BigCityLib Strikes Back: O Glorious Justin: This Is A Thing Cleverly Done

So you diss Fox News over their reporting re the mosque shootings in Quebec.  Cdn media reports on that.  Then U.S. outlets have to report on it too.  Then Fox News has to respond.  And THEN you know The Donald has read it.  And maybe he responds, or not.  But its a neat way of ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: O Glorious Justin: This Is A Thing Cleverly Done

So you diss Fox News over their reporting re the mosque shootings in Quebec.  Cdn media reports on that.  Then U.S. outlets have to report on it too.  Then Fox News has to respond.  And THEN you know The Donald has read it.  And maybe he responds, or not.  But its a neat way of ...

The Canadian Progressive: A guide to the Geneva Convention for beginners, dummies and newly elected world leaders

In the wake of the Donald Trump’s controversial Executive Order suspending the US Refugee Admission Program for 120 days, German Chancellor Angela Merkel explained the Geneva Convention to her newly elected US counterpart. The post A guide to the Geneva Convention for beginners, dummies and newly elected world leaders appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition

So which of these quotes conflating immigration with terrorism is from the bigoted autocrat provoking protests around the world for his widely-acknowledged lack of human decency… [The leader] is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering [his country] until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.…[The leader] stated, “Without ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Terry Glavin argues that Canada’s response to Donald Trump’s Muslim ban needs to consist of more than the platitudes offered by Justin Trudeau, while Tom Parkin and Chantal Hebert point out that even Trudeau’s words to date have unduly downplayed Trump’s dangers. And Andrew Coyne writes about ...

Eh Types: How Canadians Can Resist Trump

The first week of Donald Trump’s presidency was not at all what many expected — it was considerably worse. Following his election, many found solace in the idea that a serial liar like Trump was unlikely to fulfill the many ugly promises he made. His border wall and Muslim ban were no more likely to ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the American Taliban

It will be left to future historians to try to explain how a grotesque sexual predator with no discernible morals like Donald Trump, could be embraced by the religious right. But they are his most loyal supporters. He has already thrown them a bloody bone by ordering that the U.S. not support safe abortions for women in ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The fix in foreign affairs.

When Stéphane Dion was so unceremoniously dumped from foreign affairs by Prime Minister Trudeau, all most people could say was they hoped it worked. How would you feel if you were the new foreign affairs minister and the PM kept casting about for the advice needed to handle the situation in Washington? And how does ...

Song of the Watermelon: An Open Letter to Justin Trudeau on Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, In the wake of Sunday’s horrendous terrorist attack on Quebec’s Muslim community, I am writing to ask that you forcefully condemn not just the shooting itself, but the rising tide of Islamophobia that appears to have prompted it. On January 27, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning the ...

Alberta Politics: A Tale of Two Traitors: Or, does President Donald Trump even get this betrayal thing?

PHOTOS: Donald J. Trump – American Caligula, or just an American idiot? President Trump may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: H.A.R. Philby, as portrayed in a Soviet stamp, and Igor Sergeievich Gouzenko, Cold War side switchers. Sally Q. Yates, fired by Mr. Trump for “betraying” the Justice Department. Harold Adrian Russell Philby, better known ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Wild Child in the White House

He has unleashed chaos all over the world with his insane travel ban. He is triggering massive protests all over his country. Tens of thousands of people rallied in U.S. cities and at airports on Sunday to voice outrage over President Donald Trump's executive order restricting entry into the country for travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations.He is acting ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: May comes; May goes.

Did you see that lovely picture of British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Donald Trump holding hands outside the West Wing? It was all the lady came to Washington to get. And it was all she wanted. You really do not think anything substantive was agreed to, did you? It was entirely a public ...

Alberta Politics: Ted Byfield’s back, cyber-crusading for Jason Kenney’s bid to lead Alberta back to the Fifties!

PHOTOS: Ted Byfield at the microphone (Edson leader photo). Below: Alberta Education Minister David Eggen, the late Link Byfield, Mr. Byfield’s son, and a cover from the bad old days of Alberta Report magazine. Like the proverbial bad penny, Ted Byfield is back. It should come as no surprise that Mr. Byfield, now 87 and ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Three Reasons Why Jason Kenney is Scarier Than Donald Trump

Twitter exploded last night. Thousands of demonstrators jammed American airports to protest Trump’s Executive Order banning Muslims from certain countries from entering the US. Refugees traveling with valid documentation, permanent residents with green cards, temporary workers on visas, and dual citizens were detained, some were deported. ACLU lawyers fanned across the country, meeting with detainees, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Branko Milanovic offers his take on how the U.S.’ version of liberalism paved the way for Donald Trump and his ilk both by buying into corporatist assumptions about success, and by treating electoralism as the basis for political organization: In economics, liberalism espoused “neo-liberalism” which was the ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 4: Trump’s rule by fiat

We all know how powerful the President of the United States is. But I don’t know if we ever recognized just how powerful. Almost … dictatorial? Don’t agree? Well, what other kind of leader can decide, with the stroke of an expensive pen, to ban immigrants from 14 countries, on the basis that they belong ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, Scotland, and the Values That Define Us

It was only a tweet, but it was like a flash of decency in a darkening world.It has been favourited more than 500,000 times already.And it did send a powerful message to the bigot demagogue Donald Trump.Read more »

Babel-on-the-Bay: Orwell Observed.

There must be a dearth of honest work for lawyers these days. It seems more and more of them are devoting billable hours to being published. It must be part of their contract to get their firm noticed and to attract real lawyering work. One such example of this phenomenon is the recent op-ed in ...

Montreal Simon: How Canadians Can Help Defeat the Monster Donald Trump

I've been trying to ignore the monster in the window. I close my eyes and try to pretend it's just a nightmare. I crank up the music in my ears to try to drown out his mad bigoted voice.For even though I'm a Canadian I feel the same way these Americans do. But who can ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: We needed to hug Trump’s ‘Deplorables.’

In the heat of last fall’s U.S. election, Hillary Clinton foolishly claimed that half of Donald Trump’s supporters belonged in a “basket of deplorables.” These were the obvious Trump supporters who were vocally responding to his speeches that pandered to racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic or Islamophobic mind sets. Instead of offering our hand to these ...

Montreal Simon: Rick Mercer On The Madness of Trump

As I'm sure you know by now, I believe Donald Trump is dangerously deranged.And any man who can single handedly move the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight is a man who deserves to be urgently removed from office.Before he kills us all. So I'm glad to see that Rick Mercer agrees that we're dealing with a maniac.Read ...

Montreal Simon: Why Justin Trudeau Is Well Suited To Save Canada from Donald Trump

I'm glad to see that Justin Trudeau has been training hard for his upcoming bout with Donald Trump.And testing both his courage and his charisma by entering lion dens like this one in Alberta. Because he's going to need all the courage and the charisma he possesses when he meets this monster.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the hope that this past weekend’s protests will be just the start of an activist response to Donald Trump and his corporatist and authoritarian allies. For further reading…– Robert Booth and Alexandra Topping reported on last weekend’s rallies from a global perspective. Tanara Yelland discussed the march on the ground in Washington, while ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: As the world wearies of Trump.

This is a bad sign. A world becoming wearied of President Trump already? It signifies an acceptance of something abnormal and dangerous. When the king seats his fool on the throne, is the fool now king? And if you accept the largess of the fool while the fool sits on the throne, are you not ...

Alberta Politics: Alberta’s right doubtless dismayed as The Economist boots the U.S.A. off its list of ‘full democracies’

PHOTOS: Democracy has been downgraded in the U.S.A. … (Azerbaijan Press Agency photo). Below: A recent copy of The Economist, U.S. President Donald Trump and Wildrose Alliance Leader Danielle Smith in her political heyday. Hmmm… The venerable Economist Magazine’s research arm yesterday booted the United States off its list of “full democracies,” demoting Ronald Reagan’s ...