Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Scary Twilight Show

As you know, I can't help feeling like I'm trapped in a surrealistic nightmare, or a scary episode of the Twilight Zone.Where the deranged demagogue Donald Trump is the president of the United States, is demolishing its government, department by department.And threatening to lead the world to economic disaster, and even nuclear war. But while while this episode does ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Scott Sinclair offers his take on what we can expect Donald Trump to pursue in renegotiating NAFTA, and points out that while there are some options which might boost Canadian manufacturing and other sectors, it’s also possible that matters could get far worse for the citizens of all ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kevin, Donald, and Danny #nlpoli

A Forum poll released on Monday showed 27% of those surveyed thought celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary would make the best leader of the federal Conservative party with Maxime Bernier a distant second at 11% and Lisa Raitt coming in at a mere seven percent. Among self-identified Conservatives,  O’Leary’s support climbs to 31%, according to Forum and with ...

Alberta Politics: Support by Rachel Notley for Donald Trump’s Keystone XL Pipeline decision may be unnerving, but it’s politics

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at yesterday’s news conference in Edmonton (Government of Alberta photo by Chris Schwarz). Below: Greenpeace Canada campaigner Mike Hudema, U.S. President Donald Trump (who may not appear exactly as illustrated), and Otto von Bismarck (who, actually, often pretty much did). Premier Notley just pledged to work with Trump administration on ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Notley NDP’s latter-day conversion to Keystone XL boosterism

It has been fascinating to watch the Alberta New Democratic Party transition from being skeptical of oil pipelines as opposition to fairly effective advocates for pipelines as government. While the approval of the Trans-Canada Keystone XL Pipeline from Hardisty to… Continue Reading →

Montreal Simon: Keith Olbermann’s Desperate Message To Trump Supporters

With every passing day Donald Trump slides deeper and deeper into madness. He can't accept that more people attended Obama's inauguration than attended his, despite the photographic evidence.The thought that even more people attended the Women's March has every voice in his head screaming in agony.And now he's brooding again about losing the popular vote ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Owen Jones writes that we should give credit for the failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the popular opposition which will be need to push back against Donald Trump, rather than pretending it represents a win for Trump himself: That Trump has any ownership over TPP is ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: In debate with a demagogue.

The signs around the White House should read: Danger, Demagogue in power. And yes, there is no denying that President Donald Trump is a classical demagogue. Rational debate is now passé. It is a time of alternative facts. Facts as only President Trump perceives them. And Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet are meeting in ...

Montreal Simon: The Women’s Marches and the I Can’t Keep Quiet Song

I can't remember a more inspiring sight than the sight of all those millions of women and their supporters marching in Washington and all over the world.Or one that cheered me up more. I was worried that the ghastly predator Donald Trump would get away with all his crimes against women.But the women made it clear he won't.Read ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Bessma Momani writes that Donald Trump’s plan to leave the U.S. at the mercy of unregulated financial markets figures to cause another crisis comparable to – or worse than – that of 2008: Nearly 10 years ago, the U.S. financial industry was exposed as a glorified Ponzi ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 3: Welcome to the world of alternative facts

“The only thing we have to fear is, fear itself.” Franklin Roosevelt, 1932 inauguration. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy, 1960 inauguration. “From this day forward, it’s going to be America first, America first.” Donald J. Trump, 2017 inauguration Well, it’s ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Rise of the Resistance

It was Donald Trump's first full day in office. He was standing in front of a memorial to dead CIA officers.He was speaking to members of the intelligence community he had recently called Nazis.He desperately needed to look presidential after delivering a dark and menacing inauguration speech that had even more people questioning his sanity.But instead Trump ended up ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: On Bastille Day in America.

Watching the self-indulgent speech by President Donald Trump at his inauguration, it was as though he believed that his promises to the people of America were unique in world history. He was wrong. The same speech could have been made as the Bastille fell in Paris in 1789. But the difference was that the continuing ...

LeDaro: Donald Trump – New President of the United States

Donald Trump will cause problems not only for the United States through his actions but also for Canada and Europian countries. He is a bad news all around. I hope he will be constrained.

LeDaro: Donald Trump – New President of the United States

Donald Trump will cause problems not only for the United States through his actions but also for Canada and Europian countries. He is a bad news all around. I hope he will be constrained.

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Inauguration From Hell

It was Donald Trump's big chance to act like a real president, reach out to his defeated opponents, and try to bring his divided nation together.But he just couldn't do it. He blew it.Instead of trying to embrace the Americans who didn't vote for him, he clenched his tiny fingers together and gave them the fist.Read ...

Eh Types: Capitulation Day

Comfort is in scare supply to those who value democracy  — or even basic human decency — but what little comfort is available I can take in saying at least I tried. It was December 2015, when I wrote that based on our experience in Toronto, America should be wary that Trump may win. Instead, ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Let’s have a truce for Mr. Trump’s day.

It all becomes real today. That person will become President of the United States of America and there is nothing we can do about it. We can share our shock with the rest of the world. We can ridicule the corrupted system that allowed it to happen. Finding fault is so much a fool’s game. ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Road To Nuclear War

It was one of the worst and most depressing sights I have ever seen. Donald Trump and his ghastly family standing there in the shadow of the great Lincoln, who appears to be looking down on them in disbelief.While a military band played, a military choir sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and a ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ratings trump truth #nlpoli

Sometimes the universe delivers you the magical set of circumstances you just can’t ignore. Danny Williams turned up at the St. John’s Board of Trade luncheon on Thursday to deliver a speech the day before Donald Trump’s inauguration as president.  As much as people might like to forget,  this was a great reminder of just ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Fake News Protesters

With just 48 hours to go before his inauguration Donald Trump is still claiming it will be a huge success. Preparing to desecrate Abraham Lincoln's Bible.And railing at those who point out that he will be taking office with less popular support than any president in modern U.S. history. In one way at least, President-elect Donald J. Trump has already ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Maniac Twitler

They don't call Donald Trump Twitler for nothing eh? And yesterday the deranged demagogue's tiny fingers were busy trying to live up to that reputation.By first pecking out this proclamation. In the manner of Big Brother.Before proceeding to ignore his own advice, and attack Saturday Night Live…Read more »

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 2: My hush money has arrived

Deposited into my bank account this week was a payment of $150, my “Alberta climate leadership adjustment rebate”. The rebate covers the period of January to June of this year, which is a rebate for money I haven’t spent yet (or, as I call it, a prebate). The prebate is part of the “climate leadership ...

Montreal Simon: The Continuing Adventures of the Con Clown Kellie Trump

As we all know too well, and too painfully, the Con clown Kellie Leitch has been making an absolute fool of herself for what sometimes seems like forever.With the worst Donald Trump impersonator third-rate drag show act Canada, and possibly the world, has ever seen.Where Kellie Trump claims that only she can save our Canadian values, ...

Montreal Simon: Samantha Bee On Trump and the Golden Shower Scandal

I hesitate to write another post about Donald Trump's so-called Golden Shower or Peegate scandal, for several good reasons.One, it's so disgusting once was enough. Two, it sounds too good to be true. And three, and most importantly, I don't want to distract attention away from the fascist kleptocracy Trump is preparing to unleash on our neighbours, and the rest ...