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Milo the pedophile?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:04:00 +0000

I don't know the alt-right guy's last name.Don't care to.But he's in the news.  He had to leave the website he worked at.Turns out he made some comments about boy and man sex.What did he say?I don't even want to know.Did you see THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS?In it, Michelle Pfeiffer plays Susie Diamond and she has a quote that I always thought would be perfect for a title about the way women are judged by society: "F**k.  I said it, I didn't do it."My point here is that this Milo said something objectionable.He said it.Scott Ritter did it.Scott Ritter was three times caught trying to engage in sex with an underage female.Yet as soon as he's out of prison, HUFFINGTON POST and every one else is running his columns."F**k.  I said it, I didn't do it."If Milo deserves all that's raining down on him -- and he may -- then certainly Scott Ritter deserves even more."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS): Tuesday, February 21, 2017.  Illusions fall away.Let's start with useless.Alyssa Milano ‏@Alyssa_Milano  Feb 1Those that tell me not to tweet politics because I'm an uninformed celebrity are the same people that voted for... an uninformed celebrity.3,196 replies35,631 retweets107,594 likes  Actually, no. Alyssa, I'm telling you not to Tweet politics.  And I didn't vote for Donald Trump.I'm telling you it because you have (a) a herd mentality and (b) you are so woefully uninformed.Calling you "ignorant" would be generous.You've never done the work required.  And, Alyssa, I know you.You have every right to Tweet about anything you want -- we all can weigh in.But for your own image, I'd urge you to find something else to Tweet about.You're a misguided and misinformed stooge whose Tweets are reactionary and back up war while you're not even aware of it.From a professional point of view, it's not smart to take money from Atkins and to offer Tweets that insult a good portion of the American people but your people have already told you that.  (Atkins is also considering parting ways with you at the end of your current arangement.)  They hired you to popularize their product.  That's why a lot of us don't do advertising -- it's whoring.But you wanted to keep you name out in front of your public -- such as it is -- and so you agreed.  But you're not living up to the bargain, are you?However, my concern is your deep stupidity and lack of curiosity which leads you to accept simplistic pronouncements that encourage violence and war.Simplistic pronouncements.I was having a debate with a friend last night on the phone that turned into an argument.She's an actress who can't stop her nonsense Tweets about Donald Trump being evil and the Democrats being salvation.Is Donald Trump evil?He may or may not be.  Time will tell.Are Democrats the salvation?No.And she was raised in a Socialist family.And we both used to listen to Gore Vidal go on (constantly) about the boiled frog.Gore was right.The Democrats are not the answer.Could they be?Maybe if they were pushed.Susan Sarandon's pushing them.  Which is why hacks like Debra Messing get so angry.Everyone should be pushing them.No, you don't have a right to our votes.You earn them.And if the Democratic Party wants our votes, it damn well better try to earn those votes.The country doesn't need pretty words, it needs action.It needs jobs.Real jobs.If all your money goes to rent and food, you're not making a living and we need to stop kidding otherwise.Alyssa, my friend and I live very fortunate lives.We need to be aware that many others are not so fortunate.These are the people the Democratic Party has abandoned -- a party that can't even publicly mention the poor, a party that should have declared one of their so-called wars on the issue of the homeless long ago.  If 10% of what's been spent on the 'war on drugs' in any year was spent on addressing the homeless, the people would be better off.The Democratic Party has joined the corporations in fleecing the American people.That's not going to turn out any votes.A[...]


Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:44:00 +0000

Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Chelsea's Days of Faux Rage" is part of a planned series.Hillary is responsible for her failure, non one else.Amir ‏@amiraminiMD  Jan 22MoreI appreciate your newly discovered solidarity w/ Muslim women-I just wish u had discovered it when Obama was dropping 26K bombs on them/year49 replies552 retweets918 likesReply 49 Retweet 552 Like 918"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, January 23, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, eastern Mosul -- turns out -- not fully liberated as claimed last week, thug Nouri al-Maliki continues to cast a shadow over Iraq, what were US State Dept employees doing in the streets of Erbil on Saturday, and much more.Why do they lie?Maybe to excuse away their actions and ignore their guilt.Yet again the corporate media is pimping the lie that Iraq came together to defeat the Islamic State.It's not defeated.Nor do people feel that their country came together.#IRAQ شمرية العراق ‏@moonnor27  24h24 hours agoIraqi army crimes لاتعليق الرساله احزنتني ولم اجد كلمات للتعبير انتم اقرئوها افضل14 replies121 retweets43 likes  #IRAQ شمرية العراق ‏@moonnor27  24h24 hours agofrom #Mosul here 65 Iraqi Sunni family killed by sectarian Iraqi army Airstrikes #Warcrimes #IRAQ2 replies46 retweets23 likes  #IRAQ شمرية العراق ‏@moonnor27  Jan 22Iraqi army crimes كانت حاضره الدنيا اعرق مدن العالم انها الموصل بعد ان دخلها مغول العصر الجيش الشيعي المجرم حولها لمدينه اشباح 6 replies136 retweets60 likes  #IRAQ شمرية العراق ‏@moonnor27  Jan 22Our Sunni city #Mosul become a ghost city Completely destroyed by Sectarian Iraqi army #Warcrimes #MosulOffensive #IRAQ 1 reply44 retweets22 likes  #IRAQ شمرية العراق ‏@moonnor27  7h7 hours agoعاجل طلاب جامعه الموصل الكرام يخرجون بمظاهرات عارمه تنديدا #بهدم الجيش #الشيعي #الارهابي لجامعتهم ولاعاده بنائها فورا واكمال دراستهم 15 replies143 retweets71 likes  #IRAQ شمرية العراق ‏@moonnor27  7h7 hours agoBreaking #Mosul University students protesting For the reconstruction of their university destroyed by sectarian Iraqi army Air strikes 0 replies48 retweets22 likes  Mosul.The city seized by the Islamic State in June of 2014.Early last week, the world was told eastern Mosul had been liberated.Strange because yesterday Mostafa Abulezz and Jean-Marc Mojon (AFP) reported:Iraqi forces on Sunday retook two areas from the Islamic State group in Mosul, sealing their control of the east bank three months into an offensive to reclaim the city.They recaptured "Al-Milayeen neighbourhood and Al-Binaa al-Jahiz area and raised the Iraqi flag over the buildings", the military said in a statement."These are the last neighbourhoods of the centre of the city (on) the left bank," the statement said, referring to eastern Mosul.They did that yesterday?But Wednesday, January 18th, outlets reported eastern Mosul was liberated.  Here's Jim Michaels reporting for USA TODAY:Iraq's armed forces said Wednesday they are now in full control of eastern Mosul, a key development in a bloody fight with the Islamic State to win back the country's second-largest city.Iraqi Army Lt. Gen. Talib Shaghati, who commands the counterterrorism forces, said the achievement was a “big victory,” describing the success of the Iraqi forces as “unprecedented,” the Associated Press reported.So that wasn't true?Wasn't true.And still isn't.The eastern neighborhood of Rashidiyah still remains under control of the Islamic State.98 days after Hayder al-Abadi launched the mission to liberate t[...]

Roberta Flack

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:45:00 +0000

Betty asks, "Aren't we all sick of fake ass Alyssa Milano?"I answer, "Yes, we are."She posts three videos in one day, while claiming to be pro-woman, and all are of male vocalists?As Betty wrote, Alyssa clearly doesn't believe women can produce music.At THE COMMON ILLS, that would never happen.C.I. realizes that we create the canon.We have that power.We can merely repeat the excessive male choices or we can use our voices and spaces to promote women.Alyssa doesn't care about that because she doesn't care about women.She's just a hacktress who can't really act and who's not smart enough to be political (something she should inform her mouth and fingers of) and she does real damage with all of her nonsense.She harms women and girls with every stupid Tweet she publishes.Women can and do make music.I'll focus on only one of the greats.Here's Roberta Flack doing the Beatles "Let It Be" in the early seventies. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Roberta's most recent album is 2012's LET IT BE ROBERTA: ROBERTA FLACK SINGS THE BEATLES. Kat reviewed it here.It's an incredible album.Roberta, a Grammy winner, sings, plays the piano and also produces.Yes, Alyssa Milano, women can make music.Here's Roberta performing her classic hit "Killing Me Softly With His Song." allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Here's Roberta performing the number one hit she sang, wrote and produced "Feel Like Making Love." allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Lastly, here's Roberta performing "Oasis." allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">I did four videos, unlike Alyssa's three, because "Oasis" is one of my all time favorite Roberta songs."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, January 20, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue in Iraq but, faded celebs from a time gone by, insist that the real tragedy is here in the US as the country prepares for the inauguration of Donald Trump.Today, Barack Obama passes the presidential baton to Donald Trump. Ella Septima-Hamer ‏@Jbrous14  9h9 hours agoPlaces where they ain't thanking Obama: Flint Somalia Yemen Syria Libya IraqAfghanistan Honduras Haiti Etc.......19 replies394 retweets584 likesMaybe Elton John can warble his "dead blondes" song (nod to Keith Richards) live over the internet to console The Cult of St. Barack.Because Barack is leaving.And if you doubt that, Antonia Juhasz has suddenly re-discovered Iraq.For years, she's avoided it -- like the fake ass that she is.Just another hostage to the Democratic Party, unable to speak for what's important.How did she find Iraq?With 'veterans' that mean old John McCain wouldn't meet with.Did they have a meeting scheduled?Nope.Are they his constituents?Nope.Did they bother to make themselves presentable for a meet-up?Some did.  A few guys wore suits.Some needed to shave or trim their beards.One woman in particular needed schooling on the dangers of clown make up in broad daylight.But they showed up.To cause trouble.This is the same group of veterans who showed up at the RNC 2008 convention to disrupt and to make John McCain look bad.(After getting punked by Barack at the DNC convention.)So they've got no appointment, they're not his constituents and the last time they were around they were trying to ensure his defeat in the presidential election.McCain would meet with them why?They want headlines and they've certainly become the focus of Antonia's Twitter feed but then it's all partisan politics which is all cheap whores like Antonia can offer.Remember how we wrongly took her seriously?She produced that bad, plodding book. It was so poorly written, we took it for sincerity.Why would a non-writer try writing for so many pages unless they were sincere?Well if they're a former Democratic Party oper[...]


Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:26:00 +0000

Am I watching anything?  David asked that in an e-mail?Not really.I am watching PORTLANDIA but I don't count that because I rarely watch it live.But I do love the show.I watch THE GREAT INDOORS live sometimes.  Mainly because Mike and our daughter watch.It's a funny show though.I am so not looking forward to it going off because some idiot decided it was time to bring Judd Hirsh back to 'comedy.'Speaking of TV . . ."TV: When the missing return" (Ava and C.I., THE THIRD ESTATE SUNDAY REVIEW):By taking moments, by letting the story breathe, THE OA leaves viewers caring.When things don't add up on BEYOND, you're not left wondering what that means, you're just rushed off into another cliffhanger.  When it's not making sense on THE OA, you're left to wonder if Prarie made the whole thing up?You also care about the supporting characters on THE OA -- especially Steve (Patrick Gibson), Betty (Phyllis Smith, following up her teacher role in BAD TEACHER playing another teacher), Brandon Perea (French), Brendan Meyer (Jesse) and Buck (Ian Alexander). If Prarie's made it all up, what does it mean for the four who were with her?The show resonates while BEYOND gets by on thrills that never add up and the very natural appeal of Burkely Duffield.  As a result, BEYOND isn't a failure but it's far from the more mature slate that the former ABC FAMILY has been promising since it changed its name to FREE FORM.Stan's "FEUD" talks about a show I will be catching -- Susan Sarandon playing Bette Davis and Jessica Lange playing Joan Crawford.That should be a really interesting show.I am not a big TV watcher, as you know if you read this site, but I really can't get over how tired this year's offerings have been."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, January 19, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, the Mosul Slog continues, give REUTERS access and they'll kiss your ass, billions still being made off the Iraq tragedy and much more.Robert Burns (AP) reports, "Sending thousands more American troops into Iraq or Syria in a bid to accelerate the defeat of the Islamic State group would push U.S. allies to the exits, create more anti-U.S. resistance and give up the U.S. military's key advantages, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an Associated Press interview."It's a failure of Barack Obama's that Ash Carter even has to say that.The answer has always been a political solution.President Obama said it himself on June 19, 2014.But instead of offering a diplomatic surge, he let John Kerry play general and fail at the job of Secretary of State.Apparently still hurting over his Swift Boating -- what most people forget was the biggest laughs during that period came from John in shrink wrap shorts in Hawaii -- he was going to lead . . . the military if not the State Dept.Kerry was an idiot.It's rare that the Secretary of State shows a greater desire for military actions than for diplomacy.Ash Carter had a good run as Secretary of Defense.He ran his department far better than John did State.The interview with Carter also includes this:So while he believes faster is better, "It's important that it be done in a way that victory sticks." That was a reference to avoiding a repeat of the disastrous events of 2014, when Islamic State militants swept into western and northern Iraq from Syria and grabbed control of large swaths of territory as the Iraqi army collapsed. The Obama administration was caught by surprise at the hollowness of the Iraqi army, weakened by political and ethnic strife.They were caught by surprise.But the surprise was 'turned corner' is still believed.Those of us who endured the reporting of the first years of the Iraq War -- especially from THE NEW YORK TIMES -- should remember the turned corner very well.It maintained: 'We have turned a corner in Iraq.'It maintained that repeatedly.Over and over.So much so that US forces appeared to be walking circles in Iraq as they were forced to turn, turn, turn and turn[...]

Tweet of the Week

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:21:00 +0000

Amen to this Tweet.Ken Silverstein ‏@KenSilverstein1  12h12 hours agoMeryl Streep is the Resistance? God help us all. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="359" id="xdm_default9159_provider" scrolling="no" src="" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">0 replies1 retweet4 likesReply  Retweet 1 Like 4 MoreIt has to be Tweet of the Week.In case the link doesn't show up above, it's here and this is from it:If you want a better future than either Trump of Hillary offered, it’s better that Trump delegitimizes himself with his supporters because liberal whining from the likes of Meryl Streep and the cas[t] of “Hamilton” is not going to do it. We need a reality-based political movement to oppose Trump because the short-term satisfaction of impeachment, especially a bogus one, is only going to lead to a President Pence administration and won’t help usher out the rancid corpse of the Democratic Party that this election exposed.Amen."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, January 18, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, the Mosul Slog continues, the truth behind Barack Obama's decision on Chelsea Manning, and more.Let's start with Chelsea Manning.  I added a sentence on that to yesterday's snapshot when I found out about it.Ed Snowden is a whistle-blower.  So is Chelsea Manning.Chelsea got her sentence commuted.  There was no word on Ed yesterday.Will there be today?I don't think so. Here's what I was told.andBarack's inside circle split on Chelsea -- pardon or not.But Barack made the pardon out of fear.History, he argued, would have no problem with him not pardoning Ed but due to Chelsea's sexuality there could be a historical backlash because she could end up in another category besides "whistle-blower."Barack's aware of history and how horrific treatment of African-Americans or Jews, for example (his), could have been tolerated 40 or so years ago, it's not today and some are judged for their actions in the past.  Due to the fact that Chelsea is not an exception but part of the march to the future (she is a role model -- much more so than some celebrity versions) and keeping her imprisoned might defeat -- when people look back a few decades from now -- his work on the bathrooms issue.Ed doesn't have that.And Ed doesn't have a chance.Why am I writing this?Ed's chances are fewer also because some of Barack's advisors were arguing Ed didn't show "remorse" and that Ed wasn't in prison or in the US.I knew at least one would argue that.Ed has more than a few supporters advising Barack. I'm writing this to make it transparent why Chelsea got commuted and Ed got nothing yesterday in the hopes that this will re-start the conversation among Barack's circle (and because I was asked to write it by someone wanting to restart it with Barack).Ed deserves a pardon.He did a great service to the country and did it at great risk.Commuting of Chelsea leaves Barack "basking," I was told.  We need feet to the fire if Ed's going to get pardoned.And if that means revealing why Barack really decided to pardon Chelsea, then so be it.As it is, there is nothing to praise Barack for there.He made a calculated decision that 40 or so years from now, there will be more awareness of transgendered persons and that he would be seen as horrible person.  He has no real legacy to speak of and he's aware that reality is going to hit home strong.Pardoning Ed would be bravery.  Anything less just goes to Barack's vanity.&n[...]

It had been a good magazine

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Awful. John Stauber RetweetedJeffrey St. Clair ‏@JSCCounterPunch  1h1 hour agoNew Yorker cartoonists stuck in Cold War. The KGB dissolved in Nov. 1991. The FSB established in 1995. The CIA has doubled since then0 replies3 retweets3 likesReply  Retweet 3 Like 3 MoreThat magazine has just gone down hill so bad since David Remnick took over.I used to live to read that magazine.Even handled Tina brown's tenure.But the 00s were awful and it's only gotten worse.The critical secition is a joke.The 'reporting' domestic is an embarrassment (especially Jane Meyer).Iraq?Barely there.I have old issues bound and, of course, the set on the discs -- CDROM? -- that go back to the start of the magazine.THE NEW YORKER is tired.It's boring.It's represents David perfectly."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, January 17, 2017.  We explore the lies that allow the Iraq War to continue.Gwen Ifill was a closeted lesbian, Laura Flanders is now an out lesbian.Due to various reasons -- none of them positive -- a number of e-mails have been noting Flanders and how she's been awful and didn't make the list I did of the most disappointing a few weeks back.  She didn't?  I'll take your word for it.  I'm limited in what I can say about Laura Flanders. (Though if I take a current book offer -- I probably won't -- I don't care what's supposedly off the record and what's not.)  So if you think she's getting a pass, she's not.  I know a great deal more than I'm allowed to say publicly and so I tend to avoid her.But among the reasons some of you are upset in e-mails (and if you're a community member, I'll gladly write about Laura for this Friday's gina & krista round-robin and you'll get why I try to avoid Flanders) is that Ms. Media Critic Laura Flanders Tweeted love to the late Gwen.As you note, this is the Gwen who laughed -- on air -- when Blackwater attacked civilians -- dismissed the shooting and joked that it was no more than a bottle of water being thrown at them. This is the Gwen who carried water for the Bully Boy Bush administration.The Gwen who was a cheerleader for the Iraq War before it started, etc., etc.Why in the world would Laura Flanders praise her?The only reason I can offer publicly (in this forum) is what I offered at the top.Remember when that hideous 'journalist' wrote that embarrassing cover story on Ann Coulter?And remember how Rachel Maddow defended the article -- the article everyone was trashing -- media critics, the left?It was left to me to explain to you that Rachel was personal friends with the writer -- she 'forgot' to tell you that.  Although he himself told me he considered Rachel his "angel."She spent three days on radio defending that story and never told her listeners that she knew the author, let alone that she was friends with him.There are so many layers that never get made public.(And that, by the way, is how my book editor friend is trying to hook me.  For those of you in the press who are not my friends, unless you're Tim Arango, you should worry.  Especially if you're a certain economist who used to work for THE NEW YORK TIMES and write nasty e-mails attacking me for my 'mistakes' but the errors were actually at THE DAILY HOWLER.  I could do a whole chapter on your stupidity and foul mouth alone.)Gwen was a joke in life and she remains one in death.  Dying did not make her a better person and it certainly didn't make her a better journalist.Gwen was a joke, PBS is a joke.As a friend with THE NEWSHOUR likes to say, "If we told the truth, do you think they'd keep us on air?"No.To demonstrate that, let's drop back to Friday's NEWSHOUR when they pretended to explore Iraq.There were two segments.First, a supposed report.  Second a discussion.Let's start with the alleged reporting.JUDY WOODRUFF: Looking at President Obama, he came into off[...]

Shut up, Patty Arquette

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:28:00 +0000

Patricia Arquette is an idiot and always has been.(C.I. is friends with her.  I'm speaking for myself.)I can remember when the idiot was a devotee of Anais Nin.Then she found out Nin was a bigamist -- Nin had been dead for over 20 years by this point -- and she hated Anais and couldn't shut up about it.Anais Nin was a writer.Grow up, Patty, you stupid ass.What a lunatic she is.She proves it again with this nonsense:Patricia Arquette ‏@PattyArquette  Jan 15If U communicate like a 9 year old who skins cats & lights matches U will B spoken 2 accordingly. Hard 2 feel safe with America in UR hands.21 replies134 retweets614 likesReply 21 Retweet 134 Like 614 MoreYou think that's cute?I think it's cute that you don't have a TV show anymore and despite your Oscar win, you don't have a film career.I think it's cute that your hideous teeth have never been fixed.I think it's cute that Nicholas Cage left you.  (I know him, I like him.)Mainly, I think it's cute that you didn't speak out when Barack dropped bombs all over the world.She's a disgrace.She's 48-years-old.  She's been acting forever.But she still hasn't turned in one performance as challenging as her sister Rosanna.Nothing she's done compares to Rosanna's work in BABY IT'S YOU, AFTER HOURS, NEW YORK STORIES, PULP FICTION, CRASH, BUFFALO 66 . . .Rosanna is a gift and an artist.Patricia's still just Rosanna's kid sister."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, January 16, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, the Mosul slog continues, one editorial board asks about Iraq, and much more.Goodness gracious, who has Donald Trump attacked today.According to this morning's MORNING JOE, it's John Brennan.Poor John Brennan, just minding his own damn business and wild and wacky Donald Trump attacks him?Michael Tracey ‏@mtracey  15h15 hours agoCIA director goes on TV to mock and attack the incoming president. Interesting times. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="393" id="xdm_default7327_provider" scrolling="no" src="" style="border-style: initial; border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">120 replies337 retweets478 likes   As I dictate this over the phone, Dionne Warwick's coming out of the speakers wondering, "What's it all about, Alfie?"Good question, Dionne.What's it all about?Gross stupidity, maybe.A man stands at the podium onstage at a national convention and attacks Donald Trump.Not the end of the world, it's politics.Donald responds and it's, "Trump attacked him!!!!"Corrupt John Lewis attacks Donald Trump and Donald responds and it's "Trump attacked him!"Trump's responding.I know him, remember?Donald Trump's favorite topic is?Donald Trump.He wouldn't notice any of these people if they weren't attacking him.Let's stay with the ridiculous bought-and-paid-for John Lewis.  Patrick Martin (WSWS) observes:There are many reasons to reject and oppose the presidency of Donald Trump: he personifies the financial oligarchy that now dominates the US political system and seeks to subordinate all public policy to its mad drive to amass ever-greater wealth; he has filled his cabinet and White House staff with ultra-right ideologues, fellow billionaires and ex-generals; his government is committed to a program of drastic cuts in social spending, for education, health care and other public services, combined with a massive military buildup.Lewis, however, mentioned none of these things. He based his rejection of Tru[...]

Who's the idiot at WSWS?

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:56:00 +0000

Apparently Brad Lewis.There was no need for their article attacking Robert Kennedy Jr. (disclosure, I know him).But they wanted to hop on the 'science would never lie to us!!!' bandwagon.You know what, it's not science.It's medicine.Our knowledge of medicine evolves.For example, we don't use leeches anymore -- well, there's David Brock.But for treating disease, we no longer use leeches.There are medical break throughs all the time.I love the WSWS readers for pushing back on the article by Lewis.What's my stance on autism and vaccines?I'm not a medical doctor.I'm a psychologist.So from a personal point of view, I don't know that I'd ever stake my opinion on a position because 'a study was discredited.'THE LANCET study on deaths in Iraq was 'discredited' and it's an accurate study.I think the issue needs real exploration.Until that happens, I'm not picking a side.I also don't confuse loud mouths worshiping at the groin of corporate pharma with informed discussions.I like Robert.He's a good guy.Trump should put him in charge.Robert wouldn't shade a study.  He'd do his best to get to the bottom of the issue and do his best to share the results whatever they were.Now for a lost musical gem, "Snow Queen of Texas" by the Mamas and the Papas -- from their final album PEOPLE LIKE US. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">I really enjoy that album more with each year.I also love "I Wanna Be A Star" and "People Like Us" to name two other tracks."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, January 13, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, the Canadian government won't answer to whether or not their soldiers receiving treatment in Iraq were injured in battle, when do we ever arrive at what passes for 'victory' and much more.More and more, I think what any occupant of the White House needs is a car with twin 11-year-olds in the backseat, bored, hopped up on Monster and kicking the seat in front of them while repeatedly asking, "Are we there yet?  Are we there yet?"Are we there yet?That's one of the most important questions that president-elect Donald Trump will face once he's sworn in as President of the United States.And someone needs desperately to define where ''there" is.The Iraq War, or at least this century's installment, started in March of 2003.Two months shy of 14 years, the war continues and US troops are still engaged in it -- from the air and on the ground.As a point of reference, WWI and WWII did not last as long -- did not last as long combined.Yet still the Iraq War continues.Erik Gustafson (THE HILL) offers four things to remember regarding Iraq.1) Victory in Mosul does not mean the ISIS threat is over.2) Young democracies like Iraq are not the place for strongmen.3) Reconstruction must address the longterm needs of the Iraqi people.4) Iraq's ability to secure its future is limited by serious economic shortcomings.A fifth?Maybe . . . don't take your eyes off Iraq?  Don't ignore it?Kenneth RothVerified account ‏@KenRoth  11h11 hours agoTerrorism in Iraq gets far less attention, but Iraq was the site of the deadliest terrorist attack in 2016. 1 reply64 retweets43 likesYep, it does get less attention.Why is that, Kenny boy?Because you used your Twitter feed to campaign for Hillary Clinton?I'm sorry, I thought Human Rights Watch was politically neutral.Had you just focused on Iraq, maybe it would get the attention it needs.Had you just Tweeted about HRW's Iraq reports, it might have gotten attention.But before the election you thought you were slyly promoting Hillary and post-election you've had a tantrum or two.Maybe if you'd focus on human rights and the work of HRW, Iraq could get the attention it deserves.If you're part of the problem, that's on you.So maybe we could also try to avoid dumb assery as well?Yusra M. ‏@T[...]