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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Obamacare Headline in Rural Arkansas

    “In a real life example of how Obamacare is changing everything, our local newspaper ran an article about the closing of the 9th Street Ministry Medical Clinic.

    “It was announced last week that 9th Street Ministries will be concluding their medical clinic mission, which had been ongoing monthly to offer free medical services to those in need since first starting in 1998. The final day for the medical clinic will be Thursday, April 24, and that will conclude the mission that has been in place for almost 16 years.”

    The article tells how the ministry has been operating once a month for years to give people healthcare on a first come, first served basis. This care was provided by volunteers. My mother actually volunteered at the clinic and they would see as many as 300 a day. Many of these people would wait all day for the chance to see a doctor. Most of the patients were people who could not afford to see a doctor, but were not eligible for medicaid or medicare. Why would they close this clinic down?”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/09/1290727/-Obamacare-Headline-in-Rural-Arkansas?detail=email#

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  7. Nirek says:

    How can any woman or man who cares about his wife,mother, daughter, granddaughter, or any other woman ever vote for the GOP candidate in any election after they voted against equal pay for women? The GOP wants to control women.

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  8. pinkpantheroz says:

    Serious Question, folks. I’m reading about an SSL weakness called Heartbleed. Is Planet POV susceptible?

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    • AdLib says:

      ppo, really appreciate your concern on this. SSL is used to encrypt confidential data you type in at or view at a site like credit card numbers, birth dates, etc. so it isn’t visible to hackers for them to steal. It’s not a factor here at The Planet but to any online retailer, banking sites, government sites, etc., anywhere you’d type in or view confidential information, it is a big issue.

      It is a sad fact of today’s internet that there is an ongoing and big population of criminals, spammers, hackers and bad bots out there constantly looking for the opportunity to steal from or damage others, we just always have to be as cautious as we can be and hope the providers and major entities around the internet are able to thwart attacks ahead of time or as soon as they can.

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  9. Family Values Republican Caught on Camera Valuing His Girlfriend

    “[Louisiana's] Fifth District Congressman Vance McAllister, who campaigned for office last fall as a devout Christian and devoted husband and father, was caught in video surveillance two days before Christmas passionately embracing and kissing one of his congressional aides.”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/07/1290331/-Republican-family-values-caught-on-security-nbsp-camera?detail=email#

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    • pinkpantheroz says:

      This just in! ‘Staffer Who Was Caught Kissing Vance McAllister Resigns, While Congressman Keeps His Job” is the headline from That Site That Has No Name, over the ‘apology’ from this creep. Notice the statement that it was SHE who kissed HIM, but that is not what was in the article. Yet more justification for us good folk not to contribute to what, sadly, was once a great place.

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    • pinkpantheroz says:

      Well, KT, sad to say it, but with the plethora of incidents like this in people with power, I’d say it is the current family values stance of very many and unfortunately not on just one side of the aisle. We cannot be too one-eyed about that fact. The only family value visible is their utter lack of any to their own.

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      • PPO, no doubt that this happens with members of both parties, but what gets me is the fact that those who preach family values, and then have affairs, are the real hypocrites.

        People all over the world cheat on their spouses, but it’s the ones that claim to be fine upstanding Christians with “real,” family values that piss me off.

        You don’t usually hear dems preaching that family values nonsense.

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    • kesmarn says:

      But of course, his case is different from Bill Clinton’s because he will now very publicly repent and ask forgiveness (and forgetness) of his constituents.

      And if they are dumb (and/or devious) enough, they will give it to him. Sadly, I’d wager they are.

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    • Nirek says:

      KT, I think that disqualifies him from saying someone else is a hypocrite. Or saying he is a moral man.

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  10. kesmarn says:

    Can’t wait to see the GOP/TP reaction to the latest New Yorker magazine cover!

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  11. SUN APR 06, 2014 AT 10:41 PM PDT
    Westboro Baptist Church Picketers Run Off By 2000 Protestors In Oklahoma

    “It was a ‘no contest’ showdown, when thousands of folks in Moore, Oklahoma, came out in the cold and rain, to counter-protest the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). The vile WBC group was scheduled to picket a school, where children had died in last year’s horrific tornadoes. Their allotted time was 2:00 – 2:30 on Sunday, April 6. The police were there to enforce free speech, but were hardly a deterrent when the large crowd began crossing the road towards the hate group. Within two minutes, the WBC picketers realized the danger, stuffed themselves, and their signs, into their vehicles – and left the scene rather quickly. Smart move on their part. No arrests were made.”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/07/1290198/-2000-Show-Up-To-Counter-Protest-Westboro-Baptist-Church-What-s-A-Hate-Group-To-Do?detail=email#

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