The Spectacle Blog
I pose this question because this morning a colleague of mine told me that he thought of his first experience with socialism while he was riding on the subway. To which I replied, “A crowded train will provoke such thoughts.”
My colleague turned the clock back more than 50 years to when he attended Catholic school here in Boston. His first experience with socialism revolved around pencils.
The pencil he had with him was down to a stub. His mother noticed this and gave him a brand new pencil to bring to school. This pencil had a brand new unstained eraser to boot all ready to use.
Upon arriving at school, the nun noticed that there were many students without pencils while other students had multiple pencils. The nun ordered all the students to relinquish their pencils. After the Sister collected the pencils, she instructed her students to come up to the front one by one and pick one out of the container in which she had placed them.
When it was my colleague’s turn to pick a pencil out of the container he did not get the pencil he brought to school. Instead, he ended up with a pencil that was tooth-marked and eraserless.
Yesterday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) crossed the pond to speak at London’s Chatham House. The speech he gave was intended to honor our “special relationship” with the Brits, while rationalizing a more muscular approach to global engagement.
In the Q&A portion, Rubio sought a via media between the GOP’s hawks (e.g. McCain, Graham, Christie, etc.) and doves (e.g. Paul, Amash, etc.) by declaring the polar paradigm outmoded. In the senator's words, “talk of hawks and doves is 20th-century Cold War language that no longer applies.” Huh.
The Libyan government voted today to make Sharia law the basis for all legislative policy in that country. Spurred on by the Muslim Brotherhood-supported Justice and Construction party, the Libyan General National Congress decided that current and future laws should be compliant with Islamic religious doctrine, and that a committee be created to monitor and supervise the adoption of Sharia.
A: Seattle, Carolina, Denver.
Enter la crème de la crème.
With last night’s trouncing of the New Orleans Saints, the Seattle Seahawks showed what kind of team they are at their best. Seattle dominated every phase of the game and now they’ve won seven in a row. There’s no turning back for them as they’re the first team to clinch a playoff berth; this is the top team in football. With games against the 49ers, Giants, Cardinals, and Rams to end the season, Seahawk supremacy should become even more apparent.
This is fine, but the real question is why he wasn't fired.
Or if this is a firing disguised as a resignation, what does it say about MSNBC and its viewers that the company thought it would hurt it to fire someone who suggested that a liberal should defecate in Sarah Palin's mouth?
So much for the tolerance and diversity always touted by liberals...
Feature of the Day: An incredibly misleading chart is warning of a 1929-style market crash
- Detroit Bankruptcy Decision Puts Pensions At Risk
- Cold Snap Felt Across Western Half of Nation
- Illinois Pension Fight Likely Shifting To Courts
I was talking with my Dad on the phone and we were discussing some of the MLB trades and free agent signings made over the past couple of days. During the course of this conversation, my roommate Christopher drew my attention to his tablet which had this headline from the Boston Globe:
Ladies and gentlemen, it appears that Jacoby Ellsbury is the new Johnny Damon. For the second time in less than a decade, a Red Sox centerfielder has jumped ship to the Bronx. Ellsbury will now become Public Enemy #1 in Boston.
I knew Ellsbury wasn’t coming back to Boston in 2014, but I figured he would go home and sign with the Mariners. I didn’t see this coming.
Ellsbury is the Yankees’ second high profile off season free agent signing. Last month, former Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann signed a five-year, $85 million contract. In 2013, the Yankees missed the post-season for only the second time in 20 years. They are determined to get back.
In a very important ruling today, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes ruled that government pensions are not different from any other municipal liability and do not require special protection in a local government's (in this case, Detroit's) bankruptcy filing.
In other words, to whatever extent -- however many cents on the dollar -- Detroit is able to pay the claims of any creditors, the city's retired employees should recoup only that same percentage of their pensions. My guess is this number will be in the 20 percent range, though much depends on the city's ability to restructure its overall costs and credibly access financial markets.
Many former city workers will suffer from what has happened to Detroit (and some even worse than others because some actually opted out of Social Security), but for everyone else this ruling is a huge victory, an economic blessing (not even in disguise.)
It’s official. The Healthcare.gov website sucks less. As of this Saturday, the website now supposedly serves its prescribed basic function of handling 50,000 simultaneous users without crashing. However, officials admitted that the backend of the site remains unfathomable, and other additional functions are still swathed in troubles.
“Our goal is to make the website have as few problems as possible so that most Americans can gain access to affordable, quality health insurance as possible,” said Jay Carney referring to the November 30 deadline for improvements to the site. Earlier in November, Carney announced that a 20 percent failure rate of sign-ups is defined as acceptable.