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John Chuckman



This is very sorry propaganda, and I am sorry to have to say so.

No one is coming to your rescue?

The Syrian Army and Russia are for sure, but they can’t work miracles.

And who is responsible for this horror – absolute horror – in the beautiful country of Syria? The same country which exploited the recent cease-fire to re-supply terrorists and add to their ranks. Russian intelligence has given us hard numbers for what America was busy doing during the recent “cease fire.” It includes about 7,000 new terrorists inserted and tons of weapons supplied.

The United States and Israel and Saudi Arabia and Turkey, plus other “willing helpers” in the filthy work such as Oman (money for terrorists and weapons), Britain (weapons and other assistance), and France (weapons and other assistance).

I should also mention an important country like Germany which has never raised its voice against the atrocious American policy, thinking only it is doing some good accepting large numbers of refugees America and its assistants have created, in the process hurting its own people. It has been an absolute abdication of responsibility by a major country.

And week-in and week-out for years, newspapers like The Guardian’s only response has been articles like this. That’s not progressive, that’s not liberal, it’s a sham concern for what was a completely preventable set of events.

America’s rampage through the Middle East – in Syria using proxies rather than sending in “the boyz” – is the greatest moral and ethical shame of our time.

John Chuckman



“Fairness and balance falters before Trump in the US media”

You have that much right.

But look to the publication you’re running in as well as other British papers such as The Independent.

Bias, bias, bias, everywhere in the press about Trump. So overwhelming, it’s almost beyond endurance for a fair-minded person.

I am one of those people who regard fairness and facts as the mother’s milk of civilization. And I see and hear them nowhere.

It would be fine if there were genuinely negative things about Trump to report, but it is not fine to literally manufacture stuff daily, some of it close to lunacy as one writer in The Guardian writing that Trump was “too un-American.”

At the same time, Hillary Clinton’s acts before our eyes are appalling, such as vote fraud and voter suppression against Bernie Sanders or groveling for money from the most terrible special interests, and the establishment press doesn’t even mention them.

Her history is even more appalling, but you would only know about it if you read independent-minded people and publications on the Internet, judging as the great I.F. Stone advocated by comparing critically, effectively cross-examining resources, and approaching something resembling the truth.

And then we have the outright prejudiced attacks, as in the witch hunt over non-existant anti-Semitism and Jeremy Corbyn – likely qualifying, in my view, as the most disgraceful “yellow journalism” I’ve ever seen outside the old USSR or America’s old Hearst papers.

Maybe, it all derives from the press treatment of, and involvement with, the Neocon Wars, a terrible trail of blood which has not once been honestly reported on by the mainline press, cozying up to ugly American government policy and working to give it a benign face.

Well, there is nothing benign about killing maybe two million people, destroying several societies, and sending millions running for their lives as refugees, and in the end threatening the very stability of Europe.

I suspect the common thread in the treatment of Corbyn and Trump is to be found there. Whether left or right, they are not people to just carry on with the slaughter, smiling as Obama does.

And the other side of the coin is that Hillary exactly and precisely the person to carry on with the slaughter. The insiders and establishment love her, so the press doggedly embraces and defends her.

Well, in the end, you are either a journalist or a propagandist, a legitimate news publication or an insider’s house organ.

You cannot have it both ways.

The press, both in Britain and America, is absolutely squandering any reserves of goodwill and trust with the public, just as our political establishment has already done.


Response to another reader’s comment:

But we do not have a true democracy, either in Britain or in America.

It’s been clear for years, but recent events are branding it into our brains.


Response to another reader’s comment:

 BBC was torn apart by Tony Blair for even daring to suggest some truths about events around the invasion of Iraq.

It has never recovered, and I believe government will not allow it to do so.


Response to another reader’s comment:

In a democracy, there are no bad decisions, so long as they are arrived at democratically.

Your very way of putting things points to an underlying belief in authority and deciding right and wrong.

That’s religion, not politics, and certainly not democratic politics.

And sadly, it is the prevailing view of the establishment and its press.

John Chuckman



“Anti-Semitism At The 2016 Olympics Is Completely Out Of Control”


That is a completely misleading headline.

Anti-Semitism is a form of prejudice, actually a form of superstition, not unlike fear of black cats.

Objecting to a country’s atrocious and law-breaking behavior is not prejudice.

Objecting to murder, theft, and abuse has nothing to do with superstition.

Objecting to such behavior is about disturbing facts and one’s ethical response to them.

It is quite tiresome to see this false equality perpetuated yet again.

Of course, it is always indicative of an extreme and thoughtless bias towards Israel in the media using it, and that prejudice is the only one involved in all cases of labeling critics of Israel as anti-Semitic.



John Chuckman



“Donald Trump’s Achilles heel is that he is truly un-American”


Well, you would have a very hard time coming up with a more ridiculous accusation than that, Jonathan Freedland.

This suggests that you really have scraped the bottom of the barrel in coming up with new accusations to hurl at him.

Truly, this is pure cloud-cuckoo-land, or as they’d more likely say in America, crap.

Trump is as American as it gets, and you may take that from someone who grew up there and lived there a significant portion of his life.

The man made a huge fortune with hard-nosed deals and determination.

He puts his names on buildings in many cities, the kind of brash self-advertising Americans know and appreciate.

He is loud-mouthed and opinionated, as are so very many of his countrymen.

He displays a rather intense degree of patriotism, which in America is the official civic religion.

Whether you agree with him or not, he communicates deep sincerity in what he says, again a not-uncommon American trait.

And he really is concerned about what America has been doing in the world, as are so many Americans.

Going by recent academic analysis and my own sense of all the vote fraud and suppression and National Committee favoritism, Bernie Sanders actually won the Democratic primaries.

So I do think the American voter has already spoken, as it were.

Hillary is the most corrupt person I can recall ever running, and Americans don’t like corruption when it is so obvious that there’s a smell in the room.

Attendance at her rallies is small and polls of trust always show her ranking low, despite the immense efforts of the establishment press to sell her brand, just as you are doing here.

And there is every reason to suspect recent published polls by news organizations have been tweaked, a very easy thing to do, polling being as much art as science.

Further, Trump’s economic policies will appeal strongly to many working-class Americans. In some ways, they very much resemble what you’d see from a Democrat in the 1960s.

Together with the Bernie supporters, furious at being cheated, plus his own special constituency, he is going to win and win big.


Response to another reader’s comment:

Foolish comment. You select the trivial on which to comment, and then you are wrong in fact.

It IS Trump’s hair.

He had a hair transplant years ago as his hair went thin.

However, hair transplants only give you a new hairline, most recipients choosing to fill in behind with a special toupee. Trump prefers to grow his long and comb it back.

A hairpiece behind is what Joe Biden does, who, by the way, also had a transplant decades ago.

John Chuckman



Anyone familiar with American “think tanks” knows how to regard this assessment.

Think tanks in America, virtually all funded by billionaires or with covert CIA funds, serve a couple of purposes.

They are places to give positions to individuals who have served the establishment’s cause well, kind of pseudo-university campuses where such people can be appointed as “Senior Fellow” or “Distinguished Something or Other,” in an effort to boost the credibility of what they continue to write.

Virtually all American think tanks are glorified propaganda mills intended to be treated as serious, independent intellectual institutions, ones turning out academic-quality papers and analysis.

It is a good gimmick or a number of American billionaires and the CIA (undoubtedly through covert channels, not directly) would stop funding them.

Newspapers and magazines often quote from their publications since its free seemingly-high quality material obtained for free. So too television commentators.

Thus think tanks are, and I think this applies to virtually all of them, a portion of what a former CIA propaganda expert described years ago his “mighty Wurlitzer Organ,” at which, he explained, he would sit and bang on the keys “to get a story out there” – that is, out there in the legitimate press where it passed for real information.

The Turkey-Russia rapprochement is one of the more consequential events of recent times, having the potential to be what Americans call “a game changer.”

So, of course, Stratfor’s assignment is to minimize the public impact of these events. It is also to magically alter the perception of American intelligence in this case from the blunderers they surely are to ultra-clever heroes – all absolute rubbish.




John Chuckman



“Hillary Clinton ‘made a mistake’ over email server – her husband says”

What a creep Bill Clinton is, trying to seem he’s making an honest confession while just boldly lying.

A years-long mistake?

At the highest level?

And a mistake made and stubbornly maintained in the face of inside expert advice against it?

That brings a whole new meaning to the word “mistake’ surely.

This pair so suit one another. There isn’t an honest bone in either of their creepy bodies.

John Chuckman



Clearly, he was being sarcastic in using the word “founder.”

One shouldn’t even have to remind the presumably intelligent people creating a newspaper.

But sarcasm is only effective when it revolves around a truth.

And what is very much the truth here is that Hillary and Obama were up to their armpits with ISIS.

And so, to a lesser extent, was David Cameron, always the slavishly loyal supporter of America’s dark and murderous policies.

It always struck me as bitterly funny when someone like Cameron would rise to express his horror at the publicity stunts of this scum whose entire purpose was: one, to drive out the previous leader of Iraq, someone the US (and Israel) hated; and, two, to topple Assad, someone the US (and Israel) also hate.

They succeeded in their first objective, their bloody public excesses so scaring the leader of Iraq he fled office. Up to that point, ISIS could easily have been stopped and crushed by Iraqi tanks versus ISIS’s Japanese pick-up trucks, but no one ever tried, and there’s a good reason for that.

Iraq’s Army running from ISIS, as it did, leaving behind tanks and artillery, was a planned stunt to equip ISIS, the Iraqi forces being secretly paid off with cash from Saudi Arabia and Oman (both ISIS supporters).

So, after making Iraq’s unwanted leader run, ISIS could re-turn to Syria with a serious challenge, not just Japanese pick-up trucks and AK-47s, plus the psychological force of having toppled a government.

But the huge adverse publicity their stage play of beheadings and other atrocities generated caused folks like Cameron and Obama to state their distaste, and they started token, phony air wars against ISIS, much of which actually supported them vis-a-vis Syria, as by destroying infrastructure.

ISIS simply grew beyond control, as tends to happen when you employ mercenary scum and insane fanatics and supply them with serious weapons.

Now, the US really is engaged in a limited fight against them, at least in Iraq and perhaps parts of Syria.

But they have no interest in eliminating ISIS and its scum allies like al-Nusra because they continue to work towards the objective of eliminating Assad’s legitimate government.

Otherwise, the U.S. would fully cooperate with the Russians in Syria by giving them intelligence for their genuine and effective bombing campaign, something which Obama’s government steadfastly has refused to do behind the scenes.


John Chuckman



“How did the Labour Party get to its worst state in 85 years?”

 The answer is simple.

Tony Blair and his acolytes.

And the press, especially The Guardian and The Independent, with full-time campaigns against Corbyn from his first day as leader.

Labour – with all the great stupidities and errors of David Cameron – was going to be in a strong position either to win or at least finish strongly.

But the establishment was having none of that, and it has now reduced the Labour Party to a shambles.

The press played an important part in the whole dirty business, especially with that hideous witch hunt for non-existent anti-Semitism that was relentlessly carried on for a long time.

Now, it has been giving plenty of publicity to Corbyn’s several mediocre opponents, building them up as something they are not. And it never misses a trivial story that can make a negative headline with Corbyn’s name in it.

And now, daily, they play the same nasty, calculated game with Trump, another anti-establishment figure of considerable popularity.

Does any naive person still believe we have a free and fair press or that impartial journalism is alive and well?

John Chuckman



Wow, what a big deal, Trump forgot the day of the week on this grueling effort of rallies and appearances across a 3000-mile wide country.

Sure deserves international coverage.

You never cover the many embarrassing behaviors of Hillary, perhaps revealing of serious health problems.

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John Chuckman



The press keeps running a complete non-story about Trump talking about assassination. He never did, but here are some charmers who did just that or offered equally graceless words. Well, what do you know, they are all Democrats.

Incidentally, many also ran a totally fabricated follow-up story, fabricated by that icon of quality journalism, CNN, that the Secret Service talked to the Trump people. They never did.


John Chuckman



Gee, I guess that’s fifty votes Trump won’t get.

Meanwhile, I guarantee that many Independents and disillusioned Democrats are going to vote Trump.

All you are conforming is that this election is not one where left and right or Republican and Democrat matter anymore.

The new division is pro-and anti-establishment. Indeed, the old parties may well be in the process of dying. Certainly the Republicans are.

These signatories are a collection of some of the establishment’s best old loyal servants.

Hillary is who they like because she is the candidate of war and death.



John Chuckman



This is one of the most important diplomatic revolutions of our time.

And Putin – without question, the finest statesman of our time – is responsible for it.

I do not like Mr Erdogan, but he is legitimate leader of his country and must be dealt with.

It is rather amusing to see American plans in the region begin to crumble, but these plans were always aggressive and destabilizing.

The assault, through proxies, of Syria is one of the genuine war crimes of our day.

Well, I think the Americans just lost their key regional partner in that dirty business.

There can be little doubt of American complicity in the coup. After all, the NSA has the best electromagnetic spying resources in the world, and Washington made no effort to warn or assist Erdogan.

Putin did, his security forces having picked up helicopter chatter of some conspirators.

Seems like the old boys at the CIA just can’t run a good coup anymore.

The one in Ukraine was also a disaster.

Perhaps it’s because they are trying to run just too many of them and in large, complicated countries.

John Chuckman



Just a lovely human being, altogether, is our Michael Morell, advocate for murder in Syria and for Hillary Clinton in America.

It is amazing that there is no shame in talking about such things in America today, as this man did on a television interview show.

I have always maintained that America – and I grew up there – is an exceptionally violent society, but in the last 15 years it has bubbled to the top, so to speak, in international affairs.

A whole terrible trail of wars, a formal system of extrajudicial killing, open talk of removing leaders, and many stupid coups.

And the smiling man with the baritone voice who was mistakenly given a Peace Prize happily presides over all of it, looking for all the world like a grinning boy.

And, of course the smiling boy’s choice to succeed him, as well as the choice of this filthy-mouthed killer from CIA, is Hillary Clinton.

She is, without exception, the most corrupt and bloody candidate ever to run.

We can only hope some reason prevails with Donald Trump, a man who makes some mistakes with his mouth but whose basic drives and instincts are fairly clear and reasonable.

John Chuckman



Well, Erdogan’s wish is Turkey’s command.

While I totally oppose the death penalty, it is simply a fact that it remains common in much of the world, and especially in matters such as coups and treason. Those attempting to overthrow a government always take that risk.

And, of course, the United States, hardly a semi-backward place like Turkey, uses the death penalty regularly for many crimes.

And I guarantee the United States would use it for this kind of matter. It cannot be doubted.

So, I am not sure this is a remarkable development in Turkey.

Of course, Europe, in its concern over the death penalty, might long ago have said or done something about America’s murderous policies in Syria, Libya, Iraq, and other places, where it has slaughtered perhaps two million.

And I do think extrajudicial killing by drones and missiles even more repulsive than a judicially-governed death penalty.

Please remember that the next time you see an image of Obama’s big smile or hear his baritone voice addressing some concept or other of justice or democracy.

John Chuckman



“Donald Trump is not a messiah, he’s a very naughty four-year-old boy – and that’s how Hillary should treat him”

Mr Norman exceeds his past journalistic achievements here, and I think by a remarkable measure.

No one, absolutely no one, has ever referred to Mr Trump as “a messiah.”

Now, I’m sure Mr Norman, in his lucid moments, knows that, but he just couldn’t resist using a ridiculous word which sets up both a straw-man argument and serves as a cheap put-down.

Ever hear of dealing with issues, Mr Norman?

And while we’re speaking of issues (me) and naughtiness (you), how about the horrible record of this grim woman?

She almost certainly is the most corrupt person ever to run for the American presidency.

And she has spent her entire career supporting and promoting bloodshed.

She even managed some it herself while Secretary of State, and wasn’t that a happy result at Benghazi?

Of course, what Benghazi was really about, and why she never likes to speak of it, was a covert program to collect weapons and recruit scum to be sent to Turkey for transshipment into Syria.

She botched that event, getting an ambassador murdered, but she kept right on with the program of death and destruction.

Her purpose in Syria? To topple a legitimate and fairly decent government in a peaceful country, in the process killing 300,000 people so far and sending millions running for their lives as refugees, almost de-stabilizing Europe.

That’s quite an achievement, don’t you think, Mr Norman?

And yours is quite a humane perspective: a few gaffs are appalling, but a human bloodbath isn’t even to be discussed.

Hillary is the candidate of death, and you are a fervent supporter.

John Chuckman



Well, you are entitled to do silly things in America.

It is one of the few freedoms left undamaged.

Of course, what the money backing this clown hopes is that he’ll take a big enough sliver of conservative vote from Trump to hurt him vis-a-vis Clinton.

Not a chance. Trump has a genuine message, not just a “I wanna be President” refrain.

Plus, and this is important, I think we all will be surprised by the number of Democrats and Independents voting for Trump.

This announcement of a new tactic does signal some apprehension over in the ranks of grim Hillary’s supporters I think.

The major media in America have clearly been tweaking their polls lately to give Hillary a semblance of winning. It’s a very easy thing to do by slightly changing a word in a question or changing the category divisions.

That may sound extreme to some, but just look at your own British papers virtually daily manufacturing stories to attack Trump.

The people backing Hillary have huge resources at their disposal, and they have what they regard as a solemn cause in remaking the entire face of a major region of the world, no matter how many deaths are involved.

McMullin’s CIA connection stands out here rather strongly. These are the folks engineering the deaths of so many. They are in charge of the drone extrajudicial-killing program for example. And they play a big role in all the death in Syria and Libya and Iraq, and, interestingly, they support Hillary.


Response to another reader comment about independent candidates often running:

 This is true. Folks like Harold Stassen, the Vegetarian Party, the Green Party, and many other mavericks run.

However, it is extremely difficult to get on the ballots in all fifty states. The system is designed that way by and for the existing political duopoly.

With this clown’s connections, though, he may just mysteriously appear.

John Chuckman



Election fraud has been a reality in America all of my lifetime.

And I’m sorry to say, but Democrats have featured large in it.

Lyndon Johnson’s first congressional election in Texas is documented as fraudulent.

John Kennedy only was elected by Mayor Daley’s ‘boys” in Chicago working into the wee hours to see how the returns came in from Republican downstate Illinois so they could know how many Chicago votes they needed to generate to offset them.

Lyndon Johnson, lifetime crooked politician, also gave them Texas, which was the job expected of him as VP candidate.

As recently as 2000, we had large-scale fraud in Florida under Jeb Bush and in a couple of other states. Even with the fraud, George Bush was elected with far fewer total votes than Gore, owing to the peculiar and deliberately anti-democratic Electoral College set up by those non-believers in democracy, The Founding Fathers.

There are many, many such stories.

But I have to say, in my adult lifetime, I’ve not seen such blatant ballot fraud and voter suppression as happened in Hillary’s campaign. Voter suppression – sending people to the wrong place or other fraternity-boy dirty tricks – seems to be growing in popularity.

Her record against Bernie in the primaries represents the most corrupt effort ever, and I’m not even thinking of the Wasserman interference at the DNC which only added to the whole thing.

At least a million ballots were destroyed in California and went uncounted.

Hundreds of thousands of likely Bernie supporters were removed from the registration rolls and unable to vote in New York when they showed up.

Voters in Arizona were sent to the wrong place and at some polling stations there were no ballots for people waiting to vote.

The early Caucus in Iowa, desperately needed by Hillary with her defeat in New Hampshire’s primary, was highly irregular according to many witnesses.

In the Nevada caucus, fist fights almost broke out over the irregularities.

There are no formal remedies for most of these abuses in the United States, except of course for law suits which take a long time. Nevertheless, law suits have been started over Hillary’s “victory,” but it’s not possible to “unelect” someone sitting in high office, so the remedies available to those bringing suits are doubtful.

An academic’s statistical study of the 2016 primaries recently concluded that it was most likely Bernie actually won the vote, but we all see the results. Cheating works in America, and, judging by 2016, it is prospering.

Many outside the United States do not realize that voting procedures and rules and scrutiny for even national candidates are the responsibility of the individual states. So you have fifty sets of rules and at least fifty ways rules can be bent by local interests.

Also there are fifty sets of rules for even getting a name on the ballots for a national election, and these usually reflect much long-time local crafty party trickery and manipulation.

Another thing many outside America do not appreciate is that there is absolutely no federal agency in America to oversee elections or to insure fairness and uniformity in local voting. And that applies to the actual elections. As far as the primaries go, the things which can determine who will run in the actual election, they are understood as internal matters of a political party.

It is all a chaotic situation and easy to take advantage of, as Hillary’s people very much have done.

The whole thing is rather a joke, but those who’ve seriously studied American history know that country is only nominally democratic, even without the vote fraud.

John Chuckman



Press freedom?

Pretty much self-congratulatory and self-serving stuff.

Just where do you see that? While the press in Britain and America is free of obvious government restraint, the situation really is almost a technicality.

The interests, largely corporate, which own or manage every newspaper, including this one, are completely loyal to government and its major interests. You will not find an exception.

And why is that? Because you could not run a newspaper without government contacts, government leaks and favors and other cooperation plus advertising from corporate interests who would never patronize newspapers which worked against government policy. Plus, there are the always-present special interests at work on the owners and/or managers.

A very wise man once said that only way to have freedom of the press was to own one, and he was completely right.


An added thought.

Do you reckon it was press freedom that was going after Jeremy Corbyn’s jugular for months? And still works actively towards his demise today, though somewhat less viciously than earlier?

Was it press freedom that didn’t tell the public of Tony Blair’s many lies and distortions?

Or that today is it press freedom that works around the clock trying to sell grim Hillary, the most corrupt candidate for American President in memory, but who is is the clear choice of the American establishment and the war-mongering neocons who so influence it today?

John Chuckman



Please, as Americans used to say, this story is phonier than a three-dollar bill.

This man is doing precisely what CIA people (even former ones who like to keep their pensions and benefits flowing) always, always do: he is deliberately spreading disinformation about matters with which CIA is involved.

I’m sorry The Independent judges it as worthy of repeating. In doing so, The Independent just becomes part of what another former CIA agent once truthfully termed, with great glee, the keys of his mighty Wurlitzer Organ at which he regularly sat to “put stories out there.”

In some genuine news today, Donald Trump made the following statement.

“Hillary Clinton and President Obama bear the direct responsibility of destabilizing the Middle East, having let ISIS take firm hold in Iraq, Libya and Syria, not to mention their allowing Americans to be slaughtered at Benghazi.”

There were no truer words spoken anywhere in weeks.

The very fact that Trump understands this and is willing to address it is why he is so hated by the American establishment and its servants, the press, including pretty clearly the British press.

The American establishment has been married to the neo-con wars for 15 years.

Something on the order of 2 million having been killed in this vicious rampage – Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and others – and many, many millions driven from their homes to become refugees.

It is directly responsible for what we call international terror, as young men – as young men everywhere always do when confronted by such hideous events against their own kind – fight to defend or to seek revenge.

And it is directly responsible for the ruined lives of refugees and the near-destabilization of Europe.

This is, in fact, the great horror story of the decade, and the mainline press pretty well ignores it except for reprinting uninformative Pentagon or CIA press releases.

And Hillary Clinton, quite active in a good deal of this bloodshed, is the candidate of the American establishment and its neo-con advocates for war and extrajudicial killing because she is ready and willing to carry right on.

John Chuckman



Clinton says that Trump ‘appealing to the most ugly impulses in our society’

Pretty ridiculous statement when you consider Hillary is the blood-drenched neo-cons’ official candidate.

In some genuine news today, Donald Trump made the following statement.

“Hillary Clinton and President Obama bear the direct responsibility of destabilizing the Middle East, having let ISIS take firm hold in Iraq, Libya and Syria, not to mention their allowing Americans to be slaughtered at Benghazi.”

There were no truer words spoken anywhere in weeks.

The very fact that Trump understands this and is willing to address it is why he is so hated by the American establishment and its servants, the press, including pretty clearly the British press.

The American establishment has been married to the neo-con wars for 15 years.

Something on the order of 2 million having been killed in this vicious rampage – Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and others – and many, many millions driven from their homes to become refugees.

It is directly responsible for what we call international terror, as young men – as young men everywhere always do when confronted by such hideous events against their own kind – fight to defend or to seek revenge.

And it is directly responsible for the ruined lives of refugees and the near-destabilization of Europe.

This is, in fact, the great horror story of the decade, and the mainline press pretty well ignores it except for reprinting uninformative Pentagon or CIA press releases.

And Hillary Clinton, quite active in a good deal of this bloodshed, is the candidate of the American establishment and its neo-con advocates for war and extrajudicial killing because she is ready and willing to carry right on.


Response to another reader’s comment:

Good point.

She also has a number of other real failures in her background, indicating maybe she’s not quite as sharp as she and her friends think she is.

She failed her bar exam, later moving to Arkansas to pass what was likely an easier one in a rural place.

She was fired with cause in her first significant job as a Watergate staffer, the man who fired her still keeps his note book recording the details from the time.

And of course there is a long list of other Hillary behaviors involving lying and unethical conduct.

John Chuckman



“Widespread media coverage contributing to rise in mass shootings”

I do think there is some truth in that.

It works much like advertising, or political propaganda in the newspapers, with constant or regular repetition and references.

Only here the people being reached are people who are ill and already have dark thoughts.


Response to another reader’s comment:

 The word evil is just a religious term, adding no understanding, to label with disapproval what are simply some part of the range of expected human behaviors.

Every human population has a naturally-occurring probability of including some killers, just as it does some child molesters, the seriously depressed, the schizophrenic, and many, many other terrible human conditions.

This is what we see with other organs and limbs – some frequency of their being inoperable or sick or badly shaped – and the most complex organ of all, the brain, is not a whit different.

John Chuckman



This literally is an article which might have been cut-and-pasted together by a class of giggling fourteen year-olds.

What do the editors at The Independent do each day, sit around trying to imagine new ways of attacking Trump and then getting some junior staffer to search the Internet for names and places?

In addition to your silly, deliberately provocative recitation of all those genuinely controversial figures such as the leader of North Korea, you throw in, for good measure, the most rational leader of our time and its outstanding statesman, Putin. Pure Cold War trash propaganda.

Besides the phony aura of evil you attempt to create, you are just wrong in fact – Putin has never endorsed Trump, only made a small reasonable comment about him.

John Chuckman



Could someone please explain why a self-styled progressive paper runs a big item at the top of the page about John McCain, that is, other than its containing an attack on Trump?

The shabby controversies of this man’s life are too many to recite, but they start with a long reputation as a nasty brat, not quite bright enough to make it on his own, who always used the fact that both his father and grandfather were senior admirals to intimidate people above him in school and in the service, and they extend to the testimony of fellow prisoners in Vietnam that he talked to his captors, who were well aware of his father’s identity, and definitely received special treatment from them.

There’s also the lovely story of his return from Vietnam to find his poor wife had been disfigured in a car accident. He promptly divorced her and married Cindy, a woman worth several hundred million.

Now, Cindy, as it turned out, in her rich matron charitable work was a drug addict (all on the public record) who stole drugs from her charity. She was caught and faced serious penalties, but the moralistic Mr McCain intervened and got her off with a slap on the wrist. But of course he has always favored the most brutal measures for those found using or dealing drugs.

McCain’s life was saved by a poor Vietnamese peasant who pulled him out of the lake where his plane crashed after being shot down while bombing civilian targets around Hanoi. While McCain thanked the man with words, this rich brat never did a thing to improve the life of the man who saved his.

These are just a few of the many stories found in John McCain’s life. Of course, everyone surely knows of his corrupt taking of money from the corrupt president of a financial institution who himself went to prison.

And I’m pretty sure everyone knows about his many intrusions into American foreign policy, always of course on the side of war and aggression.

By the way, it is easy enough to find on the Internet a photo of Mr. McCain with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of ISIS, and some of his associates. We don’t know what he was doing, but we can be sure it dirty stuff.

So this man is simply an outstanding witness to speak against Trump, isn’t he?

Nothing but the most extreme bias against Trump explains this article being in The Guardian. The bias really does concern, I am sure, Trump’s refreshing views on world affairs and America’s endless wars. Because The Guardian’s editorials and several of its featured columnists defend that kind of neo-con activity all the time and the paper still worships the ground on which war criminal, Tony Blair, walks. And that is the arena, neo-con wars, in which John McCain is up to his armpits, American imperialist extraordinary.

John Chuckman



Well, I do think analysis of the situation at The Guardian is a little behind.

At least for now, the divisions Left and Right or Democratic and Republican are of greatly diminished importance in presidential politics.

What we have is a new division between pro- and anti-establishment. Ultimately, this could lead to a new party system, but who knows? The existing parties, after all, came about in just such past times of turmoil.

Trump has a strong anti-establishment streak, which is precisely the quality I like in him, and, incidentally, is precisely the quality The Guardian and other establishment papers dislike in him.

Bernie Sanders also was anti-establishment, but sadly retreated with his tale between his legs when confronted behind the scenes by Clinton’s crowd.

Reportedly this included Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, destined to become Minority Leader with the next election.

Schumer is reported to have threatened Bernie’s committee representation if he did not back off on endorsing Hillary. Committees are immensely important political platforms in the Senate, and this is the way the game of politics is played day-in, day-out behind the scenes in Washington.

In Britain, Jeremy Corbyn also has this anti-establishment streak, which is precisely why Tony Blair and his clutch of acolytes plus the establishment press hate him.

The Brexit vote was also about anti-establishment trends. David Cameron, as sound an establishment man as you’ll find, was literally too dim to understand what he was doing when he called for the referendum, which is precisely why he goes down as one of the most incompetent prime ministers ever.

I believe a great deal of the anti-establishment undercurrent has to do with how far the existing establishment has pushed things. Remember what Lord Acton said about absolute power, and I think these establishment people over some years have assumed a false sense of invulnerability.

The neo-con agenda for endless wars and turning over whole societies has not only killed more people than the use of a nuclear bomb on a city would, it has driven countless refugees running for their lives, sending huge floods of refugees in many directions and de-stabilizing the EU and other societies.

It has also created, as a back lash, the entire phenomenon we now call international terror as the response, young men anywhere at any time always responding to wide-scale aggression and suppression of their own kind. Armies have always been filled with such young men, Islam itself having nothing to do with the situation.

So a combination of fear of international terror plus unprecedented floods of refugees plus a public sense of unease and distrust have created a volatile and dangerous situation, all the responsibility of neo-con policies. Trump is not the problem, he is indeed part of the solution.

Trump offers a fundamental answer: stop the damn wars and killing. He also, in his less likable thoughts about immigration, is offering a stop-gap or temporary measure until the world regains some stability.

By contrast, Hillary is beloved by the neo-cons and will continue the bloody and destructive work, asshe has pretty much promised. Incidentally, a lot of people, perhaps those not well-versed in world affairs, have not tweaked to the truth that Obama – in fact, the most blood-stained president in decades – has any responsibility for the horror. They are fooled by the smile and baritone voice into thinking him a “nice guy.” Nothing could be further from the truth.


Response to another reader’s comment:

 The sociopaths in the room are Hillary and Obama.

They have killed a lot of people, and they smile about it – and that is what sociopaths do.

Trump has killed no one, and wants to stop much of the killing.

Yet readers like you are fooled by all the name-calling of Trump, the mainline media being in a determined effort to stop him.

Read my long comment above to understand why, and it has nothing to do with liberal or progressive principles, nothing.

John Chuckman



“Donald Trump’s treatment of a crying baby reveals his total lack of empathy”


It would be refreshing if even once Jonathan Freedland made an effort to be fair and objective, but I’m pretty sure that is unlikely ever to happen.

His job appears to be to scour the wire services for any trivial point – such as a baby’s crying in a speech – on which he can pounce to make his own sweepingly negative point, as here .

It in fact is a practice which borders on the ridiculous if you come upon it expecting to read real fact and analysis or even good argument.

However, it is a practice well known to the arts of propaganda.

The essence of pieces like this is that a highly charged negative headline gets to appear on the main page, serving much to the effect of a billboards along a highway. Many passing readers will glance at the billboards, registering their negative messages.

In a sense, they are not even meant to be read – although they are always competently written by the norms of grammar and creative prose – because they serve merely as anchors for the billboards.

And The Guardian makes sure there are plenty of those billboards with its stable of Freedland-like writers.

Please, is it too much to ever discuss real issues, real events hanging in the balance of this election?

Apparently, it is.


Response to another reader’s comment:

Mrs Obama very much did on several occasions.

I recall seeing her a few years back, pacing back and forth in front of a gathering, rather menacingly barking out the fact “She doesn’t DO that” about some trivial matter. It was extremely unpleasant.

But the good folks working full time to bring down Trump seem to be completely oblivious to historical facts which point towards someone other than their target.

Just as we had a few years ago Hillary insulting a Gold Star mother from the Benghazi fiasco, publicly calling her a liar. Imagine a public official – which she was at the time – speaking that way about a citizen?






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