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Oh, Michael Tracey, shut up

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:22:00 +0000

I called him out earlier this week, Michael Tracey, for his nonsense that people should be fired.He's tried to write a piece on it.He meanders all over the place and missed the point entirely.Legal actions -- no matter how reprehensible -- do not result in firing.Legal actions that are expressions of free speech and take place off the clock are not fireable.This is not deep or controversial.If I am a hater of Jews and I keep that to myself at work, I can't be fired.If, however, I'm going around threatening Jewish co-workers (or even insulting them at work), I can be fired for the problems I am creating at the work place.This is not a thinker.It's very basic."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, August 18, 2017.KURDISTAN24 reports: The Iraqi Prime Minister’s office on Thursday admitted a faction of the security forces committed “abuses” against civilians during the battle to defeat the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul.Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said they began an investigation into the matter in May after a report by German news magazine Der Spiegel included images of torture by Iraqi forces. The report for DER SPIEGEL was done by Ali Arkady and if you're wondering why he isn't a household name in the west, you're really naive. THE NEW YORK TIMES can't applaud him because that would be indicting themselves. Rukmini Callimachi is their 'star' reporter -- a self-promoter with zero modesty who is prone to I-I-I-I-I-I statements.  As we noted several times in February, Rukmini had crossed a line.  She was identify with the Iraqi troops she was embedded with.  She was also insisting that there was no abuse. But War Crimes were being carried out. Applauding Ali is admitting Rukmini was worthless.And she was. Rukmini is only the most prominent -- because she made herself that way -- of the misreporters. Applauding Ali means admitting how much money was wasted by various outlets. And, let's face it, the rule of modern 'journalism' remains: Rather than rock the boat, let's all be wrong together. So they all ignored what was happening -- all but Ali.DOAM‏ @doamuslims  May 22#Iraq - SPIEGEL photographer Ali Arkady documents Iraqi security forces abducting, torturing, raping, & killing Sunnis around #Mosul.7 replies169 retweets61 likesJason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) notes:Faced with mounting evidence of war crimes committed by Iraqi troops in the course of the Mosul invasion, as well as against “suspects” after victory was declared, Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder Abadi today admitted that there were “abuses” committed by security forces in the city. And, to be clear, all Hayder is admitting to is what DER SPIEGEL has already documented with photographic evidence.AP explains regarding spokesperson Saad al-Hadith, "Al-Hadithi was referring to allegations reported by an Iraqi photographer for Germany's Der Spiegel magazine in May. The report alleged Iraq's Emergency Response Division -- an elite force linked to the Interior Ministry -- tortured and killed civilians in and around Mosul." That was not the end of the abuse. July 19th, Human Rights Watch issued a press release which opened:International observers have discovered an execution site in west Mosul, Human Rights Watch said today. That report, combined with new statements about executions in and around Mosul’s Old City and persistent documentation about Iraqi forces extrajudicially killing men fleeing Mosul in the final phase of the battle against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), are an urgent call to action by the Iraqi government.Despite repeated promises to investigate wrongdoing by security forces, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has yet to demonstrate that Iraqi authorities have held a single soldier accountable for murdering, torturing, and abusing Iraqis in this conflict.“As Prime Minister Abadi enjoys victory in Mosul, he is ignoring the flood of evidence of his soldiers committing vicious war crimes in the very city he’s promised to liberate,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East[...]



Those e-mails?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Michael Tracey‏Verified account @mtracey  3h3 hours agoMoreMichael Tracey Retweeted Nate SilverObsession with acting as though every current ill can be traced back to excess scrutiny of Hillary: nonsensicalMichael Tracey added,Nate SilverVerified account @NateSilver538As Trump’s problems mount, the media’s obsession with Clinton’s email server–literally the most-covered issue of 2016– looks worse & worse.28 replies51 retweets196 likesReply 28 Retweet 51 Like 196Nate Silver?The Vegas oddsmaker who passed himself off as knowing?The one who predicted -- guessed -- everything wrong over and over?Can things be predicted?Maybe.But Nate and his numbers were not accurate.C.I., to name one person, is certainly intuitive.I've told her she was psychic my whole life -- she doesn't like being called that.But she is usually right.(Rebecca long ago shared how when she and her husband invested in Enron and told C.I., C.I. had stomach pains -- this was long before the crash.  I can think of many other examples.  C.I. says she's intuitive. Whatever.)Nate Silver has made a fool of himself repeatedly.I have no idea why we still have to deal with him.But the notion that Hillary's e-mails were not an issue?She was the target of a federal investigation.Yes, they lied about that and downplayed it.But you don't run someone like that for president.Let me make one more point here.There's this stupid woman who keeps e-mailing me -- I really don't write about the e-mails -- and she insists that Bully Boy Bush deleted X number while in the White House and blah blah blah.Not the same thing.Bully Boy Bush is a crook.Not denying that.But he did that after he got into the White House.Hillary did it before running in 2016 for president.Bully Boy Bush is a crook.If he'd done that as a candidate and been exposed, the election might not have been so tight in 2000 and the Supreme Court might not have been able to install him."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, August 7, 2017. Words are easy. You'd think most Americans would have grasped that by now. The Iraq War, for example, continues. This despite Barack Obama promising, as he ran for president in 2008, to end the Iraq War. Many are aghast at what US President Donald Trump did or didn't say (the media has also done a lousy job on this -- but they're not doing their job and clearly don't intend to). I really don't care what Donald Trump said.  (I do not like Donald Trump.  I have not liked him for years and that's based on my own encounters with him.  Based on those encounters, he's a loud mouth and he's brash, he is not a racist.) I do care what he can do. Words are easy. I don't need him to say this or that.  I need him to do things. If we could get over being manipulated -- and we are being manipulated -- maybe we could make demands? I do favor reparations. Some don't. That's fine. But there are many things that could be demanded right now. I don't need Donald's words, I need some action. Words are easy.Sarah Abdallah‏ @sahouraxo  15h15 hours agoMoreSarah Abdallah Retweeted Madeleine AlbrightYou once said that starving 500,000+ Iraqi kids to death was "worth it". You don't have the moral high ground--on racism or anything else. Sarah Abdallah added,Madeleine AlbrightVerified account @madeleineThere are not many sides. We must always fight facism and racism, oppose evil, and defend liberty and justice for all. #Charlottesville76 replies1,276 retweets1,958 likesReply 76Retweet 1.3KLike 2.0KSarah Abdallah‏ @sahouraxo  18h18 hours agoMoreSarah Abdallah Retweeted The HillThe men who annihilated Iraq, killed and displaced millions of human beings, are now paragons of "anti-hatred"? Unbelievable. Sarah Abdallah added,The HillVerified account @thehillJUST IN: George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush respond to Charlottesville: We must reject "hatred in all forms" http://hill.cm/bXx4aWW  145 replies1,333 retweets1,693 likesReply[...]



Disagree with Michael Tracey

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:12:00 +0000

I feel he's completely wrong here.Michael Tracey‏Verified account @mtracey  7h7 hours agoMoreNo sympathy for them, but guys getting fired from pizza chains and supermarkets jobs for attending a political rally is a little unnerving 1,657 replies746 retweets1,735 likesReply 1.7K Retweet 746 Like 1.7KI don't care what politics you support -- in the US, you can support whatever you want -- you should not be fired for expressing your political opinions on your own private time.They were racists.I don't care for racism.I hope that racists will look around themselves and begin to see reality: We are one.But even if they never wake up, I don't want anyone fired for their political beliefs.I remember the Iraq War protests -- the war went on, the protests died -- and I remember some people lost their jobs as a result.That should never happen."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, April 16, 2017.  Chaos and violence continues and look who's concerned about Kurdish independence. Link to headline articleTurkey says Kurdish Iraq's referendum could worsen situation, lead to civil warA planned independence referendum in Kurdish northern Iraq could make the situation in the region worse and even lead to a civil war, Turkey's foreign minister warned on…Reuters Top NewsAug 16, 2017 REUTERS has filed what they're boasting is a "one minute read." Me? I'm marveling over the fact that it took 3 people to produce it: Ece Toksabay, Turvan Gumrukcu and David Dolan. The only thing the headline doesn't tell you is that the remark was made to TRT HABER. What does he mean? Far be it from REUTERS to offer that. They neither quote his exact words or go beyond the headline. A good guess -- but a guess none the less -- would be this is more nonsense from Turkey and from Mevlut Cavusoglu.AFP quotes him stating, "In that country (Iraq), which has been through so many problems, a referendum on independence can make the situation even worse.  God forbid, it could even bring it to civil war." Oh, he's just concerned about Iraq. How sweet. To provide a bit of context on Cavusoglu, in March the Netherlands announced he would not be allowed to land in their country.  In May, he called for the US government to replace Brett McGurk as special envoy (he insisted McGurk supported the PKK and YPG -- apparently he was unaware of Brett's youthful involvement with the YMCA).  And, of course, Cavusoglu made a spectacle of himself whining about the 'treatment' of Turkish bodyguards (the bodyguards were attacking peaceful protesters in DC). So that's the 'diplomatic' Cavusoglu. More context? For over a decade now, Turkey has been bombing northern Iraq -- killing farmers and villagers mainly. Turkey has long maintained that every strike killed PKK fighters and nothing but PKK fighters.  As for the PKK, Aaron Hess (International Socialist Review) described the PKK in 2008, "The PKK emerged in 1984 as a major force in response to Turkey's oppression of its Kurdish population. Since the late 1970s, Turkey has waged a relentless war of attrition that has killed tens of thousands of Kurds and driven millions from their homes. The Kurds are the world's largest stateless population -- whose main population concentration straddles Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria -- and have been the victims of imperialist wars and manipulation since the colonial period. While Turkey has granted limited rights to the Kurds in recent years in order to accommodate the European Union, which it seeks to join, even these are now at risk." Cavusoglu represents the faction that has oppressed Kurds in Turkey.  They fear that if the KRG becomes independent, Kurds in Turkey will press for their own rights. Kurds are discriminated against in Turkey -- if they're lucky, that's all they face.  They often are also the targets of violence. Rather than address their own problem, they now want to whine about what might happen in Iraq. They really need to a[...]



I stand with the ACLU

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Please read this:ACLU of Virginia Response to Governor’s Allegations that ACLU is Responsible for Violence in CharlottesvilleOn National Public Radio’s Morning Edition today, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe blamed the ACLU for the violence that took place on Saturday in Charlottesville.“The City of Charlottesville asked for that to be moved out of downtown Charlottesville to a park about a mile and a half away to a park with a lot of open fields. That was the place where it should have been,” McAuliffe said. “We were unfortunately sued by the ACLU. The judge ruled against us. That rally should not have been in the middle of downtown.”The ACLU of Virginia’s Executive Director Claire G. Gastanaga had the following response:“We are horrified by the violence that took place in Charlottesville on Saturday and the tragic loss of life that resulted from it. The ACLU of Virginia does not support violence. We do not support Nazis. We support the Constitution and laws of the United States. We would be eager to work with the governor and the attorney general on efforts to ensure that public officials understand their rights and obligations under the law.“But let’s be clear: our lawsuit challenging the city to act constitutionally did not cause violence nor did it in any way address the question whether demonstrators could carry sticks or other weapons at the events.“We asked the city to adhere to the U.S. Constitution and ensure people’s safety at the protest. It failed to do so. In our system, the city makes the rules and the courts enforce them. Our role is to ensure that the system works the same for everyone.“In the weeks after the July 8 protests, the city (working with the governor and others) had ample opportunity to put together a case and present it in court on its own motion justifying the revocation of the permit and the imposition of a prior restraint on speech. If the judge in our case had been presented with any credible evidence or testimony by the city of an imminent threat of harm (other than a list of internet entries) or evidence that the change in permit would, in fact, result in no demonstration in downtown Charlottesville, I have confidence that he would have denied the injunction, and the city would have been faced with enforcing the change of venue and protecting demonstrators and counter-demonstrators in two locations.“Instead, the city’s pleadings said that its decision to revoke the permit was based primarily on the unmanageable numbers of people who would show up. An affidavit from the police chief said that they expected twice as many counter-protesters (2,000) as protesters (1,000). Yet, the city did not revoke the permits for the counter-protesters, too. In light of those facts, the judge couldn’t get beyond the fact that the city hadn’t revoked all permits for demonstrations downtown on Saturday.“It is the responsibility of law enforcement to ensure safety of both protesters and counter-protesters. The policing on Saturday was not effective in preventing violence. I was there and brought concerns directly to the secretary of public safety and the head of the Virginia State Police about the way that the barricades in the park limiting access by the arriving demonstrators and the lack of any physical separation of the protesters and counter-protesters on the street were contributing to the potential of violence. They did not respond. In fact, law enforcement was standing passively by, seeming to be waiting for violence to take place, so that they would have grounds to declare an emergency, declare an ‘unlawful assembly’ and clear the area.“Rather than seeking to scapegoat the ACLU of Virginia and the Rutherford Institute for the devastating events on Saturday, it is my firm hope and desire that the governor and other state and local officials will learn from this past weekend how constitutionally to prevent events like the horror we saw in Charlottesville from ever happening ag[...]



Barbara Hershey

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:35:00 +0000


Barbara Hershey is one of America's strongest and most underrated actresses.

INSIDIOUS (and the films that followed) and BLACK SWAN have kept her before movie goers at a time when most of her peers struggle to get work.  Now she's going to be joining THE X-FILES for its 10 episode second special season.

I will be watching.

Her performance in TIN MEN is a classic.  She's wonderful as Leigh in HANNAH AND HER SISTERS.  I love her opposite Keanu Reeves and Peter Falk in TUNE IN TOMORROW.  Her work in SHY PEOPLE, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, THE STUNT MAN, THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY, A DANGEROUS WOMAN and BEACHES -- she's done every genre and she's excelled in them all.

I'm not going to quote Ava and C.I.'s "Media: Truth is hard in thoughtless times" tonight.  I'll do so tomorrow.  Right now, I just want you to read it.  They explain why the overly praised SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE did not, in fact, have a good season.




THE ATLANTIC

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 02:35:00 +0000

 John Stauber RetweetedNathaniel Rugh‏ @NathanielRugh  12h12 hours agoMoreFAIR: Conspiracies Pushed by Atlantic's Editor Excluded From Atlantic's Denunciation of Conspiracy Theories - allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="362" id="xdm_default966_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/896020185655771137?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=default966&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">0 replies6 retweets5 likesReply  Retweet 6 Like 5THE ATLANTIC is such a joke.It's promoted war and so much more.It's so typical of them to point a finger at others for things they themselves do."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, August 11, 2017. Elections were supposed to take place in Iraq this year. First in Mach but they were pushed back. Then in September but again pushed back. Former prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki has used the time trying to look impressive.  That was behind his recent underwhelming trip to Russia. Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr has also used the time -- he's visited Saudi Arabia and restarted his protests against corruption. On the former,  Fanar Haddad (WASHINGTON POST) offers:Though previously known as a “firebrand cleric” with a Shiite populist and militant line in Iraq, Sadr today presents himself as a moderate, nationalistic champion of change. His visit to Saudi Arabia was likely designed with two audiences in mind.A message to Iraq’s Shiite populationSadr’s visit was a message to his competitors in Iraq’s increasingly fragmented Shiite political scene. The Riyadh visit and the fact that Sadr was hosted at the highest levels of the Saudi establishment will underline his international relevance and burnish his prestige and credentials as an Iraqi statesman. This kind of political plumage is especially useful as Sadr and his rivals jockey for position ahead of next year’s Iraqi elections.A message to IranSadr’s visit demonstrated to Iran — and to Iran’s allies and proxies in Iraq/Sadr’s political rivals — that he not only has options, but he can even push back against Iran and has the power to potentially hurt Iranian interests in Iraq. If nothing else, this enables Sadr to present himself as the face of Arab (non-Iranian) Iraqi Shiism.This is a position that resonates with his base — although the extent to which they will accept a Saudi embrace remains to be seen — and further differentiates him from his competitors. Having already announced a political alliance with Ayad Allawi, an anti-Shiite-Islamist figure, this visit will further polish Sadr’s credentials as a nationalist political figure who can rise above the politics of sect and ethnicity. Ammar al-Hakim has also appears to be campaigning.  The Shi'ite leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq has formed a new party called National Wisdom; however, he has insisted that this does not mean he's left ISCI.Ali Nasseri (NIQASH) reports:The provincial government in Dhi Qar has been unstable for some time, with members of different parties and blocs defecting at will or forming new alliances. The most recent change saw seven members of the Muwatin, or Citizen bloc, join a brand new party created by the cleric Ammar al-Hakim. At the end of July al-Hakim, who had led one of the country’s largest Islamic parties, the Islamic Supreme[...]



Selling war

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:52:00 +0000

Ian56‏ @Ian56789  7h7 hours agoMoreWarmonger NBC's Brian Williams: "Our Job Is To Scare People To Death" Over North Korea allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="362" id="xdm_default4053_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/895694192348864512?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=default4053&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">7 replies49 retweets32 likesReply 7 Retweet 49 Like 32Why is Brian Williams even on TV?He's a disgrace.Now he's saying the truth.You'd think he'd be fired for it.He's trying to sell war and that's why I won't applaud his mini-moment of truth.Please read Kat's "ROCK A LITTLE -- go on, Lilly," it's about Stevie Nicks (like my post yesterday -- we both weighed in on Stevie)."Iraq snapshot"Thursday, August 10, 2017. sean.‏Verified account @SeanMcElwee  16h16 hours ago*movie preview voice* from the producers of Iraq War comes a new blood-soaked debacle, this time with *record scratch* real nuclear weapons 34 replies417 retweets1,274 likesEli Lake: "Leaving aside means and only looking at outcome, regime change for North Korea would be a great outcome from a humanitarian perspective."It's as though the last fourteen years never happened or happened without Eli Lake.Iraq had regime change.There's been no benefit -- that's across the board but certainly when it comes to "a humanitarian perspective."Iraq still lacks a stable government -- forget one that governs fairly.It remains one of the most corrupt nations in the world.Population wise, it's a young country now with a median age of 19.9 years.It's a country of orphans in many respects due to the never-ending violence.A country of widows and orphans.UN Refugee Agency‏Verified account @Refugees  22h22 hours agoWithout an income + often with children to support, Mosul’s war widows are among most vulnerable displaced in #Iraq: trib.al/cQDiQ4k allowfullscreen="" id="player_tweet_895295357604708352" src="https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/895295357604708352?embed_source=clientlib&player_id=10&rpc_init=1" style="border-width: 0px; height: 506px; left: 0px; position: absolute; top: 0px; width: 506px;">1 reply99 retweets87 likesAreas of Iraq will produce birth defects for decades due to the weapons used there.  (Used there by foreign forces -- the US-led coalition.)Humanitarian includes medical and the US has bombed hospitals throughout the war as has the Iraqi government.  In addition, doctors have been repeatedly targeted and threatened leading to many of them fleeing the country.The education system is as frayed as everything else from the war.  In the next 20 years, Iraq needs to build at least 20,000 schools as a result of many things including (a) the destruction of schools from bombings and (b) 'aid' that resulted in faulty construction.I'm failing to see any benefits "from a humanitarian perspective."And the Iraq War was supposed to be 'quick.'Instead, it's 14 years later and still going.Nidal‏ @Nidalgazaui  5m5 minutes ago#BREAKING: #ISIS attacks #Iraqi army positions in the area of Diyuub in northern #Samara, kills several soldiers & burs 4 bulldozers.1 reply4 retweets2 likesAl-Masdar News‏Verified account @TheArabSource  12m12 minutes agoIn pictures: #ISIS sharpshooters sneak up on Iraqi Army checkpoints near Tal Afar aml.ink/JRPvf #Mosul #Ninev[...]



You really do have to have friends

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Sunny and I were talking on the phone today about what made a good song for us.For me, it comes down to realism and can I relate?Stevie Nicks is someone I can truly relate to -- especially her epic songs.Take "Imperial Hotel" which she wrote with Mike Campbell (ROCK A LITTLE):Sits across the table...same glass table And she cries to her friend...why am I so alone He says, wo, wo, baby...oh, my baby You have to know...you have to knowShe knows in her heart That he will stand by her Anywhere...don't cry, baby I can save you Don't cry baby, I can save you She's at the Imperial Hotel Don't cry baby, I can save youWho hasn't sat across the table from a friend discussing love's woes?Or take "Sara" (the hit she wrote -- and sang lead on -- for Fleetwood Mac):Drowning in the sea of love Where everyone would love to drown And now it's gone It doesn't matter anymore When you build your house Call me home Hold on The night is coming and the starling flew for days I'd stay home at night all the time I'd go anywhere, anywhere Ask me and I'm there because I care Sara, you're the poet in my heart Never change, never stop And now it's gone It doesn't matter what for When you build your house I'll come byWho can't identify with the "When you build your house, Call me home"?  (TUSK is the album, by the way.)Or take "Wild Heart" (from Stevie's solo album of the same name) where she captures the end of the affair:Fire on fire...rain on my face Fever goes higher...what can you do Wild in the darkest places of your mind That's where I needed you Where I needed you most That's where I needed you Where I needed you mostWhere is the reason Well don't blame it on me Blame it on my wild heart There is a reason Why even the angels Don't give up at all Where are the children Well are they hopelessly enchanted Blame it on the angels Where are the reasons Don't blame it on our wild hearts Wild heart...wild heart...wild heartOr the epic from her latest album 24 KARAT GOLD, ''Hard Advice:"Sometimes, late at nightI turn on the radioYour music fills the roomI just can't seem to get away from youSaw a life-size paper doll of youIn a record storeMy friends, as well as meCan't seem to let you goIt was finished long agoSometimes he's my best friendEven when he's not aroundBut the sound of his voiceWell, it follows me downAnd reminds meAnother famous friend told me"Love doesn't make a clean break"Didn't talk about heartache"You have to let him go" OhGet over itRemember how it wasBefore our infamous pastHad begunYou have to let him goHe gives such hard advice, ohHe gives such hard adviceHe says, "Don't think twiceTurn off the radioIt was finished long agoGo write some real songsThis is all wrong"Stevie Nicks reaches me.  Her life -- in her songs -- has context.  There's love, there's friendship, there is adventure."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, August 9, 2017.  The quest for Kurdish independence continues, the brain drain continues, the displacement is expected to grow. Let's start with the semi-autonomous northern region of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government.Kurdistan CT‏ @Kurdistanct1  4h4 hours ago MorePresident Barzani: It is an honor to have this meeting w/Kurdistan Muslim clerics 2explain the way forward . Referandum is for independence 0 replies5 retweets14 likesReply  Retweet 5  Like 14Kurdistan CT‏ @Kurdistanct1  4h4 hours ago MoreNow Preisdent Barzani in Erbil meeting w/1000 Kurdistan Muslim clerics.Referendum is not only for Kurds,for all other nations in Kurdistan. 1 reply3 retweets13 likesReply 1 Retweet 3  Like 13Kurdistan CT‏ @Kurdistanct1  4h4 hours ago MorePresident Barzani: Iraq failed 2accept Kurdistan partnership. Destruction 4500villages,Anfal, chemical bombardment,genocide, arabization. 1 reply5 re[...]



Cindy Sheehan truth telling

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:16:00 +0000

allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_nHU5B09GXU" width="560">That is Cindy Sheehan.She notes that it was August 6, 2005 when she marched to confront Bully Boy Bush about why so many people had to die for the 'noble cause'?She wanted him to define the 'noble cause.'That became the rallying cry, she points out.The wars have not ended.  Nancy Pelosi and others betrayed us. using our anger to get out the vote.She says that and more -- and you know she's right."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, August 8, 2017.  Attention focuses on a bombing the killed several militia members. 14 years and counting -- how's that war on Iraq 'improving' lives?Mohammed AlQaraghuli‏ @MAlqaraghuli  13m13 minutes ago MoreThis is how Iraqis live now.Listen to Al Sharqiya News in Iraq.https://www.facebook.com/sharqiyatv/videos/1500589413364506/@Maahanmuuttovir … allowfullscreen="" id="player_tweet_894888412578107392" src="https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/894888412578107392?embed_source=clientlib&player_id=32&rpc_init=1" style="border-width: 0px; height: 278.297px; left: 0px; position: absolute; top: 0px; width: 506px;">0 replies0 retweets0 likesReply  Retweet   Like  That's 'progress.'  14 years later and counting.Valerie Plame Wilson‏Verified account @ValeriePlame  13h13 hours ago MoreValerie Plame Wilson Retweeted Mary Louise KellyDoes anyone remember the Iraq war and how well that worked out? Valerie Plame Wilson added, Mary Louise KellyVerified account @NPRKelly"The very definition of the politicization of intelligence," writes ex-CIA @cohendavid, of @POTUS moves on Iran. http://wapo.st/2vx9pq8?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.3433cb04e7e1 …39 replies445 retweets1,031 likesReply 39 Retweet 445  Like 1.0K Do you remember, Val, that the Iraq War continues? Valerie Plame was at war with her own agency.  The CIA is often at war with itself.  It's probably the only thing that's prevented its complete takeover of America.  Val stomped her feet and made a spectacle of herself. For those who don't remember, she was outed by the administration of Bully Boy Bush. For Val, the whole issue is Val. She's never really been able to speak to Iraq, of the ongoing war, of the dead. But damned if she couldn't hop in a convertible to pose for VANITY FAIR. Vanity's not fair and Valerie Plame's self-obsession goes a long ways towards explaining why the United States is still in Iraq. A book deal, Naomi Watts playing her in a movie, and Val's hungry ego has still not been satisfied.  Some day, it may be and she may get around to actually talking about Iraqis. The Iraq War hasn't helped the people of Iraq. Now it's even hurting the thugs in the militias. Most infamous for their attacks on Sunnis and their publicly professed loyalty to Iran, Iraq's Shi'ite militias number a few less as a result of a US action.XINHUA reports:A paramilitary Hashd Shaabi unit said Tuesday the U.S. forces pounded its posts near the border with Syria and killed dozens of its militants, warning that the attack will not go without punishment.The U.S. forces carried out "heavy bombardment on Monday morning on the posts of Sayyd al-Shuhadaa Brigades in Akashat area near the border with Syria, leaving large number of martyrs and wounded fighters," the unit said in a statement emailed to Xinhua.It said that group "holds the U.S. forces the responsibility for the consequences of the action. We declare that it will not go without punishment."AHLULBAYT NEWS AGENCY also notes the statement from the militia: The “criminal forces” of the US heavily pounded the positions of Sayyid al-Shuhada Brigades along the common border between Iraq and Syria which led to the martyrdom and injuring [...]



Fake news -- it has a long, long history

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 01:13:00 +0000

I agree with Cynthia McKinney, fake news has been around forever.Cynthia McKinney PhD‏ @cynthiamckinney  Aug 5MoreFAKE news has been around a long time; back then we believed them and called it THE news.... allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="362" id="xdm_default3341_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/894021685141278721?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=default3341&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">47 replies376 retweets531 likesReply 47 Retweet 376 Like 531Fake news has always been used to start wars.Fake news has always been created by the corporate media.The current charges of 'fake news' are nothing but attempts to silence independent voices and independent media."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, August 7, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue -- as does corruption.Kurdistan24 English‏Verified account @K24English  1h1 hour ago#BREAKING: Iraqi Parliament postpones provincial elections until 2018 to hold with Federal parliamentary elections. #Iraq1 reply10 retweets3 likes  Not surprising, but still outrageous.The provincial elections were supposed to take place in March, then they were pushed back to September and now they're pushed back to next year.If they're pushed back yet again, will the world press just treat is as normal -- as they've done so far?You can't have a democracy without meeting an election schedule.If you don't see the problem, you're not paying attention.ALSUMARIA reports today that Parliament is insisting upon an environment conducive to elections.When has Iraq ever had that?But it gets worse, they're also talking about holding elections . . . in some provinces.If the environment is judged non-conducive for elections (judged by whom?), then some provinces will not be allowed to vote.That's not how you hold elections -- not free and fair elections.Where's the outrage?Screw that, where's the global media coverage?As usual, no where to be found.Sunday, Speaker of Parliament Salem al-Jubouri presided over a meeting of the political blocs to firm up the proposed law for the upcoming elections.Ranj Alaaldin‏ @RanjAlaaldin  52m52 minutes agoMuqtada mobilises supporters to protest against election law that favours bigger parties- Sadrists held Iraq's first primary election in '09 0 replies0 retweets0 likes  On the topic of Moqtada al-Sadr, Saturday RUDAW reported:A spokesperson for Iraq's Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi rejected a call by firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Saturday who said that the Hashd forces must come under state control and be incorporated into the regular army.“The Hashd al-Shaabi should function under the command of the state,” Sadr said in a video address to demonstrators who had gathered at Baghdad’s Tahrir Square at the cleric’s call. “And weapons should be in the hands of the state too.”In response to Sadr's call, Ahmed al-Assadi, spokesperson of the Shiite paramilitary said the Hashd will not be dismantled as it is a main part of the Iraqi armed forces.No sooner did the Shi'ite militas speak for themselves than Hayder al-Abadi rushed to weigh in.  Alexander Simon (STANDARD REPUBLIC) explained:Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi on Saturday rejected a call by firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr[...]



Hersh

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 23:00:00 +0000

I meant to highlight Seymour Hersh earlier this week but the time flies.Fortunately, Cynthia McKinney has Tweeted about it:Cynthia McKinney PhD‏ @cynthiamckinney  7h7 hours agoMoreTranscript of Seymour Hersh audio.... allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="363" id="xdm_default4385_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/893410368021835776?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=default4385&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">3 replies89 retweets96 likesReply 3 Retweet 89 Like 96Pay attention to the interview.I've got two quotes that I've earmarked to nominate as "truest statement of the week" for THIRD.Hersh offers reality and is shut out by the US media.A dozen liars make up smears and attacks and they get microphones on CNN, et al."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, August 4, 2017.ALSUMARIA reports that early this morning the security forces began cutting off the roads to Baghdad's Tahrir Square. Why? They always do this when they know of a planned protest.  It's to intimidate people with the hopes that they won't participate and to make it hard for those who still want to participate to reach the square.Haydar Majid (ALSUMARIA) reports  many came out to demonstrate today following Shi'ite cleic and movement leader Moqtada's call on Thursday to protest.  XINHUA notes: "I wish the people are aware of what corrupt politicians are engaged with a dirty scheme to restore corruption which will not only control the people's food, but also their necks and blood. So that they would stage demonstration by millions to determine their fate," Sadr said in a statement by his office.Sadr pointed out that the "sectarian storm," which engulfed the Iraqi people after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, made many Iraqis to close their eyes about what the politicians and the parliament blocs were doing.He said the politicians, who were seen as corrupts by many Iraqis, are planning to bring a new electoral commission and to approve an election law for the provincial elections that would take into account the interests of the same old large parliamentary blocs, according to the statement. Provincial elections were due in March but Hayder refused to hold them.  It was thought they would be held in September -- thought and publicly stated.  Yet again they've been pushed back.  It's now said they'll be held in 2018. Earlier this week, Moqtada met with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.Gazette , saudi VerifiedAccount  @ Saudi_Gazette  9h9 hours ago# BREAKING : # Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman receives Muqtada Al-Sadr, leader of the Sadrist Movement in # Iraq on Sunday15 replies148 retweets98 likesMadawi al-Rasheed (MIDDLE EAST EYE) offers:This is not Sadr’s first visit since the 2003 American occupation. He arrived in Riyadh in 2006 at the height of the Iraqi resistance to the occupation and the Iraqi civil war. But the visit was unsuccessful then. It yielded little benefits to either side. Like other aspiring clerics turned politicians, Sadr entered Iraqi politics with his own Jaysh al-Mahdi militia that later changed its name to the Peace Brigades.Saudi Arabia grew very frustrated over the Iranian expansion in Iraq after 2003 and found[...]



John Stauber's right

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 23:00:00 +0000

 John Stauber RetweetedJohn Stauber‏ @JohnStauber  6h6 hours agoMoreJohn Stauber Retweeted Project RENEW.Hey @KenBurns, the American war on #Vietnam, #Laos and #Cambodia is not just history. John Stauber added,Project RENEW @projectrenewCambodia Sees Its First Month Without Mine, UXO Victims https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cambodia-sees-its-first-month-without-mine-uxo-victims-132977/ …0 replies2 retweets2 likesReply  Retweet 2 Like 2Amen.April Oliver's reporting, by the way, was correct.It is the closest the US corporate press has come to telling the truth.So what did they do?Smear her.Trash her.Apologize for the report -- which also ran TIME magazine.The report was solid.I really am appalled at how many people go along to get along.There was not a great deal of defense for April in the 90s.C.I. and Ava have worked her into their media pieces at THIRD dozens of times and they keep the story alive that way.From their "Katie was a cheerleader:"Some trotted out Dan Rather as the anti-Katie. He is that. As freakish as he came off, he certainly wasn't Katie Couric. (He was a lot like Nimoy's Mr. Spock discovering emotions for the first time or Jodie Foster's Nell on her first trip to the grocery store.) He also didn't fight the good fight. He read copy, which he wrote or helped to write at times, and he relied on producers.Mary Mapes, a former producer who worked with Rather, is a name that's popped up as well this week. Some have taken to recommending her book. It's a really bad book. We feel for Mapes but her ignorance shines through in the book. Why did Mapes feel the need to write a personality book (as opposed to leaving out the bits on grandma and making a case as a reporter)? Because she's a product of broadcast journalism and has internalized all the principles at play.She seems to think she's the first victim of a cowardly corporation. With no historical evidence at her finger tips, she writes a really bad book that tells you she's a nice person (we're told she is) and that she got screwed over (we'd agree with that). She offers nothing on what was done to April Oliver -- either because Oliver is "too hot" to mention or because she's unaware of what happened less than a decade before CBS fired Mapes. Too bad, because what was done to Oliver was done to Mapes and until Mapes can discuss the issues from that perspective, she's wasting everyone's time except for a few partisans.We support Mapes reporting on the National Guard. The corporation stabbed her in the back. The "investigation" wasn't a journalistic inquiry. Take out "National Guard" and you've got the April Oliver story all over again. When Mapes is ready to connect the dots, she may have something to say. Until then, she's just twisting in the wind.April Oliver's reporting -- and what was done to her -- still matter today."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, August 3, 2017.  Samantha Bee, first do no harm -- and other topics.Iraqi Day  🇮🇶‏ @iraqi_day  33m33 minutes ago MoreChanging your political party name and logo is recycling.... #Iraq pic.twitter.com/GDjsff6w721 reply3 retweets7 likesReply 1 Retweet 3  Like 7 That's the logo for Ammar al-Hakim's new party.  Last week brought news that he was leaving the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq and forming National Wisdom. Again, elections are supposed to coming up in Iraq.  You really don't get that from following coverage in the western media. But you rarely get any Iraq coverage period. Yesterday afternoon, Audie Cornish (NPR's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED) spoke with Human Rights Watch's Belkis Willie: AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:  There is a revenge campaign happening in Mosul. [...]



THE NEW YORKER

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 01:47:00 +0000

Ryan Lizza isn't a reporter.Michael Tracey‏Verified account @mtracey  6h6 hours agoMoreNo matter what Trump does re: Russia (sanction them, bomb their client state) there will always be a "Kremlin puppet" angle to spin out27 replies113 retweets289 likesReply 27 Retweet 113 Like 289He's a liar.I don't think anyone other than Sarah Jessica Parker is impressed with THE NEW YORKER these days.Their refusal to print Seymour Hersh's reporting has resulted in most of us turning our back son the periodical.It used to be worth reading.These days, the 'hardest' hitting journalist they have is film muser Anthony Lane.His light hearted approach has not produced many laughs, not surprising.That's he's been at the periodical this long?Shocking."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, August 2, 2017.Dr. Jill Stein 🌻‏Verified account @DrJillStein  Jul 31MoreBoth war profiteer parties are screaming that supporting diplomacy is treason. It was the same during the run-up to attacking Iraq & Libya.66 replies340 retweets675 likesReply 66Retweet 340Like 675 Jill's right.  It's the same old story again and again and again. And please remember Bully Boy Bush's lies included the lies about diplomacy. It included the lies regarding weapons inspection. It included so much. We need to remember that so we don't come off as stupid as Ellen DeGeneres so recently did as she rushed to normalize him on her talk show. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/V0xPxNMrj1g" width="560"> Dog Eat Dog It's dog eat dog I'm just waking up The dove is in the dungeon And the white washed hawks pedal hate and call it love Dog Eat Dog Holy hope in the hands of Snakebite evangelists and racketeers And big wig financiers Dog Eat Dog On prime time crime the victim begs Money is the road to justice and power walks it on crooked legs Prime Time Crime Holy hope in the hands of Snakebite evangelists and racketeers and big wig financiers Where the wealth's displayed Thieves and sycophants parade And where it's made the slaves will be taken Some are treated well In these games of buy and sell And some like poor beast Are burdened down to breaking -- "Dog Eat Dog," written by Joni Mitchell (first appears on her DOG EAT DOG).View allLink to headline articleA huge number of Britons want to see Tony Blair tried for Iraq war crimesTony Blair should be tried as a war criminal over the Iraq War, according to a third of Britons surveyed in a new poll. The IndependentAug 01, 2017 Oh, it's not just a huge number of Britons -- it's a huge number all over the world. And click here for ridiculous. Oliver Miles explains to RT that it's not 'fair' for Blair to be prosecuted unless Bully Boy Bush is. Bully Boy Bush is not a British citizen. I don't know how Miles believes you allow a case filed by an Iraqi against Bully Boy Bush to go through in a London court. There's a thing called jurisdiction. Does Miles not grasp that? Guess he also doesn't grasp that should the UK allow a case against Tony to go through, there would be pressure on other countries to allow similar actions. So, in Australia, John Howard might be sued -- Oliver doesn't appear to remember John. But if there's a chance to nail anyone of them, that chance should be taken. As for 'fair'? I believe it was bombed to death somewhere south of Baghdad in 2004. As for Oliver? Why is he being brought on? He's not an expert on Iraq. Did he protest against the war or speak out against it? Nope. He's a jerk who retired from office long before the Iraq War. He could have spoken out -- he retired in 1996 -- but he chose not to. Now he wants to say it would be unfair[...]



F**k Folkenflik

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 23:00:00 +0000

David Folkenflik is not a reporter.He's part of an echo chamber.He knows he is and he knows he was exposed as such on a chain he read.I know he is because I was part of the same chain.It started years ago.  Folkenflik was added late in the game.I was not part of it here (at this site) or in my life.At one point -- before I was blogging -- I was part of it because it was supposed to be about real issues.  Real issues like the Iraq War.But then these other people came along.They weren't about peace.They were about electing Democrats.They didn't give a f**k about Iraq.Or about ending the war.Along comes David Folkenflik.He's the tool some wish we'd had back in 2002 but he would have done nothing like the other Democratic Party tools in the media in 2002.They don't exist for any reason other than to pimp the party.Do not mistake them for left.I bring that up because of David's latest 'creative' story: "Behind Fox News' Baseless Seth Rich Story: The Untold Tale."F**k Folkenflik and f**k NPR.Why am I not linking?I am.I want you to read the original headline which is in the web address:http://www.npr.org/2017/08/01/540783715/lawsuit-alleges-fox-news-and-trump-supporter-created-fake-news-storyThat is a true headline of the article.What Folkenflik has added is not.He has not reported anything, as usual.He has looked a lawsuit by a disgrunted employee with some big claims.The claims are shot down by two other people but since when does David Democratic Party Tool Folkenflik need to play by the rule of three?No, it doesn't matter to him, facts don't matter to him, advancing Democratic Party talking points does matter and that's all he ever does.If NPR were a real news network -- it's not, they supported the Iraq War as rabidly as every other media outlet -- they'd be reviewing Folkenflik's work and seeing the pattern.They won't do it.They don't care.So he'll continue to lie and inflate claims.  He's going after 'fake news' with his own fakery.The chain I belonged to descended to this crap."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, August 1, 2017.Julian Assange  🔹‏ @JulianAssange  6h6 hours agoJulian Assange  🔹Retweeted Keith OlbermannHow "Democrats" react when you reveal that Bush FBI appointee & Iraq war huckster Mueller met with the FSB in Moscow Julian Assange  🔹added,Keith OlbermannVerified account @KeithOlbermannHey, @JulianAssange, just get it over with and ask the Russians for asylum twitter.com/stealthygeek/s…245 replies2,212 retweets3,686 likesI'm confused about the above.Not about Keith per se.He was trash and his verbal attacks on women well known before the faux left embraced him during the Bully Boy Bush years.We never embraced him here or cited him as anyone to listen to.But what confuses me about the above is that GQ has brought Keith back.In a way it makes sense.Professional bachelor Keith is their audience.Or was.For decades, closeted gay men would buy GQ and pretend like it was for something other than the men inside.  Or, as GQ grew ever more desperate, on the cover?  What was the point, GQ, of your infamous Tim Tebow armpit close up?  The cover led to a few more issues sold but only a few.  Maybe if they had made it scratch and sniff . . .GQ and Keith would seem to be made for one another . . . if it were 1989.But it's 2017 and the publishing industry still remains in ruins and, more to the point, the Barry Keep It In The Closet Dillers are a thing of the past. Are there really enough closeted gay men around today to keep GQ afloat?Keith better hope so because he's burned every bridge he's had -- MSNBC, ESPN, Al Gore's now defunct channel.Keith, for those wh[...]



Bill Moyers

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 23:09:00 +0000

Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Little White Devil" went up Sunday.Bill Moyers is a liar and always has been.He plays like a journalist on TV.Has for many years.But he was an LBJ butt boy.Those guys always sucked up to LBJ and did criminal things for LBJ -- each trying to be more worthy in the eyes of their beloved.Were they gay?Some were.Bill was probably just 'gay for LBJ.'So turned on by power, he was probably just attracted to LBJ.LBJ loved these little suck ups.I never take Bill seriously not just because he tried to get rid of the actual gay (or bi-sexual) men serving in the Johnson administration but also because I believe Bill Moyers is part of the Kennedy cover up.All of his wasted and wasteful TV hours never added up to any probing of the assassination of JFK.But he probably wouldn't want to implicate Lyndon, now would he?My take on the assassination?LBJ was likely going to prison.He wouldn't be on the second ticket.Too many scandals in Texas were surfacing.I believe he was brought in by the CIA -- brought in on the plan.  He was craven enough to go along.Bill Moyers has no interest in the death of JFK because he's still LBJ's butt boy."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, July 31, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, the Islamic State continues, Tony Blair continues to walk on war crimes, the US government continues to fail veterans, and much more.Starting in Afghanistan . . .BBC Breaking News‏Verified account @BBCBreaking  7h7 hours agoGunfire heard after several explosions hit Afghanistan's Kabul, reportedly near the Iraqi embassy allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="363" id="xdm_default530_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/891918448267337728?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%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=default530&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">60 replies419 retweets366 likes  AFP news agency‏Verified account @AFP  2h2 hours agoThe Islamic State group claims responsibility for an attack on the Iraqi embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul allowfullscreen="" id="player_tweet_892003784708292608" src="https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/892003784708292608?embed_source=clientlib&player_id=1&rpc_init=1" style="border-width: 0px; height: 284.616px; left: 0px; position: absolute; top: 0px; width: 505.994px;">1 reply61 retweets16 likes  Amir Shah (AP) reports, "The Islamic State group targeted the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul on Monday, with a suicide bomber blowing himself up outside the gates, followed by three gunmen who stormed into the building. The assault set off a four-hour firefight that ended only after Afghan security forces said they had killed all the attackers."Patricia Kime‏Verified account @patriciakime  Jul 27Ret. Army NG Staff SGT Will Thompson has had double lung transplant - retirement pay kicks in at 60, but he is pretty sure he won't make it0 replies0 retweets0 likes  Last week, BURNPIT 360 was in DC providing a Congressional briefing.  Veteran Will Thompson was among those participating.Will Thompson: My name is retired Staff Sgt William Joseph Thompson.  I have served 23 years, 3 months, 11 days in the United [...]



Jack

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:57:00 +0000

allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q3REipDpxNQ" width="560">Jack Johnson.Alaywas Jack Johnson."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, July 28, 2017. Let's start with things that are beyond stupidity.Andy Slavitt‏Verified account @ASlavitt  9h9 hours ago MoreAndy Slavitt Retweeted David CornThis vote is this decade's Iraq war vote. Except no Senator will be able to say they weren't warned by the experts. Andy Slavitt added, David CornVerified account @DavidCornDCGOP voting against all experts. #ShameShameShame. https://twitter.com/aslavitt/status/890759539531894785 …66 replies1,985 retweets3,538 likesReply 66 Retweet 2.0K  Like 3.5K Andy Slavitt's one of those ugly whores who wormed his way into government (via Barack) from Goldman Sachs. He's also got a face that looks like someone ran over it with an 18-wheeler. Which could explain the possible brain damage. ObamaCare does not help America. Nor will TrumpCare. The only answer is Medicare for all -- an answer a Goldman Sachs whore will never support. Andy's not the first ugly piece of trash to lie. But he had to lie about Iraq. Why? Because he's not just a whore, he's also a War Hawk. His comments are not just ridiculous, they're xenophobic. The Iraq War has resulted in the immediate deaths of over a million civilians. It has left hundreds of thousands living in a war zone with severe injuries. Do not compare this to the US healthcare system. The weapons used by the US and others have destroyed areas like Falluja and will result in birth defects for decades to come. Iraq did not attack the United States. Add to that, no one can say they weren't warned ahead of voting for the Iraq War. They chose not to pay attention -- like Blood Thirsty Hillary Clinton -- but they were warned. They wanted war because they're whores just like Andy. The US government has destroyed Iraq. Don't you dare show up at this late date pretending to suddenly care so you can do a Tweet you filthy piece of trash.  But it's what he wants to do, it's what the laughable Obama whore Daniel Benaim wants to do. Next up, watch Daniel compare his issues with the McDonald's menu to the plight of the Palestinians! Seriously, people need to realize how stupid they sound when they liken this to an ongoing, 14-year war that has decimated a country, turned it into a country of orphans and so much more. Let's stay with stupidity:CNN‏Verified account @CNN  19h19 hours ago MoreOpenly gay Iraq War veteran on transgender military ban: “I thought we were done with this” http://cnn.it/2uCb4tJ  allowfullscreen="" id="player_tweet_890614285558177792" src="https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/890614285558177792?embed_source=clientlib&player_id=1&rpc_init=1" style="border-width: 0px; height: 284.625px; left: 0px; position: absolute; top: 0px; width: 506px;">352 replies703 retweets2,173 likesReply 352 Retweet 703  Like 2.2K Gay men and lesbians are not transgendered. CNN can't find a transgendered person to speak with? That's insulting. It's like bringing on an Anglo White person to discuss what it's like to be African-American. Rob Smith is not qualified to speak and needs to sit his tired ass down. It's like when the Native Americans told Jane Fonda they could speak for themselves and didn't need a savior to speak for them. Rob Smith needs to sit his tired ass down and CNN needs to grasp that if you are covering transgender issues, you bring on guests who are transgender. He is not an expert on being transgender. Shame on CNN for refusing to invite a tra[...]



Get it!

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Good for C.I.I loved the snapshot today (posted in full below) but sensed something got pulled.It did.She went off on Mia big time but pulled it because it had to do with kids.She said, "One of these days though . . .""Another Idiot for the Idiot Box" by Ava and C.I. is a must-read.That's when C.I. didn't pull punches.You should read that.Mia?She should apologize publicly for the brother she supported -- for his sexually molesting boys (that's what he went to prison for).She should also find a place to go to far from a computer because the world doesn't need her or any of the other Brides of Kirstof -- stupid, vapid women who hop on his band-wagon because they lack brains. "Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, July 27, 2017.  Nouri's trip to Russia receives feedback, US President Donald Trump doesn't believe transgendered persons should serve in the US military, Human Rights Watch calls for War Crimes in Mosul to be investigated, and much more.Let's start with the crazy.Mia Farrow‏Verified account @MiaFarrow  9h9 hours agoSen.Tammy Duckworth-Iraq war vet, helicopter pilot, lost both legs. Purple Heart recipient: hT @chrislhayes36 replies860 retweets1,970 likes  Forgotten actress Mia Farrow had a little time on her hands and didn't feel the need to Tweet about her convicted child molesting brother so she wanted to weigh in by spreading nonsense.The United States has a democracy.Tammy Duckworth being an Iraq War veteran does not make her any more important than any other American. Veterans are owed what they were promised.They are not owed blind worship.Steven D. Green was an Iraq War veteran.Maybe we should remind Mia of that because (a) she's never mentioned him and (b) he has a lot in common with her own brother.  Oh, wait, I think John was into underage boys.  So a little, he had a little in common with her brother.Care to enshrine Steven for being a veteran who served his country?May 7, 2009 Steven D. Green (pictured above) was convicted for his crimes in the  March 12, 2006 gang-rape and murder of Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi, the murder of her parents and the murder of her five-year-old sister while Green was serving in Iraq. Green was found to have killed all four, to have participated in the gang-rape of Abeer and to have been the ringleader of the conspiracy to commit the crimes and the conspiracy to cover them up. May 21, 2009, the federal jury deadlocked on the death penalty.Alsumaria explained, "An ex-US soldier was found guilty for raping an Iraqi girl and killing her family in 2006 while he might face death sentence.  . . . Eye witnesses have reported that Green shot dead the girl’s family in a bedroom while two other soldiers were raping her. Then, Green raped her in his turn and put a pillow on her face before shooting her. The soldiers set the body afire to cover their crime traces."Evan Bright reported on the verdict:As the jury entered the court room, Green(red sweater vest) let out a large sigh, not of relief, but seemingly of anxiety, knowing the weight of the words to come. As Judge Thomas Russell stated "The court will now publish the verdict," Green interlaced his fingers and clasped them over his chin. Russell read the verdict flatly and absolutely. Green went from looking down at each "guilty" to eyeing the jury. His shoulders dropped as he was convicted of count #11, aggravated sexual abuse, realizing what this means. A paralegal at the defense table consoled Green by patting him on his back, even herself breaking down crying at the end of the verdicts.After Russell[...]



The jobs?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 01:46:00 +0000

"TV: The meanings of OZARK" (Ava and C.I., THE THIRD ESTATE SUNDAY REVIEW):Where are the jobs? The good ones, the ones you can make a career of? We're not talking the part-time jobs, the seasonal jobs, the barely paying jobs. We're talking about the jobs that vanished. And notice how so few seem to care. Bill Clinton was seen as so brave, by some, in 1992 when he spoke of the economy as he ran for the presidency. He seemed to be offering straight talk. But he really wasn't. Talking about how you will earn what you learn and you'll shift jobs repeatedly in a lifetime, he also promised to revitalize the economy but he was all words. Service jobs, service jobs, service jobs. The downwardly mobile Generation X. As the economy was falling apart in the 80s, the adults had DYNASTY and DALLAS -- mansions, oil wells -- to fantasize about. By the time Gen X was becoming adults, the soap operas revolved around high schools (90210) or apartment complexes (MELROSE PLACE) -- the downgrading of expectations and dreams. Clinton talked about a changing economy while never addressing it.  Bully Boy Bush followed and did nothing.  Then came Barack Obama. He did something -- as Glen Ford (BLACK AGENDA REPORT) noted: Two years ago this month, BET reporter Andre Showell posed a question to Barack Obama at a press conference to mark the president's first 100 days in office. Showell noted "double-digit unemployment" among Blacks and asked Obama, "What specific policies can you point to that will target these communities and what's the timetable for us to see tangible results?"It was one of the First Black President's greatest "I Have Nothing for the Blacks" moments. "My general approach is that if the economy is strong, that it will lift all boats," replied the man who had brought millions to the Washington Mall just three months earlier, transforming an inaugural formality into a must-be-there-if-you-are-breathing Great Black Hajj. Obama then offered smug assurances that "folks who are most vulnerable are most likely to be helped because they need the most help." Under his presidency, the exact opposite would occur.In the year that followed, Obama would pump $14 trillion into Wall Street’s accounts, the biggest transfer of wealth in human history, but the "rising tide" would swamp Black America. Black male unemployment, which stood at an official rate of 17.2 percent when Sowell posed his question, would exceed 20 percent as the crisis deepened, with never a hint of targeted policy consideration from the Obama administration. Today, at 16.8 percent, Black male unemployment is markedly higher than twice that of white men (7.7 percent) -- a significant widening of the great gap that has come to be thought of as "normal," beginning in the early Seventies. The "hidden" chasms of Black joblessness have grown even more under Obama's economic tutelage, as Blacks disproportionately crowd the subterranean corridors of the long-term and "discouraged" unemployed -- a despairing cohort whose ranks have swelled to record levels during this rich man/s "recovery."  He oversaw "the biggest transfer of wealth in human history." Guess what? It wasn't to the workers. Lift all boats, he insisted. It certainly lifted his, right? As Dan Alexander (FORBES) noted earlier this year Barack went from $85,000 a year in 2005 to leaving the White House worth $20 million.  Of course, he'll also get at least $200,000 in pension each year as a former US president. Between that and all the corporate donors to his foundation as well as those big paying speeches he's giving to Wall Street, his boat [...]



Meanwhile over there . . .

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 01:49:00 +0000

 Justin Raimondo RetweetedJulian Assange‏ @JulianAssange  2h2 hours agoMoreWasserman Schultz IT staffer arrested trying to leave country. http://thehill.com/homenews/news/343723-house-dem-staffer-arrested-on-bank-fraud-charges …154 replies1,611 retweets2,643 likesReply 154 Retweet 1.6K Like 2.6KIf Debbie Wasserman Schultz's staffer has betrayed the country, she needs to be in prison with him.Also this is a topic that's a lot more important than the hysteria over Russia."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, July 25, 2017.  The politics . . .Starting with human blunder Kurt Eichenwald. John Stauber RetweetedJulian Assange‏ @JulianAssange  20h20 hours agoNewsweek/MSNBC/Vanity Fair's @KurtEichenwald libels me as a child rapist, STD spreader & Putin agent -- after losing @WikiLeaks libel case.505 replies2,638 retweets4,307 likesJulian Assange has not been accused of being a child rapist.  Nor has he been convicted of anything. Kurt?This is the man who was checking out kiddie porn on the web, please remember.No, he wasn't on assignment from THE NEW YORK TIMES.He was looking for underage boys who performed in porn.Some sociological study, no doubt.And then he began corresponding with one.And sending the boy thousands of dollars.And much later, he got the idea that this might be a story.But he failed to tell the paper about what had already taken place.And he lied about providing the boy with money (and gifts?).I hate to argue with Kurt over the term "child rapist" because I'm sure it's a term he's very familiar with -- having stalked boys on the internet -- but in this case, even an expert like Kurt can be wrong.And is.Didn't NEWSWEEK just settle out of court with someone Kurt smeared with lies?Yes, they did.Kurt's disgraces never end.  The only question is why he's still employed.Now let's drop back to Friday, when US Col Pat Work hosted a DoD Teleconference from Iraq and to this exchange:CAPT. DAVIS: We'll go to Michael Gordon from the New York Times next. Q: Colonel Work, a couple of just very quick informational questions. You mentioned that the Iraqi forces are consolidating their gains in western Mosul. What is the nature of the resistance in western Mosul at this time? How many suicide attacks or snipers or IEDs or other security incidents have there been there, over the past week? And who is going to be the hold force for that part of the city? Which Iraqi forces? COL. WORK: Hi, Michael. There's a lot of work to be done in west Mosul, in particular. In west Mosul, right now, the Iraqi security force is all three cohorts: the federal police, the Iraqi Army and the Counter Terrorism Service. They're rooting through this extraordinarily damaged infrastructure, hunting down the remnants of ISIS, hunting down its leadership, continuing to recover and render safe its explosive caches, continue to exploit intelligence so that it can do precision work against its movement corridors. And the Islamic State -- you know, they never gave anything away. The Iraqi security forces, with our help, had to take everything from ISIS. And the leadership of ISIS fled -- they left its fighters alone, naked, on the battlefield. And so you've got these pockets of remnants that continue to evade capture. But their days are numbered. There are small engagements every single day, and the Iraqi security forces are just now dispatching the surviving ISIS small units -- and we're talking three to five fighters. Occasionally they'[...]



Co-option?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:00:00 +0000

 John Stauber RetweetedJohn Stauber‏ @JohnStauber  11h11 hours agoMoreJohn Stauber Retweeted Max Blumenthal#DemExitJohn Stauber added,Max BlumenthalVerified account @MaxBlumenthalPathetic to watch Gillibrand concede Netanyahu has no vision for peace while defending doing his bidding against BDS https://twitter.com/jvpliveny/status/888764719217115136 …0 replies1 retweet2 likesReply  Retweet 1 Like 2This is shameful.Gillibrand was supposed to be so much more.Maybe if Carolyn had left the House and run for the Senate things would be better?Gillibrand is to the right of me but when she first got in she was willing to fight.I feel like she's been co-opted.But most end up that way, right?That's why I'm glad Jason Chavez (spelling?) is leaving.He's stood for a lot of things I don't believe in.  But I will give him credit for standing by what he said he'd be for if elected."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, July 24, 2017.   Nouri goes to Russia and more. This morning, Susannah George (AP) reports that there are some questioning the future of the Shi'ite militias in Iraq.  She reports on her conversation with Shi'ite Sheikh Fadil al-Bidayri:Al-Bidayri says now that Mosul has been retaken and the Iraqi military has been partially rebuilt, he believes the Shiite militias should be disbanded, to curb Iranian influence in Iraq and reduce sectarian tensions. The elderly sheikh, like much of Iraq's religious establishment in Najaf, is a staunch nationalist and wary of Iran's growing influence. Prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi made the militias part of the national security forces. Not necessarily a smart move.Dropping back to Saturday:ALL IRAQ NEWS reports that Iraq's prime minister Hayder al-Abadi met with the Shi'ite militias today. Afterwards, ALSUMARIA notes Hayder issued a statement insisting that the militas were part of the national security forces and it was the government's duty to protect them. The government's duty to protect them? Interesting.  What about the militia's duty? It's supposed to protect the people. Strange that Hayder feels they must be protected. ALL IRAQ NEWS notes he also rushed to insist that the government is over the security forces.  This, no doubt, due to the statements of many militia leaders that they report to Iran. Hayder now tries to take control of a body that has no respect for him. How could that go wrong? Hayder is prime minister because of Barack Obama, by the way. And an election is coming up. Barack's gone and the man Hayder replaced wants to return as prime minister.Rudaw English‏Verified account @RudawEnglish  5h5 hours ago MoreHappening now: #Russia's Foreign Minister meets with Iraqi VP and former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. 0 replies5 retweets3 likesReply   Retweet 5  Like 3 Yes, former prime minister of Iraq and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki is in Russia.  Sunday, ALSUMARIA reported Nouri al-Maliki thanked Russia declaring it prevented the destruction of the Middle East and saved Baghdad.  Nouri is one of Iraq's three vice presidents as well as the former prime minister. Rudaw English‏Verified account @RudawEnglish  Jul 22 More#Iraq's former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki blames the administration of former #US president @BarackObama for the creation of #ISIS.14 replies43 retweets35 likesReply 14  Retweet 43  Like 35 His remarks have not gone over well with some.Kyle Olber[...]



I'm angry

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Jenny e-mailed to say I had messed up the title.Thanks, Jenny. She's right it should have been "bit" and not "it."Sorry, typed too fast.Don't really care.Not meant as an insult to Jenny.But I thought I'd post about being angry.Again, not at Jenny.Thank you, Jenny and anyone else who reads this site.I have no idea why you do.When it started, it was going to be about peace.When I filled in for Rebecca, before starting this blog, that's what I'd written about.I believe in peace . . .bitch!To quote Tori Amos ("The Waitress," below). allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AFmv3h_ic_w" width="560">I feel that song so much these days.I'm so angry.I'll be in a session with a patient and I'll just be so angry.He or she will be talking about what they saw over in Iraq or Afghanistan or the struggle they have had with doctors afterwards and I'll just get so angry.It's like we don't even know what's going on, the larger population.For example, the wars are still going on.  (If you read this site, I know you know that.  I'm speaking of the population in the US as a whole.)Even worse, we don't realize the health issues that the war has created and we're doing a lousy job for our veterans.We are ignoring the ongoing wars and we are ignoring the people we have sent into those wars.We're more worried about 'poor' Hillary Clinton's feelings than we are about the war and the veterans -- or, for that matter, the civilians being killed.I'm really angry and mad and I need to learn to deal with that.Again, Jenny, thank you for your e-mail.  You were kind to point out the error and I'm surprised there weren't more (maybe there were!).But these days I'm just really angry -- and disappointed."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, July 21, 2017. Let's pretend that the fighting in Mosul really is over, what next?Susan E. Reed (WBUR) offers:ISIS did not rise up the minute U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq in 2011. It had been long fermenting in weakly governed communities marked by sectarian strife where Sunnis were routinely persecuted under the leadership of Iraq’s former Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.The country’s current Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, has made progress in cultivating a more integrated society, starting with the military. The Obama Administration urged Abadi to develop more inclusive security forces under the command of the central government. In fact, Kurdish forces worked alongside Iraq’s army in liberating Mosul. This kind of cooperation must continue so that former ISIS-occupied areas don’t devolve into fratricidal cesspools when survivors seek to quench their thirst for revenge.As Congress tied Iraq military aid to integration, it should tie development aid to the establishment of diverse, cooperative community groups that will rebuild and govern these delicate, violence prone areas. Prime Minister Abadi has talked about decentralizing control of Iraq, but this should only occur if minorities will have a voice in government.Iraq, which defines itself as a democratic Muslim state, has the potential to become a model of integration of different Muslim sects, religions and ethnicities. While it faces many obstacles —  such as corruption, a weak judiciary and significant influence from Shia Iran — making progress on integration would help stabilize it while providing a protocol for other countries struggling with internal strife. Hayder al-Abadi has not done a [...]



A it of praise

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:51:00 +0000

Ian56‏ @Ian56789  4h4 hours agoMoreSimple truth of Obama's War in Syria in one pic. Trump has now promised to do what he promised to do in 2016 & stop arming Jihadi Terrorists6 replies51 retweets51 likesReply 6 Retweet 51 Like 51Agree that the move is a smart one.ISIS in Iraq?The US government bombs.ISIS in Syria?They arm.This should never have happened.So good for Donald Trump for this decision."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, July 20, 2017.Since the discussion of human rights abuses -- War Crimes -- entered the press conversation regarding Mosul last week, there has been silence from the US government.Turns out not all leaders of government are being silent.  REUTERS reports:German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday urged Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to investigate alleged human rights abuses that occurred during military operations to regain control of the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants.Merkel telephoned al-Abadi to congratulate him on the victory of U.S.-backed Iraqi forces in Mosul, calling it a "big step forward in the fight against Islamic State," her spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement. The German leader also encouraged Abadi to investigate claims of human rights abuses that emerged after the military operations, Seibert said.Hayder al-Abadi is the prime minister of Iraq.He has not set a good example and his record is appalling.This was noted by Human Rights Watch yesterday:International observers have discovered an execution site in west Mosul, Human Rights Watch said today. That report, combined with new statements about executions in and around Mosul’s Old City and persistent documentation about Iraqi forces extrajudicially killing men fleeing Mosul in the final phase of the battle against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), are an urgent call to action by the Iraqi government.Despite repeated promises to investigate wrongdoing by security forces, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has yet to demonstrate that Iraqi authorities have held a single soldier accountable for murdering, torturing, and abusing Iraqis in this conflict.“As Prime Minister Abadi enjoys victory in Mosul, he is ignoring the flood of evidence of his soldiers committing vicious war crimes in the very city he’s promised to liberate,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Abadi’s victory will collapse unless he takes concrete steps to end the grotesque abuses by his own security forces.”Despite repeated promises . . .That is his record.The same one as Nouri al-Maliki had before him.Merkel has called out the abuses.The US government has not.Gwynne Dyer (RED DEER ADVOCATE) observes:The shooting was still going on down by the river last week when Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi dropped by and prematurely declared that the battle for Mosul was over. He was misled by the various Iraqi army, police and militia units who were competing with one another to declare victory first, but now it really is over – and there is little left of Mosul. The siege began on 17 October of last year, so it lasted nine months – longer than the Battle of Stalingrad. It probably killed more civilians, too, because the US-led air forces were used to compensate for the shortage of trained and motivated Iraqi ground forces.On the issue of media coverage, Adam Johnson (FAIR) offers an analysis which includes:Earlier this week, human ri[...]



Is Kamala the new Barack?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:14:00 +0000

"Freedom Rider: Kamala Harris and America’s Oligarchs" (Margaret Kimberley, BLACK AGENDA REPORT):The proof that America is not a democracy is quite obvious. Academic studies and our own common sense tell us that this nation is ruled of, for and by wealthy individuals and corporate interests. One of their most tenaciously held prerequisites is the ability to decide who does and doesn’t run for office, and the presidency is their most prized possession of all.According to recent press reports, California’s newly elected senator Kamala Harris has begun her turn on the rich people’s casting couch. Harris won’t have to run for Senate re-election until 2022, so the quick once over from the high and mighty means only one thing. America’s oligarchs in the Democratic Party are considering her for the job at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2020. Former Hillary Clinton donors have lined up to vet Harris. Names of the usual suspects like George Soros are popping up as past Harris fund raisers. Their goal is to make sure that voters’ will have limited choices and won’t dare to think beyond the names that are handed to them for consideration.The Democratic Party is nothing if not consistent. The debacle that led to Donald Trump’s election has not led to any circumspection on their part. The only issue for the rich people who determine who we can choose is whether or not they are backing a winning horse. Harris is a natural, the total package as it were. She is a new face, young, photogenic and like Barack Obama, bi-racial. White people will consider her exotic enough to be acceptable and black voters will rally around her. Already she is being referred to as Obama 2.0. Like him she courted big money funders to wage a successful senate campaign and then emerged as a future presidential candidate.I really am amazed by this.She has no national presence.No national record.But then neither did Barack.That was used to his advantage.A blank slate, he allowed people to project their own fantasies upon him."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, July 19, 2017.  Oh, look, it's another 'turned corner'! -- let's all try to pretend we don't remember where this leads to.Joseph Pennington sees a 'turned corner' in Iraq.Yet another one.We've been here before, many times before.Has Pennington?From his US State Dept bio:Joseph S. PenningtonDeputy Assistant Secretary for IraqBUREAU OF NEAR EASTERN AFFAIRSTerm of Appointment: 12/2015 to presentJoseph Pennington, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, began his current assignment as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq, in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, in December 2015. He also served as Director of the Office of Iraq Affairs after returning from a two-year assignment (2013-15) as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil, in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Mr. Pennington served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic (2010-13) and held the same position in Yerevan, Armenia (2007-10). He worked as the U.S. Embassy Spokesman in Ankara, Turkey (2002-06), political-economic officer in Naples, Italy (2001-02), and headed the U.S. Embassy Branch Office in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina (2000-01). He served as an economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo (1999-2000), and as political-economic officer at the U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey (1995-98). Mr. Pennington has also worked in the State Department’s [...]



Tucker does better than Rachel

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:53:00 +0000

Aaron Maté‏ @aaronjmate  22h22 hours agoMoreWatch @MaxBlumenthal in 5 minutes talk more sense on RussiaGate than you'll hear anywhere else: allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="363" id="xdm_default7357_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/887132799853105152?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=default7357&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">12 replies96 retweets171 likesReply 12 Retweet 96 Like 171I respect Aaron Mate -- who Tweeted this.Aaron worked for DEMOCRACY NOW! and recently, when DN! went off the rails, he called the program out.Few people ever do that.I respect him for that move.As for the above, it's amazing that Tucker Carlson and FOX NEWS can offer the above but Rachel Maddow's still preaching hysteria about Russia.She should be ashamed of herself.We really need to pay attention to the people who are peddling this nonsense.They are not helpful to anyone and they should not be forgiven.This has gone on far too long, it does real damage.We know this because so many of us lived through the Cold War."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, the War Crimes continue but Little Fancies rush in to distract us with nonsense.Heaven save us all from Little Fancy.Our latest Little Fancy?Max Fisher.Proof positive that THE NEW YORK TIMES needs to improve their hiring practices.  (And probably not hire from hysteric outlets like VOX to begin with.)Little Fancy Tweeted:Max Fisher‏Verified account @Max_Fisher  16h16 hours agoMoreMax Fisher Retweeted NRATVNRA releases another video edging right up to the line of endorsing violence against journalists, this time Iraq war veteran @AlexHortonTXMax Fisher added,2:08NRATVVerified account @NRATV“Your paper’s new slogan may read Democracy Dies in Darkness. It should say Journalism Dies at the @washingtonpost” @stinchfield1776. #NRA 116 replies1,074 retweets861 likesReply 116Retweet 1.1KLike 861"Edging right up to the line endorsing violence against journalists"?Oh, Little Fancy, change your urine soaked briefs and crawl out from under your bed, it's a safe place.Because of Little Fancy's melodramatics, I had to stream the NRA video.Here's a transcript: Grant Stinchfield:  For years, THE WASHINGTON POST has tarnished gun owners in an effort to take away our Second Amendment freedoms.  The fake news outlet even went so far to make the blatantly false claim that the NRA had illegal ties to Russia.  But THE WASHINGTON POST isn't made about the lack of guns, it's upset about the abundance of truth -- the truth about their role in the organized anarchy of the violent left by spreading lies about those who disagree with their violent agenda while refusing to cover the extremist beliefs and tactics of people like Carmen Perez, Deray McKesson and liberal politicians like Chuck Schumer and Al Franken who re[...]



Panic nation?

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:52:00 +0000

"TV: On HOOTEN & THE LADY and the Emmys" (Ava and C.I., THE THIRD ESTATE SUNDAY REVIEW):Samantha Bee is neither fresh nor funny.She's an ugly woman who thinks screeching is what the world needs.The same way John Oliver thinks Americans have been waiting for a thumb-up-his-ass smug Brit whose selective editing is comical.Neither have anything to offer.Jon Stewart?He was an original who paved a road at least.But, reality, even his best days at THE DAILY SHOW don't make for good TV or TV that COMEDY CENTRAL reruns.If you're not getting how far from excellence -- what the Emmys are supposed to celebrate -- the nominations were this year, think of one program: TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90: THE BEST IS YET TO COME.That special featured performances from Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Lady Gaga, k.d. lange, Bob Dylan and several others -- including Tony Bennett.Somehow this didn't qualify for a nomination for best variety special.Instead we got crap like FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE PRESENTS NOT THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT'S DINNER and STEPHEN COLBERT'S LIVE ELECTION NIGHT DEMOCRACY'S SERIES FINALE: WHO'S GOING TO CLEAN UP THIS SH*T?Who's going to clean up this sh*t?That's actually the question the Emmys should be asking.We have no quarrel with NETFLIX's two variety nominations -- LOUIE C.K. and SARAH SILVERMAN: A SPECK OF DUST.Those are comedy concerts.From celebrated comedians who offer their look at life.Not a bunch of sexual put downs of a politician.Stephen Colbert has always had the problem that he comes across like a child molester.It's why his acting career never took off.And Samantha Bee?  How that woman ever snared a man (let alone a semi-attractive one) is beyond us. They don't deserve to be nominated as they wind up their rants and their hysteria preaching to PANIC NATION in their attempts to alarm us all.If you're not getting how bad it is, Bill Maher got an Emmy nomination this year: Outstanding Variety Talk Series.Bill Maher.Bill Maher who used the n-word again this year.Bill Maher who preaches hate of Arabs.Bill Maher who is sexist.Bill Maher who is racist (his offensive Tweet about Asians being yet another example).But, see, that's okay.He puts down Trump.And, for the voters on the coast of Panic Nation, that's enough.They're not left, they may be 'liberals' with air quotes, but they're not left.They're uninformed and uneducated little idiots.They can't offer anything but comic book versions of reality because they're so stupid.They applaud Barack Obama, for example, these Meryl Streeps (talk about another ugo) as though he didn't kill people with drones, as though he didn't save the banks while failing the home owners, as though the largest transfer of wealth didn't take place on his watch.They're not left.They're dumb idiots who couldn't hold a political conversation but let Stephen Colbert say Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are same-sex lovers and suddenly the homophobia gets ignored so they can hoot and holler.And then they look down on the residents of so-called fly-over states?They don't know the first thing about art which is why these disposable programs are nominated for excellence awards.Ava and C.I. have written another must read."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, July 17, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue -- as does The Mosul Slog.FRB-I‏ @FRBIU  1h1 hour ago More#Iraqi Army soldier showcase[...]