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A few thoughts on race, America, and our President. | LOWERCASE capital
Given that it's his second term and the Republicans are never going to work with him, Obama might as well speak out frankly about the all too frequent violation of the rights of black and brown Americans by the police.
Race  Ferguson  Police  Obama 
august 2014 by Membranophonist
Goodbye, Net Neutrality; Hello, Net Discrimination : The New Yorker
Yet another data point supporting the argument that America is no longer a democracy and is in fact an oligarchy.
Internet  Telecommunications  NetNeutrality  Obama  FCC 
april 2014 by Membranophonist
Close ties between White House, NSA spying review
"We thoroughly examined ourselves and it turns out that we are pure as the driven snow."
Obama  NSA  DNI  Oversight 
september 2013 by Membranophonist
Communications Corruption at the White House | TPMCafe
Same old access for positive coverage crap that has led so many to distrust the media.
Media  Journalism  Ethics  Gibbs  Axelrod  Obama 
april 2010 by Membranophonist
Obama's nominees to the bench are waiting too long. - By Doug Kendall - Slate Magazine
Remember the days of Republicans passionately arguing for up or down votes? I guess that was another situational principle.
Obama  Republicans  Senate  Judiciary 
november 2009 by Membranophonist
Feds Urge Dismissal of High-Profile Spy Case | Threat Level | Wired.com
"The Obama administration is urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit weighing whether a sitting U.S. president may lawfully create a spying program to eavesdrop on Americans’ electronic communications without warrants or congressional authorization."
Obama  Bush  DoJ  NSA  Surveillance  Privacy  Rights  Law  FISA 
august 2009 by Membranophonist
Details, details - Paul Krugman Blog - NYTimes.com
"I mean, we’ve tried the experiment of having the White House occupied by someone with no intellectual curiosity whatsoever. How do you think that went?" Swimmingly!
Obama  Bernstein  Economics 
august 2009 by Membranophonist
Ambassadorships for Sale—By Scott Horton (Harper's Magazine)
"Under Barack Obama, the process of political payoff through ambassadorial appointments has matched and appears poised to exceed the already extremely abusive system that Karl Rove put in place under the Bush Administration." I'm not too worried about the Court of St. James, but a hack for ambassador to Germany?!
Obama  Ambassador  Emanuel  Democrats  Ethics 
august 2009 by Membranophonist
Was Obama born in the US?
Next paranoid conspiracy theory, please.
Obama  Constitution  Hawaii 
july 2009 by Membranophonist
Obama Visit Stirs Pride Among Ghanaians - washingtonpost.com
"Fifty years we are independent! We are old enough to take care of ourselves!"
Obama  Ghana  Africa  Government  Corruption  Economics  Poverty 
july 2009 by Membranophonist
Ezra Klein - Obama Defends the Public Plan
"If private insurers say that the marketplace provides the best quality health care; if they tell us that they're offering a good deal, then why is it that the government, which they say can't run anything, suddenly is going to drive them out of business? That's not logical."
Insurance  Healthcare  Obama 
june 2009 by Membranophonist
CIA Stance On Torture Tape Docs Suggests Obama's New Open Government Era Won't Materialize | TPMMuckraker
"…open-government advocates are reluctantly acknowledging that, despite Obama's campaign promises, his approach to secrecy on issues of national security will likely not depart significantly from that of George Bush."
Obama  Bush  Secrecy  CIA  Torture 
june 2009 by Membranophonist
Why Washington Worries | Print Article | Newsweek.com
"The problem with American foreign policy goes beyond George Bush. It includes a Washington establishment that has gotten comfortable with the exercise of American hegemony and treats compromise as treason and negotiations as appeasement."
Obama  ForeignPolicy  Iran  Russia  China 
march 2009 by Membranophonist
Obama Administration Declares Proposed IP Treaty a 'National Security' Secret | Threat Level from Wired.com
"But now, like Bush before him, Obama is playing the national security card to hide details of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement being negotiated across the globe."
Obama  IP  Treaties  FOIA 
march 2009 by Membranophonist
Obama Upholds Detainee Policy in Afghanistan - NYTimes.com
Continuing the legal Phantom Zone policies is not change we can believe in.
Obama  Afghanistan  Law  Rights  Detention 
february 2009 by Membranophonist
Obama Bans Gimmicks, and Deficit Will Rise - NYTimes.com
"Mr. Obama’s banishment of the gimmicks, which have been widely criticized, is in keeping with his promise to run a more transparent government."
Obama  Government  Budget  Deficit  Taxes  AMT 
february 2009 by Membranophonist
Obama DOJ pick: RIAA lawyer who killed Grokster | Politics and Law - CNET News
"President Obama is continuing to fill the senior ranks of the U.S. Department of Justice with the copyright industry's favorite lawyers." Ugh.
Obama  DoJ  Copyright  Law  RIAA 
february 2009 by Membranophonist
Obama to Direct Shift in Emissions Regulations - NYTimes.com
It's too bad Detroit would rather pay lobbyists and lawyers to fight this than engineers to meet the challenge.
Obama  Environment  Pollution  Automobiles  Regulation  California 
january 2009 by Membranophonist
Kevin Drum - Mother Jones Blog: Obama and the Media
"Eventually, others will start to get the message: if you want to get presidential attention, you need to say something smart."
Obama  Media  Journalism 
january 2009 by Membranophonist
BBC NEWS | Technology | Calls for open source government
"The secret to a more secure and cost effective government is through open source technologies and products.
The claim comes from one of Silicon Valley's most respected business leaders Scott McNealy, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems.
He revealed he has been asked to prepare a paper on the subject for the new administration."
McNealy  FOSS  Obama  Government 
january 2009 by Membranophonist
For South, a Waning Hold on National Politics - NYTimes.com
Republicans: Please aggressively pursue this dwindling group of backwards bigots to the exclusion of the rest of the country. Thanks.
Racism  Bigotry  GOP  Republicans  McCain  Obama  Demographics 
november 2008 by Membranophonist
Democrats Add Suburbs to Their Growing Coalition - washingtonpost.com
"The Democrats appear to have built a majority across a wide, and expanding, share of the electorate -- young voters, Hispanics and other ethnic minorities, and highly educated whites in growing metropolitan areas. The Republicans appear at the moment to be marginalized, hanging on to a coalition that may shrink with time -- older, working-class and rural white voters, increasingly concentrated in the Deep South, the Great Plains and Appalachia."
Democrats  Republicans  Obama  McCain  Demographics  Polls 
november 2008 by Membranophonist
Republicans try to use Oxford don to smear Barack Obama - Times Online
Perhaps they can soon move on to things like accusing President Obama of running drugs in the Illinois legislature or having people killed. The greatest hits of the Clinton era!
Republicans  GOP  Obama  Ayers 
november 2008 by Membranophonist
Opinion | Get over the '60s and on with America | Seattle Times Newspaper
"You know what I hope Barack Obama is? I hope he is reconciliation — the end of the 1960s at long last. " I share this hope, but as long as revanchist conservatives keep fighting progress…
Obama  Politics  Society 
november 2008 by Membranophonist
In Pennsylvania’s Steel Country, Race Nags at Some Democrats - NYTimes.com
“She’s always talking about the ‘Average Joe,’ ” Jeremy Long said. “Average me! I don’t want myself in the Oval Office. I want someone smarter.” How dare he defy simplistic Republican caricatures of blue-collar voters!
Obama  McCain  Race  Pennsylvania  Elections 
october 2008 by Membranophonist
TBogg » Invasion of the Obama Snatchers
Hilarious post, many hilarious comments. "Obama has brainwashed everyone! YOU MUST BELIEVE ME!"
Obama  Conservatives  Hysteria  Republicans  GOP 
october 2008 by Membranophonist
FiveThirtyEight.com: Electoral Projections Done Right: On the Road: Western Pennsylvania
"In this economy, racism is officially a luxury. How is John McCain going to win if he can't win those voters?"
Obama  McCain  Pennsylvania  Racism  Bigotry  Race  Economy 
october 2008 by Membranophonist
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