Before I get to anyone else, what happened on IMPRACITCAL JOKERS? Joe Gatto has left. I didn't know. Apparently, the announcement was made at the end of the year and it will now be a trio.
I can't believe it. The show is not just a TV staple, they made it into a movie -- during the pandemic -- and the movie made money -- during the pandemic.
That show's more like an institution.
James "Murr" Murray, Brian "Q" Quinn, and Sal Vulcano are still part of the show and will be taping a tenth season.
Marcia (my cousin) forwarded me a really bad column by a priss named LZ Granderson (well, LZ's not his real name -- cream puffs like Granderson do a lot of hiding).
She's pissed, rightly so, because La Lizzy, is going after Morgan Wallen. You'd think a closet case that waited until he was forty to come out would have something to write about. You really would think so, right?
La Lizzy was such a closet case that he even lied to a woman and married her to pretend he was straight -- had a kid with her no less.
We're talking deep closet for La Lizzy.
So here's what the ass wrote that I'm going to deal with, "We were still grappling with the racially charged Jan. 6 terrorist attack and President Trump’s second impeachment."
Oh, shut up. It was not a terrorist attack and America doesn't agree with you on that.
So you're not only a closet case, you're also a drama queen. I feel for your White husband. I can't imagine what he has to put up with. Do you live with him, by the way? In Chicago? If so, why are you writing for THE LOS ANGELES TIMES? Oh, that's right. Sex scandals destroyed the paper. I think I might start mentioning those here to help take any sheen left on that piece of crap paper -- Harvey wasn't the only one in LA with skeletons in his closet, right?
La Lizzy had to bring in Paula Dean because, well, overweight closet cases are obsessed with food.
I picture La Lizzy dressing up as Paula Dean when he's at home. Making his White husband call him "My little sugar cookie." Or maybe "My little snowball cookie" or "My little wedding cookie."
La Lizzy needs to grow up and shut up. I'm with Marcia. Grow the f**k up. Stop thinking you can spring from your closet fully grown. Reality, you don't have anything worth sharing. You spent the bulk of your life hiding who you were and lying about it. No one forced you to marry a woman. You might have ten good years of living -- I doubt it -- but even if you do, that's not enough to be a columnist.
You have nothing to share, shut your mouth and work on growing the hell up. No one's impressed that at the age of 40, after decades of lying, you finally came out. No one's impressed at all. You're actually pathetic. There was no need for you to be in the closet. Times had long changed. You were in there because you were ashamed. Seems to me you're still operating from shame.
Guess that's why he accepted an award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in 2011 even though he didn't come out until 2012. What a coward.
If you're a teenager in the closet, you have my love and you have my support and I'm praying for the best for you. If you're a 20-something, the same. By the time you get to 30, I'm sorry, I don't have sympathy. I don't. This is not the 1950s. You're a grown ass adult, get your ass out of the closet. At the very least, don't pretend to be straight and marry someone and f**k their life up.
La Lizzy is Dennis Quaid in FAR FROM HEAVEN. Great film. Soapy film -- a tribute to Ross Hunter films. But it works because it's set in 1957.
La Lizzy is from Chicago. He grew up post-WILL & GRACE. A sea change had taken place. Especially if you were in Chicago or NYC or somewhere similar. He had no excuse to hide in the closet and he certainly had no excuse to trick a woman into marrying him.
Sorry. No sympathy for him.
And my cousin Marcia? She's the first gay person I ever knew. She came out in elementary school. That's how I learned what gay was.
I respect the hell out of my cousin. I have no respect at all for La Lizzy.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Wednesday, January 12, 2022. The people of Iraq suffer and the corporate press ignores it, Julian Assange suffers and the corporate press ignores it.
Starting with the ongoing persecution of Julian Assange. As the world watches, US President Joe Biden -- who voted for the illegal war and then tried to lie about it in 2019 and 20202 -- continues to persecute Julian Assange for revealing truths about the Iraq War and about the murder of civilians. This will be Joe's legacy and he needs to grasp it, the world needs to make him grasp it.
In 2010, Assange and WikiLeaks – in partnership with numerous mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel – published a curated cache of 250,000 diplomatic cables revealing the corruption and destruction of the Bush-era and early Obama-era wars, into which Australia so subserviently followed.
Without Assange’s work, numerous war crimes, mass surveillance schemes and unreported civilian casualties would have gone uncovered. In one year, he generated more consequential journalistic scoops confronting Western centres of power than the rest of the world’s news organisations combined.
Some of the information published by Assange has since become the subject of criminal investigations into the CIA and U.S. authorities before the International Criminal Court, which, as lawyers for Assange testified during his extradition hearing, is further evidence that the U.S. case against him is politically motivated.
Further, irrefutable illustrations of the significance of the “content” of Assange’s work can be found in comparisons between it and the lies and deceptions fed to the Australian population by this country’s press in the Iraq War years. Consider, as just one example of many, WikiLeaks’ publishing of the detainee assessment briefs and manual for Guantanamo Bay, where children as young as 15 were held, in contrast with the vapid first-hand account of the illegal prison presented by one of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s top foreign correspondents, Leigh Sales.
In 2007, Sales wrote of her second visit to Gitmo:
'At the same time, my own eyes and ears led me to believe that Guantanamo wasn’t as barbaric as it was made out to be either. None of the detainees came running to the wire, begging for help to get out.'
One Guantanamo Bay prisoner has recently waived his right to appear in court on numerous occasions because he suffered “rectal damage” while in custody of the CIA that makes it too painful for him to sit.
Is the corporate lapdog media in the US not covering those sort of items? No, they're too busy pretending Joe Biden is cognisant and knows what's going on around him. There is no improvement for Joe. He is on the downhill slide -- that's physically, that's mentally and that's a historical figure.
This is how you make change for Julian. This is how you end the persecution. You hold Joe Biden responsible for what is being done to Julian by the US government because Joe is the head of the US government. We keep saying it because it's reality.
Underlings can hide behind Joe made them do it. Joe can't.
Does Joe -- in those rare lucid moments -- care what others think about him and how history will see him?
Of course he does. If he didn't, he wouldn't lie so much. He lies about big stuff and he lies about small stuff. He needs to grasp that he can't lie his way out of this one, that he world will not let him.
He needs to grasp that even Tulsi Gabbard still wants to whore whatever is left of her reputation for him, she's a known liar. She's the liar who covered for him in the debates when he was being held accountable for the Iraq War. When he was going around insisting to people that he turned against the war and did so almost immediately and blah blah blah. Tulsi carried his testes for him -- like a good little whore -- while pretending she was anti-war. She went after Kamala.
I remember the men of the left -- men because women seemed wise to Tulsi -- braying like jackals and insisting she'd destroyed Kamala. Kamala's the Vice President. She may yet destroy herself but Tulsi didn't destroy her. More to the point, when Tulsi pulled her garbage of excusing War Criminal Joe Biden, there were people against the Iraq War on that stage and running for the nomination. All Tulsie did was run interference for Joe which was her plan throughout the debates. Kamala goes after Joe? Don't worry, they'll dispatch Tulsi to go after her in the next debate.
Tulsi servied her purpose -- like a good whore -- and then she faded away.
Joe lied and he lied because he knows what he is, he knows the monstter that he is. But he doesn't want the world to see that. So he rewrites how he imprisoned African-Americans, he rewrites his support for the war, he pretends he didn't shame others who spoke out against the illegal war, he pretends did a lot for women (are we counting paying for abortions?), he rewirtes everything, papers over everything with lies.
Again from WIKILEAKS:
Joe needs to grasp that the world knows who's going after Julian Assange and that the world will hold him accountable for it throughout history.
That's how you get the US government to back off.
That went up yesterday afternoon. We noted it last night. An e-mail asked if that's why I said what I did in yesterday's snapshot. Nope. The video wasn't up. And we'd been saying that for weeks and weeks. I was also asked if I'd link to the article Danny mentions in the video above? Glad to. Whenever it gets posted. That's not an insult. Please. THIRD has its own problems getting its new stuff up each week in a timely fashion and we're not suffering a death the way BLACK AGENDA REPORT is with Glen Ford. At some point, hopefully later today, the article Danny says posted will post. If it does, we'll note in tomorrow's snapshot (but at present, January 5th is the date on the most recent article at BLACK AGENDA REPORT).
It's most likely over for Joe and even he is dimly aware of that. Ronald Reagan was 73 years old when he was sworn in for his second term as president. If Joe were re-elected, he'd be 81 when he was sworn in. He's too feeble and frail to be president right now. He's a menace to the people. His crying jags at the White House? The press is ignoring them. But for how much longer? How long before they have to start reporting on what's really going on?
Julian needs to be free and that needs to be made clear by the world. The world also needs to make clear that we are holding Joe Biden responsible for the continued persecution and for any additional suffering. That will be Joe's historical legacy and we will ensure that it's seen with the same disgust as when other despots persecute journalists and whistle-blowers.
Julian will die if this persecution does not end. Joe needs to grasp that the blood will be on his hands and that it will be how he is remembered.
Turning to Iraq, let's drop back to "2021: The Madness of the Partisan Left (The Year of Silencing Speech):"
Which brings us to the third big story of Iraq.
No, not the October 10th election. That's been misreported by the US media to a large degree, yes, but it is there go-to subject when they feel they have to cover Iraq.
Far more important? The protests. They have been woefully under-reported in the media. Most Americans don't know that Iraq's current prime minister (hopefully, outgoing prime minister) only holds that spot because protesters drove the previous one of out office.
These protests throughout Iraq in 2021 have been under-reported and ignored.
December saw two resignations. Most Americans have no idea. The governor of Dhi Qar, Ahmed al-Khafaji resigned right before Christmas due to protest. And, at the same time, the governor of Najaf, Louai al-Yasseri, resigned -- also due to protests.
When these protests aren't covered, I guess it's easier for the media to pretend that the ongoing Iraq War is a success. After all, if the US truly 'liberated' the Iraqi people, all would be fine and dandy and Iraqis would have no reason to take to the streets.
But all is not well and that's why Iraqis are making their voices heard -- heard on the streets, heard via social media and heard via the Arabic press. Sadly, the US press really doesn't pay attention to what's actually going on in Iraq. It's so much easier to just write 500 words or so of nothing while tossing around the term "king-maker."
Dhi Qar Gov. Ahmed Ghani al-Khafaji and his counterpart in Najaf, Louay al-Yasiri, have resigned against the backdrop of the popular protests in December 2021 amid many political objections raised by opposition parties to the government of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
Kadhimi accepted Khafaji’s resignation on Dec. 23, 2021, and Yasiri’s on Jan. 4. Yasiri stated in his resignation letter, “I am offering to [resign from my] position, to be replaced by my deputy,” explaining that he was not subjected to pressure from the leader of the Sadr movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, or Kadhimi. Meanwhile, Khafaji stated that his resignation “serves the public interest and aims to provide security and stability and preserve the interests of the citizens of Dhi Qar.”
During the past few weeks, citizens took to the streets of Najaf calling for Yasiri’s dismissal due to poor service conditions. Shiite leader Sadr promised to work to dismiss Yasiri and stressed during his visit to Najaf on Dec. 22, 2021, that there was no need to protest and demand his resignation, explaining that there are political and legal means to dismiss him, adding, “Enough noise, enough riot.”
In Dhi Qar, Khafaji resigned after protests calling for better living conditions and job opportunities turned into violent confrontations with security forces, causing injuries among protesters. As a result, Kadhimi ordered a special investigation committee to uncover the circumstances of the incident.
Although several governors have resigned or been dismissed by Kadhimi over the past months, the political atmosphere has made the recent resignations a subject for political debate as some Shiite parties fear that the Sadr movement will control the local administration in these provinces, especially since the movement is making similar demands to dismiss the governors of Babil and Diwaniyah.
They're in the streets and will be back in the streets. They also may be in the Parliament.
Who is the prime minister of Iraq? Hopefully, he is the outgoing one but he is Mustafa al-Kahdimi. When did he become prime minister? In May of 2020. Why? Because the protesters forced out Adil Abdul-Mahdi.
And is anyone going to comment on how Mustafa did not bring change?
Or how about the rest of the corrupt system that the protesters were against? That included the Speaker of Parliament and it included the President of Iraq.
Despite -- or maybe because of -- his personal history with corruption, Mohammed al-Halbusi was given a second term Sunday as Speaker of Parliament.
Barham Salih wants a second term as president. Even though he belongs to the losing political party n the KRG, he believes he has the right to be president.
What about the rights of the Iraqi people?
And when does the press start championing them? Ffity years from now when they can pretend the US government had nothing to do with the multitutde of horrors plauging the country?
The people of Iraq took to the streets to decry corruption. They're not seeing any changes.
The following sites updated (Stan posted twice yesterday so let me note the first one since it won't show up below "Weekend box office"):