Montreal Simon: Donald Trump: When a Fascist Is a Fascist is a Fascist

For a long time I hesitated to call Donald Trump a fascist. I thought he was just a bloated clown, and I didn't want to devalue the word.But not any longer. Not after the way he is going after transgendered soldiers, or the way he is threatening the media.Or the way that ugly bigot would portray ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump Prepares To Declare War On the Media

Donald Trump is relaxing at his favourite golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. The place where Ivanka was married, the place where he wants to be buried.Still claiming he's not president Lazy Boy.Still insisting it's NOT a vacation. And for the first time in a long time, showing Jeff Sessions, his beleaguered Attorney General, a ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Crawford Kilian writes that Donald Trump’s presidency is merely a symptom of the wider disease of undue deference to wealth. And Matt Karp comments on the need for progressives to identify the problem rather than soft-peddling class divisions: What distinguished the Bernie Sanders campaign more than any other ...

Montreal Simon: Lazy Boy Trump and the Green Monster

It's a brutal cover picture, and I'm sure Donald Trump must hate it. It's a narcissist's nightmare.Trump must be screaming into every golden mirror in the White House, or rolling on the floor and biting the carpet in the Oval Office.But is it fair?I realize he's got almost nothing accomplished in the six months he's ...

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Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Mueller Moment of Truth

He is the man Donald Trump fears the most, the man who keeps him awake at night.Robert Mueller, the man investigating the Trump mob. The man who could nail his family, bounce him out of power, and make him look like the biggest loser EVER.And yesterday Trump's nightmare became even more real. Read more »

Alberta Politics: Derek Fildebrandt, UCP ‘liberty’ advocate, calls for return to ugly 1940s labour relations, labour studies professor says

PHOTOS: The late Jim Prentice, during his successful 2014 campaign to lead the Progressive Conservative Party, with supporters in Edmonton. Below: Anti-union “liberty conservative” Derek Fildebrandt, NDP Premier Rachel Notley, and Athabasca University Labour Studies Professor Bob Barnetson. It was probably his “math is hard” moment in a televised debate with NDP Leader Rachel Notley ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Children’s Hour

As you know, the other day Donald Trump was quoted as calling the White House a "real dump." But now that he's at General Kelly's Tough Love School he's denying it. And to prove how much he loves the place he's going to extraordinary lengths.Read more »

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Cabal.

Writers search every day for the right words to describe the calamity in the American White House. You can hardly call it an administration. Though there is a school of thought that it might be referred to as a maladministration. It struck me that Mr. Trump might be attempting a hunta but for that, he ...

Montreal Simon: Why Donald Trump Will Almost Certainly End Up Resigning

Donald Trump has been at General John Kelly's School for Bullies and Blowhards for two days now, and it does seem to be restraining his worst instincts.He hasn't had a bout of Twitter diarrhea for almost twenty-four hours, although the strain is showing. And he still managed to send shockwaves through Washington with a quote, ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump: Will Chaos Lead to War?

It was the front page of the New York Post on Friday, which had to be updated in a hurry yesterday… And it's a pro-Trump paper. So you know the situation must be getting desperate.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Cole Eisen points out how Sears – like far too many other businesses – has deliberately depleted employees’ pension funds while extracting billions of dollars for executives and shareholders: Sears Canada’s woes stem from what appears to be a methodical process of value extraction. While Sears’s pension funding ...

Montreal Simon: Scotland Gives Trump Another Slap in the Face

When I left Scotland just over a week ago, I was sorry to see the highlands disappear through my train window, as I always am.For I do love that place, and that country.And for so many reasons.Read more »

Babel-on-the-Bay: Our poster-boy PM is the answer?

Despite the wild ravings of Rolling Stone Magazine, our Prime Minister has to whip Canada into shape before taking on the added burden of the American presidency. Donald Trump’s job is safe, for now. In corporate terms, Justin Trudeau might be able to pull off a reverse takeover, (That is where the smaller business buys ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 28: Justin Trudeau, the free world’s best hope … really?

Rolling Stone magazine is the latest American media outlet to fall under the hypnotic spell of Justin Trudeau. The Perfect Prime Minister got the full Rolling Stone cover treatment this week, an occasion that had much of the Canadian news media in full snicker and guffaw mode. The article, some 6,000 or so words, was ...

Montreal Simon: The Week Donald Trump Set The White House On Fire

As the conservative author and broadcaster Charlie Sykes said, it was the week when President Pyromaniac set the White House on fire. His worst week ever. In five torrid days, the US president alienated conservatives by savaging his own attorney general; earned a rebuke from the Pentagon over a rushed ban on transgender troops; watched impotently as the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Joseph Stiglitz offers a reminder that tax giveaways to the rich and the corporate sector accomplish zero – or worse – when it comes to economic development: If corporate tax reform happens at all, it will be a hodge-podge brokered behind closed doors. More likely is a token ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on why we should be skeptical of Donald Trump’s NAFTA demands – and why it should be willing to walk away from the table if it’s not possible to push for dramatic improvements to what’s being offered. For further reading:– The U.S.’ list of negotiating objectives is here (PDF). Canada’s is apparently nonexistent.– Again, ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Missing Sean Spicer.

President Donald Trump has no sense of balance. He also has very little sense of humour. We counted on his press secretary to give us that bit of fun that made the White House scene safe for family entertainment. But Sean Spicer is gone. He has been replaced. It takes two to replace him. We ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Donald Trump Revealed His Inner Fuhrer

He's been rehearsing for the role for a long time, from the days when he kept a copy of Hitler's speeches on his bedside table.And yesterday Donald Drumph finally got his chance to play his Nazi hero. When he turned a Boy Scout Jamboree into a partisan political meeting.Read more »

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 27: The right moves; Spicer quits, comics cry.

Well, that was decisive. The Wildrose and the Progressive Conservatives — the Hatfields and the McCoys of Alberta politics — agreed to a merger on Saturday. And it wasn’t even close. Rank-and-file members of both parties voted in shocking numbers in favour of the merger of the two conservative parties. Remarkably (or suspiciously, if you’re ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the End Game Scenarios

They've been praying up a storm at the White House, laying their hands on Donald Trump.And begging for heavenly intervention, or at least a get-out-of-jail card.But it's going to take more than the power of prayer to save Trump and his corrupt regime.And nobody knows that more than the mad king himself.Read more »

Alberta Politics: On Jason Kenney’s Progressive Conservative leadership victory: big money guys finish first (nice guys, not so much)

PHOTOS: Tory volunteers and armed guards move cash into Jason Kenney’s campaign vault. Actual Progressive Conservative bag people and security measures may not appear exactly as illustrated. (Photo … dimly recalled when needed … University of Victoria Archives.) Below: Alberta Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney and badly outspent leadership contender Richard Starke. Jason Kenney has ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Mike Konczal responds to a pathetic attempt to drain the word “neoliberal” of all meaning (which seems to have won favour with Canadian Libs desperately trying to disassociate themselves from their own governing ideology) by discussing its application in both the political and economic spheres. And Steven Hall ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Who’s congratulating Trudeau?

Stephen Harper’s PMO had a revolving door for communications people, so it is not too surprising if we do not remember one of them. This is in reference to an op-ed in the Toronto Star last week by someone named ‘MacDougall.’ What was noticeable about the article was that he claims to be a Tory ...