Friday, April 27, 2018


Comey is a fraud. Am I the only one that saw that he is the one that flipped election when he found out that if Clinton won he was out. And who was his replacement? Andrew McCabe.

I agree with Baraka, Comey was doing nothing but watching out for himself.

That's why he took notes on his meetings with Trump.  That's why he later leaked them.  That's why he did everything.  He was all about protecting his own ass -- even to the point of failing to do his actual job.

Now, if there was any case against Donald Trump to make, Comey's ensured it won't be made thanks to his books, his book tour and media appearances -- all of which make him a lousy witness.

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

Friday,  April 27, 2018. 15 days before Iraq votes.

Starting in the US, Senator Bernie Sanders ran for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2016.  Yesterday, he Tweeted the following.

I voted against Pompeo because we need a secretary of state who'll check Trump’s bellicose nature, not encourage it. After 15+ years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, we need someone who will bring nations together in diplomatic efforts, not someone who supports never-ending wars.

Someone who has presidential aspirations still thinks that cuts it?  That being 'antiwar' means you vote against a nominee?  I agree that we don't need never-ending wars, Bernie, but the way I see it, you're supporting those wars.  Where's your big speech decrying these ongoing wars?  I don't mean 15 years ago.  You've grown silent and complacent and, yes, complicit.

What are you doing to end the ongoing wars?

You're not connecting them when you give your economic speeches.  But these wars impact the economy -- they drain the tax dollars that could -- and should -- be spent on needed programs for American citizens and instead are spent on death and destruction.

I'm sorry but your Tweet actions -- even for Tweet actions -- don't cut it.  You need to show leadership and vision or you need to forget about another run in 2020.

On the topic of elections . . .

May 12th, elections are supposed to take place in Iraq.  Ali Jawad (ANADOLU AGENCY) notes, "A total of 24 million Iraqis are eligible to cast their ballots to elect members of parliament, who will in turn elect the Iraqi president and prime minister."  RUDAW adds, "Around 7,000 candidates have registered to stand in the May 12 poll, with 329 parliamentary seats up for grabs."  AFP explains that the nearly 7,000 candidates includes 2014 women.   RUDAW also notes that 60 Christian candidates are competing for the five allotted minority seats.  The chief issues?  Mustapha Karkouti (GULF NEWS) identifies them as follows, "Like in previous elections, the main concerns of ordinary Iraqis continue to be the lack of security and the rampant corruption."

As noted in the April 3rd snapshot, pollster Dr. Munqith Dagher has utilized data on likely voters and predicts that Hayder al-Abadi's Al-Nasr will win 72 seats in the Parliament, al-Fath (the militias) will get 37 seats, Sa'eroon (Moqtada al-Sadr's new grouping) will get 27 seats, Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law will get 19 seats, al-Salam will get 18 seats (KDP and PUK parties for the Kurds), Ayad Allawi's Wataniya will get 15 seats. There are others but Dagher did not predict double digits for any of the other seats. The number are similar for the group of those who are extremely likely to vote (Hayder's seats would jump from 72 to 79 seats).  Other predictions?  The Middle East Insstitute's Fanar Haddad insists to Sammy Ketz (AFP) that the post of prime minister will come down to one of three people: Hayder al-Abadi (current prime minister), Nouri al-Maliki (two time prime minister and forever thug) or Hadi al-Ameria "a leader of Hashed al-Shaabi, a paramilitary network that played a pivotal role in defeating IS. Ameri comes from Diyala province and is a statistics graduate from Baghdad University. He fled to Iran in 1980 after Saddam executed top Shiite cleric Ayatollah Mohammed Baqr al-Sadr. The 64-year old is widely viewed as Tehran's favoured candidate."

Dr. Harith Hasan al-Qarawee believes that "we are approaching a case where sectarianism is not the main definer of political alliances."

He shared this opinion Wednesday at The Atlantic Council's roundtable in DC -- NBC NEWS' Vivian Salma moderated the discussion.  Hartih Hasan al-Qarawee argued that this move could be seen in the campaigns, "Prime Minister Abadi's running a list that is running in all Iraqi provinces with Kurdish and Sunni members.  That is a positive development.  Moqtada al-Sadr is aligning with Communists Parties, with secularists and running in Sunni and Shia provinces."

Not all present agreed.

"I wish I was as optimistic as Harith is," declared the Iraq Foundation's Rend al-Rahim.  "I do think there is a rhetoric that utilizes the cabinetry of a civic government, a secular government, anti-sectarian and so on.  And I think there is -- certainly on the part of Abadi -- and also Moqtada al-Sadr -- to reach out across the religious and sectarian lines.  I think though that this is not a deep layer of commitment.  I think it is more lip service than a reality.  And it's lip service that's driven by increasing electoral voices -- voters who want less sectarian government, who want civic -- i.e. secular government.  But, in fact, the leaderships that tower at the head of these coalitions that are contesting these elections?  I don't believe that they have a very deep seated belief in that with a few exceptions.  I think Abadi tends to be more open.  Moqtada al-Sadr who continues to amaze and surprise also comes to the conclusion."

Turning to the topic of campaign posters . . .

Candidates in elections in and wrote on their campaigning posters that “Prophet Muhammed and Imam Ali’s wife Fatima” asked them to candidate themselves in the dream. is becoming a religious event in .

  1. People in city tear apart posters of PM outside Saad Abdulla hall, where he introduced his candidates earlier today for ’s upcoming parliamentary elections.

Suadad al-Salhy (AP) reports:

 Some posters depicting female candidates in make-up and without Islamic headscarves, have provoked a mixed response from an electorate more accustomed to voting for unsmiling religious clerics.
While some voters said the images were a welcome change to the dry, male-dominated campaigns of old, others accused the women of lacking “political depth” and relying on their looks to woo the public. The candidates themselves have defended their unorthodox approach as just another way to generate interest in the election.
In an interview with Iraqi news agency, Al-Manar Press, Mannal Al-Mu’atassim, said she hoped her fashionable image would motivate more young people to support her in the polls. She told Arab News that while she was “not betting” on her looks to win her more votes, she regarded her appearance as more important than her ability to debate conventional political issues.
“I believe that Iraqi voters are heading toward choosing new faces, so there is no need for an electoral program or slogans,” she said. 

At this week's Atlantic Council roundtable, Rend al-Rahim offered that the candidates were largely the same, "So I would say there is a shift in the mood of the electorate but I don't think it is adequately reflected in the political leaders.  Now there is certainly continuity because many of the old faces that we saw in 2010, 2014 are repeated.  I mean are there any brand new names?  Have any stars emerged that we can look at and say, "Wow, there's new blood in this political process!"?  I don't think so.  But the deployment of these faces, this leadership has changed."

Indiana University's Feisal al-Istrabadi argued that, in 2010, they saw a push for a national identity but "as soon as those election results became known everyone sort of went back into the corners that  they were accustom to and we sort of got more of the same."

But why was that?

Maybe because they went with national patriotism -- the voters did -- by backing Iraqiya which was not about sect.  That's why Iraqiya, led by Ayad Allawi, won.  But the US government refused to back those results and Nouri al-Maliki -- who lost -- refused to step down.  For eight months, the Iraq political process ground to a halt and this only ended with the US negotiated contract known as The Erbil Agreement which gave Nouri a second term as prime miniter -- one the voters had not supported.

When you grasp those events, you realize why people might go "back into the corners that they were accustom to."  And you realize the very real damage the US government did in 2010.

Let's include this from Burn Pits 360:

April Newsletter
Burn Pits 360 Advisory Board Member and Exposure Expert Kerry Baker Discusses Burn Pit Claims in New Video
Burn Pits 360 Advisory Board Member and exposure expert Kerry Baker discussed burn pits and VA disability claims in new video.  Baker, joined by veteran advocate and attorney Robert Chisholm ofChisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, discussed how burn pits were used during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and how service members now suffer from adverse health conditions due to their exposure.

Military burn pits were open-air pits used as a means of waste disposal on U.S. military bases in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Djibouti after September 11, 2001.  Everything from medical waste to metals were burned in the pits around the clock, exposing service members to toxic fumes and inhalants.  These burn pits were managed by both the United States military and private military contractors, including Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR), a military contract recently the subject of a ruling on burn pits and lung disease.

Ruling for Burn Pit Exposure
A recent ruling in a Workers' Compensation case against KBR could impact veterans filing VA disability claims.  The claimant was a KBR employee who was deployed to Afghanistan as a private contractor and worked around the burn pits.  She developed severe disabilities including a lung condition and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to her time in Afghanistan.

The ruling agreed with the claimant that her lung condition was caused by exposure to the burn pits, and ruled that KBR must pay for her medical coverage for her condition.  The ruling that her lung condition is due to exposure to burn pits could have an impact on veterans seeking VA compensation, although VA is not bound by precedent set for Worker's Compensation.

What Was Released By the Burn Pits?
Military burn pits released a number of toxic compounds including hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and dioxins.  The Department of Defense has released air samples from the burn pits showing the presence of particulate matter and inhalants, but they have not released samples of air within the smoke screen of the burn pits.  For those that were in the direct line of the smoke, these air samples do not give an accurate picture of possible exposures.

Mr. Baker and Mr. Chisholm discuss how burn pits emitted similar contaminants as those contained in herbicides used in Vietnam, most notably Agent Orange.  Agent Orange contained dioxin, specifically 2,4-D; 2,4,5-T and its contaminant TCDD. TCDD is the most potent of all dioxins and is listed in the VA's presumptive rule for herbicide exposure.  TCDD is also a byproduct of what was burned in burn pits, exposing veterans to a dioxin that has been recognized by VA to cause a number of serious health conditions.  Mr. Baker states that veterans exposed to burn pits should be considered under the VA's herbicide presumption as they were exposed to a dioxin, TCDD, that is listed in the regulation.

Applying For VA Benefits
Many veterans who apply for VA disability benefits for their burn pit-related conditions are denied service connection, in part due to a lack of understanding of the dangers of burn pits and the materials they released.  Unlike Agent Orange, the VA does not have a presumptive rule for burn pit-related conditions.  Since there is no presumptive rule, burn pits claims are decided on a case-by-case basis.  The VA adjudicates these claims for service connection by looking for an event in service, a medically diagnosed condition, and then a medical link ("nexus") between the event and the veteran's condition.

Click here to watch the video. 
Burn Pits 360 Honors a Soldier
Each month, Burn Pits 360 honors a fallen soldier.  Retired Sergeant 1st Class Fred Slape served two tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army.  He was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer, and passed away at the age of 42.
Support a Congressional Hearing on Toxic Exposure to Burn Pits
The Burn Pits 360 encourages veterans and their families to send a letter to their Congressional legislator to support holding a hearing on toxic exposure to open air burn pits.  Click here to send a letter to your legislator.
Take Action to Prove the Connection Between Burn Pit Exposure and Illness by Participating in the Burn Pits 360 Registry Research Study
Burn Pits 360 Registry is a research study, collecting data on burn pit exposures and related illnesses.  The goal is to prove the connection between burn pit exposure and illness.  Before now, this information was only available to the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.  So far, over 5,000 individuals have participated.  Your data will enable Burn Pits 360 to advocate and lobby on behalf of the veteran community for VA benefits, policy change, and specialized health care. To participate, visit us on our website here.
Opening of New Warrior Service Center Set for May 2nd

Burn Pits 360 founders Rosie Torres and Army veteran Leroy Torres announce the opening of the Warrior Support Center in Robstown, Texas in May.  Both Rosie and Leroy were featured in an article to discuss the resources and services that the center will provide to local veterans.

The Warrior Support Center offers  a safe space for veterans who are returning home from service and aims to foster a sense of home and comradery.  The Center will offer services such as case management, claims assistance, and job training, and includes a computer center, recreation center, and exercise area.

The grand opening of the Center is May 2nd at 10 AM, and the Center is currently accepting donations for materials such as books and movies, and is looking for sponsors and volunteers.  Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Click here to see the full article and video. 
Burn Pits 360 to Speak on Panel at University at Buffalo School of Law 

Rosie Torres, Executive Director of Burn Pits 360, will participate in a panel discussion at the University at Buffalo School of Law following a free screening of Delay, Deny, Hope You Die.  The screening and panel discussion will take place Monday, April 23rd at 509 O'Brian Hall in The Cellino & Barnes Conference Center.  The film will begin at 6 PM and the panel discussion will begin at 7 PM. 
Legal Help for Veterans

Disability Benefits:  If VA has denied your disability compensation claim, assigned you the wrong impairment rating, or if you are entitled to an earlier effective date, contact Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick for assistance.  CCK is also experienced at helping eligible veterans get VA benefits for special monthly compensation (SMC) or total disability rating based on individual unemployability (TDIU).  Contact CCK toll free at 844-291-8569 or visit CCK online at
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Founder: CPT (Ret.) Le Roy Torres
Executive Director: Rosie Torres
Secretary: Tammy McCracken
Program Manager: Will Wisner
Legislative Liaison: Cindy Aman
Director of Development:Daniella Molina

Advocates Advisory Board
Diane Slape (Texas)
Rocio Alvarado (California)

Advisory Board
Ret. Colonel David Sutherland
Dr. Steven Coughlin
Ret. Lt. Col. Gregg Deeb
Dr. Robert Miller
Ret. Lt. Col. Brian Lawler
Kerry Baker
Solomon Ortiz Jr., former Texas House of Representatives, District 33
Solomon Ortiz Sr., former Congressman for the 27th District of Texas
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