Tuesday, April 25, 2017


The 'resistance.'

What a joke they are.

C.I. and I were on a phone call with a friend who is (a) stuck up, (b) uninformed and (c) painful.

I'd dump her were it just me but C.I. is loathe to ever dump a friend.

So Chatty was talking about how 'the resistance' was accomplishing this and that.

She gets all her 'news' from Rachel Maddow and John Oliver.

Her stupidity is amazing.

I thought of her when I saw this Tweet:

Put another way, the two main themes of the anti-Trump "resistance" have been utter fantasies.

Chatty's convinced that Russia 'hacked' our elections.

Chatty knows this because of Oliver and Maddow.

Chatty knows nothing.

She is always screaming about the anti-vaccine crowd.

Which is why C.I. no longer invites her to autistic events.  C.I takes no sides in the autism debate.

She tries to respect everyone's opinion.

So I bring that up.

When she admits there is no proof that the Russians hacked the election but she just knows it.

I bring up the vaccine people.

She hits the roof.

But that's what she sounds like.

Actually, she sounds worse.

The anti-vaccine crowd at least did their own work.

Chatty got fed her beliefs.

(For the record, I think more research is needed on the vaccine issue.  All of my children, included Mike and my daughter, have been vaccinated.  But I do understand the fears and concerns.)

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Tuesday, April 25, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, tensions simmer between Iraq and Turkey, Chelsea Clinton toys with a political run, and much more.

Let's start with politics.

Donald Trump doesn't know where Crimea, Syria, Iraq or the White House is. This is his World Map 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

She knows where Iraq is.

She knows.

So clearly she must be Tweeting about it, right?


Scroll through day after day and find nothing.

But she thinks she's better than Donald Trump because she knows where Iraq is.

She knows where Iraq is and yet she chooses to ignore it.

March for science, march against Donald Trump, et al -- she can do that.

She just can't object to the ongoing Iraq War.

But don't worry, when she feels the need to use Iraq as a political football again, she will.

Otherwise, she doesn't give a damn.

Day after day, she doesn't give a damn.

Turkey has again bombed Iraq.

Turkey says it bombed Kurdish terrorists in Syria and Iraq but US Kurdish allies say they were hit

The Turkish government always says that -- that it killed terrorists.

Then reality comes along.

And it turns out to be, for example, farmers and sheep.

But for a news cycle or two, the Turkish government gets to pretend otherwise.

And this bombing?

Turkish strike in Iraq kills six Kurdish security forces: official

AL JAZEERA notes the Turkish government's official statement:

The targets were hit to prevent the PKK from sending "terrorists, arms, ammunition and explosives to Turkey," the statement said, adding that the operation was conducted "within the scope of the international law".

AFP adds:

Zardasht Shingali, a spokesman for the YBS [Yazidi Protection Units], said the strikes lasted three hours and hit five of his group's positions in the area.
He told AFP that the targets included a radio station, a position in the strategic Shilo Valley west of the mountain and another in the town of Sinuni, which lies at the foot of the mountain's northern flank.

Five Iraqi Peshmerga fighters killed by mistake in raid on PKK: Kurdish sources

By mistake?

There have been a lot of 'mistakes.'  And the Iraqi government has objected repeatedly to Turkey bombing Iraq.

NRT reports:

The Iraqi Parliament’s deputy speaker denounced the Turkish air raids in Sinjar saying the airstrikes have no “justification.”
“I call upon the Iraqi Foreign Ministry to summon the Turkish ambassador to condemn the attacks,” Deputy Speaker Aram Sheikh Mohammed said in a statement on Tuesday (April 25).

The deputy speaker added that air raids by the Turkish government are a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty, international agreements, as well as an agreement between neighboring countries.

That's only one statement from a government official.

Do the statements mean anything?

Some don't think so.

MFA: airstrikes in mountain is violations of Iraq's sovereignty.

  • MFA: airstrikes will not bring "Peace", will complicate and destabilize the area.

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    is that all he has to say? how about sending their (few) jets to defend Iraqi airspace?

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    It's all lip service, Iraq won't do anything to stop 🦃

    Meanwhile, the same political problems remain in Iraq, the ones that led Barack Obama to insist June 19, 2014 that the only solution to the crises was a political solution.

    Iraq will be holding elections soon.

    The vote for the IHEC came down to the wire. 252 parliament members attended. 119 not convinced 118 convinced 15 didnt voted

    On the political front in the US, Chelsea Clinton is toying with running for public office.

    Your father starved 576 thousand children in Iraq to death

    It's not "anti-American" to be opposed to AUMF & Afghanistan war. Should've protested mom's Iraq war vote & dad's sanctions that killed 500k

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