Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Poland and Texas

Poland is in the news and it's not good.  This is from Monday night's NewsHour (PBS):

  • Amna Nawaz:
    A wave of hostility towards LGBTQ people in Poland has alarmed officials and led the American ambassador there to denounce conservative Polish newspapers for stoking hatred in its campaign for so-called LGBT-free zones.
    Those fears were realized this weekend, as a mob of right-wing Poles attacked a Pride March in the town of Bialystok, one of several districts that have declared themselves to be LGBT-free.
    From Bialystok in Eastern Poland, special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
  • Malcolm Brabant:
    "God, honor, motherland," they chanted. Wearing obscene anti-gay T-shirts, some hard-core right-wingers were intent on violence.
    Following their lead, thousands of people from Bialystok, including senior citizens, lambasted marchers protesting against the sudden rise of so-called LGBT-free zones.
    Among those they tried to intimidate, Malgorzata Mroz.
  • Malgorzata Mroz (through translator):
    It makes me sad that people claim those LGBTQ-free zones in Poland, because me, as a bisexual and also Polish person, I would really love to feel welcome in every single place in this country.
  • Malcolm Brabant:
    The marchers were vastly outnumbered, and police protection was essential. Gay activists claim they have replaced refugees as Poland's main hate figures.
  • Malgorzata Mroz:
    I am scared a bit. I have tear gas with me. So, yes, as you can see, they basically shout "Get the (EXPLETIVE DELETED) out of here" to me and to other people like me. So I can't feel welcome in my country.
  • Malcolm Brabant:
    As the hostile mood intensified, the police struggled to defend stragglers separated from the main march. The mob set off in pursuit of one small group of gay pride campaigners seeking safety.
    But they spotted police pinning down a hard-liner, and the first skirmish of the afternoon began. Police arrested 30 people. This exemplified the hatred and intolerance that concerns the U.S. ambassador and the openly gay deputy mayor of Warsaw, who compared it to the behavior of the Nazis in the Second World War.
    The issue of gay rights has been bubbling beneath the surface in Poland for years. But, recently, it's just exploded and gone to the forefront of the political agenda. And this issue has placed Poland into conflict with mainstream Europe.
    When Poland's populist Law and Justice Party came to power in 2015, it declared ambitions to Christianize the European Union. In towns like Bialystok, they abhor what they regard as mainstream Europe's decadent values.
    At Parliament in Warsaw, influential law and justice politician Zdzislaw Krasnodebski said Europe favored constitutions, but was hypocritical when it came to Poland.
  • Zdzislaw Krasnodebski:
    Our Constitution in the Article 18 states the marriage is only between a man and a woman. For me, it's very interesting that, in this case, there's no interest in what actually our constitution is talking about.
  • Malcolm Brabant:
    Government critics say such arguments have emboldened protesters, like Lukasz Marcinkiewicz, who is studying medicine in Bialystok.
  • Lukasz Marcinkiewicz:
    It makes me sad when I see a situation where we have two people, two men together or two women together, and they declare love for each other.
    There is no biological possibility for them to have a child. So I realize that this is not what families should look like. I strongly support the model where there is one woman, one man, and babies.

Lukasz is a very sad man.

There is still work to be done on equality in the US but we do have it better than some in other countries.

I heard Beto O'Rourke on the radio today and he was talking about LGBT rights -- among other things.  I did not know that in Texas you could be discriminated against for being gay in terms of housing, employment -- really everything.

I searched his Twitter feed and found this:

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

Tuesday, July 23, 2019.  ISIS remains in Iraq and remains active, a grown man pisses his panties over remarks by Donald Trump embarrassing us all, and more.

Yesterday, US President Donald Trump met with Pakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan.  Remarks were made to the press.

The press has filed charged reports with inflammatory headlines.  This is David Knowles (YAHOO JERK OFFS):

President Trump said Monday that he could easily end the war in Afghanistan by destroying the entire country, but it would result in 10 million deaths.
“We’re like policemen. We’re not fighting a war. If we wanted to fight a war in Afghanistan and win it, I could win that war in a week,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. “I just don’t want to kill 10 million people.”
The population of Afghanistan is around 35 million.
“I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth. It would be gone, it would be over literally in 10 days.”

These remarks are being condemned by some.  Take this idiot.

Now do you understand why I want us to get the hell out of Iraq and Afghanistan? I don't want soldiers on the ground under Trump's command. He jeopardizes everyone's safety and that means lives in a combat zone.
Read his words. “I just don’t want to kill 10 million people.” “If I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth. It would be over in, literally, 10 days. I don’t want to go that route.” That's not a commander in chief.
  • First lesson in the military, it's not about you. Stop saying "I". Hundreds of thousands of our brave men and women are going to end up doing your dirty work.
  • It's like getting your teeth knocked out because some other guy couldn't keep his mouth shut. That's what going to war under an idiot feels like.

    "First lesson in the military, it's not about you."  Donald Trump's not in the military, you stupid idiot.

    Is that hard for you to understand?

    We have civilian control over the military.

    "Read his words.  That's not a commander in chief."

    Actually, he is the commander in chief so that is a commander in chief.

    Red T Raccoon wets his panties.  Why?

    Supposedly, he wants US troops out of Afghanistan.   Then why is he bothered by Donald wanting the same?

    What did Donald say?  Donald Trump declared the Afghanistan War could be ended in a week if he was willing to have 10 million killed.  He stated there were plans for such an attack.  I

    How stupid are people?

    Yes, there are such plans.  There are always such plans.  Plans for every possibility are drawn up.  They are reviewed.  They are debated.

    You don't think Donald Trump actually wrote a plan, do you?

    That's not what the president does.

    He is surrounded by War Hawks and I'm not surprised in the least that there are people recommending a deathly option on Afghanistan.  I am glad that he doesn't want to be a person responsible for ten million deaths.

    Trump speaks and then something weird happens.  On the left, we don't really seem to hear what he says a lot of the time.  We go into panic mode.

    "Trump's saying he's going to kill ten million people!!!!"

    That's not what he said at all.

    We are so fear based that we hear the worst from the people we don't like.  We really need to grow the hell up and get the f**k over it.  I'm sick of the Chicken Littles running around screaming "The sky is falling!" endlessly over every little thing.

    There are many big things we need to concern ourselves with.

    To have a panty wetting fit over the fact that Donald Trump says he doesn't want to kill ten million people?

    That's just nuts and you make yourself a joke as you scream and rage.

    How do you not grasp that?  Is your hatred that intense?

    I don't know.  I do know that I don't want ten million people in Afghanistan to die for 'liberation.'

    The stupidity on display of late is disgusting and it's fear based.  I don't do fear based.  I stopped reading THE NATION when they tried to make the 2004 election about fear.  I turned over the TV on 9/12/11 as a horror became a fear-fest.  I don't do fear.

    Donald Trump has said many things to object to.  His remarks on Afghanistan weren't anything to condemn.

    As many as 10,000 people were killed in the operation to 'liberate' Mosul that started in October 2016.  Are people aware of this AP count?  Did it matter to anyone?  It doesn't appear to have.  But ten million people who have not been killed is cause for alarm?

    Those 10,000 people?  They're dead and a question can be asked: Why?

    It's not like the Iraqi government is even attempting to improve things.  Most refugees have not returned to Mosul.  It's not safe for them.  The government has not carried out the needed rebuilding over two years after claiming victory.

    And that claim included that ISIS was defeated, vanquished.  No such thing took place.

    Sunday, Louisa Loveluck and Mustafa Salim (WASHINGTON POST via STARS AND STRIPES) reported:

    Islamic State militants who escaped the defeat of their self-described caliphate in Syria earlier this year have been slipping across the border into Iraq, bolstering a low-level insurgency the group is now waging across the central and northern part of the country, according to security officials.
    About 1,000 fighters have crossed into Iraq during the past eight months, most of them in the aftermath of the caliphate’s collapse in March, said Hisham al-Hashimi, a security analyst who advises Iraq’s government and foreign aid agencies.
    Those fighters, mostly Iraqis who followed ISIS into Syria, are now returning home to join militant cells that have been digging into rugged rural areas, sustained by intimate knowledge of the local terrain, including concealed tunnels and other hiding places.
    The militants move under the cover of darkness to carry out sniper attacks and rudimentary roadside bombings several times per week.
    Their attacks, occurring outside major cities, are often opportunistic and primarily target community leaders and security forces involved in efforts to root them out. An explosion earlier this month in the northern city of Kirkuk killed two motorcyclists. A separate attack in Diyala, in eastern Iraq, targeted militiamen assigned with hunting down militants.

    They did lose control of Mosul.  But controlling territories is really not the goal of a terrorist organization.  They continued to carry out terrorist attacks even after their alleged defeat. 
    And they left Mosul, remember, in part because of the non-stop bombing and in part because they were allowed to go to Syria.  Sort of waived on in by the US government.  Those caravans were not bombed.  Mosul was bombed.  But leaving Mosul was encouraged.  
    Sunday, AP reported:

    Iraq’s military said Saturday its troops in partnership with security agencies and paramilitary forces launched the second phase of an operation aimed at clearing remnants of the Islamic State group from north of Baghdad and surrounding areas.

    This is the second phase of the operation dubbed “Will to Victory,” which started two weeks earlier and targeted the area along the border with Syria. The military said the new target area is north of Baghdad and in the Diyala, Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.

    Nothing has changed.  Nothing is going to change.  ISIS will never be defeated by dropping bombs.  The Iraqi government is going to have to stop being so corrupt and stop persecuting the Iraqi people in order to defeat ISIS.  When the Iraqi people have a government that works for them, ISIS will not have any real power in Iraq.
    ISIS regrouping even as it is on the run, including in Iraq’s remote western desert around al-Qaim. & went to find out, here’s their great report

    She's linking to the Sunday report noted above.  But how is ISIS on the run?  She's talking as though it's a military.  It's a terrorist organization and, no, it's not on the run.  I have no idea how she came to that conclusion.

    The deliberate arming of al-Qaeda to create a Caliphate of Wahhabi Salafi extremists in Sunni areas of Syria and Iraq (i.e. ISIS) was confirmed when Pentagon emails from 2012 were released under FOIA in May 2015 (this news was censored by M$M) John McCain

    Did the US government unleash ISIS or help create it?  It's a question that lingers.  It's obvious that they have thought they could manage it and it's also obvious that they cannot.

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