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Canada’s Justin Trudeau Welcomes Refugees: “Diversity Is Our Strength”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Cole Burston—Bloomberg/Getty Images

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Cole Burston—Bloomberg/Getty Images

On September 11, 2001 while planes that had been hijacked by terrorists from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon were being flown into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, thousands of other flights were in the air. For obvious reasons the air space over the United States was soon closed and was being patrolled by the military. Therefore these flights had to be diverted prior to reaching their destination.

There are numerous stories of Canada’s role in accommodating several of those flights in what became known as Operation Yellow Ribbon.

Many such flights were able to land in various Canadian airports, big and small. There are numerous stories of Canada’s role in accommodating several of those flights in what became known as Operation Yellow Ribbon.

I find it interesting that almost 16 years later new US President Donald Trump’s recent Executive Order to ban citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, Muslim majority countries, from entering the United States has created a similar reaction from Canada.

Not unlike the situation in 2001, while Trump was signing his Executive Order last Friday, there were people with legal visas who were already en route to the US and who, upon landing, were greeted with a detention cell.

Not only did Trump move the finish line, he took it away completely.

Once again Canada has stepped in by inviting those who were seeking what they believed to be legal access to the US to come here should they be turned back upon arrival. I suspect there will be those Trump supporters who will say we are welcome to these people, while others will fear having them so close.

It is not Canadian policy to accept terrorists with open arms; but these people are not terrorists, they have been vetted and given visas for entry to the US. They have had the rug pulled out from under them after passing through the system. Not only did Trump move the finish line, he took it away completely. Leaving these folks stranded. Welcome to Canada!

 

 

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Make America Clean Again

The folks at Procter & Gamble have announced a new look for Mr. Clean. The new iconic brand character will be African American. After 59 years the time has come to give the original a break. I have to admit that the way things have been going in the United States recently, when I first heard about a new look for Mr. Clean I did fear he may look like this:

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Talk about a repurpose! Will yellow hair become trendy? Will we say in four years “Remember how yellow his hair was when elected and now it is so very grey.”

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Donald J. Trump: Salesman in Chief

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Tomorrow is Election Day in the US. On that day, after what feels like a decade of campaigning, the only poll that counts will be taken when citizens cast their ballots. Candidates have been focusing on voter turnout for the last few days, shoring up their base as well as trying to sway those who have not yet decided.

But this year’s version has descended into a battle  between the salesman and the seasoned administrator.

The plethora of polls that have been published indicate that a once assumed Hillary Clinton landslide has become a very close race in the wake of FBI Director James Comey’s October surprise.

I have to admit I am still at a loss to explain how anyone could, in all conscience, even consider voting for Donald Trump. Yet here we are coming down to the wire. There was a time when policies, plans and issues played a strong role in electoral campaigning. But this year’s version has descended into a battle  between the salesman and the seasoned administrator.

I have never been fond of sales in general, and certainly not pushy salespeople who will promise anything to get you on side, only to then start working backwards as truth sets in.

Trump comes off more like a television shill trying to sell the public some questionable new gadget. He is loud on end results but more than quiet on details. That’s okay, his people don’t want to be bogged down with facts and figures. They just want to hoot and holler at anyone who does. Yet obviously he is doing something right if the polls are to be believed. I have to assume there are many people who buy those wonder products that are pushed on television, without so much as a touch. Are these folks Trump’s followers?

I have never been fond of sales in general (if I had wanted fries with that, I would have asked for fries!), and certainly not pushy salespeople who will promise anything to get you on side, only to then start working backwards as truth sets in. “Just checked with my manager and it seems we cannot offer you those extra widgets I promised.” It is a scam. But that’s the current state of commerce. People can make a whole lot of money in sales, but it does not mean they can run a company, much less a country. It is irksome when a sales rep babbles on about his or her product, it is downright frightening when a potential leader does it. Donald J. Trump, Salesman in Chief. Nice ring to it no?

Donald Trump could be the poster child for the dumbing down of politics movement.

Donald Trump could be the poster child for the dumbing down of politics movement. But he is not the only problem, the bigger issue is those who genuinely believe he is correct. No doubt many people are riding his coattails in the hope of personal gain – Governor Chris Christie, Mayor Rudy Giuliani are two such riders that come immediately to mind. I have to believe that in a truly private conversation, not one that is likely to be Wikileaked, these men would come clean and point out that of course they know Trump is a lunatic, but he’s their ticket.

So my American neighbours I wish you the best of luck tomorrow. Here’s hoping for a safe election with a clear result that will enable you, and the world, to get back to reality, not reality TV. Please vote for the experienced administrator, not the salesman.

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Presidential Appearance: Trump Lowers the Bar

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Last week Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. After the meeting the two men addressed the assembled media. The immediate reaction on both sides of the border was that Peña Nieto had missed an opportunity to publicly challenge Trump on his promise to build a wall along the border at Mexico’s expense. Some mention was made to Trump’s demeanor and lack of his usual firebrand approach. Some even claimed he looked presidential.

Trump then returned to Phoenix and delivered a fiery address outlining his stance on immigration. Many feel that any gains he made in Mexico were almost immediately erased in Phoenix.

Trumo_MimicBut what many people continued to remark upon was Trump’s presidential appearance in Mexico. You often hear people stating that a candidate does or does not look presidential. Can you imagine so-and-so as president? How would they do in meetings with foreign leaders? Do they instill confidence? What about in a crisis?

In my opinion looking presidential requires, among other traits, the appearance of strength with understanding. The ability to smile with genuine warmth, but only at the appropriate time. A deep sense of self-confidence, but not cockiness.

JFKAbraham Lincoln was presidential, or perhaps we have come to believe that from his stately pose in his roost in his memorial in Washington. Jack Kennedy, in fact many of the Kennedys, were presidential in stature. Charismatic, toothy smiles, poise and that great hair. JFK was very presidential when he calmly debated Richard Nixon on television. Nixon was not. In fact Nixon was never presidential, even when he was the president. Ronald Reagan could look presidential, but then he was an actor so I suspect he was just putting it on.

NixonGiven some of the over the top things Trump has said during the electoral process thus far he tends to come off as anything but presidential in appearance. It would seem as though the bar that determines what is presidential in 2016 has been drastically lowered. Evidently as long as a candidate does not drop the F-bomb, mimic a disabled person, or threaten to punch someone in the face, he or she is said to have come across as presidential. Not great standards.

By dragging the campaigning process to perhaps never before seen lows, when Trump does not do or say something ludicrous he, in contrast, is deemed to be presidential. A very sorry state of affairs.

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Trumpugees: News From the Not Too Distant Future

Click on the image below for news from the not too distant future!

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Tweets From History: Reactions to the 2016 GOP Race

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Trumped by a Pigeon

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I put my bird feeder out early last spring. Since that time I have had countless visits from sparrows and finches. Small birds dropping by to pass the time of day and have a few seeds. Polite little fellows, if terribly nervous, who need only sense the smallest movement through the window to fly off to safety, only to return moments later.

All was going swimmingly until I, by chance, looked up at the feeder while walking down the street last Friday to find a large pigeon helping himself to beaks-full of seeds. Not that I have anything against pigeons, but I was concerned for the smaller birds chances of getting a fair shake at the feeder. Why it took the pigeons so long to discover the free chow is a mystery to me.

Capture_Bird_2My first attempt to maintain the sparrows’ place was to post the signs that you see here. This prompted the appearance of a plump gray older looking pigeon on my windowsill. Wearing a waistcoat and spats, he tapped on the glass with his beak to get my attention.

“Excuse me, Friend,” he said gruffly but courteously.

“Yes,” I replied.

“It’s just that we pigeons have a bit of a problem with the signs you have posted on your lovely feeder. Essentially we find them to be discriminatory, not to mention insulting. May I ask why you would have us banned from the feeder?”.

I explained that my intention was to preserve a place for little birds at the feeder, not to discriminate against any one species of large bird.

”Is that so?” he replied in a snippy manner. “Why then did you not portray a crow, grackle or seagull on your sign? No sir, you have singled out pigeons with your warnings.”

I had to admit he had me there. All of those birds can be found in my area yet I had focused on pigeons. Just as I was about to confess my failing, he had another go at me.

“Friend, or should I say Mr. Trump, will you be building a wall around your feeder to keep us out as you seem to consider us to be illegals (no, not ailing symbols of the USA, but birdsona non grata)? No doubt you will inexplicably assume we pigeons will pay for said wall.”

Well that hit home. My visitor had me pegged as the Donald Trump of the bird world, and he was right. As I was in the process of removing the offensive signs he pointed out the difference between birds and humans. Sure enough there they were, small birds munching away on one side of the feeder while several pigeons ate from the other side. They had achieved a harmonious solution to a problem that never existed.

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Tweets From History

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Trump and Palin: Cartoonists’ Dream Comes True

I have a hunch that editorial cartoonists in North America and beyond spent some time in their local church, synagogue, mosque, temple or Stonehenge last night. The reason for this was to give thanks for a cartoonist’s dream come true. What more could an editorial cartoonist ask for than Sarah Palin and Donald Trump on the same stage?

More teeth than a dog fight.

You could not come up with a better pair of people who provide so much fodder for cartoonists. I imagine we will see countless drawings of large sets of teeth with Trump and Palin fitted into them.

It was interesting to watch the two onstage together for the first time. While she rambled on, raking the GOP establishment over the coals, he stood just off to the side. Jonesing for the oh-so-close microphone Trump looked like a heroin addict within reach of a fix. You could almost see him drooling as Palin went on and on. He doesn’t strike me as a guy who is comfortable sharing a stage.

Having two ranters of questionable intelligence together is really more than critics could ever ask for.

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Will Canada Have Its Own Donald Trump?

Kevin O'Leary Photo: CBC

Kevin O’Leary Photo: CBC

There can be no denying the effect of US culture on Canada. Most things trendy manage to find their way north across the border. I don’t just mean the great music and films that can be seen here, but the concept of taking a successful project and duplicating it. If a show with rabid gerbils running a cupcake store to raise funds to pay for treatment while spying for ISIS is popular in the US, you can pretty much count on a Canadian version.

Now O’Leary is floating a trial balloon to see what the reaction is to him throwing his hat into the ring to be the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Currently Donald Trump is carving out a new niche in the American political landscape; a shoot from the lip, over the top, no limits approach to politics by a non-politician. And what do you know, right on cue Canadian businessman Kevin O’Leary, a friend and admirer of Trump, is testing the political waters.

Recently O’Leary, a former panelist on Dragons Den, offered to invest one million dollars in the province of Alberta’s oil industry if the left of centre premier of the province resigned. Nothing like a bit respect of the democratic system. Needless to say the duly elected premier declined the offer.

Now O’Leary is floating a trial balloon to see what the reaction is to him throwing his hat into the ring to be the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. After a shellacking in the last general election, CPC leader and former Prime Minister Stephen Harper stepped down. It is assumed the new party leader will elected in eighteen months, giving hopefuls plenty of time. Like Trump, O’Leary is a non-politician, seen as an outsider, he would face several former ministers who are assumed to be interested in the position.

Both O’Leary and Trump tout a businesslike approach to running a country. It is my opinion that to attempt to do so would have disastrous consequences.

Both O’Leary and Trump tout a businesslike approach to running a country. It is my opinion that to attempt to do so would have disastrous consequences. For one reason a company head can fire employees deemed unsuitable, but the leader of a province, state or country cannot simply do away with citizens he or she deems to not be carrying their weight. Would O’Leary roundup welfare recipients and pack them off to another country? Or just cut off their payments and leave them to die in the streets. Conservatives are often fond of waving the bible in people’s faces. Well, according to Mark 14-7 The poor you will always have with you. That is one difference between running a corporation and a country.

Another is that a business leader has great freedom to do what he or she wants, those who disagree can be let go if necessary. It may cost something, but in the end what the boss wants, the boss usually gets. Those who may cause a country leader grief are elected officials and, as Mr. O’Leary found out, are much harder to get rid of.

I think business leaders should stick to turning profits and leave the task of running a country to politicians.

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