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Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "You're Stuck With Me"

Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "You're Stuck With Me"




Isaiah's latest THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "You're Stuck With Me."  Hillary declares, "The primaries really are over, America.  It's like I told Bill in 1998, 'You're stuck with me.  Get used to it."  Isaiah archives his comics at The World Today Just Nuts.




 

Posted at 10:54 pm by thecommonills
 

Hejira

Hejira

At POLITICO, Emma Sky argues:


While the United States has been fixated on the Islamic State and the liberation of Mosul, the attention of ordinary Iraqis has been on the political unraveling of their own country. This culminated on Saturday when hundreds of protesters breached the U.S.-installed “Green Zone” at the heart of Baghdad for the first time and stormed the Iraqi parliament while Iraqi security forces stood back and watched. The demonstrators, supporters of radical Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, toppled blast walls, sat in the vacated seats of the parliamentarians who had fled and shouted out demands for the government to be replaced. A state of emergency was declared.
This incident should be a jarring alarm bell to Washington, which can no longer ignore the disintegration of the post-Saddam system it put in place 13 years ago. The sad reality is that Iraq has become ungovernable, more a state of militias than a state of institutions. As long as that state of affairs continues, even a weakened Islamic State, which has been losing territory and support, will find a home in Iraq, drawing on Sunni fears of corruption and incompetence by the Shia-dominated government.

Yesterday's events may have finally created an urgency with regards to political issues in Iraq.



These protests were a long time going. Iraq’s public coffers are a sieve, where billions have vanished in the salaries of “ghost soldiers” or into the bank accounts of well-connected pols and their kin. Problematic enough in peacetime and during high global oil prices, economic crisis is 2016 has become a national security crisis, as state bankruptcy could easily damage or end the ongoing war against the Islamic State.



But Moqtada al-Sadr has already pulled his supporters from the protests.  Ashley Fantz and Merieme Arif (CNN) report:

Protesters who stormed Baghdad's Green Zone retreated Sunday but organizers say the challenge to Iraq's leadership isn't over yet.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr broke into Parliament on Saturday, waving Iraqi flags, ransacking rooms and sitting at lawmakers' desk while gesturing at cameras that captured the scene.

The retreat of Moqtada's followers may indicate that Moqtada didn't believe he had the power to keep the protests going until demands were met.

Or they may indicate that he was concerned about the safety of the followers.

But either way, they don't demonstrate an understanding of protests.  You don't stage a protest demanding something and then retreat. 

Violence continued in Iraq with RUDAW reporting, "A pair of simultaneous car bombs at a parking lot in Samawa city in southern Iraq killed at least 30 people and wounded another 55 on Sunday, an interior ministry official said."


And it continued with the US Defense Dept announcing:

Strikes in Iraq
Rocket artillery, bomber and fighter aircraft conducted 26 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed an ISIL mortar system and five ISIL bed down locations.

-- Near Al Qaim, a strike struck an ISIL vehicle bomb facility.

-- Near Albu Hayat, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Bayji, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Fallujah, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL supply cache, and an ISIL frontend loader.

-- Near Hit, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL anti-air artillery system, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL unmanned aircraft site, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL tunnel entrance, and an ISIL vehicle bomb storage facility and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Kirkuk, two strikes struck two separate large ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, four ISIL assembly areas, five ISIL vehicles, two ISIL vehicle bombs, two ISIL mortar positions, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL bunker, and an ISIL supply cache.

-- Near Kisik, a strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Mosul, six strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL mortar systems, two ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL weapons cache.

-- Near Ramadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, five ISIL heavy machine guns, four ISIL mortar systems, and an ISIL assembly area.

-- Near Tal Afar, a strike immobilized two ISIL excavators.

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.


As Iraq descends into further chaos, is it possibly time for the US press to acknowledge that Barack should have done more than just bomb (and train)?  That he should have actually started an intensive diplomatic mission in Iraq?


Or are we all still in denial over what's actually taking place?


I'm traveling in some vehicle
I'm sitting in some cafe
A defector from the petty wars
That shell shock love away
-- "Hejira," written by Joni Mitchell, first appears on her album of the same name




The number of US service members the Dept of Defense states died in the Iraq War is [PDF format warning] 4498 (plus 10 in Operation Inherent Resolve which includes at least 1 Iraq War fatality).


Kat's "Kat's Korner: Ben Harper serves up a minor masterpiece" went up earlier tonight.  Isaiah's latest goes up after this.  The following community sites -- plus THE GUARDIAN, SOCIALIST WORKER and Jody Watley -- updated:



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    Posted at 10:53 pm by thecommonills
     

    Kat's Korner: Ben Harper serves up a minor masterpiece

    Kat's Korner: Ben Harper serves up a minor masterpiece

    Kat: If the last ten years have belonged to anyone in rock, the strongest argument could be made that they belonged to Ben Harper.

    It's not just that he's got the charisma, it's also that he's got the chops.



    With a grinding guitar and the sound of drums kicking in, the first track on the new album CALL IT WHAT IT IS kicks off:


    we made everything we have
    out of nothing at all
    way back when marijuana
    was against the law
    we were always outnumbered
    we were always outmanned
    went down a road of ruin
    but here we stand

    i remember when sex was dirty


    "When Sex Was Dirty" is Ben's hardest rocker on the album and that might irk fans of his classic BOTH SIDES OF THE GUN.

    That 2006 release was a double disc set -- the first disc a little harder, the second disc a little softer.

    It was perfection and remains one of the ten greatest albums of the '00s.

    Since then, he's released several albums including the minor classics LIFELINE and CHILDHOOD HOME.


    The only real rival to Ben in the last ten years has been Tori Amos -- and that's saying a lot for Ben that he's right up there with one of the last great performers carrying the flag for art.

    CALL IT WHAT IT IS does not rank as something boldly audacious in the manner of BOTH SIDES OF THE GUN but it is another minor classic, eleven outstanding tracks which make a solid song cycle.

    A minor classic is not a minor thing.

    "Deeper and Deeper" may be one of his best tracks ever, with his confident vocal and the shimmering music.


    the branches are black
    and the tree stands bare
    haunted by the bloom
    that's no longer there
    clinging to the ground
    to grow another ring around

    deeper and deeper until i drown
    so hard going under without a sound




    And his lyrics are to the point and hard hitting, like in the title track:


    Trayvon Martin
    Ezell Ford
    Michael Brown
    and so many more

    government, policing, hard times,
    oppression, racism, fear, suffering
    ain't easy

    gun control
    mind control
    self-control
    we've dug ourselves a hole


    call it what it is
    murder



    As The Velvelettes used to sing, "He was really saying something."


    "Goodbye To You" is among the best recordings he's ever done.

    The sound throughout is supple and sparkling and he's reteamed with The Innocent Criminals for this album.  But it's more than that.  It's the way he's grown as a vocalist, the way he's grown as a lyricist.

    It's the art he creates without pretension or irony.

    CALL IT WHAT IT IS is an A-minus, like Joni Mitchell's FOR THE ROSES and if you've ever listened to that album, you realize what a compliment I'm handing out.














    Posted at 10:48 pm by thecommonills
     

    Saturday, April 30, 2016
    Iraq snapshot

    Iraq snapshot

    Saturday, April 30, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the Green Zone is breached, Nouri al-Maliki gets a little stronger politically, and much more.



    Well color me surprised.





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  • :فيديو: هو هو نوري المالكي والله انجلطك قيس الخزعلي اكبر قنذر هوهو حنان الوسخة نوري المالكي اليوم انجلطك




  • :فيديو :غراب مجلس النواب عباس البياتي داخل السياره والمتضاهريين يحاصروووه









    Moqtada al-Sadr's protesters live chiefly in Basra (they didn't come into Baghdad today) and in the Sadr section (usually called "slum") of Baghdad.  That last group has been protesting in Baghdad, outside the Green Zone, on his orders.

    They made it into the Green Zone.



    Protests Update: Everything You Need To Know About The Civil Unrest In Baghdad’s Green Zone








    Everything you need to know?


    Not really.


    Tear gas was fired.

    After.

    After the protesters were inside the Green Zone and had stormed the Parliament.


    After they had stormed the Green Zone and made it into the Parliament.

    After.

    There's a point here, if anyone's paying attention.


    In all the years of the Green Zone, it was only almost stormed once and that was shortly after Nouri al-Maliki became prime minister in 2006.

    People were shot.

    People were shot dead.

    Immediately after, the 'Bremer walls' went up.


    Moqtada al-Sadr's protesters made it into the Green Zone today.


    Not because they're particularly smart.

    Certainly not because they have super powers.

    Clearly because either orders weren't followed regarding what to do when people attempt to breach the Green Zone or because there was a stand down order allowing them to seize the Green Zone.



    Which was it?

    It honestly doesn't matter at this point -- not for Haider al-Abadi.


    Nouri al-Maliki was prime minister from 2006 through 2014 and the Green Zone was never breached.

    Haider al-Abadi hasn't even been prime minister for two years and it's already been breached.


    In August of 2014, the White House forced thug Nouri out as prime minister.

    He's refused, even now, to vacate the official home of the prime minister.

    He's plotted and schemed to return to power.

    And how he's got the best tool and it was handed to him by Haider.

    Thug Nouri ensures safety for Shi'ites.

    Thug Nouri protects the capital.

    Thug Nouri used those concepts/beliefs when he created his own political slate State of Law.  It's what State of Law candidates ran on -- that they would provide security.

    The footage today of the Green Zone?

    The best campaign commercial Nouri al-Maliki could ever hope for.


    Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Rasheed (REUTERS) report:



    The initial breach was mostly peaceful, but around sunset security forces fired teargas and bullets into the air in an effort to stop more protesters from entering. Around a dozen people were wounded, police sources said.
    A United Nations spokesman and Western diplomats said their compounds inside the Green Zone were locked down. A U.S. embassy spokesman denied reports of evacuation.
    Iraqi security personnel and Sadr's militiamen formed a joint force to control crowds of protesters, most of whom had left parliament, a source in Sadr's office told Reuters.

    All entrances of Baghdad were temporarily shut "as a precautionary measure to maintain the capital's security," another security official said.


    Again, thug Nouri al-Maliki is the immediate winner.  RUDAW notes:

    Former Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, called the storming of the parliament dangerous and called for all Iraqis to stand against it.
    Maliki also criticized Abadi for trying to announce a new cabinet during protests which make it difficult for all lawmakers to attend the vote. “That is not reform when there are threats and representatives of the people cannot go to the parliament to express their ideas.”



    Let's talk about idiots first.

    Kevin Drum.

    Unlike me, Kevin Drum's never surprised -- because he knows everything.

    Or thinks he does.


    The Iraq War cheerleader -- the whore that MOTHER JONES disgraced themselves by hiring -- wants to insist that Moqtada's zombie today were demanding "more technocrats."  He says "Iraq is in chaos.  Again."

    Again?

    When wasn't in chaos?

    I'm sorry, pathetic fool, when wasn't it?

    Oh, when you weren't paying attention?

    If it doesn't effect your world of whoring Hillary, it doesn't happen, right?


    Here's rare footage of Kevin Drum relaxing earlier today.




     Yesterday it rained in Tennessee
    I heard it also rained in Tallahassee
    But not a drop fell on little old me
    'Cause I was in shoo-shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo-shoo
    Shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo sugar town


    It's actually Nancy Sinatra performing her classic hit "Sugar Town."

    No one's been resisting any change for technocrats.

    And if the dumb ass with blood on his hands read Arabic, he'd be fully aware of how Haider's 'technocrats' have been mocked repeatedly because they aren't.

    Not the first slate he proposed as March came to an end and not the current slate.

    They're not 'technocrats.'


    Calling them that doesn't make it so.


    State of Law supporters are on social media as well.

    They're largely spreading rumors.

    Most outrageous one?  Moqtada spent all that time in Iran in the last decade because he has a boyfriend he keeps there.


    This is really a battle between Nouri and Moqtada.

    It always has been -- even before Haider showed up as prime minister.

    Moqtada's been held check many times by Nouri because Nouri's held on to the arrest warrant for Moqtada all this time.

    It's why Moqtada spent so much time out of Iraq.

    It's probably why, even now, he gave his speech today -- inciting the followers -- from Najaf and not from Baghdad.  [Mohammed Tawfeeq, Alanne Orjoux and Hamdi Alkhshali (CNN) note, "They hailed Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who sparked the protests with a fiery speech on Saturday in the city of Najaf, about 100 miles south of the capital."]

    Najaf forces would never arrest Moqtada.


    And the forces are part of the problem.


    BBC NEWS notes, "Members of the Sadrist militia group Saraya al-Salam were keeping order in the area, news agencies said."


    Moqtada's zombies weren't allowed in the federal forces under Nouri.


    Haider's let them in and the end result is Baghdad's Green Zone (the only protected area in Iraq) can no longer be secured.

    The US Embassy in Baghdad today Tweeted:


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      التقارير الأعلامية عن لجوء مسؤولون من الحكومة العراقية أو أي جهة أخري الي مقر السفارة الأمريكية عارية عن الصحة



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    التقارير الاعلامية عن اخلاء موظفي السفارة الأمريكية غير صحيحة



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    Those Tweets weren't for American audiences -- they were in Arabic.

    The first one says that no Iraqi government officials are seeking sanctuary in the US Embassy in Baghdad.


    The second one insists that US Embassy staff has not been evacuated.


    Greg Jaffe (WASHINGTON POST) observes:

    The chaos in the Iraqi capital comes hours after a visit by Vice President Biden that was intended to help calm the political unrest and keep the battle against the Islamic State on track.

    As Biden’s plane was approaching Baghdad on Thursday, a senior administration official described the vice president’s visit — which was shrouded in secrecy prior to his arrival — as a “symbol of how much faith we have in Prime Minister Abadi.”
    After 10 hours on the ground in Baghdad and Irbil, Biden was hurtling towards his next stop in Rome. The feeling among the vice president and his advisers was that Iraqi politics were on a trajectory to greater calm and that the battle against the Islamic State would continue to accelerate. Some hopeful advisers on Biden’s plane even suggested that Abadi might emerge from the political crisis stronger for having survived it.

    No one is talking that way now.


    Tweets from happier times.









    Wheels down in Baghdad. Here, the walks to his helo with Ambassador Jones and Lieutenant General MacFarland.

    Posted at 08:52 pm by thecommonills
     

    Jill Stein Tweets

    Jill Stein Tweets

    Jill Stein is seeking the Green Party's presidential nomination:



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    Unsurprising that Hillary has connections to the . Her false outrage over them show her rhetoric rarely matches her record.
     
     
     
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    is ballot access laws are purposely designed by corporate parties to exclude competition.
     
     
     
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    is that the Presidential are owned by the Repub & Dem Parties. Demand inclusion:
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    It's past time to discard obsolete first-past-the-post voting & adopt improved voting systems already used successfully around the world.
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    Want proof that the 2000 "spoiler" argument is a propaganda tool for the Democratic Party? Here are the facts:
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    Maintaining secret drone "kill lists" and invading other countries are not going to make us safer. Respecting international law will.
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    Does your member of Congress support the GI Bill?

    Does your member of Congress support the GI Bill?

    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans are fighting to defend the GI Bill.  Are your members of the House of Representatives taking part in the fight?  Do you have the one US Senator so far who stands with IAVA?


    Who Stands with IAVA to #DefendTheGIBill?
     As Of: April 26, 2016

    Senators

    Read statement of support here: Ayotte

    Members of the House of Representatives

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    Posted at 08:49 pm by thecommonills
     

    Jill Stein Tweets

    Jill Stein Tweets

    Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party presidential nominee, is seeking the party's presidential nomination this year.  (If she notes Iraq -- she did here -- we note her.)



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    I think most Americans do not want to vote for a member of the 1% nor for a representative of the 1%. You don't have to.
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    I'm going to use my to welcome women immigrants to the US, *and* to stop invading the countries of other women. ✌🏾
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    Hillary is not the only self-identified woman running for President. But she's the only one that toured the world advocating fracking.
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  • Hillary Clinton isn't the only woman running for President — here's our one-on-one interview with
    Hillary Clinton Isn't The Only Woman Running For President: Meet Jill...
    The Green Party candidate says we need a public interest agenda with a public interest party.
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    We need to & . These heroes exposed parts of an overreaching security state with an imperialist foreign policy.
    Iraq Tweet of the week (and it's from Jill Stein)

    Iraq Tweet of the week (and it's from Jill Stein)

    Jill Stein was the 2012 Green Party presidential nominee.  She's seeking the Green Party's presidential nomination this year.



    Doing things that caused ISIS in the first place will just lead to more ISIS.
     
     
     













    Posted at 07:31 pm by thecommonills
     

    Joe Biden back in Iraq

    Joe Biden back in Iraq


    As president, Barack Obama can't apparently go to Iraq (Bully Boy Bush managed to several times) but the vice president can.




    Wheels down in Baghdad. Here, the walks to his helo with Ambassador Jones and Lieutenant General MacFarland.



    It's good that someone as high ranking as Joe goes to Iraq -- considering how many Americans are there now especially.





  • "Let me begin by saying thank you, thank you, thank you." speaks to embassy and military personnel in Baghdad.            





  • I don't understand Barack's reluctance to visit Iraq as president.  Do they not have golf courses in Iraq?


    Why is Joe in Iraq this time?

    Maybe because there's no progress -- ever.


    So he's glad handing.




  • "This is an old friend." - , meeting with Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Saleem al-Jabouri earlier today.



  • The met with Prime Minister for nearly 90 minutes today at the Government Palace in Baghdad.


  • Carol E. Lee and Matt Bradley (WALL STREET JOURNAL) report:

    Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad on Thursday at a time of growing concern in the White House about the potential collapse of the government in Baghdad amid political turmoil.

    Mr. Biden, the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Iraq since the rise of Islamic State and the withdrawal of American troops in 2011, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other government officials. Afterward, he flew to Erbil to meet with Kurdish leaders.


    Greg Jaffe (WASHINGTON POST) adds:

    The vice president’s trip, which was kept secret prior to his arrival, coincided with a tumultuous moment for Iraq and its prime minister, who is battling to hold on to his office amid a paralyzing political crisis, a badly weakened economy and a grinding war against the Islamic State. Biden landed in Baghdad on a military cargo plane and was immediately ferried via helicopter to a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, where they discussed plans to drive the Islamic State from Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.


    AP offers, "Still, the anxious undertones of Biden's brief visit were clear from the moment he stepped off a military transport plane into blistering heat after an overnight flight from Washington. White House staffers donned body armor and helmets as Biden was whisked by helicopter to the relative safety of the heavily fortified Green Zone, reminders of the dire security situation even in Iraq's capital."



    So Joe's there to press flesh and attempt to rally support for Haider.


    The White House really wants Haider's 'reforms' -- they're the ones who gave him the marching orders, after all.


    A visit from Joe Biden strengthens Haider's shaky image.



    And one friend at the White House pointed out it doesn't hurt Joe one bit.  After all, he looks presidential in the photos and footage and who knows what the FBI's going to decide on Hillary?

    Should she be indicted or even scathingly rebuked and become damaged goods, a contested nomination at the convention might require that someone with leadership skills step in.




    The e-mail address for this site is common_ills@yahoo.com.





    Posted at 07:31 pm by thecommonills
     

    White House using your tax dollars to support censorship

    White House using your tax dollars to support censorship

    AL BAWABA NEWS notes:

    In a Wednesday letter to the controversial satellite network, Iraq's Communications and Media Commission (CMC) said it was revoking the license that allowed Al Jazeera to operate in Iraq due to "violations of the official codes of conduct and broadcasting rules and regulations."


    We noted it in yesterday's snapshot and it's still news.  AFP reports, "Ziad Ajili, from the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, condemned the move, saying that the CMC does not have direct authority to close media offices in Iraq."

    It's news and it should be.

    It's censorship.

    Why is US taxpayer money being wasted yet again to support a thugocracy?

    Why are US troops being asked to risk their lives for a government that doesn't even respect basic rights?


    Now not everyone thinks it's bad news.



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    See the club sex toy for Shi'ite militias loves it.

    He really loves it.

    But he's trash.

    Like Jane Arraf, cowardly trash -- as Mike notes.


    AL JAZEERA correspondent Imran Khan Tweets:


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      shuts down Al Jazeera offices Baghdad citing code of conduct. Disappointed. In 3 years they never once complained about my reporting.
     
     
     
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    And we'll note these:


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