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Warren Kinsella: SFH at the Garrison Wednesday night!

For Shift! For Chris Turner! For Evan Solomon! For civil liberties!

Warren Kinsella: On ISIS fight, Canadians are with Obama

So sayeth Abacus. The polling firm didn’t ask, but I suspect that they would have found that Canadians don’t think the President is doing what he’s doing because of his ego, either. Libs, take note.

 

Warren Kinsella: We live in dangerous times

The murder of the CAF member in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu by an avowed ISIS sympathizer had political implications, and within minutes. Yesterday, the Prime Minister stood in the House of Commons to speak about the terrible event – even before the rest of us knew it had happened – and explicitly linked it to terrorism.

“The individual who struck the two CAF members (Canadian Armed Forces) with his car is known to federal authorities, including the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team,” PMO later said in a written statement issued Monday evening. “Federal authorities have confirmed that there are clear indications that the individual (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Tomorrow night! Shift! Chris Turner!

Evan Solomon will be there, and he may speak to you!

Warren Kinsella: In Tuesday’s Sun: bookish

Politicians write books for different reasons.

They write them to show that they are men and women of substance. They write them to demonstrate that they are brimming with ideas and character.

They write them because they want to go above the heads of the news media. They write them because they have experienced some trials and tribulations, and they want to put the best possible spin on them. They write books to be taken seriously.

Justin Trudeau’s book – whose title is ‘Common Ground’ – has likely been written for all of those reasons. Trudeau wants it known that (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Apishkaday: fundraiser for Aboriginal legal Services of Toronto

Warren Kinsella: New York Times on John Tory: “uniquely charmless,” “rich white man,” “entitled,” “old WASP elite”

Quote:

“The two front-runners are Doug Ford — Rob’s brother — and John Tory, with Mr. Tory holding a narrow lead in recent polls. They have indulged in the uniquely charmless rhetoric of rich white men calling each other privileged.”

And:

“Mr. Tory is a way back to the old WASP elites with their unspeakably vast sense of entitlement.”

Story here.

That all sounds about right.

Nothing good happened (except gridlock, legislative and vehicular) during the Rob Ford years because the mayor was a drug addicted basket case. Nothing will happen (except dithering and dotage) during the John (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Wednesday! SFH! Shift! Chris Turner!

Warren Kinsella: SFH on October 25 at the Only Cafe

Warren Kinsella: “Hey, you little bastards! Get the Hell out of my ball pit!”

Warren Kinsella: John Tory doesn’t think white people have an easier time of it

And the Torontoist is on to him, in a blistering (but belated) editorial:

Let us now turn to John Tory, whose campaign has been a massive disappointment. John Tory’s candidacy was meant to be premised on the idea that he was a man of substance—and, more importantly, of principle. After all, the argument went, John Tory is the man who lost the 2007 election due to his unpopular but principled stance on religious schooling. There are two problems with this. The first, of course, is that it was an astonishingly bad idea—an expensive, misguided solution to a problem that Quebec (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Forties

Great writing, here, and some actual wisdom delivered in staccato bursts, too. Lala and all you in your forties, read.

Warren Kinsella: Shift, Chris Turner, SFH, all in one place at one time

If you are sensible, you could be there, too. Meet Evan Solomon. Meet Andy Heintzman. Meet Clive Thompson. Most importantly, meet Davey Snot and Royal Niblet.

Warren Kinsella: Globe columnist on Magnotta’s victim

Reading some of the horrible accounts of the evidence yesterday, this was brought to mind. She (and others) have never apologized for it.

Warren Kinsella: This Ebola thing is going to end badly

The evidence, as they say, is compelling.

Warren Kinsella: Ferris Bueller lives

Here’s the proof. A kid named Jeremy Fry at a Celtics game. Boston. Sent the song back up the charts. It ain’t new, apparently, but this is just so awesome.

Warren Kinsella: In Friday’s Sun: disasters are in the eye of the beholder

Rudy Giuliani’s second term was not going well. It was a disaster, in fact.

He’d been diagnosed with cancer. His signature tough-on-crime policy was rounding up more hot dog vendors than bad guys. He was confrontational and combative. He informed his wife he was dumping her at a press conference. His numbers stunk. Even without term limits, he wouldn’t have been elected NYC dogcatcher.

And then, 9/11 happened.

The attacks on New York City, and New Yorkers, dramatically changed the political fortunes of Rudy Giuliani. Standing at Ground Zero, reassuring New Yorkers and the world, Giuliani was stoic, strong, serene. (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: SFH! Chris Turner! Shift Magazine!

Exclamation marks!

 

Warren Kinsella: Byline: a federal election is one year away

Warren Kinsella: Ontario politics, summarized in a tweet

Warren Kinsella: How not to manage a public health crisis

This was slipped under peoples’ doors in the middle of the night. Seriously.

The coordination of the medical/governmental/public response to this thing has been a five-alarm shit show. Not going to end well, methinks.

Warren Kinsella: Average writing about averages

Paul Adams tweeted this – Story? Column? Op-ed? What is it? – earlier this morning. My friend Darrell Bricker was appalled by the fact that the national broadcaster would be reduced to running stuff that could have been generated by any “grad student with a calculator.”

Me, I was appalled by the writing. I mean, is it so much to ask that the CBC – which has more editorial staff, per capita, than any other Canadian news organization – endeavour to, you know, edit stuff before they put it out? I found the prose, here, dense and confusing (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: In Tuesday’s Sun: sorry, big media, but you don’t own every word that is uttered

The media are upset.

This isn’t a unique thing. It happens a lot. But what makes the latest controversy noteworthy is the subject-matter: an obscure change to Canadian copyright law, buried in a Conservative government omnibus bill. The proposed change would permit political parties to use material published and broadcast by news organizations for free in their ads.

CTV discovered the change, and many in the media are in high dudgeon about it. The Opposition parties, always hoping to curry favour with the media, say the change is “disrespectful” (the NDP’s Nathan Cullen) and “devious” (the Liberals’ Ralph Goodale).

Having (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Forgive me for feeling somewhat vindicated

…two months after the fact. Better late than never, I suppose.

I never called him a racist, you know. I simply asked if his policies treated different people differently. If they distinguished between people based on race.

I await his apology to me, because I sure as shit withdraw mine to him.

 

 

(Oh, and here is video of his actual words. If they get the coverage they deserve, he’s done.)

 

 

Warren Kinsella: Why Malala won: she is one of the few actual Christ-like people alive

At around the four minute mark.

 

“I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’ But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue (Read more…)