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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:

    Trump is coming unraveled — and Republicans know it: Robert Reich

    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/trump-is-coming-unraveled-and-republicans-know-it-robert-reich/

    Trump Reportedly Joked About Pence Wanting to “Hang” All the Gays.

    The president has been openly mocking his vice president’s religious views, according to a new report.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/trump-reportedly-joked-about-pence-wanting-to-hang-all-the-gays-anecdote/

    • kesmarn says:

      Holy Moses. When a retired Republican congressman says this, you know there’s trouble:

      I’m just glad I’m not there anymore. Trump’s not just a moron. He’s a despicable human being. And he’s getting crazier. Paranoid. Unhinged. Everyone knows it. I mean, we’re in shit up to our eyeballs with this guy.

      • AdLib says:

        It is encouraging to see so many Repubs in DC and on the news come out so strongly against Trump. As Kalima mentions, we’re only seeing a few in Congress actually stand up to him but so far it’s been enough to thwart him.

        The real outrage is that most Repubs in Congress are not standing up against an obviously mentally deranged man only because he is from their party.

        Imagine if Obama had acted like Trump in lying constantly, being racist in word and policy against those who weren’t his race, insulting and humiliating them at every opportunity and pushing the world closer to nuclear war.

        I’m sure they’d just applaud and support his agenda, right?

        When the Mueller indictments come down and Trump goes mad while the public rallies against him, will Repubs finally stand against this criminal? I don’t know, I think they may be so cowardly and narrowly focused on their plutocratic agenda, they will go down with the Trumptanic.

      • Kalima says:

        I won’t be convinced until they put their money where their mouths are, and grow a spine. Such a bunch of enabling cowards. They know that none of this is normal yet normalise it with their silence. A pox on all of them.

  2. Kalima says:

    Of all his dumb moves, this is one of the dumbest. America can now kiss goodbye any thoughts of a similar deal with N. Korea because they can’t be trusted to keep it. Talk about damaging your country’s image abroad. Stupid and senseless. The disgraced know-nothing in the golden Oval Office, strikes again. Reversing all of President Obama’s legislation, his hard fought for deals while robbing the country blind are his only goals while squatting in the WH. Trump cannot make deals. He can only pull out of them. America hurry up. Remove him.

    Trump just kneecapped the Iran nuclear deal. And he revealed his core weakness.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/10/13/trump-just-undermined-the-iran-nuclear-deal-in-so-doing-he-revealed-his-core-weakness/

    Elbaradei: Trump Propaganda on Iran Nuclear Deal like Run-up to Iraq War

    https://www.juancole.com/2017/10/elbaradei-propaganda-nuclear.html

    The Guardian view on decertifying the Iran deal: full of sound and fury
    Editorial
    Trump rampages in rhetoric. But for all his posturing, the Iran deal still stands – just
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/13/the-guardian-view-on-decertifying-the-iran-deal-full-of-sound-and-fury

    Trump wants 10-fold increase in Atom Bombs but is after Iran, which has none
    Juan Cole

    https://www.juancole.com/2017/10/trump-wants-increase.html

    • AdLib says:

      Who really knows that Trump wants anything more than looking “manlier” than Kim Jong-un? If that risks nuclear war, oh well!

      There seems to be no plan or agenda to what Trump does aside from self-gratification. Screw Obama who ridiculed him by destroying his legacy. Threaten NK and Iran because he thinks it makes him look stronger. There is no agenda outside of Trump’s ego gratification.

      He has a lot in common with Harvey Weinstein, to Trump, Americans are the actresses to be dominated and used for gratification and the future is a potted plant for him to make a mess of after gratifying himself.

  3. Kalima says:

    Eminem Rips Donald Trump In BET Hip Hop Awards Freestyle Cypher


  4. Kalima says:

    Attacking N. Korea. A public feud with Sen. Corker. Silencing the free press. Effing up the ACA. Abandoning Puerto Rico, U.S. territory. All in one week of verbal and mental diarrhea.

    Trump threatens to abandon Puerto Rico recovery effort

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/10/12/trump-warns-puerto-rico-we-cannot-keep-fema-the-military-the-first-responders-forever/

  5. Kalima says:

    Robert Mercer was involved (financing) in the “Leave” Brexit vote for his pal Farage using this company to spew out propaganda and lies. I hope that Mueller is doing the same because what Kushner describes is exactly what the Russians were doing at the same time. Someone must have fed them information on direct targeting. The Russians may be good, but I don’t believe for one second that they are that good.

    House Intel Committee targets shady RNC-aligned data firm Cambridge Analytica in Russia probe: report

    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/house-intel-committee-targets-shady-rnc-aligned-data-firm-cambridge-analytica-in-russia-probe-report/

    Hello Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro, Hussein. Assad, Putin and the Saudi kingdom to name just a few.
    —-

    Donald Trump threatens to shut down NBC and other TV news networks that criticise him

    It’s unlikely that revoking network licenses would be an easy task, however

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-nbc-license-ban-tweet-cnn-shut-down-fake-news-threat-latest-a7994861.html

    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, there would be a huge victory for our democracy if Mercer and his wife, who is just as complicit, could be convicted and imprisoned if Mueller does confirm that they and Cambridge Analytica colluded with the Russians.

      • Kalima says:

        The Mercer’s have their sticky fingers in everything. That’s how bannon, conway and miller emerged from their alien pods. Mercer would help trump last summer when he was flailing if he took his robots into the WH.

        I hope Mueller makes the Kushner digital interference a main point too. As I said below, as good as the Russians might have been, I don’t believe that they could have targeted vulnerable precincts by themselves. They absolutely had help from inside the U.S.

  6. Kalima says:

    Yes they are compliant but it’s an Obama deal so he has to eff it up. It’s the “Everything Obama did revenge syndrome” afflicting most of the failing gop. They thought they could cure it by supporting trump, but it has now become terminal.

    Despite Trump, IAEA Confirms Iran’s Compliance with Nuclear Deal
    Juan Cole

    https://www.juancole.com/2017/10/despite-confirms-compliance.html

    Donald Trump’s Obamacare Sabotage Is Starting to Piss Off Republicans

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trumps-obamacare-sabotage-is-starting-to-piss-off-republicans

  7. Kalima says:

    Petty trump PR stunt from pence costing over a quarter million dollars to taxpayers while he’s threatening attacks on N. Korea, pulling out of the Iran deal that is working, conducting a shameful attempt to aid Puerto Rico’s recovery while playing “mean girl” on Twitter against Corker. No one in that WH is fit to lead. Montezuma’s Revenge. What a bloody mess!

    Poll: Americans Hope Trump Follows Pence’s Example and Leaves Early

    https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/poll-americans-hope-trump-follows-pences-example-and-leaves-early

    Being petty seems to be a family trait. LOL!!

    Ivana Trump says she’s the ‘first lady.’ Melania Trump’s office claps back.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/reliable-source/wp/2017/10/09/ivana-trump-says-shes-the-first-lady-and-drops-mouth-bombs-while-promoting-her-new-book/

  8. Kalima says:

    A “day care center” would be even better. What a way to “lead” the country while losing allies around the globe. Pack a lunch bag for him and send him back to school. Shamefully off his gold painted rocker.

    Oh Lordy! What a hot steaming mess.

    Corker calls White House ‘an adult day care center’ in response to Trump’s latest Twitter tirade

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/10/08/trump-attacks-gop-sen-corker-didnt-have-the-guts-to-run-for-reelection/

    Karma is a b*tch!

    Trump’s golf clubs in Scotland lost more than $24 million in 2016

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/10/08/trumps-golf-clubs-in-scotland-lost-about-25-million-in-2016/

  9. Kalima says:

    The Trump-Russia dossier: why its findings grow more significant by the day

    As US officials investigate potential collusion between Trump and Moscow, the series of reports by the former UK intelligence official Christopher Steele are casting an ever darker shadow over the president

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/07/trump-russia-steele-dossier-moscow

    Checkmate!!

    Jimmy Kimmel Puts Donald Trump Jr. in His Place, Sends Him Access Hollywood Tape

    https://thedailybeast.com/jimmy-kimmel-fires-back-at-trump-sends-don-jr-access-hollywood-tape

    GOP strategist blasts Trump-supporting hypocrites for ‘turning a blind eye to his self-admitted’ sexual harassment

    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/gop-strategist-blasts-trump-supporting-hypocrites-for-turning-a-blind-eye-to-his-self-admitted-sexual-harassment/

    Huh? Didn’t over a dozen women come forward to accuse him of sexual harassment too?

    Trump explains why he’s different than Harvey Weinstein.

    His statement comes on the one year anniversary of the release of the Access Hollywood tape.

    https://thinkprogress.org/trump-explains-why-hes-different-than-harvey-weinstein-b40831176484/

  10. Kalima says:

    Here’s an article that sums up how most of us are feeling about trump and his administration whether we live in the country or not.

    I remember that during trump’s campaign the coverage here was sparse and my hubby would ask me what was going on. Since the inauguration, he can read daily updates about the craziness in his own newspaper and that is quite unusual over here. So trump has become a main theme of angry disbelief and daily conversation in our home, and we long for the day he permanently moves out and I can toss my BP medication.

    The Enormous Emotional Toll of Trumpism

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-enormous-emotional-toll-of-trumpism

    Did Russia Hack the 2016 Vote Tally? This Senator Says We Don’t Know for Sure

    Ron Wyden also raises questions about the Senate’s handling of the Trump-Russia investigation.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/did-russia-hack-the-2016-vote-tally-this-senator-says-we-dont-know-for-sure/


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