Saturday, December 02, 2017


Last night, MARVEL AGENTS OF SHIELD returned on ABC.


I was excited through the first hour.

Then my stomach started sinking.

By the end of the second hour?

It was obvious that the show can't think, can't imagine, can't do anything but offer sexism.

This is another season of Gemma in jeopardy.


Why couldn't Jemma have been the one back in real time on earth instead of Fitz?

Why couldn't the evil ruler have then grabbed Fitz for his harem?

It's always Jemma.

And it's so sexist.

And why do we have a 'flaming' evil ruler who is interested in women?

I'm serious on that.  He's not playing masculine.

And yet it's too much for the crap-ass show to make a man the victim of the storyline and the concubine of the evil ruler?

This show has been off track since Bobbie and Lance left.

Supposedly, Lance is coming back this season for an episode or two.  While that's a good start, they need him back full time and they need to bring Bobbie back as well.

I'd also put May, Mack or Daisy in charge and kill off Coulson -- his self-infatuated mincing got tired long ago.

I'll try to watch next week but another season of Jemma in distress?

I'm not up to it.

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

Friday, December 1, 2017.

The month of many holidays kicks off today.

A child in a home with Christmas decorations.

Outside as something moves in the sky.

Woman's voice: Let's go look for Santa.  Is he here?

Child's voice: I think I see it.

But it's not Santa's sleigh.  It's a War Plane.  Shooting missiles.

Several hit the home.

A series of quick cuts of various WIKILEAKS exposes.

"The forever war."

"Don't let it happen to you."


Meanwhile, in Riverside, California, a family mourns the death of Todd McGurn.  While in Baghdad last month, he began training and was killed in what's being termed "friendly fire."  Tony Shin (NBC4 -- link is text and video) reports:

The victim’s family said they know the service member who accidentally killed Todd is feeling a tremendous amount of guilt, but they are not angry with him.
“We’re angry at the fact that there’s not enough training for these men who are risking their damn lives for us,” the victim’s sister Tawnie Martinez said.
According to [his mother] Lori, Todd felt that there was a lack of comprehensive training.
“He never imagined the army being like this,” she said. “He did the Riverside Police Explorers for two and a half years and got more discipline and more respect.”
Todd McGurn is the fourth US service member to die serving in Iraq since October 1, 2017.
Staying with the topic of tragic death, there's a new hashtag trending on Twitter: "#ENDTuzkhurmatuGenocideNow":
Every single Kurd on social media is called on to share this: No excuse for you not to share. It is your duty.
Some1 who really care about should get a serious response 2 stop the current GENOCIDE in TUZ-KHURMATU wich is done by pro-Iranian thugs& Iranian controlled gov known as ,
backed militias committing against Kurds in
Too many innocent lives have been lost due to genocide at the hands of Iraq & Iran. Please stop turning a blind eye.
The world must react to human rights violations by Shia Militias in Kurdistan/Iraq, especially in . Thousands of Kurdish homes have been looted, set on fire. Thousands &thousands of Kurds have been/are being displaced. Humanity needs us now!
Innocent Children & women of TUZ-KHURMATU are became homeless, Schoolless and malnutrition, I'm surprised where are all of humentrian organizations ? Which told that human rights should be set as priority. Who cares about kurds ?
Kurds helped the world vs barbaric . where is the world now when kurds being forced away from their home?
World must wake up and stop on going Ethnic cleansing and Genocide against Kurds ,which is happening in Tuz Khurmatu NOW, before it's too Late!!! Retweet this if you agree please
save the people of Tuz Khurmatu and Kirkuk from barbaric genocidal campaigns!
Please join Twitter Storm to support the Kurds in this dire moment by tweeting: Since our legitimate referendum 4 independence on 25th Sept, Iraqi ISIS Al Shaabi terrorist R on genocide rampage with the approval of Iranian backed Baghdad gov, UK, USA...
I am sure groups and world has seen how are been in but they choice to stay silent
USA is aware of the genocide against Kurds but refuse to do anything. Where the rest of the world is silent
100.000 Kurds forced out of their homes by Shia militias
backed Shi’a militias forces genocide at will remain in history
The Shi'ite militias are now part of the Iraqi forces and there have been many War Crimes committed by the Iraqi forces in the so-called 'liberation' of various areas.  Last week, Amnesty International's UK director addressed the editorial board of THE GUARDIAN:

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad’s extremely disturbing report on Iraqi government soldiers torturing and cold-bloodedly killing captives after this year’s battle for Mosul should be urgently acted on (After the liberation of Mosul, an orgy of killing, 22 November). The authorities in Baghdad should establish an independent, impartial inquiry into all aspects of the conduct of its troops and allied forces – including United States and United Kingdom ones – during this cataclysmically bloody assault.
Deliberately killing fighters who have surrendered or who have been captured is absolutely prohibited under international law. Needless to say, killing civilians in these circumstances is also utterly unlawful – a war crime.
Kate Allen
Director, Amnesty International UK
Those killed and wounded, and the War Crimes themselves, have largely been ignored by the US government -- the same US government that has provided the forces training, equipment and money.
But indiscriminate bombing and collateral damage are also a War Crimes and the US-led coalition has killed thousands of Iraqi civilians.  Yesterday, REUTERS reported:

At least 800 civilians have been killed in strikes in Iraq and Syria by the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State since the campaign began in 2014, according to a report released by the coalition on Thursday.
The estimate in the monthly report, which said coalition strikes had unintentionally killed at least 801 civilians between August 2014 and October 2017, was far lower than figures provided by monitoring groups.
The monitoring group Airwars says a total of at least 5,961 civilians have been killed by coalition air strikes.
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The bombing of Syria and Iraq by the U.S. led coalition has been much more intense than news reports might suggest. Here are the figures from Airwars:
In other news, the US government has been detaining an American citizen in Iraq.
Judge says Trump admin is trying to claim “unchecked power that is, quite frankly, frightening," in refusing to provide any details on U.S. citizen they have been holding in military custody in Iraq for over 11 weeks:
Yesterday, the ACLU issued the following:

Admission Comes in ACLU Challenge to Military Detention of U.S. Citizen Held for Over 2 Months 

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November 30, 2017
WASHINGTON — The government told a federal court today that a U.S. citizen detained by the U.S. military in Iraq has asked for an attorney.

The unidentified American has been held since mid-September for allegedly fighting with ISIS in Syria. The American Civil Liberties Union had filed a request with the court to be put in contact with the American for legal assistance, and the government is fighting the ACLU’s request.

“This admission by the government reinforces our demand that the citizen be given access to a lawyer, which is his fundamental right under the Constitution,” said ACLU attorney Jonathan Hafetz. “The Trump administration’s position that it can secretly lock up an American without charges or the ability to challenge the detention in court is not how our legal system works.”

At a hearing in the case this morning, Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered the government to say by 5 p.m. whether the man had been advised of his right to an attorney and whether he had asserted that right.

The government’s response stated that FBI agents questioning the American “for law enforcement purposes” advised him of his Miranda rights.

The response went on to say, “The individual stated he understood his rights, and said he was willing to talk to the agents but also stated that since he was in a new phase, he felt he should have an attorney present. The agents explained that due to his current situation, it was unknown when he would be able to have an attorney, and the individual stated that it was ok and that he is a patient man.”

The ACLU filed a habeas corpus petition on the man’s behalf on October 5, demanding that the Trump administration justify its continued detention of the American without charge and without access to a court. The government has said that it is holding the citizen as an “enemy combatant.”

Because the government is denying the citizen both access to counsel and the ability to challenge his detention himself, the ACLU has filed as a “next friend” of the American. The government argued that the ACLU does not have standing to file the petition on the U.S. citizen’s behalf.

The case, ACLU Foundation v. Mattis, is in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Today’s government’s filing is here:

More on the details of the case is here:

All documents filed in the case are here:

The following community sites -- plus BLACK AGENDA REPORT, GORILLA RADIO and PACIFICA EVENING NEWS -- updated: