The Spectacle Blog

Meadows Challenges Boehner…Maybe

By on 7.29.15 | 5:06PM

Apparently, we're on this merry-go-round again.

It's the Senate that's causing all the trouble, but the House has decided it can't fathom not being the center of bad attention. As a showdown nears over the Export-Import bank and its connection to highway refinancing, Rep. Mark Meadows has filed a really out-of-place motion calling for ousting Speaker Boehner, even though pretty much no one but Mark Meadows thinks it's a good idea.

Oh well. Regardless, here we go again

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows had heard from leading conservatives that trying to oust Speaker John Boehner right now was a bad idea.

Obama Designates Three New National Monuments

By on 7.29.15 | 4:58PM

Over the objections of many local, state and federal legislators from the affected areas, in early July, President Barack Obama designated new national monuments in California, Nevada and Texas. 

The designation of more than 1,000,000 acres of public lands as national monuments, foreclosed previously allowed commercial and recreational activities of those lands, leading some Republicans and local officials to accuse Obama of a backdoor land grab ignoring the interests of local residents. 

Obama’s designation of Nevada’s Basin and Range site as a national monument was seen as a going away present to retiring Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, who had been seeking monument status for the area for years. Obama also set aside more than 330,000 acres as the Berryessa Snow Mountain Monument in Northern California. In addition, the President established the Waco Mammoth National Monument, a comparatively small site in central Texas, where archaeologists have discovered remains of 24 Columbian Mammoths as well as the remains of other ancient species including the saber-toothed cat, dwarf antelope and the western camel.

Hillary Clinton Forgets That She’s Not the Only Woman Running for President

By on 7.29.15 | 2:16PM

Hillary Clinton claims to be the sole champion of women, advocating for feminist beliefs and rights against all those other sexist candidates. And in her mind, she is.

According to RedAlert Politics, Clinton referred to the GOP candidates as ‘those guys’ during a speech on Sunday, clearly forgetting about Republican candidate Carly Fiorina.

Most media outlets overlooked the slip-up. Instead, they chose to focus on Clinton’s plan to combat climate change — one that will be using our tax money as funding, by the way. Despite the lack of mainstream media coverage, ABC’s digital journalist Liz Kreutz was quick to pick up on the blunder and tweeted:

Hillary Clinton Calls Planned Parenthood Videos ‘Disturbing,’ Says They Should Be Investigated

By on 7.29.15 | 10:57AM

Yes, I was gone yesterday, because I was handling things that keep this site running. Because I'm nice like that. I like you to have things to read.

Anyway, I missed the Center for Medical Progress unveiling their third video, which is just as well, as it would have meant posting nearly ten minutes of graphic abortion and "harvesting" footage right over your breakfast period, including a video interview with an ex-procurement technician for StemExpress, who described the process in detail. A fourth video could drop today in a Texas regulatory hearing. Needless to say, the videos are horrifying, and while the process depicted is claimed to be legal, it's certainly morally questionable, if not ethically. 

I Don’t Understand Why the Nats Acquired Jonathan Papelbon, Plus More Angels in the Outfield

By on 7.28.15 | 10:37PM

I knew the Philadelphia Phillies would trade closer Jonathan Papelbon. But I didn’t think he would be traded to the Washington Nationals.

But Papelbon is the Nats’ new closer and the Phillies have pitching prospect Nick Pivetta.

I don’t get this trade and I’m sure former Nats closer Drew Storen doesn’t get it either.

It’s not like Storen was struggling. In 38 appearances this season, Storen is 1-0 with a 1.73 ERA with 29 saves. Papelbon is 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA with 17 saves in 37 appearances. Don’t get me wrong. Papelbon's numbers are good for having pitched for the worst team in MLB. But Papelbon is seven years older than Storen (34 vs. 27) and making more than twice as much money ($13 million vs. $5.7 million). And yet the Nats have signed Papelbon through 2016 while Storen becomes a free agent and the Nats are apparently prepared to have him walk away. In the meantime, Storen will have to pitch the eighth inning.

Royals Acquire Ben Zobrist from the A’s

By on 7.28.15 | 6:42PM





Another of Larry Thornberry's old Tampa Bay Rays favorites has been traded away by the Oakland A's.

Last week, it was Oakland dealing Scott Kazmir to Houston. Today, the A's have dealt super utility man Ben Zobrist to the Kansas City Royals for minor league pitchers Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks.

Originally a 6th round draft pick by the Houston Astros in 2004, Zobrist was traded to Tampa in July 2006 in the Aubrey Huff deal. Zobrist would become a mainstay in the Rays lineup for nearly a decade, is a two-time ALL All-Star and was a key contributor to their AL pennant triumph in 2008. His best season came in 2009 when he hit .297 with 27 HR and drove in 91 runs. He also played on Rays teams which reached the post-season in 2010, 2011 & 2013.

NFL Upholds Brady’s 4-Game Suspension (Or If Only Democrats Were This Tough With Hillary)

By on 7.28.15 | 5:16PM

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension.

Although Brady might try to get an injunction against the suspension, I doubt the courts will take up the matter.

It appears that what got Brady in the end was destroying his cellphone. Over at Forbes, Bill Whalen draws parallels between Brady and Hillary Clinton:

Someone who should be taking note of how Deflategate has played out is Hillary Clinton , the proprietor of Servergate.

Brady reportedly destroyed a cell phone.

Hillary destroyed thousands of emails.

Brady didn’t fully cooperate with the league.

Hillary’s relation with the Republican Congress: anything but harmonious .

Obama Admin Throwing Israel a Bone With Pollard Release

By on 7.28.15 | 4:38PM

Jonathan Pollard, the American convicted of spying for Israel three decades ago, will be paroled on November 21.

Both the Obama Administration and Pollard’s attorneys say his release has nothing to do with the Iran nuclear deal. I’m not buying it. If the Iran nuclear deal wasn’t in place, Pollard’s release wouldn’t be a topic of discussion. The Obama Administration is throwing Israel a bone in a futile attempt to recompense for the horrendous Iran nuclear deal that puts its very existence in jeopardy.

More Gridlocked Than Ever

By on 7.28.15 | 4:16PM

Yesterday, the Senate passed a six-year transportation bill that increases spending on highways and transit but only provides three years of funding for that increase. As theWashington Post commented, “only by Washington’s low standards could anyone confuse the Senate’s plan with ‘good government.’”

Meanwhile, House majority leader Kevin McCarthy says the House will ignore the Senate bill in favor of its own five-month extension to the existing transportation law. Since the existing law expires at the end of this week, the two houses are playing a game of chicken to see which one will swerve course first and approve the other house’s bill.

Obama Says He Could Win a Third Term… And He’s Probably Right

By on 7.28.15 | 2:57PM

During his speech in Ethiopia addressing The African Union, President Obama departed from his text to talk about his favorite subject -- himself.

“I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” said Obama with a straight face, “I think if I ran, I could win.”

Needless to say, I and many others would quarrel with the first half of his statement. But I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the second half.

Say what you will about Obama. The man knows how to run a campaign at least when he is at the center of it. Sure he has a lot of help from a sympathetic and sycophantic media. But Obama and his team know the Alinsky playbook inside and out: pick your target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. They know how to make the other guy or gal (in the case of Hillary Clinton) the issue. And if that doesn’t work he can always make sure his opponents are disqualified from running.