Saturday, July 23, 2022

Do you believe in justice?

Hunter has always had impeccable timing and, like Blanche DuBois, “always depended on the kindness of strangers.” He went to law school after his father became a powerful U.S. senator with a long line of influence-seekers eager to help him and his family. After graduating, Hunter was given a high-paying job with MBNA, the bank holding company, which supported key credit card legislation being pushed by his father in the Senate. 

Later, Hunter was given a ridiculous appointment to the board of Amtrak and became its vice chair, despite an utter lack of credentials. His father, however, was a critical advocate for Amtrak in the Senate.

When his father became vice president, Hunter and an uncle allegedly cashed in on a long line of foreign entities seeking influence with his father. Millions of dollars were given to Hunter even though, as he has acknowledged, he was a crack addict and alcoholic at the time — “[d]rinking a quart of vodka a day by yourself in a room [which] is absolutely, completely debilitating” and “smoking crack around the clock.”

When Hunter’s debaucheries and dealings became public knowledge, thanks to a laptop he abandoned at a repair shop, the timing again was right for him. It happened just before the 2020 presidential election, and the media imposed a virtual blackout on coverage; 51 intelligence experts wrote a letter dismissing the laptop as likely “Russian disinformation.” U.S. Attorney David Weiss, probing Hunter’s dealings under an appointment by then-Attorney General William Barr, suspended his grand jury investigation for months to avoid accusations of influencing the election.

Now the grand jury’s expiration last month has forced a new timeline in the Hunter saga. The grand jury reportedly looked at a variety of possible criminal charges stemming from Hunter’s reported influence-peddling with dubious foreign figures from China, Russia, Ukraine and other countries.


That is from Jonathan Turley's column at THE HILL about Hunter Biden.  Could a Biden finally be brought to justice?  THE NEW YORK POST offers:

Hunter Biden failed to register as a foreign agent during years of overseas business dealings — a possible crime that could finally land him in prison, experts say.

While Biden registered as a lobbyist for domestic interests (a gig which so annoyed President Obama that Biden was forced to drop it in 2008), he never registered under the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

The 1938 law has in recent years been employed to shine a light on foreign advocacy and lobbying in the US. It mandates individuals acting as “an agent, representative, employee, or servant … at the order, request, or under the direction or control of a ‘foreign principal,'” must register with the US government. Failing to do so is a crime punishable by up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

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While Ukrainian energy company Burisma paid Hunter Biden $83,333 a month to sit on its board, Hunter Biden introduced Vadym Pozharskyi — one of the company’s top executives — to his father, emails show. Less than a year later, Vice President Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.

In Washington D.C. Hunter Biden’s calendar shows he paraded the former president of Colombia, Andrés Pastrana Arango, in front of his father during a March 2, 2012 meeting. On Nov. 3, 2015, Hunter met with Crown Prince Alexander Karađorđević of Yugoslavia and his wife, Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia. The royals told The Post they has pressed Hunter to put in a word with his father for funding to help rehab their royal palace in Belgrade.

“If Hunter relayed the request for US government assistance then that would be a FARA registrable event,” Craig Engle, a FARA expert and head of the political law practice at Arent Fox Schiff, said of the royal ask.


 And THE INSIDER notes:

Rep. James Comer said Friday he thinks the Justice Department will act soon on its investigation into President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

Comer, a Republican from Kentucky, was speaking on Fox News when he made the remarks about the ongoing investigation into Biden.

"I think we're seeing that the Department of Justice is finally going to have to act on Hunter Biden. The wheels are in motion now to try to hold this family accountable," Comer began.

What do you think?  I would love to believe in justice.  But the media has covered up for Hunter Biden before and so has the government.  He should have been in prison and his father should have been punished as well.  Instead, the media made Joe Biden President of the United States?

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


Friday, July 22, 2022.  The President of the United States has COVID, the Turkish government and Stephen King caught lying, and much more.

ADDED: I was asked in an e-mail Martha read why I hadn't commented on NYT's "I Was Wrong" series?  Because it's garbage and nonsense.  It's impossible to pick just one but I'll go with the ridiculous Gail Collins.  She's apologizing for bringing up Mitt Romney's dog -- repeatedly -- in 2012 -- Bob Smmerby called her out for this nonsense in real time.

That's b.s. and crap.  She's making a joke of the dog again.

Does Gail think she has nothing to apologize for?  Nothing she was wrong about?

Because I am still in possession of the e-mail she wrote in 2003 where she attacked a NYT subscriber for stating that with Maureen Dowd -- the paper's sole female columnist -- on vacation, why didn't Gail -- then over the opinion and editorial section, hire a woman instead of offering more male voices.  If Gail's forgotten  the e-mail maybe this will help, "It is not important to have a woman represented on the pages, it is important to have a variety of opinions represented."

Okay.  Help you any, Gail?  Of course, you'd promoted your useless (and pathetic) book in 2003 and posed as a feminist.

I believe most feminists would feel that your inability to provide opportunities for women was very anti-woman.  

I know all the feminists I've circulated the e-mail to over the years have agreed with me.  And, as I've noted for years here, when that e-mail was forwarded to me, I immediately began sharing it.

Gail Collins is an ugly woman who cries 'feminist!' when she needs something.  She does nothing to help other women.  Maybe Gale might explain why she REFUSED columns on Coretta Scott King when Coretta passed?  Maybe she might want to apologize for that and apologize for promoting her White friend (the minor playwright) who had died instead.  Exactly how many mentions did that playwright get?

And Coretta?  Gail turned down one column after another.  When I raised the issue with Bob Herbert, he finally did a column that noted Coretta had passed -- that wasn't the focus of his column but he agreed Gail's behavior was outrageous.

A Civil Rights activist who was known around the world passed away and Gail refused to publish columns on the passing.  MLK's widow.  

But Gail's White friend (who wasn't a great playwright) got how much coverage on the op-ed pages?

It was ourtageous.

Gail Collins is both sexist and racist.  I'd think she'd have quite a bit to cop to.

Is Kamala Harris in charge?  If not, should she be?  Those are the questions that people should be asking now that Joe  Biden has COVID 19.  While it can be mild, it can also be harsh and with Joe's advanced age and already questions about whether or not he's fit to be president, those are serious questions.  The President of the United States has an illness that can be very debilitating.  

At WSWS, Evan Blake writes:

The fact that Biden, who is surrounded by a level of security unknown to all but a handful of Americans, has contracted COVID-19 exposes the recklessness of his administration’s “living with COVID” policy. In recent weeks, Biden was made into the poster boy for this propaganda campaign, taking numerous maskless photo ops throughout the world.

Historically, an announcement that the president is ill, especially with a virus responsible for widespread death, would be taken with great seriousness, if for no other reason than it creates a political crisis. Instead, Biden’s bout with COVID-19 has been presented almost as a cause for celebration.

Typical of this trend is an op-ed in the Washington Post by Leana Wen, one of the chief minimizers of the Omicron variant who has supported all of the Biden administration’s unscientific policies. Wen writes, “President Biden’s covid-19 diagnosis is an opportunity for his administration to demonstrate the success of his leadership on the pandemic and what living with the coronavirus looks like.” She adds, “Biden should use his illness as an opportunity to inform the public that covid-19 is a manageable disease for almost everyone, so long as they use the tools available to them.”

Instead of reflecting on their disastrous mishandling of the pandemic—which has now killed over 600,000 Americans in just the first 18 months of his administration—the Biden White House is promoting this same line and stressing that he will continue working while sick with COVID-19, with the implication that all Americans should do the same when infected.

On the topic of viruses, Jeffrey St. Clair (COUNTERPUNCH) points out:

Ronald Reagan didn’t so much ignore AIDS as actively encourage and facilitate its spread. Reagan’s Surgeon General, C. Everett Coop, said that the view in the Reagan White House as that ‘they (homosexuals) are only getting what they justly deserve.” Biden seems to be taking the same tact for monkeypox, which is being written off as a homosexual disease spread by promiscuous gay sex. (It’s not.)

Meanwhile, at NEWSWEEK, Tom O'Connor observes:

Recent attacks in northern Iraq and Syria have sparked outrage in both countries as well as neighboring nations and have raised concerns for the United States, whose NATO ally, Turkey, has been named as a culprit by the targeted states.

Funerals were held across Iraq on Thursday after nine tourists were killed a day earlier in what Iraqi officials have described as a Turkish artillery attack on a resort in the northern village of Zakho, located in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who received the bodies of the dead in a ceremony, announced a national day of mourning as hundreds took to the street in protest.

In a statement released shortly after the attack, Kadhimi condemned the "brutal attack," which he said "underscores the fact that Turkey ignored Iraq's continuous demands to refrain from military violations against Iraqi territory and the lives of its people."

The attack in Iraq killed 9 people -- three of which were were children.  IRAQI NEWS notes:

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) publish a press statement on Thursday condemning the use of explosive weapons in populated areas as three Iraqi children, among nine civilians, were killed on Wednesday in a Turkish bombardment targeting a summer resort in a hill village in Zakho district of Duhok governorate in Kurdistan region.

“UNICEF is deeply troubled by the killing of three girls, a 1-year-old, a 12-year-old and a 16-year-old, in the attack in Dohuk governorate in Iraq,” the UNICEF statement mentioned.

“UNICEF condemns all acts of violence against children and joins the families in mourning the killing of their children and wishes those wounded a fast recovery. Being a victim of, witnessing or fearing violence should never be part of any child’s experience,” the statement added.

All children in Iraq deserve to live their lives without the constant threat of violence exacerbated by the use of explosive weapons. UNICEF calls on all parties to fulfil their obligations, under international law, to protect children at all times and without delay, according to the UNICEF statement.

Ali Jassim Tweets:

🔺The Turkish bombing of northern Iraq claimed many victims. Does the world know what Turkey is doing in areas like Iraq? Is this not considered a form of terrorism? We need a real stand in front of the crimes Turkey is doing. #طرد_السفير_التركي #Turkish

REUTERS offers this video report.

Amberin Zaman (AL-MONITOR) reports:

Iraq said it would be taking its case to the UN Security Council, even as Turkey denied involvement in the artillery attack on a tourist resort in Iraqi Kurdistan’s Dahuk region and called for a joint investigation. Victims included a 1-year-old girl and a newly married man who had traveled there with his bride for their honeymoon.

The Council on National Security told the Foreign Ministry to recall its charge d’affaires in Ankara for consultations and to hold off sending a new ambassador.

Several Iraqi tourism companies said they were launching a boycott on Turkey, while the Iraqi government advised its citizens not to travel there. Protests continued outside the Turkish visa center in Baghdad today following demonstrations in the Shiite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala and in the southern city of Nasiriyah the night before. 

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu kept up the denials today, saying that Iraqi authorities must not fall for “this trap.”

The denial of the Turkish government is as ridiculous as Stephen King's lie that he did not praise a Nazi War Criminal.

Stephen King was prank called by Vovan and Lexus. They asked him what he thinks of Bandera. His answer „I think Bandera was a great man“ Pure crap. Troll sh[*}it. No truth to it.

In the comments, they mock him and make fun of him because video was released of  what he tried to deny happened.

Just like Turkey thinks it can deny what took place.  Journalist Renwar Najm Tweets many reasons why Turkey's denial is impossible to believe including:

For example, on June 25, 2020, a Turkish airstrike targeted Kuna Masi resort in Slemani province, six days before that attack, another Turkish airstrike killed 3 civilians in RKI. So If history is any guide, what happened in Zakho is a very Turkish thing.
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Iraq rejected Turkey’s denial of responsibility for the deadly artillery attack on an Iraqi tourist resort as families of the victims buried their loved ones on Thursday.

“The Iraqi state's narrative confirms that Ankara is behind the attack, which is not the first and comes in a series of continuous attacks,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmad Al Sahhaf said on Thursday.

“Turkey's denial of responsibility is a sick joke that Iraqi diplomacy will not accept.”

Meanwhile, mourners carried the coffin of Abbas Abdul Hussein, a 30-year-old Iraqi killed in Zakho. Hussein had just been married five days earlier, his cousin Said Alawadi said, demanding the government “initiate deterrent measures against Turkey," even cut all political and economic ties.

The attack catapulted into the spotlight Turkey's ongoing military operations against Turkey's Kurdish insurgents in northern Iraq, an issue that has long divided Iraqi officials. With deep economic ties between the two countries, many hesitate to damage relations with Ankara.

Baghdad and Ankara are also divided on other issues, including the Kurdish region's independent oil sector and water-sharing. But in the aftermath of the attack, anger against Turkey is mounting on the Iraqi street.

In April, Turkey launched its latest offensive in northern Iraq, part of a series of cross-border operations that started in 2019 to combat the PKK.

The Iraqi government condemned Wednesday's attack as a “flagrant violation of Iraq's sovereignty,” convened an emergency national security meeting and ordered a pause in dispatching Iraq's new ambassador to Ankara.

Iraq's parliament was also to meet on Saturday to discuss the Turkish attack. Kadhimi accused Turkey of ignoring “Iraq’s continuous demands to refrain from military violations against Iraqi territory and the lives of its people.”  

Ruwayda Mustafah Tweets:

Some new developments: People storm the Turkish visa office in Najaf and take down Turkey’s flag in response to the bombardment earlier today in Duhok, #Kurdistan. Muqtada Al-Sadr suggests reducing diplomatic ties between Baghdad-Ankara, and filing a complaint with UN.

The Iraqi people are very upset about what happened.

Campaign to boycott Tirkish products by Iraqi businesses.. ‘national duty’ in response to Turkey bombing of Iraqi civilians in northern Iraq

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) holds the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government “politically and legally responsible” for shelling that killed nine civilians in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Wednesday, Turkish Minute reported.

Nine people including children were killed and 23 wounded in the Zakho district village of Parakh on Wednesday, when artillery shells hit a park in an attack that local officials blamed on neighboring Turkey. The majority of the casualties were domestic tourists seeking respite from the heat of the plains in the mountains of the Kurdish north.

The HDP in a statement on Thursday called for an urgent meeting of the General Assembly of the Turkish Parliament following the attack, saying it would go down in history as “the second Roboski massacre.”

The incident commonly known as the Roboski massacre refers to the killing of 34 male Kurdish civilians, most of them teenagers, on Dec. 28, 2011, when military jets bombed them after receiving intelligence on terrorists from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Uludere district of Şırnak province near the Turkish–Iraqi border.

“Bombing civilian settlements is a crime against humanity and a war crime. Turkey is a direct party to international conventions prohibiting it. … This massacre is also an attack on the sovereignty of another country. The perpetrators and decision-makers must be prosecuted,” the HDP said.

The Diyarbakır Bar Association also announced in a series of tweets that they would file a complaint regarding the shelling blamed on Turkey in order to “identify and punish those responsible” for the attack.

“As it did in Roboski, humanitarian law [again] becomes worthless when it comes to the Kurds,” the association stated.

In an unusually strong rebuke, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi on Wednesday warned Turkey that Baghdad reserves the “right to retaliate,” calling the artillery fire a “flagrant violation” of sovereignty — a line echoed by Iraq’s Kurdish administration.

Iraq said it was recalling its chargé d’affaires from Ankara and summoning Turkey’s ambassador, and demanded an official apology from Turkey along with “the withdrawal of its armed forces from all Iraqi territory.”

But Turkey’s foreign ministry denied responsibility for the bombardment, saying these “kinds of attacks” were committed by “terrorist organizations,” and inviting Baghdad to avoid making statements influenced by “terrorist propaganda.”

Ankara launched an offensive in northern Iraq in April called “Operation Claw-Lock,” which it said targets militants from the PKK, a militant group that has kept up a bloody war for Kurdish self-rule in southeastern Turkey since 1984 and is listed by Ankara and its Western allies as a “terrorist organization.”

For the past 25 years, the Turkish army has maintained dozens of outposts across Iraq’s Kurdish north as part of its campaign against the militants of the PKK. There have been sporadic calls for their removal.

Iraq and Turkey are key trade partners, but Ankara’s successive offensives against the PKK rear bases in the north have been a persistent thorn in relations.

We'll wind down with this:


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