Posts tagged with "obama"

President Obama Has Outspent And Out-Arrested George W. Bush On Marijuana, Reports Say


The War on Drugs is wrong on so many levels and yet it keeps expanding.

May 5

I remember when buzzfeed was just something I did in college around 2AM.


President Obama at WHCD.

“Haha, ha. ha.” - the 94,000 federal prisoners and 240,000 state-confined inmates being held for drug offenses.

(via ilyagerner)

Obama Waives Child Soldier Ban In Yemen And Congo

Tens of millions of dollars of U.S. military financing will continue to flow to Yemen and three other countries that recruit and use child soldiers, despite a 2008 U.S. law designed to restrict U.S. taxpayer funding of foreign militaries that enlist children to fight in war.

(Source: anarcho-queer)

[T]his document helpfully underscored the critical point that is otherwise difficult to convey: when you endorse the application of a radical state power because the specific target happens to be someone you dislike and think deserves it, you’re necessarily institutionalizing that power in general. That’s why political leaders, when they want to seize extremist powers or abridge core liberties, always choose in the first instance to target the most marginalized figures: because they know many people will acquiesce not because they support that power in theory but because they hate the person targeted. But if you cheer when that power is first invoked based on that mentality - I’m glad Obama assassinated Awlaki without charges because he was a Bad Man! - then you lose the ability to object when the power is used in the future in ways you dislike (or by leaders you distrust), because you’ve let it become institutionalized.


Glenn Greenwald - DOJ kill list memo forces many Dems out of the closet as overtly unprincipled hacks (via antigovernmentextremist)

Related: “[V]oters are enablers…

(via laliberty)

LTMC: Obama’s preservation of Bush-era expansions of excecutive power is a perfect example of this.  Things like signing statements, extra-governmental committees with the energy industry that we can’t access the minutes of, warrantless wiretapping, overclassification, all of it is still a problem under the Obama administration, and probably wouldn’t be if it wasn’t institutionalized under Bush.

(via letterstomycountry)

According to current figures from Immigration and Customs Enforcement — the federal agency responsible for deportations — Obama has removed 1.4 million people during his 42 months in office so far. Technically, that’s fewer than under George W. Bush, whose cumulative total was 2 million. But Bush’s number covers eight full years, which doesn’t allow an apples-to-apples comparison. If you instead compare the two presidents’ monthly averages, it works out to 32,886 for Obama and 20,964 for Bush, putting Obama clearly in the lead. Bill Clinton is far behind with 869,676 total and 9,059 per month. All previous occupants of the White House going back to 1892 fell well short of the level of the three most recent presidents.

- Reflections on the Return of the Immigration Debate (via azspot)

…I think that it’s morally obscene and spiritually profane to spend $6 billion on an election, $2 billion on a presidential election, and not have any serious discussion—poverty, trade unions being pushed against the wall dealing with stagnating and declining wages when profits are still up and the 1 percent are doing very well, no talk about drones dropping bombs on innocent people. So we end up with such a narrow, truncated political discourse, as the major problems—ecological catastrophe, climate change, global warming. So it’s very sad. I mean, I’m glad there was not a right-wing takeover, but we end up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama, so that our struggle with regard to poverty intensifies.

- Cornel West (via azspot)

Nov 7


America Approves

Nov 7

"Obama Bombs Yemen Hours After Winning Reelection"


On Wednesday morning, as many Americans sifted through the voter data and exit poll numbers of President Barack Obama’s reelection the night before, the Twitter feeds of close watchers of Yemen lit up with reports of another sort of presidential event: an apparent U.S. drone strike had killed several individuals in that country.

Four more years!

Nov 6

Spiegel | America Has Already Lost Tuesday's Election

The United States Army is developing a weapon that can reach — and destroy — any location on Earth within an hour. At the same time, power lines held up by wooden poles dangle over the streets of Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey.Hurricane Sandy ripped them apart there and in communities across the East Coast last week, and many places remain without electricity. That’s America, where high-tech options are available only to the elite, and the rest live under conditions comparable to a those of a developing nation. No country has produced more Nobel Prize winners, yet in New York City hospitals had to be evacuated during the storm because their emergency generators didn’t work properly.

Anyone who sees this as a contradiction has failed to grasp the fact that America is a country of total capitalism. Its functionaries have no need of public hospitals or of a reliable power supply to private homes. The elite have their own infrastructure. Total capitalism, however, has left American society in ruins and crippled the government. America’s fate is not just an accident produced by the system. It is a consequence of that system.

Obama couldn’t change this, and Romney wouldn’t be able to either. Europe is mistaken if it views the election as a choice between the forces of good and evil. And it certainly doesn’t amount to a potential change in political direction as some newspapers on the Continent would have us believe.

Obama’s 262 Drone Strikes in Pakistan


A map of all the reported attacks—five times as many under Obama as under Bush.