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A podcast in review: The Jimmy Dore Show

By Joseph Ballin 7/20/2017 4:50 PM EST

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This is a new segment I’m gonna be working on for a bit. I’m gonna review ALL of the podcasts I’m currently listening to. And I’m gonna start with The Jimmy Dore Show.

The Jimmy Dore Show podcast

The Jimmy Dore Show is a podcast started and hosted by political comedian and commentator Jimmy Dore. The podcast was created in 2009 and has exploded in listeners since the creation of this podcast. The show is a blend of comedy, news, and interviews. The podcast lasts one hour and comes out every week on Friday. Jimmy hosts the show with co-hosts Ron Placone and the miserable liberal Stefane Zamorano.

As opposed to many podcasts, The Jimmy Dore Show covers topics that no other podcast will cover. For example, Jimmy interviewed war journalist Eva Bartlett, who has BEEN to Syria and has covered exclusively what’s really going on in Syria, the propaganda being spewed by US imperialists, the al-Qaeda white helmets, etc. Jimmy isn’t exclusively anti-Trump/anti-Republican. While, Jimmy will attack them when it’s appropriate, he will not focus all his time on them, because he says the world is already bashing Trump and the Republicans.

Jimmy tends to focus on attacking the Democratic party and the mainstream media. Jimmy openly states that both parties are shit and we need to create a third party that will take on the Democratic and Republican parties. So a lot of people criticize him because he only focuses on the Democratic Party. People complain that he’s still talking about Hillary. First of all, if you don’t like his podcast you can always not listen. Secondly, Hillary is still running the Democratic Party. She still has massive influence. For example, she started a super pac this year and Obama picked a Clinton friendly DNC chairman.

Jimmy has made a lot of enemies because of his critic of the mainstream Democratic party establishment. He’s gotten into two debates with Sam Seder of the Majority Report over the issue of voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016. In 2017, the Washington Post, owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos and has hundred of millions of dollars in contracts with the CIA, has smeared him as a “conspiracy theorist”, a term created by the CIA.

The Jimmy Dore Show premium podcast

Also if you want more of the Jimmy Dore show, he’s got a premium podcast as well, which you have to pay for and you can get on The Jimmy Dore Show app. Sometimes these premium episodes are less about politics and more about behind the scenes from his comedy career. Sometimes it will cover politics, but mostly you learn stuff about Jimmy that you won’t learn in the regular podcast. For example, I didn’t know Jimmy Dore was an atheist and formally a fan of Sam Harris, but later turned against Sam Harris for his hawkish foreign policy.

Overall rating

I would give the Jimmy Dore podcast a 9.5/10. It isn’t corporate media, it tells you stuff no other podcasts covers, it has comedy and serious news segments, and doesn’t censor opinion. Some will complain he doesn’t take calls, but I’m glad I don’t have to listen to Jimmy take calls about building state banks as the most important issue facing the country. I highly recommend The Jimmy Dore Podcast.

The Credibility Hypocrisy Blues

Although many people are saying it, Sammy, I don’t think you are a total corporate democrat hack,
But you didn’t represent that well in your debate with my friend Tim Black,
I gotta say I agree with Tim, Sammy, you have no right to bitch,
About youtubers getting clicks covering the murder mystery of Seth Rich,
Just repeating the Seth Rich fake news hit piece is such a bore to me,
Having more discussion with Tim about this beef would mean so much more to me!
Why not politely invite Tim Black to return on the Majority Report show?
that would prove you got more credibility that your girl Rachel Maddow.
That lucky lady Rachel Maddow is Getting 30 K a Day,
she’s peddling that Russia Russia Russia in that same old arrogant way.
Personally I question Rachel Maddows credibility a whole lot more
Than I do youtube stars like Tim black, ha goodman and jimmy DORE!
Credibility Hypocrisy
are you trapped in a bubble where you want to be?
Is that core brand proposition getting to your head?
Maybe you should focus on your own credibility instead?’
Credibility Hypocrisy…am I doing it?
am I trapped in a bubble where I want to be?
Maybe that core brand proposition getting to my head?
Maybe I should focus on my own credibility hypocrisy instead?

The Sam Seder Tim Black debate, or the Sam talks over Tim while Michael Brooks makes snarky commentary.

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By Joseph Ballin 6/29/2017 5:37 PM EST

Reader’s note: I am a fan of both Sam Seder’s The Majority Report and The Tim Black Show. I do not hold any hostilities towards either person debating in this piece and am writing this to illustrate how we on the left can find better solutions to our problems. That being said I’m biased toward Tim in this debate.

What’s the difference between a liberal and a progressive? Personally I don’t care or like these labels. Hillary described herself as a “progressive who can get stuff done.” So I couldn’t care less about those labels, but Tim goes into what I think he meant is between neoliberal corporate shills and people who want change in this country. Yes Sam is correct that the Majority Report does talk about all of the issues that Tim Black listed. So Sam goes to Tim’s youtube page and criticizes him for not covering healthcare enough. However, Sam has not watched Tim’s show and doesn’t know that he’s covered healthcare numerous times on his show. And now Sam goes into the Seth Rich / Kimdotcom territory.

The one thing me and Jimmy Dore have both been very clear on, we want evidence. We want evidence of Russiagate, evidence Assad gassed his own people, evidence for or against the Seth Rich cover up, etc. That’s reality based thinking. That’s why I’m an agnostic atheist, because I can’t prove there isn’t a god/gods, but there is no evidence that they do exist so there is no reason for me to believe in them. In fact, nothing in the universe can be proven. A fact is a statement that is taken to be true based off of evidence. It is something we collectively as a society agree what is real and fake. A theory is a plausible or scientifically acceptable general principle or body of principles offered to explain phenomena.

Ok now that we got that out of the way let’s deconstruct all this shit. There is no verifiable evidence Russia hacked, interfered, or colluded with Donald Trump or his campaign. In fact, as president, US relations with Russia under Trump are at a record low. Trump has repeatedly attacked the government of Bashar Al-Assad and Iranian militias several times, Russia’s allies. Trump signed a treaty expanding NATO to Montenegro, something Russia opposes. He signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, which authorized $100 million dollars for the “Countering Russian Influence Fund”, to counter “Russian influence and aggression” and to “support civil society organizations in Europe and Eurasia.” It also included a measure imposing new restrictions and oversight on Russian diplomats in the United State. The Act also includes provisions that no appropriated funds may be used to support the Russian annexation of Crimea and assist Crimea, if such assistance includes the participation of Russian Government officials, or other Russian owned or controlled financial entities. It also states that no funds may be used to support “the Russian occupation of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia” or to assist the central governments of other countries that have recognized the two territories’ independence. On top of all that, US has imposes more sanctions on Russia during Trump’ presidency. If Trump’s a Russian puppet, he’s doing a really shitty at it.

Again this is not to say there isn’t business ties Trump has to Russia, like with Deutsche bank and Trump hotels because he’s a billionaire, but he also has business ties to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Philippines, Azerbaijan, mafia, etc., but the mainstream media never mentions this. Why does mainstream media never bring up the fact General Flynn was a paid agent of the Turkish government? Why does the mainstream media not bring up the fact Trump appointed all these Goldman Sachs people because of his ties to Israel? Or China provisionally granting Trump 38 trademarks after getting elected? Or the Clinton’s business dealings in Russia? So there is enormous hypocrisy on this issue. Focus on Russia and nothing else. Why you may ask? Because starting a new cold war with Russia ensures defense contractors can make giant profit because now we have a great power enemy again. Also we can’t start a cold war with China because our economies are to tied together. It has less to do with Trump himself and more to do with more spending on the military and strengthening the police state. That’s why you don’t hear anything about getting rid of voting machines or having open, fair, and free elections.

As for the Syria gassing of 2017, the entire thing was brought up so briefly and forgotten about so quick by mainstream media and the Trump administration it really makes you wonder what really did happen in Syria. Why has there been no independent UN investigation into the gassing? There is no evidence Assad ordered the gassing of any civilians. As for the Seth Rich story, I stated on day one when I first heard about the Seth Rich murder that I found it very fishy. I have no idea is Seth Rich was the Wikileaks leaker or who killed him, but I do know a couple things. I do know Assange has hinted, but not confirmed, to Seth Rich being the leaker. Wikileaks, outside of the Garani Massacre Video which they said they would publish, but never did, has been 100% on point. So now that we got all that out of the way, back to the debate.

So Sam now brings up whether or not it’s a good thing to promote the Russia fear mongering story to split off three Republican votes in the Senate for healthcare. First of all I won’t advocate a new cold war with Russia over healthcare. Second of all why does Sam think Russia influences how Republican senators vote on healthcare. We’ve already seen the Senate healthcare bill be delayed because of how awful it is. People aren’t thinking about Russia when they think of healthcare, they are thinking of NOT DYING! Plus I would wager all that corporate cash the Republicans senators take is more of an influence than the so called Russia scandal over Trump’s head. The only thing that will force Republicans to change their votes on healthcare is though mass movements.

Now Black brings up the rigged 2016 Democratic primary and the DNC fraud lawsuit. Tim brings up exit polling being used by the US to determine whether an election is legit or bs in foreign countries. I would like to point out that irregularities in exit polling in Ukraine were cited by the US and EU for the fascist coup in Ukraine. And I would also like to point out Sam Seder has had on Greg Palast on Ring of Fire, someone who says the 2016 Democratic primary was rigged. But ok Sam I guess the primary wasn’t “rigged.”

Continuing on Tim brings why Democrats blaming progressives for the lose of Hillary Clinton. So Tim brings up Susan Sarandon and her revolution comment about Trump, stating we are seeing a revolution already taking place under Trump. Ok so I agree and disagree with Tim here. A revolution against Donald Trump hasn’t sustained itself, yet. It needs to be sustained though mass rallies every week and civil disobedience in the streets. And I believe a revolution under Trump can happen if he topples Assad and invades Iran

Michael continues to break into this heated debate to make a funny comment. Now we get back to Seth Rich. So Sam again thinks that it’s crazy to think that politicians won’t murder people to cover up corruption. I agree Tim Black that we need to ask questions. Again I’m an agnostic on Seth Rich, I don’t know who killed Seth Rich.

One of the most damming quotes from the Sam Seder vs Tim Black debate comes right around here. “She (Nancy Pelosi) is a great leader. I would not support a challenge to her” – Sam Seder. Ok so let’s give Sam the benefit of the doubt and say Pelosi wasn’t guilty for the thousands of losses of Democrats in elections over the past decade or so. So why is it Sam doesn’t bring up the fact Pelosi didn’t do shit to bring about real progressive change during her time as speaker from 2007 to 2011? She opposes single payer, she didn’t prosecute GWB, and she didn’t bring up the Employee Free Choice Act.

And finally Sam says Steny Hoyer would be worse than Pelosi. So Sam why not get rid of Hoyer? And if he’s replaced with another corporate Dem get rid of them until we get someone who will at least listen to progressives. That’s what the Republicans did with Eric Cantor and their party is stronger than ever. Tim brings up the fact Sam voted for Hillary Clinton in New York, a blue non-swing state, but he doesn’t blame Hillary for not appointing Bernie Sanders as her VP pick, which everyone agrees would have won her the election. You know why she didn’t do it? Because of spite and corporate greed. She would rather lose to a Republican than give an inch to progressives, and that’s why we have Trump.

Dennis Rodman is trying to save the planet

 

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By Joseph Ballin 6/16/2017 5:00 PM EST

The one thing I can’t stand about liberals is how whenever North Korea is brought up their brains turn off. I cannot understand why. It reminds me alot of Saddam. Alot of liberals said they opposes the Iraq War cause Saddam didn’t have WMDs. So my question is, would you support the Iraq War if Saddam did have WMDs? So the hypocrisy from liberals on this issue is overwhelming. The reason I’m picking on liberals is because we expect better. I don’t expect anything good from Trump. Trump is a neanderthal who’s taking back to the 1950s, like announcing today to bring back the cold war on Cuba.

Anyway back to North Korea. Dennis Rodman, sponsored by Hempcoin, has landed in Pyongyang. Now this makes good late show comedy, but in a time when all out nuclear war could start at any second, we should be praising Rodman for doing this. Regardless of what you even think of North Korea or Kim Jong Un, we shouldn’t be pushing for more belligerency with them. Imagine if China had it’s navy do military drills right off our coast, meanwhile have thousands of troops in Canada. The US would fucking freak the fuck up and nuke the planet if that happened.

Back to liberals for one second. So whenever North Korea is brought up people always say “well North Korea is insane and not a rational actor, so we have to take them out.” My response is North Korea is a rational actor. Having nukes to protect their country from regime change is a rational action for the leadership of North Korea. They saw what happened in Libya, Iraq, and Syria for regimes without nuclear weapons. Nor would North Korea ever use those nuclear weapons in an offense manner, it would lead to the death of pretty much every living person in North Korea as a whole. Where is the rationality in that?

Dennis Rodman is going to North Korea, not because he’s this secretly working for the US government to help release Otto Warmbier. I think Rodman generally has a friendship with Kim Jong Un, despite the national differences between the two. And I think Kim Jong Un feels the same. That and I think Rodman is going over there to smug back a shit ton of weed from North Korea back to the US.

The Michael Brooks Debate

Madman Michael Brooks,

Over the years, your alpha, Sam Seder has debated countless libertarian callers from  “did Ford know the Pinto would blow up?” to “I should have the right to buy what ever light-bulbs (and slaves) I want!” to Professor Walter Block, and even the great Darryl Perry. Old Matt debated a “Men’s Rights Activist,” and you yourself even debated scholar of Islam – and great fucking guy – Sargon of Akkad. So the question remains, why will you not debate Jimmy Reefercake? Are you not prepared to defend all your different Russia tracks, you smug cuckatude, or your irrational disdain towards Tulsi Gabbard? I look forward to hearing from you this Reefercake Reaction Friday @4:20 ET…

Stop being a cuck!

-Right Wing Mandela

ATH Reaction Debate Me Michael Brooks

 

ATH Reaction Debate Me Michael Brooks

Happy Easter! Reefercake reaction to the reaction to “Debate Me”.

ATH Podcast Reefercake Reaction – Blame it on Trump

I react to Michael Brooks’s reaction to my song “Same Old Crap (Blame it on Trump)”

I challenge Micheal to debate me…..ATH 4-13-17 Reefercake Reaction

Same old Crap (Blame it on Trump)

Its the same old crap in the news, yeah!
Notice a common theme: the poor folks always lose.
I know you want to blame it all on the big bad trumpster,
I’m sorry but I don’t beleive that he’s the only monster,
Hillary should have listened, to what I said we need,
fuck ALL these polticians if they won’t legalize the weed,
like obama could have easily done through executive order.
God bless you obama! you handsome hypocrite
Lets rewrite history so Trump gets blamed for all of it!
Drone strikes, Blame it on Trump!
runaway CIA  Blame it on Trump!
Marijuana still on the schedule 1? Blame it on Trump!
Will Trump raid medicinal providers the way Barack has already done?
Will Sessions throw them all in jail, every single one?
Can’t you see, its the same old crap, then they go on and blame it on trump but they could have avoided this whole mess by electing good folks like Bernie who support legalization unlike that lying hypocrite Hillary, but you go on and blame it on the russians, and the racists, and the greens party and the Jimmy Dore and the libertarians, and the BErnie Bros, and of course me, the jimmy reefercakes

Put Your Faith in a Plant

They told you Hillary Clinton would defeat any old republican, and I told you she can’t, I put my faith in a plant. cus everyone knows she’s a liar, and she’ll set the whole democratic party on fire,

Now they put their faith in potiticians again, I don’t understand, I put my faith in a plant. legalize weed and do it today, grow some weed like friggin hay. And yet you put your faith in poltiticians, and you want to do it again…I say , put your faith in a plant.

The Greens and The Libertarians Cucked the Democrats

It’s just like before the election of the Orange MONSTAH! Democratic party cheerleaders are so focused on their party strategy as being the only strategy. Sam Seder, likes to be able to put down a lot of people from a lot of different angles, and point out that the democrats are our only hope. My alternate and BETTAH theory is to build a larger umbrella of understanding and win hearts and minds. So instead of putting people down, I try to understand them. Pretty simple. Be nice.

Sammy said that the Greens and Libertarians hurt the Democrats, but that they would not acknowledge it. This was another angle for him to put them down and call them stupid hypocrites…They should have voted for Hillary to avoid the ORANGE MONSTAH Trump!! How dare they not hold their heads in shame, and come back to worship at the altar of the Democratic party. Unfortunately this theory continues to fail. We see millions of people leaving the democratic party since the election. I jump in on Sammy’s point, but then I use his own logic drive the DAGGAH further into the heart of the corrupt democrats, by mentioning that I feel many Greens and Libertarians are glad that they sent a message to the Democratic party that a candidate like Hillary Clinton, a liar, a hypocrite, an obvious corporate plant…..not the good kind of plant….thats why I say corporate whore….cuz I am a sexist Bernie Bro!!!

There is only one conclusion. The Greens and The Libertarians Cucked the Democrats. The Democrats must listen to the message and change to become more like Bernie. They will learn to appeal to greens, independents, and libertarians. One more candidate like HIllary Clinton will be the death blow to whatever is left of the broken democratic party.