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Alberta Politics: Media scolding about ‘political correctness’ is baloney; hats off to MRU student who spoke out against Trump cap

PHOTOS: “Make America Hate Again.” (Jake May, MLive.com) Below: U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Canadian politicians Kellie Leitch and Jason Kenney. They’re not the only ones, unfortunately. Can anyone in Alberta’s mainstream media seriously claim to have been surprised by the vile stream of threats, abuse and harassment unleashed on a Mount Royal University […]

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Accidental Deliberations: In case we didn’t have enough reasons to want Donald Trump to be trounced…

…he’s now serving as Brad Wall’s latest excuse for climate obstructionism. We’ll see if anyone asks the implied follow-up question: whether Wall is actually hoping for a Trump win on the basis that a bigoted lunatic trying to squeeze still more money… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: In case we didn’t have enough reasons to want Donald Trump to be trounced…

Accidental Deliberations: The Breitbartist Song

Needless to say, #MakeAmericaBrannigan has been one needed source of comic relief within an alarming U.S. election campaign. But I’m not sure that should be the sole opportunity to mine Futurama for campaign material.

So without any further ado, here’s The Breitbartist Song (sung of course to the tune of The Bureaucrat Song):

Stephen Bannon:
When I was four there was a hurricane in my hometown
Hunkered down with my father and mother
Everyone was alright, but I cried all night
‘Cause there was nothing I could blame on the “others”
And they said this boy’s born to be a Breitbartist
To be bigoted, angry and shoddy
I made my friends and relations show ideological certifications
To get into my tenth birthday party

Kellyanne Conway:
But something changed when we hit the campaign
Bannon:
I was raging, not appreciating
Conway:
He forgot that it’s not about polls and votes
Bannon:
It’s supposed to be about the hating!

People, we didn’t choose to be Breitbartists
No, that’s what Almighty Koch made us
We’d be constantly rude, we’d denigrate and exclude
Even if nobody paid us
They say the world looks down on the Breitbartists
They say we’re ignorant, abrasive and weird
But when push comes to shove, gotta spread the hate that you love
Even if it’s not a good idea

Paul Manafort:
They said I shouldn’t cuddle up with dictators
Donald Trump:
They poo-pooed my call for shooting deserters
Mike Pence:
They said I shouldn’t abuse my state’s LGBTQs
Trump:
My base would let me get away with murder!

Bannon:
Everybody sing – build a wall, kill them all!
All:
Build a wall, kill them all!

Bannon:
Just the Breitbartists!
Breitbartists:
Build a wall, kill them all!

Bannon:
Just the minorities!
(silence)

Bannon:
Sing me home!
When push comes to shove, gotta spread the hate that you love
Even if it’s not a good idea!

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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!

the disgruntled democrat: The U.S. Presidential Election: A Drowning Man Will Clutch at a Dragon

Well, it’s done.  The Republican and Democratic Parties have nominated their candidates to become President of the United States of America, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  Really? These are the choices? The sociopath who can do the least … . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: The U.S. Presidential Election: A Drowning Man Will Clutch at a Dragon

the disgruntled democrat: The U.S. Presidential Election: A Drowning Man Will Clutch at a Dragon

Well, it’s done.  The Republican and Democratic Parties have nominated their candidates to become President of the United States of America, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  Really? These are the choices? The sociopath who can do the least … . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: The U.S. Presidential Election: A Drowning Man Will Clutch at a Dragon

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Andrew Jackson discusses the challenge of ensuring that stable jobs are available in Canada:Good jobs are a central mechanism in the creation of shared prosperity.What matters for workers is not just b… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Looking Into The Abyss: A Guest Post By Pamela MacNeil

Yesterday, my post consisted of three letters culled from a larger series by Star readers reflecting on the dire state of both the U.S. Republican Party and American society. Pamela MacNeil, always an insightful commentator, offered some very interesti… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Looking Into The Abyss: A Guest Post By Pamela MacNeil

Politics and its Discontents: Kool-Aid, Anyone?

Unless you have taken a strong slug of a particular Kool-Aid, I suspect you will be suitably appalled by the following. Indeed, the responses of the folks who were asked what it would take for Donald Trump to lose their vote reminds me of an old tune s… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Kool-Aid, Anyone?

Politics and its Discontents: Some Fascinating Speculation

I readily admit to not following U.S. politics too closely; my emotional resilience has limits. However, given the American media saturation coverage of Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, it has been hard to ignore the run-up to their respective parties’… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Fascinating Speculation

Politics and its Discontents: Obama: On Bended Knee To The Saudis

I’ll defer to others much better versed than I am in the vagaries of international politics to offer a more informed analysis, but the recent deference of the U.S. toward Saudi Arabia warrants a closer look. Despite, or perhaps because of, an unfortuna… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Obama: On Bended Knee To The Saudis

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 12: Bombings, and bodies, keep piling up

Another week, another atrocity. This time, it’s Brussels, Belgium (a city described in January by Donald Trump as a “hellhole”) that came under sophisticated and yet cowardly attack by ISIS on Tuesday. Bombs went off in three locations leaving at least 30 people dead. That an attack would happen in Brussels is hardly surprising. The […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 12: Bombings, and bodies, keep piling up

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 11: The Trump express rolls on; the Canadian ketchup controversy

It started as a joke. It’s still a joke, but nobody’s laughing anymore. Donald J. Trump famously entered the U.S. Republican race back in June by riding a down escalator. C’mon, a down escalator? What better symbol of failure than a down escalator? Everybody had a good laugh, and went about seriously dissecting the ‘real’ […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 11: The Trump express rolls on; the Canadian ketchup controversy

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Carol Goar writes about the need for Canada’s federal government to rethink how we view taxes. And Simon Wren-Lewis tries to explain the resilience of austerian ideology even as it fails every test in the real world…. . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: UPDATED: Donald Trump – Equivocator-In-Chief?

Synonym Discussion of equivocatelie, prevaricate, equivocate, palter, fib mean to tell an untruth. lie is the blunt term, imputing dishonesty . prevaricate softens the bluntness of lie by implying quibbling or confusing the issue . equivocate implies u… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: UPDATED: Donald Trump – Equivocator-In-Chief?

Politics and its Discontents: UPDATED: The Political Whoredom Of Mr. Christie

Not that he had any semblance of previous virtue, but yesterday former Republican presidential nomination contender Chris Christie confirmed his capacious political whoredom by endorsing Donald Trump, a man he had previously ridiculed:“We are not ele… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: UPDATED: The Political Whoredom Of Mr. Christie

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Sean McElwee examines how the wealthy control the U.S.’ political system, while public opinion plays far too little role in policy choices:A comprehensive study by Grossmann finds that public opinion was a significan… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Politics and its Discontents: What’s Their Excuse This Time?

Some years ago, Rick Mercer had a special called Talking To Americans, its purpose being to satirize the profound ignorance many of our U.S. cousins have regarding Canada. Here is a brief clip:Given their chronic conviction that the United States is th… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What’s Their Excuse This Time?

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Ian Welsh discusses the attitude of meanness underlying so much of the U.S.’ political and cultural scene. – Ryan Meili and Adrienne Silnicki write about the dangers of relying on paid plasma donations… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Ignorance Is Not Bliss

As a retired person with no financial pressures, I realize that I am probably part of a comfortable minority. Many across a wide demographic range struggle with daily life, leaving little time for what some might call the luxury of reflection and criti… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Thomas Piketty writes that regardless of the end result, Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign may mark the start of a fundamental change in U.S. politics: Sanders’ success today shows that much of A… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 6: Trudeau keeps promise, gets roasted

The Trudeau government made good on one of its election promises this week. Whether it was a good decision remains to be seen. As promised, Trudeau is pulling our fighter jets out of the international bombing mission that is kicking the crap out of ISIS. Trudeau has never fully explained why we would pull out, […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 6: Trudeau keeps promise, gets roasted

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- David Dayen examines the different treatment granted by businesses to well-connected elites compared to everybody else, and says it’s understandable that voters are looking for leaders who understand t… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Will Any Woman Do?

There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.So said the first woman to become the United States Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, at a rally for Hillary Clinton. Surely I am not the only one disgusted by the implication of… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Will Any Woman Do?

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 5: The trial of Jian Who, and Trump is trumped

The Iowa caucuses were held on Monday, and the picture for both parties is now crystal clear — I can say without fear of contradiction that Martin O’Malley will NOT win the Democratic nomination. O’Malley was running for the Democratic nomination, apparently. When the votes were tallied, the former governor of some state — no […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 5: The trial of Jian Who, and Trump is trumped