The US has formally transferred sovereignty
of Iraq to its new interim government two days ahead of schedule. Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour are commenting on the breaking news even as I speak. I think this is a great surprise because the terrorists lose two days and whatever plans they had for the handover, L.Paul Bremer gets to relax early and CNN has to completely rework its countdown programming schedule.
Commercial Space Flight
To me, this is the real top story
of the week. A 63-year old pilot is the first FAA-certified commercial astronaut after achieving a 62-mile altitude in the privately-built SpaceShipOne, designed by Burt Rutan. It may not be long before someone wins the X Prize for a reusable commercial spacecraft.
Facts in the Way
Michael Moore never let facts get in the way of his movies but now at least one leading liberal columnist is taking issue
with "Fahrenheit 9/11." We'll see what others have to say in the coming days, including the increasingly partisan Roger Ebert
Meanwhile, the film's distributor has decided to accept help
from Hezbollah-affiliated organizations rather than risk losing money in Lebanon and Syria, although one wonders why Hezbollah would threaten to boycott this film in any case since it seems to serve their purpose.
Ray Bradbury Speaks
Ray Bradbury may be the last author left who's allowed to turn in his manuscripts written longhand; such is the magnitude of his reverence. Apparently, after six months of patiently waiting to sort it out, Bradbury has publicly expressed his displeasure
with Michael Moore's choice to use the title "Fahrenheit 9/11." We'll see how this plays out...
I never knew this for a fact before but supposedly U.S. senators are to be docked their pay
whenever they don't show up at work. Kerry and the Senate secretary are both aware of this statute yet decline to obey it.
One need not be southern to be a "good old boy."
None Dare Call it Conditioning
Did you know that Afghan president Hamid Karzai addressed a joint session of Congress
this past Tuesday? I didn't before I saw this Bob Kohn commentary
. Like Kohn reading the New York Times, I was reading Wednesday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution and only saw some mention of the press conference Karzai held with Bush. I had no idea a joint session of Congress had been held at all.
Once there was a time when the free press existed to counter attempts by government to dictate truth; now government can't count on the press to report its own good news in any area.
Baghdad Talk Radio
Talk radio is alive and well in Baghdad
, which lends a sense of permanence to the changes there. Note that the article reports a number of women are on the air at the station described.
Ronald Reagan, All-American
I've been very pleased with the kind words
being said for Ronald Reagan and the reflections of his years as president. I even appreciate the statement by John Kerry
, who lately seems to be emulating the message of optimism that set Reagan apart from his predecessors. Just a few minutes ago I found one of those honorary inaugural invitations, the ones that always arrive on January 21st, for the second Reagan inauguration in 1985. I will always feel Reagan came along at the right time in history, including my own as his terms spanned my middle and high school years through my first year of college. From hearing our principal at school tell our bus driver of the shooting in 1981 to watching the live television coverage of Reagan's plane taking off from Washington in 1989, I clearly remember the times and the changes they brought. Like Elvis Presley was to entertainment, we might never know another figure quite like Reagan in our lifetimes.
Tonight I proudly announce the graduation of my niece, Carrie Gillespie, from Oglethorpe County High School. Yes, I am that old now but I'm glad because this past week has been a great family event. Carrie happens to be who won
to design a flag for Athens. I hope I don't embarrass her by saying so here but I am very proud of my family and I look forward to witnessing more of these milestones in the future.
Retrogaming Times Relaunches
The original Retrogaming Times
ended its run recently but now, under new editor Adam King, is back as Retrogaming Times Monthly
. It's really nice to see someone continue a good thing, knowing how easy it is for web sites to fall dormant and disappear.
Late Washingtonienne Update
I've been remiss in maintaining the blog lately and I never followed up on this whole sordid "Washingtonienne
" story. I hesitate to call it a scandal because names were never named, unfortunately, so we still don't really know who in high-level federal service was stupid enough to pay this hooker for her professional perversions. She asked, "how can anyone live on $25K a year?" Answer: much easier than on what this Jessica Cutler is worth now.