Saturday, April 18, 2020

Liars and losers ignore women unless they're able to attack them

The media doesn't really care about life and death.  Example?  Joe Scarborough Tweeted the following yesterday:

More Americans died of the Coronavirus yesterday than died in the entire Iraq War.

As surely as Joe had a dead intern turn up in his office (Lori Klausutis), he cheerleaded the Iraq War.  Having done that, he now wants to let you know that coronvirus deaths in the US are more than deaths from "the entire Iraq War."

That would be the ongoing war.  Joe doesn't care that it's ongoing.  Multiple deaths of US troops already this year in Iraq, but Joe doesn't care.

He also doesn't care that the number of Americans who died in the Iraq War so far isn't really accurate.  Some of the suicides among Iraq War veterans should be included in that count as should some of the injured veterans when their injuries contributed to their deaths. 

But Joe doesn't care about that.

And he certainly doesn't care about the number of Iraqis killed in the war.

He doesn't care about the dead intern.  He doesn't care about the wife he cheated on.  At some point in the near future, he won't bother to pretend he cares about Mika.

A lot of Joes don't care -- Joe Biden for example.  Note this Tweet:

#TimesUpBiden. You can’t retraumatize survivors and loved ones and ask for their vote. You hurt many military families like mine and caused massive bloodshed in the needless Iraq War. Drop out, Joe. You’ve caused too much death, destruction, poverty and violence.
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Alex Lubben (VICE) reports the Sunrise Movement is iffy on supporting Joe:

Sunrise, one of the most powerful youth-led climate advocacy organizations in the U.S., endorsed Sanders in January, based on his commitment to a Green New Deal. Now the leadership and chapters around the country are trying to come to terms with Biden as the inevitable Democratic nominee.
[. . .]
“A lot of people viewed Sanders as the last hope for avoiding some of the worst aspects of climate change,” he said. Spencer said there’s no change in policy that Biden could make now that would motivate him to campaign for the former vice president. And it’s not just Biden’s record on climate change.
“There's the sexual misconduct allegations against Biden,” he said. “And that makes a lot of our members feel uncomfortable.” (One of Biden’s former staffers, Tara Reade, has claimed that Biden sexually assaulted her when she was a Senate staffer. [. . .].)

At Saint Louis University's UNIVERSITY NEWS, Colin Thierry observes:

Tara Reade, an aide to then-Senator Biden, claimed that Biden repeatedly touched her without her consent and sexually assaulted her when she worked under him in 1993. “It shattered my life,” Reade said in a March interview with journalist Katie Halper. While Trump has had widely publicized, credible sexual assault allegations surface since 2015, it is interesting how many media outlets have ignored or outright dismissed Reade’s allegations against Biden. Since Biden is running for the highest office in the country, I find it especially concerning that the press has been so unwilling to look very deeply into Reade’s allegations.
One of the most frustrating things about the response to Reade’s allegations by Biden supporters and the media is the hypocrisy. I have seen some voters and media members smear Reade as a liar and a Russian plant without any evidence to back up their claims. Believing women should not have a partisan bias. The Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which is set up to help surviviors of rape and sexual assault, even refused to fund a #MeToo investigation into allegations against Biden. This is an especially interesting decision considering that Reade’s allegations against Biden are just as credible and offer the same amount of evidence as Christin Blasey Ford’s allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. This organization was set up to assist and provide resources for survivors of sexual assault, so why is there an exception for Reade? Is the #MeToo movement really about believing women or does this only apply to women who accuse Republican politicians and officials? If the former really is the case, Time’s Up would not have dismissed Reade’s allegations against Biden so quickly.

At THE PROGRESSIVE, Jud Lounsbury observes:

It’s clear to any fair-minded person looking at this, that more investigation is warranted. 

If Joe Biden is being wrongly accused, a thorough investigation may exonerate him, or at least provide more information that will allow primary voters and convention delegates to make a more informed decision about their party’s nominee. The Democratic National Committee should call for it. This would send strong signal that the Democratic Party takes allegations of sexual assault seriously.

Since PBS elected to ignore Katie Halper, let's note her below.

In excerpts above or elsewhere, we're not noting what a campaign says.  Tara Reade did not accuse the Joe Biden campaign.  As I've said before, Joe needs to speak.  America doesn't give a s**t what some woman who's being paid by Joe to let him hide behind her skirt. 

"All these people don't interview Tara," Katie Halper notes.

Women aren't valued even when women are the anchors -- as on PBS' NEWSHOUR.   Women aren't valued in the US, they aren't valued in Iraq.  Miriam Jackson (UNION JOURNAL) reports:

Numerous UN workplaces in Iraq yesterday urged the federal government to expedite Anti-Domestic Violence Laws amid stories of an increase in such assaults in the course of the coronavirus lockdown.
In a joint assertion, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) cited a number of current circumstances of domestic violence in Iraq together with the rape of a girl with particular wants, suicide due to domestic abuse, immolation and self-immolation in addition to self-inflicted accidents due to spousal abuse, sexual harassment of minors and different crimes.
The assertion added that the alarming rise of such crimes highlights the pressing want for parliament to endorse the Anti-Domestic Violence Law in Iraq.

So much is needed in Iraq.

Dropping back to Monday's snapshot:

Starting in Iraq, Awrah al-Alawi maintains that an arrest warrant has been issued for members of the family that Malak Hayder al-Zubiedi married into.
لا حول ولا قوة الا بالله ، الله ينتقم منهم بنت مواليد 2000 يحرقونها علشان العادات و التقاليد الي ما تمد بالدِّين بأي صلة
( تخلف ) #ملاك_حيدر_الزبيدي
Malak Hayder al-Zubiedi is a 19-year-old woman who was burned -- by her husband? -- and who was not allowed to see her own family for over eight months.  

AL ARABY reports that the burning of Malak became news when her sister posted on FACEBOOK Saturday about what happened.
Smraa Smraa
on Saturday
وين الغياره وين اهل الرحم وين اماره ازبيد هاي شعره شاربكم هذا السوو بالطفلة وفوكاهاا يهدده تقبلون هيج خلي يجي يشوف بنت زبيد بعد ماتفنن بتعذيبه حركها ابن العقيد حميد المياحي
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Prior to the FACEBOOK post, authorities were saying she had burned herself.  Now, two brothers of her husband have been arrested while authorities insist that they are trying to locate her husband but he is on the run.  Luay al Yassiry, the Governor of Najaf, states that a special team of investigators have been tasked with the case.

If we don't publicize this, in one way or another we're actively promoting a culture of silence. Women in Iraq are still fighting for their simplest rights amid a patriarchal society that always favors and lawfully justifies the actions of these criminals.

Today, Malak's sister announced that Malak has passed away

It's very telling that not US news service reported on Malak or what was done to her.  It's very telling.  It's very telling that we were writing about it on Sunday night but others ignored it -- over and over. 

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