Saturday, April 01, 2017


No offense but NETFLIX is my least favorite 'TV channel.'

There's so little worth watching.

I did like IRON FIST but it's like waiting for SENSE8 -- you wait and wait forever for something to watch.

So my daughter saw DOLLHOUSE and watched it today.

I had seen several episodes of the show.

Major problems with the show but here's the NEFTLIX problem -- why do they only have season two?

You binge watch a two season show by watching only the second season?

The show was offensive.

It didn't have to be.

It could have had Victor go with male clients, for example.

Could have had him programmed to please them and wear skimpy outfits.

But instead, the women in the cast were eye candy while the men rarely were.

(When Victor is used by the older woman in charge, remember, he's allowed to say he's in love with someone else and walk away with only his shirt unbuttoned.)

NETFLIX makes no sense to me.

It offers so little of value despite constantly adding to its 'product.'

But why you would serve up only one season of a show cancelled years ago is beyond me.

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):

Friday, March 31, 2017.  Chaos and violence continues as Michael Gordon and THE NEW YORK TIMES sling their ass to work it for death merchants.

Judith Miller lost her job at THE NEW YORK TIMES over her Iraq War stenography.  Her frequent co-writer Michael Gordon kept his.

A reminder of the damage control the government stenographer can still perform appears on A6 of today's NEW YORK TIMES.

What is the big news?

The massacre of civilians in Mosul, apparently killed in a US air strike.

So the government rolls down the window at Gordo's street corner and guess who walks over?

The money shot?

"New ISIS Tactic: Gather Mosul's Civilians, Then Lure an Airstrike."

In other words?

Those hundreds of civilians killed?

They had it coming.

Shouldn't have gone out that late at night, shouldn't have worn those tight clothes, they were begging for it.

No where in the ravings of the aging prostitute do issues like international law appear.

Not once does he note that, even if his assertion is true, it doesn't not excuse dropping bombs on civilians.

Silly US government, they sent a disease ridden whore to do a clean up thinking the American people would believe Michael Gordon.

Gordo, of course, offers no dissenting view.

And, for the record, he has no eye witnesses.

Iraqis would be the one to talk to -- residents of Mosul.

But when has THE NEW YORK TIMES ever been interested in the Iraqi civilains?

When they sold the war?

When the re-sold it to keep it going?

yeah, so maybe you guys close up shop. I'm sure the people of Iraq wouldn't mind you scumbags

The Iraqi people are not numbers.

They live, they breathe, they dream just like anyone else.

Yet the paper of (mis)record has repeatedly rendered them invisible.

Gordo continues that long and disgraceful tradition today.

Not everyone is unable to speak to the victims.

Heartbreaking: speaks with survivors of the attacks that left dozens dead and others injured

Meanwhile, THE ARMY TIMES reports, "About 600 soldiers from the 1st Armored Division will deploy later this year to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army announced Wednesday.  Of those, about 400 soldiers belong to the 1st Armored Division headquarters at Fort Bliss, Texas. They are scheduled to deploy this summer to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve."  Corey Dickstein (STARS & STRIPES) adds, "Both deployments are rotations of regular troops replacing units currently deployed, according to the Army. Therefore, they do not represent an increase in American forces in either country, an Army spokesman said."  On the topic of troops, W.J. Hennigan (LOS ANGELES TIMES) reports:

Even as the U.S. military takes on a greater role in the warfare in Iraq and Syria, the Trump administration has stopped disclosing significant information about the size and nature of the U.S. commitment, including the number of U.S. troops deployed in either country.
Earlier this month, the Pentagon quietly dispatched 400 Marines to northern Syria to operate artillery in support of Syrian militias that are cooperating in the fight against Islamic State, according to U.S. officials. That was the first use of U.S. Marines in that country since its long civil war began.
In Iraq, nearly 300 Army paratroopers were deployed recently to help the Iraqi military in their six-month assault on the city of Mosul, according to U.S. officials.

It's day 165 of The Mosul Slog.

How's that working out?

map update. Green= completely liberated. Orange= frontline clashes. White= control

That's a visual showing the Islamic State still controls a great deal of land.

Still controls it 165 days after the operation to 'liberate' Mosul started.

And how's that 'liberation' going?

: IOM urgently requires $76.3 million, of which $28.83 million is desperately needed 2 care 4 IDPs in next 12wks.

UN chief urges greater solidarity with displaced: via

In N Iraq, calls for greater support for all those displaced by the fighting in Mosul.

IRAQ: Displace Iraqi Families from Western Mosul.

Doesn't look like liberation, does it?

Doesn't sound like it either as described by Molly Hennessy-Fiske (LOS ANGELES TIMES):

They camp on muddy corners, beside an abandoned mosque and in the rain-soaked ruins of a soccer stadium — families displaced by ongoing fighting in Mosul are filling emergency camps in this smaller city about 20 miles south.
Disabled boys arrived in wheelchairs one day last week, and elderly men limped in on metal braces and canes.

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    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Give me a break

    I don't watch FOX NEWS.

    I don't watch Bill O'Reilly.

    The only time I've ever seen him on TV would be when he's a guest on THE VIEW and I stopped watching that long ago.

    So I'm not so I'm not some O'Reilly fan.

    But come on, Michael J. Saintono (COUNTERPUNCH) is offering nonsense:

    During an appearance on Fox & Friends, Host Bill O’Reilly claimed he had difficulty focusing on a speech being given by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) because of her “James Brown wig.”
    The overtly sexist and racist comment wasn’t an anomaly, but a continued trend in Bill O’Reilly’s ideology and personal politics making an off-script appearance. He apologized for the comment, but only in response to the backlash and criticism to the comment, as Fox News Host Ainsely Earnhardt defended Waters and told O’Reilly he shouldn’t attack a woman based on her appearance.

    You shouldn't attack a woman based on her appearance?

    That sounds like sexism to me.

    You can attack a man on his appearance?

    We've gotten way too crazy.

    Reality: If you're in public life, you are going to be commented on.

    That includes your looks.

    It's not O'Reilly's fault that 70 plus Maxine wears an ugly wig.

    That's not her hair.

    White people, chill, that's not her hair.

    Take it from a Black woman, that's not Maxine's hair.

    I don't see anything racist in his comments.

    Is a comparison to James Brown racism?

    I like James Brown.

    I even like James Brown's hair (when he was alive).

    It was his rebellion in a way -- he couldn't do natural.

    But James' hair on Maxine's head?

    It's kind of funny.

    It's not sexism and it's not racism.

    Give me a break already.


    "Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
    Thursday, March 30, 2017.  Chaos and violence continues, the UN Secretary-General visits Iraq, a War Hawk flutters and frets that the US military in Iraq might be drawndown or -- gasp! -- withdrawn, and much more.

    AP reports 15 people are dead and another forty-five injured as a result of a Baghdad suicide truck bombing last night.

    As the violence continues, the United Nations Secretary-General arrived in Iraq.

    Just arrived in Iraq to focus on the dire humanitarian situation on the ground. Protection of civilians must be the absolute priority.

    He arrives as Iraq is in the midst of a major refugee crisis:

    UN News Centre: How is UNHCR handling the large displacement resulting from the current crisis in Iraq?

    António Guterres: We immediately started by supporting the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in northern Iraq, providing tents, blankets and other relief items for the first response for the people that were coming. Now, with our other UN colleagues and NGOs, [we are] working with the KRG in a more organised way in reception centres, in the camps that are being established, and supporting families all over the region. We are doing our best so they get the assistance they are entitled to and that the necessary protection mechanisms are put in place. Of course, the situation is more complex in and around Baghdad, where there is an environment of high insecurity. But we have kept a small team in Baghdad in order to be able to do everything we can to support the people that are suffering so much.

    UN News Centre: What is the biggest challenge at the moment?

    António Guterres: I think the big challenge is the fighting itself. We are facing an enormous risk in Iraq for the stability of the country and obviously there is no humanitarian solution for this problem; the solution is always political. We humanitarians can do no more than to support people in distress. What we need is to stop the dramatic situations that are now proliferating all over the world.

    Oh, wait.

    That's Guterres speaking in 2014.

    Amazing how little has changed.

    But that's part of the story as well -- even if it's not being reported on -- don't worry, we'll get to it.

    For now, PRESS TV notes, "Guterres is scheduled to meet top Iraqi officials, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi before heading to Arbil, the capital of the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region." AFP adds, "After his arrival in Baghdad, Guterres met President Fuad Masum, parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi and Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari."

    Guterres arrives on day 164 of The Mosul Slog.

    For American audiences, AP tries to reset the time clock (it doesn't do the same for foreign audiences).  Rather interesting -- apparently, they think American news consumers can't handle the truth and are also so dumb that they won't notice that the clock's being reset.

    It's 164 days.

    And look at the concerned Paul D. Shinkman of US NEWS & WORLD REPORTS -- and apparently PROPAGANDA as well:

    The Trump administration has indicated it plans to largely abdicate a U.S. role in Iraq's political future, despite the certainty that driving the Islamic State group from its remaining stronghold in Mosul – months, if not weeks, away – starts the clock on a dangerous new era for a country on the verge of fracturing along rival warring factions.

    The prospect of a reduced U.S. role leaves a vacuum in crafting a long-term political solution to reassemble Iraq. Chief among the concerns is that the country's religious and ethnic populations – minority Sunni Muslims who felt victimized by the central government in Baghdad and now fear retribution, ethnic Kurds certain to seek independence for their semiautonomous region, and a majority Shiite population thought to be under the sway of Iran – will turn on each other without a common enemy to unite their efforts.

    According to Shinkman, grab the Greek worry beads, Donald Trump is going to "abdicate" -- oh, no.

    Here's the thing, Shinkman's a damn liar.

    There have been people concerned about the political situation in Iraq.

    I know because -- check the archives -- I'm one of them.

    We have laid out the roots for this conflict for years now.

    We have talked about the need for diplomacy.

    We have gone over and over how delivering F-16s with no demand of political reconciliation within Iraq was stupidity.

    We've talked about the diplomatic toolbox.

    We've rightly called Barack Obama out for bombing Iraq since August 2014 and sending even more US troops into the country without offering a diplomatic surge because, if ISIS ever is gone, something else will quickly replace it.

    For over two years, Barack did nothing.

    Secretary of State John Kerry thought he was Secretary of Defense and spent too much time playing general to do his job.

    This is all appalling but it's even more appalling when you grasp that June 19, 2014, Barack himself said the only answer was a political solution.

    But the US refused to use the diplomatic toolbox to create such a solution.

    Now comes Paul Shinkman suddenly concerned.

    He's not concerned.

    Paul is part of the war think tank Center for a New American Security -- an affiliation that should preclude him from being presented as anything other than biased -- every column he writes should have a disclaimer at the top.

    For those who don't know that organization, it was cofounded by Michele Flournoy -- a woman so addicted to war and violence that even Barack wouldn't appoint her Secretary of Defense though everyone thought she had a lock on the job at one point.  (She only made it up to Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.)

    War boy Paul suddenly raises the political issue and he's doing it because he wants the military angle in Iraq.  He's lying to justify further war.

    Today, Speaker of Parliament Salim al-Jubouri has declared to the UN Secretary-General that Iraq needs a Marshall Plan to rebuild.

    Such a plan would cost millions -- probably billions.

    There's your maneuver.

    You insist upon meaningful changes as a condition on funding.

    I'm assuming this would be done at the UN level.

    European countries -- France most visibly -- have long mocked Barack for his no-strings approach to diplomacy with Iraq.

    European countries would be on board with this.

    This is a tool that can be used.

    That Paul Shinkman doesn't note these type of tools is because he doesn't care about a political solution within Iraq.

    He's only tossing that out now because he's afraid that the US will 'walk away' militarily from Iraq and human filth like Paul can't stand for any war to end.

    XINHUA notes:

    The UN chief's visit came as the Iraqi security forces are fighting to dislodge the extremist Islamic State (IS) militants from their last major stronghold in Mosul.
    The troops have been fighting street by street and house by house to recapture the Mosul's old city center, but they were slowed by the heavy resistance of IS militants and the presence of some 500,000 people living in the old houses with narrow alleys.

       The fierce battles in the western side of Mosul caused heavy casualties among civilians who were either caught by cross-fire or by airstrikes and shelling.

    The British newspaper "theguardian":The International coalition has launched "5000"bombs on the neighborhoods in...

    RT reports:

    The debris of destroyed houses, schools and hospitals have turned Iraq’s second largest city into an urban graveyard after the US-led coalition and Iraqi government forces launched the offensive in October to liberate the city.
    With explosions and gunfire heard in the distance, RT's crew saw US-led coalition jets heading to and from Mosul every 5–10 minutes on Tuesday night. They also witnessed an Iraqi helicopter launching missiles at IS targets on Wednesday and heard chilling stories of how Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists continue to use civilians as human shields during airstrikes.
    But instead of organizing humanitarian corridors for civilian to leave the city, the Iraqi government, as noted in the Amnesty International report earlier this week, has been urging Mosul residents to stay inside. Unfortunately for many of them, the perceived safety of their homes became their graves, as Iraqi and US forces continue to target their houses.
    “When we were in our home, it was hit by a shell. We went to my parent’s house, and it was hit by a rocket. Wherever we went, we’d be bombed. I heard an airstrike destroyed our home,” one woman with a child told RT.

    That's the reality of 'liberation' for Mosul.

    As it was for Falluja and Ramadi before.

    That's The Mosul Slog.

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