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Updated: 2018-02-21T09:19:03.694-05:00


Truest statement of the week


Not only did the indictment clearly say that no one in the Trump campaign was wittingly or knowingly involved with the Russians, it explains how the Russians used fake names and groups to hide their real identities. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a press conference and drove home that point, stating that there was no evidence of any knowing involvement by the Trump campaign, as well as no evidence that this effort impacted the election. Indeed, Rosenstein stated that there is “no allegation in this indictment that any American had any knowledge” of the Russian effort.
For over a year, some of us have been questioning the weekly “bombshells” announced on cable programs of criminal Russian collusion. Indeed, for months I asked for someone to point to a crime of collusion in the criminal code or the criminal evidence to support a criminal indictment if such a related charge is made. With each week, experts have given breathless accounts of the circle of collusion tightening on the Trump campaign.
Now, the special counsel and the deputy attorney general are saying that there is no evidence of knowing interaction of campaign staff with Russians interfering with the election. The paucity of such evidence follows a year of intensive investigation and the much heralded plea bargains with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and the expected plea with former campaign official Rick Gates. There is still no evidence of anyone “wittingly” or knowingly colluding with these Russians. Moreover, the indictment says that the Russian efforts began in 2014, long before the candidacy of Trump.

-- Jonathan Turley, "Russian Indictments Are Long On Chicanery and Short On Collusion" (THE HILL and JONATHANTURLEY.ORG).

Truest statement of the week II


There can be no discussion about Syria that does not put the United States at the center of the conflict. Absent American backing none of the other war makers would have ever dared to lift a finger. Barack Obama took the lead in the plot but then demurred against further escalation in the face of British faltering and perhaps his own fear of the outcome. Trump is surely the most pro-Israel in a long line of presidents. He goes along with the influential lobby with complete conviction.
Syria is not the only target in this effort. Iran is also in Trump’s crosshairs as he keeps alive the 40-year old campaign to destroy that country. Of course Israel is implicated in any anti-Iranian activity and as the only nuclear power in the region always poses great danger to the entire world.

The potential for conflict is ripe as the United States is determined to throw a wrench into any process that might lead to peace. Worse yet there is silence in the United States Congress and blatant warmonger cheerleading in the corporate media. Leftish Democrats who at one time could be counted on to at least ask questions are long gone. Supposed progressives like Bernie Sanders support war and Zionist members of the House of Representatives and Senate are happy to join Trump in supporting anything that Israel wants.

-- Margaret Kimberley, "Freedom Rider: U.S. Escalates Syrian War" (BLACK AGENDA REPORT).

A note to our readers


Hey --It's early Monday morning except on the West Coast where it's still Sunday.Let's thank all who participated this edition which includes Dallas and the following:The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),Mike of Mikey Likes It!,Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,Ruth of Ruth's Report,Wally of The Daily Jot,Trina of Trina's Kitchen, Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.And what did we come up with? Truest statement of the weekJonathan Turley gets a truest.Truest statement of the week IIMargaret Kimberley gets another truest. Editorial: The War Whores face global rebukeOh, look what happens when a War Machine tool thinks he can play honest broker.  No, it's not that easy.TV: NBC flames out again with the OlympicsAva and C.I. were not going to write about the Winter Olympics.  They had other things to focus on.  They insisted.  Then we were working on a piece -- the rest of us -- about the Olympics and they'd chime in, well don't forget . . .  And then they'd add . . .  And finally I (Jim) convinced them to just write about it.  They did.  This is one of their greatest pieces -- a really high standard, I know.Maxie Boots shimmy kicks his way into greater obli...Oh, Max Boot, if only your opinion was as important to the world as it is to you.Feast your eyesJupiter.Losers Lindsey Vonn and Gus Kenworthy, quit fake a...The piece by the rest of us.  :DBless the BAFTAsNo, the Academy Awards are not the only game around.Video of the weekWe really love this song.National Parks Week in AprilIt's coming up.No Major US Opposition to WarWhat you should have caught last week.This edition's playlistWhat we listened to while writing.MEDIA ADVISORY: Isakson Announces Veterans Service...Press release from Senator Johnny Isakson.Indictment of Russian nationals used to campaign f...From WSWS.That's it.Peace,-- Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess, Ava and C.I.[...]

Editorial: The War Whores face global rebuke


Oh, look -- a VOTE VETSy though he could preach and preen and no one would say "F**k you!"He was wrong, wasn't he?He thought he was a hero but he was just another arm of the War Machine and the globe isn't willing to bow down and worship him. Will Fischer‏ @will_c_fischer Feb 15MoreThis is me. When and where this photo was taken (2004, Iraq), I carried a weapon remarkably similar to the one a young man used to mow down kids in a school yesterday.178 replies894 retweets2,786 likesReply 178 Retweet 894 Like 2.8K★ Logan Slimcock ★‏ @_callummtaylorFollowFollow @_callummtaylorMoreReplying to @will_c_fischerSo murdering children is okay when they're Iraqi kids and its sanctioned by the state? What's your point?1:55 PM - 15 Feb 201876 Retweets948 Likes6 replies76 retweets948 likesReply 6 Retweet 76 Like 948New conversationJeff Nelson‏ @therealJeffNel Feb 15MoreReplying to @_callummtaylor @will_c_fischerThe point is that an AR-15 belongs in a Combat Zone and should be restricted to Civilians to own or even operates.18 replies17 retweets274 likesReply 18 Retweet 17 Like 274 ★ Logan Slimcock ★‏ @_callummtaylor Feb 15More★ Logan Slimcock ★ Retweeted AJ+ … You murdering fucks should be the least trusted with AR-15s.★ Logan Slimcock ★ added,AJ+Verified account @ajplusA new UN report reveals that over 10,000 civilians died in the war in Afghanistan last year. Show this thread2 replies9 retweets167 likesReply 2 Retweet 9 Like 167 f̶o̶r̶ ̶o̶f̶f̶i̶c̶i̶a̶l̶ ̶u̶s̶e̶ ̶o̶n̶l̶y̶‏ @HongPong Feb 15Morecan we all just try demilitarization for a few years and see what happens? i bet Canada will not invade, and i'm willing to bet $600 billion dollars on it1 reply1 retweet10 likesReply 1 Retweet 1 Like 10 Jeff Nelson‏ @therealJeffNel Feb 15More. 1 reply0 retweets0 likesReply 1 Retweet  Like  When I say Kill Your Idols I Fucking Mean It‏ @krillyourtidal Feb 15MoreYou realize imperialism reproduces and exacerbates racism, and operates explicitly to prevent equality, right? Literally your whole job is to ensure the US can bend the rest of the world to its will. Sounds very egalitarian  1 reply0 retweets5 likesReply 1 Retweet  Like 5 f̶o̶r̶ ̶o̶f̶f̶i̶c̶i̶a̶l̶ ̶u̶s̶e̶ ̶o̶n̶l̶y̶‏ @HongPong Feb 16MoreAmerica was supposed to demilitarize after the cold war and instead the standard of living continues to fall and debt keeps going up. extreme mission drift and perpetual foreign bases in Philippines, Korea, Germany, Japan, now Africa etc., going another trillion in debt & so on0 replies0 retweets0 likesReply  Retweet  Like Poor Little Will Fisher thinking we'd all be impressed with his bulls**t or the fact that he terrorized Iraq.Poor little titty baby.He's part of the problem and the world damn well knows it.We'll care about you little Willie when you give a damn about Drone Control.  Until then you're just another huckster whoring for war.[...]

TV: When and why it's just not funny


The touchy feely.Let's be honest, everyone's sick of it.The premise is that college professor -- a college philosophy professor -- is hired by a desperate to impress high school.  How desperate?  They hire him to teach A.P. biology.How desperate?That's a question for NBC who hired Lorne Michaels and four other men (Seth Meyers included) to produce a sitcom.  This is his sixth sitcom and only one has been considered a 'success' -- 30 ROCK -- a show that never ranked higher than 69 for any of the years it was in production.The format prompts no questions, however.  When you're alleged comedy lacks a single laugh, you go single-camera.  It's easier to trick a network executive into believing they're just not getting the joke.  Had it been filmed before a live audience, the exec might notice that it's not just him/her not laughing but also a studio full of people.The suits blame their boss Bob Greenblatt.Though still a few years from 60, he's seen as more conservative -- when it comes to programming -- than Leslie Moonves.He also has no sitcom experience in his wheelhouse -- the closest would be the dramadies NURSE JACKIE and THE UNITED STATES OF TARA.It's been a major battle, in the pilot season, for the suits under Greenblatt to get seed money and support for multi-cam sitcoms.  But, under pressure from COMCAST, Greenblatt's agreed that something has to be done and that the answer really isn't GREAT NEWS or any other mild offering from Tina Fey.The only hit comedy NBC currently has is WILL & GRACE which has demonstrated that viewers will tune in on Thursdays in 2018 -- just not for THE GOOD PLACE or GREAT NEWS or SUPERSTORE or any other so-self-infatuated-it-doesn't-have-to-put-out-for-the-viewing-audience program.HAPPY PEPPERS could have been NBC's second hit of the season but at the last minute they passed.It was a mistake.Currently, there are 16 multi-cam pilots being considered by ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX -- with NBC considering four -- two of the four have Sean Hayes as an executive producer.This fall could be the year that NBC finally is no longer the fourth rated network.If Norman Lear's latest shot, GUESS WHO DIED, makes it to air many are praying the similar ground of a FOX possibility -- COOL KIDS, starring Vicki Lawrence, David Alan Grier and Leslie Jordan -- will kick it in the ratings.  Norman's finally found success again after years of failing and did it via NETFLIX's ONE DAY AT A TIME.  But while that's a multi-cam the old dog wants to make a mess of the rug today with a single-cam.Lear always allowed preachy theatrics to step on comedy laughs and that's why it's amazing CBS is even considering a multi-cam from him.  It's as though they're letting him run with scissors and boredom.For 32 years, Lear failed to find a way to be funny and suffered one failure after another until 2017's reboot of ONE DAY AT A TIME.  Rita Moreno mines the material and finds laughter in moments the scripts didn't even explore.  Would that have been possible were a studio audience not present to demonstrate to the show runners just how right Rita's choices were?  It is highly doubtful.And it's highly doubtful Lear's efforts to proselytize will find comedy on the written page or the stage without a studio audience to warn his echo chamber when the preaching falls to harangue and fails to be hilarious.Whatever happens next season, A.P. BIO probably won't be a part of it.This show is a horrible mess -- one that never should have aired in the first place.When you're casting Patton Oswalt, you're scraping the sides of the creativity barrel for whatever's left and, as Oswalt demonstrates in the role of Princpal Durbin, that ain't much.Certainly not enough to deliver a laugh.He hems and haws and he gets all glassy eyed, he's like a fat Jon Cryer and, in 2018, TV doesn't even need the original Cryer, let alone an outlet mall irregular.He's not the only thing ugly ab[...]

Entertainment roundtable


Jim: It's roundtable time.   A number of readers are saying it's been way too long since we've had an entertainment roundtable so that's what we're doing now.   Our e-mail address is  Participating in our roundtable are  The Third Estate Sunday Review's Dona, Ty, Jess, Ava, and me, Jim; Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude; Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man; C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review; Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills); Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix; Mike of Mikey Likes It!; Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz); Ruth of Ruth's Report; Trina of Trina's Kitchen; Wally of The Daily Jot; Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ; Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends; Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub. Betty's kids did the illustration. You are reading a rush transcript.C.I.: I'll start.  FAMILY GUY, last night.  Women are damned if they do and damned if they don't.  Taylor Swift mocked -- as she is so often by others -- for songs about men, kiss off songs.  I'm sorry -- "Under My Thumb"?  Did Mick Jagger have mockery for all of his kiss off songs where he wrote the lyrics to Keith Richards' riffs?  No.  But women are held to a different standard.  Reality, a woman shows aggression and she immediately needs to back off.  That was the argument when it was time for Tina Turner to record the follow up to PRIVATE DANCER.  Ike had already slammed her for "We Don't Need Another Hero."  She was told she was coming off "angry" and it was worse for her because you were pairing "angry" with "African-American."  So she has to walk away from anything that seems like "Better Be Good To Me" and then people are underwhelmed by the follow up and wondering why she's singing about "physical attraction" and lawyers and nonsense.  Alanis Morissette is another good example.  The hit that makes her is "You Ought To Know."  Angry young men are applauded.  Women?  Not so much.  She's mocked and made fun of.  BOY MEETS WORLD builds a whole episode around an Alanis 'type.'  She comes back with an album thanking India because, heaven forbid, a woman shows anger -- even in this world.  And she loses her audience just like Tina did before.  Taylor? Let's all dog pile on her because she's written some "Under My Thumb" songs.  Doesn't she know a woman's only allowed to do one?  This is the biggest load of nonsense.  That we're the ones who have to bring it up yet again goes to either the stupidity among the so-called pop culture critics of today or just the lazy ass nature that leads them to avoid every real issue in the hopes that someone else will address it.  Jim: You're mad.C.I.: I am.  This is not a new episode of FAMILY GUY.  We caught it because we had the TV on in the background -- Ava and I.  And I'm so damn tired of these attacks on women being ignored.  Taylor Swift can write any song she wants and should.  And she's smart enough not to be bullied -- even with crap from FAMILY GUY -- into moving over to 'appropriate' songs for women.Dona: Good for her, too.  And I agree that it seems like they can focus on anything and everything except sexism.  I especially call out the so-called Social Justice Warriors who've made the time to attack Taylor as too White or whatever their nonsense is but can't defend women.Marcia: Exactly.  They are useless, the SJWs.  I can't stand them.  As an African-American lesbian, I'm tired of their nonsense and their pretense.  They don't speak for anyone but their own self-righteousness. Jim: Okay, a lot of people are watching the Olympics -- or are expected to.  Anyone here watching?Wally: Nope.  I can be semi-intereste[...]

A brief primer on THE INTERCEPT


All you need to know about Glenn Greenwald's outlet in one quick Tweet.Shirtless Pundit‏ @zachhaller 28 Dec 2017MoreReplying to @Radical1122 @Knox64Knox and 6 othersIntercept's red flags showing their recent politicization: 1) Lost all cred by exposing a source … 2) Withheld document that could have ended Syrian war faster 3) Smears anti-war left as Neo-Nazis allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" id="xdm_default6957_provider" scrolling="no" src="" style="border-style: initial; border-width: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;" width="100%">3 replies16 retweets25 likesReply 3Retweet 16Like 25[...]

Somebody tell Hillary, it's time for letting go


Margaret Kimberley‏ @freedomrideblog Feb 12MoreMargaret Kimberley Retweeted Washington PostHillary Clinton had $1 billion and couldn’t seal the deal. She had her chance. Must go away. Now.Margaret Kimberley added,Washington PostVerified account @washingtonpostHillary Clinton, a favorite GOP foil, plans discreet 2018 strategy 3 replies19 retweets45 likesReply 3Retweet 19Like 45She should go away.Her Vaginal Secretions just don't get that.They insist that John Kerry didn't go away after the 2004 election and Al Gore didn't go away after the 2000 election and . . .But they did.They went away.They allowed the country to move on from the election (or, in Al Gore's case, from the Supreme Court ruling).Not Hillary.She will not let go.She will not stop whining about the election.She lost.At POLITICO, Joanna Weiss pointed out:We just passed Groundhog Day on the calendar, but it feels like we’re still living it; we can’t break free from the gnashing and rehashing of the 2016 election. It’s not just the Mueller probe and legitimate questions about Russian influence. It’s the emotional notes of triumph and defeat. President Donald Trump hasn’t dropped the subject, which is as perplexing as anything else Trump has done. But Clinton hasn’t dropped it, either. And at this point, she should. Weiss goes on to explain how letting go could allow Hillary to show leadership.But another reason she should let go is to allow others to step forward.The 2020 election is now two years away and no one can get traction ahead of that year's presidential election as long as she's hogging the spotlight.It's 2018 and there will be mid-term elections this year but what Democratic politicians can break through Hillary's never-ending whining about her loss.It's over.The electoral college voted.If Donald Trump were removed tomorrow, Mike Pence would be president, not Hillary Clinton.As Tina Turner once sang, "Don't care now who's to blame, I don't really want to fight no more, 'Cause it's time for letting go." allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">[...]

Tweet of the week


Margaret Kimberley‏ @freedomrideblog 9h9 hours agoMoreHillary Clinton and DNC paid for Christopher Steele's anti-Trump dossier. So after all that talk about Trump using Russia to get dirt on Hillary, it turns out that the democrats did the same thing.5 replies18 retweets26 likesReply 5Retweet 18Like 26[...]

Heaven save us from the 'experts'


Repost from THE COMMON ILLS: Heaven save us from the 'experts'At LAWFARE, 'expert' Doug Ollivant heaps so much praise on Hayder al-Abadi you'd think the prime minister of Iraq had been edging him for at least two hours.And you might take Dougie seriously . . .  if you're an uninformed idiot.This is the man, please remember, who insisted in July of 2017 that Nouri al-Maliki was in "a dominant position" and would most likely continue as prime minister of Iraq.A month later, please remember, Haider al-Abadi was prime minister.He's not got a very strong record when it comes to being right.For example, in 2009, when US Col Timothy R. Reese was advocating that all US troops should be withdrawn from Iraq by 2010 (and noting the diminishing returns that were already evident on the ground), there was Dougie to pooh-pah it and insisting that this would harm the State Dept control of Iraq.What State Dept control?There was none.  The US military handed control of Iraq -- a supposed independent country -- over to the US State Dept in October of 2011.  But Iraq didn't want the State Dept -- didn't want training, didn't want anything from it.  The State Dept, in fact, would turn over US facilities -- built by US tax dollars -- over to Iraq before they had 'controlled' Iraq for 12 months.The plans of the State Dept -- including embassies throughout Iraq -- never came to pass -- though Brooke Darby did her best to insist that Congress should fully fund them.Dougie never knows what he's talking about.He just knows his war-on's wagging and dripping.Let's be really clear what Doug was arguing against in 2009 -- this was not a drawdown, this was a full withdrawal.The drawdown, he would insist at the end of 2011, "give[s] space for Iraq politics—both domestic and international—to normalize [. . .] For some pessimists, a further future complication is the continuing centralization of power by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, and a resumption of sectarian tensions. That’s a concern, but those who see him as the “next Saddam” or “Shi’a Saddam” vastly overestimate his powers. Maliki is working to increase the power of the executive, not very differently from most politicians in their country’s respective executive branch."Oh, how quaint and uninformed.Those of who were warning about Nouri were the ones who were right.Those who were pooh-pahing?Well exactly how did the Islamic State rise in Iraq?Exactly why did Barack Obama overrule a third term for Nouri as prime minister and instead install Hayder al-Abadi?Would someone please explain why those who were repeatedly wrong on Iraq still think the world needs to hear from them?After all the millions killed and wounded, you'd think humility -- if not outright shame -- would cause these idiots and liars to shut their mouths.But you would be wrong because they keep talking and, most of all, they keep getting it wrong.It's past time the world made clear to these war enablers that the only words we need from them are, "I'm sorry.  I was wrong.  I will now shut up."[...]