Politics and its Discontents: More On James Forcillo

H/t Toronto Star In response to yesterday’s post, both the Salamander and the Mound of Sound offered some interesting commentary. The Salamander has experience in dealing with troubled and armed youth, as you will see, and The Mound has had careers both in journalism and the law. I am therefore reproducing their respective observations below: ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Salamander Has Some Questions

The Salamander has been doing a lot of thinking, and has some questions. Read his post, and feel free to weigh in: .. the other day, I was thinking about ‘the Base’ ..that unusual group of committed voters for Stephen Harper..plus truly fervent media.. Lilley, Levant et alwondering what caused their odd shrill partisan malady ...

Politics and its Discontents: Perhaps They Were There For Crowd Control?

Given their losing ways, on one level it is not surprising that the Toronto Maple Leafs brought in the military the other night. But on another level, it is a disgrace that they have allowed themselves to become mere cogs in the Harper propaganda machine. Special thanks to The Salamander for bringing this to my ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Tip And An Idea From The Salamander

Although I have never met him, the Salamander, from his frequent commentary on my blog and others’, is unquestionably a passionate Canadian who wants the best for our country. Based on his searing metaphors and observations, I think it is safe to say that he believes, as do most progressives, the Harper regime does not ...

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Post: The Salamander

Responding to a post I wrote this morning commenting on a Lawrence Martin article, The Salamander offered the following trenchant assessment of what he predicts will be the Harper ‘legacy.’ Enjoy: .. I find the fading tiger analogy problematic.. maybe its just me .. Having a background in social work, with criminals, mood disorders, addiction, ...

Politics and its Discontents: A New Post From The Salamander

In response to the letter I posted this morning, The Salamander offers some timely commentary, which I am posting below. While making his usual incisive observations, he also has some suggestions that we would all do well to take to heart: .. don’t wear a poppy .. turn your back or raise your fist.. or ...

Politics and its Discontents: Another Guest Post From The Salamander

I sincerely hope that other commentators on my blog do not think I am playing favourites when I repost another’s comments as a guest post. I sincerely welcome and value all of your comments. My reason for reposting The Salamander here, who offered the following comments in response to my piece, On Voter Engagement, is ...

Politics and its Discontents: Engaging Community: Some Thoughts From The Salamander

The other day I wrote a post about the Harper cabal’s systematic efforts to re-engineer Canadians’ critical thinking capacity through the gutting of science libraries and their resources. No books=no concern over climate change=cheerleading for tarsands development. It is up to each of us to combat this drift into darkness. I received a number of ...

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s New Year’s Resolution?

Thanks to the Salamander for alerting me to this tweet from Stephen Lautens: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Post: The Salamander’s Innovative Ideas For Bringing Down Harper

Come, my friends. ‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite the sounding furrows; – Ulysses – Alfred, Lord Tennyson I awoke this morning with a renewed sense of optimism, in part owing to a post that The Salamamder left on my blog yesterday, which I ...

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Post – The Salamander

A frequent contributor of provocative analyses and insights, The Salamander left a comment on one of yesterday’s posts that I am taking the liberty of featuring here. I strongly recommend that you take a look at the Huffington Post link he provides at the outset, offering, as it does, some insights into the morally ‘ambiguous’ ...

Politics and its Discontents: Another Guest Commentary From The Salamander

In response to a post I wrote yesterday, The Salamander left one of his trenchant and masterful commentaries on the myriad deficiencies of the Harper regime. So that it has a wider readership than a comment would usually garner, I am featuring it as a guest post. I hope you enjoy reading it as much ...

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Commentary From The Salamander On Pierre Poilievre And The Company he Keeps

Because he doesn’t maintain his own blog yet offers blistering commentary that lacerates the pretensions of his subjects, I am once more placing as a guest post the searing analysis The Salmander offered in response to my post on the hypocrisy of that old young man, Pierre Poilievre, currently one of Harper’s favorite poodles. Enjoy: ...

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Commentary From the Salamander On The Harper Regime

The other evening I put up a post on Kellie Leitch, the erstwhile physician turned Conservative M.P., enthusiastic sycophant and prominent apologist of all things Harpereque. As he occasionally does, The Salamander, in a comment on the post, offered his own observations of Ms. Leitch and a host of other Harper acolytes. Always unsparing in ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Bit More About Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver

Late yesterday afternoon, I wrote a post on one of our more shameful politicians, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and the embarrassment we all should feel over his performance in Washington in a speech to a carefully-screened audience pushing the XL Keystone pipeline. In it, he rebuked and ridiculed leading climate-change scientist James Hansen for ...

Politics and its Discontents: And Now, A Word About Kellie Leitch From The Salamander

The question of personal integrity is one that is very near and dear to my heart. Since literature at its best is a reflection of some of the deepest truths about human nature, during my teaching career, it was a topic I explored with relish every time the curriculum permitted it. In so-called real life, ...