So the latest on Jussie Smollett? There's this:
The two brothers who police say were paid by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to stage a fake hate crime told Fox News Friday they "regret" their involvement.
Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo’s attorney, Gloria Schmidt, told us, "My clients have tremendous regret over their involvement in this situation, and they understand how it has impacted people across the nation, particularly minority communities and especially those who have been victims of hate crimes themselves."
Be sure to read Marcia's "Ellen Page just gets more stupid" which covers how somethings are now known. And for Ellen Page to play stupid -- or anyone -- is rather sad.
To review, he lied. He knew his attackers. He knew they were not White, as he lied. They did not scream Make America Great Again. These are lies Jussie told.
Did Jussie hire them? The court can determine that.
But that the brothers were the ones? That's not in doubt. The brothers have confessed. The brothers are on the tape. These are now facts. Ellen Page can play "Stupid Girl" all she wants (queue No Doubt song) but these are known facts.
USA TODAY notes:
Smollett told police his attackers shouted racist and homophobic slurs and referred to "MAGA," President Trump's political slogan, Make America Great Again.
The brothers were arrested on Feb. 15, detained and interrogated for nearly 48 hours, and finally told police that Smollett had paid them to stage the attack. Police released them without charges.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Friday, March 1, 2019. Basra? A filthy jerk wants to impose fees on the residents -- the already suffering residents. In addition, we look at the six women running for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.
Six women are currently seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. One is Senator Amy Klobucher.
Six women are currently seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. One is Senator Amy Klobucher.
Exactly one year ago I sat across from the President during a meeting on gun safety at the White House where he said he supported expanded background checks nine times. Nothing has been done.
Mr. President — the American people deserve a leader who can deliver.
"Nothing has been done." Well, Amy, put down that glass of water, get off your ass, and pass some legislation because that's what Congress does. Is it that confusing to you? To you, a sitting US senator?
We're noting each of the six candidates in today's snapshot by including their top two Tweets on their Twitter feed. That's number two and it's Amy making a fool of herself. The top one?
She seems determined to deliver the chuckles today.
A lot can happen when you work to find common ground and prioritize solutions. Thank you so much to my staff who work so hard for the people of our state and country.
She pinned that one. We've avoided all she's-a-bitch-to-everyone-who-works-for-her stories but there she is stupidly reTweeting something that she thinks helps her when it only makes the topic more discussed. A friend sat down with Barbara Walters once (more than once, but we're talking about one interview). She's a sweet woman but when Barbara asked her what was the biggest mistake people think about her, my friend replied, "That I'm a bitch." No, she's not a bitch. And she should have ignored that and spoken about something else. Amy also should ignore those whisper articles. She's never going to be able to successfully refute them so she should just focus on other things.
Is Amy a bitch to her staff? When do they ever ask that question about men?
How about we discuss George Bush Sr. and Jr. destroying Iraq, killing and displacing millions, giving rise to ISIS, and destabilizing the entire Middle East for decades to come, instead of making them out to be some lovable characters from a family-friendly sitcom? Thanks.
Bully Boy Bush kicked off an illegal war that continues to this day. And CNN is spit polishing a turd We can say that, right? Joe Fazzio's script for the powerful season finale of HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER used the term last night, so we can use it hear, right?
Regardless, Bully Boy Bush is a War Criminal. And CNN's rushing to prop him up -- and his hideous father who was so vile and disgusting that the rumors about him including that Poppy Bush was a child molester, was involved in the assassination of JFK and that he lied to Congress about his previous CIA employment.
That gets air brushed. But if Amy wasn't boss of the year, that's a story we have to hear day after day after day. Every story that highlights something unfortunate about a female candidate is not sexism. But I think we can all ask ourselves what male is seen as 'the boss from hell'? The press really isn't concerned with those stories and I can think of several the press is currently soft-jobbing who are rather vile and several who harass women in the workforce. The Amy 'reports' seem to be rooted in sexism.
Senator Kamala Harris also wants the party's presidential nomination.
Unless we elect a President that will stand up to the gun lobby, nothing will change.
As President, I will fight for universal background checks, closing the Charleston loophole, and an assault weapons ban.
Get it? She's just a US senator, poor thing. She's powerless, you understand. But make her president and she'll do something -- she'll finally do something.
Is that going to work on people? I ask because I remember that same promise when she was running for the US Senate. Maybe others don't because they don't vote in California. But, yes, Kamala was going to be the big fighter in the Senate, if you'd just elect her. She was all "put me in, coach, I'm ready to play."
And play is all she's done which is why she's running for another post now but making the same (unfulfilled) promises yet agin.
My mother taught me that I had a responsibility to fight for justice and pave a path for others. This Women’s History Month, I will highlight women like her who are breaking down barriers and whose contributions and achievements have made the world a better place for others.
A lot of unfavorable things have been said about Kamala in recent weeks. Pay attention, Amy, she doesn't use her Twitter feed to reinforce negative images of herself. She could be offering Tweets about "I am honest!" and that would just raise issues about her recent statements. Like below.
Sen. Kamala Harris this week mischaracterized a 2008 policy she supported that led to undocumented minors who were arrested for suspected felonies being turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement before they had been convicted of crimes cnn.it/2EcJ8jy
Instead, she uses her Twitter feed to craft the image she wants the voters to have.
Amnesty International uses their feed to note:
The Tweet links to a September 7, 2018 press release from Amnesty:
Following several nights of protests in Basra, Iraq’s second largest city, and the use of excessive force by security forces including live ammunition, which resulted in the deaths of at least seven protesters, Razaw Salihy, Amnesty International’s Iraq Researcher, said:
“We welcome Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s stated commitment to conduct an investigation into the deaths and violence during the protests. Amnesty International urges the Iraqi authorities to ensure that such an investigation be conducted in an independent, impartial and effective manner.
We welcome Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s stated commitment to conduct an investigation into the deaths and violence during the protests
“Security forces, for the second time since July, opened fire on protesters who were demanding improved public services, including water, electricity, better medical services and an end to corruption. The Iraqi authorities are obligated to respect the right to peaceful protests, and even if protesters are violent, only the minimum force necessary to address it can be used.
The authorities must bring those suspected to be responsible for these deaths to justice in fair trials
“The authorities must bring those suspected to be responsible for these deaths to justice in fair trials. Iraqi lawmakers must urge the Prime Minister to uphold his promise of an investigation, and should ensure that it is conducted in a thorough and effective manner”.
Read the full Amnesty International’s Public Statement here: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde14/9055/2018/en/There is still not justice. And Iraq's even changed prime ministers since that press release.
On the topic of Basra . . .
Iraqi Ministry of Electricity wants to go ahead with implementing the *collection of electricity fees* system in Basra Province. Some have warned that the implementation of this system will re-ignite protests in Basra as its citizens are against paying increased fees for power.
Now, at the end of July, then-prime minister Hayder al-Abadi suspended the Minister of Electricity -- Qasim al-Fahadawi.
Though Adil Abdul-Mahdi can't fill the security posts in his Cabinet to this day, he did name a Minister of Electricity, Luay al-Khatteeb. Mahdi has done nothing to address the concerns of the protesters and now Luay wants to start charging Basra residents "electricity fees"?
What kind of a fool does that? Hmm. Let's drop back to July 27, 2015:
The big Iraq question for the day?
Is Luay al-Khatteeb really that much of a stupid, ignorant fool or is he just a liar?
(Secondary question, why did Brookings hire him?)
He's spewed more garbage. This time with Omar al-Saadoon.
Luay is a defender of bullies and abuse and that is also reason to question why Brookings hired him and continues to work with him.
That's the reality on Luay and we've long noted it here. He's a hateful person.
Jane Bolin, the first Black woman in US history to become a judge, said that achieving equality for Black women means fighting "every inch of the way.” As the struggle for equality continues, we follow her courageous example. #BlackHistoryMonth
Senator Elizabeth Warren is seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. She's been Tweeting about Black History Month throughout February. One does question whether she's doing her own Tweeting and what she knows. I'm not sure Bayard Rustin is one she should be endorsing, for example. As we've rightly become a nation that doesn't shove people into the closet, Bayard had been reconsidered. That's fine as long as we don't mistake him for a hero. Translation, his later days were especially embarrassing (he was a rabid supporter of the war on Vietnam) and his past -- political past -- might concern some of her supporters. (In fact, I'm surprised THE DAILY CALLER, et al, didn't run with her Bayard Tweet.)
I didn't think things could get any worse at the @EPA after Scott Pruitt. But I was wrong. The Senate just confirmed Andrew Wheeler – an ex-lobbyist who worked to roll back critical environmental regulations – to run the agency. Our kids will pay the price.
"I didn't think things could get any worse"? A leader who can admit they're not perfect would be a step up over so many who have already occupied the White House.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is seeking the presidential nomination as well.
When it comes to doing the right thing and helping people, I’ve never backed down from a fight – and I won’t start now.
She's pinned that Tweet for over a month. Next time we check in on the six women, we'll ignore pinned Tweets. But she's right to note she is a fighter and female servicemembers and veterans are aware of that fact. Especially if you contrast her with former Senator CM.
February is ending, but the lessons and commitments of #BlackHistoryMonth should last year-round: Determination to never accept injustice. Courage to do the right thing. Inspiration to light our way. This is all of our torch to carry, and all of our future to build.
Marianne Williamson, author, businesswoman, activist, is also seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.
She continues to campaign and the press on whole largely ignores her. As does the hideous Samantha Bee.
And while she's campaigning, she's doing the unthinkable -- she's noting poverty. RFK noted poverty in America. In the last years, few have bothered. (John Edwards did noted it in his 2008 run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination).
The sixth woman seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination is US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard.
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Like Marianne, Tulsi is being ignored by a portion of the media (and by Samantha Bee).
As the press ignores them, it's worth noting that the two women are the strongest of the six in calling out endless war.
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