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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.

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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:

    We all need a Walter in the era of trump.


  2. Kalima says:

    Trump Is Terrorizing Children

    https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/169325

    Remember that a breastfeeding baby was torn from it’s mother arms too.

    Listen to Children Who’ve Just Been Separated From Their Parents at the Border

    ProPublica has obtained audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children can be heard wailing as an agent jokes, “We have an orchestra here.”

    https://www.propublica.org/article/children-separated-from-parents-border-patrol-cbp-trump-immigration-policy

    Blast this out in front of the WH, the Capitol building, the DoJ, the DHS, and every street corner of America. I cried. Any normal person would.

    The orange doughboy is using these traumatised children as political pawns. How incredibly evil is that?

    The world is watching in absolute horror.


    America is better than this’: What a doctor saw in a Texas shelter for migrant children

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/06/16/america-is-better-than-this-what-a-

  3. Kalima says:

    No, President Trump, You Are Not Above the Law

    https://www.aclu.org/blog/executive-branch/no-president-trump-you-are-not-above-law

    Trump’s lies about Germany busted.

    Jeremy Cliffe on Twitter: “1. Crime in Germany hit a 30-year low in March 2. Merkel remains the most popular politician in Germany 3. AfD flat on pre-election polling; pro-immigration Greens up 4. Trump-lite strategy has seen CSU fall in polls 5. 2/3 Germans consider it “pure electioneering” Otherwise: 👍 https://t.co/D1MEsKyLMC

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JeremyCliffe/status/1008702574864797697

    • kesmarn says:

      And I would suspect that the ACLU would know what they’re talking about in this area of the law, Kalima. I would also suspect if he attempted to pardon himself, there would be a reaction that would make Richard Nixon’s legal situation look like a parking meter violation.

      And the BBC addressed all the tall tales out out there regarding Germany and Angela Merkel this evening. The commentator said that Merkel’s popularity — even at 50% — was the envy of “most politicians in the Western world.” (I don’t think The Don’s numbers have ever been that high!)

  4. Kalima says:

    They have removed this John Oliver video because he criticised the separation of children from their parents at the border and exposed China’s human rights violations.

    I sent kes two videos of Anthony Bourdain in Jerusalem and then one in Iran. Both videos showed the real people, living ordinary lives, and not as crazy, America hating terrorists. Talk about censorship in the U.S. since trump took office. I’d be pretty pissed off if I couldn’t watch something that had been shown on CNN and HBO in the country I live in because some arsehole had demanded that it must be removed from YouTube when they allow videos of beheadings. It’s something you expect in countries like China, Russia, N. Korea and other countries lead by a dictatorship, but America in 2018, mind numbing and obviously just for Israel’s benefit.

    EDIT:

    Removed the video as it annoyed me to think of the censorship involved and the disgusting people in power right now.

    • AdLib says:

      At least the John Oliver videos can’t be blacklisted in the US (yet). Here are some from last night. You’ve got to watch his parody of China’s propaganda PR at the end of the second video, very funny!

      FWIW, the first video is about Trump’s child imprisonment insanity but I had to get it from Vimeo, it’s not uploaded on YouTube yet so ignore the Star Wars ad at the beginning).


    • AdLib says:

      The priority now should be a Trump-free world.

      • Kalima says:

        Without a doubt. He’s managing to f-up the whole world and the UN won’t remove those sanctions on N. Korea for gaining nothing from them. Japan knows all about N. Korea’s promises, many of the children abducted in the 70’s are still missing. Many of their parents have died while waiting for news of them. N. Korea can’t keep promises. Just ask the Japanese.

  5. Kalima says:

    Why isn’t there greater outrage about Russia’s involvement in Brexit?

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/17/why-isnt-there-greater-outrage-about-russian-involvement-in-brexit

    Arron Banks, Brexit and the Russia connection

    An 18-month investigation leads to a trail of new evidence showing the ‘bad boys of Brexit’ had closer links to Russia and its ambassador than they have disclosed

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/16/arron-banks-nigel-farage-leave-brexit-russia-connection

    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, I think the Russian strategy of constantly flooding the public with BS is working to a degree in keeping people from focusing long term on huge issues.

      I don’t know if we see this insanity reigned in until Trump is out. Then, whichever Dem is elected had better run on and implement bringing the West together to hammer Putin and repair the damage he’s done to the West.

      • Kalima says:

        It’s only working on his cult and the compromised repubs who are afraid to lose their seats so they fake it. Borrowing his words believe me, the majority of the world is longing for regime change in America. I worry about the length of time it will take to repair his carnage, but I believe that when a Dem takes over the WH, his shit can be reversed just like he is trying to erase President Obama’s legacy. When he’s gone he can be indicted then thrown in jail where he can watch the reversal while tearing out what is left of his hair. Worth waiting for.

  6. Kalima says:

    Kim Jong-un: The story of the boy dictator who bested the US president

    The young ruler took a radically different path to his father, one that earned him the opportunity to outsmart Donald Trump

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/16/kim-jong-un-the-story-of-the-boy-dictator-who-bested-the-us-president

    After insulting everyone else, he turns to Shinzo Abe and says,
    “I can send you 25 million Mexicans and you’ll be out of office very soon.”

    WTF??

    The absolute ridiculousness of his oral diarrhea to the head of a small island nation, and the insult to both Mexico and Japan is as dumbfounding as disgusting. Someone needs to wire his mouth shut.

    A Senior White House Official Defines the Trump Doctrine: ‘We’re America, Bitch’

    The president believes that the United States owes nothing to anyone—especially its allies.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/06/a-senior-white-house-official-defines-the-trump-doctrine-were-america-bitch/562511/

  7. Kalima says:

    Interesting podcast if you have an hour to spare.

    “We had a suspect” | Skullduggery on acast

    https://www.acast.com/skullduggery/-wehadasuspect-

  8. Kalima says:

    With Manafort now thrown in jail, trump needs to be thrown in a padded room.

    Trump tells Fox News he wants Americans to obey him like North Koreans obey Kim Jong-un

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/trump-tells-fox-news-wants-americans-obey-like-north-koreans-obey-kim-jong-un/

    Trump Wanders Onto ‘Fox & Friends,’ Praises Kim Jong Un, Calls FBI Leadership ‘Scum’

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-wanders-onto-fox-and-friends-praises-kim-jong-un

    The only place he belongs.

    Paul Manafort ordered to jail after witness-tampering charges

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/manafort-ordered-to-jail-after-witness-tampering-charges/2018/06/15/ccc526cc-6e68-11e8-afd5-778aca903bbe_story.html


  9. Kalima says:

    What kind of moron would salute a N. Korean general? This was absolutely edited out for U.S. and international viewers. The N. Koreans hit a propaganda gold mine thanks to the total ignorance shown here by trump. He has no idea what he is doing.

    Trump Kim summit: What no-one else saw -- BBC News

    https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-44485542/mix-ups-and-fanfare-what-no-one-else-saw-at-the-trump-kim-summit

    Attorney General Underwood Announces Lawsuit Against Donald J. Trump Foundation And Its Board Of Directors For Extensive And Persistent Violations Of State And Federal Law

    https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/attorney-general-underwood-announces-lawsuit-against-donald-j-trump-foundation-and-its

    This is from April.
    —-

    Mueller Investigating Ukrainian’s $150,000 Payment for a Trump Appearance

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/us/politics/trump-mueller-ukraine-victor-pinchuk.html

    • AdLib says:

      You should have seen what they edited out of Trump doing with Kim. All I can say is that you can tell something’s been cut out because one moment the knees of Trump’s pants look spotless and suddenly they’re wrinkled and dirty.

      So pleased to see the NY AG act on this obvious fraud of a charity Trump ran. It was clear in 2016 that it was a criminal enterprise, I’m a little surprised it took this long to file the charges but glad they were.

      They’ve got his own notes in writing about using the “foundation” for criminal acts. Like with Stormy’s case, I think this may seem smaller but could be a huge problem for Trump. It may be a civil case but imagine all the discovery that the AG will pursue, including income tax filings. And the referrals for crimes to the IRS and FEC along with what I would assume would be criminal tax evasion laws for the state of NY should help bring the walls in on Trump.

      And I hear he likes walls.

  10. Kalima says:

    British political operatives met with Russian ambassador days after Trump visit

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/13/politics/banks-wigmore-russian-ambassador-meetings/index.html

    • AdLib says:

      Putin’s Russian spies are covering the West like a cockroach infestation. Trump’s response is to call them pets and throw more crumbs around to encourage more to come and multiply.

      Whoever is the Dem nom in 2020 needs to run as…”The Exterminator”, stomping out Russian roaches wherever they are. They can use the fake movie trailer people who made the North Korea propaganda video with US taxpayer money.

      Or if they want even more talented people to create a movie trailer, they could go to a local junior high school’s film class.


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