the same old same old

'dynasty' - the reboot - have i talked about this yet? - will air on wednesday nights.

those of us who watched the show in the 80s will remember that it too aired on wednesdays.

is this homage?

because it's beginning to reek of desperation.

i don't know why you'd re-start the show and try to do it episode by episode.

'dynasty' did not find it's groove until season 2 episode 1 when joan collins joined the cast as alexis.

krystal was not interesting prior to that.)

pamela sue martin's fallon was good but mainly it was a long dull road the 1st season.

so the notion that we're again focusing on fallon and krystal (with krystal t's being hispanic) is just stupid.

it's like people just can't learn.

speaking of the willfully stupid, 'the new york times.'

they sold the iraq war - and should rot in hell for that.

now they try to sell war on russia.

bill van auken ('wsws') calls them on their s**t:

The Times “investigation” was as weak in its substantiation of a Russian government operation to influence the 2016 presidential election as the Facebook report, but far more inflammatory.
It described an “unprecedented foreign intervention in American democracy” and a “cyberarmy of counterfeit Facebook and Twitter accounts, a legion of Russian-controlled impostors whose operations are still being unraveled.”
It repeated the unproven allegations that Russia was responsible for the hacking and leaking of Democratic emails exposing the party leadership’s attempts to sabotage the presidential campaign of self-described “socialist” Senator Bernie Sanders, while accusing Russian media outlets like RT and Sputnik of having “battered” Hillary Clinton with a “fire hose of stories, true, false and in between.”
The story focuses, however, on the alleged Russian use of Facebook and Twitter, darkly accusing the two companies of failing to prevent themselves from “being turned into engines of deception and propaganda.”
The “evidence” uncovered by the Times consisted of linking “suspect” Facebook accounts, since taken down by the company, that posted material linking to a website, DCLeaks.com, that published hacked emails from billionaire financier and Democratic Party donor George Soros, a former NATO commander, and Democratic as well as Republican functionaries. With no substantiation, the newspaper claims that “United States intelligence concluded” that the site was a creation of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.

if 'nyt' closed shop tomorrow, it wouldn't be a loss at all.

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, talk of suing the US-led coalition swirls in Iraq, Kurdish independence remains a looming question mark, US Senator Rand Paul stages a protest, and much more.

US Senator Rand Paul wants to end the authorization used for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (Barack used it for seven wars).  Senator John McCain didn't even want it debated.  Paul staged a protest yesterday and Tweeted:

Tonight, the Senate is attempting to move forward with the Defense Bill. I am seeking an amendment to end the AUMF in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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I will object to all procedural motions and amendments unless and until my amendment is made in order and we vote on these wars

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An attempt was made to run the clock on the bill overnight. I objected and am now sitting on the floor of the Senate to stop that

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Tonight I sit silently to protest the thousands of American soldiers who have died over the past decade in these wars.

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We have been there for 16 years. It is time for them to end. It is time for Congress to vote on whether or not they should end.

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The Senate is now in a quorum call, unable to act because of my protest. This is why I sit on the floor, in silent protest.

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I will continue this protest and these objections for as long as needed to ensure Congress do its duty, and vote on ending these wars.

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I sit for our soldiers young and brave. Sent to fight in distant lands in our forgotten, forever war

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Hypocrites, they pretend concern over our constitutional duty to declare war and then block any vote on ending any of our 7 current wars

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I sit nearly alone, but that's fine. I'll fight by myself if need be. This is too important

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Where is the anti-war left demanding the wars end? Where is the constitional conservative right demanding Congress reclaim its war powers?

The Senate attempted to shorten debate & move forward without consideration & debate on my amendment to end our AUMF in Afghanistan and Iraq

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Senate leaders have agreed not to try to end debate early, and have agreed to four hours of debate under my control to debate these wars.

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I will continue to fight, and if necessary, object, to continue this debate , secure a vote and force Congress to do its duty.

In a column at RARE on Monday, Paul explained:

As Congress takes up the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will insist it vote on my amendment to sunset the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force.
Because these authorizations to use military force are inappropriately being used to justify American warfare in 7 different countries. Sunsetting both AUMFs will force a debate on whether we continue the Afghanistan war, the Libya war, the Yemen war, the Syria war, and other interventions.

Our military trains our soldiers to be focused and disciplined, yet the politicians who send them to fight have for years ignored those traits when developing our foreign policy.

In Iraq, the war continues.

The world's largest cemetery is Wadi Al-Salaam in Iraq. the millions of Iraqis killed that had nothing to do with !


No one asks.

We're supposed to tremble at the thought of the Islamic State and that's supposed to stop any questions that might come up.  Stop and silence.

ISIS is not the threat to the US that al Qaeda was but it's used in the same way al Qaeda was the decade prior.

The media sells fear and we're not supposed to notice that all these years of war did not make anyone safer or that it has probably made everyone less safe.

Fear, fear, be scared.


That is the message.

PRESS TV notes:

Iraq’s official High Commission for Human Rights has urged the Iraqi government to sue a US-led coalition operating in the Arab country over the death of civilians in the northern city of Mosul.

Wahda al-Jumaili, a member of the parliament-affiliated commission, said US-led airstrikes had destroyed “numerous buildings in western Mosul — residential and commercial,” and that “nearly 2,000 bodies” had been recovered from under the rubble.

2,650 dead bodies pulled from Iraq’s war-battered MosulIraqi civil-defense personnel pull hundreds of bodies out from under rubble of ‘liberated’ city - Anadolu Agency
Link to headline article

MIDDLE EAST MONITOR adds, "The Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights yesterday filed a lawsuit against the US-led international coalition for killing more than 2,000 civilians in the northern city of Mosul."

In other news, REUTERS reports, "The Iraqi parliament voted on Tuesday to oppose an independence referendum planned by Iraqi Kurdish leaders for later this month prompting a walkout by Kurdish lawmakers."

The Kurds are exercising their constitutional right.

And the way that works out?

Protests votes in Parliament.

Wow, that's some 'democracy' the US built/gave/imposed on Iraq.

KRG President Massoud Barzani Tweeted the following Sunday:

this democratic is in no way meant to create any hostilities towards any components of Iraq

The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley, PACIFICA EVENING NEWS, BLACK AGENDA REPORT and Tavis Smiley -- updated:


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