Saturday, December 22, 2018

Goodbye and good riddance to Brett and his Blue Balls

Oh, look, professional liar Jay Carney.

Actually, after he clerked for Chief Justice Rehnquist in 2001, McGurk was appointed by George W. Bush to be special assistant to the president and senior director at the NSC for Iraq & Afghanistan. He served under both Bush and Obama. Like Bob Gates.

Poor, Jay, he used to get to lie daily when he presided over press briefings.

Now he just gets to lie on Twitter.

No fan of Donald but the president is correct.

Barack appointed Brett to his current position in 2015.  That's what Donald was Tweeting about.

If Jay wanted to be honest, he'd note that Brett was a neocon.

If he wanted to be honest, he'd note that Brett's failure as Barack's nominee to be the US Ambassador to Iraq was torpedoed by Democrats in the Senate.  That's why Barack had to pull the nomination -- to save his ass from public humiliation.

Gonna talk about that little, Jay Carney?

Of course not, you're adult life is all about being the house slave for Barack Obama, lying for him, spinning for him.

 From June 7, 2012, this is Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Standing Behind McGurk"

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Isaiah's latest The World Today Just Nuts "Standing Behind McGurk."  White House spokersperson Jay Carney declares, "We continue to stand behind Brett McGurk."  David Plouffe adds, "Mainly because if we stood in front of him, we're scared he'd _____ us."  Isaiah archives his comics at The World Today Just Nuts.

Brett McGurk is a piece of trash on every level.

No one should be upset that he's leaving.

And, yes, Donald's right there too.  Brett was already going to leave in 2019.  That's two weeks away.  He's trying to get attention yet again.

Brett's been whoring again by the way, there's no bigger slut than Brett McGurk.

Sucks to be Gina Chon.

But, hey, Gina, you were married and so was Brett when you two were screwing in Iraq.  You both left your spouses.  Did you really think Brett would keep it in his pants for you when he couldn't before?

You get what you marry, Gina.  Let's hope that doesn't include a social disease.

From June 10, 2012, Isaiah's "Ambassador to Swingtown."

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Isaiah's latest The World Today Just Nuts "Ambassador to Swingtown."  Nominee for US Ambassador to Iraq Brett McGurk insists, "If confirmed as ambassador, both my assistant Hugh Hefner and myself will address Iraq's most pressing problem.  Blue balls."  A woman parts the beads to ask, "Brett, baby, can we all fit on the water bed?"  Isaiah archives his comics at The World Today Just Nuts.

This does matter.

And Democratic senators grasped that it did.

Barack wanted to make Brett the Ambassador.  That would have made the US Embassy off limits to Iraqi women.

Democratic senators grasped that (led by one who chose not run for re-election).

You can't put horn dog Brett -- the man who bragged about Gina giving him "blue balls" -- in that position and not cut Iraqi women off from the embassy for fear of being called infidels or worse.

Barack pulled the nomination.  He pouted a bit and created a post for Brett -- Hillary was also on Brett's side but she's always loved a man who can take advantage of women -- her husband Bill, Patrick Kennedy at the State Dept, Anthony Weiner, Burns Strider, Harvey Weinstein,  Thomas Alfred Taylor, Jeffrey Epstein, Little Philly Reines  . . .

Brett did nothing in the post but stir up more trouble.

Sunnis don't like him, never have.  Kurds can't stand him, never could.  And outside of State of Law, no, Shi'ite politicians cared for him.

In fact, some Shi'ites actively spoke against him when Barack tried to make him the Ambassador to Iraq.

Funny how the media ignores that -- or are they all like Jay Carney with their lips pressed against Barack's taint?

Brett did nothing to defeat ISIS.  He gave a lot of speeches.  He was supposed to bring this and that but failed just like he failed to put together any real treaties or agreements.

Brett favored the Iraq War, he's a War Hawk and a neocon.

Because Barack buddied up to him, all of that was supposed to no longer matter.

It matters.

It even mattered to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL that Gina Chon allowed Brett to vet her copy, to shape and edit it before she turned it in for publication.  He was a US official determined to lie for the Bully Boy Bush administration about the Iraq War -- to pretend it was going well.  She wanted his cock and apparently the only way she could get it was to do what he told her.  So she did.  And later, after they were married, when THE WALL STREET JOURNAL found out what she'd done as their employee, they fired her.

Because of Brett, Gina lost a job.  Now that he'll be home more, it'll be harder for him to hide the extra marital affairs and harder for Gina to pretend to her friends that she doesn't know about the affairs.  When you think of all the bad reporting that came out of the Green Zone, the fact that reporters were having a lot of sex?  It really doesn't compensate for all the bad reporting.

Brett was a failure in every way.

The following community sites -- plus Cindy Sheehan, NPR Music, NPR, THE GUARDIAN, the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights --  updated:

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  • VETERANS: Senator Murray Applauds VA Secretary’s Announcement That Will Keep All Veterans in Caregiver Support Program While Reforms Made


    Senator Patty Murray's office issued the following Friday:

    VETERANS: Senator Murray Applauds VA Secretary’s Announcement That Will Keep All Veterans in Caregiver Support Program While Reforms Made

    Dec 21 2018
    Announcement comes two days after Senator Murray asked VA Secretary Wilkie during a Congressional hearing to allow veterans to stay in the program until reforms are made to ensure decisions are being made accurately
    Senator Murray’s request comes after NPR report of veterans being kicked out or downgraded from program arbitrarily
    Senator Murray: “I commend Secretary Wilkie for taking these concerns seriously...But this is just the first step….I urge the Secretary to use this time to get it right”
    WATCH: Senator Murray’s exchange with VA Secretary Wilkie about the Caregiver Support Program eligibility

    (Washington, D.C.)  –U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) commended Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie for announcing today that VA will temporarily suspend discharges and downgrades for veterans enrolled in VA’s Caregiver Support Program. The program, which Senator Murray helped implement in 2011 when she was Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, supports those who provide care for veterans injured as a result of their service to our country. Senator Murray had expressed her deep concerns to Secretary Wilkie two days ago during a Congressional hearing about reports of veterans who’d lost eligibility in the program for arbitrary reasons. (Watch their exchange here.)

    “I commend Secretary Wilkie for taking these concerns seriously and putting forth this moratorium. But this is just the first step. On behalf of veterans and their caregivers across the country, I urge the Secretary to use this time to get it right. Our military families, who sacrificed so much on our country’s behalf, deserve nothing less,” said Senator Murray.

    Senator Murray has consistently worked to hold senior VA officials accountable for implementing the Caregivers program in a way that works best for veterans and their caregivers, not the least of which is creating clear, standardized eligibility requirements. In June 2018, Senator Murray helped secure additional federal investments in the program to ensure VA had the resources that VA leaders have long said is necessary to make the program a success. Additionally, in May, Senator Murray’s proposal to expand the program to make veterans of all eras eligible for the program passed Congress and was signed into law as part of the VA MISSION Act.

    Why We’re Moving into 2019 Full of Hope for the Future

    Bioneers Pulse – updates from the Bioneers Community
    Greetings fellow Bioneers! 
    Though it’s easy to focus on the victories that remain just out of our reach and the challenges that seem too big to overcome, it’s just as important to reflect on our achievements. In the past year, we’ve seen numerous successes in the blocking of major oil pipelines and drilling operations on Native lands, exposed corrupt national and local leadership, and seen cities and countries commit to eliminating the use of fossil fuels. The Bioneers community—from Indigenous leaders, to politicians pushing forward progressive and just legislation, to those of you offering your time and support in the fight for justice and equality—is working toward victories like these year-round. In this week’s newsletter, Bioneers Co-Founders Nina Simons and Kenny Ausubel and Executive Director Joshua Fouts address some of the roadblocks we still face in moving toward a better future, and give us more than one reason to feel heartened as we continue fighting the good fight in 2019.

    The Big Question: Waste Not

    The natural world is incredibly good at cleaning up after itself. There are mushrooms feeding on the toxic radiation at Chernobyl, birds scavenging the remains of dead animals, and all manner of chemical-eating bacteria. But dangerous substances aren’t the focus of every natural cleanup crew: A dung beetle’s entire life revolves around lowly poop. These insects are incredibly sophisticated at gathering and transporting rather unconventional meals for their little beetle families. (Read Co-Founder Kenny Ausubel’s Bioneers 2018 keynote address for more on that.) While locating a feast isn’t usually too much of an issue—the beetles have excellent olfactory senses—getting it back to their families does require some navigation. Researchers have discovered that one variety of African dung beetle uses what for navigation to bring home the...bacon? (Read to the bottom of this email to find the answer.)

    Wise Words

    “Thirty years ago Ronald Reagan was president, the threat of an apocalyptic nuclear war seemed very real, a large swathe of the earth lived under the totalitarianism that got called Communism, which seemed like it might last centuries rather than another year… Anita Hill had yet to speak up and almost no one addressed sexual harassment … Same-sex marriage was virtually inconceivable to most people; the Lawrence vs. Texas ruling decriminalizing gay sex nationwide was fifteen years away; First peoples had been almost entirely erased in public discourse … and we got most of our energy from coal.”
    —Rebecca Solnit, journalist and author. Bioneers Executive Director Joshua Fouts referenced this quote from Solnit during his Bioneers 2018 keynote address—read more about how Solnit's words inspired Fouts here.

    Video to Watch: Roots and Branches

    Bioneers Co-Founder Nina Simons, renowned for deeply intimate, poetic talks about how to find inner balance in the midst of our struggles to resist injustice and save the biosphere, explores here what trees can teach us about rootedness in community, embracing light and “branching out” effectively, even in the midst of challenging conditions. She describes how the long history of resilience of women and Indigenous and other oppressed peoples, including her Jewish ancestors, has helped her find perspective and fortitude, and how the extraordinarily dynamic women and youth-led movements that have been rising up these past few years are filling her with hope.

    This Week on Bioneers Radio & Podcast

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    Pep Talk: Kenny Ausubel

    Following is an excerpt from Bioneers Co-Founder Kenny Ausubel’s 2018 conference keynote address:
    The Banana Republicans are pedal to the metal dragging us full-throttle into the abyss — right when time is of the essence to floor it in the opposite direction. The US republic is ostensibly based on the “consent of the governed.” I revoke my consent. How about you?
    As Michelle Alexander wrote, “We are not the resistance. A new nation is being born. Trump is the one who’s fighting it. The regime is radically out of step with the ground truth of American culture and the arc of today’s diverse, interdependent world. They’re like the Japanese soldiers in World War II still fighting on an island who didn’t yet know the war was over. As Frederick Nietzche observed, “All great things must first wear terrifying and monstrous masks in order to inscribe themselves on the heart of humanity.”
    As Naomi Klein sees it, “The reason the mask has fallen off, and we are now witnessing undisguised corporate rule is not because these corporations felt all-powerful: it’s because they were panicked. Our movements are starting to win. Rather than risk the possibility of further progress, after decades of privatizing the state in bits and pieces, they decided to just go for the government itself. It’s a corporate takeover.”
    But make no mistake: Trump is just a babbling hood ornament on the Hummer of a plutocracy gone off-road. The 2008 financial crash outraged the public and stoked serious talk of nationalizing banks. It spawned the Occupy movement, the fight for $15, a surging fossil fuel divestment movement, and mass social movements all over the world committed to toppling political corruption, social injustices, and austerity schemes that further concentrate wealth and distribute poverty. The imperative now is to convert these movements into systemic change. Read more here.

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    What We’re Tracking:

    • After the U.S. agencies recklessly violated their own rules regarding fracking on Native land, the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma mobilized to save their land and put a stop to the illegal activity. (Jessica A. Knoblauch via Earth Justice)
    • Scientists recently discovered an entire ecosystem thousands of meters below ground and teeming with microorganisms that’s nearly double the size of the Earth’s oceans. (Jonathan Watts via The Guardian)
    • Xcel Energy has committed to a goal of 100% clean, carbon-free energy by 2050, making it the first major utilities company to do so in the U.S. (David Roberts via Vox)
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    The Big Question, Answered: Waste Not

    In order to transport its ball of dung home, the African dung beetle Scarabaeus satyrus navigates through the help of the Milky Way. Researchers confirmed this by placing tiny hats over the beetle’s eyes so they were no longer able to see the stars and the distant galaxy. This caused the insects to wander aimlessly around the field, unsure of where to go—similar to what would happen when the sky is overcast. Learn more about the fascinating dung beetle at ThoughtCo.
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    U.S. Military Out of Syria

    By David Swanson, Director, World BEYOND War
    U.S. President Donald Trump has announced his intention to remove all U.S. troops from Syria.
    If that happens it will fulfill part of the demand that World BEYOND War has been making since Trump promised nine months ago to get “out” of Syria “like very soon.”
    Removing troops from the ground — all of them, not just some — and ceasing base construction, if it happens, will be a start.
    Even more important is ceasing to bomb from above.
    In addition, alternative approaches need to be launched, including unarmed peaceworkers, a weapons ban for the region, a disarmament program, major actual humanitarian aid (and an end to sanctions that harm ordinary people), and diplomacy.
    The fact that politicians and the parties they belong to generally do more harm than good is simply no reason not to encourage the good and discourage the bad.
    Opposition to this withdrawal of troops is coming from a variety of disturbing quarters for a range of unconvincing reasons.
    “If Trump does it, it’s wrong.” This is simply nonsense. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, and Trump hasn’t done this yet — we need to raise a public demand for actual follow-through.
    “If Putin approves it, it’s wrong.” This is a recipe for ongoing and escalating hostility between two governments sitting on huge supplies of nuclear weapons. Russia has been scaling back both its presence in Syria and its overall military spending. The United States has been dramatically increasing its military spending and its NATO presence on Russia’s border, while tearing up disarmament treaties, shipping weapons to Ukraine, abandoning a Russia-backed agreement with Iran, and opposing Russian energy deals. Doing something for once that Russia agrees with is a mark in favor of the troop withdrawal.
    “The U.S. military should decide, not the President.” That’s a recipe for a military government lacking representative or democratic control, diametrically opposed to the values the U.S. government often claims to support. In fact, Congress should decide, as it may finally do on Yemen. And, if we’re going to be legal about this, war is actually a crime under the UN Charter (with limited exceptions not met by any current wars) and under the Kellogg-Briand Pact, meaning that neither Congress, nor the President, nor the military can legally choose to launch or continue a war.
    “Trump is doing this to distract from something else or for various other bizarre reasons.”Nobody knows why Trump does anything. Trump probably doesn’t know why he does anything. Nobody knows what diplomatic and business deals, if any, are involved. What we know is that massive violence never gets us closer to a solution and cannot be justified.
    “Trump is declaring victory while admitting there’s no victory; are you going to let him get away with that?” The incoherence of his remarks is available equally to all to observe. If he would end each war and declare victory, and even have a celebratory weapons-marketing parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, the lives spared would more than outweigh the harm.
    “It will make matters worse for those on the ground in that part of Syria.” Things have been getting worse for years all over Syria, without that ever being understood as a reason to halt the militarism. Things may get worse during the process of ending the violence. But major steps can be taken to help avoid that. Such steps, again, include unarmed peaceworkers, a weapons ban for the region, a disarmament program, major actual humanitarian aid, and diplomacy. Sanctions now imposed on Syria generally target ordinary citizens much more than the government. They have that in common with the bombs, and they must be ended.
    Here’s more information on alternatives to violence.
    Here’s a still relevant position on ending U.S. war against ISIS from World BEYOND War four years ago.
    Here’s the full text of a petition we encourage you to sign:
    We demand that you actually follow through on getting the U.S. military out of Syria, including the skies above Syria. We insist that, for a small fraction of the cost of continuing the war making, the United States instead provide massive humanitarian aid and assistance. We insist that this be the immediate first step as recently promised, to be followed by the similar withdrawal of the U.S. military from Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya. Moreover, the United States must withdraw its hundreds of thousands of military personnel stationed on 800 to 1,000 bases in countries around the world.


    David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of and campaign coordinator for Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at and He hosts Talk Nation Radio.He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.
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