The Spectacle Blog

RE: It’s 6/6/06

By on 6.6.06 | 12:03PM

Tabin: "And June 1st went okay, right?"

Macomber: Maybe for you. I spent the day defending myself against various pestilence and demonic appariations. I'm still picking locust out of my air conditioner fan, bandaging gashes from giant half-man/half-scorpion creatures and trying to vacuum the rest of the crumbs from the broken seals up before my wife gets home from work.

Nothing at all strange happened where you're at? I guess Boston must have collectively been a bad, bad boy this year....

Can We Say, ‘N-A-R-C-I-S-S-I-S-T’?

By on 6.6.06 | 12:01PM

Anyone? Anyone? In his continuing efforts to dominate media, history, and the world, Bill Clinton has taken time out of his busy, busy schedule to record his own voice (“chuckles” and all) and recount his own personal memories of being president for visitors to the Clinton Library in Little Rock/>, Arkansas/>/>.

For just $3 extra, you too can hear Bill wax on enthusiastically about his most cherished and personal memories of being president (Monica didn’t make the cut), and his childhood, and his initiatives, and his life in general.

Remembering D-Day

By on 6.6.06 | 11:59AM

It’s 6/6/06

By on 6.6.06 | 11:35AM

Relax! A fragment of the oldest known surviving copy of Revelation, discovered last year, indicates that the original Number of the Beast is 616. And June 1st went okay, right?

Srpska Smackdown

By on 6.6.06 | 9:25AM

For those of you worried that independence for Montenegro would set off a chain reaction of ornery separatism, may I present the US and EU's major-league neg of a copycat referendum for the infamous Republika Srpska. Kosovo, of course, is well on its way to full breakaway status -- but here Montenegrin independence serves as a cherry on top, not a catalyst, of an unfinished ordeal over a decade in the making.

Now if only someone could bring an orderly Balkanization to Somalia. or Sudan. Or Iraq. Or...

Re: Nominating Kofi’s successor

By on 6.5.06 | 11:40PM

I nominate Indian novelist Arundhati Roy. She has all the requirements: impoverished upbringing (or so the story goes) in India/>, an attractive woman, a bestselling author, and an unrepentant and unhinged critic of the West and the U.S./>/> in particular. Her career was nicely summarized by one newspaper, which said that she proved “that you can be a political radical and look like a million dollars at parties.” And the title of her bestselling novel, The God of Small Things, is a nice distillation of the U.N. Secretary General’s position.

Appointment Television

By on 6.5.06 | 10:32PM

The last time Jim Webb debated Harris Miller, it descended into a shout fest and Webb telling Miller to "shut your mouth."

In that case, they will be right at home on Hardball Thursday. If you want a cheap pick-me-up (two Dems going at each other's throats), don't miss it.

Reactions to My New Book

By on 6.5.06 | 5:44PM

There have been many, but one deserves special mention. In the Taipei Times, written by Doug Bandow who was forced to resign from the Cato Institute for being paid to write opinion columns by Jack Abramoff. It's nice to see Bandow has obtained political asylum in Taiwan.

If you want to make your own judgment on the book, check it out: Showdown: Why China Wants War with the United States.

Re: Nominating Kofi’s successor

By on 6.5.06 | 4:03PM

For the ability to create a non-stop ineffectual flap: Larry Summers, with a close second going to Joycelyn Elder. To transform the organization: Paul Tagliabue.

Re: Nominating Kofi’s Successor

By on 6.5.06 | 2:15PM

Yassir Arafat? Mickey Mouse? Ok, the UN is a fictional force for peace. At this rate, we'll be nominating every fictional character, even Lindsay Graham. Why not Tony Soprano? He'd at least hold UN employees accountable for job performance.

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