The Spectacle Blog

Jeb Bush Apologizes for Insulting France

By on 11.4.15 | 3:18PM

I think the rumors of Jeb Bush's imminent demise are radically overstated. He still has millions in his PACs, and it would be silly for anyone polling in the top ten or so to drop out now (though I think we could use less Gilmore, Pataki, Huckabee and Santorum), while the leaderboard is shuffling in key early states. I mean, it's not that I think Jeb Bush has a chance of locking it all down here anytime soon, it's just that I can't dash a man's dream of following in the footsteps of his father and brother so quickly into his run — at least until I know he plans on retiring to a private island as a consolation prize, or something.

At any rate, Jeb Bush had a middling debate performance last week, and managed, within the context of an attack on Marco Rubio's miserable Congressional attendance records, an attack on the French. Not wanting to insult the French by comparing them to Congress, today, Jeb Bush surrend....errr....apologized. To the French

Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Like Uber, Uses it Literally All The Time

By on 11.4.15 | 2:40PM

Bernie Sanders is the champion of the little guy, the downtrodden and the oppressed victims of Capitalism who have found themselves trapped in the lower middle class by bank loans, greedy politicians, lackluster bank accounts and their four-year degree in Gender Studies which had literally no job prospects to begin with but was approved for massive funding regardless.

As part of his jihad against The Man, Bernie spoke recently about how terrible Uber — the ride-sharing company that cropped up in response to the bloated, expensive taxi cartels — is, noting that it operates out of reach of the long arm of government, beyond transportation regulation and in violation of the sacrosanct bond of the labor union. Sanders said he had "serious problems" with Uber because it went unregulated. After all, how can businesses operate without the heavy hand of government guiding their way?

Thoughts on Canada Having a New Prime Minister Trudeau

By on 11.4.15 | 12:32PM

This morning at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Justin Trudeau and his new Liberal government were officially sworn into office. Trudeau becomes Canada's 23rd Prime Minister.

It was just over two weeks ago that Canadians ousted Stephen Harper's Conservatives after nearly a decade in office in favor of Trudeau's Liberals.

At 43, Trudeau becomes the second youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history. Joe Clark was 36 when his shortlived Tory government ousted Justin's father, Pierre Trudeau in the 1979 federal election only for the elder Trudeau to come back 9 months later.

Trump Tweets Image of Jeb Bush Next to a Nazi Swastika

By on 11.4.15 | 11:37AM

Donald Trump tweeted, retweeted and then deleted an image of Jeb Bush next to a Nazi swastika. The image also included former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush as well as Prescott Bush.

A spokesperson for Trump stated, “This was retweeted by Mr. Trump like hundreds of others. He did not see the accompanying image and the retweet has since been deleted.”

I can only draw two conclusions from that statement. Either Trump is lying or, if he didn't actually see the swastika, his campaign is out of control with no one in charge of the ship.

Dr. Ben Carson Leads Donald Trump in NBC/WSJ Poll

By on 11.3.15 | 2:07PM

Bear in mind, this poll doesn't take into account any feelings America may or may not have following last week's Presidential debate, but the sentiment it demonstrates is significant. Dr. Ben Carson is listed as the Republican favorite and not Donald Trump in a national poll released today.

Last week, CBS and the NYT had a similar poll, which also showed Carson leading Trump among Republican voters, but since the underlying agency leaned Democrat, most news outlets dismissed the poll as an outlier. Today, NBC and WSJ substantiated the findings, noting that the Trump-mentum that had propelled the real estate mogul to the top of the pack for months, seems to have plateaued.

Ben Carson has surged into the lead of the Republican presidential race, getting support from 29 percent of GOP primary voters, according to a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

That's the highest percentage any GOP candidate has obtained so far in the survey.

DOE Says Illinois School Must Allow Boy to Use Girls Locker Room

By on 11.3.15 | 1:56PM

I wouldn't normally write about things like this except that it literally happened up the street from me. And while I understand that transgenderism is a real thing, it seems like the Department of Education is really pushing the envelope with the latest decision regarding gender-based accommodation in schools.

In Palatine a suburb on the northwest side of Chicago, a male student transitioning to female was given a private dressing area to use after sporting events, as she served on a womens' sports team. According to the ACLU, which is handling the case, the arrangement isolated the student from her teammates and made the student uncomfortable, and now the Department of Education has agreed, threatning the school with revocation of its Title IX funding if the student is not allowed to use womens' facilities along side her teammates.

The U.S. Department of Education found a Chicago-area school district discriminated against a transgender student by failing to provide her full access to girls' locker rooms.

Call Jamie

By on 11.3.15 | 1:44PM

I don’t care if Quentin Tarantino apologizes for his ignorant remarks, calling police murderers as they try to deal with real murderers. He wouldn’t mean it if he did. He’s deluded enough to believe what he said.

Tarantino’s movies were a waste of time even before his latest outrage, and he’s a waste of space, as are so many of Hollywood’s enfants terrible. It’s hard to care about or be surprised by anything that comes out of his mouth. But I do feel strongly that if someone breaks into Tarantino’s Los Angeles home in the wee hours bent on murder and/or mayhem, that Quentin should NOT dial 9-1-1. He should instead call Jamie Foxx. They can “tell the truth” to each other while the bad guy has his way. No point in stirring up the murders at LAPD.

Obama Says GOP Candidates Couldn’t Handle CNBC Moderators; This From The Guy Who Needed Candy Crowley to Save His Presidency

By on 11.3.15 | 12:48PM

President Obama has weighed in on last week's CNBC GOP debate criticizing Republican candidates for being unable to handle the CNBC moderators:

Have you noticed that everyone of these candidates say, 'Obama's weak. Putin's kicking sand in his face. When I talk to Putin, he's going to straighten out. Then it turns out they can't handle a bunch of CNBC moderators at the debate. Let me tell you, if you can't handle those guys, then I don't think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you.

The fact the Chinese are building man made islands in disputed waters and Russian generals are walking into our embassies telling our diplomatic personnel to get our aircraft out of the sky tells me the Chinese and Russians aren't exactly worried about Obama.

‘Variety’ Film Critic Calls For “Diversity” in New Charlie Brown Film

By on 11.3.15 | 11:37AM

Leave it to the entertainment trade publication known as Variety to inject race into just about everything. While reviewing the new animated film The Peanuts Movie, film critic Peter Debruge said he wished the film would have more “diversity” and a “Non-White Love Interest” for the main character:

Like most classic jokes, “Peanuts” isn’t so much funny as mildly amusing, which is evidently one of the many aspects of Schulz’s legacy that his son Craig and grandson Bryan fought to protect as screenwriters and producers on the film (evidently trumping genuinely hilarious collaborator Paul Feig). But a little modernization wouldn’t have hurt, especially in the diversity department. While Franklin remains Charlie Brown’s only brown friend, a non-white love interest would have been as progressive as Schulz’s tomboyish depiction of Peppermint Patty was back in the day.