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It Looks Like Obama Thinks The Beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians is Random Too

By on 2.16.15 | 8:19PM

When President Obama commented Friday on the Chapel Hill shootings in which three Muslims were murdered in cold blood he made a point of stating, "No one in the United States of America should be targeted because of who they are, what they look like or how they worship."

If only the President could imagine the same level of passion when people are murdered because they are Jewish or Christian. 

As we are painfully aware, Obama could not bring himself  to characterize the murder of four Jews who were murdered at the Hyper Cacher grocery store in Paris as anti-Semitic.

Well, nor does it seem, is the Obama White House capable of acknowledging the beheading of Egyptian Christians in Libya. The Obama Administration only acknowledges them as "Egyptian citizens". At least, the White House didn't call the act random - yet.

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Long Pants Wouldn’t Hurt Either

By on 2.16.15 | 8:01PM

It’s rare that one has a chance to strike a blow for civilization while on a late afternoon exercise walk. But I have just enjoyed such an opportunity.

At about minute 20 into my walk, and while I was listening to a book on CDs on my old Sony Walkman, a 40ish fellow wearing shorts, a T-shirt, and a baseball cap with the bill pointed backwards, carrying some circulars, said to me as I approached, “If you live around here I’d like to talk to you about being your city councilman.”

I don’t know this guy from Adam’s housecat, and my area of South Tampa is represented by a popular Democrat who is going to win the council seat easily. So it really doesn’t matter who this solicitor is. But what a strange costume for a guy fishing for votes other than at a high school or at a shopping mall game room. So as I passed him I said, “Now’s not a good time, as you can see. But here’s some free political advice. There are mostly adults behind the doors you’re knocking on here, so turn your damn baseball cap around frontwards.”

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Boehner Not Worried About DHS Shutdown

By on 2.16.15 | 1:26PM

I'm about to embark on a West Coast jaunt, so naturally, Congress is about to make travel slightly more difficult and confusing by hanging the Department of Homeland Security's fate in the balance twoards the end of the month. Now, granted, the TSA will still get more than the required funding necessary to paw through my unmentionables in front of a handful of weary travelers at an ungodly morning hour, but I'm sure that, by the end of next week, literally everyone will be losing their respective minds over the prospect of DHS losting its funding, rendering the general public even less capable of handling basic instructions like put your shoes directly on the conveyor belt.

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Rep. Steve Cohen Jealous of Sarah Palin’s SNL Invite

By on 2.16.15 | 12:58PM

Last night, Saturday Night Live celebrated 40 years on the air, presumably because, given the ten more years required to reach a real milestone, everyone's pickled livers would have given out, rendering the show forced to celebrate it's awkward 1980s downturn instead of it's 1970s heyday. In attendance were some of the show's brightest stars, celebrities who've made multiple hosting appearances, iconic musical acts and Sarah Palin.

It's understandable, of course, that the show would welcome it's most famous target, especially since Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impression is almost inseperable from most people's idea of who Sarah Palin actually is. Sarah, for her part, wore her daughter's dress and poked fun at herself in a way very few politicians are able to do. But while her appearance generally suprised and delighted audiences, at least one sitting Congressional representative was incensed that she snagged an invite while his got lost in the mail.

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Prez Buzzes the Nation

By on 2.15.15 | 7:03PM

“Harry, I do not only marvel where thou spendest thy time, but also how thou art accompanied,” is how Falstaff braces Prince Hal in one of the amusing tavern scenes in Henry IV, Part I. If Falstaff had taken better care of himself, and were still around today, it would be on point to make the same observation of our current commander-in-chief. (Leave aside that Hal’s dodgiest company was Falstaff himself.) 

I learned this week that there is something called “BuzzFeed,” which apparently appeals to young males who wear their baseball caps backwards and have room temperature IQs. The tone is Three Stooges without the nuances. President Obama went on this sophomoric site, panning and mugging and leaving no doubt that a career in standup is out of the question after he leaves 1600. The justification for this brain-dead performance was Obama was trying to get young Americans to go along with the ObamaCare gag. Anyone dumb enough to tumble to this come-on would need to be watered twice a week. 

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ISIS Beheads 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya

By on 2.15.15 | 5:14PM

ISIS has released yet another snuff film.

This time, the video is set in Libya where 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt who had been kidnapped are beheaded

And how exactly are we supposed to stop these beheadings when President Obama doesn't want boots on the ground?

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Obama Admin to Keep Israel Out of the Loop on Talks with Iran

By on 2.15.15 | 5:07PM

The Obama Administration has announced that Israel will no longer be briefed about its ongoing nuclear talks with Iran.

Wendy Sherman, who is leading the negotiations with Iran, says that Israel is being cut off because the information is being manipulated for political ends namely those of Benjamin Netanyahu.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice also announced she was cutting off relations with her Israeli counterparts.

As usual, the Obama Administration is behaving in a childish and petty manner. 

The Obama Administration is interested in securing an agreement, any agreement with Iran and is willing to do so at the expense of the friendship of its most stalwart ally in the Middle East. 

But this is what we have come to expect. President Obama treats Israel worse than ISIS.

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The Great White-Out of ’15

By on 2.15.15 | 2:56PM

Pitchers and catchers report to Major League training camps in Florida and Arizona this week, an event fans of the Grand Old Game have looked forward to from the day after Madison Bumgarner & Associates put an end to the Kansas City Royals’ hopes in late October. But my friend Pete, who lives in Southern New Hampshire and is a serious Red Sox fan, is having trouble squaring this blessed event with what he is seeing outside of his living room window.

Apparently Opening Day in Fenway can get underway just as soon as the snow-plows clear the field. And what’s this about salting the baselines? I don’t believe this has ever happened before. Nor has the Sawks’ equipment manager ever before had to issue parkas and snow shoes.

Keep shoveling, Pete. Spring will come, even to Fenway. (Easy enough for me to say from Tampa, where the current temperature is 71 degrees, and snow-jobs come mostly from politicians.)

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More Terror in Copenhagen; One Killed, Two Injured in Synagogue Shooting - UPDATED

By on 2.14.15 | 11:18PM

It's deja vu all over again.

In Paris, Islamic terrorists shot cartoonists and then went after a Jewish establishment.

Now in Copenhagen, an Islamic terrorist tried to shoot a cartoonist (instead killing one person and injuring three police officers) and now there has been a shooting at a synagogue resulting in one death and two injuries.

As with the shooting at the free speech conference, the shooter also fled the synagogue and remains at large. It's not known if the two attacks are the work of the same assailant or if this is a co-ordinated attack among multiple participants.

I wonder if President Obama will call the synagogue shooting random.

UPDATE: Police in Copenhagen have shot and killed the man believed to be responsible for both shootings. The man has not been identified.

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Islamic Terror Strikes Free Speech Conference in Denmark; One Dead, Three Cops Injured

By on 2.14.15 | 4:33PM

There has been a terrorist attack at a cafe in Copenhagen which was hosting a free speech conference. 

A gunman entered the cafe, shot and killed one man while injuring three police officers. The apparent target was Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks who has been threatened by jihadists for years after for drawing cartoons of Muhammad. However, Vilks was not harmed. 

As of this writing, the assailant is still at large. Witnesses say he spoke Danish.

The only thing that is certain at this point is when President Obama comments on the shooting he will either not mention Islam or say that it has nothing to do with Islam.

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