The Spectacle Blog

Washington Post Exposes Marco Rubio’s Scandalous Local Government Job. Or Something.

By on 7.30.15 | 4:33PM

Media Matters paid for their researcher to comb the depths of Miami's city council records looking for evidence that Marco Rubio was a terrible human being, and by golly they got their money's worth.

Now that their pitches are probably no longer welcome at the New York Times, whatever opposition researcher firm is currently devoting way too much time to destroying Marco Rubio took their latest "expose" to the Washington Post, which today published a breathless article about all of the long and horrendously boring West Miami City Commission meetings Marco Rubio had to endure at his first level of government - a level that the Post finds to be suspiciously "low rung" of elective politics.

From April 1998 until his February 2000 debut in the Florida legislature, Rubio endured hours of monotonous debates about car wash regulations, inadequate bus stop benches, the relative merits of oak vs. black olive trees, and what snacks should be allowed in city park vending machines.

Of Rotten Eggs and Guilty Minds

By and on 7.30.15 | 4:09PM

It isn’t every day that a person can go to his or her job, work, not participate in any criminal activity, and still get a prison sentence. At least, that used to be the case: the overcriminalization of regulatory violations has unfortunately led to the circumstance that corporate managers now face criminal—not just civil—liability for their business operations’ administrative offenses.

Take Austin and Peter DeCoster, who own and run an Iowa egg-producing company called Quality Egg. The DeCosters plead guilty to violating certain provisions of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because some of the eggs that left their facilities contained salmonella enteritidis, a bacterium harmful to humans. They were sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $100,000 for the actions of subordinates, who apparently failed, also unknowingly, in their quality-control duties.

Clinton Emails Missing Two Months, But Have Plenty of Classified Information Otherwise

By on 7.30.15 | 3:53PM

The State Department has been busy releasing Hillary's emails, and while they contain a lot of notable insights into her personal development — including, but not limited to, her learning process for fax machines — they are missing some key details from the summer of 2012

Although they may yet come out, as the State Department turns up the faucet on releases, all emails for May and June of 2012 are missing from the cache. They also haven't been submitted to the Benghazi committee, although records show that Libya was facing a spate of sectarian violence throughout the summer that year, leading up to the eventual Benghazi attack. Even though there were at least three separate terrorist incidents over the course of that summer, any mention of those incidents has been scrubbed from the collection (along with basically everything else). Also missing? Emails having to do with Huma Abedin's side job, which she started in the spring of 2012, but which is still a mystery to investigators (along with basically everyone else).

Rolling Stones’ Editor to Step Down After UVA Scandal, But No One Else is Leaving

By on 7.30.15 | 3:36PM

Editor Will Dana is the first to leave his position at Rolling Stones magazine nearly eight months after running false claims about an alleged “rape culture” within a University of Virginia fraternity.

UVA dean, Nicole Eramo was noted in CNN Money’s article for already having filed a $7.5 million lawsuit for actual and punitive damages for Rolling Stone’s characterization of her in the article. As reported by CNN, Rolling Stones now faces multiple lawsuits:

Three members of a University of Virginia fraternity sued Rolling Stone magazine Wednesday for a discredited story accusing frat members of gang raping a woman.

The suit also names the magazine's publisher, Wenner Media, and the reporter, Sabrina Erdely.

Price Is Right for Toronto

By on 7.30.15 | 2:51PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have done it again.

After landing shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies a couple of days ago, the Jays have now added 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price, giving the team a bona fide ace. In exchange for Price, the Jays sent the Detroit Tigers three left-handed pitching prospects — Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt.

In 2015, Price is 9-2 with a 2.53 ERA having fanned 138 batters in 146 innings pitched. Price, of course, began his career with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as the number one pick in the 2007 MLB Draft. He came to the majors the following year when the Rays shocked the world and won the AL pennant. Price finished runner up in the AL Cy Young balloting in 2010 to Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners before winning the Cy Young in 2012.

Indians Trade Brandon Moss to St. Louis for a Prospect Named Kaminsky

By on 7.30.15 | 11:44AM

The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league lefthander Rob Kaminsky.

Could there be any relation to our own Ross Kaminsky?

The Cardinals had an urgent need to add an outfielder after Matt Holliday reinjured his right quad while running down to first base in last night’s loss to the Cincinnati Reds. The injury had forced Holliday to miss the All-Star Game to which he was elected to start.

Although Moss was only hitting .217 with the Tribe this season, he does have 15 HR and 50 RBI. Moss, 31, was acquired in an off-season trade with the Oakland A’s last December. Moss bounced around with the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Philadelphia Phillies before finally putting it together with the A’s in 2012. Moss has hit 20 or more home runs in each of the past three seasons and is very likely to reach that number again in 2015.

Hillary Clinton Shuts Down Bergdorfs for Pricey Haircut

By on 7.30.15 | 11:19AM

Obviously no one who values their appearance as much as Hillary Clinton is going to get anything less than the best haircut money can buy. After all, every time she's been left to her own devices, doing her own hair, she's gone with accessorizing for convenience over styling for television. In her long and arduous battle with her locks, we've seen her employ everything from a padded headband to a butterfly clip to a scrunchie, a full two decades after the last scrunchie had ever been seen in the wild. 

If the woman wants to get a $600 haircut (and $600 color!), maybe we're all just better for it. Except maybe for the people who do her "middle class" messaging.

Hillary Clinton put part of Bergdorf Goodman on lockdown on Friday to get a $600 haircut at the swanky John Barrett Salon.

Clinton, with a huge entourage in tow, was spotted being ushered through a side entrance of the Fifth Avenue store on Friday.

Planned Parenthood Tries to Shut Down Video Releases, CMP Releases Video #4 Anyway

By on 7.30.15 | 11:06AM

Last night, a court in California issued an emergency order barring the release of further Center for Medical Progress videos showing Planned Parenthood employees negotiating to provide baby parts to research facilities. StemExpress, the fetal stem cell research company, called for the order after discovering that they were part of one of CMP's "sting operation," having had lunch with what they now realize were CMP employees sometime last May. It remains to be seen whether CMP has done anything illegal (I doubt it), but I suppose it's possible StemExpress could suffer irreparable harm from the video broadcast — depending on what StemExpress said in the video. 

Must have been pretty bad

Stephen Harper Should Begin Canada’s Election Campaign After Labor Day

By on 7.30.15 | 10:21AM

The CBC is reporting that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will call upon Governor General David Johnston to dissolve parliament either on Sunday or Monday to schedule an election for October 19. Harper’s Conservative government has been in power since 2006 and gained a majority in the House of Commons in the last election in 2011.

Rangers Win The Cole Hamels Sweepstakes (Unless Ruben Amaro, Jr. Says There’s No Deal)

By on 7.29.15 | 11:42PM

The Texas Rangers appear to have won the Cole Hamels sweepstakes. What with Mets GM Sandy Alderson putting the kibosh on the Carlos Gomez-Zack Wheeler deal maybe Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. might be put into the same position.

If that's not the case then Hamels along with lefty relief specialist Jake Diekman are going to the Rangers in exchange for pitcher Matt Harrison and five minor leaguers. Although the Rangers are 48-52 they are only four games back of the Minnesota Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot. But since Hamels is under contract through 2018, the Rangers aren't necessarily acquiring Hamels for this year. When Yu Darvish returns in 2016, he and Hamels will be quite the one-two punch at the top of the Rangers' rotation.

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