The Spectacle Blog

Wendy Davis Is Losing Because of Redistricting Or Something

By on 11.4.14 | 11:35AM

As I'm not attached to a campaign this year, I feel secure in noting that I'll be watching the returns in my pajamas, while drinking wine straight out of the bottle. Not that I wouldn't do that if I were attached to a campaign, but this year, it will at least be easier to switch the channel away from Wolf Blitzer and instead watch people compete to give other, more courages people, tattoos on a reality television show, if things don't go my way. 

But if there's anything I'm really looking forward to, it's Wendy Davis's concession speech. I don't want to jinx anything, but I feel like it could be one of those rare, sweet moments, when you know that not only has a truly awful candidate been defeated, but that people who spent loads of money trying to accomplish an obviously impossible task, instead of, say, throwing cash at a really winnable election (Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan come to mind), will spend their last few pennies on pints of Ben & Jerry's New York Triple Fudge Chunk. 

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Could Pablo Sandoval Sign With The Red Sox?

By on 11.4.14 | 10:33AM

The San Francisco Giants have extended a qualifying offer of $15.3 million to third baseman Pablo Sandoval. The hefty yet agile Sandoval who just collected his third World Series ring in five years will probably decline the offer. After all, he did turn down a three year, $40 million offer during spring training. So look for Kung Fu Panda to test the market.

It looks like the New York Yankees won't be pursuing Sandoval and will be sticking with A-Rod at third as he comes off his year long suspension. Given the amount they have vested in him they don't have much of a choice.

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Five Cabinet Ministers Resign from Manitoba NDP Government

By on 11.3.14 | 11:21PM

Canada's lone NDP government is situated in Manitoba. They have been in power since 1999. Gary Doer served as Premier for 10 years before he was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to be Ambassador to the United States. Doer was succeeded by Greg Selinger who had served as his Minister of Finance. The NDP would be re-elected under Selinger in 2011.

During that campaign, Selinger pledged to keep the provincial sales tax at 7%. But last year, Selinger did an about face and raised the tax to 8%. Since then there has been dissension among NDP ranks about Selinger's leadership as the party's poll numbers have been plummeting. Five of Selinger's top cabinet ministers called for Selinger's resignation as Premier. Today, these ministers resigned forcing Selinger to abruptly reshuffle his cabinet. The five ministers will remain in the NDP caucus and plan to run in the next provincial election which could take place as early as October 2015, but no later than April 2016. The question is how long will Selinger remain Premier. 

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Before They Were Kirk & Spock They Cried U.N.C.L.E.

By on 11.3.14 | 9:26PM

A few weeks ago, I began watching The Man from U.N.C.L.E. co-starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. I had never seen it before. It's amazing to me that the old doctor on N.C.I.S. was in his day as popular with the ladies as The Beatles. The show may have aired 50 years ago, but it's like something brand new to me. The hell with The Walking Dead. I'll take The Man from U.N.C.L.E. any day of the week.

One of the charms of watching these old shows is seeing the guest stars before they became famous. The opening credits of the episode I watched last night said "Special Guest Star: William Shatner." 

Cool. But minutes later who should I see on the screen but Leonard Nimoy. Me and my roommate Christopher had our minds blown. 

Shatner and Nimoy on screen together pre-U.S.S. Enterprise. Out of this world. Shatner played a brilliant scientist while Nimoy played a bumbling Russian diplomat. For good measure, Werner Klemperer of Hogan's Heroes fame also guest starred.

This morning I bumped into a hardcore Trekkie outside of Dunkin' Donuts and told her about this and she was absolutely amazed.

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Mark Udall Gets Heckled Over His Abortion-Focused Campaign

By on 11.3.14 | 5:04PM

Mark Udall is taking his "Mark Uterus" persona down to the wire. The sitting Colorado Senator, who has literally talked about nothing for months except how supportive he is of women who want to terminate their pregnancies (despite the obvious impact on his next generation of constituents), has now proven that he will stop at nothing - absolutely nothing - to assure you of how committed he is that you, ladies of Colorado and perhaps all of America, are able to take full advantage of Planned Parenthood's most popular service.

Unfortunately for Mark Udall, the #WaronWomen is over and the Democrats seem to have lost. Not only did the Denver Post call his single-issue campaign "obnoxious" but today, one of his biggest donors tried his hand at altering the Udall campaign strategy, with just 24 hours left to go.

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The Same Old Chickens#*t From The Obama Administration

By on 11.3.14 | 4:52PM

Another day, another condemnation of Israel on the so-called settlement issue by the Obama Administration.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, It would be unfortunate at this sensitive time that after the unequivocal and unanimous position last week of the United States and others in the international community opposing construction in East Jerusalem were clearly vocalized, Israeli authorities would actively seek to move these plans forward."

There's something horribly wrong when the White House is angrier at Israel building apartments than at Iran for enriching uranium.

But what else can we expect of the Obama Administration?

It's the same old chickens#*t.

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Some People are Really “Ready for Hillary”

By on 11.3.14 | 3:03PM

Hillary Clinton is spending the day in New Hampshire, stumping for herself and, tangentially, for Jeanne Shaheen who is locked in a tight battle with Scott Brown, who no one even knew was from New Hampshire until just a few short months ago. But as she picks up steam for a potential 2016 White House bid, support for Hillary Clinton overall has been largely lukewarm. Even Jon Stewart has expressed reservations over the "hawkish" former First Lady and New York Senator.

But that's not to say that Hillary doesn't have her super-fans in target demographics, like CNN documentary filmmakers, people who design and construct couture pantsuits, and America's community of Scrunchie enthusiasts. And, according to Politico which found them, there's an underground culture of Hillary Superfans

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Poll of the Day: Joni Ernst Up 7 in Iowa

By on 11.3.14 | 1:30PM

The Republican contender for Iowa Senate, Joni Ernst, has pulled ahead of her Democratic opponent Bruce Braley in the latest Des Moines Register poll, despite indications that Braley had a strong (but unsurprising) lead in early voting. 

Joni Ernst has charged to achieve a 7-point lead over Democrat Bruce Braley in a new Iowa Poll, which buoys the GOP’s hope that an Iowa victory will be the tipping point to a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate.

Ernst, a state senator and military leader, enjoys 51 percent support among likely voters. That’s a majority, and it’s her biggest lead in the three Iowa Polls conducted this fall. Braley, a congressman and trial lawyer, gets 44 percent, according to The Des Moines Register’s final Iowa Poll before Tuesday’s election.

“This race looks like it’s decided,” said J. Ann Selzer, who conducted the poll for the Register. “That said, there are enormous resources being applied to change all that.”

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“Feminist” Products Worn by Lena Dunham and Others Made by Female Sweatshop Workers

By on 11.2.14 | 6:58PM

Lately, celebrities and celebrity politicians have been showing up in Elle Magazine UK and elsewhere sporting "This is What a Feminist Looks Like" scrawled across their chests and handbags to showcase their noble commitment to the cause of female equality worldwide. Everyone from noted spokesperson for all women Lena Dunham to my former imaginary boyfriend Benedict Cumberbatch to UK Labour Party leader Ed Milliband has turned up with the branded products which support The Fawcett Society, an "equality campaigning group" that ostensibly supports the plight of women worldwide.

For a mere $75, anyone can assuage their first world guilt and pay lip service to the organization's stated political goals, without having to ever get hands on for the cause. 

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First Republican Presidential Debate is Less than a Year Away

By on 11.2.14 | 5:59PM

If you were looking forward to your post-Tuesday reprieve from the endless campaign, this should give you something to be depressed about. The first Republican Presidential primary debate has been set, and it's less than a year away

 The 2014 midterm elections are days away, but preparation are already underway for the first debate of the 2016 presidential primary contest.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced Thursday that it will invite GOP presidential candidates to attend a televised debate at California's Reagan Library in September 2015.

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