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National security?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:47:00 +0000

I’m not even going to link to the garbage I’m about to gripe about.  “Trump’s Strange Love for Putin Has Become a National Security Nightmare.”  I’m so repulsed by that for so many reasons.  Chief among them?  VANITY FAIR.  That’s our source.  Because when it comes to getting the go-to on national security, I always look for a glossy magazine filled with assorted underdressed tweens and twixts.  VANITY FAIR?  Heaven help us all.  Second, there’s no “love,” strange or otherwise.  Donald Trump just refuses to take part in the Russia scare that the media’s pimped for a year now.  Good for him on that.  I praise Donald Trump for not buying into the Russia mongering.  I won’t praise him for many other things but I will praise him for that.  Let’s quote Caitlin Johnstone (BLACK AGENDA REPORT):       The Entire Russian Hacking Narrative Is Invalidated In This Single Assange Tweet“This cannot possibly be an actual investigation into an actual allegation.”“Neither Robert Mueller's team nor the US Senate Intelligence Committee has bothered to contact WikiLeaks or me, in any manner, ever.” -- @Julian Assange, Twitter, September 20, 2017WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange has been very active on Twitter lately, even for him. Between his frequent posts about the fight for Catalan independence from Spain and about WikiLeaks’ latest release on Russian domestic surveillance tactics, it’s easy to inadvertently skim past a single post unrelated to either of those topics when reading through his Twitter page. Luckily, due to its immense significance it’s enjoying some circulation, and my primary goal with this article is to get even more eyes on it.This one tweet completely invalidates the notion that Robert Mueller has been conducting a legitimate investigation into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. Regardless of the degree of suspicion in which Assange is held, there is absolutely no excuse for the people responsible for investigating Russia not to have had any interaction of any kind whatsoever with one of the central characters in the official narrative about what Russia is supposed to have done.      Exactly.  When the Cold War is restarted – or worse – will the lunatics pimping these lies about Russia take accountability?  Be held responsible?  They’re sick.  "Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, December 14, 2017.  Donald Trump and the War Powers Act are noted, Iraq carries out more executions, the British legal system issues a ruling regarding the treatment of Iraqis, and much more.Bill Van Auken (WSWS) notes:The Trump White House Monday issued a so-called “War Powers” letter addressed to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and the president pro tempore of the Senate, Orin Hatch, to “keep the Congress informed about deployments of United States Armed Forces equipped for combat.”In 1973, against the backdrop of the debacle of the Vietnam War, the US Congress, overriding the veto of then-President Richard Nixon, passed the War Powers Act. The aim of the legislation was to prevent future presidents from waging undeclared and open-ended wars with little or no accountability to Congress, which under the US Constitution has the exclusive power to declare war.It gave the president the right to use military force at his discretion for up to 60 days—itself a huge concession of power to the executive branch—but required withdrawal after a total of 90 days if Congress failed to vote its approval of military action.While still on the books, the War Powers Act has long ago been turned into a dead letter by the quarter century of US wars of aggression that have followed the Stalinist bureaucracy’s dissolution of the Soviet Union, all waged without a declaration of war by Congress.Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have willingly acquiesced in the de facto concentration[...]



FBI issues

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:14:00 +0000

Wonder why Donald Trump called the FBI corrupt?The New York Times‏Verified account @nytimes 20h20 hours agoMoreHillary Clinton "just has to win," an FBI agent removed from the Russia inquiry wrote last year, text messages show allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="359" id="xdm_default1847_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/940835448255078400?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=default1847&xdm_p=1" style="border-style: initial; border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">120 replies136 retweets243 likesReply 120 Retweet 136 Like 243The FBI has never been 'clean' in any decade.I really do not know why so many people rushed to defend the FBI.Nor do I know why they rush to worship them.Is their lust for Hillary so great that they have blinded themselves?"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, December 13, 2017.  The State Dept declares in a press briefing that ISIS in Iraq "is not done," Hayder al-Abadi's attacks on the Kurds may not be influencing Shi'ites in the way he hopes, and much more.Iraq's (US-installed) prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi is insisting ISIS is over. Not everyone seems so sure. Michael R. Gordon (WALL STREET JOURNAL) notes the previous history of declaring 'success' in Iraq: In 2003, the Bush administration toppled Saddam Hussein but was unprepared for the mission of occupying the country. After American forces were withdrawn from Iraq in 2011, the Obama administration boasted violence was at a historic low only to see ISIS rampage across the country less than three years later. More recently, President Donald Trump asserted in October that ISIS fighters were giving up. Gordon notes that ISIS may "return to their guerrilla roots, maintain sleeper cells and try to take advantage of signs of Sunni disaffection" at a time when, for example, approximately 600,000 residents of Mosul have yet to return to the city since its 'liberation.'There are victory laps by Hayder, but no victory.A point US State Dept spokesperson Heather Nauert made at yesterday's press briefing in the midst of discussing Syria.MS NAUERT:  Our job in Syria is not done. And when I say “our,” I don’t just mean the United States, I mean the entire coalition. There are still pockets of ISIS. The country still needs to be stabilized. We were just talking about rubble removal and we were talking about demining. If Russia chooses to pull out, certainly, that is its choice to do so, but we continue to work through all our partners to try to stabilize the country. QUESTION: So if the job is not done as you – you don’t consider it done. The -- MS NAUERT: The job is not – the job is not done. QUESTION: Not done. I understand. MS NAUERT: It’s not – done in Iraq, even though Iraq has declared victory over ISIS. It’s not – it’s still not done there because there are still individuals there who belong to ISIS, who will take part, undoubtedly, in terrorist activities. Syria, the job is far from done there, unfortunately. Amazingly, or maybe not, not one reporter bothered to ask a follow up.  The US government has congratulated Iraq on the 'victory.'  But there was the US State Dept's spokesperson saying "It's not -- done in Iraq, every though Iraq has declared victory over ISIS.  It's not -- it's still not done [. . .]"Not one.Which may not be so amazing since they don't give a damn about Iraq and never ask about it.Now for foreign outlets (RT had a lively exchange in yesterday's press briefing), that may b[...]



Gillibrand's right

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:49:00 +0000

From CNN:  President Donald Trump used a suggestive tweet on Tuesday to attack a Democratic lawmaker who has called for his resignation after multiple women renewed their sexual misconduct allegations against him.In a message posted just after 8 a.m. ET, Trump wrote Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, was a "lightweight" who would "do anything" for campaign contributions. Trump didn't explain further what he meant, and the White House did not respond to requests for clarification.      No, she’s not a “lightweight.”  She is Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and she takes assault and harassment very seriously.  This isn’t a pose – the way it often is for Senator Claire McCaskill.  Female veterans know Claire will stab them in the back – and did.  Kirsten is the real deal.  I am waiting to hear more from the women who say that Donald Trump harassed and assaulted them.  At present, I believe them.  I noted an article yesterday about them and an earlier article in October (that one written by Ava and C.I.).  Ava and C.I. believe the allegations merit attention, so do I.   Kirsten Gillibrand, it should be noted, does not ‘fly off the handle.’  Meaning, she’s done her own research before making this call.  She’s examined the allegations and given them great thought.  She’s not a “lightweight.”   This is not about “campaign contributions.”   It’s really sad that the senator makes a serious call and that the president responds with that sort of nonsense. "Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, December 12, 2017.  PBS continues to air propaganda, a US service member is laid to rest, in 'victory' Baghdad decides to bomb the Kurds and much more.Imran Ghori (PRESS-ENTERPRISE) reports:McGurn’s goal was to return to the Police Department after completing his military service and become a police canine officer, he said. He would maintain his excitement while volunteering for the worst assignments, Castro said.Over the weekend, tiny despot Hayder al-Abadi held a parade, self-glorified and was selective in sharing thank yous.  The Kurds were disrespected but they weren't the only ones.  Everyone knows that Hayder and company would still be battling for Mosul -- to name but one example -- had the foreign coalition not been bombing constantly.Back to Ghori:Todd Lane McGurn was known for his big smile, his love for his family and his drive to succeed.Family and friends paid tribute to the 20-year-old Riverside resident in an emotional funeral service Monday, Dec. 11, at Sandals Church in Riverside. Afterward, a police procession accompanied a hearse carrying his body to Riverside National Cemetery where he was laid to rest.The US government should have never started the Iraq War.  But they continue it and they continue to send Americans over to Iraq and they continue to send US tax dollars over to Iraq.Ahmed Aboulenein (Reuters) reports on the whining of the Counselor of the USAID Thomas Staal who has just about lost it over US President Donald Trump's efforts to reduce (by 30%) the foreign aid budget.  It's outrageous to Staal.  This despite the fact that: "The U.S. government has provided nearly $1.7 billion in humanitarian assistance for Iraq since the Islamic State takeover of the north in 2014."Since 2014.$1.7 billion in the last three years.Not since the start of the Iraq War, but just in the last three years.Basic needs cannot be met in the United States and that's due to priorities and due to the illegal war that is still ongoing.Now we're supposed to spend billions propping up Hayder al-Abadi because we just know -- like we did with Nouri before -- that he'll deliver what we want -- at last -- finally.Iraqis need leaders that the support.  They do not need leaders imposed upon them by the US or any other foreign government.The reason so many trillions have been spent[...]



Assault

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:53:00 +0000

Nikki Haley says the Donald Trump’s accusers deserve to be heard.  I agree 100%.  I’m glad that Haley said that (on CBS FACE THE NATION).    At THE ATLANTIC, Matt Ford notes:      Lurking in the background of the roiling debate about harassment and assault in American society are the allegations made against President Trump by at least 19 women, many of whom came forward after the release of the Access Hollywood tape in October 2016. Trump vociferously denies any wrongdoing. “Is the official White House position that all of these women are lying?” a reporter asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, in late October. “Yeah, we’ve been clear on that from the beginning, and the president’s spoken on it,” Sanders replied.Some of the women’s stories date back to the 1980s when Trump’s personal relationships were fixtures of the New York City tabloids; others begin after he returned to the public eye with his NBC series The Apprentice. Their accounts describe a wide range of alleged behavior, including lewd remarks, overt harassment, groping, and sexual assault. One woman, Summer Zervos, is currently suing the president for defamation after he repeatedly called her and the others liars. What follows are details from each accuser—listed alphabetically—and the president’s corresponding defense.  In October, when this became news, Ava and C.I. did a piece where they did a quick examination of the basics that were publicly known.  There was one accuser they did not believe (but noted they could be wrong)        Donald Trump has been accused this month of harassment by several women.We have waited for the corporate media to explore the charges -- instead of merely repeating them.They have failed.We are offering our take on some of the charges below.We are not attempting to attack women who step forward.Nor are we claiming that we have provided the final word.We are offering our take based on what is in the public record.More details may emerge and our initial opinions expressed below would change.If you disagree, great.  Make that case.E-mail us and we'll print your reaction next edition -- thethirdestatesundayreview@yahoo.com and common_ills@yahoo.com (the latter has several people reading it so you'd probably be better sending there).    Again, they believe the women based on the information provided (all but one because they know that woman but they also, again, state they could be wrong about her). Also be sure to read "Al Franken's drama (Ava and C.I.).""Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, December 11, 2017.  Hayder al-Abadi tries to take a victory lap as so much of Iraq remains in crisis but stealing all attention is Moqtada al-Sadr.ANADOLU AGENCY reports that Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr announced today that his militia, the Saraya al-Salam militia, was disbanding and returning weapons to the Iraqi government as a result of the the announcement on Saturday by the United Nations that the sanctions against Iraq over the 1990 invasion of Kuwait were ended.  He announced in Najaf, "Sarayan al-Salam will be turned into a public organization.  We want the government in return to create new job opportunities for the unemployed."AP adds that Moqtada stated "his men would remain as protectors of a holy Shiite shrine in Samarra, north of Baghdad."  RUDAW notes that Moqtada's Najaf remarks were televised and that he called for militias to stay out of the upcoming elections (scheduled for May).  Nadia Riva (KURDISTAN 24) explains:The PMF were formed a few days after the jihadist group emerged in northern Iraq and took over large swaths of territory in 2014. A fatwa issued by Iraqi Shia Spiritual Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani rallied the militias into engaging with IS to protect the southern regions after the Iraqi Army collapse[...]



Nice talking to you Toni Van Pelt

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 16:17:00 +0000

So Toni Van Pelt e-mails me.  Who?  Exactly.  I’ll comment:  2017 has been one of the toughest years for reproductive rights on record.  Really?  Tougher than 1952 when it was illegal?Together, we can tally up the many moves the Trump Administration has made to roll back reproductive healthcare--from slashing insurance coverage for contraceptives, to getting an anti-choice justice onto the U.S. Supreme Court.  Yawn.But that’s not even the worst part. The worst part is that Trump, and the extremist lawmakers who support him, are ready and willing to do even more.  What are they going to do?This is why we launched the NOW Foundation Matching Gift Challenge--and why it’s more important ever that we meet our $50,000 goal. The best part is--your tax-deductible gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar.  You’re asking for my money but haven’t told me what you’re going to do.Ultra-conservative lawmakers are pushing their limits--seeing just how far they can go in cutting off access to abortion care and birth control.  Explain?This year, representatives in Congress introduced a bill that would ban abortion care after 20 weeks. Then they introduced a bill that would cut off access to care at just six weeks. It’s clear what’s coming next.  Is it clear?  Bills get introduced all the time.  Most go no where.   I would assume right wing members of Congress introduce stuff like that knowing it won’t pass but able to say, “Look, I tried.”These bills are still pending--and they’re not going away in 2018. When you make a tax-deductible gift, you’re directly supporting our work to protect reproductive rights.  But they’re not going forward, these bills.  How does my donating to NOW help?  It’s not going to go away.  The bills.  Not because I donate to NOW.  What is my donation to NOW going to do?This Matching Gift Challenge is an incredible opportunity to help us do double the work to keep abortion legal, and make sure that birth control remains accessible to everyone who needs it. A generous group of feminists has pledged to match every gift to the NOW Foundation this season, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000.  Planned Parenthood does that.  There are other issues.  I hope you’ll take action now, and make sure that your gift  There are other issues.  When I donated to NOW they were speaking out against the Iraq War.  They even made a little symbol that read “Peace is a feminist issue.”  They dropped that when Barack was president.  Now that it’s Donald, maybe they could dedicate themselves to peace again?  I don’t hate NOW.  It just doesn’t speak to me.  I want the wars over.   So this woman I have never heard of e-mails me to ask for money and she knows nothing about what I think or feel.  Nice talking to you Toni Van Pelt.  "Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, December 8, 2017.  In the last year of Barack Obama's presidency veterans homelessness increased (despite his pledge to end it), PBS misleads regarding Iraqi militias and much more Starting with a report from last night's THE NEWHOUR (PBS -- link is video and transcript):Reza Sayah: At a training camp just outside of the city of Kirkuk, a rare glimpse of America’s newest problem in Iraq, the Popular Mobilization Forces, PMF, for short, Hashd al-Shaabi in Arabic, an armed militia more than 100,000 fighters strong who helped crush ISIS in Iraq, many armed, funded, and trained by America’s longtime foe the Islamic Republic of Iran, with no plans to disband.Abu Ali Beyk (through Interpreter): The PMF has reached a place where no one can stop it, and this is a blow to U.S. interests in the Middle East.Reza Sayah: Abu Ali Beyk is the face of America’s newest problem, a battle-scarred PMF commander committed to God and dr[...]



We need a responsive government

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:31:00 +0000

John Stauber‏ @JohnStauber 3h3 hours agoMoreWhile #Obama and the #Dems killed #singlepayer and gave billions to insurance companies, the Repubs bided their time. In 2018 they are coming after #Medicare and #Medicaid. #Obamacare was always a bad idea, now it gets worse. @AllOnMedicare allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="129" id="xdm_default3227_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/938943567048740864?cardname=summary&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&edge=true&lang=en&card_height=130&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22profile%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D&bearer_token=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPYXBAAAAAAACLXUNDekMxqa8h%252F40K4moUkGsoc%253DTYfbDKbT3jJPCEVnMYqilB28NHfOPqkca3qaAxGfsyKCs0wRbw#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default3227&xdm_p=1" style="border-style: initial; border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">0 replies2 retweets2 likesReply  Retweet 2 Like 2For those who've forgotten, Barack was no fan of the safety net.  You can check out his president-elect January 2009 interview with THE WASHINGTON POST for starters.ObamaCare was always a fraud.We need a responsive government and we don't have one today.  (We didn't yesterday or last year either.)"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS): Thursday, December 7, 2017.  Connecting the craven.If you ever think the party of the self-righteous doesn't have its own flaws, look around at all the jerks offering excuses for Al Franken.Anne‏ @annekbrooks 8h8 hours agoI’m not wild about what Al Franken did. Fine if people wish for him to step down. But make no mistake, he’s not on the scale of Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore. How Trump got elected after the Access Hollywood tape is still beyond my comprehension39 replies187 retweets672 likes  "He's not on the scale of Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore."Collectively or individually?There we have it.  That's the level that Anne Brooks is willing to hold accountable.Anything less and there doesn't need to be any consequences, she'll just note that she's "not wild about" it.There's your answer.You can assault a woman.  You can put your hands on her.  You can make her live in fear and Anne Brooks will come along and tell you that she's "not wild about what" you did but it's "not on the scale of Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore" so you don't have to suffer consequences.There have always been those who assault.Sadly, there have always been those -- like Anne Brooks who excuse away assault.Does Anne have kids?Does she tell them that no one has the right to touch them?If she does, does she quickly qualify, "Unless it's a Democrat in Congress!"?There are laws and you either hold people accountable -- everyone, especially the powerful -- or you don't.I'm not in the mood on the Al Franken subject.  We have long documented his evil ways here.He's guilty and he needs to resign.Will he?He doesn't have the character to do so gracefully.Which is why he said he would yesterday and then, after that, announced he was still thinking about it and would let them know.Guilty or innocent (and he's guilty), he's harmful to the Democratic Party and that's not going to change.  For the good of the party, it was argued, he should resign.  He agreed.  Then, hours later, it became, "Wait, I'm going to think some more."Al has no character.Nor does Anne.What he did was wrong.  He's done it repeatedly.  He's done it for years, decades.  And there have been excuses and weasel words.What he did is against the law.He needs to go.It's not a mistake -- you don't make a criminal mistake repeatedly.It's this willful disregard for reality that allowed Abeer not only to be gang-raped[...]



Sarah Anderson never learned basic math

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 04:36:00 +0000

Do you know how to add?I learned basic math early in elementary school.Sarah Anderson‏ @myrubypearl 33m33 minutes agoMoreSenator Al Franken is a dedicated, hard-working, respected legislator. He should remain in the Senate. There is a difference between abuse and a mistake. #SupportAlFranken #isupportalfranken2 replies12 retweets19 likesReply 2 Retweet 12 Like 19Isn't there a difference between abuse and abuses?Isn't eight women coming forward different than one woman because eight have come forward?Do you make the mistake' of groping on eight different women (and counting, there are more)Harassment is a crime.Hit and run?  That's a crime.If you have eight hit and runs, is that really a "mistake" -- seems to me like it's a pattern.Al Franken has a pattern of abuse.  He needs to go and Sarah Anderson needs to learn basic math."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, December 6, 2017.  Matthew Yglesias gets burned, the United Nations notices the push to lower the age of marriage for Iraqi girls to 9-years-old, the US government wants to help Iraqi refugees (as long as they're not in the US), and so much more.Who doesn't love a good burn?  Let's start with one.Jeet Heer‏Verified account @HeerJeet 18h18 hours agoJeet Heer Retweeted Pass-Through YglesiasSupporting the Iraq war doesn't count? Jeet Heer added,Pass-Through YglesiasVerified account @mattyglesiasMy most right-wing position: You can’t put two different inflation-adjusted series on the same chart and adjust them using different inflation indexes!93 replies131 retweets1,594 likes  Like so many others with blood on their hands, Matthew Yglesias honestly thinks his support for and cheerleading of the Iraq War is forgotten.  It will never be forgotten.  Nor should it be.  The media can distract on a daily basis but the human desire for justice ensures that his support for the Iraq War will always be known until his dying days.Justice.In Iraq, it's still sought and still not practiced.  HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH notes:The Iraqi government and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) are conducting thousands of trials of Islamic State suspects without a strategy to prioritize the worst abuses under Iraqi and international law, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The haphazard approach and rampant due process violations are likely to deny justice to the victims of the worst abuses during ISIS control of parts of Iraq.The 76-page report, “Flawed Justice: Accountability for ISIS Crimes in Iraq,” examines the screening, detention, investigation, and prosecution of some of the thousands of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) suspects in Iraq. Human Rights Watch found serious legal shortcomings that undermine the efforts to bring ISIS suspects to justice. Most significantly, there is no national strategy to ensure the credible prosecution of those responsible for the most serious crimes. The broad prosecution under terrorism law of all those affiliated with ISIS in any way, no matter how minimal, could impede future community reconciliation and reintegration, and clog up Iraqi courts and prisons for decades.“Iraq’s handling of ISIS trials are a missed opportunity to show its people, the world, and indeed ISIS that it is a nation ruled by laws, due process, and justice, capable of bringing accountability for the gravest crimes and reconciliation for all of the communities affected by this war,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Iraqi justice is failing to distinguish between the culpability of doctors who protected lives under ISIS rule and those responsible for crimes against humanity.”The 'suspects' have tended to be anyone the Iraqi forces didn't like.Many of the 'suspects' were already killed.Now that they plan to do a few[...]



Time for Al to go

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 04:49:00 +0000

The Boston Globe‏Verified account @BostonGlobe 4h4 hours agoMoreSeth Moulton tonight said Al Franken should resign and that Nancy Pelosi "didn’t respect the women" who came forward against John Conyers. http://bos.gl/IH9x347 8 replies28 retweets40 likesReply 8 Retweet 28 Like 40Seth is exactly right, Al Franken should resign.The accusers now number six.  Two incidents are said to have taken place on his USO tour -- another performer and a woman serving.That's disgusting.The USO should be issuing statements condemning the behavior.Al Franken should be resigning."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, December 5, 2017.  Corrine Brown has been ordered to surrender herself by January 8th to begin serving her five year prison term, female veterans in the US continue to battle mistaken perceptions, the VA tries to reassure with regards to their doctors, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron talk Iraq, and more.Starting in the United States:Julia Jenaé‏ @JuliaJenaeFCN 21h21 hours agoJudge said Carla Wiley of Virginia was the 'least culpable' of the three but that it was too serious a crime to get just probation because 'she helped herself to $82,000' out of the fake charity account. @FCN2go #CorrineBrownSentence0 replies5 retweets6 likesJulia Jenaé‏ @JuliaJenaeFCN 21h21 hours agoJudge Corrigan said #CorrineBrown victims were unlike most fraud victims. None were financially ruined or devastated by the lost donations. The motivation for donating was more about staying in Brown's good graces rather than benevolence. @fcn2go #CorrineBrownSentence0 replies3 retweets6 likesJulia Jenaé‏ @JuliaJenaeFCN 21h21 hours ago"Brazen barely describes it" said judge about #CorrineBrown not only taking money from the charity for personal use, but then filing for tax deductions claiming she'd given large sums TO the charity. @FCN2go #CorrineBrownSentence3 replies24 retweets15 likesJulia Jenaé‏ @JuliaJenaeFCN 21h21 hours agoAfter her conviction #CorrineBrown told @FCN2go in past interviews she is 100% innocent. Today, the judge said because the former Congresswoman is unrepentant, she doesn't get the same leniency as person who is full of remorse. #CorrineBrownSentence2 replies30 retweets31 likesJulia Jenaé‏ @JuliaJenaeFCN 21h21 hours agoCarla Wiley (charity director) sentence: 21 months in federal prison. 3 years of supervised release. #CorrineBrownSentence @FCN2go0 replies1 retweet1 likeJulia Jenaé‏ @JuliaJenaeFCN 21h21 hours agoRonnie Simmons sentence: 48 months in federal prison. #CorrineBrownSentence @FCN2go0 replies4 retweets2 likesJulia Jenaé‏ @JuliaJenaeFCN 21h21 hours agoFormer Congresswoman Corrine Brown sentenced to federal prison for five years after being convicted of 18 counts of wire, tax and mail fraud. We're live right now outside the courthouse on @FCN2go ABC25 NBC121 reply8 retweets6 likesJulia Jenaé‏ @JuliaJenaeFCN 24h24 hours agoMONDAY MORNING READ | Corrine Brown and her cohorts in fraud scheme to be sentenced Monday morning. (Via FCN) allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="129" id="xdm_default9324_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/937674252630847488?cardname=summary&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&edge=true&lang=en&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=default9324&xdm_p=1" style="border-style: initial; border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">0 replies0 retweets1 likeCorrupt Corrine Brown is g[...]



Above the law?

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:56:00 +0000

Corrine Brown thought she was above the law.She thought being a member of Congress meant no one could touch her.She is a crook and she is corrupt.  She has already been found guilty of her felonies.Today she was sentenced to five years in prison and is supposed to surrender herself to authorities on January 8th.Of all the reports, I liked this best from AP:The judge said Brown used her high profile to lure donors to fundraisers, abusing her power, and was unrepentant when faced with evidence that contradicted her claims of innocence. "The rules, she decided, did not apply to her," Corrigan said.But the rules did apply to her.She found out the hard way."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, December 4, 2017.UNAMI has released its monthly undercount of deaths in Iraq:Baghdad, 03 December 2017 – A total of 117 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 264 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in November 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).The number of civilians killed in November (not including police) was 114, while the number of injured (not including police) was 264.Of those figures, Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 201 civilian casualties (51 killed, 150 injured). Salahaddin Governorate followed, with 24 killed and 60 injured, and Kirkuk had 12 killed and 28 injured. UNAMI has not been able to obtain the civilian casualty figures from the Anbar Health Department for the month of November.“The two bombings in Tuz Khurmatu, Salahaddin Governorate, and in Baghdad Governorate in November which caused numerous casualties among civilians are a horrible reminder that the terrorists can still inflict blows at peaceful citizens, and that all measures need to be taken by the authorities to protect civilians against the barbarism of the terrorists,” said the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš.*CAVEATS: In general, UNAMI has been hindered in effectively verifying casualties in conflict areas. In some cases, UNAMI could only partially verify certain incidents. UNAMI has also received, without being able to verify, reports of large numbers of casualties along with unknown numbers of persons who have died from secondary effects of violence after having fled their homes due to exposure to the elements, lack of water, food, medicines and health care. For these reasons, the figures reported have to be considered as the absolute minimum.For more information, please contact: Mr. Samir Ghattas, Director of Public Information/Spokesperson United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, Phone: +964 790 193 1281, Email: ghattass@un.org or the UNAMI Public Information Office: unami-information@un.orgIn other news, Khaled Yamout (ASHARQ AL-AWSAT) reports:A bill submitted by the US Congress calling for the designation of Iraq’s al-Nujaba movement as a terrorist organization has shed light on this group and the dangerous role sectarian militias are playing in Syria and Iraq. The regional and international conflict in the Middle East has been given religious and sectarian aspects due to Iran’s policies. Militias have therefore become instruments of foreign policy and proxy wars. Perhaps this explains why the US bill also includes the blacklisting of Asaib Ahl al-Haq and the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades. Al-Nujaba is a sectarian militia that was formed by Shi’ite cleric Akram al-Kaabi. It differs from the Lebanese “Hezbollah” party and its wings in Iraq and some Arab countries even though their members are confused with each other because they follow a common authority. Nevertheless, al-Nujaba and Lebanon’s “Hezbollah” enjoy good ties and their respective leaderships have held several meetings. Kaabi had an[...]



That lazy Congress

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 06:30:00 +0000

How is Al Franken still in the Senate?Shaun King‏Verified account @ShaunKing 16h16 hours agoMoreThis is the 5th woman to come forward against Al Franken. She’s a military veteran. HE NEEDS TO RESIGN. All men who sexually assault & harass women, regardless of party or politics, do not deserve their position. He was voted in on false pretense. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="359" id="xdm_default2256_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/936232108531634177?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&edge=true&lang=en&card_height=344&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22search%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22default%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D&bearer_token=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPYXBAAAAAAACLXUNDekMxqa8h%252F40K4moUkGsoc%253DTYfbDKbT3jJPCEVnMYqilB28NHfOPqkca3qaAxGfsyKCs0wRbw#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default2256&xdm_p=1" style="border-style: initial; border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">170 replies398 retweets1,234 likesReply 170 Retweet 398 Like 1.2KOur Congress can't do much of anything.It can't stop illegal wars.It can't impeach over someone lying the country into war.It can't provide Medicare for all.It can't end homelessness.Turns out, it can't even kick a predator out of its ranks."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, November 30, 2017.Starting with Iraq's militias.  They were supposed to be disbanded long ago, were considered illegal.  But the US-installed prime minister of Iraq Hayder al-Abadi has made them part of the Iraqi military and they aren't planning on leaving.  AP reported last month:With the [ISIS] group driven from nearly all of Iraq, US officials have suggested that the thousands of mainly Shiite paramilitary fighters who mobilised against the Sunni extremists three years ago lay down their arms.But Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis, who once battled US troops and is now the deputy head of the state-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Forces, says they are here to stay.“The future of the (PMF) is to defend Iraq,” he told The Associated Press in his first extensive interview with a Western media outlet. “The Iraqi army and Iraqi police say they cannot operate without the support of the Hashd,” he added, using a shortened Arabic term for the paramilitary force.Today, PRESS TV notes:A senior commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, says American military forces must leave his country’s soil following the eradication of the Takfiri terror group.In an exclusive interview with Press TV, Hadi al-Ameri, who heads Iraq’s Badr Organization, said the popular forces would call on the parliament to draw up legislation to demand the US pull out all its troops from the Arab country. “We will adopt a parliamentary decision to pull out all American troops”, who were allegedly fighting [ISIS] terrorists in the conflict-stricken Arab country, he said.Ameri said the popular forces won’t allow even “one US soldier” to remain in Iraq now that the Takfiri terrorists have lost their major bastions in the Arab state in the face of successful Iraqi army operations.That is what an element of the Iraqi government is saying.Where are the journalists at the White House demanding a response to this?Where are they at the State Dept?Where is the President's statement on this?I believe the US forces should leave Iraq immediately.That has nothing to do with the threat from the faction of the Iraqi military.But if you believe the US military should remain in Iraq -- and clearly those in charge at the Defense Dept do -- then why aren't you addressing [...]



I never liked A PRARIE HOME COMPANION

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 04:37:00 +0000

I wanted to.I wanted to like the program because it contained skits and running bits and was a radio show like something from the days before I was born.But every time I listened, it was smut.It was some woman with big boobs being talked about for smutty laughs by some detective -- Guy something, I think.There would be all these men yacking in the skits.  Every now and then you might get one woman.It was irrating and sexist and smutty.So I'm really not surprised to learn that Mr. Prarie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor will not be a part of MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) anymore because of allegations of on the job harassment.CNN MONEY reports:The radio network said that it retained an outside law firm to conduct an investigation.Keillor, in an op-ed for The Washington Post published on Tuesday, had defended Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken, who was recently accused by Leeann Tweeden of groping and kissing her without her consent during a USO tour in 2006.Keillor wrote that calls for Franken to resign were "pure absurdity."Speaking to the National Press Club in 1994 about his work on "A Prairie Home Companion," Keillor made an aside about sexual harassment. "We should be careful though not to make the world so fine and good that you and I can't enjoy living in it," he said. "A world in which there is no sexual harassment at all is a world in which there will not be any flirtation."Again, Keillor is creepy and he put on a smutty show.I'm glad he is gone."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, November 29, 2017.Louisa Loveluck‏Verified account @leloveluck 7h7 hours agoAccording to a Pentagon report, the US has deployed thousands more troops in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan than it has previously admitted. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="359" id="xdm_default6584_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/935756789496385536?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&edge=true&lang=en&card_height=344&scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22search%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22news%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22tweet%22%7D&bearer_token=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPYXBAAAAAAACLXUNDekMxqa8h%252F40K4moUkGsoc%253DTYfbDKbT3jJPCEVnMYqilB28NHfOPqkca3qaAxGfsyKCs0wRbw#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&xdm_c=default6584&xdm_p=1" style="border-style: initial; border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">2 replies39 retweets38 likes  BBC NEWS picks up on the issue of more US troops being stationed in Iraq than previously revealed:The number of US troops in Syria and Iraq is significantly higher than acknowledged by Pentagon officials, a US defence department report shows.Officially there are 503 US troops in Syria and 5,262 in Iraq.However, the Pentagon's quarterly report puts number of troops as 1,720 in Syria and 8,892 in Iraq.ASHARQ AL-ASWAT notes:The report did not include number of special operations forces or temporary personnel rotating into or out of the country in the official figures, so, military experts and analysts believe the actual number could be even higher.And they note that this trickery with regards to numbers did not begin under Donald Trump: Around the end of Obama's presidency, DOD announced that the number of US troops in Iraq is 2,662, however, Defense Manpower Data Center announced in December 2016 that there are 6,812 troops in Iraq.RT speaks with analyst Ali Rizk about the numbers:Ali Rizk: It is quite possible the real numbers are higher than the official numbers which are given by the US officials. You have to bear in mind – before the killing of four US troops in Niger, many people didn’t know that the US actually had forces in that country. B[...]



Remember, this ain't no democracy

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 04:27:00 +0000

It really isn't a democracy in the US.  It's not really a republic -- and don't get me started on what it actually stands for.But I want to zoom in on the people.If this was a functioning democracy, voting would be respected.But it's not.It's "Vote for who I tell you to vote."It's, months after an election, attacking Susan Sarandon because she supported Jill Stein.Or, for tha matter, attacking anyone who voted for Donald Trump.In a democracy, we celebrate choices.We don't do that in the US.In the US, we want a Happy Meal or a Cheeseburg King Jr. Meal.That's all the Democrats and the Republicans are -- two corporate choices.We all pretend like we can live on them but we can't -- not if we want to be healthy.But we rush to support them hoping maybe we'll get a shiny toy in our kids meal -- maybe a Hillary action figure that slays civilians while cackling?  or a Donald action fiure that emits a noxious odor which puts everyone to sleep while he continues talking and talking and talking -- even while Tweeting, he won't stop talking -- as though he's attempting to bore us all to death.A shiny toy.If we're lucky.Otherwise, we just get screwed over.But keep feeding us the junk and we're fine, we'll even attack those not afraid to think beyond 2 parties."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS): Tuesday, November 28, 2017.  More US troops are stationed in Iraq than was previously admitted, another US soldier dies serving in Iraq, tensions continue to increase, and much more.Ellen Mitchell (THE HILL) reports another US soldier has died in Iraq, "Cpl. Todd McGurn of Riverside, Calif., died Nov. 25 in Baghdad 'as a result of a non-combat related incident,' the Pentagon statement read. McGurn was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas."This is the fourth death of a US service member in Iraq since October 1st.  Alex, Missildine, Houghton Brown, Lee Smith and now Todd McGurn have all died serving in iraq.And the deaths have received very little attention from the media.On the topic of US troops in Iraq, Luiz Martinez (ABC NEWS) reports:Thousands more American troops are serving in Iraq and Syria than has been previously acknowledged by the Pentagon, a new report finds. According to the Defense Manpower Data Center's quarterly report from September, there were 1,720 American troops in Syria -- three times as many as the 503 troops in Syria that U.S. military spokesmen have told reporters. The Pentagon's personnel agency issues quarterly reports about how many American troops are serving in individual states and overseas countries. The same report showed there were 8,992 American troops in Iraq, almost 3,500 more than the official Department of Defense tally of 5,262. And tensions continue to increase in Iraq.  Jane Arraf (NPR's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED) looks at Kirkuk:ARRAF: Hawre is a barber in one of Kirkuk's Kurdish neighborhoods. I don't use his full name because I met him when he was working at a polling station in September as Kurds voted for independence. He was so happy then.HAWRE: Then my happiness go away because something happened and military of Iraq, they attack us.ARRAF: And he's angry at the U.S. for allowing Iraqi forces to attack Kurdish fighters using American tanks.HAWRE: Now I swear to God if I be president of Kurdistan, I go to Russia and make deal with them and buy United States because they don't do anything.ARRAF: Hawre says now Kurds close their shop early at night and they stay in their neighborhoods. Like other Kurds here, though, he says holding the independence referendum was the right thing to do. He believes someday Kurds will have Kirkuk back again.The grabbing of Kirkuk took plac[...]



That ugly Katha Pollitt

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 03:45:00 +0000

Washington Journal‏Verified account @cspanwj Nov 26MoreKatha Pollitt, columnist for The Nation joins us to discuss how the national debate on sexual harassment is affecting politics, culture & the media http://cs.pn/2A77JGG 50 replies4 retweets4 likesReply 50 Retweet 4 Like 4Hard to believe, looking at the above, that Katha Pollitt is only 68.That is a very sad and scary face.But then, for so many, the face begins to reflect the inner and Katha's very ugly on the inside.She had a tantrum this month (again) and trashed everyone in the country who didn't vote for Hillary Clinton.She's such trash.I'll always remember that she thought Sarah Palin gave a good speech at the GOP convention (I didn't) and put that in her private communications (that got exposed -- Journolist) but for public consumption trashed Palin.You have to be a real piece of trash to lie in your opinion pieces.She'll lie about anything."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, November 27, 2017.  Corruption, crime and abuse grips Iraq.ALSUMARIA reports that the Iraqi Parliament voted today to abolish the office of public inspectors.  Those would be the ones over corruption investigations.. THE BAGHDAD POST reported yesterday:Up to 45 officials of the former Iraqi government, headed by Nouri al-Maliki, have been arrested in corruption probes, a well-informed source said on Thursday. He added that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi exposed suspicious deals that these officials had made. Coincidence?Once upon a time, the US Congress was interested in corruption in Iraq.  It was right after the Democrats won control of both houses in the 2006 mid-term elections.  Grasping that the US taxpayers were footing the bill for everything -- not just the war -- in Iraq, Congress was concerned about corruption and held hearings on the subject.Now the money gets shipped over but there's not even the pretense of oversight.Just like weapons get supplied by the US that Baghdad uses to attack the Kurds and the Sunnis.They kill and create even more refugees.Kurdistan 24 English‏Verified account @K24English 2h2 hours ago#LIVE: We did not expect Iraqi forces to be the reason why 180,000 people from #Kirkuk were displaced, @PMBarzani says. #TwitterKurds #Iraq1 reply8 retweets11 likesVarious laws and treaties demand that the US halt all supplies to Iraq but the US government looks the other way.Dr Widad Akreyi‏ @DrWidad_A 19h19 hours agoReplying to @DrWidad_APMF militants and the Iraqi army are involved in acts of persecution, forced displacement and Arabization of the occupied territories of Kurdistan, including Kirkuk. Those responsible MUST be brought to justice #SaveKirkukFreeKurdistan #DrWidad3 replies40 retweets28 likesAs the civilians are attacked, the US looks the other way.Ghaith Abdul-Ahad reported for THE GUARDIAN on how the Iraqi forces have attacked the Iraqi civilians in Mosul.  Over the weekend, Amnesty International's UK director wrote to the editorial board of THE GUARDIAN: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad’s extremely disturbing report on Iraqi government soldiers torturing and cold-bloodedly killing captives after this year’s battle for Mosul should be urgently acted on (After the liberation of Mosul, an orgy of killing, 22 November). The authorities in Baghdad should establish an independent, impartial inquiry into all aspects of the conduct of its troops and allied forces – including United States and United Kingdom ones – during this cataclysmically bloody assault.Deliberately killing fighters who have surrendered or who have been captured is absolutely prohibited under international law. Needless to say, k[...]



Hillary's no innocent

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 02:22:00 +0000

Yes, we are all tired of Hillary Clinton.Her refusal to go away has put a focus on her -- and it hasn't been good.From CNN:"Not only did people look the other way, but they went after the women who came forward and accused him," says Kathleen Sebelius, the former secretary of Health and Human Services and Kansas governor. "And so it doubled down on not only bad behavior but abusive behavior. And then people attacked the victims."Sebelius extended her criticism to Hillary Clinton, and the Clinton White House for what she called a strategy of dismissing and besmirching the women who stepped forward—a pattern she said is being repeated today by alleged perpetrators of sexual assault—saying that the criticism of the former first lady and Secretary of State was "absolutely" fair. Sebelius noted that the Clinton Administration's response was being imitated, adding that "you can watch that same pattern repeat, It needs to end. It needs to be over."Hillary's no innocent in this and she really needs to grasp that."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS): Wednesday, November 22, 2017.  As many go on holiday in the US, school is still in session for the US State Dept (child soldiers) and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (reality) while the biggest story for Iraq is that the IMF now controls the country.Currently, Iraq is planning to hold elections in May.  One factor that might influence voting?Iraq's further loss of sovereignty.The International Money Fund released the following yesterday: IMF Mission on IraqNovember 21, 2017End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. Based on the preliminary findings of this mission, staff will prepare a report that, subject to management approval, will be presented to the IMF's Executive Board for discussion and decision.The Iraqi authorities and IMF staff continued discussions on the third review of the Standby Arrangement. Good progress towards reaching agreement on a draft 2018 budget in line with the program.The Iraqi authorities and the staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) continued discussions in Amman from November 17 to 21, 2017 on the third review of Iraq’s 36-month Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). The IMF Executive Board approved the SBA on July 7, 2016 (See Press Release No. 16/321), and completed the second review on August 1, 2017 (See Press Release No. 17/311). At the end of the mission, Mr. Christian Josz, Mission Chief for Iraq, issued the following statement: “The Iraqi authorities and IMF staff continued discussions on the third review of the SBA and made good progress towards reaching agreement on a draft 2018 budget in line with the SBA. “During the discussions, the team met with Acting Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI), Dr. Ali Mohsen Ismail Al-Allaq, Acting Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Maher Johan, Deputy Minister of Planning, Dr. Qasim Enaya, Financial Adviser to the Prime Minister, Dr. Mudher Saleh, Chairman of the Board of Supreme Audit, and officials from the ministry of finance, CBI and the ministry of oil. The team would like to thank the Iraqi authorities for their cooperation and the open and productive discussions.” IMF Communications DepartmentMEDIA RELATIONSPRESS OFFICER: Randa ElnagarPhone: +1 202 623-7100Email: MEDIA@IMF.org"In line with the program."Iraq now has to discuss their budget -- get permission from the IMF -- and it has to be "in line with the program."This is exactly what Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani warned about[...]



Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman are an embarrassment.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:22:00 +0000

Apparently 36 SNL women tailed Al Franken for decades.  He went to the bathroom, they went in as well.  He went to bed, they jumped in with a “Good night, John Boy!”I know this because they have decided the world needs to know that they are with Al, by his side, holding his hand.I love this.  “36 SNL women defend Al! Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman among them!”Did Janeane Garofalo or Julia Louis Dreyfus sign it?No.The other 34 are people no one knows.Interesting, right?No feminist has rushed forward to defend Al.Not Sarah Silverman.Just Laraine Newman and Jane Curtain.Neither of whom are known for feminism.  As Ava and C.I. pointed out ("TV: Men aren't the only ones harming women"), Jane did note that sexism abounded at SNL – on Oprah over 35 years later.Laraine, of course, has publicly bragged about what others would term assault between her and Al.So I’m not sure she’s qualified to speak.Ladies, stop defending men.  You weren’t there.  You don’t know.Shut your mouths.It’s not your job to ‘stand up’ for Al or anyone.  You weren’t there.  You don’t know.  "Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, November 21, 2017.Starting in the United States.It's not the 1990s.Meaning your crap is not going to work today the way it did for the Clinton White House.You want to call out 'fake news'?Start addressing the swill online regarding Leeann Tweeden.She was the first woman to come forward publicly and explain that she had been assaulted by Al Franken.Someone seems to think her alleged sexual history matters.It doesn't.And we need to lose that bulls**t right now.I can blow every man in America and that doesn't mean my behavior gives a man a greenlight to assault me.Though attorneys may look for the 'ideal' case, the reality is that there are not grades of victims.  If you're wronged, you're wronged.And there are not acceptable assaults.We're seeing that with some of the commentary -- not only with regards to Leeann but also with regards to Juanita Broaddrick.  Kathleen Wiley is not as 'serious' as what happened to Juanita.Juanita says she was raped and I believe her.Kathleen Wiley says she was grabbed in the Oval Office by Bill Clinton.That doesn't mean he gets a pass on Kathleen."Oh, well she wasn't raped so we don't have to deal with this one."No, that's not how it works.Leeann was 'only' groped so we can hang on to Al!People are not grasping what took place.Maybe they lie to themselves all the time, I don't know.But Leeann took part in a USO tour.  She did that for the troops.  She did that for her country.  There was no reason for her to believe she'd be assaulted.  But that's what happened.Al Franken was the headliner and he had all the power.He didn't just write a bad little scene where they kiss and then force her to rehearse it over and over.  He waited until she was asleep and grabbed her breasts.  He did that in front of others.  He did that in front of others to 'assert his power' and to ridicule her.  That's not a surprise, he's always been threatened by women who didn't coo over him.What he did was wrong.And it brings shame to the USO.Al Franken assaulted a woman on a USO tour.This is not minor and was not minor before the second woman stepped forward yesterday.A USO tour is supposed to be something wonderful.  It allows a civilian to interact with the military and it is supposed to uplift everyone.  Al Franken disgraced the USO.If someone serving in the military had done what Al did and there was the photograph of them that there is of Al, they would be facing serious consequences up to and including being t[...]



Resign already

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:35:00 +0000

Lindsay Menz has come forward to reveal that Senator Al Franken groped her. AP reports:Menz, 33, who now lives in Frisco, Texas, said her father's business was sponsoring a radio booth at the Minnesota fair and that she took photos with several elected officials and political candidates as they stopped at the booth.She said as she posed with Franken, he "pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear," Menz said. "It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek."Menz said she told her husband, Jeremy Menz, and father Mark Brown about it right away. Both men affirmed that to CNN. Menz also said she posted the photo with Franken on Facebook on Aug. 27, 2010, and when her sister commented on the photo, she replied: "Dude -- Al Franken TOTALLY molested me! Creeper!"Make a point to read C.I.'s "Al Franken? Told ya so! Told ya so!"POLITICO notes:“Time for Al Franken to go,” tweeted liberal commentator Sally Kohn. “Wrong is wrong. And the Democrats need to show they strongly AND CONSISTENTLY stand for women’s rights.”Dan Muroff, who is running for the Democratic nomination for a House seat in Pennsylvania, said Monday that Franken’s “pattern of behavior toward women has rendered his voice for progressive values meaningless.” And CREDO Mobile, a cellphone company that maintains a liberal activism arm, on Monday similarly called for Franken's resignation."CREDO is committed to standing with women who speak out, holding perpetrators accountable and working to change the systemic and institutionalized misogyny that lets these behaviors continue without consequence," the company said in a statement. "We believe that Sen. Franken should immediately resign from the U.S. Senate and that Gov. Mark Dayton should appoint a progressive woman to replace him."Al needs to go. He needs to resign."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, December 20, 2017.  The push to lower the age of marriage for girls in Iraq to nine continues, few Americans seem aware of how many Americans have died in Iraq in the last seven or so weeks, Hayder's getting praised for doing less than Nouri, and much more.ViLink to headline articleDiana Ross's Grandkids Adorably Crash the Stage During Her AMAs PerformanceAshlee Simpson and Evan Ross's daughter is too cute.InStyleNov 20, 2017 Link to headline articleDiana Ross's Grandkids Adorably Crash the Stage During Her AMAs PerformanceAshlee Simpson and Evan Ross's daughter is too cute.InStyleNov 20, 2017Last night, Diana Ross was awarded The American Music Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award.As Kat noted last night in "Kat's Korner: Diana Ross -- a lifetime of great music (DIAMOND DIANA: THE LEGACY COLLECTION)," Diana has had 87 different songs in the top 40 of BILLBOARD's various US charts -- pop, soul, adult contemporary and soul.Her latest album is DIAMOND DIANA: THE LEGACY COLLECTION (link takes you to purchasing options) and it was released last Friday -- it will be out on CD in January. allowfullscreen="" class="flickr-embed-frame" data-loaded="true" data-natural-height="459" data-natural-width="463" frameborder="0" height="459" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" style="height: 459px; margin: 0px; max-width: none; overflow: hidden; padding: 5px; width: 463px;" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="463">Various community websites have noted their favorite Diana Ross songs and e-mails have asked me to weigh in.  I couldn't do a top fifty, let alone pick one favorite song.  What I will do as we wrap up our coverage of Diana and her well deserved honor is recommend one [...]



Yes, it would have been better if Bill Clinton had resigned

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:09:00 +0000

 THE WASHINGTON POST reports:    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that Bill Clinton should have resigned the presidency after having a relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, the most prominent liberal to weigh in as the issue has moved from conservative media to a wider chorus of voices in recent days. Gillibrand said she thought it would have been “the appropriate response,” when asked if Clinton should have stepped down by a reporter. The comments were published Thursday by the New York Times.      Looking back, it would have been.  Al Gore would have been the sitting president going into the 2000 election which might have tamped down on some of the crazy.  To be fair, I think some of the nonsense was blatantly unfair.  To be fair, some of the nonsense Al brought on himself.  But as a sitting president, I doubt half the nonsense would have been pulled and I’m pretty sure he would have won the 2000 election.  That’s my gut, not fact.  So that’s one reason Bill Clinton should have resigned.  Another reason is he looks like a creep.  There was hope that his post-presidency life would let him be distinguished.  Instead, The Clinton Foundation has been a huge mess and his legacy has been further lowered.  The Supreme Court gave him a slap on the wrist.  It really looks like he skated.  From what?  Juanita Broaddrick says rape.  Set her aside (because her public interview was not aired until after the Senate censured Bill), Paula Jones (whom he settled with) said harassment. That’s a crime.  Monica Lewinsky was a stain on his presidency.  Was it criminal?  No.  Was it presidential?  No.  It’s tawdry and filthy.  He’s done nothing to make up for Monica.  The crimes against Juanita cannot be made up for but he will not even mention her name.  He has never said it publicly.  No one has ever asked him about it.  Grasp that because C.I. is the only one who has shared outrage over this – Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2016 married to Bill who was accused by a woman of rape and she was never asked by any journalist about this nor was her husband.  She ran for president married to an accused rapist and no one in the press felt this should be asked of?  Think of all the nonsense the press said about Donald Trump’s wife (I don’t know how to spell her name and I’m not invested enough to Google)."Iraq snapshot"(THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, November 17, 2017. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qJTZrWv5Y9I" width="560">"Love Hangover" is one of the 19 number one pop songs (BILLBOARD US singles chart) that Diana Ross has sang on (and it's the theme to her hist film MAHOGANY).   November 19th, she'll be on the live broadcast (ABC) of The American Music Awards to perform and to receive the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.  Motown Classic is issuing DIAMOND DIANA: THE LEGACY COLLECTION November 17th (today!)  to note this monumental achievement.  That's this Sunday and her daughter Tracee Ellis Ross (BLACKISH, GIRLFRIENDS) will be hosting the broadcast.Turning to Iraq . . .THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE this coming Sunday will feature a cover story by Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal "The Uncounted:"   Around midnight, Basim heard a thump from the second floor. He peeked out of his office and saw a sliver of light under the door to the bedroom of his daughter, Tuqa. He [...]



Abu Ghraib Al Franken

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:20:00 +0000

So everyone's talking about Al Franken today.Not for a good reason.  He's accused of assault.Alyssa Rosenberg (WASHINGTON POST) observes:    It's really the picture that does it. Even by the standards of the sexual harassment stories we've heard in recent months, there is something particularly revolting about the sight of Al Franken, now a Democratic senator from Minnesota, reaching for the breasts of a sleeping woman, a naughty grin on his face as he turns toward the photographer.For Leeann Tweeden, the woman in the picture, the picture punctuated a bad 2006 USO trip. Tweeden says that though she was only supposed to present and act as a master of ceremonies for the show, Franken wrote a skit that gave him an opportunity to kiss her, and then pressured her to rehearse the scene and the kiss with him and harassed her afterward. Franken, in a statement addressing Tweeden's allegations, said, "While I don't remember the rehearsal for the skit as Leeann does, I understand why we need to listen to and believe women's experiences."    It really is the picture and what it reminds me of is the Abu Ghraib photos.  Al Franken looks like Linndie England.Remember in the Abu Ghraib photos?That's what he looks like.Starts to make me wonder he could relate to those photos."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, November 16, 2017. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/T7d2JYvJUec" width="560">"Do You Know Where You're Going To" is one of the 19 number one pop songs (BILLBOARD US singles chart) that Diana Ross has sang on (and it's the theme to her hist film MAHOGANY).   November 19th, she'll be on the live broadcast (ABC) of The American Music Awards to perform and to receive the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.  Motown Classic is issuing DIAMOND DIANA: THE LEGACY COLLECTION November 17th to note this monumental achievement.  That's this Sunday and her daughter Tracee Ellis Ross (BLACKISH, GIRLFRIENDS) will be hosting the broadcast.Moving to Iraq, it's been a slow process but the renewed attempt to lower the age of marriage for girls to 9-years-old is finally get press attention.Sharia Watch UK‏ @WatchSharia 5h5 hours agoNine-year-old girls in Iraq could be forced to marry under new Muslim laws tinyurl.com/yc8ejopy The bill includes provisions that would legalise marital rape and child marriage and ban Muslims from marrying non-Muslims. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" id="xdm_default7071_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/931076056936845312?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&edge=true&lang=en&card_height=343.9930725097656&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=default7071&xdm_p=1" style="border-style: initial; border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">6 replies44 retweets30 likesIBT's Isabelle Garratsen notes:Human rights activists are warning that a new Iraqi law could legalise marriage for children as young as nine and set women's rights back 50 years. They are calling on Iraqi ministers to withdraw a draft of the Jafaari Personal Status Law which would allow Muslim clerics to have control o[...]



Thanks, Hillary Clinton!

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:51:00 +0000

'Feminist' Hillary Clinton has done so much for the world -- far too much in fact. Margaret Kimberley RetweetedSarah Abdallah‏ @sahouraxo 9h9 hours agoMoreWelcome to Hillary Clinton’s “liberated” Libya, where human beings are being sold as slaves and slaughtered based on the color of their skin by jihadist “rebels” that she and Obama helped bring to power. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="342" id="xdm_default6346_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/930872138650791937?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&edge=true&lang=en&card_height=343.9930725097656&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=default6346&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">72 replies1,276 retweets1,207 likesReply 72 Retweet 1.3K Like 1.2KWhat a proud moment for her.That anyone considered this destructive and mindless person presidential material is beyond belief."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, November 15, 2017.  The Iraq War continues, where's THE NATION magazine?  Iraqi girls are yet again under attack from the politicians who are supposed to be representing them.  And much more. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MAMVkXI3HTI" width="560"> allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6rQ-p0WnGd8" width="560">"Touch Me In The Morning" is one of the 19 number one pop songs (BILLBOARD US singles chart) that Diana Ross has sang on.  November 19th, she'll be on the live broadcast (ABC) of The American Music Awards to perform and to receive the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.  Motown Classic is issuing DIAMOND DIANA: THE LEGACY COLLECTION November 17th to note this monumental achievement.And Diana's daughter Tracee Ellis Ross (BLACKISH) will be hosting this year's American Music Awards.Tracee Ellis Ross‏Verified account @TraceeEllisRoss 23h23 hours agoI couldn't miss the @AMAs honoring my mom @DianaRoss this Sunday... so I'm hosting the show! Don't miss it this Sunday at 8/7c on ABC! #AMAs46 replies271 retweets1,546 likes  Switching topics, let's note things that don't make sense if you are capable of thought.Brian Krassenstein 🐬‏ @krassenstein 11h11 hours agoIf you want to know how Hypocritical the GOP is, consider the fact that there were more investigations into Benghazi than the false intelligence which rationalized the Iraq war, killing 300,000+ People.This nonsense has been going on forever.I have no idea why .This does not reflect poorly on House Republicans (where the bulk of the inquiries took place).House Republicans -- like Senate Republicans -- voted for the Iraq War and supported it.In the 2006 mid-terms, promising to end the Iraq War, the Democrats won back both houses of Congress.From January 2007 through January 2011, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress.Brian Krassenstein thinks he's saying something amazing.He's not.The Iraq War is the biggest blunder/crime/mistake/error/take your pick of the 21st century.And Democrats campaigned on ending it.But when in charge of both houses, [...]



Dirty Old Bush

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:43:00 +0000

Did you see this from the BBC:A woman has said she was 16 when former US President George HW Bush groped her buttocks as she posed for a photo with him and her mother.Rosyln Corrigan is the sixth woman to accuse Mr Bush of inappropriately touching her in similar circumstances.She told Time Magazine she met Mr Bush at a 2003 meeting of CIA officers in Texas, where her father worked.Poppy Bush shouldn't get a pass on this.My opinion, his advances towards children should have been ended years ago.At the very least, this  should follow him forever.Greg Braxton, Yvonne Vilarreal andMerdith Blake (LOS ANGELES TIMES) report:   Louis C.K.’s candid admission on Friday that he engaged in sexual misconduct with multiple women has seemingly brought the curtain down on his acclaimed career and his extensive associations with several top networks.FX on Friday dealt the most crushing blow, following HBO and Netflix, which ended their deals with the comic after five women accused him in a New York Times report on Thursday of sexual harassment. C.K. released a lengthy statement Friday saying, “These stories are true.”Executives for FX, where C.K. hit his most noteworthy creative stride in recent years with shows such as “Louie,” his fictionalized series about a single father who was also a comedian, “Better Things” and “Baskets,” said they were terminating his overall deal.Sadly, this doesn’t mean that BASKETS will be axed.  No, they're just removing CK from the producing role.  We'll still be stuck with Louie Anderson playing a woman.Be sure to check out Ava and C.I.'s "TV: If Donald Trump is so bad . . .""Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS): Tuesday, November 14, 2017. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pEnKEcBvBvw" width="560"> "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" is one of the 19 number one pop songs (BILLBOARD US singles chart) that Diana Ross has sang on.  November 19th, she'll be on the live broadcast (ABC) of The American Music Awards to perform and to receive the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.  Motown Classic is issuing DIAMOND DIANA: THE LEGACY COLLECTION November 17th to note this monumental achievement. Iraq, meanwhile, is still dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster.RUDAW notes  Sunday's earthquake on the Iraq - Iran border was the deadliest earthquake of 2017 thus far. Nasser Karimi and  Mohammed Nasiri (AP) report:Rescuers on Tuesday used backhoes and heavy equipment to dig through the debris of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake on the border between Iran and Iraq that killed over 530 people, with weeping women crying out to God as aid workers found new bodies.The grim work began in earnest again at dawn in the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah, which appears to be the hardest hit in the magnitude 7.3 earthquake.NBC News‏Verified account @NBCNews 12h12 hours agoMore than 400 people were killed and almost 6,500 others injured after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck near Iran's border with Iraq. See more: nbcnews.to/2AIXgyM11 replies126 retweets76 likesNeelofa‏ @Neelofa 7h7 hours agoOne of the deadliest earthquakes struck the #Iran #Iraq border and has killed more than 450 people, my prayers and my thoughts are with the victims and their families. The world needs to come together in tough times like this to support these nations! 5 replies647 retweets998 likes~Marietta‏ @MDavisbot[...]



It's coming

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 03:18:00 +0000

Chris Hedges has an important column at INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE:In one of the most horrendous blows to press freedom since the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the U.S. Department of Justice has forced the news broadcaster RT America to file under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).The assault on RT America, on which I host the show “On Contact,” has nothing to do with the dissemination of Russian propaganda. It is driven by RT America’s decision to provide a platform to critics of American capitalism and imperialism, critics who lambast a system of government that can no longer be called democratic. And it is accompanied by the installation of algorithms by Google, Facebook and Twitter that divert readers away from left-wing, progressive and anti-war websites, including Truthdig. The World Socialist Web Site has seen its search traffic from Google fall by 74 percent since April. Google, in a further blow, this month removed RT from its list of “preferred” channels on YouTube. Twitter has blocked all advertising by the channel.Put the censorship campaigns together and the message is clear: Left-wing critics, already marginalized by the state, must be silenced.It would seem, given how we are locked out of the corporate media and public broadcasting, that the assault is overkill. But the ideology that sustains the corporate state, the “free market” and neoliberalism has lost all credibility. The corporate state has no counterargument to its critics. The nakedness of corporate greed, exploitation and repression is transparent across the political spectrum. The ideological fortress erected by corporate power and sustained by its courtiers in the press and academia has collapsed. All it has left is a crude censorship. Complicit in this censorship is a bankrupt liberal class. The institutions tasked with defending press freedom—including the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, the Committee to Protect Journalists and PEN—along with major news outlets such as The New York Times, have served as the corporate state’s useful idiots. Only a handful of journalists, including Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer, grasp [...]



Bryan Singer's friend is a pedophile per Anthony Edwards

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Oh, look, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER is reporting on Anthony Edwards writing about Gary Goddard -- Bryan Singer's friend and former business parter:Edwards' piece, published Friday on Medium and titled "Yes Mom, There is Something Wrong — From victim to survivor," is particularly troubling considering his age at the time. The actor, now 55 years old and best known for his Emmy nominated work on E.R., recalls meeting Goddard when he was 12. "He quickly became a dominant force in my life," Edwards writes. "He taught me about the value of acting, respect for friendship and the importance of studying." Calling Goddard — known for film work like 1987's Masters of the Universe and for a long list of credits designing and producing major theme park attractions including Jurassic Park: The Ride, Terminator 2/3D: Battle Across Time, Star Trek: The Experience, Jaws and King Kong on the Loose — a "sick father figure," Edwards writes that he and his five friends grew close to the man during what was a pivotal time in his life. "Pedophiles prey on the weak. My father, who suffered from undiagnosed PTSD from WWII, was not emotionally available. Everyone has the need to bond, and I was no exception. My vulnerability was exploited. I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him — and this went on for years. The group of us, the gang, stayed quiet," he writes after opening the essay by revealing that his mother approached him when he was 14 to ask about the rumors she'd heard about Goddard, that he was a pedophile. However, he "denied it through tears of complete panic," and "to face that truth was not an option as my sense of self was completely enmeshed in my gang of five friends who were all led by this sick father figure."So that's three known pedophiles Bryan Singer hangs with.But despite others coming forward, we're all supposed to pretend Bryan Singer himself isn't a pedophile?rose mcgowan‏Verified account @rosemcgowan 24h24 hours agoMoreYes .@jes_chastain reveals why she called out Bryan Singer http://dailym.ai/2AsmFg2  via @DailyMailCeleb allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" id="xdm_default9495_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/928753908981174272?cardname=summary_large_image&autoplay_disabled=true&forward=true&earned=true&edge=true&lang=en&card_height=343.9930725097656&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=default9495&xdm_p=1" style="border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">47 replies349 retweets1,313 likesReply 47 Retweet 349 Like 1.3K Direct message"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Friday, November 10, 2017. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7zx89GX96ws" width="560">"Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" by Diana Ross & the Supremes is one of the 19 number one pop songs (BILLBOARD US singles chart) that Diana Ross has sang on.  November 19th, she'll be on the live broadcast (ABC) of The American Music Awards to perform and to receive the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. &n[...]



I Want You Back

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:15:00 +0000

Mike and my daughter loves "I Want You Back." allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yPQfcG-eimk" width="560">Haim is a great group and one in a long line of great female groups.Some of the biggest?Let's do a top ten list.1) Diana Ross & The Supremes2) Labelle3) En Vogue4) The Pointer Sisters5) TLC6) The Bangles7) The Go-Gos8) Destiny's Child9) Wilson Phillips10)  Fanny"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Thursday, November 9, 2017. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4RabQLuj4N8" width="560">"You Keep Me Hanging On" by Diana Ross & the Supremes is one of the 19 number one pop songs (BILLBOARD US singles chart) that Diana Ross has sang on.  November 19th, she'll be on the live broadcast (ABC) of The American Music Awards to perform and to receive the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.  Motown Classic is issuing DIAMOND DIANA: THE LEGACY COLLECTION November 17th to note this monumental achievement.Meanwhile, David Pugliese (OTTAWA CITIZEN) reports:Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs has just published its accounting of U.S. overseas conflicts covering 2001 to present.The figures include previous and new defence spending for combat operations in  Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria.The actual wars are estimated to cost $4.3 trillion U.S. That overall figure also includes increased spending on veterans from those wars. In addition, the cost figure includes $783 billion in spending for the Department of Homeland Security for the prevention and response to terrorism.The price tag for endless war.The hubris of leaders who think they can spend the United States into the poor house and the citizens we'll love them for it.All the things that $4.3 trillion could have bought.All the needs that go unmet.The world is not safer because of that spending.  It's more at risk.Iraq's certainly no better for this. ASHARQ AL AWSAT reports:Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed its concern for the fate of innocents besieged inside Rawa, last ISIS' stronghold in Iraq. Military observers believe that the presence of civilians inside the city might force the security forces to change their military tactics in launching the liberation operation. OHCHR added that “according to the detecting sources at the commission’s offices in Anbar, ISIS terrorists are still holding nearly 2500 families, equivalent to 10,000 individuals, to use them as human shields and hamper the advance of Iraqi forces”.After all the victory laps Iraq's tiny prime minister Hayder al-Abadi's taken while claiming ISIS has been defeated in Iraq (it hasn't), turns out Rawa's still controlled by ISIS -- as has been the case since June of 2014.Yerevan Saeed‏Verified account @YerevanSaeed  1h1 hour agoYerevan Saeed Retweeted الحرة عراقPrivate banks have until Tuesday to close down in Kurdistan. Thank you @HaiderAlAbadi every day you make me why I should never ever feel being "Iraqi". My kids don't know word "Iraq" nor I will ever let them do so. Are KDP & PUK corrupt yes, but normal Kurds dont deserve this. Yerevan Saeed added,الحرة عراقVerified account @AlhurraIraqالمركزي العراقي يمهل حتى الثلاثاء المقبل البنوك الخاصة بإغلاق فروعها في إقليم #كردستان أو ال[...]



I Want To Know What Love Is

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 04:31:00 +0000

allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VNGeUsPXEPs" width="560">Thought that was a powerful performance by Diana Ross."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Wednesday, November 8, 2017. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5RnEOw-k5Wo" width="560">"You Can't Hurry Love" by Diana Ross & the Supremes (Lynda Laurence and Sherrie Payne performing it with Diana on Oprah Winfrey's syndicated talk show) is one of the 19 number one pop songs (BILLBOARD US singles chart) that Diana Ross has sang on.  November 19th, she'll be on the live broadcast (ABC) of The American Music Awards to perform and to receive the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.  Motown Classic is issuing DIAMOND DIANA: THE LEGACY COLLECTION November 17th to note this monumental achievement.Al Jazeera English‏Verified account @AJEnglish  2h2 hours agoFormer Iraqi Kurdish president Masoud Barzani says the US knew Iraqi forces planned Kirkuk takeover aje.io/wykf94 replies31 retweets17 likes   In Iraq, the Baghdad-based government is currently waging war on the Kurds.  Adla Massoud (NEWSWEEK) spoke with the former president of the KRG Massoud Barzani:Many worry that tensions between Baghdad and Irbil could escalate into a new war. What do you think?We hope the fighting and bloodshed will cease. Our policy is to seek dialogue, to seek peaceful ways for conflict resolution and conflict prevention with Iraq. If the international community and the coalition...genuinely want to prevent another armed conflict, they can. But if a battle erupts, it means they gave it the green light.Your opponents accuse you of holding the referendum for your own political gain. What do you say to them?The decision to hold the referendum was made in 2014 by the election commission, by parliament. The decision was not a personal one, and at that time, it was a collective decision of all the political parties and all the institutions in Kurdistan. But because of ISIS, we postponed the date to hold the referendum. Later, when we did set the date, it was also a collective decision by all the political parties in Kurdistan. Is Kurdish independence still possible?What’s going on in [Kurdish territories]...is just temporary because nobody can change the identity of those areas. We are not going to recognize any forced demographic change. The identities of these areas are still Kurdish. We withdrew from many of the areas so as to prevent any kind of conflict and bloodshed. We wanted to prevent any kind of military confrontation to pave the way for dialogue. September 25th, the KRG held a non-binding referendum to determine the will of the Kurdish people and over 92% of the voters voted for independence.Evon Sworesho ن‏ @DannoSwo  19h19 hours agoThere is no reason to believe that the Iraqi government will not betray its #Assyrian indigenous citizens.5 replies6 retweets13 likesSworesho is correct.And that's the lesson here though the press ignores it just as they ignored Nouri al-Maliki's attacks when he was prime minister -- the same attacks that led to the rise of ISIS.What Hayder al-Abadi (Nouri's replacement as prime minister) is getting away with is stunning.He has used US weapons against the Kurds.The law does not allow that.  US law does not allow that.  Per US law, all US troop[...]



Sam Smith, Diana Ross

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 03:22:00 +0000

I hope you caught  Kat's "Kat's Korner: Sam Smith delivers" -- I really love Sam Smith's album.  "Nothing Left For You" is a song that I've really been enjoying from the album the last few days.  There are so many great tracks."Scars" is also a great song -- hope that's the name.  I tend to give them names.  By the chorus.  I'm really not a lyric sheet type person.  I also only look at song titles on vinyl album covers, usually.I'll probably check to see if Sam's THE THRILL OF IT ALL.Also check out Ava and C.I.'s "TV: The gifted?" which addresses a serious topic -- a show from an alleged pedophile.Nigel Zeff‏Verified account @nigelandrewzeff  10h10 hours agoMoreDiana Ross album covers  5 replies32 retweets103 likesReply 5 Retweet 32 Like 103 Direct messageThe cover for the remixes (DIANA EXTENDED), that's from her VANITY FAIR cover shoot, isn't it?I seem to remember her in the same outfit on the cover of VANITY FAIR right before WORKIN' OVERTIME was releaed.I always liked the DIANA EXTENDED cover, that's one of my favorites.  After that?Probably the cover of her first solo album, then EATEN ALIVE (which is above), diana (lowercase), THE BOSS and SWEPT AWAY."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, November 7, 2017. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_T9SEY8eLyk" width="560">"I Hear A Symphony" by Diana Ross & the Supremes is one of the 19 number one pop songs (BILLBOARD US singles chart) that Diana Ross has sang on.  November 19th, she'll be on the live broadcast (ABC) of The American Music Awards to perform and to receive the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.  Motown Classic is issuing DIAMOND DIANA: THE LEGACY COLLECTION November 17th to note this monumental achievement.Patty cock burn and he don't care, Patty cock burn and he don't care . . .Yes, we're back to the always deceptive Patrick Cockburn who has utilized the Iraq War to fulfill his sexual fantasies of serving Iran. He's back again.With another ridiculous piece.This one claims that the greatest threat to peace in Iraq is . . . Donald Trump's picking a fight with Iran.We don't buy into every rumor about the government of Iran here.  We don't claim that Iran and Iraq should not have good relations.But we also don't act as a love slave for Tehran.Not because Tehran doesn't have nice qualities -- I'm sure they must have some -- but because adults should act a little more mature -- at the very least they should do so when in public.Patrick Cockburn is the perv on Craig's List posting in the personals with his real name.THE INDEPENDENT, his paper, is not.It did not lead in coverage about the lies of the Iraq War -- before it started or since.  It did not hold Labour accountable.  Hell, it didn't even cover the Downing Street Memos.For reasons known only to the increasingly pathetic family of Cockburns, Patrick's bound and determined to bring Donald Trump down.  (I'm sure Donald's more than capable of doing that himself without Patrick's help.)  So he's looking increasingly unhinged -- like his late brother Alexander when Alex would start talking about how global warming didn't exist and it was all a conspiracy and . . .Patty emotes as only a drama queen like him can: "Fake facts!"That's the opening statement of his so-[...]