August 4th, 2014
Monday Morning News Summaries
Just an FYI from me.....I always get up and scan the posts and the news to get somewhat up to date.....I can see this morning the news medias are still attempting to catch up to things.....they continue to hold tight to their "party lines" it seems.....which makes for some old news being stirred, some of the slop actually jumps over the edge of the brewing pot and gives cause to the fire crackling and popping and flaring at times. Be wary of those events and don't get too close to things as yet.
Tomorrow .. announce the names of the Commission approving the budget and set a date meeting
If you are thinking....didn't this committee get named weeks ago right after the new Speaker of the House was determined....rightfully so....one of his first actions....so the media said.....I find it especially interesting in looking for the Iraqi Parliament website...the official one....that the web tells us this account has been suspended.....as I would love to post the agenda for tomorrow's meeting here.....it will be interesting none the less what tomorrow's session will bring to us....still they talk of merging 2014 and 2015 budgets together.....one they can't agree on, the other has yet to be written...total lack of organization IMO.
Guarantees Maliki to step down collide reject political and legal
Maliki continues in the press to appear as one who is either on the run, or about to flee.....but wants assurances that he can get through the airport on his way out of Dodge.....and they want you to think the National Alliance isn't capable of deciding on a final candidate.....I'm of the opinion that both of these are smoke....it will be just a matter of time before the NA makes their announcement....maybe not publicly today...but to the Parliament/President who their candidate will be.....and I'm of the opinion that Maliki is about to mysteriously disappear for a while....meaning he will be whisked away on some Iraqi witness protection program equivalent....just expressing my opinion....M has too much at stake to stay put....his family is safely out of the country, for good reason and it isn't because they fear a "Fullerbrush Man Terrorist" knocking on their door either.....Maliki's pockets are getting so lined these days and have been lined for so many years by the US government that he looks like the Michelin Man when he walks.
The White House pledged to help Iraq to form a government partnership
The White House dances around Iraqi issues, being ever so delicate to not step on their own toes so a conflict can't be created or perceived from their words.....they claim to want to help Iraq form a new government....but will not be involved....at least on the surface in who that government will consist of at this point....but they deeply desire a continued partnership....something they actually have failed at having since the pull out of all the US troops.....so they they dangle carrots in the form of equipment, fire power, ammunition and the like and a few F-16's out in front of Iraq thinking "we are in control" of this situation....when the Iraqi's just laugh and turn the other direction to talk to Russia.
Deputy: No legal safeguards to protect al-Maliki from prosecution
Protection for Maliki....sure thing....we will give you 50 meters....ok 100 meters....1, 2, 3 go.....the Constitution doesn't speak to such safeguards....why is that....maybe because the Constitution was written by people who did not expect the widespread corruption that Maliki has created in 8 long years.....as it should be....whether charges are filed against Maliki is up to the people....Maliki wants his golden parachute with assurances that it will open for him....but he fears a pack filled with stones instead....after all what has he done to endear himself with any Iraqi citizen over the past 8 years.
Source: National Alliance blocks provided guarantees for owners
WalkingStick has done a great job of compiling a bunch of opinions regarding the future of Maliki.....from them it does appear to be politically bleak....no protection.....no support.....Iran turning their backs....US withholding support...religious sects clamoring for him to step down.....where is Maliki today.....he's discovered a new game....."Where in the World is Nouri al-Maliki" rules changing daily.
Sistani's call: replaced your candidate for prime minister
As late as today, Monday, the cleric Sistani calls upon the Dawa Party...replace your candidate....however the State of Law coalition continues to act like the Captain of the Titanic.....I will go down with my ship....doesn't matter how many leaks have sprung in the body.....we shall do the honorable thing and drown in our stupidity.
Tariq Harb: Almoisntin could be merged into one bill while retaining the independence of each budget
Merge 2014 and 2015 budgets.....how about just forgetting that 2014 ever existed.....start writing now on 2015 and get it out say in October so the new Parliament blood can vote on it and get it in place by January 2015....what a novel idea....after all you have proven that you can wander aimlessly in the dessert on a ship without a rudder for the past 8 months....what are another four months.....besides how much of the originally budgeted money still exists....remember Michelin Man's pockets they continue to bulge....just write him off, push him out the door and focus on unity going forward....there....now that wasn't so hard to fathom was it.
Telegram to the Governor of the Central Bank: Accept what the press writes
Ok Mcdan.....I saw your challenge this morning pertaining to this article....the news media is getting frustrated at the lack of response to their printed articles....their attempts at "journalism".....and they feel their efforts are falling on deaf (clay and dough) ears.....they aren't liking that Turki and flock don't respond back to them in a way that will lend credence to their "writing skills"....I put this forward from over 30 years in corporate America.....the media will never...never...never give you a fair shake with your own words....they will twist your words and attempt to "make news" in the manner in which they believe will sell the story the best.....Turki is being a good poker player IMO.....he is holding a great "pat hand" that he knows to be a winner in every sense of the way.....and this drives the media insane...IMO...they are too ignorant to realize what he holds....so what MUST they do....but fabricate something of course.....rogue journalism at its grossest effort....or Maliki controlled...your choice....not much different than journalism in the US I will add.....who is teaching who?
Baghdad: Merge Moisntin confuse the economy, contrary to the Financial Administration Act
Confuse the public.....sure thing....let's make sure we can keep them as confused as possible as to what is going on with the budget....sure we will continue to spend money in 2014....because we simply have the authority to do so....after all life goes on and even though Parliament in the past has struggled to find their way out of a wino's paper bag....must have been the intoxicating vapors from the leftover MD2020....sure thing we can just estimate how much we "should have spent" and go on about business as usual....who is to stop us....in doing so why merge 2014 with 2015....what is left of 2014 monies to consider putting into 2015.
Parliament: Parliament session for tomorrow routine and focus only on the formation of committees
Look quickly....this is an article from a member of the State of Law....I am sure that in the next few minutes the content will change in some way.....tomorrow's Parliament session....just a head down working effort as normal for them....nothing of any interest on the agenda....speaking of agenda's....where the heck are you hiding that?.....as for a SOL member stating what the agenda for tomorrow will bring....well I have some beach front property in North Dakota for sale too.
Economists: the excesses of private banks to sell the dollar on the black market harms the national economy
This little old man and his bride walks into a bank, not a mainline bank...but still a bank....they look around, then move to teller number 3....as they have been instructed.....they push across pristine new passports and a bag of old and torn/worn IQD's....we wish to exchange for USD they say....my wife is going to the US to study to be a Prime Minister you see....me?....oh I go with her to study finance to handle all the money that will pad her pockets....so USD please.....black market...what is that? Some people will go to great lengths when times get tough.
Leadership coalition of al-Maliki: the Strategic Framework Agreement with Washington "actually stopped"
SOFA....sure we bought a new deluxe model.....but what we received....it isn't the model promised us back in 2008....see we were supposed to get excellent customer service with this sofa....but that has died on the vine ever since....well we were taught to be polite and not point fingers at someone like that....so we've sort of been window shopping since then....after all, we can take vacations too....and we have been introduced to some fine objects that seem to meet our needs very well, even though we don't fully understand the operating instructions.....so.....is there a chance we could return this sofa thing....we still have the receipt.
Iraq’s Oil: A Factor for Unity or Division?
Don't forget that we have a media to run....says the editor....we need to sell stories....I know this "oil thing" has been around the block so much it no longer has tread...but put it back out there again to fill in the dark holes.....Iraq has mucho oil....the world knows that....what the world is also learning is the capabilities of the Kurds to do with their own oil as they please....something that is not so pleasing to Baghdad....Baghdad wants the cake, the pie, the cobbler, and the ice cream too....sure here are a couple of forks....Kurds you may lick them clean.....we have unity when it comes to oil.....it is all Baghdads....not matter who expends the efforts to find it....suck it out of the ground and even pipeline it....no one....not anyone can be as greedy as Baghdad when it comes to oil...just ask them....meanwhile the US is saying....one thing publicly....sure we put no restrictions on the sale of Kurd oil itself....but lo those who attempt to buy....we will and do put sanctions upon you and yours.....heck the US almost....almost got the Kurd oil in the US so it could be impounded and credit given to....you guessed it....Baghdad.....save for a sharp ship's captain though the oil was saved and sits in floating storage looking for other buyers....sure there is unity abounding in Baghdad....their way or the highway....isn't that how unity is built.
Kurdistan to Washington officially: Don't thank us, supply Kurdish Peshmerge army with weapons
We all know and recognize that talk is cheap.....that our government does much of that...talk...talk. talk....the Kurds are getting smart at this international chess board...and are now saying....ok, shut up already and just give us weapons, equipment and ammunition to fight the terrorists with...your thanks do not put beans on the table...enough talk.
Liberals: Jubouri asked infallible considered the biggest bloc, the National Alliance, and asked to form government
The Liberal bloc is being quoted as saying that if the State of Law is allowed to put its candidate Maliki forward tomorrow, it will be the biggest loser....well perhaps Maliki would be the biggest loser if his pockets are cleaned out.....the Liberal bloc recognizes the lack of support that Maliki has and also sees the National Alliance without Maliki as the biggest bloc who should be naming the PM position.....again we hear that new buzz word coming forward....unity....WOW this is Iraq after all....unity....time will tell.
Retirees in Kurdistan demanding facilitating the distribution of salaries across the smart card
Kurd retirees are demanding they be paid via the smart card.....they are no dummies....they can recognize a good thing when they see it....after all they have years of experience with not so good things.
Turkish officials: resume pumping oil to Iraqi Kurdistan port of Ceyhan
A sixth tanker....yes number 6 is on the high seas with Kurd oil in its holds....260,000 barrels of crude this time....about a quarter of a normal shipment when compared to the first 5 tankers.....no report of any buyers at this point....maybe just a three hour tour.
Transparency Initiative: Iraq is ranked among the advanced countries in the fight against corruption
Iraq is ranked highly by the National Transparency Initiative....really....this stems from their global war on financial and administrative corruption.....well....makes me wonder.....where someone else must rank then.....looking toward the bottom of the list.
Well what a representation of junk for this morning.....a comedy of news at best.