Montreal Simon: The Parkland Kids Take On Donald Trump and the Gun Lobby

It was a day to remember. A day of extraordinary sights and sounds. Like Donald Trump being forced to listen to sobbing teenagers and the parents of their murdered friends. And trying to show he felt their pain, with the help of some scribbled notes. Which as Billy Bragg says is beyond belief. When I saw this pic late last ...

Montreal Simon: Lost in the Madness of the Land of the Trump Beast

When I was a boy no book made more of an impression on me than did William Golding's Lord of the Flies.And no scene was more horrifying than the one when the gentle Simon comes across the Lord of the Flies himself, a pig's head on a stake.And as the other boys rampage across the ...

Montreal Simon: Can Donald Trump Be Blackmailed Over Sex?

Earlier today I looked at what Donald Trump might be hiding. And quoted what the New York Times' Thomas Friedman had to say about that. President Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian ...

Montreal Simon: What Is Donald Trump Hiding?

Ever since Robert Mueller indicted thirteen Russians for interfering in the 2016 election, Donald Trump has been acting like he's finally losing his marbles.Lashing out at just about everybody. President Trump lashed out with fresh anger about the intensifying Russia probe over the weekend, accusing Democrats of enabling a foreign adversary to interfere in the 2016 election and ...

Montreal Simon: The Parkland Massacre and the Revolt of the Young

Most school massacres in the United States follow a depressing and predictable pattern.First there is the horror and the shock. Then there are tears and teddy bears, and candles, and heartbreaking pain and sorrow.And then the dead are forgotten by those who didn't know them or love them.Until the next massacre tears another community apart.But the slaughter of ...

Montreal Simon: Why Donald Trump Can No Longer Fire Robert Mueller

Donald Trump can rant and rave about Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russian trollsHe can claim the indictments shows there was no collusion.He can try to discredit the FBI. As only a pathetic and increasingly desperate dotard could.But he can't call Russian interference a hoax any longer.And he can't fire Mueller.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Thomas Edsall discusses the difficulties in trying to address wealth inequality through a money-infused electoral system: Five years ago, for example, Adam Bonica, a political scientist at Stanford, published “Why Hasn’t Democracy Slowed Rising Inequality?” Economic theory, he wrote, holds that “inequality should be at least partially self-correcting ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Parkland Massacre

It was just a horrible coincidence, albeit a bloody one.But only hours after I ran this post with the picture of Donald Trump brandishing an AR 15 rifle. The same weapon was used to slaughter a large number of high school students in Florida. A heavily armed young man barged into his former high school about an ...

Montreal Simon: The NRA Warns the Media: Stop Making Fun of Trump Or Else

Donald Trump's spy chiefs are telling him the Russians are already meddling in the midterm elections. Robert Mueller and his FBI posse could come down on him at any moment.His White House is being accused of covering up cases of domestic abuse even as his lawyer is now claiming he used his own money to pay off ...

Montreal Simon: Randy Rainbow on Hog Trump and the Wife Bashers

Well as we all know, Donald Trump has been having trouble with the wife bashers in the White House.And the other day I wrote about what I think of his piggy behaviour. But I forgot to mention one thing.As Randy Rainbow points out, he does stand by his man men. So remember, support the #MeToo movement.And ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Paul Krugman reminds us of the fraud that is right-wing bleating about deficits: There have been many “news analysis” pieces asking why Republicans have changed their views on deficit spending. But let’s be serious: Their views haven’t changed at all. They never really cared about debt and deficits; ...

Montreal Simon: Hog Trump Goes After The #MeToo Movement

We always knew that Donald Trump was a sexist pig, even before he became president.A misogynist, a groper, a pervert.Even the media knew that. But his supporters didn't care, many of them being hogs themselves, and they voted for him anyway.And now he's doubling down and going after the #MeToo movement.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Porky Trump’s Parade and the Roman Triumph

I suppose it was inevitable, and nobody should be surprised. When you have a bloated authoritarian would be dictator like Donald Trump in the White House.One who needs to be told how great he is every day of the year, it was only a matter of time.Sooner or later he was going to want a parade.Read ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Ed Finn reminds us that Canada has ample resources to bring about positive social change – just as long as we start taxing the wealthy fairly, including by collecting taxes owed on money currently being stashed offshore. – Pierre Fortin reviews the effects of Quebec’s universal affordable child ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Day of Total Economic Humiliation

It had to be one of the funniest days in the ghastly presidency of Donald Trump. And for the bloated orange oaf, one of his most humiliating.For there he was yesterday afternoon in a factory in Ohio, bragging about his economic record.While claiming he was "non-braggadocious."But still managing to accuse the Democrats who hadn't applauded his State of ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trashing Trump.

It is the new cottage industry in North America—and probably the entire world. We just need our daily fix on what is wrong with American President Donald Trump. The best laughs are at the artificial attempts to temper the tragedy by mentioning something nice about him. We were reminded of this the other day when ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Thomas Kochan takes a look at what workers would want done with the cost of corporate tax cuts if they weren’t being silenced by the U.S.’ corporatist political system. And Steven Greenhouse points out a new set of protests and strikes intended to make sure that advocates for ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Joseph Stiglitz discusses the apparent destructive belief among Davos’ elites that irrational exuberance and top-heavy economic gains are remotely sustainable: The world is plagued by almost intractable problems. Inequality is surging, especially in the advanced economies. The digital revolution, despite its potential, also carries serious risks for privacy, ...

Montreal Simon: Who Will Trump Nuke First, The FBI Or North Korea?

As I'm sure you know, Donald Trump is at war with the FBI, in a desperate attempt to save himself from Robert Mueller.And although it's a war he cannot win. President Trump entered office last year as a singular figure. But he has come to resemble two of his predecessors in one crucial respect. Though he’s ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump follows the formula.

That did not need to be the real Donald Trump addressing Americans the other evening. The State of the Nation address is now down to a formula that a trained monkey could handle if you just dubbed in the usual clichés and platitudes. I spent the obligatory hour and 20 minutes wondering if Hillary Clinton ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Fictitious State of the Union

I tried to watch Donald Trump's State of the Union address last night from start to finish.But it was really long, and really boring, and since I was lounging on the couch I soon fell asleep.Only to wake up with a start, and appreciate the true horror of what I was watching.Read more »

Babel-on-the-Bay: Report from the front lines of America.

While Vassy Kapelos of Global Television was interviewing David Frum last Sunday, the wife kept asking me questions. When she asked why a Canadian would write a book about Donald Trump, I explained that he is now an American citizen, a registered Republican and worked in the White House for George W. Bush. She stopped ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The travels and trials of Trump.

President Donald Trump of the U.S.A. went to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland the other day. Few of the attendees at the world convention of capitalism cared. The reigning head of the most powerful nation on earth had nothing to contribute. He did not even ski. It was the younger world leaders who ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Golden Toilet

It's the kind of request that would have made poor old Vincent Van Gogh cut off his other ear.Donald Trump writing to the Guggenheim Museum to ask if he could borrow Van Gogh's Landscape With Snow, to hang in his private quarters.Fortunately the museum said sorry, no can do. But did offer to lend him something ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Andrew Sheng discusses the role of oversimplified assumptions about economic development in exacerbating wealth and income inequality: The American era has been very comfortable with the timeless, universal model of the free market. Inconvenient problems such as inequality are market failures, which the state can take care of, ...