"...[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 National Post
- Tom Flanagan, The Literary Review of Canada
- The Hill Times
- The Winnipeg Free Press
- John Moore, CFRB
- John Oakley, AM640
- John Wright, Ipsos, CFRB
- Charles Adler, Adler Online
- Tommy Schnurmacher, CJAD
- Ken Rockburn, CPAC
"Buckets is now paying attention."
Buckets - a.k.a. Bouquets of Gray - is starting to deconstruct Wafergate. Watch out, Mr. Angry!
And responsibility for this, ultimately, falls to the PM and his PMO. Taking communion was a breach of protocol, and the Prime Minister's Office employs hundreds of people in order to, among other things, keep the PM from fucking up on the public stage. If Harper didn't know that he wasn't supposed to take the host in a Catholic service, someone has failed: the person who is supposed to review the PM's itinerary for protocol issues. Now, I have no idea who does this in the PMO, but whoever it is, he or she should answerable to the Chief of Staff, Guy Giorno.
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.
...right into the ground.
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.
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.
...and dirty rotten Conservative types too!
From a member of wk.com's Team Propellerhead©:
Just thought you'd be interested to know that since we've started logging (about a year and a half), your site has passed the 2 million visit mark-- visits from about 385,000 unique sources. Yesssss.
Man, that's one Access to Information request I'd like to see.
...from an aspirant to the GritGirl throne. Not bad.
"The rodeo clown of Canadian punditry."
"[Who is] using freedom of speech in an unethical way."
And those quotes are from people who sort-of agree with his position! What do others think?
Which reminds me: I wonder what the Alberta Law Society will conclude about the "rodeo clown?"
Here's something to think about in your morning commute, past mountains of rat-infested garbage, shuttered day cares, weed-clogged city parks and potholes (literally) the size of houses.
One, the central issue in the month-long strike - the thing that David Miller said he wanted changed - is apparently still unchanged. That is, Toronto's month-long ordeal - as the Globe's front page suggested yesterday - was for nothing.
Two, the union has now put off the ratification vote, meaning this goddamned thing may not be over, despite Miller declaring that it was.
This guy couldn't get re-elected dogcatcher in a one-light town. Seriously.
1. They've kicked the story, big time. People are talking about it, again, all over. Wafergate had been dead for a month; now it's back, on steroids.
2. Journalists - who aren't exactly in a pro-owner mood, these days, and understandably so - are pissed off. What do they see? Two respected colleagues getting kicked to the curb. What do they see? The faint outlines of a link between the shipbuilding announcement and, hours later, the mincing, shit-eating apology. The media will protect their own - and they will ensure not even a tin fishing trawler is built anytime soon by you-know-who.
3. The Opposition - and, ironically enough, the Harper thugees - now can't go along with a penny being spent in that ship yard, even if they wanted to, because the whole file is tainted and/or too damned politically hot. In an era of minority governments, hot files = dead files. This one's dead. Good work, media magnates!
4. The apology is fundamentally false. The Roman Catholic establishment were upset that (a) Harper took communion when he should not have done so, and (b) speedily deposited the relevant host in a place other than his mouth. That's a fact, and it's a documented fact - see for yourself. Apologies, when warranted, are the right thing to do; when forced, they're not.
5. The geniuses at the T-J and PMO (Kory, come back!) have now persuaded thousands of people to again seek out the YouTube footage to see for themselves. And what they see there, with their own eyes, is what the Telegraph Journal originally reported: a Prime Minister taking a host (when he should not have done so), and tucking it in his pocket or a booklet (which is even worse).
Dumb, dumb, dumb. Good thing these guys aren't running the country or anything.