The Spectacle Blog

Astros Fire Porter; Name Lawless Interim Manager

By on 9.1.14 | 10:26PM

After less than two years at the helm of the Houston Astros, Bo Porter has been fired as the team's manager. 

Although the Astros were 59-79 under Porter this season, it was an improvement over 2013 when the Astros had only 51 wins.

Unfortunately for Porter, he did not get along with Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and team owner Jim Crane backed Luhnow.

Porter has been replaced on an interim basis by Astros minor league instructor Tom Lawless. Baseball fans will remember Lawless as a light hitting infielder who took Frank Viola deep in the 1987 World Series with a bat flip to boot.  Lawless only hit two other HRs in a near decade long career. Can Lawless make the case to be Porter's full-time replacement?


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Dunn to Finish Big League Career with A’s

By on 8.31.14 | 10:28PM

The Oakland A's have acquired DH-1B Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanborn. 

The A's desperately need offense. They haven't been the same since they dealt Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox and have lost 14 of their last 20 including a four game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels who now have a five game lead in the AL West. 

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Donald Trump Takes Ice Bucket Challenge: Dares Obama

By on 8.28.14 | 11:17AM

So Homer Simpson and Mike  Tyson challenged Donald Trump to take the ice bucket challenge.

Now, in typical Trump style, The Donald has taken the challenge.

Yes, you read that right. Take a look right here and you will see Donald Trump get dumped on — hair and all — by Miss Universe and Miss USA.

But not before challenging… yes… President Obama.

That’s right. Sitting there atop Trump Tower, hair combed and looking Trumpish, The Donald gets soaked with ice and a couple bottles of Trump Ice Natural Spring Water.

But not before challenging the President of the United States to man up and take the ALS ice bucket challenge himself.

Over to you, Mr. President.

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Thoughts on the Burger King-Tim Horton’s Merger

By on 8.27.14 | 2:01AM

I am on vacation in my home and native land. Currently I am in Toronto and tomorrow I will travel to Ottawa where my grandmother will be celebrating her 95th birthday later this week.

The biggest story in Canada right now is the merger between Burger King and Tim Horton's with BK picking up stakes and moving its headquarters to Oakville, Ontario which is about 20 miles from Toronto. For those unfamiliar with Tim Horton's, it is to Canada what Dunkin Donuts is to this country, especially in Massachusetts. Indeed, when Canadian troops were in Afghanistan, a Tim Horton's opened in Kandahar province before closing in 2011 when Canadian troops began their withdrawal.

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Mike Lupica Gets Teed Off with Obama

By on 8.22.14 | 2:43PM

Over the years, I have seen fit to criticize New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica on numerous occasions be it his criticisms of the Tea Party, opposition to Obamacare, Sarah Palin, and a backhanded compliment to former President George H.W. Bush.

But today I am in 100% agreement with him. Lupica is plain teed off at President Obama for playing golf after making his statement about the beheading of James Foley by ISIS. It's not as devastating as Matthew Continetti's takedown at the Washington Free Beacon, but coming from a liberal like Lupica it will leave a mark:

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The Difference Between ISIS & Hamas

By on 8.22.14 | 12:37PM

Earlier this week, ISIS beheads American photojournalist James Foley.

Now Hamas publicly executes 18 Palestinians accused of "collaborating" with Israel.

ISIS has threatened to kill journalist Stephen Joel Sotloff.

Hamas is threatening to execute more "collaborators".

So what's the difference between ISIS & Hamas?

Hamas has the support of the Obama Administration.

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What Will Happen to Officer Darren Wilson?

By on 8.21.14 | 1:10PM

A grand jury has convened to determine what charges, if any, will be brought against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown earlier this month.

Over at The New Republic, Yishai Schwartz argues that a conviction against Wilson is impossible because of Missouri's self defense laws:

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Obama: “ISIL Speaks for No Religion.”

By on 8.20.14 | 4:10PM

President Obama made a statement in Martha's Vineyard earlier this afternoon condemning the death of photojournalist James Wright Foley who was beheaded yesterday by ISIL.

After Obama paid tribute to Foley, he made the following statement:

So ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision, and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior.

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Thoughts on the Beheading of James Wright Foley

By on 8.20.14 | 10:38AM

American photojournalist James Wright Foley was beheaded yesterday by the ISIS. Foley had been missing since November 2012. ISIS stated it beheadd Foley because of the Obama Administration's recent decision to conduct airstrikes in Iraq due to ISIS' genocidal actions against the Yazidis. They have also threatened to behead Stephen Joel Sotloff, another journalist who has been held in captivity for more than a year unless Obama halts U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

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