The Spectacle Blog

Re: Colonial’s Finest

By on 5.22.06 | 8:02AM

'Fraid I'll have to disagree with Reid Collins' suggestion that Ben Hogan missed a 3-foot putt on purpose in order to pocket an extra several hundred dollars from an eighteen-hole playoff the following day. In 1959, Ben Hogan's career was just about through, and he was known to stand frozen over putts for two minutes at a time, unable to focus one eye, damaged in his terrible auto accident. And it was not at all unusual for him to miss short putts. He blew at least two Masters crowns that way.

The End Of Greater Serbia

By on 5.21.06 | 11:50PM

You heard it here first, foax. Montenegro, by rights, is out of the doddering Frankenstein of modern-day Serbia, and Kosovo cannot be far behind. How could the EU let the one go and force the other to stay -- particularly when a vote in Kosovo would blow away the 55.5% that Europe's statesmen allowed to pass muster for making Montenegro sovereign. The twin children of Wilsonianism, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, are ghosts now. But self-determination -- done peacefully -- lives on.

Joementum!

By on 5.21.06 | 4:24PM

If you doubt that the Lieberman for Senate campaign is charging toward victory, check out this bizarre ad for Lieberman's anti-war primary challenger Ned Lamont. Yup, that's Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas guest-starring.

Allahpundit recasts the ad as a Mentos spot. Tim Blair does a hilarious script-doctoring job. Ron Chusid of The Democratic Daily sighs, "Conservative bloggers are having lots of fun with this. I can't say I blame them this time."

P.S. Even if Lamont somehow won the Democratic nomination, polls suggest that Lieberman could still win as an independent.

Thanks a Billion

By on 5.21.06 | 2:11PM

The Marion Barry of New Orleans wins re-election in New Orleans, and how does the White House Communications Office react? It send out this statement, with these words in the "Subject" space: "IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Mayor Nagin: 'I Want To Thank You, Mr. President.'" The actual text:

In Case You Missed It …

Mayor Nagin: "I Want To Thank You, Mr. President"

Remarks By New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin

May 20, 2006

MAYOR NAGIN: "I want to thank you, Mr. President. You and I have probably been the most vilified politicians in the country. But I want to thank you for moving that promise that you made in Jackson Square forward. We now have $3 billion for levees. We have $8 billion for incentives. We have $10 billion for housing. You are delivering on your promise, and I want to thank you for all the citizens of the City of New Orleans."

Your tax dollars at work, re-electing a clown backed by a Republican president. Wonder what Mary Landrieu will threaten to do to President Bush now!

I Hope Neil Young Will Remember

By on 5.21.06 | 10:58AM

“A Southern man don’t need him around anyhow,” sang Lynyrd Skynyrd in the 1970s, in response to Young’s South-bashing “Southern Man./>” Now, as if in response to Young’s latest screed, “Let’s Impeach the President,” comes “Bush Was Right,” from the Right Brothers. You can listen to and view the song here, and the lyrics are here (scroll down a bit). I never thought I’d live to see a defense of Bush set to rock music. Country music, yes, but not rock. Then again, the Right Brothers hail from Nashville/>/>.

Teaching Johnny About Islam

By on 5.21.06 | 8:33AM

A hat tip to Internet activist JulieRNR21, who spotted and circulated an invaluable Investor's Business Daily editorial here. Seems the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals thinks it's just fine to have a two-week indoctrination and role-playing course of Islam in California public schools. Key grafs:

More Murtha Madness

By on 5.20.06 | 1:59PM

Cong. John Murtha of Pennsylvania -- a Marine veteran -- has become the Cut and Run Party's voice of choice to scream their demands immediate withdrawal from Iraq. Last week he condemned the November 2005 action by Marines in Haditha, accusing them of massacring innocent civilians. Something happened in Haditha, and a serious investigation is in progress. But what it will find, and what conclusions it will draw, are unknown. Murtha's irresponsible speculation serves no legitimate purpose (unless he thinks that feeding Al Jazeera's high-octane anti-Americanism is such) Al-J headlined Murtha's comments as the gospel of jihad.

Murtha, according to a Defense Department source, had asked for and received a confidential briefing by the Marines. Which confidence he totally violated, jumping to conclusions worthy of John Kerry.

Is there any wonder that the Executive Branch doesn't trust Congress? Is there any confidence its members won't break or secret they won't leak?

Reagan Awards for Big Government

By on 5.19.06 | 3:39PM

The cynical politics on Capitol Hill sink even lower. Human Events reports that the House Republican "Theme Team" (never heard of 'em), led by Rep. Jack Kingston, is handing out "Ronald Reagan Awards" to Members who have promoted the Medicare prescription drug benefit.

I'm sure the Gipper would smile on that.

My Kingdom for a Horse

By on 5.19.06 | 2:47PM

I’ll be rooting for Barbaro in tomorrow’s Preakness, as I root for any Kentucky Derby-winning horse until we once again have a Triple Crown winner (at which point I’ll go back to rooting for underdogs). At 27 years and counting, the Triple Crown drought has become depressing. Barbaro will be going up against a field of 8 other horses, only two of whom ran against him in the Derby/>/> two weeks ago. This is one of my pet peeves, as a casual fan. It seems to me that once a horse is entered into one of the Triple Crown races, he should not be allowed to come and go between races. In other words, if you run the Derby/> and skip the Preakness, you forfeit the chance to run in the Belmont/>/>.

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