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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:

    Asked Putin for help with the election? Collusion!

    These Secret Files Show How The Trump Moscow Talks Unfolded While Trump Heaped Praise On Putin
    Ahead of Michael Cohen’s testimony, read the original paper trail behind the campaign to build Europe’s tallest tower in Moscow — and how it played out alongside Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/azeenghorayshi/trump-tower-moscow-the-secret-files-cohen-sater-putin

    Internal trump org documents

    https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5719169-Trump-Moscow.html

  2. Kalima says:

    Federal prosecutors issue sweeping subpoena for documents from Trump inaugural committee, a sign of a deepening criminal probe

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2019/02/04/federal-prosecutors-issue-sweeping-subpoena-for-documents-from-trump-inaugural-committee-a-sign-of-a-deepening-criminal-probe/

    A Lobbyist At The Trump Tower Meeting Received Half A Million Dollars In Suspicious Payments

    A bank flagged transactions, including large cash deposits, made before and after Rinat Akhmetshin attended the 2016 Trump Tower meeting.

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/emmaloop/trump-tower-meeting-russian-lobbyist-akhmetshin-suspicious-p

    • AdLib says:

      I think this is huge, Michael Cohen is talking and he was right in the middle of the inaugural committee and we already know many Russians and oligarchs were involved and likely contributed money which is a federal crime.

      This can sweep up so many in Trump’s circle who participated in that criminal venture AND prove collusion/conspiracy with Russians. SDNY is pretty ruthless and fearless, they may indeed indict Trump.

      Meanwhile, I now think that Mueller is going to weave his report into his indictments, especially his final indictments which should include Don Jr.. That would be an appropriate and prime opportunity to finally drop the hammer on Trump’s conspiracy with the Russians by applying the crimes to Don Jr. and stating that Trump is guilty of all the same charges and more.

      Barr can’t prevent Mueller from filing full charges that include the meat of his eventual report as long as they are pertinent to the indictments against Jr.

      But how long do we hafta wait! Hurry up Bob!

  3. Kalima says:

    Trump is so ignorant he thinks Nepal and Bhutan are pronounced ‘Nipple and Button’: TIME reporter

    Willful Ignorance.’ Inside President Trump’s Troubled Intelligence Briefings

    http://time.com/5518947/donald-trump-intelligence-briefings-national-security/

    • AdLib says:

      Actually, we should be happy that Trump only works part time at destroying the country, if he worked at it full time it could be even worse!

      Trump’s spent 60% of his time as “Executive Time” and 6% of his time at “Lunch”.

      I thought he was out to lunch 100% of the time.

      • Kalima says:

        Yes, the “Space Force” cadet has spent most of his spaced out life “out to lunch“. Words have no meaning for him unless they can demean something or someone. Being trump must be so very boring. He must be one of the most miserable men on earth. Take the WH away from him and he’ll crumble into a pile of ash. His 15 minutes of ill gotten “fame” will be over.

    • kesmarn says:

      So. If I’ve got this right: Trump has “Executive Time” (translation: sleeping and/or watching television) until lunch. (Well, there is that half hour when he has a “briefing” which is read into his sleeping ear at some point in the later morning, but that can’t exactly be termed “labor.”) Then after lunch — and a siesta — there’s more Executive Time until 5 p.m.

      Gosh. What else can you do after that except call it a day and go out to a sumptuous state dinner with some guy whose country you know nothing about?

      Nice work if you can get it.

      • Kalima says:

        You forgot to mention his time spent on his own golf courses and dingy mar-a-loco. Such a waste of hardworking taxpayer dollars, and he gets to destroy democracy too.

  4. Kalima says:

    He didn’t even bother to meet the PM on his bad taste photo op in Iraq. Probably thinks that “diplomacy” is the name of a French hat.

    Iraqi president says Trump did not ask permission to ‘watch Iran’

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-iraq/iraqi-president-says-trump-did-not-ask-permission-to-watch-iran-idUSKCN1PT0E4

  5. Kalima says:

    Another Liarthron.

    Excerpts From Trump’s Interview With The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/01/us/politics/trump-interview-transcripts.html

    • kesmarn says:

      I’m totally cross-eyed from trying to decipher just what the hell he was saying at any point in that interview, Kalima!

      For example, what on earth could this possibly mean?

      “Then I said, “And ISIS — we almost have the caliphate 100 percent. What are you talking about?” Like ISIS has got — and I mean, I’m not, by the way — the defeat is an interesting word. Because you can say you have the caliphate, but you’re always going to have people that escape the caliphate and you’ll have people around. There’s nothing — but that doesn’t mean you’re going to keep your armies there and everything. Because you’re always going to have that. Somebody is going to walk into a store unfortunately.

      On second thought — I don’t think I really want to know…

      • Kalima says:

        He can’t form full sentences because he doesn’t have “the best words”, and the attention span of an inanimate object. He might as well just grunt as it would offer the same meaningless white noise. This man sits in the Oval Office? Unbelievable.

  6. Kalima says:

    Trump is a fraud

    His 2016 campaign, like his personal brand, has been revealed as false advertising

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-is-a-fraud/2019/01/28/e8cd43f8-2322-11e9-90cd-dedb0c92dc17_story.html

  7. Kalima says:


    Mitch McConnell reportedly linked to Putin, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and Russian companies

    https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2018/05/08/putins-proxies-helped-funnel-millions-gop-campaigns

  8. Kalima says:

    Trump’s so busy pushing Vlad’s agenda. He must be exhausted from all the lies, treasonous deceptions and senseless bs. Can we blast him off for a long vacation on Mars? He could be the first “king” in Outer Space or the first “Space Force” cadet.

    Trump blasts U.S. intelligence officials, disputes assessments on Iran and other global threats

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-claims-great-progress-on-isis-north-korea-after-intelligence-officials-present-less-optimistic-view/2019/01/30/e95b74c6-23b7-11e9-90cd-dedb0c92dc17_story.html

    • AdLib says:

      I’m not desensitized by Trump’s lying, traitorous service to Putin or nastiness, I just take for granted that everything he will ever say will always be all of the above and deserving of an eventual impeachment hearing (but probably not removal, knowing the slavishness of Republicans).

      And everything Trump does and says, including lifting sanctions on Russia, should only add to the indictments or impeachment grounds.

      Don’t you think that after the shutdown and losing to a more masterful Pelosi, Trump’s bubble has burst? It is difficult to imagine any way that Trump ever rises much higher in the polls or gains supporters now. It’s just diminishing returns for the maniac now, I think.

      Especially as Dems investigate him and his crooked crime family.

      Landmark moments I can’t wait to see:

      1. The Mueller indictment of Don Jr and maybe Sr.
      2. The Mueller report being released publicly.
      2. The impeachment hearings of Trump and his many crimes.
      3. The 2020 debates between the Dem nom and Trump (if he’s still in office).
      4. The face of Donald Trump on Election Day 2020 when he loses.
      5. Trump’s hysterical crying as he’s dragged kicking and screaming from the White House on January 21, 2021.
      6. Trump’s hysterical crying when he’s convicted in NY State court and dragged off to prison after hearing that his criminally gained wealth and all that he owns is being seized by the state.

      I could go on a little bit but those will all make me very, very happy and I can hardly wait!

      • Kalima says:

        Love your list. It’s number one on my wish list now. There is nothing more I want than to see him humiliated, defeated, silenced and punished financially and criminally. Oh happy days.

  9. AdLib says:

    A video from Davos that nails the billionaire class:

    • kesmarn says:

      AdLib, I wasn’t able to get the posted vid to play on my open source OS, but I did get a YouTube version of what I believe was the same commentary by this historian. “Taxes, taxes, taxes… all the rest is bullshit…”

      Preach it, Sir!

      We need much more of this straight talk.

      • AdLib says:

        Whoops! Here’s the video:


      • AdLib says:

        Here’s a longer version of it, don’t know if you saw it but it really is worth watching this much of it.

        I think it underlines the battle that we’re going to have in 2020, the greedy billionaires who are happy to finance Democrats as long as they obey their instructions not to raise taxes on them and the Progressive candidates who need to defy them and push for greater taxation of the wealthy to reduce inequity.

        That yahoo from Yahoo exemplifies that greed mindset, “I don’t want to hear about taxing us wealthy people more, I want to know how we can fix the inequity…while still letting the wealthy keep all the money they’ve stolen from the 99%.”

        The Trump tax cut has to be killed but it can’t stop there, we need to raise taxes greatly on the wealthy and their accumulated wealth, as AOC and Elizabeth Warren have proposed, then use that revenue to help the 99% climb back up into true middle class status.

        I also believe that corporate taxes should be hiked up with tax credits for raising wages of workers.

        And of course, the capital gains tax needs to have a ceiling so that it still applies to 99% or people but disappears for the 1%.

        The only way to have fairness and a reasonable equity between the have-too-muches and the 99% who have-too-little is to claw the ill-gained money back from the plutocrats who raked it away for the people.

        • kesmarn says:

          Thanks so much for those links, AdLib.

          I wish you were the person writing the entire Dem platform for the 2020 election. Because there’s not one point you’ve made in your comment that I could find any fault with.

  10. AdLib says:

    Howard “Venti Ego” Schutz got a taste of the brewing hostility with no sugar that his threatened candidacy as an anti-Dem independent is percolating up.

    • escribacat says:

      He can’t have it both ways. Even a small drain of votes, such as those who went to Jill Stein in WI, OH, MI, can help Trump get into office. Trump won those states by a smaller number of votes than the Stein votes, therefore she was a fricken spoiler in those critical states. And Bernie’s continued refusal to concede was another contributing factor. Putin’s meddling was only one of the factors that got Trump elected. Most of the blame lies with Americans.

      • AdLib says:

        He’s an entitled billionaire, he sure thinks he can have it every and any way he wants.

        If you listen to him, he’s a cold cup of bromides, vague repetitions of “both parties are bad and only I can fix things.”

        Hmm…sounds kinda familiar…a smug, greedy billionaire who doesn’t genuinely care about the people or the damage he could do to the country but cares solely about protecting and enhancing his wealth and ego. And “only I can fix it”?

        Schultz no doubt has paid for plenty of research that shows he has absolutely no chance of winning but because he’s a billionaire who thinks his wealth gives him the superior power to will himself into winning the WH…and being jealous, seeing Trump there and “knowing” he’s better than him, he is going to run.

        But as I’ve had more time to think about it, his non-policies of keeping the status quo for billionaires and the wealthy, opposing universal health care, attacking only Dems and calling all Dems “far left”…I wonder if he won’t pull far more wealthy Repub voters who don’t like Trump and end up hurting Trump more.

        What does Schultz offer Dems? Nothing that I can see. He has the charisma of oatmeal, I don’t see who but 1%ers would be attracted to him to protect their wealth. And as the Dem primaries begin, all the excitement and attention will be on the Dems. Whoever wins will come out of the convention with massive support. While irrelevant Schultz stumbles around struggling to suck up a tiny breath of media oxygen.

        Are there really going to be many Dems who say, “A popular Dem nominee? Nah, I’d rather have Trump-lite.”

        It could shave a small fraction of Repubs off but what won in 2018 is the combo of enthusiastic Dems and Independents and Schultz has nothing to offer them.

        As for him being Jill Stein, remember, though she was a fraud, she positioned herself as the Green Party nom and a left wing candidate. That attracted potential Dem voters but is the elitist billionaire who attacks Elizabeth Warren for wanting to tax the wealthy, an option for that same segment of liberal voters? Or any Dem voters who want a Dem to replace Trump?

        I am annoyed by the clearly phony, elitist and self-entitled strut that Schultz is taking but he has no natural base in the Dem party.

        Ultimately, yes, Americans are to blame, especially those who allowed themselves to be manipulated by Russia’s invasion of social media and our election (I still don’t understand why people thought it was a good idea to get their news from strangers and word of mouth on social media).

        The Russians are the biggest villains in this story, they were intent on installing their puppet, Trump, and in collaboration with Trump and the GOP and NRA, used all kinds of dirty tricks to corrupt the election and force Trump on America.

        I think that Mueller’s indictments so far, his future ones and his eventual report will make clear that the election was corrupted by Trump, the GOP and the Russians to essentially, steal the WH.

        While there were other factors, especially Comey’s sabotage, you pull the Russian attack out of the mix and I think Hillary would have gotten the win despite everything else.

  11. Kalima says:

    He’s such a kitschy, uncultured, dumbarse with a gob as big as the Grand Canyon. Disgusting specimen of knownothing ignorance.

    ‘Want to see the Lincoln bedroom?’: Trump relishes role as White House tour guide

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/want-to-see-the-lincoln-bedroom-trump-relishes-role-as-white-house-tour-guide/2019/01/28/fe1254b0-20f7-11e9-bda9-d6efefc397e8_story.html

    • AdLib says:

      I’ve come to the point where bending over backwards not to make obvious conclusions to seem fair is no longer purposeful.

      Over 100 contacts with Russians by Trump’s campaign and the only issue all of them lie about is their contacts with Russia?

      When it quacks like a greedy traitor, it ain’t a duck.


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