The Spectacle Blog

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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Twins to Name Paul Molitor New Manager

By on 11.2.14 | 11:49AM

Tomorrow the Minnesota Twins are expected to announce that Hall of Famer Paul Molitor will be their new manager.

He would succeed Ron Gardenhire who was dismissed after 13 seasons as their skipper. After winning six AL Central titles under Gardenhire, the Twins have endured four consecutive seasons with 90 or more losses and three last place finishes.

Molitor is best known for his days with the Milwaukee Brewers and won a World Series ring in 1993 with the Toronto Blue Jays including the World Series MVP. Molitor, a St. Paul native, played his last three big league seasons with the Twins the highlight of which was when he collected his 3,000th hit. Since retiring after the 1998 season, he has served the Twins in various capacities save for 2004 when he spent one season as the hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners.

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Cubs Hire Maddon; Fire Renteria

By on 11.1.14 | 12:50AM

The Chicago Cubs have changed managers. They have hired former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon who suddenly became available when he opted out of his contract with the Rays one week ago. 

Because the Cubs hired Maddon, they fired Rick Renteria who had two years remaining on his contract. The Cubs went 73-89 in Renteria's only season at the helm of the Cubs. Renteria managed the Cubs to a last place finish, but stood only 15 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals. 

The happiest guy about this hiring outside of Wrigley Field is Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. When Maddon opted out many (including myself) believed that he would follow his old boss Andrew Friedman to L.A. 

Maddon will be formally introduced in his new position on Monday.

I am curious if Maddon's longtime bench coach Dave Martinez will join him on the North Side of Chicago or if he will manage the Rays in 2015. Martinez began his playing career with the Cubs. 

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Canada’s NDP Leader: Parliament Hill Shooter Not a Terrorist

By on 10.31.14 | 2:23PM

Tom Mulcair, the leader of the NDP and leader of the official opposition, has stated that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who murdered a Canadian soldier standing guard at Canada's War Memorial before storming Parliament Hill, is not a terrorist.

Instead, Mulcair characterizes Zehaf-Bibeau's actions as "a criminal act." Mulcair, "When you look at the history of the individual, attempts to get help, even to be in prison to get help if that turns out to be the case, I think that we're not in the presence of a terrorist act in the sense that we would understand it."

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