Monday, August 5, 2019

Dario Hunter


From Sunday, that's  Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Feet Of His Master" and Sunday also saw Kat's "Kat's Korner: Drake comes up short yet again."

Here are some Tweets about Dario Hunter who is seeking the Green Party presidential nomination.

  1. Replying to   and 
    I like both Ian Schlakman and Dario Hunter. Ian is my preferred of the 2 because I think he has the best strategy for boosting more local races, but as I understand it the race is realistically between Dario and Howie Hawkins. I don’t mind Howie but his foreign policy is suspect
  2. Dario Hunter so far is 2nd on my list & Howie Hawkins 3rd
  3. That is fair. He's not at the top of my list. Dario Hunter is a Youngstown green. He's a really good guy
  4. Replying to 
    If I could ONLY vote for a Democrat, I would vote for Tulsi. Check out Dario Hunter, Howie Hawkins, Adam Kokesh... There are SO MANY not Democrats who need support that are to the left of the establishment candidates We need to build outside of the corporately captured parties
  5. Yeah I keep telling them not to nominate Biden if they want to win. We’ll see how it goes. My choice for the primaries is Dario Hunter because I’m registered with the Green Party. I just wish the Greens actually had a chance of winning. They have the best platform.
  6. If it was fairly counted, Greens were added & ranked choice 1. Mike Gravel 2. Ian Schlakman 3. Dario Hunter 4. Tulsi Gabbard 5. Howie Hawkins 6. Bernie Sanders 7. Jay Inslee 8. Marianne Williamson
  7. Replying to 
    And just wait for when the Green Party puts up Dario Hunter...
  8. There should be a nationally televised between Howie Hawkins, Roland aranjo, sedinam curry, Dario hunter, Dennis lambert and Ian schlakman. I will moderate so doesn’t pepper them with questions about which Russians paid them.
  9. Please help Dario Hunter with your donation *today*!! Only 10 more needed!
  10. ...with the Climate Crisis, crushing economic inequality, or the failures of our healthcare system. That's why I plan to for Dario Hunter and/or Sedinam M Curry; both are experienced activists and organizers and have plans so the USA works for people, not corporations.

UK Express notes, "The Green Party’s list of candidates includes activist Howie Hawkins and former lawyer Dario Hunter, but actor Jesse Ventura has also expressed an interest in running."

Dario Hunter.  Inside Nova reports:

Hunter was described by the New Republic as “diverse as candidates come,” and that seems to be accurate: The son of an Iranian immigrant, he is a gay African-American with Muslim roots who now serves as a Jewish rabbi.
Hunter’s campaign focuses on fighting human-rights abuses and supporting the so-called “Green New Deal” environmental policies, as well as social-justice efforts focused on minority groups.
The Green Party anticipates nominating its 2020 presidential candidate next summer. The party’s 2016 nominee, Jill Stein, was on the ballot in 44 states plus the District of Columbia, and garnered 1.5 million votes, or about 1.1 percent of the national total.
For information on Hunter’s candidacy, see the Website at For information on Arlington Greens, see the Website at

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

Monday, August 5, 2019.  Lawrence Wilkerson continues to rewrite history, Iraq admits prison conditions are horrible (really, the conditions are criminal), the impact of never-ending wars is seen is the spree of domestic shootings and much more.

Starting with TRUTHOUT and calling out nonsense:

That is to say, the post-Cold War landscape and the U.S.’s approach to it was one guided primarily, if not exclusively, by the military-industrial complex and its congressional partners. This was largely aided and abetted by the relative lack of experience that describes all U.S. presidents since 1993. This inexperience was coupled with a growing desire by arms-procurement companies to export to previously inaccessible markets, such as Poland and the former Soviet Union.
“But much of that was due to Bill Clinton’s ineptitude as a commander in chief. His policy was dictated more or less by the people who supported him: big money plutocrats who supported him and wanted him to sell arms all across the region,” Wilkerson says. In the decades since, not much has changed, as Donald Trump is similarly beholden to special interests.

At this late date, why is anyone listening to Lawrence Wilkerson?

Better question, for three years as he was feted on MSNBC and elsewhere, why was I the only one who could call him out publicly?  He apologized and excused and minimized Colin Powell's action -- Larry was Colin's boy -- in one interview after another.

And whores like Rachel Maddow went along with it.  Whore, not fool.  She's a whore.  She not only let Larry rewrite Colin's history, she also let Colin himself sit opposite her and rewrite his history.

I have no idea why anyone's still listening to Larry Wilkerson.  He's a known liar.  He lied to sell the war.  When he felt bad about it, he went around lying for Colin.

Most importantly, he's a partisan.

Is Bill Clinton responsible for the damage to Iraq?

Absolutely.  As Beto O'Rourke has pointed out, it has been war on Iraq non-stop since the Gulf War.

But read the TRUTHOUT article and grasp that the evil one, to Wilkerson, is Bill Clinton.  That's because Larry's a Republican and so what, for example, Bully Boy Bush (a Republican did) in starting an illegal war and in lying about it and in killing over a million people.

If you want to call Bill Clinton a War Criminal, I have a million more important things to do than argue that point with you.  But if you're laying blame for the Iraq War and you're cutting a bigger slice of that pie for Bill, you're a liar.

Larry Wilkerson has been liar since day one and I'm tired of his lies.

He's yet again rewriting history and in this telling the 2003 invasion is the fault of Bill Clinton and more so than it is the fault of Bully Boy Bush.

I'm not playing that game.

I'm really sad that TRUTHOUT is playing that game.

Larry Wilkerson is not 'a witness to history' -- he has nothing to offer, all this time later, that isn't all ready on the record.  And his testimony is -- and has always been -- unreliable.

I have better things to do than defend Bill Clinton but there is no reasonable person who would look at the events and argue that Bill has more responsibility for the ongoing Iraq War than Bully Boy Bush who was the one who took the country into war.  That's nonsense.

There are many criticisms to make of Bill.  I've made a few here, not nearly enough, I'm sure, I do consider Bill a friend.  But there are many criticisms to make of him and no one who has occupied the Oval Office is exempt from criticism.  But when you're apportioning more scorn and blame for the Iraq War to Bill Clinton than to Bully Boy Bush, you've left the realm of the rational and gone into The Land Of The Nutty.

In Iraq, there's a debate over a ship.  ALJAZEERA reports:

Iran has seized a foreign tanker suspected of carrying smuggled fuel in the Gulf, according to state media, marking the third such seizure in a month amid a spike in regional tensions. 
The vessel was intercepted near Iran's Farsi Island in the Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Sunday. The elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has a navy base on Farsi Island which is located north of the Strait of Hormuz.
"The IRGC's naval forces have seized a foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf that was smuggling fuel for some Arab countries," Ramezan Zirahi, an IRGC commander, told state TV.

Iran is saying that the ship belongs to Iraq and Iraq is saying it is not their ship.

Whomever owns the ship it's proof, yet again, that the Condi Rice approach is always wrong.  Time and again, as Secretary of State, Condi interjected herself into events.  This was most obvious -- and annoying -- with regards to Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr.

Anytime Moqtada's then tentative power was fading, Condi would interject herself into the situation.  Instead of taking the win, she'd have the need to insult him or make some stupid move that only drove sympathy to Moqtada and only made Moqtada seem more powerful than he was at that time.  If he wasn't so powerful, why would the US Secretary of State being going after him?

Her actions allowed Moqtada's power to take root.

You can debate whether a strong and powerful Moqtada -- which he is today -- is a good thing or a bad thing but it's not what the US government wanted to happen.

Similarly, the US can't stop with it's nonsense to drive Iran and Iraq apart.

They are neighbors with a disputed border.  They went to war in the 80s.  They argue over water rights.  The US would be smart to step back.  Iran and Iraq have enough to fight over and, if the US would keeps it nose out of it,  US aims would probably be served for the moment.  (For the moment?  At some point, the two nations -- Iraq and Iran -- will develop a working relationship free of friction.)

In the US, a shooting at a Wal-Mart in El Paso, Texas leads former child actress Alyssa Milano to screech about the message that is being sent.  But strangely, her culture violence doesn't include the ongoing wars.  Today, it's reported, "Baghdad: At least six Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Sunday in an airstrike by US-led coalition in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, the Iraqi military said."

We live in a culture that has no respect for life.  It's why we turn out heads, decade after decade, at the homeless in this country.  We'll pretend to care a little if we can attach it to veterans but even there we'll offer nothing but excuses.  For example, Barack Obama promised to end veterans homelessness and . . . didn't.  And the 'critique' -- if you can call it that -- was 'he tried.'  Well good for him.  Good for sweet baby.  He was paid a hell of a lot of money to try.  Let's all feel sympathy for him because he failed.

And because he continues to fail into millions.

I mean, maybe a society that valued accountability would have insisted that some of the many millions he rakes in went to addressing the ongoing problem he was going to end: Veterans homelessness?

Alyssa is stunned and appalled that Americans see violence as an answer.

She really is stupid.

What message did she honestly believe these never-ending wars were sending: That talking is the best option?

The answer is kill-kill-kill.  That is the US government's answer and has been throughout this century.

Millions of innocents have died overseas and a generation of Americans have grown up seeing their government carry out overseas executions with no real concern over whether those killed were innocent or guilty.


Airwars estimate of civilian deaths

Locally reported civilian deaths from US-led Coalition actions in Iraq and Syria for which the reporting was assessed by Airwars as Fair, or have been Confirmed by the US-led Coalition. These originate from 1,443 seperate alleged incidents.
1,719–2,306 children likely killed
1,097–1,427 women likely killed
5,672–8,752 likely injured
3,550 named victims

There is a clear connection and pretending there's not is both stupid and dangerous.

I will say once again like I have said after everyone of these sick, sad shootings, don't twist up your mouth to tell me about NRA & assault weapons while you say nothing about U.S. gun violence in Yemen, Iraq, preparation for war on Iran & U.S. being #1 arms seller on planet!

At Human Rights Watch, Melanie Hung writes:

Several members of Iraq’s parliament and the province’s deputy governor visited prisons near Mosul, Iraq, calling what they found a “humanitarian catastrophe.” This happened two days after Human Rights Watch released research detailing the horrible conditions of the prisons, which hold terrorism suspects.
Immediately after our report release, local authorities claimed Human Rights Watch’s research was “fallacious.” But the government’s tone has since changed. One parliamentarian admitted that “what Human Rights Watch reported was small relative to the actual catastrophe inside the prisons of Nineveh.”
Nongovernmental organizations working on these issues have said that Human Rights Watch’s research has made their work easier. Human Rights Watch has also been told that the report release has positively supported their work and has sparked serious conversations in Baghdad about addressing prison conditions.
Human Rights Watch documented extreme overcrowding, inhumane conditions, and ill-treatment at three Nineveh pretrial detention facilities. The detainees have no space to lie down or sit comfortably and have no mattresses because there is no room for them in the cells. Lawyers cannot visit their clients, because, among other reasons, there is no space for meetings.
The three pretrial detention facilities have a combined capacity of 2,500 people, but as of late June 2019, were holding an estimated 4,500 people. Roughly 1,300 of them had already been tried and convicted and should have already been transferred to Baghdad prisons. Some remained in the crowded facility for up to six months after they were convicted.
Human Rights Watch has previously documented deaths in custody in Nineveh facilities due to severe overcrowding.
The public acknowledgement of the prisons’ horrendous conditions is a positive first step. Human Rights Watch is advocating with Iraq authorities to ensure everyone in pretrial detention a speedy and fair trial or release. Detention before trial should be the exception, not the rule. We are also pushing for detainees to be transferred to official prisons that are accessible to visitors, including government inspectors, independent monitors, relatives, and lawyers.

At THE NATIONAL INTEREST, they explore the claim made last week that the government of Israel struck Iraq twice:

What Happened: Israel reportedly carried out two airstrikes against Iranian-linked targets inside Iraq on July 19 and July 28 to target advisers and missile shipments from the Islamic republic, Asharq Al-Awsat reported July 30.
Why It Matters: Israel has carried out similar operations against Iranian targets in Syria as it considers Tehran's presence in the country a security threat. The recent airstrikes come amid a buildup of Iranian missiles and proxy forces in Iraq. Future attacks, however, could risk a diplomatic crisis between Israel and Iraq and potentially push Baghdad toward Tehran.

Kat's "Kat's Korner: Drake comes up short yet again" and Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Feet Of His Master" went up yesterday.

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