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West Bank Settlements & Or Israeli Mothers Being Stabbed In Their Homes? Guess What Angers The Obama Admin More

By on 1.19.16 | 3:36PM

You would think the murder of a mother of six children in her own home in the presence of her children or the stabbing of a pregnant woman in her own home would move the Obama Administration to outrage.

But these two women are Jews. Worse they are Israelis living in the West Bank (the so-called settlers) and the Obama Administration doesn't give a damn about them. US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro declared yesterday in Tel Aviv, "Too much Israeli vigilantism in the West Bank goes on unchecked."

I would say that too many Palestinians with knives in Israel goes on unchecked.

Shapiro also claimed that Israel had one set of laws for Israelis and one for Palestinians.

Gary Loizzo, R.I.P.

By on 1.19.16 | 2:36PM

Gary Loizzo, the lead singer of The American Breed, has passed away following a 2 ½ year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 70.

The American Breed is best remembered for their Top 5 Billboard hit "Bend Me, Shape Me" which reached its peak early in 1968.

While The American Breed would eventually morph into Rufus (featuring Chaka Khan), Loizzo would enjoy a successful career as a recording engineer primarily with Styx. These include some of Styx's best selling albums like Cornerstone, Paradise Theatre and Kilroy Was Here.

An avid Chicago White Sox fan, Loizzo co-wrote "Rock With The Sox" which can be heard during Chisox home games.

Here is a video of in which you can hear the young ladies scream for Loizzo and The American Breed as they performed "Bend Me, Shape Me" on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Is Sarah Palin Set to Endorse Donald Trump? UPDATE: Yes, It’s Official

By on 1.19.16 | 1:48PM

UPDATE: It's official.

The New York Times seems to think this will "rally conservatives." I tend to think otherwise.

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee who became a Tea Party sensation and a favorite of grass-roots conservatives, will endorse Donald J. Trump in Iowa on Tuesday, officials with his campaign confirmed. The endorsement provides Mr. Trump with a potentially significant boost just 13 days before the state’s caucuses.

“I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,” Ms. Palin said in a statement provided by his campaign.

Her support is the highest-profile backing for a Republican contender so far.

“I am greatly honored to receive Sarah’s endorsement,” Mr. Trump said in a statement trumpeting Mrs. Palin’s decision. “She is a friend, and a high-quality person whom I have great respect for. I am proud to have her support.”

Pete Rose To Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame, Well, The Cincinnati Reds’ Hall of Fame

By on 1.19.16 | 12:41PM

While Pete Rose will probably never get a plaque in Cooperstown, the Cincinnati Reds will enshrine Charlie Hustle into their Hall of Fame this June. Rose's number 14 will also be retired.

Rose played with the Reds from 1963-1978 and then rejoined the team as a player-manager in the middle of the 1984 season. He would set the MLB all-hit time record in 1985 and would finish his career the following year with 4,256 hits. Rose collected 3,358 of those hits while as a member of the Reds. Rose would remain the Reds' manager until he was banned from MLB in 1989.

Late last year, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred declined to remove Rose from baseball's ineligible list. Manfred did say that the Baseball Hall of Fame was free to induct him. However, Cooperstown rendered Rose ineligible for consideration in 1991 as a consequence of the lifetime ban imposed by the late Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.

Happy Birthday, Dolly

By on 1.18.16 | 11:17PM

Even in the absence of her, uh, anatomical peculiarities, she would still be a star. Whatever IT is, she has it. Her voice may not be as soulful as Patsy Cline’s was, or as pitch-perfect as Ella Fitzgerald’s. But the Tennessee songbird with the quavering voice is a great stylist who has pleased millions with such as “I Will Always Love You,” “Jolene,” “9 to 5,” “Islands in the Stream,” “Two Doors Down,” “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right,” and many others in a song-writing and singing career that has lasted more than half a century.

Glenn Frey, R.I.P.

By on 1.18.16 | 10:08PM

Singer, songwriter & occasional actor Glenn Frey, best known as a founding member of The Eagles, has passed away of complications from intestinal surgery last November. He was 67. Frey's passing was announced on The Eagles' official website

Frey sang lead on such Eagles' classics as "Take It Easy", "New Kid in Town" and "Heartache Tonight". He would also have a successful solo career during the 1980's with hits like "Smuggler's Blues", "The Heat is On" and "You Belong to the City". The last two songs were associated with the Beverly Hills Cop and Miami Vice soundtracks, respectively. 

His acting credits include Miami Vice, Nash Bridges, Arli$$ and Jerry Maguire. 

I've always liked the video for "You Belong to the City". They don't make songs nor videos like this anymore.

Are Bill and Hillary Still Making a Mint Off Pardoning Mark Rich?

By on 1.18.16 | 4:36PM

Hillary Clinton can't duck questions about her husband's infidelities, not from campaign journalists, not from her debate sparring partners, and not from Linda Tripp who, because everything from the 1990s is refusing to stay dead and buried, has resurfaced today with allegations that Bill had other White House dalliances and has slept with thousands of women, all while under Hillary's watchful, if ambitious, eye.

Bernie Sanders Admits He’s Open to a Middle Class Tax Hike

By on 1.18.16 | 4:03PM

Last night, if you were savvy enough to catch it (considering it was deliberately positioned opposite playoff football and Downton Abbey), the two candidates for the Democratic Presidential nomination faced off while Martin O'Malley looked on helplessly. To the untrained eye, flipping through stations to avoid prime time network entertainment, it looked like, in the words of Jim Gaffigan, your grandparents arguing. If you paid attention, it was still your grandparents arguing.

Iran Does Better than Powerball Winners, Earns $1.7 Billion from US

By on 1.18.16 | 3:36PM

Over the weekend, Iran released four American prisoners in a swap with American authorities. In return for releasing 7 Iranian "sanctions violators" and ending investigations into 14 more, Iran gave back wrongly held American citizens, including a Washington Post journalist, who had recently been the subject of a show trial, and a pastor arrested for building Christian churches.

Although everyone was overjoyed at the prospect of their return, I don't think I was alone in wondering what, exactly, Iran was getting in for their de facto hostages other than just a homecoming for some low-level criminals, two thirds of whom had yet to be caught. It turns out, Iran was actually awarded the Powerball jackpot: a $1.7 billion winfall - a settlement for money the US owes to Iran for various reasons. And it's the first of many possible winfalls. Because, of course it is.

NBC Did Everything It Could to Stack The Democrat Debate in Hillary’s Favor

By on 1.17.16 | 11:27PM

I have just finished watching the Democrat presidential candidates debate which emanated from South Carolina and aired on NBC.

Given Bernie Sanders' recent surge in the polls in Iowa, it was clear NBC did everything it could to stack the debate in favor of Hillary Clinton. The audience was stacked in favor of Hillary supporters while Andrea Mitchell interrogated Sanders (particularly for past criticisms of both Presidents Obama and Clinton). By contrast both she and Lester Holt asked softball questions of Hillary (i.e. what kind of advisor would former President Clinton be) and almost entirely ignoring Martin O'Malley. In fact, I was watching the debate with my Dad. When he saw O'Malley he asked, "Who is this guy?"

O'Malley did have one great moment when Holt informed the audience that Hillary would be getting 30 extra seconds, O'Malley chimed in by asking, "Can I have 30 seconds, too?" This drew him heavy applause. During the very last segment, Lester Holt said he was going to give an opportunity for candidates to say things they didn't feel they had a chance to talk about. He drew laughter when he promptly turned his attention to O'Malley.