The Disaffected Lib: The Invasion of the Body Snatchers Meets Donald J. Trump

The Guardian’s take on this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is that it vaguely resembled The Invasion of the Body Snatchers.Donald Trump has created a Born Again GOP, made in his own divine image. Do you remember I started running and people would say, ‘Are you sure he’s a conservative?’” an exultant US president asked ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Will gun control become the issue that puts the nails in the coffin of the Republican Party?

-Another school shooting. More needless deaths from a semi-automatic weapon. -An inane proposal from the President that teachers should be armed and that would stop all these deaths. – At the Conservative Political Active Conference (CPAC),  the National Rifle Association spokespeople are even more unhinged and looney then normal (the quote from NRA spokesperson Dana ...

Politics and its Discontents: Crowdsourcing, Anyone?

Like millions of people around the world, I have been deeply impressed and moved by the passionate conviction with which young people, spearheaded by the survivors of the horrific shootings in Parkland, Florida, are organizing and demonstrating to bring some sanity to the gun laws of the United States. Their biggest obstacle, of course, are ...

The Decarie Report: Feb, 24: Arm the Teachers. Yah.

Arm the teachers. Right! Nothing like a mass shootout in the halls and classrooms to save the children. No. Trump solves the problem without looking at what caused it. It was not caused by any lack of armed teachers. Teachers in all  schools in developed countries I have ever heard of are unarmed. But have ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018 Links

The latest from the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign in advance of next weekend’s convention. – Murray Mandryk’s questions for the candidates led to substantial agreement on most of the areas covered. But one offers a potentially striking difference in their respective economic plans – with Trent Wotherspoon’s tendency toward stark yes/no answers suggesting surprising acceptance ...

Canadian Soapbox: Fair minded Ontario PC members should vote for Patrick Brown…

In legal circles you’ll sometimes come across the expression ‘fruit from the poison tree’.   In the Patrick Brown case the poison came from a story that came out January 24th from Bell Media news outlet CTV.  I’m not going to rehash it in detail, the story was such a piece of yellow and slanderous journalism ...

The Disaffected Lib: Speaking of Julian Assange

If there’s one thing that Donald Trump fears, it’s evidence emerging of very real collusion between Russia and his election campaign. That evidence, or at least one important element of it, is currently holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. It has a name – Julian Assange. When the facts began to emerge, WikiLeaks ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Media and the Canada I Love

After a long and hard week this was just the image I really needed to boost my spirits. An image of the Canada I love.Sebastien Toutant a.k.a. Seb Toots, from L’Assomption, Québec, Canada, moments after winning the gold medal in the Big Air competition. With a big smile on his face, as usual. HISTORY MADE 🇨🇦🏂@SebToots ...

Northern Reflections: Times Are Tough For Red Tories

The irony of the Ontario Tory leadership race is that deposed — now back in the game leader — Patrick Brown is the only Red Tory in the race. And his opposition is desperately trying to get  rid of him. Tom Walkom writes: He’s also the only candidate vying for the leadership who is running ...

Warren Kinsella: Please God make it stop

Please.

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Noah Smith comments on the damaging effects of corporate concentration for workers, consumers and even the financial sector: The biggest threat from the increasing dominance of big companies isn’t to Goldman Sachs, or even to retirement plans; it’s to workers and consumers. When companies squelch wages and raise ...

Recreating Eden: Saturday Photo: Pot Hole Season…

Actually the ones this year are worse.  The photo was taken a couple of years ago after some of the pot holes were filled.  This year, though, we’ve had rock ‘n’ roll weather, with days of hard freeze followed by thaws followed by more hard freezes. This means that water enters into every crack in ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Elitism bites Trudeau’s ass.

It is hard to say what embarrasses Canadians more. Seeing pictures of Trudeau and his family dressing up Bollywood-style to the amusement of the Indian Sub-continent is bad enough. As often as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been warned though about his elitist approach, those chickens have come home to roost. It looks like the ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Ten proposals from the 2018 Alternative Federal Budget

I’ve written a blog post about this year’s Alternative Federal Budget (AFB). Points raised in the blog post include the following: -This year’s AFB would create 470,000 (full-time equivalent) jobs in its first year alone. By year 2 of the plan, 600,000 new (full-time equivalent) jobs will exist. -This year’s AFB will also bring in ...

Warren Kinsella: Tweet of the week, folks

No doubt Mr. Brown would like to turn over a new page. As it were. — Jim Maclean (@CrustyMaclean) February 24, 2018

Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude

Santigold – Disparate Youth

In-Sights: One man’s struggle against boredom

In the article More Energy Ministry duplicity, I wrote: Deputy Minister Dave Nikolejsin’s employment cost taxpayers almost $350,000 in the last fiscal year, including $90,255 in expenses, an amount that was more than $25,000 higher than any other DM or ADM. How does one bureaucrat spend near $2,000 a week on expenses? Since this public ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: So, About Those Laura Loomer Legal Costs…..

It has been a while since ARC posted a story concerning Ezra Levant and "Rebel Media." In some ways they seem to have recovered from the disastrous spring and summer of 2017; the anti-Semitic rants of Gavin McInnes, Laura Southern and Faith Goldy dancing around the edges of white nationalism (Goldy herself appears to have ...

The Disaffected Lib: I’ve About Had It With Amerika

Wayne La Pierre, Dana the Douche Loesch, the NRA and seemingly unstoppable plague of school mass killings, America’s malignant gun culture, Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, FOX & Friends, Hannity, Limbaugh and Alex Jones, Sarah Palin, every goddamned Tea Partier and all the mangy nags they rode in on, Paul Ryan and the reptilian Mitch McConnell, ...

Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: Park board approves Vancouver’s World Cup bid

Jessica Kerr / Vancouver Courier February 22, 2018 02:33 PM The park board is on board with Vancouver’s bid to be a host city if the World Cup comes to North America in 2026. Commissioners earlier this week unanimously approved a series of staff recommendations needed for Vancouver to be considered as one of the ...

The Disaffected Lib: Donald Trump’s Cheat Sheet Exposed.

How is a very stable genius supposed to cope with meeting the survivors of a school shooting and their parents? How do you handle it when there are cameras rolling and you really don’t give a shit about anyone but yourself and your next round of golf? It’s easy if your staff hand you a ...

The Disaffected Lib: Avalanche! Rick Gates to Plead Guilty.

There were some who thought Omerta might just save the Trump gang. For a while it looked as though Paul Manafort’s understudy, Rick Gates, would tough it out and refuse to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s dealings with sketchy Russians. Mueller turned up the heat this week with additional charges ...

The Disaffected Lib: Standing Rock is Everywhere

Around the world, indigenous peoples are occupying the front lines in the battle to defend the planet’s environment. Chief Avrol Looking Horse, spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota people, writes in today’s Guardian that Standing Rock is everywhere. Our Elders foretold of a Black Snake and how the Water of Life — “Mni Woc’oni,” which ...

Warren Kinsella: The night the pigs attacked a Muslim woman in a church

Here’s the scene: We were in a church. There was a choir singing upstairs. People were sitting, quietly, with their kids. And then the pigs got up on their hind legs and started squealing. They started squealing and screeching, their little pig eyes all red, about “sharia law” and Muslims “raping” children and the need ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Guardian Meets Charles Dickens

When it comes to my daily scour of the news it always starts with a quick scan of the CBC website and then on to the serious stuff, beginning with The Guardian. While there are those who take jabs at it as the “nanny paper” I find it the best mainstream paper for a progressive ...