Below is a twitter thread unroll from Scott Hechinger, a public defender in Brooklyn. It is important to note that none of the men accused has gone to trial yet. That is what Trump is trying to prevent. 662 views Scott Hechinger @ScottHech Subscribe 14 hours ago, 20 tweets, 4 min read Read on Twitter Bookmark Save as PDF “One day, from his sniper nest, Chief Gallagher shot a girl in a flower-print hijab who was walking w/ other girls on the riverbank. She dropped, clutching her stomach, & the other girls dragged her away.” Trump is preparing to pardon this war criminal. Navy SEALs Were Warned Against Reporting Their Chief for War CrimesThe Navy investigation of a highly decorated platoon leader who now faces court-martial found a subculture that prized aggression and protected wrongdoers.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/23/us/navy-seals-crimes-of-war.html A mass murderer according to Senior Seals: “Would order needless risks, to fire rockets at houses for no apparent reason. He routinely parked an armored truck on a Tigris River bridge & emptied the truck’s heavy machine gun into neighborhoods on twith no discernible targets.” “Platoon members said he spent much of his time in a hidden perch with a sniper rifle, firing three or four times as often as other platoon snipers. They said he boasted about the number of people he had killed, including women.” “Two other snipers said, the chief shot an unarmed man in a white robe with a wispy white beard. They said the man fell, a red blotch spreading on his back.” “Gallagher ordered a hatchet & a hunting knife” before 2017 deployment. He texted the man who made them (a Navy Seal veteran) shortly after arriving in Iraq: “I’ll try and dig that knife or hatchet on someone’s skull!” May 2017, a SEAL medic was treating a wounded 15 y/o Islamic State fighter. “He’s mine,” Gallagher said. “Gallagher walked up without a word and stabbed the wounded teenager several times in the neck and once in the chest with his hunting knife, killing him.” He didn’t even try to hide the murder of the 15 y/o. He brought other seals around minutes later & took a photo over the body. Later, he texted the photo to a fellow SEAL in California: “Good story behind this, got him with my hunting knife.” Platoon members tried time & time again to report about what he was doing. Praying that higher ups would do something. They were told to “decompress.” After he stabbed the 15 y/o: “SEALs called a platoon meeting & discussed how to keep the chief away from anyone he could harm.” SEAL team 7 members filed formal complaints & called for an investigation about the “shocking acts” they had seen their chief commit. Instead of investigating, platoon members were warned “that speaking out could cost them and others their careers.” Gallagher for his part, didn’t like all the snitching going on. Texts: “I just got word these guys went crying to the wrong person. The only thing we can do as good team guys is pass the word on those traitors. They are not brothers at all.” This is the kind of guy Trump has sympathy for. And will likely pardon. A war criminal, who mass murdered Muslim people. Killed w/ pride, hatred & zero remorse. Brazenly gloated about it. And then […]
Pastor David Barnhart of St. Junia United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, delivered a powerful sermon on Facebook last June to the generation of vipers and hypocrites who are passing forced birthing legislation there and across the nation. It is worth revisiting: “They are, in short, the perfect people to love if you want to claim you love Jesus but actually dislike people who breathe.” Truer word were never spoken. Thank you, Pastor Dave. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
To say Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is upset about Republican efforts to craft an anti-choice bill that will wind its way through the courts to deliver a fatal blow to Roe v. Wade before the Supremes would be a gross understatement. She is righteously pissed…. …”a creepy theological order led by a mad king.” I’m quite sure I’ve never read a more succinct, accurate description of the GOP in the age of Trump. Kudos to AOC for crafting the Tweet of the Week. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
Ibiza is an Island in the Balearic chain off the coast of Western Spain, that has long had a reputation for hedonism, expensive mai tais, casual sand sex and binge drinking. A party destination for the youth set, sort of like Europe’s answer to Cozumel, only pricier. Tucker Carlson knows this, being an heir to the Swanson Food fortune, whose own biological mother left him with his father at age the tender age of six to pursue what Wikipedia euphemistically calls “a Bohemian lifestyle.” Make of that what you will. Although Tucker probably has extensive knowledge of Ibzia, I doubt his core audience does, so he probably set off a mad run on the Google Machine with this mini rant on abortion on his show. Yes, yes Tucker, women are showing up desperate to Planned Parenthood to endure abortion so they can fit into their bikinis for the summer season at Ibzia. Is that where mommy went, sad boy? What a malicious, lying little shit you are. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
(Above – ‘Rudy say what?’) Bloomberg “Ukraine’s prosecutor general said in an interview that he had no evidence of wrongdoing by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden or his son, despite a swirl of allegations by President Donald Trump’s lawyer. The controversy stems from diplomatic actions by Biden while his son, Hunter Biden, sat on the board of Burisma Group, one of the country’s biggest private gas companies. As vice president, Biden pursued an anti-corruption policy in Ukraine in 2016 that included a call for the resignation of the country’s top prosecutor who had previously investigated Burisma… The prosecutor laid out a more detailed explanation about what was under investigation by his office after a flurry of diverging reports. While the prosecutor’s office hasn’t reopened a case against Burisma, it is pursuing information about the company’s owner in connection with a long-running criminal investigation of another mogul who fled the country five years ago. That matter concerns a transaction unrelated to Hunter Biden, he volunteered. In recent weeks, Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, has said that Joe Biden had a conflict of interest when he pressed Ukraine’s officials to crack down on corruption. Giuliani said that Biden could have been trying to help his son’s business dealings and that Ukraine needs to investigate.” The article also reports that Ukraine is providing relevant tax information on Hunter, for Mnuchin to squint at, and comments on the early exit of Obama’s Ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, whom Don Jr. has attacked, presumably for being Obama’s Ambassador. But the bottom line is that Rudy has been blowing smoke out of his Trump-branded lower orifice. Again.
Clay Bennett, of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, published the above cartoon in 2012, warning of what would become of our country if Mitt Romney were elected with a Republican Congress to work with. With Alabama, Georgia and Ohio targeting Roe V Wade, his work is more relevant then ever…. including today’s: Past cartoons: Thanks to Clay…. for his continuing protest! You can keep up with his work here. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [cross-posted to PolitiZoom]
(Above – Jason Overstreet) Well, there but for the grace of FSM go you or I. I wonder if Twitler personally called Jack to complain. Compared to a lot of stuff, this was pretty tame. I wonder what it is about Jason that might set him off….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Update: My account has been given back after being told last night that I’d been permanently banned. I want to specifically thank @sarahkendzior, @yashar, @TJarmonWrites, @MulhollandLeda & @PamKeithFL for stepping WAY up & getting it DONE. I’ll never forget. You are amazing warriors.👊🏽🇺🇸 — Jason Overstreet (@JasonOverstreet) May 15, 2019 Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
(Above: Cartoon by Brazilian Artist Carlos Latuff) Whether bluffing to win concessions from Iran, to distract from the plethora of growing scandals threatening to engulf his Residency, or to throw red meat to his rabid base, drumpf and his minions Pompeo and Bolton are playing a dangerous game with Iran and they seem to be acknowledging that fact: Washington Post “BEIRUT — The State Department ordered all “non-emergency U.S. government employees” to leave Iraq Wednesday amid soaring tensions with Iran, which backs a network of proxies there. It said in a statement that the announcement affected both the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Baghdad, and a consulate in the northern city of Erbil. “Normal visa services at both posts will be temporarily suspended,” it said. “The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq.” The Trump administration has accused Iran of supporting “imminent attacks” on U.S. personnel in the region and spotlighted recent decisions to deploy an aircraft carrier, strategic bombers and other military assets to reinforce troops across the Middle East. Officials also say the White House is discussing a range of options for using military force against Iran.” Yesterday, the U.K.’s number two man in Iraq, Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, disputed the admin’s characterization of conditions on the ground in the region saying: “there has been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria.” The Pentagon and U.S. Central Command pushed back on Ghika, and U.S. News National Security reporter Paul D. Shrinkman thinks he knows why the military is allowing it’s doggie to be wagged: Despite what Arkansas’s Republican war-hawk Senator Tom Cotton says, conflict with Iran would not be a matter of lobbing a couple of missiles their way. Unlike Iraq, Iran has significant sea and air defenses, allied forces in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon and a close alliance with Russia, as well as the ability to choke off a significant portion of the world’s oil supply from reaching market. The State Department should be looking for ways to avoid conflict with Iran instead of shaking its fist at them at the behest of Bolton and drumpf. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
(Above: Who are you gonna believe, this guy or Major Chickenhawk Bolton?) Business Insider “The US has spent the past week and a half warning that it has credible intelligence that Iran was plotting attacks against US interests in the region. A British general with the anti-ISIS coalition in Iraq and Syria contradicted that assessment Tuesday, triggering a rebuke from the US military. “There are a range of threats to American and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria,” British Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, Operation Inherent Resolve deputy commander for stability, told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday, explaining that while Iranian-backed forces is clearly one of them, “there has been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria.” US Central Command, however, issued a statement a few hours later arguing that the general’s comments were inaccurate.” Unfortunately, U.S. Central Command is currently commanded by Private Bonespurs and Major Chickenhawk Bolton. Below is Major General Ghika’s resume. Operation Inherent Resolve “Maj Gen Christopher Ghika is the Deputy Commander-Strategy and Information (S&I) Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. Maj. Gen. Ghika was commissioned into the Irish Guards in 1993. His early service was spent in London, Canada and Northern Ireland as a Platoon Commander, Company Second in Command and Regimental Signals Officer. In 1998, he was appointed Adjutant 1st Battalion Irish Guards, and while in this post deployed with the Battalion to Macedonia and then entered Kosovo in June 1999. At the end of his time as Adjutant, he spent six months as a UN Military Observer in the civil war in Sierra Leone. He attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course from 2001-2003. After Staff College, he spent two years from 2003-2005 working on the Army staff in the Ministry of Defence before commanding a company in Germany, Canada and Iraq. He then returned to the Ministry of Defence to be the Military Assistant to the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations). In 2010, he assumed command of 1st Battalion Irish Guards and deployed for six months to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. In 2012-13, he worked in in the Army Headquarters and attended the Higher Command and Staff Course. The following year he was appointed to be Deputy Commander of the 1st (US) Infantry Division in Kansas, USA. He deployed with the Divisional HQ to Iraq for nine months as the Deputy Land Component Commander in 2015. He was appointed Head of Personnel Capability in the Army Headquarters in September 2015. He was promoted to Major General in April 2018 and takes up the post as Deputy Commander Strategy and Information of Operation Inherent Resolve from summer 2018.” I believe the guy that’s been in the sh**.
(Above: Cornell History Professor Lawrence Glickman) Cornell History Professor Lawrence Glickman uses Twitter to call for a ban on the use of the word “Washington” to smear Democrats by lumping them in with the intentionally bad governing practices of the GOP. Appropriately he uses Maggie Haberman to illustrate this practice, though he could just as easy use Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell or any other of the numerous journalists who employ this method of gas-lighting the American people. (Below is the Twitter unroll of his tweets, but I’ll include his first, in case you want to peruse the comments.) “I hereby call for total and complete shutdown on the word “Washington,”which both ignores the issue of asymmetric polarization AND materially aids the GOP by serving up their chief talking point that “Washington is broken” and government is disfunctional. Washington is flirting with a financial crisis. No one has a plan to stop it – CNNPolitics https://t.co/GhMTVAJYcm Ã¢ÂÂ Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 12, 2019 The GOP has developed a remarkably blinkered conception of what governance means. Beyond tax cuts for the rich, cruelty toward the poor (especially if they are women,nonwhite, LBGTQ, or Muslim),military spending, and court packing, many members of the party disdain governing. Tea Party Rep. Raul Labrador spoke truthfully when he used the word”governing” with air quotes. As he told @RyanLizza,“If people just want to ‘govern,’ which means bringing more government, they’re always going to choose the Democrat.” Linked New Yorker article As Labrador’s quotation suggests, the GOP has shifted from a distrust of government to a disdain for doing the actual work of governing.Michael Lewis’s book, “The Fifth Risk” shows the dire consequences of this attitude, by examining how the Trump administration runs things. Employing the word “Washington” rather than naming the Republican Party,creates a “both sides do it,” style of reporting that helps the GOP whose goal is to create maximum cynicism about the ability of government to accomplish anything constructive. The linked @CNN article,discussing the “hard consequences” of failing to agree on a budget says, “Democrats would have to accept equally painful cuts to domestic programs, which have long been their top priority in talks.” BTW, the “painful cut” the GOP would have to make, according to this article, is in defense spending, an area where spending has been huge. Why do Democrats “have to accept equally painful cuts to domestic programs”? Because this fits with the symmetrical narrative. The piece notes,” The talks are playing out in the wake of Trump’s tax reform, which increased the deficit.” Rather than report that Dems “have to” accept “painful cuts, ” as if there were no alternative, another angle of reporting on this would be to highlight GOP hypocrisy. So please @CNN and other media outlets, let’s have a moratorium on the word “Washington,” which is often used imprecisely and not only shifts blame from the GOP but actually amplifies their message. It is not a neutral phrase but a partisan one. Rather than the headline “Washington Is Flirting With a Debt Crisis,” how about, “GOP Tax Cuts and Demands for Military Spending Make Debt Crisis Likely.” Rather than a misleading frame that serves the interests of the GOP, make it one that accurately assesses the situation. I will also include this link to the Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big […]