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  • A NOTE TO MY READERS...

    Please be aware that blog.ca has notified bloggers that their site will be ended on December 15.

    I will, until that time, continue posting here.

    Readers may easily still find my essays and comments after that.
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    For example, my press comments will always also be posted at:

    https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/

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  • A GROTESQUE PIECE OF PROPAGANDA - COMPARING TRUMP'S PRINCELY LIFE DURING VIETNAM WAR TO JOHN MCCAIN'S BROKEN BONES - TRUE POLITICAL TRASH

    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 Trumpís sexual voyeurism, juxtaposed to McCainís broken bones in Vietnam, is grotesquely distorted. McCainís record of sexual behavior is no more elevated than what the author asserts about Trump, and Mccainís 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 Ďthe button.í

    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 McCainís background, see:

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

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

  • TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS - FUN TO WATCH - JEB BUSH AS EXCITING AS WARM OVALTINE

    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.

  • QUOTING TONY BLAIR ON LABOUR PARTY'S LEADERSHIP CONTEST - BLAIR'S CHARACTER - THE DEVIL'S BLOODIEST WORK - ALMOST CERTAIN PSYCHOPATHY

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • IRAN ASSERTING ITSELF IN THE MIDDLE EAST - A WAY OF SAYING SOMETHING NEGATIVE ABOUT SOMETHING NORMAL

    COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

    I think the headline is worded badly.

    Iran has no need to "assertĒ 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 Ė America and Israel, modern Iran never having attacked anyone Ė just do not understand that they cannot remold societies with bombs.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • ANALYSIS OF AN ARTICLE ASSERTING THAT PRESSURE ON ISRAEL DOES NOT HELP BECAUSE ISRAELIS WANT PEACE TOO

    COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

    Well, there is peace, and there is peace.

    What most of the earth's people instinctively understand as peace is not what most Israelis want, I am convinced, and I am convinced solely by the realities I see, not by beliefs or faith or any other quasi-religious stuff.

    They want, as best we can judge, by a long series of leaders and the general behavior of its people, peace on their own terms, and that is not what peace ever really is. Unconditional surrender is not peace.

    By "their terms" I mean they want much of the remaining territory they have illegally occupied for half a century, but they want it without the people who live there. Nothing else explains Israelís history. Where are those people to go? Anywhere, who cares, everything from the Sinai to Jordan having been advocated.

    Israelís vision of Palestine is a kind of amorphous thing floating out there somewhere in space, a place with almost no rights or initiatives, a place that serves as a vast encampment for a reserve pool of manual labor, pretty much the way they have kept things for half a century.

    I don't see how it can be otherwise, judging by actual behavior and leadersí words.

    It is either less than honest or rather foolish to say that pressure doesn't help in terrible situations like this. Is the author blind to history?

    How was apartheid ended in South Africa? Relentless pressure.

    How was the Jim Crow South in the United States brought around? Relentless pressure.

    Israel itself is a great believer in pressure and sanctions as we can see from countless examples, the savage situation in Gaza being the most extreme, but this belief extends only so far as the things Israel wants, not to what others want or are entitled. Relentless pressure for whatever it wants, including the Americaís invasion of Iraq, the invasion by a proxy army of Syria, the invasion of Lebanon, regime change in Egypt, and serious threats of attacking Iran, a totally peaceful country. Israel is also in bed with such absolute regimes as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Generalissimo-run Egypt, and others. Thus while it goes on in speeches about democracy, its best friends and workmates in the region are tyrants.

    The author only offers one more instance of tiresome special pleading for Israel, as though it were somehow exempt from all the normal expectations and behaviors of human society.

    Sadly, being exempt pretty much summarizes Israelís entire brief history: constantly making demands and threats, unleashing extreme violence periodically, treating millions as rather less than human, a long series of black operations and assassinations, and just relentless pressure on everyone, including its chief benefactor, the United States.

    But Israel is not exempt. If you want the rule of law, you must yourself abide by the law, the law being our only protection in the long-run against the baser instincts of humanity. If we want Israel to join the ranks of normal countries - instead of continuing as a rather brutal occupying power which stunts and abuses the lives of millions while periodically stealing their property, always mouthing empty platitudes about democracy and human rights - only pressure will achieve it.

    The authorís argument is really for the status quo with words dolled up in attractive window dressing.
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    A comment about Palestinians wanting only to destroy Israel:

    Thanks for repeating the official boiler-plate.

    We've likely heard that a thousand times in the last half century, and it is no truer now than it was at the beginning.

    Now, if you really believe what you say, it follows logically that you might begin to ask, well, if that's the case, was putting Israel where it is a great mistake?

    Is Israel's entire future to be nothing but a heavily armed garrison state? And who will want to live there in future? And is it even sustainable?

    No matter what slogans you repeat over and over, in the end peace is the only meaningful choice.

  • OBSERVATIONS ON THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT - FINALLY A REAL ACHIEVEMENT FOR OBAMA - IRAN AND HUMAN RIGHTS

    COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

    The nuclear agreement with Iran is Obama's first serious achievement as President.

    Everybody, except the madman running Israel, knows that it is important.

    Virtually all intelligence services have agreed that Iran is not pursuing atomic weapons anyway, yet they had to be seriously punished with sanctions to please Israel and its lobby.

    Of course, the question which always goes unasked and unanswered in the press is why Israel is free to sit on an atomic arsenal?

    The real threat ahead is Netanyahu trying to do something really stupid to destroy the agreement.
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    To a comment about Iran should be required now to work hard now on human rights:

    Sorry, what's your point?

    Look at the photos readily available on the Internet, and you will see a lot of happy, beautiful people in Iran.

    No, they don't have every ideal of freedom, but what country does?

    The United States is today one of the world's more repressive and unjust states, and the same certainly goes for its nasty little colony in the Mideast which holds half the people under its rule against their will.

    We never, however, get a word about that in the mainstream press, only more cliches like yours about Iran.

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