war dogs

before prints & advertising, 'war dogs' cost the studio $50,000,000.

ticket sales?

$48.4 million.

it hasn't even earned in ticket sales what it cost to make - and grasp that people used to use 'rentals' in the 70s and not ticket sales because 'rentals' is what the studio makes - they share a portion of the ticket sales with the movie theaters.

'war dogs' was supposed to be a big hit.

but elaine was turned off by the trailer alone.

as was i.

stan saw the film and found it boring.

but let's be clear that your trailer exists to promote the film, it's supposed to build excitement.

when 'war dogs' failed to do that, the studio should have known that they had a problem.

it did not help that jonah was not cute but was supposed to be lovable.

but it's a lousy film that never should have been made and maybe it will make clear that jonah hill is an ingredient in a successful film but he cannot himself carry a film.

let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'

Tuesday, September 27, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, nation-building is raised, whoring continues and much more.

Jed Babbin (WASHINGTON TIMES) offers:

Our Pentagon leaders are reportedly readying a request to President Obama to send another 400 or 500 U.S. troops to Iraq. They would join the 4,400 there and be tasked to help the Iraqis retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State. (According to a Wall Street Journal report, there is an additional force of about 1,500 troops who guard the massive U.S. embassy in Baghdad, some of whom are sent on “special missions.”)
Whatever the troops’ mission, it is painfully obvious that our generals are still stuck on the nation-building strategy that we have pursued in both Iraq and Afghanistan since we invaded those countries in 2001 and 2003. It’s the same strategy that they are following now with the request for more troops to go to Iraq, and it’s just as wrong as it was in 2001.

Baddin's against nation building.

I am as well.  You can't build a government with a military.

But let's set that aside for just a moment.

Let's imagine Hillary Clinton becomes president.

This is a War Hawk belief -- they can build nations.

Barack's already trying.

But dropping bombs daily on Iraq does not form anything but chaos.

So should Hillary get to be president, let's hope there's some maturity in the country -- there wasn't under Barack -- and someone demands that she set goals.

Because if you're going to try nation building, you better be able to show results.

That's not "The leader we installed said . . ."

Statements don't count.

Intentions don't count.

Only results count.

And if Hillary wants to do nation building, she better be held accountable.

(I have no idea if Donald Trump would try nation building.  Jill Stein and Gary Johnson would not engage in it.)

Over two years ago, Barack said he was helping Iraq.

There's still nothing to show for it.

The government's no better than it was then.

They did -- with little fanfare -- recently pass a de-Ba'athifcation law in the Parliament.

It wasn't needed.

L. Paul Bremer did that years ago -- it's cited as one of the biggest disasters of all actions taken after deciding to go to war on Iraq.

Barack has failed at national reconciliation in Iraq.

Why is that a surprise to anyone?

Bully Boy Bush failed at it as well.

As long as you give the (US-installed) government of Iraq what it wants, it's exile prime minister will not do a thing to foster national reconciliation.

Iraq has a very young population.

How many more exiles is the US going to be able to install as prime minister before the Iraqi people revolt?

I think it's nearing the point now.

And, as with most warning signs, everyone in the west is looking elsewhere.

Last night's 'big' debate?

This is how caring for the youngest residents of our world looks like in a displacement camp in

That's more important than the debates.  (And, yes, Mika is correct, Monday night's debate didn't change a thing for either side.)

Equally true, people still can't be honest.

Given Trump's ranting bout Obama pulling out of Iraq -does he really not know withdrawal date was set by Bush in binding agreement w/ Iraq?

I know VANITY FAIR is the joke among publications but, even so, Kurt should be able to tell the truth.

Bully Boy Bush replaced the year long MOA the United Nations did for the occupation of Iraq.  He replaced it with a three year SOFA because Nouri al-Maliki could not face a yearly renewal (Iraqi politicians -- like the Iraqi people -- wanted the US gone and Nouri couldn't face a yearly fight in Parliament as he had with the MOA).  The contract had a yearly kill clause -- either side could opt out -- and it ended in 2011.

A contract ended.

That's all that happened.

Barack understood what Liar Liar Kurt didn't which is why he attempted to renegotiate.

It's also why he continued to attempt to renegotiate after the drawdown of December 2011.

Liar Liar Kurt wants to ignore reality.

Maybe that's why he writes for the 48 HOURS of print publications?

Who knows.

But Barack tried repeatedly to renegotiate but, as with bringing the Olympics to Chicago, he was a failure.

Let's do another:

? Are you referring to Libya? Iraq? Yemen? Honduras? She slays women. All over the world. Maybe let's play the quiet game.

You know what's stupid and obese?

Claiming that it's "adult" and "elegant" to start a war that's destroyed the Middle East.

And doing so while Jewish -- thereby fanning the flames just a little bit more.

Before you say, "You'd think she --" remember, this is Lena.

She's incapable of thought.

Hillary's Iraq War is a War Crime and only some overweight, ugly, snooty, spoiled princess from NYC could ever think there was anything "elegant" about it.

Not even a neocon would make that claim.

Hillary voted for the Iraq War, she championed it, she only stopped when even she noted the majority of the country had turned against it.  Then she said it was a "mistake" and expected everyone to immediately absolve her.

Over one million Iraqis are dead as a result of her 'mistake.'

Millions more were left injured as a result of her 'mistake.'

Millions were forced to flee as a result of her 'mistake.'

The rights of Iraqi women were dealt a major set back as a result of her 'mistake.'

But she's done nothing to atone for her mistake.

Isn't enough that she says "mistake"?  Why must the world persist in expecting her to be responsible for her actions?

Lena needs to go back to her racist bubble and leave the rest of the world alone.  As it tries to leave her alone by ignoring her repeatedly.

Let's do one more Tweet:

So it's come to Iraq war supporters who support Trump trying to prove he didn't support the war they supported to support him?

Which would also mean it has come to some Iraq War opponents -- and at 13 years and counting, you can capitalize the "W," you fake ass -- who support Hillary trying to pretend she wasn't for the war they were against.

Matt never asks about the Sunnis in Iraq, does he?

At press briefing after press briefing, Matt can be counted on to ignore the reported War Crimes, even when Amnesty and Human Rights Watch documents them.

Zainab Iraqi girl She was raped by 5 men from Shia militias backed by Iran in & forced her photographed naked OMG

The Arab world is outraged by the persecution of the Sunnis.

In the west, very few seem to care.

Very few seem to pay attention.

It's going to be one of the big issues of this century.

Probably not a good idea to wait twenty or thirty years to start attempting to inform western news consumers of what's actually going on.

Instead of discussing and addressing it, the west will be mute and, in doing so, cede the conversation over to the Islamic State.

Possibly at today's US Senate Homeland Security hearing, this is what FBI Director James Comey was getting at when he spoke of future threats and identified Islamic State fighters spreading from Syria and Iraq?

Director James Comey:  The threats posed by foreign fighters, including those recruited from the US, traveling to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and from homegrown violent extremists are extremely dynamic. The tragic event in Orlando last June is a somber reminder of this threat. The FBI is leading a Federal terrorism investigation with the assistance of our State, local, and Federal partners. The ongoing investigation has developed strong indications of radicalization by this killer, but further investigation is needed to determine if this attack was inspired by a foreign terrorist organization. We are spending a tremendous amount of time trying to understand every moment of the killer's path, to understand his motives, and to understand the details of his life. We will continue to look forward in this investigation, and backward. Our work is very challenging. We are looking for needles in a nationwide haystack, but we are also called upon to figure out which pieces of hay might someday become needles. That is hard work and the particular challenge of identifying homegrown violent extremists. These threats remain the highest priority and create the most serious challenges for the FBI, the US Intelligence Community, and our foreign, State, and local partners. ISIL is relentless and ruthless in its pursuits to terrorize individuals in Syria and Iraq, including Westerners. We continue to identify individuals who seek to join the ranks of foreign fighters traveling in support of ISIL, and also homegrown violent extremists who may aspire to attack the United States from within. In addition, we are confronting an explosion of terrorist propaganda and training available via the Internet and social networking media. Due to online recruitment and indoctrination, foreign terrorist organizations are no longer dependent on finding ways to get terrorist operatives into the US to recruit and carry out acts.

We refuse to engage in this dialogue and we suffer the consequences.

We whore for Hillary by calling her Iraq actions "elegant" in the face of death and destruction and that only makes the west look even worse to the Arab world.

There aren't enough adults left in the room these days to send the Lena Dumham's to their rooms without dinner.

Meanwhile Andrew Tilgham (MILITARY TIMES) reported Monday:

U.S. troops in Iraq are facing the threat of more chemical weapons attacks as Islamic State militants prepare to defend against a final invasion of Mosul, a defense official said.

The dire warning from the Pentagon comes almost one week after a shell that tested positive for “mustard agent” landed inside the wire at Qayara West, an Iraqi-controlled air base where several hundred U.S. forces are helping Iraqi Army units build a staging area for the upcoming offensive into Mosul.  

The official is Pentagon spokesperson Jeff Davis.

You may want to remember that name.

But what are they talking about?

Dropping back to September 22nd:

ISIS Believed To Attack US Base In Iraq With Gas. In the past they used it against the


Barbara Starr (CNN) reports on the unverified claims here.

Did it happen?

Who knows.


Or maybe it's just Barack's very own Gulf of Tonkin to allow for even more US troops to be sent into Iraq.

After all, Gordon Lubold and Paul Sonne (WALL STREET JOURNAL) report, "The U.S. military is requesting authority to send up to 500 new troops to Iraq ahead of a much-anticipated campaign to take back Mosul from Islamic State, according to U.S. officials, adding to an expanding American presence in the country."

Did it happen?

Now we know.

It did not.

Jim Michaels (USA TODAY) reports:

A rocket fired last week at an Iraqi base where American troops are present did not contain a chemical agent despite earlier suspicions, the U.S. military reported Tuesday.
Extensive laboratory tests concluded that the munition did not contain mustard agent, Air Force Col. John Dorrian, a U.S. military spokesman, said.

No mustard gas despite spokesperson Jeff Davis working the press on Monday.

What did happen?

AP reports Baghdad bombings today left 17 people dead and twenty-eight injured.



elizabeth warren, schill for the israeli government

did you catch this by philip weiss:

 "Information Clearing House" - "Mondoweiss" - The news that many progressive US senators as well as vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine signed on to an Israel lobby letter designed to limit President Obama’s actions against the Israeli occupation, now nearly 50 years old, has been widely reported, but the plain facts need to be stated.
Yesterday the Israel lobby group AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, flexed its muscle against President Obama and on the side of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu by posting a letter signed by 88 senators warning President Obama not to back any international measures that would pressure Israel to withdraw from occupied territories.
We urge you to… make it clear that you will veto any one sided UNSC [UN Security Council] resolution that may be offered in the coming months.
The brave senators who did not sign this letter include Democrats Patrick Leahy of VT, Bernie Sanders, Tom Carper of Delaware, and Dick Durbin of Illinois, along with Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky. The letter was circulated by NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and got many progressive signatures: Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Ron Wyden, Tammy Baldwin, Chris Murphy, Barbara Mikulski, Barbara Boxer, Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown, Richard Blumenthal, Ed Markey, Jack Reed, right along with John McCain, Mike Lee, Lindsey Graham and John Barrasso.

please explain to me why some 1 like elizabeth warren is ever considered a 'liberal'?

she's nothing but another piece in the war machine.

and she needs to be held accountable for her actions.

so many do.

and i see that stupid commerical on msnbc about how 'girls' education is a global issue with all these whores shown onscreen and then comes the punch line - sponsored by catepillar.

the same makers whose machine was used to kill rachel corrie when she defended the palestinians?

when i started speaking out for palestinians, it really was a wing view.

these days, it's the majority view. 

it's just the politicians in the u.s. who are out of touch.

let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'

Friday, September 23, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, Zebari talks conspiracy and admits he has covered up fraud and corruption, Barack Obama does not use the d-word no matter what liars like Juan Cole tell you, and much more.

Kicking things off with Hillary Clinton's disgraced colleague and good friend Hoshyar Zebaria.

The disgraced Zebari was ousted this week due to corruption.

Like a Clinton, he's not going to take defeat easily.  So yesterday, he held a press conference in Erbil, drove the BMW (Bitch Moan and Whine) around for over and hour.

now you think, so that is
the way it's gonna be
that's what this is all about
i think that that is
the way it always was
you chose not to notice until now
yeah now that there's a problem
you call me up to confide
and you go on for over an hour

'bout each one that took you for a ride
and i guess that you dialed my number
'cuz you thought for sure that i'd agree
i said baby, you know i still love you
but how dare you complain to me

-- "Napolean," written by Ani DiFranco, first appears on her DILATE

But complain he did.  Over and over again.

Mahdi Talat (REUTERS) reports Zebari has found someone to blame for his ouster: Nouri al-Maliki.  Zebari is charging a conspiracy to oust him led by Iraq's former prime minister and forever thug Nouri.

Zebari is quoated insisting, "The side that is behind the questioning and withdrawal of confidence is the State of Law and its head Nuri al-Maliki in collusion unfortunately with the speaker of parliament Saleem al-Jabouri."

And if you didn't know how bad Zebari was, look, the whore of Baghdad herself is vouching for him.

slides further into the abyss with move to unseat finance minister Zebari, one of few credible ministers and senior Kurd in government

Of course, we believe you, Jane Arraf.

I mean, you refused to report the crimes of Saddam Hussein.  Then you refused to report the crimes of Nouri al-Maliki.

You've lied throughout your career as a 'reporter.'

If you say he's golden, then we know he's . . . rusted.

And corrupt.

Which he demonstrated in the press conference.

ASHARQ AL-AWSAT reports that he "threatened to publicly expose important corruption files in the country, accusing former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of orchestrating his removal from office to prepare for overthrowing the government of current Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi."

They quote him declaring, "We confronted corruption at all state levels and we possess big and serious corruption files that we will send to international observers."

Excuse me.

I need to do a correction.

They quote him admitting, "We confronted corruption at all state levels and we possess big and serious corruption files that we will send to international observers."

As a public servant of Iraq, it was his duty to turn over files and evidence of corruption -- not after he gets caught himself, but when has documentation.

So Zebari is not just corrupt, he's willing to look the other way at others corruption as well -- provided they are silent about his own.

The people of Iraq are being robbed and defrauded and Zebari admits in public that he has proof of this that he has sat on but now that he's been tossed out for corruption he's willing to come forward.

Only Jane Arraf, whore of Baghdad, could Tweet in support of someone as corrupt as Zebari.

Stability built on corruption is worth nothing. Mr. Zebari had it coming.

And while Jane works a lonely street, for the firs time Abbas Kadhim and I manage to agree.  Well said, Kadhim.

The Q is: will the KDP punish Hoshyar Zebari for his corruption actions or will promote him to another higher position in Erbil or Baghdad?


Hillary Clinton's good friend needs to be shown the door permanently.

Yesterday, the US Defense Dept announced:

Strikes in Iraq
Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft as well as rocket artillery conducted 13 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Baghdadi, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a repeater tower and a bunker.

-- Near Mosul, four strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed three weapons caches and suppressed a sniper firing position.

-- Near Qayyarah, four strikes engaged three ISIL tactical units and destroyed 38 vehicles, four watercraft and a land bridge. A culvert entrance was damaged and a tactical unit was suppressed.

-- Near Ramadi, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles, two supply caches and a fuel tank.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and an artillery system.

-- Near Tal Afar, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a checkpoint.

Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.

Bombings will not run the Islamic State out of Iraq.

Driven underground is not an option for peace.

The reasons why the Islamic State received support in Iraq have to be addressed for ISIL to be defeated there.

That means ending the persecution of the Sunnis.

Nasim Ahmed (MEM) wants to join the Juan Cole club.

It's a club of stupid or lying.

Both wanted to weigh in this week on Iraq and Barack Obama.

Both insisted that the US President spoke about "D--sh."

No, he didn't, stop lying.

His full remarks appeared in Tuesday's snapshot (as did Hayder al-Abadi's but we're only reposting Barack's):

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Let me begin by just commenting on the events that have unfolded today. This morning, I talked about the fact that there was a person of interest that the FBI and law enforcement had identified with respect to the bombs that had been planted in the New York and New Jersey area. As everybody is now aware, that individual has been apprehended.
And I just want to start by commenting on the extraordinary work and coordination that's taken place between the FBI and local enforcement. For us to be able to apprehend a suspect in just a little over 24 hours after an event takes place like this, it is outstanding police work, outstanding law enforcement work.
I, in particular, want to give a heartfelt thanks to the New Jersey police officers who were able to apprehend this individual. I had a chance to talk to them briefly before I came down to my meetings here. They are going to be fine. They have sustained some modest injuries, but ones that they'll rapidly recover from. They were in good spirits. And I communicated to them how appreciative the American people were, as well as people in the region. It's just one more reminder of the extraordinary skill and sacrifice and courage of our law enforcement officers and what they put on the line every single day to make sure that we are safe.
Beyond that, obviously information is still unfolding about what might have motivated the suspect. I'm going to leave it to the FBI and local law enforcement authorities to discuss those details with you. I will also comment on the fact that, with respect to the Minnesota stabbings that occurred, I had a chance to talk to the off-duty police officer there who undoubtedly saved a lot of lives and prevented further injury because of his quick and effective action. And I told him that, once again, the American people were appreciative of his work and his heroism.
Now, one of the challenges that we face is -- in addition to being an open society in which individuals who are disturbed in some fashion can carry out violence against the American people -- the big danger we have right now is, is that we have an organization in ISIL that is actively trying to radicalize and promote extremism of this sort. In addition, they are directly carrying out and planning constant attacks not only overseas, but within Iraq and within Syria.
And so it is with great appreciation that I welcome Prime Minister Abadi here, along with his delegation. Thanks to the sacrifices of the Iraqi people and the Iraqi armed forces, since I last met with him face-to-face a year ago, we have significant progress in rolling back ISIL. They have now lost over half of the populated territory that they had gained and were still maintaining as recently as last year. And what we've seen now is just steady progress as the Iraqi security forces have gained more confidence as they have coordinated with the 67-member coalition against ISIL.
And now, what we have been discussing and what we're focusing on is to go right at the heart of the ISIL operations in Mosul. Now, this is going to be a challenging battle. Mosul is a large city, and ISIL has embedded itself deeply within that city. But because of the prepositioning of forces, because of the cooperation between the coalition and the Iraqi security forces, because of the cooperation and courage of the Kurdish Peshmerga, we feel confident that we will be in a position to move forward fairly rapidly.
Now, it will be a tough fight. And once it is initiated, one of the things that we discussed is the importance of not just driving ISIL out of Mosul but making sure that the population there that invariably is going to be displaced and will have suffered, and is going to be looking for warmth and food and water and shelter, that we are prepared to help provide rapid humanitarian assistance, and that we can rebuild the city in a way that assures not only ISIL does not come back, but extremist ideologies born out of desperation do not return.
And so a lot of our work today has been focused on making sure that that happens. I am very grateful that Prime Minister Abadi has consistently operated in a way that indicates his commitment to an inclusive Iraq that treats everybody fairly, respects human rights. And the work that we're doing with the Iraqi government will adhere to those principles, not just in the Mosul campaign, but beyond.
But this is going to be hard. This is going to be challenging and will require resources. We're going to be asking Congress to step up in support of this effort, and we're going to be asking other countries to step up in support of this effort.
And my thanks go out not only to the Iraqi forces that have borne the brunt of the progress that's been made inside of Iraq, as well as the Kurdish Peshmerga, but also obviously our outstanding men and women in uniform. Although they are not on the front lines of the fight and not involved directly in combat, it's still a dangerous area to operate. And I think Prime Minister Abadi would be the first to say that our men and women from all branches of our armed forces have operated with incredible effectiveness and courage in providing the training and the assistance that has allowed us to make these gains.
So, hopefully, by the end of this year, we will have seen further progress with respect to Mosul, and that we will continue to see further progress with respect to economic and political stabilization inside of Iraq.
Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for your good work, and thank you to all the members of your team for the excellent work that they've done, as well.

Read over the above.

Slowly, if you need to.

Where does Barack use the d-word?

He doesn't.

When Robin Morgan started her xenophobic ranting and raving and attacks on Arabs -- that's what they were, Robin, and bringing on a French Arab the next week to vouch for you didn't change the way you were seen in the Arab world -- we noted that Barack had walked away from that term.

And we noted why.

Helps to have friends in the administration.

We've also noted that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has avoided that term and the DoD does not use it.

Brett McGurk, Barack's special envoy, sometimes uses it.

The embarrassing John Kerry always uses it.

Barack doesn't.

He had a discussion about the term and how using it could alienate Arabs who were not part of the Islamic State which is the last thing anyone wants to do when they're seeking peace and support to defeat the Islamic State.

So stop saying Barack talked about the d-word because he didn't use that slur.

He knows better.

So to the MEM piece:

The results of governing Iraq as a country of three separate nations — Sunni, Shia and Kurds — have been calamitous. The sectarian politics of Nouri Al-Maliki’s government pushed Sunni Iraqis into the clutches of extremist groups like [the Islamic State]. As hard as it may be for us to imagine, any alternative to the corruption and sectarianism of Al-Maliki’s government seemed a better option to the people of Iraq; why should they stay as part of a union where they do not have a future?
This is a bleak reminder of the challenges facing Iraq on its road to becoming a stable country once more. With Obama’s eyes focused on defeating [the Islamic State], it’s quite easy to underestimate the deep-rooted problems which allowed Iraq to become a fertile ground for extremist groups in the first place.

Despite Obama’s acclamation that Prime Minister Al-Abadi is committed to an inclusive Iraq where everybody is treated fairly and human rights are respected, the problems of sectarianism, the lack of sovereignty and prevalent corruption still loom large.

I don't think Barack's under-estimated it so much as he's got a rogue Secretary of State on his hands with John Kerry more interested in playing Secretary of Defense than doing his own job.

As for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, earlier this month she insisted no US troops would ever be "boots on the ground" again.

US troops supporting Shia militias & Iraqi army in Northern Iraq fronts, probably south of
US troops supporting Shia militias & Iraqi army in Northern Iraq fronts, probably south of

Those don't look like ballet slippers.

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