Politics and its Discontents: Sounds About Right

I don’t suppose it should surprise anyone that an egregiously incompetent President Trump has nominated as a federal court judge for Alabama the egregiously unqualified Brett J. Talley. He has never tried a case, was unanimously rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Assn.’s judicial rating committee, has practiced law for only three years and, ...

Politics and its Discontents: Lest We Forget

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz reminds us of some unpleasant truths: San Juan mayor responds to Trump's Puerto Rico tweets: "This isn't politics. This is about saving lives." https://t.co/9CA3Ips4Aq — CNN (@CNN) October 13, 2017 Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Suppressing Dissent

Like countless others, I support those protesting both the wicked legacy and current practice of North American racism. While more egregious perhaps in the United States, Canada’s own shameful racist history and practices leave little to be proud of either. For that reason and others, I cannot support the decision of Sidney Crosby and his ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Art Of Misdirection

While it is difficult in some ways to attribute anything resembling a method to the madness of the American Moron-in-Chief, it would be wrong to think he is totally unmoored and rudderless. Trump’s tax-reform plan attests to this. As does the furor that was stoked over U.S. Health Secretary Tom Price’s obscene and very expensive ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Last Refuge Of The Scoundrel.

It was Samuel Johnson who first coined the above phrase. Watch the brief video embedded below to see how germane it is today: .@POTUS on NFL owners: When it comes to the respect of our anthem and flag, they have no choice. You have to have people stand with respect. pic.twitter.com/ApAuTFjAvY — Fox News (@FoxNews) ...

Politics and its Discontents: Amen

H/t Theo Moudakis Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Scenes From The Resistance: A Spreading Solidarity

Continuing with yesterday’s theme, here are some scenes from Sunday’s sports contests that show increasing numbers of players refusing to stand for Donald Trump and America’s racism by either taking a knee or linking arms in solidarity. The New England Patriots: The Oakland Raiders: The Jacksonville Jaguars: Perhaps Bruce Maxwell, the first MLB player to ...

Politics and its Discontents: Time For A Cost-Benefit Analysis

Only the supremely naive would think that the extollment of athleticism is a central operating principle in professional sports. While at one time there might have been some purity to the contests, today it is all about making money, often obscene amounts, for the owners and agents of these present-day gladiators, or, as some have ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Perfect Word

When Kim Jong-Un recently labelled Donald Trump a “dotard,” not only did it demonstrate that the North Korean madman has a better vocabulary than the American toddler-in-Chief, it also served as an apt description of a man intent on making the world in general, and the United States in particular, an increasingly perilous place to ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Matter Of Trust

I doubt there are many who would deny how precipitously the reputation of the United States has fallen since Donald Trump ascended to the White House. Each day seems to bring forth new and outrageous stream-of-consciousness pronouncements from the Infant-in Chief, and certainly, his speech to the United Nations was no different other than the ...

Politics and its Discontents: An Old Favourite, Updated

Enjoy this searing indictment: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: For Your Sunday Consideration

Thanks t my friend Gary, who sent me this: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Arrant Nonsense

But then, I know to expect nothing more from an administration run by a clown. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Learn To Be Empathetic

Just kidding. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Today’s History Lesson

Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Danger Everywhere

There are far too many perils facing the world today, both natural and unnatural. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: When The Outrageous, The Unethical And The Criminal Become ‘Normal’

In the months since the Orange Ogre became the American President, I am sure that, like me, many have become inured to his daily debasement of the fundamental values that most profess to hold dear, justice, dignity, truth and respect being but four of them. What was once an esteemed office, the presidency, has been ...

Politics and its Discontents: Trump Can Dish It Out

But can he take it? Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: UPDATED: A Gratifying Trump Take-Down

Republican strategist Ana Navaro has had it with the Infant-in-Chief. His latest tweet has left her, and many other Republicans, outraged. UPDATE: Morning Joe responds to Trump’s disturbed and disturbing behaviour: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Trump’s Benighted Cuba Stance

Donald Trump is attempting to curry political favour in Florida by turning back the clock on warming U.S.-Cuba relations initiated by Obama. However, that cynical move is likely to have unintended consequences that go well beyond economic hardship for the slowly-emerging private sector on the island nation. Watch this brief report, made the day before ...

Politics and its Discontents: Opera We Can All Appreciate

Thanks to my friend Jonathan for sending this along: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Climate Change Variables

Now that Donald Trump has formally announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, will the efforts of individual states and municipalities be enough to limit the damage of his benighted decision? This report provides some basis for hope: Meanwhile, back home, Canadian mayors are not buying what Trump is selling. Additionally, ...

Politics and its Discontents: As The Orb Turns

Here we are in Canada, celebrating the Victoria Day long weekend. Meanwhile, in a land far, far away, sinister forces are at work: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: An Insurmountable Divide

These days I find myself writing less on this blog and curating interesting material more. In that spirit, I offer the following letters from Star readers. The first one suggests the necessity of engaging the other side of the Trump polarity, while the ones that follow show why that is never likely to happen: Re: ...

Politics and its Discontents: I Feel His Pain

Recommend this Post