The Spectacle Blog

In Defense of Charles Severance

By on 12.12.14 | 11:25AM

If you don’t live in my area, you don’t know who Charles Severance is. But in Alexandria, Virginia, he’s notorious as the man charged with three murders in my town over the last couple of years. Just five miles south of the White House, Alexandria is the southern hub of the Acela corridor, a very rich and highly educated town of 130,000 people, the hometown of George Washington and Robert E. Lee. It’s also the home of a serial killer.

Alexandria is a highly liberal town that went 71 percent for Obama in 2012. City council is a collection of trendy, no-enemies-on-the-left, very minor league politicos, and our dysfunctional city hall is staffed with an ambitious mayor’s cronies. But then why should my town be any different from a score of liberal cities in America?

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US Government Wants to Keep You Out Of Comfortable Boxers

By on 12.11.14 | 2:20PM

As I am a woman, I cannot effectively comment on the pros and cons of various forms of men's underwear and their comparative comfort levels. I understand that each type has its merits, and that men are frequently disposed to discussing them in great detail at cocktail parties, but given that women are frequently enticed to purchase underwear that consists of little more than a triangle of cheap fabric held in place by unreliable strings, I do not feel much sympathy in regard to this particular male conundrum.

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Sony Hack Reveals Sony Executives are Kind of Racist UPDATE: Apologies Issued

By on 12.11.14 | 1:50PM

Sony Pictures Entertainment was the victim of a very serious hack last week, possibly originating from North Korea (though North Korea denies it and the technological prowess necessary to bypass the kind of protections on Sony's archives would imply hackers whose nations have evolved beyond the Bronze Age). The attack exposed a number of Sony's upcoming pictures, Sony employees' personal details, thousands of emails between Sony employees and executives, and a teensy bit of abject racism on the part of Sony Entertainment bigwigs.

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Red Sox Trade Cespedes to Tigers for Porcello; Acquire Miley from Arizona - UPDATED

By on 12.11.14 | 1:26PM

With the Boston Red Sox having lost out on the second coming of Jon Lester, have added two starting pitchers, but one of them came at a considerable price.

Today, the Sox acquired Rick Porcello from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Porcello did have an outstanding season in 2014 going 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA and led the AL with three shutouts. Porcello, who turns 26 later this month, enters the 2015 season with a record of 76-63 with a 4.30 ERA in six seasons in Detroit.

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MSNBC Reporter Asks Perry, “Are You Smart Enough to be President?”

By on 12.11.14 | 12:52PM

In an interview with Texas Governor Rick Perry, MSNBC reporter Kasie Hunt asked Perry, "Are you smart enough to be President of the United States?"

Perry was diplomatic in his response stating that running for the White House "wasn't an IQ test", but rather a question of an individual's resolve, philsophy and life expereiences.

Here is how Jazz Shaw over at responded to Hunt's question:

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And Your Next Presidential Contender Is…Rick Santorum

By on 12.11.14 | 12:49PM

Oh goodie.

In an interview with the Washington Post published yesterday, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania made every indication that he would run for president again in 2016.

“We’re definitely the underdog in this race,” he told reporter Karen Tumulty. “We’re just obviously in a better place right now. Our message will be a lot more focused this time than it was last time.”

Santorum ran a surprisingly strong race in 2012 Republican primaries, acting as a conservative spoiler who briefly topped Mitt Romney in the polls. He won contests in 11 states.

He believes he’ll be a stronger candidate in the upcoming election season.

“I get the game,” he said.

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Scott Walker Needs an Email Proofreader

By on 12.11.14 | 12:44PM

I know that some of our readers are die-hard Scott Walker fans and with good reason. Living just an hour south of the Wisconsin border, I honestly feel like Scott Walker, the only living governor to win the same race three times in five years, makes my cheese, sausage, outlet shopping and Renaissance Faire better and safer. He's been able to contain the madness of Madison, Wisconsin to the thirty square miles or so it occupies, without allowing Wisconsin's resident Communists to smear their patchoui incense, ultimate Frisbee and economic illiteracy across an unsuspecting state. 

But Scott Walker really needs to hire some consultants to proofread his emails for cultural sensitivity.

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The Dodgers Radically Transform Team at Winter Meetings

By on 12.11.14 | 10:15AM

Despite winning the NL West the past two seasons, the Los Angeles Dodgers have radically retooled themselves in an effort to win it all in 2015. The Dodgers, now led by former Tampa Bay Rays President Andrew Friedman, have made the following moves.

They began by trading All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, starting pitcher Dan Haren and utility man Miguel Rojas to the Miami Marlins for pitchers Andrew Heaney and Chris Hatcher, catcher Austin Barnes and utility man Enrique Hernandez.

The Dodgers then turned around and traded Heaney to the crosstown Los Angeles Angels for second baseman Howie Kendrick.

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Will New Left-Wing Alliance Topple Netanyahu?

By on 12.10.14 | 4:58PM

Today, Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog and Hatnua Party leader Tzipi Livni announced that they have formed an alliance for Israel's election in March in an effort to oust Benjamin Netanyahu from power. Early elections came about as a result of Netanyahu firing Livni and Yair Lapid from his cabinet for insubordination.

Under the terms of the agreement, should the Labor-Hatnua alliance form a government, Herzog would serve as Prime Minister for two years following by Livni for two years. This is similar to the arrangement that took place between Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Shamir, but that was agreed upon only after the 1984 election when, with the results too close to call, the Labor and Likud parties decided to form a national unity government.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Cromnibus

By on 12.10.14 | 4:17PM

The Cromnibus, the $1.1 trillion behemoth that will soon become the law of the land, funding the bloated Federal government easily through to next Columbus Day, is, according to its authors, the very definition of svelte, completely devoid of extraneous spending, and an unprecedented example of fiscal restraint on the part of last according to lawmakers. But check out a few key elements of the bill that weren't scrapped, even if they were of dubious necessity.

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