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The American Military Industrial Complex is Smiling Tonight!

I read something a few weeks back about how ISIS in Iraq has commandeered a huge amount of military equipment we paid for with Our Tax Dollars during the 2013 invasion. The supposed “training” of the Iraqi army George W. and Co. said they were doing was a farce and when ISIS emerged, the so-called army cut and ran, leaving billions of dollars of weapons (like humvees at $200,000 a pop) lying around. So now we’re bombing Iraq again and the the billions of dollars of military equipment we paid for are being blowing up by the people we paid to build them in the first place.

Aye yie yie.  I’m sure the military industrial complex is drinking up a storm tonight but I’m SMFDH.  Our tax dollars down the shit hole, again:

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When President Obama announced US airstrikes in Iraq, most observers understood that the US would be bombing members of ISIS. What many did not know was that, in a twist of such bitterly symbolic irony that it could only occur in the Middle East, the US would also be bombing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of American military equipment.

Here’s why: in the decade since the 2003 US-led Iraq invasion, the US has spent a fortune training and arming the Iraqi army in the hopes of readying it to secure the country once America left. That meant arming the Iraqi army with high-tech and extremely expensive American-made guns, tanks, jeeps, artillery, and more.

But the Iraqi army has been largely a failure. When ISIS invaded northern Iraq from Syria in June, the Iraqi forces deserted or retreated en masse. Many of them abandoned their American equipment. ISIS scooped it up themselves and are now using it to rampage across Iraq, seizing whole cities, terrorizing minorities, and finally pushing into even once-secure Kurdish territory. All with shiny American military equipment.

So the US air strikes against ISIS are in part to destroy US military equipment, such as the artillery ISIS has been using against Kurdish forces.

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If it weren’t for the military equipment the U.S. walked away from, ISIS wouldn’t be near as powerful and we might not be re-inserting ourselves into that country 11 years after I stood on the protest line doing what I could to stop it because I knew it would be a disaster.  But, voila, here we are.

That said, guess who’s on the corporate media? The people who want to make more war.

Geezus.

 

 

 

August 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM Leave a comment

Ted Cruz Thinks We’re as Dumb as a Rock

Ted Cruz had the gall to tell a bold-faced lie on CBS this morning thinking, apparently, that people who hear it are too dumb to know it is a lie.  Or else he doesn’t care that he’s known as an outright liar which tells me that he’s a pretty scary dude.

Then again, it’s also a testament to how absolutely awful our so-called-news media has become i.e., it’s outrageous that a politician feels he or she can tell a humongous lie on live television and not have the show’s host jump up and down and scream in disgust.

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January 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM Leave a comment

It’s Time to Write Off CBS News as News

Jay Rosen is my go-to guy for all things journalism:

CBS 11-7-13Here’s what he’s talking about:  Accounts Differ to F.B.I. and CBS on Benghazi

November 7, 2013 at 9:00 PM 1 comment

Get Ready For Two Years of Trump-Might-Run Coverage Even Though Everyone Knows He Won’t

It would be one thing if “E! News” did this but when the supposed “real” news outlets do it it’s pretty disgusting.  In short, get ready to get played:

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Here we go again.

More than three years ahead of the 2016 election, Donald Trump is already hinting at a presidential run, and the media — though certain this time around that he can’t be serious — are covering it anyway.

Dubbed a “sideshow” by NBC’s Chuck Todd and a “serial presidential campaign explorer” by CBS News, Trump is being accused by the press of engaging in yet another publicity stunt. “Folks,” the NBC News political team flatly declared this week, “he isn’t going to run.”

But don’t for one second think that means an end to Trump coverage. And lots of it.

Even as reporters suggest that Trump should not be taken seriously, many media organizations continue to cover him as a potential legitimate candidate, as they did in 2012. The reason for that is something Trump, the executive producer and host of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” is very familiar with: ratings.

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“How many times do people have to fall for this game?” asked Rick Wilson, a Republican consultant. “Everyone knows this, and no one seems to be able to resist covering the spectacle, because Donald Trump – the brand – isn’t ever forced to post up against political reality. He’s a master marketer and brand-manager, and he’s learned that the media loves the bluster and the bullshit, even with the full knowledge he’s not going to ever, ever, ever pull the trigger on the race.”
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August 14, 2013 at 9:46 AM Leave a comment

Profiles in Courage (Not)

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CBS News: No GOP Backers Of Gun Control Filibuster Would Agree To An Interview

CBS News called out 14 Republican senators on Tuesday for declining requests to be interviewed about their proposed filibuster of an upcoming gun control bill.

The senators—including minority leader Mitch McConnell—are part of an effort, led by Kentucky’s Rand Paul, to block any potential expansion of gun laws in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. On Tuesday’s “CBS This Morning,” congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes reported on the lobbying being done by families of some of the Newtown victims. She then said that none of the potential filibustering senators had agreed to an interview.

“We asked all 14 Republican senators for an interview about their filibuster threat, but none of them were available,” Cordes said.

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April 9, 2013 at 11:21 AM 1 comment

CBS Lets NRA Write its Headline

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There’s an article up this morning over at CBSNews.com titled:  Is America Irreversibly Pro-Gun?  These two sentences appear at the end of the third paragraph:

The biggest prize for gun control advocates is a national background check system for gun purchases.  But after talks on the issue between Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., broke down in recent weeks, even that proposal, which enjoys 90 percent supporting the latest CBS News poll, will be difficult to enact.

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So, CBS cites a poll showing 90% of Americans support a national background check system but the headline asks if America is “irreversibly pro-gun?”  What?  Is the NRA writing CBS’s headlines?

March 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM 1 comment

CBS Trying to Make Itself Relevant

The big headline at CBSNews.com tonight:

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Twitter: 250,000 Users’ Data Compromised in Hacking Attacks

Twitter said today that it recently detected a series of attempts to hack into user data, and that the attackers may have successfully absconded with some users’ information.

In a blog post Friday afternoon, Twitter explained the situation, and the steps it has taken to fight off the hackers.

We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later. However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information – usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords – for approximately 250,000 users.

Twitter said in the post that a very small number of users were affected by the hacking, but it encouraged everyone who uses the service to ensure that they are practicing “good password hygiene, on Twitter and elsewhere on the Internet.”

Here’s the perspective CBS “News” doesn’t give:  In 2012, there were 500 million Twitter users.  So when 250,000 of them are hacked that’s BIG news?  Really?

My sense is that CBS is desperate to insert the word “Twitter” into its “news” feed so it can get — wait for it — Twitter hits.  Aaaah.

February 1, 2013 at 8:43 PM Leave a comment

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