Tuesday, April 28, 2020

After Joe, Nancy's the next to go

Nancy Pelosi is a huge disappointment -- even now.  In the early '00s, she refused to lead on LGBTQ rights which might have been no big deal if she was representing Duluth but she was representing my city of San Francisco.  How can you not lead on LGBTQ rights?

Then came her refusal to fight to end the Iraq War -- especially after the 2006 elections.  She'd give a different excuse every week for why she hadn't done a damn thing.  My favorite?  Her best lie was probably in early 2007 when she told the board of THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE that she'd done everything she could (she hadn't) and that this was the fault of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  I don't like Harry, I never did.  But Harry's the Senate.  Nancy controlled the House.

She's a liar and she's so damn corrupt. 

Her recent let-them-eat-ice-cream showed how out of touch and corrupt she was. 

Barry Grey (WSWS) notes:

On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally endorsed Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic Party candidate in the 2020 presidential election. In an eleven-minute video, Pelosi lavished praise on the pro-war, pro-corporate long-time senator and vice president under Barack Obama, the most right-wing of the major contestants for the nomination.
Pelosi called the 77-year-old, semi-senile political hack a “voice of reason” in the coronavirus crisis and absurdly described him as “a leader who is the personification of hope and courage, values and integrity.” In the midst of the greatest corporate bailout in world history, she specifically praised Biden for his role in the multi-trillion-dollar bailout of Wall Street during the 2008–2009 financial crisis.
Pelosi’s endorsement followed endorsements earlier this month by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, marking the line-up of the so-called “progressive” wing of the party behind the candidate of the party apparatus, whose official imprimatur was signaled by the endorsement the same week by Barack Obama.
But the unity at the top has not resolved the party’s deep crisis. Biden is despised by broad sections of the working class and especially youth and younger workers, and there are many indications that large sections of those, especially young people, who supported the Sanders campaign may not accede to Sanders’ post-capitulation demand that they vote for Biden.
Their disquiet has been increased by the news last week that Biden’s chief economic adviser is Larry Summers, a key architect from the 1990s to the present of the policies of deregulation and economic parasitism that have enabled the financial aristocracy to monopolize ever greater portions of society’s wealth.
This has been compounded by a simmering scandal involving allegations of sexual abuse against Biden by Tara Reade, a one-time staffer in Biden’s Senate office, who filed a complaint with Washington DC police in March accusing the then-senator from Delaware of having assaulted her in 1993.
The alleged incident occurred 26 years ago, there were no other witnesses, Reade did not file a complaint with the police at the time, and the statute of limitations has long since expired. Biden himself has said nothing, but his campaign has denied the charges.

The World Socialist Web Site has no way of knowing whether Reade’s allegations are true. One thing is clear, however. The response of the Democratic Party and media organizations aligned with it, such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, which have spearheaded the #MeToo witch hunt and reveled in the “take down” of dozens of prominent men on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations of sexual misconduct, has exposed their rank hypocrisy.

Tara Reade is telling the truth.  And Nancy Pelosi has yet again demonstrated just how corrupt she is.  She does not defend anyone but the rich.  It's time for Nancy to go.

I'm supporting Shahid Buttar

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2020.  ISIS grows more active in Iraq while we all need to ponder how a man accused of rape can claim he's 'eletable'?

March 24th, Ryan Grim (INTERCEPT) reported on Tara Reade going to Times Up to get assistance as she came forward to accuse Joe Biden of assaulting her.  One month and four days later and Joe Biden has still not made a public statement to any news outlet.  Instead, he's hid behind a series of women including the nut job who should have been disqualified by a working press.  (I noted her conflicts in the "Tara Reade and coronavirus roundtable" we did.)  The media has assisted Joe by refusing to ask him when they interview him.  There is nothing else newsworthy about Joe's campaign currently but people like Anderson Cooper ignore the topic over and over.  In fact, Anderson has interviewed Joe twice since the allegation surfaced and both times refused to ask a question about it.

The media has practiced a double standard and wallowed in hypocrisy.  Of THE NEW YORK TIMES smear job on Tara, April 12th, Naomi Wolf Tweeted:

As a feminist I just note that the wording around this accusation in
is more skeptical and guarded than in the same paper’s reporting on women accusing Trump. Should be a nonpartisan single standard for reporting allleged sexual abuse.

The hypocrisy was noted on FOX NEWS.

Lara Logan: Well, to me, Sean, it says something very disappointing: That people who claim the moral high ground, claim to have some degree of moral authority, don't really care about the principles at all because the principles should survive politics, they should survive ideology, they should survive everything.  And I know, in my own case, it's hard, in a way, even listening to it. Not because I haven't come to terms with it but because I know as someone who was raped, I know all the people, men and women, over the years, who've come to me with their own stories of what they've been through.  And the one thing I was concerned about through the entire MeToo movement and Kavanaugh and everything else is that the voices of the real victims would be lost as everybody was rushing in the frenzy to use this moment for their own gain.  

Yesterday, Rich McHugh (BUSINESS INSIDER) reported:

In March, when a former aide to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden accused the candidate of sexually assaulting her in 1993, two people came forward to say that the woman, Tara Reade, had told them of the incident shortly after it allegedly occurred — her brother, Collin Moulton, and a friend who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution.
Now two more sources have come forward to corroborate certain details about Reade's claims. One of them — a former neighbor of Reade's — has told Insider for the first time, on the record, that Reade disclosed details about the alleged assault to her in the mid-1990s.
"This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it," Lynda LaCasse, who lived next door to Reade in the mid-'90s, told Insider.
The other source, Lorraine Sanchez, who worked with Reade in the office of a California state senator in the mid-'90s, told Insider that she recalls Reade complaining at the time that her former boss in Washington, DC, had sexually harassed her, and that she had been fired after raising concerns.

Each day, Tara's case gets stronger and yet no one wants to ask Joe Biden the question they need to.  Is that a ground rule?

Are they getting access by guaranteeing not to ask Joe about the rape allegation?

The media watchdogs are largely napping.  The right-wing NEWSBUSTERS has followed this story.  The left-wing CJR has.  But FAIR, COUNTERSPIN?  They won't say a word.

Joe won't say a word.  We know why.  He fears litigation.  He's pulling the Bill Clinton strategy.  Juanita Broadrrick accused Bill of rape (I believe her).  Bill hid behind a spokesperson and never himself spoke to the allegation.  That's what Joe's doing now.

With Bill, he was a lame duck president.  It was 1999.  He could ride it out and did.  Joe's asking people to vote for him.  This isn't something he can ride out.

Tara's case gets stronger with every day.

The calls for Joe to drop out mount.

This is not a strong candidate for November.  Joe needs to go.  He was never more than an empty suit and now he's facing credible charges of assault.  He's been unable to defend himself for over a month.  How does this argue for him doing well in November?

He's offering nothing but tired plans from the past which failed.  His only argument has been that he's 'electable.'  He's now accused of rape and does not look like a sure thing at all.

Turning to Iraq, Qassim Abdul-Zahra (AP) reports, "A militant wearing a suicide vest struck an intelligence bureau in northern Iraq on Tuesday, wounding at least three members of the security personnel, Iraqi officials said, blaming the attack on the Islamic State group."  Margaret Griffis (ANTIWAR.COM) adds, "ISIS attacked the Rutba home of a district councilman. Talal Al-Absi was killed, and his son was abducted."

As ISIS grows more active, Iraq has no real prime minister.  The 'acting' prime minister resigned last year.  Adil Abdul Mahdi was inept and resigned at the end of November.  All these months later, Iraq still does not have a prime minister.

And let's be clear, the post is supposed to be filled long enough for elections to be called.  No one is saying that the new prime minister needs to serve a lengthy term.

Struan Stevenson (UPI) offers:

Iraq's prime ministerial merry-go-round continues to spin apace. Spy chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi, director of the country's National Intelligence Service, is the third prime minister designate this year, following the withdrawal of Adnan al-Zurfi, the previous prospective candidate, after he failed to secure enough support to form a government.
Al-Zurfi had tried to step into the shoes of Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, who suffered a similar fate, leaving Iraq under the tremulous caretaker control of Adil Abdul-Mahdi, the crooked former prime minister and puppet of the Iranian mullahs, who was forced to resign last November amidst widespread protests. 
Under the Iraqi constitution, a prime minister designate has 30 days to secure the backing of parliament for his new government. This has been the stumbling block for each of Abdul-Mahdi's chosen successors so far, as they have attempted to gain the approval of the wide range of deeply divided and sectarian factions that make up Iraq's Majilis.

Recently, former prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki hosted a 'party' at his house where various Shi'ite politicians plotted how to defeat Allawi.

Khaled Yacoub Oweis (THE NATIONAL) reports:

A parliamentary supporter of Iraq’s latest Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al Kadhimi cast doubt on whether he could form a Cabinet, in the first acknowledgement from the allied camp of the secular nominee that he is in political trouble.
Shirwan Mirza of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) told Iraq’s official news agency late on Sunday that Mr Al Kadhimi, an intelligence chief supported by Washington, could fail like his two predecessors.
Mr Mirza said Mr Al Kadhimi was hoping to be approved by parliament before the month of Ramadan.
“The Cabinet talks are ongoing but have not reached a result so far,” Mr Mirza said. “Al Kadhimi was supposed to present his cabinet before Ramadan but some political groups withdrew their support for him.”
The Kurdish parliamentarian was referring to pro-Iranian Shiite players linked with militia powers who dominate the legislature and who had initially indicated that they would let Mr Al Kadhimi form his Cabinet.

Mr Mirza said if Mr Al Kadhimi does not suffer “the same fate” as his predecessors”, parliament could convene a physical vote-of-confidence session despite the coronavirus.

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