The Spectacle Blog

Planet Wage

By on 6.12.06 | 2:01PM

The emcee here just said, "Don't talk to me about choosing between jobs or the environment. It's jobs for the environment."

Yes, but will the environment be paid a living wage? It's time to organize, methinks. Rocks, dirt and trees, should all start voting for the big Ds.

He's also quoting JFK's famous speech--"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard"--to press for a new energy independence "Apollo Program." But hard like what? Hard like going to see the new Al Gore movie? Or hard like bringing democracy to a totalitarian society? I think we're starting to recognize our limits.

Time for a Shareholders Meeting?

By on 6.12.06 | 1:55PM

I just flew in to D.C. from the Yearly Kos convention in Vegas (expecta few columns on that soon) and got to the Washington Hilton just in time to hear "Give 'Em Hell" Harry Reid explain, in the midst of the usual banalities--"incompetence," snore. "corruption," snore--we've grown accustomed to, break out and warn that he planned to, "Take America back from Exxon Mobil. Take America back from those who would hide science." Look out Exxon Mobil! You're about to lose your fifedom! Since Reid labeled the Bush Administration, "the most oil friendly administration in the history of country," it can be presumed they will have to go as well. "We can't drill our way out of our problems," Reid said. Indeed. Now its all oohs and ahhs as the crowd watches the trailer for the Al Gore global warming movie and eats strawberries and whipped cream. Revolution not-so-lite. Very nice. More soon!

Say That Three Times Fast

By on 6.12.06 | 12:45PM

Today is King Kamehameha Day in Hawai'i (observed on June 11 some years). So despite last week's defeat for some native Hawai'ians, heritage celebrations are in full swing this week.

And if you know anything about King Kamehameha, you know that Senator Akaka is nothing like the king. Kamehameha is remembered as Hawai'i's uniter, not divider.

WSJ on Voting Wrongs

By on 6.12.06 | 11:38AM

I've blogged on this before, but the Wall Street Journal today did a better job of it in many respects than I did in my blogs: The Journal said Congress would be dead stinking wrong to renew Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act this year. Read the Journal editorial to see why. Hint: The section itself is racist, and it's an incumbent-protection device.

Jim Moran, Arlington’s Class Act

By on 6.12.06 | 9:57AM

Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va. 10) told Arlington County Democrats Saturday that while he opposes earmarks in theory, if he were chairman of the appropriations committee, he would make sure his district got its cut. "I'm going to earmark the s*** out of it," he said.

What a class act. Doesn't look too different from Republican control, though.

Yes, this man represents me in Congress. (Thanks to Club for Growth.)

Kofi’s Successor Revealed

By on 6.11.06 | 10:29PM

There just wasn’t enough room in tomorrow’s Loose Canons to announce – with proper fanfare -- our nomination for Kofi Annan’s successor. The choices remaining – despite heartfelt campaigning by supporters of William Jefferson, John Bertrand Aristede and Mark Malloch Brown (Kofi’s deputy SecGen) -- has been chosen from among the four finalists.  It was, as Wellington/>/> said of Waterloo/>/>, a close-run thing.

Saddam Hussein - dictator, murderer of thousands, and all around bad-guy - would have been a natural choice. But during Kofi’s early years, Saddam was de facto Sec Gen. He was allowed to run the Oil for Food for Bribes for Weapons scam from the privacy of his palaces, to run the Security Council through the time-tested method of bribery. To allow Saddam a second term would be terribly unfair to the others.

Re: Nominating Kofi’s Successor

By on 6.9.06 | 3:18PM

I was going to declare a winner today, but four finalists are still in play: "Red" Ken Livingstone, George Galloway, Arundhati Roy and Saddam Hussein. Claudia Rosett -- who really should be SecGen -- was disqualified for that persistent streak of integrity that keeps popping up in her writing.

If you want to have a final crack at campaigning for your fave of that four, have at it in the comments section. My choice for SecGen will be selected Sunday and announced in Loose Canons on Monday.

Hello Darkness

By on 6.9.06 | 1:44PM

Following up on his TAS column today, Andrew Cline, over at his Union Leader blog, has more on Democratic (non)reactions to the termination of the terrorist Zarqawi. For the first time in his life, Howie Dean has been rendered speechless. All we're getting from him are the sounds of silence.