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If The MSM Ran Stories Like This

By on 8.22.06 | 12:52PM

This was the headline in the DC Examiner today:

Groups call for Legislature to cut spending

Any mention of the Americans for Prosperity's campaign to put a lid on Virginia's spending orgy in the Washington Post? Nope.

And proving that politicians in state legislatures are not much different than ones in DC:

"Eighty percent of the budget is comprised of education, health care, debt service on funding prison construction, car tax rebate and the rainy day fund. If they are proposing cuts in any of those five, I'd be interested to hear what they are," said Del. Brian Moran, D-Alexandria.

He said the commonwealth has been named the best-managed state by the Government Performance Project, the best place to do business by Forbes, and ranks 41st highest in the nation for its state- and local-tax burden on citizens, according to the Tax Foundation.

If Moran thinks those things can't change, just keep on spending.

Iran’s Response

By on 8.22.06 | 12:18PM

So, Iran is saying that they are ready for "serious talks." More information will come out, no doubt, but this strikes me as just another stalling technique that does nothing to change the main issues, especially because they will reportedly continue enriching uranium. I don't see what more there is to negotiate, given that Iran has already been offered light-water reactors and support to join the World Trade Organization. Should Iran continue to enrich uranium past the Aug. 31 deadline and prevent inspectors from investigating their nuclear program, will the UN Security Council actually impose sanctions, or will it hold off on such actions now that Iran wants "serious talks."

Snakes on a Senate

By on 8.22.06 | 11:59AM

If this new Website, paid for by the DSCC, is any indication of how the Democrats will campaign this fall, Republicans can rest easy.

While on the subject, I have to say that I find the whole Snakes on a Plane phenomenon pretty lame. In my view, stupid movies should only become campy, cult classics accidentally. Having a Hollywood PR department market a movie as such ruins it for me. I see no way that it could ever reach the cinematic heights of a movie such as Howard the Duck.

Sorry John.

Angry Left Weather Report

By on 8.22.06 | 11:00AM

It turns out that DailyKos, in addition to serving as the headquarters of the liberal Netroots movement, offers weather reports to its readers. For instance, if you go over there now, you'll find a post on a tropical depression off the coast of Africa, which closes with:

Even a modest hurricane or tropical storm near NOLA at this point could be devastating, in part thanks to the woefully managed reconstruction and clean-up effort courtesy of the Bush-Cheney cabal, who seem obsessed with pissing away more resources--of both the flesh and monetary kind--into Iraq than our own freakin cities and people.

Mike – You Coulda Been Somebody

By on 8.21.06 | 6:39PM

There's a story over at LA's tony Hillcrest Country Club that some say is apocryphal but I suspect is true. About a decade ago, I discussed the episode with an octogenarian member, but even then the episode was apparently still too raw, too personal, for him to give me a straight answer.

p> Seems that, a while back, the club decided that one of their members, known to the public as Bugsy Siegel, should no longer be a member. The sticky question was "who's gonna tell Ben?" The story goes that they recruited the oldest member of the club on the theory that he had the fewest years to lose.

Watching Mike Wallace interview Iranian President Ahmadinejad last week, I thought of the Bugsy story and the opportunity missed. What if, instead of doing the kind of celebrity suck-up interviews on which he built his career, Mike had instead dropped into his mid-career bunco squad prosecutorial mode. You know, how with dripping condescension he asks "Mr. Phillips, are we to believe that this white colored water your dairy has been selling to the government is really low fat milk??"

Macaca Has Legs

By on 8.21.06 | 5:58PM

Blame George Allen. Blame Jim Webb's campaign. Blame the Washington Post. But any way you look at it, "macaca" has legs in the polling. A new SurveyUSA poll finds Allen edging Webb by 48 to 45 percent if the election were held today. Allen's support is particularly low even among those who support the state's marriage amendment.

The bright side for you Allen supporters: the election is still months away. Hopefully Senator Allen can avoid stepping into any more caca between now and then.

Dear Eliot Ness

By on 8.21.06 | 5:46PM

To: Attorney General, City of Chicago

Your worship:

As I recall, I shot a man named John Dillinger to death in your city in the summer of 1934.

It was outside a movie theatre and I could name the movie that was showing and a woman named Anna who accompanied him, along with a woman of lesser repute.

I can recite numerous details of this event if you will reserve for me First Class flight accommodations from Washington, D.C. to your city. A champagne flight, please. Large prawns for lunch would be nice.

Yours contritely,

Reid Collins