Did unrepentant provocateur Gordon Warren just spring a trap on Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz and his pal Sandy Shindleman?
Damned if he didn't.
And did he bait the trap with unsuspecting reporters and bloggers (yes, like us)? It seems (sob) like he did.
The Mayor and his supporters must have been chortling at the news Wednesday that Shindleman and his brother Robert have launched a lawsuit against Warren for defamation.
But the suit is just a smokescreen to disguise Shindleman's true goal---to crush blogger and pamphleteer Gordon Warren into the dust for the Jewish community of Winnipeg.
Warren first earned their ire six months ago by circulating posters attacking alleged corruption at City Hall manifested by "untendered contracts and shady land deals" which benefited or involved 13 of Mayor Katz's associates, whom he listed.
That had them running in circles like a yapping pack of chihuahuas howling about anti-semitism. But there was one problem --- the only people sewing yellow stars on those mentioned in the poster were members of the Jewish community itself. Warren's poster never identified anyone as Jewish and never made religion an issue in his allegations.
Of course somebody went running to the police to get Warren charged with hate crimes, but, to their astonishment, the police concluded that there was no chance of a conviction.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, Warren, whose website declares he is "gathering and sharing evidence that will bring Sam Katz and his band of thieves to justice before organized crime takes hold in Winnipeg", raised the ante. He circulated a blog titled 'The Katz Doctrine' which consisted of ten points along the lines of:
1) God is never angry about the Jews, just about the Non-Jews.
6) Jews may steal from Non-Jews.
7) Jews always have to try to deceive Non-Jews.
8) Jews may lie to Non-Jews. Jews may use lies (subterfuges) to circumvent a Gentile.
9) Every Jew is allowed to use lies and perjury to bring a Non-Jew to ruin.
Ouch. The reaction was immediate. Even people who supported his provocative poster because they were fed up with cronyism at city hall distanced themselves from what appeared to be outright anti-semitism. We certainly did.
But today it looks like 'The Katz Doctrine' post was a trap.
The mainstream media, especially the Winnipeg Free Press which is owned by a prominent member of the Jewish community, went gaga over the news of the Shindleman lawsuit. But before the night was over, Warren issued his side of the story.
As Nancy Grace puts it---Bombshell.
Warren said that the points in 'The Katz Doctrine' come from a single source, and its not Main Kampf.
It's the Talmud.
The Talmud, says Wikipedia, is considered second only to the Torah in importance in the Jewish religion. One book is the written version of Jewish oral law and and a second consists of commentaries by rabbis on the written law and their differences.
It's not chicken liver.
Warren may have put Shindleman's lawyer, Robert Tapper, in the position of having to acknowledge that the ten points are indeed in the Talmud, but that they are anti-semitic if distributed to non-Jews.
Warren started a campaign against corruption. People began defending those accused of engaging in cronyism by raising the red herring of anti-semitism. If they want to make this a religious fight, he's giving them one.
Imagine a supoenaed Sam Katz answering questions about whether he believes the Talmud to reflect the word of God. Imagine the headlines the next day. "Winnipeg's Jewish Mayor says its okay for Jews to deceive Goyim. Talmud says so."
A civil defamation trial could go to a jury. Warren could ask that no Jewish judge hear the case and no Jews be eligible to sit on the jury because they could be expected to be biased. How that will fly?
Shindleman and Tapper are banking that Warren can't afford a high-priced lawyer. They should remember that the most dangerous man is the man who has nothing to lose.
If Warren does manage to get Shindleman and Katz under oath during examination for discovery, maybe we'll get some answers finally about the secretive contracts Shindico got to build four new firehalls. And what Katz knew about them and when. This lawsuit could turn out to be terrific for public accountability.
Tapper is going to court March 26 for an injunction to silence Warren and take away his voice by keeping him from blogging about the lawsuit so that Tapper and Shindleman can control the information through their mouthpieces at the Free Press and the rest of the MSM.
But they should remember, this pisher has chutzpah to spare. And they're already in his trap.