The Spectacle Blog

New York Mets Have Won 10 in a Row

By on 4.22.15 | 10:52PM

The New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves tonight 3-2 to win their 10th consecutive game.

I knew the Mets would be good this year. I picked them to win a NL Wild Card berth. But I didn't think they'd be this good, this fast.

Their 12-3 mark is the best in MLB and have a 3 1/2 game lead over the Braves and a 5 game lead over the Washington Nationals in the NL East. The Nats were heavily favored to win the division (myself included). 

And they've done it without David Wright, Travis d'Arnaud and Jerry Blevins not to mention Zack Wheeler who underwent Tommy John surgery during spring training and closer Jenrry Mejia who was recently suspended for 80 games for PED use. 

But Matt Harvey and Bartolo Colon are both 3-0, Lucas Duda is hitting over .300 and Jeurys Familia already has 6 saves.

OK, there are still 147 games left and they've got a date with the Yankees this weekend. But so far the Mets are the biggest story in this young season.

Elizabeth Warren Has a Point About TPP

By on 4.22.15 | 5:04PM

President Obama and Elizabeth Warren have a disagreement about TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and I must say that Warren has a valid point.

Obama, along with most Republicans, supports TPP which is an investment and regulatory treaty involving a dozen countries including the U.S., Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia and Chile.

Now while I think the treaty is reasonable in principle, the problem is that nobody knows what's in it. It's contents have been kept secret. This is Warren's principle complaint and she is right.

In other words, to paraphrase Nancy Pelosi, "We need to pass TPP to find out what's in it."

I just wish Warren upheld these principles of transparency during the Obamacare debate.

Conversely, I wish Republicans who argued for transparency in the Obamacare debate would argue for transparency where it concerns TPP.

Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm’s Actions Against Conservatives Are Unlawful & UnAmerican

By on 4.22.15 | 4:22PM

If you haven't read David French's piece in NRO concerning the John Doe investigations and the tactics deployed in them under the direction of liberal Democrat Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm, please do so.

A number of conservative activists in Wisconsin who had the temerity to support Governor Scott Walker and his efforts to curb public sector unions found their homes raided by police, their property confiscated and were told by the authorities they could tell no one about what happened not even their attorneys. This was done under the order of Chisholm who has also directly targeted Walker in a John Doe investigation, but has turned up nothing against him.

Meet the NSA’s Ridiculous Recycling Mascot, “Dunk”

By on 4.22.15 | 2:51PM

The NSA will likely get a gift from Sen. Mitch McConnell this week: a massive reauthorization of their metadata collection and surveillance program, codified in the PATRIOT Act. Even though the NSA's practice of invading privacy to collect cell phone information is uniformly unpopular with both parties, and measures have been taken to reform the process and even interrupt the NSA's authority, in pursuit of a perfect record of completion for the Senate, McConnell is bypassing objectors and shoving the bill through. It could allow the NSA to keep scanning your phone bills for evidence of your terrorist activities through 2020.

Barack Obama Celebrates #EarthDay By Burning Fossil Fuels

By on 4.22.15 | 12:22PM

Having spent a significant amount of time in Ann Arbor, Michigan, I have lost almost all of my appreciation for Earth Day. Sure, I believe that we as humans have a responsibility to ensure that our planet remains clean, and to use our resources with care and consideration for future generations. But there's a big difference between environmental stewardship and whatever Earth Day is about - even if you don't consider that the co-founder of Earth Day stayed as true as possible to his commitment by composting even his ex-girlfriend. In Ann Arbor, they would celebrate it by hosting a drum circle. And I would celebrate the drum circle, by driving around it in a sport utility vehicle, spraying aeorsol hairspray out the windows.

Hillary’s Flip Flop on Colombia Trade Agreement for $

By on 4.22.15 | 8:53AM

As $ecretary of $tate, Hillary Clinton may have shifted positions on the human rights record of Colombia for Clinton Foundation Cash.

The New York Post reports, “one example of an alleged quid pro quo cited by the Times and other sources involved the State Department’s backing of a free-trade agreement with Colombia that benefited a company founded by a big donor to the Clinton Foundation.”

Evidently, Hillary opposed the deal when running in 2008 because of a worker rights issue. Friend of the Clintons whose company would benefit from trade deal donates millions to Clinton Foundation. Check clears.

Two short years later, Hillary’s State Department reports that Colombia has a laudable human rights record. Donor makes big money.

Hillary is proving to be a champion. Not for average Americans, but for being the best at raising money from government service.

Hillary Snubs NH Supporters Standing in the Rain

By on 4.21.15 | 11:02PM

If you need any proof that Hillary Clinton doesn't know how to talk to people - even people who support her get a load of this from The Boston Herald: which was covering her visit to Keene yesterday:

Clinton came here for her first stop in the Granite State since announcing her 2016 Oval Office campaign. The former U.S. secretary of state toured Whitney Brothers, a family-owned children’s furniture business, and huddled with employees for a much-publicized roundtable — but never pressed the flesh with several dozen people huddled outside.

Republicans Reach Deal to Hold Vote on Lynch Nomination

By on 4.21.15 | 4:38PM

This morning, Democrats and Republicans came to a consensus on a human trafficking bill that was the main hurdle to holding a vote on Loretta Lynch's nomination to head of the Department of Justice.

In defiance of their Planned Parenthood overlords, Harry Reid, now exiting the Senate for greener pastures and safer exercise equipment, ultimately caved on the point of contention between the two parties: a provision that would have prevented funds earmarked within the program for medical costs from going to provide abortions. Republicans changed the bill to prohibit any expenditures under the bill from going to medical care, instead shuttling those expenses through appropriations, which are already covered under the Hyde Amendment. Democrats rolled over, probably on the assumption that their abortion-promoting donors would fail to understand the fine print, and now we're on to the Lynch nomination.

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame Wants the GOP Presidential Nomination

By on 4.21.15 | 3:49PM

I think. Stay with me here.

Yesterday was 4/20, the unofficial national holiday celebrating marijuana. Generally, Presidential candidates try to avoid referencing 4/20 unless they have a comprehensive policy regarding pot legalization and/or the relevance of 1990s jam band Sublime. Few take the opportunity to unveil their Presidential campaign on 4/20. Until now. 

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame, better known as "Waka Flocka," yesterday announced that he will seek the office of the Presidency in 2016, and marijuana legislation will be among his top priorities

Waka Flocka Flame took time out of his favorite holiday (4/20) to make a special announcement Monday. Via Rolling Stone, the Queens-born “No Hands” rapper announced he’s making good on his 2012 tweet: “I’m dead a– running for president in 2016.”

State Dept. May Give Iran $50B Just for Showing Up

By on 4.21.15 | 1:22PM

The Iranians aren't quite at the same point the United States is when it comes to inking a deal over their nuclear ambitions, to put it mildly. They see this nuclear agreement as a way to end economic sanctions against their country, promoting their domestic economic stability, while giving them an exceptional harassment-free period in which to concoct a plan that would wipe most of the Eastern world off the face of the planet. The United States sees this as the only way Barack Obama can successfully navigate his way to deserving a Nobel Peace Prize and a global post-Presidency speaking tour.

Fortunately, it seems that the State Department has found a way to bridge the gap and bring Iran to the table to at least sign the agreement, even if they rip it up almost immediately: if Iran inks on the dotted line, John Kerry will show up to the signing ceremony with one of those oversized novelty checks, made out to Ayatollah Khomeini, in the amount of $50 billion. 

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