Wednesday, March 21, 2018

#MeToo peters out?

I don't know but it looks like it.

Fred Savage is accused of harassment -- the woman says she brushed dandruff off him and he punched her or something (read it here) and that she also was subjected to eye rolls and cursing.

Read the comments.  No one is taking the woman's claims seriously.

"Eye rolling" is part of the reason.

I hope it's not true.

But we may also be entering a period where the one making the charges is no longer automatically believed.

If so, blame it on the overreach of #MeToo which has blamed everything under the sun for anything.

Mira Sorvino may have gotten a boob job but she was also a weird looking woman.  Maybe White people didn't notice because of her blond hair?  They do love a blond.  But she's flat out ugly.

She's flat out ugly.  She refused to stay in the comedy lane after winning her Oscar for a comedy.  She did one flop after another.

Harvey Weinstein may have kept her out of LORD OF THE RINGS.  So what?  It wouldn't have revived her career.  Does anyone talk about any of the women in those films?  No.

Mira's ugly looks and her advancing age after multiple flop films is why here career is where it is now.

Ashley Judd destroyed her looks with plastic surgery and cosmetic fillers.  Her face became a public joke.

Aziz Ansari?

That was nonsense.  A woman goes out on a date with him, goes back to his apartment with him, lets him go down on her twice and goes down on him once and then wants to claim the next day that something awful happened?

Grow the hell up.  You're an adult.  If you weren't comfortable, leave.  Don't do stuff and then the next day whine that the date was an assault.

I still support Rose McGowan.  But the #MeToo movement?  No.  (And that movement is a corporate takeover of what African-American women were already doing.  Alyssa Milano culturally appropriated it.)

Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Wednesday, March 21, 2018.  "I want my money back."

I never meant to be the needle that broke your back
You were here, you were here, and you were here
Don't look back
I never meant to be the needle that broke your back
You were here, you were here, and you were here
Don't look back
He war he war
He will kill for you
He war he war
He will kill for you
From who you can
You know you can
-- "He War," by Cat Power, first appears on her YOU ARE FREE

However you count it, the Iraq War is now 15 years old.  (Or the latest wave of it.)  The Bastard War?  No, The War Of The Bastards.  It's a long, long list of bastards -- Bully Boy Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Tony Blair, John Howard, Dianne Feinstein, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Olympia Snowe . . . 
The War Of The Bastards.  How appropriate that it's birth is so clouded.  It began at the same moment around the world but, due to the time zone differences, it started on March 20th in Iraq and the late night of March 19th in the US.  

The War Of The Bastards ignored international and domestic law, used pysops on the American people, was willfully sold by the media whores and left the US forever in debt.  US President Donald Trump's slammed for saying three trillion dollars.  Slam him when you want but when he's actually right and you slam him, you make it look like your problem isn't with his actions, it's just with him and that's not going to build a resistance though it may bring one or two more over for your circle jerk.  Play safe, kiddies.

Three trillion is the estimated cost.  That's when the medical needs of the veterans of today's wars are factored in.

Three trillion dollars.  And it wasn't Bush or Barack or Donald's money.  It was We The People's money.

And we suffer, across the country as a result.

I want my money back
I'm down here drowning in your fat
You got me on my knees
Praying for everything you lack
I ain't afraid of you
I'm just a victim of your fears
You cower in your tower
Praying that I'll disappear
I got another plan
One that requires me to stand
On the stage or in the street
Don't need no microphone or beat
And when you hear this song
If you ain't dead sing along
Bang and strum to these here drums
Till you get where you belong

I got a list of demands
Written on the palm of my hands
I ball my fist, you're gonna
Know where I stand
I'm living hand to mouth
You wanna be somebody? See somebody?
Try and free somebody?

"List of Demands (Reparations)" -- the new single from The Kills

"I want my money back!" should be the cry of the American people.

Mike rightly called out Bernie Sander's latest for show action.  But grasp that if Bernie wants to focus on the economy, on jobs (the lack of), on the crumbling infrastructure, you can't do that without talking about where the money went.  It went to the colonize Iraq.  Three trillion dollars and counting.  And counting.

I want my money back.

If the senator wants to run for president again, he's going to have to explain where the money went and how, as president, he'd avoid the same thing.  Because we've now had three occupants of the Oval Office conducting the war on Iraq: Bully Boy Bush, President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump.  The money continues to flow to Iraq.

Not to help the Iraqi people, understand, but to prop up the US-created government.  The occupation and the colonization of Iraq continues as surely as the war itself does -- they are all intertwined.

I want my money back.

Gordon Block (WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES) reports:

Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division formally took the lead of the international ground forces helping Iraqi troops defeat ISIS in the country.
The ceremony took place 15 years to the day from when American forces first entered the country to take on Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, after President George W. Bush and his cabinet built the case that the country was developing weapons of mass destruction.
The Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command — Operation Inherent Resolve, previously managed by the 1st Armored Division, represents 75 nations and international organizations supporting training, advising and equipping Iraq’s security forces.

The Iraq War has not ended.  It's amazing that those who supported the war grasp that while those of us who opposed it have a large number who self-deceive that the war is over.  Tara Copp (MILITARY TIMES) spoke with one service member who supports the ongoing and never-ending war:

Fifteen years after the U.S. launched Operation Iraqi Freedom, the remaining U.S. troops deployed there are still needed, the spokesman for U.S. operations in western Iraq said Tuesday.
Marine Corps Col. Seth W.B. Folsom was one of the 150,000 U.S. and coalition troops who initially crossed into Iraq 2003 and is now the commander of Task Force Lion, the continued U.S. effort in Anbar province. 
"My Marines and I came to Iraq in 2003 because we thought it was the right thing to do and we served honorably," Folsom said Tuesday at press briefing with reporters at the Pentagon.
"Unlike a lot of people out there right now, I'm not really interested in engaging in the same sort of self-loathing a lot of people are doing today on the anniversary.  The simple fact is this: the war has changed out here.  It's not the same war anymore.

Well then that would mean -- if it's not the same war anymore -- that it would need something other than the 2002 Congressional authorization to go forward.  The war continues.  Many Americans live blissfully unaware of that.  Who knew we were a nation of Barbara Bushes (the old one, not the young pretty one).

"Why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"

Take a look in the mirror, America, we've become Barbara Bush.

We're saggy and flabby -- and that's just our minds.

How does this happen?  Well you can't pay Rachel Maddow over a million a year and still do news, apparently.  Of television outlets, all but CNN pulled out of Iraq at the end of 2008.  The only real American withdraw has been the US media's 2008 withdraw.  The print outlets?  THE WASHINGTON POST has journalists in the region -- often in Iraq itself.  MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS?  None.  Because MCCLATCHY never did s**t.  Bill Moyers started that lie.  KNIGHT RIDDER was the newspaper chain questioning the war and the claims made to support it.  KNIGHT RIDDER was purchased by MCCLATCHY (it ceased publication in July of 2006).  Now MCCLATCHY was around in the lead up to the war.  It did nothing but whore.  Don't give MCCLATCHY credit for what KNIGHT RIDDER did.  It had papers but it chose to whore like THE NEW YORK TIMES did.  THE NEW YORK TIMES?  They do have reporters in Iraq.

Now under Barack, coverage fell there -- despite the money the paper was spending.  Why?  Jill Abrasmon -- who has attacked Judith Miller on the record and on background in a catty manner that can only be described as bitchy (well, there's the c-word but I'm still not comfortable using that).  She supported the war.  She tries to pretend otherwise but she did.  And when she was made editor of the paper, it was all about bury Iraq.  Tim Arango, remember, had the exclusive news in September 2012 that Barack was sending US troops back into Iraq and he had an on the record US military brass source.  Jill wouldn't let that be a story.  Tim finally managed to squeeze it into a report on Syria -- two paragraphs buried in there.

Jill was trash and so is her son.  Poor Jill, disgraced.  And her son's once promising career no more.  Yes, I had a hand in the departure of Jill -- a hand (Elaine actually documented my role at her site, my part -- in the lead up to Jill being fired) -- from the paper.  But when it came to take down her son, that was pretty much 72% me.  You're welcome, Jill.  The Iraqi people pay for your sins, it's the least I can do to make sure that you and your son are miserable.

Jill's gone (and exposed as a racist at the paper).

If Jill were still at the paper, we wouldn't get this announcement:

On the 15th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq, we are relaunching At War, which began as a blog for our journalists and contributors in Baghdad years ago. You can read more about that here.
One contributor, Matt Ufford, writes about rolling into Iraq on a tank, as a Marine. Above, U.S. troops keeping watch as the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation burned in April 2003.
In our Op-Ed section, the Iraqi-born novelist Sinan Antoon writes about how he opposed the invasion, and he mourns what has happened since.
“The invasion of Iraq is often spoken of in the United States as a ‘blunder,’ or even a colossal mistake,’” he writes. “It was a crime.”

We wouldn't get that if Jill were still at the paper.  But she's gone.  Scribbling a weekly column for THE GUARDIAN -- a foreign newspaper -- and trying to pretend like that qualifies as disgrace when it's shame, she's bathed in shame and embarrassment.

Those objecting to Judith Miller?  Miller's reports were wrong.  Miller didn't make up things, she just trusted her sources and trusted them way too much.  After the fact, Jill tried to whisper to the press to make herself look better.  Reality, Jill had the power to stop Miller's reporting but she supported it.  A lot of people want to pretend that Judith Miller is responsible for everything.  She's responsible for what she wrote.  Others above her are responsible for it making it into print and for it making it into print the way it did.

People sometimes say no lessons were learned from this ongoing war.

How could lessons be learned?

There was no accountability.

MOTHER JONES, to name but one outlet, rewarded pro-War Cheerleaders like Kevin Drum.

The people who were right, to this day, are not applauded.

The people who lied are still in positions of power -- even in the press.

How can lessons be learned when that happens?

Also true, we didn't demand accountability as a people.  When Ed Needham did his "trend" story about bug chasers (AIDS), outraged readers called that junk nonsense out and demanded that ROLLING STONE extend their subscriptions by one issue.  Imagine if NYT subscribers had done that with regards to all the editions of the paper with lies published as fact?

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  • Monday, March 19, 2018



    That's Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Hillary's Tainted Get Out The Vote Effort" from Sunday.

    STOP-LOSS.  That’s my choice for best Iraq War movie.  (A close second would be Brian de Palma’s REDACTED.)   Kimberly Peirce directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay.  It’s about what happens when you’re ready to leave and you’ve served only to find out that the military has stop-lossed you – extended your tour.


    This is a movie that had a great cast – including Ryan Phillippe, Channing Tatum, Abbie Cornish, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Timothy Olyphant



    This is one of those films that gets a second life from home video and from cable.  I don’t know anyone who hasn’t seen this film – male or female.  It has had an impact.  I remember some whiners when the film was released attacking it because Ryan doesn’t self check out and stay checked out.  That’s not what this film is about. 




    But it does expose what the US military was doing.  They did it to Camilo Mejia and shouldn’t have been able to because he wasn’t even an American citizen today.   But this is the only film that addresses that issue.  And it does so in a way where you care about the characters.  I think the character returning to serve – when some of us are wanting him to go to Mexico – is realistic and gets it across to the audience that this is the wrong war and people are suffering.  I also think that the whole issue of the US senator stabbing the guy in the back rings true and there were a lot of members in the US Congress who claimed they would help only to turn around and betray the veterans.  And I would include the two senators from Hawaii who refused to support Lt. Ehren Watada – Senator Daniel Akaka and Senator Daniel Inouye.  Bob Watada, Ehren’s father, was big in the state Democratic Party and yet these two do nothing senators wouldn’t do one thing to help him.  Fortunately, Ehren Watada won in court.

    STOP-LOSS is a compelling film and it's got a strong visual sense.


    Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

    Monday, March 19, 2018.  The Iraq War hits the 15 year mark.

    Earlier this month, VARIETY profiled Barbra Streisand . . . for some reason.  I loved the notion that the star had used her power to get the stories made that she wanted.

    What stories?

    That awful STAR IS BORN remake?  It wasn't NUTS, she stepped over Debra Winger to steal that role so the film would have been made regardless (and much more believable with another actress).  WHAT'S UP DOC? -- she hates that film to this day.  In the feature, she talked about the hideous HELLO DOLLY.  Are we really supposed to believe that musical wouldn't have been made without Barbra?  It would have been made with Doris Day or any other musical comedy performer (Debbie Reynolds, for example).  FOR PETE'S SAKE -- the film that captured Barbra's homophobia on camera?  (Later, she'd visit the set of one of the RAIDERS and hurl -- joking! -- homophobic comments at Harrison Ford -- you can probably find that online.)  THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT?  That would have (and should have) been made with Elizabeth Taylor but at least it proved Barbra could have two homophobic movies in her filmography -- what an accomplishment for a woman who would be nothing without her gay fans.  I won't begrudge her YENTL.  But that's over a decade into her box office power.  After that, she's got nothing to brag about or even anything that qualifies as a noble failure.

    That got overlooked in all the rightful outrage over her demonstrating that she was someone with too much money and too little common sense: She's cloned her dogs.  She should be ashamed.  Not only because there are rescue dogs in need of homes but also because it shows where her priorities are -- bringing to life dead dogs.  She's is the dead.  The Living Dead.

    And the rightful shock over the cloning of dogs led many to miss the most outrageous part of the feature.

    This is what the nut case said:

    And now, in retrospect, Bush looks quite good compared to Trump. At least he’s not mean-spirited.

    Useless nut said what?

    Bully Boy Bush looks quite good compared to Trump.

    Let's quote someone more gifted and more knowledgeable -- certainly more ethical -- than Barbra.  This is Harry Belafonte from his best selling MY SONG:

    I really did think -- still do -- that George W. Bush was a terrorist.  My only mistake was in calling him the greatest terrorist in the world, since I had not met them all.  His launching a war against Iraq without cause, and with treacherous intent, resulting in the needless deaths of thousands of American servicemen and -women and tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens, the majority of them civilians, qualified him for the title, as far as I was concerned.  Those thousands of innocent lives lost were, to the Bush Administration, just "collateral damage," a phrase that I find infuriating.  To me, collateral damage is just a brazen attempt to find moral grounds for crimes against humanity.

    That reality never occurs to Barbra.  She's apparently stuffed her face so full of fillers that there's no chance for an independent or honest thought to penetrate that skull.

    Recently, still needing applause but too lazy to do anything, Barbra's taken to praising herself for not being harassed.  She leaves out the part about how her then live-in Jon Peters harassed plenty of women and Barbra didn't hold him accountable but instead blamed the women.

    Today is the 15th anniversary of the start of the ongoing Iraq War and an airhead like Barbra is so out of touch she actually declared this month, "And now, in retrospect, Bush looks quite good compared to Trump. At least he’s not mean-spirited."

    Think of all the millions dead and wounded in this illegal war and you start to grasp how a society can arrive at a point where they exclaim, "Off with her head!"

    In Iraq, babies are born with birth defects because of the weapons the US used there.  But Barbra's cloning her damn dogs.  She should fear people storming Malibu.  Maybe that would force her to do something wiser with the money too many have foolishly forked over to her.

    Let's note crazy Barbra's hero Robert Mueller.

    Amid the hysteria in Britain & as the 15th anniversary of the illegal invasion of Iraq nears, here's a video of Robert Mueller lying to the world about WMD's

    This vile criminal, responsible for countless deaths, has been fully rehabilitated by liberals


    Robert Mueller in 2003 ahead of the start of the Iraq War: As Director [George] Tenat has pointed out, Secretary [Colin] Powell presented evidence last week that Baghdad has failed to disarm its Weapons of Mass Destruction willfully attempting to evade and deceive the international  community.  Our particular concern is that Saddam Hussein may supply terrorists with biological, chemical or radiological material.

    Harry Belafonte one more time:

    To which I say, nine years later: Who was right and who was wrong about Iraq?  About the satellite images showing supposed mobile factories for chemical weapons?  About the supposed bunkers of munition workers?  About the stockpiled weapons of mass destruction?  And is it too much to suggest that Powell and [Condi] Rice, in their eagerness to please their president, did indeed make the moral compromises that house Negroes made in the days of slavery?  That had they followed a higher moral calling, they might have helped prevent that war?

    Some stand tall,  Some cowards (Barbra, we mean you) slither on their bellies like the snakes they are.

    Pay attention, Barbra:

    Here’s my problem with many, though not all, of . Many of the GOP leaders they now eviscerate for enabling Trump also enabled phony WMD evidence & torture before and during Iraq war. As did they.

    Oh.  Believe he burned you, Barbra, worse than in any of his  film reviews attacking you.

    What trash like Barbra and Rachel Maddow have done is muddy the waters.

    Fifteen years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, 48% of Americans say the decision to use military force was wrong, while slightly fewer (43%) say it was the right decision.

    That number should be much higher but when liars go around spinning for the War Merchants like Robert Mueller and Hillary Clinton and Bully Boy Bush, it's no surprise that the number isn't higher.

    It's cute to watch the whores line up to redeem the death merchants who sold the Iraq War.  But, hey, they also feel that Hillary Clinton was presidential and she voted for the Iraq War, she supported it and only finally called it a mistake after Barack Obama used it to bury her in the Democratic Party primaries of 2008.  And, only much later, would she explain the "mistake" she made was not to vote for and support the illegal war but to believe that Bully Boy Bush would have sent more US troops into Iraq in March of 2003 than he ended up doing.

    That's her "mistake."  And, for the record, though the press has repeatedly insisted in the last four years that she has apologized, she never apologized for the Iraq War.  Nor did she use her time as Secretary of State attempting to help Iraqi women.  She even rejected the pleas of one of her few actual female friends who begged her to do something for Iraqi women.

    Cindy Sheehan has an essay about this 15th anniversary of the ongoing tragedy and we'll note this section:

    o call the 2003 US invasion and subsequent (and ongoing) occupation of Iraq a "mistake" would also be highly inappropriate. The US war machine and its "coalition" knew exactly what they were doing---the destruction of Iraq to seize the oil fields and enrich the war profiteers has been highly successful for them. The destructive US foreign policy is policy, not “oops, we just fell into a war and made a mess.”

    The consequences for today are a horrid legacy of poverty and disease for the people of Iraq. Depleted uranium and poisoned water and land are still killing the people there and the US is still occupying the country despite the fraud of Commander in Grief Obama ending the war in 2009; as agent orange and unexploded land mines are still haunting the people of Vietnam, who "won" the war, but have lost the peace. 

    The ongoing war has destroyed the country of Iraq and reduced it to a nation of widows and orphans where the median age isn't even 20.  Are they thrilled?  They must be!  We keep hearing that things have never been better in Iraq.  Campbell MacDiarmid (ALJAZEERA) explains that the sentiment of the few rulers and not the feelings of the masses:

    "My older brother grew up a few years ahead of me and had friends in different governorates across Iraq but for me, I have only friends in Anbar, I don't have friends in Basra or in other governorates," said Mahmoud Zaki, 34. "Because of what happened with the invasion and the sectarianism that came afterwards divided the Iraqi fabric, it kept us apart."
    With dead relatives, lost opportunities and a feeling of insecurity, many Iraqis remain less interested in elections and democracy than taking care of their loved ones. "I don't want to be wealthy; I want to have a decent life, I want to be safe, I want my family to be safe," said Zaki, who spent two years in American-run prisons on spurious accusations of supporting the rebellion.
    The ongoing violence even makes many Iraqis nostalgic for the relative stability under the former strongman.

    "Under Saddam, you could do whatever you wanted to do, so long as you stayed away from politics and didn't say anything against the government," said Sami Josef, a 32-year-old Christian from Baghdad whose uncle died fighting the Americans. "Until this day, I say God rest the soul of Saddam."

    We need honesty.

    Instead we get lies from idiots like Amanda Terkel (HUFFINGTON POST).  Idot?

    She did write:

    In 2012, Obama won re-election against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was one of the biggest hawks in Congress.

    In 2012, Barack ran against Mitt Romney.  They're called facts, Terkel.

    Need some more?  Ben Rhodes is a hack and a hawk.  You shouldn't promote him if you're talking about a future of wise decisions.

    Nor should you promote War Hawk Tammy Duckworth.  She is not a progressive.  And her being in Congress didn't stop Libya from being attacked, did it?

    It's interesting that Terkel pretends to be against the Iraq War -- such a poser -- but I'm seeing tons of pro-War Hawks in her article and only  two -- Russ Feingold and Katrina vanden Heuvel -- who actually opposed the war.

    The Iraq War started on March 19th (US) and March 20th (Iraq).  That's the time difference.  We'll note the anniversary tomorrow as well.

    But for those that don't grasp the Iraq War has continued, note this:

    This week in 2017, the US dropped a 500 lbs bomb on a crowded residential area of West Mosul, Iraq, unleashing a massive explosion, which killed nearly 300 civilians, many of them children. The strike was the US’s most deadly air strike for civilians in 25 years.

    Also don't forget that seven US service members were killed in the helicopter crash last week in Iraq.  From the US Defense Dept:

    Killed was:
    Captain Mark K. Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. For more information, media may contact the 23rd Wing public affairs office at 229-257-4146.
    Also killed were:
    Captain Andreas B. O'Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, New York.
    Captain Christopher T. Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City, New York.
    Master Sergeant Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack, New York.
    Staff Sergeant Dashan J. Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, New York.
    All four were assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing at the Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, New York. For more information, media may contact the New York National Guard public affairs office at 518-786-4581.
    Also killed were:
    Master Sergeant William R. Posch, 36, of Indialantic, Florida.
    Staff Sergeant Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, Florida.
    Both were assigned to the 308th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. For more information, media may contact the 920th Rescue Wing public affairs office at 321-615-0329.

    Sunday, March 18, 2018


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    TOMB RAIDER came in second place in its debut weekend.

    The best thing about the film is Dominic West.

    But I should note that the film also has a strong female character.  That character is played by Kristin Scott Thomas.  Sadly, the actress playing adult Lara is pretty awful.  Alicia Vikander is 29 and looks it but, for some reason, she acts 15.  And she's useless.

    Lara's an action figure in the video games and in the Angelina Jolie films.  Here she just sits around and watches.  In fact, if they make an action figure of her, it should come with a lawn chair so that she can sit and watch.

    Vikander is so bad that the film actually improves in the second half because the director and the screenwriter lose interest in Lara and the movie becomes MATHIAS VOGEL WILL DO ANYTHING.  Mathias is played by Walton Goggins and he's also an archaeologist.  But he's more fun than Lara.  It's at this point of the movie that Dominic West's Lord Richard Croft dies and you never believe Alicia Vikander's Lara gives a damn.  Oh, she squinches up her face and approximates tears.  But nothing she does is believable.

    Angelina Jolie made the character real and believable in two films.  She was also central to each film.

    Vikander's forgettable and you can't blame the director for focusing on other characters.

    Jolie scored $48 million her opening weekend as Lara.  Vikander scored $22 million.  Getting an idea of just how weak and hideous Vikander is.  Jolie was 26 when her film came out and Vikander's 29.

    Angelina Jolie made Lara real and interesting.  Vikander just makes her boring.  This is one of the worst films of a year that's just started.

    Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

    Friday, March 16, 2018.  Seven more US service members dead in Iraq.

    The Iraq War hits the 15th year anniversary in a matter of days and the ongoing war was brought to the world by so many -- most of whom have never faced any real accountability.  Take US Senator Dianne Feinstein.  From the state of California, she voted to support the war.  Opposing the war was no problem in California.  Barbara Boxer, for instance, was also in the Senate at the time and she voted against the Iraq War.

    California US House Reps who voted against it?  Susan Davis, Loretta Sanchez, Hilda Solis, Bob Filner, Joe Baca, Lois Caps, Juanita Millender-McDonald, Maxine Waters, Grace Napolitano, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Diane Watson, Xavier Becerra, Gary Condit, Sam Farr, Zoe Lofgren, Mike Honda, Anna Eschoo, Pete Stark, Barbar Lee, Nancy Pelosi, George Miller, Lynn Woolsey, Robert Matsui and Mike Thompson.

    Her vote is not forgotten.  For example, in October 2017 this letter was published by THE LOS ANGELES TIMES:

    To the editor: Feinstein has made a highlight-free Senate career out of the feckless "third way" triangulation that treats bipartisanship as though it were an end in and of itself.
    She lost my vote in 2002 when she voted for the Iraq War. Now, she says we should give the race-baiter-in-chief a chance. What brave, bipartisan sentiment.
    California has now wasted 25 years of precious Senate representation on someone who thinks the best outcome is the precise midpoint between right and wrong. Feinstein needs to retire, but since she refuses to do what's best for her constituents, I'll be casting a vote to send her packing.
    Branden Frankel, Encino

    Feinstein has remained in office all this time because she's never had a serious challenger.  Now she does: Democrat Kevin de Leon who is currently the leader in the California state senate.  The primary is in June and Dianne will likely be on the general ballot in November.  But this is California and our state doesn't operate like every other state.  The June primary?  The top two vote getters -- regardless of party i.d. -- will be on the November ballot.  If the primary were held today, the top two would probably be Kevin de Leon and Dianne Feinstein.

    Last month, Alexei Koseff (SACRAMENTO BEE) reported:

    Then de León launched into a list of policies he would never vote for, obliquely highlighting some of the most controversial moments of Feinstein’s tenure in the Senate: supporting school vouchers in Washington D.C., authorizing the Iraq War, and voting for a law that allows intelligence agencies to sweep up Americans’ communications without a warrant as they are spying on foreign nationals. De León also criticized Feinstein for using young undocumented immigrants as “bargaining chips” with Trump.
    “I’m running because California’s greatness comes from acts of human audacity, not congressional seniority,” he said. “Who do you trust to have the courage of your convictions?”

    Kevin was on CSPAN's WASHINGTON JOURNAL yesterday.

    While he was talking about how we move forward, the state was reminded last night of how Dianne Feinstein is our past and not a pleasant past at all.

    Dianne stood for -- and continues to stand for -- the Iraq War.

    That would be the ongoing war, that would be the war that cost another 7 US lives yesterday.

    Thanks, Dianne.

    . mourns the loss of personnel in yesterday's helicopter crash in western Iraq. Our thoughts are with the families, friends, and fellow service members of our fallen troopers.

    All 7 troops onboard a U.S. military helicopter died when their helicopter crashed near the Iraq-Syria border on Thursday evening
    JUST IN: All 7 US military members on board a helicopter that crashed Thursday in western Iraq near the Syrian border were killed, a US military official says

    Again, thanks Dianne Feinstein.  You made your choices.  Your choices came with consequences.  Others have paid for their choices, it's time Dianne did as well.

    Tomorrow, THE DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL will run their count of the US service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It's one of the few US outlets that regularly notes the US dead in these wars.  Their count should be 4542.  The seven who've died from the helicopter crash will bring the total number of US service members who've died in Iraq since the 2003 invasion to 4542.

    Let's do some more figures because the US media ignores those killed in Iraq -- the Iraqi civilians and the US service members.

    We are in the third month of 2018.  And?  Already more US service members have died in Iraq in 2018 than died in 2012 in Iraq, than died in 2013 in Iraq, than died in 2014, than died in 2015, than died in 2017.  Of recent years?  Only 2016 has had more deaths.  That number is 17.  We're only in the third month of the year and the number of US service members who have died in Iraq for the year is 9.

    Along with the seven from last night's crash, two had already passed in Iraq: Sgt Christina Marie Schoenecker and Spc Javion S. Sullivan.

    Melanie's "Till They All Get Home" (first appears on her album CRAZY LOVE):

    Pray that the souls of the 7 U.S. servicemen who passed away in western Iraq RIP and their families and units have the strength to cope.

    7 US service members killed in Iraq helicopter crash

    Senator Dianne Feinstein turns 85 this year (June 22nd).  She's gotten to live a long life.  How sad that her actions have ensured that so many others did not have that same opportunity.  She's supported this war -- this ongoing war -- since 2002.

    Time should be up for Dianne when it comes to serving in the Senate.  She should be sent packing.

    The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley, DISSIDENT VOICE and PACIFICA EVENING NEWS -- updated: