President Obama hangs out with plain old people on Google+ Hangouts

Missed this at the time and haven’t had a chance to watch this yet, but I plan to. That said, I’m very impressed not only that the +The White House and +Barack Obama are on Google+, but that they’re using its features to interact with ordinary Americans. This puts the office of the President within reach of so many more people than at any time in the past. Maybe it’ll mean our voices are heard at least a little bit more. #seb #Politics #Obama #Google+

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Obama channels Al Green during a speech

It's brief but impressive. If he does lose his reelection at least he'll have something he can fall back on. #seb #Obama #Music #Nifty

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I have to admit that I share these concerns about voting for Obama.

He's not a progressive and he's not particularly liberal. Hell, in many ways he's to the right of Ronald Reagan. His recent signing of the National Defense Authorization Act with it's provision allowing for the indefinite detention of American citizens is just the latest in a long line of bad decisions on his part. We shouldn't be indefinitely detaining anyone, let alone Americans.

He's counting on anyone the GOP puts forward to be worse than he is and that's probably a safe bet. I'm still hedging on whether I'll vote this year or not. I'm having real moral problems with voting for Obama and there sure as hell isn't anyone else I'd feel any better voting for. He's the lesser of two evils and I'm really sick of having to make that choice. #seb #politics #Obama #Elections

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Why I Won’t Be Voting for Obama
The discussion in the Rick Santorum comment thread has veered into whether Obama is worth voting for.
He’s not. Not one bit.
His civil liberties record is one of the worst in history. George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, writing in the Los Angels Times, wrote:
Civil libertarians have long had a dysfunctional relationship with the Democratic Party, which treats them as a captive voting bloc with nowhere else to turn in elections. Not even this history, however, prepared …

To say that Obama continues to disappoint would be a major understatement.

To say that Obama continues to disappoint would be a major understatement.

It’s just a shame all the alternatives are so much worse. It’s disheartening to think the best we can do isn’t all that removed from the worst we have done. When it comes to policy decisions such as this he’s consistently as bad as, and too often worse then, President George W. Bush.

Missing portion of Obama Hope poster revealed

From Demand Progress

President Obama just signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law despite startling provisions that will allow the military to indefinitely detain American citizens. It’s a travesty, defying basic principles of justice and due process in perhaps the most extreme respect our nation has ever seen.

Thankfully, several lawmakers are keeping up the fight. Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced legislation to undo these provisions of the NDAA, in the form of the Du…

Four racists arrested in Denver for plot to assassinate Obama.

As exciting as the prospect of the first black man to be elected President is, it would be a mistake to think it’s a sign that violent racism is dead. Proof of that comes in a news report about four bigots who were arrested in Denver. They’re being investigated under suspicion of planning to shoot Obama:

Maass reported earlier Monday that one of the suspects told authorities they were “going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a … rifle … sighted at 750 yards.”

Law enforcement sources told Maass that one of the suspects “was directly asked if they had come to Denver to kill Obama. He responded in the affirmative.”

The story began emerging Sunday morning when Aurora police arrested Tharin Gartrell, 28. He was driving a rented pickup truck in an erratic manner, according to sources.

Sources told CBS4 police found two high-powered, scoped rifles in the car along with camouflage clothing, walkie-talkies, wigs, a bulletproof vest, a spotting scope, licenses in the names of other people and 44 grams of methamphetamine. One of the rifles is listed as stolen from Kansas.

[…] Nathan Johnson, 32, an associate of Gartrell and Adolph, was also arrested Sunday morning. He told authorities that the two men had “planned to kill Barack Obama at his acceptance speech.”

“He don’t belong in political office. Blacks don’t belong in political office. He ought to be shot,” Johnson told Maass.

“Do you think they were really plotting to kill Obama?” Maass asked.

“I don’t want to say yes. I don’t want to say no,” he said.

The mugshots of two of the suspects (above left) don’t do anything to dispel the “redneck idiot bigot” stereotype at all. Nathan Johnson in particular, on the right in that pic, looks like the result of too much inbreeding. The good news is these yahoos are off the street and any threat they may have posed appears to be over and done.

The next question is: Is there anyone else out there with similar goals?