Spoken word.

And many, many anti-Trump gags.

Roger Gregg writes:

MORE than 20 American performers, artists and speakers will gather in Dublin for Thanksgiving to oppose Donald Trump’s agenda and raise money for one of his most determined opponents – the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The line-up for the November 23rd show at Smock Alley ranges from poets to circus entertainers and includes lots of music and comedy.

Featuring Susan Zelouf, Eric Weitz, Stephanie Courtney, Kori Schagunn, Joseph Bowlby, Susan Slott, Raven, Jeff Keough, Jessy Danner, Hana Lee, Erin Fornoff, Pete Pampf Ruotolo, Paul ‘Big Chief Random Chaos’ Craig, Fiadh Rua Gregg, Tom Duffy, Cindy Dallas, Megan Lovely, Harry Browne and more….

Tickets are €15 or €12 with concession. For booking ring 01 677 0014 or at link below

American Voices For An irish Stage (Smock Alley)

37 thoughts on “Free Thursday?

  1. Eoin

    I’d love to support anything ant-Trump, but unfortunately that’d mean being pro the other side (sHillary and co). I dunno which is worse. Guessing sHillary.

      1. Nigel

        I see Trump, who was accused of sexually assaulting a 13 year old, is now fully backing accused pedophile Roy Moore in his run for Senate. I’m trying to decode the secret signals and uncover the clever pedophile conspiracy here but it’s just too well hidden, maybe the people who cracked Pizzagate could help?

  2. f_lawless

    Seems too short-sighted to me. When Trump is just the latest ugly symptom of an American political system in thrall to corporate power and neo-liberalism, why isn’t the focus more on breaking free from that corruption and maybe campaigning on a platform of moving beyond the restrictive two-party system?
    And when I read articles like these suggesting that the ACLU may have been co-opted by Soros-affiliated groups:
    “ACLU has moved beyond their original charter as a legal advocate for individual rights under the Constitution to actively taking a hand in training and organizing protest groups throughout the country..Their shift in focus came just over a month after reports emerged that George Soros was sinking tens of millions into the group through his affiliated organizations. ”
    , I have to wonder if that short-sightedness is by design. (Soros was firmly aligned with the Clinton camp for the US general election.)

    1. Nigel

      Everybody sane was aligned, firmly or otherwise, with Clinton during the election. Everyone else was insane, unwilling to get their hands dirty or laughing because he was making the SJWs cry. Now that Trump’s in charge everybody’s energy is focused on putting out a hundred deadly brush-fires he’s started or trying to start, rather than addressing your systemic reform. That he’s the latest ugly symptom undersells and diminishes the catastrophic damage Trump is currently doing. But yeah, ACLU ‘may’ be now Soros-affiliated, that’s a concern. Perhaps they’ll start delivering pizza too.

        1. Salmon of Nollaig

          Nigel, Clinton was a very unappealing candidate. On paper she seemed fine. On screen there was something very unpleasant about her manner, arrogant, grandiose and dictatorial.

          I’m not surprised she didn’t win the voters. I am not a Trump fan by any means, I also find him quite sinister, but he appeared a saner person than Hillary. Perhaps she is really a lovely person who was just ill advised how to present herself but I doubt it. The Clintons have been beset by scandals from the start. Very poor choice of non-Trump candidate.

          1. Nigel

            I don’t give a flying feck how unattractive she was. You either voted for her or you wanted to watch the world burn. (Which is not to say that if she had won the world would not have continued to smoulder but that was the choice.)

          2. Salmon of Nollaig

            Nigel, you are reading ‘unappealing’ as ‘unattractive’. I’m not talking about whether I wanted to make love to her. I’m saying she appeared unpleasant and untrustworthy. Who knows what she could be up to now if in office? Wars for political gain?

          3. Nigel

            Clinton appeared unappealing and untrustworthy, Trump actually was unappealing and untrustworthy, same difference apparently.

        2. wellness

          The white rabbit is taking me down to a secret basement at the bottom of the hole you are digging , Bodger. Can you lend me your “special ” key , please.

        3. Nigel

          More secret code words. Great. Accused pedophile predator politicians supporting each other openly and being openly supported. Terse content-free obtuseness and nod-nod-wink-wink from the anti-Pizzagate conspiratorials.

          1. Salmon of Nollaig

            Nigel, are you seriously saying the Clintons aren’t highly corrupt? Whether Pizzagate was true or false, it reflected a general sense that there was stuff going on with the Clintons and their buddies that was sleazy and illegal. Allegations of child trafficking among US politicians are nothing new and indeed it would be surprising if the US was any different to the UK in this regard. The Podesta emails were peculiar and so was Alefantis’s instagram. I’m not sure exactly what was going on but there was certainly something odd. Sometimes the gut instinct of the general public is more accurate than you might think.

          2. Nigel

            You got played and so did they. The funny thing is, Trump’s corruption and incompetence and sexually predatory behaviour and xenophobic populism and fascination with the military and anti-environmentalism and cronyism were right up there for everybody to see, yet somehow the murky conspiracies and controversies about Clinton, riddled with lies and half-truths and exaggerations, were more persuasive to you. It’s like people hunting for the secret hidden truth in Pizzagte while an accused paedophile politician throws his support publicly behind another accused paedophile politician right out in the open for everyone to see.

          3. Salmon of Nollaig

            Gut instinct for sleaze and dodgy dealings. The Clintons are not honest. Their hangers on are not honest. Even to those who have not studied their careers, it’s obvious*

            *if you need evidence of Clinton corruption at this stage, you need more help than I can give you.

          4. Nigel

            Of course they’re sleazy: Trump and the Republicans and the far left will tell you so ten times an hour if you let them. But they’re not openly corrupt profoundly ignorant xenophobic predatory demagogues with a fascination for the military and nuclear weapons, a platonic brotherly affection for dictatorial strongmen and a penchant for dick-waving contests with rogue nuclear states. I never said it was a GOOD choice to have, just an obvious one.(And of course it wasn’t even OUR choice, but it affects us just the same.)

          5. Salmon of Nollaig

            I still feel Hillary and Co would have been more dangerous. And so obviously did the American people. It’s very difficult to predict these things but gut instinct said to me she was the crazier one.

          6. Nigel

            Can’t really argue with someone who admits there’s no real rational basis for their decision, I suppose.

      1. f_lawless

        “Everybody sane was aligned, firmly or otherwise, with Clinton during the election.”
        Come on Nigel, that’s just reductive nonsense.
        “That he’s the latest ugly symptom undersells and diminishes the catastrophic damage Trump is currently doing”. It’s not. It recognising that he’s following in a line of presidents which have essentially played to the same tune.
        Take Obama: when you look beyond his eloquent, but deeply hypocritical speeches, you realise he’s also done absolutely catastrophic damage to the US. He got elected on a platform of “real change”; of righting the wrongs of the Bush administration; putting a stop to US-led wars and holding the previous government to account for war crimes.
        However once in power, he escalated the war in Afghanistan, authorised the US-led destruction of Libya; told the US public they “must look forward” rather than hold the Bush administration to account for war crimes; he further normalised the disgusting use of drone warfare – even drawing up his own “kill-lists” with no judicial oversight; was a willing accomplice in the erosion of Americans’ civil liberties – even initially lying to the US public about the extent of NSA spying; he prosecuted more than double the amount of whistleblowers than all previous presidents combined; and maybe worst of all, after the financial collapse of 2008 he also institiuted the greatest transfer of wealth in history to the wealthiest 1%.
        I could go on, but my point is that if you think the fires started with Trump and the right approach is to focus solely on putting them out rather than address systemic reform I think you’re sadly misguided.
        Another Democrat coming along promising “change and hope you can believe in” but tacitly aligned to a neo-liberalist agenda is not what the US nor the rest of the world needs.

        Also it seems like in your reality to even consider whether vastly wealthy oligarchs may seek to use their power to influence and shape the political climate within a country in order to further their own private interests automatically means you must have diminished mental faculties. Why aren’t we allowed discuss these possibities without juvenile putdowns? – just because corporate media outlets don’t tend to give them much serious consideration? Soros is a convicted criminal in case you weren’t aware.

        1. Nigel

          I think people concerned about the power of vast wealthy oligarch who support or simply view with equanimity (or as lulz) the election of a wealthy oligarch demagogue are indeed operating with diminished mental faculties. Obama was a moderately hawkish right-of-centre politician, Clinton would have been the same. I say ‘moderately hawkish’ not to dismiss the enormous damage of their military adventures but to distinguish them from the republicans whose insane frenzy in the build-up to the truly catastrophic Iraq 2 was reason enough not to give them complete control of the US government, to say nothing of literally everything you disliked about Obama being happily embraced by them, only more so and worse, and more besides.

          1. Nigel

            How many drone strikes since Trump took office?
            How many cronies and industrial insiders appointed to regulatory boards?
            How much more like the Gestapo are ICE these days?
            How many environmental regulations stripped?
            Do we approve of what appears to be open political interference with government-funded science to censor findings and block further research into climate change?
            How much are the ol’ oligarchs going to benefit from the proposed new tax reform?
            How much are the non-oligarchs going to suffer?
            Whither people’s health insurance?
            Is the only think keeping a Muslim ban off the books Trump’s sheer incompetence?
            How many of Trump’s campaign staff are under charges for various types of crimes and corruption now? How many more under investigation?
            Didn’t white supremacist, propagandist and ex-Trump staffer Steve Bannon select white supremacist homophobe Roy Moore for the Senate and isn’t Trump, himself accused of child rape, supporting him despite the allegations of child rape? What sort of moral compass do you need to find that shocking and horrifying?
            How many unnecessary and arbitrary fights has Trump picked with black people just to keep his testosterone up and his base riled?
            How’s the ban on trans in the military going?
            Will you wave Net Neutrality bye-bye when it goes?
            Mustn’t forget Puerto Rico, still suffering in the aftermath of the hurricane, even though Trump clearly has.
            And so on.
            Y’know, I try to use my moral compass to find my way through a difficult, treacherous and uncertain maze of ethical choices, grey areas and compromises. You use yours to draw circles.

          2. f_lawless

            but Nigel if you can’t condemn the Democratic Party outright for losing its way and the case you make is that its leaders are only “moderately hawkish” compared to those of the Reps, then I think maybe you’re the one stuck moving in circles with a moral compass gone off-kilter.
            For example, is the disasterous failed state of Libya (you know, caused by the NATO invasion that Clinton aggressively pushed for as US Secretary of State) for some reason not as bad as Iraq’s descent into chaos brought about by the Bush administration? Clinton even voted for that Iraq invasion while serving as a senator.
            I don’t view with with equanimity or “lulz” as you say the current political situation in the US with Trump as president. I think we can all agree that it’s dire. I just think those who are only getting outraged now – not specifically referring to you – haven’t been paying attention to what’s been going on in the years prior to his election.

  3. wellness

    I think I will stay here for a while. I have my night vision goggles on and have just spotted a chap in a preposterously starched shirt. He could be the Chosen One.

  4. painkiller

    “hey-hey, ho-ho-ho…Facist Trump has got to go” and other seasonal classics.

    Maybe a nice long walk would be the best thing for all involved.

  5. Charger Salmons

    Could you imagine anything worse – watching a bunch of Z-list American ” poets and circus peformers ” no-one has ever heard of droning on with unfunny right-on Trump gags ?

    I mean America’s finest ” comedians ” did that for months before the election and look how much damage that did to Trump.

    But seriously,Clinton as an honourable alternative to Trump ?


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