The Spectacle Blog

Trump Supporter Who Punched Protester: “Next Time, We Might Have To Kill Him.”

By on 3.11.16 | 1:03PM

Consider what Donald Trump said during his closing statement in last night's GOP debate in Miami which aired on CNN:

The Republican Party has a great chance to embrace millions of people that it's never known before. They're coming by the millions. We should seize that opportunity. These are great people. These are fantastic people. These are people that love our country. These are people that want to see America be great again.

Among these great, fantastic people who love this country is one John McGraw who saw fit to sucker punch a protester at a Trump rally in Fayettville, North Carolina earlier on Wednesday. McGraw was subsequently arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct. He was not the least bit sorry for his conduct telling a reporter with Inside Edition: "The next time we see him, we might have to kill him."

‘The Young Messiah’ Opens Today

By on 3.11.16 | 12:51PM

The Young Messiah opens today in theatres around the country, and I encourage everyone to see it. It’s a movie about the seven year-old Christ, and it encourages Christians to wonder what He was like as a child. The Gospels don’t much tell us, and we’re left to speculate. Was he a normal kid? Did he like to run around and play with toys? Or was He already gifted with more than human intelligence and knowledge? It’s a puzzle as old as the earliest heresies. Was He human more than divine, as the Arians claimed, or was He divine but not truly human, as the Monophysites asserted?

In the film, Christ is both, which is the orthodox view of the question, and as The Young Messiah has been praised by bishops you don’t have to rely on me that the writers and directors, Cy and Betsey Nowrasteh got it right.

The film isn’t a theological lecture, however. It’s a stunningly beautiful and well-acted film that you can’t take you eyes off as you watch it. Go see it!

Has Tonight’s GOP Debate Given Rubio a Reprieve?

By on 3.10.16 | 11:35PM

Over the past few days, many anti-Trump conservative writers have been calling upon Marco Rubio to drop out of the race after having won only two GOP contests and lagging 20 points behind Trump in his native Florida. I have not been among them. I still think Rubio is the most viable Republican candidate in the field. If he should fail, I'd rather see him go down fighting than just give up because Ted Cruz says so.

Rubio explained why he did not drop out of the race after a disappointing night on Tuesday. His wife told him about a old man who recently had surgery and was told to rest. Instead, he has been going outside and holding up a Rubio sign. If that man wasn't giving up on Rubio then why should he give up on himself?

Ben Carson Has Gone From Praying to Playing for Trump

By on 3.10.16 | 8:25PM

When Ben Carson withdrew from last week's GOP debate prior to formally suspending his campaign, I wrote, "Whatever Carson does from here on out he will do no harm."

It would seem that I must take back that statement as it appears that Dr. Carson will be endorsing Donald Trump tomorrow becoming the second ex-GOP presidential candidate to do so following Chris Christie. 

I suppose we shouldn't be too surprised given the hubaloo between Carson and Cruz during the Iowa Caucus when the Cruz campaigned prematurely suggested he was withdrawing from the race. 

The Thuggishness of The Trump Campaign UPDATE

By on 3.10.16 | 8:06PM

When you consider the months of boorish behavior from Donald Trump, can one really be surprised when that behavior rubs off on his staff?

How else does one explain Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski assaulting reporter Michelle Fields following his press conference on Tuesday night? The incident has been captured on audio.

How else does one explain the efforts of the Trump campaign to defame Fields' character and reputation rather than discipline Lewandowski?

If Trump can pull off stunts without consequence, his staff figures they can do the same.

Dislike the media to your heart's content. But there's just no excuse for what happened. Fields is not only with a media outlet sympathetic to Trump, she was hardly doing anything out of the ordinary. I fail to see how posing a question to Trump about affirmative action warrants being physically accosted never mind engaging in defamation.

A Critical Mass of Islam Hates Us

By on 3.10.16 | 3:51PM

Donald Trump has waded his way back to the question of Muslims by telling CNN's Anderson Cooper in an interview yesterday, "I think Islam hates us."

Trump elaborated, "But there is a tremendous hatred, and we have to be very vigilant, we have to be very careful, and we can’t allow people coming into this country who have this hatred of the United States, and of people that are not Muslim."

There is no doubt that a critical mass of Muslims hate America and the West at large. If one reads Osama bin Laden's 1998 fatwa, he decrees it is the duty of every Muslim "to kill the Americans and their allies" be they military or civilian. Later that year, the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were attacked. Three years came the 9/11 attacks.

President Obama: “I Have Not Contributed to Dividing the Country.”

By on 3.10.16 | 3:30PM

Barack Obama may have spent most of his morning press conference holding babies and snuggling Canadian Prime Ministers (they're best friends! though they've only met once), but he took a moment to reassure those gathered in the Rose Garden that he is definitely not the reason that the country seems to be at war with itself.

He's uniter, not a divider, and it's simply not his fault that people resist their basic urge to like him, thus upending the natural order.

Loretta Lynch Won’t Rule Out Indicting You For Questioning Climate Change

By on 3.10.16 | 1:19PM

Attorney General Loretta Lynch was cagey yesterday when asked whether she'd be willing to file charges against Hillary Clinton if the FBI investigation into the former Secretary of State's bathroom email server, telling the Senate Judiciary Committee that she would consult with "officials" before she did anything rash, like cross Debbie Wasserman Schultz. 

On the subject of whether she'd considered indicting Climate Change heretics for their crimes against groupthink, she was less evasive

Saloon Series - Exploring the Whiskey World at WhiskyLIVE USA

By on 3.10.16 | 12:37PM

WhiskyLIVE USA, the fabulous salute to a marvelous drink, rolled into Washington, DC this past week. A month previous, WhiskyLIVE USA was in New York, and come June it will land in Louisville, Kentucky. The event was spawned by the U.K.’s Whisky magazine, which hosts WhiskyLIVE tastings around the world.

What is this booze bash? Well, it’s simple: you bought a ticket, and for three and half hours you got to amble about the cavernous Grand Hyatt with glass in hand soaking up the manifold marvels of our Whiskey World.

I Guess Those Iranian Missiles With The Inscription “Israel Must Be Wiped Out” Were Intended for a Domestic Political Audience

By on 3.10.16 | 11:15AM

Yesterday, Iran launched two ballistic missiles with a Hebrew inscription which read, "Israel must be wiped out."

I wonder if Josh Earnest will say that the language written on the missiles was "intended for a domestic political audience". You may recall that Earnest used this line of reasoning almost a year ago when the Ayatollah Khamenei proclaimed "Death to America" in a speech.

At the time, the Obama Administration was more upset with Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election victory than the Ayatollah's incitement.

A year later, not much has changed. Earlier this week, Earnest publicly chided Netanyahu for cancelling a meeting with President Obama.