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2012-07-15 07:46:51 PM
They've been there for ten years. Why didn't you notice them before?
 
2012-07-15 07:50:11 PM

bingethinker: They've been there for ten years. Why didn't you notice them before?


I saw the same one armed fellow on the offramp going to work for a year and a half. Now the panhandlers have the sense to rotate out every couple months. Kind of makes me wonder if there's an official schedule or something.
 
2012-07-15 07:50:57 PM
FTFA: But the president said what has frustrated him most since coming to office is "not the hard work. It's not the, you know, enormity of the decisions. It's not the pace. It is that I haven't been able to change the atmosphere here in Washington to reflect the decency and common sense of ordinary people - Democrats, Republicans, and independents - who I think just want to see their leadership solve problems. And, you know, there's enough blame to go around for that."

"And do you blame yourself for that?" asked Rose.

"Well, I think there is no doubt that I underestimated the degree to which in this town politics trumps problem-solving," Mr. Obama replied.

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Right there. That so perfectly summarizes the frustrations of millions. He does well to stay in-tune with American sentiment.
 
2012-07-15 07:53:53 PM
You mean for the unemployed Americans begging by the off-ramp?

Wait; isn't helping disadvantaged people...socialism?
 
2012-07-15 08:15:50 PM
Seriously?

Is TFD becoming another politics tab?
 
2012-07-15 08:19:46 PM

eraser8: Seriously?

Is TFD becoming another politics tab?


Seriously?

I can't tell the difference between commented links and TFD links.
 
2012-07-15 08:24:26 PM
Where is my flying car?

Look, I'm as annoyed by the persistent drought in this country as anyone. But in my opinion, after having pored over countless texts on the subject, Obama's policies helped prevent the country from falling much farther. No, I am not an economist. I'm also not a doctor but when I read countless physicians telling me that smoking is bad for my heart, I'm probably going to agree. Especially if the dissenting doctors are otherwise aligned with wingnut websites or news networks.

Combined with the fact he's not a reactionary social conservative, I'll take that as a modest success for a first term. Some of my gay friends are planning to get married. While Obama might not help provide that on a national scale, I'm certain that he won't do anything to abridge what I consider a basic human dignity. He's not going to snoop around my girlfriend's vagina or medicine cabinet. He's not going to make policy because an overrated Santa Claus tells him to. Most importantly, he's not likely to punish the poor, working, and middle classes for the sins of those who wouldn't piss on us if we were on fire. These sort of things are important to me.

I also suspect that a second term and eventually lame-duck Obama would start seriously trolling the fark out of the GOP. You think he's a 10/10 troll now? Imagine not having the pressure of an election hanging over you. That sh*t's going to be hilarious to watch, and I wanna see it.

Is he perfect? Hell no. But honestly, WTF else am I going do? Vote Green Party in what's now a solidly red state? I'd rather my vote go to fight the swinesuckers from the GOP.
 
2012-07-15 10:23:04 PM

bingethinker: They've been there for ten years. Why didn't you notice them before?


Yep. There are some in my area who are professional panhandlers. In fact there's a married couple who have panhandling in my area for at least 7 years, maybe longer. They have even been interviewed by one of the local TV stations and claim they average $300 a week through panhandling alone.
 
2012-07-15 10:31:51 PM
(CBS News) President Obama won't be caught criticizing Mitt Romney for arguing that his administration hasn't pulled the economy far enough out of the hole it was in four years ago, the president told CBS News in an exclusive interview, "because if I was in his shoes, I'd be making the same argument."

"Well, I think there is no doubt that I underestimated the degree to which in this town politics trumps problem-solving," Mr. Obama replied.


That Obama sure is super arrogant.
 
2012-07-15 10:35:34 PM

EnviroDude: Obama should solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house.


Yea dude, and he should solve hunger by mandating that everybody eat. What's your point?
 
2012-07-15 10:48:16 PM
It's not Obama's fault! It's Bush's. And ATMs. And Tsunamis. Europe. Headwinds. Wall Street.
 
2012-07-15 10:57:30 PM

The Iconoclast: EnviroDude: Obama should solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house.

Yea dude, and he should solve hunger by mandating that everybody eat. What's your point?


It is funny because Obama said it first.
 
2012-07-15 10:58:06 PM
We are unequivocally in a better place than we were 4 years ago, even if you renormalize to discount coming out of the recession
 
2012-07-15 10:59:17 PM

BravadoGT: It's not Obama's fault! It's Bush's. And ATMs. And Tsunamis. Europe. Headwinds. Wall Street.


What "isn't Obama's fault," you troll?
 
2012-07-15 10:59:58 PM
and if those homeless, jobless people get sick, according to 0bama, they should see a paralegal.
 
2012-07-15 11:00:13 PM
This headline caps off a fantastic weekend for Republicans. Good job, guys! You are totally controlling the discourse! Handies all around!
 
2012-07-15 11:01:09 PM

Lost Thought 00: We are unequivocally in a better place than we were 4 years ago, even if you renormalize to discount coming out of the recession


And we'd be in an even BETTER place if the Right wing of our government wasn't hellbent on kneecapping ANYTHING that might help the economy in any meaningful way, lest it make the President look good.

The spiteful farks would burn America to the ground given the chance, just to blame it on the black guy.
 
2012-07-15 11:01:46 PM
The Fark headline was considerably more informative than the article. Lindsey Boerma just accomplished the journalistic equivalent of Seinfeld. Bravo.
 
2012-07-15 11:01:59 PM
Romney should keep asking if people are better off than they were four years ago. I'm thinking many in the GOP would be surprised at the answers.
 
2012-07-15 11:02:13 PM

EnviroDude: The Iconoclast: EnviroDude: Obama should solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house.

Yea dude, and he should solve hunger by mandating that everybody eat. What's your point?

It is funny because Obama said it first.


And you are still an idiot.
 
2012-07-15 11:02:26 PM
Anecdotal evidence masquerading as fact. BRILLIANT!
 
2012-07-15 11:02:46 PM

Bontesla: "Well, I think there is no doubt that I underestimated the degree to which in this town politics trumps problem-solving," Mr. Obama replied.


Count me in that naive camp too. These past 4 years have really made me see the ugly side of politics that depresses me every day now.
 
2012-07-15 11:03:19 PM

BravadoGT: It's not Obama's fault! It's Bush's. And ATMs. And Tsunamis. Europe. Headwinds. Wall Street.


So vote Romney? Seriously. No, SERIOUSLY. Think about this. At no point is there any way to make that leap to "therefore vote Romney". No way. Zero.
 
2012-07-15 11:03:36 PM
Honestly, if you don't believe that Obama hasn't all but held this country together in the past 4 years while achieving some remarkable accomplishments, please. Find a pain stick or something.
 
2012-07-15 11:05:05 PM

bingethinker: They've been there for ten years. Why didn't you notice them before?


10 years? I first saw this pop up when I lived in Phoenix in 1990. It's when a girl I worked with ad a 'friend' whose Dad gave one some work, a nice meal and then offered to drop him off at home. Of course we all know how this ends, he ends up dropping him off at a house that would contain the one that the 'friend's dad' owned.

Definitely not a new phenomenon subby, quit with being history challenged and pay some farking attention to the world around you. There isn't even a noticeable increase between now and when I first saw them.
 
2012-07-15 11:07:01 PM

bulldg4life: Romney should keep asking if people are better off than they were four years ago. I'm thinking many in the GOP would be surprised at the answers.


My salary went up 20%, my 401K is mostly recovered, my apartment value has started being more than I paid for, and my company is hiring again after massive layoffs. Some of the banks bailed out were our clients. I am way better off then I was 4 years ago by every measure.
 
2012-07-15 11:07:31 PM
History tells us that Republicans in charge does not lead to less street begging.
 
2012-07-15 11:07:45 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: bulldg4life: Romney should keep asking if people are better off than they were four years ago. I'm thinking many in the GOP would be surprised at the answers.

My salary went up 20%, my 401K is mostly recovered, my apartment value has started being more than I paid for, and my company is hiring again after massive layoffs. Some of the banks bailed out were our clients. I am way better off then I was 4 years ago by every measure.


I should say ARE our clients; we didn't lose them because of the bailouts.
 
2012-07-15 11:11:10 PM
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2012-07-15 11:11:22 PM
"Well, I think there is no doubt that I underestimated the degree to which in this town politics trumps problem-solving," Mr. Obama replied.

What a very nice of saying "I did not expect the GOP to go full retard".

"I think this place magnifies the good parts and the bad parts of you," the first lady continued. "And I have just been so proud to watch him maneuver through some pretty interesting waters, and to retain himself."

Well put.

Trolltastic headline is trollerific.

Hope springs eternal and change is the only certainty.

What other option is there to Hope and Change?

"Despair and Spinning your wheels in the mud-2012"?

Meh, doesn't really work for me.
 
2012-07-15 11:13:02 PM
There was a "homeless" guy with a "will work for food" sign who "worked" the same area of the city around here where I live for something like six years. The joke with the locals was that there was no way that the guy would actually work for food, or money. I even offered him a temp job once and he had some excuse why he couldn't help me. Anyway, one of the local news stations finally had a reporter follow the guy home and found out that he lived in a nice house and was making something like forty grand a year pan handeling. Haven't seen him since.

/csb
 
2012-07-15 11:13:37 PM
Oh, look, subby is pretending to care about the homeless to score political points. Mitt should take notes.
 
2012-07-15 11:17:06 PM

EnviroDude: The Iconoclast: EnviroDude: Obama should solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house.

Yea dude, and he should solve hunger by mandating that everybody eat. What's your point?

It is funny because Obama said it first.


Dude, it's been over two years. You've had plenty of time to read the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Why haven't you?
 
2012-07-15 11:17:14 PM

Sabyen91: Oh, look, subby is pretending to care about the homeless to score political points. Mitt should take notes.


Mitt knows the problems of homelessness. He has friends that complain about their servants being homeless and not showing up to work all the time.
 
2012-07-15 11:17:33 PM

Bathia_Mapes: bingethinker: They've been there for ten years. Why didn't you notice them before?

Yep. There are some in my area who are professional panhandlers. In fact there's a married couple who have panhandling in my area for at least 7 years, maybe longer. They have even been interviewed by one of the local TV stations and claim they average $300 a week through panhandling alone.


There was this woman with a sign proclaiming that she was five months pregnant begging for change on a traffic island outside my place for ten years.
 
2012-07-15 11:20:26 PM

Coelacanth: Bathia_Mapes: bingethinker: They've been there for ten years. Why didn't you notice them before?

Yep. There are some in my area who are professional panhandlers. In fact there's a married couple who have panhandling in my area for at least 7 years, maybe longer. They have even been interviewed by one of the local TV stations and claim they average $300 a week through panhandling alone.

There was this woman with a sign proclaiming that she was five months pregnant begging for change on a traffic island outside my place for ten years.


What a slut.
 
2012-07-15 11:22:25 PM
The headline is funny because it is original.
 
2012-07-15 11:24:38 PM

Bathia_Mapes: bingethinker: They've been there for ten years. Why didn't you notice them before?

Yep. There are some in my area who are professional panhandlers. In fact there's a married couple who have panhandling in my area for at least 7 years, maybe longer. They have even been interviewed by one of the local TV stations and claim they average $300 a week through panhandling alone.


$300 a week doesn't seem worth the effort. Maybe that's just me.
 
2012-07-15 11:24:51 PM

Mithiwithi: EnviroDude: The Iconoclast: EnviroDude: Obama should solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house.

Yea dude, and he should solve hunger by mandating that everybody eat. What's your point?

It is funny because Obama said it first.

Dude, it's been over two years. You've had plenty of time to read the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Why haven't you?


What? And divert it from trolling 24/7 in Fark? Get real.
 
2012-07-15 11:25:28 PM
Big difference between homeless people and the con-artists who ask for cash on the off ramp.
 
2012-07-15 11:26:36 PM

EnviroDude: The Iconoclast: EnviroDude: Obama should solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house.

Yea dude, and he should solve hunger by mandating that everybody eat. What's your point?

It is funny because Obama said it first.


Maybe you havent heard of the homebuyers tax credit. Functions the exact same as a personal mandate. People who don't own houses pay a greater tax rate on their income taxes.
 
2012-07-15 11:27:52 PM

Mithiwithi: EnviroDude: The Iconoclast: EnviroDude: Obama should solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house.

Yea dude, and he should solve hunger by mandating that everybody eat. What's your point?

It is funny because Obama said it first.

Dude, it's been over two years. You've had plenty of time to read the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Why haven't you?


Mithiwithi: EnviroDude: The Iconoclast: EnviroDude: Obama should solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house.

Yea dude, and he should solve hunger by mandating that everybody eat. What's your point?

It is funny because Obama said it first.

Dude, it's been over two years. You've had plenty of time to read the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Why haven't you?


I think you are missing the irony. Look at how many more unemployed and homeless ther are now compared to 3 years ago. Not to mention more on food stamps. Then you consider how democrats advocate to end homeless less and Obama's epiphany, it is funny. Well, kind of sad but this is FARK.
 
2012-07-15 11:27:58 PM

EnviroDude: Obama should solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house.


Maybe Romney will eliminate poverty by mandating that everyone falls out of a well-monied vagina like he did, only you know, retroactively.
 
2012-07-15 11:28:04 PM
If some homeless person ask me for some change I just tell them "change comes from within".
 
2012-07-15 11:29:15 PM
I once saw two homeless guys viciously bum-fighting for the choice off-ramp spot. Very territorial, the homeless.
 
2012-07-15 11:30:44 PM

LasersHurt: BravadoGT: It's not Obama's fault! It's Bush's. And ATMs. And Tsunamis. Europe. Headwinds. Wall Street.

What "isn't Obama's fault," you troll?


According to Obama.... Nothing.
 
2012-07-15 11:31:06 PM

rev. dave: Big difference between homeless people and the con-artists who ask for cash on the off ramp.


A lot of the guys who beg change in my neighborhood I would classify as part timers. They beg a bit, work a little, drink some, get straight, work and beg, fall off the wagon, work a bit more, beg a bit more, collect cans. Some of them have shiatty crash pads, some of them sleep outside in the summer. Most have drug and alcohol problems. The guy at my Quick Trip is schizophrenic. Some are just scumbags.
 
2012-07-15 11:31:37 PM
Still waiting for the initial changes he was bringing to Washington, things like transparency in government. That was a good promise, and I hope he gets around to fulfilling it.
 
2012-07-15 11:31:55 PM

Ontos: LasersHurt: BravadoGT: It's not Obama's fault! It's Bush's. And ATMs. And Tsunamis. Europe. Headwinds. Wall Street.

What "isn't Obama's fault," you troll?

According to Obama.... Nothing.


Siiiigh
 
2012-07-15 11:32:12 PM

EnviroDude: I think you are missing the irony. Look at how many more unemployed and homeless ther are now compared to 3 years ago.


Unemployment has gone down compared to 3 years ago dumbass.
 
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