Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Idiocy of Ben Carson

When Donald Trump first offered Ben Carson a cabinet job, Carson turned him down saying he didn't have a clue about how to run a government department.But Trump insisted, Carson agreed to become the new head of the department of Housing and Urban Development.And yesterday he showed his boss, and the world, how clueless he ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Idiocy of Ben Carson

When Donald Trump first offered Ben Carson a cabinet job, Carson turned him down saying he didn't have a clue about how to run a government department.But Trump insisted, Carson agreed to become the new head of the department of Housing and Urban Development.And yesterday he showed his boss, and the world, how clueless he ...

Alberta Politics: The Trump-like hallmark of Jason Kenney’s campaign: Its singular lack of ideas

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney crashing the Throne Speech party at the Legislature last week. Below: U.S. President Donald Trump; the late Ralph Klein, premier of Alberta; Rachel Notley, the present premier of Alberta; and political commentator Ricardo Acuna. Jason Kenny, the social conservative social media enthusiast who will almost certainly become leader of the Progressive Conservative ...

Montreal Simon: Has Donald Trump Tweeted Himself Into A Corner?

They don't call him Twitler for nothing, and Donald Trump's compulsive tweeting has caused him problems before.But somehow he always manages to get away with it, so one big lie just follows another.But his early Saturday morning tweets accusing Barrack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower… May be the biggest mistake of his short and chaotic presidency.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Has Donald Trump Tweeted Himself Into A Corner?

They don't call him Twitler for nothing, and Donald Trump's compulsive tweeting has caused him problems before.But somehow he always manages to get away with it, so one big lie just follows another.But his early Saturday morning tweets accusing Barrack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower… May be the biggest mistake of his short and chaotic presidency.Read more »

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 8: Trump’s almost good week; invasion of the super rich.

Donald Trump almost had a good week. And then he did what he does best. This week, the orange menace gave this first speech to congress, and he didn’t make a complete and utter ass of himself. The fact he didn’t insult anyone, didn’t tell any flagrant lies, and didn’t make any especially incendiary remarks ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the American Horror Story

He managed to deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress, without straying from the script on his tele prompter.And that so impressed some in the media they praised him for acting like a  "normal president."But of course Donald Trump couldn't keep up that act for long, and early this morning he once again proved ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the American Horror Story

He managed to deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress, without straying from the script on his tele prompter.And that so impressed some in the media they praised him for acting like a  "normal president."But of course Donald Trump couldn't keep up that act for long, and early this morning he once again proved ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Lana Payne questions whether Justin Trudeau’s brief nod to precarious work and burgeoning inequality will be reflected in any action. But Sheila Malcolmson notes that Trudeau’s say-anything approach includes turning himself into a human shield for Donald Trump, while PressProgress reports on the record-breaking petition to push Trudeau ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Lana Payne questions whether Justin Trudeau’s brief nod to precarious work and burgeoning inequality will be reflected in any action. But Sheila Malcolmson notes that Trudeau’s say-anything approach includes turning himself into a human shield for Donald Trump, while PressProgress reports on the record-breaking petition to push Trudeau ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Russian Connection

Donald Trump must have hoped he would be able to bury the Russian election hacking story, in some dark place where nobody could ever find it.Or shred it, or burn it.So he could say if there is no evidence, it never happened. It's just FAKE NEWS.But unfortunately for him, if that was his plan, it just became ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump’s Throne Speech.

Americans would not necessarily recognize what President Trump was doing in his speech to Congress the other night. It was easily recognized by any Brit or Canuck as a typical Speech from the Throne. It is a speech read by the Queen or the Queen’s Representative telling the assembled legislators what direction government legislation will ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Russian Connection

Donald Trump must have hoped he would be able to bury the Russian election hacking story, in some dark place where nobody could ever find it.Or shred it, or burn it.So he could say if there is no evidence, it never happened. It's just FAKE NEWS.But unfortunately for him, if that was his plan, it just became ...

The Canadian Progressive: Oscars Best Picture blunder drowned out an overwhelmingly political ceremony – how apt

What was supposed to be the most political Academy Awards in history ended up in racial controversy as La La Land was initially awarded the Oscars Best Picture crown, which rightly belonged to Moonlight, a film tackling an African-American gay male’s vulnerable masculinity. The post Oscars Best Picture blunder drowned out an overwhelmingly political ceremony ...

Montreal Simon: The Trump Resistance and the Uses of Outrage

I spent much of the weekend trying to recover from a big exam, and get away from the horror of Trump. I slept a lot. I kept to myself. I really needed a break.As Andrew Sullivan recently wrote, one can only take so much insanity. "It’s just a matter of human endurance. You have to breathe ...

Montreal Simon: The Trump Resistance and the Uses of Outrage

I spent much of the weekend trying to recover from a big exam, and get away from the horror of Trump. I slept a lot. I kept to myself. I really needed a break.As Andrew Sullivan recently wrote, one can only take so much insanity. "It’s just a matter of human endurance. You have to breathe ...

Susan on the Soapbox: When Old White Guys Discover Memes

Ms Soapbox recently received a series of memes from an old white guy justifying his support of Trump’s anti-Muslim, anti-immigration, anti-refugee, anti-everything policies. She’s been seething ever since. Not because of their content (bad) but because of their appalling lack of critical thinking and digital fluency (the ability to find and critically evaluate online information). ...

Montreal Simon: The White House Dinner and the Shrinking of Donald Trump

I know it's an optical illusion, but the more Donald Trump rants and raves, the more his stature seems to shrink.He's trying to convince Americans that the media is more dangerous than the Russians.So it's not really surprising that a day after he called the "fake news" media the "enemies of the people," he's decided ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trumping the News Media.

The other day one of our American relatives asked: “Why are you writing so much about Trump?” The simple answer is that President Donald Trump is an ongoing saga of the worst of things that can happen in politics. There are also the greatly increased readership statistics when writing about the political failures of Donald ...

Montreal Simon: The White House Dinner and the Shrinking of Donald Trump

I know it's an optical illusion, but the more Donald Trump rants and raves, the more his stature seems to shrink.He's trying to convince Americans that the media is more dangerous than the Russians.So it's not really surprising that a day after he called the "fake news" media the "enemies of the people," he's decided ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Real Steve Bannon

Saturday Night Live likes to portray Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's chief strategist, as the Grim Reaper.And the real president of the United States.But now that Bannon has emerged from the shadows, and outlined his master plan for total Trump domination, I think SNL's portrayal is far too generous.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Real Steve Bannon

Saturday Night Live likes to portray Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's chief strategist, as the Grim Reaper.And the real president of the United States.But now that Bannon has emerged from the shadows, and outlined his master plan for total Trump domination, I think SNL's portrayal is far too generous.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Frances Ryan discusses the precarity facing far too many UK residents who are a single missed bill payment away from financial disaster: There are now 19 million people in this country living below the minimum income standard (an income required for what the wider public view as ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Frances Ryan discusses the precarity facing far too many UK residents who are a single missed bill payment away from financial disaster: There are now 19 million people in this country living below the minimum income standard (an income required for what the wider public view as ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Daniel Tencer reports on Pierre Kohler and Servaas Storm’s study showing that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement figures to cost jobs and wages in Canada and across Europe.  – Jim Tankersley explains the initial rise of the stock market since November’s U.S. election, while offering reason to ...