Monday, April 22, 2019


elizabeth warren
 Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "She's Getting Desperate."  I don't have time for her.  To be Randi Rhodes about it, I can't afford her.  She's made herself part of the crazy.  Maybe she'll go up a point or two in the polls but she's destroyed her campaign.  I no longer trust her and I can't imagine why anyone else would.

Who do I trust?  First and foremost, US House Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.  She gets my vote.  VOICE OF MUSKATINE reports:

On Tuesday, April 17th, Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard spoke to a crowd at the Missipi Brewing Company. Gabbard presented her reasons for running for president and discussed what issues she would focus on if elected.
After introducing herself, Gabbard, a current United States Congresswoman for Hawaii and a sixteen year member of the National Guard, shared that she chose to visit Muscatine because of its record of successful community action. “You have some fantastic community leaders here who have taken the bull by the horns . . . and really created a precedent for when people stand up and stand united for each other, for our home, our beautiful home, and for our future. This is what we need to do on every single issue that we’re facing.”
She then elaborated on what she considers her most important domestic policy goal, redistributing power from politicians to citizens. Gabbard elaborated, “what is at the heart of the problems we face is we have self-serving politicians putting their own interests or their party’s interests ahead of the interests of the people.” By working to reduce the roles of lobbyists in politics and reversing previous legislation and supreme court rulings that loosened campaign financing rules, Gabbard feels the political process nationally can become more responsive to average citizens’ needs and better serve them.
As much as Gabbard considers domestic political reform essential, she considers the foreign policy issue of war even more pressing. She stated, “I want to focus on one issue that is central to the rest, that is essential to make these kinds of investments in our people, in our communities, and in our future, and that issue is the cost of war.”
The never-ending wars and their costs should be the focus of every presidential campaign in 2020.  If they're not, we're dealing with a politician who is trying to bamboozle us.  We cannot afford anything, improvements or programs, if we're spending all of this money on wars.  We have to end these wars.  This is not something to be addressed after an election, it's something they need to present so we can decide who we want to vote for.  Tulsi Gabbard 

US House Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was also in New Hampshire.  Pat Grossmith (MANCHESTER LINK) reports:

Gabbard touched on a number of other issues, including the need for the country to invest in education, health care, infrastructure and immigration reform.  To pay for that, however, she said the country must first address the issue of the cost of war and the trillions of taxpayers’ dollars being spent on them.
“War should be a last resort and then that should be done in the interest of keeping the American people safe,” said Gabbard, who served two tours of duty in the Middle East, and remains a major in Hawaii’s National Guard.
She said as President she would end America’s involvement in the war in Yemen and all regime change wars and bring the troops back home.
Asked what the level of defense should be, Gabbard said there is no “arbitrary number that you can pick out of the sky.  I think you have to look at how our military has been misused, how our service members have been dishonored by sending them to regime change wars in battles that are not in the interest of the American people.”
She said wars are being driven by a military-industrial complex interested in regime change and the escalation of the nuclear arms race.
Gabbard said the same gameplay is used in starting regime change wars; humanitarian reasons are cited first.  That is what is playing out in Venezuela, she said, but “what it’s really about is oil.”
What’s wanted is somebody willing “to let American companies go in there and get oil,” she said.
She said many of the challenges the country is facing is a result of “self-serving politicians and greedy corporations who are working for themselves and not only leaving us behind but creating incredible pain and hardship and threatening our future on this planet

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

Monday, April 22, 2019.  We're again stuck addressing the bully that is David Cay Johnston.

We'll get to Joe Biden in a moment, first David Cay Johnston.  For those who don't know him, he was never that well known, David had something of a career at THE NEW YORK TIMES.  It didn't end well.  As a friend at THE NATION reminded me this morning, it never ends well.  (David tried to write for THE NATION after his forced retirement from NYT and that didn't work out either.)  Today, whatever image he had is in tatters as he's made himself into a loony tune pursuing one conspiracy after another.  He would just be a portrait of poor mental health if he weren't also so pathetic and annoying.

David wrote this site years ago.  Whining about the spelling of his name.  I, he insisted, had left the t out of his name.  I had done no such thing.  Bob Somerby of THE DAILY HOWLER had.  We pulled a paragraph from TDH.  David was a rude blowhard but then again he is a White man of a certain age (entitlement just wafts off him) so, no, it wasn't a surprise that he was so rude.  I shared the e-mail with some of his co-workers (he was at NYT then) and we all had a good laugh at his expense.

I was kind. Well, I wrote a blistering response but then I was kind and didn't publish it (it still exists and could be published at any time -- and maybe it will if David doesn't go away).  I did notice then (and I confirmed it today) that Bob Somerby, who made the mistake if there was a mistake made (he was quoting a reader) never corrected it.  Again, to this day, Bob Somerby's never corrected it.

This despite David's claim in an e-mail to Ruth (she published it in full, see "F**k off, David Cay Johnston a woman hating piece of crap who thinks he can boss us around") that he has notified Bob Somerby.  Bob might not be able to correct it today -- he's switched sites since then -- but he could have corrected it after it first appeared, if he was contacted, he may have felt the screeching and strident David didn't warrant a correction or he may have felt one missed letter was not the end of the world.

David thinks it is and has smoe sort of notification system (I hope) when his name goes up.  Otherwise, he's just constantly Google-ing himself.  And he's that pathetic and desperate so maybe that is what he does.

I just know he was rude to me and I tried to high road it.  I'm not the only one looking at the e-mails (except on Sundays) and this story has always been known in the community.  In our community newsletters, we talked about Harvey Weinstein and many other pigs long before the mainstream media found the stories.  David was just one more little piggie in the syte.

Ruth's mentioned him at her site, in relation to this topic, many times over the years but he saw one post recently and had a fit.  So he decided to tell her she was wrong.  Because isn't that what every woman wants and needs?  A man to tell her she's wrong?

And he couldn't just share that he thought she was wrong, he had to offer his resume.  All these never ending details that, quite frankly, are meaningless.  It was pathetic and I've been on the receiving end of a multi-page whine from Warren Farrell when feminism kicked his tired ass to the curb and he just knew he could convince a few of us to stand with him.  I thought Warren was the most pathetic and then I read -- in Ruth's post -- David's e-mail.

In what world does a man think condescending endlessly to a woman, talking down to her, acting superior is going to result in her joy?

David's shocked that Ruth responded to him "with vile language."  I didn't open the e-mails -- there are two -- but I can read the first line without opening them.

David is a smug ass who thinks the world revolves around him.  Because, let's be honest, it used to.  As a straight, White man, he used to run things.  David, you poor fool, you're not running anything these days.  Not just because you're retired, please understand, but you're also not running anything because this isn't 2003.  Women have, as the cigarette add used to say, come a long way.  And we don't fret over you and your blustering.  You don't intimidate us. You especially don't intimidate Ruth, Betty or myself because we defended Hillary from sexist attacks in 2008, back when THE DAILY KOS was purging women and attacking women.  We didn't bat an eyelash at any of the rude or threatening e-mails.  We'd already been through it long before that.

Your day is over.  Or, as Sylvia Plath once put it, "You do not do, you do not do, anymore black shoe [. . .]."  I'm sorry that it's such a shock to you that you can't bully women.  I thought you would have learned that long, long ago.  But, as many of your co-workers can attest, you don't learn very easily, do you?

Last Thursday, I explained to you publicly that your e-mails would not be read and that you were not to use the public e-mail account.  It is not a place ofr limp and flaccid men to rage at women.  THE COMMON ILLS started as one site, my site.  And we sprung up as a community.  Mainly because this site values women, mainly because I don't let any man push me around -- many online bullies have tried.  I didn't come to feminism yesterday.  I wasn't surprised by all the men who showed up trying to be 'helpful' when the site started getting attention.  I wasn't surprised and I wasn't a fool.  Yes, men like David would have loved a centrist site where a woman minded her tongue and manners.  To which I say, f**k off.

We built this community and we built it by standing strong.  We don't get bullied.  We don't buckle.

I realize your life is pathetic and pretty much over.  Your name is a disgrace and you've made it such.  We will  not be bowing to your wishes.  Yes, you are sad and pathetic but, newsflash, David, I'm not your Mommy.  It' snot my job to burp you or wipe you or pretend like that awful finger paint drawing you just did shows promise.

Yes, growing up, you expected women to cater to you.  That was a different time, thankfully.

I mentioned Betty before.  Why bring Betty into it?  Because David's not content to just bother Ruth, he's going after Betty now as well.

I've said it before, that e-mail account does not exist for you, David.  I get it, you're sick and in need of mental healthcare.  Your rage and anger is apparent.  So get the help you need but stop clogging up my e-mail account with your crap.  I don't give a f**k about you, I never did.  Stop harassing the women of this community.  Stop your attempts at male dominance -- and doesn't that describe the e-mail you sent Ruth?  It's exhausting to read, the whole point appears to be to exhaust her.

David saw Betty's "David Cay Johnston is trash" and felt the need to correct her.  As an African-American woman, clearly Betty needs David to tell her what's what, right?  That's what he could have gotten away with a decade or two ago but it doesn't play that way today.   David has apparently not yet discovered Ann's "Princess David Cay," Marcia's "Oh, hell no, David Cay Johnston, sit your tired ass down" or Rebecca's "dickless david cay johnston, the loony conspiracy nut."

David never learned -- as a straight, White man, he never learned -- that it might be the smartest thing to just shut up.  Last Thursday, I said what I said and thought it was done.  There are so many issues that need to be addressed and focused on.  I thought, community wide, that's what we were going to do.  But here's David yet again, this time with two e-mails.

And this notion that he will control the dialogue, he will control the conversation?  He's a sexist pig and it's that attitude that allows for the wars today to start and to continue, it's that arrogance and that desire to bully.

We're not going to be nice about this anymore.  I have deleted --as I said I would last Thursday -- both of David's e-mails.  They will not be read.  Nothing he writes to the public account will be read.  He's a vain and pathetic bully who needs to learn (a) women will not be intimidated by him and (b) one letter missing from his name is not the end of the world.  It really shows you just how pampered he has been his whole life that he thinks a "J" being dropped out of his last name is the end of the world.

Go away, Mr. Know It All David Cay, go away.

Moving on.  Joe Biden.

mayor pete and joe

That's Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Joe Biden Sniffs Around Mayor Pete" which went up Sunday along with his "She's Getting Desperate."  Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the press favorite currently.  They have many press cycles to fill, there will be other favorites.  The press builds you up to have something to cover and then they tear you down for the same reason.  But Pete's at least eanred the press attention.


A man who served far too many terms as senator and a gaffe prone vice president who was forever off message or ahead of the roll out.  He's acting as though his run is the Beatles getting back together.  That the whole country is clamoring for it.  The US, the world, in fact, would be just fine without a Joe Biden run.  And the vanity on men, what is up with that?  David Cay, Joe Biden.  If you're going to run, you should have announced some time ago.  There's no great clamor for you to run.  You are the past, the very distant past and We The People are focused on the future.

Saturday brought news of another US service member dead in Iraq.

WAVE 3 NEWS notes, "Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, was from Richmond, Kentucky. He died April 20 from a non-combat related incident in Ninawa Province, Iraq."

R.I.P to Ryan Riley who dead in Iraq
A Kentucky soldier has died in Iraq. The Department of Defense says Spc. Ryan Riley died yesterday. His death was not combat related. Spc. Riley was from Richmond.
Two U.S. servicemembers died in separate non-combat-related incidents overseas this weekend. Staff Sgt. Albert J. Miller of the 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron died in Qatar on Friday. Spc. Ryan Riley of the 101st Airborne died in Iraq on Saturday.
SPC Ryan Riley, a member of the 101st Airborne Division, died on Saturday, April 20, 2019 in Ninawa Province, Iraq from a non-combat related incident.

More on the KY soldier killed in Iraq. 👇

Ryan's dead.  And Joe voted for the Iraq War.  And Joe supported it for years in the US Senate.  And Joe admitted it was pointless (yes, he did, we're the only one who covered that hearing and we will be dredging it back up the minute he announces he's running).  The Iraq War continues.  It continues because of Joe and it was started because of Joe.

If Joe wants to announce his intent to run, the first words out of his mouth should be how he's going to end the Iraq War.

If he can't tell the American people that, he's got no real reason to run.

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