Thursday, September 15, 2022

Isaiah, House Democrats, Phil Butland

Starting out with Isaiah's latest THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Question."


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer believes that Democrats are likely to lose their control of the House of Representatives in the November midterms, Punchbowl News reported.
In the same exchange he gave Democrats a 60% chance of retaining control of the Senate.
According to the outlet, Schumer made the remarks at an Italian restaurant in Washington, DC, with a group of other Democratic senators.
The remarks were loud and could be overheard by several other patrons, Punchbowl said.
His prediction that Democrats would lose control of the Senate contradicts that of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said the party would not only hold the House but increase its majority.
Per Punchbowl, at the dinner Schumer described Pelosi as being "in trouble." If Democrats lose the House, she would also lose her position as speaker.

Yeah, I don't blame Chuck for saying it.  It's most likely the truth.  Nancy is trying to bluff and spin.  I heard her on the radio insisting that she knew what she was saying and she'd done it before.

Done it before?  What she's done before is lose.  In 2010's mid-term elections, she lost control of the House.  She was wrong throughout 2010 with her predictions.  She's wrong now too.  And it's not really what she believes.  She's lying intentionally.  She's trying to bluff.  
She's a lousy politician and it's way past time her ass got removed from leadership.  83-year-old Nancy needs to leave the House and go home and she needs to take the other geriatrics with her.

She's accomplished nothing in Congress.  She's made plenty of promises -- give us one House in the (2006) mid-terms and we'll end the Iraq War.  Uh-huh, liar.  She always lies.

Now, on another elderly woman -- Elizabeth -- this is from Phil Butland (COUNTERPUNCH):

Labour leader Keir Starmer tweeted “Above the clashes of politics, she stood not for what the nation fought over, but what it agreed upon” (you can read the full, sickening statement by the Labour Party here). But just how much did the life of this privately educated woman with 30 castles resemble that of a normal pensioner?

One of the last acts of Elizabeth Windsor was to pay £12 million to cover the court fees of her son Andrew. Andrew is accused of sexually abusing Virginia Giuffre when she was a teenager, and the evidence against him looks compelling. It is not even a matter of dispute that he regularly partied with known paedophiles and sex traffickers.

Andrew is not the first sexual predator to visit royal palaces. Serial rapist Jimmy Savile used palace visits to seize young women and lick their arms. When Prince Charles and Princess Diana had marital difficulties, they employed Savile as a counsellor. Charles asked him to help improve the image of his brother’s soon to be ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.

How much?

While many British pensioners die of hypothermia each Winter, the Royals have an annual gas bill of £2½ million. This is not something they find difficult to pay. Forbes magazine estimated last year that the Royal Family is worth $28 billion. Last year, the Sovereign Grant, which replaced the Civil List, allocated them £86.3 million, compared to £42.8 five years previously. This money is paid by the British tax payer.

As Bailey Schulz reported in USA Today, the queen’s “personal assets from investments, real estate, jewels and more have an estimated worth of $500 million”. Prince Charles’s Duchy of Cornwall inherits all the wealth of people who die in Cornwall without making a will. His estate, worth £1billion now passes to Prince William.

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

Thursday, September 15, 2022.  Joe Biden's lies exposed as he continues to persecute Julian Assange, a documentary filmmaker calls out Hillary Clinton and chaos and climate destruction continue in Iraq.

When US President Joe Biden isn't lying, he's busy persecuting Julian Assange.  Julian is guilty of . . . exposing the truth.  War Crimes were committed.  Joe Biden's not going after those.  He's going after Julian for exposing the War Crimes.  An outraged world watches as Joe tries to destroy freedom of the press and continues the persecution of Julian.  EFE reports:

The mayor of Mexico's capital presented the keys to the city on Wednesday to the father and brother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, currently jailed in London facing possible extradition to the United States on charges of violating the Espionage Act.

"It is an honor to give you the keys to the city. It is a act symbolic of what Mexico City represents: freedom of expression," Claudia Sheinbaum said.

Gabriel Shipton said the ceremonial gesture of awarding Mr Assange the keys to the city was a "surprise" and he was "blown away" by the support for his brother in Mexico.

Mr Assange has been in British custody since being expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2019.

The WikiLeaks founder could face a 175-year prison sentence if extradited to the US and convicted of the charges.

TELESUR offers this video report.

Lopez Obrador has often pledged his support for Assange, urging US President Joe Biden to release Assange, whom he considers "the best journalist of our time."

The Mexican president has also said that "Mexico's doors are open for Assange," offering him political asylum.

"I left a letter to President Biden explaining that he did not commit any serious crime, Assange, he did not cause anyone's death, he did not violate any human right, and that detaining him would mean a permanent affront to freedom of expression and freedom. And I explain that Mexico offers protection and asylum to Julian Assange", Lopez Obrador said in July.

He said if the US does not free Assange, he would start a campaign to remove the Statue of Liberty in New York City.​​​​​​​

In June, Assange’s lawyers sued the CIA, accusing the agency of spying on him while he was in the Ecuadorian embassy. 

“The legal proceedings in the U.K. are just a thin veil that is held in front of Julian’s persecution,” said Gabriel Shipton at Tuesday's conference.

He called the security company hired by the Ecuadorian embassy a “CIA asset” and accused the agency of installing cameras and microphones in the facilities in order to record Assange’s meetings with lawyers, doctors, journalists and other visitors.

“This legal proceeding — you have one side that has all the knowledge of the legally privileged conversations with Julian and his lawyers, all his legal documents, which is no legal proceeding at all,” he said.

Gabriel also extolled the effects of his brother’s work with WikiLeaks on Mexican society, saying that it allowed people to make more informed decisions about their government.

The world is watching.  Joe Biden doesn't care because he keeps getting away with lies.  In Philadelphia, he gave a very divisive speech.  But there's more to it than just that and his and Kamala Harris' efforts to demonize people they call election deniers.  These comments are to make you scared.  Should you be scared?  You should be scared of Joe Biden.  Barry Grey (WSWS) reports:

In the final primary contests before the November midterms, the Democratic Party once again spent millions of dollars to help fascistic Trump acolytes and “stolen election” liars defeat more moderate Republican opponents and advance to the general election.

The final three primaries were held Tuesday in New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Delaware. Attention was focused on New Hampshire, where the state’s two House seats and one of its Senate seats, currently held by Democrats, are considered vulnerable. In the narrowly divided House of Representatives, the Republicans need to pick up only five seats to win the majority.

The Senate is currently split 50/50, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting a tie-breaking vote. It will take only one seat changing hands there to tip the balance to the Republicans.

Trump did not endorse any of the Republican primary candidates in the three states’ races, unlike earlier contests in states such as Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Illinois, Arizona, Ohio, Washington, Wyoming, Nevada and West Virginia, where Trump-endorsed candidates were victorious. Trump-endorsed candidates lost their primaries in Georgia, Alaska and Wisconsin.

However, in New Hampshire, Republicans who ran as full-bore MAGA Republicans and promoters of the lie that Biden’s election was the result of massive vote fraud defeated more moderate candidates who were backed by Republican Governor Chris Sununu, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell or House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

In at least two of three critical races, the most fascistic Republicans benefited from TV ads paid for by Democratic political actions committees or other Democratic campaign groups.

[. . .]

While Biden and the Democratic leadership as a whole either tacitly or openly support the policy of boosting fascistic Trump Republicans against more moderate candidates in the Republican primaries, scattered voices in the party establishment are denouncing it as a disastrous policy that plays into the hands of Trump.

Former Indiana congressman Tim Roemer, who headed up a letter from former Democratic lawmakers criticizing the party for using the tactic, said: “This is a deeply, deeply precarious and dangerous strategy to deploy. It risks elevating these liars and giving them a platform for another three or four months—even if they end up getting beat—to drumbeat their message into the electorate and further erode trust.”

In fact, it thoroughly exposes the fraud of the Democrats’ claims to be defenders of democratic rights and the Constitution against the openly fascist politics of the Republican Party under Trump.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the Democratic Party has spent $53 million in Republican primaries this year. It has intervened in nine states and at least 13 primaries to boost the most far-right MAGA candidates, many of them Trump-endorsed. These include criminals such as Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, who were present at the White House and the Capitol on January 6, 2021 and personally participated in the events that culminated in the attack on Congress.

These people are awful, Joe screeches and he screeches this as the DNC pumps money into to make them the candidates for the GOP.  It's the sort of rat f**king that Republicans did in the late 60s and 70s.  So the Democratic party elevates the campaigns of these 'deniers' and then Joe Biden trashes these 'deniers' and insists you must not vote for them.  It's hypocrisy and it's stupidity.

ROE V WADE is over for a number of reasons.  No, Barack wasn't the first feminist president -- MS. MAGAZINE can you please correct that cover.  And Kim Gandy, can you apologize for pimping Barack in 2007 and 2008 and telling us that he would codify ROE?  He didn't.  And that's one reason ROE's dead.  Not the only reason.  The justices that Donald Trump appointed to the Supreme Court?  Slice off a piece of the blame for Donald.  But don't forget Hillary Clinton.  What's being done right now?  Democrats elevating the worst candidates on the GOP side because they 'know' they can win against those?  That's what Hillary and her campaign did in 2016.  Hillary just knew she could win against Donald Trump.

How'd that work out again?

Oh, that's right.  She lost.  She was publicly humiliated -- something she's been her entire life.  No, Hillary, it is not gutsy to stay in a bad marriage where your husband repeatedly cheats on you.  And, no, Hillary it is not gusty to lose to Donald Trump.  That is how awful she is -- she lost to Donald Trump.

And because of what she did, ROE is dead.  And now the Democratic Party wants to risk us being screwed over even worse?  Joe Biden should be ashamed of himself and every outlet should be calling this scheme out.

But few have the courage to speak the truth. Laura Poitras is one of the few with courage.  Adam Benzine (VARIETY) reports:

  Oscar-winning documentarian Laura Poitras slammed the Venice and Toronto film festivals for “providing a platform” for the Clinton family to engage “in a kind of whitewashing.”

Her comments come as TIFF this week hosted the Canadian premiere of Poitras’s “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed,” a documentary about the artist and activist Nan Goldin, and just days after the film won Venice’s top prize, the Golden Lion.

It is the rare doc to land slots at the superfecta of Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York, and Poitras said she thought “long and hard” about whether or not to voice criticism at the same venues feting her latest work. Nevertheless, she said, “journalists need to ask hard questions.”   

  Poitras argued that Clinton was “engaging in a form of whitewashing,” accusing the former secretary of state — who was at TIFF to promote the upcoming Netflix doc In Her Hands, about one of Afghanistan’s first female mayors and the first doc from her own production company — of being actively involved in and supporting the increase in U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan while in office.

The documentarian — speaking following All the Beauty and the Bloodshed‘s screening at TIFF on Monday — raised the subject of Clinton, which she admitted she was initially hesitant to do, while discussing Julian Assange (who featured in her Oscar-winning doc Citizenfour and was the subject of her 2016 film Risk) and the current attempt by the U.S. government to extradite him from the U.K. and charge him under the Espionage Act. The effort, she claimed, was “literally the most important issue facing journalism globally right now.”

Poitras said there was “nothing more serious that threatens the First Amendment,” because what the U.S. was trying to do was charge Assange for “publishing, for literally revealing war crimes in the U.S. occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.”

She offered Clinton “a challenge”: to call for the end to the “prosecution and persecution” of Julian Assange. “Because all she has to do is pick up her phone, because she has all their numbers on her phone, and these are the most powerful people in the world.”

“This is literally the most important issue facing journalism globally right now is the U.S. prosecution of Assange over the Espionage Act,” Poitras said. “There is nothing more serious that threatens the First Amendment, not just in this country, but also threatens journalism globally, because what the U.S. government is doing is they are trying to extradite him, bring him back, try him under the Espionage Act for publishing, for literally revealing war crimes in the U.S. occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan.”

She continued, “The last years have been terrifying for journalists. First, the Obama administration — it mobilized the Espionage Act more than it had ever been used, targeting whistleblowers and journalists. And now it’s escalated not just to whistleblowers and sources under Obama, now it’s being used towards a publisher [Assange].”

Poitras also suggested it was hypocritical for Venice and TIFF to simultaneously program the Clintons’ work while showcasing No Bears, the latest film by jailed Iranian director Jafar Panahi. She noted, “The U.S. government’s effort to indict and prosecute Assange is, I would say, not dissimilar to imprisoning Jafar Pahani in Iran.”

Turning to Iraq -- the country Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden helped destroy -- Fawaz Turkey writes at GULF NEWS:

Why is it that certain states, which seemingly have it all — abundant wealth, a storied history, an educated elite, a distinctly articulated cultural heritage and a collective will-to-meaning by the populace — botch their chances at becoming prosperous, stable nations, thus denying the citizenry their place in the sun?

This is the question that we have been asking in recent months as we contemplated the anarchy that has come to define Iraq’s political culture in our time — certainly since 2003, when the US earnestly attempted but dismally failed to graft on the country a neoliberal system of government.

Anarchy, we all remember from Poli-Sci 101, is not anarchism. The latter (from the Greek anarchos, “without authority”) is a political philosophy that, as a movement, seeks to abolish those institutions in society that exercise authority over people’s lives, leaving it to citizens to arbitrate their own disputes and determine their own destiny (sure, dream on, utopians), whereas the former refers to the falling apart in a polity of the social contract between ruler and ruled, leading to endless suffering and widespread despair, often followed by intercommunal violence.

Yes, the political stalemate continues.  11 months and counting.  October 10th, Iraq held elections, all this time later, still no prime minister or president.  The answer, some now insist, is to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections.  

And after Moqtada doesn't like those results, will it be time for another early election?  And then another?  And then another?

Because Moqtada is the most likely loser in any snap election.

People who sat out the election in 2021 are not planning to do that again.  Arabic social media expresses the outrage many feel towards Moqtada.  And he wasn't popular before he had his cult storm the Parliament.  He's only gotten less and less popular and that rejection of his father's spiritual leader -- that man rejecting Moqtada?  It registers a lot more in Iraq than the western media seems to notice.

Iraq continues to suffer, the US Institute of Peace notes.

Iraq is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. Amid a protracted political crisis, sweltering temperatures, water scarcity and other climate-related challenges threaten the country’s stability and add to Iraqis’ grievances. Zena Ali Ahmad, the United Nations Development Program’s resident representative in Iraq, analyzes how climate change impacts Iraq and its stability and discusses solutions to address these impacts.

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