"...[Kinsella is] a modern-day Machiavelli, the mastermind who ran war rooms for Jean Chretien and Dalton McGuinty... He's the ultimate political insider... [The War Room] has plenty of fascinating insights and is a must-read for political junkies."

- The Toronto Sun


"The top Canadian spin doctor...tells all!"

- The National Post


"Warren Kinsella’s new book is a must-read for anyone interested in political campaigning in Canada. And not just political campaigning.…I wish I’d had the chance to read The War Room before I became Stephen Harper’s campaign manager; it might have saved me from many mistakes and months of painful learning on the job."

- Tom Flanagan, The Literary Review of Canada


"The War Room is a rich, detailed, and substantive primer on how to run a winning war room - warts, pizza boxes, smelly couches and all - from a master war roomer."

- The Hill Times


"Kinsella has crafted a handy little guide for politicos and non-politicos alike. Just keep it away from the kids."

- The Winnipeg Free Press


"... a great read ... full of fascinating stories..."

- John Moore, CFRB


"...I don't want to say [he's a] genius...but there's valuable insights here..."

- John Oakley, AM640


"I just got one copy, but I plan to get more!"

- John Wright, Ipsos, CFRB


"I do recommend [The War Room] to everyone."

- Charles Adler, Adler Online


"He's Canada's James Carville...a must-read...If you really want to win, you need this book!"

- Tommy Schnurmacher, CJAD


"A fascinating book...full of great stories."

- Ken Rockburn, CPAC

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  • 2010
    • March
      • POWER PLAY MARCH 5: POWERS' PITY PARTY
        03/05/10

        Warren and Tim share a laugh mere moments before the Reformatory anthem-induced whiplash hits.

      • FRIDAY MORNING BITS AND PIECES
        03/05/10
        • Adam: Wakey, wakey! Like, have you lost your mind?
        • Welcome back, Bob! Great, great news – so much for Little Timmy’s promised surge. What’s that? Zero for three, now?
        • Hook, line, sinker: we all take Harper’s bait – talking about what he wants us to talk about (a diversion), ins

      • BUDGET, DOS AND GRITTY REALITY
        03/04/10
        What an interesting coincidence! A denial of service attack the very same hour the federal budget is released.

        Sigh.

        Anyway: wk.com's Team Propellerhead™ has been busily tinkering in their Digital Demons© workshop for weeks, and building a More Robust Platform® for the w

      • THE BEAR HUNT
        03/04/10
        In the mid-nineties, when I still worked as a political staffer for a federal cabinet minister, we decided to introduce the two dollar coin - the one that would come to be known as the toonie.

        The toonie budget was going to contain big, big changes. One of our deputy ministers, a nice bu

      • POLITICAL QUOTE OF THE YEAR, AND PERHAPS DECADE
        03/03/10
        "They could have Tweeted the Throne Speech, and still had twelve characters left over."

        Liberal MP Marlene Jennings (not verbatim, but close)

      • A GATHERING OF PRESIDENTS
        03/03/10
        This is amazing, and way more interesting than a cribbed Reformatory Throne Speech. The two things I was struck by: the number of Canadians who do great presidential impersonations. And, two, how the Jimmy Carter one has gotten a bit, um, large.

        Directed by Ron Howard, no less!
        <

      • FIGHTING HATE
        03/03/10
        Kudos to all concerned here - the CJC, my brother Bernie Farber, AG Chris Bentley and his officials and whip-smart staff, the OPP's Julian Fantino, and the enterprising Stewart Bell, who the Post is damn lucky to still have in their newsroom. Kudos all around.

        This is how you deal w

      • IMAGE TO GLADDEN THE HEART OF GLOBE MARKETING DIRECTOR
        03/03/10


        Middle son, on way to school yesterday morn. Started with the sports pages - he was concerned about what is happening with our beloved Raptors - and ended up on news pages.

        You'll notice he wasn't reading the Post opinion pages.

        He's a smart kid, wha

      • NOT GOOD. SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.
        03/01/10
        Winter Olympics Cool Heat Placed on Harper:
        Diversion Gives Harper’s Tories (37%) a Boost over Ignatieff’s Grits (29%)
        Ignatieff Tumbles to just 21% who Believe He’d Make the Best Prime Minister, Far Back of Harper (46%) and Badly Trailing Layton (33%)

        Toronto, ON – The Vancouv

      • THE SMOKER IN CHIEF
        03/01/10
        Barack Obama: president, smoker.

        I'm not sure why, but I thought he'd quit. I guess he hasn't.

        It's weird, too. Every politician I've worked for, pretty much, has been a non-smoker. Few of them get enough exercise, and some of them are obliged to occas

    • February
      • THE TARGETS: GOD-LIKE GENIUSES
        02/28/10
        Last night SFH played at Mitzi's Sister and raised a couple hundred bucks for Chilean earthquake relief. A fine time was had by all. Rayman wasn't arrested, so that's an improvement.

        We also opened for this group of teens from the UK - The Targets. These guys - lead sing

      • GIG TONIGHT
        02/27/10
        At the gig, we'll be raising money for the Red Cross for Chilean earthquake relief. Come on by if you're in the neighbourhood. And keep the victims of this latest earthquake in your thoughts.



      • GOLD MEDALLIST IN STUPID
        02/26/10
        We have a winner, Canada.

      • THE MONTANA METH PROJECT
        02/26/10
        The Globe has a big story about this anti-drug campaign today. Watch these ads with your kids. You won't soon forget them.



      • HOW VERY SAD
        02/26/10
        My goodness gracious! The Free Speech Warrior - the one who is suing me for, um, exercising my free speech - is somehow no longer on the speaker's list for the conference I told you about the other day! How ever do these things happen?

        Oh, and here's this bit from the National

      • GOOD MORNING, MR. HUDAK!
        02/25/10
        The sold-out Ontario Liberal Heritage Dinner is tonight. As you sit at home this evening, contemplating that fact, please let me share with you an interesting little blog post that is a must-read:

        Given the poor results the PC's have had under the Hudak regime so far, (running an an

      • GREY HAIR IS SEXY
        02/24/10

        Gets your motor running, doesn't he?

        The fashion mavens have told us what my Dad and my brothers and I already knew: grey hair is sexy. It is the new "in" thing, although that isn't news to highly-attractive guys like us.

        My kids, meanwhile, have this

      • DEAR DAVID MILLER
        02/24/10
        Please shut your yap. Please.

        Toronto City Hall politicians - such as, um, you - have never hesitated to lobby Queen's Park to legislate the end to strikes, no?

        It's time for you to go, lame duck.

        Sincerely,

        Toronto



      • RICH IN IRONY, ETC.
        02/24/10
        One of the participants - the one who regularly declares himself a champion of free speech, and decries libel lawsuits - is, wait for it, suing me for libel.

        Guess which one? You get three guesses, and the first two don't count.

        Yawn.

      • OWN SOME HUMILITY
        02/23/10
        There are many things which differentiate Canadians from our American friends: our politics. Our beer. Our health care system. Our gun control laws. And, theoretically, our hockey.

        On that last one, however, maybe not so much, eh? And, Sunday night, we received a timely reminder of that.

      • THE POWER OF VAMPIRE WEEKEND
        02/21/10
        You know what they're doing, but you are powerless to stop them. Personally, I surrendered when I saw Ezra (VW's, not the emotionally challenged one) leaping onto stage with Toronto's F**ked Up and throwing it down.

        The chorus is both irritating and catchy as catchy can b

      • MY FRIEND MUTTART
        02/20/10
        ...doesn't give it away. When you're as smart as my former colleague Patrick, you don't have to.

        I smell Brit Con bullshit. They're using Patrick, and they got caught.


      • THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH
        02/19/10
        That's what I had waiting for me on my main office PC this morning.

        You know you are in big trouble when you call Geek Squad, or whomever, and they say: "Uh-oh."

        Hopefully we can do a data recovery long enough for me to extract files. Then it's possibly

      • THE MOST-ANTICIPATED MUSICAL EVENT OF THE CENTURY
        02/18/10
        And, tonight, SFH will continue to carefully, methodically prepare for its historic performance - an entertaining mélange of poetry-reading, barnyard animaux and free Ovaltine gift packs. Come one, come all!




      • RACIST BANSHEE ALIGHTS IN CANADA
        02/18/10


        Ann Coulter, the execrable trailer park vox, is coming to three Canadian campuses.

        More about Ms. Coulter is seen here and here and here.

        Be sure to tell her what you think of her, folks. She's already told us what she thinks about us:

      • QUICKIE BITS AND PIECES
        02/17/10
        • Ottawa-area ridings? Kiss goodbye Rusty Baird and that witless wonder Pierre Poilievre.
        • You want ideas? Iggy’s got ideas.
        • The Reformatories treat public servants like garbage. That’s news?
        • If Levant et al. had their way, this sort of racism wouldn’t just be okay

      • ARSENALS: RAT A GET FAT
        02/17/10
        Toronto's own ska-reggae geniuses, The Arsenals, doing the tune that was inspired by this past Summer's municipal strike - Rat A Get Fat. Brilliant.

        Click on the picture to listen! Make them famous! Web site here!



      • CTV JUICY BITS
        02/16/10
        My pal, [identity redacted], has some juicy CTV gossip.

        Being a CTV guy for a long time - like Chrétien's former director of communications, his director of operations, his former chief fundraiser and assorted other Grits - I will be sad to see Lloyd Robertson go. A finer gentleman y

      • THE KNACK
        02/16/10
        Doug Fieger, the driving force behind the Knack, died of cancer on the weekend.

        Back in Calgary in our high school daze, when their signature tune - My Sharona - topped the charts for week after week, Alan made up a version about one of the jocks in our school, Mike Siroska (sp?) th

      • HAPPY BIRTHDAY
        02/15/10
        February 15, 1932: we miss you.

      • POWER PLAY FEB. 12: THE OLYMPICS EDITION
        02/13/10

        Warren marvels at Kory's ability to claim to be de-politicizing the Games, while simultaneously politicizing the Games.

      • FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS RELATIVE
        02/12/10
        ...so don't hold your breath waiting for the National Post to weigh in, intelligently, on this actual scandal.

        What Paul Wells has written, here, is a superb piece of investigative journalism; it was pleasure to read it, even though what Wells documents should concern us all.
      • HELP FOR IRANIAN FRIEND
        02/12/10
        From my North Van days, I have a lot of friends from the Iranian diaspora. One of them is back over there, and writes to me this morning:

        _______February 12 at 9:27am

        Hi Warren,

        Hope you are well. Interesting development. I just got the 4th nicest death threat ph

      • GOD-LIKE GENIUSES AT WORK
        02/12/10
        SFH at the Rehearsal Factory, Toronto, 9 p.m., February 11, 2010.

        Come see the fruit of our labours, as it were, at Mitzi's Sister, 1554 Queen Street West, Saturday, February 27!



      • POWER PLAY FEB. 11: ANNE FOR MAYOR!
        02/11/10
        In this, the second-to-last Power Play strategists' segment for a while - CTV is understandably turning its attention to the Olympics starting tomorrow - we dissect the Giambrone stuff. I opine that we all make mistakes (I've made plenty, and will make more).

        The really interes

      • [INSERT YOUR INNUENDO HERE]
        02/10/10
        My take yesterday:

        Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella said politicians can come back from personal scandals under certain circumstances.

        "Well, it certainly puts to rest the gay rumours, doesn't it?" Kinsella saids in an email. "But can he survive? Bill Cl

      • SKATE OR DIE
        02/09/10
        Teenage Bottlerocket's latest, purchased today. This tune, which I truly adore, reminds me of that cherished moment when I massively blew out my knee. Trying to impress my sons on my Lush board.

        When I told the surgeon how I'd mangled it, big time, he looked at me and said: &

      • EZRA LEVANT’S TROUBLES WITH THE LAW SOCIETY
        02/09/10
        Ezra Levant – who regards himself as a warrior in the cause of free speech, and who in fact refers to the many lawsuits he is facing as “lawfare” – has sent me a legal threat.

        The threat relates to two links to National Post stories which I posted (here and here) – stories about Ezra an

      • PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE GOD MAKE HER THE G.O.P. NOMINEE
        02/09/10

        Our son's reaction to the Redneck Teleprompter, early this morning:
        "She can't be President if she cheats."

      • MY NEW GIG
        02/07/10
        ...well, a side gig, anyway. I'm one of the columnists for the new Canadian edition of Campaigns and Elections magazine. More here:

        The Canadian Editorial Advisory Board, in development, currently includes Canadian political notables Anie Perrault, John Capobianco, Robin Sears, and

      • POWER PLAY FEB. 3: WHAT THE HELL IS A "MURSE," ANYWAY?
        02/03/10

        If you watch carefully, you will be able to see how Tim's party is able to control Brad's mouth.

      • NEWMAN WATCH
        02/03/10
        A couple of birdies tell me that Reform-Conservative spokesman Ezra Levant - who always professes to be so eager to face his detractors in court, and who is on an endless (and unaudited) fundraising campaign to pay for same - is frantically trying to delay, deny and/or generally put off a libel c

      • RANT ABOUT THE SILLY COLUMN OF THE DAY
        02/03/10
        ...and if Glen had shown up, Coyle et al. would have been tut-tutting about how "risky" it was, how it's "bad strategy," blah blah blah. You just can't win with some of these guys.

        I've gone toe-to-toe with Glen in debate - I'll let historians

      • POLITICAL MEMO TO DANNY WILLIAMS
        02/03/10
        TO: Danny Williams, Premier
        FROM: Warren Kinsella, Who Has Never, Ever Been A Fan
        SUBJECT: Sage Political Advice, For Free

        Don't screw up on a slow news day, pal.


        I can get away with anything! I'm Super Danny! Wooot! Wooot!

      • WHO CARES?
        02/02/10
        ...I mean, really? Who cares? I don't.

        You shouldn't, either. It's John's business.

      • SURVEY SAYS
        02/01/10
        Liberals in dead heat with Tories, gaining in key battlegrounds: poll (Tories-Poll)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Feb 1, 2010 15:28

        OTTAWA - A new poll suggests the political ground is shifting under the Conservatives, with the Liberals making gains in key areas.

        T

      • ANDY BARRIE
        02/01/10
        I'm sad to see him go. And my boys and I - who were listening to Metro Morning today, as we do every day as I drive them to school - missed the announcement of his retirement.

        He's been to Hell and back, so he certainly deserves a rest. But we'll miss Andy Barrie.
    • January
      • DOWN FROM THE SHIMMERING SKY
        01/30/10


        So it's early, too early, at the rink. And the Globe's travel section, of all things, has a wonderful feature on Pacific Coast native art. Go figure.

        Anyone who knows me knows where this art ranks in the constellation of my life. It's like religion, but

      • MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR, MAAAN
        01/29/10
        ...the poster is amazing, but we're not actually Shit From Hell anymore. We're SFH. We decided to make ourselves an interactive geriatric punk combo, and let our millions of fans decide what to call us: Stigma Fetish Hesitation! Spontaneous Fire Harvest! Societal Foam Hunk! Sudden F

      • YES MEN
        01/29/10
        There has always been fierce competition for control of the public agenda. Governments, unions, NGOs and companies all want your attention so that they can sell you something - an idea, a thing, whatever.

        But the problem, of course, is that it has become a lot harder to do that. Folks ha

      • HISTORICALLY-BAD AD PLACEMENTS
        01/28/10
        Mr. Harper on "valuable tools."

        Sent in by a vigilant reader, Ben S.:



      • POWER PLAY JAN. 27: I-PAD DEMONSTRATED ON-AIR!
        01/28/10

        Warren prepares to reveal his iPad prototype on-air -
        from a secret location, so Brad and Tim can't steal it.

      • I-FAD
        01/27/10
        Okay, okay, it's pretty cool. I want it.

        But do Jobs' executives have to exude that shiny-eyed, Moonie-like fanaticism all the time? And do any of them ever wear a jacket and tie to work?

      • THE BURKA BAN
        01/27/10
        Speaking only for myself, I think what France is proposing is discriminatory and, if passed into law, a disgrace.

        Which is why I am happy to be Canadian - and proud that Liberals, Conservatives and many other Canadians agree: we may not like it, but we won't go that far.

      • JAN. 26 BITS AND PIECES
        01/26/10
        • New Media, No Money? I spoke to a Globe reporter about this issue yesterday – and said that, while the New Media (aggregators, Facebookians, Twitterers, blogistes) are clearly a threat to the Old Media, can they actually capitalize on it? Can they make a buck doing what they do? Personally

      • I CAN DIE NOW
        01/23/10
        So here's SFH tonight at the Bovine, taken by Dan G-Man. I sucked, but the rest of the guys were pretty awesome.


        Ritalin Boy, Winkie, Davey Snot, Rayman.

        So, afterwards, Cam Carpenter tells me Tommy Stinson - currently of Guns'n'Roses, but form

      • POWER PLAY JAN. 22: POWERS, KINSELLA ANNOUNCE HAITI BENEFITS
        01/23/10
        ...his in Ottawa on Monday, mine is tonight at the Bovine with SFH. Attend and donate!



        Kinsella and Powers: a posse of pro-rogues.

      • TOP OF THE POPS
        01/22/10
        Great, great LPC event in TeeDot last night. And we need a high-quality version of this one now! It's a hit!



      • GET YOUR CHEQUEBOOKS OUT, SPEECHIES
        01/21/10
        "Richard Warman is pleased to announce that he will be discontinuing his libel actions against the National Post and their employees Jonathan Kay and Kelly McParland. Mr. Warman notes that the allegations in question were retracted by the National Post and that subsequent negotiations have le

      • THE GRAVEYARD OF BROKEN DREAMS
        01/20/10
        A hundred lifetimes ago, I was a cops and courts reporter at the Ottawa Citizen. One day, I had to go in for a performance review. When I got there, I told my editors - Randy and Deb - that I was leaving to practice law.

        Randy told me some nice things about what he thought my future woul

      • STOP READING THIS: SFH AT BOVINE SEX CLUB
        01/19/10


        (h/t)

      • EXTREME HOCKEY VIOLENCE: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
        01/19/10
        You likely have seen, by now, this clip showing how vicious hockey thuggery has become. It happened on the weekend in the Quebec Juniors, and it is very, very disturbing.

        It is also becoming way, way too commonplace. As a proud hockey Dad - who spends many hours in hockey rinks every

      • E-READ THIS E-ENTRY, E-PLEASE
        01/17/10


        I love the eReader.

        I got Sony's gadget for Christmas, and I haven't put it down yet. Right now, I'm re-re-reading Vonnegut stuff, and plan to re-read The Great Gatsby.

        The eReader lets you download books super-cheap - sometimes free, for the classi

      • 1,400 CANADIANS MISSING IN HAITI
        01/15/10
        If the Foreign Affairs figure is correct - and all of us of course pray that the number will shrink, as more people are found alive - then the Haitian earthquake will likely rank as one of the highest Canadian death tolls in a long time, will it not? I don't keep track of these sorts of grim st

      • RAINBOWS
        01/15/10
        Listened to this Israel Kamakawiwo'ole classic with my boys on the way to hockey early this morn. They loved it, so I thought you might, too.

        This has to be the saddest children's song ever sung, more than 'Puff the Magic Dragon,' even.

        Somewhere over the

      • SFH NOOZ
        01/14/10

        Ritalin Boy, Rayman and Davey Snot in happier times, before the unfortunate spatula incident.

        SFH - now renamed and referred to, variously, as Sexy Frenzy Horror, Sap Fruit Humor, or Stoned Flea Hockey - has a big gigola coming up on Saturday, February 27 with The Action a

      • THE MASTER STRATEGIST AIN'T SO MASTERFUL
        01/14/10
        ...as evidenced by Ekos, now. Just a hunch, but I'm guessing that the Reform-Con caucus get-together in Ottawa next week won't be a particularly jolly affair.

        Why? Well, because 33 of them, at least, are looking at being kicked to the curb by voters. Thirty-three!

      • TIED
        01/13/10
        Let's see: I'm guessing that (a) padlocking Parliament, (b) suggesting criticisms aimed at the Reform-Conservatives are attacks on our troops, and (c) dismissively shrugging off suggestions that Stephen Harper has morphed into an arrogant megalomaniac...aren't really working as a st

      • BITS AND PIECES ABOUT FAMOUS PEOPLES
        01/12/10
        • Jim Watson: I am very sorry to see my friend leaving Toronto provincial politics for Ottawa mayoralty politics…but I know he will do as great a job there (again) as he did here. Want to know how old I am? Jim and I met on the first day of class at Carleton THIRTY YEARS AGO – in 1980. We were

      • REX CHANGE
        01/10/10
        Joining a newspaper on the very day its parent company company goes bankrupt.

        His business sense is as acute as his judgment on human rights, it seems.

      • FRIDAY BITS AND PIECES
        01/08/10
        • John Tory: Pretty accurate and fair takes on John’s decision here and here. Did a fair bit of media on this yesterday. After six months of work, I’m obviously disappointed. But John made the right decision for him and his family. Personally, I’m going to be focusing on getting that McGuinty

      • SAD DAY
        01/07/10
        Statement by John Tory:  

        TORONTO, January 7, 2010 - I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for the office of Mayor of Toronto in the 2010 municipal elections.

        I am extremely gratified by the degree of support offered to me on the streets, in public opinion pol

      • RESPONSE TO THE LIAR
        01/07/10
        Column called `dishonest polemic'

        January 7, 2010 04:01:00

        Re:Accusations of war crimes risky for Liberals, Opinion Jan. 4

        In this op-ed column, the Star permitted former Reform Party operative Ezra Levant to propagate a falsehood – about me, and the Liber

      • AS AMERICANS SEE US
        01/06/10
        ...or one of them, anyway.

        Here.

      • THE LAST REFUGE OF A SCOUNDREL
        01/06/10
        ...is, when facing heat, to hide behind the skirts of the troops.

        Ezra Levant - who Talk Radio 1010 called me about yesterday, and who I described as a liar on this and other issues - is the rodeo clown of Canadian punditry, one loathed by members of the party he purports to support. M

      • BANG BANG
        01/05/10
        [

        How interesting.

      • THE TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2009
        01/02/10
        Herewith, and hereupon, the tops of Warren's pops. The first five have YouTube video links, because I felt like it.

        Go buy 'em, now. (And peace, brother Scott.)

        1. Gallows – Grey Britain – When you’re younger, Churchill suggested, you are supposed to be a socialist

  • 2009
    • December
      • HAPPY NOO YEER
        12/31/09
        Big, big and positive changes sprouting everywhere in TwennyTen - stay tuned. No clues just yet.

        Rock'n'roll top ten list still coming.

        And, in the year's last bit of punditry, me and Tim on Canada AM early this morning:


        Warren sells

      • THE DENIAL OF DEMOCRACY DEBACLE
        12/31/09
        I am in the car on the way to Canada AM. This is what the morning papers are saying about Harper's latest gambit:

        Globe and Mail- "DEMOCRACY DIMINISHED, ACCOUNTABILITY AVOIDED."

        Ottawa Citizen - "...arrogant...cynical..."

        National Post - &qu

      • PORCH JEW
        12/30/09
        ...that's what Ezra Levant, Reform-Conservative Party spokesman - and advisor to Citizenship Minister Jason Kenney - calls Liberal MP Irwin Cotler. A "porch Jew."

        You know, like a "porch monkey."

        That Levant could make such a despicable statement abo

      • THESE ARE ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EVENTS, AND TIME WILL WAIT FOR NO ONE
        12/29/09
        Tom Gabel anti-war song, filmed in Montreal last year - in a place my family and I know well. From his mini-LP, Heart Burns.

        The lyrics work on a number of levels, in my opinion.



      • CURRENTLY ON THE CURRENT
        12/28/09
        ...right here, if you care to tune in.

        Thank God they didn't play back my predictions from last year. I don't think I got one thing right!

      • HOWDY, PEEPS
        12/26/09
        I am at Villa de Souvlaki in Montreal, on the big bad journey back to Tee Dot and work. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

        My God Almighty, I love Villa de Souvlaki.

      • "ENDEARING?" ME?
        12/23/09
        Hell, even my mother has never applied that label to me. Wow.

        I'm anything but, but thank you, Jane. We don't know how you do all you do - daily blog, newspaper columns and stories, multiple CTV shows - but we're glad you do.

        Endearing. Wow. That

      • THE NATIONAL LAST NIGHT: BLOGGERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!
        12/23/09
        Here's Leslie's story on the Supreme's ruling, in which she kindly and inexplicably included me.

        I like this shot because it looks like I am making bird calls on national television. I've always wanted to do that.


        The black horizontal bars?

      • JOE STRUMMER, WE HARDLY KNEW YE
        12/22/09
        Seven years ago! Has it been that long, so soon?

        We loved him and we still miss him. God bless ya, Joe.



      • IS "RESPONSIBLE COMMUNICATION" THE SAME THING AS "RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM"?
        12/22/09
        ...the Supreme Court of Canada, in a simply historic judgment released today, says yes.

        Me, I'm not sure. Do bloggers and tweeters have the same professional standards as journalists? The same professional training? The same oversight mechanisms, and editorial controls? On ever

      • THE DEATH OF PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY
        12/22/09
        Andrew, I think, is a democrat more than he is a conservative. He believes - as I do - that the people are always right.

        Here, with his usual commanding style, Andrew has laid out why we now face a possible crisis in our democracy. It is something you must read.

        I share Andre

      • DO PUBLIC INQUIRIES CORRODE DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS?
        12/20/09
        Short answer, and speaking only for me, myself and I: yes.

        Linkage here. Discussion welcome.

        Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella doesn't mince words. The longtime critic of the Gomery inquiry, at which he testified, calls it one of the "most egregious" example

      • SICKO SANTA: XXXMAS
        12/19/09
        Our lead guitarist, Ritalin Boy, is in Portland. I'm not sure why. I suspect we do not have an extradition treaty with that State.

        However, at this time, Ritalin Boy is dressed as Santa, besotten, and at the club where Courtney Love used to strip. He is with about two hundred drunk

      • CANADA AM THIS MORNING
        12/16/09
        ...clearly put together by someone who doesn't buy the Reform-Conservatives' faux outrage:



      • CBC POLITICS DEC. 15: THINK BEFORE HITTING SEND
        12/15/09


      • POLITICAL STUPIDITY: ONE MORE THING
        12/15/09
        I just got back from doing Evan Solomon’s show on this photoshop thing. I’m doing Canada AM on it tomorrow, too.

        Below, you will see an image I held up on Evan’s show. It is a graphic of Stéphane Dion and other Liberals being targeted by bullets.

        Here are the key differen

      • IT WAS DUMB
        12/15/09
        ...full stop. An apology was deserved, and an apology was made.

        Moral of the story? It's the reverse-Vegas principle: what happens online doesn't ever stay online.

        It seeps out, like water.

      • DAVID PECAUT
        12/14/09


        A huge loss for the city; wonderful obit here.

        My sincerest condolences to Helen and family.

      • RECORD YOUR OWN SGT. PEPPER RIGHT NOW!
        12/14/09


        There are now thousands of apps for the iPhone. Some of the ones that I have used, and which are highly impressive, include Facebook (which has an easier and more intuitive interface than Facebook on your PC or Mac); Voice Memos (which comes loaded on the new generation of Jesus Ph

      • IT'S A HARSH REALM
        12/13/09
        ...don't abandon me.



      • POWER PLAY LAST NIGHT: SECRET AFGHAN DETAINEE DOCS RELEASED
        12/12/09
        Click on the image to see the segment.



      • THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT (AGAIN)
        12/11/09
        I'm back at CTV for Power Play, and ready to try again on the Big Announcement.

        It's a good one, and it's timely.

        Tune in if you can!

        UPDATE: Back from the Raptors-Atlanta game, which was ugly. The CTV clip is supposed to be here, but I can'

      • THE CULT(URE) OF APOLOGY
        12/11/09
        This is fascinating:

        According to this model, developed by the great Scottish anthropologist Victor Turner, every society undergoes crises that unfold in a culturally ritualized form. Dr. Turner premised four stages to the most common chain of events: breech, crisis, redressive action an

      • SEEKING EMAIL CLUES
        12/10/09
        I have received a threatening email through Hotmail. I intend to go after this person, or persons, with the police. Can anyone advise how to obtain header information, etc. on emails - sent on "mail.com" - sent to my Hotmail account? Thanks, Team Propellerhead.

      • FOUR MORE YEARS
        12/10/09
        He's back! You saw it here first!


        The Liberals are gearing up for Premier Dalton McGuinty's triple crown.

        The next provincial election is almost two years away but McGuinty's team is already strategizing how to win a historic third straight majority.
      • ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THAT ANNOUNCEMENT
        12/09/09
        For the myriad number of folks who have called/emailed:

        I'm in the Green Room at CTV, and a producer has just told me that Power Play is on hold for a while - apparently there is some drama happening at a Parliamentary committee. We may not even get on air.

        As a consequen

      • ANNOUNCEMENT ON LIVE TV
        12/09/09
        While Iggy's staff will all be at their Christmas party, and when they are paying no attention whatsoever, I will be making a bit of a startling announcement on Power Play this evening, at 5:30 p.m. or so.

        They can, and will, hear about my annoucement after the fact. You, meanwhile,

      • PAYING YOUR BILLS IS A GOOD IDEA
        12/09/09
        Getting a job, too. Helps ensure you can cover those onerous costs. Say, of a whopping $5.00 a month.

        Heh.

      • EXCUSE TO PLAY METALLICA THE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
        12/09/09
        The guys were in TeeDot, and donated a portion of the proceeds of their show to Second Harvest - enough to provide up to 40,000 meals.

        Rock on, maaaaan.



      • WWW.HEROFUND.CA
        12/08/09
        Hero Fund is a group of people who have come together to support Canadian military families who need help - the spouses and children of our fallen soldiers. I've written about them before, and they recently asked me to let you know about their new web site.

        They deserve our support.

      • SEARCHING FOR A FORMER CLARITY
        12/08/09
        No the doctors didn't tell you,
        that you were dying.
        They just collected their money,
        And sent you on your way.
        But you knew all along,
        went on pretending nothing was wrong,
        you said I will keep my focus, till the end.
        And in the journal you kept,
        by the

      • THE UBIQUITY OF PAUL FRANK
        12/07/09
        Me and my literary agent, the incomparable Helen Heller, met today for lunch in Yorkville. She, as I discovered, is perhaps the only other person in Canada with a Paul Frank monkey iPhone cover thing. The proof:



        Carry on as you were.

      • e. e. cummings
        12/07/09
        Harold and I used to quote cummings all the time. "Wheeee!"

        What a wonderful, wonderful artist he was.

        i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
        my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
        i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
        by only me is your doing,

      • TWENTY YEARS: REMEMBER
        12/06/09
        Fourteen profoundly important reasons we need gun safety, and gun control:

        Geneviève Bergeron
        Hélène Colgan
        Nathalie Croteau
        Barbara Daigneault
        Anne-Marie Edward
        Maud Haviernick
        Maryse Laganière
        Maryse Leclair
        Anne-Marie Lemay
        Sonia Pelletier<

      • POWER PLAY DEC. 4: THE CHINA SYNDROME
        12/04/09

        The boys duke it out. Jane listens in. China, like Canada, is unimpressed by Mr. Harper.

      • SPINNING LIKE A TOPP
        12/04/09
        His inside-the-coalition series reads like a book, which I suspect is what comes next.

        This bit caught my eye. Hmmmm.

        ...My BlackBerry buzzed non-stop for more than 20 minutes as my various pen-pals let me know what they thought about what they had just seen.

        A

      • BAND OF SKULLS
        12/04/09
        In my continuing series, in which I discover/present to the world bands whose names start with "Band Of," I bring you Band of Skulls, of Southhampton, and about which il y a beaucoup de buzz, baby. They're on the 'Twilight' soundtrack, but you shouldn't hold that ag

      • NON-DENIAL DENIAL
        12/03/09

        Jane posted this earlier this morning. I think the Reform-Cons doth protest too much - and not terribly effectively, either:

        The PMO is in full spin, knocking down a Liberal report that 30 staffers will be accompanying Prime Minister Stephen Harper to next year’s Olympics as

      • COMMENTING ON COMMENTARY COMMENTS
        12/03/09
        I moderate comments over here, but not on Facebook (where my web posts are automatically republished). My assumption has been that my Facebook "friends" won't make totally crazy comments as much as complete strangers do.

        I think I need to seriously re-examine that assumpti

      • BAND OF HORSES
        12/03/09
        Lots of buzz about these guys - from Seattle, with SubPop - and the sounds they make. (And I don't buy the My-Morning-Jacket-starter-kit criticism. You shouldn't, either.)

        I discovered Kings of Leon, as historians now widely acknowledge. BOH are my next big find. You'

      • POWER PLAY, DEC. 2: COMMENTARY ON THE COMMENTARY!
        12/02/09
        It's boring to watch TV without colour commentary. Herewith, colour commentary about the colour commentary!

        My jacket is awfully busy for TV. I look like a human test pattern.



      • HUDAK'S HILLBILLIES
        12/02/09
        Just back from Ottawa, and doing Power Play, and saw this Jim Coyle column about Hudak's Hillbillies. Toughest column I have read in a long, long time:

        Frankly, it's hard to imagine an image less likely to help Hudak in the longer term than that presented to Ontario by two rur

      • THE HST AND ME
        12/01/09
        I don't represent anyone but myself, but some of you have asked me what I think. Here's what I think:

        1. It reflects many years of Liberal policy – and was the favoured approach of everyone from Jean Chrétien to Paul Martin to various provincial Liberal leaders. It is consis

    • November
      • UPDATE TO THE DE-FRIENDED
        11/30/09
        My Facebook profile is back. And this is very interesting.

        Email from a top person at FB, name redacted:

        From:
        Sent: November 30, 2009 5:25 PM
        To: Warren Kinsella
        Subject: Re: Confidential

        Hi Warren --
        ...we were able to get your account rei

      • SKY PAINTING THING
        11/30/09
        Put this one up a few days ago, got a ton of comments. People were pretty nice.

        Friend said I should put up another one. Told her I'm no good. She said let the peeps decide.

        Decide, peeps.



      • THE LATEST FROM THE "HUMANE" SOCIETY HOUSE OF HORRORS
        11/29/09

        Photo of four-year-old food fed to critically-ill animals at the Toronto Humane Society.

        For immediate release
        November 29, 2009

        THS told sick cats should come before legal Fat Cats
        New evidence of cruelty at Toronto Humane Society includes pet

      • THE TORONTO HUMANE SOCIETY "HOUSE OF HORRORS"
        11/28/09


        This is incredible. How can these people claim to have been "humane"?

      • POWER PLAY, NOV. 27: ONE MORE LAME STAR TREK JOKE, POWERS, AND I'LL PUT MY PHASER ON "KILL"
        11/27/09

        Warren and Tim react to an inside joke about episode 44, Warren's personal favourite.

      • THE MOST SIGNIFICANT "POLITICAL INSIDER" STORY OF THE WEEK
        11/26/09
        In these days of corporate media blogs and Twitter feeds and whatnot, every little bit of "backroom" stuff seems to get written up. But important things still get missed.

        This mainly-missed Canadian Press story - republished by CTV - is very, very important.

        Dalton

      • THE VIEW FROM 432 SUNNYSIDE, C. 1984
        11/24/09
        Chris and I lived there, and I painted this at the kitchen table. In the Summertime, I think, when we were penniless. We were always penniless.

        A friend said I should show it to you. I demurred; I'm not any good. They insisted; I said okay.



      • IS POLITICS THE SYSTEMATIC ORGANIZATION OF HATREDS?
        11/23/09
        Something suggests to me, and possibly others, that Mr. Harper knows a thing or two about that.

        The response of not a few of us.

      • STILL NOT DEAD
        11/23/09
        On Friday, on Power Play, Tim Powers and Tom Clark and I had a bit of a giggle at Newman's expense (no link, sorry, CTV did not post the segment, as far as I know). On camera, I held up my wrist between my thumb and forefinger. "Just checking, guys," said I. "Apparently, I&

      • FACEBOOK RULES TO LIVE BY
        11/23/09


        • Be positive all the time, especially with feelings (or avoid negativity if that is more meaningful)
        • No swearing, even abbreviated swearing (or not excessively if you do the latter)
        • Control privacy setting each time you post something, sharing Only with Friends almost

      • D.O.A. AND THE HOT NASTIES
        11/21/09


        Check it out - a pic of this nearly-thirty-year-old ticket was sent to me by FB buddy Bob Montgomery today. That's a ticket hand-designed by Yours Screwly, for one of the times Nasty Bob and I brought Canada's finest punk combo to Calgary. Left to right: Randy Rampa

      • TRANSMITTER MEDIA
        11/20/09
        I don't do this very often, but in this case, I'm cheerfully making an exception: you have to check this firm out.

        In my view, social media is one of the most-talked-about but least-understood communication revolutions of the past couple decades: unions, NGOs, corporations, po

      • IGGY AND WK.COM
        11/20/09
        A year and a week ago, I wrote this:

        Do political considerations enter into it? For sure. Of course! The Liberal Party needs a winner, and Ignatieff – in everything he has done in his life – is certainly that. The Liberal Party needs someone who can fundraise, and recruit, and who unders

      • THE REFORM-CONSERVATIVE RECORD ON ISRAEL AND JEWS
        11/19/09
        We could put together a "ten percenter" about a former Conservative leader appearing, long ago, onstage with a Saskatchewan Klansman - or, more recently, another Conservative leader's musings about the PLO. We could put one together about, even more recently, media reports detailin

      • WAFERGATE II? "CONTROVERSY AND CHAOS" MARK HARPER VISIT
        11/19/09
        Delacourt:

        I am told that refusing prasad and langar is somewhat like shoving a communion wafer in one's pocket, but that's another story.

        Here's the Tribune story.

        Amritsar, November 18

        Controversy and chaos marked Canadian Prime Ministe

      • THE CRIBS
        11/19/09
        We saw the boys backing the Pistols a couple years ago in London, at the latter's 30th anniversary show. They were awesomely awesome, and I can now happily report they'll be in TeeDot on January 15.

        Their latest, hookier than a drawerful of fish hooks::


      • POWER PLAY: A GODDAMNED DISGRACE
        11/18/09
        That pamphlet is actionable.

        Sleep on that, Reform-Conservative brain trust.



      • A SIGN ABOUT A SIGN ABOUT A SIGN
        11/17/09


        This is a picture of a sign.

        It is a sign about a sign.

        It's in front of the Greenstone Building in Yellowknife. It's about, and I quote, "installation of interior/exterior signage."

        That is, a sign about a sign.

        Paid for

      • NO LOGO
        11/16/09
        My understanding is that a number of reporters have now received water bottles to which the label below was attached.

        Click on the image to learn why.



      • MEDIA IS THE MESSAGE, MASSAGING THE MESSAGE
        11/16/09
        Both Norman Spector and Susan Delacourt have highlighted this passage from today's Hill Times.

        And at the height of the Parliamentary firestorm over H1N1 a week ago, the hit-team that helps him maintain control over communications in times of crisis was putting in long hours. <

      • SWEEPING STATEMENT, MADE TO PROVOKE REACTION
        11/15/09
        Men should never wear LuLu Lemon stuff.

        Discuss.

      • MYSTERIOUS DOG WALK
        11/14/09
        So, late, late last night - after watching The Brothers Bloom, which I loved because it was quirky and odd and all my favourite movies are quirky and odd - I took the pooch for a walk. The night was filled with possibility.

        Or, quirkiness and oddities. First, the two of us came across a

      • POWER PLAY: FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH EDITION
        11/13/09


        The bad luck episode - for you, Powers! [Evil laughter, etc.]

      • FARE THEE WELL, OLD CJSW DIGS
        11/13/09
        CJSW - the University of Calgary radio station where the Hot Nasties recorded an album, where I was (briefly) a deejay, and where various noxious substances were consumed by people other than me - is moving! Sad day.

        Much history in the old digs; lots of amazing music has ema

      • GOOD MORNING, LIBERALS EVERYWHERE
        11/13/09
        Here's something I posted in early October. Still applies.

        (Oh, and for those who have asked: yes - Ezra Levant is mad at me. I have brought a complaint against the Conservative Party spokesman with Alberta's law society - for posting a death threat against another lawyer on h

      • GIRLS AND HOCKEY
        11/12/09
        As a Dad to a girl hockey player - and one who played at Leaside - I can tell you this story is totally, totally true. In Toronto, discrimination in respect of ice time for girls is rampant.

        I can't believe I'm saying this, but David Miller deserves credit for this move.
        <

      • THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES (POLITICAL)
        11/11/09
        Jim Coyle:

        "[P]olitics is fun, lots of fun. It's competitive. It's social. It's a networker's dream. It's an entirely legal and admirably therapeutic way of venting animosity, hostility and grudges nursed from childhood.

        It is a forum in which the

      • IF I HAD BEEN THERE, I COULD HAVE DIED A HAPPY MAN
        11/10/09
        The band that got me through the back end of the last millennium (The Replacements), being played by the band (Against Me!) that is still getting me through the front end of this millennium.



        God, what a mess, on the ladder of success
        Where you take one step and miss

      • THIS IS TROUBLE
        11/10/09
        My son just showed me the Stella McCartney jacket he got.

        He's nine.

      • ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE CONSPIRACY THEORY DEFROCKED
        11/10/09
        I love that word: "defrocked."

        Anyway, I digress. A bunch of free-speechy red-necked knuckle-draggers - concerned about the undue influence this black-helicopter-piloting, tofu-eating, latte-sipping, hybrid-driving, Satanic, secular humanist One World Government baby kille

      • TORONTO MAYORALTY RACE: EARLY REVIEWS ARE IN!
        11/10/09

        George (left) receives a gift from John (right) yesterday at CFRB.

        • “GEORGE SMITHERMAN HAS FEW FANS LEFT AMONG FELLOW LIBERALS…Despite two decades of tireless work on his party's behalf, it was difficult to find too many Liberals yesterday with glowing things to sa

      • APROPOS OF NOTHING AT ALL
        11/09/09
        This little poll came out last week, and I didn't give it the attention it deserved. My apologies.

        I'm assuming some folks are assuming that a lot of federal and provincial Liberals will simply follow George, no questions asked, etc. That's a big assumption, but what do I

      • YOUR MONEY, THEIR FRIENDS: UPDATE
        11/08/09
        Steve and Glen have done some amazing, amazing work on this story. They deserve consideration when the NNAs are handed out.

        My prediction: they will find evidence that - due to the speed with which billions were flying out the door, due to the lack of oversight, and due to the overtly-pa

      • DOUBLE-PLUS UNGOOD
        11/07/09
        I am in one Hellishly foul mood. Little guy is still sick, and it turns out there's H1N1 making the rounds in his class. Get him a shot? It's too late - which are three words you'll be hearing with increasing frequency in the days ahead. Way to go, Harper "government."

      • POWER PLAY: NOVEMBER 6
        11/06/09
        ...wherein I crawl out of my sick bed to try and talk some sense into Powers. Doesn't work.


        Warren makes chirpy bird noises. Tim reacts with merriment.

      • NOV. 6: THE REFORM-CONSERVATIVE H1N1 CHAOS CONTINUES
        11/06/09
        As I post this, I'm at home, a very sick little guy asleep on the couch beside me (I've been sick, too). Meanwhile, this morning, the federal "government" is running $100,000-a-pop full-page vanity ads for David Butler-Jones in every major newspaper, packed to the margins with a

      • THE REFORM-CONSERVATIVES AND H1N1: A NATIONAL DISGRACE
        11/05/09
        FLU RESPONSE PLAN FUMBLED (Hamilton Spectator, November 5, 2009)

        PROVINCES FEEL LEFT OUT OF VACCINE NEWS LOOP (Montreal Gazette, November 5, 2009)

        MANQUE DE VACCINS (Le Quotidien, 5 novembre 2009)

        VACCINE SUPPLY UNCERTAIN (The Niagara Falls Review, November 5, 2009)<

      • QUESTION ASKED, QUESTION ANSWERED
        11/05/09
        The people speak.

      • SICK
        11/04/09


        I rushed back to Toronto to take my littlest guy to the Raptors game. But I just got the above photo and below email. Un-real.

        "Warren: This is brutal. Harper deliberately exposed all employees of the House of Commons to swine flu so he could get another vote on a bill t

      • I'LL GET HER BACK
        11/04/09
        RosieBarton (Twitter) Warren Kinsella in Foyer. He hates it when I tweet that. Teehee.
        5 minutes ago from UberTwitter


      • WHY ARE THE REFORM-CONSERVATIVES PERMITTING THIS?
        11/04/09
        CANADA'S FLU VACCINE LEFTOVERS BEING SENT OVERSEAS

        Manufacturer exporting excess antigen, the vaccine's key component, because it's producing more of it than it can actively put into vials

        Bulk shipments of the main component of the H1N1 vaccine made at a Quebe

      • WHEN YOU LIE - WHEN YOU FLAT-OUT LIE - AND PEOPLE GET SICK AS A RESULT, SHOULDN'T THERE BE SOME SORT OF ACCOUNTING FOR THAT?
        11/03/09
        Shouldn't there?



      • NOVEMBER 2: THE REFORM-CONSERVATIVES AND H1N1
        11/02/09
        In their own words – Ce qu’ils ont dit

        H1N1 fiasco




        FLU 'FIASCO' FAULT OF FEDS (The Kingston Whig-Standard, November 2, 2009)

        HUGE VACCINE SHORTFALL LOOMS (The Province, November 2, 2009)

        LES AUTORITÉS NE S'ATTEN

      • THE REFORM-CONSERVATIVES AND H1N1
        11/02/09
        In their own words – Ce qu’ils ont dit
        Conservatives ill-prepared: H1N1 vaccine shortage

        ***


        SWINE FLU: TOO LITTLE, MUCH LATER; WHY CANADA'S FLU PLAN CAME UP SHORT (Globe and Mail, October 31, 2009)

        VACCINE SHORTAGE DELAYS FLU SHOTS (Toro

    • October
      • LAST NIGHT AT THE OLP AGM
        10/31/09
        Justin Tetrault - he of the Harper Hidden Agenda Tape fame - showed up in a Warren Kinsella costume. When she saw this, my daughter actually laughed until she cried.

        I demand royalties! Also, Justin, you are a dead man.


        Do I resemble Nick Cave that much?
      • POWER PLAY, LAST NIGHT
        10/31/09
        ...and in which I lose my cool, a bit, at the end.

        I'm a Dad: comes with the territory. Sorry.



      • THE H1N1 DISASTER
        10/30/09
        In all my days, I cannot recall a mess as big as the Harper Reform-Conservatives have made of H1N1 - saying they were ready, when they weren't. Saying there'd be enough vaccine, when there wasn't. Saying they had a plan, when they didn't.

        Don't just take m

      • "CANADIANS BELIEVE TORIES UNFAIR ON STIMULUS CASH: POLL"
        10/30/09
        Bottom line: the Opposition is right. The Reform-Conservatives are lying.

        So sayeth the people.

        ...
        Most Canadians believe the Harper government is unfairly doling out billions of dollars in stimulus cash to favour Conservative ridings, a new poll suggests.

      • IGNATIEFF AND H1N1
        10/30/09
        I don't know if Stephen Harper or the other leaders have already gotten vaccinated - and they may have valid personal health reasons for doing so.

        My guy, however, was pretty clear on this in release that came out yesterday afternoon.:

        Statement by Liberal Leader Mich

      • VIC TOEWS, MINISTER OF STATE FOR THUMBS
        10/30/09

        Actual page from Vic Toews' briefing book.

        From Jane Taber's blog:

        "...Prime Minister Stephen Harper didn’t apologize to Ms. Bennett. Rather, he said the vaccine, adjuvanted or unadjuvanted, is safe for pregnant women in Canada.

        Ms. Be

      • POWER PLAY: THE PROPER USE OF HANDS
        10/29/09

        Warren and Tim try to out-gesture each other. Anne is unimpressed.

        Click on the picture to watch!

      • MINISTERIAL TWEETS
        10/29/09
        Lisa Raitt Tweet: porter flight - me, Leona, iggy, donolo andkinsella

      • THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT
        10/29/09
        What is the role of government?

        The role of government - at any time, but particularly at a time of growing crisis - is to assist and inform its citizens. Its role is to provide citizens with reasonable and relevant information to help them make important choices.

        It's ea

      • DO YOU THINK H1N1 IS FUNNY? HARPER'S PARTY DOES
        10/28/09
        I was there in the House and saw the Conservative front bench - particularly the ethically bankrupt John Baird - laughing hysterically when Carolyn Bennett asked a question about pregnant women and the virus. It was a frigging disgrace.



      • DEAR JOHN LETTER
        10/27/09
        Dear John:

        I am sitting above you in the House of Commons gallery as I write this.

        Paul Szabo just asked you a very sensible and fair question about Navigator, the firm where I once had the misfortune to work. Years ago.

        You did not answer the question - specifical

      • TODAY'S TROUBLING TORY TRIFECTA
        10/27/09
        All on one day! Wow.

        • Lobbying czar probes firm with ties to Tories: PMO suspending communication with officials affiliated with Navigator Ltd. while investigation takes place, government source says
        • Tory senator linked to key players in Quebec scandal
        • No sign stimul

      • DON'T READ THIS WHILE DRIVING
        10/26/09

        You want me, don't you?

        Ontario, I think, just got safer.

        Today, as all Ontarians know - or should - is the day that the hands-on use of cell phones and other digital devices becomes illegal. As of today, if you're caught messing with said devices w

      • W@AL: MEET ROGER THE CROW
        10/25/09
        He's no Bart the Fish - he's Roger the Crow! Welcome, Roger.

        (I need a shave, looks like. Bath wouldn't hurt, either.)



      • ON THIS DAY
        10/25/09


        Sixteen years ago today. A good day.

        More to come, baby.


      • H1N1: COMPARE AND CONTRAST
        10/24/09
        U.S.A.

        Canada.

        Discuss.


      • REFORM-CONSERVATIVE INACTION PLAN IN ACTION
        10/24/09
        Work is being done on a washroom just outside the Centre Block office of the Leader of the Opposition. Here's a shot of it.



        And here's a close-up of the signage on that ladder - demonstrating that, when it comes to taxpayer-funded partisan self-promotion, Stephen Har

      • THE CHEQUE REPUBLIC
        10/23/09
        Make up your own graft cheques right here!

      • CHOO-CHOO
        10/23/09

        Next stop: Their Friends, Your Money!

        Being a good Catholic boy, I am obliged to periodically do some critical self-analysis, and question some of my assumptions. It's good for the soul.

        For example: I happen to think the Reform-Conservatives "Action

      • SFH OFFICIAL PORTRAITS TO CLIP AND SAVE
        10/22/09

        Clockwise, top left: Davey, Ritalin Boy, Wink, Rayman.

      • DOESN'T SEEM SO FAR-FETCHED, DOES IT?
        10/22/09


        Brilliant. Source.

      • JOBS BEFORE KNOBS
        10/22/09

        Brad recoils. Tim looks on in horror. It's more show-and-tell on a CTV show!
        Here I am presenting Tim with the Reform-Conservative's idea of "stimulus" - a doorknob in PEI, and hanging a sign on it that costs more than the doorknob.

        Click on

      • EVERYONE NEEDS TO SUPPORT DAVID CHEN
        10/22/09


        David's case is back in court today. Drop by if you can.

        Best summary of what his case is about:

        “Why should the law be difficult and tricky for the good guy? That's what doesn't make sense to me.”

      • TWO TO ONE
        10/22/09
        ...that's the factor by which the Reform-Conservatives have been messing with your tax dollars - thereby ensuring that some Canadians are more equal than others.

        Knobs before jobs. Putting the "us" in stimulus. Their friends, your money.

        Whatever pithy phrase

      • ANOTHER BOURQUE RETRACTION
        10/21/09


        We published a headline on October 16th, 2009 that suggested Warren Kinsella is solely responsible for the fortunes of the Liberal Party of Canada. We have removed that headline and the photograph, and retract that suggestion.

      • THE CHEQUE REPUBLIC: BEST CARTOON YET
        10/21/09


        "This was just an inappropriate use of the logo and taxpayers' dollars were not misspent." (Conservative MP Colin Mayes, Vernon Morning Star, October 20, 2009)

        "I felt uncomfortable with it but I didn't take it away" (Conservative M

      • THE STENCH SPREADS
        10/20/09
        Conservative ridings across Canada received more than their fair share of big-money stimulus projects paid for by taxpayers, an investigation into the Harper government's Economic Action Plan shows.

        The numbers -- drawn from the federal government's own website -- bolster oppo

      • PETER SAVILLE IS A GOD-LIKE GENIUS
        10/20/09
        The best ever:



        More.

      • QUOTE OF THE DAY
        10/20/09
        Good morning. Who said this (with modifications, to make it more fun)?

        "I just don't understand where he is coming from. I mean, I don't see how you say 'We've got a government that's corrupt, but you know, maybe we can get stimulus out the door faster.�

      • ROETHKE: THE FAR FIELD
        10/20/09
        The lost self changes,
        Turning toward the sea,
        A sea-shape turning around, --
        An old man with his feet before the fire,
        In robes of green, in garments of adieu.
        A man faced with his own immensity
        Wakes all the waves, all their loose wandering fire.
        The murmur of

      • THE TRASHIEST VIDEO OF THE PAST TWO YEARS
        10/20/09
        ... still. QOTSA's 'Go With the Flow.'



        Clearer version here. Highly-nuanced Freudian stuff abounds.



      • GRANT NOTLEY
        10/20/09
        I remember that day; I was in first year law. It was a big, big loss to Alberta, and to public life.

        Twenty-five years: it goes by so fast. Grab it while you can.

        ...

        Speaker of Alta. legislature honours 25th anniversary of death of NDP leader (Politician-D

      • I'D SAY THE REFORM-CONSERVATIVES ARE DUMBER THAN DOORKNOBS...
        10/19/09

        Wayne kicks Con ass. Again.

        ...but that would be insulting to fine, hard-working doorknobs everywhere. Your average doorknob is way smarter than Harper's crew.

        Today's line, proffered by Rusty Baird: "It's okay because you did it too!&

      • HAVE THE HARPER REFORMERS NOW BECOME WHAT THEY PROMISED TO DESTROY?
        10/19/09
        These are actual headlines taken from news stories. Not editorials or commentary pieces – news stories. These headlines reflect what has been written about the Reform-Conservative “government” in recent days.

        Do they have an ethics problem? Absolutely. Are they corrupt?
        <

      • I LIVE IN AN ODD LITTLE NEIGHBOURHOOD
        10/18/09
        Spotted on a post this morning.



      • HARPER'S CHEQUE REPUBLIC: MORE COMMENTARY (AND A FEW CONFESSIONS)
        10/18/09


        "That didn't look like a government cheque to me. I would preferred it looked like a government cheque." (Conservative MP Royal Galipeau, Ottawa Citizen, October 17, 2009)

        "I can see the reasons why other attributes to the MP on the big cheque a

      • AT THE MARLIES GAME
        10/17/09


        I'm at a Marlies game, in a box, with approximately 20 little boys for a two-son birthday bash. Median age: nine.

        Their main preoccupation: wolf-whistling the scantily-clad Marlies cheerleaders, and chanting: "Fight! Fight! Fight!"

        In today walks tom

      • LOST AND HOUND
        10/17/09
        So, I was walking the dog in the park early early this morning, and found fifteen bucks on the ground.

        If it's yours, gimme a shout, okay?

      • CHEQUE-SCAM: IN TODAY'S STAR
        10/17/09


        Reposted here because I thought the signs were pretty funny. (Clean-cut-looking protestors, though.)

      • THE CHEQUE REPUBLIC: IN THEIR OWN WORDS
        10/16/09

        Some concerned Canadians who visited Stephen Harper
        in Toronto, a few minutes ago.

        "The Economic Action Plan is just as much about stimulating the Conservative party's reelection chances... This is an abuse of tax dollars. Canadians should not be forced

      • CHEQUE...
        10/15/09


        ...and mate:



        (And Ben works in the LPC war room, Reformatory fraudulent flim-flammers!)

      • THAT'S NICE
        10/15/09
        I presume this means he will now have to move out of his mother's basement.

      • CHEQUE-MATE
        10/15/09
        It gets bigger.

        Question, per Rocco: if Stephen Harper is "just visiting" from the Cheque Republic, did he need a visa?

        ...

        Liberals complain to ethics czar over Tory taxpayer cheques
        Source: The Canadian Press - Broadcast wire Oct 15, 2009 13:

      • THE CHEQUE REPUBLIC: IS STEPHEN HARPER A LIAR?
        10/15/09

        Check the date on the cheque.

        Here's what the Reform-Conservative "leader" said yesterday: Cheque-Scam is a "mistake [made by one MP] that is not going to be repeated."

        That's a lie, on two counts. This scam has been repeatedl

      • HARPER'S CHEQUE REPUBLIC - A VISUAL REPRESENTATION
        10/15/09


        The Reform-Cons want you to believe only one of their MPs broke the rules in Cheque-scam.

        Do you think that's true?

      • CHEQUE-SCAM: TIMMY AND I DUKE IT OUT
        10/14/09
        ...and Anne looks unimpressed.



      • CHEQUE-GATE: LIBS HAVE FUN AT REFORM-CON EXPENSE
        10/14/09
        War roomers Kevin and birthday boy John mock the Harperite tendency to hand out
        big, illegal cheques to their friends.


      • YOUR MONEY, THEIR FRIENDS: DAY TWO
        10/14/09

        Stephen Harper's best friend Scott Reid: pretending your money is his.

        More coverage on this nascent scandal here.

        And here.

        And here.

        And here.

        And here.

        “Cleaning up government begins at the top.”

      • THE REFORM-CONS: YOUR MONEY, THEIR FRIENDS
        10/13/09




      • THE NDP: ONE SNOWFLAKE SHORT...
        10/12/09
        ...of catching the drift. Finally.

        Of course the Reformatories want to use the HST vote to force an election! They're doing the same thing with the "dysfunctional Parliament" meme, too. Wakey, wakey.

        But here's the Reform-Con dilemma: they're trapped

      • THANKSGIVING
        10/11/09
        Zsuzsanna and Michael at the Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa this weekend.




      • PROFESSOR BARRY COOPER: SIGN UP FOR HIS CLASS NOW, KIDS!
        10/10/09
        Here's the learned professor in today's Globe, in a story about Wild Rose's Danielle Smith:

        Other charter Calgary School members, political scientists Barry Cooper and Rainer Knopff, are also endorsing her campaign. “Alberta was the first to elect women MLAs and women MP

      • IGGY THANKS
        10/10/09
        Nice picture.


        Ignatieff lends pre-Thanksgiving hand at food bank. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff gets a helping hand from Roy Halladay fan Jax Hobson, six, as he sorts food Friday at Daily Bread Food Bank during its Fall Food Drive. Staff photo/TAMARA SHEPHARD
      • PAUL MARTIN
        10/09/09
        It's late. Driving to Madoc in the dark and the rain. CBC on. Amanda Lang interviewing Paul Martin. My wife had heard it this morning, called to say I should listen to it.

        When I write this, you know I mean every word: he was brilliant. Simply brilliant.

        Martin spoke more

      • PMO'S BLOGGER TWEETS THE TRUTH
        10/09/09
        I like Stephen Taylor. One of the reasons I like him is that he will often tell you the unvarnished truth. This is one of those times.




      • AFGHANISTAN: AGENDA NOT-SO-HIDDEN
        10/08/09
        They've been lying. That's the bottom line. And if they get their lusted-after majority, Canada will be there long after 2011.

        ...

        Canada's troops will stay in Afghanistan even after the combat mission ends in 2011, Defence Minister Peter MacKay told the

      • ONE YEAR LATER: NOT SO SIMPLE
        10/07/09
        Want to talk deficits? Let's!



      • FUN INTERNET POLL: LEGAL LOSERS
        10/07/09
        Theme: the latest bunch of legal losers!

        Vote now, vote often!



        Oh, and here is the Dork apology, and here's the Janke one. And the Beaver thing, here, and the old guy in Ottawa.

        It's been a great year!


      • CONSERVATIVE SPOKESMAN CONFIRMS CONSERVATIVE SPOKESMAN IS BULLSHITTER
        10/07/09
        Personally, I think every Reform-Conservative spokesperson is full of "shit."

      • WILBERT HARRISON
        10/07/09


        Being a Cramps man of longstanding, I naturally have always been attracted to the dark, sinister rhythms of Wilbert Harrison, who - though he left us in 1994 - changed the progress of human history with 'Kansas City.' The Fabs covered it, but they made it too cute.<

      • THE, UM, BREAST LAWSUIT THREAT EVER
        10/06/09
        I've been threatened with lawsuits for years - the first was McDonald's, when I was sixteen, for something I'd written in the school paper - but this one, by a long shot, is the best ever.

        The web site doesn't exist, and the phone numbers don't work. But this o

      • MY BOYS AT A BUFFALO HOCKEY TOURNIE LAST WEEKEND
        10/06/09
        Note the subliminal corporate branding, too.



      • CANWEST
        10/06/09
        Trading suspended in their shares.

        My sincere hope, naïve as it may be, is that the amazing journalists and editors at Canwest hold onto their jobs, and that they emerge stronger than before.

        Someone needs to be thrown under the bus for this mess, but it's not the workin

      • APPROPOS OF NOTHING
        10/06/09
        ...I post here the answers I gave to an enterprising Hill Times reporter yesterday.

        What do you think about the Liberal Party's current situation?

        “I’m older than I used to be, so I remember in 1990, for example, when we were being blamed for the collapse of the Meec

      • THIS BANJO KILLS FASCISTS
        10/06/09
        Was in a Pete Seeger kind of mood last night. Here he is in Australia in 1963, when the FBI were blacklisting him in his own country.

        This man is now more than 90 years old, and he's still playin'.



      • REMEMBER THE SASKATCHEWAN LAWYER WHO WAS CAUSING TROUBLE, A WHILE BACK?
        10/04/09
        The idiot who calls himself "The Surly Beaver"? Well, the provincial Law Society was unimpressed.

        I've deleted his name, to save his family any further embarrassment.

        Here's the key page of the judgment. (He's never expressed any regret to me, by the b

      • PERSONALLY, I THINK 'NOWHERE MAN' OR 'HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN' WOULD'VE BEEN BETTER
        10/04/09
        Reviled Conservative Prime Minister unexpectedly reveals a musicial side, delighting the assembled lobbyists and captains of industry, who shake their jewellry and tunelessly sing along. By golly, it practically guarantees that everyone will love you, forever!

        Indeed.

      • DOING THE RIGHT THING
        10/03/09
        Wells has his immutable political rules, and I have Kinsella's Media Rules:

        "When the National Post editorial board says you are making political mistakes, it means you aren't, at all. Keep doing what you are doing."

      • WWW.STEPHENHARPER.COM
        10/02/09
        Anyone got screen caps they'd like to share about this? I think it's important to always ensure people are fully informed. As it were.

      • PARLIAMENT HILL AS I CAME IN THIS MORNING
        10/02/09


      • THE REFORMATORIES: PUTTING THE "C" BACK IN "CRASS"
        10/01/09
        Note any similarities between this:



        And this?



        Hedy Fry just had two of the biggest scrums on this subject that I've seen in a while. And Gary Lunn didn't help himself out when he admitted that the two logos are, er, rather similar.
      • OTTAWA IS ONE WEIRD LITTLE TOWN
        10/01/09


      • DENIS ON FACEBOOK
        10/01/09
        Quote: "Denis Coderre souhaite que les libéraux se rendent nombreux au Congrès du PLC(Q) dimanche à Québec...J’ai toujours confiance en Michael Ignatieff et suis heureux qu’il a dit que maintenant ce qui touche le Québec sera réglé entre lui et les autorités québécoises."

      • SANDRA BUSSIN HAS NO INTEGRITY
        10/01/09
        She's dishonest.

        She engages in disgraceful conduct.

        She engages in deception.

        She's a sneak.

        You want to sue me, or the media, Sandra - using taxpayer dollars to pay for your legal bills?

        I dare you.

      • THE SHOVELGATE SCANDAL CONTINUES TO UNRAVEL
        10/01/09
        Gord Landon, the Conservative candidate who was hurriedly thrown under the bus for telling the truth about the Reformatory sponsorship scheme, is back in the news - and he's got a story to tell.

        Here he is in the latest Markham Economist & Sun. Two key allegations:
      • LAST NIGHT AT THE OLP AGM
        10/01/09
        Justin Tetrault - he of the Harper Hidden Agenda Tape fame - showed up in a Warren Kinsella costume. When she saw this, my daughter laughed until she cried.

        I demand royalties!



    • September
      • IF I WAS EDDIE VEDDER, WOULD YOU LIKE ME ANY BETTER?*
        09/30/09
        Being an old punk, I reckon I'm not supposed to love Pearl Jam, but I do. Always have.

        Whilst living in Ottawa, then, I've been working out a lot to their latest, Backspacer.

        The boys are looking a bit older in this vid. But, these days, aren't we all?
        <

      • QUICKIE BITS AND PIECES BEFORE WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY
        09/30/09
        • Muldoon Spokesman Smackdown: Nicely done, Rob. I like the bit about my head exploding.
        • Toronto is the centre of the universe. Not. Ms. Delacourt has some fun with the nation’s favourite pastime – Toronto-bashing. And Yours Truly attempts to provide some perspective.
        • Sandra Bussin

      • THE REFORM-CONSERVATIVES: HAWKING COFFIN NAILS TO KIDS?
        09/30/09
        So much for Stephen Harper's sterling commitment from last year's campaign. If this is true, it's very, very disappointing.

        But an amendment floated last week by a Conservative senator from Quebec -- to restrict the flavour and additives ban to products that taste sugary

      • I'M A CARTOON
        09/30/09
        ...but you knew that already.

        Facebook friend William LeRoy created this cartoon of Yours Screwly. I like that he gave me hair.



      • BOY, THOSE BROWNIES SURE TASTED GOOD
        09/29/09
        Jack Layton unwinds. Literally.

      • THE REFORM-CONSERVATIVE SPONSORSHIP SCANDAL?
        09/29/09

        Landon: dumped for telling the truth.

        Landon was dumped Monday as the Conservative candidate for Markham-Unionville after publicly musing the GTA riding was being shut out of federal infrastructure funding because it is held by a Liberal.

        The York regional counci

      • RICK WACKID
        09/29/09
        I met Rick Wackid in 1990, when we were - like now - in Opposition. Rick was one of the guys who sat at the back of room 409-S in Centre Block, watching as the MPs deliberated about Question Period and holding the Mulroney government to account.

        Unlike quite a few of us, Rick was quiet a

      • SIXTY PER CENT
        09/28/09
        ...it isn't just a NOFX song: it's the percentage increase in Canadians receiving EI since Harper got re-elected. And, if there has been any miniscule drop in the StatsCan data released this morning, it's because people simply despaired of looking for work, and gave up.

      • DAVID CHEN: UPDATE
        09/27/09
        "In an attempt to curry favour with Chinese business owners, Kenney vowed to raise with his fellow parliamentarians the community's concerns..."

        Honestly - and, full disclosure, I'm part of the committee that is trying to help David, and I can tell you that we have r

      • ANOTHER REFORM-CONSERVATIVE DISGRACE/MISSTEP
        09/27/09
        R.I.P. irony: tomorrow is Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. Don't hold your breath waiting for any repentance from Stephen Harper, however.

        Here's a newsflash for the B Team in P.M.O.: Jewish reporters can't cover this announcement; other Jews can't even watch it

      • CTV'S QUESTION PERIOD: WHERE'D "JUST VISITING" GO, TIM?
        09/27/09
        ...in which Powers gets asked by Kinsella about where 'Just Visiting' went,
        now that the Reform-Conservatives are being propped up
        by the "socialists." Lavigne sputters. Click to watch.

      • SEPARATISTS, SOCIALISTS...AND STEVE
        09/27/09
        I'm on the way to tape CTV's 'Question Period' and was wondering - has anyone else seen the Reform-Conservative 'Just Visiting' attack ads recently? I sure haven't.

        I think Mr. Angry is terrified about being caught in the sack with Jack and Gilles - and

      • THE BEST MAYOR TORONTO MAY NOW HAVE?
        09/25/09
        Attention News Editors:

        Statement by John Tory:

        TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - I would like to thank Mayor Miller for his public service. He has served the City of Toronto as a councillor and Mayor for over 15 years and we salute that.

        While I have had many differences

      • WORLD, PRESENTING DAVEY SNOT
        09/25/09

        Thursday night, Toronto: SFH's Ritalin Boy, Rayman and - seen in public for the first time - Davey Snot strike a pose. SFH, now referred to variously as Septic Flip Henry, Sadness Folk Hostility, Sewage Fashion Hypothesis, Shiny Furniture Highway, Spinal Funnel Herd, are accepting

      • REFORM-CONSERVATIVE "LEADERSHIP" - 20 THINGS TO RECALL
        09/25/09
        There's been a lot of poll droppings, of late, about the elusive concept of "leadership."

        Personally, I think it's better to define leadership, than to just ask ephemeral questions about same. Or help them remember when it is glaringly absent.

        My friend

      • LIBLOGS
        09/24/09
        I've written to the Liblogs folks and asked them to remove me from their list. Anti-Semitism - which someone manifested there today, and which I know Liblogs condemns - is something I cannot abide.

        Bottom line: aggregators, like comments, must be moderated. Liblogs needs to do that.

      • STEPHEN HARPER FINDS HIS INNER JEAN BRAULT
        09/24/09
        ...and it isn't going well. Heh.



      • SUPER-DUPER TOP SECRET REFORMATORY DIMITRI MEMO
        09/23/09
        Herewith, from, um, source(s), a confidential note from Mr. Angry's Director of Agitprop. Sections have been redacted because, frankly, they made me want to yak.

        Our little demo at their important doughnut technology event clearly rattled them. ("Synchronized attacks"!) C

      • STEPHEN HARPER: NOT A WORLD LEADER
        09/23/09
        While Obama and other world leaders are in New York, thinking about how to save the planet, where's Mr. Angry? In Oakville, at Tim's, thinking...doughnuts.

        Some smart Liberals were there to meet him - you can see kick-ass Liberal MP Bonnie Crombie in the photo - and make an imp

      • LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT
        09/23/09
        Harper is going to walk out of the Iranian U.N. speech today because Iran's leadership is anti-Semitic and denies the Holocaust.

        Back home, Harper permits anti-Semitic Holocaust deniers a massive legal victory by declining to appeal a decision gutting human rights protections.
      • STUPIDITY: TWO CASE STUDIES
        09/22/09
        Case study one: Montreal cab driver fined hundreds because he displays small religious symbols in his cab. Common-sense solution: don't get in his cab, if it offends you. Or, leave him alone.

        Case study two: Toronto Star columnist writes on Twitter: "MP Irwin Cotler'

      • "HEY, BIG BOY - YOU LOOKIN' FOR SOME ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN?"
        09/22/09

        For a good time, call the lobster hotline!

        Follow the bolding, here:

        Minister Shea Takes Action With Lobster Sustainability Program
        MARKETWIRE
        Tue Sep 22 2009, 10:09am ET
        Dateline: ESCUMINAC, NEW BRUNSWICK
        ESCUMINAC, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Mar

      • IGGY DOWN ON THE FARM
        09/22/09
        Somehow, I just can't picture Mr. Angry doing this. In fact, I can't picture Mr. Angry - ensconced within his RCMP-and-minion bubble - knowing what to say to an actual farmer.



        [Source.]

      • JONNY KAY MUST BE BACK
        09/22/09
        Wee Jon Kay is back from attempting to cobble together a book. Coincidentally, a National Post report detailing the dishonesty of his friend Ezra has disappeared, entirely, from the paper's web archive. So here it is, again, as a public service.

        Boy, those speechies sure love freedom

      • A FEW MINUTES AGO AT THE BOARD OF TRADE
        09/21/09


        The Star headline nails it: LIBERALS WILL CLEAN UP ECONOMIC MESS.

        Place was so crowded, folks were shoe-horned in there like firewood. Packed to the rafters.

        One Toronto Bay Street guy to me, as he left: "Sounded like a Prime Minister, today. We ne

      • SUSAN DELACOURT IS A NICER PERSON THAN ME
        09/21/09
        Way nicer. But in this post, she says what many, many others are saying this morning.

        She's nicer than me, so she'll never say this: "Hi, I'm Warren. I'm not nice. I intend to find out who you are, little Hill Times source weasel, and I intend to take a chain

      • IGGY-RELATED WEB EXPERIMENT
        09/21/09
        Here's a web experiment.

        Iggy's big economic speech today in Toronto is totally - and I mean totally - sold out. And Yours Truly left it too long to get a ticket. Typical.

        Here's the experiment part. Anyone got a spare seat at their table, for which I'll s

      • POWER PLAY
        09/20/09


      • FAITH AND THE FLU
        09/20/09
        Here at church, praying for my enemies - I'll be here for a while - and we have been told that the Archbishop has asked that folks don't shake hands during the Mass. And, starting today, priests are going to start using hand sanitizer while serving the Eucharist.

        It's all

      • LOOKS LIKE A PRIME MINISTER TO ME
        09/20/09


      • GRIT GIRL ON THE LEAGUE OF HYPOCRITES
        09/18/09
        ...she seems unimpressed, too.



      • THE LEAGUE OF HYPOCRITES
        09/18/09


        "Ignatieff...is the clear winner..." Allan Gregg, CBC National, September 17, 2009

        "The real winner is Michael Ignatieff and the Liberals." Rex Murphy, CBC National, September 17, 2009

      • GABE (AND ERIC) WIN BIG!
        09/17/09
        Gabe is a young guy in our office, and he poured himself - as did many other Ontario Libs - into this byelection fight. They were up against formidable odds, and some impressive opponents, but they still won.

        Way to go, Gabe! Now get back to work!

        ...

        Ont. Gri

      • THE REFORM-CONSERVATIVES: WHAT'S IN A NAME, STEVE?
        09/17/09
        Gee, that Mike Duffy widget sure is interesting - and revealing - Reform-Con web team!



      • IGNATIEFF ON HARPER'S SHAME (OR LACK THEREOF)
        09/17/09


        ...and if she doesn't apologize, fully and unreservedly, she must resign.

        This disgraceful story is getting international attention. Why won't Stephen Harper apologize?

        ...

        Ignatieff calls for apology after body bags sent to flu threa

      • WORDS FAIL
        09/16/09
        You know, when you've been around politics for a while, you sometimes think you've seen it all. And then something comes along that just leaves you shaking your head.

        Even if I wasn't a partisan, I'd be feeling that this "government" is a goddamned disgrace.

      • THE SECRET CONTRACT THE HARPER REFORMATORIES DIDN'T WANT YOU TO SEE
        09/16/09
        The person who found this fat contract had to go to the U.S. to get a copy - the Harper Reform-Conservative P,M.O. refused to release it, despite the fact the taxpayer money was used. In the U.S., unlike in Canada (for now), these types of deals have to be disclosed to the public.

        What

      • THE REFORM-CONSERVATIVE/NDP BROMANCE
        09/15/09
        ...not a big hit in the media, looks like. Words cannot express how sad I am, truly, that Jack and Mr. Angry are waltzing at the school prom, and both of them clearly wishes that they weren't.

        It's a Bromance, but an Unhappy Bromance.

        ...

        "With th

      • MR. ANGRY
        09/15/09
        For all you youngsters out there - your very own Mr. Angry avatar, for you to print up, clip out, and save!

        Coming soon: Jellyfish Jack!



      • I GROW OLD, I GROW OLD
        09/15/09
        Yesterday was filled with super-important stuff. But - as one of Iggy's senior folks and I agreed - the death of punk auteur Jim Carroll was pretty up there, too. The story of his death is here.

        I read The Basketball Diaries when I was seventeen. I didn't get the hero

      • POULET FRIT A LA LAYTON
        09/14/09
        NDP may back Tories over EI bill
        (FedElxn-Layton)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Sep 14, 2009 11:51

        OTTAWA - The NDP signalled today that it might be willing to prop up the Harper government and avert a fall election.

        MP Paul Dewar says his party may be willi

      • I'M A FACEBOOK DOUBLE-WHALE!
        09/14/09


        Two-thousand FB besties - and I know every one of them intimately!

        Problem: they whack me when I get 3,000 more friends.

        Paradoxical request: if you would like to see me killed off, become my friend!

        The Internet is weird.


      • ELECTIONS ARE ABOUT CHOICES
        09/13/09
        ...and the choice is between Mr. Angry, who calls women a "left-wing fringe group" and wants those who disagree with him "taught a lesson"...or the guy in the ad below, whose values are Canadian values, and who looks and sounds like a Prime Minister should:



      • "HIDDEN AGENDA" TAKES TIFF BY STORM!
        09/12/09

      • HARPER WANTS A MAJORITY BECAUSE HIS PARTY HATES MINORITIES
        09/12/09
        From the Conservative Party of Canada Twitter feed, a few hours ago:

        cpcpcc: Canadians don't want an election. What they want even less is
        a coalition. What they need is a #cpcpcc majority. #roft

        I guess it's hard to jam your hidden-agenda-genie back in the bottl

      • WHO'S "JUST VISITING" NOW, MR. ANGRY?
        09/11/09



      • LOOKS LIKE A PRIME MINISTER
        09/11/09
        ...in this video.

        In the now-infamous video of their guy, we get two things: one, an angry, bellicose, duplicitous Conservative potentate who no one particularly likes: time to send Mr. Angry packing. Or, two, a party that, truly, has a hidden agenda in respect of women, gays, minorities

      • SUPER-SMART MEDIA ANALYSIS
        09/10/09
        So, like, the Conservatives leaked the HAT (Hidden Agenda Tape) to the Liberals so, um, they'd leak it. To, er, make the Conservatives look bad but, also, good.

        That's why we expect that the most-watched political panel gets paid the big bucks!

      • HIDDEN AGENDA ENCOUNTERS UNHIDDEN PROTEST
        09/10/09

        Asked for comment, a senior PMO strategist said: "You silly people! It's our strategy to provide video evidence that Stephen Harper is a women-hating, minority-baiting, gun-loving hypocrite and/or liar! Aren't we clever?"

      • WHY WE NEED TO DO BETTER
        09/10/09
        Why we can do better. Why we need an election now:

        ...

        Video shows two faces of Stephen Harper: Ignatieff
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Sep 10, 2009 13:24

        MONTREAL_ Stephen Harper's chief rival is calling him two-faced.

        Liberal Leader Mich

      • GUNS, MAJORITIES, JUDGES AND FRINGE GROUPS: HARPER'S HIDDEN AGENDA
        09/10/09
        ...and some pundits wonder why an election is needed? Because Canadians deserve better than they're getting from this "Prime Minister" - that's why. Because this guy clearly thinks the country is second-rate. Because they've had their chance, and they blew it.

      • STEPHEN HARPER BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
        09/09/09
        CBC ran a huge story near the top of their newscast, a few minutes ago, featuring a videotape of the Reformatory leader at a no-media, no-public party gathering in the Sault.

        A sampling of what the Cons didn't want you to hear:

        · On his claim to be satisfied with a Parl

      • POSSIBILITIES
        09/09/09
        There's a possibility that it's just Rob Anders doing whatever he wants to do, and merrily defaming Muslims - and maligning human rights laws which the Jewish community considers to be valuable and important.

        There's also a possibility - an excellent possibility - that the

      • TRYING A CASE IN THE MEDIA
        09/09/09
        Judges don't like it, the media are suspicious of it, juries won't ever see it, and 99 per cent of the public won't bother to look for it. But by all means.

        Yep.

      • POLL TALK
        09/08/09
        I did CFRB this morning with my friend Bill Carroll. Bill ribbed me, as he should've, about ads and polls. In respect of the latter subject, I didn't get a chance to remind Bill - who is almost as old as me - about these headlines from one Fall in the past.

        Interesting reading

      • AD TALK
        09/07/09
        All this chatter about political ads drives me batty - and, particularly, the notion that someone can be an "expert" about any of it. Or what an ad "means." It's dumb.

        In any campaign I've worked on, I get asked what I think about this ad or that ad. I usua

      • WE CAN DO BETTER - AND WE WILL
        09/06/09
        I like the French ones, naturally, because they're edgier. It's going to be an edgy election, after all.

        We're days away. Get ready!



        UPDATE: On, and I hear the Reformatories are in a tizzy that Michael is in a denim shirt in the English one.

      • FOR THE WAITRESS AT THE RUBY TUESDAY'S IN PORTLAND
        09/05/09
        All 12 of us are leaving Maine, this morning, after two great weeks. All rested up, now, for the big fight that lies ahead.

        In week one, we went to a Ruby Tuesday's in Portland - me sporting one of my Minor Threat tees. The waitress, a school teacher, spotted it and started talki

      • WONDERFUL NEWS ABOUT THE NEWS
        09/05/09
        This is just wonderful news - for Victoria, for B.C., and for Canadian journalism.

        If it succeeds, this is the right model for the future of journalism: community-run, community-owned, community-focussed.

        Kudos to the Aspers for helping this happen - and congratulations to th

      • HAVING AN ELECTION NOW
        09/05/09
        There's a lot of unsourced stuff in the morning papers about the merits of having an election now. It's all fair comment, etc.

        Personally, I wanted one way before now. Here's what I opined in June on the subject. I like elections, so I'm always in favour

      • REFORMATORY SPEECHIES ARE HEARD FROM
        09/04/09
        ...here.

        Does it bug me? No. I've corresponded with the ex-girlfriend of the loathsome creep in question, M. J. Sheppard, and she has told me he is a consummate coward and a loser.

        But as my friend Dawg notes, it's not so much the words as what it repres

      • TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY
        09/04/09
        Twenty five years ago today, I had said my goodbyes at Liberal Party headquarters in downtown Ottawa. In a cab, I went to see my girlfriend - a Tory - stationed at an Ottawa Centre polling station as a scrutineer.

        I then left straight for the airport and got on an Air Canada plane for h

      • STEPHEN HARPER IN HIS OWN WORDS
        09/03/09
        There are rumours floating around that the Reformatories plan to run more attack ads on Iggy this weekend - once again taking benign words from the distant past wildly out of context.

        The rumours have already generated a lot of Grit email buzz, and - as you will see below - a creative res

      • JACK'S BAD DAY IN HALIFAX
        09/03/09

        Concerned young Haligonians express their unhappiness with Jack "Let's Make A Deal" Layton.

        From a top-secret-handshake source:

        Warren, I can report that three civic-minded university students attended Jack Layton's Halifax press conference

      • TEAM CHICKEN
        09/03/09
        "Red Tory" didn't like it, which means that it is effective and salient. CTV featured it on the national news last night, so here it is again:



      • DUMB STORY OF THE DAY
        09/03/09
        Here.

        And if he'd gone, the very same "experts" would be reminding him there's no votes in China, it's the wrong time to leave the country, blah blah blah.

        Dumb.

      • A HAPPY DAY FOR ANTI-SEMITES AND WHITE SUPREMACISTS
        09/03/09
        ... yesterday was, that is, with the bizarre ruling that a crucial anti-hate law was unconstitutional.

        My view is identical to that of the Canadian Jewish Congress. It needs to be appealed.

        For the Harper Reformatories, however, it presents a unique political dilemma - on

      • TEAM LAYTON UNDERGOES A MAKEOVER
        09/02/09


      • DO LIBERALS REALLY WANT AN ELECTION?
        09/02/09
        I know some reporters want to report there are "Nervous Nellies" and there is "division" and all that stuff. It's way more fun than writing everyone is united and strong.

        Anyway. I can report that donations to the Liberal Party quadrupled - yes, went up 400 pe

      • EMAIL TO BRIAN TOPP
        09/02/09
        Brian:

        In a partisan sense, I'm all for your NDP and Harper's Reformatories charging into the "Separatists and Socialists" honeymooner suite together, like a pair of lustful teenagers. The resulting noisy, awkward pairing will drive his voter base insane, and some

      • THE BALLOT QUESTION
        09/01/09


      • WE CAN DO BETTER
        09/01/09


        "Everywhere I've been this summer, I've seen the same enthusiasm - all while apparently remaining completely invisible."

        "Nous avons fait grandir notre parti: avec de nouveaux membres, avec de nouvelles idées. et avec la meilleure campagne de fina

      • OH, AND FYI
        09/01/09
        For Immediate Release
        September 1, 2009

        Ignatieff: "The Liberal Party of Canada cannot support this government any further."

        SUDBURY - In a speech to Liberal caucus, Michael Ignatieff declared that Canada can lead in a changing world, but only if we dare to a

      • HARPER SPOKESMAN ON MULRONEY
        09/01/09
        Reformatory war room member Ezra Levant on the Michael Coren Show, yesterday:

        LEVANT: Well, Brian Mulroney is unpopular in most of the country, but he still carries some clout in parts of Quebec. And that’s of course 75 seats in our Parliament and the Conservatives need to strengthen t

      • OUR CONNECTION TO THE BUSH FAMILY
        09/01/09
        This morning, the Missus and "Granny" were out for their morning Kennebunkport constitutional with four-month-old corncob-eater Retriever puppy King. That's him below.

        They all ran into a nice older lady who rather liked King. She was the former First Lady of all of the U

    • August
      • HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION(S)
        08/31/09
        Would you plead someone is "disgraced" when your party's leader - and a member of his family, and many of his cabinet ministers - would contact him for advice, meticulous records of which he kept?

        Is it a good idea, when you have actually retained him a number of times

      • "WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A GOOD DISCUSSION, AND WE'LL MAKE A DECISION WHEN IT SUITS US."
        08/31/09
        Now, that's the way a real leader deals with this election-speculation stuff: he declines to speculate about speculation.

        The Reformatories, meanwhile, send out Rusty to beg for his job. Not very dignified, but amusing to see the lengths to which John will go to hang onto t

      • THE HARPER REFORMATORIES: THE ALL-TIME PATRONAGE KINGS
        08/31/09


        And the most odious recipient of patronage slop gets noticed:

        Talking Points:

        Harper's newest Senator makes partisan fundraising
        his first priority - on the taxpayer's dime


        ISSUE

        · Just days after bein

      • A SUDBURY FABLE, PLUS THE HILL TIMES
        08/31/09
        Let me relate a little fable. It may or not be true.

        In the Fall of 2000, say, a certain Liberal Prime Minister calls all of his advisors – individually. In this fable, the fabled Prime Minister asks his senior advisors whether he should call an early election or not.

        Every s

      • DRIFTING, DIRECTIONLESS CONSERVATIVE PARTY GETS ASS KICKED BY OPPOSITION
        08/30/09
        Sounds about right to me.

        Lagging economy? Check.

        No government with a plan? Check.

        Time for a change? Check.

      • TAKE OF, EH?
        08/29/09
        If you fall, brush yourself of, and get up again!

        Life is like an onion: peel of one layer at a time, but sometimes you weep!

        Those who do not read are no better of than those who cannot!


        "Simply, the most powerful messaging platform onli

      • OLIVE ON BLOGS ON OLIVE ON BLOGS, ETC.
        08/29/09
        David Olive, who I have long regarded as one of Canada's finest journalists, is a tad snarky with Yours Screwly ("best political strategist in the land" - uh-huh) this morning. If I had any feelings left, they'd be hurt, I can assure you.

        Anyway. He's written

      • GRIT GIRL: STEPHEN HARPER IS A LIAR AND A RANK HYPOCRITE
        08/28/09
        I'm paraphrasing her, but that's the gist of it.

      • STEPHEN HARPER, PATRONAGE KING
        08/28/09


        King of Patronage Stephen Harper: a portrait.

        And here's what some real Conservatives have to say about him breaking his word:

        · Deb Grey: "It does look a little top-heavy, inside out, shall we say...that will rankle lots of people.&quo

      • BRIEF MEMO TO STEVE PAIKIN, HARPER CAUCUS
        08/28/09
        The latest bon mot from the woman you gave a platform:

        "There are too many foreigners working in Toronto hospitals."

        And here is a sampling the other stuff she has said - all of which you knew, and invited her on TVO anyway.

        · On Islam: "...you

      • THE HARPER CONS: DAMNED LIARS
        08/27/09
        For Immediate Release
        August 27, 2009

        In his own words: Senate Harpocrisy

        "We don't support any Senate appointments."
        (Stephen Harper, Winnipeg Free Press, January 29, 1996)

        "Despite the fine work of many individual Senators, t

      • THE VIEW FROM OUR WINDOW THIS MORNING
        08/27/09


      • BEYOND-PERFECT DEFINITION OF THE INTERNET
        08/27/09
        "The Internet is like closing time at a blue-collar bar in Boston. Everyone’s drunk and ugly and they’re going to pass out in a few minutes."

        I plan to use that, often.

        (And, my God, Maureen Dowd is the best newspaper columnist on the planet. Nobody else even co

      • HARPER AND MULRONEY: BFFS ONCE MORE
        08/27/09
        Grit Girl, prescient, as usual.

        Somewhere in Germany, a former arms lobbyist is saying: "I told you so!"




      • NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GIVES ME CREDIT FOR SOMETHING
        08/26/09
        ...but shouldn't!

        The Last Supper Crasher Squirrel wasn't me! It was this guy! I'm sorry, I'm sorry! I declare unconditional surrender, once again!

        I do rather fancy this one, however. Which, again, was not from me.


        One smal

      • W@AL: 1-800-LEAVEMEALONE
        08/26/09
        How many political conference calls can one person do on a family vacation? Warren's about to find out!



      • HE'LL BE MISSED
        08/26/09


      • ONLINE GARBAGE
        08/26/09
        So the tall foreheads at Wikipedia have finally figured out they have a problem. How nice. Only took about a decade.

        "After eight years of allowing anyone to edit entries on Wikipedia, the non-profit foundation that runs the online encyclopedia is planning to add a feature that re

      • THE HARPER REFORMATORY RECORD ON UNEMPLOYMENT
        08/26/09
        The Summit of the Axis of Weasels crowded out the real news of the day, yesterday: the Harper Cons' appalling record on jobs.

        Hundreds of thousands of families losing a source of income since these guys were re-elected. Incredible.



      • WWTDD: WHAT WOULD TOMMY DOUGLAS DO?
        08/25/09
        ...certainly not what Jack Layton is doing.


        Check out the sign on the right. Perfect.

        ITQ:

        4:12:30 PM: Juliet O’Neil cuts to the chase: will the NDP vote in favour of a Liberal-introduced non-confidence motion? He won’t come right out and say y

      • THE AXIS OF WEASELS
        08/25/09
        I smell a dirty deal.

        ...

        LAYTON MEETS WITH PM IN ADVANCE OF FALL SESSION

        Aug 25, 2009

        OTTAWA – New Democrat Leader Jack Layton will meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Langevin Block to discuss the fall session of Parliament.

        Layton p

      • PHOTO OF THE DAY
        08/25/09
        What an amazing shot. Thanks to all who sent along links to a better res version!



        [Source]

      • THE HARPER REFORMATORIES: MANAGING THE NATIONAL ECONOMY...
        08/25/09
        ...right into the ditch:

        "Since the labour market began to deteriorate last autumn, the number of people receiving EI benefits has risen sharply. Compared with October 2008, the number of people on EI has increased 63.2%, or 316,300."

        More than a 63 per cent increa

      • OH, AND ABOUT THE POLLS
        08/24/09
        This one, released a few minutes ago, means about as much as the one released last night by CanWest: zero, zippo, zilch.

        Some look at the polls and say, that's how it is.

        And some of us look at the polls and say: it's all a big pile of bullshit until the writ dr

      • A SUMMERTIME OPEN LETTER TO LIBERALS
        08/24/09
        It's Summer. There isn't a lot of stuff to write about, politically, so you tend to get a lot of Summertime speculative stories by anonymous "senior strategists" who are neither senior nor strategic. It's a Summertime, North-of-the-Queensway thing.

        Here's te

      • APOLOGY BY STEVE JANKE TO WARREN AND SUZANNE KINSELLA
        08/23/09


        Unacceptable Comments: Someone going by the name of Levesque posted an utterly unacceptable and deeply hurtful comment regarding Warren Kinsella's family. It has been removed, and I'm also posting this to make it clear that I am taking responsibility for the comment and

      • OLIVE: NEW MEDIA VS. OLD MEDIA
        08/23/09
        Some of what the Star's David Olive says in this morning's paper:

        And that's separate from the newspapers' and TV news channels' vaunted advantage in newsgathering, about which we so often hear from those making the case for "saving" our endangered trad

      • KENNEBUNK BEACH, ME., 7:20 P.M., PRE-HURRICANE BILL
        08/22/09


      • THE QUESTION BEING DISCUSSED IN THE ETHNIC MEDIA
        08/21/09
        From the leading Indo-Canadian newspaper:

        The case of Suaad Hagi Mohamud, a 31 year old Somali-Canadian, who has been languishing in a Kenyan prison after wrongfully branded an imposter with a Canadian passport, shows that under the current Conservative government of Stephen Harper – if

      • W@AL: SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
        08/20/09

      • QUESTION
        08/20/09
        I'm confused, as per usual. The Globe says it frowns on conflicts of interest (cf. section "C" and throughout). That's nice.

        So how come a Globe columnist is permitted use the platform of the Globe to attack an anticipated mayoralty candidate - when full-on w

      • THEM CROOKED VULTURES
        08/20/09
        The Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl, Led Zep's John Paul Jones and QOTSA's Josh Homme: heavy-duty scensters post a snippet of 'Nobody Loves Me and Neither Do I.' Sounds like a song I'd write. (And wait'll hear SFH's latest, which made its debut at last night's

      • INSANITY
        08/20/09
        I love America, and I love Americans, but this is actually insane. It is nuts.

        Thank God for Canada - and thank God we (or at least some of us) are sensible about gun control.



      • GOD IS A MEMBER OF THE LAURIER CLUB, APPARENTLY
        08/19/09

        Sweet Criminy, I love it when Stephen Harper goes on trips.

      • CRASHER SQUIRREL WAR!
        08/19/09


        I apologize! I'm sorry! It was your graphic! I posted a comment on your site, and you didn't approve it!

        I'm sorry - don't sue me! I fear litigation!

        [Much laughter.]

        In the name of the Crasher Squirrel, I say: give peace a

      • BOLLOCKS
        08/19/09
        "A provincial Liberal source conceded a Hoskins defeat in St. Paul's might spook Ignatieff because Toronto is a party stronghold."

        For the love of God: I've come to expect the wall-to-wall anonymous "senior strategists" who are neither - but do we really ha

      • THIS WEB SITE IS ZOMBIE PROOFED
        08/19/09

        Conservative Party caucus, not exactly as pictured. But close.

        I am prepared for a zombie attack.

        I get a lot of ribbing for that. Some of my colleagues at work, in fact, find it uproariously funny that their boss - in every new house he occupies - carefull

      • MEGADETH
        08/18/09
        I'm interviewing Dave Mustaine of Megadeth tomorrow. Those who have questions they want me to ask the thrash metal god, pop 'em in comments.

        Here's the best cover he ever did, jumbled lyrics intact.



      • LAYTON ON LAYTON: AREN'T I SOMETHING?
        08/18/09
        Well, yes, Jack, you certainly are something.



      • STEEVUN HARPUR, WURLD LEEDUR
        08/18/09
        Serious question: do you guys know how to spell this? Just wondering.

        PMO Iqaluit gaffe draws smiles, frowns
        (Harper-Iqaluit-Gaffe)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Aug 18, 2009 11:09

        OTTAWA - An unfortunate blunder by the Prime Minister's Office has resi

      • THE POLITIC: THE SHOCKING TALE CAN NOW BE TOLD
        08/18/09


      • HELPFUL FACEBOOK TIPS
        08/17/09
        Don't, um, do this.



        (H/T) (It's real!)

      • TORONTO SIDEWALK, 7:45 A.M.
        08/17/09


        Here's a picture I took in front of a Queen Street Beach Starbucks at about 7:45 this morning. I took the shot so that you can't see the faces of the two little boys who had been left alone.

        And left alone they had been.

        The person in charge of

      • CONVENTION CAPSTICK
        08/14/09
        My friend - and one-time colleague, and former Jack Layton comms supremo - Ian Capstick is blogging the "Not New" Democrats convention out in Halifax this weekend.

        Ian - for whom I would give my eye-teeth to lure back to the Grits - is an amazing guy, running an amazing blogsit

      • THE CRASHER SQUIRREL THROUGHOUT HISTORY
        08/14/09



      • SHILLER KNOWS SHIT ABOUT DR. PEPPER
        08/13/09
        Question, team wk.com: is Dr. Pepper carbonated prune juice or not?

        I have 25 clams running on this one. Don't play games.

      • ELECTION PUNK ROCK
        08/13/09
        Gilles Duceppe didn't resign yesterday, so I think we just might have an election this Fall.

        That means I'll miss Shonen Knife at the Horseshoe in mid-October.

        In this way and others, politics and punk come together in Warren's life.

        Take it, girls.
      • DAISY'S GABE WINS!
        08/13/09
        Our colleague Gabe de Roche - along with Quito and a band of other stalwarts - have been working hard to get humanitarian Dr. Eric Hoskins the Liberal nod in St. Paul's. And, last night, they did it!

        Your Daisy colleagues are proud of you Gabe. Now get back to work, ya hear?
        <

      • EXCLUSIVE! MUST CREDIT WK.COM!
        08/12/09
        ...here, exclusively, are some leaked numbers from the Strategy Consultants, Inc. Don't ask me how I got them - suffice to say they are going to have tongues wagging up in Ottawa!

        1. Do you care about mid-Summer polls about political leaders? Have you read, seen or heard anything

      • BANKRUPTCIES UP 51 PER CENT: THE HARPER REFORMATORY RECORD
        08/11/09
        Record joblessness, record bankruptcies, record deficits.

        The Harper Conservatives break records, alright.



      • LOOK UP
        08/11/09
        ...as seen through the window on a Porter Air flight back to TeeOh. I just found the propeller thing cool.



      • BE JOYFUL IN YOUR JOYOUS JOYFULNESS
        08/10/09
        The Festival of Joy© is upon us. Who is going to take me out in Ottawa, tonight, and shower me with presents?

        [Crickets chirping.]

        Anyone? Hello?

      • HARPER: I BLAME CANADA
        08/10/09
        ...here is the obvious response to Harper's idiotic statement, reported in the morning papers.

        It'll be up until the Reformatory lawyers start threatening YouTube - again - into taking it down, I expect.



      • VLAD THE APOLOGIZER
        08/10/09
        The Hill Times, August 10th, 2009
        LETTERS

        Sears apologizes to Kaplan

        In my letter of July 13, 2009 to The Hill Times I suggested that Mr. Kaplan uttered a falsehood. I accept his statement that the RCMP told him it had no evidence of payments made to Mr. Mulroney by Mr. Sc

      • INKED
        08/09/09
        What's the best and safest place to get a tattoo in TeeDot? Price no object. It's for a friend who has lost his mind.

      • AN OPEN LETTER TO THE NOT-NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY
        08/09/09
        About this, my respectful response:

        Dear [NDP Official]:

        It has come to our attention that your party is considering changing its name from the “New Democratic Party” to, well, something else. Specifically, we are intrigued by the suggestion that your party, having been in

      • OFFICIAL WAR ROOM THEME SONG
        08/09/09
        In every war room, in every election campaign, I try to nominate a catchy little ditty to rouse sleepy-eyed war roomers at all times of day or night. I play these tunes at ear-splitting volume. It gets the creative juices flowing, among other things.

        This year's nominee is 'Ha

      • THE HARPER CON LEGACY: RECORD UNEMPLOYMENT
        08/07/09
        The Grit Girl is back - and she's pissed.



      • OUTRAGE: SANDRA BUSSIN WATCH
        08/07/09
        Pardon my language, but this is beyond stupid - it is a f@*king outrage:

        In a precedent-setting move, Toronto council has agreed to use public money to pay for a local politician's "one-off" defamation lawsuit against a community tabloid.

        ...Members voted 25-5 y

      • THE HARPER REFORMATORY LEGACY: A COUNTRY "FULLY BACK ON ITS HEELS"
        08/07/09
        This internal note was sent to me by a Bay Street analyst his morning. The bottom line: Canadians are continuing to lose their jobs at an astonishing pace - and the Harper regime's spin (eg. the recession is "over") is unadulterated bullshit.

        Who lives in "fantasyland

      • DON'T LET THE LANGEVIN SCREEN DOOR HIT YOU ON THE ARSE ON YOUR WAY OUT
        08/06/09
        Spotted over at BCL, by 'TheGritsRule." Something tells me he/she is a Liberal.

        And something tells me the old adage has changed to "Who d'ya know, who has left PMO?"



      • GOOD NIGHT FOR A HEART ATTACK
        08/06/09
        September 2, in Toronto: Motorhead, Rev. Horton Heat and Nashville Pussy! Sweet Lord Almighty, I know where SFH is gonna be that night!

        Take it, Ruyter and Karen!



      • FIFTY GENUINELY DISTURBING ALBUM COVERS
        08/05/09
        Two here, courtesy of the NME. You can go find the others at the NME's site, but I'm not going to help you.

        Tipper Gore, please return our calls, urgently.





      • ON EXPERIENCED POLITICAL STAFF
        08/05/09
        On the one hand, it's kind of silly to overstate the importance of political staff and advisers. Staffers, mostly unseen, come and go; politicians are the ones who are remembered. That’s just the way it is.

        On the other hand, it's fair to observe that Stephen Harper is losing -

      • SUN MEDIA: LIBERALS IN FIRST PLACE IN FUNDRAISING
        08/05/09
        The federal Tories slid to second place in party contributions for the second quarter of 2009 -- which might explain the recent election talk of Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.

        ...[the Conservatives] were nipped by the resurgent Liberals, whose final Elections Canada tally for March t

      • MY FATHER'S HOUSE
        08/04/09
        I got dressed and to that house I did ride
        From out on the road I could see its windows, shining in light

        I walked up the steps and stood on the porch
        A woman I didn't recognize came and spoke to me through a chained door
        I told her my story and who I'd come

      • HOLY KICKING THE STORY, BATMAN
        08/04/09
        WAFER MADNESS
        Conspiracy theories abound in wafer-gate fallout

        The controversy over whether Prime Minister Stephen Harper consumed the holy communion at the state funeral for former governor general Roméo LeBlanc, on July 3, in New Brunswick, and who was behind the story, too

      • SENATOR WARREN KINSELLA
        08/04/09
        If appointed, I will not serve. And if elected, I will have a longish nap, before ambling off to the Parliamentary Restaurant for the buffet and another nap.

        [Some Hon. Members]: Huzzah! Huzzah! Snort!

      • CRIME-FIGHTING CONSERVATIVES...CAUGHT
        08/04/09
        Here's North Van Conservative MP Andrew Saxton getting nailed by the police. Shot somewhere in Lower Lonsdale, looks like.

        Have a nice day, Andy!



      • PLEASE GOD OH PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE JUST GIVE ME THIS OH PLEASE
        08/04/09
        Please. Just this one thing, please.

      • TWO MORE HEROES
        08/02/09


        My God, he looks so young.

      • WORDS THAT SHOULD MAKE REFORMATORIES NERVOUS
        08/02/09
        "Buckets is now paying attention."

        Buckets - a.k.a. Bouquets of Gray - is starting to deconstruct Wafergate. Watch out, Mr. Angry!

        And responsibility for this, ultimately, falls to the PM and his PMO. Taking communion was a breach of protocol, and the Prime Minist

      • DON'T WORRY ABOUT A THING
        08/01/09
        Up at the cabin with Troy and Melissa, and that is a good thing. The sun has finally arrived and stayed, and there has been lost of tubing, water skiing, hiking, swimming and building things. Don't worry about a thing, sayeth Tuff Gong. Bless.





    • July
      • THE REFORMATORIES: MANAGING OUR ECONOMY...
        07/31/09
        ...right into the ground.

        ...

        Canada's Economy Contracted More-Than-Expected
        By Alexandre Deslongchamps

        (Bloomberg) -- Canada's economy contracted for a 10th month in May because of falling manufacturing output, and declines in the mining and en

      • "COVER UP"
        07/30/09
        Is it libel to falsely accuse someone of a cover-up - of a conspiracy, in effect - without contacting them for their side of the story, without making the slightest effort to ascertain the true facts?

        In the Commonwealth, yes it is.

        Sweet Lord, but am I going to be suing someon

      • ADVERTISERS TAKE NOTE
        07/29/09
        ...and dirty rotten Conservative types too!

        From a member of wk.com's Team Propellerhead©:

        Just thought you'd be interested to know that since we've started logging (about a year and a half), your site has passed the 2 million visit mark-- visits from about 385,

      • BCL SCOOPS THE WORLD AGAIN
        07/29/09
        Here.

        Man, that's one Access to Information request I'd like to see.

      • THE REFORMATORIES JOBS RECORD
        07/29/09
        ...from an aspirant to the GritGirl throne. Not bad.





      • KEYSTONE KOPS DOES NOT QUITE KAPTURE IT
        07/29/09
        John McCallum writes a fun letter, being way nicer than I'd ever be, about this.

        Day: No recession! Flaherty: Um, er.

        The Harper Reformatories: petty, mean-spirited and - more than ever before! - totally dopey.



      • JASON KENNEY'S BFF
        07/29/09
        "The rodeo clown of Canadian punditry."

        "[Who is] using freedom of speech in an unethical way."

        And those quotes are from people who sort-of agree with his position! What do others think?

        Which reminds me: I wonder what the Alberta Law So

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR - STILL
        07/29/09

        David Miller visually estimates his chances of re-election.

        Here's something to think about in your morning commute, past mountains of rat-infested garbage, shuttered day cares, weed-clogged city parks and potholes (literally) the size of houses.

        One, the

      • FIVE REASONS WHY THE TELEGRAPH JOURNAL JUST MADE A BIG, BIG MISTAKE
        07/28/09
        1. They've kicked the story, big time. People are talking about it, again, all over. Wafergate had been dead for a month; now it's back, on steroids.

        2. Journalists - who aren't exactly in a pro-owner mood, these days, and understandably so - are pissed off.

      • SECRET REFORMATORY CAMPAIGN DOCUMENT
        07/28/09
        How do these things get out?



      • SCANDAL
        07/28/09
        You want scandal?

        This is a scandal.

      • DAVID CHEN STORY IN THIS MORNING'S METRO
        07/28/09



      • CONSERVATIVE PARTY AGGREGATOR ELICITS REACTION
        07/28/09
        Here.

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, LAST DAY
        07/27/09
        It's over. And - if this is even remotely true - so is David Miller.

        Toronto needs a mayor? After this - after going through a month-long strike for no reason - Toronto is going to get one.

        He's done.

        ...

        City dropped all concessions, union sa

      • JERRY YANOVER
        07/27/09
        It's now confirmed. Very sad. He was one of the great ones.

        ...

        Ottawa — The Globe and Mail Monday, Jul. 27, 2009 10:38AM EDT

        Jerry Yanover, parliamentary strategist to a legion of Liberal leaders, has died suddenly. He was 62.

        He was found by neigh

      • DAVID CHEN, HERO - UPDATE
        07/27/09
        Today a number of us went to courtroom 111 at Old City Hall in Toronto to show our support for David Chen, the Toronto man wrongly accused by local police. When David's hearing was done, more than half of the spectator gallery stood up and left. I would hope that the Crown, the police - an

      • VLAD THE PR WHIZ DOES IT AGAIN
        07/27/09
        What skill! What insight! How does he do it?

        The Hill Times, July 27th, 2009
        LETTERS

        Apology

        The Hill Times published a letter from Robin Sears, spokesman for former prime minister Brian Mulroney on July 13, 2009, in which it was suggested that William Kaplan ha

      • YEAH RIGHT
        07/26/09
        Seen arriving at the Reformatory "campaign college" this afternoon. Yeah, right.

        I wonder if you get an "F" at the college for wrecking the economy?



      • AND YOU THOUGHT W@AL WAS A NEW CONCEPT
        07/25/09
        From Darren K., circa 1976. That's a John Lennon shirt I'm wearing, I think.

        Some things never change. That, or everything has been done before, including whatever it is you are doing right now.




      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 34
        07/25/09




      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 33
        07/24/09
        How others see us:

        Acrid, wet, and rotting, Toronto's garbage remains piled in parks as the city enters Day 34 of a strike that has left garbage uncollected, city-run daycares and pools shuttered, and frustrations high.


        More than 30,000 unionized city employees, incl

      • BY THE WAY
        07/23/09
        ...and, without belabouring the point made below, here are the news media Michael Ignatieff met with just this morning.

        • Global TV
        • Le Droit
        • Globe and Mail
        • CTV National
        • Radio Canada
        • West Quebec Post
        • Toronto Star
        • Canadian Press
        • L

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 32
        07/23/09


        Protesters at Campbell Park are angry about the trash being brought into their neighbourhood and the chemicals used to control odours and pests.

      • READ THIS
        07/23/09
        Michael Hollett on Frank McCourt, mothers and dying. Wonderful writing.

      • YAWN. MUST BE SUMMERTIME.
        07/22/09
        I swear to God, you can set your watch by this kind of stuff. “It’s Summertime! Yay! The [INSERT NAME OF LEGISLATIVE BODY] isn't sitting, and people have completely and totally had their fill of politicians and will in fact get really mad at any politician who interferes with barbecue season,

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 31
        07/22/09
        Every Toronto taxpayer I know wants a pro-rated refund on their taxes. Some have told me they plan to withhold taxes. Here's the "mayor's" position:

        Staff in the parks, forestry and recreation department will be processing refunds for those families that signed up fo

      • BLOGGING TORY: TORONTONIANS "CHILDREN MASQUERADING AS ADULTS"
        07/22/09
        He calls himself a "Christian," too, and here he is in his own words:

        All in all, it has been quite a joy to see Torontonians wallowing in the squalor of their own creation. With any luck, Torontonians will see the folly of their ways and hopefully the smell of rotting garbage

      • THE REFORMATORIES: THE MILE-HIGH INCOMPETENCE CLUB
        07/22/09


        I've sort of gotten used to the rank incompetence of the Harper Reformatories, but this one blows my mind. Amazing. These guys couldn't run a two-house paper route.


      • HARPER REFORMATORIES: INTOLERANT, PETTY AND MEAN-SPIRITED
        07/22/09
        ...and, once again, the homophobes within their leadership continue to drive fiscally-conservative gays to the Liberal Party.

        Welcome, friends: if they don't want you, we do.

        ...

        Tories reject funding for Montreal gay arts festival (Gay-Festival-Re

      • GOODYEAR'S BAD YEAR CONTINUES
        07/22/09
        Agency took over MP's office
        Waterloo Region Record
        Wed Jul 22 2009
        Page: A1
        Section: News
        Byline: By Brian Caldwell

        An adoption agency that is now in bankruptcy took over Cambridge MP Gary Goodyear's constituency office after he moved out of it

      • HALLELUJAH
        07/21/09
        She's okay.

        The best version, no questions.





      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 30
        07/21/09


      • IN THIS MORNING'S OTTAWA CITIZEN
        07/21/09
        Liberal strategist Kinsella defeats defamation suit
        Ex-diplomat had established ‘anti-Semitic, racist views,’ judge rules

        OTTAWA-A former diplomat who sued Liberal political strategist Warren Kinsella for defamation had an established reputation for “anti-Semitic, racist views,” b

      • MACDONALD V. KINSELLA AND CBC
        07/20/09
        The decision is in - it apparently was sent out a month ago, but not to the CBC or me - and we won!

        After long thirteen years, Madame Justice Metivier apparently decided that former diplomat Ian Macdonald - who had associations with the leader of the Canadian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

      • FIGHT THE POWER
        07/20/09
        Twenty years ago this month - twenty years! - Spike Lee released what was easily the most important movie of the year. The film, 'Do The Right Thing,' kicked off with the amazing Rosie Perez dancing to 'Fight the Power,' a song written and performed by the most important g

      • STEVEN MACKINNON
        07/20/09
        I'm biased, because Steve is a good friend, but I want you to support him, okay?

        Steve's a former national director of the Liberal Party, and he's been a top guy for former New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna, too. In recent years, Steve's been doing some exemplary w

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 29
        07/20/09


        Toronto strike now one month old

        The two sides appear entrenched, with city residents caught in the middle.

        The city is running controversial temporary dump sites for residential and commercial garbage. Nearby residents have complained about the smell. Others

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 28
        07/19/09


        Ashton was responding to concerns of infectious disease specialists that the strike is impeding the city's handling of the H1N1 outbreak, a second and stronger wave of which, they fear, could hit North America as early as September.

        Microbiologist Dr. Allison McGee

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 27
        07/18/09
        It's been more than a week since Mayor David Miller told striking city workers, "enough is enough," a desperate cry that moved few hearts and minds on the picket line.

        Yesterday, Miller may have hardened union resolve by blaming the strikers for hurting Toronto's vuln

      • THE SWINE FLU DIARIES
        07/17/09
        The Mark is a cool new online mag. The guys there have got a thing about Melissa Auf Der Mar - she formerly of Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, Montreal municipal political lore - getting the swine flu.

        Cherie Blair has it, too. Yesterday, I had lunch with a buddy whose daughter has had

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 26
        07/17/09


        A personal municipal garbage strike tale:

        Early this ayem, I went back to the Commissioner’s St. transfer station place to drop off a single bag of garbage. I’d thought about taking it up North with me, but figured that would make for a smellier ride than usual.
      • FORTY YEARS AGO TODAY
        07/16/09
        It makes me sad, sort of, because I felt that day would mean we'd be further ahead than we are today.

        The naïveté of youth.



      • Q. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HIRE AN IDIOT TO BE YOUR MINISTER OF IMMIGRATION?
        07/16/09
        A. This is what happens. And this.



      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 25
        07/16/09


        With no deal in sight and garbage piling up in temporary dumps, the city is opening three new drop-off locations – a move that has upset more residents.

        When fencing went up at lunchtime yesterday around the outdoor rink at Campbell Park, near Lansdowne Ave. and Dupont St., An

      • WARREN OAKES HAS LEFT AGAINST ME!
        07/15/09
        And I am in shock. The first time I met him, in Melanie's backyard, he said: "Warren, meet Warren. The world needs more Warrens."

        Hell, yes. Check out Warren's Mexican resto when you are in Gainesville. In the meantime, here he is in all of his Warrenness.
        <

      • MOTHERCORP MOVES
        07/15/09
        Smart moves, herein, at CBC.

        That's not to say any of the new faces in Ottawa are in any way favourable to either Team Blue or Team Red. They're tough but fair, as every good journalist aspires to be.

        It'll be interesting to see what CTV does, if anything, in re

      • WWW.STEPHENTAYLORFORIGNATIEFF.COM
        07/15/09
        I've stayed out of this contretemps because, well, who cares, really?

        The mainstream media, and Akin and O'Malley in particular, have been energetically bird-dogging it, and have been conclusively making the point that it's all kind of silly/ineffective/dumb.
      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 24
        07/15/09


        Garrett Flynn, 36, Rodriguez's roommate, was also on the scene.

        "That was the critical period, really," Flynn said of the ambulance delay. "Had they been 10 to 15 minutes earlier, possibly they could have saved Jim."

        Rodriguez said he

      • ACTUALLY, WHAT WE WANT IS A PRIME MINISTER WHO ISN'T AN "EMBARRASSMENT"
        07/14/09
        Like, um, you have become.

        And, while we're on the subject of what we really want, we'd like a Minister of Immigration who isn't a xenophobic mouth-breather, now busily setting off a major diplomatic incident, and - as one expert put it - "taking Canada back t

      • JASON KENNEY: ALWAYS READY TO POSE WITH HIS FRIENDS
        07/14/09
        Here's Jason with some nannies - some of whom, coincidentally enough, attempted to slime members of the McGuinty and Ignatieff caucuses:



        And here's one Bowie has unearthed, wherein Reformatory nobody Patrick Brown, who has today attempted to slime members

      • THE QUEEN PICKS MY FRIEND
        07/14/09


        I like the photo above, although I love the photo on the front of the Globe's Toronto edition today - where the Queen is looking at Jean Chretien, circa April 1982, with clear fondness. It's a wonderful picture.

        Those of us who are close to him are so pro

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 23
        07/14/09


        ...Lastman said that's unacceptable in the eyes of the law -- something Miller should have taken into account when the strike began 22 days ago.

        "The law says one minute and that's all they can do," Lastman said, referring to the amount of time picket

      • "NEGATIVE" VIEWS, POSITIVE NEWS
        07/13/09
        Tom has a thing in the Globe this morning asking why we Liberals have gone "soft," quote unquote, and why we aren't prepared to be tough anymore with the Reformatories.

        The short answer is we haven't. Stay tuned.

        The Stockwell Day episode to which Tom re

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 22
        07/13/09

        It's as if the entire city is stuck behind two angry motorists arguing over a fender bender, unable to do anything but sit and stew until the combatants clear the road.

        And as the operatic drama of the municipal strike drags on into its fourth week with big-boned sopranos now

      • TIM POWERS SCREEN CAP
        07/12/09
        This one captures my Tory buddy at the precise moment he says: "Waren is smarter and better-looking than me, and he has convinced me to join the Liberals. God, it makes me feel so good to say that."



      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 21
        07/12/09


        The longer the strike drags on, as the city becomes filthier and the more Miller and his minions run for cover, I suspect the more city residents will beg for a clean sweep of the current regime.

        Miller's infamous broom is already in tatters.


      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 20
        07/11/09


        Toronto residents looking to throw their trash out at a city-run transfer station were kept waiting about five hours as municipal workers blocked the entranceway in support of a nearly three-week old civic strike.

        Picketers outside the Ingram transfer station allowed on

      • WEIRD BACK
        07/10/09

        Team Propellerhead™ at wk.com were befuddled - more than usual - as to why Canada's Best-loved Hack Site© was down for a couple hours there.

        Was it a denial of service attack? A technical glitch? A link from BigCityLib?

        Whatever it was, we were registering more than

      • HARPER'S WEEK FROM HELL CONTINUES
        07/10/09
        Purloined communion hosts, missed G8 photo ops, Pride parade praftfalls, and now this.

        I did the best job I could on the transcription. Blame me for errors, not CTV.

        The incompetence of these Reformatory fools is astonishing. Just wait, he'll blame the staffer instead of

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 19
        07/10/09

        In the PR biz, this is what the experts call "kicking the story in such an incompetent way that a potential global audience of millions now know that your previously world-class city is a rat-infested garbage dump that is being run into the ground by a distant, sullen, incompetent forme

      • CANWEST HITS SIX CENTS
        07/09/09
        This is just getting to be insane.

        How do these guys stay listed on the TSX? How do CanWest creditors stay placated? How do the employees not finally say: "I'm mad as Hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore, and a bunch of us in the newsroom are going to get togethe

      • WAFERGATE: THE VIDEO THE REFORMATORIES DON'T WANT YOU TO SEE
        07/09/09
        As Michael Geist has written tonight on his top-ranked blog, Radio-Canada - a fully-funded agency of the Harper government, last time I checked - has gone after YouTube for hosting the now-infamous clip I and others posted two days ago. Before it was yanked, that little YouTube video was seen by

      • THE GOOF PARTY OF CANADA
        07/09/09
        Stephen Harper: making Joe "Lost Luggage" Clark look like a deft and accomplished operator on the world stage. Again.

        Somewhere, Grit Girl is smiling.


        One of these pictures is not like the other...

      • KINSELLA ON KINSELLA: BULLSHIT
        07/09/09
        Conservative patronage recipient Noel Kinsella - a Conservative official, and no relation, believe me - claims he saw Stephen Harper consume that communion host. (My eldest son: "What was he doing? Saving it for a snack?")

        This Kinsella was closer to the front of the church

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 18
        07/09/09


        The union representing the city's 6,200 striking outside workers has made it clear that a proposed pay freeze this year and 1 per cent hike next year won't fly, according to an email message to city councillors obtained by the Star.

        "Local 416 is not prepa

      • IT'S GOING TO BE AN INTERESTING AUDIENCE WITH THE POPE, STEVE
        07/08/09
        Hey SoCons: what was that you were saying about respect for other faiths? Hmmm?





      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 17
        07/08/09
        It tops a long list of ominous travel warnings, crimes against tourists, plagues and passport restrictions.

        The Toronto garbage strike recently pushed to the front of the line in one widely read travel column - ahead of dengue fever in Mexico and bubonic plague in Libya, tourist extortio

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 16
        07/07/09


        Better late than never:

        Unfinished Toronto organics have been dumped in a gravel pit. Food waste was put in a landfill in Quebec or stockpiled in city transfer stations. Two of the main processors hired to turn green bin material into compost have faced repeated restrict

      • OPEN EMAIL TO MY GAY CONSERVATIVE FRIENDS
        07/07/09
        Good morning. In light of this, I was sort of wondering how you can be gay and a Conservative supporter at the same time.

        I mean, not only do they deny your very existence - they think cabinet ministers should be punished for appearing in any way supportive of you, or those like you.
      • WE'RE AT THE BLACK TOMATO, MY SON AND I, AND IT OCCURS TO ME...
        07/06/09
        ...that people who say "I like all kinds of music" are actually lacking in critical faculties, and/or are just faking it.

        In order to remain human, you must choose sides. Sayeth Graham G.

        All of this came to me, unbidden, whilst my oldest boy and I were listening to

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 15
        07/06/09


        A strike by civic workers at the height of summer has now entered its third week.

        As kids are out of school and tourists flock to the city, garbage is still piling up on sidewalks and in public parks.

        Not only is trash collection affected; city-run pools, summ

      • YEE HAW!
        07/05/09
        Oh yeah? Well, we double-triple dare you, TTT black magic, stamp out, no erasing!

        Perhaps the Conservative leader imbibed a bit too much of the Stampede kickapoo juice, but am I alone in regarding his talking point as idiotic? To wit: "People don't want an election, and if you

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 14
        07/05/09


        Ootes, too, is unimpressed with how Miller has handled the strike.

        He said the mayor is "hardly visible," ducking the issues and doesn't look like a mayor that's in command of the situation.

        "He's at a loss as to what to do,

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 13
        07/04/09


        Still not back in TeeOh, but I note this:

        "The city is set to turn two more parks into dump sites as a strike by civic employees drags on.

        Toronto hit Day 13 of the job action on Saturday, with no news from either the Mayor's office or union office

      • IN MONCTON
        07/03/09
        I slept under the same roof as Stephen Harper, Michael Ignatieff and Jean Chrétien last night.

        No, really. It’s true. There were quite a few Senators, MPs and assorted dignitaries bunking with us at the Hotel Beauséjour in Moncton, too. All of us were there because of Romeo LeBlanc. (

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY 12
        07/03/09


        Patrick Gonya believes city council has boxed itself into a corner and the politicians are unlikely to change their position.

        "They made a mistake. They set a bad example," he said. "Maybe they should have waited until the contract (with unionized workers)

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY ELEVEN
        07/02/09


        A garbage strike anecdote, from this morning.

        We're heading out of town for a few days for Romeo LeBlanc's funeral in New Brunswick. So, on the way to work - I'm an early riser - I took my single bag of garbage and drove, with some trepidation, towards the

      • HAPPY ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-SECOND BIRTHDAY
        07/01/09
        ...and my favourite Parliament Hill performer, by a long shot and in every way, was Sarah McLachlan.



      • "GLOBE PLUS": TEN REASONS IT ISN'T
        07/01/09
        ...is actually "Globe Less." Too funny.

        A few years after flirting with pay-per-view Internet, the Globe is energetically back at it. They want $160 a year for access to the paper online. That's a lot of money!

        Will it work? Will it stop the bleeding? Wil

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY TEN
        07/01/09

        Residents in a confrontation over trash yesterday at Christie Pits.

        Garbage strike - no end in sight
        680News staff

        Both sides in the ongoing city workers' dispute are showing no signs of caving, as the garbage piles higher, and frustrations soar.
    • June
      • VERY SAD
        06/30/09
        Dave Batters, dead at 39.

      • DAVID CHEN, HERO
        06/30/09

        This guy should be mayor.

        David Chen is my new hero. He should be yours, too.

        A few weeks ago, David – a 35-year-old Toronto restaurant employee - spotted a creep on a bike stealing a box of plants. The same character had been stealing stuff from people and bus

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY NINE
        06/30/09



        With Canada Day arriving on Wednesday, city residents are finding the news of strike-related celebration cancellations are starting to sink in.

        Those who enjoy taking in the fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay in the east end will be disappointed this year. It is on

      • BLOGGY ROUND-UP
        06/29/09
        • This is a complement, I think. I’ll take ‘em where I can get ‘em.
        • Uh-huh. And where will the Conservative stalwart get the money (or the support) to pay for this explosion in bureaucracy? And is he saying the system the Ontario Conservatives created has been acting for untold

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY EIGHT
        06/29/09


        How others see it:

        Canada's largest city is entering a second week without garbage collection and many city services.

        Roughly 24-thousand inside and outside City of Toronto workers went on strike June 22nd, shutting down garbage collection, city-run dayc

      • MY BIT IN TODAY'S HILL TIMES
        06/29/09
        ...on why what happened didn't happen:

        Look, politics has a lot of ups and downs. But in recent months, Canadian politics has been a bit like a roller coaster. From the Stephen Harper-induced constitutional crisis to recent events, we have gone through a lot of stressful times.
      • WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MR. HUTTON
        06/28/09
        The newly-minted Ontario Conservative leader wants to get rid of the Human Rights Tribunal. The Tribunal resolves applications brought under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

        So does what that mean? That isn't so bad, is it?

        Well, it is if you are black, and someon

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY SEVEN
        06/28/09


        "I think this entire chapter is so unnecessary...What it reflects is both sides involved, those who serve the public as employees and those who serve as leaders, have forgotten they are public servants.

        "We did not have to have it happen this way."

      • MR. HUTTON WINS
        06/27/09
        Run!

      • GOOD MORNING, ONTARIO PC LEADERSHIP DELEGATES!
        06/27/09
        As a public service, we have put together some neato buttons for you to print off and pin to your pin-striped bibs! Feel free to wear 'em for your next interview with the OPP!

        Personally, the Klees one is my fave. But there's more to come!



      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY SIX
        06/27/09


        Mr. Miller would then face a whole range of unpalatable options in an election year. Raise taxes, again? Cut program spending? Conduct a fire sale of assets?

        For Mr. Miller, the consolation prize should be demolishing the union in a public-relations battle - one union le

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY FIVE
        06/26/09

        (Explanatory note for non-Toronto folks:
        the enormous bin is what we are forced to use for trash and recycle stuff, now.
        The unattractive building on top is City Hall. Natch.)

        Worth-repeating movie analogy, here:

        As the mayor spoke today, strikers

      • W@AL: BART, WE HARDLY KNEW YE
        06/26/09
        The prescribed period of mourning for Bart the Fish, Canada's best-loved political fish, is now nearly at an end.

        Can Bart be replaced? Can those wee fishy shoes be filled by another?

        Click, and ye shall know.



      • LIFE OBLITERATES ART
        06/25/09
        Yep:

        Still, Jackson's public image has, perhaps irrevocably, been shifted from the pre-pubescent Peter Pan figure of Neverland Ranch to something far less innocent. He probably won't be surrounded by children any time soon, on stage or in public. Endorsement deals are unlikely;

      • ONTARIO'S CONSERVATIVES: READY TO FORM GOVERNMENT IN, SAY, 1,000 YEARS FROM NOW
        06/25/09
        OPP asked to investigate letter alleging fraud in PC leadership race
        (PC-Leadership-Probe)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Jun 25, 2009 13:39

        TORONTO - There are fresh allegations of dirty tricks in the Progressive Conservative leadership race, and this time, the cops are

      • REMEMBERING ROMEO
        06/25/09

        Romeo, Emma and me, Rideau Hall, 1997.

        From my book Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics:

        Sleep, if it happened at all, was altogether brief for the members of the Task Force that Thursday evening. Early on Friday morning, while it was still dark, many of

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY FOUR
        06/25/09

        A youngster walks past garbage somewhere in Toronto. We don't know where he's going, but we do know he's not going to a pool, or a city day care, or a clean park: those have all be shut down by the strike.

        Noteworthy item from today's morning paper:
      • ROMEO
        06/24/09
        A reporter friend just let me know that Romeo LeBlanc has died.

        He was such a wonderful and a great man - and our daughter's godfather, too.

        I will have more to say later, but right now I and many others are very sad.

      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY THREE
        06/24/09

        Pictured: a bylaw officer, sent by David Miller's government, to issue fines citizens who are too "simple" to understand what is really going on. Not pictured: anyone sent by David Miller's government to ensure that citizens wishing to legally dispose of garbage

      • SFH DRUMMER NEWS
        06/24/09
        For our many thousands of devoted fans, sad news: Bjorn von Flapjack III has been detained, likely indefinitely, and is now the bunk mate of someone named "Hot Shower" at an institution in or near Bowden, Alberta. We will not be seeing the likes of him again anytime soon. (Hopefully.)
      • TORONTO NEEDS A MAYOR, DAY TWO
        06/23/09


        Yep.


      • GLOBE: "JOHNNY CARSON DIES AT 79"
        06/23/09


        That's the headline and story in the Globe, seen above in a screenshot captured by a fleet-footed wk.com reader: "Johnny Carson dies at 79."

        Except, um, Johnny's been quite dead for nearly half a decade.

        Did the Globe mean Johnny�

      • LEGAL CRACKDOWN ON BLOGGER PAYOLA
        06/22/09
        ...and, at Reformatory headquarters, and in the Reformatory-subsidized office of a certain Ottawa web site operator, the mere articulation of those five words - "Legal Crackdown On Blogger Payola" - must have caused a wave of heart palpitations. Hmmm.

        As someone who has nev

      • HELP WANTED
        06/22/09
        Large Canadian city desperately needs a mayor and a city council. Candidate must agree not to give him/herself a big raise, and then act surprised when city workers strike for the same thing. Position(s) must be filled urgently.


      • CANWEST HITS 13 CENTS
        06/22/09
        That's right, 13 cents. Happened on Friday, and I didn't notice. The Post wouldn't ever write about in today's paper, of course. (And, even if it wanted to, it won't be able to starting in a week: the National Post is ceasing publication on Mondays, and I tend t

      • LET THE WORLD KNOW
        06/21/09
        Because I actually have friends over there, in the middle of all of this - and because what is happening is important, and should concern us all - I am posting a segment of footage showing a 16-year-old girl, Neda, dying on a Tehran street in her father's arms. It was shot sometime yesterday

      • NXNE
        06/20/09
        It's NXNE time here in Tee Dot.

        So, last night, I hopped in the old VW and drove all the way across town to go see Brody Dalle's new band, Spinnerette.

        Couldn't get near the venue, which was the inaptly-monikered Mod Club. College Street had been shut down

      • BITS AND PIECES: LOSERS AND I-LOSERS
        06/19/09
        • Calgary Grits Are Smartest: I’m biased, naturally, but I tend to believe that Liberals from Cowtown are more insightful than anyone else. Dan, in the linked post, again demonstrates perspicacity and perceptiveness. Don’t listen to the mainstream media analysts; none of them have ever worked o

      • WHERE IS MY VOTE?
        06/18/09


        Khosh Amadid!

        I was privileged to run for the Liberal Party of Canada in North Vancouver in 1997 - and privileged, too, to have the support of many in North Van's big Iranian community. (I lost, decisively, but the campaign was an amazing experience.)
      • TWO ITEMS, LEGAL
        06/17/09
        1. The guy making the threats was, in fact, Toronto's "Alistair Macfarlane." His life-changer started today. (One regular reader will be hearing from me, too, with thanks.)

        2. I'm going after a newspaper for which I used to write, full bore, because they have let a

      • McGUINTY DOES THE RIGHT THING (AGAIN)
        06/17/09
        Having never had an Ontario government contract - not one - I'm not much of an expert on Ontario government contracting. But I am certain that lots of folks will applaud this move by Dalton McGuinty, announced just a few minutes ago.

        I wonder if the Harper government will follow

      • YOUR FREE TALKING POINTS
        06/17/09
        Here’s your copy of Warren’s Free Talking Points, which may or may not be worth what you pay for them.

        • The Reformatories capitulated, big time, where it counts: Michael forced them to support a Liberal motion – coming to the House on Friday – that that sets out a detailed calendar for

      • AT THE LAKE, SATURDAY AFTERNOON
        06/17/09

      • IN A DARK TIME
        06/17/09
        Theodore Roethke is my favourite poet, always has been, and In A Dark Time is his best:

        In a dark time, the eye begins to see,
        I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;
        I hear my echo in the echoing wood--
        A lord of nature weeping to a tree,
        I live between the heron

      • THE SHAWINIGAN HANDSHAKE, USEFUL AT EVERY SOCIAL OCCASION
        06/17/09
        Apocryphal tale, almost certainly made up: the overnights came in, and a certain politician called to see what the reaction had been.

        Said the aide, a very funny guy who is now a very smart pollster: "I don't want to tell you, Prime Minister. We're afraid you'll do it

      • COLBERT: STEPHEN HARPER "IS A MADMAN"
        06/16/09
        ...he said it, not me!



      • W@AL: AN INTERVIEW WITH ANGRY COWBOY STEVE
        06/16/09
        Time to hang up your spurs, Steve! You couldn't run a two-cow farm!

        (Also, we strongly suspect he was against Jim Balsillie, too.)




      • SOMEONE ASKED ME WHAT IT'S ABOUT
        06/16/09
        Here's what it's about. It's simple.

        Canadians deserve better.




      • FIVE YEARS
        06/15/09




      • PIERRE BOURQUE ISSUES APOLOGY
        06/12/09


        From his website:

        Yesterday, Bourque Newswatch headlined a link to an Ottawa Sun story suggesting a 'scandal' involving the Ontario Wheat Board and Warren Kinsella. Today, the Ottawa Sun has issued a correction to its story, stating that "In fact, Mr. Ki

      • CONSERVATIVES I LIKE
        06/12/09
        "Mother, get out the smelling salts! That Kinsella guy says he likes Tories!"

        Well, some Tories, anyway. Let's not get carried away.

        • Jennifer Lynch: She’s a Progressive Conservative – but I have grown to admire her, a lot. She has endured an extraordi

      • CORRECTION
        06/12/09
        This is in the Ottawa Sun today.

        Good morning, Pierre Bourque! Can you advise where you'll be, today?

        Correction:

        "The Ottawa Sun reported yesterday that Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella
        is lobbying the federal government on behalf of the Ontario Wh

      • BY HAPPENSTANCE
        06/11/09

        If what I want to happen happens, and possibly even if what I want to happen doesn't happen, it so happens that this here web site may go dark. And, if what I want to happen happens, and I happen to be where I happen to be, it may so happen that this web site will be happening in a limite

      • FUTURE TAXPAYER REACTS TO SIZE OF HARPER/FLAHERTY DEFICIT
        06/11/09


        (And, geez, you wouldn't want to ask if the little guy is okay or anything, would you now, Mr. Harper?)

      • "THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY"
        06/10/09
        I know I'm getting old, you see, because I am starting to see political stupidities happen over and over again, in eerily-similar ways. (You know, like in my well-known film, Groundhog Day.)

        When you copy your mistakes, in my experience, the result is usually identical, too.
      • IS THE NATIONAL POST LYING TO ITS READERS?
        06/10/09
        The newspaper, I saw today, publishes columns by "Raphael Alexander." They may have in fact done so for a while (I barely read the paper when I wrote for it, and don't do so at all, now.) The "Alexander" columns are the usual stuff - regurgitated Harper PMO talking points,

      • THE LATEST NUMBERS
        06/10/09
        Tories on a downslope in support in key areas: poll
        (Poll-Tories-Slide)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Jun 10, 2009 12:57
        OTTAWA - A new poll suggests that Conservative support has been eroding in a vital Ontario battleground targeted by all three federalist parties.

        Th

      • THE BACK STORY
        06/10/09
        Whatever. Dumped her BFF, way back when, was a bit of a cad, etc. It's a small country.

        Oh, and this. More Top Tennage.

      • WE HAVE TAPES, TOO, STEVE
        06/09/09

        Toronto, fuck off. Cancer is sexy.

        You know, Stephen Harper's schoolyard bully warning to Michael Ignatieff - "I have tapes" - can cut both ways, don't you think?

        I have tapes.

        Well, sir, so do we.



      • GAME CHANGER
        06/08/09
        Isotope crisis 'sexy'
        Raitt's taped comments revealed after injunction lifted
        By STEPHEN MAHER Ottawa Bureau
        Mon. Jun 8 - 6:32 PM

        OTTAWA - Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt called the medical isotopes crisis "sexy," said she wanted to take c

      • NOT ONLY DO 26-YEAR-OLDS RUN THE HARPER GOVERNMENT...
        06/08/09
        ...as Michael Ignatieff observed last week, they now apparently are single-handedly seeking injunctive reflief that will have the effect of protecting the Harper Reformatories.

        Does anyone else find it a tad unbelieveable, as I do, that a kid who was just dumped by the Harpies is now us

      • LIBERAL VIDEO DEPOT
        06/08/09
        Now blogrolled, a couple inches to the left.

        A one-stop shopping site for Grit digital goodness! Thanks to Ted, James and toute le monde.

      • BITS AND PIECES, THIS AND THAT
        06/08/09
        • It’s seldom the break-in, it’s always the cover-up: A site called www.allnovascotia.com has an intriguing story about an alleged attempt by the Harper Conservatives to prevent a tape from being reported on by Steven Maher at the Chronicle Herald. A snippet: “The [Chronicle Herald] will be in

      • HARPER REFORMATORIES: BREAKING ALL THE WRONG RECORDS
        06/05/09
        "Journalia" is giving Grit Girl a run for her money. Awesomeness.




      • ON RUBY DHALLA
        06/05/09
        ...the charges against her were always bullshit, and they have now been shown to be bullshit. Here's no less than Don Martin in no less than the National Post:

        “They didn’t quite admit it was a misplaced political witch hunt, but the parliamentary committee probing nanny abus

      • HONEY, I BLAMED THE KIDS
        06/04/09
        I can't reveal anything about what happened at the Queen's Park Press Gallery Spring Fling last night. I can reveal, however, that many, many Tory staffers (and former staffers) came up to me to say how much they appreciated that, in Wednesday's Question Period, Michael Ignatieff

      • DAVID CARRADINE, R.I.P.
        06/04/09
        Being a martial arts and Bruce Lee nut from an early age, I was destined to love the Kung Fu series and David Carradine. Surprised (but not shocked) and saddened to hear of his death today.





      • REFORMATORIES, LOST
        06/04/09


      • SECRETS OF OFF-THE-RECORD QUEEN'S PARK 'SPRING FLING' REVEALED
        06/04/09
















        ...and a cucumber, a porcine clown, plus a guy dressed like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

        Wow. What a night.

      • THIS'LL MAKE FOR AN INTERESTING SPRING FLING TONIGHT
        06/03/09
        As PC Leadership Hopefuls Continue Campaigning,
        McGuinty Liberals (45%) Still Lead Progressive
        Conservatives (32%) By Wide Margin
        But Among Identified Provincial PC Voters,
        Elliott (35%) Leads Hudak (24%), Hillier (22%) and Klees (20%) in
        Preference for Leadership

      • HARPER ON SECRET GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS
        06/03/09
        Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC): Ministers are always responsible for the protection of classified documents. The minister admitted his mistake in this matter and resigned his post. That is why I accepted his resignation. The former minister did the honourable thing by resigning.

      • MACLEAN'S GUY TAKES AXE TO GLOBE'S OTTAWA BUREAU
        06/02/09
        On the one hand, Paul Wells deserves credit for being unafraid to examine, critically, the way in which journalism is being done. Here.

        On the other hand, I can testify (from personal experience, too) that he'll be sitting at a sidewalk café one sunny day, sipping a latté and enjo

      • THE HARPER REFORMATORIES: LIARS OR INCOMPETENTS
        06/02/09
        Or, some combination thereof. Truly, those are the only remaining possibilities, after this report:

        The federal government will run a cumulative deficit of roughly $167-billion over five years -- nearly double what Ottawa projected in its most recent budget, economists at Toronto-Domini

      • THREATENING SCUMBAG UPDATE
        06/02/09
        Thank you, again, to the many, many folks who helped out on tracking down "Alistair Macfarlane" yesterday.

        The information all of you dug up is now in the hands of my lawyers at Ruby Shiller, and a demand letter has been sent this morning by courier to legal counsel at R

      • MICHAEL AT THE CJC PLENARY
        06/02/09


      • SLICK NEW AGGREGATOR
        06/02/09
        Canadian News Reader. Computer generated, too. Interesting.

        Doesn't work with a Blackberry, ironically enough.

      • HARPERNOMICS
        06/02/09
        ...sell off entities which actually make you money, and then buy shares in companies which Harper clearly regards as a total, unmitigated disasters because they'll never pay back taxpayers.

        Could someone remind me, again, why Canada doesn't need an election right now?

      • HELP NEEDED
        06/01/09
        I've received a couple messages from someone named "Warren Kuntsella." They read this way:


        Warren Kuntsella has commented May 29, 2009,6:52:32 PM
        Bart....dead like you should be.
        http://www.haloscan.com/c...sella/entry090529_024919/[reply][delete][moder

    • May
      • W@AL: DEAR MR. GORE, SORRY ABOUT THE GLOBAL WARMING THING NOT WORKING OUT. SINCERELY, WARREN
        05/31/09
        Near Bancroft, Ont., on the last day of May. Sweet God, when will it end?



      • W@AL: NEVER MIND
        05/31/09
        Punk rock: strongly anti-authority, anti-conformity and, er, anti-corporate. Nice billboard.



      • THE TAR BABY CHRONICLES
        05/30/09
        The best part is who is sitting to Pierre's right and giving him support.

        You couldn't make this stuff up if you tried.







      • TAR BABY: IS PIERRE POILIEVRE IS A RACIST?
        05/29/09
        ...it's a question that a lot of people are asking. Again.

        Here's Poilievre, a prominent Conservative Party MP and a regular spokesman for Stephen Harper, in the House of Commons today:

        "Mr. Speaker, on this side of the House, we have a leader, a real Canadia

      • W@AL: ON THAT DION INTERVIEW
        05/29/09
        Just admit you were wrong and move on, guys.

        From the archives, on this:



        (God bless you, Bart. You are missed.)

      • PHASERS SET ON "KICK BORG-TORY ASS," MR. SULU
        05/28/09
        ...if I was on the bridge right about now, I'd suggest a Mind Meld on Jim Flaherty, but I think it might take a number of episodes to, um, locate something to "meld" with.

        And, while we are on the subject, here's what'll happen to Conservatives who attempt to s

      • GRIT GIRL: SHE'S BACK...
        05/27/09
        ...and the Reformatories are not "on track."



      • "THE GOVERNMENT GOT IT SO WRONG"
        05/27/09


        (Good work, BCIT.)

      • NOOSE TIGHTENS AROUND KENNEY'S NECK
        05/27/09
        First, there's the Valpy story in today's Globe, which proves that one of Jason Kenney's new friends has - shall we say - a pattern of making identical allegations against former employers.

        Second, we have Big City Lib's take, which is a must-read.

        Thir

      • FIFTY BILLION DOLLARS
        05/27/09

        Not what Mr. Schreiber gave to Mr. Mulroney.

        That's what a billion (U.S.) looks like. Multiply that pile by fifty, and you might be able to visualize the size of the deficit - that is, the budgetary deficit created by these "Conservative" morons, since th

      • STEPHEN HARPER: "UNITIL WE RAISE TAXES"
        05/26/09
        Man, what a day. First a $50 billion deficit, now this.

        It's crazy, I know, but I don't think they want to be government anymore, and they are committing policy seppuku.

        From today's Question Period:

        ...

        The Speaker: The Right Honoura

      • THEY ARE SO DONE
        05/26/09
        Canadian Press NewsAlert (Federal-Deficit)

        OTTAWA - Federal deficit will soar to record $50 billion-plus, says Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

        INDEX: ADVISORIES

        Get ready for even more ads attacking Michael Ignatieff's personality and character and whatn

      • YOUR EYES AREN'T DECEIVING YOU
        05/26/09
        On this anti-tobacco measure, the federal government deserves the support of every Canadian.

        As regular readers know, I despise Big Tobacco - and I have no time for media outlets which, on the one hand, piously lecture us about the scourge of tobacco and then, when no one is paying

      • HELP WANTED
        05/26/09
        Male, forties, non-smoker, (relatively) quiet, looking for furnished Ottawa living space for five weeks, near Parliament Hill. May need urgently.

      • COMSAT ANGELS
        05/26/09
        Back in the good old days at Hogsback High, my roommate Chris and I were certifiably nutty for the Cramps and the Angelic Upstarts and Iggy Pop and other purveyors of noise. But, in our quieter moments, we were also smitten with Sheffield's Comsat Angels.

        We were particularly in lov

      • NOT ABOUT SHAKEUP AT THE GLOBE
        05/25/09
        (But I wish Ed the best, and think Stackhouse is a great pick.)

        Roger Smith had a piece on the stupid Reformatory ads last night, which I missed. It's here.

        It's early days, but the early numbers suggest the ads aren't working. This morning's Leger, in

      • THE MOST IMPORTANT POLITICAL STORY IN THE COUNTRY THIS MORNING
        05/25/09
        ...is not the EI sabre-rattling stuff, or the Leger poll in Quebec, or yet more commentary about the Reformatory ad misfire. All of those stories are interesting, but I don't think they are necessarly surprising.

        The Big Story is the story bearing this headline in today's Hill

      • CTV'S QUESTION PERIOD
        05/24/09


        You hit us, we'll hit back - twice as hard.

        I'm heading back from CTV, where Tim Powers, Brad Lavigne and I did a Question Period panel thing with the legendary Craig Oliver - and the ad stuff came up. Craig wanted to know why the Reformatories (my word, not

      • IT'S NEVER DULL AT THE KINSELLA RANCH
        05/22/09

        Second son, age eight, reveals he has an eHarmony account. You know, the online dating service.

        Us: "You have WHAT?"

        Him [laughing uproariously]: "I'm Wazoo!"

        Us: "You're what?"

        Him [to peals of laughter] &quo

      • VLAD THE SPINNER STRIKES
        05/22/09
        ...out.


      • THE TWO CANADAS
        05/21/09
        When you live in Ottawa for a while, and then when you live outside it, you figure out there are two Canadas. There’s the one North of the Queensway, as I wrote in a book a few years back. And then there’s the real one, the Canada that isn't Parliament Hill.

        In recent days, the Ott

      • ALSO APPARENTLY "JUST VISITING"
        05/21/09
        • ABLONCZY, The Hon. Diane, P.C., B.Ed., LL.B. Date of Birth: 1949.05.06. Place of Birth: Peoria, Illinois, United States.
        • MARK, Inky, B.A., B.Ed. Date of Birth: 1947.11.17. Place of Birth: Toysun, China.
        • OBHRAI, Deepak. Date of Birth: 1950.07.05. Place of Birth: Oldeani, Tanz

      • A MESSAGE FROM OUR NEXT PRIME MINISTER
        05/20/09


      • ACTUALLY
        05/20/09
        ...what is "childish and stupid" is calling the views of the most powerful (and the most popular) politician on Earth "childish and stupid."

        ...

        Netanyahu aide says 2 state idea is `childish and stupid' (Israel-Palestinians)
        Source: The Canadi

      • THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS THEN, TOO
        05/20/09
        This Conservative MP having the guts to say what a lot of Conservatives think reminded me of the story below.

        Good on ya, Cathy McLeod. Any other Conservatives feel likewise? Names withheld on request.

        ...

        Elxn-Tory-Ad-Reaxn
        Canadian Press Newswire

      • GANDHI: HE'S NOT UP TO THE JOB
        05/20/09
        ...and he's not a leader, either!





      • W@AL: THE ECONOMY AND AT-TACKY ADS
        05/19/09
        Hmm. Which one do you think motivates voters - the economy, or whether travelling abroad is an act of treason?

        Hmmm.



      • MR. SAGE AND "NEGATIVE" POLITICAL ADS
        05/19/09
        I was up at the cabin, clearing tree stumps and starting generators and whatnot, so I didn't pay much attention to what the punditocracy had to say about the Reformatories' latest bit of televised xenophobia. (I usually don't: the media almost always get ad analysis wrong. If you

      • YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
        05/15/09
        If anyone is reading "Warren Kinsella's blogs" in the Senate, it's Marjory. Believe me.

        ...

        Hon. Jane Cordy: Honourable senators, the American Wind Energy Association conference was held in Chicago last week. Seventeen thousand delegates and several l

      • MR. SPEAKER, THE HONOURABLE MEMBER IS A LYING FRED FLINTSTONE LOOK-ALIKE
        05/15/09
        • Jason Kenney in the May 15, 2009 National Post, referring to Ruby Dhalla and the new cover of Maclean’s magazine: “I put her there!”
        • Jason Kenney in the May 11, 2009 Globe and Mail, responding to evidence that he has used his ministry to smear Ruby Dhalla: “I think it's unfortunat

      • TORI AMOS
        05/15/09
        ...interviewed her yesterday. Her music isn't my thing, but I can't remember interviewing a pop star as intelligent or as thoughtful as Tori was.

        (Should've mentiooned to her that I married an Amos. Didn't.)

        Here's her take on Cobain, whose stuff I�

      • HELP WANTED
        05/14/09
        I am assisting a journalist(s) doing a story on Conservative MPs and staffers, and how they deal with domestic caregivers.

        Anyone willing to participate should contact me at wkinsella@hotmail.com. Confidentiality is assured.

      • THE UNWRITTEN SCANDAL IS UNWRITTEN NO MORE
        05/14/09
        In light of the extraordinary stuff unfolding at the Oliphant Commission - and in light of the previous post - here is the column that David Akin referred to. As mentioned, Mulroney complained about me and my column to the management at the National Post - and they issued an craven, cowardl

      • VLAD THE SPINNER
        05/14/09
        Ah, the ethical, transparent, truthful, consistent, capable, forthright communications wizardry of Vlad the Impaler, there for all to see on page one of the Toronto Star:

        "...Afterwards, Mulroney handler Robin Sears accused two reporters of causing his boss to cry.
      • THE REFORMATORIES: MORALLY BANKRUPT, TOO
        05/14/09
        Nearly 60,000 Canadians - that is, 60,000 real people who put bread on the table for 60,000 families - went bankrupt in March. That's a 60 per cent increase over the year before.

        That is huge. And, to Canadians, that matters a lot more than what the puerile character stuff the Re

      • POLITICAL ADVERTISING
        05/13/09
        ...here's some, from a young Liberal, and it is actually about an issue Canadians care about. Whilst the governing party plays frat-boy Internet games, fiddling as the economy burns, etc.

        My, my, it feels good to be back! Thanks for the votes and notes, folks!


      • VOTING DAY (UPDATED)
        05/13/09
        I've considered all of your comments - and thank you muchly for sending 'em in. Thank you, too, to the many more people who sent along personal notes.

        I have my own preference for what to do about wk.com. But I wanted to impose again on you folks, and see if we can get a show

      • OUT, DAMNED BLOGSPOT
        05/11/09
        By the way: I am sick to death of this web site.

        I started it almost ten years ago, before the word "blog" - which I intensely despise - was even invented. I'm not sure what it was, back then, but it sure as Hell wasn't a "blog." It was something else.
      • NEW DAY
        05/03/09
        I'm back in Toronto because our littlest guy is having his First Communion today and, basically, family comes first. I'm also back because I'm going in for some surgery early this week, and I'm not sure what's going to happen with that. So this web site is going to be on h

      • MOCK-AHOLIC
        05/02/09
        Okay, so I'm on a plane (it's a long story), and so is Stockwell Day.

        Stock. Day.

        He's up in Business Class, and I'm jet-skiing in the back.

        The comedic possibilities are endless, quite frankly. Have at it in comments, wk dot com readers.
      • LIBS LAST NIGHT
        05/02/09
        Chrétien, as expected, ripped it up at the Vancouver Convention Centre. He took a chainsaw to the Reformatories' record, and there wasn't much left of them when he was done.

        I stood at the very, very back, right against the wall, to watch how the thousands of assembled Libera

      • CAUGHT IN THE ACT
        05/02/09

        "Uh-oh. Ryan Sparrow isn't going to like this."

        Here's a shot of Dustin Van Vugt, one of the Reformatory hacks present here at the Liberal Convention in Vancouver. From what we've observed, their job seems to be mainly comprised of keeping Jason

      • TRUE CANUCK
        05/01/09
        Taken backstage, just after Young Liberals presented it to him.




    • April
      • IN MY EXPERIENCE, THIS FELLOW KNOWS QUITE A BIT ABOUT WINNING ELECTIONS
        04/30/09
        Chretien counsels early election
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Apr 30, 2009 20:45

        VANCOUVER - Jean Chretien says Liberals should push for an election `the sooner the better.'

        And the former prime minister says his party is in `very good position to win.'

      • LIBERAL COOLNESS
        04/30/09
        Check it out!




      • UM, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I GUESS
        04/30/09
        • L. Ian Macdonald, Montreal Gazette: Harper’s In Deep, Deep Trouble: "A good leader knows when he's in trouble. And Stephen Harper, on his 50th birthday, is in deep trouble. He's in trouble in the country, especially in Quebec; in trouble with the public service, which is putting d

      • CH-CH-CHANGES
        04/29/09
        I'm heading to the airport, and Vancouver, for the Liberal leadership convention.

        I can't remember how many Liberal conventions I've attended over the years, but it's been a few. Contrary to what the critics say, there's always a bit of drama at these things. In

      • SOME THINGS ARE NOTHING NEW
        04/29/09
        One, (apparently) the swine flu.

        Two, tasteless, dumb and ineffective government advertising.

        Is it for real? From 1976:



      • LAST NIGHT IN TORONTO
        04/28/09
        ...at the Freedom at Depth event at Labatt House. From right, the Strategic Counsel's Peter Donolo, the Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien, and an unidentified crazy person.



      • W@AL IN OTTAWA: WHAT THEY DON'T KNOW IN PMO
        04/27/09
        The view from Warren's window at the Chateau Laurier. If you look very carefully, you will see Harper Reformatories inside the Langevin Block quietly emailing their CVs to Workopolis.



      • GOOD MORNING FROM OUR SEAT OF GOVERNMENT
        04/27/09
        ...as it were.

        I am staying at that venerable old dowager, the Chateau Laurier, here to give a speech or something, and I spy this morning's Hill Times. Therein, Powers says something about me and a T-shirt. I respond. It all goes downhill from there.

        Bought some am

      • STORM COMING
        04/26/09
        So there we were, up at the cabin, and - all of a sudden - I heard this huge wooshing sound heading our way. It sounded like a big wave or something. It was massive.

        The eldest and the youngest heard it then, too. The sky got abruptly dark, and the trees started bending towards the Eas

      • JACK LAYTON CHANNELS BAD EIGHTIES MOVIE STAR
        04/24/09
        I love this Andrew Steele column, and all of the fun metaphors in it. Steele has become one of the finest political bloggers in the country, right alongside...Rob Silver, Tim Powers, Doug Bell and Norm Spector. (Whew.)

        Anyway. Andrew's point, therein, is typically bang-on: for the

      • GIVE YOUR TINFOIL HATS A SHAKE, BLOGGERS
        04/24/09
        ...many of you think the economic demise of traditional media heralds a new dawn for Twitterers and Flickrers and bloggerers. Not so fast, says Media Relations In Canada.

        Nice site, by the way. Which raises another question: besides Bourrie, is there a one-stop-shopping blogsite fo

      • MY FRIEND RICHARD WINS AGAIN
        04/23/09
        ...and I'm proud to be his friend, hate bloggers. (Proud. I hope that makes you sneeze uncontrollably, and then pop a head valve.)

        The trial judge, by the by, is the same judge we had in Macdonald v. Kinsella and CBC. We're still awaiting her decision.

        Congr

      • TALKING TO TERROR
        04/23/09
        The news of Robert Fowler’s release is wonderful and, to many, unexpected. When I lived in Ottawa, I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Fowler a few times through the LeBlanc family, and – as you’ve been reading – he truly is an extraordinary public servant.

        So his release, and that of his

      • P.C. VERSUS REFORMER
        04/22/09
        Stephen Harper, November 9, 2007: "I think it will be incumbent upon myself and also upon members of the government not to have dealings with Mr. Mulroney until this issue is resolved."

        Peter MacKay, April 22, 2009: "Look, from my perspective, Mr. Mulroney was a tr

      • TORIES WON'T LIKE THESE STORIES
        04/22/09
        • Opposition leader gets more senior folks to meet with him in Obama's Washington than does the putative Prime Minister of Canada – and the former doesn’t have to use taxpayer dollars to lobby for appearances on Fox News.
        • Two-term majority Conservative leader gets treated like di

      • KINGS OF LEON AT THE ACC
        04/21/09
        Bjorn and I saw KOL at the Opera House, not so long ago, with about 50 other people. That's it. When they played 'California Waiting,' I could've died right there, and felt I'd supped on lightning with the gods.

        Fast forward to a few years later, to this past No

      • ITS ALL IN THE GENES
        04/21/09
        It will send the hate blogs into spit-flecked rage, naturally, but I cannot tell you how encouraged I am to see another Kinsella - one with whom I am not related, but perhaps in the distant past, in some quaint moss-covered medieval Irish village - using every legal means at his disposal to oppose

      • ALLITERATIVE BITS AND PIECES
        04/21/09
        • Paging Payola Picasso: BCL, and National Newswatch, catch the Conservative Party aggregator in a fib. Quite a lot of that sort of thing happens on that web site, for those few innocents who pay attention to race car boy anymore.
        • Correspondent-Cuddle Call: Dan Gardner, on a book-wri

      • GREEN DAY VERSUS DILLINGER FOUR
        04/20/09
        Our eldest son, who is MVP and sharp as a proverbial tack, was spinning Dillinger Four's 'Doublewhiskeycokenoice' (1998) and, a few seconds in, declared that Green Day had ripped the Minneapolis punk geniuses off with 'American Idiot' (2005).

        Click on the respecti

      • THE CONSERVATIVE DIVIDE WIDENS
        04/20/09
        As MPs return to Parliament Hill from a two-week break, the Hill Times has a story on the growing chasm in the Reformatory caucus - as do others.

        Here's a repeat of the video every PC-era Tory MP should see, as they get ready for this week's caucus meeting:

      • "OF MIXED EXTRACTION"
        04/19/09
        “[He's] of mixed extraction, which is the more common reality once you get south of the United States."

        If you had a hypothetical dinner party, and one of your (white) guests said that about one of your (non-white) guests, you'd be...uncomfortable, perhaps. Or, maybe you

      • W@AL: FROM MONTREAL, VERY SAD NEWS
        04/17/09
        Are you sitting down?

        I got the grim news as the plane landed at the airport: Canada's best-loved political fish is no more.

        A shocked nation will cry itself to sleep, tonight.

        Pain. Waves and waves of pain.



      • SUSAN
        04/17/09


        The Susan Boyle story - this week, the biggest non-political/non-economic story in the English-speaking world, no small achievement - is extraordinary.

        It's such a well-known story, I won't even bother to describe it or link to the ubiquitous YouTube clip. I am

      • THAT EKOS POLL
        04/16/09
        It's just out, and here's some of what it says:

        Conservatives losing ground to Liberals: EKOS poll
        Governing party's support dropping in Ontario, Quebec, survey suggests

        Fortunes have shifted substantially for Stephen Harper's Conservatives since Decem

      • TREEHUGGER McGUINTY
        04/16/09
        No less than Time magazine has called Treehugger "a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information, and it ranks among the top 20 blogs in traffic worldwide."

        Guess who they just declared "Best Regional Politician" by selfsame influential enviro

      • A TALE OF TWO TORIES
        04/16/09
        H/T Bowie.

        I love the Internet.



      • EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE OF CPC WAR ROOM
        04/15/09
        ...doing research.



      • WHO HAVE THE REFORMATORIES PROTECTED FROM TAX HIKES?
        04/15/09
        Good question.

        You get three guesses, and the first two don't count.

        What do Canadians think about getting tough with that sector? Another good question.



        Defend the status quo for Visa and Mastercard, Mr. Harper.



      • THE "NEWS HOLE" CONSUMES ITSELF
        04/14/09
        Today may be the beginning of the end for Canada's largest media empire, Canwest (which just went to 20 cents, another historic low) - described yesterday by Bay Street analysts as "worthless." Venerable old dailies are going under, or are mired in bankruptcy. Desperate tele

      • CANWEST JUST HIT 22 CENTS
        04/13/09
        And that's an all-time low. When the analysts say you are "worthless," that's inevitable, I guess.

        Only they're not worthless. With one or two exceptions, it's a company that employs the best reporters and editors in the world.

        Tomorrow i

      • BUT, BY ALL MEANS, BUY THOSE BLUE BOMBERS!
        04/13/09
        Canwest shares worthless, analysts say
        Apr 13, 2009 02:11 PM

        WOJTEK DABROWSKI
        REUTERS

        Shares of Canwest Global Communications are essentially worthless and should be avoided by investors as Canada's biggest media company fights to restructure its massive debt

      • TRADE-OFF
        04/13/09
        You give us fee for carriage, we give you great headlines!

        Problem: the headline don't really match the story below it. I mean, when I was growing up, if I'd come home with a report card with sixty per cent "Cs" or worse, our Dad sure as Hell wouldn't have sa

      • COOL
        04/12/09
        Linked to on a New York Times web page. Wonder how they select that stuff - or do they?



      • HAPPY EASTER
        04/12/09
        ...to everyone, on the holiest day of the year. Even Jay, Kathy, Chuck, Newman, Simon and Dave, Jonathan, Skip, Sentinel, Pussy On Fire, Ryan and Jenni, Pompous Windbag, and the ones who name themselves after animals and reptiles, and spend a significant percentage of their day obsessing about m

      • GOOD GOLLY
        04/11/09
        And here, all this time, BCL and I thought Stephen Harper doesn't ever, ever try to covertly manipulate new Canadians with their own tax dollars.

        Shows you what we know.

        (That said, my apology still stands. And I'll meet with any Chinese Canadian group wants to he

      • GERBIL-BOOK
        04/11/09
        Big response to my status update over on Facebook - namely, that I am wondering if it was a good idea to buy two gerbils, Johnny and Joey, for my son. Knowing now, as we do, that they are (a) nocturnal and (b) really loud.

        That generated a big FB response:


        Brian MacDonal

      • MIA DOI TODD AND SCOOBY
        04/11/09
        I was just watching Scooby Doo with my boys, and a monster started to chase Shaggy et al., and the Ramones started to play 'Good Boy'. It was awesome. (If you watch Scooby a lot, as we do, you know already that latter-era Scoob episodes often had punk bands like Da Brudders for the monst

      • IS BILLY BOB THORNTON AN ASSHOLE?
        04/10/09
        Maybe. Personally, I think it's more accurate to describe someone like Billy Bob - who has a documented fear of flatware and harpsichords and antique furniture, and wears vials of blood around his neck - is A Cetifiable Nut Job.

        I mean, speaking as a proud citizen of the Mashed Pota

      • GRIT GIRL: THE JOB LOSSES CONTINUE
        04/09/09
        She was listening to the radio this morning, apparently:



      • PASSOVER AND LENT
        04/09/09
        Personally, I gave up the booze for Lent. Do it every year, making me Straight Edge and young again.

        What did you give up? And don't say you are giving up the Harper Reformatories, because that one's easy. Everyone is giving them up.

        Including a certain former Cons

      • DEPENDS WHOSE "MORAL COMPASS" YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, PAL
        04/08/09
        From the archives:

        ...

        A year later, PM's promises not worth much
        James Travers
        Toronto Star
        786 words
        18 January 2007
        The Toronto Star

        Ottawa -- For most of us, ethics begins with doing what's right and telling the truth. F

      • W@AL: THINGS ARE NOT LOOKING GOOD
        04/08/09
        We came in to Daisy this morning and Bart did not look good, folks. He still doesn't.

        He hasn't eaten in days, and something is clearly wrong.

        I'll keep his many fans posted. But, in the meantime, here is the very first Bart video, from last Summer.

      • W@AL: WINTER HITS TORONTO IN APRIL
        04/07/09
        As everyone in Toronto knows, CTV's Dave Duvall retired last Friday.

        As everyone in Toronto also knows, we now know who to blame for what we found on the ground this morning.

      • GRIT GIRL: BIG TOBACCO USED THE WORD "MILD" TO TRY AND FOOL PEOPLE, TOO
        04/06/09
        ...and on the very day Congress banned the use of the word "mild" on tobacco, too. Sharp eye, GG.




      • CANADA'S TOP BLOGS
        04/06/09
        Jago's got his regular Top 25 Political Blogs up. As before, he'll get no end of grief for his methodology. I, for example, don't even consider this web site a "blog" - I have never called it that, as you may have noticed. And (as in journalism and polling), I don

      • TING TING TOTS
        04/05/09
        Mother was in a bad mood, so daughter and I decided to play The Ting Ting's 'That's Not My Name' for her. Commenced to dance, badly. You had to be there.

        Maybe it's just me, but I could swear that when Katie White chants: "Four letter word just to get me a

      • THE END OF THE PARTY?
        04/05/09
        "He divides them still."

        If I read that one more time, I'll throw my well-thumbed copy of On The Take at the wall.

        Brian Mulroney isn't dividing the Conservative Party of Canada. He's a symptom, not the disease. The CPC, like the party that

      • SHOULD A PROF SLEEP WITH A STUDENT?
        04/05/09
        ...because that's the issue, distilled down to its base elements: should a professor - a professor at Concordia in Montreal, to be precise - be permitted to have a sexual relationship with a student?

        To me, the answer is so obvious, I thought it was obvious to everyone else, too: it

      • GRIT GIRL GETS MEDIA COVERAGE
        04/04/09






      • FURIOUS GEORGE
        04/03/09
        I see.

        British politician George Galloway, previously a scion of free speech, has now launched a series of libel actions. How odd. (Reminds me of another rank free speechy hypocrite.)

        Anyway. The Furious George story, as you recall, involved the noisy Brit MP doing a C

      • GREAT BALLS OF LIAR
        04/03/09
        ...from the must-read Anti-Racist Canada (which, along with the Nazi-fighting Quito, I plan to blogroll once I get a minute): yet more proof that Newman is a liar. This happens with so much regularity, now, documenting it isn't really sporting anymore.

        However, as the always-fact

      • BEAVERING AWAY
        04/02/09
        If Mark and Rodger had been Harper Conservative Senators - I know both men, and can tell you that is an impossibility - they would have shot the poor national symbol, and fed it to the poor.

        ...

        Cape Breton MPs guide beaver to safety in Ottawa
        (MPs-Beaver-Rescue)<

      • GRIT GIRL: THE "G20" IS NOW THE "G19"
        04/02/09
        She's outdone herself, with this one.



      • LOTSA WOE AT PMO
        04/02/09
        What is every political hack talking about, this morning? I'll tell you: that the once-mighty Conservative Party of Canada is giving every impression of falling apart.

        • The “Where’s Harpo” moment at the G20 in London. When Joe Clark lost his luggage, he became a national joke.

      • A MILLION BUCKS
        04/01/09


        ...that's what the Liberal Party raised, tonight, at the dinner at the Royal York: more than a million bucks. The event was organized by Belinda Stronach and Frank McKenna, and the place was packed. Tables filled every available inch of space. There were Liberals hanging

      • SECRET CONSERVATIVE AD
        04/01/09

    • March
      • NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR GENIUS
        03/24/09
        It's subjective, of course - and I am, and always will be, a sucker for bright palettes and not-immediately-recognizable-images - but I have to say: the 2009 Newfoundland and Labrador tourism ads are so frigging brilliant, they are god-like.

        I don't know what agency or agencie

      • APOLOGY ACCEPTED?
        03/23/09
        The Fox News twit - or one of them, at least - issues an apology.

        Peter McKay and others deserve credit for raising this. Now, what does Peter think about conservative bloggers - including one his party (in the form of Daryl Kramp, Lois Brown and Dean del Mastro) has repeatedly defen

      • THE LOGICAL CONCLUSION OF AN EXTREME LIBERTARIAN APPROACH TO SPEECH
        03/23/09


        As I plan to tell a Zionist group tonight, there are some sensible libertarian folks - like the guys at the Western Standard, who I like - who won't see it that way, of course. They will say that the photograph above, showing an Aryan Guard member swinging his fist, in bro

      • W@AL: THE BORDER CROSSING
        03/22/09
        How long was the line-up at the Peace Bridge between Buffalo and Fort Erie? Let's put it this way: our team of W@AL professionals had time to plan, shoot, edit and post this documentary filmlet to the Interweeb. Whilst in line, the whole time.

        Methinks it was a long Winter. Lots o

      • STIMULATE THIS
        03/22/09


        I snapped this shot in the waiting area of my return flight to Buffalo. I thought about buying it, but I have a problem with sexual innuendo on T-shirts, as well as PDAs (public displays of affection, but that's a psychosis for dissection on another day).

        Like Canad

      • FOX NEWS IS SCUM
        03/21/09
        In the unlikely event you haven't seen this already.

        On the same day - the same day - four Canadian soldiers lose their lives.

        Open for comments. I'm at a loss for words, myself.

        TELL FOX NEWS WHAT YOU THINK: Per Brandon: "the host's name is G

      • THE WEEK THAT WAS
        03/21/09
        Why is the discredited, divided, dispirited Stephen Harper regime losing?

        Well, my old friend Cleroux has a great summary of the week that just went by. It was a horrible week for the Conservatives, and the House wasn't even sitting.

        Creationsim. Gun nut MPs. CanWes

      • SYMMETRY
        03/20/09


      • NUTTY NUPTIALS NOTICE
        03/20/09
        We give you Ms. Kathy Shaidle...and her husband, Imaginit Technologies computer design fellow, Mr. Arnie Lemaire.

        You know him best, perhaps, as lunatic serial hater Blazing Cat Fur.

        Oh, I know a lot of people who have been looking for this guy.

        [We have removed

      • BLACKBERRY-INDUCED PANIC SETS IN; RIGOR MORTIS TO FOLLOW
        03/19/09
        To people like me, this is the most horrible image ever.

        My wife, and my business partner, are going to laugh their asses off about this one: my beloved Blackberry Bold is dead, dead, dead. Tried loading the application software, and it died. Said the helpful Rogers call centr

      • AN OPEN MEMO TO DAVID
        03/19/09
        Pardon my directness, but this is a load of crap.

        I know you, and I know you are too smart not to know it’s crap. “The Liberal war on faith?” Spare me, David. Right after the 2000 general election, right after the Barney stunt happened, the first offer I received came from…the Aspers.

      • DISGRUNTLED DINOSAURS
        03/18/09
        As chronicled on the SunMedia site.

        And, as one of the many people who sent it to me put it, the Minister of Anti-Science is not having a "good year."

        Oh, Lord, please keep him in cabinet until the election. Please, please, please.

      • YOUTUBING THE DEFEAT OF A GOVERNMENT
        03/18/09
        What excites me about the video below is that it wasn't created by Grit Girl. (And, by the by, I am not Grit Girl. I have never met Grit Girl, know Grit Girl, or even know anyone who has used that handle. She is a wonderful mystery to me, and I love what she does.)

        I am excit

      • BOING BOING BASHES BUMPKINS
        03/18/09
        Boing Boing is one of the most-read web sites in the world. It's bigger - way bigger - than most mainstream news media, which partly tells you why the mainstream media is failing everywhere, but that's a lament for another day.

        Anyway. Boing Boing has taken note of the fact tha

      • GRIT GIRL STRIKES AGAIN
        03/17/09
        She's back, and she's unimpressed by the Reformatories' economic forecasting. And who can blame her?

      • HAR-PIES, MEET THE HAR-PIES...
        03/17/09
        ...they're a modern Stone Age gov-ern-ment...

        From the, Reform-Alliance, they're kooks right out of history..."

        Dum dee dum. I love it when the old shows get repeated, don't you?

        A Science Minister who doesn't believe in science: considering

      • HAPPY ST. PADDY'S
        03/17/09
        I ain't drinkin' - I don't, in Lent - but these crazy Irishmen more than made up for every Lenten pledge of abstinence.




      • IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST EXPRESSION OF A TOTAL LACK OF IDEAS
        03/17/09
        Have a giggle, Grit Girl. The Harper Reformatories are aping you, right down to your handle. Wow.

        Will it work? Well, watching it, it reminded me of something else. Perhaps you remember, too.

        "Let me sum up. On track, stay the course. Thousand points of light." <

      • THERE ARE TWO POSSIBILITIES
        03/16/09
        The Harper Reformatories are either liars, or they are hopelessly incompetent.

        Either way, the outcomes aren't very good. For them, and the country.

        ...

        The worsening recession will drive Ottawa $18-billion deeper into deficit over the next two years, a lead

      • W@AL: TWO THINGS THAT THE AMERICANS HAVE THAT WE DON'T
        03/15/09
        ...two things that are way, way better.

        I apologize for apologizing so much, by the way. Not sure why I did that. Sorry.




      • THIS WAS HARD TO READ
        03/15/09
        Say a prayer for this family.

        ...

        Would run `a thousand miles' to see slain soldier dad one more time, son says (Soldier-Funeral-Brown)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Mar 14, 2009 16:30

        By Colin Perkel

        THE CANADIAN PRESS

        ST.

      • HARPER ATTACKS OBAMA BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
        03/14/09
        Down here in the U.S. of A., this isn't going to go down very well. At all.

        When Barack Obama was in Canada, "bromance" was given an entirely new dimension - albeit it was a decidedly one-sided bromance. Harper invaded Obama's personal space so often, I am told, the

      • HARPER'S CONSERVATIVES: MAKING IT UP ABOUT JOB LOSSES
        03/13/09
        We're at the Buffalo Airport, but we've heard - like you have - that the StatsCan job loss numbers are out, and they're catastrophic. The Harper Conservatives' reaction? Shrug, fib, prevaricate.

        GritGirl catches them on it, but good.

        UPDATE: This is a new

      • ASK MY WIFE: IF THEY'RE GETTING ECONOMIC ADVICE FROM ME, WE'RE ALL IN BIG TROUBLE
        03/12/09
        "On Thursday, Conservatives used their statements to criticize Ignatieff's writings about Russia and Ukraine, accused him of planning to bring back the Liberal carbon tax plan, of seeking to scrap parental benefits, of having a hidden agenda, of wanting to prevent Canada's economy fr

      • JENNI BYRNE
        03/12/09
        This is a call for deets about Ms. Jenni Byrne, presently employed by one Stephen Harper. Feel free to drop a line about Jenni to wkinsella@hotmail.com, and God bless.

      • THE SPEAKER HAS HAD ENOUGH
        03/12/09


        Just a few minutes ago, House of Commons Speaker Peter Milliken made a ruling about the abuse of Standing Order statements by Members of Parliament. (I'll have the video up shortly.)

        He didn't mention any political party by name, but everyone knows who he is t

      • 37 TIMES IN 24 DAYS
        03/12/09
        No, not that.

        The Conservatives, as Maclean's Aaron Wherry wrote yesterday, made 36 statements about me in the past 23 House of Commons sitting days. Then, a few minutes after Aaron posted something about that, Conservative MP Daryl Kramp rose on his hind legs to take Shot Nu

      • "STOP THE POLITICAL GAMES"
        03/11/09
        Wherry:

        From January 30 through yesterday — a total of 23 sitting days for the House of Commons — eight different Conservative MPs have combined, for reasons one hesitates to consider in public, to reference well-known and periodically infamous Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella, by name

      • WHEN YOU LIE DOWN WITH DOGS
        03/11/09
        Here's the London Free Press this morning:

        She has called Muslims "pathetic, whiny losers" who practise "a sick,
        sick religion."

        She has accused Asians of spreading disease in Toronto, disparaged natives and blacks, and suggested the poor &quo

      • JIM FLAHERTY, DOOFUS
        03/10/09
        GritGirl is back with more YouTube quick response - responding, that is, to Flaherty's arrogant performance before the Senate a few hours ago - and it's a good one!




      • FYI
        03/10/09
        This kind of thing wouldn't be necessary if they had some adult supervision in the CPC, of course.


      • REACTION TO HARPER'S SPEECH
        03/10/09
        From a sharp-eyed reader: "Warren...Live on newsworld, Liz Thompson (Sun Media) and Don Martin commenting on the Harper economic speech and attack on the libs...Liz Thompson just mentioned the ‘anonymous’ vid about Harper job losses and how it’s affecting his message."

        Ha! You

      • HEADLINES TO START A HAPPY, HAPPY DAY
        03/10/09
        "Tory support plummets in Quebec, poll finds"

        "Ignatieff's Liberals close gap on Conservatives: Poll"

        That's what happens when you let the likes of Ryan Sparrow run your party, folks. I mean, not even your own speechwriters ca

      • BACKBENCH NOBODIES DEFEND RACIST
        03/09/09
        The aptly-named Daryl Kramp (almost as good as Art Hanger, but not quite) is a Reformatory non-entity from Madoc. You've never heard of him before, and you never will.

        Today, Kramp was handed an S.O.31 about - you guessed it! - me. He read it, and apparently without moving his

      • MARC DIAB
        03/09/09


        Trooper Diab was 22 years old. You can send his family your best wishes, here.



      • OH, LOOK
        03/08/09
        An American journalist - writing for Salon, no less - figures out who Miss Shaidle is in a matter of minutes.

        Steve Paikin, TVO - and others - take note: it's called research.

        You should try it sometime.

      • "A MAN COLD"
        03/08/09
        Being male, I saw this, and immediately started dialling the North American equivalent, 9-1-1.

        Failing that, I'm moving to Britain, where Man Colds are taken seriously.




        [H/T Rob, who gave me the Man Cold.]



      • SOMETIMES, I'M NOT UNHAPPY TO SKIP MASS
        03/08/09
        This is one of those times.

      • STREET DOGS
        03/07/09
        The biggest drag about this damned virus - along with missing Scotty's stag, and missing Hugh, and a few other things besides - was missing the opportunity to haul the boys along to see Boston's Street Dogs at the Kathedral last night. And to see them play 'Tobe's Got A Drinking

      • HORWATH ELECTED WITH 60.4 PER CENT
        03/07/09
        ...just a couple minutes ago.

        Congratulations, from this Ontario Liberal, to newly-elected Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath on her very impressive win, then. She was up against some formidable candidates in the months-long contest, and took the crown in a convincing third-ballot victory.

      • I WANT THIS PERSON TO WORK FOR ME
        03/07/09
        ...I don't know who the Hell did this, but I like their style. Awesome. Check this out, Canada:



      • CANWEST HIT 27 CENTS
        03/07/09
        ...before the market mercifully closed, yesterday. Another record.

        Bourrie has more, natch.

      • WONDERING HOW I WAS ABLE TO DO POWER PLAY?
        03/06/09
        Wonder no more. Answer found here.



        POSTSCRIPT: Oh, and I got my extremist groups mixed up (I blame the DayQuil). It wasn't the Tigers Jason Kenney welcomed to Parliament Hill. It was an Iranian group that Canada regards as a terrorist organization:

      • JOHN TORY
        03/06/09


        I got out of my sick bed to watch the press conference in which John announced his resignation. At the end of his remarks, I felt very badly for him and Barb.

        Any of you who are involved in active politics know this much is true: the highs can be very high. And the lo

      • WHO SHOULD BE ONTARIO PC LEADER NOW?
        03/06/09
        Vote now, vote often!

        [Whispered prayer: Please God, please, make it Randy. Please.]

      • ONT LIBS 2, ONT CONS 0
        03/06/09
        I still feel crummy, but likely not as crummy as Laurie Scott is feeling this morning.

        To giant-slayer and politico-musician (the world needs more of those) Rick Johnson, we bid you welcome!

        (Still think Ontario is a place to grow in the coming election, Mr. Harper?)
      • LIBS 1, CONS 0
        03/05/09
        This story is enough to get a sickly Grit feeling better. Way to go, Gerry.

        Way to go, Liblogs!

      • JE SUIS MALADE
        03/05/09
        ...like a dog, I tell you.

        Like all men, I am (a) a hypochondriac and (b) convinced that the world should come to a halt when I am ill.

        To make me feel better, I demand your unqualified sympathy, and wishes for good health, immediately, in comments.

        It's not l

      • HI HO, HI HO
        03/04/09
        Off to the Speaker we shall go. Or the Board of Internal Economy. Or Public Accounts.

        This wouldn't be happening if we actually had a government that obeyed the law, etc.

        UPDATE: Smart reporter notices that the Conservatives are law-breakers.

      • STOCKBROKER IN CHIEF
        03/04/09
        The Reformatories, previously in a state of wild-eyed panic that you may have noticed that the Canadian economy is fully in the crapper, are (today) deliriously happy that President Barack Obama seemingly suggested (yesterday) that stocks are a “potentially good deal” for those “with a long term per

      • OPEN LETTER TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
        03/04/09
        ...about me! Here.

        Thanks, MH.


      • ARE FRIENDS ELECTRIC?
        03/04/09
        I was rockin' to Gary Numan's 'Are Friends Electric?' this morning, on the way to work (SFH loves the song so much, we may cover it).

        Now, let me share my Eighties Joy with you, dear reader.





      • QUESTION
        03/03/09
        "Mr. Speaker, why is a federal government department issuing press releases to slime private citizens? More significantly, Mr. Speaker, should federal departments be placing press releases on wire services to publicize the partisan rhetoric of Conservative Senators?"

        That

      • HOPE BEATS FEAR
        03/03/09
        Substance beats spin. Message beats money. Issues beat image. Strategy beats tactics. Positives beat negatives.

        Always.

      • WILL CPC SPOKESMAN RYAN SPARROW ATTACK THIS FATHER, AGAIN?
        03/03/09
        PM sounds like defeatist, father of slain soldier says

        STEVEN CHASE
        From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

        OTTAWA — The father of a Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan says he's upset that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has called the Taliban insurgency there unbeat

      • CANWEST HITS 29 CENTS
        03/02/09
        ...and that's a record, too.

        March 11: that's apparently the date that this tragedy comes to an end. I very much hope the families of those journalists and editors aren't forgotten in the rush to the exits.

      • REAL PUNK ROCK
        03/02/09
        Toronto's very own mop-tops, god-like geniuses all, performing in a washroom at MTV a few months back.

        We're not here to entertain you, maaaaan!



      • WE HAVE A WINNER
        03/02/09
        M.J. Sheppard is an aspiring writer with strong interests in American politics and International affairs. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

        (Right click on the byline at the bottom, check properties. Marc John, gotcha! Oh, and happy birthday.)

      • NEXT THING YOU KNOW, THEY'LL START ATTACKING VOLUNTEERS, TOO
        03/02/09
        ...this government is looking more and more erratic with each passing day. It is something to behold.



      • IT'S MONDAY, IT'S COLD, YOU'RE FEELING MISERABLE
        03/02/09
        Remember: there's always the possibility of you doing better than you expected to.



      • THE "PRIME MINISTER" PUMPS UP OUR TROOPS
        03/02/09
        Canada, allies will never defeat Taliban, PM says

        WASHINGTON — Canadian and other foreign armies can't defeat the Taliban, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

        “Frankly, we are not going to ever defeat the insurgency,” Mr. Harper said, m

      • MAKE MY DAY
        03/01/09
        Tories drop the gloves on Ignatieff, prepare attack ads

        OTTAWA — (CP) The Conservatives are scouring hundreds of hours of videotape as they prepare to pummel their key rival Michael Ignatieff with attack ads leading up to the next election...

        The Conservatives began lurchin

      • IGNATIEFF LAST NIGHT
        03/01/09
        On the plane heading back to TeeDot, and I - and the many Nova Scotia Liberals in attendance at the 2009 AGM - are still buzzing about Michael's speech last night. I'm biased, but it was pretty amazing. Considering how he'd traveled from another sold-out event - more than 800 Liberals

    • February
      • W@AL: LIVE FROM THE NOVA SCOTIA LIBERAL AGM!
        02/28/09
        To kick my afternoon session off right, we did some political word associations. The federal and Nova Scotia Conservative leaders did not fare as well as Michael Ignatieff or Stephen McNeil. Interesting, that.

        And, if you look carefully, you'll see Liberal luminaries like Martha Hall

      • LITTLE-KNOWN WESTJET FACT
        02/28/09
        Small, endlessly-yapping and yipping dogs are permitted in the cabin.

        Also, WestJet seems to be doing rather well, small yappy dogs notwithstanding.

        Anyone hear what happened at that top-secret meeting in the National Post cafeteria last night?

        Halifax, here we com

      • THIS WEEK ON POWER PLAY
        02/27/09
        Tim and I look super serious. Tom, meanwhile, looks not a little like Season Two Captain Kirk - which, in my books, makes him near-godlike.


      • REVERTING TO TYPE
        02/27/09
        He will never, ever change.

        When every other sensible politician in the world is reaching out to their political opponents, trying to build a non-partisan consensus on the Great Recession of '09, this guy continues to do what he always does - demean and denigrate others. As if he, a

      • 1.5 MILLION VISITORS TO WWW.WARRENKINSELLA.COM
        02/27/09
        Here's the email I got from one of the talented guys who designed the new look of this web site: "Thought you might be interested in knowing that today your blog site passed 1.5 million visits since we've started keeping track (just over a year ago). That is from some 287,000 vis

      • NOVA SCOTIA BOUND
        02/27/09
        It's going to be great weekend, too.


      • YOU'RE A LOSER
        02/27/09
        That's what the smart guys on the trading floor think about you and me.

        We're "losers," quote unquote.

        And the U.S. bankers and their ilk wonder why capitalism is in an accelerated state of collapse, and why many ordinary Americans energetically detest them.

      • I FEEL A HIGHLY-LITERATE FLAME WAR COMING ON
        02/26/09
        Cosh, and Dawg, are terrific writers. I hew to Dawg's side of the ideological divide on many issues, but Cosh is no slouch in the advocacy department.

        Why I post Dawg's salvo - hopefully to be returned by Cosh - is because it's just wonderfully written. Take Colby's

      • BOB RAE NAILS IT
        02/26/09
        "The House took a break last week, and on return on Monday it soon became clear that the knuckle grazers are back with a vengeance. The hooting and hollering has returned, and so have the nasty SO 31's, timed just as the Leader of the Opposition is about to get to his feet. So instead o

      • CONSERVATIVE NIGHTMARE(S) BEGIN(S)
        02/26/09
        BFFs.
        Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney lost a bid to narrow the scope of an upcoming public inquiry into his conduct yesterday after the inquiry chair ruled that his decision to accept cash payments shortly after leaving office should “bear the closest possible scrutiny.”
        <

      • WELLS ON CHRETIEN
        02/25/09
        Check out the comments.

      • YOUR MORNING BITS AND PIECES
        02/25/09
        • If you click on this bolded part…you will not find any permalink whatsoever about the latest Conservative MP going after me in the House of Commons. Why? Because, try as they might, this weeks-long and bizarre Conservative fatwa on Yours Truly has attracted no mainstream media interest. A numb

      • HEY, LOIS
        02/24/09
        Say it outside. I dare you.

        [Who's Lois? A fellow Conservative fills us in.]

        UPDATE: here.

      • NIALL FERGUSON IS GOD
        02/24/09
        And what I love most about this amazing and depressing interview by Heather Scoffield is that, when characterizing the historically-bad decision to extend subprime mortgages to people who could not afford them, this what Niall Ferguson says:

        "Duh."

        I love that.

      • COPYCAT
        02/24/09
        Next thing you know, the Conservative leader will attempt to write acclaimed international bestsellers, seek a prestigious teaching gig at Harvard, and God knows what else.

        Plagiarism is the highest form of flattery, etc. Sometimes, however, it just ends up meaning people will vote for

      • PRAYER FOR A KOOK
        02/24/09
        Protect and watch over him, for he knows not what he does.

        He is shown to be an extremist by a respected party leader and Premier-to-be in the House of Commons, for attacks on Quebec and women and native people, but still he won’t stop.

        He is shown to be someone who does not

      • TAKING STOCK
        02/23/09


      • AHENAKEW AND HATE
        02/23/09
        With the greatest of respect to Professor Moon, and those who agree with him, this decision shows why referring hate cases to the criminal courts will go nowhere: because that's where the miniscule number of hate prosecutions that actually take place almost always go - nowhere. Since t

      • GAY AND PROUD
        02/23/09
        I haven't seen 'Milk," and I don't like award ceremonies, as a rule. But, last night as we were greeting the returning son(s) from a Buffalo hockey tournament, we caught Dustin Lance Black give this extraordinary acceptance speech at the Oscars.

        It was so moving, and

      • THE FACEBOOK EXPLOSION
        02/23/09
        In recent days, the hate blogs have been sort of irritated with Warren the K. "Blazing Cat Fur," "Marginalized Action Dinosaur," "The Surly Beaver," and "Plump, Pasty White Boys With Extraordinarily Small Penises" - all real blogosweird stars, except the las

      • INTERVIEW DONE RIGHT
        02/23/09
        Rotten and Levene do an interview right, ie., on their own terms. Snyder does it on his terms, too, and it becomes one of the most memorable rock'n'roll interviews ever. A classic.

      • INTERNAL MEMO
        02/23/09
        I admit it. It amuses me that the Post's Jonathan Kay is so seemingly preoccupied with Yours Truly. Recently, he hissed to a friend of mine that I will never be a successful journalist because I am not sufficiently deferential to my editorial superiors. And that's actually true: I�

      • WHAT TO DO ABOUT CUPE
        02/22/09
        With this move, they have embraced bigotry and anti-Semitism. That is so obvious, it isn't even worth debating, now.

        As some of you have observed, however, I'm not into small talk about bigotry. I prefer action. I think we need to show CUPE there are consequences for this on

      • THE IRONY IS THICK, AND SO APPARENTLY IS JASON
        02/22/09
        Perhaps a few outraged S.O. 31s are in order? Or a press conference at a Punjabi restaurant?

        Naw. We'll just wait until the writ.

        UPDATE: Some folks can't wait, here and here and here and here.

      • THE OBAMA HAND CAPTION CONTEST!
        02/21/09
        Pick your fave from the entries below - the winner gets a signed copy of The War Room!





      • THE NOTIONAL PEST'S DEEP THINKERS RESPOND
        02/21/09
        Tonight, one of their soon-to-be-collecting-the-pogey-he-despises managing editors says I am a "windbag bully," which certainly isn't what he'd say to me in (meticulously preserved) emails when he edited my stuff. ("Great column!" "Very good!" "Outstandin

      • SORRY IGGY
        02/21/09
        ...but I've got a new candidate.

        As a closeted Trekkie, I can now reveal that James T. has been my main man since, well, forever. And "Prime Minister Kirk" has a certain ring to it.

        I particularly look forward to when he let's us unleash some photon torpedo

      • "GREEDY GM WANTS BILLIONS MORE"
        02/21/09
        ...that's the headline over on "Bourque Newswatch."

        I found it interesting, and I only post it here, because the Bourque site - on which, as the Conservative Party of Canada has admitted, it pays for headlines, apparently unable to get a "good" headline with the

      • AND, IN OTHER NEWS, STEPHEN HARPER HAS POPPED A HEAD VALVE
        02/21/09
        "Governor General Michaëlle Jean discussed the plight of her native Haiti with U.S. President Barack Obama, who invited her to come to Washington – an invitation that was not extended to Prime Minister Stephen Harper."

      • COMMENT POSTED ON THE TVO WEB SITE
        02/21/09
        Steve, your posting is disingenuous. Some would say it is worse.

        1. If our correspondence was personal, why did you immediately forward it to others within TVO? Why did you quote it, in its entirety, on the TVO website, without permission?

        2. A reading of my emails to y

      • THIS WEEK'S POWER PLAY
        02/20/09
        ...in which Tim tries to claim that Messrs. Harper and Obama are soul mates.

        With a straight face.



      • CANWEST HITS 33 CENTS
        02/20/09
        That's a record low.

        We discussed their predicament on this week's CFRB political panel, and there was all-party agreement: at home, and abroad (assuming the Reformatories loosen up foreign ownership restrictions, that is), there is now unlikely to be a buyer for this wisp of

      • CAPTION CONTEST
        02/20/09


        It's like the last one: post your funny submission in comments, I'll grab the best ones for an online poll, and readers will decide who gets a signed copy of the War Room!

        Winner of the last contest: J. Houston, c'mon down!

      • AND THEY SAID THIS INTERNET STUFF WOULDN'T PAY OFF FOR ME
        02/20/09


      • SELLEY IN POST ON AQSA
        02/20/09
        Chris Selley and I haven't been affectionate, to put it mildly, but fair's fair: this column in the Post is outstanding. (And to see it in the Post is surprising.)

        He's not going to want any kudos from me, but I extend them nonetheless.

      • SHAIDLE UPDATE
        02/20/09
        This morning, she has stated that she is okay with discriminating against Jews and others.

        Maybe it's my advanced age, or because it's Friday, but I've got no anger left on this one. It's just sad, now.

        She has ditched a once-promising writing career, and

      • CANWEST TURMOIL CONTINUES
        02/20/09
        What a mess. And if the content doesn't persuade you that is so, the four bylines on this depressing story should.

        Advice to former journalist colleagues there: get the Hell out. The end is nigh.

      • TIMES SQUARE LAST NIGHT
        02/20/09

        Wonder who New Yorkers will think is the real Prime Minister?

      • NICE
        02/19/09

        [credit: J. M. Carisse]


      • W@AL: OBAMA'S MODEST ENTOURAGE DRIVES BY
        02/19/09
        Actually, this isn't a W@AL video, technically speaking. It was shot and sent to us by faithful reader John Stanton, who writes:

        "Well, we were all eager to see the best show in town. Fortunately, the ceremonial route passes my home, so I was able to quickly grab the attached v

      • "QUITE A BIT IN COMMON"
        02/19/09
        I was inspired in this photo post by Red Canuck.


        "They really, at a basic level, have quite a bit in common," Harper spokesman Kory Teneycke told The Canadian Press, pointing out that both come from "outside the political establishment."

      • ALANIS IN REVERSE?
        02/18/09
        I was, and am, a huge Brody Dalle fan. Her band (the Distillers) kicked ass so hard, they were in a class all by themselves, and she was arguably a bigger star than her punk star husband (Rancid's Tim Armstrong).

        Here's the old Brody:



        The Distillers

      • CANWEST
        02/18/09
        ...has hit a stock day low of 38 cents. That's four cents above the previous record low, set before Christmas. But not by much.

        How are they going to get out of this mess? Killing the Post off, at this stage, is not nearly enough. Something's got to give, and soon.

      • PETER AND THE PREZ
        02/18/09

        Q: "Mr. President, why are you meeting with a faux-Republican
        politician who tried to knife you in the primaries?"
        A: "Good question, Peter."

        Setting aside, for the briefest of moments, my ongoing irritation that Democratic President Obama

      • W@AL: BOBBY KENNEDY JR. ON CANADIAN POLITICS
        02/17/09
        This morning, I got the honour of meeting Bobby Kennedy Jr. at his offices at Pace University outside of New York City. It was amazing, just amazing.

        Among other things, I so wish my Dad was still here, so I could tell him about today. Maybe he knows.




      • BUT WHO IS A JOURNALIST?
        02/17/09
        What do you think? I articled under Rick, and if anyone can pull this off, it's him. He's a great lawyer.

        My question: will this new defence apply to bloggers?

        If Rick loses, it'll be because the defendant class can't be defined. That's my guess.
      • W@AL: MY RIDE AT HOME SURE DON'T LOOK LIKE THIS
        02/17/09
        Ever been in a Rolls Royce? Warren neither. Let's get behind the wheel with Carmine, somewhere in NYC



      • CALAMITOUS
        02/16/09
        I'm at Terminal Three, heading to the Big Apple to meet with a very Big Cheese, and I see this story, now topping the news everywhere.

        For the hapless Harper Reformatories, it means that shrugging their collective shoulders, and saying what they've been saying - "It's

      • SASKLIBS
        02/16/09
        Via Mike Burton and Bob McDonald, a shot of various young Liberals - one of them named Ignatieff or something - in Regina for a brunch get-together.

        Look like winners, to me.



      • NO POSTING TODAY
        02/15/09
        Happy birthday. We miss you.

      • KHADR
        02/14/09
        This is fascinating - not because the information is new to any Canadian, so much, but because it's the main story on CNN's web site tonight, and because it presents an American media take on an (in)famous prisoner of war.

        Worth reading.

      • LUX REDUX
        02/14/09
        It's been a few days since The Cramps' Lux Interior checked out, and me and my pals still miss him loads.

        We're doing a cancer fundraiser gig in April, apparently, and a Lux testimonial or two is in order.

        Tear it up, big guy:


      • THIS WEEK'S POWER PLAY PANEL THING
        02/13/09


        Powers has ditched his glasses. That means only one thing: he's single, girls.

        I had lots of mean stuff to say, but Tim didn't give me an opening. Maybe next week.

      • SKIPPY STALIN UPDATE
        02/13/09
        This replaces the posting that was here earlier.

        We offered a reward for the true identity of a Toronto man named "Skippy Stalin" because he was bragging about doing damage to our business. It's okay to take shots at me, and plenty do, but not anyone else around me. We

      • RADWANSKI ACQUITTED
        02/13/09
        Congratulations to George and his family. They have been to Hell and back.

      • N.B.
        02/13/09
        At the hospital last night, someone introduced themselves to me. We chatted.

        She: "Are blogs going to replace the news media?"

        Me: "No. We're entertainment, not news. There's a difference."

      • WHY MICHAEL WILL BE PRIME MINISTER, PART [FILL IN BLANK]
        02/13/09
        • ”The Ignatieff effect:” that has a certain ring to it. I liked this part, too: “In the meantime, the Liberal team around Mr. Ignatieff is over-joyed at the progress made since he became leader. “It feels like 1993 all over again,” said one veteran, referring to the period before Jean Chrétien bec

      • TVO REDUX
        02/13/09
        Someone senior associated with the publicly-funded network wanted to speak to me last night. I told him/her there was no point. The damage had been done.

        Round-up here and here and here and here and here.

        They're going to wear this mistake for a long time. <

      • CANWEST DEATHWATCH?
        02/13/09
        This Reuters story suggests that the CanWest media empire is soon to slip this mortal coil. I don't know if that is true - but the underlying trends, as the experts say, are not very promising.

        As I suggested to a senior and acclaimed journalist late yesterday, what this story m

      • TVO DEIGNS TO RESPOND PUBLICLY TO SHAIDLE MESS
        02/12/09
        Here.

        But it's not much of a response. It's kind of useless, in fact, because Steve told me personally that "frankly, Warren, I haven't spent any time on this yet today...I haven't put mind to it yet at all." So if Steve wasn't in on this decision, w

      • SHAIDLE SAYS SHE WANTS TO BE CANCELLED
        02/12/09

        Click to protest - and
        use the banner on your site!
        Below, Shaidle's posting at "Small Dead Animals" a few minutes ago. And, here, on her own web site.

        But TVO still plans to have her on?

        Why? This is turning into farce, TVO. L

      • W@AL: FOR SALE
        02/12/09
        Capitalism: the choice was to fight, or switch.

        We switched, baby.



      • SHAIDLE ON TVO
        02/12/09
        According to her web site, "Five Feet of Fury" is on TVO tonight - and, I presume, she's getting paid to be there.

        Personally, I'm not enthusiastic about Kathy Shaidle getting provincial tax dollars, however small, to spew her venom. She's entitled to do that on

      • CRANKY BITS AND PIECES (WELL, EXCEPT FOR THE LAST ONE)
        02/11/09
        • This wouldn’t be happening if Toronto had a mayor, part 2,471: My one-person focus group, my wife, erupted when she read this headline early this morning. “Doesn’t this idiot mayor realize people are hurting? That there are bankruptcies all over the place, and people are losing their jobs? And he

      • CONS DISPIRITED, DEJECTED, DIVIDED, DESPONDENT
        02/11/09
        ...and that's what I call a great way to start a morning, Canada!

        ...

        But strange things are happening in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's close-knit office. A senior advisor* and at least one strategist* are moving on, which has some Conservative observers concer

      • PICK THE CAPTION WINNER!
        02/10/09



      • YOU JUST ASSUMED I WOULD POST THAT HARRIS-DECIMA POLL, DIDN'T YOU?
        02/10/09
        Am I that predictable? Am I that obvious? Am I, as my buddy Powers cruelly observed, the Iggy Infatuation Corner?

        Well, dammit, I refuse to be so easy to categorize! I won't post that poll - stating, as it does, "a new poll suggests the Tories' federal leadership ad

      • CAPTION CONTEST
        02/09/09

        Diane Finley, Peter Van Loan, Bev Oda, Jim Flaherty, Dean del Mastro and unidentified other Conservative Party hacks stand by Dork Newsbought's race car, and indicate with their thumbs the direction in which unemployment, bankruptcies and Liberal Party fortunes are heading.
      • EXPERT WITNESS CALLING CPC SPOKESMAN LEVANT A LIAR?
        02/09/09
        You decide. From this afternoon's hearings at the Legislature.

        Personally, I think this will be quite useful on cross-ex, and possibly even to the Law Society of Alberta. Meanwhile, I know at least one newspaper is publishing a story on this damning testimony tomorrow.

        (

      • ALICE WONG, THE YOUNG RICHARD NIXON AND THE PAYOLA MONKEY
        02/09/09
        Alice Wong is a Conservative politician from B.C. You probably haven’t heard of her before, and you’re not alone in that. Alice hasn’t left many footprints in the sands of time.

        In the privileged environment of the House of Commons, she’s been going after Yours Truly in recent days. Th

      • ORILLIA, SATURDAY NIGHT
        02/08/09


        I got email and IMs about this event last night. Not only was it standing-room only - people were standing outside the building, hoping to see or hear Michael. Then, this morning, I was stopped twice by people who told me they liked my guy, and that "Harper has to go.&qu

      • CBC RADIO'S THE HOUSE
        02/08/09

        (Music continues.)

        Man, back in the spring of '08, Stephen Harper was going to make the Liberals pay. Three-and-a-half million dollars was the price for accusing the PM of knowing about a plot to bribe Chuck Cadman. That and a thorough tongue- lashing. "Sick the lawyers o

      • CYHSY: IS THIS LOVE
        02/07/09
        Just saw 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist,' and it puts us in a CYHSY kind of mood.

        This was made by a fan, apparently, and submitted for the band's use. They didn't, but I like it.



      • ME AND POWERS ON CTV
        02/06/09
        ...and for the first time with Tom Clark, on Power Play!

        As you will see, my buddy Tim didn't have any answers on what his party plans to do to assist the 130,000 families who lost a source of income last month. That's because the Harpies don't have a plan.

      • ART AS FARCE
        02/06/09
        The Harpies are actually using Parliamentary time to defend the "art" of their race car boy, who they pay to run torqued and/or made-up headlines.

        It needs defending, believe me:


        Aiieeee! Leave the art to SMD, pal. We don't like her, either, bu

      • WE STAND WITH ISRAEL
        02/06/09
        This will be in the Toronto Star this weekend:



      • TOUGH TIMES, TUFF GONG
        02/06/09
        Today a lot of us have awoken to many bad, bad headlines. Today is also Bob Marley's birthday - and, if nothing else will, Bob will always make you feel better.





      • GILLIGAN HITS BACK
        02/05/09
        The Conservative Party's payola monkey at Dork Newsbought has posted photos of Michael Ignatieff, Danny Williams and me on his web site, asking who runs the Liberal Party, etc. Yawn. Whatever.

        The photo of me that Dork's put up, however, is pretty funny - it's taken in

      • PATRICK MUTTART
        02/05/09
        What does Patrick's departure mean?

        It means they are well and truly screwed, politically. He was one of the few up there who knew his arse from his elbow.

        Patrick and I used to work together. He beat the rest of us to the door at the "consultancy" we all used t

      • LUX INTERIOR
        02/04/09
        I just got back from a Liberal event, had a blast, feeling great...and I hear that The Cramps' Lux Interior has died.

        I am in shock over this one.

        The Cramps, as any of my buddies will tell you, were one of the bands who got me through the musical putresence of the

      • PUTTING NO MONEY WHERE THEIR MOUTHS ARE
        02/04/09
        The Harper government is pushing a story around that Michael Ignatieff doesn't donate to his own party. Their simpleton payola guy at Dork Newsbought had that headlined today. So did a lot of the conservative bloggers.

        The facts are as follows.

        Michael Ignatieff has do

      • I WANT WHAT FLANAGAN HAS
        02/04/09
        Former Harper Party campaign manager Tom Flanagan, who I like, has worked out a deal with the Globe wherein he says something mean about the Liberals, and the Globe runs it straight-up, as if it came from a neutral political science prof or something. Nice work if you can get it, etc.

      • FROM THE EZRA ARCHIVES: THEY DID END UP FIRING HIM, TOO
        02/04/09
        Hansard, February 10, 1998

        Hon. Jean J. Charest (Sherbrooke, PC): Madam Speaker, we welcome this opportunity to debate this motion in the House of Commons.

        I want to take the opportunity to ask a few questions of the leader of the Reform Party to understand clearly where

      • BITS AND PIECES: VERBATIM HEADLINE ROUND-UP
        02/04/09
        • ”Ignatieff was spot on with budget compromise: poll” Sounds about right, doesn’t it? The other guys wear the worst of the worst recession in decades; Liberals continue to organize and fundraise; they wade through the muck of the Mulroney inquiry, the In-and-Out mess, and God knows what else. No

      • FOR SALE
        02/03/09
        Observe: John Tory's novel approach to finally winning a seat in the Ontario Legislature.

        In other news, I have heard you can also get Tim Hudak on a much cheaper rent-to-own arrangement.


      • TOP CANADIAN BLOG RANKINGS
        02/03/09
        Robert Jago does this web log thing round-up, although I don't know why. He just gets a lot of grief for it. I wouldn't bother, if I were him.

        Anyway - when you look at the list, you will see that right wingers (and, in some cases, crazy far-right wingers) dominate. Commu

      • THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED
        02/03/09
        And, arguably, it was.

        Fifty years! A half century!

        Take it away, young Texan. You were one of a kind.




      • "A PARTISAN MEDIA STUNT"
        02/03/09
        Jason Kenney, an alleged cabinet minister, attempted to have a bit of fun at my expense yesterday, during business hours. That's okay. I made an unfunny joke, and richly deserved what I've gotten. That’s fair. (Duìbuqì, again and again and again.)

        But who is Jason Kenney,

      • MY APOLOGY
        02/03/09
        A few weeks ago, I made a comment and a video on my web site about a Chinese restaurant I have been going to for thirty years.

        I love that restaurant, and I know the people who work there. They know me.

        I made a bad joke, and I hurt the feelings of friends in the Chinese comm

      • GROUNDHOG DAY
        02/02/09
        They saw their shadows, the nasty little rodents. Damn.

        Anyway, it was a sports weekend: hockey, hockey fundraising, swimming, workouts and, of course, this:



        Our eldest son and I agree: Holmes was in control of the ball, but he did not have both toes on the

      • THE FUTURE OF JOURNALISM
        02/01/09
        This column by the Star's John Honderich is worth reading. Newspapers - and investigative journalism - are indeed an essential element in any flourishing democracy.

        Honderich:

        "In order for all of us to live meaningfully and participate in our community, we must b

      • STUDY IN CONTRASTS
        02/01/09
        Here's what they're saying about Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, and the people he hires.

        Here's what they're saying about Reform-Alliance-Conservative leader Stephen Harper, and what the people around him are saying about him.

    • January
      • SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, CANADIAN POLITICIAN?
        01/31/09

        "And this is what I did to Solberg and Flanagan's asses
        for attacking my Spend Like A Drunken Sailor Budget©,
        scary-looking snowman person!"
        Okay, I'll admit: that's an impressive kick, there. Dude's got chops.

        To save us al

      • ON THE HILL WITH POWERS AND RICHARDSON
        01/30/09
        Here's this week's show, all about Newfoundland and the budget. Nothing else came up.

        My unpleasant surprise for Jason Kenney and his pals will have to wait until tomorrow, I guess.

      • I AM THE SOLDIER WHO SLEPT IN YOUR HOME
        01/30/09
        Hello,

        While the world watches the ruins in Gaza, you return to your home which
        remains standing. However, I am sure that it is clear to you that someone
        was in your home while you were away.

        I am that someone.

      • THE LOST GENERATION: ISN'T
        01/30/09


      • LIE EXPOSED
        01/30/09
        I am suing Ezra Levant for very, very significant damages, so I intend to be careful about what I say, here.

        A letter is circulating in the Jewish community about another very significant decision that came down yesterday. You won't read about it on Levant or Mark Steyn's sites

      • CHINESE FRIENDS
        01/30/09


        POST-SCRIPT: another Conservative politician, Alice Wong, just went after me in the Commons, I'm told. That's fair. Wasn't sure who she was, however. Here's who she is.

        POST-SCRIPT TWO: Sorry, but are the Conservatives as outraged as they cl

      • LIKE, THOSE NDP ADS
        01/29/09
        OMG, and I thought we were all BFFs? This whole time, like, you had those ads ready to go and stuff? Like, that makes you look pretty sneaky, IMO!

        Here's an oldie but a goodie. It fits, like.



      • WHAT THE MEDIA ARE SAYING ABOUT IGNATIEFF'S "PROBATION" AMENDMENT
        01/29/09
        • Winnipeg Free Press: “In fact, Mr. Ignatieff not only passed the test, he came out of it looking as if his party not only saved the nation in this time of economic crisis, but that he had vaulted himself into the captain's chair without having to endure the tedium of actually navigating the

      • COMMENT EST-CE QU'ON DIT "LEASH" EN FRANCAIS?
        01/29/09


        Oh, and:

        Bloc 34%
        Liberal 31%
        Tories 16%
        NDP 15%

        Spector Vision: "Only 34 per cent of Quebecois are satisfied with the performance of the government, compared to 61 per cent who are not. This is the worst score for the government since

      • NAILS IT
        01/29/09


        As a sharp-eyed reader observes: "Mr. Man of the People goes to drive nails at a million dollar home doing a two-year 3500 square foot reno to promote his renovation tax credit. And doesn't wear safety goggles or helmet."

        It's a long way from Tim Horto

      • OUCH
        01/28/09
        There is nothing, nothing at all, I can add to this story. It is perfect.

        ...

        Conservative budget fails to fly with conservatives ( Fedbudget-Ideology)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Jan 28, 2009 17:59

        By Bruce Cheadle

        THE CANADIAN PRESS
      • HEADING HOME - FOR NOW
        01/28/09
        You want to know what I think? Here’s what I think.

        We are placing the Harper regime on probation. We are putting them on a leash. We are sending them to their room for a time out. Use whatever metaphor you want: this amendment keeps the Sword of Damocles over Stephen Harper’s head.
      • PERFECT
        01/28/09


        UPDATE: Sounds about right.

      • BLOGGING SAD TORIES
        01/27/09
        I'm collecting some of their unhappy comments about the Flaherty budget, which puts drunken sailors to shame, among other things.

        Have a good example? Please add it to comments, and I'll highlight the best ones.

      • BACK FROM HIJINKS ON THE HILL
        01/27/09
        ...and in my wee hotel room.

        On my way here, on Metcalfe, I ran into Jim Flaherty's affable Director of Communications. He introduced himself. We had a very pleasant chat, and I thought to myself - as we had the very pleasant chat - that it was noteworthy that he had not yet slugge

      • WHEN YOU BECOME THAT WHICH YOU PROMISED TO DESTROY
        01/27/09
        Quote of the day from John Ivison, in a conservative newspaper, no less:

        In the life of every ministry, there comes a moment when convictions have been worn down by the constant pressures of power, leaving the government on all sides of every issue, standing for everything and nothing.
      • OTTAWA POLITICS, THE SEQUEL
        01/26/09
        Four years ago this month, someone told me today, I was writing stuff about the federal election then taking place. They sent it to me. I took a look at it.

        Some of it was sort of funny. One part, my correspondent noted, deserved an update. Here it is, updated and gratis.

      • IGNATIEFF MAKES US ALL FEEL YOUNGER
        01/26/09
        ...even when we may not be!

        ...

        You think this former academician -- director of Harvard University's Carr Center of Human Rights Policy in the Kennedy School of Government -- will answer questions seriously, studiously. (Before Harvard, he taught at Cambridge and Oxfor

      • R.I.P.
        01/25/09


        Heh.

      • MY COLUMN IN MONDAY'S HILL TIMES
        01/25/09
        The biggest Canadian political event, in recent days, didn't happen in Canada. It happened in the United States.

        The victory and subsequent swearing-in of Barack Obama has been the subject of a veritable avalanche of coverage and commentary, all around the world. The extraordinary

      • OH YEAH
        01/24/09
        My buddy Powers and I were on CTN Newsnet with the unflappable Graham Richardson last night.

        Here it is.

      • THE NDP ARE A DISGRACE
        01/24/09
        Ontario NDP "leader" Howard Hampton has now said his party will oppose giving speedy passage to the York U. back-to-work legislation. Weeks and weeks of no classes, and the Ontario NDP couldn't give a damn.

        Don't forget it, either, any of you still in school. The On

      • W@AL: SOURCE OF WARREN'S LEGAL/POLITICAL TOTEMIC POWERS REVEALED
        01/23/09
        Every day during the trial - which has now ended, and which went really, really well - I would trek to the park across from the courthouse, and receive power from a secret source.

        Click to find out what - and you'll witness an unscheduled appearance by striking transit workers, too!

      • IGNOMINY
        01/22/09
        Main Entry: ig·no·mi·ny
        Function: noun
        Inflected Form(s): plural ig·no·mi·nies
        Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French ignominie, from Latin ignominia, from ig- (as in ignorare to be ignorant of, ignore) + nomin-, nomen name, repute — more at name
        Date: 1

      • DREIDELGATE
        01/22/09


        Good question.

        I heard, on good authority, that Ms. Burke was shown the door.

        Anyone got deets?



      • VAMPIRE WEEKEND JUST WENT WAY UP IN THE CRED SWEEPSTAKES
        01/21/09
        Ezra Koenig singing Descendents tune with Toronto's Fucked Up? You have to see this one to believe it.

        Rock on, Ezra!*



        * Amusing anecdote: the Levant one once came to see SFH play at basement gig. He said we were good.


      • TRIAL TO WRAP UP
        01/21/09
        Tomorrow is the last day in courtroom 31 with Macdonald vs. CBC and Kinsella. There'll be closing arguments and maybe some other stuff, but once all those are said and done, I might have a few observations to make. I'm very shy, as you know.

        In the meantime, here is the Citize

      • WHY WON'T THE NDP KICK OUT SID RYAN?
        01/21/09
        Is it because they agree with him?

        Worth reading.

      • CITIZEN: "THINGS GET HOT AND NASTY" IN COURT
        01/21/09
        Today's Citizen story has been updated here.

        Among other things, the following snippet suggests to me it's timely that we make up some Hot Nasties CDs for sale, pronto!

        ...

        "Mr. Kinsella isn't the sweet and gentle soul that smiles at the camera th

      • THE TIMES, THEY ARE A-CHANGING
        01/21/09
        Before heading into court yesterday, I ran into Ekos' brainy top guy, Frank Graves, and he told me that this poll was coming. Canadians are hungering for the sort of hope and promise offered by President Barack Obama, Frank said. They don't feel they are getting it here.

        When y

      • TOMORROW'S NEWS, TODAY
        01/20/09
        [Plaintiff lawyer Doug] Christie asked if Mr. Kinsella had any "facts" to support the statement that his client had funded far right groups to carry out illegal acts.


        Mr. Kinsella noted the FBI investigation that concerned the travel arrangements for the 1987 peace confer

      • NOW I GET TO SEE WHAT YOU SAW!
        01/20/09


      • WATCHING HISTORY
        01/20/09
        I can't be there to see the swearing in. But you can.

        Send me photos of yourself watching it, and I'll post them!

      • WHAT I WILL BE WEARING IN COURT TODAY
        01/20/09

        The ironies abound. At the very same time a remarkable young black man - one I have been cheering on for more than two years - is being sworn in as the President of the United States, I will be in an Ottawa courtroom, dealing with the very thing he sought to overcome, and did.
      • HOPEFUL SIGN
        01/19/09
        Even in times of great conflict, there are thing upon which we can all agree. See the quote from release below - it's a positive step.

        Now, I return to an Ottawa courtroom where none of these sentiments are seemingly paid much heed.

        ...

        CAIR-CAN condemns an

      • OTTAWA WORK OUT
        01/18/09
        Probably the best song ('Crooked Head') on the best album of 2008 ('The Chemistry of Common Life') by the best band in Canada ('Fucked Up'). Best to work out to on a cold January night in Ottawa, too:



      • I STAND WITH ISRAEL
        01/18/09
        There is a Toronto rally today, in support of Israel. I regret I will be in Ottawa at the same time.

        This week, as last, I am trying to express my support for Israel in an Ottawa courtroom - where the CBC and I are opposing those who deny the Holocaust, who claim an international Jewi

      • GLOBE: "TESTIMONY LINKS EX-DIPLOMAT TO ECO-TERRORISM SCHEME"
        01/17/09
        Quite a day in court yesterday.

        There's a report in the Citizen, found here, but also now the Globe and Mail. A former CSIS undercover agent came out of hiding, you see, to recall a very interesting visit to Ottawa.

        Here's some of the Globe report:

        &q

      • YESTERDAY IN COURT
        01/16/09
        ...a lot happened, including testimony about letters between plaintiff Ian Macdonald and the former Grand Wizard of the Canadian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan - the latter then in prison for conspiracy to commit murder - in which the mysterious sign-off "88" was used.

        The eighth l

      • MY JEWISH FRIENDS
        01/16/09
        I am very proud to get notes like the one below. And I was very happy when a leader in the Jewish community came by court yesterday morning to offer support.

        When he did so, one of the "people" on the other side said: "Nice Jew hat."

        ...

        De

      • MACDONALD V. CBC AND KINSELLA TRIAL CONTINUES
        01/15/09
        In today's edition: the Zundelsite and S.S. swords. I am not making this up.

        "The man suing Liberal political strategist Warren Kinsella for defamation wrote opinion articles for notorious Holocaust-denier Ernst Zundel's website, according to testimony heard yesterday.
      • ONE OBVIOUS SOLUTION: EUTHANIZE THE POST
        01/14/09

        “...based upon current revenue and expense projections, the company may not be able to comply with its existing quarterly total financial leverage ratio covenants in fiscal 2009.”

        Self-translation for reporters/editors: "You know, the PR field is looking more attractive these d

      • WORDS HAVE POWER, IMAGES HAVE POWER
        01/14/09
        Recent anti-Israel protests are permissible in a democratic society, I suppose - although, personally, I don't regard them as in any way desirable.

        In any democratic society, however, there are limits. It will be interesting to see the anti-libertarian lunatic fringe, anti-Muslim

      • WHAT HAPPENED IN COURT YESTERDAY
        01/14/09
        Here is this morning’s Citizen on what took place in court yesterday:

        [Defendants’ lawyer Scott] Hutchison asked [Plaintiff Ian] Macdonald if Ernst Zundel, a known holocaust denier, was an associate. Mr. Macdonald answered no.

        "I supported him insofar as he was a persec

      • CROSS-EXAMINATION STARTS TODAY
        01/13/09
        Cross-examination of the plaintiff starts at about 2 p.m. at the Elgin Street courthouse. I don't know what he will say, but here is sampling of the sorts of things he has said in the past.

        There is lots more, too.

        • On Jews: “It is a measure of the virtually iron-cla

      • OTTAWA TONIGHT
        01/12/09
        Warren's Magical Ottawa Gastronomical Tour continues. Current location: the Colonnade on Metcalfe, for a combination. Bliss is this.

        Later, I plan to meet various OLP louts, and we'll pick fights with CPC staffers at Darcy McGee's.

      • TODAY IN COURT
        01/12/09
        Quite a few folks, from all over, have written to ask how today went.

        I'm not sure how to even begin to answer that one.



      • THE OFFER "WAS NOT ACKNOWLEDGED"
        01/12/09
        Gee, I wonder who looks better in this little tale?

      • MICHAEL IN HALIFAX
        01/12/09
        Nice shot!



        "...and I guarantee you: the Harper War Room will spend half a million dollars before noon on the political significance of the gentleman in the front row who is blinking. They certainly wouldn't want to be focussed on the state of the economy, o

      • W@AL: THE OTTAWA TRAVELOGUE BEGINS
        01/11/09
        So there I was in Ottawa, thinking about Jason Kenney.

        Jason wants you to forget about the Reform Conservative Party's history. He wants you to think they are "tolerant" and "diverse."

        That's because his party is the one that had MPs who quoted Hi

      • LE SOLEIL CE MATIN
        01/11/09
        As I pack my bags for a long stay in Ottawa, I see the story below in Jean Pelletier's hometown paper. The fact that it was written tells me that others agree - the Harper administration should do the right thing, and finally drop their cheap and cruel appeal against M. Pelletier's legal v

      • JEAN PELLETIER PASSES
        01/10/09
        Jean Pelletier - the former mayor of Québec City, a recipient of the Order of Canada, and the Chief of Staff to Jean Chrétien - died a few hours ago.

        A lot of us are very sad about the loss of this great man. He served Canada with conviction and honour and dignity.

        I don�

      • IN AN OTTAWA COURTROOM NEXT WEEK
        01/10/09
        Starting next Monday, I'm going to be back in Ottawa for a while. I'm going to be there for political stuff, but also for something else.

        In April 1996, while still living in Vancouver, I appeared on CBC Newsworld to talk about right-wing extremism. Many, many months afterwards

      • YOU'LL NEVER GUESS WHERE I WAS TONIGHT
        01/09/09


      • LIVE FROM CBC, REAL SERIOUS-LIKE AND STUFF
        01/09/09

        Warren 'Warren' Kinsella prepares for an interview on CBC Radio's 'The House' with Kathleen 'Not Kathy' Petty, for broadcast tomorrow. Warren is furrowing his brow to fool you into thinking he is intelligent. It was CBC, it was radio, and it seemed like the t

      • THE TRUEST MIDDLE EAST PIECE YOU WILL READ
        01/09/09

        ...by Marcus Gee. Outstanding.

      • DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ
        01/09/09
        As far as I know - and I would know - I'm not running anything.

        I'm just a volunteer, etc.

      • THE GLOBE'S STEELE NAILS IT
        01/09/09
        Right here. Bang, bang, bang.

        And, when Andrew says I am "many things," he wants to say that I am "sexy" and "a hunk," but Radwanski cut it out.

        Oh, and Flames rule.

      • I LOVE BIG CITY LIB
        01/09/09
        For this and other reasons. What a star.

      • SHOULD YOUR TAX DOLLARS BE USED TO SEND BLOGGERS ON JUNKETS?
        01/09/09
        I'm not entirely clear on all of the details, but it seems that the Department of National Defence is paying for a Conservative Party advocate, Damian Brooks, to go to Afghanistan.

        As far as I am aware, this is a first, and it raises a number of fair questions - such as, was his un

      • JOBLESS NUMBERS FAR WORSE THAN EXPECTED
        01/09/09
        ...and in Ontario - where Jim Flaherty infamously told people not to invest - the jobless numbers are worse.

        Meanwhile, from the Prime Minister - on the suffering of thousands of Canadian families facing hardship, as well as on the ongoing conflict in the Middle East - we have heard not

      • REASON 1,068 I SUPPORT THIS GUY
        01/08/09
        Israel must be allowed to defend itself, says Ignatieff

        By The Canadian Press
        Thu. Jan 8 - 7:52 PM
        Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says Israel is justified in taking military action to defend itself against attacks by Hamas from the Gaza Strip.

        ``Canada has to sup

      • FAIR AND BALANCED
        01/08/09
        A couple of Conservative Party publicists and shriekers are claiming to be upset about Liblogs, because a couple of pseudonymous pre-pubescents have been trying to publish anti-Israel crap there. (And, I note, notwithstanding the the fact that Liblog's administrators are promptly removing

      • HARPER AND HUMAN RIGHTS
        01/08/09
        In case some of you are wondering whether I am incapable, now, of giving the Harper Administration credit about anything, let me give them credit for one thing: this little-noted exchange between the Prime Minister and Maclean's editor Ken Whyte (which, oddly, is on their web site and dat

      • HOW THE CONSERVATIVES RECESSION-PROOF THEIR CRONIES
        01/08/09
        There was the Christmas-break orgy of Conservative patronage, and now - according to this morning's Globe - there's even more to come.

        The minority Harper regime sure is looking a little panicky, these days. Desperate to cling to power, the former Reform stalwarts are jamming

      • LET FURY HAVE THE HOUR, ANGER CAN BE POWER
        01/07/09
        Seemed right kind of day for this - Joe and the boys with 'Clampdown.'



      • RACIST GARBAGE
        01/07/09
        ...that's what Kathy Shaidle is, with filth like this.

        Maclean's Mark Steyn and the National Post champion her, however. "Christian" publications publish her.

        Man, some days I really wish we did have hate laws in this country, insteading of just

      • CUPE AND SID RYAN NEED TO SEE THIS
        01/07/09


        Context is pretty important.

      • BOY, CONSERVATIVES SURE ARE GREAT ECONOMIC MANAGERS, AREN'T THEY?
        01/07/09
        URGENT US Budget Deficit, (URGENT-US-Budget-Deficit)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Jan 7, 2009 9:25

        WASHINGTON - Congressional estimators are projecting an unparalleled American budget deficit of US$1.2 trillion for the 2009 budget year.

        A top congressional aide br

      • YET ANOTHER REASON MICHAEL WILL BE PRIME MINISTER
        01/07/09
        ...and, yes, if I could blame the crummy weather on the Harper Neocon Regime, I would:



        Mulroney, Schreiber lawyers face off; Ethics probe into business dealings between former PM, arms dealer heats up
        Times & Transcript (Moncton)
        Wednesday, January 7,

      • JEAN PELLETIER ILL
        01/06/09
        One of my former bosses on the Hill, Jean Pelletier, is very sick. Say a prayer for him, because he's a good man who has done many things for this country.

        ...

        Pelletier Ill
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Jan 6, 2009 19:04

        QUEBEC - Jean Pelletier,

      • IGNATIEFF A SELL-OUT?
        01/06/09
        ...as in, sold out. As in, waiting list.

        Let the good folks at the Chronicle Herald explain, via National Newswatch (natch):

        ...

        Ignatieff coming to town

        By AMY SMITH Provincial Reporter
        Tue. Jan 6 - 9:23 PM


        Federal Liberal L

      • A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY
        01/06/09
        Today's Gaza deaths were a terrible, terrible tragedy. Among other things, I wish someone knew how to persuade Hamas to stop using innocents as human shields. But no one - within the Arab world or without - has ascertained how to do so. How does one negotiate with such an enemy?

      • RON ASHETON, R.I.P.
        01/06/09
        What a total, total drag. Now I regret not seeing them with Ig at Massey Hall.

        Damn.



      • I HAVE A BETTER IDEA(S)
        01/06/09
        ...instead, let's ban union leaders who are stupid, insensitive, ignorant and bigoted.

        ...or remove the banks' charter to operate, because they are being stupid and insensitive, too.

        Bashing union leaders and bank executives in one posting, and it's not even

      • HOCKEY COUNTRY
        01/05/09


        Took my wife three seconds to start bawling when the national anthem started up.

      • REAL PICTURE
        01/05/09


        Taken at a demo in Manhattan last week.

        Words fail, and not just me, either.




      • MEMO TO MY GOOD FRIEND JIM COYLE
        01/05/09
        Who has this morning written this.

        Who should perhaps look at this.

        And this.

        And this.

        Channelling, indeed.


      • PLAGIARISM IS, ER, PLAGIARISM
        01/05/09
        Now, not only does Bork Newsbought copy all of his newslinks from National Newswatch - he also now has rejigged his look to resemble National Newswatch. You might ask: Why would anyone pay anything for a copy-cat?

        Oh, that's right. The Conservative Party does.

      • SECRET LIBERAL CAUCUS TALKING POINTS
        01/05/09
        Seeing as how a certain columnist has penned a missive this morn about Michael Ignatieff, and seeing as how some caucus folks might notice same, we bring the following to your attention:
        • The last thing voters want during any holidays is politics.
        • The last thing Canadian voters wa

      • W@AL: THE ESCHATOLOGY OF PIGSKIN
        01/04/09
        Okay. Everyone's miserable.

        It's cold. It's winter. Work starts in earnest tomorrow. School, too (yay! say us parents).

        What better way to cheer up a mopey nation than with a heretofore unseen Summertime Warren At Arm's Length - one about the simple, pris

      • NO MORE TRIPS STATESIDE
        01/04/09


        Spotted at a Toronto rink just now: the elusive, perfect Almond Joy.

        First Diet Dr. Pepper, then fishy crackers. Who needs America?

        [Pause.]

        Oh, wait. We still don't have Rice Chex, do we? Never mind.

      • MINTY FRESH
        01/04/09
        So my daughter and I are at Mass, and she decides that giving the Eucharist a "minty fresh" taste will help fill the pews.

        The Kinsella Family, on guard for your PR needs, 24/7.


      • CHOOSING SIDES
        01/03/09
        Now that Israeli troops are moving into Gaza, the rhetoric - on both sides of the divide - will grow a lot more heated. That's to be expected, I guess.

        My views on Israel haven't changed. I'm a Liberal, and a liberal, and I stand with Israel. I don't tend to be as

      • THE TING THEORY
        01/03/09

        You can call this one the Ting theory.

        A couple weeks before Christmas, we brought our kids to Jamaica for my brother's wedding. We'd been there many times, but it was a first for the kids.

        Among other things, we told them about the many new tastes they'd

      • CBC'S THE CURRENT
        01/01/09
        I forgot I was on their show, this week, with Peggy Nash and Harvie Andre, for one of those year-end commentariat things. We agreed more than we disagreed.

        It's here.

        Happy Noo Yeer!

  • 2008
    • December
      • TEN POLITICAL PREDICTIONS FOR 2009
        12/31/08
        Lots of media folks – who have never stuffed a political envelope, or walked a campaign canvass in their lives – are writing thumbsuckers about their political predictions for the year ahead. To balance out the universe, I thought I would make some media predictions for the year ahead. But I could

      • THE TOP ALBUMS OF 2008
        12/31/08
        It’s not my list anymore, really. It’s Scott’s list.

        Every year, right around now, Scott – the top PR guy at Random House, a great pal and the manager of SFH for about a day – writes to me, and inquires about the list. That is, the Top Ten Albums of the Year List.

        No one

      • WK WARHOL
        12/30/08
        This is a rendering of Yours Truly, by Daughter. I sense ACA (or, sigh, OCA) in the offing.



        Free WK book for the best caption. Fire away, cowboys. Be mean. I can take it.



      • ANSWERING ISRAEL'S CRITICS
        12/30/08
        Six clichés you are likely to hear constantly in the coming days, and why they’re false, by Yigal Walt. Published today, here.

        1. “Israel’s response in Gaza is disproportionate.”

        Since when is war a mathematical equation? The basic objective of any warring party is

      • BLOGGER APPEAL
        12/30/08

        Blogfather Hossein Derakhshan
        Let's see if we can help out a fellow writer, please.

        The Iranian Embassy's contact information is found here. Please be polite but clear.

        Thanks.

      • LIBERALS ON THE MIDDLE EAST/ABORTION
        12/30/08
        Two pretty hot topics.

        On the Middle East: "The Liberal Party of Canada unequivocally condemns the rocket attacks launched by Hamas against Israeli civilians and calls for an immediate end to these attacks. We affirm Israel's right to defend itself against such attacks, and

      • PLUCKY
        12/29/08
        Spotted by Norman, natch:

        Michael Ignatieff, interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada:

        Resolution: "I do not usually make New Year's resolutions. But I think I shall make an exception for 2009: I resolve to trim my eyebrows more often."

      • HIDDEN AGENDA NOT SO HIDDEN
        12/29/08


        "The abortion debate is about to enter a "new era" of advocacy for the rights of the unborn, says a Conservative MP who recently took over the chairmanship of a secretive, parliamentary anti-abortion caucus."

      • GLIB AND MEAN
        12/29/08
        This morning's above-the-fold, page-one analysis of the current Middle Eastern conflict – by the Globe’s Middle East Correspondent, Patrick Martin – is grossly, patently unfair. It stinks, in fact.

        You can read it all here.

        Now, no one in Gaza or Jerusalem is pausing

      • JFK ON ISRAEL
        12/28/08
        "Israel was not created in order to disappear - Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom."


      • W@AL: SECRET LOCATION OF CONSERVATIVE WAR ROOM REVEALED
        12/28/08
        It's scary. It's creepy. It's nasty.

        It's Jason Kenney's new home.



      • ASPIRING COP KILLER/BOMBER AND FRIENDS DON'T LIKE ME
        12/28/08
        ...and I am quite upset, as you can well imagine.

        As I explain in this book, me and my friends left the punk scene in the early 1980s because we got sick of the violence and the insanity. Not to mention the friends killing themselves with junk.

        If you've got some time t

      • BEST YEAR-ENDER SO FAR
        12/28/08
        It's the dying days of the year, so journos write up their year-end thingies. Lynda Hurst has a wonderfully-written one in the Star. Angelo Persichilli is right to declare Michael Ignatieff a winner - but not so much his principal opponent. And Hubert Bauch has a quotable one in the Gaz

      • HOLIDAY WISDOM
        12/27/08
        It's the holidays, and we were hanging out, and so I told two of our boys it is important we be thankful for family, and remember those who didn't get to be with us at Christmas.

        Ten-year-old: [After a long pause.] Life goes too fast, Daddy.

        Just-turned-nine-year

      • DREIDELGATE - THE CTV STORY ON BURKE AND THE HARPER CONSERVATIVES
        12/27/08


      • THE CURIOUS CASE OF GEORGANNE BURKE
        12/26/08


        The nation learned all about Ms. Burke on Christmas Eve - when it was reported she had allegedly threatened to pull the funding for a school for disabled Jewish children. Their crime? Permitting Michael Ignatieff to participate in a menorah lighting ceremony.

        The st

      • 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
        12/24/08
        ...And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

        Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

        When out on the TV there arose such a clatter,

        I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

        Away to the console I flew with a bound,

        C

      • THE CHUBBY BEARDED FELLOW IS ON THE MOVE
        12/24/08


        ...here's how to feel better: see where Santa is, right now.

      • CHRISTMAS EVE DOLOR
        12/24/08
        I’m in a funk, a melancholy mood. There are all sorts of reasons for that – the growing apocalypse certainly ranks up there – but I won’t trouble anyone with my Irish Catholic pathos. Just put it down to the weather.

        All roses and mustard gas, I troll the Internet, and come up with t

      • SENATOR DUFFY
        12/23/08
        I've slept on it - and I still think Mike Duffy, Pam Wallin and Nancy Greene are good picks.

        (My views on the Senate itself haven't changed, however: in a modern democracy, an appointed body is a disgrace, and it should be abolished. And my views on yesterday's orgy of

      • SAY ONE THING, DO ANOTHER
        12/22/08
        The issue isn't whether a particular appointment is good or bad - and most of us will think Duffy, Wallin and Greene are all good (and that's why they leaked those names first, of course).

        The issue is the Harper Conservatives have broken their word, on an issue that is cruci

      • JOE STRUMMER
        12/22/08
        Six years ago today. Six years! Has it been that long?

        Here he is in that fabled performance with Jonesy - playing in Acton for striking firemen, and just a few days before his death.

        I miss him.



      • HAPPY CHANUKAH!
        12/22/08


        UPDATE:...and I am reliably informed that the federal Conservatives did all they could do - including threatening people - to prevent this wonderful religious ceremony from taking place. Anyone with details/emails they want to pass along, feel free. Anonymity guaranteed.

      • MORE POWERS AND KINSELLA
        12/21/08
        Like, and we haven't had more than enough, already?

        Someone put this segment from Friday on the Internet. I like how our lips are out of sync from our words. It's like a bizarre German art film, without the nudity.




      • ME AND POWERS' FINAL COLUMN IN THIS YEAR'S HILL TIMES
        12/21/08
        ...in which we knock each other around, a bit, like brothers do.

        Here's my take.

        ...

        Jobs, jobs, jobs.

        Those were the words my former boss, Jean Chrétien, hollered from podiums right across Canada in the bad, bad days of the early 1990s. Tory tim

      • BULLY FOR YOU
        12/20/08
        Is the Conservative leader a bully?

        He certainly gets called one often enough, but not ever by me. Two reasons.

        One, in politics at least, calling one's opponent a "bully" implicitly suggests he or she has bested you. That you are indeed weak, and that you want

      • CANADA: SPECIAL OR SECOND-RATE?
        12/20/08
        ...and Canada is special.

        To the Notional Pest, however, we are a second-rate socialist nation and not special at all.

        Or so said their oracle, in their pages, not so long ago.

        Whose vision do you favour?


      • TORQUEMADA?
        12/19/08
        Sounds like a new line of SUVs.

        Not that there are any more SUVs.

        Nor "lines."

        Welcome to Stephen Harper's Canada!

      • LIVE WITH SENATOR DUFFY!
        12/19/08


        All-Canadian boy ventures into raging storm to bring you the Liberal truth!

        Here in TeeDot, it's Snowmaggeddon, baby! But neither sleet nor snow will keep me, Mike Duffy or Tim Powers from doing the commentariat thing for you, Canada!

        Momentarily, I plan to te

      • CANWEST HITS 34 CENTS
        12/18/08
        No media property is doing well. But CanWest is expanding the popular understanding of "junk bond status."

        How did they get so low? As the Post slips beneath the waves, there will be theories aplenty. But if you ask me, and you sort-of have, permitting a managing editor

      • THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW
        12/18/08
        THEN:

        Stephen Harper, September 15, 2008: "My own belief is if we were going to have some kind of big crash or recession, we probably would have had it by now."

        NOW:

        URGENT Budget Deficit
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Dec 18, 2008

      • ECONOMIC CRISIS WILL END
        12/17/08
        ...so says the Bank of Canada guy.

        Fortunately - hopefully - it will be too late for some.


      • THE CONSERVATIVES ARE A DISGRACE
        12/17/08
        Bob Fowler is the brother to Dom LeBlanc's step-mother. They are family.

        So, when Dom says something about his family, and how they are worried about a loved one - and when he even praises the work being done by Foreign Affairs - what do the Conservatives do? They pay their pa

      • "THEY ARE MAKING IT UP AS THEY GO ALONG"
        12/17/08
        "There's something deeper going on. I think the government itself is making this up as it goes along."

        That's Doug McArthur in today's Globe. He, and others, have reacted with astonishment to the spectacle of a Prime Minister talking about a Depression coming.

      • WHY MICHAEL WILL BE PRIME MINISTER
        12/16/08
        Ignatieff ascension to Liberal leader favourably viewed: Poll (Ignatieff-Poll)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Dec 16, 2008 15:33

        OTTAWA - A new poll suggests Canadians are favourably impressed by Michael Ignatieff's installation as federal Liberal leader.

        Half

      • FRANKIE VENOM
        12/16/08
        My tribute to the Teenage Head front man in the new accessmag.

      • COMMENTS ON COMMENTS
        12/15/08
        Arrrgh!

        Since Haloscan (never very good to staret with) got bought out by "JS Kit" I have been driven batty. Batty, I tell you! The problems are myriad. Latest: this stupid "ratings" thing, above. I don't know how it got there, and I don't know how to get r

      • GOOD GOD, MAKE IT STOP
        12/15/08
        By now, regular readers are familiar with lots of bad things happening when Warren step onto an airplane.

        There are freak snowstorms. There are freak thunderstorms. There are extraordinary delays. There are many, many bad things that happen to Warren on planes. He gives an entirely new

      • IRIE MON
        12/15/08
        We are about to board WestJet (yes, yes, I know) for TeeDot.

        You have never seen so many Ps, UTDs, and UHDs* in your life, mon.

        [*Pastafarians, Unfortunate Tattoo Decisions, Unfortunate Hair Decisions]

      • HOMEWARD BOUND
        12/15/08
        "It’s still broke and scarred by internal battles dating back to the Chretien-Martin years."

        As we pack our bags for the journey home - the kids want to stay, they've decided hockey is overrated and they like Jamaica a lot better - the line above gave me a moment'

      • I'LL SAY TWO THINGS ABOUT THE ACTORS IN THIS LITTLE DRAMA
        12/14/08
        I want the Iraqi guy on my baseball team. And I want the American guy on my dodgeball team.



      • BOWIE NAILS IT
        12/14/08
        Here.

        Unrelated offer: Conservatives who would like to share their views about Newman - one of them recently told me, not for the first time, that "I hope you crush that motherf@%*er;" one of his former teachers, also a conservative, told me he is "insane" - please

      • W@AL:THE DESPERATE SEARCH FOR A LONG-LOST LOVED ONE
        12/14/08
        I stood in the water, on another windy Jamaican day, looking for her.

        Back home, in the wintry North, a broken little fish lingers by the phone. Waiting. Hoping.

        Praying.





      • A BUNCH OF MONTREALERS IN JAMAICA...
        12/14/08
        ...no, it's not the start to a bar room joke. It's what we have here, today, so I figured I'd give the Montrealers present what the Gazette is saying this morning about politics back home in the wintry North.

        Both these guys are Tories, too. Interesting, non?

      • YOUR MORNING ROUND-UP
        12/13/08
        We're taking the kids to ride dolphins in Ocho Rios - I kid you not - but I wanted to provide a sampling, from afar, about what folks are saying about Messrs. Ignatieff and Harper.

        Bottom line: it's a whole new ball game, baby.

        Flipper, here we come!

        • Tor

      • AT THE MEAT SHOP IN JAMAICA
        12/12/08


      • MINI-MORNING MICHAEL
        12/12/08
        • Michael Den Tandt, Ottawa Sun: "IGGY CHANGES GAME...Michael Ignatieff changes the game. He projects intelligence, confidence and force. At his best, Harper does too. But Harper these days is not at his best. In his CBC interview the other night, Harper looked like a man in the throes of a m

      • QUESTIONS FOR TEAM PROPELLERHEAD
        12/12/08
        Haloscan's been bought out by a firm which obliges me to use their new template for Comments. What do you think of it?

        Also, I can no longer post to wk.com from a Berry - I get a message now that says "MISSING INPUT REQUIRED." Or something like that. Anyone know why?
      • I HAVE TWO BRAVE FRIENDS
        12/12/08
        Here.

        Now, lets wait for Messrs. Kay et al. to defend the "rights" of the Nazi in this tale.

      • WELLS ON HARPER
        12/12/08
        "Stephen Harper spent his whole adult life complaining that the state was no good for anything. Now, under him, it is so. Consistency at last."

        That about nails it. How he could go from canny über-strategist to one-man nation-wrecker in just a few weeks is a mystery to me. But

      • THREE MORE REASONS WHY MICHAEL IGNATIEFF WILL BE PRIME MINISTER
        12/11/08

        With the Conservatives, you may now lose your home.

        With the Conservatives, you'll get 18 hacks jammed into the Senate - thereby doing what the Harper types swore they'd never do.

        With the Conservatives, you get people who say one thing and do another.

      • YOUR MORNING MICHAEL
        12/11/08
        • Stephen Maher, Chronicle Herald: "FINALLY, A REAL CONTENDER...watching Michael Ignatieff’s first news conference as Liberal leader may have been a disquieting experience for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Since 2006, Mr. Harper has faced a chief rival who lacked the skills to successfully l

      • (POSSIBLY) INTERESTING FACT
        12/10/08
        The new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada has referred to me as "the Spanish Inquistion."

        Any of you who know me will not be surprised, in the slightest, to hear that I consider that the highest form of complement.



      • MICHAEL IGNATIEFF, (INTERIM) LEADER
        12/10/08
        Man, it is just so great to read this:

        ...

        Liberals name Ignatieff as interim leader (URGENT-Liberal-Leadershi)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Dec 10, 2008 14:11

        OTTAWA - It's official: Michael Ignatieff is the interim leader of the federal Liberal

      • I AM WATCHING BOB RAE LIVE, FROM JAMAICA NO LESS
        12/09/08
        ...on CTV, which has absolutely dominated the coverage in recent weeks.

        Bob Rae was generous and kind, and we all need to heed these words:

        "It is only in working together we are going to achieve great things for all Canadians...all of us must put our passion to work f

      • SO BEGINS THE FIGHT FOR CANADA
        12/09/08
        ...and we will win it. With the best front bench anyone has ever seen - including, notably, Stephane, Bob and Dom. We have got some of the best political organizers around, from all sides. And the party and the grassroots are itching for a scrap, too, as evidenced by last week's events.
      • IS IT OVER?
        12/09/08
        Just received from a media friend:

        Hope your having a great, safe trip.

        Thought you'd like to see this. Best, XXXXX.

        Bob Rae to end bid for Liberal leadership: CTV

        Updated Tue. Dec. 9 2008 10:18 AM ET

        CTV.ca News Staff

        Bob Rae ha

      • CONSERVATIVE SLIME
        12/09/08
        Oh, look: there is a pile of garbage on Bork Newsbought this morning - I won't provide a link, let alone quote it - sliming Michael Ignatieff. He even smears Michael's wife.

        This disgusts me, and others. But Pierre Bourque, with whom I was actually once friendly, is not th

      • W@AL IN JAMAICA: THE BART THE FISH SONG!
        12/08/08
        ...and it has nothing to do with Liberal Party politics! Swear!

        The song that the civilized world has been waiting for: The Bart The Fish Song!

        From a (really, really) wind-swept beach near Duncans in Jamaica, Winkie and Rockin' Al - along with the Clapping Children

      • DION TO RESIGN
        12/08/08
        I just want it noted that - even from Jamaica - I attend to your Interweeb needs. Free of charge. Without a word of complaint.

        ...

        Dion to resign as Liberal leader today (Liberal-Leadership)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Dec 8, 2008 13:03

        OTTAWA - Ste

      • GOOD MORNING, MON
        12/08/08
        From a great distance - heck, even from a very short distance, like if I was hanging off the Peace Tower, say - I couldn't tell you if this Globe and Mail is all true. But, whatever the distance from which you regard it, it is something to read. It may even be a bit of history, like Ni

      • JAMAICA BOUND
        12/07/08

        Live from Pearson: white guy with very large head!

        Canada has been a bit too exciting for the past week or so. So we have decided to journey back to Jamaica!

        Among other things, we intend to search for Bart's long-lost mother. And attend Bjorn's wedding thing. <

      • SAD ANNIVERSARY
        12/06/08
        I was working in Jean Chrétien's office when the terrible news of that day started to trickle in. Every year, I try and write something about the anniversary on this web site.

        This year, I turn it over to Michael Ignatieff.

        ...

        Nineteen years ago today, 14 you

      • WHO'S HOT, WHOSE CAREER IS SHOT
        12/06/08
        In Jane Taber's "Hot and Not" column, in today's Globe, she writes, inter alia:

        Not: Stéphane Dion's chief of staff, Johanne Sénécal, for the botched videotape address. Liberal MPs were stunned to discover that Ms. Sénécal totally cut out the leader's communi

      • CAT, PIGEONS: MINGLE
        12/05/08
        Wow.

        This will get tongues wagging, I expect.

        UPDATE: And here's me earlier on Mike's show, bobbing and weaving, with my brother Powers. I pledge to hug him at the end.

        UPDATER: Earlier on, on Canada Ayem. You have to look for it.

      • 100 HEROES
        12/05/08
        Very sad day.

        It was always going to come, this day, but it's sad nonetheless.


      • GOOD MORNING, CANADA
        12/05/08
        Just did a political panel on Canada AM. Off-camera, we chatted about the Globe story on page one today.

        The collective view: makes sense. Some people just are a lot more comfortable about governing with the NDP than others.


      • HEGELIAN
        12/04/08
        Thesis: "We have a majority of the people of this country behind us."

        Antithesis: "The Conservative Party is significantly up from the election in the party standings." And: "Overall, this is breaking quite clearly to the government as opposed to the coal

      • BACK FROM THE BRINK
        12/04/08
        Below, I have posted today's remarks by Stephen Harper and Stephane Dion. Both of them have dialled down the rhetoric - and both of them have clearly indicated their desire to cooperate for the greater good.

        The next few days and weeks will make clear what is puffery and what is not

      • NOW YOU ALL GO BACK TO YOUR ROOMS, AND DON'T COME OUT UNTIL SUPPERTIME
        12/04/08
        Governor General agrees to suspend Parliament (Parliament-Crisis)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Dec 4, 2008 12:03

        OTTAWA - Stephen Harper has won his battle to hang on as prime minister - at least until January.

        Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean agreed Thursday to Harper�

      • A BOUNTY ON OUR HEADS
        12/04/08
        ...that, at least, seems to be what is sought for me ["Swillella"] and M. J. Murphy ["BCL"] at Free Dominion, a web site run by supporters of Stephen Harper (he has appeared onstage, side-by-side with the web site's owners). Here's a sampling, and the link:

      • TWO BRAVE MEN IN THE GUELPH MERCURY
        12/03/08
        I was in Guelph last Friday for a meeting. I wish I had met Frank Valeriote then. Maybe someday soon.

        Here's another brave man, Michael Chong, from the other side of the aisle. We were at a wonderful Sikh wedding last weekend, and Michael was there - and I can attest to the fa

      • THE TAPE DELAY
        12/03/08
        This is pathetic.

        Someone should be fired, full stop.

      • POLITICAL SCIENTIST ON THE RADIO
        12/03/08
        It's been another crazy day. Still at the office. Those successive 14-hour days get to you, at my advanced age.

        I'd forgotten, early this morning, hearing on CBC Radio a political science guy say he "loves" what's going on in Ottawa. That he's a political

      • SO MUCH FOR THAT TALKING POINT
        12/03/08
        Here.

        Next up:

        1. It's Bolshevism run amok!

        2. It's unelected and undemocratic!

        3. Ed Stelmach still doesn't like it!

        4. We're really, really sorry and, um, we've learned our lesson, honest.

        Bottom line:

      • ONE THING'S FOR SURE
        12/03/08
        What will the GG do? Who knows. I sure don’t, and neither does anyone else reading this (well, maybe one person – one former GG once told me he/she actually read this little web site, God knows why).

        Anyway. What we do know is, whatever she decides, Stephen Harper – as yesterday, when n

      • DEMOCRACY
        12/02/08
        "In a time of universal deceit,
        telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."

        George Orwell famously said that. He's right, of course.

        I am heading off to sleep for a long while - it has been quite a collection of days.

        Before I go,

      • THE RINGERS
        12/02/08
        Herwith, a fave new group of musical lunatics, all improbably sharing similar handles.

        I hear Strokes, Libertines and Iggy in here (the musical one, the one that is God, not the political one). Not a bad start.





      • IS STEPHEN HARPER FINISHED?
        12/02/08
        Stephen Harper is in trouble. Of that, there can be no doubt. I have heard from senior Conservatives - and even some present and former caucus members - who are very, very angry at him. More than one noted to me how much Jim Prentice looked like a leader in Question Period – and how the Prime Min

      • THE BIG QUESTION
        12/01/08
        Can they all work together?

        In our current economic circumstances, we are seeing plenty evidence to suggest that people with differing ideologies can, and should, come together for the common good.

        Stephen Harper and his team did not understand that, or accept that. They p

      • THE LIBERAL LEADERSHIP RACE WILL CONTINUE
        12/01/08
        ...and so too the stable governance of the country.

        Michael and his leadership opponents seen here.

        (By the way, have you noticed the Conservatives in Question Period are starting to go through the Kubler-Ross' model, the Five Stages of Grief - denial, anger, sadness,

      • NOW YOU KNOW WHY I THINK POLITICS IS EXCITING
        12/01/08
        Leadership candidates agree to Dion as PM
        Updated Mon. Dec. 1 2008 2:02 PM ET

        CTV.ca News Staff

        The three main contenders to replace Liberal Leader Stephane Dion announced on Monday their unanimous agreement that Dion should lead a coalition with the NDP and serve as in

      • BO BURNHAM, TEEN INTERWEEB SENSATION
        12/01/08
        He's just 18, he's funny and smart, and he's become a star by posting vids of his songs to YouTube. Here's one of Bo Burnham's better-known ditties.



      • WHY YOU SHOULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT YOU READ IN SOME PAPERS
        12/01/08
        The National Post — 10:34 p.m.: Coalition success may ride on Ignatieff, and he isn't game

        The National Post — 11:09 p.m.: Ignatieff would be PM in a Liberal-led coalition

        Channeling Chuck D, I urge all and sundry: don't believe the hype!

        And don'

    • November
      • MICHAEL ON THE WEEKEND'S EVENTS
        11/30/08


      • ANOTHER PROUD CONSERVATIVE SPEAKS OUT
        11/30/08
        Here.

        Do you think, fellas, that this sort of thing is in any way assisting you, as you desperately seek to remain in power?

        Like many Liberals, I don't know much about this coalition stuff beyond what I read in the papers. I have reservations about some of what I read.

      • IN THE WHIG STANDARD
        11/29/08
        Here.

      • PEOPLE APPLYING FOR THEIR OWN JOBS
        11/29/08
        Seen here, as first spotted by Dan.

        Sad, really.



      • REPRESENTATIVE CONSERVATIVE THINKING?
        11/29/08
        Here.

        Humiliating defeat is tough to take, even for the profoundly mentally ill.

      • I'M SORRY, SIR, THIS SEAT IS TAKEN
        11/28/08


      • MICHAEL SPEAKS
        11/28/08
        Some of you have asked me what Michael Ignatieff thinks. Here's what Michael Ignatieff thinks.

        ...

        Michael Ignatieff speaks to CTV News
        Friday, November 28, 2008, 11:25 am
        Pearson International Airport

        CTV News: Liberal leadership contender Mi

      • THE TOUGH GUYS BLINk
        11/28/08
        Chickenshits.

        ...

        Conservatives drop party-funding cuts from key motion
        Last Updated: Friday, November 28, 2008 | 2:53 PM ET Comments575Recommend276CBC News
        The government won't include a controversial proposal to end public subsidies of political parties in

      • LOOKS LIKE A PRIME MINISTER TO ME
        11/28/08
        I am presently sick as a dog, but I like the caption, too. It makes me feel better.



      • ANOTHER NATIONAL POST/LEVANT APOLOGY
        11/28/08
        This is getting to be a regular thing for these guys - perhaps they could make it a new feature in the newspaper!

        Of course, that would require them making payroll beyond Christmas. Never mind.

        ...


        Retraction
        Posted: November 27, 2008, 9:11 PM b

      • W@AL: BART SAYS "BRING IT, STEVE!"
        11/27/08
        At a time when thousands of Canadian families are losing their livelihood - at a time when things are getting worse every day, and the Harper regime has no plan, none, to deal with it - Bart speaks out.

        He's one pissed off little fish.



      • PARTISANSHIP AT QUEEN'S PARK (AND ELSEWHERE)
        11/27/08
        The CP story below demonstrates that political parties - at Queen's Park, at least - can work together for the common good. They all deserve credit, here.

        Meanwhile, up in Ottawa, the Reform-Conservatives are giggling about their latest bit of cleverness - you know, in the midst of

      • FROM THE ARCHIVES: FRIENDLY FIRE
        11/27/08
        Harper is flip-flopping on 'election gag law'
        Gerry Nicholls
        734 words
        23 May 2007
        The Toronto Star
        ONT
        A17
        English
        Copyright (c) 2007 The Toronto Star

        Prime Minister Stephen Harper used to believe in free political speech. Back in

      • A SUGGESTION FOR A PROMISE BY STEPHEN HARPER
        11/26/08
        Instead of all of this stuff, which voters will be smart enough to recognize for what it is, I recommend that this pledge be offered up:

        Dear Parliamentarians:

        I, Stephen Harper, wish to lead by example. Therefore, I pledge:

        1. To transfer to the treasury all pr

      • THE FOLLY OF YOUTH
        11/26/08
        I actually have a tiny amount of sympathy for the Carleton University Student’s Association (CUSA). A very tiny amount.

        The university’s student council, as you perhaps have heard, recently decided to drop cystic fibrosis from its annual Shinerama fundraiser – because, it believed, CF wa

      • MERCER WILL COME AFTER US, NATURALLY
        11/26/08
        ...and soon enough. We may well even deserve it.

        Until that day arrives, however, this is pretty funny.




      • I LOVE THE SMELL OF A LAWSUIT IN THE MORNING
        11/25/08
        Sweet Jesus, am I ever going to take a chainsaw to someone's pitiful existence - and a newish house in Calgary, too! A twofer!

      • WHY IGNATIEFF WILL BE PRIME MINISTER, PART 3
        11/25/08
        "Canada's jobless rate to hit 7.5% by 2010, report warns"

        "According to the latest Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development outlook, Canada's economy will shrink in the current quarter and in the first and second quarters of 2009, meaning it will

      • DON MARTIN: "HARPER FLIP-FLOPS ON RUNNING A DEFICIT"
        11/25/08
        You'll be seeing that headline in a Liberal campaign ad sometime soon.

        Yet more evidence of why Don Martin is one of the most independent (and therefore fearless) guys in the Gallery. And I say that knowing full well that he'll whack my side before too long.

        The mo

      • THE MODERNETTES
        11/24/08
        What God-like geniuses this Vancouver trio was. Go, Buck, go!

        (You can still get their stuff on Joey Shithead's essential Sudden Death Records.)



      • QUESTION PERIOD
        11/24/08
        "Mr. Speaker, on his web site on the evening of November 24, 2008, a member of the Conservative Party war room - and a Conservative Party spokesman - stated that he and his colleagues called a proposal 'the Jewish Green Shift,' quote unquote. On his web site, Ezra Levant also stated

      • TORY TIMES ARE BAD TIMES
        11/24/08
        Federal deficit could exceed $27B next year,
        Ottawa think tank says

        That's not a headline. That's an inscription on a tombstone.



      • SECTION 13, UPDATED A LITTLE BIT
        11/24/08
        Interesting.

        My view, going back a few months.

        Meanwhile, like CJC and B'nai Brith, I support some of his conclusions, some not so much. I don't, for example, support Professor Moon's apparent suggestion that all hateful statements now be handled by the po

      • THE REAL OBAMA-HARPER RELATIONSHIP
        11/24/08
        From today's Hill Times:

        ...

        As some folks may know, I am supporting Michael Ignatieff in this Liberal leadership thing. And it's not fair that I use my bit of real estate to talk about him or Messrs. LeBlanc or Rae. So, instead, I offer something else entirely:

      • DONE LIKE DEFICITS
        11/23/08
        In politics, you know you are done when:

        1. You do something you "vowed" you'd never do.

        2. You try to be something you're not.

        The Conservatives have full-on lied about the deficit, and now they are attempting to contort themselves into Keynesia

      • THE PAST
        11/23/08
        Charles Caleb Colton: "To look back to antiquity is one thing, to go back to it is another."

      • SATURDAY AT THE RINK
        11/22/08
        So there I was, bleary eyed, in the midst of the usual weekend routine - ferrying between swimming pools, birthday parties, hockey rinks - when a woman approached me at our littlest guy's game. She introduced herself.

        Two years ago, as some of you may recall, there was a huge and ug

      • GEORGE TAKEI WAS ALWAYS MY FAVOURITE, ANYWAY
        11/21/08
        This past week, as you perhaps know, my brother Bernie Farber and I did the Michael Coren Show. It was about human rights commissions and section 13 and stuff like that. In our current dire economic circumstances, it all seems rather like the subject-matter of a high school debate, plucked from

      • UNIQUE ACTS OF THE IMAGINATION
        11/21/08
        Ignatieff wrote this. I liked it, thought I'd share it.

        You're welcome.

        ...

        "The precondition for order in a liberal society is an act of the imagination: not a moral consensus or shared values, but the capacity to understand moral worlds differe

      • DEFINE OR BE DEFINED
        11/21/08
        My colleagues at Daisy have heard me say this to clients so many times they can recite it by heart: "Human nature being what it is, we all have an easier time saying what our positives are, and what our opponents' negatives are. Doing the reverse is much harder to do, but it ultimately d

      • CHRC CLEARED
        11/21/08
        Whatever will Messrs. Levant, Kay et al. do now?

        No worry. They'll find the cause of another neo-Nazi to champion soon enough. It's what they do, after all.

      • WHY IGNATIEFF WILL BE PRIME MINISTER, PT. 2
        11/20/08
        And this, for a party at the start of a leadership race, too. Nice.

        UPDATE: And more. Ask John McCain how this kind of stuff works out for the incumbent party.


      • COREN SHOW
        11/20/08
        The rightist blogosweird didn't really go bananas over what the censorious Warren and Bernie had to say the other night, I think, because what we had to say - to reasonable people, at least - probably didn't sound very censorious at all.

        Here's two parts of the show that so

      • DON'T GET ME STARTED
        11/20/08
        Global warming doesn't seem like such a bad idea, some mornings.


        Grrrrrr.

      • BITS AND PIECES, THIS AND THAT
        11/19/08
        • Martin Cauchon is an amazing guy, and a great friend. He would have made for a terrific leadership contestant – but I’m glad he’s back. We need him.
        • What a laugh. Lessons about diplomacy, from the guy who wrote that Dalton McGuinty won re-election with a racist strategy.

      • MYSTERIES ABOUND
        11/18/08
        First the PM loses his lawyer - the fearless and dogged Rick Dearden, for whom I was privileged to work - leaving many of us puzzled. Very, very weird.

        Then this. Looking at their resolutions in Winnipeg, I thought the Conservatives were the party of free speech and say-what-you-w

      • HIDDEN AGENDA UPDATE
        11/18/08
        From "LifeSite News":

        "While the 2000 delegates at this weekend’s Conservative Convention in Winnipeg voted on numerous resolutions relating to the party's future, commentators say that the passing of Resolutions P-207 and P-203 in particular indicate that social cons

      • LIFE IMITATES ART
        11/18/08

        1. Pourquoi.

        2. Must-read.



      • DIRTY BIRD
        11/17/08

        New! It's the family-sized KFC Nugget!

        Up North to take one of our boys to hockey, and - sweet God forgive me - I succumbed. You know - that trademarked KFC odour they spray along select roadways.

        I am so weak, I am so weak, I said, forking over some grimy bi

      • COREN SHOW, SPEECH AND HATE
        11/17/08
        My buddy Bernie Farber and I will be taping Michael Coren's show tomorrow, for broadcast tomorrow night. Our opponents, for the purpose of the debate, are two fellows who are very pro-speechy and not so pro-Muslim.

        This subject will be raised, I suspect. It'll be interestin

      • EMPIRE OF DIRT
        11/16/08
        He is a genius, I think. You have to see him do this in concert.

        Conrad has the best definition in Heart of Darkness: "life is the arrangement of merciless logic for futile purpose."

        A crop of unextinguishable regrets.



      • SMALL IS BIG
        11/16/08


      • FROM THE ARCHIVES
        11/16/08
        EDITORIAL
        Darts and Laurels
        158 words
        5 March 1991
        The Toronto Star
        FIN
        A16
        English
        Copyright (c) 1991 The Toronto Star

        Premier Bob Rae. For changing his tune. Rae went along with a decision at the weekend New Democratic Party convention to

      • CHANNEL CHANGER
        11/16/08
        If you knew this was coming, you'd want to change the channel to something else, too.

        Attacking the very Liberal Party folks who'll comprise the delegates you need for your leadership bid, however, ain't the best way to go about doing that.

        UPDATE: The Co

      • MEMO TO THE PREMIER
        11/16/08
        Dear Bob:

        We don't understand. Didn't you pledge not to attack your opponent in this race? And, a few days into it, you're doing the opposite?

        As you know, or should, the leadership candidates agreed to a request from grassroots Liberals for an open and frank d

      • COMMENT ON COMMENTS
        11/15/08
        As a few folks have noticed, comments on wk.com are back. I opened 'em up again on the day Michael Ignatieff announced his candidacy for the Liberal Party leadership - and a week after comments were shut down entirely.

        A minority, mainly Tory trolls, were doing what you have seen ha

      • JOHN HOLT
        11/15/08

        ...and some old punk rocker, backstage. The old punk will post one of John's big tunes - when he wakes up.

        Here you go.

      • THE PHOTO TO GIVE TO THE COPS
        11/14/08


        Here is a shot of Hale and Pinky, taken a few minutes ago at the John Holt show at the Phoenix. John Holt is a reggae legend. Hale and Pinky are lunatics, and I will be in Jamaica with them next week.

        If my body is not found, this is the shot you give to the police. They'

      • MICHAEL IN THE MORNING
        11/14/08
        Not a bad start. The mouth-breathing Conservative war room bloggers - and their official organ, the penny-stock National Post, and their paid-for-headlines aggregator, Bork Newsbought - are going nuts already, and overreacting. I wonder why?

        Because they're worried, that's

      • THE NEXT PRIME MINISTER
        11/13/08


        I’m back – and I’m supporting Michael Ignatieff.

        It is Michael, in fact, who has persuaded me to end my years-long “exile” from the Liberal Party of Canada.

        Some months ago, I was in Montreal to give a speech to a group of Conservative, Liberal and Green Pa

      • BART BACKLASH BEGINS
        11/13/08
        Less than 24 hours after the Bart the Fish for Liberal Leader group started on Facebook - the backlash begins!

        Jedras is now leading the ABB group - Anybody But Bart!

        Good God, is there no decency left? Contacted for comment, one of Bart's senior strategists, speaking

      • LIBERAL LEADERSHIP RACE KICKS OFF: BARTMANIA BEGINS
        11/12/08
        Dan Fox has created the Bart the Fish For Liberal Leader group in Facebook!

        There are, uh, five members.

        But don't let the Bart Train leave the station without you onboard! Taxi chits, diplomatic appointments and expense accounts await! Bart is not afraid to offer patro

      • W@AL: LIBERAL LEADERSHIP PREFERENCE MADE PUBLIC!
        11/12/08
        Well, not really. That's a total lie, actually.

        We do have Bart intel, however.



      • WARREN'S LIB LEADERSHIP STRIPTEASE CONTINUES
        11/12/08
        ...and, soon, I will be down to the rug dance!

        In the meantime, however, I was up at Seneca College this morning to speak to a class about blogs and politics. Told them who I will likely support. Also said nice things about this person, who I adore.

        Now, put your hands to

      • REMEMBER
        11/11/08


      • FUTURE LEADER OF FREE WORLD SEEN POKING THROUGH THE UNDIES DRAWER
        11/10/08
        "She was just frantically ... trying to sort stuff out. That's the problem, you know, the kids lose underwear, and everything has to be accounted for."

        Sweet Jesus Mother of God, please make this woman the G.O.P. candidate in 2012. Please. Is that so much to ask? I&#

      • BORNE ON THE FM WAVES OF THE HEART
        11/10/08
        The world's greatest band, with one of their worst songs.

        Warren's thinning up top. Andrew's facial hair is out of control. Spot the mystery Calgarian.



      • COMMENTS
        11/10/08
        For those of you who are wondering:

        1. I didn't can 'em because, as some tinfoil hat-wearing types are suggesting, of some Liberal leadership thing. That's stupid. I did it because the inmates had taken over the asylum.

        2. If you are one of my 1, 300 Facebook

      • DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON YOUR WAY OUT
        11/10/08
        I remember a Conservative "strategist" at my former firm telling me it was "a disgrace," quote unquote, that the Liberal Party did not support George W. Bush.

        Golly, I wonder what his view would be today?

      • BARACK YOU'RE NOT
        11/10/08
        Look, I love Barack Obama as much as everyone. Actually, I love him more than anyone else in Canada.

        I have no less than eight (8) Barack Obama T-shirts. I have Barack Obama buttons (favourite: “Barack And Roll”). I have about a dozen Barack Obama posters, many of which are framed an

      • "THE AVERAGE CANADIAN"
        11/09/08
        ...isn't a tax-evading, bowtie-wearing loser who couldn't get more votes than Enza the Super Model.

        Heh.


      • VANCOUVER BECKONS
        11/09/08
        Ah, Springtime in Vancouver - when a young Grit's fancy turns to victory!

        Yes, I am channeling Lord Denning, but I am indeed pumped. Vancouver in May! It doesn't get any better than that. I plan to buy a number of Kwakiutl (or Kwakwaka'wakw) masks at Hill's, among oth

      • BET YOU WISH COMMENTS WEREN'T DISABLED NOW
        11/08/08
        Surveying the morning papers, I offer the following three political observations, for your perusal and amusement, but not necessarily commentary.

        As I suggested awhile back, anyone with 2006 Liberal leadership personal debt simply won't be credible as a leader-to-be possessing the w

      • COMMENTS ARE NO MORE
        11/08/08
        ...for the forseeable future, at least. Last night's posting was met with an avalanche of idiocy, principally from the conservative side of the spectrum.

        So screw it. I don't have the time or inclination to let this devolve into a lite version of Small Brain-dead Animals.

      • A NOTE TO OUR READERS
        11/07/08
        Two notes, actually.

        One: a kind soul saw our plight, and got us on the list at Kings of Leon. Cool.

        Two: dunno why, but the frigging idiot factor is getting huge in this web site's comments section. And it's pissing me off.

        I'm back as an active Li

      • KINGS OF LEON: A PLEA
        11/07/08


        Now that a goddamned hurricane has wrecked our plans for a reggae-intense Jamaica jaunt, Bjorn and I are looking for tix to the brothers Followill sold-out show at Kool Haus tonight.

        Got any? Lemme know in comments and you'll make a tidy profit!

      • MEMO TO MR. RAE
        11/07/08
        Dear Sir:

        Why are you letting prominent supporters go around saying stuff like this - which the Tories are cheerfully taking, and paying to get headlined, on places like Bork Newsbought? Why?

        Your faithful scribe,

        etc.

      • ALASKA DISASTA UPDATES HERE
        11/06/08


        By popular demand, some of the stories about the disaster that is Sarah Palin are found here and here and here and here.

        Where are you now, lunatic SoCon Palin-lovers? Awfully quiet out there in the blogosweird!

      • SO MUCH FOR THAT IDEA, MON
        11/06/08
        Paloma is more than another vehicle with a stupid name - it's also a big honkin' storm that has 86'd our trip to Jamaica, Jah rasta-far-i.

        Just as well, mon. Hard to improve a rude boy's tan in gale-force winds.


      • THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT THAT WAS
        11/05/08


        So much has been written, and said, about last night that I don't think I could provide any insight you haven't seen 100 times already. Historic, momentous, emotional: it all applies.

        At our party last night at the Daisy Group, we had a Liberal leadership candidate,

      • THE WORLD JUST GOT BETTER
        11/04/08
        ....eleven minutes ago.

        A big cheer went up, and it was just the most amazing thing. There are people getting pretty weepy here, right now.

        What a night.

      • W@AL: BART THE FISH PICKS THE NEXT U.S. PREZ!
        11/04/08
        Being a fish, and being a professional, Bart's kept quiet about who he favours in the U.S. presidential race.

        But today, on a truly historic voting day - and on the day of the big party at Daisy, where federal and provincial cabinet ministers and leaders will mix with Liberal leader

      • SO SAD
        11/03/08



        This is so sad. To get so close to a remarkable, historic day - and then to lose the woman who raised him.

        I'm watching him speak in Charlotte right now, and he is keeping it together better than I ever would. Very sad.


      • "WARREN KINSELLA IS HAVING A PARTY TOMORROW NIGHT"
        11/03/08
        ...that is not something one ever expects to hear on a major television network. I add, hastily, "but it's by invitation only, folks."

        Sorry about that.

        Here's Cynthia's report. My Mom will be pleased CITY-TV gave her daisy paintings some airtime! <

      • PALE, PALLID POST
        11/03/08
        ...and soon to be deceased, I expect.

        This is a shot of one of their boxes at the corner of Bloor and Bay Streets, shot just a few minutes ago.

        The end is nigh. However will Jonathan Kay be able to lionize neo-Nazis, on that sad day?

      • MONDAY MORNING BITS AND PIECES
        11/03/08
        • Hébert on Iggy: Worth reading. My personal rule of thumb, on these things, is to visit the House of Commons and watch the Conservative MPs. When some leadership contenders stand up to ask questions, the Tories keep noodling away on the Blackberries or reading Quorum. When certain Liberal MP

      • OBAMA REGGAE
        11/02/08
        Given that I am going to Jamaica this week for a few days, and given that Barack Obama is going to win the presidency in 48 hours, and given that it is my web site and I can do whatever I like with it, I figured I'd spin Cocoa Tea's Obama song again.

        So I did.

      • DONOLO ON THE NEXT LIBERAL LEADER
        11/01/08
        "Mr. Rae's really going to have to address the economic suspicion with which people regard him."

        True, that.


      • THE STUPIDEST MAN IN CANADIAN POLITICS*
        11/01/08
        ...is heard from again.

        Next up: The Scoop On Tax Avoidance!

        (* Well, he's one of them.)

      • IT'S ALL MY FAULT
        11/01/08
        Sent to me by someone at moveon.org:



        It's funny, but it makes an important point. If you have an American friend, change it and emil it to them.

        GOTOV: Get Out The Obama Vote!

      • TRICK OR TREAT
        11/01/08
        Look, I'm sorry, but jumping into the race on a Friday afternoon - and on Halloween, no less - just doesn't seem to be brilliant strategy.

        I mean, it just invites all sorts of funny analogies in comments, don't it?


    • October
      • CALLING ALL CANUCKS IN THE WINDY CITY
        10/31/08
        Are you a Canadian who is gonna be in Chicago on US Election Night?

        If so, I have a reporter friend who would love to interview you.

        Email wkinsella@hotmail.com if you are game!


      • THE NATIONAL POST
        10/31/08
        ...continues its transformation into a glorified blog for fringe rightist kooks.

        Amazing.


      • PAGE ONE
        10/31/08
        The Globe put this story on page one today.

        And well they should. In the political households of the nation, these be household names.

      • MCCAIN IS DONE
        10/30/08
        Stick in the proverbial fork.

        This is a clubbing at a level that is historic, basically.

      • MINISTER RAITT
        10/30/08
        She's a good friend, and we're proud of her. And not at all surprised to see her big win.

        Being a non-partisan, for a minute, I am happy to see more women in cabinet. They needed to do that. Good on Mr. Harper.

        ...

        Harper bolsters cabinet with rookie

      • CURRAN'S POLL
        10/30/08
        If you throw me a twenty and a case of Labatt, I'll tell you so you can win!

      • SHUFFLE?
        10/30/08
        What shuffle? This is what the politicos I know are talking about this morning!

        Hate to sound like a gushing teenager and all that, but - my God, Clinton is awesome. What a pro.

        Expect to hear some of Clinton's lines coming from federal Grits in coming months. His cri

      • OBAMA'S SHOW TONIGHT
        10/29/08
        Me and our littlest guy watched it. Big Obama fans around this house.



      • THIS IS BEAUTIFUL
        10/29/08
        ...in a business that isn't beautiful very often. This is so, so powerful.

        Change is coming.



      • SECRET REVEALED TO 300 CLOSE FRIENDS
        10/29/08
        I just did a political panel thing for the Ontario Real Estate Association with my pals Paul Rhodes (dirty rotten Tory) and Graham Murray (dirty rotten Dipper). I played the role of Dirty Rotten Grit.

        Before the assembled masses, I was asked by one nice lady who could lead the Liberal Pa

      • FRANK MCKENNA
        10/28/08
        He's a Hell of a politician, and he would have made a Hell of a candidate.

        ...

        McKenna won't run for federal Liberal leadership (Liberals-McKenna)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Oct 28, 2008 16:28

        OTTAWA - Former New Brunswick premier Frank McK

      • I HAVE A CANDIDATE
        10/28/08
        ...and I am very, very excited. This feels right, for me and a lot of other people. For a lot of reasons.

        Click here to learn who, and how to get involved.

      • FRANKED
        10/28/08
        I was their lawyer, for a while. Wornout Kinsellout/Chinchilla will miss them.

        ...
        Feisty Frank Magazine folds - again (CRAFT-Frank-No-More)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Oct 28, 2008 14:01

        OTTAWA - It seems there's no more gold to be dug from that the

      • THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL POST
        10/28/08
        ...and they help to drag their parent company down to junk bond status.

        Would you listen to anything these guys have to say about economics - or, in fact, just anything?

        UPDATE: Spotted by Bourrie, natch, and related. Will the Post make it to Christmas?

      • SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME
        10/28/08
        ...how McCain can win this thing. With the trendline, with Obama's 100+ lead in the Electoral College, I don't see how he can do it in the week that remains.

        I predicted, long ago, that the G.O.P. would be way more competitive in this Presidential race. I was dead wrong; t

      • LIBERAL LEADERSHIP
        10/28/08
        ...I'm not showing my hand just yet. But, as I did with my friend Martin Cauchon last week, I draw to your attention to New Brunswick Liberal MP Dominic LeBlanc.

        Dom and I worked together for Jean Chretien, and his Dad - the remarkable and wonderful Romeo LeBlanc - is actually

      • BIMBO ERUPTION
        10/27/08
        When Betsey Wright famously coined the term "bimbo eruption," I know - because I've interviewed her - that she didn't have in mind this Floridian anchor-airhead, reciting talking points cobbled from the mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging blogosweird. But she could have.
      • FROM THE NEW HILL TIMES
        10/26/08
        Tim Powers' contribution starts with: "The election is over. Stéphane Dion is out. Warren Kinsella’s back in. The latter might be more newsworthy than the former."

        So here's how I responded.

        Man, after five long years, it's fun to be a federal Liberal

      • REMIND ME WHY WE NEED HANDGUNS AGAIN
        10/26/08
        This terrible crime happened within walking distance of our neighbourhood. Our kids - and everyone - have been talking about it all weekend.

        People - mainly men - will continue to get drunk, or get angry, or lose their mind, and try hurt other people. That's a given. But, once ag

      • SIGNS THAT YOU ARE A HOCKEY FAMILY
        10/26/08
        1. You keep hockey bags in the living room and don't think it is odd.

        2. Your sons introduce themselves to strangers as "The Wall" and "Hat Trick."

        3. You don't know how to clean sweaty, stinky hockey equipment, and you don't care, either.
      • SANDRA BUSSIN WATCH
        10/26/08
        Skill-testing question: which streets in the "Deputy Mayor's" ward have yet to get speed bumps or traffic calming measures - despite Ms. Bussin having been warned, in writing and over many months - about the large number of kids present, and the large number of speeding vehicles?
      • THE FALL
        10/25/08
        The movie, not the band. Saw it, finally, tonight: it debuted at the TIFF in 2006, but only received wide release this year.

        What compelled me to find it? I was meandering at the video place, and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the visuals and the colours. That, and Ludwig Van

      • FAMILY FIRST
        10/25/08
        This week, as you no doubt heard, Barack Obama left the campaign trail to go to Hawaii and be with his grandmother. She is the person who raised him, and to whom he dedicated his Democratic Party victory in August.

        She is seen here about halfway through - frail and hunched over, but talk

      • VICTORY!
        10/24/08
        Liberals win seat as recount overturns election results near Montreal
        (FedElxn-Que-Recount)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Oct 24, 2008 17:26

        MONTREAL - A Liberal candidate has defeated a Bloc Quebecois incumbent after a recount overturned election night results in a subu

      • IT'S NEVER DULL AROUND HERE
        10/24/08
        ...below, a letter just received in today's mail.

        How can anyone hate Canada's best-loved, best-known fish?

        This is so wrong, tears are falling on my keyboard right now.

        What a sick, sick society we have become.


        I kept the envelope,

      • SO I GUESS HE DIDN'T REALLY MEAN IT
        10/24/08
        When he sang this one, eh?



      • CONSERVATIVE SPOKESMAN: HUMAN RIGHTS "TARGETS" WHITES
        10/24/08
        ..."[100 per cent of the human rights] targets to date have been conservative, white or Christian."

        Conservative spokesman Ezra Levant, as quoted on Norman's Spectator...and as expected to be seen in a Liberal ad sometime in the next few months...

      • THE BLAME GAME: COMING SOON TO A REMAINDER RACK NEAR YOU
        10/24/08
        Toronto Star, October 24, 2008:

        "[In his book], Paul Martin blames Jean Chrétien for the sponsorship mess that ultimately cut short his time in power and Stephen Harper – "the most right-wing prime minister in Canadian history" – for unravelling his legacy."

      • W@AL: SARAH PALIN MEETS BART THE FISH!
        10/23/08
        He's a fish, she's not.

        He's sane, she's not.

        He's Bart the Fish, she's the Alaska Disasta!




      • WORTH READING
        10/23/08

        • On the Liberal caucus meeting taking place this morning – some important observations herein.
        • On a Québec snap election – I hope it isn’t too late, but fear it is…why not wait until the economy settles?
        • On the Tories “shift the blame” gambit – you’re the government, fe

      • TORY SPOKESMAN: "WHO CARES ABOUT THE DEFICIT?"
        10/22/08
        "Who cares?" So says Conservative spokesman. Check it out, at about the 6:30 mark.

      • WAITING TO GO ON MIKE DUFFY'S SHOW
        10/22/08


        Hiya! I'm on the set at CTV, waiting to go on Mike Duffy's 'Strategists' thing. Haven't done that in a while.

        Later, a speech about the election to a group of lawyers. My bottom line on both occasions: the Liberal Party is down, but not out. Stay tune

      • DEAR ANGRY LIBERALS
        10/22/08
        A lot of Liberal friends are angry with CTV for the stunt they pulled with Stéphane Dion at the end of the campaign, and for their apparent enthusiasm for the likes of Messrs. LeDrew and Heard et al. And things like that.

        They should be: CTV broke their journalistic word with the Dion in

      • DEAR SAD TORIES
        10/21/08
        I let folks know at the end of the election campaign that I planned to get active as a federal Liberal again, if they would have me.

        My reasons for this decision were twofold: one, the Conservative government's appeal of the Federal Court decision that found John Gomery grossly bias

      • HOLY MOTHER
        10/21/08
        I was talking about this very subject with no less than Peter C. Newman at the John Turner thing last night - but I didn't realize how bad things were. I thought CanWest were in better shape than this.

        No wonder the Conservatives quietly announced, as they did during the electio

      • QUESTIONS
        10/21/08
        Questions, questions. I am filled with questions.

        One: why does Canada AM insist on seeking the "insight" of a tax-evading headcase who no one in the Liberal Party of Canada - precisely no one - speaks to?

        Two: why are the Tories paying for headlines on Bork News

      • W@AL: CITY-TV STOPS BY FOR THE DION RESIGNATION ANNOUNCEMENT
        10/20/08
        Unlike the small army of anonymous senior Liberal strategists/sources/insiders, I always endeavour to do things on the record. Call me crazy, but I do.

        In the Warren At Arm’s Length bit below – shot by colleague Rob in a startling cinema verité kind of style, while CITY-TV’s Farah Na

      • ANONYMOUS/SENIOR/LIBERAL/STRATEGIST/SOURCE/CAUCUS MEMBER
        10/20/08
        Saw this last week over at Calgree Grit, laughed so hard I needed hospitalization, forgot to post. So here it is.

        Myself, I've done other media on this, and I'll be doing interviews with about a dozen CBC radio stations right after Mr. Dion's presser. Here's what

      • TAX EVADER WATCH
        10/20/08
        Latest: he's on Canada AM.

        Why does AM - where many people read this web site - provide a platform for this bowtied Joe Lieberman wannabe? After recent events, you'd think CTV would be interested in a slightly different approach.

        You'd think.

      • THAT VOICE
        10/20/08
        Levi Stubbs, the lead singer of the Four Tops, died a few days ago. That voice - that perfect voice!

        This is very, very sad. Today, go and find some of his music. And, in the meantime, here is Billy's song about him, which just about says it all.



      • I'M WITH GUY RITCHIE ON THIS ONE
        10/19/08
        My wife is at the Madonna concert with her friends.

        My shame knows no bounds, tonight.

        Madonna is, as Jagger memorably said, a thimbleful of talent in an ocean of ambition. Here's the infamous Letterman appearance, and it provides ample proof.

        The shame, the

      • IT'S ALL OVER
        10/19/08


      • ANGELO'S SECOND QUESTION
        10/19/08
        This isn't actually the question Angelo was asked. It was: "If the Tories and Harper are so damned great, with more money than God and this allegedly well-oiled machine - and the Libs are so terrible, with less money and whatnot - why can all they ever do is a minority?":

      • PARTISAN BALANCE
        10/18/08
        The Notional Pest promotes the focus group "findings" of a convicted Conservative fraud artist, and pretends they have some sort of significance; it publishes the columns of another convicted Conservative fraud artist, even though he is now resident in a Florida prison. And, today, and i

      • SPOTTED BY CALGREE GRIT
        10/17/08
        ...who is smarter, younger and better looking than me, damn him.

        I predict this press conference will have one or two reporters at it:

        ...

        For Immediate Release
        October 17, 2008

        Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion to hold a press conference in Ottawa
      • THE WORLD IS CRAZY, POLITICS IS CRAZIER
        10/16/08
        Check out the poll at the bottom and the names on it. Craaaaaazy! As Mayor Mel used to say.

        I just did Mike Duffy's show, by the by. He mentioned that I wrote a book called 'Kicking Ass In Canadian Politics.' He then asked about Stéphane Dion's predicament.

      • AS IT HAPPENS AND FRANKIE VENOM
        10/16/08
        I just did As It Happens about the Liberal Party stuff that is everywhere today. I said that Dion is a good and decent man, and he deserves what good and decent people always deserve - some time, and some respect. And I encouraged folks to pay no attention to (unnamed) jerks out to boost their b

      • JOE THE PLUMBER
        10/15/08


        I know who he is. And I'll have more on Joe tomorrow!

        Must. Get. Sleep.

        ...

        Debate Joe the Plumber

        THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

        COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Who is Joe the Plumber?

        He's Joe Wurzelbacher, an Ohio man loo

      • ON THE CBC SET, WATCHING PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
        10/15/08

        We are on at 10:30, but I just figured out this debate. It's the "Joe the Plumber wielding a scalpel/hatchet, your ads hurt my feelings debate."

        McCain is doing well, which he needed to do. But Obama's won on the key issues - economy, health care and education. <

      • FRANKIE VENOM, 1957-2008
        10/15/08
        I'm getting ready to do Newsworld for the last U.S. Presidential debate, and I just got word: Canadian punk legend and Teenage Head frontman Frankie Venom has died.

        I am stunned by this, as my band - SFH - was backing for Frankie in Hamilton just a few weeks ago, and we had a gre

      • W@AL: BEHIND THE SCENES ON THE CITY-TV ELECTION NIGHT SET
        10/15/08
        How often do you get to see Sheila Copps, Deb Gray, Adam Vaughan, Art Eggleton and Ralph Klein all in the same sandbox, playing nice?

        About halfway in, you will hear me note that the former Alberta Premier had knocked around the camera. Being a Citizen Journalist professional, I didn

      • HAPPY
        10/15/08


        Why? Here and here and here.

      • UNHAPPY
        10/15/08
        Tories are unhappy that they got another minority.

        Grits are unhappy they lost seats, especially in Ontario.

        Dippers are unhappy that they didn't get closer to Official Opposition.

        The Bloc heads? They're not unhappy, at all.

        Me? I am unhappy

      • YOU ASK, WE PROVIDE
        10/14/08
        As requested, a historic shot of WK and Ralph the Former Premier. Right after this shot was taken, he pushed me off my stool.


        "No, I don't recall meeting you at the St. Louis. Now, go away."

      • HERE'S ANNE!
        10/14/08
        I surprise our genial host, Anne Mroczkowski, as we watch everyone doing split-screen stuff with Ignatieff and Rae.


        Warren, stop with the camera, already!

      • A CANDID PHOTO ON ELECTION NIGHT
        10/14/08

        Deb: Who is this strange guy beside me?
        Adam: Don't talk to him, and he might go away.

      • WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
        10/14/08
        It means Liberals - we Liberals - need to do some serious rethinking about the future. I know a lot of Grits (although not necessarily Bart) were not expecting this.

      • I'M HAPPY!
        10/14/08
        My friend Lisa Raitt won! My friend Justin Trudeau is winning! And...that's all the friends I have.

        One thing's for sure: based on the seat projections so far, I should have put money on Bart's prognostication, earlier in the day. Way to go, Bart!

        Oh, and I ju

      • ON A BREAK ON CITY-TV
        10/14/08
        Ralph Klein hasn't hit me yet. Hazel McCallion is wonderful. Adam Vaughan should have his own show - wait! He does.

        Everyone has called a Conservative minority, as you know.

        Hazel just put it best: with all the money they wasted on this election - one where we have ended

      • LIVE FROM THE CITY-TV SHOW AT THE HARD ROCK CAFE!
        10/14/08


        Here's a shot I took (badly) of my dinner companions - Deb Gray, Adam Vaughan, Hazel McCallion, Zanana Akande, Ralph Klein and Art Eggleton!

        Art picked up the tab, which is only right, him being a Senator and all.

        On to the show! Tune in, Canada!

      • W@AL: BART THE FISH PREDICTS THE ELECTION RESULT!
        10/14/08
        He's never been wrong before!

        But, admittedly, he wasn't even alive at the time of the last federal election.

        And, also, he is just a fish.


        If Elections Canada disapproves of this video, it's Bart who is going to the slammer, not Warren.

      • DAY 38: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        10/14/08
        • So, after doing this Clear Canadian Campaign Coverage stuff every single day for 38 days, and attracting thousands of comments and many more thousands of visitors, who do I think was the campaign’s biggest WINNER, and who was its biggest LOSER? Like I opined on Sunday, both titles go to on

      • IN EXILE NO MORE
        10/13/08
        We were at the cabin all weekend, closing up, so I only just got this.

        For me, it seals it, pretty much. Tory morons can't even spell his name right.

        If they'll take me, I'm there.

        ...



        Dion calls the father of the sponsorship

      • DAY 37: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        10/13/08
        LOSER: Truly, there can only be one, this weekend.

        Also, I subscribe to that old maxim, you know: you are what you eat.

      • DAY 36: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        10/12/08

        Yesterday, I asked who was going to win - and who is going to lose (in this campaign, they could be the same person or party). Today, I figured I'd provide my suggestions - from my book, The War Room - about why it's important, if you want to win in this last crucial weekend,

      • DAY 35: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        10/11/08

        What is happening, with just two days to go? Who is winning, who is losing? Honestly, I don't know. The vote is very volatile, as the experts put it. Everything could change in this, the final weekend, just as it did in the final weekend in 2004 - when it went from a Harper majo

      • W@AL: BART THE FISH ASKS TO START OVER AGAIN IN AN INTERVIEW!
        10/10/08
        ...I look kind of tired, here, because I was at the back of the NOFX tour bus with Fat Mike, late last night, and...it sure was interesting!

        That notwithstanding, here's Bart asking to start over in an interview. It's shocking! It's appalling! Is this fish a Prime Minister

      • DAY 34: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        10/10/08

        WINNER: Jean Chretien! Madame had major surgery this week - but Jean Chretien is still coming out to help the party he led to the three back-to-back majorities. Others may claim credit for his accomplishments - the Clarity Act, eliminating the deficit and creating a budgetary surplus, s

      • NOFX AND THE DION BUSINESS
        10/09/08


        So there I am, backstage at NOFX, watching el Hefe leap about to 'Leaving Jesusland,' which is one of the best political songs ever written, and I start getting emails from Tories, going on about some YouTube thing, like it was the Zapruder film, or the Dean Scream, or b

      • A PHOTO IS WORTH A MILLION WORDS
        10/09/08
        First reaction: Dion was the cutest kid on Earth! May was hot! Harper was the geek next door! Layton was...what he still is!










        [Source.]

      • DAY 33: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        10/09/08

        • I just got back from NOFX’s jam-packed show here in Tee Dot. There’s another show tomorrow night, I’m interviewing Fat Mike, and all of SFH will be in attendance. At tonight’s gig, a couple thousand punks were shoe-horned in there, and an impressive brawl broke out right beside me.

      • ME ON JOE PLANTA'S THE COMMENTARY
        10/08/08
        ...and in which I am mean to everyone. And in which I sound like I was talking with a bowl of Jello© in my mouth.

        Hmmm. I am now hungry for Jello©.



      • I THINK I JUST FIGURED IT OUT
        10/08/08
        Stéphane Dion, at the start of the campaign, was losing because he wouldn't talk about the economy in the way that voters wanted him to.

        Stephen Harper, at the end of the campaign, is losing because he won't talk about the economy in the way that voters want him to.
        <

      • MORE STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS - AT DION'S SPEECH
        10/08/08
        Yesterday: Harper's "Don't Bother Me With Your Pain and Panic" speech. Today: Stéphane Dion's "Let's All Let Paul Martin Flog His Autobiography" speech.

        First off: Dion gets a huge welcome - even a standing O right off the top! Way more boiste

      • DAY 32: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        10/08/08

        LOSER: This one's easy. It should be brief, too.

        Contrary to what some Liberals are telling each other, governments are not defeated by their opponents. Governments are not defeated by clever attack advertising. They are not defeated by bad performances in debates. They are no

      • THE SWITCH
        10/07/08
        As we watched the Prime Minister give his speech, today, I turned to my colleague Rob and said this could be the switch. This could be the day we see, in polls coming three days from now, that the Tories went even with the Grits.

        All he had to do - all he had to do - was say: "I&

      • ON THE WAY OUT
        10/07/08
        So there I was, hustling to get to a client meeting, and a couple big burly guys stop me. Oh-oh.

        Ten seconds later, out walks Stephen Harper, non-panicking guy.

        Here's what he said. This is an exact quote: "Hey, Warren! You just can't keep away from these thing

      • LIVE FROM HARPER'S SPEECH - STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS
        10/07/08
        A couple environmental protestors just unveiled banners and were hustled out faster than the markets are declining.

        Tons of media; lots of white guys in dark suits; everyone - a thousand folks - are wondering how Harper does not "panic" but avoids the temptation to continue say

      • IF YOU ARE READING THIS...
        10/07/08
        ...you are lucky (to get through, that is, not to receive my atom-sized pearls of wisdom).

        It's not a DOS attack, this time. Since the campaign began, traffic here at double U kay dot commie has gone through the web roofing. I apologize for any inconvenience - but, like I always say

      • PAUL MARTIN'S LOYALTY
        10/07/08
        More leaks in the Globe this morning. Sayeth Paul: "Too bad so sad for you, Stephane! I want to sell books!" I like Eddie G.'s line in La Presse: "I haven’t read the book. I think I’ll read Julie Couillard’s first. It would likely be more interesting!"


      • ONLINE IS FOREVER
        10/07/08
        Great headline. True, too: the Internet never forgets.

        The Google gaffes haven't had as much of an impact as the sliding economy, of course. But they certainly didn't help any of the parties.

      • DAY 31: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        10/07/08
        • Good morning. If The Conservative Party is losing – and they are, at least when compared to where they were, and not necessarily where any of their opponents are – what are the reasons? My take, in no particular order:
        • LOSER: The Economy. Stephen Harper, economist, opted for a

      • DEREK HOLT SCARES ME
        10/06/08
        You may have spied him on TV recently, explaining to the CBC's Peter Mansbridge why the world's economy is a great big pile of crap. I strongly suspect Peter doesn't understand half of what the Scotiabank's economics guy says; I can attest to the fact that I understand precisely

      • WHEN THE WATER DRIES UP, THE ANIMALS START TO LOOK AT EACH OTHER FUNNY
        10/06/08
        I stole that line from Rod Love who, for some reason, I like. He makes me laugh.

        Anyway: I quote Rod's aphorism here because - as polls tighten, and as the end draws near - emotions always tend to get closer to the surface. Things will be getting nastier on TV, and on the hustings,

      • A PIZZA PARLIAMENT?
        10/06/08
        Neither I, nor Bart, place much stock in individual media polls. That said, the way this thing is going - and, of course, the way the economy is going - we could be back at the polls within 24 months.

        Will Canadians ever tire of minority governments? Doesn't look like it.

      • THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN IN CANADA - OR SHOULDN'T
        10/06/08
        Whoever is doing this will be found, I presume, and charged with multiple crimes. Attempted murder isn't unreasonable, given the circumstances.

        Moreover: given the circumstances, it is also incumbent on the other parties' partisans to unreservedly condemn these crimes, and do

      • HIS BOOK
        10/06/08
        As mentioned in yesterday's post, Paul Martin's written a book. Le Devoir has some of the details.

        Norman, naturally, tells you what you need to know:

        Paul Martin settles scores with Jean Chrétien (Le D)

        In his autobiography, the former prime minister

      • DAY 30: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        10/06/08

        This morning: the special media edition!
        • WINNER: The Toronto Star. Like a certain Liberal In Exile© I, um, know, you could always count on the Star to suspend its critical faculties and urge folks to vote Liberal under any and all circumstances. Like some of us, it had the LP

      • CAN HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF?
        10/05/08
        Well, that depends.



        Here's two simple political rules as they relate to sports: one, don't get introduced at sporting events. Two, when cameras are nearby, don't play sports.




      • DAY 29: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        10/05/08

        WINNERS: The NDP. Old political hacks call it "the stench of death." You can get a whiff of it when you come in to a campaign office that's losing, or a candidate who is getting clobbered. Once you get it, the stench of death is hard to shake off. In this campaign, no

      • DAY 28: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        10/04/08

        Up at the cabin, and it's damned cold. We've got the wood stove going, and some little heaters turned up, and the seven-year-old is finally in bed, covered up with as many blankets as he could find. Summer's over, seems.

        On the way up here, we drove through Bell

      • OBLIGATORY HOCKEY ANALOGY ON CANADA AM, JUST NOW
        10/03/08
        This is Canada, after all.

        Here's what I said to Seamus on Canada AM. Clip and save:

        "Stephen Harper was the goalie. He knew he'd be under attack from the others, that he wouldn't get an opportunity to score, so his job was to keep the puck out of the net a

      • DAY 27: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        10/02/08

        Who won, who lost?

        Last night, for the French-language debate, I offered up Warren’s Exclusive Debate Judging Criteria© - a system that has been judged wholly unscientific and ridiculously subjective by our panel of, um, experts.

        Tonight, the criteria are the same.

      • HOW WONDERFUL THAT WE PAY THOUSANDS TO CANADIAN PRESS FOR TOP-NOTCH DISPATCHES LIKE THIS ONE!
        10/02/08
        How to do Sarah Palin's hairstyle (Halloween-Palins-Hai)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Oct 2, 2008 16:48

        By Megan K. Scott

        THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

        NEW YORK - Planning to be Sarah Palin for Halloween but not sure how to do her emblematic 'do?
      • ANOTHER TOUGH NEW LIBERAL SPOT
        10/02/08


      • DON'T FORGET Z.O.G. AND THE INTERNATIONAL JEWISH CONSPIRACY
        10/02/08
        After all, Messrs. Dion, Harper and the rest of us Illuminati all work for them, don't you know.

        Anyway, gotta go, now. The Reichmanns are on the phone, with my marching orders for the day!

        ...

        Turfed Liberal staying on election ballot; says she was slandere

      • RISE AGAINST
        10/02/08
        I have three tickets for their sold-out show tomorrow night at the Sound Academy. I will give them to any faithful wk.com reader who promises to get me and my daughter Rise Against tees.

        Indicate interest in comments!

      • McGUINTY: FIVE YEARS TODAY!
        10/02/08
        Has it been that long?

        Man, am I ever old. McGuinty, meanwhile, does not age. Winning does that, I think.

        Here's a shot of the day after. That's one of our sons in the lower left - the one non-verbally expressing his opinion about what his Dad does for a living.<

      • TOP TEN CANADIAN BLOGS
        10/02/08
        From Jago, currently doing yeoman work on nutbars within the Green Party:

        1. Western Standard Shotgun Blog | Google PR6 | Alexa 143475 | SR 6|
        2. Small Dead Animals | Google PR6 | Alexa 155608 | SR 2 |
        3. Ghost of a Flea | Google PR6 | Alexa 186545 | SR 8 |
        4. Matthew

      • MORE, IN LA PRESSE
        10/02/08
        ...and spotted by Norman, naturally:

        "...54 per cent say Gilles Duceppe’s performance was excellent, six percent more than for Stéphane Dion, at 48 per cent. Jack Layton is at 38 per cent, while Elizabeth May is at 23 per cent.

        Stephen Harper brings up the rear, with on

      • SHOWS YOU WHAT I KNOW
        10/02/08
        Ipsos says Stéphane Dion was the clear winner. (N.B: They also polled francophones outside Quebec.)

        So, the next important bit of data we need: how many voters were watching?

        ...


        Post-Debate Summary:
        French-Language Leaders’ Debate
        French Leaders Deb

      • DAY 26: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        10/01/08

        So who won? Who lost?

        First, a few of Warren’s political TV criteria. Number one: VISUALS. When I watch a political commercial, or a political debate, I do so – for all or part of it – with the sound off. That’s because TV is a visual medium. As I said to a fellow on News

      • ON THE NDP STALWARTS IN PARKDALE HIGH PARK
        10/01/08
        Well, at least it wasn't related to LSD smuggled in Bibles!

        From Graham P. Murray's indispensable Inside Queen's Park:

        ...

        JOB LOSSES MOUNT – AT NDP CAUCUS

        Cheri DiNovo has fired her three Queen’s Park staffers. The Parkdale-High

      • ME AND RACHEL MARSDEN
        10/01/08
        It's true. We were booked! We were ready to go! And then our get-together got cancelled this morning.

        I'll debate anyone, pretty much, unless (a) they are a Nazi and/or (b) they offered House of Commons property in exchange for a political donation.

        Anyway: I

      • DAY 25: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        10/01/08

        • WINNERS: Bob Rae and the Liberal War Room. This one’s easy: on a crowded news day – and at exactly the right moment, just before the televised leaders’ debates – Rae and some anonymous Liberal staffers seriously kicked Tory ass. Their plagiarism discovery was about more than plagi

    • September
      • TESTOSTERONE AND CAFFEINE
        09/30/08
        ...sounds like the title of an alt-country tune.

        Mertl, by the way, is one of the best scribes around. A real pro. (And I think I spelled "testosterone" right, and not the CP headline-writer.)

        ...

        Testostorone, caffeine fuel election campaign war rooms,

      • W@AL: LIVE FROM DEEP INSIDE THE PMO SPEECHWRITING SHOP!
        09/30/08
        Exclusive, live footage of the speechwriters hard at work in the highest office in the land! Never before seen anywhere!

        (Well, unless it was plagiarised from somewhere, that is.)



      • WHEN A JOURNALIST PLAGIARISES
        09/30/08
        ...he or she gets fired. So what happens when it's a Prime Minister?

        What a huge gaffe. As a former Chrétien speechwriter, I can assure you: if one of us had done likewise, our ass would be grass.

        Dumb, dumb, dumb.

      • DAY 24: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/30/08

        • WINNER: Michael Ignatieff. Ignatieff’s speech yesterday morning to the Economic Club of Canada was significant – because it was good, because it was delivered with aplomb, but mainly because it almost anticipated the chaos that beset the markets a few hours later. Ignatieff asked the

      • W@AL: ONLINE INTERVIEW ABOUT ONLINE POLITICS!
        09/29/08
        A smart guy from Global TV (there are many) wanted to interview me today, but with a twist: he wanted to do it as a Warren At Arms Length thing. He'd ask the questions, I'd look into my little Flip camera, and then we'd upload the results to YouTube - so that he could extract clips f

      • THERE'S GOOD NEWS AND REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BAD NEWS
        09/29/08
        The good news: the Republicans will be wearing this for years to come, and have likely handed Obama the keys to the White House.

        The really, really, really bad news: all of us are going to feel this, and not in a good way, either. Globalization means just that. Get ready for pain on a

      • IGNATIEFF NOW
        09/29/08
        ...is just finishing a speech at a packed room at the Economic Club of Canada.

        It is more than a good speech. It is a speech that, had it been given earlier and more often by other Liberals, this election would have a very different dynamic.

        I have asked his guys for a copy o

      • DAY 23: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/29/08

        In the 1996 BC Liberal campaign - wherein Tories, Reformers and Grits worked together to beat the NDP, obtaining a lot more votes but somewhat fewer seats - my Conservative buddy Greg Lyle introduced me to the "four boxes" concept. I loved it, and immediately saw its uses.
      • DAY 22: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/28/08

        • LOSERS: The Conservatives. As this Le Soleil story details, Jean Pelletier is stricken with incurable colon cancer. He is dying. Knowing this, what do the Conservatives do to him? They appeal his victory against John Gomery, whom even they cannot bring themselves to meet, let al

      • DONOVAN BAILEY AND THE END OF THE PARTY
        09/27/08


        I just did Brent Bambury's CBC Radio One show 'Mob Rule' with my Facebook buddies Monte Solberg and Antonia Zerbisias. It was fun, even if my head hurt. I told Brent that the headline in Antonia's paper - that the Liberals and the NDP are tied - more than blew me aw

      • DAY 21: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/27/08

        • WINNER: Stéphane Dion, for moving swiftly and decisively against bigotry. Claims that Jews had advance knowledge of 9/11, and removed themselves from the Twin Towers prior to the attacks, is only the latest of many centuries of anti-Semitic blood libels. Good on Dion for dropping a W

      • PROTECT JOHN MCCAIN FROM WITCHCRAFT, JESUS!
        09/26/08

        [h/t Calgree Grit]

        I am going to be at a fundraiser, tonight, for hospitals in Jamaica. So I will be unable to watch and live-blog the Presidential debate.

        Instead, feel free to send in your comments, below. You live-blog it, Team WK Dot Com!<

      • THAT'S WHAT LEADERS DO
        09/26/08
        ...they lead. Good on Stephane Dion for dealing decisively with bigotry.

        Now, will Stephen Harper do likewise?

        ...

        Dion ditches candidate over remarks about Jews and 9 11 (FedElxn-Dion)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Sep 26, 2008 12:23

      • A MISFIRING SYNAPSE AWAY FROM THE PRESIDENCY
        09/26/08
        ...and bright as a coalbin at midnight.

        Wow.



      • GOMERY APPEAL: BEYOND STUPID
        09/26/08
        What a bunch of idiots.

        1. They Tories are going to lose. The Federal Court decision was clear, strong and reasoned. They will be embarrassed by the result they obtain.

        2. They are hauling a very sick man - Jean Pelletier - back through the courts, for no good reason.

      • DAY 20: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/26/08

        • WINNER: Not the Liberal Party, that’s for goddamned sure. What is my expert political consultant analysis? If Election Day was today, it means a small Tory majority; it means the NDP may form the Official Opposition, depending on regional breaks; and it means that Stéphane Dion will

      • THE HARDER THEY COME
        09/25/08
        Tonight, we got to a private screening of one of the best movies ever, The Harder They Come. And there at the screening was Jason Henzell, the son of Perry Henzell, the film's auteur (as my pal Lee would say).

        For me, a big deal.

        Here's me with Jason. I look so

      • NANOS DROPS A BIG BOMB
        09/25/08
        Holy shit la merde!

        If Nick's right - and I don't know a serious Liberal who doubts his professionalism - then this thing has turned into a scramble for survival. That's it.

        Incredible.

      • LIVE-BLOGGING WHILE ON THE RADIO!
        09/25/08
        I'm on Dave Rutherford's show as I type this. He's my favourite right-wing dinosaur.

        I just offered him leadership of the Liberal Party.

        He declined.

      • THE ADVICE STILL STANDS
        09/25/08
        If you want the people to give you the keys to 24, you have to look like you don't intend to burn the place down when they do.

        It's the best country in the world: say it.

      • WILL THE BLOC DENY THE TORIES A MAJORITY?
        09/25/08
        This latest snapshot suggests: c'est possible. That French language debate is going to be pretty significant, seems.

        ...

        Bloc rebound hurts Tories in Quebec: poll (FedElxn-Poll)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Sep 25, 2008 10:31

        OTTAWA - A new poll

      • LEDREW'S JUDGMENT
        09/25/08
        Perhaps the Notional Pest, or the other media folks preoccupied with his opinions about politics, can ask him about obeying tax laws, too.

        From the Toronto Star, June 30, 2005:

        Former Liberal Party of Canada president Stephen LeDrew will have to get back into the habit of pa

      • DAY 19: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/25/08

        • LOSERS: All of us. Did you feel better when you heard Shrub was giving what would be one of his last speeches to the nation, last night? I sure didn’t. To start with, the guy doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. But – that said – if his $700 billion package (or some version of it) do

      • POLITICS AND CULTURE
        09/24/08
        Bjorn, Mahkwi and I got to see a fusion of both tonight: Bad Religion.

        Have you ever seen a band lead 1,000 people in cheers for alternative sources of energy? Me neither. But BR did, tonight.

        Here's how they kicked it off. God (pun intended), I love this band.
      • W@AL: BART THE FISH ON CAMPAIGN 2008 POLLS AND POLICIES
        09/24/08
        Due to popular demand (and we're not kidding, either), Bart the Fish is back from the campaign trail! Don't miss his scintillating Campaign 2008 analysis!

        (Not sure why I am twitching around there at the start. Itchy rear end, perhaps. Or, a New Democrat was trying grab my wal

      • DAY 18: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/24/08

        • Lotsa losers, one winner! And here's yesterday's 'Q' show, podcasted...
        • LOSERS: The Tories, with their cuts to the arts - maybe. Did they kick at this hornet’s nest deliberately, or did they merely trip on it? The next few days will tell. At the risk of

      • W@AL: GIANT OF BROADCASTING NAMES FAVE BLOGGER
        09/23/08
        Jian Ghomeshi of CBC Radio One's 'Q' is a Godlike Genius. We told him that just before asking him the name of his favourite web site in the whole world, and it didn't influence his answer in the slightest. He also likes punk rock.

        Live from the studio at 'Q,

      • DAY 17: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/23/08

        • BE ALERT – Canada needs more Lerts! Old joke, sorry. I’m on 'Q' on CBC Radio One today with Jian Ghomeshi. We are supposed to talk about the Inter-weeb and the election, but if we don’t end up diverting into the global significance of punk rock, I’ll be surprised. (Relate

      • W@AL SHOCKER! EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE OF TORY RESPONSE TO LIBERAL PLATFORM!
        09/22/08
        James Carville watch out! The Tory war room is in town!

        They're transforming politics, Ezra and Crew. Wow.



      • SEAT PROJECTIONS ARE STUPID
        09/22/08
        ...so says Michael Marzolini, who I always listen to. Greg Lyle, too, who is also a smart cookie.

        More here.

      • WHY REPORTERS MAKE LOUSY CANDIDATES, PART 3,238
        09/22/08
        ...it's a dictum that probably applies to bloggers, too, as recent events have shown. But, I must say, Christie Blatchford's column in the Globe on Saturday, about why joking about listerios is defensible, stands out in a crowded field of stupidities.

        I can't find a l

      • DAY 16: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/22/08

        • WINNER? Stéphane Dion, who is about to launch his party’s election platform – maybe. I don’t know what’s in it, but I hope and pray – for his sake – that it talks a lot more about the economy, and less about the carbon tax. We shall see, eh?
        • WINNER: The Bloc. Because Ducep

      • ON THE WAY BACK FROM THE CABIN
        09/21/08
        Ten year old: I want to live in poor nation and help people.

        Eight year old: I want live there and drive a Ferrari and say: "W'sup! Stand by for some fifties!"

      • DAY 15: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/21/08

        It's another Sunday, and another opportunity to ponder Election 2008 without the "winner/loser" duality. On Sundays, the Lord permits us a bit more reflection, right? Right.

        A few folks - not many, but some - have asked me where all the Chrétien people are in t

      • THE TOUGH NEW LIBERAL SPOT
        09/20/08
        ...as put together by my friend Don Millar. You can read more about him in The War Room.

        And, if he was actually allowed to do what he knows how to do best, this thing would be a lot tighter. A lot.



      • DAY 14: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/20/08

        • LOSER : Stéphane Dion, for saying his major campaign plank wasn’t. As any regular reader knows, I was one of the few Liberals to object to the timing of the policy, and using my real name, too. So forgive me for being a stickler about timing, again, but – if you are going to discard a

      • GOD WAS UNAVAILABLE FOR COMMENT
        09/19/08
        Our youngest: "Daddy, I farted three times in prayer circle at school."

        Me [uncharacteristically at a loss for words]: "Oh. Well, then."


      • SAY GOODNIGHT?
        09/19/08
        Fat lady singing? Done like dinner? Over because it's over?

        Oh, Christ, I don't know. But it sure as shit isn't good, that headline.


      • DAY 13: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/19/08
        • LOSERS: Tories hoping for majority territory by Week Two. It just ain’t there – they’ve seemingly hit a ceiling. Dion’s floor, however, has yet to determine itself. And the NDP and the Greens, you can safely assume, have their power tools out, and are working hard to lower that Grit floor.

      • TORIES HIT BY MORE FRIENDLY FIRE
        09/18/08
        The apologies are getting so frequent, it's getting hard to keep track.

        Do governments defeat themselves?

        That's what we in politics call a rhetorical question, you might say.

      • CANADA A.M.: BLOGS, VLOGS, TWITTER, FACEBOOK ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
        09/18/08
        Here.

        The link works, thanks to Dan, and the show page is here.

        Thanks to everyone for making suggestions about sites to mention. I didn't get much of an opening to do that, as you will see.

        UPDATE: Twenty per cent! I got the Grits 20 per cent! I demand

      • DAY 12: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/18/08

        • NON-JUDGMENTAL ITEM: I’m on Canada AM this morning, talking about the web and politics. Who’s a winner? Who’s a loser? Um, that’s a really good question.
        • LOSERS: The NDP, for the Cannabis Candidate Contretemps. Whoa, duuude! For a brief documentary of the NDP candidate recru

      • CALLING ALL WEBBY POLITICOS
        09/17/08
        I am doing a segment on Canada AM tomorrow on how the 2008 campaign is happening online (or not).

        To ensure we don't talk about just the mainstream parties - Puffingate, Scandalpedia - I would welcome suggestions about creative and effective web stuff being done by the fringe partie

      • POLITICS AND "NEGATIVE" ADVERTISING
        09/17/08
        I just returned from MotherCorp, where I did a taping for Michael Enright's show, about politics and so-called "negative" ads. (My view, repeated here ad nauseum, is that there is nothing "negative" about critiquing the public record of someone seeking high public offic

      • THIS MORNING'S TORY PLEDGE
        09/17/08
        Full disclosure: I work with anti-smoking groups, and I also personally consider fighting Big Tobacco to be very important.

        A political party that pledges to fight the explosive growth of cigarillos among Canadian youth - particularly girls - deserves applause. This issue is cruci

      • DAY 11: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/17/08

        • LOSERS: The Liberal campaign – because their plane wouldn’t fly, and has therefore become a perfect symbol of a campaign that has gone utterly awry. The only good news is that no one was hurt. (Some people richly deserve to be hurt, however.)
        • WINNERS/LOSERS: Canadians, for att

      • PROFESS-AIR GROUNDED
        09/16/08
        Man oh man, it sure is a good thing there aren't any "has beens" around for this kind of stuff. Because I can think of one fellow "has been" who would be ripping some peoples' heads off right about now.

        We'll have to wait for their executions until

      • JESUS
        09/16/08
        The headlines is torqued, and I can't say I am overmuch impressed by the survey on which it is based.

        But, Hell, that headline is something to read.

      • OUT-OF-WORK GRIT STRATEGIST SPEAKS TO GLOBE MAN
        09/16/08
        Film at eleven. Or, likely, not.

      • WE NEED A HANDGUN BAN NOW
        09/16/08
        Enough of this insanity. Enough.

        McGuinty is onside, most notably and most recently. So what will the Conservatives' excuse be for saying no, now?

        The Conservative Party started to win the 2006 election on Boxing Day, when a young woman was actually gunned down in broa

      • W@AL: WARREN ON THE CHAOS, TURMOIL AND RECRIMINATIONS
        09/16/08
        ...and the markets have been doing really, really badly, too!




      • TORY WAR ROOM TO BOURQUE
        09/16/08
        "With what we pay you for torqued headlines, don't you think you could run spell check every once in a while?"

        ...

      • PUNDIT FOR RENT
        09/16/08
        About to do a hit on Global TV on the election. If you want a birthday, anniversary or bar mitzvah acknowledged on-air, PayPal me five bucks and I'm your guy.

        We're www.warrenkinsella.com - your full-service web site!

      • DAY 10: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/16/08

        • WINNER: The Liberals, for their ‘Harpernomics’ spot. It isn’t complementary towards the Tories or their leader, but it isn’t a Willie Horton-style attack spot, either. Tough at the start, it concludes with lots of uplifting images and major chords. It’ll stop some of the bleeding, I e

      • GRITS THROW A PUNCH
        09/15/08
        My Lord, someone up in Ottawa took the advice of me and my friends: get out the smelling salts!

        Anyway, it looks good on them. It'll also have an impact, I wager.

      • CAN THE LIBERALS STOP THE BLEEDING?
        09/15/08
        Should they go neg? Will they?

        You know what I think, I suspect. This isn't about one man's views, anymore. It's about protecting the Liberal Party from a decade or more in the wilderness.

        Here's a snippet from The War Room:

        ...

      • DAY 9: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/15/08
        • WINNERS: The NDP. The Valley of Death, for the Liberal Party of Canada, is trading places with the New Democrats, as very nearly happened in 1984. If that were to happen, it wouldn’t be just Stéphane Dion looking for a job – everyone associated with the 2008 team would be gone, too, and u

      • DAY 8: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/14/08




        No winners or losers today, folks. Just some thoughts about what I think is happening. They're worth what you pay for them.

        First off, I don't get the impression Campaign 2008 has a Ballot Question yet. In any campaign, of course, the state of the econo

      • ONE OF THESE POLLS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS
        09/13/08
        Dum dee dum...CBC is going to regret this relationship...dum dee dum...

        ...

        Ipsos: Conservatives 38%, Liberals 29%, NDP 13%, Green 11%, Bloc 8%
        Nanos: Conservatives 38%, Liberals 31%, NDP 14%, Green 9%, Bloc 9%
        Ekos: Conservatives 37%, Liberals 26%, NDP 19%,

      • DAY 7: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/13/08


        • LOSERS: All the political parties. All of the leaders had bad weeks, in one way or another – all of them. Harper had Puffin Gate, a war room in need of adult supervision, and resigning candidates; Dion had the “liar liar” epithets, a campaign in need of a plane, and resigning ca

      • WHERE IS YOUR LEADER TONIGHT?
        09/12/08
        Akin ably explains why it matters, Yours Truly offers a line or two.


      • THE TORY WAR ROOM: LET'S WATCH 'ANIMAL HOUSE' AGAIN!
        09/12/08
        Tory war room woes: kids gone wild or pressure driven mistakes? (FedElxn-War-Room-Woes)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Sep 11, 2008 18:31

        By Joan Bryden

        THE CANADIAN PRESS

        OTTAWA _ It has become an almost daily feature of the federal election campaign:

      • DAY 6: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/12/08


        • LOSERS: The Tory campaign – now being described by the media as “gaffe prone.” Not good, Team Blue. The Conservative war room, in particular, has been unbelievably unhelpful to Stephen Harper’s attempt to build majority support. Time for some adult supervision!
        • THE WINNERS: Th

      • THE TORY WAR ROOM
        09/11/08
        This is the fourth day in the row that the Conservative war room has stomped all over that party's message.

        Here's a tip, fellas: lots of money and gadgets aren't what makes a war room a winner. It's judgment and accuracy.

        These guys (and they are mainly gu

      • ELECTION SPECIAL! SFH AND RAYMI TONIGHT!
        09/11/08

        Bjorn, Ritalin Boy and Rayman, demonstrating their intelligence and excited about the big shew tonight, as simple-minded fellows would be.

        The poster:



      • WHITHER MR. LEVANT
        09/11/08
        I am informed that someone named Ezra Levant is working in the Conservative Party war room.

        Would this be the same Ezra Levant who:

        • Favoured Quebec separation, and in fact wrote a column in the Calgary Sun (from which he was later fired) titled ‘Ten Reasons To Hope For a

      • DAY 5: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/11/08


        • WINNER: Green party leader Elizabeth May, hands-down. Through sheer doggedness, she forced Messrs. Layton and Harper to fold like, as I put it yesterday, a cheap green suit, followed shortly thereafter by the media bosses. If the leaders of assorted fringe parties aren’t now going

      • DIPPERS AND TORIES FOLD LIKE A CHEAP GREEN SUIT
        09/10/08
        So the boys are revising their opinions, mid-campaign. Having debated her myself, I don't see why they were so worried in the first place. After eyeballing this bit of video, even my most ardent red-necked, mouthbreather detractors were saying I won!

        UPDATE: And now the med

      • MORE DIONBOOK DEFECTS?
        09/10/08
        Yesterday, puffin poop, which made international news and resulted in hundreds of media impressions, all unfavourable.

        Today, someone told me I was on "Dionbook." Went to check it out. Got a message that there is too much demand.

        Uh-huh. Oldest political tri

      • SO, HOW ARE THE ONTARIO CONSERVATIVES DOING, THESE DAYS?
        09/10/08
        Ouch. It's going to be quite a caucus meeting! The once-great Ontario Conservatives. Too bad, so sad.

        ...

        Seatless John Tory to address party unrest; MPPs fear pledge to be elected is doomed
        The Ottawa Citizen
        Wed 10 Sep 2008
        Page: A3
        Byline: Lee Green

      • DAY 4: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/10/08

        • LOSERS: The Tories, obviously, for the pooping puffin, now world-famous, the bird that this morning and last night unleashed a torrent of shit-related puns. Is it a one-day wonder, or a Reptilian Kitten Eater defining moment? We shall see. But I will say…
        • WINNER: The Tory boss

      • MY REPUTATION IS DOING JUST FINE, MISTY
        09/09/08
        I don't recall any of this being an issue when they recruited me to write for the Citizen or the National Post. Hmmm.

        "Clangers?" Gee, I recall a certain Asper telling me it was the funniest thing he ever saw. Before he became a Tory and all that, that is.

        <

      • W@AL: TORIES BLAME PUFFIN-GATE ON A STAFFER
        09/09/08
        Media contacts are telling me (anonymously) that Tory spinners are - shades of Stockwell Day on that Niagara Falls thing, circa 2000 - blaming puffin-gate on an overzealous web person. They are saying, on the record, that the dumb Tory staffer's computer "mouse" was over Dion

      • HOW TO DUMP ON YOUR OWN CAMPAIGN, IN ONE EASY STEP
        09/09/08


        Anyone else seen this? I haven't.

        Not the Face Ad, per se, but still unbelievably dumb.

        ...

        FedElxn Tories Droppings
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Sep 9, 2008 10:29

        OTTAWA - It seems the Tories may have stepped in it

      • DAY 3: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/09/08

        • LOSERS: The Conservative war room’s 6:00 a.m. – that’s right, SIX AYEM – press conference thing. Who cooked up this idiotic tactic? Newsflash, Tory war roomers: we know you want to get a jump on the news cycle and all that, but we are also wondering if you are all also insane. I mean

      • W@AL: LEADERS' DEBATE MODERATOR STEVE PAIKIN COMES CLEAN!
        09/08/08
        Steve Paikin: the broadcasting legend who moderates the federal leaders' debate, and who (just a few minutes ago) has been confirmed as the moderator of this campaign's debate, too! Up-close on Warren At Arm's Length! And with a shocking revelation, no less!

        The excite

      • UP-TO-THE-MINUTE SEAT PROJECTION: NO MAJORITY YET
        09/08/08
        ...by Prof. Barry Kay, from Wilfrid Laurier U., and done with Global TV, model shows:

        137 Conservatives (which is picking up 4 additional seats in Ontario, 8 in Quebec)
        106 Liberals
        38 Bloc Quebecois
        27 NDP

        This is as of September 5, and is based on no less tha

      • VISUAL OF THE DAY, SPOT OF THE DAY
        09/08/08
        ...belong to the Tories and the Grits, respectively. Pictures are about emotions, and emotions move campaigns.



        This Globe front page photo is a winner for three reasons. One, it's on the cover of the Globe, and is therefore being seen pretty much everywhere in Cana

      • DAY 2: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/08/08
        • WINNER: Most of the Canadian news media – who have already started going to great lengths to allow average folks to express their opinions about the campaign. It ain’t entirely altruistic, of course – the mainstream guys have lost a fair amount of market share to the citizen media in recent years

      • DIONISTAS REACH OUT TO CHRETIENITES
        09/08/08
        You are "has beens." Quote unquote.

        It's in the seventh graf or thereabouts. Certain folks around Jean Chretien are "has beens," say certain folks around Stephane Dion. It's not with them we are going to win, say courageously anonymous Dion deep thinkers,

      • TWITTER TWITTER TWEET TWEET
        09/07/08
        Like an increasing number of politicos, I have succumbed to Twitter, found here.

        Summarize the world around you in 140 characters: it can be done!

      • WE INTERRUPT OUR REGULAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/07/08
        ...for this, just spotted on the Drudge Report:

        NYT: MEET THE BABY...

        PAPER PREPARES TO FRONT DETAILED STORY ON PALIN'S BABY, NEWSROOM SOURCES TELL DRUDGE... DEVELOPING...

        Anyone know what the H, E, double hockey sticks this means?

      • W@AL: WHERE'S THAT LIBERAL CAMPAIGN PLANE?
        09/07/08
        It's zee plane, boss! It's zee plane!



      • DAY 1: KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/07/08
        WINNER: George Clark - for mentioning my book The War Room in his column!
        LOSER: The Liberal campaign - and on day one of the campaign, too. These people have had many, many months to prepare - and their plane, the most important piece of campaign hardware, isn't even ready? That's

      • KINSELLA'S CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE, PT. 2
        09/06/08
        WINNER: Respected polling agency Ipsos, for suggesting Stephen Harper refrain from breaking out the bubbly - and for persuading Stephane Dion to get back in, and off the ledge. I was on CFRB Saturday with Ipsos' VP John Wright - and he pointed out that, one, campaigns matter and, two, too muc

      • KINSELLA'S CRUCIAL AND CLEAR CANADIAN CAMPAIGN COVERAGE
        09/05/08
        As promised, I will be doing a daily roundup of who is a "winner" and who is a "loser" in the campaign that kicks off Sunday morning. These (hopefully) fun reports will be written up, or done as video thingies.

        In today's first, pre-writ episode, nobody really is

      • MONTE SOLBERG - WOW
        09/04/08
        This is a big, big, BIG loss for the Tories.

        ...

        Monte Solberg joining Emerson, Hearn, won't seek re election (URGENT-FedElxn-Ministers)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Sep 4, 2008 15:59

        OTTAWA - The Conservatives say Human Resources Minister Monte

      • BY THE WAY
        09/04/08
        "On your side," in the new battery of Tory ads, is effective. It also isn't original. Having been one of the people who helped to run the BC Liberal campaign in 1996, I know that too well.

      • WHY WE FIGHT, BY ONE WHO DID
        09/04/08
        Canadian Press just moved this on the wire. It is sad, and hard to read.

        It is a poem, titled "Why We Fight," and it was written in Afghanistan in 2006 by Cpl. Andrew Grenon of Windsor, Ont. Cpl. Grenon was one of the three Canadian soldiers who were killed by the Taliban yes

      • BITS AND PIECES, THIS AND THAT
        09/04/08
        • All the angry conservative boys – and, on the Inter-weeb, angry conservative boys continue to be the dominant demographic, unfortunately – are hot and sweaty about Mrs. Palin’s speech. (Check out the comments in the previous item; it reads like Penthouse Forum for whacko right-wingers.) She at

      • NICE POSTER
        09/03/08
        Works for me.



      • LIVE FROM CITY-TV
        09/03/08
        Just did a CITY-TV hit on the ongoing Sarah Palin trailer park stuff. One guy suggested we leave her alone, "even if she has a skeleton in her closet."

        My take: "She's got more than a skeleton in her closet, sir. Sarah Palin has Jurassic Park in her closet."

      • RAYMI BLOGS ON THE BIG SFH/KARAOKE-FEST SHOW
        09/03/08
        Here:

        oh and guess what, on sept. 11 i'm hosting karaoke at the annex wreckroom and believe it or not, warren kinsella's band is also performing. this will be an interesting shitshow. 5 bucks to see me talking WITH A MICROPHONE IN MY HAND omg dream come true. if you don't

      • LIFE IS RICH IN IRONY, AMONG OTHER THINGS
        09/03/08
        The hate blogs have been braying and screeching about "free speech" for some months now. You know all about it; it's been in all the papers. You also know, likely, that some of us have suggested what the conservative/libertarian fringe really want is a licence to slime those they

      • RAYMI WILL BE THERE
        09/02/08
        ...overseeing the karaoke madness. Possibly Christie.

        If SFH does not interest you - and, frankly, who can blame you for that - then do not deny yourself an opportunity to meet TWO GIANTS OF CANADIAN BLOGGING.

        It will be way more exciting than anything else you will be doing n

      • W@AL: TORONTO'S HUGE FRIGGING GARBAGE BINS ARRIVE
        09/02/08
        It's worse than a Socialist gulag. It's David Miller's Toronto.



      • THE PALIN BOUNCE
        09/02/08
        This just keeps getting better and better.

        UPDATE: Boozing, carousing, and flipping the bird: the Dad-to-be isn't going to be big on the Family Values circuit.

      • JUDAS PRIEST IS SCARY, NOT
        09/02/08
        "Is scary not," geddit? Geddit? Oh well.

        Here's my interview with Rob Halford, who is the metal head I admire the most.

        Kerrr-ang!

      • THE METHADONES
        09/01/08
        Been indulging in a bit of punk rock nostalgia, ce soir (isn't everything nostalgia, eventually?), and was looking for the unheralded Methadones' 'Transistor Radio.' The audio bit can be purchased, and should be, but no vid.

        'Say Goodbye To Your Generation

      • HAPPY HAPPY SEPTEMBER
        09/01/08
        It's September! The kids are going back to school! Yay! (Well, for two of them, anyway.)

        Here are reasons to be happy, as September envelopes us in her charms:

        1. Gustav didn't hit New Orleans as badly as expected.

        2. Finally, the phony war is over! The ele

    • August
      • KILLER KOWALSKI, RIP
        08/31/08
        My first journalism job was as a sports reporter.

        Sort of.

        As a young lad, I was - like most of my buddies - transfixed by pro wrestling. I was obsessed by it.

        Mad Dog Vachon, André the Giant and - of course - Killer Kowalski were my favourites (which explains a g

      • ALL POINTS BULLETIN
        08/30/08
        For Raymi and Christie!

        Email me at wkinsella@hotmail.com, at once! I have a plan to make us all rich and famous, beyond imagining!

      • BACK IN CANUCKISTAN
        08/30/08
        ...and I am angry. Angry, I tell you!

        How can this be permitted to happen? Forget about having an election well in advance of the date fixed by law! This is important!



      • HERE WE GO!
        08/29/08
        Get ready, folks! Finally!

        My take, in the upcoming Hill Times:

        I'm one of those political hacks who has been predicting an election for so long - and has been getting it wrong for so long - that, now that one is about to happen, I can't believe it's true. Can it

      • SMART MOVE
        08/29/08
        By McCain, this.

        Smart call by the women watching Obama make history last night, too! (See entry below.)

      • IF YOU WERE A TORY...
        08/29/08
        ...Would you be pushing for an election right now?

        If you were on crack, maybe.
        ...

        Ottawa wanted U.S. to accept more lenient meat inspection regime

        BILL CURRY
        From Friday's Globe and Mail
        August 29, 2008 at 4:37 AM EDT
        OTTAWA — The Cana

      • COMMENTS FROM SOME OF THE FOLKS HERE IN MAINE
        08/28/08
        "Did you see how they subtly made it look like he was standing in the Oval Office?"

        ...

        "Where was Hill and Bill when he name-checked them?"

        ...

        "Too neg on McCain too soon. Made him sound like the challenger and not the frontrunne

      • WATCHING OBAMA
        08/28/08
        ...here in the United States of America.

        Isn't he remarkable?


      • DOWN HERE IN AMERICA
        08/28/08
        For the past week, I have noticed that no one seems to care much, if at all, about the Democratic Party convention. They certainly aren't talking about it.

        Here's a shot of my daughter pointing at the cover of one paper's coverage, when we stopped at Bennett's for sub

      • W@AL: THE CLAM SHACK, THE BUSHES, ET MOI
        08/27/08
        They expressed regret for their many mistakes, and clam strips were consumed.

        Welcome to Kennebunkport.



      • ELECTION 2008
        08/27/08
        Looks like I will be part of the commentariat over at CITY, which rocks. They always do the punditocracy stuff differently - they, like a lot of us, find the TV panels of party hacks shouting at each other really boring.

        I'll be doing the W@AL stuff, naturally, and newspaper stuff i

      • SFH AND THE DIABOLLOCKS!
        08/26/08
        CD launch! Video launch! Absurd level of interest in original series Star Trek! Be there, and we'll have election fun!



      • YOUTUBE POLITICS
        08/26/08
        The old political saying used to be that, if it didn't happen on TV, it didn't happen. To me, it's now different: if it doesn't happen on YouTube, it didn't happen.

        Thus, stuff like this. Interesting.

        In the coming election, I will be vlogging stuff as

      • MEMO TO CONSERVATIVES WHO ARE UPSET WITH ME
        08/26/08
        What does it mean when they start saying "the system worked?"

        It means it didn't.

        What does it mean - in a situation where people have actually died - when assorted media idiots celebrate the cleverness of a company's spin-doctoring?

        It means it

      • WALKERTON REDUX
        08/25/08
        It's a cloudy/rainy day, thus we are loitering at LL Bean. Forgive me, then, if any other Ontario Liberal has already pointed out the obvious similarities between Walkerton and the ongoing processed meat scandal.

        Politically, the consequences can also be quite similar. Everyone know

      • ON ELECTIONS
        08/23/08
        Down here in sunny Maine, they don't much care about the possibility of an election in the Great White North. If they care about anything, it's whether Biden was the right running mate (he wasn't, Clinton was, and the Dems will see that soon enough).

        If Stephen Harper deci

      • W@AL: OBAMA'S NAME AND THE HANDCLAP THING
        08/22/08
        So, today I took a few of the kids and went into Kennebunkport. While they ogled the chicken-sized seagulls outside the Clam Shack (the Clam Shack being the one thing George W. Bush and I both love), I strolled into the Democratic Party H.Q. It is a tiny room, across from Ben and Jerry’s, and stra

      • WORCESTER, MASS.
        08/21/08
        I like it here. I am surrounded by Democrats. There may be some Republicans, but they keep quiet.

        I had a YouTube thing up, earlier, but then I took it down. It wasn't funny. I like the funny ones better.

        Which reminds me: a couple young bloggers have expressed disapprov

      • WARREN AT ARM'S LENGTH: BART THE FISH ON THE COMING ELECTION
        08/20/08
        The stories are everywhere. Is an election on its way? What do you think?

        Here's what Bart thinks:



      • MUSICAL BITS AND PIECES
        08/20/08
        • Cobain on Axl: what is even funnier is what Courtney Love said to that too-skinny model, whatsername. Hilarious.
        • Dirtbag Gary Glitter refused: I am one of those who feels that the private lives of entertainers – Woody Allen marrying his daughter, for example – has relevance to their a

      • WARREN AT ARM'S LENGTH: THE START AND END OF A LONG AIR CANADA DAY
        08/19/08
        The start of the really, really bad Air Canada day: Warren waits at Pearson Airport. And waits. And waits.



        This is the end of the really, really bad Air Canada day.



        1. Air Canada flight from Quebec is three hours late.

        2. People stand

      • I HATE, HATE, HATE AIR CANADA
        08/18/08

        Shiny new Québec airport. Same crappy service.

        Louise Harris and I are stuck in Québec City's airport, after attending to our Canadian Bar Association duties. We now cannot get out of here. Nobody will tell us why.

        Again, with feeling: I hate, hate, hate Air Canada.

      • THE PERILS OF RISK
        08/18/08
        I am stuck in Quebec City's shiny new airport, a ce moment, hoping to get back to Tee Dot. Appropos de rien, here is a Warren At Arm's Length from the boys' weekend. I can reveal nothing, other than the empties were removed by a barge we were forced to rent.

        In this b

      • 54-40
        08/18/08
        Interviewed the band's Neil Osborne this week. Great guy. Great shots of Vancouver in here, too. So Eighties.



      • DATING SMOKERS
        08/18/08
        Back in the day, me and all the guys I knew were the same: we didn't date girls who smoked. (And we didn't hang out wih guys who smoked either.)

        Ipsos is one of the best in the business, so I am surprised by this survey result. How about you? Are you as hardcore smoker-hat

      • WARREN AT ARM'S LENGTH DOUBLE-HEADER
        08/17/08
        The scene: backstage at Hamilton's Friends Festival, bacchanalia galore, with SFH besieged by groupies and record company executives. Whilst Ritalin Boy indulges in yet another Hippie Speedball, band manager "Hammer Dom" and Nuclear Age preoccupy themselves with some good-natured ver

      • CANUCKS, YANKS AND GOD
        08/17/08
        I am a walking contradiction, as you know - a church-going Catholic liberal politico who cherishes our separation of church and state, loves America, etc. - so you will not be surprised to hear that this Obama and McCain debate thing creeps the Hell out of me.

        Can you imagine such a debat

      • DRIVING THROUGH MADOC
        08/15/08
        And it occurs to me: is not Green Day's 'Alligator' a full-on steal of the Kinks' 'You Really Got Me'? Right down to the changes, the break and the back-up bits?

        Such are the things one thinks about, driving through Madoc.

      • SEXY BITS AND PIECES
        08/15/08
        • Is Mr. Harper faking the Big E? I don’t think so. I think he plans to go all the way, this time. (Ottawa does have electoral "dysfunction," as he suggests.)
        • If you are a Liberal, this is a case of Ottawa screwing more arts groups (and using a ball gag on artists!). If

      • STUPIDEST COMMERCIALS IN THE WORLD
        08/15/08
        I don't know about you, but my kids and I regard this Coca Cola ad series featuring tongues and eyeballs to be dumb, ineffective and icky. For starters.

        I presume they let the "Coke Classic" decision-makers back into the boardroom for this one. Bad move.

      • OUCH
        08/14/08
        You know, since I've been doing this web site stuff for a few years, I've been on the receiving end of a few beauts. Nazi, fascist, communist, pedophile, sexist, criminal, blah blah blah. You name it, I've been called it. One day, when all the the litigation dust (smokescreen?) set

      • AD EXECS AND POLITICOS
        08/13/08
        Forgive me, but I have some experience with both. And, when controversy looms, you can always count on the ad guys to point the finger at everyone else. Not the guy in the bathroom mirror.

        Forgive me, too, for stating that (a) I have had the pleasure to work with Patrick Muttart, and (b)

      • NO TAX DOLLARS WERE USED IN THE CREATION OF THIS ROCK VIDEO!
        08/13/08
        You really had to be there. Bizarre does not begin to capture it.

        SFH play the old Hot Nasties' standard 'Barney Rubble Is My Double' in Guelph, Ont. on August 9, 2008. Dude on the mechanical bull is unidentified. You have to admire his decision to wear a jacket while ridin

      • HOLY FUCK
        08/13/08
        ...that is their name, after all, and without any of the inevitable dashes or asteriks so favoured by the media. I find their stuff derivative and unremarkable, but the Canadian government has now made them super-duper world-famous. Riches await!

        But that's not my point.

      • MORNING-AFTER BITS AND PIECES
        08/12/08
        • I grow old, I grow old. We shall drink far too much Tequila and remember why it is a drug and not an alcoholic beverage.
        • I used to eat at Burger King. I admit it. I figured that, if I was going to 86 one day, a Whopper would be a sweet (quite literally) way to do it. But, for me

      • SFH IN GUELPH LAST NIGHT
        08/11/08

        Ritalin Boy, Wink.
        [photo by Jorge Gomez]

      • WARREN AT ARM'S LENGTH: THE FESTIVAL OF JOY HITS GUELPH
        08/10/08
        Yea, verily. The annual Festival of Joy nears its end, culminating in the celebration of the blessed birth of the Warren child.

        Last night at the Rajin' Caygeon in Guelph, three hundred Grit youngsters gave voice to their joy.

        It was a beautiful moment.

      • THE SFH SUMMER 2008 SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO TOUR!
        08/09/08
        This afternoon at three at Gage Park in the Hammer - and then, later tonight, at two shows for a pile of young Grits at the Ragin' Caygeon in Guelph! Come one, come all!



      • THE GIG OF THE CENTURY - AND YOU CAN BE THERE
        08/09/08


      • ON THAT "CHURCH" EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT
        08/08/08
        The Westboro Baptist "Church" is a hate group, and always has been.

        So, two things: one, this story demonstrates the positive, mobilizing power of the Internet. And kudos to Stockwell Day's office for moving decisively.

        Two: where is Day's formerly &

      • ON THOSE RESIGNING LIBERALS
        08/08/08
        Many of the usual suspects are clucking and kvetching about those two Liberals - one in PEI, one in Saskatchewan - resigning their candidacies. What-ever.

        Here's what I am told, in an edited email:

        "1. In PEI, Morrissey obviously had another job prospect that he wan

      • THE CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE OF BBQ
        08/08/08
        Like all men living solitary Summer lives, I would quite literally die of starvation if I did not have access to a barbecue. I am not joking.

        That is why I am interested in this survey:

        ...


        BBQ HABITS
        Canadians Keep Neighbours Away When Barbecuing

      • WARREN AT ARM'S LENGTH: TOTAL STRANGER EXPRESSES LOVE OF 'FURY'S HOUR'
        08/07/08
        Things like this happen all the time, too. People come up to Warren on the street, unprompted and without any prior planning whatsoever, and profess love of his writings.

        Perhaps this video will warm the cockles of your heart, as it did Warren's.

        (We do not advise chattin

      • THESE PEOPLE ARE SCUMBAGS
        08/07/08


        If there is a stupider NGO around, I'd be surprised. Amazing.



      • FALL ELECTION?
        08/07/08
        Oh, who knows.

        I've gotten this one wrong so many times, I've given up.

        A Grit big wig and I had lunch yesterday, however, and we agreed that Dion has three things going for him in a Fall election:

        • The economy is arguably getting worse in the two pla

      • WARREN AT ARM'S LENGTH: THE BOYS OF SFH LET THEIR (THINNING) HAIR DOWN
        08/06/08
        Ever wonder what Shit From Hell are really like, when the klieg lights are turned down, the stretch limos are parked, and the millions of sex-crazed groupies go home? Ever wonder what are the sounds that really move the souls of these gentle giants of contemporary music?

        Now you know

      • THE DAISY CORPORATE STRATEGY
        08/06/08
        Someone finally figures out our Top Secret Strategy: win by dominating the landscape, and making yourself the only choice. Works every time.

        Except with cows, apparently.

        ...

        Alberta at war with a daisy?
        Okotoks Western Wheel
        Wednesday, August 6, 2

      • OLD AS DIRT MEETS DUMB AS DIRT
        08/06/08
        Actually, she deals with last week's round of neg ads with humour and smarts, which is the best way to do it. And thereby reveals herself to be undumb.

        What a weird, weird campaign this is shaping up to be. Next thing you know, Scarlett Johansson will be falsely claiming private em

      • OH, LOOK
        08/06/08
        Mr. Kay says you will be "superficial" and "unedifying" without him. We'll see about that, soon enough, I suspect.

        Hey, maybe he could write another column calling a neo-Nazi a "martyr." That'll attract attention, if not necessarily new fri

      • IGGY POP IS GOD
        08/06/08
        James Jewel Osterberg is my risen messiah, and He has been for a quarter-century now.

        I have seen him play more times than I can count. He has been godlike at every show. He is a genius of geniusness.

        I refused, however, to buy a ticket to see him and the reformed Stooges

      • SFH AT BARRYMORE'S! WORLD PREMIERE, RIGHT HERE!
        08/05/08
        The world premiere of Nick Nelson's video of SFH playing 'Yellow Beetle' at Barrymore's in April - making full and effective use of the amazing camera work of Daisy MacLean and her crew.

        In it, I look awfuler than usual, which I attribute to a ruptured eye membrane, an

      • BITS AND PIECES, BACK FROM THE WOODS
        08/05/08
        • Poking A Tiger: Call me crazy, and many do, but it seems to me that attacking the Chinese is possibly not the most strategic move for the global network of Islamic terrorists. Ipso facto, the global network may not be as strategic as we assumed. I’m reading a great deal about terror, th

      • WARREN AT ARM'S LENGTH: MORE VLOG ENTRIES ABOUT NOTHING
        08/04/08
        I like this video the least. But you get what you pay for, folks.

        The gig, by the way, is this weekend in Hamilton. On Saturday. Later that night, we also play in front of hundreds of nude Liberal youngsters in Guelph.

        Well, they'll be youngsters, anyway. Possi

      • THE NOTIONAL PEST, JUNK BOND MAKER
        08/03/08
        While it's not clear that the paper is formally up for sale, sources said that interested parties have considered the asset. Media executives estimate the paper would fetch $25-million to $35-million. Removing the National Post's estimated $10-million a year in losses from CanWest's

      • WARREN AT ARM'S LENGTH: A BEAUTIFUL WILDERNESS VISTA
        08/02/08
        Some folks have wondered where I've been the past few days.

        I can now reveal I've been communing with nature, with the kidlets. It's been wonderful to be away from Blackberries, cell phones and all the vestiges of modern society. Ah, the fresh air and the quiet!
      • ANOTHER SATISFIED CUSTOMER
        08/01/08
        Wait until folks see the vlog entry of Newman, in the Spring of 2001, offering me House of Commons property in exchange for a political donation!

        ...

        monicavm has sent you a message on YouTube:

        What took you so long?

        I have long been a fan of your b

      • POLITICS IN THE GREAT WHITE BORE
        08/01/08
        Yawn.

        (Entropy-inducing registration required!)

    • July
      • NEAR WILBERFORCE, ONT.
        07/31/08
        Ten-year-old: Dad, [Eight-year-old's name] will be the first in our family to get a tattoo and start a bar fight.

        [Much laughter.]

        Eight-year-old: Don't forget juvie!



      • WARREN AT ARM'S LENGTH: TIME FOR A STOMACH BOMB!
        07/30/08
        The toy included a Pirates of the Caribbean tattoo that is impossible to remove, by the way.





      • WORDS OF WISDOM FROM A VERY BRAVE MAN
        07/30/08
        "...The Canadian Human Rights Commission has been at the forefront of the war against hate in this country for decades. I personally believe it played a key role in eviscerating Canadian hate groups in the 1980s and 1990s. It helped shut down vile telephone hate lines and Internet sites that t

      • SFH IN THE HAMMER
        07/29/08


      • COPS AS HACKS
        07/28/08
        I don't think the cops should doing it. If reporters were to do likewise, they'd be committing a criminal offence (cf. section 130 of the Code). Why should the reverse be okay?

        I know that the high courts have ruled that the police are entitled to use deceit when chasing ba

      • WARREN AT ARM'S LENGTH: THE EXISTENTIALISM OF ROADKILL
        07/27/08
        I like crows. I like ravens. They're Corvidae.

        Do they have to be so damned gross?



      • CANADA IN DEFICIT?
        07/26/08
        If it turns out to be the case, Stephane Dion won't need a Green Shift to become Prime Minister, that's for damn sure.

        Why do conservatives always insist that they believe in fiscal restraint and probity - and then, when given the keys to the family car, always aim it right at

      • SYMPATHY FOR THE SENIOR CITIZEN
        07/26/08
        The day can come when you get old and sick and tired of life
        You just never realize
        Maybe the choice you made wasn't really right
        But you go out and you don't come back at night, so
        I'm just sittin' on a fence
        You can say I got no sense
        Trying to m

      • WARREN AT ARM'S LENGTH: POLITICS AND PICTURES
        07/25/08
        Good morning!

        That Obama Berlin picture is everywhere. Everywhere! So it's a good time to take a, ahem, look-see at the power of images in politics. And how Obama is killing McCain in the visuals war.

        I also posted this so the wife can see that her flowers are still bei

      • I AM A CITIZEN
        07/24/08

        That's what he said. Not the obvious line.

        In a U.S. presidential race, there are no votes to be had in Berlin. I know that.

        But, my God, doesn't it look like Barack Obama is going to be the next President of the United States?

      • WARREN AT ARM'S LENGTH: DEEP IN THE HEART OF TORONTO-DANFORTH
        07/23/08
        Jack Layton, your ass is grass. (Early review here. Someone with anger issues here.)

        Oh, and Calgree Grit was there, too, as was Jeff.




      • GOD ALMIGHTY HELP ME
        07/23/08
        ...but he's right.

      • MERCI
        07/23/08
        Apology accepted.

      • COME MEET THE CABINET MINISTERS OF TOMORROW, TODAY!
        07/23/08
        Looks like there'll be quite a few of them in attendance tonight.

        Toronto Young Liberals Present: Warren Kinsella
        OYL Toronto
        Time and Place Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2008
        Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
        Location: Riverdale Public Library, Community Room
        Stree

      • ON MR. BRANT
        07/23/08
        Chris gets it right. Shawn Brant represents precisely no one - and the province did what it had to do, last year, when it took steps to prevent him from shutting down the biggest highway in Canada. Cost: no lives lost, no one hurt, one thuggish loudmouth left having a hissy fit.

        That&

      • NEW LOOK FACEBOOK
        07/23/08
        It's leaking out. Ritalin Boy, of SFH fame, told me it was coming, but swore me to secrecy. Looks cool.

      • A SUGGESTION
        07/23/08
        I have a novel suggestion for the Islamaphobic rightist lunatic fringe - you know, the ones continually wheedling and whining for your money to pay for lawsuits brought against them by private citizens (not the Stalinist iron heel of the State), and for whioh donors are provided (a) no receipt (

      • ROTTEN'S ROTTEN
        07/22/08


        His woes continue. I blame drugs and Rambo - having seen this show before.


      • I DON'T LIKE MONDAYS
        07/21/08
        Proof here.

        [And who do you think is 'Anonymous Coward?' My money's on 'Nicotine' Weisblott, any number of editors at the Notional Pest, or anyone with a blog at Maclean's. Not sure why I irritate those people so much. Um.]

      • COME ONE, COME ALL!
        07/21/08
        It'll be fun. And it'll be funner to see Andrew give Jack the what-for in coming months!

      • RELENTLESS, HATEFUL INTERNET-BASED DEFAMATION CAMPAIGNS
        07/21/08
        Interesting, no?

        My, my, what a trial it's going to be!

        [And, in a possibly related development, has anyone else noticed that Rex Murphy has become a cheerleader for the lunatic fringe? I don't ever watch TV, and I rarely read most columnists, so I hadn't

      • LET THE CHILD GO FREE, DEE DEE
        07/20/08

        "We've got your mother and your priest out here, Dee Dee! But if you don't cooperate, Dee Dee, we've also got the tank surrounded with special weapons and tactics officers, each of them carrying trays of melted butter! Let the kid go, Dee Dee!"

      • PETER'S IN CALGARY
        07/18/08


        Peter's on 16th. A shrine.

        Spotted by Grumpy: R.I.P., Peter.

        If your place shuts down, the last remaining reason for me to go home is gone.

      • WARREN AT ARM'S LENGTH: SFH PLAY 'BARNEY RUBBLE'
        07/17/08
        Thursday night.

        Some guys face mid-life by getting a red sports car. Some find a trophy bride. Some get highlights done.

        Ritalin Boy, Rayman, Winkie and Bjorn Von Flapjack III: this is what they do, as they collectively face chronological irrelevance.

        Badly. Proud

      • POSTERS 'R' US
        07/17/08

      • HAS EVERYONE IN FEDERAL POLITICS GONE INSANE?
        07/17/08


        Last week, a Liberal riding president joked about shooting the Prime Minister and his wife; this week, the Conservative Party of Canada - on its official website, no less - posts the image above.

        As before: if a person "jokes" about shooting an opponent (or a

      • SO IT GOES
        07/16/08
        I loved Vonnegut's stuff. I miss him.

        Here's his rules about writing, which all of us should try to observe.

        Sample bit:

        Newspaper reporters and technical writers are trained to reveal almost nothing about themselves in their writings. This makes them f

      • BITS AND PIECES
        07/16/08
        · Quite a few folks have written to me about the Omar Khadr case, asking me what I think and whatnot. So, here’s what I have told them: if those tapes accurately represent the current efficacy of wartime interrogations, we’re all in big trouble (eg., this from a heartless CSIS agent: “Look, I wan

      • WIKIPEDIA IS A JOKE
        07/15/08
        As a few of you know, I have long regarded Wikipedia as a full-on joke. It is a self-important web site that licences nutbars to slime other folks. (Until recently, dumb political campaigns did so a lot.)

        I am conducting a little experiment. I have registered under my own name at W

      • THE LATEST FROM KATHY SHAIDLE
        07/15/08
        ...whom Mark Steyn actively and regularly promotes, and the National Post and TVO and Catholic publications have seen fit to pay for her "opinions."

        "Muslims...most of them can't even read...What we really need to do is stop immigration from Pakistan and other cra

      • WARREN AT ARM'S LENGTH: BART THE FISH
        07/15/08
        In this fascinating episode, Warren demonstrates scientific polling techniques on Bart the Fish.

        (If you want a real polling agency, however, there's always Pollara, with a spiffy new web site.)



      • WHAT TO DO WHEN THE MEDIA GO INSANE
        07/14/08
        Cut 'em off. No interviews, no access, no nothin'. Screw them into the ground.

        When the National Post's Conrad Black - now, prisoner number 18330-424 - declared that when he got finished with Jean Chretien, there wouldn't be enough left to squeeze through an eye

      • THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW...
        07/14/08
        ...I'm John Tory, and I can say whatever the Hell I want, and nobody will call me on it, etc. etc., ad nauseum.

        NOW: [John Tory on July 12, 2008, speaking to the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex PC Association]: "...only in politics do you see people trying to sell themselves by at

      • WARREN AT ARM'S LENGTH
        07/13/08
        For a while now, I've been speechifying about how web logs and whatnot need to change, and become more visual, if they are going to be as relevant as they once were. During the 2007 Ontario election, we practiced what we preached, and we tried be more visual, and make more of our arguments on

      • HE HAD ME UNTIL THIS PART
        07/13/08
        "The grassroots will not stand for any more of this internecine fighting. They suffered mightily under the Martin-Chrétien-Rock-Tobin-Manley-Copps, pick your grouping," he said. "They want to belong to one Liberal party."

        "Suffered mightily." Hmmm. Does

      • MY SON THINKS MY WEB SITE IS BORING
        07/12/08
        So he insisted on a site full of Tony Hawk videos.

        It's the new direction for the site, folks. Sorry.



      • i-LOSERS
        07/11/08
        So, there I am, turning the corner near the end of our street, a bit late. There's cars everywhere, and Queen Street seems unusually congested.

        I look to the right.

        There, in the pouring rain, is a string of white, plump, middle-aged guys, sitting on the sidewalk - some o

      • A BET
        07/11/08
        I'll bet $500 that Marc Garneau will easily beat anyone the other parties throw at him.

        Any takers?

      • BITS AND PIECES, THIS AND THAT, PLUS AN X VIDEO
        07/10/08
        • I am wearing white pants and a seersucker jacket today. A guy just approached me at Starbucks and said: "Two scoops, please." That hurt.
        • The CanWest Watch has produced an enormous amount of traffic (they are two cents above two bucks as I write this). Some anonym

      • WILL IT GO BELOW TWO DOLLARS?
        07/09/08
        Who knows. For the Aspers, who I still like, I hope not.

        But if it breaks below two bucks, it's hard to see how some serious newsroom bloodletting can be avoided.

      • ASSASSINATION "JOKES"
        07/09/08
        When someone "jokes" about assassinating a Prime Minister (as some Liberals have done, on page three of this newsletter), you don't issue press releases about it (as the Tories have done, in this press release found on Steve's page). You call the RCMP.

        Two weeks ago

      • YEE-HAW: POLITICAL COWBOYS, PART TWO
        07/09/08
        Dan, naturally, has the best political stuff all the time. Here's his contribution to the ongoing debate about whether politicos should wear cowboy gear when at the Stampede. (Me: Um, no, they shouldn't .)

        My readers felt, near-unanimously, that Dion actually looked rather f

      • HE'S LOST CONTROL
        07/09/08
        Lots of response to the Joy Division post, below. This one comes from an old friend who is a writer in London - who saw them when we were all teenagers. (Damn him!)

        Here are some of his recollections:

        ...

        Hi Warren,
         
        I hope you and the family are having

      • PROCESSION MOVES ON, THE SHOUTING IS OVER
        07/08/08
        Finally got around to seeing Anton Corbijn's 'Control' - I had been deliberately avoiding it, for various reasons known to former roommates.

        Even for one of those who had been listening to Joy Division before Ian Curtis hanged himself in May 1980, just before the tour of Am

      • I AM MEDIOCRE
        07/08/08
        ...and proudly so.

        Please vote for me. I have never won anything in my life, but this one honour for which I have trained hard, for many years.

        Mediocrity: it's all-Canadian.

        So am I.



      • NDP: STOP THE TEXT MESSAGE CASH GRAB
        07/08/08
        Smart populist politics.

        It largely echoes David McGuinty's prior work in this area (sign his petition here), but David would likely agree that copy-catting is still flattery.

        And that more cell phone charges in Canada is thievery.

      • WENTE'S GUIDE TO PARENTING
        07/08/08
        When the parent is a neo-Nazi, who sends her child to school with swastika inked onto her arm, that's okay. The constitutional rights of the parent are at stake, don't you know (although not, apparently, the constitutional right of the child to have life, liberty, and freedom from

      • THE DESERTERS
        07/08/08
        CBC Radio's Andy Barrie - himself an American who came to Canada to get away from war - had a stirring report on his show this morning about Corey Glass, a young American being deported to the U.S. this week. He came here because he objects to the war in Iraq, where he served.

        Th

      • HE'S A LIAR
        07/08/08
        But sane people knew that already.

        No one sent him any such email (unless, of course, he concocted a "fake mailer" email to himself) . If he had it, he'd publish it.

        He won't, because he can't.

        In the meantime, he remains a liar.
      • LAWSUITS, POLITICS
        07/07/08
        So, you get in touch with the other side, quietly suggest a change. You avoid making it a big deal, so the other side has a face-saving way out.

        But, sometimes, the other side wants a big fight. So you give 'em a fight.

        Being stubborn is a bad legal strategy.

      • CLARITY CLARIFICATION
        07/07/08
        Ms. Hebert's column is about the Green Shift, and is well worth reading, but her commentary therein about Stephane Dion being the author of The Clarity Act moved me to post the yarn below. It is the first published reference to "The Clarity Act" that I could find. All of the co

      • ON HEAVY METAL
        07/07/08
        My latest contribution in accessmag. Once again, I find this page-turning thing totally cool.

        Like all guys, I am a sucker for tech stuff.

      • AND WHO IS DUBYA'S FAVOURITE MEMBER OF PUBLIC ENEMY?
        07/07/08
        Chuck D. or Flava Flav? I'm betting it's Flav.

        ...

        Bush to PM: 'Yo, Harper' ( G8-Bush-Harper)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Jul 7, 2008 7:11

        RUSUTSU, Japan - First it was `Yo, Blair,' and now it's `Yo, Harper.'

      • BE IT RESOLVED
        07/06/08
        That no Eastern politicians shall henceforth be permitted to attend the Calgary Stampede wearing cowboy gear. It's just wrong.



        And I move this resolution as a proud member of the Calgarian diaspora, who - whenever physically in Calgary in the last week of June -

      • KINSELLA IN THE WESTERN STANDARD!
        07/04/08
        Zounds! God's teeth! By the sword of Thor!

        I did it, partly, to make someone's head explode.

      • NANOS ON THIS INTERWEEB THINGY
        07/04/08
        I link to him, not just because I partly agree with him (to wit, the political impact of blogs, etc. is in some ways overstated).

        Watch the video. Smart cat.

      • STEYN'S MONKEYS SHOW THEIR TRUE COLOURS
        07/03/08


        The disturbing image above is from the Mark Steyn-sanctioned website, Free Mark Steyn. (That's what it's called. Irony is utterly lost on these lunatics.)

        As my friend Harry noted, it's one thing to object to Morgentaler getting the Order of Canada. It&#

      • STEWART BELL'S 'BAYOU OF PIGS'
        07/03/08
        I have just finished going through Stewart Bell's new book about the ill-fated invasion of Dominica by a motley crew of Canadian and American white supremacists and mercenaries back in the early Eighties.

        As a someone who has written about terrorism and organized racists my

      • I HAVE QUESTIONS, NOT ANSWERS
        07/03/08
        Bloggers and opinion-writers are supposed to have lots of opinions about stuff, but these astonishing CanWest numbers - tracked by Mark - are, well, astonishing.

        Anyone care to explain what is happening, here? Is it just them? Industry-wide? What is causing this?

        I know it

      • LYING, HYPOCRITICAL SCUMBAG AWARD
        07/03/08
        Nomination form filled out, in full, here.

      • DEFAMATION IN CANADA, IN 50 WORDS OR LESS
        07/02/08
        The Supremes' decision in the Mair case is a landmark because, for columnists and opinion-writers, the law of defamation arguably now no longer exists. Do you believe what you said? Yes? Then you have a defence.

        Malice will defeat it, however. And there's lots of that t

      • SANDRA BUSSIN UPDATE
        07/02/08
        ...part of a continuing series.

        What do I make of this? Well, it's certainly been talked about in the neighbourhood, a lot. And it certainly reeks.

        If any investigative journalists are left in Toronto, and reading this, quite a few of us hope you take a good look at t

      • McGUINTY KICKS ASS
        07/02/08
        ...Tories, Dippers get their asses kicked.

        I have known about this since last week, and was sworn to secrecy. It did, however, make for a funner holiday weekend.

        ...
        Ontario Liberal support strong
        The Windsor Star
        Saturday, June 28, 2008
        Page: A6
      • OBAMA ON PATRIOTISM
        07/02/08


      • BITS AND PIECES
        07/02/08
        • Starbucks, which probably has other things to worry about today, offered me a cup this morning with one of those cheery little bromides on the side. It read: “Success in life is that your kids want to spend time with you once they’ve grown up.” True enough. Author of said statement? Paul

      • THE GREATEST COUNTRY
        07/01/08


    • June
      • THE HILL TIMES' WISEGUYS: THE SESSION IN REVIEW
        06/30/08
        Found here.

        Meanwhile, up here at the cabin, I sliced my arm on something and it's all swollen up.

        If I die, it's Tony Clement's fault, for not having a doctor within boating distance.

      • BLOG WISDOM
        06/30/08
        There is none. Or pretty damn close to none.

        One of the weirdest things about the Internet is how, every once in a while, you stumble across a total stranger professing to possess great insight into your psyche and deepest thoughts. They don't, at all, and it's really strange.

      • SORRY, FOLKS
        06/30/08
        But Shaidle and MacMillan beat you to it.

      • STEYN LOSES BY WINNING
        06/28/08
        ...sort of.

        Up here near Bancroft, nobody gives a rat's ass about Maclean's magazine, let alone the pompous windbag and country club bigot who types columns for them.

        But I've been typing about this case, myself, for many months, and I am glad that it has

      • A JOKE AND A CIRCUS: CHRETIEN'S BIG WIN AGAINST GOMERY, MARTIN
        06/27/08

        "Fore!"
        I did CBC Radio this morning on Jean Chrétien’s amazing win in the Federal Court yesterday. I suggested to the host that (a) Paul Martin now needs to apologize for inflicting such a rigged, biased process on the ailing Jean Pelletier, and his former leader, Jean

      • VICTORY! VICTORY! VICTORY!
        06/26/08
        1. I always knew it would happen - but how wonderful it is to see this on the wire, just now.

        2. Link here, from another kick-ass Canadian lawyer (mine).

        3. Messrs. Martin, Dion and Harper are all about to get some very challenging questions, to wit: "Is the Feder

      • JOKES, HUMAN RIGHTS
        06/26/08
        I am mindful of the fact that this is Toronto's world-famous Pride Week, and that we have a collective obligation to reflect on the harm caused by homophobia, and to move against it. I am also highly suspicious of any report about human rights in the National Post, which - on both the ne

      • COOK WATCH, NEWSWATCH ON MULRONEY WATCH
        06/25/08
        It's item number (i) in the lawsuit.

        The date - in August 1993 - is significant, because he was an MP then.

        Which would be against the law, among other things.

      • HERE WE GO AGAIN
        06/24/08
        You know, if I actually believed there was a political party left that believes in the same things I do - you know, that this sort of crypto-nationalist pandering is as dangerous as it is dumb - I would drop everything to help them in an election.

        But, honestly and truly, I don't th

      • ANOTHER DEPARTURE FROM QUEEN'S PARK?
        06/24/08
        Yesterday on The Fan 590, host Bob McCown opined that John Tory has been rumoured as a possible replacement of Paul Godfrey as head of the Toronto Blue Jays. Here's what was said.

        McCOWN: "I don't know – and I want to clarify this -- I have no way of knowing specifical

      • OUR FRIEND MR. BUTTS DOES GOOD
        06/24/08
        For Immediate Release
         
        WWF-CANADA APPOINTS NEW CEO
         
        (Toronto: June 24, 2008). WWF-Canada announced today that Gerald Butts will become President and Chief Executive Officer effective September 2nd. He will succeed Mike Russill, who announced earlier this year that he

      • THE METHADONES: TRANSISTOR RADIO
        06/24/08
        Face to Face (below) got me thinking: why aren't great tunes - like this one by the God-like Methadones - being played on the radio?

      • THE GREEN SHIFT: A WAR ROOM ASSESSMENT
        06/24/08
        I don't know very much about politics, at all, but I would have to say that the Conservatives are losing - they are getting killed, in fact - in their efforts to discredit Stéphane Dion's environmental plan. It isn't even close.

        In your fancy-pants, multi-million-dollar se

      • FACE TO FACE: DRIVING TUNE OF THE MOMENT
        06/23/08
        Any guesses what it's about? (Giveaway hint: it's Pride Week.)

      • PRICELESS
        06/23/08
        The point I was trying to make about hate blogs at the conference in Ottawa, but better than I could ever make it.



        From Jeff. Better than the original, frankly.

      • STUPIDITY IN THE LINE-UP
        06/23/08
        I love CBC Radio. CBC Radio is the soundtrack to our family's life, and has been for years. (I also love writing those words - when I was freelance media columnist at the National Post, anything laudatory about CBC would be routinely censored.)

        This morning at 7:30, however, I

      • BLOGGY STUFF: THE BIG SPEECHOLA IN OTTAWA
        06/22/08
        The RTDNA thing was a lot of fun, Graham Richardson was a star, and my two little boys behaved themselves. People said so.

        I was on a panel with some legendary TV execs, like Mark Sikstrom and John Cruickshank. I talked about the blogospherical stuff, and whether it is a threat to the

      • SHORT ENTRY
        06/22/08
        Heading back from Ottawa and the cabin. Later.

      • THE GREEN BALLOT QUESTION(S)
        06/20/08
        Libs: we are the only lefty-ish party that wants to protect the environment and has a shot at forming a government. The Conservatives don't care about the environment, and you know it.

        Tories: we have protected you during a global economic downturn. The Liberals' plan is al

      • GRIT GREEN GRABBER
        06/19/08
        Just arrived in Ottawa to speak at the broadcasters' conference, and a friend who helps Dion sent me the link to their new ad. It's really good.

        I've seen it before many times, but that last shot of the Liberal leader is the keeper. We need to see more of that guy.
      • OUCH!
        06/19/08


        And to think: I actually know Senators who enjoy being spanked!

        With everything else that is going on - carbon tax/shifting, John McCain, cabinet shuffles - it is easy to lose track of issues that actually, um, physically impact people.

        So, what do we thi

      • LOOKS LIKE A CARBON LEAK
        06/18/08
        The Liberal Carbon Tax/Shift leaks are everywhere! So, in my esteemed opinion:

        1. It doesn't look like a total disaster. So why not release it before now? Waiting this long was a mistake.

        2. It looks like some short-term gain (in the form of tax cuts for a few), and then

      • ESTEEMED?
        06/18/08
        I'm "esteemed?" Me?

        As Mr. Marx memorably observed, sort of, I wouldn't want to join a club that "esteems" someone like me.

        That said, however, now that I read that Paul Martin is also nervous about a carbon tax, I am wholeheartedly in favour

      • DRIVER'S ED FROM HELL
        06/18/08
        Mine was sort of like this.



        [H/T Christie, of course.]

      • OTTAWA SPEECH ON FRIDAY
        06/18/08
        These folks have asked me to participate in a panel discussion in Ottawa on the "future of news." Unlike the hate blogs, I actually think the MSM has one. Bloggers who disagree - almost entirely on the Right - need to give their tinfoil hats a shake.

        I intend to bring our s

      • BITS AND PIECES IN QUOTES
        06/18/08
        • “Shift happens?” Shift happens? Jesus H. Criminy, you can’t make this stuff up if you tried.
        • “The optics are terrible.” Yes, you could say that. And not just for Brian Mulroney, either.
        • “A disgrace.” I’ve never been a fan of Arbour, either. But something tells me T

      • CANCER BATS: CANADA'S BEST HARDCORE OUTFIT
        06/17/08
        I don't recall seeing the wolves when they opened for Against Me! and Gallows, but what the hey.

      • AIR CANADA CUTS THOUSANDS OF JOBS OVER FUEL PRICES
        06/17/08
        Here.

        But, by all means, hold a press conference tomorrow to announce higher fuel prices.

        I sort of feel like the parent of a child who, all grown up, has decided to box Mike Tyson. I cannot stop my child from entering the ring, but I am pretty sure it is going to end re

      • THE PASSING OF DAISY'S MAN
        06/17/08
        Lots of friends sent me the stories about the sad passing of Tony Schwartz on the weekend. I interviewed Tony a few years back, and he was a wonderful, soft-spoken gentleman. In his wonderful, soft-spoken way, he also changed politics forever.

        Andrew at Maclean's has a thing abo

      • I'M BACK
        06/16/08
        ...almost.

        I don't think I was right, in this Hill Times piece.

        The ads may have changed the channel from the Julie Mess, but not for long. That little scandal has legs, big time. I was wrong about that, too.

        See you soon.

      • CHECKING OUT
        06/13/08
        Four years this weekend. Heading out, checking out for a while.

        See ya.


      • MULRONEY PROBE - FINALLY!
        06/12/08
        Forgive me, but I cannot help observing that there is a, um, large oliphant now in the room.

        Sorry. Sometimes, I cannot help myself.

        ...

        Harper names Manitoba justice to head Mulroney Schreiber inquiry (URGENT-Mulroney-Inquiry)
        Source: The Canadian Press

      • PIPSQUEAK PIERRE'S PULLBACK
        06/12/08
        I rather suspect you were told to make the apology by your boss, who showed considerably more acumen yesterday. But perhaps this will remind you, next time, to resist the temptation to sound - just once! - like a preening, prattling, right-wing jerk.

        (And that's not just a partisa

      • OUT OF STEP
        06/12/08
        Uncharacteristically, I’m trying to be reasonable, this morning.

        But, last week, Andrew Coyne posted what I and others thought what was some pretty unfair, pretty unbalanced stuff on the Cirque de Soleil that was the Mark Steyn B.C. human rights proceeding. It was not Coyne's

      • IF THIS DOESN'T PERSUADE YOU TO SIGN DAVID MCGUINTY'S PETITION
        06/11/08
        ...to reign in cell phone companies, nothing will.



        UPDATE: Is it a hoax? Check out comments!

      • UM, NO
        06/11/08
        ...they shouldn't.

        And, on a day when all of us are quite properly turning our attention to the residential schools apology, these insensitive Red Chamber types stomp all over the communications plan. And show, in the process, an appalling lack of respect for what this historic

      • ANOTHER SANDRA BUSSIN SPECIAL
        06/11/08
        In a continuing series.

        I got word yesterday that a certain city councillor has objected to my continuing involvement in Community Centre 55, where I have been a volunteer member of the board for close to a decade.

        Gee, I wonder where this is coming from, hmmm?

      • BUCKETS NAILS THE BLOGS O' FEAR - AGAIN!
        06/11/08
        Remember the big controversy about human rights staffers hacking into a woman's Internet signal, and how the hate blogs - and the Notional Pest and Newman and the Pompous Windbag and Country Club Bigot© brayed and screeched about it?

        Seems like it was all bullshit. Like

      • THIS CALL WILL BE MONITORED TO ENSURE WE EXTRACT MORE USURIOUS CHARGES FROM YOU
        06/11/08
        Given that I spent upwards of $3,000 a month on wireless crap before and during the election campaign that saw this young fellow's brother re-elected Premier (with a greater majority than he had when the Legislature dissolved), and given that CELL PHONE COMPANIES IN CANADA CHARGE WAY TOO MU

      • BOLTS OF BITS AND PIECES
        06/10/08




        BIG lightning storm last night! Wow! Continuing with that theme, for no apparent reason:

        • Snap! I am wearing sandals today. It is a modest act of protest. I wear Naots, which I bought in Israel at a kibbutz, and are the best sandals in the world.

      • THE OIL SLICK TRICK
        06/09/08
        I just did the Mike Duffy Show, and CTV National, about this Carbon Tax vs. Cap-and-Trade stuff. It was me against Elizabeth May, and it was kind of hard to get a word in edgewise - you know, about how relative unknowns like David Suzuki, Jean Charest and Dalton McGuinty favour Cap-and-Trade. And

      • WHEN YOU DIE, AND YOUR LIFE PASSES BEFORE YOU, IS IT LIKE THIS?
        06/08/08
        A guy, Noah, photographs himself every day for six years. Spotted on Bow.

        How totally amazing this is.

      • BACK FROM THE WOODS...
        06/08/08
        ...and this guy is my new hero.

        'I noticed my shoulder was dislocated. I managed to pop it in myself and thought I'd better go and get some help.'— John Shorte

        Man, what a total star this guy is. Does BC's Interior breed this type of guy, or something?
      • NEW TORY ADS
        06/08/08
        They couldn't even wait for the general election, they're so eager to get at Dion on the carbon tax.

        Gee, it's not like anyone predicted it or anything.

        Why, why, why is this happening? Are there any federal Liberals who want to win, anymore?

      • HILLARY, FROM UP AT THE LAKE
        06/07/08
        So, after rewiring the bathroom at the cabin, and putting in the dock ladder, and fixing the bilge in the small boat, and building a little shrine in the woods for folks to say a prayer or two - after all that, I fired up the computer and dialled-up Hillary. Did she do what she'd said she'

      • HE'S COMING HOME TODAY
        06/06/08
        The people are out on the overpasses along the 401, waiting. How can it be so sunny and sad on the same day?

        Our littlest, from the back seat: "I saluted our soldier, Daddy."

      • GARDNER ON REBUTTING STEYN
        06/06/08
        It wouldn't be hard to write. Steyn's whole thesis rests on demographics and the demographers I've spoken to say he's got the demographics all wrong.

        Exactly, as I have told my leftie pals - who have been perplexed why (on the one hand) I regard Steyn as a Pompo

      • ME AND THE POST
        06/06/08
        People sometimes ask me if I actually, truly, seriously wrote for the Notional Pest ( which I still give story ideas, apparently, but for which I no longer receive a modest stipend) I tell them, yes, I did, and I was easily distinguishable by the fact that (a) I did not call neo-Nazis "ma

      • ROTTEN AND RAMBO
        06/06/08
        I've been in the company of this pair a few times, and I have a tendency to believe every word of the allegations being made by this woman. When Johnny Rotten and Rambo get ripped, watch out.

        Here's an account of a previous encounter. It fits.

        Oh, and Johnny: hi

      • DUM, DUM DEE DUM, DUM, DUM DEE DUM
        06/05/08
        That's my attempt at...oh, you know.

        This morning, in the happy, sunny boardroom at Daisy - where we have again grown with the addition of three impressive young people, by the way, more on that later - we had a little debate about the biggest story in the nation. You know, the one

      • 30-SECOND SPOT IN THE CAMPAIGN
        06/05/08
        SPOT: "Human rights."

        ROTATION: Heavy, multi-lingual.

        TEXT: [Female narration, ominous score at outset. Scroll on black.]

        "The Harper Conservatives say they favour human rights protection.

        But they really don't.

        The Cons

      • THE STRANGE TALE OF THE NDP AND THE DURBAN CONFERENCE
        06/04/08
        I am confused, as usual.

        Consider NDP Leader Jack Layton, and consider his party’s position on Canada’s participation at the Durban Review Conference (DRC) in Geneva in April 2009.

        The DRC, as you will recall, is a follow-up to the 2001 World Conference Against Racism held in

      • GM'S WORD IS NO GOOD
        06/04/08
        And the workers, and the federal and provincial politicians, and the taxpayers, are right to be angry.

        GM's management geniuses pulled off one achievement, however: by signing a deal with its workers, and then flushing those same workers two weeks later, it has entered the Panth

      • APRES NOUS, LE DELUGE
        06/04/08
        Nobody beats a bunch of journalists for inflating their rather mundane straightforward chores with a lot more melodrama and self-importance than the job should be asked to contain.

        Larry King, an American journalist in London, August, 2005

      • GOOD ADVICE FROM A HILLARY SUPPORTER
        06/04/08
        With her name withheld at her request.

        ...

        I was really pleased to see a kindly comment about Hillary on your blog….

        I may not share her politics, but as a woman of a “certain age” I have watched with admiration as she made an entirely credible run for the highest

      • PRESIDENT OBAMA
        06/03/08
        That's not what I have been predicting, but it's what I hope will happen.

        The papers will be full of stories, tomorrow, about his extraordinary achievement - and, also, about how generous he was to Hillary Clinton in his speech. But how she was not so generous to him.

      • IT'S ALWAYS THIS WAY
        06/03/08
        Hillary just gave her best speech of the past 16 months - her last speech as a candidate for her party's Democratic presidential nomination. She was dynamite, especially the part about her encounter with a woman in South Dakota yesterday.

        Will she be the Vice Presidential choice? W

      • THE TRIUMPH OF HOPE: BARACK OBAMA HAS WON
        06/03/08
        CNN just cut away from John McCain giving a pathetic reading of a TelePrompter - thank the Lord for small mercies - and projected that Barack Obama has secured the Democratic Party nomination!

        It is indeed "an exciting moment, an historic moment," as Wolf Blitzer just said.
      • FOUR AWAY
        06/03/08
        This is killing me.

        I hope it's delegates that pushes him over, and not Super Delegates.

        Meanwhile, South Dakota will tonight make history - electing the first African-American to lead a major U.S. political party.

        A commenter said I sounded like a little kid

      • A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT
        06/03/08
        That's what Wolf Blitzer just called it: "a major announcement." A flourish of music and fancy graphics. And then...he said it had gone from six super delegates to five.

        That was a rotten trick, CNN.

        Then again, maybe it was Wolf's way of getting the camer

      • BARACK OBAMA IS SIX VOTES AWAY
        06/03/08
        Before the polls even close in Montana and South Dakota.

        Six away from making history. Amazing.



      • CARVILLE ON THE VEEP
        06/03/08
        Carville just said he believes Clinton "will" be the vice-presidential candidate.

        Man, this thing is moving fast. Makes me feel like our politics is mired in molasses, in fact.

        What he said a few moments later - about "the Obama people pushing this assassinatio

      • I CANT BELIEVE I'M WATCHING LOU DOBBS
        06/03/08
        ...without being held down. But he just reported that Obama is just seven delegates away. Right on!


        Barack as a boy, swinging a bat in Hawaii.

      • THE RAGIN' CAJUN JUST CALLED IT
        06/03/08
        James Carville just said on CNN that Obama has won, and that it is "a remarkable achievement." True, that.

      • CNN SAYS HE'S TEN AWAY
        06/03/08
        Right now, former Canuck John Roberts is reporting Obama is ten delegates away from clinching the nomination.

        Ten!

      • OF SCUMBAGS
        06/03/08
        Clinton (the husband) is right: the reporter in question is a "scumbag."

        Now, a lot of reporters profess to know that politicians regard them as such, and claim that they love to be hated, grr grr grr I'm a tough nut to crack, etc. But I think that, deep down in the

      • VICE-PRESIDENT CLINTON
        06/03/08
        A Canadian chum working on the Obama campaign sent me a couple notes after the post below, in which I reported what another Canadian-working-for-Obama guy had opined. My chum wrote: "Hillary undercuts every principal argument for his candidacy."

        That may well be, but the sto

      • YES!!!
        06/03/08



        YES! YES YES YES!

        What a great, great day this is!

        ...

        Barack Obama effectively clinches the Democratic presidential nomination (Obama)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Jun 3, 2008 13:45

        THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
      • IS MULRONEY TRYING TO TORPEDO HARPER?
        06/03/08
        Spotted by Norman, natch:

        --Buried deep in this article, an interesting fact:

        The VP of Corporate Affairs for Quebecor and former Brian Mulroney spokesman, Luc Lavoie, was present during Paul Larocque’s interview with Julie Couillard on TVA last week.

        Juile Couilla

      • GEORGE FINSTAD
        06/03/08
        We lose another one of the great ones - George Finstad.

        I remember sitting with my Dad every night, watching Finstad relate the day's events. All of which he would do in his calm, reasoned, Canadian way.

        He, too, will be missed.

      • WHEN THE RESUMES START TO BE PRINTED OFF...
        06/02/08
        ...it's all over, pretty much.

        Will she finally bow out? Looks like it.

        Talked to a Obama worker at my office today - he figures that she will be the Veep candidate, now. At this stage, this makes sense.

        I hope Obama continues with the conciliatory tone. It

      • IT'S THE END OF JOURNALISM AS WE KNOW IT
        06/02/08
        Live-blogging by some anti-Muslim blogger?

        It certainly bears some of the hallmarks of the genre: flying quotes, innuendo, sneering contempt, selective presentation of information, casual smears, editorializing under the guise of reporting. It's all there. It would all be sad, too -

      • THIS IS VERY SAD
        06/02/08
        She was an extraordinary person, and we are diminished by this loss.

        God, I despise this disease.

        ...

        SARS doctor Sheela Basrur dies after battle with rare cancer (OBIT-Sheela-Basrur)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Jun 2, 2008 14:43

        TORONTO -

      • MEANWHILE, UP IN OTTAWA
        06/02/08
        ...quite a few pulse rates quickened when this baby moved on the wire. In both PMO and OLO.

        Captions, anyone?


        (by THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot)

      • BLOGSPOT'S DOWN
        06/02/08
        The Internet just shrunk by about 99 per cent.

        Even giants like Google can mess up!

      • MONDAY MORNING BITS AND PIECES
        06/02/08
        • Mubin Shaikh arguably saved the lives of many, many people when he acted as a CSIS informant in the Toronto 18 case. We need more like him.
        • Should the RCMP be called in to take a look at the Mad Max case? Of course. The Prime Minister himself has said the former cabinet minister’s m

      • HALOSCAN BLOWS GOATS
        06/01/08
        It's not working, for which I apologize. The blogosphere is full of stuff about how Haloscam is a frigging mess, and has been for days. Meanwhile, Haloscan's propellerheads still haven't fixed whatever the H, E, double hockey sticks the problem is.

        Look at it this way: I d

      • CLINTON'S STRATEGY
        06/01/08
        As revealed by one of her key advisors:

        “McCain in ’08! McCain in ’08!” a woman yelled from the back of the room. “No-bama! No-bama!”

        Principled objections are one thing, but tanking the party you hope to lead is another.

        Hillary Clinton will never, ever be Pr

      • MY ALTERNATIVE LIFE REVEALED
        06/01/08
        Didn't know I was a footballer in Ireland, did you?

        Makes for a challenging schedule, but I get by.

    • May
      • TOBACCO ADVERTISING: WILL TORSTAR LISTEN?
        05/30/08
        Or the Georgia Straight? Will they do the right thing, and refuse Big Tobacco's advertising?

        Don't hold your breath. Pun intended.

        (I wonder what that Big Tobacco apologist/weasel Weisblott will have to say about this? Precious little, I suspect.)

        ... <

      • ORDINATION OF WOMEN: THE REAL CRIME
        05/30/08
        The real crime is stupidity like this. As a practicing Catholic, I say ordination of women must happen.

        Not that they listen to me. Not that they ever did.

        ...

        Vatican comes down firmly against women priests; says excommunication automatic (Vatican-Women-Pr

      • TONY BLAIR, LISTEN TO THIS SONG
        05/30/08
        A few of us went to see Tony Blair speak last night. He was here on behalf of Women's College Hospital, which is great.

        Valerie Pringle did one of those question-and-answer onstage things after his remarks, and she tried to get at him on Iraq. Valerie did a good job, as usual, but

      • WHY WARMAN WILL WIN
        05/30/08
        Buckets does a typically-amazing roundup. Argue with him, Blogs O' Fear. And good luck.

        Man, I can't wait to see these idiots get their asses handed to them in court.

      • INQUIRING ABOUT THE MULRONEY INQUIRY
        05/30/08
        Pipsqueak Pierre is probably/actually telling us the truth: judges probably aren't "jumping up and down" to preside at the Mulroney judicial inquiry.

        How come?

        Well, the same thing happened with the sponsorship inquiry, as you will recall. Five or six judg

      • MY FRIENDS AT THE CANADA ISRAEL COMMITTEE
        05/30/08
        ...have started a blog. Right on!

        Now blogrolled.

      • GOATEES F*CKING SUCK
        05/29/08
        Dave Navarro's, in particular.

        By The Bugs, featuring a former member of The Queers. Total genius.

        Click here to go to their MySpace page and then look for 'Dave Navarro's Goatee Fucking Sucks' in the player thing. "His eyebrows he does pluck."

      • RELATED
        05/29/08
        ...and this happened in the past 24 hours in our neighbourhood, not far from where I dropped off one of our little guys for soccer.

        What the Hell does anyone need with that many firearms?

      • CALGARY TRAGEDY
        05/29/08
        This terrible event took place directly north of my parents' old place, and not far from where my brother and I lived when I attended U of C's law school. It is beyond words, something like this, happening in a neighbourhood like that.

        It is also, partly, the subject of my

      • PERSONALLY, I THINK IT'S QUITE AN EXCITING PIECE OF MACHINERY!
        05/29/08
        Boring machine stuck in Vaughan muck.

      • BACK AT BARRYMORE'S
        05/28/08
        ... my back, to be specific. Rayman and Bjorn say I have arms like an old lady's backside. Not nice. (But you should hear what I say about them.)

        A still from Daisy M's film, more stills of which are available here.

      • I'M TORN
        05/28/08
        He's right, but he's also a pain in the ass who no one takes seriously in the slightest. What to say? What to do?

        Better not to post anything about it then.

        ...

        Gomery chides Harper over delay in Mulroney Schreiber inquiry (Mulroney-Schreiber)

      • JASON CHERNIAK, A GREAT LIBERAL
        05/28/08
        There's more, but some of us actually have jobs, and have to work. Yawn.

        ...

        -----Original Message-----
        From: Jason Cherniak [mailto:jason@jasoncherniak.com]
        Sent: August 8, 2006 3:09 PM
        To: Warren Kinsella
        Subject: Iggy scared to debate?

      • ANOTHER SANDRA BUSSIN SCREW-UP
        05/28/08
        The first of a regular series. Because quite a few of us are fed up with the "Deputy Mayor."

        Skate park? The one "I am building" that will be ready to "enjoy" in 2007?

        Nope. Sandra prefers a big pile of dirt that, for years, has been blowing s

      • MAD MAX BEYOND BLUNDERDOME
        05/28/08
        Wow! Two things.

        Check out Canada's best and most ethical news aggregator, National Newswatch - check out Google News, with nearly 1,300 news impressions - and it'll become rapidly evident to you, as it did with me, that this Mad Max thing has serious legs. There all sorts

      • COCOA TEA ON OBAMA
        05/27/08
        Wonderful. Have heard it a few times on XM, and finally found the vid. Catchy!

      • WHAT DALTON SAID
        05/27/08
        I don't feel so lonely, anymore.

        (Oh, and check out what Jim Wilson is saying about the Ontario Conservative Party's prospects. A full quarter of caucus not running again! Whatever can it mean?)

        ...

        McGuinty at odds with federal Liberals over carbon t

      • OH. MY. GOD.
        05/27/08
        This is the funniest thing you will see this year - the worst album covers of all time. If you don't laugh at least once, let us know in comments - you have something wrong with you. Or, you are Mad Max, and you are not particularly looking forward to Question Period. One or the other.
      • CELL PHONES AND CARS
        05/27/08
        I am a long-time and diligent user of cell phone headsets. I never, ever pick up the phone in a moving vehicle without having a headset thingy on.

        Do I look at the Berry when a message buzzes through? Yes, sometimes. And that's stupid. I shouldn't do that, as my spousal eq

      • BERNIER: I WAS WRONG ABOUT BEING WRONG
        05/27/08
        In the new Hill Times - pas de linkage, sorry - I opine that people should let the Bernier thing go. Politicize one's differences, I offered, don't criminalize them.

        When I heard Bernier had resigned or been fired - I was cleaning out the garage at the time, and so was Stephen

      • DO YOU MIND IF I TRANSFER YOU TO ANOTHER DEPARTMENT?
        05/26/08
        Well, yes, actually, I do.

        Notwithstanding that, I am now on my sixth technician - or waiting for one, anyway - at Rogers. Sixth. Last night, after a long wait, I got to a guy who sounded like I was demanding that he donate a kidney or something, instead of what I was really doing - whic

      • STRESSED AND IN GRADE TWO
        05/26/08
        Me, to Grade Two Child deep in homework assignment: "Dude, you look stressed."

        No response.

        Me: "Grade Twos are not supposed to be stressed out."

        Him: "Well, Dad, this is one Grade Two who is."

        Much laughter, not from

      • FINALLY!
        05/26/08
        The document Ezra the Free Speechy Warrior doesn't want anyone to see.

        And, whilst we are on the subject, how did Jonathan Kay get a copy of the affidavit of Aryan Nations' enthusiast Bernard Klatt? Only one source for that, Jon!

      • PROGRESS SCHMOGRESS
        05/26/08

        "Hello, Houston? Could someone help Kinsella with his technical issues, please? Over."

        Okay, let me get this straight: we can send a frigging rocket to Mars, send back really cool pictures, but there's no way Warren can (a) post a PDF on his web site (we

      • PDF IN WORDPRESS?
        05/26/08
        Anyone know how to import a PDF document into WordPress? Ezra won't like it.

      • ROGERS WATCH
        05/25/08
        I called Rogers' technical support to get, um, technical support. Guy came on, said they didn't give the kind of technical support I needed. I told him they did, and that the screen in front of him would demonstrate that they'd given me such technical support in the recent past.

      • PANSY DIVISION'S 'HOCKEY HAIR'
        05/25/08
        Just heard it again on the way back from the woods. A classic of queercore.

        Anyone know if a vid is out there?

        (Here's the audio!)

      • HELP WANTED
        05/25/08


        It was a long, hard Winter. A wet one, too.

        What does that mean? Well, this Spring, that means a Biblical plague of black flies and mosquitoes have descended on the Canuck countryside, that's what it means. It means jillions and jillions of blood suckers, veritabl

      • MORE ON CLINTON'S RFK REMARK
        05/24/08
        Here.

        Obama is forgiving. And Bobby's son does not sound upset, but many other people still are.

        Perhaps it was due to stress brought on by visiting Bosnia, under sniper fire.


      • UNFIT
        05/23/08
        Even way up here at the cabin, this one travels. With this one, she reveals herself to be completely unfit to be the nominee. What a disgrace.

        ...
        Clinton apologies for Kennedy assassination remark in Democratic race (Clinton)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        May 23, 2008

      • GARDNER ON DION
        05/23/08
        I saw it, but forgot to post it. It's worth reading; I liked the gazelle analogy.

        My view? It hasn't changed. The driver-deterring carbon tax is already happening. Ask some of the millions of Canadians employed in tourism, transportation, and auto manufacturing sectors, t

      • LOBBYING IN OTTAWA
        05/23/08
        It doesn't happen often, but Don Martin is wrong. There's been a transition clause in the new legislation. The five-year prohibition already exists, and anyone leaving Ottawa, or about to, could have told him that.

      • GLOBAL METAL
        05/23/08
        Later today, I'm interviewing the makers of Global Metal, a documentary about the world-wide phenomenon of heavy metal. You've got Iranian thrash metal, goth metal, Indonesian death metal, Viking metal, you name it. The documentary - by two Canadian boys, no less - is fascinating.
      • A WK.COM ALL-POINTS BULLETIN
        05/23/08
        So, I'm parking the hot rod this morning at about 7:30, across the street from where I work. A silver pick-up truck is backing up. CRUNCH. Dude backs into a parked car with Quebec plates.

        The guy regards me in his rear-view mirror, so I slip around the corner to see what he'l

      • HOPE IS AT HAND
        05/22/08
        Vlad brought me back one of these from West Virginia. Thanks, man.


      • THE TALE OF THE TAPE
        05/22/08
        The Kraft Dinner entry was more popular than the Cherniak "tax shit" entry by a factor of almost three-to-one.

        An army marches on its stomach, the original Napster once said, and who am I to argue.

      • MR. CHERNIAK'S TAX SHIT
        05/22/08
        From Jason's web site:

        I've always been very respectful of Warren Kinsella on this blog, even when I disagree with him vehemently on topics like Paul Martin. I don't intend to change that.

        One new disagreement seems to be that I support Stéphane Dion's tax

      • KAY DEE
        05/22/08


        I love Kraft Dinner.

        Last night, after the two youngest were in bed, and the two oldest were still at swimming, and the spouse was at a parent-teacher thing, I eyeballed the cupboard. There were choices aplenty, but it was that blessed blue-golden box that got me. It al

      • GIORNO TO REPLACE BRODIE?
        05/22/08
        Who knows. What I do know that (a) Mr. Brodie, like many of his predecessors, enjoys pulling the wool over certain journalistic eyes and (b) like most of his predecessors, you can only do the Chief of Staff job for so long before it burns you out. Not every political assistant in our national an

      • REINVENTING AXL ROSE
        05/21/08
        ...and why, incidentally, punk rock is perfect, still. Spot a difference between audience and band? Exactly. Words here.

        Christ, I love this band.

      • MARK FREIMAN MAKES THE CASE FOR DECENCY
        05/21/08
        Full disclosure: Mark represented me in the past, when a Ku Klux Klan enthusiast was suing me. He is one of Canada's best legal minds.

        I don't read the Post anymore - and, increasingly, it seems I am not alone - so I confess I only heard about Mark's essay after a link

      • PUNDITS POOH-POOH PIPSQUEAK PIERRE
        05/21/08
        Lordy, this has got to be the finest bit of editorial writing so far this year. From the post-Anderson pages of the editorial Ottawa Citizen:

        A mark of maturity is the ability to control the worst angels of one's nature. Pierre Poilievre has for years struggled to restrain his wor

      • WHAT WILL SHE DO?
        05/20/08
        Well, she'll keep going, of course. Naturally. She can't possibly win, but - like a CNN talking head memorably said last week - she won't let a little thing like losing the presidency stop her from winning the presidency.

        All said, a sad day for the Dems. First the Ke

      • FAIR'S FAIR
        05/20/08
        ...which is something one could say infrequerntly about Mark Steyn, but here goes.

        The pompous windbag and country-club bigot has an amusing letter in the new Harper's in response to the 'Islamopocalypse' thing a couple issues back. I'd link to it, but I was only se

      • ANOTHER NATIONAL POST CORRECTION
        05/20/08
        ...again involving Jonathan Kay's pal Ezra Levant. That's what happens when you call neo-Nazis "martyrs," free speech warriors: it tends to blow your newspaper's credibility to shit.

        This one isn't over yet, I'd wager.

        (H/T Werner)
      • AL PURDY
        05/20/08
        For we have bounced no rockets off the moon,
        swung west to loop the land with gold and steel,
        or made a bloody pageant of our greatness,
        or bought men's loyalty by giving or withholding —
        we have not done any of these great things:
        troubled, listening to other p

      • THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN CANADIAN JOURNALISM
        05/19/08
        ...and I'll tell you who they are.

        I've been meaning to opine on this for a while, too. They are important not because they win at solipsistic journalistic awards ceremonies, or because they topple governments, or because they always shoot for page one. It's because the

      • TORIES AND BLOGGERS
        05/19/08
        As Greg Elmer noted, this kind of approach to bloggers is indeed refreshing - although I believe the Grits did likewise, at the 2006 leadership convention in Montreal. Either way, good to see. And I may just go, if Adler lets me couch surf!

      • HOWEVER, IF PIERRE WANTS A PERSONALITY TRANSPLANT, MILLIONS COULD BE RAISED IN MINUTES
        05/19/08
        Tory MP says Ottawa shouldn't pick up tab for Ontario's sex change coverage (Feds-Sex-Change)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        May 19, 2008 18:42

        OTTAWA - A Conservative MP does not want the federal government to pick up the tab for the Ontario government's plan t

      • TED KENNEDY
        05/18/08
        Even way up here in the woods, me and my Irish Catholic peeps are saying a few Glory Be's for this old fella. It'd be hard to imagine the Democratic Party without him.

      • SFH AT BARRYMORE'S
        05/17/08
        Just got this shot, from Daisy's film - Bjorn and Winkie, mid-thrasher. Over a cabin dial-up, it only took 23 hours to upload. So I hope it is the best frigging band photo you ever see, goddamit.



      • HOWDY FROM MADOC
        05/16/08
        Off to the woods! Have a safe May Two-Four weekend, eh?

      • CADSCAM IS OVER
        05/16/08
        What does it mean?

        For Grits, it means it's cut your losses time: retract, apologize, offer a donation to charity. And quietly deal with the three staffers who made the "bribery" allegation in the first place.

        Remember: politicize your differences. Don't c

      • IT'S A DONE DEAL!
        05/16/08
        I love that phrase. It's so useful. Bits and pieces:

        • Considered? That’s funny. When I was in Winnipeg this week, everyone knew it was a done deal. They’re practically calling him “Mr. Justice Toews” already.
        • Dan, like me, tries to warn a good man about embracing a

      • TAXED
        05/15/08
        I had a great big post about the carbon tax thing this morning. It was a classic Warren-Ten-Reasons thing, and it mixed together my lunch at the Wagon Wheel in Winnipeg (shake, open-faced turkey sandwich, well-done fries and a quadruple bypass) and bunch of other stuff about how it was the federal

      • THERE ARE A FEW POSSIBILITIES, HERE
        05/14/08
        One, someone who shouldn't have a lot of spare time on his hands has a lot of spare time on his hands.

        Two, Yours Truly is really getting under his skin, which concerns me a great deal, as you can well imagine.

        Three, he has actually gone off the deep end. Calling neo-Na

      • LETT ON KINSELLA
        05/14/08
        Back in Tee Dot, and I spot my former colleague's take on my Manitoba visit.
        Since he's telling you about me, let me tell you about him.

        1. He stayed in an honest profession, I strayed.
        2. At Cartoon U., women loved him. Me, not so much.
        3. He had a heart a

      • STEYN CHICKENED OUT
        05/14/08
        So I am informed by the Public Policy Forum.

        Alan Borovoy is prepared to debate me, but given that we both agree that human rights deserve codification and defending - unlike, say, the white supremacists, the White Trash and the white-as-a-ghost scaredy-cats - none of us are quite su

      • I HOPE MR. DION READS THIS
        05/14/08
        By Wente, via Spector. Wow:


        You have to admit that Mr. Dion's timing is amazing. Just as fuel prices spike to record highs and the heartland spirals toward a recession, he will set off across the country to sell us on the merits of a carbon tax (oops, "revenue shift&

      • LETTER OF THE DAY
        05/14/08
        Nicely done.

      • SPOTTED AT THE MANITOBA LEGISLATURE!
        05/14/08
        Damn! How do they find these things out?

        Yesterday, as today, I was lurking in the halls at the Manitoba legislature. This sharp-eyed scribe spotted me, apparently. Would've been nice if Curtis had said hello, so I could have then asked where one of the damned bathrooms aren&

      • JOHN KING AND THAT MAP BOARD THING
        05/13/08
        John King is a rather dour, straight-laced, talks-too-fast broadcaster. But when he stands before that magical CNN electronic election map, as he has done many times during the U.S. primaries, he comes to life. Giddily, cheerfully, King flits and flips through regions and states and electoral di

      • GOON ALERT
        05/13/08
        When is a goon not a goon? To be a goon, or not a goon? That is the question.

        All will be told in Ottawa in mid-September, come Hell or High Dudgeon. But not in this book.


      • GREETINGS FROM WINNIPEG
        05/12/08
        ...a great, great town.

        I will be at the Manitoba Legislature tomorrow morning, although not necessarily to see my friend Hugh, who is a Tory for whom I would happily campaign. He's a great guy and he will be a great Premier one day.

        ...

        Man. Tory leader wan

      • ON ISRAEL AT 60: KRISTOL IN THE TIMES
        05/12/08
        Heading to the 'Peg, and just read his column of today. Amazing.

        So too this part:

        On Dec. 10, 1948, Winston Churchill, then leader of the opposition, took to the floor of the House of Commons to chastise the Labour government for its continuing refusal to recognize the s

      • PICTURING DEATH
        05/12/08
        My spouse was upset, this morning, by the photograph on the Globe's front. It is a large photo, and it depicts bodies floating in brackish water in Burma.

        She felt that it is too graphic, and exploitative - and that it would confuse and frighten little kids like ours. I felt that

      • FLYER ALERT
        05/11/08
        I am a flyer nut. Generally speaking, I am more interested in flyers than I am in many daily newspapers. I suspect I am not alone in that.

        Anyway. The new Canadian Tire one is just awesome. Awesome. Rona is okay, and Best Buy and Futureshop always have the same stuff.

        But Can

      • PUT OUT TO STUD
        05/11/08
        A book about world-leader studs, as reported in this week's Hill Times:

        Martin latest former prime minister to write memoirs

        Paul Martin is the latest former prime minister to write his memoirs. In a new book, Hell of High Water: My Life In and Out of Politics, to b

      • IT AIN'T OVER UNTIL THE VIRGIN ISLANDS VIRGINS, UM, SING
        05/10/08
        Obama overtakes Clinton in count of superdelegates for first time ( URGENT-Obama-Endorsement)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        May 10, 2008 15:53

        WASHINGTON - Barack Obama has overtaken Hillary Rodham Clinton in superdelegate endorsements for the first time.

        Obama pic

      • HIGHWAY OF HEROES
        05/09/08
        Heading East on the 401, and folks have lined up on the overpasses again to greet a returning hero. Firetrucks, citizens, flags, all facing East.

        You have to see this, as I have a few times now, to understand its emotional impact. It is very, very powerful. It is so sad, but it makes you

      • VOX POPULI
        05/09/08
        My one-person focus group is my gal; she's smarter and more intuitive than me, even if she was a Tory, long ago. She laughed out loud when I read her this line from the Prime Minister. I was laughing, too.

        "Mr. Dion and Mr. Duceppe are quite a group of gossipy old busy-bodi

      • KIDS AND VIOLENCE
        05/09/08
        A million years ago, when I was a young fella - when I thought I would be dead before I hit 20, say, and then when I hit 20, highly unlikely to ever reach 30 - I got in fights. My mug, and my hands, still bear little mementos of various youthful stupidities. Between my mouth and my nose, for examp

      • DOUBLE VID HIT: DOA AND TIGER ARMY
        05/09/08
        My pal Joey Shithead and the legendary DOA are in town Saturday night - and our youngest's favourite threesome, Tiger Army, are here tonight. I'm heading up to the cabin, so I'll miss both. As a consolation - and as an incentive for all of you to go see these two great bands - he

      • TOO FUNNY
        05/08/08
        I'm heading to a celebration of Israel's 60th year, and who do I see in a blue van right behind me? John Tory.

        I know this because, if his guy had been tailgating anymore, we would have been doing a little piggyback dance.

        Crazy old town, is Toronto.

      • LIZ THOMPSON ISSUES A MEGA MEA CULPA
        05/08/08
        ...and therefore shows that she is a classy person. And human, like the rest of us who have messed up (and still regret it very much).

        Here.

      • INVITATION TO MARK STEYN TO DEBATE
        05/08/08
        "...The Public Policy Forum (PPF) is holding a symposium entitled: “Revisiting Canada’s Human Rights Commissions: A Public Symposium.” This half-day event will take place in Ottawa on the morning of Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008. I am writing to determine if you are available and interesting in be

      • BOLDED BITS AND PIECES
        05/08/08
        • Memo To Tim Horton’s Communications Staff: (a) jump off a very tall building, because sometimes that is all that communications advisors can do (b) before leaping, explore ways to sell Tim’s back to Canadians.
        • The Atomic Hug: That’s what the eight-year-old calls what he delivers to me

      • PORTRAIT OF MARK STEYN AT NEXT MONTH'S DEBATE
        05/07/08

        C'mon Mark! You're not afraid to debate little old me, are you?

      • SANDRA BUCKLER
        05/07/08
        I hope she gets well soon, and both of us wish her the very best (my wife knows her from way, way back).

        The way in which this news is reported, meanwhile, is completely unbecoming of Liz, and completely undeserved for someone in Sandra's position.

      • HEY THERE, POMPOUS WINDBAG
        05/06/08
        I'll debate you.

        I've got the forum, too. In Ottawa, in June. Proceeds split and going to the litigants on our respective sides.

        Let's go, tough guy.

        UPDATE, MORE THAN TWELVE HOURS LATER: Steyn is even linking to this web site, but - curiously

      • SHE'S DONE LIKE DINNER
        05/06/08
        It's now just a question of when she, he, accept that. Or will they stubbornly hold on, and tank the Democratic Party's chances in November?

        I sure hope not. But it sure looks like that's where this thing is headed.

        As I told the folks who kindly came to

      • POLICY STATEMENT
        05/06/08
        Rob Breakenridge has admitted he went "over the line" in linking me to Elmasry. He's deleted that lie.

        Here's the bottom line, for me - Elmasry, Lemire, Klatt, et al. are all the same. They're haters, and if you defend them, you are well on your way to becoming

      • ON MY WAY TO OTTAWA TO GIVE A SPEECH
        05/06/08
        ...and I spot this:

        "In all, only 404 pledged delegates remain to be chosen, and Tuesday's total of 187 makes it the biggest single primary day left. Clinton would need to win 70 percent of the remaining pledged delegates to catch up with Obama."

        The "R

      • RELIGION AND POLITICS MIXMASTER
        05/06/08
        Religion and politics don't mix, and - in this country, at least - they never will. My friend and I were discussing this very subject at a fundraiser for the disabled at Labatt House last night, in fact.

        But while religion and politics don't mix, the fact is that when you mi

      • CHARLES CACCIA
        05/05/08
        He was a regular reader of this web site, he told me once, and a great Liberal in the Trudeau/Chretien tradition. He will be greatly missed.


      • MY ELECTION PREDICTION
        05/05/08
        In today's Hill Times, here.

        Comment away!

      • THIS IS SO LAME
        05/05/08
        Do they also ask themselves for autographs? Do they buy tickets to their own gigs? Do they plaster cast themselves?

        Fellas, "fan" is derived from the word "fanatic." You play the instruments, the fans be fans. Simple.

      • BABY I'M AN ANARCHIST
        05/04/08
        Sort of.

        (Words here, in case you have as much difficulty as some of the kids in the vid.)


      • SAVING NEWSPAPERS
        05/03/08
        Here's how.

      • PET PEEVE AT BLOCKBUSTER
        05/03/08
        ...for which Bjorn has a really rude alternative name. But anyway.

        Here's the pet peeve: why do they have to holler out the movies you want to rent? So that everyone can hear?

        "Okay, sir, A Clockwork Orgy and Angela's Asses are due back on Sunday night..

      • LONG OVERDUE
        05/03/08
        Good. I was no fan of General Hiller - becuase, like many generals, he had seemingly forgotten that we have civilian control of the military, and not the other way around.

        Good on Peter McKay for gutting through the Hillier-era cult of personality hysteria, and reminding them who is

      • I SING THIS TO MY DAUGHTER
        05/02/08
        She rolls her eyes, but she can't stop me.

        Was listening to these geniuses, late, coming back from the new offices. Bagged but glad. Was listening to the Weakerthans' 'Plea From A Cat Named Virtue,' which has no video I am aware of, but you can and should listen to,

      • I HATE MOVING
        05/01/08
        I really, really hate moving. And movers.

      • REALLY BAD NEWS FOR WARREN
        05/01/08
        He is or has been intimately associated with the three bottom-feeder occupations. Sigh.

        From Norman:

        ...

        An Angus Reid poll that you’ll not see reported tomorrow

        "In the online survey of a representative national sample, a large majority of Ca

      • FINALLY, A POLITICIAN LISTENED TO ME ABOUT FUEL PRICES
        05/01/08
        And, happily, he is the most compelling politician in the world, at the moment.

        Man, I wish I could figure out a way to go work for this guy.

      • YAFFE NAILS THE SLEEPER ELECTION ISSUE
        05/01/08
        If Canada is in deficit, the "economic leadership" story line is in the burn unit, too - along with the ethics story line and the outsiders story line.

        Solution? Bomb the living shit out of the main opposition during the writ.

        The campaign, when it comes

      • WHY THE ONTARIO NDP WILL NEVER BE GOVERNMENT AGAIN
        05/01/08
        Reason 4,219: whilst two of their most prominent members push to make Toronto's transit union an essential service - In the same week! In the same city! - these characters come up with this.

        Perhaps they thought we wouldn't notice.

        ...

        McGuin

      • THE NEXT TIME YOU PASS SOME ROAD KILL, GIVE PAUSE...
        05/01/08
        ...that sad-looking lump was smarter than a significant number of Members of Parliament. Clearly.



        H/T this guy.

    • April
      • WHOA, DUDE
        04/30/08
        Like, my hand? So, dude, it has John Lennon growing out of it.

      • THE PAUSE WE ALL TAKE TO REMEMBER WHY GOD PUT US ON EARTH
        04/30/08

        "Must. Raise. Taxes. Must. Keep. Reducing. Services. Must..."

        [Source.]

      • I WONDER WHAT FATHER DE SOUZA THINKS ABOUT THIS?
        04/30/08


        Diane Francis in the National Post: "I really really hate religion and clergy."

        Discuss amongst yourselves. You too, Father.

        UPDATE: What a surprise! The offending line has been really, really removed. No explanation. God bless us all.

      • WE'RE MOVING THIS WEEK!
        04/29/08
        Wheeee! It's visual wk.com week!

      • IT HAD TO HAPPEN
        04/29/08
        Still, it hurts me. It is wrong.

        Sent by a cruel friend in Ottawa.

      • MACLEAN'S MAGAZINE AND THE MUSLIMS
        04/29/08
        It's about time.

        I and a few others met with these young folks, a few weeks ago, and advised them to stop trusting Maclean’s. Some of the editors there are Janus-faced* ideologues, who excel at torque and tilt. These young people, meanwhile, were genuinely offended by what the

      • I MISS THE 'MATS
        04/29/08
        The new Spin has a big take-out on the Replacements. The 'Mats, as they were known, got me through the Eighties after punk died, and after hardcore became a big pile of homophobic crap.

        Look at this video! Tommy (now with Guns'n'Roses) looks about fourteen years old; hi

      • GERARD KENNEDY YARN
        04/28/08
        Andrew phoned me about this Gerard Kennedy story he was doing, last week, and I plumb forgot about it until somebody mentioned it to me today. (That's Calgree Grit on the escalator behind Kennedy in the accompanying photo, by the way. Small world, etc.)

        It's in Now, which i

      • CONSERVATIVE MP DOESN'T LOOK BEFORE HE LEAPS
        04/28/08


        That’s Glenn Bahr, there, on the left. He’s getting a new tattoo from one of his friends. You can read all about him here.

        Someone who sent a friendly letter to Bahr, a few days ago, is Conservative MP James Rajotte. In it, Rajotte tells Bahr that he, too, favours

      • "HORSEWHIPPED"
        04/28/08
        Pretty much anyone who lives in Toronto is mad at the transit workers' union, and its leaders. All of the provincial political parties certainly were, because they set land-speed records in passing back-to-work legislation on a Sunday, no less. Even the NDP.

        That anger will fade, i

      • I AM ONE PISSED-OFF PUNK
        04/27/08
        Someone swiped one of those CD carrier things from the hot rod. Here's a list of what's missing. If you stumble across a guy with these very CDs, complement him on his excellent taste in music, then kill him.


        · Clash (original first LP!)
        · Johnny Cash – American

      • OTTAWA FAIRY TALE
        04/27/08
        By Storyteller Warren, in the new Hill Times.

        ...
        Once upon a time, there was a man named Paul. Inexplicably, and despite my best efforts, he became Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Canada. He wasn’t there very long, but long enough to do some serious damage to the Kingdom.
      • BUCKETS IS A GENIUS
        04/27/08
        ...I'd also give plenty to have a private conversation with him. Here's yet another reason why.

        Man oh man, this trial is going to set records.

        For brevity.

      • BEST NEWSPAPER FRONT THIS YEAR
        04/27/08
        The strike is no more, thankfully, but the folks at the Sun had this on front today. Lou Clancy and Lorrie Goldstein are brilliant.

      • DAN COOK ON ROBIN SEARS
        04/27/08
        I've heard of Tories and Dippers becoming Grits, and Grits becoming Tories and Dippers, and Dippers becoming Grits, but have you ever heard of Dippers going straight over to the Tories?

        Now you have.

      • GREETINGS FROM MADOC
        04/27/08
        Me and one of our little guys - the who, uniquely, isn't preparing for a swim meet/baseball game/soccer match/karate lesson/you name it - are heading back from the woods. The cabin is open!

        As anyone who knows me will tell you, the opening-up weekend is the best one of all, for me.

      • FREE TALKING POINTS
        04/25/08
        In our ongoing series of free media tips for the Tories, here are suggested talking points on how Grits should respond to today’s media reports that the RCMP are planning to investigate possible Liberal corruption and influence-peddling:

        • We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again:

      • AT THE IGGY EVENT
        04/24/08
        It was a lot of fun - felt like the old Liberal Party, in fact.

        Iggy spoke very well, and passionately - about improved government services, about public services, about the importance of making Dion Prime Minister. Alf Apps spoke for approximately three hours, until Ian Davey tackled

      • IGGY'S FUN HOUSE
        04/24/08
        I'm heading to this now. Discuss amongst yourselves.

      • KAY WATCH
        04/24/08
        Oh, look, Jonathan Kay is writing more racist crap about the Sikh community.

        Seeing as how that got his ass sued, not too long ago, you'd think he'd be more careful.

        You'd think.

        UPDATE: BCL is a genius.

      • TODAY'S LECTURE ON THE POLICE AND POLITICIANS
        04/24/08
        Good morning, class.

        Having had more than a couple bona fide death threats over the years - having been under police protection in Ottawa, in March 1994, which does wonders for property values, let me tell you - I find what is happening to Diane Finley to be completely, totally outrage

      • AMAZING PUNK PHOTOGRAPHY
        04/23/08


        Liam D. sent along this link to a show by a friend of his, Alexander Hryshko, now on at Lens Gallery at 1040 Queen West. Great, great stuff, like the Rollins shots above. Well worth checking out.

        Here's another one: my friend Joey Keithley, Canadian punk legend.

      • BLOGROLL ADDITIONS, PART ONE
        04/23/08
        In recent days and weeks, I have added some new names to the blogroll thing, a few inches to the left. I encourage you to check them all out. They come from across the political spectrum, and are all pretty good reads. (There are still too few women on that list – and too few doing the blogging t

      • PIPSQUEAK PIERRE POUNDED
        04/22/08
        One: don't bring a knife to a gun fight, sonny.

        Two: don't piss off Charles Adler.

        (I was on Charles' show right afterwards - you have to hear this one. What a clubbing!)

      • DAMN. DAMN.
        04/22/08
        Somewhere, John McCain is smiling.

        "Dems fight on." Exactly.

      • IT'S EARTH DAY!
        04/22/08


        For Earth Day, the media are busily at work at burying the Tories. In agriculture, as in media relations, you reap what you sow, I guess.

        Here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and

      • NO DOUBT WHERE OUR HOUSEHOLD STANDS TONIGHT
        04/21/08


      • SEARCH WARRANT SHENANIGANS
        04/21/08
        I am verily informed, yea verily, by a few ink-stained wretches and wretchesses that the infamous application for the RCMP/Elections Canada search warrant - you know, the one served on the Conservatives last week, it was in all the papers - was released Sunday afternoon by the Tories themselves. Ho

      • ME AND ALANNAH MYLES
        04/20/08
        In the new accessmag, with that cool new online magazine page-turning appy.

        Neat.

      • MORE THAN A THOUSAND FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK!
        04/20/08
        As a Facebook© Whale®, I have all of the privileges that attach thereto and hereupon.

        A thousand friends! And the amazing thing is, I actually know some of them!

      • I WANT TO BE A FACEBOOK WHALE
        04/19/08
        What's that, you say?

        I'm a couple dozen away. Be my friend, and we will have Facebooky happiness, together.

        UPDATE: Fourteen from the big thousand! Let's go! Warren's never won anything in his life - help him now!

        UPFACEBOOKDATE:

      • DISPATCH FROM THE OFFICE OF THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
        04/19/08
        ...as typed up by his press secretary.

        So, um, and if Dalton McGuinty allowed a strike to go for days and weeks and months - in Canada's biggest city, in the midst of an economic climate that everyone agrees is pretty damned tough, too - my hunch is you would be the guy writing sto

      • I AM SHOCKED BY WHAT McGUINTY HAS DONE, HERE
        04/18/08
        Shocked, I tell you.

        Football, and pro wrestling, are about to get a lot dirtier.

        (That bad joke delivered, I bid you good night from Olde Kingstone, in the Dominion of Canada.)

      • ELECTION IN JUNE?
        04/18/08
        So says Ms. Hebert. Is she right? Who knows? The fun part of politics, still, is its unpredictability. It's never dull, in this business, yadda yadda yadda.

        As I and others have argued for months, however, it's high time. And to those Nervous Nellies who bleat that the part

      • OTTAWA HAS GONE CRAZY, FILM AT ELEVEN
        04/17/08
        Okay, okay, Ottawa is always crazy.

        But when certain Conservatives continue to promote nutty, paranoid conspiracy theories (to wit, that the CBC, Liberals, Elections Canada and the Mounties are engaged in a massive Illuminati-style plot to steal our secret election plans) - and when

      • ARE THE TORIES LOSING?
        04/16/08
        So says the latest Harris-Decima thing.

        Given the methodology, I'm skeptical; I just think this online poll stuff - which many agencies do, these days - is way too dicey. Then again, Allan Gregg has forgotten more about measuring political attitudes than I'll ever know.
      • CONSERVATIVES: RCMP ENGAGE IN "PUBLICITY STUNTS"
        04/16/08
        It's clear, now, that it wasn't just a case of an idiotic junior Tory staffer sliming the national police force - you know, calling the raid on the Conservative Party headquarters a "publicity stunt."

        It was from their official talking points.

        Dan found

      • A "P.R. STUNT"
        04/15/08
        That's the headline over at Bourque Newswatch where, it is well-established, the Conservative Party - to wit, the political party whose offices were raided today by the RCMP and Elections Canada - pays for headlines.

        The obvious question: "Mr. Speaker, can the Minister

      • THINGS SUDDENLY JUST GOT EXTREMELY INTERESTING
        04/15/08
        RCMP raid Conservative party headquarters (URGENT-Tories-RCMP-Raid)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Apr 15, 2008 11:29

        OTTAWA - The RCMP has raided Conservative party headquarters in Ottawa after receiving a request from Elections Canada.

        At least two Mounties were

      • BY THE WAY
        04/15/08
        As I said to the smart Western Standard fellas last week, the federal human rights legislation could use some tweaking. (Not wholesale gutting.) Irwin Cotler and others who are smarter than me have said likewise; various legislative offsets certainly help, too.

        I'll expand

      • BITS AND PIECES, COURTESY OF CTV
        04/15/08
        • The new Pope - he still seems that way to me, new - just doesn't have the extraordinary charisma and telegenic appeal of his predecessor. Is that sort of thing necessary? In America, it is. They dig that sort of thing. (They also need hope, these days.)
        • I'm conflicted on

      • THE DOLOR OF SPRING
        04/13/08
        You're not supposed to disdain the coming of Spring, but I surely do. Every year, now, whenever Spring starts to reveal itself - when we are expected to give thanks for Earth's renewal, and rebirth - I instead recall the events of the Spring of 2004. And I mostly hate this time.
      • PACMAN: I DON'T MISS HIM
        04/12/08
        Always have been a pinball kind of guy, myself.



        (H/T Christie)

      • GRUMPY ISN'T
        04/12/08
        Thanks, chief. Back at ya.

      • FREE S.F.H. RINGTONES
        04/12/08
        Get 'em here, while they last:  

        Avril Lavigne Must Die, Love Song, and Supersize.

      • NEW PENNYWISE
        04/12/08
        'Reason To Believe' is the new album. Me and the kids have been spinning it for a couple weeks, and it's awesome.

        There's no vid out there, yet, so here's 'Bro Hymn' until there is. Here's to you, JT.

      • IS BLOGGING WORTH IT?
        04/12/08
        From Kyle at Random Noise:

        "If we are struggling to find our voice, the one that we originally were trying to channel, our posts can become just partisan rehash or an echo of some interesting oped we've read and we work with that until we find our voice once again. Or we take

      • BUCKETS WEIGHS IN
        04/11/08
        I haven't opined on the Did-Richard-Warman-Write-The-Anne-Cools-Posting controversy that has been raging amongst the hate blogs because, mainly, I know Richard. I asked him about it, he looked me in the eye and said he didn't write it, and that was good enough for me. I believed him and

      • FORGET ABOUT THE NUMBERS
        04/11/08
        ...there's no news there.

        The real question: who the Hell came up with that company name? Segma?

        Yikes.

      • YAWN
        04/11/08
        Despite being in week three of a killer cough/cold thing, and therefore at home, I still valiantly did my buddy John Wright's show on CFRB today.

        Here's what I said, more or less: "In the US, they are experiencing huge rates of voter participation in the presidential prima

      • THE WAR ROOM IN AMERICA
        04/11/08
        Received last week:

        Hi Warren, As promised, here is a shot from the Barnes and Noble on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Cheers, Jason Keenan

      • VIOLENT RAIN AND WINDSTORM IN TEE DOT TODAY: WEST JET TO BLAME
        04/11/08
        [The scene: a shadowy corporate boardroom at WestJet's headquarters in Calgary.]

        One nameless executive: Damn this Kinsella creep! His web site has become a rallying point for anti-WestJet cranks! How do we get back at him?

        Another nameless executive, giving a sinis

      • DEFEND THIS, WESTJET-LOVERS
        04/10/08
        It's not just the snow that has delayed us by hours.

        It's also due to the fact that the pilot is missing, and they don't know where he is.

        Wow, what a great airline. My hunch? He's sleeping off a hangover somewhere, because he's ashamed he works for su

      • THE VIEW FROM THE WINDOW IN THE "DEPARTURES" LOUNGE
        04/10/08
        Here is what you can see from one of the windows at Calgary's International Airport. That is me, driving the little ground crew tractor thing, attempting to be helpful, as usual.


        Warren: "It is all WestJet's fault! Damn them to Hell!"

      • LEVANT PUBLISHES DEATH THREAT AGAINST ANOTHER LAWYER
        04/10/08
        Here. Words fail. Does he now lack any self-control whatsoever? Seems like it.

        If you are moved to comment about this Levant thing, exercise caution. I will not publish any comment that gets me disbarred, too. If you want to justify a criminal offence, go do it elsewhere.

      • MASSIVE CALGARY SNOWSTORM: WESTJET TO BLAME
        04/10/08
        I looked out the window at the Palliser early this morning and saw this:










        That's Warren's rendering of a wall of white. As in, a huge snowstorm has hit Calgary today, Virginia, with snowflakes falling that are the size of dinn

      • WESTJET: YOU GUYS SLAY ME
        04/09/08
        ...And, sometimes, I want to slay a couple readers right back. But the rest of you surprise me, all the time.

        I mean, here I am, regularly commenting about weighty matters of state, or doing battle with some perfidy or the other, or waxing enthusiastic about yet another obscure punk roc

      • THE RESPONSE FROM JONATHAN KAY AND THE POST?
        04/09/08
        Too bad. It's free speech.

        ...

        Jewish group reports fourfold rise in anti Semitic incidents since 1998
        (Bnai-Brith-Report)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Apr 9, 2008 20:03

        OTTAWA - A major Jewish group says anti-Semitic incidents in Canada h

      • MACLEANS "PROMOTES PREJUDICE"
        04/09/08
        I never supported the complaint, but this sounds about right:

        ...

        Maclean's article `promotes prejudice towards Muslims': Human Rights Commission ( CRAFT-Macleans-Musli)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Apr 9, 2008 20:19


        LONDON, Ont. - A Ca

      • FREE WESTJET TIP
        04/09/08
        Never, ever fly it. They are cheerful, but cheerfully useless.

        Don't get fooled by their commercials. WestJet sucks.

      • SPOTTED EN ROUTE TO CALGARY
        04/09/08
        As I head to the airport for a brief trip home, I saw this on Norman's Spectator:

        ...

        Tories warned about stand on natives

        (Globe) The Conservative government's "too bad, so sad" approach to Canadian aboriginals will be to blame if natives increas

      • OPENNESS AND MULRONEY
        04/08/08
        I have a great deal of respect for David Johnston. He is a man of extraordinary accomplishment.

        But to suggest that undefined parts of the Mulroney-Schreiber Inquiry can and should be conducted behind closed doors is beyond extraordinary – in my view, it is illegal. There is no way –

      • WESTERN STANDARD RADIO INTERVIEW
        04/07/08
        ...with Peter, Terrence and Jay. Great guys, smart guys.

        You can listen to it here with QuickTime, I think.


        UPDATE: Vlad comments on it.

      • WARREN ON WESTERN STANDARD
        04/07/08
        Peter and the guys at the Western Standard - which is a much more reasonable, much less kooky forum since you-know-who left - are having me on their radio show this afternoon. We are going to talk about free speech and other things, and I look forward to it.

      • THE PRIME MINISTER AT AUSCHWITZ
        04/07/08
        Squinting at the computer screen, as I was and am, I found myself nodding at Norman's assessment of this report in the Star, yesterday. What, exactly, was the point being made? That he should have said something, but didn't? That he should have been silent, but was not sufficie

      • APRIL 6, 1968
        04/06/08
        Forty years ago today... from Dan.

        (Back in TeeDot with - get this - a ruptured eye membrane. I look even worse than usual; it's never dull in the Kinsella Lane!)

        The photo - what I can see of it, that is - is amazing. And look at that young fella on the right. Who i

      • MORNING-AFTER REVIEW
        04/06/08
        Teenage Head were outstanding. There are some miles on those tires, but can those guys ever deliver straight-up rock'n'roll. They remain Hammer Town legends.

        Garaga were terrific, too - solid, crunchy riff-making from four Ottawa punk stalwarts. Great guys to work with.
        <

      • S.F.H. IN THE GLOBE AND MAIL!
        04/05/08
        We're "hot!" In rock'n'roll, any publicity is good publicity, baby:

        ...

        Hot: Politics of punk. They're old (mid- to late-40s) but they still fancy themselves punk rockers: former Chrétien PMO-er Warren Kinsella (the expert on negative camp

      • TOMORROW NIGHT: THE GIG OF THE CENTURY
        04/04/08

        And free SFH downloads here!

      • DOUGLAS CHRISTIE: STEYN'S FELLOW WARRIOR IN TROUBLE
        04/04/08
        Controversial lawyer Doug Christie cited for misconduct by B.C. Law Society

        Controversial lawyer Doug Christie, whose client list includes former Nazi prison guard Michael Seifert and Holocaust-denier Ernst Zundel, has been found guilty of professional misconduct and slapped with a heft

      • JAKE WARREN
        04/04/08
        He was quite a man, and the teller of wonderful stories. Our condolences to the Warren family. He was one of the great ones.

      • WHOOPEE
        04/04/08
        Er, whoopee.

      • FORTY YEARS AGO TODAY
        04/04/08
        I do not remember Jack or Bobby, but I remember this day, because we lived in the United States then, and I remember my parents crying, and how afraid we were.

        As one of my colleagues said this morning: how different things would have been, had he lived.


        "I

      • WHEN THE MIDDLE EASTERN CONFLICT BECOMES PERSONAL
        04/04/08
        Matti is a friend of some of us, here, and we were absolutely shocked to learn this morning that he had been shot. He's a tough guy and in great shape, however, and we are confident he will pull through. Our prayers are with him and his family on both sides of the ocean. (I have heard a few m

      • SO WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN SASKATCHEWAN THIS WEEK?
        04/03/08
        In the rest of Canada, quite a few of us have sort of grown used to Saskatchewan's KKKate McMillan - promoting genocide, mocking the Holocaust, spewing racist bile like clockwork. And, earlier this week, quite a few of us were happy to see new Premier Brad Wall distance himself from McM

      • GIVING SOME HEAD
        04/03/08
        Teenage Head, that is. A taste, as it were, of what awaits at Barrymore's on Saturday night. Turn up the speakers, particularly if you are in a work environment.


      • MARC LEMIRE, CIVIC-MINDED FELLOW
        04/03/08
        My goodness gracious! Butter wouldn’t melt in young Marc’s mouth, would it? (His name is spelled “Marc,” CP.)

        ...

        Rights commission accused of hijacking Internet link to log on to hate sites
        The Canadian Press
        Apr 3, 2008 17:31
        TORONTO - A complaint to p

      • TWO DAYS TO TEENAGE HEAD, SFH* AND GARAGA!
        04/03/08


        And, in other gig-related news, the Ottawa Citizen has a nice little yarn about Garaga, found here.

        I'm starting to think the median band age, on Saturday night, will be around 103 or so. Pass the punk Geritol.

        [* The "SGH" name change was te

      • MIKE BROCK, BELIEVER IN FREE SPEECH
        04/02/08
        Just got this, sent "WITHOUT PREJUDICE." Pretty sure he doesn't know what "without prejudice" means.

        Two things, sonny. One, get a real lawyer. They'll at least know how to spell. Two, piss off.

        ...

        Mr. Kinsella, I am repeating

      • ANOTHER CHRETIEN GUY DOES GOOD
        04/02/08
        Way to go, Sparkes.

      • BACK LIKE A BAD SMELL (AND SMELLY FRUIT UPDATE)
        04/02/08
        Reading the line story in this morning's Globe - and assuming it to be true, because it may not be - my response should be something like this:

        If the Conservatives want to get the Trudeau/Chretien folks working against them in the next election, this is a good way to go about

      • FRANK MAGAZINE REDUX
        04/02/08
        Michael Bate is mean to me in the new Frank magazine.

        Could it be the same Michael Bate who sends me emails like this?

        "-----Original Message-----From: Michael Bate <mbate@XXXX Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 10:13:38 To:wkinsella@hotmail.com Subject: frank
        How about gi

      • YESTERDAY
        04/02/08
        As most of you recognized, right away, it was an April Fool's jest.

        I note in passing that certain high-profile reporters - who shall not be named, because I like all of them - fell for it, proverbial hook, line and sinker.

        As I said to a few folks: my wife would kill me,

      • ...AND WHILE WE ARE ON THE SUBJECT OF BIGOTRY IN SASKATCHEWAN
        04/02/08
        A few years back, I did an editorial on Global National about anti-Semitic creep David Ahenakew. That view still stands.

        The decision by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations to re-instate Ahenakew is a disgrace - and kudos to Premier Wall (again!) for his stand, and to Ch

      • SMALL DEAD ANIMAL NOT WELCOME IN SASKATCHEWAN
        04/02/08
        ...rejected by her own neighbours for her racism. Hear, hear, Premier Wall.

        ...

        Blog loses Wall backing over comments

        Wall told reporters that the Saskatchewan Party would remove from its own website an endorsement of Wall from Saskatchewan-based Kate McMillan

      • ANNOUNCEMENT
        04/01/08
        After a lot of deliberation, and after a lot of consultation with friends and family, I am delighted to let you know that I have decided to seek the Ontario Liberal Party nomination in our riding of Beaches East York in the upcoming election.

        This decision is a really big one, and is the

    • March
      • SICK COMME LE CHIEN
        03/31/08
        I am sick, sick, sick - sick as a dog. I missed work and a load of other stuff, and – like most men who catch a bug – am feeling quite sorry for myself. Between bouts of hacking and wheezing and whatnot, I draw the following to your attention.

        · Some wonderful writing, here, by CP’s Br

      • THE NARD DOES ONE OF OUR TUNES
        03/30/08
        Spotted by the Oracle, natch.

        Forgot about this. Nardwuar does it in his incomparable style; we tend to be a bit more, um, dark.

        Then again, Nard could make the Wiggles sound like Nine Inch Nails, y'know?

        The vid snippet:

      • S.F.H. IN THE HILL TIMES*
        03/30/08
        Remember the Ramones? The Sex Pistols? The Clash? How does Toronto-based punk band Shit From Hell—excuse my language—grab you? The band, made up of political veterans, will open for Canadian punk icons Teenage Head on April 5 at Barrymore’s Music Hall in downtown Ottawa.

        Except for Rolf “

      • TEN REASONS WHY PEOPLE SHOULDN'T COUNT DION OUT
        03/30/08
        This is in the new Hill Times, which also has a nice story and photo about SFH and Teenage Head at Barrymore's. Eventually, I'll figure out how to post that - and how to get the Top Ten list below in my Top ten section. In the meantime, here ya go.

        (And, if you have the

      • TEENAGE HEAD AND S.F.H.
        03/28/08
        It's a week and a day away! Rock'n'roll! Intoxicants! Nudity! Midgets! Barnyard animals! Effigies of Mark Steyn and barnyard animals together, defying the laws of God!

      • KAY WINS NORMAN SPECTOR'S IDIOCY OF THE DAY
        03/28/08
        Here.

        Wouldn't be the first time. Won't be the last.

      • ADULT SUPERVISION RETURNS IN OTTAWA
        03/28/08
        Quote unquote:

        "Our government is committed to the federalism of openness, an approach to federal-provincial relations that relies on respect for jurisdiction and productive collaboration to get things done for Canadians."

        As Karen Howlett correctly notes: "

      • THE AIRBUSTED WAR OF WORDS
        03/27/08
        As politicians ready themselves to launch commissions of inquiry and whatnot, the key battle is always over the Terms of Reference.

        In Gomery, for example, Paul Martin's short-lived regime strictly prohibited any examination of public opinion research and loosely-defined "comm

      • AKIN-WATCH
        03/27/08
        Brilliant move by Canwest, if true. Akin is a top-notch reporter, in my experience - trustworthy, thorough and fair. I don't know what happened here, but I know that Canwest will be pretty happy to land this dude.

      • THE BEST RESPONSE TO JONATHAN KAY AND THOSE LIKE HIM
        03/27/08
        There's very little one can meaningfully add to this. It's time for some adult supervision on the Post comment pages, I'd say.

        ...

        Not impressed by 'new moral math'
        National Post Published: Thursday, March 27, 2008
        Re: How To Turn A

      • PIPSQUEAK PIERRE PONTIFICATES POORLY
        03/27/08
        So, can anyone figure this thing out?

        ...

        Ottawa — The federal Conservatives' relentless assault on the Ontario government intensified Wednesday with their most explosive salvo — an accusation that Premier Dalton McGuinty of having run a "sponsorship-style"

      • CLASSIC PUNK ROCK BASEMENT PHOTO
        03/26/08
        Every sad punk rock cliché is found here. Boring old farts optional.


        Ritalin Boy, Rayman, Winkie and Bjorn von Flapjack III:
        live with Teenage Head at Barrymore's in Ottawa, Saturday April 5, 2008 A.D.

      • ON THE COUCH WITH MIKE DUFFY
        03/26/08
        I just did the Mike Duffy Show. Sheila Copps was on too. Duff was asking us about the latest Liberal stupidity explosion, in which some nobody in Quebec is saying Stephane Dion's Liberal membership should be revoked if he doesn't step down as leader. Something like that.

        She

      • HELPFUL SUGGESTION
        03/26/08
        Revoke Jean-Luc's membership first.

        Then everyone will be happy.

      • D. B. COOPER, IS THAT YOUR PARACHUTE?
        03/26/08
        I don't know about anyone else, but I have always found this D. B. Cooper story utterly fascinating.

        As Wikipedia (a dodgy source) tells us, D. B. Cooper (a.k.a. "Dan Burkett Cooper") was an alias of an aircraft hijacker who, on November 24, 1971, after receiving a ransom p

      • MY GOODNESS!
        03/26/08
        The hate blogs and Mark-o Steyn predicted it would be a legal battle of the ages. But, apart from the National Post, natch, there seems to be nothing in the Sane People Media© - zero, zippo, zilch - about the big confrontation in Ottawa yesterday at the Canadian Human Rights Commission. More exc

      • DAWG NAILS IT
        03/25/08
        I'm just back from speaking for three hours to McGill Tories, Grits and Greens about human rights, politics and the Internet. It was a great time. Thanks for inviting me, folks.

        Dawg, not surprisingly, has the best take on today's CHRC hearing in Ottawa. He doesn't ha

      • LIVE FROM MCGILL
        03/25/08
        So the building is named after William Shatner. As a crypto-Trekkie, I find that exciting in a way that would trouble a normal person.

        Also, everyone here looks quite young. The last time I looked that young, fax machines were the in technology.

        Okay, now I feel like crap.

      • ON THIS ONE, DANNY WILLIAMS SPEAKS FOR MANY
        03/25/08
        Newfoundland Leader `Flabbergasted' by Canada Tax Row
        By Greg Quinn

        March 25 (Bloomberg) -- Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams said he's ``flabbergasted'' that Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty decided to attack the economic policies of O

      • MONTREAL-BOUND
        03/25/08
        On the plane to Montreal, to speak to a McGill assembly of young Tories, Grits, Dippers and others! They pooled their money to get me there.

        Tri-partisanship - for me. I am touched, but you all knew I was a little touched, already.

        Ta.

      • "LAID THE FOUNDATIONS FOR PEACE"
        03/24/08
        Four thousand dead in this goddamned war, with no end in sight.

        If you do not wish to read anything about this sad day, then just look at this. You will spend a long time there.

        An earlier memorial, equally sad, is below. Some of them don't look old enough to legally h

      • JIM FLAHERTY NEEDS OUR SYMPATHY
        03/24/08
        He's angry that John Tory still holds the job he wanted for himself. So, like angry people sometimes do, he's lashing out. We should feel sorry for the little fella.

        After all, when he is reminded about unhelpful headlines about his record in Ontario's government...well

      • A QUESTION
        03/24/08
        So, does this "human rights industry" - as "lazy" as it is, as much as it is made up of "hysterical carnival-barkers" who create "star chambers" - does this industry include any "hysterical carnival-barkers" who, say, sign Jonathan Kay's p

      • BOYCOTT TORSTAR'S EYE WEEKLY!
        03/24/08
        I will be posting a list of their regular advertisers shortly, as well as contact info. In addition, the meeting at our offices will be set up soon.

        I've done radio on this issue, but here's something from the CBC web site.

        ...

        Anti-smoking group calls

      • MACLEAN'S MAGAZINE: AN UPDATE
        03/24/08
        Many weeks ago, they asked me for a letter to the editor to respond to Mark Steyn, their columnist who lauds Heritage Front leaders and mouthpieces for Ernst Zundel. I wrote one. They wanted sources, so I provided sources.

        Repeated attempts to get an answer about the whereabouts o

      • "THE BLOGGING TORIES SHOULD SUSPEND SMALL DEAD ANIMALS"
        03/24/08
        Will they? Who knows.

        If nothing else, if the CPC continues to be associated with her, it'll be useful during the writ. Scroll spot text: "Ask yourself: why don't the Conservatives condemn the supporter who says Nazis didn't carry out the Holocaust, mocks Holoca

      • ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET...AN OFFER
        03/23/08
        Before I forget: for anyone attending the Heritage Front/Maclean's hearing at the CHRC in Ottawa tomorrow, I will pay $100 for a clear photo of Lemire and Steyn together, ideally shaking hands. I'll pay more for actual footage.

        Given how palsy the two conservative stalwarts hav

      • CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVE
        03/23/08
        He and I are friends, notwithstanding differences. Have been for a while. He's a good guy, and here's another reason why.

      • A QUESTION
        03/23/08
        When neo-Nazis and white supremacists publicly and loudly deny the Holocaust, refer to non-whites as an infection and tout the Aryan lineage as the builder of civilizations - when they do that, is that the kind of brave new world of "free speech" we can look forward to?

        That�

      • THE N.N.A. IS A JOKE
        03/23/08
        To paraphrase Public Enemy.

        Lorrie's right. They are a popularity contest run by the same people who always win. I wanted to write a column saying that when at the Post, but the free speechers declined to print it. They were still hoping for a nomination, I guess.

      • THE SWEET LIFE AT EASTER
        03/23/08



        Easter morning discussion with eight-year-old, as he eyeballs the family crest, above.

        Eight-year-old: "What is it?"

        Me: "Our family crest. It allegedly means we are descended from an Irish king."

        Eight-year-old: "K

      • WHAT OUR GRANDFATHERS FOUGHT FOR
        03/22/08
        From the Calgary Sun:

        ...

        Tensions boiled to a fevered pitch when white supremacists and anti-racist demonstrators clashed in the city's downtown core yesterday. A group of neo-Nazis calling themselves the Aryan Guard staged a march from Mewata Armouries down 8 Ave. t

      • ON TIBET
        03/22/08
        Once again, if you are also concerned about the human rights abuses now taking place daily in Tibet, Bourque is where you can get the most up-to-date information.

      • REMEMBER THIS AT NEXT YEAR'S UJA EVENT
        03/21/08
        A year ago this month, I debated Senator Hugh Segal at the United Jewish Appeal's campaign kick-off. Here's what I said.

        Maclean's columnist Mark Steyn also spoke. Here's a shorter version of his speech: "Muslims are reproducing! The end times are at hand!

      • GOOD FRIDAY
        03/21/08
        Two quick bits:

        One, I have been critical of Pierre Bourque, in recent months, for accepting money from the Conservatives for the posting of headlines - without disclosing, as in the case of other advertising, who paid for the headlines. But Bourque deserves a lot of credit for using hi

      • TORSTAR: AN IMMORAL DOUBLE STANDARD
        03/20/08
        As many of you know, I despise Big Tobacco for many reasons - chief among which is that Big Tobacco contributed to my father's early death. Professionally, I work on anti-smoking and anti-tobacco campaigns, and have done so for years.

        For almost as long, I have also despised the

      • OBAMA'S SPEECH
        03/19/08
        My God, my God, this guy is extraordinary. I wish I had gone to Chicago, a few weeks back, after all (still not sure how the mortgage would've gotten paid, however). What a time it would have been.

        I still believe the Republicans have the edge in any presidential campaign -

      • ARTHUR C. CLARKE
        03/18/08
        Tonight, I am very sad to learn of the death of Arthur C. Clarke. When I was a kid, I read and re-read every one of his books. And the scene below, from 2001, testified to his genius and Kubrick's, and became a great mystery to me. From about the age of nine, I interpreted it to mean that G

      • LEGAL MEMO FOR KATHY, KATE AND ASSORTED KOOKS
        03/18/08
        Julian Porter was my lawyer when I successfully went after former Globe and Mail hack Jan Wong for libel. He’s a tough customer.

        Porter’s written a useful column for the new edition of the OBA’s Briefly Speaking magazine, here. It’s particularly useful for the cabal of conservativ

      • KILLING PEOPLE vs. SPORTS
        03/18/08
        Objecting to the killing of innocents - including priests - takes precedence over a sporting event. That should be rather obvious, but to the EU, Russia, et al., it apparently is not.

        Will Canada boycott the Olympics? They're not saying, yet. But if this terrible situation in

      • MAKING SENSE OF THE NUMBERS
        03/18/08
        Number one: the Greens are no longer the dance partner who looks fetching between elections, and then gets left at the altar when pencils are hovering over ballot slips (lots of mixed metaphors there, sorry, you get what you pay for, etc.). The Greens look to be a real factor going forward. Ja

      • LIBS AHEAD BY FIVE POINTS IN QUADRA: TIME TO SAY GOODNIGHT
        03/17/08
        And, unlike the knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing, red-necked pyjamahadeen, I actually have a job. I have to work. Nutty, I know.

        See you in the ayem. Democracy works, God bless Canada, etc.

        Ta.

      • I'M CALLING SASKATCHEWAN FOR THE TORIES
        03/17/08
        Here's why.

        Besides, it's getting late, and I promised Newman and Mark-o I'd check for Muslims under their beds before I tuck them in.

        The CBC, all of them godless, secular humanist One-World-Government Satan-worshippers like me, called Saskatchewan for the

      • THE TREND CONTINUES IN QUADRA
        03/17/08
        Greens seriously giving the Dippers a run for it.

      • "SERIOUS TROUBLE?"
        03/17/08
        Dude, they're winning in Quadra.

        ...

        THE CANADIAN PRESS (Fed-Elxns-UpdateLiberal) Source: The Canadian Press
        Mar 17, 2008 22:01

        The Liberals are facing some serious trouble in two of four federal byelections.

        The Grits were earlier decl

      • I THINK THAT'S ALL SHE WROTE OUT IN SASK
        03/17/08
        Preliminary Results

        Desnethé--Missinippi--Churchill River Last updated: 23:00 ET

        Party Candidate Votes % Votes


        Liberal Joan Beatty 2,493 32.3
        Conservative Rob Clarke 3,796 49.2
        NDP-New Democratic Party Brian Morin 1,198 15.5
      • LATEST FROM CANADIAN PRESS
        03/17/08
        Liberals win two Toronto seats in byelections, western races tighten up ( Fed-Byelxns)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Mar 17, 2008 21:58


        OTTAWA - Bob Rae, the former NDP premier of Ontario who fought Stephane Dion for the Liberal leadership two years ago, will join him on

      • ENTERTAINING MACLEAN'S UPDATES
        03/17/08
        Found here.

        Still waiting for them to find the Muslim-terrorists-jackbooting-the-section-two-rights-of-ostensibly-Christian- columnists-who-actually-don't-like-Canada-enough-to-live-in-it-and-who-also-detest- the-Charter-in-which-section-two-is-found angle.

      • HERE'S THE MATH
        03/17/08
        · Dion wins two, as he has: could be worse, but was supposed to be better. Anonymous caucus sniping picks up, but not much changes.
        · Dion wins three, as he might: pretty darn good. Terrific, in fact. Anonymous caucus members insist they were always behind Stéphane, look forward to a Su

      • AND NOW, FOR SOME UNRELATED (SORT OF) MERRIMENT
        03/17/08
        Mulroney cancels Winnipeg appearance after three posponements (Mulroney-Cancels)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Mar 17, 2008 21:35


        WINNIPEG - After three postponements since December, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce has officially cancelled a visit from Brian Mulroney.

      • THEY'RE BYELECTIONS, I KNOW
        03/17/08
        But the voter turnout is pretty depressing.

      • THERE YOU GO - ALL OF THEM ON ONE PAGE
        03/17/08
        You're welcome.

        Quickie reactions:

        · Libs narrowing the gap in Saskatchewan – but Tory lead is not insubstantial.
        · Martha kicks serious ass in Willowdale – and the Greens beat the NDP!
        · Bob Rae massacres the competition – and, there, the Greens beat both the

      • QUADRA LOOKS TIGHT, BUT SO FAR SO GOOD
        03/17/08
        As seen here.

      • OUT WEST, NOT SO LIBERAL
        03/17/08
        Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River (Saskatchewan)

        Joan Beatty, Liberal (31.0)

        Rob Clarke, Conservative (49.0)

        Brian Morin, NDP (17.4)

        Robin Orr, Green (2.6)

        65 of 182 polls reporting.

      • WAKE UP, CP DESK
        03/17/08
        Your heds ain't matchin' your ledes:

        ...


        Liberals win one Toronto seat, lead in another, looking west, as well (Fed-Byelxns)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Mar 17, 2008 21:21

        OTTAWA - The Liberals have won two of the four Commons byelect

      • ANOTHER CP DISPATCH
        03/17/08
        And why isn't that Saskatchewan result easily found?

        ...


        Fed Byelxns Update (early results, Rae wins) (Fed-Byelxns-Updateearly)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Mar 17, 2008 21:18


        OTTAWA - The Liberals have pulled out to a strong lead in e

      • GOD'S TEETH!
        03/17/08
        The Greens are going to beat the Tory vote in Toronto Centre! (Or come damn close to it.)

        Meanwhile, Martha's doubling the Conservative vote.



      • THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG
        03/17/08
        Liberals score byelection win as Bob Rae takes Toronto riding (Fed-Byelxns)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Mar 17, 2008 21:11


        OTTAWA - The federal Liberals jumped to early leads in two of four byelections today.

        Bob Rae, former NDP premier of Ontario, was we

      • LOOK AT THAT GREEN VOTE
        03/17/08
        ...compared to the NDP vote.

        Jack Layton, welcome to your long night.

      • IT'S EARLY GOING
        03/17/08
        But Martha and Mr. Rae are wiping the proverbial floor with the opposition.

        One of my colleagues predicted today that Martha would win with a 20,000-vote margin. We shall see!

        Me, I still think she would make a Hell of a Prime Minister.

      • MURDER IN COLD BLOOD
        03/17/08
        This video, released this afternoon by Toronto Police, is absolutely chilling. This is the shooting that caused the death of Abdikarim Ahmed Abdikarim, who was only a teenager.

        The police have released it in case someone has information - so if you do, call the Toronto Homicide Squad

      • ARE MARK STEYN AND MACLEAN'S LYING OR JUST STUPID?
        03/17/08
        Hard to say, really.

        Mark Steyn and Maclean's magazine are going to court, today, to join forces with Heritage Front supremo Marc Lemire in attacking the "secrecy" of the Canadian human rights process. Mark-o says so right here.

        He and his magazine are eith

      • PUBLIC SERVICE CALLS
        03/17/08
        Hey, I'll be happy to volunteer to do the job. No pay necessary.



        [Source]

      • OBLIGATORY TODAY REFERENCE
        03/17/08
        I don't know if you have heard of this upstart Inter-net company called "Google," but they have a guy there who renders just amazing day-related graphics of their logo. Other companies pay executives big money to say "never mess with the brand," but these "Goog

      • MUSIC TO START YER WEEK WITH
        03/16/08
        I finally picked up American Steel's 'Destroy Their Future' in Florida this week. Put-you-in-the-right-mood track: 'Mean Streak.' But I can't find it on this Interweeb thing, so 'Sons of Avarice,' below, will have to do for now.

        And then, just

      • WARREN POPCORN'S PROGNOSIS
        03/16/08
        Back in the snowy North! It's the Passion; the sun is out; and Spring is alleged to be a week away. It seems fitting to offer up some predictions for the weeks and months ahead. You can remind me, naturally, when I am proven wrong:

        · The Liberals will win some byelections tomorrow.

      • THE APOCALYPSE IS IMMINENT
        03/15/08
        We're waiting to board in Fort Myers, and I am reading Jim Travers, and agreeing with him.

        Wow.

      • ON LICE
        03/15/08
        Icky, I know. But a few years back, my wife used to do the lice head-checks at our kids' school. When a child gets 'em, the only thing that really works is a nit comb.

        You're welcome.

        ...

        Canada should protect kids, ban lice shampoos with insectic

      • BUT HERE AT MACLEAN'S AND THE NATIONAL POST...
        03/15/08
        ...we think the Jewish community should just quit all of their whining, because anti-Semitism is "free speech."

        ...

        WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A report from the U.S. State Department details "an upsurge" across the world of anti-Semitism -- hostility and discrimin

      • OBAMA AND AMERICA
        03/14/08
        After more than a week down here on the southwestern tip of Florida, the only useful observation one can make is that it must be an interesting time to be an American. On the one hand, there is talk everywhere of recession. Tonight, before we took the kids for burgers, my wife spoke to a woman who

      • BITS AND PIECES ON ANOTHER SUNNY DAY IN FLORIDA
        03/14/08
        (Sorry to rub it in, there. I'm mean, what can I say.)
        · This is so obvious, it barely merits a story. But I’m glad they wrote it, nonetheless.
        · I think this is pretty much right: it is difficult to write a book about rock’n’roll – the two media are radically different.
      • ESPO-SITING
        03/13/08
        Okay, so we just left the Ruby Tuesday's in Fort Myers, and I could have sworn I saw Phil Esposito there. Is that possible, O readers of wk.com?

      • ON POLITICAL APOLOGIES
        03/13/08
        I can't tell you if the Prime Minister is going to get one, or if the Leader of the Opposition is going to give one. But at least one political leader quietly made an apology this week:

      • THE GOVERNOR'S GIRLFRIEND
        03/12/08
        Found on MySpace.

        What would reporters do without Facebook and MySpace? Quite a few of them would be hooped, I'd wager.

        But that won't stop them from being a tad hypocritical, however. Here and here is some of the tut-tutting going on at Torstar. Which own

      • ONE THING THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DOES NOT TELL THE READER
        03/12/08
        Kory clearly had more than one bathroom.

      • THIS ISN'T A WEB SITE, IT'S A SUPREME COURT FACTUM
        03/12/08
        The latest from Newman:


        "I posted a .pdf of the book as an exhibit to a blog post."

        Uh-huh.

        Clearly, this is a case of a Muslim terrorist restricting his constitutional rights. Notwithstanding the fact that it resembles, er, petty theft.
      • BIBLICAL PLAGUES IMMINENT
        03/12/08
        The Westmount hobby farmer speaks:

        "I think they owe the fact they are in office to the work of the commission. That wasn't the objective, but it was the consequence and I think they are ungrateful to treat me that way."

        We are hurting that he is hurting.

      • HOW THE LIBERALS CAN WIN THE NEXT ELECTION
        03/11/08
        Say they are the guys who'll get gas and oil prices down.

        It's not like they have a lot to lose in Alberta. And it's not like the Tories would ever consider it. And it's not like Pierre Trudeau didn't do it to Joe Clark. And it's not like you can't

      • A QUESTION FOR CONSERVATIVE BLOGGERS
        03/11/08
        Still think Warren was crazy for warning you that you'd regret defending the Gomery Pyle circus? Hmmm?

        Didn't think so.

      • BRETT LAMB'S CARTOONS ABOUT KATHY SHAIDLE
        03/11/08
        Are brilliant, and are found here - what he calls the 'Far Right Funnies.' Here's one in which I am featured, which is perfect.

        (It's a fair question, too: if she and her ilk think everything is so crappy in Canada, why don't they move to Denmark? They can cle

      • HEY, JOHN! THAT IS ONE HELL OF AN EXHAUSTIVE TO-DO LIST!
        03/11/08

        Don't knock yourself out there, big guy!

        [Source.]

      • MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO
        03/11/08
        Great Crosbie column worth reading. Key quote:

        "It may be time to rethink our artistic posturing, and concede that people are influenced by what they see, and, occasionally, like monkeys, do."

      • KATHY SHAIDLE: IN HER OWN WORDS (UPDATED)
        03/10/08
        In Torstar's eye weekly, Big Tobacco apologist Marc Weisblott has called Kathy Shaidle my “sparring partner,” but I don’t think so. Going back quite a few years, I’ve been asked many times to “spar” with the likes of Zundel, Keegstra, Long, Ross, and their ilk. I’ve always declined, for t

      • BITS AND PIECES FROM FLORIDA
        03/10/08
        · Since 2006, a few Liberals have been claiming, with a straight face, that they could have won the election. These Grits insist that the RCMP was engaged in a massive conspiracy to defeat the Paul Martin government, and actually timed the announcement of the Income Trust criminal investigation to

      • THE GIG OF THE CENTURY: TEENAGE HEAD AND S.F.H.
        03/09/08
        You want a piece of us? Now's your chance, tough guy.

      • WHEN BEING IN THE TOP TEN MEANS NOTHING
        03/09/08
        So there we were, just finishing up at Sanibel's shiny new Rec Centre - we're members! - and my spouse mentions that the guy doing laps in the lane next to our daughter was ranked seventh in Canada for butterfly. He's from London, Ont., and is down here for a holiday like we are, she

      • VAMPIRE WEEKEND
        03/08/08
        They're on the cover of the new Spin, and the vid below perhaps explains why. Wombats + Hot Hot Heat + Paul Simon = these youngsters.

        I say "youngsters" deliberately. The guy who wrote Spin's cover story is thirty - yes, 30 years of age - and said that Vampire

      • DUDE NEEDS A NEW HOBBY
        03/08/08


        Head South, Luc. We need to talk.

      • HEARD ON THE CAUSEWAY
        03/08/08
        Six-year-old: "Ridiculous is a word with an inappropriate word in it."

        Eight-year-old: "That's nothing. 'Class' has a swear in it. Take away the 'C' and the 'L,' you'll see what I mean."

      • INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
        03/08/08
        ...is today.

        And, as a feminist colleague pointed out to me: "[Saturday] is International Women's Day. May I recommend that you pay homage to this woman, because, clearly, she rocks."

        She does indeed. Homage paid.

      • THE BIG FREE SPEECH DEBATE
        03/07/08
        In the Great White North, it's been raging for a couple months now, and - for me, at least - it's gotten kind of boring. Everyone has made their points, in some cases multiple times. No one has changed sides, and nothing has really changed.

        This post sums it up pretty well. Y

      • IT WOULD BE ROTTEN
        03/07/08
        ...simply rotten, to post a shot of what the weather is like down here today. With the blast of winter hitting Canada later today, I refuse to do it.



        Oops!

      • THE MOTHER OF ALL MARCH 7 STORMS
        03/07/08

        Actual shot taken by Warren through plane window.

        Holy smokes!

        We are pretty lucky we got out. Safe travels, those of you headed out. This one is gonna be a monster.

      • GREETINGS FROM SANIBEL
        03/06/08
        No snow here. Sorry.

        In a completely unrelated development, this.

      • JET BLUE: THE GOOD NEWS AND THE BAD NEWS
        03/06/08
        The good news: they have continuous cartoons for our quartet of kidlets - plus XM Satellite radio for me!

        The bad news: Fungus 53, the punk channel, is not one of the XM selections. Too many bad words, I guess.

      • FROM BUFFALO'S AIRPORT: LAUGHABLE
        03/06/08
        I see this.

        You know, if one ever needed conclusive proof that Jerry Yanover has retired, this one would be it. "Laughable" does not begin to describe it. "Laughable" is too kind.

        Lord God Almighty, the Liberal Party of Canada needs help.

      • BITS AND PIECES ON THE ROAD TO FLORIDA
        03/06/08
        • Hmm, let’s see. A choice between a vile, anti-Semitic “priest” and a great African-Canadian. It shouldn’t be hard to choose – but, these days, God only knows.
        • Not a few people told me the Harper administration would let Schreiber be deported. They were wrong, turns out. The govern

      • BART THE FISH
        03/06/08
        Toute la famille are scrambling to get out the door for the long journey to Florida. Panic hits. Bart the Fish!

        Who is going to feed the fish while we're gone? We forgot about the fish!

        Eight-year-old, sombrely: "I don't want this trip to be the demise of Bart th

      • MARC LEMIRE: A CAUTIONARY NOTE
        03/05/08

        Who is that man in the dark shades? [Source: Nizkor]

        A few right-wing bloggers have taken to defending Marc Lemire, one of the leaders of the neo-Nazi Heritage Front.

        This Metro Toronto report tells you a bit about Lemire and his fellow racists. What it does

      • CHRISTIE IS THE BIGGEST CANADIAN BLOGGER
        03/05/08
        And here's why. Eat your hearts out, jealous ones!

      • "THE ASSHOLE WITHIN"
        03/05/08
        Golly, this sure is great advice. Jeepers.

        Reason number 1,532 why journalists rarely make a successful transition to politics.



      • THE CHURCH OF DOUG
        03/05/08

        Actual photo of Warren attempting to get to work this morning.

        I belong to The Church of Doug. It's true. I am an ordained minister in The Church of Doug, in fact.

        It all happened one dimly-recalled night in Calgary, when the Nasties went to see The Sandwi

      • CHUTZPAH
        03/05/08
        In other news, Huckabee has offered McCain the vice-presidential spot on the G.O.P. ticket. Film at eleven.

        ...


        URGENT Clinton Obama Ticket, (URGENT-Clinton-Obama-Tic)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Mar 5, 2008 8:29

        WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clin

      • COMMENTS: HERE WE GO AGAIN
        03/04/08

        Okay, maybe we'll be second time lucky.

        After last week's web site core meltdown, Team Propellerhead© came up with another idea: try comments using that HaloScan thing. So that's what we are going to do, starting today.

        If it doesn't work - either du

      • EXCUSE ME WHILE I GET SICK
        03/04/08
        The Small Brain-dead Animal, who mocks the Holocaust, defending Marc Lemire - a Heritage Front leader, and founder of one of the biggest white supremacist web sites on the planet - that's no surprise. It fits.

        But this guy, too? How can a righteous Jew promote the likes of Marc Lemi

      • POLLS, AND DAISY IN THE NEWS AGAIN
        03/04/08
        The original Daisy, that is.

        I am in Ottawa a ce moment, and just heard from a Liberal buddy who is down in Texas, stumping for the Clinton campaign. He says the ad wars there are unbelieveable. Charge and counter-charge, all within hours. Lots of online stuff, too - which is increasingly

      • ALBERTA: THE EXPERT POLITICAL STRATEGIST GUY ANALYSIS
        03/04/08
        Being from Alberta, I have Grit and Tory and Dipper friends who are also Expert Political Strategist Guys. Having looked at the numbers and all that stuff, here is our Expert Political Strategist Guy Analysis about what happened in Alberta last night:







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      • THE HIVES AND THE DONNAS
        03/03/08
        Bjorn and I were there to see:



        But before the pride of Sweden took the stage, demonstrating once again that they are The Undisputed Greatest Live Band in the Universe, the Donnas went first.

        Why are the Donnas important, all on their own?

        For this

      • CADSCAM GETS COMPLICATED
        03/03/08
        I was not aware that a Notice of Libel was coming, but this development doesn't really surprise me, either. Given how unusual it is for a Prime Minister to sue a Leader of the Opposition for libel - I don't know if that has ever happened, in fact - I'd hazard a guess that this isn&

      • LOSS OF A GREAT CANADIAN TALENT
        03/03/08
        The bastard cancer, indeed.

      • DAVID DUKE CAMPAIGNS FOR JONATHAN KAY
        03/03/08
        ...here, as Klansman Don Black campaigns for Mark Steyn.

        No one is suggesting that Messrs. Kay and Steyn have any kinship with the Klan or David Duke. There is something both men might consider, however, in a private moment. This is from my book Web of Hate:

        "To

      • A LETTER TO MACLEAN'S MAGAZINE
        03/02/08
        Boy, that was fast!

        Twelve minutes after the post below went up - twelve minutes! - an editor at the venerable old Canadian magazine was in touch with me, insisting they still wanted to publish a letter from me, but, er, they needed "sources."

        Okay, fine. After toa

      • MARK STEYN'S NAZI ECHO CHAMBER
        03/02/08
        Found here (and it's full of racist and anti-Semitic content, be forewarned.)

        For nearly two weeks, I've been doing my level best to respond to Mark Steyn's bullshit. I wrote a number of times to Andrew Coyne and Ken Whyte, and finally received a response from a Mark Steven

      • WHAT'S UP WITH JIM FLAHERTY?
        03/02/08
        I can tell you that the Finance Minister's declaration last week - that Ontario was a lousy place to invest - had a lot of political heads shaking, on both sides of the aisle. Have partisan differences, sure. Fine. But is it ever a good idea to actively dissuade people from investing in one

      • DIANE FRANCIS, KOOK
        03/02/08
        It's kind of difficult to get concerned about anything this woman writes. After all, she's the same Post columnist who, when opposing immigration, quoted white supremacist leaders as "experts."

        Um, wait a second. Treating neo-Nazis as experts - or, for that matter

      • OBAMANIA
        03/02/08
        Boy, if the Starbucks me and the boys are in was a State having a primary, and this was Tuesday, the response to the T-shirt I am wearing would signal a big, big win is in the offing.

        Same thing happened during the Ontario campaign last Fall: I'd go out for a walk, wearing this T-sh

      • THE SCENE AT A TORONTO HOTEL THIS AFTERNOON
        03/01/08
        So there I was, at a hotel somewhere in Toronto with the 20th Prime Minister of Canada,having a chat. And every few minutes or so, someone would come up and ask for an autograph or ask if he'd pose for a picture. He did, cheerfully, every time. It was great fun.

        One guy, Ian, just s

      • WHEN THEY START LAUGHING AT YOU
        03/01/08
        Some folks in Stephane Dion's office were irritated with me, this week, when I called the Liberal Party of Canada's response to the Flaherty budget "pathetic." Tant pis. Judging by the many leaks coming out of Liberal caucus, it appears that Dion felt it was time to force an elec

      • THEORY OF A DEAD MAN
        03/01/08
        It's a band, but I thought of it when I saw this Globe headline. It fits.

        Some folks have asked me why I haven't written about this story. My answer: it's a story, for sure. But I just can't bring myself to share the outrage about it.

        Here's one

    • February
      • TIME FOR A CHANGE
        02/29/08
        Man oh man, I wish I was back there for next week.

      • DON'T TALK BACK TO DARTH VADER!
        02/29/08
        Good rule of thumb.


      • A PREDICTION
        02/29/08
        Jim Flaherty doesn't want to be leader of the Ontario Conservative party anymore. Because shit-talking the province that you allegedly represent, and where you live, is not much of a vote-getter. At least in my limited experience.

        From the ad campaign to-be: "Hi, I'm Jim

      • GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT, STOCKWELL DAY
        02/29/08
        (Yes, I just wrote that.)

        I'm going out on a limb, here, but the story below certainly suggests to me that the Harper administration disagrees with Mark Steyn, Jonathan Kay et al., when they bray (as Kay did) that "it is a common practice at Jewish fundraising dinners to pr

      • COOP ON WARREN ON COOP ON WARREN
        02/29/08
        From the most respected blogger in Canada:

        "Warren Kinsella posted about the Top 25 Political Blogs yesterday and mentioned what I said here. My comment was that I think his ranking is hurt by bloggers who are still linking to www.warrenkinsella.com/musings.htm which was his old web

      • "SHAWINIGATE" EXPOSED
        02/29/08
        Good. Me and not a few other folks - including the current bosses of the National Post, not to be confused with the ones off at Maclean's or about to enter a U.S. prison - always said the "Shawinigate" story was a sack of shit. Years later, more proof of that is found below.
      • McGUINTY vs. FLAHERTY
        02/29/08
        New poll suggests Canadians side with McGuinty in fed prov feud
        (Flaherty-McGuinty-FeuD)

        OTTAWA - A new poll suggests Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has a lot of public support in his continuing feud with federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

        The Canadian Press Harri

      • MARK STEYN, A MAN OF GREAT TOLERANCE AND INSIGHT
        02/29/08
        Harper's magazine has published a few of the former disk jockey's memorable bon mots.
        It's kind of hard to read, so here's a sampling:

        • Muslims are “sheep-shaggers.”
        • Muslims breed like “mosquitoes.”
        • Muslims are the “new owners” of Europe.

      • AT THE ONTARIO LIBERAL HERITAGE DINNER...
        02/28/08
        ...on Thursday night, there was a lot of talk about Dalton McGuinty's refusal to go along with the Conservatives' tax-cuts-solve-all mantra. But another big topic of discussion was the Rick Mercer bit, below.

        Two things. One, everyone should remember that this is the same guy

      • ON JONATHAN KAY'S "FETISH"
        02/28/08
        Two days before I quit the National Post, my editor Jonathan Kay - without providing me with any advance warning, and contrary to the agreement I had in writing with his boss - wrote a condescending column calling my preoccupation with racism a "fetish." I only stumbled across his piece

      • SMART POLITICAL USE OF THE NEW TECHNOLOGY
        02/28/08
        Here.

      • NO COMMENTS FOR NOW
        02/28/08
        Comments are off. Sorry folks.

        It’s possible that the site is crashing because it’s getting a lot of visitors (that’s what my web hoster thinks; see the bolded part of the Netfirms message below) – or, perhaps, because someone is “bombing” the site through the door that comments has rec

      • A "JIHAD" AGAINST MULRONEY?
        02/28/08
        A jihad.

        Boy, that is one terrific PR team you've got there, Bri. Smart messaging.

        ...

        End '15-year jihad' against Mulroney: spokesman
        BRODIE FENLON

        Globe and Mail Update

        February 28, 2008 at 12:29 PM EST

        A

      • MESSAGE FROM AN UNPOPULAR WEB SITE
        02/28/08
        We’re back!

        Wondering what happened to your favourite censorious, punk-loving, Nazi-baiting web site? Us, too!

        Mark Steyn, in between calling Chinese people “chinks” and insinuating that disabled people deserved what they got in the Twin Towers on 9/11, crows that his site is

      • MULRONEY WATCH
        02/27/08
        ...from a sharp-eyed reader:

        ...


        Name: D
        Email: d@gmail.com
        Subject: Mulroney

        Comment:

        On Wednesday, February 27, 2008, 09:41 PM, D wrote:

        Not sure if you saw the CP release. Mulroney no longer thinks there should be an inquiry

      • PROBLEMS
        02/27/08
        Got some...



      • LYIN' BRIAN TO THE END
        02/27/08
        Someone asked me why I haven't gone to town on Mulroney - you know, saying he'd be there "with bells on," and then refusing to appear.

        Simple: because he's done. Everyone knows who he is, and what he did.

        The committee should keep going, as Messrs

      • PATHETIC
        02/27/08
        The federal Liberal response to the budget – that is, (a) shit-talk it, but then (b) say you won’t vote against it, before (c) the delivery of the actual budget speech is complete – is, of course, appalling. The mainstream media folks have made that clear, this morning, and they probably wouldn’t

      • THE NUMBERS GAME
        02/27/08
        Mark Steyn pays an unusual amount of attention to me these days, including last week in Maclean’s, when he seemed to suggest that I was a pedophile. On his web site, Mark apparently wrote something this week in which he bragged about how he was a top political blog, and that I was way down the li

      • ATTENTION TEAM NERDLING
        02/26/08
        Calling all propellerheads! Next week, The Prince of Darkness and His Infernal Brood are heading to Florida to escape David Miller's Toronto, whose streets and thoroughfares continue to be as navigable as Yellowknife circa the Ice Age. A respite is in order, not to mention a federal general el

      • I ONLY HAVE ONE QUESTION...
        02/26/08
        ...and it's quite simple, really. Here it is:

        Why does the federal Liberal braintrust believe that waiting will make their prospects any better than they are right now? Am I missing something?

        Theories are welcome. I'd have a drink, if it wasn't for my sol

      • GOD DOESN'T WANT ME TO HAVE COMMENTS EITHER, APPARENTLY
        02/26/08
        Now comments that had been approved and posted have disappeared. There's only a couple left - and God only knows why those survived, and others did not.

        Until we get this figured out, apologies. I'll leave comments open, but I can't make any guarantees about anything e

      • GRRRRR
        02/26/08
        How come, when I approve a bunch of comments, and hold back one, none get posted?

      • WHAT JOHN TORY SHOULD DO
        02/26/08
        • Lorrie: stay, but you’ll lose.
        • Randy: stay, but I can’t tell you won’t lose.
        • Post editorialists: embrace fascism, it’ll provide a clear alternative.
        • Globe: we’re watching you, John, and we don’t like you anymore.
        • Landowners: we’re watching you, John, an

      • COMMENTS? WTF? COMMENTS?
        02/26/08
        So, there I was, lamenting the fact that yet more snow was coming, listening to Gallows, and playing around with the part of this web site called "Preferences." Clicked something, obviously, somewhere. Boom! Comments option appears.

        A while back, did a poll about whether you

      • SUCCUMBING TO MEMES
        02/25/08
        From Brock:

        Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.


        1. I have two original series Star Trek scripts ('The Cloud Minders' and 'Assignment: Earth') signed by Walter Koenig and George Takei.

        2. My favourite book is �

      • "A HUGELY POPULAR POLITICAL BLOG"
        02/25/08
        My friend Tom Flanagan and I just did the Christy Clark show on CKNW in Vancouver. We talked mainly about the budget, and the weather, but then Christy said:

        "WARREN KINSELLA MAINTAINS A HUGELY POPULAR POLITICAL BLOG!"

        And, then, just for good measure she sai

      • OTTAWA'S TOP-NOTCH LOBBYISTS
        02/25/08
        A very, very impressive bit of journalistic legwork, here, by the Hill Times Simon Doyle. And all of his picks - like buddies Powers and Hartley - I wholly agree with. (And I agree about Messrs. Robinson, King and Near, too!)

      • FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, THROW THE BUMS OUT
        02/25/08


      • BITS AND PIECES, THIS AND THAT
        02/25/08
        • MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT - WATCH THIS! And eyeball this important column by Norman Spector about the same subject – and why it is vital to keep it going, contrary to what the NDP seemingly desire.
        • Ewg! In a column with Vlad the Mulroneyite! Oh well. Read Rick and me.
        • Mur

      • BEFORE YOU START SUBSIDIZING SOMEONE'S EGO...
        02/25/08
        ...remember his track record. And think about his claims of legal expertise (which are contrary to the Alberta Law Society's Code of Professional Conduct, I hear).

        ...

        National News
        Tory ex-senator wins apology in libel suit
        SHAWN McCARTHY
        Parlia

      • "YOU CAN KEEP THE MULRONEY BOOK AND THE CASH, TOO"
        02/24/08
        Sent by a reader at 22 Minutes. Brilliant.




      • WELCOME BACK TO QUEEN'S PARK JIM COYLE
        02/24/08
        His column is worth reading, but one part depressed the Hell out of me:

        ...

        At a leadership review held in the wake of his electoral self-destruction last year, Tory won the backing of 66.9 per cent of the 1,308 voting delegates – an astonishing outcome, coming as it did a

      • FROM THE POLICY WORKSHOPS AT THE TORY TORY LEADERSHIP REVIEW
        02/24/08
        Salon "E," to be precise:

        -----Original Message-----
        > From: XXXXXXXXXXXXX
        >
        > Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2008 05:47:31
        > To:<wkinsella@XXXXXXXXX
        > Subject: Toryland
        >
        >
        > what do you get when you mix a party full o

      • STAND DOWN THERE, OFFICER!
        02/24/08
        In the brave new Canada favoured by the National Post, PEN Canada, the Canadian Association of Journalists and Steyn's Crusaders, no one really gives a sweet damn.

        Suck it up, Pakistani community! It may make you feel like dirt, but that's the way it is, now, in the New and Imp

      • THE DISCIPLINE OF POWER
        02/24/08
        After everything, the Grits are still competitive. Here's what I wrote for Wise Guys in the new Hill Times:

        ...

        I'm confused, as usual.

        The to-and-fro stuff on Afghanistan had little, if anything, to do with the war - at least politically. It

      • THE WRECKAGE THE MORNING AFTER
        02/24/08
        My favouritest part of this story:

        ...

        "...Mr. Tory has faced questions about his leadership from members of a campaign headed by Rueben Devlin, a former party president. The tension between Mr. Tory's supporters and detractors spilled onto the convention floor to

      • HA HA HA HA HA
        02/23/08
        From another lurker at the Tory Tory convention:

        ...



        ------Original Message------
        From: XXXXXXXX
        To: Warren Kinsella
        ReplyTo: XXXXXXXX
        Sent: Feb 23, 2008 5:15 PM
        Subject:

        He announced at the dinner tonight that he's staying!

      • SO WHAT DO WE ONTARIO LIBERALS THINK?
        02/23/08
        Not much, I guess.

        If they keep him, they will continue to be riven by internal dissent.

        If they get rid of him, they will be riven by a leadership race.

        Doesn't matter, either way. In 2011, McGuinty will beat Tory, or whoever they come up with. Simple.
        <

      • CP BULLETIN ON TORY LEADERSHIP REVIEW MESS
        02/23/08
        URGENT Tory Leadership Review (URGENT-Tory-Leadership-R)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Feb 23, 2008 18:34


        LONDON, Ont. - Nearly 67 per cent of delegates voted Saturday to support John Tory's continued leadership of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives.
      • ANOTHER TORY TORY REVIEW UPDATE
        02/23/08
        From a correspondent:

        ...

        Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 18:29:32 To:<wkinsella@XXXXXX
        Subject:
        Turns out everyone lost: 66.8% don't want leadership review .... Very low ... Joe Clark low. 874 = no ... 433 yes So in the best interests of party tory won't

      • JUST RECEIVED FROM A CORRESPONDENT AT THE TORY TORY REVIEW
        02/23/08
        Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 18:03:18 To:<wkinsella@XXXXXX

        Subject: Your friend ... Randy hillier got his wish.

        Tory about to announce he's leaving, I suspect --------------

      • UH-HUH. SURE.
        02/23/08
        And we think you should apologize for the bad hair, FHP*, and the advocacy of genocide. And that's just for starters.

        * Facial Hair Project.

      • FROM THE CONVENTION FLOOR
        02/23/08
        (Oh, and I am not there. We decided we didn't want to be seen as kicking John Tory when he's down. Which he is.)

        From a correspondent on the floor in London:

        ...

        Warren, attached is a scan of a list of Tory supports on a "No" flyer produced a

      • WE'RE BACK
        02/23/08
        Netfirms totally suck. There's a reason why they are cheap, you know.

        Apologies for the outage. Jay Currie emailed me to ask what happened, which was sweet of him, and I told him that it is all related to the international Muslim conspiracy. He seemed satisfied with that, as one w

      • SECOND NATIONAL POST APOLOGY TO RICHARD WARMAN
        02/23/08
        ...and this one is in a box on page two.

        Have you noticed, perchance, that some previously tough-talking nutbar bloggers have gotten awfully quiet, all of a sudden? Me too.


        ...


        RETRACTION

        National Post
        Sat 23 Feb 2008
        Page: A2

      • A SHOW ABOUT BRIAN...
        02/22/08
        ...located through the magic of the inter-weeb.



      • JEAN CHRETIEN AND THE ORDER OF CANADA
        02/22/08
        Someone I know may have spoken to him just yesterday - I won't say who - and the most popular Prime Minister in the history of polling didn't say a word about this coming. Not a word.

        I have received two dozen emails from folks who are more than happy about this honour bein

      • ALANNAH MYLES
        02/22/08
        Just interviewed her - and, in 30 years of interviewing musicians, I can't recall one who was less guarded than she just was. She had interesting things to say about the National Post, too. (And her new CD was produced by Terry Brown - who has done both SFH records!)

        Being an un

      • ENOUGH, ALREADY
        02/22/08
        In the United States, military folks have a degree of control over the political agenda that is often unhelpful, to say the least.

        So, that said, can some please tell this loose-cannon soldier that this country has a civilian-run military, and that elected people will ask for hi

      • NO COMMENT
        02/22/08
        Name: DXXX
        IP Address: XXXXXX(XXXXXXX.ss.shawcable.net)
        User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; XXXXXX)
        Email: XXXXXXXX@shaw.ca
        Subject: Legal strategy?

        Comment:

        On Friday, February 22, 2008, 08:25 AM, DXXX wrote:

        Mr. Kinse

      • APOLOGY BY THE NATIONAL POST TO RICHARD WARMAN
        02/20/08



        Found here.
        ...

        RETRACTION
        Posted: February 20, 2008, 8:05 PM by Chris Boutet

        On Monday, the National Post posted on its FullComment.com web blog a column by Jonathan Kay that repeated allegations made by Bernard Klatt in a 2006 sworn

      • YOU'D THINK HE'D BE BUSY ENOUGH...
        02/20/08
        ...feeding wired contracts to political cronies. But he wants to have a fight with the guy with a battle-ready political team?

        Okay, then, bring it.

        (Oh, and messing with Pupatello is never a good idea.)

        ...

        Flaherty's battle with Ontario on bu

      • POLITICS AND BLOGS
        02/20/08
        Good story about how parties use, and will use, the net.

        I spoke to a Canadian Press reporter about this subject last week, and suggested that, in the coming campaign, the Liberals and/or the NDP will likely make use of the offensive "Blogging Tory"/Conservative bloggers state

      • GOMERY PYLE BIAS TRIAL
        02/20/08
        No kidding. Chretien is going to win this legal challenge.

        From my War Room book, a trip down memory lane:

        ...

        Gomery made it easy for [his critics], starting in December 2004, with his infamous and ill-advised media interviews. He, and the media, provided plenty

      • LUNATIC WATCH
        02/20/08
        Holocaust denial on Small Dead Animals, now this on Newman's site:

        RICHARD WARMAN has caused me HATE
        I never hate,
        but because of him
        NOW I DO

        WAIT !! Now he has made me want to
        KILL SOMEONE, I'm not sure WHO???
        (nudge, nudge, wink wi

      • CENSORSHIP! CENSORSHIP!
        02/20/08
        ...why the heck can't those National Post columnists just buy a copy, like everyone else did? (The section in question is about the history of political advertising. Go figure.)

        ...

        Subject: A Curious Form of Censorship in "The War Room"
        Warren -

      • JAY LENO ON MARK STEYN
        02/19/08
        I wasn't aware that the Tonight Show host had mentioned the great man, until this evening. A few years back, you see, I wrote a column for the Ottawa Citizen noting that Steyn called Japanese people "Japs" and Chinese people "Chinks." He denied that, and wanted an apo

      • FROM THE WEB SITE OF A "PRO-ISRAEL" BLOGGER
        02/19/08
        Here are some comments by a correspondent yesterday at "Small Dead Animals." (There was a link, but Ms. McMillan manipulated it, as she has manipulated other things*,)

        "I perused the Zundelsite and found nothing offensive...What needs to be done, besides eliminating the hu

      • A BRAVE MAN
        02/19/08
        "Leyden’s main message was simple: Don’t encourage racism and hate by being silent..."

      • MORE REASONS TO LOVE THE GLOBE'S DAN COOK
        02/19/08
        Found here. Get out the beer and popcorn!

      • I STAND CORRECTED
        02/19/08
        Number of opinion pieces mocking human rights in the National Post in recent weeks (including the defamatory one referred to below): nearly two dozen.

        Number arguing the opposite point of view: one.

        And it is more persuasive than all of the others put together, too.

      • HEARD IN A CANADIAN DAILY'S NEWSROOM THIS MORNING
        02/19/08
        "Has anyone, um, got the number of our libel insurer handy? Actually, never mind. Can someone just bring me our cheque book?"

      • FROM KANSAS TO ZUNDEL
        02/18/08
        The Ottawa Citizen's Dan Gardner has written a well-intentioned but - I believe - highly misleading piece ("The value of hate speech") that essentially argues that permitting haters to spew hate alienates most reasonable people, and ultimately contributes to more tolerance and mut

      • TWO LETTERS, PRO AND CON
        02/18/08
        Warren, you’ve impressed many over the course of the past two weeks.

        You’re harassing an ugly, thoughtless movement which has been given a free-pass by too many. At best, the right-to-offend crowd emerges from a school-yard bully mentality: “we’ll misbehave at the expense of the easy-ta

      • QUICKIE BITS AND PIECES
        02/18/08
        • Exactly. “…freedom of speech has its limits. According to the Supreme Court, "hate propaganda contributes little to Canada ... in either the quest for truth... or the fostering of a vibrant democracy." In other words, the nature of hate speech is so far removed from the spirit of cons

      • BEFORE ANYONE GETS TOO EXCITED
        02/17/08
        Consider the source, here: Jean Lapierre - that is, the Bloc Quebecois founder who illegally fired Jean Pelletier, and called Jean Chretien's Clarity Act "useless" - is now considered a reliable source by CTV about Messr. Chretien and Pelletier's innermost thoughts. Th

      • AND WHILE WE'RE AT IT, LET'S SEND MICHAEL COREN, TO GET THE GROUP RATE
        02/17/08
        "Some observers said immigrant youths were protesting against perceived police harassment and suggested the reprinting of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in Danish newspapers Wednesday, may have aggravated the situation."

        So here's a suggestion: let's send a few of

      • 2.1 MILLION REASONS THEY SHOULDN'T GIVE UP
        02/17/08
        ...found here.

        Notwithstanding what some cynics and pundits are claiming, the Standing Committee is finding out things we did not know before.

        They need to keep doing their job.

      • SPORTS RULE OUR LIVES
        02/17/08
        Hockey, karate, soccer, you name it: my gal and I run a sports chauffeur service, pretty much. Today, swimming will figure prominently. Plug in "swimming" and "funny" in YouTube, and this is what you get.


      • WE ARE RIGHT, AND THEY ARE WRONG
        02/16/08
        Another day, another threat, this one from Georgia. Bad words excised.




        -----Original Message-----
        From: ssm_cmm@bellsouth.net
        Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 04:30:10
        To:wkinsella
        Subject: A COMMENT


        Eat s**t, you stupid f****r.  I too wish

      • DISPATCHES FROM THE WAR ON ERROR
        02/15/08
        Thanks to all who sent along kind notes Friday. Some of you sent me links about various goings-on in The Great Year 2008 War on Error - a sampling:

        • Words worth reading and remembering: “The reprinting of the cartoons wasn't about free speech. The originals are readily available

      • T. DOUGLAS KINSELLA
        02/15/08
        I won’t be posting anything today. Happy birthday, Dad.

      • DUDE.
        02/14/08
        Duuuuuuuuuuuude.




        H/T

      • CALLING ALL CYBER-SLEUTHS
        02/14/08
        Anyone know how to do a 411 on this Fort McMurray-based Kate McMillan fan? I think this is one I should pass along to someone who can have a chat with this guy.

        ...


        Name: Rusty P. Bucket
        IP Address: 24.65.76.24 (S0106001478a2a609.fm.shawcable.net)
        User Agent:

      • AIRBUSTED UPDATE
        02/14/08
        Read this.

        And this (scroll down to "perjury trap").

        The noose tightens.

        (Oh, and just a tip, Team Lyin' Brian: when I did what I did in respect of Gomery, no one was paying me, and nobody asked me to. I did it because I believed in Jean C

      • THE NATIONAL POST: GETTING A FEW THINGS OFF MY CHEST
        02/14/08
        Four things, actually:

        1. Number of editorials or columns published in the National Post* in recent weeks which attack the notion of protecting human rights (not including the one published yesterday that ridiculed Prime Minister Harper for lacking "principles" on the issue,

      • STELMACH'S ALBERTA: TIME TO SEND IN INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVERS
        02/14/08
        Check this out. What a joke.

        Certainly doesn't suggest the Alberta Conservatives are feeling very confident about their chances, though, does it?


      • NEW FAVOURITE SONG OF ALL TIME AS OF THIS MOMENT IN TIME
        02/14/08
        Sons of Avarice, by American Steel.

        Why is it the best punk rock on Earth comes from California?

      • HEART-SHAPED MULTI-NATIONAL
        02/14/08
        Sigh.

        Just at Starbucks, and saw that they are selling a Nirvana disc. Nirvana. At Starbucks.

        God in Heaven, save me from this life.

      • LETTERS, GOOD AND BAD
        02/13/08
        One, telling a story worth hearing. Another one, using himself as a source, defaming the honourable dead to score partisan points - like Kate McMillan tried to do.

        Being a Liberal, I firmly believe the universe is made up of more of the former than the latter. I have to believe tha

      • NOW THE TRUTH CAN BE TOLD
        02/13/08
        Quite a few people wondered why I abruptly stopped picking on poor old Conservative MPP Randy Hiller during the 2007 Ontario provincial election campaign.

        Wonder no more. He's one of our OLP secret agents!

        ...

        Landowners set to challenge PC leader's r

      • SURPRISE, SURPRISE
        02/13/08
        Brian Mulroney is incapable of getting any positive news coverage pretty much anywhere - so his shadowy team of flacks have been forced to buy "headlines" on Bourque Newsbought.

        If you can't get it for free, you pay for it, I suppose.


        [ UPDATE: A fu

      • RAGE, RAGE AGAINST THE FADING OF THE LIMELIGHT
        02/13/08
        What to do when the limelight starts to fade? Rage against it, I suppose. Shine on, you crazy diamond, etc.

        It will surprise precisely no one that at least one of these celebrated cases was all about a certain man’s profile, and not at all about justice.

      • BACK HERE IN TORONTO, NONE OF THIS WOULD BE HAPPENING...
        02/12/08
        I don't know what you are thinking about where you are. But here in Tee Dot, I'll tell you what we are talking about.

        We're talking about getting hit by another one of these.

        And we're talking about how elderly people can't even get outside anymore,

      • MORE MAIL
        02/12/08
        Kate McMillan's mocking of the Holocaust has been the subject of a lot of mail. Some people have clearly been upset by what she did, and have written some memorable and heartfelt letters. These two are from a young guy working on Obama's campaign (who very nearly lured me down to Chicago

      • INTERNAL GOVERNMENT TALKING POINTS
        02/12/08
        ...on the human rights cases now preoccupying the blogosphere and the media? Who knows.

        If these represent a reliable leak (to a conservative who is clearly unhappy about the contents), it certainly suggests to me that the Harper administration has a more balanced view on the subject

      • DIDN'T GET TO OTTAWA
        02/12/08
        The snowstorm snookered me, Senator Grafstein, neighbour Mark, a nice friend of Priya and two guys from the Globe and the Fifth who you should never, ever get angry. Mark and I booked.

        To soothe my disappointed spirit, I bought a honkin' huge G-K amp that could level a city block. I

      • HEADING UP TO OTTAWA...
        02/12/08
        ...and the messages about Kate McMillan's decision to make a joke out of the Holocaust continue to come in. I will continue to post as many as I can. Send your comments here.

      • THE HOLOCAUST AS JOKE MATERIAL: THE RESPONSE TO KATE MCMILLAN (SO FAR)
        02/11/08
        I asked for people, conservatives in particular, to respond to Kate McMillan’s willingness to use Holocaust imagery to make a sick joke. People responded, and are still responding. If you’d like to, contact me here. Please use your real name and try and keep it brief.

        Not all of the

      • KATE MCMILLAN: THE HOLOCAUST IS A JOKE
        02/10/08
        Have I been tricked?

        This certainly suggests that I have, in relation to the posting below.

        On Sunday morning, when I received that powerful email and photograph, this is how I replied, and what I got back:

        ...

        To: "Eitan" <eitan@terles

      • MESSAGE FROM A READER
        02/10/08
        ...one that I'm honoured to receive. His name was removed at his request.

        ...
        Dear Mr. Kinsella,

        I do not share this message on my arm with many, but it speaks for
        itself. You may use it if you wish. Keep up the good fight.


        Signed;
        A

      • THE UNIVERSE BALANCES OUT
        02/10/08
        ...And I have been offered, and accepted, a position on the legal affairs committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress.

      • SO LONG, NATIONAL POST
        02/10/08
        When I was departing the interview with Thomas Barnett of Strike Anywhere, late last night, he said to me: "I hear your newspaper is really right wing. How do you...?"

        He didn't need to finish the question. I knew what it was already. I get it a lot.

        This mornin

      • STRIKE ANYWHERE
        02/09/08
        Greetings from the Sound Academy, where they are doing some sort of weird "F.U. Awards" thing. Some of the acts, like The Flatliners, are just terrific.

        Just finished interviewing Thomas Barnett, the singer for Strike Anywhere. Hands down, the guy is the most articulate punk I

      • AN ONION OF BOOGERS
        02/09/08
        Does anyone else find it amusing that Ezra Levant has started a "union?" Does that mean I'm his employer, now?

        Ezra, you're fired!

        Anyway. Just kidding. So, I'm thinking Ezra needs to tell his Winged Monkeys - and, by the way, he's cutting your gr

      • HIS APOLOGY
        02/09/08
        "I meant my comment as a personal opinion about the need to marginalize racist opinion, not publicize it. I merely meant that giving racists a forum emboldens them and gives them the attention they crave. 

        My comment to Mr. Kinsella was in no way representative of the official posit

      • EXCELLENT DELACOURT PIECE ON HARPER
        02/09/08
        Found here.

        It's well-worth reading. The headline, beneath a Raffi graphic of the Prime Minister, is THE CULT OF HARPER.

        But the head on the turn is more reflective of the thrust of Susan's piece (which has the beginnings of a book, frankly): THE UNKNOWABLE MR. H

      • A SOBER ANALYSIS**
        02/08/08
        Not really.

        As I put it to the young person who wrote the email - after, at his request, taking out his name and email address and whatnot - it is actually significant that any sensible person would declare, quote unquote, "Who GIVES a shit???" about swastikas and "WHIT

      • OMAR SOLIMAN, FUTURE PRIME MINISTER (WE HOPE)
        02/08/08
        Is a courageous conservative, a proud Muslim, and someone those of us at the office miss very much.

        Here's yet another reason why (under his blog - check out his latest).

      • FOR SHAME, EZRA
        02/08/08
        I don't link to Ezra Levant's site, typically, but I'm making an exception in this case.

        To be blunt, Ezra has been a useful opponent in the 2008 Great Speech Debate - what with his whiplash-inducing position on speech (that is, free for him, but not for anyone he does

      • THE RESPONSE TO JON KAY SO FAR
        02/08/08
        Jon Kay’s column attacking Warren ”Flavour Of The Moment” Kinsella may be popular with Muslim-hating, gay-hating and immigrant-hating bloggers, but not with my readers, apparently. So far, I have received only one comment that sort of supports his position. The rest don’t, to put it mildly.
        <

      • BRING IT
        02/07/08
        Jon Kay takes a swipe at Yours Truly in tomorrow's Post. Only found it when I was perusing the Full Comment site by chance; didn't know it was coming. That's fine, and it's fair comment, too.

        Two responses:

        1. Jon, who is a good guy, is also the guy

      • FASCINATING MACLEAN'S PIECE ON THE HARDBALL U.S. RACE AHEAD
        02/07/08
        ...by Phillippe Gohier, found here.

        Was exactly what James Carville was saying at the dinner last night: The Obama Risk is that the Republicans define him before he gets to define himself.

      • "MR. SEARS HAS SAID SOME THINGS THAT JUST AREN'T TRUE"
        02/07/08



        "It is totally false."
        William Kaplan hands Mulroney's lobbyist his keester.

        Man, I've watched this one a dozen times, and it just keeps getting better and better.

        H/T Dan.

      • IN THE BELLY OF THE SHARK
        02/07/08
        It’s been a weird 36 hours. I just re-read Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’ for the hundredth time, “listening to the Terror through walls,” so forgive the stream of consciousness. Or, don’t. Whatever.

        I’ll go backwards. This morning, and last night, the tall foreheads are clucking their tongues, fr

      • THE BIG TIME AFGHANISTAN BALLOT QUESTION
        02/06/08
        Here we go. Two things:

        • The Manley Report doesn't give them the cover they obviously think it does. The Tories are rolling the dice, big time.
        • The country feels we have done our bit, and it's time for other countries to step up to the plate. The Liberals could win the

      • IT'S EASY TO GET DEPRESSED, SOME DAYS
        02/06/08
        Reading the ill-informed, ridiculous, knee-jerk utilitarian editorials in the Globe, Gazette and Post this morning - all on MP Keith Martin's plan to excise the centre of the Canadian Human Rights Act - it is easy for guys like me to get dejected. And then I talk to a smart and courage

      • AIRBUSTED WONDERMENT
        02/05/08
        Norman Spector made me wonder if he was too angry.

        Allan Rock made me wonder what might have been.

        The Mulroney web site made me wonder if they think we will be fooled by yet more front companies and shell games. From a sharp-eyed friend:

        ...

         
        &

      • THE SPECTOR PILE-ON BEGINS
        02/05/08
        They sure must be nervous. Fancy web site and all that. Hmmm.

        But, in attacking him, they raise a bigger problem - for themselves. Namely, what is that Norman Spector is going to say that makes you Lyin' Brian people so clearly nervous?

        Get the popcorn out!

      • MULRONEY LOBBYIST UPDATE
        02/05/08
        ...that is, our good friend Robin Sears, found here.

      • WHY JOHN IVISON IS WRONG
        02/05/08
        I asked the National Post for an opportunity to respond to John Ivison's well-intentioned but misinformed column in today's Post, seeing as how he mentioned me by name and used scare quotes and didn't call me for my side of the story and whatnot. They declined.

        Fine

      • "LIMITS ON EXPRESSION ARE WELL-SETTLED"
        02/04/08
        A great post, by a smart conservative, one I'm proud to blogroll.

        Mr. Mader:

        "Let's start by putting aside this debate's straw man, the free speech absolutist who believes that the state may not under any circumstance proscribe speech or expression. We m

      • IT'S AN ANSWER, MINISTER...
        02/04/08
        ...but it's not the answer to the question, is it?

        Do you agree, yes or no, that human rights commissions "violate human rights," like Ezra said you said? Like this federal Liberal-in-Exile©, the Prime Minister has said he values free speech, too, but that the publication

      • THE HOPE OBAMA REPRESENTS EXCITES ME, TOO
        02/04/08
        ...but the video below, while powerful, is way too soon. Get him the nomination first, I say, but don't start deifying him yet.

        Someone arriving from Mars, and seeing this, wouldn't be crazy to wonder if these well-intentioned folks were singing about a statesman who had pass

      • ANOTHER EZRA QUESTION
        02/04/08
        Who at Public Works and Government Services Canada is giving Ezra Levant, private citizen, access to an internal government clippings service? Can the rest of us get clippings from PWGSC, too? (Then again, it may be that his friend at PWGSC may be his only friend.)

        That, along with ea

      • BITS AND PIECES, DIS AND DAT
        02/04/08
        • From a CP report on the learned Judge Gomery’s legal brief: “...A commission of inquiry plays a certain social role in uncovering the facts to inform the public about what is often a traumatic or chocking (sic) set of events,'' the memorandum reads...” And you know what’s even be

      • MIKE BROCK CLARIFIES
        02/03/08
        I wrote to Mike Brock through Facebook, saying criticism was fine and all that, but I'm not cool with being called a Nazi. (If someone wants to finance my next trip abroad, calling me a Nazi is a good way to do it.)

        He wrote this back, inter alia:

        Warren, I am NOT callin

      • HOW TO GET WARREN AND HIS FRIENDS OFF THE BENCH
        02/03/08
        In one easy step.

      • THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED
        02/02/08
        Forty-nine years ago this weekend. Forty-nine years ago on Sunday.


      • EZRA: THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
        02/02/08
        Here is the free speech martyr on his web site today:

        "...Jason Kenney, the cabinet minister in charge of domestic human rights issues, has spoken out several times on this subject. I know, from personal contact, that many other government MPs and cabinet ministers -- and even staf

      • EZRA LEVANT IS THE KIND OF GUY WHO BEGS FOR CRUCIFIXION...
        02/02/08
        ...and then complains about the view.

        Quote of the week, spotted on Skippy's Enjoy Every Sandwich blog in a web-walk this morning. Classic.

        For those of you looking for more Ezra-related reading material, we provide the following as a public service. Apologies for th

      • YOUR MOVE, MR. MARTIN
        02/01/08
        So Liberal MP Keith Martin now has a choice to make, it appears. In this CP story, Stephane Dion has clearly said no to Martin's plan to gut the Canadian Human Rights Act. Good.

        ...

        "...Liberal Leader Stephane Dion's office disavowed the motion and sugge

      • LATEST OTTAWA BULLETIN ON THE GUTTING-HUMAN-RIGHTS-LAWS STORY
        02/01/08
        Through the raging snow storm comes word that CBC Radio, Canadian Press, CanWest and the Toronto Star are all asking why a Liberal MP is out to eviscerate the Canadian Human Rights Act. Way to go, CBC, CP, CanWest and Star!

        And, um, from the Liberal Party's leadership?
      • UPDATE ON LIBERAL MOVE TO GUT HUMAN RIGHTS LAWS
        02/01/08
        I am told that Liberal MP Keith Martin was just scrummed about his plan to gut the Canadian Human Rights Act. He told reporters he knew exactly what he was doing, and what the implications were.

        So there you go, Messrs. Dion, Ignatieff and Rae: it wasn't a mistake. It is delibera

      • MORE QUESTIONS ON MULRONEY'S LOBBYISTS
        02/01/08
        My friend Dan Cook at the Globe gets it, per usual. Glen at the Citizen, too.
        Questions abound.

        When did the lobbying start, and when did registrations take place?

        Who has been lobbied, and when? Where?

        Does this lobbying violate the no-communications rule

    • January
      • AN OPEN LETTER TO THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA
        01/31/08
        Dear Liberal Party:

        The party that constitutionalized human rights 1982, and passed the Human Rights Act in 1977...now permitting one of its Members of Parliament to dismantle the latter. (Or saying nothing, as he attempts to do so all on his own.)


        Check out M-446, d

      • OPEN LETTER TO FAMILY MEMBERS WHO SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS
        01/31/08
        "Dear gang:

        It's apparently not new, but here's yet another reason why I don't think you should waste any more precious minutes of your lives watching American Idol. Sincerely, Me.

        P.S. And TV broadcasters wonder why they are held in low repute? No myster

      • CHRETIEN IN NOVA SCOTIA
        01/31/08
        A news report is found here.

        And a note I received from one of those in attendance, surname deleted at her request:

        ...

        Name: Denise XXXXX
        Subject: PM Chretien

        Comment:

        On Thursday, January 31, 2008, 08:33 AM, Denise wrote:

      • ROLLINS ON COULTER
        01/30/08
        I just can't see Henry making this offer to any of the Coulter wannabes up here in the Great (they hope) White North. Why?

        Don't ask.




        (Warning! Henry, formerly of Black Flag, uses some salty language, and loads of irony, too! We're cer

      • TEAM MULRONEY: DO AS WE SAY, NOT AS WE DO
        01/30/08
        They bray and screech about Liberal MP Robert Thibault (and well they should, as Thibeault was dumb to meet with Karlheinz Schreiber in an Ottawa eatery a few days ago). And then they go and try and secretly meet with some key players themselves, and figure no one is going to find out.

      • I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE STEPHEN HARPER SWAT THIS FLY
        01/30/08
        ...and Conservative bloggers wondered why I warned them to stop defending the Gomery Pyle Commission. Wonder no more.

        Your fifteen minutes are over, "commissioner." Beat it.

        ...

        Gomery slams Harper for ignoring sponsorship reform proposals
        (Gomery

      • BITS AND PIECES, THIS AND THAT
        01/30/08
        • I am with Dr. King on the Afro-centric school vote. Like the great man said: "Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice." This no great step forward. It is a step backward, and it is what organized racists

      • BEST FRANK MAGAZINE COVER EVER
        01/29/08
        ...and, BTW, I am still irritated I reportedly did not make the annual wankers list. I demand a recount!


      • HYPOCRISY, THINE NAME IS EZRA
        01/29/08
        And, in this one, Mr. Murphy has sliced and diced Ezra "Free Speech, But Not Necessarily Speech That Is Free For Everyone Else" Levant, but good. Ouch. I do not feel the need to add a single word about Ezra Levant's bald-faced hypocrisy. Big City Lib, take it away:

      • THE WAR ROOM ON KEN ROCKBURN'S CPAC SHOW
        01/29/08
        Some of you will send me your impressions of this, which I always welcome. My impressions:

        • I look super tired because Bowie and Powers had me out late the night before for, um, important policy discussions. I blame them.
        • My tie is loosened, a la Gerard Kennedy, because I walk

      • SOME BOMBSHELL
        01/28/08
        Then again, it is all a little weird, still. May as well put the streamers and champagne away, honey. (For now.)

      • WEIRD HOUSE OF COMMONS MOMENT
        01/28/08
        So there I was, sitting in the Speaker's Gallery, minding my own business, watching Question Period's conclusion, when they do the applause for guests stuff. A minister from B.C. gets some applause. Then Chuck Strahl and Monte Solberg stand up and say that I deserve a standing ovation, too

      • LIGHTEN UP PEOPLE
        01/28/08
        The Rick Mercer thing, below, was a joke. A joke. He didn't ask me to go on his show, for the love of Pete.

        Christ, Ottawa is cold.

      • RICK MERCER IS ON MY PORTER AIR FLIGHT TO OTTAWA
        01/28/08
        ...And, as always, he has asked me to appear on his show.

        Rick, baby, you are starting to sound desperate. It's unbecoming.

        Off to the seat of government, so to speak. Ta.

      • KEN ROCKBURN IS A BROADCASTING STUD MUFFIN LEGEND
        01/27/08
        There - that little musing title will forever show up when future generations Google Ken Rockburn's name. Ha. Take that, Rockburn.

        Anyway. Bowie, whom I plan to see in Ottawa tomorrow morning (even if he doesn't know it yet), tells me I was on Rockburn's CPAC show tonig

      • CHRISTIE IS GOING TO LOVE THIS ONE
        01/27/08
        Bjorn von Flapjack III (who found this gem) does an excellent Captain Pike impersonation, by the way.


      • AMEN TO THAT
        01/27/08
        I could live without the button, but Obey designed it, I guess.

        Via Hyndman:


      • CROSS-POSTED TO THE WESTERN STANDARD SHOTGUN BLOG
        01/26/08
        ...where someone made a post that was (uncharacteristically, for that place) reflective.

        My response:

        ...

        Thoughtful post, but we disagree on a couple things, not surprisingly.

        One: I have not written, anywhere, that I actually support the complaints

      • OBAMA WINS BIG
        01/26/08
        Right on.

        What's he need to do to hold onto his momentum? Get Out The Vote. That's how Hillary's been doing it. Fight fire with fire.

      • AT THE RINK
        01/26/08
        You know what I love? I love how, at the end of every hard-fought house league match between six and seven-year-olds, the goalie - the goalie who is too small for the net, maybe, and has let in so many goals that they've stopped keeping track, and who has laid on face-down on the ice more than

      • WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST UPDATE
        01/26/08
        Oh, look. The Wicked Witch of the West - who variously promotes genocide against Africans, calls for the internment of aboriginal people, and runs a web site where correspondents are permitted to call for sexual assaults on the children of people she detests - now says I am a "Liberal fascist.&

      • POST POST RE-POSTED
        01/25/08
        It's back up.

        No comment.

      • AN INTERESTING DEVELOPMENT
        01/25/08
        This morning, I cross-posted on the National Post web site the item below about Norman Spector and cash being allegedly reeceived at 24 Sussex.

        A few hours later, I received an email from an editor at the Post to say my item had been removed so that it could be "reviewed&qu

      • MORE ON THE CORROBORATING WITNESS FOR STEYN, LEVANT AND THE WICKED WITCHES
        01/25/08
        Hate-literature incidents cited
        Canadian Press
        205 words
        27 July 1996
        Winnipeg Free Press
        a2

        PENTICTON, B.C. - A former employee of an Internet provider who lets racist groups spout their views through his service says his ex-boss gave him white supremacist li

      • NORMAN SPECTOR'S BOMBSHELL
        01/25/08
        ...and, related to the musing below, I was very busy yesterday and did not catch this line in a Le Devoir column by former Mulroney Chief of Staff Norman Spector. A smart Toronto lawyer friend brought it to my attention:

        "Finalement, documents en main, je compte bien être en

      • NATIONAL BLOOD PRESSURE INDEX WAY UP, FILM AT ELEVEN
        01/25/08
        ...trudging through the snow and ice and bitter cold, how do you think millions of Canadians will react when they see this headline on the front page of the National Post, this morning?

        PROBE 'UNFAIR': MULRONEY

        And you know what? He is entitled to proc

      • BRAD DAVIS
        01/24/08
        What an amazing guy he was. It is very, very sad.

      • ON THE "FREE SPEECHERS"
        01/24/08
        I've written that I think Ezra Levant, who I like a lot, is full of crap on this "free speech" crusade he sort-of leads. Mark Steyn is full of crap, too, for similar reasons.

        In respect of the latter polemicist, and after 9/11, I wrote a column in the Ottawa Citizen t

      • BRILLIANT POST POST
        01/23/08
        Read it to the end.

      • WHEN IN A HOLE, STOP DIGGING
        01/23/08
        ...but the haters continue to recklessly and maliciously defame Richard Warman, one of the bravest people you could ever hope to meet. The damages aren't just general, anymore - they might even end up being punitive.

        Not that I am interested, at all, in protecting any of these mor

      • GOOD CALL
        01/23/08
        Racism Gong Show, Repeat (Racism-Gong-Show)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Jan 23, 2008 12:38

        OTTAWA - The government is announcing today that Canada has abandoned a UN anti-racism conference slated to take place in South Africa next year.

        A government official has t

      • ON AFGHANISTAN AND MANLEY
        01/23/08
        My Dad was a proud Armed Forces man, and - in my case - I wanted to attend Royal Military College. As a teenager, I even travelled across the country to apply at RMC - but they made clear to me that they wanted engineers-to-be, not lawyers-to-be. (Given what was to come, it made sense, I suppose.)

      • A LOVE LETTER TO JAY CURRIE
        01/23/08
        Jay "I'm A Bigot" Currie is a Left Coast nobody who energetically blogs anti-Muslim stuff and, lately, has been a charter member of the cabal attempting to destroy a courageous man named Richard Warman.

        Jay keeps challenging people to sue him for libel. So, okay, fine: why

      • THE BACKTRACKING BEGINS
        01/22/08
        From the Small Brain-Dead Animals site. An apology mitigates damage - but it doesn't eliminate them.

        In this case, the publication was global, instantaneous and profoundly malicious. They - McMillan, Shaidle, Levant, Steyn et al. - should retain counsel. But what do I know?
      • WE NEED A TOBIN TAX NOW
        01/22/08
        As we watch the youngsters in red suspenders (as Jean Chretien used to call them) demonstrate yet again the illogic that lies at the heart of capitalism (that we allow youngsters in red suspenders to have this much power), I am moved to recall the following:

        ...

        Here we go ag

      • THE NUMBER OF DEFENDANTS GROWS
        01/21/08
        ...well, potential defendants, that is. I'm sure all of these fair-minded thinkers will quickly realize that it is profoundly and deeply stupid to rely on the "expertise" of two notorious promoters of online neo-Naziism and white supremacy.

        Not.

        Dawg and othe

      • CLINTON AD: SIMPLY AMAZING
        01/21/08
        ...and you know what makes it most amazing? It was done by a kid from Ontario who is still in his teens. When that kid gets out of school, I know quite a few of us would like to talk to him.

        Wow.

      • THE CANADIAN JEWISH CONGRESS ON RICHARD WARMAN
        01/21/08
        My goodness! It's not just that crazy Communist Kinsella anymore! Now one of the most respected and influential voices of the Jewish community is saying that Kate and Kathy, and their army of winged monkeys (© 2007, Dawg), are way, way off base.

        Do you think the Wicked Witches o

      • GOOD MORNING, KATE AND KATHY: MORE ON KLATT AND LEMIRE
        01/21/08
        Right about now, some of your more moderate acolytes - there aren't many, from my vantage point - have been privately urging you to exercise caution in relying upon the "expertise" of Bernard Klatt and Marc Lemire, as you continue your campaign of defamation against anti-Nazi activist

      • AN OPEN APOLOGY TO ALL NEWFOUNDLANDERS (BUT NOT THAT PENNY TWIT, THERE'S ONLY SO FAR I CAN GO)
        01/20/08
        This:

        -----Original Message-----
        From: englishnovember@yahoo.ca
        Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 19:30:53
        To:wkinsella@hotmail.com
        Subject: Use of Newf

        Warren, I have been reading your blog for some time and really enjoy your musings on political matters. I notic

      • MARC LEMIRE AND BERNARD KLATT
        01/20/08
        I understand that a number of haters - two in particular - have gleefully relied upon Messrs. Lemire and Klatt as sources to viciously defame a good man.

        Would you regard two notorious supporters of neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups as "experts" in anything? Of course n

      • NO THOUGHTS FROM THIS PENNY. EVER.
        01/19/08
        Yawn.

        Damian Penny, the far-right Newf lawyer who somehow got through Bar Ads, is upset with me again. The latest: young Penny, who has been obsessively, um, screeching about Yours Truly for years, objects to my views on censorship. That's his latest beef - which, from my perch at t

      • UNREALITY-BASED OPINION-MAKING
        01/19/08
        Oh, for the love of Christ.

        Here we go again. Dalton McGuinty is a "coward," says the newspaper that publishes my freelance opinion pieces, because he won't do what the paper's opinion writer wants him to do. It's a lengthy polemic, full of ad hominem nonsense unw

      • WAITING FOR MR. TOUGH GUY TO SHOW
        01/18/08
        Sent him my address, contact information, and even suggested I would be open to a visit from him all day! Even sent along reminders about his desire to get together. Response? Not a peep! Funny, that.

        I've received a ton - and I mean a ton - of emails and calls about this litt

      • MORE LETTERS AND A CHALLENGE
        01/17/08
        Here, inter alia, is what "polarbear55ca@yahoo.ca," IP address 72.138.246.242, sent along at 5:12 a.m. yesterday:

        I'm so sick of you weak-kneed liberals bending over backwards to appease these racist, sexist scum.

        He's talking about Muslims, in cas

      • SOMEWHAT CREEPY TOM CRUISE VIDEO
        01/17/08
        They pulled it off YouTube, apparently, but here it is.

        Risky business, indeed.

      • AT THE TONY BLAIR SPEECH IN TORONTO
        01/17/08
        ...And he's doing well in front of a huge Bay Street crowd. And he just told a very funny story about being at one of those G8 conferences, where the leaders are all required to wear bizarre outfits for the group photo at the end. At one such conference, Blair said, the shirts in question were

      • ANGER AND ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
        01/17/08
        This one kind of reads like an updated “I want the f**king Indians out of the park,” to me. It makes some valid points, I suppose, but they are obviated by the uncharacteristic anger that permeates the editorial. Anger is well and good for editorial-writers, sitting safely behind a computer scre

      • WE GET LETTERS
        01/17/08
        I'm not saying Ezra and the other "free speech" warriors should be judged by the company they keep. But they should consider some of the support they're getting, perhaps, and why they're getting it.

        Here's a sampling:

        ...


        Name: S

      • I'M GAME IF HE IS
        01/16/08
        ...and Carman's right. I do have a YouTube fixation, lately. It is becoming a problem.

        Hey, did you see this one, from Christie? It isn't YouTube, per se, but it'll have to do.

        (And I'm relieved that young Aussie dude kept those shades on. True

      • DOES THIS MEAN WE GET A MULRONEY CRIMINAL PROBE BY THROWING A PENNY IN A WISHING-WELL, TOO?
        01/16/08
        Can someone please explain to me how this erroneous National Post headline - "OPP to investigate provincial grants for multicultural groups in Ontario" - also became a headline on National Newswatch and Bork Newsbought? (Well, okay, someone probably bought it in the latter case.)

      • WATCH FOR THIS ONE TO GO NUCLEAR
        01/16/08
        ...sorry, but it was the obvious bad joke line.

        Not sure it will end up having a humourous outcome for the principal protagonists, however.

      • ON THE LINE WITH JOSEPH PLANTA'S COMMENTARY
        01/16/08
        Found via here. Joseph's a good egg.

      • CALLING ALL RED-NECKED, MOUTH-BREATHING KNUCKLE-DRAGGERS
        01/15/08
        So, there we were in the Rayman's land barge Tuesday morning, speeding West, and I was reading aloud some of the comments on (yet another) thing about me on the Small Brain-dead Animal's web site. And, um, we were laughing our asses off. Couldn't help it.

        I know, I kno

      • THE BEST SONG OF ALL TIME AS OF THIS DATE IN HISTORY
        01/15/08
        By Nothington. 'Where I Stand' is what should load when you click their MySpace page. It's a life-changer.

        What a tune! Makes you want to swill some skunky ale, knock it all back with a couple Lysol chasers, jump in the back of a '57 Plymouth Belvedere, and then g

      • OH YEAH? WELL, THEN LET THE GOOD DOCTOR TAKE THE FIRST BITE OUT OF THE THREE-HEADED CHICKEN
        01/15/08
        U.S. regulatory body says cloned animals are safe for food (Cloned-Meat)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Jan 15, 2008 13:24

        WASHINGTON _ Meat and milk from cloned animals are as safe as that from their counterparts bred the old-fashioned way, the U.S. Food and Drug Administratio

      • HATE AND THE BLOGOSPHERE
        01/14/08
        A few weeks back, I asked readers if they wanted me to enable comments on this web site. Overwhelmingly, they said no. It'll just attract a bunch of haters, I was told; and, if you are wondering where all the neo-Nazis and white supremacists went, many respondents said, just check out the a

      • EZRA AND ANTI-MUSLIM CARTOONS
        01/14/08
        A couple of conservative bloggers - who claim they favour free speech, but generally only when it comes to defaming minorities - want to know my opinion about Ezra Levant's valiant struggle to defend those infamous anti-Islam cartoons. I've written about Ezra's inconsistent approa

      • DARTH VADER IN LOVE
        01/13/08
        Brilliant. From Christie, of course.

      • JOHN TORY'S FUTURE
        01/13/08
        We agree, here and here.

        We, too, would like him to stick around, for as long as possible!

      • YOUNG HE IS, THEN
        01/13/08
        And, may I say how refreshing it is to find a thoughtful conservative blogger? Man, is that needed, or what?

      • STRUNG OUT AND PROTEST THE HERO AND TALKING VEGETABLES
        01/12/08
        I am at The Docks, having just interviewed Jason of California's Strung Out, one of the finer punk/metal fusion outfits around. Thoughtful guy; rockin' band.

        Whitby's own Protest The Hero, whose lead guy Rody Walker is one of the most truly punk figures in music, is open

      • MICHAEL COREN, ANTI-MUSLIM MONOMANIAC
        01/12/08
        ...and, oh look! He thinks I'm a clown. The feeling is decidedly mutual, pal.

        He didn't feel that way before he lost his mind, however:


        ARTS
        Why we mustn't forget history
        By Michael Coren
        692 words
        19 March 1994
        The Toronto

      • NEW BRUNSWICK TRAGEDY
        01/12/08
        This is so terribly sad. It is hard to think about, much less read.

      • JUST TRYING TO BE HELPFUL TO AN IMPORTANT CABINET MINISTER
        01/12/08
        If the Minister is so terribly concerned, perhaps he can contact his former employer, the arms dealer named Karlheinz Schreiber!

      • WARUN KINSELA'S VIEW
        01/11/08
        I don 't know what's worse - that Famous Hollywood Actor looks like something that was rode real hard and put away wet, or that he can't spell his own name. Hmmm.


      • SECTION 41 IS WHAT WILL HANG HIM, IN THE END
        01/11/08
        Ethically unsound? For sure. Brian Mulroney's dealings with his German arms-dealer friend were always that. Not even the most crazed Conservative partisan could argue that.

        But, for years, no one could ever suggest that Mulroney had broken any laws when he accepted those envelopes

      • AIRBUSTED INQUIRY HEADED THIS WAY
        01/11/08
        If the leaks are right - and it's a well-executed PMO leak strategy, by the way, in both its timing and tonality - then it's pretty much what some of us expected : an inquiry, but unlike the multi-million dollar disgrace that was Gomery, narrowly limited in its scope. It also leaves the

      • MAN BITES DOG, JOURNOS FEED POLITICOS: YAWN
        01/10/08
        I love the newspaper I write for. I frequently disagree with the paper's editorial positions, and they with mine, but we are all friends. They publish me every day online, and less often in the paper version. I am their pet communist.

        They even published me way back when the forme

      • THE WITCHES OF THE EAST AND WEST
        01/10/08
        Down here near Detroit, I am told that Canada's blogging Witches of the East and West - the Small Brain-dead Animal and Five Feet of Frig-All - are upset that I went on Charles Adler's show and said that I support Barack Obama, in part, because he's black.

        It's true.

      • GOTV, TEARS AND MALE JOURNALISTS
        01/10/08
        At the airport, heading South, and I could not help but note that the morning papers are full of weighty "analysis" by male journalists to the effect that Hilary Clinton's New Hampshire moment of on-camera emotion is what won her the primary. So say these fellows - and particularly th

      • PALE, SKINNY INKED-UP COOLSTER LEADS HARDCORE GODS
        01/09/08
        When we were in London in November for the Pistols' 30th anniversary show, the New Musical Express came out with their annual "Cool" list. Surprising pretty much everyone, the top cool position went to Frank Carter, of British hardcore powerhouse Gallows. NME:

        "

      • NADA SURF ISN'T NADA
        01/09/08
        Despite being a geriatric punk - and so shall I be, until the punk rock gods call me home! - I have always nursed a secret affection for pop, power pop and great songwriting.

        Back when we were in the Hot Nasties, we'd wear our biker's jackets, and behave badly, and turn the di

      • NEW HAMPSHIRE ON TWO CHORDS
        01/09/08
        Watching the New Hampshire stuff roll in last night, whilst strumming Wreckless Eric’s 'While Wide World' on the old Washburn, it occurred to me that having heart, passion and a message – which Obama has in abundance, and Clinton decidedly does not – don’t matter as much in a ground wa

      • BITS AND PIECES, THIS AND THAT
        01/08/08
        • I dislike inquiries because, inter alia, they exceed their mandates all the time (cf. Gomery and his unasked-for, biased and partisan "roundtables;" Desbarats' Somalia probe and their repeated demands for extensions and money; Daniel Paillé looking at current federal polling expen

      • FREE SHIT FROM HELL DOWNLOADS HERE!!
        01/06/08



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      • WHAT I THINK CONSERVATIVES THINK (NON-READER'S DIGEST VERSION)
        01/06/08
        I know lots of Tories. Some of them are pretty good friends. Once they are certain that their sexual preferences and other State secrets will not constitute a salacious posting on this web site, they will often let me know what they think.

        Here's what they think: Conservative strat

      • AN ONGOING CORRESPONDENCE
        01/06/08
        Dear God:

        This week's readings, unlike last week's, weren't sexist at all. Thanks, Big Guy.

        Yours faithfully,

        Warren

      • HEAT OR EAT?
        01/04/08
        That's how the headline writer characterized the choice. It fits.

        As you read more and more stories like this one, Canada doesn't seem so much like an "energy superpower" anymore, does it? No. I'll go one further: when lots of Canadian working families have to

      • I WOULD JUST LIKE TO POINT OUT A COUPLE THINGS
        01/03/08
        One, I have owned, and have been wearing, a cool Obama T-shirt since February of last year. (However, I do take it off, every once in a while. I also wash it.)

        Two, the clip below shows you why this guy has excited so many people. (And the second part is here; it's worth a look.)

      • WARREN'S YOU TUBE FIXATION GROWS
        01/02/08
        ...and I blame All Things Christie. It's her fault.

        But this is the work of twisted genius. Of that, there can be no doubt.




      • I LOVE HUMAN TETRIS, DON'T YOU?
        01/02/08
        My two eldest sons, now hanging over my shoulder as I write this, want me to post a YouTube bit of "evil baby laughs." I will not. Because I love Tetris, and no other video game, I will post this instead. Tip of the chapeau to Christie.


      • DOUGLAS H. CHRISTIE
        01/01/08
        ...is a B.C. lawyer with whom I have crossed swords many times; he is written about, at length, in one of my books. Christie is presently counsel to an Ottawa man who has been suing me for libel in a case that has been going on for 12 years. (Yes, I am prepared to fight cases for that long.) Amo

  • 2007
    • December
      • TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2007
        12/31/07
        It is time, O me droogies. Time for the annualized and eminently-forgettable review of the preceding year’s waxings. Dom and Scott, rest easy. The appointed day has come 'round.

        What kind of year was it, musically? Well, not so shit-hot, actually. No revolutions commenced, no l

      • TOP TEN PREDICTIONS REVIEWED AND REMADE
        12/31/07
        Here's last year's attempt, cross-posted to the old Post web site.

        Number one was sort of right - Messrs. Charest and McGuinty did indeed win minorities and majorities, respectively and as predicted. But I was wrong about a federal election. It didn't happen. It wasn

      • THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER
        12/30/07
        Christie is daring me to attend New Year's festivities, where she promises she will uncork a few of her favourite Shatnerisms. I, in turn, have taunted her with the knowledge that my gal Santa gave me the Star Trek original series boxed set(s) at Xmas. That exchange led to me watching, ju

      • THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG
        12/30/07
        Dave Fisher's query has already elicited some responses and links - but no definitive info - here, here, here and here. Later that same year, I note, Jerry had a near-fatal heart attack.

        Maybe Billy Zoom can help us out.

        This is the tune they played on Jerry's s

      • LETTER BOX
        12/30/07
        Two readers write, the first with a response to the posting of a couple days ago - the second asking a question. Who can find the answer?

        ...

        Greetings Mr. Kinsella,

        I’m an avid reader of your blog. I’ve noticed a few recent musings on your part concerning the n

      • AT NINE O'CLOCK MASS THIS MORNING
        12/30/07
        Dear God:

        The second reading today was Paul to the Colossians (3:12-31): "Wives, be subject to your husbands."

        Not many folks I know take the Bible literally. But I'm sorry, that little admonition is just idiotic.

        And, while we are on the subject, why

      • THE ANSWER IS PRESENTLY CHEWING ON MY FOOT
        12/29/07
        For those who have asked, The Top Ten Best Albums of 2007 list is imminent. I have been unavoidably delayed, however, by a small (but getting larger by the minute) mammal now gnawing on one of my limbs.

        Meet Daisy, folks.


      • THE WAR ROOM AND WAR STORIES ON WAR-LIKE RADIO SHOW
        12/29/07
        I'm on about 35 minutes (?) in, after the smart guys. You need that damned RealPlayer thing.

      • THE GREATEST TAUTOLOGY EVER
        12/28/07
        I love this one. An absolute classic.




      • THE WAR ROOM ON CBC RADIO TOMORROW MORNING
        12/28/07
        A regular reminded me about this, with the persipacious Ms. Petty.

      • THE MAINSTREAM WILL ALWAYS BE JUST THAT
        12/28/07
        Back in Toronto, and surveying the media's recounting of yesterday's terrible events in Pakistan, I was reminded - again - of the essential irrelevance of blogs, and web sites like this one.

        When something as a monumental as the assassination of Benazir Bhutto takes place - or

      • MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
        12/24/07
        ...And to all a good night!

        Well, not just yet. Our convoy arrived in the Eastern Townships late last night, after a long and hairy drive. But we made it.

        Merry Christmas to all of you from all of, um, me. I'm not at all certain why you keep visiting this web site, and I&

      • JOE STRUMMER: DECEMBER 22, 2002
        12/22/07
        Joe Strummer passed five years ago today. Because we are doing our food hamper deliveries a bit later than usual, Joe Strummer Night won't be happening. So toast him wherever you are, and watch this if you have a moment. He is missed:


      • THE SOCIAL BLEMISHES
        12/21/07
        Thirty years ago tonight - thirty years ago! - Alberta's first punk band, the Social Blemishes, were getting ready to take to the stage at Bishop Carroll High School. We were roundly booed, we were mocked, but we were hooked. Three decades later, we are still playing, badly.

        La

      • ONE-WORD BLOG POSTS
        12/21/07
        • Justin!
        • Me!
        • Uh-huh.
        • Kudos.
        • Wonderful.


      • JOE STRUMMER: FIVE YEARS TOMORROW
        12/20/07
        ...and I still miss him.


      • I AM A BEACHED FACEBOOK WHALE
        12/20/07
        ...but with only 800 or so, I feel inadequate, now.

        [Hat tip MM.]

      • CONGRATS MESSAGE TO LIZ WINDSOR
        12/20/07
        Congratulations, Your Majesty.

        Today, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest-living British monarch. Being somewhat more than 81 years of age today, as she is, the Queen is now older than was her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, at the time of her death in 1901. Buckingham Pala

      • CHRIS SELLEY, MEGA-MENDACIOUS TWIT?
        12/19/07
        I don't know him, and he really dislikes me. That's the blogosphere, etc. Whatever. I send him my very best wishes in this joyous holiday season.

        And I read him sometimes, I admit. But, even by his usual standards, Chris Selley - who regularly pumps in his column for conse

      • COOLEST EMAIL OF THE YEAR: X'S BILLY ZOOM RESPONDS!
        12/19/07
        Okay, knock me over with a proverbial punk rock feather, as I get all fannish and whatnot: the legendary Billy Zoom of X spotted last night's posting, and wrote! (He's s bit snarky, too, which makes it even better.)

        ...

        Name: Billy Zoom
        IP Address:

      • CHANCES OF A JUDICIAL INQUIRY NOW: ZERO PER CENT, 19 TIMES OUT OF 20
        12/19/07
        Tory support plunges in wake of Mulroney, Bali, isotope controversies: poll (Tories-Poll)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Dec 19, 2007 11:15

        OTTAWA _ A new poll suggests Stephen Harper's Conservatives have lost their big lead over the Liberals, plunging six percentage poi

      • BITS AND PIECES, THIS AND THAT
        12/19/07
        • Joe Strummer Update: having the annual Strummer get-together this Saturday night may be tricky, this year. Who can make it? I may be late, delivering food hampers for families in our neighbourhood, as we do every year.
        • It's like Chretien said: we don't need an inquiry to tel

      • X WERE GOD-LIKE GENIUSES
        12/18/07
        Big Regrets Department: X - John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebreak (greatest drummer name ever). They were the one great punk band I never got a chance to see. If you grew up in the Calgary punk scene, these guys were a big, big deal. I still love 'em.

        And, yes, tha

      • HYPOCRISY AND FREE SPEECH
        12/18/07
        [THIS POSTING WAS ON THE NATIONAL POST'S 'FULL COMMENT' SITE. EZRA SENT ME A GOOD-HUMOURED RESPONSE TO IT - HE DIDN'T LIKE IT, BUT HE DIDN'T SEEM TO OBJECT TO IT. SUBSEQUENTLY, IT WAS TAKEN OFF THE POST SITE BY AN EDITOR FOR BEING TOO PERSONAL. IRONIC, GIVEN THE TITLE OF THE

      • PAM ANDERSON UPDATE
        12/18/07
        Sorry, Flesh. Not this time.

      • SEMI-USEFUL TORONTO-RELATED FACT
        12/17/07
        Today, every single guy in the City of Toronto who is above the age of forty - which, um, in my case, is not by much at all - has a sore back. Every single one.

        And, appropos of nothing, if Pam Anderson is a free agent again, I would be happy to introduce her to my friend Alan "Fl

      • (GI-NORMOUS) THING ABOUT THE WAR ROOM IN THE NEW HILL TIMES
        12/16/07
        Kinsella thrives in war room where stakes are high, speed and nastiness useful

        Liberal war roomer Warren Kinsella talks about his new book, The War Room and how to survive in politics.

        by Kate Malloy

        Warren Kinsella knows how to get under people’s skin. In a w

      • WHERE'S YUKON CORNELIUS WHEN YOU'RE STUCK IN A SNOWBANK?
        12/16/07
        Given how Toronto and area - and the rest of Central and Eastern Canada, from the sounds of it - are under a kabillion feet of snow, this wee clip seemed about right.

        Good luck in your commute in. Go slow. We're still in Canada, remember.


      • FACTS ABOUT SNOW-BOUND TORONTO
        12/16/07
        As forecast, Toronto and environs have been hit with the biggest snowstorm in years. The day is still young, but here is what we have experienced so far:

        • 0 hockey games missed

        • 0 masses missed

        • 0 birthday parties missed

        • 0 complaints heard

      • SMALL, DEAD, BIGOT: UPDATE
        12/16/07
        In an entry today, the Saskatchewan-based extremist Kate McMillan calls Chinese fishermen "assholes" and suggests that it is understandable when they are beaten.

        In the accompanying comments section:

        • "I get to be "tolerate" with some asian gentlemen

      • POLLING, PAULIE AND PAILLE
        12/15/07
        A couple young Liberals I know and like, unrepentant Martinites both, are trumpeting the Paille report as a vindication of the bright and shining Martin era, and the polling practices therein. They say it shows that Paul Martin's goons - to use Jean Chrétien's phrase - did no wrong, that

      • PEOPLE ASK ME
        12/14/07
        People ask me: "Warren, why do you dig QOTSA so much?" And: "Dude, why is their 'Sick Sick Sick' the ringtone on your cell phone?"

        Because they are geniuses.

        And because they are geniuses. Really:



      • A PICTURE IS WORTH MANY WORDS
        12/14/07
        ...and, as my friend Rusty Baird may discover to his chagrin, lots and lots of votes, too.


      • THIS MORNING'S BOTTOM LINE: HE'S STILL LYIN' BRIAN
        12/14/07
        This is just a quick summary. Looking at it, I’d venture to say the Baie Comeau Bullshitter didn’t do so well yesterday:

        • Andrew Coyne - Does Mulroney take us for fools?... So, after all this time -- four years since it became public knowledge that he took cash payments from Karlheinz

      • THE ENEMY OF BOTH MY ENEMIES HELPS IN A TIGHT THREE-WAY RACE
        12/13/07
        Tweedledum, tweedledee.

        With this sort of stuff, and other stuff: the beneficiary will be the NDP. Just watch.



      • HE "DISPOSED" OF RECORDS RELATING TO THE CENTRAL ISSUE. HOW VERY HANDY!
        12/13/07
        From the CBC main story, the latest on the Right Honourable He Must Think We Are All Really Dumb, P.C., M.P.:

        ...

        When asked why he accepted cash from Schreiber during those meetings in hotel rooms, Mulroney said Schreiber told him he was an international businessman who only

      • LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, I HAVE TO WORK
        12/13/07
        ...So I don't have time to watch this performance.

        But, seeing as how no one has ever given me, or anyone else I know, $300,000 in cash, let me ask this:

        What "expenses" would necessitate $300,000 in advance? Was he travelling to the moon and back, on a gold-pla

      • BY THE WAY
        12/13/07
        The Paille Report is apparently coming out today. Odd timing, that.

        (Hat tip to the sharp-eyed Wells.)

      • INTER ALIA, TODAY WE'LL REMEMBER WHY WE KICKED HIM OUT
        12/13/07
        There will be apologies aplenty: apologies to his mother, his father, his wife and children, his dog, the people of Canada, his cabinet collegues, their maids, and the guy who holds the door for him at at the Ritz-Carlton. There will be glossy, unctuous, focus-grouped talking points designed to giv

      • A NATION ASKS: HOW DOES ONE GET MARTIN LEVIN'S ATTENTION?
        12/12/07
        Martin Levin is the Globe and Mail's books editor. He's apparently a popular and respected guy, but people trying to get free space in his newspaper can be expected to call him "popular" and "respected," right? Right.

        Anyway, I am told that he or someone

      • HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
        12/12/07
        ...I was told yesterday this might be coming. But that does not make it any less wonderful.

        ...

        Schreiber more believable than Mulroney, poll suggests, but neither credible (Mulroney-Schreiber-Po)
        Source: The Canadian Press
        Dec 12, 2007 17:07

        By Br

      • AIRBUSTED AT TORONTO CITY CENTRE AIRPORT
        12/12/07
        When one flies in and out of Toronto’s Island Airport, on the terrific Porter Air, one runs into all kinds of interesting people. That’s particularly so on the Ottawa-Toronto route. The Bombardier plane is often packed with Members of Parliament, bureaucrats, and big-wheel journalists.

      • TOP POP VIDEO OF 2007
        12/11/07
        Jarvis Cocker, formerly of Pulp, shows us all how to take a middling tune and make it the best video of 2007, hands down.

        Don't try this at home, kids.




      • HAPPENING CRYPTIC POST
        12/11/07
        The meeting that brought me to Ottawa didn't happen. But what I wanted to happen is happening - for three glorious weeks in September. I've been waiting a decade for this.

        Ottawa is lovely in September, don't you think?

      • OH, AND BEFORE I LEAVE FOR OTTAWA
        12/11/07
        I gave a speech this morning to the Firefighters' OPFFA leadership. There was a young fellow speaking just before me.

        I took his picture with my Daisy colleagues Emily and Katherine, because they said they'd kill me if (a) I did and (b) I put it on the web site.

        Ooop

      • CONRAD BLACK, WE HARDLY KNEW YOU
        12/11/07
        Quite a few years back, Conrad Black accepted an invitation to speak to a group at Toronto's National Club about the newspaper he planned to publish, which (rumour had it) was going to be called the National Post. I was there that night.

        The meeting of The Club With No Name, as it w

      • ON THE WAY TO OTTAWA TUESDAY MORNING
        12/10/07
        ...after giving a speech to Ontario firefighters.

        Before I do, I wanted to say - as a one-time federal Liberal candidate and staffer - that I simply do not believe these allegations being made against John Baird. At all.

        I know John, and know him to be a partisan and a ferv

      • THE BEST QUOTE OF 2007
        12/10/07
        Read it to the end, it's well worth it. One of the people you hope you meet in your life - or at least I do.

      • SMALL, DEAD, BIGOT.
        12/10/07
        The Small Dead Animal continues her campaign against anti-Nazi crusader Richard Warman. She does that, this morning, by promoting Paul Fromm, the disgraced school teacher who achieved notoriety after participating in pro-Nazi rallies.

        Will she now condemn those who lead Nazi rallies, a

      • BIG TOBACCO GETS HIT AGAIN
        12/10/07
        This is terrific news, for all but Big Tobacco lobbyists. (And, hopefully, CBC Radio will correct the erroneous broadcast they made last Thursday, in which they stated that the Premier opposed such a move.)

        ...

        Smoking in cars with kids is 'reprehensible,' provi

      • LORD BLACK OF THE LONG BAR HOTEL
        12/10/07
        David Olive, whom I have never met - but who I consider to be one of the finest writers in Canadian newspapers - has an uncharacteristically weird thing about "libel chill" in today's Star.

        Having been sued by neo-Nazis, white supremacists and others many times, I do not

      • A QUESTION WORTH ASKING, AND WORTH ANSWERING
        12/10/07
        Because, perhaps, mainly-black men getting murdered in North Toronto meets with the same indifference that attends the murders of mainly-aboriginal women in Vancouver's downtown Eastside.

      • FROM TODAY'S HILL TIMES
        12/10/07
        The Hill Times, virtually alone among Canadian media, gets it. From their page one story today about Airbusted:

        "Section 41 of the Parliament of Canada Act prohibits members of Parliament from receiving any compensation from individuals in return for influencing or attempting to

      • LOOK WHO CAME TO THE XMAS PARTY
        12/09/07
        Sunday night, somewhere in the deepest Beaches. A good time was had by all.




      • TODAY AT THE EATON CENTRE
        12/08/07
        We were there for breakfast with Santa, a yearly tradition, so we missed my former boss next door. When he walked in, I am reliably told, he got a standing ovation. And some PDA, too, apparently.

        I can't recall this happening to Mr. Mulroney on his recent book tour, do you?
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      • HYPOCRISY DOES NOT BEGIN TO DESCRIBE IT
        12/08/07
        The latest from Norman Spector, who would like us to forget that he became Canada's most powerful Big Tobacco lobbyist, shortly after he left the public service:

        ...

        "...at the end of the Mulroney era, Canada was rated the 5th least corrupt country in the world, a

      • I ALSO PREDICT NORM SPECTOR WILL MAKE A CAPTIVATING WITNESS
        12/07/07
        My friend Paul at Canada's best and most honest news aggregator, National Newswatch, has reminded me it is unseemly to boast about one's soothsaying powers. Or that some of us predicted this would happen, mere hours ago.

        So we won't, um, do those things.

        Now,

      • AH, THE GOOD OLD DAYS
        12/07/07
        I miss the campaign. Sigh.

        This one was my favourite.

      • LIBERALS EXONERATED!!
        12/07/07
        Some months ago, Liberal Niagara Falls candidate, Facebook friend and SFH fan (go figure) Jim Curran was arrested. For months, he kept positive, he kept cool. This week - after a long ordeal for Jim and his family - he won. The Crown withdrew the charges against him.

        My new book is ab

      • AND ANOTHER THING
        12/07/07
        Anyone who thinks the Muldoon-Schreiber Airbusted™ Scandal isn't muddying the Conservative brand is on crack. If you get your news from Bourque Newsbought - with purchased headlines like "CANADIANS TUNE OUT SCHREIBER" highlighted - sure, you might believe that everything is tickety-b

      • YOUR DAILY AIRBUSTED
        12/07/07
        This is unfair. These two miss the point, I think. This is pretty unsurprising, considering the paper's well-documented antipathy to this story.

        With the greatest of respect, as lawyers are wont to say, some of you folks North of the Queensway need to give your head a shake.<

      • THE RESULTS SO FAR
        12/07/07
        I can tell you that the response on "yes to comments/no to comments" has been unanimous - with one, one-word exception - so far.

        No one wants it.

        A sampling:

        Scott Searle: I say leave the comments out, most people are stupid. I read your website because

      • TIME TO VOTE, WWW.WARRENKINSELLA.COM READERS
        12/06/07
        Here's what I posted about comments in the old version of this web site:

        ...

        [This web site] doesn’t have a comments section: Warren doesn’t have a comments section – like Paul Wells, like Adam Radwanski and plenty of smarter other folks don’t – not because he doesn’t v

      • ONE CONSERVATIVE AND IRAQ
        12/06/07
        Clinton is a regular correspondent, and has rethought his Iraq view. Here's his blog.

      • BITS AND PIECES, THIS AND THAT
        12/06/07
        • Sue, win, then donate the money to some BC women’s shelters.
        • If Mr. Mulroney was still in public office, he could declare these press releases as an election expense!
        • Travesty sure didn’t mind it when a certain outside firm was doing it for Paul Martin!
        • “Kick ass.”

      • UPDATE ON THE "SCANTILY CLAD" SCANDAL
        12/05/07
        Knowing the MP in question a little bit, the allegation struck me as bullshit. Not others, apparently.

        Turns out it was:

        ...

        Tory MP falsely accused of viewing soft porn in Parliament amid duel for female votes (Politics-Women)
        Source: The Canadian Pr

      • A GREAT IDEA, AND BI-PARTISAN TOO
        12/05/07
        Minister David Dingwall, assisted by his Exceutive Assistant - whatsisname - did the same thing in Ottawa, about 12 years ago. It was a hit right from the start.

        ...

        Ont. politicians pushing for shorter hours, more family friendly legislature (Legislature-Family-Fr)
      • SIGH.
        12/05/07
        Why - in a week when damning revelations are tumbling out about a big scandal involving a former Prime Minister, where a sitting Premier admits to receiving thousands in improper campaign contributions, where census data is making clear that the nation is profoundly changing, where all kinds of ot

      • SCHREIBER-MULRONEY SCANDAL UPDATE
        12/05/07
        Contrary to what some pundits are telling us in the morning papers, I do not feel that Brian Mulroney had a particularly "good day" yesterday. I'm willing to bet he feels that way, too.

        Herr Schreiber insists that did not pay Mr. Mulroney bribes in respect of the purch

      • TORONTO CALLING
        12/05/07
        Those of you who do not live in the Toronto area, or do not follow the CFL, may not know who Pinball Clemons is. But you should. In these parts, when you say "pinball," people don't think just about the arcade game.

        Joe's piece in today's Sun is as enthusiasti

      • GREATEST EVER TUNE OF THE MOMENT
        12/04/07
        When we were in London to see the Pistols play, last month, this tune was everywhere we went. It's a great one, in an Arctic-Monkeys-Franz-Ferdinand-Futureheads-Hot-Hot-Heat manic-and-herky-jerky kind of way.

        I therefore give you, gratis, The Wombats' Let's Dance To Jo

      • FOR THOSE OF YOU WAITING TO SEE THE SCHREIBER CIRCUS...
        12/04/07
        ...you tuned in on CBC Newsworld and saw Norman "Norm" Spector instead. Fulminating about lobbyists.

        Hmmm. Now, what was it that Norm did, before he started doing whatever it is that he does now?

        It'll come to me in a moment.

      • ON WHY WE SUPPORT THE GUY
        12/04/07
        Just before the Ontario election, a couple Tory friends asked me why Dalton McGuinty made the "Highway to Heroes" decision without doing a big, flashy accompanying announcement. I told them that he just believes in it, and he believes in support for our military. And it was yet another r

      • JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
        12/04/07
        ... the knives come out, to carve up the holiday bird and other things.

        Will it work? Who knows. Who cares.

      • THIS INTERNET THING SURE IS HANDY, ISN'T IT?
        12/04/07
        Feel free to quote this, NDP caucus members, at today's Barnum, Bailey and Schreiber get-together: from the archives of the World Wide Weeb - Brian Mulroney's new PR man!

        ...

        "The issue of patronage and ethical conduct, [is] a long-time Mulroney vulnerability.

      • HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED
        12/03/07
        Ouch.

        And I like this one!

      • OH, AND BY THE WAY
        12/03/07
        Frank magazine appears to have had the Muldoon Mouthpiece™ story first, by the way.

        And, in a related development, our friend Dan Cook has a good one over at the Globe. To be helpful, I propose the Gazette re-brand L. Ian's scribblings in their pages "The Official Daily Pre

      • AND IN OTHER NEWS, HEATHER MILLS HAS APPARENTLY RETAINED THE SERVICES OF G. GORDON LIDDY
        12/03/07
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      • DRIVING, EARLY, THROUGH THE FIRST BIG SNOWFALL TO HOCKEY
        12/02/07
        Six-year-old and seven-year-old talking in the back of the van, as we negotiate uncleared Toronto streets to the rink. (And, no, the mayor hasn't called in the army yet. But the day is still young.)

        [Six-year-old has just gotten yet another cast removed. Tobogganing is being consider

      • SNAKE RIVER CANYON, HERE WE COME
        12/01/07
        When I was a kid - when we were all kids - we wanted to be this guy. So we drove our banana-seated, tricked-out bikes over plywood ramps, straight into the side of Dad's car. Those were the days.

        And this was the guy. What a star he was!



    • November
      • QUIT WHILE YOU ARE STILL BEHIND
        11/03/07
        "Dangerous" for Brian Mulroney, more like.

        The Opposition and the media should call the bluff. Don't ask for a judicial inquiry. Simply ask for a special prosecutor probe - a special prosecutor, after all, was a recent Tory promise. Then hope like Hell the government contin

      • ADVICE FOR THE BULLIED
        11/02/07
        Don't back down, Mr. Thibault. Don't be pushed around. They've been pulling this stunt for years and I know a lot of reporters - a lot - who are eager to deliver some payback.

        Meanwhile, the government continues to defend the "reputation" of the guy who received c

      • SHE WAS THERE WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED
        11/02/07
        What a stunner. She changed rock'n'roll. Shocking.

      • GRATUITOUS CLOCKWORK ORANGE REFERENCE
        11/01/07
        Damn straight. Time to grow some yarbles, gang.