Friday, January 08, 2021

Time's up

Jimmy Dore.


AOC and The Fraud Squad better grasp that their time fooling anyone is over.  Those days are over.  Even their whores can't protect them now.

They're all fake asses.  They grift and they whore.  They prey on the fears of people and turn those fears into profit.

I'm sick of them all.  

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

Thursday, January 7, 2021.  DC sees the American people while in Baghdad an arrest warrant is issued for Donald Trump.

Yesterday, there was a rally and a riot in DC among Donald Trump's supporters.  Here's one person's take.

I don't use violence, I don't condone violence.  But when there was violence at protests against the police, I didn't rush to condemn the protests and was aware that many more people were protesting peacefully.  

"There was nothing to be gained," Caleb says in the video again.  He says, "We saw human beings acting like animals.  We saw property destroyed."

We saw reality.  I'm sorry that a woman was killed. 

This was a protest by right wingers and it is not representative of all right wingers.  I also don't think it was all that awful.  Congress needs to know that they answer to the people.

The Congress is their Congress.  It's our Congress.  It's the people's house.  American people have the right to protest.

Donald Trump is not getting a second term.

I don't get the outrage from people in the center and on the left.  

'Oh, it's so awful.'

No, it's really not.  It is an ongoing lesson that the process -- such as it is -- works.  The protesters -- even those that you want to call a mob (for good reason) -- didn't alter the election.

Donald has used every technique he can think of to overturn the results.  The results stand.  This is a testament to democracy.  Every time he tries something else, it just shows the world what democracy is and how strong it is.

No offense to 'communist' countries, but a lot of them were toppled by things like this.  Democracy is strong.  (Real Communism might be as well, I don't think we've seen that though. The USSR probably came closest.  I'm referring to political science definitions here, if you haven't studied it, we'll just disagree.)  Democracy involves the people.  The people of America?  They elected Joe Biden.

And a protest or a riot doesn't change that.  And legal challenges were overturned by the courts.  

Democracy works.  

It's not perfect. (We need to end wars, we need Medicare For All, we need to address climate change -- seriously address, we need to find solutions for the homeless crisis in this country.)  But a democratic system works.  And that's been obvious every day since the election.  

Donald has been given every opportunity to question the results, to challenge them.

And, in a democratic system, that doesn't paralyze the country.  

This has been a huge learning experience, a strong testament.  

I am so sorry that a woman was shot dead by the police, I am so sorry that other people were injured.  

But the system worked.

Joe Biden will be president on January 20th.  

I don't like Donald Trump.   That predates this site, I've noted that I know him going back to 2005 when Ava and I tackled THE APPRENTICE.  I know him and do not like him and avoid him.  That didn't happen because he was president.  This is due to who he is and it predates that.

But I did not use this site to attack him for personal reasons.  And I didn't make this site a response to his Twitter feed -- the way the media did.  

Unlike those in the media, I didn't applaud Donald for years.  

They may need to take a look at that.

But Donald does have supporters -- he got a huge number of votes -- and they have a right to protest.

Let's stay on Donald but let's move to other news.

AFP reports:

A Baghdad court has issued a warrant for the arrest of US President Donald Trump as part of its investigation into the killing of a top Iraqi paramilitary commander.

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of Iraq's largely pro-Iran Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary network, died in the same US drone strike that killed storied Iranian general Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad airport on January 3 last year.

The strike on their motorcade was ordered by Trump, who later crowed that it had taken out "two (men) for the price of one".

I don't like Donald.  That said, Iraq issuing an arrest warrant for a sitting US president?  While that government is taking US tax dollars?

In the real world, that warrant is a joke.  And it's a Baghdad court not the country's supreme court.  But this is an issue that appalls me.  If they wanted to issue that after he was out of office, it still wouldn't go anywhere in our current system, but fine.  

To do it right now?  

It just makes clear what I've said all along: ISIS is the problem of the Iraqi government.  It's not a US problem.  US troops need to leave Iraq.  ISIS is still there, yes, but that's up to the Iraqi government to address -- the corrupt Iraqi government.

Another thing to notice is that these two people matter to the Iraqi government.  These two deaths matter.


As we noted weeks ago, go to the UN website and look at the seven pages listing the names of journalists who have been killed in Iraq and notice that not one of those cases has resulted in anyone going to prison.

But these two deaths matter?

BLACKWATER was in Iraq due to and with Bully Boy Bush's permission but they didn't go after Bully Boy Bush for the massacre in 2007, did they? 

The US government paid of some families who had civilians members killed by US troops at checkpoints and they also paid of members of the US government.

This is news to you?  Well maybe you never paid attention of maybe your best source of Iraq information was Phyllis Bennis.  In the fall of 2006, there was Phyllis yacking on the useless programs (like COUNTERSPIN) about how the US government refused to keep a tally of the deaths of Iraqis during the war.  But, Phyllis, as we pointed out to you in real time -- and not just online -- they did keep a count and it had been reported on.  In fact, it was reported on in the summer of 2006. 

Nancy A. Youssef reported it.  She reported it for KNIGHT RIDDER on the last day that it was still KNIGHT RIDDER.  It had already been bought by MCCLATCHY months prior but the switch over would be on the following day.

And maybe that's why Nancy had her article in print while it was still KNIGHT RIDDER?  That's the chain that reported the truth about the Iraq War -- even during the lead up to the war.  MCCLATCHY didn't.  They cheered the war on.  And we had to spend years pointing that out before it sunk in.  

MCCLATCHY is not a great outlet.  It never was.  And the KNIGHT RIDDER staff did far less once they were under MCCLATCHY.  They also began -- this took place while Barack Obama was president -- allowing opinion into news story -- opinions of those reporters supposedly 'reporting.'  They also dropped all standards -- including the two 'star' reporters on Iraq (Warren especially, but both of them).  They were heroes in the lies from the faux left.  They weren't heroes.  They were doing their job with MCCLATCHY which was to question government.  They stopped it once it became MCCLATCHY.  Do you remember the stories exposing this or that about Libya?  The chain of stories about the open slave markets that followed the US attack on Libya?

No.  MCCLATCHY's two 'manly' heroes couldn't be bothered with reality anymore.

But, at any rate, these two deaths matter to a BAGhdad court.

I bet I know which one.  I bet it's the same one Nouri always counted on to issue verdicts for him that he then pocketed -- and no one knew about -- and would later pull out of his pocket to say, "See, this is what's supposed to happen."  He even got away with using that when he didn't like results of an election.  Verdict issued before the election, no one knew except the judges and Nouri, he pulls it out when he doesn't like the results of the elections, waives it around and says, "Look, the judicial system is on my side."  That's the same court, isn't it, that announced that a defendant -- who had yet to appear before them -- was guilty?  Announced it in a press conference.  With one of the judges on the panel claiming that he was personally threatened.

That's what they did.  And they did it to Iraq's then vice president Tareq al-Hashemi.

I bet it's that Baghdad court.  

It's a joke.  

But if this is how it's going to go, if the leaders of both government aren't going to communicate with one another, let's pull all US troops right now.

We should have done it a long, long time ago.

We also should have stopped sending money to the Iraqi government a long time ago.

Iraq's about to enter an awful, awful period.  And that's appalling but it's due to government corruption.  (The US government helped set that system up, so there's responsibility there.)  

Iraq's an oil rich nation.  Can you imagine if you're a country without any natural resources, watching Iraq bring in billions every month and now tell their citizens that this isn't available and this resource is cut or gutted and this . . .

It's an oil rich country.  It should never, ever have an economic problem.

We're talking a pop4ulation around 40 million. 

China has almost 1.4 billion people.  Iraq's only got 40 million.  And yet it's about to hit austerity measures, hit the people with them.

In 2019, Iraq made $78.530 billion off oil.  78.530 billion.  And 40 million people.  And yet it's had to devalue the dinar.  

The corruption has resulted in Nouri al-Maliki being rich.  His awful son has multiple sports cars and multiple residence (including his party pad in London).  But the Iraqi people have nothing.  They don't have jobs.  They struggle every day.  And they struggle because they have a corrupt government.

That's why ISIS took hold in Iraq.  Nouri was persecuting the Sunnis.  He was sending tanks to circle the homes of elected Sunnis who were in Parliament.  He had the Iraqi military raid the home of a Sunni member of Parliament -- this resulted in one of the MP's family members being killed.

By the way, I don't remember that Baghdad court issuing an arrest warrant for Nouri.

Nouri's thugs were going to the homes of Sunnis they wanted to arrest and not finding the man they wanted to arrest.  So what did they do?

They arrested the man's mother.  His sister, his wife, his daughter, his son, his grandfather . . .

And these people then 'disappeared.'  Off they went into the system that no one could find them in.

And this is what led to the rise of ISIS.

ISIS rose in Iraq presenting itself as a group -- this took place in public -- that was going to defend the Sunni protesters who were shutting down a major road that ran from Falluja to Baghdad.  

That's when ISIS makes its public stand in Iraq.

Now that a Baghdad court has issued a warrant for a sitting US president while they have diplomatic relations with the US, it's time to get US troops out of Iraq.

Again, this isn't the supreme court of Iraq. This doesn't represent the view of the current prime minister.  But the current prime minister only became prime minister in May of last year.  The one before was forced out of office.  Meaning, the feelings of a prime minister may or may not matter.  What we know is that an arrest warrant against the US can be issued by a Baghdad court.  For that reason, we need to get US troops out of Iraq.

Now I'm against the war.  Started speaking out against it in February 2003, a month before it broke out.  I have called for all US troops to leave Iraq since the US-led invasion started.

And there are so many reasons for that -- strong reasons.  But right now, today, there is a new reason and it's that arrest warrant for Donald Trump.

He's not at risk of being arrested.

But this is a precedent that needs to register.

I don't think it will, however.  I think, because it's Donald, you're going to see a lot of glee from various US commentators.  Some will be endorsing it (that's appalling) and some will be seeing it as something to make jokes about.

US troops are on Iraqi soil.  We need to be thinking about that and about what this type of warrant means for them.  Again, this isn't going to effect Donald Trump in the least. He's not going to stand trial in Baghdad.

Can we say the same about US troops in Iraq?  

I can see an incident leading to huge outcries, I can see the Baghdad court issuing a warrant and I can see militias trying to execute that warrant.  That's the worst case scenario and that's what we need to be thinking about because US troops are over there risking their lives and no one, all this time later, can give them an honest reason for why they are in Iraq.

Here's Jimmy Dore on DC events yesterday.

Here's Katie Halper's take.

So that's four different takes -- you got Caleb's take, Jimmy's take, Katie's take and my take.  Maybe something in one of them spoke to you, maybe your take is different from all four?

But while you think about DC, try to think about what's taken in place in Baghdad today and what it could mean for any US service member on the ground in Iraq. 

It's way past time for all US troops to leave Iraq.

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  • Wednesday, January 06, 2021

    Rationing healthcare in a pandemic

     First up, Jimmy Dore.

    Jimmy Dore is the one to stream.

    Here's some disturbing news from AP:

    In hard-hit Los Angeles County, the total COVID-19 death toll has reached 10,850 and confirmed cases topped 818,000. The county reported more than 7,700 people hospitalized, including 21% in ICUs.

    County health officials fear the incoming Christmas and New Year’s surge. The additional Thanksgiving cases have swamped hospitals, forcing them to treat patients in hallways, ambulances and the gift shop, and forced an oxygen shortage. The California National Guard is contributing freezer trucks to help store bodies as hospitals run out of space.

    Hospitals are so overwhelmed that last week the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency issued directives that ambulances should stop transporting patients to hospitals if they have virtually no chance of surviving, including those whose hearts and breathing have stopped and who couldn’t be resuscitated by paramedics.

    The agency also issued a directive Monday directing ambulance crews to administer less oxygen. Supplies have been strained because of the pandemic.


    So we're rationing healthcare?  That's what it is.  In the middle of a pandemic.  Read on and find out that some of the older hospitals in the state have outdated oxygen systems.  How does that happen in any state?  Let alone in California.  That's what happens when states and the federal government cut taxes over and over for businesses and don't maintain the infrastructure.


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


    Tuesday, January 5, 2021. A grab bag of topics as a report that an attack took place on a convoy in Iraq, as the corruption in Iraq becomes more dire, as MOTHER JONES and Kevin Drum can't stay under their rock, etc.

    Starting with violence, MRN is reporting the following:

    Another US coalition logistics convoy was targeted by a roadside bomb on Tuesday morning in Saladin province.

    No further details have been published about the possible casualties, Saberin News reported, adding that no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Last night, a US coalition convoy was targeted on the road to the city of Ad Dujayl and the Qasim al-Jabbarin group claimed responsibility.

    I see no other coverage to verify that an attack took place.  More may come later in the day or this may be misreporting but we've noted it at the top.

    Now let's move over to  Jimmy Dore detailing The Fraud Squad.

    As Susan Sarandon says in THELMA & LOUISE, "You get what you settle for."  And if you're fine with getting nothing -- no Medicare For All, no serious work on climate change, etc -- then keep settling and defending The Fraud Squad and all the other fake asses and sell outs in Congress who are supposed to represent We The People but do not do so.

    Next topic, Shirley slid over an e-mail insisting I am avoiding "even mentioning Tara Reade."  Huh?

    From Friday's "2020: The Year Long Walk Of Shame:" 

    Tara Reade came forward with credible allegations that then-Senator Joe Biden assaulted her while she was an intern in 1992.  The press ignored the allegations forever and a day.  

    Then PBS' NEWSHOUR ridiculously 'investigated' by speaking to a list of people that Joe Biden's campaign provided.  Then there were all the attacks that were printed, whispers from the Biden campaign that the press didn't feel the need to disclose.  

    The repugnant Michael Tracey felt the need to weigh in.  Tara Reade could not have been raped, he explained, because of her money problems and some people who knew her once and didn't like her. Michael Tracey feels he knows better than anyone -- including those who've studied assault -- and possibly that's because he's an expert on the actions of a rapist?  Don't know but I do know that no rapist first asks his victim for a credit report.

    Hunter Biden has no ethics and may have broken laws.  But we never got to have that conversation in the press.  The Hunter story played out the same as the Tara Reade story -- the press refused to investigate and instead spent their time explaining how the story was wrong and shouldn't even be discussed.

    October 16th, THE NEW YORK POST published a story and this was followed by Twitter and Facebook censoring the nation's oldest newspaper still in business, it was followed not by newspapers and networks showing an interest in the computer and e-mails or demanding that Joe Biden answer (he still hasn't) on the record whether or not this laptop was Hunter Biden's, it was instead followed by attacking THE POST, its reporters and its sources.

    And this is not a momentary defect.  This is now what journalism resorts to: If they don't like the story, they're going to censor it.  NPR's ombudsperson Kelly McBride quoted NPR's Managing Editor for 'News,' Terence Samuel, declaring of the laptop story, "We don't want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don't want to waste the listeners' and readers' time on stories that are just pure distraction."  For more on that garbage, see Ava and my "Media: NPR doesn't trust its listeners" at THIRD.  But the most important point?  Hunter Biden is under federal investigation -- and we only learned that after the election.  Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Hunter Biden Finally Gets A Little Press Attention." 

    After the election, after weeks of being told 'nothing to see here,' turns out there was something to see there.  As Jonathan Turley pointed out:

    “Hunter is stuck on the roof.” That is what the transition team for Joe Biden should have said this week, instead of declaring that Hunter Biden is under federal investigation. The surprise was a lot to handle for many who have been insulated from real news about the case for weeks. The Biden team evidently never heard the old joke about the man who calls home during a trip to speak with his brother who was house sitting.

    When asked how things are going, the brother blurts out, “Fluffy is dead.” The man is shocked and yells that is not how you tell someone their cat died. Instead, he claims, you build up to it and say the cat is stuck on the roof, and then call back to say she fell. After the brother apologizes, the man asks how their mother is doing, and the brother pauses before replying, “Mom is stuck on the roof.”

    The problem is that Americans were assured that Hunter Biden was nowhere near the figurative roof. Before the election, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said the story involving the laptop was a “smear” from Russia. Some 50 former intelligence officials also insisted the laptop story was likely the work of Russian intelligence. Cable hosts and journalists laughed at the laptop story as fake news, and there was a virtual blackout on further coverage, until that loud thump after the election.

    Most striking about the media blackout is that, as with the Trump-Russia collusion story, the media was coaxed to buy into a false narrative. Reporters became so invested in the denial that they couldn’t afford to acknowledge growing evidence of possible wrongdoing. If Hunter Biden and his uncle did conduct a global influence peddling scheme, these reporters were at best dupes and at worst enablers of a coverup, so the story could not be true.

    The public shock was palpable because so many have been hermetically  and journalistically sealed off from any negative reports on the Bidens. The media was openly in the bag for candidate Biden, and he was left unchallenged in ridiculous claims like his often repeated line “no one has suggested my son did anything wrong.”


    Again, this is no longer a temporary defect, this is now a factory feature of journalism -- and that should bother everyone.

    That's Friday.  The e-mailer is upset that I "ignored" Tara all December -- check the archives and you'll see that's not the case.  The e-mailer points out a Kevin Drum aspect.  I didn't ignore that, I wasn't aware of it.  I wrote that on Friday.  Apparently the day before Kevin Drum attacked Tara at MOTHER JONES.

    Why would I know about that?  Do you know how long it takes to write the year-in-review?  That's a big piece and I don't get online to read anything after except Arabic social media.  More to the point, I have been calling out MOTHER JONES for nearly ten years now.  When they attacked a rape survivor, I believe I was the only one who defended her.  No one else called MOTHER JONES out or the two women who run/ruin the magazine.  Kevin Drum?  I didn't read that idiot when he was lying to get the Iraq War started, why would I read him now?

    I remember FAIR making a huge deal about these pro-war Iraq pundits who were wrong and the media rewarded them.  FAIR called out one media outlet after another . . . except MOTHER JONES.  MJ was supposed to be a left -- not a partisan, a left -- magazine.  And yet when it was time to hire a 'blogger,' they went with Kevin Give Me War On Iraq Drum.  And FAIR wouldn't call that out.  Because they're hypocrites.  The left right now needs to be fighting.  "We need to be able to name names," Briahna Joy Gray says in a clip in Jimmy's video above.  She's right.  But note that FAIR can't/won't name names.  Clean up your own yard before you go after others.

    Kevin Drum is human trash.  We've said that before.

    What the slime do?  He wrote a year-in-review piece entitled "Top Ten Lunatics of 2020" and for number seven, he offered this:

    Tara Reade. Remember her? She insisted that Joe Biden had sexually molested her in some way, but in the end it turned out to be just a fantasy made up by a habitual con artist.

    Kevin Drum is trash.   Here's a Tweet from Tara on this topic:

    The misogynistic roller coaster via what is painful as a survivor besides the name calling is the triggering of verbal abuse by that comes up from the past by a toxic males. Surviving abuse is hard and sharing it harder. But they will not take my dignity.

    Let me note again, MOTHER JONES is run/ruined by two women.  They have destroyed the magazine and note who they hire: David Corn (accused of harassment in the work place) and Kevin Drum (We have to have war on Iraq!).

    Some don't get why I've called out the hideous WONDER WOMAN 1984.  It's a very bad movie on every level but one of the main points is in Ava and my "TV: WONDER WOMAN 1984 is an awful film:"

    Cheetah's a secondary character in this film and she's defeated as Max is about to destroy the world.  She's a diversion to the plot -- can you imagine a director doing that with the Joker?  We can't either.  It's an insult to all the character stood for -- a character who's been around since 1943.  

    Equally true, she's the only other woman -- who's not an Amazon -- who gets more than ten lines of dialogue in the film besides Gal.  Why is that?  There are so many speaking parts for male actors and so many male characters -- even two homeless men who have more dialogue than the other women in the film.  How is this a feminist film?  How is this even a film by a feminist?

    Well it's not.  It's a film that director Patty wrote with two men.

    Really?  That's what we're going to get?  We scream and yell  for women to have the chance to direct and they choose to do a superhero movie about a woman and they choose to hire two men to help them write the script?  One of the men who came to Hollywood as a result of his reading of PENTHOUSE?

    This isn't feminism.

    And when you watch the sloppy and stupid WONDER WOMAN 1984, you grasp that it's not feminism either.

    Patty Jenkins was in charge of that film and she chose to work with . . . two men.  Not two women.  Not a man and a woman.  Two men.  Why are we breaking glass ceilings for Queen Bees who won't help other women?  (Queen Bee is a term popularized by Gloria Steinem in her book REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN about women who ensure their own success while doing nothing to help others.)  And that's why we called out THE NATION for their dismal record of publishing women when Katrina vanden Heuvel was in charge.  We see it at MOTHER JONES where two Queen Bees ensure that women are sidelined yet again.

    It's not feminism and when you keep a work place harasser (David Corn) on the payroll, you ensure that everyone in the work place knows that there are no rules which is how you get Kevin Drum's garbage published in the first place.

    Due to pushback, Kevin had to remove the number seven entry.  But even a large pushback didn't make them issue an apology.  Remember when David Corn -- trying to destroy Hillary Clinton -- lied about Bill Clinton.  Tons of people e-mailed and called MOTHER JONES.  When the lie was finally 'corrected,' they only corrected it on one piece -- David wrote three with the lie that Bill Clinton had pardoned a member of the Weather Underground -- and the 'correction' was half-assed with David saying basically, well he pardoned Marc Rich.  And that has hat to do with what?

    MOTHER JONES is garbage.

    Onto Iraq.  In THIRD's "Editorial: Iraq and the Dinar," we noted, "Things are about to get a lot worse for the Iraqi people."  At THE NEW YORK TIMES, Jane Arraf writes:

    Iraq is running out of money to pay its bills. That has created a financial crisis with the potential to destabilize the government — which was ousted a year ago after mass protests over corruption and unemployment — touch off fighting among armed groups, and empower Iraq’s neighbor and longtime rival, Iran.

    Iran in the past has taken the opportunity posed by a weak Iraqi central government to strengthen its political power and the role of its paramilitaries within Iraq.

    With its economy hammered by the pandemic and plunging oil and gas prices, which account for 90 percent of government revenue, Iraq was unable to pay government workers for months at a time last year.

    [. . .]

    That Iraq, one of the world’s largest oil producers, cannot reliably supply electricity to its citizens and has to import electricity is symptomatic of the dysfunction that led to antigovernment protests last year and brought down the previous government.

    A version of Jane's report also appears in print in today's NEW YORK TIMES and also at India's ECONOMIC TIMES.

    In related news, MIDDLE EAST MONITOR reports:

    An Iraqi parliamentary inquest has today revealed that an estimated $239.7 billion (some 350 trillion dinars) has left the country illegally since 2003.

    According to the Iraqi News Agency, one member of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee, Taha Al-Difai stated: "The amount was smuggled in the form of fake receipts and a lot of commissions were paid to officials."

    "Around $685 billion (1,000 trillion dinars) have been disbursed since 2003," he said, adding that this amount was "wasted in contracting and rampant corruption".

    According to Transparency International's 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index Iraq is ranked 162 out of 198 countries with corruption coupled with high youth unemployment being a frequent cause of anti-government protests.


    Last year, Rahim al-Darraji, a former member of the Finance Committee in parliament, estimated the looted funds in Iraq at around $450 billion.

    Iraq is witnessing a fiscal deficit of 58 trillion dinars in the 2021 budget – almost 38.6% of the total budget of $102 billion, due to the decline in crude oil prices.

    Corruption has to be addressed in Iraq.  The people have suffered due to it and now they're about to suffer even more.

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    Tuesday, January 05, 2021

    Genius of the week

    C.I. passed this video on to me.

    She knew I'd get a kick out of it because they're talking about the impact Jimmy Dore has made and is making.

    I'm with Jimmy.  Cenk and Ana are disgusting and they're about lining their own pockets, they're not about helping anyone else.  

    Jimmy's trying to get everyone to fight for us and to use the power that we have which is a power we're encouraged to forget we have.  We are the bosses, not Congress, us.

    Jimmy did heroic work and he did it by reminding us of our power and encouraging us to use it.

    I often pick an "idiot of the week."  Right now, let's do a genius of the week and that's Jimmy for all he did and for showing us that we have power.  We need to use our power.

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

     Monday, January 4, 2021.  We desperately need some common sense in this new year.

    Let's start the year with some common sense.

    First?  Donald Trump.  The election is over.  It was over when the electoral college voted.  

    Was the election stolen?  I see nothing to indicate that it was but let's say that it was stolen.  It's too late now.  The electoral college voted.  Donald had every chance to make his case and it's over.  

    In 2000, Al Gore won the votes but didn't get the presidency.  But at a certain point, it didn't matter anymore.  And Al understood that and grasped that the only thing that could happen if he continued to persist was for him to be labeled a sore loser.  

    Is that what Donald wants to look like?  Like Hillary Clinton for the last four years?  Ranting with unfounded conspiracies of how Russia stole the election from her?  Coming on a like a crazy woman?

    It's over.  Donald Trump has lost and any close to him would do well to explain that to him.

    If you're late to the story, we're talking about the call SKY NEWS reports on below.

    SKY NEWS?  We're not going with any US outlet -- they're not known for their fairness.

    SKY NEWS, if anything, would be in favor of Donald.  I can understand people being dismissive of THE WASHINGTON POST, THE NEW YORK TIMES, MSNBC, CNN and others who shredded their credibility over the last four years.  But that's not them.  That's SKY NEWS out of Australia.  It is right-wing leaning outlet, it is not a US outlet.  So I would hope even Trump supporters could absorb what is reported in the video above.

    Now it is over for Donald Trump.  He can accept that or not.  Whether he accepts or not, Joe Biden will become president January 20th.  Donald should be spending the time remaining figuring out who he wants to pardon, what papers he wants to order released, that sort of thing -- the things you do as you close shop.  

    He should consider pardoning Julian Assange.  WIKILEAKS' publisher is in the news this morning.

    At SHADOW PROOF, Kevin Gosztola offers the following analysis of the breaking news.

    For those late to the party, Julian is being persecuted for exposing War Crimes of the US government.  Monday April 5, 2010, WikiLeaks released  military video of a July 12, 2007 assault in Iraq. 12 people were killed in the assault including two Reuters journalists Namie Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh. Monday June 7, 2010, the US military announced that they had arrested Chelsea  Manning and she stood accused of being the leaker of the video. Leila Fadel (Washington Post) reported in August 2010 that Manning had been charged -- "two charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The first encompasses four counts of violating Army regulations by transferring classified information to his personal computer between November and May and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system. The second comprises eight counts of violating federal laws governing the handling of classified information." In March, 2011, David S. Cloud (Los Angeles Times) reported that the military has added 22 additional counts to the charges including one that could be seen as "aiding the enemy" which could result in the death penalty if convicted. The Article 32 hearing took place in December. There was an Article 32 hearing and then a court-martial.  February 28, 2013, Chelsea admitted she leaked to WikiLeaks.  And why.

    Chelsea Manning:   In attempting to conduct counter-terrorism or CT and counter-insurgency COIN operations we became obsessed with capturing and killing human targets on lists and not being suspicious of and avoiding cooperation with our Host Nation partners, and ignoring the second and third order effects of accomplishing short-term goals and missions. I believe that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information contained within the CIDNE-I and CIDNE-A tables this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general as [missed word] as it related to Iraq and Afghanistan.
    I also believed the detailed analysis of the data over a long period of time by different sectors of society might cause society to reevaluate the need or even the desire to even to engage in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations that ignore the complex dynamics of the people living in the effected environment everyday.


    Monday April 5, 2010, WikiLeaks released US military video of a July 12, 2007 assault in Iraq. 12 people were killed in the assault including two Reuters journalists Namie Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh.  In addition, October 22, 2010, WikiLeaks released 391,832 US military documents on the Iraq War. The documents -- US military field reports -- reveal torture and abuse and the ignoring of both. They reveal ongoing policies passed from the Bush administration onto the Obama one. They reveal that both administrations ignored and ignore international laws and conventions on torture. They reveal a much higher civilian death toll than was ever admitted to. Calls are coming in from officials in many countries for an investigation -- including from the UK, Norway and Israel -- and from the United Nations High Commissoner for Human Rights and the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on Torture. 

    For publishing these revelations -- and others -- Julian Assange has been persecuted.  

    Today, the judge has ruled that he may not be extradited to the US.  Hopefully, this will be followed by Julian being released.  Common sense dictates that.

    Common sense.  It was in short supply in 2020 -- and the US media ensured it was in short supply for the last four years.  Donald's going to be removed from office!!! There are indictments against Donald Jr.!!!  One claim after another fizzled out and the bulk of them should never have been 'reported' or amplified by the non-reporting talk shows of MSNBC.  That's all they are: Talk show hosts.  It would be great if the new year could bring even a semi-functioning media in the US.  All standards were shredded over the last four years and they were not impartial in the least.  It was appalling.  And Donald Trump has every right to complain about the US media.  They were not fair, they did not follow the same rules on him that they did for others.  

    Are they going to turn it around now?  Probably not.  They've gone down a road that would require a major u-turn at this point.  Whatever credibility they had left is gone.  Yes, rabid partisans on both sides will cheer what passes for 'journalism' when their foes are the victims of journalistic malpractice.  But the vast middle of America isn't feeling it.  And, let's remember, the US media has ignored the hit they took for lying about Iraq but despite ignoring it (or maybe because of ignoring it) they suffered a body blow that they still have not come back from.

    Common sense?

    2021 will be very difficult in the US for anyone who wants to see the US government actually serve the needs of the American people.  No, $150 a month (what the only stimulus check -- issued back in April -- provided for American citizens) is not taking care of the needs of the American people.

    It's going to be difficult to try to move a non-responsive government.

    And it's going to be difficult because there are so many who love an abusive relationship.

    That's what We The People have with the US Congress.  

    Jimmy Dore called for progressives in the House to state that they would withhold their votes for Nancy Pelosi in the Speaker of the House race unless she agreed to bring Medicare For All to a floor vote in the House by the end of January.

    This was a solid move.  A drama queen who loved Hillary now loves Kamala Harris and tries to pretend he's a K-Hiver.  Whatever.  But he's among the many attacking Jimmy and saying that this is how the left turns on its own.

    Drama Queen, you're not in Congress.  Members of Congress are not your own.  They are your public servants -- something that they forget becaue we don't remind them of it.

    They are there to serve us, not corporations, not foreign interests, not the zodiac, not the rolling tides.  They are there to serve us.

    People like Drama Queen ensure that this will be a difficult battle because they refuse to hold members of Congress accountable.

    AOC is not your friend.  What is she?  She's an idiot.  She sometimes makes good statements but she's inexperienced and she's failed to take any real stands.  She talks but she doesn't act.  She's rather vapid -- a glossy individual -- remember I offered that critique when she got into Congress -- and former Senator Claire McCaskill echoed those points on CNN.  

    You give up all your power when you work and work to turn someone into your hero.  

    As Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman says in BATMAN RETURNS, "You make it so easy, don't you? Always waiting for some Batman to save you."

    You create false gods and you do so for a number of reasons including that you're lazy.  False gods let you pretend that everything's alright -- when it's not.  It's the point of John Mulaney's whole bit about the horse loose in the hospital.

    It was not alright that a bunch of nonsense treaties and agreements with no teeth to them passed for eight years during Barack Obama's two terms as addressing climate change.

    That is not alright.

    And it cannot happen under even one term of Joe Biden's -- this is a crisis and it needs to be addressed.  That's not going to happen by being the pep squad for Congress.

    They need to fear you.  They need to fear that they could be voted out of office.  

    Jimmy Dore's plan was a good one.

    It was supposed to educate us.  It was supposed to demonstrate, via a floor vote, who we could count on in the fight for Medicare For All and who we couldn't count on.

    It did educate us.  It showed us that the so-called progressives are empty vessels who will not be agents of change unless tremendous pressure is brought to bear on them.  

    Drama Queen is a joke, a US citizen who won't stand up for his rights because he's too busy giving standing ovations to politicians who haven't delivered anything.  

    Jimmy Dore did a wonderful thing and hopefully this is the first of many battles.  At his Twitter thread, he's noting Ana Kasparian.  If he does a commentary on it at his YOUTUBE channel, we'll post it but I'm not sharing a video of her -- I'm not giving her views.  (A video of THE JIMMY DORE SHOW would include the clip but the views would go to Jimmy.)

    At THIRD, we did "JACOBIN needs to fire Ana Kasparian."  I don't call for people to be fired, it's a difficult economy.  My default position, for example, is not fire the awful Bill Maher but bring on a show with people who aren't anti-Muslim and aren't anti-women.   We need more voices, not less.

    But Ana already has a voice -- on THE YOUNG TURKS.

    We have said for some time that she is hurting JACOBIN's brand.  She is not what the publication is or at least what it pretends to be.

    From Ruth's "Ruth's Streaming Report:"

    I cannot listen to JACOBIN.  I know there is a mid-week program and C.I. highlights it, and she defended it this week at HILDA'S MIX.  I get her point.  But as long as JACOBIN is going to dilute their own brand by allowing the hideous Ana Kasparian to host their weekend program, I am not going to stream them.  Ms. Kasparian is hateful and she is rude.  More to the point, she is part of THE YOUNG TURKS.  I thought JACOBIN was about Democratic Socialism.  I am confused how the DSA can endorse Madeleine Albright because that is what Ms. Kasparian has done.

    Ana Kasparian is a Madeline Albright Democrat.

    Ms. Albright is a War Criminal.  If this is what JACOBIN wants to represent, I hope they understand that many of us on the left will not be visiting their website.  Ms. Kasparian already works for THE YOUNG TURKS.  She has an outlet.  It is time to let someone else -- especially someone not giddy over copping a feel of War Hawk Albright -- host the weekend program.

    Mad Maddie Albright?  She cozies up to that?  Is that what JACOBIN wants to stand for?  

    And now she's really made it important that JACOBIN retire her.  She used Saturday's JACOBIN program to attack Katie Halper and Briahna Joy Gray.  

    She can do that on THE YOUNG TURKS.  They do anything on that cesspool -- and have, sexism, homophobia, racism, you name it.

    But is this what JACOBIN wants to stand for?

    And while attacking them, she whines that others -- not her, never here (despite her Twitter nonsense attacks that she's carried out for weeks now) -- are dividing the left.

    Ana, look in the mirror.  

    The Iraq War continues.  But JACOBIN won't make time for that -- they're not alone on that -- however Ana's allowed to use the magazine's program for personal vendettas?

    That's not what JACOBIN is supposed to be about.  She needs to go.

    You didn't have a 'protest' in Baghdad yesterday.  A protest is something against the government.  And when we've seen real protests in Baghdad, we've seen real violence.  This was a rally to support militias and to support the government of Iran.  That's why they weren't attacked by government forces, that's why two Members of Parliament took place.  This was not a protest.

    Steven Nabil Tweets:

    Safaa Al-Sarai, a young Iraqi poet, writer and activist was shot in the head during the 2019 protest. Since then he became a symbol for the protests, his love of Iraq from his writings and actions taken alongside his struggles as an orphan working hard labor jobs to pay


    For his schooling made him a role model for many. Today Iranian backed militia supporters defaced a painting of Safaa in Tahrir Square and wrote on it “ Sulamiani”. Further angering millions of Iraqis who see Safaa as a reflection of themselves.

    I'm sorry, where is the coverage in western media of that?  Or of the murder of Safaa al-Sarai?  Never.  Can't be bothered.  But they can call Sunday's rally in Baghdad a protest. From the slums of Sadr City they pilled into downtown Baghdad and ALJAZEERA proclaimed them "mourners."  

    Zagrosi Tweets:

    Honest question Why is there no organized commemoration by the current Iraqi govt for: - The 100.000s of Iraqis killed in 1991 uprising? - The 100.000s of Iraqis killed in Iran-Iraq war? - The 100.000s Shia, Kurd, Sunni killed by former govts? Why for Iranian citizen Soleimani?

    NBC NEWS stated "thousands of Iraqis gathered in Baghdad's central square on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general."  Really?  Because the UK-based REUTERS got it right: "Tens of thousands of supporters of Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups" -- yep, that's what they were.  Germany's DEUTSCHE WELLE got it right too: "Thousands of Iraqi followers of Iran-backed paramilitary groups"

    This wasn't a protest.  If you've forgotten, the same square, weeks ago, was torched and actual protesters attacked -- torched by and attacked by government forces.  So don't pretend that thug Muqtada and his slum dwellers are representative of Iraq.  They're not even representative of the Shia in Iraq.  

    If you're still not getting it, Amnesty's Donatella Rovera Tweeted it plainly:

    Over a million participated - that is most of #Iraq’s 40 millions didn’t - in 1st anniversary commemoration in #Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, where #Soleimani’s & #Muhandis’s militias murdered, wounded & abducted 100s & 100s of peaceful demonstrators

    Year-in-review pieces went up last week:

    C.I.'s "2020: The Year Long Walk Of Shame,"  Ruth's "Ruth's Streaming Report," Kat's "2020 in music" and Martha & Shirley's "2020 in Books (Martha & Shirley)" went up here earlier.  Ann's "2020 in films" and Stan's "2020 in films" (joint-post) went up at their sites and will be reposted her later as will Rebecca's "sexiest men of 2020."

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