The Spectacle Blog

Columbus PD Think Machete Attack at Restaurant Was Random; Restaurant Owner Disagrees

By on 2.12.16 | 5:09PM

Last night, four people were stabbed by a man wielding a machete at a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. Fortunately, all are expected to survive their injuries. The assailant fled the scene, but authorities caught up with him and eventually shot and killed him. The assailant was later identified as Mohammed Barry who is believed to be of Somali origin who has spent time in Dubai.

Columbus PD have stated they believe the attack was random. However, Barry was in the restaurant 30 to 45 minutes prior to the attack and then returned with the machete. This was no random attack.

#FreakoutFriday: Prohibition, Pregnancy and the Pill!

By on 2.12.16 | 12:28PM

Last week, the brainiacs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decided to piss off every female in America by telling them that if they drink alcohol they must, MUST, take birth control, because apparently women are wildly irresponsible and prone to surprise pregnancies. Mostly, the CDC is worried that you’ll unknowingly get pregnant and continue your hard partying, boozehound habits well into the pregnancy, resulting in a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

Look, FAS is a terrible condition that affects the most innocent. It’s an entirely preventable disease that afflicts 40,000 babies each year. Feel free to freak out about those sad statistics. But what really causes FAS? Is it that glass of wine you enjoyed before you knew you were pregnant? Is it that occasional beer you drank during and while knowing you were pregnant? Or is it the binge drinking that some women do while pregnant?

Well, sadly, there’s no agreement on the causes of FAS. As Tracy Clark-Flory noted in her piece on this subject for Vocative:

Run Pop Run

By on 2.12.16 | 10:32AM

Hats off to Roger Kaplan for advancing the Pop for President Movement, of which I was unaware until this morning, but of which I heartily approve, and will cancel all other entertainment to promote. What an improvement in competence and character Gregg Popovich would be over the hair-balls the two “major” parties are likely to cough up this year.

The Democrats will almost certainly offer up a left-wing crazy of no accomplishment who is a serial liar, mean as a snake, possessor of a heart so hard a coyote wouldn’t eat it, and an enabler of a sexual predator. The leading Republican is an egomaniacal, more-than-slightly bent wheeler-dealer who combines the worst characteristics of P.T. Barnum, Benito Mussolini, and Don Rickles on his un-funniest day. This would definitely be Pop’s year. I do so hope he gets in, thereby giving sentient Americanos a choice they can live with this year.

How David Brooks Created Donald Trump

By on 2.12.16 | 12:51AM

The ugliness of this year’s presidential race makes the New York Times’ resident erstwhile conservative David Brooks wistful for Barack Obama. The irony is that David Brooks, Barack Obama, and their respective tribes bear much of the responsibility for the rise of Donald Trump.

“I miss Barack Obama,” Brooks laments, because “over the course of this campaign it feels as if there’s been a decline in behavioral standards across the board.” Brooks cites Hillary Clinton’s emails and some other stuff, but everyone knows he’s talking about The Donald. “Many of the traits of character and leadership that Obama possesses, and that maybe we have taken too much for granted, have suddenly gone missing or are in short supply. The first and most important of these is basic integrity. The Obama administration has been remarkably scandal-free.” By the time he’s done, Brooks upgrades Obama’s integrity to “superior.”

We all have difficulty seeing our blind spots. That’s why we call them what we call them. But Brooks’ obliviousness here is awe-inspiring.

PBS Wisconsin Democrat Debate Post-Mortem

By on 2.11.16 | 11:27PM

I have just finished watching the Democrat debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that aired on PBS from Milwaukee and here are my observations.

I think Hillary and Bernie were fairly evenly matched up during the domestic portion of the debate. Both were pandering the black vote equally. Hillary got big cheers when she thrashed Wisconsin Governor and former GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker. Bernie stood his ground when Hillary criticized his opposition to comprehensive immigration reform in 2007 by stating the Southern Poverty Law Center, AFL-CIO and LULAC also opposed the bill. Hillary weakly rejoindered it was Ted Kennedy's bill. Bernie also put Hillary on the defensive once again when it came to her campaign contributions from wealthy donors. 

Mark Levin Rehired — Until 2025!

By on 2.11.16 | 9:11PM

Who says merit doesn’t out? Take a look at this headline and part of a press release from Westwood One:

Westwood One Announces Lifetime Extension for “The Mark Levin Show”

Popular Show Hosted by Mark Levin Renewed Through 2025

NEW YORK, NY, February 11, 2016—Westwood One announces that Mark Levin will continue his eponymous talk show for many years to come, as The Mark Levin Show has now been extended through 2025. Levin, one of the most important, popular, and trusted voices in radio, is always at the top of the political conversation. Indeed, his name has been invoked by candidates throughout the presidential primary process during the debates and at campaign rallies.

The Mark Levin Show — which not only covers the most critical events of the day, but delves into history, economics, philosophy, and the constitution — continues to be an enormous ratings and revenue winner for Westwood One and for the more than 300 stations that broadcast the show, including

John Lewis Disses Bernie Sanders’ Civil Rights Record

By on 2.11.16 | 3:38PM

Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis doesn't think much of Bernie Sanders.

After the Congressional Black Caucus' PAC endorsed Hillary Clinton, a reporter tried to ask Lewis about Bernie's civil rights activity, but the veteran Congressman wasn't having any of it:

Well, to be very frank, I'm going to cut you off, but I never saw him, I never met him. I'm a chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for three years, from 1963 to 1966. I was involved in the sit-ins, the freedom rides, the March on Washington, the march from Selma to Montgomery, and directed their voter education project for six years. But I met Hillary Clinton. I met President Clinton.

Obama is the Meanest, Most Polarizing Figure in American Politics

By on 2.11.16 | 9:59AM

In a speech before the Illinois General Assembly, marking the 9th anniversary of the launch of his presidential campaign, President Obama decried the meaness and polarization in American politics:

It’s been noted, often by pundits, that the tone of our politics hasn’t gotten better since I was inaugurated. In fact, it’s gotten worse. That there’s still this yawning gap between the magnitude of our challenges and the smallness of our politics, which is why in my final State of the Union address and in the one before that, I had to acknowledge that one of my few regrets is my inability to reduce the polarization and meanness in our politics.

True to form, Obama detaches himself from the meaness and polarization as if he has no part in it. The fact is that President Obama has set the tone for American politics over the last decade and he is the meanest, most polarizing figure of them all.

Memo to Bernie: It Isn’t The Economy That’s Rigged

By on 2.10.16 | 11:30PM

Earlier today, Emily explained how Hillary Clinton leaves New Hampshire with more delegates than Bernie Sanders despite losing by more than 20% of the vote.

Bernie is fond of saying how the economy is rigged. Well, it isn't the economy that's rigged. It's the Democratic Party that's rigged.

Should Bernie win most of the primaries and caucuses, but Hillary ends up with most of the delegates anyway, Bernie and his supporters will soon learn their party is Democratic in name only.

Carly Fiorina is The Greatest Mystery of the 2016 GOP Race

By on 2.10.16 | 3:51PM

After getting only 4% of the vote in New Hampshire last night, Carly Fiorina has bowed out of the 2016 GOP race.

The failure of her campaign is the greatest mystery of the entire presidential race. A strong showing at the GOP undercard debate last August in Cleveland propelled her to main debate stage the following month where she served Donald Trump a cold dish after he had disparaged her appearance in an interview.

For a couple of weeks, Fiorina enjoyed a bounce but it be short-lived. She did get some increased scrutiny about her time at Hewlett Packard. But if her tenure at HP was in fact fatal to her campaign then what of Trump's four Chapter 11 bankruptcies? Or is it that Republicans still aren't ready for a female presidential candidate? The possibility cannot be discounted.

Putting gender aside, Fiorina is clear, concise and rational. But that's evidently not what Republican voters want this year.