Wednesday, March 1, 2023


NETFLIX?  I'm not finding anything to watch of late.
And I'm not hopeful for the future today.
They have a new show and a new movie they're going to be filming and feel the need to announce.
The movie?  
It'll star Kristen Bell.  You know her, the one no one ever wants to see in a live action film.
Worse?  The TV show will revolve around . . . Robert De Niro.
Is he going to play another dirty grandpa?  He really is our worst actor of his generation.  Maybe at 80 he's going to find some  coke or something to wake him up so he's not sleep walking through yet another role.
We popped popcorn last night and watched two films on TUBI.  Dean Martin's THE SILENCERS and Jerry Lewis' HOOK, LINE & SINKER on TUBI.  Again, TUBI is free and you can register for it or you can just sign in as a guest.  If you don't register the only drawback is, if you're watching a series, you'll have to remember what episode you were on.  If you sign in, it will remind you where you stopped watching. Just trying to remind people of the options out there if you're having to drop NETFLIX or whatever.  On TUBI currently, I watch NIKITA.  They have lots of TV shows and films.  

So THE SILENCERS is one of Dean Martin's  Matt Helms films.  Matt Helms is like an American James Bond.  Dean was perfect for the role which requires a very sure and very light touch.  The villain (Victor Buono) is going to drop a missile on New Mexico (where they're doing atomic testing) and Matt has to stop them.  He gets help from  who recently passed.  This is the only film I've seen her in where she really shines so, if you want to see her at her best, be sure to check this out.  It's a caper film and a very good one.

As for HOOK, LINE & SINKER, it's a silly Jerry Lewis film.  Some of the jokes don't age well.  In part, that's because we're in a different time.  In part, because they got away with a lot of bad jokes.  By that, I mean a one or two liner that had the same word in it twice.  Badly written.  Thurst of the film is how did Jerry's character end up in the ER with a marlin spearing his chest. 

Peter Lawford was the saving grace of the film. And his appearance made me like Jerry better.  Jerry Lewis was a huge film star at the time and he produced this 1969 film.  Many years prior to that, Frank Sinatra had written Peter Lawford out of the rat pack (actually the clan -- the rat pack was with Bogart, Bacall, Garland, et al).  And he'd fired him from a movie and would no longer work with him or speak with him.  Due to Frank being such a mafia type, few would cross him.  Sammy Davis Jr. continued to be friends with Lawford and Jerry hired him for this film.  

That was a big step.

And let me note that Frank Sinatra is a great singer but he was a lousy human being.  He threatened people and had them beat up.  Even in front of Mia Farrow who wants to lie and pretend otherwise.  Frank, as a person, was a thug.  That makes Mia a thug as well while she pretends to be so saintly.  (Didn't know saints took marriage vows one day and then, a few days later, ended up in bed with John Phillips.  Catholic Mia says what?)

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


Wednesday, March 1, 2023.  The UN Secretary-General visits Iraq, Moqtada's forces occupy an abandoned area in Baghdad, Marjorie Taylor Greene and her pal Glenneth Greenwald remain jokes, and much more.

I know we've noted the 5,000 year old tavern recently discovered in Iraq several times in the last weeks but I don't believe we've noted a video report of it.  It is a big find and historically signficant.

Centuries ago, people gathered there.


Moqtada al-Sadr's militia likes to gather in an abandoned building in Baghdad but the PMF is apparently attempting to root out of the building.

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, is visiting Iraq today.

AFP notes, "UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in Iraq for his first visit in six years Tuesday in a show of 'solidarity' after a drawn-out political crisis in the country."  Guterres' last visit to Iraq was in 2017.   Sinan Mahmoud (THE NATIONAL) reports:

“This is a visit of solidarity,” Mr Guterres said in a briefing with Mr Hussein after arriving at Baghdad International Airport.

“A solidarity with the people and the democratic institutions of Iraq and a solidarity that means that the United Nations is totally committed to support the consolidation of the institutions in this country.”

He said he was confident that “Iraqis will be able to overcome the difficulties and challenges they still face through an open and inclusive dialogue”.

Mr Hussein described the visit as important, praising the relations and co-operation with the UN special mission to Iraq and UN.

“We always thank the secretary general for his support to the political process and democracy in Iraq,” Mr Hussein said.

Moving over to the US, we're going to again note THE DAILY SHOW for Chelsea Handler's look at MTG.

Marjorie Taylor Greene: I have people come up to me and say crazy things to me out of the blue in public places that they believe because they read it on the internet.

Chelsea Handler:  Well if that's not the pot calling the kettle QAnon.  This woman thought 9/11 was a hoax, that the Clintons killed JFK Jr. and that Jews are in charge of space lasers.  But please, don't come at her with some crazy ideas -- she might believe them. 

MTG is still calling the kettle QAnon.  As Daniel Villareal (LGBTQ NATION) reports, Marjorie is whining that she was eating out and a woman and her son yelled at her:

“People used to respect others even if they had different views. But not anymore. Our country is gone,” she concluded. Last week, Greene called for a “national divorce” between blue and red states.

The last time the U.S. had such a division, it resulted in a 4 year civil war. The war killed over a million Americans, including soldiers, non-combatant civilians, and slaves.

In response to Greene’s tweet, [David] Hogg, now age 22, wrote a tweet directly tagging her Twitter screen name.

“@mtgreenee Man that sucks. I was attacked and screamed at in 2018 by an insane woman named Marjorie Taylor Greene. She had no respect for the privacy of me as an 18 year old school shooting survivor or my staff. She was self righteous, insane, and completely out of control,” Hogg wrote.

Ever notice that if Marjorie were a Drag King, she could impersonate Glenneth Greenwald?  It's the nose, right?  Maybe that's why he made her his hag?

The great Glenneth Greenwald has spoken -- or at least hissed -- Elizabeth Warren is a fool.  The thing about Glenneth and other foolish people is that they never realize they're foolish.  What prompted his fit?  The senator Tweeted the following:

Elizabeth Warren
Feb 24
In the 1990s, America had 51 major contractors bidding for defense work. Today, there are only five massive companies remaining. Defense contracting should be reworked to break up the massive contracts awarded to the big guys and create opportunities for firms of all sizes.

Glenneth reTweeted a mocking of her and then added this:

Replying to
Most Elizabeth Warren tweet ever.

In the mocking thread they go on and on about weapons.

Is Elizabeth really the fool or are they?

Now we actually pay attention to Iraq so I'm fully aware that defense contractors do much more than just defense.  They're hired by the Defense Dept so they're contractors for the Defense Dept.  But they may be doing something as basic as cleaning, they be part of a construction project, they can do any number of things.  The Government Accountability Office has noted that service acquisitions account for a big portion of the budget and has stressed that oversight is greatly needed.  

Was Elizabeth the fool or was the fool all the people who were so stupid -- including Glenneth -- that they didn't realize how the defense contractors work?

Excelsior University notes:

The use of defense contractors stretches back to the American Revolution. During that war, the Continental Army was inexperienced and ill-equipped, so contractors provided food, clothing, horses, wagons, weapons, and even scouting services. Today, the Department of Defense still requires the help of defense contractors for the U.S. military.

A defense contractor is a business organization or individual who provides products or services to a government’s military or intelligence department. These products and services can include technical support, training, weaponry, aircrafts, vehicles, communications support, logistics, and electrical systems.

Defense contractors often play a major role overseas, where they provide deployed troops with services such as language interpretation, perimeter security, weapon systems maintenance, and supervision of other contractors. During past US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, they have often made up 50% or more of the entire DOD presence, including military personnel.

If it's all too confusing for you -- and if you're a fan of Glenneth, it probably is -- you can refer to this primer from the US Defense Dept on their contractors.  We'll note this since it's about Iraq:

In Iraq, armed and unarmed security contractors have been employed to provide services such as protecting fixed locations; guarding traveling convoys; providing security escorts; and training police and military personnel. The number of security contractor employees working for DOD in Iraq and Syria has fluctuated significantly over time, depending on various factors. As of the fourth quarter of FY2022, DOD reported 941 security contractor personnel in Iraq and Syria, none of whom were identified as armed security contractors. 

Glenneth truly is an idiot.

Replying to
Only thing missing was this diversity angle but, with a tweet that perfect, who can complain?

That wacky Glenneth taking time out from giving Marjorie Taylor Greene a dry hump to provide laughs on Twitter.  As for the diversity angle -- it's built into contracts with contractors.  Does it hurt when you're that stupid, Glenneth?

And, for the record, the Tweet fits in perfectly with other Tweets the senator's been offering:

A study by found that corporations in the most concentrated sectors have been the most successful at expanding their profit margins on the backs of consumers. This is exactly why we need to enforce antitrust laws and increase market competition.

Or are those concepts beyond your limited vision and, sadly, even more limited knowledge base?

Maybe Glenneth could get off Twitter for 24 hours and work on composing an apology to the Iraqi people for promoting the Iraq War that destroyed their country and killed over a million people?  


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