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Babel-on-the-Bay: Can you fight fire with fire?

Got an interesting complaint from a frequent reader: he disagrees with our Morning Line assessment of the Republican candidate in the coming Presidential election in the United States. He thinks the odds should be even between the two candidates. His reasoning is that Hillary Clinton has failed to answer Mr. Trump’s claims about her. Frankly, […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Can you fight fire with fire?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Doing Dr. Goebbels proud.

Sometimes when you see what the American Republican Party candidate for president is doing, you have to appreciate the origins. It also has to do with that old adage that those who ignore history are bound to repeat it. What we saw the other day was a classic use of the big lie. This was […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Doing Dr. Goebbels proud.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Destroying the American dream.

There is serious concern about what the current presidential campaign is doing to the U,S.A.’s reputation and position around the world. What is serious is the impact on the image of the once most powerful country in the world. It is holding the country to ridicule. It is destroying the American dream for all. After […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Destroying the American dream.

Babel-on-the-Bay: When all else fails, bluster.

It is so hard to stay away from the farcical race for the White House in the United States of America. It is a writer’s dream. You are being fed a delight of one-liners. The candidate reorganized his campaign again yesterday with the claim that “I have to be me.” This guy is running a […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: When all else fails, bluster.

Dead Wild Roses: Testing the Manufacturing Consent Hypothesis – Jill Stein

From Counterpunch:   “Jill Stein, the Green Party’s nominee for president, has been the sudden target of attacks from all corners of online media since the official end of Bernie Sanders’ campaign at the Democratic National Convention. Outlets like the Washington Post, New York Magazine and Gizmodo have assaulted Stein by using out-of-context quotes to […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Testing the Manufacturing Consent Hypothesis – Jill Stein

Babel-on-the-Bay: The GOP’s ‘Charge of the Light Brigade.’

One of our favourite bloggers is a gentleman trained as both journalist and lawyer who writes under the pseudonym ‘The Mound of Sound.’ While claiming to be a disaffected liberal, he writes from a progressive perspective. The only problem with his frequent and voluminous polemics is that they are sometimes heavy wading. He recently wrote […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The GOP’s ‘Charge of the Light Brigade.’

Babel-on-the-Bay: You are just encouraging ‘What’s his name?’

Psychiatrists tell us that one of the motivations for jihadists is the notoriety. They seem to consider the death and destruction as a measure of their success. Maybe that is why the Republican candidate for the American presidency is feasting on his own controversy and building his campaign on outrageous lies. Every time he is […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: You are just encouraging ‘What’s his name?’

Babel-on-the-Bay: Gratuitous advice on snapshots in time.

You know that you get what you pay for but this advice is free anyway. You should try not to get your knickers in a knot every time a poll is announced that says the Republican candidate might win the presidency in the U.S. As horrifying as the thought might be Canadians are resilient and […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Gratuitous advice on snapshots in time.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Road to November.

Last year Canadians were appalled at the beginning of August when they realized they were faced with a two and a half-month federal election campaign. Americans are faced with more than three months. They know they have a great deal to achieve in that limited time. The biggest challenge for the major candidates is pacing. […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The Road to November.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Morning Line is Hillary by 2 -1.

It was during the Clinton White House years that many of us realized that the brains in the Clinton family are on the distaff side. And nothing pisses off ignorant men more than a smart woman. Which might help to explain why Hillary Clinton is the most despised Democratic candidate ever. But she is not […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The Morning Line is Hillary by 2 -1.

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.