The Spectacle Blog

Hillary Clinton’s IT Aide Will Plead the Fifth if Subpoenaed

By on 9.3.15 | 4:35PM

Hillary Clinton's IT squad is scheduled to report to Congress shortly, to discuss the then-Secretary of State's questionable email choices. But, as it turns out, at least one person with direct knowledge of Clinton's email setup - her most trusted IT aide - has already lawyered up and is now refusing to testify, citing the Fifth Amendment.

Bryan Pagliano has worked for Clinton since her 2008 campaign, and joined State alongside his former boss, working primarily in the IT department. He's probably not loking at a rosy career ahead of him on her team now.

A former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail server tried this week to fend off a subpoena to testify before Congress, saying he would assert his constitutional right not to answer questions to avoid incriminating himself.

Kim Davis Is Wrong, But So Is Jailing Her

By on 9.3.15 | 4:21PM

Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused issue same-sex marriage licenses, has now been hauled off to jail for defying a court order to issue said licenses.

I think Davis is in the wrong for not issuing the licenses. Davis might dislike gay marriage with a passion, but it is now legal in Kentucky via the Supreme Court and, provided same sex couples meet all other requirements for obtaining a marriage license, she should not impede them.

Goodell Sacked

By on 9.3.15 | 12:30PM

It’s good to see the over-inflated Roger Goodell thrown for a loss.

A federal judge has ruled that the NFL’s Grand Poobah cannot suspend New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady over the ridiculous deflate-gate kerfuffle, which has gone on way longer than its lack of importance justifies.

Judge Richard M. Berman of the Federal District Court in Manhattan did not pass judgment on whether Brady tampered with footballs in the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, but ruled that under the collective bargaining agreement with the players union Goodell did not have the authority to put Brady on the porch for four games on the basis of what the NFL investigation turned up (which was pretty vague stuff).

Federal Judge Overturns Tom Brady Suspension (Or Jimmy Garoppolo Era Put on Hold)

By on 9.3.15 | 12:12PM

For once Boston is cheering New York. Judge Richard Berman, a federal court judge in Manhattan, has overturned New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension for the Deflate-gate scandal.

The suspension was handed down in May and upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell back in July. Brady promptly filed suit. I didn’t think the courts would get involved, but Judge Berman decided not to punt.

All of this means that is that the Jimmy Garoppolo era has been put on hold. Brady could start the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers one week from tonight. The ratings will be through the roof for NBC.

The Morning Spectacle: Rumors

By on 9.3.15 | 11:27AM

You're getting close, guys. So close.

In Our Sights

The FBI announced this morning that they're beginning an investigation into whether Hillary Clinton's private email server was hacked. Thanks to brilliant timing, this is basically an open-and-shut case: a hacker has come forward claiming to have 37,000 of the Presidential candidate's emails, available to the highest bidder.

The RNC is reportedly circulating a "loyalty pledge" among candidates for the Republican nomination, in order to ensure Donald Trump stays a Republican even if he's not nominated. Not only is this kind of creepy, but it shows the RNC hasn't read Trump's Art of the Deal: don't sign anything until you know what's in it for you.

Cyber-Dudes for Marco

By on 9.3.15 | 12:25AM

Silicon Valley, and the rest of Northern California, is hardly Republican territory. But Florida U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio has made some serious inroads there, at least as this is measured by campaign contributions.

Fortune magazine reports that Rubio has collected more than $3 million in campaign cash from the cyber-dudes and dudas in the high-tech valley, including from Facebook founder and tee-shirt model Mark Zuckerberg. This is nearly six times as much as Jeb!, the runner-up, has collected, and more than 12 times as much as Mz Hillary has.

I know, I know. It’s counter-intuitive. But sometimes man bites dog.

Political (In)Correctness

By on 9.2.15 | 6:58PM

There is something in the air, folks. It has to do with the limits of political correctness. And also the limits of just plain correctness, the kind that would be acceptable to Miss Manners.

First, there was Donald Trump’s description of Megyn Kelly’s tone and demeanor when she set him up during the candidates’ debate: “There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” Despite Trump’s protestations to the contrary, “her wherever” was widely interpreted as “her vagina,” with the implication being that Kelly was in a nasty mood as a result of PMS. That was roundly condemned as beyond the pale, and it got Trump disinvited from Red Sate’s convention.

What’s Going on With the Republicans?

By on 9.2.15 | 4:45PM

I had a fleeting moment of respect for Hillary Clinton’s despicable advisor, Sid (“Vicious”) Blumenthal, the other day when I read his description of John Boehner in one of the newly released Hillary emails. “He is louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle.”

In response, Boehner’s office replied, “The fact is the only reason that the mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton and her staff has been exposed is because of Speaker Boehner’s decision to create the select committee [on Benghazi] and our members’ diligence and hard work.”