“Mr. Fry overflew the battlefield and carpet-bombed the retreating enemy with witty diplomacy.”

When you come to a tenebrous thicket in the road, stay right
Conrad Black is fretting that no one will buy his new book, “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other.” “He’s always in your face, every day,” Black worries. “I don’t know if people want to read any more about him….” “Yes, Trump can be grating at times with his blowhardism and his confected vocabulary that is not as witty as Yogi Berra’s,” Black told me.
Reported by Alex Beam, Boston Globe, May 22, 2018.

He being preeminent among them
“Donald Trump is not a blundering reactionary, but a battle-hardened veteran of very difficult businesses full of unethical people,” Black writes.

Jack Johnson, the long-dead Negro pugilist? Give me a sodding break!
The cynics, who are often right, have suggested that Black may have ginned up his love letter to Trump to prepare the ground for a pardon request. Black says he hasn’t asked for a pardon, but doesn’t rule out requesting one in the future: “I might.”

As opposed to obsequiously fawning and unrigorous?
In an interview with Daily Caller Ottawa Bureau Chief David Krayden, Black discussed his newly-released book, “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other….”
CB: …His attack was so strenuous on the whole system and so shocked the bi-partisan political class, that most books about him are rabidly hostile and unrigorous….
—dailycaller.com, May 17, 2018.

[INDENT] I am an admirer of Conrad Black, a Hillary hater and a Trump voter.  I despise this book. The author did essentially no research for it. It has almost no references. The back of the book gives “Notes.” For example, Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, about Trump business activities and his decision to run, are all based on one book, Kranish and Fischer, Trump Revealed. The later chapters are no better. If you watched T.V. or read the newspaper during the campaign, you will learn nothing from this book. Don’t bother with the book if you want to learn anything other than Conrad Black is a supporter of Donald Trump. I lost a lot respect for the author and for Victor Hanson, who wrote a glowing “Forward” to this book.
Joel Hammeron, amazon.ca, May 18, 2018.

Drake who? Leonard who? Ryan who?
The last Munk Debate, on May 18 in Toronto, was on the complicated question: “What you call political correctness I call progress….” The participants upholding the view that political correctness was progress were Michael Eric Dyson, an African-American professor of sociology…and Baptist minister, and Michelle Goldberg, a columnist for The New York Times…. Opposing them were University of Toronto professor of psychology (and successor to the late mayor Rob Ford as the most famous Canadian in the world outside Canada) Jordan Peterson and English comedian and actor Stephen Fry.
—Conrad Black, National Post, May 25, 2018.

Sadly, lacking any choice in his mode of address
Professor Peterson was the only contestant who seriously attempted to address the issue.

Ah, makes one nostalgic for the Nixon-Kissinger strategy in Cambodia
The Peterson-Fry duo proved a powerful coalition of talents. After Peterson’s intellectual infantry overran the trenches of the New York and Washington left, Mr. Fry overflew the battlefield and carpet-bombed the retreating enemy with witty diplomacy.

My son, the drivel fighter
@ConradMBlack 2018-05028
My son witheringly rebuts the endless torrent of maladjusted, self-important, envious drivel that ran in the Star on Friday. torontosun.com/opinion/column…

Battle lines drawn to decide most laboured prose in Christendom
In the laboured prose of an emeritus tenured academic, Professor Bernard Schiff, no doubt accustomed to audiences held captive by their desire for a passing grade, wrote a piece titled, “I was Jordan Peterson’s strongest supporter. Now I think he’s dangerous….” Rather than utilizing the voluminous space afforded him by The Star’s editors (5,388 words) to support this malicious diatribe, he deftly parried the need for such bother by professing his former…
—James “Chip Off the Old” Black, Toronto Sun, May 29, 2018.

Correction: That should have read nearly 99 per cent of British pseudo-peers caught with their snouts in the corporate cookie jar
The American conviction rate of nearly 99 percent, 97 percent without a trial, because of the heinous perversion of the plea-bargain system, removes the United States in criminal-justice matters from the category of its socioeconomic and democratic peer countries and places it, in matters of criminal procedure and conviction rates, disgracefully among the totalitarian states.
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, National Review, May 29, 2018.

Among felony defendants whose cases were adjudicated within the one-year tracking period (89% of cases), 68% were convicted. This includes a 59% felony conviction rate with the remainder receiving misdemeanor convictions. Felony conviction rates were highest for defendants originally charged with motor vehicle theft (74%), a driving-related offense (73%), murder (70%), burglary (69%), or drug trafficking (67%). They were lowest for defendants originally charged with assault (45%).
—Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, May 30, 2016.

Oh, OK, I will then
I will not dwell on these points again… The plea bargain must cease to be a process of extorting and suborning perjured inculpatory testimony under threat of prosecution and inducement by immunity for the catechized perjury.—Ibid.

Freelance punditry being a good option for some
Notions of civilized penal reform must return, such as assisting convicted people to learn how to earn honest incomes on release….

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2 comments on ““Mr. Fry overflew the battlefield and carpet-bombed the retreating enemy with witty diplomacy.”
  1. daveS says:

    FranK: “Obsequiously fawning and unrigorous”
    BlacK: “Rabidly hostile and unrigorous”

    Calling Bryan Garner, of Garner’s Modern English Usage (GMEU)!! New words to put in the dustbin.
    …” a usage dictionary and style guide (or ‘prescriptive dictionary’) for contemporary Modern English. … It was expanded to cover English more broadly in the 2016 fourth edition, under the present title”
    [but see the LanguageLog blogs for warnings on Garner’s florid overusages ]

  2. OJM says:

    So when you’re Trump-pardoned do they just send you a form letter with blank spaces to scribble in your name and the felony for which you did time? Or is there a ceremony that ends with a hand-job signifying the pardonee’s gratitude and devotion.

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