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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:

    Former ethics director: Trump’s tweet on Flynn could end presidency

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/362942-former-ethics-director-trumps-tweet-on-flynn-may-end-his

    Emails Dispute White House Claims That Flynn Acted Independently on Russia

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/02/us/russia-mcfarland-flynn-trump-emails.html

    A new analysis of Trump supporters has uncovered 5 key psychological traits about them

    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/a-new-analysis-of-trump-supporters-has-uncovered-5-key-psychological-traits-about-them/

    • AdLib says:

      Also, I like the 5 psychological traits explained, most we already know but nicely laid out!

    • AdLib says:

      Much as I hate Trump tweeting, he has screwed himself repeatedly by doing so. Now his lawyer lies about writing that tweet? So they’re still confessing to his knowledge about Comey lying to the FBI before Comey was fired.

      And they’re broadcasting that Trump’s Twitter account is fraudulent and phony propaganda. Either way, he loses!

      But the lawyer’s lie about writing that tweet is disgustingly obvious.

    • AdLib says:

      Trump doesn’t know to have a normal relationship with another human being, let alone a special one with a whole country.

      Kind of amusing to see him attacked in Parliament by both sides though! And if he dares to visit next year, there will be a national uproar!

      • Kalima says:

        I doubt if May will cancel it as the invite comes from the Queen, but it has been delayed indefinitely and the protests will still be huge if the coward ever decides to show his ugly face on the island. His ego would deflate like an overused old balloon.

  2. Kalima says:

    Ahhh! Revenge is sweet.

    Comey taunts Trump on Twitter with righteous Bible verse about ‘justi

    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/12/comey-taunts-trump-on-twitter-with-righteous-bible-verse-about-justice/

    Please Enjoy This Clip of Michael Flynn Leading a “Lock Her Up” Chant

    He was just charged with lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/12/please-enjoy-this-clip-of-michael-flynn-leading-a-lock-her-up-chant/

  3. AdLib says:

    This is an historic day. Now the big shoes are dropping all around Trump, just a matter of time before Mueller’s heel stomps down on Trump.

    Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the F.B.I.

    Mr. Flynn, who appeared in federal court in Washington, acknowledged that he was cooperating with the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, into Russian interference in the 2016 election. His plea agreement suggests that Mr. Flynn provided information to prosecutors, which may help advance the inquiry.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/us/politics/michael-flynn-guilty-russia-investigation.html

  4. Kalima says:

    More blatant obstruction of justice.

    Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/us/politics/trump-russia-senate-intel.html

  5. Kalima says:

    While trump has the nerve to tweet about Matt Lauer and the “disgusting MSNBC, here is the list of allegations against the fake president.

    The Trump allegations

    A list of the sexual misconduct accusations made against Donald Trump. He has denied the allegations

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2017/nov/30/donald-trump-sexual-misconduct-allegations-full-list

    Our political foundation is rotting away
    E.J. Dionne Jr.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/our-political-foundation-is-rotting-away/2017/11/29/173a497c-d54d-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html

    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, the Republicans are like corrupt firemen who arrive at a disastrous fire named “Trump” and just keep everyone away from putting it out as it spreads through the town. They’re the only ones who could stop this destruction but they only care about keeping their seats by applauding Trump and winking at his voters.

      This is truly a perfect storm for seriously damaging America and Americans. We need Mueller to come through on nailing Trump and we have to last the next year until the 2018 elections!

      We will eventually overcome this abortion of democracy and decency called Trump but it’s going to take a lot of toughness to make it there!

  6. Kalima says:

    Russia! Russia! Russia!
    Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!

    It’s all about power for Putin, and dirty Russian money for trump and his cohorts. A bunch of incompetent wannabe mobsters who are lousy at their cover-ups and keep giving themselves away because they can’t seem to shut up. They brought the guns but forgot to bring the ammunition. Ha!

    Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump

    Explore our updated, comprehensive Trump-Russia Timeline — or select one of the central players in the Trump-Russia saga to see what we know about them.

    http://billmoyers.com/story/trump-russia-timeline/

  7. VegasBabe says:

    Last week Charlie Rose got the ax, today Matt Lauer and countless others….one wonders, whose next? Certain men must surely be feeling quite paranoid right about now! Kudos of course to the brave souls who came forward but I am fearful of the power now held by unscrupulous types…any woman may now accuse a man and basically, that’s all it takes. Just that! These are certainly dangerous times for men folk imo! Are there bad apples out there? Absolutely! ON BOTH SIDES! Dangerous times folks! Guidelines need to be established and understood I think distinguishing the difference between a mere flirtation and out and out sexual harassment. Meanwhile, at soon to be 66, having worked since I was 16, I don’t ever recall being sexually harassed. I think I’m offended :)

    • AdLib says:

      VB, it’s natural for people to look at all of these revelations about celebrity men being sexually abusive like it’s an avalanche but think about how long this has been going on and these offenses have been piling up.

      No doubt, these are just the tip of the iceberg and many more revelations are to come for quite a while.

      There’s got to be an over-reaction happening now, celebrity men have got to be very careful right now about doing anything that might be seen as sexual harassment. A lot of shaking hands instead of cheek kissing is probably going on!

      I do think that we may find a few of the accusers against Dem politicians to be Project Veritas type phonies now that they’ve proved the RW will fake such claims but for the most part, I believe the claims are legit and these men on both sides of the political divide are being nailed for having in common the same feelings of entitlement to abuse women.

      But now that entitlement is melting away. Like their careers.

  8. AdLib says:

    See the big picture, Trump is now throwing tons of outrageous flak at the MSM and America to distract as he and Repubs try to sneak their tax scam through and Mueller closes in.

    Don’t fall for his game, ignore the daily provocations from Trump, stay focused on stopping this tax obscenity and supporting Mueller.

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    • VegasBabe says:

      Would it kill you AdLib to stop posting such pornographic material? Seriously? :)
      I would so love not having to see that face, anywhere for any reason for like….48 hours….that’s all I’m asking for. Two whole days. Not likely of course, but one can hope!

    • Kalima says:

      I’m surprised that more Dems in Congress are not enraged enough to speak out about the bill. I’m surprised that there is not wide spread protesting by citizens who will be robbed to pay the rich. I am not surprised that trump is lying on the floor of the Oval Office kicking his legs in the air having a tantrum because Mueller is closing in on him. His fits have so far been embarrassing, now I see them as abuse on every institution, people who are not far right extremist, democracy and world peace.

      It’s hard to tune out someone who continues to demand front page coverage on a daily basis. It would serve us all if the media would just learn to ignore him.

      Republican Class Warfare: The Next Generation

      Paul Krugman

      https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/opinion/republican-taxes-next-generation.html

  9. Kalima says:

    Enough!!

    I really need to take a holiday after this. Preferably to a place with no tv or internet connection. This insane man and anyone supporting him,are making me ill.

    Trump retweets inflammatory and unverified anti-Muslim videos

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/11/29/trump-retweets-inflammatory-and-unverified-anti-muslim-videos/

    Sanders is equally insane. Lock them up!

    White House press secretary says it doesn’t matter if racist videos Trump tweeted are real or fake

    “Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real.”

    https://thinkprogress.org/sanders-defends-trump-racist-videos-britain-first-451dee7952fe/

    • AdLib says:

      This is the open, full frontal assault on the power of the people. When those in power say and justify that no one can define the truth but then, it is an attempt to strip everyone else in society of power.

      We are in the midst of a Constitutional crisis right now, those in power are on a mission to carve out an authoritarian government that can justify anything it does with lies and propaganda and wave off any attempt to hold them responsible or check their power.

      And they have the perfect anti-democratic collaborators in a Republican Congress that is owned completely by the wealthy and supports it all in its quest to deliver tax cuts and social safety net cuts to its owners.

      We’re in serious trouble right now, Mueller is carrying the weight of this crisis on his shoulders, so much is riding on his taking down Trump and his admin because otherwise, it will take at least a year until the 2018 elections and the damage done between now and then could be horrible.

  10. Kalima says:

    Well said and everyone should be speaking out about it. To attack journalism domestically is bad enough, especially from the fake president, but to attack their work in international news when journalists are in danger with some dying to bring the truth from around the world, is an abomination and a danger for any journalist around the world. Trump is certifiably insane and evil. He must be held accountable. So where is the domestic condemnation? Does no one in government feel ashamed?

    The only fake news comes from trump supporters, RW conspiracy nuts, fox, Breitbart and co, Russia, gop members of congress, the White House, trump’s administration, and trump himself. Burn in Hell.

    Retired general launches remarkable attack on Donald Trump: ‘I have wasted 40 years of my life’

    ‘If this is who we are, I have wasted 40 years of my life,’ says former intelligence chief

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-cia-director-michael-hayden-us-president-free-speech-truth-press-first-amendment-a8077736.html

    • kesmarn says:

      To paraphrase the quotation in the article: “When freedom of the press is limited, it is lost.”

      Michael Hayden’s reputation is hardly that of a flaming liberal. Which makes his powerful denunciation of Trump even more meaningful.

      I’m so hoping we may be reaching a tipping point now (the same way the #Metoo movement did) — where more and more people are feeling that the time has come to go public. To speak out about what they know they can no longer tolerate.

    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, right now, all of the outrage at the many things Trump says and does may seem scattered but when the 2018 and 2020 elections come, I think they’ll all coalesce in the minds of voters.

      Trump thinks so little of the intelligence of the public, he seems to think that his game of constantly yelling “Squirrel!” to keep people eternally looking away from his last outrage has no endgame or ultimate blowback.

      He is too ignorant to recognize that when people have a candidate to get behind to represent their mountains of outrage against him that have been piling up, he and the GOP will be devastated.

      There may be more Russian manipulation, more voter suppression, more questionable vote tallies but the avalanche against Repubs and Trump in 2018 and 2020 will be too big to be stopped by all of that.

  11. Kalima says:

    Delusional twit!! Every tweet makes him look more guilty and deranged.. His handlers must be complete morons too.

    The president is Jan Brady’: Preet Bharara and others blast Trump for ‘Russia Russia Russia’ tweet

    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/the-president-is-jan-brady-preet-bharara-and-others-blast-trump-for-russia-russia-russia-tweet/

    Just a “good old” woman-hating racist.

    Rex Tillerson is purging women and people of color from State Department’s upper ranks: report

    http://www.newsweek.com/rex-tillerson-diversity-state-department-foreign-service-722653


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