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This isn’t the first time Donald Trump has pretended to run for President etc

Oct 4th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: USA Today

I bumped into L. Frank Bunting at The Rex this past weekend. And he agreed that with Donald Trump’s possibly “Worst Week in Presidential Campaign History” now behind us, the US election campaign is looking a little less like “democracy as depicted by Hieronymus Bosch.” (See his September 22 meditation on “Hieronymus Bosch back in [...]

Northern lights on US election II : What if Conrad Black is right and Donald Trump actually wins ????

Sep 7th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: USA Today

CTV News anchor Marcia MacMillan, in an especially compelling dress yesterday morning, brought us the vaguely alarming news that “New poll shows Trump taking slight lead over Hillary Clinton.”  (This is now well hidden in the CTV September 6 archive.  Try “Poll: Nine weeks out, a near even race” for key numbers.) Among the experts [...]

Whatever else, Democrats show they’re the real party of Great American future

Jul 27th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: USA Today

[UPDATED JULY 28, 29]. According to two US national polls at the start of this week on Monday, July 25, “Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tied going into Democratic convention” and (still worse) “Donald Trump bounces into the lead.” And then, very early on Wednesday, July 27, even the Associated Press was reporting : “Sanders [...]

Super Tuesday : Will 2016 finally be Clinton–Trump Shootout at OK Corral ?

Mar 1st, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: USA Today

MONDAY, 5 PM ET (Southwest Scarborough, ON) : It has just been made clear to me that Super Tuesday is actually tomorrow — not next week as I had been absent-mindedly imagining. And now my daily email from the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC has arrived, featuring a piece called “Signs emerge of the Great [...]

Barack Obama’s American Ohana .. and the pivot to Asia in the summer of 2015

Sep 13th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: USA Today

Barack Obama’s undoubted status as the first African American president of Democracy in America can obscure his greater depths as one of the most distinctive occupants of the office ever, “without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.” Such were my thoughts, at any rate, [...]

What if we really had to live with a President Trump next door .. and grow our own democracy in Canada?

Aug 25th, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: USA Today

Steve Benen, who writes for Rachel Maddow’s blog, has finally clued us in on what it is about hotelier Donald Trump’s sudden surge to prominence in the US Republican primary pre-season that is seriously interesting. Benen’s August 24, 2015 piece on “Are the rules of politics being rewritten?” declares : “Political science, based largely on [...]

David Letterman was Alfred E. Neumann come to life, and we postwar Mad magazine readers loved him

May 21st, 2015 | By Dominic Berry | Category: USA Today

I don’t have a lot to say about David Letterman. (Ed NOTE: Mr. Dominic Berry then goes on for another 750 words or more, but hey… it is the end of an era.) I think I have watched his late night TV show since it began, not exactly always but often. Though, like others it [...]

Citizen X on Canada and the Great Golden State .. as observed from the north end of Monterey Bay

Mar 30th, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: USA Today

We are now back in this cold northern country, happy to see that L. Frank Bunting has been keeping the office furniture at least slightly warm. We tasked the irrepressible Citizen X with preparing this season’s report on the seminar series with our Bay Area technical advisors and consultants, with special reference to the more [...]

The troubled USA today — August for the people in the Bay Area, waiting for River Falcon at Walnut Creek

Aug 20th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: USA Today

The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) tracks in the region of such stations as Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Center run on the surface, in between the two multilane automobile passageways of California state highway 24. You speed along in public transit trains, with private automobiles speeding along in opposite directions on either [...]

Bill Maher etc beware — Rob Ford says “Once I’m done, I’m done. I’m going to California ……”

May 1st, 2014 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: USA Today

On the last day of April, 2014, I arrived home from an evening meeting downtown just before 10 PM. And my live-in business manager (and resident beauty queen) immediately told me : “More tapes about Rob Ford have just come out, and he’s taking a leave of absence to get help.” I caught up with [...]