Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Know the fakers

The enemies of the left currently are not the right.

The right's too busy celebrating.  (Which is fine, if I had a left president just elected, I would be too.)

The enemies of the left are the liars and manipulators.

They lie about why Trump won, they lie about what happened.

Heaven forbid they get honest: Hillary was an awful candidate.

She was a War Hawk.  She was a Corportist.  She was a sell out.

The only things shocking, for example, about the speech WikiLeaks leaked, where she said she had two faces, the public to get people to go along with her and the private for her fat cat buddies, is that some were shocked.

Hillary was not the blank canvas Barack was in 2008.

Hillary had baggage.

We knew she was a liar.

We knew she was evil.

Evil, that's the word.

Terry Gross asks Bill O'Reilly a question, he storms out and we applaud her for her journalistic integrity.

She presses Hillary -- about marriage equality -- and Hillary has meltdown on air and it's "Mean Terry Gross!"

Hillary had baggage.

We knew she was a liar.

We knew she supported wars.

We knew she and her 'triangulation' (which was her campaign strategy when it came to voters) would destroy the country.

Instead of getting honest, we now have multiple outlets lying to us.

As John Stauber notes at CounterPunch:

The echo chamber, created by the so-called “indepedendent” progressive website-based media, is a misinforming propaganda trap.  It spends all its time berating and laughing at the foul smells and foibles from the Right, extolling its own heroes in the echo chamber like Amy Goodman and John Nichols and others, and promoting the Democrat Party’s supposed progressive saviors like Bernie and Liz.

The progressive magazines, books and websites are filled with articles by people who have few if any friends in the populist Right and among the tens of millions who voted for Trump, and therefore these writers have very stunted knowledge of why Trump would receive enough votes to create a “political revolution” greater than Reagan’s historic victory of 1980.

The money for the progressive pundits and media comes from donations, but the really critical fuel is supplied by the Blue Oligarchs, their foundations, and the super rich and wealthy who want to promote the Democrat Party.  Call them the Soros and Steyer Crowd.   They see the need to whip the progressive forces into the sort of populist tide that Bernie surfed, before he washed out, took a dive actually.

If you were surprised by the results -- especially if you're still in a state of high drama -- you're an idiot.

C.I. predicted this, under pressure, in September.

She said, in the roundtable for the gina & krista round-robin, that she didn't like to make predictions and we all pressured her and she said it's going to be Trump.  And then explained why.

If you were so sheltered and petted and fed fantasies, I guess it is a shock to you.

You need to leave the bubble that forces like Amy Goodman would imprison you in.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday:

Monday, November 14, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the Mosul slog continues, the stupidity around Hillary Clinton continues, and more.

Day 7, American celebrities in shock that the election didn't go their way because they're so uninformed and poorly educated.

Take Minnie Driver.  When not calling herself a Darwinian feminist (religious fervor over science apparently led her to forget that feminism is not about survival of the fittest), Minnie stars in ABC's lowest rated program.  Tim Allen's LAST MAN STANDING airs on the death night that is Friday but still managed, first week in November, to pull in 6.26 million viewers (November 4th).  On the much more popular Wednesday night, Minnie pulls in five million.  Even MODERN FAMILY can't prop up Minnie's show.

Now, more than ever, we need a fearless independent media.

Oh, Minnie, you're so deeply stupid.  (Guess everything Chris O'Donnell's been saying about you for years is true!)

THE GUARDIAN is the bible, the party organ, for New Labour.

It didn't oppose the Iraq War.

Even an idiot like Minnie should know that.

Remember the Downing Street Memos?


The Downing Street "Memo" is actually the minutes of a meeting, transcribed during a gathering of many of the British Prime Minister's senior ministers on July 23, 2002. Published by The Sunday Times on May 1, 2005 this document was the first hard evidence from within the UK or US governments that exposed the truth about how the Iraq war began.
Since that time, much more information has come to light through leaks of secret government documents and the accounts of an increasing number of people who have witnessed the administration’s wrongdoing firsthand.
There is now in the public record a large body of evidence that vividly illustrates:

Even as the Bush presidency winds down, a recent Senate investigation final report shows how the administration manipulated information to overstate the WMD threat and conjure up a connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Quaida that did not exist.
A majority of the American people now believes that the president intentionally misled our nation into war, and many more believe the sacrifice made in Iraq has not been worthwhile. This web site is intended as a resource to document the truth about how we were misled into war, so that we might avoid such a mistake in the future.

Remember the outrage in this country over the Downing Street Memos and how US press wouldn't cover them?

Fun fact, THE GUARDIAN of England wouldn't cover them either.

THE TIMES OF LONDON, a paper owned by Rupert Murdoch would cover them -- and, in fact, broke the story on them.

But THE GUARDIAN wouldn't cover them.

Not seeing how that translates to Minnie's "fearless" -- let alone "independent" -- media.

They existed to minimize Tony Blair's actions.

They also don't do a great deal of reporting at the paper.

But they did have Martin Chulov writing some rather innocuous reports from Iraq.

And when thug Nouri al-Maliki sued the paper, they freaked.

Instead of standing by Chulov and using the paper's full power to telegraph to the world what a demon and despot Nouri was, they pulled back.

As they always do.

As US President Barack Obama himself would finally admit in the summer of 2014, Nouri was responsible for the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq.

THE GUARDIAN never had the guts or strength to do the same.

For Minnie, the answer to the issues of media is for people to pour their money into a paper that's nothing but a partisan party organ.

There's no greater waste in the world than pouring money into THE GUARDIAN.

If you wanted to support media, you could start with THE INTERCEPT which breaks news stories.

And, let's remember, when the British government said "enough" on the Ed Snowden revelations, THE GUARDIAN, as it always does, caved.

Minnie, stick to bad acting, you're so much better at delivering wooden performances.

28 days after the Mosul liberation or 'liberation' effort began and Mosul's still not liberated or 'liberated.'

It's not a slog, Elise Labott of CNN screamed out "NO!" in the middle of a State Dept press briefing when another reporter -- silly Arab who thought he had a right to speak when the all important Elise was present -- asked if it was "a slog."

It's 28 days and counting but it's not a slog and don't you call it one or Elise will wrestle a gator and bite the head off a bat before she comes gunning for you.

Elsewhere, ALJAZEERA reports:

A group of attackers armed with suicide vests and light weapons killed at least six people southwest of Baghdad on Monday, local officials said.
The attack claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in Ain al-Tamer, involved six suicide bombers, some of whom may have been killed by security forces before they could blow themselves up.

Masum al-Tamimi, a member of the Karbala provincial council, said that the six attackers tried to infiltrate Ain al-Tamer village early in the morning.

Meanwhile the US Defense Dept announced this morning:

Strikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 13 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

-- Near Qaim, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Haditha, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and staging area and destroyed a heavy machine gun, a vehicle and a rocket cache.

-- Near Mosul, 10 strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units; destroyed three mortar systems, three storage containers, two vehicles, two ISIL-held buildings, two vehicle-borne bombs, two heavy machine guns, a bulldozer and a communications tower; damaged a fighting position, a command-and-control node and three tunnels; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Tal Afar, a strike destroyed an ISIL-held repeater tower.

Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.

Back to the US . . .

How could so many be so wrong?

They got their news from the internet.  It had Hillary winning the election easily.

How could it have been wrong?

Clinton's Super PAC spent $700,000 more for online trolls than the whole of the DNC spent on Latino voter outreach


Maybe next time your online, you realize these new voices popping up are not to be trusted, are not real and are paid off.

Clintonistas did what Barack's campaign did in 2008 -- but, as usual, they bungled it.

THE NEW YORK TIMES is responsible for this.  They knew, in 2008, after we exposed it to several editors, that the popularity Barack had online over Hillary in the paper's comments had a lot to do with fake people, people paid to assume multiple identities to make Barack look more popular than Hillary.

Hillary can't call out a dirty trick, she can only store it away to run with another day.

So the internet effect that lulled so many to sleep this go round?

It was people paid by the campaign.

And the campaign was so stupid, it spent more money paying fake people than it did trying to recruit real Latino voters.

Fakes can be multiple people online but, in the real world, they still only get one vote.

Hillary was supposed to win the election (she didn't) and you have to wonder how?

In England, the Labour Party's years of domination have disintegrated over the Iraq War.

Every time Labour starts to rebuild and polls a little better, War Hawk Tony Blair slips out from underneath his rock and the party crashes again.

One poll after another has told Labour they have to bury Tony to retake control of Parliament.

But somehow, in the US, Hillary's support for the Iraq War wasn't supposed to matter.

Even though it's what defeated her in 2008.

Somehow, the fact that she called her vote and her support a mistake (a mistake, she insisted, because she thought Bully Boy Bush would send more troops in) was supposed to mitigate her actions.

I find it interesting, by the way, all the whiners on Hillary this go round.

She got more votes than Trump!

Yeah, well, did you not know how the electoral college works?

More to the point, where were you in 2008?

In the Democratic Party primaries, Hillary got 17,857,501 votes to Barack's 17,584,692.

Where was your chest beating and wailing then?

Hillary's a loser.

She'll always find a way to lose.

Kat's "Kat's Korner: Alicia's here, there and everywhere" went up Sunday and this is the new content at THIRD:

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