The Spectacle Blog

Max Scherzer Becomes First Pitcher to Throw 2 No-Hitters in The Regular Season Since Nolan Ryan

By on 10.3.15 | 9:46PM

When I arrived home from the Bernie Sanders rally (there will hopefully be a column on this Monday) I tuned into the MLB Network to see the Houston Astros-Arizona Diamondbacks game.

Instead, I see Max Scherzer on the mound pitching against the New York Mets with a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth with two outs. It was right then and there I realized that Scherzer was one out away from his second no-hitter of the 2015 season. He got Curtis Granderson to pop out to Yunel Escobar and the Washington Nationals effectively ended their season on a positive note. It doesn't quite make up for missing the post-season, but it is a feel good moment for the team and a triumph for Scherzer. He struck out 17 batters and at one point fanned nine consecutive hitters. 

Roger Waters Blasts Bon Jovi for Performing in Israel

By on 10.3.15 | 12:23AM

You might recall that I wrote about ex-Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters dark side when it comes to Israel and Jews a couple of years ago.

Well, Waters is at it again. This time he is directing his anger towards Jon Bon Jovi who is performing in Israel for the first time tomorrow. Waters wrote an open letter to Bon Jovi in Salon in which he declared that Bon Jovi "stands shoulder to shoulder with the settler who burned the baby."

In that case, Roger Waters stands shoulder to shoulder with the Palestinian who slit the throat of a baby.

Know the Name: Chris Mintz, Hero

By on 10.2.15 | 1:35PM

Yesterday's Oregon shooting is a tale of tragedy and terror, but as with many tales of tragedy and terror, there are aspects of heroism and love. 

The Oregon shooter wanted the media to mention his name, which is the very reason we have not here, nor will we. But there is one name you should know, that has emerged in the media coverage of yesterday's events: Chris Mintz. Chris Mintz is a hero. And Chris Mintz deserves coverage. 

When Chris Mintz heard gunfire at Oregon's Umpqua Community College on Thursday, his thoughts were not of himself.

Instead, he thought first of protecting others. Then he thought of his 6-year-old son, Tyrik.

Nine people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the College on Thursday. Nine others were injured.

When the shooting broke out, Mintz, 30, an military veteran and a former high school football player in Randleman, North Carolina, tried to save the lives of others.

Nancy Pelosi, Expert Catholic

By on 10.2.15 | 1:07PM

Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi held a press conference, where she touted her commitment to "women's health," and her participation in a movement to ensure Federal funding continued for Planned Parenthood.

Although she held the conference open for questions from the media, she clearly did not believe anyone would actually ask any, and was, apparently, quite taken by surprise when a journalist asked her whether a fetus with a beating heart and functioning liver, like the ones referred to in the Center for Medical Progress videos as being perfect to harvest for body parts, was human. Nancy Pelosi responded by, of course, accusing the reporter of having an "ideological agenda," and explaining that she knew more about the subject of abortion because she is a "devout, practicing Catholic."

The reporter sparked the exchange by asking: “Is an unborn baby with a human heart and human liver a human being?”

Student Wounded at Umpqua Community College Tells Father That Gunman Targeted Christians

By on 10.2.15 | 11:22AM

According to this dispatch by CNN, Anastasia Boylan, one of the students wounded at yesterday's mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, told her father before going into surgery that the gunman was targeting Christians. Boylan told her father that the gunman told the students to stand up and asked if they were Christians. Those who responded yes were told, "Good, because you're a Christian, you're going to see God in about one second."

At this point, it isn't known if the shooter had any religious affiliation nor has there been any indication that he visited jihadist websites. His MySpace page did feature images of the IRA.  It does appear the shooter wrote about the ex-reporter who shot and killed two of his former colleagues on live TV in Virginia in August.

With All Due Respect, Mr. President, Fix Your Own Gun Plan

By on 10.2.15 | 11:14AM

My usual rule is to refrain from discussing policy in the interim following a tragic situation. After all, there's nothing more useless than pontificating in the meantime, while tempers are hot, and no one knows what to do. We all want an easy fix to horrifying situations like the one that played out yesterday in Oregon. We all want to believe there's one, singular solution that will put an end to senseless violence. There isn't.

But yesterday, President Obama used the Oregon shooting to make a political point, openly and unabashedly, before the bodies of the dead had cooled, before knowing the facts of the case, and without, apparently, a modicum of respect for the families and community that is suffering losses today. As a nation sought help, leadership, prayer and support; President Obama did little but throw a temper tantrum on national television, calling for solutions in the form of "gun control," and "action," without specifiying any concrete legislative agenda, or, even, what he believes the country needs to take action on

Yankees Clinch AL Wild Card Spot With 10,000th Win in Franchise History

By on 10.1.15 | 10:34PM

After a two year absence, the New York Yankees made the post-season with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox clinching the first AL Wild Card spot. The win marks their 10,000th in franchise history.

The Yankees could play one of four teams in the AL Wild Card game next Tuesday - Texas Rangers (who currently lead the AL West), Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros or the Minnesota Twins. The Rangers host the Angels for four games (as of this writing the Rangers are beating the Angels 4-2 in the 6th), the Astros are in Phoenix to play the Diamondbacks starting tomorrow while the Twins host the Kansas City Royals. Whoever the play, the Yankees will have home field advantage. Should they prevail they would most likely face the AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays as they currently have the best record in MLB. But if Toronto falters this weekend, the Yankees could instead face the Royals. 

While the Yankees did blow an 8 game lead over the Blue Jays to cost them the division, New York is nevertheless in the playoffs and they cannot be counted out.

Kevin McCarthy Makes John Boehner Look Like Ronald Reagan

By on 10.1.15 | 10:10PM

I saw House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's attempt to "clarify" his comments about how the Benghazi Select Committee affected Hillary Clinton's poll numbers to Brett Baier earlier this evening and I must say he does not inspire confidence. McCarthy makes John Boehner look like Ronald Reagan.

Now I have no sympathy for Harry Reid who characterized McCarthy's comments as a "political witch hunt". Given Reid's attacks on the Senate floor against Mitt Romney and the Koch Brothers, it is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black. 

But if Republicans are to offer a credible legislative program and be an effective opposition to the Obama Administration, they are going to have to do better than Kevin McCarthy.

Obama on Umpqua Community College Shooting: “Something We Should Politicize”

By on 10.1.15 | 9:53PM

Can we really be surprised that President Obama would declare the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon which, as of this writing has claimed the lives of 10 people, to be "something we should politicize"?

You can't take the Alinsky out of Obama and when an event comports with his political agenda he jumps in feet first and the facts be damned. This was certainly the case when he declared that the Cambridge Police Department "acted stupidly" in the arrest of his friend Henry Louis Gates, Jr. back in July 2009 even while admitting he didn't know all the facts.

Bibi Netanyahu Gives UN General Assembly His Death Stare of Silence

By on 10.1.15 | 5:02PM

Once again Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demonstrated why he is the closest thing we have to a leader of the free world with his speech to the UN General Assembly in which he lambasted that body's indifference to the Iran nuclear deal.

The most powerful moment of the speech came when he declared the response of most countries present was one of "utter silence, deafening silence." Then Bibi went silent for 45 seconds and gave the UN General Assembly his death stare.

I suspect that President Obama has been the recipient of his death stare on more than one occasion.

When Netanyahu broke his silence he said, “Perhaps you can now understand why Israel is not joining you in celebrating this deal. If Iran’s rulers were working to destroy your countries, perhaps you’d be somewhat less enthusiastic about the deal. If Iran’s terror proxies were firing thousands of rockets at your cities, perhaps you’d be more measured in your praise.”