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Let it go already

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:52:00 +0000

Robert Parry‏ @Consortiumnews  18h18 hours agoMoreRobert Parry finds few similarities between Russia-gate and the earlier scandals of Watergate and Iran-Contra, allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="363" id="xdm_default679_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/879949655592890369?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&edge=true&lang=en&card_height=343.991455078125&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D&bearer_token=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPYXBAAAAAAACLXUNDekMxqa8h%252F40K4moUkGsoc%253DTYfbDKbT3jJPCEVnMYqilB28NHfOPqkca3qaAxGfsyKCs0wRbw#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default679&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">1 reply20 retweets17 likesReply 1 Retweet 20 Like 17Over six months after the election, we still have people pimping Russia-gate.  (Poor Robert Parry has to make time to refute it.)Hillary lost.Get over it.She lost.She's not going to be president.Stop trying to kick off WWIII with your lies about Russia.Let it go."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, June 28, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, barrier walls are returning in Baghdad, and much more.ALSUMARIA reports this morning's claim that 50% of Old Mosul is liberated.Glass half full types should remember that the glass is also half empty.And it's day 248 of The Mosul Slog.Haidar Sumeri‏ @IraqiSecurity  39m39 minutes agoVicious warfare taking place in #Mosul's old city over the last 24hrs. #Iraq's forces destroyed 14+ VBIEDs & killed 60+ Da'ish militants. 0 replies14 retweets12 likes  ICRC Iraq‏Verified account @ICRC_IQ  11m11 minutes agoOur delegate, Yara Khaweja is on Alsharqiya news speaking about the wounded civilians trapped in #Mosul0 replies1 retweet1 like  Notice, the International Red Cross is being interviewed by non-Western media.The Mosul Slog continues.And while it continues, the Islamic State is active in other areas -- like Anbar Province below.Rami‏ @RamiAILoIah  17h17 hours agoWow! An entire raid on #Iraq|i army position in Anbar was filmed by an #ISIS drone which was also used to closely guide ground soldiers.. allowfullscreen="" id="player_tweet_879789679272493057" src="https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/879789679272493057?embed_source=clientlib&player_id=34&rpc_init=1" style="border-width: 0px; height: 284.625px; left: 0px; position: absolute; top: 0px; width: 506px;">26 replies176 retweets190 likes  Completely expected.How bad are things?Concrete barriers (once called "Bremer Walls") are going back up in Baghdad.If only political solutions had been sought over the last three years instead of a focus solely on military. Meanwhile, the United Nations lies to Iraqis.  CBS NEWS reports:U.N. equipment and supplies are not stamped with the instantly-recognizable blue globe insignia, and local Iraqi contractors are carrying out the work in the name of the Iraqi government, rather than foreign contractors. The U.N.’s new strategy is designed to minimize the promotion of its own work, and to instead quietly facilitate a “for the country, by the country” reconstruction. “The Iraqis coming home don’t necessarily know that it is the U.N. that is helping them. They see that the government cares for them and the government is doing things for them,” Lise Grande, Deputy Special Representative of the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq, tells CBS News. “That helps to reinforce a sense of confidence in the government; as citizens, they need to know that the government is for them.”Lying to the Iraqi people does not help them.Pretending the Iraqi government is helping the people doesn't change anything.The UN should be embarrassed that they are not proudly and openly carrying out their activ[...]



Nonsense

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:47:00 +0000

Craig Gordon‏ @NowAgePress  51m51 minutes agoMore#Obama blames the Left for the failure of #Obamacare. A sore loser, like #Hillary http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-obamacare-idUSKBN14Q2E5 … #MedicareForAll #SinglePayer allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="363" id="xdm_default3819_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/879850088775987200?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&edge=true&lang=en&card_height=343.991455078125&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D&bearer_token=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPYXBAAAAAAACLXUNDekMxqa8h%252F40K4moUkGsoc%253DTYfbDKbT3jJPCEVnMYqilB28NHfOPqkca3qaAxGfsyKCs0wRbw#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default3819&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">0 replies1 retweet0 likesReply  Retweet 1 Like Can you believe this nonsense?The American people have never liked ObamaCare.Liars like Nancy Pelosi have insisted that they will -- they just need to get used to it.It's time for people like Barack and Nancy to get used to the fact that people don't like ObamaCare.We need to get used to the fact that they lied to people and kept us from getting what we needed: Medicare for all.That's what we needed.But did we get support from our 'independent' media?No, they rushed to sell ObamaCare."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS): Tuesday, June 27, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, Tony Blair's biggest groupie continues to throb for the War Hawk, and much more.CNN International‏Verified account @cnni  9h9 hours agoDrone video shows the immense destruction as civilians flee ISIS in Mosul, Iraq cnn.it/2sL1Ryr allowfullscreen="" id="player_tweet_879532356985651201" src="https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/879532356985651201?embed_source=clientlib&player_id=25&rpc_init=1" style="border-width: 0px; height: 506px; left: 0px; position: absolute; top: 0px; width: 506px;">54 replies350 retweets269 likes  Day 247 of The Mosul Slog.Yes, it still drags on.NEWS‏ @newslivenetwork  17m17 minutes agoIS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="362" id="xdm_default9351_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/879672148561973249?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&edge=true&lang=en&card_height=344&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22search%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22news%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D&bearer_token=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPYXBAAAAAAACLXUNDekMxqa8h%252F40K4moUkGsoc%253DTYfbDKbT3jJPCEVnMYqilB28NHfOPqkca3qaAxGfsyKCs0wRbw#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default9351&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">0 replies0 retweets0 likes  Stall?247 days and counting.And it was supposed to be over in weeks (not by the end of 2016 as REUTERS maintains here).247 days.MT Strategy Now  🦅‏ @MT_Consult  36m36 minutes ago#BREAKING #Mosul #Iraq@Warmediacell: Iraqi PM al-Abadi is expected to announce victory in Mosul within hours. 0 replies1 retweet2 likes  He can announce it in five seconds, won't change the fact that this operation took 247 days.Nor will it change the fact that Mosul is destroyed from US-led coalition bombings.Would he have done that to a Shi'ite majority city?Of course not.Asaad Hanna‏Verified account @AsaadHannaa  13h13 hours agoIn war squeezed amongst the bombs and bullets are little bodies #syria #Iraq@Free_Media_Hub3 replies48 retweets39 likes  SO many look the other way as the destruction continues.How?David Traynier Ⓥ‏ @DTraynier  11m11 minutes agoDavid Traynier Ⓥ Retweeted Joh[...]



Good for Tulsi

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:26:00 +0000

Sarah Abdallah‏ @sahouraxo  2h2 hours agoMoreSarah Abdallah Retweeted RTTulsi Gabbard: Our media and politicians keep pushing regime change wars even though these wars have empowered Al-Qaeda and created ISIS.Sarah Abdallah added,RTVerified account @RT_com‘Stop arming terrorists’: Congresswoman urges US to stop its policy of regime change around the world https://on.rt.com/8g50  17 replies235 retweets346 likesReply 17 Retweet 235 Like 346Tulsi Gabbard is one of the few members of Congress that I respect.She is right, we keep destroying the world and then moving on to destroy another space.We have damaged the world in ways no one wants to cop to.This is long term damage which includes death and killing.So many civilians are gone because of our actions.Good for Tulsi."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, June 26, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, Brett McGurk says a lot but none of it about diplomacy, and much more.ALJAZEERA reports: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters launched a string of counterattacks in a western Mosul neighbourhood, setting off clashes that continued overnight, Iraqi officials said on Monday.An unknown number of suicide bombers and gunmen targeted the Hay al-Tanak and Yarmuk neighbourhoods, and set fire to houses and cars in Tanak, military officials told news agencies. The area had been declared free of ISIL in May.Several people are reported to have died in the attacks, which sowed panic among residents who had returned to the area, and prompted hundreds of families to flee overnight. Yes, The Mosul Slog continues. Day 246 of The Mosul Slog. And, yet again, press reports circulate that it will be over shortly.ASHARQ AL-AWSAT reports this morning, "The battle to take full control of Mosul from ISIS will be over in a few days, a general said Monday as Iraqi forces searched neighborhoods of west Mosul they retook weeks ago after a surprise jihadist attack on their rear that left several dead." Searched neighborhoods of west Mosul they retook weeks ago . . . How it repeats. Over and over. Here's the White House's special envoy Brett McGurk, speaking last week, trying to explain ISIS:   So what is ISIS? It is the largest, most sophisticated, and most global terrorist organization the world has ever seen. Only two years ago, it controlled what was effectively a quasi-state, its so-called caliphate, with territory the size of Lebanon spanning across Iraq and Syria. It controlled millions of people, entire cities, dual capitals in Raqqa and Mosul, generating revenue through oil and gas, taxes, antiquities trade, hostage taking, of more than a billion dollars per year. It enslaved thousands of young girls, committed acts of genocide against minority groups, Yazidis and Christians, and sought to destroy our common human heritage, from Palmyra in Syria, to the Ninewa plains in northern Iraq. It also established franchises, seven in all, from Sinai just to our west, to Afghanistan, Libya, and Nigeria, all with central direction and planning from ISIS’s capital in Raqqa. And it sought to spread terrorism to all of our homelands, directing attacks from Raqqa … in Paris, Istanbul, and Brussels, and inspiring them from London, to Berlin, to Garland, Texas. Its manpower at its height in 2015, while hard to pinpoint specifically, was in the upper tens of thousands – hard core fighters, at least. The figures we can pinpoint are staggering: more than 40,000 foreign fighters, Jihadists, flooded into Syria between 2013 and 2016 from over 100 countries all around the world. The world had never really seen anything like it – the supercharged global Jihad. General Gilead, many of us in this room, were extremely alarmed by this phenomenon as early as 2013. Many of us in Washington, some of my former colleagues here, were also discussing it with extreme concern. Foremost attention among many, however, in those years[...]



The threat of UNAC?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:00:00 +0000

 Margaret Kimberley RetweetedThe Peace Report‏ @peacereportnow  24h24 hours agoMoreListen to the full speech from Larry Hamm at the #UNAC2017 conference: https://youtu.be/5AbRAoBVRiQ  allowfullscreen="" id="player_tweet_877575605109350401" src="https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/877575605109350401?embed_source=clientlib&player_id=0&rpc_init=1" style="border-style: initial; border-width: 0px; height: 284.625px; left: 0px; position: absolute; top: 0px; width: 506px;">0 replies3 retweets3 likesReply  Retweet 3 Like 3That's UNAC.Do you see anything objectionable?I really don't.Nor did C.I.David Swanson's written a piece attacking these "Marxists!" and we're both like, "Huh?"Since when did Swanson -- Mr Sickly Cheery -- attack?He's like a neutered poodle.But UNAC held their conference over the weekend.Then before the week's over David Swanson's attacking them.I didn't get the point of his piece or how it was describing the participants.I asked C.I. and she was like, "Huh?  What's he smoking?"I have no problems with UNAC.  If I've missed something, let me know, but I'm a-okay with what I've seen.Now let's kick it with Rita Ora. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RsELrcVNzG0" width="560">"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, June 22, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, the media amplifies ISIS' power with a story choice, and much more. Day 246 of The Mosul Slog.Iraqi Day  🇮🇶‏ @iraqi_day  20h20 hours agoMore#Mosul Old city map. Before and after (24hrs later).1 reply51 retweets101 likesReply 1Retweet 51Like 101 Day 246 and if you inflate the map so that the tiny area seems much larger, maybe you can fool people into believing major progress is taking place. Maybe. Let's move over to what the media has made the biggest story out of Mosul.Iraqi Day  🇮🇶‏ @iraqi_day  2h2 hours agoMoreThe first images of what's left of Al-Nuri Mosque and its minaret in #Mosul Old City.2 replies75 retweets37 likesReply 2Retweet 75Like 37The Associated Press‏Verified account @AP  16h16 hours agoMoreBREAKING: Iraqi officer: IS detonates iconic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul where IS leader al-Baghdadi declared the Islamic caliphate.39 replies616 retweets375 likesReply 39Retweet 616Like 375Iraqi Day  🇮🇶‏ @iraqi_day  8h8 hours agoMoreThe moment when #ISIS detonated Al-Nuri Mosque, footage proves that it was blown up with explosives and not an airstrike. allowfullscreen="" id="player_tweet_877733602674356224" src="https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/877733602674356224?embed_source=clientlib&player_id=4&rpc_init=1" style="border-width: 0px; height: 506px; left: 0px; position: absolute; top: 0px; width: 506px;">6 replies109 retweets83 likesReply 6Retweet 109Like 83Reuters Top News‏Verified account @Reuters  14h14 hours agoMoreIslamic State blows up Mosul mosque where it declared 'caliphate': Iraqi military http://reut.rs/2sWDQoJ 25 replies157 retweets114 likesReply 25Retweet 157Like 114Sky News Newsdesk‏Verified account @SkyNewsBreak  16h16 hours agoMoreIraqi military sources say Islamic State has blown up The Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul45 replies211 retweets83 likesReply 45Retweet 211Like 83BBC World Service‏Verified account @bbcworldservice  8h8 hours agoMoreIraqi forces say IS militants have blown up a landmark mosque in Mosul: http://bbc.in/2sXECC0  allowfullscreen="" id="player_tweet_877733031489961984" src="https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/877733031489961984?embed_source=clientlib&player_id=11&rpc_init=1" style="border-width: 0px; height: 506px; left: 0px; position: absolute; top: 0px; width: 506px;">19 replies67 retweets52 likesReply 19Retweet 67Like 5[...]



Real issues need to be addressed

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:30:00 +0000

Michael Tracey‏Verified account @mtracey  4h4 hours agoMoreUnprompted, Sen. Chris Murphy laments that Democrats "have spent so much time talking about Russia" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="130" id="xdm_default2664_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/877622189528186880?cardname=player&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&edge=true&lang=en&card_height=130&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D&bearer_token=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPYXBAAAAAAACLXUNDekMxqa8h%252F40K4moUkGsoc%253DTYfbDKbT3jJPCEVnMYqilB28NHfOPqkca3qaAxGfsyKCs0wRbw#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default2664&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">25 replies37 retweets110 likesReply 25 Retweet 37 Like 110It's not even controversial.Clearly focusing on b.s. like Russia does not move voters.We have real issues and the Dems aren't discussing them.They're obsessing over nonsense like Russia-phobia.They refused to take responsibility for the 2016 losses -- including Hillary's failed campaign.Now they waste everyone's time on non-issues and Americans are sick of it.Why would anyone want to vote for this nonsense?It's also been a problem when they start the impeachment nonsense.To Americans, it looks like sour grapes over an election loss.You don't start this nonsense when someone's sworn in, it makes you look like an obstructionist at best.They have refused to take accountability and they have refused to focus on what America actually needs."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, June 21, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues and Alyssa Milano harms voters turn out.Reuters Top News‏Verified account @Reuters  5h5 hours agoIraqi forces advance on Mosul mosque where IS declared caliphate allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="362" id="xdm_default4020_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/877424782400212992?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&edge=true&lang=en&card_height=344&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D&bearer_token=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPYXBAAAAAAACLXUNDekMxqa8h%252F40K4moUkGsoc%253DTYfbDKbT3jJPCEVnMYqilB28NHfOPqkca3qaAxGfsyKCs0wRbw#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default4020&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">9 replies67 retweets78 likes  Day 245 of The Mosul Slog.Iraqi Day  🇮🇶‏ @iraqi_day  5h5 hours ago#BREAKING#Iraq Counter-Terrorism second brigade are 100 METERS from Great Mosque of al-Nuri in #Mosul Old city.6 replies53 retweets112 likes  Day 245 and still it continues.Day 245 and how many times have we been told the end is in sight?Of course, we were also told this operation would only last weeks.Guess the Elise Labbots are looking pretty stupid now.Still waiting on the Tweet from CNN's Elise where she admits she was wrong and apologizes for screaming in a State Dept briefing because another reporter dared to call it a slog.Still waiting.While this war continues, there was an attempt to get serious last week.  Margaret Kimberley (BLACK AGENDA REPORT) was at the United National Antiwar Coalition's conference and she reports:The nature of the American capitalist system requires that every country become either a vassal or an enemy. It gives us the rule of billionaires. The U.S created a mass incarceration system for the sole purpose of crushing the black liberation movement while also creating a profit center in the process.All of the oppressions are intertwined. Millions of Americans toil under wage slavery or[...]



Fake news

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:46:00 +0000

Patrick Martin (WSWS) reports:The CIA’s principal house organ, the New York Times, published a lead editorial Sunday on the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election that is an incendiary and lying exercise in disinformation aimed at whipping up support for war with Russia.The editorial was well-timed, coming on the morning of the same day that the US military shot down a Syrian warplane, setting off a dramatic escalation in the US conflict with Russia. The editors of the Times have the closest ties with US military and intelligence officials and no doubt were aware that something was being planned, if they were not briefed about the details.Under the headline “Mr. Trump’s Dangerous Indifference to Russia,” the Times uses the language of war to assert: “A rival foreign power launched an aggressive cyberattack on the United States, interfering with the 2016 presidential election… The unprecedented nature of Russia’s attack is getting lost in the swirling chaos of recent weeks, but it shouldn’t be.”The Times presents zero evidence to back up a wild reference to “the sheer scope and audacity of the Russian efforts.” The editorial simply declares, “American intelligence agencies have concluded,” followed by a long list of allegations:“Under direct orders from President Vladimir Putin, hackers connected to Russian military intelligence broke into the email accounts of senior officials at the Democratic National Committee and of Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta. They passed tens of thousands of emails to the website WikiLeaks, which posted them throughout the last months of the campaign in an attempt to damage the Clinton campaign.“Even more disturbing, hackers sought access to voter databases in at least 39 states, and in some cases tried to alter or delete voter data. They also appear to have tried to take over the computers of more than 100 local election officials in the days before the November 8 vote.” Editorial page editor James Bennet presents not a single fact that supports the Times ’ assertions. What is the evidence that there were “direct orders” from Putin, or that hackers linked to Russian intelligence raided Democratic email accounts and supplied material to WikiLeaks, or that (other?) hackers tried to access voter databases and the computers of local election officials? The entire mountain of accusations is suspended in air.There is no proof.Fake news is pretending otherwise.This little fantasy has played out long enough and done more than enough damage.We do not need war with Russia.Someone tell Hillary Clinton to get her fat ass back to the woods because we don't need her or her fanatics.We need peace.Hillary is a War Hawk.How typical that these efforts to promote her also promote war."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Chaos and violence continue, two journalists are killed and two more injured, The Mosul Slog continues with no end in sight, and much more.ALJAZEERA reports:A landmine blast in the Iraqi city of Mosul has killed one Kurdish and one French journalist, as Iraq's forces push deeper into the last remaining areas held by ISIL fighters.Kurdish reporter Bakhtiyar Addad, who was working with a French team as a fixer and interpreter, was killed in Monday's explosion, according to public broadcaster France Televisions and global journalist rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders.  French journalist Stephan Villeneuve and two other French journalists were also wounded in the blast. Villeneuve later succumbed to his wounds, the broadcaster said in the early hours of Tuesday.RUDAW explains:Posts on his Facebook page show Haddad, 41, helping a French-language weekly magazine to publish photos of ISIS militants of French nationality. “Not everybody can find the photos of French ISIS militants who a[...]



Macron, Chaka Khan and Megyn Kelly

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:00:00 +0000

John Stauber‏ @JohnStauber  4h4 hours agoMoreJohn Stauber Retweeted Cole StanglerWhy! This crap defines them now.John Stauber added,Cole StanglerVerified account @ColeStanglerUS liberals' embrace of Macron, an enemy of unions who wants to enshrine state of emergency into French law, is truly a sight to behold0 replies0 retweets1 likeReply  Retweet  Like 1Exactly.Barack Obama had no reason to stick his big nose in the French election but notice who he whored for: Macron.He and other US lefties embraced it.Live with it.They're pulling everyone's rights down the sewer but they don't seem to care, do they? allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/x-kmphGrE10" width="560">That is an amazing vocal performance by Chaka Khan.C.I. turned me on to that song back in the 80s.I already knew Chaka and knew she could sing, but, as they say, damn.She nails it."TV: Megyn, Megyn, Megyn" (Ava and C.I., THE THIRD ESTATE SUNDAY REVIEW):And we all need to do that, it causes us to stretch intellectually and it raises our awareness of the world we live in.Megyn's interview may contribute to that (ideally it would).It may not.But the notion that she needs to be shunned or run off the airwaves because of who she interviewed contributes nothing to the conversation.Still a group hisses, "Megyn! Megyn! Megyn!"As though they're the Jan Brady of media critics.And insists that people -- grown adults viewing a public affairs program -- can't handle an exchange.You get the idea these pearl clutchers might pass out if they ever visited, say, DATA LOUNGE and witnessed a heated debate over whether Karen Carpenter or Bette Midler was the better singer.Grow up, we'll all survive.I love that.  I also love that Ava and C.I. will stand up for what they believe, regardless of whether they like the person or not (Megyn Kelly is not one of their faves)."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, June 19, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues, what is insane and inhumane is accepted as normal, and much more. Micah Zenko is a public commentator who appears to have compassion -- a rare thing.  But in their chattering to themselves, these talking heads -- even the ones with compassion -- appear to get lost. No where is that more clear than in his column for THE NEW YORK TIMES entitled "Why Is the US Killing So Many Civilians in Syria and Iraq?" online and "Facing Civilian Casualties" in print. He goes over the fact that that populated areas are now being bmobed more, he goes over the claims of relaxed guidelines for bombings (and the denial), he goes over Donald Trump's farming out decision making to the military. It's a hand wringing column. It's also one where they talk to themselves and accept things as normal which are not, in any way, shape or form, normal. First off, it is not normal to be dropping bombs in populated areas. In many cases, that is a War Crime. Second, note the second sentence: Also, more strikes have occurred in populated areas, like Mosul, the Islamic State’s last stronghold in Iraq. A 500-pound bomb aimed at two snipers there detonated stored explosives, which collapsed a building and killed 105 Iraqi civilians on March 17, according to Centcom.   Anyone making it to the end  of that second sentence will read the sotto voiced "according to Centcom," yes.  And that's rather cheesy. But that's not my point here. 2 snipers. A five under-pound bomb. For two snipers. (For the sake of argument, let's accept that claim that the were two snipers and that they were the target.) For two snipers -- in a densely populated area -- you drop a 500 pound bomb? In the dank hall where the chattering faces use their own fingers to pull their deaths masks back into a perverse grin while they speak their own coded language, a 500 pound bomb is seen as normal, something that just is. There[...]



Donald and Hillary

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:00:00 +0000

If Donald Trump's done something wrong (I have seen no evidence that he has) then he should be impeached.If he's offering this Tweet as an excuse . . . Justin Raimondo RetweetedJulian Assange‏ @JulianAssange  11h11 hours agoMoreJulian Assange Retweeted Donald J. TrumpTrump is wrong to prosecute me and my staff and to tolerate the CIA threatening our work but he's dead right here:Julian Assange added,Donald J. TrumpVerified account @realDonaldTrumpCrooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, 'bleached' emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?325 replies3,525 retweets6,026 likesReply 325 Retweet 3.5K Like 6.0KIt's not an excuse.If he's offering it as context?I agree with him 100%.I think Hillary should be behind bars.I think her security clearance should be revoked.  (Yes, she still has it.)I think Hillary's a criminal.That being the case, I agree with Trump.However, if Donald is using that as an excuse, no, it doesn't justify anything he's done.For context, yes, he's right that this is ridiculous what's going on right now when Hillary should have been imprisoned."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, June 16, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues, a bishop misses the point, and much more.webgonewild‏ @webgonewild  6m6 minutes agoIt’s Going Down: ICE Arrest 199 Iraqi Christians During Deportation Sweep! [Video] allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="362" id="xdm_default4531_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/875696355116797953?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&edge=true&lang=en&card_height=344&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22search%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22default%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D&bearer_token=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPYXBAAAAAAACLXUNDekMxqa8h%252F40K4moUkGsoc%253DTYfbDKbT3jJPCEVnMYqilB28NHfOPqkca3qaAxGfsyKCs0wRbw#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default4531&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">0 replies0 retweets0 likes  "That priest is probably still floating on a fog pillow," wrote Anne Sexton ("The Inventory Of Goodbye"). Bishop Bawai Soro's feet certainly aren't touching the ground.Reading his column at THE HILL, it's hard to figure out whether he's stupid or dishonest?ISIS is more in the news than the Iraqi government so he may be using them -- and lies -- to make a case.  If so, it may attract more eyeballs for being 'trendy' but it will also attract many eyeballs from the heads of people who get that Soro doesn't know what the hell he's writing about.ICE and US President Donald Trump must not return Iraqi Christians to Iraq, he argues, because the will face the Islamic State.The Islamic State?Forget the corporate spin that the Islamic State is on the run, the problem for Iraqi Christians throughout the Iraq War has not been the Islamic State.Yes, they've been victimized in the rare areas of Iraq that the Islamic State has grabbed control of in the last few years.But stop pretending that's it.The Iraqi government has failed them and has persecuted them.They have passed laws against them, the forces have raided their bars and establishments to shut them down even when the law wasn't on the Iraqi forces' side.The Islamic State is a recent thing in the long war.  It will likely be replaced by something else.The same can't be said of the Iraqi government where thug Nouri al-Maliki was replaced by thug-lite Hayder al-Abadi.The exodus of Iraqi Christians from Iraq begins long before the emergence of the Islamic State (as did the relocating to northern Iraq from Baghdad).Is the Bishop a liar or just stupid?And the argument to make, pay attention here, [...]



Thank you, Barack, for ending the Iraq War

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Oh, wait, you didn't.You campaigned on ending the war, promising you would, in 2008.But you became president and left office with the Iraq War continuing.Doubt me?REUTERS reports:The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released on Thursday said.The war has killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may have contributed to the deaths of as many as four times that number, according to the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.Interest could raise the expense even higher.When does this war end?"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, June 15, 2017.  And look at all that 'progess' in The Mosul Slog.ABC News‏Verified account @ABC  12h12 hours agoMoreMore than 100 Islamic State militants launch counterattack in Mosul after months of heavy fighting with Iraqi forces http://abcn.ws/2rhACIJ 13 replies37 retweets23 likesReply 13Retweet 37Like 23 Day 239 of The Mosul Slog and still it continues. 239 days ago, the Iraqi government finally launched an operation to liberate or 'liberate' Mosul.  The city was seized by the Islamic State in June of 2014. 239 days later and still the slog continues.ScienceOfDiscontent‏ @SciOfDiscontent  6h6 hours agoMoreSituation in #Mosul on 14 June 2017 - claims #ISIS counterattack against #Iraq forces south of the old city failed to capture ground0 replies3 retweets2 likesReply Retweet 3Like 2 The Mosul Slog has increased the number of refugees.F.‏ @7layers_  16h16 hours agoMoreThe US criticizes Assad & Russia for bombing hospitals but does exactly the same in #Mosul allowfullscreen="" id="player_tweet_875089944318017539" src="https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/875089944318017539?embed_source=clientlib&player_id=8&rpc_init=1" style="border-width: 0px; height: 284.625px; left: 0px; position: absolute; top: 0px; width: 506px;">1 reply37 retweets18 likesReply 1Retweet 37Like 18 And the destruction -- of hospitals, homes . . . And it has increased the amount of  War Crimes. Civilians have been harmed by Iraqi forces, disappeared by them, killed by them. And there's the use of White Phosphorus.RT‏Verified account @RT_com  10h10 hours agoMoreUS-led coalition acknowledges use of white #phosphorus in #Mosul amid mounting criticism http://on.rt.com/8emj 30 replies188 retweets93 likesReply 30Retweet 188Like 93 It's a city still filled with people, still filled with children. And White Phosphorus is being used.Humanity Strong ™‏ @HumanityStrong  Jun 5MoreMeanwhile in Iraq. 100,000 children threatened as conflict escalates in west #Mosul. https://www.unicef.org/media/media_96144.html … via @unicef allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="362" id="xdm_default6530_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/871805315452424192?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&lang=en&card_height=344&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22search%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22news%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D&bearer_token=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPYXBAAAAAAACLXUNDekMxqa8h%252F40K4moUkGsoc%253DTYfbDKbT3jJPCEVnMYqilB28NHfOPqkca3qaAxGfsyKCs0wRbw#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default6530&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">0 replies2 retweets1 likeReply Retweet 2Like 1Bean‏ @SomersetBean  16m16 minutes agoMoreTime to invade the US for some regime change? US using chemical weapons in Mosul &am[...]



It was encouraged

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 01:04:00 +0000

Alan Gilman (WSWS) observes: For the past nine months, the Democratic Party and what passes for the liberal media have been spearheading a neo-McCarhtyite campaign backed by powerful sections of the US intelligence apparatus and based on unsubstantiated allegations that the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin interfered in the US presidential election.Trump is being presented by these forces as a political stooge of Putin, with Moscow routinely labeled a “hostile foreign power.” This contrived scandal has been bolstered by FBI and congressional inquiries organized to investigate claims that the Trump election campaign colluded with the Russian government to damage the campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and tip the election to Trump.Behind this political witch hunt is a ferocious struggle over US imperialist foreign policy, centering on opposition to Trump’s inclination to seek improved relations with Russia and shift, at least for the present, from the virulently hostile and aggressive policy toward Moscow carried out by the Obama administration.So true and it's hard for me not to blame the media and the DNC for what took place today with the Republican Congress member, Steve Scalise, being shot.I have never seen the media so biased in my life.They went off the rails in 2016 -- Paul Krugman and other loons cheering it on.They are responsible.They need to take accountability for the environment they created."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, June 14, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues, the use of White Phosphorus gets a little  attention, and much more.Yesterday, the world learned Mosul refugees in a camp were suffering from food poisoning.  Song Lifang (XINHUA) explains:A woman and a child died of food poisoning on Tuesday after hundreds of displaced people fell ill on Monday when they ate food during Ramadan breaking fast meal at al-Khazir-2 refugee camp near the city of Mosul, a medic and a Kurdish official said."Unfortunately, a woman and a female child died out of more than 800 cases of food poisoning among the displaced people after eating their Ramadan breakfast the day before," the medical source told reporters.Emma Graham-Harrison (GUARDIAN) adds, "The food handout was funded by UK-based Help the Needy Charitable Trust, which said it raced doctors and other medical support to the camp as soon as it was told of the poisoning outbreak."CBS News‏Verified account @CBSNews  21h21 hours agoA mass food poisoning at a camp for displaced people near Mosul, Iraq, kills at least 2 and sickens hundreds cbsn.ws/2s6Jlyz5 replies33 retweets18 likesPress TV‏Verified account @PressTV  11h11 hours agoMass Food poisoning kills two, affects hundreds at Iraq refugee camp ptv.io/2PrE1 reply13 retweets8 likesWhile little is known, accusations are being hurled.  Balint Szlanko and Sinan Salaheddin (AP) report:Irbil Gov. Nawzad Hadi said the food was prepared in an Irbil restaurant by a local NGO, Ain el Muhtajeen, and funded by a Qatari charity known as RAF. In Saudi Arabia, which has been leading a recent campaign to isolate Qatar, state media quickly seized on the issue with coverage that implied Qatar was poisoning refugees deliberately.On Twitter, Saudi state television accused RAF of supplying tainted meals and posted images it said showed the camp's children "poisoned by the terrorist Qatari RAF organization."An Iraqi lawmaker who visited the camp overnight also accused the Qatari charity of providing the tainted food.The refugees are the product of The Mosul Slog -- an operation that's supposed to liberate Mosul which was seized by the Islamic State three years ago.But the operation was also supposed to last only a few days and it's day 238 of The Mosul Slog.Iraqi Day&n[...]



Joan Baez is an idiot

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:29:00 +0000

From BILLBOARD:Similarly, Joan Baez didn't connect as deeply with Sgt. Pepper's because of her own inexperience with substances. "I was already well into the Beatles, but I never took drugs so there's a distance between a lot of what people wrote and did in those years and my pristine little self," the newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explains. "My little self missed out on a lot of stuff, but I certainly knew the Beatles and I knew about their transition from being Liverpool kids to being fairly sophisticated in the, shall we say, Western ways of the culture we were then. I remember 'Norwegian Wood,' everybody was like, 'oh, he was high when he wrote that.' It was a big deal. And (Sgt. Pepper's) too. I guess I wasn't on quite the same trip."First off, "Norwegian Wood" was not on SGT. PEPPER'S.  It was two albums before (RUBBER SOUL).Second of all, she's a liar.She was anti-rock during that period and is on record being anti-rock.It took her brother-in-law to get her to do 'rock.'  (Though the album was shelved when he died.)Third, you don't have to do drugs to enjoy SGT. PEPPER'S.It was her stupidity and musical bias that prevented her.What an idiot.What a liar."I couldn't get into SGT. PEPPER'S because I didn't do drugs"?What a load of hogwash.Joan Baez gets sadder and more pathetic with every year.Remember once upon a time when we could at least count on her to oppose war but she spent the last eight years humping Barack Obama's leg."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues, deportations of Iraqis begin in the US, and much more.The never-ending Mosul Slog continues.  Day 237. And the 'accomplishments' just keep rolling in.  As the use of White Phosphorus begins to get coverage, other issues emerge.  James Cogan (WSWS) reminds, "Prior to the allegations of war crimes relating to the use of white phosphorus, evidence had already emerged in Mosul of the torture and extrajudicial murder of alleged ISIS fighters by US-backed forces."And this morning? allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aJ4Ix0e50WA" width="560">UNHCR issued the following:Food poisoning incident at Hasansham U2 displacement camp. Around 800 individuals have been affected by a serious outbreak of food poisoning at Hasansham U2 camp, which houses 6,235 individuals who have been displaced from Mosul and other conflict areas; around 200 people have been taken to hospital. At least one person (a child) has died. The police authorities are currently carrying out an investigation into the incident. UNHCR is extremely concerned by events at the camp, which has resulted in at least one casualty, with hundreds of other people falling ill, and more than 200 hospitalised. Staff have been working closely overnight to coordinate the response with other agencies and the relevant authorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Baghdad to ensure that those who have fallen ill were able to receive swift medical treatment and that the seriously sick were provided transport to nearby hospitals. Extra clean water is now being provided at the camp and additional health agencies have been brought in to help in the response. We are waiting for the police investigations to understand clearly the chain of events and to draw lessons from this tragic incident which will allow agencies to reinforce public health protocols to prevent such situations in the future. Staff who were at the camp on Wednesday saw many residents being treated by health staff. It is understood that families became sick, complaining of stomach ache and vomiting, after eating an iftar meal to break the daily Ramadan fast. One woman receiving treatment in the camp with her daughter [...]



Still with the Russia hysteria?

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Patrick Martin (WSWS) explains:Has your electric garage door stopped working? Does your dog wake up in the middle of the night and begin howling? Is the weather unseasonably hot, cold, windy, dry or wet? Has your television set (or refrigerator, or sound system or home alarm) inexplicably turned on, or off?If one uncritically viewed the corporate-controlled media and accepted at face value the statements of much of official Washington, especially the Democratic Party, one could easily draw the conclusion that the Russians did it.A paranoid frenzy is gripping the US political and media establishment. A ruling elite that commands the world’s largest economy ($18 trillion, 24.3 percent of world GDP), the world’s largest military, and the most technically sophisticated spying apparatus is obsessed with the supposedly omnipresent tentacles of a government that oversees the world’s twelfth largest economy (1.8 percent of world GDP, or one-fourteenth that of the US), and which entered the computer era a generation later than Silicon Valley.By one estimate, the United States has 3.6 million computer programmers, about 20 percent of the world’s total, compared to just over half a million in Russia. The US is home to the most powerful software, hardware and Internet companies in the world. No Russian IT company ranks in the world’s top 100. Yet, according to the narrative peddled by the American media in its campaign over alleged Russian hacking during the 2016 US presidential election, Russian cyber warfare operations have cut through US IT systems like a knife through butter.Thursday’s appearance by fired FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee has raised the anti-Russian hysteria in the US media to a new level. The former head of the US political police denounced supposed Russian interference in the US elections as a dire threat to American democracy. “They’re going to come for whatever party they choose to try and work on behalf of,” he warned. “And they will be back… they are coming for America.”Coming for America?Ay-yi-yi.Maybe he meant to say COMING TO AMERICA?We can all agree that was a funny movie, right?Comey and his ilk are hideous.They will not accept the truth that Hillary Clinton was a lousy candidate who lost.So day after day, we have to indulge their crazy.Hillary is a disgrace and she needs to go away.She won't.That encourages her rabid fan base.She needs to go away.Her fans?They need to accept that she lost, that she's a loser."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, June 12, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues, Donald Trump still has no new approach for Iraq, and much more.We're starting with news from last weekPoverty and the poor were not addressed in last year's presidential campaign.We can't expect the media that ignored the topic or the duopoly candidates who refused to talk about the issue to bring it up now.So let's do our part to break the silence by again noting Senator Patrick Leahy's opening remarks at last week's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the proposed HUD budget:Senator Patrick Leahy: I am very concerned about President Trump’s budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This budget would leave low-income, elderly and disabled Americans out in the cold.  It would deny shelter to victims of domestic and sexual violence.  It would bring to a screeching halt programs that spur economic development and help ensure that safe, sustainable and affordable housing is available in our communities.Bluntly, Secretary Carson, this budget is a travesty.  It slashes $7.3 billion from the work of your Department.  It decimates Section 8 rental assistance grants that help keep [...]



CNN's hideous Amanpour

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 00:05:00 +0000

Sarah Abdallah‏ @sahouraxo  Jun 8MoreCNN's Christiane Amanpour used Omran's story to spread lies about #Russia. Will she now go to #Aleppo for the truth? allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="363" id="xdm_default4126_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/872848213727903744?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&lang=en&card_height=343.991455078125&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default4126&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">47 replies553 retweets569 likesReply 47 Retweet 553 Like 569Amanpour is awful.She always has been.She's done everything she can do to promote wars.She tried to shame the US into war with Syria, most recently.Now this nonsense.It's time for her to go."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, June 9, 2017.   The Mosul Slog continues as Iraq is again slammed by violence.Day 233 of The Mosul Slog and, we are yet again told, victory is just around the corner.233 days to turn that corner?Actually, it's longer than that.Tomorrow is June 10th.June 10, 2014, the Islamic State seized control of Mosul.They've still not been driven out of the city -- the same can't be said for the unprotected civilians who've been turned into refugees.For over two years, the Baghdad-based Iraq government did nothing to help Mosul.Finally, in October of 2016, they began an operation that was to last weeks.Months later, that operation still continues.Yes, it is very embarrassing for the government that tomorrow will be the anniversary of the seizure of Mosul -- the 3rd anniversary -- and Mosul is still in the process of being 'liberated.'233 days and counting.And no attempt to protect the civilians.UNICEF‏Verified account @UNICEF  5h5 hours ago#Iraq: "Shooting children as they try to run to safety" #ChildrenUnderAttack in the battle for Mosul uni.cf/2sjhFsM @TR_Foundation7 replies127 retweets86 likes  They were told to remain in their homes throughout the bulk of the 'liberation.' Then, when finally told to leave in the last weeks, no safe passage was provided. At least 100,000 are said to remain in the city.Let's check in on our decade's new Judith Miller: Rukmini Callimachi (yes, that does sound like a figure from the Brothers Grimm):Rukmini Callimachi‏Verified account @rcallimachi  9h9 hours agoReplying to @rcallimachi7. Analysts have long that the ppl running Amaq can't be just in Iraq/Syria bc of how quickly they claim attacks & bc they upload videos: 7 replies110 retweets165 likes  Rukmini fancies herself a terrorist expert.Isn't that cute.Judith Miller, of course, started with THE PROGRESSIVE.You may remember that when the magazine was celebrating its anniversary (they said the 100th, but no, it wasn't), they failed to note Judith once in their look back on the past.Judith Miller ended up a terrorism 'expert' herself.Remember, that's how Oprah Winfrey presented Judith on her talk show when she brought Judith on to promote the upcoming Iraq War and then Oprah attacked the audience member who dared to point out that Judith was presenting non-facts as facts.Glenn Greenwald loved him some Judith Miller back then -- part of the reason he supported the Iraq War.Today?He loves him some Rukmini.Rukmini's been hired by THE NEW YORK TIMES mainly to prove that they learned nothing from the Judith Miller fiasco.Which is how Rukmini was in Mosul (as an embed -- as they say, "embed roughly means 'legs[...]



A very difficult time

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 02:05:00 +0000

Margaret Kimberley‏ @freedomrideblog  60m60 minutes agoMoreWhat's up with the Comey love? Did people forget about COINTELPRO? How the movement was crushed? F*ck Comey and everybody else from the FBI.0 replies6 retweets27 likesReply  Retweet 6 Like 27 Margaret Kimberley RetweetedAjamu Baraka‏Verified account @ajamubaraka  11h11 hours agoMoreComey and FBI are new champions of liberal left. And you wonder why it's so difficult to build a real progressive opposition in the U.S.32 replies430 retweets888 likesReply 32 Retweet 430 Like 888It is such a challenge to be on the left these days.You're pressured to support the stooges who have violated our rights -- stooges like Comey.Or you're expected to worship the CIA or the FBI or both.Which requires amnesia, let's be honest.It's a very difficult time."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, June 8, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue and is greeted with so much silence.Day 232 of The Mosul Slog.What's been accomplished?Sebastian Gonzalez‏ @klrxueedb  Jun 5In a series of serious violations by US-backed forces, new vid emerge of Iraqi soldiers torturing a man to death: allowfullscreen="" id="player_tweet_871867528712036354" src="https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/871867528712036354?embed_source=clientlib&player_id=1&rpc_init=1" style="border-width: 0px; height: 506px; left: 0px; position: absolute; top: 0px; width: 506px;">20 replies138 retweets38 likesThat is an accomplishment.It's not a good one, it's not an honorable one.But it's been accepted and normalized -- including by the US government.And it will have a huge impact on Iraq's future.Torture is okay.That's the message.That and justice is made by our hands and not by any court.Do you fear yet for Iraq's future?Because you should.A message has been sent.Just like one was sent after Nouri al-Maliki lost the 2010 election but wouldn't step down and Barack Obama, then-US president, went around the Iraqi people to give Nouri a second term via The Erbil Agreement.Within two years, Barack had turned on Nouri.After Barack won the 2012 election, Nouri called to congratulate him and Barack refused to take the call, palming it off instead on Joe Biden.It would be two more years (2014) before Barack would publicly rebuke Nouri.Those millions Barack's going to get for his superficial tract on his life in the White House should warrant a little honesty on Iraq and especially on Nouri.By 2010, Nouri's use of torture and secret prisons were well known.But Barack chose to give him a second term.ISIS would most likely never have gotten a foothold in Iraq were it not for Nouri's second term.(Nouri's responsible for the rise of ISIS but I say "most likely" because Nouuri's far from the only despot in Iraq and someone similar to Nouri could have also precipitated the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq.)When Barack's door step is finally released, Nouri al-Maliki should figure prominently in it.As should Barack's sleight of hand with regards to the Iraq War.A bunch of silly fools enlisted into The Cult of St. Barack.They believed he'd end the Iraq War.That's on them.Barack didn't end it.And they're still in denial.I can understand being temporarily fooled.Elaine and I met him when he was trying to get into the US Senate.And the hype laid down had us both excited.But all he had to do was say that the US was already in Iraq and blah blah blah for us to realize he wasn't anti-war and that embarrassing and sparsely attended 'big' speech of 2002 didn't matter.If Barack was honest about ending the Iraq War, I would have supported his Senate run.If he were honest, I wou[...]



Prison labor is slave labor

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 01:31:00 +0000

Prison labor is slave labor.Hillary Clinton wrote about using prison labor as First Lady of Arkansas -- or someone wrote about it for Hillary in 'her' book IT TAKES A VILLAGE.Jeanette Jing (who so many of us know for her truth telling throughout the Democratic Party primaries) highlighted those passages.A storm is in the making.Good for Jeanette.Here's some Tweets. Jeanette 🌹Corbynista RetweetedCarlton Banksy‏ @rtyson82  19h19 hours agoMore HILLARY HAD SLAVES will win every time... Be sure to use your caps lock & your clapping emojis7 replies77 retweets290 likesReply 7 Retweet 77 Like 290 Jeanette 🌹Corbynista RetweetedCarlton Banksy‏ @rtyson82  20h20 hours agoMoreCarlton Banksy RetweetedThread https://twitter.com/HalfAtlanta/status/872315610579030018 …Carlton Banksy added,This Tweet is unavailable.4 replies45 retweets82 likesReply 4 Retweet 45 Like 82Jeanette 🌹Corbynista‏ @JeanetteJing  20h20 hours agoMoreFifteen years before Miss Hillary starting keeping slaves, this kid chained himself to a Black woman.2 replies58 retweets141 likesReply 2 Retweet 58 Like 141 Jeanette 🌹Corbynista RetweetedJudge Juche  🇳🇬‏ @amozu16  Jun 6MoreIn regards to the Clintons being slave owners, here's actual legislation from Bill's time as Arkansas governor20 replies390 retweets727 likesReply 20 Retweet 390 Like 727Jeanette 🌹Corbynista‏ @JeanetteJing  20h20 hours agoMoreJeanette 🌹Corbynista Retweeted Angela López  🇨🇴#SlaveQueenJeanette 🌹Corbynista added,Angela López  🇨🇴 @angecan15Replying to @JeanetteJing @Struggle608 @liberty_smithGracias, but credit: @NathanJRobinson of @curaffairs BOTH his r !! https://www.currentaffairs.org/store  & @CFPetrella 4 history behind cover pic! 3 replies11 retweets25 likesReply 3 Retweet 11 Like 25Jeanette 🌹Corbynista‏ @JeanetteJing  21h21 hours agoMore.@SisterSouljah tried to warn us that it all goes back to the plantation. #SlaveQueen #slavery JeanetteCorbynista4 replies40 retweets77 likesReply 4 Retweet 40 Like 77Jeanette 🌹Corbynista‏ @JeanetteJing  21h21 hours agoMore#SlaveQueen JeanetteCorbynistaClinton on her use of prison laborBill Maher said "house n*" and Hillary Clinton used prison labor at her mansion for ten yrs bc it was "a longstanding tradition which kept down costs."4 replies47 retweets56 likesReply 4 Retweet 47 Like 56Jeanette 🌹Corbynista‏ @JeanetteJing  21h21 hours agoMoreReplying to @JeanetteJing#SlaveQueen3 replies10 retweets46 likesReply 3 Retweet 10 Like 46Jeanette 🌹Corbynista‏ @JeanetteJing  21h21 hours agoMoreJeanette 🌹Corbynista Retweeted Jeanette 🌹CorbynistaHere's the audio of Sister Hillary reading about keeping slaves. She leaves out the "African American men in their thirties" sentence.Jeanette 🌹Corbynista added,Jeanette 🌹Corbynista @JeanetteJingFor ten years in the AR governor's mansion, @HillaryClinton used prison labor: "a longstanding tradition which kept down costs." 6 replies64 retweets97 likesReply 6 Retweet 64 Like 97Jeanette 🌹Corbynista‏ @JeanetteJing  21h21 hours agoMoreNot only did the Clintons keep prison slaves in their mansion, they [...]



Enemy of We The People Larry Summers

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 23:47:00 +0000

Adam H. Johnson‏Verified account @adamjohnsonNYC  Jun 4More3m dead Vietnamese, 2m dead Koreans, 1m dead Iraqis–countless coups & contra armies = "peace, prosperity, stability" https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/after-75-years-of-progress-was-last-week-a-hinge-in-history/2017/06/04/2085b91e-47cf-11e7-bcde-624ad94170ab_story.html?utm_term=.9ababc49e897 …22 replies434 retweets731 likesReply 22 Retweet 434 Like 731Larry Summers is an idiot and a menace.C.I., in the snapshot below, takes on the ridiculous Eliza Barclay of VOX.C.I. is hilarious as she calls out Eliza.But, here's the thing, it shouldn't just be her, Adam Johnson and me.Equally true, THE WASHINGTON POST shouldn't be printing Summers' garbage anymore than NPR should be putting him on the air."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, June 6, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, Eliza Barclay tries to spit-shine Larry I Killed Glass Steagall Summers with her throat (no gag reflex on her), and much more.Self-hating Eliza Barclay showed up at VOX yesterday to treat the disgusting Larry Summers as someone worth listening to.  Elaine had said everything that needed to be said last week with her "STFU Larry Summers" -- but then Elaine's a strong woman and Eliza Barclay's just an embarrassment who can almost -- almost -- handle the topic of 'reporting' on the best snacks to serve at your Super Bowl get together.Almost.Eliza prattles on like the fool she is in passages like this:As I wrote last week, Trump’s decision on Paris was cruel in the message it sends about how America values the environment, and how little it now cares about the risks climate change poses to the planet. Though the doomsayers like Summers could turn out to be wrong, many, many experts believe it is likely to prove incredibly damaging to America’s strategic position in the world, our military’s operations, and our standing in international negotiations.Poor little Eliza.Somewhere in the world, the menfolk are unhappy and like the good little servant she is, she's going to make them happy.  Serve those snacks, on your knees, serve those men, you little child.Margaret Kimberley‏ @freedomrideblog  Jun 1I wrote this about the farcical Paris climate accord. blackagendareport.com/rich_subvert_c…0 replies28 retweets28 likesLet's do a video. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q_Ns94aa_Xk" width="560">Unlike Eliza, Margaret Kimberley is nobody's child (video is Maria McKee performing "Nobody's Child" from her self-titled solo debut album).Here's what Margaret wrote in 2015 about the 'wonderful' Paris Agreement:The agreement doesn’t even take effect until 2020. Countries have five years to continue pumping green house gases into the atmosphere as much as they like. In addition, the agreement is not even binding. Any nation can decide to ignore the pledges it made in Paris without repercussion.The means of increasing carbon production while claiming to reduce it are numerous. India and China use semantics. They claim they will cut “carbon intensity” which means they will use coal more efficiently, not that they will use it less. Other countries play games because they were allowed to use 1990 as the date to measure carbon reduction. That doesn’t mean much for Russia because its economy collapsed in the 1990s. Going back to the high water mark of 1990 means they can actually increase carbon production over and above current levels.The United States and the European Union also choose dates selectively. The U[...]



Roger Smith

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 03:01:00 +0000

Roger Smith has passed away.He was an actor.He was also Ann-Margaret's husband.They married in 1967.It was one of the few long lasting unions.Ann-Margaret, as anyone who's ever met her knows, is one of the sweetest and kindest persons alive.My heart goes out to her."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, June 5, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, White Phosphorus resurfaces in Iraq, and much more.Yasmin Yonis‏ @YasminYonis  20h20 hours agoYasmin Yonis Retweeted eemiThe US bombed a hospital today. A hospital full of sick people & kids & doctors. 488 died in Iraq & Syria. Manchester is part of global war. Yasmin Yonis added,1:04eemi @eemanabbasiUS bombs hospital in Mosul today w white phosphorus, a intl banned chemical weapon. 484 died this week in Iraq/Syria 20 replies2,520 retweets2,014 likesWhere's THE NEW YORK TIMES' coverage of that?They can offer this:The New York Times‏Verified account @nytimes  5h5 hours agoIraqi forces are closing in on the Islamic State’s stronghold in Mosul's Old City allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="362" id="xdm_default9063_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/871713061790511104?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&lang=en&card_height=344&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22search%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22default%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default9063&xdm_p=1" style="border-style: initial; border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">15 replies99 retweets146 likesBut not White Phosphorus coverage.Check our archives, they've always had a problem with reporting on White Phosphorus.Not everyone outlet in the west falls silent.  Australia's NINE NEWS reports:Iraqi forces have been accused of using the controversial and deadly war weapon white phosphorus in an attack on ISIS-held areas in western Mosul. An explosion was captured on a Kurdish TV station who were livestreaming on Saturday when Iraqi forces made their move. Stills from the blast showed it appeared to have the signature bright white plume of smoke which follows a white phosphorus attack, Human Rights Watch told Al Jazeera. It's day 229 of The Mosul Slog.The operation was supposed to last a few weeks.Now it's 229 days old.Not a lot of good things to show for it.Human Rights Watch issued an alert:At least 26 bodies of blindfolded and handcuffed men have been found in government held areas in and around Mosul since the operation to retake the city began in October 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. In 15 of the cases, local armed forces told a foreign journalist that the men were extrajudicially killed by government security forces who had them in custody under suspicion of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) affiliation. In the remaining cases, reported by local and international sources, the sites of the apparent executions – all in government held territory – raise concerns about government responsibility for the killings. A foreign journalist also said that a government official told them that a Sunni Popular Mobilization Forces (known as the PMF or Hashd al-Sha'abi) unit, which is part of the government forces working to retake Mosul, was responsible for the extrajudicial killing of 25 men in their custody and dumping the bodies in the Tigris River. “The bodies of bound and blindfolded men are being found one after the other in and around Mosul and in the Tigris River,[...]



STFU Larry Summers

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 03:05:00 +0000

Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "A Gift From Hillary."I love that.I also enjoy this. Rania Khalek RetweetedAnya Parampil‏Verified account @anyaparampil  5h5 hours agoMoreDemocracy Then and Democracy Now @democracynow 5 replies27 retweets37 likesReply 5 Retweet 27 Like 37More and more people are rightly criticizing Amy Goodman these days.She's a fake and she walked away from Iraq after she used it to make a name outside of PACIFICA."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, June 1, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, the crimes begin to get attention, and much more.Sarah Jones‏Verified account @onesarahjones  12h12 hours agoconsidering she voted to send him to Iraq: I really doubt my boyfriend will ever talk to me the way he talks about Clinton 78 replies691 retweets3,159 likesAmanda Marcotte thinks she knows everything.  It's the curse of those rejected by love.  It's what allows her to ignore Hillary Clinton's long support for the Iraq War, for war on Syria, for war on Libya. Oh, Amanda, go try to hit up another man for abortion money when you're not sure if he's the father.It's funny how Iraq mattered to Amanda whens he worked for John Edwards (who apologized for his vote in a column for THE WASHINGTON POST) but now doesn't mean a thing -- funny in a sort of pathetic way but everything about Amanda's pathetic.She doesn't care about the war built on lies because, again, she's the woman who publicly whined that her boyfriend offered to marry her when she told him she was pregnant and all she wanted was for him to cover half the abortion -- she also confessed that she wasn't sure he was the father.  That's trash, that's Amanda.Day 225 of The Mosul Slog.The Islamic State seized Mosul in June of 2014. It's now June of 2017.Three years later and they've still not been run out of the city.The current operation began in October of 2016 because the government of Iraq clearly wasn't too concerned about a terrorist group seizing a city as evidenced by their do nothing attitude for over two years.Iraqi Day  🇮🇶‏ @iraqi_day  19h19 hours ago#Mosul #Iraq map update. Green= completely liberated. Orange= frontline clashes. White= #ISIS control.10 replies68 retweets91 likesWhat's been accomplished in these 225 days?ALJAZEERA notes:The UN estimates almost 10,000 people fled from Mosul’s northwest and the Old City every day last week.More than 750,000 people have been displaced from the city since October.But it's not easy getting out of Mosul.  The Iraqi government told residents to stay in their homes until late April, they never offered safe passage out of Mosul and now they're targeting vehicles.  RUDAW reports:Any motorized vehicles in western Mosul are considered to be a threat and subject to strikes by the US-led international coalition and the Iraqi forces, while authorities have encouraged civilians to leave the war-torn areas by foot in the face of starvation and hunger."Iraqi Security Forces transmitted information to residents of West Mosul a week or two ago telling them that, due to ISIS' use of vehicles (both automobiles and motorcycles), moving or static, could be considered a threat," US Col. Ryan Dillon, the spokesperson for the coalition told Rudaw English.As many as 180,000 people are reportedly hungry and living in miserable conditions, according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).It's been one nightmare after another including Iraqi forces torturing and killin[...]



I did not like ABC's DIRTY DANCING

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 01:27:00 +0000

"TV: ABC's DULL DANCING" (Ava and C.I., THE THIRD ESTATE SUNDAY REVIEW):Baby's choices after that dancing summer were to move on from Johnny, get married and have kids.Her life is empty.And, as we watch these new bits, about to get emptier as she attempts to turn her summer into a successful musical in 1975 -- that's the year that, among others, A CHORUS LINE and CHICAGO took Broadway by storm.The remake tells us Baby lost the love of her life.It also informs us what happens when someone's artistic vision  crashes.They go to work for ABC.I love that.I did not love the ABC remake of DIRTY DANCING.It was pathetic.We did not need backstory on Baby's mother.We did not need a remake period.It was so disappointing that I'd dub it the worst thing on TV in 2017.They need to stop the next time they get another 'brilliant' idea like that.If there's any good to all of this, it's hopefully that people appreciate even more the talents of Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze and Cynthia Rhodes."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  Chaos and violence continues as so much of the dead are rendered invisible.Recent violence in Iraq has been largely ignored by the western press.  One event this week, the bombing of an ice cream parlor in Baghdad, has gotten some attention.Hayder al-Khoei‏Verified account @Hayder_alKhoei  14m14 minutes agoReplying to @Hayder_alKhoeiThe Karrada Emperor of Ice-cream, poem by @amenibnsocrates sheamonspeare.com/2017/05/31/the… #pt1 reply6 retweets4 likesRussell Goldman offers a thirteen paragraph report for THE NEW YORK TIMES.Read over it and see if you can see the major flaw.Megan Levy (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD) reports:An Australian schoolgirl was one of more than a dozen people killed when a massive car bomb tore through a popular ice-cream parlour in the Iraqi capital Baghdad this week.Zynab Al Harbiya, 12, was with her family at the Al-Faqma ice-cream parlour in Baghdad's central Karrada district in the early hours of Tuesday, local time, when a jihadist blew up an explosive-laden car parked outside.Liz Burke (NEWS.COM) notes:Foreign Minister Julie Bishop this morning confirmed the year seven student was killed in a suicide bombing that targeted an ice cream parlour in the Iraqi capital.Accompanied by family members, the young girl had just enjoyed an ice cream on Monday night, breaking the daily fast undertaken during the holy month of Ramadan when a car bomb was detonated outside the popular eatery.“She broke her fast and she just wanted to go and get some ice-cream from the parlour,” Zynab’s cousin Layla Al-Saabary said through tears on The Project.The violence in Iraq is repeatedly ignored.The victims of the violence are immediately forgotten.Go read Russell Goldman's article.The problem?There's not one name in it.Don't give him credit for 'time rush.'There was no time rush.We're calling it a Tuesday attack due to the time change.But this is the same attack that we first covered in "ISIS attacks Baghdad" which posted here Monday at 8:14 PST.And how do you not get the name of one person killed even if the blast was four hours ago?At THIRD, on Monday night, we offered "Editorial: Do the deaths matter?"We included two Tweets in the editorial:Sarah Abdallah‏ @sahouraxo  4h4 hours agoIraq, just like Syria, has endured the most death & ruin at ISIS's hands. But sadly, the global outrage and MSM coverage is slim to none. 13 replies154 retweets257 likesHayder al-Khoei‏Verified account @Hayder_alKhoe[...]



Push back on Russiaphobia

Wed, 31 May 2017 11:39:00 +0000

If you're looking for something to read online, I'd suggest an article at SLATE.Justin Raimondo‏ @JustinRaimondo  17h17 hours agoMoreStephen Cohen makes a fool of @IChotiner. Enjoy: allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="344" id="xdm_default8803_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/869628063008423936?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&lang=en&card_height=344&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default8803&xdm_p=1" style="border-style: initial; border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">3 replies18 retweets31 likesReply 3 Retweet 18 Like 31Cohen deserves credit for continuing to stand up to the fake news that promotes war."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, May 30, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, a new prediction is made for when TMS will end, and much more. The new predicition?  Mosul will be liberated by June 10th.  GULF NEWS quotes Iraqi army Maj Qusay al-Kinam declaring, "Mosul fell to [the Islamic State] on June 10, 2014, so by June 10 this year, it must be liberated." Must it? Because so many predictions have already been made. For example, Lieutenant-General Othman al-Ghanimi, Iraq’s chief of staff, was insisting the operation would wrap up by the start of Ramadan. AL-ARABIYA reported May 11th: The Iraqi Ministry of Defense has announced that the entire Mosul area will be under control before Ramadan.This announcement came through army Chief Osman al-Ghanmi during his inspection of the operations taking place against ISIS in the city of Mosul.Ramadan's already begun.So now we're being told things will wrap up June 10th.Let's deal with reality.In June of 2014, the Islamic State took over Mosul.The Iraqi government did nothing in 2014.The Iraqi government did nothing in 2015.Finally, in October of 2016, they launched an operation.This operation is still ongoing.Reality, it's now day 223 of The Mosul Slog.Day 223 for an operation that was supposed to take mere weeks.Al Jazeera English‏Verified account @AJEnglish  13h13 hours ago MoreThese Iraqi refugees are spending #Ramadan in a camp. Resources are limited during what should be a joyful time. Al Jazeera English allowfullscreen="" id="player_tweet_869349650339385349" src="https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/869349650339385349?embed_source=clientlib&player_id=11&rpc_init=1" style="border-width: 0px; height: 506px; left: 0px; position: absolute; top: 0px; width: 506px;">Video: Ramadan in a refugee camp12 replies214 retweets183 likesReply 12 Retweet 214 Like 183Refugees.That's what The Mosul Slog has produced -- more refugees in a country already having a refugee crisis.Jack Moore (NEWSWEEK) notes, "Seven months of battle -- longer than Stalingrad -- and Baghdad’s forces, backed by the U.S.-led coalition, have slowly eaten away at the jihadi group’s stranglehold on the largest city in its possession."Elsewhere?Ghassan Adnan and Ben Kesling (WALL STREET JOURNAL) report, "Two car bombings in the Iraqi capital early Tuesday killed at least two dozen people and injured 60 others, Iraqi officials said, in attacks that targeted families during the holy month of Ramadan."  One of the bombings targeted an ice cream parlor. &nbs[...]



Hypothesis or theory

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Michael Tracey‏Verified account @mtracey  14h14 hours agoMoreTheory: Gianforte wins the election, House expels Gianforte for criminal assault, Montana holds new special election, Gianforte wins again125 replies397 retweets1,357 likesReply 125 Retweet 397 Like 1.4KLet's go over it again.The above is a hypothesis.It is not a theory.A theory is something that is put into practice and tested.A hypothesis iss where you are just spitting about possible ideas.Michael Tracey is hypothisizing above, he is not theorizing.We've gone over this before.(C.I. had it in the snapshot this morning but it was too long and she edited it out.  I was on one phone with her while she was on another phone dictating the snapshot.  She was told it was way long and I said, "Cut Tracey, I'll do it tonight.")Why does it matter?"Theory" was tossed around repeatedly by Iraq War Hawks.My whole point in noting the difference then was making sure people understood these were not theories -- tested -- these were just guesses.Because back then, if you said "theory" you were treated like a god by the corporate media.There is a difference."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, May 26, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, the US Senate looks at VA accountability, the cost of the never-ending wars hit six trillion for US taxpayers, and much more.We're going to start in the US with the Senate and we'll wind down there too at the end of the snapshot.  Senator Tammy Baldwin's office issued the following yesterday.For Immediate ReleaseThursday, May 25, 2017Contact: press@baldwin.senate.gov  (202) 224 – 6225Bipartisan VA Accountability Reform One Step Closer to Senate Passage  Committee on Veterans’ Affairs approves bipartisan legislation, now heads to full Senate for vote  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jon Tester (D-MT) and fellow cosponsors of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act in applauding the bipartisan committee passage of this VA reform legislation.  The bipartisan legislation, which passed the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs by voice vote, would reform the VA by better protecting whistleblowers and providing the VA Secretary with stronger measures to discipline and hold bad employees accountable.The legislation will now move to the full Senate for a vote on final passage.  “Now that our bipartisan legislation has passed committee, we must continue to work across party lines to push our VA reforms forward and make them a reality,” said Senator Baldwin. “Together, we can build a VA that protects whistleblowers, many of whom are veterans working to improve the system. We also need to make sure we are empowering the VA to hold bad actors accountable because our veterans deserve nothing less than high quality service and care.”  Along with Senators Baldwin, Isakson, Rubio and Tester, 19 other senators who are cosponsors of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act urged the Senate to pass the legislation without delay, including Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Dean Heller (R-NV), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Kennedy (R-LA), John McCain (R-AZ), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bill Nelson (D-FL), David Pe[...]



I agree with Julian

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:38:00 +0000

I agree with Julian.Julian Assange‏ @JulianAssange  13h13 hours agoMore(1/2) On @SeanHannity: regardless of the politics no one should be cheering advertisers controlling the parameters of acceptable debate.331 replies5,219 retweets9,225 likesReply 331 Retweet 5.2K Like 9.2KJulian Assange‏ @JulianAssange  12h12 hours agoMore(2/2) We take any allegation that an alleged source has come to harm seriously. Murder should not be downplayed or instrumentalized.226 replies3,203 retweets5,317 likesReply 226 Retweet 3.2K Like 5.3KA) Content should not be dictated.B) What's the big deal?  I remember Glenn Beck getting much more flack in the media (I've never watched Beck or Hannity).C) Why are so many threatened by his Seth Rich commentaries?D) If he's a kook, he's a kook.  Let him expose that to everyone.E) Exactly what's really going on?"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, May 25, 2017.  As The Mosul Slog continues, we're going to underscore that the new Judith Miller is a danger -- and the stooges who support her are dangers as well.Day 218 of The Mosul Slog.Iraqi Day  🇮🇶‏ @iraqi_day  16h16 hours agoMore#PMU advancing toward Baaj west #Mosul on the 3 fronts, multiple villages have been stormed. #Iraq1 reply23 retweets47 likesReply 1Retweet 23Like 47Day 218 and still it continues.BBC NEWS reports:Iraq has opened an inquiry into claims that its forces abused and killed civilians in the battle for Mosul against so-called Islamic State (IS).An interior ministry statement said it would take legal measures against anyone proven to have been "negligent".It comes after Der Spiegel published an article by a photojournalist who was embedded with the ministry's troops.Ali Arkady says he took pictures of detainees suspended from ceilings and that others were tortured and raped.Wait, wait!  Abuses?  And it wasn't reported by Rukmini Callimachi?Of course, it wasn't reported by her.  She's THE NEW YORK TIMES' new Judith Miller -- as we pointed out February 10th.Rukmini is very popular with Glenn Greenwald but then so was the Iraq War once upon a time.Rukmini poured propaganda out her blow hole and the usual saps lapped it up like it was 2002 all over again.Rukmini Callimachi fans should be suspect.Especially if, like Glenn Greenwald, they got it wrong in real time (he supported the Iraq War).There's a barrier between those people and critical thought.REUTERS notes: Iraq's interior minister on Wednesday ordered an investigation into allegations that members of the security forces had tortured, killed and abused civilians in the campaign to oust Islamic State militants from Mosul.The inquiry was in response to a report by the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel last week that included images of apparent torture taken by a freelance photographer embedded with the Interior Ministry's elite Emergency Response Division (ERD).Photographs showed detainees accused of affiliation with Islamic State hanging from the ceiling with their arms bent behind them, and the journalist wrote of prisoners being tortured to death, raped and stabbed with knives.DOAM‏ @doamuslims  May 22More#Iraq - SPIEGEL photographer Ali Arkady documents Iraqi security forces abducting, torturing, raping, & killing Sunnis around #Mosul.7 replies169 retweets61 likesReply 7Retweet 169Like 61Rukmini was too busy socia[...]



Look at all these great actresses

Thu, 25 May 2017 02:53:00 +0000

Once upon a time, the networks used to offer multiple TV films a week.Why?To lure viewers.Many of us would tune in based on a commercial that made something look exciting or because we liked an actor in the cast.Ava and C.I. served up "TV: The TV movie" this week and I enjoy all of it but this really stood out:Some actresses might stay with the movie of the week genre for a series of films -- Mare Winningham, Donna Mills, Elizabeth Montgomery, Victoria Principal and Lindsay Wagner, to cite a few.It was a genre actresses could make a mark in with defining performances delivered by Farrah Fawcett in THE BURNING BED, SMALL SACRIFICES and BETWEEN TWO WOMEN; Marlo Thomas in THE LOST HONOR OF KATHRYN BECK and NOBODY'S CHILD; Jane Fonda in THE DOLLMAKER; Angela Bassett in THE ROSA PARKS STORY; Glenn Close in SOMETHING ABOUT AMELIA and SERVING IN SILENCE: THE MARGARETHE CAMMERMEYER STORY; Diana Ross in OUT OF DARKNESS; Ann-Margaret in WHO WILL LOVE MY CHILDREN? and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE; Cicely Tyson in THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN; Bette Davis in WHITE MAMA; Vanessa Redgrave in PLAYING FOR TIME and SECOND SERVE; Alfre Woodard in UNNATURAL CAUSES, THE PIANO LESSON, MISS EVERS' BOYS and A MOTHER'S COURAGE: THE MARY THOMAS STORY;  Barbara Hershey in A KILLING IN A SMALL TOWN; Halle Berry in INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE and THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD; Jessica Lange in NORMAL; Liza Minnelli in A TIME TO LIVE; Lynn Whitfield in THE JOSEPHINE BAKER STORY; Sigourney Weaver in PRAYERS FOR BOBBY; Natalie Wood in THE CRACKER FACTORY; Queen Latifah in BESSIE; Mary Tyler Moore in LIKE MOTHER LIKE SON: THE STRANGE STORY OF SANTE AND KENNY KIMES; Elizabeth Taylor and Carol Burnett in BETWEEN FRIENDS; and Cher, Demi Moore, Sissy Spacek, Anne Heche and Jada Pinkett in IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK.That's an amazing list of some of the great performances.I remember being blown away, for example, by Diana Ross in the TV movie OUT OF DARKNESS -- I believe that aired on a Monday night.  I remember being dead tired but watching solely because it was Diana.Farrah Fawcett -- in both SMALL SACRIFICES and THE BURNING BED -- was amazing and so was Ann-Margaret in WHO WILL LOVE MY CHILDREN?There really is a great history of strong performances in that genre."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, May 24, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues, the Islamic State may be relocating in Iraq, US House Rep Walter Jones addresses endless war, and much more.Starting in the US, US House Rep Walter Jones' office issued the following regarding an event today: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2017***MEDIA ADVISORY***WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Congressmen Walter B. Jones (NC-3) and John Garamendi (CA-3), along with John Duncan (TN-2), will host a press conference regarding H.R. 1666, to prohibit funds for activities in Afghanistan, and the importance of debating the 16 year war in Afghanistan, the longest war in America’s history. Wednesday, May 24th at 1:30 pm: What: Press Conference regarding H.R. 1666 and the necessity to debate the 16 year war in Afghanistan. Who:  Representative Walter B. Jones (NC-03)           Representative John Garamendi (CA-03)           Representative John Duncan (TN-02)           Will Fischer, VoteVets           House cosponors of H.R. 1666       &[...]



The hysteria

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:04:00 +0000

 Consent Factory RetweetedCounterPunch‏Verified account @NatCounterPunch  May 19MoreAmericans are routinely told by politicians and media that Russia is their enemy. The assertion has been normalized. http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/19/how-russia-became-our-adversary-again/ …9 replies58 retweets55 likesReply 9 Retweet 58 Like 55When does the Russian hysteria end?I'm getting the feeling that some of the people fostering the hysteria are having second thoughts.But they have let the genie out of the bottle and it's a little late for them to try to turn back time."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, May 23, 2017.   Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, US troops continue to deploy to Iraq and much more.KCEN reports, "Around 250 Fort Hood soldiers from III Corps are set to deploy to Iraq and Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.  As part of the regular rotation of forces, III Corps will replace the 18th Airborne Corps in their mission against ISIS. The 18th Airborne is based at Fort Bragg, N.C."Why?Every day that should be the question: Why?The US government kicked off this ongoing war in 2003.It's 2017.Why?Why are US troops still going into Iraq?Why does the Iraq War continue?Why?We need to think and we need to ask questions.And we need to hold people accountable.Colin Kahl‏ @ColinKahl  1h1 hour agoAlleged civilian casualties in Iraq & Syria up under Trump. Data here: airwars.org/data/. New analysis here: airwars.org/news/internati… 1 reply14 retweets11 likes  Are we supposed to cheer Colin?If so, why?He was perfectly happy taking part in the death of civilians during Barack's presidency, remember?Now he's offended because the number of civilians killed -- "alleged civilians," he tells us -- has increased?It was a crime to begin with.Whether it's increased, decreased or stayed the same, it was a crime to begin with.Colin Kahl is War Trash and people need to think.Human Rights Watch notes:As civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria rise in the battle against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), the Australian government should take all feasible measures to protect civilians during military operations and improve the transparency of its operations, Human Rights Watch said today. The Australian government is an active member of the United States-led coalition against ISIS and has dropped thousands of munitions on targets in Iraq and Syria since August 2014, but has been one of the least transparent members of the coalition. On May 8, 2017, the Australia Defence Force (ADF) began releasing fortnightly reports on strikes taken by the Australian air force as a member of the US-led coalition, but more detailed reporting is urgently needed. “The rise in reports of civilian casualties raises questions about the precautions and procedures in place to protect civilians,” said Elaine Pearson, Australia director at Human Rights Watch. “New fortnightly Australian defense reports are a welcome step, but the government needs to provide more detailed information to ensure greater transparency and accountability for its military operations in Iraq and Syria.”It's day 216 of The Mosul Slog.Danger 6‏ @Danger6_1ID  56m56 minutes ago#Update from #Rudaw on #Iraqi fight against #ISIS in #Mosul. #Coalition @CENTCOM @FORSCOM @CJTFOIR allowfullscree[...]