Friday, March 24, 2017

Iron Fist and other things

Stevie Nicks sings, "Who in the world do you think that you're fooling?  Well I've already done everything that you are doing."

It's the song "The Two Of Us" and I know it especially because it's something Ava and C.I. always quote.

For good reason.

Ah yes, the Constitution's little-known "do-over" clause

Agreed with Michael Tracey -- I love his Twitter feed.

But let me sing, "Who in the world do you think that you are fooling?  Well I've already done everything that you are doing . . ."

At THIRD this week, we already did "Know the Constitution" taking on the same do over lunacy but reTweeted by the idiot Debra Messing:

That's not how it's done.

Read the Constitution, you damn liars and you damn idiots.

We hold an election every four years.

We do not do special ones.

Should a president need to be replaced, the line of succession is outlined.

There are no 'do overs' in elections.

Buy a f**king clue and stop Tweeting bulls**t to the world.

You should be ashamed to be so damn stupid.

Instead you come off very proud of being an idiot.

I liked this week's THIRD.  It was a really strong edition:

As always, the best piece is the TV one.  That's not me bragging -- Ava and C.I. write these.  They really do an amazing job.

And like Dona points out, they have done this for 12 years now -- they have this amazing body of work.

Some of my favorite pieces?

"Media: Let's Kill Helen!" this is where they take on the media's efforts to kill Helen Thomas' career.

They are amazing.

"TV: Katie Was a Cheerleader" is hard hitting and funny.  :D

"TV: 4 Days in 7th Hell" is amazing as well.  I always laugh at that one.  Ava and C.I. are creative here, they review 7TH HEAVEN by acting like they're new actors on the show.  :D

Anyway, hope you have a great weekend.

And check out IRON FIST on NETFLIX -- not only did Ava and C.I. like it but so did Stan (see his "IRON FIST").  I really did like it too.

And I'm sorry but season two of DAREDEVIL lost me.

Maybe that helped?

Maybe I wasn't expecting that much from IRON FIST?

I just found it to be strong and entertaining and wondered why I couldn't say that same about the idiotic MARVEL ANGENST OF SHIELD that I used to love?

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

Friday, March 24, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, Moqtad al-Sadr stages a huge rally, AP misreports and much more.

Baghdad today?

: Thousands of people flood 's Tahrir Square, demonstration called by 's powerful cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr called for today's protest last Saturday:

Muqtada Al-Sadr has called for "million man march" on Friday in Tahrir Square central , Sadr will attend to give "important" speech.

His power to turn out a crowd remains -- visual evidence  of the power he continues to hold in Iraq.

He's never held elected office.

He's never been part of the Cabinet.

The power is internal based solely upon Moqtada himself.

There were times, during the first years of the war, when his power ebbed and flowed.

But the US government always played the wrong hand and would attack or insult him leading supporters to rally around him yet again.

As Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki couldn't command a crowd that size.

As former prime minister, Nouri's lucky to turn out 25 or so people when he visits their towns -- and some of those boo and throw things.

Who is the leader in Iraq?

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is one.

Moqtada al-Sadr is another.

Smoking a cigarette on top of one of bridges and thought about this.

Please note, Moqtada also has a huge amount of supporters in Basra as well.

Anadolu Agency reports:

In an address delivered to tens of thousands of supporters in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, al-Sadr said he had received numerous death threats -- he did not say by whom -- due to his loud and frequent calls for government reform.
“Continue on the path of revolution and reform… even in the event of my death,” he asserted, while urging followers to keep their protests peaceful.
“If Iraq’s official election commission and electoral law remain as they are, we will be forced to boycott the polls,” he declared.
He writes about the protests that erupted in 2014 -- except they didn't.
Those protests erupted near the end of 2012, picked up steam in 2013 and were eventually stopped by Nouri al-Maliki.
Facts, he leaves out of his AP report.
But the his AP report also manages to mention changes -- undefined -- that Moqtada wants to a 'committee' (unnamed.)
The title of the body is the Independent High Electoral Commission.
Dropping back to February 4, 2017:

Hundreds of Iraqis did useful things yesterday including the hundred who rallied in Baghdad's Tahrir Square.  ALSUMARIA reports they rallied to call for reforms in the government (corruption) and reforms in the election law and the Independent High Electoral Commission.  ALSUMARIA reports hundred also protested in Karbala with the same demands.

To the February 8th snapshot:

Due to the protest, ALSUMARIA reports, the Election Commission has closed shop and gone home for the day to avoid "friction" with the protesters.

And ALSUMARIA is reporting that the protest has started with thousands turning out to demand changes in the electoral commission and in the voting law.

Sadrist respond to link the demonstrations on the anniversary of the Baath coup

ALL IRAQ NEWS carries the above photo in their report on today's protest in Baghdad.

Not only has Moqtada been protesting this for some time, UNAMI's also expressed concerns.

It's day 158 of The Mosul Slog -- and how's that working out?

|i regime digs mass grave for 200+ bodies killed by in Mosul. CNN will tell the world later they found an Yazidi mass grave

Their lives seem to have no worth.

Horrific Video from West of Mosul bombardment by US Coalition air crafts. 230 have died there in just 2 days.
~500 civilians (mostly displaced women and children) were massacred in less than 24-hours in and by the & its allies..

Dozens killed, buried in rubble after Mosul air raid - Iraqi officials, residents

Oh, silly, idiot Elise of CNN, it is a slog.

It always was.

It's also a tragedy.

"People in West are trapped in the situation of penury & panic." Our representative in Iraq explains the latest developments
Mosul situation deteriorating as fighting rages
Around 400,000 people thought to be trapped in the Old City lack food, clean water and fuel to keep themselves warm.

Yesterday, we noted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments explaining the US military would not be leaving Iraq even if the Islamic State was defeated.  Jordan Shilton covers it for WSWS:

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared Washington’s intention to keep troops deployed more or less indefinitely in the territories now occupied by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in remarks delivered at the beginning of a two-day meeting of the US-organized anti-ISIS coalition in Washington.
“The military power of the coalition will remain where this fraudulent caliphate has existed in order to set the conditions for a full recovery from the tyranny of ISIS,” he told an audience that included Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. He gave no indication of when, if ever, US troops could be withdrawn from a war zone extending across Iraq and Syria, where there has been fighting of greater or lesser intensity throughout the 14 years since the US first invaded Iraq.

Tillerson also called for the establishment of “interim zones of stability” in Syria to which refugees from the US-instigated civil war that has raged throughout that country for the past six years could be forcibly returned. Areas will be deemed “safe” if they have been initially cleared of ISIS, an absurdly low standard given the deadly conflicts which continue to rage between different factions in the Syrian civil war.

At some point, we'll get around to Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford's comments this week that the US military will be in Iraq for "years to come."

The following community sites -- plus Cindy Sheehan -- updated:


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