The Spectacle Blog

Kos on the Defensive

By on 6.22.06 | 11:58AM

As the blogosphere wonders about Markos's shifting positions when politicians hire his friend Jerome Armstrong, Kos has shifted into serious defense mode, threatening libel suits.

The best timeline demonstrating the apparent correlation between Kos's public statements and Armstrong's business relationships is the work of Jim Geraghty.

Privately, Kos's response has been silence (until today). Earlier in the week, he instructed left-wing bloggers to stay silent, the New Republic reports.

Examiner Pulls A Fast One?

By on 6.22.06 | 11:58AM

Dave: I'm wondering if I'm missing something here. The DC Examiner editorial page comes out in favor of Net Neutrality by saying that "Congress should keep its hands off the Internet." Huh? If Congress were to "assure Net Neutrality", as the Examiner advocates, wouldn't that mean that Congress is getting its hands on the internet?

The rest of the editorial seems just as silly. For example, the editorialists argue:

If Congress doesn't require major cable and telephone companies that control access to the Internet to follow "Net neutrality," here's what could very well take place: The New York Times pays Verizon enough money to assure that its Web site loads more quickly than the Wall Street Journal.

The proper response to this is: So? If the Times is willing to pay and Verizon is willing to sell, what business is it of the Examiner or, more importantly, Congress?

And this seems like an equally puerile argument:

Chrysler’s Big Push

By on 6.22.06 | 11:02AM

This is aggressive: Chrysler is getting ready to reintroduce "employee discounts" (remember those from last summer?), along with a 30 day money back guarantee.

Ford and GM came to regret their run at employee pricing. Chrysler is in a much better position over the other two automakers this year. So the question will be: do Ford and GM jump in to protect their dwindling market share, or do they stay small and safe? I'm guessing they will choose the latter.

Progress Canadian Style

By on 6.21.06 | 6:23PM

Wait times for knee and hip replacements are down, according to the Peace Arch News:

The B.C. Health ministry is reporting progress in dealing with its longest and most stubborn surgical wait lists, those for hip and knee replacements.

A new surgical unit at UBC Hospital in Vancouver has been specializing in joint procedures since April 2005, based on a successful pilot project at Richmond Hospital. The new unit has completed 205 surgeries, 60 per cent of them hip replacements.

Health Minister George Abbott said creation of the unit, plus $25 million in funding for B.C.'s five health regions to spend on joint replacement, has reduced the median wait time by 15 per cent for hips and 12 per cent for knees. The median wait for hips was reduced to 19.9 weeks for hips and 25.6 weeks for knees.

Today on the Michael Medved Show

By on 6.21.06 | 2:38PM

I'll be subbing for Michael today (3-6 pm EDT on Salem Radio Network). We'll be starting strong with Larry Kudlow of Kudlow & Co. on CNBC. Other guests include Katherine Bierman of Human Rights Watch (on Gitmo) and Andy Maybo, of the Capitol Hill Police on the Cynthia McKinney exemption to the crime of assaulting a police officer. Hope you can join us. Call in on 800-955-1776.

Meyerson Defends Democracy—for the Left

By on 6.21.06 | 12:42PM

Over in the Washington Post today, Harold Meyerson takes a swipe at Joe Lieberman for some seemingly "undemocratic" comments. Lieberman claimed in an interview that his position on the Iraq War, "is a challenge for the party -- whether it will accept diversity of opinion or is on a kind of crusade or jihad of its own to have everybody toe the line." Meyerson calls that a "stunning assertion" because if "parties were based on the acceptance of diversity of opinion on the most important issues of the day, they would lack the definition to be parties at all." He concludes, "Lieberman's problem is not that he faces expulsion from a sect but that he has chosen to stand outside what remains a big, messy tent of a party."

Stump for Steele

By on 6.21.06 | 10:42AM

We're hearing that Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele -- and the presumptive Republican Senate candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat in the 2006 election cycle -- was a standout at a function this morning at the offices of the lobbying shop Preston Gates in DC.

Preston Gates is a decidedly un-Republican firm in town, and the fact that Steele would show up and wow them is impressive. "He was exceedingly engaging and straight with us about his challenges in Maryland," says an attendee. "Given his background and the work he has been doing in Maryland, he's going to have a slightly easier time getting Democrats and independents to look at him in the race. He's very impressive."

And the Democrats know it. In a year's time Howard Dean and Chuck Schumer (head of the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee) have allowed Steele's credit report to be stolen and used for opposition research, allowed racist bile to be used against Steele with no recriminations against Democrat operatives, and spent more than $1 million of party funds to do media and voter outreach against him.