Trashy's World: Goodbye yellow brick road. Hello Mordor.

Very soon, a racist, classless and misogynist piece of trash moves into to the White House. Be above this swamp rat, American friends. You are better than him and his sputtering jackals. Most of you are fine people. Fight and obstruct everything he and the GOP for the full four years, just like the GOP and their ...

Life...A Small Spark Between Two Eternities: 4/1 odds Trump to be Impeached

Donald Trump is facing seriously short odds to be impeached in his first term as President Story HERE 

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: For a Decade It was Harper Horror

Now, it may be Trump’s turn to make everything worse. I’m not planning on blogging about Trump very much, however. The man gets far too much attention, and that’s one of the things that brought him to power in the United States. While Harper was wrecking Canada, I couldn’t help but write about his lying, ...

Left Over: Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Cry…

  Saw this on Facebook, and just for old times sake (yeah, I am that old…) I watched the video, and instead of  ‘enjoying’ it, for the first time I noticed just  how truly angry Joe MacDonald was, and I noticed that  the  young guys in the audience were sort of ‘enjoying’ it but they ...

The Disaffected Lib: Will Trump Be a Lightning Rod for Terrorist Attacks on America?

If there’s another Osama bin Laden out there, and there probably is, Donald Trump is manna from Heaven. The Great Orange Bloat is every terrorist’s dream. He’s impulsive and reactionary. We’re talking about a guy who can’t resist late night Twitter barrages over something as insignificant as a parody sketch on SNL. His narcissism is ...

Northern Reflections: Genuflecting In Tandem

At first glance, an alliance between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin might seem strange. But it’s not, really. Andrew Nikiforuk writes that what unites the two men is a petro-bond: The basic facts are self-evident: the world still runs on fossil fuels (86 per cent of our energy consumption) and Russia now tops the list ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Notes on Trump (Bromma Dec. 2016)

1. The normality of white supremacy Since Trump’s election, I keep hearing that we shouldn’t “normalize” him or his agenda. I believe that’s looking through the wrong end of the telescope. There’s nothing as “normal” in the U.S. as white supremacy. Sometimes it’s disguised by tokenism and obscured by “multiculturalism.” But in this country, white ...

The Disaffected Lib: Henry Giroux on – Of Course, Trump

American public intellectual, Henry Giroux, sees his homeland about to embark on America’s “Second Gilded Age” dominated by  “The Rule of Billionaires and Militarists.” During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump made it clear that he liked the uneducated and that once he assumed the presidency, he would appoint a range of incompetent people to high ...

The Disaffected Lib: So Much for Democracy

We now know that Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by well more than 2.5-million ballots. Perhaps as many ballots again were not counted due to Republican efforts to disqualify eligible voters. – Strike One. We now know that investigations by the Central Intelligence Agency determined that Russia meddled in the election by ...

The Disaffected Lib: Cap’n "Tip Jar Subsistence" for Trump’s Labour Secretary

Who better to serve as labour secretary than someone steeped in the idea of minimum wage politics? Now please give a big, Donald Trump welcome to Andrew Puzder, fast food empresario and CEO of the company that owns the Hardee’s and Carl Jr.’s burger chains. Puzder, who served as an economic adviser to Trump during ...

The Disaffected Lib: Relax. We’re a "Post-National State" Now. We Have No Core Values.

Sheesh, didn’t this guy get the memo from our first post-national prime minister, Justin the Liberated? I refer to Michael Doucet, executive director of Canada’s Security Intelligence Review Committee, the outfit that oversees our country’s spy apparatus and operations. Doucet questions whether Donald Trump’s espoused support for torture means Canada should rein in the flow ...

The Disaffected Lib: He’s Wrong. He Has to Be Wrong. Tell Me He’s Got It Wrong.

The interval since the US election on November 8th has brought us multiple examples of the buffoonery of America’s president-elect. From the angry tweets about SNL to how he may or may not structure his business affairs to his phone call to the Taiwanese president that has China in an uproar, the Trumpster has come ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Kevin Goudreau Arrested for Assault

You know who we haven't talked about for a while? Not Paulie. We talk about him a lot. No, we're referring to Kevin Goudreau this time or, as we've taken to calling him, the Goudreau. We've profiled the Goudreau and his misadventures for years on the blog. Mostly because he amuses us, though we don't ...

The Disaffected Lib: Trump Has Germans Thinking a Lot About Democracy

The German people have not forgotten their past and president-elect Donald J. Trump has them revisiting those painful memories of a darker time. An article in Der Spiegel asks “How Much Mussolini Is There in Donald Trump?” The writer reviews a number of fascism checklists and the results aren’t promising for American democracy. He concludes that ...

The Disaffected Lib: Monbiot Tackles Neoliberalism’s Death Grip on the West

Neoliberalism has been the default operating system of western governments, Canada included, since it was ushered in during the Thatcher/Reagan/Mulroney era. Justin Trudeau is a neoliberal as were his predecessors over the last three decades.  Canada remains in the clutches of neoliberalism and no one, no leader, no party is putting forward an alternative vision. ...

Against the Grain: The Vultures of False Equivalency Descend

I really shouldn’t be surprised that even the much beloved Humans of New York decided it was Trump supporters who needed to be humanized in the wake of at least ~700 hate crimes committed in the past 3 days targeting almost entirely minorities.   Okay, so, I have some thoughts. Commentators rushed forth to declare ...

The Disaffected Lib: Birds of a Feather

Donald Trump and Viktor Orban – could this be America’s next presidential bromance? Hungary’s prime minister said he’ll no longer be considered a “black sheep” in the eyes of the US after speaking with Donald Trump, who has invited him to visit Washington. In a phone conversation, the president-elect “made it clear he thinks highly ...

Pop The Stack: Don’t Throw Away Our Shot

For the first time, we find ourselves not as a reflection of another power. Our politics is not a derivation of Westminster or Washington anymore. Our politics is specific to us, not a derivation from a distant metropolis. — “Canada in the Age of Donald Trump” — Stephen Marche, The Walrus Hello Prime Minister Trudeau, ...

The Disaffected Lib: When the President Does It, That Means It Is Not Illegal.

Takes you back, doesn’t it? Back to the days of Richard Milhous “Tricky Dicky” Nixon. It came up in the Frost-Nixon interviews. Flash forward to 2016. Now we have the Giant Orange Turd channeling the worst of Nixon. At a Tuesday lunch with the New York Times, President-elect Donald Trump said several things. He said ...

The Disaffected Lib: The A, B, C’s of Dictatorship

Harvard prof and Foreign Policy columnist, Steven Walt, has a thoughtful essay, “10 Ways to Tell if Your President is a Dictator.“ My fears about Trump’s foreign policy have always been two-fold: that he might pursue a more sensible grand strategy but do it incompetently, thereby weakening America’s international position, or that he will eventually get ...

The Disaffected Lib: When the "Indispensible Nation" Becomes Expendable.

Writing in Foreign Policy, Max Boot argues that “Trump’s ‘America First’ Is the Twilight of American Exceptionalism.” Boot’s essay begins with an extensive catalogue of the similarities between Obama’s policies and what Trump will likely deliver. He finds Obama a latter day Jefferson and sees in Trump a 21st century Jacksonian. For those not familiar ...

The Disaffected Lib: A Question of Time We Don’t Have

The last line came with a jolt unexpected from a Guardian article: At the risk of losing objectiveness but keeping candor, we are fucked. That from John Abraham, a professor of thermal sciences and a very busy climate monitor. I admit that after Trump’s election victory, I secretly hoped and even though that his rhetoric ...

politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: responding to those who voted for Trump

I’ve been thinking a lot about the questions of what it means to vote for Trump and who the Trump supporters are. I’ve seen lots of posts about how Trump won because he spoke to the working class, and the working class wants change and human dignity. There are some who say that making this ...

The Disaffected Lib: How the Leader of the Free World Became the Leader of the Global Right Wing.

AmeriKa’s president, Donald Trump, will not be the leader of the free world. He will, however, be the leader of the global right wing. Across Europe, the radical right is embracing the next US leader as one of their own. Donald Trump validates their ugly bigotry, racism and xenophobia. He is one of them. It’s ...

The Disaffected Lib: Steve Bannon – Every Demagogue Has One

Think of him as the guy who will toss the red meat to the Gullibillies. Steve Bannon, Trump’s lead strategist designate and former Breitbart chief, has a lot of people very, very nervous. Vice News calls Bannon a right-wing Rottweiler. The Bannon/Breitbart juggernaut has inroads to the radical right across Europe and Israel, pretty much any ...