Friday, October 16, 2020

That entitled Holly Marie Combs

 Building on Stan's "F**k you, Holly Marie Combs" and my "Holly Racist Marie Combs," thank you Shannen.  Shannen is going through a very difficult time right now and yet she made the time to step forward and support the ladies of the rebooted Charmed.  If you don't know, Shannen's battling cancer and hope and prayers be with her.  But even in her very trying time, she found time to exemplify what Charmed was supposed to be about -- women supporting each other.  From People magazine via MSNBC:

Doherty, who played the oldest of the Halliwell sisters on the original Charmed series, told Entertainment Weekly she shares a different opinion about the show and finds the reboot to be a positive opportunity for future generations of women.

"What's old is new...and I think it’s wonderful a new generation can connect with three strong, powerful women, not to mention the many jobs the show provides," Doherty, 49, said.

In fact, Doherty, who was later replaced on Charmed by a new character played by McGowan, said she has been a fan of the reboot since the start.

"I'm intrigued by the idea that a new generation might be comforted, inspired like all you were. Charmed helped us all in some way," the actress wrote on Twitter when the reboot was first announced.

In 2018, a reboot of the popular series — which originally ran from 1998 to 2006 — was confirmed on The CW, starring [Sarah] Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock and Melonie Diaz as the new trio of witches. Since then, original cast members have repeatedly spoken out about their disdain for the new take on the series.

Shannen's a true lady and a true star.  She shines with class and beauty because she is both.  

Holly Marie Combs?  Stan covers Holly's response.

Holly, I think it's over for you.  I think it's all over. You're now Ani DiFranco.  That's what I thought reading Holly's indignant b.s.  It reminded me of how Ani dug her whole deeper.  She chose to hold a women's retreat at a plantation.  People objected.  Instead of apologizing for her obvious mistake, she doubled down.  That's Holly's mistake.

She looks like an aged hag who is jealous of young women.  And a racist to boot.  She never once acknowledges that this all started because she opened her own mouth.  There is no 'sorry.'  Not even a 'I'm sorry if my words were misunderstood.'  It's just her own entitled ass trying to act like she can start s**t and then, when she's tired of it, it's over because she says it's over.

Kiss my Black ass, Holly.





And twice on Sundays.  

There are levels to the rudeness in this response, and despite McGowan's belief that she's not being racist, she is. First, both McGowan and Combs talk down to Jeffery as if she's a child who's spoken against her betters, rather than a grown woman responding to their disrespect of her and her cast's work. Combs is quick to call ageism when Charmed appeared with three younger stars, but both she and McGowan are pulling the same bit with Jeffery and treating her like she's not their peer. Newsflash, she absolutely is. They're all actresses with work under their belt, and just because two of them are older doesn't mean they have any authority to speak to Jeffery with such flippancy. That includes treating her like she's dumb.

Second, the narrative that the newer Charmed is "profiting" off the "hard work" of the previous iteration without adding anything "innovative" to it is where the racism comes in! The 2018 Charmed is all about diverse representation and what magic means when used by witches of color in the LGBTQ+ community, dealing with mental health, parental abandonment, and a score of other complex struggles. That's practically a foreign concept to primetime TV, especially when compared to a show from 1998.

The show introduces different kinds of magic from various cultures, and it addresses facets of identity that McGowan and Combs's Charmed could never. It's for a new generation of viewers who are looking to relate to these characters. It's for women who never thought they'd see someone like them, someone different, have a place in such a huge fandom. It's for people to discover that there isn't just one face to this kind of world and that there are so many different traditions, cultures, and ways to explore it. It's a new story. To say that the sequel refuses to "elevate" means that McGowan doesn't see the stories of Mel (Melonie Diaz), Macy (Madeleine Mantock), and Maggie (Jeffery) as important, needed, or having value. That isn't me reading too much into her comments, it's what she wrote. 

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

 Friday, October 16, 2020.  Friday.  We take a look at some of the candidates for US president.

Gino Spocchia (INDEPENDENT) reports:

Former president Barack Obama praised Joe Biden’s “good instincts” and said he would use them as president, despite voting for the Iraq war.

In an appearance on the “Pod Save America” podcast, Mr Obama discussed how a Biden administration would be able to implement “actual policy that works”, and that lived-up to his “good instincts”, having learned lessons from almost five decades in politics.

On the Iraq war, the Democrat argued that Mr Biden “learned a lesson from that”, having later admitted that his vote for the Iraq War as a senator "was a mistake". 

Here's what actually happened.  Barack Obama went on a podcast run by his former flunkies who worship him and, even there, he stumbled and lied.  Joe does not have "good instincts."  The record does not beat that out.  Someone with "good instincts" does not violate women and girls' space to the point that Jon Stewart has to mock you on THE DAILY SHOW as happened when Joe was vice president.  Someone with "good instincts" would immediately stop that behavior after being mocked by both THE DAILY SHOW and THE WASHINGTON POST.  Not Joe.  When called out in 2019, "good instincts" would not result in you, two days after your video 'apology,' making jokes at an assembly of union workers.  Joe Biden is an ass.  That's what Joe Biden is.

Good instincts?  That would not allow your brothers and your son Hunter and now your son-in-law to all be accused of profiting from you, of corruption, of profiting on your public office.  Does any living person in your family know how to apply for a job that they are qualified for?  Do any of them know how to actually work for a living?  

Good instincts do not lead you to make the votes Joe has made throughout his long, long, long political career.  Good instincts do not allow you to pretend to support Anita Hill -- while offering her no supporting in the confirmation hearing and while you were telling Republicans that she was lying.

Joe Biden learned his lesson from Iraq?

I guess Barack wasn't a very involved parent before the White House.  Or maybe he just wasn't a good parent period.  Maybe his own lack of skills was why he was forever trashing African-American fathers?

Here's the basic on parenting.  You teach your child to learn from a mistake.  Learning from a mistake means admitting you were wrong, yes.  That is step one. If that's all you've taught your children, you're a failure as a parent.  Words are empty without action.  Step two, when you make a mistake is making a real effort to improve anyone you have harmed by your mistake.  Joe did nothing to improve the lives of the Iraqi people.  In fact, he steered the US effort in 2010 to overturn the votes of the Iraqi people who, in March 2010, voted thug Nouri al-Maliki out after one term.  Joe led the US effort to overturn that vote -- despite the fact that we already knew Nouri was running secret prisons and torture chambers.  Joe led the US effort to negotiate The Erbil Agreement -- the legal contract that overturned the votes of the Iraqi people.

Liars like Patrick Cockburn have never written one word about The Erbil Agreement.  Liars like Patrick Cockburn have blamed Nouri's second term on the government of Iran.  The government of Iran did back Nouri.  But it was only after the US, working months on The Erbil Agreement, got the agreement signed that the Iraqi political process finally began moving again.  In March of 2010, Nouri lost the election.  He refused to step down.  His refusal, for eight months and several days, brought the Iraqi government to a standstill.  This period was called a "political stalemate" (we used the term, the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, many press accounts used the term).  Did it end in October with Iran's blessing of Nouri?

From November 20, 2010:

March 7th, Iraq concluded Parliamentary elections. The Guardian's editorial board noted in August, "These elections were hailed prematurely by Mr Obama as a success, but everything that has happened since has surely doused that optimism in a cold shower of reality." 163 seats are needed to form the executive government (prime minister and council of ministers). When no single slate wins 163 seats (or possibly higher -- 163 is the number today but the Parliament added seats this election and, in four more years, they may add more which could increase the number of seats needed to form the executive government), power-sharing coalitions must be formed with other slates, parties and/or individual candidates. (Eight Parliament seats were awarded, for example, to minority candidates who represent various religious minorities in Iraq.) Ayad Allawi is the head of Iraqiya which won 91 seats in the Parliament making it the biggest seat holder. Second place went to State Of Law which Nouri al-Maliki, the current prime minister, heads. They won 89 seats. Nouri made a big show of lodging complaints and issuing allegations to distract and delay the certification of the initial results while he formed a power-sharing coalition with third place winner Iraqi National Alliance -- this coalition still does not give them 163 seats. November 10th a power sharing deal resulted in the Parliament meeting for the second time and voting in a Speaker. And then Iraqiya felt double crossed on the deal and the bulk of their members stormed out of the Parliament. David Ignatius (Washington Post) explains, "The fragility of the coalition was dramatically obvious Thursday as members of the Iraqiya party, which represents Sunnis, walked out of Parliament, claiming that they were already being double-crossed by Maliki. Iraqi politics is always an exercise in brinkmanship, and the compromises unfortunately remain of the save-your-neck variety, rather than reflecting a deeper accord. " After that, Jalal Talabani was voted President of Iraq. Talabani then named Nouri as the prime minister-delegate. If Nouri can meet the conditions outlined in Article 76 of the Constitution (basically nominate ministers for each council and have Parliament vote to approve each one with a minimum of 163 votes each time and to vote for his council program) within thirty days, he becomes the prime minister. If not, Talabani must name another prime minister-delegate. . In 2005, Iraq took four months and seven days to pick a prime minister-delegate. It took eight months and two days to name Nouri as prime minister-delegate. His first go-round, on April 22, 2006, his thirty day limit kicked in. May 20, 2006, he announced his cabinet -- sort of. Sort of because he didn't nominate a Minister of Defense, a Minister of Interior and a Minister of a Natioanl Security. This was accomplished, John F. Burns wrote in "For Some, a Last, Best Hope for U.S. Efforts in Iraq" (New York Times), only with "muscular" assistance from the Bush White House. Nouri declared he would be the Interior Ministry temporarily. Temporarily lasted until June 8, 2006. This was when the US was able to strong-arm, when they'd knocked out the other choice for prime minister (Ibrahim al-Jaafari) to install puppet Nouri and when they had over 100,000 troops on the ground in Iraq. Nouri had no competition. That's very different from today. The Constitution is very clear and it is doubtful his opponents -- including within his own alliance -- will look the other way if he can't fill all the posts in 30 days. As Leila Fadel (Washington Post) observes, "With the three top slots resolved, Maliki will now begin to distribute ministries and other top jobs, a process that has the potential to be as divisive as the initial phase of government formation." Jane Arraf (Christian Science Monitor) points out, "Maliki now has 30 days to decide on cabinet posts - some of which will likely go to Iraqiya - and put together a full government. His governing coalition owes part of its existence to followers of hard-line cleric Muqtada al Sadr, leading Sunnis and others to believe that his government will be indebted to Iran." The stalemate ends when the country has a prime minister. It is now eight months, thirteen days and counting.

November 10th The Erbil Agreement was signed and November 11th the Parliament was finally in session after eight months of nothing.  November 11th, the KRG website announces:

Baghdad, Iraq ( - Iraq's political leaders yesterday agreed to hold the parliamentary session as scheduled on Thursday and to name an individual for the post of Speaker of the the parliament (Council of Representatives). The Speaker post will go to the Al-Iraqiya bloc, which is headed by former prime minister Ayad Allawi.
During the meeting, which was attended by the leaders of all the winning blocs at President Masoud Barzani's Baghdad headquarters, agreement was reached on two other points: to create a council for strategic policy and to address issues regarding national reconciliation.
President Barzani, who sponsored the three days' round of meetings, stated that today's agreement was a big achievement for Iraqis. He expressed optimism that the next government will be formed soon and that it will be inclusive and representative of all of Iraq's communities.

The agreement that they are discussing is The Erbil Agreement.  If you can't address that agreement, you aren't an honest broker.  Patrick Cockburn has never written of it.  Never admitted to it.  Emma Sky's spoken of it, written of it, even included it a book.  If the 'expert' on Iraq can't get honest about The Erbil Agreement, you should wonder what else they're lying about.

Joe was obligated, in 2010, to do what was best for the Iraqi people if he truly realized he made a mistake.  In no world is overturning election results a good thing.  Joe doesn't think overturning the results are a good thing here in the US.  He can't stop pushing the fantasy that Donald Trump won't honor the election results from this upcoming November.  And yet it is Joe who overturned an election.  The Iraqi people voted out thug Nouri al-Maliki and they risked their lives to do so.  Instead of backing the Iraqi people, instead of fostering trust in the ballot box and in the notions of democracy, Joe pushed for the votes of Iraqi people to be overturned.  

That was bad enough.  But no one has held Joe accountable for what happened.

Yes, Iraqi voting went down as a result.  Yes, trust in democracy was not fostered.  But I'm referring to the rise of ISIS.  That's what resulted from the US government giving Nouri a second term.  ISIS rises in Iraq during Nouri's second term and does so in response to Nouri's continued targeting of the Iraqi people.  No second term for Nouri, no rise of ISIS.  Let's deal with that option and wonder why Joe gets a pass from the press.  On that?  On everything.

Again, basic parenting is teaching children that words are not enough.  "I made a mistake" or "I'm sorry" is not enough.  You have to make an effort to make it right.  Joe did nothing for the Iraqi people.  So his 'mistake' isn't a real admission.

More to the point, he doesn't believe it was a "mistake" to vote for the Iraq War.  He believes it was a "mistake" to trust Bully Boy Bush.  He was so stupid that he trusted Bully Boy Bush.   If, in the fall of 2002, you'd asked most Democrats: Should we trust Bully Boy Bush?  The response would have been a loud "Hell no!"  But idiot Joe wants to tell you he wasn't as smart as every other Democrat in the country and that he trusted Bully Boy Bush at that point.

Joe Biden said his vote for the Iraq War "was a mistake"?  Barack, I believe you've confused him with many of your own voters in 2008 who supported you because you promised -- at campaign event after campaign event and in campaign ad after campaign ad -- to end the Iraq War.  They voted for you.  You ended up with two terms in the White House, two terms as president.  You left after two terms and US forces were still in Iraq and the Iraq War continued.  I think it's the deluded from 2008 who now feel that their votes for you were "a mistake."'

Barack left the White House after two terms as president with US troops still in Iraq, still dying in Iraq, with the war still dragging on.  

Are Donald Trump and Joe Biden the only candidates you can choose from?  


Howie Hawkins is running for president on the Green Party's ticket and he reminds you of some realities about Joe Biden.

Jo Jorgensen is running for president on the Libertarian Party's ticket

"Vote for what you really want," Jo Jorgensen offers.  

Howie participated in a debate with other presidential candidates, including Gloria La Riva of the Party For Socialism and Liberation, last week.  Though it went off without a hitch on FACEBOOK, there were streaming issues at YOUTUBE.  

The organization which sponsored the debate has posted a full version of it to YOUTUBE.

Stream that if you have a candidate in the mix, if you like to be informed or if you're just curious what alternatives exist.  Grasp that when Donald said no to a debate, the corporate media did not reach out to Howie or Jo or Gloria or anyone to try to put together a debate or to give them a townhall.  If you want to know about the other candidates, you're going to have to do some of the work yourself because the corporate media -- and Amy Goodman of Beggar Media ('send us money, I've bilked PACIFICA out of millions and I still need more!') -- will not cover them.  Credit to MORNING JOE on MSNBC for having Howie on last week.  We noted that last week.  But that's one show and that's one appearance.  

Here's Angela Rodriquez on YOUTUBE doing what the corporate media should be doing, explaining the basics.

She can do it from her own home with no budget but the wealthy corporate media can't?  No, they won't.  This is not a new development.  This was part of the corruption that inspired the rage of the film BULWORTH.

Here's Jo Jorgensen taking her message directly to the voters.

Are we noticing the reality that Jo, in her media under-covered campaign, still attracts larger turnout at her events than Joe Biden does?

Gloria La Riva Tweeted:

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Howie is my choice


That's Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS  "Does anyone really listen?" -- it went up Sunday.    And this is an ad for Howie Hawkins campaign.

You do have choices beyond Joe Biden and Donald Trump.  Howie is my choice.  

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

 Thursday, October 15, 2020.  Podcasts?  So much wasted time.

"Dismissive and glib."  That's how Kyle Kulinski described Noam Chomsky's attitude on a recent YOUTUBE segment.  I know this because a friend played about a minute of it to me over the phone this morning.  I'm not interested in Kyle's 'podcast.'  I don't like the way he speaks, I'm not talking about the sound of his voice.  He needs to learn that the body has more than one resonator and take it out of his nose.  His voice is thin and annoying.  But I don't like the way he talks.  I don't need to hear a segment about his nuts.  I'm sorry, he's not good looking, he's not sexy and why do I want to hear him yammer on about his nuts and what kind of underwear they like and blah blah blah.

I'm not going to link to him for the above reason.  But Noam Chomsky wants you to vote the lesser of two evils.  Noam would be better off worrying about himself.  He'd actually be better off getting honest with his large fan base about who he really is (Noam knows what I mean, I've known Noam for decades).  Instead, he wants to hector others.

Brihana Joy Gray and Virgil Texas are doing a new program entitled BAD FAITHOn YOUTUBE, they have one brief video uploaded.  I'm stating this to remind you that I'm done with 'podcasts.'  I'm tired of the sound quality, it hurts my ears.  If they can get on a real platform like YOUTUBE, I'll listen and even repost.  But I'm tired of listening to sub-standard sound that hurts my ears.  I did it over and over for years but it's just not worth it to me anymore.  It's not a reflection on any host and it's not their doing, it's just the format and the sound quality.  And it hurts my ears.  If they post to YOUTUBE and I find out about it, I'll gladly note them here from time to time. 

But our main point here is Noam has no reason to be dismissive or glib.  He's doing the same nonsense he does every four years.  It's a shame people are more tolerant of it today than they were in 2008.  He had to change his public stance in 2008 -- or pretend to.  Noam's a good little asset and he knows that and he knows how to work that.  He's not an honest broker and I'm tired of pretending for him.  I'm tired of being nice about it.

If his work means anything then he needs to stand by it.  But he doesn't.  Every four years he comes along to tell you how to vote and it's always a repudiation of his published writing but we're never supposed to notice that.  91-years-old, you'd think he'd be able to tell the truth.  Pathetic.

On podcasts, Rebecca's husband texted me about Katie Halper's hideous Sausage Show.  (See Rebecca's "katie halper's hideous" for more on last night's live show.)  It's beyond stupid.  Oh, let's be disorganized and debate which announced topic we should go with and then let's Aaron Mate run off at the mouth on the topic no one really cares about by going down a sideroad and never in the history of the UN blah blah blah blah.  The announced topic was Hunter Biden.

As they drank their liquids and goofed around it was purse nonsense.  It's like that horrible Vaginal Book Club or whatever that Felicity Day does.  That's our 'progressive' Felicity Day who explained -- not joking -- that she didn't watch CAGNEY & LACY because it was about two lesbians.  No, it wasn't.  That was a right-wing reaction to the show and it was a reaction that crippled the show in many ways.  CBS was forever giving notes and making demands that one's husband be on and that the other's boyfriend be in an episode -- but not too much sex, don't want them to think she's a 'tramp.'  

When you present as a feminist and pro-woman, you need to know your facts.  I get that she was home schooled.  That doesn't excuse her ignorance as an adult.  And to pimp that lie?  Stop pretending you're informed and you have anything to offer because you don't.

Katie wanted to discuss Hunter Biden (we noted the story in yesterday's snapshot) but she had to stop in the middle of the podcast.  Why?  She hadn't read the article.  She had to read the article to get up to speed.  Despite the fact that this was the second billed topic for her podcast before it aired live.  

This is so idiotic.  You don't do your work live and make people wait for you to play catch up on their time.  She had a hissy fit at the end of the first segment.  Why?  Her first guest was yammering away like an expert -- and he really wasn't, not on the topics he was discussing.  Maybe he can fool the uninformed but I studied Constitutional Law.  Jonathan Turley knows what he's talking about.  Many others don't.  There was a columnist who didn't.  And for years, we looked the other way.  Then he was doing real damage and I pointed out here that he wasn't a Constitutional Law expert despite billing himself that way, he had no training in the subject matter.  He had a hissy fit over my pointing that out but it did end his column with the magazine that had been publishing him.  (And that magazine should have done some research of their own to determine his credentials before presenting him as a Constitutional Law expert.)  The late Michael Ratner was a Constitutional Law expert.  

Because Rebecca's husband texted me and because it was on YOUTUBE, I watched as much of Katie's nonsense as I could take.  

Rebecca is right that it is shameful on Aaron Mate's part that he giggles -- like a little boy -- that journalism is being censored.  Then, later in the broadcast, he wants to put on his stern voice.  No one needs that nonsense.  There is nothing funny about censorship.

Katie and Aaron both want you to know that they are sympathetic to Hunter.  

What a bunch of nonsense.  Corruption should not lead to sympathy.  Corruption has destroyed Iraq and it's no surprise that the corruption results from a government that the US government put in place.  No surprise at all.  Because corruption runs rampant in the US.

And pretending that poor little Hunter deserves our sympathy?  For what?  For shaking up with his dead brother's wife?  For taking money he shouldn't have?  For shady deals?  For refusing to admit that the child was his?  For refusing to pay child support until the court threatened to take the whole matter public?  

And let's remember when he slept with Beau's wife, he didn't just start hitting on the widow of his brother, he did it while he was married and while he had children who were old enough to know what was going on.  "Call her 'Aunty Mommy,' kids."

Anyway, so Katie has a hissy fit after her first segment and tells her audience that they can't leave negative comments or ask questions for the next guest when she has one guest on!!!!

Shut the f**k up.  You put on a piece of crap podcast and you should be glad anyone bothers to even listen to your nonsense.  And the Hunter topic was what everyone wanted to hear about.  So you shouldn't have opened with your chatterbox and done your unguided and unformed interview.  You're not talented enough to go live, Katie, clearly.  Having punished your audience with that dull and meandering segment, you then finally brought on Aaron for the Hunter segment.  And then you wanted to waste more time going back and forth over whether or not Hunter should be the first topic of the segment or not.  It's unprofessional and its unorganized.  

I don't watch 'reality' TV.  I don't have time for garbage that Katie's doing.

And let's also not forget that she presented as pro-woman (no woman running with Spencer Ackerman is pro-woman) but how many weeks ago was it when she last had a woman on her pretty much daily program?  Multiple men, no women.  

I'm sick of it and I don't have time for it.  She should be ashamed of herself.  At least she finally washed that greasy hair, though.  I will give her credit for that.

Aaron wanted to tell you that what happened with Syria -- the attack that wasn't but was promoted as real -- is the biggest story of the century.

No, it's not.  It's not even the biggest story of the decade.  Russia-gate would be the biggest story of the decade.  Iraq would be the biggest story of the century.  But Aaron Mate doesn't talk about Iraq -- except a fleeting comment or two.  Did he learn that in his years working with Amy Goodman?

I'm tired of the 'erection' of false gods (all of whom tend to be male, have you noticed?) who don't really tell the truth about anything.  I'm tired of their podcasts where they bring their friends on for what amounts to Stoner Talk that they think is interesting and that whomever has built them up to god status thinks is interesting.

Jimmy Dore is worth following because he tells uncomfortable truths.  He does serious issues and serious topics.

Compare the way 'journalists' Katie Halper and Aaron Mate covered the Hunter Biden story with the way Jimmy does in the video below.

Jimmy's working for the truth.  He doesn't have to be.  He could just waste time the way Katie does.  Oh, here's what my dad, a doctor, thinks about Donald Trump!!! Just stop.  If that's what you have to offer, you have nothing to offer.  But, Katie, is your mom alive?  I ask because I'm just wondering if your internalized sexism is so great that even with a living mom, you bring your father on multiple segments over the last weeks but never bring on your mom?  Oh, Katie, your hatred for women is truly appalling.

Adam Lucente (AL-MONITOR) reports:

The media landscape in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq includes both party-affiliated news outlets and independent outlets.

Nalia Radio and Television — better known as NRT — could be labeled opposition media. Its founder, Shaswar Abdulwahid, heads the New Generation Movement political party. NRT regularly covers protests, corruption and other controversial issues, and often takes aim at the Kuridstan Regional Government (KRG) and the region's two leading parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

The outlet’s critical coverage of the KRG has led to a crackdown. On Sept. 16, NRT presenter Shwan Adil was arrested and released on bail in the city of Sulaimaniyah. Adil is being sued by a senior member of the PUK, the second largest in the Kurdistan Region, for defamation.

In the region’s capital Erbil and the city of Dahuk, NRT’s offices have been closed since August.

NRT risks all to report . . . and Katie's busy playing drinking games and thinking she's some hard hitting reporter or commentator.  Wasting all of our time with nonsense.  

This is a video from Finland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

See, there are real issues out there.  There are lives actually in the balance.  But by all means, let's feel sorry for Hunter Biden whose actions include cheapening the service.  He gets his dad to put him into a cushy guard spot that he didn't deserve and he can't even stop the drugs long enough so he ends up being kicked out in a matter of weeks.  He sullied the military and it's amazing that no one's bothered to call him out for that.  He wanted a title and a credit.  He didn't want to earn it, the way his brother Beau did.  So he got daddy to create a position for him and he was going to ride that credit as long as he could . . . but he couldn't put down the crack pipe.

All the opportunities in the world and he misused every one of them.  I don't feel sympathy for him.  I feel sympathy for the victims of Iraq.

Where's the drinking game for them, Katie?  Where's the endless gas bagging over their plight?  Where's your sympathy?

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