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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

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. Nirek says:

    KT, we had some luck with the Dr. today and will be getting medical MJ. Got any recipes ? My wife doesn’t want to smoke it.
    Thanks for your help in our pursuit of MMJ. Your advice is much appreciated.

    • That’s great news Nirek! I think you should look into ways she can vaporize instead of smoking. Vapor is not smoke and is much, much better for the lungs and is not harsh to inhale.

      Beginners should not start out eating pot. It’s much more potent when eaten and lasts longer. She should really try vaporizing first and stick with that for a while, until she gets accustomed to the effects of medical MJ.

      Talk to the dispenser of the MMJ before buying and find out the best strains that will help your wife and how to vaporize. It will be well worth the effort.

      I’m glad any info I gave could help you and your wife. Just remember to start out slow and see how it goes. Not everybody enjoys being high. There are strains with lower THC percentages and higher CBD levels for people who don’t want an intense pot high. Best wishes! :cool:

  2. monicaangela says:

    TESTING…

    texdereg_590_426.jpg

    I wanted to post this in one of Nirek’s articles on Ebola. The deregulation in Texas is really bad.

  3. monicaangela says:

    IGNORANT? OVERWHELMINGLY STUPID? PREJUDICE OR WHAT?

    Whatever the reason, sooner or later the taxpaying citizens of this nation are going to wake up and realize this modern method of police brutality and racist behavior that is being sanctioned by the laws of this nation is not only obscene, but is costing a fortune. When will we learn?


    A wonderful article explaining the millions and millions of dollars cities pay out for this injustice can be found here:

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-high-cost-of-living-in-a-police-state-us-officers-shielded-from-justice/5407983

    From the article: “So what’s the solution, if any, to a system so clearly rigged that it allows rogue cops who engage in excessive force to wreak havoc with no fear of financial consequences? As HRW concludes:

    The excessive use of force by police officers, including unjustified shootings, severe beatings, fatal choking’s, and rough treatment, persists because overwhelming barriers to accountability make it possible for officers who commit human rights violations to escape due punishment and often to repeat their offenses…. Officers with long records of abuse, policies that are overly vague, training that is substandard, and screening that is inadequate all create opportunities for abuse. Perhaps most important, and consistently lacking, is a system of oversight in which supervisors hold their charges accountable for mistreatment and are themselves reviewed and evaluated, in part, by how they deal with subordinate officers who commit human rights violations. Those who claim that each high-profile case of abuse by a “rogue” officer is an aberration are missing the point: problem officers frequently persist because the accountability systems are so seriously flawed.

    Unfortunately, we’re so far gone as a nation in terms of cronyism, corruption and unequal justice that there’s little hope of reformation working from the top down. As I point out in A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, if any change is to be made, if any hope for accountability is to be realized it must begin, as always, at the local level, with local police departments and governing bodies, where the average citizen can still, with sufficient reinforcements, make his voice heard.

    So the next time you hear of a police shooting in your town of an unarmed citizen, don’t just shrug helplessly and turn the page or switch the channel. Form a coalition of concerned citizens and call your prosecutor’s office, email the police department, speak out at your city council meeting, urge your local paper to cover the story from both sides, blog about it, stage a protest, demand transparency and accountability—whatever you do, make sure you send the message loud and clear that you do not want your taxpayer dollars supporting illegal and abusive behavior.”

    “Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead [send him mail] is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. He is the author of A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State and The Change Manifesto (Sourcebooks).”

  4. EXFANOFARIANA says:

    BREAKING: Michael Dunn Sentenced to Life in Prison for the Murder of Jordan Davis (Video)

    WHITE MAN GOES FOR LIFE IN PRISON FOR THE MURDER OF A BLACK TEE!!!!Capital on purpose! And in FLORIDUH!

    http://aattp.org/breaking-michael-dunn-sentenced-to-life-in-prison-for-the-murder-of-jordan-davis-video/

    • monicaangela says:

      Why the cover-up?

      “The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West.
      The New York Times found 17 American service members and seven Iraqi police officers who were exposed to nerve or mustard agents after 2003. American officials said that the actual tally of exposed troops was slightly higher, but that the government’s official count was classified.
      The secrecy fit a pattern. Since the outset of the war, the scale of the United States’ encounters with chemical weapons in Iraq was neither publicly shared nor widely circulated within the military. These encounters carry worrisome implications now that the Islamic State, a Qaeda splinter group, controls much of the territory where the weapons were found.
      The American government withheld word about its discoveries even from troops it sent into harm’s way and from military doctors. The government’s secrecy, victims and participants said, prevented troops in some of the war’s most dangerous jobs from receiving proper medical care and official recognition of their wounds.”

      http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/14/world/middleeast/us-casualties-of-iraq-chemical-weapons.html?_r=0

      We, and some of our allies were responsible for helping Saddam Hussein create these weapons. And, of course we couldn’t admit that we had stumbled into old stock piles that we had left there. These WMD’s were a part of an abandoned program, but after soldiers, Iraqi and American being exposed to them, what did the Bush administration do? Tuck their tails between their legs and deny everything so that our government and those of the allies who helped with this program would not or could not be sued by the Iraqi and U.S. soldiers who suffered from the encounter. Not to mention the bad publicity that would have been received by the Bush administration when the world found out the WMD’s they were looking for were part of a program collaboration of the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein, the U.S. government and it’s allies.

      • Kalima says:

        Thanks monicaangela, I posted the NYT article on Thursday’s Morning Blog. The cover up seems to be the number of soldiers affected by what they found or handled which is disgraceful, and leaving those weapons behind for insurgents to find, which is unforgivable.

    • kesmarn says:

      For a man who has never run for office and has never gotten a single vote from anyone, this guy has way too much power. It would be hard to calculate all the damage he has done. Disgusting.

  5. Kalima says:

    Jon Stewart on the ridiculousness of debate season


  6. EXFANOFARIANA says:

    Just got this wonderful news!!! ALLELUIA!

    Dear Tatiana,

    I’ll tell you what gives me hope.

    Whales and birds migrating from Alaska along my coastline.

    September’s massive climate rally in NYC demanding that world leaders take action and Jon Stewart on the Daily Show calling out climate change denying politicians who just don’t get it.

    Lego ditching its partnership with Arctic drilling-rabid Shell Oil (go Greenpeace!).

    And even the media attention to Arctic walrus who’ve lost their ice floes due to an increasingly melting Arctic. It just feels like people are realizing – on a new level – the need to stand up and protect Earth’s special wild places…many that are in or touched by Alaska.

    Let’s sail on that momentum this fall and keep Alaska’s public lands and waters wild and free.

    Hilary Stamper
    New Media Director
    http://www.alaskawild.org/6942-2/?akid=836.77705.kfTf38&rd=1&t=1

  7. Kalima says:

    Good Lord!! Some people just never know when to stop. The man has no shame. Murdoch seems to be in the middle of every darned thing, from Salmond and the Scottish independence vote to Mitt. Interferring old bugger.

    —-

    “Can’t quit Mitt: Friends say Romney feels nudge to consider a 2016 presidential run”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/cant-quit-mitt-friends-say-romney-feels-nudge-to-consider-a-2016-presidential-run/2014/10/13/2cb19d12-52ee-11e4-892e-602188e70e9c_story.html

  8. kesmarn says:

    PAUL KRUGMAN COMES AROUND

    This is what a successful presidency looks like. No president gets to do everything his supporters expected him to. FDR left behind a reformed nation, but one in which the wealthy retained a lot of power and privilege. On the other side, for all his anti-government rhetoric, Reagan left the core institutions of the New Deal and the Great Society in place. I don’t care about the fact that Obama hasn’t lived up to the golden dreams of 2008, and I care even less about his approval rating. I do care that he has, when all is said and done, achieved a lot. That is, as Joe Biden didn’t quite say, a big deal.

    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/in-defense-of-obama-20141008#ixzz3G8aS7T4Y

  9. SmotPoker says:

    http://imgur.com/BaKxarj

    Best birthday gift EVER! My daughter, dad, and brother got me this sweet photo-realistic tattoo of my mother and I circa 1967/1968

    This picture really doesn’t do it justice.


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