March 24, 2019

Ron Brown's House of Cards

Former congressman Barney Franks does not much like the wickedly cynical series on Netflix, House of Cards. He has particular trouble believing that a charming Southern Democrat and his ice-queen wife could cheat and lie and murder their way to the White House.“Preposterous” is how Frank describes the series’ lead character, Frank Underwood. “He has […]

The House GOP’s Impotent Compromise

Apparently the House Republican leadership was deeply spooked by that NBC poll which found both GOP and Tea Party favorability ratings at all-time lows. They’ve produced a fiscal deal to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government that’s hard to read as anything other than a whimpering defeat: House Republicans hope to vote Tuesday […]

The White House and Press Create a Fairy Tale Version of History

When I was a kid, a popular TV show (and earlier a radio one) was You Are There, the theme of which was bringing the viewer into re-enacted historic events to better learn about them. Watching the Middle East doings this week with any degree of care, news consumers can see quite clearly how mendacious […]

Syria: Searchers Find Boy Alive in House Full of Corpses

Via CNN: Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) — Over the past month, video has emerged from the Syrian city of Homs showing killings and other atrocities apparently committed by security forces in neighborhoods that have opposed the government. CNN has obtained footage that is among the most disturbing yet — about a dozen family members killed in […]

Will ‘Known Unknowns’ Put Romney into the White House?

In 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made what has become one of his most famous remarks: [T]here are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. Though mocked by some, Rumsfeld’s comments […]

Can Barney Frank’s House Seat Go Republican?

Print Email Text Size The Spectacle Blog By W. James Antle, III on 11.28.11 @ 5:56PM Sean Trende lists some reasons the race to replace Barney Frank in Congress could be competitive, since redistricting made the district more suburban and potentially more Republican: Frank’s would-be Democratic successor will find him- or herself running in a […]

The White House Goes Dr. Strangelove

Get outtaheah, yabum!  Get a job! That used to be the standard American answer to folks like the Occu-pishers of Wall Street.  If you’ve ever wondered what “enfant terrible” means, check out the pics of the Progs, heroically pooping on the American flag.  This is not a one-time incident.  They keep doing the same thing. […]

White House adviser: Can Romney make tough calls?

FILE – In this Aug. 13, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain walks across the stage after speaking in Ames, Iowa. Iowa’s presidential caucuses are any Republican candidate’s to win. Just two months before the GOP nomination voting begins, Iowa Republicans aren’t surging toward former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney even though he’s essentially […]

Carville to White House: Panic!

Print Email Text Size AmSpecBlog By W. James Antle, III on 9.16.11 @ 1:15PM James Carville has some advice for President Obama that can be summed up in one word: panic. The former Clinton adviser does offer some more specific suggestions, the first sounding the most promising. 1. Fire somebody. No — fire a lot […]