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They just hope we're stupid

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:05:00 +0000

How crazy is Hillary Clinton?Richard Woolley ‏@beingrichard  4h4 hours ago#HRC: "So-called fake news can have real-world consequences," Yes. #Fakenews of #WMDs in #Iraq killed 100s of 1000s. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="361" id="xdm_default3980_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/807349566051794944?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=default3980&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">1 reply1 retweet0 likesReply 1 Retweet 1 Like  MoreDoes she really think the country -- the entire world -- wouldn't immediately recall her Iraq War support, cheerleading and lying?Is she really that stupid?Maybe she just thinks we are?Her cult certainly hopes we're stupid.They keep pimping the Russia-hacked-the-election lie.Michael Tracey points out this is happening even though there is no proof.Michael Tracey ‏@mtracey  3h3 hours agoLiberals will use the latest Russia non-story to demand that the Electoral College intercede and block Trump. Just watch.1 reply17 retweets22 likesReply 1 Retweet 17 Like 22 MoreMichael Tracey ‏@mtracey  3h3 hours agoUnverifiable whispers from unnamed CIA officials which are then leaked to the Washington Post doesn't constitute "evidence" -- it's hearsay.5 replies15 retweets31 likesReply 5 Retweet 15 Like 31 MoreMichael Tracey ‏@mtracey  3h3 hours ago"Russia hacked the election to help Trump" is now congealing into conventional wisdom, even though there is ***still no evidence for this***10 replies34 retweets42 likesReply 10 Retweet 34 Like 42 MoreMichael Tracey ‏@mtracey  3h3 hours agoThe CIA is one of the most wicked, duplicitous organizations on Earth. Democrats now say it's Good to just imbibe their unproven claims.10 replies15 retweets48 likesReply 10 Retweet 15 Like 48 MoreMichael Tracey ‏@mtracey  3h3 hours agoMichael Tracey Retweeted Washington PostThere is no evidence presented in this article. Liberals want everyone to uncritically accept anonymous CIA claimsMichael Tracey added,Washington Post @washingtonpostBreaking: Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win the White House http://wapo.st/2hgeWs3 9 replies31 retweets42 likesReply 9 Retweet 31 Like 42 MoreI swear they really will stop at nothing."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS): Friday, December 9, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the Mosul slog continues, a KRG official tells the BBC that Iraq is a failed state, we revisit War Hawk Hillary and the 2008 primary, and much more.You don't help women by repeating lies.Rosie ‏@Rosie  12h12 hours agoRosie Retweeted Larry CooperPRESIDENT CARTER - AMERICAN HERO #focus #DONTaddHIMRosie added,Larry Cooper @coopahWhen Jimmy Carter was president, he gave up his self-built peanut farm and then was investigated dailykos.com…20 replies74 retweets331 likesRosie O'Donnell already tanked NBC's broadcast -- which the execs feared and they were right -- of HAIRSPRAY this week so you'd think she'd be a little more careful.But typhon Rosie just goes barreling away.Self-built?By Jimmy?Shame on Rosie.I'm not surprised some idiot who'd link to DAILY KOS wouldn't know reality.And let me clarify that since some are too uninformed to grasp.If you are in the Debra Messing-Rosie O'Donnell crowd and just can't stop loving that Hillary Clinton, you don't likn to KOS. I get it, you're vapid and shallow and uninformed.But 2008 was not that long ago.KOS  ran off the supporters of Hillary in 2008 -- believe he said Hillary [...]



That never-ending outrage

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:14:00 +0000

The fact checking of Trump was one of the ways they exposed their biases.Even a joke by Donald was treated as though it were earth shattering news.Michael Tracey ‏@mtracey  17h17 hours agoAn essential takedown of the ascendant "fact-checking" cult: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2016/12/the-necessity-of-credibility …I've touched on similar themes: allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="361" id="xdm_default837_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/806725897730412547?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=default837&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">17 replies136 retweets212 likesReply 17 Retweet 136 Like 212 MoreThat's accurate.But few were noting it in real time.C.I. did repeatedly.Here's one example from October 27th:Trump did not need lies to make him into a bad person.He's spent his entire life making himself into a bad person.All reporters had to do was report.Instead, they lied and they gamed the system.And you better believe that in doing that, they have created sympathy for Donald Trump.Anyone who believes in fairness, has to roll their eyes over how the corporate media has painted Donald -- me included.I have a friend who repeatedly calls when one of Ava and my media pieces goes up at THIRD and she says, "But we hate Trump!"  And, yes, I'm part of that "we."I also hate liars.And the press has lied repeatedly.Khan got up on the stage and launched an attack on Donald Trump.It's a free country.He's allowed to do that.But when Donald responds in kind -- probably responds in an overboard manner, that is Donald's style -- it becomes, "Oh, poor man, oh, he's being attacked, oh, this is so unfair . . ."No.You say something publicly, someone responds.That's how the town square works.And again, Cindy Sheehan took her lumps.  People called her vile things.  She didn't turn into a little cry baby whining in the public square.But that's the difference: Cindy Sheehan's a grown up.Khan needs to stop whimpering.It's disgusting.And let me also be clear, in a decade or so this may change, but right now, I'm really sick of fathers who never served in the military using their child's service to make themselves look better.Mothers?Women have faced restrictions in the US.  That's changing. When it does, my view of mothers on this issue may change.The never-ending outrage doomed Hillary's campaign before the RNC convention started."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, December 8, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the US admits to bombing a hospital, Iraq drops bombs on civilians, fake news is in the eye of the beholder, and much more.More War Crimes out of Iraq.#IRAQ شمرية العراق ‏@moonnor27  3h3 hours agoIraqi army crimes افضحوهم اوصلوه للاعلام الحشد الشيعي الارهابي يذبح اهلي عشرات الشهداء السنه بالقائم اغلبهم اطفال هكذا قتلونا اين المسلمون allowfullscreen="" id="player_tweet_806817540467019776" src="https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/806817540467019776?embed_source=clientlib&player_id=2&rpc_init=1" style="border-width: 0px; height: 505.99px; left: 0px; position: absolute; top: 0px; width: 505.99px;">60 replies1,003 retweets275 likes    #IRAQ شمرية العراق Retweeted#IRAQ شمرية العراق ‏@moonnor27  3h3 hours agoGraphic Massacre 66Iraqi Sunni civilian killed & 100 injured by Iraqi army airstrikes on Qaim #warcrimes #Iraq7_12_201613 replies330 retweets89 likes   Moonnor27 is on the frontlines calling out War Crimes.  Today, the media's act[...]



Who's faking who?

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:20:00 +0000

Exactly.John Stauber ‏@JohnStauber  9h9 hours ago#NYT defines #FakeNews: “made-up story ... to deceive". Like #JudithMiller's #CIA #propaganda on #Iraq they printed. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="361" id="xdm_default3018_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/806486638708736000?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=default3018&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">0 replies1 retweet1 likeReply  Retweet 1 Like 1 MoreThat's why we don't trust the media.That and the fact that they repeatedly show favoritism to various candidates when they're supposed to be objective.But they lie all the time.That is what the media does.I love how NPR used FDR yesterday as an example of fake news -- that he let Pearl Harbor be bombed to start WWII.You know what, that's not fake news.That's history.It may be alternative history.But it's not made up.You may not like what the outcome, the opinion, is but it is based on facts.Gore Vidal covered it and it was covered originally by Charles A. Beard -- one of the country's most famous historians."Fake news'' -- in the end -- is just a category people in the media use to denounce what they don't agree with."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS): Wednesday, December 7, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the Mosul slog continues, where's that political solution, a veteran walks across America to raise awareness, a Canadian veteran is released from a KRG jail, the Matt Lee State Dept Press Corps laughs at teachers, and much more.REUTERS reports that the Baghdad-based Iraqi government has approved the 2017 budget.This is big news.There were times under former prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki that Iraq would be well into a calendar year and still have no approved budget.The budget was not supported by the Kurds who note that their fighting force (the Peshmerga) and their government employees are not fully covered in the budget. This is said to be punishment for the Kurds selling their own oil.It may not be a success for the Kurds (and we'll certainly note any criticism they continue to offer of the budget) but in terms of Barack Obama-installed prime minister Hayder al-Abadi it is one thing he can call a success.It may be the only thing -- but never say when didn't give him credit when he actually accomplished something.And then there's Mosul.On day 51 of the operation to liberate or 'liberate' Mosul, the slog continues.And, please remember, the Islamic State took the city in June of 2014.Only 51 days ago did the Iraqi government begin trying to move the Islamic State out.Turns out the government of Iran was more strategic on the Mosul battle plan than the Iraqi government (or the US government) according to REUTERS.How sad that something as basic as circling the city couldn't come to Hayder's mind (or his generals) during all this time.How embarrassing for admirers of the Iraqi government that Iran was able to solve what Iraq could not.More to the point, how embarrassing that even success in Mosul would mean so little.  Saad Aldouri (ANADOLU AGENCY) offers:The campaign to liberate Mosul has seen an unprecedented coalition of military and paramilitary forces come together to fight ISIS [. . .], but so far this level of cooperation has not been reflected politically. Without a comprehensive political settlement agreed upon by all invested political factions, any post-[Islamic State] setting in Iraq would be left extremely vulnerable to failure, which could bring catastrophic consequences with it. The Iraqi government faces several challenges in setting aside vying political ambitions among competing inter[...]



A few thoughts on Ben Carson's media treatment

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:45:00 +0000

I agree with Cynthia McKinney:Cynthia McKinney PhD ‏@cynthiamckinney  Dec 5Of all of Trump's appointments, why does the NYT have THIS headline about Dr. Ben Carson?... allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="361" id="xdm_default4386_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/805932529085808640?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=default4386&xdm_p=1" style="border-style: initial; border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">21 replies28 retweets50 likesReply 21 Retweet 28 Like 50 MoreIf you're not the media approved African-American, they will go to town on you.Roland Burris?Look at the way the media went after him.Ben Carson is Dr. Ben Carson, a surgeon.He is a Yale graduate.How was Julian Castro qualified?He is our current Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and he went from Mayor of San Antonio to HUD Secretary without any qualms of his "lacking expertise in public housing."Steve Preston, Bully Boy Bush's last HUD Secretary, had no experience.I'm not saying Carson would be good, I'm not saying he would be bad.I am saying a lot of HUD Secretaries have come in with no public housing experience and it wasn't treated like a crime.The media really seems to love going to town on Dr. Carson.Jon Stewart, for example, was able to make fun of Dr. Carson by using a racist voice to 'mimic' him and the media was a-okay with that."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, December 6, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the Mosul slog continues, the lack of western coverage of the action Iraqi women staged in Baghdad yesterday goes to the ongoing and never-ending sexism in the US media, and much more.It's day 50 of the never ending operation to liberate or 'liberate' Mosul.Ahmed Rasheed and Patrick Markey (REUTERS) report, "Iraqi army units advanced from southeast Mosul towards a bridge across the Tigris in the city center on Tuesday, in an attack that could give fresh impetus to the hard fought, seven-week battle for Islamic State's northern Iraq stronghold."With record numbers of military deaths last month, the Iraqi military is reeling.  But don't worry, as we noted Saturday, the United Nations doesn't work for the world, it works for the Iraqi government and, therefore, will no longer keep count of military fatalities because the Baghdad-based government wants to bury that.They've already buried the huge numbers of desertions as soldiers flee the Mosul slog.George Lane ‏@GL4senate  15m15 minutes agoI remember when Obama was simultaneously at war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, and his wicked supporters had ZERO problem with it.0 replies0 retweets0 likes   Fake news?It's been around for years, decades.It helped start the Iraq War and it helped it continue.DIGITAL JOURNAL has a press release we're going to quote the opening paragraph of:As the Iraq War’s official end on December 18, 2011 marks its fifth anniversary, many questions remain on its fallouts.For the record, American businesses are whining about how they were hurt, in New York, by the boycott of french fries. Yes, that is right up there with the children in Falluja born with birth defects.(That was sarcasm.) The Iraq War did not end on December 18, 2011.There are US troops in Iraq today.  Since Barack began sending them back in, we've seen US troops die in the ongoing Iraq War.I don't expect a lot of whining business owners to grasp reality.I do express the press to.And they've often repeated that lie as well -- that the Iraq War ended.If they're going to repeat that lie and not be 'fake news,' then it's incumbent upon them to ask one question:[...]



Hillary, Iraq, etc.

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:34:00 +0000

James North (MONDOWEISS) points out:The mainstream media nit-picked over when Trump had actually come out against the 2003 invasion, without sufficiently noting that Senator Clinton had voted for the war and then spent years running away from any discussion of it. Although some are labeling Trump voters as proto-fascists and warmongers, let us remember there was no groundswell of spontaneous support from Middle America to invade Iraq. Americans in the Rust Belt, as elsewhere, wanted to defend our country against recurrences of the September 11 attacks, but what I would call the plot to misdirect that fear toward Saddam Hussein was hatched in Washington, D.C., not Youngstown, Ohio, or rural Wisconsin.Iraq defeated Hillary in 2008 and it defeated her in 2016.I voted for Mike Gravel in the 2008 primary and don't regret it.Hillary is a War Hawk.The way the media and her fan clubs slimed on Trump over Iraq was ridiculous.Whenever he started speaking, he was much more clear in his remarks that Hilly."Media: GOOD BEHAVIOR, Sally Field and truth telling" (Ava and C.I., THE THIRD ESTATE SUNDAY REVIEW):We covered this ground at the end of 2008 with, among others, "Yes, let's stop kidding ourselves (Ava and C.I.)."We're not going to rehash it all now but we are gong to note that 2016 did not see sexism.And we're gong to note that Democratic outlets like WOMEN'S MEDIA CENTER and MS. MAGAZINE's online blog repeatedly let women down and let men.To be fair, left outlets whose primary audience wasn't women also let women down in 2008.But those outlets don't promote themselves as being about improving the lives of women.If Sally wants to be an online presence who's helpful to women, she needs to be honest.And she needs to mix it up.There's no point in playing nice.We're encouraged to play nice and there's no reward for it.We need to toughen up online. Women are tough offline, to be sure. And a lot of us are tough online as well.But if we were truly tough collectively online Angelina Chapin's crap at HUFFINGTON POST last month would have been called out everywhere (one of us called it out here).Want to harm women's political chances?Be like the idiot Chapin and insist that an election can not be followed with discussions -- not even a week later -- about the results and the campaigns because we're too weak -- as a gender -- to handle it.What a lot of crap.Arianna Huffington is gone from HUFFINGTON POST so we won't blame her for the nonsense Angelina Chapin wrote and published.But we will point out that, in 2008, Arianna was against Hillary for the Democratic Party's nomination and that she published many women who were against Hillary (including Nora Ephron) and that support for Hillary wasn't presented as a female norm.Eight years later, Angelina Chapin is lying that "every liberal woman has broken down at some point in the past week" over Hillary's loss.We don't need to be encouraged to be weak or weepy -- society has already done that to us for centuries.I thought this was a great piece by Ava and C.I.  They really covered all the bases."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, December 5, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, Mosul remains a slog, the US Secretary of Defense states the US military will need to remain in Iraq long after Mosul is finally liberated, Iraqi women stage an action in Baghdad, and much more.Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) explains, "For a war which President Obama promised would involve 'no boots on the ground,' the ISIS war in Iraq has involved a substantial deployment of ground troops, some 6,000 by most reckonings. Even as officials present ISIS as nearly defeated in Iraq, the US military presence looks to be more or less permanent."More or less permanent?Al-Masdar NewsVerified account ‏@TheArabSource  19h19 hours agoUS Defense Secretary: 'We must stay in Iraq after defeat of #ISIS' allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="361" id="xdm_default1134_provider"[...]



That lousy economy

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:54:00 +0000

The jobs report is out and it is not good news.Niles Niemuth (WSWS) reports:     While the November jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the official US unemployment rate fell 0.3 percentage points last month to 4.6 percent, its lowest level in more than nine years, the decline was due largely to workers dropping out of the workforce.The report was met with a muted response by economists and in Washington, with no official response from President Barack Obama.Gus Faucher the deputy chief economist at PNC in Pittsburgh was less than enthusiastic about the report, telling the New York Times that the latest government figures were “a solid report but not quite as good as the headline numbers would indicate,” describing it as “mixed news.”Even though some 178,000 jobs were added to the US economy in November, in line with the 2016 average of 180,000 jobs per month, the decline in the unemployment rate was mostly accounted for by the more than 226,000 people who dropped out of the labor force. The overall labor force participation rate, the share of working age adults who are employed, fell to 62.7 percent, its lowest level since June. Despite the official unemployment rate returning to pre-2008 levels, the labor force participation rate remains well below what is was when Obama took office in January 2009. At least 1.9 million people out of work were not considered as unemployed in the November jobs report because they had not looked for work in at least four weeks.Barack had eight years to turn the economy around and failed.That is part of his historical legacy.He leaves office with less workers in the United States than when he took office.That really is shameful as is people's attempt to look the other way and pretend it didn't happen."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS): 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 your recent garbage post at FOREIGN POLICY IN FOCUS is so bad I'm thinking of pulling the link that they had asked for.What's wrong with the article?Bully Boy Bush started the illegal war because Saddam Hussein (supposedly) tried to kill his daddy?I'm so sick of people trying to ascribe motive based upon whispers.And it's especially dishonest of FPIF to publish the rabbi's nonsense.From PROJECT CENSORED, the eight most censored story of 2010:April 29, 2010 JUDICIAL WATCH, July 17,2003Title: Cheney Energy Task Force Documents Feature Map of Iraqi OilfieldsAuthor: Judicial Watch staffFOREIGN POLICY IN FOCUS, January 2004Title: “Bush-Cheney Energy Strategy:Procuring the Rest of the World’s Oil”Author: Michael KlareFaculty Evaluators: James Carr, Ph.D., Alexandra Von Meier, Ph.D.Student Researcher: Cassie Cypher, Shannon ArthurDocuments turned over in the summer of 2003 by the Commerce Department as a result of the Sierra Club’s and Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, concerning the activities of the Cheney Energy Task Force, contain a map of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals, as well as two charts detailing Iraqi oil and gas projects, and “Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts.” The documents, dated March 2001, also feature maps of Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates oilfields, pipelines, refineries and tanker terminals. There are supporting charts with details of the major oil and gas development projects in each country that provide information on the project’s costs, capacity, oil company and status or completion date.Documented plans of occupation and exploitation predating September 11 conf[...]



Elise Labott is an idiot

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:16:00 +0000

We all know Elise Labott, right?Elise LabottVerified account@eliselabottcnn TWEETS6,326FOLLOWING3,062FOLLOWERS25.7KLIKES45LISTS9 FollowElise LabottVerified account@eliselabottcnnElise is such a joke.From REUTERS:The Iraqi government's assault to retake the city of Mosul could take months, prompting more and more civilians to try to flee to avoid being trapped between frontlines, a senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross told Reuters.If you read THE COMMON ILLS, you already know where I'm going with this.As C.I. repeatedly notes, "Elise Labott of CNN making like she was at a county fair pig hollering contest by hollering "NO!" in the midst of an October State Dept press briefing when a reporter offered that it was a slog."No one picked up on this but C.I.Elise Labott speaks on behalf of the government in a press briefing and no one cares?She shoots down another reporter?She's so unprofessional.It is a slog.It was always going to be one.Elise Labott is an idiot."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):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 over the Iraq war by 439 votes to 70, after a sometimes angry debate.The motion, tabled by the Scottish National party’s foreign affairs spokesman, Alex Salmond, was backed by MPs from six other parties, and called for parliamentary committees to investigate and take appropriate action against the former prime minister.Some reaction on Twitter:Andy Hearn ‏@AndyHearn09  18h18 hours agoMillions of people know that Tony Blair deceived Parliament and the country about Iraq, MPs as usual think they know better.12 replies67 retweets75 likesWill Black ‏@WillBlackWriter  19h19 hours agoAny decent person knows Tony Blair and his devotees did wrong with Iraq. Labour MPs needs to stop defending the indefensible. #Chilcot9 replies139 retweets162 likesCaroline LucasVerified account ‏@CarolineLucas  Nov 30Here's the damning evidence from leading academic based on #Chilcot that makes the case that Blair misled on #Iraq bit.ly/2gUIbDs7 replies215 retweets121 likesAnd there's a larger message as well.Neil Clark ‏@NeilClark66  18h18 hours agoDefending Blair over Iraq is not going to persuade exLabour voters to return to the fold. Today's vote greatly harms their election chances16 replies112 retweets109 likesLabour has fallen from power and lost repeatedly.The Iraq War is not forgotten.As we've been documenting since months before Gordon Brown was toppled, voters want Labour to distance themselves from Tony Blair.  (Rebecca even wrote about her being consulted on that as a personal favor.)They won't pull the trigger already and they continue to suffer.They can try to wait this out and might be successful but they could easily return to power immediately if they would disown Tony Blair.That has US implications as well.In 2008, after admitting that the Iraq War was a "mistake" (finally admitting), Hillary Clinton (War Hawk supporter of the Iraq War) still lost the Democratic Party primary to Barack Obama who campaigned for the presidential nomination by (falsely) insisting he was always against the Iraq War.But somehow, in 2016, idiots thought this would be forgotten.Despite the fact that Libya proved just how War Hawk she really was.Despite the reality that she can never be wrong in her mind so she took to adding to her 'mistake' claim that her mistake was trusting Bully Boy Bush would put the right number of troops on the ground.So she walked back her 2008 'mistake' to [...]



Attacking the poor yet again

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:11:00 +0000

This from AP is outrageous:Smoking will be prohibited in public housing developments nationwide under a final rule announced Wednesday by the Obama administration.The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been encouraging local public agencies to enact smoking bans, and some 228,000 public housing units were already smoke-free. The new rule will expand the impact to more than 940,000 units.If you're in public housing, you shouldn't lose basic rights.That is what this is doing.It's akin to the nonsense of, "They should take drug tests if they're getting public assistance! I take it for my job!''This country has a real hatred of the poor.They ignore the poor -- check out the presidential campaigns we just had -- the major candidates avoided the terms "poor" and "poverty."They just go off on the poor.Treat them like dirt.It's an attitude that allowed Bill Clinton to gut the security net when he was president.The poor need help.They don't need hatred.They don't need new hurdles.I don't understand this hatred."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS): 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 contest by hollering "NO!" in the midst of an October State Dept press briefing when a reporter offered that it was a slog.It's not a slog?Day 44 and it's not a slog, Elise?Mosul was seized by the Islamic State in June of 2014.Despite having over two years to plan an effort, the Baghdad based-government and the White House did not bother to factor in the refugees that would be created by this effort or the suffering of the civilians who remained in Mosul.WORLD BULLETIN notes, "Up to 500,000 civilians in Mosul face a 'catastrophic' drinking water shortage as Iraqi forces advance on the ISIL group in the city, the United Nations warned on Wednesday."  AL JAZEERA adds:"We are facing a humanitarian catastrophe," said Hussam al-Abar, member of Mosul's Nineveh provincial council, adding that 1.5 million people were still inside Mosul. "Basic services such as water, electricity, health, food are non-existent."AFP notes, "Some residents said the sudden water shortage was caused by air strikes from the US-led coalition that damaged the main carrier bringing water from the western side of the city."So not only are they suffering, some are saying it's because of the US-led coalition.(It may or may not be because of the US-led coalition.  That'll be determined at a later date most likely.  Right now, the point is that the actions of the US-led coalition have been so destructive that some residents believe this is also their fault.)The refugees, the ones who have made it out?They're not fairing any better.BBC News (World)Verified account ‏@BBCWorld  13h13 hours agoIraq refugees: 'We are dying here. The dirt is consuming us.' allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="361" id="xdm_default3098_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/803750364797423617?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#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default3098&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">24 replies155 retweets108 likesWhere was the planning?Why wasn't the US State Dept leading on this?Where's the outcry?None of that troubles Elise Labott.The woman who wants to be the third Mrs. [...]



Standing Rock

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 03:13:00 +0000

Freshly posted tonight, this is Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Recount."On a related theme, here is a Tweet that Jordan e-mailed me.Feisty ☀️Floridian ‏@peddoc63  3h3 hours agoWhen Hillary says she wants answers she really mean did the #FBI find the smoking gun that she thought she made disappear? #HillarysEmails7 replies59 retweets87 likesReply 7 Retweet 59 Like 87 MoreThat really sums it up, doesn't it?Hillary's the one who's been hiding.She's the one who created this mess.ABC NEWS notes: Strong enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton has ebbed since the renewal of the FBI’s email investigation. While vote preferences have held essentially steady, she’s now a slim point behind Donald Trump — a first since May — in the latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates. In the latest results, 46 percent of likely voters support Trump, and 45 percent are for Clinton. With the data taken to a decimal place for illustrative purposes, a mere 0.7 of a percentage point divides them. She thought she was in the home stretch.Not anymore.She also has no one to help her.  (I'm not talking about spinmeisters.)  She's out in the cold.  Because she never took the time to make friends.Her underlings will always serve her.Meanwhile, Jill Stein has picked up another endorsement.Green Party US ‏@GreenPartyUS  20h20 hours ago"Fear of Donald Trump is not enough for me to support Clinton, with her record of corruption." -@SusanSarandon #InvestYourVote0 replies1,043 retweets1,703 likesReply  Retweet 1K Like 1.7K MoreGood for Susan Sarandon.If you want to stand for peace, vote Stein.If you want to stand for the people, vote Jill.If you want more of the same cesspool, by all means vote for Hillary."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the 'liberation' of Mosul is still completed, Hillary attacks the FBI, her hypocrisy remains uncommented on by the corporate media, and much more.Starting with the disaster that is the lousy presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.  America's War Hawk in a pant suit is back under criminal investigation by the FBI.On Saturday, our Lady of Eternal Hypocrisy publicly declared that "voters deserve to get full and complete facts"Hillary's hoping there's a fool born every minute and that then they're immediately mass cloned.Voters deserve to get full and complete facts?Are the Podesta e-mails published by WikiLeaks true?Hillary won't discuss that.Hillary will blame Russia and distract.Where's the concern, you hypocritical piece of trash, for "full and complete facts" there?And why hasn't the press made an issue of it?"Voters deserve to get full and complete facts," huffed liar Hillary on Saturday.But she didn't care about full and complete facts when it came to the Democratic Party's primary being fixed and when Debbie Washerwoman Schultz got exposed for her part in fixing the elections, she had to step down. allowfullscreen="" class="flickr-embed-frame" data-loaded="true" data-natural-height="326" data-natural-width="500" frameborder="0" height="326" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" style="height: 326px; margin: 0px; max-width: none; overflow: hidden; padding: 5px; width: 500px;" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500">From July 24th, that's Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Debbie's Parting Words."Forced to resign as the DNC was on the eve of it's national convention.But no need to fret for disgraced Debbie because Hillary doesn't have a campaign, she has a mafia. Full and complete facts, says Hillary.But here's what she said July 24th:“I want to thank my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the De[...]