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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:

    Mmm, voter fraud. Now trump and the gop can really scream fraud, right? Oh wait. If the repubs do it then it’s ok.

    North Carolina election-fraud investigation centers on operative with criminal history who worked for GOP congressional candidate

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/north-carolina-election-fraud-investigation-centers-on-operative-with-criminal-history-who-worked-for-gop-congressional-candidate/2018/12/03/7b270a90-f6aa-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html

  2. Kalima says:

    Off his meds or was it time for a diaper change and a nap?

    ‘Get me out of here!’: Hot mic catches confused Trump as he wanders off stage at G-20

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/12/get-hot-mic-catches-confused-trump-wanders-off-stage-g-20/

    Trump’s not winning anything, anywhere

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/12/03/trumps-not-winning-anything-anywhere/

    • kesmarn says:

      Believe me, Donald. We’re doing the best we can. To get you out of here, that is. (“Mr. Mueller, please show this gentleman to the door if you will…”)

  3. Kalima says:

    Kremlin, we will finance your building with money from the sanctioned VTB bank and you will get rid of the sanctions. Was that part of Flynn’s job in Moscow? If that’s not collusion, what is?

    Michael Cohen’s Disclosures Raise Serious Questions About Donald Trump and His Business Interests

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/swamp-chronicles/michael-cohen-raises-serious-questions-about-donald-trump-and-his-business-interests

    • Kalima says:

      Sounds very much like a quid pro quo to me. Robert Mueller must have trucks full of information that we don’t Even know about yet. It will be a very enlightening time next year. This year both Flynn and Cohen will be sentenced and a lot of information will be available I hope. To see trump finally cornered will be worth the wait.

  4. Kalima says:

    Trump’s more scared of Putin than Robert Mueller. Looks as if both have something on him. So what could be worse than impeachment, losing your assets, going down in history as the most corrupt president ever, and going to jail?? No more dirty money?
    --

    As Trump Panic-Tweets, Putin Cracks His Whip and Shows Him Who’s Boss

    https://observer.com/2018/11/trump-panic-tweets-putin-cracks-whip/

  5. Kalima says:

    ‘We will be in Moscow’: The story of Trump’s 30-year quest to expand his brand to Russia

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/we-will-be-in-moscow-the-story-of-trumps-30-year-quest-to-expand-his-brand-to-russia/2018/11/29/91f9f100-f3f4-11e8-aeea-b85fd44449f5_story.html

    The trump organisation’s tax consultant. The walls are closing in. Especially the Blue Wall starting in January. He wanted a wall and now he has one.

    Chicago Alderman Ed Burke’s City Hall, ward offices raided by federal agents

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/ed-burke-fbi-federal-agents-city-hall-council/

  6. Kalima says:

    An Insider Book Tries to Praise Trump, But Instead Exposes His Corruption

    http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/11/trumponomics-book-trump-tax-cuts-rich-deficits.html

    Papadopoulos’s Russia Ties Continue to Intrigue the FBI

    The former foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign boasted of a Russia business deal even after the election, according to a new letter under review.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/11/papadopouloss-russia-ties-still-interest-fbi-schiff/576895/

    Trump’s night-owl calls to Roger Stone in 2016 draw scrutiny in Mueller probe

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-night-owl-calls-to-roger-stone-in-2016-draw-scrutiny-in-mueller-probe/2018/11/28/77d6174e-f332-11e8-80d0-f7e1948d55f4_story.html

  7. Kalima says:

    Now he’s lying about this too. They were running away not to the U. S. border, and were tear gassed on Mexican soil. Is America the new Israel now? They walked 1500 miles to be tear gassed at the border. It was their legal right to approach any border. It’s inconceivable.

    There are few words left to describe the horrors inflicted on the world by trump, the Republican Congress, and his soulless, demonically cruel administration. By the time he leaves or is dragged out, we will have to invent new ones. My soul feels tortured.

    Total lawlessness is not at the border, it’s in the W.H. They are breaking the law by not allowing people to seek asylum.

    ‘These children are barefoot. In diapers. Choking on tear gas.’

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/11/26/these-children-are-barefoot-diapers-choking-tear-gas/

  8. Kalima says:

    Playing dirty. John Bolton didn’t listen to the tape of Khashoggi’s murder because he doesn’t speak Arabic?? Wtf?? How disgustingly disrespectful is that? Whether he speaks Arabic or not, he would hear Khashoggi’s screams as he is being tortured and murdered. What a fucking soulless creep. May you all burn in Hell.

    White House denies Haspel prevented from briefing Senate on Khashoggi murder
    Mike Pompeo and James Mattis are due to give a briefing on Wednesday but there is no sign CIA director will take part

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/27/jamal-khashoggi-murder-senate-briefing-saudi-arabia-gina-haspel-white-house

  9. Kalima says:

    Oh yes please!!

    We all know that Manafort is an arrogant, cocky bastard, but that he was stupid enough to lie to Mueller, is mind boggling.

    Trump now calling Mueller “a conflicted prosecutor gone rogue” is off the rails on his crazy train. The only person he’s damaging is himself as usual.

    Trump’s approval rate at 38%. Disapproval at 60%. A 12 point drop according to the latest Gallup ratings.

    Dear Robert Mueller, save us from this madhouse.

    Could Robert Mueller be about to tell us something big?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/11/27/could-robert-mueller-be-about-tell-us-something-big/

  10. Kalima says:

    Tired of winning yet?

    Wonder how these people are “feeling” now that the Dems won the House, 7 governorships and 340 seats in state government?

    • AdLib says:

      Fuck their feelings.

    • kesmarn says:

      If either or both of them work at GM, their own feelings are about to be fucked. Bigly. I wonder whether that steel tariff had anything to do with GM’s decision to cut back. Regardless, in the current mood of the country — including their own lack of compassion — good luck to them if they become unemployed. Especially if they have any pre-existing conditions.

      • AdLib says:

        I’m thinking that it was the tax cut that paved the way for these and many other layoffs.

        Remember the corporate layoffs right after the tax cut passed? When these greedy CEOs looked at how their profits would rise while shedding the expense of employees and factories that didn’t generate bigger margins, the decision was easy.

        I don’t believe corporate PR. Let’s say that the margin of profit from these factories wasn’t huge. That made this year an ideal time to cut loose employees and factories that had big bottom lines while still being able to show profits higher than the last quarter.

        The tax cut gave corporations cover. They can employ less people, spend less money and make more profits.

        I think next year will be the second stage of this, corporations will continue to slice away at jobs and facilities that aren’t their biggest margin profit centers, even if they turn a profit.

        It’s clear that wages never went up despite having a ridiculously tight job market, this is the mutant capitalism we live under now and it only goes in one direction. A continuation of depressing the income of the many to siphon wealth to the wealthy.

        Until or unless there is a real revolution by Dems once they’re in full power in 2021, to re-regulate so much of this rogue capitalism and incentivize through tax credits and limits on executive pay and increase the national minimum wage to at least $15/hr (though $20/hr may be best), relative income for workers will continue to stagnate and decline.

        Imagine what happens when a recession comes, as looks likely in the next year. People already paid poorly then lose their jobs or have their salaries cut even more because jobs are less plentiful and employers hold all the power.

        Oh yeah, we need a mass increase in unions across the country too!!!

        So much for Dems to fix in 2021, they need to get started in Jan!

        • kesmarn says:

          So many insights packed into a few paragraphs, AdLib. Many thanks for such a thoughtful reply.

          Recently I saw a comment by an auto industry analyst and he said that the real “tell” would be if there are gigantic executive bonuses that are paid out after this virtual massacre of the GM workforce.

          “Mutant Capitalism” is a great term for the monstrosity that we’re dealing with world-wide now. Lack of regulation has turned an economic system which can function with tight regulation into a human-devouring, bone-crunching system.

          One book I’m hoping to get hold of in the near future is Peter Phillip’s “Giants: the Global Power Elite.” (Even though I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s going to give me nightmares.)

          The Dems do have a huge task ahead of them — especially in 2021. And needless to say, there’s an element of the party that is spring-loaded to go ballistic if the leadership starts cozying up to Goldman-Sachs and the Endless War wing of the party. I believe — I hope — Schumer and Pelosi are aware of that.

      • Kalima says:

        What has trump done for them except to enable their fear and hate?

        A loss of 15,000 at GM because of his steel tariffs and the fact that smaller cars were not selling, instead of the jobs he promised them? Didn’t President Obama bail them out 10 years ago? The invisible return of coal industry jobs? Some people are born to be suckers and the trump con certainly got to them. So who is t blame?

        They made their toxic bed when they voted for him knowing he was a scumbag. Now they can stew in it.

        I’m past feeling any sympathy for nasty people. Their mindless vote for a crazy cult leader, has impacted all of us around the world. Impossible to forgive or forget.

        • AdLib says:

          Here are the cruel lies Trump told those gullible workers in Youngstown last year.

          I can’t feel sorry for these people (those who voted for Trump and are now losing their jobs, Dems who didn’t I do feel very bad for) who helped put Trump in the WH after all the warnings from Repubs and Dems that he would destroy their lives. They showed no conscience, no morals or ethics while he campaigned on hatred, racism and anti-Americanism.

          As that photo you posted showed, they said, “Fuck your feelings”. Now, I couldn’t care less about the hell they’re in for. It’s what they voted for, they deserve it far more than the hell that their support of Trump has caused to caged and gassed toddlers, racially attacked minorities and brutally murdered journalists.

          http://www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?c4762239/trump-youngstown

    • AdLib says:

      I think the world but especially America is suffering from PTSD after being shocked and stunned for two years straight by the monster in the WH.

      This horrible assassination of Kashoggi has already been allowed to fade from people’s consciences already. This is a despicable crime and Trump is a co-conspirator after the fact in it.

      While the American public may have a form of Trump’s Alzheimer’s, many countries have not forgotten this and Dems haven’t either but it will be 5 weeks until they can begin to do anything about it.

      What a heap of burning crap Trump and Repubs have happily turned this country and its reputation into, I’m angry and won’t stop until Trump is thrown out of the WH and into a prison cell. And the GOP is crushed.

      • Kalima says:

        They are already starting to pay for it after losing the election. Trump should be scared shitless by now after Cohen just pleaded guilty to lying to Congress, Deutsche Bank raised, Manafort’s pardon being an admission of guilt, and the nasty truth being exposed by some very persistent investigative journalists. The “I can do anything I want” faux president, is totally screwed. Mueller will finish him off.

        Most of the repub leadership has been compromised by Russian money. Notably, McConnell. That’s why he won’t allow a vote on the bill to protect Robert Mueller and his investigation. They all need to be investigated.


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