The Spectacle Blog

Bet The Media Will Ignore This

By on 6.15.06 | 3:39PM

From columnist Tom Harris in the Canada Free Press:

"Scientists have an independent obligation to respect and present the truth as they see it," Al Gore sensibly asserts in his film "An Inconvenient Truth", showing at Cumberland 4 Cinemas in Toronto since Jun 2. With that outlook in mind, what do world climate experts actually think about the science of his movie?

Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University, in Australia gives what, for many Canadians, is a surprising assessment: "Gore's circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention."

Read the whole thing.

Hat tip: Robert Bidinotto.

Vote on New Mass Today

By on 6.15.06 | 1:50PM

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops votes on the new English Mass today. Hopefully it passes. The current translation is very clumsy and untrue to the original Latin. For example, how does, "And with thy spirit," become, "And also with you."

Some bishops think like Fr. Thomas Reese, the former editor of America, who whines that the changes will cause chaos. It is remarkable, though typical, that liberals are really the most conservative group around. Once they secure they change they like, they're absolutely unwilling to imagine an improvement. Reese and those who oppose changes value continuity over truth.

Fortunately, Cardinal Arinze has already informed the bishops that this faulty reasoning is insufficient justification for rejecting the new translation.

Re: US Open Begins

By on 6.15.06 | 6:54AM

Quin, I've got my eye on England's David Howell, who is about the hottest golfer in the world right now -- he has won twice in the last month, if I'm not mistaken. He is currently ranked #10 in the world.

Some thoughts: Tiger may play a lot less after the death of his father. Maybe not as little as Hogan after the car accident, but no more than, say, 15 times a year, PGA minimum requirements be damned.

Mickelson displayed an awesome amount of confidence last week at Westchester, obviously playing for the practice, as though he were somewhere else, experimenting, not really caring what he scored.

A nightmare TV Sunday: Retief Goosen and Jeff Maggert, the world's two dullest golfers, in the final group.

Mickelson remarked in an interview that the course was set up to play in hot, calm weather, but that, if the wind blew, "This place is going to get unplayable."

If Tiger really wants the title, and I've got to believe he wants it as much or more as he's ever wanted any title, and he has all his powers together, nobody's going to touch him.

Trust Your Leader, The Saucer Will Arrive Soon!

By on 6.14.06 | 5:14PM

Tying in with my column today, another Daily Kos diarist laments being forced to disagree with Maureen Dowd, who was apparently unable to trust the Kossacks more than her own eyes:

Let me just say that I am a big fan of Maureen Dowd, maybe even a groupie. And I was more than a little chuffed to see her sitting at the table next to me when I attended the 'pundit training' workshop she also mentioned in her article. But as I read Dowd's description of YearlyKos, I wondered how two people could be sitting just a few feet away from each other and, yet, be so far apart.

Maureen Dowd's description of 'the mood' being 'like a masquerade' is not mean-spirited or hurtful or in anyway worthy of condemnation. It is just not an accurate description of the 'mood' in the room. The attendees at YearlyKos were not just happy to put names with faces, but were deeply moved to be for the first time standing in a new community built entirely on trust.

U.S. Open Starts

By on 6.14.06 | 5:02PM

I know this will interest at least Lawrence Henry, and I hope others: The U.S. Open in golf starts tomorrow, and promises to be a humdinger. Phil goes for his third major in a row, Tiger returns for the first time since his father's death, Vijay finally has his game back (he won this past week), Davis Love III tries to win a second major at the same place (Winged Foot) where he won his only other major (the PGA in 1997, under the blessing of a rainbow), and young guns like Adam Scott and Trevor Immelman try to finally get on the majors map. One dark horse to watch: Jeff Maggert, the journeyman with a habit of barely qualifying for Ryder Cup teams and then playing well, who has seriously contended in several US Opens and two Masters. He won just the third tourney of his career just a few weeks back (he's been one of those guys who always finishes second), in convincing fashion, and in the aforementioned 1997 PGA at Winged Foot he finished third behind Love and Justin Leonard. He likes the Open, he likes the course, and he's playing well. The TV networks might hate it if he ruins their Tiger vs. Phil storyline, and he probably won't do so.


By on 6.14.06 | 4:37PM

The MoveOn.dork crowd is claiming that Algore's PowerPoint movie, Inconvenient Truths, is breaking box office records. Huh? I'm sure it's taken in at least $9.95 in ticket sales. What else do they have in mind?

On the Off Record

By on 6.14.06 | 2:43PM

Someone invited The Hollywood Liberal to an off the record briefing John Kerry held for bloggers, the contents of which said blogger has promptly made very much on the record. How accurate someone who chooses The Hollywood Liberal as a moniker may or may not be is, of course, open to debate, but here for your perusal are a few relevant passages:

The first question went straight to the point, about how pissed off so many Democratic voters, are about what happened with the election, and also that it seemed like most Democrats in Congress had no idea how bad the situation was. Kerry responded by dropping the whole political routine and speaking like he was off the record to a bunch of people that already know what's going on anyway. "Look I know how bad things are, I know that people are pissed off, I know we screwed up."