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.
"...[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 National Post
- Tom Flanagan, The Literary Review of Canada
- The Hill Times
- The Winnipeg Free Press
- John Moore, CFRB
- John Oakley, AM640
- John Wright, Ipsos, CFRB
- Charles Adler, Adler Online
- Tommy Schnurmacher, CJAD
- Ken Rockburn, CPAC
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.
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.
Another day, another threat, this one from Georgia. Bad words excised.
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 04:30:10
Subject: A COMMENT
Eat s**t, you stupid f****r. I too wish ******** like you were swinging from the trees. Make me king for a day, you'll be well advised to lay low. F**k you.
Why do I keep posting these threats from anonymous lunatics? Why keep drawing attention to the fact that the other side mocks the Holocaust, or calls Muslim children "parasites," or just generally adopts the lexicon of National Socialism?
To make a point. To underscore the fact that this hateful minority are interested in "free speech" (or its predecessor, "eliminating political correctness") only insofar as it gives them a licence to defame and intimidate those they hate. And they hate lots of people. That is their real objective, in my view.
Some of the brighter far-right bloggers are starting to clue in to the fact that the continual expressions of hate - all of it emanating froom their online demi-monde - is not helpful in attracting broad-based support in the outside world. One of them, who names herself after a comic book character, despaired this week that it all is getting so "ugly."
Exactly. Of course it is. That's what happens when anything goes, when there are no limits whatsoever, and when words are used to incite hatred. Eventually - as with some radio broadcasts somewhere in Rwanda or Kenya, say - a small number of bad people get impatient with talking, and they start doing. And then people get really hurt.
So keep the threats and bile coming. Knock yourself out. In your words, and in your imagery, you damn yourselves better than I ever could.
And, in so doing, you make clear that you are all about hate, and not at all about debate.
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 on the Internet for any who wish to see them. The reprinting seem aimed more at forcing people who are deeply unhappy about the cartoons, and who would not seek them out, to be faced with them again. This is hurtful to many in the Muslim community, and can create ill-will between Muslims and non-Muslims.”
• Tale of the tape: according to InfoScape Lab, Catherine “Kate Hate” MacMillan’s post in which she mocked the suffering of victims of the Holocaust – to get at me – was the most-read blog post of the week. Mine, which drew attention to her sick joke, was next. After that, one of the leading far-right voices around, he-who-shall-not-be-named, sort-of distancing that crew from her decision to make light of the Holocaust (the next one, by the same guy, saying disgusting things about the Muslim leader referred to in bullet one). Then, in fifth spot, my post about the Post, and leaving same due to – inter alia – Jon Kay’s determination to mock human rights, even when his employer has worked diligently and nobly, for years, to establish a human rights museum.
• There’s a crazy blogger out there who calls me a liar all the time, and apparently wants me to sue him. (I think he’s lonely.) If he really, really wants me to, I will, I suppose. Problem is, he’s what lawyers call an impecunious litigant. He needs to pay back that $800, right now, and then I and a whole lot of other people will sue him until the proverbial cows come home, and then he can feel like someone is finally paying some attention to him. But not a minute before! Now, go get a job, like you always tell Muslims to do, you bum!
• As you may have seen, there's a lunatic in Fort McMurray, Alta. who wants to string me up from a lamppost and run a bayonet through me, or something like that. (Get in line, pal.) Lots of people helped to provide information about the guy, and all of that has been passed along to the guys in the red serge jackets. Stay tuned.
• Mark Steyn is what one fan called the author of the newest Learned Protocols, albeit with a new protagonist. Sounds about right. Personally, I think that's a bit mean. I think of Mark as a porcine Charleton Heston, alarmed at all these dusky-hued people making babies, and hollering at the end of every column: "Soylent Green is White, Anglo Saxon Protestant peoplllllllle!" My God, the horror, the horror.
• Judge us by our friends, perhaps, but also by our enemies, as I always like to say. Forced sterilization of undesirables? May sound like a solution to some of you, sure, but not me. When you think it through, you understand why it isn't really necessary.
• Hey, Doug: if it’s so very terrible (see the last line), we’ll all help you pack, okay? You and Kate can hitch down to Mark’s spread in New Hampshire. What say?
I won’t be posting anything today. Happy birthday, Dad.
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: 22.214.171.124 (S0106001478a2a609.fm.shawcable.net)
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0; SLCC1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; Media Center PC 5.0; .NET CLR 3.0.04506; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)
Subject: THE NATIONAL POST: GETTING A FEW THINGS OFF MY CHEST
On Thursday, February 14, 2008, 07:02 PM, Rusty P. Bucket wrote:
Warren, guys like you gotta stop humping your keyboards and posing as our moral saviours. Most of us are sick of the self righteous politically correct bullshit and the fellas like you that inflict it on us. You're damned lucky your corpse isn't hanging from a lamp post and being used for bayonet practice, and that's a fact.
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 Chretien. When you post puerile horseshit, however, you directly link it back to the guy paying the shot. Anyway, keep it coming: someone's going to subpoena you, soon enough.)
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, because he is declining to summarily gut the Human Rights Act ): Twelve. Number defending human rights: Zero.
2. ...which, when you think about it, is rather odd. Perhaps Jon Kay can write a column attacking the idea of a human rights museum in Winnipeg, now. In fact, I dare him.
3. Are the Aspers - who may or may not be visiting this web site - aware that the aforementioned editor is taking submissions from a racist who mocks the Holocaust and calls for genocide in Africa? (Which the Post's comment editor permits her to call, scare quotes theirs, "that continent-wide parade of dysfunction known as 'Africa'.")
4. And, seeing as how we are getting candid and all that, here is yesterday's National Post contributor, Kathy Shaidle*, referring to children - even showing their photograph - as "parasites." Like the Nazis used to do with the Jews.
Damn, that felt good. Part of my Lenten duty to expiate my sins, you might say.
*UPDATE: This afternoon, Shaidle posted a "cartoon" of the burning Twin Towers, bodies falling out, under the headline: "I Hope You Die In An Ocean Of Flaming Jet Fuel." Words fail.
Check this out. What a joke.
Certainly doesn't suggest the Alberta Conservatives are feeling very confident about their chances, though, does it?
Just at Starbucks, and saw that they are selling a Nirvana disc. Nirvana. At Starbucks.
God in Heaven, save me from this life.
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 that.
Warren: Keep shining the light on darkness...Above all, I respect your willingness to continually stand up to those cowards propagating hate in this country. In my articling work, I've been asked to read the printed ravings of online hate chat groups. It goes without saying that I will long remember what I read that afternoon. The extent to which these "people" go to make their shallow and insignificant lives have the illusion of greater importance is beyond reproach. That individuals such as yourself, and Richard Warman, continually put your personal and family life at risk in the interest of shining a light on these thugs is truly public service of the highest order.
A few years ago, I was at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal for a routine screening. I started a conversation with an elderly gentleman sitting next to me, and suddenly noticed a small, blue tattoo on his forearm. The almost "casual" nature of our encounter, 60 years later, and a continent away, is just one reminder of the incredible scope of that horrible event.
Keep up the fight. Canadians are standing with you.
John [Name Withheld]
Have you public condemned Tommy Douglas? The man was the biggest racist this country has even known and thanks to a concerted effort by the CCF/NDP he has been made into a folk hero, to some. His M.A. thesis should be enough to condemn him, but if you need more, look into his very open support of the KKK in the 1930's. He even had Daniel C. Grant, a known KKK grand wizard, as his campaign manager in 1935. And yes, he did know that he was a grand wizard at the time.
If that still isn't enough, look into his correspondence regarding the Japanese during WWII. Not even Walter Stewart could swallow that racist and bigoted garbage. Instead he chose to leave it out of his book 'The Life and Political Times of Tommy Douglas'. Not a bad book, if you get the chance to read it.
For even more exposure to T.C.'s racism you may want to study his treatment of the First Nations people here in Saskatchewan. At one point a fellow Baptist Minister was asked by his wife's family to drive Tommy around the Red Pheasant reserve during an election. The man became so upset with Tommy's racist comments about the First Nation's people that he kicked Tommy out of his car. Not exactly what you would expect to happen between two men of the cloth.
You claim that you are against bigotry and racism, regardless of politics or any other mitigating factors, here is your chance to prove it. I truly hope you are sincere.
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 remake of party
'We don't need a nanny state,' Randy Hillier says before convention
Lee Greenberg, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2008
TORONTO - A large block of rural delegates will attend an Ontario Progressive Conservative convention in just more than a week, says the group's co-founder, Randy Hillier, a move that adds intrigue to a showdown between party leader John Tory and his detractors.
Members of the Ontario Landowners Association, a libertarian group that rails against excessive government interference, will assert their agenda by involving themselves in the party's policy process, says president Jack MacLaren.
At a minimum, the group will challenge Mr. Tory's moderate remake of the party. "I think the party has to come out and define itself as a Conservative alternative to the Liberals," said Mr. Hillier.
"We have to try not to be someone else. This comes down to respecting the freedoms and responsibilities of individuals to a greater degree. We don't need a nanny state over our shoulders," said Mr. Hillier.
But the group's unanticipated presence at the London convention adds another intriguing layer to the event. It is unknown how landowners association delegates will affect a key vote on the future of Mr. Tory.
Neither Mr. Hillier, now a Conservative MPP, nor Mr. MacLaren would publicly back Mr. Tory when asked yesterday.
"I'm not in a position to support or not support (Mr. Tory)," Mr. Hillier, who still wields significant influence in the organization, said in an interview. "I'm not taking a position right at the moment."
Mr. MacLaren said he would wait to hear what Mr. Tory says in his address to party delegates at the Feb. 22-24 London convention.
Mr. Hillier pegs the number of the group's delegates travelling to London as high as 200, or one-fifth of the estimated 1,000 voters expected.
Mr. MacLaren puts the number closer to 100. People close to Mr. Tory predict the number will be much smaller than that.
Mr. Tory downplayed the influence the Ontario Landowners Association would have at the convention.
"They have a number of delegates from some constituencies in Eastern Ontario, but I would not describe it as a large block," he said, adding: "I'm delighted that people from all sorts of advocacy groups and all points on the spectrum are coming to this meeting."
Mr. Tory has been rallying support for the leadership review since leading the party to defeat at the polls in October. The Toronto-born corporate lawyer failed to win a seat in that election while increasing his party's presence in the 107-seat legislature by only one seat.
Mr. Tory has taken responsibility for his ill-fated plan to fund religious schools, as well as organizational issues that plagued the campaign. He is asking for a second chance.
But in Eastern Ontario, where the landowners association was formed, memories of the failed campaign still burn strong.
"We thought the Conservatives had an opportunity to lambaste the Liberals and (Premier Dalton) McGuinty for all the bad things they had done," said Mr. MacLaren, who, along with 13 other landowner representatives, met with Mr. Tory about 10 days ago. "And he missed that opportunity, so we gave him a blast. He wasn't very happy about that."
The faith-based schools policy was so unpopular in Mr. Hillier's riding of Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington, in fact, that supporters removed "A John Tory Candidate" from Hillier signs in an attempt to disassociate the campaign from the party's message.
Mr. MacLaren says landowner groups are now looking to secure several specific policy planks in the party's platform. They include legally enshrined property rights, which would make it more difficult for the government to dictate terms of land use, as well as a pledge to grant municipalities the right to de-amalgamate.
The group is happy with a pledge to further enshrine property rights as well as another commitment to reduce government regulation by 25 per cent, Mr. MacLaren said. He is waiting for a commitment on de-amalgamation.
In the meantime, Mr. Tory has pledged to "fight like hell" in the face of two dissident campaigns working to unseat him in the Feb. 23 vote. Tory backers predict those campaigns, which have neglected to field an alternative candidate, will fail.
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 fun and funny guide, for future business planning. H/T.]