Showing posts from February 24, 2017

Manning Conference 2017: Conservatives Gather At Annual Event

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[Interesting times when Preston Manning becomes a voice of reason in Canadian politics. *RON*]
Stephanie Levitz, Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 24 February 2017
OTTAWA — The man who once successfully harnessed populist sentiment in Canada into political success is warning of what's at stake if today's political leadership fails to do so.

Preston Manning, founder of the Reform party, says the greatest challenge facing political leaders is that people are becoming increasingly disenchanted with government, mainstream media and politics.

He says if there are manifestations of Trumpmania in Canada, the way to fend it off is not Trumphobia.

Trudeau's torture policies no different than Trump's

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[As has become business as usual for the Trudeau government, there is a "yawning gap between its lofty rhetoric and its actual policies." Read, especially the section on "Goodale refuses to rescind torture memos." *RON*]
Matthew Behrens,, 24 February 2017
The Trudeau government suffers from an acute case of cognitive dissonance, either failing to see (or cynically not caring about) the yawning gap between its lofty rhetoric and its actual policies. While a case can be made that this dissonance is apparent on many issues -- Indigenous rights, climate change, women's rights, poverty, racism, refugees and immigrants, electoral reform -- too many Canadians overlook the broken promises and embrace Trudeau simply because he is not Stephen Harper and, more recently, Donald Trump.

This allows folks like Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to get away with remarkable statements like his recent pronouncement that:

Trudeau's Claim That CETA Works For Everyone Contains 'Some Baloney'

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[A neoliberal "win". Academic studies predict 23,000 job losses in Canada and 200,000 job losses in the EU. Average annual earnings would decline by almost $2,500. Benefits will accrue disproportionately to upper income earners, leaving working class people behind. *RON*]
Jordan Press, Canadian Press  / Huffington Post, 23 February 2017
OTTAWA — "At its heart, CETA is a framework for trade that works for everyone.'' — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Sometimes, politicians can say just enough to let the words mean anything to anyone.

Today's Trumpery

[A daily pastiche of Trumpisms and responses thereto. There were more than 500 stories on Trump in my news feed this morning. *RON*]

Yes, Trump's Aide Really Did Throw "White Power" Sign, Daily KOS [Unreal.]

Trump Says He’ll Build More Nukes; Jeff Sessions Says Yes to Private Prisons, Moyers & Company

Trump’s response to racist shooting in Kansas: silence, Think Progress

Reince Priebus Asked the FBI to Assure Reporters There Was Nothing to the Russia Story. They Refused. Mother Jones

The President of Our Dreams, Russia in Global Affairs

Trump broke 64 promises in his first month in office, Think Progress

The Horrifying Starvation of Yemen Continues

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[Gosh, why on earth do so many 'terrorists' come from Yemen? *RON*]
Daniel Larison, American Conservative, 22 February 2017
The horrifying conditions in Yemen continue to get worse:

Seven million Yemenis are closer than ever to starvation, the UN humanitarian coordinator in the country warned Tuesday, almost two years since a conflict escalated between the government and rebels.

“Seven million Yemenis do not know where their next meal will come from and are ever closer to starvation” in a country of 27 million people, Jamie McGoldrick said.

As Canada Transforms, an Anti-Immigrant Fringe Stirs

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[These groups have always existed here and they've always constituted a tiny fringe element, but I imagine that post-Trump they are emboldened to speak out a bit more and the media is probably searching them out for stories. *RON*]

Craig S. Smith & Dan Levin, New York Times, 31 January 2017

TORONTO — François Deschamps stepped out of his apartment building in the Limoilou neighborhood of Quebec City recently and stopped when he saw a sticker wrapped around a light pole.

“Burn Your Local Mosque,” it read, around a silhouette of a Turkish-style mosque against an orange flame. He snapped a cellphone photo and added it to his collection of anti-Muslim propaganda popping up around the city.