The Spectacle Blog

Re: US Open Begins

By on 6.15.06 | 6:54AM

Quin, I've got my eye on England's David Howell, who is about the hottest golfer in the world right now -- he has won twice in the last month, if I'm not mistaken. He is currently ranked #10 in the world.

Some thoughts: Tiger may play a lot less after the death of his father. Maybe not as little as Hogan after the car accident, but no more than, say, 15 times a year, PGA minimum requirements be damned.

Mickelson displayed an awesome amount of confidence last week at Westchester, obviously playing for the practice, as though he were somewhere else, experimenting, not really caring what he scored.

A nightmare TV Sunday: Retief Goosen and Jeff Maggert, the world's two dullest golfers, in the final group.

Mickelson remarked in an interview that the course was set up to play in hot, calm weather, but that, if the wind blew, "This place is going to get unplayable."

If Tiger really wants the title, and I've got to believe he wants it as much or more as he's ever wanted any title, and he has all his powers together, nobody's going to touch him.

Trust Your Leader, The Saucer Will Arrive Soon!

By on 6.14.06 | 5:14PM

Tying in with my column today, another Daily Kos diarist laments being forced to disagree with Maureen Dowd, who was apparently unable to trust the Kossacks more than her own eyes:

Let me just say that I am a big fan of Maureen Dowd, maybe even a groupie. And I was more than a little chuffed to see her sitting at the table next to me when I attended the 'pundit training' workshop she also mentioned in her article. But as I read Dowd's description of YearlyKos, I wondered how two people could be sitting just a few feet away from each other and, yet, be so far apart.

Maureen Dowd's description of 'the mood' being 'like a masquerade' is not mean-spirited or hurtful or in anyway worthy of condemnation. It is just not an accurate description of the 'mood' in the room. The attendees at YearlyKos were not just happy to put names with faces, but were deeply moved to be for the first time standing in a new community built entirely on trust.

U.S. Open Starts

By on 6.14.06 | 5:02PM

I know this will interest at least Lawrence Henry, and I hope others: The U.S. Open in golf starts tomorrow, and promises to be a humdinger. Phil goes for his third major in a row, Tiger returns for the first time since his father's death, Vijay finally has his game back (he won this past week), Davis Love III tries to win a second major at the same place (Winged Foot) where he won his only other major (the PGA in 1997, under the blessing of a rainbow), and young guns like Adam Scott and Trevor Immelman try to finally get on the majors map. One dark horse to watch: Jeff Maggert, the journeyman with a habit of barely qualifying for Ryder Cup teams and then playing well, who has seriously contended in several US Opens and two Masters. He won just the third tourney of his career just a few weeks back (he's been one of those guys who always finishes second), in convincing fashion, and in the aforementioned 1997 PGA at Winged Foot he finished third behind Love and Justin Leonard. He likes the Open, he likes the course, and he's playing well. The TV networks might hate it if he ruins their Tiger vs. Phil storyline, and he probably won't do so.


By on 6.14.06 | 4:37PM

The MoveOn.dork crowd is claiming that Algore's PowerPoint movie, Inconvenient Truths, is breaking box office records. Huh? I'm sure it's taken in at least $9.95 in ticket sales. What else do they have in mind?

On the Off Record

By on 6.14.06 | 2:43PM

Someone invited The Hollywood Liberal to an off the record briefing John Kerry held for bloggers, the contents of which said blogger has promptly made very much on the record. How accurate someone who chooses The Hollywood Liberal as a moniker may or may not be is, of course, open to debate, but here for your perusal are a few relevant passages:

The first question went straight to the point, about how pissed off so many Democratic voters, are about what happened with the election, and also that it seemed like most Democrats in Congress had no idea how bad the situation was. Kerry responded by dropping the whole political routine and speaking like he was off the record to a bunch of people that already know what's going on anyway. "Look I know how bad things are, I know that people are pissed off, I know we screwed up."

Allen Funky

By on 6.14.06 | 12:29PM

No, not the genius gossipmonger and writer, this refers to the junior Senator from Virginia who is acting, well, funky.

For a guy who is facing off against a well-financed Democrat candidate beloved by the mainstream media, Allen isn't acting like a conservative Republican.

This weekend, he'll be out in Iowa, attempting to woo conservative Christians, but Allen should be focusing on his position on legislation and policy back here at home. Republican colleagues on the Hill are rumbling that Allen appears to be running to the middle of the road on issues across the board. "My boss doesn't know where he stands with Allen any more," says a senior Republican staffer with a western Senator.

What is becoming increasingly apparent is that the "Allen for President" boomlet is over. He's now in a fight for his current job, and he should focus on that and come back from whatever moderate world he thinks he should be living in.

Google Hates the Flag

By on 6.14.06 | 12:15PM

Okay, Google says it has a problem coming up with an interesting way to highlight Memorial Day on its site. So why can't they do something on Flag Day? Is that so hard? We think not. We hear that several Washington-based Google lobbying consultants suggested that Google do something for today, but that it was poo-pooed by corporate higher-ups out in California. Is it any surprise that they give the bulk of their dollars to Democrats?

FEMA & Katrina

By on 6.14.06 | 11:46AM

Today, the House Homeland Security subcommittee will hear testimony about the use and abuse of FEMA funds for "supposed" Hurricane Katrina and Rita "victims." These "victims" as it turns out (according to ongoing investigations by the General Accountability Office) were so overwrought by the tragedies that one needed 70 days of R&R in Hawai'i, another sought respite in the Dominican Republic, and yet another found comfort in the New Orleans Saints by purchasing season tickets.

In question at today's hearings, a mere $1.4 BILLION.

Just to reiterate, giving out government debit cards: bad idea. Read more about the abuse of taxpayer funds here.

House Overspends

By on 6.14.06 | 11:39AM

Yet more frustrating evidence that the House just doesn't "get it" when it comes to spending our children's and grandchildren's tax dollars. First came passage of an "emergency" supplemental bill yesterday that Rep. Mike Pence noted was full of some $5 billion of spending that had nothing to do with Iraq, Katrina, or other disasters or emergencies. Ugh. Now comes today's article in the Wall Street Journal by one of the best pure, straight reporters in the history of the world, David Rogers, who never misses a trick on Capitol Hill.