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Warren Kinsella - MACLEAN'S GUY TAKES AXE TO GLOBE'S OTTAWA BUREAU
 

"...[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

MACLEAN'S GUY TAKES AXE TO GLOBE'S OTTAWA BUREAU 

On the one hand, Paul Wells deserves credit for being unafraid to examine, critically, the way in which journalism is being done. Here.

On the other hand, I can testify (from personal experience, too) that he'll be sitting at a sidewalk café one sunny day, sipping a latté and enjoying some hipster jazz, and the last thing he'll see before being blown to bits is the fleeting image of an Ottawa Globe scribe whizzing past on a bicyclette, sporting a beret at a rakish angle. Throwing a bomb at him. (My bet is Ms. Taber, right now, but there may be heavy competition for the assignment.)

Besides, when you share a masthead with this idiot, you should be very, very careful about spitballing the competition, I'd say.

But what do I know?


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THE HARPER REFORMATORIES: LIARS OR INCOMPETENTS 

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THREATENING SCUMBAG UPDATE 

Thank you, again, to the many, many folks who helped out on tracking down "Alistair Macfarlane" yesterday.

The information all of you dug up is now in the hands of my lawyers at Ruby Shiller, and a demand letter has been sent this morning by courier to legal counsel at Rogers Communications, where the creep's IP originates.

As soon as we get Roger's response, I will be in a position to determine who is/are the recipient(s) of the $1,000 reward. We plan to pursue the matter criminally and civilly, and we will keep you updated on all of that.

Thank you, once again. I've already heard from one media outlet this morning, interested in writing a story about this. I plan to tell them the truth: it's an example of the positive power of the Internet - how good people can come together online, and do some good.

Thanks again, everyone, and stay tuned.


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MICHAEL AT THE CJC PLENARY 

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SLICK NEW AGGREGATOR 

Canadian News Reader. Computer generated, too. Interesting.

Doesn't work with a Blackberry, ironically enough.

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HARPERNOMICS 

...sell off entities which actually make you money, and then buy shares in companies which Harper clearly regards as a total, unmitigated disasters because they'll never pay back taxpayers.

Could someone remind me, again, why Canada doesn't need an election right now?


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HELP NEEDED 

I've received a couple messages from someone named "Warren Kuntsella." They read this way:


Warren Kuntsella has commented May 29, 2009,6:52:32 PM
Bart....dead like you should be.
http://www.haloscan.com/c...sella/entry090529_024919/[reply][delete][moderate]

Warren Kuntsella has commented May 29, 2009,6:22:31 PM
Only takes one itchy trigger
One more widow, one less white nigger.....

Wazoo is a cute name for your sons profile..... shame we didn't connect.
http://www.haloscan.com/c...sella/entry090529_135043/[reply][delete][moderate]


The vague death threat was just deleted, as I do with most of them. But the threat directed at my son takes this to a different level.

I'm offering $1,000 for whomever helps me find this person, so that I can make a complaint to the police. Contact me in comments if you can help, please.

UPDATE: Thanks for the offers of help coming in here and on Facebook, guys. Here's his IP: 99.231.237.213

UPDATE 2: It's someone who has used the name "Ryder Fell" previously and left this message a few days ago: "At the right time and place - and in the right way - I'll give you a beating you won't ever forget." Under the name "Alistair Macfarlane" a few weeks ago, using the same IP, he wrote: "look like a bunch of cunts to me although the blonde is cute." He's an anti-Kyoto, pro-gun nut who posts at SMD, as well. UK-born and raised, married, dog owner, likes music. His email address is ryderfell@rogers.com.




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W@AL: DEAR MR. GORE, SORRY ABOUT THE GLOBAL WARMING THING NOT WORKING OUT. SINCERELY, WARREN 

Near Bancroft, Ont., on the last day of May. Sweet God, when will it end?




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W@AL: NEVER MIND 

Punk rock: strongly anti-authority, anti-conformity and, er, anti-corporate. Nice billboard.




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THE TAR BABY CHRONICLES 

The best part is who is sitting to Pierre's right and giving him support.

You couldn't make this stuff up if you tried.








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TAR BABY: IS PIERRE POILIEVRE IS A RACIST? 

...it's a question that a lot of people are asking. Again.

Here's Poilievre, a prominent Conservative Party MP and a regular spokesman for Stephen Harper, in the House of Commons today:

"Mr. Speaker, on this side of the House, we have a leader, a real Canadian leader. On that side of the House, they have the man who fathered the carbon tax, put it up for adoption to his predecessor and now wants a paternity test to prove the tar baby was never his in the first place...he wants a paternity test to prove that this tar baby is not his."

What is a "tar baby"? The Oxford English Dictionary says that tar baby is a derogatory term used for "a black or a Maori."

Author Toni Morrison has said "tar baby" is "a name, like 'nigger,' that white people call black children."

A bit of recent political history here. And here.

So is Pierre Poilievre a racist? Increasingly, I'd say, the evidence is not in Pierre's favour.


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W@AL: ON THAT DION INTERVIEW 

Just admit you were wrong and move on, guys.

From the archives, on this:



(God bless you, Bart. You are missed.)


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PHASERS SET ON "KICK BORG-TORY ASS," MR. SULU 

...if I was on the bridge right about now, I'd suggest a Mind Meld on Jim Flaherty, but I think it might take a number of episodes to, um, locate something to "meld" with.

And, while we are on the subject, here's what'll happen to Conservatives who attempt to speak their minds about the lack of "conservative" fiscal principles in the Evil Harper Empire! They've got surveillance tapes, Star Fleet!

Go to red alert!



[From the Georgia Straight; spotted by David McPhee]



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GRIT GIRL: SHE'S BACK... 

...and the Reformatories are not "on track."




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"THE GOVERNMENT GOT IT SO WRONG" 



(Good work, BCIT.)


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