Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream

Babel-on-the-Bay: The political zoo keeper’s dilemma.

One of the difficult dilemmas facing you when organizing a major political convention, is keeping the news media in their cages, fed, watered and occupied. As mother used to tell us, the devil finds work for idle hands. The media gather like vultures for the event. And the greater the challenge the party faces, the […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The political zoo keeper’s dilemma.

Babel-on-the-Bay: In the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia lends a panache to the Democratic National Convention this year that hard-scrabble Cleveland did not provide for the Republicans. The Republicans were hectored and urged to anger at their Trump Fest. Whereas Philadelphia can make history—as it once created a country—it can bring about a new reconciliation. And that is what America needs. It […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: In the City of Brotherly Love.

Babel-on-the-Bay: What has Trump left to say?

The party is over in Cleveland. The Republican Party is no longer the Grand Old Party. It is the party of Donald Trump. We endured his over-long rant on Thursday night and knew less when he was finished than was known when his daughter introduced her dear daddy. It was an hour and a quarter […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: What has Trump left to say?

Babel-on-the-Bay: There’s no business like no business.

Watching the events in Cleveland this week at the Republican National Convention you realize there are two stories unfolding. The first is in the convention hall itself where the strangest and most frightening political event of all is unravelling. While outside the convention, three trigger-happy armies parade and there is a danger of collision. But […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: There’s no business like no business.

Scripturient: A cunning plan

I see Donald Trump’s plan to utterly eviscerate the Republican Party is working very well. Just look who he picked as his running mate: possibly the only white man more bigoted, vile, close-minded, racist and misogynistic than the passel of presi… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: A cunning plan

Babel-on-the-Bay: It’s time for the Trumpet and his Strumpet.

Donald Trump continues to amaze Americans and the rest of the world. Yes, the Americans have failed to keep the Trump jokes to themselves. The entire world is watching. Particularly Canadians. Lots of them not only understand the strange American dialect but they share the same time zones. But this past week of hot summer […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: It’s time for the Trumpet and his Strumpet.

Babel-on-the-Bay: A Canadian contingent for Trump.

Canadians need their own wall. It would hardly be fair for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to have a wall on the south without equal opportunity for the north. This conclusion seems to be necessary as you meet Canadians who think Trump is cool. Hard to believe, but true. Talking to one lady recently, it […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: A Canadian contingent for Trump.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Trump – Thatcher triangle.

Trump finally did it. He lost it all over a mosquito. It was enough to make you wonder if the mosquito was real or imagined. And it was an example of the root cause of our society’s problems. Out of a 70-minute speech, social media lit up with 15-seconds of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The Trump – Thatcher triangle.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Amigos, meet the elephant.

The so-called Three Amigos met in Ottawa this week. It was nothing more than a public relations exercise. Nothing substantive could be resolved. The American, Canadian and Mexican leaders simply tried to ignore the problems their countries face. They certainly did not want to talk about the elephant in the room; Donald Trump. With Barack […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Amigos, meet the elephant.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump supporters discovered.

It has been written numerous times that the measure of a person’s intelligence is based on how much they agree with you. And having a political science professor agree with this political apparatchik is doubly gratifying. You have to admit it is a rare occurrence. Too often we get into the typical argument with political […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump supporters discovered.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump’s White House?

You might be tired of hearing about Donald Trump. That is understandable. He is definitely a Johnny-one-note. There are still miles to go before the November election. The one way to reach people who see him as a solution instead of the problem is to ask them to imagine Trump in the White House. It […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump’s White House?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump: Fascist or Populist?

Mia culpa. It must be the arrogance of a commentator that afflicted us. We wrote a casual commentary about populist politicians and thought nothing of it. At least until we read a commentary by a professor the other day that inferred that a populist was a fascist. It got us thinking. Obviously we are going […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump: Fascist or Populist?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Politicians are just like us.

Maybe it is because they are never a hero to their valets that we have never been overly impressed with politicians. As a publicist and confidante to many politicians over the years, we have found that they share the same foibles, failures and frustrations as anyone else. Nobody is perfect and the person offering to […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Politicians are just like us.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Bumper sticker solutions still work.

A fellow progressive once accused Babel-on-the-Bay of using bumper sticker solutions. What he did not realize is that the era of the bumper sticker is long gone. Maybe he had failed to note that automobiles no longer have real bumpers. Getting adhesive off a painted surface can be expensive. But what he was really complaining […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Bumper sticker solutions still work.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Dumping on The Donald, does no damage.

It was not until finding out that American bikers love Donald Trump that we think we have come to grips with his appeal. This guy feeds on negative vibes. He is like top-selling sales persons who tell you that they are never really selling until somebody says ‘No.’ It is all beginning to come clear. […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Dumping on The Donald, does no damage.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Will Trump tramp on NAFTA if he HAS-TA?

Coming from a large family where half the siblings are in the U.S.A. and the other half in Canada, there is no lack of discussions between us of current affairs in both countries. No subject is sacred. With lots of religions represented as well as the LGBT community, family re-unions can be lively, learning events. […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Will Trump tramp on NAFTA if he HAS-TA?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump’s bandwagon.

In the U.S, primaries, we are watching what is known in politics as the bandwagon effect. We have been watching it build for American billionaire Donald Trump. In a lacklustre mob of Republican primary candidates, it was no surprise that Trump started with a lead of around 30 per cent of the Republican votes. Against […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump’s bandwagon.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Au revoir Pierre Karl.

We finally found out the difference between millionaire Pierre Karl Pèladeau and billionaire Donald Trump. As leader of the separatist Parti Quèbècois, Pierre Karl realized he was a square peg in a round hole. There was nowhere he could take the Quebec separatist party but downhill skiing. Conversely Donald Trump still thinks he is God’s […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Au revoir Pierre Karl.

Montreal Simon: One More Reason I’m Going to Miss Barack Obama

I realize that many progressives don't like Barack Obama, and like to claim he was worse than George Bush or Richard Nixon.Like some progressives in this country like to claim that Justin Trudeau is worse than Stephen Harper.But although he was not… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: One More Reason I’m Going to Miss Barack Obama

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump is still a long-shot.

When Babel-on-the-Bay put out a morning line on Donald Trump’s run for the Roses of the American Presidency, 25 to 1 odds was the best we could predict. Nothing has changed to improve his position. Donald Trump is still an out-of-control egoist. As any farmer can tell you, you can paint a pig any color […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump is still a long-shot.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump’s evolution.

The Donald is supposed to be evolving as he emerges from the sewers of the Republican Party primary race. He has invested some money in an old-time political spin doctor who now explains that Trump is in the process of evolving into a persona more suitable to America’s highest office. And if you buy into […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump’s evolution.

the disgruntled democrat: Deja Moo: The New York Democratic Primary

Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth  (Lucy Parsons)Well, the Democratic primary in New York has come and gone and Hillary won.  What a surprize!!!  Tens of thousands of people flock to see Bernie… . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Deja Moo: The New York Democratic Primary

Babel-on-the-Bay: America’s Trump: Buffoon or Fascist?

When we handicapped Donald Trump’s campaign for the American presidency last month we were generous with the 25 to 1 longshot. We later remarked on some of his oratory that smacks of the confused and simplistic Adolf Hitler diatribes in Munich in the 1920s and his corporatism that smacks of Benito Mussolini in the same […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: America’s Trump: Buffoon or Fascist?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Bernie Sanders occupies the Occupy revolt.

The good news for the Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011 is that the revolution lives on. Watching the Occupy movement at the time was painful as the young and inexperienced organizers took their ideas nowhere. It was an ill-timed revolution without a plan. Only the now established anger at the one per cent for […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Bernie Sanders occupies the Occupy revolt.

Babel-on-the-Bay: “There will be rioting in the streets.”

It is terrible that Donald Trump cannot seem to find a better playbook for his campaign than that of the Weimar Republic of the 1930s. He is raising spectres that were thought to have died more than 60 years ago. He is causing comparisons with tactics that might have worked in the past but have […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: “There will be rioting in the streets.”