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Warren Kinsella: BC-bound

It’s WestJet, however, so the chances of actually getting there are somewhere between slim and none. Happy Canada Day anyway, eh?

  

Warren Kinsella: I’m happy folks are opposing the display of the Confederate flag

Good. But why not the pro-the pro-Nazi rag distributed by Canada Post, as well?

  

Warren Kinsella: Trudeau, Dion and the Green Shift

Liberals still wince, a little bit, when reminded of Stephane Dion’s Green Shift. Some of them even attempt to rewrite history, and suggest they never supported it when it was party policy in 2008.

But everyone did, including Justin Trudeau, who – like a good soldier – came out to Vancouver in October 2008 to stump for votes for Dion. News reports of their rally at Science World make no mention of Trudeau attempting to shift away from the Green Shift. None. Given how successfully the CPC demonized the Green Shift in 2008 – and how they have campaigned against (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Mulcair honeymoon ending in 5…4…3…

In this, the NDP leader frankly looks not unlike a megalomaniac without a shred of principle. But, then again, the main source is Dimitri Soudas (a guy who allegedly has been investigated by the Mounties for stuff like this, according to the Globe), and the author is Martin Patriquin (a guy who trades in inaccuracy and prejudice, according to the Quebec Press Council).

So NDP stalwarts will likely shrug it off. Should they?

Warren Kinsella: She blew a big lead before, she’ll do it again

He’ll beat her.

Warren Kinsella: Trudeau, CPC and the ISIS footage

There has been a ton of commentary about what the ad is. There hasn’t been a lot of commentary about what it isn’t.

It isn’t:

Proprietary: The CBC has tried to claim it is, but the CBC is mistaken. There is no copyright in news. Geist slices and dices Mother Corp., here: “The CBC is simply wrong. Its guiding principle is wrong and its attempt to use copyright to take down an offensive advertisement is wrong.” Ubiquitous: I don’t know about you, but the only place I have actually seen that ad is online. All the stories say (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: #NDP trying to turn The Beard™ into an asset. 

Smart. (Shows what I know.)

Warren Kinsella: NDP spots political landmine, decides to dance on it

So:

If you’ve got the dough, and the NDP does; If you have achieved historic levels of popularity due to the other parties’ spending scandals, and the NDP has; and If you want to campaign against the Senate, and the NDP does…

Would you make this issue a hill to die on? From The Hill Times:

With MPs’ expenses still accumulating in their ridings during the summer recess and the House administration reportedly set to reject claims starting July 1, sources say the Board of Internal Economy’s battle with the NDP could hurt the party’s finances (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Equality!

Justice Kennedy’s closing paragraph this morning. Read. 

  

Warren Kinsella: Yay #pride! Yay our client #Twitter! 

  

Warren Kinsella: Nine Inch Not A Good Idea

It’s a lot of fun until voters start checking out the lyrics to NIN’s Closer, Naheed and Rachel!

Warren Kinsella: My little love letter to Dean del Mastro

A few years back, when I was briefly helping Ignatieff, Dean del Mastro, Darryl Kramp et al. would take shots at me in the House of Commons. They’d do it there because they couldn’t get sued for what they said.

Eventually, Peter Milliken brought down the hammer on MPs using their Parliamentary privilege to slime private citizens – me and others. But, before he did, this is what I came up with for my good friend Dean.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed his perp walk, this afternoon.

Warren Kinsella: These Are People Ewe Have Known

New tune by SFH, starring Steve Deceive and Bjorn von Flapjack III. Posted because (a) we are punk rock stars and will be able to quit our day jobs soon and (b) I used some You Tube edit tools – lightening and stabilizing – and it looks worse as a result. Don’t try this at home, kids.

Warren Kinsella: It’s Forum, but…

…it’s more or less consistent with other, recent, polls. There are a variety of reasons for it, some of which I’ve written about.

But – as I asked a couple Tories saw in Ottawa this week – my question remains this: “Did you Tories do your job too well?”

That they have hurt Justin Trudeau’s reputation, and his party’s brand, is beyond dispute. So why haven’t the CPC done the same thing to the godless socialists?

It’s Summertime, now, and nobody (apart from political kooks like thee and me) is paying attention to political stuff. So it will be (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Excuses, excuses

In the morning papers, columnists regularly canvass the latest political excuse-makings here and here. Happens a lot, when you think of it.

Here’s the three that bug me the most:

There’s nothing more pathetic in politics than: I was quoted out of context/ He’s way better in person/ The other guys will self-destruct.

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) June 23, 2015

Ipso facto, when your campaign and/or candidate is reduced to whinging and mewling about “being quoted of context,” you will immediately know that you are toast. When you hear your colleagues saying stuff like: “If only people got to (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: So long, every single Jewish vote in Canada

Quote:

If the Liberal Party claims victory in the next federal election, Justin Trudeau says, his government would end Canada’s bombing mission against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and restore diplomatic relations with Iran, in a dramatic departure from the path taken by the Harper government on foreign policy.

“We’d move away from the CF-18 [bombing] mission,” Trudeau said in an interview with Terry Milewski on CBC’s Power & Politics. “This government has failed miserably to demonstrate why the best mission for Canada is to participate in a bombing mission,” Trudeau said.

Helpfully, the above statement was made on the (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Twenty-five years ago today

   Twenty five ‎years!

Twenty-five years ago today, Jean Chretien became the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. 

That’s a younger me, above, with my Dad, who was there as the Chretien campaign’s physician at the convention. We are waiting for the results of the vote, which our guy would win handily in our Calgary hometown. 

I’ve got crutches because I’d been hit by a car two days earlier. Eleanor McMahon and I were going to advance a meeting for The Boss, and a taxi driver got me. (“Was a Martin guy driving?” Chretien asked (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: The N Word

The president said it. My gut tells me he shouldn’t have done so. 

An older essay by comedian Jehmu Greene best explains why, on Fox News, of all places:

The idea that “nigger” is powerless is a somewhat nonsensical sentiment oft repeated by those who make their living slinging it. If the N-word is truly powerless then why do rappers use it to refer to their adversaries or why can’t white people use it? 

…When African-American usage of “nigga” saturates music, social media and everyday conversations, is it hard to imagine why it would so easily roll (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Ray writes about Jenn

This is very sad.

Warren Kinsella: BREAKING: Senior Liberal strategist is heard from!

(He sure is nicer when he wants something from you.)

  

Warren Kinsella: In today’s Hill Times: the campaign 2015 SWOT

SWOT is an analysis technique consultants use to assess internal STRENGTHS and WEAKNESSES – to a campaign, to a client, to a cause – and to evaluate external OPPORTUNITIES and THREATS.

A SWOT analysis isn’t about a message – it’s about a thing, or a factor, that can help or hurt. It can be happening right now, or is something likely to happen in the future.

The Canuckistan commentariat are pretty good at assessing the political import of things that have already taken place. But what about future events – things that haven’t happened yet? What is the political impact (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Jim Carrey? Bill Murray?

Brandon Blaine (of Plague Vendor) and me (of SFH) do Jim Carrey and Bill Murray impersonations, backstage in TO, midnight June 20, 2015. 

  

Warren Kinsella: My God Almighty, Plague Vendor are going to be rock stars

  

Warren Kinsella: The haters, who they are, and how to beat them

I’ve written a couple of books about extremists on the Left and the Right. Along the way, I’ve noticed a few shared characteristics of the extremists – the terrorists, really – on both sides of the ideological spectrum. 

The manifesto of the Charleston killer – I refuse to use his name – is here. It is standard neo-Nazi fare. Reading it, however, reminded me again of the demographics of hate, whether it is ISIS or the Aryan Nations. 

The ones who commit violence in the name of hate are almost always this:

• Young men, between late teens (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: This tweet is a big hit with politicians, apparently