Monday, April 22, 2019

Seth's in the race

Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, a third-term congressman who has pushed for a “new generation of leadership” in Washington, declared his candidacy for president on Monday, becoming the 19th candidate to enter the Democratic primary field.
“I’m running because I’m a patriot, because I believe in this country and because I’ve never wanted to sit on the sidelines when it comes to serving it,” Mr. Moulton said Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Mr. Moulton, 40, garnered attention in November when he helped lead a group of rebellious Democrats who had sought to deny Speaker Nancy Pelosi the gavel in the new Congress. The effort was unsuccessful, and Mr. Moulton ultimately voted for Ms. Pelosi. His online biography paints him as something of a disrupter, noting that he was “the only Democrat to unseat an incumbent in a primary” in the House of Representatives when he was first elected in 2014.
Mr. Moulton, a Harvard-educated Marine veteran, has also focused on recruiting veterans to run for Congress as Democrats, including a handful who campaigned and won in 2018 promising not to back Ms. Pelosi.

I like Seth.  I always have.  His announcement puts him in my top three with Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard.  Tulsi remains my first choice.


Moulton was born on October 24, 1978, in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of Lynn Alice (née Meader), a secretary, and Wilbur Thomas Moulton, Jr., a real estate attorney.[5][6][7] Moulton grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts, as the oldest of three siblings.[5] He graduated from Phillips Academy, a co-educational boarding and day university-preparatory school in AndoverMassachusetts in 1997,[8] and attended Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in physics in 2001. He gave the Undergraduate English Oration at his commencement, focusing on the importance of service.[9]
Moulton joined the Marine Corps after graduation, a few months before the September 11 attacks,[10] and attended the Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. After graduating in 2002 with the rank of second lieutenant, Moulton was among the first service members to enter Baghdad at the beginning of the Iraq War.[5][9]
During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Moulton led one of the first infantry platoons to enter Baghdad. He served a total of four tours of duty in Iraq from 2003 to 2008.[5] Moulton took part in the 2003 Battle of Nasiriyah, leading a platoon that cleared a hostile stronghold. In that action, he went to the aid of a Marine wounded by friendly fire, and for his actions he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for valor.[11] Moulton was active in combat against insurgent forces in Iraq, including the 2004 Battle of Najaf against the militia of Muqtada al-Sadr.[12] Over two days, he "fearlessly exposed himself to enemy fire" as his platoon was pinned down under heavy fire and then directed the supporting fire that repelled the attack. He received the Bronze Star Medal for his actions in this battle.[11]
He told only his campaign manager, a former Marine, about these awards, keeping them secret even from his parents. When Boston Globe reporter Walter V. Robinson disclosed in October 2014 that Moulton had earned the Bronze Star and the Commendation Medal, Moulton said that "[t]here is a healthy disrespect among veterans who served on the front lines for people who walk around telling war stories". He said he was uncomfortable calling attention to his own awards out of respect to "many others who did heroic things and received no awards at all." He asked Robinson not to refer to him as a hero: "Look, we served our country, and we served the guys next to us. And it's not something to brag about." The Globe reported that "his voice choked with emotion" as he added: "The greatest honor of my life was to lead these men in my platoon, even though it was a war that I and they disagreed with."[11]
In 2008, General David Petraeus requested that Moulton be assigned to work as a special liaison with tribal leaders in Southern Iraq during his fourth tour of duty in Iraq. Following that tour, Moulton was discharged from the Marine Corps with the rank of captain.[5][13][14]

Again, Tulsi remains my top pick.  For many reasons including this:

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a 2020 candidate for president, told Fox News on Sunday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election found "no collusion" between President Trump and Russia -- and that it's time for the country to focus on the issues that matter most to Americans.
Gabbard, a Democrat, told "America's News HQ" that while she supported the Mueller investigation, "the conclusion that came from that Mueller report was that no collusion took place. Now is the time for us to come together as a country to put the issues and the interests and the concerns that the American people have at the forefront, to take action to bring about real solutions for them."
She continued, "I don't think that we should defeat Donald Trump through impeachment. I think it's really important for us, in this country, to come together and have the American people vote to take Donald Trump out of office in 2020."

Gabbard's position came in direct contrast to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who last Friday called on the House of Representatives to start impeachment proceedings. Warren explained Saturday at an event in New Hampshire, "I know people say this is politically charged and we shouldn’t go there, and that there is an election coming up, but there are some things that are bigger than politics."

Thank goodness for her and her common sense.  Elizabeth Warren is an idiot.   Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS  "She's Getting Desperate"  is spot on about Warren.  

elizabeth warren

Warren is an idiot.  We do not have time for her nonsense.  Trump's not going to be impeached, let's be honest.  If he was impeached, he still wouldn't be removed from office (Republicans control the Senate).  This is a waste of time that will only enrage Trump supporters and increase their turnout in the 2020 election.  If you want to defeat him, you do it at the ballot box.

I'm sick of Warren and all the other sore losers who still can't grasp that he won and Hillary lost in 2016.  Did these people never play sports?  Do they not know it's bad form to be a sore loser?  We can't redo the 2016 election.  We need to focus on 2020.  Tulsi gets that.  She's our best choice for president.

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.