The Spectacle Blog

This Is No Bull

By on 4.5.06 | 2:10PM

From the We Can't Make this Stuff Up Department comes this report that the Hollywoodenheads are now filming the life of Spanish bull fighter Manolete, having apparently received the blessing of a reluctant PETA after assuring the animal rights nutballs that no real bulls would be hurt in making the film.

Said PETA spokeshuman Lisa Lange, " We are concerned [the movie] will romanticize bullfighting,'' but, she said, "There is some consolation that the story ends'' with Manolete's 1947 death from a wound inflicted by a bull. Rowdy Yates, please call your office.

Jaidee? Jaidee no

By on 4.5.06 | 10:54AM

Lawrence -- If Thongchai Jaidee wins the Masters this year, I'll buy you a steak dinner at the DC restaurant of your choice. But thanks for your kind words. As for Geoff Ogilvy, you may be on to something there. Now, here's a list of the "what's he doing at Augusta?" caucus (the players about whom you can't quite figure out how they qualified, even though the Masters web site helpfully explains it to you; i.e. the ones who you didn't realized had played well enough in the first place): Jason Bohn, Ted Purdy, Ryan Moore. Meanwhile, I'd much rather see Jay Haas in the field (not qualified for the first time in years) than a host of the folks who did make it. And I'd still like to see Greg Norman even if he hasn't been healthy enough to play more than about three tourneys a year for the past several years....

Notre Dame Backs Down on Monologues

By on 4.5.06 | 10:08AM

Fr. John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, released his "closing statement" on the Vagina Monologues performance today. Though he still finds that it is opposed to the Catholic understanding of human sexuality, he will not prohibit its performance on campus: "I am very determined that we not suppress free speech on campus."

How disappointing. It appears Fr. Jenkins has been convinced by the campus multicultis that free speech must enjoy an official forum. Students and faculty are free to discuss even the most corrupt ideas in the classroom, in the residence halls, in the pages of the Observor, and really anywhere else. That doesn't mean Notre Dame should afford them space to spread such pollution.

Kerry, Cuttin’ and Runnin’

By on 4.5.06 | 9:21AM

Within two hours of the president’s Annapolis war speech last November, Vichy John Kerry was on the tube backtracking from everything he, Murtha and the rest of the Cut and Run Dems were saying about Iraq. In his reply to the president’s speech, Kerry managed to retreat in two directions (away from the idea of scheduled withdrawal and away from suggesting any alternative to what the president was doing.)  Now, in today’s NYT, Kerry takes another step back, nearly to his glory days of Dewey Canyon III:

Here’s the money quote:


By on 4.5.06 | 8:46AM

Mr. Bartlett, the man who calls Bush impostor, now declares that tax cuts don't "starve the beast" of government growth. It's not good enough for Bartlett that tax cuts have not recently starved the beast, nor that tax cuts are not currently starving it, both of which are fair enough judgments -- or really, observations. But Bartlett has lost his patience for spectator sports, and only the wrath of judgment can satisfy. He seems audacious enough, in fact, to posit a whole new law of economics -- two new laws, in fact -- to consign the tax-cut "dogma" to the dustbin of history. It's all happening at TimesSelect -- but you can watch Bartlett's logical pinata spill its guts and twist in the wind, free of charge, at Postmodern Conservative.

Dark Horse picks

By on 4.5.06 | 2:45AM


Nice piece on the Masters. Watch for Tongchai Jaidee, who has the most fabulous short game I've ever seen, and Jeff Ogilvy, who is poised for greatness.

Years ago, I won a betting pool on the Masters. You were required to pick three players; if your players finished cumulatively the best, you won. If your players missed the cut you were out. I picked players I was sure would make the cut (like Jay Haas) and won the pot on Friday.

Free John Green

By on 4.5.06 | 2:23AM

I'm only now able to get around to writing about something that's bothered me for some time: the suspension for one month last Friday of an ABC "Good Morning America" producer named John Green for something he wrote in an e-mail EIGHTEEN MONTHS AGO critical of President Bush and almost TWELVE MONTHS AGO in an e-mail critical of Madeleine Albright. To its credit, the New York Times got around to reporting the story only yesterday, three days after the dutiful Howard Kurtz wrote it up in the Washington Post.

The Bishops’ Fight

By on 4.4.06 | 8:25PM

I won't touch the merits of the Catholic bishops' involvement in the immigration issue, but would that they showed this much mettle when it came to abortion legislation. While reasonable and faithful Christians may disagree on immigration, abortion is a morally unambiguous mass murder. When's Cardinal Mahony then?

Re: John Tabin DeLay/Delay

By on 4.4.06 | 6:57PM

As I noted back in January, Shawn, Republican leaders on the Hill more or less took my advice months ago. DeLay's retirement is just the coda.

Happy to Help, if Welcome

By on 4.4.06 | 3:53PM

Wal-Mart says it's building 50 new stores in "struggling" (read: poor) urban areas. This isn't exactly new, but the aggressive initiative is: they're intentionally placing the stores in high crime/unemployment areas, on environmentally contaminated sites (cleaned up by Wal-Mart), and in vacant buildings. To head off criticism that the corporation kills small businesses, Wal-Mart will give small businesses grants and free advertising.

South Side Chicago would already have a Wal-Mart in a blighted neighborhood if the city council hadn't stopped it.