The Disaffected Lib: Did German Reporters School Their Cowed American Counterparts?

Trump probably won’t be entertaining questions from the German press again anytime soon. Those attending the Merkel-Trump meeting didn’t mince words when they got a chance to question the Cheeto Benito – and he didn’t like it. American journos later praised the German press for asking blunt questions they wouldn’t dare raise. It’s too bad ...

Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude

Omnia feat. Melissa Loretta – Halo

The Disaffected Lib: Like Shooting Fish In a Barrel – Apache Helicopter Gunship Attacks Refugee Boat

An Apache helicopter gunship has reportedly laid waste to a small boat packed with Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen. The U.N. Refugee Agency, UNHCR, reports that 42 of the 140 Somali migrants aboard the boat were killed. The boat, filled with refugees attempting to flee war-torn Yemen including women and children, had made ...

The Decarie Report: March 17: I hate reading the news.

A big story here in Canada’s east end is that our residents want immigrants to be tested to ensure they have Canadian values. What are Canadian values? Actually, nobody knows since nobody has ever made a list of them. So here’s a start. 1. Canadians value their native peoples, and want to clear up all ...

Warren Kinsella: Rebel Media’s McInnes, Goldy, Gunn-Reid: “Jews are ruining the world with their lies and their money and their hooked-nose, bagel-eating faces”

Here. Wow. Goldy: The “Jewspapers,” the “Jew World Order.” McInnes: “Jews are ruining the world with their lies and their money and their hooked-nose, bagel-eating faces.” Goldy: “…we need to launch the next Crusade and reclaim Bethlehem.” McInnes: “I’ve actually become more anti-Semitic since I’ve come [to Israel].” Goldy: “Feminism is cancer.” McInnes: “[Palestinians] keep ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: The Washing Machines Of Scarborough

I’ve timed it on several occasions, and when I set my washing machine to Express Wash, it tells me the wash will take 30 minutes.  But it doesn’t, it takes 37 minutes.  Everything is fine until the last minute of the cycle, which takes 7 minutes.  This seems dangerously misleading on the part of the ...

Sudbury Steve May: Sudbury Events Centre Should Drive Creative Class Economy

A 2.2% property taxes increase to support a facility that’s forecast to lose between $600,000 and $850,000 a year – that’s what Greater Sudburians might be asked to shell out to replace our ailing Sudbury Community Arena.  The experts seem to be in agreement: after 66 years, it’s time for ‘The Barn’ to close its ...

Morton's Musings: How to Adopt a Child in Nunavut

R.A v. S.K. and D.K. 2017 NUCJ 5: [12]  In Nunavut there are two ways of adopting a child. One way is in accordance with Inuit custom. This does not involve the Courts or any government agencies. If a child has been adopted in accordance with Inuit custom, an adoptive parent may apply for a ...

The Disaffected Lib: What a Churlish Prick

The handshake photo-op is an obligatory part of a foreign leader’s visit to the White House. The Cheeto Benito already has a well-earned reputation for the vigor of his hand clasp. Which is why it was so awkward today when German chancellor Angela Merkel sat down with Trump for the standard photo-op. As photographers repeatedly ...

The Disaffected Lib: "We’re a Very Powerful Company"

That little Freudian slip from the lips of the Cheeto Benito at the Merkel-Trump press conference just minutes ago. Trump was responding to a German reporter’s question – to Merkel – about American isolationist leanings. Instead, Trump replied and, of course, ensured he got out the “fake news” response. A weird press conference. Trump opened ...

Warren Kinsella: Dear America: We are all laughing at you. Sincerely, The World

Trump refuses to shake hands with someone who, unlike him, (a) is a grown-up and (b) has grown-up sized hands. Trump refuses to shake hands with someone who, unlike him, (a) is a grown-up and (b) has grown-up sized hands. pic.twitter.com/sa6CwgOC3L — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) March 17, 2017

Warren Kinsella: We’re onto you, Unpresident 

Several hundred votes for one option. I think a consensus is emerging.  #TrumpRussia won't go away, so you frantically try to distract with: — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) March 17, 2017

The Disaffected Lib: America’s Islamophobia Industry

Hmm, why does the name Kellie Leitch come to mind? Islamophobia has become a hallmark of Amerika’s ascendant radical right. 90 years ago in Europe, it was the Jews. In 21st century Amerika, it’s Muslims that are the firewood to fuel the very worst varieties of nationalist populism. Foreign Policy calls it “Islamophobia Inc.“ The subject ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Not many surprises in Alberta’s stay the course budget

There were few surprises when Finance Minister Joe Ceci stood to table the New Democratic Party’s third budget since forming government in 2015. What I expect were strategic leaks over the past week revealed some popular highlights included in the budget, giving the government some positive media in the days before the budget was released. ...

Morton's Musings: Confession Rule does not apply to Charter Voir Dire

R. v. Paterson, 2017 SCC 15: The confessions rule should not be expanded to apply to statements tendered in the context of a voir dire under the Charter . The Crown must prove the voluntariness of an accused’s statement before it can rely upon that statement at trial as supporting a finding of guilt. The purpose of the judicial inquiry in ...

A Puff of Absurdity: If We Could Be as Smart as Frogs

I regularly tell students about our likely future. It’s often met with skepticism, so I provide lots of citations from the IPCC and NASA. Then I sometimes get a lecture on being so doom and gloom. Denial is our go-to defence against reality. But for whose benefit? It’s just for our own short term enjoyment ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Moral Coward

Every so often, I happen upon a news item that, for want of a better word, inflames me; it is usually something so patently outrageous that my capacity for calm desserts me, and I launch into a semi-tirade. This morning was one of those moments. Now some may say that because I am not black, ...

Warren Kinsella: Pints of Guinness make you strong

St. Patrick’s Day. So. When I was sixteen or something, at Bishop Carroll, Jim Keelaghan and me briefly wanted to join the Irish Republican Army. We’d wear army jackets and black armbands on St. Patrick’s Day, and darkly mutter, “St. Patrick didn’t drive all of the snakes out of Ireland.” Stuff like that. We were ...

Northern Reflections: Not Exactly As They Appear

There was a collective sigh of relief when Geert Wilders did not come out on top in the Netherlands election. But Tom Walkom warns that all is not sweetness and light: But Wilder’s Freedom Party still did well. It came a strong second, winning five additional seats in the 150-person legislature, for a total of ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Is Trudeau fighting out of his weight class?

The reason why boxing promoters will not allow a lightweight boxer to take on a heavyweight is that the lightweight might not last two minutes. The lightweight might be fast on his feet but the heavyweight only needs to land one punch. That is why Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs all the help he ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Choral Interlude – Kleine Orgelmesse – Agnus Dei

Love the Angus Dei from this mass, getting the phrasing correct was a challenge but well worth the effort.  🙂 The Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, Hob. XXII:7, Novello 8, is a mass in B-flat major by Joseph Haydn.[1] The missa brevis (short mass) was written around 1775 for the order of the Barmherzige ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Leadership Race Is Now a Stinky Scandal

It's a horrible sight, it sounds bestial. Oinky, oinky, honky honk!!!!And it smells even worse. But who can be surprised?As the never ending Con leadership race heads towards the final stretch, the stench of porky is in the air.And the most disgusting leadership campaign in modern Canadian history is in danger of gassing itself.Read more »

The Disaffected Lib: A Crime Against Humanity

Trump budget director, Mick Mulvaney, announces that the Trump regime will no longer fund action to thwart climate change. It’s a “waste of money.” With Trump already having relieved the auto industry of Obama’s targets for emissions reductions and his actions to accelerate the production of all fossil fuels, including coal, America has officially turned ...

Alberta Politics: Despite Opposition demands, Alberta NDP says no to risky conservative ideological experiments in its 2017 budget

PHOTOS: Finance Minister Joe Ceci. Below: Interim Progressive Conservative Ric McIver showing off his Three Stooges tie, the sale of which puts the gross in Gross National Product; Opposition Leader Brian Jean; and Alberta Liberal interim Leader David Swann. “Admit it, Alberta, after yesterday afternoon’s Budget Speech was read by Finance Minister Joe Ceci, you ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Budgets and Deficits In Alberta

Today was budget day in Alberta.  More or less, the NDP government brought in the budget that had been expected.  Continued spending on big ticket items that have been put off for years, if not decades. Predictably both the PC and WildRose opposition parties are crying foul.  The argument is largely that “running up the ...