Archive for August 2016

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IT IS CLAIMED THAT REPUBLICAN MEGA-DONORS ARE TURNED OFF BY TRUMP – SOME TRUTH ABOUT ONE OF THE LARGEST, CONFIRMING TRUMP’S INTEGRITY

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PETER STONE IN THE GUARDIAN

 

It has been reported, although I don’t know how reliably, that Sheldon Adelson privately offered $100 million to Trump’s campaign, but Trump has not accepted.

Adelson always gets something for his donations. He gave Newt Gingrich about $18 million in his tries to get a nomination.

The price for Adelson’s support?

Poor, silly Newt had to go around giving stump speeches saying, “There is really no such thing as a Palestinian.”

I am glad that either Trump has turned him down – the truth I suspect – or he is ignoring Trump.

Either way it speaks to Trump’s integrity.

And that’s exactly why a lot of people will cast a ballot for him instead of Hillary.

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Posted August 28, 2016 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MORE CHEAP CRAP ABOUT TRUMP AND RACISM – AND ONE NEWSPAPER PAGE PROVIDES THE MEASURE OF HOW SHAMELESSLY BIASED THE PRESS CAN BE

 John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY DAN ROBERTS IN THE GUARDIAN

 

“Donald Trump’s legacy threatens to be return of race politics to the mainstream”

That is simply a cheap falsehood.

I do not accept it for a moment.

Any observant person will know to a certainty that Trump is no racist.

Any suggestion that he is one comes only from a uniformly biased, establishment press, acting more the role of propagandists than journalists.

Indeed, there is considerable reason in Hillary’s record, going back for years, to believe there are genuine overtones of racism there.

But nothing, absolutely nothing, negative about Hillary ever appears in this or any other establishment paper, and, as informed people well know, this woman genuinely has what British police call “form.”

I sincerely believe The Guardian is descending into the gutter again, too, as it very much did with Corbyn and its inexcusable witch hunt against him and his associates.

In another story at the top of the page, you have the following “man denies beating his wife” story: “Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon denies antisemitic remarks,” and you do not permit comment on this non-news smear.

And just why is The Guardian so immersed in the American election? The occasional story of real substance would be fitting, but that is not what we see.

Today’s page has two top-half stories plus a third suggestive item – “From Trump to Brexit rhetoric: how today’s politicians have got away with words” – near the bottom. Three in one morning, and that is not unusual. And not one of them is genuine news or analysis.

Posted August 28, 2016 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A DOCTOR SAYS THE REAL ISSUE IS NOT HILLARY’S HEALTH BUT THE FACT THAT SHE MIGHT WIN – MAKING CLAIMS TO SCIENCE IN A PIECE DEVOID OF SCIENCE

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY CELINE GOUNDER IN THE GUARDIAN

 

“I’m a doctor. The real issue isn’t Hillary Clinton’s health – it’s that she might win’

Doctor or not, this has to be one of the least informative piece I’ve seen in a while in The Guardian.

Is it even right for a doctor to say” Hey, I’m a doctor, and I’m telling you a person I’ve never met is just fine”?

And the term “conspiracy theory” has been so overused, it is annoying even to see it. It functions only as a red flag for readers to be be cautious about what follows.

Actually it is reputed to have been dreamed up years ago by a CIA media manipulator to discredit people who have legitimate questions about serious matters.

If you think there are no conspiracies, I can only ask where you have been living?

Tony Blair and Iraq? The phony Syrian civil war that is actually America trying to topple an elected government it does not like by proxy? Israel’s nuclear arsenal? The massive fraud in the Democratic primary races, over which there are now numerous lawsuits? TWA Flight 800?

If you claim to be a scientist, it is not a very scientific language to use.

The amount of evidence we see absolutely means Hillary has a health problem. I don’t know just what it is, but the evidence is indisputable.

It has nothing to do with sexism or any other “ism” to say so

She wouldn’t be the first a candidate to hide a physical or health problem.

Again, just one set of videos:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-08/something-wrong-hillary-bizarre-behavior-seizure-allegations-raise-doubts-about-her-

Posted August 28, 2016 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: YET ANOTHER FEEBLE EFFORT TO DISCREDIT TRUMP – THIS TIME WITH THE NUCLEAR LAUNCH CODES – AMERICA’S HISTORY WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS – A MAGNIFICENT LEGACY TO BE ENTRUSTED TO HILLARY BY THE ESTABLISHMENT

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

 

“Donald Trump’s views on nukes may be the scariest thing about his candidacy.”

 

I’m sorry, Stuart Jeffries, but this piece is simply not well-informed and is replete with glib, media-inspired generalizations.

First, that case has the ability to fire nothing.

There are all kinds of fail-safe and back-ups before any nuclear weapon can be fired.

Remember Nixon’s last days in the White House when he was stumbling around, mumbling and drinking heavily?

The entire military was already on alert, and no deliberate or accidental use of a nuclear code would have done anything.

Second, there is nothing unusual about Trump’s views on nuclear weapons.

Remember, this is a country that actually used them, twice, and on civilians, a use which was not required for Japan’s surrender.

It is also a country where in the early 1960s the Pentagon brass presented Jack Kennedy with a complete plan to obliterate the USSR in a surprise attack. It was more than a presentation. It was a plea for the President’s approval. He left the presentation literally sick at his stomach.

It is a country where Kissinger and Nixon seriously contemplated using nuclear weapons on the Ho Chi Min Trail in Vietnam.

Hillary Clinton is on record, not that long ago, with threatening to obliterate Iran, a country which has done nothing against the United States. It may just have been being used as a lure for campaign contributions from special interests, but that is sure one scary lure.

There are other instances, too.

And yours is a county where the new Prime Minister promised she would readily launch an attack to kill a hundred thousand people.

If you take the trouble to examine the total range of Donald Trump’s statements on war, you will find a sound and reasonable set of views, not the scare stuff hyped by a press which hates him.

And why does the establishment press hate Trump? Because he opposes the bloody Neocon Wars which have killed around two million in the 15 years and created floods of refugees, all in the god-like arrogant objective of creating a new Middle East.

You know the total death and destruction of those wars is the equivalent of having used several thermonuclear weapons.

And Hillary is the establishment’s chosen one to carry on with this magnificent “legacy.”

Posted August 28, 2016 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MISLEADING HEADLINE OVER POLICE SHOOTING IN MILWAUKEE SEEKS ONLY TO INFLAME OPINION AGAINST TRUMP

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Donald Trump justifies shooting of black man in Milwaukee”

Your headline is misleading and inflammatory.

Color has nothing to do with this event.

The cop who shot him is black.

The man was carrying a loaded automatic pistol.

I’m sorry, I am a serious critic of police shootings in America, but when a young man (of any color) with a gun confronts a cop, he’s going to be shot. That’s how it works and how it will always work.

Race does not enter the equation until afterward for those who want to inflame

Posted August 28, 2016 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: BRITISH COLUMNIST NICK COHEN WRITES OF THE INTERNET HELPING POLARIZE POLITICS AND THE RISE OF ZEALOTS – HE IS NOT ONLY WRONG, HE MISSES THE GENUINE IMPACT OF THE INTERNET ON JOURNALISM AND POLITICS

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY NICK COHEN IN THE GUARDIAN

 

“The internet has helped polarise politics but the zealots need to look to themselves”

Sorry, I can’t agree that is a valid observation.

What we are seeing now, perhaps for the first time in human history, is the expression of virtually everyone, not a select few.

Everything you see has always been there, but it has not been quite so easily observable as it is now.

I cannot judge whether it is a good phenomenon or not, but it just is, and I always support basic human freedoms such as freedom of speech.

Many, working for or defending the establishment, do not like this reality, and we see a clear appeal to new forms of authoritarianism to tamp it down or repress it.

Establishments always behave this way towards the new realities which accompany changes in technology.

After all, they want their privileged position left untouched.

And part of what is happening on the Internet is a kind of democratization.

Those, such as columnists in major newspapers, once enjoyed an ability to speak their minds with little regard for what others might think.

The Internet equalizes things a little better.

And, truth be told, just as newspapers have fallen on hard times with the Internet – for example, in losing an important revenue stream from classified advertising – newspaper editors and columnists have begun to lose the weight of influence they once enjoyed. That’s not a bad thing at all, unless you happen to be one of them.

They face a more competitive world of ideas and expression out there. I can’t blame them for being grumpy about their loss of privilege, but that’s how it always is when competition enters any field.

And the unpleasant truth is many of them years ago abused their privileged positions, as people always tend to abuse privilege.

I don’t believe there is an ounce of evidence that the Internet polarizes politics. It does represent a brave new world in which many may say what they think instead of a privileged few. And competitive markets are always messier than monopolies or duopolies or oligopolies.

Posted August 28, 2016 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE REAPPEARANCE OF THE ANTI-SEMITISM MADNESS IN THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY – THIS TIME BY LEADERSHIP CHALLENGER OWEN SMITH, THUS CONFIRMING HIMSELF A JERK

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Jeremy Corbyn attends same event with speaker who called for Jewish journalist’s throat to be cut”

Oh, please, not more of the anti-Semitism lunacy disseminated by The Independent and The Guardian months ago.

This is beneath contempt.

Really, Owen Smith only proves with this, once and for all, what a complete jerk of a politician he is.

Posted August 28, 2016 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized