The Spectacle Blog

Did You Know Ernie Banks Was a Republican?

By on 2.1.15 | 1:07AM

On Saturday, I watched Ernie Banks' funeral on the MLB Network.

Among those who spoke were Hall of Fame teammates Billy Williams, Ferguson Jenkins and Lou Brock (who began his career as a Cub) as well as newly elected Illinois GOP Governor Bruce Rauner and Jesse Jackson.

Then there was Chicago businessman John Rogers who made a point of saying that Banks and his mother were part of a rare breed - black Republicans. 

I knew that Banks had supported George W. Bush's re-election bid. But I was not aware that he had run for Chicago City Council in 1963 as a Republican. Alas, Richard Daley's Democrat machine saw to it that Banks wasn't elected. I'm sure many of those who voted against Banks resided in cemeteries.

Then again Ernie Banks didn't require public office to make Chicago a better place.

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If The Taliban Attack on American Civilians at Kabul Airport Isn’t Terrorism Then What Is It?

By on 1.30.15 | 5:25PM

In the space of 48 hours, the Obama Administration has gone from saying the Taliban isn't a terrorist organization to refusing to call its attack on the Kabul Airport which killed three American civilian contractors an act of terrorism.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters today, "Obviously any attack that kills contractors – that kills individuals who are working there in harms way — is horrific and a tragedy. But I’m not gonna put new labels on it today.” (H/T Brendan Bordelon at NRO).

New labels? Since when is terrorism a new label?

Will it be another 48 hours before Susan Rice goes on TV to say the attack at the Kabul Airport was a spontaneous reaction to American Sniper?

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Romney’s Decision Not To Run Is For The Best

By on 1.30.15 | 1:10PM

When Jeb Bush flew to Utah to meet with Mitt Romney a little over a week ago, I didn't think Romney would end up bowing out of the race despite Bush's efforts to persuade him.

But when Romney's top donors and one of his top advisers defected to Bush, I guess Romney got the message.

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Romney Will Not Run in 2016

By on 1.30.15 | 11:26AM

Mitt Romney has announced that he will not seek the Republican party's nomination a third time

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016.

Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering a third campaign for the White House, the former Massachusetts governor told members of his staff during a Friday conference call that he is out of race.

Romney jumped back into the presidential discussion on Jan. 10, when he told a small group of former donors in New York that he was eyeing another White House run.

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Kerry Fined for Not Shoveling Sidewalk

By on 1.29.15 | 11:44PM

Secretary of State John Kerry has been fined by the City of Boston for not clearing the sidewalk in front of his Beacon Hill home from this week's snowstorm.

This shouldn't come as a surprise. What with Kerry telling us last week that Islam doesn't motivate Muslim terrorists and comparing the plight of European Muslims to that of African-Americans in The South during the '60s, he's been very busy shoveling something else.

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How’s That Bergdahl-Taliban Five Trading Working Out?

By on 1.29.15 | 9:04PM

While the Pentagon can't seem to make up its mind over whether to charge Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, at least one member of the Taliban Five has made his decision - he wants to rejoin the Taliban in Afghanistan.

To the shock of no one outside of the Obama Administration, this is turning into the worst trade since the Cubs sent Lou Brock to the Cardinals for Ernie Broglio.

Is it any wonder that the Obama Administration has been refusing to call the Taliban a terrorist organization for the past 48 hours?

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Scott Walker Now Masterfully Trolling Wisconsin’s College Professors

By on 1.29.15 | 1:03PM

There is no love lost between myself and Wisconsin. Honestly, between the Green Bay Packers and the fact that I get a speeding ticket every time I cross the state line, I find Wisconsin to be one of those states that are just better left alone (see also: Ohio). But while I might lack respect for his little piece of the American midwest, I do have a great deal of respect for Scott Walker, who, based on today's news alone, has giant, cheesy balls of steel.

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John McCain Takes on Code Pink

By on 1.29.15 | 12:39PM

Since it's rare to feel proud of the work John McCain does in Congress, it's probably worth keeping this little nugget somewhere deep in your files, so that you can pull it out and remember that somewhere, deep down inside that slowly-melting Maverick, there's still a passionate heart that burns with an unquenchable desire to smack a hippie back into the last century where she belongs.

This morning, John McCain's inner beast reared it's ugly head at Code Pink's.

Masterful. Bravo.

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George Will Likens Bud Selig to James Madison

By on 1.29.15 | 12:02PM

I have just read George Will's tribute to Bud Selig who retired as MLB Commissioner last week after serving in that position since 1992. In his piece, Will argues that Selig is to baseball what James Madison was to America during the Constitutional Convention. No, I'm not kidding:

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