Haven’t done a video rant in ages and over the past few days this story has been on my mind so now seems to be the perfect time to share it.
Iranian. Azeri. Vegan. Activist. Muslim-sounding name. Clearly the good folks at Breitbart are trying to prove a point?
If anything they missed a trick – according to the Telegraph, she was also an animal rights protester.
Remember – if the shooter was ‘American. White. Meat-Eating. Christian.’ then the headline would read something like this : ‘YouTube shooting highlights the need to focus on mental health issues’. JLP
Whether it’s through stupidity, unwillingness or incompetence, the Democrat leadership cannot get across the simple message that Donald Trump’s agenda of racism, misogyny and pro-corporatism is bad for the American people, and the mainstream media isn’t much better.
YouTube clip by Dan Rather on The Young Turks on January 22, 2018
“…if most of the media ignore the year-long slow-motion shut down and if Democrats don’t raise enough stink about it, maybe it’s because too many of us have signalled that we’re on board”
Shortcomings with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Throwing millions off their medical insurance by hacking away at Obamacare. Going after Medicare and Social Security. Gutting the staff at the State Department. Rescinding regulations for the sake of it.
Those are just some of the actions Donald Trump has taken since being sworn in just over a year ago, yet in recent days he has been able to frame the word ‘shutdown’ as meaning something that is only harmful to the US military, which already receives more funding than any other nation by a long, long way.
At first I was annoyed at myself for not realising that what the President has done since taking office is effectively a massive shutdown in itself, but I’m not involved with politics and government on a daily basis – the point is so simple and obvious that we have to wonder why his primary opposition, namely the Democrats and, as he calls them, ‘The Fake News Media’, haven’t been highlighting it all weekend?
Thankfully we have people like the legendary Dan Rather to get the message out there. And as he points out, it’s possible that the general public is also complicit to an extent.
As I recently pointed out here on FPP, the likes of Chuck Schumer with his ‘bowl of Jello’ and Nancy Pelosi with her ‘poop Sundae’ simply don’t have the charisma necessary to deliver the kind of soundbites needed to combat Trump’s twitter tirades. Meanwhile we have Dick Durbin gleefully using the word ‘bipartisanship’ as if it also necessarily means ‘fairness for the American people’.
Besides…if anything should have clinched the message battle for the Democrats re the latest shutdown it should have been that absolutely disgusting ad which suggested they would be responsible for any future murders by illegal immigrants. That was nothing short of Hitler-esque propaganda [script most likely written by Stephen Miller] which speaks volumes for the intelligence levels of the demographic at which it was aimed.
The party badly needs new leadership. Whether or not Mitch McConnell keeps to his word on DACA by February 8, the Democrats have left themselves wide open for negative press between now and then for having caved far too easily over the spending bill.
And there I was, very close to writing a post here praising them for finally showing a bit of fight. Why do I allow myself to get so deluded? JLP
PS – As I’m about to publish, Trump has tweeted this :
Even Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN agrees: “Trump World and WH sources dancing in end zone: Trump wins again…Schumer and Dems caved…gambled and lost.” Thank you for your honesty Jim!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2018
I rest my case.
The Republicans and Democrats need to agree on a budget before Friday otherwise the government will ‘shut down’, ie there will be no money to pay federal employees. As the Senate must have at least 60 votes to pass a spending bill, even though the Democrats are in a minority their cotes are needed and thus they have some leverage and they are hoping to use this to finally secure a deal for the so-called ‘Dreamers’ or children of illegal immigrants who have proven themselves to be productive members of American society.
YouTube clip by The Young Turks on January 15, 2018
“…you’re weak, you’re losers, you’re pathetic. How do you expect us to get excited, to show up to the polls, for these loser Democrats who can’t figure out a way to fight against fucking Trump???”
The reason we are outraged by Trump’s recent ‘shithole’ remark [not even going to bother with the word ‘alleged’…we all know he said it] is not because such words that shouldn’t ever be used in politics…in his case, it was all about the fact that he was referring to entire nations of people.
Of course there are times when the use of ‘salty’ language is absolutely necessary, and in this clip of the Young Turks, host Cenk Ungur rightly calls out the corporate Democrats for their meagre attempts to use their leverage in the government spending bill to secure proper legislation for the Dreamers.
It’s not often that Ungur gets this animated – though to be clear, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing because if he went on a tirade for every clip he’d be no better than Alex Jones. This is definitely the kind of time-sensitive issue where a verbal kick up the backside is exactly what it required. Whether it will do any good remains to be seen – I’m not so sure Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi know how to use YouTube, let alone subscribe to the Young Turks.
Like many articles on TheJournal.ie, the real reading is not in the actual text, rather below in the comments section.
Take this one titled “‘People throw bananas at you or tell you to go back to your country just for asking to see a ticket’“. The inspiration for the article is a campaign run by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Transport for Ireland and Dublin City Council to promote “a message of zero tolerance” towards racism in Ireland.
Of course this debate is particularly timely what with President #DoubleDownDonald having one of his classic press conference meltdowns where he tried to suggest that not all those who protested the statue in Charlottesville were neo-Nazis. By the way, in that tirade, the president alluded to something he called the “alt-left” which proved the very point I made a couple of days ago about false equivalency.
But returning to Ireland, the Journal article cites numerous experiences of racism by public transport drivers of various origins. It’s not all violent, most of it isn’t. But particularly in an area like this, ie racial hatred, the violence is the tip of the proverbial iceberg, and to understand where it comes from you first must acknowledge what lies beneath the water, and there are several examples in the comments section of this piece, much as we’d expect.
The first category, and the easiest to dismiss, is captured by this one…
Yawn!! The Journal is really laying it on today. Its endless. Are they being cynical and using it all for clickbait? Can you not see it just a quango justifying it’s continued existance (and big saleries) by portraying a subjective and selective number of allegations. Whether they are true or not doesn’t really matter as it is about the above. The Journal also love these type of press releases as they get a lot of comments.
Spelling atrocities aside, this is classic conspiracy theory nonsense…much easier to blame those calling out the racism than to acknowledge it.
Next we have the soft denier.
Sadly, we have racists in Ireland but I like to think that the racists are a minority. Of course, one would have to be of a different race to know the reality in everyday life. The actual lived experience is the most revealing.
Did I miss something? Has anyone suggested that racists were in the majority? But at least this person appreciates that they haven’t experienced this kind of racism personally, unlike this final genius of a commenter, a “hard” denier if you will…
The poor foreign taxi men will be on next telling us all how hard their life is and what a bunch of racists us Irish are… Give me strength… If your gonna work dealing with the public especially on crammed public transport your gonna have to listen to a bit of crap every now and again whether your black, white, orange, Irish, Polish, Russian or whatever.. That’s the nature of human interaction, mostly good but sometimes bad, that’s never gonna change no matter how many posters you put up so either accept that your in a foreign land and a minority of people aren’t going to like you, either get used to that fact or get a job in an office…
There is racism all over the world. But it’s not a bloody competition. We can’t justify what happens on our own shores because of what happens elsewhere. We stand up and call it what it is whenever we see it. And like I said earlier, it’s not just the violent incidents we need to call out.
Ever been on a bus when a driver was verbally abused? Or in a shop when it was an employee? Or in a taxi when an Irish driver was telling you stories about scary activities by black drivers? Or at a family gathering when an elder relative used the ‘n word’? I have. And I’m ashamed to say that too often I failed to speak out. I’m actually part of the problem, I freely admit.
Of course I’m not saying we should put ourselves in any danger when out and about but the simple fact is that if we do nothing at all, it will continue.
But one thing we can definitely do is accept that it’s happening, and that will cost us nothing. JLP
As far as I’m concerned, one of the principal tenets of “progressive” political thinking is that it does not matter who you are, where you come from nor whom you love; your equal place in society should be protected.
There’s going to be much reporting around the world about Ireland electing its first gay Taoiseach who is also the son of an immigrant. This will no doubt be added to the marriage referendum result to imply that we are an ever-evolving tolerant country.
On a personal level, of course Deputy Varadkar should be congratulated but if he is to lead the country in a manner that matches his rhetoric and his ministerial performance over the years, then Ireland’s true opposition must continue on it’s path to break the Civil War duopoly’s grip on power.
What Ireland actually needs is its first Progressive Taoiseach. One who has issues like health, education, housing and social justice as their priorities for government.
I know that sentence would invite howls of derisive laughter from most Irish political experts. At best, it would be met with patronising talk about naivety with regard to how things work on these shores. Our Taoiseach can only be the leader of Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael and that’s simply the Irish political reality, they would no doubt say.
Well, the way I see it, if we’re not at least prepared to talk about it, then it definitely won’t happen. You want to see Ireland’s first Progressive Taoiseach? Then say it out loud. “I want to see Ireland’s First Progressive Taoiseach”. Now, say it out loud to someone else who would probably agree with you. Then say it to someone who would probably laugh at you and when they do, keep your head held high and be sure to say it again next time you see them.
I believe it’s a conversation that can grow over time if we truly want it. Issues such as #Right2Water, #RepealThe8th, social housing, the hospital trolley crisis, LGBTQ rights and immigrant rights provide a common thread that runs through communities up and down the country. It surely can’t be that hard to bring them together and move the country in a new direction that is fair to all.
Who would this first Progressive Taoiseach be? Who knows. Now is not the time to name names. Now is the time to get active and join the conversation.
One thing’s for sure…anyone who points out that we have at least had a Tánaiste or two from a party which called itself the “Progressive Democrats” can go to the back of the class!
Meanwhile, Stephen Fry has won the internet tonight I reckon.
I keep hearing on the news that Ireland has its first openly gay teashop. Happy for them, but Brighton has had at least 7 since the 60s.
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) June 2, 2017
1. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE FREE.
2. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HEALTHY.
3. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE BRILLIANT.
4. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE.
5. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE LOVED.
6. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE COURAGEOUS.
7. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE ALIVE.
8. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE TRUSTED.
9. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE EDUCATED.
10. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW YOUR RIGHTS.
What is your reaction to those ten points?
- Is it something like – “Yes, they all make sense.”
- Or is it something like – “No, that’s bullshit.”
- Or is it something like – “Hmmm….tell me what the source is first?”
If it is the second one, fine. Off you go. You’re welcome to this site, but you probably won’t find anything you want here.
If it’s the third one, fine – here’s the source.
Now you know the source, is your answer 1 or 2?
Just a thought for the day. Hat-tip to The Edge of Sports podcast.
Sorry we haven’t been posting much lately. We hope to get back to it soon. JLP