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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IMPEACHMENT CALLED “A MALICIOUS INDICTMENT” – TIRESOME INCORRECT STUFF FROM THE RIGHT WING – AND TRUMP HAS COMMITTED SO MANY CRIMES AND STUPIDITIES NOW THAT GETTING RID OF HIM WOULD RAISE AMERICA’S STATURE   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PAT BUCHANAN IN THE UNZ REVIEW

 

“A Malicious Indictment Mitch Should Toss Out” [the impeachment]

 

Tiresome stuff, Mr. Buchanan.

Trump has committed so many stupidities and crimes – including now, assassination of a foreign leader in return for big campaign contributions – that almost any excuse to get rid of him would raise the stature of the United States.

Anyway, while the indictment represents far from the worst he’s done, it is valid. His behavior was wrong.

I doubt he’ll be convicted, but, who knows, we could just get lucky?

Posted January 18, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AMERICA IS REDUCED TO OFFICIAL STATE MURDER IN RETURN FOR CAMPAIGN FUNDING   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PHILIP WEISS IN MONDOWEISS

 

“ADL lies about me so as to shut down discussion of Israel’s role in Soleimani killing”

 

There can be little question about Trump’s motives.

It is reported this morning in the mainline press that Trump bragged about the killing to a crowd at a big fundraising dinner.

Just sick, official state murder for campaign donations.

That’s what America is reduced to.

Posted January 18, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MUHAMMAD ALI – A GENUINE HERO   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY STEVE BUNCE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Cassius Clay vs Sonny Liston: The amazing night Muhammad Ali became champion of the world

“On what would have been Muhammad Ali’s 78th birthday, reflections on  the night Cassius Clay announced himself on the world stage”

 

I met Ali once, in Vancouver in 1971.

A charming man and someone I admired greatly.

I regret not telling him why I so admired him.

It wasn’t about boxing.

It was about his courage in standing up to the American establishment over its holocaust in Vietnam (3 million killed).

He paid a serious price, being deprived of earning his living in his prime.

He was a genuine hero, the kind we so rarely see.

Posted January 18, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CAN YOU IMAGINE THE LARGE AND FRANTIC BUREAUCRACY REQUIRED FOR TRUMP’S ONGOING SANCTIONS LUNACY ? – AND DEFINING THE REAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AMERICA’S DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS – CONSEQUENCES OF EMPIRE   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY BEN NORTON IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

“Under US Pressure, Social Media Companies Suspend Venezuelan, Iranian & Syrian Accounts

“Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are censoring content that conflicts with Washington’s pro-war narrative”

 

Can you even imagine the large and frantic bureaucracy Trump has created just to dream up, explore, implement, and review sanctions of a hundred different kinds for a hundred different countries?

It truly represents a form of public lunacy, besides an immense waste.

I regard it as dramatic evidence of America’s decline in meaning, quite apart from its decline in economics and in ethics.

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Response to a comment asking, “How many distinctions are left between parties in our system?”

When it comes to empire, with its trillion-a-year military/security establishment, the answer is “none.”

And it’s been that way a very long time, something remarkably few Americans seem to appreciate.

The Democrats can go on and on debating this or that social program, but with the country focused on empire and spending a trillion borrowed dollars a year on it, the debates are literally a political game show. There’s no possibility of enacting significant social legislation of any description.

Apart from the hot air blown over proposals for social programs, when it comes to war and empire, the Democrats are indistinguishable from Republicans.

Indeed, the Party has given the world some full-time killer Presidents in Lyndon Johnson and Barack Obama.

Even progressive politicians like Sanders or Warren never really question how a free society can have a Pentagon and a CIA and an FBI and an NSA and engage in endless wars and coups.

Any politician who does raise that absolutely fundamental matter, such as Tulsi Gabbard, is simply ignored by the Party hierarchy and by the country’s corporate press.

The work for empire is very rewarding for the elites committing their talents to it, and to hell with the rest of the people.

The country is governed by and for plutocratic empire and its establishment servants.

You really do not have a country when you have an empire. And you certainly do not have a democracy.

Posted January 17, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A RATHER LIGHT AND FLUFFY SUBJECT BUT ONE TOUCHING SOME IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES – MEGHAN AND HARRY COMING TO LIVE IN CANADA – CANADA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH BRITAIN AND THE CROWN’S ROLE IN CANADA’S GOVERNMENT – NO ROOM FOR RESIDENT ROYALS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT ON MEGHAN AND HARRY COMING TO LIVE IN CANADA

 

I tend to agree with a good part of an editorial view published in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper about Meghan and Harry and their plans for living in Canada.

Canada has no aristocracy, and while it retains an attachment to the British Crown, as do a number of Commonwealth countries, the attachment is rather special in nature, involving no resident royalty. The country’s Governor-General, who represents the Crown, is always a Canadian appointed for a limited term.

There is also something almost demeaning in the notion that a Prince and a Duchess without enough to do back home can be shipped off to Canada until everyone figures out what their future roles are going to be.

And that does appear to be the couple’s situation, that they wanted for some time different kinds of duties than the ones they were doing, ones opening them to less press criticism, which I believe is especially upsetting to Meghan’s fairly volatile personality, and nothing yet has happened.

Meghan and Harry, as private citizens, would be welcome.

As Royals, they might be welcome for a formal tour or visit.

But they are not welcome coming to live as Royals, either as full-time Royals trying to figure out their future roles or coming under some kind of confusing concept such as part-time Royals.

It is rather patronizing that two highly privileged people think they can now both retain their privileges and live as private people, doing so in a country of which neither is a citizen.

And a great many Canadians would agree that a half-million dollar a year bill for security is completely out of order.

The very fact that they intend to try seems to me a confession of the confusion I have always associated with Harry, a man who has long appeared to have inherited his mother’s unbalanced psychological tendencies, which, despite her charm and beauty, were evident from many reports and anecdotes. They were the very tendencies that drove her to her death. Diana’s family, the Spencers, has a history.

Harry’s record of unbalanced behavior is briefly highlighted here with images:

https://chuckmangrotesques.blogspot.com/2013/01/harry-is-prince-mad-he-does-have.html

NOTE ON FURTHER DEVELOPMENT

“Prince Harry and Meghan will give up royal titles, public funding
“Statement from Buckingham Palace says Sussexes also want to repay cost of Frogmore Cottage refurbishment”

If the report is accurate, and they give up the titles and public money, that settles my issues for residence in Canada.

The matter of security costs is unclear, but Canadians should not be paying them.

The couple already is being granted many privileges. For instance, they did not have to go through the same process other would-be immigrants must go through. They are being allowed to gracefully jump the queue.

I am glad they are going to repay the Queen for Frogmore Cottage.

She gave that charming place to them as a gift, and just before all this business about quitting broke, the Queen was apparently unhappily surprised to learn they had spent a few million, and not from their own funds, on renovations.

The costly renovations not long before leaving do further suggest issues of judgment and stability.

Posted January 17, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CANADA’S TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT CONTINUES ITS SHAMELESS SHILLING FOR TRUMP – NOW CALLING FOR A SEPARATE “CRIMINAL” INVESTIGATION OF THE CRASH OF UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES FLIGHT 752 IN IRAN – THIS HAS NOT BEEN THE PRACTICE FOR MILITARY DOWNINGS OF CIVILIAN AIRLINERS INCLUDING SEVERAL BY THE UNITED STATES AND ONE BY ISRAEL – IT IS A DISTRACTION FROM TRUMP’S 35 PUBLIC MURDERS IN IRAQ, THE CAUSE OF ALL THE INTENSE NEW HOSTILITIES   Leave a comment

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EXPANSION OF COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“Canada calls for an independent criminal investigation into Flight PS752 crash

“Foreign Minister Champagne is in London today meeting with Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and U.K. representatives”

 

Calling for an independent “criminal” investigation here is totally inappropriate.

We didn’t call for that in the many other cases involving militaries and the loss of civilian airliners, including several by the United States’ military and one by Israel’s.

This represents rather shameful service to Trump’s war-like White House, but then that has been a notable and consistent feature of Trudeau’s government, supporting the Trump White House in foreign affairs.

Iran very much is sorry for what happened and is taking all reasonable steps. It has given the black-box data to other interested parties, including Canada.

It would be nice to see some understanding here instead of an effort to whip-up the mob.

It sure ain’t Iran who started all the hostilities in the region.

And this event serves nicely to detract from the fact that the United States publicly murdered 35 people in Iraq, including Iran’s General Soleimani, in the weeks previous. Talk about criminal acts.

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THIS ADDITIONAL COMMENT WAS REMOVED BY AN EDITOR

Here is something readers should find extremely interesting.

It is written by a former CIA senior analyst.

https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/who-targeted-ukraine-airlines-flight-752-iran-shot-it-down-but-there-may-be-more-to-the-story/#comment-3664167

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A FASCINATING SUGGESTION CONCERNING THE DESTRUCTION OF UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES FLIGHT 752 IN IRAN – DID AMERICAN CYBER-WARFARE PLAY A ROLE?   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PHILIP GIRALDI IN THE UNZ REVIEW

 

“Who Targeted Ukraine Airlines Flight 752? Iran Shot It Down but There May be More to the Story”

 

https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/who-targeted-ukraine-airlines-flight-752-iran-shot-it-down-but-there-may-be-more-to-the-story/#comment-3664167

 

Just a terrific piece of informed speculation.

Quite plausible.

It suggests, too, as with the turning off of everyone’s electricity in Venezuela, how powerful and dangerous cyber-warfare can be.

And secretive. Certainly, something which appeals to an imperial power which has long used all kinds of proxies and false-flag operations, the United States.