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the disgruntled democrat: Considering What Just happened in the US, It should Be Painfully Obvious Why Canada Should Change Its Voting System

It’s hard to believe but it’s true.  Donald Trump is the President-elect of the United States of America.  A man who has never held a public office in his life now is Commander and Chief of the most potent and lethal military force in history.  Put another way, the fate of planet rests in . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Considering What Just happened in the US, It should Be Painfully Obvious Why Canada Should Change Its Voting System

Babel-on-the-Bay: A trumpeted win for Trump in Indiana?

You have never heard so much BS from so many supposedly knowledgeable writers. Why would anyone think that Donald Trump’s grandstanding in the Indianapolis Carrier plant was a win? It was a farce that cannot survive an Indiana winter.

For President-Elect Donald Trump to show up at that plant with his Vice-President Elect in tow . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: A trumpeted win for Trump in Indiana?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Lord Black lauds buddy Trump.

You get the feeling that there could be another boring book by Lord ‘Cross-the-Pond’ in this. Yes, Conrad Black came out of seclusion on his Toronto estate the other day to promote another book that will look good on your coffee table. He told the news media that his raison d’etre for the lordly appearance . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Lord Black lauds buddy Trump.

Dented Blue Mercedes: Pitting “identity politics” against class struggle is backwards, and the path to self-defeat

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that one of the first things America’s political left would do during the 2016 election post-mortem is to attack minority groups like trans* people, and “identity politics.” That narrative says Americans decided a potential fascist (when you consider his policy proposals, unilateral rhetoric, media manipulation . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Pitting “identity politics” against class struggle is backwards, and the path to self-defeat

Babel-on-the-Bay: It was not Trump’s win; It was Clinton’s loss.

We were all guilty. Our prejudice said Trump cannot win. We just did not look hard at Hillary. She thought she was winning. She acted like she was winning. She was running a losing campaign and we all got sucked in because we could not believe in Trump.

Who could believe in a guy who . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: It was not Trump’s win; It was Clinton’s loss.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Let’s have a tag day for journalists.

Professor Penny Collenette wrote in the Toronto Star the other day that “all news is not fit to print.” Frankly Penny, your problem is that you need to define ‘news.’ Do we really know how to separate bias, comment, opinion, speculation and reporting from the comic pages?

And do we have the right to define . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Let’s have a tag day for journalists.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Party is Over?

The good news is that we are doing away with organized political parties. The bad news is that we are doing away with organized political parties. And one or both of these statements has the seeds of a problem in it.

The bad news is that non-political people with very large egos and lots of . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The Party is Over?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Breaking in the new POTUS.

POTUS is what the U.S. Secret Service, who are charged with protecting the President, call the President of the United States. The service has a long tradition of doing that job. It is a job that can involve four years of excruciating boredom and three seconds of horror.

It is a job that has been . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Breaking in the new POTUS.

Song of the Watermelon: The Travesty of the Electoral College

Of the myriad outrages that define last week’s United States presidential election — namely, the elevation of scandal over policy, of demagoguery over competence, of unabashed sexism and racism and conspiratorial paranoia over reasoned debate — perhaps the most egregious is the fact that the winner of the popular vote will not be the . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: The Travesty of the Electoral College

Scott's DiaTribes: Nightmares sometimes become real; the US Election being one of them.

I woke up this morning 2 days after the US Election hoping I’d dreamed a very bad dream… but alas, not to be. It appears that Clinton will end up winning the popular vote by about 1.2% (or 1.5 million votes), but simply put, there weren’t enough Democrats in the right states to put . . . → Read More: Scott's DiaTribes: Nightmares sometimes become real; the US Election being one of them.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Trump Travesty.

The Bastille has fallen. The Reign of Terror will soon begin. The tumbrils will roll in Washington. President Obama will keep that stiff upper lip as the patricians of politics are dispatched. Donald Trump will not be the first incompetent in the White House. He is just the most dangerous.

Did you watch the vacuous . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The Trump Travesty.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Lament for the late United States of America.

The unease set in early. While Americans were voting on Tuesday afternoon, we were sifting through public opinion polls trying to analyze what was wrong. Donald Trump was acting unusual. We assumed it was either the stress of the campaign or heavy doses of Valium. After all, how much experience at this did he have?

. . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Lament for the late United States of America.

Scott's DiaTribes: US Election Prediction: Two bets / prediction winning streak on the line.

So unless you’re totally uninterested and don’t follow politics (which if you are, I’m not sure why you’re reading me right now) or been under a rock, you know tomorrow is the US Election. It’s been an unusual and nasty campaign, to put it mildly.

I’m just putting out there for the public record that . . . → Read More: Scott's DiaTribes: US Election Prediction: Two bets / prediction winning streak on the line.

Babel-on-the-Bay: We might be wrong about Donald Trump.

Watching Donald Trump over the past year has been fascinating. Our first struggle was with our own preconceptions about politicians and political races. What we had to resolve in our own mind is that Trump is neither a politician nor running a political campaign. It was in coming to this premise that we felt he . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: We might be wrong about Donald Trump.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Parsing the Phenomenon.

You can hardly be a political maven and not want to delve deeply into the political phenomenon of Donald Trump. He challenges the experience and intellect while he corrupts the political scene. We have written so much about him over the past months that some readers have been referring to our Trump commentaries as rants. . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Parsing the Phenomenon.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Clinton needs to fire the FBI guy first.

Donald Trump has found his roar back. It is the brass ring of political campaigns for losers. His mantra of “Corrupt Hillary” has been brainwashing his supporters for months. With the inept help of the Director of the FBI, he is now putting legs on the mantra.

When you read the actual letter the foolish . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Clinton needs to fire the FBI guy first.

Babel-on-the-Bay: You get the best C.R.A.P. from the Trump team.

Some readers who have followed our commentaries for several years will have fond memories of the Crappie Awards. We do not give out these awards frivolously. They are reserved for particularly egregious political pronouncements to the media—mainly in the category of Consolidated Reports on Approved Policies (CRAP).

But today’s Crappie award goes to a Kingston, . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: You get the best C.R.A.P. from the Trump team.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump in the Twitterverse.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Ego Infantus.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Catastrophic Candidate.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Ego Unchained.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump’s Troubles.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: And then the children’s hour.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Ego Equitus.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Ego Parentus.

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.