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War. What is it good for ?



Absolutely Nothing [besides the rich patently seeing how much they can hoard and how many minions they want to herd up to vote against their own interests].

There's not even a fencepost in sight about ISIS/ISIL … they can't seem to come up with a moniker that sticks, nor does anyone but John McGrumpus et al want to call this conflict A War.

As a country, think we are seriously fatigued of buying one war and getting two wars for free.

Morning Schmoe and Mika must have to practice newly horrified(!) faces at home for use in front of the camera, gawd those two can annoy with the speed of sound.

And they sometimes fall backasswards into great stories. From MSNBC.

Another edifying segment arose about the foreign affairs boondoggle.

It's as if any Republican gets caught within shouting range of the Democrat president and they're indignant, idiotically, irrationally writing it in The Family Bible right before the 'Don't Tread On Me' Gadsden flag was deployed and unfurled to serve as a magic cape on the Hill.

Absolutely nothin"!



You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato...



No more tomato-tomato.  "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off."

Over the past two days, more information regarding James Foley's incarceration by ISIS and ultimate beheading has come to light. The State Department has released information that the captors had used waterboarding on Foley and others who they still hold as prisoners.

Immediately the press jumped on this with sensationalist fervor -- ISIS accused of torturing American hostages.


Where was this shock and horror when George Bush, Dick Cheney and the CIA authorized the very same horrific and shameful actions? Of course then, it wasn't called torture because we were doing it and the recipients weren't Americans. Under those circumstances it was was blissfully called "enhanced interrogations."

The games the Republicans play with words. Semantics.. And we as Americans just turned our heads to that one. Even John McCain, reportedly tortured while a prisoner of war in Viet Nam, came out against torture BUT he gave his sanctimonious approval to "enhanced interrogations." What two faced criminals these guys are.

Why the double standard? Waterboarding is torture. It was before the US started doing it and it is when/if we continue to do it.

By now most reporting of our shameful abundant usage of waterboarding has been curtailed. But accepting that practice for what it is still hasn't. Only the hypocritical outrage in the press seems to have changed.  HUFFPO:

Interestingly, while the Post has, like most mainstream outlets, typically been reluctant to call methods such as waterboarding "torture" when it was practiced by Americans, the paper had no apparent problem calling what ISIS did to Foley "torture."

That brings us back to the headline, the George and Ira Gershwin's song. The correct title of that tune is  Let's Call The Whole Thing Off. Isn't it really time we take that to heart? Waterboarding is torture. We did it. We may still do it. We shouldn't be hypocrites. It's not to say Bush/Cheney were the first to use it, but they brought it back into vogue. We shouldn't be shocked to find out it's now being done to us. Lay blame where it belongs -- on all war criminals. We reap what we sow. Poor James Foley and his fellow prisoners were made to endure such horrors. Would it have been done to them if we hadn't done it? That's a question I hope Bush and Cheney lie awake at night pondering. That, of course is assuming either of them has the capacity to think or a conscience to satisfy.


A Woman's View of Serial Genital Mutilation in Iraq (and everywhere else)


WARNING: graphic and troubling graphics below, please check your environment. Thank You.


Years ago, Kathy Griffin (a rather political comic with a strong voice) spoke of her having gone to Iraq during active U.S. conflict - the last time - that was absolutely in terrible taste but is something I've not forgotten in the interim - she achieved her point.

She had some sentimental moments (for Kathy) with our troops, then got into some dialogue later about one of the things that burned her as a woman: genital mutilation in the region, escalating every year and mega-egregiously offensive to women around the globe. Now ISIS is back in the mix, and Griffin's bit becomes that much more relevant.


She essentially described an overview of what was being done to woman and girls in shocking numbers, and it isn't pretty. Griffith got halfway through the train of thought before she dropped a term I'll always remember, "big bucket of clits". It was in the context of things she found hardest to accept, like Sharia Law and the fact that a high percentage of females lining up to have their clitorises sliced off and discarded.

Here's a bit more information from Unicef.

It's beyond heartbreaking this misogynist balderdash, we passed into torture a while ago … it is rumored and reported that Egypt manages to mutilate the genitals of nearly 95% of women. Many are done near birth, like a bris gone bad.


ISIS has brought all of this horror back to the front page. The tribal custom is old and has deep religious roots … this isn't just a punishment of mild chastising like we give date-rapers in our own country. It's a global ethics crisis.

Here are some words from activist women and victims themselves about this horrific practice.

War brings more need for wealth, arms and whatever strategies will work to keep the people down, help the regular poor and abused and violated girls and women, and historically defined as 'always' a bi-product of war: violence against women. Take your pick of countries to highlight, but at the moment Northern Iraq is in the spotlight.


I can't look at these hideous images without tearing up - but I think they need to be seen. Those poor girls are simply born the wrong sex to be valued in the MidEast and other oppressive regions, the War On Women is GLOBAL.


The al-Qaeda-Inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has ordered all girls and women between the ages of 11 and 46 in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday.



“It is a fatwa (or religious edict) of ISIS, we learnt this this morning,” said Jacqueline Badcock, the number two U.N. official in Iraq.

The “fatwa” would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil.

“This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she said, according to Reuters.

WHY? Indeed. Don't see Jesus or Allah signing off on this one.


Time for Colin Powell? We nationally Creep Toward Boots In Iraq. Agin'.



How hard did we have to fight to get Iraq back to the Iraqi people and clean up a little of the mess behind?

Breech-birth labor at a minimum, but closer perhaps to the horrors of Vietnam (for us geezers).

It was infuriating for the news networks to run the footage of Dubbyah's absurdly quiet and pragmatic address to the nation when he got his lifelong dream of getting to blow shit up in Iraq for the invisible WMD's.


Paging Cat Stevens, Green Day, Pearl Jam, U2, Neil Young, Yoko Ono and Joan Baez on one cool conference call, your president needs you to do some kicking pacifist songs and get America grooving on what is good about liberals and President Obama.

There's too much Iraq news. Blackwater must be licking their chops, as well as the (celebrating) Military Industrial Complex coffer counters.

Let's first have a look at the hepped up gun fondling war-lovin' extremists over at Fvx Nation.
And a peek at La Palin's channel (laughter is the best medicine). As always apologies for the Fvx in the morning egregiousness.


And Morning Joe went there, naturally. The nausea medicine Zofran is third shelf down in the complimentary TPC cloak room. Take two, it's early yet.

How effing long do we have to protest wars?

I feel like I'm going to be 92, in my best gardening hat, carrying a placard (sarcastic, I'm releasing the inner grumpus at 80-85), and botching ourselves about civil rights, gender equality , LGBTQ and guns.

For starters.