Fourteen years ago today, OutFoxed: Rupert Murdoch's war on journalism was published.

Disinfo is no longer in business, but the book is still around.


As I am still toiling away, I would like to take a breather and point out some of the fuckery going on in the press.

Like this bullshit piece from Quartz:

A new Twitter account is outing shoddy reporting in science stories

You misogynistic motherfuckers, some white guy starts a Twitter feed, and you give him free publicity about showing shoddy reportage about science?

I wrote two books chronicling the same thing and showing how to spot it, and I did not get a mention.

Don’t Believe It!: How lies become news was published in March 2005 and I had an entire chapter on this problem.

When Journalism was a Thing also extensively went into this problem last year, and you ignored it.

The man posts five seconds on Twitter, and you drool and slobber all over his ass as if he did something original. Go fuck yourselves.

And speaking of fuckery, boy, someone with big boy pants must have taken over the propaganda arm of the federal Liberals.

The National Post are being dutiful little minions and are doing free propaganda for them:

'Inconsistent with democratic values': Internal conflict flared over Jody Wilson-Raybould's controversial last act as justice minister

An internal memo claims Crown lawyers were being overruled and told not to use certain defences to appear less adversarial toward Indigenous plaintiffs

Really? JWR was your pick, assholes. That was the culture of control you cultivated. She was well within the brand of political reasoning — and you wait until your little SNC-Lavalin scandal got this far away from you to try to take swipes at her?

You losers do realize the more you slag her, the worse you sound, right? You either mistreated her, which speaks poorly of your prime minister, or you picked and propped up a lemon for years, which speaks even more poorly of you. If you had class — which, by the way, you don’t — you would be better off copping to the former rather than the latter.

Do you idiots realize this has now gotten way, way bigger than two ousted female MPs? You are all going to get hit with a bigger scandal or three before October, and it won’t matter. It doesn’t even matter now. You all sound like vindictive spouses going through a divorce and come off as petty shits. Get a crisis management team and get over yourselves.

And as for the National Propaganda — stop being stenographers for the Man. No wonder you guys bleed money.

But it goes beyond the childish and psychopathically abusive nose-tweaking. The Grits are desperate and reek badly of it with their vast conspiracy theories of political interference being floated as a possible bogeyman for them to frighten the little people into voting for them.

Dumbasses, here is the memo: all countries meddle in the affairs of other countries. That is why Julian Assange had to be silenced by bribing the regime who gave him refuge with loans — who knows what drugs were given to the guy during his exile to discredit him, but WikiLeaks released information that showed the the “political interference” happened everywhere all the time, and the Left sound like Loopy Lous trying to make it sound as if meddling happened only with Trump, and we have people in the Liberal Party sound like paranoid potheads warning that other countries will meddle in our election.

Yeah, the way you stick your pointy little noses in theirs. Fuck you. For a group of blowhards who preach about globalization, why would this even bother you? Globalization precisely means the right to meddle in other countries’ affairs. That’s like wanting to fuck everybody and still be a virgin. Morons.

One last observation: Peter Mackay’s column in the Toronto Sun seems to have a very sly, but nasty jab to Justin Trudeau:

No one is fooled by the crafted image, stage-managed appearances, bold bromides, soaring rhetoric and flashy wardrobe; the stuff of an Old Spice commercial spoofing itself for effect.

The Old Spice reference doesn’t fit — unless you recall that Matthew Perry’s stepdad was the Old Spice guy in commercials…and that Perry boasted in public how he used to beat up Trudeau in school when they were kids.

Trudeau could never compete with Perry in the acting sphere, so go show up the guy in politics where you are completely unqualified. Take that, Matthew Perry!

That’s all for now. I am averaging a chapter a day, and I am picking up speed. Propaganda-busting gets my juices flowing. I could never stand liars because they are arrogant cowards to the core.



Canadian Liberal Regime's Propaganda continues. Exploiting women is an age-old ruse.

The latest photo-op hoping people are morons with short memories.

Journalists are playing the propaganda right to the script, but Canada’s record on women’s rights are appalling.

Let’s ask all those First Nations women how well Canadian women’s rights are working for them.

Or all women who try to report sexual assaults.

Or get murdered by their partners or former partners.

Or the shortage of shelter spaces for battered women.

Or pay inequity.

Or job discrimination.

Oh, and human trafficking.

And forced branding.

We sometimes notice alarming things, do nothing about it, and then ignore it.

I could go on, but I have a life.

This is a smash and grab publicity stunt, hoping it serves as a misdirection, and Rahaf Alqunun has become a propaganda ploy. I wish her luck, and that she can not fall for the exploitation of her.

I know I am not buying what a corrupt regime is selling, but then again, having morals and a working brain has a lot to do with it…

Toronto Star using its pages to lobby to become government propagandist. Stop propping up the major tactical errors of an incompetent regime.

The Toronto Star doesn't get it. It is conniving, but not cunning, and it explains why journalism collapsed: you spin a disaster into some sort of positive, and you lose credibility.

Canada was completely unprepared for a scenario other than a Hillary Clinton victory. The Trudeau regime spent like drunken grifters with the federal budget, which made absolutely no sense given that the US had signalled (not just with a Republican president, but a GOP Senate, Congress, and 2/3s of governorships) that the priority of the more powerful nation we are depended on for economic survival was suspending the feel-good social policies and were now going to focus on their economy that had been neglected during the Obama regime.

Americans do this with absolute predictability: they give one leader a two-term mandate to prop up their finances before switching over and giving another leader a two-term mandate to manage their social and civil health. Obama was not about the economy. The Left in the US had eight solid years to ensure their social climate was brought up to code.

And then their finances got in a mess, and so, the American people brought in a businessman to ensure their financial house of brought up to code as well. Americans are all about having a plan and checks and balances. The American Left is still in absolute denial of this reality: they honestly believe they can manipulate and shame their entire country into allowing them to socially engineer their country with no regards of the consequences of not looking after other equally important aspects of survival.

You can look after the environment, but if everyone becomes homeless because you have the defect of monomania, your platform is fatally flawed. Using fear-mongering propaganda does not change the reality that people have children to raise, bills to pay, and criminal elements they have to dodge in order to survive.

You would think we would have political parties that balanced these various needs. We don't. No radical centrists to tell off the extremists on the Left and Right to stop being so selfish, tyrannical, childish, unrealistic, insensitive, and greedy.

It is what it is, and that's all there is to it.

Canada is not a country that comprehends concepts such as having plans -- let alone having plans based on realities around them. It has always been about being a nanny who panders the electorate by means of bribing them -- not just with their own money -- but with borrowed money with no means to repay it.

It has seemingly worked because the United States has until this point indulged us, the way they indulged the former Yugoslavia decades ago until one day, it wasn't in their own interests to do so, and the mess became unfixable.

The Trudeau regime banked on Clinton winning the White House, just as the US Left did. It was more than obvious she was going to lose because she is obtuse to the nuance of her own country's political system: she may have shamed her philandering husband into giving her things and opening doors for her, but the US is not her husband.

She was going to win the popular vote, which is a huge misdirection and trap build into their electoral races in order to weed out the shallow and conniving thinkers in favour of cunning strategists...

But she was not going to win the strategic vote, and she willfully refused to campaign in states where she should have won but didn't because she didn't want Trump to see her weakness.

Shallow and conniving. Trump went after just enough votes to sailed into the White House.

 If it was just about the popular vote, there would be no electoral colleges. You would just tally things up and go with that, which while seems anti-democratic, is a very shrewd way to ensure that shallow and conniving players don't come into power where it counts.

People who pretend to understand governance thought they had it in the bag with just the popular votes.

People who actually understand governance knew that Trump had it in the bag because he was not spread out thin, was focussed, and elegantly went after the votes that actually counted.

For a country with a fairly modest popular, the United States has been the dominant world power for decades for a very good reason: because they have a history of cultivated strategy that they refine and improve with each cycle. The Republicans get this reality more than Democrats, but Bill Clinton (with an unexpected assist in the first term by vote-splitting candidate H. Ross Perot), John F. Kennedy, and Barak Obama did get it and they won because they deserved to win.

To the Left, it is a popularity contest because they aren't realists.

But not idealists, either.

The modern notion is that you force people into going along with whatever twaddle you spew, even if it hurts them financially, socially, and emotionally. You cannot shame people to vote for you. The histrionics is a bad ruse that cannot hide the fact that people cannot pay their mortgage with your myopic theories. Find the balance for competing and conflicting interests with no one side dominating or lording over everyone else and then we'll talk.

Why North American liberals are always doomed to fail is simple: they are too in love with their own theories and ability to manipulate people to see they are over-thinking and over-working. They are too inefficient, wasting resources on things that will not get them any long-term traction. The Ontario Liberals had 15 years in power, but only because the competition was in disarray -- but eventually, even having inferior competition won't stop the piper from coming to collect his due.

In psychology, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs has a scale: on the bottom is the essential survival needs such as food and shelter, with the top of the pyramid is more the luxury and intellectual items such as approval and validation.

The Left thinks on the level that taking the top of the pyramid makes them superior to the Right whose campaigns and message focus on the bottom.

It doesn't work that way: a good government take the bottom for itself. The rest of us can do our own top-tier needs-meeting.

Even when the Left think they are addressing the bottom, they are still doing it from the top, looking down on people who are not convinced.

It never seems to be a given that everyone should be equal and that all policies must apply to everyone equally. Race, gender, sexual orientation shouldn't a consideration if the Left applied Maslow correctly: the right to earn a living whether you are blind or have perfect vision, applies across the board because the government ensures it. Poor have the same recourses as they rich -- and the system's built-in mechanisms preventing the rigging to favour one over the other.

If men have the right to vasectomies and cannot be dragged into some state-sponsored program to force him to reproduce, then women have the right to an abortion along with their other reproductive rights.

But the Left have reached a level where they got too cocky and are now paying the price in that Trump is completely altering the board, despite impotent Leftie howling and sqwuaking.

Canada is merely jumping on side with the American Left, without considering whether their nation's needs are the same as their US counterparts because they are still sticking to the script of an American where Hillary Clinton won the presidency.

And the script is not aligned with reality.

Trudeau seems too obtuse to more than just nuance: but to the blaring big picture, too. He is a leader without a vision of reality: he is blinded by fantasy fed by his own selfies and ugly socks.

Had this been a Clinton regime, all of this would have gone unnoticed: it would be like a clueless and shallow son of a company president who will not lose his job no matter what. He gets to be CEO with an army of manure shovelers and maids cleaning up all of his messes as daddy smooths everything over with generous donations and favours to those junior stomped over.

But this isn't Clinton's America. This is Trump's America.

And Trump is not going to play by Clinton's script.

So should daddy sell the company to someone who is not going to put up with junior's resource-draining antics, junior's old ways will not work for him. It will work against him.

Ontario is banking on Doug Ford to smooth everything over. It may work, but just for the short-term, if it does. If the US has a plan that requires bringing Canada to its knees, no amount of promises, concessions, and apologies are going to work.

We are not in the position to know because Trudeau and his cronies have made an absolute mess of everything. Canada has been warned in very symbolic ways that they are not just replaceable, but a burden on the US.

It is this change in narrative that encourage Canadians to stop ranting and throwing tantrums on Twitter, and start researching, and thinking about having a Plan B that involves being self-sufficient while getting their various governmental debts under control.

But if the collapsed profession of Canadian journalism is any barometer, that is not what will happen because concepts such as reality, strategy, and power balances do not compute into the brain on this side of the border because the brain is clogged with childish fantasy.

Which brings us to this nonsensical propaganda piece in the Toronto Star:

Chrystia Freeland takes on Trump’s ‘mano-a-mano’ mentality

Just how stupid are you?

Babbling like an offended and self-absorbed fairy princess is not taking on Trump's 'mano-a-mano': it is showing incompetency. If she were a competent minister, which she has proven herself not to be, Canada would not be facing what they are facing now.

And what is Canada facing:

1. That there are no longer a pipeline into backdoor diplomacy. They have no more clout, and the fact that more than one country has questioned Canadian honesty and intelligence should be a serious concern to the electorate.

2. That they cannot prevent a crisis by negotiating quietly. The biggest one: this should not have gotten out of hand. If Freeland was up to the job, she would have come in with a workable strategy that would have contained the problem before it got out as a public failure. Telling the world you are insulted and offended proves you allows emotions to cloud your judgement -- and for women in power, that proves to the sexists that women cannot play with the Big Boys. It is the typical ineffectual shaming the Left do not understand is digging them into a bigger hole.

3. That Canada has behaved predictably, allowing Trump to set their role as a villain in his own narrative. Canada is not used to this role, and has no script to tell them what to say, making it worse.

4. The episode proves Canada cannot read their closest ally. We have a government that should know the ways of Americans, but keeps making the troubles worse. They may pretend they are smarter than Trump, but if they were, they wouldn't be in this situation because they could read him and devise the way to cut his demands off at the pass.

5. The longer this story arc in the Chaos Narrative continues, the more of our country's -- and regime's weaknesses get exposed to allies and enemies alike. Trudeau's groping of a female journalist eighteen years ago never got exposed during the height of #MeToo -- but it got leaked now. I am certain other skeletons with join in with Trudeau on his selfies the longer this impasse continues. Canada's debt, lack of native-based businesses, and lack of effectual governance becomes fair game for foreign media. Governments begin to take a closer look at our state of financial health instead of just rubber stamping deals of the past.

6. Canada is a country without a plan, given there is no crisis communications strategies in place. Freeland and Trudeau have no Plan B. Slapping tariffs on a strong economic powerhouse is just reflex snivelling, and a questionable tactic given that the US is a country with plans and counter-plans. This crisis should have been contained, but Freeland has completely lost face on a global scale. If you are a capable leader, there is no "mano-a-mano" -- it never comes to that in the first place on a standard and long-established agreement.

7. Freeland is not a visionary thinker or even a creative or innovative trouble-shooter as she must stoop to throwing childish propagandistic fear-mongering "reefer Madness"-types fits just because she made a mess of her simple assignment. Nice try at misdirection. Oh woe! Trump is threatening the Establishment order that isn't working for billions of people! Shame on him! Yeah, rich stay rich and poor stay poor under the old order, Ms. Freeland. Too bad Canada didn't break any of those rules before their foil got elected. Tell your vain boss to put down the selfie stick and do something that resembles actual work and thinking.

But for chroniclers of reality, the Star is clueless. They are cheerleading Freeland because they think that will show up Trump. They don't get that he wants Canada to howl and be angry en masse publicly -- that way, he can show his base -- and the rest of the world that he uncovered the true nature of the Canadian government: villainous, freeloading brats who throw fits when they don't get more cookies than the hard-working American people whom Trump vowed to protect from the first day of his presidency:

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.

We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.

Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.

Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.

This is your day. This is your celebration.

And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.

You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.

These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;

Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;

We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;

And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.

But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.

When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.

We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.

In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.

We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over.

Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.

We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.

So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:

You will never be ignored again.

Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.

We Will Make America Wealthy Again.

We Will Make America Proud Again.

We Will Make America Safe Again.

And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.

Canada was put on notice from the beginning. He spelled it all out in black and white that his mandate was to make his country an economic powerhouse as no citizen was ever going to be ignored again.

That alone should have gotten the Trudeau regime into a completely different mode: not one of lethargic self-entitlement, but how to negotiate our interests with such a specific mandate.

The Star can be the ineffectual cheerleaders to a regime that made no Plan B that resulted in an unprecedented crisis, but it does not change the fact that all of these issues were never kept secret by Trump, and Trudeau was too busy counting and cataloging his meaningless photo ops to see it coming.

Freeland is merely a minion in Trudeau's regime, but she has proven to be one who is drowning in her own numerous failures.

That's not power. That is not showing up Trump or standing up to him.

That is making a foreseeable problem a reality that will make other global players wary of doing business here.

No wonder the Star is no longer a genuine news outlet. You have to deal with reality as it is to be one. It chose the losing side and then is showing its partisan devotion to it. The federal Liberals share the same fortunes as its counterparts in Ontario, the Star's losing strategy will not save them, either...

The Misadventures of Smooth and Spoiled and the Prisoner's Dilemma.

Canada is in uncharted territory -- uncharted for Canada, but not unprecedented. The trade tiff has unnecessarily spiralled out of control, and it says a lot about this country's maturity and savvy.

Donald Trump must think dealing with Trudeau and Freeland is like shooting fish in a barrel, and he has read them and marked them perfectly: Smooth and Spoiled, respectively.

Both have no common sense, and the temper tantrums are mystifying. Freeland throwing fits on US television is not a bright move: an angry foreigner blaming Americans is not going to persuade anyone of anything.

Powerful homicidal terrorist masterminds made threats to destroy and enslave the US, too, and Americans responded by marching into desolate and hostile nations before they dragged those same masterminds out of their caves. If the threat of annihilation does not phase your average American, a silly threat of adding duty to chocolate bars isn't going to phase them, either.

They don't scare easy.


And they don't care about Canada: they care about their own wallets.

And a foreigner making threats is going to be seen as an enemy.

But Spoiled isn't just stepping every manure pile in the field: she honestly is clueless. 

Do not think Americans care if Canada slaps tariffs -- because Canada is not the only game in town, and it is more than obvious that there are other plans afoot. It is a competition, so to speak, and everything has been shaken up in order to re-gig things, meaning some nations will gain at the expense of others. No one is safe.

Canada can be easily replaced, and there is no shortage of replacement nations. The US has signalled that they want change in deals, and there are numerous options.

The US can easily pit Mexico against Canada, and smooth things over about the whole wall thing by increasing trade at Canada's expense. It is a Prisoner's Dilemma, and it is likely that an alliance can be easily disrupted.


If Mexico strikes a deal with the US, Canada is left out.

But the US can replace Canada as a trading partner with other places, from Saudi Arabia to Israel and a few willing European nations that would be more than happy to oblige to score brownie points with the electorate.

Not to mention there is a certain summit around the corner, and there is a market ripe for opening.

And Trump can easily change his mind and say he was kidding -- Canada cannot say the same. Bad feelings have been created.

If Spoiled thinks she has any cards to play, she doesn't. Ontario was a Liberal stronghold provincially and federally, and this week, it will fall out of the Grits' hands, and all of the debt they kept juggling will be exposed as it explodes under new and less experienced management who will have fewer connections who can keep the façade intact. It was simple for the provincial Liberals to use sleight of hand to make it seem the province was in strong shape -- it borrowed money it didn't have as it lavishly paid the civil service sector to boost the illusion of good wages and a healthy economy. Once the extent of the debt is exposed -- and the credit rating is dinged, the true troubles will begin here.

Had a bottom-line wonk like Stephen Harper or a silver fox like Jean Chretien done the negotiating, Canada would have already had a deal without disrupting the economy, but that's not what is happening. It is amateurs at the wheel who think it is all about them.

But it's not just Spoiled making trouble: it's also Smooth, who has no idea how optics work if it does not involve taking selfies. The Prime Minister's Meet the Press interview reminds me of an old journalism war story: when Lesley Stahl was a correspondent for the CBC Evening News during the 1980 US presidential campaign. She did a television report on how Ronald Reagan's campaign was propaganda, and she used campaign ads showing American flags and all those other patriotic triggers. According to Stahl, after the report aired, one of Reagan's operatives called her to thank her for doing the report because it was free advertising: no one would pay attention to her words. 

They would see the glorious images and his sales pitch to the American people.

She conceded that he was right.

And he handily won the election.

The Meet the Press interview had the same chasm between message and optics -- but not one that worked in Canada's favour. Trudeau used the wrong trigger words: soldiers, national security, insulting, and the like.

Antagonistic and angry words from a foreigner as he patronized Americans.

The Trumpian base have now been primed to see Canada as a threat. Their man warned them about Smooth and Spoiled, and for many Americans, that's all they know about Canada -- and now those two proved Trump's thesis to be correct as the duo are making threats to economically harm Americans.

The base are not going to get mad at Trump -- they will expect him to put those uppity foreigners in their place.

And he can do it. Americans have an uncanny ability to dump a mediocre partner in order to find a vastly better one against all impossible odds.


Canadians are the ones who stick to a status quo as they fly by the seat of their pants.

Americans are an ambitious lot who think big and have a plan.

And they are also rugged survivors who relish comebacks, resurrections, redemptions, and revenge.

The federal Liberals have made a toxic mess and are making it worse with their entitled narrative. They do not know how to deal with Trump. They do not know how to deal with Americans, many who are mystified at Canada's extreme reaction.

That tantrum hints at something very disturbing: if Canada was in solid economic shape, they could fluff this hiccup off.

But they aren't. Spoiled and Smooth are having an irrational meltdown.

There is a reason for that: they know the Canadian economy is a house of cards and Hurricane Donald can blow it all down in a heartbeat.

For all the cheery talk of sunny ways, a bad storm is on the horizon.

Trump can back off, but the damage has been done because Spoiled and Smooth have no clue how to behave in public, or how to think a single step ahead.

They are sheltered. They are not pioneers. Their actual experience in high-stakes deals is nil.

And you do not bring children to a high-stakes card game played by the adults.

Because you have to have a poker face whether you have a winning hand -- or a losing one.

Had this been done by the likes of Stephen Harper or Jean Chretien, for instance, this wouldn't even be a thing. Both leaders had vastly different styles and strategies, but both could read a situation and work with it. Both knew how to negotiate with the US and then just shove off without drawing unwanted attention to Canada.

I find it very interesting that Chretien made the comments on how Canada should have gone into it -- and that he made them in public. That says something significant about the true dynamic between him and the current Prime Minister. It is a very ill omen.

We are starting to see an acceleration of a shift where Canada is not getting their own way -- and there is some sort of insult to the injury. It has been one misadventure after another, and we have politicians snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The Grits have always been known as the Government Party because they have a knack of knowing how to stay in power, but now something has gone horribly wrong in their calculations.

What happens next remains to be seen, but expect more injury -- and insults to hurdle directly to this side of the border...