes on wall street and tax the 99% who send work overseas. As far as the Obama debt, It has to with baseline budgeting. Bush’s last budget had a 1.4 trillion dollar deficit. Obama first budget would have the same 1.4 until he can get a handle on it and start reducing it. It like a fast rain trying to stop , it takes a long time. Bush was lolling 800.000 job a month when Obama took over. That had to be turned around.as well. Obama has cut the deficit in half.

  • edwin

    The swamp is Trump and his followers.
    Former agent, Paul Horner, in his new tell-all book “The Black House,” reveals what goes on inside the White House when the news cameras are turned off.
    In an interview with NBC News, Horner told Senior Political Analyst Tom Downey that he is one-hundred-percent positive that President Obama is not only gay, but a radical Muslim as well. Even if it was true, so what.
    “Everyone on the inside knows that Obama is gay and a Muslim, it is common knowledge,” Horner said. “I saw many men coming and going from Obama’s room, at all hours. I would say a good portion of the men, over fifty-percent, were Muslim.”
    Neither of these assertions about President Obama is true, nor did a former Secret Service agent named Paul Horner write a tell-all book titled The Black House. The NewsExaminer is a fake news web site, and NBC.com.co (which has no affiliation with the NBC network) is a shill fake news web site that reproduces content from NewsExaminer.
    In fact, the NBC.com.co site was so hurriedly thrown together than its main page even still bears some of the Latin placeholder sample articles included in the WordPress theme on which it is based:
    I did research it. The part about his mother is totally false. How would you like someone say that about your mother.
    Michele Obama a Man: Debunked
    The filth on the right, those Fox News parroting ass clowns are so desperate to smear the President that now they have resorted to taking cheap shot at First Lady Michelle Obama by saying that she’s a man and by proxy implying that President Obama is gay.
    These outrageous claims will be thoroughly debunked in this article but let’s say that Mrs Obama is indeed transgendered. In a sane world the question would be “SO WHAT?” but in this hateful Christarded world telling these sort of lies is a big deal. When that drug addicted pedophile Rush Limbaugh called 12 yearold Chelsea Clinton the “Whitehouse dog” he more than crossed the line. When his lowlife ditto heads found his hateful and vulgar remarks amusing it showed just how sick and evil the right wingers truly are.
    Enter Sasha and Malia Obama. As Chelsea Clinton grew up and became damn good looking she probably shook it off but it really had to hurt her at the time. The scum on the right have now harmed two innocent girls. Regardless of what you think about this or any president, you keep the children out of it. Right wing trash in their maniacal zeal to smear cannot afford Sasha and Malia even that small amount of courtesy. If I were president Obama, I would treat them as traitors and terrorists and have them all killed just like bin Laden. This right wing trash is lucky that Barney Frank isn’t the president because when you fuck with an Italian’s family there’s a good chance your balls will end up in spaghetti sauce.

  • edwin

    As I said before you are talking about people who are not on my radar and not of interest to me. Not going to take the time to react to these people who I an not familiar with or care about.

  • Priyant Mangat

    That is fine by me.I believe I already asked you about this which is what is your stance on the BDS movement?Also what is your opinion on Trump recent speech in Riyadh?

  • edwin

    He is a man who is truly “clueless”. you are truly describing Trump. Your description of Pres. Obama is entirely false.

  • edwin

    Trump yes , Obama no.

  • edwin

    I wouldn’t edit anything if anything I would double down.

  • edwin

    And Trump isn’t . Give me a break.

  • edwin

    Obama is gay, Michelle Obama is a man, and the Obama children were kidnapped” : I’m Sorry but you literally have no idea just how stupid Trump’s conspiracy-theory-besotted Christian supporters are until you read this
    I’m Sorry to not be nice but you literally have no idea just how stupid and deluded (and dangerous) Trump’s conspiracy-theory-besotted Christian supporters are until you read this jaw-dropping Washington Post story: ‘Finally. Someone who thinks like me.’
    It follows an all-too-typical Trump true believer: a 52-year-old woman who counts herself among the growing swath of people who occupy the fringes of the fringes of American politics. She like millions, is increasingly becoming part of the mainstream. What was once unthinkable is now a media topic. Like millions of others, she believes that President Obama is a Muslim. And like so many she has gotten to “know” online, she also believes that Obama is gay, that Michelle Obama is a man, and that the Obama children were kidnapped from a family now searching for them.
    To Melanie, this was the glory of the 2016 presidential election. The truth about so many things was finally being accepted, from the highest levels of the Republican Party on down to the grass roots of America, where so many people like her didn’t care what some fact-checker said, much less that one day Trump would suggest that Obama wasn’t born in America, and on another say maybe he was.
    More and more, she was meeting people who felt the same as she did, joining what amounted to a parallel world of beliefs that the Trump campaign had not so much created as harnessed and swept into the presidential election. As Melanie saw it, what she had posted about Obama was no different from what a New Hampshire state legislator and Trump campaign adviser had said about Hillary Clinton, that she “should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”
    As she tried to understand it all, the best explanation she found was that Obama himself must be gay… “So,” she continued, “I think if she comes out and says we already have a gay in the White House and Michelle is a tranny, I mean, do you think she’s nuts?”
    She took a drag on her cigarette.
    “Well, I don’t,” she said, and turned her attention to the question of the Obama children.
    “Let’s look,” she said, and began googling.
    She started with mrconservative.com, where there was a story, headlined “Evidence Michelle Obama Never Gave Birth to Malia & Sasha,” that said: “We have seen pictures of Barack and Michelle dating back far before they had children, like shots from their wedding, but when it comes to what would have been Michelle’s childbearing years, there is absolutely nothing. Not one picture of her pregnant or with a newborn baby.” It continued: “Ancestry.com and GenealogyBank.com have no records of Malia or Sasha being born,” and also said that “Malia and Sasha [bear] little resemblance to their parents,” which “could very well be because the two girls were adopted, possibly from Morocco.” After reading that, Melanie scrolled through links to versions of the story on americasfreedomfighters.com and redflagnews.com and others among the dozens of similar websites that have proliferated in recent years and draw millions of visitors each month. She looked up from her phone.
    “I think those kids were kidnapped,” she said. “We should be looking for those kids’ parents.”
    This is what the Republicans have become: a party representing– and not repudiating — people who believe that Obama is Muslim, that Obama is ISIS, and that he’s planning Christian beheadings.
    Trump supporters relish articles like the one on a website called commonsenseshow.com detailing how the U.S. government imported 30,000 guillotines in preparation for martial law, and explaining that a single guillotine “reportedly can chop off the heads of about 100 people per hour,” so that “in one ten hour day, 30 million people could be executed.”
    To take an honest look at just how far we have fallen into Trump’s nightmare and a general level of terminal ignorance aided and abetted by the Republican Party (and the 70 percent of evangelicals voting for the master of delusional “thinking” )

  • efred1

    You’re ethically dyslexic.

  • edwin

    moral, ethical, virtuous, righteous, noble mean conforming to a standard of what is right and good. moral implies conformity to established sanctioned codes or accepted notions of right and wrong. ?the basic moral values of a community? and I can read just fime so I guess I should take that as a compliment.

  • efred1

    Keep thinking that.

  • Annonymous

    To our harm, “clueless” he wasn’t. He manipulated the Minorities and had the whole thing planned, as a likely Plant-it does appear. What’s astonishing is the lack of outrage from the Liberal Left, once the evidence has been presented. Yet, some are likely too busy getting high to have noticed.

  • Annonymous

    It’s true and telling, for it says he didn’t and doesn’t actually care about this Nation – doesn’t care to unify, doesn’t care to pass along a respect for the Office of Presidency, and doesn’t care about having left the entire World with not only Climate Change to address, but now a “refugee” invasion, as well. Appaulling he got elected? No, appaulling he scammed so many.

  • Annonymous

    Prove it.

  • Annonymous

    They will soon be over 18. 🙂

  • Annonymous

    Here, here.

  • edwin

    I beIieve in a 2 or 3 state solution so I support it .BDS stands for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (and not, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed, for “bigotry, dishonesty and shame”).
    The BDS movement’s three aims are grounded in international law and fundamental rights.
    It seeks to end the occupation and dismantle Israel’s illegal wall and settlements, demands full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel, and calls for the rights of Palestinian refugees to be upheld.
    For 33 minutes in Saudi Arabia on Sunday afternoon, Trump did his best impression of a moderate. Gone was “Islam hates us”; replaced by a reference to “one of the world’s great faiths.” Gone were the constant comparisons of refugees to snakes and Trojan horses; replaced by praise for Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon “for their role in hosting refugees.” Gone was the divisive rhetoric of top Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon, who has claimed that “the Judeo-Christian West” is in a “very brutal and bloody conflict … an outright war against jihadist Islamic fascism”; replaced by a strident statement from Trump himself that “this is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations.”
    Nevertheless, an impression of moderation is all that it was. As much as I would like to believe that Trump is now a “true friend of Muslims,” as the Saudi deputy crown prince preposterously declared, or that the president went to Riyadh, in his own words, “to deliver a message of friendship and hope,” to do so would be both naive and irresponsible.

  • edwin

    Trump supporter’s are hopeless
    I trust that responsible journalists will continue to hammer away at Trump (OMG, that name, seriously?) I’m hoping that his presidency will go the way of Turmp steaks and Trump University. However, his supporters will not let go, as Trump said, he could shoot someone on 5th street in NYC and they wouldn’t care. Seriously, who are these people? I know some of my cousins are these people, but I know there are others that are good people and just grasping at straws. Of all the flimsy things they could grab, Trump is the worst. As Carl Bernstein said, and I paraphrase, Trump floats in a weightless atmosphere of lies. He doesn’t bother to substantiate or deny, he just farts out something and the 50% you speak of inhale and swear they smell roses. That 50% are bigots, racist and Booboisies and Trump has no real interest in them or their needs. Some one should wiretap the WH. This guy is dangerous. A CEO, any CEO make a bad President CEO’s are dictator’s by the nature of their previous job.Trump thinks he can do anything he wants and get by with it. like running his own company. That’s not how government works. He thinks he can still run his company and be President at the same time. That creates hundreds of conflicts of interest. His coziness with Putin and Russia is going to bite him in the ass. Their is too much smoke not to be a serious fire. Does Russia have hotel videos of sexual mis conduct with minors. If there were mis coduct, they will have videos, that’s how it works in Russia. If his campaign with his knowledge were coordinating hacking information with Russia in destroying the Clinton campaign, that’s out there. If he was in contact with Russia during the campaign making deals to pay them back , that’s out there. If U S intelligence were listening which they were that’s out there. Anyone of these could bite him in the rear end. He can’t knock Russia because of black mail threats. Russia can get anything they want out of Trump. I think congress have begun to figure that out. His moral background alone is enough to make him unfit to be President. There is rape , sexual assault , peeping Tom charges that would bury anyone else that didn’t his money. he was able to fool millions of his boobislie follows with his constant lies. several fact checkers report that he lies 75% of the time. His followers are so naïve that they don’t care and many Republicans and well as Democrats would vote for the devil before they would vote for someone from the opposite party. I don’t see how he can survive all the baggage but if he don’t . Pence is not much better as far as a leader and ideology is concerned. conservatives were afraid of Obama because of what conservatives said Obama would do, and liberals are afraid of Trump because of what conservatives (especially including Trump himself, if you want to call him one) said Trump will do.
    My favorite Conservative sayings, “Obama has FEMA camps ready to lock up people in these camps who criticize him, ACA will have death panels for the elderly, Obama Institutes Sharia Law as his last executive action (as recently as Jan 17, 2017), and Obama will proclaim martial law and remain president for a third term,” which was swallowed hook, line, and sinker and believed lock, stock, and barrel by the same rank and file conservatives who write questions such as “Why do Liberals think…” those who on any website comments sectopms refer to anyone who disagrees with their conservative view as “Libtards.”

    PolitiFact has done extensive fact-checking on Obama’s faith and has debunked false claims in chain e-mails that he attended a radical Islamic school, that his political rise mirrored a biblical tale about the Antichrist, and that he took the oath for U.S. Senate on a Koran. All three earned our lowest rating, Pants on Fire.
    Mimimal fact-checking also showes clear evidence that Obama is a Christian. According to the president’s memoirs and independent biographies, Obama was not raised in any particular faith. He became a Christian when he was in his 20s while working as a community organizer in Chicago. Obama said the churches there impressed him with their commitment to social justice and the hope they gave to the poor.
    “It was because of these newfound understandings that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity United Church of Christ on 95th Street in the Southside of Chicago one day and affirm my Christian faith,” Obama said in a 2006 speech. “It came about as a choice, and not an epiphany. I didn’t fall out in church. The questions I had didn’t magically disappear. But kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side, I felt that I heard God’s spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth.”
    Several independent reports have documented Obama’s church membership and faith life. “Along his Senate campaign trail (in 2004), Obama would never fail to carry his Christian Bible. He would place it right beside him, in the small compartment in the passenger side door of the SUV, so he could refer to it often,” reported journalist David Mendell in his 2007 biography Obama: From Promise to Power.

    In what category does Obama belong? I would make a case that he be considered among the “near greats.” Here’s why:
    Not since 1933, when FDR took office at the depth of the Great Depression, has a president confronted such a profound economic crisis on the first day in office. The banking system was collapsing, the two big automotive companies were near bankruptcy, unemployment was rising and the housing market was in a free fall. It was Obama’s policies, enacted into law despite unprecedented Republican obstruction, that helped turn the economy around. In fact, Obama’s policies have been far more successful than Roosevelt’s New Deal program. It was increased wartime production after 1939, not New Deal programs, that ended the depression. Obama ended the “great recession” while slowly disengaging the nation from active involvement in two foreign wars.
    Just about every economic indicator reveals an American economy on the rebound, and the growth has far outpaced that in other developed nations. You would not know that by listening to the cartoonish complaints of the Republican candidates running for president. What they fail to mention is that the economic results would be even better had it not been for the Republican-imposed sequester in 2011.
    Like all “great” and “near great” presidents, Obama not only solved the problems he inherited, he has managed to leave his own mark on the institution. With the Affordable Care Act, Obama accomplished what every Democrat since Harry Truman has tried but failed to pass — national health insurance for all Americans. He has championed other reasonable policies — fighting global warming, ending gun violence through sensible gun control legislation, and immigration reform — only to have his initiatives stymied by conservative opposition. Most of all, Obama has been masterful in exercising the intangible aspects of the presidency — inspiring people with his words, and articulating a clear alternative vision for the nation that makes his opponents appear small-minded and petty. And lets not forget the symbolic power of being the nation’s first African American president.
    Obama’s accomplishments in foreign policy have also been notable. In addition to the economic crisis at home, Obama inherited unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not only has Obama been winding down America’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, he has reoriented the nation’s priorities abroad and articulated a more modest vision for America’s role in the world. He signed a controversial nuclear deal with Iran, opened relations with Cuba, and has refused to be drawn into another ground war in the Middle East. His Eisenhower-like restraint in the use of military power has sent Bush-era neoconservatives into hysterics, but it has dramatically improved America’s image in the world.
    What remains unclear is whether Obama’s vision and his policies will reshape the Democratic party. Austerity has produced low growth, not vice versa. The stimulus showed that government spending creates jobs and the USA continues to lead the other western democracies in growth, even if that growth is tepid. The entire western world is seeing growth less than 3% and the only places where growth is moderate are the emerging eastern economies. China won’t be seeing 10% growth again in who knows how long, if ever.

    Of the 92 million people who are not employed, 37.5 million are age 65 and over — an age when Medicare kicks in and many Americans head into retirement. Another 11.9 million are between 16 and 19, meaning they’re either high-school-age or starting college. And another 8 million are age 20 to 24, when many are in college or graduate school.
    Of the 92 million people who are not employed, 37.5 million are age 65 and over — an age when Medicare kicks in and many Americans head into retirement. Another 11.9 million are between 16 and 19, meaning they’re either high-school-age or starting college. And another 8 million are age 20 to 24, when many are in college or graduate school, Or simply staying home and raising a family. The US work force is apx 165,000,000. I questioned the 500,000 McDonald job figures , haven’t took the time to research it. This money is never a waste, just not productive as intended. Without it we would be a much worse shape. Economy is tied to the wealthy and the banks to provide loans. The prez could only do so much. Stop crimes on wall street and tax the 99% who send work overseas. As far as the Obama debt, It has to with baseline budgeting. Bush’s last budget had a 1.4 trillion dollar deficit. Obama first budget would have the same 1.4 until he can get a handle on it and start reducing it. It like a fast rain trying to stop , it takes a long time. Bush was lolling 800.000 job a month when Obama took over. That had to be turned around.as well. Obama has cut the deficit in half.

  • Draintheswamp

    Obama Let in Admitted MS-13 Members, Whistleblower Says

    http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/05/25/obama-admin-let-ms-13-gang-members-into-us-after-they-were-captured-at-border-documents-state/#comsParent The Obama

    The Obama garbage pile gets bigger, it’s going to take a lot of work that liberals won’t do to clean up the garbage pile that Obama made. Obama legacy will show he ruined America, and that he hated America.

    We’ve had enough of Obama. He did his best to destroy America during his two terms.

    Obama is a Muslim and Evil Man.

    Obama is traitor to this country. I believe he will be found out and brought to justice for sedition soon enough. If anyone can accomplish this it’s Trump.

    Obama hates our nation! Case closed!

  • edwin

    You are only showing your ignorance. In what category does Obama belong? I would make a case that he be considered among the “near greats.” Here’s why:
    Not since 1933, when FDR took office at the depth of the Great Depression, has a president confronted such a profound economic crisis on the first day in office. The banking system was collapsing, the two big automotive companies were near bankruptcy, unemployment was rising and the housing market was in a free fall. It was Obama’s policies, enacted into law despite unprecedented Republican obstruction, that helped turn the economy around. In fact, Obama’s policies have been far more successful than Roosevelt’s New Deal program. It was increased wartime production after 1939, not New Deal programs, that ended the depression. Obama ended the “great recession” while slowly disengaging the nation from active involvement in two foreign wars.
    Just about every economic indicator reveals an American economy on the rebound, and the growth has far outpaced that in other developed nations. You would not know that by listening to the cartoonish complaints of the Republican candidates running for president. What they fail to mention is that the economic results would be even better had it not been for the Republican-imposed sequester in 2011.
    Like all “great” and “near great” presidents, Obama not only solved the problems he inherited, he has managed to leave his own mark on the institution. With the Affordable Care Act, Obama accomplished what every Democrat since Harry Truman has tried but failed to pass — national health insurance for all Americans. He has championed other reasonable policies — fighting global warming, ending gun violence through sensible gun control legislation, and immigration reform — only to have his initiatives stymied by conservative opposition. Most of all, Obama has been masterful in exercising the intangible aspects of the presidency — inspiring people with his words, and articulating a clear alternative vision for the nation that makes his opponents appear small-minded and petty. And lets not forget the symbolic power of being the nation’s first African American president.
    Obama’s accomplishments in foreign policy have also been notable. In addition to the economic crisis at home, Obama inherited unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not only has Obama been winding down America’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, he has reoriented the nation’s priorities abroad and articulated a more modest vision for America’s role in the world. He signed a controversial nuclear deal with Iran, opened relations with Cuba, and has refused to be drawn into another ground war in the Middle East. His Eisenhower-like restraint in the use of military power has sent Bush-era neoconservatives into hysterics, but it has dramatically improved America’s image in the world.
    What remains unclear is whether Obama’s vision and his policies will reshape the Democratic party and

  • edwin

    In what category does Obama belong? I would make a case that he be considered among the “near greats.” Here’s why:
    Not since 1933, when FDR took office at the depth of the Great Depression, has a president confronted such a profound economic crisis on the first day in office. The banking system was collapsing, the two big automotive companies were near bankruptcy, unemployment was rising and the housing market was in a free fall. It was Obama’s policies, enacted into law despite unprecedented Republican obstruction, that helped turn the economy around. In fact, Obama’s policies have been far more successful than Roosevelt’s New Deal program. It was increased wartime production after 1939, not New Deal programs, that ended the depression. Obama ended the “great recession” while slowly disengaging the nation from active involvement in two foreign wars.
    Just about every economic indicator reveals an American economy on the rebound, and the growth has far outpaced that in other developed nations. You would not know that by listening to the cartoonish complaints of the Republican candidates running for president. What they fail to mention is that the economic results would be even better had it not been for the Republican-imposed sequester in 2011.
    Like all “great” and “near great” presidents, Obama not only solved the problems he inherited, he has managed to leave his own mark on the institution. With the Affordable Care Act, Obama accomplished what every Democrat since Harry Truman has tried but failed to pass — national health insurance for all Americans. He has championed other reasonable policies — fighting global warming, ending gun violence through sensible gun control legislation, and immigration reform — only to have his initiatives stymied by conservative opposition. Most of all, Obama has been masterful in exercising the intangible aspects of the presidency — inspiring people with his words, and articulating a clear alternative vision for the nation that makes his opponents appear small-minded and petty. And lets not forget the symbolic power of being the nation’s first African American president.
    Obama’s accomplishments in foreign policy have also been notable. In addition to the economic crisis at home, Obama inherited unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not only has Obama been winding down America’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, he has reoriented the nation’s priorities abroad and articulated a more modest vision for America’s role in the world. He signed a controversial nuclear deal with Iran, opened relations with Cuba, and has refused to be drawn into another ground war in the Middle East. His Eisenhower-like restraint in the use of military power has sent Bush-era neoconservatives into hysterics, but it has dramatically improved America’s image in the world.
    What remains unclear is whether Obama’s vision and his policies will reshape the Democratic party and

  • edwin

    Try Bush’s housing bubble. He had 8 years to solve the problem. If it had happened a year or two after he took office maybe you could blame it on Clinton, but 8 years later, get real. If it happens on your watch it your baby.

  • edwin

    Better than the right wing rags you righties quote.

  • edwin

    Right wing sites have a much higher false content that fact check, Snopes etc. that you dislike. right wing sites play to the right wing view regardless if its true or not.

  • edwin

    There’s been no scandals over the past eight years the likes of which we’ve seen plague previous Administrations — as reaffirmed by journalists from across the spectrum.”
    Schultz provided links to a number of opinion articles, including by David Brooks of the New York Times (“The Obama administration has been remarkably scandal-free. Think of the way Iran-Contra or the Lewinsky scandals swallowed years from Reagan and Clinton”), USA Today (“Obama has been a largely classy, mature and personally scandal-free presence in the White House”), and Paul Waldman in the Week (“Barack Obama will be president for less than eight more months, and he’s had only piddling little scandalettes.”)
    In other words, the Obama team is pointing to not having the kind of major, all-encompassing scandal that nearly sank the White House, especially in a second-term administration. Watergate ended Richard Nixon’s presidency early, Iran-Contra hobbled Ronald Reagan’s presidency and Bill Clinton was impeached for lying to a grand jury about an affair with a White House intern.
    Obama has certainly had his share of controversies, but some of the most-covered became murky or faded over time. A Justice Department Inspector General found no evidence that Attorney General Eric Holder knew about the Fast and Furious operation before 2011. Numerous Benghazi probes uncovered missteps about security before the attacks, White House spin after the attacks — and uncovered Hillary Clinton’s private email server. That led to an FBI investigation, but no charges were filed. The IRS probe led to the resignation of several officials, but a Justice Department investigation found only “substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia,” not criminal activity.
    Another well-reported controversy was over wait times at Veterans Affairs hospitals, which led to the resignation of Eric Shinseki, the secretary for Veterans Affairs, in 2014. He is the only Obama Cabinet official to resign under pressure.
    Though not Cabinet rank, then-CIA Director David Petreaus resigned in 2012 after the discovery of an extramarital affair with his biographer; he later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, which he had shared with his mistress.
    Petreaus’s crime was more of a personal nature than related to policy; it also did not involve a White House official.
    However, James E. “Hoss” Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also pleaded guilty to falsely denying that he was the source of classified information for two reporters. He was pardoned by Obama on Jan. 17.
    By contrast, look at what happened in previous, recent administrations and what is going on in the Trump administration just 3 months in to his tenure.:

  • M S

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    Which right wing rag have I quoted?

    Are you bright enough to understand that so-called fact-check sites are just a particular style of editorial?

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  • edwin

    I don’t know all the fake news sources you have quoted I will give you a few.you believe all the right wing lies from the right wing and publications. listed are a few..50 right-wing news sources that are infecting the American mind
    Republicans often talk about the media’s “liberal bias” when many of their claims aren’t validated. Ever since Sarah Palin was thrust into the spotlight in 2008, cries of “lame stream media” have been heard echoing through the ear drums of registered voters. Whether it’s NBC, CBS, CNN, ABC or any other “main stream” news outlet, the right-wing are often quick to attack, claiming bias against conservatives and the Republican agenda.While one major news channel, MSNBC, promotes a more progressive message during their prime time line-up, they promote themselves as liberal, tagging themselves with the slogan “lean forward.” Other news channels, such as CNN, have actually taken steps to the right of the political spectrum in an attempt to capitalize on Fox News’ ratings success.
    Despite claims of media bias, the number one rated news channel is Fox News, the loudest voice for conservatism in the country. Even outside television, conservative media is often easily found. The overwhelming majority of talk radio is dominated by right-wing voices. Earlier this year, “Talkers” magazine released their annual “Heavy Hundred” list of the 100 most important radio show hosts in the country. Out of the top ten, only three would be described as “liberal” or “progressive,” with the remaining being far right conservatives or libertarian. The rest of the list is similar to the top 10 as conservative talk shows heavily outnumber their liberal counter parts.
    The internet is also a viable place to promote your political agenda. Conservative blogs and websites have popped up at a record number over the last few years and don’t look to be slowing down any time soon.
    While there are liberal talk shows and blogs, the conservative claim that the entire media has a bias favoring liberals is just false. The list below is simply a counter to that claim and, in no particular order, is a list of 50 of the worst places you could go to get your news and information.

    1. Fox News
    2. The Rush Limbaugh Show
    3. Glenn Beck
    4. Savage Nation w/ Michael Savage
    5. Alex Jones’ Info Wars
    6. The Heritage Foundation
    7. The Wall Street Journal Op-Ed
    8. The Neal Boortz Radio Show
    9. Sean Hannity
    10. Bill O’Reilly
    11. Rightwingnews.com
    12. National Review
    13. The Mark Levin Show
    14. The Weekly Standard
    15. Washington Times
    16. The American Conservative
    17. The Drudge Report
    18. The Cato Institute
    19. Media Research Center
    20. Townhall.com
    21. Red State
    22. Andew Breitbart’s Big Government
    23. The American Cause
    24. Christian Coalition
    25. The John Birch Society
    26. Citizens United
    27. Freedom Works
    28. Tea Party Express
    29. Tea Party Patriots
    30. The Herman Cain Show
    31. News Busters
    32. News Max
    33. The New York Post
    34. Conservative HQ
    35. Sirius radio “Patriot”
    36. Conservative American News
    37. Conservative Daily News
    38. Judicial Watch
    39. The Source Daily
    40. Republican National Committee
    41. American Spectator
    42. Reason Magazine
    43. Freedom Rings Radio hosted by Kenneth
    John
    44. Conservapedia
    45. The Right Side of the Web
    46. CNS News
    47. Michael Reagan
    48. Family Research Council
    49. Conservative Underground
    50. The Hugh Hewitt Show

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    A (feeble) straw man argument? You didn’t answer the question:

    Are you bright enough to understand that so-called fact-check sites are just a particular style of opinion journalism?

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  • edwin

    Everything is biased at least a little bit. Politifact claims its unbiased and they attempt to fact check claims made by people on both sides of the aisle. Regardless, they are probably the best fact checking site on the internet to my knowledge and I hope Politifact and sites like it grow in size and become a more prominent part of our democracy to the point that politicians can literally not lie at all anymore without not only being found out, but also getting a lot of negative press that disincentivizes lying in the future. Flagship NPR and PBS news programs will give interviews and debates allowing both competent Dems and Republicans to spell out their arguments with minimal “gotcha” bullshit from the interviewers/moderators. FOX News never showed that type of respect to liberal commentators or Democrat politicians.

  • edwin

    This is perhaps a wholly subjective list, and so the idea that they are the definitive top 5 is open to challenge. I have however found them all to be incredibly useful at times.
    1 – Wikipedia
    It really does cover most topics in an honest, accurate and wholly unbiased manner, hence is often criticised by the purveyors of woo as highly biased. Deepak Chopra simply hates Wikipedia. Here is an article by somebody who works in one of Mr Chopra’s foundations (hence is of course totally unbiased), basically sticking the knife into Wikipedia. The real challenge to it all is that Mr Chopra’s Wikipedia page is, like every other Wikipedia page, robustly referenced, and so is a fact-based summary of him and his various pseudoscientific claims. If indeed his various quirky theories were actually published within reputable scientific journals along with some credible data then there would be appropriate coverage of it all on that basis. However, since he is instead promoting stuff that has no actual evidence, his page is garnished with an appropriate degree of criticism and skepticism that reflects that reality.
    OK, that is just one example, how does it all work out in general, just how reliable is Wikipedia, how can you find out?
    Rather ironically there is a Wikipedia page that covers that topic …
    Wikipedia is open to anonymous and collaborative editing, so assessments of its reliability usually include examination of how quickly false or misleading information is removed. An early study conducted by IBM researchers in 2003—two years following Wikipedia’s establishment—found that “vandalism is usually repaired extremely quickly—so quickly that most users will never see its effects”[14] and concluded that Wikipedia had “surprisingly effective self-healing capabilities”.[15]
    I would add one rather important note of caution, check the references cited.
    2 – Snopes
    Another favourite source of mine is snopes. This is a site run by folklorist David Mikkelson. I’ve been familiar with him long before the existence of the site itself, and thus I’ve known about his passion for unbiased accuracy when debunking urban legends in the alt.folklore.urban newsgroup where I also used to hang out.
    These days it is not just Mr Mikkelson, he has other contributors as well.
    Does he have a financial incentive for a bias?
    Nope, it is wholly funded via advertising alone.
    So how accurate is Snopes?
    Wikipedia rates it all very highly and even cites sources that verify that the most potentially contentious urban legend debunking, the political ones, are wholly free from any bias. David Mikkelson has not registered with any specific party. Having read many Snopes articles that debunk absurd political claims on all sides, I quite honestly have no idea what his actual political leanings are, and that is perhaps as it should be.
    Incidentally, no matter what the source is, you should remain skeptical of everything and think critically. To keep you on your toes in that regard, here is a nice little gem from that Wikipedia page on snopes …
    In an attempt to demonstrate the perils of over-reliance on the internet as authority, the Mikkelsons assembled a series of fabricated urban folklore tales that they term “The Repository of Lost Legends”.[19] The name was chosen for its acronym, T.R.O.L.L., a reference to the early 1990s definition of the word troll, meaning an Internet prank, of which David Mikkelson was a prominent practitioner.[9]
    One fictional legend alleged that the children’s nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence” was really a coded reference used by pirates to recruit members. This parodied a real false legend surrounding the supposed connection of “Ring a Ring o’ Roses” to the bubonic plague. Although the creators were sure that no one could believe a tale so ridiculous—and had added a link at the bottom of the page to another page explaining the hoax,[20] and a message with the ratings reading “Note: Any relationship between these ratings and reality is purely coincidental”—eventually the legend was featured as true in an urban legends board game and television show.[21]
    The television show, Mostly True Stories: Urban Legends Revealed, was shown to have been using information from Snopes when one of Snopes’ invented “lost legends” appeared on the program as true; the repository thus served as an inadvertent copyright trap.[9]
    3 – FactCheck.org
    Factcheck.org … well gosh, I wonder what they do?
    They are in fact a non-profit and also politically neutral. The project is bankrolled by the Annenberg Foundation, whose primary focus is the distribution of grants (arts, culture, education, etc…).
    Imagine if you will either Hillary or Trump giving a big speech. Now imagine just how wonderfully useful it would be if somebody went through it very carefully, highlighted the various claims and called out the BS.
    Here for example is their analysis of Trump’s economic speech on Aug 8th
    You can read more about them here on Wikipedia.
    4 – PolitiFact.com
    This is a project run by Tampa Bay Times. It is a highly successful attempt to bering robust investigative journalism into the Internet age. Yes, it is perhaps similar in scope to FactCheck.org, but their approach is quite different. Here their journalists are tasked with fact checking statements made by various politicians. This then feeds into an overall “Truth-O-Meter” rating for each. Over time it all builds up into an overall assessment regarding the truthfulness of any specific politician.
    From this we can discover that the most dishonest 2016 candidate is Donald Trump. 75% of Trump’s statements that they reviewed were rated “Mostly False,” “False” or “Pants on Fire”, but we all knew that, right?
    The big surprise is that the most honest politician turns out to be Hillary Clinton.
    Here is the Wikipedia page all about PolitiFact.
    5 – RationalWiki
    Finally we have No.5. Think of this as Wikipedia with a snarky point of view. I’m not kidding because that is part of their official policy. They are a non-profit foundation and have the following specific goals …
    Analyzing and refuting pseudoscience and the anti-science movement.
    Documenting the full range of crank ideas.
    Explorations of authoritarianism and fundamentalism.
    Analysis and criticism of how these subjects are handled in the media.
    Basically what you have here is a conspiracy theory debunking website with the gloves off. I write “gloves off” because they happily mock the cranks within the rebuttals and call out the BS. They really do also cover a vast array of topics.
    Here is the link to Wikipedia for this one, oh and also here is an article on RationalWiki about RationalWiki which grants you a further insight into them. Others would include opensecret.com, truthorfiction.com, hoaxslayer.com.

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    Is it your assertion that ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC news shows are more fair to conservatives and Republicans than Fox news shows are to liberals and Democrats? Even PBS and NPR show a clear bias favoring Democrats. You like politifact but I wonder if you’d like it if it were instead bias to the right. My guess is you’d be able to see through the “fact-checking” trope right away.

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    It wasn’t Bush’s baby. It was the inevitable outcome of both parties’ encouraging home purchases by those who were not good candidates for home ownership. Don’t forget that it was the Democrats who pushed CRA and a blind eye toward Fannie and Freddie.

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  • M S

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    You must have a habit of frequenting dodgy right wing sites.

    And I assert that politifacts and snopes are dodgy as well, due to their selection bias.

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    Maybe, due to your own leftward leanings, you aren’t sensitive to left-wing bias. Maybe that’s why we see your five sites differently. You’d say I’m over-sensitive, but if the tables were turned, you wouldn’t like it, either. Like if I say Fox News isn’t biased.

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  • edwin

    It would have to lie
    to defend most of the crap that goes on the right

  • edwin

    the meltdown happened on Bush’s watch 8 years after he took office. He had both houses at times so I would say yes he is responsible.

  • edwin

    The weaponized fake news stories that have emerged of late are certainly not confined to just one end of the political spectrum and are dangerous to political discourse regardless of partisan tilt. But a recent spate of articles trumpeting the so-called “rise of progressive ‘fake news’” omits the context necessary to understanding why the right-wing fake news ecosystem is so uniquely destructive, and in doing so collapses the collective understanding of fake news into a trite and distracting argument about “both sides.”
    During the presidential campaign, fake news purveyors — by and large right-wing, hyperpartisan fringe websites — unleashed a blizzard of politically motivated lies packaged as legitimate news largely designed to undermine Hillary Clinton and boost Donald Trump. The onslaught of fabrications was effective: Fake news stories outperformed real ones on Facebook in the final campaign stretch, and most Americans who saw fake news during the election believed it.
    But as it becomes clearer how and why right-wing fake news stories proliferated and succeeded, media outlets are now beginning to document an ostensible “uptick in fake news … with a distinctly liberal bent,” as The Guardian’s Sam Levin describes it, and to compare it to the flood of conservative fake news stories shared during the election.
    The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer similarly writes that progressives have recently embraced fake news just like “conservative Facebook users [shared] stories that had nothing to do with reality” during the election, in what Meyer calls a “funny reversal of the situation from November.” And a BuzzFeed article claims that progressive “alarm, paranoia, and genuine outrage” are ushering in an increase in “ the left’s own distinct brand of the online phenomenon known as fake news.”
    Some examples these outlets point to indeed fit the mold of weaponized fake news and are cause for concern. There are also other recent cases of unsubstantiated claims rocketing through the liberal blogosphere. Yes, fake news-purveying websites that cater to progressive audiences do exist and do, as BuzzFeed contends, “undermin[e] legitimate causes for outrage on the left.”
    But these and other outlets hyping the rise of progressive fake news point to what The Atlantic calls a liberal “panoply of wishful thinking” as evidence of the nascent trend of fake news on the left. Included in their examples is the famous bunch of “rogue,” anti-Trump Twitter accounts and a series of conspiratorial Medium posts about an impending coup d’etat; neither of which fits within Media Matters’ operational understanding of fake news, which is clearly and demonstrably fabricated information deceptively packaged as legitimate news, and is either motivated by profit or ideology. BuzzFeed highlights a parodical story about Trump’s “plan to turn the USS Enterprise into a floating casino,” which comes from an explicitly satirical website. Satire, though damaging when weaponized politically, is in its most basic sense also not fake news. The Guardian points to several-months-old fake news stories as evidence that progressive fake news is a post-election phenomenon.
    But weak examples notwithstanding, this all-too-common lunge toward “both sides do it” analysis not only muddies the understanding of what fake news actually is, but also more critically ignores or even whitewashes how and why fake news on the right thrives in a way that it never could on the left.
    Essentially, there is a larger conversation here than “the rise of progressive ‘fake news’” — one in which the story isn’t how the fake news universes on the left and right are the same, but rather how they are different. Conflating right-wing, hyperpartisan fake news with left-wing “wishful thinking” glosses over both the vast infrastructure of fake news on the right and the audience pool that cultivates, enables and validates it.
    The Right-Wing Media Infrastructure Enables Conservative Fake News In A Way The Left Doesn’t
    Conservative fake news flourishes because of the right-wing media infrastructure — both mainstream and fringe — that has been cultivated for over a decade. A vast constellation of fake news-purveying websites have long lived in the dark corners of the internet, and mainstream conservative news outlets have fomented a toxic alternate reality in which venomous lies can and do thrive — neither of which the left has.
    Fake news is fertile on the right because of the sea of lies that have been fed to conservative audiences all throughout President Barack Obama’s administration. Years of misleading, out-of-context, unjustified, racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical, and outright false attacks on Obama and the left by the right-wing noise machine have, naturally, paved the way for weaponized conservative fake news to take hold.

  • edwin

    Fox is over the top with their bias. In a recent survey it was reported that Fox lies 41% of the time,
    Sean Hannity unabashedly voices total support for Trump everyday on his show for months – then accuses every news organization other than FOX of “being exposed as fake, as having an agenda, as colluding”. I guess what Sean’s saying is if someone in the media has an agenda, and colludes with a politician, that person is a fake? Sean clearly doesn’t do self-awareness.

  • edwin

    Its not a matter of like or dislike, its in the pursuit of the truth. that’s why fact checker sites are Important. Sometime you have to fact check the fact checker to determine the truth… I have been a news nut for years and I can pretty much determine if someone is lying and I go into fact check mode. even if Fox wasn’t bias, surveys says they lie 41% of the time and Trump lies over 80% of the time and sites and media like Fox back up his lies.

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    Thanks for proving my point.

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  • M S

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    “…I can pretty much determine if someone is lying…”

    Maybe, but it doesn’t appear you understand selection bias.

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  • edwin

    That would be a stretch . your point as I unserstood it was I thijnk I am right and you thjink you are right. We both can’t be right and I will put myfacts up against anything you pick up from your right wing garbage fake news sites.

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    Other readers can judge for themselves.

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  • edwin

    Why are the Republicans scared of the truth? Is it they lie so much they are afraid the truth will reveal their lies.
    An analysis of three hyperpartisan right-wing Facebook pages found that 38% of all posts were either a mixture of true and false or mostly false, compared to 19% of posts from three hyperpartisan left-wing pages that were either a mixture of true and false or mostly false. The right-wing pages are among the forces — perhaps as potent as the cable news shows that have gotten far more attention — that helped fuel the rise of Donald Trump.
    I think I can tell who is lying wither its a right or left fact check site. It just that the right is less trustworthy. Yes people can make up their own mind, but will they or keep looking for just aritcles that agree with their thinking which is not hard to do .

  • edwin

    I understand very well after dong this for years. I have learn to know which sites are telling the truth usually fact checking the fact checker. Many times I have heard things from someone’s own mouth and then a right wing source tries to tell me I didn’t hear what I heard. I find many more lies coming from the right then the left and research will bear this out.Trump is the biggest liar of them all. Over a 80% lying record. A right wing source will try to cover it up. Hannity for an example is one of the worse.

  • edwin

    If you say Fox is not bias, then you have a problem

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    One of the things that other readers will judge for themselves is whether your opinions are reasonable and trustworthy.

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  • M S

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    That was my point, Einstein.

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  • edwin

    They don’t have to judge me , just get off their a-s and do some research and fact checking. from a crediable source

  • edwin

    That you have a problem?

  • edwin

    This is what lying looks like. President Donald Trump can’t be counted on to give accurate information to Americans when violent acts are unfolding abroad.
    The latest deadly London attacks, like one in the Philippines last week, prompted visceral reactions from Trump instead of statements shaped by the findings of the U.S. intelligence and diplomatic apparatus. He got ahead of the facts emerging in Britain’s chaos Saturday and got it wrong in the Philippines case, calling the episode there a “terrorist attack” when it was not.
    A look at some of his weekend tweets about the London attack and rhetoric that came from the president and his aides about climate change and more last week:
    TRUMP: “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!” — tweet Saturday, soon after the rampage at the London Bridge and Borough Market that killed at least seven people and wounded dozens
    THE FACTS: Trump’s tweet directly contradicted an earlier statement by his homeland security secretary that the travel restrictions blocked by U.S. courts do not constitute a ban.
    “It’s not a travel ban, remember,” John Kelly told Fox News on May 28. “It’s the travel pause. What the president said, for 90 days, we were going to pause in terms of people from those countries coming to the United States that would give me time to look at additional vetting.” The administration has asked the Supreme Court address the court decisions holding up Trump’s plan to bar entry temporarily of people from a half dozen Muslim-majority countries.
    For more news videos visit Yahoo View, available on iOS and Android.
    Shortly before that tweet, Trump suggested terrorism was at play in the London attack, sharing on Twitter an unconfirmed report to that effect, well before British authorities said so. It is still not known whether the attackers were British citizens or immigrants and therefore whether a Trump-style freeze on entry of people from certain nations might have prevented the violence by three knife-wielding assailants, who were killed by police.
    TRUMP: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’ ” — tweet Saturday night.
    THE FACTS: A look at the fuller context of remarks by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to the BBC on Sunday shows that he was telling Londoners there was “no need to be alarmed” at the heavier police presence they will see in the days ahead. He was not playing down the danger. “The threat level remains at severe,” the mayor said. “Severe means an attack across the country is still highly likely.”
    But he said terrorists will not be allowed to “cower our city or Londoners.”
    TRUMP, at a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday marking his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord: “I would like to begin by addressing the terrorist attack in Manila. We’re closely monitoring the situation. And I will continue to give updates if anything happens during this period of time, but it is really very sad as to what’s going on throughout the world with terror.”
    THE FACTS: Philippine authorities said the attack that killed 37 people at a casino-hotel complex was by a lone gunman who set fire to gambling tables and fled with casino chips. They said the motive was robbery, not terrorism.
    TRUMP: “The cost to the economy at this time would be close to $3 trillion in lost GDP and 6.5 million industrial jobs, while households would have 7,000 less income, and in many cases, much worse than that.” — Rose Garden ceremony Thursday announcing U.S. withdrawal from the worldwide agreement to curb emissions responsible for global warming. GDP is the gross domestic product, the broadest gauge of the economy.
    THE FACTS: His claim is based on a study paid for by two groups that have long opposed environmental regulation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Council for Capital Formation. It makes worst-case assumptions that may inflate the cost of meeting U.S. targets under the Paris accord while largely ignoring the economic benefits to U.S. businesses from building and operating renewable energy projects.
    Both groups behind the study get financial backing from those who profit from the continued burning of fossil fuels. The latter group has received money from foundations controlled by the Koch brothers, whose company owns refineries and more than 4,000 miles of oil and gas pipelines.
    Academic studies have found that increased environmental regulation doesn’t actually have much impact on employment. Jobs lost at polluting companies tend to be offset by new jobs in green technology.
    TRUMP: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” — Rose Garden ceremony.
    THE FACTS: That may be so, but Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, is not Trump country. It voted overwhelmingly for Democrat Hillary Clinton in November, favoring her by a margin of 56 percent to Trump’s 40 percent. The city has a climate action plan committing to boost the use of renewable energy.
    Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, has been an outspoken supporter of the Paris accord, and tweeted after Trump’s announcement that “as the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future.”
    TRUMP: Claims “absolutely tremendous economic progress since Election Day,” adding “more than a million private-sector jobs.” — Rose Garden ceremony.
    THE FACTS: The number is about right, but it in no way counts as “absolutely tremendous economic progress.” Private-sector job creation from October through April (171,000 private-sector jobs a month) actually lags just slightly behind the pace of job creation for the previous six months (172,000), which came under President Barack Obama. On Friday the government announced a lower figure for jobs added last month — 138,000.
    TRUMP: “Our attacks on terrorism are greatly stepped up, and you see that — you see it all over — from the previous administration, including getting many other countries to make major contributions to the fight against terror. Big, big contributions are being made by countries that weren’t doing so much in the form of contributions.” — Rose Garden ceremony.
    THE FACTS: Trump is recycling a misleading claim he made in April following a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, and it’s no truer now than it was then. NATO has not substantively changed its mission toward countering terrorism as a result of Trump’s agitating.
    As evidence that NATO is heeding his call to be more aggressive on terrorism, the president has cited an alliance decision last year to establish a high-level intelligence coordinator who could make the alliance more nimble in responding to threats. But that position was in the works under Trump’s White House predecessor, and came about because of worries about Russian aggression as well as from a desire to respond more effectively to the Islamic State group.
    WHITE HOUSE: The Paris climate accord “would effectively decapitate our coal industry, which now supplies about one-third of our electric power.” — information released with Trump’s announcement.
    THE FACTS: The U.S. coal industry was in decline long before the Paris accord was signed in 2015. The primary cause has been competition from cleaner-burning natural gas, which has been made cheaper and more abundant by hydraulic fracturing. Electric utilities have been replacing coal plants with gas-fired facilities because they are more efficient and less expensive to operate.
    VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: The Paris deal has “really put an extraordinary burden on the American economy.” — Rose Garden ceremony.
    THE FACTS: If so, it’s a burden the U.S. put on itself. Each signatory to the Paris accord was left to devise its own emission goals and how to reach them; the negotiations were not a case of the world imposing standards on the U.S. The burden the U.S. placed on itself under the Obama administration is in part a function of the country’s status as the largest source of accumulated carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere.
    WHITE HOUSE, citing a study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: “If all member nations met their obligations, the impact on the climate would be negligible,” curbing temperature rise by “less than 0.2 degrees Celsius in 2100.”
    THE FACTS: The co-founder of the MIT program on climate change says the administration is citing an outdated report, taken out of context. Jake Jacoby said the actual global impact of meeting targets under the Paris accord would be to curb rising temperatures by 1 degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
    “They found a number that made the point they want to make,” Jacoby said. “It’s kind of a debate trick.”
    One degree may not sound like much, but Stefan Rahmstorf, a climate scientist at the Potsdam Institute in Germany, says, “Every tenth of a degree increases the number of unprecedented extreme weather events considerably.”
    TRUMP: “We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany … Very bad for U.S. This will change.” — tweet Tuesday.
    THE FACTS: The U.S. has the world’s largest overall trade deficit, and has for four decades. Among trading partners, Germany’s contribution to that deficit last year was $55 billion, ranking it third on the list. For a truly massive deficit, see China, No. 1 at $347 billion.
    Trump made no mention, though, of the benefits from the U.S.-German economic ties. About 600,000 people in the U.S. work for German companies such as chemical maker BASF, drug company Bayer and mobile phone provider T-Mobile USA. BMW’s auto plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, was America’s largest single auto exporter, sending $9.5 billion worth of SUVs to the rest of the world.
    Associated Press writers Paul Wiseman, Seth Borenstein and Michael Biesecker in Washington and David McHugh in Frankfurt, Germany, contributed to this report.

  • M S

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    What you call “lies” are really policy differences. But you like to pretend that your opinions are facts, and then when something challenges them, you call it lies.

    BTW, it isn’t polite to copy and paste long tirades. If you admire someone else’s work, give us the link. Then give us your own thinking. Don’t hide behind others.

    Finally, I’m not a Trump fanatic, I just think he was a far better choice than Hillary. If you’re looking to antagonize a Trump fanatic, you should try posting a reply to someone else.

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  • edwin

    These aren’t policies deference’s . these are fact checking his own words. and if you noticed at the end of the comment I name the contributors to the article. here it is again. President Donald Trump can’t be counted on to give accurate information to Americans when violent acts are unfolding abroad.
    The latest deadly London attacks, like one in the Philippines last week, prompted visceral reactions from Trump instead of statements shaped by the findings of the U.S. intelligence and diplomatic apparatus. He got ahead of the facts emerging in Britain’s chaos Saturday and got it wrong in the Philippines case, calling the episode there a “terrorist attack” when it was not.
    A look at some of his weekend tweets about the London attack and rhetoric that came from the president and his aides about climate change and more last week:
    TRUMP: “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!” — tweet Saturday, soon after the rampage at the London Bridge and Borough Market that killed at least seven people and wounded dozens
    THE FACTS: Trump’s tweet directly contradicted an earlier statement by his homeland security secretary that the travel restrictions blocked by U.S. courts do not constitute a ban.
    “It’s not a travel ban, remember,” John Kelly told Fox News on May 28. “It’s the travel pause. What the president said, for 90 days, we were going to pause in terms of people from those countries coming to the United States that would give me time to look at additional vetting.” The administration has asked the Supreme Court address the court decisions holding up Trump’s plan to bar entry temporarily of people from a half dozen Muslim-majority countries.
    For more news videos visit Yahoo View, available on iOS and Android.
    Shortly before that tweet, Trump suggested terrorism was at play in the London attack, sharing on Twitter an unconfirmed report to that effect, well before British authorities said so. It is still not known whether the attackers were British citizens or immigrants and therefore whether a Trump-style freeze on entry of people from certain nations might have prevented the violence by three knife-wielding assailants, who were killed by police.
    TRUMP: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’ ” — tweet Saturday night.
    THE FACTS: A look at the fuller context of remarks by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to the BBC on Sunday shows that he was telling Londoners there was “no need to be alarmed” at the heavier police presence they will see in the days ahead. He was not playing down the danger. “The threat level remains at severe,” the mayor said. “Severe means an attack across the country is still highly likely.”
    But he said terrorists will not be allowed to “cower our city or Londoners.”
    TRUMP, at a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday marking his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord: “I would like to begin by addressing the terrorist attack in Manila. We’re closely monitoring the situation. And I will continue to give updates if anything happens during this period of time, but it is really very sad as to what’s going on throughout the world with terror.”
    THE FACTS: Philippine authorities said the attack that killed 37 people at a casino-hotel complex was by a lone gunman who set fire to gambling tables and fled with casino chips. They said the motive was robbery, not terrorism.
    TRUMP: “The cost to the economy at this time would be close to $3 trillion in lost GDP and 6.5 million industrial jobs, while households would have 7,000 less income, and in many cases, much worse than that.” — Rose Garden ceremony Thursday announcing U.S. withdrawal from the worldwide agreement to curb emissions responsible for global warming. GDP is the gross domestic product, the broadest gauge of the economy.
    THE FACTS: His claim is based on a study paid for by two groups that have long opposed environmental regulation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Council for Capital Formation. It makes worst-case assumptions that may inflate the cost of meeting U.S. targets under the Paris accord while largely ignoring the economic benefits to U.S. businesses from building and operating renewable energy projects.
    Both groups behind the study get financial backing from those who profit from the continued burning of fossil fuels. The latter group has received money from foundations controlled by the Koch brothers, whose company owns refineries and more than 4,000 miles of oil and gas pipelines.
    Academic studies have found that increased environmental regulation doesn’t actually have much impact on employment. Jobs lost at polluting companies tend to be offset by new jobs in green technology.
    TRUMP: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” — Rose Garden ceremony.
    THE FACTS: That may be so, but Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, is not Trump country. It voted overwhelmingly for Democrat Hillary Clinton in November, favoring her by a margin of 56 percent to Trump’s 40 percent. The city has a climate action plan committing to boost the use of renewable energy.
    Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, has been an outspoken supporter of the Paris accord, and tweeted after Trump’s announcement that “as the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future.”
    TRUMP: Claims “absolutely tremendous economic progress since Election Day,” adding “more than a million private-sector jobs.” — Rose Garden ceremony.
    THE FACTS: The number is about right, but it in no way counts as “absolutely tremendous economic progress.” Private-sector job creation from October through April (171,000 private-sector jobs a month) actually lags just slightly behind the pace of job creation for the previous six months (172,000), which came under President Barack Obama. On Friday the government announced a lower figure for jobs added last month — 138,000.
    TRUMP: “Our attacks on terrorism are greatly stepped up, and you see that — you see it all over — from the previous administration, including getting many other countries to make major contributions to the fight against terror. Big, big contributions are being made by countries that weren’t doing so much in the form of contributions.” — Rose Garden ceremony.
    THE FACTS: Trump is recycling a misleading claim he made in April following a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, and it’s no truer now than it was then. NATO has not substantively changed its mission toward countering terrorism as a result of Trump’s agitating.
    As evidence that NATO is heeding his call to be more aggressive on terrorism, the president has cited an alliance decision last year to establish a high-level intelligence coordinator who could make the alliance more nimble in responding to threats. But that position was in the works under Trump’s White House predecessor, and came about because of worries about Russian aggression as well as from a desire to respond more effectively to the Islamic State group.
    WHITE HOUSE: The Paris climate accord “would effectively decapitate our coal industry, which now supplies about one-third of our electric power.” — information released with Trump’s announcement.
    THE FACTS: The U.S. coal industry was in decline long before the Paris accord was signed in 2015. The primary cause has been competition from cleaner-burning natural gas, which has been made cheaper and more abundant by hydraulic fracturing. Electric utilities have been replacing coal plants with gas-fired facilities because they are more efficient and less expensive to operate.
    VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: The Paris deal has “really put an extraordinary burden on the American economy.” — Rose Garden ceremony.
    THE FACTS: If so, it’s a burden the U.S. put on itself. Each signatory to the Paris accord was left to devise its own emission goals and how to reach them; the negotiations were not a case of the world imposing standards on the U.S. The burden the U.S. placed on itself under the Obama administration is in part a function of the country’s status as the largest source of accumulated carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere.
    WHITE HOUSE, citing a study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: “If all member nations met their obligations, the impact on the climate would be negligible,” curbing temperature rise by “less than 0.2 degrees Celsius in 2100.”
    THE FACTS: The co-founder of the MIT program on climate change says the administration is citing an outdated report, taken out of context. Jake Jacoby said the actual global impact of meeting targets under the Paris accord would be to curb rising temperatures by 1 degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
    “They found a number that made the point they want to make,” Jacoby said. “It’s kind of a debate trick.”
    One degree may not sound like much, but Stefan Rahmstorf, a climate scientist at the Potsdam Institute in Germany, says, “Every tenth of a degree increases the number of unprecedented extreme weather events considerably.”
    TRUMP: “We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany … Very bad for U.S. This will change.” — tweet Tuesday.
    THE FACTS: The U.S. has the world’s largest overall trade deficit, and has for four decades. Among trading partners, Germany’s contribution to that deficit last year was $55 billion, ranking it third on the list. For a truly massive deficit, see China, No. 1 at $347 billion.
    Trump made no mention, though, of the benefits from the U.S.-German economic ties. About 600,000 people in the U.S. work for German companies such as chemical maker BASF, drug company Bayer and mobile phone provider T-Mobile USA. BMW’s auto plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, was America’s largest single auto exporter, sending $9.5 billion worth of SUVs to the rest of the world.
    Associated Press writers Paul Wiseman, Seth Borenstein and Michael Biesecker in Washington and David McHugh in Frankfurt, Germany, contributed to this report.

  • edwin

    I’d still like to know why, precisely, Trump fans believe that Trump is qualified to be President of the United States.
    The usual “Make America Great Again!”, “Build the Wall, and Mexico will Pay for It!”, “Lock her Up!” rants just don’t convince me.
    Of one thing you can be certain: Hillary would not have surrounded herself with fascist wackos as advisors and in her cabinet.
    We should insist on an investigation. Right after the Russian-links investigation. If Trump is wrong on the wiretaps he should resign. If he is linked to the Russians, he should be removed. Will a Republican please grow a pair of balls and stand up this lunatic !! this is not funny, this is dangerous and getting more dangerous every day….. we screwed up, it’s obvious, now what do we do? One thing we don’t do is just allow this crazy man to dictate our lives…..Trump has to GO !!

  • Bertharina Rina

    THE FEAR OF FEAR
    Fear when understood, is of discordant personality subdued regression, in that self-hatred recoils, reverberates in that peripheral vision becomes a haunting illusion of twisted dialect. Tunnel vision avoids repressed thought; to be antisocial arrows of un-noticeable individual phobia, of psychotic reactions, that would normally feast upon the hidden lust for social susceptibility. Fear is inverted thought.
    Understandably, individuals and mobs must be corralled, in accordance to temperamental alertness, and physical compulsiveness. An individual is of an organic consistency and motivated to resist mother nature, when threatened by the sudden twists of elements are in opposition to normal reckonings.
    Incomprehensible, as to most citizens existing under a republican orientated democracy, is that collectivised humanoids, beings resembling humans in shape, individually, ingrained with turnstile thoughts; will never yield to government or man, to circle another’s mind. Mental circumcision through psychiatry has failed. However, music will invade an ingrate mentality. The late Greek philosopher, Socrates, 379 B.C., drank hemlock and died for not reverting to social or political indiscretion.
    Condescendingly, the phobia of fear in patronizing an illusion, of an ever expanding pseudo democracy out of individual security broadens the loss of self-identity. As the individual base of high expectation loses social expectations and protection in law, self-destruction leads to paranoid inclinations. Thus we have individual consternation—-FEAR !
    Conclusively, Sigmund Freud reveals the Fear/phobia aberration descending into the, “ Personality Suppression Complex Syndrome.”

    Fear is normal as one lives under our present police state commie influenced political gangsterism and its alliance with Near and Far East social bearings counter to our native interest, in not interfering with alien spiritual ideologies becoming entangled with China, Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Liberia, and Russia etc., and lesser nations that warrant the threat of internationalism. If we were to take out Zionism, as an equation in this factor to third world domination, then Putin, Netanyahu, Obama would pull back from Turkey & India as backups to further intensify land grabbers operative within NATO. The invasion of foreign lands compounds the apparent division of material and liquid assets of helpless countries. Both sides of Congress are in Republican control. This is a do nothing congregation of bribed infidels bought and sold to the highest bidders. Yes, a great FEAR rests its political and social tentacles right into the throats of cowards being politically petrified with a consciousness of insufficient ability to meet the head on advancement of a now socialists state being reconciled with the deceased Stalin routine of KGB guardianship of state communism operative through orthodoxian complicity, as a fraudulent representative of nationalism in countering the West’s move into internationalism. This leads to individual and collective madness towards cowards in national governments failure to curtail the revolutionary Muslim infiltration into American borders. Karl Marx and Mohammedanism is a combined tool within the globalist spread of Zionism.
    Indeed! a word to the wise is sufficient. The massive phobia of national FEAR has surfaced & the national psychiatric industry has no couch that will aid in reconciling a victimised republic. Summing up the indelicate pseudo democratic criminality rule amounts to regarding a Machiavellian perception that all is corrupt in accepting Freud’s contention that Our republic harbors the distinctive human trait of madness, “ THE PERSONALITY SUPPRESSION COMPLEX GRAVITATIONAL SYNDROME.” We make a choice—communism or capitalism. We all hang together, or walk the plank singularly !

  • M S

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    They are policy differences. You don’t like Trump. I get it. But he’s our president, so get used to it.

    Thank God Hillary isn’t our president.

    And stop pasting long tirades by others. A link is more appropriate.

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  • M S

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    “…I’d still like to know why, precisely, Trump fans believe that Trump is qualified to be President of the United States…”

    Well, you’d need to ask a Trump fan. But my guess is, it’s because he’s a natural-born citizen and over age 35.

    Hillary is at least as fascist as Trump, and far more corrupt. Thank God we avoided her.

    All the intelligence service heads and congressional intelligence chairs, including Democrats, say there is no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. But Democrats will keep looking, and hope that the media don’t report that they’re doing it to hamstring Trump and the Republican agenda. That’s a good assumption because the MSM is totally in Democrat pockets.

    Then, after the next Democrat president is elected, Republicans will hound that president similarly, and Democrats and the MSM (but I repeat myself) will shriek in horror.

    We already know that Trump was right that our intelligence services were used by the Obama Administration to spy on him during the campaign and the transition. That’s the real scandal.

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  • edwin

    He is not my President and they are not tirades, they are facts.

  • edwin

    Would you want someone just an American citizen and 35 years old to perform open heart surgery on you , I didn’t think so .
    Let us be clear. It is completely consistent for Clinton to say something like this: Clinton conceded she made mistakes , did you ever hear Trump say he was wrong about anything.
    There are things that I could have done differently, especially with the benefit of hindsight. I wish that I could have made the race a runaway, so that Comey’s intervention and these other things could not have made the difference. But pointing out the decisive role of those external forces does not mean that I am refusing to take responsibility for my own errors.
    Perhaps even more depressing than the nonsensical attacks on Clinton is that both Noah and The Times packaged their attacks as the worst kind of false equivalence. Both included fact-based criticisms of Trump, and both acknowledged that he is a menace, not least because (as The Times noted) Trump has a country to run.
    But because they also took shots at Trump, they can now say, “Look, we criticized Trump more than we criticized Clinton!” And that is supposed to make snarky, baseless attacks on Clinton somehow acceptable.
    It is clear that Clinton, even in the current circumstances, continues to receive the opposite of the benefit of the doubt, even from people who endorsed her. It is now obvious that nothing she does or says can ever be good enough for people who have decided that she is to be held to impossible standards.
    My argument there was that Clinton had been taken down by just this kind of unfair narrative, even though she was no more flawed than a standard-issue politician. Indeed, she was in fact much less flawed — not just compared to Trump but to many other politicians who are never attacked in the way that Clinton has been smeared.
    Because the media’s Clinton Rules are different, however, even left-leaning sources spent more than a year feeding the notion that there was something especially fishy about Hillary Clinton.
    The email story was fully investigated, as was Benghazi, but none of the debunking of those stories ever mattered. The standard line from non-right-wing commentators was that “even though her scandals have never added up to anything, people just don’t trust her.” And the story line was thus reinforced.
    Again, I am almost surprised at myself for being surprised that Clinton is not being given some slack, even under current circumstances. But the ugly brew of false equivalence, sexist assumptions and unwillingness to challenge the conventional wisdom is even more potent than I thought.
    What is most amazing of all is that no one is ashamed. Also all the intelligence agencies said Trump wasn’t spied on by the Obama Admimistration. I don’t know where youu get your information from.

  • edwin

    Trumps whole life is a scandal and Obama didn’t spy on him. He was a scumbag before he ran for POTUS
    1) An affair with his daughter?
    This is not confirmed fact but many people are talking about Jóse Ribalta, Trump Tower employee , who used to perform janitorial and maintenance duties at Trump Tower. He allegedly witnessed Trump being aggressive and intimate with his daughter.
    Mr. Ribalta was doing a routine check of the building when he accessed Mr. Trumps room and witnessed Donald Trump kissing his daughters neck aggressively.
    Trump spotted Ribalta watching the event occur and yelled at him. Mr. Ribalta claimed that he shouted “you better get out or I’ll kick your *ss all the way back to the border myself!
    Ribalta then claims he exited the room and left for the night. He is no longer employed at Trump Tower.
    2) Three Wives
    Yep, Donald Trump has had 3 wives: Ivana Trump, Marla Maples and current spouse, Melania Trump. That much you probably already knew. However, his 3 marriages, as you’re about to find out, haven’t been without controversy…
    3) ‘Violent Assault’ on Ex-Wife
    During the early ’90s divorce case between Ivana and Donald Trump, Trump’s ex-wife used the word “rape” to describe a 1989 incident between them. After undergoing a botched scalp reduction surgery to remove a bald spot, Donald Trump “violently assaulted” his then-wife, who had recommended him to the plastic surgeon. Donald allegedly restrained Ivana and painfully ripped her hair from her scalp before forcing himself upon her.
    4) Donald Trump was a badly behaved kid
    After Donald Trump was kicked out of Kew-Forest School, his father sent him to military school. It is worthy to note that his father was on Kew-Forest School’s Board of Trustees, so you can only imagine the gravity of his offence.
    5) Secret Family Scandal
    Donald Trump is proud to be a Scottish descendant, but fails to reveal the secret of his family. Apparently, the billionaire’s unmarried aunt fell pregnant with an illegitimate child in the early 1900s and during those times, untimely pregnancy is a huge taboo. This then led for Catherine Ann Macleod and her sister Mary Anne (Trump’s mother) to leave Scotland and set up a home in America 6) Trump Vodka
    Who deserves a seat in the oval office more than a brash booze peddler? In 2006, Trump introduced the world to Trump Vodka. The spirit was touted as being “super premium” and “success distilled”. The very modest Mr. Trump predicted that the “T&T” (Trump and tonic) would become the most requested drink in America…behind the Trump martini of course. Trump told Larry King that he got into the Vodka business to outdo his friends at Grey Goose. Well, as of last weekend I can verify that Grey Goose is still being served in bars. Trump vodka is as likely to show up on store shelves as a Michael Vick Wheaties box. Sadly, Trump vodka stopped production because the company failed to meet the threshold requirements. In 2011 Trump’s company filed an injunction to prevent an Israeli company from selling the vodka without the Donald’s authorization. So in essence, the man who wants to have the most influence on the economy of the western world stopped the only people on the planet who wanted to buy his vodka from doing so. Sounds like solid economics.
    7) (not) Made In America
    Quote the Donald: “The problem with our country is we don’t manufacture anything anymore. The stuff that’s been sent over from China, falls apart after a year and a half. It’s crap.” How about this charmer: “The United States has become a dumping ground for Mexico and, in fact, for many other parts of the world.” These aren’t snippets that are taken out of context. These are very deliberate and derogatory statements made about two of the largest manufacturing nations with which the U.S. trades. Enter the Donald J. Trump Signature Collection. This series of ties and other men’s apparel were made in the good ol’ US of…wait…no. Actually, the Trump Signature Collection was made in the good ol’ Bangladesh, Mexico and, of course, China. Trump later tweeted a comment about being unhappy with the product coming from overseas, but sure didn’t mind it when his ties were costing pennies on the dollar.
    8) Trump Airlines
    What could be more luxurious than top-of-the-line air travel? That must be what Trump thought when he dumped $365 million into purchasing Eastern Air Shuttle. After fancying up the 17 Boeing 727 jets (which included maple-wood veneer to the floors, chrome seat-belt latches and gold-colored bathroom fixtures), the company went bust. Apparently, even wealthy frequent flyers were more concerned with convenience than extravagance. Trump Airlines sold less tickets than Bill Cosby’s last tour, and in less than four years Trump defaulted on the loan and ownership of the company was turned over to the creditors. In 1992 the airline merged with another company. Probably not much of a chance the gold bathroom fixtures survived the merger.
    9) The Bankruptcies
    Donald Trump claims to hate the “B” word. Hate it or not, he can’t deny that his gilded career has also been fraught with a few bankruptcies. In the August 6th Republican debate, Trump claimed that “virtually every person that you read about on the front page of the business sections, they’ve used the law”. If only historical data backed that claim. In reality, fewer than 20% of public companies with assets of $1 billion or more have filed for bankruptcy. Now, while the Donald has never filed for personal bankruptcy, he has filed a whopping four times for his businesses. The most recent of these was in 2009 when Trump filed Chapter 11 for Trump Entertainment Resorts. While his name is still emblazoned on the building, Trump resigned from the resort’s board of directors and sold off his shares. Perhaps that’s his plan if elected president: Should the economy tank he will pack up his gold-plated stapler from the oval office, cut himself a nice severance check, and skip town. Sounds legit.
    10) The Affair
    Many of the items on this list can and have been explained away by Donald Trump as being “misunderstandings”, “out of context” or “distorted”. He can say that his bankruptcies were deliberate business decisions. He can spin his China and Mexico comments. The one thing Trump cannot spin, is his affair with former mistress (and eventual second wife) Marla Maples. The reality is, while Donald’s first wife Ivana was taking less of a role in their business affairs to spend more time with their three children, Trump was secretly having an affair with a woman 17 years his junior. Sources close to Trump and Maples claim that the affair became so out of control that he was giving Maples money and gifts to keep her quiet. These sources also say that when Trump traveled with his wife and kids, he had to book hotel rooms nearby for Maples so that he could escape and spend time with his mistress. Despite the Donald’s efforts to keep his marriage and affair going, the wife and the girlfriend crossed paths on the ski slopes in Aspen (whether this was accidental or deliberate is up for debate). Ivana soon separated from Trump and a messy, quite public divorce then ensued. In what was likely an attempt to save face, Donald married Marla Maples and had another child with her. In no surprise to anyone, this marriage only lasted six years before Maples divorced Trump and rode off into the sunset as a millionaire and the mother of the heir to the Trump throne. Donald, who stands in support of “traditional marriage”, has been surprisingly timid when challenged about how traditional his three marriages have been. It’s the only thing in his campaign about which he’s been timid. Surely, anything that makes Donald Trump humble is something he’d like for us to forget.

  • edwin

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a way of presenting missions as accomplished even when they’re not.
    So it was when he told Iowans he’s put farmers back at their plows, secured a historic increase in military spending and empowered homebuilders to swing their hammers again. Those all remain aspirations, not achievements.
    Trump is also known to propose something already in effect, as when he declared “the time has come” for a welfare moratorium for immigrants. President Bill Clinton signed such a moratorium into law in 1996.
    A look at a variety of Trump’s statements from the public square over the past week:
    TRUMP: “We’re thinking about building the wall as a solar wall so it creates energy and pays for itself. And this way, Mexico will have to pay much less money. And that’s good right? … Pretty good imagination, right? Good? My idea.” — in Iowa on Wednesday.
    THE FACTS: His idea? Others came forward with such proposals back when he was criticizing solar power as too expensive.
    The notion of adding solar panels to the wall he wants to build along the Mexico border was explored in a Wall Street Journal op-ed in March. Vasilis Fthenakis, director of the Center for Life Cycle Analysis at Columbia University, and Ken Zweibel, former director of the Solar Institute at George Washington University, concluded it was “not only technically and economically feasible, it might even be more practical than a traditional wall.”
    They said a 2,000-mile solar wall could cost less than $1 billion, instead of tens of billions for a traditional border wall, and possibly become “wildly profitable.” The writers were studying a concept laid out by Homero Aridjis and James Ramey in the online World Post in December.
    The idea also was proposed by one of the companies that submitted its design to the government as a border wall prototype. Las Vegas-based Gleason Partners proposed covering some sections of the wall with solar panels and said that selling electricity from it could eventually cover the cost of construction.
    Trump repeatedly described solar power in the campaign as “very, very expensive” and “not working so good.”
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    TRUMP: “So, we’ve achieved a historic increase in defense spending.” — Iowa speech.
    THE FACTS: He hasn’t. He is proposing a large increase but Congress is still debating — and is nowhere near deciding on — more money for defense for 2018.
    All that’s been achieved is a $25 billion increase for this year and there’s nothing remotely historic about that. The Pentagon has received annual budget increases equal to or greater than $25 billion seven times in the past 15 years alone.
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    TRUMP: “The time has come for new immigration rules which say that those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years. And we’ll be putting in legislation to that effect very shortly.” — Iowa speech.
    THE FACTS: A federal law passed in 1996 already has that effect. It bars most foreigners who enter the country on immigrant visas from being eligible for federal benefits like Social Security and food stamps for the first five years. States typically have the authority to determine eligibility for local programs. As for people in the country illegally, they are generally prohibited from those benefits altogether. Same with foreigners who are in the U.S. on nonimmigrant visas.
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    TRUMP: Addressing why he raised the possibility that his Oval Office conversation with fired FBI Director James Comey might have been recorded: “When he found out that I, you know, that there may be tapes out there, whether it’s governmental tapes or anything else, and who knows, I think his story may have changed.” — Fox News interview aired Friday.
    THE FACTS: There’s no evidence of any change in what Comey testified on June 8 before the Senate Intelligence committee. In that appearance — the only time Comey has publicly addressed the subject — his story was consistent. He said that on three occasions beginning in January he’d told the president that he was not then the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation on him as part of its work to probe Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election.
    Since then, it has been reported that Trump is under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller over his May 9 firing of Comey and whether that or other actions by the president constitute obstruction of justice.
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    TRUMP: “You see what we’ve already done. Homebuilders are starting to build again. We’re not confiscating their land with ridiculous rules and regulations that don’t make sense.” — Iowa speech.
    THE FACTS: Housing starts as tracked by the Census Bureau have actually fallen over the past three months. Trump seems a bit mixed up on deregulation. Some of the biggest constraints on homebuilders come from local governments, rather than federal rules.
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    TRUMP: On cutting regulations to help farmers: “Farmers are able to plow their field. If they have a puddle in the middle of their field, a little puddle the size of this, it’s considered a lake and you can’t touch it. And if you touch it, bad, bad things happen to you and your family. We got rid of that one, too, OK?” — Iowa speech
    THE FACTS: He didn’t get rid of the regulations he’s talking about. He signed an executive order in February directing the Environmental Protection Agency to review a rule protecting clean water. The rule can stop some farmers from using pesticides and herbicides. It’s still in place, pending the review.
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    TRUMP: “Former Homeland Security Advisor Jeh Johnson is latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump & Russia.” — tweet Thursday.
    THE FACTS: Johnson did not state that conclusion. He was homeland security secretary (not adviser) from December 2013 to January 2017. He was asked at a House Intelligence committee hearing Wednesday whether he knew of any evidence of collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign.
    Johnson said he was not aware of any information beyond what’s been reported publicly and what the U.S. intelligence community has gathered. That is not a statement of belief that no collusion took place. Pressed on the matter, he said Comey probably had some information to go on when the FBI opened an investigation into possible collusion.
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    TRUMP: “Unemployment is at a 16-year low.” — Iowa speech.
    THE FACTS: Unemployment is indeed that low, at 4.3 percent.
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    TRUMP: “We are 5 and 0, as you know, in these special elections. And I think the Democrats thought it would be a lot different than that. 5-0 is a big — that’s a big margin.” — Fox News interview aired Friday.
    THE FACTS: Wrong score. Right score: 4-1. Republicans won open House seats in Kansas, Georgia, Montana and South Carolina. Democrats held onto a seat in California.
    Trump’s miscount wasn’t a one-time gaffe. It was also a line that roused supporters in his Iowa speech. “So, we’re 5 and 0. We’re 5 and 0,” he said to applause Wednesday night. “Five and 0. Five and 0,” he said at another point.
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    TRUMP: “Since I was elected, illegal border crossings — and this is without the wall, before the wall — have decreased by more than 75 percent, a historic and unprecedented achievement.” — Iowa speech.
    THE FACTS: That’s overblown, according to government figures about the Mexico border. The decrease in his first four full months in office is about 59 percent, still substantial but not more than 75 percent.
    More than 56,600 foreigners have been caught crossing from Mexico illegally between February and May, down from 137,800 people in the same period during President Barack Obama’s last year in office.
    The number of illegal crossings is not known because some people slip in undetected. Officials consider the number arrested to be representative of the broader trend of attempts to cross illegally.
    In bragging that the numbers are down “without the wall,” Trump omits the fact that there already are roughly 650 miles of fencing along the nearly 2,000-mile long Mexican border.
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    TRUMP: “We’re working really hard on massive tax cuts. It would be, if I get it the way I want it, the largest tax cut in the history of the United States of America. Because right now, we are one of the highest-taxed nations in the world. Really on a large-scale basis, we are the highest tax nation in the world. … And I think it’s going to happen.” — Iowa speech.
    THE FACTS: The overall U.S. tax burden is actually one of the lowest among the 32 developed and large emerging-market economies tracked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
    Taxes made up 26.4 percent of the total U.S. economy in 2015, according to the OECD. That’s far below Denmark’s tax burden of 46.6 percent, Britain’s 32.5 percent or Germany’s 36.9 percent. Just four OECD countries had a lower tax bite than the U.S.: South Korea, Ireland, Chile and Mexico.
    It’s not clear Trump will sign the largest tax cut in U.S. history. His administration has yet to settle on enough details of any planned overhaul to make that claim. To put the claim in context, President Ronald Reagan essentially cut taxes during his first term by slightly more than 2 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. For Trump to surpass that, his tax cut would essentially have to be more than $400 billion a year.
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    TRUMP: “We have Gary Cohn, who’s the president of Goldman Sachs. That’s somebody. He’s the president of Goldman Sachs. He had to pay over $200 million in taxes to take the job, right? … This is the president of Goldman Sachs, smart. Having him represent us. He went from massive paydays to peanuts. … But these are people that are great, brilliant business minds. And that’s what we need.” — Iowa speech.
    THE FACTS: Trump appears to be confusing taxes paid with stocks sold. Cohn and his family members held about $220 million in Goldman stock, which he had to divest in order to resolve possible conflicts of interest before becoming White House economic adviser. He would have had to pay taxes on any capital gains from the sale, but that sum would only be a fraction of the figure cited by Trump. Moreover, Cohn had to divest the stock in pieces, so the final tally from his sales is unclear, as the stock has declined from highs in March.
    It’s also worth noting the president’s about-face praise for Wall Street. His campaign routinely criticized Goldman Sachs and its ties to Hillary Clinton, even using it as a villain in a political ad that included video of the bank’s chairman and CEO.
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    TRUMP: “You have a gang called MS-13. … They do things that nobody can believe. These are true animals. We are moving them out of the country by the thousands, by the thousands. … We’re getting them out, MS-13.” — Iowa speech.
    THE FACTS: There is no publicly available evidence to support this claim about the violent gang. In recent weeks, federal authorities have arrested hundreds of suspected MS-13 gang members. Many of those arrested have been identified by the government as immigrants, but it is unclear if they have yet been deported. Any suspected gang members who are U.S. citizens cannot be kicked out of the country. The gang was formed decades ago in Los Angeles and has spread.
    Overall arrests of immigrants in the country illegally have increased in recent months, but deportations have declined slightly, according to the most recently available government data.
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    SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER, on Republican health care legislation: “They want to bring the bill to the floor, rush it in the dark of night, for a simple reason — they are ashamed of their bill. They don’t want anybody to see it, least of all the public. … They can’t even whisper what it’s about they are so, so ashamed of it.” — Senate speech Tuesday.
    THE FACTS: Both parties resort to secrecy in Congress at times, especially when hard-fought legislation is at stake. When Democrats grappled with a conservative uproar over President Barack Obama’s health care bill, they held private meetings to iron out details and reach agreements to clinch the legislation’s approval. That said, they also held scores of hearings and staged many days of debate in 2009 and 1010. The Senate’s Republican leadership has held no hearings on its legislation, the contents of which are unknown. It’s unusual for such a major bill to be written from scratch behind closed doors then rushed through Congress in a few days.
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    VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: “I like that line that says, you know, the Internal Revenue Code is twice as long as the Bible, with none of the good news.” — speech Tuesday to manufacturers.
    HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN: “You know, there’s this old line about the tax code. Our tax code is about five times as long as the Bible but with none of the good news.” — speech to the same group Tuesday.
    THE FACTS: Ryan has the ratio about right: The tax code runs nearly 4 million words, according to a 2013 government report, while the Bible has 700,000 to about 800,000, depending on the version and variations in translation. Pence understated the difference. Both got laughs.
    A number of Republicans over the years have compared the size of the texts to make the point that Americans are under an unholy burden from the IRS.
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  • Draintheswamp

    It is Time to Acknowledge that Obama is a Gay Muslim, isn’t that right?

    Oblowhole is a America hating Kenyan, Muslim dirtbag, I noticed you never mentioned his dirtbag Kenyan father in your rant.. He never took responsibility for anything it was all bush’s fault. He divided the country and sent race relations back a century. He made the county the world’s laughing stock. He ran the national debt into the stratosphere with nothing to show for it, he destroyed the healthcare system with his pos ACA which is now imploding. As far as his sexual orientation goes, there’s a reason he’s called bathhouse Barry. Ever watch the limp wrist trot off Air Force One?

  • Draintheswamp

    BREAKING Famous Gay Man Breaks Silence, Spills Beans About Obama’s Past?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts5gq5Pgy6Q

    of course Obama is a homosexual. What STRAIGHT MAN is going to put all that effort into getting homosexuals into the mainstream, lighting up the white house in the homosexual rainbow flag, and pushing for men to use the little girls bathroom? Michelle is Obama’s beard. And why would the first place Obama goes after leaving the white house is to two of his homo friends in Palm Springs? Why not a romantic getaway with Michelle? NO STRAIGHT FAMILY MAN DOES THOSE THINGS….!!!!

  • Draintheswamp

    What will it take for liberals to admit Obama is a lousy President?

    Obama is the worst president ever.

    I mean. He didnt create any jobs. Unemployment went up 19%. He also created more national debt than every president put together all by himself. !0 trillion out of 19 trillion. He destabilized the Middle East and the United States.

    He ran the national debt into the stratosphere with nothing to show for it, he destroyed the healthcare system with his pos ACA which is now imploding. As far as his sexual orientation goes, there’s a reason he’s called bathhouse Barry.

  • edwin

    Trump supporter’s are hopeless, Obama was respected around the world. I saw no need to mention Obama’s father but I will if you feel the need. He was a Kenyan senior governmental economist and the father of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. He is a central figure of his son’s memoir, Dreams from My Father (1995). Obama married in 1954 and had two children with his first wife, Kezia. He was selected for a special program to attend college in the United States, and studied at the University of Hawaii. There, Obama met Stanley Ann Dunham, whom he married in 1961, and with whom he had a son, Barack II. She divorced him three years later. The elder Obama later went to Harvard University for graduate school, where he earned an M.A. in economics, and returned to Kenya in 1964. He saw his son Barack once more, when the boy was about ten.
    In late 1964, Obama Sr. married Ruth Beatrice Baker, a Jewish-American woman whom he had met in Massachusetts. They had two sons together before separating in 1971 and divorcing in 1973. Obama first worked for an oil company, before beginning work as an economist with the Kenyan Ministry of Transport. He gained a promotion to senior economic analyst in the Ministry of Finance. He was among a cadre of young Kenyan men who had been educated in the West in a program supported by Tom Mboya. Obama Sr. had conflicts with Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta, which adversely affected his career. He was fired and blacklisted in Kenya, finding it nearly impossible to get a job. Obama Sr. was involved in three serious car accidents during his final years; he died as a result of the last one in 1982.
    I trust that responsible journalists will continue to hammer away at Trump (OMG, that name, seriously?) I’m hoping that his presidency will go the way of Turmp steaks and Trump University. However, his supporters will not let go, as Trump said, he could shoot someone on 5th street in NYC and they wouldn’t care. Seriously, who are these people? I know some of my cousins are these people, but I know there are others that are good people and just grasping at straws. Of all the flimsy things they could grab, Trump is the worst. As Carl Bernstein said, and I paraphrase, Trump floats in a weightless atmosphere of lies. He doesn’t bother to substantiate or deny, he just farts out something and the 50% you speak of inhale and swear they smell roses. That 50% are bigots, racist and Booboisies and Trump has no real interest in them or their needs. Some one should wiretap the WH. This guy is dangerous. A CEO, any CEO make a bad President CEO’s are dictator’s by the nature of their previous job.Trump thinks he can do anything he wants and get by with it. like running his own company. That’s not how government works. He thinks he can still run his company and be President at the same time. That creates hundreds of conflicts of interest. His coziness with Putin and Russia is going to bite him in the ass. Their is too much smoke not to be a serious fire. Does Russia have hotel videos of sexual mis conduct with minors. If there were mis coduct, they will have videos, that’s how it works in Russia. If his campaign with his knowledge were coordinating hacking information with Russia in destroying the Clinton campaign, that’s out there. If he was in contact with Russia during the campaign making deals to pay them back , that’s out there. If U S intelligence were listening which they were that’s out there. Anyone of these could bite him in the rear end. He can’t knock Russia because of black mail threats. Russia can get anything they want out of Trump. I think congress have begun to figure that out. His moral background alone is enough to make him unfit to be President. There is rape , sexual assault , peeping Tom charges that would bury anyone else that didn’t his money. he was able to fool millions of his boobislie follows with his constant lies. several fact checkers report that he lies 75% of the time. His followers are so naïve that they don’t care and many Republicans and well as Democrats would vote for the devil before they would vote for someone from the opposite party. I don’t see how he can survive all the baggage but if he don’t . Pence is not much better as far as a leader and ideology is concerned. conservatives were afraid of Obama because of what conservatives said Obama would do, and liberals are afraid of Trump because of what conservatives (especially including Trump himself, if you want to call him one) said Trump will do.
    My favorite Conservative sayings, “Obama has FEMA camps ready to lock up people in these camps who criticize him, ACA will have death panels for the elderly, Obama Institutes Sharia Law as his last executive action (as recently as Jan 17, 2017), and Obama will proclaim martial law and remain president for a third term,” which was swallowed hook, line, and sinker and believed lock, stock, and barrel by the same rank and file conservatives who write questions such as “Why do Liberals think…” those who on any website comments sectopms refer to anyone who disagrees with their conservative view as “Libtards.”
    PolitiFact has done extensive fact-checking on Obama’s faith and has debunked false claims in chain e-mails that he attended a radical Islamic school, that his political rise mirrored a biblical tale about the Antichrist, and that he took the oath for U.S. Senate on a Koran. All three earned our lowest rating, Pants on Fire.
    Our fact-checking also showed clear evidence that Obama is a Christian. According to the president’s memoirs and independent biographies, Obama was not raised in any particular faith. He became a Christian when he was in his 20s while working as a community organizer in Chicago. Obama said the churches there impressed him with their commitment to social justice and the hope they gave to the poor.
    “It was because of these newfound understandings that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity United Church of Christ on 95th Street in the Southside of Chicago one day and affirm my Christian faith,” Obama said in a 2006 speech. “It came about as a choice, and not an epiphany. I didn’t fall out in church. The questions I had didn’t magically disappear. But kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side, I felt that I heard God’s spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth.”
    Several independent reports have documented Obama’s church membership and faith life. “Along his Senate campaign trail (in 2004), Obama would never fail to carry his Christian Bible. He would place it right beside him, in the small compartment in the passenger side door of the SUV, so he could refer to it often,” reported journalist David Mendell in his 2007 biography Obama: From Promise to Power.
    In what category does Obama belong? I would make a case that he be considered among the “near greats.” Here’s why:
    Not since 1933, when FDR took office at the depth of the Great Depression, has a president confronted such a profound economic crisis on the first day in office. The banking system was collapsing, the two big automotive companies were near bankruptcy, unemployment was rising and the housing market was in a free fall. It was Obama’s policies, enacted into law despite unprecedented Republican obstruction, that helped turn the economy around. In fact, Obama’s policies have been far more successful than Roosevelt’s New Deal program. It was increased wartime production after 1939, not New Deal programs, that ended the depression. Obama ended the “great recession” while slowly disengaging the nation from active involvement in two foreign wars.
    Just about every economic indicator reveals an American economy on the rebound, and the growth has far outpaced that in other developed nations. You would not know that by listening to the cartoonish complaints of the Republican candidates running for president. What they fail to mention is that the economic results would be even better had it not been for the Republican-imposed sequester in 2011.
    Like all “great” and “near great” presidents, Obama not only solved the problems he inherited, he has managed to leave his own mark on the institution. With the Affordable Care Act, Obama accomplished what every Democrat since Harry Truman has tried but failed to pass — national health insurance for all Americans. He has championed other reasonable policies — fighting global warming, ending gun violence through sensible gun control legislation, and immigration reform — only to have his initiatives stymied by conservative opposition. Most of all, Obama has been masterful in exercising the intangible aspects of the presidency — inspiring people with his words, and articulating a clear alternative vision for the nation that makes his opponents appear small-minded and petty. And lets not forget the symbolic power of being the nation’s first African American president.
    Obama’s accomplishments in foreign policy have also been notable. In addition to the economic crisis at home, Obama inherited unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not only has Obama been winding down America’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, he has reoriented the nation’s priorities abroad and articulated a more modest vision for America’s role in the world. He signed a controversial nuclear deal with Iran, opened relations with Cuba, and has refused to be drawn into another ground war in the Middle East. His Eisenhower-like restraint in the use of military power has sent Bush-era neoconservatives into hysterics, but it has dramatically improved America’s image in the world.
    What remains unclear is whether Obama’s vision and his policies will reshape the Democratic party. Austerity has produced low growth, not vice versa. The stimulus showed that government spending creates jobs and the USA continues to lead the other western democracies in growth, even if that growth is tepid. The entire western world is seeing growth less than 3% and the only places where growth is moderate are the emerging eastern economies. China won’t be seeing 10% growth again in who knows how long, if ever.
    Of the 92 million people who are not employed, 37.5 million are age 65 and over — an age when Medicare kicks in and many Americans head into retirement. Another 11.9 million are between 16 and 19, meaning they’re either high-school-age or starting college. And another 8 million are age 20 to 24, when many are in college or graduate school.
    Of the 92 million people who are not employed, 37.5 million are age 65 and over — an age when Medicare kicks in and many Americans head into retirement. Another 11.9 million are between 16 and 19, meaning they’re either high-school-age or starting college. And another 8 million are age 20 to 24, when many are in college or graduate school, Or simply staying home and raising a family. The US work force is apx 165,000,000. I questioned the 500,000 McDonald job figures , haven’t took the time to research it. This money is never a waste, just not productive as intended. Without it we would be a much worse shape. Economy is tied to the wealthy and the banks to provide loans. The prez could only do so much. Stop crimes on wall street and tax the 99% who send work overseas. As far as the Obama debt, It has to with baseline budgeting. Bush’s last budget had a 1.4 trillion dollar deficit. Obama first budget would have the same 1.4 until he can get a handle on it and start reducing it. It like a fast rain trying to stop , it takes a long time. Bush was lolling 800.000 job a month when Obama took over. That had to be turned around.as well. Obama has cut the deficit in half.

  • edwin

    You are a homophobe and a racist that is obvious, I foulnd the article you were foaming at the mouth about and find nothing unusual about the visit or the article.
    President and Mrs. Obama are spending a three-day Father’s Day weekend at the Palm Springs, California vacation home of White House decorator Michael Smith and his partner, U.S. Ambassador to Spain James Costos, according to the Associated Press.
    Smith is also a personal friend of the Obamas and is reportedly close to Mrs. Obama. He oversaw the redecorating of the Oval Office.
    Smith and Costos were also major fundraisers for the president’s reelection campaign. Costos was subsequently appointed ambassador to Spain, where the couple live.

    That the Obamas would stay at the home of a gay couple suggests the president has shed all political concerns about his relationship with the gay community. Obama publicly announced his support for gay marriage only two years ago, just as his reelection campaign was ramping up, and only after Vice President Biden announced his support first.
    It’s unclear, however, if he would have spent a weekend at the home of a gay couple before being safely reelected.
    Obama will start his mini-vacation with some work, however, flying out to Laguna Beach Saturday morning for a DNC fundraiser at a private residence. Afterwards he will deliver the commencement address at the University of California, Irvine before flying back to Palm Springs.

    The Obamas will return to Washington Monday.

  • edwin

    Actually he created 15 million new jobs compared to H W Bush’s 3.5 million. Bush was losing 800 thousand jobs a month before Obama. and unemployment was at 4.7 when Obama leaving office. Where do you get your info from Trumps swamp. Here are many of his accomplishment’s and references for them, If you’re one of those folks who thinks President Obama is a “disappointment,” you haven’t been paying attention the last few years. And those of you who try to draw comparisons with the Bush Administration should put away the hallucinogens and have your memory checked. If you were in a coma for the eight Bush Years, I apologize and forgive you. But please join the real world. So far, this president has done most of what he said he would do if elected; imagine what he could have done by now if progressives had supported him and not given him a Congress that doesn’t look at him as if he’s the demon seed.
    Not only is Obama NOT a “disappointment,” he’s pretty much the opposite.
    Not only is he NOT a “disappointment,” he’s pretty much the opposite. And no, I don’t just say that because he took out Osama bin Laden, helped Libya determine their own destiny for the first time in a while, and because he seems able to handle international incidents without starting a new war. The guy does nearly everything we elect a president to do, and he doesn’t brag about it constantly.
    Is he perfect? No, he’s human. Does he deserve some criticism? I suppose, but I must admit I haven’t seen any complaints that were of based on anything having to do with the real world. One I can’t forgive him for is pulling Janet Napolitano out of Arizona. But the thing is, on balance, he’s mostly stellar. Besides, criticism about certain specific problems is one thing; taking on an overall “Obama sucks” meme not only has the potential to put Willard Romney into power, it’s also a lie. Just because you wanted a president who would give you a glitter-farting unicorn and didn’t quite get that doesn’t mean he’s not doing well at the job we hired him for.
    What follows is a PARTIAL list of Obama’s accomplishments so far. Unlike many such lists, there is a link to a citation supporting every single one.
    Legislative Prowess.
    Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office. Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%. http://n.pr/i3d7cY
    Fiscal Responsibility.
    Within days after taking office, Obama signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse. http://1.usa.gov/dUvbu5
    Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money. http://n.pr/hcgBn1
    On his first full day, he froze White House salaries. http://on.msnbc.com/ewJUIx
    He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending. http://www.cio.gov
    He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems, and also signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting system. http://bit.ly/hOw1t1 http://bit.ly/fz8GAd
    Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/hwKhKa
    Improving the Economy, Preventing Depression.
    Obama pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as “the stimulus package,” despite the fact that not one Republican voted for that bill. In addition, he launched recovery.gov, so that taxpayers could track spending from the Act. http://1.usa.gov/ibiFSs http://1.usa.gov/e3BJMk
    In his first year, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy 3.5%. http://reut.rs/i46CEE
    Obama completed the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan, and recovered virtually all of its costs. http://1.usa.gov/eA5jVS http://bit.ly/eCNrD6
    He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan. http://1.usa.gov/goy6zl
    Obama oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years. http://bit.ly/hrrnjY
    He oversaw a bailout of General Motors that saved at least 1.4 million jobs, and put pressure on the company to change its practices, resulting in GM returning to its place as the top car company in the world. http://lat.ms/zIJuQx
    Obama also doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency. http://bit.ly/eYD4nf
    He signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system. It also created a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown. http://abcn.ws/g18Fe7
    Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, which was designed to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices. http://1.usa.gov/gIaNcS
    He increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect. http://bit.ly/f77aOw
    Obama signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures. The bill also provided $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and to stabilize the housing market. http://bit.ly/eEpLFn
    Through the Worker, Home Ownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, Obama and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery. http://bit.ly/dZgXXw http://bit.ly/gORYfL
    He initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses.
    http://1.usa.gov/eu0u0b
    Obama created business.gov, which allows for online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has since merged with SBA.gov.) http://www.business.gov
    He played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis. http://nyti.ms/gHlgp5
    Obama took steps to improve minority access to capital. http://bit.ly/f9xVE7
    He created a $60 billion bank to fund infrastructure improvements such as roads and bridges. http://bit.ly/e1SSaQ
    He implemented an auto industry rescue plan, and saved as many as 1 million jobs. http://bit.ly/ibhpxr Many are of the opinion that he saved the entire auto industry, and even the economy of the entire Midwest. http://bit.ly/gj7mt5
    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Obama saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost. http://1.usa.gov/ez30Dc
    Obama dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby moving forward to cut ties between energy companies and the government. http://nyti.ms/bw1MLu
    He provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession. http://bit.ly/g0IKWR
    He used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. http://on.msnbc.com/i1i8eV
    Obama crafted an Executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans. http://bit.ly/eyqsNE
    Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection.
    Obama ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money. http://huff.to/eAi9Qq
    He pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression. http://bit.ly/hWCPg0 http://bit.ly/geHpcD
    Dodd-Frank also included the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau http://1.usa.gov/j5onG
    Obama made it so that banks could no longer use YOUR money to invest in high-risk financial instruments that work against their own customers’ interests. http://bit.ly/fnTayj
    He supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation. http://bit.ly/fnTayj
    Obama wholly endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes. http://bit.ly/esOdfB http://bit.ly/eG4DPM
    He made a deal with Swiss banks that permits the US government to gain access to the records of criminals and tax evaders. http://bit.ly/htfDgw
    He established a Consumer Protection Financial Bureau designed to protect consumers from financial sector excesses. http://bit.ly/fnTayj
    Obama oversaw and then signed the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression. http://thedc.com/gxkCtP
    Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination.
    Obama advocated for and signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to assault anyone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. http://bit.ly/gsMSJ7
    He pushed through, signed and demanded the Pentagon enact a repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that forced soldiers to lie to fight for their country, and put our troops at risk by disqualifying many qualified soldiers from helping. http://bit.ly/fdahuH http://bit.ly/mZV4Pz
    Obama appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. http://1.usa.gov/fi5IY0
    Helped Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. http://bit.ly/th0JC8
    He extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. http://1.usa.gov/g2RLCj
    Obama has appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history. http://bit.ly/g1lA7D
    He issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other. http://1.usa.gov/aUueGT
    He established a White House Council on Women and Girls http://1.usa.gov/rFfqMM
    He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. This was after the GOP blocked the bill in 2007. Only 5 Republican Senators voted for the bill. http://bit.ly/fT3Cxg
    Obama wrote and signed an Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies evaluate the effect of their policies and programs on women and families. http://bit.ly/e1puTk
    He expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act. http://1.usa.gov/dSbI0x
    Under Obama’s watch, National Labor Relations Board has issued final rules that require all employers to prominently post employees’ rights where all employees or prospective employees can see it, including websites and intranets, beginning November 2011. http://1.usa.gov/qu2EhQ
    Fighting Poverty.
    Obama provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). http://nyti.ms/gfLqyM
    He signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs. http://wapo.st/eWECA8
    Improved Foreign Relations and American Status Abroad.
    Obama visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office. http://bit.ly/hZycda
    As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration. http://nyti.ms/dKvY4g
    He did much to restore America’s reputation around the world as a global leader that does the “right thing” in world affairs, at least according to the rest of the planet. http://bit.ly/h743y7 http://bit.ly/ho4TCr
    He re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues. http://1.usa.gov/e7QuDj
    Closed a number of secret detention facilities. http://nyti.ms/rpUc9l
    Obama improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys. http://1.usa.gov/tiGAGe
    He pushed for military to emphasize development of foreign language skills. http://bit.ly/AxUCLV
    Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence. http://bit.ly/9axfWh
    He refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program. http://bit.ly/xVmSZK
    He worked to make donations to Haiti tax-deductible in 2009. http://huff.to/6YkAVY
    He established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. http://1.usa.gov/eX28DP
    Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia. http://1.usa.gov/hxdf8U
    He established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them. http://n.pr/hY3Kwa http://nyti.ms/emQBde
    He ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and a smattering of Democrats) who prevented him from following through. http://bit.ly/eW6CVF
    Obama ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture, or what Bush called “enhanced interrogation.” He ordered interrogators to limit their actions to the Army Field manual. http://bit.ly/g6MTuC
    he ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed. http://bbc.in/h6N9ax
    He released the Bush torture memos. http://bit.ly/hWJ5z0
    On his second day in office, he signed a detailed Executive Order that banned torture, reversed all Bush torture policies, and put the United States in compliance with the Geneva Convention. http://1.usa.gov/dL6Zve http://nyti.ms/hzWWys
    In response to the emerging “Arab Spring,” he created a Rapid Response fund, to assist emerging democracies with foreign aid, debt relief, technical assistance and investment packages in order to show that the United States stands with them. http://bit.ly/zfmGv9
    Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war, and to encourage Iran to give up their nuclear program. http://1.usa.gov/wLtNjb
    Ended the Iraq War. http://tgr.ph/ru0tyS
    He authorized and oversaw a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates. http://bit.ly/y8c9Fz
    Better Approach to “Defense.”
    Obama created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat. http://1.usa.gov/gDX1nE
    He authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010. http://1.usa.gov/gLFZl2
    He restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush. http://lat.ms/gkcl3i
    He signed and pushed to ratification a new SALT Treaty. http://bit.ly/f3JVtw
    Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will last until at least 2021. http://1.usa.gov/cI1bC4
    Through the Defense Authorization Act, he reversed the Bush Administration and committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq. http://bit.ly/hk73OJ
    He developed the first comprehensive strategy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan designed to facilitate the defeat of al Qaeda and the withdrawal of most troops, as well as the rebuilding of Afghanistan. http://wapo.st/ee4Xcs
    He returned our focus to Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing our troops. http://bit.ly/lNXUna
    Fulfilled campaign promise and ended our involvement in Iraq, and will complete full troop withdrawal before Christmas 2011. http://onforb.es/nTUk4Z
    He took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world. http://yhoo.it/n5lXs6
    He negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India. http://1.usa.gov/aHp0Cn
    He took decisive action to use NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that the Libyan people could topple a despotic government and determine their own fate. http://aje.me/qAh4Sj cont on following post

  • edwin

    continuing Obama accomplishment’s with references Treating Soldiers and Veterans with Respect
    He made sure that families of fallen soldiers could be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB, by providing funding for it. He also ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers.http://nyti.ms/glqN66 http://bbc.in/gWSSkA
    He funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services. http://1.usa.gov/huhqfo
    He provided the troops with better body armor. http://bit.ly/hzSv2h
    Created the Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care. http://1.usa.gov/f4yaxW
    He put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date. (personal note: my son will be in harm’s way for six fewer months with Obama as president, so you know I love this one). http://nyti.ms/e2YQ7Q
    He supported and signed the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which made more money available to enable better medical care for veterans. http://1.usa.gov/fN4ur1
    He ushered through the largest spending increase in 30 years for the Department of Veterans Affairs for improved medical facilities, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities. http://1.usa.gov/gY8O3x
    He created the Green Vet Initiative, which provided special funding to the Labor Department to provide veterans with training in green jobs. http://bit.ly/epwUQY
    He oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals. http://bit.ly/gjzTxX
    Education.
    He has repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process. http://bit.ly/gYWd30 http://bit.ly/e9c7Dr http://bit.ly/eEzTNq
    Completely reformed the student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate. http://nyti.ms/dMvHOt
    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , he invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. http://1.usa.gov/gGRIAr This includes a major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide http://bit.ly/fNDcj3 , as well as an expansion in school construction. http://bit.ly/fYwNrV
    Also through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start. http://1.usa.gov/tzT2Rr
    Signed the Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0 http://bit.ly/hPhG7J
    He oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low-income students to go to college. http://bit.ly/hI6tXz
    He passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds. http://1.usa.gov/dQvtUe
    greater Transparency and Better Government.
    He signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch. http://bit.ly/fsBACN
    He signed an order banning anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years. He also put strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House. http://nyti.ms/gOrznV
    He held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public. http://bit.ly/gVNSgX
    The Obama White House became the first to stream every White House event, live. http://1.usa.gov/kAgOP5
    He established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities. http://www.serve.gov
    He provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history. http://1.usa.gov/hQ7ttV
    He crafted an Executive Order on Presidential Records, which restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records, and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews. This will provide the public with greater access to historic White House documents, and severely curtails the ability to use executive privilege to shield them.
    http://1.usa.gov/gUetLb
    He improved aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent in the processing of FOIA requests. http://1.usa.gov/gjrnp2
    National Safety and Security.
    He’s restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully. http://bit.ly/h8Xj7z
    Authorized Navy SEALS to successfully secure the release of a US captain held by Somali pirates and increased patrols off the Somali coast. http://nyti.ms/efBO7B
    Has repeatedly beefed up border security http://bit.ly/mMYB4i
    Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden. http://bit.ly/jChpgw
    Science, Technology and Health Care.
    He created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making.
    http://1.usa.gov/g2SDuw
    Opened up the process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects. http://bit.ly/j0KV2U
    He eliminated the Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. He also provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research. http://bit.ly/h36SSO http://ti.me/edezge
    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs. http://nyti.ms/fTs9t7
    He signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis. http://bit.ly/fOi2rb
    He expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families, to cover more first-time mothers. http://bit.ly/jRRRJc
    His EPA reversed research ethics standards which allowed humans to be used as “guinea pigs” in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics. http://bit.ly/bKgqdS
    Conducted a cyberspace policy review. http://1.usa.gov/gmbdvC
    Provided financial support for private sector space programs. http://bit.ly/fn8ucr
    He oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use. http://bit.ly/dNTRyP
    He ushered through a bill that authorized the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products. http://on.msnbc.com/fiKViB As a result, the FDA has Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients and banned sale of cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”
    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs. http://bit.ly/ecQSgA
    He also increased funding for community-based prevention programs. http://bit.ly/frMPG3
    He oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors. http://bit.ly/e5b1iq http://1.usa.gov/fVNkt9
    He eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price. http://bit.ly/fOkG5b
    Two weeks after taking office, he signed the Children’s Health Insurance Re-authorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million. http://bit.ly/fDEzGv
    He held a quick press conference, and urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation. Rep. Waxman responded by launching a probe, and Anthem Blue Cross put the increase on hold for two months. http://yhoo.it/e8Tj9C
    Ushered through and signed the Affordable Health Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage to 30 million more people, and ended many common insurance company practices that are often detrimental to those with coverage. He also established http://www.healthcare.gov/
    Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V
    Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he provided tax breaks to allow 3.5 million small business to provide health insurance to their employees, and 29 million people will receive tax breaks to help them afford health insurance. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V
    Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. http://nyti.ms/ekMWpo
    Through the Affordable Health Care Act, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V
    Provisions in Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act have already resulted in Medicare costs actually declining slightly this fiscal year, for the first time in many years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Last year’s increase was 4%. Compare that to the average 12% annual inflation rate during the previous 40 years. http://1.usa.gov/oMxpTh
    Strengthening the Middle Class and Families
    Obama worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families. http://bit.ly/fNfidS
    He cracked down on companies that were previously denying sick pay, vacation and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare tax payments through abuse of the employee classification of independent contractor. http://nyti.ms/fOGLcj
    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , he cut taxes for 95% of America’s working families. http://bit.ly/eSEI4F
    Under Obama, tax rates for average working families are the lowest they’ve been since 1950. http://bit.ly/f74pD8
    He extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years. http://bit.ly/eFeSdP
    He extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s extended unemployment benefits several times. http://aol.it/evtVxD http://nyti.ms/emrqKJ http://bit.ly/hOtIpg http://bit.ly/fTT7kz
    Environment and Energy.
    He fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact federal fuel efficiency standards that were above federal standards. http://nyti.ms/e8e94x
    He fast-tracked increased fuel economy standards for vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year. It was the first time such standards had been increased in a decade. http://politi.co/hiaPKM
    He oversaw the establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, which creates more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies. http://bit.ly/lZp73y
    His EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history. http://bit.ly/lP3yEL
    He ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances. http://1.usa.gov/g3MTbu
    He ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. http://reut.rs/fV155p (As you can see, Republicans are trying hard to kill it.)
    He oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers. http://bit.ly/mjnq2R
    Obama bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions. http://bit.ly/froaP5
    His EPA ruled that CO2 is a pollutant. http://bit.ly/iQTSNN
    He doubled federal spending on clean energy research. http://bit.ly/iN0sCE
    He pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars. http://bit.ly/j8UP5Y
    He created a program to develop renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that will produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. http://1.usa.gov/fgfRWq
    Obama reengaged in the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions agreements talks, and even proposed one himself. He also addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference, officially reversing the Bush-era stance that climate change was a “hoax.” http://bit.ly/dX6Vj3 http://bit.ly/fE2PxK http://nyti.ms/hfeqvv
    He fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide. http://bit.ly/eJ6QOO
    He required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption. http://bit.ly/lBhk7P
    Following Bush’s eight year reign, he reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic. http://bit.ly/fzQUFO
    Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid automobiles, and later he and Democrats morphed that program into one that includes electric cars. http://bit.ly/glCukV
    Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles. http://bit.ly/h5KZqy http://1.usa.gov/fLWq5c http://1.usa.gov/hmUSbk
    Obama oversaw and pushed through an amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://1.usa.gov/yTRYVo
    He also actively tried to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to eliminate the liability limits for those companies responsible for large oil spills. http://nyti.ms/bxjDi3
    He initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://nyti.ms/bVuB7a
    Through Obama’s EPA, he asserted federal legal supremacy, and barred Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own. http://bit.ly/ww8eMd
    He strengthened the Endangered Species Act. http://bit.ly/hscjsH
    His EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year. http://bit.ly/jYH7nt
    Through the EPA, he took steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans. http://bit.ly/fBuWd2
    Obama increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10% http://bit.ly/fbJPjY
    He announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards. http://1.usa.gov/oQiC1K
    He announced the development of a huge increase in average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg to 35.5mpg starting in 2016 and 54.5 starting in 2025 http://1.usa.gov/qtghsW
    Other Stuff.
    Obama has expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA. http://bit.ly/etznpY
    He oversaw funding of the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History, which is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015. He protected the funding during the recent budget negotiations. http://on.fb.me/fD0EVO http://bit.ly/ff5Luv
    Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. http://bit.ly/dFb8qF
    Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Justice in the court’s history, and the women represent only the third and fourth women to serve on the court, out of a total of 112 justices. http://huff.to/eOChg6 http://bit.ly/i02wgP
    He appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president. http://bit.ly/dX6vNB
    He eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and he rescinded the global gag rule. http://bit.ly/eCFAI1 http://bit.ly/f92drF
    Obama loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference. http://huff.to/eQfa7j
    His FDA banned the use of antibiotics in livestock production. http://bit.ly/jUjLzo
    Obama ushered through and signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the AmeriCorps program.

  • edwin

    The swamp is what you have in the Whitehouse at the present time. all this gay crap you try to put out is all false and you know it. Just more conspiracy crap you seem to thrive on. You are a sick individual. also Obama is no longer President in case you haven’t norticed.

  • Draintheswamp

    First off, it doesn’t matter that he’s no longer President. He is a liar. the facts are all there.

    of course Obama is a homosexual. What STRAIGHT MAN is going to put all that effort into getting homosexuals into the mainstream, lighting up the white house in the homosexual rainbow flag, and pushing for men to use the little girls bathroom?
    Michelle is Obama’s beard.

    Anyone who lives in Chicago will tell you it is common knowledge that both he and Rahm Emanuel frequented the gay bath houses.

    Even the blacks in Chicago know the truth about him being gay.

    NO STRAIGHT FAMILY MAN DOES THOSE THINGS….!!!!

  • edwin

    Even if he was gay, so what. I assume you are gay as well, you seem to know so much about the life style.
    These stories have been standard fare in right-wing circles and on right-wing websites for years. Google “Obama gay rumors” and you get—hold on!—15.5 million hits, most of them crackpots like conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, one of the original Swift Boaters, who interviewed a man who knew Obama at Occidental and described the future president’s relationship with his roommate as a “close, intimate emotional attachment,” even though the only evidence for that attachment was the fact that “I saw them standing very close to one another.” Or a blogger named Kevin DuJan, who reports that Reggie Love, the former basketball player who served as Obama’s “body man,” was actually the president’s lover, and that it is “quite clear that in the years ahead Barack Obama will replace Elton John as the reigning party queen, gay icon.” (DuJan also says he expects that Obama will retire to Honolulu after his defeat by Romney, where, “draped in colorful muumuus, with a retinue of hunky shirtless Secret Service studs around him, Barack Obama will find himself in a new kind of paradise no doubt.”) Or right-wing journalist Wayne Madsen, whose eponymous newsletter is the source on Obama’s visits to the bath house and who revealed how Obama used basketball pickup games to pick up men. Obama, Madsen says, had homosexual trysts with Representative Artur Davis, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Senate majority leader Bill Frist! Who knew? Meanwhile, Paul Cameron of the Family Research Institute, another right-wing organization dedicated to protecting the country from the likes of Obama, told a radio audience on VCY Crosstalk that while “I’m not sure about the claims by various people who have reported that Obama has at least participated at times with them in homosexual acts, this [support of gay marriage] certainly lends some credence.” Case closed.
    Citing a remark by Fox News host Greg Gutfeld that “Obama is now out of the closet” after the president announced his support for gay marriage, former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum blogged at the Daily Beast, “You cannot ‘get’ Gutfeld’s joke unless you ‘get’ that a large part of his audience ardently believes that Obama is in fact gay, that his marriage is a sham, and that Mrs. Obama leads a life of Marie Antoinette–like extravagance to compensate for her husband’s neglect while he disports himself with his personal aides.”
    But as much as the most extreme tales of the president’s supposed homosexuality have been confined to the crannies of the Internet, mainstream Republicans routinely invoke the idea that Obama is, if not exactly gay, then less of a man. When a loud noise was heard during Mike Huckabee’s address to the National Rifle Association, the former Arkansas governor quipped that it was Barack Obama diving for the floor after someone pointed a gun at him (because, presumably, the president is a sissy). Similarly, when John Edwards endorsed Obama in 2008, conservative columnist Kathleen Parker joked, “Well, at least they didn’t kiss.” And after the death of the American ambassador to Libya, Sarah Palin weighed in with: “If [Obama] doesn’t have a ‘big stick’ to carry, maybe it’s time for him to grow one.”
    Of course, there’s nothing unusual about the wing-nuttery fabricating stories to rally their fellow nuts, and nothing unusual about the homophobes among them, especially on the religious right, attacking Obama as gay. But the persistent charges of his unmanliness—as if all gay men are unmanly and all women fainthearted—are part of a skein of Republican accusations and innuendoes against Democrats that goes back decades. It isn’t always that Democrats are gay, exactly. Gay becomes a proxy for effeminacy so that Republicans, in their antediluvian view of the world, can present themselves as tough he-men, Democrats as weak girls. Or, in conservative commentator Jude Wanniski’s terms, Republicans are the “Daddy Party,” while Democrats are the “Mommy Party.” That is not intended as a compliment to the latter. Indeed, “feminized” is one of the dirtiest words in the Republican lexicon.
    Long ago, the GOP apparently calculated that this was a great way to appeal to male voters, especially white male voters, who, until recently, made up roughly 40 percent of the electorate. The GOP aimed at a tradition of machismo, bluster, saber-rattling and muscle-flexing. It assumed that white males revere warriors, prefer action to talk, love the idea of shooting first and asking questions later; their movie heroes are John Wayne and GOP poster boy Clint Eastwood. These assumptions may have been based on stereotypes, but they seem to have worked. The Democratic Party has won the white male vote only twice since 1944—in 1960, when John Kennedy beat Nixon by just 0.2 percent among that group, and in Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 landslide, the only time since Roosevelt that Democrats won more than 50 percent of that demographic cohort. In short, if only white men voted, there would have been just two Democratic presidents since 1944. Not only that: every election save 1976, when Jimmy Carter eked out 47 percent of those voters, would have been a Republican landslide.
    But even that may understate the extent to which Republicans have increasingly become the party of white men and the extent to which they seem to have sacrificed the female vote, especially the votes of single and minority women. According to a recent Pew Center survey, the GOP lead among white male voters has doubled, from 11 percent in 2008 to 22 percent in 2012. Men now constitute 52 percent of Republican voters according to the Pew survey, virtually all of them white, even though men make up less than 50 percent of the general population. By contrast, women constitute 57 percent of the Democratic vote, according to Pew. One might conclude that whatever other divisions there are between the parties, there is a gaping pink (Democrat) and blue (Republican) one or, to account for the racial component among those Republican voters, “pink and azure,” azure being a lighter, milkier shade of blue like the sky. *
    It is impossible to say whether the Republican feminization of Democrats is a cause of this chasm or a result of it. There are obviously many factors at play. But it is certainly true that even as the white male vote as a percentage of the electorate has declined precipitously, the Republican proportion of that vote has steadily grown, from the upper fortieth percentile for Dewey in 1948 to the upper fiftieth percentile for Eisenhower to a consistent sixtieth percentile since 1980. The only disruptions in that trend are Carter’s 1976 election, when Ford ceded some of those white Southern male votes, and the two Clinton elections, in which the tough-talking bantam billionaire Ross Perot siphoned off a large chunk of those voters.
    The originator of the tactic to characterize Democrats as pansies and sissies may have been Wisconsin’s infamous junior senator, Joseph McCarthy. Though McCarthy’s stock in trade was wild accusations against alleged communists in the Democratic administrations of Roosevelt and Truman, he also brandished another, less remembered weapon: homosexual baiting, on the pretext that communists were often gay. This conflation of “treasonous” with “Democrats” and “gay” has proven to be a powerful one that seems to have had more legs than anti-communism by itself. As David Johnson documents in his history of political gay bashing, The Lavender Scare, once McCarthy publicized the accusations, his fellow Republicans and their allies in the right-wing press joyously leapt in. “Information is accumulating which shows that perversion has been so kindly regarded in the New Deal cult as to amount to a characteristic of that administration,” wrote the rabidly reactionary columnist Westbrook Pegler in June 1950. Along the same lines, Republican Senator William Jenner described the Truman administration as the “Fairy Deal.”