The Spectacle Blog

The Nation’s Freedoms Are Under Assault…

By on 9.26.06 | 1:27PM

...by an administration whose policies can do us as much damage as al Qaida; the nation's marketplace of ideas is being poisoned by a propaganda company so blatant that Tokyo Rose would've quit."

The world according to Keith Olbermann. Watch this (warning, it goes on for ten minutes) and you can come to only one conclusion: ESPN's management is heaving a big sigh of relief right now.

We Didn’t Listen!

By on 9.26.06 | 11:40AM

"Global temperatures are dangerously close to the highest ever estimated to have occurred in the past million years, scientists reported Monday."

Soon, temperatures will get really dangerously close. And then we will be sorry that we didn't listen.

Those of you who have had the (mis)fortune to watch the unintentionally hilarious The Day After Tomorrow will appreciate the South Park episode "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow" (highly inappropriate for the office -- or the family).

Veggie Tales and Madonna?

By on 9.26.06 | 11:30AM

I returned from a trip to Texas and noticed there was a bit of back and forth here at TAS over NBC's decision to engage in religious-cleansing of the Veggie Tales cartoons for broadcast. Frankly, I'm a little surprised. My kids watch it and I always thought it was pretty theologically inoffensive unless you consider plain old Bible morality and very simple God-talk to be an outrage.

Anyway, count on S.T. Karnick to find a new angle on the story. He asks the simple question, "How is it that Veggie Tales is clearly offensive in mentioning God, but we aren't so sure whether we have a problem with Madonna performing a song hanging from a cross?" Check out the link above for some excellent analysis.

Literary Interests Blog Meme

By on 9.26.06 | 9:43AM

One of my favorite writers and frequent AmSpec columnist John Tabin invites me to grapple with several fun "sentence fragments with grammatically dubious question marks" on literary interests, a challenge I accept and will get to as soon as I'm off deadline. In the meantime, check out the questions (?) and Tabin's really interesting answers here.

Keys to Lott’s Kingdom

By on 9.26.06 | 9:38AM

My friend and former AmSpec editor Jeremy Lott has extended me a kind invitation to take over blogging duties at his website for the next two weeks as he prepares to head back to D.C. for a gig at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Here's my interview with The Man Himself on his book In Defense of Hypocrisy. I'll be laboring under one basic ground rule: Don't get Lott sued. Well, you know, I'll do what I can.

World To End In 2011?

By on 9.25.06 | 4:04PM

I was looking over some other stuff from the Commonwealth Fund today (see last Thursday's post) and found this in some testimony that the Fund's Assistant Vice President, Sara R. Collins, gave to Congress not long ago about health savings accounts (HSAs) and high-deductible health plans (HDHPs):

The U.S. Treasury Department estimates that under current law only 14 million people will ever enroll in HSA-eligible HDHPs-still a relatively small share of the overall market.

The reference for that sentence is this Fact Sheet (PDF) from the Treasury Department. It says something a little different:

THE FUTURE…

14 million by 2010 -- Treasury Department projection of HSA policies (covering 25 to 30 million people) -- based on current law.

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