Monday, August 20, 2018

It is an orchestrated effort

Paul Craig Roberts is someone I always listen to.  I agree with him sometimes, I don't at other times.  More often than not, though I do agree with him.  And even when I don't, I always learn something.
(I love it when Bonnie Faulkner has him as a guest on her show.)

So this is from his latest column:

William Blum shares with us his correspondence with Washington Post presstitute Michael Birnbaum. As you can tell from Birnbaum’s replies, he comes across as either very stupid or as a CIA asset.

When I received my briefing as staff associate, House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, which required top secret clearance, I was told by senior members of the staff that the Washington Post was a CIA asset. Watching the Washington Post’s takedown of President Richard Nixon with the orchestrated Watergate story, that became obvious. President Nixon had made too many overtures to the Soviets and too many arms limitations agreements, and he opened to China. Watching President Nixon’s peace initiatives water down the threat level from the Soviet Union and Maoist China, the military/security complex saw a threat to its budget and power and decided that Nixon had to go. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy had resulted in far too much skepticism about the Warren Commission Report, so the CIA decided to use the Washington Post to get rid of Nixon. To keep the clueless American left hating Nixon, the CIA used its assets in the leftwing to keep Nixon blamed for the Vietnam war, a war that Nixon inherited and did not want.

I do believe there is an orchestrated effort to take down Donald Trump.

I don't like Trump.  Not going to vote for him.  But this effort to destroy a sitting president?  This is an effort to destroy democracy and to destroy the United States.

I think they have pushed it so far out, that they can't walk it back but they don't realize that we're on to them.  What they thought they could push through, they may very well be able to; however, doing so its exposing themselves and shows a very ugly and very undemocratic reality.

Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Monday, August 20, 2018.  Another service member dead in Iraq as the lies continue.

This is Sheryl Crow performing "Shine Over Babylon."

Luan Parle wrote the song.  Sheryl covered it on her album DETOURS.

An idiot wanted to 'talk' 'music' on Twitter and, big surprise, he didn't know what the f**k he was talking about.  See "Iraq and western music" from last night.  A friend called early this morning -- he's in NYC and knows I wake up early -- to say if I wanted to revisit the topic, I could also talk about the climate.

Let's talk about the climate.  First, Sheryl Crow?  As Cass Elliot used to say, "I wouldn't piss on her if she were on fire."  Sheryl and her 'gal pal'  decided to heckle Karl Rove in 2008 but not about the Iraq War or the people dying, just about the environment -- her 'gal pal' traveled everywhere by private jet which does nothing to help the environment (nor does paving over protected wetlands).

So if it's not clear, I think Sheryl is one of the most useless pieces of s**t to ever make noise into a microphone.

She's the perfect one to explain the climate with because I can't stand her.

In the lead up to the Iraq War, Sheryl made it known that she was against the Iraq War.  This wasn't Janeane Garafolo type activism.  It was mild and weak, not unlike her music.  It included performing live in the lead up with the word "PEACE" on her guitar strap.  That might have been her 'biggest' statement, in fact.

For that, she was savaged and attacked.  Please note, for reasons no one could ever explain to me, she became a critics' darling.  Her so-so voice with its so-so range sang so-so songs that no one in the world ever needed, wanted or, really, remembered.  But because she was so bland, she became the face of female rock.

Up until that moment.  Suddenly, there was an effort to trash her by the same ones building her up.  Most infamously, a newspaper did a music 'roundtable' and their critics spent a lot of time trashing Sheryl.  These same critics had praised her like crazy.  But the paper was against those against the Iraq War.  One of the critics, the sole woman involved, especially trashed Sheryl insisting Christina Aguilera's STRIPPED should have been nominated instead of Sheryl.

This was beyond bulls**t.  Whatever you think of Christina (I like her), she couldn't be nominated because STRIPPED came out too late (though not nominated for the Grammys broadcast in 2003, the album would be nominated in 2004).  And, golly gee, a music critic should damn well know that.

So when I confronted the _____ (add pejorative of choice) over the phone, she gave me this b.s. about how she didn't mean any of it -- THEN WHY DID YOU SAY IT! I screamed into the phone -- but she had to keep her job and they were given orders to trash Sheryl and anyone else who was standing up to the impending war.

This was the climate.  Jane Fonda was delightful in MONSTER-IN-LAW but got some hideous reviews.  Why?  Because she was seen as dangerous.  Three different film critics told me they were ordered to trash her.  (I know them and I believe them.  The witch who trashed Sheryl is someone I didn't know -- but who, to this day, e-mails trying to get me to see her side -- a side that she could very easily put into print today if she had any damn guts or integrity.)

Jane was gearing up to go on a speaking tour with George Galloway.  Weak ass Tom Hayden would talk her out of that (she was a fool to listen -- but, like all of us, Jane can be a fool from time to time).

The notion that Jane was about to get political upset a number of media heads.

That was the climate.  Madonna tossing a grenade at a Bully Boy Bush look alike in her "American Life" video was targeted so strongly that she redid the video.  And we all know what was done to the Dixie Chicks.

In fact, is there a reason that, as John McCain is dying, the various efforts to spit polish his image do not include the Dixie Chicks.  That's about the one thing he can be proud of.  In a Congressional hearing, he called out Clear Channel dropping the Dixie Chicks from all of the stations Clear Channel owned.  (Maybe those statements are also ignored today because of the censorship FACEBOOK and Twitter are caring out currently?)

And it didn't start with the lead up to the Iraq War.  It started right after 9/11 as songs like John Lennon's "Imagine" were purged from the airwaves.  Clear Channel's list also included The Bangles' "Walk Like An Egypitan," the Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday," Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield," Alanis Morissette's "Ironic," Soundgarden's "Fell On Black Days," . . .

At least 150 songs banned including this incendiary number, Shelley Fabares' "Johnny Angel" -- a number one hit in 1962.

Johnny Angel, how I love him, he's got something that I can't resist . . .

A plane filled with innocents?

Seriously, WTF?  This is the land we lived in and this banning didn't last for just one day.

So, yes, when Baby Cum Pants takes to Twitter without knowing a damn thing and wants to have a 'conversation' without doing the basic work required, it's insulting and nobody needs it. 

Iraq continues to suffer and does so with damn little attention from Americans -- singers or otherwise.

When does Donald Trump plan to visit the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq? It's been two years. My bet: He's claiming bone spurs won't allow him to go voice his support for the troops fighting for this country.

Oh, look, everybody, it's a fake ass!  Kurt Eichenwald who paid for kiddie porn -- and was an administrator on a kiddie porn board -- who paid a performer to use an underage performer -- kiddie porn -- in a scene broadcast on the internet -- he's out from under his rock again!

If you're new to this topic, see Margaret Kimberley's "Kurt Eichenwald's White Privilege" as well as the following:

The Perils of Journalism and Child Porn

The Perils of Journalism and Child Porn

New York Times reporter was a member of an illegal underage porn site, claims he was only "posing as online predator"

Kurt doesn't give a s**t about the Iraq War except to try to use it as a club against his political enemies.  Reality: Barack Obama was president of the United States for eight years and visited Iraq once and only once while president.

Instead of whining about Donald Trump not visiting Iraq, pervy Kurt should be demanding US troops exit Iraq.


Isaac Chotiner: What about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, aside from their length, are different than other wars America has waged?

C.J. Chivers: Well, one of the main differences is the separation between the fighting class—the people in the military who actually go to the wars—and the larger public. We had something like 3 million veterans from these wars. That’s less than 1 percent of the population. These veterans are in many ways geographically and socially isolated from the rest of us. There’s not a broader sense of stake in the outcome of these wars at the personal level than there have been in the major wars of our past. The military goes to war; the country does not. We have a very, very deep and almost psychic separation from these wars because of the absence of selective service, because of the all-volunteer force.
C.J. Chivers?  You're a whore promoting his wares (a book).   When exactly does your paper (THE NEW YORK TIMES) plan to write an article about the Iraqi people?
It's their country.  They want the foreign troops out and always have.         

It's really telling that 15 years later, as the Iraq War continues, the US press still can't focus on the Iraqi people.  They are the victims here.  It is their country.

And US troops are not doing anything noble or worthwhile in Iraq.

As long as we pretend otherwise, we allow the war to continue.  It's not noble.  It's not about freedom.

In 2010, Barack overturned the Iraqi voters to give thug Nouri a second term -- and Joe Biden went to Baghdad and gave a speech about Ireland that left all politicians present scratching their heads.  It's not about freedom.  It's about keeping Iraq weak and keeping it in line.

At this late date, C.J. Chivers is just writing porn if he can't admit to that reality.

James Laporta (NEWSWEEK) notes, "An American special operations helicopter crashed early Monday morning in Iraq, injuring several U.S. service members onboard, Newsweek has learned."  Maegan Vazquez (CNN) adds, "A coalition service member was killed and several others injured when their helicopter crashed Sunday night in Iraq, according to a statement by the US-led coalition."

C.J. Chivers and all the other liars are keeping US troops in Iraq.  He falsely links Iraq and 9/11 in his hideous book.  He pretends there's some noble mission there.  It's about oil.  Alan Greenspan said it and was forced to walk it back because the truth must not be told.  But it's about oil and control and it always has been.

The truth matters.

RUDAW reports:

American troops will remain in Iraq “as long as needed” to help stabilize the country, the spokesperson for the US-led coalition to defeat ISIS said on Sunday.

“We’ll keep troops there as long as we think they’re needed,” Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) spokesman Colonel Sean Ryan told a press conference in Abu Dhabi, as reported by Reuters.

“The main reason, after ISIS is defeated militarily, is the stabilization efforts and we still need to be there for that, so that’s one of the reasons we’ll maintain a presence,” he added.

It's not about ISIS.  It's about control and occupation.  And as long as we allow the lies otherwise to go unchallenged, the Iraq War continues.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Barbra wrongly backs Nancy

Barbra Streisand's not really political, she's partisan.

And not a very smart partisan.

It’s no wonder the GOP has been attacking and trying to divide the Democrats’ momentum by smearing one of its most formidable members. Trump’s GOP scorns powerful women. I hope to see Nancy Pelosi leading the House again next year!

Nancy Pelosi should have lost her job in 2010 when the Dems lost control of the House in the mid-terms.

That's how it's supposed to go.

But because she can raise money, she got to keep her job.

She's an idiot.

We were at a press conference, I want to say in 2006.  And it was awful.  It was Nancy and Steny Hoyer and they were both stupid and couldn't answer questions.

I whispered to C.I., "This is so embarrassing."  And it was.  This was all about ending the Iraq War.  And Nancy couldn't speak on the topic.  C.I. whispered back, "Rahm's about to take control."

And he did.  Rahm Emanuel who is actually pro-war had to put the press conference back on track because Nancy and Steny were too stupid.

We were at another press conference (I think actually this one was a press briefing) and Nancy was asked about her now failed promise to end the Iraq War and she started blaming Harry Reid (Senate leader of the Democrats) and saying it was his fault and that she had her people in line in the House but he didn't want to end the war.

Nancy didn't have anything together.

She's only gotten worse and you'll see her on TV and wonder if she has early dementia because she seriously does not know what's going on and she struggles in the midst of a basic sentence.

She does not need to be the 'leader' because she's lousy and she only got to be leader via blackmail.

In 2003, she became House Minority Leader, in 2007 it was House Majority Leader and since 2011became House Minority Leader again.  She's been the Democratic Party's House leader since 2003 -- 15 years.  She's done a lousy job.  Tip O'Neill did a great job and he only served 14 years as the Democratic leader in the House.  It's way past time for Nancy to step aside.

Barbra should grasp that -- even Barbra -- and should be championing Linda Sanchez or Susan Davis or another woman.  But Nancy's had her day and then some.

Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Friday, August 17, 2018. 2nd attempt

I’m sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.

There is a bright FLAME about to go out , ONLY GOD KNOW WHEN Say a prayer and let her go -deep Breath

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!

Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.

The loss of is tremendous. Her incredible style influenced the world of music in every form she touched from gospel to even opera. You can hear her impact on young artists today. We feel blessed to have known her as our contemporary & send prayers to her family.

Queen... My Queen.

Aretha, your music set a standard for every single lady in this industry to rise to. You have touched minds, hearts and spirits, including my own. I pray you have a smooth journey Ree Ree and hopefully I'll get to sing with you in the Heavenly choir. Love you

We've lost a voice that will never be replaced. Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend Aretha Franklin. May she Rest in Peace.

Rest Peacefully and in Power Queen. ❤️πŸ‘‘πŸ™πŸ½✨ A great memory and room filled with love Photo December 2016 Aretha Franklin Christmas Party, Detroit, MI. My condolences, love and prayers…

  1. Rest in peace Aretha. ❤

R.I.P. Thank God for allowing us all to witness his love, brilliance, musical magic and grace in . We were always honored when Aretha would just show up at one of our concerts... without warning. Hail to the Queen Of Soul!!

Rest easy I imagine u in heaven performing & still making people souls moveπŸ™ŒπŸΎ this was my aunt favorite record you will always be the Queen of Soul you been that before many of us were born! Thank you for giving us LEGENDARY TIMELESS music πŸ™πŸΎ❤️


. and honor Aretha Franklin with a performance of "Natural Woman"

A lot of music left the earth today. The Heavens rejoice. Rest in heavenly peace.

. and perform "Natural Woman" in tribute to Aretha Franklin

  • I treasured every moment that we spent together from working in the recording studio, to performing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, or simply hangin’ in the kitchen, & I will miss her dearly. RIP Ree-Ree...You will reign as the Queen forever.

    From the time that Dinah Washington 1st told me that Aretha was the “next one” when she was 12-years old, until the present day, Aretha Franklin set the bar & she did it with the professionalism, class, grace, & humility that only a true Queen could... πŸ“Έ: Hassan

    Rest easy I imagine u in heaven performing & still making people souls moveπŸ™ŒπŸΎ this was my aunt favorite record you will always be the Queen of Soul you been that before many of us were born! Thank you for giving us LEGENDARY TIMELESS music πŸ™πŸΎ❤️


    Today's front page, honoring the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

    Aretha Franklin was truly one of the greatest singers of our time. She was blessed with a once in a lifetime voice. A blessing only handed down to a chosen few. I had the pleasure of…

    Aretha Franklin had a heart as big as the sky. Her talent and fiery spirit paved the way for us all with her courage, respect and honesty. Every note she sang was true and an example of what it...

    This morning my longest friend in this world went home to be with our Father. I will miss her so much but I know she’s at peace.

    There Is One Amazing Thing...., We Were All Inspired By Her Presence,Touched By Her Passing ....& She Will Never Be Truly Gone From Us. Legends Are 4EVERπŸ˜˜πŸ’‹

    I have never been able To listen to Aretha’s Recording Of Skylark without Crying. Even as I write This,tears Flow

    πŸ‘‘ Aretha.....Go Gently Into That Good Night.Your Glorious,One Of a Kind Voice Will Be With Us ForeverπŸ™πŸ». You were Always Just Beyond Our Reach

    Aretha Franklin wrote "Integrity" and, more important, she lived it.

    As the world suffers the loss of Aretha, Iraq continues to suffer.

    Please join us TOMORROW at noon for a timely panel on Iraq moderated by of with and myself Iraq: Political Parties, Protests, and Security Backslide - August 17th 2018

    Grasp that for a moment.

    THE NATION can't focus on Iraq?  THE PROGRESSIVE -- don't make me laugh that rag's lost too many readers to focus on anything.  MOTHER JONES?  Soros money has ensured that every moment of every day is about Donald Trump.  Please grasp, they give him their power with their obsession -- it's the same way the media did in the lead up to the election.  They never learn.

    So while we dither on the left, the right wing is focusing on Iraq.

    We noted in yesterday's snapshot the plan being pushed by the War Hawks to impose benchmarks.  Benchmarks didn't work last time.  They won't work this time.

    Last go round, the benchmarks were supposed to mean if Iraq didn't meet them, aid was cut off.  But Iraq never met them.   Aid was never cut off.  A lot of outlets would say they made 'progress' but they didn't make progress and, more to the point, these benchmarks were supposed to be initiated immediately, not five years down the line.

    The benchmarks were never met.  The Democrats refused to demand they be met and they refused to cut off funding as they should have in 2007 and 2008 and 2009 and 2010 when Iraq was not meeting the benchmarks.

    They did nothing and they were the 'opposition' to the Iraq War.

    The benchmarks allowed the war to continue.  They were a distraction -- a nothing offered to appease the masses -- and then they were forgotten.

    In other words, your 'Auntie Maxie' is a fake ass.  Grow the hell up.

    The right's already proposing benchmarks.  The Hudson Institute event will offer more proposals.  And by refusing to participate in any dialogue on Iraq at all, the left surrenders the conversation to the right.

    THE ECONOMIST notes today that "some 2 million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan" in the current wars.  Well get ready for that number to increase because the wars aren't going to end on their own.

    Some are working to end the wars and that small list does include Cindy Sheehan.  From her site, this is "Open Letter to the Pentagon from Women's March on the Pentagon:"

    Open Letter to the Pentagon
    Women's March on the Pentagon

    August 15, 2018


    Barbara Westgate
    Director, Washington Headquarters Services

    1155 Defense Pentagon
    Washington, DC 20301-1155


    James C. Mattis
    Secretary of Defense
    The Pentagon

    1400 Defense Pentagon,
    Arlington, VA 22202


    Women’s March on the Pentagon
    PO Box 6264
    Vacaville, Ca 95696

    To Whom it May Concern:

    The Women’s March on the Pentagon (WMOP) has been actively seeking a permit to hold a march and rally at the Pentagon on October 21st, 2018—in the exact same space that many pro-war groups have had rallies every year, for many years. As of the date of this letter, we have not even received an application for a permit.

    We began the process on Tuesday, July 17th when six of us (undersigned) visited the Pentagon and finally were able to speak with an Officer “Will Smith” who claimed to be from the Pentagon “Office of Special Events.”

    Officer “Smith” took our contact info and gave us his email ( address and assured us that if we emailed him, he would email us a copy of the permit application. Malachy Kilbride, the DC Co-ordinator for WMOP immediately emailed Officer “Smith” that same day with this email:

    “William J. Smith,
    thank you for meeting with us today and advising us on the next steps for our First Amendment event on Pentagon grounds in October of this year. We appreciate your assistance in this regard.

    As per your instruction, we would like to follow up on the next step by filling out and submitting the appropriate forms and documents for review by your agency.

    Again, thank you for your work with us in this matter,

    Malachy Kilbride,
    Washington DC Area Organizer,
    Women's March on The Pentagon”

    We heard nothing back from Officer “Will Smith,” so a week later, (July 24) Mr. Kilbride followed up with this email:

    “Dear William J. Smith,
    I'm following up on the email I sent last week in order to get the appropriate paper work regarding the permit.

    Thank you,
    Malachy Kilbride”

    Again, we heard nothing back from Officer “Smith” and in case it’s not obvious, it is very hard to contact anyone at your highly secure facility.

    At this point, we correctly realized that Officer “Smith” was stonewalling us, so Mr. Kilbride called the Pentagon asking for Officer “Smith” and/or the Office of Special Events—-neither was listed at the central switchboard.

    Mr. Kilbride finally reached a Lt. “Kim,” who would not confirm or deny the existence of Officer “Smith” but told us perhaps we should get in touch with Washington Headquarters Services.

    This letter is to inform you that we are insisting on having a permit application sent to us via email at:
    or via US mail at:
    March on Pentagon
    PO Box 6264
    Vacaville, Ca 95696

    We have been performing our due diligence and being respectful of the process to obtain “permission” to exercise our Constitutional rights to freely speak and freely, and “peaceably,” assemble (First Amendment). If we don’t receive this application by Friday August 24th, we will be forced to obtain the services of an attorney.

    This letter is also to inform you that the Women’s March on the Pentagon is determined to march and rally against the US war machine, of which the Pentagon is the obvious and biggest representative of that, whether we obtain a permit, or not.

    We are organizing for thousands of women and others to rally for Peace at the Pentagon on the date in question and it will be happening with your assistance or not. As veteran war protesters, we suggest that you notify the other jurisdictions in Washington, DC about our protest, since further stonewalling may force us into the other law enforcement jurisdictions that are in the Washington DC Metro area.

    Ironically, we were informed by Officer “Smith” several times that he was in the military “20 years” to give us “the right to protest,” and this is the propaganda that the US war machine is constantly pushing to the world, so we feel it would behoove you all to accommodate this request to avoid the appearance of hypocrisy.

    Thank you for your attention and we look forward to your assistance in this matter.

    We will march and rally.


Cindy Sheehan
    (Gold Star Mother of Casey Sheehan, KIA in Iraq 04/04/04)
    National Director
    Women’s March on the Pentagon

    Bonnie J. Caracciolo
    Women’s March on the Pentagon

    Malachy Kilbride
    Washington DC Coordinator
    Women’s March on the Pentagon

    Kevin Zeese
    Advisory Committee
    Women’s March on the Pentagon

    Margaret Flowers, MD
    Advisory Committee
    Women’s March on the Pentagon

    Paki Wieland
    Steering Committee

    Women’s March on the Pentagon

    They have asked for a permit application.  Where is it?  Everyone should be asking that.  This is not the normal permit process.  The government is there to serve.  What are they doing because they are not doing their job, they are not obeying the Constitution.  They're not doing much of anything at all.  While they sit on their asses, collecting our tax dollars, they refuse to work.  This is outrageous.

    Also sitting on their asses?  Politicians in Iraq who should be forming a government.  Elections took place May 12th.  What's the hold up now?

    This is the worst joke of 2018 re

    Too optimistic with these same faces!

    It is the same faces, so it's not like they are new to the process.  Is there a reason that they can't form a government?

    While they dilly and dally, the Iraqi people grow less and less pleased with these politicians.

    Many of the comments on the death of Dr Rafif al Yasiri, a female plastic surgeon and owner of Barbie Beauty Centre in , wish a politician had died instead of her. Quite telling!

    The following sites updated: