Racist Banchee Alights in Canada

Ann Coulter, the execrable trailer park vox, is coming to three Canadian campuses.

More about Ms. Coulter is seen here and here and here.

Be sure to tell her what you think of her, folks. She’s already told us what she thinks about us:

“[Canadians] better hope the United States doesn’t roll over one night and crush them. They are lucky we allow them to exist on the same continent.”

It sure would be interesting if an enterprising reporter put that quote, or one of the others, to Stephen Harper or one of his Reform Conservative caucus – given that her readership is interchangeable with his voter base.

Arsenals: Rat a Get Fat

Toronto’s own ska-reggae geniuses, The Arsenals, doing the tune that was inspired by this past Summer’s municipal strike – Rat A Get Fat. Brilliant.

Click on the picture to listen! Make them famous! Web site here!

Freedom of Speech is Relative

…so don’t hold your breath waiting for the National Post to weigh in, intelligently, on this actual scandal.

What Paul Wells has written, here, is a superb piece of investigative journalism; it was pleasure to read it, even though what Wells documents should concern us all.

And, as an unambiguous supporter of Israel, I say this: these goons are not assisting Israel’s cause. With their thuggery, they are hurting it.

Help for Iranian Friend

From my North Van days, I have a lot of friends from the Iranian diaspora. One of them is back over there, and writes to me this morning:

_______February 12 at 9:27am

Hi Warren,

Hope you are well. Interesting development. I just got the 4th nicest death threat phone call a few hours ago and I have come to the conclusion that its time I left the Middle East. Free speech is not so welcomed in this part of the world.

Was wondering if you could hook me up with a media company, a marketing firm, a news paper or anything that could help me get back on my feet while I make a run for it back home to Toronto. Need to leave ASAP if possible.

Greatly appreciated.


I’ve told him/her to get back here, fast, and we will help.

He/she is super-smart, political, and a great writer and communicator. If you have any suggestions, please email me confidentially at wkinsella@hotmail.com.

Thanks, folks.

Power Play Feb. 11: Anne for Mayor

In this, the second-to-last Power Play strategists’ segment for a while – CTV is understandably turning its attention to the Olympics starting tomorrow – we dissect the Giambrone stuff. I opine that we all make mistakes (I’ve made plenty, and will make more).

The really interesting on-air encounter happened later, when I did Evan Solomon’s CBC show (no link, sorry) with my Dipper friend Brian Topp (and be sure to buy and read Brian’s upcoming book, by the way, here). Brian is a genius, basically.

Anyway, on Evan’s show, I said that every smart campaign team sits down with their candidate, well in advance of the campaign, and says to him or her: “Okay. Now is the time to tell us all that needs to be told. Because your affinity for sports team mascots will come out. So tell us now, so we can deal with it proactively.”

And Brian – to my surprise, and clearly Evan’s – insisted that that was done, and that Adam Giambrone in effect lied to his senior strategists. He told them there was nothing to tell. (This Globe story suggests the same thing.)

Is that true? If so, Adam’s former team have plenty to be mad about. If it isn’t the case, then…well.

I suspect we’ll never know. In the meantime, here’s Power Play:

Tonda and I chat. The top of my head, meanwhile, grows menacingly at the top of the screen.

[Insert your innuendo here]

My take yesterday:

Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella said politicians can come back from personal scandals under certain circumstances.

“Well, it certainly puts to rest the gay rumours, doesn’t it?” Kinsella saids in an email. “But can he survive? Bill Clinton did, Gary Hart didn’t. It all depends if there’s a reservoir of voter goodwill for the candidate. And I’m not sure Adam has that.”

So much for “reservoir of voter goodwill:” Adam resigned today. Or, as you will see below, one of his assistants resigned for him.

Just out of curiosity, who was running this guy’s campaign? Monkeys?