Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Put your woke self back to sleep already

SHE (THINKS) SHE KNOWS offers some garbage that opens: 

It’s no secret that after a woman welcomes a new baby, there’s a lot of pressure in her to try and return to her pre-baby body. From diets and exercise plans to “transformation” photos, there are so many mixed messages women get about the joy of having a child and the immediate scrutiny over how they look post-delivery. And while celebrity social media accounts can be a refreshing, unfiltered look at how even famous people endure the same day-to-day struggles we do, those same posts can also influence how some women compare themselves to others — for the worse. In the case of David Foster’s latest Instagram photo of wife Katharine McPhee’s bikini body less than a year after welcoming their first child together, this celebrity couple’s foray into an already charged topic has really rubbed us the wrong way.

If you want to gossip, gossip.  We all do. 

But people took to David Foster's page to tell him that he was wrong about what the praise he gave his wife.  Grasp that. 

Grasp also that we can talk all the smack we want to each other -- and should -- but people thought they had a right to get offended and 'correct' him about how to talk to the woman he loves.

His crime?  "What baby" posted beneath the photos.  And people who don't know him at all posting comments like 'I get what you're saying but that's really not what you should say.'

Excuse me?

Are you in bed with them?  

For all you know, Katharine McPhee stands in front of the mirror, looking at herself and announcing, "What baby!"  It could be a private joke between them.

Again, talk about it to your friends, write online, "I can't believe that he said that!"  But that's completely different from telling him that he's wrong and that's not how you talk to a woman.  He's married to her, I'd assume he knows somewhat how to talk to her.  I mean, he knew how to propose to her, right?

I just don't get this nonsense.  A lot of 'woke' is not about being woke, it's about using something else to be a buttinsky.  

It reminds me of Michelle Wolf's routine on otters.

And here it is in text in case streaming doesn't work for you.

It seems like… It seems like over the past couple of years, we’ve developed this amazing ability to get mad at anyone for any reason. Like, I saw otters in real life, which was very exciting for me. I love otters, big fan. So, I post about it on Instagram, ’cause that’s how you prove that life happens. And then this woman responds to me. She was like, “You know, I used to love otters too…” “…but then my husband told me that otters rape baby seals. I just thought you should know. Be better.” Okay. Uh, couple things. What’s going on with your marriage? How is that where you’re at conversationally? He wanted to ruin otters for you. He had to look up that fact. It’s true, by the way. But he had to look that up. That’s not something they’re just giving away on Planet Earth. He had to do a deep dive. Much like that otter did into the seal. No, don’t you start groaning already! But, also, she told me this ’cause she thought she knew me. She’s like, “I’m a fan of yours, and you’re a comedian, which must mean you’re a good person.” “So I know once you hear this fact about otters, you will change your tune. You’ll be on the right side of history. You definitely won’t use this in a bit.” “Otters rape baby seals. I thought you should know.” You don’t know me! Maybe that’s why I like otters. Maybe I think seals have been getting away with too much for too long.

Also, whatever you do, you gotta stop saying “rape.” These are animals. No animals are asking for consent. What kind of weird, fairy tale animal sex happens in your head? How do you think your Labradoodle was made? Aww! Did you think a Lab just fell in love with a poodle? That they saw each other from across a field and thought, “Let’s make hypoallergenic puppies”? Some breeder was like, “A happy accident, love wins.” There are two ways you’re getting a Labradoodle. Either some dog breeder jerked off a Lab, and then shoved that jizz into a poodle, or it was puppy rape. You can choose whichever one makes you feel better about life, but it was definitely one of those two. This wasn’t Lady and the Tramp, this was two dogs, one cup. And for the otters, if you want to say rape, all right, how do you know? Did you talk to the seal? Did you get a statement? For all you know, the seal could have been up on a rock and been like, “Hey, otter, want to make a new animal?” And, yeah, an otter-seal hybrid? The cutest animal in the world? I will hold the seal down. And you only care ’cause seals are cute. If I was up here being like, “Otters rape rats,” you’d be like, “Good, ’bout time.”

You don’t have to have a stance on everything. You can just like some things. It’s okay. You can find bad information about everything out there. You can look it up on your phone that was made by a child. And you can find bad information about every single thing out there, but you’ll make yourself miserable. You’re too woke, go back to sleep a little. It’s not like I was posting pictures of Kim Jong-un, being like, “He seems like a fun guy.” Which, if you only look at pictures of Kim Jong-un, he does seem like a fun guy.

We can’t wait to hate people. We can’t wait to have them canceled, and because of that, we get mad before we get logical. Like, me liking otters could have very easily turned into, “Michelle Wolf loves rape.” And, sure, I have a fantasy, but I don’t love that I have it.

Michelle Wolf is very funny.

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):

Tuesday, December 28, 2021.  Reults are certified in IRaq even if the western press can't get the results right or cover the Baghdad protest.

Desmond Tutu has passed away.

The world leader lived his life making a difference.  

He fought against apartheid, he stood for Palestinian rights, he advocated for LGBTQ rights, he advocated for the environment.  Time and again, he was a voice who spoke out when many were silent.

In February 2004, 11 months after the Iraq War started, CNN reported:

Saying the United States and Britain must regain international credibility, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged George Bush and Tony Blair to admit they made a mistake in launching an "immoral war" in Iraq.

The world is a less safe place than before, the church leader said.

"How wonderful if politicians could bring themselves to admit they are only fallible human creatures, and not God, and thus by definition can make mistakes," Tutu said in a speech in London on Monday.

"Weak and insecure people hardly ever say, 'Sorry.' It is large-hearted and courageous people who are not diminished by saying, 'I made a mistake.'

President Bush and Mr Blair would recover considerable credibility and respect if they were able to say, 'Yes, we made a mistake,'" he said.

The nobel laureate criticized the leaders for justifying the war by saying it was necessary to oust Saddam Hussein, rhetoric that has intensified since no weapons of mass destruction had been found. 


Eight years later, CNN reported:

  South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said Sunday that Tony Blair and George W. Bush should be “made to answer” at the International Criminal Court for their actions around the Iraq war.

Writing in an op-ed published by The Observer newspaper, the Nobel laureate accused the former leaders of the United Kingdom and the United States of fabricating a motive to invade Iraq, namely that it possessed weapons of mass destruction, and said that they had acted like “playground bullies.”

“The immorality of the United States and Great Britain’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003, premised on the lie that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, has destabilised and polarised the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history,” wrote Tutu. “In a consistent world, those responsible for this suffering and loss of life should be treading the same path as some of their African and Asian peers who have been made to answer for their actions in the Hague.”   

I met Desmond Tutu many times over the years.  Once, in Los Angeles, I remember U2 being present.  

Lead singer and celebrity Bono, of course, died years ago.  The soulless husk that wanders around now is an embarrassment and a poser.  Why did their last album, SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, flopped so badly.  Of THE BILLBOARD 200 album chart in ten weeks, music listners appalled that, without asking, they'd been 'gifted' with digital copies of the album.  The band's never recovered all these years later.

Desmond lived his life in truth, Bono lived one lie after another.  By ACHTUNG BABY, he was openly cheating on his wife and yet people looked the other way for Saint Bono.  (The gal for the night was selected among the women who crashed that days sound check.)  This looking away only encouraged him and he'd refuse to speak out against the Iraq War.  The poser who pretended to be about people and against war wouldn't speak out against the Iraq War and, to this day, has not.

That's becuase he was cock-knocking buddies with Bully Boy Bush.

That's his buddy, that's his roll dog, a War Criminal.

And no one had any use for Bono anymore.  His santimonous stances were not only prickly, they were exposed as hollow.

By the time he left his 'beloved' Ireland to live in the US -- to avoid paying taxes in his own country, the world knew the real Bono.

To this day, Bono plants open mouthed kisses on Bully Boy Bush.  May he end up Buly's Eva Braun when the two both end up in hell together.

Desmond Tutu lived a life that mattered.  A lot of people used him as a prop and for photo ops to improve their own images but time will out and hucksters like Bono always get exposed.

raq's Supreme Court has ratified the results of October's parliamentary election, dealing a blow to Iran-backed factions who have staged protests against the outcome of the vote.

The results pave the way for Moqtada al-Sadr -- a firebrand cleric opposed to both Iranian and US influence in Iraq -- to decide the fate of the current prime minister, Mostafa al-Kadhimi, who is backed by the United States.
Sadr's party, the Sadrist Movement, was the election's biggest victor, winning 73 of the country's 329 seats. Iraq's Tehran-backed parliamentary bloc lost more than half of their seats -- winning just 17, down from 48. 

LIE!  Stupid idots or lying whores?  We'll assume they're ignorant but feel free to drop a rwenty ont he dresser for each of them.

The KDP, the party of the Barzani family in Kurdistan is a political party.  Moqtada's bloc or alliance is not a party.  

Moqtada al-Sadr's party did not get the most.  His political alliance did.  If you're too stupid to grasp the difference, maybe you shouldn't be reporting on Iraq -- or anything else.

Moqtada's party got   

CNN needs to correct the lying.  But, even more important, stop the 'kingmaker' nonsense.  The election was months ago.  And in all that time, Moqtada's not been able to build a coalition -- in fact, former prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki has done a much better job than Moqtada of trying to reach out to other blocs and parties.  

Sinar Mahmoud (THE NATIONAL) words it correctly:

The Sadrist bloc, a political group sponsored by populist Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr, emerged as the clear winner with 73 seats in the 329-seat parliament. The Taqadum party, one of two main Sunni political groups, and led by former parliament speaker Mohammed Al Halbousi, followed with 37 seats. Former prime minister Nouri Al Maliki’s State of Law bloc came third with 33 seats.

Mr Al Sadr’s main rival, the Iran-backed Fatah Alliance, won only 17 seats, compared with 45 in 2018.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) won 31 seats, while the Kurdistan Alliance led by the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party won only 17 seats.

Last week, Ruwayda Tweeted:

Nuri al-Maliki is in Erbil and given a warm reception, despite accusing Kurdish leaders of harbouring extremists in the past, cutting off the region’s budget when he was a PM, and to add a bit of cream to this pie, he said Erbil is a base for Baathists and terrorists. #Kurdistan

And Mustafa Saadoon Tweeted:

A delegation from the "Coordination Shiite framework" arrives to Erbil. The delegation headed by Nuri al-Maliki. There is now a meeting between Maliki and Masoud Barzani.

We could offer many more photos of Nouri reaching out but we can't of Moqtada.  Fat boy apparently is too busy eating to maintain his plush figure.  Even those in his bloc are ticked off by Moqtada and his lazy ass.

But, hey, US tax dollars went to Moqtada in August (to get him to proclaim he would be particiapting in the elections) so NYT and other US outlets are comfortable lying.

Many on Arabic social media are outraged.  And protests took place in Baghdad, protests the western media largely ignored.  PRENSA LATINA did report on the protests:

The demonstrations coincided with appeals filed by the head of the Al-Fatah (Conquest) alliance, Hadi Al-Amiri, one of the coalitions that lost more than 30 seats for the next legislature.

Most of the streets in Baghdad were blocked by burning tires and other objects, while troops were deployed to keep the flow of vehicles.

Those opposed to the electoral results sought a correction to the decisions of the Electoral Commission, whom they accuse of manipulating the votes. 

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