ONE TIME JOURNALIST AND SELF-IDENTIFIED PRESIDENTIAL MISTRESS ROBERT PARRY INSISTS THAT HE IS STILL BEING SHUNNED BY THE WHITE HOUSE BECAUSE HE IS CARRYING THE CHILD OF FADED CELEBRITY BARRY O.
HE MADE THIS DECLARATION AS HE OCCUPIED A FAST FOOD LOCALE.
"I KNOW THIS IS DIFFERENT," EXPLAINED A SWEATY PARRY, FROM A STALL IN THE BATHROOMS OF BRAUM'S ICE CREAM AND BURGERS. "BUT TIMES HAVE CHANGED. THESE DAYS, A WOMAN CAN BE A CABINET SECRETARY AND, YES, A MAN CAN HAVE A BABY. I AM NOT GOING AWAY."
AS IF TO PROVE IT, PARRY OCCUPIED THE WOMEN'S ROOM IN BRAUM'S FOR 6 HOURS TODAY, INSISTING HE THOUGHT HIS WATER MIGHT BE BREAKING.
ASKED WHY THE WOMEN'S ROOM AND NOT THE MEN, PARRY HISSED, "MEN ARE NASTY! IF I HAVE THE BABY TODAY, NO WAY I'M HAVING IT IN A ROOM WITH URINALS!"
THE BRAUM'S STAFF WAS ABLE TO LURE HIM OUT WITH THE PROMISE OF SEVERAL FREE CARTONS OF ICE CREAM.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
And Barack should be asked about them. Why is there no televised prime time press conference focusing on Iraq?
Oh, that's right.
Because the US press can't focus on Iraq.
If Helen Thomas were still around, you can be sure she'd be asking about one topic everyone should be asking about?
That's Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal (photo from Facebook). We noted his death in Saturday's snapshot.
Missy Ryan (Washington Post) notes, "The Pentagon said Neal’s death was the first U.S. casualty in Iraq since the Obama administration began its 'Inherent Resolve' mission, which now includes airstrikes against the extremist group in Iraq and Syria and a growing number of U.S. military personnel on the ground in Iraq in August."
Murtaza Hussain (Intercept) offers:
Cpl. Neal was only 19 years old. He would have only been eight at the outset of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and merely six on 9/11 – a child at the time of both these events. The fact that he ended up losing his life in Iraq is on one hand tragic, and on the other completely absurd.
The tragedy here is that a young man with a long future ahead of him ended up dying in a distant country before even reaching the age of twenty. The absurdity is that men such as him are still losing their lives as a result of still-inexplicable decisions made over a decade ago. The Iraq War never ended, but now it’s being fought by men who were just children when it started. Walter Lippman once said, “I don’t think old men ought to promote wars for young men to fight.” In our time, old men have been promoting wars that kids would ultimately end up fighting.
You know what?
Those statements are offensive.
And it's why the Intercept is such a lame venture.
It's a bunch of sexist jerks like Murtaza Hussain, Glenn Greenwald (if his sexism is news to you, where have you been the last decade), Jeremy Scahill and so many others.
And when you hire sexists, you get garbage like what Hussain's offering, garbage that renders the US female service members who've fought in the ongoing Iraq War -- and who've died in it -- invisible.
It is a complete, 100% tragedy that Sean Neal is dead. It is a huge loss. But Hussain makes an ass out of himself by reducing it to "men."
If the Intercept wants to have any future at all -- most likely it doesn't, Libertarians online have long been sexist -- it's going to have to accept the fact that half the world is female.
Shame on all the useless jerks (Dan Froomkin, that means you) who have treated Hussain's sexist rambles as manna from heaven. Shame on you.
Last May, The Daily Beast offered Kate Hoit's "The Names You Don't Hear: Nearly 200 Women Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan." Froomkin, who has made time to attack female artists, didn't really have time to give props to Hoit for that piece.
Too bad. The sexism needs to end and it needs to end now.
It is insulting to the women who have served -- and to the memory of the women who died -- to write such sexist nonsense as Hussain did. Hussain, The Intercept and every man who Tweeted that article without pointing its fatal and sexist flaw should issue an apology -- but they won't. The day will come when sexists are shunned in the same way that racists are. That day is in the future. When it does come, history will not be kind to the many men -- including those at Intercept -- who regularly engaged in sexism -- history will not be kind, nor should it be.
Spencer Ackerman (Guardian) points out, "Technically, Neal may not have been the first US fatality of the Iraq-Syria war against the Islamic State. Naval forces assigned to US Central Command, which has operational control of the war, acknowledged on October 3 that a Marine, Corporal Jordan L. Spears, went missing at sea in the North Arabian Gulf after bailing out of his MV-22 Osprey. Spears took off from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island, which carried Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, assigned to support the war in Iraq and Syria." UPI notes Spears was (or is) 21-years-old. RT notes that the commander of Spears unit wrote online, "Cpl. Spears was a cherished member of our MEU family, and he fulfilled a key role in our aviation combat element." Stars and Stripes notes:
Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, of Memphis, Ind., was one of two aircrew members who went into the water when the Osprey’s pilot lost control of the aircraft, which the Navy said was participating in flight operations in support of the missions over Iraq and Syria. The pilot regained control of the Osprey, and the other aircrew member was recovered.
I have no idea about Sean Neal's unit, but the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Jordan Spears' unit, there are women in that unit -- I know that would shock Murtaza Hussain -- there are several women who are part of the current deployment of that unit.
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