Now onward and upwar..........no can't really call it upward since it's the bottom of a spiral. I must be a closet masochist for doing this to myself every year. Anywayyy....on with the self flagellation, mental masturbation, and the vivisection of Obama's self aggrandization. [Verily observant one. I realize that latter word is no word at all...just a bastardization but...perpend. Has Obama really been acting like a real President? Or has the fatuous fop been acting more like a King in his own mind? Happy now? No? Didn't think so.]
America must also face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems. We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy.
That’s why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy. Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks.
Honestly? I agree cyber attacks are a threat. Monitoring for virii, spamware, bot programs etc is a pain in the ass. Track em down and do something ugly. Throw them in a deep dark hole and screw with their minds. Or someone could just hurry the hell up, invent Bun Bun and sick him on the hackers and script kiddies of the world. After all are they not the telemarketers of the electronic media? What? Don't get the reference? Google Sluggy Freelance and be prepared to lose hours and days reading it. Trust me. Do it and start from the beginning. Bun Bun is my favorite homicidal mini half lop bunny. There are days in dealing with spam on the computer and telemarketers on the phone that I truly mourn the fact he isn't a real....dammit.
Even as we protect our people, we should remember that today’s world presents not only dangers, but opportunities. To boost American exports, support American jobs, and level the playing field in the growing markets of Asia, we intend to complete negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership. And tonight, I am announcing that we will launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union – because trade that is free and fair across the Atlantic supports millions of good-paying American jobs.
Sigh...the Asians okay but good luck. The Europeans? Oh man at this rate it's a race to see who can get to total financial collapse first..Us or them.
We also know that progress in the most impoverished parts of our world enriches us all. In many places, people live on little more than a dollar a day. So the United States will join with our allies to eradicate such extreme poverty in the next two decades: by connecting more people to the global economy and empowering women; by giving our young and brightest minds new opportunities to serve and helping communities to feed, power, and educate themselves; by saving the world’s children from preventable deaths; and by realizing the promise of an AIDS-free generation
.Ahh yes must help the impoverished nations because they can't do it themselves. You are really starting to annoy me B. Because now I'm starting to sound like a broken record. Where is the money going to come from for all this? You do realize that this will have about the same effect as humping a roll of razor wire? In that it will leave us raw, bleeding, in pain and asking ourselves "What the hell was I thinkin?" The answer being is...you weren't. Some of the poorer nations are that way for a reason. Why? Well because their rulers and some of their inhabitants prefer it that way. Think I'm nuts? Ask yourself with all the money that flows in via mining etc into say..various parts of Africa, why are they still such shitholes? WElll as previous mentioned...a good portion of monies goes to the dictators who rule those countries. Your goals are laudable but I suspect that even though you're saying this..A. you don't have a plan or B. that even if you have a plan it isn't going to accomplish much.
Above all, America must remain a beacon to all who seek freedom during this period of historic change. I saw the power of hope last year in Rangoon – when Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed an American President into the home where she had been imprisoned for years; when thousands of Burmese lined the streets, waving American flags, including a man who said, “There is justice and law in the United States. I want our country to be like that.”
Question, B? Just how can we remain a beacon of freedom when you keep stripping those freedoms away and inch at a time? You and the rest of the government under your direction has made it more difficult and expensive to START a business, let alone run one currently in existence. The various agencies of the government keep passing more and more asinine regulations. Passing defacto laws by passing congress and pissing all over the the constitution. I've read blogs and articles over the past 6 months that suggest you've passed so many that John Q Citizen commits 3 felonies a day without even knowing about it. Which for those of us citizens should be, and is, a total "What the Fuck?!" moment. I won't even bother to bring up the Executive Order you signed that allows you and the government to grab power via the Airways[Airplanes], the Airwaves[ tv and radio] the internet, etc etc.
In defense of freedom, we will remain the anchor of strong alliances from the Americas to Africa; from Europe to Asia. In the Middle East, we will stand with citizens as they demand their universal rights, and support stable transitions to democracy. The process will be messy, and we cannot presume to dictate the course of change in countries like Egypt; but we can – and will – insist on respect for the fundamental rights of all people. We will keep the pressure on a Syrian regime that has murdered its own people, and support opposition leaders that respect the rights of every Syrian. And we will stand steadfast with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace. These are the messages I will deliver when I travel to the Middle East next month
.I find this a tad difficult to believe old boy, when you have been slapping our Israeli allies in the face for the last 4 years. While trying to make friends with terrorists. Why do I say that? WHY are you giving F-16's and other weapons systems to Egypt...which is now run by the Muslim Brotherhood?
All this work depends on the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk – our diplomats, our intelligence officers, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. As long as I’m Commander-in-Chief, we will do whatever we must to protect those who serve their country abroad, and we will maintain the best military in the world. We will invest in new capabilities, even as we reduce waste and wartime spending. We will ensure equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families – gay and straight. We will draw upon the courage and skills of our sisters and daughters, because women have proven under fire that they are ready for combat. We will keep faith with our veterans – investing in world-class care, including mental health care, for our wounded warriors; supporting our military families; and giving our veterans the benefits, education, and job opportunities they have earned. And I want to thank my wife Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden for their continued dedication to serving our military families as well as they serve us.
Uhm Dude? You do realize that most of the military, the troops anyway...don't trust you as far as they can throw you right? Ain't a one that I know personally that believes a word that erupts from your lips. World Class Care while your ACA is going to be busy dismantling the greatest medical system in the world? Excuse me for not drinking the kool aid bro.
But defending our freedom is not the job of our military alone. We must all do our part to make sure our God-given rights are protected here at home. That includes our most fundamental right as citizens: the right to vote. When any Americans – no matter where they live or what their party – are denied that right simply because they can’t wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals. That’s why, tonight, I’m announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America. And I’m asking two long-time experts in the field, who’ve recently served as the top attorneys for my campaign and for Governor Romney’s campaign, to lead it. We can fix this, and we will. The American people demand it. And so does our democracy.
Of course, what I’ve said tonight matters little if we don’t come together to protect our most precious resource – our children.
How odd....there were no problems getting to the polls and voting in Texas that I'm aware of. Certainly weren't any problems gettting people in to vote and getting them back out, so the next person could vote at my polling place.
It has been two months since Newtown.
Ahhh....here we go...the attack on the 2nd Amendment. Yeah yeah..I know.."it's for the children" Hitler said much the same thing you know...when he stripped the jews of their right to bear arms. Welll...we all know how that little play ended...badly.
I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different. Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment – have come together around commonsense reform – like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun. Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned.
WHAT rise in gun violence? The only reason it seems there's more is that we see it hyped to a fare thee well by your lapdog media. So you can use it as an excuse to infringe upon the 2nd amendment. The overall murder rate...hell the overall CRIME rate has been on the decline for more than 20 YEARS! This is in spite of the increase in population; not because of it.
US Crime stats...
Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress. If you want to vote no, that’s your choice. But these proposals deserve a vote. Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun.
One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton. She was 15 years old. She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss. She was a majorette. She was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend. Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house.
Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote.
Her parents want a vote? No...they don't get a vote to restrict MY rights just because they don't happen to agree with them. NOT the way this country works. NOT the principles it was built and thrived on. Oh and that shooting? Gang related boyo. The shooters, upstanding young souls with gang ties, and I'll bet..juvie criminal records a mile long. Welcome to the big time boys. Fortunately for you the people of chicago don't have the stones to execute you for your crimes.
Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.
Uhmmm Gabby did have a vote, plus she was a congress critter and she is a supporter of the 2nd amendment.
The families of Newtown deserve a vote.
Yeah yeah...using kids to drive emotional tensions so high that people ACT before they THINK. Notice boys and girls I'm giving those people credit for being able to think? Yeah pretty magnanimous of me I believe. Obama? SHUT UP!
The families of Aurora deserve a vote.The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.
Sigh...what do all these places have in common boys and girls? Citys/states with massive gun restrictions and gun free zones. Oh and this just demonstrates the level of STUPID of the average anti gunner...[thanks to my friend miguel over at Gun Free Zone for the screencap]
Ow! Ow! Ow! OW!!!! Fuck me sideways! That much stoopid really goddamn hurts!Sigh of course what the witless wonder fails to realize is that 2nd amendment protects all the rest. Drop the 2nd and the rest go into the garbage right along side it. Why is it idiots like him fail to understand, that the rights in the Constitution aren't granted by the Constitution, but are rights we already HAVE, that are enumerated and protected by the Constitution? I'll bet you money I don't even have that he voted for Obama...both times. headdesk
Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. Indeed, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges I’ve outlined tonight. But we were never sent here to be perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can, to secure this nation, expand opportunity, and uphold our ideals through the hard, often frustrating, but absolutely necessary work of self-government.No you were sent to represent the people, ALL the people, not just the ones that put you in office. So far you have been doing a piss poor job you verbose victim making ner do well.
We were sent here to look out for our fellow Americans the same way they look out for one another, every single day, usually without fanfare, all across this country. We should follow their example.
We should follow the example of a New York City nurse named Menchu Sanchez. When Hurricane Sandy plunged her hospital into darkness, her thoughts were not with how her own home was faring – they were with the twenty precious newborns in her care and the rescue plan she devised that kept them all safe.Good for her. She was doing her JOB. She should be congratulated for doing it well but...really? You are starting to bore me you reject from a sperm bank. Is it true that the best part of your daddy's DNA ran down your mama's leg? Which would make you the lowest of the low.
We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named Desiline Victor. When she arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. Hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line in support of her. Because Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read “I Voted.”
Sigh...polling places aren't allowed to close until the last person in the line when the official hours end, votes. It's federal fucking law! Nice try though....
Hours of OperationCitizens who are in line to vote when the polls are set to close must be allowed to vote.
The one voting law that really bugs me is this one...
Literacy TestsThe Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibited states from requiring voters to take a language comprehension, or any other type of test, at their polling place in order to be allowed to vote
We should follow the example of a police officer named Brian Murphy. When a gunman opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and Brian was the first to arrive, he did not consider his own safety. He fought back until help arrived, and ordered his fellow officers to protect the safety of the Americans worshiping inside – even as he lay bleeding from twelve bullet wounds.
When asked how he did that, Brian said, “That’s just the way we’re made.”Which ignores the fact that the Head Priest of the Gudwara was the first to attack the gunman...with a KNIFE! One wonders what the outcome would have been had he been armed with a gun. I suspect the gunmen would have been a corpse long before the cops showed up. But by all means feel free to laud Officer Murphy.
That’s just the way we’re made.Yep that's the way Americans are made, we're raised that way. Most of us anyway. You on the other hand are camel sized pile of lard and bones. Not good for much.
We may do different jobs, and wear different uniforms, and hold different views than the person beside us. But as Americans, we all share the same proud title:
We are citizens. It’s a word that doesn’t just describe our nationality or legal status. It describes the way we’re made. It describes what we believe. It captures the enduring idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations; that our rights are wrapped up in the rights of others; and that well into our third century as a nation, it remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story.
Of course citizen doesn't describe our nationality! Our nationality describes our nationality, you addlepated idiot! Citizen doesn't describe our beliefs...it's part of our beliefs but doesn't actually describe them. Oh my he does go on don't he?
Citizen, there are 4 definitions for it.
1.: an inhabitant of a city or town; especially : one entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman
2 : a member of a state
3 a native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it
4 a civilian as distinguished from a specialized servant of the state
I think 1 and 3 are the ones most pertinent.
Sigh...he's ignoring several things again, and deliberately misconstruing others, but I'm getting tired of playing. Truly tired of vivisecting this massive pile of manure. So...it's done and over with boys and girls. Hope you enjoyed it...
Remember TANSTAAFL and..
I now return you to your regularly scheduled inanity and insanity.