Sunday, August 12, 2018

Alyssa thinks she's the boss

BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX   -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

U.S. HOUSE REP. KEITH ELLISON IS DENYING ALLEGATIONS THAT HE ABUSED A WOMAN HE WAS ONCE INVOLVED WITH -- THE ALLEGATIONS ARE COMING FROM THE WOMAN AND HER SON.

THOUGH NO ONE ASKED HER, MIDDLE-AGED NOBODY ALYSSA MILANO CALLED THESE REPORTERS TO INSIST, "THIS IS NOT TRUE!  FIRST OF ALL, HE IS A DEMOCRAT AND DEMOCRATS NEVER, EVER COMMIT ABUSE.  SECOND IT IS JUST HER WORD AGAINST HIS!"

AND HER SON'S WORD.

"TWO PEOPLE AGAINST ONE MEMBER OF CONGRESS?  THE MEMBER OF CONGRESS ALWAYS OUTWEIGHS ANYONE ELSE!  I LEARNED THAT WHILE STUDYING GEOPOLITICS WITH TONY DANZA ON THE SET OF WHO'S THE BOSS!"


FROM THE TCI WIRE:

Because one thing has finally concluded, it does not mean that the next step is nearly complete.  The recounts.  Iraq completed the recounts and finally released the totals.  If you've forgotten, the US was among those having a hissy fit over the results of the May 12th election.  Also having fits?  The sore losers.

May 12th, Iraq held parliamentary elections.  May 12th.  And the hissy fits and foot stamping and crying has been going on ever since from sore losers.  For three months, forming a government had to be put off.  And what were the new results?

MIDDLE EAST MONITOR notes:

The manual recount of votes cast in Iraq's May elections has been completed, with cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's alliance retaining all 54 of the seats it won.
With Sadr's Sairoon Alliance confirmed as winners of the legistlative election, a government can now be formed, almost three months after the polls.
Allegations of fraud prompted the recount, but the only change that came from it was an extra seat for the Conquest Alliance of pro-Iranian former paramilitary fighters, which remains in second place. There are 329 seats in Iraq's Council of Representatives.


 AFP adds, "Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's bloc remains in third with just 42 seats."



Breaking: announce results after the end of manual re-counting of forged boxes, not big change compared to preliminary results, the interesting thing Communist Party leader Raed Fahmi took a seat in new parliament






Three months wasted.  No real change in the votes.  Hayder al-Abadi remains a loser.  A choice that the Iraqi people didn't not want imposed upon them again.  Second place?  That's a rejection.  Third place for a sitting prime minister?  That's "get your ass out of the country."  It's a message the low turnout also sent.


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Sunday, August 05, 2018

Alyssa struggles with reality

BULLY BOY PRESS &   CEDRIC'S BIG MIX   -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

"DAMN WHITE RACISTS, PROBABLY EVANGICAL CHRISTIANS!" EXCLAIMED FAILED ACTRESS AND TWITTER ACTIVIST ALYSSA MILANO TO THESE REPORTERS.

SHE WAS ADDRESSING THE CHILDREN RESCUED FROM A NEW MEXICO COMPOUND WHERE THEY WERE HELD BY TWO MEN.

INFORMED THAT IT WAS BELIEVED TO BE A MUSLIM COMPOUND AND THAT THE TWO MEN WERE LUCAS ALLEN MORTEN (AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALE) AND SIRAJ IBN WAHHAJ (MUSLIM), MILANO FLEW INTO A RAGE INSISTING, "WHITE CHRISTIANS! ONE AND ALL!   DAMN DONALD TRUMP!  THIS IS A FRAME UP! NO DOUBT RUSSIA WAS BEHIND THIS!"



FROM THE TCI WIRE:



This morning, Kevin Watkins (GUARDIAN) reports:

Rahaf, aged 10, from west Mosul in Iraq, can’t tell you what caused the war that left her an orphan, killed her friends and robbed her of her childhood. But she can give you a child’s-eye view of the collective trauma, grief and loss that weigh on children across her devastated city. “I wake up and I witness war every day. I don’t want to go through another war,” she says.
[. . .]
While aid agencies and the Iraqi government focus on rebuilding cities flattened by war, the psycho-social needs of thousands of children who suffered traumatic experiences are being sidelined.
[. . .]
Looking at the piles of stone and twisted girders that were once homes provides a glimpse of the terror experienced by civilians trapped by urban warfare. It is impossible to know how many were killed or wounded by snipers and car bombs. What is clear is that many children emerged from the military devastation, and the three years of Isis rule that preceded it, carrying deep psychological scars.



The scars won't be going away anytime soon.  Nor has the war ended.  The 'success' of Mosul and its 'liberation' is a joke.



This is life a year after the battle for Mosul, .
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Five harsh realities about life in Mosul today 

1) 300,000 people still live in displacement camps

2) Mines and unexploded devices are a constant threat

3) The number of bodies buried under rubble are still unknown.

4) Tens of thousands of people depend on aid for survival.

5) Volunteers do their best to save their cultural heritage.


That's Mosul.  What about Anbar Province?  Arwa Ibrahim (ALJAZEERA) reports:

The about 100 residents of al-Khadra camp are among the 2.14 million Iraqis who have been displaced since January 2014, according to the UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR.
Inside the camp, which offers residents little more than shelter from the scorching summer heat, children run up and down its arid walkways and play in the sand between rows of neatly set tents.

As women hang their children's washed clothes to dry in the sun, while others cook meals on bunsen burners inside the tents that have housed them for years, there is no sign of this camp closing down any time soon.


As it gets close to 4 o'clock in the afternoon in Basra, right now the temperature is 113 degrees Fahrenheit.



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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Brainy Milano explains the human digestive system

BULLY BOY PRESS &   CEDRIC'S BIG MIX   -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

SOCIAL ARMCHAIR WARRIOR AND FORMER ACTRESS ALYSSA MILANO IS PEEVED.

"FIRED FOR TAKING A DUMP!" SHE EXCLAIMED TO THESE REPORTERS.

NO, SHE WASN'T SPEAKING ABOUT HERSELF.  SHE WAS SPEAKING OF THE HIGH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT WHO HAS LEFT HIS JOB AFTER BEING CAUGHT REPEATEDLY DEFECATING ON A RIVAL SCHOOL'S TRACK.

"IT IS LIKE SCIENCE AND STUFF," HUFFED ALYSSA.  "EVERYONE KNOWS WHEN YOU JIGGLE YOUR STOMACH BY RUNNING, YOUR INTESTINES LIKE RUSH THINGS TO YOUR HEART AND FROM THERE TO THE BOTTOM OF YOUR FEET AND THEN TO YOUR BOWELS.  THAT'S BASIC SCIENCE! MY TUTOR TAUGHT ME THAT WHEN I WAS 16!  THIS IS SO UNFAIR AND ANOTHER DONALD TRUMP ATTACK ON OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM!"


FROM THE TCI WIRE:

As July turns into August this week, it's worth noting that Iraq has still not formed a new government.




May 12th, Iraq held national elections.  Ahead of the elections, there had been big hopes -- these hopes included a large turnout.   Ali Jawad (ANADOLU AGENCY) noted, "A total of 24 million Iraqis are eligible to cast their ballots to elect members of parliament, who will in turn elect the Iraqi president and prime minister."  RUDAW added, "Around 7,000 candidates have registered to stand in the May 12 poll, with 329 parliamentary seats up for grabs."  AFP explained that the nearly 7,000 candidates includes 2014 women.  THE SIASAT DAILY added, of the nearly 7,000 candidates, "According to the electoral commission, only 20 percent of the candidates are newcomers." Ali Abdul-Hassan and Sinan Salaheddin (AP) reported, "Iraqi women account for 57 percent of Iraq’s population of over 37 million, according to the U.N. Development Program, and despite government efforts to address gender inequality, the situation for Iraqi women has declined steadily since 2003.  According to the UNDP, one in every 10 Iraqi households is headed by a widow. In recent years, Iraqi women suffered further economic, social and political marginalization due to decades of wars, conflict, violence and sanctions." 


The other big hope?  For the US government, the biggest hope was that Hayder al-Abadi's bloc would come in first so that he would have a second term as prime minister.  It was not to be.  Mustapha Karkouti (GULF NEWS) identifies the key issues as follows, "Like in previous elections, the main concerns of ordinary Iraqis continue to be the lack of security and the rampant corruption."

As we noted the day of the election:

Corruption is a key issue and it was not a topic explored by candidates outside of Moqtada al-Sadr's coalition.  Empty lip service was offered.  Hayder al-Abadi, current prime minister, had been offering empty lip service for four years.  He did nothing.  Iraqis were supposed to think that, for example, Hayder's focus on ISIS in Mosul mattered.  All life was supposed to stop because of Mosul?  All expectations were to be ignored because of Mosul?

Arabic social media today and yesterday was full of comments about the lack of improvement in services.  It noted how the elections had not mattered before and, yes, how in 2010 the US government overturned the elections because they didn't like the outcome. 



So it was probably only surprising to the US government and their press hacks that Hayder wouldn't come in first.  But that was after the votes were counted.  On the day of the election, the big news was how so few were turning out to vote.  NPR reported, "With more than 90 percent of the votes in, Iraq's election commission announced voter turnout of 44.5 percent. The figure is down sharply from 60 percent of eligible voters who cast their ballots in the last elections in 2014." AP pointed out the obvious, "No election since 2003 saw turnout below 60 percent."  AFP broke it down even more clearly "More than half of the nearly 24.5 million voters did not show up at the ballot box in the parliamentary election, the highest abstention rate since the first multiparty elections in 2005 [. . .]."



Elections held May 12th.  August arrives this week but it comes in the door with no new government to welcome in Iraq yet.



Arrived in tonight for talks with PM Abadi and other leaders on our common fight against , protection of Iraq’s borders, and economic reforms supported by our Strategic Framework Agreement.







Really?  Is that what you're doing, Brett?  Because that's not what others are saying.  For example, MIDDLE EAST MONITOR quotes the outgoing Speaker of Parliament Salem al-Jubouri on the matter:



In remarks to the Anadolu Agency, Al-Jubouri’s adviser Abdul-Malik Al-Hosseini said: “The former parliament speaker met on Sunday in Baghdad with the US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat [the Islamic State] and discussed the Iraqi parties’ efforts to form a new government and the importance of reaching a common vision among all political blocs.”
Al-Hosseini added that “the global coalition and the United States want the political blocs to accelerate resolving the issue of forming the new government in order to start dealing with the issues of stability and reconstruction.”


Brett, for those who have forgotten or never knew, was sent to Iraq by Barack Obama in the summer of 2010.  Why was that?  They'd held elections in March of 2010.  And thug Nouri al-Maliki had lost but refused to step down.  Instead of negotiating for Nouri to step aside, Brett oversaw the negotiations for The Erbil Agreement, the US contract that overturned the 2010 election results and gave Nouri a second term.   Human rights monster Samantha Power, among others in the administration, insisted that Nouri -- despite his thuggish ways and secret prisons and jails where torture was taking place -- had to have a second term.

Is that what Brett's again working on?  Overturning the votes of the Iraqi people?


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