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CNBC Colorado GOP Debate Post-Mortem

By on 10.28.15 | 11:01PM

I have just finished live tweeting the CNBC GOP Debate in Boulder, Colorado. Here is my post-mortem.

Before I begin with the candidates let me say that the triumvirate of John Harwood, Carlos Quintanilla and Becky Quick was absolutely awful. They could barely conceal their contempt for the Republican candidates on stage. They might as well have wearing Hillary buttons.

Say what you will about FOX and CNN's debate coverage. They are both leagues ahead of CNBC.

John Kasich - He doesn't do angry well. His criticisms of Trump and Carson fell flat. Again, he doesn't make such an impact when he's debating outside of Ohio.

Mike Huckabee - He spoke well when called upon and displayed his usual humor. His talk about preventative medicine was interesting as well. But I don't think he'll stop social conservatives from seeking out Carson just yet.

Jeb Bush - Aside from his fantasy football record, he had little to brag about. He came off like a scolding school teacher when he criticized Marco Rubio's Senate attendance record. 

The Genesis of Phil Collins’ Comeback

By on 10.28.15 | 4:40PM

Phil Collins has announced he will record new music for the first time since 2002 and will soon embark on a world tour. After releasing an album of Motown covers in 2010, Collins announced his retirement.

So why is he back? What was The Genesis of decision?

Collins, who turns 65 in January, told The Guardian, “My kids are now 10 and 14 and they want to see what their dad does. They were in nappies when I was last on the road. They love my music and I’d like to take them out so they can enjoy it.”

In other words, Collins needs to show his kids that people think he's cool.

Who knows? Maybe it's gonna get better.

The Happy, The Sad & The Weird of Game 1 of the Mets-Royals World Series

By on 10.28.15 | 4:21PM

I know Larry has already said his peace on Game 1 of the Mets-Royals World Series, but there was so much kitchen sink that it warrants further comment.

Alcides Escobar's Inside-The-Park HR Was The First Since 1929

Prior to Escobar ripping the first pitch in the general direction of Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes, there had been 9 other inside-the-park home runs in World Series history, but none since 1929 when Philadephia A's centerfielder Mule Haas hit a three-run inside-the-park home run off Chicago Cubs reliever Art Nehf in the 7th inning of Game 4 of that Fall Classic.

I Will Be Live Tweeting Tonight’s GOP Main Debate Even If It Means Missing Most of Game 2 of The World Series

By on 10.28.15 | 2:47PM

Tonight, I will be live tweeting tonight's GOP Main Debate which airs on CNBC at 8 p.m. EST.

This means I will be missing most of Game 2 of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets. But hey I've made similar sacrifices. The last GOP debate took place on my birthday. If I can sacrifice some of my birthday then I can certainly sacrifice some baseball especially if Carly Fiorina makes a fool out of Donald Trump again.

What I won't be doing is live tweeting the undercard debate between Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham and George Pataki. No offense to those who might be fans of theirs, but unless one of them physically transforms into Abraham Lincoln or Ronald Reagan there is really nothing that will come out of that debate worthy of comment.

My twitter handle is @aargold24 and I will be live tweeting at #gopdebate. Following the debate, I will post a port-mortem here at The Spectacle.

KC and Baseball Winners Tuesday Night

By on 10.28.15 | 1:50PM

Even with a brief power outage, an overlong game, and competition from the opening night of the NBA’s regular season, the Kansas City Royals and Fox Sports were big winners Tuesday night.

The Royals won a well-played, competitive, and thoroughly entertaining first game of the 2015 World Series 5-4 in 14 innings. TV ratings for Fox Sports’ telecast of the game were the highest for a World Series opener since 2009. And this against the opening last night of the regular NBA season.

The game was a thriller from the outset when Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar hit a stand-up, inside-the-park home run off Mets pitcher Matt Harvey’s first pitch. Escobar’s romp was aided when Mets outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto perfectly executed the I got it/you take it play in left.

Tonight’s festivities at KC’s Kauffman Stadium will be called Bad Hair Night, as KC’s Johnny Cueto will go up against the Mets’ Jacob deGrom. (Baseball fans require no explanation.)

Democrats Receive Over 99% of Professorial Support at Elite Liberal Arts Academies

By on 10.27.15 | 5:58PM

The stats are in, and, man, are they predictable.

FEC released a report this month revealing the giving of professors, from the 50 top-rated liberal arts colleges, to current presidential campaigns. As one would aptly surmise, the stereotype of liberal academia proves true. Campaign donations from the professors of these 50 institutions flow overwhelmingly into the coffers of Democratic frontrunners--Bernie Sanders. and Hillary Clinton .. 99.51% to be exact, with only 1 out of 47 donating professors even funding a Republican campaign.

Robert Paquette, Professor of History at Hamilton College, was the lone conservative in this study having donated $150 to Carly Fiorina’s . campaign. This is only a miniscule fragment when compared to the amounts surrendered over to the Democratic contenders by the other profs: $8,417 to Sanders and $20,875 to Clinton.

Why Trump’s Poll Numbers Are Falling in Iowa

By on 10.27.15 | 5:04PM

Donald Trump is baffled as to why his poll numbers are suddenly falling in Iowa in favor of Ben Carson. On Sunday, during an appearance on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday he said, "I don't understand Iowa because frankly, I just left and we had tremendous crowds and tremendous enthusiasm." By today, Trump told the folks at MSNBC's Morning Joe, "I don't get it," as he plans to head back to Iowa today.

Since October 22nd, Trump's poll numbers against Carson in Iowa have been falling and I think it's pretty obvious why. That day Trump sent out a tweet which read:

"@mygreenhippo #BenCarson is now leading in the #polls in #Iowa. Too much #Monsanto in the #corn creates issues in the brain? #Trump #GOP"

Good First Steps for Paul Ryan

By on 10.27.15 | 4:11PM

[UPDATE: On Tuesday evening, 127 cowardly Republicans voted with all but one Democrat to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank until 2019. It remains to be seen whether Senate Republicans can stop this cronyist travesty.]

I'll have more tomorrow on the "budget deal," likely Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's . statement that the process used to reach that deal "stinks," and his promise that things won't work this way when he's in charge.

For today, I want to point you, and particularly conservatives who are skeptical of Ryan, to his welcome and forceful statement against reauthorization of the cronyist organization known as the Ex-Im Bank. See Ryan's statement below.

My 2015 World Series Prediction - New York Mets vs. Kansas City Royals

By on 10.27.15 | 10:14AM

The 2015 World Series begins tonight with the AL champion Kansas City Royals hosting the NL champion New York Mets. Edinson Volquez will get the start for K.C. while Matt Harvey will get the ball for the Mets.

The Mets haven't played in six days so their bats are bound to be rusty while the Royals last played on Friday. Long layoffs are generally not beneficial. But the Mets starting rotation of Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob de Grom is so good (not to mention Steven Matz and Bartolo Colon) I am picking the Mets to win it in five.

I also predict Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores will be named World Series MVP.

The game begins at 8 p.m. EST on FOX.

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Says There Was No Jewish Temple

By on 10.27.15 | 10:05AM

I have just finished reading Abraham Miller's piece on the role of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, in the Holocaust. While not an architect of the Holocaust, he certainly played his part.

Miller's article made me think of Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, the current Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, who claimed over the weekend there was never a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount and that the only thing that exists there is the Aksa mosque.