Archive for July 2015

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A GROTESQUE PIECE OF PROPAGANDA – COMPARING TRUMP’S PRINCELY LIFE DURING VIETNAM WAR TO JOHN MCCAIN’S BROKEN BONES – TRUE POLITICAL TRASH

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE NATIONAL POST

This piece is uninformed trash. It tries to make a contrast in lives and character that simply does not exist.

The shabby stuff about Trump’s sexual voyeurism, juxtaposed to McCain’s broken bones in Vietnam, is grotesquely distorted. McCain’s record of sexual behavior is no more elevated than what the author asserts about Trump, and Mccain’s record as a soldier merits no praise.

McCain, when married or single, has a long reputation as a skirt-chasing reprobate. He is also an ugly bully who has always thrown around the weight of his family connections. McCain was a bully in school as a boy. He was a bully in the military. And is a bully as a senator.

The boyish smile, a gift of genes and having nothing to do with his actual character, easily deceives people.

His service in the military was in not one detail heroic. Having a father and grandfather who were senior admirals, this spoiled brat came under tremendous pressure to follow in their military footsteps even though he had neither their brains nor skills nor attitude.

He joined, making a muck of it all the way along including plenty of bullying and crashing five airplanes, but the pilot image also came with the traditional romantic image for women and earned him a good many opportunities for wild fun.

The simple fact is that neither of these men is in any way admirable, both being spoiled brats with lots of money and almost no ethics. They both have horrible, temperaments with ferociously maniacal anger, hardly suited to making calm decisions let alone having a finger on ‘the button.’

Trump is amusing right now because he saying things people instinctively know as true and are not used to hearing from public figures, something true of no other candidate. All of the candidates typically mouth slightly varied versions of the same official boilerplate rhetoric. Politics in America is no fun at all, so a tiny break is amusing.

But that doesn’t mean he in any way merits being president. He would make a terrible president, resembling in many ways the recent loud-mouthed horror of Mayor Ford in Toronto, someone ordinary people voted for thinking he was one of them and also knowing they were tired of trite, thoughtless stuff delivered by the likes of Mayor David Miller. Neither Ford nor Miller were good mayors in reality.

And neither Trump nor McCain would be even half-adequate presidents.

If you want to know more about McCain’s background, see:

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/?s=John+McCain&searchsubmit=Find+%C2%BB

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/06/07/political-bits-and-pieces/

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Posted July 27, 2015 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS – FUN TO WATCH – JEB BUSH AS EXCITING AS WARM OVALTINE

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO THE GUARDIAN

Ya just gotta love Trump tossing hand grenades into the Republican headquarters.

The great irony is that it takes a nasty piece of work like Trump to speak truth to the other nasty pieces of work making up the party.

It all resembles a loony billionaire wearing a suicide vest to a high-end cocktail party.

Of course he leads Jeb Bush, a man who has all the appeal of a large glass of warm Ovaltine.

Posted July 27, 2015 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: QUOTING TONY BLAIR ON LABOUR PARTY’S LEADERSHIP CONTEST – BLAIR’S CHARACTER – THE DEVIL’S BLOODIEST WORK – ALMOST CERTAIN PSYCHOPATHY

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

Well, when you interview someone who has done the Devil’s bloodiest work, you surely cannot expect to get views that are generous or thoughtful or even worthwhile.

Featuring Tony Blair’s opinions, as the Guardian did, truly is not far from featuring the views of a Grand Inquisitor holding a record of thousands of public executions to his credit.

Blair is quite simply a man who never did anything of significance good for anyone beyond his own career and is very likely, in a psychological test, to reveal serious traits of psychopathy, especially the Narcissism.

Posted July 27, 2015 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: COMMENT ON A REPORT ABOUT THE CURRENT MISERABLE STATE OF GAZA – ISRAEL’S SAVAGERY IS GENERALLY IGNORED AND CANNOT BE EXCUSED BY WHAT HAPPENED IN A DIFFERENT PLACE AND TIME

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN (AND PROMPTLY REMOVED)
It is a shame upon Europe and the United States that this savagery is allowed to continue.

What one group of fanatics in a different country in a different continent did to Jews three-quarters of a century ago cannot possibly excuse this ghastly behavior towards these people today.

Yet America and Europe behave as though it does.

Any government behaving in this fashion towards people who literally are their prisoners not only deserves severe condemnation but should be severely pressured to stop.

But, no, perhaps the worst human rights abuse on a per-capita basis by any government on the planet today is quietly allowed to continue with no real consequences.

And for the most part the mainstream press, serving the interests of indifferent governments, helps to keep it out of public awareness.

And the country carrying out these many barbarous acts is treated as though it were a worthy member of Western society.

It is not, full stop. Iran has a better human rights record, if truth be told.

Posted July 27, 2015 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IRAN ASSERTING ITSELF IN THE MIDDLE EAST – A WAY OF SAYING SOMETHING NEGATIVE ABOUT SOMETHING NORMAL

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

I think the headline is worded badly.

Iran has no need to “assert” its right to play a role in the Middle East. This is its neighborhood.

Iran has a role just naturally owing to its great size – more population than France or Britain – and to the fact it has many cultural and historic connections throughout the region.

Israel, for example, is a newcomer and its main population consists largely of Americans and Europeans. Many of its traditions and symbols and its culture are imports into the region from just decades ago.

Persia has an immense history, and it is even likely the place of origin for the biblical Hebrews – not the Ashkenazim who immigrated to modern Israel and almost certainly have no relationship other than religion with the ancient Hebrews.

America’s deliberate destruction of Iraq – done largely for the geo-political benefit of Israel – has only opened up new opportunities for Iranian influence too. That invasion will surely prove to have been a vast mistake in the long run, and I don’t mean just because of Iran’s new opportunities.

But people addicted to war and using force in their affairs – America and Israel, modern Iran never having attacked anyone – just do not understand that they cannot remold societies with bombs.

Posted July 27, 2015 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: DONALD TRUMP ON JOHN MCCAIN – THE ONE TIME TRUMP ACTUALLY SAID SOMETHING TRUE – BUT THERE IS MORE: A BRIEF REVIEW OF MCCAIN’S SHABBY CHARACTER

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE NATIONAL POST

Actually, this is one of the few times I find myself in at least some agreement with Trump.

Indeed, I’d go farther and say McCain never remotely qualified as a hero. By the time the Vietnam War was over, Americans were desperate for some kind of meaning in all those ghastly years of killing and destruction and defeat, so they fixed on the released POWs from Vietnam who received inordinate and undeserved attention.

When McCain was shot down, he had been bombing civilians around Hanoi. Heroes do not bomb civilians, unless the word hero has a new meaning I don’t understand.

After he was shot down, a Vietnamese man saved his life because he landed in water. That decent, poor man never received any serious thanks from creepy McCain.

McCain made a big deal about his treatment in prison, but other American prisoners have said he received special treatment. After all, his father and grandfather were admirals, and the Vietnamese absolutely knew this.

All McCain’s early years, whether in school or the military, were spent acting out the role of loud-mouthed bully, counting on his father’s exalted position to intimidate people. He was a nasty piece of work and still is.

When he returned home, McCain discovered his wife had been in a serious car accident, and she was badly disfigured. He promptly divorced her and eventually married Cindy, an extremely wealthy woman whose chief hobby was making first-class shopping flights to New York. Again, his behavior was hardly the stuff of which heroes are made.

Later, Cindy developed a taste for hard drugs and was caught stealing from the organization for which she did some volunteer work.

Senator McCain disgracefully used his influence to get her off with virtually no consequences. I’ve never heard McCain speak up for the thousands of American blacks who’ve done hard prison time for being caught with the same drugs Cindy used. Again, hardly the class of heroes.

There is more, but McCain is just one of those charmed rich boys – not unlike Georgy Bush – who’ve gotten away with murder over and over and still manages to hang on to some public admiration.

Posted July 19, 2015 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: YOUNG GIRL IN GERMANY FIRST REFUSED REFUGEE STATUS NOW RECEIVES IT – WHAT RARELY-DISCUSSED FACT IS BEHIND THE IMMENSE FLOOD OF REFUGEES TODAY? AMERICA’S SHAME

John Chuckman

POSTED TO A STORY IN THE GUARDIAN

This was a disheartening story about a girl refused refugee status in Germany, and I am glad for one good outcome even if her changed status is just public relations to overcome bad press.

But what really is lurking behind all the stories today of millions of refugees?

The answer is pretty simple although almost never touched by our press: countless millions have been displaced during America’s unprecedented rampage through the Middle East, destroying countries and people. Iraq, Syria, and Libya plus bombing in Yemen and revolution in Egypt.

And does America do anything to take the unfortunate refugees it has created?

No, as is the case for David Cameron’s nasty-spirited Britain and Stephen Harper’s selfish Canada, not to mention the Australia of atrocious Tony Abbott.

Ms. Merkel’s Germany, a pretty densely populated country, has taken hundreds of thousands of refugees, even though Germany is not part of the ignorant American-led terror creating them all.

Posted July 19, 2015 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized