Montreal Simon: Fact Checking Donald Trump’s Worst Speech Ever

Donald Trump's speech in Phoenix the other night was so deeply disturbing it made many all over the world wonder what could be done, if anything, to keep him away from the nuclear codes.So we might have a chance of surviving him.But don't tell that to Trump because he's giving that rally a rave review.By running not ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, asking why Justin Trudeau and Gerald Butts are so willing to offer political cover to the Trump administration (including the now-departed Steve Bannon). For further reading…– Ryan Lizza’s report on Bannon’s relationship with Butts is here. And Adam Radwanski had previously reported on the Libs’ strategy of cultivating relationships with Trump’s associates before commenting ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Justin Trudeau doesn’t have the chops.

It is often amusing when Canadian writers try to compare Prime Minister Trudeau with American President Trump. They seem to think that Justin Trudeau has been understudying for his current role all his life, while Donald Trump is an accidental politician and is only now learning that the job requires some serious time and attention. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Melanie Schmitz writes that Donald Trump’s plan to hand giant tax goodies to the rich is opposed by nearly three quarters of Americans. – CNBC reports on the skepticism among U.S. workers as to their future opportunities. And Jim Stanford offers a historical perspective on what’s most recently ...

Montreal Simon: The Night Donald Trump Went Off The Deep End

On Monday, after his speech on Afghanistan, some in the media were praising Donald Trump for looking and sounding "presidential."Which I thought was hilarious because I knew it wouldn't last. And sure enough it didn't.For if he was Dr Jekyll on Monday, last night in Phoenix he was Mr Hyde.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Eclipsing of the Presidency

Although I had better things to observe, like that amazing solar eclipse, I thought I'd better watch Donald Trump's address to the nation, in case he declared war on North Korea.And eclipsed the earth permanently.But as it turned out, all he did was declare a little more war on Afghanistan. Which will have little impact on ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Question Journalists Don’t Dare Ask

It's hard to believe, how time flies. But Donald Trump's "working vacation" is over and he's heading back to Washington.But sadly, although he did little or no work, just played golf, tweeted, and watched a lot of cable TV, his vacation wasn't very relaxing.And I'm afraid we're all going to pay for that, because now ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: “My Trump, right or wrong!”

(We are playing a bit of catch-up here.) Not being a regular viewer of Late Night with Stephen Colbert, I had to watch the segment with Donald Trump’s friend Anthony Scaramucci on the Internet. I was still trying to figure out what this guy was doing passing himself off as a communications expert. I can ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Mad King of America.

You have to admit that it has been a summer of bounty for those who comment on politics. We have started to think of it as the Summer of Trump. The man never fails to suspend belief, never ceases to horrify and has proved conclusively that he has the political instincts of a gerbil. But—we ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Owen Jones calls out the dogmatic centre for first laying the groundwork for the rise of the populist right, then trying to vilify anybody working on a progressive alternative. And Chris Dillow zeroes in on what’s wrong with the neoliberal view of the world: – Insufficient scepticism ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: When Anger Transends.

The anger is in the air in the United States of America. It is frightening. It pits neighbour against neighbour and family against family. It seems to have something to do with a statue and yet has nothing to do with the statue. It reminds me in some ways of a silly argument we had ...

Montreal Simon: Now Can We Call Trump’s Nazis Suckers?

As I said in my last post, Donald Trump has finally been exposed for all to see as a Neo-Nazi supporter.And he's still refusing to denounce this cowardly killer.   But then as I also pointed out bigotry runs in the family. So the next time his citronella Nazis call us cucks.Somebody should call them suckers.Read more ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 30: Bad boy gets caught with hands in cookie jar

The political career of Derek Fildebrandt is coming to an end. We hope. Fildebrandt, the United Conservative Party (and fanantical former Wildrose) MLA for Strathmore-Brooks, was revealed last week to be cashing in on his taxpayer-supported rental apartment in downtown Edmonton. Out-of-town MLAs get $23,160 a year to own or lease property in Edmonton. Fildebrandt ...

Montreal Simon: The Dangerous Cowardice of the Nazi Supporter Donald Trump.

I can only imagine how Donald Trump must be feeling after his depraved and disastrous reaction to that deadly Nazi party in Charlottesville.But I wouldn't be surprised if he's ready to go nuclear, for he must be that desperate.Democrats and Republicans are attacking him for failing to call a white supremacist a white supremacist, or a ...

Susan on the Soapbox: What a Week

The week started out strange and got a whole lot stranger. Derek Fildebrandt’s Bev Oda moment This week we learned that Derek Fildebrandt Airbnb-ed his taxpayer subsidized apartment, pocketed the cash and claimed the full rental expense in his housing allowance. Most people would call it double dipping but Mr Fildebrandt said it was a ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Neo–Nazi Terrorists

Along with the religious fanatics they have always been Donald Trump's most loyal supporters.The ones who call themselves alt-rightists or white nationalists, but I call white supremacists and Neo-Nazis.Since their Gropenfuhrer was elected President they have become even more brazen, and don't even bother to wear masks or white hoods anymore.So this weekend they held ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Dangerous War Fever

Ever since Donald Trump went on the war path and started exchanging threats with North Korea, he seems like a new man.And not in a good sense either.For Trump has always seen himself as a Great Warrior Leader, and the idea of distracting Americans from all his scandals and his inability to govern, with thoughts ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Doomsday Clock

This is what every American with an IQ greater than a fruit fly should have seen coming.This is why the grubby clown Donald Trump should never have been elected president.He didn't know what he was doing. He was all hot air. And of course, he had no moral compass. So now he's cheerleading for nuclear war. Read ...

Montreal Simon: Has Donald Trump Made War Unavoidable?

Well now we know that Donald Trump's verbal blast at North Korea was totally improvised. President Trump’s aides knew he planned to deliver a tough message to North Korea on Tuesday, but they did not expect a threat that rivaled the apocalyptic taunts often used by his target, Kim Jong-un.And now we know how the North Koreans ...

Alberta Politics: Thank goodness for people like Derek Fildebrandt, without whom the dog days of summer would be dreary indeed!

PHOTOS: Derek Fildebrandt in full rhetorical flight before, obviously, a friendly audience. (Screen shot from … wherever.) There goes the author’s theory that just using an Apple computer makes you a better person! Below: Your blogger’s overused photos of UCP leadership candidates Jason Kenney and Brian Jean, a stock shot of hopeful Doug Schweitzer, grabbed ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Road to Armageddon

Almost four years ago Donald Trump tweeted this: And yesterday he did his best to turn that into a self fulfilling prophesy. Read more »

Babel-on-the-Bay: Diminishing Democracy.

Around the world, from Venezuela to Poland, from Turkey to America, we are watching the destruction of democracy. Those who believe in democracy are routinely arrested, beaten, detained or killed on the streets of once-safe cities. It is a challenge everywhere. There is no safe haven. And Canada is no bastion of democracy. Former Prime ...

Alberta Politics: Never mind apologies, it’s time for Canada’s Tories just to admit Jack Layton was right about talking to the Taliban

PHOTOS: Jack Layton in Edmonton in 2011. Below: Forgettable Harper Government foreign minister Lawrence Cannon (Photo: Abigail Veronneau, Wikimedia Commons) and Peter MacKay, who took some of the cheap shots at Mr. Layton in 2006 (Photo: Department of National Defence, via the Wikimedia Commons). Never mind the apologies. That ship has sailed. We Canadians need ...

Montreal Simon: Who Would Be Worse Donald Trump or Mike Pence?

He can often be seen looking on at Donald Trump's grotesque travelling circus with a strange smile on his face.When asked to say something about his boss, Mike Pence sounds as loyal as a butler, or as giddy as a college cheerleader.But appearances can be deceiving.For it seems that should something horrible happen to Trump, ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trump’s dangerous explicit endorsement of police brutality

Addressing a crowd of police officers in Long Island, New York, U.S. President Donald Trump explicitly endorsed police brutality, because “America is once again a nation of laws”. The post Trump’s dangerous explicit endorsement of police brutality appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.