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Warren Kinsella - A PREDICTION
 

"...[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

A PREDICTION 

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 Flaherty, from Whitby, Ontario. And I'm asking you to invest somewhere other than Ontario, okay?"

Tim Hudak, stop smiling.

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Flaherty calls Ont. ``last place'' to invest due to tax regime; calls for rate cut (FedBudget-Flaherty)
Source: The Canadian Press
Feb 29, 2008 16:45

By Michael Tutton

THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX - Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty launched a post-budget blitz Friday by lecturing provinces on the need to lower taxes and taking a swipe at Premier Dalton McGuinty for making Ontario ``the last place'' in Canada to start a business.

In a speech to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Flaherty challenged provinces to help him create a Canadian ``brand'' for business taxes by reducing their take of corporate profits...

However, he had some tough words for his home province of Ontario, where a Harris-Decima poll released Friday suggested the public supports McGuinty's view that Ottawa it giving short shrift to troubled manufacturers.

The poll found that 56 per cent of those surveyed supported the premier's view that Flaherty is too focused on the oil-and-gas industry.

Asked about the poll, Flaherty responded that the Liberal premier ``doesn't get ... that you must reduce your business taxes over time.''

``Their business taxes are the highest in Canada. If Mr. McGuinty thinks that's good for the manufacturing sector in Ontario, he's wrong.''

Flaherty said the policies are doing ``long-term'' damage to the province's economy.

``It discourages investment in the province of Ontario,'' he said. ``If you're going to make a new business investment in Canada, and you're concerned about taxes, the last place you will go is the province of Ontario.''

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GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT, STOCKWELL DAY 

(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 present elaborate, multi-media slide shows documenting the isolated vandalism of some local cemetery or synagogue, amidst misleading rhetoric suggesting that Jew-hatred remains widespread."

I guess the Harper folks don't think reports about attacks on minorities are so very "misleading," eh?

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Conservatives provide $216,000 to 9 Jewish organizations to improve security (Religious-Groups-Secu)
Source: The Canadian Press
Feb 29, 2008 16:07

TORONTO _ Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day says Ottawa is providing $216,000 to nine Jewish organizations in Ontario and Alberta to improve security and deter hate crimes.

The $3-million, two-year pilot program, which offers to help defray the costs of security assessments and equipment, such as alarm systems, was announced by Day last July.

Organizations had to show they were linked to a community with a demonstrated history of being victimized by hate-motivated crimes to be eligible for the program.

Day says a Muslim group in Brantford, Ont., and a Sikh community in Surrey, B.C., also qualified for funding under the program, which received about 100 applications in the first round.

Bernie Farber of the Canadian Jewish Congress says he's pleased the funding came so quickly after so many years of appealing for help.

But he dismissed concerns about the timing of the announcement, which came just a few days after the Conservatives tabled a budget that could have toppled the minority government and just a few weeks before voters go to the polls for federal byelections.

INDEX: JUSTICE POLITICS RELIGION SOCIAL

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COOP ON WARREN ON COOP ON WARREN 

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 location instead of linking to www.warrenkinsella.com which is his new one (it took me a couple of months to change my link so I am not judging anyone). A quick look at Technorati shows 1,213 links (or as Technorati says, "blog reactions") to his www.warrenkinsella.com and another 530 links to www.warrenkinsella.com/musings.htm. Google's algorithm shows 2,010 links to his site from both blogs and other websites. (of course those numbers will be one behind as soon as I hit publish)

On the other hand, jordoncooper.com has 1414 total incoming links on Technorati and oddly enough I beat him with 2,050 links on Google.

What's the point of this? 1) It shows how flawed most web data analysis is because the number of readers or linkers does not equal influence. A better metric would be how far does ones ideas travel and who is reading one's blog instead of how many. Also my links come in from areas a long ways away from politics in Canada, mostly from church leaders and pastors with some sports blogs tossed in for good measure. Another way to look about it, when I write something brilliant, Mike Duffy doesn't hang on every word..."

More here.

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"SHAWINIGATE" EXPOSED 

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.

(Oh, and read Bourrie on this, too.)

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National Post ordered to hand over document at heart of 'Shawinigate' (CRAFT-Post-Appeal)
Source: The Canadian Press
Feb 29, 2008 13:45


TORONTO - Enforcing the law must at times outweigh the need to protect an anonymous source, Ontario's highest court said Friday as it ordered the National Post to surrender documents at the heart of conflict-of-interest allegations against former prime minister Jean Chretien.

The Ontario Court of Appeal overturned an earlier decision quashing an RCMP search warrant issued against the daily newspaper and reporter Andrew McIntosh, who in 2001 was sent what appeared to be a 1997 loan document from the Business Development Bank of Canada.

The document outlined a $615,000 mortgage to the Grand-Mere Inn, located in Chretien's home riding of St-Maurice, Que.

A footnote in the document said the inn owed Chretien's family company $23,040 in 1997, at the same time Chretien was lobbying the bank president to grant the inn a loan.

Police eventually concluded the document was a forgery, and set about obtaining both the document and the envelope that contained it in order to investigate its origins and ultimately prosecute the alleged forger.

In 2004, however, Ontario Superior Court Justice Mary Lou Benotto quashed the search warrant and assistance order issued to the Post on the grounds that it would break McIntosh's pledge to protect the identity of his source and violate the media's ``constitutionally entrenched right'' to gather and disseminate information.

``In this case, the eroding of the ability of the press to perform its role in society cannot be outweighed by the Crown's investigation,'' Benotto ruled.

The three-judge Appeals Court panel, however, disagreed.

``The document and the envelope are not merely pieces of evidence tending to show that a crime has been committed - they are the very actus reus (guilty act) of the alleged crime,'' they wrote in a 23-page decision.

``Without the document and the envelope and the ability to conduct forensic testing of them there can be no further investigation, no ability to get at the truth.''

Intervenors in the case, including the CBC and the Globe and Mail, had argued that ordering the documents be handed over would result in a chill between reporters and sources and impair the ability of the media to properly do its job.

If the allegations of forgery were true, the documents would be the central piece of evidence in an ``especially grave and heinous crime,'' the Appeals Court concluded - ``a criminal conspiracy to force a duly elected prime minister from office.''

In such cases, the newspaper's right to protect their anonymous source _ particularly one who might be involved in such a crime _ is trumped by the responsibility of police to enforce the laws of the land, the panel wrote.

``Although, in pursuit of their constitutional right to gather and disseminate the news, journalists are entitled to protect their sources, that entitlement loses much of its force when journalists use it to protect the identity of a potential criminal or to conceal possible evidence of a crime.''

INDEX: JUSTICE MEDIA POLITICS

© 2008 The Canadian Press

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McGUINTY vs. FLAHERTY 

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 Harris-Decima survey looked at the war of words between the two politicians, in which McGuinty accuses Flaherty of concentrating too much on the oil-and-gas sector, and giving short shrift to troubled manufacturers.

Nationally, the poll suggests 47 per cent of respondents sided with McGuinty, with only 27 per cent backing Flaherty.

In Ontario, the poll found 56 per cent support for the premier and 25 per cent for the minister.

The survey suggested 39 per cent of Albertans backed Flaherty, with only 27 per cent backing McGuinty.

The poll, conducted Feb. 21-24 as part of a national omnibus survey, questioned just over 1,000 people and is considered accurate to within plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.


INDEX: POLITICS

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MARK STEYN, A MAN OF GREAT TOLERANCE AND INSIGHT 

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.
• Muslims desire a “bloody” takeover.

[Vlad on it, here.]



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AT THE ONTARIO LIBERAL HERITAGE DINNER... 

...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 who did the "Doris Day" petition. Remember that? That's what turned Stockwell Day into LaughingStock (not Barney).

Two, when they start laughing at you, it's all over. Fini.



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ON JONATHAN KAY'S "FETISH" 

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 when I saw it in the Full Comment site.

In his column, Kay sniffed that my "opinions on anything to do with hatemongering seem locked in a mid-1990s time warp." He went on:

"One of the things I find annoying about the anti-racism movement in this country is the manner in which it fetishizes — almost lovingly — the few vestigial instances of outright hateful expression that still can be found. Why — if not to prove their own relevance — are certain liberal bloggers so proud to post and promote whatever trickle of misspelled messages they get from Zundelian kooks? Likewise, it is a common practice at Jewish fundraising dinners to present elaborate, multi-media slide shows documenting the isolated vandalism of some local cemetery or synagogue, amidst misleading rhetoric suggesting that Jew-hatred remains widespread."

Kay's annoyance grew, subsequently, and he wrote and published a disgusting - and defamatory - column about human rights activist Richard Warman. When a sensible person at the Post heard that Kay had relied upon the say-so of an Aryan Nations enthusiast to libel Warman, they hurriedly withdrew the column, but too late. It is now all over the Internet. The Post, meanwhile, has been obliged to publish two big apologies to Richard Warman. (And there's more to come, I suspect.)

Why raise all of this? Well, because of this kind of thing, in Calgary this week: "City arson detectives are looking into a possible white supremacist link to a pair of firebombings in the city. One of the attacks targeted a southeast home containing four children."

As I wrote in Web of Hate, the haters disappear from a view, sometimes - but they never completely go away. In times of economic distress, particularly, these types of groups and individuals inevitably get more active, with words or deeds. That is why we continue to need adequately-resourced police agencies, an adequately-informed public and media and - yes - an adequate public law framework to counter what the Americans call a real and present danger. I wish very much that we lived in a world where none of those were necessary, but the fact is they are. Fire bombs tend to bring that into sharp focus, sometimes.

There is more on these attacks here and here. Perhaps the product of Westmount's elite private schools can reflect for a moment or two on this, before he elects to rely once again on the word of another Aryan Nations technology "expert."


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SMART POLITICAL USE OF THE NEW TECHNOLOGY 

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NO COMMENTS FOR NOW 

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 recently opened. (If it’s the latter, it’s likely one of KKKate “I Mock the Holocaust” McMillan’s pals, such as the failed Calgary municipal candidate who hacks into sites and sends traffic to the neo-Nazi Stormfront site, or the paedophilic NAMBLA site, for kicks.)

A smart computer-savvy friend within a government sent me the note below through Facebook. I don’t know if he is right. I do know that the web server techies (the aforementioned “Lucy”) just told me on the phone that they can’t handle this volume of traffic anymore, and wouldn’t mind it if I moved elsewhere, please and thank you. That hurt my feelings. But, until we fix this problem, comments are no more. Sorry.

(And, if anyone has a suggestion about a web hosting firm that is more reliable, please let me know. Until then, comments are kaput.)

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Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 09:53:25 -0800
To: wkinsella@XXXXX
From: notification+z_y09tc@facebookmail.com
Subject: Dean XXXX sent you a message on Facebook...

Dean XXXX sent you a message.

Re: your Web site

I know you're not fussy about Wiki, but this is a very good article - you don't need to understand the technical details, just the basic concept :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denial_of_Service

The basic premise is that somebody stops people from having access to a service by flooding it with requests, circular references or pure garbage which still has to be processed. Result: all system resources are tied up to the point of crashing the system and/or automated processes put in place to stop a complete crash of a system or network are invoked - bit like a stop-loss on automated stock market trades.

Your hosting service has the latter - when they saw that the demands on their server's CPU coming from your site were excessive, their server took down your site for a pre-mandated period of time. If they would have let it continue, it may have crashed their server and affected other clients.

From the information in the message you posted, looks to me like somebody is having a go at your Web site. With a bit of luck and a bit of stupidity on the part of the mouth-breathing knuckle draggers who are attacking your site, your hosting service may be able to set a trap for them and find out who they are and where they are from. I am researching this at present with those who know far more about it than me and will let you know how it could be done.

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A "JIHAD" AGAINST MULRONEY? 

A jihad.

Boy, that is one terrific PR team you've got there, Bri. Smart messaging.

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End '15-year jihad' against Mulroney: spokesman
BRODIE FENLON

Globe and Mail Update

February 28, 2008 at 12:29 PM EST

A House of Commons ethics committee probe into the relationship of Brian Mulroney and lobbyist Karlheinz Schreiber is part of a “15-year jihad” against the former prime minister, his spokesman says.

“This has been like a 15-year jihad against Mulroney and his family by his enemies — led by Mr. Schreiber, enabled by some people in the media,” Robin Sears told CBC News shortly before a press conference in which he and lawyer Guy Pratte explained why Mr. Mulroney has refused to reappear before the committee.

“It's time to bring this to a close. There really is no case left to answer,” he said.


Mr. Pratte told reporters Mr. Schreiber's own testimony is contradictory and points to Mr. Mulroney's innocence. He also suggested a public inquiry would be a monumental waste of money.

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Baghdad Bob, where are you? We've got a new client for you, big guy!
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MESSAGE FROM AN UNPOPULAR WEB SITE 

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 popular, and this one ain’t. As indicated yesterday, I'm certain he's right (he's entitled to be right about something, once).

Then, this morning, boom! The site crashes, and Netfirms asks us to contact them. So we did. Here’s what they told us, in email form:

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---------------------------- Original Message -----------------------
From: "Netfirms Support"
Date: Thu, February 28, 2008 11:35 am
Subject: {Interaction#XXXX}warrenkinsella.com
To: WKinsella@XXXX
Cc: Warren’sWebKins@XXXXX
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Hello,

Thank-you for your inquiry.

The "Site Stopped" message you have encountered on your website indicates that your site has a reached a threshold limit of 4000+ seconds of CPU in the past hour, or 10000+ cgi/php/cron hits in the past hour. We would like to inform you that an average site uses 50 seconds of CPU per hour and gets 20 cgi hits per hour. Your website will be temporarily disabled as indicated by the message on your website after which it will be re-enabled so that visitors may browse to it again.

In order to reduce or minimize CPU/CGI/PHP resource consumption from your site, we recommend the following guidelines:

1. If your site is a blog, forum, or contains a content management system (eg. Joomla, Drupal, etc.) uninstall or deactivate any unnecessary plugins , modules, components.
2. If your website application includes an option for compression, disable this option.
3. If your website application includes an option to turn caching on, we recommend to activate this option along with any other optimization options.
4. Minimize the number and size of images and videos on your website.
5. Avoid hosting chat software from your website (most chat services offer hosted options which does not require you to install any software on your website ) as chat software is very expensive on system resources. 6. Minimize the number of file downloads available from your website .
7. Optimize your web images/graphics within your graphics application by choosing "Save/Export for Web" or increasing the compression levels.
8. Minimize the number of colors needed to display your graphics so the file sizes are as small as possible (ie . use 5-bit or 6-bit).
9. Incorporating CSS can often replace the need for using graphics in navigational menus.

If you have followed the above guidelines but continue to receive the "Site Stopped" message, you may require more CPU/CGI/PHP resources than what a Shared Hosting platform is able to offer. As such you may want to consider moving your site to a third party Dedicated hosting platform.

Regards,

Lucy
Netfirms Inc.
www.netfirms.com

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Thanks, Lucy. Hmmmm. There aren’t many bells or whistles on this site. Never have been. Not much in the way of videos or downloads or graphics, either. Nope. Not a lot of fancy colours, either.

So what can it be? Hmmm. I wonder.

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MULRONEY WATCH 

...from a sharp-eyed reader:

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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.

"The Canadian Press reports that Pratte also said Mulroney no longer wants a public inquiry, which he argued would be too costly. Pratte is expected to hold a press conference Thursday to speak further on the issue."

Sounds like someone with a lot to hide.

D

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PROBLEMS 

Got some...




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LYIN' BRIAN TO THE END 

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. Spector and Kaplan have vigorously argued, but it is now apparent they plan to tuck their collective tails between their legs, and bleat that their work is complete. (It isn't.) So it is over to the judicial inquiry, which - possibly - will be getting interesting right around the time of the next federal election.

What say you, conservatives? What will happen next, in this sordid little tale?


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