‘The Young Turks’ on Current Discusses More Romney Gaffes, Anaheim Riots and Rape on Reddit

“Hawk and Awe”

As of lately, the presidential race between Obama and Romney seems to be about who can please Israel the most. Outdoing himself, Romney trashed Iran about how dangerous they are as a country despite not having any nuclear weapons or WMDs.

While in Israel, Romney had this to say about the Iranian “regime:”

“It is Iran that is the leading state sponsor of terrorism and the most destabilizing nation in the world. We have a solemn duty and a moral imperative to deny Iran’s leaders the means to follow through on their malevolent intentions.”

When questioned by journalist Jan Crawford on whether or not Romney would attack Iran he responded, “I respect the right of Israel to defend itself and we stand with Israel […] we are two nations who come in peace.”

When President Obama has been asked about military strikes on Iran, he isn’t too different in ideology than Romney. In fact, the candidates are nearly similar in the way they view Iran. In March, president Obama said, “I Think that the Israeli government recognizes that, as president of the United States, I don’t bluff.”

On July 27, Obama signed the US Israel Enhanced Security Operation Act. which gives Israel $70M in military aid on top of the more than $3B the American taxpayers give to Israel each year. The act Obama signed does three things:

  • 1. Funds for more defensive weapons
  • 2. Opposes any anti-Israel UN resolution
  • 3. Develops an iron domestic missile policy

Cenk then moves on to discuss Mitt Romney’s statement comparing the GDP of Palestinians with Israel. He ended his statement with “[…] If you could learn anything from the economic history of the world it’s this: culture makes all the difference.” And of course, Palestinians didn’t take kindly to that remark.

I think Romney forgot to remind people that Israel has been occupying Palestinian land and driving out Palestinians since 1946 (but that wouldn’t go over well with Israel. Romney cannot afford another blunder, especially with the U.S.’s number one ally, while overseas). Also, it’s kind of disingenuous for Romney to claim that culture is behind GDP discrepancies. If he’s trying to allude to Palestine being inferior to Israel because of their lack of GDP, he should keep in mind the GDP of other Arab countries in that region.

Courtesy of the Young Turks on Current.

Courtesy of the Young Turks on Current.

Then Cenk talks to Michael “the Notebook” Hastings and he explains how Obama’s rhetoric has escalated from saying he would “talk to Iran,” to sanctions and threats of military force. Hastings also explains how there is no real difference between the two candidates on Israeli policy. The only differences are minor like their trigger words and how willing they are to go to war. Hastings says that his sources from within the Obama administration don’t want to go to war with Iran, but because the two countries are not talking anymore, things are becoming less clear in their relationship.

“Anger in Anaheim”

Courtesy of The Young Turks on Current TV.

Since 2011, Anaheim police have contributed to nine shootings that resulted in deaths. After Manuel Diaz, 25, was shot in the back and killed by Anaheim police for attempting to run, the majority-minority parts of the city erupted into riots.

Independent journalists Tim Pool (@TimCast) and Amber Lyons (@AmberLyons) have been on the scene reporting the riots over the past few days. Their first night there was scary as they were fired at by police with rubber bullets, bean bags, etc. by police, despite being members of the press. Take a look at what they posted to Twitter and YouTube:

Disneyland drives the industry in Anaheim. According Andrew Gumbel, reporter for The Guardian, the city of Anaheim didn’t really exist until Disneyland set up shop in 1955. He says the city has always been very divided. You have the people who run Anaheim and Disneyland living in one part of the town with little police disturbance and then you have the blue-collar workers and minorities in another part of the city who are constantly hassled by police; It’s basically modern-day segregation. Something interesting to note is that Anaheim is 53% Latino, 28% White, 15% Asian, yet Latinos are not represented at all in their government.

The city council is “bitterly divided.” It’s a constant battle between whether or not the city’s money goes towards the resort or towards “the public good” Gumbel says.

“RNC Tampa Politixxx”

Cenk starts the segment saying, “If there’s one thing the Republicans are against, it’s licentiousness and obscenity.” He adds that the businesses looking forward for Republicans to come to town for the RNC are the strip clubs who are expected to see profits expand four-times as much as they did during the Superbowl. Cenk finds this a bit ironic and hypocritical.

Courtesy of The Young Turks on Current TV.

Reddit Rape:

Co-host Ana Kasparian (@AnaKasparian) hosted this segment discussing Reddit’s website having a section for users to discuss rape experiences. A lot of the threads were stomach-churning. Ana says that despite this, she feels that there is value in sharing these details to the public because at times there are “gray areas” when it comes to consensual sex.

Producer of The Young Turks on Current Hermela Agregawi (@HermelaA) is having none of it. She finds little intrinsic value in these stories and it upsets her that men get to relive their “glory days” of when they raped someone. She is disturbed by the fact that there are men calculating how they can get away with rape and there are no real consequences for these men except for a “downvote.”

*Read Gawker’s website Jezebel and its article discussing this Reddit thread and whether or not we should pay attention to what’s being written.

One alleged rape story reads as follows:

I was a freshman and hooking up with this girl who got naked in bed with me, then said no. I think she just wanted to do oral. I was extremely horny and already close to doing it, so I ignored her and did it. She realized what was happening and tried to clamp her legs shut, but it was too late and I was much stronger than her.

“The Newsroom Review”

Ben Mankiewicz (@BenMank77) and Cenk discuss whether or not there is sexism in a recent episode of “The Newsroom.” Ben feels that there are three main female characters and they have been reduced to “punchlines.” He discusses how Olivia Mun’s character Sloan is bribed with clothes and then turns into a cheerleader when a quarterback arrives in the newsroom.

On the other hand, Cenk and Ben were inspired by the part of the show where Will McAvoy puts pressure on Sloan to ask follow-up questions instead of reading through her notes and allowing her guests to spread lies and misinformation without repercussions.

Aggressive Progressive:

Cenk finishes this episode talking about another Romeny ad discussing how Obama told business owners that they didn’t build their small businesses on their own. The person featured in this new ad is Dennis Sollman and he is the owner of Sollman Electric Company in Sidney, Ohio.

According to The Huffington Post, Sollman received $915,117 worth of government money in the form of a contract with Trotwood-Madison City school district in 2006 and $1,689,829 from the government in the form of a contract with Miami East school district in 2010.

Cenk then refers to his father who he says is a successful business owner back in New Jersey. Cenk says that without Turkey paying for his father’s education and the U.S. government assisting in his graduate education, his father would probably still be in Turkey working as an olive farmer.

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