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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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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:

    America still hasn’t reckoned with the election of a reckless con man as president

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-dorfman-reckoning-trump-election-20171217-story.html

  2. Kalima says:

    I’m a brain specialist. I think Trump should be tested for a degenerative brain disease

    https://www.statnews.com/2017/12/07/donald-trump-brain-specialist-disease/

    Republicans accused of concocting email scandal against Robert Mueller.

    Claim that investigators wrongfully obtained emails of president’s transition team are dismissed as ‘baloney’ and a ploy to discredit Trump-Russia inquiry

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/17/republicans-accused-of-concocting-email-scandal-against-robert-mueller

    --

    US becoming ‘world champion of extreme inequality’ under Donald Trump, says UN poverty envoy

    ‘The American dream is rapidly becoming the American illusion’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trump-un-inequality-poverty-envoy-world-champion-a8113591.html

  3. Kalima says:

    The (Failed) Effort To Make Trump A ‘Standard President’


    America will ‘take to the streets’ and demand impeachment if Trump fires Mueller: former ethics chief

    http://www.newsweek.com/impeach-trump-if-mueller-fired-says-former-ethics-director-750462

  4. AdLib says:

    It’s from The Simpsons so it’s not intensely biting but it is amusing:


    • kesmarn says:

      Okay, that made me laugh out loud. And what a great way to draw attention to the still-desperate situation in Puerto Rico, while taking the Trumpster down a peg. (And reinforcing Mueller’s rep as an honest broker.) Well done, Simpsons people!

  5. Kalima says:

    I hope he rips them a new one.

    Trump lawyers set for key meeting with special counsel next week

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/15/politics/trump-lawyers-special-counsel-meeting/index.html

    He needs to find a good defence lawyer. After all the lies, public relations won’t save him/them now.

    Kushner’s legal team looks to hire crisis public relations firm amid Russia probe

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/kushners-legal-team-looks-to-hire-crisis-public-relations-firm/2017/12/15/6fbf144c-e1c3-11e7-9eb6-e3c7ecfb4638_story.html

    And if he burns trump? I thought if the case is handed over to the state, trump can’t pardon anyone.

    Trump’s suggestive comment about a Michael Flynn pardon, and the pattern behind it

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/12/15/trumps-suggestive-comment-about-a-michael-flynn-pardon-and-the-pattern-behind-it/

  6. Kalima says:

    Must read article. Incredibly disturbing.

    Doubting the intelligence, Trump
    pursues Putin and leaves a Russian
    threat unchecked

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/world/national-security/donald-trump-pursues-vladimir-putin-russian-election-hacking/

    Criminal. Obstruction of justice. Arrest them all.

    Trump super PAC quietly launches new ad campaign targeting Special Counsel Robert Mueller
    A PAC call center staffer told ThinkProgress the group believes Mueller should be fired.

    https://thinkprogress.org/trump-pac-mueller-2e51b395d246/

    His first achievement.

    PolitiFact 2017 Lie of the Year: Trump Calling Russia’s Election Interference a ‘Hoax’

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/dec/12/2017-lie-year-russian-election-interference-made-s/

    • AdLib says:

      The WAPO article makes the entire case for impeachment of Trump, he is simply unfit for office. He can’t and won’t listen to intel when it hurts his feelings, he puts the nation at risk because of his fragile ego and guilt over his collusion with Russia.

      It is disturbing. As is the decision by Republicans to put our nation and democracy at risk out of greed and self-interest. All who collaborate with him to destroy our justice system and drag down Mueller should also be impeached as well for violating their oath of office they swore to which is as follows:

      “I do solemnly swear or affirm (as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States.”

      Trying to sabotage the FBI and their ability to enforce the law under The Constitution is a violation and betrayal.

      The word that Ryan will be quitting only affirms that many are recognizing that Dems will sweep Repubs out in 2018. It can’t come soon enough. In the meantime, we need to keep up the confrontation against these pedophile supporting, Constitution tearing,corporate puppets.

      • Kalima says:

        We know that trump is off his rocker, so for me the most disturbing thing is how many repubs are willing and already actively helping trump to break the law and trash the Constitution. Do they really believe that there will not be lasting repercussions? That’s frigging insane.

        • AdLib says:

          I think it’s kind of the domino effect, the Repubs are already falling thanks to Trump so they’re just going with it the whole way till they all are knocked down.

          Imagine this as all the Republicans out there:


          • Kalima says:

            Lead each other over the cliff or as your video shows, the hapless domino effect. No bright bulbs left in the party now. They will be crying after next year’s midterms. No tears, just bullshit streaming down their wrinkled faces.

  7. Kalima says:

    Trump said write-ins were ‘a very big factor’ in Alabama. Wrong, again.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/12/13/trump-thinks-write-ins-like-nick-saban-were-a-very-big-factor-in-alabama-wrong-again/

    (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Don’t let the horse kick your butt on the way out.

    • AdLib says:

      The Me Too movement bucked that idjit off America’s back too.

    • kesmarn says:

      Wrong as usual, Kalima (not you! Trump, of course!). One statistic that amazed me (well, maybe not really) was the fact the 90% of Republican women voted for Roy Moore!

      How much self-loathing would have to be in play for that to happen?

      Don’t any of these women have teenage daughters?

      I have to believe that many of them have been totally brain-washed (which would require having something there to wash) by the white male, racist, fundamentalist-evangelical “leadership” in Alabama. Thank God for the genuine Christians (especially in the African-American community) who were the true “values voters” in that State yesterday.

      • Kalima says:

        You might enjoy this Juan Cole article, kes. I can’t imagine ever doing something because my husband told me to. You can never own another person as if they are property like many treated their slaves. I’m open to discussion but the final decision is my own.

        What’s the Difference between Roy Moore and a Muslim extreme Fundamentalist? A Cowboy Hat
        Juan Cole

        https://www.juancole.com/2017/12/difference-between-fundamentalist.html

        • kesmarn says:

          As usual, Juan Cole absolutely nails it, Kalima. Thanks so much for the link.

          Remember when Alan Greyson of FL called the religious right down there “American Taliban”? He was roundly criticized for it. But he was on to something — even way back then!

  8. Kalima says:

    The lights are on, but nobody’s home.

    Why Melania, Ivanka & Jared’s mayoral election votes didn’t count

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/melania-ivanka-jared-mayoral-election-votes-didn-count-article-1.3692124

  9. Kalima says:

    True, but what about their own humiliation?

    ‘I Think Bannon Made an Ass of Himself’: Republicans Rejoice in Breitbart Chief’s Alabama Humiliati

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/i-think-bannon-made-an-ass-of-himself-republicans-rejoice-in-breitbart-chiefs-alabama-humiliation

    In Alabama, a lousy night for Republicans and a resounding defeat for Trump

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-alabama-a-lousy-night-for-republicans-and-a-resounding-defeat-for-trump/2017/12/12/2fa5bc52-deb8-11e7-8679-a9728984779c_story.html

  10. Kalima says:

    Hallelujah! Another huge defeat and embarrassment for trump and the gop.

    PowerPost
    Alabama Senate results: Democrat Doug Jones declared winner over Roy Moore

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/voters-head-to-the-polls-in-contentious-senate-race-in-alabama/2017/12/11/26e36b56-deb7-11e7-8679-a9728984779c_story.html

    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, I’m over the moon about this! It’s an affirmation about optimism and belief in the best in other people!

      And It’s a knife in the heart of the immoral GOP, Steve Bannon and white supremacy and the evil and greed of Donald Trump.

      Can’t wait for Trump’s tweet about being beaten and humiliated!

      Tired of winning yet, Donnie? We’re not, we’re just getting started!

      • Kalima says:

        Apart from being delighted I also had to laugh out loud at the gop who supported Moore risking their so-called moral high ground by supporting a child molester, Steve Bannon who was so cock sure of his power, and trump who found out that he’s not as admired as he thinks he is. There must be so many shriveled little d**ks in Washington tonight. They deserve nothing less. Time for Moore to return to his swamp. His accusers won.

        Hide under your bed trumpy. Those women who accused you are coming back to haunt you.

        What can trump tweet anyway? “It’s “fake” news?”

        Moore refusing to concede. Typical bad loser.

        Doug Jones declared victor in Alabama race for Senate; Roy Moore may seek recount
        Democrat takes seat for first time since 1992, but Republican isn’t willing to concede the race.

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/voters-head-to-the-polls-in-contentious-senate-race-in-alabama/2017/12/11/26e36b56-deb7-11e7-8679-a9728984779c_story.html

        • AdLib says:

          Kalima, I do love that aspect of this win. Bannon and Trump share the credit of being the biggest losers in the GOP aside from Moore. And the GOP funded Moore even after the news that he was a pedophile so watch what happens in 2018, all Repubs who accept a penny from the RNC will be thrown in the club that supports pedophiles.

          2018 will be a rout and it is not unlikely that Dems can win back The Senate and The House…against the Grand Old Pedophile party.

          And in 2018, there will be only 1 vote Repubs in the Senate can lose and that will pressure Repubs who don’t want to drown in the 2018 Dem wave to be those two votes.

          Very happy tonight, this is a preview of the whoop in’ Dems will give Trump and the GOP in 2018!

          • Kalima says:

            The last laugh.

            A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush.

            Will Trump’s lows ever hit rock bottom?

            https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/12/12/trump-lows-ever-hit-rock-bottom-editorials-debates/945947001/

            • AdLib says:

              I think Mueller has insulated his investigation by sharing with Schneiderman and other state AGs who will have all they need to prosecute Trump and his cronies under state laws, immune from Trump’s pardons and ability to fire anyone.

              Mueller is brilliant, he knows what’s going on with Trump, Repubs and the RW media building up their lies to tear him and his investigation down.

              Nixon did the same thing, how did it work out for him?

              If Trump does try to fire Mueller, I think the nation rises up against that attempt to grab dictatorial power and become above the law. And state AGs should immediately charge Trump and his crime family with everything they’ve got.

              It will spark a modern civil war at that point, a majority of Americans will rise up like never before against Trump and demand his impeachment. He will never get away with it and I think the only reason he hasn’t attempted it to date is that he’s scared that is exactly what’s going to happen.

              That’s what hastened Nixon’s impeachment, The Saturday Night Massacre.

              And with Trump currently at only 32% approval, he’ll have no protection if he crosses that line.

            • Kalima says:

              My expectations are high about Mueller’s investigation and he seems to have a lot of people making sure that Herr. Drumpf can’t fire him. Roll on 2018!

            • AdLib says:

              When USA Today tears Trump apart like this, you know he’s well on the way to being decimated by voters and hopefully Mueller.

  11. Kalima says:

    Liberal Redneck -- To Hell with Roy Moore


  12. Kalima says:

    “ For the times they are a-changin’ “

    Even without Roy Moore, the GOP is in a downward spiral

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/12/11/even-without-roy-moore-the-gop-is-in-a-downward-spiral/

    • AdLib says:

      I tweeted this but in addition to the GOP going into a nosedive, the state of Alabama, which is 47th out of 50 in poverty, was noted by the UN as the worst poverty in the developed world:

      • Kalima says:

        It was written by a republican WaPo columnist who always makes more sense than any repub in Congress.

        Yes I read about the poverty in rural Alabama. Shocking! Even more shocking is that they still vote for those who don’t care about them and rob them blind.

        • AdLib says:

          Actually, it makes sense that such a poor and poorly educated state, though there are well educated professionals in the big cities, would ignorantly vote against their best interests.

          They haven’t been taught how to reason and use critical thinking so they’re easily herded like sheep by the cynical GOP.

          They can rationalize away anything in their holy crusade, support for a pedophile proves that there is nothing beneath them.

          • Kalima says:

            Thinking back to my trip to England last year, I recall that the region I lived in for many years, voted by over 60% for Brexit. The neighbours I spoke to couldn’t give an exact reason to leave the E.U. except for the lies they had been fed.


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