The Spectacle Blog

Where is Hamas More Welcome? Egypt or UC Davis?

By on 2.2.15 | 9:59PM

Egypt has deemed Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Meanwhile, there were chants of "Allahu Akbar!" by Muslim students at UC-Davis last week after a resolution passed in support of divesting the university's investments with Israel.

So at the moment Hamas has begun to wear out its welcome in the Arab world, they are finding a home in America. 

God help us.

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Would Rand Paul Appoint Jenny McCarthy as Surgeon General?

By on 2.2.15 | 9:08PM

So Rand Paul says, "I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”

Gee, I didn't know Paul studied pediatrics in his spare time. As it stands, he's barely qualified to be an opthalmologist.

Sorry, vaccines don't cause autism or any other mental disorder. I'm far more inclined to take the word of The Mayo Clinic on the question of autism and vaccines than I am of Kentucky's junior Senator. 

Yeah, I know that Chris Christie injected himself into the so-called vaccine debates too. But Rand Paul went much further than Christie.

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Lindsay Graham Launches Presidential Campaign, Possible Ground War in Asia

By on 2.2.15 | 1:03PM

Mitt Romney may have bowed out of Presidential contention (though a few hardcore pundits are still predicting a last-minute re-entry when no one effectively fulfills the "unappealing moderate" role), but Lindsay Graham is ensuring that there is still a Presidential contender present who no one asked for and no one wanted. Graham's candidacy, which is predicated on "Safety Through Security" focuses primarily on foreign policy, an area where other Presidential candidates are already faltering, but which Graham is most famous for. 

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Obama’s Nonsensical Claim That 99.9% of Muslims Reject Radical Islam

By on 2.2.15 | 12:05PM

In an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, President Obama claimed that 99.9% of Muslims reject radical Islam. (H/T Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard):

But it is absolutely true that I reject a notion that somehow that creates a religious war because the overwhelming majority of Muslims reject that interpretation of Islam. They don't even recognize it as being Islam, and I think that for us to be successful in fighting this scourge, it's very important for us to align ourselves with the 99.9 percent of Muslims who are looking for the same thing we're looking for--order, peace, prosperity.

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Did Japan Create Terrorists?

By on 2.2.15 | 10:10AM

Over the weekend, ISIS beheaded Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. His execution came a week after ISIS beheaded his fellow countryman Haruna Yukawa.

How often have we heard The Left (as well as the Ron Pauls of the world) argue that the War in Iraq, Gitmo or U.S. foreign policy is responsible for creating terrorists?

Indeed, Ron Paul blamed French foreign policy for last month's Charlie Hebdo attacks. But as I pointed out, the French opposed the War in Iraq. Yet this did not prevent Cherif Kouachi from recruiting his countrymen to fight in Iraq on behalf of the insurgency.

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What Am I Missing?

By on 2.2.15 | 12:23AM

OK, what is it I’m missing? Two weeks ago, when the winning hand was putting the ball up and trying to put more points on the scoreboard, the Packers sent fullback over tackle three straight times. They lost the ball and the game. Sunday, when the winning hand was to hand the ball to the fullback and get out of his way, the Seahawks threw into traffic (very dense traffic indeed in the shadow of the goal post — jump ball territory). They lost the ball and the game. And, by the way, lost the Vince Lombardi trophy.

Obviously there’s a lot about play-calling in the NFL I don‘t understand.

I know, I know — anticipating the objections — both teams had 60 minutes to win the game. And the Patriots earned the win on many grounds. But that play was damned strange.

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Nissan’s Eerie Super Bowl Commercial Featuring Harry Chapin

By on 2.1.15 | 11:12PM

As much I love Harry Chapin's music, I was overcome with an eerie feeling when I saw "Cats in the Cradle" being used in a Nissan commercial.

The theme of the commercial was "With Dad". The father in question is a race car driver who doesn't spend a lot of time with his son. In one scene he is involved in a car crash from which he walks away.

But when I watched the car crash I asked my roommate, "Don't these people know that Harry Chapin died in a car crash?"

Apparently, I'm not the only one who had a squeamish reaction.

If nothing else perhaps more people will become curious about Chapin's music.

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Patriots Win 1st Super Bowl in 10 Years

By on 2.1.15 | 10:55PM

The New England Patriots have won their fourth Super Bowl under the dynamic duo of Belichik and Brady and their first in a decade beating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24.

The Pats were down 24-14 in the fourth quarter and, well, Brady did his magic by throwing TD passes to Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman. In so doing, Brady passed Joe Montana on the all-time Super Bowl TD passes list.

But with scarcely a minute in the game, it looked like Seahawks would win when Jermaine Kearse somehow caught a Russell Wilson pass that kept bouncing around but never hit the ground. Pats fans were having flashbacks to David Tyree.

But Pats rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted a Wilson pass in the end zone to deny the Seahawks back to back Super Bowl titles. Pats win. Tom Brady was named Super Bowl XLIX MVP for the third time joining Joe Montana in that achievement. Brady also joins Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only QBs to win four Super Bowls. Belichick also joins Chuck Knoll as the only head coaches to win four Super Bowls.

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Scott Walker Tops Iowa Poll

By on 2.1.15 | 1:33AM

One year from today the Iowa Caucus takes place. 

According to a new poll conducted by the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg, Scott Walker leads GOP hopefuls wih 15% narrowly leading Rand Paul. Mitt Romney, who announced on Friday that he would not be running in 2016, finished third in the poll

It just goes to show that a week in politics is a lifetime. A week ago, Walker shone at the Iowa Freedom Summit prompting Republicans to give him a further look. So far Republicans like what they see.

But if a week is a lifetime then a year is an eternity. It's possible that Walker is peaking too soon. Yet I suspect that Walker will have staying power. If he can weather the storm of angry union supporters occupying the Wisconsin State Capitol and accosting him and his family in public then he can certainly endure the peaks and valleys of the Republican caucus/primary season.

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Get Well Soon Michael Medved

By on 2.1.15 | 1:17AM

On Friday, Michael Medved announced he was taking a leave of absence from his radio program revealing that he was undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

Medved, 66, was diagnosed in December and expects to complete his treatments at the end of February. 

Here's hoping for a speedy recovery and a swift return to the airwaves.

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