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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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    Gov. Jerry Brown Signs New Law That Allows Families To Petition Judge For Gun Removal
    By Susie Madrak October 1, 2014 7:00 am -- 40
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    Relatives of the victims and other supporters of the bill said the parents of 22-year-old Elliot Rodger were thwarted in their attempts to seek help for their troubled son before the rampage.
    Gov. Jerry Brown Signs New Law That Allows Families To Petition Judge For Gun Removal

  2. monicaangela says:

    We have an activist Supreme Court, in favor of Republicans:

    Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States decided -- in a 5-4 split -- to delay the opening of the polls in Ohio and granted Jon Husted the ability to restrict voting this fall. The same divided court that struck down key portions of the Voting Rights Act has now made it immeasurably more difficult for ALL Ohioans to cast a ballot.

    The Supreme Court’s order was three sentences long and contained no reasoning. But it disclosed an ideological split, with the court’s four more liberal members noting that they would have denied the request for a stay of the lower court’s order extending early voting. Dale Ho, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, said the court’s action “will deprive many Ohioans of the opportunity to vote in the upcoming election as this case continues to make its way through the courts.”

    The ruling, which reflected a partisan breakdown in many court decisions nationwide on voting issues, saw the five Republican-appointed justices uphold the voting restrictions enacted by the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature in February. The new limits removed the first week of Ohio’s 35-day early voting period, in the process eliminating the only week that permitted same-day registration, a feature most often used by minorities.

    • kesmarn says:

      The SCOTUS and the Kasich regime in Ohio should both be ashamed of themselves, monica. What kind of state government would battle tooth and nail — up to and including taking a case all the way to the Supreme Court — for the sole purpose of trying to deny people the opportunity to vote?

      The sad thing is that most Ohioans seem to be too tuned out to even have any awareness that this has happened. Or, if they do know, to care about it. Kasich is well ahead in the polls now. Thanks largely — I believe — to a Koch-funded advertising blitz.

      I hate to say it, but as far as Ohio is concerned, I’m not optimistic about the November elections. I hope I’m surprised.

    • Nirek says:

      Monica, thanks for this information. I can’t wait for one or more of these biased SC judges to leave so POTUS can put a sane person in the SC.

      • monicaangela says:

        I agree Nirek, I really believe we as citizens need to revisit this lifelong position that we give Supreme Court Justices. The idea of a permanent position may have worked in the past, but we can see today that it isn’t working. Something needs to be done before it comes time for the POTUS to appoint a new justice. Why do we have to wait for someone to resign or die before we can get them off the court?

        • Nirek says:

          “Under normal circumstances, a Supreme Court justice is awarded a lifetime commission.

          A Supreme Court Justice may be impeached by the House of Representatives and removed from office if convicted in a Senate trial, but only for the same types of offenses that would trigger impeachment proceedings for any other government official under Articles I and II of the Constitution.

          Article III, Section 1 states that judges of Article III courts shall hold their offices “during good behavior.” “The phrase “good behavior” has been interpreted by the courts to equate to the same level of seriousness ‘high crimes and misdemeanors” encompasses.

          In addition, any federal judge may prosecuted in the criminal courts for criminal activity. If found guilty of a crime in a federal district court, the justice would face the same type of sentencing any other criminal defendant would. The district court could not remove him/her from the Bench. However, any justice found guilty in the criminal courts of any felony would certainly be impeached and, if found guilty, removed from office.

          In the United States, impeachment is most often used to remove corrupt lower-court federal judges from office, but it’s not unusual to find disgruntled special interest groups circulating petitions on the internet calling for the impeachment of one or all members of the High Court.

          The Impeachment Process

          Impeachment is a two-step process; the impeachment phase is similar to a Grand Jury hearing, where charges (called “articles of impeachment”) are presented and the House of Representatives determines whether the evidence is sufficient to warrant a trial. If the House vote passes by a simple majority, the defendant is “impeached,” and proceeds to trial in the Senate.

          The House of Representatives indicts the accused on articles of impeachment, and, if impeached, the Senate conducts a trial to determine the party’s guilt or innocence.

          The Senate trial, while analogous to a criminal trial, only convenes for the purpose of determining whether a Justice, the President (or another officeholder) should be removed from office on the basis of the evidence presented at impeachment.

          At the trial a committee from the House of Representatives, called “Managers,” act as the prosecutors. Per constitutional mandate (Article I, Section 3), the Chief Justice of the United States (Supreme Court) must preside over the Senate trial of the President. If any other official is on trial, an “Impeachment Trial Committee” of Senators act as the presiding judges to hear testimony and evidence against the accused, which is then presented as a report to the remained of the Senate. The full Senate no longer participates in the hearing phase of the removal trial. This procedure came into practice in 1986 when the Senate amended its rules and procedures for impeachment and has been contested by several federal court judges, but the Supreme Court has declined to interfere in the process, calling the issue a political, not legal, matter.

          At the conclusion of the trial, the full Senate votes and must return a two-thirds Super Majority for conviction. Convicted officials are removed from office immediately and barred from holding future office. The Senate trial, while analogous to a criminal trial, only convenes for the purpose of determining whether a Justice, the President (or another officeholder) should be removed from office on the basis of the evidence presented at impeachment.

          Impeachment and Near Impeachment”

          It can be done if we can prove criminal activity.

    • AdLib says:

      Monica, I assume this was under the guise of States Rights, the excuse that the prejudiced use to defend racist actions.

      I don’t know that this country can be put on the right track until one of these 5 prejudiced SCOTUS judges is replaced. They have no respect for equality, the rights of citizens, our democracy or The Constitution for that matter.

      • monicaangela says:

        The court granted the state’s request to stay decisions of lower courts that threw out the state’s new plan, passed by the Republican-led legislature. But the court’s four liberal justices said they would have stayed out of the case and left those decisions in place.


    Organics Board to Review Rules for BPA, GMOs, and GMO Vaccines for Animals


    Wall Street Journal Apparently Doesn’t Care About Blatant Medical Conflicts of Interest
    September 30, 2014



    I wanted to ask you folks here: are you all being bombarded by emails -- and I mean exactly this, BOMBARDED by both DSCC AND DCCC with terrifying news ???? Because finally I had to hit them all as spam, it’s not ok to open our emails everyday and throughout it, receiving pledges from Pelosi, Henri Reidi, President Clinton, Chelsea, Hillary foreseeing Armageddon if we do not donate more????SMH….

    • I simply delete them as soon as I see them.

    • monicaangela says:

      I used to receive them. I got so tired of being bombarded daily that I began unsubscribing to every one they sent. Now I don’t receive those irritating emails or that “disastrous” news they continually send to try to sway my opinion while continually asking for money. I believe dems as well as repubs have gone crazy with this citizens United deal that has been handed to them by SCOTUS, and are trying to get as many individual donations to offset the dark money they are receiving. I don’t donate to political organizations since Citizens United passed and was not overturned by congress and won’t donate again until it is overturned.

    • RSGmusic says:

      Yes EXFAN i find this true. Also texas candidates which i do read some of those for good reasons.

      Sent a note on e mail to you on OUR cruise.

      DO not worry about the bottom part on another subject that has been solved.

      with all the friendship DeL and i have XXXO to XOXX hugs also!!

    • AdLib says:

      Yep, it’s a lot of hysteria, not much different than the GOP, warning of disasters and the end of the world if you don’t donate. And they just tag on whichever politician’s name they think will get the best reaction, it never seems truly from the Dem it says it is.

      Like you, I don’t respond to hysterical emails asking for money very well, I have them all filtered to go to a particular email folder and have them there to browse through if and when I choose to,

      • EXFANOFARIANA says:

        That was my very take on those: From FLOTUS, POTUS,AlGore and Franken, Allyson for KY,Actblue,Change.org….Even one ACCUSING ME of not doing anything at all !They cannot find it because I’ve used a card with one of my mile long (9 altogether)last names on it, sent by Pelosi…..It’s so irritating and unnerving…

  5. AdLib says:

    Watching Netanyahu at the UN is like watching a cruel propaganda machine running out of fuel.

    What a lame tactic, trying to merge the world’s enemies with their chosen enemies to self-justify their cruelty and “guilt” the rest of the world into supporting their brutal tactics against Palestinians.

    In case you didn’t know, Hamas is ISIS. Iran is ISIS. ISIS and Iran and Hamas are all Nazi Germany.

    Pro-Israelis are in the gallery applauding everything he says and even when he clears his throat.

    Hamas is horrible, the RW in Israel are horrible, it’s not like it has to be one or the other that’s horrible. The majority of Palestinians and Israelis want security and to live decent lives, they have much in common…if only they could get rid of their leadership.

    • Harleigh says:

      It is way past time for AIPAC to be registered as a foreign lobby and to curtail all monetary and military aid to that theocratic country/race/religion called Israel. That money could be much better spent on our own people and infrastructure. Israel is a bigoted, offensive, apartheid country and should no longer receive anything from the US except our contempt and condemnation. Their justification is at least they are only targeting, killing and stealing from heathen Muslim terrorists, right?

    • monicaangela says:

      Hamas is horrible, the RW in Israel are horrible, and Netanyahu as Prime Minister of Israel is worse than horrible, worse than Hamas, worse than the RW in Israel and worse than ISIS and all of the other groups in the ME, IMHO of course. :)

    • kesmarn says:

      I can’t stand Netanyahu. (I’m almost grateful I don’t have cable and can’t see him lying to the UN, but I can imagine it.)

      He always tries to present as the calm, deeply resonant voice of reason who’s patiently trying to deal with madmen. When in fact, he’s as crazy as the people he’s trying to libel. A true con artist. I wish voters in Israel would wake up.

      • EXFANOFARIANA says:

        Kes, I cut the cord over 6 months ago.I assume I’ve reported it here. Got a Roku and Netflix.Roku cost me 50 bucks, Netflix 9/month.Netanyahu is a ZIONIST. Of the worst kind. And I am half Jewish.:)

        • I cut mine about 2 years ago. I haven’t regretted it once!

        • kesmarn says:

          I think a lot of people are “cutting the cord” on cable these days, ExFan. And not missing it too much!

          • EXFANOFARIANA says:

            So far, over 10 million and growing.When the guys from Brighthouse came to disconnect it and remove the modem, even the employees themselves admitted it they only had it because it was free.What use do the American monopoly media have to offer us? Trashy TV? “Reality” ones? (puking) The Kartrashinas? The Hilton sluts? I’ve had it because we wanted the French, Italian, BBC UK and other European cables…..
            Today I was in a rather bad mood and approached the manager of Target asking him WHY do they sell rags like USWeek, National Enquirer, People etc….His answer: ” we sell them a lot” . I’ve told him he was an IMBECILE 30 ‘s something, most likely from a red state and indicated to him, the dumbing down of this once great nation over nothing but gossiping. People are diverting themselves from books to buy trash? What is wrong? Ppl overtly worried about others sexual lives? Aren’t they getting any? F all…..I am going to sleep.Orwell was spot on as was Sinclair Lewis….I am fuming……:)

      • monicaangela says:

        Spot on Kes! I agree 100% with your comment.

      • AdLib says:

        Kes, he also tries to come across as morally justified in any action he takes, even causing the squalor and desperation that most Palestinians have to live in and packages it as “protecting the children in Israel”.

        Because causing Palestinian children to starve protects Israeli children?

        And he is cartoonishly and predictable, in constantly invoking Hitler and The Holocaust whenever justifying hatred of entire societies and nations of people. Yes, Hamas are the same as Nazis as is Iran. Because only a country that occupies the land of another people in a militaristic and oppressive way, born of prejudice could be…er…whoops!

        • kesmarn says:

          Exactly, AdLib. I’ve read that it will take 20 years for Gaza to recover and rebuild after what was done by Israel this past summer.

          And many families in Gaza will never recover from having lost their children.

          I know I’ve said it too many times, but here I go again: Bullies always perceive themselves and present themselves as victims.

        • monicaangela says:

          The illness spreads, those who are oppressed if not carefully chastened are destined to become oppressors. Israel has been turned loose on the world for far to long, maybe out of sympathy, maybe because the world feels it did not do enough to prevent the Holocaust, whatever the reason. The world has contributed to the creation of a monster. And, only those in the world who have contributed to this problem can help fix it.

  6. AdLib says:

    Here’s a very funny piece from Last Week Tonight With John Oliver asking why Ayn Rand is still a thing:


      I have left a reply there.You will see my pic. It’s the latest one.SOCIOPATHS.

    • kesmarn says:

      Oh that is delicious! I love the fact that it’s so clearly documented that Paul Ryan, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz all adore this lunatic.

      No matter who the GOP runs in 2016, this Oliver piece is gonna hurt!

      • EXFANOFARIANA says:

        And they consider themselves Xtians…This lunatic Ayn Rand, abhorred God and Christ’s principles.

      • AdLib says:

        Kes, yes, I think Dems would be smart to hang Ayn Rand around faux-moderate Rand Paul’s neck (who do people think he was named after?!) and the rest of these selfish Repubs that cherish her hatred of compassion.

        • monicaangela says:

          I agree AdLib, anyone who adhere’s to her philosophy should never be in any position of power. Every one of the Republican politicians in that video appear to think and act exactly as she did except for the issue of abortion. If our nation doesn’t wise up soon to these regressive politicians we are headed for even more turmoil in this nation than we are experiencing today…and IMHO we are experiencing plenty because of politicians past and present.

          • AdLib says:

            monicaangela, I’d even go as far as to say selfishness is the lack of a philosophy. Ayn Rand’s rants are against philosophy and trying to construct a facade of philosophy for acting with the selfishness of a 5 year old brat.

            Does a 5 year old selfish brat have a philosophy or just want what they want for themselves? I suppose we can ask Paul Ryan about that.

            • monicaangela says:

              In ethical philosophy, rational egoism (also called rational selfishness) is the principle that an action is rational if and only if it maximizes one’s self-interest.

              I would say Rand’s brand of philosophy falls under rational egoism rather than a true philosophy. Most in academia discredit her version of philosophy and consider it more objectivism.

              Academia has generally rejected Rand’s philosophy, although it has been a significant influence among libertarians and American conservatives. The Objectivist movement, which Rand founded, attempts to spread her ideas to the public and in academic settings.

              Rand’s ideas only appeal to the weaker minded individuals who, as she did, think of themselves first second, last and always and could care less about any and everyone else that disagrees with their personal point of view.

            • EXFANOFARIANA says:

              Selfishness is the contrary for social relating on an emotional level and completely -- scientifically proven -- the lack of any empathy toward any living thing. Animal abusers, children, massive killers…
              Selfishness is the root cause of many broken hearts. It is a slow flowing poison that erodes, burns, and sears the bonds of relationships. Strong relationships have a foundation that is based on the ability to grow to love. Selfishness is the direct opposite of love. Love gives, but selfishness takes.
              Being selfish involves a lot of “I” and has no room for “we”. Relationships and love are about togetherness; walking together as one. It’s pretty difficult to walk together with someone who has no concern for your presence or pace. Thus, if you enter a relationship with a selfish person (or if you are a selfish person), your relationships will not last.
              Here are 6 characteristics of selfishness in a relationship:
              1. Selfishness introduces conditions – Selfish people have an attitude that says, “If you, then I.” If you meet their immediate needs or desires, then they may remain in the relationship. Their focus is not on adding to the life of the one they are with. They desire to have things added unto them. The downside of this is, in their quest to be added to, they may not even realize or care how much they are cutting down (or dividing) the person they are with. (Relationship Coaching: Do you multiply or divide?).

              2. Selfishness breeds lies and manipulation – Selfish people have a very narrow focus. They are focused on getting what they want, when they want it. Instead of seeing others’ opinions, feelings, and desires as guides (things to consider)… they view them as obstacles (things to get around). This mindset makes it very easy for selfish people to introduce subtle forms of manipulation and lies into a relationship. Over time, as they learn more about you, the manipulation becomes strategic and they are able to get their way faster and more often.
              -- See more at: http://quentinmccall.com/6-reasons-selfishness-destroy-relationship/#sthash.U0LiyQ5j.dpuf

              I know it from experience. My husband has an above the average IQ yet he does not share any sort of empathy for anyone. As a minor psychologist, I strongly believe it goes back from his childhood. His parents were so close,focused UNTO each other, their two children came and saw them as a “secondary” consequences.We came from an utter different back ground. My mother was a “feminist” ahead of her time and, my brothers were brought up as be respectful of all women because we are equal.And we bring you into this world.
              Sorry about the rant tonight.I really felt like punching the mofo at Target….

            • EXFANOFARIANA says:

              She was THE Con woman of her time. Slept only with rich men or anyone who could upper her on her ambitions..

            • AdLib says:

              ExFan, it seems that the only difference between Randism and prostitution is that one is about selling oneself to do disgusting things for money and the other requires condoms.

            • EXFANOFARIANA says:

              This psychopath/sociopath BITCH, was persecuted because her mother run a brothel exploiting poor women.The Stalin came to the scene. She is a born liar and terrible with her English.Yet this “against ANY kind of gubermint: Thursday, Jun 25, 2009 05:46 PM EST
              Ayn Rand: Don’t call it a comeback!
              Never mind the chaos caused by Wall Street’s John Galts. “Atlas Shrugged” is ready for another closeup
              Andrew Leonard


          • Human beings need absolutely no encouragement toward greed and self centeredness.

  7. GreenChica says:

    The US Navy has been trying to sneak this in without public comment. They want to conduct military exercises here on the Olympic Peninsula involving electromagnetic radiation equipment. They claim it won’t harm humans and large animals though they don’t provide any proof and they admit it has risks. They obviously don’t care about small animals and birds.


    Please sign our protest on change.org.


    Accused state trooper shooter Eric Frein surfaces in Vietnam War reenactment video
    The new video, obtained by the Today Show, shows the 31-year-old suspect bragging about his military history and expertise. He is wanted in the shooting death of Cpl. Bryon Dickson and has been the subject of a massive manhunt for 11 days.



    The W.H just emailed me this:


    You Don’t Get to Pick Your Tax Rate. Neither Should Corporations.

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