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Alberta Politics: When then was ‘Now!’ Marking the day Peter Lougheed moved Alberta dramatically to the left

PHOTOS: Peter Lougheed on the campaign trail during the 1970s. Below: A few of the important characters in this story … William Aberhart, Ernest Manning, Danielle Smith and Rachel Notley. Today is the 45th anniversary of Peter Lougheed’s historic e… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: When then was ‘Now!’ Marking the day Peter Lougheed moved Alberta dramatically to the left

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Republican Senator’s speech against McCathyism could have been about Trump

In the eleven years since I started publishing this blog, I have almost entirely focused on Alberta politics. But while my writing focuses on provincial politics here at home, like many Canadians I pay close attention to what is happening… Continue R… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Republican Senator’s speech against McCathyism could have been about Trump

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.

Alberta Politics: New York Times coverage of Russian hacking deserves another Pulitzer – for fiction!

PHOTOS: Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, who the New York Times blames for everything. (Photo from Kremlin.ru.) Below: Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary R. Clinton; former Nixon speechwriter Patrick J. Buchanan; Republican Party presi… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: New York Times coverage of Russian hacking deserves another Pulitzer – for fiction!

Alberta Politics: About those conservative coup attempts: once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, but three times has got to be enemy action!

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney and Stephen Harper seal the deal. Actually, I think Mr. Harper was welcoming Mr. Kenney to his cabinet as defence minister in this official looking portrait found on the Internet without attribution. I’m assuming it was created w… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: About those conservative coup attempts: once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, but three times has got to be enemy action!

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney makes it official with fresh-faced extras and unattributed tribute to the Nixon Era

PHOTOS: A screen grab from yesterday’s video feed of Jason Kenney announcing his candidacy for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party in Calgary. Immediately behind him is Caitlyn Madliner, who has prominently figured in anti-PC… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney makes it official with fresh-faced extras and unattributed tribute to the Nixon Era

The Canadian Progressive: US Election 2016: Sanders and Trump “clearly owe a debt” to Occupy and the Tea Party, respectively

Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump “clearly owe a debt to the US’s two biggest protest movements of recent years,” Occupy and the Tea Party, respectively, argues Alfred Cardone, a PhD candidate at the Institute of North American … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: US Election 2016: Sanders and Trump “clearly owe a debt” to Occupy and the Tea Party, respectively

The Canadian Progressive: Why Anonymous’ declaration of ‘total war’ on Donald Trump matters

The hacktivist collective Anonymous has declared “total war” against front-running U.S. Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump. Is it our war? The post Why Anonymous’ declaration of ‘total war’ on Donald Trump matters appeared first… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Why Anonymous’ declaration of ‘total war’ on Donald Trump matters

Alberta Politics: ‘Kevinismus’ in Canada: Should Kevin O’Leary run to lead the sad-sack federal Conservatives?

PHOTOS: Kevin O’Leary, in a typical pose (CBC photo). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and perpetual Alberta conservative leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk. Give Kevin O’Leary his due. At … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: ‘Kevinismus’ in Canada: Should Kevin O’Leary run to lead the sad-sack federal Conservatives?

Alberta Politics: Year in review: from plunging oil to rising hope, the Top Ten news stories of 2015

PHOTOS: Cameras try to follow a nearly invisible Rachel Notley through the crowd at an Edmonton hotel on May 5, 2015, moments after she had been declared the winner of the Alberta election. No one could quite believe that the NDP had just won a majorit… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Year in review: from plunging oil to rising hope, the Top Ten news stories of 2015

Alberta Politics: Baked Alaska and the Fraser Institute: what changes, and what doesn’t, when oil prices fall and the money melts

PHOTOS: Alaska Governor Bill Walker illustrates about how much is left in the northern state’s budget now that oil prices have gone south. (Alaska Dispatch News photo.) Below: The wild rose, official flower of both Alaska and Alberta; baked Alaska, g… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Baked Alaska and the Fraser Institute: what changes, and what doesn’t, when oil prices fall and the money melts

Alberta Politics: NDP environment minister, premier blamed for withdrawal of Senator Lindsey Graham from presidential race

PHOTOS: South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham dropped out of the race to become the Republican Party’s presidential candidate this morning. Well-informed sources point to Environment Minister Shannon Phillips and the rest of Alberta’s NDP governmen… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: NDP environment minister, premier blamed for withdrawal of Senator Lindsey Graham from presidential race

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: PC Party financials reveal $1.5 million debt from 2015 election

Reports of the death of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta might only be slightly exaggerated. Financial disclosure reports submitted to Elections Alberta show the former governing party amassed a $1.5 million debt during the May 2015 election. After reportedly nearly missing the deadline to submit… Continue Reading →

Dead Wild Roses: The State of the Republican Party – Noam Chomsky

As far as concise descriptions of the state of the GOP in the US go, this is fairly accurate and sadly amusing all at the same time.

“It is important to bear in mind that the Republicans have long abandoned the pretence of functioning as a normal parliamentary party. Rather, they have become a “radical . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The State of the Republican Party – Noam Chomsky

Alberta Politics: St. Albert-Edmonton Conservative candidate Michael Cooper must clearly state his position on women’s reproductive rights

PHOTOS: St. Albert-Edmonton Conservative candidate Michael Cooper, centre, with former Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis, left, and Employment Minister Pierre Pollievre in a photo grabbed from Mr. Cooper’s campaign website. Below: A shot of Mr. Cooper snapped on my doorstep when he turned up campaigning for the Conservative nomination. ST. ALBERT, Alberta St. Albert-Edmonton Conservative . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: St. Albert-Edmonton Conservative candidate Michael Cooper must clearly state his position on women’s reproductive rights

CuriosityCat: Frank Luntz and his very own Trumpenstein

The Luntz Nightmare …

Poor Frank Luntz! He’s got his knickers in a knot about Donald Trump’s Patton-like charge across the 2016 Republican convention battleground: And you look at the Trump situation, where he can say just about anything, and it doesn’t seem to affect his support.

It is not about issues, it . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Frank Luntz and his very own Trumpenstein

The Disaffected Lib: C’mon, Admit It. You Know You’re Going to Watch. It’s Just Too Good to Pass Up.

“It” being the first debate for the front-runners, all ten of them, vying for the Republican presidential nomination. It’ll be the usual collection of rightwing wack jobs plus the biggest, wackiest of them all, Donald Trump.

With reaction like this, the Repug debate is bound to be a ratings monster.

“If the Republican Party . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: C’mon, Admit It. You Know You’re Going to Watch. It’s Just Too Good to Pass Up.

Alberta Politics: Who ends up allied with whom in a ‘Pizza Parliament’? It may not be as simple as you think

ILLUSTRATIONS: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, left, and Conservative Leader and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, get together in a liaison dangereuse … actual Canadian politicians may not behave exactly as predicted, or expected. Below: The real Mr. Harper, NDP Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair, the real Mr. Trudeau and notorious Republican political consultant Karl Rove. Today’s . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Who ends up allied with whom in a ‘Pizza Parliament’? It may not be as simple as you think

Bill Longstaff: Will Republicans keep invoking God if the Pope keeps pissing on their philosophy?

American politicians are particularly prone to invoking their Christian faith as a guide to their political beliefs. Although members of both major parties freely trot out scripture at the drop of a writ, conservative Republicans are especially inclined to pepper their appeals with references to their faith, God and Jesus.

But now they have encountered . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Will Republicans keep invoking God if the Pope keeps pissing on their philosophy?

The Disaffected Lib: America’s Racist Revolution

“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: America’s Racist Revolution

Bill Longstaff: Will Republicans believe their military on climate change?

The American Republican Party is a major obstacle to the United States acting responsibly on climate change. In the manner of our federal government, they do not allow science to interfere with their dogma. But while they have little use for science, they are great admirers of the military, so is it possible they will . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Will Republicans believe their military on climate change?

Bill Longstaff: Republicans losing the Cuban vote

Lack of support from minority voters has long been an Achilles heel for the Republican Party. This holds true for Hispanics. In the last presidential election, Obama gained a record 75 per cent of the Latino vote. About the only consolation for the Republicans has been the support of Cuban-Americans who have long identified with . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Republicans losing the Cuban vote

Alberta Diary: Red in Central Canada, blue in Ottawa an immutable rule that favours Harper’s Tories? Don’t bet on it!

Is Justin Trudeau finished because Kathleen Wynne just won in Ontario, like the mainstream media’s pundits are telling you? Don’t be too sure! (Say, as one Twitter commenter asked, who is that old man with Mr. Trudeau?) Below: The same guy with NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. Weird! Below them: Lawrence Martin and Tim . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Red in Central Canada, blue in Ottawa an immutable rule that favours Harper’s Tories? Don’t bet on it!

Bill Longstaff: Lynching Obama

Allow me to offer a theory about the recent bizarre behaviour of the Republican Party in the U.S. Congress.

All countries have a substantial ultraconservative component of their political spectrum. But not often in a democracy does that component take over the agenda of a major political party and threaten to bring the government down . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Lynching Obama

Writings of J. Todd Ring: US government shutdown, and other fairy tales and political theatre

I’m not sure what to make of the hoopla going on in the US right now. I’m inclined to think it’s all just political theatre, as Gerald Celente calls it, designed to distract the people from the real issues – the central one being, who controls the government and the nation? Wall Street, the big . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: US government shutdown, and other fairy tales and political theatre