The Spectacle Blog

Club for Growth Endorses Stephen Laffey

By on 12.12.05 | 10:08AM

Pat Toomey announced the nod (sub. req'd) for the Cranston mayor over incumbent RINO Sen. Lincoln Chafee. This is shaping up as a redeux of the Toomey-Specter race... that is, if there are nearly enough conservatives in Rhode Island. I'm doubtful. The more likely scenario is a brutal defeat for Laffey at the hands of R.I. establishment and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

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Bush and Murtha

By on 12.12.05 | 9:45AM

President Bush takes it to Rep. Jack Murtha's home state today with a Philadelphia speech, his third address on progress in Iraq in recent weeks.

This notion that Murtha isn't calling for retreat but "redeployment" (pushed by Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation) just doesn't wash in light of comments like, "I've finally come to the conclusion that we're the enemy." Hopefully Bush hits him hard on this.

UPDATE (10:51 a.m.): Bush speaks at 11:15 a.m. Murtha responds with his own Philly press conference at 1:30 p.m. The Democrats must think Murtha is such a hit that he's their A-team response. Makes you wonder what the B-team looks like.

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International Baseball Flap

By on 12.12.05 | 9:11AM

Tickets go on sale today for the World Baseball Classic, Major League Baseball's long-promised international tournament. It will field teams from 16 countries into four pools with the semifinal and championship games in San Diego in late March.

As I scanned the country list, I noticed Chinese Taipei as well as China. The real controversy, it turns out, is over the Cuban team, Meghan Clyne reports in the New York Sun. Cuban-Americans are upset that Castro will be staffing the team. My first inclination is to let him send his best players to Puerto Rico (Cuba's first two pool locations) and then to San Diego. That allows ample opportunity for defections.

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Voices of the Faithful

By on 12.12.05 | 7:55AM

The big talk among Voices of the Faithful is that they want a more "Democratic" Catholic Church (without the "Roman" attached to it).

If Democracy and so-called "freedom of choice" is now their rallying cry, they must be aware that there is already a church here in the United States desperately looking for new members: the Episcopalian Church. Given the politics and what they are fighting for, they couldn't find a better fit, and they deserve each other.

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Going Constitutional

By on 12.12.05 | 7:51AM

On the Alito nomination we aren't there yet. But there will be a lot of buzz around this morning's Washington Post article quoting Majority Leader Sen. Bill Frist that the Constitutional Option, or as the Democrats and the MSM call it, the "Nuclear Option," is still a very real part of the landscape if Democrats decide to filibuster the nomination.

Democrats are saying this kind of tough talk is unnecessary, but if folks have been paying attention, they'd know that the Democrats and their minions have been talking about a filibuster for weeks now. It's good that Frist is drawing lines in the sand now, rather than a month from now with nomination on top of us.

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Voice of the Faithful

By on 12.12.05 | 7:21AM

Protested the Vatican's new document (not new policy) on homosexual priests yesterday. Joining them was Rep. William Delahunt (D-Mass.). Voice of the Faithful was a particularly outspoken group, active in Massachusetts, during the sexual abuse scandal a few years ago. While the mainstream media typically portrayed them as good-natured, concerned laity, their long-term agenda was largely hostile to church teaching as this protest displays.

The Globe article fails to note that some local bishops have declared VOTF persona non grata in their parishes. Deal Hudson has the full story on this group.

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Tookie Foiled

By on 12.12.05 | 7:13AM

The California Supreme Court unananimously rejected Stanley Tookie Williams' appeal yesterday, letting stand his execution planned for tomorrow. Now Arnold's on the spot.

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HarperCollins to Keep Digital Files

By on 12.12.05 | 7:08AM

This seems like a good compromise in the Google book battle: Harper will hold on to the digital files of its books, but make copies available to search services. This could pressure the other major publishers into similar arrangements.

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Illegitimately Illiterate?

By on 12.11.05 | 5:08PM

Prof. Sean Wilentz of Princeton has a great piece in the New York Times today, discussing the broadening chasm between literature and politics. Here's a snippet:

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Going Home

By on 12.10.05 | 9:48PM

KUWAIT CITY:We spent about half the day yesterday at the Iraqi military academy about fifty miles from Baghdad. It's a tough place, and not just for the curriculum. More on this later. The bus to the plane is leaving in about two minutes, so I'll have to be brief. We saw a lot at the IMA that was encouraging. Motivated students, a great faculty and if they can keep things going they will help transform all of Iraq.

The C-130 carrying us back to Kuwait City last night had two very special passengers. Two American soldiers -- one man and one woman -- who had been killed in action lay in flag-draped coffins along the aircraft centerline. On landing in Kuwait, we waited until they were about to be taken off, and stood in line with the soldiers saluting them as they were taken off the aircraft. Let's remember them and their families. These two, and more than 2,000 others, have made the ultimate sacrifice in this war. Now is no time to quit. The Iraqis don't want us to leave until the job is done. It isn't yet.

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