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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. 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/

  2. 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/

  3. 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/

  4. 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/

  5. Kalima says:

    Donald Trump is no longer the president of the United States: Robert Reich

    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/the-growing-irrelevance-of-president-donald-trump/

    • kesmarn says:

      Kalima, I recall not long after Trump was elected I was trying to explain the situation to my 95 year old father — who was struggling to understand what was going on.

      “Let’s just say this, Dad: I think we may be about to find out whether or not the United States actually needs a President in order to keep functioning.”

      I was half joking at the time. But apparently Robert Reich is taking the idea seriously. As he should.

      • Kalima says:

        For a clueless moron who thinks that governing is a photo-op when signing a fat-fingered EO, he thinks he’s doing “a great job….tremendous job….best president ever”.
        Only a real “f**king moron” would say this.

        He was unfit for the job as soon as he started his terrible campaign and will be more unfit for the job when he is finally removed from office.

        Now he’s asked Schumer to help with healthcare.

        Does he have someone in the WH who wipes his fat arse for him too?

  6. Kalima says:

    Love this!!

    San Juan mayor wears ‘nasty’ shirt on live TV after Trump calls her ‘nasty’

    All she did was criticise America’s slow response to the disaster

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-san-juan-mayor-nasty-shirt-puerto-rico-maria-crisis-tv-photo-a7983751.html

    Inside the Puerto Rican town that lays bare the failures of America’s relief effort

    The Mayor of Loiza has one truck to distribute water. No one has thought to give her a satellite phone. Not a single US soldier has shown up. And residents are being asked to register for assistance online when there is no electricity

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/puerto-rico-trump-help-relief-effort-how-it-went-wrong-electricity-water-a7984796.html

  7. Kalima says:

    That’s encouraging news.

    Exclusive: Mueller’s team met with Russia dossier author

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/05/politics/special-counsel-russia-dossier-christopher-steele/index.html

    BUSTED: Maddow reveals senators were lying when they said British ‘dossier’ spy refused to meet with them

    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/busted-maddow-reveals-senators-were-lying-when-they-said-british-dossier-spy-refused-to-meet-with-them/

  8. Kalima says:

    A Primer On Puerto Rico | October 4, 2017 Act 1 | Full Frontal on TBS


    Did Rex Tillerson Call Trump A ‘Moron’ Or A ‘F***ing Moron’?


    Top 5 signs Donald Trump might be an effing moron

    https://www.juancole.com/2017/10/signs-donald-effing.html

  9. Kalima says:

    26 Gun murders (equiv. 130) in England vs. *11,004* in US Annually
    Juan Cole

    https://www.juancole.com/2017/10/murders-england-annually.html

    • kesmarn says:

      What is wrong with us?

      People have been asking that question for so many years.

      Sometimes I wonder if we’ll ever escape the weight of our past legacy of violence. The nation was settled in part by the use of violence against native populations. And its initial wealth was created in in a significant way by the use of violence to control slave labor.

      Even our “native” brand of religion (protestant fundamentalism) has served to sanction greed and violence. The current term for that is “Dominionism.”

      We have lived by the sword for centuries. Have we set up our inevitable destiny — the die by the sword?

      We may be in the process of deciding that question in the 21st century.

      • Kalima says:

        I really don’t know what to think, kes. I will never understand the gun culture in America because I have never lived in a country where I’ve had to worry about being shot.

        It stands to reason that laws have to be changed when so many Americans are being shot on a daily basis, and I can’t fathom a government that would not want to protect its citizens. The gun owners scream about their rights but what about the rights of the people who don’t want to be shot?

        The 2nd Amendment needs to be changed to mirror the 21st century and I’m sure that the Founders would agree.

        When 9/11 happened, two countries were invaded. When innocent children, club and concert goers are mowed down by white Americans, a conversation about avoiding it from happening again is not even on the table. How much is a life worth? Ask the families whose lives are forever changed, of all who have had loved ones taken from them by random gun violence or police brutality.

        Something has to change.It has to happen now.

  10. Kalima says:

    From their mouths to God’s ears.

    Two former CIA officials: Russia could not have micro-targeted US voters without assistance

    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/two-former-cia-officials-russia-could-not-have-micro-targeted-us-voters-without-assistance/

    Well done!

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg publicly smacks down Gorsuch after he tries to mansplain the Constitution

    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/ruth-bader-ginsburg-publicly-smacks-down-gorsuch-after-he-tries-to-mansplain-the-constitution/

  11. Kalima says:

    The number of the dead and injured from one crazed shooter are staggering. If he hadn’t been found as quickly as he was, there could have been even more casualties. It’s mind boggling how he could buy so many guns and that amount of ammunition.

    ——

    At least 59 killed in Las Vegas shooting rampage, more than 500 others injured.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/10/02/police-shut-down-part-of-las-vegas-strip-due-to-shooting/

    • AdLib says:

      Uh-oh, if anyone in the Trump camp didn’t tell the FBI or Congress about this when they were being questioned, it’s criminal!

      I think that the document Mueller comes out with after his investigation will become one of the most famous in American history and will document for prosecutors and historians, the true criminality for Trump and his cronies.

      And hopefully force Trump from office!

      • Kalima says:

        I’m looking forward to the day all of their lies will be exposed. There will be no way that this immoral creep can remain in office. The faces of the crooked pretenders should be on billboards throughout the nation and the trump name be worth as much as a freshly dumped dog turd.

  12. AdLib says:

    Such a tragic day, thinking about all the innocent people just enjoying a concert in Vegas and killed or wounded by a maniac. Then news of Tom Petty dying, found at home in cardiac arrest from a heart attack then taken off of life support because of no brain activity. Ironic, he was such a brilliant musician, songwriter and businessman, one of the brightest stars of music in his generation.

    RIP to all the people we lost in this horrific terrorist attack who had so much more of their lives to live and to contribute to the lives of many others and to a great artist whose music meant and continues to mean so much to millions of people around the world.


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