The Spectacle Blog

Conrad to Fight

By on 3.27.06 | 8:02PM

Forgot to follow up on this one late last week: Sen. Conrad Burns did not pull out of his reelection race. In fighting spirits for his reelection campaign this year, he gave a "podium-pounding speech" Saturday night to rally supporters. It'll be one long, hard road: He's drawn three primary opponents. Three Democrats are vying for the chance to face him in the general.

Saying No to the Academic Bill of Rights

By on 3.27.06 | 5:36PM

As someone who who doesn't believe the wrong of liberal bias in the classroom should be countered with the creation of conservative bias in others--the "what kind of sheep shall we raise" argument is not convincing to people such as myself who are not interested in herding any sheep--I was particularly interested in this bit from a fascinating Opinion Journal interview with Thomas Sowell.

Mr. Sowell may be an unabashed free-market adherent, but he's proud to say that Professor Sowell left his personal views out of the classroom. In his 2000 memoir, "A Personal Odyssey," he relates an episode in which some students approached him after taking his graduate seminar on Marxian theory. They expressed appreciation for the course but added, "We still don't know what your opinion is on Marxism." He took it as an unintended compliment.

Today on the Hugh Hewitt Show

By on 3.27.06 | 4:53PM

I'll be subbing for Hugh again tonight. Tune in. You're not going to want to miss John Fund on the Taliban at Yale, Michael Barone on this year's elections and a whole bunch more. 6-9 EST on the Salem Radio Network.

Bittersweet Progress

By on 3.27.06 | 3:53PM

My heart doesn't well with joy at this sight.

Don’t Mess With Nino

By on 3.27.06 | 2:51PM

Icarus Fallen noticed a classic Scalia moment. As he left the Red Mass in Boston yesterday, a reporter asked "if he fends off a lack of flak for publicly celebrating his conservative Roman Catholic beliefs."

Justice Scalia replied with a gesture with his fist under his chin. "That's Sicilian," he said, "It's none of their business." Hear, hear!

Cow Hampshire

By on 3.27.06 | 2:15PM

For the Spectator's impressively strong contingent of New Hampshire readers as well as those who admire the state from afar, here's a great new blog dedicated to all things Granite State.

Three Dollar Bills

By on 3.27.06 | 2:00PM

I must admit I was more than a little bit surprised to see the following headline on the front page of this weekend's Boston Globe: Drug tally shoots down a racial myth. Kudos to them for not burying this story on page B12:

A new report by the Boston Public Health Commission explodes the myth that drug abuse is centered in the city's minority communities, indicating that while whites make up half of city residents, they comprise two-thirds to three-fourths of those who have died from drug abuse in recent years.


The gap between whites and minority group members in drug-related deaths persisted over the five years studied, although the size of the difference fluctuated. Death rates rose for all racial groups studied: whites, blacks, and Hispanics.

Miller to Allen: Resign

By on 3.27.06 | 1:46PM

Harris Miller, a Democrat primary candidate for the U.S. Senate, is aiming for the Republican incumbent rather than his primary opponent. Miller called on Sen. George Allen to resign today. The call was based on Allen's comment in yesterday's New York Times that the Senate "is too slow for me." He ends up looking like a job hunter, so Miller argues that Allen is too focused on a presidential run to campaign credibly for reelection.

Whether or not Miller makes a good case, he can't help but looking like he's shying away from a fight.

There’s Only Room in This Music For One Apple

By on 3.27.06 | 12:15PM

I knew this legal battle was pending, but Apple v. Apple goes to court this week.

What's in a name? It was easy for Apple Computer to promise Apple Corps (the Beatles' label) early on that it wouldn't get into the music business. After all, what business would they have there? Some serious creativity and convergence later, and Apple is peddling music with a majority of the market share.

The legal particulars of the case aside, Apple Corps is likely missing out on serious money -- whether in sales of Beatles songs on iTunes or in royalties. They'd be wise to open their catalog to the market and cash in.

More on Endgame Conservatives

By on 3.27.06 | 11:52AM

Francis Fukuyama, in today's Wall Street Journal, adopts what I said last week in Endgame Conservatives. Here's the money quote:

As an editorial on this page recently asked: "Anyone out there have a better idea" than the Bush administration's policy of high-profile democracy promotion in the Arab and Muslim worlds as a means to fight terrorism? Well, yes, there is one. That better idea consists of separating the struggle against radical Islamism from promoting democracy in the Middle East, focusing on the first struggle, and dramatically changing our tone and tactics on the democracy promotion front, at least for now.

The essential problem with the administration's approach is that it conflates two issues that are separate. The first has to do with violent, antimodern radical Islamism (on display both in the reaction to the Danish cartoons and in the mosque bombing in Samarra); the second concerns the dysfunctionality of political and social institutions in much of the Arab world.