The Spectacle Blog

Re: Michael Brown and the Katrina Mess

By on 3.3.06 | 10:02AM

Dave: The Human Events story includes two very important items. The first reflects the ongoing discussions here on AmSpecBlog of the Bush White House's communications shop:

More on Santorum

By on 3.3.06 | 8:31AM

The middle road won't rally the conservatives he needs, writes Jason High.

Dubai Deal

By on 3.3.06 | 8:10AM

More on President Clinton's role in consulting on the Dubai Ports deal. First, reporters should be looking into whatever "consulting" arrangements both the Cohen Group and the Albright Group (note that both name partners served in the Clinton Cabinet) might have or had with the former President.

Natural questions to ask both former Clintonistas: Have you ever passed through fees paid to you by UAE clients to the fomer President in, say, the past eight months? Is the work you are or had been pursuing on behalf of UAE clients a result of previous UAE dealings with the former President? When was the last time you or an associate or outside contracted consultant met with the staff of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to discuss UAE business interests?

JPII and the Sovs

By on 3.3.06 | 5:55AM

Wlady,

Most persuasive: It was SOP for the KGB in its later days to contract out its dirty (and wet) work to the Bulgarians.

Michael Brown and the Katrina Mess

By on 3.2.06 | 10:03PM

Human Events has former FEMA Director Michael Brown's impressions of the newly released tapes of President Bush on the pre-Katrina conference call. He claims that the tapes further show how he's been hung out to dry by the administration

Re: Yaliban?

By on 3.2.06 | 3:58PM

Rep. Mike Pence is speaking about the Taliban at Yale on John Gibson's Fox News show at 5:10 p.m. (in a half hour)

Defining “Ruins” Down

By on 3.2.06 | 3:35PM

Mickey Kaus zings the New York Times for hilariously alarmist reporting -- though he does extend them a bit of charity:

I'm not saying Bill Keller's** headline and lede writers were amping up the Iraq hysteria in order to manufacture another Tet. Maybe they just have no judgment or perspective.
Maybe!

Yaliban?

By on 3.2.06 | 3:29PM

So the Taliban's former deputy foreign secretary, one Rahmatulla Hashemi, is now enrolled at Yale. Which, of course, doesn't allow ROTC on campus. Nice to know how Yale lines up in the war.

A few questions occur: First, just how was Hashemi allowed into the country? How does an apparently unrepentant Taliban get a visa? Second, are there any others like him running loose? Third, does anybody at the Department of Homeland Security have anything to say about the answers to the first two questions?

Mr. Hashemi is quoted as saying, "I could have ended up in Guantanamo Bay. Instead I ended up at Yale.” What luck do other terrorists have getting here? And -- if we close Gitmo as Tony Blair, Kofi and the rest of the Kidz want us to do -- how many more will be admitted to Yale, Hahvahd and Princeton? And what scholarships will be available to them?

Re: Newsflash

By on 3.2.06 | 3:13PM

Wlady: You suspect correctly. I was more than a twinkle in my mother's eye, however: The pro-abortion crowd would have called me a "fetus," while expecting mothers, children, and lovers of life would have called me an unborn baby.

Your point is well taken, though. I can't seem to find a good citation for this, but I have long understood that Agca got the pistol from the Bulgarian embassy. Is that a figment of my imagination or did I read that somewhere?

Re: Newsflash: Soviets Tried to Kill JPII

By on 3.2.06 | 2:57PM

Dave: You probably weren't even alive when Mehmet Ali Agca shot John Paul on May 13, 1981. Ever since that date the mainstream press has done all it can to play down if not ignore entirely any Kremlin-KGB links to the near-assassination. For you it may now be a no-brainer that the Soviets were behind the effort, but I wouldn't be so quick to scoff at news of the Italian commission's latest findings. There's probably greater acceptance of Alger Hiss's communist ties among the mainstream media than serious agreement that the Soviets tried to murder the Polish pope.

Consider what was included -- i.e. not included -- in MSM obituaries of JPII last April. First, the New York Times on April 3, 2005:

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