The Spectacle Blog

Barnes on Allen

By on 9.28.06 | 9:29AM

Fred Barnes has a WSJ column up subtitled, "Don't discount Sen. George Allen's presidential ambitions just yet.'" Unfortunately, most of the piece is a recap of all of the controversies Allen  has found himself in during the Senate race, and Barnes doesn't make much of a case for why he should be viewed as a viable presidential candidate. The best he does is this:


You Don’t Negotiate with Honor Cultures

By on 9.27.06 | 8:10PM

I've posted here before about the fiction of Lars Walker. I didn't mention that he is a shrewd commentator on political and cultural matters, as well. I offer you a taste of his take on the Pope's comments and the Islamic reaction:

Any reasonable person would recognize that rioting and murdering people are a self-contradictory means of proclaiming one's peacefulness. And the fact that a large part of the Muslim world fails to get the joke (such as it is) pretty much says it all.

But the Islamic world doesn't care. Because they're not involved in a struggle of ideas, but a struggle of honor.

Honor, and honor cultures, is one of my hobbyhorses. I believe (perhaps wrongly) that my study of Viking sagas has taught me something about the subject.

I want you to go read the whole post, so I'll leave the rest of it at Lars' site. Check it out and discover how to deal with honor cultures.

Politicians and Bureaucrats Working Group , Pt 3

By on 9.27.06 | 7:40PM

The Citizens' Health Care Working Group's report is laced with the term "evidence-based". This is hardly a surprise, as evidence-based medicine is currently all the rage among many health care policy analysts. (For more on evidence-based medicine, go here). For example, regarding the commission that will set core benefits (see post 1 in this series), the report states:

Is Keith Also a Racist?

By on 9.27.06 | 6:36PM

Keith Olbermann, who is quickly becoming everyone's fav commentator (yeah, right), said Monday evening that Chris Wallace of FoxNews is...

"a monkey posing as a newscaster."

Now, imagine if George Allen had made that comment....

7-11 Drops Chavez Oil (aka Citgo)

By on 9.27.06 | 1:55PM

The AP reports:

DALLAS (AP) -- Convenience store operator 7-Eleven Inc. is dropping Venezuela-backed Citgo as its gasoline supplier at more than 2,100 locations and switching to its own brand of fuel...

7-Eleven spokesman Margaret Chabris said that, "Regardless of politics, we sympathize with many Americans' concern over derogatory comments about our country and its leadership recently made by Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez."

Too bad oil is a fungible commodity.