Monday, June 13, 2022

Truest statement of the week

The United States continues to shoot itself in the foot in its futile effort to damage the Russian economy. It is also asking other nations to do likewise and live with inflation, food scarcity, and rising energy prices. European countries have gone along with the sanctions which cut off their natural gas supplies from Russia when there is no logical alternative source for them. However, the rest of the world has refused to join in U.S. and EU condemnations or accept that they must live with privations caused by the reckless actions of other nations.

Of course, the ongoing state of delusion just continues the fantasy foreign policy decision making in Washington. The Countering Malign Russian Influences in Africa Act, HR 7311 , is just one example. But while the U.S. makes up nonsense as it goes along, the real problems that African nations have with the U.S. and their desire to have good relations with Russia go unaddressed.

Russian president Vladimir Putin recently welcomed Macky Sall, president of Senegal and Chairman of the African Union (AU) to a summit meeting. African countries are particularly hard hit by sanctions against Russia. They depend on Russia and Ukraine for supplies of wheat and other grains. When the sanctions regime removed Russia from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) system, it impeded Africans ability to pay for commodities, including food and fertilizer. In a virtual meeting with the EU, Sall said, “When the SWIFT system is disrupted, it means that even if the products exist, payment becomes complicated, if not impossible.” In other words, Africa has to go hungry because of the U.S. obsession with an impossible mission of breaking up Russia or turning back the clock to the 1990s when compromised Russian leadership allowed their country to be open to international thievery.


-- Margaret Kimberley, "U.S. Effort to Hurt Russia Undermines Itself and the World" (BLACK AGENDA REPORT).




Truest statement of the week II

The idea that the U.S., or any Western nation for that matter, involved in the ongoing imperialist project, could seriously see itself as a protector of human rights is bizarre and dangerous, and must be countered. The fact that the U.S. will still attempt to advance this fiction reflects either the height of arrogance or a society and administration caught in the grip of a collective national psychosis. I am convinced it is both, but more on that later.

A cognitive rupture from objective reality, the inability to locate oneself in relationship to other human beings individually and collectively in the material world are all symptoms of severe mental derangement. Yet, it appears that this is the condition that structures the psychic make-up of all of the leaders of the U.S. and the collective West. 

It is what I have referred to as the psychopathology of white supremacy: 

A racialized narcissistic cognitive disorder that centers so-called white people’s and European civilization and renders the afflicted with an inability to perceive objective reality in the same way as others. This affliction is not reducible to the race of so-called whites but can affect all those who have come in contact with the ideological and cultural mechanisms of the Pan-European colonial project. 

How else can you explain the self-perceptions of the U.S. and West, responsible for the most horrific crimes against humanity in the annuals of human history from genocide, slavery, world wars, the European, African and Indigenous holocausts, wars and subversion since 1945 that have resulted in over 30 million lives lost – but then assert their innocence, moral superiority and right to define the content and range of human rights?

-- Ajamu Baraka, "For the Peoples of our Region, the Failure of Biden’s Summit of the Americas Would be a Welcome Event" (BLACK AGENDA REPORT).





A note to our readers


Hey -- 

Sunday!!! Where we are, on the west coast, anyway.

It's okay, check your breath.  We know you're shocked.  We are as well.

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, Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
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?






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

Editorial: When will MSM admit how useless they've become?

October 10th, Iraq held elections.  The western press immediately proclaimed Moqtada al-Sadr a ''kingmaker.''  He'd never been one before and nothing in his past or present indicated he could become one now.  The October Revolution?  They had no use for Moqtada.  He tried to ride their popularity and then tried to control them.  The young Shi'ites that made up the revolution rejected the cult leader and he began verbally attacking them.  He trashed them, for among other things, allowing males and females to protest together.  This led to the young people mocking him even more.  The 2021 election saw his turnout fall significantly indicating that Sadr City still being a slum after all these years of 'leadership' from Moqtada was leading to more losses.  

Eight months ago, the western press -- especially the MSM in the US -- was proclaiming him a "kingmaker."  At what point are they going to admit that they were wrong?

Never, of course.

But right now would be the time to do so.

ALJAZEERA reports:

Iraqi lawmakers from firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc resigned on Sunday, the parliamentary speaker said, a move ostensibly designed to end eight months of political paralysis.

“We have reluctantly accepted the requests of our brothers and sisters, representatives of the al-Sadr bloc, to resign,” parliament’s speaker Mohammed al-Halboussi said on Twitter after receiving resignation letters from the 73 lawmakers.

He was never a kingmaker.

TV: STAND OUT -- maybe, but not in the good way

Friday night Azealia Banks stormed off stage at a Miami Pride event, flipping off the audience after ranting about the venue's various issues.   The storming out, the flipping off, the complaints about security and dry ice?  None of that surprised us.  The only thing that made us raise our eyebrows was why the hell was she invited to perform at a Pride event?

Yes, she does claim to be bisexual but how long ago was it that she was launching a homophobic rant against gay men and had to publicly promise to never again use the f-word again?  And how many times has she verbally attacked the trans community?

Why in the world invite her to perform at a Pride event?  No one's that desperate.


Or so we would have thought it we hadn't caught NETFLIX's hideous new comedy special.  After watching, we had to check the press release to make sure it was supposed to be comedy.  Yep, it was supposed to make you laugh:

Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration is a stand-up comedy special hosted by none other than Billy on the Street‘s Billy Eichner. The special includes various comedians belonging to the LGBTQ+ community, all of whom take to the stage to tell their own hilarious stories.

Their own hilarious stories?  That may generate more laughs than the special did.

Can Billy Eichner do standup?


We know he can act.  He was part of one of the finest sitcoms of the 2010s (DIFFICULT PEOPLE).  We know he can do funny street interviews.  But we watched STAND OUT and we're still not sure he can do stand up -- at least we're not sure if he can do good stand up.

He's the host which means he delivers a monologue and then introduces guests who introduce the comedians.  The monologue?

Not since Budd Friedman hosted AN EVENING AT THE IMPROV have we seen such bad comedy.  Billy may have been nervous -- that would explain the hideous timing -- but that wouldn't explain the material.  It was awful.  Here's the big joke he did (which is also pretty much his complete monologue):

We all know how backwards and dangerous the Don’t Say Gay laws are. Queer people, and especially trans people, are under legislative attack in this country. Trans people are being demeaned. They're trying to dehumanize trans people. They're trying to erase trans people. And I'm not even talking about Florida. I'm talking about Dave Chappelle's latest Netflix special!

Did you write it for a bad, generic 90s sitcom, Billy?  Because it sounds that way.  Obviously, Dave Chappelle is not doing "laws" or "legislative" so the rule of the three you're operating under that takes you to Dave Chappelle isn't a real clear path, is it?

Maybe that's why people weren't laughing.  

Sure, they applauded.  Applause at a comedy show, instead of laughs, mean that they agree with the sentiment, not that they find the material funny.

There wasn't much to find humorous in the special.

There was Tig Notaro, she was hilarious.  But too much of it wasn't.  Bob The Drag Queen?  Maybe he had an off night but it just wasn't funny.  

Patti Harrison wasn't funny.  But she tried.  We'll give her credit for that.  She came out with a prepared bit.  It probably plays very well in backwater clubs.  She pretends to be Stevie Nicks on stage.  Sometimes she sounds a little bit like Stevie in terms of the singing voice.

But is Stevie Nicks just a singer?  No, she's a songwriter.  She gave Fleetwood Mac the group's only number one hit ("Dreams").  So if you're going to do Stevie Nicks singing as a comedy bit, you have two choices.  Part of the joke can be Stevie singing someone else's song -- say, Stevie sings "Wooly Bully."  Or you can do a joke about Stevie singing a song that she wrote or supposedly wrote.  Patti's song is not like anything Stevie would sing.

We know Stevie and we love her.  But we still laugh our asses off whenever we watch Lucy Lawless as Stevie Nicks in the SNL skit "The Fajita Roundup."  

If Patti wants to do a Stevie Nicks impersonation, she needs to learn about Stevie -- there are many things that pop up in her songs -- fog, mirrors, velvet, moons, stairwell, lace, lightning, wind, rain, storms, the sea, dreams, dreaming, crystal visions, blue crystal mirror . . . -- and then she might try writing a song Stevie would sing.  A baby being being left in the sun on the beach?

That is so unlike Stevie -- both in terms of her lyrics and in terms of her life (Stevie has avoided the sun for decades which is why her skin still looks so good).

What's especially sad is she's being doing that parody for years now and no one -- friend or foe -- has cared enough about her to be honest and tell her it's half-baked and really needs more work before you perform it publicly.

Patti wasn't awful and her bit could be fined tuned.  We can offer notes for her.  The others?  They're beyond notes.

Marsha Warfield was funny and so were Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster and Trixie Mattel.  Other than that?  There was a male comedian.  Parts of his act were funny.  We're not so sure he should have been invited for that act when they want to be so anti-Chappelle.  The comic was anti-White -- including to his own boyfriend.  More to the point, he engaged in bottom shaming.  That's not a minor point among gay males.  In fact, that may be the next big hot spot -- at least in the G part of the LGBTQ community.  It's not a minor point to a vocal number of gay men.  And we'll also note that no one came on and did any top shaming.

Does that seem picky?  We don't think it is when you present yourself as better than others.  Billy saw himself as better than David Chappelle and since he clearly isn't when it comes to stand up, we'll assume he just thinks he's a better person than Dave.  A better person wouldn't lack sensitivity on issues in his own community.  Just be clear for those who aren't gay men or don't have gay male friends -- a lot of gay men find it easier to come out to non-gays as being gay than they do as being bottoms.

In fact, if the people in the special are trying to present themselves as better than Dave Chappelle, they've got a lot more work to do than they realize.  For example, Dave's African-American. Dave's straight.  He's spent his whole public life being both.  It sure was funny to see a number of faces talking about being out and proud and telling stories -- one telling a story about the 80s -- when the reality is that during the '00s, they were still pretending to be straight.

No, we don't mean Lily Tomlin.  Lily came out in 2000 to US magazine.  Some on the special continued to hide past that date.  We're not referring to Marsha either.  She's been very vocal about her mother making her promise not to come out until she (her mother) was dead.  We're talking about other people.  They know who they are, don't worry.

But while we're on Lily . . . 

Oh, Lily.  Why?

Seriously, why?

Why did you introduce Sandra Bernhard?

You thought it was funny when she made the comments in 2008 about Sarah Palin being raped?  Or that she stereotyped African-American men in those 'jokes'?  That she thought, a White, Jewish woman like her could speak for African-American men?

Or maybe you've found her use of the N-word hilarious?  

We can't imagine that's it, Lily?

But, here's the thing, Lil, others aren't willing to gloss over it.  It's gone on far too long.  It wasn't funny in the 80s, it wasn't in the nineties and it wasn't in the '00s.  Fortunately, Naomi Campbell isn't shy about going there.


As Naomi and Mariah Carey discuss how Sandra used the N-word to describe Mariah (turned it into an adjective, actually, but let's not promote Sandra's 'joke'),  Naomi said of Sandra, "Honey, let's remember what you said because those things will come back to haunt you."

And they should.  Which is why we were appalled to see Lily introducing "my friend Sandra Bernhard."  (For the record, one of us, C.I., is friends with Naomi.)  

We were even more appalled to see Sandra onstage at the event.

How low was the bar?

Pretty damn low.

Sandra didn't have a routine per se.  Just the insults you know.  She wanted to be political and she got them all to their feet.

Which only begged the question of why was she there even more loudly.

Sandra wanted to 'joke' or 'riff' or whatever she passes observations off as now about . . . abortion.



We don't imagine many lesbians end up pregnant by accident.  Nor gay men.  Nor transgendered people.  Abortion really isn't an issue for any in that community other than the female Bs.  

Unless, they're raped and get pregnant that way.  But Sandra knows to stay away from her rape 'joke,' she learned the hard way after women's centers cancelled her bookings when she made the rape 'jokes' about Sarah Palin.

Sandra didn't belong there.  She didn't belong on that stage because of all the time she's spent in the closet.  She didn't belong there because of her material (abortion, honestly, that was her bit for this special) and she especially didn't belong up there after her non-stop use of the N-word throughout her career.  She's been hurtful with it.  Mariah is not the only one who has been harmed.

But Billy wanted to take on Dave Chappelle.  

Billy, it's not just the fact that you're not a funny stand up, it's also that you're not a good enough person.  Don't throw stones at Dave when you're inviting a racist on stage.  

The special wrapped with Rosie O'Donnell leading everyone in a version of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" with "Gays" substituted for "Girls."  

That was an entertaining and joyful moment.  And the special really needed it but it's a shame they couldn't make room for Rosie to actually do stand up.  Rosie knows how.  So many on the stage didn't have a clue.

If the point had been to talk about LGBTQ issues, the special would have gotten a B-.  But the point was to be funny.  And the bulk of it wasn't.  It felt like we were watching a taped walked through -- not even a dress rehearsal.  It was boring and to be boring is bad for a comedy special but to boring and offensive?  The people behind STAND UP need to sit down already, they've embarrassed themselves enough for the whole year.



Jim: Roundtable time again. We'll be talking about Iraq, independent media and who knows what other topics.  Remember our e-mail address is but you can also use  Participating in our roundtable are  The Third Estate Sunday Review's Dona, Ty, Jess, Ava, and me, Jim; 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); Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix; Mike of Mikey Likes It!; Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz); Ruth of Ruth's Report; Trina of Trina's Kitchen; Wally of The Daily Jot; Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ; Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends; Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub. Betty's kids did the illustration. You are reading a rush transcript.


Jim (Con't):  First up, let's start with you, Trina.  You wrote "My sympathies are with the Iraqi people." Talk about that.

Trina: Sure.  Jim Fitton has been in the news since March.  Last week, he was tried in Iraq.  Found guilty.  Sentenced for a maximum of 15 years.  He is a geologist and his family wanted us to know -- in March and in April that he wouldn't break the law because he was so smart and he would never try to steal artifacts from Iraq.  Then it became he didn't know any better!!!!  I don't care.  He's a grown man who went into a war torn country by choice, he grabbed things he knew were not his and that he had not purchased and got caught at the airport as he was trying to leave with them.  His family insists that they were 'just' shards.  They're centuries old.  And if they're so unimportant, why did he want to take them home?

Jess: That's a good point.  He placed some value on them or he wouldn't have taken them.  And it's insulting that not only did he take the items but, having stolen them, his family and his supporters want to insist that they aren't important, that they are ''just shards.''  Your father's stolen the items and now you want to be even more insulting and tell the country what the stolen property is and that's unimportant because it's "just shards."

Elaine: The xenophobia just reeks.

Trina: Agreed.  And Iraq has a long history of seeing its antiquities stolen.  That's not a hidden story.  So the man -- supposedly educated -- should have known better.  And he and his family, as C.I. has pointed out, should have long ago been publicly apologizing.  He might have gotten a shorter sentence.

Dona: He was supposed to get the death penalty.

Trina: Right.  And the minute the sentence is announced -- instead of a death penalty, 15 years, the whining British family that's been insisting we had to save their father from execution launches into, "How dare they sentence him for 15 years!"

Cedric: Not even a pause to say, "We're so glad he wasn't sentenced to die."

Trina: They look so ungrateful and they're so damn stupid.  Let's say my son Mike was in Fitton's place.  I wouldn't be offering the 'just shards' defense.  I'd be saying something like, "On behalf of my family, I apologize for what happened.  Clearly, this is seen as disrespectful to the people of Iraq.  We apologize and we are sorry.  It was wrong for Mike to have taken those items."  Why would I do that?  He's convicted.  He's not getting out on appeal.  Give it up, not in Iraq.  

Mike: Not in Iraq on a good day and especially not in the midst of the political stalemate when overturning the conviction would make Iraqis even more outraged at their courts.

Trina: Good point.  So what we would need to do, if this were Mike, would be to humbly go before the press and make statements of remorse.  That's the only thing might work.  That's why C.I. noted it.  And they don't want to do that.  Your father's convicted.  He can serve 7 years or he might be able to get out earlier if your family would show remorse and appeal to the Iraqi people.

Jim: Thank you.  Ty, you have an e-mail.

Ty: Right.  Ray Dunlap e-mailed and wanted a reaction to THE DAILY BEAST's apology to John Paul Mac Isaac for saying he had stolen the Hunter Biden laptop.  Ruth, you cover the Bidens a lot, so let me toss to you.

Ruth: Okay.  I think you should have tossed to C.I.  When this story broke, the first two weeks, C.I. went over this over and over in the Iraq snapshots.  She noted repeatedly that the laptop was not stolen.  I believe she made the argument that a repair shop is not a storage facility and that if you fail to return to pick up and pay for your laptop being repaired, the store owns it.  They are not required to hold it for you.  Jonathan Turley, Glenn Greenwald and others were covering the laptop, C.I. was the only one raising that issue repeatedly.  

Dona: And she did so because she knows basic journalism: If the property is stolen, you can't have it.  The Pentagon Papers?  Had to have copies.  Watergate?  Needed a copy.  Stolen property is not supposed to be anything you can use for reputable coverage.  And, as she pointed out then, those saying it was stolen, those press outlets saying that, knew they were lying and were using that lie to try to hush the story up.

Ruth: Right.  THE DAILY BEAST can no longer hush up the story and they are now being sued so there is no real cost to them to apologize.  It is meaningless and they should be sued.  And I hope they lose in court.

Jim: Ruth recently wrote "If Hunter's name was Roger, he'd be crucified by the MSM by now" where she notes that if Roger Clinton had half the scandals that Hunter Biden has, the media would have crucified him by now.

Marcia: That is true.  She specifically noted, though, that he has a 'sugar brother' paying off millions he owes and paying for his monthly bills as well and that Roger would have been nailed to the cross for that.

Stan: As would Billy Carter or Marvin Bush.

Isaiah: She's right.  Stan's right too.  But, yeah, Hunter has gotten a pass.  We know about the prostitutes, we know about the drug use, at a time when some are calling for gun control we know that he obtained a gun a few years ago by lying on his application -- a federal crime.  We know he is under investigation by a grand jury.  We know that no sooner did his brother Beau die then he started screwing Beau's wife, we know that Hunter's wife learned of that affair because one of their daughter's saw texts about it, we know he's getting fatter and going bald -- wonder if Lena Dunham still finds him sexy -- and we know that although he tried to pretend he didn't know his baby mama in court, she was on the payroll for his company for a year.  We know that he did anything -- including lying -- to avoid paying child support.  Crack addict, dead beat dad, man who asks strippers to put dildos up his ass, unethical business dealings with Ukraine and China, having sex with his sister-in-law, there's so much there -- all of it repugnant. 

Rebecca: Just two things off that long list would have been enough for the media to be putting Roger Clinton on trial.  But they bend over backwards for Hunter.  And, yeah, he is going bald -- reminding me of Joni Mitchell's "Just Like This Train:" "Dreaming of the pleasure I'm going to have watching your hairline recede, my vain darling."


 Mike: Watch it, Rebecca, Jada Pinkett will order Will Smith to slap you for that.

Rebecca: To be sure!

Jim: Now let's talk about so-called independent media.  I'm going to toss for the summary or overview to Ann because she is a Green.  Ann?

Ann: Independent media.  In the early '00s, we were told it was DEMOCRACY NOW! and that it was FAIR's COUNTERSPIN and that it was THE PROGRESSIVE and THE NATION and various PACIFICA RADIO stations and they all proved that they were independent.  Various blogs did as well.  DEMOCRACY NOW! with the war on Libya, for example, went all in with empire.  They'd also dropped Iraq war resisters in 2006 to avoid embarrassing the Democratic Party and soon they'd drop the Iraq War for the same reason.  The Green Party convention?  If we were lucky we'd get a paragraph from Amy Goodman in her DEMOCRACY NOW headlines whereas the Democrats got a full week of coverage from Amy every time they held a convention. CJR and COUNTERSPIN were just damn hypocrites and there are far too many examples so I'll just note that they both jump on any conflict of interest stories -- especially if the reporter is sleeping with a member of the government.  They elected to ignore Gina Chon's affair and then marriage to Brett McGurk.  Despite the fact that THE WALL STREET JOURNAL fired her because she let Brett, a US government employee, vet her copy while they started their affair in Iraq.  Brett had been Bully Boy Bush's boy then but when the news leaked out he was now Barack's boy and the 'independent' media didn't want to call out Barack.  Before an asshole from CJR e-mails about this roundtable, yes, you did finally cover it.  Only after you were covering some reporter covering a fire department, or something, while she was sleeping with a fire officer.  When you did that, with no sense of irony at all, this community's Martha called you out in the comments.  You then posted, noting that Martha had called you out, a weak ass item on Brett and Gina.  THE PROGRESSIVE is nothing but a leftist lifestyle magazine -- no real issues, just lifestyle coverage.  And THE NATION is just a sad joke as it employs known liars like John Nichols.  A number of us trusted these outlets and were repeatedly let down by them.

Wally: And there are so many more examples.  Including the fact that they avoided the sexist attacks on Hillary Clinton in 2008.  As Ava and C.I. noted, for example, despite being a weekly program, COUNTERSPIN ignored the sexism week after week until finally 


One of the most disturbing features of the media coverage of the Democratic presidential race is the way racism and sexism have been expressed. CNN viewers were treated to one pundit explanation that people might call Hillary Clinton a bitch because well isn't that just what some women are. Not everyone's so out in the open. MSNBC host Chris Matthews opened his May 18th show wondering how Barack Obama would [. . .]

Wally (Con't): COUNTERSPIN went on and on after the part I've stopped on -- but only about racism.  They actually had covered racism throughout the primaries beginning 2007.  They continued it through 2008.  But the only time, in those two years, that they covered sexism was that single sentence above.  As Ava and C.I. noted, "The first time this year CounterSpin can note any of the sexism, it's when Hillary's called a bitch and it produces a single sentence in which the 'pundit' isn't even named."  They're fake asses.  They're like John Nichols running to DEMOCRACY NOW! when AP reports that Barack's campaign has told Canada that the NAFTA talk isn't for real and that, if he becomes president, Barack will not work to overturn NAFTA.  Barack's not who the voters think and John Nichols can't let that sink in, so he goes on DEMOCRACY NOW! where he lies that he's going to have a story published shortly explaining that this isn't true and that it was Hillary's campaign!!! There was no story to be published because AP was correct.  But John Nichols lied long enough to take the heat off Barack. They're whores.

Ann: And we were their tricks.  We were the idiots giving them money.  So they could lie to us.  Now we've got another wave of 'independent media' -- send money now!!!! Excuse us if we don't want to pay off whores again.  CONVO COUCH, Jackson Hinkle, Sabby Sabs, Jimmy Dore, HARD LENS MEDIA and so many more engaging in a circle jerk and trying to pass off as independent media.

Marcia: Let me note something since my childhood Kate Jackson crush was noted by me and by my cousin Stan, I belonged to the Kate Jackson fan club.  I paid five dollars -- my parents did -- I think it was.  I got a welcome letter, I was supposed to get regular newsletters for a year -- I only got one -- and I got an autographed photo of Kate -- which was more than worth the five bucks.  I bring that up because I've been in a fan club.  I'm not anymore and stop passing off fan clubs as independent media.  Sabby Sabs looks like an idiot as she prostates herself before every White man from Jimmy Dore to Jackson Hinkle.  And whether or not Jimmy's been dissed by this person or banned by Twitter or -- I'm not in the Jimmy Dore fan club.  I don't want to be.  He has his own program.  If he has problems, he can discuss them there.  We don't need 'reports' -- fan club updates, actually -- from Sabby and HARD LENS MEDIA and everybody else.  It's pathetic.  Every week, the drama queen's in another tiff and Sabby and others do segments on it instead of real news.

Elaine: None of them cover Iraq.  They've got all the time in the world to do their D-listing coverage of celebrity Jimmy Dore but they can't cover Iraq.  US troops are still there on the ground.  As we're doing this roundtable, MEHR NEWS agency is reporting, "Iraqi news sources on Sunday reported that a military logistics convoy belonging to the army of the United States was targeted in Iraq."  But, hey, Ryan Grim said something that hurt Jimmy's feeling so let's file an E! celebrity report on that instead of focusing on real news and real issues.

Cedric: That one really was the last one for me. When all these so-called 'independent' media outlets started filing 'reports' on Ryan Grim.  Nobody participating in this roundtable is a fan of Ryan Grim.  But we do appreciate that the program for THE HILL that he's apart of has done some very good coverage of very real issues and that has included some of the COVID coverage Grim led on.  I'm not a fan of his.  But I also don't see him as the enemy.  Who's an enemy to me?  Any program that promotes Scott Ritter.

Betty: Preach!

Cedric: Jimmy Dore did.  Jackson Hinkle did.  CONVO COUCH did.  Richard Medhurst did.  And lots and lots of others.  It was outrageous to watch them bring him on their programs and slobber over him -- UN weapons expert, author -- all the credits they gave him.  Except the one he deserves: Pedophile.  Three times arrested.  Now a registered sex offender because he went to prison for it.  Now I'm like C.I., bring on who you want, but be honest.  If you're bringing on a convicted pedophile, you note that.  If you don't, you're giving him your stamp of approval and when someone gets hurt because of it, you are an accomplice.  Shame on you.  It's disgusting.

Kat: And they are disgusting, Cedric.  They lie to their audience about Scott Ritter and they lie to their audience being independent.  There are real stories that need coverage.  Jimmy Dore is not one of them.  When they're all pimping Jimmy the same week, you know that they're not independent.  There's a lot going on behind the scenes that the people begging money from have no idea about.  Don't send them a penny.  

Stan: I won't.  If they've got a pretty much daily program and they can't note the Iraq War -- the ongoing Iraq War -- I don't need to hear from them.  They're not offering news, they're doing con jobs and wasting our time promoting their friends.  F**k you all posing as 'independent media.'  I'm serious.  I'm tired of the fake assery.  Could you imagine if, in the last six weeks alone, they'd given as much time to Mumia Abu-Jamal?  That's a real story.  He remains in prison.  His is a story that needs to be amplified.  Segments on how Ryan Grim misunderstood Jimmy's joke or whatever nonsense, that's not news.  And also to be clear, THE HILL and BREAKING POINTS do real news segments.  No, they're not as left as I would like them to be.  But they're not wasting 20 minutes on what someone said on Twitter about Jimmy Dore.  So maybe before you slam Krystal or Ryan on your own program, you take a look at your own program and notice how little work you're doing.  And Sabby Sabs, do some damn work.  Stop covering entertainment because you think you know stuff and you don't.  Whenever you talk about music or movies and TV, you are so wrong.  You don't know the context, you don't know the history and sometimes you even get the people wrong.  Stop.  For the love of God, Sabby, stop.

Betty:  Yeah, she hasn't turned out to be who I hoped she would be either.  But Ann got that right immediately.  Ann's long called her out for fact-free attacks on Howie Hawkins.

Ann: The fact that she knows nothing about Howie has never stopped her from attacking him.  For those who don't know, he's an activist and he was the Green Party's 2020 presidential candidate.

Jess: And as Ann often points out, after the 2020 election, he did not do what every Green Party presidential candidate before him did: Vanish.  He has worked very week since then posting at least one video about Green issues -- at least one.  Who the hell is she to slam Howie Hawkins when she doesn't even know what he's done or what he's doing.

Ann: She does it because, like Jimmy Dore, she's expressed the belief that the Green Party should have given the nomination to right-wing Jesse Ventura.  Jesse didn't run for it, but he should be gifted with it.  They have no ethics and they prove it when they say that.  They're calling for someone who didn't even run for the nomination to be given it.  How is that democracy?  It's not.  They're pathetic.

Kat: And I am sick of them shoving Jimmy Dore down my throat.  I actually had no opinion of him one way or the other.  I don't watch him.  I've never watched him.  But this non-stop coverage of 'poor Jimmy Dore' has made me loathe him.  They're like a cult and they make me hate this person that I don't even know or even know his work.  It's enough already.

Jim: Okay, Betty, on the list of topics, you put down Iraq.  Not sure what issue you're taking on but I'm tossing to you.

Betty: Thanks.  If you've missed it, for at least two weeks now, Iraq's been getting some attention from the western media.  Why?  A city, that might be the ancient city of Zakhiku -- dating from 1550 to 1350 BC -- has been discovered -- a place, several buildings.  And this is resulted in giddy coverage.  And maybe it deserves that because of the discovery.  But the coverage should include the reality that this not good news.  This is the result of climate change.  The city, over 3,400 years old, has only been discovered because climate change is impacting Iraq and the water level of the Tigris River has gotten dangerously low.  Again, cover the discovery.  But at least equal space to the fact that we're seeing the effects of climate change.  As much I appreciate the discovery of the city, I'm more concerned with the Iraqi people who are about go through a very hot summer and do so facing water shortages and drought.

Mike: Very good point, Betty.

Jim: C.I., you wanted to note a bill.  And for those participating by phone, C.I.'s finishing up note taking and I'm waiting for Ava to start taking notes.  Their note taking is how we get these transcripts.  Okay, C.I.

C.I.: I just wanted to note, from Jordan Williams and Rachel Frazin report for THE HILL, "The Senate is set to vote this week on the Sgt. First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our PACT Act to expand healthcare and other benefits for a new generation of veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals. The bill would largely benefit those who served after 9/11 and were exposed to toxic substances during that time."

Jim: So if it passes the Senate?

C.I.: It differs from the House bill so it would have to get approval from the House as well.  For those new to this issue, I would encourage you to visit Burn Pits 360.  I would also report that we've been here before repeatedly and, hopefully, this is the time that something actually gets done.

Jim: Thank you.  Ava, we're reposting the piece you've done at Ann's "Michele Dauber, let's play your game (Ava)" and I wanted to ask about the feedback you've gotten on it, if any?

Ava: Some are appalled by what I wrote.  Good.  My whole point is I'm appalled by what Dauber is saying about Camille Vasquez.  I'm giving her a taste of the treatment she's giving Camille.  I also stand by my remarks that if your child is struggling, you cut back and focus on your child.  Jess and I have a child together.  If our daughter was struggling, it's our job to put on hold other things in our life.  I know a lot more than I wrote and I couched many statements as questions -- even though I know the answers.  Dauber should have protected her daughter.  She didn't.  She got three or four degrees instead, while her daughter needed her, she clerked instead, she served different organizations and her daughter was suicidal.  The tragic outcome of that isn't a surprise to anyone and shouldn't have been to Dauber.  If Jess or I ever fail our daughter like that, please call us out.

Jim: Some were appalled?

Ava: About 11% of the e-mails according to Martha and Shirley.  The rest either got what I was doing or don't like Dauber so they were glad to read it.

Jim: Okay.  We're going to wrap up with that.  This is a rush transcript.  

2022 deaths

Each year, people are born and people die.  Reader Troy Montgomery e-mailed noting that many community sites note passings and thought we could keep a running link page on that.  That's a good idea.  We'll try to include this in future editions this year as sites cover additional deaths.  You'll note a lot of links go to Ruth because she tends to cover passings more than anyone else in the community.  The list may not be complete and the only order for the first twelve is the order of what we remembered while we were doing this -- the order we remembered the deaths in. 



1) Sally Kellerman -- see Ruth's "Sally Kellerman"


 2) Ronnie Spector -- see Betty's "Ronnie Specter," Ruth's "Ronnie Spector" and C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot"

2) Naomi Judd -- see Kat's "Grace Slick, Naomi Judd," "One more time honoring Naomi Judd" and "Naomi Judd"


3) Sidney Poitier -- see Betty's "A great actor passed -- not a great person, not a great lover, not a great activist"

4) Ray Liotta -- see Ruth's "Ray Liotta"

 5) Peter Bogdanovich -- see Stan's "Peter Bogdonavich"

6) Andy Fletcher -- see Kat's "Andy Fletcher"


7)  Bo Hopkins -- see Ruth's "Bo Hopkins"


8) William Hurt -- see Ann's "Not sure if I believe Marlee Matlin now"


9) Meat Loaf -- see Kat's "Meat Loaf"


10) Howard Hessman -- see Ruth's "Howard Hessman"


11) Rosa Lee Hawkins -- see Ruth's "Rosa Lee Hawkins"


12) Dwayne Hickman -- see Ruth's "Dwayne Hickman"

Twitter burn!

Pedophile loving Jackson Hinkle was thrilled to bring convicted and registered sex offender Scott Ritter onto his program, so thrillled he Tweeted about it -- and he got burned.

Replying to @jacksonhinklle
Don't think ur young enough for that pedo

Apr 11, 2022 · 6:27 AM UTC · Twitter for Android

Jackie and his tiny Hinkle got burned!


Ava on the hideous Matriarchist Michele Dauber

Ava filled in at Ann's site on Friday and we're reposting it:

Michele Dauber, let's play your game (Ava)

Ava here, filling in for Ann.  If you read many things in the community, you know I'm a Latina.

No, AOC, not LatinX.  


Michele Dauber is an Anglo-White woman who has taken to attacking Camille Vasquez because that's what the Matriarchy does.

As C.I. and I noted in HILDA'S MIX two weeks ago, it was so very cute the way Camille was being attacked.  She was a woman and she was attacked for this.  She was betraying feminism, according to the Matriarchy.

Johnny was suspect, the Matriarchy insisted, for having a woman on his team.

But, as C.I. and I pointed out, Amber Heard wasn't called out for having a woman on her team or, for that matter, for having men on her team.  

The Matriarchy -- excuse me, the Anglo White Matriarchy -- had no problem with that.  They only had a problem with the Latina.

That's how it goes, by the way, they let their hatred for 'the other' loose.  The Matriarchy is as pathetic and as limited as the Patriarchy.  As a feminist, I reject them both.

Camille did an excellent job and deserve praise for what she did.

Michele Dauber -- a very repulsive person (and I don't just mean physically ugly, although she is) -- instead attacks Camille because, well, what's a Karen going to do?

Amber Heard is a cheap liar who couldn't even keep her own lies straight during the trial.  

But Michele wants to stan for her -- of course she does, this is the anti-democratic Matriarch who doesn't feel an accuser should have to face the accused.

What world are you living in because it sounds like something out of THE CRUCIBLE.

Shame on you.


And now I'm going to show you, Michele, what you're doing.  I'm going to show you by doing it to you. 

How many lies have to told, Michele?

Was your daughter really 25 in 2008?  I'm not saying she wasn't.  Just seems strange that you didn't marry Ken Dauber until 1997 yet Amanda Dauber was 25 in 2008.  I was told, maybe true, maybe false, that Ken wasn't her father.  That it's a man you knew earlier.  That you public presentation of Ken as Amanda's father was insulting to the actual father.

Is that true, Michele?  Care to comment.

Here's the other thing, dear, I have a child.

And my child's not going to commit suicide because I wasn't there for her.

You don't like to talk about Amanda's suicide.  So maybe you shouldn't speak publicly.

I'm told you worked very hard on your career.  And that Amanda was left alone and isolated.

That would explain the suicide, wouldn't it?

Don't like what I'm writing?  I don't like you attacking Camille.

Also, as a mother, I don't need to hear the opinions of a woman who failed her own daughter but wants to judge others.  

Now children do take their own lives.  

And it doesn't have to be the parent's fault at all.

But if the child was neglected?  

I think the parent needs to take responsibility.

You got multiple degrees from 1991 to 2003.  Must have been a lot of work.  And you also clerked during that time period.  And you were a 'fellow' here and there as well.  You were so very busy.  

Must have been hard for Amanda.  

Again, suicide happens for any number of reasons.  But if you want to put Camille on trial in the court of public opinion, I'm happy to put you on trial there as well. 

It's cute the way the parents who abandon their children later want to pretend that the suicide happened for reasons other than their own failures as parents.

Judy Collins, for example.  As C.I. and I have noted -- see "Trapped in an AA meeting with Judy Collins (Ava and C.I.)"  she doesn't want to take responsibility for Clark's suicide and she's written her own biographies, changed details, to run from her responsibility.  Not all that surprising when you grasp that's what she did with Clark.  She ran from her responsibilities as a mother.  She sure had an exciting life didn't she -- and she sure thinks she was a hot piece of ass and wants you to believe she was.  Maybe if she'd slept around less, maybe if she'd stayed at home and not farmed Clark out to a house keeper and then to military school, maybe if she'd been around he wouldn't have felt so much depression and so isolated.

So, Michele, if you want to attack a strong Latina woman named Camille, this Latina woman named Ava is inviting you to get honest about how you failed your own daughter.

Of course, you could always just stop attacking Camille.

Whatever you do, don't think you're fooling anyone with your pretense to be a feminist.  You're part of the Matriarchy and that's just the flip side of Patriarchy.

In other words, you're pathetic.

C.I. and I have covered the lies of Amber Heard repeatedly but, if you want our most recent take, "Media: Justice for everybody" went up earlier this week.

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

Independent media?

Reposting C.I.'s Friday "Iraq snapshot:"


 Friday, June 10, 2022.  The fake assery of what they are trying to tell us is independent media as they continue to act as Jimmy Dore's fan club and try to do yet another pile on of women.

I don't know what woman hurt Kit with HARD LENS MEDIA but he needs to get over it.  If that's not too triggering for him, of course.  He has championed -- and he's not the only one -- the hideous David Weigel.  The fact that he's now noting David is hideous, isn't good enough.  Nor is his limited knowledge base that doesn't go beyond 2015.  Grow up, get a f**king education.  I'm sick of your stupidity and you should be ashamed of it

He says David's reTweeted joke was just dumb and nothing offensive.  To which I say let's use parallel therapy on David's 'joke,' , "Most Black men are bi -- bisexual or bipolar."  Is that funny from a White man?  Is that just dumb?  I think it's racist.  But it's not sexist or offensive when it's about women?

Kit's too stupid and uninformed to grasp that THE WASHINGTON POST has a long, long history of sexism in its institution and he's too stupid to know that 'jokes' are how WP 'reporters' keep getting in trouble.  It's not all hushed up.  It comes out from time to time.  Was it Mad Dog Bitch Beer?  Is that what Dana Milbank served up in 2008?  The paper should have fired him for it (for those who weren't paying attention or just plain stupid, that was among the sexist attacks launched at Hillary Clinton in 2008).  The paper didn't fire him for it because they taped it and they posted it and they thought it was funny.

It took the publisher to inform them -- rightly -- that no one was expecting Jon Stewar at THE WASSHINGTON POST and that the next time the paper confused itself with THE DAILY SHOW, they could pack their stuff and move on over to COMEDY CENTRAL,  This year is only half over and 'jokes' about women have been circulating non-stop through the newsroom and offending many men and women who work for the newspaper.  I'm sorry Kit's too stupid -- and, yes, out of touch, face pressed against the glass watching his betters live a more exciting life -- to know the climate at THE POST.

All he does know is that he hates Felicia Sonmez.  

He wants to connect her to Amber Heard.  I have no idea why.  And I really don't care.  Just like I don't care who wrote the VANITY FAIR article.  Actually, it's not that I don't care on that, it's that I know the problems VANITY FAIR's having and I don't want to know which piece of trash wrote it because that would be a whole other snapshot.

But Kit wants you to know that WP staffers are onto Felecia and, to prove it, let's quote this great article from VANITY FAIR.

Pause.  Have they had a great article since they lost Tina Brown?  Nope.  They haven't.  It's been one long drive down the hill for them since that.  They used to have one great article or column an issue.  Graydon Carter was a bigger joke than his hair style and we all loved to laugh, in the industry, as they'd put any gay actor on the cover and insist he was catnip to women and the next big thing and then he wouldn't live up to that promise -- but, hey, he slept with the male director that Grayden liked to party with so Graydon was always happy to put that flavor of the month -- that no one really knew -- on the cover and insist that they were a star.  They never really were.  I was reminded of that again as one of them to decided to do a social statement this week.  I just shook my head sadly and thought, "Is he ever going to come out of the closet?"

Because that actually would be a brave thing for him to do.  Right now.  Pretty soon, there will be no impact all all -- like when Richard Chamberlain finally came out and the world said: Richard who? 

Radhika Jones is a joke and has no idea how to present VANITY FAIR.  First thing you do, get out of your NYC bubble.  There are already enough magazines trying to represent New York (THE NEW YORKER, NEW YORK MAGAZINE, etc).  Tina Brown didn't revive the corpse of VANITY FAIR by making it a clone of every other NYC magazine.  (And that's what the pissy response to her at THE NEW YORKER was about -- her attempting to expand the magazine beyond that limited focal point.)

But if, like Kit, you're too stupid to realize VF made a huge mistake by printing what they did, let's walk you through slowly.

This idea that she's fighting for sexism or gender, while that might have been true at some point, now just feels disingenuous, even for people who want to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Kit's a f**king idiot who needs to stop clapping his hands together and stop crowing with delight.

I know who VF spoke with.  I know it because they made the mistake they make when always speaking.  They're known for their Freudian slips and, goodness, didn't they have one.  It flew by VF and despite reading it out loud to the camera, it flew by Kit as well.

Felicia might be fighting for gender but, no, she's not fighting for sexism.  The unnamed WP-er put his own preference in their, just slipped out of his mouth.  Again, I know who it is because he has a long, long history of doing that.

Kit knows nothing and he sure enjoys demonstrating that.

Kit declares, "I'm smelling BS here."

Well, sweetie, get your head out your ass.

You'll find the smell will lessen and a good shower will wash it right off you.

We did the roundtable from hell for the gina & krista round-robin.  It went on past 1:00 EST.  Most people went to sleep after -- not Gina and Krista who are assembling the round-robin and not Ava and I who had to write our piece for this week's edition.  I then thought I'd go to sleep.  But then I saw e-mails about Kit's video.  Looking at the title, I thought, "Oh, he's going to take on THE WASHINGTON POST."

No, he wants to attack Felicia.  And he wants you to know that Jimmy Dore has too.

You know what Jimmy did to Ana of THE YOUNG TURKS wasn't harassment.  And we said that in real time, we said it here and we said it at THIRD.  But Jimmy is a sexist.

Bob Somerby is as well.

And the reason they're sexists is because they love to attack women.  Nothing gets them more excited than ripping apart a woman.

Sadly, it's true of Kit too.  Watch him smack his hands together in glee.

Amber Heard lied.  I said that here.  I said that long ago.  Before the marriage fell apart, I stated it was a mid-life crisis on Johnny's part that he would live to regret because she would try to destroy him.  I told him the marriage was a mistake to his face.  When she started her garbage, I noted online that she abused him not the other way around and I pointed out that there were recordings that would back that up. 

I don't know what Kit feels is  Felicia's connection to Amber Heard but --

Okay, let me say this very clearly, F**k you, Kit.  You and HARD LENS MEDIA need to get your crap together.

This snapshot is not dictated.  I paused after "--" to get on the phone and thank you to three friends at WP who took my early morning calls and walked me through.

And the F you to Kit is because I had surgery on both eyes on Wednesday.  I was just supposed to have surgery on the right eye.  But the retina detached again on the left eye.  My doctor I was supposed to see performed the surgery on the right eye.  And then, as I was coming to (which was as the surgery was ending -- it never knocks me out hard enough to make it through the entire surgery), I was asking him questions and when he finished he noticed the left eye and asked about pain.  I'm always in pain these days.  I'm on eight different prescribed eye drops.  I have pressure issues in both eyes.  I just push on through the pain.  But he said the retina looked detached and he called my retina doctor who ended up doing a second surgery that day because it was.

Every now and then, I try to pause to grab the magnifying glass that I'm using right now.  

This is not fun for me.  This is not something that I want to do.  But Kit has to be a dumb ass and so I'm stuck doing it.

I watched thinking the video would be of import and about something that mattered.

It wasn't.  It was about trashing a woman.

Why was David suspended for a month?

The joke was judged offensive and, as I noted earlier, THE POST is under orders, their reporters especially, to grasp that they are not comedians.  They are not be 'edgy.'  If they repost a joke it better not be anything more than a mild knock-knock.

David's reposting of that joke offended the staff.  

And there are four previous Twitter issues that THE POST has discussed with him this year.  Four.  He got past strike three.

That's why he was suspended.  He had repeatedly been cautioned about this and he also has another HR issue that I'm going to leave alone but that those defending him should be very wary how far out on the limb that they want to crawl.

David has serious problems with his co-workers.  With regard to his reTweeting that joke, it was his fifth social media incident this year -- and we're only at the half year mark.  He was warned four times already.  When he pulled this one, the staff was appalled by the joke and management had enough.  That's why he was suspended.

It's going to be difficult at THE POST for the man who spoke to VAN FAIR because I did bring that up and they agreed, due to his slip-up, that it was him.  So it'll be an interesting day for him in a few hours.  

Felicia's not a saint.  The three I spoke with didn't think she was.  She has come to Amber Heard's defense, by the way.  I asked about that and they walked me through that.

Felicia's an idiot when it comes to what happened with Johnny Depp.  She's far from the only idiot.  Michelle Goldberg is who Ava and I chose to focus on in "Media: Justice for everybody.''  These women are confusing feminism with matriarchy.

They're also trying to pimp Amber as a feminist (though that failed and Amber's pr team is now trying to pimp Amber as a bisexual being discriminated against because of her sexual orientation -- see Marcia's "Amber Heard does not speak for this L").  Amber's done nothing in her life or work to qualify as a feminist.  The term is not elastic.  

She wants to help herself.  That doesn't make her a feminist.

And Michelle Goldberg, I'm not forgetting your attacks on Tara Reade.  Tara told the truth.  Tara has more supporting incidents than anyone victim that's ever come forward.  That includes -- but is not limited to -- her divorce papers and her mother's call to Larry King.  Amber lied repeatedly.  Her  make up artist testified to the fact that she didn't have any black eye when she was made up for the talk show and that Johnny couldn't have beaten her on a day she claims because he wasn't in the country.  Her former assistant testifies to what a liar she is (and we have two disputing her claims re: the dog in Australia).  She lied when she said she was giving the 7 million to charity.  Amber's spent most of that.  She's got a little less than two million left -- and that's before the current fees from her trial.  Supposedly, she's about to shut up because her p.r. team is demanding some form of payment.

When she got the 7 million, she might have planned to give it to charity (I don't think she ever planned to) but a friend of Amber's insists (to me) that she dipped in "just a little."  She was convinced she'd be making so much money as an actress that she could refill it.  Then she dipped again.  And again.  And . . .   Now she's got a little less than two million.

What a stupid fool.  Now I've been there.  And I'll never be there again.  Back in the day, believing a lot of whores, I gave my money away.  There was a little from my career and there was a lot that was family money.  I'm not the only person who did that but I will own it -- unlike a friend of mine -- and I will own that I was stupid to do so.  I ended up with nothing and had to rebuild and was lucky to be able to do so.  But I honestly believed that we were building a strong media that would cover reality and that would defend the people.

Nope.  Nope. 

Amy Goodman's the best example of today's grifter but before Amy there were many others.  Amy is making millions from PACIFICA RADIO thanks to her friendship with members of the board.  She was given a contract she did not deserve for a program she is not the sole creator of.  Anyone ever going to point out that if she's worth the millions she's getting -- if the program is -- that Amy needs to stop ripping off, for example, an African-American man?  More to the point, PACIFICA RADIO never had and never should have a million a year to give any one person.  It's public radio.  All that money and they don't even own DEMOCRACY NOW! -- she keeps ownership of the programs.  

I don't give to PACIFICA currently.  I got damn tired of giving to KPFA and seeing our money go out to save WBAI and the others who don't know how to fund raise or, honestly, how to program.  

If PACIFICA had a functioning board, they would cancel the contract with Amy Goodman immediately.  She has stolen enough dollars and I'm not giving money that's going to cover her  fake ass.

But I did give before she started broadcasting, to many outlets, and I watched the Watergate glory be replaced with the timidity.  I watched the sell outs.  I watched a wonderful and brave Latina being trashed by these outlets because she dared to hold Jimmy Carter accountable.  They had redefined their purpose.  They weren't about the people, they were about defending powerful Democrats who held elected office.

That's what I wasted my money on: helping to create and continue fake media that betrayed the people.

And that's why I don't give today.  

I did give to PACIFICA and when I did they were not fake media.  After they became it, I only gave to KPFA -- my local PACIFICA station.  Since our money we give to KPFA is forever being funneled elsewhere to pay Amy and to save garbage, I don't give anymore.

And, yes, WBAI was garbage.  Unlike Jeff Cohen and his lies, we told the truth about WBAI.  It was The Winter Soldier hearing.  The Iraq War veterans were telling their stories.  A number of us donated big to PACIFICA ahead of that.  I worked overtime reaching out to friends in the media to get coverage for these hearings.  And KFPA covered it.  PACIFICA on their national stream covered it.  WBAI?  Saturday they were more interested in playing their canned programming.  Bad music shows and Grandpa Munster.  Winter Soldier held hearings March 13th through 15th of 2008.  Al Lewis, Grandpa Munster, died February 3, 2006.  But it was more important to WBAI that crap like Grandpa Munster be played.  It was old and had been played years before.  But instead of carrying the live feed of Winter Soldier, they reaired old programs -- bad music programs and Grand Pa Munster -- dead for two years but more important to WBAI then what Iraq War veterans wanted to share about the Iraq War.  That's why I say WBAI is garbage and that's why I call out the ridiculous Jeff Cohen because he wrote that hideous column praising people and stations that did not do the actual work -- KPFA did.  WBAI -- and other PACIFICA stations -- did not.

I'm not giving now.  They can screw themselves -- they're certainly going to screw over their supporters. 

And, as someone who made the costly mistake of giving everything to these con artists in the past, I do now look for warning signs.

Jimmy Dore is a warning sign.  Not by himself.  He may well stick to his guns and not sell out.

But this need of the others who are around him to promote him non-stop.  I don't think Kit could show more support for Jimmy Dore than he does now even if he dropped to his knees in front of The Bean and blew Jimmy Dore as everyone looked on.

When you're hearing stuff like "Jimmy Dore" over and over from other so-called independent programs, you're seeing that they aren't independent. When I made that point earlier this week, someone e-mailed the public account insisting that I don't object when it's Glenn Greenwald.

If Jimmy hadn't brought on the child molester -- the convicted child molester -- I wouldn't have stopped including his videos here.  But he did.  

And when I noted Rachel Maddow and the disgusting fawning over the Iraq War vet who beat his wife, three e-mail came in insisting that she didn't know.  And two others wanted to cite PTSD.  I had to wonder on the two, was one of them Rachel's daddy.  Rachel's father was her sock puppet on the message boards for the radio program UNFILTERED.  He would lie for her constantly. When Rachel had the man on the first time, it was posted to the board about him beating his wife -- who, by the way, he was speaking of on the program -- and Rachel's dad -- posing as the woman he always posed as -- rushed in to insist that it was just once and PTSD caused it because he'd just returned from Iraq.


He beat her before he ever left the US.  He beat her and he was arrested for it.  That may be why he enlisted.  He beat her, got arrested.  Went off to Iraq.  Came back.  Got inside her home and, when he returned, he beat her again.  Got arrested again.  While out, Rachel tried to make him a star.  And she knew while the show was airing.  And her father was there trying to lie that it was because of PTSD.

And while it was airing, Rachel invited him back for Friday's show.

That's why I don't care for Rachel.  You'd think a lesbian would be the last person to glorify a man who beats up women.  You'd think that.  But then I never would have thought a lesbian would do to a former lover what Melissa Etheridge did to Tammy Lynn Michaels.  Deadbeat dads and pigs?  They can also be women.

Melissa proved it and she's not the only woman who has.

A matriarchy defends Melissa.  Feminism doesn't defend her.

So we move back to Felicia and feminism.  

She's being misrepresented.  by VANITY FAIR and by idiots like Kip who repeat VF.  The e-mail the rag criticizes?

She is not ridiculing people who need help or discouraging them from getting it.

That's THE WASHINGTON POST's talking point to discredit her.  

When they sent out their e-mail about if you need help . . ., she replied sharing what happened to her in 2018.  She is questioning the sincerity of their claims.

These are not Felicia-stans, by the way.  Two (in management) don't  like her.  The third says she's "indifferent'' to Felicia personally.

Felicia was taking on the power structure of WP and the response from 'independent' media was to attack her.  One in management at WP this morning pointed that out and also told me that Michael Tracey was part of the bandwagon attacking her online this week.

Ah, it makes sense doesn't it.

Let's jump back to Glenn Greenwald.  I don't particularly care for Glenn.  This predates Snowden and predates THE GUARDIAN.  I have valid problems with Glenn.  But I did give him credit for breaking the news about the spying (thanks to Ed Snowden).

And when he refused to go along with Betsy Reed and other well known liars -- not well known people, but well known for being liars -- I defended and praised him here.  

He sacrificed a lot to do that and I respect that.  I noted here that I was tabling criticism on him and noted that on Naomi Wolf as well.

Historically, I am Naomi's biggest critic online.  I'm also not that cozy with her in real life and that goes back to the 90s.  But the attacks on Naomi that popped up around 2020?  I wasn't going to be a part of that and I will stand by her right to say what she wants to say and against efforts to attack or silence her.  If I didn't have the current eye problems, I would be reading her book and offering an evaluation -- hopefully positive.  

Krystal and Saagar talk about how cable 'news' is destroying the country.  Some group, I'm sure connected to David Brock, is working to defund FOX NEWS -- or as NPR wrongly stated "FOX."  FOX is an entertainment network now owned by WALT DISNEY.  

I marvel over that.  With all the real problems in the world, some think the need is to take down FOX NEWS?  

Interesting because I lived through times where the left actually did stuff -- broke into the FBI, for example, revealed real lies from the government, forced the end of the war on Vietnam -- and we never said, "Oh, we've got to stop THE NATIONAL REVIEW" or any other magazine.  We weren't that stupid or that lustful for censorship.  We believed in free speech. That's not the case today.

Kit has every right to say what he wants to say -- even when it's stupid and idiotic.  But that doesn't mean he should say it.

Not when he's silent on Iraq.  Not when he's silent on the ACLU.  Felicia's stupid enough to defend Amber Heard.  Well the ACLU wrote Amber's column.  The ACLU refused, in the London trial where Johnny sued a newspaper (Amber Heard was not a party to that lawsuit so Matriarchs in the Media need to stop speaking of her 'victory' in London -- it was Johnny Depp versus NEWS GROUP NEWSPAPERS), the ACLU refused to answer whether or not Amber had kept her promise and donated $3.5 million.  (The answer was NO and they knew it.)  And it is the ACLU that's being vindictive trying to bill Johnny for almost $90,000 for the 'work' and 'research' they had to do to testify at his trial and produce documents.  The op-ed libeled him -- that is what the court found -- and yet the ACLU is trying to charge him?

He could sue them.  He could sue them for their ghost writing of the op-ed for what it claimed.  More to the point, the ACLU is a legal organization.  Johnny was very kind.  He did not go after Amber for breaking the contract that they signed.  He could go after the ACLU for their work that violated that contract, that broke that contract.  They're lawyers, they should have known better.

He's not going to sue the ACLU-- I say that as someone who knows him -- but he should.

But the point here is, Kip and the gang want to go after a woman -- any woman will do.

They don't want to go after the ACLU.  They don't want to go after legacy media and call out THE WASHINGTON POST -- Bob Woodward should have been canned long ago.  His harassment in the workplace is not a secret.  

But, hey, go after Felicia because she called Kobe a rapist!!!! Oh, the horror.  And she got David suspended!!! He got himself suspended and he may get himself fired.  (Again, defenders of David, you have been warned.)

From what I'm told Felicia can be exasperating and that doesn't surprise me.  Most people who go up against a Goliath are.  

There may be reasons to call her out -- again, I'll call her stupid for ignoring reality and defending Amber -- but to attack her -- as Kip has, as Jimmy Dore has, as Michael Tracey has -- as all the little dicked boys have -- is to side with the system. 

That makes it clear that you're not independent media.

I am independent.  I side with April Oliver to this day.  She reported the truth on CNN and just because a source gets some heat from the Pentagon and wants to change what he said on air?  That doesn't make April a liar.  He's on tape saying it.  

It's amazing that -- as I type that -- I know Jimmy Dore has no idea who April Oliver is nor does Kip nor does Michael.

Because they're really not about taking on the power structure.  They're about getting cash and when they do this circle jerk with one another then they make it really clear.  

That's your warning sign.  Don't be stupid like I was decades back and ignore it.  Take them for what you can get from them but don't give them a cent.  They're going to betray you.  The signs are there.

Jimmy?  Jimmy's pissed that the Green Party didn't give Jesse Ventura the nomination. That's a warning sign.  He's furious that the DNC rigged the primaries against Bernie.  Yet he thinks that the Green Party should have ignored the people who declared to run for the party's nomination and instead have given it to Jesse who is not a Green -- or left -- and who didn't declare a campaign for the nomination.  He's angry that they didn't do this.

That's not just the height of hypocrisy  That's also your warning sign that he's not who he presents as.  Someone who truly believed in fair primaries wouldn't be arguing that Jesse should have been gifted with the nomination.

It's not that DNC rigged the primaries that has Jimmy upset, it's that his candidate ( Bernie) didn't benefit.

I'm telling you that's a warning sign.  

Right now he rails against this and that but if the same tactics were used for what he wanted, he'd be all for them.

That's who he is.

And that doesn't mean he's awful and mean.  I have many friends who are exactly like that.  They are wonderful in other ways.  But I am always aware not to ever take them at face value.  It may be a long con, it may be a short con, but they're always running something.

Is Jimmy Dore going to run for president?  Is that what this is all about?

I have no idea.  But the constant drumbeat of Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy is a turn off.  I refused to meet George Michael back when he was in Wham and when he was putting out his first album.  When I did meet him, he wanted to know why.  We became good friends.  But as I explained, when people hype someone all the time, it turns me off.  And I'm not alone in that.  Nora Ephron wrote a classic essay about that and how Liza and other cover stories at that time could never, ever live up to the hype these outlets were churning out.

You're hyping him only makes me not want to like him and not want to like you.  Why in the world is your program constantly mentioning him when you are ignoring so many realities in the world?  Is he click bait?  I have no idea what your obsession with him is.  But there are real stories and real issues out there and what mean thing someone said about a comic doesn't really interest me.  And it certainly didn't interest you when the comic was Roseanne Barr and when a corporation stole her life's work.  

I don't see any greatness in Jimmy as a comic.  At THIRD, Ava and I called out Joan Rivers for comments she made on WBAI.  Joan was furious with me over that and made it known with a loud and long phone call.  I bring that up because in the midst of a lengthy, screaming monologue at me, she stopped and laughed.  "I hate everyone," she said.  "That's an idea I can run with."  And she did.  That's what made her a comic genius.  From her yelling over the phone, she developed a book that was a best seller and she went edgier than she'd ever been before.  That's comic genius.  

Jimmy's a third-rate comedian who does a show that celebrates White people.  And, Kit, you're the reason I have to say that because you won't stop pimping him.  That's how my brain works.  I have serious issues to address.  I've never really thought about Jimmy until right now when you're hype has forced me to figure out where Jimmy falls on the scale of greatness.  He falls off the scale.  And that's reality.  

You remind me of a really kind actress I know who is also very dumb and she went on and on about ROOSTER TEETH -- I may not have that title right.  In 2014, she was obsessed with them and their greatness.  They weren't great.  This is the Jimmy Dore Bandwagon.  It's not going anywhere just like ROOSTER TEETH didn't.  She got me to watch and it was a lot like Jimmy Dore.  I watched about three hours with her and then I asked her, "Did you not notice the lack of women?  Did you not notice every man was White? Are they trying to create content in the 21st century or do they think this is 1957?"

ROOSTER TEETH has never achieved.  They've wasted a ton of money and are in danger of being dropped (DISCOVERY sees them at having had millions of dollars poured into them but having produced nothing of quality and having never expanded their initial, limited reach).  

I'm really bothered by the pile on of Felicia for many reasons.  Again, there are worthy targets.  It reminds me of a 'woke' comedy special that Ava and I'll probably rip apart this weekend.  It's cute how we have a 'woke' comedy special and we're all supposed to ignore, for example, the woman on stage -- Jewish -- who uses the N-word all the time in the past (not in this special of course) and who went to town on Britney Spears (not in this special of course).  

Ava and I didn't go off on Britney Spears.  We were covering the media when it took place.  And we noted that we wouldn't be joining in the public stoning, we noted that the dogpile was offensive.  

It's called "Bash The Bitch" and Ava and I publicly called it out long ago:

Who knew it was a war crime? Katie Couric was a cheerleader and an army of Beate Klarsfelds are on her trail in an attempt to warn America of this dangerous contravention of the law. We imagine it's only a matter of time before the tribunal is held. The cheerleader as Eichmann, no doubt, sends shudders through the hearts of many women on the left, center and right, since they too may be charged.

Couric's apparent crime, for some on the left, is saying that Navy Seals "rock." That moment was immortalized in Michael Moore's FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and seems to be the chief piece of evidence that will be introduced when the commentators gather at the Hague.

For some of the left, though not all, that's at the root of their pursuit of Couric. It's the gift of impunity that allows them to operate in a fact-free environment as they compose the charges against Couric. But those who hear such a statement and nod agreeably are also engaged in the national pastime of bash-the-bitch.

Bash the bitch is as American as apple pie and rush to judgement, so who are we to complain?
If it makes us "America haters" to say "Just a minute now" then so be it. Let all the ones partaking in bash-the-bitch wrap themselves in Old Glory, we'll call it the way we see it.

Here's what we see. A woman's trashed. For what she did?

Oh cookie, please, it's for being a woman. Read the commentaries. "Cheerleader" is a trumped up charge -- as usual, the true crime is gender.

The zeal with which Kit goes to town on Felicia makes it clear this is about bash the bitch, the zeal and the glee  Watch his smirk, watch him clap his hands in delight.  And the pile on that he's part of makes that clear as well.  They need to take a look at themselves and how they critique women.  They won't, but they need to.  They rage against Felicia  as though she started the Iraq War. 

That's not a fair statement.  

I apologize. 

They've never raged on Bully Boy Bush as much as they rage on Felicia.  

And that really is part of the problem.  

You can start an illegal war as a man and these same voices will coddle you or laugh humorously about you.  The real hatred only comes out from this crowd if you're a woman.

I have no problem with tone, I don't police word choice.  But I do expect that you critique fairly and consistently.  What I see is that a kinder approach is used for male criminals (including child molesters) than is used for a woman.  

YOUTUBERS need to stop pimping Jimmy Dore and start covering reality.

It's June 10th?  What does that mean in Iraq?  That the political stalemate is now eight months long.

AP has an article, please read it.  A friend at AP called to ask if I'd be including it?  I told him to e-mail me the link.  Here for the report by Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Samya Kullab.

He read parts of Qassim and Samya's article to me over the phone.  I have not read it myself nor am I able to.  I'm actually supposed to be resting my eyes.  But I will note that we finally have a US news source noting Nouri al-Maliki and his large role in the stalemate.  We've covered him from the start, covered him before the election, because he's one of the biggest political players in Iraq.  Former prime minister and forever thug Nouri was underestimated by the western press -- especially the US press.  What was read to me -- not the Nouri parts -- I had a quibble or two with but what was read was also a strong report.

Again, this is now eight months since the election and no prime minister, no president.  And no moving forward per the Court for that reason.  

The e-mail address for this site is  And typos are what they are, my vision is almost gone completely, I have got to go rest my eyes.

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