The Spectacle Blog

Mets Acquire Johnson & Uribe from Braves; Cardinals Add Ex-Marlins Closer Cishek

By on 7.24.15 | 11:31PM

A couple of interesting trades.

Tonight, the New York Mets acquired Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Atlanta Braves for two minor league pitchers. I think the Mets are going to need Uribe and Johnson to spark their offense, but they both have pop in their bats and can play multiple positions. Uribe is hitting .272 with 8 HR and 23 RBI with both the Dodgers & Braves. Atlanta acquired Uribe from L.A. in late May for Alberto Callaspo. Meanwhile, Johnson is hitting .275 with 9 HR and 34 RBI. The Mets are Johnson's 8th MLB team since 2005. Johnson has had two stints with the Braves, a stint with the D'Backs and has played with all five AL East teams. I'm sure Johnson will add a 9th team in 2016 as he becomes a free agent. Ditto for Uribe who has two World Series rings with the Chisox in 2005 and the Giants in 2010. That should be of help to the Mets. But I'm sure Mets fans are expecting more of Mets GM Sandy Alderson to compete with the Washington Nationals.

Cementing Obama’s Legacy: More Thoughts on the Skewering of Hillary Clinton

By on 7.24.15 | 7:25PM

Dan Pfeiffer, long-time aid to Barack Obama, and his Senior Advisor for Strategy and Communication until joining CNN, told reporters at a Bloomberg Policy Breakfast last November that Obama needed a Democrat to win the 2016 to cement the “core elements” of his legacy.

“It’s very important because I know what we did in the first 100 days of our administration, and it was go through a lot of what President Bush did and sign executive orders doing the opposite,” Pfeiffer said.

And we all know how important his legacy is to Barack Obama. He’d do anything to achieve it—from selling out his country and its allies to an evil theocratic regime that needs a nuke to hasten the advent of the 12th Imam and the subsequent apocalypse, to serving as the Grand Ayatollah’s butt boy. So setting up a Democrat successor must be very high on his agenda at this time.

The Screws Tighten Around Hillary Clinton

By on 7.24.15 | 4:37PM

Valerie Jarrett, who first put the screws to Hillary Clinton by leaking information about her e-mail problems, appears to be tightening them.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the inspector general of the intelligence community has found that at least four emails from Hillary’s personal account contained information that was classified at the second highest level of secrecy at the time that she sent them. Uh…I mean “at the time that they were sent.”

The IG referred the matter to the FBI’s counterintelligence division. The Justice Department first disclosed that the investigation was criminal in nature, but later it inexplicably reversed itself on that point.

‘Common-Sense’ Gun Laws Wouldn’t Have Stopped the Lafayette Theater Shootings

By on 7.24.15 | 12:44PM

As you probably know by now two people were killed and nine people were injured while attending a screening of the Amy Schumer movie Trainwreck in Lafayette, Louisiana last night. The gunman, who has been identified as 59-year old John Russell Houser, took his own life by turning the gun on himself. Houser has been described as a drifter from neighboring Alabama. He did have a criminal record, but it wasn’t recent. His most serious offense was arson.

Obama Talks Rubbish on Iran Deal in BBC Interview

By on 7.24.15 | 10:40AM

Take a look at what President Obama said in an interview with the BBC’s Jonathan Sopel after Sopel noted that lifting sanctions in Iran would mean greater resources for Hezbollah and the Assad regime in Syria and would have the affect of further destabilizing the Middle East:

Well, keep in mind, first of all, we’ve shut off the pathways for Iran getting a nuclear weapon, which was priority number one. Because if Iran obtained a nuclear weapon, then they could cause all those same problems that you just listed with the protection of a nuclear bomb. And create much greater strategic challenges for the United States, for Israel, for our Gulf allies, for our European allies.

Second, it is true that by definition, in a negotiation and a deal like this, Iran gets something out of it. The sanctions regime that we put in place with the hope of the Brits, but also the Chinese and the Russians and others meant that they had funds that were frozen. They get those funds back. A large portion of those funds are going to have to be used for them to rebuild their economy.

Aramis Ramirez Will Finish His Career With The Pirates

By on 7.23.15 | 10:04PM

The Milwaukee Brewers have traded third baseman Aramis Ramirez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Ynothan Barrios.

The Dominican born Ramirez signed with the Pirates at the age of 16 in 1994 and would make his big league debut in 1998. 

The Bucs traded Ramirez to the Cubs in 2003 along with Kenny Lofton and would come within five outs of winning a NL pennant and playing in a World Series. And, well, I won't go any further there. 

Ramirez remained with the Cubs through the 2011 season when he signed a four year deal with the Brewers. After hitting .300 with 27 HR and 105 RBI with Milwaukee in 2012, Ramirez's offensive production has declined.  In 81 games with the Brewers this season, Ramirez, now 37, is hitting .247 with 11 HR and 42 RBI. 

More Expensive Climate Nonsense

By on 7.23.15 | 6:32PM

The federal Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it has awarded a $500,000 grant to Florida State University in Tallahassee to “improve understanding of the effects of climate change on indoor air quality.”

 A half-million bucks to learn that if it gets warmer outside it will likely get warmer inside? Please. No more hamming it up about those $2,000 hammers the Pentagon has bought.

The EPA should have sought more bids. Heck, I would have told them this for fifty bucks and a six-pack of Sam Adams.

Perhaps it’s time for a sharp grant writer to request a half-mil to study the effects of scientific hoaxes used to drive political agendas. But then I suspect the folks at EPA, in their devious and sustainable little hearts, already know a good deal about this.

In Praise of The Donald

By on 7.23.15 | 5:04PM

I confess that I am captivated by the rise of Donald Trump, and wonder just how much this reflects an admiration for him as opposed to a disgust at everyone else. I think the prospect of a Hillary vs. Jeb Bush contest must have something to do with it, but let’s just look at Trump by himself. The guy is an entrepreneur who built up a business empire on his own, who early on cut through red tape to build the Central Park skating rink, and who since then has made his way in spectacular fashion. What’s not to like about that?

Then there’s his flamboyance. I’m supposed to think that that’s a vice, when I contrast him to some of the gray characters in the Republican Party? Look, there’s something to be said for entertainment value.

Why We Should Send Obama to Earth 2.0

By on 7.23.15 | 4:49PM

NASA has evidently discovered an Earth-like planet about 1,400 light years away using its Kepler telescope.

This Earth 2.0 is evidently 60% larger than our Earth.

I say this is wonderful news and that we should offer to send President Obama over right away.

Upon Obama’s arrival on Earth 2.0, NASA could proclaim, “The Ego has landed.”

Gallup Poll: Climate Change Causes Pope’s Poll Numbers to Implode in U.S.

By on 7.23.15 | 4:37PM

Despite hysterical forecasts by some scientists, there’s been no empirical evidence of climate change for more than 18 years. But that has justchanged – dramatically.

In the time since Pope Francis this spring publicly embraced global warming as “real” and “man-made,” his popularity numbers in the Gallup Tracking Poll have plummeted by 17 points. Climate change, Gallup suggests, caused, in large part, that dramatic drop in papal approval.