The Spectacle Blog

Bad Usage and Postpartum Depression

By on 3.8.16 | 2:54PM

A friend shared an email she received from the Reagan Library announcing that Nancy Reagan will “lay in repose” Wednesday and Thursday. As the kids would say, while briefly raising their untutored heads from their smart phones, “Whatever.”

A good time was had by all at the Sunday night Downton party and girls-night-out my wife attended (the second time this season I’ve been a Downton widower). Some cookies and strawberries made it home for me, but none of the shrimp or bubbly survived. As most of you have seen the final episode now, I feel comfortable saying that it was entertaining, but all the moving from character to character and the remorseless tying up of loose ends made it dramatically less satisfying than previous episodes. It had to be this way, as I’m sure many of Fellowes’ devoted fans would have had him strung up if he had left anything to speculation.

Chelsea Clinton Will Lead Flint, Michigan Jobs Program Because, Obviously

By on 3.8.16 | 11:38AM

The Democrats are trying hard to appeal to the citizens of Flint, Michigan, where sixty years of Democratic control has led to a massive humanitarian disaster. After failing to replace rusting water pipes and crumbling infrastructure - and a decades-old decision to rely on the polluted Flint River as a backup water supply - both parties in Michigan government colluded to make the best decisions government can make. And ended up poisoning a number of people.

Obama Cuts Ad for Illinois State Legislature Primary Challenger

By on 3.7.16 | 1:38PM

It's unlikely that President Obama will return to Illinois after he finishes his tenure in the White House, but he obviously has no qualms about ruining the state for the rest of us. 

If you haven't noticed, Illinois has been locked in a budget stranglehold since last July, with the Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, and Democratic party leaders at each others throats over the state's insane spending problems and multi-billion dollar shortfall. Speaker of the Illinois House Michael Madigan is the Governor's main opponent, wielding massive union- and crony-backed influence built from decades in power, against any of the governor's efforts at reform - pension or otherwise. 

Why, Of Course Mitt Romney Wouldn’t Turn Down Your Convention Nomination

By on 3.7.16 | 12:57PM

While I wouldn't put it past the Republican Party to attempt a third Mitt Romney run (this time will be it!), I doub that Mitt Romney is really serious about making another go at the nation's highest office, unless his recently upgraded robot body has received a radio transmission from deep space instructing him in ways us mere humanoids are incapable of discerning. 

But heck, why not at least mention in passing that, if the Republican party decides to call him into action, that he'd be ready to load up the Mittmobile with potato skins and Diet Coke and take off on a cross-country reunion tour? 

Bernie Sanders: White People Don’t Know What It’s Like to Be Poor

By on 3.7.16 | 12:37PM

Last night's Democratic debate, held in Flint, Michigan for maximum pandering power, was full of choice nuggets.

Bernie Sanders sexistly hushed Hillary Clinton as she tried to interrupt his ranting. MSNBC was caught giving Hillary's spokeswoman the interview questions ahead of time. Bernie Sanders blamed Flint's water crisis on corporations instead of the 60 years of Democratic rule that allowed the city's pipes to turn to rusty mush so that the drinking water would be filled with lead as soon as they came to rely on local water sources. Hillary Clinton called on Michigan governor Rick Snyder to resign because obviously, a Republican governor is completely at fault for whatever Democrats have spent the last six decades ruining. 

Thousands of Bernie Sanders Contributions Are Illegal, Says FEC

By on 3.7.16 | 11:46AM

Not that I'm a fan of traumatizing The American Spectator's readers, but the Bernie Sanders love has gotten so great over the last few weeks, as the candidate has irretrivably declined in the polls, that the Bernie Sanders products, available for Internet purchase, have achieved an all-time low. It seems that Bernie Sanders love has moved from the purely policy oriented, into the downright creepy; you can now purchase — for the low, low price of $8.10 (it's not free, sorry) — a "Buff Bernie" coloring book, featuring page after page of shirtless Bernie Sanders in provocative poses.

But while Bernie Sanders shower fantasies might be at an all-time high, the candidate's appeal seems to be weakening. Millennials with no concept of life under socialism, having been born after the fall of the USSR, can only keep a single candidate afloat for so long before he's done in by the tyrannical machinations of the Democratic party's inevitable frontrunner, Hillary Clinton. In the Texas primary, he lost Austin. It's over.

Justin Trudeau is Condescending & Smug Just Like Obama

By on 3.6.16 | 9:00PM

I watched this evening's 60 Minutes profile of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

While Lara Logan did try, she was not immune from the younger Trudeau's charms.

But I was not so bothered by Logan as I was by Trudeau himself who came across as smug and condescending in a manner reminiscent of President Obama. Only he did so with a Canadian twist.

When Logan asked him about the possibility of a terrorist attack being committed by one of the 25,000 Syrian refugees Canada has accepted, Trudeau stated, "Ultimately, being open and respectful towards each other is much more powerful as a way to diffuse hatred and anger than, you know, layering on, you know, big walls and oppressive policies."

So were Canadians insufficiently open and respectful when a jihadist saw fit to murder a Canadian soldier guarding the National War Memorial before making way to Parliament Hill?

Downton Abbey vs. Democrat Debate; Like There’s Any Contest

By on 3.6.16 | 8:31PM

I will not be watching tonight's Democrat debate. Instead, I shall watch tonight's finale of Downton Abbey. 

Whie Bernie Sanders is still winning primaries, the nomination is a fait d'accompli for Hillary. There is no suspense and even if there was nothing good will come of it.

The same cannot be said of Downton. Will Lady Edith find happiness in matrimony? Will Mary make amends with Edith? Will Anna and Mr. Bates become proud parents? Will Barrow find new employment and peace of mind? Will Daisy blame millionaires and billionaires for her lot in life?

While Downton Abbey will go out in a blaze of glory, the Democratic Party will simply go out in a blaze.

 

Nancy Reagan, R.I.P.

By on 3.6.16 | 2:03PM

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan has passed away of congestive heart failure. She was 94.

Born Anne Francis Robbins, her mother would later re-marry neurosurgeon (and prominent Republican) Loyal Davis and be known as Nancy Davis. She aspired to be an actress and signed a contract with MGM in 1949. However, her career was nearly derailed before it began when her name appeared on the Hollywood blacklist. Davis turned to the Screen Actors Guild for help and sought out the counsel of its President. That man was Ronald Reagan.

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