Thursday, February 08, 2018

The Russia Scare just got even nuttier


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BULLY BOY BUSH HAS SLITHERED OUT FROM UNDER HIS ROCK TO DECLARE THAT THE RUSSIA SCARE IS BASED ON REALITY AND TRUTHS.

REACHED FOR COMMENT, CRANKY CLINTON TOLD THESE REPORTERS, "EVERYONE SHOULD LISTEN BECAUSE IT'S BULLY BOY BUSH!  I BELIEVE HIM!  JUST LIKE I BELIEVED HIM ABOUT IRAQ BEING INVOLVED IN 9/11 AND HAVING WMDS!"



FROM THE TCI WIRE:




Remember all that talk of changed mission for forces remaining in Iraq?

It's not as safe as they made it sound, is it?



Iraqi forces, backed by a US-led coalition, advanced in a major operation against Islamic State group jihadists hiding out in a northeastern desert region

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A USMC M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank, assigned to 1st Platoon, Alpha Co. 2nd Tank Battalion, provides security along the Iraqi/Syrian border south of Husaybuh, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.





Again, not the way the US press has been spinning.  Imagine that.

And US war planes continue combat missions (dropping bombs) over Iraq.



: warplanes bombed a house full of civilians near the Syrian Iraqi border. Many civilians including children were killed

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The Iraq War continues.  Next month is the 15th anniversary.




My son was an infant when we went to war with Afghanistan and 3 when I deployed to Iraq. More than 16 years later, veterans like myself are facing the possibility of sending our children to fight in the same wars we engaged in.





15 years and still no talk of pulling all US troops out of Iraq.

A "drawdown," yes.  That means some troops out (to go to Afghanistan) -- not all.  And the request is for those to be replaced by NATO troops.

Nothing really changes.

The fakers just keep faking.



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"Hillary loves her some predators"
"THIS JUST IN! CRANKY RESPONDS IT'S ALL ABOUT HER ALWAYS!"








Saturday, January 27, 2018

Hillary loves her some predators

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THE EVER CRANKY CLINTON TOOK TIME OUT FROM SH**TING IN THE WOODS TO SPEAK TO THESE REPORTERS ABOUT HER LATEST ENABLING OF A PREDATOR.

"EXCUSE ME, BUT I WAS BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING," CRANKY BARKED AT THESE REPORTERS BETWEEN TAKING BITES OF A LIVE PARROT THAT LOOKED A GREAT DEAL LIKE TWEETY BIRD.  "THAT'S A LOT MORE IMPORTANT THAN SOME TOOTSIE IN A PUSH UP BRA FEELING LIKE SHE'S BEING HARASSED.  BEING HARASSED?  SHE SHOULD HOPE TO BE HARASSED ON MY BEHALF.  I'M ALL ABOUT ME-ISM, NOT FEMINISM.  ME FIRST.  ME ALWAYS.  ME FOREVER."

AS FOR THE FACT THAT THE MAN SHE COVERED UP FOR IN 2008, HER FAITH ADVISOR BURNS STRIDER AND HE CONTINUED TO HARASS WOMEN AS LATE AS 2016.

CRANKY REMAINS DEFENSIVE ABOUT THE ISSUE AND INSISTS, "I NEVER SAID 'I'M WITH YOU,' THE SLOGAN WAS 'I'M WITH HER.'  THAT'S ME.  HILLARY CLINTON.  ME.  YOU WERE WITH ME.  I WAS NOT WITH YOU.  SO IF A FEW LITTLE BIMBOS GOT HURT ALONG THE WAY, TOO BAD.  THIS WAS ALL ABOUT ME!"

FROM THE TCI WIRE:


Abd al-Falah al-Sudani is said to be in Iraqi custody.   al-Sudani served in Nouri al-Maliki's Cabinet of Ministers from 2006 through 2009.  He was brought down by corruption charges.  As Minister of Trade, he first tried to pin the corruption in the ministry on underlings.  When that wasn't good enough and after the Parliament gave him a vote of no-confidence (stripping him of his immunity) he tried to flee the country in May of 2009.

May 30, 2009, Mohammad Tafeeq (CNN) reported:

Abdul Falah al-Sudani was aboard a flight to Dubai from Baghdad International Airport when police contacted the pilot and told him to fly back to the airport, Sabah al-Saedi, chairman of Iraq's parliamentary integrity committee told CNN. Al-Sudani -- arrested on a warrant issued in Samawa on Saturday -- was seized after the plane landed, al-Saedi said.


AP reports, "The fight against corruption is emerging as a major issue in Iraq, with many Iraqis convinced that graft and government mismanagement are nearly as a great a threat to the country as armed insurgency."

Excuse me, AP reported -- reported that back in May of 2009.

It's a cute little game the Iraqi government plays -- regardless of who heads it -- this interest in preventing corruption.

al-Sudani is a member of Dawa, the political party of both former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and the current prime minister Hayder al-Abadi.  Whenever an election is approaching, suddenly Iraq's prime ministers care about corruption.  In May of 2009, elections were supposed to take place later that fall.  They were pushed back when the election law could not be approved in time -- this was due to then-Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi using his power to veto the bill due to the vast number of Sunni refugees that would not be allowed to vote under the proposal.  Sunni refugees will again be denied the vote if elections are held this May but apparently no one wants to stand up and defend them.

The arrest of al-Sudani received a great deal of press attention.

Dropping back to May 30, 2009's "al-Sudani arrested:"



Questioning the minister of trade was a real big and new event for Iraqis who used to see the corrupt officials always abroad. During the last two week, the story of corruption was the main story of all Iraqis. The corruption in the Iraqi governmental departments dominated the conversations of all Iraqis. Some Iraqis started giving suggestions and solutions about fighting corruption.

Writes an Iraqi correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers in "One good but small step" (Inside Iraq).

Abed Falah al-Sudani

The Trade Minister Abed Falah al-Sudani resigned earlier this week in order to avoid charges brought by Parliament. Liz Sly (Los Angeles Times) reports that didn't quite work out the way he planned as al-Sudani attempted to leave Iraq by plane but the plane was ordered back "mid-flight":


When the plane landed at Baghdad's airport, Abdul Falah Sudani, the country's trade minister until he was forced to resign last week, was promptly arrested.
Sudani is charged with procuring substandard foodstuffs for Iraq's food-ration program, but the allegations against his ministry go beyond that. Omar Abdul Sattar, a member of the Iraqi parliament's anti-corruption committee, said the sums stolen could amount to "hundreds of millions of dollars."


Sly notes that in 2006, the Electricity Minister made it out of Iraq, from a jail cell in fact, and moved on to Chicago. Rather amazing when you consider how difficult it is and was for Iraqi refugees to make it to the US. BBC adds of today's arrest: "Officials said Abdul Falah Sudani had been on a flight to the United Arab Emirates which was asked to turn back to Baghdad so he could be arrested." Nada Barkri (Washington Post) reports:

The arrest warrant accuses Sudani, a 62-year-old dual British-Iraqi national, of stealing public money and mismanaging the ministry by importing expired foods and employing his relatives, including two brothers.
Authorities have issued hundreds of arrest warrants this year, 51 of which are against senior officials, as disenchantment grows over widespread and brazen corruption thought to run into the billions of dollars. Sabah al-Sudani, the minister's brother, was arrested this month in southern Iraq after being caught with $150,000, $50,000 of which he tried to use to bribe a policeman to let him go. The other brother, Majid al-Sudani, remains at large.
Sudani's resignation came two days before he appeared before parliament to answer questions about corruption in his ministry. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki waited until after the questioning to accept the resignation.


Strangely, or really not so strange, when he escaped from the country later, it received far less attention.  Just as the Minister of Electricity had 'escaped' in 2006 (following the 2005 elections), al-Sudani 'escaped' following the 2010 elections.

It's a big pretense, this fakery.

Hayder al-Abadi has had years to address corruption and has nothing to show for it but, elections are coming up, so he puts on a show.

Does that sound cynical?

Well Hayder's now in campaign mode.

But he wasn't in September.

And it was September 10, 2017 when al-Sudani was apprehended in Beirut.

A return then would have been lost while ISIS held major areas in Iraq.

But now, with elections due to be held in less than four months, al-Sudani's return to Iraqi custody is news and news that Hayder will attempt to use as evidence that he fights corruption.

Today, ALSUMARIA notes that Iraqi authorities went to Beirut and retrieved him this week.

Again, for show.



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"THIS JUST IN! LORETTA LYNCH POOPS ON LADY JUSTICE!"

Friday, January 26, 2018

Loretta Lynch thinks she's fair

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FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH IS COMING UNDER CRITICISM FOR CLEARING HILLARY CLINTON BEFORE THE F.B.I. HAD COMPLETED THE INVESTIGATION OR EVEN SPOKEN TO HILLARY.

REACHED FOR COMMENT BY THESE REPORTERS, LYNCH RESPONDED, "WHAT?  THAT'S NOT NORMAL?  I THOUGHT IT WAS NORMAL.  WHEN I SPOKE WITH BILL CLINTON ABOUT THIS ON THE PLANE, WE BOTH AGREED IT WAS NORMAL.  IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME TO BE NORMAL.  OR AT LEAST TO APPEAR NORMAL -- AND INNOCENT."


FROM THE TCI WIRE:


This week BLACK AGENDA RADIO shared a speech by Margaret Kimberley discussing the permanent war and the lack of resistance to war from the so-called 'Resistance.'





Let's dive into Iraq.

Yesterday afternoon REUTERS published an embarrassing article.  It opens:


Iraqi authorities on Thursday took into custody a former trade minister convicted in absentia for corruption cases, following his extradition from Lebanon, Iraq’s corruption watchdog said in a statement. 


Yes, that is the story we covered yesterday morning -- before REUTERS.

We didn't have to wait for 'authorities' to issue 'a statement.'

Don't know when that became necessary to report on something.

They also fail to note that this ex-Minister of Trade September apprehension is unusual in that he's only released to Iraq in time for Hayder al-Abadi to use it as election propaganda.


They re-wrote a government release.

Somehow that passed for reporting.

They didn't even get his history correct.

At least they can say they covered it.  That's more than any other western outlet has done.


Mina Aldroubi (THE NATIONAL) does a better job covering the story.

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"The real horrible"
"THIS JUST IN! GOD SHOWS HIM A HORRIBLE EXISTENCE!"






Friday, January 19, 2018

The real horrible

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TURNS  OUT IN 2016 FRANK WUCO WENT ON THE RADIO AND MADE A NUMBER OF COMMENTS INCLUDING DUBBING THE LIVES TRANSGENDER PERSONS LEAD "A HORRIBLE EXISTENCE."


APPARENTY, GOD WAS NOT AMUSED AND DECIDED TO MAKE FRANK THE SENIOR ADVISER AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.

"HORRIBLE EXISTENCE?"  ASKED GOD OF THESE REPORTERS.  "I FIGURED I'D PUT HIM IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SO HE COULD FIGURE OUT WHAT A HORRIBLE EXISTENCE TRULY IS."



FROM THE TCI WIRE:


He also forgets the issue of the ages of the displaced.


REUTERS reports:

About half the 2.6 million people displaced in Iraq after a three-year war with Islamic State militants are children and persisting violence hampers efforts to ease their suffering, the United Nations said on Friday.

While the Baghdad government last month declared victory over Islamic State after wresting back almost all the territory IS seized in 2014, persistent bombing and shooting attacks make it difficult to rebuild the lives of displaced people, according to UNICEF, the U.N. children's agency.
"We believe that as a result of the conflict, a lack of investment over the years, and the poverty ... that there are 4 million children now in need across Iraq," said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF chief representative in the country.


Not really a success for Hayder, no matter how he spins it.

B-b-b-ut at least he vanquished ISIS, right?

Uh . . . no.

From the US Defense Dept this morning:





Strikes in Iraq
There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Jan. 18, 17 and 14.
On Jan. 16 near Rutbah in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets, destroying three ISIS underground facilities and a generator.
On Jan. 15 near Rutbah in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets, destroying two ISIS weapons caches.
On Jan. 13 near Mosul in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets, destroying an ISIS tunnel.
On Jan. 12 near Tuz in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of three engagements against an ISIS tactical unit.

Yes, the US continues to bomb Iraq.


It says it's targeting ISIS.

That sort of contradicts Hayder's boasts of triumph.

As does the continued violence.  WORLD BULLETIN reports, "At least three civilians were killed Friday in two separate bombings in Iraq’s Baghdad and Diyala provinces, according to local security sources."  And the death toll has now climbed to four with at least two people left injured.


'Success'?  Does that also include the continued targeting of civilians by Hayder's militias?




and have seen widespread violations against Kurds since the military takeover of the disputed areas by the Iraqi army and Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias in mid-October.










The more time passes, the less impressive he comes off.

Which is why he wants the elections to be held in May and not postponed.

On the elections, MIDDLE EAST MONITOR reports:


The Iraqi parliament has failed to set a new date for the upcoming legislative elections, Iraqi media sources reported yesterday.
Media sources quoted Members of the Parliament (MPs) as saying that yesterday’s session was devoted to a secret ballot on holding the elections on either 12 May, the date that was announced by the Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, or in early December 2018.
During the session, Kurds and Shiites MPs both stressed the importance of holding elections on time, while Sunnis argued that it should be delayed.
Of the 260 MPs in attendance, 149 suggested a secret vote on the matter, but Shiite MPs objected, arguing it was illegal.
Parliament speaker Salim Al-Jabouri, a Sunni, decided at the end of yesterday’s session to postpone the voting session to next Saturday, after the “secret voting to delay the elections failed.”


If elections are going to take place in May, this vote needs to happen soon.  In the past, three months has been used as the minimum required to prepare for elections.  Electronic voting -- if paper ballots are indeed out the window in Iraq as some insist -- will not mean less time required since there will need to be training and planning to utilize those.


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