One hesitates to guess what was on Black's mind as he walked up Spadina Avenue to the journalistic offices of HuffPost and AOL, but he must have been slightly uneasy or wary of his reception -- would he be shunned, welcomed or ignored? Whatever concerns he may have had evaporated immediately. He was an instant rock star.
I have no reservation about saying I'm glad he's back in the country. With Conrad Black's return we have one of our own to obsess over, a person with real world accomplishments and who speaks a far more amusing variant of English. I'm just grateful we have a domestic entity worth the breath and energy we're expending.
I liked and admired the late James Q. Wilson; he was a fine man and a rigorous intellect who made a positive difference, but where was he while American criminal justice was becoming the terrible conveyor-belt of corruption, hypocrisy, and abuse that it now is?
It is an appalling system and no one in America is safe from its destructiveness, often capriciously directed by morally corrupt officials enjoying an absolute immunity. In this election year, no one who is audible has spoken of any of this. There are 48 million Americans with a record, and about a million more every year. The reckoning is coming.
THE CANADIAN PRESS — CHICAGO - Conrad Black's ailing wife keeled over in shock Friday as the disgraced former media baron, his impassioned plea for leniency falling on deaf ears, was ordered by a U.S....