Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Cher hater Ann Powers thinks she got away with her lie

Bob Dylan's book continues to be in the news.  There was a 'scandal' recently because people were paying hundreds of dollars for autographed copies.  It wasn't really him autographing them.  Refunds were done.  The book is entitled THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE MODERN SONG.  Since it's been in the news over and over, I picked up C.I.'s copy.  As I already noted, there are only four women mentioned in the book.

One of them is Cher -- which is why I'm writing this.

Ann Powers is a damn idiot.  She once wrote well of Ben Folds Five's "Brick."

But is that really feminism?

I ask because she repeatedly praises male artists and repeatedly ignores female ones but has a rep as a feminist.  She didn't earn that rep.

So Bob Dylan released ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS in 2020 -- one of his best albums of all time.  It contains the classic "Murder Most Foul."

Ava and C.I. called out liar Ann Power ["NPR hires idiots who strip women of the credit they earned and deserve (Ava and C.I.)"] because she took to NPR to tell you that Bob was praising Nancy Sinatra and her recording of "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down."

No, he was praising Cher's recording of that song.

Cher recorded it first, Sonny Bono wrote it for her.  She's the only one who took it on the charts.  In 1966, she took it all the way to number two.  It sold over a million copies that year.  She re-recorded it (with Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Bolton and others) for her 1987 CHER album (with the hits "We All Sleep Alone" and "I Found Someone").  

Nancy Sinatra covered it for her low charting (number 41) 1966 album HOW DOES THAT GRAB YOU -- she did not release it as a single.

Bob references the song in "Murder Most Foul" and stupid liars like Ann Powers pimped the notion that Bob was praising Nancy.

Huh?

He's going to praise a fat, Italian waitress?  

Let's be honest, Nancy's not much of a singer -- and that's even if you include the love song she ridiculously did with her father "Something Stupid."

Nancy had one gold album her entire career (BOOTS).  None of the rest sold.  She was a novelty act.  She tried to sing and couldn't.  Then she got divorced and a man decided to sell her as hard and used which included her going blond, wearing more eye liner than a racoon and recording some very hoary duets (with Lee Hazlewood). She had nine top forty hits -- four of which went top ten. (That includes her duet with her father and that's really a sick and disgusting song -- it was called "the incest song" when it was released because it's a love song and a daughter singing it with her father -- and vice versa.) 34 solo albums and only one made it to gold.  No, she's not historical or lasting.  

And I don't usually note that.  But when Ann Powers lied and elevated Nancy it ticked me off. 

Cher had 22 top forty singles (solo) and 11 more as part of the duo Sonny & Cher.  She had seven gold albums solo and 4 that were platinum or multi-platinum and, with Sonny, she has 3 more gold albums.  She also has 14 dance hits that were top forty dance hits.

None of Nancy's hits were songs written by Bob Dylan.  She didn't record him on her original albums.  I'm using "original" because some albums were reissued in the 00s and later with 'bonus' tracks.  In real time, in the 60s, Nancy was considered out of date because she never sang Dylan.  By contrast, every one of Cher's six solo albums in the 60s contained at least one Dylan cover and she had ten Dylan songs on those six albums.  That includes "All I Really Want To Do."  She battled the Byrds on the chart with that song.  The Byrds only took it to number forty.  Cher took it to number 15.

Cher and Sonny hung out with Dylan in the sixties.  Cher hung out with Dylan in the 70s (he was friends with David Geffen and on Geffen's label briefly, Cher was dating Geffen at the time).

Dylan never hung out with Nancy Sinatra.  

But Ann Powers wanted to lie and strip Cher of her rightful credit and claim Bob was referencing hagged out Nancy Sinatra's version of "Bang Bang" and not the version Cher recorded, the hit version, the version Sonny wrote for Cher.

There are only four women with songs Bob notes in the book.  

Nancy Sinatra?

She's not one of the four.

Cher?

She is.


In the section on Cher, Bob notes, "Gypsies, tramps and thieves could easily be the answer to the question, 'Name three types of people you'd like to have dinner with'."


P.S. In Nirvana's early days, Kurt Cobain loved to cover "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" live.  Note, however, Ann Power, he didn't cover any of Nancy's crap. 

 

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

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022.  Support for Julian Assange grows.


US President Joe Biden continues to persecute Julian Assange.  Yesterday, five major outlets published an open letter:


Twelve years ago, on November 28th 2010, our five international media outlets – The New York Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, El Pais and DER SPIEGEL – published a series of revelations in cooperation with Wikileaks that made the headlines around the globe.

“Cable gate”, a set of 251,000 confidential cables from the US State Department disclosed corruption, diplomatic scandals and spy affairs on an international scale.

In the words of The New York Times, the documents told “the unvarnished story of how the government makes its biggest decisions, the decisions that cost the country most heavily in lives and money”. Even now in 2022, journalists and historians continue to publish new revelations, using the unique trove of documents.

For Julian Assange, publisher of Wikileaks, the publication of “Cable gate” and several other related leaks had the most severe consequences. On April 12th, 2019, Assange was arrested in London on a US arrest warrant, and has now been held for three and a half years in a high security British prison usually used for terrorists and members of organized crime groups. He faces extradition to the US and a sentence of up to 175 years in an American maximum security prison.

This group of editors and publishers, all of whom had worked with Assange, felt the need to publicly criticize his conduct in 2011 when unredacted copies of the cables were released, and some of us are concerned about the allegations in the indictment that he attempted to aid in computer intrusion of a classified database. But we come together now to express our grave concerns about the continued prosecution of Julian Assange for obtaining and publishing classified materials.

The Obama-Biden Administration, in office during the Wikileaks publication in 2010, refrained from indicting Assange, explaining that they would have had to indict journalists from major news outlets too. Their position placed a premium on press freedom, despite its uncomfortable consequences. Under Donald Trump however, the position changed. The DOJ relied on an old law, the Espionage Act of 1917 (designed to prosecute potential spies during World War 1), which has never been used to prosecute a publisher or broadcaster.

This indictment sets a dangerous precedent, and threatens to undermine America’s First Amendment and the freedom of the press.

Holding governments accountable is part of the core mission of a free press in a democracy.

Obtaining and disclosing sensitive information when necessary in the public interest is a core part of the daily work of journalists.  If that work is criminalised, our public discourse and our democracies are made significantly weaker.

Twelve years after the publication of “Cable gate”, it is time for the U.S. government to end its prosecution of Julian Assange for publishing secrets.

Publishing is not a crime.

 

The editors and publishers of:

  • The New York Times
  • The Guardian
  • Le Monde
  • DER SPIEGEL
  • El Pais


For those who've forgotten, Julian's 'crime' was revealing the realities of Iraq -- Chelsea Manning was a whistle-blower who leaked the information to Julian.  WIKILEAKS then published the Iraq War Logs.  And many outlets used the publication to publish reports of their own.  For example, THE GUARDIAN published many articles based on The Iraq War Logs.  Jonathan Steele, David Leigh and Nick Davies offered, on October 22, 2012:



A grim picture of the US and Britain's legacy in Iraq has been revealed in a massive leak of American military documents that detail torture, summary executions and war crimes.
Almost 400,000 secret US army field reports have been passed to the Guardian and a number of other international media organisations via the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

The electronic archive is believed to emanate from the same dissident US army intelligence analyst who earlier this year is alleged to have leaked a smaller tranche of 90,000 logs chronicling bloody encounters and civilian killings in the Afghan war.
The new logs detail how:
US authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and even murder by Iraqi police and soldiers whose conduct appears to be systematic and normally unpunished.

A US helicopter gunship involved in a notorious Baghdad incident had previously killed Iraqi insurgents after they tried to surrender.
More than 15,000 civilians died in previously unknown incidents. US and UK officials have insisted that no official record of civilian casualties exists but the logs record 66,081 non-combatant deaths out of a total of 109,000 fatalities.

The numerous reports of detainee abuse, often supported by medical evidence, describe prisoners shackled, blindfolded and hung by wrists or ankles, and subjected to whipping, punching, kicking or electric shocks. Six reports end with a detainee's apparent deat


At WSWS, Thomas Scripps offers:

At long last, these publications have acknowledged that the material published by Assange was of vital public interest and importance, noting that what he released “disclosed corruption, diplomatic scandals and spy affairs on an international scale” and “decisions that cost the country most heavily in lives and money.”

Even now, they write, “journalists and historians continue to publish new revelations, using the unique trove of documents.”

The letter stated, “On April 12th 2019, Assange was arrested in London on a US arrest warrant, and has now been held for three and a half years in a high-security British prison usually used for terrorists and members of organised crime groups. He faces extradition to the US and a sentence of up to 175 years in an American maximum-security prison.”

The authors oppose the use against Assange of “an old law, the Espionage Act of 1917 (designed to prosecute potential spies during World War One), which has never been used to prosecute a publisher or broadcaster.”

The letter concludes that this “sets a dangerous precedent, and threatens to undermine America’s First Amendment and the freedom of the press. Obtaining and disclosing sensitive information when necessary in the public interest is a core part of the daily work of journalists. If that work is criminalised, our public discourse and our democracies are made significantly weaker … it is time for the US government to end its prosecution of Julian Assange for publishing secrets.”

The open letter makes clear that Assange has been the victim of a monstrous campaign of state persecution, costing him years of his life and good health, for revealing state criminality, designed to set a chilling example for others.

But this raises the question: What took so long? Why did it take 10 years for the New York Times and Guardian to call for Assange’s prosecution to end?

The conduct of these newspapers over the past decade has been thoroughly reprehensible. Their efforts to poison public opinion against Assange, to give credence to the false claims and accusations made against him, facilitated the American state’s persecution of this principled and courageous journalist.



You know what?  I'm an adult.  I know we can't turn back time.


What we can do is work on freeing Julian Assange.  What we should do.  If an institution like THE NEW YORK TIMES is finally stepping up, great.  Where were they until now?  


Obviously, not helping.


You've made that point.  You can make it again when Julian's free.  How about we focus on freeing Julian right now?


And here's another point: The government of Turkey has been bombing northern Iraq for years.  So, if you're WSWS, and you're publishing a piece on how Turkey's been bombing Syria lately?  Maybe your hypocritical ass is in no real position to criticize THE NEW YORK TIMES?


We've long noted here that WSWS will attack the Kurdistan (for wanting to have autonomy, for example) and will otherwise ignore it.  Turkey has sent ground troops into the Kurdistan.  It has set up bases there.  It terrorizes the people there with drones and bombs.  And WSWS just doesn't want to deal with that.  The way some outlets turn a blind eye to the suffering of the Palestinians?  That's how WSWS behaves with regards to Kurdistan.


So maybe the high horse Thomas Scripps has just mounted should be traded in for a Shetland pony?


Margaret Kimberley Tweeted:



Probably correct.  He doesn't like being called out on Julian.  He has a grandchild who has begun telling him that this should not be his legacy.


At SCHEER POST, Matt Kennard notes:


The British government assigned at least 15 people to the secret operation to seize Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, new information shows. 

The WikiLeaks founder was given political asylum by Ecuador in 2012, but was never allowed safe passage out of Britain to avoid persecution by the US government. 

The Australian journalist has been in Belmarsh maximum security prison for the past three and a half years and faces a potential 175-year sentence after the UK High Court greenlighted his extradition to the US in December 2021. 

‘Pelican’ was the secret Metropolitan Police operation to seize Assange from his asylum, which eventually occurred in April 2019. Asylum is a right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

The operation’s existence was only revealed in the memoirs of former foreign minister Sir Alan Duncan which were published last year. The UK government routinely blocks, or obfuscates its answers to, information requests about the Assange case. 

But the Cabinet Office recently told parliament it had seven officials working on Operation Pelican. The department’s role is to “support the Prime Minister and ensure the effective running of government”, but it also has national security and intelligence functions

It is not immediately clear why the Cabinet Office would have so many personnel working on a police operation of this kind. Asked about their role, the Cabinet Office said these seven officials “liaised” with the Metropolitan Police on the operation. 


ALMAYADEEN explains:


The secret operation named ‘Pelican’ to seize Assange from asylum, which eventually took place in April 2019, came to light after being revealed in the memoirs published last year by former Foreign Minister Sir Alan Duncan.

As foreign minister for the Americas from 2016 to 2019, Duncan was the key British official in the diplomatic negotiations between the UK and Ecuador to release Assange from the Embassy.

In his memoirs, the Former Minister revealed that he watched live footage of Assange’s arrest from the Operations Room of the Foreign Office alongside personnel carrying out the operation.

After the events took place and Assange was imprisoned, Duncan had drinks at his office for the operation team. “I gave them each a signed photo which we took in the Ops Room on the day, with a caption saying ‘Julian Assange’s Special Brexit Team 11th April 2019,’” he wrote. 

At DISSIDENT VOICE, Paul Haeder writes:


We are in a rape culture. We have a million examples in this neoliberal and neocon country of that. We have the fact of one out of 12 or 15 girls and women losing their viriginity through sexual assault. We have what — one out of five in this country experiencing sexual assault by the time they hit 40 years of age.

The reality is we have Clarence Thomas as one of the Supremes, with his sick attack on Anita Hill, as well as girls and women at large, and then the frat boy Kavanaugh, more male human stain. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, 55, is a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University who grew up in the suburbs of Washington DC. She’s also a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine. And her testimony was lambasted by a lot of men. Joe Biden attacked Anita Hill during her testimony to try and keep the Criminal Clarence off the bench. Dear reader, you can provide countless examples of rape culture, misogony, and the unending attack on women.


We'll pair that with this from IRAQI NEWS:


A conference was held last Sunday to launch the campaign for 16 days of activism to end violence against women, under the auspices of the Prime Minister, Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, according to a press statement issued by the United Nations.

The campaign is in collaboration with the Department for Women’s Empowerment at the Council of Ministers, and in partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWomen), the World Food Program (WFP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The conference highlighted the decisive role of Iraqi women in public life, through government positions, civil society, and human rights movements in preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls, the statement mentioned.

The conference advocated for the ratification of relevant laws, namely the Anti-Domestic Violence Law, the statement elaborated.

In addition to Al-Sudani, the conference was attended by Iraqi MPs, members of the parliamentary women’s committee, the High Judicial Council, ministries of Labor, Interior, Social Affairs, and Health, as well as experts and academics, the statement explained.





Just walking along, shopping for food
Stepping out of the line of fire when people are rude
Cheap stuff made in China, someone calls it a sale
Somebody's mama, somebody's daughter
Somebody's jail

Beat down in the market, stoned to death in the plaza
Raped on the hillside under the gun from LA to Gaza
A house made of cardboard living close to the rail
Somebody's mama, somebody's daughter
Somebody's jail


And I feel the witch in my veins
I feel the mother in my shoe
I feel the scream in my soul
The blood as I sing the ancient blue
They burned in the millions
I still smell the fire in my grandma's hair
The war against women rages on
Beware of the fairytale
Somebody's mama, somebody's daughter
Somebody's jail

The noise of elections, the promise of change
A grabbing of power at the top, a day at the rifle range
Somebody's in danger, somebody's for sale
Somebody's mama, somebody's daughter
Somebody's jail

-- "Somebody's Jail," written by Holly Near, first appears on her album SHOW UP.


Winding down, AP reports:

A member of the U.S. Navy who was injured while helping prevent further harm during a shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado last weekend said Sunday that he “simply wanted to save the family that I found.”

Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas James made his first public comments on the shooting in a statement issued through Centura Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, where James is recovering from undisclosed injuries suffered during the attack.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said that James was one of two men who helped to stop the shooter who walked into Club Q late on Nov. 19 with multiple firearms, including a semiautomatic rifle, and killed five people. At least 17 others were injured when a drag queen’s birthday celebration turned into a massacre.

James reportedly pushed a rifle out of the shooter’s reach while Army veteran Rich Fierro repeatedly struck the shooter with a handgun the shooter brought into the bar, officials have said.






The following sites updated:


Monday, November 28, 2022

Cher

groomers

 

From Saturday, that's Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Real Groomers."  And those crazy idiots are the groomers.  They're projecting onto the LGBTQ community when, in fact, it's the Lauren Boeberts that are the danger to America's children.


Now a topic from an e-mail.  Chrissy doesn't think Cher's recorded a good song since the 80s and "the HEART OF STONE album."  


While Cher has a ton of classics from the 60s, 70s and 80s, I do think she's had some solid work since.


"Favorite Scars," for example, is a huge favorite of mine.



I also love "Love Is The Groove."



And "When The Money's Gone.



I do wish she'd rock out again but I doubt she's planning too many more albums.  


If she does another one, she really should record Steve Grand's "All American Boy."  It's the perfect Cher song.




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


Monday, November 28, 2022.  The horror trinity of Tulsi, Tucker and Turley continue to try to destroy lives,  Iraqi Amir Ashour is awarded an honor, Christians in Iraq continue to struggle and much more.



Chasten Buttigieg hit back at Tucker Carlson after the Fox News host bizarrely chastised his husband, out Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, for “lying” about his sexuality.

Pete Buttigieg “always wants to talk about identity!” Carlson squawked last week on his show as the chyron blared, “PETE: ANTI-GAY VICTIMHOOD NARRATIVE? COUNT ME IN.”

“And the funny, ironic thing is, until just a few years ago, Buttigieg wouldn’t even admit that he was gay!”

“He hid that! And then lied about it for reasons he has never been asked to explain,” Carlson said excitedly, as if he had never heard of the concept of coming out. Pete Buttigieg came out as gay in 2015 when he was the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. “Why not?”

While talking to CNN’s Don Lemon, Chasten Buttigieg explained using small words that “my husband served under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the policy that banned gay and bisexual servicemembers from serving in the military openly.

“This kind of rhetoric is easy,” he said. “It’s so easy to attack people and to go on your talk show and fire people up about something that’s not actually happening.”

“I love my husband deeply. I know he’s a committed public servant, and he has everyone’s best interests at heart.”

“I just think these people, again, with these megaphones… they have to have a big platform and rather than focusing on real issues, people’s lives, making them better, they’ve decided to focus on hate.”


That's trashy Tucker.  Glenn Greenwald's friend.  Glenn let's him hide because what else can a useless man like Glenn do.  He pretends he's a proud father but a proud father wouldn't go on a show like Tucker's.  He's teaching to cower and whore.  What a sad dad.

Tucker and Tulsi, the trash from FOX NEWS.  

REVOLUTIONARY BLACKOUT addressed these liars.





Tulsi?   I know she's a freak and a member of a cult but why is she saying "Our children"?

Bitch don't have kids.  She's on marriage number two and there are no children.  There's guru Chris, the leader of her cult. But there are no children.

You have to wonder how FOX plans to sell Tulsi to its viewers.  They're not too fond of most traditional religions so Hindu will be difficult to sell and that's before you add on her cult.


With Tulsi,  a few flaunt stupidity.  Tulsi, they insisted is anti-war.  

No, she's not.

She campaigned on that.  She went on Joe Rogan and other shows talking a big game.  She should be president, she insisted, because she was anti-war.  She should be president, not a War Hawk and certainly not a War Hawk like Joe Biden.

Recently, Tulsi's announced she's left the Democratic Party (believe she was kicked to the curb first) and began comparing Joe Biden to Hitler.




Does Tulsi think he's Hitler?  Then who put 'Hitler' in the White House?

We've explained this reality over and over -- including in real time.  And we could redo it again but I'm still feeling sick so we'll just swipe from the last time we covered it in full -- back in March:

Wednesay, July 31st, she was finally on stage with Joe Biden.  And big talking Tulsi, whose big issue was the war, was on stage with Joe Biden who voted for the IRaq, War, who did a pre-war hearing that was stakced with war supporters though Joe tried to pretend it was fair and balanced, the man who voted over and over to keep funding the war, the man whod efended it over and over (despite his 2019 lie that he had turned on the wr the minute bombs started ropping).  Here was Tulsi's chance to finally take the fight to Joe.

It was going to be an epic throwdown, right?

Wrong.

We recounted it at lenght and repeatedly over and over.  For example, see the next day's snapshot.


Joe Biden was on the ropes.  He was struggling and he could have been eliminated that night.  If Tulsi had done the job she should have, he could have been out of the primary.  

But instead, she decided to take out Kamala Harris.  Jimmy Dore rightly points out that Kamala ended up without any support at all.  Throughout the entire thing, the long process, no one was flacking to her.  He's right.  But he is someone who has some allegience to Tulsi that is greater than his allegiance to the truth.  Now I'll overlook that on Jimmy.  He speaks out on many important topics.  And I'll defend her from the lunatic attacks from WHoopi Goldberg and others. 

But I'm not going to pretend that we saw Tulsi was a whore at the debates.

Read the transcript -- or read the snapshot -- because Tulsi went after Kamala and Kamala was no threat.  She was never going to get the nomination.  She had no large base of support.  Most women did not rally to her.  African-Americans in the south did not relate to her.  

But Tulsi used her time and her ammo on Kamala.  Not on Joe.

Her defenders -- and, sadly, that included BLACK AGENDA REPORT -- would make excuses for her.  There was no excuse.  Joe Biden was the choice of the establishment and he was being carried by the corporate meid and covered and pimped by them.  

She should have taken out Joe.

Sher refused to do so.

If you missed that debate, you may join the liars and insist that she was making statements and -- B.S.  That's a damn lie.  Jake Tapper was a moderator.  He specifically called on her regarding Joe Biden and he was puzzled -- watch his face -- by her remarks which were rescuing Joe and excusing his actions.  

He looks like he's wondering if she understood the question.  SO he then goes back to her for a second time and is more specific.  And Tulsi again takes a pass.

That night, the next day and through the weekend, Tulsi shows up where ever she could on TV and repeatedly insisted that Joe said his vote was wrong and that was good enough for her.

His actions wnet far beyond just his initial vote but Tulsi buried that in hre comments and buried Joe's Iraq issues for the press.  When the self-promoted anti-war candidate told the American people and the press that Joe had nothing to apologize for or make amends for that everything was fine?  There was no longer a story there.  The media wants conflict.  And it wants conflict is can hide behind to pretend to be objective.  Had Tulsi held Joe accountable on the stage, the issue of the Iraq War would have been forced itno the conversation by the national press.

My  allegiance is not to any politician. 

Tulsi is one of the reasons Joe Biden is in the White House.  She had the chance to tak ehim out and instead aimed her fire at Kamala.  People like pig Michael Tracey were overjoyed.  

What they refuse to admit now is that Tulsi gave the nomination to Joe on that night in July of 2019.  They refuse to also admit that the woman Tulsi 'destroyed' on stage is now Vice President of the United States.  So exactly how badly did Tulsi destroy Kamala?

It was pure fake assery.

I don't even feel like bolding that but, yeah, we covered it in real time, we covered over and over since, including everything above which ran in March.


She's a fake ass liar.  She talked a big talk about bad Joe Biden but in July of 2020, she was finally onstage with him for a debate -- the first time.  And, turns out, the only time.  Jake Tapper set her up to call Joe out for the Iraq War.  And she gave him a pass.  She lied for him.  If you watched, you might have been as surprised as Jake was.  After others spoke, he teed her up again.  Again, she chose to defend Joe Biden on the Iraq War.

She  proved who she really was that night.  Barack Obama, seeking the 2008 nomination, hit people over their heads with their support for that war and Barack wasn't anti-war.

Weak ass Tulsi couldn't even stand by her comments made on podcasts.

She's a liar and fake and anyone claiming she's anti-war at this point is just deluding themselves.  When push came to shove, spineless Tulsi collapsed onstage.


Now she makes bucks by attacking LGBTQs.

"Grooming."

As Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Real Groomers" pointed out, the real groomers are people like Lauren Boebert and her husband Jayson.  When not beating Lauren (it's true, she had to file for a protective order at one point), Jasyon liked to drag Lauren to a bar to watch as he exposed himself to young women.  She lied in a book that he didn't do it.  A book somebody else probably wrote for her, remember, she dropped out of school and then failed the GED multiple times.  But Jayson admitted it in court and was put on probation.

Those are groomers.  

They're trying to say that the LGBTQs are groomers.  This is not new, know your history.  The argument is that they are grooming children -- it's the one Anita Bryant made all those years ago.  She called it recruitment and argued, as the hate mob does today, that they had to recruit (or groom) because they couldn't reproduce.

They couldn't reproduce?  Like Tulsi?

The community doesn't have to reproduce.  It's always been with us and that's what the liars want to deny.

What's worse is they want to harm children.  That's the reality: Tulsi, Tucker and others want to harm children.

Jonathan Turley, noted homophobe, defends them.

Who defends the children?

In Florida, they have the 'Don't say gay' legislation which Tulsi supports.  She tells you this is about parental choice.

Yet, she's raging in the video REVOLUTIONARY BLACKOUT video about parental choices, you grasp that right?

If you are transgender and under 18, most cases you're not getting surgery without the consent of your parent or legal guardian.

Do we not grasp that?

So in other words, anyone surgically transitioning under 18 would be doing so with parental consent.

Tulsi doesn't trust parents with that decision apparently.  

But when it's banning discussions of same-sex relations or transgendered people or non-binary persons, Tulsi all for that.

School is supposed to prepare you for life.  A second grader needs to know that there are all kinds of families and, yes, that does include children with same-sex parents.

Tulsi and Tucker can't grasp reality: Some children are gay.

There are little boys and girls who already know that they are gay.  

Some people take longer to figure it out.  Tucker will probably be 62, before he figures it out.

But there are kids right now, in second grade, who know they're gay.

And how are they helped or even recognized by the don't say gay nonsense?

They're not.  

Bobby (Billy Eichner's character in BROS) makes that point.  

Do their rights not matter?  Do their feeling recognized in their schools not matter?

Free speech (fake) champion Jonathan Turley doesn't care about their free speech rights.  He doesn't care that a gay child has a higher likelihood of attempting suicide.  

He won't defend their rights at all.

By addressing reality early on -- and I'm not talking sex education, I'm talking the reality of the world we live in -- there's a good chance that certain little boys and girls will not be targeted and harassed in their schools.  

But that doesn't matter to Turley, Tulsi or Tucker.

It's a good thing that at least Tulsi was smart enough to reproduce (unless she's frozen her eggs, her chances at pregnancy are winding down).  

Grasp that Jonathan Turley -- who pretends he's for free speech -- has not once called out the harassment of trans speakers.  

I don't know Alex Jones and I don't want to know him.  If his people and what they did in Denton, Texas recently is truly representative of him then has has no redeeming value.  

So they bully and mob to try to stop Transgender Storytime.

And that was this month.  And yet 'free speech' Jonathan Turley didn't defend them.

That's only surprising if you don't grasp that his history is one of refusing to recognize the LGBTQ community.

Unlike Jonathan, I actually support free speech.

I have a record of doing so.

Jonathan grabs his pearls and gets all nervous if someone heckles or boos.

That's free speech as well.  And I've been on the receiving end many times.  And will continue to be on it.  And that's fine.  In the '00s, near the end, a veteran was somewhere, I believe NYC, speaking on a forum and he was the pro-war voice.  He got booed.  Some were offended in print and how awful.

No.

It's not awful.

It's free speech.

I wrote about that here.  I also noted that I was sympathetic to him because it hurt his feelings but that he needed to grasp that the worst had happened and that any future speaking would include the knowledge that he would live through being booed.  

I support free speech.

Jonathan Turley pees his pants because a Supreme Court opinion is leaked.  It's so offensive!!!

It's free speech.  Turley's become a joke in his old age and a damn hypocrite.

'Children' were not going to the Denton coffeehouse unless they were taken by their parents.

There was a bullying effort by INFOWAR followers to silence and suppress a transgender storyteller and Jonathan wasn't concerned.  It's only free speech for him these days if the person whose free speech rights are threatened is a conservative.

That might be confusing until you grasp that he's now paid by FOX NEWS.  

The LGBTQ community includes children and they have rights.

Tulsi, who's never raised a child, wants to speak of "our children" but apparently she just means straight children.  She knows nothing about the LGBTQ community -- a community she has spent years trashing -- and she wants to decide what children can hear and what they can't.

She has NO children.  She's raised  NO children.  She's NOT an educator and has NO background in childhood education.

So FOX sees her as the perfect person to put on to talk about children's rights.

Children have the right to be smarter than Tulsi Gabbard.  That requires actual education.  Otherwise, like Tulsi, they end up cult members doing whatever Guru Chris tells them to do.

Lauren voted to overturn the Violence Against Women Act.  Like Tulsi, she needs education.  Desperately.  I hope she gets it before Jayson beats her to death.

But in the meantime, let's be really clear that the US doesn't need to hear from a woman married to a man who beats her.  Too many people are passing themselves off as experts.

Lauren, like Tulsi, wants to be an expert on children but most American families -- right, left or what have you -- don't want their children being beaten by a spouse or their children beating their spouse.


Spousal abuse is not a value anyone supports unless they're deeply stupid.  

That's what happens when you're uninformed and uneducated.  Like Tulsi.  Home schooled and two years in her cult's school, she tried community college but couldn't grasp it.  Basic classes were beyond her because she's just not capable of learning.

Instead of recognizing her deficiency, she wants to make all of America as uneducated as her.

The country's children need to be educated.  In reality.  That especially means a greater emphasis on science.  It also means an awareness of the world around us and, sorry, Tucker, Tulsi and Turley, that world around us includes gay males, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transgenders as well as non-binary.  

They have a right to representation as well.

They exist and their rights matter to.

They don't need to grow up being bullied.  They don't need to grow up being rendered invisible.  

Stop pretending you care about children when you're actually working to increase the rates of suicide with your actions.

FOX NEWS is garbage because of what they're doing and how they're harming children.

Idiots like Tulsi will watch those programs and, in the pretense of 'saving' their children, will do great harm.

A trueism throughout the last century and today: Those objecting the loudest to basic recognition and human decency are usually the ones hiding something.  

When Ellen DeGeneres came out, a friend who had loved her comedy, even to the point of begging me to get her into a taping of the sitcom ELLEN (I got her in multiple times) turned on Ellen when she came out.  Refused to even admit that she'd ever been a fan.  Last decade?  The actress came out.  I'll be kind and not name her.  

But that's who I think of when I think of these idiots like Tucker, Tulsi and Turley who are so determined to limit our society instead of expanding it, who would rather throw stones than embrace.  

These people need to be called out.  They're not silly idiots that we can just laugh at, they are people dedicating their lives to destroying others.  
 


Turning to Iraq . . .




 Since founding IraQueer, an organisation which has fought for LGBTQ+ rights in Iraq for the last seven years, Amir has worked tirelessly to help queer people facing persecution in the country. 

“I’m grateful that the team continues to dedicate themselves to the organisation and the queer community,” Amir explained to GAY TIMES Magazine in the December 2022 issue. “But my hope for the organisation is that it will just not need to exist one day. I want to live in a world where we don’t have to advocate for queer people. Where we just exist as people and have our rights because we’re humans.”

Sadly, things have not improved for LGBTQ+ people in Iraq since the inception of IraQueer and members of the community continue to face discrimination in the country. 

The work Amir started is therefore as important as ever and functions across education, advocacy and direct services by sharing multilingual resources, providing safe housing and engaging with international bodies to advance LGBTQ+ rights.

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Meanwhile, it's been called 'the heist of the century' -- the robbery of Iraq's public monies carried out by officials.  Sinan Mahmoud (THE NATIONAL) reports:

Iraq has recovered less than 5 per cent of $2.5 billion embezzled from its tax authority, Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al Sudani said late on Sunday.

“The competent authorities have been able to retrieve a first tranche amounting to 182.6 billion Iraqi dinars,” Mr Al Sudani said in a televised speech, surrounded by piles of Iraqi and US banknotes.

He called on those responsible to hand themselves in.

The scandal — revealed last month and labelled the “heist of the century” — involved 3.7 trillion Iraqi dinars ($2.5 billion) fraudulently paid to five companies by the General Commission of Taxes.

The money was paid through 247 cheques between September 9, 2021, and August 11 from the commission's account at the state-run Rafidain Bank.

Since then, an investigation has been under way. A number of government officials and two businessmen have been arrested and some of the money recovered, although no senior politicians have faced official accusations.


Will they get even half the money back?  Probably not.  They don't seem willing to pursue the corruption up to the top.  They continue to look the other way for various officials.  That's not how you recover the money and it's now how you end corruption.


Iraq also refuses to defend its religious minorities.  The Jewish community is no more.  The Yazidis remain persecuted and victimized.  And the Christians?  LA CROIX INTERNATIONAL reports:

The Chaldean Catholic patriarch in Iraq has criticized the government for its failure to build a real democratic and civil state to keep Christians safe in the Muslim majority country.

"I find it unavoidable to emphasize once again that religion is for God and the homeland is for the nation. Migration is nothing but uprooting us from our land," said Iraqi Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, the patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church.

Christians, living mainly in the cities of the Nineveh Plains and other areas of northern Iraq, continue to leave the country. This is happening at a rate of around 20 families a month," said Cardinal Sako in a statement released by the Chaldean Patriarchate. The cardinal spoke of how more than half of Iraqi Christians have emigrated in the last five years and many others are "on the waiting list".

"The tendency to emigrate has increased in the last two decades due to instability. Furthermore, the "bleeding" of emigration to the West still exists due to the following: loss of confidence and future uncertainty; unemployment; poverty; deterioration of basic services; desertification; and the failure of governments to build a real democratic and civil state," he said. 

 

The Christians of Iraq are considered to be one of the oldest continuous Christian communities in the world. The vast majority of Iraqi Christians are indigenous Eastern Aramaic-speaking ethnic Assyrians who claim descent from ancient Assyria, and follow the Syriac Christian tradition. Some are also known by the name of their religious denomination as well as their ethnic identity, such as Chaldo-Assyrians, Chaldean Catholics or Syriacs (see Terms for Syriac Christians). Non-Assyrian Iraqi Christians are largely Arab Christians and Armenians, and a very small minority of Kurdish, Shabaks and Iraqi Turkmen Christians. Most present-day Iraqi Christians are ethnically, linguistically, historically and genetically distinct from Kurds, Arabs, Iranians, Turks and Turkmens (as well as from fellow Syriac Christians in Western Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and South Western Turkey).[citation needed] Regardless of religious affiliation (Assyrian Church of the East, Chaldean Catholic Church, Syriac Orthodox Church, Syriac Catholic Church, Assyrian Pentecostal Church, etc.) the Eastern Aramaic speaking Christians of Iraq and it's surrounds are one genetically homogeneous people. They identify themselves as being a separate people, of different origins and with a distinct history of their own harking back to ancient Assyria and Mesopotamia (see Assyrian continuity and History of the Assyrians).[1] Christian Assyrians also have communities in northeastern Syria, southeastern Turkey, and northwestern Iran as well as in the wider worldwide Assyrian diaspora.

Syriac Christianity was first established in Mesopotamia, and certain subsets of that tradition (namely the Church of the East and its successor churches) were established in northern and central-southern Iraq, and would eventually spread to becoming one of the most popular Christian churches in the Middle East and Fertile Crescent Region, and would spread as far as India and China.

Iraq plays a rich and vital contribution to Christian history, and after Israel, Iraq has the most biblical history of any other country in the world.[2] The patriarch Abraham was from Uruk, in southern Iraq, modern day Nasiriya, and Rebecca was from northwestern Iraq, in Assyria. Additionally, Daniel lived in Iraq most of his life. The prophet Ezekiel was from southern Iraq and his shrine is located there. Shrines of the prophet Jonah and Saint George are also located there, and various other biblical prophets and saints are said to have been originally from there as well. Adam and Eve are also widely thought to have hailed from Iraq, as the biblical Garden of Eden is largely attributed to have been located in southern Iraq.[2][3]

Prior to the Gulf War in 1991, Christians numbered one million in Iraq.[4] This may be an undercount by half as seen in the 1987 census numbers. The Ba’athist rule under Saddam Hussein kept anti-Christian violence under control but subjected some to "relocation programmes".[4] Under this regime, the predominantly ethnically and linguistically distinct Assyrian people were pressured to identify as Arabs. The Christian population fell to an estimated 800,000 during the 2003 Iraq War.[4]

During the 2013–2017 Iraq War, with ISIS rapidly sweeping through Iraq's western lands, Christian Assyrians and Armenians fled as they feared persecution by the terrorist organisation, as they were to ‘execute’ any person who did not believe in their Sunni sect. Thousands of Iraqi Christians fled to the nation's capital where they found refuge and adequate housing, some of whom have chosen to make Baghdad their new permanent home following the full defeat of ISIS in Iraq.[5] Thousands have also fled to other parts of southern Iraq, such as the Shia-majority city of Najaf which housed thousands of Christians in holy Islamic shrines once they fled from ISIS, which sought to exterminate them.[6] A large population have also returned to their homes en masse following the defeat of ISIS and were able to celebrate Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter in safety with the protection of the Assyrian Nineveh Plain Protection Units and its allies.[7][8]

The current number of Christians of Iraq is said to be at around 500,000, according to the EU Research Services on minorities in Iraq,[9] although numbers vary from source to source due to the last Iraqi census having taken place more than 30 years ago. A census is scheduled to take place in 2020 in which the numbers of Christians in Iraq will be clarified.[10][9]



That's St. Joseph's Cathedral in Baghdad (also known as The Latin Cathedral of St. Joseph).


President Nechirvan Barzani and Prime Minister Al-Sudani on Monday completely agreed and reiterated that no threat or military action will be allowed from within the borders of Iraq to foreign countries.

"They continue to offer support to refugees and asylum seekers, but no armed groups will be allowed to operate in the Kurdistan Region," the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region said in a statement.

Moreover, Erbil and Baghdad agreed to "work together to protect the security of the borders, and they will also coordinate with neighboring countries and take necessary measures."

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammad Shia’ Al-Sudani reportedly on Monday will visit Iran to discuss mutual relations. 

President Nechirvan Barzani ensured that the Kurdistan Region will remain a factor of peace and stability for Iraq, neighboring countries and the region.


That's the President of Kurdistan and the Prime Minister of Iraq.

t Tucker was one of her boys and he's brought over to FOX so that she can return to spewing her homophobia.

Recently, Iran has joined Turkey in bombing, droning and attacking northern Iraq (The Kurdistan).  Julian Bechona (RUDAW) notes that last week Iraq decided "to increase the deployment of troops on its borders with Iran and Turkey in an effort to curb further violations of its sovereignty as attacks by Tehran and Ankara have greatly surged in recent months.'' Last week, Dilan Sirwan (RUDAW) explained:

The president of the Kurdistan Region on Tuesday met with the Iraqi prime minister in Baghdad, during which both sides emphasized the importance of cooperation in facing repeated violations on Iraq’s sovereignty.

According to a joint statement from Iraqi PM Mohammed Shia al-Sudani’s and President Nechirvan Barzani, one of the topics of the meeting focused on discussing security on the Iraqi border areas.

“They emphasized cooperation to protect Iraq's sovereignty, reject repeated violations, and work to prevent using Iraqi territory as a platform for attacking any neighboring country,” the statement read.

The meeting comes as the Kurdistan Region’s borders have become an arena of instability with Turkish bombardment in the north and Iranian drone and missile attacks coming from the east.



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