The Spectacle Blog

To CJ and Dave

By on 10.13.05 | 11:01AM

CJ: It goes without saying Scioscia reacted as he did. He's already focused on the next game. Somehow or other the huge injustice will end up a motivator. But I must disagree with Kruk's ex-post-facto remark, Dave. Baseball runs on its routines. If players were constantly having to worry what call an ump might concoct next, they'd never get the ball out of their glove or bat off their shoulder.

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‘Republicanism on Stilts’

By on 10.13.05 | 10:54AM

If the New York Times op-ed page were publicly available (for free, that is), their columnists might actually have an impact now and then. David Brooks takes a good, hard look at Harriet Miers' columns as head of the Texas Bar Association and finds very little to recommend her thinking and writing:

I don't know if by mere quotation I can fully convey the relentless march of vapid abstractions that mark Miers's prose. Nearly every idea is vague and depersonalized. Nearly every debatable point is elided. It's not that Miers didn't attempt to tackle interesting subjects. She wrote about unequal access to the justice system, about the underrepresentation of minorities in the law and about whether pro bono work should be mandatory. But she presents no arguments or ideas, except the repetition of the bromide that bad things can be eliminated if people of good will come together to eliminate bad things.

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Back to Baseball for Just a Moment, Please

By on 10.13.05 | 10:41AM

Wlady….did you notice how California Angels Manager Mike Scioscia -- previously referred to here by our mischevious Prowler as "classless" -- comported himself during and after the outright and outrageous 9th inning robbery last evening? The word "classy" comes to mind. Just saying.

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Musings From Algore

By on 10.13.05 | 10:40AM

I admit it. I miss Al. Has any single American politician ever had a more developed ability to both amuse and bore an audience simultaneously? Thank God the press caught his Stockholm gig.

Uncle Al's latest rant included a riff on "How America would be different if I had been elected..."

The media reported his remarks that we would not "routinely be torturing people." Unfortunately, they missed his silent musings which were later revealed in the thought bubble above his head.

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Federalist Fall Guys?

By on 10.13.05 | 9:58AM

John Fund's latest on Harriet Miers definitely furthers the debate about her qualifications and shines a light on the vetting process, though sources inside the White House dispute that associate White House counsel William Kelley was the one who actually pushed Miers' candidacy.

Instead, they say that it this was WH chief of staff Andy Card's play all along.

More important than the tick-tock of the vetting process for Miers, the Fund article may loose some of the plugs from the dam holding back criticism of Miers from some quarters who have remained comparatively silent.

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ABC’s Dirty Bomb Scenario

By on 10.13.05 | 9:14AM

ABC's report on loose security at college nuclear reactors is more than a little disturbing. It reports that, at about 25 campuses around the nation, security was so lax around research reactors (some of which use highly-enriched weapons-grade uranium) the ABC crew was able to drive a large truck right up to the reactor. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is investigating, but we have to wonder: where is the Department of Homeland Security (or, as Homer Simpson might accurately pronounce its acronym) the D'OHS?

Many of us have long wished for a liberal meltdown at Ivy League schools. But the thought of a large truck bomb being turned into a dirty bomb, or that some bunch of terrorists could infiltrate a school and steal quantities of weapons grade uranium, is enough to make me wonder just what the heck D'OHS has been doing for the past few years. Apparently, not enough.

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Re: Bum Steer

By on 10.13.05 | 8:46AM

Wlady, I was in bed too early to catch that ninth inning, but an email from my dad was waiting in my inbox, subject line, "They was robbed." Caught the replay on ESPN.com. The ball was caught, the ump gave the out sign. In the interview room, he maintained that even after watching the replays the ball hit the ground. But Jon Kruk had a fine point on Baseball Tonight: Josh Paul should have tagged Pierzynski.

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Drinking the Global Warming Kool-Aid

By on 10.13.05 | 7:56AM

The Post goes for the whole pitcher today, with a shrinking Arctic ice cap on the front page and alarming temperature graph after the jump. But as those who read Tom Bethell's "The False Alert of Global Warming" in the May issue of TAS know, this data is highly unreliable (which one scientist in the article points out). And the author suggests many different sources for the new "2005 is the hottest year on record" data, preventing a close look at the source. But the worst part is the lazy way in which the article raises the man-made global warming specter without comparing the years of rising temperatures to years of rising pollutants. But such data doesn't help the alarmists' case, as Bethell pointed out:

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Dividing Democratic Trust

By on 10.13.05 | 7:41AM

Jerry Kilgore's death penalty ads continue to reverberate in the Virginia gubernatorial election. The Post pushes the issue to A1 today, featuring Tim Kaine's objection to the death penalty as a substantial wedge between him and his predecessor, Gov. Mark Warner.

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Bum Steer

By on 10.13.05 | 2:10AM

Well, that didn't last long. John Roberts put in a good word for umpires at the start of his confirmation hearings. Now last night an umpire returns to his more typical role as arrogant regulator, gives the White Sox an extra out, and the Angels go down to bitter defeat. Given that the umpire in question initially gave an out sign on the swinging third strike, only to reverse himself for reasons best known to his hypnotist, people will be comparing his cynical, incompetent performance to that of the basketball officials who gave the USSR three chances to defeat the U.S. in the 1972 Olympics. I don't think we've heard the end of this.

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