Monday, June 26, 2017

Truest statement of the week

Barack Obama’s presidency created a rupture in the black American radical tradition. The end of his administration creates an opportunity to rekindle that proud legacy, and to reject the politics of intervention and mass death that emanates from every American presidential administration.
UNAC organizations know that the imperialist project is bipartisan. Barack Obama began the war for regime change in Syria and Donald Trump, despite making claims to the contrary, continues it. The need to expose the American effort to dominate the world continued even as UNAC members met. While speakers pointed to the dangers that America inflicts upon the world, the United States government shot down a Syrian jet and increased the risk of conflict with Russia.

-- Margaret Kimberley, "Freedom Rider: UNAC Brings Power to the People" (BLACK AGENDA REPORT).

Truest statement of the week II

In other words, the answer to restoring “trust” and to respecting “truth” is to hide ugly realities from the unwashed public. If the people are shielded from the facts, the Establishment will regain its control over “truth” and thus win back the people’s “trust.”
If all this seems upside-down to you – if you think that the real answer is for America’s leaders to behave more responsibly, to let the public in on the real “truth,” and thus to make the people’s “trust” mean something – you must be a “Kremlin stooge.” After all, the current groupthink is that the diabolical Russians slipped WikiLeaks those Democratic emails in a nefarious plot to undermine Americans’ faith in their democracy.

However, if you’re still having trouble with Friedman’s logic, you also must not understand how America’s new media paradigm works. The job of the media is not to provide as much meaningful information as possible to the people so they can exercise their free judgment; it is to package certain information in a way to guide the people to a preferred conclusion.

-- Robert Parry, "Policing 'Truth' to Restore 'Trust'" (CONSORTIUM NEWS).

A note to our readers

Hey --

A Sunday.

We are shocked.

Let's 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?

We got it up semi on time.


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

Editorial: Lies The Corporate Media Told You

Gloria DeLeon (KFOX 14) reports, "Approximately 400 to 500 Fort Bliss soldiers have been deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve."



Can't be, right?

Barack Obama ended the Iraq War.

File that under Lies The Corporate Media Told You.

In the real world, the Iraq War continues every day, day after day.

In the real word, Sunday was day 245 of The Mosul Slog.

In the real world, "Five people from the same family were killed Sunday when their home in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul was hit by an airstrike, a local activist told Anadolu Agency."

A USAF Airman scans for Isis fighting positions near Al Tarab, Iraq during the offensive to liberate West Mosul, Operation Inherent Resolve.

It's interesting how the corporate media lost interest in Iraq -- after the public turned against the world.

This is the same corporate media that sold the war, remember?


One of the great accomplishments of TNT's CLAWS is having a vibrant and unique visual look.  Log in hours of TV and you'll quickly realize how rare that is.

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Go over to TCM, for instance, where all they have to do is offer shots between movies and you'll see one fail after another.

And we're not just talking about Makiewicz.

Yes, Ben Mankiewicz is a horror and has no place in front of a mirror, let alone a camera.

There's that hideous forehead, that awful hair and, of course, he still doesn't know how to dress himself, this only months after TCM already spoke to him about his over-sized suits.  Since then, the chief problem has become the pants length.

Does Schmootzy think he's still due for a growth spurt?

Contrast that with Dave Karger -- whose calf muscles in his skinny jeans while speaking with author William Mann still stand out.

Why is Karger just an occasional host?

Better yet, why are Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey even on?

They were most recently discussing REAR WINDOW -- or pretending to.

Tina referred to Jammy Stewart's character as an injured war photographer -- clueing you in right away that she'd never watched the film closely.

She then explained her attitude towards Grace Kelly by folding her arms across her chest and frowning.  Grace, she said snottily, wears 50s clothes well.

Alec rushed to disagree with Tina's self-assessment about her own looks but the cameras were on Tina's side -- she did look bad.

Did she have bones removed from her face?

Where there weren't crevices, there were these huge skin slides.

By contrast, Alec just had to deal with the the fact that his skin looked like over-baked clay.

Dispensing with actual facts about the film allowed the two to be breezy and overly-familiar.

Maybe there's a place for the two on TCS -- TURNER CANCELED SITCOMS -- but they don't belong on TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES.

By contrast, every visual works on CLAWS.

The series -- produced by Rashida Jones, among others -- revolves around Desna Simms (Niecy Nash) who's trying to make her way in Florida and dreams of her own chain of nail salons while dealing with the Dixie mafia.

Niecy Nash is the perfect star for this show with overtones and vibrant backdrops.

She never chews the scenery but always manages to stand out.

She's aided by a strong supporting cast which includes Judy Reyes (Quiet Ann), Carrie Preston (Polly), Jenn Lyon (Jennifer) and Karrueche Tran (Virginia).

But possibly the most important support comes from . . .

Jack Kesy's rear.

Kesy does an excellent job playing Roller but leaving an even larger impact than his talent is his butt in one nude scene after another.

We know some may disagree with that.

Not about the impact of Kesy's ass but about him playing Roller.

That's because Roller 'dies' in episode one -- Desna tries to drown him and then he starts punching her and Virginia shoots him. The two women drop his body on a boat, light it on fire and send it sailing.

And, yes, Roller's now had a funeral.

But, did you forget, there was another body in that boat (someone Roller had killed)?

And did you forget only one body was found -- after the bulk of it was eaten by the gators?

Or that he was primarily identified via his broken grill -- the same grill that broke when Virginia tried to put it back in his mouth?

Roller's not dead.

And if things are complicated right now, expect them to get even more so when he shows back up.

In the meantime, there is the complex and confusing Uncle Daddy (Dean Norris) terrorizing everyone in sight, motivated by greed, anger and the loss of Roller.

All of this and Polly's tales of being forced into marrying the leader of the Symbionese Liberation Army at the age of 14?

CLAWS is a stunner in every way.

Get Back To Work

Do you want Medicare for all?

It's simpler, covers everyone & saves billions. Time for America to join the rest of the world.

If you're like most Americans, you do.

So what's standing in our way?

The US Congress.

That's right, the people we elect, the ones who are supposed to serve us, our employees.

They will spend trillions on the Iraq War but will not provide Medicare for all for We The People of the United States.

This is unacceptable.

It's time to tell Congress: Get back to work!

I co-sponsored Sen. Sanders’ and Rep. Conyers’ Medicare-for-All Act because I can’t sit idly as millions are stranded without health care.

Good for you, Ro Khanna.

And good for you too, Jeff Merkley.

Instead of secret GOP plan to undermine health care for millions, I've got a better idea: . WATCH:

But there are far too many others who have got to get back to work and start working for the people.

GOOGLE NEWS used to be so much better

Long before their pretend search for 'truth,' the GOOGLE NEWS search engine began disappointing and, these days, it's just a train wreck.

Take this example.


Look at that second item.

Jarrett Stoll?

"ex-NHL" it says.

So we know he's sports.

But who the heck is Erin Andrews?

A sportscaster.

Why is this under entertainment?

And if it really qualifies as news, this marriage, then why isn't it on the sports page?


See, it's not there.

But they'll shoe horn any crap -- sports items, Trump items, you name it -- into entertainment.

Tweet of the week

killed . Then it gave the Congress and put in in WH. Nice work Dems! 😂

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