I have reinstalled my system and the hang no longer exists. OSX 10.5.5 (I'm in no rush to update to 10.11 just yet on my production machine) It is a complete mystery as to why plusspec in particular was having troubles.
As has been discussed with PlusSpec via direct email. This issue is still a MAJOR problem for me. The system was reinstalled and problem persists. I need to know that either my system is not supported or get this to work.