Politics and its Discontents: Don’t Confuse Me With Facts

That does seem to be the attitude of Mr. Trump’s ardent supporters, doesn’t it? Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Great Size Scandal

I wasn't able to watch the last Republican debate because I don't get Fox at my place. Which turned out to be just as well. Because the last thing I would have wanted to see is Donald Trump defending the size of his hands and his…um…penis. "Look at those hands. Are these small hands? And … if they're ...

Maple-Flavoured Politics: More Prospective Dividends from a Trump Presidency

A few days ago I published a post suggesting that Donald Trump’s experience as a developer could be put to good use to improve the revenues and balance sheet of the government of the United States if he were to become President. I realize now that I only scratched the surface of the dividends that ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Carol Goar writes about the need for Canada’s federal government to rethink how we view taxes. And Simon Wren-Lewis tries to explain the resilience of austerian ideology even as it fails every test in the real world. – Paul Krugman discusses how Donald Trump’s greatest sin in the ...

Politics and its Discontents: His Master’s Voice

Readers of a certain vintage will remember the old RCA Victor logo, “His Master’s Voice,” shown above. It depicts a loyal dog dutifully listening to what he believes is that actual voice, although it is emanating from a facsimile, i.e., a record. I couldn’t help but think of that ad as I saw this picture: ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Anti-Trump Factor

Next week Justin Trudeau will set off on a three-day visit to Washington, which will include a glittering state dinner at the White House. The first for a Canadian Prime Minister in almost twenty years.And while he will discuss plans with Obama for a continental climate change strategy. Justin is already making it clear that there is something ...

Alberta Politics: Government asks Athabasca University to hold off on financial details; new minister to meet president

PHOTOS: A scene from Athabasca University’s 2015 Convocation ceremony, where the honorary degrees are handed out. Below: Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt, former AU Board chair and award recipient Barry Walker, AU President Peter MacKinnon, Wildrose Finance Critic and Tweeter Derek Fildebrandt, and Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark. What’s shakin’ at Athabasca University? Something is, ...

Montreal Simon: Springtime for Hitler or Donald Drumpf

If you have ever seen the musical or the movie The Producers, you know it's about two Broadway producers who make a terrible mistake.They decide they can make more money by putting on a really bad show rather than a good one.So they create one called Springtime for Hitler, which they believe will be a sure-fire flop. ...

Northern Reflections: Will They Go Over The Cliff?

                                                        https://ifunny.co/ Yesterday, Donald Trump careened closer to the Republican nomination for president. Andrew Bacevich writes that Trump possesses an ugly ingenuity : There is a form of ...

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Donald Trump and the State of Fear and Loathing

Many sane, liberal-minded people in American and around the world express great fear and loathing over the possibility that Donald Trump might become president of the United States. I think their fears are totally unfounded. Rather than immediately leaping onto your keyboard to attack me for that viewpoint, please read to the end. You might find ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Lions, jellyfish, and a quotable Italian fascist #nlpoli

American media circles were all abuzz this weekend about a little episode on Twitter featuring Donald Trump and a quote he liked. Gawker created a Twitter account last year that spouted quotes from Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini but attributing the quotes to Donald Trump.  Nothing happened to the account until Donald Trump himself retweeted ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Bigot Wizard

For weeks Donald Trump has been flirting with fascism. And teetering on the edge of the Pit of Depravity.By retweeting material from white supremacists.In a desperate effort to flatter them, and pander to his bigot base.And now it seems he has stumbled into the pit or the sewer, and into the arms of the Ku Klux ...

Politics and its Discontents: UPDATED: The Political Whoredom Of Mr. Christie

Not that he had any semblance of previous virtue, but yesterday former Republican presidential nomination contender Chris Christie confirmed his capacious political whoredom by endorsing Donald Trump, a man he had previously ridiculed: “We are not electing an entertainer in chief. Showmanship is fun, but it is not the kind of leadership that will truly ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Rise of the Violent Demagogue

Donald Trump has claimed that he could shoot a person in the middle of a crowded street and his supporters would still vote for him.And despite that statement it seems he's right.But what also seems obvious is that with every passing day he is becoming even more of a dangerous demagogue.And what happened when a ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Lord of the Pigs

As you know, when Donald Trump began his campaign for President of the United States I thought he was just a bad joke.And it was just another insane bigot eruption in the so-called Land of the Free.But now that he appears to be closing in on the Republican nomination I'm forced to take him seriously.Now with ...

Alberta Politics: George Clark’s parking lot putschists deliver an unintended compliment to Alberta’s NDP Government

PHOTOS: Alberta First Plebiscite Warriors leader George Clark, in a screen shot from a video interview shot not long before someone stepped on the hose from his media oxygen supply. Below: Donald Trump and Calgary’s own Ted Cruz, a couple of U.S. politicians who know how to do the Tea Party thing right. Don’t you ...

The Canadian Progressive: Cape Breton Ready To Welcome Americans Nervous About Donald Trump Presidency

If front-running Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump captures the White House in November, Americans are welcome to escape to Cape Breton Island. A new website, “Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins,” encourages Americans to seriously consider seeking refuge on the beautiful Nova Scotia island. The post Cape Breton Ready To Welcome Americans Nervous About Donald ...

Montreal Simon: The Republican Nightmare and the Canada Party

Well today is Iowa Caucus day in America, and I must admit I'm a little concerned about the mental state of many of our neighbours, and where they might be going.Because in their current fevered state ANYTHING could happen.And to make matters worse I'm also worried about being horribly embarrassed. For having confidently predicted that Donald Trump would ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – The Guardian’s editorial board comments on the role public entrepreneurship should play in fostering economic development and avoiding bust cycles: The state’s only legitimate economic role is often seen as patching up discrete failures in particular markets. But Ms Mazzucato stresses how proactive policy is often required ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump: I Could Shoot Somebody and Still Be Popular

Lordy. If Donald Trump's head keeps swelling I'm afraid he is going to have to get a new comb over or caterpillar.For there he was today shooting his mouth off, trumpeting his lead over all the other Republican candidates. And actually claiming that he could kill someone, and STILL not lose any votes. Read more ...

Politics and its Discontents: Tag Team Politics

“An absolute ass(et)” is how Donald Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord describes Sarah Palin contribution to Trump’s campaign. Not everyone agrees: Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: Sarah Palin and the Con Redneck Road to Ruin

I haven't written a post about Sarah Palin, the redneck from Wasilla, for about eight years. Back when the one they called The Barracuda was running for Vice President of the United States.Back in the days when people were taking her candidacy seriously.And even Maureen Dowd was calling her My Fair Veep.Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Send In The Clowns

No! Wait! Cancel that order! Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Democracy In Crisis

This is a clearer and more succinct explication of the rise of dangerous right-wing politics than I think I have ever heard. Don't let Trump fool you: rightwing populism is the new normal It might be tempting to view the political success of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as something uniquely American. But, argues Gary ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Media Says Kevin O’Leary Would Make a Great Prime Minister

When Kevin O'Leary announced that he is thinking of running for the leadership of the Harper Party, I thought that most Canadians would shake their heads in disbelief.Or burst out laughing.But it seems I was wrong. Because believe it or not, some in the Con media think he'd make a really great Prime Minister.Read more »