The Day Americans Became My New Best Friend aka The Article I Loathed to Write

Protest at JFK Jan. 28, 2017. Photo Credit: Rhododendrites

Popular culture aside, many people may not realize just how much our cultures differ. Gun control, health care and Tim Horton’s, just to name a few, but the list is longer than most may think. We’re different in Canada. Not better, just different.

I tuned into the 2016 election campaign from time to time, amused by its slags and zingers, reality TV from a reality TV star. Like many Americans, I didn’t take Trump seriously. How could I? A wall to keep American safe? Really? Continue reading “The Day Americans Became My New Best Friend aka The Article I Loathed to Write”

Planet of the Tapes

I knew there were no tapes. Most people knew, but we played along. It was a news byte, tension, suspense, intrigue, all the hallmarks of a good television show or film. Wait! Trump is now president, this isn’t either of those. Then why the charade? What may be good marketing in private industry is unconscionable form for the president of the United States. Continue reading “Planet of the Tapes”

The True Meaning of Covfefe (Figured Out)

Covfefe. Yes, I said it, blurting it out for the world to hear as the pot of my homemade spaghetti sauce hit the floor, the cupboards, my shoes and suit, avoiding the kitchen apron I wore. My dinner guest stood at the doorway, her mouth covered, laughing. Yes, the perfect evening was ruined. Covfefe.

But why covfefe? Because as a writer this latest addition to the vernacular has dogged, plagued and riddled my life with an unanswerable question ever since Trump’s notorious midnight tweet of May 31 reading: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” Then nothing. That morning, the original tweet deleted, the president followed up: “Who can figure out the true meaning of ‘covfefe’??? Enjoy!” Continue reading “The True Meaning of Covfefe (Figured Out)”

Lack of Bankruptcy Clause Leads to No Way Out for President

The walls are closing in. To the once real estate mogul turned world leader it must feel akin to sharks circling for a hostile takeover, but in reality they are the walls of President Trump’s own engineering, perhaps the only ones he will ever be able to build.

The rumors abound—the president is snapping at people, bodies are falling left and right. Next he’ll be speaking to portraits of the great leaders that line the White House corridors and, whether or not they speak back, Trump will refuse to listen.

In a knee-jerk effort to explain the absolute catastrophe of Trump’s administration supporters point out that Trump is new, “Give him a chance” they chant. But Trump’s behavior is not one of inexperience, but Continue reading “Lack of Bankruptcy Clause Leads to No Way Out for President”

The Comey Before the Storm: a Question of Truths

As Former FBI agent James Comey sat before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, there existed one irrefutable fact: Mr. Comey possessed something that neither Trump nor his administration would ever possess…integrity. Comey’s testimony was sincere, admirable, and whether meaning for it to be or not, it was deadly to Trump’s presidency.

During the hearing Comey engaged in a conversation with Americans, the kind that Trump could never have. Comey answered questions openly and candidly. He never used the word hero, but he did use the word “cowardly”. I use the word humility. In Canadian courts often judges rely upon the credibility of Continue reading “The Comey Before the Storm: a Question of Truths”

Trump’s Wrath against Khan

In 1957 Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role as Canada’s External Affairs Minister, expounding upon what would later become known as a doctrine of non-interference.That policy has been reflected in Canada’s refusal to participate in the Vietnam War and more recently, our refusal to invade Iraq under the guise of ridding the world of weapons of mass destruction.

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Did Hollywood Anticipate Trump’s Paris Accord Debacle…twice?

Trump Climate Accord Speech Rose Garden

In 1951 Robert Wise directed the first incarnation of The Day the Earth Stood Still. If you’re as old as me, you may have seen it years later, perhaps late night on your parents’ TV set after everyone had gone to bed. Regardless, it would have given you chills.

A spaceship with single alien and giant robot protector lands in Washington D.C., explaining that due to the human races’ progress in atomic energy we have now become a danger to the universe and ourselves. The alien warns us that if we do not change our ways, we are doomed to extinction either at our own hands or through theirs. Fiction quickly became fact some 12 years later amidst the Cuban Missile Crisis when Continue reading “Did Hollywood Anticipate Trump’s Paris Accord Debacle…twice?”