Alberta Politics: Discomfort about UCP Leader Jason Kenney’s relationship with the truth winkles into respectable circles

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney, leader of the United Conservative Party and, if things go as expected on Thursday, leader of the Opposition soon thereafter. Below: Alberta commentators Susan Wright, a blogger, and Graham Thomson, one of Postmedia’s political columnists, and U.S. political essayist Frank Rich (Photo: Twitter). There’s a growing discomfort among those who pay attention ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Maia Szalavitz writes that the atmosphere of competition and status signalling which prevails in unequal societies is directly connected to increased homicide rates: While on the surface, the disputes that triggered these deaths seem trivial – each involved apparently small disagreements and a sense of being seen as ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The failing final days of America.

This is a time of unease. America has failed us. The heroes of the Second World War are vanishing. The people who touted democracy to the world’s oppressed are fading into history. Around the globe there is a sense of a collective waiting. People are tense, on a short fuse, wary and concerned. What will ...

Montreal Simon: American Maniac: Inside the Trump White House

I always knew that a close look at Donald Trump's White House, and the court of the Orange Emperor, would be a deeply disturbing experience. I just didn't know how bad or how crazy it could get. But now a team of writers from the New York Times has done that, and it's a real horror show.Even ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Damian Paletta and Josh Dawsey report that cash for access is the only way for anybody to raise issues with the U.S. Republicans’ tax bills. And Ronald Brownstein views the tax debacle as conclusive evidence of the closing of Republican minds. – Meanwhile, Mark Kingwell offers a ...

Montreal Simon: How Might A Nuclear War With North Korea Unfold?

Well I'm glad to see that the U.S. and South Korea have ended a massive military exercise without the North Koreans declaring war on them.The US doubled down on provocative bomber flights near the border with North Korea this week, at the same time as Pyongyang asked when, not if, war would break out.But there ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Trumpocalypse

It couldn't have been a more sordid, or scary spectacle. Donald Trump addressing a Make America Great Again rally in Pensacola, Florida.Weaponizing Christmas, and urging his deplorables across the border in Alabama to vote for Roy Moore. Because in Trump's rapidly degenerating mind, an old perv who sexually harassed teenage girls is still better than a Democrat. And the scary ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: As the pendulum swings.

There can be a pendulum effect in politics. It means that for every aberration noted in one election there is often an equal and opposite reaction in the next election. We just might be seeing this in Alabama leading up to the special election for a U.S. senator next week. We can see why the ...

Montreal Simon: Is Donald Trump Medically Fit To Remain In Office?

It was like the happy part of a nightmare, if you know what I mean. Brief but welcome. As I watched Donald Trump set fire to the Middle East. Just to pleasure his rabid religious base, and Daddy Big Bucks Sheldon Adelson. And of course, to try to distract Americans from all his legal problems.Trump started slurring his words, and for ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Joseph Stiglitz writes about the need to learn from past mistakes in order to build a sustainable economy for the future: To someone like me, who has watched trade negotiations closely for more than a quarter-century, it is clear that US trade negotiators got most of what ...

Montreal Simon: Will Bizarro Trump Start a War This Week?

You don't have to be a psychiatrist to know that Donald Trump is slowly cracking up. Or a political scientist to know that he has never been so dangerous.Mike Flynn's decision to squeal to Robert Mueller, has clearly sent Trump spiralling into the Twilight Zone. He's been tweeting crazy stuff for days, promoting snuff videos made by ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 46: Trump loses it.

I swear I didn’t want to write another word about Donald Trump. But some weeks – almost any week, in fact – he’s inescapable. So, with apologies, here we go again… When the history of the Donald Trump presidency is written (my guess is sometime around mid-2018), Dec. 1, 2017 will be seen as the ...

Montreal Simon: Did Donald Trump Just Convict Himself?

Even though Donald Trump must be feeling terribly betrayed by Mike Flynn's decision to cooperate with Bob Mueller, and sing like a canary.As he should, because as I said earlier today, Flynn's testimony could end up sending Trump to the Big House. The Orange Oaf was able to stay off Twitter for almost a day, no ...

Montreal Simon: Michael Flynn and the Unravelling of Donald Trump

Two days after Donald Trump was elected president, Barack Obama warned him not to hire Michael Flynn for any national security job. But Trump didn't listen to him, he made Flynn his national security adviser.And of course now he's sorry. Very sorry. President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Why Sarah is the perfect press patsy.

Her name is Sarah Huckabee Sanders and she is President Trump’s White House press secretary. Watching her in action, you get the feeling that she is something of a female version of Forrest Gump. It is her gullible nature that makes her the ideal press secretary. Having been in her position occasionally, during a career ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Whiny Man Baby President Goes After Theresa May

With a skin as thin as Donald Trump’s it is not surprising that the Great Orange Bloat took to twitter to fire back at Theresa May for her stiff rebuke this morning. The British prime minister took Trump to task for retweeting three videos put out by the racist, anti-Muslim group, “Britain First.” A statement ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the spin behind the Trump administration’s push for a massive tax giveaway to the rich has no basis in economic reality – and how Canada shouldn’t be suckered into following suit. For further reading…– Michael Linden examines the overall effects of the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation, with income levels under ...

Montreal Simon: Has Donald Trump Gone Stark Raving Mad?

We've always known that Donald Trump is a virulent racist, and that strange and dirty things swirl around in his head.And in the last few days he has been teetering on the edge of the abyss, with his tweets becoming more and bizarre. Or more and more deranged,But now he has finally exceeded the last bounds of sanity and ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Sad and Scary Thanksgiving

As you probably know, yesterday Americans celebrated their Thanksgiving or Turkey Day. And sadly, there was at first glance, very little to give thanks for this year.Although the biggest turkey in the United States, the so-called Orange Oaf, begged to disagree.Claiming that it was the BEST Thanksgiving EVER.And strongly suggesting that ALL Americans should thank ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Larry Elliott interviews Joseph Stiglitz about the rise of Donald Trump and other demagogues in the wake of public anger over inequality and economic unfairness. And Stiglitz also joins a group of economists calling for an end to austerity in the UK. – Phillip Mendonca-Vieira highlights how rent ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Writing Off NAFTA.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is still on the operating table. While it appears that the gurus at Canada’s banks are giving poor odds, that seems to be what banks always do. They do appear to like spreading doom and gloom. Despite their predictions, nobody is willing to announce time of death at ...

Alberta Politics: Is ‘compassionate belt tightening’ in Alberta just another sign of our worldwide neoliberal derangement?

PHOTOS: The hopeful, celebratory crowd in front of the Alberta Legislature on May 24, 2015, as Premier Rachel Notley and her NDP Government were sworn in. Below: UBC geographer Dr. Jamie Peck and Ms. Notley. On Friday, Alberta’s New Democratic Party premier warned a meeting of rural municipal officials to brace themselves for cuts in ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Deeply Disturbing Twitter Weekend

Even by Donald Trump's insanely low standards, his behaviour on Twitter in the last 48 hours couldn't be more deranged and deeply disturbing.Firing out tweets in every direction as if he was in some fevered frenzy.Looking and sounding more and more like a maniac.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Is Donald Trump Losing His Marbles Again?

It's really good to know that the U.S. nuclear commander says he would resist an illegal order from Donald Trump.The US armed forces could refuse an order from the President to launch a nuclear strike if is deemed illegal, the country's top defence officer has said. Air Force General John Hyten, commander of US Strategic Command, said he ...

Montreal Simon: The Great War on Christmas Is With Us Again

Uh oh, don't look now, but it seems that the Great War on Christmas has begun.And not in the United States where Donald Trump has vowed to save Christmas from the liberals and their happy holidays. But in Britain, where a group of religious fanatics is threatening to boycott Tesco the large supermarket chain.For running this seasonal ...