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Iraq and the Mosul slog


An hour ago, the US Defense Dept announced: Strikes in Iraq Attack and fighter aircraft and rocket artillery conducted two strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government: -- Near Mosul, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an ISIL-held building, damaged eight supply routes, and suppressed a tactical unit. -- Near Rawah, a strike destroyed a vehicle

New York State Releases Cuomo's Human Rights Blacklist


This is from the Center for Constitutional Rights: Contact: December 2, 2016, New York – Today, New York State released Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Blacklist of institutions that participate in Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) in support of Palestinian human rights. Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order in June calling for the Blacklist and ordering

Isakson, Perdue, Carter Applaud Army Announcement for Fort Stewart


  Senator Johnny Isakson is the chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and his office issued the following Wednesday: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Contact: Isakson Press Office, 202-224-7777 Perdue Press Office, 202-224-3521  Carter Press Office, 202-834-0386 Isakson, Perdue, Carter Applaud Army Announcement for Fort Stewart Fort Stewart’s 3rd

Iraq snapshot


Friday, December 2, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, FOREIGN POLICY IN FOCUS uses psycho babble to white wash greed, Senator Tammy Baldwin hosts a roundtable on veterans issues, and much more. Starting with nonsense.  Rabbi Michael Lerner. At this late date no one needs you. If you can't tell the truth, just stop it. We don't need you on Iraq, you haven't done a damn thing on Iraq and

Iraq snapshot


Thursday, December 1, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the death toll mounts, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL fluffs Hayder al-Abadi, and much more. Starting in the United Kingdom,  Jessica Elgot and Heather Stweart (GUARDIAN) report: Labour MPs turned out in force on Wednesday to help defeat a parliamentary motion calling for Tony Blair to be held to account for allegedly misleading parliament

Can you say "hypocrite"?


Standing Rock Kids ‏@ReZpectOurWater  4h4 hours ago Women Are the Backbone of the Standing Rock Movement 2 replies58 retweets44 likes Reply   2 Retweet   58 Like   44 More The protest continues as the Native Americans try to save Standing Rock. Caitriona BalfeVerified account ‏@caitrionambalfe  11h11 hours ago Standing Rock protesters hold out against

Isakson, Blumenthal Announce Toys for Tots Drive


Senator Johnny Isakson is the chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and his office issued the following yesterday: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Contact: Amanda Maddox, 202-224-7777 Isakson, Blumenthal Announce Toys for Tots Drive Invite Senate community to donate toys for underprivileged children WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson,

WEDNESDAY: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representative Gus Bilirakis to Host Roundtable with Veterans Care Stakeholders and Simcakoski Family


Senator Tammy Baldwin's office issued the following yesterday: ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** For Planning Purposes Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Contact:    (202) 224 – 6225 WEDNESDAY: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representative Gus Bilirakis to Host Roundtable with Veterans Care Stakeholders and Simcakoski Family In July, bipartisan VA reforms named after

Iraq snapshot


Wednesday, November 30, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, Mosul remains a slog, War Crimes continue, Elise Labott continues to be useless and much more. In Iraq, the operation to liberate or 'liberate' Mosul is now on day 44. Hayder al-Abadi is insisting it will (finally) wrap up by the end of the year. This despite Elise Labott of CNN making like she was at a county fair pig hollering



Isaiah's latest THE WORLD TODAY "Recount."  Hillary explains, "I'm doing the recount because I don't think we've been shoved down America's threat enough."  Donald insists, "If you only count those who were voting drunk, I won the popular vote!"  Hillary counters, "Wanna bet?"   Isaiah archives his comics at The World Today Just Nuts. the world today just nuts comic  donald trump 

Iraq snapshot


Tuesday, November 29, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, Human Rights Watch self-soils in public, AP lets Hayder al-Abadi get away with lying, and much more. Human Rights Watch has self-disgraced yet again. No, we're not referring to their war on Fidel Castro in the last days. My opinion -- agree or disagree, I don't care: Cuba did not experience a revolution, it experienced a rebellion.  

Iraq snapshot


Monday, November 28, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the Mosul 'liberation' effort continues, Rosie O'Donnell goes after a child, and much more. #IRAQ شمرية العراق ‏@moonnor27  42m42 minutes ago Iraqi Sunni Civilian tortured , burned and killed by Shia militias backed by Iraqi Gov. #Warcrimes #Iraq 9 replies64 retweets17 likes Reply   9   Retweet   64  



RT UK ‏@RTUKnews  11h11 hours ago ‘An example should be set’: Tony #Blair faces new charges in Parliament for ‘misleading’ UK over Iraq 55 replies461 retweets478 likes Reply   55   Retweet   461   Like   478   More Yes, it should. Apparently, only the United Kingdom can do so, however. And in Iraq, the Mosul operation continues.  Day 41. It's a slog. AP

Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Cry Baby Sore Loser"


Isaiah's latest THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Cry Baby Sore Loser."  Sporting her new look, Hillary Clinton declares, "I didn't get to be the first woman president.  But I can be the first cry baby sore loser who shows up a few weeks after the election demanding a recount.  Elderly girls rule!"  Isaiah archives his comics at The World Today Just Nuts. the world today just nuts comic  cry

Legal protection granted to those carrying out War Crimes


Day 40 and the Mosul operation continues. Aren't we glad CNN's Elise Labott made clear to the world it wasn't a slog? (By screaming "NO!" in a State Dept press briefing when another reporter characterized it as such.) The big news out of Iraq today? The Shi'ite thugs are legally part of the government forces. ABC NewsVerified account ‏@ABC  56m56 minutes ago Iraq's parliament adopts law

Standing Rock


Some Standing Rock Tweets:  Susan Sarandon Retweeted Fusion ‏@Fusion  18h18 hours ago The U.S. Army Corps just ordered #StandingRock activists to leave their camp by Dec 5 or be arrested. It's part of a historical pattern: Trespassing on Your Own Land 0 replies1,319 retweets797 likes Reply   Retweet   1.3K Like   797 More Michael F Ozaki

Iraq snapshot


Friday, November 25, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the 'progress' on Mosul has been a wee bit stretched (to put it mildly), a US service member is killed in combat in Syria, and much more. It took a slow US news day (Thanksgiving) and a major death toll but, in the last 24 hours, Iraq finally made it back into the news cycle with everyone from CNN to NPR remembering a war does in fact

Talking entry


Why don't you note blah blah blah? I don't know, maybe because I'm tired, maybe because I don't care, maybe because our focus is Iraq? There are so many people working the public e-mail account ( and none of them have time to stroll the spam folder. So we miss things. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 3rd, 2016 Press Contacts: LuAnne Kozma, State Volunteer

Iraq snapshot


Wednesday, November 23, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the Mosul slog continues, Hannah Allem continues her lifelong streak of being (at best) useless or (more often) harmful, and much more. 'Are you too hard on Hannah Allem?' Some drive-by e-mails ask that.  They then explain that she's with MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS and, remember, in the lead up to the war, they were the only ones who told

Happy Thanksgiving from NOW


The National Organization For Women offers seasonal greetings: From all of us here at the National Organization for Women, we wish you and your loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving. This year won an historic Supreme Court victory for reproductive rights, and sent feminists to Congress. And next year, we will fight harder than ever before to amplify women’s voices and make

Dear Mr. Trump, About Your 29 Ideas (David Swanson)


Dear Mr. Trump, About Your 29 Ideas By David Swanson Regarding your 29 proposals, here's a bit more than just the ranking you asked for. I'll start with the best: 7. Announce our official withdrawal from the TPP. That's my favorite. Wonderful! We don't need any more trade agreements that empower corporations over governments and impose unpopular laws on

Iraq snapshot


Tuesday, November 22, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the Mosul operation continues to continue, War Crimes continue, and more. As we noted yesterday, Iraq's not a news maker currently.  Everyone has something else to cover.  Even at a State Dept press briefing. For example, yesterday Matt Lee (ASSOCIATED PRESS) wasted everyone's time again by asking spokesperson John Kirby questions

Iraq snapshot


Monday, November 2, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the Mosul operation continues, Moqtada al-Sadr speaks out against corruption, Hayder al-Abadi blames the media, human waste Hannah Allem tries to have fun at Kanye West's expense, and much more. We're in a spot where Iraq just doesn't matter to the US media yet again. Coverage is non-existent as is commentary. Worse . . . We've got the



The Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war was designed to “avoid blame” and reduce the risk that individuals and the government could face legal proceedings, newly released documents reveal. The papers show the thinking and advice at “the highest level of government” prior to Gordon Brown’s announcement of an inquiry. They were disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act, after the Cabinet

Kat's Korner: Bruno Mars wants to see you dancing


Kat: "I know you didn't get your hair done so you could just sit down and sit still," Bruno Mars chuckles at the start of "Perm." This third of nine songs that make up the album 24K MAGIC is really at the core/theme of the entire project. "Throw some perm on your attitude because you gotta relax!" Bruno insists and then attempts to use a perm as a metaphor but never fully carries it out.