Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Tuesday night, THE GIFTED wrapped up season two.

Hopefully, it wrapped up the series.

Reid's dead.  SPOILERS.

Reid's dead.  Or 'dead.'

I don't care.

In part because, as the finale went on, I realized Reid was ripping off Jean Grey.  It was all Phoenix.  He's the one they didn't realize how strong he was.  But he's strong.  And he gives his life up.

And will probably get brought back if the show continues.  He won't be dead.  (Blink's back in some form or another.)

The show was an embarrassment.  It was also highly sexist.

Watch how the women are shoved aside throughout.

It's just embarrassing.

And Percy's hair gets more ridiculous as does Percy himself.

This show had promise once upon a time.  But now we've had two full seasons.  And it just gets worse.  It's time to pull the plug on this awful show.

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2019.  Accountability, does it exist at all?

This event wraps up today:

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Regarding yesterday's snapshot, Martha and Shirley calculate 37 e-mails to the public account from non-community members who don't see the point in calling out CODESTINK.  Many of the e-mails, per Martha and Shirley, had the exact same language including "divisive."

No, it's not divisive.  If it is, I'm fine with that.

You would understand the Dems and better if you knew what happened to the US antiwar movement in 2006/07.  It was hijacked by ⁦⁩ & ⁦⁩ to serve AND fund the war in .  It never recovered.


And if you don't learn, you're going to be tricked again.  Yes, I noted in 2004 that all the internet really was doing was beheading Cokie Roberts while thousands of Cokies sprung up in her place (all of which were male).

There were so many promises and so many boasts.  Where are they?  Where are they opposing plans to overthrow an elected government in Venezuela?

And they certainly aren't bothering to inform you of all the sell-outs.

Leslie Cagan grandstanded on Iraq.  We could explore the damage she did to PACIFICA RADIO -- and Leslie's moves back then are part of the reason PACIFICA has had so many financial problems.  But the reality is she used United for Peace and Justice as a front group, it's purpose was not to end the Iraq War.  It's purpose was to elect Democrats.  UFPJ -- and CODESTINK was part of this -- refused to hold DC events after the Democrats were in power of the Congress.  Didn't want to "embarrass" them.  And, of course, a week after Barack Obama was elected, they shut down their site stating that their goals had been accomplished.

The war didn't end.

But UFPJ didn't care.  And you know they weren't going to call out Barack so they had to shut down.  Fake asses.

Jill Stein?

I think I've been very fair to Jill Stein.  I can't stand her.  Ava and I called her out (rightly) in "Let the fun begin" but except for that piece, I've usually ignored any real criticism of her unless it was Iraq.

I'm an adult, I'm in mood for her b.s.  She thinks Tweets are actions?  She's an embarrassment (and she better not get the Green Party nomination in 2020, they sorely need fresh blood).

In 2012, Jill ran for the presidency.  Barack had a flair up in a debate with Mitt Romney, it didn't go well.  And Jill could have built on that to get left votes.  Instead, she used that moment to attack Mitt Romney demonstrating that she would never really be much more than the little sister to the Democratic Party.

Three real debates took place between Barack and Mitt.  Jill participated in at least two mock debates.

I'm sorry her Tweets about how awful the Iraq War was?

Glad you see it in 2019.  Where the f**k were you in 2012 or 2016?

In 2012, Barack was campaigning on how he removed all US troops from Iraq and kept his campaign promise.  He didn't.  The press let him get away with it, whores.  Why did Jill let him get away with it?

Ahead of the three debates, September 26, 2012,  Tim Arango (THE NEW YORK TIMES) reported:

Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence.        

But over the next weeks, Barack would go through three televised debates with no member of the press questioning him at the debate or in print after about why he was making claims that were not true.

Nor did Jill ask that question.

Jill ran in 2012 with no mention of war and peace.  She was a joke.  The Green Party can run serious candidates.  And has.  Jill is not one.

And it's outrageous when she now does a Tweet 'about' the Iraq War.  They are never about the Iraq War.  Jill can't even focus on Iraq for 280 characters.  She can't -- and hasn't -- given a speech on Iraq while she has twice run for the presidency.  But she wants to jump on a no war train that might build so she used Iraq today.  It's short hand, it's a reference point.

Iraqis are dying.  Iraq is occupied by the US.  I can't believe the craven whores who think they can get away with ignoring Iraq excepts as a moment in the distant past.

That's Medea Benjmain.  Media has problems.  Seriously, there's a disconnect there.  She's just not very bright.  I grasp that.  But I also grasp that she walked away from Iraq in 2006.  I grasp that and Joie (a bundler for Barack) used Iraq to destroy Hillary Clinton in 2008.

Why would anyone forgive her for that?

She bird-dogged Hillary, CODESTINK did it as an organization as well.  They forgot to note that founder Jodie was backing Barrack and that Jodie was a bundler for Barack's campaign.

That wasn't fair.  And we called it out in real time.  Every now and then in the last two years, a Hillary cultist will whine in a piece that it's so unfair Hillary was held accountable but this man or that man wasn't.

There are some reasons why Hillary is held accountable when others are not -- some that are valid.  But there are reasons that aren't valid.

And if the ones whining want to get serious, they need to blame Medea and CODESTINK.  They even teamed up with an African-American woman that they quickly dropped after 2008 -- teamed up to trash Hillary because they needed, in their minds, a person of color to give them 'soul.'  How very frat boy of them.

Again, they dropped her -- long before the idiot started sporting dollar store weave in public.

She let herself and her work be used and CODESTINK was happy to use it.

Let's define Hillary cultist.  I do not insult the 2008 crew.  If you were around then -- Debra Messing wasn't -- you know how Hillary was held to an unfair statndard in order to promote lies about Barack so that he'd get the nomination.  You know Hillary experienced real sexism in 2008.  If you called that out, you were attacked.  The cesspool that is DAILY KOS, for example, began banning women (they would disagree with that statement and if I care what right wingers from authoritarian regimes in Latin America thought, I'd word that differently).

I don't know where Patty Arquette (who I do know but never knew she'd get this f**king crazy) was in 2008 but she wasn't helping Hillary.  Nor was Debra Messing.

Rickie Lee Jones was, Cher was, etc.  I don't fault them for their support of Hillary in 2016.  And they, like so many others, have the scars from 2008.  Delilah Boyd and so many other women who were important voices online closed shop because of the attacks that we experienced from men for refusing to lie about Hillary, for refusing to stone her and join in the bash the bitch game.

Even Riverdaughter who I always had problems with is not going to get attacked for supporting Hillary in 20016 because she was there in 2008 and she was there fighting.

We fought sexism.  And the bratty boyz of DAILY KOS and elsewhere trashed us, threatened us, tried to intimidate us.  That even includes that hideous Lambert of CORRENTE.  I had several e-mails from female bloggers about the way he treated them, the way he attacked them, for supporting Hillary (and he was supposedly a Hillary supporter -- supposedly? he encouraged people to write in Hillary in the general election -- that wasn't a vote for Hillary, if those votes were counted they would have gone to Barack Obama, he lied, he's a liar).

Now CODESTINK used Iraq to destroy Hillary in 2008.  And then where were they on Iraq in 2009?

No where.

It was important enough for them to stalk her, to show up at campaign events booing her and heckling her.

But a year later?  Iraq what?

Medea presents herself as a leader to this day.  She's not.  She's a huckster -- less so than some because she really isn't intelligent.  She has to co-write those pieces (she chooses to co-write with men, she doesn't have to do that).  She is just not smart and if you speak with her you will grasp that quickly.

She needs to be called out because she's a fake ass.  Right now, she's supposedly against war on Venezuela.  Okay, is she going to be there three or four years from now?

No, she's not.

And we saw that in 2006, Medea and CODESTINK left the US -- in the midst of their hideous hunger strike (do not encourage women or girls not to eat -- that is a serious issue in the US) -- to go meet with Iraqis.  This was going to be huge, they insisted, and they were going to be writing about it and talking about it and giving intereviews about it and . .

Oh, look, Palestine!

And they immediately stabbed the Iraqis in the back. One who met with them has written a wonderful column for the gina & krista round-robin about what a betrayal that was.

Medea and CODESTINK can't focus, they drop real issues (like the ongoing Iraq War) to instead devote time to whatever's trending on Twitter.  And they do this while insisting they are an anti-war group.

They need to be called out. MOVE ON does as well.  And I've called them out repeatedly and directly.  Unlike Danny Schechter who hid behind me to call them out.  He was as furious over their betrayal as I was but could only tell me that on the phone or in an e-mail or (a few times) in person.  So he hid behind me and my writing to call them out.  Fine. I'll be your sin eater if it gets Iraq covered.

But grasp that there are entire conversations that take place among the left about how far you can go in holding one of our own accountable.

These people need to be held accountable.

Medea's misleading today.  She needs to either take publicly accountability or step aside (or be pushed aside).  I'm okay with trusting someone even if I'm skeptical about what they might do.  But when I know what they have done?  When I know that they will drop protesting an ongoing war when they don't think it gets them media attention?  No, I'm not going to enter into that situation.

The Iraq War has not ended.  BBC NEWS reports:

A soldier has admitted manslaughter by gross negligence after accidently killing his best friend in their living quarters during a tour of Iraq.
L/Cpl Colin Theaker was "playing around" with a service pistol when he accidently fired a fatal shot at L/Cpl Scott Hetherington, from Middleton.
In a statement, L/Cpl Colin Theaker described the shooting on 2 January 2017 as a "terrible accident".

How horrible.  And Colin Theaker may have accidentally pulled the trigger but this is a global issue.  Why were foreign troops still in Iraq in 2017?  (Because the war never ended.)  That blood is on all of our hands -- mine included.  We have allowed these wars to continue and we have put people in places that they should not be.  If Scott Hetherington hadn't been sent to Iraq by his government, he might be alive today.

Let's again note former prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki's accusations:

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Former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki:

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The People's Voice | Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has revealed,...

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has revealed, for the first time, how the US supported ISIS and intentionally allowed the terror group to gain power in Iraq so that Washington could...

Former Iraqi PM Reveals How Obama Knowingly Helped ISIS. Nouri al-Maliki has revealed, for the first time, how the US supported ISIS and intentionally allowed the terror group to gain power in Iraq...

Iraq’s former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki agreed with remarks made during 2016 US presidential campaign that was the “founder” of Daesh, since he fully evacuated Iraq at the wrong time to let the terrorist group overrun it. 

Ex-Iraqi PM accuses Obama of helping ISIS seize large parts of Iraq:
Iraq’s former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki said the administration of played a crucial role in the creation of Daesh by allowing the terrorist group to occupy Iraqi territories.

Again, the US media continues to ignore this.  In other news, Alex Williams (PREMIER) reports:

Pope Francis has parted ways with a luxury car, with the money raised by its sale being used to restore Church buildings destroyed by Islamic State in Iraq.

A silver and gold Huracán Coupé presented to the pope by Italian car marker Lamborghini in 2017 was entered into a lottery which raised €200,000.
The sum (equivalent to £171,000) has been donated by the pontiff to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) to fund the restoration of a nursery and a community centre.

The following community sites -- plus ANTIWAR.COM and DISSIDENT VOICE -- updated:

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