Monday, October 22, 2018

It's your morning wake up call

Robert Mueller will be wrapping up his investigation soon.  And that means an end to all the fantasing and all the jerk off material that so many have lived on for so long.

Matthew Walther  (THE WEEK) is really clear about what it means:

Perhaps the best argument I have seen in favor of repealing 
President Trump's pointless tax cuts is the superabundance of disposable income American liberals apparently spend on things like Robert Mueller bobble-head dolls"Mueller is Coming" and "It's Mueller time" T-shirts, Mueller "prayer" candles, and even children's booksfeaturing a super-buff bare-chested but tie-wearing Mueller lookalike hero. Turning the affectless head of a special counsel investigation into some kind of badass comic-book character who is going to rescue America from the nefarious clutches of — I wish I were making this up — "President Ronald Plump" could not be more childish. Goodness knows how many adults really believe all this stuff.
I feel bad for them, in the way that I feel bad for kids who are about to discover that the Tooth Fairy is fake. After 17 months of appending compound adjectives ("Russia-linked," "Kremlin-backed") to the names of an increasingly obscure cast of characters accused of things like sending spam emails and holding pointless meetings that went nowhere, it looks like we are finally getting close to the end of the Mueller probe. A report in Politico suggests that what skeptics have argued for more than a year and a half is true: namely, that Mueller and his team have not found any smoking-gun evidence of "collusion" between Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government because no such collusion took place.
It's going to be a letdown. Not only is it likely that the final report will not reveal that the president has been a KGB agent since the late '80s, as at least one mainstream liberal columnist fantasized. It is also possible that it will never even be released to the public, at least not in full. Unless they are granted permission to review them under various conditions that will be imposed by the Department of Justice, not even members of Congress will be able to read Mueller's findings. For reasons that have as much to do with Mueller's own personality and style as they do with the sensitive nature of the material, the text itself is unlikely to be the sweeping anti-Trump manifesto that the president's fiercest liberal critics are longing for. There is every reason to believe that it will be a straightforward, minimally expansive document that does not volunteer information that is not absolutely relevant to the main findings.

That's the cold water splashed in the face.  They've got a little while to wake up on their own. 

Once they wake up, they're going to realize that they've wasted everyone's time.

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

Monday, October 22, 2018.  The Maddowists in the US press work overtime to hide the Women's March on the Pentagon (Amy Goodman, we see you) while the corrupt Hoshyar Zebari is floated as a member of the Iraqi government's new Cabinet and the PUK takes another nose dive in the elections.

"The war and peace report."  Amy Goodman loves to boast that at the top of each broadcast of her increasingly horrific DEMOCRACY NOW! If it was truly the war and peace report, it wouldn't, for example, have promoted the war on Libya.  And it certainly wouldn't have ignored the Women's March on the Pentagon -- both on last Friday's broadcast and on this morning's broadcast.

At THIRD, we covered the march with "Editorial: What can you do?" and quote Green Party presidential nominee in 2012 and 2016 Jill Stein stating:

You know there's not a lot of democracy out there right now because they've got this new  McCarthyism thing going.  We've got another name for it.  We call it Maddowism after its latest cheerleader because this era of political opposition or I should say political  censorship and war mongering and the suppression of political opposition is back big time.

Maddowism and its creeping across the entire media landscape.

The Women's March On The Pentagon took place today, but you'd never know it from mainstream news sources.

Forget the MSM, it's also the beggar media that constantly begs for our money to stay on the air but can't be bothered with broadcasting news that matters and inspires and could encourage real growth.
DEMOCRACY NOW! can't be bothered covering the Women's March on the Pentagon with even a headline.  On Sunday, KPFK's always laughable Nagwa Ibrahim used the hour of MIDDLE EAST IN FOCUS to discuss . . . GITMO which, for the record, is Cuba which, pay attention, Nagwa, is not part of the Middle East.  KPFA's increasingly Maddowed evening news on Sunday did recognize peace efforts . . . from the Vietnam-era.  In the best sense of consumerism, they used over five minutes of the newscast to urge everyone to spend, spend this coming Friday to see a documentary from over forty years ago THE WAR COMES HOME.  They didn't do a damn thing to note the wars going on today.  They didn't do a damn thing to note the Women's March on the Pentagon.  But, hey, the worthless director of the forgotten film did claim credit for all that 'resistance' going on today.  What a proud moment for everyone.

The action was not just about the march in DC.  There were satellite actions throughout the country as well as a few out of the country.

Naval Park, Buffalo, 10/21/2018, solidarity with Women's March on the Pentagon

Connecticut Supports the Women's March on the Pentagon. Our Support Rally in West Hartford, CT

solidarity with the Women's March on the Pentagon

Why the march?  Many reasons.  Including:

The Women's March Failed Victims of US Wars So Cindy Sheehan Organized A Women's March on The Pentagon

DC DIRECT ACTION NEWS reports, "The 21st of October featured Cindy Sheehan’s Women’s March on the Pentagon. Protesters assembled outside the Pentagon City shopping mall, and set off chanting “out of the shopping malls and into the streets.” The march wound under the highway and through the streets around the Pentagon before finally ending in one of the Pentagon parking lots."

Great day out at the Women's March on The Pentagon. Both + were well represented. Why? Both are all about peace. Major parties? They are both pro-war so why would they attend. My family about to listen to some peace speakers.
Cindy Sheehan and the Womens March on the Pentagon: A Movement, Not Just a Protest

We were in D.C today for the Women's March on the Pentagon! Thanks so much to Cindy Sheehan for organizing ❤

Ann Wright and Veterans For Peace with Cindy Sheehan at the Womens March on the Pentagon

In Iraq, the war and occupation continue.  And the hopes that a new prime minister might mean change diminish with each passing day.  As we noted Saturday, Iraq's new president Barham Salih declared that addressing government corruption would be the number one priority of the new government.  And we've heard over and over that this new government must be made up of technocrats not quotas as they've done in the past.

Yet we have this . . .

Sacked for corruption.. Nominated for Finance Minister!! Zebari was sacked by Parliament over ‘corruption’ in 2016, allowing him to return to AdilAbdAlMahdi’s cabinet in 2018 is a disgraceful undermining of the Parliament!
Sacked for corruption.. Nominated for Finance Minister!! Zebari was sacked by Parliament over ‘corruption’ in 2016, allowing him to return to ’s cabinet in 2018 is a disgraceful undermining of the Parliament!

al-Mahdi is prime minister-designate, says he will have his Cabinet ready to be nominated to Parliament in two days and also that corruption will be addressed but plans to nominate Hillary Clinton's close friend Hoshyar Zebari who was kicked out of his post for corruption.  And let's be really clear that it's almost impossible to be forced out due to corruption.  Zebari's one of the few who ever has been.  But now there's talk of putting him in the Cabinet?

And you expect to be seen as serious about confronting corruption?

Let's move over to the KRG.  Sunday, we called out the stupidity of media outlets like AFP who insisted, "The dominant party in Iraq’s Kurdistan has secured the most seats in the autonomous region’s Parliament, despite its leader Massoud Barzani having championed an ill-fated independence referendum last year, the local electoral commission said Sunday."

The stupidity in that statement is amazing.  The Kurds are the largest group on the globe without a homeland.  They are persecuted in Turkey and elsewhere.  The dream of a homeland did not start this decade or this century.  It's a long held dream.

Massoud Barzani delivered a referendum in September 2017 on whether or not the KRG should be independent and over 92% of the voters said it should be independent.

Now the US government did not want the Kurds to hold that non-binding referendum.  So the knee jerk reactionary position of the press was to attack the referendum.  Never should a free press be independent, apparently.

But the Kurdish history is long and they've been attacked repeatedly over the years so Baghdad's little stunts following the referral didn't hurt the Kurds, not long term.  It did help bind them together.  Yet again, it was them against the outside world.

A year later, the Kurds in the KRG vote and, no surprise at all, Barzani's party is the big winner.  XINHUA reported Saturday:

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has won the most seats in the Sept. 30 parliamentary elections of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq.
Around midnight Saturday, the Kurdish Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) announced the final results, which showed the KDP, headed by Masoud Barzani, took the lead with 45 seats of the 111-seat regional parliament.

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by former Iraqi President Fuad Masoum, came second with 21 seats, the results showed.

Barzani's KDP won over twice the number of seats that the Talabani's PUK won.


For one thing, the Talabani family deprived Iraq of a president for over 18 months.  Jalal Fat Ass Talabani had a stroke and his in Germany for 18 months because he could not speak or move.  The Talabanis laughably posed him for photos -- a la WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S -- and they're seen as corrupt and liars for that.

There's also Jalal's infamous statement -- ignored by the western press -- that an independent Kurdistan was just a dream.

Fat Ass Talabani is dead.  Thankfully.  Last year, his two sons worked overtime to stop the referendum (and failed).  The Talabanis also called for the peshmerga to stand down in Kirkuk.  These are not minor issues to Kurds.

The Talabanis -- like AFP and so many others -- are out of touch with the Kurds.

Excuse me, the Tlabanis are apparently smarter than AFP or Joel Wing, they can learn.  Bafel Talabani gives lip service to independence for Kurdistan in today's interview with ALJAZEERA for example.  He's at least smart enough to grasp how out of step the PUK is currently with the Kurds they would supposedly like to represent.

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