The Disaffected Lib: Nuclear War – Just "A Tantrum Away."

You couldn’t ask for two more mentally stable people than Kim Jong Un and his orange alter-ego, “Dementia Donald” Trump. The world faces a “nuclear crisis” from a “bruised ego”, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican) has warned in an apparent reference to US-North Korea tensions. Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on Sunday, ...

The Disaffected Lib: Time Magazine’s "Person of the Year." It’s Not Trump But It’s His Victims.

Donald Trump doesn’t have to feel left out by Time magazine’s choice of “person of the year.” After all he’s been very close to several of them – touching, fondling, groping-close. This year’s award went to “the silence breakers,” women who have risked so much to come forward and speak out against the men who ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Morbid Curiosity Aroused by America’s WTF President

The New York Times’ Frank Bruni performs an autopsy on the bloated body of America’s WTF president only to discover that Trump is empty inside. Show me a person who has no true friendships and I’ll show you someone with little if any talent for generosity, which is a muscle built through interactions with those who have ...

The Disaffected Lib: About Jerusalem

Trump has broken with previous administrations to announce that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The question on everyone’s lips is “why?” He wasn’t compelled to do it. If anything the decision seems ill-thought out, even capricious. It threatens to set the region on fire. The Guardian is calling it ...

The Disaffected Lib: A Fitting End to a Country Grown Too Old

Remember when North America was called the New World? Well, in some ways, it’s rather old, very old. The United States boasts of being the world’s oldest constitutional democracy and, even if that means brushing a few other nations such as Switzerland under the carpet, it clings to that claim. These are, however, technicalities. The ...

The Disaffected Lib: America is Broken, Probably Beyond Repair

The sad fact that America’s Congress is “bought and paid for” is well known. America has long lost any notion of “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It is instead government of the people by a few people acting for the benefit of a select, privileged and small segment of the ...

The Disaffected Lib: Every Now and Then Justin Comes Through

A pleasant surprise from prime minister Justin Trudeau – he pissed off the gangster/president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. Good one, Justin. Trudeau said he told Duterte about the need for the rule of law in the Philippines, and also made a friendly offer of support to help the Philippines move forward. Trudeau said Duterte ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Evisceration of a Thug.

Few have done it so well as Roger Cohen’s op-ed dissection of Donald Trump in Der Spiegel.Many of us tend to take Trump’s insults to decency as they come, one at a time, but Cohen stitches them all together to paint a picture that’s much darker and dangerous than we may perceive. It’s a good ...

The Disaffected Lib: Africa Wants Trump Given the Boot

African states attending COP23, the UN climate summit in Bonn, want America’s delegation turfed out. From Deutshe Welle. The Panafrican Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) represents a coalition of civil society organizations from diverse backgrounds across Africa. Secretary General of PACJA, Mithika Mwenda, told DW that part of the organization’s mission at COP23 is to push ...

The Disaffected Lib: Guns for Jesus

New Rule – from now on, as in “henceforth,” those who wish to praise Jesus had better be packing heat. The Cheeto Benito has spoken.  Responding to the latest massacre (I think it’s still the “latest”) at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the Trumpster opined that, but for the free and generous ...

The Disaffected Lib: Well, We Know How They Feel About Trump

Donald Trump has nations a bit on edge, even America’s friends. Take the Swedes for example. Sweden is a country with Cold War memories. During those dark years when the Soviet Union vied with the United States, Sweden constructed 65,000 nuclear bomb shelters. That’s a lot. Today, of course, the Soviet Union is gone. So ...

The Disaffected Lib: Oh Dear. How Will Trump Square this Circle?

Donald Trump screwed up, big time. He forgot to get Congress to repeal the US Global Change Research Act of 1990. And, today, that earned the Mango Mussolini a swift kick in his climate change denying ass with the release of the programme’s fourth National Climate Assessment. From The Washington Post.The report stands in stark ...

The Disaffected Lib: Just Sayin’ It Sounds a Little Weird to Me.

America’s new ambassador to Canada is Kelly Knight Craft. It looks like we got a winner this time. Her remark that there is good science on both sides of the climate change debate made me wonder just who Ambassador Knight Craft is and what she’s all about. It turns out she has quite an interest ...

The Disaffected Lib: I Hope Bob Mueller Has a Sense of Humour

There are some things that just get better with age. That includes scandals. They need time to soak and simmer. Yesterday it was Manafort (plus one) and Papadopoulos. Trump began yesterday running for cover, focused on distancing himself from Paul Manafort. His former campaign manager’s foibles had nothing to do with Trump or his presidential ...

The Disaffected Lib: Another FBI Investigation to Worry Trump. This Time It’s Whitefish.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI has launched an investigation into the incredibly smelly $300 million no-bid contract given to Montana company, Whitefish Energy, to rebuild Puerto Rico’s shattered electricity grid. Whitefish is basically a shell company incorporated just two years ago that had, prior to hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico just two ...

The Disaffected Lib: A Succinct Analysis of the Failure of Neoliberal Politics

Most of us know that neoliberalism, ushered in 40 years ago by Thatcher, Reagan and Mulroney, has run its course. If you bump into him, please let Justin in on that reality. So what happened? How did neoliberal politics fail us? And how is Trump the inevitable leftover of the neoliberal failure? Jacobin Magazine’s Corey Robin ...

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Alex's Blog: EXPANDING THE POLITICAL IMAGINATION

The other day, CNN ran a focus group on what some American voters were now thinking about their president. The comments were almost universally critical including among Trump voters. But even some of the most critical, it seems, may still be Trump supporters. It was, for me, a valuable reminder that pointing out Trump’s flaws, ...

Trashy's World: Charlottesville – likely just the beginning

In the space of a decade or so, public debates over differences in policy in US politics have been replaced by mud-slinging over differences in colour, religion and heritage. Obamacare was the last time when an actual policy was the centre of public debate. It hasn’t disappeared entirely but it being overrun but societal schisms ...

Trashy's World: Whether the USA survives as one nation and not two or several…

…is anyone’s guess. I ain’t no psychic. So. Something I’ve been saying since Obama was elected and the right-wing vitriol fallout is that this was the beginning of the end of the United States of America.  I hoped I was wrong but am increasingly thinking that I’m dead on. A black man occupying the highest ...

Things Are Good: Even Massive Multinationals Support Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is what allows the internet to be what it is, and without it the internet would be pretty much useless. The Trump administration is presently trying to eliminate net neutrality to protect the profits of a very small group of companies. It’s worth noting that the Obama administration also tried this but didn’t ...

Dead Wild Roses: Unite the Right in Alberta – And other Trite Phrases

  There is a frighteningly large segment of the population of Alberta that thinks that what the Republican Administration down south is gang-busterly-amazing-awesome-fantastic (full disclosure – by exhibiting knowledge of uncommon adjectives I disqualify myself from said group). The Republicans, led by Trump, are merrily deconstructing American civil society; whether through willful action or diligent ...

Things Are Good: Proof Protests Work: Trump’s Cancelled Plans

‘Protesting it pointless’ is a refrain heard around the world by people who disavow public displays of disaffection. For the most part the idea of protesting being useless comes from the people in power who don’t want to be protested (or even questioned). This is evident when it comes to the thin-skinned president of the ...

We Pivot: Who’s Laughing at America [And Why]

When T$$$p says people are laughing at America, it’s because he thinks he is America. Here are some ways this is wrong, beyond the obvious. Read some of the King Arthur literature, stories of royalty and shit. The king is … [Read more]

The Political Road Map: Comey had it Coming!

Years in the future, when humans develop the ability to inspect the time line and revisit moments in history, they will most likely mark two main points of interest regarding the rise and fall of Fascism in America. Those two points will be the reopening of the Hillary Clinton email investigation during the election and ...