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bito On January - 17 - 2013

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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.

The Y Article

A National Security Narrative

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H/T AB

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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. Kalima says:

    Excuse me but “domestic terror” is exactly what it was. To take up arms against the government is also an act of treason. Grow a brain Mr. Thiessen, or at least borrow one.

    So tired of apologists with thundering “brain farts” passing for a journalistic opinion.

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    Sen. Harry Reid’s baseless ‘domestic terror’ accusations

    http://m.washingtonpost.com/opinions/sen-harry-reids-baseless-domestic-terror-accusations/2014/04/21/9ee485fa-c952-11e3-93eb-6c0037dde2ad_story.html

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    • kesmarn says:

      What a completely bizarre take this man has on this situation, Kalima!

      Whatever one thinks of the Bundys’ legal case over unpaid grazing fees — and the federal government’s desire to protect the desert tortoise — defending your property against a paramilitary force of armed federal agents is not the equivalent of blowing up a federal building or sending letter bombs.

      “…defending your property…”????

      The whole point of this case is that this is NOT Bundy’s property. You have to wonder if this author has even read a single word about this case. Or has he just been watching Sean Hannity on FOX?

      And then he says that Reid’s (accurate) comments seem to present a Democratic hostility and misunderstanding of “the Western way of life.” Well — if the “Western way of life” means people taking things that don’t belong to them and using threats of gun-fire if they don’t get their way… maybe. Otherwise, I’m calling b.s.!

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  2. Nirek says:

    Today is Earth Day. I have started another post about our environment but it is not done yet. Kinda wish I had started it sooner to coincide with Earth Day.

    Oh well, it is so important to take care of the environment that we need to spread out the reminders.

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    • funksands says:

      Nirek, I’d really like your take on this article. I think it makes some very good points. Hope you are well.

      Let This Earth Day be the Last

      http://www.thenation.com/blog/179375/let-earth-day-be-last#

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      • Nirek says:

        Funk, I believe that the”little old lady who peed in the ocean” said it best. “Every little bit helps”

        “How about this? Masses of people—most of them young, a generation with little or nothing to lose—physically, nonviolently disrupting the fossil-fuel industry and the institutions that support it and abet it. Getting in the way of business as usual. Forcing the issue. Finally acting as though we accept what the science is telling us.”

        On the other hand, if young people want to get in the way of “business as usual” I am in support of them and their cause!

        Peace, my friend.

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  3. Kalima says:

    POLL: BIG BANG A BIG QUESTION FOR MOST AMERICANS :shock:

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/poll-big-bang-big-question-most-americans

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  4. Epidemic of GOPer Virus Will Kill Thousands in Red States

    “Imagine that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warned that America was about to be hit by a preventable epidemic of a deadly, though curable, virus. In response, the federal government budgeted funds for each of the 50 states to purchase antidotes to save the afflicted and vaccines to immunize residents against future outbreaks. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the White House raised the revenue to completely cover the costs of the emergency program for three years and promised to pay 90 percent of the bill after that. Even having to pick up 10 percent of the tab, most states would come out ahead by virtue of not having to pay for the care of the sick and the dying. All the 50 governors and state legislatures had to do to save thousands of their residents from needless deaths was to say one word to free money from Uncle Sam: Yes.”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/18/1292981/-Epidemic-of-GOPer-virus-will-kill-thousands-in-red-states

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  5. Kalima says:

    Jaw dropping stupidity in asking a lying dictator who is invading a sovereign country, or a coerced set up to make America and the President look bad? Maybe they threatened to deport him?

    Ask the Russian citizens if they are being spied on. Of course they are and how. Putin owns both the police and the courts. This is ridiculous.

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    Snowden to Putin: Does Russia spy on its citizen

    The fugitive former NSA contractor turned up via video link on the Russian leader’s call-in program..

    http://wapo.st/1qOIg7f

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  6. Kalima says:

    Up, up, and counting!

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    Obama: 8 million have signed up for health care

    http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/04/17/obama-8-million-have-signed-up-for-health-care/

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    • AdLib says:

      Suh-weet, Kalima! And add in those in expanded Medicaid and young people under 26 added to their parents’ insurance, over 11 million!

      And Repubs think they can win on, “We promise to steal away health care from 11 million Americans!”?

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      • Kalima says:

        Music to my ears.

        Right! Can you imagine the Teapubs campaigning on “For the good of the country and the American people, please give up your Healthcare plans”. :shock: Splutter! Splutter!

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        • AdLib says:

          Kalima, exactly! The MSM is drooling over the profits that greater conflict could bring them so they’re literally rooting for Repubs to take the Senate but if Dems make it clear that Repubs want to be a death panel to 11 million Americans and take away their health care, the ACA becomes a big plus for Dems to defeat Repubs.

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          • Kalima says:

            I read that these losers are still planning their campaigns around repealing Obamacare even as the numbers climb. It defies gravity and verifies that they are not in possession of a functioning brain.

            Any Dem running who doesn’t take advantage of the success of the ACA, needs to be replaced.

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            • AdLib says:

              Kalima, the Dems better understand how to play poker. There’s a term in poker, “betting into a hand” that applies here. You may not have a great hand yet but you can look at the cards you have and the odds that are in your favor and bet heavily because of your confidence that your hand will come together.

              That’s what Dems should be doing on the ACA right now, campaigning strongly on it. The majority might still be in flux about the ACA but as it continues to prove its success, by November, it will be a pivotal plus for Dems and Repubs’ opposition will turn off the indie voters they need.

              The ACA is a winning hand now, Dems need to recognize that and lay their bets down on it.

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  7. kesmarn says:

    There have been so many mass shooting episodes in recent U.S. history, that the Sikh Temple shootings of 2012 have almost receded into the mists of time.

    But as I was trying to get more info about this guy — Frazier Glenn Miller — who killed three people at a Jewish center in Kansas over the weekend, I came across this article that mentions him as a bad actor even back then. And before.

    It also takes note of the way the Republican Party pressured for the resignation of Janet Napolitano after a report came out of the DHS warning about the connections between the military and right-wing, white-supremacist hate groups. Turns out that report was right.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center discovered that Frazier Glenn Miller’s paramilitary hate group had gotten support and training from active duty marines at Fort Bragg some years ago. Miller had been on the SPLC’s radar for decades.

    Interesting that the GOP attacked Napolitano and her people for speaking the truth about persons and groups that would be involved in the Sikh Temple and the Shalom Village shootings down the road.

    They’re awfully quiet right now.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/08/13/sikh-temple-shooting-returns-attention-to-military-s-white-power-problem.html

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    • kes, one correction if you don’t mind. Fort Bragg is an army base. (sorry, old Jarhead pride)

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      • kesmarn says:

        KT, thank you so much for the correction! I think I misinterpreted this one paragraph:

        In the mid-1980s, the SPLC went after Frazier Glenn Miller, a former Green Beret at Fort Bragg who was running a training camp for members of the Ku Klux Klan. Many of those involved in the camp, which focused on armed combat training, were active-duty Marines and soldiers, and Miller eventually went to prison for having stolen missiles, rifles, plastic explosives, mines, and some 14,000 rounds of ammunition from the military for use by the KKK.

        But, you are right. That paragraph does not say that Fort Bragg is a Marine base. Stay jar head proud, Homie!

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    • Nirek says:

      Kes, it seems to me that these people who claim to be Christian, but hate people of color or those of different faiths and kill them are NOT true Christians. This latest guy even killed three Christians who happened to be there at a Jewish facility.

      Hate is not a Christian value.

      Peace is.

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      • kesmarn says:

        I agree, Nirek.

        I have to say it was a bit creepy to discover that both the Sikh Temple shooter and the Shalom Village one had connections to Fort Bragg. I’m hoping that the SPLC and the Dept. of Defence are keeping an eye on that situation.

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  9. Nirek says:

    My wife and I just watched “The Help”.

    We both were appalled with the way black folks were treated back in the sixties. I almost am ashamed to be a white man.

    Peace

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  10. Nirek says:

    My nephew is on vacation in Nicaragua and called to say he is fine. The earthquake was 6.1 and he was near the epicenter but outside and in a clear area. Scary stuff.

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    • kesmarn says:

      So glad to hear that he’s safe, Nirek. That’s one vacation memory he’d probably just as soon not have! Hope the rest of his time there is less exciting.

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  11. The Right Is Furious Stephen Colbert’s ‘Conservativeface’ Got Him Letterman’s Job

    “Rush Limbaugh called Stephen Colbert’s Late Show promotion a declaration of “war on the heartland of America,” notes Talking Points Memo, summing up the communal dread of mainstream media-hating conservatives. The fact that CBS rewarded the man behind “Stephen Colbert,” his right-wing news anchor character on The Colbert Report, with the prized late night seat is a sign that the media is fully embracing liberal intolerance and going after the right with full force. Also, note several on the right, he probably won’t even be funny.”

    http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/04/the-right-is-furious-stephen-colberts-conservativeface-got-him-lettermans-job/360500/

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    • pinkpantheroz says:

      Great note, KT. I, for one, cannot wait for him to take over. David made so much mileage out of Dubya and the GOP/TP. So it follows that SC is THE MAN to continue showing those cretins for what they are -- hypocrites, liars, spinners, bloviating shysters,venal ratbags -- did I say hypocrites. The best thing is that the transition is a year away and the looney right are bleating about it already! Oh, it also occurs to me that we rarely, if ever, see Right-wing satire of Dems. An oxymoron, perhaps, with emphasis on the -moron? Perhaps it’s because the hatred, paranoia and inner loathing have stitched their humor dial to -11!

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