Alberta Politics: Alberta’s right doubtless dismayed as The Economist boots the U.S.A. off its list of ‘full democracies’

PHOTOS: Democracy has been downgraded in the U.S.A. … (Azerbaijan Press Agency photo). Below: A recent copy of The Economist, U.S. President Donald Trump and Wildrose Alliance Leader Danielle Smith in her political heyday. Hmmm… The venerable Economist Magazine’s research arm yesterday booted the United States off its list of “full democracies,” demoting Ronald Reagan’s ...

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 Studies, King’s College London. The post US Election 2016: Sanders and Trump “clearly owe a debt” ...

Alberta Politics: George Clark’s parking lot putschists deliver an unintended compliment to Alberta’s NDP Government

PHOTOS: Alberta First Plebiscite Warriors leader George Clark, in a screen shot from a video interview shot not long before someone stepped on the hose from his media oxygen supply. Below: Donald Trump and Calgary’s own Ted Cruz, a couple of U.S. politicians who know how to do the Tea Party thing right. Don’t you ...

Alberta Politics: Sorry Wildrose, but recall legislation has no place in a representative democracy

PHOTOS: A man with a pitchfork at a protest by a group of farmers and their supporters in front of the Alberta Legislature this week. We’re going to chalk this up to over-enthusiasm, but if someone had brought a pitchfork to a labour rally, you can count on it the police would have arrested him. ...

Scripturient: One Small Step, One Long Whine

The Supreme Court of the United States made a landmark decision last week that states cannot constitutionally (i.e. legally) ban same-sex marriage. The bottom line: under the Constitution, every citizen is entitled to the same rights and freedoms regardless of sexual orientation. Most of the world celebrated with the USA over this decision (the US ...

The Canadian Progressive: Oiling the machinery of climate change denial and transit opposition

David Suzuki explains how the Koch Brothers, the largest U.S. leaseholder in the Alberta tar sands, use their vast wealth to fund climate change denial. The post Oiling the machinery of climate change denial and transit opposition appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Prime Minister Said he Created a Million Jobs … Oh! You Thought I Meant Our Prime Minister

I try to keep up with politics everywhere so follow political junkies from several different countries. What I’ve discovered, in this mostly conservative sphere, is that the top news stories, no matter where they originate, are eerily similar. In fact, I often have to rely on the media source to assign it to a nation. ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Source: MLA Kent Hehr to run for Trudeau Liberals in Calgary-Centre

TweetPolitical Calgary is abuzz with rumours that popular MLA Kent Hehr will seek the Liberal nomination in the federal riding of Calgary-Centre. Reliable sources say that Mr. Hehr has gone so far as to request nomination forms to become an official nomination candidate for the federal Liberals. Mr. Hehr would be a star candidate for the ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Harper’s Cold War Becomes Arctic Chill: Why Domestic Politicking Makes For Bad Foreign Relations

Outgoing Russian Ambassador Georgiy Mame, spoke before his departure, lamenting our government’s undiplomatic posturing with his country, including Stephen Harper’s suggestion that Putin was the next Hitler. He accused the Harper government of isolating itself from its allies over Ukraine and hinted broadly that the Conservatives are likely playing to a domestic audience of 1.2 ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: None of the Above and Latinos for Reform

During the 2010 U.S. mid-term election campaign, a group of “discontents” emerged, calling themselves Latinos for Reform.   President Obama had secured most of the Latino vote in 2008, so the group’s message was that Obama had let them down.  Given the Republican’s anti-immigration policies, LFR knew that voting GOP was not an option, so ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Tim Hudak Wants to be Like Mitch Daniels. No Wonder. He’s Another Mike Harris

Indiana- Louise Cohoon was at home when her 80-year-old mother called in a panic from Terre Haute: The $97 monthly Medicaid payment she relied on to supplement her $600-a-month income had been cut without warning by a private company that had taken over the state’s welfare system. (1) Hold that thought. The Globe and Mail ...

Alberta Diary: Ted Cruz: For God (& country’s) sake, talk to Conrad Black before you shred your Canadian passport!

Canada or USA? USA or Canada? Texas Senator Ted Cruz, visible between the signs, ponders what he should do. Actual Tea Party favourites may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Cruz waves bye-bye to his fellow Canadians … maybe; Lord Black of Crossharbour. It’s said here that Calgary native Ted Cruise needs to make ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Indicia

Cindy Three Hats lived in a small bedroom community called Large Intestine. She had a fondness for cinnamon pain tea, inappropriate neckware, and reading from the Collected Works of Antoine Toast-mangler. Then one morning it happened: jackalope. Alltop thinks it’s … Continue reading →

Alberta Diary: Stephen Harper to Canada: ‘It’s not my fault! Now shut up and vote for me’

Trying to change the channel: Unfortunately for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the remote seems to have disappeared under a pillow and the movie stuck on the TV screen stars Mike Duffy, shown above moving toward the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary Friday night. Actual Canadian Senators may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Andrew Nikiforuk ...

CuriosityCat: US Debt Ceiling: Issues Punted to early next year

The Cat goes to the Senate Twenty-four hours of so before the US government ran out of money to pay its debts, Republican senators nudged aside the Tea Party senators and House representatives, to kick the can down the road and renew the fight in two months time: The expected Senate deal would avoid a ...

LeDaro: U.S Government Shutdown

The writing is on the wall that the U.S is hurting because of this shutdown. After tomorrow the U.S government may not be able to pay its debt installments. Warren Buffett calls it ‘pure act of idiocy’. What is wrong with the Congress? Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy ...

CuriosityCat: Obama’s Powers and the Debt Ceiling Increase: What if the Tea Party is right?

Senator Collins The debate is getting testy down south. The Republicans seem to believe that they have now become paragons of reasonableness, while the Democrats are risking armageddon: Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said that while Republicans entered the shutdown debate with unreasonable demands to scuttle key portions of Obamacare, it is now Democrats who are ...

Cowichan Conversations: Ted Cruz is dangerous and he is a Republican Tea Party favourite!

Richard HughesPolitical Blogger Canadians cannot and should not avoid taking stock of what is taking place in our neighbouring country, the U.S.A. Most of us have heard about the fight over Obamacare. In comparison with our ‘Single Payer Universal’  health care,  Obamacare is really just an introductory level of  care that falls far short of what we ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: What The US Government Shutdown Really Shows

Last night, the US Government shut down all ‘non-essential’ services.  The reason?  Because a group of Republicans in the House of Representatives had a hissy fit over funding health care and tried to slam riders onto the budget legislation which would defund it, and the Senate refused to pass the amended legislation. The end result?  A ...

LeDaro: Is Ted Cruz the most dangerous man on American right?

He is the Tea-bagger that Tea-baggers were looking for. He is considering to run for President in 2016. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Chris Hayes: “But tonight we begin with a man who I believe is the most dangerous politician on the American right. In October 2007 I ...

LeDaro: Michele Bachman Speech at CPAC

She talks about Tea Party.

Politics, Re-Spun: America the Not-So-Beautiful: God Shat His Grace On Thee

Close your eyes, and conjure up a mental image of the stereotype of the Ugly American. Loud. Large. Willfully ignorant of customs and countries that lie beyond the border of the US -of- A. Rabidly proselytizing the gospel of liberty, freedom and patriotism bestowed unto their nation via God and gun. A walking caricature of ...

The Ranting Canadian: The great lie of the populist politician – by Don Gillmor, November 23, 2012

The great lie of the populist politician – by Don Gillmor, November 23, 2012 : http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/1291812—the-great-lie-of-the-populist-politician The linked column is a great summary of the North American tradition of rich, right-wing politicians falsely portraying themselves as  populist “regular folks” and tricking middle-class, working-class and under-class voters into supporting them. These conservative politicians campaign on catchy ...

RedBedHead: Joy At Republican Humiliation Shouldn’t Make Us Forget The Choices Sucked

I was in a bar/restaurant near my house on election night, trying to get some work done and watching the results come in. At first it seemed like a nail-biter (though I was convinced that it would be a fairly easy sweep for Obama) and people were texting and Facebooking their fear that Romney the ...

Alberta Diary: Republican failure shows conservative parties must adapt, like Alberta PCs, or die

Psychological/political portraits of Stephen Harper and Barack Obama by Edmonton artist William Prettie. Used with permission. This too shall pass… Now and then throughout history, as with Whigs and Communists, international political-ideological movements of enormous influence wither and disappear, often quite suddenly. It is rarely their call. Neoconservatives – or neoliberals, call them what you ...