Thursday, April 20, 2023

Caitlyn Jenner just gets more disgusting

I was sick of Caitlyn Jenner before she transitioned.  She was not that talented -- as anyone who has seen Can't Stop The Music should know.  She was always smug and always vain.  She was always ruthless and left one woman after another in tears.  But I wonder how she'd feel today if, when she was transitioning, people treated her the way she and right-wingers treat other trans people?  LGBTQ Nation reports:

In an interview with far-right news outlet Breitbart published on Tuesday, Jenner explained the PAC’s goals while attacking teachers and dredging up tired old rhetoric about LGBTQ+ rights posing a threat to families.

“The ultimate belief of Fairness First is that radical gender ideology infiltrating the classrooms, which has been extremely visible in sports, is an effort to break down the family unit,” she said. “The family unit is under assault and looking to be replaced by teachers — and we see this with laws like the recent ‘California secrecy’ law.”

Jenner was likely referring to California’s A.B. 665, which would allow minors over the age of 12 in the state’s Medi-Cal program to get mental health treatments like therapy paid for through health care benefits without parental opt-in. The bill has become the subject of anti-trans misinformation online, with people like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) saying that it will allow the state to take children away from their parents.

Anti-trans conservatives more broadly have criticized school policies that allow trans and nonbinary students to socially transition without notifying parents.

Jenner, a Fox News contributor who opposes transgender women competing in women’s sports, repeated much of the same baseless, hyperbolic anti-trans talking points that have become all too common on the right in recent years.

“I think this actually comes down to parental rights. Big government left-wing liberals are all about destroying the family unit, at any cost. That means government gets to take the place of the parents and the families,” she said.

“Trans is not made up or fake, but it is oversaturated due to indoctrination and is the latest way the left is destroying the family unit — growing government, the indoctrination in the classroom, and the subsequent drastic increase in children being transitioned is a huge problem,” she continued. “We won’t see the true impact for years to come — but these are serious irreversible decisions and are maliciously being used by government to grow government under the guise of protecting children. That’s why Fairness First is all about parental rights!”

The left is destroying families?
Help me out here, Caitlyn, how did the left destroy your marriage to Chrystie Crownover?  Or your marriage to Linda Thompson?  Or your marriage to Kris Kardashian?  
I can see how Caitlyn destroys families with her selfish choices.  I don't see how the left destroys them.
I'm pretty sure the Kardashians -- to protect their own brand -- have walked away from Caitlyn.  But I wouldn't be surprised if they and Jenner's two daughters who are wanna be Kardashians didn't end up having to make a statement publicly disassociating themselves from Caitlin.  I feel sorry for the boys -- Brody and what's his name.  I don't think it would be hard to have a trans parent but I think it would be hard to have Caitlyn as a mother.  Always spewing hate.  You walk up to the table where your friends are sitting and you look at their faces and you're like, "What did my mother say now?"


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


Thursday, April 20, 2023.  The US Congress hears about Iraq (kind of), while prisons are overcrowded in Iraq the Iraqi government shuts down . . . displacement camps, Crooked Clarence and his sugar daddy Harlan Crow have a special day of celebration, and much more.

Iraq was actually discussed in the US Senate yesterday.  It was a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand chairs the Subcommittee, Senator Joni Ernst is the Ranking Member.  Dr Sean Kirkpatrick was the witness appearing before the Subcommittee. Kirkpatrick is the Director of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office.  The what?

From Kirkpatrick's opening statement:

We are grateful for sustained congressional engagement on this issue, which paved the way for DoD’s establishment of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office in July of last year. Though AARO is still a young office, the spotlight on UAP [Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena] in recent months underscores the importance of its work and the need for UAP to be taken seriously as a matter of national security. All leadership that I’ve had the pleasure of working with, whether DoD, IC, DOE, Civil, Scientific or Industrial, view Congress as a critical partner in this endeavor. AARO has accomplished much in the 9 months since it was established. The AARO team of more than three dozen experts is organized around four functional areas: operations, scientific research, integrated analysis, and strategic communications. In the nine months since AARO’s establishment, we have taken important steps to improve UAP data collection, standardize the Department’s UAP internal reporting requirements, and implement a framework for rigorous scientific and intelligence analysis, resolving cases in a systematic and prioritized manner. Meanwhile, consistent with legislative direction, AARO is also carefully reviewing and researching the U.S. Government’s UAP-related historical record. AARO is leading a focused effort to better characterize, understand, and attribute UAP, with priority given to UAP reports by DoD and IC personnel in or near areas of national security importance. DoD fully appreciates the eagerness from many quarters, including here in Congress and in the American public, to quickly resolve every UAP encountered across the globe, from the distant past through today. It is important to note, however, that AARO is the culmination of decades of DoD, Intelligence Community, and congressionally-directed efforts to successfully resolve UAP encountered first and foremost by U.S. military personnel, specifically Navy and Air Force pilots. The law establishing AARO is ambitious, and it will take time to realize the full mission. We cannot answer decades of questions about UAP all at once, but we must begin somewhere.  

Here's a segment of the open section of the hearing.

In other news, AP notes, "The United Nations on Wednesday expressed concern over Iraqi authorities’ rapid closure this week of a displaced persons camp housing more than 300 families allegedly linked to the militant Islamic State group."  How rapid?  Those in the camp were told on Monday that they'd be evicted in two days.   The United Nations issued the following statement:

Baghdad, 19 April 2023 – The Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq calls on the Government of Iraq to ensure the safety and well-being of the 342 families who had to depart from the Jeddah 5 IDP camp in Ninewa Governorate following its closure.

The humanitarian community is concerned by the impact of the closure of the camp on 18 April by the Government of Iraq, without adequate notification and preparation for the IDPs and the receiving communities. The United Nations in Iraq will continue to work in close coordination with the Iraqi authorities, to ensure the sustainable reintegration of those 1,566 former camp residents, with almost two thirds are children.[i]

The United Nations reiterates its longstanding principles that call for the voluntary, informed, safe and dignified return of all IDPs. The UN also urges the relevant authorities to ensure IDPs are able to return to their homes or places of habitual residence, integrate locally or relocate voluntarily to another part of the country in a safe and dignified manner.

The UN stands ready to provide further assistance to those former camp residents and is working with the Government of Iraq to find durable solutions for all the remaining IDPs in and out of camps.


For further information, please contact:

Zainab Salih, Communications Officer,


While they can shut down camps that people need to survive, the Iraqi government is fine with overcrowding . . . in prisons.  IRAQI NEWS reports:

The Iraqi Ministry of Justice announced on Saturday that the overcrowding rate in government prisons reached 300 percent.

The spokesperson of the Iraqi Ministry of Justice, Kamel Amin, said that the number of prisoners reached 60,000, while the capacity of prisons does not exceed 25.000, Al-Rafidain TV reported.  

Amin also indicated that it is difficult to control this big number of prisoners.

Iraqi War Crimes Documentation Center (IWDC) revealed that Iraqi authorities detained tens of thousands of people in inhumane conditions, and placed them in overcrowded and unsanitary cells for several years, out of revenge and sectarian motives, according to a report issued by the center.

Moving over to the topic of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his sugar daddy Harlan Crow, today is a very special day for the pair, April 20th.  Do they celebrate the birth of Hitler with a dry hump?  

There's a lot to cover when you try to examine Crooked Clarence's corruption.  At SLATE, Virginia Canter, Norman L. Eisen, and Richard W. Painter provide a walk through:

Controversy has exploded over Justice Clarence Thomas’ financial entanglements with Harlan Crow, a billionaire and major GOP donor, including his private plane and yacht travel and real estate transactions. Having administered the Ethics in Government Act in the White House as ethics counsels for presidents of both parties, we believe that Thomas was required to report his financial dealings with Crow. He failed to do so. That is why we have joined Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington in asking the U.S. Department of Justice and the chief justice of the Supreme Court to open investigations into whether, as it appears, Thomas violated the law.

First we learned that Thomas did not disclose years of gifts of luxury travel that he received from Crow in his annual financial disclosure reports—despite apparently being required to do so by the act. It requires judges and justices to file an annual financial disclosure report. The law provides that disclosures must include the “identity of the source, a brief description, and the value of all gifts,” and the Judiciary Conference Filing Instructions say that all gifts over $415 must be disclosed. Similar information is required for gifts of travel reimbursement under the act.

Then it emerged that Thomas failed to make yet another required disclosure—the $133,363 sale by the justice and his family to Crow of three properties in Savannah, Georgia. The law requires justices to report “a brief description, the date, and category of value of any purchase, sale or exchange which exceeds $1,000 … in real property.” This required Thomas to disclose the transaction in his report. He did not.

The law’s exemptions to reporting requirements do not apply here. Let’s start with the real estate transaction. A carve-out in the Ethics in Government Act exempts Thomas from having to report sale of “property used solely as a personal residence of the reporting individual or the individual’s spouse.” While Thomas’ mother has lived in one of the properties sold to Crow, Thomas and his wife did not. Moreover, nobody lived in the other two properties that Crow bought; they were empty lots, not “a personal residence.”

As for the travel, the relevant exemptions do not apply either. The so-called “personal hospitality” exemption says “any food, lodging, or entertainment received as personal hospitality of an individual need not be reported.” The act defines “personal hospitality” as “hospitality extended for a nonbusiness purpose by an individual, not a corporation or organization, at the personal residence of that individual or the individual’s family or on property or facilities owned by that individual or the individual’s family.”

But this does not include plane or yacht travel. It never did, and everyone knows that. In the White House, we told everyone that they had to report flights paid for by close personal friends.

Our reading of the exemption was recently confirmed on March 14 when the Judicial Conference clarified the contours of the “personal hospitality” exception in its filing instructions. These instructions explain the longstanding statutory language and state: “The personal hospitality gift reporting exemption applies only to food, lodging, or entertainment” and “the reporting exemption does not include … gifts other than food, lodging or entertainment, such as transportation that substitutes for commercial transportation.”

But that just reinforces what was already clear: As other ethics scholars and practitioners have also noted, there was never material ambiguity about Crow’s gifts to Thomas or the justice’s responsibility to report them. Yacht and air travel are not “food, lodging, or entertainment,” and disclosure has always been required by the act.

Thomas’ previous 1997 reporting of other private plane travel suggests that he understood this. That earlier travel was reported publicly in 2004, creating criticism. Then he stopped reporting. That pattern calls into question his defense of his failure to report; the notion that he was advised that he didn’t need to disclose the travel strains credulity.

Crooked Clarence gets exposed at a time when the public's trust in the Supreme Court is already at a historic low.  He's disgraced himself and the Court.  Atlanta's FOX 5 notes US House Rep Hank Johnson's response to Crooked Clarence's scandal:

In response to the reports, Rep. Hank Johnson said that he was "deeply disappointed and angered" by the allegations that "Justice Thomas has been using his position as a Supreme Court Justice, to live like an out of control billionaire baller, on a $263K per year salary, lining his pockets and traveling in luxury-Elon Musk style, all the while falsifying his disclosure forms to keep his opulent lifestyle a secret from the American public – a public that deserves his honest services."

Johnson called the justice "brazenly corrupted" at a press conference Wednesday.

"To protect what little is left of public trust and respect for the United States Supreme Court, Justice Thomas must resign immediately. It's not enough to amend and try to hide your corruption. It's too late for that," the Georgia congressman said.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! For more on the calls for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to step down or be impeached in light of the recent revelations, we’re going to look at a historical reference, when, “54 Years Ago, a Supreme Court Justice Was Forced to Quit for Behavior Arguably Less Egregious Than Thomas’s.” That’s the headline of an op-ed in The New York Times by Adam Cohen, lawyer, journalist, former member of The New York Times editorial board, author of Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America.

Adam, you write that Justice Abe Fortas’s departure from the court in 1969 is both a blueprint for how lawmakers could respond today and a benchmark of how far we have fallen. Can you lay out this history?

ADAM COHEN: Sure. It is really the most on-point parallel we have historically. And one thing that’s important to note is that what Abe Fortas did is, in many ways, much less bad than what Clarence Thomas did. The amount of money was much smaller. He took $20,000. And as you mentioned, and as Justin mentioned, you know, Clarence Thomas, the amount of island hopping and free plane rides over a 20-year period is staggering, probably well into the millions. So the dollar amount was different, but also Fortas gave the money back, which is something that Clarence Thomas has not done. So, we have a much smaller scandal in many ways.

And what was striking is the bipartisan response that there was in 1969. Fortas ended up resigning from the court, not because Republicans were out to get him — and he was a liberal Democrat — but because Walter Mondale, who was in the Senate, demanded that he resign. One of his biggest supporters in the Senate, Senator Tydings from Maryland, demanded that he resign. He was afraid that he would be impeached by a Democratic Congress. And what’s really striking also is that this is in a time when there was a Republican president, Nixon. So, Democrats were doing this even though they knew that they might, quote, “lose the seat,” a liberal being replaced by a conservative. But these Democrats were so concerned about the integrity of the court, and they kept saying, “What matters is that the public have faith in the court.”

We’re not seeing that at all today. Where are Republicans who are coming out in favor of Thomas stepping down or Thomas doing anything, really, because of the integrity of the court? We don’t have that kind of bipartisanship anymore.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And could you also talk, Adam, about how the media have responded to this case? Fox News has filled the void by locating, quote, “an expert” to declare that the story about Justice Thomas is politics, plain and simple.

ADAM COHEN: That’s exactly right, yes. The media has — right. The conservative media have defended Clarence Thomas. As you said, they found an expert, who doesn’t seem like much of an expert, to say that it’s not a big deal.

But also, you know, just where are the voices of Chief Justice Roberts, for example? Right? I mean, we saw last year, when there were — when there were leaks of that abortion ruling a year ago, the chief justice immediately launched an investigation: “We have to get to the bottom of this, what’s going on in the court.” Why is he not saying that now? Why is it a much bigger deal that there were leaks of an abortion ruling, which conservatives were upset about, compared to Clarence Thomas apparently ignoring ethics rules for years? Where is the chief justice in this? We’re not hearing from him at all.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And why has the Supreme Court been able to get by for so long with essentially no ethics requirements?

ADAM COHEN: That’s exactly it. It’s the least accountable part of government we have. There is a judicial code of ethics that’s quite — I wouldn’t say strong, but it’s a reasonable code. But it doesn’t apply to the Supreme Court. It applies to lower court judges. Why does it not apply to the Supreme Court? Why do we not have, as I said, investigations internally? Even the liberal justices could be talking out now. If they think that Clarence Thomas is breaking the law, I think they have a duty to say something. So, there’s really no one holding them accountable.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!,, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González.

We look now at the growing calls for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to step down or be impeached. A second damning ProPublica report on his relationship with Republican megadonor Harlan Crow has revealed that in 2014 Thomas and his family sold a house and two vacant lots in Savannah, Georgia, to Crow for around $130,000 but never disclosed the sale, which appears to be a violation of the 1978 Ethics in Government Act. CNN reports Thomas’s mother lives in the home owned by Crow rent-free, but she’s reportedly responsible for paying the property taxes and insurance.

On Sunday, The Washington Post reported Thomas has for years claimed rental income from a Nebraska real estate firm that shut down in 2006. It’s also been reported previously that in 2009 Crow gave half a million dollars to a conservative lobbying group founded by Thomas’s wife, Ginni Thomas.

CNN reports Justice Clarence Thomas now intends to amend his financial disclosures in light of ProPublica’s other recent bombshell investigation detailing unreported luxury trips Harlan Crow lavished on Thomas over two decades, in apparent violation of a law requiring justices and other federal officials to disclose most gifts. Thomas frequently vacationed at Crow’s resort in the Adirondacks of New York, where a painting on the walls depicts Clarence Thomas sitting with four other men, including Harlan Crow and Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society. Thomas never reported any of the free trips as gifts.

In addition to being a major benefactor for Thomas and the GOP, Crow is also an avid collector of Nazi memorabilia. He’s got a signed copy of Mein Kampf — that’s right, signed by Hitler — paintings by Hitler, Nazi medallions, swastika-embossed linens, and a garden filled with statues of 20th century dictators.

For more, we’re joined by Justin Elliott once again, reporter for ProPublica, their new follow-up report headlined “Billionaire Harlan Crow Bought Property from Clarence Thomas. The Justice Didn’t Disclose the Deal.”

Justin, welcome back to Democracy Now! I mean, your initial report has unleashed an avalanche of reporting and investigations and calls for Clarence Thomas to be impeached or to step down. He says he’s going to amend his disclosure forms. Can you talk about the latest findings?

JUSTIN ELLIOTT: Yeah. You know, for our first story, both Thomas and Harlan Crow put out statements about the luxury travel, saying, “We’re very close friends. These were family trips.” They both used the word “hospitality.”

We subsequently learned, then reported, that there was actually a direct business deal, a real estate deal, between the two men, so actual money flowing from Harlan Crow to Clarence Thomas. What we found is that around a decade ago, Crow bought a house and two vacant lots that were owned by Clarence Thomas and some of his relatives down in Savannah, Georgia. You know, as you mentioned, the house that Crow bought is actually the house where Thomas’s elderly mother was living, and apparently still lives, which puts Crow in the extremely unusual position of being the landlord to the mother of a sitting Supreme Court justice, although it’s actually not clear if “landlord” is the right term here, because CNN has reported that Crow is not charging her rent. So, there’s all kinds of exceedingly unusual financial entanglements between this billionaire political donor and the Supreme Court justice.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Justin, what about this claim that they’ve been longtime friends? What were you able to find out about how Thomas and Harlan Crow first met and how their friendship developed?

JUSTIN ELLIOTT: Yeah, you know, so I think they actually are friends, but it turns out that, at least according to Crow, they met back in the mid-1990s. This was after Thomas was on the court. They weren’t like college roommates or something like that. They actually, apparently, met at a conservative political conference, and Crow gave an interview to The Dallas Morning News a couple days ago in which he says that they actually first met when Crow offered Thomas, it turns out, a private jet ride on Crow’s jet from Washington, D.C., to Dallas, and apparently they hit it off on the jet. So that’s what we know about how it started.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: So, from the start, then, Thomas was accepting, in essence, undisclosed gifts from Crow.

JUSTIN ELLIOTT: Yeah. I mean, you know, I have personally never been on a private jet, but I’ve learned a lot about them and, you know, these things. I mean, Crow’s current jet, it’s a particularly nice private jet. It’s a Global 5000 Bombardier. If you were to charter one of these on the open market, you’d be paying $15,000 per hour, per flight hour. So, yes, these are extraordinarily expensive flights. And it’s obviously not exactly a normal situation to offer somebody you just met a private jet ride. But again, I mean, Clarence Thomas was a Supreme Court justice at the time, so I think that probably goes a long way to explaining why this happened.

AMY GOODMAN: And can you talk about Ginni Thomas, Clarence Thomas’s wife, the connection here and the financial connections with Harlan Crow — I mean, the getting more than a half a million dollars, her lobbying group?

JUSTIN ELLIOTT: That’s right. So, I think one of the other really intriguing financial connections here between Crow and the Thomas family is related to Ginni Thomas. So, it actually came out around a dozen years ago that Ginni Thomas was running a small tea party group, nonprofit political organization. And it came out that none other than Harlan Crow was pretty much the sole funder of that group, that was paying Ginni Thomas’s salary, which I believe was on the order of $200,000 a year. So, essentially, through this kind of pass-through organization, Crow’s money was ending up, you know, in the pocket of the Thomas household.

Following that reporting, around a dozen years ago, there was sort of another round of — a previous round of questions about this, but — and we don’t really know what has happened since then, partly, actually, thanks to the Supreme Court. As you know, the whole regime of disclosure of political spending and giving to groups has really fallen apart, and there’s anonymous dark money flowing all over the place, so it makes it very difficult as a reporter to figure out where money is flowing and from who. But, you know, we’re still reporting on all this.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And Justice Thomas has claimed that Crow has no business before the Supreme Court. But for those who do not know — of our audience who do not know Crow, who is he, and what would be his interest in being able to have this friendship with Thomas?

JUSTIN ELLIOTT: So, Crow is a real estate billionaire who was born into a very successful Dallas real estate family. And it is true that Crow has not had — he’s not been a litigant in a case at the Supreme Court. It turns out the Supreme Court doesn’t actually take that many cases every year, so there’s very few people and companies that actually have a case at the court. But the court regularly takes up matters that affect the real estate industry, that the real estate trade groups that Harlan Crow helps fund is involved in some of those cases, filing briefs and that kind of thing.

But I think the larger issue is that Crow has a whole set of ideological interests related to the court. He’s a funder of a number of groups that specifically push conservative legal theories, groups like the Federalist Society. He’s on the board of a number of think tanks, like the American Enterprise Institute, that do a range of — work on a range of issues, but, among them, issues related to the Supreme Court advancing conservative legal theories. So, it raises the question — and we don’t really know the answer at this point — of whether Crow and sort of his other friends, who he’s bringing on some of these trips with Justice Thomas, are having any influence on the justice. And, you know, even shifting a Supreme Court justice’s thinking a little bit on an issue, if that ended up in an opinion, I mean, it could have just enormous consequences for basically all of us.

The issues is not going away. There is probably more scandal to come.  Crooked Clarence doesn't care.  He doesn't care about the Court and he doesn't care about the American people.  He's in it for him.  His greedy hands are going to grab all he can until he dies or gets removed from the Court.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Who will mourn John Stauber when his number is up?

John Stauber is an old man whose death will not be mourned.  He moved rightward and rightward and he's just a hack now.

He's reTweeting Marsha Blackburn because what else is left in his pathetic life?

She's trashing transgender people and reTweeting Riley Gaines -- the sore loser that people tried to be nice to.  She did awful and came in sixth but they pretended like she tied for fifth.  She didn't.  Typical Karen -- and what is up with that disgusting face.  It's like a cartoon all this space around her face.  Let me bring in Isaiah's comic because it captured it perfeclty.

Her face is bizarre.

But I think what I like best about the sore loser is she got caught in her lie.  She was hit by men!  

No one hit her.  The video didn't show her being hit.

And she's filed no charges despite insisting she was going to.  The campus security didn't see her physically attacked either and they were present the entire time.

She's estranged from the truth which makes her John Stauber's hero.

I also love how he pretends like he did something with regards to the Iraq War.

He didn't do anything.  He wrote a bad book that some of us bought from BuzzFlash to support BuzzFlash.  And then he offered nothing over and over.

John, I know where to go to look for C.I.'s coverage of, for example, the Chilcott Inquiry.  Where do I find your coverage?  Oh, that's right, you didn't do any.


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

Wednesday, April 19, 2023.  YOUTUBERS (those making YOUTUBE content for the left) seem not to grasp that sugar rots the teeth and the brain. 

What matters?

More and more, it's apparent that most YOUTUBE political posing is just posing.  That's if they're left or just 'left.'  That's whether they are grifters or sincere.  Spencer Ackerman would have been good to work in here so let me back up to an e-mail.  An e-mailer to the public account wanted me to know that I ripped off Spencer and just mouthed what he has said about the leaker -- mouthed it in yesterday's snapshot.

I did not rip off Spencer, I don't know what he said.  I wouldn't be surprised if we held a similar point of view on the leaker.  It wouldn't be the first time.  Our positions are often the same.  Our tactics are different.  

His tactic for getting Barack Obama the 2008 Democratic Party presidential nomination when Jeremiah Wright was a clear problem for Barack (and would have been for any candidate) was to advise others not to engage on Jeremiah just to bash anyone who criticized Jeremiah -- bash them as a racist.  Here's the quote and shame on the MSM because they covered it and you go to find out and you find out that they messed up -- most left the first paragraph off.  That's why this link is to the original DAILY CALLER report:

I do not endorse a Popular Front, nor do I think you need to. It’s not necessary to jump to Wright-qua-Wright’s defense. What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger’s [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically.

And I think this threads the needle. If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists. Ask: why do they have such a deep-seated problem with a black politician who unites the country? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.

Smash through a plate-glass window.

So back to the point we were starting with.  Garbage.  That's what most of you are offering.  You think your conspiracy talk is moving the needle?  You think your nonsense is?  Some of you are already wasting time pimping a candidate (Marianne Williamson, for some of you).

The war on the LGBTQ+ community matters.  That should go without saying.  But most of you can't even mention that or maybe you spent this week going over a man yelling -- a joke in his mind -- that women need to do this or that and you just had to talk about how funny this year old thing was.  Maybe you were one of those two men and you didn't grasp that if a man is yelling something at a woman, when a woman says it's not funny, LISTEN.  You stupid idiots. You never get it.  'We yell at each other all the time' -- well, good for you, go swing your dicks at each other.  And then when you're done with that, go watch episode 5 of THE POWER where Toni Collette's character asks her daughter what it's like to be able to shoot electricity out of your fingers and she talks about how she can go home after dark by herself, how she does this or that now as a result.  And then you  might actually grasp why a woman is not entertained by a man yelling at her.  And you might understand that when you admit something is misogynist, you then adding that it was done "ironically" does not change that it was sexism.

And, shame on you for that because, while you were still marveling over your newly sprouted hairs, young boys, so-called lefties were getting away with racism by insisting it was done ironically.

Sometimes I'm just appalled and I wasn't planning on even talking about this, but here we are.  I did post a video and thought it might have something of value.  I got a call from a friend almost an hour later.  "You didn't watch, did you?"  No.  How bad is it?  "You're going to want to stream it yourself."

Not only did the two young men feel the need to school women on a statement a pig on the left made a year ago -- what a waste of time -- they then wanted to talk entertainment.

I don't think the two even saw ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA.  What's awful about the film -- that damn title.  It is hideous and never should have been the title to begin with.


I get why right wingers didn't like the film -- and I got it when I read the script, before a single scene was shot.

Yes, they were going to have a problem with strong women and they were going to have a problem with a multi-ethnic cast.  But most of all, they were going to have a problem with a film that questioned who is the terrorist (it's not Janet) and who stands up and how do we stand up -- how do we work as a collective?  I loved the final film.  I also knew it was going to be trashed.  It'll live on and most MARVEL films won't.  But what surprised me was no one -- I thought at least WSWS would try to offer some insight -- wanted to tackle some of the issues being raised by the film.


So the young men trash that film -- that they've clearly not seen -- and isn't that really appalling.  That's what they're using their time on.

And then one of them wanted to explain how dumb their sister was because the whole Red Scare was just about Hollywood unions.  


For the love of all that is holy: Stop.

Get an education before you speak.

McCarthyism didn't start with McCarthy, it actually started on the Democratic Party side of the aisle.  The Hollywood Ten are endlessly covered in films and other things which leads people to think that's all it was.  No the State Dept was targeted, to name just one other, and gays were targeted and it's so much more than you know.

But, please, stop with the stupidity.  'Scripts are worse today because no one cares about writing'?

You don't know what you are talking about.  The studios have never cared about writers.  And writing by committee is not a recent fad.  If you want to see really bad writing, read through the drafts on MILDRED PIERCE -- and really savor Faulkner's version -- yeah, him -- with all its racist touches including Mildred serenaded with a spiritual.  

Just stop.

So back to the main point.  

There are two other stories that should really have gotten traction on YOUTUBE but didn't.

Clarence Thomas.  Some are whining that we have so much MSNBC content now.  (So much that I'm posting here.)  You know what, find me the lefty YOUTUBER talking about Clarence.  We''ve pretty much posted all that I can find.  I'm sorry that his corruption doesn't interest the bulk of people making YOUTUBE programs.  But it's corruption and it matters.  And it's a story that people care about.  

Then there's Duncan Hunter Jr.  Junior got pardoned by Donald Trump.  

Some of you YOUTUBERS insist that you don't want to see Donald back in the White House.  

Where is the Spencer Ackerman on this?  (I don't mean Spencer himself. I'm not aware of him having a YOUTUBE program.)  Where's the person saying smash Clarence  over the head with the pardon and a get a bloody corpse from it and put it on a pike in the town square?

Because Duncan Jr. has hurt Donald with the people who might have voted for him.  

Duncan Hunter Jr should have suffered a major media set back but YOUTUBERS didn't want to amplify, they had too much more to cover, too much more important things -- more important that Duncan is responsible for the deaths of 2 US service members in Iraq and that he got off because he had a powerful Daddy.  Now Donald pardoned him for another crime.  But there are people recoiling to learn that Duncan is responsible for two deaths and walked away without criticism or jail time.  This is the type of person that their stand-up guy Donald Trump would pardon?   No, it can't be so!!!!

Now it's not just YOUTUBERS that are messing up that story.  Tom Bowman's messed up from day one.  And continues to.

Former U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. is making national headlines again, this time for a 

deadly, friendly-fire incident in 2004 during the Iraq war.

Hunter is the focus of a new, NPR podcast, Taking Cover, a seven-part series of investigative reports.

NPR investigative producer, Graham Smith, and NPR pentagon correspondent, Tom Bowman, spent three years chasing down information in the case.

Bowman said it all began as a tip he received from a reliable source, who told him about a friendly-fire, mortar strike that killed two marines and an Iraqi interpreter inside a schoolhouse in Fallujah.

“We’re sitting in a whiskey bar in Washington, DC and he said there was this friendly-fire incident back in 2004, during the first battle of Fallujah, and it was covered up because the son of a powerful politician was involved. That politician was Duncan Hunter Sr., then chairman of the Armed Services Committee,” recalled Bowman.

Duncan Hunter Sr. and Duncan Hunter Jr. are both former U.S. congressmen from the East County.

In 2004, Duncan Hunter Jr. was a Marine lieutenant in Fallujah, Iraq, stationed in a control center, involved in making decisions on where to fire mortars at enemy positions, the podcasters said.

“We have the investigative report that we got from the widow of one of the men who was killed. It has a statement written by Duncan Hunter [Jr.], where he says he plotted this target on the map, he pushed in a yellow pin at the spot of the target near the schoolhouse,” said Smith.

For three years, the families of the men killed didn't know the incident was the result of friendly fire.

Tom Bowman's the sassy senior who just discovered podcasts.  And since his feeble brain can only hold one thing at a time, he can't also remember journalism.

In the above, and below the excerpt as well, Tom makes the story about him.  The way he and G-Dawg did in their first report, nearly fifty minutes long and they never bothered to identify Duncan.

If you think I'm being picky, the reason I know about the CBS 8 story is two NPR friends.  I don't watch San Diego news.  They're the ones who called me to complain that he's still making it about himself, that's he refusing to be a journalist and cover the story.  

The story is Duncan Jr. and how Daddy got Junior off.  And it does impact on Donald supporters because Donald is so true and so this and so that.  Some of the shine coming off right now is people grasping that Donald pardoned a man who is responsible for the deaths of 2 US service members and what does that say about Donald's fabled brain and judgment and his claim to 'drain the swamp'?

Now it's not as fun as all the other crap you're covering, I'm sure.  (The two young men called out above at least have been covering serious issues at other times in the last two weeks.)

You offer a lot of nonsense.  While pretending you're doing serious work. 

You're not.  

Clarence Thomas should be front and center on left coverage, showing just how out of control the Supreme Court is right now, showing just how illegitimate it is.  Rallying calls for accountability, rallying calls for resignation.  Calling for mandatory retirement and term limits. 

DOBBS was a gut punch but so many on the left are ignoring Clarence. 

That's a real issue.  Jacqueline Luqman is dealing with a real issue.  On THE REMIX SHOW yesterday, talking about what she saw taking place in Venezuela on her recent trip there, that's a real issue too.

Any segment from BREAKTHROUGH NEWS is addressing real issues.

This segment of DEMOCRACY NOW! is a real issue.

John Stauber chose to mock that segment but it's a real issue.  Too many of you are not dealing with real issues.  You're taking up a lot of time and space and you're wasting it.  

If you're someone working to make the medicine go down, mixing in some sugar for that reason, fine. But some of you are not doing anything but sugar.  Yet you're applauding yourselves over and over in each YOUTUBE broadcast.  

You might want to take a look at that.

On Corrupt Clarence, Barry Grey (WSWS) notes:

On April 6, ProPublica published a damning exposé of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ corrupt relations with billionaire Republican donor and Hitler-lover Harlan Crow. Since then, ProPublica and other news outlets have published further revelations of financial dealings with Crow and other sources of income either omitted or falsified on Thomas’ disclosure filings.

The Democrats have responded to the exposure of boundless personal corruption and political reaction on the high court with an effort to effect a cosmetic tightening of ethics rules, so as to shore up collapsing public confidence in the court and every other institution of the state. But the entire senior leadership in both the Biden White House and Congress has steered clear of demanding either the resignation of Thomas or his impeachment. It is well known that Thomas is by no means alone in accepting “gifts” from the ultimate paymasters of the robed defenders of capitalism on the high court.

ProPublica’s initial article documented the fact that for more than two decades, Thomas and his wife, Ginni, have been taking luxurious vacations on Crow’s super yacht and private jet to far-flung destinations, as well as Crow’s private resorts in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York and in East Texas, often mingling with corporate oligarchs, the heads of right-wing think tanks and anti-democratic judicial groups. The total cost of these annual junkets, absorbed entirely by Thomas’ benefactor, adds up to the millions.

Since his elevation to the Supreme Court in 1991, Thomas has been on the extreme right wing of the court. He was among the five Republican justices who voted in 2000 to halt vote-counting in Florida and steal the election for George W. Bush, the loser of the popular vote. He signed onto a concurrent decision authored by Antonin Scalia asserting that the American people did not have a constitutional right to vote for the president. (Scalia died in 2016 at a luxury compound in Texas owned by John Poindexter, a wealthy businessman and national security adviser under Ronald Reagan. Poindexter was convicted in 1990 in connection with his role in the Iran-Contra scandal, but the conviction was overturned on appeal the following year.)

An arch-reactionary, Thomas was part of the Republican majority that overturned Roe v. Wade last year. In his opinion he argued for extending the overturn of the constitutional right to abortion to attack birth control and same-sex marriage. He is presently conspiring with his fellow Republicans on the court to restrict or eliminate access to the most widely used abortion pill, a major step toward criminalizing abortion nationwide.

A sadist, he has joined in rulings rejecting appeals by prisoners, including death row inmates, who were deprived of basic due process rights, leading to hundreds of state murders. He routinely votes against all restrictions on corporate exploitation of workers and limitations on corporate money to buy elections and politicians of both parties.

Thomas has refused to recuse himself from cases related to Donald Trump’s attempted overturn of the 2020 election, despite the prominent role of Ginni Thomas in the conspiracy that culminated in the fascist storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Crow, a Texas real estate billionaire, has given millions to the Republican Party and supports far-right think tanks and organizations, such as the Federalist Society, that work to push the courts ever further to the right. In his mansion, he boasts a copy of Mein Kampf signed by Hitler, paintings by the author of the Holocaust and linens that carry the Swastika. He has said that his greatest fear is Marxism.

Following the April 6 ProPublica article, Thomas dismissed the allegations of corruption and violation of ethics laws, saying his forays with Crow were entirely innocent personal gatherings with a “dear friend,” adding that he had been advised by someone on the court that he was not obliged to disclose such activities.

We'll wind down with this from South Central Michigan Greens:

South Central Michigan Greens
Calhoun, Hillsdale, and Jackson Counties Local
People and planet over profit.


For more information:
Monika Dittmann Schwab, Local Contact/SCMiGreens

John Anthony La Pietra, Co-Founder/SCMiGreens

"Mayday for Railroad Workers" Labor History Walk April 29 in Marshall
Area Greens Invite All to Join Walk Starting at Noon EDT Saturday

The South Central Michigan Greens local is sending out a "Mayday for
Railroad Workers" by sponsoring a Labor History Walk starting across
from the VFW Hall on East Michigan Avenue at noon EDT on Saturday, April 29.

Local co-founder John Anthony La Pietra of Marshall will lead the Walk
between two American Labor Landmarks in the city.  The route also links
other sites of special significance in this time of trials for working

The Walk starts at the site of the founding of the Brotherhood of
Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLE-T), one of the first labor unions
in the US, in 1863.  Nearby stands a monument to the 1847 Crosswhite
Incident -- in which townspeople protected an escaped slave and his
family from agents of his former owners.

Walkers will proceed to and through downtown, cleaning up as they go.
The route passes the city's historic 1932 Greek Revival sandstone Post
Office, which also features the nation's second-largest postal museum.
Also on the route are the Marshall Peace Park, City Hall (refurbished
from a livery stable almost 100 years ago), and the Brooks Memorial

The Walk ends at the place where union founder J. C. "Yankee" Thompson's
home now stands, at 633 West Hanover Street.

Weather and other circumstances permitting, local Greens hope to gather
with visitors for lunch or coffee somewhere along the way back toward
the VFW Hall.  The location will be decided by all participants.

A rough map of the route is available at:

The Walk is posted as a Facebook event, at:

"Michigan has a total of fifteen entries in the Inventory of American
Labor Landmarks, and two of them are right here in Marshall," notes La
Pietra, who has been making the walk for over 20 years.

"Attention must always be paid to the everyday workers who are essential
to all of us, especially when the respect and honors paid to them a
little while ago have slipped back into lip service.  This year, it is
especially important to recognize railroad workers -- who, as we've
seen, are fighting for our health and safety as well as their own.

"It is up to us to walk this Walk, and talk the talk -- to support each
other, our communities, our lives, and our livelihoods -- to stand
together against the intense economic and political pressures facing us
all," La Pietra concludes.

Local Greens are proud to have an endorsement for this spring's Walk
from the grassroots group Railroad Workers United (RWU), whose call for
public ownership of railroads was recently backed by the Green Party of
the United States.  La Pietra has invited members of RWU and BLE-T to
join in the event if their schedules permit.

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The public at large; sponsored by South Central Michigan Greens local.

Labor History Walk.

Starting at noon EDT on Saturday, April 29.

Starting at the intersection of Michigan Avenue, East Drive, and East
Mansion Street in Marshall -- across from the VFW Hall; through downtown
and to the current site of the J. C. "Yankee" Thompson House, 633 West
Hanover Street.  (Weather and other circumstances permitting, there will
be a lunch or coffee meeting afterward -- on the way back to the
starting point.  The location will be decided by all participants.)

To celebrate Marshall's historic connections to labor, both Labor Days,
and working people locally and worldwide; consider the dire problems
faced by working people today, and what we can do about them; and help
clean up the town.

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The homepage of Railroad Workers United is at:

The Inventory of American Labor Landmarks, a project of the Labor
Heritage Foundation, can be found at:

The South Central Michigan Greens local serves Calhoun, Hillsdale, and
Jackson Counties.  Anyone in the area who is interested in discussing
and supporting Green Party platform is welcome to take part.  For more
details and news about the SCMiG local, please visit its Facebook page:

For more information about the Green Party of Michigan, its platform,
and its values, please visit:

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The Four Pillars of GPMI:
    Grassroots Democracy
    Social Justice
    Ecological Wisdom
For our Ten Key Values, add:
    Community-Based Economics
    Future Focus/Sustainability
    Personal and Global Responsibility
    Respect for Diversity

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