I feel like Ava and C.I. right now. I'll explain later in the post. Let me dive in
I like WSWS. I like Kate Randall, I like Patrick Martin, I like Andre Damon and there are others. Genevieve Leigh! I've really enjoyed her of late. But I basically like all of WSWS -- even the parts I disagree with. From my last post:
I didn't blog last night. I watched the debate. It was almost midnight when I finished tidying after the debate (we were all in front of the TV for the debate -- four of our adult children, my husband, and three of our grandchildren). I kept checking WSWS waiting for their debate commentary to go up. At two in the morning, I said, "Forget it." I went to sleep.
I've seen what went up and I am so not impressed. If I blog twice tonight, I'll explain how awful I found WSWS nonsense -- and it was nonsense.
I didn't blog about it last night -- no second post. I'll do it now.
Joseph Kishore, if you're going to run for president, run for president. Don't be a little bitch trying to elect Joe Biden. Kishore offered a hideous 'analysis' of the debate. It was beyond stupid and insane. It was also not a Socialist critique at all.
David Walsh is among the people decrying 'racialism' or whatever you want to call it (I believe that's his term) where everything's reduced solely to race. Socialists are supposed to offer a class critique. Watching the debate, I found much to object to coming out of the mouths of both men (Trump and Biden) but SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore didn't.
Four paragraphs criticizing Joe Biden -- if you can call that weak ass nonsense 'criticism.'
How many paragraphs calling out Trump? Over ten -- more if you grasp that Trump's being called Hitler during another lengthy section.
As Kishore goes out of his way to paint Donald Trump as the Great Satan, he steers people to Joe Biden.
There is no reason for a real Socialist to vote for Joe Biden and WSWS has rightly called out Jacobin for its pieces making Joe palatable.
But that's what Kishore did, isn't it?
Joe's not new, he's got a long, long history. But you don't get that from Kishore's awful column (here, by the way, and he co-wrote it with David North).
If you're not getting how pathetic it is, here's one of the worst parts:
The Socialist Equality Party and the World Socialist Web Site make an appeal to all those opposed to Trump’s coup to draw upon the lessons of history, recognize the very real political dangers, and make the decision to fight back.
Support and utilize the Socialist Equality Party’s presidential campaign to develop an understanding of the present crisis and the necessity of revolutionary socialist policies. Circulate this statement as widely as possible in order to build up opposition to Trump’s Operation Dictatorship.
The American working class has the power to scuttle Trump’s conspiracy. But it requires a socialist program and genuinely revolutionary leadership.
Are they appealing for votes? No. Because Joseph's not really a candidate -- he's a fake ass. He's enlisting in the Biden campaign. He doesn't want a better world, he just wants Trump out of office and Biden in.
I'm sorry that isn't Socialism. I'm too lazy to be a Socialist but my father is and his father was and I grew up knowing Socialism. Joseph Kishore has let everyone down.
If the SEP can't run a real candidate then they need to stop pretending.
They are bigger hypocrites than Jacobin could ever be -- even if everything WSWS says about Jacobin were true -- because Jacobin's not running a presidential candidate.
They attacked David Sirota for much less than what Kishore pulled. In fact, from that article by Genevieve Leigh:
Absent from the analysis of Jacobin is any reference to the class interests that the Democratic Party represents. The Democratic Party is the oldest capitalist party in the US. It represents a powerful faction of Wall Street, the military and the intelligence agencies, in alliance with privileged sections of the upper-middle class.
I agree with Genevieve. In fact, I highlighted her article in "Sick of apologists for corporatist Democrats" but, if I can steal from Genevieve, "Absent from the analysis of Joseph Kishore and David North is any reference to the class interests that the Democratic Party represents. The Democratic Party is the oldest capital party in the US. . . ." Yes, the same critique can be aimed at Kishore's awful article. It wasn't Socialism.
Joseph's a fake ass.
Now the Ava and C.I. reference. My son Mike noted I would be writing about Kishore and C.I. noted that I would be writing about Kishore. I had told them. And I got more and more nervous because how do I live up to the expectations.
Which is what Ava and C.I. do every week. I don't know how they do it. At THIRD, they tackle the media every week. They don't read the fan mail and they keep their heads down and focus on the work and they say that's how they do it. And I am amazed that they did "Media: The Jane Fonda Horror Show" -- they didn't want to and didn't plan on it. But that's what you do, pay attention, Joseph Kishore, when you have integrity. Jane Fonda put her name on a stupid book and, to promote it, has said some insane things. Ava and C.I. know her. They like her. They were planning to avoid it but they tackled the topic and did so amazingly, incredibly well. They do the hard work while someone like Joseph Kishore wants to be a presidential candidate but won't fight for votes and will, in fact, try to turn out the vote for the Democratic Party.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Thursday:
Thursday, October 1, 2020. A presidential candidate reveals himself to be a fake ass and more on the debates.
Starting in the US. First off, Joseph Kishore. As I note during election year, my time is valuable. I cover you until you reveal you're a fake ass. Then I don't have time for you. Trina's going to be writing about Kishore tonight and I'll link to it in Friday's snapshot. He's a fake ass.
You either do what your supposed to do or you don't. In this case, you didn't. I didn't create the SEP platform. I didn't sign off on. If their candidate cannot follow their platform, that's on them and their candidate and I don't have the damn time. I was already wasting too much time every Friday searching wildly for anything that week -- the entire week -- that fake ass Kishore had done that we could note here to include him as one of the people running for president.
Jo Jorgensen deserves to be included in the debates. I have argued that all should be. But my argument gets really weak when a fake ass can't run a campaign well enough to issue at least one statement or one video a week. People in all fifty states can vote for Jo Jorgensen. She has her ballot access.
Equally true that she, the Green Party's Howie Hawkins and PSL's Gloria La Riva are running real campaigns.
In 2024, if the SEP cannot get a candidate who can do a minimum of one video a week -- as opposed to Kishore one every two months? -- then they don't need to run a campaign.
And let's also be clear, you're copyrighted articles at WSWS do not count as press releases so stop linking to them as such from your inactive and lazy campaign site.
I will champion the right of people who make real runs for the office. I will do my best to include them. Joseph Kishore is not a real candidate. He's another Dennis Kucinich who play acts at being a candidate and then gives delegates away in Iowa only to later whine, "The press isn't covering me." No, they not going to. Once you care so little about your campaign that you send your supporters over to another candidate, you're not really running for anything. And we all have limited time so we don't have time your fake ass.
As a candidate, Joseph Kishore has now demonstrated he's a fake ass. We'll link to Trina's piece tomorrow. Back to the debate. I'll grab this because I know Trina isn't planning to. Donald Trump's taxes.
They don't matter. Here's Jimmy Dore.
It essentially says:
- Trump is a quite rich international real estate investor.
- U.S. tax laws allow investors to minimize their reported income by claiming various kinds of deprecations and other gimmicks.
- Tax regulations that allows investors to carry forward leftover losses to reduce taxes in future years are especially helpful.
- Trump has good accountants and tax lawyers and has used the laws to their full extent to minimize his tax payments.
Is any of the above something we did not already knew?
What the Times story does NOT say is:
- Trump's tax record reveal that he did something illegal.
The paper had surely hoped for more. It must have been especially bitter for its authors to write this paragraph:
By their very nature, the filings will leave many questions unanswered, many questioners unfulfilled. They comprise information that Mr. Trump has disclosed to the I.R.S., not the findings of an independent financial examination. They report that Mr. Trump owns hundreds of millions of dollars in valuable assets, but they do not reveal his true wealth. Nor do they reveal any previously unreported connections to Russia.
This is a dud. It is certainly not the campaign ammunition the Democrats had hoped for.
Where's WSWS on this?
It's news -- to them -- when they aren't tops in a GOOGLE search result. It's news -- to them -- when there are efforts to disappear them online. The media's unfair -- they cry then. But only for them.
We've been here for 16 years next month. Go find the entry where I'm whining about this site.
ALTERNET delinked from us. I did note that. Because I publicly told them to because of their writers were bullying a young teenager.
Other than that?
Nothing up here. Nothing about why the backup sites that I did are no longer posting. The reason is because there was an effort to influence our GOOGLE status by referring to those. Which is why I no longer post content there. There have bene so many attacks and so many efforts to just shut this tie up -- including legal threats. And I just keep going and don't try to make it about me or this site.
I do not dislike Zach Haller. I think he's a strong voice for the right. If I read him, he makes me think about where I stand on the left and that's the best thing you can say about a political writer. I have called him out only once and that was when a year after the fact he's still got a pinned Tweet (he changed in August finally) about his being censored. Again, he's got a new pinned Tweet and thank goodness. But what's WSWS' excuse. They only care when it's them?
THE NEW YORK TIMES article was supposed to be an "October surprise." It was a smear job and a hit job. It was the media working together to determine the election.
I'm not voting for Donald Trump. That doesn't mean I applaud organized efforts by the press to determine the outcome of the election.
Donald Trump paid very little taxes, the article argues. But that's not illegal. He apparently followed the tax code. Did he create the code? No. He was not in the White House nor was he in Congress. Joe Biden cannot say the same.
The only thing worse than THE NEW YORK TIMES is THE GUARDIAN. They run with anything to undercut Trump. They do that because they have no real reporters. Martin Chulov got bullied by Nouri al-Maliki and was never the same -- boo hoo.
And the rest are opinion writers who often try to pass themselves off as objective news reporters. They are not.
THE GUARDIAN offered a stupid report that's stupid on so many levels. First off, butt the hell out of the US election. Truly, do you see the US involving itself in whether or not this or that person becomes prime minister of the UK?
Apparently, the UK is such a tiny pond and their writers have such a case of penis envy that they have to obsess over the US.
Which is how you get the garbage 'report' of US workers who are outraged by Donald because of his taxes.
Grow the f**king hell up. Outside of some rabid know-nothing, no one's having a fit. Most Americans do not like paying taxes to begin with. If Donald broke the law, people would be outraged. He followed the law and got off via loopholes that the Congress created?
Only the politically stupid would be outraged at him over that.
But THE GUARDIAN exist to, week after week, try to chip away at support for Donald Trump. That's disgusting and that's disgusting if they're a US publication. They're a foreign publication and they're vile and disgusting.
Now they could call out US policies -- under Donald or anyone -- and that could be effective reporting. But they won't do that, will they?
Remember, THE TIMES OF LONDON broke the news of the Downing Street Memos. In the US, you may remember, we were outraged that our press wouldn't cover those memos. But, reality, THE GUARDIAN never covered them either. Nor did the rag try to stop the Iraq War. Tony Blair was for it and, neo-liberal, NEW LABOUR organ that it is, it went right along.
There is a lot of messaging going on right now in the media. That's why your partisan blogs read like MSM -- and vice versa -- over recent allegations about Hillary Clinton. Even the headlines were similar. Just by chance, right?
No. You've got an organized messaging system taking place right now and it'll be exposed later on just like JOURNOLIST was.
There are real issues and Donald Trump's tax returns were never a real issue.
Want to talk about the tax code and Congress? Let's cover that. Real issue.
But the press working overtime to take down Donald Trump is not a reflection on Donald, it's a sign of how corrupt they are and how much disregard that they have for the public.
Remember that Katha Pollitt is a whore. She's a racist whore, yes. But she's a whore. She saw Sarah Palin speak at the GOP convention and took to JOURNOLIST to complain about how effective she felt Sarah was and how she felt Sarah was connecting with voters.
Now Katha's paid to share her opinions with readers of THE NATION. But that opinion never made it into print. Instead, she whored and attacked. We know what she really thought because JOURNOLIST got leaked. But if THE NATION was a credible outlet, they would have immediately fired her when the JOURNOLIST was exposed because how can they -- or their readers -- trust someone who they now knew lied in an opinion piece?
Now she's a racist. African-American writers have always known that. Alice Walker is not the only one Katha's attacked in a NYT review. She's a racist. That's why, when at the start of the '00s, the NAACP was rightly calling out the lack of people of color on TV programs, Katha, in her racist huff, felt the need to lecture the NAACP and tell them that there were more important matters.
She's an ugly person and she's still got a job. She's useless and she's ugly and THE NATION keeps her on the payroll while a small group of White feminists rally round her like she's Edna Garrett and they're THE FACTS OF LIFE gals.
The press is corrupt and it always has been. Katha's been a racist for years. She signed off on that racist letter this year and, even then, notice she wasn't called out.
Supposedly, on the left, we care so much about racism. We want to end it. But we're too scared to even call out an elderly, fat White woman for her long history of racism.
The debate coverage goes to the corruption of the press. Ruth's "It was the Dog Faced Pony Boy that started the interruptions" went up. She's right. It was Joe Biden who first started interrupting and cutting off Donald Trump. But how the press has painted Senile Joe as the victim.
And when this happens, go watch the debate again, moderator Chris Wallace encourages it.
The debate failed to cover serious issues. War was not on the table. Though Joe did try to self-servingly bring up his dead son again. Trump cut him off, thankfully. Beau serving -- briefly -- in the Iraq War does not mitigate your role in the Iraq War. You stifled debate, you attacked people who were against the Iraq War, you voted for it and then, long after you knew better, you continued to support the war. In April 2008, you noted that Nouri al-Maliki was a thug (without using the term -- only Hillary Clinton had the guts to call him that with that term in April of 2008) and you noted that his government had no support among the Iraqi people and that US troops were being used to keep him in place. Those were solid observations. However, two years later, you didn't care about any of that. The Iraqi people voted Nouri out in the 2010 elections. He refused to step down -- as US Gen Ray Odierno warned could happen. Instead of backing the winner and ensuring that Iraqis had trust in this new voting system (that was imposed on them, not created by them) and that democracy could flourish in Iraq, Joe overturned that vote with The Erbil Agreement.
What Beau did or didn't do -- this is where I could float some truths about Beau but won't -- is not pertinent. What is pertinent is what Joe Biden did.
And if he wants to talk about support for the troops, I'm sorry Senator Tammy Duckworth, where's your critique? Candidate Wheezy? She's slammed Donald Trump for not serving in Vietnam. Joe didn't. Despite playing baseball and football in high school and college, he was too 'sickly' from asthma to serve in Vietnam. And then he got those deferments -- I mean children. Saint Joe did not father children to stay out of the war, no one ever did, right?
I didn't support the war on Vietnam and don't feel anyone should have been sent there. But Joe did -- after the fact, after it was over and his cowardly ass couldn't be sent there.
Throughout the debate, Chris Wallace offered opinions that he passed off as facts -- he did that with Joe and with Donald. It was disgusting. "I guess I'm debating you and not him," Donald said at one point and he was right. The moderator is not running for president, the moderator's opinions are not important or necessary.
The questions? We could have had more if Chris wasn't so enthralled at the sound of his own voice. Where was gender in the debate? Old White Man Chris asked Old White Men Joe and Donald a ton of questions. He didn't ask about assault -- because both Joe and Donald have been accused of it? -- and he didn't ask about domestic violence. Poverty and healthcare are issues that overwhelming effect women -- especially single mothers -- but there was nothing that indicated that in the debate. Healthcare was reduced to pre-existing conditions.
Candidates may choose to run issue-less campaigns and stand for nothing. That's no excuse for the media to go along with it. The moderator needed real questions and offered none.
In Iraq, the war continues. Margaret Griffis (ANTIWAR.COM):
During September at least 104 people were killed across Iraq, and 114 more were wounded. A mass grave also gave up 21 victims. The toll from August was 102 dead and 134 wounded.
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