Sunday, June 18, 2017

Truest statement of the week

Barack Obama is still working to promote the interests of the world’s ruling elites. Former presidents usually disappear from view and write their memoirs. But Obama is openly making election endorsements in France and Germany, and hanging out with royalty in the United Kingdom. His activities are not accidental, they are an extension of what the Democrats do at home. The ruling classes need to be mollified and that apparently is permanent job for Mr. Hope and Change.

-- Margaret Kimberley, "Freedom Rider: Under the Democrats’ Bus" (BLACK AGENDA REPORT).

Truest statement of the week II

Noel Gallagher is the most overrated songwriter in the whole history of pop music. They were perfect for the Brit press because they behaved badly and got all the attention. Blur were really great. That guy Damon Albarn is a real f**kin' songwriter.

-- Steve Earle to Simon Hattenstone for "My wife left me for a younger, skinnier, less talented singer" (GUARDIAN).

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?

Margaret Kimberley gets another truest.
Steve Earle gets one as well.
And it's needed badly.
Ava and C.I. enter the debate on Megyn Kelly interviewing Alex Jones.

What does it mean?
We repost Marcia's piece.
Laura Nyro called it in 1984!

We go back into the kitchen.

Medicare for all is the least the US government can do for us.
What we listened to while writing.
Press release from Senator Johnny Isakson's office.

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


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

Editorial: A real political party is needed

Shaun King (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) observes, "The Democratic Party has shifted to the right. It's not anti-war. It's not strong on the environment. It's not strong on civil and human rights. It's not for universal health care. It's not strong on cracking down on Wall Street and big banks or corporate fraud."

It's certainly not anti-war and hasn't been since the 2006 mid-term elections.

That's when the pretense of ending the Iraq War vanished -- when the American people were told by Nancy Pelosi to give them control of one house of Congress and they would end the Iraq War.

So trusting, the American people gave them control of both houses of Congress.

Instead of ending the Iraq War, they used it to turn out votes in the 2008 election.

This led to a Democratically-controlled Congress and a US president (Barack Obama) who was elected on his promise to end the Iraq War.

In a big middle finger to the American people, the Iraq War continued and continues.

Why is the US-led coalition using white phosphorus in Iraq & Syria? Even relatively minor burns are often fatal

Barack left office in January, after two terms as president, and the Iraq War drags on.

(So does the Afghanistan War but he can at least claim he never promised to end that one.)

The Democratic officials didn't just refuse to end the Iraq War, the Democratic Party voters refused to hold them to their promises.

Glen Ford (BLACK AGENDA REPORT) points out, "The U.S. does need a social democratic party, but it must be anti-war, otherwise it commits a fraud on social democracy. The United States is the imperial superpower, the main military aggressor on the planet. Its rulers must be deprived of the political ability to spend trillions on war, and to kill millions, or they will always use the 'necessity' of war to enforce austerity. The 'left' domestic project will fail."

As we stated last week, "Let's be really clear, the left abandoned Iraq and when it did so, it lost it's way."

Replying to 
i'm not comparing incidents, all lives taken is a tragedy BUT if you dont care about deaths in places like Syria & Iraq then i dunno man

We dunno, either.

TV: Megyn, Megyn, Megyn

Megyn Kelly is someone we find extremely unimpressive.

And quite frankly, enduring SUNDAY NIGHT WITH MEGYN KELLY once was more than enough for us.

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We will not be watching it tonight on NBC.

However, we're not boycotting -- or, if we are, we're just boycotting out of boredom.

Some NBC affiliates will not be airing the program.

They feel that Megyn's crossing a line of good taste and decorum.

This from the network that brought the world PINK LADY AND JEFF?

The cause for the clamor is Megyn's interview with radio host Alex Jones who hosts THE ALEX JONES SHOW?

He believes in alternate theories.

Did you realize this was such a crime?

That we were that far back in the Eishenhower 50s?

And it wasn't all that long ago that THE VIEW had a co-host who believed the world was flat -- and who was comfortable saying so on network TV.

As far as accepted beliefs, we kind of thought the flat earth ship sunk long ago.

But there it was in 2007.

And guess what?

ABC lived.

THE VIEW lived.

Even Sherri Shepherd lived.

The (round) world kept on turning.

Alex Jones is dubbed a 'conspiracy theorist' by some.

Maybe he is.

Maybe he isn't.

We don't listen to him.

We don't mean that as an insult.

There's a lot on the radio we don't listen to and our focus here is TV.

Is it our job to go stream various audio programs to write about this?


In fact, if we did that, we'd be guilty of what those condemning Megyn insist will happen.

They've fallen for this cause-and-effect scenario: Megyn airs an interview with Alex Jones and everyone wants to go listen to Alex Jones.

Some will.

Some won't.

We're not thrilled with her program, or its loose connection to news reporting, but she's doing interviews and we don't have a problem with her interviewing people.

We especially don't have a problem with her interviewing someone who is not going to say what every other talking head on TV is already saying.

Is Alex Jones a 'kook'?

He may be.

He may not be.

But we trust that adults can make up their own minds -- can and should.

We support Megyn Kelly's right to interview anyone she wants.

From the press last week, it appears she's planned a hit job on Alex Jones and misled him.

That doesn't especially thrill us.

That reeks more of daytime ambush theatrics than an actual interview but it doesn't have us calling for the segment not to be aired.

Megyn's going to present a person with alternate views.

Maybe that will be her niche?

We don't think that would be so bad.

Katie Couric, when she anchored THE CBS EVENING NEWS, had a segment called "free Speech" which got killed.



Whiney little babies -- in the bodies of adults -- who wouldn't tolerate people being on TV.

Now it wasn't a one program segment.

It was a regular feature and was supposed to serve up diverse views.

The point was to clue everyone in on the fact that, across the country, different people were focused on different things and saw things differently.

It was a 2006 attempt to go beyond the bubble.

And we all need to do that, it causes us to stretch intellectually and it raises our awareness of the world we live in.

Megyn's interview may contribute to that (ideally it would).

It may not.

But the notion that she needs to be shunned or run off the airwaves because of who she interviewed contributes nothing to the conversation.

Still a group hisses, "Megyn! Megyn! Megyn!"

As though they're the Jan Brady of media critics.

And insists that people -- grown adults viewing a public affairs program -- can't handle an exchange.

You get the idea these pearl clutchers might pass out if they ever visited, say, DATA LOUNGE and witnessed a heated debate over whether Karen Carpenter or Bette Midler was the better singer.

Grow up, we'll all survive.

Last week's violent shooting

Last week was not a good one.

Violence erupted and US House Majority Whipe Steve Scalise was among those shot.


US President Donald Trump summed it up this way:

This week, our nation was shocked and horrified when a gunman opened fire on a Member of Congress.  Five people were wounded in the assault, including a member of House Leadership – my good friend, Steve Scalise.

Steve is beloved across Washington, he embodies everything public service is about – he’s dedicated to his constituents, devoted to his values, and deeply committed to his country.  I visited Steve, his wife, and his family in the hospital as he continues to fight for his recovery.  435 Members of Congress, and 300 million Americans, are pulling for him, praying for him, and pledging to him our full and total support.

We continue to hold all of those wounded and fighting for recovery in our hearts and prayers, including Matt Mika, who was also badly wounded.

In that terrible crime, we also witnessed the incredible heroism of Capitol Police.  Special Agent Crystal Griner – who I also had the honor of meeting during my visit to the Hospital – raced into gunfire, along with Special Agent David Bailey.  They saved the lives of our Members of Congress and prevented that dark day from becoming a tragedy beyond imagination.  They, like so many other courageous police officers, represent the very best of us. We salute them, and we also salute members of Alexandria Police, Fire and Rescue.

Though we have our differences, what unites us is so much stronger: our love of country, our devotion to its people.  Now more than ever, these values must guide us – and bring us closer together.  Let us always remember that our job is to serve and represent the whole American People – and that we are all children of the same God.

Before opening fire, the shooter made sure to determine that potential victims would be Republican.

A climate has been fostered in this country.

  1. Dems aren't responsible for the shooting, but they're responsible for fostering a paranoid political climate


It's a climate that has gotten worse and worse ever since the election.

Some Democrats -- this includes elected officials like US House Rep. Maxine Waters -- have made irresponsible statements that would have been called out just two years ago by the media.

But the media has been part of this landscape as well.

They have promoted conspiracy theories as fact non-stop.

Their visceral hatred of Donald Trump has infected our culture.

Michael Tracey (MEDIUM) notes:

Proclaiming that the president engaged in treason — as many members of Congress and media figures have — is going to have an influence on the broader public, and included in that broader public are people who might be deranged and/or have violent inclinations.
If you deny that the kind of overblown rhetoric that Democrats have specialized in over the past months — warning about traitorous subterfuge and foreign infiltration — can have any trickle-down effect on regular people, you’re deluding yourself. And yes, this same principle applies across the board. Republicans and conservatives who wail delusionally about Sharia Law and the usurpation of American institutions by scheming Muslims also have this effect. Given that Islam-obsessives promote a political ideology that reeks of paranoia and conspiratorial fancy, it should be no surprise that disturbed individuals occasionally latch on to these beliefs and commit acts of violence. When this occurs, the act can be reasonably attributed to the right-wing provocateurs who have spewed such propaganda for such an extended period of time. Does that mean you can assign direct culpability to any given provocateur for any given violent act? No. To do that would be to make an unfounded claim of causation, and establishing causation is inherently tenuous in these situations. But it’s ridiculous to suggest that political beliefs can’t motivate unstable people to act in certain ways, including in ways that bring about violence.

Media figures like Rachel Maddow, to cite only one, did not pull a trigger nor did they put a gun in the hand of shooter.  But they did promote a climate of hatred and that is on them.

They sewed a climate

Eric London (WSWS) points out:

Many in the political establishment have expressed shock and disbelief over Wednesday’s events. They have no right to be surprised. Such events are now a common feature of American life, with 372 mass shootings reported in 2016 alone.
The United States is dominated by violence and inequality, and yet the vast majority of the population has no way to express its social anger through the institutions of government, the courts, the trade unions, the corporate press or the political parties.
The political battles in Washington are utterly remote from the real concerns of masses of people. At a time when the Democratic Party expends all its political energy on an hysterical anti-Russian campaign aimed at bringing about a shift in Trump’s foreign policy, what motivates popular anger in the working class is not lurid claims of a Russian conspiracy, but social inequality and war.
There are lessons to be drawn. Social anger is real and it is building. Millions of workers will be looking toward the development of social struggle—not individual terrorism—to address the many problems of personal and social life. The task of the International Committee of the Fourth International is to unify all of the disparate social struggles of workers and youth in a mass political struggle for the socialist reorganization of the world economy.

A lesson in last week for all.

For the media, they need to stop presenting their revenge fantasies on Donald Trump as fact.

For the politicians, they need to lower the rhetoric.

For the political parties?

They need to grasp how many people are being disenfranchised by a system that does not listen to them, does not represent them and ignores them.

A conversation should be taking place with self-examination.

This could also include the topic of what message is two endless wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) sending -- not just overseas but domestically?

THE ORIGINALS wraps up season four on Friday

Another scene, Freya talks about her mortality.

Season four of THE ORIGINALS wraps up this Friday on THE CW.

Marcia wrote at length about last week's episode.  

Read it to be sure you're caught up going into this Friday's episode.

The Originals (last new episode of the season airs next Friday)

Friday night on The CW, the latest episode of The Originals aired.  Remember, next Friday is the finale.

So The Hollow is in Hope (Hayley and Klaus' daughter).  Hayley tries to brush Hope's hair and notices that Hope is acting weird.  Marcel injects Sofia and explains, when she comes to, that she has been in coma since The Hollow entered her.

She says The Hollow isn't dead, she can still feel it.

Vincent is charged by The Hollow's underlings who steal the book on The Hollow.

Let's move to something nice.

Freya goes to see Keelen.  She explains that when she was battling The Hollow, she saw her greatest fear: Keelen dying and Freya having no way to stop it.

The two made love.

After, this exchange . . .

Keelen: You coming to see me this morning, it was nice.

Freya:  Truth is, I almost ran.  Pretty good at that actually.

Keelen: Why didn't you?

Freya:  Well, it just hit me that when I die, I'm not going to wake up five minutes later.  Neither are you.  Compared to the rest of my family, my life is going to be so short and I guess I just didn't want to waste it anymore.

Keelan: Glad you didn't.

They kiss.

Even if Hayley hadn't decided it was over with Eli, Freya and Keelen would be my favorite couple.

And, yes, it's over.

Rebecca spoke with Hayley who told her that she didn't want Hope raised to believe it was normal that you destroy whole cities to wipe out your enemies, etc.

Hayley was avoiding Eli but he sensed what was going on and talked with Klaus.

It's always kind of weird that Hayley and Klaus had the baby but it was Klaus' brother Eli that Hayley loved.

Vincent harnessed the power of Marcel (with Marcel's reluctant agreement) to go back and time to the creation of The Hollow and he heard its birth but was thrown back out.  Marcel's power wasn't strong enough.  Vincent needs the book that was stolen or . . .

"That leaves us with one option, I have to be dead."

So he goes dead while Eli and Klaus go after the underlings.

Rebecca talks to The Hollow who she thinks is her niece Hope.

The Hollow has tossed out a friendship bracelet into the fire and Rebecca thinks Hope is scared.  "In a thousand years, nothing has bested us.  We can't be defeated," Rebecca assures her.

"Well there is one thing," The Hollow says.

And The Hollow makes a piece of wood pierce Rebecca from the back and down she goes.

Meanwhile a happy Freya enters the compound and goes up to Hayley, "I know we're not always the most honest around here but I had to tell someone . . ."

She looks at Hayley and stops because Hayley is so depressed.

Hayley explains Hope is acting weird and hands Freya the brush she was trying to brush Hope's hair with, "I took this from Hope's room, do a reading on this tell me what kind of energy you feel."

Freya casts a spell . . . It's The Hollow.

Klaus and Eli are about to tear into the underlings when one tells them that The Hollow is in Hope.

Klaus goes into vampire mode and tears into it the man.

Freya explains to Keelen what's going on and Keelen insists that she's going to go along.

They kiss.

Keelen: "Don't try to stop me."

Freay: "I already have."

Freya's cast a spell on Keelen to keep her there and safe.

As she walks out, Hayley is watching Hope and proposing they go do something fun but Hope won't even look at her.

And as The Hollow makes remarks, Hayley's tired of playing.

She tells The Hollow, "I want my daughter back."

Meanwhile, some underlings arrive at the graveyard to kill Vincent before he can go back to when The Hollow was created.  Marcel's protecting Vincent and is supposed to bring him back to life with the same shot that pulled Sofia out of her coma.

He tells them that they're not going to hurt Vincent unless they go through him "and in case you haven't heard I can't die."

They don't care, they're up for the challenge.

As they fight, Hayley and The Hollow exchange words.

"I don't care how long it takes or what I have to do I will get my daughter back," Hayley tells her.

The Hollow: You won't. Hope is still fighting but she'll give in soon.

The Hollow flashes Hope's arm where the image of the serpent swallowing its own tail is about 1/4 visible.

The Hollow: Once this is complete, I'll be in her body permanently.

Then she adds, "You won't hurt me I'm your daughter."

Freya appears from behind chanting a spell.

It causes The Hollow to pass out.

Hayley: How long do we have?

Freya:  Not long.  We need to work fast.

They do.

But as they do, The Hollow turns to mist above Hope's body and goes down to confront them.

She tosses Freya across the room and then, when Hayley charges her, sends a knife type weapon through her.

As Marcel, Vincent, Sofia, Eli and Klaus get ready to enter the compound,  Sofia stops Klaus to explain about when The Hollow possessed her, "While she had me all I wanted to do was give up."

She adds, "You can't let that happen to Hope."

As a result, Klaus goes into spiritual mode and visits Hope to encourage her to fight.

The others work on confronting The Hollow.

Sofia sees lights flickering and then The Hollow appears before her.

The Hollow: Hello again.

She causes Sofia to fall and bleed out of her mouth.  (She's not dead.  She'll be back alive in the final scene.)

Klaus: Hope listen to me, you need to stay awake, you have to stay with me, can you do that?

Hope: I'll try.

He tells her that he was brutal and evil before she was born but from the minute he saw her he wanted to be a worthy father and he needs her.

Eli sees Hayley staked and vows vengeance.

The Hollow: How predictable.

Eli: You will pay for this.

The Hollow: I've killed you once Elijah I won't hesitate to do so again.

She tosses Eli out of commission.

Marcel enters telling her to show herself and asking, "What's the matter, the big bad Hollow too scared to face me?"

The Hollow: I hide from no one. Especially not some would be king of New Orleans

She then ends Marcel (Marcel, like Klaus, Rebecca and Eli, is a vampire and can't die, Hayley's a wolf and she's not dead either).

Vincent enters.

Vincent: That is vicious.  Even for you. He must have struck a nerve.

Vincent trapped her.

Vincent: Now I'm going to put you in your cave forever.

He means the book.  He's casting the spell.

As this happens, Klaus is trying to keep Hope away.

What do we all hate?

I blabber.  Someone who blathers on and on and doesn't do the job.

Meet Vincent.

He stops mid-spell to inform her that what she's feeling?  That's losing and blah blah blah.

Thanks Vincent.

She used that moment to break free.

The Hollow: You think you've beaten me!

Vincent is out, she's back in Hope.

Back in Hope's body, The Hollow walks to the stairs, sees the book next to the circle that held her.

She aims her hand at the book and sets it on fire.

She burns the book.

Commercial break.

Last segment of the show.

Rebecca, Klaus, Hayley, Freya, Keelen, Marcel, Sofia, Eli and Vincent are all at the compound.

Hayley: Where is she?

Vincent: I couldn't save her.  She's The Hollow now.

A cloud of sadness descends.

Rebecca: There must be some other way.

Freya: Vincent?

Vincent: I don't know any other way.

Hayley's not accepting that result.  She says she's going to save her daughter.  Eli grabs her shoulder.

Eli: Let me help.

Hayley: Don't touch me.

Eli: I am on your side.

Hayley: I should never have brought her back here.

The Hollow meets with her underlings who bow before her.

She smiles/smirks.

At the compound, Sofia comforts Vincent, while Rebecca turns her back on them.

Klaus enters the compound.

Klaus: A thousand years ago, we three [Rebecca, Eli and Klaus] made an enternal vow to protect each other always and fover. Freya, that vow now includes you as it includes my daughter. She's my heart and sould. Right now, she's outthere alone in the darkness fighting.  We can't give up.  So I'm begging you, all of you, if there's any chance --

Vincent: I think I know a way to save her.

All eyes turn to look at Vincent.

Vincent: If we go this route, this is going to be the end of your family, this is going to be the end of always and forever.

Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Video of the week

Laura Nyro called it years ago!

Now let's see
Should I vote for 'A' or 'B'?
'A' talks a lot
But not to me
And 'B' wants war
Kill or flunk?
Forget the vote
I'll just go out and get drunk

From The TESR Test Kitchen

Special K -- the cereal we all know and love.

Rumored to reduce weight -- as well as bloat and gas.

Special K Chocolatey Delight is the Special K cereal with little bits of chocolate in it.

How does it taste?

Like Special K -- but with little bars of Hershey dark chocolate.

special k

It tastes delicious.

The bad news?

A serving of the regular Special K has 13g of carbs while a serving of the Special K Chocolately Delight is nearly twice that at 25g of carbs.  (A single serving of either is 3/4 cup.)

Tweet of the week (domestic)

My Latest. Every Democrat in America should be supporting Medicare for All and we should challenge those who don't

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