The Spectacle Blog

Bush: “I Know The Nature of the Enemy.”

By on 10.2.14 | 3:09PM

In an interview with Brian Kilmeade on Fox & Friends today, former President George W. Bush did something he has seldom done since leaving office - comment on Iraq.

Kilmeade drew Bush's attention to comments he made in July 2007 in which he warned against withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq too soon. Bush argued at the time that doing so would allow terrorists (namely al Qaeda) to establish a safe haven in Iraq which would lead to mass killings and result in the return of U.S. troops to Iraq. Substitute ISIS for al Qaeda and Bush's warnings have unfortunately come to pass.

When asked how he knew this would come about, Bush replied, "I know the nature of the enemy."

This sums up the difference between George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Now one can certainly Bush legitimately criticize Bush not only for his prosecution of the War in Iraq, but even if we should have gone in there in the first place. Hell, even I found myself posing that question.

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Giants Squash Pirates in NL Wild Card

By on 10.2.14 | 12:20AM

So much for my post-season prediction that the Pittsburgh Pirates would win the World Series.

Unlike Tuesday night's AL Wild Card between the A's and Royals, there was little suspense in the NL Wild Card between the Pirates and the San Francisco Giants which the Giants won 8-0.

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford took the Pirates crowd out of the game with a grand slam HR in the fourth. Amazingly, Crawford is first shortstop to hit a grand salami in post-season game.

Brandon Belt drove in three runs with singles in the sixth and seventh. Buster Posey singled in a run in the 8th.  

But the big story of the game was Giants starter Madison Bumgarner who threw a complete game, four hit shutout. Clayton Kershaw might win both the NL Cy Young and NL MVP, but MadBum is at his level and might emerge as the pitching hero of this post-season.

The Giants advance to the NLDS against the Washington Nationals. Game 1 begins on Friday afternoon in D.C. 

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A Canadian Perspective on the White House Security Breach

By on 10.1.14 | 1:12PM

The story of the White House intruder reminds me that things could have been far worse. Consider what took place at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, the official residence of Canada's Prime Minister nearly 20 years ago.

It was November 1995 and, at the time, the Liberal government of Jean Chretien was in office and had just survived the second Quebec Referendum. That night, a man named Andre Dallaire, managed to break into 24 Sussex Drive and found himself outside of Chretien's bedroom. The noise awakened Chretien's wife Aline who went to investigate. Upon exiting the bedroom, she saw Dallaire brandishing an open jackknife with a 4 3/4-inch blade. Mrs. Chretien retreated back into the bedroom, locked the doors, called the RCMP and grabbed an Inuit sculpture for protection.

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The Next Time the Obama WH Tells Reporters They Can’t Interview People

By on 10.1.14 | 11:41AM

Earlier this week, First Lady Michelle Obama went to Milwaukee to make a speech on behalf of Mary Pratt, the Democrat gubernatorial candidate challenging Scott Walker.

Prior to the event, aides for both the White House and the Pratt campaign told reporters they could not interview anyone in the crowd. This angered veteran Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Kissinger who said she was "creeped out" by this behavior on her Facebook page.

The next time the Obama White House does this to reporters, they should tell them to fold it five ways and stick it where the moon don't shine. They should then proceed to interview people. This puts the ball in the White House's court. If an Obama aide tells reporters to cease interviewing people then the reporters should ask, "And what if we don't? What are you going to do? Arrest us?"

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Hannity and Levin Dance: A JibJab Must-See

By on 10.1.14 | 4:00AM

Ya gotta admit. Sean Hannity and Mark Levin got rhythm. Just look-see right here at Jib Jab, the site working with the two for months — OK years — to get them honed to Dancing With the Stars quality. 

Come on. Give it up for the JibJab Boys! What’s a conservative revolution if you can’t dance????

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Royals Triumph Over A’s in 12 to Win AL Wild Card

By on 10.1.14 | 1:34AM

Wow!!! What an AL Wild Card game. The Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland A's 9-8 in 12 innings and now travel west to play the Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS.

This was the best game I've seen since Game 6 of the 2011 World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Sure there were some great games during the Red Sox run last year, but in terms of a pure game this was the best I've seen in awhile. 

The seven stolen bases by the Royals reminded me of when I used to watch Ron LeFlore, Tim Raines and Rodney Scott steal bases for the Montreal Expos in the early 1980's. I felt like a kid again.

But it didn't begin well for the Royals. Oakland got off to a 2-0 lead in the first on a home run by Brandon Moss.

K.C. scored a run in the bottom of the first on a single by Billy Butler. But Butler somehow got stranded between first and second while Alex Gordon was up. Eric Hosmer tried to score but was thrown out at the plate. 

The Royals would take a 3-2  on a double by Lorenzo Cain and a single by Hosmer. 

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FBI Minimizing Oklahoma Beheading

By on 9.30.14 | 4:49PM

Not surprisingly the FBI is doing its best to minimize last week's beheading in Oklahoma. Consider the commentary on Alton Nolen's Facebook page.

From The Washington Post:

The Moore police said that Nolen had tried to convert several co-workers to Islam. Two federal law enforcement officials told The Washington Post that Nolen was a recent convert to Islam with a “provocative” Facebook page that included a photo of Osama bin Laden.

Yet these officials also said that the FBI had found no link to terrorism. They also said there was no indication that Nolen was copying the beheadings of journalists in Syria carried out by the Islamic State. Instead, the officials said, they are treating this as an incident of workplace violence.

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Perry: Obama Administration Must Address Oklahoma Beheading

By on 9.30.14 | 12:14AM

During an appearance on Fox & Friends, Texas Governor Rick Perry called upon the White House to address the beheading in Oklahoma last week. 

At this point, the FBI is characterizing the attack as an act of "workplace violence." Quel surprise.

For his part, Perry characterized the incident as "an act of violence that is associated with terrorism".

Let's hope that more public officials bring pressure to bear on the Obama Administration to address this act of evil.

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Astros Name Hinch New Manager

By on 9.29.14 | 9:27PM

The Houston Astros named A.J. Hinch as their new manager. 

Although the Astros were much improved in 2014, GM Jeff Ludnow saw fit to fire Bo Porter earlier this month. Tom Lawless managed the team until yesterday.
Hinch previously managed the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was hired during the 2009 season to replace Bob Melvin (who currently manages the Oakland A's) despite never having any managerial or coaching experience. By the middle of the 2010 season, the D'backs dismissed Hinch in favor of Kirk Gibson (who himself was fired a few days ago). The D'backs were 89-123 under Hinch.
Shortly after the D'Backs dismissed him, Hinch was hired by the San Diego Padres to head up their scouting department, a position he held until resigning in August. 
Hinch seems like a guy with a lot of ideas, but I'm not sure they translate well in the dugout.
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Netanyahu at UN: ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda One and the Same

By on 9.29.14 | 8:21PM

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly with his usual moral clarity. The sort of moral clarity for which President Obama hates him.

His key line was, “So when it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas.”

He also included Boko Haram in Nigeria, Ash-Shabab in Somalia, Hezbollah, An-Nusrah in Syria, the Mahdi Army in Iraq, and al Qaeda in his condemnation of “militant Islam.”

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