Thursday, February 21, 2008

Warren Kinsella’s strange hobby

Mark Steyn’s recent column in Maclean’s was about the reception his book has received from mainstream media outlets such as The Economist in the wake of Maclean’s being dragged into the infamous "human rights" kangaroo court system: defending free speech in general, they usually feel obliged to deplore my exercise of it in particular... "alarmist screed...", "alarmist", "alarmist", etc
By "alarmist," The Economist and Co. really mean "raising the subject."

Whether or not it's "alarmist" to ponder what those consequences might be, under Canada's "human rights" kangaroo courts it might soon be illegal.

After a thorough review of recent alarming events, Steyn gets round to dedicated defender of kangaroo courts and intrepid Nazi hunter, Warren Kinsella:

Warren Kinsella posted on his website a photograph he'd taken in a men's room stall showing the words "WHITE POWER" and a swastika scrawled on the wall at knee height. Why Mr. Kinsella is photographing public toilets on his knees I don't know, but every guy needs a hobby. At any rate, Warren sees this loser's graffiti as critical evidence of the imminent Nazi threat to the peaceable kingdom.

Our heroes pursue phantoms as the world transforms. Is sharia, polygamy, routine first-cousin marriage in the interests of Canada or Britain or Europe? Oh, dear, even to raise the subject is to tiptoe into all kinds of uncomfortable terrain for the multicultural mindset. It's easier just to look the other way, or go Nazi-hunting in the men's room. Nobody wants to be unpleasant, or judgmental, do they? What was it they said in the Cold War? Better dead than red. We're not like that anymore. Better screwed than rude.
It’s a great column and that image of Warren is priceless.


Blazingcatfur said...

I get the impression that Kinsella has embarrassed himself that he will never recover. The best he can do is quietly bow out.

Blazingcatfur said...

By the way, Macleans has really improved, it's no longer the Waiting Room magazine of choice.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

This latest Steyn article and the photo of Warren is worth the subscription price alone. I love this magazine. It's come a long way.

Anonymous said...

I have just received my third copy of my first ever MacLean's subscription. I am a senior. I haven't read this third copy yet. The past two issues are smack full of information. So much that it is difficult for a busy person to absorb. I made the subscription purchase, to support the magazine's unrequested effort to support freedom of speech against the over zealous Human Rights Commission.

I feel that this is the most important issue in Canada today. It is not only current events it is future events. If the Human Rights Commissions are not revamped the consequences will be truly Orwellian. I am devastated and amazed that noted commentators such as Warren Kinsella can try to dupe us into such a preposterous future to spin a political party. As a former card carrying Liberal and as a personal friend of candidates and as a former activist I KNOW that Warren Kinsella's spin is pure counterproductive to the true meaning of liberalism. I didn't leave the party. It left me. (Emphasis on left)

Strangely, the only truly (small L)liberal party remaining is the current Canadian Conservative Party of Canada.

Anonymous said...

Maclean's certainly has improved significantly recently. I'm almost to the point where I'm ready to take out a subscription again (after several subscriptions and cancellations.)

Kinsella's made a joke of himself all right. It's not surprising that he and his fellow travellers have helped drive liberals out of the LPC.

Marginalized Action Dinosaur said...

The best he can do is quietly bow out.

Well a lot of money went missing re adscam who knows what he had to do with it but he was mentioned in dispatches as it were.

Editor's note: Although the sponsorship program was not established until 1997, Public Works spent $11.5 million to fund unity activities, including sponsorships, in 1995. A news report indicated the first ads for Ottawa's pro-federalism campaign were placed with Groupaction that year, shortly after the Quebec referendum. Testimony before the Gomery inquiry indicated the consolidation of federal advertising into one program followed a suggestion from Dingwall. A report from the Ottawa Citizen indicated a 1995 memo from Kinsella, then-Dingwall's chief of staff, to the department's top bureaucrat urged that Chuck Guite be appointed to head a review that would centralize the buying and co-ordination of all advertising, polling and communications across government.