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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:

    The Planners Of The Trump Tower Meeting Moved Millions, And Mueller Is Now Investigating

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/anthonycormier/mueller-investigation-money-trump-tower-meeting

  2. Kalima says:

    How many days did he have to fight to keep his ignorant trap shut? Had he been following the news and not the fake news on Fox, he might have heard her story. Who am I kidding? Even if he heard her story, he would never understand how women feel or think.

    Look at all the “good” people he hired who are now convicted and waiting for sentencing. Yep, he hired the “best people”, and they are all criminals.

    Trump questions credibility of Kavanaugh accuser, lashes out at Democrats

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-questions-credibility-of-kavanaugh-accuser-lashes-out-at-democrats/2018/09/21/dd557fc6-bd84-11e8-b7d2-0773aa1e33da_story.html

    A flag of underwear: Photo from Kavanaugh’s time shows DKE hijinks

    https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/09/20/a-flag-of-underwear-photo-from-kavanaughs-time-shows-dke-hijinks/

  3. Kalima says:

    That must be why trump is smearing Sessions again and calling the FBI a “cancer. Lunatic! He also thinks he’s Sherlock Homes and says the incident with the accuser and creepy Kavanaugh, never happened. That filthy, stupid mouth will be the end of him.

    FBI, DOJ Plan Redactions Despite Trump’s Document Order

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-19/fbi-doj-said-to-plan-redactions-despite-trump-s-document-order

  4. Kalima says:

    What he means is that he feels “badly” for himself. No respect for the woman who made the accusation. The same piggish words as with child molester, Roy Moore and wife beater, Rob Porter. Trump is a disgrace and I hope that Kavanaugh is ditched. All this nonsense about his honest and moral character after lying to the Senate during his previous confirmation hearing. Hounding a 17 year old pregnant girl who wanted an abortion so he could delay her to 20 weeks as Texas bans abortions after 20 weeks, shows his coldness to women and their issues.If he gets on the SC, he should be impeached. It’s a f-ing freak show of perverts, crooks and liars.

    I hope she slays them during her testimony, and that she has strong support when the nuts try to trash her. 11 white men on the committee with look down their noses and ask her all the wrong questions. Remember Thomas and Anita Hill. They have learned nothing since.

    Trump Says He Feels ‘Terrible’ for Kavanaugh Over Assault Claim

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-18/trump-says-he-feels-terrible-for-kavanaugh-amid-allegations

  5. Kalima says:

    Is this even legal? He is putting the lives of sources in danger. He is disclosing information about the Russia investigation while the investigation is still going on. Absolutely insane! The biggest threat to national security sits fuming in the Oval Office because everything is about him. How many red lines have been crossed by this unfit for office idiot?

    Trump orders declassification of surveillance application, release of Comey texts
    The move also includes an effort to reveal the details of Bruce Ohr’s interviews connected to the Russia investigation.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/17/trump-declassification-fisa-documents-comey-texts-826304

    • AdLib says:

      The sad thing is that the Founders never imagined someone as corrupt and deranged as Trump would occupy the WH.

      Yes, this is legal because he has the unlimited power to declassify anything. That doesn’t mean it isn’t another charge of abuse of power and obstruction of justice in his future impeachment hearing but there is no constitutional safeguard to prevent this abuse from occurring.

      The problem Dems will have with impeaching him, if they win back control of The House, is narrowing down the list of impeachable offenses so it doesn’t take until the end of his term to go through them all.

      • Kalima says:

        It’s an ongoing investigation and the DoJ and the FBI have the responsibility to protect it and the sources. If they don’t no one will want to come forward with important information that could keep America safe in the future. Whether legal or not, trump and the DoJ will be crossing a red line for trump to take revenge against his so-called “enemies”. FISA warrants will become meaningless because of this lunatic. The Russians are ordering cases of Champaign and painting the streets red.

  6. Kalima says:

    The despicable repubs, with zero respect for women, are pushing him through.

    Brett Kavanaugh ‘sexual assault victim’ speaks out

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45542415

    California professor Christine Blasey Ford, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about sexual assault allegation -- The Washington Post

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/california-professor-writer-of-confidential-brett-kavanaugh-letter-speaks-out-about-her-allegation-of-sexual-assault/2018/09/16/46982194-b846-11e8-94eb-3bd52dfe917b_story.html

    Update:

    GOP senator: Hold off on vote on Brett Kavanaugh until accuser is heard

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senators-say-kavanaugh-letter-wont-hold-up-confirmation-process/2018/09/16/cbee4b4c-b9b9-11e8-9812-a389be6690af_story.html

    • AdLib says:

      Now that next Monday is when the hearing is supposed to take place for Dr. Ford and Kavanaugh to speak, there’s more maneuvering going on.

      Repubs are trying to prevent any other supporting people from testifying, including Kavanaugh’s buddy Mark Judge, who was a participant and witness in the attack on Dr. Ford.

      Repubs are making it clear, this is not a search for the truth, it is a sham before forcing an unwanted attack on America by confirming a man who made an unwanted attack on a 15-year-old girl.

    • AdLib says:

      What Donald Trump has in common with hurricanes:

      1. No rational person likes them or wants to see them.
      2. They cause destruction to whatever they touch.
      3. They both blow.

      • Kalima says:

        But at least they are gone in days so that the damage can be repaired and lives can be rebuilt. Not so with trump, whose reach is global, and leaves toxic residue with ignorant words and dangerous actions while sitting on his enormous arse in the Oval Office. When he finally leaves, ( make it soon), it will take years of fumigation to rid the place of his evil menace.

  7. Kalima says:

    Many reasons not to like him but this is disgusting.

    A Sexual-Misconduct Allegation Against the Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stirs Tension Among Democrats in Congress

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/a-sexual-misconduct-allegation-against-the-supreme-court-nominee-brett-kavanaugh-stirs-tension-among-democrats-in-congress

    By pleading guilty and cooperating, a pardon is null and void. If trump wasn’t panicking before this, he should be now after both Cohen and Manafort have taken a plea deal for giving truthful information to Mueller.

    I think I just heard thunder and loud screams coming from the WH.

    Manafort Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Cooperate With Mueller

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-14/manafort-agrees-to-plead-guilty-to-avoid-new-washington-trial

    • AdLib says:

      I would guess that this is only one area that Graham is being blackmailed to bow to Trump and the Russians. And hopefully Mueller’s report will expose Graham, Nunes, the NRA and all the other Republicans and GOP organizations that Russia has their dirty fingers in.

      • Kalima says:

        Well I read that Graham along with many repubs, had their emails hacked. Can you imagine the blackmailing that occurred from that either from the Russians or dirt passed on to trump directly?

  8. Kalima says:

    Trump’s long history of lying about 9/11 and exploiting it for personal gain

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/09/11/trumps-long-history-of-lying-about-9-11-and-exploiting-it-for-personal-gain/

    The lack of applause for his awkward pause after “radical Islamist terrorism” is deafening. It fell as flat as the top of his head.

    After the attack on Sept,9th, as the twin towers were crumbling, trump called a radio station to say,

    “ Well I guess my building is the tallest now”.


  9. Kalima says:

    That’s Obama’s “booming economy” to you, Mike. Are you talking about Wall Street? How many people own stocks? Are you ready for the crash next year?

    You just know he’s lying.

    Mike Pence denies discussing plan to remove Donald Trump from power

    Vice-president says anonymous newspaper article was ‘obvious attempt to distract attention from booming economy’

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/09/mike-pence-denies-discussing-plan-to-remove-donald-trump-from-power

  10. Kalima says:

    Over an hour but worth it. I found it so refreshing.

    Teummp’s reaction. He watched some and fell asleep. Let’s hope he continues to do that until 2020.


    Obama vs. Trump: The clash everyone’s waited for arrives
    But on Friday, at least, the current president barely mustered a response to the blistering critique leveled against him by his predecessor.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/07/obama-trump-speech-2018-811257

    • AdLib says:

      I thought it was telling that the worst attack Trump could make on Obama’s speech was that he fell asleep. The mental image of that makes Trump look like a moron. Bet he fell asleep in classes too, whenever someone intelligent was talking.

      I know it’s BS but it portrays Trump as a chump IMO.

  11. Kalima says:

    There’s No Defense of Trump’s Treason Travesty
    By Michael Tomasky

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/theres-no-defense-of-trumps-treason-travesty

    • AdLib says:

      I’ve come to recognize that Trump’s most outrageous statements are as dishonest as everything else he says and warrant being shot down quickly then moved on from.

      He just says the most horrible things he can think of to cover his insecurity, distract and manipulate. They shouldn’t be ignored but after being swatted down and pinned on Trump for permanent shaming, not obsessed on.

    • kesmarn says:

      Kalima, I was glad to see that Tomasky raised one of the most important questions — yet again. The one so many of us have been asking for many months now.

      Why are Republicans so silent and so passive when issues like this arise? (And they arise about seven times a day.) I can’t remember a more craven squad of lackeys in recent American history.


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