Thursday, March 09, 2023

Jon Stewart on gun control and Irish useful idiots

Jon Stewart is an American comedian, political commentator, actor, director and television host. Stewart hosted The Daily Show, a satirical news program on Comedy Central, from 1999 to 2015 and he is now the host of The Problem with Jon Stewart, which premiered in September 2021 on Apple TV+.

In an episode, "Chaos, Law, and Order" on gun control with Oklahoma state senator Nathan Dahm, Jon Stewart argues Dahm's support of anti-drag show laws directly conflicts with the logic he uses for loosening gun restrictions.

Dahm and other Republicans want to shield children from drag but firearms are the biggest cause of death among children in America.

During the pandemic, firearm-related deaths rose among children, with seven children per day dying by firearm in 2021. From 2011 to 2021, nearly 18,500 children ages 17 and younger died by firearm.

Dahm has introduced several bills loosening gun restrictions, including the first anti-red flag law against restricting gun access to those deemed dangerous.

Jon Stewart: “And what you're telling me is you don't mind infringing free speech to protect children from this amorphous thing that you think of. But when it comes to children that have died, you don't give a flying fuck to stop that, because that shall not be infringed. That is hypocrisy at its highest order.”

Not only does he want to protect the Second Amendment, but he also believes that more guns make Americans safer.

Putin's leading Irish useful idiots brief Jon Stewart

This week Jon Stewart interviewed Mick Wallace and Clare Daly at the European Parliament for a programme on Ukraine.

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 the two Irish members of the European Parliament (MEP) were among 13 who opposed a European Parliament motion that condemned the invasion.

Since then they have been regulars on the state media of the Russian and Chinese dictatorships.

Wallace has visited Damascus, Syria, following a defence of the brutal dictator Bashar al-Assad, in the European Parliament. The duo have met an Iran-backed militia in Iraq and in non-authorised visits to Venezuela, they declared that an election staged by the government of Nicol├ís Maduro — another dictator — was "a very transparent and professional" election.

How would the clowns know!!

The turnout was 30% giving the governing party a super majority.

More than 7mn Venezuelans have fled the country since 2015, with 6mn settling in other Latin American countries.

In 2020 Wallace suggested that Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the main opposition leader to Alexander Lukashenko’s dictatorship in Belarus, was a “pawn of western neoliberalism.”

On China, Wallace said in the European Parliament that reports of about 1mn of the Uyghur minority that were imprisoned in their province of Xinjiang, China was “just a weapon” being used by the West against China.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was hit by a missile over eastern Ukraine in 2014 resulting in 298 deaths.

In a February 2021 amendment, Wallace sought to delete from a parliament resolution any reference to a Dutch-led investigation which “confirmed that Flight MH17 had been downed with the use of a Buk surface-to-air missile supplied by the Kursk-based 53rd anti-aircraft brigade of the Russian Ground Forces.”

The term "useful idiot" in politics dates back to 1864:

Putin's Irish useful idiots vote down the European Parliament resolution on Russia