The Spectacle Blog

Refineries Needed

By on 6.8.06 | 12:38PM

The House did a little-noticed good thing yesterday in passing a bill aimed at boosting domestic refining capacity by streamlining the excessively bureaucratic permitting process for new or expanded facilities. Unfortunately, reports the Wall Street Journal, the Democrats in the Senate are expected to block the bill. Unbelievable. Gasoline prices have more than doubled in three years in large part because of a lack of refining capacity (combined with Demo-inspired bans on drilling in many, many places). Yet even now, even when the bill in question would not RELAX environmental regs but instead only help force regulatory agencies to stop their foot-dragging, the Senate Dems apparently remain too in thrall to the environmental extremists to approve such a necessary and commonsense measure. Read the story on page A-8 of the WSJ. The Dems really are outrageous.

On Bilbray, etc.

By on 6.8.06 | 12:32PM

For what it's worth, the UK Guardian's online mag asked my take on the meaning of the Bilbray victory. Short answer: Status quo, with harbingers that could scare BOTH parties. Full answer: here.

Coulter’s Good One-Liner

By on 6.8.06 | 12:04PM

Amidst the understandable brouhaha about Ann Coulter's criticism of certain 9/11 widows, what gets lost is that her GOOD one-liners are often SO good that nobody else can compare. In an interview yesterday with Robert Stacy McCain of the Washington Times (also mentioned in his blog "Donkey Cons," named after the book by the same name he co-wrote with Lynn Vincent), Coulter came up with this humdinger:

Q (from McCain): In a previous book, you said, "Liberals simply can't grasp the problem Lexis-Nexis poses to their incessant lying." Why have liberals become so hostile to facts?

A (from Coulter): Actually, to be fair, the facts were hostile to liberals first.

Gotta love it.

Which proves that she doesn't actually have to be outrageous to make a very sharp point, with humor.

Kerry Gloats Over “Iraq Mistakes”

By on 6.8.06 | 11:30AM

John Kerry issued his second fundraising email dismissing Republican success in California in as many days today:

Over at their posh headquarters on First Street -- just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol -- they're sitting around scratching their heads. They just had to spend over $5 million in national GOP money to hold on to the California House seat vacated by Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

They eked out a "victory" by pouring in close to $100 for every vote cast in favor of their candidate -- in a district so Republican, they shouldn't have had to lift a finger.

Looking ahead to 435 House races, 33 Senate races, and hundreds of state and local contests, the strategists at Republican Party headquarters know that their $100 a vote formula just doesn't work.

They can't buy their way out of this one.

There aren't enough heavy-hitting Bush Pioneers left on the planet to help 2006 GOP candidates overcome their Iraq mistakes, their Katrina incompetence, and their miserable record of failure on everything from homeland security to health care to the environment.

The Enemy Within

By on 6.8.06 | 10:08AM

As ever, for a sample of the Angry Left's reaction to Zarqawi's death, scan the KosKidz' comments:

The first one:

Bush's idea of justice is bombs falling out of the sky?

A few celebrate:

We have turned a corner for freedom.

But most don't want to turn from the refrain:

Zarqawi was quite probably a psy ops job in the first place, so what does that make his "death"?

Keep your eyes on the prize:

Gay marriage?

Flag burning?



Yep, they celebrate the alleged, rare misdeeds of the Marines. More:

RE: Ding Dong

By on 6.8.06 | 9:27AM

We would be remiss not to congratulate our military, our President, and the Iraqi people for this morning's victory in the ongoing war on terror.