The Spectacle Blog

Spencer Stone, French Train Hero, Stabbed in Sacramento; Listed in Stable Condition

By on 10.8.15 | 11:56AM

Spencer Stone, one of the three young men who thwarted a terrorist attack from occurring on a Paris bound train in August, was stabbed early this morning in Sacramento outside a bar.

According to KCRA, the Sacramento NBC affiliate:

 A fight in the street allegedly led to Stone being stabbed multiple times in the torso, prompting investigators to block off two blocks in the area, Sacramento police said.

Homicide detectives were called out because officers did not think Stone would survive, but he was taken to the hospital and is expected to live, according to police.

Officials with the U.S. Air Force indicated that Stone is in stable condition adding, "We do not have any information as to the events preceding the incident."

Trey Gowdy Schools the Media on Benghazi

By on 10.8.15 | 11:49AM

Tuesday, the chairman of the House Select Committee that is looking into the Benghazi massacre, Congressman Trey Gowdy, appeared before the press on Capitol Hill and asked the press some perfectly reasonable questions. At least they appeared reasonable to me. For instance, what was Ambassador Christopher Stevens doing in Benghazi the night he was murdered? Why were his repeated requests for stronger security measures ignored? Why were we the last Western flag flying there and why did the President not call upon our allies for help. Why did he not deploy nearby assets to rescue the four Americans murdered there?

Below we have embedded the whole series of questions that Gowdy asked. View them for yourself.


Then savor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s political advertisement protesting that the Republicans are trying to politicize this atrocity. I inched up to it last week. Now I shall say it: Hillary’s e-mails will go a long way to answer our questions about Benghazi and the role she played.

Cubs Win NL Wild Card on a Complete Game 4-Hit Shutout by Jake Arrieta

By on 10.7.15 | 11:26PM

Jake Arrieta is the man.

The Chicago Cubs won the NL Wild Card Game against the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 on a complete game, four-hit shutout by Jake Arrieta. The probable NL Cy Young winner fanned 11 batters. It marked the first time the Cubs had won a post-season game since 2003. 

Three of the four Cubs runs were driven in by Cubs' rookie outfielder Kyle Schwarber on a single in the first and a two-run home run in the 3rd. Cubs lead off hitter Dexter Fowler hit a solo shot in the 5th. The Cubs got all their runs off Pirates' starter Gerrit Cole.

The benches cleared after Arrieta was drilled by Pirates' reliever Tony Watson. Arrieta had hit Francisco Cervelli with a pitch in the fifth and Josh Harrison in the sixth. But they were on breaking balls that got away. Cervelli got hit on the finger and he went down like a World Cup soccer player. Why on earth is Arrieta going to intentionally hit two guys while throwing a shutout? The Pirates were totally lame. I lost a lot of respect for them tonight.

Why Ben Carson Reminds Me of Mark Wahlberg

By on 10.7.15 | 7:56PM

Just as it's easy for President Obama to say we should "politicize" the shooting at Umpqua Community College and that "common sense gun laws" would have stopped such a shooting, it is equally easy for Ben Carson to say that if confronted by a gunman that he would have rushed the shooter. Carson told Fox & Friends, "Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me, I would say, ‘Hey guys, everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can’t get us all.'"

Chances are that he, along with nearly all of us, will never find himself in that position. And, unlike nearly all of us, there is a good chance he will soon be afforded Secret Service protection. So in the event he is confronted by a gunman, it would be the Secret Service that takes responsibility for his security.

A Historic Cubs Year

By on 10.7.15 | 4:28PM

Since the end of the war (meaning the Big One that ended in ’45), the Chicago Cubs have done best under former Tampa Bay Rays managers. The runaway success of the Cardinals and Pirates this year has somewhat masked what Joe Maddon and his Cubs have accomplished. Since 1945, this year’s 97 wins has been equaled only once, in 2008, when Sweet Lou Piniella was the manager. Maddon enjoyed some winning seasons at Tampa Bay before coming to the Cubs. Piniella didn’t.

FBI May Have Located Another Backup Server for Hillary Clinton’s Email

By on 10.7.15 | 4:01PM

Hillary Clinton may have thought that by hiring a small-time data firm twelve states away from where she lived was the key to keeping Republicans from scanning through her email, but the FBI wasn't dumb enough to stop at a single backup server. 

A second private technology company, Datto, based in Connecticut, also, apparently, has several months or weeks (or, perhaps, even years) worth of Hillary Clinton's backup data. That means that even though Platte River, her original company, may have deleted all remaining information off her basement server, there might still be some record of at least part of her server use. 

The FBI’s probe into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mail has expanded to include a second private technology company, which said Tuesday it plans to provide the law enforcement agency with data it preserved from Clinton’s account.

Speaker of the House Race Belongs to No One (Yet)

By on 10.7.15 | 3:14PM

There are several House Republicans vying for the Speaker slot, but none of them have cornered the market, reportedly, on enough votes to boost them into the top slot. 

The three frontrunners, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA.., House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-UT ., and Rep. Daniel Webster, R-FL ., all have strong bids, it seems, but before they're allowed to hold a vote, the three must sell themselves to the House conservative committees, all of whom have their own variety act for the next Speaker to perform in order to win their endorsement. So far, the crowd isn't impressed with anyone, at least according to key voters. 

Conservatives emerged from a late Tuesday night gathering in which they questioned a trio of candidates to be the next House speaker, only to report that none of the three has likely secured the support of the 218 Republicans needed to win when the election takes place Oct. 29.

Back by Popular Demand

By on 10.7.15 | 12:26PM

Jay Leno has always been more politically even-handed than other late-night comics (and, from where I sit, the funniest). TAS regulars will love his line about if Sanders is elected he would be the first socialist to win since 2008. The tortoise and the bad hair is also memorable.

Houston Has No Problem With The Yankees

By on 10.6.15 | 11:34PM

The Houston Astros have won the AL Wild Card game defeating the New York Yankees 3-0 at Yankee Stadium. 

I didn't think Dallas Keuchel would do much on three days rest against Masahiro Tanaka, but Keuchel went six scoreless innings combining with Tony Sipp, Will Harris and Luke Gregerson on a three-hit shutout. The only chance the Yankees had was in the sixth when A-Rod was up with runners on first and second with two out, but he flied out to center to end the inning. As it turned out, Houston had no problem.

The Astros got their runs on two solo home runs off Tanaka by Colby Rasmus in the 2nd and Carlos Gomez in the 4th. They would add a run in the seventh on a Jose Altuve single off Dellin Betances. 

Houston advances to the ALDS against the Kansas City Royals starting Thursday night in K.C. I think the Astros can take the Royals.

If the Astros somehow win the AL pennant they will become the first team in MLB history to represent both leagues in the World Series. They won the NL pennant in 2005 which was their last post-season appearance until now.