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Mitt Romney Won March Madness

By on 4.7.15 | 11:45AM

I should have known that my bracket would be completely busted the second that President Obama revealed he had matched my choice of Kentucky to take it all. The man hasn't picked a winner, in basketball or anywhere, since 2009.  

But were you following in the footsteps of Obama's 2012 opponent, you would, right now, be in the top 0.1% of brackets in the country, according to ESPN.com. Mitt Romney not only correctly predicted the Final Four, he selected Duke to take it all. 

Mitt Romney on Monday night found himself once again in the exclusive club of the 0.1%.

This time, though, Romney's elite status has nothing to do with his multi-million dollar fortune, and everything to do with the results of the NCAA tournament.

Romney's bracket ranked 6,326th out of the more than 11.5 million brackets filled out on ESPN.com, meaning he scored better than 99.9% of all entrants. A Romney source shared this weekend the former presidential candidate's bracket with The Huffington Post.

Rand Paul Launches Campaign With Awesome Swag

By on 4.7.15 | 11:16AM

About an hour ago, Sen. Rand Paul launched his Presidential campaign website, announcing that he plans to seek the Republican Party's nomination for the nation's highest office in 2016.

It's hardly a surprise; he released this video on his website on Sunday, touting his intention to run as a "New Republican Leader," but like everyone in the field, he has to finaly name it to attempt to claim it. He'll make the formal announcement around noon, EST, at a rally in his home state of Kentucky, and then he'll embark on the traditional early-primary state tour, swinging through New Hampshire and Iowa, where his dad won the primary in 2012, and finally through Nevada, where the Republicans are a tiny bit more libertarian than most (seriously, I met one once, at FreedomFest, that had a wolf as a pet. A wolf).

Obama is More Interested in Transforming This Country Than He is in Transforming Iran

By on 4.6.15 | 9:05PM

In response to Benjamin Netanyahu's demand that Iran recognize Israel as a Jewish state, President Obama told NPR, "The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won't sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms." Obama went out to call Bibi's demand "a fundamental misjudgment." (H/T Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard). 

Jindal Budget Cuts Facing ‘Tea Party’ Opposition, Say Hopeful Liberals on Unicorns

By on 4.6.15 | 5:10PM

Today, the Advocate has posted an article about Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s plan to end a tax break the state currently offers for solar power. The report indicates that Jindal — a prospective Republican Presidential candidate — is facing opposition from a “big tea party gun.” That opposition is Debbie Dooley, who the article names as one “of the 22 organizers of the first nationwide tea party protests in 2009.” Dooley believes, the paper claims with great excitement, “that conservative philosophies are not monolithic.”

“You should be consistent and not just favor one energy source,” Dooley said.

As the chairwoman of Conservatives for Energy Freedom, Dooley has led similar protests against rolling back solar power in Georgia and Florida. [See here and here.]

We Need to Talk About the White House Easter Photo

By on 4.6.15 | 4:49PM

This is what the White House put on social media to celebrate Easter. Now, I know, every holiday, obituary and random event must, by law, be celebrated by this President with a photo of himself. 

But what on God's green Earth is happening here?

I feel like this is a poster for a depressingly dark independent "comedy" film I will never see, about a man and a giant imaginary bunny, sort of like Willard, but without the quality writing and with questionable casting choices. Does he see the bunny? Does he know its there? Is it really Joe Biden, performing the single most important duty of his Vice Presidency? Is this all a gloriously complicated scheme that will eventually be revealed to be the dawn of the New Order? 

My money's on Biden.

Hillary’s Hipster HQ Has Dem Mega-Donor Underwriter

By on 4.6.15 | 4:10PM

Hillary Clinton isn't cool, but like Barack Obama before her, she's not letting the Kleenex tucked up her sleeves and a few whiffs of Vicks Vap-O-Rub get in the way of constructing a "revolutionary" new image for her 2016 Presidential campaign out of whole cloth. Hillary, it seems, will get a makeover; gone are the scrunchies and high-waisted pantsuits of old and in their place is social media savvy, a team of communications experts, and a campaign HQ that's within spitting distance of at least four aritsan gelato places.

But even though, by outward appearances, Hip Hillary is on the scene and embracing the organic, handcrafted vegan latte and handlebar mustache lifestyle of trendy Brooklyn, the person finacing her move to NYC's outer limits is very familiar. He's a mega-rich mega donor who has been enjoying the perks of being a close Clinton crony since the days of the Lincoln Bedroom. 

Wilco Reverses, Will Play Indiana

By on 4.6.15 | 3:22PM

Late last week, Indiana cooked up a "fix" for it's Religious Freedom Restoration Act that declared definitively that people could not use the protections of the act to defend themselves when accused of discrimination in public accommodation. The fix closed a loophole created not by the RFRA itself, but because Indiana does not list "sexual orientation" as a protected characteristic in its public accommodation non-discrimination law. Now, if you live in a municipality that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, RFRA can't be used as a defense to that discrimination, but if you don't, well, nothing has changed.

Why is The MLB All-Star Game Only Being Hosted in NL Cities?

By on 4.6.15 | 3:16PM

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced today that the 2018 All-Star Game will be held in Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

With today's announcement it means that a National League city will host the mid-summer classic for four consecutive seasons beginning this year at Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark. In 2016, it will be held at Petco Park in San Diego followed by Marlins Park in Miami in 2017. If the 2019 All-Star Game is awarded to an AL city it would mean 5 years will have passed since the All-Star Game was held at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.

Traditionally, the site of the All-Star Game alternated each year between an AL and NL park.  There have been exceptions. In 1950 & 1951, it was held in two AL cities at Chicago's Comiskey Park and Detroit's Briggs Stadium (later renamed Tiger Stadium). But this would be balanced out in 1952 and 1953 when it was held at Shibe Park and Crosley Field, the homes of the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds, respectively.

Feinstein Says Bibi Shouldn’t Criticize Iran Deal

By on 4.6.15 | 1:08PM

I find it interesting that Dianne Feinstein is the Democrat being tasked with telling Benjamin Netanyahu that he should "contain himself" and not criticize the Iran deal.

It is interesting because a) Feinstein is Jewish and b) did not boycott Bibi's speech to Congress last month although she said at the time she "would not be jumping up and down." But it gives the Obama Administration cover to say, "See even the Jews don't think Bibi is reasonable."

Feinstein is criticizing Netanyahu for not offering an alternative. But this assumes that Feinstein and for that matter the Obama Administration would be amenable to anything Bibi would have to offer. Obama has been clear in saying it's either this deal or nothing.

Here Are My Baseball Trivia Answers

By on 4.6.15 | 12:33PM

Here the answers to the baseball trivia quiz I posted here yesterday.

1. What Hall of Fame pitcher did Ronald Reagan portray in the film The Winning Team?

Grover Cleveland Alexander

2. Name the last pitcher to win at least 25 games in a season.

Bob Welch won 27 games for the Oakland A's in 1990. Sadly, he passed away suddenly in June 2014.

3. Name the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues.

Gaylord Perry won the AL Cy Young with the Cleveland Indians in 1972 and earned NL Cy Young honors in 1978 while pitching for the San Diego Padres.

4. Who hit the last home run at the old Yankee Stadium?

Back up catcher Jose Molina hit it against the Baltimore Orioles on September 21, 2008.

5. Who is the only catcher to have caught two perfect games?

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