and, no, she didn't need to worry. I wasn't advertising being an attorney here. But that's cool. Since we're talking about it, let me thank C.I. As I noted long ago, C.I. took care of my school bills. I believe that was 2005 (fall) after she found out I was doing student loans and she said, "NO!!!" (Because you can get stuck in debt forever.) So she paid my undergraduate costs and I was going to go law school and take out loans for that. But she said she was picking that up too. And she did. So thank you to her for that. And thank you seems so weak. But thank you.
What do I do with my degree? Not a lot in terms of money. I work with legal aid. (Not in Boston. Elaine doesn't live in Boston.) (Elaine and I live together.) I don't need to worry about money because we live at Elaine's home and she's got more than enough money. So I can afford to not worry about money. And, when we get done with the Iraq War, Elaine and I move to Hawaii where C.I. gave me a house and land that was on her property. (So we'll be neighbors!!! But she doesn't stay there very often.)
So, no, there are no hard feelings. I have no problem with Marcia sharing what she shared.
But -- to those e-mailing -- I can't and won't reveal who the other couple was. When Elaine and I started as a couple, we told no one. C.I. figured it out and never said a word until we had a roundtable where I kept doing little jokes and C.I. finally said something like, 'Oh, Michael, you're sleeping with Elaine. We know.' Only 'we' didn't. She did everyone else was surprised. And she then outed another couple because a woman expressed surprise at it and C.I. said something like (and this got deleted from the transcript before it posted), 'Oh, ___, drop it. I know you've been sleeping with ____.' And we were like: WOAH!!! And that's when C.I. made her crack about how we'd turned into Fleetwood Mac and were all sleeping with one another. :D
Okay, C.I.'s been doing a great job covering Turkey's assault on the Kurds in northern Iraq. I.K. Karlsson covers it today for WSWS:
At least 24 Turkish soldiers were killed on Wednesday, in an attack by Kurdish militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Hakkari province of eastern Turkey, near the Iraq border.
Hours after the raid—the deadliest such attack since 1984—Turkey’s government and military responded with an incursion of 22 army battalions, bombers and helicopter gunships, and drones against the PKK in five different areas on either side of the border. Turkish news agency DHA claimed Friday that seven leading PKK members were killed in the attacks.
Turkish President Abdullah Gül told NTV, a private Turkish television network, that “the vengeance for these attacks will be immense and much stronger; they will see that waging a war against the Turkish government will lead them nowhere.”
According to the Daily News (Hurriyet), Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists during a press conference that the incursion is “a pursuit within the limits of international law,” adding: “We will never bow to any attack from inside or outside Turkey.”
Turkey claimed Sunday to have killed roughly 100 PKK members in offensives on both sides of the Turkish-Iraqi border. Chief of General Staff General Necdet Özel is personally commanding the offensive. Forty-nine PKK members were killed in the Kazan Valley region near Çukurca in Hakkari province.
And today the Turkish military went into an Iraqi village (Ur? -- it's in the snapshot) and basically appear to be occupying it. And there's no PKK in the vilage and the people in the village are in fear of their lives.
Turkey needs to pull their military out of Iraq and do so immediately.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"