If you follow business news, you know this is the year of Twitter. It might be its last. Thanks to Donald Trump and his millions of Twitter followers, this has been a banner year. And thanks to Donald Trump this might be the year of Twitter’s disgrace.
Twitter co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey explained . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump in the Twitterverse.
The third presidential debate is over. Donald Trump’s run for the presidency is over. He is a lost cause. That was not a man ready for the American presidency we saw last night, it was a spoiled child acting out.
From our first observations of this year’s American process for choosing a president, we have . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Ego Infantus.
We have figured it out that Republican candidate Donald Trump is more eloquent when discussing something he knows nothing about. He obviously assumes that if he knows nothing about it, his followers will know even less. Ergo he can say whatever he wants.
He was testing that assumption last Sunday when he was railing against . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Catastrophic Candidate.
Some wit on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio opined the other night that the public corporation could no longer report on Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump as news. He thought it should all be referred to the CBC’s Entertainment Division.
But there are changes coming folks. Donald Trump says he is taking off the gloves. He . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Ego Unchained.
You hardly measure an event such as the second presidential debate last night as won or lost. It is more like a war of attrition as ground is lost and taken in an interminable back and forth.
But last night Donald Trump needed to regain some ground and he failed. At the same time Hillary . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump’s Troubles.
It was the turn of the American Vice President contenders the other evening. As did most watchers, we gamely stuck with it for the first half hour. That was the limit that most could handle. It was not just bad television; it was bad politics. It was like watching children squabble. It was something that . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: And then the children’s hour.
In very few weeks from now, the American people will have their say. Given nothing catastrophic in the intervening weeks, the Republican candidate is going to hear “You’re fired!” It will spell the end of the worst reality show in American political history.
Nobody deserved this. It has been a frightening prospect for Americans and . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Ego Equitus.
It is truly amazing how Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump can put down women so casually and then hide behind one. The question is though whether his daughter Ivanka is like any ordinary woman you know? She fronted Trump at the Republican convention in the summer and is back again to star in $7.5 million . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Ego Parentus.
Watching the Trump phenomenon in the United States has become a Canadian pastime. It is almost as good as the Toronto Blue Jays making it to a bid for the wild card. Though it is nowhere near as exciting as the Canadians winning that faux World Cup of Hockey the other night.
But what puzzles . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Ego Imperious.
Watching the claims and counterclaims of the presidential candidates in the United States this past week has been both a political apparatchik’s nightmare and a spin doctor’s dream. As expected both sides claimed victory at the first debate for presidential candidates.
As a political apparatchik, you look at the mistakes, the opportunities lost, the facial . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Ego Rampant.
The world was witness. Someone said yesterday that Republican Donald Trump would win the first of the presidential debates last night because he was experienced in using television. He obviously forgot everything he ever learned when he walked on that stage last night. He also forgot that it was not all about him.
The contrast . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Ego Erectus.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.’
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?’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.