Donald Trump wants to bring back Bush’s waterboarding torture

This video from the USA says about itself:

US executed Japanese soldiers for waterboarding

25 April 2009

CNN interview with Paul Begala and Ari Fleischer [of the George W Bush administration], leaving the latter dumbstruck when Begala reveals that the US executed Japanese soldiers for waterboarding US soldiers.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Donald Trump would bring back waterboarding because it is ‘peanuts compared to chopping off heads

Who chops off heads? ISIS terrorists do: sometimes, they chop off heads of prisoners sold to them by ‘moderate’ Syrian insurgents, mentioned so often in Western regime change war propaganda.

Which government chops off heads? Only one government. No, not ISIS, as their ‘Islamic State’ is neither Islamic nor a state with a government. The only government in the world practicing death penalty by beheading is the kingdom of Saudi Arabia; in many respects, including cruel punishment, the role model for ISIS. But I don’t think that Donald Trump minds beheadings in Saudi Arabia. Like many people in government in the USA don’t mind beheadings when their Saudi royal allies do it.

Trump also continues to support the concept of a database for Muslims, despite comparisons to Nazi Germany

Adam Withnall

Donald Trump has said he would bring back waterboarding if he was made President.

Speaking in an interview with ABC News on Sunday, the would-be Republican candidate said the interrogation technique, widely considered to be a form of torture, was “peanuts compared to chopping off people’s heads”.

The billionaire businessman sparked controversy at the end of last week by suggesting he would have all Muslims living on the US register on a database.

Mr Trump has since suggested the database would be “just for Syrian refugees”, but when asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos if he would unequivocally rule out a database on all Muslims, he replied: “No, not at all.”

The US should “be very, very vigilant” of any refugees it accepted from Syria, he said, adding: “They should not come in, by the way. They should not be allowed to come in.”

“That’s a whole different level and I would absolutely bring back interrogation and strong interrogation.”

During the interview, Stephanopoulos pressed Trump on his support of the Second Amendment – the right to bear arms – and the fact that he would have a watchlist for Muslims.

Asked if he accepted the fact that “under current law, individuals on the terror watchlist and the no-fly list have been allowed to buy guns and explosives”, Mr Trump said: “We have to have a watchlist, and if that watchlist has somebody that’s — you know, we have — you know, we have the laws right now. We have the laws already on the books as far as Second Amendment for guns, and as you know I’m a big, big, really big proponent of the Second Amendment.”

Trump did back away from comments on closing mosques. In an interview on Tuesday, he said the United States was “going to have no choice” but to close mosques.

But on Sunday, Trump said: “I don’t want to close mosques; I want to surveil mosques.”

Ben Carson, who faced criticism this week for comparing Syrian refugees to “rabid dogs”, wouldn’t say whether he would reinstate the use of waterboarding.

Trump also approved of a Black Lives Matter protester getting roughed up at one of his rallies, and tweeted this wildly inaccurate graphic on racial violence.

Donald Trump embraces open racism: here. And here.

Donald Trump’s white fascist brigade: His rallies are now a safe space for racism. An activist is beaten and taunted with racial slurs at a Trump rally in Alabama. This is just the beginning: here.

Paris attacks: Women targeted as hate crime against British Muslims soars following terrorist atrocity. Figures show 115 Islamophobic attacks in the week following the Paris killings, a spike of more than 300%: here.

US President Trump would treat Muslims like Jews in 1930s Germany

This video is from Germany in the 1930s. It shows a Jewish-owned shop window, on which Hitler‘s SA paramilitary troops have painted the word ‘Jew’ and a Star of David.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Donald Trump confirms Muslim ‘register’ plan – but won’t deny comparisons to Nazis’ treatment of Jews

Ben Carson, Mr Trump’s rival for the Republican nomination, also likened refugees fleeing war-torn Syria to rabid dogs

Ashley Cowburn

1 hour ago

Donald Trump has confirmed his plan to force Muslims in the United States to register on a database – and refused to respond to comparisons between his policy and the treatment of Jewish people in Nazi Germany.

The frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination was confronted about the scheme – which would see Muslims given a form of identification that notes their religion – by a reporter from NBC News while signing autographs after a rally in Iowa.

The reporter asked whether all Muslims in the US would be forced to register. “They have to be,” replied Mr Trump. “They have to be.”

He was then asked four times by another reporter how his plan for a Muslim database would be different from Nazi Germany’s laws that required Jews to register.

Mr Trump repeatedly replied “you tell me” until he stopped responding.

He first floated the idea of special ID cards for American Muslims during a debate over Syrian refugees entering the country.

The Republican candidate wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday: “Eight Syrians were just caught on the southern border trying to get into the US. Isis maybe? I told you so. WE NEED A BIG & BEAUTIFUL WALL.”

The comments come as more than half of state governors across the US said they are not prepared to welcome Syrian refugees.

It also followed the Republican-led House of Representatives passing legislation that would freeze plans to allow 10,000 Syrians into the US.

Mr Trump is not the only Republican candidate to have made provocative remarks about Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks. Ben Carson, Mr Trump’s rival, likened refugees fleeing the war-torn region to rabid dogs.

He said: “If there’s a rabid dog running around your neighbourhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog.”

President Barack Obama has heavily criticised the anti-refugee rhetoric in the wake of the Paris attacks, denouncing proposals by one Republican candidate that only Christians should be granted asylum as un-American.

Mr Obama added: “That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion.”

United States Republican politicians, Mark Fiore animated cartoon

This satiric video from the USA says about itself:

Conservatives Gone Wild

8 November 2015

Even though the presidential campaign is providing loads of entertainment and maybe even a bit of substantive discussion, the real show is in the House of Representatives. There is chaos in the Republican-controlled House after the far right ousted John Boehner and blocked Kevin McCarthy from the speakership. The right wing nuts are ascendant and in full display in the Freedom Caucus.

Homophobic pastor prefers killing ‘tens of millions’ children to letting them read Harry Potter

This video from the USA says about itself:

RWW News: Kevin Swanson Says The Bible Requires The Death Penalty For Homosexuality

Right Wing Watch reports on the extreme rhetoric and activities of key right-wing figures and organizations by showing their views in their own words. In this video, Kevin Swanson asserts that both the Old and New Testament require the death penalty for homosexuality.

The ‘Reverend’ Kevin Swanson is a political ally of Republican presidential candidates Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz. See also here.

If this would not be so dangerously serious, then I might say that the religious right Tea Party in the USA never looked anything like the 1773 Boston Tea party the name of which they hijacked; but that these teabaggers look more and more like the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, described by Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland.

Now, from Alice in Wonderland to Harry Potter.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Better to drown children than let them read ‘homosexual’ Harry Potter, says extreme right-wing pastor

Kevin Swanson believes America should repent that Dumbledore ’emerged as a homosexual mentor to Harry Potter’

Jess Denham

Monday 9 November 2015

Parents should drown children before they let them read the Harry Potter books because of gay character Dumbledore, an extreme right-wing pastor has said.

Preacher Kevin Swanson was speaking at the National Religious Liberties Conference when he made the staggering suggestion during an impassioned rant against homosexuality.

“Friends, we are on the very cusp of judgement as I see it. We need to call America to repent. Repentance from defying the almighty. Repentance of abortion, the hundreds of millions of dead bodies, I don’t know how many,” he began, before bizarrely targeting JK Rowling’s bestselling wizarding novels.

“America, repent of Harry Potter. Repent that Dumbledore emerged as a homosexual mentor for Harry Potter.”

Not content at stopping with Harry Potter, Swanson went on to attack adorable animated movie How to Train Your Dragon. “Children are raised to be stumbled by the Dumbledores and Hiccups on How to Train Your Dragon,” he said. “My friends, America needs to repent.”

Then, came the closing comments that surely even Voldemort himself would not have dreamed up: “For tens of millions of parents it would be better that a millstone be hung around their neck and they be drowned at the bottom of the sea.”

Naturally, those who have watched this video soon began posting mocking comments deriding its ridiculousness. “If God will judge America for Harry Potter, but not Twilight, then He is not worthy of worship,” one YouTube user wrote.

Let us not forget that Swanson is the same man who, in March 2014, declared Disney hit Frozen “very evil” gay propaganda. “You wonder sometimes if maybe there’s something very evil happening here,” he said.

“I wonder if people are thinking: ‘You know I think this cute little movie is going to indoctrinate my 5-year-old to be a lesbian or treat homosexuality or bestiality in a light sort of way’.”

Swanson went on to attack the studio, claiming that if he were the Devil wanting to do something “really, really, really evil” to young children in US Christian families, he would “buy Disney in 1984”.

He believes Christians will one day be burnt at the stake by homosexuals but ended his speech by saying he wants to give the LGBT community time to repent before using the death penalty against them.

A judge in the US has ruled that a baby be taken away from its lesbian foster parents and placed with a man and a woman because “children do better in heterosexual homes”. April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce said they were “shattered” by the court order handed down this week by a juvenile court in Utah. … But the couple told local media that they believed Johansen had acted on his own religious beliefs and only cited vague “myriad” studies to support his decision: here.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) ended his presidential campaign on Tuesday: here.

United States Republican Carson believes Joseph built the pyramids to store grain

This 2011 video is called Pharaohs-The Great Pyramid of Egypt (How was it built?) – BBC 1 of 6.

While all serious Egyptologists say that the six pyramids of Giza were built about 2500 BC as graves for pharaohs, there are some crackpot theories denying that.

Some claim ancient Egyptians did not build the pyramids, but aliens who had arrived in UFOs did.

And now, a United States Republican politician has another off base pet theory. After his fellow Republican Sarah Palin claimed that dinosaurs and humans used to live at the same time, Ben Carson thinks he should not just become president of the USA, but an amateur pseudo-Egyptologist as well.

From daily The Independent in Britain, 5 November 2015:

Ben Carson says pyramids were ‘built by biblical figure Joseph to store grain’

It is not the first time the 64-year-old former surgeon has expressed the novel theory

Andrew Buncombe, New York

There are three of them on the outskirts of Cairo, with the tallest of them soaring to more to more than 140 metres.

Over the years, experts and archaeologists have debated over what may have been the use of these giant pyramids, one of which was for centuries the highest man-made structure on earth. Were they simply burial chambers for the mightiest of the pharaohs?

Ben Carson, one of the leaders of the US Republican presidential race, believes the solution lies in the Bible.

He has repeated his longstanding belief that Egyptian pyramids were built by the biblical figure, Joseph, to store grain.

Dear Dr Carson, there are some problems here. Most historians think that the biblical Joseph was a myth. A few believe the Joseph tradition was based on the Hyksos Asian invaders of Egypt. But that was around 1800-1500 BCE, so almost a thousand years after the Giza pyramids were built.

Another theory claims that the Bible was right on Joseph. In that view, Joseph was the same person as Amenhotep-Huy, vizier of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. But that was about 1360 BC, still more centuries later than the building of the pyramids.

“It’s still my belief, yes,” the retired neurosurgeon told reporters this week.

“Well, the pyramids were made in a way that they had hermetically sealed compartments. You would need that if you were trying to preserve grain for a long period of time.”

The Associated Press said that Mr Carson, 64, a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, first articulated his theory at a 1998 commencement speech at Andrews University.

In the commencement video, Mr Carson laid out his theory that the pyramids were constructed for grain storage.

“My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,” Mr Carson

“Now all the archaeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.”

Exclusive: Carson claimed West Point ‘scholarship’ but never applied. Republican hits POLITICO story, later admits to The New York Times he wasn’t offered aid: here.

Ben Carson ‘fabricated’ his admission to West Point military academy: here.

Ben Carson is not having the best week, between redrawing borders on a U.S. map and that NYT piece on his lack of foreign policy understanding.

Syrian war refugees interviewed

This video from the USA says about itself:

Super-Christian Mike Huckabee [one of the 16 Republican Party candidates for the presidency of the USA] Not So Christian On Syrian Refugees

15 October 2015

In an interview with Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson yesterday, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee falsely suggested that the U.S. is not thoroughly vetting the Syrian refugees it is accepting, saying that unlike Vietnamese refugees who were resettled in the U.S. after the Vietnam War, Syrians are merely seeking U.S. benefits because they are “not living a very fancy life.” – See more here.

Huckabee Suggests Poor People Should Be Sold Into Slavery For Stealing: here.

In Dutch weekly Leids Nieuwsblad, 14 October 2015 paper edition, there is an interview by Hans Schuurman with some of the 120 refugees now temporarily living in a sports hall in Leiden city.

Mohamed, 30 years old, used to live in Damascus, the capital of Syria. Suddenly, unexpectedly again and again the violence of war threatens people living there. Mohamed fled three months ago. By train, by bus. And by rubber boat across the Meditteranean to Greece which cost 3,000 euros. Then, he continued on foot.

He felt most fear not in the rubber boat, but in Hungary: police might arrest him and jail him for years.

When he reached Germany, he said he wanted to go to the Netherlands, and then he could continue by bus. Why the Netherlands? ‘I have heard that the Netherlands is a tolerant country with many secular people. I myself don’t believe in Islam, into which I was born, any more. Please, don’t tell that to others. If ISIS would have got hold of me in Syria, they would have slit my throat’.

Michael, 39 years of age, is a Christian. He is from Aleppo, a city which suffers much from warfare. He hopes that it will possible soon to reunite with his wife and two daughters, 5 and 7 years old.

Donald Trump abuses Aerosmith music, after Neil Young music

This 2012 music video from the USA is Aerosmith, Dream On, live.

After Donald Trump and Neil Young … and Donald Trump and R.E.M.

From the Hollywood Reporter in the USA today:

Donald Trump Receives Legal Threat Over Use of Aerosmith’s “Dream On”

Steven Tyler, who was Trump’s guest at the August debate, tells the Republican candidate to cease playing his song at campaign events.

Donald Trump is getting scorned by a musician he seemingly adores.

On Saturday, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s reps sent Donald Trump for President Inc. a demand to stop using the power ballad “Dream On” at campaign events. The cease-and-desist was actually the second time Trump has been warned about using the song. According to the letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Trump was first told to not use “Dream On” after an August 21 event in Mobile, Alabama. Since then, the song has been used including at Trump‘s recent rally in Georgia.

Trump for President does not have our client’s permission to use ‘Dream On’ or any of our client’s other music in connection with the Campaign because it gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid,” states a cease-and-desist letter.

Tyler is now among the growing number of musicians (Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, David Byrne, etc.) who have stood up to Republican politicians over song use, though this time, the demand to stop using “Dream On” might cut a bit deeper for the man currently leading polls. …

However, Trump’s repeated use of “Dream On” and closer association with Tyler over the years could add a wrinkle to any court case. Trump has also been quite aggressive on the trademark front himself. He filed a registration on “Make America Great Again” and his attacks include those selling t-shirts.

Trump still playing Steven Tyler’s ‘Dream On,’ despite cease-and-desist letter: here.

Elections in the US: Trump or Sanders? Here.

At Republican presidential debate. “Wages are too high,” declares billionaire Trump: here.