Thursday, October 13, 2022

THE NAKED GUN? (and diabetes)



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Oct 13 at 7:01 PM
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I was asked about Vanity Fair?  In "," I noted that you could subscribe for $8.99 and get the print issues for a year and also get digital access for a year.  So how am I enjoying it?  No print issue yet.  I think it's two months after sign up that they start arriving.  I may be remembering that wrong.  

In terms of digital access?  I was thinking this would be like some of Cedric's subscriptions.  Like The New Yorker subscription lets him access everything since the magazine started.  The digital does not go back to 1913 when the magazine started.  In fact, I think I read one of the older articles in the digital archives.  It was placed online in 2011 so it has a date from that year but it's the 1990 cover story of Cher when she was promoting the film Mermaids.  There's more than enough to read in what is available but I have a real criticism: Searching.

You can search but it's either ''relevant'' or "newest.'' Those are the same things -- when you do the search, you'll see the results don't change no matter which one you select.  

The Cher article was interesting; however, I wasn't looking for it.  I searched "Tuesday Weld" and got less than 100 articles (maybe way less) and the Cher article was in that.  Tuesday is not mentioned once in the article.

It can be very difficult to find things.  I thought, "Who's been around for decades?"  Jane Fonda.  So I searched.  And got nothing but this year and last year and it was too much to go through.  I added "Roger Vadim" and that didn't help much so I also added "Tom Hayden."  I still got back results that didn't mention Hayden or Vadim.  I had put them in to avoid the brief things they do when, for example, Jane announces she has cancer.  I was looking for a feature article.  I couldn't find it.  

There has to be an easier way to search but, so far, I haven't been able to find it.  

Other than that search function, I have no real complaints.  There's tons to read and I'm enjoying it.  Less than ten dollars for a full year?  I think it's a bargain.

The latest episode of THE GOLDBERGS aired last night on ABC.  Adam is so irritating.  At one point, Barry told him to go do his homework and Adam shot back something like the fact that he's around the house because he didn't go to college should make it obvious he doesn't have any homework.  He really is useless.

So he and Barry were competing to see who was the man of the house now that Murray (their dad) was dead.  It started when Bev had a fit because there was no ice for the baby shower she was going to throw for Erica.  So Barry and Adam competed and Adam won.  (In what world?)  Then Adam got the awful David Hasselhoff to speak to Barry to make things better.  Hasselhoff has had way too much plastic surgery and it doesn't make him look younger.  I hope this was his last episode.

Erica graduated college early.  She was hoping that she'd be congratulated.  She went home to find out that no one knew or cared.  Not Geoff, not Bev.  All they cared about was the baby she's carrying.  She went to see her mother-in-law Linda who explained that all they saw her as now as a "bucket."  And she still wouldn't be a person to them after she delivered the baby.  Linda explained today was her birthday.  Her husband came out screaming for something to eat or drink.  She said he didn't even realize she was on the city council.

Depressed, Erica realized that Linda had called it.  Finally, it boiled over and Erica exploded.  This may have been when Bev and Geoff both had pressed themselves against Erica's belly to give kisses to the baby.

Geoff felt awful.

They pulled together a graduation ceremony in the living room to show her that they cared.  Erica ended up at Geoff's parents again and the father was looking for something and wondering where Linda was.  Linda was on TV -- they were airing a city council meeting.

Except for Adam, it was a good episode.  

Now for a topic that we touch on every now and then, Issa Rae weighed in on the Ezra Miller nonsense:

Issa Rae isn’t shying away from calling out Ezra Miller as an example of a “repeat offender” in Hollywood.

Emmy winner Rae, who signed an eight-figure, five-year deal with WarnerMedia in 2021, addressed the controversy surrounding “The Flash” actor Miller following multiple felony charges and abuse allegations. Rae slammed the lack of a “backbone” in the film industry when dealing with “repeat offenders” like Miller, who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.

“I’m going to be real, the stuff that’s happening with Ezra Miller is, to me, a microcosm of Hollywood,” Rae told Elle. “There’s this person who’s a repeat offender, who’s been behaving atrociously, and as opposed to shutting them down and shutting the production down, there’s an effort to save the movie and them. That is a clear example of the lengths that Hollywood will go to to save itself and to protect offenders.”

“Don’t do that, and women may be able to thrive,” Rae added. “They won’t have to live in fear of keeping silent because it’ll ruin their careers. It’s just a constant pattern of abuse that’ll only persist if Hollywood continues to insist on being this way.”

I agree with her 100%.

Book review time.  All I can say is: At least I didn't pay for it.

It is NEWSROOM CONFIDENTIAL: LESSONS (AND WORRIED) FROM AN INK-STAINED LIFE.  I found a copy in a stack of advanced copy books on C.I.'s end table.  Margaret Sullivan wrote the book.  I remember her as a very weak public editor for THE NEW YORK TIMES.  Daniel Okrent was the only  one who really did work worth praising in that position.

I picked up the book thinking it might explain to me why she was such an awful public editor.

The book explains a lot.

Including the delusions and out-of-touch nature of Sullivan.  Life begins and ends with Donald Trump for the nutso.  

At one point, after the 2016 election, she's puzzled and decides to do her own version of SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS -- it's highly amusing but not for the reason she hopes.  She ventures into the world and encounters people -- actual people.  She is shocked, dismayed to discover they don't believe what she does.  Apparently, she'd conned herself into believing she was the standard.  She is aghast to discover people who, for example, believe that 9/11 was an inside job.  I'm aghast to discover that this is the first time Sullivan's ever encountered anyone with that belief.

I'm also disgusted that she can't grasp why things like that happen.  9/11?  I was not there.  I was there for the lies.  I was there for Saudi Arabia getting away with murder.  I was there when former US Senator Bob Graham (of the Graham family that used to own THE WASHINGTON POST) told a number of us about how the Saudis shouldn't have been flown out of the US.  I was there when the 9/11 commission was stacked with people that shouldn't have been on it.  I was there when the Jersey Girls had to fight for any bit of truth the American people got.

I have read the PDB Bully Boy Bush got ahead of 9/11.  You know, the one Condi Rice tried to lie about in the public hearing until she was finally forced to provide the title "Bin Laden Determined To Strike."

When alternate hypotheses pop up, there's usually a reason and it goes to the creation of mistrust.

I find it appalling that a supposed journalist is unaware that some people question the official 9/11 narrative until 2017.  What world did this idiot live in?

She and Dan Balz speak.  He's a useless piece of garbage (Hey, Dan!) and I say that as someone who's known him for years.

The problem, they insist, with journalism today is that Watergate led to 'gotcha coverage' and this bred mistrust in government.

No, you stupid idiots.

Tricky Dick authorizing illegal spying, compiling an enemies list, ordering the Watergate break-in and much more bred mistrust in government.

Watergate was followed by a brief period of real investigative journalism which quickly stopped -- Katharine Graham, then publisher of THE WASHINGTON POST, gave the notorious speech about how it was time to once again hold journalists in check.  A detail that Sullivan also seems unaware of.

Over and over, the media is the problem.  Never for suppressing the truth, you understand, but for reporting.

The media, Crazy Sullivan insists, cost Hillary the election in 2016.  They shouldn't have been covering the e-mails.  For the first time, a presidential candidate was the subject of a criminal investigation.  It was news.

Sullivan really doesn't understand what news -- or journalism -- is.

She tells you how the media could have elected Hillary without ever grasping that it is not the media's role to determine elections.  It is the media's role to report on what happens.

She misunderstand her own job.

Which is how we get back to her time at THE NEW YORK TIMES.  Even Margaret Sullivan realizes she was awful there and that she is too close to the staff that she is supposed to be monitoring as the public editor.  So she quits.  It's a shame she ever took the job considering she wasn't up for it.  Reading NEWSROOM CONFIDENTIAL, you have to wonder if she's ever been up to any professional task.

The government reported Thursday that that inflation in the United States accelerated in September, with the cost of housing and other necessities intensifying pressure on families and businesses.

Four-decade high inflation has prompted the Federal Reserve to keep raising its key interest rate, which is currently in a range of 3% to 3.25%. A little more than six months ago, that rate was near zero. The sharp rate hikes have pushed mortgage rates up to 15-year highs, and made other borrowing costlier. The Fed hopes that higher interest rates will slow borrowing and spending and push inflation closer to its traditional 2% target.

Fed officials have warned that the unemployment rate will likely have to rise as part of their fight against rising prices, and last week's jobs report likely snuffed out any hope that the Fed would pause rate increases when it meets in early November.

Or Joe could take some of those billions he keeps sending to Ukraine (our tax dollars) and spend them on uplifting the American people. 

Sarita lives in Fort Worth, Texas and says she loves Taste of Home's recipe for Texas Chicken Spaghetti:


  • 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, optional
  • 1 package (16 ounces) Velveeta, cubed
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat; add onion and pepper. Cook and stir until tender, 5-7 minutes. Drain stewed tomatoes, reserving the liquid, and chop tomatoes. Stir in soups, tomatoes and sugar if desired.
  3. Drain spaghetti; add to sauce mixture with Velveeta and chicken and if desired, reserved liquid. Transfer to a greased 13x9x2-in. baking dish. Cover and bake 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until bubbly, 5-10 minutes longer. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.

I've never made chicken spaghetti.  I've had it at work pot lucks but I've never made it. I might use this recipe this weekend but I'll do it with Italian sausage.  Nothing against chicken but I usually have it in the freezer for soups (chicken soup, tortilla soup, etc) or for the air fryer.

camila cabello just rubs me the wrong way.  her commercials for 'the voice' present her in an unflattering light - to put it mildly.  and t called me last night and said turn on nbc - camila was on the talk show.  she is just as irritating on a talk show.  she keeps popping her eyes and indicating that she thinks she is funny but, sadly, she's not funny.  how does a 25 y.o. get so annoying and irritating?

Barbie news.  No, not the movie.  Could care less about that nonsense.  No, I'm talking Tina Turner:

Barbie has a whole lot of love for rock 'n' roll as the toy brand has just unveiled its very own Tina Turner doll as a part of its Barbie Signature Music Series.

Commemorating the Grammy Award-winning musician's iconic hit single, "What’s Love Got to Do With It," the latest figure created in her likeness captures the singer's dynamic stage presence and vivacious personality. From a singing in a small-town church choir in Nutbush, Tenn., to becoming the legendary icon known as "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll," honors Turner's incredible journey, as well as her enduring cultural impact and legacy.

People who love Barbie and people who love Tina should purchase a doll.  So should smart people -- smart people should buy a doll, leave it  unopened in the packaging and store it for a decade or two.  These dolls go up in value.  Look at the Turn Back Time Cher doll, for example.

I am buying one because I love Tina.  

I hope you read Trina's "" already.  It's a great post.  I want to add to it that Anthony Rapp claims he was so traumatized by the experience that he would sweat and his heart would race if he saw Kevin Space onscreen.  This, we are told, happened around 1988 when he saw a film starring Kevin.  If this was his reaction, can someone explain why he's on record, a decade later, going to see American Beauty?

If seeing someone onscreen in 1988 traumatizes me, I certainly do not turn around ten years later and go to one of their movies.

Anthony Rapp's story has never added up.

Kevin Spacey makes an easy target.  He should have come out decades ago.  He seems kind of creepy.  But that doesn't mean Anthony Rapp's story is accurate.  

I really believe that Kevin's innocent of this.  I'd have to look at the other accusations on a case-by-case basis.  But Anthony Rapp has never made sense.

Meanwhile, Olivia Wilde missed the memo that her Don't Worry Darling was a critical misfire and is not a hit.  She's talking like it has the box office of Top Gun: Maverick.  She complains to Elle magazine about what a victim she was.  No, she was the problem.  She created the drama.  And now she's whining again.  You really wish people like that would go away.  

I'm still ticked that Batgirl is not going to be released.  So is Brendan Fraser:

 The “Mummy” actor played Ted Carson aka Firefly, the villain of the DC film, and is just as dismayed by its cancellation as fans are.

“It’s tragic,” Fraser told Variety. “It doesn’t engender trust among filmmakers and the studio. Leslie Grace was fantastic. She’s a dynamo, just a spot-on performer. Everything that we shot was real and exciting and just the antithesis of doing a straightforward digital all green screen thing. They ran firetrucks around downtown Glasgow at 3 in the morning and they had flamethrowers. It was a big-budget movie, but one that was just stripped down to the essentials.”

“Batgirl” was developed by the prior regime at Warner Bros. and was intended to be released on HBO Max, and it did not have the heft or the budget of other theatrical DC titles, even though the production budget had ballooned to a reported $90 million. While filming had been completed, once David Zaslav took over the new company Warner Bros. Discovery, he decided to scrap and shelve the “Batgirl” movie forever.

Diabetes.  Lately, I've been so tired.  I'm yawning as soon as I step out of the office.  I'm talking big yawns.  I've beefed up the physical exercise by an additional 30 minutes a day, for six days a week.  Some days it seems like it makes little difference in the blood sugar readings.  It can be very depressing.  So can counting carbs.  So can missing out on food I'd rather be eating.  Like corn on the cob.  In the old days, three ears of corn would be the perfect dinner I'd cook for myself.  Put some butter and black pepper on them.  MMMMMM.  

Or potato soup or mashed potatoes.  

I mean, sure, I miss sweets.  But even more it's the basics.  I eat chicken and some beef and pork.  But I could easily give them up for corn on the cob.  (Meat is no carb so there's no issue with it in terms of blood sugar.)

We are experimenting with different beans and peas to add more fiber.  My doctor has me eating the equivalent of one can of beans a day.  So, for example, I had half a can of chick peas on my salad at lunch and I'll have the other half tonight with dinner.  Beans do have carbs.   But they are packed with fiber and fiber coats the stomach and slows absorption of sugar.  So we're using it that way.   

Oh, and I'm Oprah.  I like bread.  She loves it, remember?  I can't have bread because of carbs.  Even if it's low carb bread (which costs more than regular bread), I'm limited to two slices.  And it's bye-bye garlic bread and bye-bye spaghetti (pasta is high in carbs).

One thing that I liked before and can still enjoy?  THE NAKED GUN.  I loved those movies.  And the TV show POLICE SQUAD.  Leslie Nielsen was great.  

But they're talking about remaking THE NAKED GUN and guess who their first choice for the lead is? Liam Neeson.  I can kind of see it.  It might work.


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


Thursday, October 13, 2022.  No president named in Iraq as yet, we look at fake ass Tulsi Gabbard and the stupidity of referring to her as 'anti-war,' we look at the sexist nature of some people and explain why it's not a feminist's job to defend women under attack when these women promote a pedophile.

I've noted this before but there's an issue in the e-mails -- both the public and the private accounts -- so let me repeat: Posting doesn't mean I agree with something.  It doesn't even mean, if it's a video, that I've streamed it.  There are all sorts of opinions in the world and not everyone has to agree with me.  "BJG Calls Out Tulsi Gabbard on The Hill’s Rising / Michael Tracy vs Fiorella Isabel (Twitter Beef!)" has a video by THE VANGUARD that's bothered a few people.  I can tell you it was posted because of the BJG aspect.  I don't think Bri's right.  THE VANGUARD does and I was planning on addressing BJG and Tulsi Gabbard today and thought I'd offer their take.  We'd already posted Bri's take and I'll probably include in this snapshot as well.

I didn't stream the video.  I've seen it this morning -- the second part which is the part that's upset people.  THE VANGUARD are two males, they are both Anglo-White and they are proof that so-called 'identity politics' are needed and necessary.  

They're tickled pink by Michael Tracy's latest sexist attacks.  They're not aware enough to grasp that these are sexist attacks.   He's attacked this go round Tara Reade and Fiorella Isabella.  And they're chuckling and they're laughing at it and they make asses of themselves in the process and flaunt their stupidity.

When you're a White male, you can be stupid with regards to Michael Tracey because it doesn't effect you.  So they're like ''damn, son."  And just tickled by what he's done.

Why do we need identity politics?  So that everyone's included.

2006 isn't that long ago.  There is no reason in the world that I should have been the only one calling out THE NEW YORK TIMES for the way they . . . buried Coretta Scott King.  She was a legend, she was the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King.  Instead of her getting her due, the paper went on board with Gail Collins' friend -- a bad writer popular with post-menapausal women.

Now I never liked what Wendy Wasserman tried to pretend were plays.  But I had no need to say it.  She was unimportant and, in the years since, she's proven to be unimportant.  Jamie Lee Curtis loves Wendy.  Loves her so much she couldn't stop talking about Wendy's death.  The unimportant dead playwright had nothing on Coretta -- yes, Coretta was a friend.  But Coretta was also a historical person, a legend.  

Yet piece after piece, column after column was done on Wendy.  Even an editorial was done on Wendy.  

It was everything that people mean when they talk about 'White feminism.'  

I had to scream, beg and guilt trip to get Coretta mentioned in a column -- and that was weeks after she died and that was a mention -- not even the focus of the whole column.

In what world is this White writer as significant as Coretta?

In no such world.  

By the way, long before Oliver Stone concluded Sy Hersh wasn't trustworthy, Coretta and I already came to that conclusion and purposely dropped out of an action because he was spying on it.  Oliver jokes -- or maybe he's serious -- that Seymour is CIA. We didn't think that.  We thought it was a whorish reporter who would go back to his CIA sources with anything in the hopes that they would feed him something in exchange that he could write up.  Sy's going to pop back in, give it a minute or two.

But that's why identity politics matter.  It is not an equal playing field.  Some failed writer who had no success outside of NYC is applauded by Gail Collins who misuses her position at the paper and Coretta is ignored.  

And we shouldn't have to be the only site calling it out but drop back to that week of coverage and you'll see we were the only ones to say something -- and we did so daily.

The two hosts of THE VANGUARD are not idiots.  But they have failed repeatedly to overcome their limited scope and to see the world  beyond themselves.

Michael Tracey is a sexist pig.  We noted that here and, since the math is always trusted, we made it clear when we noted how he tore apart Kamala Harris when she dropped out of the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

What Michael did to Tara Reade was a sexist attack and so was what he did to Fiorella.

Bob Somerby's learned -- after years of critiques here -- that he will be held accountable.  He does -- He did the same thing Tracey does -- he critiques men and he rips apart women.

I'm not the tone police.  I own no pearls to clutch.  You want to go to town on Kamala, I'm not going to be bothered unless I start noticing that you use kid gloves when it comes to men.  Bob loved to go after Kit, for example.  And she wasn't the only one.  And he'd tear them apart.  Men who did the same things he accused the women of?  They would get a pass and they could be redeemed.

You started to grasp, if you paid attention, that something more was going on.

And it's the same with Tracey.

Some people e-mailing -- even some community members -- argued that it's my role to defend Tara and Fiorealla.

Hell, no, it's not.

Let's note this from  Matt Bai's "Scott Ritter's Other War" (THE NEW YORK TIMES):


When prosecutors were successful in moving to unseal his New York files and presented evidence from those arrests too, Ritter steadfastly maintained that he was aware, in both instances­, that he was talking to undercover cops. He knew his online activities needed to be stopped, Ritter said, so he arranged to meet the officers involved, playing along with the notion that they were teenage girls, so that he could get himself arrested and be forced to face his demons. This would have been a more persuasive defense, perhaps, had one of the arresting detectives not testified that Ritter, upon seeing the police lying in wait for him, tried to evade capture by slamming down the gas pedal and jumping a curb, T.J. Hooker-style.

I love that story, don't you?

How many times has Scott Ritter been arrested now for seeking out girls, not women, online for sex?  When Bully Boy Bush occupied the White House, Pig Ritter would insist those arrests (plural) were political targeting because he spoke out against the Iraq War and that there was nothing to them.  There was everything to them because they were true.  Barack Obama becomes president and Pig Ritter loses his excuse when he's busted yet again and this time they don't do a slap on the wrist as they did more than once previously.  This time he has to go court.  And he's convicted.  And he serves time in prison.

Somehow, he's being propped up now by members of the left and 'left.'

Not by me.  I called that piece of garbage out and pointed out that if you were promoting him, you were promoting assaults on girls.  I pointed out that his lies were lies and, if Amy Goodman continued to promote him, she should accept any blame the next time he was arrested.  Now Goodman grasped that and Ritter no longer appeared on her show.  That was before his last known arrest on this -- the one that sent him to prison.

I have no sympathy for Jimmy Dore, Danny Haiphong, et al, who think you put a pedophile on your show, you applaud him and talk about how great he is, and never let you audience know that he is a convicted pedophile, that's he has had to register as a sex offender.  I have no sympathy for them.  

In their limited scope, they don't think about what happens if some young girl watches their show and is led to believe that Pig Ritter is a great guy and then she becomes the target of his pervy desires.

Fiorella put him on.  I believe my response to that was to post that video with a note that he was a registered sex offender, a convicted pedophile and that if you were going to have him on your show then you needed to note that.  None of them do.

After that, when he came back on CONVO COUCH, we never noted it again.

I'm not here to promote a man who is danger to young girls -- such a danger that he was sent to prison for it.

Sy Hersh, I told you we'd be coming back, destroyed his own reputation  He went around the country with Pig Boy.  That's why THE NEW YORKER lost interest in publishing Sy.  I was corrected on that when I was questioning why he had to publish in THE LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS.  It was because Sy had joined at the hip with Scott Ritter and THE NEW YORKER had warned him against that.  Then Pig Boy got convicted and sent to prison.  That's why THE NEW YORKER lost interest in Sy -- and he was told that but he didn't tell the world that, did he?

It ruined his repuation.

What's the guy's name? Seth Rich?  Is that his name?  Sy thought he had some story there -- all he had was the closing shot of his career.  He's seen as nuts now and I don't shed a tear for him.  He chose to promote a pedophile, he can live with the damage.

And Fiorella did as well.  I'm not shedding tears for her.  Tara likes to pretend she's all about defending women and girls but Tara has never called out a convicted pedophile named Scott Ritter.  

It is not my job to defend every woman.  Being a feminist does not mean that I have to.  It especially does not require me to defend them when they are enabling someone like Scott Ritter.

They are on their own.

Now Briahna Joy Gray.

Everything Bri says may be true.  That's not my problem with her statements.  My problem is she doesn't say enough.  Tulsi Gabbard announced this week that she was leaving the Democratic Party.  Bri is appalled because Tulsi's statements may make it seem that the GOP is the party of anti-war because of Tulsi's brave stand because of --

Cut the crap.  It is appalling that men like Jimmy Dore lie to their viewers and insist Tulsi was some great anti-war voice.

She wasn't.  She had no concern for the Iraqi people -- a fact evident in her 2020 campaign for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.  Now she wants to call Joe Biden all these things.

And I'm not having it from fake ass Tulsi.

In the final debate that candidate Tulsi made the stage for, we were all expecting the big showdown.  This was anti-war Tulsi.  She'd played that anti-war arm chair zealot over and over.  And the war, she'd tell voters over and over, was her biggest issue.  It effected everything -- including how much money we had to spend on other issues -- needed issues.

Bill de Blasio and others had confronted Joe Biden during the debates of the candidates for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.  Tulsi hadn't.  And she had an excuse, she wasn't on the stage with him.  The field was so crowded back then that they had to divide them up into groups.

So she'd go on MSNBC, for example, on June 26, 2019 and slam Joe for his actions regarding  Iraq but she wasn't on stage with him.  

But Wednesday, July 31st, she was finally on stage with Joe Biden.  And big talking Tulsi, whose big issue was the war, was on stage with Joe Biden who voted for the Iraq, War, who did a pre-war hearing that was stacked with war supporters though Joe tried to pretend it was fair and balanced, the man who voted over and over to keep funding the war, the man who defended it over and over (despite his 2019 lie that he had turned on the wr the minute bombs started dropping).  Here was Tulsi's chance to finally take the fight to Joe.

It was going to be an epic throwdown, right?


We recounted it at length and repeatedly over and over.  For example, see the next day's snapshot.

Joe Biden was on the ropes.  He was struggling and he could have been eliminated that night.  If Tulsi had done the job she should have, he could have been out of the primary and someone else would have had the nomination.

But she refused to do a thing.  

Read the transcript -- or read the snapshot -- because Tulsi went after Kamala and Kamala was no threat.  She was never going to get the nomination.  She had no large base of support.  Most women did not rally to her.  African-Americans in the south did not relate to her.  

But Tulsi used her time and her ammo on Kamala.  Not on Joe.

This was her chance to show that she was anti-war.  And she refused to do so.

If you missed that debate, you may join the liars and insist that she was making statements and -- B.S.  That's a damn lie.  Jake Tapper was a moderator.  He specifically called on her regarding Joe Biden and the Iraq War.  And Jake was puzzled -- watch his face -- by her remarks which were rescuing Joe and excusing his actions.  

He looks like he's wondering if she understood the question.  So he then goes back to her for a second time and is more specific.  And Tulsi again takes a pass.

That night, the next day and through the weekend, Tulsi shows up where ever she could on TV and repeatedly insisted that Joe said his vote was wrong and that was good enough for her.

His actions went far beyond just his initial vote but Tulsi buried that in hre comments and buried Joe's Iraq issues for the press.  When the self-promoted anti-war candidate told the American people and the press that Joe had nothing to apologize for or make amends for that everything was fine?  There was no longer a story there.  The media wants conflict.  And it wants conflict is can hide behind to pretend to be objective.  Had Tulsi held Joe accountable on the stage, the issue of the Iraq War would have been forced into the conversation by the national press.

Tulsi is one of the reasons Joe Biden is in the White House and not Bernie Sanders or any other Democrat.

She's a fake ass piece of trash and she showed the world that at the debate.  

Bri offers a lot of words but she also offers Tulsi as anti-war and she's surprised that now Tulsi --

No.  She's not anti-war.  She proved it when she gave Joe a pass on the Iraq War.

Now crazy, senile Joe is president.

Joe Biden incorrectly described himself as the father of a man who "lost his life in Iraq" at a speech in Colorado on Wednesday.

Speaking near the town of Vail, Biden designated Camp Hale, a 436-square-mile site where the 10th Mountain Division were trained during World War II, as a national monument.

Christian Datoc (WASHINGTON EXAMINER) reports:

"American soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division scaled that 1800-foot cliff, at night, caught the Germans by surprise, captured key positions, and broke through the Germans' defensive line at a pivotal point in the war," the president stated before mentioning Beau. "Just imagine — I mean it sincerely — I say this as a father of a man who won the Bronze Star, the conspicuous service medal, and lost his life in Iraq. Imagine the courage, the daring, and the genuine sacrifice — genuine sacrifice they all made."

The White House did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

AL BAWABA notes the story:

Biden was slammed for claiming that his son, who died aged 46 of brain cancer, lost his life in Iraq. The president made the remark while announcing the Camp Hale Continental Divide a national monument, Washington Examiner reported.

Thanks, Tulsi.  It could have been Bernie, it could have been anyone.  Generic Democrat could have carried the 2020 election.  

In Iraq today, there is hope that the Parliament might be able to finally name a president.  But there are, at best, distractions.  REUTERS notes, "Nine rockets landed on Thursday around the Iraqi capital's Green Zone, home to government buildings and foreign missions, the military said, shortly before parliament began a session to elect a new president amid a protracted political deadlock."

We'll wind down with this from Black Alliance for Peace:

For Immediate Release    

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OCTOBER 7, 2022 — The Haitian people have been protesting for months against ongoing foreign occupation and U.S. support for a corrupt government that was not elected by a popular vote or mandate. In the last weeks, popular protests and uprisings have intensified, but the U.S. and its allies have responded by claiming all the disruption in the country amounts to “gang violence” that needs to be quelled with increased foreign intervention, on top of the ongoing BINUH occupation. In addition to the ongoing UN occupation, nine thousand Dominican soldiers are stationed on the border with Haiti and videos have recently surfaced of Dominican military forces entering Haitian territory. Given the Dominican Republic’s history of anti-Haitian sentiment and violence, this is particularly concerning.

Responding to these circumstances, on September 30, The Black Alliance for Peace delivered an open letter to CARICOM (the Caribbean Community), urging the 11-nation group to support Haitian sovereignty and oppose further calls for foreign intervention. BAP reminded the leaders of CARICOM that the situation in Haiti could not be reduced to a sensationalist assertion that so-called gangs were behind the popular uprisings on the island:

"...the latest demonstrations are a direct result of two factors. First, they are a response to the everyday economic misery caused by rising inflation, especially through the staggering increase in the price of fuel. Second, they are part of a long history of demands for the end of foreign meddling in Haitian affairs, especially via the installation and maintenance of an unelected and illegitimate government by the Core Group, of which the United Nations is a part."

BAP member Netfa Freeman delivering open letter to CARICOM to the Embassy of the Republic of Suriname

BAP member Netfa Freeman delivering open letter to CARICOM to the Embassy of the Republic of Suriname

BAP member Rebecca Bonhomme delivering open letter to CARICOM to the embassy of Antigua and Barbuda

BAP urges popular mobilization against continued U.S. intervention in Haiti and in support of Haitian sovereignty. This Sunday, October 9 at 4pm EST in Washington, DC, leaders from 87+ Haitian-American, faith, and human rights organizations will convene at Black Lives Matter Plaza and march to the White House “to demand the Biden Administration stop propping up a corrupt regime that has plunged Haiti into chaos, and to let Haitians decide their own future, including creating a legitimate Haitian-led transition back to democracy and security”. We encourage all who can to show up and support the Haitian people to decide their own future.

The Black Alliance for Peace has been consistent. The crisis of Haitian democracy is the result of the colonialist interventions of the U.S. and other Western powers. As we said in our communication with CARICOM: 

"BAP absolutely stands against any foreign armed intervention in Haiti, and continues to demand an end to the unending meddling in Haitian affairs by the United States and Western powers. We call for the dissolution of the imperialist Core Group, an end to Western support for the unelected and unaccountable puppet government of Ariel Henry, and for the respect of Haitian sovereignty."

We say No to Occupation. Yes to Self-Determination.

Banner photo: Canada Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly, U.S. Sec of State Anthony Blinken, and OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro in a meeting regarding Haiti. (courtesy of @Almagro_OEA2015 on Twitter)

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