The Spectacle Blog

It’s Always Bush’s Fault

By on 8.10.06 | 1:08PM

From Harry Reid's statement on the British terror plot:

This latest plot demonstrates the need for the Bush administration and the Congress to change course in Iraq and ensure that we are taking all the steps necessary to protect Americans at home and across the world.

What Voters?

By on 8.10.06 | 12:58PM

The bias begins right at the top: Gwen Ifill's second question to Ned Lamont on yesterday's Lehrer Newshour reads: "So what did last night's victory tell you about what voters in Connecticut want?" The presumption that liberal Democrats (a.k.a. voters) speak for everybody is not one a publicly supported journalist should be sharing.

In the Washington Post's letters section today, the single letter about Lieberman-Lamont trashes Lieberman for his "super-sized ego" and reminds him that "Connecticut voters rejected him." Again, not liberal/Democratic primary voters, but (all) Connecticut voters.

Ifill's interviews with Lamont and then Lieberman had their uses, though. The contrast between the elated Lamont and the deflated Lieberman was striking, suggesting Lieberman will have to summon some new fire and energy if his second-half comeback is to be more than half-time wishful thinking.

Ahmadinejad Speaks to Wallace

By on 8.10.06 | 11:59AM

CBS has released excerpts of Mike Wallace's interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which will air on '60 Minutes' this Sunday. Among other gems, Ahmadinejad had this criticism of the Bush Administration:

They want to build an empire. And they don't want to live side-by-side in peace with other nations.

I guess Bush just doesn't understand that really getting along with your neighbors means calling for them to be wiped off the map.

If you want to read something truly nauseating, check out Mike Wallace dismissing "common perceptions" about the Iranian leader. Apparently, he's pretty handsome. Any interest ladies?

Ms. Anya Goes Wobbly

By on 8.10.06 | 11:36AM

Paul Sands does a wonderful takedown of Anya Kamenetz' eulogy for a Starbucks union organizer who lost his battle after heroically gaining "some success at at least three Starbucks in Manhattan." Be still my beating heart. Anyway, Paul's bit is a must read. The Jungle this is not.

Clarett Chronicles

By on 8.10.06 | 11:05AM

For those following the ongoing saga of Maurice Clarett (the former Ohio State football star), he was arrested again yesterday:

When police ran into Clarett this time, officers said he was driving erratically and carrying an arsenal that included three semiautomatic handguns and an AK-47- type assault rifle in the front seat - all loaded.

A highway chase ensued, then ended in the early hours Wednesday when police spiked the tires of his vehicle.

Even then, officers said they could not easily subdue Clarett because the bulletproof vest he was wearing thwarted their stun guns.

It took several officers and Mace to get the 6-foot, 245-pounder into handcuffs. The struggle continued as he kicked at the doors of the transport vehicle that took him away.


By on 8.10.06 | 10:43AM

Those numbers represent Kerry's margin of victory over Bush in Connecticut in the 2004 election. Now, in a Democratic primary, Lieberman loses by 4 points, and we're supposed to believe it's a referendum on Bush.

Ode to Hezbollah

By on 8.10.06 | 10:29AM

On the front page of today's Washington Post, there's a story about how Hezbollah was transporting Iranian "supplies" accross the Litani River now that Israel has destroyed every bridge. It reads:

They worked with precision -- everyone had a job, hardly a movement was wasted.

And they worked with speed -- no one knew when one of the distant sounds might signal an Israeli attack.

"It's dangerous," one young man said, nerves quickening his pace, as he lugged loads of bread, "but Hezbollah is strong."

Wow, those guys are good. Maybe as part of the cease fire agreement we can get them to drop their careers in martyrdom and come over to America to work on road construction.