The Spectacle Blog
In an unexpected move, Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch released President and GM Dave Dombrowski from his contract which was due to expire at the end of the season.
Ilitch, who is also the founder of the restaurant chain Little Caesar's, issued the following statement, "I have decided to release Dave from his contract in order to afford him the time to pursue other career opportunities."
And what could those career opportunities be? ESPN baseball reporter Jayson Stark immediately speculated that Dombrowski could be headed to Boston. Over the weekend, it was announced that Larry Lucchino would be departing as Red Sox President and CEO at the end of the 2015 season. It was expected that the Red Sox would promote either Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy or Fenway Sports Group President Michael Gordon to succeed Lucchino. But Dombrowski's sudden departure throws all that out the window.
Once upon a time, Chris Christie used birth control.
The point of the speech was to discuss how that didn't make him a "bad Catholic" (or something), but it really ended up giving some prospective voters an education in parts of Christie's life that they were demonstrably uninterested in. Keep your eye on the poor man in the foreground, ostensibly not having any more of his lunch. And possibly never eating again.
Dear heaven, make it stop.
And here you all made fun of me for pointing out how horrifying these kinds of lectures can be when Rick Santorum gave one about how his seven children were proof that he knew how to get it on in the bedroom, or when Bernie Sanders wrote about his S&M fantasies in a Vermont alternative weekly.
That was merely the tip of the iceberg, America. Just wait. Hillary Clinton is next.
The one bit of suspense when it came to who would participate in the prime time Fox News/Facebook Republican presidential debate was who would grab the 10th and final spot on the stage. Rick Perry had seemed likely to be there along with Chris Christie until Ohio Governor John Kasich's rapid rise -- still far behind the front-runners but impressive given his very recent entry into the race.
Fox News' Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly just announced that Christie and Kasich will indeed be on the stage for the two-hour 9 PM Eastern debate whereas Perry will be relegated to the earlier "forum" for the other seven Republican candidates which will take place on the same stage as the main event. Perhaps seeming more unfair to some than Perry being off the stage is Christie's being on it, but the numbers are the numbers.
Here are the top ten, as determined by an average of recent polls by Bloomberg, CBS, Fox News, Monmouth University, and Quinnipiac University:
(Percentages listed where the Fox announcers gave the number during the announcement.)
Often spoon-fed alarmist hype by green activist groups, reporters rarely get the science right about the risks associated with trace chemicals found in consumer products. Accordingly, kudos go to the author of a piece published on Fox News (originally published on Health.com), which debunks activist-generatedmisinformation about chemicals used to make sunscreens. In the past, I have pointed out that Fox News has blindly reported misinformation pushed by greens, particularly the Environmental Working Group, so this latest report is refreshing.
The story explains:
Four local police forces in Britain as well as the Independents Police Complaints Commission are investigating allegations of child sexual abuse by former British Prime Minister Edward Heath.
Known as Ted Heath, he brought the Conservative Party to power in 1970 by defeating Harold Wilson’s Labour government. In early 1974, Wilson and Labour would regain power. The following year, Heath was successfully challenged for the Tory party leadership by Margaret Thatcher who, of course, would become Prime Minister at the end of the decade. Heath would remain an MP until his retirement in 2001, having served in the British House of Commons for more than 60 years. He died in 2005 at the age of 89.
It is being reported that these allegations could have come to light in the ’90s when one of the local police forces was investigating a brothel owner, but was dropped after she threatened to expose Heath in court.
More than 500 scientists and colleagues of Willie Soon, Ph.D., signed and sent a letter, along with supporting documents, to the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents.
The letter and supporting materials defend the award-winning solar physicist against allegations he failed to disclose conflicts of interest in publications critics say require such acknowledgments.
The letter notes Soon, a researcher for a quarter of a century at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, has always strictly followed Harvard-Smithsonian’s conflict of interest guidelines.
The National Abortion Federation and StemExpress are still aggressively pursuing TROs on Center for Medical Progress, the former pushing a judge in California to extend their TRO until the end of the month pending a hearing on August 27th.
The videos in question, however, don't feature Planned Parenthood's executives or clinic staff, so today, the CMP released a fifth video on Planned Parenthood's baby parts practice, this time depicting the director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farell, happily negotiating for the release of an intact fetus for scientific experimentation, a practice that she says makes her a top contributor to her region's bottom line.
The video goes into great detail - including gory photos of a 20-week-old child being harvested for spare parts, so I don't recommend viewing it without a wastebasket nearby.
The other morning I was reading along in my New York Times and I came across these lines: Joe Biden’s “relationship with the Clintons has not been without awkwardness and slights.” Well, what were these slights and what was this awkwardness? There were none mentioned. Oh, to be sure there followed plenty of awkward New York Times journalism, but I could not perceive how Joe was responsible for them.
Here is how I would have rewritten the Times report: Joe Biden’s “relationship with the Clintons has not been without awkwardness and slights.” Then I would report what I have reported Biden saying many times before. On the occasion of Boy Clinton’s awarding hundreds of dubious pardons, including one to the late Mark Rich, I would report Joe saying on February 14, 2001: “I mean I just think it’s totally indefensible.” Moreover, I would include ABC News reporting Joe as saying, “I think either the president had an incredible lapse in memory or was brain dead when he did that one.”
Former Detroit Lions running back and entrepreneur Mel Farr died suddenly at the age of 70.
Born in Beaumont, Texas, Farr was an outstanding all around athlete who would become a football star at UCLA. The Detroit Lions would select him as their first round draft pick in 1967. Farr would make an immediate impact and become the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, while his teammate Lem Barney would win the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. Farr would also earn the first of his two trips to the Pro Bowl. Farr played his entire NFL career with the Lions before retiring after the 1973 season.