The Spectacle Blog

Got Bricks?

By on 6.9.06 | 10:40AM

Yesterday over lunch, an administration official pointed out to our small group that U.S. Border patrol caught and returned to Mexico over 4,000 illegal border crossers in one day last week. What's worse, the recidivism rate with these people is somewhere around 75%.

I am no immigration expert, but it seems to me that if this is in fact true, how can any rational person argue against building a fence? Discuss...

Points of View

By on 6.9.06 | 10:30AM

So Mullah Omar and the Talibans don't have the same viewpoint as Jay and the Americans. As I recall, Jay's group sang about how only in America - land of opportunity - could a poor boy grow up to be president. In a statement attributed to Mullah Omar on the death of Zarqawi, Omar says:

It is the peoples' resistance, and every youth can become Zarqawi...Many, many, many more young men can become Zarqawi. The successors...can be even stronger than him.

So, young men of the world, which do you want to be? President of the United States or a dead terrorist?

We're in an ideological war against radical Islamists. With Omar manufacturing ammo for us, why aren't we fighting this battle more energetically?

The Left’s Dilemma

By on 6.8.06 | 12:58PM

They can't admit that the Zarqawi hit is a major victory, for fear of saying that we're succeeding in Iraq. But they also can't fail to say -- as Pelosi and Kerry have - that this proves we can cut and run, bring all the troops home by the end of the year. It's satisfying to see them squirm. But not nearly as much as to see how our troops are getting the job done in Iraq. Let's see if the Iraqis can make the most of this and get their government really settled.

I'll be on Kudlow & Company (CNBC) about 1700 EDT talking about this and more.

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.