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Hag Jill Abramson lies yet again

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

Oh, Jill, do shut up.Glenn Greenwald‏Verified account @ggreenwald  3h3 hours agoMoreGlenn Greenwald Retweeted Jill AbramsonRight. The claim that people only started objecting to this practice with Obama (or Clinton) is a 100% falsehood http://articles.latimes.com/1990-03-04/magazine/tm-2327_1_nancy-reagan-foundation …Glenn Greenwald added,Jill AbramsonVerified account @JillAbramsonReplying to @ggreenwaldI've consistently criticized all politician for big$$ speaking fees and written about this awful practice since the 1980s. Thx @ggreenwald17 replies120 retweets261 likesReply 17 Retweet 120 Like 261You have not consistently criticized all politicians.You did not slam Barack, did you, hag?No, the hag sat on stories.The hag refused to print them.That's why C.I. and I were so successful at the takedown of you, Jill.You're firing was long overdue.When C.I. found out what you were doing with Iraq coverage?Well prior to that, we'd only done our best to spoil your children's dreams -- you're welcome.But when you pulled that crap, it was time for you to go.You're a disgraced former employee of THE NEW YORK TIMES.You were fired.Publicly.Humiliated.Now you write a pitiful column for THE GUARDIAN.You are so pathetic.But to hear you claim you held all accountable?We know the stories you killed. We know, Jill.You're a lying hag.Fade away.Fade away quickly."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, April, 27, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, tensions continue to rise between the governments of Iraq and Turkey, the political situation in Iraq grows ever more tense as evidenced by the latest news on the Electoral Commission, and much more.ALSUMARIA reports that the al-Ahrar Bloc in Parliament has collected 80 signatures, enough to call for a vote to withdraw confidence from the Independent High Electoral Commission.February 8th, a  protest against the Electoral Commission took place in Baghdad.  From that day's snapshot:NINA reports that MP Magda al-Tamimi is calling for the members of the electoral commission to appear before Parliament for questioning due to a number of reasons including the large amounts of complaints about alleged corruption she has been receiving about them.Due to the protest, ALSUMARIA reports, the Election Commission has closed shop and gone home for the day to avoid "friction" with the protesters.And ALSUMARIA is reporting that the protest has started with thousands turning out to demand changes in the electoral commission and in the voting law.And let's go to the February 11th snapshot to show how massive another protest on the electoral commission has been:Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr called for demonstrations in Baghdad today.Did the crowd turn out?Goodness, did they.Iraqi Day  🇮🇶 ‏@iraqi_day  16h16 hours agoThe demonstration in Tahrir square #Baghdad is getting bigger and bigger. #Iraq4 replies21 retweets24 likes   Iraqi Day  🇮🇶 ‏@iraqi_day  18h18 hours agoMassive demonstration started in #Baghdad Tahrir square by Sadr supporters demanding change to the elections committee. #Iraq  3 replies40 retweets30 likes   Methaq Al-fayyadh ‏@AlFayth  18h18 hours agoHuge protest in #baghdad   3 replies55 retweets31 likes    The protests didn't end that day.Wcn Conflict News‏ @NewsWcn  Mar 24IRAQ: Mass protests in #Baghdad’s Tahrir Square earlier today, demanding change to electoral commission and political influence. #Iraq 0 replies4 retweets2 likes  And it was not just Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr and his followers calling for changes to the electoral commission.  As early as February, vice president Ayad Allawi was also calling for reform and for the members of the commission to be replaced.Monday, a complaint against the commission was filed with the United Nations.A complaint a[...]



The press needs to quit whining

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Michael Tracey‏Verified account @mtracey  14h14 hours agoMoreMichael Tracey Retweeted Brian Stelter"To spout melodramatic cliches... is to fulfill the most solemn duty of the press"Michael Tracey added,Brian StelterVerified account @brianstelter"To demonize the press... is to lay the groundwork for repression" --@NancyGibbs http://bit.ly/2qcCJMN  14 replies76 retweets216 likesReply 14 Retweet 76 Like 216What a crock.The press deserves praise when it does its job.When was the last time that happened.Hats off to POLITICO for reporting that Barack's Iran deal actually resulted in the transfer of over 20 prisoners the US government classified as terrorists.Good for POLITICO.See, I can praise.But that's about all I can.The press lost so much from the Iraq War.They lied.They repeated lies.They attacked those of us who protested.We were right and they were wrong.That will never change.They made no effort to change.For eight years, they covered for Barack Obama.They refused to hold him to a standard.Now they persecute Donald Trump on the most minor issues.They think we don't notice?I didn't vote for Donald.  Wouldn't vote for him.That doesn't mean I don't notice the press treatment he has received.It's nothing like what any president in my lifetime has gotten in their first 100 days.It is certainly not like the soft treatment Barack received.Do your job and maybe you won't be criticized."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, April 26, 2017. As noted yesterday, the Turkish government has yet again bombed Iraq.This time, the reaction is a bit different.CNN notes:US officials said they were "deeply concerned" after Turkey carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday against US allies fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq.A senior US defense official told CNN that the US was given about one hour's advance notice of the strikes by the Turkish military. The official added that no US or coalition advisers were in the vicinity. The Turkish government claims it is targeting the PKK.   Aaron Hess (INTERNATIONALSOCIALIST 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."These strikes have gone on throughout the Iraq War -- often with 'clever' names -- such as Panther Operation in 2012.  When Bully Boy Bush occupied the White House, the US government did not object to these strikes -- even when civilians were killed.  Under Barack Obama's presidency, the Turkish attacks were still tolerated.Loveday Morris and Kareem Fahim (WASHINGTON POST) report on the US government reaction: “These airstrikes were not approved by the coalition and led to the unfortunate loss of life of our partner forces in the fight against ISIS that includes members of the Kurdish peshmerga,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters, using another name for the Islamic State. He said the United States was “deeply concerned” about the strikes.  “We have expressed those concerns to the government of Turkey directly,” he added.Seth J. Frantzman (JERUSALEM POST) offers:In a paper published on April 12 by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Fabrice Balanche argued that Sinjar could be a strategic necessity for the Kurdish Rojava region of Syria as a corridor for trade to Iraq and Iran. The argument is part of a larger narrative that sees Iranian designs on Sinjar as part o[...]



#Resistanceisajoke

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:12:00 +0000

The 'resistance.' What a joke they are.C.I. and I were on a phone call with a friend who is (a) stuck up, (b) uninformed and (c) painful.I'd dump her were it just me but C.I. is loathe to ever dump a friend.So Chatty was talking about how 'the resistance' was accomplishing this and that.She gets all her 'news' from Rachel Maddow and John Oliver.Her stupidity is amazing.I thought of her when I saw this Tweet:Michael Tracey‏Verified account @mtracey  19m19 minutes agoMoreMichael Tracey Retweeted Eli LakePut another way, the two main themes of the anti-Trump "resistance" have been utter fantasies.Michael Tracey added,Eli LakeVerified account @EliLakeNearly 100 days in, Trump is no fascist or a Russian stooge. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-04-25/at-100-days-trump-s-no-russian-stooge-or-fascist …10 replies58 retweets91 likesReply 10 Retweet 58 Like 91Chatty's convinced that Russia 'hacked' our elections.Chatty knows this because of Oliver and Maddow.Chatty knows nothing.She is always screaming about the anti-vaccine crowd.Which is why C.I. no longer invites her to autistic events.  C.I takes no sides in the autism debate.She tries to respect everyone's opinion.So I bring that up.When she admits there is no proof that the Russians hacked the election but she just knows it.I bring up the vaccine people.She hits the roof.But that's what she sounds like.Actually, she sounds worse.The anti-vaccine crowd at least did their own work.Chatty got fed her beliefs.(For the record, I think more research is needed on the vaccine issue.  All of my children, included Mike and my daughter, have been vaccinated.  But I do understand the fears and concerns.)"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, April 25, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, tensions simmer between Iraq and Turkey, Chelsea Clinton toys with a political run, and much more.Let's start with politics.ladyhawker‏ @ladyhawkerfinds  14h14 hours agoDonald Trump doesn't know where Crimea, Syria, Iraq or the White House is. This is his World Map #100DaysOfShame2 replies14 retweets27 likesShe knows where Iraq is.She knows.So clearly she must be Tweeting about it, right?Wrong.Scroll through day after day and find nothing.But she thinks she's better than Donald Trump because she knows where Iraq is.She knows where Iraq is and yet she chooses to ignore it.March for science, march against Donald Trump, et al -- she can do that.She just can't object to the ongoing Iraq War.But don't worry, when she feels the need to use Iraq as a political football again, she will.Otherwise, she doesn't give a damn.Day after day, she doesn't give a damn.Turkey has again bombed Iraq.Telegraph News‏Verified account @TelegraphNews  1h1 hour agoTurkey says it bombed Kurdish terrorists in Syria and Iraq but US Kurdish allies say they were hit telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/2…0 replies10 retweets6 likesThe Turkish government always says that -- that it killed terrorists.Then reality comes along.And it turns out to be, for example, farmers and sheep.But for a news cycle or two, the Turkish government gets to pretend otherwise.And this bombing?AFP news agency‏Verified account @AFP  4h4 hours ago#BREAKING Turkish strike in Iraq kills six Kurdish security forces: official13 replies139 retweets55 likesAL JAZEERA notes the Turkish government's official statement:The targets were hit to prevent the PKK from sending "terrorists, arms, ammunition and explosives to Turkey," the statement said, adding that the operation was conducted "within the scope of the international law".AFP adds:Zardasht Shingali, a spokesman for the YBS [Yazidi Protection Units], said the strikes lasted three hours and hit five of his group's positions in the area.He told AFP that the targets included a radio station, a position in the strategic Shilo Valley west of the mountain and another in the town of Sinuni, which lies at the foot of the mountai[...]



She's a joke

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

Every thing about that woman is a joke.Sarah Abdallah‏ @sahouraxo  29m29 minutes agoMoreSarah Abdallah Retweeted WikiLeaksHillary Clinton censored her team's affirmation of the Armenian Genocide to placate the Turkish regime. Imagine my shock.Sarah Abdallah added,WikiLeaksVerified account @wikileaksWikiLeaks Reveals Hillary Clinton Censored Her Team's Affirmation of the #ArmenianGenocide http://armenianweekly.com/2016/10/25/wikileaks-reveals-hillary-clintons-email-exchanges-on-armenian-issues/ …7 replies86 retweets135 likesReply 7Retweet 86Like 135Every thing.Of course she and Julian Assange are at odds ends.He believes in getting truth out there.She believes in manipulating people.Remember the speech she gave to Wall Street about how she'd tell them the truth but not the 'yokels'?That's Hillary Clinton."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, April 24, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue as we focus on the unresolved issues of autonomy for the KRG and the future for Kirkuk.Hamdi Malik (AL-MONITOR) reports: As talk of an independence referendum for Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) grows, Iran's role is becoming more visible, especially that of Qasem Soleimani, the powerful commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force. But it appears that this role is retreating in the face of Kurdish ambitions for more independence. Kurdish media outlets reported April 10 that Soleimani had met senior leaders of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Sulaimaniyah. Rudaw, a media organization aligned with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), reported April 11 that the goal of the visit was to prevent the KRG from holding an independence referendum.But it appears that PUK officials were not the only parties to the meeting. Soleimani had discussed the poll with KRG President Massoud Barzani in Erbil. Soleimani is Iran's top official in Iraq, according to KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. As such, he has had many relationships with Kurdish figures, especially in the PUK and the Kurdish Movement for Change (Gorran), since the 1990s.Iraqi Kurdish political forces recently have increased their calls for a referendum on Kurdish independence. The leadership of the KDP has said such a poll will be held this year. The KDP and the PUK agreed to set up a joint panel April 2 to decide how the poll would be run and set a date for it.Iran is against such a step and sees an independent KRG as a red line, something KDP Secretary-General Fadel Mirani dismissed on April 11, saying, "We don't need permission from anyone to hold a referendum." But it is impossible to ignore the clout of neighboring states opposed to Kurdish independence. Iran especially enjoys serious influence over the PUK and Gorran in Sulaimaniyah, which is close to the Iranian border.It's still the big issue, it has been for over a decade.Will the KRG move from semi-autonomous to full autonomy?Another question swings with that: Will Kirkuk go with the KRG or go with the central-based government of Baghdad?That second question is the easier to document.Second Clause of Article 140 of Iraq's Constitution: The responsibility placed upon the executive branch of the Iraqi Transitional Goverment stipulated in Article 58 of the transitional Administrative Law shall extend and continue to the executive authority elected in accordance with this Constitution, provided that it accomplishes completely (normalization and census and concludes with a referendum in Kirkuk and other disputed territories to dtermine the will of their citizens), by a date not to exceed the 31st of December 2007.Nouri al-Maliki had two terms asprime minister of IRaq and he was not in compliance with the Constitution he took an oath to uphold.Hayder al-Abadi's term has one more year on it.Maybe he'll get a second term, maybe he won't.But his term has not been rushed by any need to uphold [...]



Treating her like a recovering stroke victim?

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:49:00 +0000

allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/A0qm8nq8RcA" width="560">Linda Ronstadt.One of our great singers.Rebecca loves Barbra Streisand -- and always has.More power to my very good friend.But I never could get into Babs.  Give me Linda or Gladys Knight or any other number of women who could sing with real emotions.Someone else I can never get into is Hillary.And I loved this part of about Hillary in an article on the dreaded Chelsea:To find fault with the former First Daughter is to invite the wrath of thousands. Love of Chelsea correlates closely with love of Hillary, toward whom her fans have long felt an odd protectiveness, as if she were a stroke survivor regaining the power of speech rather than one of the most influential people in the world. That goes even more for Chelsea, who is often treated less like an independent 37-year-old multi-millionaire and more like the 12-year-old who still deserves to be left alone.But let’s have a reality check. No one bothers George W. Bush’s daughter, Barbara Bush, who quietly works on her nonprofit, Global Health Corps. On the other hand, if you’re posing for magazine covers, granting interviews, doing book tours, placing your name on your parents’ multi-million-dollar foundation, and tweeting out daily to 1.6 million people, then—guess what—you’re a public figure. And if you’ve openly entertained the possibility of running for office if “it was something I felt called to do,” then assurances to the contrary aren’t quite good enough. You’re a public hazard.Chelsea is a public hazard.But I especially love the part about how some are treating Hillary like a recovering stroke victim.T.A. Frank of VANITY FAIR wrote the article I'm quoting."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, April 21, 2017.We're going to have to deal nonsense right off the bat.Michael Tracey‏Verified account @mtracey  7h7 hours ago118 replies161 retweets446 likesSo some balding, pasty bitch is going to tell us all what to do based on her vaginal hiccups and anal seizures?No f**king way. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JoD1n7HvfNE" width="560">Feminism is not Leah Balding McElrath's personal toy.Feminism is a movement.Feminism is about equality.It's not about specialism.I'm sick to f**k of trash like that bald idiot insisting Hillary was the most qualified candidate for president ever.In 2007 and 2008 (long before I supported her), I would hear people scoff at the idea that she even had qualifications.I would defend her.And you can say she was qualified.But you can't lie that she was the most qualified.And I'm sorry Baldy McElrath if that bit of truth ripped off a butterfly's wing in some alternate universe.  (Where your oversized forehead is, no doubt, worshiped).As Ann noted earlier this week ("Hillary was not more qualified than Al Gore, JFK or LBJ"), we already imploded that myth at THIRD with "Hillary was not 'the most qualified candidate ever..." where we noted how LBJ, JFK and Al Gore were all more qualified than Hillary.Maybe were she running for talk show host, she'd be the most qualified?Maybe not.But for President of the United States?I struggled to list meaningful credits she possessed in 2008 in exchanges with cab drivers.Because she really doesn't have any.She had one complete term as a senator and two years of a second one when she became Secretary of State.  Without even evaluating those two positions in terms of any accomplishments, that's really not that impressive.First Lady doesn't count.Now I counted it in 2008.But I go by how people treat things.Hillary doesn't think First Lady matters as evidenced by her sexist announcement that, were she elected, Bill would be over the economy.He wouldn't, she assured us in this last run, be planning state dinners or picking out china. Because it's too m[...]



A Maddow can't change her spots

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:32:00 +0000

Rachel Maddow's not going to change her spots.But some believe otherwise, need to believe, apparently. Aaron Maté‏ @aaronjmate  6h6 hours agoMore1 I'm hopeful @maddow will correct or at least provides updates on the innuendos I detail in my piece that are wrong/haven't panned out:10 replies48 retweets99 likesReply 10 Retweet 48 Like 99 Aaron Maté‏ @aaronjmate  6h6 hours agoMore2 She suggested Russia is behind WikiLeaks’ Vault 7, but U.S. authorities are going after CIA insiders/contractors allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="361" id="xdm_default9914_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/855140434074587138?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&lang=en&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22permalink_overlay%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default9914&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">1 reply11 retweets26 likesReply 1 Retweet 11 Like 26 Aaron Maté‏ @aaronjmate  6h6 hours agoMore3 She wondered if Trump will pull US forces near Russia 'cause Putin may have a sex tape. US has deployed new force: allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="361" id="xdm_default9915_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/855140596486418433?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&lang=en&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22permalink_overlay%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default9915&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">2 replies10 retweets21 likesReply 2 Retweet 10 Like 21 Aaron Maté‏ @aaronjmate  6h6 hours agoMore4 She wondered at length if the arrest of a Russian spam kingpin was linked to Russiagate. It’s not: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/technology/us-arrest-russian-email-spam-peter-levashov.htm …1 reply9 retweets20 likesReply 1 Retweet 9 Like 20 Aaron Maté‏ @aaronjmate  5h5 hours agoMore5 Floated "quid pro quo" of Putin getting Trump "to take Russian intervention in Ukraine basically out of GOP platform" But platform says:1 reply9 retweets18 likesReply 1 Retweet 9 Like 18 Aaron Maté‏ @aaronjmate  5h5 hours agoMore6 Suggested RT knew in advance of WL dump by asking RT why it tweeted about it before WL.But RT answered months ago: allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="361" id="xdm_default9916_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/855155729568862210?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&lang=en&card_height=344&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22permalink_overlay%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default9916&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">2 replies7 retweets19 likesReply 2 Retweet 7 Like 19Aaron Maté‏ @aaronjmate FollowMoreReplying to @aaronjmate @maddow7 She’s also speculated that Putin was behind Trump’s picking of Manafort, Tillerson & weakening of State Dept. I can’t prove that’s falseRETWEETS3LIKES32:58 PM - 20 Apr 20171 reply3 retweets3 likesReply 1 Retweet 3 Like 3 Aaron Maté‏ @aaronjmate  4h4 hours agoMoreReplying to @aaronjmate @maddow8 But I do hope if she keeps covering Russia extensively, sh[...]



Chelsea shames herself again

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:39:00 +0000

Chelsea Clinton really doesn't have a clue.Sarah Abdallah‏ @sahouraxo  11h11 hours agoMoreSarah Abdallah Retweeted Chelsea ClintonAs opposed to your mommy and daddy, who haven't brought joy but mass death and wanton destruction to the four corners of the planet.Sarah Abdallah added,Chelsea ClintonVerified account @ChelseaClintonWas laughing about the wonderfully hilarious & sweet things Charlotte sometimes says. Hope the people in your life bring you as much joy! https://twitter.com/anniekarni/status/854330250318290944 …23 replies261 retweets570 likesReply 23 Retweet 261 Like 570Exactly.You know who wouldn't have stupid Tweets?If RFK (Senior) was still alive and planning to run for public office, he wouldn't have stupid Tweets.He'd be doing a poverty tour, he'd be paying attention to real issues.I wonder, is Chelsea so hollow and meaningless that she can't see real issues effecting people?"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wendesday, April 19, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, Jane Arraf continues to deceive and so much more.Not a good time for Kenneth Roth.  He can't erase his past and he can't stop embarrassing himself in the present. Rania Khalek RetweetedAdam H. Johnson‏Verified account @adamjohnsonNYC  13h13 hours agoReplying to @adamjohnsonNYCInteresting for Roth to talk about 'indiffernce' when his org refused to oppose Bush's criminal invasion of Iraq hrw.org/legacy/backgro…3 replies97 retweets188 likes Rania Khalek RetweetedBen Norton‏Verified account @BenjaminNorton  13h13 hours agoBen Norton Retweeted Kenneth RothHRW continues its long history of punching left and smearing opponents of regime changeBen Norton added,Kenneth RothVerified account @KenRothSurging French presidential candidate Melenchon shows disturbing indifference to Putin-Assad's attacks on civilians. bit.ly/2pKyqYW 9 replies158 retweets216 likesPoor pathetic Kenneth Roth.Now maybe people could turn their focus to aging queen Charlie Rose who has supported every war in the world and runs with the dogs of war?Meanwhile the war drags on.AL ARABIYA reports:US Special Forces units reached Ain al-Assad Airbase, the western Anbar province in Iraq, on Tuesday to help Iraqi forces recapture cities still held by ISIS.“A large number of US Special Forces units reached the Ain al-Assad Airbase in Anbar’s Al-Baghdadi district some 90 kilometers west of Ramadi,” the Turkish Anadolu Agency reported, quoting an Iraqi army brigadier-general.When does this war end?It doesn't appear to ever end.It will hit year 15 next March.So, for those planning to gift, crystal is the traditional 15th anniversary token.How many more years is the Iraq War going to continue?And has it -- and the Afghanistan War -- gone on so long that we now consider permanent war normal?In what world is that acceptable?This week Jean Shaoul (WSWS) reported:More than half of Iraqi families—around 20 million people—are at risk of food insecurity and cannot withstand any further shocks such as conflict or increases in basic food prices, warned a joint report by the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) and the Iraqi government.It follows nearly four decades of wars, sanctions, occupation and civil war, instigated by Washington, that have devastated this once prosperous country.It is American imperialism, and its European allies—who invaded the country in 1991 and again in 2003—that are principally responsible for the growing danger of a colossal humanitarian disaster now confronting Iraq.Operations by US forces still range throughout the country. Their drone missile strikes and bombings of residential areas at a rate of 200 to 300 a month have slaughtered hundreds, if not thousands, of civilian men, women and children.[. . .]By the end of January—in [...]



Alyssa and all the other fake asses don't care when children die

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Michael Tracey‏Verified account @mtracey  3h3 hours agoMoreMichael Tracey Retweeted The War NerdDozens of Syrian children brutally killed, but no US pro-intervention outrage spasm ensues... very strangeMichael Tracey added,The War Nerd @TheWarNerd68 children killed...This will get ignored by a whole dumpster load of humanitarian interventionist trash... https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1826929764297257&id=100009407541064 … 49 replies466 retweets569 likesReply 49 Retweet 466 Like 569But that is how it is.The Hillary brigade never cared if children were killed.They only care that you elect Democrats.If Democrats continue the wars -- as Barack certainly did?That's okay.They are vile and disgusting.Ali Abunimah‏Verified account @AliAbunimah  Apr 16MoreAli Abunimah Retweeted Lina Arabi  🇰🇵Amazing propaganda. Mass killing of children justified by CNN by calling them "supporters of President Assad"Ali Abunimah added,0:29Lina Arabi  🇰🇵 @LinaArabiiRebel suicide attack kills over 100 civilians in Syria. CNN reports "dozens of supporters of Assad" killed in a "hiccup". 29 replies686 retweets539 likesReply 29 Retweet 686 Like 539"Hiccup."Hey, where's that 'activist' Alyssa Milano?Oh, she's posted a huge photo of her boobs at the top of her Twitter feed.Sweetie, no one needs to see your boobs.Put them away before you make yourself look even more ridiculous.Or is that just not possible at this rate?"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, April 17, 2017.Let's start with this.David Sirota‏Verified account @davidsirota  18h18 hours agoRemember when the small group of dissenting media voices who challenged the Iraq War were proven right & then promoted? Yeah, neither do I.34 replies843 retweets2,020 likesExactly.Were Jackie Collins still alive, she could write THE WORLD IS FULL OF FAT F**KS aka HOW UGLY MEN WITH UGLY IDEAS GET REWARDED.It would revolve around human trash like Matthew Yglesias and Kevin Drum who supported the Iraq War and get rewarded for it while all the writers who stood against it are punished.This has nothing to do with me.  Yes, I spoke out against the Iraq War beginning in Feb. of 2003 but I did not write about it.  Nor do I need to make a living from writing.  Other people are less fortunate and they told the truth but MOTHER JONES and other publications did not come knocking.And Matthew's human filth who was sired by human filth.  A lousy father who 'writes' screenplays by using the work of others and attacks Woody Allen over the claims of Dylan Farrow while justifying his own work with Roman Polanski.  There is no dispute that Roman drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl.  Working with rapists qualifies as a Yglesias family trait.It's not just the corporate media that refused to hold people accountable, it's the so-called alternative media as well.  MOTHER JONES can find room in its pages for any number of questionable men -- yet we're all supposed to see it as a 'win' that two bimbos run (ruin?) the magazine.Regarding the lack of accountability, last night, I noted the reality that, all this time later, Watergate remains a mystery.This led some to insist otherwise.Well what do you know, CBS NEWS' live coverage of Nixon announcing he was stepping down has held.Of course, anyone alive then or who's researched the period would be well aware that CBS refused to explore -- during that live coverage -- why Nixon was stepping down, they were too busy lauding him as a savior who did what was right for the nation.Roger Mudd, among others at CBS, didn't feel that was the way to go.And people wrongly believe that mysteries were solved.No, they weren't.And they wrongly believe that John Dean was a truth teller.No[...]



Shame on Aug San Suu Kyi

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 17:24:00 +0000

I never bought into the glorification of Aung San Suu Kyi to begin with.If the US government is pimping someone as a hero, you need to doubt it.(Like the idiot who works for MOTHER JONES, little Shane the wandering piker who just happened to end up in Iran.)Real heroes, people like Nelson Mandela, are the enemies of the US government.  Look at the way the US government treated Martin Luther King, for another example, or Arundhati Roy..I never found Aung all that wonderful or noble.So Mhedi Hasan's report for THE INTERCEPT did not surprise me:AUNG SAN SUU KYI IS ONE of the most celebrated human rights icons of our age: Nobel Peace Laureate, winner of the Sakharov Prize, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an Amnesty International-recognized prisoner of conscience for 15 long years.These days, however, she is also an apologist for genocide, ethnic cleansing and mass rape.For the past year, Aung San Suu Kyi has been State Counselor, or de factohead of government, in Myanmar, where members of the Rohingya Muslim minority in the northern Rakhine state have been shot, stabbed, starved, robbed, raped and driven from their homes in the hundreds of thousands. In December, while the world focused on the fall of Aleppo, more than a dozen Nobel Laureates published an open letter warning of a tragedy in Rakhine “amounting to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.”In February, a report by the United Nations documented how the Burmese army’s attacks on the Rohingya were “widespread as well as systematic” thus “indicating the very likely commission of crimes against humanity.” More than half of the 101 Rohingya women interviewed by UN investigators across the border in Bangladesh said they had suffered rape or other forms of sexual violence at the hands of security forces. “They beat and killed my husband with a knife,” one survivor recalled. “Five of them took off my clothes and raped me. My eight-month old son was crying of hunger when they were in my house because he wanted to breastfeed, so to silence him they killed him too with a knife.”And the response of Aung San Suu Kyi? This once-proud campaigner against wartime rape and human rights abuses by the Burmese military has opted to borrow from the Donald Trump playbook of denial and deflection. Her office accused Rohingya women of fabricating stories of sexual violence and put the words “fake rape” — in the form of a banner headline, no less — on its official website. A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry — also controlled directly by Aung San Suu Kyi — dismissed “made-up stories, blown out of proportion.” In February, the State Counselor herself reportedly told the Archbishop of Yangon, Charles Bo, that the international community is exaggerating the Rohingya issue.Shame on her.But at least the world can stop treating her like something amazing."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, April 14, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, the US government continues to hand over everything to Iraq with no conditions and much more.The whore of Babylon herself gives props to another world class liar.jane arraf‏ @janearraf  Apr 11‘People Just Flat-Out Lie’ politi.co/2pizlj7 via @politicomag allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="363" id="xdm_default7436_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/852039499911581697?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&lang=en&card_height=344&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default7436&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0p[...]



Caution

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Last night, Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "President Dunce Trump Goes To War" went up.Why couldn't Hillary just stay the hell away?John Kerry lost in 2004.He didn't show up in 2005 acting like the leader of a party.Hillary's time has passed.She needs to step aside.This is the people's time.They need Medicare for all.Health Over Profit‏ @H_O_P4E  5h5 hours agoMoreThough these deaths are not visible, they are still unjust. We can end them #MedicareForAll. Will you make the call? http://healthoverprofit.org/call-congress/ 1 reply16 retweets7 likesReply 1 Retweet 16 Like 7It's possible.It's doable.We need to get behind this."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS): Monday, April 3, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue on day 168 of The Mosul Slog.John Iadarola‏Verified account @johniadarola  4h4 hours agoJust a reminder that Jared Kushner is in no way qualified for any of these massively important government tasks he's being put in charge of.27 replies120 retweets311 likes  Just a reminder, if we're talking about visiting Iraq, anyone's qualified for that.Just a reminder, in the lead up to the Iraq War, the qualified experts were full of it and all wrong.CBS This Morning‏Verified account @CBSThisMorning  17m17 minutes agoIncreasingly, if it is a foreign policy trip or meeting President Trump cares about, Jared Kushner is there. -- @MajorCBS allowfullscreen="" id="player_tweet_848857688696127489" src="https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/848857688696127489?embed_source=clientlib&player_id=2&rpc_init=1" style="border-width: 0px; height: 284.625px; left: 0px; position: absolute; top: 0px; width: 506px;">7 replies9 retweets9 likes  I'll wait to see what comments, judgments Kushner makes before slamming him.Chi One‏ @ChiOneToo  20m20 minutes agoUnless Jared Kushner visits Iraq to go sightseeing, there's no reason for him to be there. He's just a realtor, not a diplomat #morningjoe2 replies12 retweets20 likes  A diplomat?What diplomat did Barack Obama send?In fact, here's a pop quiz for all those whining about Jared's visit to Iraq: How many times in his two term presidency did Barack Obama visit Iraq?When you can pass that pop quiz, maybe you're qualified to comment on Iraq visits.Look at the vile hatred spewing up.Fight For Democracy‏ @ImpeachTheNazi  34m34 minutes agoJared Kushner Visits Iraq & Jared Kushner's Father is a Convicted Felon #TheResistance #Indivisible0 replies9 retweets12 likes  I didn't even know Jared's last name until the Iraq visit.No need to.I certainly don't need to know what his father did.I won't judge Chelsea Clinton by her father Bill's harassment of Paula Jones or his alleged rape of Juanita Broaddrick.I didn't judge John F. Kennedy Jr. and don't judge Robert F. Kennedy Jr. by their fathers' involvements with Marilyn Monroe.Children aren't responsible for what their parents do.Trying to smear Jared with the actions of his father is contemptible.Jared's gone to Iraq.I hope he sees something illuminating.  I hope he interprets it accurately.  I hope it leads him to lobby his father-in-law.But even if he returns a raving hawk screaming for no war, I won't say he shouldn't have visited.I'll call him out for his opinions but I won't say he shouldn't have visited.Mark Knoller‏Verified account @markknoller  27m27 minutes agoDOD spokesman says Kushner "traveling on behalf of the President" to reaffirm US support of Iraq and US personnel deployed there.20 replies25 retweets17 likes  Since he met with Iraq's Prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi when Hayder was in DC recently, that's not surprising.Surprising is Will Bunch-ed Panties who's just written:For those who don't [...]



Christine McVie

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Gillian e-mails that she loves Stevie Nicks "and I know you've blogged about her but I don't find anything on Christine McVie.  Do you like any of her music?"Christine has released one solo album that sold well and had hits on it.Stevie has released several solo albums and had many hits.That's solo.Together, the two women are part of the band Fleetwood Mac, infamous for the best selling album Rumours.Stevie and Christine are responsible for the real hits of the band -- the flukes come from Lindsay Buckingham -- nonsense like "Tusk" and "Big Love."Stevie's "Rhiannon," "Landslide," "Sara," "Gypsy," "Gold Dust Woman," "Silver Springs" and "Dreams" are among the band's best.Christine's written some strong hits as well including "Don't Stop," "Hold Me," "Everywhere," "Little Lies," "Say You Love Me," "Over My Head" and "Think About Me."My favorite song of all the ones Christine has written would be "Honey Hi" (from TUSK). allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_uaTarTBuys" width="560">Christine wrote songs, sang and played keyboards with Fleetwood Mac.At one point, she was married to the bassist John McVie.She's earned her place in music history -- more than earned.She's just announced a concert with Lindsay Buckingham:100.7 WZLX‏Verified account @wzlx  5h5 hours agoMore#BREAKING: @fleetwoodmac’s Lindsey Buckingham & @christine_mcvie announce “joint” concert. http://wzlx.cbslocal.com/2017/03/31/fleetwood-macs-lindsey-buckingham-and-christine-mcvie-announce-joint-concert/ …0 replies0 retweets1 likeReply  Retweet  Like 1"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, March 31, 2017.  Chaos and violence continues as Michael Gordon and THE NEW YORK TIMES sling their ass to work it for death merchants.Judith Miller lost her job at THE NEW YORK TIMES over her Iraq War stenography.  Her frequent co-writer Michael Gordon kept his. A reminder of the damage control the government stenographer can still perform appears on A6 of today's NEW YORK TIMES.What is the big news?The massacre of civilians in Mosul, apparently killed in a US air strike.So the government rolls down the window at Gordo's street corner and guess who walks over?The money shot?"New ISIS Tactic: Gather Mosul's Civilians, Then Lure an Airstrike."In other words?Those hundreds of civilians killed?They had it coming.Shouldn't have gone out that late at night, shouldn't have worn those tight clothes, they were begging for it.No where in the ravings of the aging prostitute do issues like international law appear.Not once does he note that, even if his assertion is true, it doesn't not excuse dropping bombs on civilians.Silly US government, they sent a disease ridden whore to do a clean up thinking the American people would believe Michael Gordon.Gordo, of course, offers no dissenting view.And, for the record, he has no eye witnesses.Iraqis would be the one to talk to -- residents of Mosul.But when has THE NEW YORK TIMES ever been interested in the Iraqi civilains?When they sold the war?When the re-sold it to keep it going?Scott Creighton‏ @willyloman1  1m1 minute agoScott Creighton Retweeted The New York Timesyeah, so maybe you guys close up shop. I'm sure the people of Iraq wouldn't mind you scumbags Scott Creighton added,The New York TimesVerified account @nytimesThe free press is essential to our democracy. cards.twitter.com/cards/18ce53vs…0 replies0 retweets0 likes  The Iraqi people are not numbers.They live, they breathe, they dream just like anyone else.Yet the paper of (mis)record has repeatedly rendered them invisible.Gordo continues that long and disgraceful tradition today.Not everyone is unable to speak to the victims.Joe English‏Verified account&[...]



Tori Amos

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:24:00 +0000

I love Tori Amos -- someone the term "artist" actually fits.She's got an amazing voice and she is a tremendous songwriter.One of my favorite songs by Tori is "Mary." allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KPN_kq3tink" width="560">If you've seen her in concert and been lucky, she's performed this song."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, March 30, 2017.  Chaos and violence continues, the UN Secretary-General visits Iraq, a War Hawk flutters and frets that the US military in Iraq might be drawndown or -- gasp! -- withdrawn, and much more.AP reports 15 people are dead and another forty-five injured as a result of a Baghdad suicide truck bombing last night.As the violence continues, the United Nations Secretary-General arrived in Iraq.António Guterres‏Verified account @antonioguterres  6h6 hours agoJust arrived in Iraq to focus on the dire humanitarian situation on the ground. Protection of civilians must be the absolute priority.UNAMI, United Nations, Global Goals and 3 others31 replies232 retweets458 likesHe arrives as Iraq is in the midst of a major refugee crisis:UN News Centre: How is UNHCR handling the large displacement resulting from the current crisis in Iraq?António Guterres: We immediately started by supporting the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in northern Iraq, providing tents, blankets and other relief items for the first response for the people that were coming. Now, with our other UN colleagues and NGOs, [we are] working with the KRG in a more organised way in reception centres, in the camps that are being established, and supporting families all over the region. We are doing our best so they get the assistance they are entitled to and that the necessary protection mechanisms are put in place. Of course, the situation is more complex in and around Baghdad, where there is an environment of high insecurity. But we have kept a small team in Baghdad in order to be able to do everything we can to support the people that are suffering so much.UN News Centre: What is the biggest challenge at the moment?António Guterres: I think the big challenge is the fighting itself. We are facing an enormous risk in Iraq for the stability of the country and obviously there is no humanitarian solution for this problem; the solution is always political. We humanitarians can do no more than to support people in distress. What we need is to stop the dramatic situations that are now proliferating all over the world.Oh, wait.That's Guterres speaking in 2014.Amazing how little has changed.But that's part of the story as well -- even if it's not being reported on -- don't worry, we'll get to it.For now, PRESS TV notes, "Guterres is scheduled to meet top Iraqi officials, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi before heading to Arbil, the capital of the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region." AFP adds, "After his arrival in Baghdad, Guterres met President Fuad Masum, parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi and Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari."Guterres arrives on day 164 of The Mosul Slog.For American audiences, AP tries to reset the time clock (it doesn't do the same for foreign audiences).  Rather interesting -- apparently, they think American news consumers can't handle the truth and are also so dumb that they won't notice that the clock's being reset.It's 164 days.And look at the concerned Paul D. Shinkman of US NEWS & WORLD REPORTS -- and apparently PROPAGANDA as well:The Trump administration has indicated it plans to largely abdicate a U.S. role in Iraq's political future, despite the certainty that driving the Islamic State group from its remaining stronghold in Mosu[...]



That's a good one

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:57:00 +0000

Sarah Abdallah nails the stupidity here.Sarah Abdallah‏ @sahouraxo  17m17 minutes agoMoreSarah Abdallah Retweeted Craig MinassianSo you're quoting the corrupt, discredited Clinton Foundation to 'prove' the Clinton Foundation isn't corrupt & discredited? Nice try buddy.Sarah Abdallah added,Craig MinassianVerified account @MinassianMediaAnd while we have your attention from recycled, false claims, here are some facts about how @ClintonFdn has improved lives around the world: https://twitter.com/clintonfdn/status/806938403988246528 …7 replies22 retweets51 likesReply 7 Retweet 22 Like 51Agreed.Citing Hillary as a source is laughable at any time but it is especially laughable when the topic is The Clinton Foundation."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, March 29, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, the destruction continues . . .Liar Kevin Liptak (CNN) lies:President Donald Trump offered rare public remarks about Iraq Tuesday, declaring to a group of Senators gathered at the White House that the US is performing "very well" in the country, which remains besieged by violence."We're doing very well in Iraq," Trump said at a reception for all US senators and their spouses in the White House East Room, adding he'd just ended a long phone call with Defense Secretary James Mattis before appearing at the event.Trump added that "our soldiers are fighting like never before" in Iraq, and praised what he characterized as a positive trajectory in the country.It wasn't clear what fighting Trump was referring to in his remarks, which appeared unscripted. The US combat mission in Iraq ended in 2010 and American troops are now in the country primarily to advise and assist Iraqi forces.It wasn't clear what fighting?  Combat mission ended in 2010?  Primarily advise and assist?I'm sick of liars, I'm sick of whores.The US is in combat in Iraq.By any definition that's reality.More to the point, former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (2/15 through 1/17) spoke of this reality repeatedly to Congress when he served as Secretary of Defense.I'm getting damn tired of your all bulls**t and lies because you hate Donald Trump.It became combat the minute war planes -- US war planes -- began bombing in August of 2014. It was combat before that for the special-ops left behind after the December 2011 drawdown, it remained combat when Barack sent another brigade of special ops in the fall of 2012. Does Liar Liptak not know what Tim Arango (NEW YORK TIMES) reported in September of 2012: Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence.        All of that's before August of 2014 when then-President Barack Obama begins the daily bombings of Iraq. Liar Liptak ignores all of Ash Carter's testimony to Congress as well as his remarks to the press.Why?Because he wants to take down Donald Trump.I'm sick of your bias, I'm sick of your lies.I'm sick of you.You have no ethics.How sad that I'm the one -- someone who loathes Donald Trump -- who is trying to be fair while the professional press thinks they can write any damn lie they want.The press is a threat to democracy at this point.These daily attempts to take down an elected president are outrageous.I'm not talking about reporting, I'm talking about slanting.If the press doesn't understand why they are not respected anymore, that's their own damn[...]



The menace

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:16:00 +0000

David Walsh (WSWS) takes on the embarrassing Michael Moore:The outcome of the vote revealed the miserable failure and bankruptcy of the Democratic Party, which was unwilling and unable—in the form of the Clinton campaign—to present a program that could attract any significant popular support. Since November, Moore has striven above all to conceal the central responsibility of the Obama administration and its right-wing policies and operations—an administration he supported—for Trump’s victory.Virtually from the moment the Republican president took the oath of office, Moore has vehemently denounced him as a Russian puppet and lobbied for his removal.At the time of the February 13 resignation of Trump’s national security advisor, Michael T. Flynn, because of Flynn’s earlier communications with the Russian ambassador to the US, Moore flew into near hysterics. He demanded Trump “vacate” the White House immediately, calling the president a “Russian traitor.” On February 14, Moore tweeted Trump, “It’s now noontime in DC & it appears you are still squatting in our Oval Office. I gave u til this morning to leave.” He added later, “What part of ‘vacate you Russian traitor’ don’t you understand? We can do this the easy way (you resign), or the hard way (impeachment).” He followed up the same day, “Traitor! Resign by morning!”Michael Moore is a lousy filmmaker.Yeah, I said it.If we like his subject, we tend to give him a pass.Look where that got us -- he's a reactionary who is calling for war on Russia.He's an embarrassment, yes, but he's also a menace.He was always a sexist putz but now he's something far more dangerous.Worse, every time he speaks, some mistakenly believe he speaks for those of us on the left.He doesn't speak for me."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, March 28, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, some liars rush forward to rewrite history, the Iraqi Parliament meets to discuss the deaths in Mosul from last week's US bombing, and much more.In United States, there's a day known as Groundhog Day, February 2nd, where allegedly (this is myth) a groundhog emerges from his hole and, if the animal sees its own shadow, it retreats back into its hole and we end up with six more weeks of winter.  If it doesn't see its shadow, spring begins.  Again, this is myth.  There's a comedy classic film GROUNDHOG DAY starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell.Less well known is Democratic Leader Spine Day.It takes place every four years, a month or two after a presidential inauguration.Following the inauguration, a Democratic Leader emerges from their hole.  He or she has come to the surface to search for his/her spine.  If, upon surfacing, the Democratic Leader learns that a Democrat is in the Oval Office, he/she scurries back down the hole to hibernate for another four years.  However, if s/he learns that a Republican is in the Oval Office, the Democratic Leader searches madly for their spine and, finding it or some approximate, begins publicly denouncing things they were previously silent on.If you didn't know a Republican was in the White House (President Donald Trump), you should now.Yesterday, KPFA's Mitch Jeserich rediscovered the Iraq War after eight long years of silence on the dreadful (and money wasting) LETTERS AND POLITICS (the show began in 2009 to celebrate the accomplishments of Barack Obama -- but it soon became focused on The Tea Party because, let's face it, Barack had few accomplishments).70-year-old has been Reese Erlich blustered about current events in Iraq under Donald, "There's no UN resolution, there's no NATO call, there's no US Congress[...]



TV and music

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:41:00 +0000

"TV: IRON FIST, TRIAL & ERROR, THE MARVELOUS MRS. M..." (Ava and C.I., THE THIRD ESTATE SUNDAY REVIEW):The lowered expectations -- all around -- appear to have helped TRIAL & ERROR which got surprising praise throughout last week.The single-cam sitcom stars a faltering John Lithgow.  When you have a theater-trained actor like Lithgow in the lead role, why the hell wouldn't you film in front of a studio audience?  Why wouldn't you gear the show to your lead's strength?The Water Cooler Set couldn't stop inflating this so-so show.  Some compared it to the French mini-series SOUPCONS (THE STAIRCASE) -- most of whom couldn't even name the French title.  Others wanted to pretend it was MURDER ONE.What is it really?A rip off of COMEDY CENTRAL's THE KROLL SHOW.  That hilarious show starred Nick Kroll in numerous roles including Dr. Armond who eventually is being charged with killing his wife.  If you've seen those episodes, you've seen a funnier version of TRIAL & ERROR.  In fact, Nick Kroll should sue NBC for theft.How The Water Cooler Set missed that?  Because they're so deeply stupid.There's not much to praise here.  Sherri Shepherd is, in fact, the only aspect worthy of praise.  She triumphs over the material, in spite of the material.  This is the sixth sitcom she's triumphed in.  Exactly when are they going to build one around her.And that's actually the criticism that should have been launched of both TRIAL & ERROR and IRON FIST.  The latter is a strong show.  But why is the fourth MARVEL series for NETFLIX also the third one starring a man?And why are we the only ones pointing that out?Exactly what purpose does The Water Cooler Set serve?Again, IRON FIST is a great show.  And we're not saying the character should have been turned into a female.  We are saying it's past time that NETFLIX offered another female led action series.And watching it, were we the only ones who noticed how great a Wonder Woman that Rosario Dawson would have made?  Or that, with the claw weapons she used in IRON FIST, maybe she needs to be starring in HELLCAT?  Maybe Claire needs to be the new Hellcat who, by the way, was also a member of THE DEFENDERS comic book.It's funny how women make up 50% of the population but no one ever thinks they should have that same percentage of shows revolving around them.It's not at all funny that AMAZON's doing yet another pilot season where the best show is the one with a female lead (THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL) but you just know that, yet again, AMAZON will ignore the women and pick yet another substandard piece of crap to greenlight.Amy Sherman-Palladino's THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL stars Rachel Brosnahan and it's like nothing else TV has to offer.  But by all means, let's listen to a lot of boys who mistake their drool and cum stains for actual critiques.Ava and C.I. nail it.A lot of whiners react to IRON FIST by lamenting that the White comic book character wasn't turned into a male of another race for the TV series.But no one else -- only Ava and C.I. -- care to point out that this is the fourth MARVEL NETFLIX show and the third with a male lead.Where are the women?Also make a point to visit AMAZON and check out THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL because I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this pilot. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ACPG9_01srI" width="560">That's Aimee Mann's "Video," a song that's been on my mind all week."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, March 24, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, Moqtad al-Sadr stages a huge ral[...]



That dreadful Chelsea Clinton

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:40:00 +0000

From THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER:Chelsea Clinton's chief of staff complained on Thursday that her boss just can't catch a break. Bari Lurie is Clinton's chief of staff at the Clinton Foundation, where the former first daughter is vice chair. Lurie took to Twitter on Thursday to lament that Clinton, like her mother, failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, "never gets a break."Am I the only one reading that and thinking, "She needs a chief of staff?"What's the little priss need a chief of staff for?To count the millions she takes home each year from The Clinton Foundation?I remember when that idiot Bob Somerby was prattling on about how it was charity and C.I. had to (yet again) school Somerby: Serving on the board of a foundation means you get a salary.How stupid do you have to be, Bob Somerby, not to grasp that?She is so out of touch.She is not even forty and she's got a Chief of Staff.This is the little priss who's thinking of running for Congress?Will she, like her mother, try to insist she was poor?"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS): Thursday, March 23, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson admits the US military isn't leaving Iraq even if the Islamic State is defeated, Hayder al-Abadi lies about democracy and the militias, reports of mass civilians deaths in Iraq, and much more.Yesterday, at the US State Dept, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stood side-by-side with Iraq's Prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi.  In one key moment, Tillerson declared:At this moment, we are still in a phase characterized by major military operations. The expansion of ISIS has necessitated a large-scale military response, and our offensive measures are reclaiming areas in Iraq and Syria in which ISIS has had a large and destructive footprint. Our end goal in this phase is the regional elimination of ISIS through military force. The military power of the coalition will remain where this fraudulent caliphate has existed in order to set the conditions for a full recovery from the tyranny of ISIS. Under President Trump’s leadership and with the strength of this historic coalition, our common enemy will remain under intense pressure.Did you catch that?The US military is not leaving Iraq.The Iraq War is not ending.Not even if/when ISIS is defeated.Still happy to stay silent about the Iraq War?(See yesterday's snapshot.)Here are some of Tillerson's remarks, read them closely:We know military strength will stop ISIS on a battlefield, but it is the combined strength of our coalition that will be the final blow to ISIS. In order to stay ahead of a global outbreak, we must all adopt the following countermeasures: First, continue to persist with in-country counterterrorism and law enforcement operations. All of us must maintain pressure on ISIS’s networks within our own countries and take decisive law enforcement action to stop its growth. ISIS is connected across every continent, and we must work to break every link in its chain. INTERPOL is the newest member of our coalition and is critical to closing all routes through which ISIS terrorists seek to travel and threaten our homelands.Second, we need greater intelligence and information sharing within our own domestic intelligence agencies and among our nations. Our information sharing as a coalition has prevented a number of attacks, and this must expand and accelerate regardless of departmental or international rivalries. One example of this is West African nations who have put aside national differences to combat Boko Haram. Let us build on this good example.We also must look this enemy’s ideology in the [...]



THE NEW YORKER (garbage)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:00:00 +0000

THE NEW YORKER.Michael Tracey‏Verified account @mtracey  15h15 hours agoMoreRecall: FBI never forensically examined DNC servers -- it relied on CrowdStrike findings https://www.buzzfeed.com/alimwatkins/the-fbi-never-asked-for-access-to-hacked-computer-servers?utm_term=.ohvYXpVOjp#.np6bLQEOqQ …26 replies331 retweets379 likesReply 26 Retweet 331 Like 379Michael Tracey‏Verified account @mtracey  16h16 hours agoMoreCrowdStrike -- which has been absolutely central to fueling Russia hysteria -- reportedly falsified "hacking" data allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="359" id="xdm_default8942_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/844402438790635520?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&lang=en&card_height=344&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default8942&xdm_p=1" style="border-style: initial; border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">52 replies653 retweets695 likesReply 52 Retweet 653 Like 695Michael Tracey‏Verified account @mtracey  16h16 hours agoMoreThis bogus claim, promulgated by an ostensibly-credible New Yorker writer, will be seen by many thousands. Don't call it "fake news," though12 replies46 retweets194 likesReply 12 Retweet 46 Like 194Michael Tracey‏Verified account @mtracey  16h16 hours agoMoreMichael Tracey Retweeted Philip Gourevitch...the Clinton email server investigation had nothing at all to do with Russia. More paranoid lunacy.Michael Tracey added,Philip GourevitchVerified account @PGourevitchIt's not just that Comey pushed bogus Clinton email pre-election while mum on Trump-Russia—it's that email story was Russian propaganda op.23 replies140 retweets373 likesReply 23 Retweet 140 Like 373THE NEW YORKER is garbage and has been for some time.The only thing they had to applaud repeatedly in the '00s was Seymour Hersh.They then refused to print Sy once Barack was in office.Sy was doing the exact type of research he did before but now that Barack was president, little Davey dickless wouldn't allow the reporting to grace the pages of the rag.  (THE LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS grabbed many of the rejected pieces.)Jane Mayer?Snaggle whore as people who know her call her?She wrote about Gurantanamo and was overly praised because this resulted in her doing nothing.She spent Barack's terms questioning (mocking) people for their religions and chasing down crazy stories.She didn't challenge the government with Barack in office.So let's be really clear that THE NEW YORKER has been garbage since the early 90s and was only saved in the '00s by Sy Hersh who they refused to print after Barack stepped into the White House."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS): Wednesday, March 22, 2017.  FRONTLINE airs the most important report on Iraq in at least four years (if not more) and we explore how cowards refuse to speak out against the ongoing Iraq War.Ramita Navai: Last year, two Iraqi journalists investigating the militias here were murdered.  [. . .] While the west is fighting the war against ISIS most people we've spoken to here have told us they're much more scared of the militias.Last night on FRONTLINE (PBS), Ramita Navai's investigative report on Iraq -- and "the war's hidden fronts" -- aired.It's a very important report. We'll embe[...]