The Spectacle Blog

The Donald in Complete Sentences

By on 9.11.15 | 11:07AM

Here’s a clip of the Donald from long ago and far away. Many will be surprised that there was a time when the Donald spoke in complete sentences, rather than in the elliptical manner he has adopted for the current campaign. (How about an office contest: Be the first to catch the Donald combing a subject and a predicate in the same utterance, and win a night at Trump Tower.)

Also Donald then, as opposed to now, had hair of a color that appears in nature.

Finally, a Republican Stands Up Against Trump

By on 9.11.15 | 9:45AM

Bobby Jindal is a smart -- even brilliant -- and accomplished man who will almost certainly not be our next president. So he doesn't have much to lose by speaking from the heart.

Speaking at the National Press Club on Friday, Jindal launched the first full-fledged Republican assault on the political tumor that is Donald Trump. The video is a must-watch just to hear someone, anyone, give a lengthy description of the true nature of the current Republican front-runner.

Jindal followed the speech with a fund-raising e-mail which highlights that his speech was "about Donald Trump" and quoting some of his own speech:

The Morning Spectacle: Exclusions Apply

By on 9.11.15 | 4:00AM

You've made it to Friday, Spectators. Just a few short hours to go.

In Our Sights

Last night, Senate Democrats desperately tried to protect President Obama from an embarassing veto, derailing a resolution of disapproval floated by Senate Republicans, and preventing a final vote on a measure designed to complicate approval for the President's nuclear deal with Iran. This, essentially, means that President Obama has a clear path to approval for the agreement he considers the hallmark of his foreign policy, and, that you can enjoy all the benefits of our newest allegiance.

Thirsty Thursday: Wyoming Whiskey

By on 9.10.15 | 8:45PM

This week, we’re reviewing Wyoming Whiskey, a craft whiskey that claims to be from the first legal distillery operating in Wyoming since prohibition. Following a trend of craft spirits, the whiskey is made from “all locally sourced ingredients,” including mountain spring water (sourced from the nearby Big Horn Basin). Its mash is corn, wheat and malted barley. 

After the initial stages of distilling, the whiskey is aged for five years in new, white oak charred barrels, just as you would expect from a true Kentucky bourbon or Tennessee whiskey.  It is bottled at 44 ABV, in honor of Wyoming being the 44th state admitted to the union (88 proof). The whiskey is supposed to be evocative of the Old West, and as such, begs to be drunk straight from a shot glass – no frills. In practice, this is a whiskey you can sip and enjoy slowly in a classic cocktail, but we recommend you enjoy it straight or neat.

David Brock Accuses the NYT of Being Conservative

By on 9.10.15 | 2:54PM

Hillary Clinton may be undergoing a software upgrade to make her "nicer" and more "media-friendly," but that doesn't mean her surrogates are taking a softer and more subtle approach to her campaign priorities. 

David Brock, head of Media Matters and, more recently, dogged Marco Rubio investigator hell bent on documenting every last specious purchase Rubio made on his middle class salary, is concerned that a high-visibility media outlet has been too tough on his BFF, sweet Hillary. This outlet, which Brock believes to be nothing more than a propaganda arm of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, has been doing little more than parroting Republican talking points to curry favor with its heavily right-leaning readership, he says. The New York Times, David Brock says, must be stopped.

Yes, you read that right. That well-known conservative propaganda outlet the New York Times.

Jindal Trying to Trump Trump?

By on 9.10.15 | 2:18PM

Bobby Jindal, moving slow but dreaming fast,  knocked Donald Trump today by saying, "Donald, thanks for the show.  Almost as funny as Don Rickles."

Don Rickles made a career out of insulting people in a humorous way on stage.  Jindal is trying to diminish Trump's stature by saying his campaign is characterized by insults and is more performance art than serious politics.

In a way, then, Jindal is trying to channel Rickles himself, using an on-stage putdown as a way of looking good at Trump's expense.  Well, to paraphrase Senator Bentsen, "Governor Jindal, I know Don Rickles, and you ain't no Don Rickles..."

Jindal Tears Into Trump After Spate of Bizarre Insults

By on 9.10.15 | 1:15PM

Bobby Jindal is not going to take Donald Trump sitting down. 

The Louisiana Governor tore into Trump in a press conference today, calling the celebrity Presidential candidate a "carnival act" and an "unstable narcissist," and comparing Trump to Kim Kardashian (though, oddly, he left out any mention of Kardashian's husband, Kanye West, of whom Trump is a declared fan). The pushback comes as Trump has dominated the news cycle over the last 24 hours for a spate of bizarre comments, first about Carly Fiorina's looks (to Rolling Stone) and then about Ben Carson's track record as a neurosurgeon. 

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal tore into Republican presidential rival Donald Trump Thursday, calling him an “unstable narcissist” and warning that he would ruin the GOP’s chance of winning the general election of he wins the Republican nomination.

“We can 'make America great again,'” Jindal said, cribbing Trump’s campaign slogan. “But we will not do that by putting an unserious and unstable narcissist in the White House.”

Intelligence Analysts Blow Whistle on Altered ISIS Assessments

By on 9.10.15 | 1:02PM

Ever wonder why the Administration insisted that ISIS was nothing more than a "JV" team, even though they were running roughsod over most of the Middle East, hacking Christians to death by the thousands and destroying World Heritage sites with impunity? 

According to about fifty US intelligence experts working at US Central Command, much of the intelligence on ISIS in Syria and elsewhere was altered by senior intelligence officials to match the Obama Administration's underwhelming threat assessments. Even though much of the intelligence pointed to a very sophisticated, very aggressive ISIS force, these individuals believe that many reports were deemed "overly negative" because they didn't fit with administration's rosier public view of things. 

More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military's Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned.

Let’s See Trump Say That to Fiorina’s Face

By on 9.10.15 | 12:19PM

Donald Trump was on the defensive for comments he made about Carly Fiorina’s physical appearance in a profile of him in Rolling Stone.

Trump said of Fiorina, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next President?”

In a conversation with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Trump said, “I’m not talking about looks. I’m talking about persona.” This notwithstanding the fact that he made two specific references to Fiorina’s face.

House Mulling Impeachment of EPA Administrator

By on 9.10.15 | 10:43AM

Rep. Paul A. Gosar, (R-Az.) is leading an effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach Gina McCarthy, the scandal-plagued administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for providing false and misleading testimony before several House panels that oversee environmental policy. Jurisdiction for the impeachment by the House comes from the Constitution of the U.S., and is based on the allegation of the commission of “high crimes and misdemeanors against the U.S.”