Wednesday, October 24, 2018

THE CONNERS flops more and THE GIFTED has lost its focus

I hope you already caught Betty's "THE CONNERS flops even lower" and she's right, Ava and C.I. did call this.  They wrote about it before the first episode aired and noted the show would lose viewers each week and that the highest episode would be the debut because people would want to know what happened to Roseanne Conner.

THE CONNERS should be cancelled immediately.

  • "The Conners" Already Lost a Quarter Of Its Audience After Debut
  • What TV show is this? Never heard of it. Roseanne Barr-less ‘The Conners’ loses 25 percent of viewers from series premiere
  • Ratings: Roseanne Barr-less 'The Conners' Crashes in Week Two via
  • Ratings: Roseanne Barr-less 'The Conners' Crashes in Week Two by 29% via
  • Roseanne Barr-less ‘The Conners’ loses 25 percent of viewers from series premiere

  • And then there's this:

    Hey who’s watching TONIGHT?! 8/7pm c. I’m in it! I love this show- the writing, the brilliant actors, the humor! So happy to be apart of it. ๐Ÿ˜❤️Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! ๐Ÿ˜

    I try to be kind, but come on.

    Who had the bright idea that what THE CONNERS needed was a Scientologist?

    Honestly, that's their way to improve ratings?

    Juliette Lewis, not interested.

    Here's Joe Rogan talking with Roseanne Barr from earlier this month.

    Sorry, folks, I stand with Roseanne.  She's no racist. 

    And, like most Americans, I don't want to watch ROSEANNE if Roseanne Barr isn't part of it.

    Now for THE GIFTED.  I said I'd write about it.  I finished season two last night.  (It wasn't that many episodes since it just started.)  The problem?

    The brother and sister are on opposite sides.

    For that to work, you can't pit others against one another -- like they've done with the father and mother of the newborn.

    They've broken up too many bonds and the characters just float around.

    I don't even see why some of the characters are even on.

    And they need to fire the actor playing the brother.  He is the worst actor.  He brings the show down as well.

    They need a tighter story and they need to let us root for the characters.  Instead, everyone's a creep pretty much.  You had the brother & sister's mother basically torturing a man, injecting him with drugs. 

    The show has lost its focus and basically it's demonstrating that it's a one season show.

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

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018.  Busboys and Poets partners up with VOA, 'liberating' Mosul meant bombing children, al-Mahdi's supposed to be putting forward his new Cabinet and much more.

    Time to bring the curtain down on Sweet Honey in the Rock?  Probably so.


    And why leave it there?  Busboys and Poets has a lot to answer for.  They better hope WSWS isn't paying attention.  This is exactly how this crowd (US Socialist Worker) holds hands with the US war machine.

    As Barry Grey noted this week at WSWS:

    Anyone who carefully follows the publications of the various pseudo-left organizations in the United States will note how reliably they track the political line of the New York Times and other Democratic-Party aligned media outlets. These corporate media, in turn, reflect the positions of definite factions within the US intelligence establishment.
    This is clearly seen in the response by Socialist Worker, the publication of the International Socialist Organization (ISO), and Jacobin, which is closely aligned with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) to the state murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. These publications respond like political weathervanes to shifting currents within US imperialist policy-making and intelligence circles—in this case, growing dissatisfaction with the current ruler of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
    The Obama administration gave bin Salman the OK to launch a war in March of 2015 to defeat Houthi rebels and reinstall the deposed US-Saudi puppet regime of Abd-Rabbu Monsour Hadi. Since then Washington has provided crucial military, logistical and intelligence assistance for a savage bombing campaign against civilian targets that has killed somewhere between 16,000 and 50,000 Yemenis, brought some 1.4 million people to the point of famine and caused a world record cholera epidemic affecting a million people.
    The Trump administration has continued and deepened the Obama policy, forging even closer relations with the Saudi dictatorship and negotiating a $1.2 billion arms deal as part of a united front of Washington, the Sunni Gulf states and Israel against Iran.
    For more than three years, and Jacobin have been virtually silent on the war being waged by a coalition of Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia against Yemen.

    Sweet Honey in the Rock started out years ago as something.  No one was really sure what.  But they were different and their heart was in the right place.  That was decades ago.  The current line up?  They Tweeted the above.  About Angela and AMT Goodman -- they mean Amy.  It's a Busboys and poets tribute!!!!  With . . . Voice of America!!!!  VOA Lady Dj works for VOA.

    That's suddenly okay with Busboys and Poets?

    VOA is part of the war machine and exists to spread, yes, fake news around the world.  Which was why, throughout the 20th century, the US Congress barred it from broadcasting in the US.

    Last year, Dan Robinson explained at CJR that VOA remains a tool of the government and

    Obama’s reforms, but also various precursor measures, paved the way for VOA (and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Office of Cuba Broadcasting, and Middle East Broadcasting Networks) to become even more closely associated with the so-called Counter Violent Extremism and counter-disinformation programs.
    It’s little-remembered now, but just over two years into his presidency, in September 2011, Obama ordered an “integrated strategic counterterrorism communications initiative”—designed to get agencies including VOA’s parent agency to collaborate in combating terrorism and extremism. The order also created a Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, bringing representatives of all departments and agencies into counter-terrorism efforts, including DOD, CIA, and significantly, the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
    In March 2016, another Obama order created a Global Engagement Center, which costs taxpayers about $160 million annually to counter disinformation, with initial funding from the Pentagon budget. Meantime, the Broadcasting Board of Governors is on a path to eventual elimination, to be replaced by a CEO—which would be a presidential appointee confirmed by the Senate.
    That structure alone makes clear that VOA and other government-funded media are most certainly not “news companies,” a description former VOA director David Ensor was fond of using (before arriving at VOA in 2010, Ensor had crossed over from mainstream roles at NPR, ABC, and CNN to heading public diplomacy programs at the US Embassy in Kabul, what many still consider to be propaganda).

    Does Kevin Zeese (fresh off his ridiculous speech on Sunday) still sing the praises of Busboys and Poets?  Is everyone proud that they're enlisting the 'talents' of VOA to do their part in the so-called war on terror?

    Are they going to start targeting Muslim patrons now as well?

    What a proud moment for the laughable.  Sweet Honey in the Rock has no reason to exist today.  They don't have an original member among them and they have no hits to sing.  But they love them some VOA.  And so does Busboys and Poets.

    Shame on every single person involved in that event.  They should all be forced to declare what they stand on this issue.  VOA is not a news agency.  It is an arm of the US government and it spies on people around the world.  That a VOA employee is someone they would choose to invite (and promote!) into their establishment says a great deal about Busboys and Poets.

    Remember, boys and girls, the coconut tofu bites now come with a side order of government spying at Busboys and Poets!

    PM holds his weekly press conference in Baghdad, briefs media on national security and measures to improve public services

    His weekly?

    "Well it's hard on my heart"
    Said, "Well open your eyes, yeah"
    "It gets harder every day"
    Said, "I need to know now"

    Soon you will be gone
    Take your violet and blue mornings with you

    -- "Violet and Blue," written by Stevie Nicks, first appears on the AGAINST ALL ODDS soundtrack

    Soon Hayder will be gone.

    Currently,  Adel Abdul al-Mahdi is the prime minister-designate.

    Mina Aldroubi writes for THE NATIONAL but gets something from the US State Dept -- why else would she so regularly 'report' what they wanted.  (We've documented that here.  A friend at the State Dept tells me what they're planting in the press and then, three to four days later, Mina shows up with a new byline.  Check the archives.)  So today, Mina 'reports' that al-Mahdi's going to have his new cabinet (if he's moved from prime minister-designate to prime minister) focus on corruption and quotes from the four year plan,  "By rebuilding a transparent and effective system that establishes a work environment that promotes integrity and fights corruption. We will punish and expose perpetrators."

    Pretty words.

    Do they mean anything?

    Apparently not if Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr has to call them out already.  MIDDLE EAST MONITOR reports:

    Iraq’s Shia cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr today rejected a secret vote in parliament on the new cabinet lineup.
    “The people want to reform the system through an honest government with independent technocrats supervised by the prime minister-designate without pressure from parties and blocs,” Al-Sadr tweeted.

    We're going to be transparent!  Right after we have our secret vote!

    Exactly how bad is this proposed Cabinet that they're wanting to do a secret vote?

    Already, the rumors are that Hoshyar Zebari's going to be nominated for Finance Minister.

    member Jasim Mohammed Jaafar said that reassigning Hoshyar Zebari as 's Minister is deemed a “political shame.”

    Sacked for corruption.. Nominated for Finance Minister!! Zebari was sacked by Parliament over ‘corruption’ in 2016, allowing him to return to AdilAbdAlMahdi’s cabinet in 2018 is a disgraceful undermining of the Parliament!

    Sacked for corruption.. Nominated for Finance Minister!! Zebari was sacked by Parliament over ‘corruption’ in 2016, allowing him to return to ’s cabinet in 2018 is a disgraceful undermining of the Parliament!

    So corrupt that Parliament fired him for corruption in 2016.

    And he may be part of the new government?

    No wonder they want a secret vote.

    Don't pretend you want to end corruption if you're nominating Zebari.

    If that nomination is part of the plan, al-Mahdi's mis-reading the situation.

    The Basra protests are not over.  They are on hold.

    Basra protests may resume after Arbaeen: “Stay united until you win your constitutional rights. Keep your protests peaceful and disciplined.”

    And not only can they resume but many of the same issues in Basra are also in Kirkuk.

    "We haven't had electricity since the morning." While Kirkuk sits on Iraq's third-biggest oil reserves, its residents complain they have not seen much of that oil wealth

    Imagine protests in Basra and Kirkuk -- both cities taking to the streets.  al-Mahdi needs to not just utter pretty words, he needs to follow them.

    Meanwhile, in 2014, US President Barack Obama began order the bombing of Mosul and that bombing continued under President Donald Trump until the 'liberation' of Mosul at the end of 2017.  The 'liberation' 'liberated' a lot of children from Mosul -- by killing them.

    Iraq: Of 2,265 bodies recovered by federal teams in Nineveh province so far this year - mostly in Mosul - 851 were children, acccording to Fadel Ghraoui of the Commission for Human Rights: [story in Arabic]

    The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley and Diane Rehm -- updated:

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