The Spectacle Blog

Sign of the Times

By on 5.15.06 | 11:56AM

Grievance liberalism is on perverse display at Washington's Gallaudet University, where students are resisting the appointment of Jane Fernandes as president of the school. Her sin? She's not "deaf enough," evidently, because she first learned how to speak and read lips before studying sign language, in which, according to protesters, she is not fluent enough. Regardless of how she conveyed it, she was fluent enough to capture a further side of what might be called brave new world liberalism, when she told the Washington Post's Fred Hiatt, "Progress in genetics is leading to the idea that you could choose not to have a deaf child." In other words, someday there may be no need for schools for the deaf such as Gallaudet.

Another Miers Moment

By on 5.15.06 | 9:51AM

That's what we'll get tonight. The prez, having reassured our pal Mexican President Vicente Fox that all this is just temporary, is about to lay another slab of cheese out for the public mice to nibble. It'll be the border security equivalent of nominating Harriett Miers to the Supreme Court.

Sonny Montgomery

By on 5.15.06 | 9:43AM

I'm running out the door right now, but here is notice that I intend when I get back to post an entry in fond and respectful memory of former Rep. Sonny Montgomery (D-Miss), who died late last week. A true gentleman and patriot. Anybody who wants to post something nice about him in the meantime, until I return, please have at it.

The Supply-Side Times

By on 5.15.06 | 1:17AM

A Saturday front-pager in the New York Times focused on Treasury Secretary John Snow and why he's still around. The piece was as bizarre as Snow's situation -- he dutifully continues to serve even though it seems obvious to everyone that the Bush White House would like to replace him ASAP. So why hasn't it replaced him? "Largely because the White House has been unable to find a replacement, administration officials say." Isn't this, then, the real story? Who, pray tell, has been approached and turned the President down?

Meanwhile, it took this report to get out sterling economic news the N.Y. Times would otherwise have never conveyed, given how well the news might reflect on the Bush economy.

Thus, John J. Castellani, president of the Business Roundtable and someone who knows Snow well, is quoted as saying: "This is an economy that by any statistical measure would be the envy of any administration of any party...."

Amnesty for Illegals?

By on 5.14.06 | 2:11PM

If you were lucky enough to miss Meet the Press today, you did miss one important point. Talking to Tim Russert, Newt Gingrich let slip that tomorrow -- just in time for W's big speech -- the Heritage Foundation will release an analysis of the Senate bill that shows it will result in amnesty for more than 30 million illegals, three times the number already here. Here's Gingrich's words, the money quote:

But for you to establish the principle that we're now going to reward those who have broken the law the longest, we're going to create an entire forgery industry so people prove they've been here as long as possible, breaking the law, and you don't think we're going to send a signal to the entire planet:

Re: Floyd Patterson, RIP

By on 5.13.06 | 10:26PM

Paul: Though I don't know that we've ever talked about him, somehow I sensed you with your perfect command of the fight game would find time to pay tribute to Floyd Patterson, whom I remember from before you were born. In fact, the gentlemanly Patterson was a perfect complement to many classy sportsmen of the time, whether it was Frank Gifford or Jerry West or Elgin Baylor or Oscar Robertson or Sandy Koufax. He was the first heavyweight champion I remember, one one automatically took to -- which is why the pummeling Ingemar Johansson gave him was horrible to watch (I saw the worst of it on a newsreel at the Airport Drive-In Theater in Goleta, California, where my parents often took my sister and me to a night at the movies inside our '50 Studebaker), just as his glorious KO of Johansson in their rematch was one of the great moments of my early sporting life, proof positive that good guys could prevail.

Floyd Patterson, RIP

By on 5.13.06 | 3:02PM

I didn't get a chance yesterday to mark the death of Floyd Patterson, who was heavyweight champion of the world from 1956-1959, and then again from 1960 -1962. He was the first man to regain the title after losing it - which is a lot easier to do today with all the phony title belts floating around, and multiple champions in every division.

1776 Redux

By on 5.12.06 | 8:25PM

The musical, that is. One of the first lines is, "I have concluded that one useless man is called a disgrace, two are a law firm and three or more are a Congress." Subtract the good music and humor and we have 2006.