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- 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
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I just did the Mike Duffy Show. Sheila Copps was on too. Duff was asking us about the latest Liberal stupidity explosion, in which some nobody in Quebec is saying Stephane Dion's Liberal membership should be revoked if he doesn't step down as leader. Something like that.
Sheila, who I adore, wondered out loud if Bob Rae or Michael Ignatieff were behind it.
No way, I said. No way. Both men are way too smart to do something dumb like that. And you can never discount the possibility that dumb people will independently do dumb things in politics because they are dumb, and not because there is some clever top-secret strategy at work.
"These people complaining about Mr. Dion think they need a new leader," I said. "I don't think they need a new leader. What they need is a therapist."
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?
(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.)
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."]
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.
"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)
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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.
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.
"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.
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.)
"THE BLOGGING TORIES SHOULD SUSPEND SMALL DEAD ANIMALS"
Monday, March 24, 2008, 08:33 AM
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?"
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.