Tuesday, January 11, 2022

A dumb kid did a dumb thing so let's attack him for it for the rest of his life?

Remember "Oh no, I know a dirty word" from Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"?  I kept thinking of that while reading through the latest faux rage over Morgan Wallen.  He's a country music star who was hanging out with his friends.  He and they are White.  It was goodbye and goodnight and Morgan calls one of his friends the n-word.   Let me go to Ann's "Adele" because she said it best last week:


There was an issue that Beth addressed regarding whether Morgan Wallen wasn't getting the credit he deserved in Kat's "2021 in music"  She went with sources -- and linked to one -- that were saying it was Adele who had the best selling album.  Apparently it was Morgan.

This was not an attempt to deny Morgan.  This community didn't give a damn about the manufactured incident that had him being attacked publicly.

I'm African-American.  Morgan was not screaming in anger at somebody the N-word.  He was talking to a friend of his and saying goodnight.

Sadly, in my community, too many people do that.  I odn't.  But we send  a message and Morgan picked up on it.  He wasn't trying to be racist, he was trying to be ool.

I took no offense and I still don't.  I don't see him as racist now and didn't then.

If he had the highest selling album, more power to him.  Congratulations to him.  But Adele made my favorite album of the year (followed by Chase Rice's The Album).


I didn't take offense to it.  I thought it was nonsense.  I wished Morgan wasn't using the word.  I wish no one would use the word -- that would destroy half of all rap songs, though.


I didn't see it as racist.  


In 2002, I heard a White man use it and it was racist.  Let an African-American explain the difference to you.  It was a Superbowl party in an apartment.  My girlfriend at the time and I were there because it was her brother's football party.  It was a wide mix of people but probably 46% were Anglo White.  This includes Baby Cracker, as I dubbed him when I first clocked him.  I said, "Oh, he's going to be trouble."  Casper was whiter than White.  He might have had some albino genes in him.  White hair.  About 22.  Fidgety -- was he a Tweeker?  


At any rate, several beers into the evening, he had a freak out as I had told everyone he would.


He got into a pushing fight which escalated and he started screaming, "F**k you, you N-s!"

He was quickly lifted by his elbows and dropped outside on the parking lot.

But, boys and girls, that is racism, when someone's screaming at you with hate.  Or even whispering hate.

Morgan wasn't doing hate.  He was using a word no one should use.  But he meant no harm.  I also happen to believe that what my girlfriend and I say to one another -- even in our driveway -- is not anyone else's business.  I'm not a TMZ fan.  

But Morgan used a word.  And people tried to destroy him for it.  His fans stuck with him and probably felt like I did (a) this was a private issue and (b) no hate or ill will was intended.

While his fans stayed with him, radio tried to destroy him. 

It didn't work.  He was and is very popular and good for him.  

But now AP is reporting on some busybodies who are up in arms because The Grand Old Opry put him onstage last Saturday.  Yes, they put the man with the best selling album of last year on stage.

I read over the list of who isn't who and who will never be anyone and thought, "Bitch, please."

That especially goes for Holly G who clearly wants to ride her race to fame -- as she does nothing for lesbians.  Bitch, please.

Here's reality for all the little nothings biting at Morgan's ankles. 

1) Elvis Costello has coasted through "Oliver's Army" in which he uses the term "white N" and that's actually Elvis' biggest charting single in the UK.  He's now, all these years later, asking radio to stop plying this 1979 song.  All this time later.  It's the same Elvis who got punched by that woman for using the N-word (her name's Bonnie and she played Bonnie on ROSEANNE).

Did Holly G not ever notice that?  Or has she missed the multitudes of hatred spewed by Axl Rose?

2) Tarantino can't get through a film without repeatedly using the n-word.  Is Holly G going to tackle that?

Or do we just get upset when someone uses the term in private thinking it's an endearment to a friend?

Again, I don't use the term.  I won't.  I grew up in smarter times.  But a lot of African-Americans do.  And if we're using this word and we're making it 'cool,' we have to grasp that others are going to want to use it too.  

I have no problem with Morgan Wallen.  I'm glad that The Opry put him onstage.  This nonsense has gone on enough.

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


Tuesday, January 11, 2022.  The new year is young but Medea Benjamin has already spouted more stupidity than a person should have a right to.  First . . . 

Hassan Ali Ahmed (AL-MONITOR) reports that Speaker of Parliament Mohammed al-Halbusi has the approval of Moqtada al-Sadr.


How is that news?

It was already clear on Sunday.  That's when, as things got out of hand and Moqtada was being challenged and Mahmoud Daward al-Mashhadani staged his fainting spell.  Mohammed played along with it.  That was all you needed to know.

It was interesting to read the write-ups on that fainting spell.  First, they never noted how fake it was.  Second, they never noted the fake it was coming from.  Mahmoud was once a prisoner of US forces.  Much later, when he was Speaker of Parliament, he would call Iraqis who killed US troops "heroes" and he would be eased out of the Parliament because his bodyguards attacked a Shi'ite MP.

Bringing Mahmoud in to rule over Sunday's session let you know it had all been planned ahead of time.  As for Mohammed al-Halbusi, he's a made man in Anbar.  And, yes, that is what it sounds like.  Construction was very good for many criminal elements and Mohammed was just one example.  He used his influence to become governor of Anbar Province in 2017 -- this was after the sitting governor was removed (Suahaib al-Rawi) when he began dismissing officials as part of a corruption clean up.  No such concerns with Mohammed who feels he's among friends when he's elbow to elbow with the corrupt.

That's why so many were laughing last August when Mohammed accused his rival Khamis al-Khanjar of selling Sunni land off for profit.  

Crooks in the Iraqi government?  Why not, they're in every other government as well.

Which brings us to War Criminal Tony Blair.  THE TIMES OF ISRAEL reports:

A petition to strip former British prime minister Tony Blair of his knighthood due to his role in the Iraq War has gained more than 1 million signatures and the backing of at least one Labour MP.

The petition, posted on Change.org a week ago, accuses Blair of causing “irreparable damage to both the constitution of the United Kingdom and to the very fabric of the nation’s society.”

Blair “was personally responsible for causing the death of countless innocent, civilian lives and servicemen in various conflicts,” the petition claims. “For this alone he should be held accountable for war crimes. Tony Blair is the least deserving person of any public honor, particularly anything awarded by Her Majesty the Queen.”

On January 1, Buckingham Palace announced that Blair had been made a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the oldest and most senior British order of chivalry. The knighthood given to Blair, who served as prime minister from 1997 to 2007, was decided by the queen and made without government advice.


Crooked Tony.

Tony Blair claimed £7,000 in expenses for a new roof on his second home, just 2 days before leaving office.

While criminals like Tony Blair walk free, Julian Assange is imprisoned for telling the truth.  Part of the reason he's impisoned may be his helpers or 'helpers.'  Courage Foundation Tweets:

TODAY: Day of Action for #Assange Call the DOJ's comment line and tell Attorney General Merrick Garland to #DropTheCharges against Julian Assange Co-sponsored by , , Veterans For Peace Chapter 27 & #FreeAssangeNOW assangedefense.org/press-release/

What do you think is going to happen from that?  Merrick's going to feel pressure?  Not at all.

Why are you so damn scared to drop this where it belongs?

Joe Biden. He's the one overseeing things.  He's the one Merrick answers to directly (ultimately, Merrrick will answer to the people but that's a ways off -- they usually have to be out of office before they grasp that).  So put it on Joe's doorstep.

Let him know just how many people are watching.  He's not accomplished anything.

Can we all just be honest?  He's accomplished nothing.  If history holds, he will lose at least one House of Congress in the mid-terms.  If history holds, his first year was the year to be bold and pass bold moves.  That time is now over.  

He's a useless figure.  And if you'd grasp that, you might grasp how much power a real movement to free Julian could have on Joe who has no legacy to speak of.

2021 was his best year as president.  There's no imporvement.  Not even some break through stem-cell research is going to turn 79-year-old Joe into a charasmatic and powerful leader.  It's over.

The White House staff realizes that.  The mood there is dour.  

Smart people are updating their resumes and planning to bail soon because they know it's only going to get worse.  And they grasp that, at some point, news outlets are going to stop trying to prove they're 'tough' and 'independnet' by going after Kamala and finally have to go after Joe himself.


You're not accomplishing anything.

Joe makes the call.  If history tries to land it at Merrick's doorstep, all he has to say is he tried privately.  When you have no real power, you can't take the real blame.  

Joe's the one with the power and attempts at holdin gthe US government accountable are laughable until they start being directed at the president of the United States and not an underling.

Staying with the US government, RUDAW reports:

The US Embassy in Baghdad released a statement on Monday welcoming the fifth Iraqi parliament, congratulating the newly elected officials, and expressing hope in the quick formation of a new government.

In the statement, the embassy highlighted the role and significance of the parliament, calling it an integral and inseparable component of Iraq’s democratic process and its national sovereignty.

Hoping for a quick formation?  Hmm.  October 10th elections and it's January 11th right now.  Hmmm.  

In other news, PRESS TV reports:

Several roadside bomb attacks have targeted convoys carrying logistical equipment belonging to the US military south of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and in the country’s southern province of Muthanna, amid strong public opposition to the prolonged presence of American occupation forces on Iraqi soil.

Sabereen News, a Telegram news channel associated with Iraqi anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) or Hashd al-Sha’abi, reported that an explosion hit trucks belonging to US forces in Baghdad’s southern Hur Rajab area at 7:30 a.m. local time (04:30 GMT) on Tuesday.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. 

Shortly afterward, a bomb attack targeted a logistics convoy of US forces in the town of Adwaniyah.

But remember, Jibberish spouting Joe insists that the combat mission ended for US troops.  Someone please advise the various bombs and drones of this change.  

The good news is that U.S. bombing of those 3 countries has significantly decreased from the over 12,000 bombs and missiles it dropped on them in 2019. In fact, since the withdrawal of U.S. occupation forces from Afghanistan in August, the U.S. military has officially conducted no air strikes there, and only dropped 13 bombs or missiles on Iraq and Syria – although this does not preclude additional unreported strikes by forces under CIA command or control.

"The good news"?? Dumb bitch, when you're talking about civilians being bombed, there's no "good news" and you look more stupid than ever when you try to pimp that the US "only dropped 13 bombs or missiles."

That Medea is what passes for a peace leader in the US goes a long, long way towards explaining why there's no real peace movement in the US.  

I wonder if the victims of the bombings feel Medea's spreading "good news"?  

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