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Warren Kinsella - D. B. COOPER, IS THAT YOUR PARACHUTE?
 

"...[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

D. B. COOPER, IS THAT YOUR PARACHUTE? 

I don't know about anyone else, but I have always found this D. B. Cooper story utterly fascinating.

As Wikipedia (a dodgy source) tells us, D. B. Cooper (a.k.a. "Dan Burkett Cooper") was an alias of an aircraft hijacker who, on November 24, 1971, after receiving a ransom payout of US$200,000, jumped from a Boeing 727 as it was flying over the Pacific Northwest of the United States somewhere over the Cascade Mountains in Washington. No conclusive evidence has surfaced regarding Cooper's whereabouts. The FBI says he did not survive the jump. Several theories offer competing explanations of what happened.

So did he survive? Was he killed, then or later? Where is he?

Anyway, a new clue has turned up.

And, even if that new lead turns out to be a dead-end, I advise everyone to keep an eye out for the character below. The guy handing you your double-double may be you-know-who.

[Theories about his whereabouts are welcome in comments, and will be duly passed along to the feds.]



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MY GOODNESS! 

The hate blogs and Mark-o Steyn predicted it would be a legal battle of the ages. But, apart from the National Post, natch, there seems to be nothing in the Sane People Media© - zero, zippo, zilch - about the big confrontation in Ottawa yesterday at the Canadian Human Rights Commission. More excellent news judgment on Don Mills Road! Interesting, that.

Oh, the Post's "Joe Brean" will be obliged to print a correction, I expect, for (deliberately?) mischaracterizing David Matas' views on neo-Nazis. Jonathan Kay may think a neo-Nazi Heritage Front leader is a "free speech martyr," but several million people, people like David Matas, sure don't. We think he's a racist.

(In a related development, I hear that Steyn's groupie-in-chief, Kathy Shaidle, claims I called her "ugly." That's incorrect. I said she was a racist.)

UPDATE: The Post has printed a letter that makes clear Brean screwed up. Dawg has more.
UPDATER: Perhaps I'm getting more addled than usual in my old age, but I find this Steyn bit less contemptible than his more-recent outings. And, belatedly, he disagrees with Jonathan Kay, and says a Heritage Front propagandist is no free speech hero. Good. He's still a pompous windbag and a country-club bigot, but perhaps he realizes that - along with getting his big story covered in, um, one newspaper today - he has allowed himself to be linked to neo-Nazis, white supremacists and assorted kooks. And he's starting to show some small signs of discomfort. Discomfort looks nice on him, like an ascot would. (For the rest of us, an ascot gets your ass kicked at recess, but that's a story for another day.)


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DAWG NAILS IT 

I'm just back from speaking for three hours to McGill Tories, Grits and Greens about human rights, politics and the Internet. It was a great time. Thanks for inviting me, folks.

Dawg, not surprisingly, has the best take on today's CHRC hearing in Ottawa. He doesn't have a photo - but he reveals that Mark Steyn got all chummy with Paul Fromm, Douglas Christie, and Ian V. Macdonald.

As I said to a conservative friend at McGill tonight: the other side is losing, because they are increasingly associating themselves with extremism in order to make their arguments. When our detractors are writing apologia for neo-Nazis and white supremacists and their fellow-travellers - and giggling about death threats and casual bigotry - they're done like dinner. Buh-bye.

Good bloggin' there, young Dawg fella.

[UPDATE: Question from one young guy at McGill - "Why did you quit the Post?" Me: "Because I couldn't take it anymore. And, also, because I think Jon Kay has gone off the deep end."]
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LIVE FROM MCGILL 

So the building is named after William Shatner. As a crypto-Trekkie, I find that exciting in a way that would trouble a normal person.

Also, everyone here looks quite young. The last time I looked that young, fax machines were the in technology.

Okay, now I feel like crap.
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ON THIS ONE, DANNY WILLIAMS SPEAKS FOR MANY 

Newfoundland Leader `Flabbergasted' by Canada Tax Row
By Greg Quinn

March 25 (Bloomberg) -- Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams said he's ``flabbergasted'' that Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty decided to attack the economic policies of Ontario, the country's wealthiest province.

Flaherty has this month criticized Ontario and its Premier Dalton McGuinty for not cutting taxes in order to prepare for an expected economic slowdown. Williams, 58, who heads Canada's easternmost province, said Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party should be aiding provinces, not undermining the credibility of regional governments.

``I'm flabbergasted, for want of a better term, and astonished that a Canadian federal finance minister would make a statement that his home province is the last place that people should be doing business in Canada,'' Williams said. ``That's pretty close to what he said -- that's a very irresponsible statement.''

Williams, who spoke by telephone today while vacationing in the U.S., is battling with Flaherty and Harper's government over Newfoundland's share of offshore energy revenue.

``If there was ever a time that Canada should step up and support Ontario -- and Ontario has been the heart of Canada for a long time from an economic perspective -- it's now. But they seem to be doing just the opposite,'' Williams said.


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MONTREAL-BOUND 

On the plane to Montreal, to speak to a McGill assembly of young Tories, Grits, Dippers and others! They pooled their money to get me there.

Tri-partisanship - for me. I am touched, but you all knew I was a little touched, already.

Ta.


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"LAID THE FOUNDATIONS FOR PEACE" 

Four thousand dead in this goddamned war, with no end in sight.

If you do not wish to read anything about this sad day, then just look at this. You will spend a long time there.

An earlier memorial, equally sad, is below. Some of them don't look old enough to legally have a drink.

Many weren't.


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JIM FLAHERTY NEEDS OUR SYMPATHY 

He's angry that John Tory still holds the job he wanted for himself. So, like angry people sometimes do, he's lashing out. We should feel sorry for the little fella.

After all, when he is reminded about unhelpful headlines about his record in Ontario's government...well, he gets upset. It's sad, really, but it's understandable.

Perhaps Jim wants to rhetorically kick a homeless person, or a welfare mom, like he used to in the bad old days. He figures that will make him feel better.

It won't. Time to finally deal with your anger, Jimmy. Help is just a call away.

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"Outgoing Tories outright lied" - Toronto Star, October 2003

TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - After 8 years of cuts, damage and neglect, Conservatives left Ontarians with a massive $5.6 Billion deficit.

That's the mess all Ontarians working together have had to clean up.

The Conservatives left behind a deficit because they cut public health care funding, closing hospitals and using that money for corporate tax giveaways. Now John Tory wants to rip almost $3 Billion out of health care.

The Conservatives left behind a deficit because they ripped apart our schools, closing small rural schools and using that money for private school giveaways. Now John Tory wants to rip another $500 million out of public schools.

The Conservatives left behind a deficit because they fudged the numbers and counted on revenues that never came, asset sales that never happened, and 'efficiencies' that didn't exist. Instead they just kept cutting to the bone, firing water inspectors, meat inspectors and services we rely on. Now John Tory is relying on revenue projections no economist has backed up, and wants to cut another $1.5 billion in unidentified 'efficiencies'.


It's that kind of questionable judgment that led to headlines like these:


• Tories leave Ontario with $5.6-billion deficit (Timmins Daily Press)


• Ontario $5.6 billion in the red: Former auditor debunks Tories'
creative bookkeeping (Ottawa Citizen)


• Tories slammed for leaving $5.6-B deficit (St. Catharines Standard)


• Tories left $5.6 B deficit: Auditor uncovers 'shocking' debt
(Ottawa Sun)


• Province faces $5.6-B deficit - auditor: 'It exemplifies a history of mismanagement and misrepresentation' (North Bay Nugget)


For further information: Ben Chin, (416) XXX-XXXX, ext XXX.


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A QUESTION 

So, does this "human rights industry" - as "lazy" as it is, as much as it is made up of "hysterical carnival-barkers" who create "star chambers" - does this industry include any "hysterical carnival-barkers" who, say, sign Jonathan Kay's paycheque?

Just wondering.
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BOYCOTT TORSTAR'S EYE WEEKLY! 

I will be posting a list of their regular advertisers shortly, as well as contact info. In addition, the meeting at our offices will be set up soon.

I've done radio on this issue, but here's something from the CBC web site.

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Anti-smoking group calls on Ottawa to snuff out tobacco ads
CBC.CA News
Section: Consumer
Broadcast Date: Monday, March 24, 2008
Time: Thu March 20 10:03:58 2008 EDT
Network: CBC

Cigarette ads are slowly returning to Canadian newspapers and magazines after a decade-long absence, and anti-smoking groups are calling on the government to extinguish the resurgence.

Tobacco companies refrained from television and print advertising for nearly 10 years as they waited for the Supreme Court to clarify the laws. In the summer of 2007, the court ruled that television ads are still illegal, but print ads can run - with some restrictions.

Under the new rules, print advertisements must show only a package or two of cigarettes and cannot show models smiling and enjoying a puff.

"The lifestyle ads of the '70s and '80s are a thing of the past," explained André Benoît of JTI MacDonald, the tobacco company doing the most advertising.

"I think what we're trying to do is get smokers to switch to our brands or to at least try the new brands that we've put on the market."

Physicians group calls for ban

But Cynthia Callard, who runs Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, told CBC News that she feels any type of tobacco advertising is too much.

"We think in this particular case, these ads are really a trial run," she said of recent spreads in Toronto papers.

"But what the companies are doing is establishing a beachhead, letting the door crack wider and wider open so that we can anticipate that we will see more - and worse - advertising in the future."

As a result, she said, Ottawa should ban all tobacco advertising.

The issue is more complex for the print organizations running the advertisements. Toronto entertainment paper Eye Weekly opts to carry the ads.

"Cigarettes are legal. Cars pollute. Fast food kills people with heart attacks. And what does alcohol do? I mean, it's the same thing. There's evil in every product," said the paper's editorial director Alan Vernon.

But competing Toronto entertainment weekly Now said it has no space for cigarette ads.

"The biggest thing we have going for us is our integrity and that's how we sell advertising, so that's where we draw the line," said editor Alice Klein.

Health Canada is currently conducting a review of Canada's smoking legislation.

© 2008 CBC. All Rights Reserved.

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MACLEAN'S MAGAZINE: AN UPDATE 

Many weeks ago, they asked me for a letter to the editor to respond to Mark Steyn, their columnist who lauds Heritage Front leaders and mouthpieces for Ernst Zundel. I wrote one. They wanted sources, so I provided sources.

Repeated attempts to get an answer about the whereabouts of the letter have gone unanswered. Not very "free speechy" of them!

So, until I get one, I plan to repost the letter on a regular basis. Here it is.

In it, I describe how Steyn calls the Chinese "chinks" and "gooks," the Japanese "japs;" calls Indians "wogs;" calls natives "Injuns;" calls Muslims "monkeys" and rapists, and so on. (He also suggests the disabled more or less got what they deserved in 9/11, but I didn't include that. Should've.)

You asked for the letter, Macleans. Where is it?

[UPDATE:
And here are Messrs. Sten and Levant's new friends - Lemire, Klatt and Barbara - all in one place. On the web site of...David Duke! As the former Klansman puts it: "It’s a Big day for Freedom of Speech tomorrow as Marc Lemire & friends get set to put the Zionist Network on the run - lets hope history will be made!"]
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"THE BLOGGING TORIES SHOULD SUSPEND SMALL DEAD ANIMALS" 

Will they? Who knows.

If nothing else, if the CPC continues to be associated with her, it'll be useful during the writ. Scroll spot text: "Ask yourself: why don't the Conservatives condemn the supporter who says Nazis didn't carry out the Holocaust, mocks Holocaust victims, and promotes genocide in Africa?"



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ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET...AN OFFER 

Before I forget: for anyone attending the Heritage Front/Maclean's hearing at the CHRC in Ottawa tomorrow, I will pay $100 for a clear photo of Lemire and Steyn together, ideally shaking hands. I'll pay more for actual footage.

Given how palsy the two conservative stalwarts have become, I would imagine that none of this should be objectionable to either Mark.

[ UPDATE: As the human rights-haters get more and more extreme, making threats and smearing everyone who disagrees with them, we learn that the police are starting to take notice. Last night, the OPP apparently visited one of the biggest supporters of Messrs. Steyn, Lemire, Levant, Martin et al. See the posting near the bottom of "Free Dominion" by Edward Kennedy.]
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CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVE 

He and I are friends, notwithstanding differences. Have been for a while. He's a good guy, and here's another reason why.
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A QUESTION 

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