The Spectacle Blog

Re: The 390-Horsepower Lawn Ornament

By on 11.28.05 | 12:47PM

To answer our readers' questions, the ride in question is an '03 Mustang SVT Cobra. And to the suggestion that I turn it back over to nitwit#4 to rack up the miles, I have to say not only no, but #$@! no. Why should he have all the fun? We are working things out, as I indicated to Larry, in proper Dukes of Hazzard fashion. Stay tuned. As to the problems with the old El Camino, I can only sympathize. The Mustang needs no mods to pass, only the elimination of the stupid computer code. As to reprogramming the EPROM, I'm concerned that other things could be erased in the process. Don't you have to erase all to re-code an EPROM? That, to be sure, is waaaaay beyond my computer skills.

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Sen. Specter’s Broken Promises

By on 11.28.05 | 12:19PM

We'll be talking about how many promises Arlen Specter made to get the Judiciary Committee chair (and how many he's broken so far), the Prez's 4:40 p.m. immigration speech and a lot more today on the Hugh Hewitt show (6-9 pm EST, Salem Radio Network). I'm subbing for Hugh today and tomorrow. Hope you can listen in, and call. 800-520-1234. See ya on the radio.

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Re: TR McCain

By on 11.28.05 | 11:56AM

Dave: You're very right about the fine Stephen Moore piece on McCain. I only wish it were longer, so that we could have also heard about such McCain problem areas as the McCain-Feingold incumbency racket and the Gang of 14 cooptation of judicial nominations. A week earlier, according to Kausfiles, David Brooks told Chris Matthews that conservatives have warmed up to McCain. My first reaction to that was that Brooks was speaking merely for himself and other "national greatness conservatives," who've been McCainiacs since at least 2000. Moore, however, hardly one of them, confirms the thrust of Brooks's claim, noting that McCain is not only "the front-runner among GOP presidential contenders in all the early horserace polls," but that "many conservatives, after his impetuous presidential run five years ago, are turning to him as the party's savior and the only antidote to Hillary Clinton."

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Aspiring to Be TR

By on 11.28.05 | 10:45AM

Don't miss Stephen Moore's WSJ interview with Sen. John McCain that ran over the weekend. Though Moore is giddy to be in the presence of "a genuine American hero," he closely examines McCain's economic philosophy and finds a mixed bag: a pork slasher aspiring to be a modern-day Teddy Roosevelt.

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Iraqi Solidarity

By on 11.28.05 | 10:08AM

Cindy Sheehan enjoyed a "traditional Iraqi meal" on Thanksgiving with fellow protesters in solidarity with civilians killed in the war, reports the Los Angeles Times. Iraqi civilians killed by Saddam Hussein before the war were unavailable for comment.

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EUnuchs Meddling

By on 11.28.05 | 9:07AM

See what Aznar is up against? A EUnuch minister is now saying that any EU members harboring the secret CIA terrorist detention centers may have their EU voting rights suspended. From Breitbart:

"EU Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini warned Monday any EU nation found to have operated secret CIA prisons could have their EU voting rights suspended. "I would be obliged to propose to the Council (of EU Ministers) serious consequences, including the suspension of voting rights in the Council," Frattini said at a counter-terrorism conference."

As I've written before, in Inside the Asylum, membership in the EU and membership in NATO are a conflict of interests. Whenever a NATO member goes along with contradictory EU defense policy they may be in violation of their obligations under the NATO treaty.

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NATO Wakeup Call?

By on 11.28.05 | 8:26AM

Jose Maria Aznar -- the former Spanish PM tossed out of office days after the 3-11 Madrid train bombings -- is appealing to NATO members to wake up and smell the coffee, to join together to defend each other from Islamic terrorism. In a good -- but horrifically unrealistic -- piece in today's WSJ (sub req'd), Aznar says that NATO should be reorganized around fighting that threat because homeland security can no longer be differentiated from the broader concepts of national security. Here's the money quote:

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Re: Measurements

By on 11.28.05 | 7:23AM

Larry: No, it is 390-horsepower, but a good bit taller than 23 inches. But your idea of wringing it out on a track is not one I'll dismiss. Hmm. Speed is electronically limited to 155 mph, according to the specs, so about two hours would do it. If I can hang on that long.

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More fun with the 390 hp etc.

By on 11.28.05 | 4:55AM


Hmmm, 390 hp, ruby red, is it also about 23 inches high? Well, whatever, here's a solution. Have a flatbed tow truck take it and you to a private race track -- there are such -- and knock yourself out. Should take about 2 hours and 15 minutes, right?


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Germ Warfare

By on 11.27.05 | 9:20PM

Andrew Sullivan is fighting a germ insurgency. I'm stunned by the lack of pre-infection planning that has resulted in this quagmire. Though we may still win thanks to the bravery of the common white blood cell, it sometimes seems unlikely. The shocking revelations about abuse of imprisoned germs were particularly disheartening. Ultimately Sullivan's cold and flu medicine must be held accountable for its failure. That means drinking swampwater instead of medicine. Swampwater has struck a somewhat more gay-friendly political posture than medicine, but the suggestion that support for swampwater over medicine is about homosexuality, and not about the war on germs and other issues, is an unanswerable smear.

(Disclaimer for the humor-impaired: I hope Andrew feels better soon, and am not actually suggesting that he ought to drink swampwater.)

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