Friday, June 16, 2017

How will Hillary celebrate?

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Michael Phelps to race a great white during "Shark Week"



NO WORD YET ON HOW HILLARY CLINTON INTENDS TO CELEBRATE THE WEEK NAMED IN HER HONOR.


FROM THE TCI WIRE:



Poverty and the poor were not addressed in last year's presidential campaign.

We can't expect the media that ignored the topic or the duopoly candidates who refused to talk about the issue to bring it up now.


So let's do our part to break the silence by again noting Senator Patrick Leahy's opening remarks at last week's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the proposed HUD budget:



Senator Patrick Leahy: I am very concerned about President Trump’s budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This budget would leave low-income, elderly and disabled Americans out in the cold.  It would deny shelter to victims of domestic and sexual violence.  It would bring to a screeching halt programs that spur economic development and help ensure that safe, sustainable and affordable housing is available in our communities.
Bluntly, Secretary Carson, this budget is a travesty.  It slashes $7.3 billion from the work of your Department.  It decimates Section 8 rental assistance grants that help keep very-low-income families, as well as elderly and disabled Americans, in decent, safe housing.  It eliminates the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME programs, which help drive economic development in more than 1,200 American cities, including in Vermont.  Eliminating these programs doesn’t just eliminate a Federal investment; these projects leverage other public and private sources to make them a reality.  For every dollar we invest in CDBG projects $3.65 is leveraged in other public and private resources.  And, while I recognize that this does not fall under the jurisdiction of your Department, the administration’s attack on housing programs is only amplified with the elimination of NeighborWorks, which in one year alone provided affordable housing for more than 360,000 families, created and maintained more than 53,000 jobs, and leveraged its appropriation at a ratio of 91 to 1.  Let me repeat that leverage ratio:  91 to 1.  Under this budget, all of those dollars disappear.  Secretary Carson, where are the people who rely on these programs supposed to go?
The President’s budget fails to include tenant-based rental assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.  In 2013, Senator Crapo and I worked together to strengthen, expand and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.  Too often, victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking remain in dangerous living situations simply because they have nowhere to go.  That in and of itself is devastating, but all too frequently families have to make the tragic decision between becoming homeless with their children, or staying in a house where either they and/or their children may be subject to physical abuse.  Your Department should be working hand-in-hand with the Justice Department, which administers the successful transitional housing assistance grant program, to find effective ways to support these survivors and ensure they have access to safe and affordable housing.  Secretary Carson, what will you tell these victims since you fail to support these programs in this request?
Poverty is “no state of mind.”  Housing is not a political issue; it is a moral one. In Vermont, we know that housing people first is key to helping them step out of poverty.  With the help of Federal investments like Homelessness Assistance Grants, states like Vermont have reduced chronic homelessness by 45 percent, but this is only possible with help from your Department.  Communities across the country know that, instead, your budget will close emergency shelters and put people back on the streets.  Secretary Carson, how will this budget help the Department meet its mission?
Now is the time to invest in our Nation’s affordable housing infrastructure – not to decimate it.  This budget will eliminate the investments and hands-on efforts that help families succeed.   This isn’t a “foundation for greatness.”  This budget is a travesty.



Poverty's become the forbidden word in the US media (unless they're speaking of conditions in another country).



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  • Thursday, June 15, 2017

    That wacky MSNBC

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    AMERICAN CITIZEN OTTO WARMBIER HAS FINALLY BEEN FREED FROM NORTH KOREA WHERE A FORCED CONFESSION AND A KANGAROO COURT TRIAL THAT LEFT HIM WITH A 15 YEARS OF HARD LABOR CONVICTION.


    HIS FATHER, FRED WARMBIER, SPOKE TO THE PRESS:


    "The question is, 'Do I think the past administration could have done more?' I think the results speak for themselves," Warmbier, wearing the same light-colored sport jacket his son wore when addressing the media in North Korea in early 2016, told reporters in Wyoming, Ohio on Thursday.
    He added: "We met everyone in the last administration from [then-Secretary of State] John Kerry to... our senators, our congressmen... Those were our efforts."
    ON MSNBC, SPOKESMODEL HANS NICHOLS IMMEDIATELY RUSHED TO REASSURE VISITORS THAT THEY DIDN'T NEED TO LISTEN TO THE FATHER BECAUSE HE WASN'T "POLITICALLY SOPHISTICATED."


    MSNBC: THE 'LIBERAL' CHANNEL.

    IT'S HOME TO ALL THE WAR HAWKS: RACHEL MADDOW (SUPPORTED THE IRAQ WAR), JOE SCARBOROUGH (DITTO) AND NOW HANSY NICHOLS WHO TOOK TO PRINT IN 2002 TO EXPLAIN HE WAS CONSERVATIVE AND A LOVER OF WAR.

    REACHED FOR COMMENT, MSNBC EXPLAINED, "WE'LL HIRE ANYONE.  WE'RE ACTUALLY IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH JUDITH MILLER RIGHT NOW."




    FROM THE TCI WIRE:




    Jack Moore (NEWSWEEK) notes:


    The U.S-led coalition, responding to Newsweek ’s request for comment, said it was “looking into” the accusations. But a general, New Zealand Brigadier Hugh McAslan acknowledged late Tuesday that the forces had used the munition in Mosul, but not to target combatants. “We have utilized white phosphorous to screen areas within west Mosul to get civilians out safely,” he told NPR.


    Of that admission, Alison Meuse (NPR) notes, "Coalition spokesmen previously have confirmed the use of the incendiary substance in less-populated areas of northern Iraq in the fight against ISIS. But this is the first confirmation that white phosphorus has been used in Mosul."


    In the US, media attention has gone to the efforts to round up and deport Iraqi Christians.  Nahal Toosi (POLITICO) explains:

    President Donald Trump is facing anger and potential political blowback as his administration ramps up efforts to deport Iraqi Christians, a group he’d pledged to protect from what the U.S. calls a genocide in the Middle East.
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents over the weekend detained dozens of Iraqi Christians and others to send back to Iraq. Many of them were picked up in Michigan, a swing state that Trump barely won in 2016 and the home of a sizable number of Christians from Muslim-majority countries who backed Trump during the presidential campaign.


    We noted the Detroit round ups in yesterday's snapshot.

    Round ups are taking place elsewhere as well.  Ariana Maia Sawyer (USA TODAY) reports:

    Bayan Taro thought the 6 a.m. knock was a neighbor asking her or her husband to move their car.
    Had she known who was actually at the door, she wouldn't have sent her husband to open it.
    Sarkaut Taro, a 53-year-old Nashville filmmaker, padded out in his pajamas, his wife said in an interview on Monday. After a few moments, he called out for his wife.
    When she came to the door, she said she saw her husband in handcuffs surrounded by unidentified men and unmarked vehicles.
    He was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement — just one of at least 12 Iraqi nationals who've been taken into custody over the past week.
    [. . .]
    In Nashville's Kurdish community, Drost Kokoye, of the American Muslim Advisory Council , said officers have been knocking on doors and asking questions without warrants, surrounding people with vehicles and going to their workplaces.



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    Thursday, June 08, 2017

    Comey's penis monologue

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    FORMER F.B.I. DIRECTOR JIMMY COMEY CORN AND I DON'T CARE TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS TODAY AND REVEALED THERE'S REALLY NO STORY HE HAS TO TELL.


    HE DID, HOWEVER, REVEAL THAT DONALD TRUMP CAUSED HIM TO LEAK.


    WHAT CAN HE SAY, THE PENIS WANTS WHAT THE PENIS WANTS.


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:


    Do you fear yet for Iraq's future?

    Because you should.

    A message has been sent.

    Just like one was sent after Nouri al-Maliki lost the 2010 election but wouldn't step down and Barack Obama, then-US president, went around the Iraqi people to give Nouri a second term via The Erbil Agreement.

    Within two years, Barack had turned on Nouri.

    After Barack won the 2012 election, Nouri called to congratulate him and Barack refused to take the call, palming it off instead on Joe Biden.

    It would be two more years (2014) before Barack would publicly rebuke Nouri.

    Those millions Barack's going to get for his superficial tract on his life in the White House should warrant a little honesty on Iraq and especially on Nouri.

    By 2010, Nouri's use of torture and secret prisons were well known.

    But Barack chose to give him a second term.

    ISIS would most likely never have gotten a foothold in Iraq were it not for Nouri's second term.

    (Nouri's responsible for the rise of ISIS but I say "most likely" because Nouuri's far from the only despot in Iraq and someone similar to Nouri could have also precipitated the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq.)

    When Barack's door step is finally released, Nouri al-Maliki should figure prominently in it.

    As should Barack's sleight of hand with regards to the Iraq War.

    A bunch of silly fools enlisted into The Cult of St. Barack.

    They believed he'd end the Iraq War.

    That's on them.

    Barack didn't end it.

    And they're still in denial.

    I can understand being temporarily fooled.

    Elaine and I met him when he was trying to get into the US Senate.

    And the hype laid down had us both excited.

    But all he had to do was say that the US was already in Iraq and blah blah blah for us to realize he wasn't anti-war and that embarrassing and sparsely attended 'big' speech of 2002 didn't matter.

    If Barack was honest about ending the Iraq War, I would have supported his Senate run.

    If he were honest, I would have turned this site, in 2007 and 2008, over to non-stop Barack -- one long running infomercial.

    But he was a liar.

    And it's amazing that eight years later, as the Iraq War continues, his Cult still can't get honest.

    And I've been kind enough.  Stop pretending you couldn't have known.





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  • Wednesday, June 07, 2017

    Why Comey couldn't be alone with Trump

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    TOMORROW, FORMER FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY IS SET TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS.

    AND IT'S GOING TO BE A DOOZY!!!!

    TODAY, HE RELEASED HIS PREPARED REMARKS TO BE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD AND THEY INCLUDE THAT HE BEGGED ATTORNEY JEFF SESSIONS NOT TO LEAVE HIM ALONE WITH U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP.

    THOUGH HE DID NOT EXPAND ON THIS IN HIS WRITTEN REMARKS, HIS BOY-PAL MIKE MORELL GAVE THESE REPORTERS AN EXCLUSIVE.

    "JIMMY DID ASK JEFF NOT TO LEAVE HIM ALONE WITH DONALD," MORELL STATED. "JIMMY SAID DONALD WAS 'SO HOT' AND THAT HE COULDN'T TRUST HIMSELF AROUND DONALD.  'I'M MARRIED!  I CAN'T BETRAY PATRICE! BUT THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY HE TOSSES THAT GOLDEN HAIR WITH SUCH CONFIDENCE, IT DESTROYS ME."


    AND NOW WE KNOW.


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:



    Oh, look, King Punk Ass HoDe (Howard Dean) rediscovers Iraq -- for a second, to attack Trump.


    (We dealt with the nonsense HoDe's promoting and screeching about -- dealt with it in yesterday's snapshot.)

    Howard Dean's just one more fake ass punk.

    Just a piece of crap who pretended to be left.

    Remember 2004?

    Remember his talk about Iraq?

    The Iraq War continues but Howard Dean's not going to call that out.

    He's a fake and a liar.

    I've made many mistakes in my life but falling for carny barker Howard Dean was never one of them.

    Numerous friends supported him so I made a point to catch one of his rallies.

    I saw an empty suit who could grab whatever was in the headlines to get some attention.

    I don't admire whores.

    Senators Patty Murray and Tammy Baldwin work.

    They're work horses.

    They grab numerous issues and stick to them, working on them constantly.

    Some pay off, some don't.

    But they work.

    I found it very telling that MS. MAGAZINE repeatedly ignored both women to promote chattering heads in Congress who never worked a bill a day in their life.

    But that's what the media 'covers' -- what's 'hot.'

    Not what's important, not what matters.

    We have a superficial country and superficial politicians because we have a superficial media.

    Howard Dean's 2004 words should haunt him.  They should be hung around his neck and he should be forced to address Iraq on a daily basis.

    In the House, Tulsi Gabbard -- like Murray and Baldwin in the Senate -- works constantly.






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    Friday, May 26, 2017

    He's a trusted voice?



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    Even John Boehner Thinks Donald Trumps Presidency Has Been Abysmal So Far



    THAT IS SOMETHING.

    UNTIL YOU TAKE A MOMENT . . .

    AND ASK YOURSELF . . .

    WHY SHOULD I GIVE A DAMN WHAT JOHN BOEHNER THINKS?


    WAS HE SOME LEGEND IN CONGRESS?

    KNOWN FOR BEING SMART AND WISE AND CARING?


    NO AND NO AND NO.

    HE WAS KNOWN FOR HAVING A NAME SOME PEOPLE PRONOUNCED AS "BONE-ER" AND FOR BEING A CORPORATE STOOGE.


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:




    BBC NEWS reports:



    Iraq has opened an inquiry into claims that its forces abused and killed civilians in the battle for Mosul against so-called Islamic State (IS).
    An interior ministry statement said it would take legal measures against anyone proven to have been "negligent".
    It comes after Der Spiegel published an article by a photojournalist who was embedded with the ministry's troops.
    Ali Arkady says he took pictures of detainees suspended from ceilings and that others were tortured and raped.




    Wait, wait!  Abuses?  And it wasn't reported by Rukmini Callimachi?


    Of course, it wasn't reported by her.  She's THE NEW YORK TIMES' new Judith Miller -- as we pointed out February 10th.

    Rukmini is very popular with Glenn Greenwald but then so was the Iraq War once upon a time.

    Rukmini poured propaganda out her blow hole and the usual saps lapped it up like it was 2002 all over again.

    Rukmini Callimachi fans should be suspect.

    Especially if, like Glenn Greenwald, they got it wrong in real time (he supported the Iraq War).

    There's a barrier between those people and critical thought.

    REUTERS notes:

    Iraq's interior minister on Wednesday ordered an investigation into allegations that members of the security forces had tortured, killed and abused civilians in the campaign to oust Islamic State militants from Mosul.
    The inquiry was in response to a report by the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel last week that included images of apparent torture taken by a freelance photographer embedded with the Interior Ministry's elite Emergency Response Division (ERD).

    Photographs showed detainees accused of affiliation with Islamic State hanging from the ceiling with their arms bent behind them, and the journalist wrote of prisoners being tortured to death, raped and stabbed with knives.



    - SPIEGEL photographer Ali Arkady documents Iraqi security forces abducting, torturing, raping, & killing Sunnis around .
     







    Rukmini was too busy socializing to get the job done.  But, hey, she got a lot of free meals, didn't she?




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    "Another plan"
    "THIS JUST IN! LIKE VOMIT, SHE WILL RISE! "


    Monday, May 22, 2017

    Another plan



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    CRANKY CLINTON STILL HAS A PATH TO THE WHITE HOUSE -- PROVIDED YOU ARE WILLING TO FALL FOR ANYTHING.

    REACHED FOR COMMENT, CRANKY CLINTON SCANNED THE PROPOSAL AND INSISTED IT WAS "MORE LOGICAL THAN ANYTHING ROBBIE MOOK CAME UP WITH."


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:




    Starting with the White House's Special Envoy Brett McGurk:




      Retweeted
    President Trump during Arab Islamic American Summit "This is not a battle of different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations"
    Video
    U.S. Department of State










    Thank you, Brett, for Tweeting that, honestly, no sarcasm.

    But if we're talking about what this isn't, can we talk about what it is?

    Because the Iraq War drags on and surely you know that.

    You served in Iraq when Bully Boy Bush occupied the White House, you've served in Iraq under President Barack Obama and now you serve under President Donald Trump.

    When does it end?



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    Friday, May 19, 2017

    His name or his phone?


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    LOOKING LIKE A CRACK ADDICT OR AN OVER-USED PORN STAR, DISGRACED PERVERT ANTHONY WEINER SHOWED UP IN COURT TO PLEAD GUILTY TO SEXTING WITH A MINOR.


    PERV WEINER BEGAN TO CRY IN COURT WHEN TOLD HE HAD TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER AND GIVE UP HIS IPHONE.

    ASKED BY THESE REPORTERS WHICH HURT WORSE -- REGISTERING AS A SEX OFFENDER OR GIVING UP THE IPHONE, PERV WEINER TOLD US IT WAS THE PHONE.

    "PLEASE,"  HE TOLD US, "REGISTER?  I USED MY NOM DE PLUME CARLOS DANGER."



    FROM THE TCI WIRE:


    Day 211.


    It was supposed to last mere weeks, remember?

    But it was also supposedly launched to save the citizens of Mosul.


    Not a lot of concern for those civilians these days.


    Human Rights Watch notes:

     The Iraqi army and other local security forces have forced over 300 displaced families to return to west Mosul neighborhoods still under risk of attack by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Human Rights Watch said today. The families, who had fled to the Hammam al-Alil and Hajj Ali camps for displaced people, are severely short of water, food, electricity, and medical assistance.
    Displaced residents, camp staff in Hammam al-Alil, and three federal police officers said that families were returned to certain west Mosul neighborhoods to make room for newly displaced people from more recently retaken neighborhoods of west Mosul. But aid workers involved in camp management and United Nations assessments of camp capacity indicated that the camps still have space for new arrivals.
    “People from western Mosul fled some of the worst fighting there and finally found safety, only to be forced back to areas still under ISIS fire,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “These families should not be forcibly returned to unsafe areas and areas that lack adequate water, food, electricity, or health facilities.”

    The UN Guiding Principles on internal displacement state that all internally displaced people should be able to choose where they live and have the right to be protected against forcible return to any place where their life, safety, liberty, or health would be at risk.



    The Mosul Slog slogs along.  What happens after?

    Muhanad al-Saleh and Qassim Abdul-Zahra (AP) remind:


     Sunni resentment over disenfranchisement and the rise of Shiite power after the 2003 ouster of Saddam Hussein fueled an insurgency and gave a foothold to al-Qaida. The U.S. military, backed by Sunni tribal fighters, largely crushed al-Qaida. But Sunni bitterness over continued discrimination by Shiites helped in the subsequent rise of the Islamic State group. Each time, the rise of militants only deepened Shiite suspicions that the Sunnis cannot be trusted.
    U.S. officials backing Baghdad in the fight against IS have warned repeatedly that the same could happen again now unless the government is made more inclusive.


    A prominent Sunni lawmaker, Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, said Iraq could fall apart unless a "historic compromise" is reached.

    Former prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki oversaw the persecution of the Sunnis from 2006 to 2014.  He wants back in.  It's reported that he's attempting to state he's the only one who can prevent the partition of Iraq into three areas (Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurd).  Nouri did not want to step down in 2014.  It's interesting that he thinks he can be prime minister again, after two terms, considering the Iraqi Constitution.  But Nouri intends to stoke fear in an effort to be back as prime minister.



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