The Spectacle Blog

Move Over Jimmy Carter: Obama Most Unpopular President Since World War II

By on 7.3.14 | 1:39PM

A poll released by Quinnipiac University this morning has some devastating numbers for President Obama. The title of the poll, “Obama is First as Worst President Since WWII,” says it all, but let’s look at some of the other numbers.

According to Quinnipiac, Ronald Reagan is seen as the best president since World War II, with 35 percent taking that view. Reagan almost doubled Clinton’s 18 percent, with JFK trailing close behind Clinton at 15 percent. When you break down the results, the independent vote makes the difference, with 66 percent of Reagan’s support coming from that block. Meanwhile, Clinton’s support tends to be more partisan, with 34 percent of his vote coming from Democrats.

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Rick Perry a ‘West Coast Metrosexual’ For Giving Up Cowboy Boots

By on 7.3.14 | 11:35AM

In Texas they take these things seriously. Word has slipped that Rick Perry has taken off his cowboy boots for good, saying they worsen the back pain that was reportedly the proximate cause of his 2012 presidential campaign's worst moment.

But that don't sit well with the state's land commissioner, Jerry Patterson. “Tell Rick that boots can be purchased with normal heels,” Patterson commented to a columnist for the Austin American-Statesman. “I lament the fact that our governor could now pass for a West Coast metrosexual and has embarrassed us all with his sartorial change of direction.”

The New York Times further notes that:

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Japan Mulls a Self-Defense Force

By on 7.3.14 | 10:44AM

In what is being described as a “landmark shift” in Japan’s defense posture, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration authorized a reinterpretation of Article 9 of the Japanese constitution Tuesday. The new understanding of the article allows for Japan’s defense forces to mobilize overseas in “collective self-defense” of the country’s allies. The decision does not appear to be a popular one, as 55 percent of Japanese surveyed by Japan’s Kyodo News last weekend opposed it.

Article 9 of the Japanese constitution, which was implemented in 1947, is a renunciation of war, reading:

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Fourth of July Comes Early in Boston

By on 7.2.14 | 11:45PM

The annual Fourth of July concert at The Hatch Shell on The Esplanade has been moved back to tomorrow. Heavy rain and winds from Tropical Storm Arthur are expected to hit the Hub Friday making deployment of fireworks dangerous. 

The day before the Fourth, there is a dress rehearsal which is open to the public and includes everything except for the fireworks. I've had the opportunity to watch the dress rehearsal concert which is a lot of fun. A few years ago, I had the chance to hear Neil Diamond at the dress rehearsal show. This year's featured act is The Beach Boys.

Interestingly, the dress rehearsal has been used as the Fourth of July broadcast on Armed Forces Radio. But this year the dress rehearsal is going to be the show. That is unless the rain and wind arrive early. Should this come to pass then the show could be moved to Saturday. In which case, my next post will be titled, "Fourth of July Delayed in Boston". 

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Jim Brosnan, R.I.P.

By on 7.2.14 | 11:04PM

Former big league pitcher turned writer Jim Brosnan passed away last Saturday at the age of 84. 

Brosnan signed with the Chicago Cubs in 1946 when he was only 17, but would not make his major league debut with the Cubs until 1954. He would not stick in the majors for good until 1956. Mid-way through the 1958 season, the Cubs dealt Brosnan to the St. Louis Cardinals for future big league manager Alvin Dark. 

It was in 1959 that Brosnan became a nationally known figure, but not for his pitching. That season, Brosnan kept a diary which would be published the following year as The Long Season. Until then books authored by baseball players and other athletes were actually penned by ghostwriters. Even before Brosnan wrote The Long Season, his thick glasses and the books he kept in the clubhouse earned him the nickname "The Professor". 

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Thoughts on The Death of a Palestinian Teenager

By on 7.2.14 | 3:07PM

The murder of 16-year old Palestinian Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir is prompting speculation that he was killed by Jewish settlers in retaliation for the three Israeli teenagers whose bodies were found on Monday after being held in captivity by Hamas for three weeks. Witnesses claim Khdeir was outside a mosque in East Jerusalem and that he was forcibly abducted by occupants in a van. Such speculation prompts Washington Post foreign affairs writer Adam Taylor to argue that this might prompt a "third Intifada".

If it does turn out that Jewish settlers were responsible for Khdeir's murder then they should be prosecuted and punished to fullest extent of the law.

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On This Day in 1776

By on 7.2.14 | 12:22PM

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed and the door to the United States of America opened even wider. Nobler pens than mine have graced this event with prose, but I think it is worthwhile to reflect that however impossible the American Dream might seem to us today, it seemed a great deal less plausible to the Founding Fathers then. I defer to John Adams, who penned the following letter (shown here in part) to his wife, Abigail, describing the tumultuous events he helped orchestrate.

Adams's view that July 2 would be a day of celebration ever after proved to be in error, but his other analysis is striking for being both prophetic and—238 years out—relevant.

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Governor Ganja: Gary Johnson’s Pot Products Are ‘Very, Very Pleasant’

By on 7.2.14 | 11:22AM

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is the new president and CEO of a Nevada-based firm developing marijuana products for sale in Colorado and Washington state, where voters have legazlied the substance.

Johnson will be paid $1 per year and will receive equity in the company, the value of which he expects to go sky high. “We think we have the creme de la creme of marijuana products.” he told Politico. “Couple of things hit you when you try the product. One is, wow, why would anybody smoke marijuana given this is an alternative? And then secondly, it’s just very, very pleasant. I mean, very pleasant.”

I hope he'll also serve as product pitchman on Colorado TV.

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Liberal Tolerance is on a Roll

By on 7.2.14 | 11:12AM

This week has been a bad one for the left. The meltdown after both the Hobby Lobby and Harris v. Quinn cases yesterday put the tolerance of the left on full display. Liberals took to their Twitter and other forms of media to vent their frustration. Some even hilariously went after SCOTUSBlog, a privately run blog independent of the Supreme Court.

But now the “opened-mindedness” crowd has found a new target: black conservatives.

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Morning Round-Up 7-2

By on 7.2.14 | 9:41AM

 Feature of the Day: How the Supreme Court Changed America This Year


Morning Headlines




Associated Press

1.   Suspected Revenge Killing Sparks Jerusalem Clashes

2.  Chechen in Syria a Rising Star in Extremist Group



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