Monday, April 27, 2015

Stalker comes back to CBS tonight




Stalker returns to CBS tonight

Tonight on CBS, the return of Stalker.




The one and only Maggie Q, the first Asian-American female to carry an hour long show (the classic Nikita) stars alongside Dylan McDermott -- who you know and love as Bobby on The Practice, from American Horror Story's first season and a go-for-broke funny guest appearance on Will & Grace (among many other credits but Dylan committed to his guest spot, he didn't wink at the audience, and he was a hilarious guest star as a result).





This is Mike's favorite show of the 2014 fall through 2015 spring season.


And in these remaining episodes as the season wraps up, you also get Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino.


The show made a mistake, a big one, when it debuted.

It was gross that Dylan was stalking someone.

The show runner thought it would come off "edgy."

It didn't.

But in the time since, we've learned it's his son and he and his ex are working through whatever for the good of the child.

So the 'ick' factor is gone.

If you sampled the show earlier and didn't like it or if the reviews put you off (it was a huge mistake not to reveal upfront why Dylan was watching that boy), hopefully, you'll give it another try tonight and the next two Mondays.


Maggie Q is historic for what she did.  Ava and I noted in 2013:


In the US versions, Nikita's been blonde.  In all three previous versions, Nikita's been White.  Maggie Q is bi-racial.  With a White father and a Vietnamese mother, she's Asian-American.  And carrying her own show.
August 27, 1951, The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong aired its first episode.  That DuMont Network program featured Asian-American actress and star Anna May Wong.  Wong had found fame in silent films, then moved on to talkies before pursuing the stage and overseas films. At the age of 46, she began starring in The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong which was the first TV series in the US to star an Asian-American woman.  And her character?  A spy.
Much is rightly made of African-American Kerry Washington being the star of ABC's one hour drama Scandal.  Similar attention should focus on Maggie Q's accomplishment.
Q's carried the series for three years.  She's played a vengeful and untrusting Nikita who wanted to bring down Division who managed to transform into a team leader in the second season and to someone with an ever increasing sense of right and wrong in the third season.  She's handled each evolution with skill and careful shading, forever finding new dimensions in Nikita -- the trained assassin who fights her way back to humanity.




If we say we want diversity on TV (and we should want it, it makes for more interesting stories if every character isn't exactly the same in looks, background, ethnicity, race, etc.), we need to be willing to support those programs that offer it.

Doesn't mean you have to love Stalker.

But you should at least give it a chance.

And, yes, Maggie Q, playing a completely different character, is yet again spellbinding.




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Sunday, April 26, 2015

THIS JUST IN! HE DOES RACIAL 'HUMOR'!

BULLY BOY PRESS &     CEDRIC'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL AID TABLE


FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O BROUGHT THE BITCHY SATURDAY NIGHT.

HE DID MORE THAN THAT.

WITH A SKIT MOCKING "LILY WHITE BUTTS," HE ALSO INSULTED A SIZABLE PORTION OF THE ELECTORATE.

IS IT REALLY THE JOB OF BITCH BARRY TO INSULT AMERICAN CITIZENS BASED UPON RACE?

THE MORE DESPERATE HE GETS, THE BIGGER OF BITCH HE BECOMES.



FROM THE TCI WIRE:




"What is your estimate as to the number [of ob-gyns] that are needed now and in the future compared to the number that are available?" Senator Richard Blumenthal asked this week.

He was asking a basic and important question.

But the Veterans Health Administration's Chief Consultant on Women's Health Services, Dr. Patricia Hayes, had no answer.

Make no mistake, she had a lot of words.  She attempted to say nothing in a huge amount of words -- apparently to run out the time clock.

Senator Richard Blumenthal wasn't having it and cut her off.

Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal:  Here's what I would suggest and I don't mean to interrupt you but for planning and management within the VA with regard to this specific speciality,  to be regarded as effective and competent, I would think that you could give us numbers of doctors in this speciality that are available now to meet the need, what the unmet need would require in additional numbers, and what it will be in the future?  Because you can't really tell if you're meeting the need unless you have that estimate of numbers.


There was no excuse for her non-answer.

There was no excuse for not being able to provide a hard answer, an actual figure.

She attended Tuesday's hearing knowing the sole topic was women's health.

And yet the most basic question for women's health, the practice solely devoted to women's health -- obstetrics and gynecology -- was a topic she hadn't considered.

Women veterans have been lucky to have Senator Patty Murray as a champion.  Murray treated their issues seriously before she became Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and she's considered to treat these issues seriously (she continues to serve on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee but she has gone on to leadership on other committees).

I think Senator Bernie Sanders, who replaced Murray as Chair, was a hideous leader of the Committee.

For example, when it broke that the veterans were being denied treatment, put on a secret wait list to hide this treatment, the official figures fudged, that veterans were getting sicker as they waited and that some died as a result -- when that emerged and was the dominant story in the news cycle, Bernie not only went on with his previously planned hearing on holistic (alternative) medicine but he stated at the start that he didn't want anyone to ask about this scandal because that was for another time.

Yes, Bernie, acupuncture is far more important than people dying.

That was sarcasm.

Bernie was a failure.

He refused to demand accountability from then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.  Shinseki suffered one disgrace and one scandal after another until even US President Barack Obama could see Shinseki had to go.  But up to that point, Bernie was still defending him.  (In the House, idiot Corinne was defending him the same way.)  Bernie repeatedly placed Eric Shinseki's comfort over that of veterans.

He was a failure.

Senator Johnny Isakson is now the Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

Already, he's done a better job than Bernie.

Tuesday's hearing was entitled "Fulfilling The Promise To Women Veterans."

Isakson just became Chair in January.

Do you know how many hearings Bernie's Committee held?

Counting reports from VSOs (Veterans Service Organizations), the answer is 35.

And how many of those hearings focuses solely on women?

Zero.


Retired US Army CPT Christina L. Mouradjian:  As a patient at the VA, I have received some of the best care, from some of the best doctors, however that experience is tempered by the fact that I have also received some of the worst care not only by doctors and care providers but by the system itself. For years I complained to my doctors at the VA of numerous symptoms that were summarily dismissed; I was told I was too young to have any issues, I was told the basic blood work came back normal, and the ultimate betrayal, I was told I was not really being honest. These symptoms worsened and worsened, until finally I was forced to pursue medical advice out of the VA on my own. Once my bloodwork and MRIs proved positive for Cushing’s disease and the brain tumor that caused it, the VA started to take me seriously, it’s hard to argue when you’re staring at an MRI with a big white mass in the middle of someone’s head. But the years of suffering both physically, mentally and emotionally that I had to endure in order to get someone to listen is not something I would wish on anyone, and something that should not be happening to any veteran. The road to recovery for Cushing’s patients is not easy, there are countless tests and months of observation and then the inevitable brain surgery. There are the frequent visits to Endocrinology, neurology, the ENT, the list is long. But what complicates this, is that at the VA you may never see the same doctor twice. So not only do you have to repeat your story to every specialist under the sun, you have to repeat it to a revolving door of white coats who are hearing it for the first time. Or even worse, the specialist you may need to see may have left and it may be months before a new one is found and you can get an appointment. I know this because I have lived it. While I was stationed in NYC, I had to travel to three separate VA facilities in three separate boroughs because no one facility had all the specialists I needed. For allergy treatment alone I had to travel from Brooklyn to the Bronx, sit through what could easily be over an hour in traffic and $30 in tolls, for a fifteen minute appointment. Coordination of care is essential in any system that aims to treat the whole person, and at the VA the system is counterproductive to enabling this process. Prior to my brain surgery, which the VA only did on the second Tuesday of every month, my surgery date was cancelled three separate times. So three separate times I prepped, I had family come down and take off work as I could not be left alone for the first few days of recovery, and three separate times I was told another case was more important or that they could not get all the required doctors in the same room together, or that the doctors did not have a chance to review my case yet. They would have cancelled the fourth date also had I and my family not called the patient advocate and voiced our complaints. After brain surgery there were other nightmares. The was the MRI in which the attendant, rushing because I was the last patient before she could leave for the day, did not remove the metal nodes from my body, and too weak to squeeze the panic button, because my arm was sewn to a stabilizer in order to keep the pic line in, I could do nothing but weep silently while the metal burned welts into my skin. There was the resident doctor who had not researched my disease before mourning rounds and not knowing the main symptom of Cushing’s is weight gain said he could not tell if I was presenting because I was so heavy. It’s hard to have faith in a system when you have read more on your condition then the doctors who are supposed to be treating you. Navigating the VA can be daunting, and even more so as a female veteran. The women's clinic is often well segregated from the rest of the facility. Often times you have to traverse to the basement of the hospital next to the lab to find it, and once you get there it is obvious that it is an afterthought. Perception is part of the issue. For women veterans to feel like they belong, they need to know that their care is just as important as their male counterparts. They need to trust their care providers and they need to know that their care is a priority.


Mouradjian shared her experience (which didn't end with that excerpt) to the Committee -- a Committee tha under Bernie Sanders' leadership couldn't be bothered with women's issues.


In four months of leadership, Isakson has already done more than Bernie did in two years.

So applause for that to Isakson.

And applause to Senator Richard Blumenthal who is Ranking Member on the Committee and who has emerged as another senator who, like Patty Murray, can focus on women veterans as he demonstrated in hearing already this year.

As Blumenthal observed in his opening remarks, "There are too many homeless women veterans.  There are too many women veterans in need of medical care" -- his brief opening remarks.  He entered his full opening (written statement) into the record but noted he'd rather hear from the witnesses than hear himself speak.


There were two panels and Hayes was part of the first panel.  She was accompanied by Dr. Susan McCutcheon and Royse Cloud.  The second panel was Nevada Women Veterans Advisory Committee's Dr. Anne Davis, Disabled American Veterans' Joy J. Ilem and and army veteran Christina Mouradjian.


If you're new to our coverage of VA hearings, we're generally more interested in the second panel where witnesses are honest.  The first panel is always government flunkies who seem to get promotions and raises based upon how well they refuse to answer to Congress or even how well they flat out lie to Congress -- Allison Hickey, we mean you.


While we have little desire to embrace (or endure) the Allison Hickeys of the world, we do embrace truth tellers.  While the first panel struggled to answer direct questions or provide even basic figures, the second panel was composed of three women prepared to address topics and explore possible solutions.



For perspective, we'll include this from Disabled American Veterans Joy J. Ilem opening statement:


As a service-disabled veteran, I know first-hand the challenges women face during military service and when they return home. I, like many women who served, did not understand on leaving military service the benefits and services to which I was entitled, despite the fact that I suffered an injury during my service as an Army medic while stationed at the Army 67th evacuation hospital in Wurzburg, Germany. It was not until nearly a decade after I had discharged from the military that a fellow veteran contacted me and told me about DAV. He urged me to file a VA disability claim and seek VA treatment. I resisted for months and remember asking him, "are you sure I can use the VA health care system?" I didn't think of myself as a veteran, and knew next to nothing about filing a disability claim or for which benefits I might be eligible. Today, many women who have served still do not readily self-identity as veterans. The good news is a concerted effort is being made to change this trend and ensure that women veterans are recognized for their military service and gain information about their earned benefits. The number of women serving in the military, their roles, and their exposure to combat has dramatically changed during our war years in Iraq and Afghanistan. Likewise, over the past decade we have seen a dramatic rise in the number of women seeking health care and other benefits from VA with expectations that this trend will continue. According to VA, the number of women veterans using Veterans Health Administration (VHA) services increased by 80 percent between fiscal year (FY) 2003 and FY 2012.  Currently, over 635,000 women veterans
Along with this significantly increased demand, VA experienced a shifting age demographic and inclusion of younger women veterans enrolling in VA health care, which required significant changes in both policies and clinical practice. According to VA, the number of women veteran patients under 35 years of age has increased by 120 percent between FY 2003 and FY 2013.
New providers with expertise in women’s health were needed; clinical space in many locations was insufficient to meet rising demand; and privacy and safety concerns were prevalent. VA providers suddenly needed to be knowledgeable about reproductive health services, conducting breast and gynecological examinations and becoming aware of the possibility of pregnancy when treating younger women of child-bearing age to ensure medications and recommended treatments did not pose a risk of birth defects. Many VA providers were not seeing enough women patients to be proficient in women’s health, necessitating VA to institute a mini-residency program to help clinicians refresh their knowledge and skills. All prenatal and obstetric care is referred to private providers, and mammography services are provided by non-VA providers for about 75 percent of enrolled patients through VA’s fee basis medical care program, complicating coordination of care for women veterans.
Other trends in this population that impact health policy and planning became evident as well. According to VA, more than half (57 percent) of women veterans under VA care are service disabled, some of whom are very young. These women will be eligible for lifelong VA care for their service-connected conditions. Women veterans were also presenting with unique post-deployment health care and mental health needs. More than half (57 percent) of the women who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (OEF/OIF/OND) have sought VA care following military service and have targeted health care needs, including chronic musculoskeletal pain; mental health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and substance-use disorders (SUD); genitourinary system, endocrine and metabolic disorders; and respiratory conditions. Given the greater exposure of service women to combat, the specific medical profile of this group, and women who have sustained traumatic war-related injuries, it became clear there was a need for adjustments to not only primary care services but specialized care, transition services including supportive counseling, and psychological services.


We'll note this exchange from the second panel.



Chair Johnny Isakson: You said you were not an isolated case and you referred to many other women that had similar experiences -- obviously not with Cushing's but with other complications.  Would you elaborate on that for just a moment?


Retired US Army CPT Christina L. Mouradjian: That is correct.  I know myself and several of my friends in the service have had a hard time just either accessing care or getting doctors to listen to the particular issues that are unique to them.  Particularly with mental health issues, there is often times lack of a response to women.  So just, one of the big issues is getting a female provider.  I know that a lot of the female veterans that I have served with do not necessarily feel comfortable telling their story to a male who might not be able to sympathize with what they've gone through as a woman in general.  The physical issues aside, some of the very delicate that we face as women, we're just not comfortable sharing those with a male.  So one of the biggest hurdles is just being able to get access to a provider, feeling comfortable enough to get the help they need. 

Chair Johnny Isakson:  Well that actually is the point I was going to lead up to.  One of the things we are looking at in the Veterans Choice Bill, we had two issues -- one was the forty mile rule which we have dealt with but the other was the care -- nearest the care of the veteran's needs.  And in your particular case, you had a very specialized need.  Cushing's is not a -- it is a very rare condition, is that not correct?

Retired US Army CPT Christina L. Mouradjian:  It is very rare.


Chair Johnny Isakson:  And obviously the VA wasn't prepared initially either to diagnose or to recognize it.  Is that correct?

Retired US Army CPT Christina L. Mouradjian:  That is correct. 

Chair Johnny Isakson:  But you had enough symptoms to know that something was wrong and that you needed care.  Is that correct?

Retired US Army CPT Christina L. Mouradjian:  Yes.

Chair Johnny Isakson:  Did you ever consider going for a second opinion outside of the VA or were you limited and not able to do that on your own?


Retired US Army CPT Christina L. Mouradjian:  No, I'm fortunate enough that my mother is in the medical field so I did have an advocate in my corner who had enough background to guide me so I had personal resources in my life that could verify that the treatment I was getting at the VA was actually -- after I was diagnosed -- sufficient to deal with it.  

Chair Johnny Isakson:  But without the advocate you may never have gotten that care.  Is that correct?

Retired US Army CPT Christina L. Mouradjian:  Absolutely.


Chair Johnny Isakson:  Well that is my point and I know the VA folks are staying for the rest of the hearing -- and I appreciate you'll staying.  This is a -- there's a message in this story to us. Obviously, there are things we can do to make sure that you go from lack of diagnosis or misdiagnosis to appropriate diagnosis and that there's an ombudsperson to help you along the way.  You were fortunate enough to have a mother to help you do that but a lot of our women veterans don't and I think it's important that we recognize that there ought to be some way for communication or ombudsmanship to be available to the veteran who thinks they need the service and the care.  Ms. Ilem?

Joy Ilem: I would just like to follow up.  I think that's a great idea.  I think with the cultural transformation that Secretary McDonald's trying to implement throughout the system there needs to be a specific line for women veterans to take on this role.  I know VA has lost some of their lead women veteran program managers throughout the system.  I mean, they've been critical over the years.  When I have a problem, when a woman veteran calls, and I call the women veteran health service, they're right on it.  They want to know.  They want to help.  But they have to have the staff out there of somebody leading that understands these particular issues. 






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"THIS JUST IN! YEAH, HE'S A BIT OF A BITCH!"




Saturday, April 25, 2015

THIS JUST IN! YEAH, HE'S A BIT OF A BITCH!

BULLY BOY PRESS &     CEDRIC'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL AID TABLE


WE TOLD YOU YEARS AGO THAT FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O WAS A LITTLE BITCH.

TODAY, EVEN CNN IS NOTING THAT REALITY.

Of all recent presidents, Obama has taken humor closer to the hard-to-define threshold of what is appropriate coming from the mouth of a president.
Sure, like his predecessors he usually opens with the regular ribbing of the press and his staff and greases the way for his biting attacks with self-mockery, poking fun, for example, at his penchange for teleprompters or his allergy to D.C. backslapping.
But Obama's jokes can also be daring and cut deep.







YEAH, HE'S A BIT OF A BITCH.

AND, AS THIS JUNE 18, 2008 CAPTURES PROVES, IT WAS ALWAYS THERE ON THE SURFACE FOR ANYONE TO SEE IF THEY WANTED TO.


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FROM THE TCI WIRE:






"The problem is not that David Petraeus is getting lenient treatment,  The problem is that lenient treatment is only available to people in high places."

That's the ACLU's Ben Wizner quoted in Tasnim today on the issue of disgraced David Petraues, once know as General Betrayus.  (Wally and Cedric came up with that name for their joint humor posts and then MoveOn later ran with it in a serious manner and shocked and offended many.)

Petraues was once the top US commander in Iraq and later the director of the CIA.

We met Petraeus via non-stop e-mails early on,  one missive after another objecting to the portrayl of him here in verbal narrative I'd written or in a comic feature Isaiah had drawn.  As whine after whine, objection over objection arrived at the public e-mail account, you had to marvel over the man's self-obsession, over his never-ending devotion to how he was seen.


Well you're where you should be all the time
And when you're not you're with
Some underworld spy or the wife of a close friend
Wife of a close friend and 
You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain
I bet you think this song is about you
Don't you, don't you, don't you
-- "You're So Vain," written by Carly Simon, first appears on her No Secrets album


In the end, that vanity was his undoing.


 Brad Knickerbocker (Christian Science Monitor) notes that "retired four-star US Army general and former CIA director David Petraeus appeared in a federal court in North Carolina Thursday to learn his punishment for having provided highly classified documents to his biographer, with whom he was having an adulterous affair."

If he acted out of love, it was self-love.

An attempt to ensure his mistress painted him in the most flattering light.

Jim Bradley and Jenna Deery (WSCO TV -- link is text and video) note "he was sentenced to two years probation and the judge instituted a $100,000 fine,"

His ego fat and full, Petraues showed no remorse after the judge sentenced him.  Theodore Schleifer (CNN) quotes him declaring outside the courthouse, "Today marks the end of a two-and-a-half year ordeal.  I now look forward to moving on with the next phase of my life."

Oh, the melodrama.

As journalist Dorothy Kilgallen once observed of Joan Crawford's Flamingo Road character, "A wrong girl for the right side of the tracks and the question never arose that she would cross over those tracks but how she would do it."


And you picture David slinging  his mink stole over one shoulder, head tossed back as he stalks into a national security briefing on the arm of his dashing escort US President Barack Obama.


Because that's what he more or less does.

Disgraced or not, he's still briefing Barack.

He still has access to classified information.

Zachary Cohen (CNN) reported at the end of last month:




Former CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus remains a trusted adviser to the White House on its strategy in Iraq, despite being convicted of leaking classified information to his mistress and biographer, then lying to the FBI.

The National Security Council and Obama administration have been consulting with Petraeus on matters related to Iraq and ISIS, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed on Monday. 



Kid gloves treatment and entrusted by the White House?


Whistle-blowers Chelsea Manning and Ed Snowden aren't rewarded with similar treatment.

The US government, it turns out, is very understanding and forgiving of classified information being leaked when its done in service of your own stature and star power, the way Petraeus did.

But when you leak to inform the public of illegal crimes in the US, the way Ed Snowden did, or of crimes carried out in Iraq, the way Chelsea Manning did, when you leak to perform a public service, the US government rages and fumes and shows no mercy.



 Monday April 5, 2010, WikiLeaks released  military video of a July 12, 2007 assault in Iraq. 12 people were killed in the assault including two Reuters journalists Namie Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh. Monday June 7, 2010, the US military announced that they had arrested Chelsea  Manning who stood accused of being the leaker of the video. Leila Fadel (Washington Post) reported in August 2010 that Manning had been charged -- "two charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The first encompasses four counts of violating Army regulations by transferring classified information to his personal computer between November and May and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system. The second comprises eight counts of violating federal laws governing the handling of classified information." In March, 2011, David S. Cloud (Los Angeles Times) reported that the military has added 22 additional counts to the charges including one that could be seen as "aiding the enemy" which could result in the death penalty if convicted. The Article 32 hearing took place in December. At the start of this year, there was an Article 32 hearing and, February 3rd, it was announced that the government would be moving forward with a court-martial. The court-martial was supposed to begin before the November 2012 election but it was postponed until after the election so that Barack wouldn't have to run on a record of his actual actions.  Independent.ie adds, "A court martial is set to be held in June at Ford Meade in Maryland, with supporters treating him as a hero, but opponents describing him as a traitor."  February 28th, Manning admitted leaking to WikiLeaks.  And why.


Bradley Manning:   In attempting to conduct counter-terrorism or CT and counter-insurgency COIN operations we became obsessed with capturing and killing human targets on lists and not being suspicious of and avoiding cooperation with our Host Nation partners, and ignoring the second and third order effects of accomplishing short-term goals and missions. I believe that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information contained within the CIDNE-I and CIDNE-A tables this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general as [missed word] as it related to Iraq and Afghanistan.
I also believed the detailed analysis of the data over a long period of time by different sectors of society might cause society to reevaluate the need or even the desire to even to engage in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations that ignore the complex dynamics of the people living in the effected environment everyday.


If only Chelsea had leaked to be portrayed better in a self-serving biography, maybe she too could walk free?

Instead, she's been sentenced to 35 years.

And Ed Snowden, who exposed the US government's continued (and illegal) spying on American citizens?  Ed remains in Russia and continues to be threatened with prosecution should he return to the United States.


Break the law to feed your monumental ego and the US government will look the other way, do it to inform the people of what's really going on and the US government will attempt to destroy you.


The unequal 'justice' handed out did not go unnoticed:














  • Chelsea Manning, hero, 35 yrs for exposing human rights violations; Gen. Petraeus liar, no time for sharing US Top Secrets with girlfriend.


















  • Petraeus gets a 2-year probation for leaking national security secrets to a lover, but Chelsea Manning is still in prison?


















  • Why isn't David Petraeus sharing a jail cell with Chelsea Manning?











































  • : BREAKING: Ex-CIA chief Petraeus gets 2 years' probation, fine for sharing military secrets with mistress.”



  • Again, as Ben Wizner observed, "The problem is not that David Petraeus is getting lenient treatment,  The problem is that lenient treatment is only available to people in high places."






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  • Thursday, April 23, 2015

    THIS JUST IN! DRONES MEAN NEVER HAVING TO SAY YOU'RE SORRY!

    BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL AID TABLE


    FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O IS SORRY.

    HE SAYS HE IS SAWHY.


    FOR KILLING 2 HOSTAGES.

    IT HAPPENED IN JANUARY.

    HE'S ONLY NOW APOLOGIZING.

    WHICH IS HOW YOU KNOW HE'S REALLY, REALLY SORRY, RIGHT?


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:



    Twitter is where informed debate goes to die.

    If you ever doubt it, check out the nonsense that's always spewing from Khalid Latif's Twitter feed.  Most recently, that would include this:














    GOP problem: Blaming Obama for Iraq is like blaming Gerald Ford for Vietnam.




    Gerald Ford?

    You deeply stupid idiot.

    Do you know anything about anything?

    Or do you just Tweet to flaunt your gross stupidity?



    The idiot is trying to say Barack is innocent of blame for Iraq -- just like Gerald Ford is innocent of blame for Vietnam.

    And the idiot says that because in American any idiot can say anything.

    Gerald Ford is highly responsible for Vietnam and anyone who bothered to review Ford's Congressional record would know that.

    They'd know that Ford supported the Vietnam War, they'd know that they hectored and mocked President Lyndon B. Johnson for not doing more -- more killing, more lying -- to increase the death totals.

    Ford is completely culpable for Vietnam.

    He served in Congress and was a cheerleader for the Vietnam War.  That was true under Johnson and it was true under Nixon's administration as well.

    Here's US House Rep Jerry Ford (as he was billed while in Congress) sharing with his constituents in his weekly newsletter (the date for this one is July 23, 1969) entitled "Your Washington Review by Congressman Jerry Ford" (PDF format warning, click here):



    WHO IS BLOCKING PEACE IN VIETNAM?  Self-examination and self-criticism may be a healthy exercise but to hear some Americans, one would believe that the failure to achieve peace in Vietnam is the fault of the United States and its South Vietnamese Allies.  But let's look at the record:

    [Jerry lies and lies some more.  We're not include his 7 lies and if that bothers you, it bothers me that he's a liar who didn't just serve on the Warren Commission -- investigation into the assassination of JFK -- and didn't just whore -- claimed CIA missions were at risk and that's why things had to be kept from the public -- but he also spied on his fellow commissioners for the FBI who feared that the Commission would not back the narrative of a lone gunman.]



    While President Nixon works diligently for peace, what is Hanoi doing?  It negates our efforts at Paris, it violates agreements for a demilitarized zone, and it continues an aggressive war against civilians and soldiers in South Vietnam.  Let's put the responsibility for war or peace where it belongs -- on the communist aggressors of North Vietnam.




    Some people would insist that Khalid Latif needed to stop speaking.  I hope he never does.  I hope he keeps opening his uninformed mouth and sharing his idiotic views that are not based in fact so that everyone realizes he is the Village Idiot.


    Because that's what he is.

    It's not all he is.

    He's also the Tavern Whore.

    Swinging that ass to sell it for Barack.

    Cheap little Tavern Whore.

    Barack is responsible for the Iraq War.

    He was (wrongly) elected to the US Senate while pretending to be against the Iraq War.  He wasn't.  That was about out-lefting his Democratic opponent that Jeff Zeleny (now with CNN) and the others in the not-so-secretive cabal used to take down a Democrat and to do so with vile and disgusting tactics that we will not acknowledge here.  The cabal then worked to take down Barack's Republican opponent Jack Ryan with more vile and disgusting tactics -- including exposing secrets of a divorce that were hidden to protect a child.  But remember, Barack's kids are off limits.  He can destroy other people's children, but no one better say a word about his little babies.  The cabal protected him -- only in Chicago which is probably the most corrupt region anywhere on the face of the planet.

    Before he was elected to the Senate, he was already for the Iraq War.  I know that because Elaine and I attended a big money fundraiser for him and both of us intended to write big checks but we got face time with him first and his position was that the US military was already in Iraq so it was too late to oppose the war.

    Grasp that this position is how he justified, once in the Senate, repeatedly voting for every Iraq War proposal and funding authorization.  It's also whey he told the New York Times in July of 2004, as he was preparing to give the keynote speech at the DNC convention in Boston, that if he had been in the Senate in the fall of 2002, he didn't know if he would have voted for the Iraq War or not.

    Again, the liar ran for the Senate as an anti-war candidate and ran for the presidency in 2007 and 2008 claiming that was opposed to the Iraq War and had been from the start.


    So as a member of the Congress, Barack supported the Iraq War -- a detail Khalid Latif is so unfamiliar with.



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    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    THIS JUST IN! THEY THINK THE DEAL IS BAD BUT THEY CAN'T SAY THAT CLEARLY!

    BULLY BOY PRESS &     CEDRIC'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

    AS MORE AND MORE REASONED VOICES STEP FORWARD TO QUESTION FADED CELEBRITY BARRY O'S ATTEMPTED DEAL WITH IRANSTEPHEN RADEMAKER STEPS FORWARD TO CALL IT A "FAUSTIAN DEAL."


    AND THAT MIGHT MAKE MORE OF IMPRESSION IF MOST PEOPLE KNEW WHO RADEMAKER WAS OR IF THEY KNEW WHAT "FAUSTIAN" MEANT.

    RADEMAKER IS THE FORMER HEAD OF THE BUREAU OF ARMS CONTROL AND THE FORMER HEAD OF THE BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND NONPROLIFERATION.  SO THAT TAKES CARE OF THIS MEMBER OF THE PODESTA GROUP.

    FAUSTIAN?

    NO, IT'S NOT A SUBURB OF BOSTON.

    NOR IS IT A BRONY EQUIVALENT FOR MEN WHO LOVE JANE AUSTEN.

    FAUSTIAN MEANS THE DEVIL.

    HE'S CALLING IT A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL.

    IF ONLY PEOPLE COULD SPEAK PLAINLY.


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:




    Hillary, married to Bill Clinton, has been First Lady of the United States.  In 2000, while in her final year as First Lady, she finally ran for elected office herself (in addition to being President of the United States, Bill had also been Governor of Arkansas) and she won a seat in the US Senate.  In 2006, she ran for re-election again.  Her last two years as a senator (2007 and 2008) were spent running for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination (through June of 2008) and then in campaigning for Barack Obama to be President of the United States. Once he was sworn in as President, she slid into the Cabinet slot of Secretary of State and held that post for four years before stepping down.

    How could someone support Hillary in 2008 and not support her in 2016?


    That's a valid question.

    And as I watch the various liars rush to support her today -- people who smeared her falsely as a racist in 2008 and insisted she was calling for Barack to be killed in the spring of 2008 -- I think asking them about their shift to embracing Hillary is also a valid question.


    In 2008, there were many differences for me.

    I did not support Hillary in 2007 and hadn't even thought of it.  I know Hillary, I knew everyone who was running on the Democratic Party side except for Barack.  (Elaine and I met Barack once and once was more than enough.  He's a War Hawk and in a very brief conversation with him at a fundraiser, that became clear.  We did not give money and we immediately left the fundraiser after this man running as anti-war for the US Senate insisted that the US was already in Iraq so that issue was already resolved.)


    In 2008, Hillary did not have four years of Secretary of State dragging her down.

    When someone belittles you (as Barack did Hillary in every manner possible -- including flipping the bird in one infamous moment), going to work in their administration does not make you look mature or reasonable.

    It makes you look sad and pathetic.

    It's insulting to you and it's very much insulting to the people who supported you.

    Hillary always takes for granted the support she has.  I've known her for years but it only hit home when Hillary did what was best for her ambition.

    Instead of rewarding her supporters, instead of using her position as a US senator to do some good, she became the lackey.

    What is she most known for as Secretary of State besides photo ops and Benghazi?

    Rushing to tell then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates that her opposition to the surge was pure politics and she didn't mean it.  Now Barack said the same thing at the same encounter.  As usual The Cult of St. Barack covered for him and made it all about her.

    But she's craven.

    Was she telling the truth to Gates?

    Who knows.

    Her entire life is about saying and doing anything to advance herself.

    Some of her supporters touched on this recently with her e-mail scandal.

    Hillary, we were told, didn't do anything wrong.  We were supposed to take it on faith that she had not deleted anything that mattered, they insisted, and grasp that she did it to defend herself, that all the scandals she's suffered forced her to take extra measures.

    Yes, they did.

    And those measures are not acceptable in a president.

    The best explanation of her e-mail scandal is that she felt she had the right to hide from the public that which they owned.  Her work product as Secretary of State -- every e-mail, every memo -- belonged to the US people.

    She knows that.

    Once upon a time, she would have lectured others on it.

    Now she's so craven that she doesn't even respect it.

    That's why she shouldn't have been Secretary of State.

    She corrupted anything that was worthy of praise.

    She also took a clear mistake -- supporting the Iraq War -- and turned one incident into an established pattern.

    As Secretary of State, she tried to out hawk everyone.  War was her answer to everything.

    And she sounded like a crazed serial killer in her attacks on Chelsea Manning and Ed Snowden (among others).



    Chelsea Manning acted on good faith and in an attempt to provide understanding and justice and to provoke a needed debate in this country.  Chelsea served in the US military as Bradley Manning.

    Here is Logan Price detailing some of Hillary's attacks on Chelsea in 2011:



    For those who don’t believe that Bradley’s alleged personal life and sexuality may be used against him, by either officials or media critics, this gem of information was presented in a recent Vanity Fair article about Hillary Clinton, while on tour in the Middle East:

    Obama“Hillary told staff that she could not fathom how an army private, Bradley Manning, with psychological problems and a drag-queen boyfriend could single-handedly cause the United States unprecedented embarrassment just by labeling massive downloads as Lady Gaga songs.”
    Were those comments verbatim, or just the ill-chosen words of the author? We may never know, but one thing is for sure, they were published in a major pop-culture outlet, and there is no taking them back.
    Here is a good take-down of the allegation that Manning had “psychological problems.” As for Hillary’s comment about Bradley’s boyfriend, it is not only false, but inappropriate.
    If Hillary did indeed say anything of the sort,  it is yet another reminder of the Obama administration’s willingness to disregard the fact that Bradley Manning has not yet been convicted of any crimes.
    At a fundraiser in San Francisco in April,  Obama told me that Bradley Manning “broke the law,”  a legally irresponsible and inappropriate statement that could constitute an “unlawful command influence” over any military judge or jury that may preside over Bradley’s case.
    Should the President and commander-in-chief,  or the Secretary of State for that matter, really be saying such things about a high profile prisoner like Bradley Manning who has not yet been to trial?
    The release of the Diplomatic Cables may have been embarrassing for the Obama administration, but for Bradley, his life hangs in the balance.

    This is an excerpt.  Read the full article here.




    Chelsea is a whistle-blower.  She remains in a military prison.  Today, her Tweets included the following:



































    Hillary should have to answer about the treatments of whistle-blowers.  She should also be forced to clarify her remarks attacking Chelsea as a person, not simply attacking Chelsea's actions (which exposed a corrupt and vile State Dept -- among other things).



    Hillary  became more and more vile with every year she served and the moment she will most be remembered for screeching "At this point, what difference does it make!" when asked about an attack that killed four Americans (at least four, from other remarks she's made since, the death toll was eventually higher) and wounded many more.

    That's Hillary in 2016.

    That wasn't Hillary in 2008.

    She made clear in those four years that she was craven, that she was a War Hawk, that she was not to be trusted and that she didn't believe in accountability.

    That's far different from 2008 where you had her up against a liar posing as an anti-war candidate (Barack) and one who would use every bit of sexism possible to advance himself.

    Barack has nothing to point to with pride in the seven years he's so far served as president.

    And that the 2008 sexism can't take place today was Hillary's accomplishment.

    Had she not gone into the administration, his sexism (which, yes, does include those work-bonding moments of all male basketball and all male golf) would have been addressed by the press.

    But it will be addressed by history.

    Allowing a man who drunkenly mocked Hillary by groping her cut out to be your speech writer as president?

    The future will not look kindly on Barack Obama.

    A failure as a president, a failure as a human being.

    And a smart Hillary would have sat out his administration.

    She could have never run again and been seen as something of a hero for surviving the sexism and staying in the 2008 race.

    And a real hero would have done that.

    But she's not about heroism, she's about advancing herself.

    So she spat on her supporters and went to work for the man who degraded and insulted her (and degraded and insulted her supporters).

    She has nothing to point to with pride.

    And she's become more touchy and more entitled and more of terror.

    Just last year, there was Terry Gross (NPR's Fresh Air) delicately attempting to get Hillary to walk through her transition (sudden transition) to supporting marriage equality and she snapped and lost it repeatedly.

    Queen Hillary must never be doubted or questioned.

    Knowing that right now, how can anyone think this out of control, crazed person belongs in the Oval Office?

    She is Richard Nixon waiting to happen.

    If you doubt it, go back to the e-mail scandal.

    You can tell yourself nothing untoward happened.  I don't believe that, but you can tell yourself that.

    But can you also pretend this scandal is anyone else's fault?

    She knew she wanted to run for president.  She knew she probably would run for president.

    But in between two runs, she takes the post of Secretary of State and uses her own e-mail.  That may be the standard to be Secretary of Ag but it's not the standard for someone wanting to be president.

    She then goes on to destroy the e-mails and to lie about it (contrary to her initial public remarks, she did not use only one portable device to do e-mails).

    This is Richard Nixon behavior.

    And it's present and public before she's ever president.


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