September 02, 2004
"...no one expects Bush to start another war..."
Kevin Drum. I guess I'm out on my own on this one, then, but I still expect some aerial bombardment of Iran or possibly Syria to commence by the end of 2006, assuming, as I fully do, a Bush second term. Iraq will have sorted itself out into its new totalitarianism by then, and ruthless repression by "Iraqi forces" there will provide the requisite ground staging base. The current American leadership has a lot of stock invested in the prosecution of foreign wars. I believe is capable of doing whatever it takes to cajole the country into a new one. I really don't see it playing out any other way. I guess we'll see who's right.
Makes you start to believe that Illuminati crap
Canadians are following with interest/disgust the revelations about the personal looting of the former Hollinger newspaper empire by chief executives David Radler and Conrad Black. Black and Radler appear to have siphoned every dime they could out of the company for their profligate lifestyles, with the tacit acceptance of a third member of the company's executive committee, appointed by the board to keep a watch on the two of them.
That easygoing third member, who scored $5 million for himself out of the deal? Richard Perle. No, I'm not kidding.
'Craziest pilot' says farewell to fans
Royal Canadian Artillery Capt. (retd.) James "Scotty" Doohan made what should be his final public appearance in Los Angeles this last weekend. Doohan, who is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's apparently, was wounded at D-Day and is remembered for his work later in the war as an artillery air observer, when he was christened the "craziest pilot" in the air (which for Canadians, is saying something). He's 84.
Oh, yes, I understand he also did some TV/movie work after that. Some kind of space show, I gather.
"endearingly macho" -- Mark Steyn
"wonderfully detailed analysis" -- John Allemang, Globe and Mail
"unusually candid" -- Tom Ricks, Foreignpolicy.com
Bill & Bob
Ghosts of Alex