Saturday, July 23, 2022

Oh, Pat Benatar, just no already

Pat Benatar.  She's in the news.  Before we get to her latest . . . 

I like her voice.  Whenever the radio would play her, I'd sing along.  She never deserved a Grammy.  She's not really an artist.  She's a girl -- yes, even at her age today -- and not a woman.  A woman crafts art.  A girl just does what she's told and that's all Pat's ever done.  What her guitarist told her to do.  It's why she has no image.

The Wilson sisters?  You know what you're getting into with them and you can live in their songs.  Stevie Nicks the same thing.  These are women in rock who created.

Pat just did what she was told. 

I never bought one of her albums.  But a boyfriend was listening to my Carly Simon cassette of HELLO BIG MAN and the tape went up in the player and ruined it so he 'replaced' it but he went to Target and not a record store so he came back with Pat Benatar's LIVE FROM EARTH.  I listened to it once to show him I appreciated it.  I had it for two years after that before I put in the trash and I'd never listened to it again.  

She can't make an album.  She's too flimsy for that.  Her songs are erratic because there's not art and there is no there there with Pat.  She's a hitchhiker.  

I bring it up because she's not going to sing Eddie Schwartz's song anymore.  That's who wrote "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."

That's a song Pat Benatar took into the top ten -- one of four she did.  Holly Knight and Mike Chapman's "Love Is A Battlefield" is another top ten hit she sang, Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro wrote the hit "We Belong" and Holly Knight and Simon Climie wrote her hit "Invincible."

So Pat's not performing what is her best known hit.  Not only was it a pop hit but it was played non-stop on rock -- not pop -- radio throughout the 80s.  It's been used in a food commercial.  Pat's had to perform it non-stop on every tour even blues tours.  Until now.

Pat, not a smart woman, has decided to stop performing.

It's too hard, you understand, in this age of gun violence, for her to perform "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."

Again, she's not smart.  The song has nothing to do with guns.

Eddie wrote a song about the hard knocks of life and is challenging life to hit him with its best shot, he'll get back up again.

Now grasp this, for years many women were outraged by the song because it seemed to them to condone violence against women as Pat strutted around challenging men to hit her. 

That didn't bother Patty.

But gun violence has.

Again, there are no guns in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."  The "hit" in question is a slug.  But if Pat had to make sense she probably wouldn't get out of the bed in the morning.

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

Friday, July 22, 2022.  The President of the United States has COVID, the Turkish government and Stephen King caught lying, and much more.

ADDED: I was asked in an e-mail Martha read why I hadn't commented on NYT's "I Was Wrong" series?  Because it's garbage and nonsense.  It's impossible to pick just one but I'll go with the ridiculous Gail Collins.  She's apologizing for bringing up Mitt Romney's dog -- repeatedly -- in 2012 -- Bob Smmerby called her out for this nonsense in real time.

That's b.s. and crap.  She's making a joke of the dog again.

Does Gail think she has nothing to apologize for?  Nothing she was wrong about?

Because I am still in possession of the e-mail she wrote in 2003 where she attacked a NYT subscriber for stating that with Maureen Dowd -- the paper's sole female columnist -- on vacation, why didn't Gail -- then over the opinion and editorial section, hire a woman instead of offering more male voices.  If Gail's forgotten  the e-mail maybe this will help, "It is not important to have a woman represented on the pages, it is important to have a variety of opinions represented."

Okay.  Help you any, Gail?  Of course, you'd promoted your useless (and pathetic) book in 2003 and posed as a feminist.

I believe most feminists would feel that your inability to provide opportunities for women was very anti-woman.  

I know all the feminists I've circulated the e-mail to over the years have agreed with me.  And, as I've noted for years here, when that e-mail was forwarded to me, I immediately began sharing it.

Gail Collins is an ugly woman who cries 'feminist!' when she needs something.  She does nothing to help other women.  Maybe Gale might explain why she REFUSED columns on Coretta Scott King when Coretta passed?  Maybe she might want to apologize for that and apologize for promoting her White friend (the minor playwright) who had died instead.  Exactly how many mentions did that playwright get?

And Coretta?  Gail turned down one column after another.  When I raised the issue with Bob Herbert, he finally did a column that noted Coretta had passed -- that wasn't the focus of his column but he agreed Gail's behavior was outrageous.

A Civil Rights activist who was known around the world passed away and Gail refused to publish columns on the passing.  MLK's widow.  

But Gail's White friend (who wasn't a great playwright) got how much coverage on the op-ed pages?

It was ourtageous.

Gail Collins is both sexist and racist.  I'd think she'd have quite a bit to cop to.

Is Kamala Harris in charge?  If not, should she be?  Those are the questions that people should be asking now that Joe  Biden has COVID 19.  While it can be mild, it can also be harsh and with Joe's advanced age and already questions about whether or not he's fit to be president, those are serious questions.  The President of the United States has an illness that can be very debilitating.  

At WSWS, Evan Blake writes:

The fact that Biden, who is surrounded by a level of security unknown to all but a handful of Americans, has contracted COVID-19 exposes the recklessness of his administration’s “living with COVID” policy. In recent weeks, Biden was made into the poster boy for this propaganda campaign, taking numerous maskless photo ops throughout the world.

Historically, an announcement that the president is ill, especially with a virus responsible for widespread death, would be taken with great seriousness, if for no other reason than it creates a political crisis. Instead, Biden’s bout with COVID-19 has been presented almost as a cause for celebration.

Typical of this trend is an op-ed in the Washington Post by Leana Wen, one of the chief minimizers of the Omicron variant who has supported all of the Biden administration’s unscientific policies. Wen writes, “President Biden’s covid-19 diagnosis is an opportunity for his administration to demonstrate the success of his leadership on the pandemic and what living with the coronavirus looks like.” She adds, “Biden should use his illness as an opportunity to inform the public that covid-19 is a manageable disease for almost everyone, so long as they use the tools available to them.”

Instead of reflecting on their disastrous mishandling of the pandemic—which has now killed over 600,000 Americans in just the first 18 months of his administration—the Biden White House is promoting this same line and stressing that he will continue working while sick with COVID-19, with the implication that all Americans should do the same when infected.

On the topic of viruses, Jeffrey St. Clair (COUNTERPUNCH) points out:

Ronald Reagan didn’t so much ignore AIDS as actively encourage and facilitate its spread. Reagan’s Surgeon General, C. Everett Coop, said that the view in the Reagan White House as that ‘they (homosexuals) are only getting what they justly deserve.” Biden seems to be taking the same tact for monkeypox, which is being written off as a homosexual disease spread by promiscuous gay sex. (It’s not.)

Meanwhile, at NEWSWEEK, Tom O'Connor observes:

Recent attacks in northern Iraq and Syria have sparked outrage in both countries as well as neighboring nations and have raised concerns for the United States, whose NATO ally, Turkey, has been named as a culprit by the targeted states.

Funerals were held across Iraq on Thursday after nine tourists were killed a day earlier in what Iraqi officials have described as a Turkish artillery attack on a resort in the northern village of Zakho, located in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who received the bodies of the dead in a ceremony, announced a national day of mourning as hundreds took to the street in protest.

In a statement released shortly after the attack, Kadhimi condemned the "brutal attack," which he said "underscores the fact that Turkey ignored Iraq's continuous demands to refrain from military violations against Iraqi territory and the lives of its people."

The attack in Iraq killed 9 people -- three of which were were children.  IRAQI NEWS notes:

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) publish a press statement on Thursday condemning the use of explosive weapons in populated areas as three Iraqi children, among nine civilians, were killed on Wednesday in a Turkish bombardment targeting a summer resort in a hill village in Zakho district of Duhok governorate in Kurdistan region.

“UNICEF is deeply troubled by the killing of three girls, a 1-year-old, a 12-year-old and a 16-year-old, in the attack in Dohuk governorate in Iraq,” the UNICEF statement mentioned.

“UNICEF condemns all acts of violence against children and joins the families in mourning the killing of their children and wishes those wounded a fast recovery. Being a victim of, witnessing or fearing violence should never be part of any child’s experience,” the statement added.

All children in Iraq deserve to live their lives without the constant threat of violence exacerbated by the use of explosive weapons. UNICEF calls on all parties to fulfil their obligations, under international law, to protect children at all times and without delay, according to the UNICEF statement.

Ali Jassim Tweets:

🔺The Turkish bombing of northern Iraq claimed many victims. Does the world know what Turkey is doing in areas like Iraq? Is this not considered a form of terrorism? We need a real stand in front of the crimes Turkey is doing. #طرد_السفير_التركي #Turkish

REUTERS offers this video report.

Amberin Zaman (AL-MONITOR) reports:

Iraq said it would be taking its case to the UN Security Council, even as Turkey denied involvement in the artillery attack on a tourist resort in Iraqi Kurdistan’s Dahuk region and called for a joint investigation. Victims included a 1-year-old girl and a newly married man who had traveled there with his bride for their honeymoon.

The Council on National Security told the Foreign Ministry to recall its charge d’affaires in Ankara for consultations and to hold off sending a new ambassador.

Several Iraqi tourism companies said they were launching a boycott on Turkey, while the Iraqi government advised its citizens not to travel there. Protests continued outside the Turkish visa center in Baghdad today following demonstrations in the Shiite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala and in the southern city of Nasiriyah the night before. 

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu kept up the denials today, saying that Iraqi authorities must not fall for “this trap.”

The denial of the Turkish government is as ridiculous as Stephen King's lie that he did not praise a Nazi War Criminal.

Stephen King was prank called by Vovan and Lexus. They asked him what he thinks of Bandera. His answer „I think Bandera was a great man“ Pure crap. Troll sh[*}it. No truth to it.

In the comments, they mock him and make fun of him because video was released of  what he tried to deny happened.

Just like Turkey thinks it can deny what took place.  Journalist Renwar Najm Tweets many reasons why Turkey's denial is impossible to believe including:

For example, on June 25, 2020, a Turkish airstrike targeted Kuna Masi resort in Slemani province, six days before that attack, another Turkish airstrike killed 3 civilians in RKI. So If history is any guide, what happened in Zakho is a very Turkish thing.
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Video from Kuna Masi, Iraq shows a family playing in the river who were narrowly missed by a Turkish airstrike today #Iraq #Turkey
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Iraq rejected Turkey’s denial of responsibility for the deadly artillery attack on an Iraqi tourist resort as families of the victims buried their loved ones on Thursday.

“The Iraqi state's narrative confirms that Ankara is behind the attack, which is not the first and comes in a series of continuous attacks,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmad Al Sahhaf said on Thursday.

“Turkey's denial of responsibility is a sick joke that Iraqi diplomacy will not accept.”

Meanwhile, mourners carried the coffin of Abbas Abdul Hussein, a 30-year-old Iraqi killed in Zakho. Hussein had just been married five days earlier, his cousin Said Alawadi said, demanding the government “initiate deterrent measures against Turkey," even cut all political and economic ties.

The attack catapulted into the spotlight Turkey's ongoing military operations against Turkey's Kurdish insurgents in northern Iraq, an issue that has long divided Iraqi officials. With deep economic ties between the two countries, many hesitate to damage relations with Ankara.

Baghdad and Ankara are also divided on other issues, including the Kurdish region's independent oil sector and water-sharing. But in the aftermath of the attack, anger against Turkey is mounting on the Iraqi street.

In April, Turkey launched its latest offensive in northern Iraq, part of a series of cross-border operations that started in 2019 to combat the PKK.

The Iraqi government condemned Wednesday's attack as a “flagrant violation of Iraq's sovereignty,” convened an emergency national security meeting and ordered a pause in dispatching Iraq's new ambassador to Ankara.

Iraq's parliament was also to meet on Saturday to discuss the Turkish attack. Kadhimi accused Turkey of ignoring “Iraq’s continuous demands to refrain from military violations against Iraqi territory and the lives of its people.”  

Ruwayda Mustafah Tweets:

Some new developments: People storm the Turkish visa office in Najaf and take down Turkey’s flag in response to the bombardment earlier today in Duhok, #Kurdistan. Muqtada Al-Sadr suggests reducing diplomatic ties between Baghdad-Ankara, and filing a complaint with UN.

The Iraqi people are very upset about what happened.

Campaign to boycott Tirkish products by Iraqi businesses.. ‘national duty’ in response to Turkey bombing of Iraqi civilians in northern Iraq

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) holds the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government “politically and legally responsible” for shelling that killed nine civilians in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Wednesday, Turkish Minute reported.

Nine people including children were killed and 23 wounded in the Zakho district village of Parakh on Wednesday, when artillery shells hit a park in an attack that local officials blamed on neighboring Turkey. The majority of the casualties were domestic tourists seeking respite from the heat of the plains in the mountains of the Kurdish north.

The HDP in a statement on Thursday called for an urgent meeting of the General Assembly of the Turkish Parliament following the attack, saying it would go down in history as “the second Roboski massacre.”

The incident commonly known as the Roboski massacre refers to the killing of 34 male Kurdish civilians, most of them teenagers, on Dec. 28, 2011, when military jets bombed them after receiving intelligence on terrorists from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Uludere district of Şırnak province near the Turkish–Iraqi border.

“Bombing civilian settlements is a crime against humanity and a war crime. Turkey is a direct party to international conventions prohibiting it. … This massacre is also an attack on the sovereignty of another country. The perpetrators and decision-makers must be prosecuted,” the HDP said.

The Diyarbakır Bar Association also announced in a series of tweets that they would file a complaint regarding the shelling blamed on Turkey in order to “identify and punish those responsible” for the attack.

“As it did in Roboski, humanitarian law [again] becomes worthless when it comes to the Kurds,” the association stated.

In an unusually strong rebuke, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi on Wednesday warned Turkey that Baghdad reserves the “right to retaliate,” calling the artillery fire a “flagrant violation” of sovereignty — a line echoed by Iraq’s Kurdish administration.

Iraq said it was recalling its chargé d’affaires from Ankara and summoning Turkey’s ambassador, and demanded an official apology from Turkey along with “the withdrawal of its armed forces from all Iraqi territory.”

But Turkey’s foreign ministry denied responsibility for the bombardment, saying these “kinds of attacks” were committed by “terrorist organizations,” and inviting Baghdad to avoid making statements influenced by “terrorist propaganda.”

Ankara launched an offensive in northern Iraq in April called “Operation Claw-Lock,” which it said targets militants from the PKK, a militant group that has kept up a bloody war for Kurdish self-rule in southeastern Turkey since 1984 and is listed by Ankara and its Western allies as a “terrorist organization.”

For the past 25 years, the Turkish army has maintained dozens of outposts across Iraq’s Kurdish north as part of its campaign against the militants of the PKK. There have been sporadic calls for their removal.

Iraq and Turkey are key trade partners, but Ankara’s successive offensives against the PKK rear bases in the north have been a persistent thorn in relations.

We'll wind down with this:


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