I am really enjoying watching Ana Kasparian self-destruct in public. It's almost as funny as the '00s when she regularly stuffed her bra before going on camera.
"TV: Moments of Wonder" (Ava and C.I., THE THIRD ESTATE SUNDAY REVIEW):
Again, we wonder.
We wonder about Ana Kasparian. Specifically, why JACOBIN continues its association with her?
At the start of the year the 'star' of THE YOUNG TURKS used her JACOBIN podcast to launch a loud, nasty, shrieking attack on Katie Halper for daring to draw attention to Ana's extended down with a War Hawk.
That's Ana pictured with her spirit lover Mad Maddie Albright. Ana chose to play footsie with War Criminal Maddie and yet is so sensitive when people point out how wrong that was.
JACOBIN, for those who don't know, promotes itself as "socialist." WSWS would beg to differ and, on that, we agree with them 100%. (We agree with them on many things but not on everything.) If you're thinking, "I'm familiar with IN THESE TIMES, THE PROGRESSIVE, THE NATION, etc, but this JACOBIN . . ."
The weirdly pronounced outlet is new-ish. It's basically the US SOCIALIST WORKER renamed. That outlet imploded due to massive internal racism and sexism. There were rumors and charges of abuse and harassment and it became so toxic we can't imagine anyone putting it on their resume for at least another ten years. In it's puddle, JACOBIN emerges.
If you're thinking, "You two really hate JACOBIN," you're wrong. We don't kiss ass. And we don't fluff. Don't mistake that for hate. What we do hate about JACOBIN is that they pimp for the Democratic Party at election time. We think if you're a voting age adult reading a publication pitching itself as "socialist," you don't really need anyone telling you how to vote. We think a lot of outlets on the left are forgetting themselves and mistaking their readership for a cult that will follow orders.
JACOBIN has many things going for it of the positive nature and they include some very passionate writers. We'd call the addition of David Sirota a positive.
But then there's Ana.
March 21, 1973, criminal John Dean told criminal and then-president Richard Nixon, "I think that there's no doubt about the seriousness of the problem we've got. We have a cancer within -- close to the presidency, that's growing. It's growing daily. It's compounding."
For JACOBIN, Ana is both their cancer and their nasty Dick but who will be their John Dean?.
Because she really needs to go.
She has been attacking Jimmy Dore and Aaron Mate for months now. We haven't weighed in once. They're big boys and they can take care of themselves.. No, Glen (Rodney) King, we can't all get along. And we don't have to. And a critique or a slam comes with the territory.
Ourselves? We're not slamming Glenn Greenwald or Naomi Wolf these days. Both are getting a lot of slams. Both are trying to deal with serious issues. Whatever problems we may have with either in the future or have had in the past? They're trying to do real work as opposed to offering empty chatter on MSNBC. We'll stand with them against attacks.
And we're not upset that Ana's got a smart mouth and a nasty attitude. That puts her in the category of pig -- which is where easily half the men on YOUTUBE being 'political' land.
But we noted back during the attack on Katie Halper and Brihana Joy Gray that Ana was hurting JACOBIN's brand and shouldn't have pulled that stunt on a JACOBIN program.
What she's done lately she's pulled on THE YOUNG TURKS.
But it was so offensive, she should have been pulled from JACOBIN for it.
Screeching and hollering, the pig snarled "F**k you" to a non-present Aaron Mate and raised one of her hooves to flip him the bird. All of this was done in defense of . . . herself. While others worry about war and famine, Ana gets outraged over the top results from Googling her own name.
Who exactly did she think would find that 'performance art' attractive?
We don't watch RING OF FIRE because Farron Cousins pulls out that toxic masculinity.
And, yes, boys and girls, women can possess toxic masculinity as well and, yes, boys and girls, Ana does.
As we noted in June of 2017:
The 'independent' film scene today isn't independent and is really just a farm for the studios to make their low budget dramas even cheaper than they used to.
That which stands out is either beaten down or co-opted.
Ellen Barkin's Smurf does that with her children and her grandson J (Finn Cole). She's drugging her son Pope, for example. She pulls the strings. If she can't, she's plotting to take her own children down.
Of all the masculinity on display in ANIMAL KINGDOM, the most toxic is that exhibited by the matriarch Smurf.
We don't think Ana's currently exhibiting the most toxic masculinity -- Cenk is one of the fools riding ahead of her -- but, yes, she is exhibiting toxic masculinity. It's that trait, in fact, that let her take part in TYT all these years where overgrown (and overfed) men tried to pretend they were young boys and that frat boy mentality was the norm.
We wish Ana's attack on Katie and Bri had registered more. Independent outlets have privately expressed agreement with us that Ana went to far and JACOBIN needed to replace her. But Ana's attack on Aaron Mate has registered. Because he's a man? Maybe. Maybe when a woman attacks two women some just see it as a cat fight. Her attack on Aaron is not seen that way. Aaron is seen as a journalist because that's what he is. And journalists aren't attacking Aaron. Partisans are, but journalists aren't. We heard from reporters and editors for THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST, THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE and THE MIAMI HERALD as well as from two producers and one anchor for CNN and ABC. Ana's little stunt, her explosion, was noticed by the corporate press. This is not the time for JACOBIN to be associated with or linked to her.
So we wonder why she's still at JACOBIN and why her cozy love-fest with Mad Maddie wasn't enough to get her hall pass pulled?
Ana's a nightmare. People are finally starting to really notice and pay attention. Excue me while I go grab the popcorn.
"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Wednesday, June 16, 2021. What progress can the Iraqi government claim and look at Ana Kasparian pretending she's a sister who's been harassed.
Yesterday, the Government of Iraq Tweeted:
And how do you think those briefings go?
Our economy is still oil-based and we are in danger of being left behind should other countries seriously commit to renewable energy. Part of the reason we fail repeatedly to attract foreign investment that would allow us to diversify our economy is due to our well known rampant corruption throughout the government. The other part? People are scared to do business with us. Arresting and imprisoning Australian Robert Pether is not helping us there. We have provided no real reason to the world for his arrest. We have made no serious moves to hold a trial. It appears to the world as though we just arrested him to either force better terms on our existing contract or to void the contract. When we resort to kidnapping foreign business persons and throwing them in jail, we get a bad image on the stage?
Think it goes like that?
Yesterday, DessyMac Tweeted:
Think they brought up Chatham House's paper, presented tomorrow, about Iraq's "politically sanctioned corruption"?
When they got around to the issue of security, did it go something like this?
Iraq continues to maintain a standing army. Though we have brought the various militias into the military -- guaranteeing a salary for them -- they continue to refuse to recognize the Prime Minister as the Commander and Chief of the military. At the end of last month, when thug leader Qasim Muslah was arrested, his co-horts responded with threats, they stormed Baghdad and they encircled the Prime Minister's compound.
Mina al-Oraibi Tweeted earlier this month:
Adam Tweeted the following:
Where's the progress that they can note at any weekly meeting? Just not feeling it.
We're due to hold elections in October. We still don't have basic laws in place though, like how to guarantee security during the election process. We have, however, disqualified over 135 people from running for Parliament. We've done little to ensure that Iraq's who have had to leave the country will be able to vote and, honestly, we don't much care about that. We're really eager that we might be able to just not hold elections since Joe Biden is now US President. Remember 2010? We held elections in March of that year. Nouri al-Maliki refused to step down despite losing. For over eight months, the government came to a standstill until Joe Biden, then Vice President, oversaw The Erbil Agreement -- a contract that overthrew the election results and just gave Nouri a second term? We're hoping he does something similar this year but sooner and before we have to hold elections and pay all the costs that will entail.
Over the weekend, THE NATIONAL offered:
Mr Al Kadhimi faces an uphill struggle reining in militias linked to powerful political parties backed by Iran, who gain funds from the Iraqi state and have infiltrated government ministries and the security forces.
These groups, including militias within the state-sanctioned Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), have been working to implement Tehran’s foreign policy in Iraq. These include the ousting of US and other foreign coalition forces invited by the Iraqi government to help fight ISIS.
Iran-backed PMF groups also stand accused of killing hundreds of Iraqi protesters who are demanding an end to Iranian-influence, corruption and poor services
Mr Al Kadhimi’s attempts to hold the groups to account have often stumbled.
In June 2020 the prime minister was pressured to release 14 members of the Kataib Hezbollah militia who were accused of attempting to fire rockets at foreign forces stationed within Baghdad international airport, and had been arrested at the scene by the state's Counter Terrorism Service.
Last week, the Iraqi Higher Judicial Council ordered the release of a PMF commander, Qassem Musleh, who was accused of murdering an activist and running protection rackets.
Militias are using murder and intimidation to force Mr Al Kadhimi into a corner and preserve their powerful role in the Iraqi state.
On June 7, the campaign to undermine his government took a more ominous turn when Col Nebras Shaban, an officer in the intelligence services, was shot dead near his home.
Mustafa al-Kadhimi has been prime minister since May 7, 2020. As noted earlier, elections are expected to be held this coming October in Iraq. A month or a couple of months from now, they may have a prime minister. (2010 holds their longest record for the time between elections and announcing a prime minister-designate -- 2010 saw the process take over eight months due to the political stalemate). Mustafa has not accomplished much.
His inability to protect the activists or to hold their murderers accountable has led some to say that they will be boycotting the upcoming elections. Mustafa had a chance to turn it around earlier this month when he ordered the arrest of a militia thug but then the man was released without a trial.
Can he win over the activists -- and the many Iraqis who support the activists -- before the elections take place? Who knows but Sura Ali (RUDAW) reported:
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi met on Saturday
in Nasiriyah with protestors and the families of a number of activists
who were killed in the October (Tishreen) 2019 movement, stating
violence against activists comes as part of a “battle the state is
waging against corruption.”
Kadhimi’s media office said the PM met the mother of protestor Omar Sadoun, one of dozens who were killed in the so-called Nasiriyah Massacre that occurred on November 28, 2019, one day after demonstrators torched the Iranian consulate.
He also met with the family of Anas Malik, who died earlier in June of this year from wounds he sustained in the massacre two years ago.
In addition, Kadhimi met the mother of a prominent Nasiriyah activist, Sajjad al-Iraqi, who disappeared on the evening of September 20, 2020, after being kidnapped by unknown gunmen.
"The absence of activists and the assault on them comes as part of a battle waged by the state against corruption and devastation and the expansion of corrupt abusers…..the youth chose their place in the trench of confrontation with these people from the moment they went out to protest for Iraq," Kadhimi said.
Upcoming elections already carry a great deal of back door negotiating. For example, Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr already entered a conditional agreement with Mustafa regarding possible partnership and now Moqtada's attempting to seal a similar agreement with the Kurds. Of elections in Iraq, Guy Burton (INTERNATIONAL POLICY DIGEST) observes:
There the connection between leaders and society has become weaker. Despite the presence of many political parties and electoral competition, many voters feel disconnected from the political process. The negotiations which take place to form governments after elections provide little space for the public while Iraq’s post-2003 governments have been perceived as distant and unrepresentative. That contributed to growing frustrations in society in relation to the lack of economic opportunities and income, poor public services, and growing public insecurity and disorder. This culminated in an outburst of protests during 2019 and 2020. As a result, when Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi came to power last year, he proposed to bring elections forward.
On the topic of upcoming elections in Iraq, Xofran el-Radi (JNHA WOMEN'S NEWS AGENCY) reports:
Women were removed from all fields, from politics to social life, from art to economy for centuries. But women have reentered these fields after struggling for their rights all around the world. One of these fields is politics. Women have been struggling to be effective in this field. Women have been removed from this field in many countries. In many countries, women have been actively working in this field by participating in politics with the gender quota system.
In a world where women are murdered, subjected to violence, and to all kinds of injustice, women’s participation in politics is very important. Women’s participation in politics means that more laws will be enacted on issues such as violence against women, femicide, sexual abuse, suspicious deaths of women, and punishment of perpetrators. Last year, the Baghdadi government decided to hold a snap election and announced that the Iraqi parliamentary elections would be held on June 6 but were delayed as the Independent High Electoral Commission asked for more time to organize the elections. Iraqi women activists and members of the media have been carrying out awareness campaigns for the upcoming elections.
Women deal with real issue every day and around the world. So I'm just not in the mood for bitches. I'm less and less in the mood for bitches. In fact, see February's "DUMB BITCHES or SISTERHOOD IS NO EXCUSE FOR PRAISING A BAD BOOK.''
Feminism is not your excuse for doing a sorry ass job. Feminism is not a cloak that protects you from criticism.
I'm referring to the hideous Ana Kasparian who suffers from toxic masculinity but is now trying to cry and moan that she's been harassed by Jimmy Dore. It was years ago but poor Ana didn't have the strength to speak up until now. Shudder, cry, sniffle, bad Jimmy, noted that her skirt was so short you could see her thong! Oh the horror, oh the outrage. It was like, Ana needs you to know, being raped.
So many ways to reply. First off, dumb bitch, we aren't as stupid as you hope we are.
Bulls**t. Thats the call to your claim. You wore an outfit that was inappropriate. Not the first time. You wore it in the workplace.
Ana, you dress like a slut. That assessment came from one of your co-workers years ago. I've never spoken to Jimmy Dore, I don't know him. But I am friends with a woman you worked with. And you were an embarrassment. "Slutting around"? I use that term from time and that friend -- I'm sure you know which woman I'm talking about -- taught me that term and applied it to you.
You came in day after day, while she and other women were trying to get a toe-in at TYT and you'd be dressing like a slut, "goodies on display," as she said and flirting with men, hanging all over them.
That's you, Ana.
And you be you. But don't turn around and whine that someone made a joke about your outfit.
It was a pattern with you.
And it's not sexism. It's you not knowing how to dress appropriately in the work place and not knowing how to keep your hands off men -- including Cenk.
Long before I could even put a face to your lousy name, I knew all about you. And that was based on the opinion of women, actual feminists, who knew you and who worked with you.
Jimmy made a joke about your inappropriate outfit. Get over yourself.
And stop pretending you're a feminist. Your work demonstrates that you are not.
Women deal with real issues every day and you and TYT ignore that. You offer smutty grabage not real issues and you do nothing for women so just drop the pretense.
Jimmy, a comedian, made a joke. Get over yourself.
ADDED at 1:32 PM 6/16/21: And, Ana, your use of the term "f*g" not so long ago in the work place is also well known by people who worked with you -- as are your 'jokes' that speak of homophobia, so keep pulling at that strand and see where it lands you.
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