The Spectacle Blog

The KosCaucus

By on 6.16.06 | 8:41AM

The ever-clever and insightful Hugh Hewitt has dubbed the fringe Democrats in Congress the KosCaucus. Brilliant. Their core membership was on display yesterday in both Houses, where the likes of Boxer, Byrd, Feingold, Harkin, Kerry and Kennedy in the Senate and Harmon, Murtha and Waters were undercutting our finest and bravest's efforts overseas. We're hearing that despite the embarrassing defeats yesterday in votes and in the media, Kerry in the Senate and Pelosi in the House both felt things went well. Heh. If there is something to be said for Pelosi's efforts, it's that she appears to solidified her position as House leader of the Democrats. This was something many of us weren't seeing even six months ago. What we're hearing now is that Pelosi is now in a stronger position politically within her own conference than she has been in the past 18 months. That says more about the state of Democrats than it does her mediocre political and strategic skills.

Wilson’s Cabal

By on 6.16.06 | 8:20AM

Former CIA analyst and charter member of the "Amb. Joe Wilson Deception Brigade" has a "classy" post on his website about President Bush adviser Karl Rove.

Johnson has been a critic of the Bush Administration from the beginning. Our guess is that the former CIA employee's bitterness stems from the lack of national publicity he got years ago when he was starting up his private security and intelligence firm. We remember him -- with little success -- trying to ride Osama bin Laden's cloak tails after the African bombings in the late '90s with appearances on local Washington, D.C. morning shows. He was small time then, and he's small time now, as evidenced by his attempts at putting a couple of sentences together.

Re: Specter Unvarnished

By on 6.16.06 | 6:40AM


Of course I wasn't there, but color me unimpressed. Specter is awfully good at saying what specific audiences want to hear. The man has no scruples at all.

And the single bullet theory is still preposterous.

Specter Unvarnished

By on 6.15.06 | 11:38PM

Split the Ninth Circuit -- Kerry's record as "vacuous" -- Santorum will win.....Read more about it!

Tonight The American Spectator hosted one of our occasional dinners with an interesting newsmaker, most of which such occasions are off the record. But our guest tonight, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, specifically asked that the free-flowing discussion be mostly on the record. And what a discussion it was! Specter was engaging, remarkably candid, and decidedly interesting throughout. Among his comments, mostly in chronological order:

* Yes, he said, the U.S. judicial Ninth Circuit (known for its extremely liberal judges) is too big, and he intends to do something about it fairly soon. "We will split the circuit." "I believe we will split the court.... I believe it is something we will do early next year."

* He has some questions about the ongoing Valerie Plame investigation and about dragging certain unnamed persons (read: Karl Rove) before the grand jury five different times. "Down the line, when that case is finished, I hope to have some oversight on it."

Re: Thoughts on the World Cup

By on 6.15.06 | 5:11PM

Paul: Just saw your insult to the World Cup. No wonder American popularity in the world is plummeting. I've first got hooked on WC soccer in 1974, when Poland eliminated England at Wembley Stadium in famous tie game to qualify for that year's tournament, in which it finished third, barely losing to Brazil in the semifinals. The only thing Poland enjoyed more during the Communist darkness was having one of its own elected Pope.

Re: U.S. Open Begins

By on 6.15.06 | 4:08PM

Five holes on, my man David Howell is one over. And, as always, the first day exposes something that the prognosticators forgot: The grass. Winged Foot has poa annua greens. Poa is a wild, bumpy grass, which used to be common. It gets bumpier later in the day as it buds, although it can be very fast. Old-time golfers saw a lot of it. Modern, younger golfers seldom play on it. Tiger is having a heck of a time with it, bogeying four out of the first five holes.

Bet The Media Will Ignore This

By on 6.15.06 | 3:39PM

From columnist Tom Harris in the Canada Free Press:

"Scientists have an independent obligation to respect and present the truth as they see it," Al Gore sensibly asserts in his film "An Inconvenient Truth", showing at Cumberland 4 Cinemas in Toronto since Jun 2. With that outlook in mind, what do world climate experts actually think about the science of his movie?

Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University, in Australia gives what, for many Canadians, is a surprising assessment: "Gore's circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention."

Read the whole thing.

Hat tip: Robert Bidinotto.

Vote on New Mass Today

By on 6.15.06 | 1:50PM

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops votes on the new English Mass today. Hopefully it passes. The current translation is very clumsy and untrue to the original Latin. For example, how does, "And with thy spirit," become, "And also with you."

Some bishops think like Fr. Thomas Reese, the former editor of America, who whines that the changes will cause chaos. It is remarkable, though typical, that liberals are really the most conservative group around. Once they secure they change they like, they're absolutely unwilling to imagine an improvement. Reese and those who oppose changes value continuity over truth.

Fortunately, Cardinal Arinze has already informed the bishops that this faulty reasoning is insufficient justification for rejecting the new translation.