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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. S-Man says:

    Watching these GOP clowns in the House makes me wonder if their drug of choice happens to be ‘shrooms because they appear to live in an alternative universe. Funny and sad.

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  2. pinkpantheroz says:

    You gotta Love it!

    “Jetstar has confirmed a crew member warned passengers returning from the Splendour In The Grass music festival about drug-detection dogs waiting at Sydney Airport.

    News Limited has reported passengers were advised to flush away anything they should not have, because sniffer dogs and quarantine officers would be waiting in the domestic terminal.

    It is reported the announcement caused a rush for the toilets.

    Some of those on board were returning home from the music festival at Byron Bay.

    In a statement, the airline has apologised to passengers and says the issue is being addressed with the cabin crew member concerned. ”

    I say give him a medal!

    Who says airline customer service is a thing of the past?!

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  3. kesmarn says:

    YOU NEVER FORGET THE FIRST TIME

    Here’s something to make you smile. Cocoa growers tasting chocolate for the very first time:


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  4. kesmarn says:

    Robert Reich on Hillary Clinton:

    Corporate and Wall Street Republicans fear Tea Partiers more than they do certain Democrats. The current battle over the fate of the Ex-Import Bank is just the latest example. Last month, during the Republican primary for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District that resulted in the ouster of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, victorious Tea Partier David Brat repeatedly charged that Cantor “does not represent the citizens of the 7th district, but rather large corporations seeking insider deals, crony bailouts, and constant supply of low-wage workers.”
    Meanwhile, dozens of major GOP donors, Wall Street Republicans, and corporate lobbyists have said if Jeb Bush decides against running and Chris Christie doesn’t recover politically, they’ll support Hillary Clinton. “The darkest secret in the big money world of the Republican coastal elite,” says the inside-the-beltway rag Politico, “is that the most palatable alternative to a nominee such as Senator Ted Cruz of Texas or Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky would be Clinton.”
    Does this encourage or alarm you?

    I have to say, Robert, it does both. It encourages and alarms me.

    On the one hand, it says that there’s a part of the GOP that’s willing to turn its back on Tea Party politics. On the other, it says that the potential Dem candidate is such a corporatist that she appeals to people who just supported Mitt Romney for president, for god’s sake.

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    • monicaangela says:

      It is sad that in this time in the history of our nation we still have to mostly choose the leaders of our country by which one will be the least destructive for the nation. Sad that in a nation of 316,148,990 people we don’t have one person that we can count on that could run for the position of President in the 2016 elections that we could without a doubt say would be good for the country and even more than that for ALL the people of the nation, and not just those that have managed to rape, rob, and pillage here and abroad to get into the positions they are in today. I for one do not believe a great nation, an empire, or even a mediocre nation can survive long under these circumstances.

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      • kesmarn says:

        The sad thing is, Monica, we do have those people. But, as you know, getting them elected is the problem.

        There are some Dems who would be awesome in the oval office (Sherrod Brown and Elizabeth Warren come to mind), but especially after Citizens United, raising the money is such a huge barrier.

        The field is being more and more limited to the well-connected.

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    • SueInCa says:

      Kes

      I am definitely not on board with Hillary, at least not yet. I do see her as a woman who has stood up for women’s rights but I also see her as someone who would bow to moneyed interests. All of the time they have been in the public eye there have always been whispers of their quest to become millionaires many times over. Of course, nothing wrong with that, but please do not try pandering to me by claiming you were broke leaving the White House. It reeks of phony populism.

      On the other hand, I am definitely not ready to give Republicans another shot at destroying the country completely, so I know this will sound hypocritical, she would be the lesser of two evils and I would check next to her name. I am disenchanted with her obvious corporate ties but I am not going to sit back and allow a religious right candidate to take over the White House. They had one shot with Bush and did tremendous damage to this country and one thing I know, they learn their lessons and come back even stronger.

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      • kesmarn says:

        Sue, I am right with you on that. I’d vote for Clinton any day over any person on the current GOP line-up. Virtually every one of them is either being currently investigated for criminal activities, mentally challenged or both. Even their current poster boy, Mitt Romney re-warmed, is a sociopathic narcissist as far as I’m concerned.

        A friend of mine (possibly jokingly) suggested that Hillary should run with Jeb Bush in the veep slot. (Don’t even have a clue as to whether that would be possible.) I don’t think that’s even on Hillary’s radar, but I’m afraid those two are closer in political philosophies than either one of them would like to admit.

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        • SueInCa says:

          Kes
          The thought of a Bush being anywhere near the WH gives me nightmares. Jeb Bush is, I believe, the driving force behind the decimation of our public education. He is the perfect guy to work in the background with his destruction and maintain a public personna that is somewhat intelligent. His Mother knew who was the brighter of the two and it was not George. But I know he is working with the homeschooling faction of the religious right and to me, that would be a disaster for public education.

          We live in a very frightening world right now, don’t we? People lying at us from every direction makes the truth hard to nail down.

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          • kesmarn says:

            Sue, we can only hope that Jeb will take Mama Bush seriously when she says: “No more Bushes in the White House.”

            The only thing I’ve ever agreed with that came out of her mouth. ;-)

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  5. monicaangela says:

    @Nirek,

    I lost internet connection for a day also. I didn’t think you were ignoring me :) I hope you get your sound fixed, I know how frustrating that can be.

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    • Nirek says:

      Monica, I restarted my computer and got the sound. Listened to the young Palestinian. I have sympathy for the people of Palestine. I don’t blame them. I blame Hamas and Israel’s leaders.

      Do you just blame the Israelis and give Hamas a pass? It takes two to tango. As I said I don’t trust Yahoo! (Benjamin)

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      • monicaangela says:

        It does take two to tango, but in this case that statement is tantamount to what you might receive from a teacher when a child has been bullied to the point where they either react or get beaten to a pulp. Teachers have a way of ignoring the facts and blaming both parties so that they don’t have to deal with the real cause of the disturbance. It is unconscionable to say the least that many people can’t see what is happening in this conflict and equate it to just that, a bully beating up on some poor weakling, while onlookers make statements like “it takes two to tango.” In a case like that, one would think that the onlooker would expect the person being bullied to allow the bully to beat them to a pulp and do nothing just so he/she could say well I am the one being bullied, but nobody seems to notice unless I begin to fight back and when I do, they blame me for taking up for myself.

        “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
        ~~~~~― Desmond Tutu

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  6. SueInCa says:

    And now, Israel is criticizing John Kerry?

    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/killed-turning-onslaught.html

    Truth is famously the first casualty of war, and the Israeli war on Gaza is no exception. Yesterday Jon Donnison of the BBC pulled the rug out from under the Israeli government’s pretext for the Gaza onslaught with a series of tweets about a conversation he’d had with Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld about the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June.

    The boys were not killed by Hamas, Rosenfeld told Donnison, as he reported on Twitter:

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    • monicaangela says:

      I saw that report on the Tom Hartman program. Sad that the world is allowing Israel to continue to lie and mislead. Sad that the U.S. government continues to supply the Billions of dollars, the physical and mental support for Israel to continue this slaughter. Netanyahu knows that he is not going to eliminate Hamas, how can he, the leaders of Hamas don’t even live in Gaza, they have been expelled from the country, he knows that. If he thinks he is going to rid Hamas of its military wing, he, if he has any brains at all should realize that with these constant attacks he is only building up resentment in the Palestinian community and the descendants of those that are being harmed today will take up arms and continue the fight tomorrow. This will continue until both sides are annihilated or until a genuine broker for peace in that region appears on the scene to challenge Israel and the U.S.

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      • SueInCa says:

        I have to agree with you. I now hear, from a distance, that MSNBC is reporting all of Israel’s media is now criticizing SOS Kerry. (the distance is hubby watching, me not lol). Nice way to bite the hand that feeds you but IMHO I believe that Israel is stoking the fires here knowing how the right hates the President. It is no secret that Evangelicals/TeaParty have funneled hundreds of millions in to Israel because of their end of times fantasy. Bibi, who tried to stop the airing of Israel’s persecution of Palestinian Christians, is playing both ends now and he just might get burned.

        My question to a supporter of Israel(wanting Palestinians to be gone completely) is how do they expect the Palestinian people to fight Hamas when the United States, with the largest and best equipped military force in the world, has not been able to stop terrorists? She did not have an answer, of course.

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  7. monicaangela says:

    LMAO!!!!!!!!

    Flori-duh Rep. Curt Clawson thinks U.S. officials of Indian descent represent Indian govt.

    Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2014/07/flori-duh-rep-curt-clawson-thinks-us-officials-of-indian-descent-represent-indian-govt.html#storylink=cpy


    If this is what Florida is sending to congress these days? Lord help us. LOL !!!!!!! :) :) :)

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    • SueInCa says:

      This guy had that deer in the headlights look on his face but he never corrected himself. I can only imagine what he was saying, in his tea party head.

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      • monicaangela says:

        I suppose he somewhere in the back of his mind was pulling a Tea Party go back to your own country routine…or as in the case of the President, trying to tell these two officials they really are not Americans, and should be working for “their” government in India rather than in the U.S. At any rate, the sad part about this is the fact that none of the other representatives at that meeting corrected him while he was making such an outrageous blunder.

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    • “You know who else didn’t realize when they were talking to a U.S. government employee?” Goldstein said on Twitter.

      Priceless! DUH!

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  8. monicaangela says:

    Sarah Palin’s Low-Budget TV Channel Is Pricier Than Netflix
    Behind the paywall at the most rigorous infotainment site ever launched by a half-term governor of Alaska

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/07/sarah-palins-new-tv-network-is-low-budget-upbeat-and-a-buck-more-than-netflix/375133/

    As if Fox News wasn’t enough…What did we ever do to deserve this?

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    • Kalima says:

      “Reality” tv for someone who has none is priceless. She has nothing to say, so must be running low on money again.

      “Sarah can flip a switch anytime she has something to say”.

      :lol:

      ‘LAMESTREAM MEDIA’ EXECS ARE RUNNING PALIN TV

      http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/28/all-sarah-all-the-time-inside-sarah-palin-s-new-tv-channel.html

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      • monicaangela says:

        Any person with half a brain should be able to see that Sarah Palin is in this for the money…not because she sincerely believes she is helping anybody in this nation. It is sad that some people will actually watch this garbage and believe the misinformation she is going to spew over the airwaves…what a sad state this country is in. :(

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        • Kalima says:

          Not everyone, thankfully. A fake flake for real flakes. It will probably run for a few months like the last effort, and then fizzle. We won’t even know when it’s gone.

          “If a Sarah tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

          Good Morning, and have a peaceful day.

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        • Nirek says:

          I guess I have at least half a brain since I saw that immediately. BTW I will not be watching her.

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          • monicaangela says:

            That makes two of us…sad thing is, I’m afraid we will be interrupted by those that promote her show with snippets from it. It will be fodder for the late night programs, it will be aired in snippets on the news to uplift or criticize it according to the left or right lean of the news program, and we, as citizens will be forced to see some part of it whether we want to or not. The sad thing about it, is now that we have given up our rights to the airwaves, we will also be forced to pay to watch it….Oligarchy, Plutocracy, you betcha. :)

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    • Well, when you’ve become irrelevant in the mainstream, time to create your own media.

      Ohhhhh, I really don’t think she wants to hear from me!! And I KNOW I don’t want to hear from her. I’d rather rub my bare privates with a cheese grater! :shock:

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  9. Nirek says:

    So the Republicans in the House want to sue or impeach the President for circumventing them by issuing Executive Orders. Maybe the President should sue them for not doing their jobs. Now they are leaving on another month long vacation.
    So far they have accomplished little or nothing.
    I wonder if we the people of the USA could sue them for not doing the work we hired them to do?

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    • Nirek says:

      Could she be any dumber, KT?

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      • “Bachmann’s anti-Hawking comments seemed to be gaining traction on Capitol Hill, as seen from the statement by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Science Committee, who said, “Going forward, members of the House Science Committee will do our best to avoid listening to scientists.”

        I expect crazy/stupid from Bachmann, by the Chairman of the House Science committee? Well, OK, he is a Texas Republican, after all.

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  10. EXFANOFARIANA says:

    As usual Thom Hartman is spot on!

    me » blogs » Thom Hartmann’s blog

    The Rise of the American Taliban
    Thom Hartmann’s picture

    Religious extremism is rearing its ugly ahead once again.

    On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that ISIS, the Sunni extremist group that recently declared an Islamic state in parts of Syria and Iraq, has ordered shop owners in Mosul to cover the faces of mannequins with veils.

    The shop owners were told to cover the faces of male and female mannequins, so that they were in line with their interpretations of the First Commandment that prohibits “graven images,” including statues or artwork that depict the human form.

    Similarly, ISIS also believes that women must be subservient to their husbands at all times, and that they should be covered up when in public.

    While these kinds of religious extremist beliefs may seem like they’re limited to groups in the Middle East, they’re not.

    That’s because we have our very own ISIS and very own Taliban right here in the United States.

    It’s called the Christian hard-right, it’s been in America for a very long time, and it’s pushing beliefs that share a worldview and a face with those of ISIS and the Taliban.

    On Tuesday, Republicans down in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District voted for Baptist pastor and right-wing radio show host Jody Hice to be the Republican candidate for that seat in November’s midterm elections.

    And, if Hice makes it to Washington, there’s little doubt that he’ll be the most hard-right religious conservative in our nation’s capital.

    http://www.smirkingchimp.com/node/57159

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    • Nirek says:

      Ex, I respect religious people to a point. When they try to force their religion on everyone, they lose my respect.

      Thom Hartman is one radio person I like. He has a program Brunch with Bernie that I like. Bernie Sanders is my Senator.

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      • EXFANOFARIANA says:

        Love Bernie Saunders too! I too, respect all religious beliefs to a certain, reasonable level.. I abhor any kind of extremism.Enjoy your Sunday, Nirek!XX

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