The Spectacle Blog

Republicans to Blame for Ebola Outbreak, Apparently

By on 10.13.14 | 1:09PM

It was inevitable that Republicans would be blamed for the spread of the Ebola virus, especially given that this is an election year. Fortunately, we did not have to wait very long for a series of stories pinning the infectious disease on the party of Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, and that sinister cabal from The Simpsons that meets in a mountaintop castle to oversee the development of their multinational evil plots. 

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Jan Hooks, R.I.P.

By on 10.12.14 | 12:22AM

Actress/comedienne Jan Hooks, best known for her days as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, passed away on Thursday of an undisclosed illness. She was 56.

Hooks was an integral part of yet underrated member of an SNL cast in the latter half of the 1980s and early 1990s that included Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Dennis Miller, Kevin Nealon, Victoria Jackson and Nora Dunn. I thought she was consistently funny, particularly as one half of the Sweeney Sisters with Dunn. 

After SNL, she joined the cast of Designing Women and would appear in TV shows like Third Rock from the Sun and 30 Rock as well as movies like Batman Returns. At the time of her death, she hadn't had an acting role in nearly four years and can only imagine this was due to whatever illness with which she was afflicted. 

She always left me with a laugh. If you can say that about someone then they've done some good in the world.

 

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Thoughts on Malala Being Named Co-Winner of Nobel Peace Prize

By on 10.12.14 | 12:08AM

I do find it interesting that the Nobel Committee saw fit to have Malala Yousafzai share the Peace Prize. Now it certainly isn't unusual for this Nobel to be awarded to more than one person or organization. But it is interesting to me that they made a point of awarding the prize jointly to a Pakistani and an Indian. I realize there have been recent escalations in tension between India and Pakistan, but that is par for the course. I have no objections to their selection of Kailash Satyarthi. He is certainly a far more worthy recipient than a certain sitting U.S. President.

With that said, I think the Nobel Committee was reluctant to bestow the award solely upon Malala because the emphasis would shift on someone who has stood up to Islamic fundamentalism, paid a price for it and lived to tell the tale. Like many institutions, while the Nobel Committee is happy to tweak George W. Bush by giving the Peace Prize to Jimmy Carter, it does not want to offend the Muslim world. Malala's selection is made more palatable by making it part of a campaign to promote peace between India and Pakistan. 

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Wendy Davis Attacks Greg Abbott for Being in a Wheelchair

By on 10.10.14 | 7:28PM

Wendy Davis is running ten points behind Greg Abbott in the Texas governor's race. And this ad, where she claims Greg Abbott got rich from being paralyzed.  

Classy.

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Obama Considering Closing Gitmo With Executive Order

By on 10.10.14 | 2:08PM

Last night, Gwyneth Paltrow wished up on a falling star, if she believes in such a thing, that Barack Obama would have greater opportunity to enact his legislative agenda without having to rely on the pesky details associated with a representative democracy. This morning, the Hill announced that Barack Obama is considering using executive action to close Guantanamo Bay's terrorist detention facility and by pass legislation designed to keep Gitmo detainees out of the American prison population.

Coincidence? I think not. Also a conicidence? I fully support this idea if the terrorists can be relocated to Gwyneth Paltrow's Brentwood mansion. She already has the 9-foot steel gates. 

President Obama is considering executive action to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, despite congressional legislation that bans the transfer of detainees there to prisons in the U.S., according to a Thursday report.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Fawns Over President, Gets Constitution Wrong

By on 10.10.14 | 11:24AM

Last night, Barack Obama tied up his seven-day fundraising bender with a visit to Gwyneth Paltrow's Beverly Hills home, where he collected checks from Hollywood celebrities and, no doubt, dined on Gwyneth's signature vegan, gluten-free diet food. Fortunately, what has been a rough week for the President generally, cleared up as he was feted and - quite literally - fawned over at the event.

The idiocy of Hollywood was in full bloom Thursday night when Gwyneth Paltrow turned an already-embarrassing Hollywood fundraiser into "The Dating Game."

Paltrow -- who hosted the event at her Brentwood home -- gushed as she introduced President Obama, "You're so handsome that I can't speak properly."

After you've finished vomiting up your breakfast over your keyboard at the thought, we can continue. You good? OK.

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Caption This: Obabblehead

By on 10.10.14 | 10:23AM

Adventures in the White House Flickr stream:

"What if my bobblehead was holding an even smaller bobblehead?" Can you come up with a better caption?

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White House to Convert Millennials with Emoji

By on 10.9.14 | 3:40PM

The White House is preparing to make the pitch to young people that it's economic policies are working in their favor, despite their record unemployment. They're apparently desperate for the youth to turn out in the mid-terms, since pretty much every other demographic has abandoned the President's agenda (and for that matter, the President's closest allies). Young people, they feel, are just the low-information demographic they need to retain the Senate and continue their proud tradition of partisan disrespect.

And so, this week, the White House will launch a campaign aimed at 18-35 year olds on social media, starring - what else? - emoji. Those adorable digital pictures you can append to your text messages to make give your utterly incoherent text an inscrutable, yet visual, emotional angle. 

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Joe Biden to Host Law & Order SVU Marathon

By on 10.9.14 | 12:45PM

Mark your calendars, America. The Vice President is coming to cable. 

Weekend after next, October 18 and 19th, VP Joe Biden himself will join Mariska Hargitay, for a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit marathon on the USA network to promote domestic violence awareness. He and Hargitay have already filmed a series of PSAs that will air between episodes in the 18-hour run.

Talk about an arresting duo: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star Mariska Hargitay and Vice President Joe Biden, together at last! 

No, the VP is not making a special guest appearance on the long-running NBC series. Instead, he and Hargitay have joined forces on several public service announcements that will air during an "SVU" marathon set to air on USA Network on Sunday, Oct. 19. 

The 14-hour run of back-to-back "SVU" episodes, called "No More Excuses," is an event for National Domestic Violence Awareness month in October, and is partnered with Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation and the NO MORE campaign.

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White House Aides Probably Knew About Link to Colombian Prostitute Scandal

on 10.9.14 | 11:35AM

The Secret Service may now be trying to figure out how to improve security at the front door of the White House (rumor has it, they've put one of those ADT signs out front and put the porch lights on a timer), but their current malfeasance is only the latest in a line of scandals. It all started when the Secret Service were in Columbia on assignment and decided to taste the local fare. By which I mean they hired a bunch of Columbian prostitutes.

Two dozen White House aides, military officers and Secret Service officials were fired over the incident that the White House swore it knew nothing about and none of their staff was involved in. Today, the Washington Post begs to differ. It seems at least one White House official knew that at least one White House volunteer aide, the son of major Democratic donor Leslie Dach, was allegedly getting busy in Cartagena, and did next to nothing about it.

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