But really, Canadian media are just playing another version of "If it's not Scottish, it's crap".
I just watched Global's balancing act.— ㄒ๏𝕟 ɨ๏ ㄒɨ𝕞 e̴ 🇮🇹🇨🇦🏳️🌈 (@Aho2ToMan) May 31, 2022
They have criticized PMJT for going too far and not going far enough at the same time.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one of the most successful progressive leaders in the world and it scares the shit out of the US Republicans.— Rod Farva's litre of cola 🇨🇦🇺🇦 (@RodKahx) May 31, 2022
American right wing pundits and politicians tweeting about PM Trudeau’s hand gun restrictions is scaring them. I really don’t care, do you?— Pete Bear (@MadHabber) May 31, 2022
Canada: We are banning handguns and assault rifles— Alpha A. (@teach_n_travel) May 31, 2022
MAGA: No guns, we ain't gonna go to Canada
Canada: That worked better than we thought...
Moving to the Uvalde school massacre, I saw this cartoon today:
AMERICAN BS… pic.twitter.com/qpGF5AkazE— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) May 30, 2022
The Uvalde school police chief was recently elected to the city council and instead of resigning as any principled person would do, he was sworn in tonight by the mayor secretly after the weekly council meeting was cancelled.
Well they just got caught in another LIE, trying to blame a teacher for leaving a door propped open when video surveillance shows she removed the rock and closed the door shut. No wonder they won’t cooperate. They can’t keep their lies straight! https://t.co/dUlXQZ9Szc— Jeanette- Accountability matters. 🌊 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@Deja_Great) May 31, 2022
BREAKING: Pete Arrendondo, the Uvalde police commander who told officers NOT to enter the classroom for 78 minutes while the gunman was still shooting and kids were bleeding out, was secretly sworn in tonight as a Uvalde City Council member.— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) June 1, 2022
No media — no messy press questions.
The Houston Chronicle is reporting tonight:
“The oversized, over-resourced law-enforcement community of Uvalde passed most of those 78 minutes doing what American police do best: keeping the angry and bitterly confused masses in line.” @Will_Bunch @PhillyInquirer #DefundThePolice #BuildCommunities https://t.co/ZL6oW07dLn— Stephen Roach Knight (@knightopia) May 31, 2022
Today was also the day that the Trump Russia scandal got some additional coverage.
Whoa. Amid reports that Uvalde ISD police are not cooperating with state law enforcement, the organization that represents many law enforcement agencies in Texas is sending what looks like a warning to Uvalde ISD police and others. pic.twitter.com/fz8AbHHZO0— Jeremy Wallace (@JeremySWallace) June 1, 2022
Josh Marshall writes:
Big blow to John Durham / Bill Barr project of punishing those who warned the country about Russia's support for Donald Trump https://t.co/NoB2szJmgn— David Frum (@davidfrum) May 31, 2022
This was a corrupt effort from the git-go....this absurd indictment that was ignominiously tossed this afternoon. This was never a true investigation or prosecution. It was always a political assignment created by Bill Barr for the benefit of Donald Trump. Corrupt from the first moment, fruit of the poison tree.
Almost 20 years ago, British Columbia led the continent in creating Vancouver's safe injection site for drug users, and today BC is leading the way again in recognizing drug use as a health issue, not a criminal issue:
Trump, who has obsessed about the Sussman trial every single day since it began, is not happy with the verdict. pic.twitter.com/ip0FjY6rN4— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) May 31, 2022
If my brother had clean supply he would be alive today. My brother was probably an ideal candidate for a project like #NAOMI. End the stigma. Thank you @CityofVancouver #decriminalization #Vancouver https://t.co/a2C1Dr1v8Y— Amber Devlin (@AmberDevlin01) June 1, 2022
There is Canada-wide support for this, particularly from police:
A progressive move against the #OpiodCrisis that will save lives. #Decriminalization “treats addiction as a health issue, rather than a criminal one.” More people will seek help knowing they won’t be prosecuted for possessing small amounts of illegal drugs https://t.co/advqym2CxE— Steve Ward (@stevewardpoli) June 1, 2022
I hope other provinces and cities will also be considering such initiatives.
Remember, the government is more conservative on this than the country's chiefs of police. https://t.co/zsZXYZyjyt— David Moscrop (@David_Moscrop) May 31, 2022
The war proceeded today with Russia likely close to controlling Severodonetsk in the east while the Ukrainians are mounting a counter-offensive to retake Kherson in the south. NATO is still being appropriately cautious about provoking Russia into a nuclear exchange, but I get the impression that Western anxiety is declining, especially as Russia's capacity to continue to make war appears to be declining:
1. If this is accurate, Ukrainian farmers have managed to plant 78% of last years acreage this year. What a heroic accomplishment in the midst of war. This also means that Ukraine's ag production in 2022 will not be down nearly as much as many feared, if weather is decent. https://t.co/39727lCifG— Scott Irwin (@ScottIrwinUI) May 27, 2022
Here is the American message to Putin -- and to appeasers like Kissinger, the NYT editorial board and others -- from Biden's statement published today in the New York Times:
Useful clarity at present. https://t.co/xFlc6Cl4Ef— Phillips P. OBrien (@PhillipsPOBrien) June 1, 2022
... America’s goal is straightforward: We want to see a democratic, independent, sovereign and prosperous Ukraine with the means to deter and defend itself against further aggression.....That’s why I’ve decided that we will provide the Ukrainians with more advanced rocket systems and munitions that will enable them to more precisely strike key targets on the battlefield in Ukraine.....We do not seek a war between NATO and Russia. As much as I disagree with Mr. Putin, and find his actions an outrage, the United States will not try to bring about his ouster in Moscow. So long as the United States or our allies are not attacked, we will not be directly engaged in this conflict, either by sending American troops to fight in Ukraine or by attacking Russian forces. We are not encouraging or enabling Ukraine to strike beyond its borders. We do not want to prolong the war just to inflict pain on Russia....Standing by Ukraine in its hour of need is not just the right thing to do. It is in our vital national interests to ensure a peaceful and stable Europe and to make it clear that might does not make right. If Russia does not pay a heavy price for its actions, it will send a message to other would-be aggressors that they too can seize territory and subjugate other countries. It will put the survival of other peaceful democracies at risk....Any use of nuclear weapons in this conflict on any scale would be completely unacceptable to us as well as the rest of the world and would entail severe consequences.Americans will stay the course with the Ukrainian people because we understand that freedom is not free. That’s what we have always done whenever the enemies of freedom seek to bully and oppress innocent people, and it is what we are doing now. Vladimir Putin did not expect this degree of unity or the strength of our response. He was mistaken. If he expects that we will waver or fracture in the months to come, he is equally mistaken.
My message: it’s impossible now to allow Russia to grab new territories or agree on long term occupation. It’s not really comparable to 8 years of Crimea (I tell without undermining their sufferings).I’m afraid in the South is closer to Bucha and Irpin. https://t.co/kARjGFYsfy— Nataliya Gumenyuk (@ngumenyuk) May 30, 2022
Even if you are a complete amoral asshole, sending Ukraine whatever arms they need is the best return on investment for defense spending we have ever seen.— Fred, whom I do not support (@LesserFrederick) June 1, 2022
Among the many profound crises Americans face as a nation--the threat to democracy, guns, racism, misogyny, inequality, the climate crisis, aggressive enemies at home and abroad--I fear one of the most consequential is the shortness of our attention spans.— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) May 31, 2022
Here's Tom Nichol's comment about the upcoming US midterms:
The threats do not abate, only our attention to them does. Our enemies know this, count on it and use it to their advantage. We are a country for which collective Attention Deficit Disorder may ultimately prove fatal. It has already taken a brutal toll.— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) May 31, 2022
And a commenter noted this brilliant David Sedaris quote about the vote choice from 2016:
Never really understood the whole: "Biden isn't progressive enough, so let's not vote and give power to the GOP". More like a toddler tantrum than an adult approach to civil life.— Nicola Ferralis (@feranick) April 27, 2022
And you can't make this stuff up:
yes tucker pick a fight with the k pop fans you can take them https://t.co/dcy7rRBeAt— kilgore trout, death to putiner (@KT_So_It_Goes) June 1, 2022
And here's today's time-waster - next time you have a couple of hours to spare, start following these replies and humming along:
Nah. Here in the free-range insane asylum that is the Untied States, we just call it, "Tuesday."— Jackie Blue 🇺🇸 🇨🇦 🇺🇦 🌻 (@MsFuddleDuddle) June 1, 2022
Okay Stranger Things using "Running Up That Hill" has me thinking. What's the best use of music in film or TV? And why is it "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap in The OC?— Benaldinho (@benallenwf) May 30, 2022