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The Bitter Truth with Abe Abdelhadi

A non-establishment show, asking questions the masses find difficult. Host Abe Abdelhadi is from L.A. and moved to Austin in March of 2015. He’s been a musician, a comedian and put out a novel in 2015, All Together Now. What do all these endeavors have in common? A desire to tell the truth.

Tracks

Defund the Supreme Court. Face facts, it’s merely a punt for cowardly politicians.
The latest decision on Roe v. Wade must prove what a fascist arm of the oligarchy the SCOTUS is. Little has been decided in favor of the people as opposed to the rulers, owners of this country. From segregation to the latest gutting of the Voting Rights Act, this “legislative branch” is nothing more than a boondoggle. Moreover, if you think the Democrats are just beside themselves over this turn of events, you’re an idiot. Sorry, but we got here, mollycoddling the less than serious.   Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth, or http://abeabdelhadi.substack.com
28:25 6/30/22
When the 7th Graders Start Varsity. A brief discussion on foreign policy and a $25/hour minimum wage
After a few necessary detours, we get into why and how a $25/hr minimum wage is due. We discuss how we got here and real ideas in how to actually afford a $25/hr wage for all working Americans. Every 4-7 years, we bailout capitalism but we can’t see our way clear to take care of taxpayers who do the work to afford the elite the profits? After over a decade of bailouts, that we’re still having this discussion is pathetic.   Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth  
45:40 6/3/22
I Welcome the Hatred. Matthew Hoh discusses his U.S. senate race
Matthew Hoh (https://www.matthewhohforsenate.org/) joins us to talk about his platform and the big reasons he’s running for U.S. Senate for North Carolina.   He’s a veteran of three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, resigning in protest in 2010 as a Marine officer. We get into real fixes on the wars, the economy, healthcare, his experience in combat, the whole gamut. All that’s needed is the will to do these things. Who does that will serve now? Mr. Hoh is a recipient of the Ridenhour Award and a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth  
63:03 5/6/22
The Squalid Ones. Cindy Sheehan talks Ukraine & U.S. foreign policy
Friend of the show and activist, Cindy Sheehan (http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/) joins us to discuss the current war in Ukraine, relations with Russia and China and how the U.S. is stalled pushing the pieces around the global board. Could the dollar crash? Is nuclear war an option? What is the current mania for war and censorship among the so called American liberal based on? Cindy Sheehan has been an anti-war activist since she lost her son in 2004 in the Iraq War. Her new article, Protecting Democracy, My A$$; or How Liberals Love to Swallow (Democrat Agitprop) can be found on her site. She is also the author of books suchas Peace Mom, Dear President Bush, Revolution: a Love Story and The Obama Files. Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth  
62:16 3/24/22
Healthcare is Killing You. Lisa Theobald discusses the state by state strategy for healthcare.
Friend of the show, and Medicare for All activist, Lisa Theobald (https://americanhealthsecurityproject.org/) joins us to talk about the state by state strategy to bring Medicare for All to the United States. Hard facts and hard numbers are a breath of fresh air among the noise. Theobald is on the Steering Committee for the American Health Security Project. She’s been a political advisor for health care and ground penetration of demographics specific to marginalized communities. She also has been a healthcare finance professional in the 10 years starting prior to the ACA concluding in 2019. Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth
47:12 3/4/22
The Next Governor Could Be Yours! Delilah Barrios Talks About Her Campaign.
Texas Green Party candidate for governor, Delilah Barrios (https://delilahfortexas.com/) joins us to talk about her campaign and the big picture in U.S. policy. She is a healthcare worker who sees the failings of the current system and is working to make a change. Legalizing pot, Medicare for all in the state of Texas, gay rights (yes, it’s still a thing), and a living wage and UBI are just a few of the many things we talked about. She’s running against Beto O’Rourke and Greg Abbot, so we’ll have to see what the people will show up for.   Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth    
46:38 2/23/22
I’m No Fun at Parties. Please, Stop Encouraging These People!
We get into a play by play of how Democratic administrations get away with infinitely more than a Republican administration can. We compare Reagan/Bush I to Clinton, to Bush II, to Obama and finally Trump to Biden. Is anyone noticing how Biden and his policies (with little exception) are merely an extension and acceleration of Trump’s policies? How the so-called liberal can say they’re happy with Biden and the so-called conservative can think Biden is a communist is laughable. All of these observations and points will guarantee that you too can be no fun at parties… Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth
45:50 2/15/22
State by State. Dr. Joe Jarvis discusses the mission of the American Health Security Project
Friend of the show, and medical veteran, Dr. Joe Jarvis (https://americanhealthsecurityproject.org/) joins us to talk about the state of the union in American healthcare. We get into the state by state movements that are happening because that’s how Medicare for all is going to happen. The money is there. 20% of U.S. GDP is spent on healthcare, it’s simply not helping the American taxpayer. In addition to being on the national steering committee for the American Health Security Project, Dr. Jarvis has been practicing medicine for over 30 years and was a state health officer in Nevada. He is the author of the Purple World and the forthcoming the Hurt of My People.   Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth  
39:45 2/8/22
Hate’s 4th Estate. Gays, Guns, Abortion and Now… Mandates!
Now that the case for mandates is approaching a fever pitch, it’s safe to say the American Electorate is being had again. Just like gays, guns, and abortion, mandates are fast becoming the litmus for people. “Do you believe science or are you a Trumper?” is usually how these discussions go. The dirty secret, however, is the so called liberal in the U.S. is every bit as shallow and clueless as their right-wing counterparts. That means you… Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth  
31:03 2/3/22
Growing Up Different. Munich changed a lot of things for me
The 1972 Munich Olympics was a watershed moment in world history. Black September took 11 Israeli athletes hostage and the result was not as the Germans would have hoped, “nobody wanted dead Jews in Germany.” As a 9 year old boy, I was faced with who my parents were, specifically my dad. It was the first time I had to admit to myself that yes, I was “different.” As life went on, there were a lot of things I had to deal with in this regard. I began to learn that we, as a nation, are the victims of propaganda. American Exceptionalism, however, ignores the victims of imperialism. We’ll be covering a lot of that later but for now, I was 9… Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth  
36:45 1/25/22
JFK and You! A frank discussion of the assassination of JFK
Taken from James DiEugenio’s 2013 book, Reclaiming Parkland, we get into a sort of primer for the uninitiated. There are many aspects to the murder of JFK but one thing seems to be a constant, and that is Lee Harvey Oswald was not a “lone nut,” and the infamous “single bullet theory,” was a fabrication. The Warren Commission had more in common with the Washington Generals than an actual investigation. In addition to the DiEugenio book, we highly recommend Oliver Stone’s Showtime documentary, JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass. Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth
38:28 12/13/21
You Try Getting Sick. Dr. Joe Jarvis discusses U.S. possibilities to catch up with the world
Dr. Joseph Q. Jarvis (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18dlLa_MVdY) joins us to talk about the overdue need for real healthcare reform in the U.S. We get into what’s wrong, who really owns it, who benefits and where we need to go fast. We’re not even close to behind the rest of the industrialized world. Dr. Jarvis has been practicing medicine for over 30 years and was a state health officer in Nevada. He is the author of the Purple World and the forthcoming the Hurt of My People.   Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth    
46:02 11/29/21
Your Hatred is Misplaced. A frank discussion on how and why we’re manipulated.
Does anyone wonder why we seem to move from outrage to outrage, without ever addressing the bad actors in the previous debacle? We talk about how the U.S. population is easily manipulated into hating the other without looking at who’s pulling the strings and why. If you have a habit of always yelling “hooray for our side,” this may be required listening. The system is the problem. Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth
46:27 11/10/21
Shoulda Kept the Nukes, Mo! Andrew Heaton discusses U.S. policy here and abroad
Award winning comedian, author, and friend of the show, Andrew Heaton (https://mightyheaton.com/) joins us to talk about U.S foreign and domestic policy and the hypocrisy of both. We get into both party’s policies and their tone-deaf responses here and abroad. Heaton is the host of “The Political Orphanage” comedy and news podcast. He’s a frequent Reason TV contributor as well as a former congressional staffer. Having worked in Washington D.C., he is also an accomplished comedian and author of “Laughter is Better Than Communism.” Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth
52:35 11/8/21
A History of Atrocities. Cindy Sheehan Discusses The War Criminal Whitewash
Friend of the show, longtime activist and host of Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox, Cindy Sheehan (http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/) joins us to talk about the latest whitewashing of yet another war criminal and how this is more than a trend. America loves war and there seems to be no two ways about it. Ms. Sheehan has been on the front lines of regime change wars since lost her son in 2004 in Iraq. She also ran as an independent against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth
53:59 10/26/21
United We’re Had. A frank discussion on the myth of U.S. “unity"
What do the two parties have in common? What do you hear most when the ruling class wants us to behave and in our reliable place? Unity! Be unified! This is code for being compliant. We get into some examples and ask you to think. Here’s an essay written on the compliance that I predicted we’d be enjoying today. It goes with the theme of the podcast. https://thebittertruth.info/blog/lullaby-and-goodnight Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth
36:52 10/5/21
Don’t Call it a Comeback. The insidious, racist nature of Ebonics and how it never really left
After the Oakland Unified Schools debacle, in the 90s, many thought Ebonics was extinct. However, as we have seen in the U.S., if something can keep people down, we really can’t quit it. This is a frank discussion on the difference between language and slang. Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth  
25:59 9/9/21
I Heart Hamas. Jennifer Jajeh discusses show biz and the apartheid regime that the U.S. can’t quit
Actress, writer and activist, Jennifer Jajeh, joins us to discuss show biz in the age of Israeli apartheid and how, even in the U.S., free speech isn’t quite free. We get into her one woman show, I Heart Hamas, and her time living in the West Bank during the first Intifada. Jajeh is a Palestinian-American actress, comedian and writer from San Francisco, California. She received a bachelor’s degree in History and Philosophy from UCLA and received her actor's training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. She toured her one woman play, I Heart Hamas, for over five years in the U.S. Europe and the Mid-East. Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth  
52:19 9/6/21
Stolen Fully Furnished. Miko Peled talks about the ongoing assault on Palestinians by Israel.
Activist, author, speaker and friend of the show, Miko Peled (https://www.patreon.com/mikopeled) Joins us to discuss the ongoing land grab and slaughter of Palestinians by Israel. The so-called ceasefire made the American media go to sleep, not the IDF. He details the illegal arrests and the bulldozing of Palestinian homes inside the State of Israel as well as bombing Gaza and stolen homes in the West Bank. Is Israel a true democracy or merely another Mideast theocracy, not unlike Saudi Arabia, proving yet again that we can’t reform apartheid? Peled is a renowned activist for Palestinian rights and the author of the General’s Son and Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five. Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth
39:04 8/30/21
Are There Options? Sema Hernandez talks about real third parties vs. charlatans.
Two time Texas Senate candidate, and friend of the show, Sema Hernandez joins us to discuss the reality of ballot access and viable alternatives to the one party system. Spoiler alert: I sound like a crazy person. Ms. Hernandez has run for the Texas Democratic nomination for the Senate in 2018 and 2020. In 2018, she garnered nearly 300,000 votes on a budget of $4,000 against Robert “Beto” Francis O’Rourke. His budget was over $4 million, barely doubling the votes Hernandez received. The 2020 race was an even bigger corporate grease fire as the DNC rounded up 11 candidates to crowd the field before confused voters settled on MJ Hegar. She went on to lose to Ted Cruz. Good Times… Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth  
60:07 8/26/21
No Accidents in Imperialism. A frank discussion on another failure of U.S. adventurism.
Adrian Boutureira (https://rb.gy/gij2bo) joins us to discuss the epic failure of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan from the beginning. It was never intended to fight freedom. We also get into the U.S. interventionist past and its attachment of lying us into it. Name a country, since 1950 the U.S. has made better? The U.S. will take theocratic fascists over benevolent socialists every day if it means 2 more points on the stock market. Adrian Boutureira Sansberro has an extensive history of activism in Central and South America, as well as the U.S. He was instrumental in Jill Stein’s Green Party presidential campaign in 2016. You will love this if thinking is your thing. Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth  
52:51 8/23/21
Why No Cuba, Mommy? A frank discussion on stupid foreign policy and murderous sanctions
Recently, the U.N. voted, yet again, to end the U.S. Embargo on Cuba. 184 Countries out of over 200 sovereign nations. The Cuban people have been dealing with sanctions and this embargo for decades. Of course, the speed bumps of freedom, the U.S. and Israel voted no, with several members states abstaining, such as Colombia, Brazil and Ukraine. We get into the history of the U.S. relationship and animosity with Cuba. We also bring up some points on who the bitter Cuban refugees ought to be blaming. Get ready to hear some stuff you will not hear in the mainstream press regarding this decision.   Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth  
39:30 7/13/21
The Human Bubble Crash. JT Chapman talks about the cannibalism of the U.S. economy.
Creator and founder of Second Thought, JT Chapman (latest show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67uWQjs745E) joins us to talk about the impending eviction crisis, the renter bubble and how we have, yet again, bailed out oligarchs at the expense of American human taxpayers. Chapman has been running his channel, Second Thought for over five years. He’s produced over 200 videos and amassed over 100 million views. He also is co-founder of Nebula (https://watchnebula.com/) on Curiosity Stream (https://curiositystream.com/). These are streaming sites where creators may post their work and not worry about being censored or de-monetized by the ruling internet monopolies. Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch to get fun stuff or visit https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth  
43:00 7/1/21
The Ownership of Everything: Brittany Richey discusses how we’re being slowly destroyed by greed
Brittany Richey (https://tutorvegas.weebly.com/) joins to discuss the privatization of everything from the military, prisons, to education and medicine. She gets into her past, coming up as a Millennial and how that is very different from what the Boomers and Gen X experienced. Ms. Richey is an educator and tutor and is the founder of Tutor Vegas. Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch  
50:22 6/7/21
No Honest Brokers. Suhair Nafal vs. the United States of Israel
Friend of the show, Suhair Nafal joins us to discuss her landmark lawsuit with the Israeli Government. She was sued in California by the Israelis, under Israeli law. That it made a U.S. court at all is incredible, her victory even more so. She also shed some light on the latest eruptions of violence by the Israeli Government upon Gaza and Palestinians in the region. The United States, regardless of who’s in office, wholeheartedly supports the violence and apartheid, democracy be damned. Who’s wagging the dog? Are we the U.S.A. or the U.S.AIPAC? Ms. Nafal is an activist and has developed an incredibly significant online following, especially in matters of the Israeli Government’s wholesale slaughter and the theft of Palestinian land. Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch
45:49 6/1/21
Conscience of Capital. Even FDR wasn’t FDR, and neither is Biden.
We get into the aspects of the two COVID bills the Biden Administration is touting. As chants of the “next FDR!” harangue the listeners of corporate media, we ask what were his predecessors like? How is it that the Democratic Party has genuinely failed to evolve from a pro war, pro slavery, pro bank party? There was a real left in this country once. We discuss that and where it went. Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch  
38:24 5/4/21
The Price of Everything Part Two. Lisa Theobald breaks down the benefits of M4A.
Activist, health care and financial veteran Lisa Theobald (https://wholewashington.org/) joins us to break down the real logistics of Medicare for All. She explains the numbers, gets into the environmental impact and who’s really behind the fight against it. Lisa is also a member of the Red Berets, an organization dedicated to the fight for M4A. She has worked for years in banking and healthcare delivery. She has seen the inner workings and it’s not as “complicated” as we’re being led to believe. Those who know the price of everything, also know the value of nothing. Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch    
49:11 4/19/21
The Price of Everything Part One. Lisa Theobald breaks down the benefits of M4A
Activist, health care and financial veteran Lisa Theobald (https://wholewashington.org/) joins us to break down the real logistics of Medicare for All. She explains the numbers, gets into the environmental impact and who’s really behind the fight against it. Lisa is also a member of the Red Berets, an organization dedicated to the fight for M4A. She has worked for years in banking and healthcare delivery. She has seen the inner workings and it’s not as “complicated” as we’re being led to believe. Those who know the price of everything, also know the value of nothing. Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch  
40:09 4/17/21
Who Bought Speech? Abe discusses the First Amendment and corporations as governing bodies
Just out of Facebook “jail,” Abe gets into what some may refer to as a hot take. Are online companies with government contracts in violation of 1A rights when they de-platform, de-monetize or ban speech? Since when are taxpayer dollars to go to contractors, acting on behalf of the government to surveil us, and then ban us from the public square? An earlier episode was entitled Alex Jones Can Still Flush a Toilet. Think about it. Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch
28:21 4/12/21
The Constitution and You! Toni Da Pron talks Life, Liberty and…
Constitutional and public policy expert, Toni Da Pron joins us to talk about our rights and how we have moved away from what the “framers meant.” We get into an array of issues and I think webrought up a lot of questions. Because it’s “legal,” is it right? Da Pron works with Realm of Caring (https://realmofcaring.org/) as a Business Consultant and sits on the board of the Southern Colorado Cannabis Council (https://www.sococc.org) as a policy analyst.   Support the show through https://thebittertruth.info/merch.  
50:05 4/1/21