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Warren Kinsella - PETER AND THE PREZ
 

"...[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

PETER AND THE PREZ 


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 is coming to Canada while a Conservative minority government is in power - and not a majority Liberal government, which is the natural order of things - I wanted to say that, after getting back from NYC, my gal and I actually watched TV last night. And we saw CBC's Peter Mansbridge interview the new U.S. President.

I'm not sure what I, we, had been expecting, but what we got was an experienced, smart journalist doing his job well - and not sucking up, or throwing puffball questions. In the short ten minutes that had been allotted to him, Mansbridge was simply outstanding.

Kudos to him, and CBC, for doing their job(s), and doing 'em well.


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W@AL: BOBBY KENNEDY JR. ON CANADIAN POLITICS 

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.





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BUT WHO IS A JOURNALIST? 

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W@AL: MY RIDE AT HOME SURE DON'T LOOK LIKE THIS 

Ever been in a Rolls Royce? Warren neither. Let's get behind the wheel with Carmine, somewhere in NYC




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CALAMITOUS 

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 a global crisis, it's not our fault," etc. - will no longer work (if it ever did). There are things they can be doing, and things they should have been doing.

Of such calamities are governments defeats made.


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SASKLIBS 

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.




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NO POSTING TODAY 

Happy birthday. We miss you.


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KHADR 

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.


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LUX REDUX 

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:



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THIS WEEK'S POWER PLAY PANEL THING 



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.


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SKIPPY STALIN UPDATE 

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're after him in a civil action, as a result.

The woman behind whom he cowardly registered his web site - to avoid being detected - contacted me to ask that we keep her out of it. Her name was taken out of a comment on this web site as soon as I could get to a computer - but, as I told her, all of her information is still on the web registry, thanks to her friend. She regrets that.

Now, I get word that "Skippy" posted this, along with similar messaging in the post still up at his web site:

"Let's make a deal!...Knowing what a pain in the as Warren is, it's safe to say that he's pissed more than a few folks off in his day. Those folks, one presumes, would like to take up their grievances with him in person. Other folks have that information.

i'm sure that Mr. Kinsella has pissed off any number of people in his day that would like to see him getr his. You might be a former housekeeper. You might be a traffic cop who he gve some attitude to. You might be at telephone operator who didn't like the cut of his jib. Or you might just be a schoolteacher who think he's a bad parent. Whatever,

I can't exactly pay you for Warren's home address. Like I said, I'm way too broke for that. But what I can do is set up an eBay like service.

If you really, really hate Warren, I can hook you up with somebody who has his address. Maybe you can get together and work it out, Or something. That really isn't for me to care about, now is it?...it's not like anybody could get hurt, and maybe somebody really, really wants to meet Warren at his house. I won't make a dime from the venture. I just like the adventure of it all.

Sure, you can meet him at [work address]. But he isn't going to be as welcoming as he would be at home, now would he? I doubt that you'd get warm cup of hot chocolate at Daisy, but you just might at Casa Kinsella. Wouldn't it be great if you could discuss, say, his book, right on his doorstep?

If you want to sell or buy that information, please e-mail me..."


So far, this morning, I've received a note from a William Wittmeyer, wbwittmeyer@gmail.com, who seems to be a supporter of "Skippy," and he has said he plans to "shoot" me.

We've therefore referred the posting above to the police, because it's possible what "Skippy" is doing is a criminal matter. In the meantime, we still want to serve him in a civil matter. So the offer for his name, or even his lawyer's name, still stands.

Bottom line: there are no secrets on the Internet. If you are motivated enough, you can find out the identity of any anonymous creep.

Worth keeping in mind, "Skippy."

UPDATE: Got him! He's M.J. Sheppard. Lives in Toronto, has worked as a private detective, blah blah blah. Has written under his own name, but not often. And is considered scum, even by his closest friends.

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RADWANSKI ACQUITTED 

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N.B. 

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."

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WHY MICHAEL WILL BE PRIME MINISTER, PART [FILL IN BLANK] 

”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 became Prime Minister. MPs say the mood in the party is the best it has been in six or seven years.” What Ivison writes is true: Ignatieff has brought together Chrétien people, Martin people, Dion people, and the caucus is in better shape than it’s been in a long time. We are not – not – going to underestimate our opponent, who is wily politician. But it certainly feels good to be a federal Liberal, these days.
The Conservatives are losing it. As Riley writes: “Masterful strategist Stephen Harper -- the man who was inching Canada, through blandishments and threats, toward his reactionary vision -- appears to be losing his grip…” We don’t intend to build a campaign on stumbles by the Reformatories – that’s bad strategy. But it is a fact, as others have noted before me, that governments defeat themselves. And the Harper regime is energetically defeating itself, day after day. It’s wonderful to watch.
…and while the economy is burning, the Conservative leader fiddles with photo ops. The Prime Minister is an economist, we’ve been told. So where is his economic prescription for a Canada where records are being set, daily, for bankruptcies and job losses? Cavorting with dragons and Bonhomme is fun, I suppose, but it doesn’t address the fears of Canadian families facing a very uncertain future. At all.

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TVO REDUX 

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.

UPDATE: Here's an important question: the PMO's designated Conservative Party spokesman, Ezra Levant, defends Shaidle - who says, inter alia, that Islam is "a sick, sick religion," that Muslim children are "parasites," that Sikhs are "backward foreigners who shit on the hands that feed them," that the poor are "lazy and stupid," that First Nations people are "parasites [who] extort tax dollars for booze, smokes and junk food." Is that the official Conservative Party of Canada position, to get into bed with the likes of Shaidle? Is it, Levant pal Jason Kenney? Is Levant - who wants Quebec to separate, so his party can go after First Nations, who he calls "ethnic separatists," as well as kill off multiculturalism and bilingualism, along with women's rights and enviromental protection - representing the views of the Conservative of Party of Canada?

The unemployed Conservative Party spokesman has never recanted, and he's never apologized for his extremism. One can only assume Stephen Harper and Co. are fine with his views, and his association with a bigot like Kathy Shaidle.

Why is the Conservative government associated with Levant - and, by extension now, Shaidle? Anyone?


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