3/25/2022

amy schumer is reason enough to skip this year's oscars

put me with betty (''Just say no . . . to the Oscars"), kat ('Taking a pass on the Oscars') and stan ('The Oscars').  - i won't be watching the oscars.


sorry.  not a fan of amy schumer's atempts at comedy.  she's a loud fat woman and people wanted to pretend that she was really funny when she wasn't even mildly funny.  


what passes for her humor today is all about her attacking others and drawing divisions and, in the run u to the broadcast, her 'humor' continues to be divisive and annoying.


it's as though the oscars hired andrew dice clay to co-host.


not interested in amy schumer and i will not be watching.  i hope a lot of people decide to tune out.  serves abc right if that happens because amercians have been tuning out programs due to partisanship passed off as entertainment.  and with that as a known problem, abc hires the hideous and divisive amy schumer to be a co-host? 



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


 Thursday, March 24, 2022.  Moqtada al-Sadr wasnt his inexperienced relative to be prime minister of Iraq as Mad Maddie Albright slips away to that special place in hell that she spoke so often of.


We're live on the Blood Runway, awaiting the latest arrival.  Look, there he is, Mad Maddie!  She's sipping throug purgatory as she heads straight to hell.  Mad Maddie!  Mad Maddie!  Can you stop a moment to speak to us!!!

Madeleine Albright :Yes, what is it?


Is there anything you'd like to say to our viewing audience?


Madeleine Albright : Just that I've always believed that hate is eternal and if you spend your life focused on that, you can do a lot real damage and kill a lot of innocent people.  The only wasted life is a life dovted to love and peace.


Some people consider you a buthcer.


Madeleine Albright ::  A butcher?  No,  a utcher does much more honest work.  I'm an excutioner.  I am a destroyer.  I used my time on earth ensuring others wuffered and I'm really, really proud of that.  My only real regret is that I couldn't have killed more.


Mad Maddie could you speak up, some people in purgatory are starting to boo.


Madeleine Albright :  Yes, and I hear them.  All I can say is you hate me, you really, really hate me.  It makes all I did worth it to feel so much hate and repulsion.


What are you most grateful for?


Madeleine Albright : A lifetime of destrution.  Probably right after that would be the press..I've always insisted, ''Give me a whorish press and I can kill millions."  They whored for me while I killed Iraqi children.  They whored for me out of office.  Kisses to Katrina vanden Heuvel who ran Naomi Klein's GUARDIAN report on James Baker profiting off the Iraq War but refused to let THE NATION run the article about me profiting off the Iraq War.   Katty, you cheap whore, let's bump one last time when you join me in hell!  But seriously, even now the press whores for me, even in death.  They won't hold me accountable.  They'll talk about me being the first -- and theyll shortchange me.  "The First and The Worst!"  -- that's how I always billed myself.  Give me the credit I'm due!!!!  


Last question, Mad Maddie, what are you wearing?


Madeleine Albright ::  It's my 100% pure civilian coat, made from the skins of many of the actual children I condemned to death.  All murders matter but there's something especially soft and warm about knowing that your kill was a child, you know what I mean?  Now excuse me, I have to go. The Haliburton wing of Hell has a strict check-in policy and I don't want to lose my suite.  Tell Condi [Rice] to keep giving Hank [Kissinger] all the love that I did and, Dick [Cheney], I know you'll be joining me soon!


Madeleine Albright  has left the earth.  The whorish press is attempting to sweep up and conceal the mess she left behind.  Some will insist don't speak ill of the dead but did Mad Maddie follow that practice regarding the Iraqi children she killed?  


No.  


From Elaine's "Mad Maddie leaves this earth:"


Madeleine Albright died today. Do not worry about the former Secretary of State. As she long noted, there is a special place in hell . . . for people like her.

She infamously said there was a special place in hell for women who didn't help other women. Since she took pleasure in the deaths of so many Iraqi girls (and boys) you can be sure her destination is already booked and they have a room ready.

"We think it was wroth it." That's her infamous remark from 60 MINUTES when Lesley Stahl asked her about the crushing sanctions she oversaw as part of Bill Clinton's administration -- sanctions that led

Liz Sly (WASHINGTON POST) noted in 2017 that a more recent study had found that it wasn't 500,000 children who died.

 

But that was what the figure was thought to be when Mad Maddie was asked. And she said it was worth it.

She was a bloody thirsty War Hawk. Unlike the bulk of the deaths she caused, she lived to the age of 84. She profited off of the Iraq War. She was a merchant of death. I hope she will be very warm in her after-life. Very, very warm.
   


Margaret Kimberley Tweets:


Former secretary of state Madelyn Albright said killing 500,000 kids was "worth it." I watched the interview and thought she'd find a way not to answer, obfuscate, blame Saddam, or change the subject. Nope. She went all in. Killing kids was ok with her. Now she's dead. Oh well.



Ajamu Baraka Tweets:


Madeline Albright was a criminal like her boss Bill Clinton. If there was real justice in the world they both would have found themselves in the dock for war crimes and crimes against humanity.


In Iraq,  the political stalemate continues.  October 10th elections were held.  The country still waits on a president and prime minister all these months later.  ARB WEKKLY reports:


Partisan and personal loyalties have decided the fate of Iraq's presidency and premiership, despite all previous vows by populist leader Moqtada al-Sadr to base his nominations for leadership posts on the national interest only.

Instead, Iraq seems to be moving away from a system of political quotas to one based on the accommodation of various players, if not indeed, plain nepotism.

Sadr chose to nominate Riber Ahmed, the Kurdistan region’s interior minister and director of the office of party leader Massoud Barzani, for the position of president of the republic. He has also nominated Mohammad Jaafar al-Sadr, one of his cousins, to serve as the country’s prime minister.

Iraqi political analysts said that Sadr, who had claimed to be motivated by a desire to free himself from the yoke of the pro-Iranian Shia Coordination Framework, has fallen under the control of Massoud Barzani and accepted his conditions. These included endorsing the latter’s nominee for the presidency of Iraq, despite the fact that the candidate is virtually unknown to most Iraqis. Moreover, Ahmed will have a hard time filling the shoes of a figure of the stature, connections and overall record of the incumbent Barham Salih.

Analysts said that by agreeing to be swayed by the game of political accommodation and by choosing a relative with no political record nor experience as nominee for prime minister, Sadr has shown he is no different from the rest of the political players who have assumed leadership positions in the country since the 2003 US invasion.  His opposition to quotas, nepotism and his advocacy of the “national majority” now ring hollow, they add.

Three days before the appointment of a new president for Iraq, the tripartite alliance (the Sunni Sovereignty Alliance, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Sadrists) announced the formation of the largest bloc in parliament under the banner of “Saving the Country”. The new alliance officially announced the nomination of Riber Ahmed for president and Mohammad Jaafar al-Sadr as prime minister.


The buffon the western press called a "kingmaker" is revealed as the fraud so many of us already knew he was.  In fact, the western press itself was smarter about Moqtada in 2004 than they are now (excepting Paddy Cockburn who was always an idiot when it came to Moqtada -- then and now).  


March 25th is when Parliament is set to meet next and they should be voting on the issue of president.  There are dozens of nominees.  After the president is voted on, the next step would be for the new president to name a prime minister-designate.  That person would then have 30 days to form a Cabinet.  It's supposed to be a full Cabinet.  No one's ever been held to that.   They should be.  It's the only measure you have to meet to move from prime minister designate to actual prime minister.  The point of the test is to demonstrate that you will be able to govern.  And the more empty Cainet spaces a designate has had, the harder it was for them to govern once they were prime minister.  So the test does serve a prupose.


We'll wind down with a few more Tweets regarding the thankfully dead Mad Maddie:


madeleine albright confronted by an ohio state university student in 1998 on why the US continues to bomb iraq while selling weapons to israel used on palestinians. her response is accusing the students in the room of defending saddam hussein




To you, that was a beloved child, your progeny, the fruit of your loins, the synthesis of you and your beloved spouse, the herald of a brighter future after decades of gloom -- to Madelyn Albright, it was a small price to pay to show Saddam a line in the sand.




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3/23/2022

dynasty from last week

 no past last night.  sorry, internet was out.  i called about 30 minutes after midnight and finally got a human and was informed that there was an update taking place and it would last until 6 am.  but i tried when i got up and gave up around 9.  then we had to go shopping - my daughter and i - so we caught the ferry and went shopping in boston.  then it was fashion show when we got home (for her, we were getting her some new clothes).  i had hoped to write sooner but oh well.


'dynasty'?

complaint. why are we having fallon dreaming about having a child with liam?

i wouldn't mind that storyline. but it feels like this is something to get us excited about that will then fall apart.

dominique is having a fashion show and wants kirby's help because kirby has modeled and has connections. kirby says she's done with it but agrees to help. (done with modeling.) in the end, she isn't done. dominique's main model is just not carrying out the reveal for the big outfit. so kirby ends up on the runway. at first, dominique's upset and lets her son jeff know. but then kirby pulls it off and dominique is impressed.

amanda let's alexis know that she doesn't trust 2 men. the 1st is her brother adam and she thinks alexis has gone too easy on him. alexis makes a joke about how that's in part because she doesn't want adam coming after her. and the other? dex.

now alexis is amanda's mother and amanda may be feeling extra protective for that reason. or maybe i'm missing something on dex? i just know the original series made dex the love of alexis' life. maybe i'm set up, from the 80s series, to wrongly see the best in dex?

crystal's kidnapping story bores me to tears. don't expect me to recap that. but i will note that the producers and writers must realize that they're boring us because done one scene after another where her brother beto (the kidnapper) is in a tight wife-beater t-shirt.

the actress is playing crystal and her look alike and while she does have two different voices to make the character sound different, there's nothing she does to make the two characters differently physically. remember on 'the bionic woman' when jamie had her double lis? that happened in two different seasons. well lisa was very different physically from jamie and not just because lisa smoked.

liam wants his book made into a movie. the director? it's the woman michael said a loud no to the episode before last (the 1 sammy jo and kirby tried to set him up with). that was a little too pat. i also laughed at the idea that some small time director is so demand that others have to woo her. in real life, she'd be marketing herself to producers for jobs if she wasn't creating her own.

is monica going to be back this season? she was 1 of my favorite characters. she's jeff's sister, dominique's daughter. dominique came back and monica left at the end of that season. i want her back on the show.



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



Wednesday, March 23, 2022.  The cerafully crafted narrative on Ukraine continues to unravel and a major report is released chornicling the persecution of the LFBTQ community in Iraq.



Every day, JUS President Joe Biden and the White House lose a little more control of the narrative regarding Ukraine.  Every day the action becomes less popular.  Every day, people realize how much they've been manipulated  I said "people," that doesn't include Amy Schumer.  After all, there's a reason we don't let her on the furniture.  


Dan Cohen (MPN) reports on how the whole effort has been sold to the public by numerous public relations firms:


Since the Russian offensive inside Ukraine commenced on February 24, the Ukrainian military has cultivated the image of a plucky little army standing up to the Russian Goliath. To bolster the perception of Ukrainian military mettle, Kiev has churned out a steady stream of sophisticated propaganda aimed at stirring public and official support from Western countries.

The campaign includes language guides, key messages, and hundreds of propaganda posters, some of which contain fascist imagery and even praise Neo-Nazi leaders.

Behind Ukraine’s public relations effort is an army of foreign political strategists, Washington DC lobbyists, and a network of intelligence-linked media outlets.

Ukraine’s propaganda strategy earned it praise from a NATO commander who told the Washington Post, “They are really excellent in stratcom — media, info ops, and also psy-ops.” The Post ultimately conceded that “Western officials say that while they cannot independently verify much of the information that Kyiv puts out about the evolving battlefield situation, including casualty figures for both sides, it nonetheless represents highly effective stratcom.”

Key to the propaganda effort is an international legion of public relations firms working directly with Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to wage information warfare.

According to the industry news site PRWeek, the initiative was launched by an anonymous figure who allegedly founded a Ukraine-based public relations firm.

“From the first hour of war, we decided to join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help them distribute the official sources to show the truth,” the nameless figure told PR Week. “This is a hybrid war: the mix of bloodily struggling fight with a huge disinformation and fake campaign lead by Russia [sic].”

According to the anonymous figure, more than 150 public relations firms have joined the propaganda blitz.

The international effort is spearheaded by public relations firm PR Network co-founder Nicky Regazzoni and Francis Ingham, a top public relations consultant with close ties to the UK’s government. Ingraham previously worked for Britain’s Conservative Party, sits on the UK Government Communication Service Strategy and Evaluation Council, is Chief Executive of the International Communications Consultancy Organisation, and leads the membership body for UK local government communicators, LG Comms.


Everyone sang from the same hymnal for a reason and it wasn't because they were citing facts.  It would be interesting to know how many celebrity 'influencers' were paid off to share tehir deeply, held and long standing beliefs that all developed about six weeks ago.


The man heading the neo-nazi government in Ukraine continues to step in it and track it all over their well laid plans.  Richard Medhurst reviews how his propaganda has gone off script.



The reality is getting out.  And that's why you see the Whoopi Goldbergs losing their s**t on air.  The narrative has collapsed.  And is collapsing.










The truth is out there and people are catching on.  Be cute if all the liars who delibertaely lied -- for money, to egg on war, whatever -- got held accountable.  They won't.  But we cand ream.


Binoy Kampmark (DISSIDENT VOICE) notes:


The Ukraine War is now making Russian citizens, at the behest of various quarters, undertake acts of purification in various foreign theatres.  They are being told to engage in crude demonstrations of loyalty (or, in some cases, disloyalty).  Admit you hate Putin, and you can attend a tournament to earn your crust.

UK Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston has taken a keen interest in this daft effort, hoping to encourage the organisers of Wimbledon, the All England Law Tennis Club (AELTC) to take a more severe approach to players from “pariah states” as long as they do not include such angelic wonders as Saudi Arabia.  Before a select parliamentary committee, Huddleston noted that, “Many countries have agreed that they will not allow representatives from Russia to compete.  There are also visa issues as well.  When it comes to individuals, that is more complex.”

Complexity and Huddleston do not get along.  “We need some potential assurance that they are not supporters of Putin and we are considering what requirements we may need to try to get some assurances along those lines.”

Tennis player Daniil Medvedev and his colleagues are facing the prospect that not engaging in public denouncement of the Kremlin will be insufficient to enable them to compete.  They are already not permitted to compete under the Russian flag, and they are being told that a Russian winning Wimbledon would be unpardonable for the glorious British tournament.  Their country has already been banned from competing in team events such as the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King tournaments.


And The Queen of Lard Amy Schumer is trying to get the Academy to put this on stage?  She doesn't nknow about art, she doesn't know about fitness, she doesn't know about comedy.  All of her commentar sare driving viewers away.  SHe needs to shut her mouth now.  She has not been given a post that tells her she can speak on behalf of the Acadmey.  She is entertaining at the Oscars as a co-host.  That is all.  Knowing her, she won't provide much entertainment. 


This was a huge mistake to make her a co-host and everything she's done in the last two weeks has made that obvious.  She is turning off potential viewers and that's not why she was hired.  She was hired.  Grasp that.  She's working there.  She's not nominated for anything.  Probably never will be.  But she thinks she can use this post -- mis-use it -- for her own personal politics?  No.  



Turning to Iraq,, a major report has been issued by Human Rights Watch  and IraQueer regarding the ongoing targeting of LGBTQs (and those thought to be) in Iraq.  The report is entitled "Everyone Wants Me Dead’: Killings, Abductions, Torture, and Sexual Violence Against LGBT People by Armed Groups in Iraq,"    Rasha Younes (Human /rights Watch) notes:


In February news circulated that a 23-year-old transgender woman, Doski Azad, had been killed by her brother in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. I read the news, having just concluded my research on armed groups’ killings, abductions, torture, and sexual violence against LGBT people in Iraq, and thought, how can LGBT people get justice and accountability when they can be killed and abused with impunity, even in their own homes?

Over the past six months, I interviewed 54 LGBT Iraqis who have survived harrowing violence at the hands of Iraqi armed groups and the police. Some of them also had intimate knowledge of other LGBT Iraqis who had been killed or disappeared by armed groups due to their gender presentation or perceived sexual orientation.

Our new report documents 8 abductions, 8 attempted murders, 4 extrajudicial killings, 27 instances of sexual violence, 45 threats to rape and kill, and 42 cases of online targeting by armed units within the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), groups nominally under the prime minister’s control since 2016, against LGBT people in Iraq. In eight cases, abuses by armed groups and police were against children as young as 15. In thirty-nine cases, the victims were able to identify the armed group behind the attack against them.

The numbers are most likely much higher. The attackers are known. Yet, as with so many killings and disappearances in Iraq, the perpetrators have not been held accountable.

Many of the people I interviewed were young enough to have just graduated from high school, yet the fear and isolation they described stretched as far as they could remember. Most had never spoken to anyone about what had happened to them. I found myself on several occasions setting aside my interview questions and just talking to them. I listened to a 27-year-old gay man describe how his boyfriend was tortured in front of him. “Then they shot him five times,” he said.


From the summary of the report:


The Iraqi government has failed to hold accountable members of various armed groups who in recent years have continued to abduct, rape, torture, and kill lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)people, with impunity. The cyclical nature of abuses against LGBT people, emanating from the family and stretching into every aspect of their public life, renders any “suspicion” of homosexuality or gender variance a cause for potential violence, which not only results in the death of LGBT people but makes their lives unlivable.

This report is focused on killings, abductions, torture, and sexual violence against LGBT people by armed groups in Iraq. It is based on 54 interviews with LGBT Iraqis who have survived violence and discrimination by state and non-state actors, based primarily on their gender expression and presumed sexual orientation.

Human Rights Watch, supported by the Iraqi LGBT rights organization IraQueer, documented eight cases of abductions, eight cases of attempted murder, four extrajudicial killings, twenty-seven cases of sexual violence—including gang rape—forty-five cases of threats to rape and kill, and forty-two cases of online targeting by individuals who identified themselves as members of armed groups against LGBT people in Iraq. In eight cases, abuses by armed groups and state actors, including arbitrary arrest and sexual violence, were against children as young as 15. In thirty-nine cases, individuals were able to identify the armed group behind the attack against them.

The public nature of the abuses documented, mostly occurring in broad daylight in the streets, coupled with their chilling intentionality, signal the climate of impunity afforded to perpetrators. The arbitrary nature of the attacks demonstrates that individuals are targeted as part of a larger scheme to intimidate those who do not adhere to normativity and to punish aberration. The Iraqi state’s failure to tackle the discriminatory social norms that underpin violence against LGBT people, as well as its reinforcement of these standards by way of promoting an anti-LGBT discourse through ‘morality’-based policies, contribute to fueling violence against individuals perceived as non-normative.

The abuses documented in this report, including enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention, torture, and killings, are not unique to LGBT people. Other ordinary Iraqis also face these forms of violence. But in the case of LGBT people, the violence emanates from and is exacerbated by their gender expression or perceived sexual orientation.

LGBT people across Iraq face routine violence from security officials, who verbally abuse and sexually assault them, arbitrarily arrest them, and detain them. Security forces also physically, verbally, and sexually harass people at checkpoints whom they perceive to be LGBT. 

LGBT people can be arrested under a range of vague provisions of the penal code aimed at policing morals and public indecency and limiting free expression. Human Rights Watch documented 15 cases of arrest by security forces of 13 LGBT people in Iraq. In June 2021, police in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) issued arrest warrants based on article 401 of the penal code which criminalizes “public indecency” against 11 LGBT rights activists who are either current or former employees at Rasan Organization, a Sulaymaniyah-based human rights group. As of March 2022, the case remained open pending investigation, though authorities had not detained the activists.

Most of the arrests of LGBT people documented in this report had no legal basis, even under Iraqi law Individuals stopped at checkpoints and subsequently arrested were rarely charged or convicted in accordance with the law. LGBT people arrested reported being forced to sign pledges stating that they had not been subjected to abuse and being denied access to a lawyer. The conditions of their detention included being denied food and water, the right to access family and legal representation or obtain medical services, as well as being sexually assaulted and physically abused. One 18-year-old gay man said he was subjected to a forced anal exam when he was 17 years old. Another 18-year-old gay man said officers attempted the same when he was 17. 

Twenty-seven of the fifty-four LGBT people Human Rights Watch and IraQueer interviewed said they had experienced sexual abuse and violence by armed groups, including unwanted touching, rape, gang rape, genital mutilation, and forced anal examinations.

Human Rights Watch also documented cases of digital targeting and online harassment on social media and same-sex dating applications by armed groups against LGBT people. As evident from the accounts of those interviewed by Human Rights Watch and IraQueer, the offline consequences of digital targeting are long-lasting. Individuals targeted reported being forced to change their residence, delete all social media accounts, change their phone numbers, and in some cases flee the country for fear of being monitored, blackmailed, and entrapped by armed groups.

The accounts documented detail a cycle of abuse, including a pattern of attempting to hunt LGBT people down to perpetrate harm against them, amounting to structural violence against them. The combination of hypervulnerability, loosely defined “morality” clauses, and the absence of domestic violence and anti-discrimination legislation and reliable complaint systems, are formidable barriers that impede LGBT people’s ability and willingness to report abuses they suffer to the police, or file complaints against law enforcement agents, creating an environment in which police and armed groups can abuse them with impunity.

Forty out of the fifty-four LGBT people whom Human Rights Watch and IraQueer interviewed reported experiencing extreme violence at least once by family members, almost always by male relatives, for their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. Such violence included being locked in a room for extended periods; being denied food and water; being burnt, beaten, raped, electrocuted, attacked at gunpoint, subjected to conversion practices, and forced hormone therapy; being subjected to forced marriages; and being forced to work for long hours without compensation. Unlike the KRI, Iraq has no domestic violence legislation, instead its penal code allows for violence against women and children.

Each of the LGBT people whom Human Rights Watch and IraQueer interviewed reported experiencing harassment in the streets, ranging from verbal abuse to being attacked at gun point. Lack of access to protective mechanisms limits LGBT people’s mobility to a debilitating extent and deters them from seeking redress for abuses committed against them. Children facing violence from family members or others may be completely isolated, with nowhere to turn for safety.

As a result, many LGBT people said they felt they were forced to hide who they are to stay alive. Those who could not or did not wish to conceal their identities described a form of self-imposed house arrest, by which they refrained from leaving their homes at all, due to fear of harassment and the possibility of being stopped at checkpoints or targeted by armed groups. Sixteen LGBT people interviewed by Human Rights Watch and IraQueer said they attempted suicide at least once.

All 54 LGBT people interviewed for this report said that they would not report a crime committed against them to the authorities, either because of previous failed attempts where the complaint was dismissed or no action was taken, or because they felt that the blame will be redirected at them due to their non-conforming sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions.

The Iraqi government is responsible for protecting Iraqis’ right to life. Iraqi authorities should investigate all reports of armed group or other violence against people targeted due to their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, prosecute, fairly try, and appropriately punish those found responsible, and publicly and expressly condemn all such violence. The government should take all appropriate measures to end torture, disappearances, summary killings, and other abuses based on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity, and compensate the families of all victims of unlawful killings and survivors of serious abuse.

Iraqi security forces should stop harassing and arresting LGBT people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender expression and instead ensure their protection from violence. Iraq should introduce and implement legislation protecting against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Human Rights Watch and IraQueer also call on states providing military, security, and intelligence assistance to Iraq, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France, to urge Iraqi authorities to investigate allegations of abuses by armed groups and the role of their own assistance in these alleged violations. These states should suspend military, security, and intelligence assistance to units involved in these violations and explain any suspension or end to military assistance publicly. These states should continue to suspend assistance until the government adopts measures to end these serious human rights violations.


This is ongoing.  And that's why we call it out and that's why we call idiots on our side (the left) who try to glorify a terrorist who targets LGBTQs in Iraq.  Let CODESTINK go down that road all by their lonesome.  I'm not joing them to walk among the homophobes and mourn their passing.  People like the 'poet' and general they publicly mourned over and over have terrorized the LGBTQ community and we won't mourn trash like that.  We'll side with the people, with the LGBTQ.  Not their attackers.


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3/21/2022

the media trashed their own reputation

uknancy

 

from saturday night, that's Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "We Feed Them."


saturday, i wrote about 'dynasty.'  i have streamed the new episode.  i'm just not in the mood to write 2 posts in a row about 'dynasty.



it starts turning into homework and i never did my homework.  i'm not joking.  i could usually bluff my way through in class but if it was something that had to be turned in, as mr. cole, my high school science teacher once said, 'becky, you seem to get your monthly visitor several times a month.'  sure do.  :D  i was always using periods to get out of homework.


anyway.


tonight, i want to quote from a piece by glenn greenwald:

One of the most successful disinformation campaigns in modern American electoral history occurred in the weeks prior to the 2020 presidential election. On October 14, 2020 — less than three weeks before Americans were set to vote — the nation's oldest newspaper, The New York Post, began publishing a series of reports about the business dealings of the Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in countries in which Biden, as Vice President, wielded considerable influence (including Ukraine and China) and would again if elected president.

The backlash against this reporting was immediate and intense, leading to suppression of the story by U.S. corporate media outlets and censorship of the story by leading Silicon Valley monopolies. The disinformation campaign against this reporting was led by the CIA's all-but-official spokesperson Natasha Bertrand (then of Politico, now with CNN), whose article on October 19 appeared under this headline: “Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say.”

These "former intel officials" did not actually say that the “Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo." Indeed, they stressed in their letter the opposite: namely, that they had no evidence to suggest the emails were falsified or that Russia had anything to do them, but, instead, they had merely intuited this "suspicion" based on their experience:

We want to emphasize that we do not know if the emails, provided to the New York Post by President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, are genuine or not and that we do not have evidence of Russian involvement -- just that our experience makes us deeply suspicious that the Russian government played a significant role in this case.

But a media that was overwhelmingly desperate to ensure Trump's defeat had no time for facts or annoying details such as what these former officials actually said or whether it was in fact true. They had an election to manipulate. As a result, that these emails were "Russian disinformation” — meaning that they were fake and that Russia manufactured them — became an article of faith among the U.S.'s justifiably despised class of media employees.

Very few even included the crucial caveat that the intelligence officials themselves stressed: namely, that they had no evidence at all to corroborate this claim. Instead, as I noted last September, “virtually every media outlet — CNN, NBC News, PBS, Huffington Post, The Intercept, and too many others to count — began completely ignoring the substance of the reporting and instead spread the lie over and over that these documents were the by-product of Russian disinformation.” The Huffington Post even published a must-be-seen-to-be-believed campaign ad for Joe Biden, masquerading as “reporting,” that spread this lie that the emails were "Russian disinformation.”


all that mattered to our so-called news media was defeating donald trump.  the truth did not matter.  they lied over and over.  i could care less who won that election - not a huge difference between trump and biden - but i do care that the media report truthfully, i do care that they tell the truth.  i am appalled when they knowingly lie.


i think they trashed their own reputations and they've done nothing to win back the trust.



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


Monday, March 21, 2022.  JACOBIN whores for the IRaq War.


Over the weekend, the Iraq War hit the 19th mark, 19 years and still going.   Will US troops ever leave Iraq?  At this rate, no. And we know how the corporate media in the US did their part to start the illegal war and to keep it going.  We address that fact constatly.  We've also noted, over the years, how Pandhandle Media -- the beggar media -- send money, send money -- also keeps the illegal war going.  This anniversary?

Silence from the beggar media for the most part.

To be clear, when we don't get silence from them on Iraq, we don't get much of anything.  They do af, "It's 19 years old" statement and then rush to offer what everone knew back when Bully Boy Bush occupied the White House.  Nothing as recent as two years prior is ever offered because they don't pay attention to Iraq.  They can show up to do their useless segments and writing that would be the same if they wrote it ten years ago but they can't talk about Iraq today -- the political stalemate, the protests (more and more over rising costs), the large number of women being murdered (Juare is apparently the furthest US 'feminists' will allow their minds to wonder when women are being targeted), etc.


Enter JACOBIN and  Saif Ansari -- the latter of whom bill shimself as "Philosopher, lawyer and writer. Indian American/Muslim atheist."  SOmeone break it to the idiot that Muslim isn't a race, it's a religion so, if you bill yourself as an aehist, you're not a Mulsim.  Basics are hard for Saif as he makes clear when writing about Iraq for Jacobin -- a place he doesn't normally cover but apparently someone at JACOBIN felt that the piece was needed and theyf armed it out to Saif  as one of the non-White guys they actually have working at JACOBIN.  Isn't that just another form of colinialism?

At any rate, Saif starts out his piece slamming US President Joe Biden which is more than fair.  Joe is president and the war continues under his watch.  Joe supported the war in the US Senate.  And then, the whole thing quickly falls apart.  The first section with huge pro lems:

And yet not even during the heated final debate of the primaries in 2020 did Bernie Sanders (who had voted against the invasion in 2002 as a representative of Vermont) make the case — which he had alluded to on the campaign trail more than once — that Biden was unfit to serve as president because of what was, in Sanders’s view, “the worst foreign policy blunder in the modern history of the United States.”

Elizabeth Warren, another candidate who had called the Iraq War a mistake, also failed to challenge Biden’s historical defense of the invasion — from denying that he had ever believed Hussein possessed WMDs to lamenting that the only mistake he had made was to trust the Bush administration. When asked whether Biden was to blame, Warren — a legal academic who had begun her political career taking on the president over the 2005 bankruptcy bill — demurred.

In fact, the most strenuous criticism against Biden’s role in the Iraq War was leveled in March 2020 by an air force veteran who accused Biden of having the blood of fellow service members on his hands. But despite his overtures that he had come to regret his support for the war — which became increasingly unpopular in the upper echelons of the Democratic Party in subsequent years — Biden never learned from his mistake.

Eleven years after the intervention in Libya’s [. . .]


Tulsi Gabbard?  Isn't that the name that belongs in the above?  Yes, it is.  Caling Tulsi out for fake assery isn't a popular move.  We don't worry about popularity here.  We worry about the truth.  SO we won't just be Abby Martin saying her name on a JaACOBIN podcast and then laughing.  No, we'll actually go there as we did in real time.  In the final debate that candidate Tulsi made the stage for, we were all expecting the big showdown.  This was anti-war Tulsi.  She'd played that anti-war arm chair zealot over and over.  And the war, she'd tell voters over and over, was her biggest issue.  It effected everything -- including how much money we had to spend on other issues -- needed issues.


Bill de Blasio and others had confronted Joe during the debqtes of the candidates for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.  Tulsi hadn't.  And she had an excuse, she wasn't on the stage with him.  The field was so crowded back then that they had to divide them up into groups.


So she'd go on MSNBC, for example, on June 26, 2019 and slam Joe for his actions regarding  Iraq but she wasn't on stage with him.  


But Wednesay, July 31st, she was finally on stage with Joe Biden.  And big talking Tulsi, whose big issue was the war, was on stage with Joe Biden who voted for the IRaq, War, who did a pre-war hearing that was stakced with war supporters though Joe tried to pretend it was fair and balanced, the man who voted over and over to keep funding the war, the man whod efended it over and over (despite his 2019 lie that he had turned on the wr the minute bombs started ropping).  Here was Tulsi's chance to finally take the fight to Joe.

It was going to be an epic throwdown, right?

Wrong.

We recounted it at lenght and repeatedly over and over.  For example, see the next day's snapshot.


Joe Biden was on the ropes.  He was struggling and he could have been eliminated that night.  If Tulsi had done the job she should have, he could have been out of the primary.  

But instead, she decided to take out Kamala Harris.  Jimmy Dore rightly points out that Kamala ended up without any support at all.  Throughout the entire thing, the long process, no one was flacking to her.  He's right.  But he is someone who has some allegience to Tulsi that is greater than his allegiance to the truth.  Now I'll overlook that on Jimmy.  He speaks out on many important topics.  And I'll defend her from the lunatic attacks from WHoopi Goldberg and others. 

But I'm not going to pretend that we saw Tulsi was a whore at the debates.

Read the transcript -- or read the snapshot -- because Tulsi went after Kamala and Kamala was no threat.  She was never going to get the nomination.  She had no large base of support.  Most women did not rally to her.  African-Americans in the south did not relate to her.  

But Tulsi used her time and her ammo on Kamala.  Not on Joe.

Her defenders -- and, sadly, that included BLACK AGENDA REPORT -- would make excuses for her.  There was no excuse.  Joe Biden was the choice of the establishment and he was being carried by the corporate meid and covered and pimped by them.  

She should have taken out Joe.

Sher refused to do so.

If you missed that debate, you may join the liars and insist that she was making statements and -- B.S.  That's a damn lie.  Jake Tapper was a moderator.  He specifically called on her regarding Joe Biden and he was puzzled -- watch his face -- by her remarks which were rescuing Joe and excusing his actions.  

He looks like he's wondering if she understood the question.  SO he then goes back to her for a second time and is more specific.  And Tulsi again takes a pass.

That night, the next day and through the weekend, Tulsi shows up where ever she could on TV and repeatedly insisted that Joe said his vote was wrong and that was good enough for her.

His actions wnet far beyond just his initial vote but Tulsi buried that in hre comments and buried Joe's Iraq issues for the press.  When the self-promoted anti-war candidate told the American people and the press that Joe had nothing to apologize for or make amends for that everything was fine?  There was no longer a story there.  The media wants conflict.  And it wants conflict is can hide behind to pretend to be objective.  Had Tulsi held Joe accountable on the stage, the issue of the Iraq War would have been forced itno the conversation by the national press.

My  allegiance is not to any politician. 

Tulsi is one of the reasons Joe Biden is in the White House.  She had the chance to tak ehim out and instead aimed her fire at Kamala.  People like pig Michael Tracey were overjoyed.  

What they refuse to admit now is that Tulsi gave the nomination to Joe on that night in July of 2019.  They refuse to also admit that the woman Tulsi 'destroyed' on stage is now Vice President of the United States.  So exactly how badly did Tulsi destroy Kamala?

It was pure fake assery.

Dennis Kucinich left people in tears in Boston back in 2004 at the DNC convention.  I didn't defend him.  I told the young teenagers who were crying in the open -- especially one young woman -- that Dennis didn't deserve them.  That they had more integrity and more ethics than he ever would.  

I don't whore for a politician.  I hold them accountable.

It's a shame that no one wants to hold Tulsi accountable.  It's how we will get another Bernie Fake Ass SAnders to divert us all and we will pour energies into him and risk our own health to try to deliver the nomination to him and he will sell us out and try to use us as his fan clubm.

JACOBIN trets Tulsi as an aside because they get vicious  feedback.  I don't care what the e-mails to the public account are like.  I will defend her right to speak.  I will defend her from vicious attacks on her patritoism.  I will not, however, pretend that she's anti-war or that she will speak with an anti-war voice.

She betrayed everyone and she needs to be held accountable.



Saif writes:

American voters used to give a damn about the Iraq War. In 2008, Barack Obama leveraged widespread discontent with the war to secure the Democratic nomination, courting progressives and young people alike. In fact, it’s widely believed that Hillary Clinton lost to the senator from Illinois not just because she had voted for the war — and was instrumental in rallying ambivalent Democrats to the cause — but because Obama had decried the invasion from the start.

Where do you start with that garbage.

American voters used to give a damn about the Iraq War?

The voters are the ones who walked away?

I don't remember the voters issuing a statement the week after the November 2008 election stating that they were shutting down.  No, that was United for Peace and Justice which made a ton of money off the war.  But they then used their organization to shelter elected Democrats and theywhore to get Barack into the White House.  Leslie Cagan is a grown ass woman and then some -- the whiskers on her chin prove that.  But the woman who's too cowardly to tell a board meeting that she's a Community -- she is one -- is the same woman who whored for Barack and didn't want to be around to hold him accoutnable.

They lied.  They lied to the voters and told them Barack was an anti-war candidate.

He wasn't.  He never was.  

The media stuck in on Iraq just a little bit longer.  As 2008 drew to a close, newspapers and networks in the US announced that they were closing BAghdad desks  ABC announced that anything that happened in Iraq could be covered by their using BBC coverage of the war.


So the 'leaders' deserted and then the US news deserted all before Janaury 2009 and yet the person JACOBIN blames is voters?

When we do our Zooms there are always students who will say they showed up thinking this was going to be historical, a look at what had been done to Iraq.  They didn't realize that it was still being done.  I don't them blame them or attack them.  I understand why they don't know about Iraq, the corporate media doesn't cover it and the so-calleldl politicians who care (Barbara Lee) won't mention it.

Saif writes tht ''some believe'' Barack used Iraq to destroy Hillary's chances.  Some believe that?  It was his whole argument advanced by his suppoters. as well as by himself.  It demonstrated his supposed superior judgment.  

We heard tht over and over.  And we saw CODESTINK bird dog Hillary while avoid him despite the fact that hew as voting for the Iraq War once he was in office.

No, he did not vote for the 2002 authorization of the war.  He was not in the US Senate at the time so he could not vote for it.

Patricia J. Williamson was a typical whore for Barack.  Despite being a law professor, and presumably understanding what ethics are, she wnet on KPFA and lied on THE MORNING SHOW about how Barack, in 2002, had voted against the Iraq War.  When confronted with her lie by a caller, Patty refused to admit the truth.

They all lied, they all whored.  THey used poor KimberlĂ©  Crenshaw.  I told her they were using her so I don't feel sorry for her.  She was warned.  They wanted to attack Hillary and promote Barck so White women teamed up with Kimberle to use her skin color in the byline.  They didn't give a damn about her or her observations.  She thought she was breaking through.  HUFF POST, THE PROGERESSIVE,e veryone was noting some column she had co-written and the importance of it and . . . . By 2009, when she was no longer needed as cover to hide behind, she went back to being unwanted in the circle jerk that ignores most people of color.  But for awhile there, she was convicnced that everyone was interested in her and she'd finally broken through.

Saif wants you to know that Barack was agains the war from the start.

But he wasn't.

He was against it enough to give a tiny speech.  It was so smallt hat iwas insignificant.  Footage existed of it -- I'm still friends with the person who asked Barack tp speak in Chicago that day.  But the turnout was small.  So 2008 campaign decided to 'recrete' it and the press let them do that.  I've seen the original.  It's not inspiring, the voice doesn't soar.  Hes not impressive in his remarks or in his delivery.  So they shot it several years later and the press let him get away with it.


Why dods it matter?

I mentioned Boston 2004, remember.  I was there.  I was there when he gave that lousy speech at the convention.  Matthew Rothschild called it out in THE PROGRESSIVE.  It was a war speech.  And then, three years later, Matty wants to whore for Barack and begins praising the speech.  That's what a whore does, erase the past.

And that's what JACOBIN's doing.

It was in Boston that THE NEW YORK TIMES asked Barack -- anti-war Barack -- about he Iraq War and noted that the top of the ticket, John Kerry had voted for it.  Barack pointed out that he wasn't in Congress and said he didn't know how he would have voted if he had been in Congress.

When Bill Clinton raised this point, he was smeared as a racist.   We've repeatedly noted Bill's criticue over the years 


But since you raised the judgment issue, let's go over this again. That is the central argument for his campaign. 'It doesn't matter that I started running for president less a year after I got to the Senate from the Illinois State Senate. I am a great speaker and a charismatic figure and I'm the only one who had the judgment to oppose this war from the beginning. Always, always, always.' "
"First
it is factually not true that everybody that supported that resolution supported Bush attacking Iraq before the UN inspectors were through. Chuck Hagel was one of the co-authors of that resolution. The only Republican Senator that always opposed the war. Every day from the get-go. He authored the resolution to say that Bush could go to war only if they didn't co-operate with the inspectors and he was assured personally by Condi Rice as many of the other Senators were. So, first the case is wrong that way."
"Second, it is wrong that Senator Obama got to go through 15 debates trumpeting his superior judgment and how he had been against the war in every year, numerating the years, and never got asked one time, not once, 'Well, how could you say, that when you said in 2004 you didn't know how you would have voted on the resolution? You said in 2004 there was no difference between you and George Bush on the war and you took that speech you're now running on off your website in 2004* and there's no difference in your voting record and Hillary's ever since?' Give me a break."This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen...


I dictate the snapshots.  I am not looking at the above.  I mention that because as we repeatedly returned to that quote, we would add more links to it to back up what Bill was saying.  My friend's pulled that from a piece I did with Ava back in 2011.  I steered him to that because I'm hopning it has all the links in it.  If it doesn't do the research yourself.  I'd also recommend the piece for THIRD entitled "The Temple Prostitutes in the Cult of St. Barack."

JACOBIN fits in that same temple with the other prostitues when they publish garbage like this.

And I'm not even at the half-way mark on that awful article.

How does the Iraq War continue?  Be cause of whoring like what JAOCBIN posted that never hodls anyone acountable.


Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "We Feed Them" went up Saturday night.


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