The Spectacle Blog

Inconvenient Uncertainties

By on 5.17.06 | 3:24PM

Ronald Bailey of Reason turns his able scientific eye on a few of the apocalyptic claims in the new Al Gore movie, An Inconvenient Truth, putting Bailey somewhat at odds with the film's tagline, "Nothing is scarier than the truth." (And, no, this frightfest isn't a new adaptation of Love Story starring Al and Tipper. It's a movie about global warming, which, incidentally, is one thing Gore is proud to say he didn't invent.)

Re: The Tony Snow Show

By on 5.17.06 | 12:45PM

Everyone agrees that Tony Snow is one of the nicest people in public life. But just to remind him who's boss, the Washington Post today, alongside Dana Milbank's useless story on yesterday's first official televised briefing, runs three of the most hideous photographs it could concoct of Snow in action. You can get a sampling of at least one of them here. Put three of those in a row, and the effect is purposely, vilely grotesque.

PA Pay-Raisers Booted

By on 5.17.06 | 12:40PM

Read all about it: Pennsylvania's liberal Republican leadership suffered serious losses in primaries yesterday, in a backlash against those who voted themselves unconstitutional pay hikes last year. Among the losers: Senate Majority Leader David J. "Chip" Brightbill, Senate President Pro Tempore Bob Jubelirer, and 12 House members.

Jubelirer denies that the pay hike was to blame. He said, "It's everything," including the Iraq war, gas prices, and immigration. I'm going to go out on a limb and say politics are a bit more local than that.

The War on Contraception?

By on 5.17.06 | 12:35PM

Huh? Hillary Clinton just sent out a campaign email claiming "There's a quiet war going on in America -- against the most basic rights of Americans to make their own personal decisions about family planning."

Whoa. Sounds ominous. Surely legislators are banning contraception sales, or calling for the courts to overturn Griswold v. Connecticut?

Nope. It is just that the Deficit Reduction Act of last year allowed states to cut back coverage there. It is no longer guaranteed.

So the battle cry, "We must be outspoken and determined to support every woman's right to make her own decisions about family planning," rings hollow. It is fear mongering.

Women still can make this decision. Hillary just wants the federal government to help them choose contraception.

Re: What Would Reagan Do?

By on 5.17.06 | 5:55AM

Jed and Wlady:

If Bush had said, "First, we need to get control of our Southern border," and then had put forth a program that would do it, the American people would have forgiven him everything else. And it's a reasonable thing for even a semi-dove on immigration to do. Reasonably: You can't develop any kind of domestic immigration policy until the flow is legal, and under control.

Little Man Hate

By on 5.16.06 | 9:16PM

U Penn selects Jodie Foster to deliver commencement address. She attempts inspiration by quoting Eminem.

Too late for graduates to receive full tuition refund?

Re: What Would Reagan Do?

By on 5.16.06 | 7:53PM

Wlady: I agree. We can't just write them off, and they won't go away. That's not my desire or my idea. We have to assimilate most of them and toss back those who are guilty of crimes other than crossing the border. But - and this is one heckuva big but - I still say we have to close the border to more before we can do anything else.

Re: What Would Reagan Do?

By on 5.16.06 | 6:15PM

Jed: I don't believe I said the choice comes down to either shipping all illegals home or doing nothing. My basic point, again, is that our expanding economy will continue to create demand (and opportunity) for cheap labor. Who will fill those jobs if our borders are "closed" -- a condition certain to stymie economic growth as well. Immigration can be controlled, but it can't be shut off. And I think we'll have to do better than simply dismiss countries from which illegals come as "ratholes." The point is that most are in our neighborhood, our sphere of influence, and as such we share a certain history with them -- which is one huge reason we have this illegal problem in the first place. They're not going to go away just because we try to write them off.