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Warren Kinsella - DON'T LET THE LANGEVIN SCREEN DOOR HIT YOU ON THE ARSE ON YOUR WAY OUT
 

"...[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

DON'T LET THE LANGEVIN SCREEN DOOR HIT YOU ON THE ARSE ON YOUR WAY OUT 

Spotted over at BCL, by 'TheGritsRule." Something tells me he/she is a Liberal.

And something tells me the old adage has changed to "Who d'ya know, who has left PMO?"




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GOOD NIGHT FOR A HEART ATTACK 

September 2, in Toronto: Motorhead, Rev. Horton Heat and Nashville Pussy! Sweet Lord Almighty, I know where SFH is gonna be that night!

Take it, Ruyter and Karen!




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FIFTY GENUINELY DISTURBING ALBUM COVERS 

Two here, courtesy of the NME. You can go find the others at the NME's site, but I'm not going to help you.

Tipper Gore, please return our calls, urgently.






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ON EXPERIENCED POLITICAL STAFF 

On the one hand, it's kind of silly to overstate the importance of political staff and advisers. Staffers, mostly unseen, come and go; politicians are the ones who are remembered. That’s just the way it is.

On the other hand, it's fair to observe that Stephen Harper is losing - or has lost - the experienced people who helped him win power. Patrick Muttart, Kory Teneycke, Mark Cameron, Tom Flanagan, Ian Brodie, Sandra Buckler and now Carolyn Stewart-Olsen - whether you like them or not (and I know and respect most of them), you have to acknowledge that each have contributed significantly to the Reformatory leader’s fortunes. They got him to where he had no business being.

It may be that they, and other RefCon staffers, are eyeing the exits because perpetual minority governments aren’t very amenable to long-term life-planning. It may be that some, or all of them, got tired. And it may be that Mr. Angry is a very, very difficult man to work for. More than anything else, I suspect that last reason is the big one – but we’ll never know for sure.

What we do know is that the adults who got Stephen Harper into 24 Sussex are voting with their feet. And the puerile crew they’re leaving behind are the ones who – soon enough – will be experiencing the joys and splendor of Opposition, or the private sector.

Who knows? Maybe they’ll even learn from the experience.

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SUN MEDIA: LIBERALS IN FIRST PLACE IN FUNDRAISING 

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MY FATHER'S HOUSE 

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HOLY KICKING THE STORY, BATMAN 

WAFER MADNESS
Conspiracy theories abound in wafer-gate fallout

The controversy over whether Prime Minister Stephen Harper consumed the holy communion at the state funeral for former governor general Roméo LeBlanc, on July 3, in New Brunswick, and who was behind the story, took on a new life last week. The Telegraph-Journal, which broke the story that said Mr. Harper had pocketed the host, ran a front-page apology last week to Mr. Harper and to the two journalists who wrote the story, then fired its editor and suspended its publisher.

The Prime Minister's Office said last month that the Prime Minister did consume the host.

The original story stated that a senior Roman Catholic priest in New Brunswick demanded that the PMO explain what happened to the communion wafer that was given to Mr. Harper. The original story also said that the Prime Minster "slipped the thin wafer that Catholics call 'the host' into his jacket pocket." Last week's apology said "there was no credible support for these statements of fact at the time this article was published, nor is the Telegraph-Journal aware of any credible support for these statements now." Liberal strategist and blogger Warren Kinsella has hinted on his website that there might be a connection between the Irving-owned Telegraph-Journal's apology and the company wanting to woo recently-announced federal shipbuilding contracts.

Mr. Kinsella said Doug Finley, director of political operations, was fanning the fires of the controversy at the Tory boot camp last week as a ploy to raise money by charging that the Liberals are manipulating the media. Mr. Kinsella said he suspects the Conservatives fear a backlash from Catholic-voters, a group that has shown increasing support for the Tories in recent years.

"Doug Finley would use a bad rash as an excuse to wring more money out of the Reformatory donor base," he said. "They're also terrified about Harper's mistake hurting them with the Catholic vote."

Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro demanded in a press release, headlined "Liberal Leader's Office Refuses to Deny Planting False 'Wafergate' Story," that Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff owes it to Canadians to say whether any Liberal staffers, executives or advisers "communicate[d] with the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal regarding the Prime Minister's acceptance of the host at Romeo LeBlanc's funeral?"

Last week The Telegraph-Journal was directing all questions about the apology to public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard, but the spokesman declined to answer questions about why the story was edited.

A spokesperson for Mr. Ignatieff responded that if Canadians want to know what Mr. Harper did with the wafer they need only look at the video of the incident.

The video, which was pooled and broadcast on CPAC, shows Mr. Harper taking the host from the priest officiating over the funeral mass, but instead of promptly consuming it, as is the custom, he holds onto it. It's unclear what he does with it after that.

—The Hill Times


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SENATOR WARREN KINSELLA 

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CRIME-FIGHTING CONSERVATIVES...CAUGHT 

Here's North Van Conservative MP Andrew Saxton getting nailed by the police. Shot somewhere in Lower Lonsdale, looks like.

Have a nice day, Andy!




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PLEASE GOD OH PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE JUST GIVE ME THIS OH PLEASE 

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TWO MORE HEROES 



My God, he looks so young.


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WORDS THAT SHOULD MAKE REFORMATORIES NERVOUS 

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DON'T WORRY ABOUT A THING 

Up at the cabin with Troy and Melissa, and that is a good thing. The sun has finally arrived and stayed, and there has been lost of tubing, water skiing, hiking, swimming and building things. Don't worry about a thing, sayeth Tuff Gong. Bless.






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THE REFORMATORIES: MANAGING OUR ECONOMY... 

...right into the ground.

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Canada's Economy Contracted More-Than-Expected
By Alexandre Deslongchamps

(Bloomberg) -- Canada's economy contracted for a 10th month in May because of falling manufacturing output, and declines in the mining and energy industries.

Gross domestic product declined 0.5 percent during the month, compared with the median estimate for a 0.3 percent drop in a Bloomberg News survey of 22 economists. The economy shrank 0.2 percent in April, Statistics Canada also said, revising its original estimate of a 0.1 percent decline.

The economy contracted 3.5 percent in May from the year-ago month, the biggest drop since October 1982, Statistics Canada said. The report adds to evidence the world's eighth-largest economy extended its contraction in the second quarter as the global slump saps orders for Canadian exports.

Output shrank at a 5.4 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the biggest drop since 1991, and will shrink at a 3 percent pace in the second quarter, according to a separate Bloomberg survey.



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"COVER UP" 

Is it libel to falsely accuse someone of a cover-up - of a conspiracy, in effect - without contacting them for their side of the story, without making the slightest effort to ascertain the true facts?

In the Commonwealth, yes it is.

Sweet Lord, but am I going to be suing someone today.

UPDATE: I appreciated, very much, that ITQ contacted me this morning on all of this horseshit, instead of just publishing some International Media/Leftard Media Conspiracy insanity. Her post is here.

UPDATER: Jeff, per usual, has some of the deepest thinking on this Wafergate stuff. He's got home movies too! Read him.


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