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Warren Kinsella - I ONLY HAVE ONE QUESTION...

"...[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


...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 solemn Lenten observance.


URGENT FedBudget Liberals, (URGENT-FedBudget-Liberal)
Source: The Canadian Press
Feb 26, 2008 16:38

OTTAWA - Stephane Dion says his Liberals will not force an election over the federal budget.

The Liberal leader's decision virtually guarantees there will be no early spring election.

Two other possible election triggers remain - a confidence vote next month on extension of the military mission in Afghanistan and an omnibus crime bill that has yet to be passed by the Liberal-dominated Senate.

However, the Liberals and Tories have reached a consensus on a motion to extend the Afghan mission to 2011, defusing its potential for toppling the minority Conservative government.

And Liberal senators are expediting the crime bill, which is expected to pass by the end of the week, beating Prime Minister Stephen Harper's March 1 deadline.

(The Canadian Press)


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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 ending up where you want it to go.

Sorry, gang. Hope to have an answer soon.

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How come, when I approve a bunch of comments, and hold back one, none get posted?

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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 folks wanted comments. All but two respondents - out of about 50 - said no. That's a majority, in my books.

Despite that, we'll give this comments stuff a whirl - mainly because I am curious to see if civil, intelligent chat rooms are possible (I don't think they are). To help that along, the comments will be moderated.

(At this stage, the main problem I forsee is that the moderation stuff will effectively eliminate the two hours of the day in which I have to sleep. Four kids, busy firm, blah blah blah. Moderating comments is not one of things I want to do when I grow up, believe me.)

So here's some basic ground rules.

• No defamation, no swear words. Use either, the comment won’t appear.
• Want to make a comment anonymously? Send an email through ‘Comments’, here. Anonymous crap won’t be posted.
• Let’s all show we can be more thoughtful than the red-necked, mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers, shall we?

So there ya go. Comments are here. Play nice, or we'll kick you out of the club, okay?

[UPDATE: Already, problems - self-induced. I approved a pile of comments and - whoosh! - they disappeared. Does anyone know if they get saved somewhere, or something? Je ne comprends pas .]

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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 'The Crying of Lot 49' by Thomas Pynchon.

3. I was threatened with arrest for causing a riot at the Calgary Stampede in July 1980.

4. I want to be buried in my 1974 VW Super Beetle, whilst Against Me plays 'Pints of Guinness Make You Strong.'

5. I gave up hooch for Lent. No DTs. I am now full-on Straight Edge.

6. I do not fear death nearly as much as I fear the possibility that this is all there is.

Now I tag:

· Maudlin
· Coop
· Dawg
· Bourrie
· Bow
· Christie
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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:


And, then, just for good measure she said it again:


Something along those lines.

I only mention this in the fervent hope that it will cause apoplexy in the Hate Blogs©, and cause a few of them - particularly the one who juices her stats with the same crypto (and not-so-crypto) Nazis coming back, over and over, to spew bile about blacks, Muslims, gays and native people in the comments section - to have a coronary.

I know that isn't particularly Christian of me, but that's how I got to HAVE A HUGELY POPULAR POLITICAL BLOG THAT IS THE MOST POPULAR BLOG IN CANADA.

And, probably, in the whole universe, too.

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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!)

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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.
Murray’s killer line: “There are two things to be said about this exceedingly odd turn of events. The first is that politics is filled with grey areas that require quick responses. Mr. Tory campaigned on the slogan "leadership matters" but apparently it doesn't matter so much on questions of leadership. The second is that we can be glad he isn't a NORAD commander.“ Ouch.
A terrific appointment - kudos. And not exactly a signal that we are about to become one of the few Western democracies without a human rights body, is it?
Dan Cook poll roundup: call me crazy, and plenty do, but why have an election if you’re not going to win what you need?
Steyn and KKKate’s latest convert to their cause. [ UPDATE: I'm not the only one who feels this way, seems.]
• In a break from the years-long string of Pixar blockbusters we see, repeatedly, my gal and I saw ‘No Country For Old Men’ on the weekend. I want that Bardem guy to work in our next war room!

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...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
Parliamentary Bureau
374 words
11 April 2000
The Globe and Mail

Ottawa -- Former senator Ron Ghitter has won an apology and undisclosed payment from Canadian Alliance MP Rob Anders and Ezra Levant, a former senior adviser to Preston Manning, for defamation...

Mr. Anders and Mr. Levant, an ex-Reform Party aide and former editorial writer for the National Post, issued an apology to Mr. Ghitter yesterday for making false and defamatory statements about him...

The Calgary West MP said the settlement -- which included a donation to two charities and payment of Mr. Ghitter's legal costs -- cost less than what the trial costs would be.

"Lawsuits are often a balancing of pride versus economics. And so we swallowed a little bit of pride in order to be able to get a resignation and also be able to scrutinize the Senate," he said.

In September of 1998, Mr. Levant penned a fundraising letter, signed by Mr. Anders and circulated to 31,000 Albertans, which accused Mr. Ghitter of being lazy and un-Albertan.

Mr. Ghitter demanded an apology and when the two refused, launched a defamation suit. Yesterday, with the suit scheduled to go to trial, Mr. Anders and Mr. Levant recanted.


Alliance drops Silcoff crusade: 'There will be no complaint' as party has no evidence
Sheldon Alberts
National Post
863 words
4 May 2001
National Post
A01 / Front
(c) National Post 2001. All Rights Reserved.

OTTAWA - Stockwell Day has withdrawn allegations of conflict of interest against a Quebec judge who authorized a raid on the home of the former president of the Business Development Bank of Canada.

One week after Alliance officials declared they would file a complaint with the Canadian Judicial Council against Quebec Superior Court Justice Joel Silcoff, Mr. Day's leadership team admits they have no evidence to support their claim.

"There will be no complaint. The judge is an honourable person. There will be no further action taken at all," said John Reynolds, Alliance House leader.

The decision comes amid the threat of a lawsuit against Mr. Day by Justice Silcoff, who still wants an apology.

"I would hope that an apology would be forthcoming," said Yves Fortier, Judge Silcoff's lawyer. "It's clear from that statement by Mr. Reynolds that the leader did not have the facts which justified his statement. I can only conclude that the statement was an irresponsible one."

Mr. Day last month challenged Judge Silcoff's impartiality after he signed a supplementary order on the means in which an April 7 seizure of documents at the home of Francois Beaudoin, a former BDC president, could proceed.

Mr. Beaudoin's home was raided so police could search for documents related to the bank's approval of a loan to a businessman in Jean Chretien's riding.

Mr. Day held a news conference in Kelowna on April 9 and said it was improper for Judge Silcoff to consider the BDC raid request as he had been, until recently, a partner in the law firm that represented 161341 Canada Inc., owner of the Grand-Mere Golf Club.

Mr. Day said the judge should have recused himself and that his action "raises very serious questions about the [judge's] impartiality.

"It is very interesting, to say the very least, and very hard to understand, that this judge did not excuse himself from the case because of this -- what appears to be -- this very clear conflict," Mr. Day said at the time.

Ezra Levant, Mr. Day's director of communications, initially echoed the leader's allegations against Judge Silcoff, saying the case involved "possibly even the corruption of the judiciary."

But after spending $5,000 to hire a lawyer to determine whether Mr. Day's complaints had enough merit to launch an official complaint, Mr. Reynolds said the Alliance now accepts Judge Silcoff's word that he had no knowledge of his former firm's involvement.

Mr. Day did not speak to Judge Silcoff before making his initial allegation.

"Now we have gone about getting the answer in a proper manner, and I am very pleased there was no conflict and even now there is no perceived conflict," Mr. Reynolds said...

See related column "When a leader becomes repugnant" by Andrew Coyne on page A15.


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Sent by a reader at 22 Minutes. Brilliant.

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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 almost 25 years to the day after former prime minister Joe Clark won an almost identical result at his review.


Not because I feel sorry for John Tory, of course. I found it depressing because I remember the night of the Winnipeg review like it was yesterday. I grow old, I grow old, etc.

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Salon "E," to be precise:

-----Original Message-----
> Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2008 05:47:31
> To:<wkinsella@XXXXXXXXX
> Subject: Toryland
> what do you get when you mix a party full of landowner activists with an executive that has to pander to them to keep their jobs?
> things like the ontario pcs endorsing concealed carry handgun lawns at their justice policy breakout session!

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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 Improved Canada!

Get used to it - there'll be a lot more where this comes from!

UPDATE: In linking to this Gazette column, Kathy Shaidle - who professes to be a Christian - calls the young Muslim students who objected to Mark Steyn calling them vermin, "motherf**king parasites." If you are getting the impression that simply quoting Steyn's acolytes is enough to horrify most right-thinking people, you'd be right. That's why I quote them so often. There's nothing I can say that damns them more effectively than their own words.

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