Monday, March 27, 2017

Klaus is free (The Originals)



Except for Vincent, there's not really a lot of new storyline on The Originals right now.

The second episode aired last week (the show's now on Fridays on The CW).

The great news?

Klaus is free.

Freya cast the spell and the figment of Cammy helped (figment in Klau's imagination).

Where's Davina?

Good question.  But at least she was mentioned.

(I can't believe she's really dead.)

So Freya, Eli, Kol and Rebekah joined Hayley in returning to New Orleans and Klaus is free.

Marcel should leave them alone.

Klaus said basically that they could have a truce or Marcel could be hunted down by every generation.

It was a good episode and I can't wait to see what happens next.

I hope we get more Freya this season.  She really has helped turn the show around.

Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

 
Monday, March, 27, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue as does the illegal war.


Judith Miller didn't work for NPR so they had to depend upon Tom Bowman.





Fortunately for them (and unfortunately for news consumers), they still can.

"Well, Rachel, here's what the Pentagon says happened," Tom offers.

He's always good about that.

And always good about repeating what "officials I talked with" tell him.

Unnamed officials never lie, right?

It's interesting, isn't it, the way he rushes to grab an eraser and try to wipe away the murders.

Murders.

"Concentrated city and there is the risk of all these casualties," stammers and stumbles Rachel Martin, still not up to co-hosting MORNING EDITION.

Naturally, neither Rachel nor Tom ponder the bombing of civilian areas to 'liberate' them.

Naturally, neither point out that the the people of Mosul were told, before The Mosul Slog began -- 161 days ago -- not to leave Mosul.

Repeat that: They were told not to leave Mosul.


ISIS didn't tell them that.  Nor did so-called Rachel Martin.

The Iraqi government told them that.

The Iraqi government told them to stay.

The media did a lousy job then and does a lousy job now.

Tiny child Zaid Jilani pretends he's covering what happened among the press under Bully Boy Bush.  He's not.

He's repeating popular stories and has nothing to share but that which is already widely discussed.

He avoids TV, for example.  That would require doing some work.

More people watched THE TODAY SHOW than read THE NEW YORK TIMES or caught MEET THE PRESS.  But the tiny child is completely unaware of what went on with TODAY.

We're not.  We've told TODAY tales all along.

Let's drop back to June 24, 2013 for one of my favorites:

The question of who's a journalist may be up to a debate.

I agree.  For example, I wouldn't have spent a very long time on the phone January 12, 2004 if a journalist had been doing the 'White House beat' on NBC's Today.  But a journalist wasn't, David Gregory was.  It was the day before Ron Suskind's The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill.  And what did we learn that day from David Gregory?

What he hoped we would learn was that O'Neill was a thief who'd stolen government documents.  And we would be outraged.

But no documents were stolen.  And what we learned was that David Gregory will report on a book without even reading it's opening pages -- its there that its revealed that O'Neill requested and received from the White House his memos and writings on discs and that's what reproduced in the book.  And we learned that David Gregory wasn't really a journalist.  He was a dummy.  A ventriloquist's dummy.  He moved his lips and said what the White House wanted him to say.  As America saw yesterday, that's still what David Gregory does and he's well paid for it.  January 14, 2004, Today cleaned up David's mess by noting that O'Neill was given copies of the documents in the book -- given copies by the White House.  David always thinks that story will be forgotten.  Not while I'm around.  (I had an advanced copy that I'd already read of Suskind's book and my mouth dropped watching Gregory lie.  I was on the phone talking to everyone I knew at Today about how outrageous David's false charges were.)



Watching David Gregory's career implode was watching justice happen.


Sadly, there's not a lot of justice in the world.

There are a lot of children pretending they are media critics who spend all their time protecting their friends and worse.


tell me this people are terrorist. Who's terrorizing this young boy now? Oh look he's very calm. This is not a movie, this is Iraq.
 
 




That's what happened.

Terrorism.


And Tom Bowman remains on NPR because he tidies up and repackages reality into the absurd to ensure that the American people are misled and misinformed.



Over three days, 112 civilian bodies pulled from site of coalition airstrike in Mosul, Iraqi health official says
 
 



This is not liberation.

This is not freedom.

These are not deaths caused by ISIS.


What we're doing to today is what we did to Fallujah in 2004, on a far more massive scale. Another day of US-led genocide in .
 
 



These deaths have been taking place for over two years now.


And some 'tender hearts' want to be shocked that something like this could happen.


It's happened all along.


UN warns of 'great risk' to civilians as battle for Fallujah looms
 
 




 Maybe Americans can now emerge from their 'sleep cure' and face reality -- the reality the Iraqi people have had to live with for the last eight years?

Yes, the media misled.

But after 8 years, you damn well have to take part of the blame for your own refusal to face reality.

"'Improved' Iraq: Civilians killed in air strikes,..." -- that's from November of 2014.

We've been covering this.

It's a shame so many chose to bury their heads in the sand.


Especially since Luis Martinez (ABC NEWS) is reporting this morning, "The U.S. military is sending an additional two companies of soldiers to Iraq to help Iraqi troops fighting to retake Mosul from ISIS, defense officials confirmed to ABC News. Two companies of soldiers is equal to between 200 to 300 soldiers."






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Friday, March 24, 2017

New episode of The Originals airs tonight on The CW

Family first, always and forever. Watch Fridays at 8/7c and stream the latest episodes on The CW App.



Blogging early to make sure I'm giving a heads up -- new episode of The Originals on The CW tonight.

In a few hours.

Last week was good.

Now that Freya's out of the 'sleep' and Eli as well it should be really good.

And check out this clip:

OMG everyone is together 😍😍 



That's even Klaus!!!!

We've got to see how he escapes Marcel.

So be sure to catch The Originals tonight.


Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

 
Friday, March 24, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, Moqtad al-Sadr stages a huge rally, AP misreports and much more.


Baghdad today?


: Thousands of people flood 's Tahrir Square, demonstration called by 's powerful cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
 
 
 




Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr called for today's protest last Saturday:




Muqtada Al-Sadr has called for "million man march" on Friday in Tahrir Square central , Sadr will attend to give "important" speech.









His power to turn out a crowd remains -- visual evidence  of the power he continues to hold in Iraq.


He's never held elected office.

He's never been part of the Cabinet.

The power is internal based solely upon Moqtada himself.

There were times, during the first years of the war, when his power ebbed and flowed.


But the US government always played the wrong hand and would attack or insult him leading supporters to rally around him yet again.

As Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki couldn't command a crowd that size.

As former prime minister, Nouri's lucky to turn out 25 or so people when he visits their towns -- and some of those boo and throw things.

Who is the leader in Iraq?

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is one.

Moqtada al-Sadr is another.


Smoking a cigarette on top of one of bridges and thought about this.
 
 





Please note, Moqtada also has a huge amount of supporters in Basra as well.



Anadolu Agency reports:

In an address delivered to tens of thousands of supporters in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, al-Sadr said he had received numerous death threats -- he did not say by whom -- due to his loud and frequent calls for government reform.
“Continue on the path of revolution and reform… even in the event of my death,” he asserted, while urging followers to keep their protests peaceful.
“If Iraq’s official election commission and electoral law remain as they are, we will be forced to boycott the polls,” he declared.
He writes about the protests that erupted in 2014 -- except they didn't.
Those protests erupted near the end of 2012, picked up steam in 2013 and were eventually stopped by Nouri al-Maliki.
Facts, he leaves out of his AP report.
But the his AP report also manages to mention changes -- undefined -- that Moqtada wants to a 'committee' (unnamed.)
The title of the body is the Independent High Electoral Commission.
Dropping back to February 4, 2017:

Hundreds of Iraqis did useful things yesterday including the hundred who rallied in Baghdad's Tahrir Square.  ALSUMARIA reports they rallied to call for reforms in the government (corruption) and reforms in the election law and the Independent High Electoral Commission.  ALSUMARIA reports hundred also protested in Karbala with the same demands.



To the February 8th snapshot:



Due to the protest, ALSUMARIA reports, the Election Commission has closed shop and gone home for the day to avoid "friction" with the protesters.

And ALSUMARIA is reporting that the protest has started with thousands turning out to demand changes in the electoral commission and in the voting law.


Sadrist respond to link the demonstrations on the anniversary of the Baath coup




ALL IRAQ NEWS carries the above photo in their report on today's protest in Baghdad.




Not only has Moqtada been protesting this for some time, UNAMI's also expressed concerns.


It's day 158 of The Mosul Slog -- and how's that working out?




|i regime digs mass grave for 200+ bodies killed by in Mosul. CNN will tell the world later they found an Yazidi mass grave
 
 




Their lives seem to have no worth.
 
 


Horrific Video from West of Mosul bombardment by US Coalition air crafts. 230 have died there in just 2 days.
 
 
~500 civilians (mostly displaced women and children) were massacred in less than 24-hours in and by the & its allies..
 
 



Dozens killed, buried in rubble after Mosul air raid - Iraqi officials, residents
 
 



Oh, silly, idiot Elise of CNN, it is a slog.

It always was.


It's also a tragedy.


"People in West are trapped in the situation of penury & panic." Our representative in Iraq explains the latest developments
Mosul situation deteriorating as fighting rages
Around 400,000 people thought to be trapped in the Old City lack food, clean water and fuel to keep themselves warm.
 
 




Yesterday, we noted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments explaining the US military would not be leaving Iraq even if the Islamic State was defeated.  Jordan Shilton covers it for WSWS:


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared Washington’s intention to keep troops deployed more or less indefinitely in the territories now occupied by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in remarks delivered at the beginning of a two-day meeting of the US-organized anti-ISIS coalition in Washington.
“The military power of the coalition will remain where this fraudulent caliphate has existed in order to set the conditions for a full recovery from the tyranny of ISIS,” he told an audience that included Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. He gave no indication of when, if ever, US troops could be withdrawn from a war zone extending across Iraq and Syria, where there has been fighting of greater or lesser intensity throughout the 14 years since the US first invaded Iraq.

Tillerson also called for the establishment of “interim zones of stability” in Syria to which refugees from the US-instigated civil war that has raged throughout that country for the past six years could be forcibly returned. Areas will be deemed “safe” if they have been initially cleared of ISIS, an absurdly low standard given the deadly conflicts which continue to rage between different factions in the Syrian civil war.


At some point, we'll get around to Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford's comments this week that the US military will be in Iraq for "years to come."


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