Thursday, August 10, 2017

To know know know her, is to hate hate hate her, and we do and we do and we do

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


A DNC member from Florida on Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "We wish she would go away"



UH, POLITICO, IT'S NOT JUST 1 PERSON.

AND IT'S NOT JUST FLORIDA.

REACHED FOR COMMENT BY THESE REPORTERS, DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ STATED, "SO I'M HATED.  SO HOW IS THIS NEWS?  IT'S NOTHING NEW.  I'VE BEEN HATED MY WHOLE LIFE.  MY OWN TEDDY BEAR RAN AWAY FROM ME AT FIVE.  YOU KNOW WHAT? I THRIVE ON IT!  IT MAKES ME STRONGER!  PRINT THAT YOU %#$%#-ERS, PRINT THAT!"


FROM THE TCI WIRE:



Repeatedly over the years, various think tanks -- including RAND -- have warned that this issue has the potential to be an explosive one.

Which is why you don't leave it on the backburner.

If this had been addressed in 2007, for example, any fallout could have been addressed by now.


Grasp that the US military remains in Iraq.

Grasp that some will always insist that the US military remains.

The longer this issue of independence is postponed, the longer some will insist the US must remain in Iraq.

KURDISTAN 24 reports:

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has scheduled and insists on holding a referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region on Sep. 25, 2017, to decide whether or not to secede from the rest of Iraq.
Barzani stated that the move toward independence is part of a peaceful process aimed at deterring violence. “The main purpose [of the referendum] is to prevent further tragedies and wars from taking place[in the future].”
Regarding the timing of the vote, the President noted that if the Kurdistan Region waited for others to accept its decision, the right time would never come.

“Independence is a legitimate claim for our people, and the referendum can rightfully be held, at the earliest opportunity, so the world can be made aware of the will of the people of Kurdistan… We do not want to spend another 100-years repeating the same tragedies tied to the Iraqi state.”



What a change that is from the Jalal Talabani -- the ridiculous Jalal.


Dropping back to the March 16, 2009 snapshot:



Meanwhile Hurriyet reports:

Talabani told a Turkish newspaper in an interview published on Monday that it would not be realistic to believe that an independent Kurdish state could survive as it is likely that neighboring countries Turkey , Iran and Syria would close their borders.          
"I tell my Turkish brothers not to fear that Kurds will declare independence. It is an advantage for Kurds to stay within the borders of Iraq in terms of their economic, cultural, social and political interests," he told in the interview.

 


Sabah got the interview and they quote Talabani stating, "Iraq will not be separated and the civil war is over" and "The ideal of a united Kurdistan is just a dream written in poetry. I do not deny that there are poems devoted to the notion of a united Kurdistan. But we can not continue to dream." If accurate, Talabani's remarks will spark anger among some Kurds. And it may be a great deal of anger and it may be among many Iraqi Kurds.


Jalal Talabani, the sell out.  The only time he ever fought was to be first in line at the all-you-can-eat buffet.

Regardless of how the vote turns out, no one can claim Barzani didn't try.



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  • Wednesday, August 09, 2017

    Debbie Washerwoman feels the burn

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

    HOW BAD ARE THINGS FOR DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ -- NOTED GREASY HAIRED CRIMINAL AND CONGRESS MEMBER?

    JEB BUSH IS CALLING HER "INCOMPETENT."

    JEB BUSH OF THE BUSH FAMILY -- A DYNASTY NOT NOTED FOR STRONG THOUGHT OR MENTAL CAPACITY.

    JEB BUSH WHO LOST THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION TO DONALD TRUMP IS CALLING HER "INCOMPETENT."

    REFLECT ON THAT.

    DEBBIE IS.


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:

    Do you remember, Val, that the Iraq War continues?

    Valerie Plame was at war with her own agency.  The CIA is often at war with itself.  It's probably the only thing that's prevented its complete takeover of America.  Val stomped her feet and made a spectacle of herself.

    For those who don't remember, she was outed by the administration of Bully Boy Bush.

    For Val, the whole issue is Val.

    She's never really been able to speak to Iraq, of the ongoing war, of the dead.

    But damned if she couldn't hop in a convertible to pose for VANITY FAIR.

    Vanity's not fair and Valerie Plame's self-obsession goes a long ways towards explaining why the United States is still in Iraq.

    A book deal, Naomi Watts playing her in a movie, and Val's hungry ego has still not been satisfied.  Some day, it may be and she may get around to actually talking about Iraqis.

    The Iraq War hasn't helped the people of Iraq.

    Now it's even hurting the thugs in the militias.

    Most infamous for their attacks on Sunnis and their publicly professed loyalty to Iran, Iraq's Shi'ite militias number a few less as a result of a US action.

    XINHUA reports:

    A paramilitary Hashd Shaabi unit said Tuesday the U.S. forces pounded its posts near the border with Syria and killed dozens of its militants, warning that the attack will not go without punishment.
    The U.S. forces carried out "heavy bombardment on Monday morning on the posts of Sayyd al-Shuhadaa Brigades in Akashat area near the border with Syria, leaving large number of martyrs and wounded fighters," the unit said in a statement emailed to Xinhua.

    It said that group "holds the U.S. forces the responsibility for the consequences of the action. We declare that it will not go without punishment."


    AHLULBAYT NEWS AGENCY also notes the statement from the militia:


    The “criminal forces” of the US heavily pounded the positions of Sayyid al-Shuhada Brigades along the common border between Iraq and Syria which led to the martyrdom and injuring of a large number of fighters, the statement said.

    “We declare that this move will not go unpunished,” the statement read. 






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  • "Who's laptop is it anyway?"
    "THIS JUST IN! MY LAPTOP! MY I.T. GUY'S LAPTOP! MY LAPTOP!"

    Friday, August 04, 2017

    Who's laptop is it anyway?


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

    DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ INSISTED IN A PUBLIC HEARING THAT THE CAPITOL POLICE HAD SEIZED HER LAPTOP AND DEMANDED THAT IT BE RETURNED.

    BUT NOW SHE IS INSISTING THAT THE LAPTOP IS HER I.T. GUY'S LAPTOP.

    ASKED ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE IN HER STORIES, DEBBIE SNORTED AS HER EYES DARTED AROUND NERVOUSLY BEFORE ASKING, "IS LYING A SOLID DEFENSE?"


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:

    ALSUMARIA reports that early this morning the security forces began cutting off the roads to Baghdad's Tahrir Square.

    Why?

    They always do this when they know of a planned protest.  It's to intimidate people with the hopes that they won't participate and to make it hard for those who still want to participate to reach the square.


    Haydar Majid (ALSUMARIA) reports  many came out to demonstrate today following Shi'ite cleic and movement leader Moqtada's call on Thursday to protest.  XINHUA notes:



    "I wish the people are aware of what corrupt politicians are engaged with a dirty scheme to restore corruption which will not only control the people's food, but also their necks and blood. So that they would stage demonstration by millions to determine their fate," Sadr said in a statement by his office.
    Sadr pointed out that the "sectarian storm," which engulfed the Iraqi people after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, made many Iraqis to close their eyes about what the politicians and the parliament blocs were doing.

    He said the politicians, who were seen as corrupts by many Iraqis, are planning to bring a new electoral commission and to approve an election law for the provincial elections that would take into account the interests of the same old large parliamentary blocs, according to the statement.




    Provincial elections were due in March but Hayder refused to hold them.  It was thought they would be held in September -- thought and publicly stated.  Yet again they've been pushed back.  It's now said they'll be held in 2018.

    Earlier this week, Moqtada met with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.



    : Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman receives Muqtada Al-Sadr, leader of the Sadrist Movement in on Sunday






    Madawi al-Rasheed (MIDDLE EAST EYE) offers:

    This is not Sadr’s first visit since the 2003 American occupation. He arrived in Riyadh in 2006 at the height of the Iraqi resistance to the occupation and the Iraqi civil war. But the visit was unsuccessful then. It yielded little benefits to either side. Like other aspiring clerics turned politicians, Sadr entered Iraqi politics with his own Jaysh al-Mahdi militia that later changed its name to the Peace Brigades.
    Saudi Arabia grew very frustrated over the Iranian expansion in Iraq after 2003 and found itself constantly backing losing Iraqi horses. From patronising Sunni tribal chiefs in 2005 as part of al-Tawafuq electoral list to backing the Iraqi Sunni-Shia coalitions under Iyad Allawi in 2010, Saudi efforts to find an entry into post-Saddam Iraqi politics led to further frustration amounting to hostility on several occasions.
    Saudi relations with Iraq deteriorated so much during Nouri al-Maliki’s premiership with Iraq bluntly accusing Saudi Arabia of sponsoring terrorism and precipitating a sectarian war in Iraq as a result of its Wahhabi ideology and the Saudi jihadis found in Iraq. Only in 2015 did a Saudi ambassador return to Iraq after almost 25 years of absence.  
    Sadr’s recent visit to Jeddah is a break from past Saudi practices and strategies. Mohammed bin Salman and his Trump administration backers want to limit Iranian expansion in the Arab world without outright military confrontation with Iran or its various militia that operate in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. 


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    Thursday, August 03, 2017

    Wasserman Schultz's latest scheme

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


    MEET DEBBIE!

    U.S. HOUSE REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ IS STUCK IN A MESS OF HER OWN MAKING AND ALL BUT ROLLING IN IT.

    INSTEAD OF AIRING THE ISSUES OUT WITH THE PUBLIC -- HER I.T. ISSUES -- SHE'S DECIDED TO BE "DEBBIE!"

    SPEAKING TO THESE REPORTERS, THE CONGRESS WOMAN EXPLAINED, "I'M DEBBIE -- JUST DEBBIE!  THAT WAY I GET A FRESH START.  I GOT THE IDEA THIS MORNING WHILE GETTING DOUGHNUTS AND FINDING THAT DUNKIN' DOUGHNUTS WAS NOW JUST 'DUNKIN'' -- A FRESH START.  I WANT THAT TOO!"


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:



    Yesterday afternoon, Audie Cornish (NPR's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED) spoke with Human Rights Watch's Belkis Willie:


    AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:  There is a revenge campaign happening in Mosul. This started when Iraqi forces were fighting to retake the city from ISIS, and it's gone on since Iraq regained control of it. Soldiers have been rounding up and prosecuting anyone suspected to be a member of ISIS or related to one or a sympathizer of the terrorist group. In many cases, those detained are abused and executed. Human rights observers say the tactics being used by the military are war crimes.



    BELKIS WILLE: I mean in terms of executions, we're seeing men being shot. We're seeing even more grotesque cases - for example, men being thrown off cliffs into the Tigris River and then being shot upon as they land. Numerous cases of really severe torture, sometimes leading to death.


    Last week, Human Rights Watch noted:


    An Iraqi army division trained by the United States government allegedly executed several dozen prisoners in Mosul’s Old City, Human Rights Watch said today. Two international observers detailed the summary killings of four people by the Iraqi army’s 16th Division in mid-July 2017, and saw evidence that the unit had executed many more people, including a boy.
     The US government should suspend all assistance and support to the 16th Division pending Iraq’s full investigation of the allegations and appropriate prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said. Under the “Leahy Law,” the US is prohibited from providing military assistance to any unit of foreign security forces if there is credible evidence that the unit has committed gross violations of human rights and no “effective measures” are being taken to bring those responsible to justice.
    “The US government should make sure it is no longer providing assistance to the Iraqi unit responsible for this spate of executions but also suspend any plans for future assistance until these atrocities have been properly investigated,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Given the widespread abuses by Iraqi forces and the government’s abysmal record on accountability, the US should take a hard look at its involvement with Iraqi forces.”[. . .]
     Under the “Leahy Law,” the US government is required to suspend assistance to the 16th Division until the Iraqi government takes three steps, which are often known as “remediation components”: impartial and thorough investigations; impartial and thorough prosecutions or administrative actions, as appropriate; and proportional sentencing or comparable administrative actions.
    Despite acknowledging that Iraqi forces committed violations of the laws of war during the Mosul operation and promising to punish those responsible, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has yet to demonstrate that Iraqi authorities have held any soldiers accountable for executing, torturing, and abusing civilians or captured fighters.


    ABC NEWS covered the abuses.


    The other broadcast outlets haven't really made time.

    From NPR's broadcast yesterday:


    CORNISH: You've said that the persecution of ISIS suspects now could inadvertently drive more people toward extremism. Why do you think that?

    WILLE: I think you really need to look at ISIS and why ISIS for so many years was able to draw in so many recruits - young, Sunni Arab men - throughout Iraq and Syria. And it comes with a history.

    Since 2003, with the fall of Saddam's government and an incoming Shia government that put Shia fighters into the military and brought in Shia militia, what we saw was rampant abuse that usually took the form of torture, executions, really targeting Sunni Arab men. These were the very men that ultimately joined ISIS, saying, we're sick of this complete impunity for Iraqi armed forces. And if this battle opens the floodgates to that very abuse that pushed men to join ISIS, we're going to continue to see young men wanting to join.




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    "Debbie tries a new tactic
    "THIS JUST IN! MEET DUMB DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ!






    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Debbie tries a new tactic

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


    IN THE MIDST OF YET ANOTHER SCANDAL, CROOKED DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ IS TRYING A NEW TACTIC: PLAYING DUMB.

    ASKED ABOUT HER USE OF FOREIGNERS TO BE HER I.T. PERSONS ("I NEVER PROMISED TO HIRE AMERICANS!" DEBBIE PREVIOUSLY INSISTED), ASKED ABOUT THE OFFSHORE SERVER THAT MAY HAVE COMPROMISED NATIONAL SECURITY, ASKED ABOUT THE CHARGES OF FRAUD THAT LED TO HER I.T. GUY BEING ARRESTED THIS WEEK AS HE TRIED TO FLEE THE COUNTRY, DEBBIE DEBUTED HER NEW CHARACTER DUMB DEBBIE AND TRIED TO PORTRAY THE WHOLE THING AS A MEDIA RUN WILD.


    "THEY ARE OUT OF CONTROL.  AND NOT JUST WITH ME," DUMB DEBBIE INSISTED.  "I MEAN DID YOU SEE THE THING AT PBS? 'Here’s where Reince Priebus falls on the list of shortest-serving chiefs of staff'?  THE POOR MAN HAS LOST HIS JOB!  AND NOW PBS IS MAKING FUN OF HIS HEIGHT!  IN FLORIDA, WE CALL THEM 'LITTLE PEOPLE.'  THE MEDIA HAS NO SHAME!"



    FROM THE TCI WIRE:




    Let's stay with stupidity:


    Openly gay Iraq War veteran on transgender military ban: “I thought we were done with this”




    Gay men and lesbians are not transgendered.


    CNN can't find a transgendered person to speak with?

    That's insulting.

    It's like bringing on an Anglo White person to discuss what it's like to be African-American.

    Rob Smith is not qualified to speak and needs to sit his tired ass down.

    It's like when the Native Americans told Jane Fonda they could speak for themselves and didn't need a savior to speak for them.

    Rob Smith needs to sit his tired ass down and CNN needs to grasp that if you are covering transgender issues, you bring on guests who are transgender.

    He is not an expert on being transgender.

    Shame on CNN for refusing to invite a transgendered guest to the table and shame on Rob Smith who thinks he can speak on any topic.

    There are many who could speak including Chelsea Manning.




    so, biggest baddest most $$ military on earth cries about a few trans people 😩 but funds the F-35? 😑 sounds like cowardice 😎💕🌈


    wrote about trans ban (and war against trans) in 😌 big setback 😬 but we will move forward 😎🌈💕





    Shame on anyone taking a seat at the table on this issue from a transgendered person.  It's a bit like the way Gloria Steinem derailed feminism by refusing to step aside (she had no qualms about knocking Betty Friedan out of the way, did she?).

    Even in the so-called age of diversity, seats at the table are hard to come by.  If you're taking up someone else's seat, you need to step back.



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