Saturday, June 18, 2022


I wasn't expecting much from LIGHTYEAR today.  It was uncle duty day.  I had nephews and they had already told me that they wanted to go to the movies and this was what they wanted to see.

I actually liked Buzz on the TOY STORY movies.  Woody was a little too giddy for my tastes.  

Chris Evans. 

Who's decided that he's a movie star?

All of his films have flopped except when he plays Captain America and he died in the last Avengers movie so those days are over. 

Okay, looked at his filmography.  He was in KNIVES OUT -- barely remember him.  That was Daniel Craig and Jamie Lee Curtis' movie.  

But PUSH (which was a good movie), WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER, THE ICE MAN, BEFORE WE GO, PLAYING IT COOL, SNOWPIERCER, PUNCTURE, THE LOSERS -- these are not hit films.

Yes, he has acted -- lead role -- in six big box office hits -- but he played Captain America in every one of them.

I don't get why he was hired.

His voice alone should have prevented him from being cast.  He does not have a distinctive voice.  Joan Cusack, Tom Hanks, Tim Allen -- they were perfect in TOY STORY movies because they have distinctive voices.  Same with Ellen DeGeneres as Dory in the Nemo and Dory movies or James Earl Jones as Mustafa in LION KING or Holly Hunter (THE INCREDIBLES).  The best ones are usually comedians -- they have a distinctive voice and usually a sense of comedy -- think Ellen, of course, and Tim Allen but also Whoopi Goldberg (THE LION KING, TOY STORY 3), Roseanne Barr (LOOK WHO'S TALKING TOO), Robin Williams (ALADDIN), Janeane Garofalo (RATATOUILLE), Woody Allen (ANTZ), Joan Rivers (SHREK 2, robot in live action SPACEBALLS), Jennifer Saunders (MINIONS and SHREK 2), Eddie Murphy (MULAN, SHREK films), Mike Myers (SHREK), Ray Romano (ICE AGE films), Kevin Hart (THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS), Chris Rock (MADAGASCAR movies, BEE MOVIE), Billy Crystal (the MONSTES INC movies), Kristen Wiig (ICE AGE 2, SAUSAGE PARTY, the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films, the DESPICABLE ME films), and Craig Robinson (THE BAD GUYS, SAUSAGE PARTY) to name just a few.

Chris Evans can't deliver on Buzz and the film is so-so  

They should have stuck with Tim Allen.  They are claiming that it had nothing to do with Tim's politics (he's a Republican).  That's what they are claiming.  But this is DISNEY.  Remember LAST MAN STANDING?  From WIKIPEDIA:


On May 10, 2017, ABC canceled Last Man Standing after six seasons, despite the series being the second-most-watched ABC sitcom during the 2016–17 season (based on Live+7 figures), with ratings remaining mostly steady during its sixth season.[2] The cancellation caused the show's fans to question its motivation, and many took to social media to voice their displeasure and petition for another network to pick up the show.[3] It also happened some months after lead actor Tim Allen (who is also a real-life Republican) said in an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, that being a Republican in Hollywood is "like 1930s Germany. You gotta be real careful around here, you know. You'll get beat up if you don't believe what everybody believes". His comment was widely criticized, especially his comparing the treatment of Republicans in Hollywood with Nazi Germany.[49]

A viewer petition on the website calling for ABC to reinstate Last Man Standing surpassed 380,000 signatures as of May 23, 2017.[50] In a conference call with reporters earlier in May, ABC president Channing Dungey stated, "Last Man Standing was a challenging one for me, because it was a steady performer. Once we made the decision not to continue with comedy on Friday, it was just kind of that's where we landed." Dungey cited studio ownership, future creative direction, ratings and viewer engagement as all factors in her decision.[51] A year later, the petition's signatures had grown to 438,000.[52]

On May 16, 2017, Allen expressed his displeasure with the cancellation, writing: "Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years."[53]

On May 20, 2017, Howard Kurtzman, president of 20th Century Fox Television, reportedly showed some interest in his studio continuing to produce the show. "We're starting to explore that," Kurtzman said. "... Jonnie and I are hopeful that we can find another home for it."[54] Variety also confirmed in an exclusive report that 20th Century Fox Television would shop the series to other networks and streaming services in hopes it would be picked up for a seventh season;[55] another home was not quickly found, however.

In August 2017, Allen expressed his appreciation for support by the show's fans to bring it back, and said the talent behind the show had much more to add.[56]

DISNEY is also the network that fired Trump supporter Roseanne Barr, remember:

The season premiere was watched by 18.44 million viewers and had a 5.2 rating in the 18–49 demographic, the highest rated Tuesday entertainment telecast in six years among adults 18–49, and television's highest rated comedy telecast on any night in 3.5 years, since The Big Bang Theory in September 2014. The season, which began airing on ABC on March 27, 2018, has received generally positive reviews from critics. The series was renewed for an eleventh season on March 30, 2018, just three days after the season premiere,[1] but the series was subsequently cancelled by ABC on May 29, 2018, following Barr's remarks made on Twitter about Valerie Jarrett, a former advisor to President Barack Obama.[2][3][4]

So, yeah, it's a little suspect that Tim Allen isn't playing Buzz in LIGHTYEAR

But having seen the film, Tim Allen should consider himself lucky not to be in it.


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


Friday, June 17, 2022.  Is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stuck in an eternal senior moment, Iraq remains without a government when it really needs one and look what political figure emerges to speak out against Turkey's continued attacks on Iraq?

ADDED: Charley Adams (BBC NEWS) reports, "Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition to the US has been approved by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel. Mr Assange has 14 days to appeal over the decision, the Home Office said."

Maybe it should have been: Nancy, are you okay?  Are you okay, Nancy?

Talk about a smooth criminal.  The Speaker of the House is attempting to pin inflation on COVID 19 and the Iraq War.

Maybe Nancy's trying to live out a Bee Gees' song?  "I started a joke, which started the whole world crying . . ."

La megera Dem Nancy Pelosi, affiliata ai Satanisti, ha trovato il motivo dell'inflazione record in USA: Non delle “sanzioni”. La colpa è del Covid e della guerra in Iraq. Perché non metterci anche quella del Vietnam?🤔😂
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🇺🇸Dinosaurs of analytics. In the US, they finally found the reason for record inflation. Covid and the war in Iraq are to blame, says 82-year-old Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.

🗣 - 🇺🇸 #USA La presidenta de la Cámara de Representantes, Nancy Pelosi, explicó los problemas de #EEUU con la "guerra en #Irak". 🤯 “Tenemos una #guerra en Irak, tenemos #COVID”, dijo Pelosi. 😁🥰 #Ukraine #Russia #Iraq #Biden
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At a certain age, people should retire.  Nancy passed her expiration date.  

THE ECONO TIMES notes, "This week, Shia leader and leader of the Sadrist Movement in the Iraqi parliament, Muqtada al-Sadr, announced that he would be stepping down from the political process. Al-Sadr cited that he does not intend on getting involved with politicians deemed 'corrupt'."

Oh, Moqtada's such a sweet little boy, far too pure for politics.  Murder?  Murder he's down with.  Politics are too dirty for Moqtada.  (Maybe he knows Nancy Pelosi?)  ANHA offers:

After 8 months of political wrangling and failures to form a new government and choose a president for the country, Iraq today stands at a foggy crossroads with the resignation of the Sadrist bloc’s deputies from parliament, in a move that raised several questions about the immediate political future of Iraq and the expected changes in alliances between parties and blocs.

Last Sunday, the representatives of the Sadrist movement submitted their resignation to the Speaker of Parliament after they received an order from the leader of the movement, Muqtada al-Sadr.

As soon as the resignation took place, speculations and expectations about future scenarios for Iraq surfaced, after many outstanding crises without solutions, exacerbated by the political stalemate as a result of the sectarian quota system and failure of the Iraqi parliament three times in choosing a president and forming a government.

On this, the Iraqi researcher and political historian, Dr. Jawad Al-Baydani, spoke about the repercussions of this step, saying: "I believe that the political blockage will end with this resignation. It seems that there are hidden threads which occurred previously, with evidence that Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi signed the resignation as soon as it came to him, Perhaps there were negotiations taking place behind the scenes between the political blocs in light of the alliances made by the Sadrist movement with the al-Halbousi bloc, as well as the Kurdistan Democratic Party.

This context he said, "In light of the Iraqi elections law, any member of the Iraqi parliament when he submits his resignation, the member close to the votes is the one who ascends or replaces him, and this is what will happen. Most of these will be from the coordinating framework as well as the independents, and thus will facilitate formation of the government.

The inability to form a government eight months after the October 10th elections?  That's major unless we're in the US.  The US has no interest in Iraq -- unless it can start an illegal war or, as Nancy demonstrates, use it as an excuse for inflation under President Joe Biden.  Scapegoating?  Iraq will rush to the tongue of Nancy for that.

Amr Salem (IRAQI NEWS) explains:

The Iraqi Ministry of Environment, on Thursday, called for developing a national strategy supported by an annual budget to combat climate change and desertification in the country, according to the Iraqi News Agency (INA).

“The climate change and its negative impacts on Iraq are clearly visible,” The Iraqi Minister of Environment, Jasesim Al-Falahi, said in a statement cited by INA.

Falahi explained that United Nations reports confirm that Iraq is one of the five countries in the world most affected by climate change, according to INA.

The Minister of Environment also elaborated that the country is facing an unprecedented scarcity of rainfall and water leading to an increase in desertification rates and decrease in available fertile land.

But he's not really the Minister of Environment.  He's a hold over from the previous government and the highest court in Iraq has already ruled that the holdover  government is highly limited in what they can and cannot do.  Which is a shame because Iraq is facing serious consequences from climate change.  THE JERUSALEM POST observes:

Environmental experts have warned that the drying up of Lake Sawa in southern Iraq is a sign of more to come, with climate change and a lack of cooperation defining water distribution in the Middle East.

In April, the lake, which changes level seasonally and is the only one in Iraq to draw its water from underground aquifers, dried up completely for the first time in thousands of years.

For the inhabitants of nearby Samawa, the environmental concerns were trumped by the existential threat of losing access to the lake, which provides the only reachable water source in the region. Droughts resulting from climate change are thought to be partially responsible for the drying up of the lake.

Iraq could really use some leadership right now -- especially as the water issue is resulting in conflicts with neighbors.  One of those neighbors?  Turkey.  

And there's a lot for Iraq to have conflict with Turkey over.

The Turkish government has been bombing northern Iraq with War Planes and drones, it's sent Turkish foot soldiers into the country and established military bases in Iraq.  These are legally defined acts of war.  These are violations of Iraq's sovereignty.  

And yet they continue.  Will any politician outside the Middle East call them out?  Or will Jeremy Corbyn be the only one to do so?

In yesterday's snapshot, we noted that the Turkish government had killed yet another child.  Mirza Dinnayi names the child:

A dirty war crime and a planned elimination of Yezidi minority. An air strike killed a 12 y Yezidi child in Sinjar. Salah was working in a small shop of his father in Sinuni. Such a shame for the international community generally and iraqi political powers to keep silent

Amberin Zaman (AL-MONITOR) reports:

The government of Iraq has yet to comment on a Turkish drone strike that killed a 12-year-old boy in the town of Sinune yesterday, the latest in a string of attacks in the Sinjar region of northern Iraq, adding to fury among Yazidis, a marginalized community that was subjected to genocide by the Islamic State.

Nobel laureate Nadia Murad, a Yazidi genocide survivor who was enslaved by IS, called Turkey’s attack “an act of terrorism.”

“Iraq has the ultimate responsibility to stop Turkey from attacking Sinjar,” said Murad Ismael, a prominent Yazidi activist. “The international community also has a moral responsibility towards Yazidis and the people of Sinjar. It is both painful and illogical that these attacks go [unaddressed] as if they are legitimate. It seems Turkey can get away with anything,” Ismael told Al-Monitor.

The UN condemned the attack without mentioning Turkey by name. “UNICEF is shocked at the killing of a 12-year-boy in an attack in Sinjar area,” the international body’s arm that deals with children said in a statement yesterday. “UNICEF calls on all parties to fulfill their obligation, under international law, to protect children at all times and without delay,” it added.

 Would a functioning government make any difference?

Who knows?

But there is rightful outrage.

The Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) called on NATO and the international community to speak out against Turkey's drone strike in Northern Iraq's Sinjar region that killed a father and a small child on Wednesday.
Today Turkey murdered Salah Nassir, a Yazidi child and a shopkeeper in town of Sinuni while he was attending his shop. Salah was murdered as Turkey conducted an airstrike inside a populated civilian area. We condemn this act of terrorism & call on Iraq & intl community to act.

Violation of Iraq’s sovereignty by any state is rejected and the continuous Turkish incursions in the Kurdistan Region will harm relations between Baghdad and Ankara, influential Iraqi politician and former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki said on Thursday.

“The violation of Iraq’s sovereignty from any state is rejected and the government needs to take necessary measures to stop it,” Maliki who is a prominent figure of the Coordination Framework, Iraq’s largest Iran-backed alliance, said in a statement.

“The continuation of Turkish incursions on Iraqi land in the Kurdistan Region and the death and injury of a number of people will result in major harm to the relations between Iraq and Turkey,” he said, adding that such continuous attacks would require Iraq to review its stance and work on stopping them.

Former prime minister and forever thug Nouri.  He never stops running for office.  And his words are going to resonate with a public that's tired of seeing their government roll over and ignore these constant attacks from Turkey.

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