The Spectacle Blog

Bailout? I Don’t Think So

By on 1.26.06 | 7:30AM

President Bush gave an interview (sub. req'd) to Wall Street Journal reporters Tuesday. He offered his advice for GM and Ford:

In terms of competitiveness, we live in a world in which a Ford or GM has got to compete with other manufacturers that are able to deal with costs in a different way than they are, as well as coming up with product that is relevant.

I'm thinking no bailout. So is W:

I think it's very important for the market to function. And I haven't been asked by any automobile manufacturer for a bailout, if that's what you're asking.

Let the market work. Build good vehicles and compete. Great idea!

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Brat, Spoiled

By on 1.26.06 | 1:25AM

Being Luke Russert has its perks. Why, "by the time he was 16, he had attended two Super Bowls, a World Series, five Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Games, an NBA final, four NBA All-Star Games, two NCAA Final Fours, an NHL Stanley Cup Final, a U.S. Open and The Preakness Stakes." Clearly, his daddy's got lots of cash to burn, and is in fact a bit of pyromaniac with it. But it doesn't end there! Rather than something to prudently refrain from flaunting and perhaps even be mildly embarrassed about, his life of privilege actually qualifies him to cohost an XM Satellite Radio sports show -- as a college sophmore! Coincidentally, his co-host just happens to be a frequent guest on his daddy's TV show, which features hard-hitting exchanges like this one:

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OBL not quite sighting

By on 1.26.06 | 1:14AM

Best source also suggests that OBL is back in Iran, if he ever left it, but not at Tehran. No confirmation of Iran whereabouts. OBL does not have a strong grasp on his own reality. He is an oafish overstaying guest of the mullahs, and they are not all that much concerned with his pleasure or health just now. Mordor has the IAEA in its sights. February 2,3 showdown will be a treat.

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Missing President

By on 1.26.06 | 1:05AM

Best source up to the moment reports that Ahmadinejad has gone missing along with the missing Imam. Mookie Sadr appeared at presidential palace in Tehran two days back, and no sign of Ahmadinejad. Presidential visit to Ahvaz called off because no sign of Ahmadinejad. Missing three days from view. His presence projected on state TV this news cycle in order to denounce the Brits for planting the bombs in Ahvaz (more likely local rascals, long-standing beef with Tehran), but still no sighting.

Where is he?

Ahmadinejad is likely preparing the next phase of the aggression. Iranian air defense is said to be on unusally paranoid high alert. The gangsters are freshly spooked. Ahmadinejad is also likely conferring with his demons and not a few terror gangs to launch a surrogate attack against the West. Good guess now is that HizbAllah will launch on Israel. However the deal with Bashar al-Assad last weekend in Damascus puts Syria at the center of the storm in the Ummah. Any combination of murder raid, assassination, provocation or oil weapon card is credible.

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Kojo Annan, International Man of Mystery

By on 1.25.06 | 2:49PM

Speaking to Claudia Rosett of Foundation for the Defense of Democracy this evening with regard Kojo Annan, international man of mystery, and the strange case of the 1998 green Mercedes 320 ML purchased fraudulently within moments of the OilForFood Cotecna deal brokered at the UN in September, 1998, that points -- car and Cotecna -- in an extremely suggestive fashion toward Kojo's international civil servant father SecGen Kofi Annan.

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Maryland, Their Maryland?

By on 1.25.06 | 1:01PM

How long has it been since Maryland/>/> had a Republican senator? (And, no, let’s not count Charles MacC. Mathias, who practically invented the RINO.) The long dry spell may come to an end this year because of a ruling by the Maryland Supreme Court that held the state’s ban on gay marriage a violation of the state constitution.

Mike Steele, the Republican lieutenant governor, is running for U.S. Senate this year, and the Dems -- according to this WaPo report -- are panicking because of a Republican initiative to put a constitutional amendment to correct the problem on the ballot this November.

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Real Time

By on 1.25.06 | 11:50AM

Since AmSpecBlog seems to moonlight as a 24 fansite these days, I thought I'd throw up a link to this interview with one of the show's main writers addressing the myriad of nut-and-bolt issues that come up in creating and executing a "real time" show.

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Deus Caritas Est

By on 1.25.06 | 11:33AM

Benedict's first encyclical is one any Catholic ought to be proud of, on a topic everyone ought to be worried about: the elimination of love that stems from human spirit, replaced by a new kind of eros -- not just good old Lust but a commodified form, a networked orgiasm where every act of mental and physical intercourse is a moved unit, a profitable financial transaction.

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The Abramoff Grip and Grin Shots

By on 1.25.06 | 8:52AM

Much is being made on the potential impact of the media getting their hands on photos of President Bush shaking hands with convicted fraud Jack Abramoff. So far, the White House is refusing to turn over any of the pictures.

The Washington Post called me about this and published my unsolicited advice to the White House, namely, put out the photos with an explanation for each. Party sages like Mary Matalin disagreed.

My reasoning follows. Does anyone think that the photos are not going to make it into the public domain? Heck, Jack Abramoff’s lawyer Abbe Lowell is probably behind the threat to sell them to the supermarket tabloids. Have no doubt. The pictures will come out.

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