Montreal Simon: The Women’s Marches and the I Can’t Keep Quiet Song

I can't remember a more inspiring sight than the sight of all those millions of women and their supporters marching in Washington and all over the world.Or one that cheered me up more. I was worried that the ghastly predator Donald Trump would get away with all his crimes against women.But the women made it clear he won't.Read ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Bessma Momani writes that Donald Trump’s plan to leave the U.S. at the mercy of unregulated financial markets figures to cause another crisis comparable to – or worse than – that of 2008: Nearly 10 years ago, the U.S. financial industry was exposed as a glorified Ponzi ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 3: Welcome to the world of alternative facts

“The only thing we have to fear is, fear itself.” Franklin Roosevelt, 1932 inauguration. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy, 1960 inauguration. “From this day forward, it’s going to be America first, America first.” Donald J. Trump, 2017 inauguration Well, it’s ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Rise of the Resistance

It was Donald Trump's first full day in office. He was standing in front of a memorial to dead CIA officers.He was speaking to members of the intelligence community he had recently called Nazis.He desperately needed to look presidential after delivering a dark and menacing inauguration speech that had even more people questioning his sanity.But instead Trump ended up ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: On Bastille Day in America.

Watching the self-indulgent speech by President Donald Trump at his inauguration, it was as though he believed that his promises to the people of America were unique in world history. He was wrong. The same speech could have been made as the Bastille fell in Paris in 1789. But the difference was that the continuing ...

LeDaro: Donald Trump – New President of the United States

Donald Trump will cause problems not only for the United States through his actions but also for Canada and Europian countries. He is a bad news all around. I hope he will be constrained.

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Inauguration From Hell

It was Donald Trump's big chance to act like a real president, reach out to his defeated opponents, and try to bring his divided nation together.But he just couldn't do it. He blew it.Instead of trying to embrace the Americans who didn't vote for him, he clenched his tiny fingers together and gave them the fist.Read ...

Eh Types: Capitulation Day

Comfort is in scare supply to those who value democracy  — or even basic human decency — but what little comfort is available I can take in saying at least I tried. It was December 2015, when I wrote that based on our experience in Toronto, America should be wary that Trump may win. Instead, ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Let’s have a truce for Mr. Trump’s day.

It all becomes real today. That person will become President of the United States of America and there is nothing we can do about it. We can share our shock with the rest of the world. We can ridicule the corrupted system that allowed it to happen. Finding fault is so much a fool’s game. ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Road To Nuclear War

It was one of the worst and most depressing sights I have ever seen. Donald Trump and his ghastly family standing there in the shadow of the great Lincoln, who appears to be looking down on them in disbelief.While a military band played, a military choir sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and a ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ratings trump truth #nlpoli

Sometimes the universe delivers you the magical set of circumstances you just can’t ignore. Danny Williams turned up at the St. John’s Board of Trade luncheon on Thursday to deliver a speech the day before Donald Trump’s inauguration as president.  As much as people might like to forget,  this was a great reminder of just ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Fake News Protesters

With just 48 hours to go before his inauguration Donald Trump is still claiming it will be a huge success. Preparing to desecrate Abraham Lincoln's Bible.And railing at those who point out that he will be taking office with less popular support than any president in modern U.S. history. In one way at least, President-elect Donald J. Trump has already ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Maniac Twitler

They don't call Donald Trump Twitler for nothing eh? And yesterday the deranged demagogue's tiny fingers were busy trying to live up to that reputation.By first pecking out this proclamation. In the manner of Big Brother.Before proceeding to ignore his own advice, and attack Saturday Night Live…Read more »

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 2: My hush money has arrived

Deposited into my bank account this week was a payment of $150, my “Alberta climate leadership adjustment rebate”. The rebate covers the period of January to June of this year, which is a rebate for money I haven’t spent yet (or, as I call it, a prebate). The prebate is part of the “climate leadership ...

Montreal Simon: The Continuing Adventures of the Con Clown Kellie Trump

As we all know too well, and too painfully, the Con clown Kellie Leitch has been making an absolute fool of herself for what sometimes seems like forever.With the worst Donald Trump impersonator third-rate drag show act Canada, and possibly the world, has ever seen.Where Kellie Trump claims that only she can save our Canadian values, ...

Montreal Simon: Samantha Bee On Trump and the Golden Shower Scandal

I hesitate to write another post about Donald Trump's so-called Golden Shower or Peegate scandal, for several good reasons.One, it's so disgusting once was enough. Two, it sounds too good to be true. And three, and most importantly, I don't want to distract attention away from the fascist kleptocracy Trump is preparing to unleash on our neighbours, and the rest ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Alex Hemingway highlights the similarities between Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump in pushing infrastructure plans designed primarily to turn the promise of public services into long-term corporate profit centres: But as I described recently in the Canadian context, these “partnerships” have proven enormously costly: “P3s are simply ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Other Big Russian Problem

It was Donald Trump's first press conference in six months, and it was all that I expected it to be and more.There were more flags than I could count, he brought a bunch of paid staffers to act as cheerleaders.He lied like a thief, admitted the Russians may have hacked the Democrats. But so what?And ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Golden Shower Scandal

As you know, I've always felt that the Russians had some dirt on Trump, for what else could explain his bizarre behaviour, or his apparent crush on Vladimir Putin?Or the way he shrugged off an intelligence report about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee. After cheerfully using hacked material and fake news to smear Hillary Clinton.Well now the shoe is on the other ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Let’s march to our own drummer.

It was hardly a surprise when the Prime Minister’s Office said he was not attending Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington next week. Frankly, the Canadian prime minister would just be in the way. It was more of a surprise that he would not be attending the concurrent world economic conference in Davos, Switzerland. It seems ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Labyrinth of Lies

In his book The Art of the Deal Donald Trump called his compulsive lying "truthful hyperbole," or "an innocent form of exaggeration."But they are lies, if his nose really did grow with every one he told, by now it would it would have had to be declared a dangerous weapon.And the way he reacted to Meryl Streep's devastating criticism of ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: NAFTA: Suddenly, Everything’s on the Table

For years, we’ve been told the dictates of globalization, and the intrusive and prescriptive terms of free trade agreements in particular, are immutable, natural, and unquestionable.  (Read more…)When workers were displaced by the migration of multinational capital toward more profitable jurisdictions, we were told there’s nothing we can do about it except join the race ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Sean McElwee offers his take on the crucial failings which have led the U.S. Democrats to their current nadir in which principles and values have been discarded in the pursuit of power they’ve failed to secure. – Mike Konczal and Marshall Steinbaum highlight the importance of effective government ...

Montreal Simon: The Tainted Presidency and the Magnificent Meryl Streep

As we all know, Donald Trump wants us to move on, and forget that his friend Vladimir Putin stands accused of deploying his cyber army to help him win the election.But it's just not going to work. You can't just wish away something like that, or try to shift the blame… Or undermine your own intelligence ...

Montreal Simon: Keith Olbermann’s Message to Donald Trump’s Supporters

It would be almost unbelievable, if it wasn't happening in Trumpland where madness has replaced reason.U.S. intelligence officials have informed Donald Trump that Russia meddled in the U.S. election to help him win, but he's just shrugging it off. Or blaming the Democrats. And to make matters even worse, many of his supporters feel the ...