Friday, February 15, 2019

Jussie's story becomes even more questionable

Jussie, Jussie.  Chicago's ABC 7 reports:

Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of "Empire."
A source familiar with the investigation told the ABC7 I-Team that Smollett failed to appear for an interview with detectives earlier Thursday, but has since spoken with police.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson contacted ABC7 to say they are continuing to treat Smollett as a victim and the investigation remains ongoing.

The writing staff denies that he is being written off.  But they would, right?  Someone died and they've teased it out all season.  They showed Lucious in front of the coffin.  We're to believe it is one of the sons.  That was the first episode last fall.  They've now gone into flashback mode to the events leading up to this.  We still don't know who is in the coffin but the suggestion is strong that it's one of the sons.  Is it Jamal?  Jussie's character is Jamal.  It could be.

The persons of interest being questioned by detectives in the case are brothers who worked on Empire with Smollett.
Police raided their home on Wednesday, the same day police met them at O’Hare International Airport, as they were returning from a trip to Nigeria.
Gloria Schmidt, the attorney representing those two men in the case, said they have been in custody at Area Central detective headquarters since Wednesday night.
“When they first learned about what happened to him they were horrified. This is someone they know. This is someone they’ve worked with, so they don’t want to see somebody go through that,” Schmidt said.

Brad Edwards (CBS 2) adds of the two men taken into custody:

The relative who was home Wednesday night says she heard a loud banging at the door, and that door came crashing down. She says a flood of officers were there saying they had a search warrant.
She says she was patted down by an officer, and police asked her if she knows Smollett. The woman, who is in her 20s, says she was “so scared” and thought she was going to die.
The woman says she was confused, but she did know Smollett was from the show. She says she feels the police picked the two brothers up for questioning because there is a loose connection to Smollett, and the men left for Nigeria the same day of the attack.

Jussie, Jussie.  How sad.  And they weren't White, Jussie.  They weren't.  Poor Jussie.  Such a delusional liar.

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

Friday, February 15, 2019.  How can you stop the next war if you fail to call out the ongoing wars?

16 years ago today, two million people on the streets of , in the biggest process ever in UK history, said not in our name to the war. Jeremy Corbyn gave this speech to the huge rally in Hyde Park.
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Feb 15 2003 – Over 25 million people in 100+ countries protest Bush and Blair's plan to wage war in Iraq. Pics: London demo of 1-2 million & McMurdo in Antarctica.

That was then.  Today?

We need to stop Elliott Abrams from turning into a nightmarish bloodbath like he's already done to too many countries in his criminal career. Join the global wave of protests Feb 23 to stop another Iraq-style war in Venezuela!

Oh, Jill.

That really says it all, doesn't it?

Oh, Jill.

She twice ran for president on the Green Party ticket.  She gave speech after speech.  She participated in mock debates.  And where was Iraq in any of her remarks?  She was challenged, in 2012, from one of her biggest supporters to make Iraq an issue in October of 2012, one month ahead of the election, because Tim Arango of THE NEW YORK TIMES has reported on US troops going back into Iraq -- this while Barack Obama was running for re-election on the lie that all US troops out of Iraq.  Jill chose to stay silent.

Now she wants to rally everyone around no-war-on-Venezuela?  Why should anyone care?

If protests break out in the US what would it even matter?

It would make a damn difference.

Because Jill, Medea Benjamin, Norman Solomon, Amy Goodman -- go down the list.  All these fools have made clear to the US government that if you threaten war, we will oppose you . . . briefly.

What these idiots -- and so many others -- have made clear to the US government is that the US government's desire for war is stronger than the people's desire for peace.

Shame on Jill Stein.  The Iraq War hits the 16 year mark and if she even bothers to note that ongoing war, it's just to make it a reference point.  It's not to call for an end to it.

When an Elliott Abrams tells a president that war will be easy, he can point to what's happened with Iraq and say, "Don't worry, they protest now, but in a few months, these gadflies will have flitted elsewhere."

And, sadly, he won't be wrong.

Where is the accountability?

There is none.

And that's why the Iraq War continues.

Iraq Daily Roundup: Militia Convoy Attacked; 17 Killed in Iraq

The violence didn't stop.  The war never ended.  The US government continues to control Iraq.  The Iraqi people are overruled and pushed aside repeatedly.  It's an occupation.  But don't worry, we have brave voices speaking out in the US . . . somewhere, right?

There is no follow through.  Our so-called leaders are too busy thumbing rides on the Highway of Causes, rushing from one to another, to have any follow through.

US troops are still deploying to Iraq.  Rachael Thomas (WAFB) reports:

The Louisiana National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment is set to deploy to Iraq and Kuwait.
A deployment ceremony will be held in Hammond on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Army Aviation Support Facility #1 at 10 a.m.
Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to attend to honor the more than 50 soldier from the Hammond area.

Activists: US military vehicles are shown in the vicinity of the city, "Samarra" north of Baghdad, under the protection of a private security company. .

The deployments continue, the bombs continue to be dropped.  People continue to die.  EURONEWS notes:

At least 100,000 babies are dying every year as a result of wars according to a new report by British charity Save The Children.
The report estimated around 420 million children - nearly one in five of the global population - were living in conflict-affected areas in 2017.
This figure is up from 390 million the year before.
The research, carried out by the Peace Research Institute Oslo for Save the Children, found the number of children living in conflict zones is now double the number at the end of the Cold War.
The ten countries hit the hardest are Afghanistan, Yemen, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Syria, Iraq, Mali, Nigeria and Somalia.

The US-installed government in Baghdad continues to fail the Iraqi people.

Activists posted a video showing the reality of health and service deterioration in the hospital of "Zubair" in # Basra under the high budgets allocated to the Ministry of Health. .

If you live in Basra, you face no jobs, water that can put you in the hospital if you drink it and a government that feels no need to address your demands.

This girl from the Basra protests last year: "Our rights [or the truth] will not be lost, so long as we continue to demand them."

Which is why protests started in July and continue.

Now: protest in Basra city, at Shat al-Arab district, the details come later.

Let's wind down with this from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's office:

February 14, 2019

At Hearing Focused On Horrible Living Conditions In Military Housing Across The Country, Gillibrand Questions Executives Of Companies Responsible For Toxic Mold, Lead Paint, And Pest Infestations In Homes Of Military Families

Joint Armed Services Subcommittee Hearing Puts Spotlight on Active Duty Service Members and their Families Who Have Suffered Extensive Health Issues Due to Failures and Incompetency by Private Companies Participating in the Military Housing Privatization Initiative

SASC Committee Hearing Military Housing 
***Watch SASC Joint Subcommittee Hearing Video HERE*** 
Washington, DC – At a Senate Armed Services Joint Subcommittee on Personnel and Readiness and Management Support hearing, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Personnel, questioned leaders of private housing companies on their failure to provide safe living conditions and meet maintenance needs in the homes of military families across the country. According to a recent survey, more than half of military families living in private housing had a “negative or very negative experience.” Military families reported serious issues such as toxic mold, lead paint, and pest infestation in their homes, which have resulted in health problems for military children.

“Let me begin by reiterating how frustrated I am by the experiences of the families we have heard from today who live in houses under the management of your companies,” Gillibrand said to the housing executives testifying at the SASC hearing. “In choosing to participate in the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, your companies didn’t just land another real estate deal – you assumed responsibility for the safety, health, and wellbeing of military families who make incredible sacrifices each and every day in support of our national defense…In so many of the stories we’ve heard today from military families, the maintenance procedures you’ve put in place have failed to ensure quality in housing units.”

Below are the questions that Senator Gillibrand asked private housing executives during the hearing:
  1. What percentage of military families do you believe deserve to live in “excellent” on-base housing?
  1. How many military children deserve to be exposed to mold, lead, or other health hazards as a consequence of living in privatized housing units?
  1. Do you think it’s easier or harder for a service member to focus on their military duties while also worrying about the health and safety of their families?
  2. Do you expect your staff working on installations as technicians to be capable of both remediating work orders and showing genuine concern for the families impacted?
  3. How many contactors or service technicians have each of your companies fired for unsatisfactory performance in completing work orders in military housing? 

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