I loved Bros ("Bros is the film we need") and it's my favorite film of 2022. Stan and I do a year-end look at film each New Year's Eve and Bros will be on our list we both loved it ("F**ck THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER and its damn lies" is his review).
Thank you to C.I. who got on Twitter a weekend or two ago -- when idiots were pimping The October Revolution's anniversary demonstration as a protest by Motada al-Sadr's followers. Most Americans, sadly, would buy the lie because our media ignored The October Revolution -- young Shi'ites in Iraq standing up to corruption -- despite the fact that it thrived from October of 2019 through the early months of the pandemic, despite the fact that it forced Iraq's prime minister to resign, despite the fact that hundreds of activists were murdered and many more wounded as a result of standing up. So C.I. got on Twitter to stand up to the liars and, because of that, we now know how to put a Tweet in.
In the old days before Blue Check, you just copied and pasted. Do that today and you end up with this huge black circle with a check in it. We didn't know there was a work around. C.I.'s on it for ten minutes and she's figured it out. (But, back in college, one of her jobs was assistant to the system manager -- she was the night person for the university's computer system. And she taught herself that job and she can do HTML and pretty much everything if she takes a moment to look at something.)
Now to deal with Call Me Kat. Five of you e-mailed explaining you hadn't see it yet this season. It's moved. same night but now it's on thirty minutes later. 9:30 EST. Ratings are down so far this season. Maybe people don't know about the time change?
Maybe they do know and they're tired of the show? It was a mistake to open with Kat and Randi at odds. It's not funny. They're not Laverne and Shirley. It's hard for the viewers not to take sides. And in both episodes where this has happened, Kat's been in the wrong. It's like what your parents argue. It's uncomfortable so it's not funny. They need to stop that now. When Randi and Phil or Kat and Phil bicker, it's funny.
I also had Wanda writing to say she thinks she's done with the show. And I can understand that.
What was the point of Nick (Andy Favreau)? He came on last season. He rocked Kat's world with sex and he ends up her landlord and raises her rent and now he's just gone?
Wanda's pissed. She wrote that Max is perfect for Kat "but they don't get them together, they bring on Oscar and we all love Oscar and then they have Kat break up with him and he's gone and now that guy Nick's gone as well. This cast changes way too much."
I see her point.
Having Sheila going blind? That was the last story they needed. They need something funny and uplifting. And yet they've lost Oscar and Nick and now they've got a downer story and they open with the worst possible storyline -- Randi and Kat fighting.
It can only get better is my feeling.
And one good thing about this season? Cheyenne Jackson has gotten even hotter. And how did he do that? He was already one of the hottest guys on TV.
I'm going to stay with it and I'm hoping in a episode or two it'll be back to its normal funny. But I do understand if you're disappointed with the two episodes so far this season.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Too many movies -- and TV shows (think NAOMI) -- are just spitting out characters and confusing audiences.
The reason films used "types" -- Thelma Ritter and others for character roles -- was to help the audience follow. It's also why famous and semi-famous people are often cast in roles. Outside of Margaret Cho, most of the cast is unfamiliar to movie goers. Joel' screenplay starts with too many characters and they really needed to cast recognizable faces or at least distinct ones. CLUELESS, another update of Jane Austen, worked because it established characters and used 'types' -- the skateboarder, the preppie, etc.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi's visit to Erbil looks like a courageous step in the current delicate circumstances that Iraq, one of the most important countries in the region, is going through.
This step proves that Kadhimi, although he leads an outgoing government, wants to be the prime minister of all of Iraq and of all Iraqis.
Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr today announced the freezing of all his armed factions across Iraq, except the northern province of Saladin.
Saleh Mohamed Al-Iraqi, a leader of the Sadr's movement, said the influential cleric also "banned the use of weapons in all provinces except Saladin and Samarra city."
It was not yet clear why Saladin province was not included in the ban.
Iraqi also called on the commander-in-chief of the armed forces Kadhimi to control the “disrespectful” militias of Qais al-Khazali, secretary-general of AAH, as they “know nothing but terror and money and power.”
Land of short attention spans
Nothing is savored
Long enough to really understand
In every culture in decline
The watchful ones among the slaves
Know all that is genuine will be
Scorned and conned and cast away
Dog eat dog
People looking seeing nothing
Dog eat dog
People listening hearing nothing
Dog eat dog
People lusting loving nothing
Dog eat dog
People stroking touching nothing
Dog eat dog
Dog eat dog
On the one hand, Assange’s wife Stella Moris outlined the dire precedent that the US is seeking to establish by prosecuting a journalist for publishing true information. She spoke eloquently in defence of the democratic rights of Assange and the population at large, as well as on the importance of upholding international legal norms.
On the other hand, John Bolton, a lifelong Republican politician and state apparatchik, ranted and raved as he asserted the “right” of the American government to ruin the life of anyone who gets in the way of its “national interests.”
The program was broadcast on British television’s TalkTV station, and has already been watched hundreds of thousands of times on social media.
The response demonstrates the true public opinion of Assange, which is generally buried by the official media. Moris has received widespread praise for her thoughtful and principled comments, including her statements on Bolton’s own relationship to war crimes. Bolton’s remarks have been condemned as dangerous and frightening.
Morgan began by noting that Assange has been locked up in Britain’s Belmarsh Prison, a “very high security” and “grim” facility, for almost four years, following seven years of arbitrary detention at Ecuador’s British embassy. Where did Moris think the case would go, and what did she hope to achieve, he asked.
Moris, who is herself a widely-respected human rights lawyer, explained: “Julian faces a potential sentence in the United States of 175 years for doing journalistic work. For receiving information from a source and publishing it, and it was in the public interest. It was about US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he revealed tens of thousands of civilian deaths that had not been acknowledged before.”
Morgan said that he would play “devil’s advocate,” repeating the oft-repeated claim that while the Guardian and the New York Times had redacted the material from whistleblower Chelsea Manning, WikiLeaks had dumped it online, placing individuals at risk.
Asked if she accepted this argument, Moris replied forcefully: “I don’t accept it, because it’s not true. WikiLeaks did actually redact all of those documents that Manning gave to WikiLeaks, and in fact it was in cooperation with those newspapers.”
WikiLeaks, Moris noted, had withheld 15,000 documents from the US army’s Afghan war logs, and had been criticised by some for extensive redactions of the Iraq war logs. The publication of 250,000 leaked diplomatic cables, in full, had not been the doing of WikiLeaks. Instead it was the outcome of Guardian journalists recklessly publishing the password to the tranche in a book.
The week-long meetings in Washington by the fascist delegations, who were warmly greeted by Republican and Democratic politicians alike, have gone virtually unreported in the press.
In their posts first exposing the visit, journalist Moss Robeson revealed that one of the Azov soldiers that visited the Capitol was Giorgi Kuparashvili. Robeson wrote that Kupraashvili is a “a co-founder of the Azov Regiment and the leader of its Yevhen Konovalets Military School, named for the founder of the fascistic Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists.”
The Azov Battalion was founded in 2014 by white supremacist Andriy Biletsky. The organization is teeming with fascists and racists who idolize Stepan Bandera, a fascist who as a member of the OUN-B collaborated with the Waffen SS during World War II in carrying out the Holocaust in Ukraine.
The embrace of neo-Nazis in the Capitol by both big-business parties obliterates any pretense that the US government is fighting for “democracy” or “human rights” in Ukraine, or anywhere else.
In publicly available Telegram posts, the Association of Families of Azovstal Defenders, an organization comprised of family members of Azov soldiers, boasted that Kateryna Prokopenko, Yuliya Fedosyuk and Alla Somilenko joined Azov soldiers, Kupraashvili, Vladyslav Zhaivoronka and Artur Lypka in holding face-to-face meetings with Democratic and Republican legislators alike.