The Spectacle Blog

Pennsylvania Legislator: Victims Over Mumia

By on 10.6.14 | 10:55AM

Pennsylvania State Representative Mike Vereb, a former police officer whose partner died in his arms, has had enough.

The invitation to convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to deliver a commencement to Vermont’s Goddard College speech via video has launched a welcome legislative backlash. Vereb, a Montgomery County Republican (suburban Philadelphia) has stepped up to the task.

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Orioles & Royals Sweep Their Way to ALCS

By on 10.6.14 | 12:02AM

The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals will face off in the American League Championship Series.

The O's and Royals swept their respective ALDS against the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels.

The Orioles beat the Tigers 2-1 in Detroit. I missed a good part of the game, but arrived at a critical juncture in the sixth inning. Tigers catcher Alex Avila was taken out of the game after sustaining a concussion after being hit on a swing by Steve Pearce. Avila has had several concussions and cannot help but wonder if he might have to retire prematurely. No sooner than backup catcher Bryan Holaday came into the game, Adam Jones singled and Nelson Cruz hit an opposite field HR off David Price to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead. The Tigers rallied in the ninth with Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez (no relation) hitting back to back doubles off Orioles closer Zac Britton. But after striking out Holaday, O's manager Buck Showalter had Britton intentionally walk Nick Castellanos. The move paid off as pinch hitter Hernan Perez hit into a game ending double play. 

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Paul Revere, R.I.P. - UPDATED

By on 10.5.14 | 3:36AM

Paul Revere, founder of Paul Revere & The Raiders, passed away yesterday at the age of 76. His death was announced on the band's official website. He was 76. 

The cause of death has not been released, but he had been in poor health for the past year or so. In July, Revere reluctantly announced his retirement after 56 years in the music business.

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Baby Doc Dies

By on 10.5.14 | 1:44AM

Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, Haiti's former President of Life, died on Saturday of a heart attack. He was 63.

Duvalier became President of Haiti in 1971 at the age of 19 following the death of his father, Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier.

The younger Duvalier picked up where his father left off. Backed up by the notorious Ton Ton Macoute, thousands of political opponents were jailed or murdered. Amidst this backdrop of death, destruction and poverty, Duvalier lived a life of opulence. As with his father, successive administrations both Democratic and Republican tolerated the Duvaliers because of their anti-communist stance against Cuba. Unfortunately, just because one is an anti-communist, it doesn't make one in favor of freedom and liberty.

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Giants Edge Nationals in 18 Inning Epic

By on 10.5.14 | 12:50AM

Wow! This post-season is producing some memorable games.

The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals went 18 innings in Game 2 of the NLDS with the Giants winning 2-1. The Kansas City Royals aren't the only ones who can play the extra inning ball. At six hours and 23 minutes, this was the longest game in post-season history. In term of innings, it matches the 18 inning marathon between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS which the Astros won on a home run by Chris Burke. Tim Hudson started that game for the Braves. He also started tonight's game for the Giants.

Hudson and Nats starter Jordan Zimmermann (fresh off his no-hitter) were locked in a pitcher's duel. After struggling for much of the second half, Hudson threw 7 1/3 innings giving up only one run on seven hits. That run came on a single by Nats third baseman Anthony Rendon. 

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What About Rescuing Peter Kassig and Other Hostages Held by ISIS?

By on 10.4.14 | 3:10PM

Yesterday, ISIS released a video in which the so-called "Jihadi John" beheaded British aid worker Alan Henning. The video also showed American aid worker and former U.S. Army Ranger Peter Kassig. Jihadi John said Kassig would be killed if U.S. led military operations in Iraq and Syria did not cease.

If we are not prepared to pay ransom for Kassig (as Ben Stein has argued we ought to do) as we did with Bowe Bergdahl then why not organize a covert operation to rescue Kassig and the other hostages? Otherwise, we are going to be seeing a lot more videos from ISIS. More videos means more dead Americans, Brits and other Westerners. Let's put ISIS out of the movie business. 


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Cardinals Come Back Against Clayton Kershaw

By on 10.3.14 | 11:36PM

A couple of days ago, I declared it would be damn near impossible for anything to top the A's-Royals AL Wild Card game.

Well, Game 1 of the NLDS between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers came pretty close

It was expected to be a pitchers' duel between Dodgers ace and likely NL Cy Young/MVP Clayton Kershaw and Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, the best pitcher in MLB never to have won a Cy Young. These expectations would not be met. 

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Lindsey Graham Considering Presidential Run Because Why Not

By on 10.3.14 | 2:20PM

In case you were wondering if there would be a candidate in the 2016 Presidential field whose primary slogan would be "let's bomb everything," (and who wasn't?) you need not wonder any longer. Although the current crop of potential nominees has expressed a slightly more nuanced view of foreign policy than, say, John McCain, at least one member of Congress feels that there should be a voice for the downtrodden Establishment among the crowded field.

Lindsey Graham, best known for his steadfast commitment to, well, nothing, is likely to declare his candidacy for President. In the event, you can't find someone better, of course.

In an interview with Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard, the senator, running for re-election to the Senate this year, said: “If I get through my general election, if nobody steps up in the presidential mix, if nobody’s out there talking — me and McCain have been talking — I may just jump in to get to make these arguments,” Graham said.

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Larry Craig used campaign money to pay for his ‘wide stance’ defense

By on 10.3.14 | 12:01PM

Remember Larry Craig, the Republican lawmaker who was caught in a Minnesota airport bathroom trolling for anonymous gay sex? You don’t? Allow me to refresh your memory.

At 1216 hours, Craig tapped his right foot. I recognized this as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct. Craig tapped his toes several times and moves his foot closer to my foot. I moved my foot up and down slowly.

According to Larry right after he was nabbed for the incident, it wasn’t his fault he’d “accidentally” solicited the person in the stall next to him for an afternoon delight. He merely held a “wide stance” when he did his business, and it’s not his fault that his foot accidentally grazed the foot of his neighbor. After accepting that his secret shame had been revealed to the voters of Minnesota, who went on to elect such luminaries as Michele Bachmann and Al Franken, Craig pled guilty to disorderly conduct, a plea that he, apparently, immediately regretted. Because, it turns out, he enlisted a team of lawyers to help him reverse it, to the tune of $242,000, a healthy sum he happily paid out from his campaign coffers.

Which is illegal.

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