Monday, January 23, 2017

Illustrated truths

Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Another Fine Mess" went up over the weekend.


Hillary is responsible for her failure, non one else.

I appreciate your newly discovered solidarity w/ Muslim women-I just wish u had discovered it when Obama was dropping 26K bombs on them/year

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Monday, January 23, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, eastern Mosul -- turns out -- not fully liberated as claimed last week, thug Nouri al-Maliki continues to cast a shadow over Iraq, what were US State Dept employees doing in the streets of Erbil on Saturday, and much more.

Why do they lie?

Maybe to excuse away their actions and ignore their guilt.

Yet again the corporate media is pimping the lie that Iraq came together to defeat the Islamic State.

It's not defeated.

Nor do people feel that their country came together.

Iraqi army crimes لاتعليق الرساله احزنتني ولم اجد كلمات للتعبير انتم اقرئوها افضل
from here 65 Iraqi Sunni family killed by sectarian Iraqi army Airstrikes
Iraqi army crimes كانت حاضره الدنيا اعرق مدن العالم انها الموصل بعد ان دخلها مغول العصر الجيش الشيعي المجرم حولها لمدينه اشباح
Our Sunni city become a ghost city Completely destroyed by Sectarian Iraqi army

عاجل طلاب جامعه الموصل الكرام يخرجون بمظاهرات عارمه تنديدا الجيش لجامعتهم ولاعاده بنائها فورا واكمال دراستهم
Breaking University students protesting For the reconstruction of their university destroyed by sectarian Iraqi army Air strikes


The city seized by the Islamic State in June of 2014.

Early last week, the world was told eastern Mosul had been liberated.

Strange because yesterday Mostafa Abulezz and Jean-Marc Mojon (AFP) reported:

Iraqi forces on Sunday retook two areas from the Islamic State group in Mosul, sealing their control of the east bank three months into an offensive to reclaim the city.
They recaptured "Al-Milayeen neighbourhood and Al-Binaa al-Jahiz area and raised the Iraqi flag over the buildings", the military said in a statement.
"These are the last neighbourhoods of the centre of the city (on) the left bank," the statement said, referring to eastern Mosul.

They did that yesterday?

But Wednesday, January 18th, outlets reported eastern Mosul was liberated.  Here's Jim Michaels reporting for USA TODAY:

Iraq's armed forces said Wednesday they are now in full control of eastern Mosul, a key development in a bloody fight with the Islamic State to win back the country's second-largest city.
Iraqi Army Lt. Gen. Talib Shaghati, who commands the counterterrorism forces, said the achievement was a “big victory,” describing the success of the Iraqi forces as “unprecedented,” the Associated Press reported.

So that wasn't true?

Wasn't true.

And still isn't.

The eastern neighborhood of Rashidiyah still remains under control of the Islamic State.

98 days after Hayder al-Abadi launched the mission to liberate the city of Mosul, the offensive continues.

98 days after.

Look, Kenneth Roth's suddenly re-discovered Iraq.

So Trump's anti-ISIS strategy is that the US should "keep" Iraqi oil! Who thinks THAT's going to work?


Kenneth Roth rediscovers Iraq not over the execution of 31 people today.

He's not concerned about that.

Iraq has maintained one of the highest execution rates each year since the US-led invasion kicked off the Iraq War in 2003.

But that's no concern to Kenny Roth.

He's alarmed by a throw away remark by Donald.

Are we still not smart enough to turn down the constant outrage over Donald's throw away lines or his Tweets?


Waiting to object to something he actually proposes is just too much.

Got to feed that outrage machine.

And Tweeting about what Trump said is so much easier than dealing with the realities of Iraq.

Kenneth Roth has become a huge waste.  And if the coven in upper New York has their way, he will waste away this year.  Judging by the photos of him at Davos, those women may have done a successful cast.

I'm so proud of Kenny and the gang of whores who make up HRW these days.

I love the Tweet about who should and should not head the CIA based on whether or not they support mass surveillance.

You mean the mass surveillance that Barack carried out for two full terms without HRW ever condemning him for it?

for killing all those children in Libya, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza, Yemen, and bailing out the banks

Where were you when it mattered?

That's right, no where to be found.

You acted as those the killing was normal, when you bothered to register it.

Just like you pretend nothing happened in Erbil this weekend.

For those who don't know, a number of US State Dept employees took to the streets of Erbil to protest US President Donald Trump.

People ought to be terminated for that.

There are rules when you work for the government.

They are paid by the US tax payer and they are limited in what they can and cannot do as government employees.

But they ignored that and they didn't care about the message they were sending, US government employees protesting the US President on foreign soil.

There's no excuse for their actions.

Nor is there any excuse for the US press not covering what took place or how offensive it was.

But if they'd told the truth during Nouri al-Maliki's second term (or the truth about how he got that term), the Islamic State would never have taken hold in Iraq.

Mohamed Mostafa (IRAQI NEWS) reports:

Kurdistan Region’s President Masud Barzani threatened on Monday to declare the independence of the autonomous region from Iraq if Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki returns to the leadership of the government.
“The moment Maliki assumes cabinet chairmanship, I will declare the independence of Kurdistan without consulting anybody. No matter what happens. I am not staying in an Iraq ruled by al-Maliki,” he was quoted as telling Asharq al-Awsat newspaper on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Barzani said the Iraqi parliament’s decision in September 2016 to withdraw confidence from former finance minister Husihar Zebari, a Kurd, was designed to return Maliki to cabinet leadership and to impede incumbent premier Haider al-Abadi.

US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard offers this common sense Tweet.

isn’t a partisan idea, it’s common sense. Let’s do this together. Join me →

Had the US government possessed that common sense with regards to Iraq, there would have been arming Iraq in the last eight years.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Roberta Flack

Betty asks, "Aren't we all sick of fake ass Alyssa Milano?"

I answer, "Yes, we are."

She posts three videos in one day, while claiming to be pro-woman, and all are of male vocalists?

As Betty wrote, Alyssa clearly doesn't believe women can produce music.

At THE COMMON ILLS, that would never happen.

C.I. realizes that we create the canon.

We have that power.

We can merely repeat the excessive male choices or we can use our voices and spaces to promote women.

Alyssa doesn't care about that because she doesn't care about women.

She's just a hacktress who can't really act and who's not smart enough to be political (something she should inform her mouth and fingers of) and she does real damage with all of her nonsense.

She harms women and girls with every stupid Tweet she publishes.

Women can and do make music.

I'll focus on only one of the greats.

Here's Roberta Flack doing the Beatles "Let It Be" in the early seventies.

Roberta's most recent album is 2012's LET IT BE ROBERTA: ROBERTA FLACK SINGS THE BEATLES.

roberta flack


Kat reviewed it here.

It's an incredible album.

Roberta, a Grammy winner, sings, plays the piano and also produces.

Yes, Alyssa Milano, women can make music.

Here's Roberta performing her classic hit "Killing Me Softly With His Song."

Here's Roberta performing the number one hit she sang, wrote and produced "Feel Like Making Love."

Lastly, here's Roberta performing "Oasis."

I did four videos, unlike Alyssa's three, because "Oasis" is one of my all time favorite Roberta songs.

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Friday, January 20, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue in Iraq but, faded celebs from a time gone by, insist that the real tragedy is here in the US as the country prepares for the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Today, Barack Obama passes the presidential baton to Donald Trump.

Places where they ain't thanking Obama: Flint Somalia Yemen Syria Libya Iraq Afghanistan Honduras Haiti Etc.......

Maybe Elton John can warble his "dead blondes" song (nod to Keith Richards) live over the internet to console The Cult of St. Barack.

Because Barack is leaving.

And if you doubt that, Antonia Juhasz has suddenly re-discovered Iraq.

For years, she's avoided it -- like the fake ass that she is.

Just another hostage to the Democratic Party, unable to speak for what's important.

How did she find Iraq?

With 'veterans' that mean old John McCain wouldn't meet with.

Did they have a meeting scheduled?


Are they his constituents?


Did they bother to make themselves presentable for a meet-up?

Some did.  A few guys wore suits.

Some needed to shave or trim their beards.

One woman in particular needed schooling on the dangers of clown make up in broad daylight.

But they showed up.

To cause trouble.

This is the same group of veterans who showed up at the RNC 2008 convention to disrupt and to make John McCain look bad.

(After getting punked by Barack at the DNC convention.)

So they've got no appointment, they're not his constituents and the last time they were around they were trying to ensure his defeat in the presidential election.

McCain would meet with them why?

They want headlines and they've certainly become the focus of Antonia's Twitter feed but then it's all partisan politics which is all cheap whores like Antonia can offer.

Remember how we wrongly took her seriously?

She produced that bad, plodding book. It was so poorly written, we took it for sincerity.

Why would a non-writer try writing for so many pages unless they were sincere?

Well if they're a former Democratic Party operative apparently their spots don't change.

There's  a 'resistance' in the country, and Anotonia wants to lead it.

Which is a sure sign that it'll go nowhere.

Need another sign?

Hollywood millionaire celebrities lead rally in NY. (Yawn)

I'll leave Alec out of it (I know and like Alec) but what a buffet of losers.

Mark thought he could elect Hillary by promising to go nude in his next film.

Apparently, he forgot that his nudity in IN THE CUT didn't help the box office.  Or that he's many years older now.

(And I believe he also flashed the goods in XX/XY.)

Michael Moore?  He looks more like Paula Poundstone every year.

A community member, an Iraqi refugee, e-mailed on the LA protest.  Jane Fonda will be there.  The member writes, "So she'll speak out against words hurting us but not bullets and bombs?"

That's right.

'Activist' Jane promised not to be silent on the Iraq War and then fell silent.

She, like the rest of the losers above, couldn't speak out against the ongoing Iraq War throughout the last eight years, or the illegal spying Barack was conducting, or the attack on Libya, or . . .

But someone they don't like is becoming president and they're going to stage photo ops and try to get their tired names back in the news.

Sally needs the work.  She's not Aunt Mae anymore (and never should have been -- it's "Aunt" Mae, not Great Grandma Mae) and MY NAME IS CLITORIS flopped because she couldn't keep her stupid politics out of promoting the film (although the film was poor to begin with -- no woman near retirement in this country would be encouraged to quit her job and go out and look for another when she has no skill set to speak of).  Sally needs to jump start her career.

Julianne Moore has no career.  Fiery supporting performances never led to stardom.

She couldn't carry a film 20 years ago and she still can't today.

Because of her politics, the Academy gave her an award for a so-so performance in a film no one will remember.  As she searches for roles in the streaming service world, even she knows she's a never-was.  She's Jeanne Crain with less camera appeal -- and for any who just said "who?" -- exactly.

So here they come, the same crowd that tried to tell American how to vote.

All they did was alienate a lot of people.

Adults know how to vote.

It's one thing to say, "I'm proud of Hillary and I'm voting for her.''

It's another to try to shame someone into voting for your political crush.

And now, in utter stupidity,they show up as Donald is being sworn in, to protest . . .


Because he's going to do things that demand protest.

And by upping the outrage factor with protests before he's even president, all these idiots are doing is making sure many Americans will tune out when actual protest for actual actions take place.

Way to go idiots.

And let's go back to those vets.

Because I'm thinking about Sally Field's Emmy acceptance speech and how she pretended to care about Iraq -- then lost all interest in it as Barack came into office.

And I'm realizing how many years ago that was.

I look at a number of the veterans protesting as young people.

They're not.

They've been out of Iraq for at least ten years now.

This Tweet provides perspective on the long, long ongoing Iraq War:

The Iraq War in 2003 can clearly remember every Teacher in School talking about it and I was only 5 at the time.

So as they protest McCain, I'm left to wonder, where the hell have they been as Barack's sent more US troops into Iraq, as Barack's bombed Iraq daily since August 2014?

Where the hell have they been?

I didn't start Iraq Veterans Against the War -- they did.

So I guess, in a John Kerry-like way -- they were against the war before they were for it?

And all of the above, where is their cry to stop the paranoia and fear of Russia?

The Russian government has not been proven to have done anything.

There is no evidence that it hacked the election or anything else.

Now I know Jane fell to the floor in Russia when Roger Vadim took her there and she had a panic attack because she was consumed by the Cold War fears.

Why in the world wouldn't she speak out now as idiotic Temple Prostitutes for Hillary try to restart The Cold War?

These losers want to pretend life was great the last 8 years when it truly was not.

Compare what the new pres. will (supposedly) do to the US to what the old one(s) did to Iraq and Afghanistan.


But they were silent because they were members of The Cult of St. Barack.

They moved on to become Temple Prostitutes for Hillary.

And they still damage the world.

Is it one of the planks of to demand provocative deployments of US troops on or near Russia's border?

Rachel Maddow is disgusting.

And it appears Hillary Clinton's legacy will be not just to be known as a loser but also to have re-started The Cold War.

If that happens, Hillary can rest assured that she will be ripped apart in history books.

The ridiculous person who couldn't concede an election and who allowed her supporters to whip up hysteria against another country because princess was too lazy to campaign.

I get tired of pointing out everything and wish others would.

But Bully Boy Bush was mocked by many -- I mocked him -- for his 2000 campaign and how he had to be home every night to sleep in his own bed as the campaigning wore on.

What a spoiled brat, right?

Well one reason Hillary was so ineffective on the campaign trail is she wasn't doing enough campaign events because, like BBB, she had to be home in her own bed.

She was lazy, she was corrupt.

All these idiots with their protests refuse to face reality.

Hillary refused to have an inspector general reviewing her.  In her entire term as Secretary of State, she had no IG.

This is a pattern with her.

That's why she did the private e-mail server.

That's why she deleted e-mails.

That's why she and others in her department stonewalled Congress throughout the end of 2011 and the start of 2012 in hearing after hearing.

Hillary will not allow for oversight.

And this is who you defend?

You don't take to the streets to defend the Iraqi people but a corrupt and whorish woman who claims she's devoted her life to public service -- while raking in millions and millions of dollars -- and who has cheered on every war she could is who you want to defend?

Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) reports:

The Obama Administration has made a habit of dramatically underreporting civilian deaths in its assorted military operations around the world, but took things to a whole new level in what will presumably be their last such document, claiming only one civilian killed all year in US drone strikes “worldwide.”
[. . .]
The most recent incident was in mid-December, when a US drone participating in Iraq’s invasion of the city of Mosul destroyed a house full of civilians, killing a family of nine. These of course are all just a fraction of the hundreds of civilians killed in US airstrikes over the course of 2016, but in many cases it remains uncertain if the strike was a drone or a manned aircraft, and similar systematic under-reporting of deaths by Centcom makes such determinations all but impossible.

The Iraqi people live in a war zone.

A US created war zone, please remember.

It is the height of indulgence and narcissism for Americans to focus on the 'tragedy' of a person being sworn in as president while ignoring the very real suffering in the world.

And for those who just can't get it through their skulls, take some advice from Aretha.

Get some pride and a deeper love and stop wallowing.

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