The Spectacle Blog

Re: Kerry & the U.S. Troops

By on 11.1.06 | 3:38PM

Don't forget what Kerry had to say about the troops almost one year ago on "Face the Nation:" "...and there's no reason...that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids, children, women...."

The French Love Affair With Mickey Rourke

By on 11.1.06 | 1:16PM

It looks like there's going to be a movie made based on a treatment novelist Jim Thompson wrote on commission for Stanley Kubrick, which is pretty cool. The New York Times tells the story:

There were a couple of false starts. Mr. Hobbs originally approached the French company Pathé - partly because the French hold Jim Thompson in the same esteem as Edgar Allan Poe and Mickey Rourke...
Wait, what?

Obviously, this is supposed to say Mickey Spillane. How did that slip past the Times proofreaders? The web edition even has a link to Mickey Rourke's filmography.

“Yeah Man, You’re Looking at Big Daddy”

By on 11.1.06 | 12:41PM

Sen. Robert Byrd is apparantly now doing public appearances while stoned out of his mind.

(I'm not entirely kidding, by the way. Byrd's health can't be great, and there are a number of medical conditions where a doctor will say "You can't tell anyone I said this, but smoking some pot might help." I find it discomforting to think that a U.S. Senator would act like this without being high...)

GOP Strategist Castrates Balz

By on 11.1.06 | 10:51AM

I am all for journalists using anonymous sources in appropriate circumstances, like when they are unable to obtain important information otherwise for stories that hold government accountable. But The Washington Post's Dan Balz, in an election "analysis" piece (not labeled as such, at least on the Web site) that discusses whether President Bush is a boon or a drag on the Republican ticket, unnecessarily and annoyingly grants anonymity to a source.

And I Have No Sense Of Irony

By on 11.1.06 | 10:12AM

Reading this article in the New York Times (hat tip: Best of the Web), I couldn't help but recall this passage found in a personal ad on a dating website that I saw a few weeks back:

I am open minded, independent, appreciate different cultures, and love a good political conversation. But...if you are conservative and pro-war, then don't bother.

Democrat Goose

By on 10.31.06 | 1:25PM

Maybe John Kerry would have been better off donning hunting gear and bagging some goose in Ohio. Instead he shot himself in the foot and his beloved party -- right between the eyes. But JFK remains a gift that keeps on giving in other ways too. His first explanation was that he was actually referring to Bush, ha, ha, a rather stupid thing to say if only because Bush had better grades than Kerry at Yale. Now he's apparently revised that to say it was all a joke. In other words, it was something he picked up last Christmas in Cambodia. Who needs an Osama intervention when we have John Kerry reporting for duty instead?

Re: Kerry and U.S. Troops

By on 10.31.06 | 1:20PM

This is the real John Kerry, everything anyone needs to know about the man. His defenders will be out any moment to claim that what he said wasn't meant to slight the troops, and Kerry himself will respond with his usual weasel qualifications, but it's there for anyone who wants to listen.

This goes beyond the traditional lefty critique of military service as class-based victimhood. Instead, Kerry places the "blame" for being a soldier on the troops themselves: if you hadn't been out drinking beer and chasing girls all the time, loser, you wouldn't be worried about IEDs right now. You'd be doing something really useful to humanity, like writing ad copy or studying post-structuralism. You'd probably be invited to parties where you could talk about global life expectancy charts, early child learning, and global warming. Your life would have attained the highest desirable state, that of complete removal of all risk and danger and the pursuit of abstraction. Your hands would be soft, your skin fully moisturized, and your fiber intake right where it needs to be. Instead, you threw it all away.