A capricious, unprincipled scatterbrain, but a paragon of probity nonetheless: Lord Tubby
The bombastic Trump personality and his frequently changing treatments of prominent current subjects incite the belief among many who do not follow these things too closely that Mr. Trump is creating an unseemly, overly contentious climate in Washington, in which there is no agreement on anything, odd things keep happening, and a shrill tone never subsides…. The next mighty confection of moral righteousness was the canard that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia…. It is bunk and no slightly informed and sane person in the world could possibly believe a word of it…. Just as the whole shabby business was beginning to sag, Trump, deliberately or otherwise (his tactical cunning and inconstant attachment to a message and revelry in controversy often make it difficult to analyze his motives), towed a gigantic lump of shark-bait in front of the quivering jaws of the Democratic politicians and media…. And to some extent, the president’s personality, at once insensitive and hyper-sensitive, has facilitated the work of his enemies. Of course, it won’t succeed…. He is the president and his enemies are liars.
—Conrad Black, National Review, May 16, 2017.
In stark contrast with efforts by Republicans and their media parrots at reasonable cooperation with the swarthy, foreign-born Islamic radical who preceded the current president
It would be easy to judge from media coverage that the entire administration is sinking in contumely, obloquy, and chaos, and the general impression seems one of dysfunctionalism achieving nothing. From the start, the Democrats offered “scorched earth,” abetted by their nasty parrots in the media….
Nothing to see here, folks, move along now
There’s an impression that’s taken hold in the minds of the media and, by extension, their readership, that Trump’s resignation or impeachment has to happen now, now, now. No time to assess the facts. No time to stop and take a breath or ask a follow-up question.
Meanwhile, most people are still getting caught up on what happened and who said what. It’s like a shock and awe campaign, on the part of many in the media, to disorient people. The truth is, there is no urgency right now.
—Anthony Furey, Postmedia Network, May 1, 2017.
Sure, in the trickle that followed, the mules died of thirst, but some of us got rich selling their hides
Ronald Reagan incited fears of extremism and was represented as a simplistic dolt who should still be selling 20-Mule Team Borax in a cowboy outfit on television. But he was amiable, a magic public speaker; his tax cuts induced an immense economic boom….
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, American Greatness, May 10, 2017.
The same Ann Coulter who would strip women of the vote and set up death squads to track down politicians supporting amnesty for undocumented workers? That magnificent creature?
His outnumbered media supporters and talk-show and social media backers are in place, despite some grumbling about the Syrian Tomahawk attack from the magnificent Ann Coulter….
And, trust me, bilharzia is the last thing you want when your crazy ass is stuffed with straw!
The bizarrerie of the intellectual right is illimitable…. President Trump has induced self-destructive political bilharzia in the deranged effigies of once-serious and important people.
Liars, liars, all of them, I tell you, except of course for all those in the press corps who agree with me
“No sane person could imagine that Donald Trump or any person of authority in his campaign colluded with the Russians. It’s just nonsense…. It’s a confection. A fabrication. [A]nd he’s right when he calls the White House press the enemies of the people. That’s what they are. They’re liars.”
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, on CTV’s Question Period, May 14, 2017.
The Domino Effect, or what happens when Doug Ford phones Joe Wormington
London’s congestion charge is £11.50 (C$22) daily for driving a vehicle into the British capital’s downtown core…. Not to worry, though. Not in Toronto. At least not yet. In light of a proposed pilot project being floated out of City Hall Monday, potential mayoral candidate Doug Ford says he is, in fact, worried. He called the new initiative “a joke….” Cars will not be able to use King as a thoroughfare anymore…. And let’s look where it could be leading, he said. [I]f allowed to go through—it will eventually ensure Toronto has something new in common with London. “A congestion fee.”
—Joe Wormington, Toronto Sun, May 15, 2017.
We see your point, Joe: Obviously, a parking ticket was completely uncalled for under the circumstances, when a charge of endangering the well being of an entire community by sending a child, apparently with a highly contagious and potentially deadly disease, to school on the rainiest day of the year would seem appropriate
Thanks to excessive rain on Friday, Pearson cancelled 150 flights. A ferry was on standby for potential evacuation of the flooding Toronto Islands, and there was talk of closing the Don Valley Parkway. On Ward’s Island and in the Beaches, the city and community were sandbagging…. It was not a time for rigid, by-the-book rules. So it was shocking to see a parking enforcement officer handing out tickets outside a soggy Erin Mills school…. It was especially crucial for me since my little guy has been struggling with bronchitis and other ear, nose and throat issues and is on an antibiotics [sic]. His grandmother was going to walk him home in normal fashion, but we decided to pick him up in the car…. My mom stayed in the car while I jumped out to go get him…. When I got back, a man in uniform was writing a ticket….
That he didn’t have a four-year-old with a whooping cough could be one of the reasons. He wasn’t interested in hearing any special circumstances like we live nearby and had been at doctors all week and were worried for our boy’s health. Zero tolerance! Shut up and pay! He is the law! He scared my son, who wondered why we were in trouble. My boy also got really wet. Thanks, guy. [F]ining people for being caring parents is not civilized.
—Joe Wormington, Toronto Sun, May 7, 2017.
Caramba, blanco, you saying we put indios in piñatas!?
It was an orchestrated stunt, Ms. Uncles, that you and your little chums revelled in like pampered kids taking turns whacking at a piñata. Only this time the piñata was filled with Indigenous and minority writers.
—Andrew Mitrovica, ricochet.com, May 14, 2017.