Saturday, January 30, 2021

US-American Idiots


I know that if I blog about something it should be about Canadian crap. Because I'm Canadian. And I do plan on blogging about murderous racist Mike Harris winning the Order of Ontario, and the simpering hypocrite Doug Ford running interference for murderously greedy long-term care home owners (like Mike Harris). But I just had this reaction of visceral disgust to [now] Secretary of State Antony Blinken's views on Iran expressed at his confirmation hearings:

    “When it comes to Iran, a couple of things. First, President-elect Biden is committed to the proposition that Iran will not acquire a nuclear weapon, and we share I know that goal across this committee. An Iran with a nuclear weapon or on the threshold of having one with the capacity to build one on short order would be an Iran that is even more dangerous than it already is when it comes to all of the other malicious activities that it is engaged in whether it is support for terrorism, whether it is fueling and feeding its proxies, whether it is destabilizing the region an Iran with a nuclear weapon or with the threshold capacity to build one is an Iran that would act potentially with even greater impunity than it already is. So I think we have an urgent responsibility to do whatever we can to prevent Iran from acquiring a record for getting–weapon, or getting close to the capacity to having the fissile material to break out on short notice.

Now, here's the thing: Antony Blinken came from an affluent family (They might not have been personally rich, but high-level diplomats such as US Ambassador to Hungary earned high incomes and lived in very comfortable surroundings.) and he had all the benefits of elite private schools, and a degree from Harvard and a degree from Columbia Law School. He himself has had a well rewarded career as a senior bureaucrat in various areas of the Washington foreign policy establishment. For a guy with all those advantages to be spouting such moronic drivel as he gets confirmed for yet another cushy job is, to me, absolutely vomit-inducing. 

    An Iran with a nuclear weapon or on the threshold of having one with the capacity to build one on short order would be an Iran that is even more dangerous than it already is ...

Like, what the fuck do you mean by THAT Blinken? How is Iran "already" a danger to the USA? Iran isn't trying to attack the United States. Iran isn't threatening to invade other countries. And, for the record, Iran doesn't appear to have had any nuclear weapons ambitions since 2003 (if it ever really did). "Iran's nuclear ambitions" appears to be just another example of US foreign policy fuck-faces inventing another laughable "threat" that they can wail and scream about for their sychophantic "journalist" class to justify insane levels of military spending. 

    ... when it comes to all of the other malicious activities that it is engaged in ...

Oh! Let's hear about what Blinken categorizes as "malicious activities.":

    ... whether it is support for terrorism ...

I see. So supporting terrorism is bad! So where are the sanctions against Saudi Arabia? Or against Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates? And, obviously, it goes without saying that the US government [insanely] arms and finances terrorists and has done so for decades. From the sadistic monsters of the Nicaraguan Contras, to the "death squads" of other Central American countries. It arms "moderate" head-chopping Islamic extremists in Syria (who work with and share resources with extreme extermists like Al-Nusra Front and ISIL), in Libya, in Angola, in Venezuela. The list goes on and on. What supreme hypocrisy!

    ... whether it is fueling and feeding its proxies ...

As opposed to the USA doing exactly that!

    ... whether it is destabilizing the region ...

Is he fucking joking???? Seriously?? A goddamned US-American foreign-policy maker complaining about another country "destablizing" the Middle East?????

I complained to a friend of mine about this and he said words to the effect of how of course somebody like Blinken is going to spew bullshit, ... but it still takes a human being with alleged self-respect and a functioning brain to form and speak the words! This is so completely insane that you have to either be terrified or offended. There's no middle ground. He either believes this shit and is insane, or he's basically shamelessly lying and laughing to himself how nobody is ever going to call him out for his lies.  This is so inexcusably, totally wrong.

Now, reading up on Blinken I see that he's Jewish and many of his ancestors perished in The Holocaust with the few survivors moving the United States after the war.  Similar histories have made some Jewish people fervent believers in the Zionist project of Israel, which is entirely understandable. And Israel hates Iran. And the USA hates Iran because of disgusting self-pity about the hostage crisis at the US Embassy in Tehran from 1979-1981. I'm not going to go into the fact that Israel has regressed into becoming a cauldron of casual, murderous racism and cruelty, corruption and extremism. No, suffice to say, Blinken is a fanatical supporter of Israel and Israel hates Iran and so Blinken hates Iran.

But even if Blinken hates Iran, for him to rave like a lunatic about Iran "destabilizing" the Middle East, when his own fucking USA allowed supported both sides of the Iraq-Iran War; granted Iraq permission to invade Kuwait and then condemned Iraq when it did, armed fundamentalists in Afghanistan to fight a ruinous civil war in Afghanistan creating millions of refugees and abandoning that country to postwar chaos and misery, subjected Iraq to ruinous sanctions, invaded Iraq killing over one-million human beings and millions more as refugees, supported Israel every step of the way as it attacks its neighbours; conducted proxy wars against Syria using (again) fundamentalist nutbars, did the same thing "successfully" in Libya, transforming it into a failed-state with open slave markets, creating millions of refugees from both Libya and Syria who try to flee to Europe where their presence inspires racist rat-brains to form fascist political movements to fight the "Muslim invasion," .... why, .... the man is obviously unfit for a job of such importance. He's a deluded, deranged, hypocritical, psychopathic idiot.

Which, sadly, means he fits right in at that mental asylum. His level of mental degeneracy is par for the course in Washington (and, sadly, Ottawa as well).

Next up: Apparently arrogant, incompetent psychopath Hillary Clinton has a podcast! And one of her first guest (or her first and only guest) was the revolting Nancy Pelosi. And both of those vermin began babbling that the January 6th riot in Washington by Donald Trump's deluded followers was possibly the work of satanic mastermind Vladimr Putin! This is equally as stupid and deranged as the snivelling cowards among the Republican Party's base who now claim that the riot was the work of Antifa. (The fact that numerous long-term Q-anon/Trumpist bloggers and podcasters and other such "celebrities" took so many selfies of themselves at the riot hasn't dissuaded any of these losers from clinging to their self-evidently stupid belief.)

Between the oily, bloated, sadistic, deranged Mike Pompeo and the ranting lunatic Antony Blinken, ... the choice of sane people is "neither." Well, that's all I had to say.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Dangerously Stupid


So, recently I mentioned two right-wing ranters who I think are representative of the more mentally active of "conservatives." With all sorts of theories about all sorts of things.

Wrong about global warming. Wrong about terrorism. Wrong about social programs. Wrong about crime.

But notice the other constant besides being wrong: All of their delusions benefit the rich and the powerful: 

Their idiotic denial of anthropogenic global warming benefits the fossil fuels industry.

Their hysterical paranoia and racism about terrorism benefits fossil fuels (access to Mid-East oil), the military-industrial-complex (subsidies to capitalists as well as Thomas Friedman's "hidden fist" that defends Adam Smith's "invisible hand" of the world capitalist system) and the surveillance state (to "keep us safe"). 

Their ignorance and bigotry about social programs benefits the rich (low taxes), employers (who get desperate job applicants) and the prison-industrial-complex which became a major element of the US oligarchy in the last quarter of the 20th Century and which provides increasing numbers of slave labourers tor US corporations as well as neutering the rage of the most dispossesed portion of the working class.

Writing this it seems possible that these fools never have an original thought for themselves and that instead the ruling classes drop little clues into the culture for the fools to find and then they construct insane theories that inevitably benefit the rulers. Certainly the cretins writing the editorials in the Toronto Sun must know how much their drivel benefits their employers and their employers' friends. 

It's difficult to tell just where the cynicism starts and the stupidity begins. In this post I wrote about the vapidity and selfishness of the asshole CEO of McDonald's Canada as he stammers over his contradictory defence of his franchisees' use of underpaid foreign labour in Canada:

The mewling self-pity; the idiotic attempts at sarcasm, the gutless weasel words, ... the whole gamut of Betts's response to this scandal provides us with an excellent case-study of the sort of mentally challenged individuals for who our entire society is designed to serve. 

The point is that to be a high-powered executive/capitalist/oligarch you have to be a psychopath. Psychopaths tend not to be deep thinkers. (They might be clever and quick thinkers but there's a difference.) As well, there's the question of "talent," of "genius."  A talented musician, or painter, or film director, or entrepreneur, or computer programmer, can be a complete and total asshole with zero social skills as well as being a selfish prick. These are the sorts of people we lavish love and affection on. 

Basically, the whole edifice of our profit-driven society is based on a foundation of weak clay. Capitalist societies are based on sociopathic selfishness. As such, the "thinkers" (more like propagandists) who defend this system are going to be limited individuals themselves. So all the way down the line you'll find failure, especially at the end of the line where these right-wing troglodytes hang out. 

The long and the short of it is that while there is a class divide, between the workers and the oligarchs, there is also a mental divide. I grow tired of this mythology of "the People." I grow tired of the myth of "The People United Will Never Be Defeated." When I hear the mythology that we supposedly have more in common with a right-wing member of the working class than we have differences, I can only gasp at the audacity, the willing blindness, that goes into making such a statement. The idea that elites are dividing us, and setting us against each other, is, to put it bluntly, ridiculous. WE WERE ALREADY DIVIDED.

Not everyone who votes Conservative (or Republican, or whatever) is my natural enemy. Some people raised in a racist culture, but who are not mentally constituted to fear differences the way genuine conservatives do, can become enlightened by an anti-racist environment. Some people vote conservative out of ignorance. Access to information can help them. (This isn't meant to be condescending. It's a simple fact that if you look at the records of most "conservative" or right-wing governments, you will see that their policies injure or kill people the vast majority of the time.)

If these are the sick accomplishments of their leadership, people who can (sort of) put an entire book together (like stephen harper), it becomes easy to understand just why the brain products of defectives like Davis Aurini are so godawful. And he's an example of the dyed-in-the-wool right-winger that I'm talking about. I don't have more in common with him than I do differences. He's a racist. He's a white supremacist. He's a deluded, bigoted Christian supremacist. 

Check out this guy:

Timothy Juhlke works directly with students at St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School, while also frequently posting racist, anti-Muslim, antisemitic, anti-2SLGBTQ, and misogynistic content to Facebook under the name TJ Dread.

On more than one occasion, these posts carry a violent tone.

"Justin actually lost but cheated and imported terrorists to vote for him," Juhlke said about the 2019 federal election, referring to a conspiracy theory that the Liberal party has increased immigration in order to grow their voting base. 

On various occasions, he has also described Muslims as "cave people" and "Muzzies" and said that Muslims "should never be allowed in any western government anywhere in the first place."


""F#%k em (sic)," he responded. "I hate them for every single reason. They hate us, so why should I care? Scumbags."

On the topic of the Islamist extremist suicide bomb attack on an Ariana Grande concert in 2017, and Justin Trudeau's response, Juhlke posted a picture of a body hanging from a tree and the words, "In the past, if you got caught helping the enemy you were hung (sic) for treason. Why Should (sic) it be any different today?"

Its caption read, "For (Justin Trudeau), antifa, and all apologists."

In his next comment, he threatened, "Anyone defending these animals to me on here or in person ever again will be in the shock of their lives," and commented elsewhere on the post: "When I encounter apologists now they will just be put to sleep. Traitors."


Juhlke is also a staunch COVID-19 denier, referring to those who accept the scientific consensus on the virus as "absolutely vile creatures" who "would be the first ones goosestepping around Berlin and Moscow."

Juhlke's COVID-19 denial also includes expressing violent fantasies.

"Global reset talk. Not even hiding it," he wrote in the comments of a post about vaccines. "I plan on taking a few henchmen out if possible."

Juhlke has repeatedly promoted the idea that COVID-19 is part of a globalist plot, and explicitly identified "the authors of globalization (sic)" as "the unmentionable tribe," a common antisemitic stand-in for Jews.

In other posts, he's made comments about the "group that invented communism, all of the isms and the war of ideas to undermine us all," another antisemitic trope. 

This individual isn't a potential ally to me. He's not an innocent working class lamb steered down the wrong path by our oligarchic overlords. He's a deranged, racist, ranting, violent menace. (The article goes on to quote some of his unhinged threats of violence [from behind a pseudonym] to journalists that he doesn't like.)

And it's the part about COVID-19 denial that I'll conclude my little blog post with. COVID-19 denial and Global Warming denial. And Pro-War enthusiasm. And anti-socialism (including anti-welfare state) beliefs. And stupidly championing "free markets" and "deregulation" and attacks on unions. All beliefs that benefit oligarchs and impoverish the majority.

Every position these fuck-faces take is so bloody stupid and destructive. These idiots are NOT our potential brothers and sisters. They are a portion of the population afflicted with brains that make them paranoid, violent and dangerous. They are encouraged in their delusions by cynics and sociopaths from among the ruling classes (many of whom are deluded morons themselves). I don't know what to do about them really. There's too many of them to silence. But they are a danger to us. 

The one thing I do know is that during the post-1945 "golden age" of capitalism, they were rendered more docile by material prosperity. These people TOLERATED affirmative action programs and increased recognition for the human rights of traditionally oppressed peoples. But neo-liberalism (which they stupidly supported) has made their lives harsher and so they lash out. And here's what liberal propagandists like Montreal Simon, Driftglass, Lawyers/Guns/&Money fail to understand: Your policies make these people angry. Impoverishing them makes them angry. Simultaneously championing liberal social values while impoverishing these people makes them doubly angry. Conservative political movements make scapegoats out of oppressed groups and direct the rage of true-blue, mentally conservative maniacs against them.

Don't delude yourselves about the way that the policies of Obama, or Trudeau, or now Biden, are benefiting oligarchs while condemning the majority to desperation. They most certainly are. Among those people are dangerously stupid conservatives. Don't make them angry. You don't like them when they're angry.

I can't see the writing on this yet. I've no idea what it means.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Jimmy Dore meets the pathologies of the Left


Jimmy Dore came from a conservative, Irish Catholic family with 12 children. His father (and other men in the family) were Chicago police officers. They are (he says) right-wing, anti-union, racist, ranters. Jimmy Dore was also a bricklayer for ten years. Then he became a stand-up comic for twenty years. (I'm thinking there was some overlap with those two careers.)

I'm of the opinion that there was a lot of yelling in the Dore household when he was growing up. And, having worked in construction myself, I know there's a lot of yelling and macho posturing in that line of work. And stand-up comics are known as a (mainly) male-dominated, male-oriented culture that quite often includes heavy drinking, coarse behaviour, lewd comments, trash talking.

Jimmy Dore can be caustic. He yells. He calls people "cock-suckers" as an insult. (He admits that it's sexist, homophobic and stupid. Since he likes having his cock sucked. It's just a habit for him. The same way that even raunchier comedian Doug Stanhope says he'll let a homosexual man fuck him in the ass if he can continue to use the word "faggot" as an insult.) I've written about Jimmy Dore before. The only point that I'm trying to make here is that the man is temperamentally volatile and occasionally offensive.

He also has his heart in the right place on a lot of things and he can also see through the bullshit better than a lot of other lefty pundits. He rightfully condemns Hillary Clinton, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Chris Hayes, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and other such creeps for the corrupt, murderous sociopaths that they are. He thinks the Democratic Party is hopeless. He's gone from being a Bernie Sanders supporter to condemning him as a "sheep dog" for the Democrats, keeping progressives in the herd and preventing them from breaking-off from the party to form an independent protest movement.

(Sadly, his condemnations of Democratic corruption attract a lot of stupid right-wingers and even Trump supporters. This human garbage pollutes his YouTube comments section with their moronic observations and lies.)

Dore has made enemies of others on the left. Especially Sam Seder. He's gone from being a partner with "The Young Turks" Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, to making a gracious split with them over political differences to condemning them as liars and grifters. And he expresses his anger at what he believes are left-wing sell-outs in his typical earthy fashion. So some of these genteel progressive types really don't like him.

But I have to say that I agreed with his recent (doomed) campaign to get "The Squad" to compel Nancy Pelosi to give them a floor vote on Medicare For All in return for their needed support for her (now successful attempt) at another term as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

With their reduced majority in the HoR, Pelosi needed every vote she could get to remain Speaker. Dore said this was the perfect time for the Progressive Caucus (including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [AOC], Ro Khanna, Ilhan Omar, and others) to use their leverage to force Pelosi to give them a floor vote on establishing Medicare For All. When else would they have leverage? What better time than during a pandemic that has crippled the economy, thereby causing unemployment, thereby causing millions of people to lose their employer-paid health insurance?

Dore used AOC's previous rhetoric to argue for this. AOC had said it was better to be a one-term Congressperson than to remain in power by playing the status-quo game. AOC had said we didn't need to wait ten years to accomplish things, but that they could do things today if they had the courage. AOC had said that you didn't get things by being polite and understanding and respectful, but by causing a ruckus. Dore pointed out that all that stirring talk has gone out the window. 

Some people tried (occasionally on group podcasts) to argue that AOC and the squad were bargaining behind the scenes for secret concessions and for committee seats for progressives. Dore would yell that this was total bullshit. And it was. Nancy Pelosi deliberately sabotaged AOC's getting on the important House Energy & Commerce Committee that dealt with many issues pertaining to the AOC-championed "Green New Deal." The Squad says that they obtained exemption from Pelosi's ridiculous "Paygo" rules for the Green New Deal and COVID-related healthcare programs. But this is meaningless if Pelosi never allows anything to come to the floor for a vote. And Pelosi obviously has no intention of bringing Medicare4All for a vote. And she has derided the Green New Deal as "the 'Green Dream' or whatever."

But trying to push this initiative to use their leverage to extract a floor vote on M4A (which he called "Force the Vote") has brought Jimmy Dore up against the Left's pathological hatred of ever doing anything besides complaining and compromising. David Sirota came out as for it, but opposed to it at the same time. The Young Turks ran away from it. Sam Seder at first gave his nemesis Dore credit for getting something right "for once" and then proceeded to trash Jimmy Dore for yelling rather than advance the initative. The Intercept ran interference for AOC, accusing Dore of bullying her and committing "violence" against her. True to form, Jeffrey St.Clair of Counterpunch briefly sneered about it before returning to his narcissistic sharing of his latest book reads and music listening. There were articles about how corporate Democrats in the House who would co-sponser M4A bills that would never see the light of day could also vote for it knowing that it would die in the Senate, so what would be the point? It would only be "performative" and "theatre." As if being able to say that the Republican Senate was killing M4A during a crisis such as this wouldn't be anything the Democrats could campaign on. In short, these stupid assholes all came up with moronic excuses for why nothing could be done and never said what the conditions needed to be, or when the moment would be, to ever do anything.

I totally sympathize with Jimmy Dore. Like him, I ask my fellow progressives and fellow radicals: "What's the plan?" only to have to answer myself "There is no plan." 

Progressive Democrats, Justice Democrats, ... the corporate Democrats hate you. They abuse you. They blame you for their own failings. They are your enemies and they are the enemies of the US-American people. They don't like you and you shouldn't like them. Your power is based on your outsider reputations. You are going to compromise yourselves into irrelevance.

Electoral leftists, internet activists, ... what's the plan? Super-radicals, street activists, ... what's YOUR plan? The problem is oligarchic capitalism. It can't be "reformed." It has to be killed. What's the plan? What's the big revolutionary project? Seriously: WHAT IS IT??? Is the NDP going to ask for public dental care? Is that it? Are we, the majority of the population, to forever be supplicants to the oligarchic ruling class? To ask for crumbs from them? Super-radicals: Your power is in the streets right? So, are you going to take on the cops? Are you going to cause a ruckus? WHAT'S THE PLAN????

As Jimmy Dore found out through demonstrating the progressive Democrats' failure to practice "Politics 101" the Left is pathologically wedded to inactivity and impotent whining.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

So, About Yesterday's Trumpian Invasion of Washington


On the one hand you have to hand it to these people. They sincerely believe the election was stolen and that their whole way of life is under attack. They aren't afraid to go to the capital and tell the government that they're angry and that they mean business. (If only progressives could have stirred themselves with equal passion and activism when stephen harper stole the 2011 Canadian Federal Election.)

But, of course, on the other hand, these people are all fucking idiots. The sort of shit-heads I've been blogging about recently. They have the unmitigated gall to whine about how the election was stolen from them when their own bloated, orange, stupid, perverted, corrupt demi-god tried, in plain sight, to sabotage the US Postal Service so that he could sabotage mail-in voting. Their own fucking party engages in brazen, blatant voter suppression and gerrymandering. The hypocrisy is staggering. The entitlement is staggering. The self-pitying whining is nauseating.

I have read little bits here and there about how they say the election was stolen and how the courts haven't decided anything on the merits of the evidence but have, instead, dismissed cases without hearing them. But here's the thing: I don't fucking care. I don't care to read any more into their arguments because these shit-heads lie all the fucking time. I used to investigate the claims of the right-wing (about Palestinians, Black crime rates, WMDs in Iraq, whether bush II went AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard, etc., etc., ) and it always turned out that it was a waste of time. These right-wing assholes were ALWAYS wrong, ALWAYS lying, ALWAYS stupid. I'm sure that, once again, they're lying. Deluded. Stupid. I'm sure that they're lying and deluded again. 

And, obviously, while they're whining about how oppressed they are, these are the same scum who praised cops and attacked Black protesters (and their allies) for protesting against murderous police racism and brutality. This protest showed that the police sympathize with them. (Indeed, police unions across the USA endorsed Trump.) They were treated relatively well by the police in Washington yesterday. It's almost as if the people in charge (who knew this was coming) did everything they could to let it happen. The pigs and other goons split skulls when lefties protest.

I've got a post in the works about how these stupid people are dangerous because they're stupid. They are our enemies. Many of them might be working class but we can achieve very little with them and pandering to them can make things worse. These people are our enemies. They hate us. We should hate them. 

We leftists, together with "normies" outnumber them. But we see how corrupt institutions can give majority government power to parties with less than 40% of the vote here in Canada. These scumbags are a large enough minority that they could take control if we let them.

"6MWE" stands for "6 Million [Jews] Wasn't Enough."
(Where are the "Inglourious Basterds" when you need 'em?)