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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.”

Trashy's World: Here there be dragons…

… are words that you can find on old sailor navigation maps that are meant to say: “Hey fools! Stay away from here! Like, don’t even THINK about it!”. The American people would serve themselves well to heed these warnings. Rach… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Here there be dragons…

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Morning Line on Trump: 25 to 1.

We are not saying that it is impossible but it is quite unlikely that Donald Trump could make it all the way to the American White House. The odds of 25 to 1 are not only a long-shot bet but realistic. Mind you, the serious loser in this race is the Republican Party. And it […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The Morning Line on Trump: 25 to 1.

Babel-on-the-Bay: “Stoop and Scoop” on the White House lawn.

Canadians visiting the White House in Washington need to remember to never piss on the president’s rug and carry a plastic bag in your pocket for your errors in protocol on the White House lawn. While we most often criticize the Americans for their brashness in business and international relations, it is really Canadians who […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: “Stoop and Scoop” on the White House lawn.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Master of the Free World?

Some readers assumed we were sampling liberalized pot when we suggested that Donald Trump could win the American Presidency. Frankly it is not something we care to bet on. We just accept the logic. There are too many factors that can weigh in favour of a Trump win and it is too early to quantify […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Master of the Free World?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Political parties promote populism.

There are people who actually fear for the future of political parties as populism grabs more of the attention in the current American primaries. It is not something you need to worry about. Political parties need the periodic peak of populism to bring them up-to-date to the reality of the times. In Canada populism was […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Political parties promote populism.

Trashy's World: That point when you know that something has gone too far…

You know, extreme fashion like bell bottoms and clothes made from meat, a practical joke that pushed the limits of good taste, Boy George… That kind of too far. Sooooo, America? You have now and officially gone too far. Stop the stupidity. Now, p… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: That point when you know that something has gone too far…

Babel-on-the-Bay: The terror of Trump.

If you really do not understand Donald Trump, your favourite psychiatrist might be able to help. You can also just think of Trump as another cathartic solution to the American condition. He is not that unusual a happening in politics. Trump is not even the first billionaire to have delusions of the power of his […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The terror of Trump.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Does a Pope trump a Trump?

This must be the divine intervention that American Catholics have been praying for. Having a younger brother who is (in his order of importance) Republican, Roman Catholic, an American citizen and a retired business professor, we have absolutely no sympathy for the current conundrum he faces. It seems that he has been struggling with choosing […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Does a Pope trump a Trump?

Babel-on-the-Bay: You betcha it’s the Trump team!

The leaders of America’s Republican Party have already picked the team that will take on the world when it wins the November election. They are betting on billionaire Donald Trump and the former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. And here you thought that the Republicans would want to temper Trump’s tirades with a more politically acceptable […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: You betcha it’s the Trump team!

Babel-on-the-Bay: Time for Republicans to act grown-up.

Sitting here in Canada and looking south gives us an overview of American politics. It is only recently that there has been a lot of cringing from what we are seeing. Republican candidate Donald Trump brings an entirely new depth of despair to the race for the U.S. Presidency. He seems to have too few […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Time for Republicans to act grown-up.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Life in a world without heroes.

There are no longer heroes in North America. Small children used to look up to police in their uniforms and want to emulate them. Now they fear them. And it is the fault of the police themselves. The police have placed themselves beyond our reach. They have made a sham of the controls society should […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Life in a world without heroes.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Is America destroying the dream?

A reader asked recently why we were ignoring the current American political scene. It is not that we are not following what is going on. We just feel sad about it. It is a travesty caught up in the guise of democracy. In our book My American Mother (written in 1992) the principle character gives […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Is America destroying the dream?

Babel-on-the-Bay: What do Trump, Ford, Harper have in common?

If you think the front runner for the Republican Party nomination for American President is a joke, you did not understand Toronto’s former Mayor Rob Ford either. And Stephen Harper has his own place in Hell next to both of them. All three show signs of being misanthropes—which means they really do not like people. These guys are not there for the people they say they care for. They are users, not caregivers.

These are people care so little for others that it is only their ego that feeds them. Trump and Harper appear to share a hair fetish. Trump’s (Read more…)

centerandleft: Born to (be able to) Run

Today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made news by pledging to outlaw travel to areas of the world that are “ground zero for terrorist activity.” These are places that are, according to the Prime Minister, “the most dangerous on earth, where governance is non-existent and violence is widespread and brutal.”

The CBC reports that parts of Syria and Iraq would likely be among the first areas to be subject to this travel ban. Under the proposed legislation, aid workers, diplomats and journalists would be able to qualify for an exception. For the rest, the Prime Minister stated that traveling (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump trumps rational (?) Republicans.

Politics in America is sometimes like a badly edited Hollywood movie. It is not always rational. The recent introduction of Donald Trump as a candidate for the Presidential nomination of the Republican Party is reminiscent of Ross Perot’s wild attempts at the American presidency in the late 1990s. After all, the job is wide open to all born in America billionaires.

And is it not the American dream that any child can grow up and become president? It probably applies more to the Republican Party. In a field of misfits, what rules are there that prevent one more Looney Tunes (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: One of Justin Trudeau’s better moves.

It makes sense to make nice with the United States. It is surprising for many Canadians when that becomes necessary. Not since Prime Minister John Diefenbaker pissed off President John Kennedy have relations with the Americans been more in the dumpster. Not only has Prime Minister Stephen Harper been a nag about the Keystone XL pipeline but his open admiration for President Obama’s Republican opponents in Congress has hardly gone unnoticed.

The phony bonhomie played out between Harper and Obama at G-8/G-7 meetings has been shallow and forced for some time. Sure there have been other tiffs between the two (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Bearing bad news for NDP’s Tom Mulcair.

George Lakoff is an American who thinks. The UCLA Berkeley professor was in Toronto last week. We missed a chance to meet him. He is reported to have told his audience there is no such thing as the political centre. That must have been bad news for the New Democrats who came to see him. Their federal Leader Tom Mulcair has been busy trying to find the political centre and in the process he has lost touch with the left. Lakoff could have told him that the centre is just a hypothetical point on a bell curve, drawn by statisticians.

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Politics and its Discontents: Mandatory Church Attendance?

I’m sorry. As Johnny Carson used to say, “I do not make these things up, folks, I merely report them.”

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Politics and its Discontents: Meanwhile, South Of The Border

Ah yes, that land whose political representatives make our elected reprobates look like shining exemplars. For this edition of The Dark Side, we return to the ongoing saga of Gordon Klingenschmitt (a.k.a. Dr. Chaps), recently elected as a Republican State Legislator in Colorado.

A man with many demons (which he regularly exorcises), in this edition he exploits explores a tragedy wrought by the ‘demonic spirit of murder’ that, it seems, has provoked God’s judgement:

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