Babel-on-the-Bay: The Trials of Trump’s Translators.

The news that there is a serious search underway to replace President Trump’s loyal White House spokesman Sean Spicer is sad. That poor befuddled man has become something of a favourite of the media. And where else would you find someone with the experience required, stupid or vain enough to take the job. Mind you, ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The anger factor.

A reader on the west coast asked the other day if we are seeing anger in Liberal ranks directed at Prime Minister Trudeau’s disrespect for the party? What was strange about the question was that most of that anger is building on the west coast. The flash point will be the funding and tooling up ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: How would Harper have handled Trump?

When listening to Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland give her very important speech on the new world order, there was one disturbing thought. It was a silly question as to how would our previous prime minister have handled the situation? The one thing for sure was that Stephen Harper would never have allowed his ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Trials of Trump’s Trekkees.

We knew that U.S. President Donald Trump would be a continuing problem as long as his followers remained loyal. They certainly kept mute as mounting evidence of his narcissistic personality complex became irrefutable. (Maybe they were unaware that it meant he only loved himself.) They appear to think he is still true to them. They ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump’s travels as ‘The Ugly American.’

U.S. President Donald Trump has been out of the country this week. Life in Washington has been more peaceful. While Congress is despairing, trying to make sense of his budget, they have sent Trump to the Middle East and Europe on a pilgrimage to find his true religion and meaning. What Trump is really doing ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: When the Pope meets the Antichrist.

The arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump in Rome needs a Cecil B. DeMille style Hollywood epic production. It would have trumpets and bass drums, rolling black clouds in the sky, flashes of lightening. We would see a Donald Trump dressed in black, towering over the gargoyles of Hell in his retinue. He would be ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The darkening clouds of the Trump presidency.

President Donald Trump took his case to the graduating cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy the other day. They did not rise up in support. They were surprisingly polite. And probably dumbfounded. Trump’s problems are not their concern. When you are commissioned as a junior officer of the United States Coast Guard, your interests ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Spicer embarrasses all press secretaries.

Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer is earning press secretaries a bad name. You would like to think it is not because he is totally incompetent. He might just have an impossible task for an impossible client. President Trump does not make the job any easier. We used to refer to President George W. Bush ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Conrad Black on Donald Trump.

“He knows what he wants,” was the message by Conrad Black to a parliamentary committee examining the current situation on trade relations with the United States. The former Canadian and now an ex-convict and Lord Cross-the-Pond or some such title, was telling the committee about his friend Donald Trump who is currently President of the ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The myth of America’s FBI.

There is a very bad television show on television these days called Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. A weak spinoff from the highly successful Criminal Minds show that is now ending its twelfth season on CBS, the Beyond Borders version tries to replace strong characterizations with travelogues and requires that the viewer be foolishly gullible. Any ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: A hundred days in America.

Marking his first 100 days in office, U,S. President Donald Trump told the media that he thought the job as president was easier. It is an admission that he has neither the training, nor experience nor temperament to handle the position. He has proved to the world that he is incapable of doing the job. ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump has a plan?

Heard any good conspiracy theories today? It is amazing how many pundits are writing about Trump’s real plans for world-wide dictatorship. They see Trump’s actions in the White House as part of a scheme. They think it is designed to keep outsiders confused. But it should be obvious to everybody that Trump is the one ...

Dead Wild Roses: Nationalism on the Rise – Trump and Bannon speak.

  Nationalism is one of the major currents in US society that is wearing away the roots of their democratic nation.  The capitalist 1%’ers are using their political and media distractors in a desperate ploy to place the blame for working classes on immigrants and people who are not white. Blaming the ‘other’ for your ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Is Justin the adult in the school yard?

Has Prime Minister Trudeau been getting advice from psychologists on how to handle a bully? It is certainly to his credit that he is keeping his cool. Donald Trump continues to lob his ignorant taunts over the longest undefended border in the world and Canada’s prime minister just says, “We can discuss that.” As angry ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump’s ‘Milk of Human Kindness.’

“Once again unto the breach” (sorry Mr. Shakespeare) President Trump jumps into a situation of which he has absolutely no understanding. He is making a habit of it and this time he is trying to skewer the Canadians. He has pitted the free market, unfettered Wisconsin dairy farmers against what Trump calls the ‘unfair’ position ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Mother of all Bombs: No oversight required?

During his presidential campaign, President Trump promised to bomb the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) brigands in the Middle East back to the Middle Ages. He now seems to have given America’s generals carte blanche to do that. The only problem is that the ISIL fanatics involved in Afghanistan are already living ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: “You don’t say, Mr. Spicer!”

On the wall above our computer is an old framed black and white Frank & Ernest cartoon with four characters in the wigs and knee-britches of the colonial period. One of the gentlemen, who does not look like George Washington is saying: “’Cannot tell a lie,’ eh? … In that case, you’ll need a press ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: You think Trump got it right in Syria?

There were pictures in North American papers the other day of Trump and his key advisers in a small room at his Florida resort. The captions explained that they were being briefed on options in Syria. The question that has to be asked: Is a strike against one airfield any kind of solution? Does the ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Teaching Trump ‘The Art of the Deal.’

The first thing Canadians should do is stop sweating over renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It has never been a really fair deal and it became overly complicated when Mexico joined. Given the opportunity to renegotiate, Canada could improve its position. The only problem is that we would never get to negotiate ...

Dead Wild Roses: Universal Health Care in the US? – Ralph Nader Opines

I’m wondering when (if) the US will join the rest of the industrialized world in offering Universal Health Care for the American people. It seems like such a basic need, even a human right, depending on who you ask.  Not having the stress and anxiety over having to constantly navigate a hurly-burly bureaucratic maze just ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump sure doesn’t know America.

When driving back with the wife from a trip to Washington several years ago, we took a lazy route north through the Appalachians. It was early summer and it was a stunningly beautiful vista in those ancient mountains. It was a great trip until we crossed into New York State and found a state trooper ...

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 ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: You want Trump to go? And then what?

There seems to be a growing consensus among mental health professionals that Donald Trump might be crazy. After all, he thinks he is President of the United States. How crazy can that be? And the man does seem delusional. We all saw it early in his campaign. He would preen himself in front of his ...

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 ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Who’s sleeping in the Lincoln bedroom?

It used to be that if you donated enough to the American President’s political party, you could get an invite to sleep in the Lincoln bedroom at the White House. There is a possibility that is where President Trump is trying to sleep when in Washington. And Honest Abe is now haunting him. Why else ...