Tag Archives: USA

Was Donald Trump Right For Once?

I had expected today to talk about the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. He or she was supposed to be announced before 9 p.m. Ottawa time Sunday. Yet as I write this at 8:30 Ottawa time (2:30 a.m. where I am), due to mechanical issues with the machines that opened the mail-in […]

Is This Really Democracy?

Almost every day I’m getting emails about registering to vote in the upcoming American presidential election. They are not spam. When I worked in radio I was on a number of mailing lists. I stepped back from radio last year, but haven’t unsubscribed. Just in case. The emails are coming from a public relations firm […]

Trump and Funk

I find myself paying more attention to the upcoming American presidential election than I was earlier this year.  Is that true for you too? It still seems strange to imagine Donald Trump as President of the United States. It seems as if I ave somehow fallen into some science fiction parallel universe. And you are […]

Sad Commentary

  I’ll admit I laughed when I first saw this. Then immediately felt embarrassed for having done so. It is a sad indictment of the state of politics in America that such a concept could be taken seriously, but political divisions seem to have deepened in recent years. Demonizing your opponents appears to be the […]

Wish I Was There…

I’m not on the beach in Maine today, as travel plans ave been disrupted by the pandemic. Has your summer vacation been impacted too? Back in March I realized this was a possibility, so there as been time to accept the new reality, and hope that in 2021 things will be better. Today though I […]

The Past Repeats Itself

One of the problems with Donald Trump is that you never can be sure he means what he says or believes his own words. Can his most recent musings be taken seriously/ If you remember 2016, Trump suggested before the vote that if he lost the election it was because the results had been rigged. […]

Do Ethics Matter?

Canada’s Prime Minister is once again being investigated for alleged ethical violations. Does anyone care? I won’t go into the details. It is too depressing that someone who has twice been censured by the Ethics Commissioner would once again break the rules so flagrantly. What is worse, to me, is that Justin Trudeau doesn’t seem […]

American Amateur Hour

Somehow it seems appropriate that he made the announcement on Twitter. Rapper Kanye West says he is running for president of the US. I can’t take this seriously. Given the way the American electoral system is set up, his chances of even being on the ballot are slim. He has no experience, but that didn’t […]

America Burning – II

Why do so many young black males die at the hands of American police officers? Is it just racism? Or are there other reasons? America has a long history of racism – but slavery ended in 1865, more than 150 years ago. The country should not still be fighting the Civil War. Yet all too […]

America Burning

There are race riots in the streets of America. Again. We have seen this before. Does anything ever change? As an older white Canadian, I doubt I can fully understand the challenges faced by young Black American males. I grew up with the idea that the police were my friends, not the people most likely […]