Kyle Peterson recently sat down with Senator Ted Cruz to talk Washington, politics, and the hubbub around, well, Senator Ted Cruz. Check it out below.
The Spectacle Blog
The saga of former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is disgusting. I feel like I need to take a shower after writing about it.
Filner was accused (and certainly guilty) of sexually harassing multiple women, many of whom were seeking his counsel as mayor, and some of whom had the misfortune to cross paths with him in social situations.
He stayed in office for far too long after the accusations started flooding out. Democrats hope they can get away with such things in the post-Clinton era. Just ask Anthony Weiner who, although he didn't win, stubbornly refused to get out of the NYC mayoral race.
According to the Associated Press, Filner "pleaded guilty in October to one felony and two misdemeanors for placing a woman in a headlock, kissing another woman and grabbing the buttocks of a third."
I read at Breitbart that the Satan-worshipping group Satanic Temple wants its very own statue outside the Oklahoma Statehouse in Oklahoma City alongside a Ten Commandments monument.
USA Today reports that the Republican legislature invited such insidious activity by authorizing the privately funded Ten Commandments statue on the Capitol grounds. If they were to decline the commission of a Satanic icon, it could constitute an unconstitutional infringement on the First Amendment.
The ACLU has already filed a lawsuit for the removal of the monument.
Pastor Rick Warren sat down with Piers Morgan to talk about a variety of topics including homosexuality. Piers Morgan has long be a tireless advocate for same-sex marriage and he can't quite comprehend those who are standing on the wrong side of history. Morgan's argument centered on how Pastor Warren needed to change with the times. He snidely remarked that Warren had an extensive library, but that many of the scholars in his library have come around on gay marriage. How could he, a smart man, possibly disagree with popular consensus? This line of reasoning echoes the general progressive belief that "new is always better." C.S. Lewis thought such arguments were "chronological snobbery." Lewis described how he was disabused of such notions in the story of his conversion, Surprised by Joy.
Yesterday, on Fox News Sunday, Senator (and likely presidential hopeful) Rand Paul (R-KY) came out against further extension of unemployment benefits, saying that ongoing extensions do a "disservice" to workers. Yes, they do that, as well as offering a disservice to taxpayers.
But in an era where Republicans are so desperate not to seem "mean" that they too often act like "Democrats-lite," this direct opposition to never-ending unemployment benefits is a breath of fresh air.
Sen. Paul pointed out that incenvitizing people to be unemployed for a longer time causes them to become less desirable as employees (as people who have been out of work for longer, and thus further out of touch with business, technology, or just a work ethic.)
A columnist for the Huffington Post site says it is homophobic to criticize gay men who use Internet sex sites to meet teenage partners and only "bigots" are offended by such "nurturing intergenerational bonds."
Publicity about a relationship between 39-year-old Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and 19-year-old British diving champion Tom Daley has inspired criticism even from some gay rights activists.
Joshua Epstein, a blogger who identifies himself as a gay progressive Democrat, reacted to the Black-Daley affair on Twitter: "He could be his father. Yuk." That reaction was condemned by Huffington Post columnist Michelangelo Signorile, who said only "internalized homophobia" could cause gays to criticize such relationships.
Bill Porter, who spent more than five decades as a door to door salesman in Portland, Oregon, passed away on December 4th following a brief illness. He was 81.
Porter, you see, was born with cerebal palsy. He was mistakenly considered mentally retarded and was told he would never work for a living. The best he could hope for was to live off a disability check.
However, neither Porter nor his mother Irene would take no for an answer. His late father had been a salesman and wanted to follow in his footsteps even if the path there would be difficult. In 1955, Porter applied for a job with the J.R. Watkins Company which sells various household products. They initially turned him down, but reconsidered after he offered to take on the company’s worst route.
Robinson Cano has signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. Cano spent nine seasons with the New York Yankees.
I don’t see how this is going to work.
This move reeks of desperation for both parties. I’m sure Cano would have rather played in New York or Los Angeles, but only Seattle was willing to offer him and Jay-Z north of $200 million. As for the Mariners, they have had four consecutive losing seasons and have finished under .500 six out of the last seven years. Lloyd McClendon becomes their seventh manager since 2007. Their attendance has declined in half since the Mariners won 116 games in 2001. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik is in the hot seat and needed to make a move, a very big move.