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Warren Kinsella: Eight reasons children of the Seventies should all be dead

This is brilliant. It made me laugh so hard, I fell off my Earth Shoes, knocked over a stack of eight track tapes, and wrecked my Farrah Fawcett poster collection.

Brilliant.

Warren Kinsella: And here we thought LSD wasn’t readily available in China

‘Chick Chick’ (natch) by Chinese pop group Wang Rong Rollin. Wow. Just, wow.

Warren Kinsella: Obama just ensured the next occupant of the White House is a Democrat

American conservatives, like some Canadian conservatives, are apparently unaware that the country is changing under their feet.Obama’s move is a masterstroke, and the following paragraphs demonstrate why:

“Republicans are in a bind over immigration: the U.S. electorate is rapidly becoming more diverse, especially more Hispanic. Republican leaders have said the party risks its long-term future if it does not act to solve America’s immigration problems. But many in the party’s conservative base oppose any reform that includes a path to citizenship for those who enter the country illegally.

The White House says the president is exercising his executive (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: In Friday’s Sun: respect

Canada is more than “a confederation of shopping centres,” Pierre Trudeau once said, decrying the narrow agendas of provincial Premiers.

It is more than that. It has to be more than that. In Trudeau’s view – and I believe he expressed it this way, once, but the quote remains elusive – Canada is also more than a grouping of feudal fiefdoms, held together by bribes doled out by the central government.

In constitutional negotiations, in negotiations of transfer payments and the like, Pierre Trudeau was (in)famously dismissive of the petty ambitions of the Premiers. No one could ever accuse the (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Mike Nichols, RIP

As my Calgary high co-conspirators Lee G. Hill and Dan Nearing would tell you, The Graduate was always my favourite. RIP, a great visionary.

Warren Kinsella: Dennis Mills in the Globe, on that rumour thing

Mr. Kinsella said in an email Wednesday that a number of senior Liberal party members have urged him to seek a nomination and to run in the 2015 election. Among them, he said, is Dennis Mills ,who held Toronto-Danforth for the Liberals for 16 years before being defeated by Mr. Layton, the former NDP leader, in 2004.

“I’m giving it serious thought,” said Mr. Kinsella. “It’s a big decision. I’m very concerned about the direction the country is going in, and I believe (Liberal Leader Justin) Trudeau is on track to win back the confidence of Canadians.”

Mr. Mills (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: About that rumour: three questions

1. Have some folks suggested I offer myself up as a Liberal candidate in the next federal dust-up? Yep.

2. Am I a candidate for anything yet? Nope.

3. Should I become a candidate? Well, there’s a few strongly-held opinions on that. Me, I’m opening up comments for you commenters to comment.

Let ‘er rip.

 

Warren Kinsella: God Save Justin Trudeau: the fight

I haven’t seen the film, but Ashley Csanady (I love her name, it’s like a Pynchon character’s name) and she has a hilarious review of it, here.

Personally, I think the Trudeau-Brazeau match was really, really important. Inspired by Csanady, here are my numbered reasons why:

Boxing is what all sports are, stripped down to base elements. It is perfect because it doesn’t hide what it is. Boxing is used by writers all the time as a metaphor for other things, because it lends itself to that. Here, Trudeau turned it into a metaphor for politics, and I don’t know (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Why didn’t the NDP’s Craig Scott, a lawyer, report a crime?

Quote:

“Craig Scott, a New Democrat MP and former law professor, said to the Liberals that what he was told happened to one of his female colleagues could be defined as an alleged sexual assault, multiple sources have told The Canadian Press.”

Really?

Scott is a lawyer. He is an officer of the court. He has an obligation to report a serious crime, if he believes a serious crime has been committed. He didn’t.

Why not?

Warren Kinsella: Key factoids about Whitby-Oshawa, plus a handy chart

Conservative folks are sounding pretty cocky, this morning, but they shouldn’t be. They are, after all, the folks who:

Saw a two-term Whitby mayor in a tough fight with a total newcomer to politics Were in a pitched battle in a Con stronghold (in which they took 60 per cent of the vote last time, to the Liberals’ 14 per cent) Sent virtually every member of cabinet through to promise everything but the kitchen sink Were whining about “dirty tricks” on the eve of the vote Sent in their national campaign boss, Ms. Byrne, because they were in deep shit and they knew (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: “I glanced seaward – and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away”

From Gatsby, natch.

Less figuratively, I have been told it will be “very, very vigorous” in my case.

Literally, I welcome that.

Warren Kinsella: In Tuesday’s Sun: by-elections don’t matter, except when they do

Everyone knows that (a) election outcomes are notoriously difficult to predict, these days, and that (b) by-election outcomes don’t mean much, if anything.

However, those caveats aside, let’s have some fun and (a) recklessly predict some election outcomes and (b) rashly suggest that yesterday’s Whitby-Oshawa by-election – and the one in Yellowhead – portend big, big changes.

The one in Whitby-Oshawa by-election, for starters. Whoever actually won the thing – and, at press time, that crucial bit of information remained stubbornly elusive – one thing is for certain: the Conservatives and the New Democrats lost it.

Whitby-Oshawa, you see, was (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: A nice young Liberal expresses interest in my book

We had a great chat, too. Interesting fellow.

Warren Kinsella: BREAKING: Pregnant Women now able to generate Wi-Fi

(H/T @DrScienceCat)

Warren Kinsella: My kind of movie review

Warren Kinsella: No justice, no peace

Brilliantly done. Kudos, HuffPo.

And why is this so important? Because her name is all that she had left. By saying her name, by remembering her, we can – hopefully, maybe – ensure that something like this never, ever happens again.

 

 

Warren Kinsella: In Friday’s Sun: the hunted become the hunter

Have the hunted become the hunters?

This week, I spoke at a well-attended fundraiser for the Mississauga-Lakeshore federal Liberal association. Their impressive candidate Sven Spengemann was there, along with about 30 Grits. They were a great bunch – in part, because they didn’t throw any finger foods at me.

But there was another reason, too. They had that lean, hungry look about them – the look of political people who have grown tired of being the hunted, and were turning on the hunter.

Let us explain. For too long, progressives – and Liberals in particular – did not take Stephen (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Robert Ghiz

Twelve years is a good long run. He’d be a huge asset as Trudeau candidate.

Who think he’ll go federal?

Warren Kinsella: Not only is Kim Kardashian ridiculous, she’s also unoriginal

“There is nothing new or even original about this spread. Renowned French photographer Jean-Paul Goude just dug into his archives, pulled out some of his old favorites and recreated them with reality TV’s reigning It Girl. That’s it. At best, these pictures are recycled art, and at worst, they are lazy sensationalism — but innovative they are not.“

Warren Kinsella: Byline: in which I argue that Trudeau is the still the guy to beat

Warren Kinsella: Are the federal Libs in trouble?

This notwithstanding, I still don’t think so.

I will, however, be talking about this stuff tonight. Come!

Warren Kinsella: Remember

Warren Kinsella: It’s a long story, in more ways than one

Warren Kinsella: In Tuesday’s Sun: ten reasons why I think Trudeau will win

Justin Trudeau remains the man to beat. Like it or not, it’s a fact.

Herewith, ten reasons why:

Liberals lead: Lately, Stephen Harper has performed well. On ISIS, on the attacks on the CAF, on the improving economy: he has looked Prime Ministerial. But polling averages don’t lie. Even now, the Liberals remain ahead of the ruling Conservatives. And in the past two years, Trudeau’s party has bested Harper’s in virtually every single poll. Trudeau wins: In all but a handful of surveys since he has become Liberal Party leader, Trudeau has been Canadians’ clear choice for Prime Minister. In (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Wednesday night!