The Spectacle Blog

Rush to Judgment

By on 4.28.06 | 7:27PM

Nice try, ABC, but there'll be no takers. Despite its sensationalist headline earlier this evening -- "RUSH LIMBAUGH HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON PRESCRIPTION FRAUD CHARGES, SAYS PALM BEACH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE" -- the real story, as Drudge has just noted, is that all charges against Limbaugh will be dropped in 18 months if he continues to seek treatment from the doctor who's been treating him the last two and half years. It's not an arrest if the case has been settled.

UPDATE: Surprise, Surprise: Both the New York Times and Washington Post are running the same headline on their websites: "Rush Limbaugh Arrested for Prescription Drug Charges." The L.A. Times, however, gets it right: "Limbaugh Settles on Drug Charges."

On Managing Hurricane Relief

By on 4.28.06 | 6:51PM

City Journal has a compelling piece on Houston's ability to manage crises with impressive efficiency and creativity. It's long, but you'll want to read it all.

NCAA’s Bureaucrats Know Best

By on 4.28.06 | 6:16PM

Following up on the new NCAA policy banning "hostile" or "abusive" Indian nicknames, the college athletics organization has denied appeals from three schools, including the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. If you're wondering what's offensive about the Fighting Sioux, so are some Sioux. UND had a letter of support from a tribal leader, to no avail.

Frankly, Scarlett…

By on 4.28.06 | 5:37PM

As reported by the Beeb, Iranian “President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said…Iran did not "give a damn" about UN resolutions over its research.” Ahmadinejad’s statement was in response to an ever-so-tepid report from the IAEA that affirmed that Iran was ignoring UN pleas to stop enriching uranium.

I hereby sentence Kofi and the Kupcakes to write, “Diplomacy that is not backed by a credible threat of force cannot succeed” one hundred times on the blackboard each day for the next week.

As the threat of

Diplomacy “Just Beginning” on Iran

By on 4.28.06 | 1:59PM

Just beginning? That's what President Bush says. Methinks that won't have them shaking in their boots. At this rate, by the time that trusty diplomacy gets toward the end, Iran will have a nuclear weapon.

Union Man

By on 4.28.06 | 12:22PM

Best. Congressman. Ever!

John Sweeney (R-NY) hangs at a frat party….

Bush For Nagin — Huh?!?!?

By on 4.28.06 | 10:45AM

From the WSJournal today, we learn that President Bush's visit to New Orleans yesterday was designed in part to bolster Mayor Ray Nagin's chances in his runoff for re-election against Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu. COME AGAIN?!?!?!?!?!?!? Every time I start to forgive this White House for all its errors and idiocies, it does something new that is so unfathomably wrongheaded that it makes me wonder if the combined brain power of the entire West Wing might be less than the intelligence of, say, James Madison alone -- on one of Madison's BAD days, when he has had insomnia and has a headache.

Wrong on Rove

By on 4.28.06 | 10:25AM

NBC and other news outlets have it terribly, terribly wrong on the Rove grand jury testimony earlier this week, and they keep getting it wrong in the face of the facts they know to be accurate. Today rumors were being circulated by NBC reporters that Rove was being called back for yet another round of questioning.

We've been informed by reliable sources that Rove was not distressed or worried about his testimony earlier this week. That things went well, that he answered the questions readily and that there were no surprises.

The grand jury that Patrick Fitzgerald is using is a sitting grand jury, which meets regularly on Wednesdays and Fridays. That it is hearing a case today -- this grand jury is not exclusive to the Joe Wilson scandal -- is no news. It hears cases all the time.

Remember, Rove is answering questions about events that he actually assisted Fitzgerald with. When Rove and his legal team discovered information that added to Rove's recollection, it was handed over to Fitzgerald immediately. And that evidence actually helped Rove's position.

Re: Dates of Copywrong

By on 4.28.06 | 9:24AM

Update to yesterday/below: The sound of inevitability chimes. A day after saying they won't, Little, Brown will pull the latest work of hype-'n'-plagiarism from bookshelves. Message received. What a halflife have our "truths."

Re: Economic Numbers

By on 4.28.06 | 7:04AM

I'd say it's less than 50/50 that good GDP numbers cause a market selloff today, Prowler. Fed Chief Bernanke said before Congress yesterday that the OMC was unlikely to raise interest rates at their next meeting, and might even be done with that for a while. I don't think Bernanke will be surprised by today's GDP numbers. According to this morning's IBD, "Futures markets adjusted their rate-hike projections on his comments. The chances of a quarter-point June hike fell to 34% from 66% on Wednesday. The market already has priced in a 16th straight hike, to 5%, for the Fed's May meeting."