The Spectacle Blog

The Obamas Might Abandon Chicago for New York

By on 3.27.15 | 12:13PM

Although Rahm Emanuel has pulled well ahead of challenger Chuy Garcia in the Chicago mayoral race (the last poll had him with a comfortable 15 point lead, but still without the 50% necessary to win), with a whopping 18% still undecided and a quesstionable debate performance last night, nothing is guaranteed - which might explain why the President seems less sure about his post-tenure plans. Without his former advisor in charge, there's no guarantee he'll be showered by the love and affection he expects from his waiting public.

According to reports, the fact that the Obama library still hasn't landed a permanent location points to an unsettling rumor that the Obamas will be trading their precious palace in Chicago for a home in midtown Manhattan.

Harry Reid Announces Retirement, Gaping Hole in Nevada

By on 3.27.15 | 10:42AM

Aaron already announced that Sen. Harry Reid will not seek re-election at the end of this term, ostensibly because of the horrific eye injuries he sustained a few weeks ago, after falling victim to a back-snapping physical therapy resistance band, falling into a Stairmaster and banging his face on the handle (but it's probalby more likely he's out because he's now in the minority and doesn't want to fight uphill for the remainder of his career).  

Let that sink in for a minute: a piece of exercise equipment may have done what Republicans never could. I mean that as nicely as possible, of course - I don't want anyone, including Harry Reid, to have to face a devastating eye injury, especially one that robs him of his sight - but when you think about how Harry Reid's career could have ended, and Sharron Angle comes to mind, it really brings home how ineffective the Republican ground game has really been of late. 

Out of Spite: Obama Admin Reveals Israel’s Nuclear Program

By on 3.27.15 | 9:20AM

The Obama Administration's reassessment of its relationship with Israel continues with the declassification of Israel's nuclear program.

This comes amidst accusations from the Obama Administration against Israel spying on its nuclear negotiations with Iran. The Obama Administration, of course, found this out by spying on Israel.

It's true that Israel's nuclear program has been an open secret and yet previous presidential administrations, Democrat and Republican, still officially kept it a secret. Say what you will about Israel's nuclear program. Israel developed it not to threaten its neighbors, but to deter them. The U.S. and the rest of the civilized world understood that. The same cannot be said of Iran's nuclear ambitions.

It is worth noting that while the Obama Administration released Israel's nuclear information it redacted information in the 1987 document on the nuclear programs in West Germany, Italy, France and other NATO allies.

Harry Reid Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2016

By on 3.27.15 | 9:00AM

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has revealed to The New York Times that he will not seek re-election in 2016.

I can't say that I'm sorry to see him go even if it means he'll probably be replaced by Chuck Schumer. But there's a good chance a Republican could win his seat though one wonders if his son Rory will seek the Democratic nomination.

Whether it was declaring the War in Iraq lost before the surge, his vicious personal attacks against Mitt Romney and the Koch Brothers on the Senate floor represent much of what is wrong with 21st century liberalism in America.

For his part, Reid denies his departure is a result of either the Democrats losing the Senate in last November's mid-term elections or because the facial and eye injuries he sustained while exercising at home on New Year's Day. Reid told the Times, “I want to be able to go out at the top of my game. I don’t want to be a 42-year-old trying to become a designated hitter.”

Reid's date of expiration passed long, long ago.

John Renbourn, R.I.P.

By on 3.26.15 | 9:52PM

Guitarist John Renbourn was found dead this morning after failing to turn up for a gig with Wizz Jones last night in Scotland. Renbourn had a massive heart attack. He was 70.

Although Renbourn played in a variety of styles, he was best known for playing traditional folk music with Pentangle.  Renbourn also played sitar and banjo.

Take a listen to Renbourn's guitar work on the Pentangle song "Light Flight".

US Considers Letting Iran Have an Underground Nuclear Bunker

By on 3.26.15 | 3:27PM

Good news, everyone! It turns out, if Iran likes its secret, underground, bomb-proof nuclear bunker, thanks to the actions of the Obama Administration, Iran can keep its secret, underground, bomb-proof nuclear bunker

The DEA Threw Some Awesome Parties in Colombia

By on 3.26.15 | 2:55PM

There's definitely a theme to the news today that I'm not entirely comfortable with. First, Democrats are trying to insist that Global Climate Change is going to make us all into prostitutes, then Congress finally locates the bipartisanship necessary to pass a bill and it's a regulation demanding the Federal employees refrain from watching adult content on the Internet at work (though, frankly, perhaps they need to watch more, since they're still far to productive for my tastes).

And now we have word that the DEA, which is the Drug Enforcement Agency, is facing a "Colombian Prostitutes" scandal of it's own, not unlike it's brother organization, the Secret Service, as an IG report released this week revealed that much more was going on for DEA agents stationed in Colombia than just drug interdiction.

Rep. Barbara Lee: Stop Global Warming Before Everyone Gets an STI

By on 3.26.15 | 12:10PM

I don't delve much into the Global Climate Change debate, mostly because it seems like there's no real way to be part of the conversation on either side without looking like a complete lunatic, and I already do more than enough of that. While I believe that stewardship of the environment is a very important thing, I'm not sure how the government, which can barely deliver the mail correctly on a good day, and frequently spends thirty times more on an item from a hardware store than it would cost on the black market in North Korea, is qualified to address the tragedies associated with a burning atmosphere and a rising ocean level.

I could be wrong. John Kerry could surprise me. But I doubt it.

Head of Womens Health Conglomerate Unsure How Insurance Works

By on 3.26.15 | 11:52AM

This week marked the fifth anniversary of Obamacare, and while some of us celebrated by spending hours on the phone with an insurance company rectifying a double charge because they can't keep track of their billing, and Ted Cruz celebrated by availing himself of the system in order to get an inside look at the exchange that's making everyone's lives a terrible place, the head of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, celebrated by reminding America that they now give a ton of money to her organization involuntarily.

This is true now more than ever, as thanks to an "equality" provision in the Affordable Care Act, men and women now pay the same rates for insurance, despite the fact that women, on the whole, cost more to insure, most notably because many of them have working uteruses that produce living children. In return, yes, women can now celebrate the opportunity to pay to care for prostates they don't have and Viagra prescriptions they probably won't need, but let's not get too far from the point in question: ACA was very, very good to Planned Parenthood.

A Serious Blow, But There’s Time to Recover

By on 3.26.15 | 11:34AM

Florida’s lighter-than-air former governor, former attorney general, former education commissioner, former state senator and current trial-lawyer pitch-man Charlie Crist has endorsed Democrat Congressman Patrick Murphy of Jupiter (not the planet but the South Florida town) for the U.S. Senate seat that Crist himself has run for twice and lost. It’s the seat Marco Rubio will almost certainly not run for re-election to in 2016 in favor of running for president.

Crist is one of the few politicians in the history of the republic who can claim to have lost statewide races as a Republican, as an independent, and as a Democrat. When Crist sought the Senate seat he is endorsing Murphy for, he lost to Marco Rubio by 20 points in 2010. This past fall Crist lost the Florida governor’s race to Rick Scott, the most uncomfortable and awkward politician ever to bestride a podium, and one of the least popular elected officials in Florida’s history.

Crist’s endorsement is clearly a blow to the nascent Murphy campaign. But it’s early days, so Murphy has time to recover.