Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Originals is up and running

This season of The Originals is only on episode three but it's already up and running.

The only thing missing is Davina.

Who was mentioned again.  (They've got to bring her back.)

Kol mentioned her to Rebekah and Rebekah mentioned her to Klaus.

Kol and Rebekah have left together to go on an adventure (Rebekah with Klaus' blessing -- they had a good goodbye scene).

Freya is awesome.

She and Hayley clashed over Freya's use of a pack woman for blood (to protect them from Marcel) and Hayley freed the woman but Freya caught her and now Freya's offered the woman a deal -- the woman uses medicine, Freya uses magic and together they'll take on Marcel.

Marcel and Vincent went in search of the missing child (missing since episode one) and it involves magic that Vincent touched on when he was married (his wife became her own demons) and left him not knowing whatever happened to his child.

That magic was to destroy Marcel when he took over the French Quarter and was punishing the witches.

The magic is symbolized by the drawing that Klaus and Hayley's child has been drawing.

With her father by her side, she heals a butterfly with a broken wing. And then, when Klaus notices that she's shivering, they head for indoors.  But she looks back at the woods and sees something -- Hillary Clinton? 

Who knows but she was scared.

So Marcel and Vincent arrive where the children are and this White Psycho Pedophile (WPP from here forward) stabs Marcel with something like a fire place tool and then Vincent tries to reason with him but he takes on Vincent.

WPP then turns to the children and casts his spell.

They turn cold and are dying.

All four of them.

The fifth?

Klaus and Hayley's child.

Klaus calls for Hayley and they can't do anything.

Not even Freya can.

Vincent and Marcel overcome WPP.

Vincent's able to bring four of them around.

But for Klaus and Hayley's child to be safe?

They have to return to the French Quarter.

They is the child, Hayley, Klaus and Eli.

Oh and I left out that Eli and Hayley made love.

It was a very strong episode.

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

Friday, March 31, 2017.  Chaos and violence continues as Michael Gordon and THE NEW YORK TIMES sling their ass to work it for death merchants.

Judith Miller lost her job at THE NEW YORK TIMES over her Iraq War stenography.  Her frequent co-writer Michael Gordon kept his.

A reminder of the damage control the government stenographer can still perform appears on A6 of today's NEW YORK TIMES.

What is the big news?

The massacre of civilians in Mosul, apparently killed in a US air strike.

So the government rolls down the window at Gordo's street corner and guess who walks over?

The money shot?

"New ISIS Tactic: Gather Mosul's Civilians, Then Lure an Airstrike."

In other words?

Those hundreds of civilians killed?

They had it coming.

Shouldn't have gone out that late at night, shouldn't have worn those tight clothes, they were begging for it.

No where in the ravings of the aging prostitute do issues like international law appear.

Not once does he note that, even if his assertion is true, it doesn't not excuse dropping bombs on civilians.

Silly US government, they sent a disease ridden whore to do a clean up thinking the American people would believe Michael Gordon.

Gordo, of course, offers no dissenting view.

And, for the record, he has no eye witnesses.

Iraqis would be the one to talk to -- residents of Mosul.

But when has THE NEW YORK TIMES ever been interested in the Iraqi civilains?

When they sold the war?

When the re-sold it to keep it going?

yeah, so maybe you guys close up shop. I'm sure the people of Iraq wouldn't mind you scumbags

The Iraqi people are not numbers.

They live, they breathe, they dream just like anyone else.

Yet the paper of (mis)record has repeatedly rendered them invisible.

Gordo continues that long and disgraceful tradition today.

Not everyone is unable to speak to the victims.

Heartbreaking: speaks with survivors of the attacks that left dozens dead and others injured

Meanwhile, THE ARMY TIMES reports, "About 600 soldiers from the 1st Armored Division will deploy later this year to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army announced Wednesday.  Of those, about 400 soldiers belong to the 1st Armored Division headquarters at Fort Bliss, Texas. They are scheduled to deploy this summer to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve."  Corey Dickstein (STARS & STRIPES) adds, "Both deployments are rotations of regular troops replacing units currently deployed, according to the Army. Therefore, they do not represent an increase in American forces in either country, an Army spokesman said."  On the topic of troops, W.J. Hennigan (LOS ANGELES TIMES) reports:

Even as the U.S. military takes on a greater role in the warfare in Iraq and Syria, the Trump administration has stopped disclosing significant information about the size and nature of the U.S. commitment, including the number of U.S. troops deployed in either country.
Earlier this month, the Pentagon quietly dispatched 400 Marines to northern Syria to operate artillery in support of Syrian militias that are cooperating in the fight against Islamic State, according to U.S. officials. That was the first use of U.S. Marines in that country since its long civil war began.
In Iraq, nearly 300 Army paratroopers were deployed recently to help the Iraqi military in their six-month assault on the city of Mosul, according to U.S. officials.

It's day 165 of The Mosul Slog.

How's that working out?

map update. Green= completely liberated. Orange= frontline clashes. White= control

That's a visual showing the Islamic State still controls a great deal of land.

Still controls it 165 days after the operation to 'liberate' Mosul started.

And how's that 'liberation' going?

: IOM urgently requires $76.3 million, of which $28.83 million is desperately needed 2 care 4 IDPs in next 12wks.

UN chief urges greater solidarity with displaced: via

In N Iraq, calls for greater support for all those displaced by the fighting in Mosul.

IRAQ: Displace Iraqi Families from Western Mosul.

Doesn't look like liberation, does it?

Doesn't sound like it either as described by Molly Hennessy-Fiske (LOS ANGELES TIMES):

They camp on muddy corners, beside an abandoned mosque and in the rain-soaked ruins of a soccer stadium — families displaced by ongoing fighting in Mosul are filling emergency camps in this smaller city about 20 miles south.
Disabled boys arrived in wheelchairs one day last week, and elderly men limped in on metal braces and canes.

The following community sites -- plus Cindy Sheehan, THE GUARDIAN, Jody Watley and DISSIDENT VOICE -- updated:

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