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So, Donald Trump was caught on tape making disgusting comments about being able to grope women.Trump Zucker Bush

Raise your hand if you’re surprised. Hand up? You clearly haven’t been paying attention anytime this past, oh, say, decade.

Everyone from both parties is rushing to condemn Trump’s comments and distance themselves from him, and the media and political pundits are speculating that this might finally cost him the election once and for all. Some are even going so far as to speculate that he might withdraw from the race.

But here’s my cynical prediction: Trump’s campaign will get a boost from this.

His supporters will excuse it as “locker room talk” and decry the “overly politically correct elite” for expressing disgust. Trump has given his supporters license to express the most vile racist and misogynist thoughts in the recesses of their mind, and this is no different. Trump won’t apologize, not really. He’ll “apologize” (wink wink) while allowing Clinton to once again be seen as the spoilsport and disapproving schoolmarm. And he’ll pick up votes from people who secretly hate woman and believe that sexual assault is a man’s god-given right and that calling it a crime is an invention of feminists.

And one only has to look at how middle America (read: middle-aged white guys) feels victimized and put upon for no longer being able to freely express all the politically incorrect opinions they secretly hold. I mean, just look at All Lives Matter, Gamergate, and the Men’s Rights movement for examples. Racist, sexist white guys resent it when you point out that their views are racist and sexist. And they love Trump for giving voice to their anger and resentment.

Not to mention, the more establishment Republicans call him out for this, the more he gets to paint himself as anti-establishment and someone who “tells it like it is”.

I mean, look at how many people have pointed out that Trump is basically what happens when the YouTube comments section becomes human and runs for President. And take a look at the vitriol and violence that gets levelled against women in the average YouTube comments section.

A number of people have theorized that Donald Trump is like America’s id: He says and does the things that people wish they could get away with, but can’t. And they love him for it. So while all the political pundits rush around saying that this will finally be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, I suspect the Trump campaign is sitting back and waiting for the bump in poll numbers.

I wish that weren’t true. But, judging by the added support he got from calling women “pigs”, Mexicans “rapists” and calling for a ban on Muslims, I don’t see why this will be any different.

Let’s face it: Trump is disgusting. But so are the people who vote for him. And if they vote for him now, Americans will truly get the horrible excuse for a leader that they so clearly deserve.


Google searches for “moving to Canada” rose by 1000% after the US primary “Super Tuesday” results:

In the four hours around the close of polls across Super Tuesday states, searches for “how can I move to Canada” on Google spiked by 350%. By midnight, the query had risen to more than 1000% its normal search volume. It was especially high in Massachusetts, where Trump dominated the field with just under 50 per cent of the vote.

It’s trendy for Americans to talk about moving to Canada if their candidate loses an election. It’s far less common for them to actually do it. According to Statistics Canada, about 9,000 Americans move to Canada per year, compared with about 33,000 Canadians who move to the US annually. And the US has 10 times as many people as we do, so the discrepancy is even bigger when you look at per capita numbers. Politics aside, most people move for more practical reasons, like jobs.

… But if this time you really, really mean it, I’ll be considering marriage applications as of September.


  • Any gender (this is Canada after all)
  • Any socioeconomic status (we have socialized healthcare and a considerable social safety net; I don’t need to marry you for your money)
  • Preferably a nice person (’cause we’re nice in Canada, eh?)
  • Must love snow
  • Must hate guns
  • Must be able to quote John Oliver at length. And eventually Rick Mercer, though I’ll allow you some time to brush up first.
  • Bonus points for sending me chocolate with your application
  • Bonus points for witticisms about Drumpf’s hair

Please forward all applications to


Four thoughts on Bernie Sanders’s Jewishness


Four thoughts about this New York Times piece on Bernie Sanders being the first viable Jewish candidate for President: He’s usually highly accessible to the media. But he declined to be interviewed for this article. Which is both admirable and highly telling: Admirable because the religious views of American politicians are usually front and centre [...]

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Sanity prevails in the USA


Months and years of campaigning, more than$2.2 billion in election spending, over 100 million votes cast… and Americans in their wisdom decided to essentially maintain the status quo. President Obama returns to the White House for a second mandate. The Senate stays blue; the House stays red. But lest anyone was thinking that this whole [...]

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4 more years

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Media bias exemplified


With less than 24 hours to go until voting day in the US, it’s a classic case study in media bias to see what the various big news outlets have as their posted headlines. Here’s CNN, reporting a statistical tie in the popular vote but an edge to Obama in the electoral college: Here’s Yahoo [...]

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Palin won’t run


Sarah Palin won’t run for President in 2012: After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When [...]

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Town promotes buck a week rent


The rent is too damn high? Not in Trundle, Australia: An Australian rural community desperate to encourage new families to move in and revitalize the town is offering to rent farm houses to interested families for one Australian dollar a week. The hamlet of Trundle, 215 miles northwest of Sydney, has a population of 380. [...]

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Midterm madness


Despite the best efforts of the likes of Stewart and Colbert to restore sanity and/or fear, the predictions of big gains for the Republican party in today’s US midterm elections are, sadly, pretty likely, with exit polls showing that the Democrats have lost ground with key groups of voters. But before Obama panics too much, [...]

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Yes we can… make great ads


Freakin’ brilliant ad campaign by a Tel Aviv ad agency for Berlitz, using a play on words on the Obama campaign slogan: Sometimes, the greatest ideas are the most obvious. (Hat tip: Matt).

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