The Spectacle Blog

Thoughts on ESPN’s Suspension of Curt Schilling

By on 8.26.15 | 1:15PM

Yesterday, ESPN suspended Curt Schilling and removed him from the broadcast crew for the 2015 Little League World Series for retweeting a photo of Hitler bearing the caption, “It is said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?” Schilling added the comment, “The math is staggering when you get to the #’s.”

After initially defending the post, Schilling changed his tune but it was too late. ESPN suspended him almost immediately and issued the following statement:

Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective. We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.

Carly Fiorina Celebrates “Women’s Equality Day” By Paying Women As Much As Men

By on 8.26.15 | 12:31PM

Feminists have long struggled with the concept of "equal pay." Although most social justice-y Gender Studies majors demand that 'equal pay' mean "totally, statistically equal," that standard is actually an impossible one to reach. Women choose different jobs from their male colleagues, often select less dangerous professions (which pay less than the more dangerous ones), work shorter hours and take breaks in the middle of their careers to raise children, and generally make different choices than men. Now, those choices might be the result of ingrained cultural norms, but the idea that women deliberately earn $.77 to every man's $1.00 because of blatant sexism in the workplace, has long been exposed as a myth - and not even a very good one. 

Morning Report: It’s Already Wednesday

By on 8.26.15 | 4:00AM

You're one day closer to the weekend.

In Our Sights:

Monday, Rick Perry was riding high on the news that he'd finally be able to pay his staff in South Carolina, now that his campaign is tapping his SuperPAC for resources. And then, his top aide in Iowa defected to Team Trump

The White House-Joe Biden love fest lasted a full thirty-six hours before someone realized that Hillary Clinton may not take too kindly to this latest snub. Fortunately, they've determined that the best way to solve the problem is to let them fight it out themselves. Possibly in Pay-Per-View.

Trump Was Wrong to Evict Ramos From His Press Conference

By on 8.25.15 | 11:08PM

Before conservatives hail Donald Trump for having Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos from his news conference we should ask ourselves this question.

How would you react if President Obama had evicted a reporter for asking him tough questions?

Although President Obama has occasionally lost his temper with reporters (as he did recently with Major Garrett), he has never had one evicted from a news conference. Of course, the Obama White House did exclude Fox News reporters from interviewing administration officials shortly after taking office but received a backlash from the other networks. Needless to say, the image of a presidential candidate having a news anchor evicted from a news conference is one not easily forgotten.

Trump's ejection of Ramos is particularly egregious when you consider that Ramos has been known to be tougher with Obama in his interviews than most American journalists.

Looking For a Few Good Persons

By on 8.25.15 | 6:05PM

Sadly, the anecdote I’m about to share illustrates so many things these days as our culture continues to circle the drain. It’s is said that someone once asked Louis Armstrong what soul was. The great Satchmo is reported to have replied, “If you listen to the music and can’t hear it, I can’t tell you what it is.” Just so. And when someone asks, in all seriousness, “Well, why shouldn’t women serve in combat and in elite units like Army Rangers of Navy SEALS?” I feel like Louie must have felt trying to answer that poor earless sod’s question about music. If any adult can ask that question, he or she is too immune to the obvious for me to answer it.

As widely reported, the U.S. Army, which is being miniaturized as the threats to our security grow, now has two women Rangers, or at least two women who’ve graduated from Ranger school. Surely political pressure will have these women serving in Ranger units faster than you can say “social engineering.” The news was met mostly by cheering from the usual quarters.

A Captivating Prospect

By on 8.25.15 | 4:07PM

This week Rasmussen Reports asked a more interesting question about Hillary Clinton than the mainstream media have been asking. (Not difficult.) Forty-six percent of 1,000 likely voters told Rasmussen that they agreed La Clinton should suspend her presidential campaign “until all the legal questions about her use of a private email server during her times as Secretary of State are resolved.”

A captivating prospect. But of course it won’t happen. Mz Hillary doesn’t like campaigning, and she’s not at all good at it. But she would rather suspend breathing than interrupt her last chance at the office she wants so badly that everyone in the lower-48 can taste it.

British Foreign Secretary Claims Iran Is Taking a ‘More Nuanced Approach’ Towards Israel; Top Iranian Official Responds by Calling For Its Annilihation

By on 8.25.15 | 3:44PM

With very little fanfare, Britain has restored diplomatic relations with Iran following the recent signing of the Iran nuclear agreement.

In an interview with BBC4, British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond says current Iranian President Rouhani is taking “a more nuanced approach” towards Israel. It would appear that Iran has a different understanding of nuance from that of its Foreign Secretary. Hossein Sheikholeslam, adviser on international affairs to the Speaker of Iran’s parliament, told the Fars News Agency, “Our positions against the usurper Zionist regime have not changed at all; Israel should be annihilated and this is our ultimate slogan.”

The White House Wants You To Know That Joe Biden Is Really Fantastic

By on 8.25.15 | 2:02PM

A pall has passed over Facebook. Hillary's most dedicated supporters are so depressed, giant tears dripping down their embroidered sweatshirts, collecing into pools on the floorboards of their minivans, coloring their endless Facebook wall posts about their precious soccer-playing children with the kind of "blue" tinge they normally reserve for disappointing Grey's Anatomy episodes. The White House has endorsed Joe Biden. 

As Hillary Clinton flails around, desperate to overcome her email scandal, the White House has all but abandoned her in the water. Yesterday, they claimed that choosing Joe Biden over Hillary for Obama's Vice President was a fantastic political decision - perhaps one of Obama's best. Today, they're papering social media with full-throated praise for America's least influential Vice President (unless you consider his impact on Journey's resurgence). According to the Obama Administration, Joe Biden has everything you need to be a President: attitude, aptitude and good looks to boot.

Megyn Kelly Has Got Under Donald Trump’s Skin and How Ben Carson Could Help

By on 8.25.15 | 12:20PM

What to make of Donald Trump’s litany of tweets against Megyn Kelly upon her return to The Kelly File last night?

Either Trump has a schoolboy crush on Kelly or he’s still angry with her for asking him a tough question about his past statements against women at the GOP debate earlier this month. I suspect the latter is more likely and if that is the case then Trump’s skin is even thinner than Obama’s. The last thing this country needs is another thin-skinned Commander in Chief. May I remind people Kelly asked the question almost three weeks ago.

Let me put it another way. Trump wasn’t the only candidate to whom Kelly put a tough question. Consider Dr. Ben Carson. When he wasn’t otherwise being ignored, Kelly asked him this pointed question:

The Morning Spectacle: Tuesday’s Child

By on 8.25.15 | 4:00AM

Today is National Whiskey Sour Day, in case you needed reminding.

In Our Sights:

The White House would like to remind you that picking Joe Biden as VP over Hillary Clinton was an excellent political decision. Because now they're free to endorse Joe Biden for President over Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton maintains that her private email server was both entirely aboveboard and totally safe. Unfortunately, it was also a mystery to the Department of Homeland Security, which now claims the State Department never warned them that Clinton was sending classified love letters through an unsecured server in her basement.