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Warren Kinsella: Ontario’s Ombudsman is a disgrace

Here’s yet more evidence, from Tom Adams.

My recent experience, here.

This man is out of control. Facing serial human rights complaints. Buying a $2,000 flat screen TV for his “home office” with taxpayer dollars – and expensing body wash and after shave. Tweeting photos of himself on a government account that are, to say the least, bizarre – and tweeting dozens of statements that are disgraceful, and biased, coming from an officer of the Legislature.

Now, today, we learn he’s being paid nearly a quarter of a million a year, not including thousands in side benefits.

This guy needs (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Harm, self-harm and depression


Investigators are focusing on whether a “personal life crisis” led a Germanwings pilot to intentionally crash a plane into the French Alps on Tuesday, Bild Zeitung reported, citing unidentified security officials.

Authorities are trying to determine whether Andreas Lubitz’s relationship difficulties with his girlfriend played a role in his apparent decision to initiate the descent into the mountainside, taking 149 passengers and crew to their deaths on Germanwings Flight 9525, the newspaper reported.

The first officer, who had a history of mental illness, had to repeat some stages of flight school because of depression and was occasionally listed as (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: ISIS: I am confused, as usual

How does bombing targets in Syria, without asking Syria for permission, and continuing to condemn Syria, make us an ally of Syria? #cdnpoIi

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) March 26, 2015

Opposing the Obama-led international coalition for whatever reason is one thing. But to actually suggest we have now somehow become allies of Syria’s despicable regime is, well, despicable.

Warren Kinsella: Why the Mike Duffy trial/scandal/whatever won’t topple the government, with bonus ALL CAPS

You all know my views on scandal stuff, but you also know I am a digitized, Internet-based broken record, and possibly not even a person. To wit: scandal-mongering DOESN’T WORK.

Cole’s Notes version as to why:

The media/politico chattering class call EVERYTHING a scandal, and always append “gate” to the end of same, to no discernible effect The public ALREADY think EVERYONE in politics is a crook, so the breathless revelation that someone involved in politics is a crook ISN’T A REVELATION TO THEM Joe and Jane Frontporch, the aforementioned public, HAVE HEARD THE HYSTERIA AND HISTRIONICS TOO MANY TIMES, and don’t believe (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: The key sentence in the Competition Bureau decision on Sun-Postmedia acquisition/merger

Right here:

“The Bureau also took into consideration the dynamic nature of media markets and the challenges faced by traditional media in adapting to an increasingly digital world.”

Shorter version: newspapers need all the help they can get, and we aren’t about to hasten their demise. Knock yourselves out, etc.

Messrs. Godfrey and Phillips know how to put together a brief, clearly. This is a significant and not-easy-to-achieve result.

Warren Kinsella: In this week’s Hill Times: ten reasons why the Grits and Dippers won’t dance

These are some of the things that happen every four years: leap year, a total solar eclipse, the Olympics, and the FIFA World Cup. 

Oh, and debate—ad infinitum, ad nauseam—about the Liberals and New Democrats coming together to defeat the Satanic Stephen Harper Conservatives. That, too, happens every four years—and, when there’s a minority Parliament, it happens with even greater frequency. 

Thus, this past week, when a mischievous ‎Tom Mulcair started musing out loud about the progressive/coalition/cooperation thing yet again. Columnists columnized about it. Reporters reported on it. Commenters commented on it.  

Here we go again.

Take (Read more…)

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Warren Kinsella: ISIS: read this

This Matthews guy is smart.

One expert in genocide and war said the government motion neatly manoeuvred Trudeau into repudiating his own party’s foreign policy legacy.

“I think now from a political perspective this is a bigger wedge issue because Liberals were the ones who helped bring about responsibility to protect (R2P), that said we must do more to protect human security. They are now basically turning their backs on that notion,” said Kyle Matthews, senior deputy director at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies with Concordia University.

The mission has already exposed a split in the (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Pope Francis is the most important progressive leader in the world

And here’s yet another reason why.

Warren Kinsella: The war against ISIS: write your own talking points

As expected, the Harper government is moving to extend and even expand our participation in the international force targeting ISIS.

The Conservatives – with the possible exception of Michael Chong – will be unanimous in their support for that motion.

The NDP – with no exceptions that I’m aware of – will be unanimous in their opposition.

So what of the Liberal Party? Everyone agrees they are now in a bit of a dilemma. Justin Trudeau strenuously opposed the mission, and even seemed to mock it – but then subsequent polls showed overwhelming support for our participation, and concurrent (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Meanwhile, indigenous people say they were born here first, and want Donald Trump to go back to where he came from

…which, clearly, is a European insane asylum.

Warren Kinsella: Your morning moral relativism

If you’re like me, you form judgments based upon a number of variables. You look at the evidence, and you choose.

So, you look at the evidence unearthed by the United Nations, which has reported that ISIS is “selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive,” quote unquote.

And if that’s not enough to justify taking action against ISIS in the Middle East, or making it harder to promote terror in Canada – and it should be, for any moral person – then how about this?

Against C-51? (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Pennywise!

I can breathe in this world. 


Warren Kinsella: Meerkat and Periscope will change politics

Mark my words.

My band did a Toronto show on Thursday night. We played live, and we were seen by a respectable number of people as far away as Australia. I’m told we were among the first bands to ever use this new video live streaming thing in that way. 

My prediction: it will change politics, too. As campaigns become more and more expensive to cover – and as news organizations have fewer and fewer resources – you will see campaign events showing up on Meerkat and Periscope, live and start to finish, for all to see from the (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Steve Ladurantaye adds to his bulging tabloid headline file

A classic. 


Warren Kinsella: Political foot-in-mouth disease: when is it an accident, and when is it deliberate?

Michael Harris in iPolitics:

The odd thing about about this re-run of the Right of the Living Dead in the CPC is that it represents something that Stephen Harper himself used to view with mortification and alarm. His original inspiration for muzzling MPs came from his days with Preston Manning.

Back then, a year’s worth of work before a party convention — not to mention the event itself — could be blown apart by one unhinged Reformer ranting at the media about an Asian Invasion or Young Earth Creationism. Who can forget when Warren Kinsella produced a purple Barney the (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: SFH comes alive!

From left: Davey Snot, Royal Niblet, Steve Deceive and Winkie Smith. Bjorn von Flapjack III? Who cares. We hate him, now. 

I love Stevie’s Townshend-esque flourish. Classic. 

Oh, and we made history! We broadcast our show live over Meerkat and Periscope, and got watched as far away as Australia. Cool. 

Warren Kinsella: Headline of 2015 so far

Spotted by the ever-vigilant Michael Slavitch.

Warren Kinsella: In this week’s Hill Times: it’s 2015, not 1939

In May 1939, the ocean liner St. Louis departed Hamburg with nearly 1,000 Jews onboard.  They were heading to Cuba, to escape Nazi persecution.  When they arrived in Havana, two weeks later, every Jew aboard was denied entry. The St. Louis’ captain tried again, in Florida.  There, too, the Jewish passengers were not permitted to disembark. Halifax – a regular stop for the St. Louis – was two days away.  But Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King adamantly refused to give the Jews safe haven.  “None is too many,” his lead immigration official later described the Canadian government’s policy towards (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Whistle while you work


 Like a real dog whistle which produces sound at a high frequency that can be heard by canines but not by humans, dog-whistle politics refers to the use of code words that go unheard or unremarked by most people but which convey a particular — usually nasty, racially tinged — message to a target audience.

I never liked the phrase, personally, because it suggests that strategists believe voters are animals, and therefore easily trained. If that were so, no one would need strategists anymore, would they?

A cur like Larry Miller notwithstanding, my experience is that Ontario Conservatives (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Ottawa-based guy chimes in


 Warren Kinsella, another Ottawa-based political strategist and former Special Assistant to Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien agrees. “The NDP never wants the Green party there, the Liberals would prefer not to have the NDP there, the Tories would probably prefer to have nobody there. All of them have their preferences,” Kinsella chimes in.

I knew we moved yesterday, but not that far! (We didn’t.)

Anyway, it’s in the new iPolitics thing for today, by subscription. 

What’s your take, debating commenters? Which debate lineup works best for which leader? Which format? How many debates? Which moderator? When? (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Moving is worse than…

• Getting kicked in the face by a goat

• Leaving a baby on a bus

• Having to poop at your friend’s tiny studio apartment

• Accidentally drooling while speaking to a Super Model

• Being kidnapped by a drug cartel

• Swallowing a pill sideways

• Week-long Justin Bieber Music Festival 

….but moving is what we are doing! Yep. 

What do you think moving is worse than, Dear Reader?

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Warren Kinsella: Ekos: check out BC and Quebec

It’s just one poll, election is far away, blah blah blah. But if those BC and PQ numbers are right, Harper doesn’t have far to go to secure another majority.  Wow. 

Warren Kinsella: We get letters: U R going to like ths 1

Our plan is to get Obama to read it on-air.

Warren Kinsella: And this is the only dinosaur that recently co-existed with humans, Stock

Ah, memories.

Warren Kinsella: Decree on religious facing coverings for women


31. – That this be the better observed at all times and by all Sisters in every place, we decree that all the Sisters shall so adjust their kerchiefs, that the forehead, both cheeks and the chin shall be for the greater part covered, so that their faces may be in no wise entirely seen.

Shocking! Appalling! Repression! The “Sisters” in question? Why, it’s the Colettine Poor Clare Order of nuns, that’s who.

Here’s a picture of one of them:

I look forward to assorted politicians condemning this anti-women group of, er, women.