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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 [...]



The new Business[week] daily — on getting the kind of gun control the founders of the republic wanted!

Feb 21st, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: USA Today

The print edition of Business Week magazine, “which was founded in 1929, just weeks before the October stock market crash that led to the Great Depression” used to play a big role in my life. At some point in my not-too-early adulthood (late 20s I think) I suddenly realized that I was going to have [...]



Quick and dirty thoughts on government shutdown caper in Excited States ..

Sep 30th, 2013 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: USA Today

If you are the kind of Canadian who avidly follows American politics from the safe distance of your TV set, you will know that another Armageddon is about to be unleashed in the Excited States. (Well, probably. Nothing will be dead certain until Tuesday.) For the mind-numbing details consult, eg, “As government shutdown nears, lawmakers [...]



“A democrat is liable to change his mind a lot” .. discovering the American West of Edward Dorn

May 5th, 2013 | By Citizen X | Category: USA Today

I was quite deeply into reading poetry (or verse, as some said), from about my late teens to my early 20s. Then the practicalities of life pushed me in other directions. I returned for a brief time in my late 30s. But fate again conspired to focus my thoughts on the more prosaic realities of [...]