The Spectacle Blog

Iwakuma Becomes First AL Pitcher to Throw No-Hitter Since 2012

By on 8.12.15 | 8:19PM

Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma tossed a no-hitter this afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles.

Iwakuma's no-no is the fourth during the 2015 season. The three previous no-hitters came from San Francisco Giants rookie Chris Heston, Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer and Cole Hamels in his final appearance with the Philadelphia Phillies (he has since been traded to the Texas Rangers).

Iwakuma became the first AL pitcher to throw a no-hitter since his teammate Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays in August 2012. He is also the first Japanese pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Hideo Nomo did so in his debut with the Boston Red Sox in 2002. Curiously it was also against the Orioles. Nomo also threw a no-hitter with the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies in 1996.

Scott Walker Hands $250 Million in Taxpayers’ Money to Billionaire Bucks Owners

By on 8.12.15 | 6:17PM

Scott Walker touts his record as a fiscal conservative. But this morning, reports the Associated Press

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took a break from the presidential campaign trail Wednesday to commit $250 million in taxpayer money to pay for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Walker’s come under a lot of criticism from both left and right for his arena funding plan, including an article I wrote at the Huffington Post after he defended his plan on ABC’s “This Week.” Such deals are paid for by average taxpayers to benefit millionaire players and billionaire owners. But millionaires and billionaires have more influence than average taxpayers, and the pictures around stadium deals are great: 

The FBI Has Clinton’s Server, But Who Will Be Held Responsible?

By on 8.12.15 | 2:23PM

This morning, Hillary Clinton "voluntarily" turned what's left of her email server over to FBI agents investigating her email setup, after they found out just this week that at least two "top secret" emails passed through the Clinton database. After months of ducking from Congressional investigators, looking to examine the smoking remains of ClintonMail, Hillary Clinton has finally - finally - been forced to give up that which she holds dear above all else, at least, as far as email servers are concerned.

There may not be much, however, for the FBI to lookover. Accroding to Hillary's spokespeople and attorneys, the server was wiped long ago, and nothing remains of the backups, so she's left very few traces of her time using it to trade in Top Secret information, just copies of the emails that led investigators to demand the server in the first place. But investigators are, at least, going to give it the old college try.

Home Field Advantage Never Had It So Good

By on 8.12.15 | 11:33AM

One of the things that I love about baseball is that you see something new everyday and last night was no exception.

For the first time in MLB history, every game was won by the home team; fifteen games in all.

These included the 9th consecutive win for the Toronto Blue Jays to bring them within a half game of the New York Yankees in the AL East (who lost in 16 innings to the Cleveland Indians). There were also extra-inning triumphs by the Miami Marlins and the Seattle Mariners, shutout victories by the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers while the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks scored in double digits. The other teams to enjoy home field advantage last night were the Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, and the San Francisco Giants.

We might never see this again. Or we could see it happen again tonight. That is the beauty of baseball.

New Poll Has Sanders Leading Hillary in NH Amid Revelations of Top Secret E-Mails

By on 8.12.15 | 11:27AM

According to a Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll, Bernie Sanders has taken a lead among Democrats in New Hampshire. The poll, which was conducted between August 7 & 10, has Sanders at 44% to 37% for the former Secretary of State. The margin of error is +/- 4.7%.

The argument could be made that the poll is an aberration. After all, Hillary is still leading by a substantial margin in all other polls and this poll had a relatively small sample size - 442 likely Democratic Primary voters to be exact. Sanders is also not an unknown quantity in New Hampshire as he represents the neighboring Vermont.

Hillary Clinton Compliments Megyn Kelly, Hits Marco Rubio (Who Hits Back)

By on 8.11.15 | 12:50PM

Hillary Clinton is very disappointed in her old friend Donald Trump. 

Apparently, Hillary found Donald Trump's commentary about Megyn Kelly's "blood" utterly dehumanizing and patently offensive. According to Hillary, Megyn Kelly is smart and impressive and any criticism of Kelly is undeserved, outrageous and "pick your adjective." Although, she says, every other Republican Presidential candidate — lumping Carly Fiorina in with the men, apparently — is just as bad, because they all hate women and want to oppress them. Or something.

“I said it was outrageous, I stand by that,” Clinton said of Trump’s words. “I think more people should say the same.”

Is Rick Perry Already Finished?

By on 8.11.15 | 11:09AM

So, obviously, closing the door on a single state doesn't a total collapse make. But pulling staff out of a key first primary state, this far out of the first round - it means something is, at least, seriously wrong. 

Rick Perry did not fare particularly well in last week's debates, though he had been working on lowering expectations earlier in the week. And now, as other Texans have emerged as front runners - specifically Ted Cruz, who also seems to be the heir apparent to The Donald's grassroots fortune, once Trump tires of this game - much of Perry's funding has dried up, and as a result, he's having to focus what few resources he has on states other than South Carolina

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign team in South Carolina is no longer being paid by his presidential campaign, National Journal has learned.

"Pay is only one reason people do this," Katon Dawson, Perry's South Carolina state director, said in an interview. "We'll be able to live off the land for a while."

Michael Moore’s Michigan Mansion Up for Sale for $5.2 Million

By on 8.10.15 | 4:04PM

America's foremost crusader for the "middle class," Michael Moore, lost his multi-million dollar Michigan mansion in his last divorce, and now the house is on the market for a cool $5.2 million

The house, which Moore bought with his producer and then-wife Kathleen Glynn, purchased the property just a few short years ago for $290,000, but put in extensive repairs and remodels (some of which, according to Mike's divorce papers, went way beyond what he was expecting). Now, if you'd like to see what the life of a liberal power player is really like, in the lap of luxury in one of Michigan's most exclusive lake front areas, you - yes you - can own a piece of Moore-morabilia.

Hillary Wants Debt-Free College (Just Like Bernie!)

By on 8.10.15 | 1:42PM

Bernie Sanders is racking up rallies on the West Coast this week, kicking off his Pacific jaunt with a rally for 20,000 Bernie-maniacs in Portland. Even though Bernie's speech was ultimately to a very friendly audience of Portland artisan craftspeople and alternative bookstore owners, it had to be enough to put Hillary Clinton on notice that she's again being challenged by an upstart young whippersnapper with great grassroots potential. 

I kid, obviously. About the whippersnapper part. Bernie tried to nationalize fire when his cave-mate discovered it. 

At any rate, today Hillary Clinton is offering everyone a free college education, because desperate times call for desperate measures. She might be able to afford to lose Portland, but she can't possibly be expected to lose all the youth she's energizing with her pantsuits and her snapchats and her hip language. 

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