Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Disappointing and Depressing Anniversary

Donald Trump must have been so disappointed. He wanted to spend the weekend in Mar-A-Lago, celebrating his one-year anniversary in power with his billionaire friends.And of course, playing even more golf.But then the government closed down and he was forced to stay in chilly Washington, and pose for pictures to try to make it look ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Walls of NAFTA.

There is more than one wall to consider when the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiators meet in Montreal this week. The wall that the negotiations is creating between Canada and the United States of America is just as serious as the wall of ignorance President Trump wants to build against Mexico. The difference ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump: The President and the Porn Star

Dan MurphyDonald Trump does a lot of bad and dirty things. Always has, always will. It's the nature of the beast.But the one that disgusts me the most, without the shadow of a doubt, is the sight of that morally depraved pervert posing as a pious person.Or a fake Christian… While his grotesque Evangelical groupies ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Sinister Fake News Awards

In my last post I lamented the fact that the White House doctor had horrified people all over the world, by giving Donald Trump a clean bill of health.And by declaring that he was mentally competent, when just about everything he says or does seems to suggest the opposite.Which predictably enough had Trump calling himself a ...

Montreal Simon: Are You Ready For Donald Trump The Cartoon President?

I know it's not a nice thing to say, but I have to admit that when I saw the White House doctor declare that Donald Trump had passed a cognitive test with flying colours, I was both stunned and disappointed. President Trump’s White House physician said Tuesday that the president received a perfect score on a cognitive test ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Shilling for the politicos.

Full disclosure requires me to admit that I was a political spin doctor before I knew what a spin doctor was. I am not as proud of it as I should be. Maybe it is because I always felt embarrassed for people who claimed such expertise. Case in point is Barbara and Murray Frum’s son ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Axel von Schubert notes that the effect of Donald Trump’s giveaway to his billionaire buddies will be to turn the U.S. into a tax haven itself. And Michelle Chen discusses how the growth in inequality has been the result of political choices at the behest of the people ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: In Trump land, I’ll make my stand.

For some reason, the tune for “Dixie” was running through my mind this morning as I read of the latest exploits of U.S. President Donald Trump. We did know he was a racist—did we not? We did know he was not fit to appear in polite company—did we not? So why is everyone surprised at ...

Montreal Simon: Is Andrew "Mr Baloney" Scheer Trying to Scuttle the NAFTA Negotiations Again?

I always thought it was too good to be true. Andrew Scheer offering to help the Liberal government defend NAFTA from Donald Trump and his Trumpkins.By going down to Washington next week and lobbying the Americans, to show them  that when it comes to the important issues, we're all on the same side.Conservative MP Andrew ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Shithole Presidency

Donald Trump has always been a racist. From the day he launched his campaign to the monstrous place we are in now.But yesterday had to be his worst and most racist day ever.He was up late the night before, tweeting away. Trying to deny that he had called El Salvador, Haiti, and some African countries "shitholes" ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Gwynn Guilford discusses how dependence on coal and other resources has left the U.S.’ Appalachian region both poor and ill-equipped for the future after enriching a few corporate owners. And David Dayen notes that a national tax giveaway to the rich is leading to a new round of ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: No, no Oprah!

The people advising Oprah Winfrey about going into politics seem to have as little knowledge about politics as does Donald Trump. We have seen many of these dilettantes over the years and experience says that no good comes of it. And at this stage, Donald Trump can supply most of the reasons why not. A ...

Alberta Politics: Stephen Mandel, past his best-before date but still politically sexy to media, declares Alberta Party leadership bid

PHOTOS: Stephen Mandel makes his Alberta Party leadership campaign announcement yesterday in Edmonton (Photo: Twitter). Below: Mr. Mandel back in the day with premier Jim Prentice, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, former Alberta Party leader Greg Clark, and United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney. Stephen Mandel’s political strategists would like you to think he’s just the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Gerald Caplan writes about the existential threats to humanity which are being either escalated or ignored: We are rapidly approaching the same kind of escalation that led the world to the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, with humankind on the very brink of nuclear war and nuclear destruction. ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Great National Anthem Fiasco

Donald Trump likes to think of himself as a super-sized patriot, with the only thing true about that being the size of his massive ego.For let's face it, it's not easy to call yourself a patriot of any size, after applying for and receiving five draft deferments to avoid being sent to Vietnam.Whatever he might ...

Alberta Politics: ‘Blockbuster’ job creation in Alberta leaves UCP in search of new talking points about ‘job killing’ carbon levy

PHOTOS: The Calgary skyline in 2016. After a bad patch, the city is now back in the BMO Capital Markets’ Top Ten performance list, thanks in part to falling unemployment rates. (Photo: Kevin Cappis, Wikimedia Commons.) Below: Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci, Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, and Calgary Chamber of Commerce Spokesperson Scott Crockatt. ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Trump’s Lizard Boy Was Destroyed By Jake Tapper

In a White House full of freaks and flunkies Stephen Miller stands out as the freakiest of them all, after Great Orange Leader himself.The Trump "policy adviser" has been called everything from Goebbels to Gargamel, the evil wizard who wants to destroy the Smurfs and turn them into gold.But I call him Lizard Boy, for ...

Alberta Politics: Thanks to Donald Trump, the post-war American imperium that’s run like a Swiss watch is coming unsprung!

PHOTOS: U.S. President Donald Trump’s inaugural parade makes its way through Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017, just before the stuff hit the fan and everything went to hell in a handbasket. (Photo: United States Navy.) Below: President Trump, former president Barack Obama, the late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and former Australian PM and ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Measure of His Madness

Donald Trump is said to be in a desperate state. A man raging at the world.Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury, and Steve Bannon's betrayal, have apparently driven him to the verge of a nervous breakdown.This tweet sent out late last night is a measure of his madness. And what he tweeted this morning is ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Tales of the Trump White House.

The Brits have a saying that no gentleman is a hero to his valet. And in politics, all the apparatchik insiders are a form of valet. The politician has to hire carefully and fire even more carefully. We all have a book in us. As Donald Trump has none of the instincts of a politician, ...

Alberta Politics: Donald Trump: He’s bad, but I’m here to tell you he’s not the worst president our neighbours have ever had

PHOTOS: Donald J. Trump. Never mind what you think. He’s not the worst American president ever. Actually, he’s probably about the 7th worst … so far. (Photo: Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons.) Below: Worse presidents James Buchanan, Warren G. Harding, Andrew Johnson, Andrew Jackson (in his dotage), Franklin Pierce and Millard Fillmore. People, I’m here to ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Brent Patterson rightly worries about the prospect that Justin Trudeau will choose to emulate Donald Trump’s anti-social agenda (just as he’s too often done with Stephen Harper’s): At the time of last year’s federal budget, Finance Minister Bill Morneau commented he would exercise prudence “to ensure that ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Republican Civil War

Once they were America's oddest political couple, the flaming dotard Donald Trump and the grubby boozer Steve Bannon.Five months ago, after he fired Bannon, Trump couldn't say enough nice things about his alt-right buddy.Now he's saying that the day Bannon was fired, he didn't just lose his job, he lost his mind.As someone at the New ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Joseph Stiglitz discusses how the Republicans’ tax scam is designed for the sole purpose of further enriching their already-wealthy donors, while Theodoric Meyer notes that it also stands to make loads of money for lobbyists. – Jagmeet Singh makes the case for Canada to work on a tax ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump’s Terrific Triumph?

We have been told that U.S. President Donald Trump wants to have another inauguration this month. This time he wants a proper count of all his supporters out in the cold of Washington and a second chance to do things right. This is despite all those writers who have summed Mr. Trump’s first year as ...