The Spectacle Blog

Blogger Plagiarism?

By on 3.24.06 | 11:57AM

I'm watching closely how this one unfolds. Washingtonpost.com's newest blogger, Ben Domenech, a young veteran of various conservative publications and blogs as well as Capitol Hill and the Bush administration, is faced with very serious charges of plagiarism. He ought to answer them, and quickly. If true, he ought to resign. Or the Post should fire him. That very discussion between Domenech and the Post probably explains the silence on his blog over this.

What a fine reminder that politics/journalism (nearly one and the same) in this town is a full-contact sport.

The Crying Game

By on 3.24.06 | 11:52AM

An endearing new nickname in the ranks of serious basketball is Big Baby. One such is LSU's 6'9", 310-pound sophomore Glen Davis, a mighty tough hombre who last night helped power his team to an NCAA tournament victory over top-seed Duke, which probably now thinks of him as Big Brute. Another Big Baby is Los Angeles Lakers' rookie center Andrew Bynum, a still growing 18 year old who received that moniker from his proud mentor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. A recent story describes how Baby Bynum went mano-a-mano with Shaquille O'Neal, and lived to talk about it.

One other thing can be said about these two toddlers: Big Babies don't cry.

It’s A Joke, Right?

By on 3.24.06 | 11:22AM

I am as pro-life as they come.

Color me cuckoo, but things like this just don't strike me as being all that helpful to the cause.

Saad Out

By on 3.24.06 | 10:13AM

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.

Hang The TV DJ

By on 3.24.06 | 8:53AM

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.

Semper Fi, To the Max

By on 3.23.06 | 6:12PM

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.

Fromaged Off

By on 3.23.06 | 5:53PM

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.

Another Conservative Passing

By on 3.23.06 | 3:16PM

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.

So Dean Has a Dem Vision

By on 3.23.06 | 1:44PM

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.

Natural Marriage

By on 3.23.06 | 12:34PM

Polygamy overload!

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.

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