Starting with the latter, several of you have e-mailed saying that Wisconsin is important (I agree) and that I should be weighing in (I disagree). I don't live there. I am not witnessing it. I would have to depend upon the reports of others.
Now, if this were 2006, I could trust a lot of people. But, starting in 2008, what emerged were a lot of whores of 'independent' media. They lied and whored repeatedly.
John Nichols? For God's sake, the man went on Democracy Now! and lied. Barack had been talking to Canada and assuring them that his talk of repealing NAFTA was not genuine so they need not worry. When the story broke, his campaign denied it. AP got a hold of minutes of the meeting proving it did take place.
It was a big story. So John Nichols goes on Democracy Now and LIES that he heard it was really Hillary and he's in Canada right now digging up that story and will have a big report shortly.
He never did. Because it wasn't Hillary it was Barack. And as soon as Barack had the nomination, he gave an interview to CNN's Money admitting that he wasn't gong to tackle NAFTA (despite campaign promises otherwise).
So I'm supposed to believe John Nichols? He's a known liar.
Laura Flanders whored for Barack as well. He's got homophobes onstage at a campaign event and instead of calling that out, she's whining in a column about Richard Daley. She keeps swearing after that that she'll someday hold his feet to the fire. He gets the nomination and she still can't.
I've yet to see her deliver any column or speech like what she gave War Hawk Bush to War Hawk Barack. So, no, I don't trust her.
Amy Goodman? She whored too many times to count. She non-stop lied.
They need to grasp that there are consequences for lying. I raised eight of my own kids and every one of them can tell you that lying is wrong and if they lie that they take accountability.
I'm really sorry that Mrs. Nichols and Mrs. Goodman and others were too busy -- I guess -- whoring for their children to realize it was wrong. But it is wrong. And they've guaranteed that now when there is a domestic story that's very important, I can't follow an independent side of it because there's no trust there anymore.
For the former aspect. The biggest news today is out of Iraq.
Iraqis are protesting for basic services and for an end to corruption.
They are protesting against the rulers the US installed.
Barack wants to pretend things have progressed so he ignores the protest. But what the protests reveal is how awful things remain in Iraq with secret arrests, lengthy imprisonment with no legal recourse, lack of potable water and the most basic things that we take for granted in this country.
The US destroyed Iraq. It never repaired it. It's only put another tyrant in charged, backed Nouri with the hope that he can scare the hell out of the people and force them into submission the way the US's last hand-picked puppet Saddam Hussein did.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: