Tuesday, April 04, 2017


And that's why some of us didn't get on board.

Black Lives Matter.

Yes, they do.

But so do other lives.

As a Black woman with three children, I certainly believe that my children's lives matter (and that all lives matter -- but I do get more vocal when it comes to children).

I wanted to applaud them.

And I was proud of many of the grassroots activists.

But I didn't trust the higher ups.

Lawrence Porter and Nancy Hanover (WSWS) have a must read which opens:

Last summer, the Ford Foundation, one of the most powerful private foundations in the world, announced that it was organizing to channel $100 million to the Black Lives Movement over the next six years.

“By partnering with Borealis Philanthropy, Movement Strategy Center and Benedict Consulting to found the Black-Led Movement Fund, Ford has made six-year investments in the organizations and networks that compose the Movement for Black Lives,” according to the Ford Foundation web site. In a statement of support, Ford called for the group to grow and prosper. “We want to nurture bold experiments and help the movement build the solid foundation that will enable it to flourish.”
In the wake of the monetary commitment by the big-business foundation network, Black Lives Matter (BLM) has explicitly embraced black capitalism. It appears the group is now well positioned to cash in on the well-known #BLM Twitter hashtag. Announcing its first “big initiative for 2017,” BLM cofounder Patrisse Cullors stated that it would be partnering with the Fortune 500 New York ad agency J. Walter Thompson (JWT) to create “the biggest and most easily accessible black business database in the country.”
BLM joins the ranks of prestigious JWT clientele including HSBC Bank, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, and Shell Oil. JWT also represents the US Marine Corps. CEO Lynn Power suggested that the BLM partnership would provide the advertising firm with an opportunity to “shape culture positively.” “I am really glad that our partnership with Black Lives Matter is giving us the opportunity to play a truly active role,” she enthused.
The joint project, Backing Black Business, is a nationwide interactive map of black-owned enterprises. This virtual Google-based directory has nothing to do with opposing police violence, from which Black Lives Matter ostensibly emerged. Cullors nevertheless portrayed the venture as enabling blacks to have “somewhere for us to go and feel seen and safe,” concluding, “In these uncertain times, we need these places more than ever.”

Such developments may come as a surprise to those who embraced the sentiment that “black lives matter” because they saw it as an oppositional rebuke to the militarization of police and the disproportionate police murder of African Americans. Many did not realize that the political aims and nature of Black Lives Matter were of an entirely different nature.

I think the last section especially matters but you've got to read to the end because it builds to that.

And let me note I got some red on my neck this week.

I downloaded my first country album.  Downloaded it from Amazon.

Read Kat's "Kat's Korner: A country classic from Luke Bryan."

I downloaded before it went up, though.

I called her before it went up and she told me it was a rave and talked up several tracks.  So I said, "Okay, okay, I'm downloading!"  :D

It really is a great album.

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue but it and everything else has to be put on hold for insipid 'reporting' and commentary ("commentary" is being generous) about Jared Kushner.

Let's start with what passes for reporting.

WATCH: Jared Kushner's mission to Iraq; President Trump's adviser and son-in-law meets with Iraqi Prime Minister:
See the whole picture with ABC News.

Iraq's prime minister Hayder al-Abadi recently visited the US.  Jared Kushner was part of that visit.

Jared is President Donald Trump's son-in-law.

Iraqi politicians are distrustful of US politicians.

If you've missed it, since the start of the year former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, Ayad Allawi and (just last week) Hayder have all publicly slammed former US president Barack Obama.  They have blamed him for the current issues in Iraq.

Iraqi politicians -- the exiles -- depend upon their families even more so than the politicians who never fled Iraq.  As exiles looking over their shoulder, they trusted a small inner circle.  This included family members.

John Kerry and Hillary Clinton were Secretaries of State under Barack Obama.  The Iraqi government did not see either as consistent.  (The non-Kurds loathed Hillary.  Her rightly calling then-prime minister Nouri a thug in public did not help bridge the distance when she became Secretary of State.)

The exiles got a long better with the Secretary of Defense -- Secretaries of Defense.

Under Barack, that was Robert Gates . . .

. . . and Leon Panetta . . .

. . . and Chuck Hagel . . .

. . . and Ash Carter.

Four in eight years.

That doesn't happen in the Iraqi government.

Want to now do the US Ambassador to Iraq since Barack was sworn in back in January of 2009?

Ryan Crocker and . . .

Chris Hill and . . .

. . . James Jeffrey and . . .

Robert S. Beecroft and . . .

. . . . Stuart Jones.

Five different ambassadors in eight years -- and don't forget, Barack also tried to make Brett McGruk an ambassador but Brett's dirty dick got him into trouble.

Now Barack's left office being deemed untrustworthy by all of Iraq's leading politicians -- Shia, Sunni and Kurd.  Bully Boy Bush is celebrated by the Kurds and by Nouri al-Maliki (if Nouri was over the Nobel Peace prizes, Bully Boy Bush would win each year).

The ABC report provides nothing of the above.

But it is in this context that Jared's visiting Iraq.

And Hayder conveyed to Donald on the visit that politicians were worried about the level of the committment from the US.  (How serious Hayder was about that was evident by the statements he immediately made about the reassurances Donald gave him.)

Jared visiting Iraq was floated during a face-to-face with Donald and Hayder.

None of that made the report.

But it took me four calls to find it out.

You can argue that ABC was just attempting an overview.

48 hours into the news cycle and that's the best they can offer?

That's really sad.

More to the point, an overview would have had to have included inappropriate reactions.

This next Tweet is garbage and needs to be called out.

I really don't think sent Jared Kushner to Iraq to get rid of him. He just needed some alone time.

Your trashy mind can do whatever it wants.

But when you Tweet that crap, don't think you get a pass.

The vile suggestion being made is appalling.

And how typical that when you lack the maturity and skill to call out a policy that you attack someone's child.

It reeks of sexism and it needs to be called out.

People like that need to take a hard look at their actions.

And then there's the idiots.

Jared in Iraq? Imagine if Hillary had won and sent Chelsea to Iraq. Think what Republicans would be saying. And rightly so.

I have no idea what Republicans might say.

But I do know what some of us against the war would say:  Hillary votes for the war and her daughter finally goes to Iraq but not in a unit?

Why didn't Chelsea suit up?

The child of a president.

The child of one of the leading proponents of the Iraq War (her mother).

Why didn't Chelsea suit up?

She wants a career in politics now.

Why didn't she suit up?

Was she against the war?

Well she didn't speak out.

I guess she was just a little too rich to have to deal with reality, hmm?

And note that I took down Chelsea without ever bringing her father's well known rampant sexuality into the criticism.

Stewie probably didn't ask about those of us against the war because he knows we're on to him.  His polling -- and his conclusions -- were way off.  We have not forgotten.  He's a whore.  A well used whore.

Meanwhile, at the top of the Twitter feed (still) of Iraq's prime minister?

PM Al-Abadi receives the US CJCS Gen Dunford and his accompanying delegation

It sends a message and that's why the photo remains there.

Is it the message we want to send?

That's a debate we should have.

I'd say, "No."

I've made that point here repeatedly.

I can back my point up with Joe Biden's own words.

What can you do?

Spell "Colombia" as  "Columbia" -- not a swipe at Debra Messing for a change but at that idiot Rain Wilson who just discovered that "100s" were killed somewhere in Iraq -- he's not sure where in Iraq, or how many or when but he latches onto Iraq to try to make a political point because for Rain Wilson Iraq is nothing but a prop.

You are vapid and should stop pretending you have anything to offer.

You don't.

You're idiots who refuse to do the work required.  So stop dragging Iraq into your b.s. nonsense.

The Iraq War has dragged on for 14 years now and you're still too uninformed, too stupid, to have an opinion?

Seriously, hide your ignorance, don't flaunt it.

Iraq has many problems.

What did the RAND Corporation identify as the biggest fault line several years ago?


provincial council voted on to have a referendum to join the KRG or stay under central government.

The festering issue of Kirkuk has led to skirmishes between KRG forces and the Baghdad-based government's forces.

Is it about to be resolved?


Other issues of real importance that the world should be paying attention to?

Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr staged a stunning protest two weekends ago.

He did not do one last weekend.

Because he was not out in public -- as a result of death threats that alarmed even his security people.

IMPORTANT Sadr issued orders preventing his military wing members "peace brigades" from running in provincial & parliamentary elections

There are real issues here.

The tawdry and sexist Tweets don't 'cover' Iraq or deal with any reality.

You look like whiny bitches who carp about everything.  You destroy your own credibility.

Kat's "Kat's Korner: A country classic from Luke Bryan" went up last night.  New content at THIRD (which finally went up last night):

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