The Spectacle Blog
Just caught this on the WSJ Law Blog: Henry W. Saad, President Bush's nominee to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, withdrew his name from consideration yesterday. Michigan's Senators Levin and Stabenow had been blocking his nomination.
Yes, he was the same one Harry Reid smeared by saying there was "a problem" in his FBI report.
It would have been nice to see some Republican Senators fight for him. Instead... silence.
As it happens, several of the Weekly Standard guys have it out for lousy commercials too. Their beef? Rotten song selection -- Oasis for AT&T/SBC, the Go-Gos for Papa John's. They say "most annoying;" I say the ad industry is the welfare state of the entertainment society. Light reading while we digest the incalculable perfidy of a Russian Iraq war plan leak.
Yesterday, thanks to Col. Joe Long, (USMC, Ret.) a few of us had a pre-opening tour of the new National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico Marine Base. Scheduled to open to the public on 10 November (the Marines' Birthday, natch) it's everything you could hope it to be. Exciting, awesome, and focused around the most effective weapon this country has ever had: the Marine infantryman. You'll be able to climb through the fuselage of a helicopter and onto a hill in Vietnam, "ride" a Higgins boat onto the beach at Iwo Jima and see and hear the recollecions of many who fought in those and other battles.
According to this report from the FT, Monsewer Chirac - in the company of a coupla similarly fromaged off minor minions -- stormed out of an EU summit meeting, "...at the decision of Ernest-Antoine Seillière, head of the Unice employers organisation, to make a plea for economic reform in 'the language of business.'"
That would be English, by the way.
A couple of friends of ours who formerly worked at the Reader's Digest, passed along the sad news that one of RD's great staff writers in its legendary Washington Bureau, Trevor Armbrister, died yesterday after a long illness.
Armbrister, to those who don't track these kinds of things, was one of the great reporters in Washington, who traveled all over the country doing investigative pieces on everything from child predators to organized crime, government waste, fraud and abuse, to the scandal of organized labor.
He was also the co-author of autobiographies of former President Gerald R. Ford and Speaker of the House Denny Hastert.
And it's condensible into door-hanger size. When Republicans say the Democrats need a plan, this isn't it:
1) Honest Leadership & Open Government; 2) Real Security; 3) Energy Independence; 4) Economic Prosperity & Educational Excellence; 5) A Healthcase System that Works for Everyone, and 6) Retirement Security. The one sentence descriptions don't provide much more detail.
Bland platitudes barely distinguishable from this President's agenda and most of the Republican Congress won't do it, Howie.
Bill Tucker, as you already know, tackles it in our "pages" today, arguing that monogamy is essential to civilization. (But if you want the full story, you'll need to subscribe and read his full treatment in our March issue, including an afterword by Tom Wolfe.)
Over at Slate, Will Saletan gives distinguishing polygamy from gay marriage the old college try. His lynchpin? Jealousy. Monogamy is based on human nature because one mate gets mad when the other is sleeping around.
As is the case with just about everything Morton Blackwell writes or says, his piece today on the homepage about Abramoff is not to be missed.
The most important thing about it, in my view, is that Morton points out something that no one else really has -- that Jack was highly regarded around here as a "good guy" for a very long time. The fact that there were shady dealings going on underneath the surface was clearly known to only a very few. Indeed, most of us viewed Jack as an activist success story -- a religious and charitable man who remained so even after attaining stunning success in business. I do not know him well. But I can say that in the few times I was around him, I was mightily impressed by him -- for the reasons I just outlined.
Clearly there was another side to Jack, and that is indeed a tragedy and a disappointment. On the heels of his downfall, many (mainly in the media) are having a grand time trying to indict anyone who was ever seen or photographed with the guy -- including the president! Ridiculous -- but typical, I suppose...