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"...[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


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. That's not just bad journalism. It's actually insane.

Lapierre notwithstanding, I think the Grits should pull the plug for an election now. If they run a solid campaign, they have as much of a shot at a minority as the Tories. That's a fact.

Now, regular reader Helen was one of a few Libs who sent me the CTV link, adding: "Perhaps, one of Chretien's friends should run the war room!" Yikes!

Well, that's very flattering, Helen. And, now that I've resigned my freelance columnist gig with the National Post, one of two obstacles to federal Grit war room fun is removed. But the other one won't be resolved anytime soon - or at least until September.

Anyway, like I say: consider the source. Jean Lapierre may know many things. But knowing what Jean Chretien and Jean Pelletier think ain't one of them.

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"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 these tough-talking Canadian conservatives over to Denmark, shall we? It'll be an adventure! We'll send them right into action, on a busy intersection in one of the afflicted parts of Copenhagen. We can get National Post contributor Kathy Shaidle to tell them their children are "parasites" - and fellow Post contributor "Kate Hate" MacMillan can tell them how they are "Muslim shit-heads." Former Postie Mark Steyn can then scream at them to stop making babies, because they are destroying European culture - and then Post opinion editor Jon Kay can tell them their brains are full of "toxins," and they should all just accept their prophet being depicted as a terrorist, because it's a valuable contribution to the marketplace of ideas.

That's my suggestion. If anyone else has a better idea, they can ring me down at the travel agent, where I'll be picking up four one-way tickets to Denmark.

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...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.

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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.

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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
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.

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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?

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I won’t be posting anything today. Happy birthday, Dad.
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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: (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)
Email: peebucket@shaw.ca


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.

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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 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.)
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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.

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Check this out. What a joke.

Certainly doesn't suggest the Alberta Conservatives are feeling very confident about their chances, though, does it?

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Sons of Avarice, by American Steel.

Why is it the best punk rock on Earth comes from California?
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Just at Starbucks, and saw that they are selling a Nirvana disc. Nirvana. At Starbucks.

God in Heaven, save me from this life.

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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.

Trent Lalonde

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