The Spectacle Blog
Within the space of about 30 minutes, the Washington Nationals clinched the NL East while the Baltimore Orioles clinched the AL East.
The Nats shut out the Atlanta Braves 3-0 at Turner Field. Tanner Roark, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen combined on a five-hit shutout. Ian Desmond drove two of Washington's three runs.
It is the Nats' second NL East title in three years. Washington and Atlanta fought tooth and nail for the NL East in the first half of the season, but the Nats took over first place on July 21st and never looked back. The Nats went 33-20 while the Braves went 21-32 over the same period.
Last week President Obama declared that "ISIS isn't Islamic."
Now British Prime Minister David Cameron declares "ISIS isn't Muslim, but monsters."
Cameron made the comment in response to the beheading of British aid worker David Haines by ISIS over the weekend.
Obama and Cameron can take the Islam out of ISIS all they want. All they have done is divorce themselves from reality, insult our intelligence and reveal their cowardice.
No wonder Obama and Cameron get on so famously.
A coalition of the willing?
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee — again — to answer for how his agency is handling enforcement of Obamacare. In the course of questioning, he made this statement, giving an interesting revelation of the agency’s mentality:
“Wherever we can”? Sometimes it’s simply impossible for a federal agency to follow the law? Yet the IRS is authorized to nail any citizen who violates tax law, knowingly or unknowingly, and frequently takes full advantage of that authority.
Maybe I’ll tell that to the IRS next time I file my taxes. “I followed the law whenever I could, but sometimes, I just couldn’t — please excuse me.”
The Star Spangled Banner is 200 years old. Two centuries since Francis Scott Key wrote this poem during the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812.
It did not become our national anthem until 1931, but in the past eight decades it has been sung in public by thousands of people.
My favorite rendition was performed by Smokey Robinson at Fenway Park before Game 5 of the 1986 World Series.
I love the way how, at the climax of the song, he segues into America The Beautiful.
I remember when things were looking up for the old boy. Here, from Robert Stacy McCain, is the classic account of his comeback, which makes for better reading than Sanford's online tell-all.
Use all your skill and creativity to tell us in the comment section what these two gentlemen might be talking about.
Songwriter and record producer Bob Crewe passed away yesterday. A cause of death has not been released. Some press accounts say Crewe was 82 while others say he was 83.
If you're a fan of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons then you're a fan of Bob Crewe. Along with Bob Gaudio, Crewe co-wrote some of The Four Seasons' biggest hits - "Sherry", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Walk Like a Man", "Rag Doll" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You". "The Sun Doesn't Shine (Anymore)" and "Silence is Golden" were two Crewe-Gaudio compositions originally recorded by The Four Seasons, but became big hits for The Walker Brothers and The Tremeloes, respectively.
Crewe would also collaborate with Sandy Linzer and Denny Rendell on another Four Seasons hit "Let's Hang On". In the mid-1970's, Crewe and Kenny Nolan would write Frankie Valli's solo hit "My Eyes Adored You" as well as "Lady Marmalade" for LaBelle which would later become a hit for Christina Aguliera.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has withdrawn from the Toronto mayoral race after being hospitalized and diagnosed with an abdominal tumor. Ford's brother Doug, who is a Toronto city councillor, will run in his place.
Ford became world famous last year when video emerged of him smoking crack. Other video showed him threatening to kill someone. He also accidentally knocked over a city councillor on the floor of Toronto City Council chambers and also made crude remarks about his sex life with his wife. Ford was always a reviled figure on the Left, but his antics alienated many conservative politicians although he retains a loyal following among a constituency known simply as "Ford Nation".