Monday, November 23, 2015

Truest statement of the week

If the Democratic Party is where grassroots movements go to die, then the run-up to presidential elections is a year-long procession of Dead Activists Walking. This week, the funders of the Democratic wing of the corporate Deep State – most prominently, currency manipulator George Soros – have invited the Good, the Bad and the Hungry elements of what is widely called the Black Lives Matter movement to make their case for cash infusions. The Democracy Alliance’s (DA) stated mission is “to build progressive infrastructure that could help counter the well-funded and sophisticated conservative apparatus in the areas of civic engagement, leadership, media, and ideas.” Translation: to transform leftish activist organizations into loyal, dependent annexes of the Democratic Party.

-- Glen Ford, "'Black Lives Matter' Groups Hoping for a Big Payday" (BLACK AGENDA REPORT).

Truest statement of the week II

While Obama administration officials previously claimed that the bulk collection program was ended “for operational and resource reasons and has not been restarted,” NSA officials now gather emails and other information from Americans and non-Americans unhindered by restrictions on targeting which existed previously on US-based targets by collecting internet communications stored in data hubs located overseas (the “internet’s backbone”).

-- Nick Barrickman, "NSA documents reveal bulk email collection continues despite official claims" (WSWS).

A note to our readers

Hey --

A Monday.  First, we thank all who participated this edition which includes Dallas and the following:

The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.

And what did we come up with?

Glen Ford gets another truest.
A new one for the truest feature.
Hillary appears unstoppable -- sadly, that's not a good thing.
Ava and C.I. weigh in on JESSICA JONES.
It's really strange when you grasp that this outlet can -- and has -- regularly call out sexism while so many others cannot.  And we've been calling out Crapapedia since 2005.  We've also gotten results and led the way to stop the 'slut shaming' way Crapapedia then-presented women's personal lives.
I weigh in.  Largely because this edition needed more pieces.  

We love this album.
Marcia and Rebecca count Darwin as one of their favorite authors.
What we listened to while writing this edition.
Repost from Great Britain's Socialist Worker.

Repost from Great Britain's Socialist Worker.

Mike and the gang wrote this and we thank them for it.

So that's what we came up with.  Happy Thanksgiving and see you next week.


-- Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess, Ava and C.I.

Editorial: She won't own her mistakes but she thinks she can buy the White House

Thursday, War Monger Hillary Clinton gave a foreign policy speech calling for war, war and more war.

Her vote in favor of the Iraq War in 2002, she insists, was a 'mistake.'

Apparently, it's a mistake she's learned nothing from as evidenced by Thursday's words.

But any mistake, other than her never explored (by her) 2002 vote, is never acknowledged.

  (Illustration is Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts from January, 2006.)

In the speech Thursday, she insisted:

Now, we’ve been in a similar place before in Iraq. In the first Sunni awakening in 2007, we were able to provide sufficient support and assurances to the Sunni tribes to persuade them to join us in rooting out Al Qaida. Unfortunately, under Prime Minister Maliki’s rule, those tribes were betrayed and forgotten. So the task of bringing Sunnis off the sidelines into this new fight will be considerably more difficult. But nonetheless, we need to lay the foundation for a second Sunni awakening.

Yes, the Sahwa (also known as Awakenings and Sons of Iraq and Daughter of Iraq) were betrayed by Nouri al-Maliki.

And this betrayal was well documented before the 2010 elections.

And before the eight month political stalemate that followed the elections as loser Nouri al-Maliki refused to step down.

And before the The Erbil Agreement ended the stalemate.

Remember that?

Hillary hopes you don't.

November 10, 2010, the Erbil Agreement is signed.  November 11, 2010, the Iraqi Parliament has their first real session in over eight months and finally declares a president, a Speaker of Parliament and Nouri as prime minister-designate -- all the things that were supposed to happen in April of 2010 but didn't.

Nouri lost the election.

Hillary's right to call out Nouri.

She forgets to call out herself, Barack Obama and others for the US government brokering the Erbil Agreement that gave Nouri a second term after the voters said "no."

That's right, the US government stole that election.

When Hillary was US Secretary of State.

And she doesn't want to own up to that.

She won't own any of her mistakes.

But she just knows Big Money can buy the White House for her.

Sad thing is, she's probably right.

TV: Netflix scores another hit in Jessica Jones

Why does Netflix do it?


We kept wondering that while watching the latest TV series JESSICA JONES.

In the briefest overview possible, Jessica is a former superhero who still has great strength and can leap tremendous distances but now operates her own seedy, one-woman detective agency in New York City.

Well, not just in NYC, in post-MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS New York City.  And super powers aren't seen as so great by everyone -- including those who weren't thrilled by the big 2012 battle in the city.

Jessica takes walk-ins but also depends on wealthy and corrupt attorney Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss) as she tries to put the trauma of being controlled by Kilgrave (David Tennant) behind her.

She has her friends Trish (Rachael Taylor) and Malcolm (Eka Darville) and her hump-buddy Luke Cage (Mike Colter) but mainly she's got her own baggage as a result of the deaths of her parents and brother as well as being mind controlled by Kilgrove.

Jessica is played by Krysten Ritter who survived 'TIL DEATH and excelled in DON'T TRUST THE B---- IN APARTMENT 23, but still hadn't done anything to prepare audiences for how great she is in this role.

Everything about JESSICA JONES is impressive.

Rachael Taylor, for example, has floundered in the CHARLIE'S ANGELS TV reboot, PARK 666 and CRISIS.  Trish may be a supporting role but it offers her far more opportunities than lead roles in the last three did.  Or what about Trish's abusive mother?  In what could have been a one-note role, Rebecca De Mornay is given a chance to shine. Mike Colter's turn as Luke Cage (also known as Power Man) is so exciting you can't wait for next year when Luke gets his own Netflix series.

Jessica is a complex character and the show is as well with it's own unique point of view and a strong and individual look to it which stands in stark contrast to CBS' SUPERGIRL -- another live action attempt where all the surrounding characters are more interesting than the dull, vanilla superhero.

SUPERGIRL has no point of view, has no unique look and a lead character that's an embarrassing weakling.  It's not just that Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman and Diana Prince were more advanced in the 70s hit WONDER WOMAN, it's that even Phyllis Coates and Noel Neill alternating as Lois Lane in THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN had more purpose and strength back in the 50s.

On the heels of last spring's success with DAREDEVIL, Netflix launches another first class superhero show.  If only CBS and the other broadcast networks could do the same . . .

Remember, boys and girls, it's Crapapedia


WIKIPEDIA, where any lie can be falsely presented as truth.

Take their entry on the 1978 film THE WIZ:

When Motown star Diana Ross asked Gordy if she could be cast as Dorothy, he declined, saying that Ross—then 33 years old—was too old for the role.[8] Ross went around Gordy and convinced executive producer Rob Cohen at Universal Pictures to arrange a deal where he would produce the film if Ross was cast as Dorothy. Gordy and Cohen agreed to the deal. Pauline Kael, a film critic, described Ross's efforts to get the film into production as "perhaps the strongest example of sheer will in film history."[8]


Because Rob Cohen, who produced the film, told a different story to J. Randy Taraborrelli for his book CALL HER MISS ROSS.  In the original hard coversion, it appears on pages 337 through 339.

Diana Ross calls Berry and says she wants to play the part.  He tells her to forget it.

He then calls Rob Cohen

Rob agrees with Berry but tells him, "There's only one reason that it's right. [. . .] Universal will pay her $1 million to do it.  And it'll mean getting this movie made."

Berry likes the one million notion and Rob's left to speak to Universal executive Tom Mount the next day to make good on his prediction of Diana getting a million to make the film.

Cohen states he then called John Badham who didn't like the idea and left as director of the film.

He then states he called Berry Gordy.

After which, Diana called Berry to restate that she wanted to play Dorothy and, after a moment of playing stand-offish, he tells her she has the role and Universal will pay her one million dollars for playing the part.

In his end notes (again, original hard cover version of the book), Taraborrelli explains that the source for these events is from "my interview with Cohen."

And Pauline Kael's quote?

She didn't write that.

But only at Crapapedia can you 'source' a Pauline Kael film review for THE NEW YORKER by referencing . . . a clip job biography of Ross.

Pauline Kael's review actually stated -- in fact opened -- with this on "will," "Diana Ross's determination to play Dorothy in the film version of the black Broadway musical 'The Wiz' is probably the chief example in all movie history of a whim of iron."

And that, boys and girls, is from page 138 of the October 30, 1978 issue of THE NEW YORKER.

That's how you source a film review -- that or by the Pauline Kael book of collected reviews the review appeared in.  (Hint, can't use FOR KEEPS -- that collection contains only part of the review -- not the full review -- and doesn't contain the quote.)

You may notice, speaking of sourcing, that the false claim that Diana went around Berry isn't sourced at WIKIPEDIA.

But when telling and spreading lies about women, WIKIPEDIA never requires sourcing.

Jim's World (They never listen)


Thanksgiving is nearly upon us.

Like many, I will be spending it with family --  Dona and our child and our parents, etc.

So like many guys across the country, the weekend meant haircut time.

I hope my experience was different than others but, from conversations since, I think it was all too common.

When I showed up for my haircut, the woman looked at the computer and said, "You like it long on top, right?"


And it's in the computer because too often that's not what I get.

And it's not what I got.

I did get to hear about my stylist's ADD and her OCD.

I got to hear about the angry spat with her lover.

I got to hear about her ex as well.

I got to hear her drone on and on while she destroyed my hair.

She saved the top for last.

Before cutting it, she asked me how it looked.

And right then it looked fine.

And then she takes the scissors and whacks the front about an inch short.

As two inches fall to the floor, I ask her what she just did?

"Oh, right.  Longer on top.  Okay, okay, I can fix it."

She takes the shears, takes off the two guard and does the sides to the scalp.

On one side.

It did not make it look better.

Nor did it look any better when she had done the other side.

It looked like Jack Webb.

Thanks to this idiot who couldn't be bothered with paying attention to her actual job, I'll be seeing family on Thursday as I sport a Jack Webb DRAGNET haircut.

When I complained, and I did complain, she told her boss I hadn't objected during the haircut.

No, not until she lopped off two inches from the top.

More to the point, the computer clearly states that I like it long on top.

And since when is it my job to monitor her?

I drop the car off for new brakes, I don't have to sit there and watch them mechanic.

So my beef this go round is how some stylists want to bore you with all the petty details of their life and don't care enough about you the paying customer to cut your hair right.

I really think a new rule needs to be imposed: Shut your mouth and cut the hair.

Agree or disagree, you can weigh in via e-mail (

10 Reasons to Grab Songs From The Trees

Friday, Carly Simon's SONGS FROM THE TREES was available for download online and purchase in stores.


Here are ten reasons you should grab the album.

1) It's a double disc collection -- 31 songs in all.

2) You can purchase the discs for $12.99 at Amazon or download it at Amazon for $14.99 (prices are the most current as we write this piece).

3) The collection features two previously unreleased tracks, "Shutdown" recorded during the sessions for 1978's BOYS IN THE TREES album and "I Can't Thank You Enough" (written and performed with Ben Taylor).

4) The other 29 songs are previously released but all have been remastered for this collection.

5) It's the musical companion piece to her new memoir BOYS IN THE TREES due out Tuesday ($17.39 at Amazon currently).

6) The collection contains an 18-page booklet.

7) Singer-songwriter Carly has won the Grammy, the Golden Globe and a Grammy for her songwriting and has been inducted into The Songwriters Hall of Fame (though, being a woman, she still can't get into Jann Wenner's sexist Rock & Roll Hall of Fame).

8) Covering 12 of her first 13 studio albums (plus including a hit from The Simon Sisters -- her folk duo with sister Lucy Simon), the collection serves as a strong overview of Carly's early career.

9) SONGS FROM THE TREES contains over 20 tracks not included on previously released single and double disc Carly collections (we're not including the three disc retrospective CLOUDS IN MY COFFEE).

10) "CD wallet made from 100% recycled paperboard".

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