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Most People Associate The Word “Liar” With “Hillary Clinton”

By on 8.27.15 | 12:05PM

Quinnipiac is probably in the bag for Bernie Sanders (and who wouldn't be after that dramatic spoken word performance we posted in the Spectacle yesterday?), so take the results with a grain of salt, but according to a poll they released this morning, the top word people associate with Hillary Clinton is, "Liar."

This is basically Hillary Clinton's worst week ever, you guys. Somebody send the poor lady some shoes. Or a box of wine.

Those are a lot of negative adjectives. For every "experience," there's about a hundred "dishonest"s. And while a few people managed to call her "brilliant," a couple people are still convinced she's been hiding bodies, not just email servers. 

The Morning Spectacle: On The Upswing

By on 8.27.15 | 8:58AM

In Our Sights

Jeb Bush has an education reform plan that's definitely different from Barack Obama's. But only if you consider that Jeb Bush's plan not only pays for two years of community college, it also pays back everyone who doesn't eventually graduate. Because if there was one flaw with Obama's plan, it was that it wasn't expensive enough.

In a meeting with Republican leaders, Donald Trump promised not to run as an independent if he doesn't get the Republican nomination. Probably. Okay, no he definitely won't run as an independent. Maybe. As far as he knows. Now.

Schilling Suspended for Committing Public Truth

By on 8.26.15 | 2:05PM

How naïve of Curt Schilling to allow himself to get caught telling the truth while being employed by the left political organ ESPN (Every Sport Political Now).

Schilling, the former Phillies, Red Sox and Angels pitcher – he of the bloody sock and good fastball – was suspended by ESPN for saying in a tweet that radical Islamists and the Nazis share the trait of murderousness, and that the number of Muslims who are members of radical groups underestimates the sympathy for murder in the name of Islam, just as the number of Germans who were formal members of the Nazi Party underestimated the support for that version of murderous fascism.

It’s hard to imagine an assertion that is more obviously true than this. But ESPN is not in the truth business, at least when the truth involved is cross-wise to the left agenda that the folks in Bristol, Connecticut feel themselves obliged to cater to. So Curt is on the porch for now. Perhaps he should have restricted his non-baseball comments to praising Caitlyn Jenner.

Thoughts on the Shooting Deaths of Two TV Journalists in Virginia

By on 8.26.15 | 1:20PM

This is absolutely horrible. As you probably know, a TV reporter and her cameraman were shot and killed as they were doing a live broadcast for WDBJ7-TV, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia this morning.

Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed. They were 24 and 27, respectively, and both of them were engaged to be married to other people. Parker had been interviewing Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, on the 50th anniversary of the founding of Smith Mountain Lake. As of this writing, her condition is not known.

The suspect is apparently either a current or former employee of the station who was shot himself although his condition is unknown.

Don Orsillo to Leave Red Sox Broadcast Booth at End of 2015 Season

By on 8.26.15 | 1:18PM

I was shocked to learn that the New England Sports Network (NESN) is parting ways with Boston Red Sox TV play-by-play man Don Orsillo at the end of this season.

I’m not the only one. It also came to a shock to his broadcast partner Jerry Remy, who has been at his side since Orsillo came on board in 2001. After last night’s 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox, a distraught Remy said, “He’s been an outstanding partner for 15 years, and I’m truly going to miss him on a work-related side, and I’m going to miss him on a personal side because he’s also become a very, very close friend of mine.”

Thoughts on ESPN’s Suspension of Curt Schilling

By on 8.26.15 | 1:15PM

Yesterday, ESPN suspended Curt Schilling and removed him from the broadcast crew for the 2015 Little League World Series for retweeting a photo of Hitler bearing the caption, “It is said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?” Schilling added the comment, “The math is staggering when you get to the #’s.”

After initially defending the post, Schilling changed his tune but it was too late. ESPN suspended him almost immediately and issued the following statement:

Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective. We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.

Carly Fiorina Celebrates “Women’s Equality Day” By Paying Women As Much As Men

By on 8.26.15 | 12:31PM

Feminists have long struggled with the concept of "equal pay." Although most social justice-y Gender Studies majors demand that 'equal pay' mean "totally, statistically equal," that standard is actually an impossible one to reach. Women choose different jobs from their male colleagues, often select less dangerous professions (which pay less than the more dangerous ones), work shorter hours and take breaks in the middle of their careers to raise children, and generally make different choices than men. Now, those choices might be the result of ingrained cultural norms, but the idea that women deliberately earn $.77 to every man's $1.00 because of blatant sexism in the workplace, has long been exposed as a myth - and not even a very good one. 

Morning Report: It’s Already Wednesday

By on 8.26.15 | 4:00AM

You're one day closer to the weekend.

In Our Sights:

Monday, Rick Perry was riding high on the news that he'd finally be able to pay his staff in South Carolina, now that his campaign is tapping his SuperPAC for resources. And then, his top aide in Iowa defected to Team Trump

The White House-Joe Biden love fest lasted a full thirty-six hours before someone realized that Hillary Clinton may not take too kindly to this latest snub. Fortunately, they've determined that the best way to solve the problem is to let them fight it out themselves. Possibly in Pay-Per-View.

Trump Was Wrong to Evict Ramos From His Press Conference

By on 8.25.15 | 11:08PM

Before conservatives hail Donald Trump for having Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos from his news conference we should ask ourselves this question.

How would you react if President Obama had evicted a reporter for asking him tough questions?

Although President Obama has occasionally lost his temper with reporters (as he did recently with Major Garrett), he has never had one evicted from a news conference. Of course, the Obama White House did exclude Fox News reporters from interviewing administration officials shortly after taking office but received a backlash from the other networks. Needless to say, the image of a presidential candidate having a news anchor evicted from a news conference is one not easily forgotten.

Trump's ejection of Ramos is particularly egregious when you consider that Ramos has been known to be tougher with Obama in his interviews than most American journalists.

Looking For a Few Good Persons

By on 8.25.15 | 6:05PM

Sadly, the anecdote I’m about to share illustrates so many things these days as our culture continues to circle the drain. It’s is said that someone once asked Louis Armstrong what soul was. The great Satchmo is reported to have replied, “If you listen to the music and can’t hear it, I can’t tell you what it is.” Just so. And when someone asks, in all seriousness, “Well, why shouldn’t women serve in combat and in elite units like Army Rangers of Navy SEALS?” I feel like Louie must have felt trying to answer that poor earless sod’s question about music. If any adult can ask that question, he or she is too immune to the obvious for me to answer it.

As widely reported, the U.S. Army, which is being miniaturized as the threats to our security grow, now has two women Rangers, or at least two women who’ve graduated from Ranger school. Surely political pressure will have these women serving in Ranger units faster than you can say “social engineering.” The news was met mostly by cheering from the usual quarters.

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