The Spectacle Blog
A classified ad I noticed last evening in the newsletter of the home association of the neighborhood next to mine. I haven't stopped laughing since. (Yes, it is a liberal neighborhood.)
SOCCER COACH WANTED: I am looking for a soccer coach to teach a group of three or four, 4 year olds soccer. Soccer playing and or coaching experiences required. Focus on listening, teamwork and social skills. If you are interested please send an email to [address withheld]. Thanks.
Last time I saw children this young playing soccer, they were all scurrying in the wrong direction, their mothers chasing after them.
Paul Krugman in today's NY Times:
These are the dog days of summer, but there's a chill in the air. Suddenly - really just in the last few weeks - people have starting talking seriously about a possible recession.
Right on, David! I was thinking the same thing when I read Novak this morning. Writing, "Only a conspiracy theorist might claim…" allows him to appear as if he's distancing himself from conspiracy theorists while at the same time spreading a conspiracy theory.
Whining about how it's taboo to criticize Israel has been the latest tactic of Israel-bashers (see Walt/ Mearsheimer), because if you criticize their arguments, they just point to it as further evidence of a "criticism-free" zone.
Robert Novak is usually a sanguine columnist, but when it comes to Israel, he often dives off the deep end of an empty pool and hits his head on the bottom. Case in point is his column today:
Reports of Israeli air attacks on Qana in Lebanon, killing at least 28 people including 19 children July 30, threatened Israel with a American public relations calamity. But this soon was eclipsed on cable television and front pages of many newspapers by actor Mel Gibson's drunken anti-Semitic rant.
The attention by much of the news media turned from Lebanon to Gibson attempting an apology sufficiently abject to satisfy the Anti-Defamation League. Only a conspiracy theorist might claim this was an intentional escape route for American politicians to avoid a possible Israeli atrocity, but it certainly served that purpose. Washington remains largely a bipartisan, criticism-free zone for Israel.
Over at Opinion Journal, Martin Peretz reflects on the ascendance of Ned Lamont, who represents the return of the "peace" Democrats and an early Christmas present for Republicans.
Since Sept. 11, and especially since the Iraq War, the Democratic Party has faced a dilemma. Should it appeal to the vehemently anti-War Left at the risk of alienating moderates? Or should it target moderates at the risk of alienating the base of the party? While John Kerry did seem to have a special knack for flip-flopping, his need to do so was rooted in the intra-party warfare among Democrats. He had to criticize the Iraq War as a big mistake to satisfy Howard Dean voters while still sounding hawkish enough to attract moderates. As a result he had no discernable position on the war.
Now down to six points, Santorum's race seems to be playing out the way his folks had been predicting months ago, when he was down 21 points: that the gap would narrow as more voters saw and heard Casey. The fact that the Green Party is in the midst of this probably doesn't hurt either.
As Real Clear Politics points out, Santorum has to get his personal numbers up, but a month of August town hall meetings, and getting out across the state will help do that.
Busy, busy, busy. Monday, I'll be subbing for Laura Ingraham (9 am to noon) on TRN. We'll start with MGen. Dan Harel of the IDF, Israel's military attache in Washington to update the war. Later in the show we'll be joined by John Fund of the Wall St. Journal to predict the Lieberman purge and Eric Shawn of Fox News to talk about the latest UN mess.
And that's not all. Starting Tuesday nite, I'm subbing for Hugh Hewitt (6-9 pm on Salem Radio Net). We'll be programming each day to keep up with the news. And there's a lot to keep up with. See ya on the radio.
It wasn't that long ago that certan Europeans were lauding Tour de France winner Floyd Landis as their kind of kind of (because kind, gentle, and nonthreatening) Americano. Now they no doubt know better -- he's no different from their own bike riders who've found themselves suspended from improper reliance on pedaling enhancers. I suppose we'll know soon enough if they consider the likely sanctions against Landis disproportionate to the crime. Certainly that's a possibility some might consider here. An almost damning "essay" by one Sarah Kaufman in today's Washington Post Style section pulls back late in the piece.
"We're tempted to believe that what is in an athlete's specimen cup reveals what is in his heart. If he's peeing out dope, he must be a bad guy," she writes in a way little girls didn't used to be taught to write. "Yet it may only mean that he's a human being who made a bad mistake."
So here's your penance, Floyd. Go and mistake no more.
From an exchange with Neil Cavuto:
CAVUTO: Well, are you saying you're for Castro?
RANGEL: No. I want a democratic change. But I don't believe dancing in the street and spreading out money in Havana and in Miami is the a way to do it.
CAVUTO: Charlie, this guy killed a lot of people.
RANGEL: Well, I wonder how many people we killed at Guantanamo. I mean, we don't have the human rights record.
CAVUTO: Well, wait - wait a minute. Are you equating Fidel Castro with what's happening at Guantanamo?
RANGEL: You bet your life, if we're - if we are talking about human rights.
CAVUTO: So, President Bush is just like Fidel Castro?
RANGEL: No. But what I'm saying is, if you want to talk about the inhuman human rights that Castro has, in arresting people and not presenting them with why they were arrested, not giving them lawyers, and having a secret trial, hey, we're doing the same thing...