The Spectacle Blog

Red Sox to Pay High Price for Price (7 Years, $217 Million)

By on 12.1.15 | 10:57PM

The Boston Red Sox appear to have won the David Price sweepstakes. 

The 30-year old lefty has reportedly signed a 7-year, $217 million contract with Boston. If he passes the physical, Price becomes the highest paid pitcher in MLB history exceeding the $215 million and $210 million contracts signed by Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer, respectively. There is an opt out provision in his contract following the 2018 season. Price was also considering offers from the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.

Why I Don’t Believe “Thousands & Thousands of Muslims” in New Jersey Celebrated 9/11

By on 12.1.15 | 4:40PM

I know Jeff is trying to put the best possible spin on Donald Trump's claim that he saw on TV "thousands and thousands of Muslims" in New Jersey celebrating the attacks of September 11, 2001. But his boy stepped in it and he's going to have a hard time cleaning his shoe.

I mean if Trump has as great a memory as he claims to have then surely he can more precise than "thousands and thousands". Would that be 5,000? 10,000? Would it be enough to fill Yankee Stadium or the Meadowlands?

Now I certainly remember the Palestinians on the West Bank who cheered 9/11. Perhaps Trump is confusing Ramallah with Paterson.

It's one thing to say there were pockets of Muslims in this country celebrating 9/11, but it's quite another to claim it was "thousands and thousands." Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani threw cold water on Trump's claims during an appearance on CNN earlier today:

Many of Today’s Black Activists Sully Rosa Parks’ Legacy

By on 12.1.15 | 3:42PM

Sixty years ago today, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began when Rosa Parks was arrested after refusing to give up her seat. It should be noted that Parks was actually sitting in the "colored" section of the bus, but that section was moved by the bus driver behind Parks once the bus had an overflow of white passengers. It was then that she refused to give up her seat and was arrested for it. Although she was not the first to do so, her act would capture national and eventually global attention and would begin in earnest the process of desegregation of public accommodations and facilities in this country.

Barack Obama In Paris: Mass Shootings Don’t Happen Outside of America

By on 12.1.15 | 2:16PM

The news media is fairly sure that a man who lived in a shack in rural Colorado, who terrified his neighbors and routinely attracted the attention of law enforcement, was definitely motivated solely by a swath of videos depicting Planned Parenthood officials "donating" baby brains over glasses of merlot, when he shot a bunch of people in the general vicinity of a Planned Parenthood facility. Our elected leaders, though, have been more careful about ascribing the actions of a madman to talk radio hosts and bloggers. 

Latest Hillary Clinton Ad: “44 Boys is Too Many”

By on 12.1.15 | 1:43PM

Hillary Clinton will, eventually, make her entire campaign about her gender rather than her merits.  She has to, after all, since her only merit is basically her gender (at least as far as the #waronwomen voters are concerned). I mean, did you expect her to run on her foreign policy record? Her political experience? Her winning personality?

She no longer seems to be struggling with opposition in her own party, since Bernie Sanders appears to have reached critical mass (there are only so many people who are fine with socialism, and those people usually have their college final exams right about this time), and Martin O'Malley has no significant presence to speak of, so Hillary Clinton is now happy to lay the groundwork against her forthcoming Republican opponent who will, likely as not, be a man. And according to her latest campaign ad, 44 men in office is more than enough.  

NY Post in 2001: New Jersey Arabs Celebrated 9/11

By on 12.1.15 | 11:33AM

In the ongoing tussle over Donald Trump’s insistence that there were celebrations in the Muslim community of New Jersey on 9/11, reader and talk show host Edward Woodson calls attention to this article in the September 14, 2001 edition of the New York Post. It is an opinion column written by columnist Fred Siegel titled “The Issue is Radical Islam.”

Deep in the column Siegel writes this (bold print for emphasis mine):

Here in New York, it was easy to get angry listening to Egyptians, Palestinians and the Arabs of nearby Paterson, N.J., celebrate as they received word of the murderous attacks in New York and Washington. But Mayor Giuliani (who has been tireless and magnificent in this crisis) rightly warned New Yorkers that it would be wrong to take their anger out on the city's Arab and Muslim residents. Attacks on Arab-Americans in Paterson or elsewhere are utterly indefensible.


By on 12.1.15 | 9:19AM

From Paris, Barack Obama is telling the world that not only is climate change a bigger threat to the West and the rest of the world than anything else, but that if we contain climate change we will have defeated terrorism (he means the Islamic kind but won’t say so).

No, no, I’m not making this up. It’s in all the papers. Look it up yourself. (Could this perhaps be a super subtle military strategy? I’m sure IS fighters made aware of these claims are laughing too hard to be effective on the battle field. And almost nothing makes these stone killers laugh.)

In more than a half century of following politics I’ve seen a good deal of really bad policy, some motivated by political cynicism, some by delusion (this strikes me as an example of both). Too much of this bad policy has been implemented. But this latest is a dimension beyond. For the first time, I and millions of other red-blooded Americanos are now obliged to seriously consider whether the president of the United States is clinically insane.

Pay the Piper — And Let Only the Piper Call the Tune!

By on 11.30.15 | 6:16PM

On NPR this morning I heard the president of Planned Parenthood lament the fact that women’s health care is “politicized.” I agree that such politicization is lamentable. But such politicization is an inevitable consequence of government subsidization of, regulation of, and involvement in health care. And the more health care is subsidized by, regulated by, and meddled in by politicians and their deputies, the worse this politicization will be.

Thoughts on The Muslim Teenager in Missouri Beaten For Not Wearing a Hijab

By on 11.30.15 | 4:01PM

A former University of Missouri assistant professor by the name of Youssif Z. Omar was arrested last week following an incident at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri involving a 14-year old female relative.

Omar became enraged when he saw the girl was not wearing the hijab. He accosted the girl, grabbed her by the hair, forced her into his car and slapped her. Local police arrested Omar, charged him with suspicion of child abuse, but he would be released on a bond of $4,500.