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And yet with globalization, we seem to have developed a strange apprehension about the efficacy of our ability to apply the innovation and hard work necessary to successfully compete in a complex security and economic environment. Further, we have misunderstood interdependence as a weakness rather than recognizing it as a strength. The key to sustaining our competitive edge, at home or on the world stage, is credibility — and credibility is a difficult capital to foster. It cannot be won through intimidation and threat, it cannot be sustained through protectionism or exclusion. Credibility requires engagement, strength, and reliability — imaginatively applied through the national tools of development, diplomacy, and defense.

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A Very Special “Happy Holiday Season”

to All our

Planteers and to our very many Visitors.

May this time of year be a special one, a time to reflect on the past and enjoy time with your friends and family.  Enjoy the foods and drink, and the sharing of it with all including that “grumpy relative,” that one  that has to control the conversation and insist at sitting a the head of the table even though he is a guest.  Maybe especially him or her, their thoughts you don’t get to hear everyday so it maybe  something to be thankful for that you will only have to hear during once during  the holidays!

Please remember the ones that can’t be with us or can no longer be with you due to travel, job placement,  death or illness they need to know that our thoughts are with them.

A wonderful season with a wonderful reason to share because they are in need and with so many in need this year, it’s easy to share even with the simplest of gifts.  A simple five or ten dollar gift card may biggest gift they get this year.  A day volunteering some time  at your local charity or a small gift to them.   Talking to friends this week who volunteer for the favorite  and they are having difficulty with supplying used clothing and shoes.  Over 200 pairs of used shoes were handed out in a few hours last Saturday, used shoes!  Maybe it’s time to spring clean this “very special season” and see what you may be able to donate.

And a wonderful time to enjoy this “very special season,”  by your giving and seeing  precious smile on others, and there is no way easier or more precious than giving to the little ones.  How priceless are the laughs giggles  and screams from their little precious faces?

Or if you forget the last half, there’s always the : “Eat Drink and be Merry…” 😉








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Mapping the Measure of America

Written by bito

Was once a handsome frog until kissed by an ugly corporate princess.----- Like a well honed knife, the internet can be a wonderful and useful tool. It can be used to prepare and serve a delicious meal or it can be used to cause harm. peace

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  1. kesmarn says:

    Talk about naked, capitalistic, knee-jerk, exploitative profit seeking. The theater in Aurora, CO, where the shooting rampage occurred invited the families of those killed to a grand re-opening event.

    Do they have the slightest inking of something called good taste?

    Or are they just figuring that if grief-stricken family members show up and give their “stamp of approval” to the newly refurbished site, the general public will be taken in and all will be well? (The families have declined, of course.)

    Cha-ching. :-(


    • kes, the cold hard callousness of this company that owns that theater is beyond the pale. They use the tremendous suffering and grief of these victims and their families for a promotional purpose, in a very sleazy attempt to keep those dollars rolling in. This is a perfect example of the kind hearted, conscientious American corporations the republicans are always crowing about! Thoroughly disgusting.

      • kesmarn says:

        If corporations are people, KT, they’re pretty mean people.

      • SallyT says:

        I agree, KT. They should have just reopened the theater without any fan-fair. It wasn’t the theaters fault that a crazy guy with a semi automatic weapon made it a killing zone anymore than it was Clackamas Town-center here in Portland fault that it happen there, too. The mall just reopened without celebration. However, the day the mall reopened was the same day of the Conn School tragedy.

  2. SallyT says:

    REPORT: Al Jazeera In Talks To Buy Al Gore’s Current TV

    The deal could allow Al Jazeera broader entry into US homes, by acquiring the cable group available in around 60 million American households, the report said.
    The Times said that if the deal is completed, Al Jazeera would create a new channel instead of using its existing English-language channel Al Jazeera English.
    This would tentatively be called Al Jazeera America, the report said, and produce around 60 percent of its programming in the United States and draw the rest from Al Jazeera English.
    The plan could put the broadcaster financed by the government of Qatar into closer competition with CNN and other news channels in the United States, according to The Times, which noted that Al Jazeera is offered only by a handful of US cable and satellite distributors.
    Current Media, founded in 2005, operates Current TV, reaches households in Britain and the United States, and a youth-focused website Current.com, where users can submit their own content.
    Founded by Gore and businessman Joel Hyatt, Current has won two Emmy Awards and other honors. It reaches 71 million households worldwide, including 60 million in the US market.
    But The Times said a sale was being considered because of low ratings, with an average of just 42,000 people watching the channel last year.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/al-jazeera-could-buy-al-gores-current-tv-2013-1#ixzz2Gs1FyPTM

    UPDATE: According to following article it is a done deal.

    Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore

    Al-Jazeera has long struggled to get carriage in the U.S., and the deal suffered an immediate casualty as Time Warner Cable Inc., the nation’s second-largest cable TV operator, announced it is dropping Current TV due to the deal.
    “Our agreement with Current has been terminated and we will no longer be carrying the service. We are removing the service as quickly as possible,” the company said in a statement.
    Previous to Al-Jazeera’s purchase, Current TV was in 60 million homes. It is carried by Comcast Corp., which owned less than a 10 percent stake in Current TV, as well as DirecTV. Neither company announced plans to drop the channel.


    • foodchain says:

      KT, not much was said when Bush govn’t was to contract our ports to the Middle East as part of our increased security after 911. They have their own odd bedfellows.

    • Sally, as expected, the GOPTPers are going ape shit over this. Here are a few examples;

      Vegetarianwino • 5 hrs ago
      Simply put, Current TV doesn’t get sold to the honest, white, chubby, Mormon, patriotic American dude. What does that say about Current TV

      WASP • 4 hrs ago
      Progressives are the American version of Tailban/alqaida. They’re chameleons, they’ll be anything, say anything, do anything to achieve their goal. Progressives have hijacked the Democrap party and the stupid donkeys don’t even realize that they’re working for these criminals.

      Seetalite • 9 hrs ago
      They refused to sell to Beck. But, they get a pass for selling it to AL JAZEERA?

      Dave • 9 hrs ago
      Al Jazeera probably was given a boatload of American Foreign Aid cash from the Muslim Brotherhood.

      My god, the stupidity and hatred is shameful, but like I said, to be expected.

      • SallyT says:

        KT, I doubt that Glenn Beck had $500mil+ to buy Current. And, AlJazeera has one of the highest viewing audience on the internet. It ain’t like they are nobodies. They don’t always present the US in a good light but there are times when we aren’t the good guys. Anyway, I am curious to see how they will handle Current. There are several shows that I like on there now. I did like their coverage of the debates. Gore and party never took advertising money from the oil companies and that held them back on financing. But, it also shows how much the oil companies make the other MSM do for them and buy viewing audience. It is sad that Current just couldn’t get off the ground but even sadder that no one probably can without that big corporate money. Is is all lost?

  3. Backlash Follows House Delay on Sandy Relief Vote

    “After a late-night decision from House Republicans to delay a vote to provide billions of dollars in relief to states hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy, House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday attempted to tamp down a backlash, telling colleagues he would bring up one part of the aid package to a vote at the end of the week. New Jersey and New York Republicans said Wednesday afternoon that Boehner promised them he will vote on a $10 billion extension for the government’s flood insurance fund—set to run out next week—on Friday.”


    Seems like Boehner is making friends all over the place! 😉

  4. I wanted to post a photo of Obama, with an ever so subtle smirk on his face, concerning the cliff deal. Priceless. It wouldn’t post though. I think you folks have seen that smirk before on a few occasions.

    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, this is a clear win for Obama, the Dems and the 98%. Whatever howls come from the Left about how Obama could have gotten a better deal by refusing to negotiate, that can never be proven and it would ignore all the additional wins he got in the rest of the bill.

      After going through the last 2 years of The Repubs in The House blackmailing Obama and America to get what they want, seeing them steamrollered by Obama’s bill is pretty satisfying and a great way to start off the new year.

      • Kalima says:

        Hi AdLib. Reading it just now in the WaPo article, I thought it was a very good deal for the President, the Dems, but most of all the American people. It certainly is not the time to nitpick about the amount of money earned before paying higher taxes, that can be amended in the future. Middle class taxes don’t go up, and unemployment benefits will be payed out, and those rich buggers who think they own the world will just have to pay their fair share to live in it.

        The moaners will continue to moan because they are not affected by the hardships the majority of people would experience if the Republican hostage taking were allowed to continue, they are a scourge in American politics and law making. That direct slap in Bagger faces is a joy to behold.

        I have to laugh out loud when I think of Rove and now Norquist, who should change his first name to “Groveller” from now on, both losing their power, one last year, the other this year. It’s so darned hilarious. I have to wonder about Groveller’s hold over the Republicans though, do you think that like J. Edgar Hoover, he might have some “private files” stashed away somewhere? 😉

  5. SallyT says:

    The vote goes on, the vote goes on
    Gavels keep pounding yeas and nays to the brain
    La de da de de, la de da de da

    Fiscal cliffe was once the rage, uh huh
    History has turned the page, uh huh
    The congress working the current thing, uh huh
    Can they reach a compromised, uh huh

    The vote goes on, the vote goes on

    UPDATE: House passes bill to avoid fiscal cliff. Even Boehner voted and he voted yes. Was this the first miracle of the new year?? (Ryan voted yes and Cantor no)


    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/will-house-gop-torpedo-the-fiscal-cliff-deal-2013-1#ixzz2GmtCnpiW


    • AdLib says:

      Sally, what a turnaround and defeat for the Baggers and the plutocratic Repubs. All that money and blather invested in propagandizing about “job creators” and how they must be treated like superior life forms whose money should never be taxed, all wasted. Too bad they won’t be able to write it off on their taxes!

  6. SallyT says:

    The House will vote on the Senate bill as written, without a spending amendment, at around 11:00 PM. The measure is expected to pass, at which point it will go to President Obama for his signature.

    Per: http://thinkprogress.org/

    But, watching CSpan it might be sooner than 11 pm. The vote on agreeing to the resolution is going pretty quickly.

  7. SallyT says:

    6 Things You Won’t Believe That Are In The Fiscal Cliff Bill That The Senate Passed At 2 AM While Most Americans Were Drunk

    So why is the bill 157-pages long?
    Because when Washington does business and passes a huge bill, there are all kinds of little other pre-existing tax things most Americans have never heard of, but which needed to be extended, that also get into the bill. It’s just how it works.

    1. There’s a provision extending a tax policy related to Puerto Rican rum.
    2. And a tax credit for 2- and 3-wheel electric vehicles.
    3. Something having to do with Diesel Fuel:
    4. An extension of some special rules for the film and television business.
    5. A gift to the car-racing world.
    6. Help to asparagus farmers.

    Some might think this is nefarious — that politicians see a huge bill and then sneak in all these random things.
    The reality is more like these have been around for a while, and every time a big bill comes up about taxes expiring, they get extended too.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/whats-in-the-fiscal-cliff-bill-2013-1#ixzz2GmSLpDrJ

  8. Kalima says:

    Happy New Year again everyone. I hope that you are all having a peaceful 1st of the year. It’s the 2nd here and thankfully still quiet. I’m a little busy with hubby home, but I’ll post some updates in the morning.

    The world is still spinning and there have been a few tragedies already, like this one in the Ivory Coast where many people have died, over 60 of them children from ages 8 years and up, in a crush during New Year festivities.


    Ivory Coast new year stampede kills dozens in Abidjan



    This just in from CNN International:

    The House will vote tonight on a Senate bill to avert the fiscal cliff, a senior House GOP leadership aide said.

    The measure that sought to maintain tax cuts for most Americans but increase rates on the wealthy passed the Democratic-led Senate early on Tuesday. But Republican frustration over deficit reduction later in the day had muddled prospects for final action in the GOP-controlled House.

  9. bito says:

    Best info sheet I have seen anywhere. It is worth a look at if you want to follow along with the discussion,

    Fact Sheet: The Tax Agreement: A Victory for Middle-Class Families and the Economy


    At this make or break moment for the middle class, the President achieved a bipartisan solution that keeps income taxes low for the middle class and grows the economy. For the first time in 20 years, Congress will have acted on a bipartisan basis to vote for significant new revenue. This means millionaires and billionaires will pay their fair share to reduce the deficit through a combination of permanent tax rate increases and reduced tax benefits. And this agreement ensures that we can continue to make investments in education, clean energy, and manufacturing that create jobs and strengthen the middle class.

    >>>>> more

    These are the 4 main points listed by the White House with 1 to 8 points following them:

    Permanently extends the middle-class tax cuts and also extends credits for working families, with additional measures to protect families and promote economic growth.


    Raises $620 billion in revenue according to Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation by achieving the President’s goal of asking the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans to pay more while protecting 98 percent of families and 97 percent of small businesses from any income tax increase.


    Part of a balanced process of deficit reduction and stronger growth.


    Part of a balanced process of deficit reduction and stronger growth.


    Extends the farm bill through the end of the fiscal year, averting a sharp rise in milk prices at the beginning of 2013.

    What will happen next seems to have become the next big question. Bhoener has said he will bring it up to a vote, Pelosi says she will hold her nose, the Blue Dogs appear to be willing.

    Remember that the bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 t0 8 vote, the 8 nay votes all being Republican.

    Now here’s the rub, after it emerged from the R’s caucus, Leader Cantor and his minions (no. ?? ) came out against it.

    Are Cantor and his TeaParty faction going to take ownership of killing this compromise, are they going to snub Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell — so obviously snub? Now there is talk of amending the bill, but will it be a poison pill amendment? His Cantor claiming the Speakership (this part I don’t follow either, Cantor will have less support in the next session of the House, so how does he figure?

    Is the Republican leadership in Congress that screwed up or does the T-Party care that little about the United States, its citizens, and it’s workers and more for Grover and their ideology?
    If the last is true, I find it shameful.

    • glenn says:

      Bito, all of the 8 nay votes weren’t republican. There were 3 Democrats who voted against the bill. They were Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Sen. Michael Bennett, D-Colorado, and Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware (ironically, Biden’s home state).

      As for your last questions. Yes, the republican/tpartier leadership is screwed up. Just read a quote that said something like “McConnell jammed us, so we’re going to jam him back.” Now isn’t that just a prime example of leadership and adult thinking? (snark) No, the tparty doesn’t care about the U.S. or its citizens; they just scared to death that grover will not back them in their next election. They are that screwed up. The only “good” thing about this is that the republicans/tparty can’t hide behind rhetoric any more, and their intransigence is out for all to see.

      • bito says:

        Thanks glenn, I wasn’t sure about the votes and I plead guilty on being too lazy to look it up. I did know that Tom Harkin was against it, but the other two Dems I didn’t. Carper will always vote for big banks, and I sure he was given a pass on it as was Harkin and Bennett, hell even the R’s were given a pass on the bill that vote no, but the House is a different critter! The TP faction seems to have no problem backstabbing leaders or anyone it seems. Like I said it’s shameful, the main people getting harmed right now by not passing are the American workers. The other thing is that this is just the first in a long list of fiscal bills that the T-Party can screw us over, I gues they want to start now.

        • glenn says:

          Bito, the only good thing is that the republicans/tpartiers lost six seats in the House, and the new Congress begins on Jan. 3. So at least six of the people who have screwed the American people will not be there in two days.

          I know I’m an eternal optimist, but I’m hoping that most of Congress, especially the House, has gotten the message, and we can move forward in at least baby steps. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  10. kesmarn says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever watched a Rose Bowl game before. But now that my son is at the University of Wisconsin.



    • bito says:

      And you can follow the game on twitter too also, k’es. 😆 https://twitter.com/search?q=rose%20bowl&src=tyah

    • glenn says:

      Hey, Kes. I am switching between football games, CSPAN,and my computer. Love football, but I am also trying to find out if the republicans/tpartiers will continue to be their obstructionist selves. Looks like 2013 won’t be much different than 2012, at least until we get some more Democrats in the House.

      • kesmarn says:

        glenn! I just saw that Boehner (do I have this right) is NOW refusing to bring the Senate bill to the House for a vote?

        I would say that I cannot believe it! But,unfortunately, I can. :-(

        • glenn says:

          Yup, Kes, you are right. Don’t you love it? Boehner passes it on to the Senate and says he’ll bring it to a vote if the Senate comes up with a bill. Senate comes up with a bill, and PASSES the bill, but Boehner won’t bring it to the house. I think it’s Cantor “fueling the fire”, though.

          Uh-oh, 4th and goal and no TD. Sorry, Kes, but it’s early yet.

          • kesmarn says:

            A heart-stopper on both counts, glenn!

            Boehner and Cantor…I’d be hard put to name which one is sleazier. I have to admit, I didn’t see this one coming.

            • glenn says:

              Bito--just had to “chime in” one last time. The House IS going to have a vote on the Senate bill tonight. It will be late tonight; but at this time it is supposed to happen tonight. Boehner and Cantor just had to pose for the cameras one last time, I guess.

            • glenn says:

              Missed it because I was typing, but I see by the scoreboard that Wisconsin has scored! Things are looking up for the Badgers!

              As for we middle-class Americans, we are STILL being held hostage by the minions of a “poopyhead”. The poopyhead is of course, norquist. There really are no names that quite fit Boehner and Cantor, but I think seditionists and traitors come very close.

  11. kesmarn says:

    Speaking of that fiscal cliff:


  12. bito says:

    Just in case you are frightened with all the fiscal cliff, government and your guns being taken away, National Geographic TV has a good 15-20 hours of scare tv called “Doomsday Preppers” that will keep you frightened not just frightened but a step by step how to guide .
    I’m not kidding, National Geographic!

    • kesmarn says:

      Happy New Year, b’ito! And how nice of the folks at National Geographic to start it off with a good dose of fear TV!

      I almost wish I had cable so that I could see it.

      Whatever happened to the days when National Geographic was only useful for filling up the magazine racks at the dentist’s office and supplying young lads with naughty pics of topless “natives”?

  13. bito says:

    ❗ Breaking ❗

    The Senate has approved the agreement to avoid the “Fiscal Cliff” for a very short time on a bipartisan vote. While listening to the roll call on the vote, I haven’t heard a single nay-- just as I type that I hear 2 noes-- what I have heard far the R’s hate the bill. MSNBC is giving the credit on the negotiations to V.P. Biden.

    I’m sure there will be much more in the morning, look at Kalima’s Morning Blog, she may have an update.

    (Edit: I got my days and times mixed concerning Japan and Kalima thoroughly mixed up, she won’t have an an update, my fault.)

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