Posts Tagged ‘John Iadarola’

The Young Turks on the Alt Reich and the Anti-Semitic App

June 9, 2016

After the false allegations of anti-Semitism against leading members of the Labour party, like Ken Livingstone, Naz Shah and Jackie Walker, comes the real thing on the other side of the Pond. This time, it’s brought to you through the miracle of computer software. A few days ago, the I newspaper carried a very brief story that Google Chrome had taken off an app that was being used to track Jews on-line. This is discussed in this clip from The Young Turks, with the hosts Cenk Uygur, Bill Mankiewicz, Jimmy Dore and John Iadarola. The app was being used by a group of Conservative Trump fans styling themselves the Alt Right. There are about 2,400 of them. The device had a database of Jewish surnames, and was being used to flag up if someone had one of these monickers. The example they give is ‘Fleishman’. If someone had that surname, then the Fleishman would appear in double or triple brackets to indicate they were Jewish, thus (((Fleishman))). The members of the group posted comments about its use, saying that ‘a pattern is emerging’. To their credit, Google removed the app.

Uygur and the others try to be fair to Trump and say that he’s not responsible for their actions, and may not have been aware of what they were doing. But they make the point that he is broadly responsible for what they have done in that he has opened up the racist closet with his attacks on Muslims and Mexicans. When Trump launched his offensive against Muslims, it was rightly condemned by the ADL – the Anti-Defamation League. This is the major US body that protects Jews against anti-Semitic smears and attacks. They did so not just because it was right to condemn all forms of racism and discrimination, but also because once it became permissible to discriminate against one group, that licence would soon spread to attacks on Jews. And it has. Trump has attracted racists and White supremacists to his campaign. He’s tried to distance himself from them, but not very hard, merely stating that he doesn’t know anything about them or their support.

The Turks also have a good, well deserved laugh at the stupidity of these anti-Semites and conspiracy theorist. Bill Mankiewicz, who’s Jewish, jokes that if his people really were out to enslave the world, then why are they talking about it? If they had, there’d be no question about it. The Turks also make the wider point about the contradictions in all these daft conspiracy theories. If White gentiles are the master race, then why aren’t they in charge of everything, instead of the Jews? And also, if they’re so superior, why are their jobs being taken by supposedly racially inferior Mexicans?

Of course these accusations and conspiracies don’t make sense. Their contradictions have been pointed out hundreds of times in books and articles on the Nazis and the international Fascist right. The Turks also point out that it’s very clear when you go on White supremacist websites like Stormfront that most of the Nazi right aren’t as bright as they think they are either. That’s also true. If you look at some of the posts from the various British Nazi organisations Hope Not Hate have reproduced on their website, you’ll find that most of them are badly spelt, with an extremely poor vocabulary, most of which seems to consist of obscenity and curses. A left-wing friend of mine, who very definitely isn’t racist, also told me he once read a copy of Spearhead, the NF rag he found in the gutter outside his house after a football match, and couldn’t believe just how stupid and moronic it was. But the reality is that Trump, by advocating racist policies, has made genuine racism and Nazism just that little more acceptable in America. Here’s the video:

Trump Claims Ted Cruz’s Father Part of Kennedy Assassination

May 4, 2016

This is further proof of just how insane American politics has become. In this case, it’s due to the howling lunacy of Donald Trump. In this piece from The Young Turks, Jimmy Dore and John Iadarola comment on The Donald’s latest accusation against his leading rival for the Republican nomination, Ted Cruz. Cruz’s father urged all Christians to vote for his son, instead of Trump. Responded in a telephone interview with Fox and Friends by claiming Cruz’s father was one of those responsible for killing JFK. His evidence? A highly dodgy photograph on the cover of the National Enquirer.

The National Enquirer is a supermarket tabloid like the now defunct, World Weekly News. That latter, ahem, esteemed journalistic organ used to run stories like ‘Dad was bigfoot, says Beastie Man’, and ‘Alien gives vote to Bill Clinton’. It’s the American equivalent of the Sunday Sport way back in the 1990s, when that rag was running stories about B52 bombers found on the moon, and men being strangled by their own foul socks. And for some reason, Trump is astonished that no-one is following this up.

Jimmy Dore puts that into perspective by noting that no-one’s following up similar tabloid reports that Vampire Boy is still on the loose.

Cruz attempted to tackle this by giving a speech saying how it was all rubbish. Yes, he killed Kennedy. He also knows Elvis, and Jimmy Hoffa is buried in his back yard. He then states that Trump is a pathological liar. He also claims that Trump is a chronic narcissist, who talks about all the affairs he’s had, and describes his personal struggle with Venereal Disease as ‘my Vietnam’.

Dore and Iadarola make the point that Trump is indeed a pathological liar, who’ll believe everything he reads on social media. Like Mexicans are all thugs and rapists, and America needs to build a wall to protect itself from them. This is, however, just about the only time in politics when they are now speaking the truth, when they are accusing each other of lying.

They acknowledge that this is amusing, Iadarola also points out that there’s a much more serious point here. Presidential candidates are supposed to have some kind of critical thinking and intelligence. Trump doesn’t have any. He just believes whatever he reads. And unfortunately, so do many of his supporters. He’s got the support of the Conspiracy Theorist, Alex Jones, and so there are probably many Trump supporters, who are too far gone to be helped. As for Cruz, one of their technical crew notes how fake and stilted Cruz’s own replies are, and so within a few moments people are no longer interested in what he has to say.

Here’s the video:

Of course, you could probably make up a conspiracy theory about the Enquirer’s story about Cruz’s father involving the CIA. Cruz states that David Pepper, who owns the Enquirer, also knows Donald Trump. Hence the attack on Cruz senior with this ludicrous accusation. The former tabloid journalist, Jim Hogshire, in his book Grossed Out Surgeon Vomits inside Patient, published back in the 1990s by, I think, Feral House, claimed that the tabloid stories in America were being deliberately planted and manipulated by the CIA and the American intelligence services as part their manipulation of American public opinion. This might be right. But would the CIA be so insane as to want Trump to become president of the US?

The Young Turks On Obama’s Refusal to Allow Americans to Sue Saudis for 9/11

April 25, 2016

This is another video that shows the essentially Conservative attitudes held by Barack Obama. In this case, they’re his concern to protect the American empire by not allowing its citizens to sue Saudi Arabia for its role in aiding the 9/11 terrorists. The Young Turks’ John Iadarola and Wes Clarke, and Elliot Hill of the Lip TV, here discuss Obama’s comments to an interviewer about a bill that was passed by Congress earlier this year, that would allow the families of the victims of 9/11 to sue the Saudi government. Obama is not in favour of it, because it would also allow foreign nationals to sue America for what it’s doing around the world, as ‘we are up in everyone’s business’. Allowing foreign nations to sue America for its military actions would put American officials and servicemen at risk.

Elliot Hill points out that while there can be no compensation that can make adequate restitution for someone’s life, this is all about the 28 pages that have been redacted out of the original report in 9/11. Despite the fact that they’ve been suppressed, their release isn’t really necessary as it’s known that this material relates to Saudi Arabia. One of the 9/11 terrorists, who did not hijack the planes, possessed a flying certificate that was found wrapped in an envelope from the Saudi embassy. This shows that the Saudis had a role in aiding 9/11. Perhaps it didn’t go all the way to the very top, but certainly very important members of the government and ruling royal family were involved. In this sense, allowing the families of the 3,000 victims to sue would be good as it force the truth to come out.

Wes Clarke makes the point that the victims of American foreign policy over the past thirty or forty years should have the right to sue. Like the victims of the coup against Salvador Allende in Chile, the hundreds of thousands that have been killed in the illegal war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now the families of the people America is killing illegally through drone strikes in Syria and the Yemen. Americans would not tolerate such drone strikes on their country, and so should not be doing it to others. He also makes the case that America was originally a revolutionary country, not an imperial power. That has changed, and America is now an empire, which is not supported by the majority of its people.

The panel also make the point that publication of the redacted part of the 9/11 report is important, because Bush and the other pro-War politicos have played on the ignorance of American citizens over the true causes of 9/11 to justify their wars. And they’re still doing it, by pushing an American invasion of Iraq. The panel also make the point that the disclosure of Saudi Arabia’s role in assisting the 9/11 terrorists would be explosive. It would blow apart America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia. Wes Clarke asserts that as they’re a ‘religious nut-job’ state with an appalling human rights record, America has no business supporting them anyway. The panel also make the case that the Saudis could threaten to wreck the American economy by withdrawing $760 billion of investment, but ultimately the Saudis need America far more than America needs them. Who else is going to sell them the arms equipment they need, or the ability to maintain and service them?

The panel does argue about the effect such disclosure would have on American foreign policy. They note that since the collapse of the Berlin Wall, America has not had a foreign policy. Everything’s been reactive. Elliot Hill makes the point that severing the link with Saudi Arabia would leave American foreign policy rudderless in the Middle East, as they are America’s one ally. Clarke makes a point questioning why America needs to be tied to one country.

The Young Turks on the Easter Weekend Suicide Bombing in Pakistan

March 29, 2016

This Easter weekend saw yet another Islamist suicide bombing, this time in Lahore, Pakistan. The bomber, a member of the Jamaat-ut-Ahrar section of the Pakistani Taliban, blew himself up in a park. He deliberately targeted Christians. 70 + people have been killed, and hundreds injured, including 29 children. It’s the biggest terrorist outrage in Pakistan since 123 children at a military academy were killed by Islamists last year. The army has responded with a series of raids on suspects throughout the Punjab, and has seized several arms caches.

This is The Young Turks’ report. I’m posting it here because I’ve blogged before about the massacres and killings Islamist groups have committed around the world, not just in Europe, but also in Africa and the Middle East. Last week, for example, ISIS committed another suicide bombing in Ankara in Turkey. The report is by John Iadarola and Jimmy Dore. Iadarola makes the point that in general there is a very strong media bias in the reporting of these atrocities. If there’s an attack in America or Europe, it’s very well covered. In fact, there’s almost non-stop news coverage about it. There is much less coverage of those attacks That occur elsewhere. One notable example is the attack last week of a mosque in Kenya by a female suicide bomber. Iadarola states that this hasn’t been mentioned anywhere else. He’s also extremely critical of the way CNN and the other news networks fill their airtime with news of European and American bomb attacks, thus doing the terrorists’ job for them. Terrorists aim to spread terror, to make people frightened, and the media is aiding them in this by giving them such disproportionate coverage. Iadarola points out that you’re far more likely to be killed by a cop in America, or be struck by lightening while being eaten by a shark, than killed by a jihadi. Yet the constant repetition of the same news reports about the same atrocities make it seem that America is under a bigger threat of terrorist attack than is really true.

Here’s the report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNOnvi0AEaw

I’m posting it here because it does need to be remembered that Islamist terrorism is a global problem, not confined to Europe and America. Although the bomber targeted Christians, Islamist militants in Pakistan have also attacked other Muslims. Now, I think the British news outlets might actually be better at reporting world events than the American media. An American friend of mine told me that in America the news is overwhelmingly about the US, or the US and Canada. What foreign news there is tends to be focused on their southern neighbours in South America. Even over here though, there is an attitude on some news reports that disasters and attacks like that in Pakistan is only really newsworthy if some Brits are among the victims.

So, I’m posting this partly in response to these criticisms, to show some solidarity with the people of Pakistan at this terrible time, and to show that it ain’t just the Wests that’s plagued by these butchers and mass-murderers. People and governments around the world are coming together against them, and I don’t doubt that eventually, they will be defeated. It’ll take time, but so long as there’s enough decent people of all faiths and none willing to stand up to them, then they won’t succeed.

The Young Turks Condemn Trump’s Endorsement of Torture

March 8, 2016

In this piece from The Young Turks, John Iadarola gives his Final Judgment on Donald Trump’s endorsement of torture. Trump has said that he’s in favour of using torture, even if it doesn’t work. When questioned on this by the media, he appeared to back pedal, stating that he would stay within the law. It’s another high ambiguous statement The Donald uses to cloak his real intentions. It looks like a retraction, but it isn’t. Trump has said that he doesn’t regard waterboarding as torture, but ‘enhanced interrogation’. He has also said that he intends to change the law to allow more of these interrogation techniques.

Iadarola believes that the media has gone soft on him over this, and the public has been indifferent or even positive, because they don’t know what the reality of torture is like. They have been lulled into this through programmes like 24, where Jack Bauer must somehow use torture to get a terrorist to tell him the whereabouts of a time bomb somewhere. Except that torture doesn’t work. Victims of torture, like John McCain, have said that when you’re tortured, you only want to tell the torturer what you think they want to hear. As a form of interrogation, it’s useless.

But Trump’s endorsement of torture has led many Americans to follow him into agreeing with it. 52 per cent of Americans generally support torture, and this rises to 70 per cent of Republicans. The numbers also rise according to how the victim is described. If they’re just called a person, relatively few piece support it. If they’re described as a terrorist, however, the number who agree with torturing them rises.

Iadarola states that people believe torture is permissible because they have never seen the true reality, just as they have never seen the true horror of Trump’s other policy of carpet-bombing cities full of civilians. He also makes the point that it’s hard for Americans to claim the moral high ground and demand that other states not torture their troops, when they themselves are torturing America’s enemies.

And so he concludes that no-one should support torture, because there is no ticking time-bomb, and we don’t live in Jack Bauer’s world. And that’s his Final Judgment.

The Young Turks on Trump’s Supporters Pledge of Allegiance

March 8, 2016

In this piece from The Young Turks, John Iadarola, Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss Trump making his supporters swear an oath with their raised right hands, to vote for him. For Uygur, this is a step too far, and Trump may well, in his mixed metaphor, ‘have jumped the shark in the dirty pool’.

John Iadarola begins by describing this weird ceremony, and the unease it has provoked amongst the journalists and media observers, who witnessed it. The clip includes footage of Trump getting the crowd to swear the oath to vote for him, ‘Come whatever’. He admits that he was inclined to dismiss the concerns as exaggerated, until you saw what it looked like from behind the crowd. Abe Foxman, the former director of the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish organisation which tackles anti-Semitism, and which has also spoken out against anti-Muslim sentiment in the US, pointedly described how disgusted he was as a holocaust survivor at seeing a supposedly mainstream politician, not a member of the far right or Neo-Nazi organisations, going through this ritual with its overtones of the Nazi salute.

Ana Kasparian, on the other hand, thought this was rather too harsh, and while it was strange, it didn’t have the Neo-Nazi connotations that the others considered it had. Trump’s organisation have also posted pictures of other political rallies where the crowd had also raised their right hands. The Turks joked that Sanders’ supporters did so, though in their case it wasn’t because they were swearing allegiance, but because they were also recording the event.

Uygur came to a compromise conclusion. He thought it may have started off as a kind of joke, and may not have originally had the Fascist connotations. But After the denunciation by Foxman and others, he was certainly now aware how it looked. And he had gone on to do the same at a rally in Concord, South Carolina. Uygur believed that the crowd was largely unaware how it looked, because to call Republican supporters ‘low information’ was an understatement. But Trump knew, and was deliberate using the gesture’s Nazi overtones to garner more media attention. It was like his flirtation with the far right in general. He courts it, to get voters from that direction, and then pulls back and denounces it. Then does it again. And it was disturbing to see this ritual at Orlando, with one of the people in the crowd wearing a suit decorated to resemble a wall and the slogan ‘Mexico will pay’. Trump was, Uygur said, dipping his toe in the dirty pool.

But he also felt that this time, Trump had gone too far, and ‘jumped the shark’. People were becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the gesture, so much so that even Republicans were becoming concerned in case others thought that they were racist for supporting him. And there is indication that it is harming Trump. He was expected to win Maine. He didn’t. He lost. He managed to gain two other states, but won them with a much lower majority than was expected. Republicans were increasingly giving their vote to Ted Cruz instead.

Now I hope this is true, although in some areas there’s little difference between them. Both are right-wing Republicans with a very strong suspicion of Islam. And while Donald Trump has made noises about banning Muslims from the US, Cruz has actually been putting bills through Congress to cut down on Islamic immigration. So in some ways there isn’t much to choose between the two. But of the two, Cruz is probably the saner, safer alternative. He comes across at least as a little more restrained and rational than Trump, who has been denounced by Kyle Kulinski at Secular Talk as a ‘savage’ and a ‘demogogue’. I doubt very much that Trump would turn America into a full-blown Fascist state, but he’d certainly make it much more authoritarian and xenophobic. He should not be let anywhere near power, not least because of the precedent his antics are setting for the next right-wing demagogue.

The Young Turks Examine Trump’s Alternative to Obamacare; and How It’ll Hurt the Poor

March 7, 2016

Donald Trump has been loudly proclaiming throughout his campaign that he’ll repeal Obamacare and replace it with his new, improved system. In this clip The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola and Jimmy Dore go through his proposals to show how some of his ideas, which superficially sound good, will leave for the poor and long-term sick much worse off.

First off, Trump intends to repeal the mandate obliging the insurance companies to provide insurance for everyone. They note that this is a policy that not even the other Republicans wanted to be seen endorsing. Indeed, they were all for the mandate when it was a Republican policy. As soon as it was adopted by Obama, a Democrat, they turned against it. And Trump was just as fickle. They argue that he never in fact knew what the mandate was when he telling everyone that he supported it. When he found out that the other Republicans were against it, then he joined them and attacked it as well.

Trump’s proposed reforms would also remove the obligation of the insurance underwriters to charge the same for those with expensive or long-term illnesses. It would allow them to charge more for those with pre-existing illnesses.

They make the point that Trump was telling everyone that under his healthcare plans, no-one would be left to die in the street. But this is what his policies would lead to. They also point out that he doesn’t spell out what the consequences of this policies would be on his website, but it’s clear from reading the conditions he lays out for his health care plan that these are what would result. They also point out that Trump could say more or less anything, no matter how nonsensical or contradictory, provided he shouted it and used an insult. The only person, who actually bothered to tackle him about this in any detail was Marco Rubio, and then Trump folded, as he didn’t have an answer. Of course none of the Republicans have any idea what they’d replace Obamacare with. The only person who does is Bernie Sanders, who wants a system like the socialised medical services in Europe.

Trump also promises that he’ll make the cost of medical care tax-deductible. This looks good, but it’s another way of giving money to the rich and depriving the poor and middle class. It’s largely only the rich that itemise their taxes, which is one of the requirements of this part of Trump’s health care plans. Also, the poor and the middle class don’t actually make enough money to be able to pay enough in tax for deductions for the costs of medical care to be possible. It’s why Obamacare actually has tax credits for the poor and middle class. So this is another way in which the poor will lose out in favour of the rich if Trump gets in.

And finally there’s Trump’s plans to let people in one state be able to buy insurance in another. The Turks here point out that instead of promoting competition, what’ll happen is that all the insurance companies will move to the state with the lowest taxes and least regulations, like Delaware. The result will actually be less competition between firms, and less legal protection for insurance policy holders.

So Trumpcare will result in more people being uninsured and uninsurable. It won’t stop people dying in the street from lack of medical care. But on the other hand, it will benefit the rich while fooling the poor into thinking he’s doing something for them. Just like Conservatives and Republicans have done down the years.

The Young Turks on How Donald Trump Negotiates: A Warning to America

March 6, 2016

The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, with Jimmy Dore and John Iadarola here discuss an incident from Trump’s past where he screwed over the people, who had hired him to speak at an event. They do so not just because it shows he’s a d*ck, but because it indicates his egocentric and entirely self-centred attitude to business and government. There is no ‘we’ with Trump. It’s all about him, and when he gets into power, he’ll do the same and exploit the very people, who voted for him.

Apparently Trump was hired to speak at an event for a fee of $250,000. Then at the very last moment, he said he wasn’t coming unless he was paid a million bucks. The organisers were stuck in a terrible quandary. They had told everyone Trump was coming, and now he was threatening to pull out unless he was paid four times the original amount. So they went round, found more sponsors and backers, and eventually were able to stump up the million to pay Trump.

This shows how Trump exploits others entirely selfishly to enrich himself. Just as he’s done with his companies. He’s gone bankrupt four times, but he doesn’t see it as a problem. He just spends as he likes, and then sees the bankruptcy laws as a suitable device he can exploit to get him out of debt. And so he goes bankrupt, and then moves on to drive another company into the ground.

Kasparian points out that, while it sounds vile to bleeding heart liberals like the Turks, to Trump’s supporters it’s strength. They expect him to do the same on their behalf. Except that he won’t. He’ll continue to exploit his backers and supporters, just as he has in business. When he says he’ll make America great again, what he means is that he’ll make Donald Trump great. And when he gets into power, all his supporters can expect is to find the metaphorical knife in their backs.

The Young Turks Show Trump Is Not Self-Financing His Campaign

February 27, 2016

Yet more on Donald Trump, I’m afraid. In this piece from The Young Turks, John Iadarola show how Donald Trump is very definitely not self-financing his election campaign, as he and his agent, Corey Lewandowski, have claimed ad nauseam. Trump has spent $17.7 million of his money on his campaign, but other donors have contributed $7.5 million, almost 30 per cent of the total. And Iadarola also presents a graph showing that 68% of Trump’s money also comes from loans, which he intends to pay back once he’s won the election.

And finally, Iadarola makes the point that whatever Trump says about not accepting money from rich donors, he is still part of the problem. The reason why donations from wealthy corporations, industrialists and capitalists are resented is because it buys them influence. Donald Trump doesn’t quite need to go so much to wealthy donors, because he is a rich capitalist and industrialist. So he himself is part of the corruption of the American political system.

Trump Retweets Yet Another Neo-Nazi

February 24, 2016

This is another video from The Young Turks. It’s about a piece of old news, which I’ve only just noticed. And it’s yet more racism from Donald Trump. In this piece, Jonathan Harris, Jimmy Dore and John Iadarola talk about Trump retweeting yet another White supremacist. The tweet itself showed a picture of a dishevelled Jeb Bush holding up a cardboard sign saying ‘Vote Bush’. The hashtag for the message, however, was #Whitegenocide, from a Nazi who called himself ‘George Bushovitz’, describing his homeland as ‘Jewmerica’, and whose icon was the founder of the American Nazi party, George Lincoln Rockwell.

The trio lament that they’ve given so much publicity to this Nazi. They quote a message on the Stormfront Neo-Nazi boards, stating that this is good propaganda, although they don’t know about whether it will be good for Trump at the election. They also make the point that this shows how pernicious the profit motive is in news. Joe Scarborough and other news presenters should call Trump out for ‘the racist, misogynist disgusting piece of walking flesh that he is’, as Jonathan Harris, the Black presenter, describes him. But they don’t, because Trump’s good for the ratings, and so they don’t want to stop him phoning in. Harris also makes the excellent point that this shows how far America has moved to the Right. Compared to Trump and Palin and the other lunatics, Ronald Reagan now looks like a liberal.

Earlier this evening I put up a piece from The Young Turks in which they commented on Trump’s nostalgia for the day when protestors at rallies could be beaten to the ground, and how his verbal endorsement of violence shows just how similar he is to the Neo-Nazi death squads in the former Yugoslavia and the Brownshirts in Nazi Germany. I wrote in my post about it that he does remind me of the Blackshirt Nazi gangs and their songs about beating up Jews. And this is starting to seem almost literally true, without hyperbole. The term ‘Jewmerica’ for the United States suggests that the Nazi is another believer in ZOG. This is the acronym the Nazis have cooked up for Zionist Occupation Government, and refers to their bonkers conspiracy theory that the Jews have secretly taken over the US. You can tell how stupid that is, because the last time I looked, most American politicians were gentiles. It’s dangerous nonsense that should never be endorsed by any serious American politician, let alone one aiming at the White House. Trump is frightening, and if he wins, he will only bring about more death, violence and terror.