Friday, September 06, 2019

Nacho Skillet Dinner in the Kitchen

Jerry White (WSWS) reports:

Little more than a week before the expiration of labor agreements covering 155,000 autoworkers at General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, President Trump held a closed-door meeting Thursday afternoon with the CEO of GM.
Before the meeting, Reuters said that the central topics Trump and GM CEO Mary Barra would discuss were the upcoming contract for GM workers, the company’s plans to close four US factories and the trade war with China.
The White House did not release any details of the discussion, and all Barra would tell reporters was that it was “productive and valuable.”
The rare if not unprecedented White House meeting on the eve of the contract is a measure of the fear in ruling circles that autoworkers will rebel against the United Auto Workers and spark a broader movement of opposition by the working class.
The UAW has not called a major national strike since the Ford walkout in 1976. It has played a critical role in suppressing the class struggle and facilitating a vast transfer of wealth to America’s corporate and financial elite over the last four decades.
The pent-up anger against the UAW has reached a boiling point after revelations that its top executives were paid millions in bribes to sign pro-company contracts, which cost autoworkers tens of thousands of dollars apiece in lost wages and benefits.
As the 96 percent strike authorization vote has shown, autoworkers are determined to recoup years of UAW-backed concessions. In particular, tens of thousands of younger workers hired after the 2008–09 financial crash want to abolish poverty level “second-tier” wages, win full medical coverage and put an end to temporary, part-time and contract employment.

If the auto workers go on strike, they have my support.

Last year, I was noting diabetic recipes and I'd like to do that -- ideally every week like I was doing but at least twice a month.  This is one for Nacho Skillet Dinner from The Mayo Clinic:

Number of servings

Serves 6
  1. High Fiber


  1. 2 cups ground soy crumbles
  2. 2 cups frozen corn
  3. 2 teaspoons chili powder
  4. 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) no-salt-added kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  5. 2 cans (8 ounces each) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  6. 1/4 cup water
  7. 1 cup slightly broken baked tortilla chips (about 1 ounce)
  8. 3/4 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese


Place meatless ground crumbles, corn, chili powder, kidney beans, tomato sauce and water in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Sprinkle with tortilla chips and cheese. Cover and let set for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted.

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

Thursday, September 5, 2019.  Another American has died in Iraq, Joe Biden's lies about Iraq reveal that his 'gaffes' aren't accidents, and much more.

Another American has died in Iraq, 31-year-old Brandon Pinson.  Patrick Smith (NBC NEWS) and REUTERS report:

An American working to defuse explosive devices left from battles with the Islamic State near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul has been killed, according to local Iraqi security officials and the humanitarian organization Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD).
FSD, which clears mines and explosive remnants after wars, named the American on Tuesday as 31-year-old Brandon Pinson.
The FSD employee was defusing an explosive device when he was killed, the organization said in a statement.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Brandon Pinson, supervisor of one of FSD's clearance teams in Iraq. He was killed this morning following the explosion of an IED he was defusing. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. 👉

Molly Parker (THE SOURTHERN) reports:

Pinson, 31, was an Army veteran and married father of two.
He was raised in Benton, though left the area as a young adult. His mom, Karen Pinson, of Benton, said he was just a month shy of completing his work in Iraq and returning to his home in Cherry Point, North Carolina. He was eager to get back to his wife, Samantha, and their 4- and 2-year-old boys, she said. He had recently accepted a job as a police officer, she said. Karen said she believes her son accepted the contract work in the meantime to support his family, and because he also believed in the mission of the humanitarian aid organization for which he worked. Left behind to detonate without warning, these weapons terrorize citizens who are trying to return home even after the war has ended. “He loved helping people,” she said. “He would help anybody. It didn't matter who it was.” 

This young man from my hometown Benton, IL lost his life defusing an IED in Iraq yesterday. Plz keep family, especially wife & 2 boys, in your prayers. Also help financially thru this link & RT❤️TY

Brandon Pinson Family Support Fund

Do me a favor today and read this article.

This young man lost his life trying to make the world safer for those living in war torn areas.

Brandon Pinson, 31, Army Vet, Husband, Father


Click here to support Brandon Pinson Family Support Fund organized by Juanita Michelle Gober

Benton native Brandon Pinson was killed Tuesday morning in Iraq, where he was leading a team of deminers working to clear improvised explosive devices left behind from battles with the Islamic State.

BENTON — Benton native Brandon Pinson was killed Tuesday morning in Iraq, where he was leading a team of deminers working to clear improvised explosive devices left behind from battles with the Islamic State.

Former U.S. military EOD Tech Brandon Pinson, age 31, was killed while rendering safe an IED close to the village of Tel
al-Shear, south of Mosul, Iraq. He is survived by his wife and two young children

Iraq was an issue in the 2004 US presidential election, the 2008 US presidential election, the 2012 US presidential election, the 2016 US presidential election and it's becoming an issue in the upcoming 2020 election.

Last week, THE WASHINGTON POST's Matt Viser and Greg Jaffe reported on Joe's fanciful story that he tells publicly but that is not accurate: "The upshot: In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony."

As he finished telling that lie, he concluded with, "This is the God's truth.  My word as a Biden."  It wasn't the God's truth and there should be serious questions about his "word as a Biden."  He and his campaign have repeatedly tried to dismiss it.  It doesn't matter, they insist.

You can tell me you're telling the truth
That you don't wanna make me a fool
And baby you know I play along
Now you're telling me you're sorry
Well don't start lying to me now
(Don't start lying to me now)
-- "Don't Start Lying To Me Now," written by Chris Stapleton, Melissa Peirce and Joss Stone, first appears on Joss' LP1

This week's 'it doesn't matter'?  Joe's lie to NPR about how he immediately opposed the Iraq War ("The moment it started.  I came out against the war at that moment.").

That lie has gotten more pushback from the press with NEWSWEEK, SPLINTER, BUSINESS INSIDER, SALON,  among others.  Nathan McDermott and Andrew Kaczynski (CNN) observe, "In recent speeches and interviews defending his past foreign policy decisions, former Vice President Joe Biden has misrepresented his past position on the Iraq War."

Just saw on CNN that Biden claims to have been against the Iraq War, before it began. Hope they’re mistaken. Cuz if he did, it’s not a mistake or a gaffe. It’s a whopper. (& btw, this isn’t about age. I’m 74 & remember quite clearly who was for & against)

Ben Mathis-Lilly (SLATE) notes:

Underlying all of that is the absurdity, when two of the premises of your presidential campaign are that you have good foreign policy judgment and that you are an expert at working with Republicans in bipartisan good faith, of telling a story about how you made a disastrous foreign policy decision because a Republican took advantage of your naïve belief that he was working in bipartisan good faith.

So … given that it’s extremely at odds with both the public record and the themes of his campaign, why is Biden claiming that George W. Bush fooled him into accidentally voting to start a war? Probably because the most central theme of his campaign, and indeed the theme of his entire career, is that Joe Biden represents the common-sense majority consensus of the American public against extremists on both sides. In 2002 and 2003, a wide majority of Americans felt that Bush was a good president and that invading Iraq was a good idea, and thus Joe Biden for the most part felt that way too. In 2019, though, those positions are, at best, contested ones, and thus Joe Biden no longer holds them either. 

"9 months ago, I voted with my colleagues to give the president the authority to use force & I'd vote that way again today," Joe Biden, 7-31-03.

"I am opposed to giving the President a blank check to launch a unilateral invasion and occupation of Iraq," Bernie Sanders, 10-09-02

I honestly can't believe that , who voted for the Iraq War, and then support the occupation for years, is claiming that he opposed the war after the invasion.

There's a word for this.


Nominate someone who doesn’t lie so much, creating a “both sides do it, so don’t bother voting” narrative.

Biden's role in leading us into the Iraq War was a disaster then and deeply troubling for his decision making now. He was Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and in better position than anyone to expose the lies. Instead he trusted Bush. FULL:


Today on MORNING EDITION (NPR), Don Goya offers a fact check on Joe's claim while Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley reminds:

Biden has been challenged on the veracity of other stories or factual assertions that he has used on the campaign trail. That has been a long-standing problem with Biden. However, this is about his record in supporting an unnecessary and unwarranted war that costs thousands of lives and ultimately over a trillion dollars. Like Kerry and Clinton, Biden cast the popular rather than the right vote. No level of revision of history will change the cost of that war for thousands of families or the country.
These denials and revisions are precisely why the Framers wisely insisted on declarations of war — a constitutional requirement that has been effectively removed from the Constitution by our politicians.

In other news, Adnan Abu Zeed (AL-MONITOR) reports:

Ammar al-Hakim, head of the National Wisdom Movement, said Aug. 12 that efforts aimed at forming an opposition front would produce a “shadow government.” This comes after the concept of parliamentary opposition remained absent during the terms of three parliaments due to consensual multiparty emocracy and the domination of the same parties for more than 10 years.
Baligh Abu Kalal, a top member of the National Wisdom Movement, told Al-Monitor, “The aim of the shadow government is to consolidate democracy with both pro-government and opposition camps and to offer an alternative to the current government through figures representing the opposition who diagnose the errors of the government and provide solutions and remedies.”
Abu Kalal said, “The shadow government will form committees to meet with some or all government ministries at the beginning in order to better evaluate and motivate performance.”
What's going on?

Adel Abdul Mahdi is a disaster as prime minister.  We're one month shy of his first year anniversary.  He's been an ineffectual disaster.  He's united everyone against him.

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