The Spectacle Blog

Amnesty for Illegals?

By on 5.14.06 | 2:11PM

If you were lucky enough to miss Meet the Press today, you did miss one important point. Talking to Tim Russert, Newt Gingrich let slip that tomorrow -- just in time for W's big speech -- the Heritage Foundation will release an analysis of the Senate bill that shows it will result in amnesty for more than 30 million illegals, three times the number already here. Here's Gingrich's words, the money quote:

But for you to establish the principle that we're now going to reward those who have broken the law the longest, we're going to create an entire forgery industry so people prove they've been here as long as possible, breaking the law, and you don't think we're going to send a signal to the entire planet:

Re: Floyd Patterson, RIP

By on 5.13.06 | 10:26PM

Paul: Though I don't know that we've ever talked about him, somehow I sensed you with your perfect command of the fight game would find time to pay tribute to Floyd Patterson, whom I remember from before you were born. In fact, the gentlemanly Patterson was a perfect complement to many classy sportsmen of the time, whether it was Frank Gifford or Jerry West or Elgin Baylor or Oscar Robertson or Sandy Koufax. He was the first heavyweight champion I remember, one one automatically took to -- which is why the pummeling Ingemar Johansson gave him was horrible to watch (I saw the worst of it on a newsreel at the Airport Drive-In Theater in Goleta, California, where my parents often took my sister and me to a night at the movies inside our '50 Studebaker), just as his glorious KO of Johansson in their rematch was one of the great moments of my early sporting life, proof positive that good guys could prevail.

Floyd Patterson, RIP

By on 5.13.06 | 3:02PM

I didn't get a chance yesterday to mark the death of Floyd Patterson, who was heavyweight champion of the world from 1956-1959, and then again from 1960 -1962. He was the first man to regain the title after losing it - which is a lot easier to do today with all the phony title belts floating around, and multiple champions in every division.

1776 Redux

By on 5.12.06 | 8:25PM

The musical, that is. One of the first lines is, "I have concluded that one useless man is called a disgrace, two are a law firm and three or more are a Congress." Subtract the good music and humor and we have 2006.

Re: CIA Leaks

By on 5.12.06 | 3:22PM

Are the CIA leakers committing treason? Not quite, but almost, argues Daniel Henninger, most cogently in today's Opinion Journal here. . And Gen. Haynes ought to prosecute, if he gets the chance.

Leaking all Over the News

By on 5.12.06 | 2:07PM

I'll be on Fox News Channel with John Gibson about 5 pm EDT talking about the steady stream of leaks that are so very damaging to our nation. Hope you can catch it.

Re: Best Novel

By on 5.12.06 | 1:00PM

Sorry to spoil the party, guys, but all I can contribute to this discussion is to note that the best novel I've read in recent years is Jane Eyre. After something like that, how can one possibly settle for anything contemporary?

Re: Best Novel

By on 5.12.06 | 12:51PM

Having emerged from two days with Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, I guess I'll have to play catch-up on the novels issue.

If we're violating the 25-year rule, there's absolutely no contest: Flashman at the Charge by George MacDonald Fraser (1973) is simply the best novel I've ever read, of any vintage.

Should we return to the original premise, I've got to nominate Christopher Buckley's The White House Mess (1986). I've given so many copies as gifts I regrettably -- very regrettably -- no longer even own a copy.

Another Gov Who Should Run

By on 5.12.06 | 10:39AM

Yesterday, I opined that Jeb Bush has almost a duty to run for the U.S. Senate from Florida. Now comes word from Wisconsin of another, governor, this time former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who still hasn't ruled out a Senate race. (Mention of the Senate race is well down in the article.) Thompson seems to be more strongly considering a comeback for the governor's mansion, but really, he will do his party more good -- and better serve his presidential ambitions by getting some national exposure and some foreign policy/defense policy experience -- by taking on Sen. Herb Kohl in a race no other Wisconsin Republican could win. I've always been a huge fan of Thompson's; he was one of the best governors, of any state, ever. No debate allowed on that: The man successfully pushed vouchers; he provided the model of welfare reform for the whole nation; he cut taxes; and on and on; he did just a great, great job, which is why he kept getting re-elected.