The Spectacle Blog

Bernie Wins Wisconsin & Remains a Thorn in Hillary’s Left Side

By on 4.5.16 | 9:20PM

Bernie Sanders has won the Wisconsin Primary. It marks Bernie's seventh win against Hillary Clinton in the last eight contests.

No doubt Hillary & Co will say Wisconsin is another state with a lot of white voters. But since Hillary's sweep of March 15th, Bernie has won in Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Idaho, Utah as well as with Democrats Abroad. The only race Hillary has won during that time is in Arizona.

Even so Hillary is still getting delegates because Democrats allocate delegates on a proportional basis. She also has a majority of the superdelegates in her pocket. As I keep saying, it isn't the economy that's fixed; it's the Democratic Party that's fixed.

Nevertheless, Hillary is in a much more competitive race than she wants to be in. The fact that there was such a fight over the debate in Brooklyn that has now been scheduled for April 14th illustrates this point. Hillary should have as easy a time in New York as Donald Trump will. Instead, the Bernie-Hillary debate is the hottest ticket in town that night. Even hotter than Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon Theatre. 

Horsing Around After a Win

By on 4.5.16 | 3:34PM

In a Philadelphia suburb last night (does anyone even remember why the city was ever called the city of brotherly love?), Villanova students celebrated a fairly significant basketball win in what is becoming the traditional way, by setting fires. 

Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that college students aren’t capable of becoming even more dreary than they already are. They can always one-up (or one-down) themselves.

There was a more-than-just-dreary new wrinkle in last night’s festivities. Radnor (the suburban town where Villanova U is located) Police charged one fan with assaulting a state police horse, the same charge that was levied against two basketball fans after Saturday’s Villanova win over Oklahoma in the Final Four game.

With apologies to W.C. Fields, on the whole, most horses should prefer not to be in Philadelphia.

iPacking Desperados

By on 4.5.16 | 1:52PM

New York’s voluble U.S. Senator, Chuck Schumer, ever alert to real or imagined threats to public safety that he can proclaim on, has announced himself worried that a Minnesota company plans to market a gun that looks like an iPhone.

Never mind that there are already small and easily concealable guns on the market (or that the first letter of proper nouns should be upper case, not the second), Schumer says these new two-shot babies could be a real threat and has asked the federal Department of “Justice” and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco (is that still legal?) and Firearms to look into what can be done to thwart this new menace.

Brad Wall Leads Saskatchewan Party to 3rd Consecutive Majority Government; Will He Become Canada’s New Conservative Party Leader in 2017?

By on 4.4.16 | 11:54PM

Some good news for conservatives in Canada tonight. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and his Saskatchewan Party have won their third consecutive majority government. They are elected or leading in 49 of 61 seats with a staggering 63% of the vote as opposed to 12 seats and 29.4% of the vote for the NDP. The Liberals and Greens will be shut out as usual.

Keep in mind that Saskatchewan is the cradle of Canadian socialism going back to the CCF days under Tommy Douglas. This is the first time in over 90 years a non-socialist party has won three consecutive majority governments in Saskatchewan. This makes Brad Wall the most popular conservative in Canada.

Rerun: A 2011 Open Letter to Donald Trump

By on 4.4.16 | 2:26PM

Here’s an open letter that I wrote (and posted here at Cafe Hayek) to Donald Trump in February 2011. The questions I ask in this letter remain relevant and as yet unanswered:

Open Letter to Donald Trump

11 February 2011

Mr. Donald Trump
New York, NY

Dear Mr. Trump:

Congratulations on your successful talk at the recent CPAC gathering. Please, though, indulge me as I ask you a few questions.

You promise that, as U.S. President, you won’t raise taxes. But you also promise to obstruct trade between Americans and the Chinese, presumably by raising tariffs. Because tariffs are simply taxes on imports, you can’t avoid raising taxes if you raise tariffs. So will you or will you not raise taxes?

Why Obama WH Criticism of Trump’s Nuclear Proposal Isn’t Credible

By on 4.1.16 | 11:35PM

Let me state that at the outset that I don't agree with Donald Trump's proposal that Japan and South Korea should develop their own nuclear weapons given our existing security arrangements with the two countries.

White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes stated, "It would be catastrophic were the United States to shift its position and indicate that we support somehow the proliferation of nuclear weapons to additional countries."

Yet given the eagerness and enthusiasm with which the Obama Administration entered into a nuclear agreement with Iran, Rhodes' statement is lacking in credibility. Should Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf Arab states develop nuclear weapons then the Iran nuclear deal will have served as its primary impetus.  

Even if it less than ideal for Japan and South Korea to develop nuclear weapons if given the choice of countries I'd like to see to develop such systems which countries would you rather see enrich uranium? I would suggest that most people would place Japan and South Korea much higher than Iran.

Obama White House Censors French President Hollande Over Use of Term “Islamist Terrorism”

By on 4.1.16 | 10:50PM

The Obama Administration is notorious for its refusal to link terrorism with Islam in any way, shape or form and have banned terms such as Islamic terrorism.

Evidently, heads of state aren't allowed to utter those words in the same sentence.

During a bilateral meeting between President Obama and French President Francois Hollande in DC today, the White House saw fit to silence the audio during Hollande's use of the term "Islamist terrorism" and even the English language interpreter saw fit not to translate those words.

Outside of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, no Western head of state understands the Islamist nature of terrorism better than President Hollande given the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, Hyper Cacher and, of course, the attacks in Paris last November. 

When Hillary Clinton Yells at Someone The Media Barely Makes a Sound

By on 4.1.16 | 3:43PM

Hillary Clinton really lost her cool with a Greenpeace activist yesterday who asked her during a campaign stop at SUNY Purchase if she would reject campaign contributions from fossil fuel companies. Hillary angrily responded by repeatedly pointing at the questioner and saying, "I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me. I am sick of it."

But when Hillary Clinton yells at someone, the media barely makes a sound.

To the extent the mainstream media is commenting about the incident, it is to suggest that Hillary was "justifiably annoyed" with the question.

We all know that if a Republican presidential candidate had behaved in that manner it would be top story in the world right now. The mainstream media has a vested interest in making Ted Cruz look bad when he acts goodly and Hillary Clinton look good especially when she acts badly.

Words Matter, Donald Trump, Even Yours

By on 3.31.16 | 4:50PM

Donald Trump may have cost himself some delegates or, at the very least, created an unnecessary headache over delegates, with his denouncement of his previous pledge to support the eventual nominee of the Republican Party.

South Carolina requires a loyalty pledge to be on their ballot, you see. And now Trump has officially reneged, stating unequivocally in the CNN Town Hall on Tuesday that he does not vow to support the nominee. This is a big problem for the state of South Carolina, and for the fifty delegates Trump won there.

Let’s state the obvious: Trump never meant it in the first place. Anyone who believed him was fooling himself and others. He wanted to win in South Carolina and, in Trump fashion, simply promised whatever convenient promise would get that win for him. It’s his modus operandi. Unfortunately for him, in South Carolina, a promise is actually a promise, and that may cost him

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