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Updated: 2017-08-17T18:32:46.036-07:00


Narcissus Donald (Alanis Morissette)


Gina asked why people were using "You're So Vain" when Alanis' "Narcissus" describes Donald Trump so much more?  Gina's going to talk about that in the roundtable tonight so you'll see it Friday morning in the gina & krista round-robin.  In the meantime, she also says I should have noted the studio version in the snapshot instead of the live version.

Iraq snapshot


Thursday, August 7, 2017. Words are easy. You'd think most Americans would have grasped that by now. The Iraq War, for example, continues. This despite Barack Obama promising, as he ran for president in 2008, to end the Iraq War. Many are aghast at what US President Donald Trump did or didn't say (the media has also done a lousy job on this -- but they're not doing their job and clearly

Iraq snapshot


Wednesday, April 16, 2017.  Chaos and violence continues and look who's concerned about Kurdish independence.   Link to headline article Turkey says Kurdish Iraq's referendum could worsen situation, lead to civil warA planned independence referendum in Kurdish northern Iraq could make the situation in the region worse and even lead to a civil war, Turkey's foreign minister warned on…

Iraq snapshot


Tuesday, August 15, 2017.  Chaos, violence and the illegal war continue as THE NATION, THE PROGRESSIVE, DEMOCRACY NOW!, et al stay silent about the Iraq War. Lucas Tomlinson‏Verified account @LucasFoxNews  12h12 hours ago More Honoring 82nd Airborne's Sgt. Allen Stigler Jr., 22, of Arlington, Texas, & Sgt. Roshain Brooks, 30, of Brooklyn, NY. Killed in Iraq Sunday

Sgt Roshain E. Brooks and Sgt Allen L. Stigler Jr. died in Iraq Sunday


Stars and Stripes‏Verified account @starsandstripes  18m18 minutes ago More Sgt. Roshain E. Brooks, 30, and Sgt. Allen L. Stigler Jr., 22, were identified as soldiers killed in Iraq on Sunday … 18 replies59 retweets39 likes Reply  18   Retweet  59   Like  39

Hands (Jewel)


After 9/11, a lot of b.s. songs were played and written -- usually scream violence and hate. I always felt we should have pressed pause. And taken Jewel's "Hands" to heart. I turned off the TV and hit the road to avoid the pity being coerced into rage. At one point, I bumped into Joan Didion and we compared notes. She went on to write one of the most sensible pieces.  (Here for it at

Iraq snapshot


Monday, August 14, 2017.  How do you note the death of 2 US service members in Iraq?  If you're a reporter for THE NEW YORK TIMES or most members of the US Congress, you do it with silence. Yesterday, it was announced two US service members had died in Iraq and five more were injured. Say a little prayer till they all get home Say a little prayer till they all get home I knew when we

2 more US troops dead in Iraq


Brett McGurk‏Verified account @brett_mcgurk  27m27 minutes ago More Remember Americans serving on front lines against #ISIS terrorists. Two died today in northern #Iraq. We honor and mourn their loss. We mourn them. As for 'honor'? We'd honor them by ending this endless war started for lies and greed. W.J. Hennigan‏Verified account @wjhenn  2h2 hours ago

Don't cry for Hillary, Iraq


Black News‏ @BlackNewsOutlet  3h3 hours ago More This Iraqi artist DIED because 'patriotic' troops found this picture offensive. I can't even imagine all those atrocities happening in Syria 2 replies26 retweets40 likes Reply  2   Retweet  26   Like  40 Who killed this woman this artist this mother? Who broke the candle and snuffed out her light

Cloud Riders (Tori Amos)


Tori Amos' "Cloud Riders," lead single off her new album NATIVE INVADER due out next month.

Senate, House Leaders: Legislation to Continue Veterans Choice Program Signed into Law


Senator Johnny Isakson (above) is the Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.  His office issued the following today: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Amanda Maddox (Isakson), 202-224-7777 Saturday, August 12, 2017 Marneé Banks (Tester), 202-604-5521 Senate, House Leaders: Legislation to Continue Veterans Choice Program Signed into Law Isakson, Tester, Roe, Walz

If only Obama could 'reemerge' in jail for all his war crimes . . .


Some Tweets from Sarah Abdallah: Sarah Abdallah‏ @sahouraxo  5h5 hours ago More Sarah Abdallah Retweeted The Hill If only Obama could "reemerge" in jail for all his war crimes in Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, etc... And take Hillary with him. Sarah Abdallah added, The HillVerified account @thehill Obama to reemerge in the fall, help rebuild Democratic Party http://

Iraq snapshot


Friday, August 11, 2017. Elections were supposed to take place in Iraq this year. First in Mach but they were pushed back. Then in September but again pushed back. Former prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki has used the time trying to look impressive.  That was behind his recent underwhelming trip to Russia. Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr has also used the

Purposeless Death in Syria (David Swanson)


  Purposeless Death in Syria Statement by David Swanson as Director of World Beyond War at DC press conference August 8, 2017. C-Span video: I won’t have time to list all the reasons I want U.S. military planes and drones out

Iraq snapshot


Thursday, August 10, 2017. sean.‏Verified account @SeanMcElwee  16h16 hours ago More *movie preview voice* from the producers of Iraq War comes a new blood-soaked debacle, this time with *record scratch* real nuclear weapons 34 replies417 retweets1,274 likes Reply  34   Retweet  417   Like  1.3K Eli Lake: "Leaving aside means and only looking at outcome,



This is the opening to journalist David Bacon's latest: BRACEROS ORGANIZE AFTER ONE WORKER DIESBy David BaconThe American Prospect, 8/8/17 blueberries on a Washington State farm.  Risking deportation, Washington state farmworkers protest dangerous conditions in the fieldsA

Iraq snapshot


Wednesday, August 9, 2017.  The quest for Kurdish independence continues, the brain drain continues, the displacement is expected to grow. Let's start with the semi-autonomous northern region of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government. Kurdistan CT‏ @Kurdistanct1  4h4 hours ago More President Barzani: It is an honor to have this meeting w/Kurdistan Muslim clerics 2explain the way

Iraq snapshot


Tuesday, August 8, 2017.  Attention focuses on a bombing the killed several militia members. 14 years and counting -- how's that war on Iraq 'improving' lives? Mohammed AlQaraghuli‏ @MAlqaraghuli  13m13 minutes ago More This is how Iraqis live now.Listen to Al Sharqiya News in Iraq. … 0

Iraq snapshot


Monday, August 7, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue -- as does corruption. Kurdistan24 English‏Verified account @K24English  1h1 hour ago More #BREAKING: Iraqi Parliament postpones provincial elections until 2018 to hold with Federal parliamentary elections. #Iraq 1 reply10 retweets3 likes Reply  1   Retweet  10   Like  3 Not surprising, but still outrageous.

And the war drags on . . .


Omar‏ @OneUmah1  5h5 hours ago More Replying to @ShiaTerrorWatch Check this out!! Shiaa "Rafitha" crimes in Iraq conducted by Iraqi Troops against Sunnis of Iraq. … 1 reply3 retweets1 like Reply  1   Retweet  3   Like  1 These are War Crimes.  The Congress and the

Ti Amo (Laura Branigan)


The late Laura Branigan performing "Ti Amo" (first appears on her album SELF CONTROL) -- few sang Diane Warren's lyrics with as much passion as Laura did.

WSWS releases video on Google censorship -- Share widely!


WSWS is under attack from Google as part of the corporate world's efforts to determine what the people will know and what they won't.  The WSWS today released a new video on Google's censorship algorithm. It has been posted on the WSWS Facebook Page and on Youtube (and is embedded below). Help combat Google's efforts to block access to the WSWS by sharing this video as broadly as possible.

Overturned verdicts, Hayder's embrace of the militias and more


Let's start with legal. StlGal‏ @StlGal_36  1d1 day ago More Replying to @StlGal_36 These people MURDERED 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians. The US courts just overturned their convictions. #Blackwater 12 replies57 retweets51 likes Reply  12   Retweet  57   Like  51 AP notes: The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

There is no academic freedom for anyone who crosses certain boundaries


Journalist Margaret Kimberley Tweeted the following:  Pinned Tweet Margaret Kimberley‏ @freedomrideblog  23 Apr 2016 More A Cashless Society? Not Before Tubman’s $20 Arrives  Photo of Sojourner Truth in Harriet Tubman article. @calmesnyt 3 replies48 retweets60 likes Reply  3   Retweet  48   Like  60 Margaret Kimberley‏ @

"Make the Connection" Between Labor and Labor Day


This is from the South Central Michigan Greens  South Central Michigan Greens ============================= Calhoun, Hillsdale, and Jackson Counties Local People and planet over profit. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  August 3, 2017 For more information: -------------------- Monika Schwab, Local Contact/SCMiGreens