The Spectacle Blog


By on 9.11.06 | 5:48AM

Thousands of bloggers are writing tributes today to each of the 2,996 victims of 9/11. (3,412 bloggers are participating, so some victims have two tributes.) Don't miss this one.

UPDATE: They seem to be having server problems. If the link above doesn't work, use this one.

TVC’s Deleted ‘Path to 9/11’ Clips

By on 9.10.06 | 5:57AM

The Traditional Values Coalition has posted six scenes it says were removed from ABC's "Path to 9/11" miniseries after complaints from former Clinton administration officials. I didn't have time to watch them all, but the first is the one in which Sandy Berger fails to make the call to take out bin Laden -- and it's an extremely unflattering portrayal.

One of these days I'd like to see some actor -- maybe John Goodman -- acting out Berger's removal of classified documents in his pants and socks.

What if Shuler Returns to Washington?

By on 9.9.06 | 7:36AM

Here in North Carolina, the only congressional race considered to be competitive this fall is in our 11th District, which pits incumbent Republican Rep. Charles Taylor against former Redskins quarterback Heath Shuler. Shuler has raised a lot of money, and Democrats are counting on this contest to help them retake the House. Charlie Cook rates it a "toss-up." Taylor is a pretty quiet guy and usually gets going late in his campaigns, but he has plenty of money of his own he can throw into the race.

Nevertheless, Taylor's seeming sluggishness has at least one fan with a long memory concerned about what horror (video) a Rep. Shuler could unleash on Washington (video).

Re: Shamelessly Yours

By on 9.8.06 | 5:32PM

Hey, Jed, pass the box of Kleenex, if there's anything left of it by the time your sobs are stanched. An apology to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson? You mean Mr. Wilson and Madame Plame? An apology for "blowing her cover" -- by which you mean blowing her like a curbside leaf through the covers of Vanity Fair -- in which Agent Plame's fashion kitsch managed the unintentional laugh riot of resurrecting Madeline Stowe's blonde-on-the-lam-and-in-sunglasses getup in 12 Monkeys -- a film ten times more serious than The Dreadful Leak ever managed to be? Or maybe the apology intented is for Joe Wilson's blow-dried monstrosity -- an act of desperate "virile" hubris that only foreigners like Koizumi and de Villepin can pull off -- sorry, Sen. "Other Joe" Biden...

Back Online

By on 9.8.06 | 5:15PM

Sorry to those who tried to get through to our site this afternoon but couldn't -- our host experienced a major router breakdown that took much longer to repair than he expected. But all operations are now go again, and no, we can't say were knocked off the air by the same malign forces that are teaching ABC television a thing or two or ten about free speech in the post-Clinton era.

The ABC-Bush Cabal

By on 9.8.06 | 11:13AM

MoveOn just sent its members an email saying that it was seeking 200,000 signatures for a petition to get the ABC miniseries "The Path to 9/11" pulled from the air.

And in case you didn't realize it, the film is part of an election year conspiracy:

The Path to 9/11 appears to be part of a coordinated push -- including speeches by President Bush and millions of dollars in advertising -- to exploit the five-year anniversary of 9/11 for political gain. That's not acceptable from anyone -- especially not a news organization like ABC.

Bush-Cheney-Rove-Halliburton-ABC. I don't know how I'd make it through this world if MoveOn wasn't there to enlighten me.

Shamelessly Yours

By on 9.8.06 | 10:49AM

So former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage -- admitting it was he who first "leaked" Valerie Plame's CIA employ to Bob Novak -- says, "Oh, I feel terrible. Every day, I think I let down the president, I let down the Secretary of State. I let down my department, my family and I also let down Mr. and Mrs. Wilson." It's eight years almost to the day since I heard this sincere an apology. On 5 September 1998, Bill Clinton apologized for his "relationship" with Monica.

What both Clinton and now Armitage are sorry for is being found out, not for what they did. If Armitage had a shred of decency left, he'd be apologizing to Scooter Libby. Come to think of it, both Colin Powell and Armitage owe Libby the same apology. And the president, at this sorry point, owes Libby a pardon. Now, please. It's time to send Patrick Fitzgerald-Javert back to Chicago.