The Spectacle Blog

DOD Paid Millions So Sports Teams Would “Support the Troops”

By on 11.5.15 | 12:53PM

I have, at least as far as I can tell, never been paid to be patriotic. 

I mean, it's not as though I've wanted to be paid to hang a flag outside of my house or to meet a returning group of veterans or to write in support of taking care of the soldiers we send off to war in perpetuity, it's just that I never realized it was a possibility - or, for that matter, something that required any red-blooded American be paid to do. But according to a Senate report released this week, major sports teams - some of whom have multi-million dollar bank accounts - were paid to host events supporting our troops and veterans. In fact, "Paid Patriotism" has been the rule, not the exception, since 2012, and the government has spent more than $6 million of taxpayer dollars on it. 

The Department of Defense has been slammed for wasting taxpayers' money after they gave $6.8million to some of the richest sports teams, just so they could honor troops.

Hillary Clinton: Pardon the Felonious Former Presidents!

By on 11.5.15 | 12:27PM

Hillary Clinton spoke at an NAACP event this week, and in an effort to court an as-yet-untargeted demographic, announced a new policy position that at least a couple of people, including - possibly - her husband, may find more than palpable.

Although she clearly meant to say "prisoners" when talking about reforming the post-prison job search process (and jumping on the President's "ban the box" bandwagon, calling for employers to delete the section of their hiring applications that asks about a person's criminal history), Hillary Clinton made what seemed to be a Freudian slip

“Earlier today, I announced that as president I will take steps to ban the box so former presidents won’t have to declare their criminal history at the very start of the hiring process,” Clinton said...“That way they’ll have a chance to been seen as more than just someone who has done time."

ABC to Put The Muppets on Hiatus for a Reboot

By on 11.5.15 | 11:09AM

In September, I watched the series premiere of The Muppets on ABC and utterly loathed it.

Apparently, I'm not the only one.

ABC is now planning to put the show on hiatus later this month so it can retool its format. After the hiatus, six new episodes are due to air. Bob Kushell is out as executive producer and is reportedly being replaced by Kristin Newman of the ABC musical comedy show Galavant.

We'll see if these changes bear fruit. Whatever they do, I never want to hear Kermit the Frog tell Fozzy Bear, "I feel you bro," ever again.


Bernie Isn’t Sick of Hillary’s Damn E-Mails Anymore

By on 11.5.15 | 10:31AM

It seems that Bernie Sanders isn't sick of Hillary Clinton's damn e-mails anymore.

In last month's first Democratic debate, Sanders told the world he was sick of hearing about Hillary's damn e-mails. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sanders changed his tune and said the FBI investigation into Hillary's e-mails should proceed. “There’s an investigation going on right now. I did not say, ‘End the investigation.’ That’s silly. ... Let the investigation proceed unimpeded.”

It's a start, but methinks Bernie is going to have to push harder than that in tomorrow night's Democratic presidential candidates debate. As I argued the other day, Bernie lacks Barack Obama's killer instincts where it concerns electoral politics.

Killer instincts or not, I would venture to guess that when Hillary's damn e-mails come up in the debate this time, she won't be saying, "Thank you, Bernie, thank you."



By on 11.5.15 | 10:00AM

On the campaign trail this week, the ever-nuanced Donald said that Dr. Ben Carson “doesn’t have the temperament to be president.”

Wow. A perfect example of a frog calling someone ugly.

Jeb Bush Apologizes for Insulting France

By on 11.4.15 | 3:18PM

I think the rumors of Jeb Bush's imminent demise are radically overstated. He still has millions in his PACs, and it would be silly for anyone polling in the top ten or so to drop out now (though I think we could use less Gilmore, Pataki, Huckabee and Santorum), while the leaderboard is shuffling in key early states. I mean, it's not that I think Jeb Bush has a chance of locking it all down here anytime soon, it's just that I can't dash a man's dream of following in the footsteps of his father and brother so quickly into his run — at least until I know he plans on retiring to a private island as a consolation prize, or something.

At any rate, Jeb Bush had a middling debate performance last week, and managed, within the context of an attack on Marco Rubio's miserable Congressional attendance records, an attack on the French. Not wanting to insult the French by comparing them to Congress, today, Jeb Bush surrend....errr....apologized. To the French

Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Like Uber, Uses it Literally All The Time

By on 11.4.15 | 2:40PM

Bernie Sanders is the champion of the little guy, the downtrodden and the oppressed victims of Capitalism who have found themselves trapped in the lower middle class by bank loans, greedy politicians, lackluster bank accounts and their four-year degree in Gender Studies which had literally no job prospects to begin with but was approved for massive funding regardless.

As part of his jihad against The Man, Bernie spoke recently about how terrible Uber — the ride-sharing company that cropped up in response to the bloated, expensive taxi cartels — is, noting that it operates out of reach of the long arm of government, beyond transportation regulation and in violation of the sacrosanct bond of the labor union. Sanders said he had "serious problems" with Uber because it went unregulated. After all, how can businesses operate without the heavy hand of government guiding their way?

Thoughts on Canada Having a New Prime Minister Trudeau

By on 11.4.15 | 12:32PM

This morning at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Justin Trudeau and his new Liberal government were officially sworn into office. Trudeau becomes Canada's 23rd Prime Minister.

It was just over two weeks ago that Canadians ousted Stephen Harper's Conservatives after nearly a decade in office in favor of Trudeau's Liberals.

At 43, Trudeau becomes the second youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history. Joe Clark was 36 when his shortlived Tory government ousted Justin's father, Pierre Trudeau in the 1979 federal election only for the elder Trudeau to come back 9 months later.

Trump Tweets Image of Jeb Bush Next to a Nazi Swastika

By on 11.4.15 | 11:37AM

Donald Trump tweeted, retweeted and then deleted an image of Jeb Bush next to a Nazi swastika. The image also included former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush as well as Prescott Bush.

A spokesperson for Trump stated, “This was retweeted by Mr. Trump like hundreds of others. He did not see the accompanying image and the retweet has since been deleted.”

I can only draw two conclusions from that statement. Either Trump is lying or, if he didn't actually see the swastika, his campaign is out of control with no one in charge of the ship.