October 08, 2003


Mentioned in this weekís Continuing Crisis column for The Bulletin are George W. Bush, Tony Blair, John Howard, Margo Kingston, John Pilger, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Gerhard SchrŲder, Edward Said, Valerie Plame, Mike Hersh, Richard Nixon, Joe Hockey, Terry Lane, Jack Harvey, Warren Payne, Steve Cowley, Michael Lawrance, David Stuart, Robyn Williams, BjÝrn Lomborg, Alison Broinowski, and Richard Armitage.

Also in The Bulletin: Todd Hallenbeck previews the Bathurst 1000. Iíll be posting on The Great Race starting with unofficial practice today and cross-linking predictions and tips with complete political opposite Niall, with whom I am as one on the subject of fast cars (for that matter, I could probably even talk cars with Pilger and Phillip Adams. Adams is an ex-Ferrari owner; one of Pilgerís first freelance pieces in Europe was a study of the Ferrari factory in Maranello).

Posted by Tim Blair at October 8, 2003 02:41 AM

How interesting that Alison Broinowski might have trouble getting an editor to believe what she writes in the future. Of course, I thought the very presence of editors meant that mistakes like this didn't happen, unlike in the blogworld where there's no one to catch them before they hit print!

Posted by: Mike G at October 8, 2003 at 03:10 AM

Blair 1, Broinowski 0. Nobody likes a loser.

Posted by: S Whiplash at October 8, 2003 at 03:26 AM

At least you're off the Mini Cooper bandwagon...

Posted by: Roger Bournival at October 8, 2003 at 05:43 AM

Considering all the shit that gets thrown at you by other bloggers Tim you have proven your self the better.

Posted by: Gary at October 8, 2003 at 08:35 AM

Well,Pilger nearly got his case right, but still cocks up.Blair is in trouble as the LP also, but this has more to do with that pack of communisto theiving and swinish ways on the domestic and Euro fronts than the war.

I feel like puking.That Blair put his hand up , in the face of stiff LP internal opposition, to join the other two anglos against Saddam and Baath,is to his credit.But, by gum, that communisot govt., LP, is hideous.

Posted by: d at October 8, 2003 at 09:31 AM

Stiff internal opposition: the BBC? Should the Australia Labor Party ever have a leader the calibre of Blair - which it won't - it might pose a threat to Howard.

Posted by: ilibcc at October 8, 2003 at 11:48 AM

Bathurst has been a yawn ever since they closed the rules up so only holden/Falcon could run- but I suppose Bevans were a little sick and tired of seeing their "supercars" being beate like a red-headed stepchild by rotary mazdas, skyline turbos, 3.5litre Rovers, 2 litre Sierras and elephantine jaguars. Image how any of the current crop of V8 "supercars" (with US built engines, transmissions etc) would go against any of the things running around in 2 litre touring in Europe? Have a look at production sports- 5.7litre chev powered commodores being lapped by subaru imprezas.
Only people who think Barnsie is hip could give a rat's arse about V8 "supercars".

Posted by: Habib Bickford at October 8, 2003 at 12:04 PM

What do you know, that work experience boy from Truth continues to show the world how to cut and paste and take a gold coin in return.

What a fraud you are Tim.

How about actually getting out there and interviewing some people in the flesh or even on the phone and actually writing something original for a change.

I guess my suggestion of asking for an embed assignment to Iraq from ACP was just a little too dangerous for the big brave Tim to consider.

Oh well I guess you can continue to watch Fox News and pretend to us all how well informed you are.

And they actually pay you to write that dross. Better watch out Tim. Someone might just figure out what a waste of money you are to employ. A simple google news algorithm could do a better job cutting and pasting other people's news reports together and calling it a column.

Posted by: crock of tim at October 8, 2003 at 12:29 PM

What is really amazing about Bush presiding over five Watergates (and counting) and two Vietnams is that he did it while simultaneously being too stupid to chew gum and walk at the same time. (Let's not also forget that the dummy managed a conspiracy so vast that he conned almost all of the Democratic Congress, including those running to replace him, into voting for a hasty war in Iraq with faked evidence. What a man!!)

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at October 8, 2003 at 12:41 PM

What is really, really amazing about Bush is that he did all that despite Gore winning the election!

Posted by: ilibcc at October 8, 2003 at 01:01 PM

Looks like Troll of the Month is back.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at October 8, 2003 at 01:28 PM

No lunch for OIL!!

Posted by: Gary at October 8, 2003 at 01:37 PM

Did someone mention LUNCH?

Posted by: tim at October 8, 2003 at 02:00 PM

Bagel, tuna, onion, tomato, mayo.


Posted by: pooh at October 8, 2003 at 03:08 PM

The amazing thing about the web is that nobody ever recognizes your writing style, so simply by changing your sig you can convince people that you're a vast army of indignant critics.

Which reminds me. I had lunch in a TexMex place in Paris the other weekend and happened to notice an Australian flag was part of the decor; could this be evidence of the vast herd of illegal Australian immigrants racing to Paris to enjoy the health care system?

Posted by: John Nowak at October 8, 2003 at 03:33 PM

On the contrary, the correspondent currently signing himself as Crock of Tim has an instantly recognisable writing style. It's not a bad style, if a little repetitious. Single thoughts, aggressively stated in neat paragraphs. Seems obsessed with Tim's degree of exposure rather than attacking the actual content. Frustrated old-school journo? Jealous writer? Hack lawyer? Minor politician? Ex-military? Housewife?

Posted by: ilibcc at October 8, 2003 at 04:15 PM

Phillip Adams?

(Maybe too literate and legible).

Posted by: Habib Bickford at October 8, 2003 at 04:35 PM

forget the LUNCH fixation. the new catchphrase is GOLD COIN.

Posted by: rosco at October 8, 2003 at 04:54 PM

My apologies, ilibcc; I was trying for irony, but didn't quite pull it off. We're in agreement.

Posted by: John Nowak at October 8, 2003 at 06:00 PM

He can smell a smorgasbord from three blocks away.

Posted by: Gary at October 8, 2003 at 06:25 PM

Sorry John, on re-reading, your irony is evident enough; it was me that didn't pick it up.

Posted by: ilibcc at October 8, 2003 at 06:27 PM

I dunno -- I'm starting to get the opinion that irony on the net is virtually impossible, unless people know you fairly well. Irony is, more or less, based on saying something so absurd that even an idiot couldn't believe it, and yet I imagine that there's actually someone out there who would say something along the lines of:

"Poor immigrant becomes a millionare, then a movie star, then governor of California? So much for the land of opportunity."

and actually mean it.

Posted by: John Nowak at October 8, 2003 at 11:04 PM

err... where's the bathurst updates? i don't care who wins as long as it isnt that KNOB skaife! my predictions are; the enforcer to total his car on the warm up lap / glen seton to not win AGAIN / apart from that i predict a holden win.

Posted by: rosco at October 9, 2003 at 11:50 AM