Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Joy Reid and others who fail people of color

TIME has an interesting piece:

Fox News’s uneasy existence — pushing up to the edges of the conversation, and in so doing opening itself to real criticism — is exemplified by Laura Ingraham, who returned to her show The Ingraham Angle after a week of hiatus Monday night. Ingraham had left the air amid widespread criticism; she’d mocked Parkland, Fla., school shooting survivor David Hogg for not getting into UCLA, and Hogg encouraged her advertisers to pull their spots from her show. Advertisers including Bayer, Hulu, and Johnson & Johnson did so. Ingraham’s return to the air made no mention of Hogg or of the Parkland story; there was plenty of room, though, for a long narrative to be spun about the “Stalinist” tactics of Ingraham’s critics.

I happen to agree with her, this was a "Stalinist" piece of nonsense.

Her remarks were on Twitter.  Hogg has presented himself as an expert.  He has been all over the place.  The news that four colleges turned down the self-appointed expert (who now has announced he's taking a gap year) was something the woman mocked him for.  If he doesn't want to be mocked, get out of public life.  He's not a baby.  Or maybe he is but if he is, get out of public life.

Her sponsors were idiots.  Most storming the advertisers with e-mails were not real people.  It was astro turf.  Among those who were real people?  Most, like Hogg, were not adults and did not pay for services like HULU.

It was nonsense.

If they had a real beef with her, then it might not have been.  But she mocked Princess Hogg and it was supposed to be the end of the world.

A lot of us aren't impressed with Princess Hogg.

As an African-American woman, I loathe the princess.

He never shuts up.

He will, from time to time, insist to the media -- while on yet another program -- that they are ignoring the students of color. 

Of course they are.  He's an attention hog.

And shame on Joy Reid.  I would have thought she at least would have kicked Hogg to the curb in favor of booking students of color.  But apparently that's not how she rolls.

Laura I (not looking up that last name) made, at worst, a joke that was not funny.

It did not need Princess Hogg's public tantrum.  But a little piece of entitlement thought no one could ever get away with mocking him so he threw his tantrum.

Again, I have no respect for Princess Hogg.  I also don't think Laura I's behavior warranted a boycott.  (I can see other of her actions in the past prompting one.  But mocking a cry baby is not the end of the world.  Or as Ruth has documented this so well in "Playground rule: Don't dish it out if you can't take it.")

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

Tuesday, April 10, 2018.  As May 12th elections approach, candidates attempt to shape their public images.  Oh, and look who War Hawk Anne Marie Slaughter is trotting out.

خلالَ استقبالنا سفير الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية في (دوغلاس سيليمان) تمَّتْ مناقشة المستجداتِ السياسية والأمنية في والمنطقةِ، وأجواء الاستعداد للانتخابات المقبلة، حيثُ بيّنا الحاجةَ إلى ترسيخ التنافس على وفق البرامج التي تقدمُ رؤيةً أفضل لبناءِ العراق وخدمة شعبه..

ALSUMARIA reports that Ammar al-Hakim met with US Ambassador to Iraq Doug Silliman today (see photos above). Ammar al-Hakim leads the National Alliance (Shi'ite group).  Ammar called for a move away from sectarian differences to a cohesive unity.  This meet up follows an earlier one with the British Ambassador.

The British Ambassador in Iran # (Nicholas Hapton) and t in Iraq # (Janaten Felix) have met Nuri # Al-Maliki ,Hadi # Al-Amiri and Ammar # Al-Hakim.
British ambassadors to and jointly met with Nouri al-Maliki, Ammar al-Hakim and Hadi Al-Ameri top Iraqi Shia politicians and candidates in the upcoming elections in Baghdad.
  1. UK ambassadors to Iran and Iraq meet with Iraqi political leaders Nouri al-Maliki, Ammar al-Hakim and Hadi al-Ameri (of the Iran-backed Badr Organisation).

Meet ups are important right now.  It's the lead up to the May 12th elections and being able to point to a meeting with some foreign official might -- a candidate hopes -- leave an impression on Iraqi voters.

If you have no meet up with a foreign official?

Do like Osama al-Nujaifi.

نائب رئيس الجمهورية يلتقي بالدكتور صالح المطلك رئيس ائتلاف العربية زار السيد أسامة عبد العزيز النجيفي نائب رئيس الجمهورية رئيس تحالف القرار العراقي مساء الأثنين 9 نيسان 2018 الدكتور صالح المطلك رئيس ائتلاف...

Iraq's Vice President Tweets about meeting up with Saleh al-Mutlaq.  Though both are Sunni, al-Mutlaq's remains a questionable figure with Sunnis.  In fact, he's campaigning more carefully -- locations are selected with great care -- due the fact that his more prominent appearances in recent years were accompanied by booing and jeering and, in one case, thrown rocks and bottles.  It's surprising Saleh could get a high profile meet-up like that even though both men are Sunnis.  Osama is the most powerful Sunni official in Iraq as a vice president.  He previously served as Speaker of Parliament.  His brother is Atheel al-Nujaifi, the former Governor of Nineveh Province.  Earlier this year, KURDISTAN 24 reported:

An Iraqi court sentenced in absentia the former Governor of Nineveh Province, Atheel al-Nujaifi, to three years of imprisonment and banned him from traveling abroad as well as seized his assets.
Iraqi judicial authorities issued an arrest warrant against Nujaifi, the brother of the current Vice-President of Iraq, Osama al-Nujaifi, on charges of “communicating” and “collaborating” with Turkey.
The Iraqi Parliament in May 2015 removed Nujaifi from his post as the Governor of Nineveh following the fall of Mosul and the province into the hands of the Islamic State (IS) in mid-2014.
Nujaifi leads the Nineveh Guard, which consists of volunteers who previously served as officers and soldiers in the Iraqi army and who were later trained by Turkish troops in a camp on the outskirts of Mosul to fight the jihadist group.

Whether the move was warranted or not is up to debate -- as is anything with regards to 'legality' in Iraq.

How much of a joke is the rule of law in Iraq?  Even Raghad Hussein mocks it today.  As reported by ALSUMARIA, the daughter of Saddam Hussein, notes that "there is a flagrant violation of laws in Iraq."  Raghad resides in Jordan where she is under the protection of the royal family there.  Iraq continues to insist that she is part of the insurgency -- an assertion that she denies -- and they have put her on their most wanted list.  ALSUMARIA quotes Raghad declaring the day will come where she will sue various people/entities.  One wonders if that would include the US government?  Would Raghad have legal standing -- in world courts or US courts -- as the daughter of Iraq's former leader to sue the US over a war built on lies?

As DEUTSCHE WELLE noted this week in a piece entitled "The Iraq War: in the beginning was the lie:"

On April 9, 2003, US soldiers toppled the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. Fifteen years later we know that this war cost hundreds of thousands of lives, plunged the Middle East into chaos — and was based on lies.

Returning to Osama al-Nujaifi for a moment more, KURDISTAN 24 reports:

Iraqi Vice-President Osama al-Nujaifi warned on Monday towards adopting the precept of “majority rule” as a substitute for the system of power-sharing in place because the fall of the previous regime in 2003.
“Majority rule,” many Iraq politicians say, is a thinly-veiled euphemism for “Shia rule,” as Iraq is likely one of the few nations with a Shia Muslim majority.
Nujaifi, a former Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament and distinguished Sunni politician, shares the view not too long ago voiced by Kurdish officers that widespread acceptance of the idea would profit one get together or sect on the expense of others in Iraq’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious society.

Iraq remains a failed state and if a candidate admitted that publicly, they might get a strong reception from voters.

Instead, they focus on photo ops.  One photo op many candidates would like would be one with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani; however, the Shi'ite cleric does not participate in personal political campaigns.  He does use his authority to make general calls and he's made one call already this month.

This is important. The representative of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Al-Sistani says the reputation of 's Hashd should not be exploited for political goals. A message to Iran-backed factions ahead of the upcoming May elections .
Najaf's religious authority warns against the use of 's reputation and popularity among people for electoral purposes. This comes after the repeated attempts of some politicians to use resources in their election campaigns and their claims that they represent the .

The prime minister of Iraq is scrambling for anything to use to prove he's worthy of holding the post for four more years.  So, even though the profile was far from flattering, Hayder al-Abadi thinks the TIME magazine coverage was impressive enough -- being covered by TIME -- to make it his pinned Tweet for a month now.

 Pinned Tweet
مجلة التايم الامريكية الشهيرة تضع صورة السيد رئيس مجلس الوزراء الدكتور حيدر العبادي على غلافها الرئيس وتصفه بالرجل الذي انقذ البلاد من حافة الهاوية، وانه قائد حقيقي وليس نسجاً من القصص الخيالية، وصاحب بلاغة كلامية.

Click here to read Vivanne Walt's TIME article.  Possibly a little more media savy, Iraq's Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi uses his Twitter feed to promote a media appearance that will take place later today.

سيكون السيد أسامة عبد العزيز النجيفي نائب رئيس الجمهورية رئيس تحالف القرار العراقي ضيف قناة بغداد الفضائية الساعة 8,00 مساء اليوم الثلاثاء 2018/4/10

Any nit-wit can Tweet, as Anne Marie Slaughter makes clear.  The War Hawk is offensive all on her own but check out this Tweet.

. : no more appetite for Sunni-Shia war in Iraq. "Iraq is the only democracy in the Middle East." ISIS presence no longer threatening to the Iraqi order; 3000 Sunni candidates in the elections. Saudis have accepted the new Iraq.

I'm sorry, does anyone take Nir Rosen seriously?  He imploded, or have we forgotten.  He made homophobic comments about Anderson Cooper and made jokes about the assault on Lara Logan.  That's just for starters.  Why in the world is piece of scum Anne Marie quoting him?  Yes, she is scum but it's also true that she tries to pretend she's a feminist.

If she's quoting him correctly, he's even more insane than he was during his meltdown.  Iraq is not a democracy.  Rosen was speaking yesterday at Arizona State University proving some people will host anyone.  (He was part of a war conference.)

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