“Warren Kinsella's book, ‘Fight the Right: A Manual for Surviving the Coming Conservative Apocalypse,’ is of vital importance for American conservatives and other right-leaning individuals to read, learn and understand.”
- The Washington Times
“One of the best books of the year.”
- The Hill Times
“Justin Trudeau’s speech followed Mr. Kinsella’s playbook on beating conservatives chapter and verse...[He followed] the central theme of the Kinsella narrative: “Take back values. That’s what progressives need to do.”
- National Post
“[Kinsella] is a master when it comes to spinning and political planning...”
- George Stroumboulopoulos, CBC TV
“Kinsella pulls no punches in Fight The Right...Fight the Right accomplishes what it sets out to do – provide readers with a glimpse into the kinds of strategies that have made Conservatives successful and lay out a credible roadmap for progressive forces to regain power.”
- Elizabeth Thompson, iPolitics
“[Kinsella] deserves credit for writing this book, period... he is absolutely on the money...[Fight The Right] is well worth picking up.”
- Huffington Post
“Run, don't walk, to get this amazing book.”
- Mike Duncan, Classical 96 radio
“Fight the Right is very interesting and - for conservatives - very provocative.”
- Former Ontario Conservative leader John Tory
“His new book is great! All of his books are great!”
- Tommy Schnurmacher, CJAD
“I absolutely recommend this book.”
- Paul Wells, Maclean’s
“Kinsella puts the Left on the right track with new book!”
- Calgary Herald
No one – particularly those delighting in it – knows the full story. Innocent before proven guilty, etc. Beyond a reasonable doubt, too. All that.
That said, and more generally, it certainly appears there may be a problem in the newsroom at the Toronto Star. It’s not a new thing, either: I saw it up close with a friend, years ago. Unlike what I suspect will happen in DiManno’s case, the friend was treated like garbage, something to be disposed of.
Anyway. Whatever the facts are in the DiManno (anticipated) prosecution, one thing is for certain: their just-announced probe into the newsroom “culture” is probably a waste of money.
Here’s my recommendation, free of charge, One Yonge:
Check this out:
Michelle Erstikaitis, 36, who was deemed a dangerous offender five years ago, appeared in a College Park courtroom Tuesday looking dishevelled and ranting about wanting “a refugee lawyer” to handle her case.
She is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon.
Is there a potential for violence coming from this neo-Nazi gang? Of course. And, I’m pleased to note, police are now actively investigating those involved with it.
Enjoy your notoriety while you can, Hitler fan “Doctor” Sears. The fun and games are very shortly coming to an end, you pathetic loser.
We now know, thanks to the NME and an inventive Brit:
Which naturally reminded me of this gem from our big win 2011, via Nick “Genius” Nelson (and some war room guy):
[Ed.: Apologies for the ginormous sizing of the first vid, BTW – Twitter embed code apparently don’t let you adjust sizing to something remotely normal.]
So sayeth NBC:
Perhaps the most famous political ad of all time, this early television spot ran on air just once but generated enough media coverage to become a real factor in the 1964 presidential election. President Lyndon Johnson, who had been elevated to Commander in Chief after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, was seeking voters’ stamp of approval on his own presidency. In the run up to the general election, the Democratic Party had split over his embrace of civil rights legislation, among other issues. But Republicans nominated conservative Senator Barry Goldwater after a bitter primary that pitted the establishment of the party against the conservative wing. And while Goldwater’s hard line anti-Soviet rhetoric and his language of “extremism in the defense of liberty” made him a hero to a budding conservative movement, it also gave Johnson an opening to use this stark and blunt ad to help him easily win the general election in November.
Reading that, you will perhaps agree with my view that Democrats need to do in 2016 what they did in 1964 – and kick the living shit out of Donald Trump, who makes Goldwater look like a (now-finally-onside) Bernie Sanders.
Why was Daisy so effective? Here’s a (emphasis added) snippet from my book, Fight The Right:
Ipso facto, Trump: even his most hardcore supporters have some deep-down, deeply-held misgivings about the guy. Find out what those are, surface them, and beat the bilious bastard to Hell with ’em.
That’s how Daisy won, and how Clinton will win, too.
Punk: anarchy, class warfare, contempt for political institutions, right?
I was out of the town for Toronto’s big Pride parade, but I heard all about it. The local Black Lives Matter folks decided to blockade the parade, stopping it for half an hour, and then issued a ransom note to the Pride organizers.
Wow, I thought, observing the drama play out on Twitter. One group of victims victimizes another group of victims, and justifies it by claiming a higher victim status. Ironies abound.
Anyway, that melodrama went on – and on and on – in the pages of the Toronto Star for days. The rest of us moved on.
Then, all of a sudden, Louisiana/Minnesota/Dallas hit. They happened almost as a triptych. At the start of last week, the rhetoric of Black Lives Matter seemed almost understated, and police were on the defensive everywhere. Then, Dallas exploded, and roles were vividly reversed: Black Lives Matter were being called a terrorist group by people who know better, and fresh-faced schoolchildren were delivering handmade cards to weeping police officers.
And so, by this morning, as someone observed on Twitter, black people continued to be preoccupied by the disproportionate number of blacks dying for no reason at the hands of police. White people, meanwhile, were preoccupied by Pokemon.
Anyway. I thought this bit from a front page New York Times story captured it well:
Reactions to Thursday’s deadly ambush in Dallas swept through roll-call rooms and squad cars in police departments across the country. Contempt for the shooter was universal. But behind it followed other, varying observations about what it means to be a police officer in 2016, with the attending fears and frustrations, and amid a seemingly growing gulf between the police and the policed.
“We have broken into tribes,” Charlie Beck, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, told a class of cadets who graduated on Friday. “All of a sudden it becomes more important who your parents are, what the color of your skin is, than whether you are American.”
It’s not just about “tribes.” And it’s not just about America, actually. This is a problem everywhere, for everyone.
The way events play out these days – super-caffeinated by social media and 24/7 news channels – the victim can quickly become the victimizer. The hunter can become the hunted, as they say.
There’s no moral on offer here, either. My only point is this: you could always go from hero to zero, in the bad/good old days. Nowadays, however, that transformation happens in the blink of an eye, whipsawing back and forth again and again. Rinse and repeat. Your transformation from victim to villain is instantaneous, now.
Politicians, corporate and union leaders, movie starlets and media mavens always tend to forget this, however. They always seem to think the adoration lasts forever.
It doesn’t. Today’s selfie is tomorrow’s mug shot: victims everywhere, take note.