Even the Teflon Don can’t get out of this one.

Everyone except his most fanatical supporters knows Trump is a pig, a boor, a crass, classless thug. Now we have the best evidence yet of exactly what kind of person Donald Trump really is.

An audiotape of Trump on a bus ride with entertainment reporter/nobody Billy Bush has surfaced. You can watch it here. If you don’t feel like a wallow in the dirt, here’s the gist. Trump was on his way to make an appearance on a soap opera in 2005, and the deeply trashy  Access Hollywood went along for the ride. The Bush and Trump microphones were recording, and Trump was caught in some, as he called it, “locker room banter” about women. Here are some of his choice quotes (WARNING: Direct Donald Trump quotes ahead).

  • “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.”
  • “I did try and fuck her. She was married.”
  • “Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
  • “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

Trump has issued an non-apology, saying he was sorry if anyone was offended. Hmmm, my guess is that a lot of people are going to be offended.

Today, CNN released a collection of comments Trump made on the Howard Stern radio show. Here’s an example:

Trump: My daughter is beautiful, Ivanka

Stern: By the way, your daughter.

Trump: She’s beautiful.

Stern: Can I say this? A piece of ass.

Trump: Yeah.

Trump also told Stern that 30 is the perfect age for a woman, but when they turn 35, “it’s called check-out time”.

Republicans are in full panic mode. Many are calling on him to quit, even as this late date. Longtime Republican Ben Stein, speaking on CBS News Sunday Morning, called Trump “a dirty-minded eighth grader”. While Stein has defended Trump, now he says “this latest is too much”, calling on the party to dump Trump and elevate VP candidate Mike Pence.

It does appear that Trump has reached a tipping point. Seriously, who talks this way? I’m a guy, and have been for 60 years. I’m tired of political correctness and our fear of saying anything somebody somewhere might consider offensive. But this is simply beyond the pale. This is a guy who wants to the leader of the most important country in the world, and he talks and acts like a braggadocious (a Trump non-word) teenager. And with the tape now in the public domain, we are now going to hear dozens of stories from women who have been groped – and worse – by Trump.

Last week, I wrote that he could still win. Not anymore. He’s done, taking the entire Republican party with him.

Worst. Candidate. Ever.

Guess what happened in Edmonton?

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Ah, fall in Edmonton.

The colours … white, off-white, beige, eggshell … all of the shades of the colourless spectrum. The soft warmth of 3C. Yes, fall in Edmonton.

This photo is from my backyard, taken on Oct. 9th, 2016. Even for this northern metropolis, snow on the ground and overnight lows below zero is unusual. I’m still praying that we’ll get a nice blast of double-digit sunny weather and all of this will just melt away. But right now, with about two or three inches on the ground, I’m less hopeful.

A mayor asks a tough question

Let’s have a round of applause for the mayor of Spruce Grove, Stuart Houston.

Mayor Houston, addressing the yearly chin wag of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, asked the provincial government to investigate what he called collusion between the big oil companies to raise prices just before a long weekend. Gas prices in Edmonton jumped a ridiculous 15 cents a litre this week, in advance of the Thanksgiving weekend. Houston wants the provincial NDP to look into the matter.

“I’ve asked the province to sit down with energy officials and ask them why, and I’d like to even see a provincial inquiry into looking at regulatory requirements for this kind of action because, quite frankly, everybody knows what’s going on and it’s very upsetting,” Houston told Global News.

Well said, Houston. Canadians, being the sheep-like creatures we are, just shrug our shoulders when the giant oil cartels conspire to raise gas prices, all by exactly the same amount, just before long weekends. The old, pre-power NDP would have agreed 100 per cent with Houston. The new, in-power (for now) NDP just issues mealy mouthed non-statements about working with industry to blah blah blah. The statements are always read verbatim on TV news, even though the minister’s office (and not the minister) hasn’t really said a thing. The news media should be at least as embarrassed that they lap up the pablum governments offer up, without question or complaint.

RIP

Aaron Pryor, 60, former welterweight boxing champion, voted by the AP as the no. 1 junior welterweight of the 20th century … Herschell Gordon Lewis, 87, known as the “godfather of gore” for his direction of the first splatter films Blood Feast and Two Thousand Maniacs. His other classic films include A Taste of Blood, The Wizard of Gore, The Gruesome Twosome, She-Devils on Wheels and Scum of the Earth. Fun for the whole family.

 

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