Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Arrangement


Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Ghosts of Films Past"went up Sunday.


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Roseanne?  I think my cousin Stan ("I was just saying someone looked like an ape today") and C.I. ("ROSEANNE and Roseanne") have said everything that needs to be said and then some.




Okay, E has cancelled The Arrangement.

I guess I say "good."

Josh was great in the show.  I don't think anyone gave a bad performance.

But we were led to believe from the start that this relationship was arranged and that he was gay and then that's not how it worked out.

As a lesbian, I'm damn tired of TV shows with promises that aren't delivered.

We are the most under-represented -- LGBTQs of color.  And that E couldn't even do a show about a White gay man?

In 2018, they didn't have the guts?

I just can't.

I'm sick of them.




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

 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018.  Memorial Day saw a record number of fools Tweet and demonstrate that the connection between actual thought and Tweeting is non-existent.



Another Memorial Day has passed and, with it, the usual stupidity.


 13h13 hours ago





Someone might want to teach the idiot how to make a bicep.  But she a manly gal, isn't she?   She Tweeted attacking Trump for his deferments that kept him from serving in Vietnam.

Yes, she is that stupid.  And that filled with hate.




You can ride high atop your pony
I know you won't fall
'Cause the whole thing's phoney.
You can fly swinging from your trapeze
Scaring all the people
But you'll never scare me
Bella Donna
And we fight for the northern star
No speed limit this is the fast lane
It's just the way that it is here
And you say I never thought it could
 -- "Bella Donna," written by Stevie Nicks, first appears on Stevie's album of the same name.
 
 
Come in out of the darkness. 

Pit Stank Kris seems unaware of how far her tar brush smears.  Donald Trump got deferments, yes.  So did Bill Clinton.  So did a whole lot of people.

And deferments?

Those aren't the problem.

The illegal war on Vietnam -- built around LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin lies -- are the problem.  Sorry that Pit Stank Kris is too dumb to grasp that.

She wants tos lame Donald Trump in a way that right-wingers slammed Bill Clinton and she doesn't get how vile and disgusting she is?  Pit Stank Kris, put that arm down, none of us need to smell your stank.  Bar of soap would help wash your odor away but nothing can educate you because you are so very damn stupid.

And so many in the 'resistance' are.  There are Tweets praising Barack.  Is that the Barack who spied on the AP?  Is that the Barack who carried out wars?  Is that the Barack who killed American citizens with drones, who killed innocent foreigners with drones, who attacked more whistle-blowers than all the presidents before him combined?

Is that the Barack you refer to?

Replying to 
Bush was bad, so we got Obama, a great man. Since Trump is sooo bad, imagine what a great president we will get next.
 
 



Steven's a real idiot -- and not just because any man that looks like him should never post a shirtless photo to his Twitter feed.

Steven's a real idiot to use Memorial Day to praise Barack.


Dropping back to July 9, 2011:

Earlier we were mentioning the little scamp Ali al-Lami who was killed a few weeks back. A terrorist, in fact. The US military held him for awhile. They held others with the Shi'ite thug group the League of Righteous. They're responsible for the deaths of 5 American service members. Maybe more. But 5 they are known to have killed.

And Barack let their leader and some of his followers go in a deal in the summer of 2009 -- a deal that the families of the 5 fallen soldiers were not consulted on or even given a heads up to -- because Barack didn't want to be president of the United States. That was too small for Barry. He needed -- his ego needed -- a world stage. So when the British needed something to get their 5 citizens kidnapped by the League freed, Barry said, "Screw dead Americans who were killed doing a job their government ordered them to do, I'm going to free the League -- this rag-tag group of killers -- because I don't give a damn about the safety of Iraqis and because I want to get in good with England."

So Barry released them and, as usual from Princess Tiny Meat, his 'grand gesture' fell quickly. Because the addiction to the Kool-Aid was still so high in 2009, let's drop back we'll drop back to the June 9, 2009 snapshot with the realization that some who looked the other way in real time will now be outraged:

This morning the New York Times' Alissa J. Rubin and Michael Gordon offered "U.S. Frees Suspect in Killing of 5 G.I.'s." Martin Chulov (Guardian) covered the same story, Kim Gamel (AP) reported on it, BBC offered "Kidnap hope after Shia's handover" and Deborah Haynes contributed "Hope for British hostages in Iraq after release of Shia militant" (Times of London). The basics of the story are this. 5 British citizens have been hostages since May 29, 2007. The US military had in their custody Laith al-Khazali. He is a member of Asa'ib al-Haq. He is also accused of murdering five US troops. The US military released him and allegedly did so because his organization was not going to release any of the five British hostages until he was released. This is a big story and the US military is attempting to state this is just diplomacy, has nothing to do with the British hostages and, besides, they just released him to Iraq. Sami al-askari told the New York Times, "This is a very sensitive topic because you know the position that the Iraqi government, the U.S. and British governments, and all the governments do not accept the idea of exchanging hostages for prisoners. So we put it in another format, and we told them that if they want to participate in the political process they cannot do so while they are holding hostages. And we mentioned to the American side that they cannot join the political process and release their hostages while their leaders are behind bars or imprisoned." In other words, a prisoner was traded for hostages and they attempted to not only make the trade but to lie to people about it. At the US State Dept, the tired and bored reporters were unable to even broach the subject. Poor declawed tabbies. Pentagon reporters did press the issue and got the standard line from the department's spokesperson, Bryan Whitman, that the US handed the prisoner to Iraq, the US didn't hand him over to any organization -- terrorist or otherwise. What Iraq did, Whitman wanted the press to know, was what Iraq did. A complete lie that really insults the intelligence of the American people. CNN reminds the five US soldiers killed "were: Capt. Brian S. Freeman, 31, of Temecula, California; 1st Lt. Jacob N. Fritz, 25, of Verdon, Nebraska; Spc. Johnathan B. Chism, 22, of Gonzales, Louisiana; Pfc. Shawn P. Falter, 25, of Cortland, New York; and Pfc. Johnathon M. Millican, 20, of Trafford, Alabama." Those are the five from January 2007 that al-Khazali and his brother Qais al-Khazali are supposed to be responsible for the deaths of. Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Robert H. Reid (AP) states
that Jonathan B. Chism's father Danny Chism is outraged over the release and has declared, "They freed them? The American military did? Somebody needs to answer for it."

Agreed. Not only did Barry betray the fallen, he demonstrated yet again no one should trust him at the adult table by himself. His 'big' deal resulted in only one living British citizen released. Three corpses were released.



That's not someone you honor on Memorial Day.  Danny Chism was right, "Somebody needs to answer for it."

But Memorial Day comes along and the failed and stunted rush out to flash their ignorance.  They really should be ashamed.

Killers of US troops, terrorists, were in US custody and Barack made a deal and released them -- made a deal with terrorists.

That's outrageous and it's outrageous that so many idiots didn't bother to pay attention in real time.

Barack is not your friend.  75 million and counting?  Your friend doesn't make 75 million and counting while serving the public interest.  That's not how it works.

You are a bunch of stooges who seem to think that taking the opposite position Donald Trump has qualifies as deep thought and introspection.  It doesn't.


That's a reality.

American citizens are betrayed repeatedly, used like toys to fight wars that have nothing to do with American interests.  But Donald Trump's int he White House so all the extremely stupid of the faux left step forward to share that they can parrot what the right wing said when Bill Clinton was president.

Kevin Basl (ANTIWAR.COM) points out:


“How do you motivate men and women to fight and die for a cause many of them don’t believe in, and whose purpose they can’t articulate?”
That’s what Phil Klay, author and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, asks in an essay published this month in The Atlantic. Unfortunately, he points out in a recent New York Times op-ed, “Serious discussion of foreign policy and the military’s role within it is often prohibited” by what he calls “patriotic correctness.”
In a well-functioning democracy, Klay argues, citizens must debate and question how their elected officials employ their military, an organization which ought to represent the values of the people. But it seems many Americans remain unconcerned about the wars the United States is currently fighting (at last count, we’re bombing at least 7 countries) though they foot the bill both in tax dollars and lives.


People like Pit Stank Kris should be ashamed but they lack the self-awareness to feel shame.

The Iraq War continues, not that the laughable 'resistance' gives a damn.

Others do give a damn.

I was a senior in HS when George HW Bush announced US military action in Iraq. Today, I'm 45, have three kids of my own, and we're still using military force in that country. In countless other countries too. Time we stop endless war.
 
 




Exactly.  When we cover a Congressional hearing Beto's at, we always quote him for the basic reason that he's not posturing.  He speaks to basic truths.

The Iraq War continues.


Mohammed Ebraheem (IRAQI NEWS) reports, "Two Iraqi policemen were injured Tuesday in a bomb blast in Kirkuk, a security source was quoted as saying."  KURDISTAN 24 adds, "At least one person was killed and seven wounded following an explosion near a girls’ school in the province of Diyala, a security source said on Tuesday." Last night, Margaret Griffith (ANTIWAR.COM) noted, "At least 21 people were killed, and five were wounded in recent violence. Forty-three bodies were recovered:"


The Iraq War continues.  Wednesday, the UN's Jan Kubis will 'brief' the UN Security Council on Iraq.  It's a worthless briefing.  At the height of Nouri al-Maliki's government and militias killing boys and men suspected of being gay, the 'briefing' didn't even acknowledge that was happening.  It never does.  Nor does anyone ever ask a question.

What sort of briefing is that?

No one asks one damn question.  Jan will read his statement.  There will be a brief pause.  Then some representative of the Iraqi government will read a statement.

And that's it.

No discussion, no questions.

And both statements are already available in printed form.

It's going through the motions, it's not monitoring anything.

This passes for 'monitoring' and 'engagement.'  It is neither.  It is avoidance of responsibilities.   And it allows for the war to continue.


Meanwhile, it's time for more whining and foot stomping in Iraq.  May 12th was when elections were held.  Pouty babies can't accept the results.  It's 17 days later and we get this:



Great News. Finally the parliament decides to recount 10% of the . The meeting is the greatest success for the anti-fraud coalition in and other parties in the provinces. Now half of says thay the elections were rigged.
 
 
 


Oh, great, more delays to forming a government.

Because, goodness knows, what Iraq needs more of is a government that does nothing.

AL ARABIYA reported Sunday, "Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court has rejected a request to cancel the country's recent parliamentary election results over allegations of voting irregularities. This comes after to an absence of a quorum led the Iraqi Council of Representatives to fail on Sunday for the third time to hold a scheduled meeting to pressure the Electoral Commission to reverse the results of the recent elections."

But now Parliament wants a partial recount.  Partical recounts are the most discredited -- it always looksl ike areas are being cherry picked.

The longest from election day to formation Iraq has taken was eight months -- a record at the time.  It's since been replaced as the longest time between elections and formation in the world but maybe this is the year Iraq can reclaim the title?



Kat's "Kat's Korner: 44/876 is the perfect summer album" went up Monday and Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Ghosts of Films Past" went up Sunday.


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Lastly, maybe Pit Stank Kris and others can actually care next Memorial Day about those being betrayed by the government -- like the veterans exposed to burn pits.





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