The Spectacle Blog

Re: CIA Leaks

By on 5.12.06 | 3:22PM

Are the CIA leakers committing treason? Not quite, but almost, argues Daniel Henninger, most cogently in today's Opinion Journal here. . And Gen. Haynes ought to prosecute, if he gets the chance.

Leaking all Over the News

By on 5.12.06 | 2:07PM

I'll be on Fox News Channel with John Gibson about 5 pm EDT talking about the steady stream of leaks that are so very damaging to our nation. Hope you can catch it.

Re: Best Novel

By on 5.12.06 | 1:00PM

Sorry to spoil the party, guys, but all I can contribute to this discussion is to note that the best novel I've read in recent years is Jane Eyre. After something like that, how can one possibly settle for anything contemporary?

Re: Best Novel

By on 5.12.06 | 12:51PM

Having emerged from two days with Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, I guess I'll have to play catch-up on the novels issue.

If we're violating the 25-year rule, there's absolutely no contest: Flashman at the Charge by George MacDonald Fraser (1973) is simply the best novel I've ever read, of any vintage.

Should we return to the original premise, I've got to nominate Christopher Buckley's The White House Mess (1986). I've given so many copies as gifts I regrettably -- very regrettably -- no longer even own a copy.

Another Gov Who Should Run

By on 5.12.06 | 10:39AM

Yesterday, I opined that Jeb Bush has almost a duty to run for the U.S. Senate from Florida. Now comes word from Wisconsin of another, governor, this time former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who still hasn't ruled out a Senate race. (Mention of the Senate race is well down in the article.) Thompson seems to be more strongly considering a comeback for the governor's mansion, but really, he will do his party more good -- and better serve his presidential ambitions by getting some national exposure and some foreign policy/defense policy experience -- by taking on Sen. Herb Kohl in a race no other Wisconsin Republican could win. I've always been a huge fan of Thompson's; he was one of the best governors, of any state, ever. No debate allowed on that: The man successfully pushed vouchers; he provided the model of welfare reform for the whole nation; he cut taxes; and on and on; he did just a great, great job, which is why he kept getting re-elected.

Re: Novels

By on 5.12.06 | 10:30AM

Paul, we could pull Webb into the 25-year window with The Emperor's General, certainly his most philosophical exercise.

Of course, the whole idea of a "best" in novels is ridiculous. So many fabulous novels have simply disappeared: The aforementioned Edwin Mullhouse, Paul Rogers' A Child of the Century, Frederick Boechner's four novels about Leo Bebb, Real Money by Louis P. Jones, The Dolly, Dolly Spy by Adam Diment, any of which I'd gladly read again, right now.

If you ever want a depressing experience, look over the publisher's lists for the upcoming year. Book publishing has always been PC, but it's now totally rotten.

Vin Weber

By on 5.12.06 | 9:15AM

Who'd have thunk that Vin Weber, one of the great stalwarts of the conservative movement, would sell his soul and get into bed with and other left-wing groups to regulate the Internet?

We hear that he's taking upwards of $300,000 each from the likes of Google, Yahoo,, eBay, Microsoft and others -- all of which rarely give a dime, and then only grudingly, to Republicans -- to shill for legislation on the Hill that would regulate the Internet. Not only is he pressing for Internet regulation, but Weber apparently is now supportive of knocking down child-security filters and allowing porn to be transmitted over cell phones and with virtually no parental controls on at-home computers.

The legislation Weber is backing would enable all of that, and yet the Chrisitian Coalition has now apparently joined him in his fight. Just how big a check did Reverend Falwell take from Weber, we wonder?

What’s the Big Deal?

By on 5.12.06 | 8:59AM

Every day when a person uses Google, Yahoo, either company's email system, or associated free software, etc., their privacy is "violated" to a larger degree than what the NSA is doing with phone records.

That's a simple reality. Why aren't people upset about Google, which is now one of the largest corporations in the world? And a company, we might add, that is in full cooperation with the ChiComm overlords in Beijing.

This is how powerful Google's software and algorithms are: if you are using their service at a Wi-Fi hotspot, they can actually monitor your location and send you personalized advertising to steer you to services and businesses within a three block radius.

The NSA isn't doing that. And what the NSA is doing is saving lives, unlike Google, which is just making a buck. Perhaps we should be worried about other things beyond the NSA.