Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

A few notes worth a look in advance of today’s youth-focused debate… – Kyle Duggan reports on Pat Stogran’s imminent entry into the race. And The View Up Here features an extended interview to introduce Stogran as a candidate, while CTV offers a shorter interview. – Anishinabek News examines Charlie Angus’ focus on First Nations ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – David Olive offers his take on what a basic income should look like – and is optimistic that Ontario’s ongoing experiment should hit the mark: A UBI would be pointless in the absence of existing supports. In the Ontario pilot projects, the payout for a single person ...

Warren Kinsella: The Great Dealmaker gets dealt

Dowd. End is odd. But main point is assuredly true: DC has figured out the Unpresident, and they are playing him like a  proverbial fiddle.  He’s the kind of guy who likes to say a sucker is born every minute. What he doesn’t say, and doesn’t know, is he’s one of them. 

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Christ the Redeemer

And this is also where we get the expression ‘the devil is in the details’ as our lord J also hates the fine print on coupons.  🙂 Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christ the Redeemer, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Politics and its Discontents: Fortress Amerika Begins To Pay A Heavy Price

Now that the parody of a president selected by the American people has infected the U.S. national psyche with more than its usual quotient of paranoia and xenophobia, those same people are beginning to get the message that there is a high price to be paid for their irresponsibility. And I, for one, can muster ...

Montreal Simon: Michelle Rempel’s Outrageous Assault on Justin Trudeau

It's a sad thing, but Michelle Rempel's behaviour is starting to alarm a lot of people in Ottawa, or deeply concern them.For she just can't stop acting like she's boozed up, or stop directing torrents of abuse in the general direction of Justin Trudeau.I mean who can forget when she recently accused him of treating ...

Recreating Eden: Saturday Photo: Last Snow? Good Thing Easter’s Late

Surprise!  A little snow on Friday that stuck to all the trees most beautifully.  It’s gone now, and the sun is high in the sky, so perhaps we really are on the path toward spring. It is the season of rebirth, but I expect it will be a while before we see much green.  There ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Lies. And Trudeau-Trump lies.

You have come to expect it in the daily reports from the American White House. You know that the man in the White House tells lies. You just do not expect it from the guy in charge in Ottawa. And you already knew that the guy in charge at the White House does not give ...

Northern Reflections: That’s Not His Style

Americans were in danger of loosing their health care last week. They dodged a bullet. But there is a bigger danger looming. Tony Burman writes: During a visit to South Korea earlier this month, Rex Tillerson, [Donald] Trump’s secretary of state, announced what appeared to be a dramatic change in American policy toward the nuclear ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Canadian Tesla Tour -5th Electric Week: Moose Jaw to Yorkton SK

Check out this trip last year by people my friends James and Brooke met while they took their Model X across Canada. Source: 5th Electric Week: Moose Jaw to Yorkton SK

A BCer in Ottawa: Food round-up: Chicken Farmers, Irish buffet and turkey a la king

I’ve fallen behind in my food blogging, so allow me to catch-up with some quick hits from recent food-related activities.Chicken Farmers of Canada This reception at the Chateau Laurier on budget night was actually a joint event by the Chicken, Turkey and Egg Farmers. I didn’t know this until informed by an MP on the ...

Views from the Beltline: You can’t educate Republicans on global warming

Many progressives believe that if the public were better informed about the science behind climate change, people would be more inclined to accept the reality of anthropogenic global warming. A U.S. survey by the Pew Research Center suggests that’s only true for some people. Climate scientists tell us that global warming will result in phenomena ...

The Decarie Report: March 25: For my New Brunswick readers.

Today’s New Brunswick newspapers, like several editions of them recently, has been in a frenzy over the recent and rapid rise in property taxes.  And Brian Murphy has a commentary on property and income taxes. Alas, as always his column managages to offend no-one by saying nothing.Now, Liberal premier Gallant is in trouble for the ...

The Disaffected Lib: I Think This Captures the Mood

 I was struggling to find words to describe the misery of the Republican party in the wake of yesterday’s fiasco on health care reform. Then I twigged to something out of the past that fits like a glove: Like a bear with a raw ass in black fly season I think that captures the moment. 

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: So … You Think Silence Is An Answer?

There are a number of Jason Kenney’s supporters running around with the mistaken belief that because Kenney refuses to answer questions about his Social Conservative (SoCon) beliefs is somehow an endorsement that he will be benign on those issues should he ever become Alberta’s Premier. Like the CPC policy change last year where they “progressively” ...

The Disaffected Lib: A House Divided

When House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled his American Health Care Act bill yesterday he revealed a deeply fractured Republican party. His Congressional Repugs are divided in three camps – moderate or establishment Republicans, Ryan’s Ayn Rand Republicans, and even more radical hard right Republicans. The moderate and the extreme factions wanted nothing to do with ...

Politics and its Discontents: Star Letter-Writers Seldom Disappoint

Whenever I am feeling a bit down about the world around me and the passivity with which so many ‘face’ it, I know I can go to the letters section of The Toronto Star to buoy my spirits. Today is no exception, as readers render judgement on the disgraced Senator Don Meredith and roundly reject ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading. – Brian Jones rightly argues that a fair tax system would go a long way toward eliminating any serious concerns about government deficits. And Marco Chown Oved offers some reason for optimism in the Canada Revenue Agency’s response to the Panama Papers. – David Macdonald examines what could have ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Trumpcare Disaster

Well what a difference a day makes. On Thursday Donald Trump was sitting in the cab of a monster truck demanding that Republicans support his plan to replace Obamacare.Or else.And when he woke up yesterday morning, he seemed pretty confident his Trumpcare plan would be approved. But sadly for him, that's as good as it got.Read ...

Northern Reflections: No Man To Do Business With

Yesterday was quite a day. The Republican repudiation of Barack Obama’s health care bill went down to defeat. Ezra Klein doesn’t mince words: Let’s be clear about what happened here. The American Health Care Act failed because it was a terrible piece of legislation. It would have thrown 24 million people off insurance and raised ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The silliness of slagging Sorbara.

This could have run Wednesday but there is really no point in running more than one commentary per day. The problem here is that it does not matter if someone has managed war rooms or washrooms there is absolutely no point to slagging former Liberal MPP Greg Sorbara for telling the truth. This writer has ...

Dead Wild Roses: Reflections on the Woman’s March – Oh those Liberals.

I find it curious that when it comes to feminism as a movement it is often decreed that it must be “inclusive”.  Here is the thing though, feminism is the struggle for female liberation from the patriarchal structures and mandates of society.  The only requirement for membership in feminism is, hold on to your (pussy)-hats, ...

The Disaffected Lib: Trump’s Crazy Train Has Already Left the Platform

The Giant Orange Sphincter has spoken. Trump’s long promised health care bill now litters the floor of the House of Representatives and Trump knows who to blame – the minority Democrats.  While his Republicans enjoy a hefty majority in the House, as Trump sees it the Democrats sabotaged his vaunted health care bill. Of course ...

Mind of Dan: I am getting radiated

The hope is that the radiation will stop the growth of my tumour. It wont’t, however, remove it. The success rate is roughly equivalent of the success rate of surgery (90%), and there is a greater chance of not loosing function on the left side of my face and keeping whats left of my hearing ...

Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude

Chicane – Dandelion