The Spectacle Blog

Say That Three Times Fast

By on 6.12.06 | 12:45PM

Today is King Kamehameha Day in Hawai'i (observed on June 11 some years). So despite last week's defeat for some native Hawai'ians, heritage celebrations are in full swing this week.

And if you know anything about King Kamehameha, you know that Senator Akaka is nothing like the king. Kamehameha is remembered as Hawai'i's uniter, not divider.

WSJ on Voting Wrongs

By on 6.12.06 | 11:38AM

I've blogged on this before, but the Wall Street Journal today did a better job of it in many respects than I did in my blogs: The Journal said Congress would be dead stinking wrong to renew Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act this year. Read the Journal editorial to see why. Hint: The section itself is racist, and it's an incumbent-protection device.

Jim Moran, Arlington’s Class Act

By on 6.12.06 | 9:57AM

Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va. 10) told Arlington County Democrats Saturday that while he opposes earmarks in theory, if he were chairman of the appropriations committee, he would make sure his district got its cut. "I'm going to earmark the s*** out of it," he said.

What a class act. Doesn't look too different from Republican control, though.

Yes, this man represents me in Congress. (Thanks to Club for Growth.)

Kofi’s Successor Revealed

By on 6.11.06 | 10:29PM

There just wasn’t enough room in tomorrow’s Loose Canons to announce – with proper fanfare -- our nomination for Kofi Annan’s successor. The choices remaining – despite heartfelt campaigning by supporters of William Jefferson, John Bertrand Aristede and Mark Malloch Brown (Kofi’s deputy SecGen) -- has been chosen from among the four finalists.  It was, as Wellington/>/> said of Waterloo/>/>, a close-run thing.

Saddam Hussein - dictator, murderer of thousands, and all around bad-guy - would have been a natural choice. But during Kofi’s early years, Saddam was de facto Sec Gen. He was allowed to run the Oil for Food for Bribes for Weapons scam from the privacy of his palaces, to run the Security Council through the time-tested method of bribery. To allow Saddam a second term would be terribly unfair to the others.

Re: Nominating Kofi’s Successor

By on 6.9.06 | 3:18PM

I was going to declare a winner today, but four finalists are still in play: "Red" Ken Livingstone, George Galloway, Arundhati Roy and Saddam Hussein. Claudia Rosett -- who really should be SecGen -- was disqualified for that persistent streak of integrity that keeps popping up in her writing.

If you want to have a final crack at campaigning for your fave of that four, have at it in the comments section. My choice for SecGen will be selected Sunday and announced in Loose Canons on Monday.

Hello Darkness

By on 6.9.06 | 1:44PM

Following up on his TAS column today, Andrew Cline, over at his Union Leader blog, has more on Democratic (non)reactions to the termination of the terrorist Zarqawi. For the first time in his life, Howie Dean has been rendered speechless. All we're getting from him are the sounds of silence.

Post Gets Truth Without DeLay

By on 6.9.06 | 10:50AM

Sometimes those writers at the Washington Post get the truth, quite pithily and quite directly. Here, from a feature on Tom DeLay leaving Congress, is a sentence that is, sadly, all too accurate: "In the end, DeLay probably achieved more for conservative politics than conservative government; he attacked big-government liberalism in his farewell address, but the growth of government and special-interest spending accelerated under Republican rule."

Kos’s Record

By on 6.9.06 | 10:44AM

Kos has posted his keynote address at the first "YearlyKos" convention.

It's one thing to talk about people-powered politics. It's another to see it in action.

And these have been heady days for the people-powered movement.

We're only four years old, from the early days when bloggers like Atrios and Jerome Armstrong at MyDD inspired bloggers like me and countless others to stop railing at Fox News and our so-called-"liberal" pundits, and start publishing those rants on the web.

And we've come a long way since then.

We were born in 2002, and sort of gingerly set out into this brave new world. None of us expected to be more than a lonely voice shouting into the wilderness. But liberal blogs grew rapidly, proving there was a desperate need for strong progressive voices in this country. That was 2002.

2003 was the year of Howard Dean, where an unknown governor from a small, remote, and usually forgotten state was propelled to front-runner status on the strength of netroots activism.

2004 ... well, let's forget 2004.