The Spectacle Blog

Jimmy Carter: President Obama’s Middle East Policy Sucks

By on 10.8.14 | 3:50PM

Jimmy Carter is not an expert in Middle Eastern foreign policy. Or, at least, he wasn't an expert when Middle East foreign policy was happening to him. But now, after decades away from the limelight, after building countless homes for America's impoverished families and speaking regularly on the scourge of Israel's right to self-defense, Jimmy Carter has, apparently, acquired enough foreign policy acumen to entice CNN to interview him on the current situation with ISIS.

Or they figure if anyone would know how to functionally dismantle an entire region, it would be Jimmy Carter. 

Either way, Jimmy Carter, the man best known for messing up our Middle East foreign policy, cannot begin to explain to you how badly President Obama is messing up our Middle East foreign policy.

Former President Jimmy Carter said President Barack Obama "waited too long" to go after ISIS and criticized what he described as the president's changing foreign policy.

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Brent Bozell Takes Down Karl Rove

By on 10.8.14 | 11:34AM

In a direct and no-nonsense fashion, Brent Bozell has taken on Karl Rove over in Politico

Among other things, Brent notes:

Rove belongs to the same tradition of moderates who fought Barry Goldwater in 1964, who pushed back against Ronald Reagan in 1976 and did everything they could to stop Reagan again in 1980. They said Reagan would be a disaster for the party and even the country.

Today, Reagan is one of the most well-remembered American presidents and remains the standard-bearer for what it means to be a conservative Republican, popularizing a small government message that GOP moderates said was too extreme to resonate with voters. As with Rove’s predictions about Mitt Romney’s chances in 2012, GOP moderates couldn’t have been more wrong about Reagan.

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Cardinals & Giants to Meet in NLCS for Second Time in Three Years

By on 10.8.14 | 12:51AM

For the second time in three years, the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants will face one another in the NLCS. In 2012, the Giants bested the Cardinals after being down 3-1 in series and would go on to win the World Series. 

Contrast this with the Orioles and Royals who haven't been in an ALCS in 17 and 29 years, respectively.

For the second time in five days, the Cardinals beat Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. After the Cardinals scored 7 runs off Kershaw in Game 1 on Saturday, today Matt Adams belted a three run HR off Kershaw in the seventh inning after being down 2-0. The Cardinals own Kershaw as they also overmatched him in the 2013 NLCS. Kershaw will probably win the NL Cy Young and NL MVP, but no World Series ring. 

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Jesse Jackson is in Dallas Fighting Ebola, Because Obviously

By on 10.7.14 | 3:22PM

For a moment there, yesterday, when the Dallas Ebola apartment was being fumigated by HazMat crews, and the Dallas medical community confirmed that the Dallas Ebola patient was receiving experimental medical care and that his family and friends were disease-free and cleared to return to work, it almost looked as though the media were about to lose their opportunity for wall-to-wall coverage of the deadly African virus's appearance in Texas.

Thankfully, Jesse Jackson arrived to save the day, and - according to Jesse, at least - the Dallas Ebola patient himself

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is in Dallas Tuesday to make sure Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan is getting the best medical care possible.

Rev. Jackson said Duncan's family asked for his help. He recently tweeted that "he should not be shunned" and to "kill the disease and not the person."

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Leon Panetta Then & Now on Benghazi

By on 10.7.14 | 3:08PM

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports to promote his new book Worthy Fights.

During the interview, Panetta stated he knew "from the beginning" the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi were "a terrorist attack on our compound."

However, when Panetta testified about Benghazi before the Senate Armed Services Committee in February 2013, he told Senator Lindsey Graham, “I think the biggest problem that night, senator, was that nobody knew really what was going on there.”

Panetta would go on to say that he did characterize Benghazi as a terrorist attack in closed door session with the same Senate committee during a meeting on Syria 72 hours after the attack. But this was a full two days before then UN Ambassador Susan Rice's infamous Sunday talk show appearance in which she falsely characterized the attacks as a spontaneous reaction to the Muhammad internet video.

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Wendy Davis Doesn’t Understand Why Women Would Vote For Anyone Other than Wendy Davis

By on 10.7.14 | 1:40PM

 

At last count, Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is trailing about 10 points behind Republican candidate Greg Abbott, which is surprisingly to absolutely nobody, except perhaps Wendy Davis. The pink-shod prophet of the American feminist movement is absolutely astounded that any women would deign to support Greg Abbott's oppressive, misogynistic campaign for Texas governor, when they have the luxury or supporting a modern female icon. 

She noted her befuddlement to Alex Wagner on MSNBC yesterday. Wagner, of course, shared her shocked confusion.

WAGNER: “One thing that has been surprising to me in this is that Greg Abbott somehow miraculously is running ahead of you by a couple points in the polls among women, and I wonder if you think this latest turn of events in Texas in terms of access to abortion will change that dynamic?”

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Donald Trump Was Right on Ebola

By on 10.7.14 | 1:25PM

Donald Trump was, as usual, bluntly forthright.

On August 1, as arrangements were in gear to return Ebola-stricken missionaries to the U.S., The Donald tweeted:

The U.S. cannot allow EBOLA infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great—but must suffer the consequences!

Predictably, all hell broke lose. Typically, this did not deter Trump from pursuing his point. On August 2, as the uproar over his remarks continued, Trump tweeted: 

The U.S. must immediately stop all flights from EBOLA infected countries or the plague will start and spread inside our “borders.” Act fast!

And later that day, he went back to the subject, tweeting:

The fact that we are taking the Ebola patients, while others from the area are fleeing to the United States, is absolutely CRAZY—Stupid pols

More outrage. Newsmax reported on Trump August 4, two days later: 

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Gay Marriage Officially Begins in Colorado

By on 10.7.14 | 12:47PM

As I predicted yesterday following the Supreme Court's refusal to hear same-sex marriage cases, it's not just the states which had cases in appeals courts which will be affected. Today, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers (a conservative Republican), recognizing that this state's ban on gay marriage is now unsustainable, ordered all 64 county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

I realize many conservatives will be displeased, but I think this result is the right one for American and a big political positive for non-leftists as it removes a substantial motivating factor for many liberal voters.

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Geoffrey Holder, R.I.P.

By on 10.7.14 | 12:20PM

Actor Geoffrey Holder passed away on Sunday after a bout with pneumonia. He was 84.

Although not a household name, most people will probably remember him as the villain in the James Bond movie Live and Let Die, the first Bond movie featuring Roger Moore as 007.

I remember him watching Saturday morning cartoons in the late 1970's and early 1980's and there he was, The UnCola Man, pitching 7Up. I don't watch Saturday morning cartoons anymore, but I have to imagine soda commercials are verboten what with Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign. But what I remember about the commercials wasn't the cool, crisp taste of 7Up, but rather Holder's cool, crisp voice. It was kind of voice that could narrate a technical manual and make it sound compelling. Holder would end each commercial with a laugh. He also wore that white hat.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s LA Home Tagged With “Obama Drone” Posters

By on 10.7.14 | 11:45AM

After spending nearly a decade bemoaning the cultural degredation of the American continent, Gwyneth Paltrow has finally returned to Los Angeles, perhaps to mend her broken heart in the wake of her "conscious uncoupling" from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin (who has since moved on to this blogger's girl crush, Jennifer Lawrence). America, unfortunately, has not been equally welcoming to Gwyneth Paltrow.

This weekend, the GOOP.com founder will host a fundraiser, dinner and reception with President Obama to raise money for the Democratic National Committee. The author and actress, who prides herself on being our generation's Martha Stewart (though without the homemaking success or the felony arrest record), will probably hire out all aspects of the party planning process, including the invitations, which cost between $1,000 and $32,400 to obtain. And, according to Radar Online, at least one of her neighbors, controversial LA guerilla artist "SABO," is already ruining her aesthetic

This isn’t Gwyneth Paltrow’s year.

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