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The Morning Spectacle: Monday, Monday

By on 9.14.15 | 10:33AM

Welcome to the week, Spectators! Did you enjoy the better weather?

In Our Sights

Everyone is preparing for the debate this week, but Jeb Bush is studying extra hard - not to deflect questions about his history on education policy or his stance on immigration reform. He's rehearsing his answers to possible Donald Trump insults.

Freedomworks held their "Grassroots Summit" this past weekend, and at the end of the weekend, conducted a straw poll that one candidate ran away with, almost thirty percentage points ahead of the next candidate. No, it wasn't Trump. It was Ted Cruz.

Moses Malone, R.I.P.

By on 9.13.15 | 2:22PM

Basketball legend Moses Malone died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack. He was 60. 

Malone signed with the Utah Stars of the ABA out of high school in 1975. He played two seasons in the ABA - one with the Stars and one with the Spirits of St. Louis before joining the NBA. After initially signing with the Portland Trailblazers, he would be traded to the Buffalo Braves. But Malone would become part of the NBA elite when he joined the Houston Rockets in 1978 where he became the league's premier offenive rebounder. During his tenure with the Rockets, Malone would win two of his three NBA MVPs in 1979 and 1982.

Quick Get the Smelling Salts: Donald Trump Just Said Something

By on 9.13.15 | 12:51AM

The Ruling Class Conservative Media (RCCM) had better start carrying smelling salts, for they suffer from a daily case of the vapors. “Did you hear what he said now?” they ask in perpetual outrage at Donald Trump’s come-backs when he’s insulted. They’re worse than the girls at Yale. Somebody, please, get them a safe room.

So it was predictable that when Rolling Stone revealed certain unflattering comments that Trump made about Carly Fiorina, that the RCCM would fall all over themselves to see who could express the most righteous outrage.

Big Papi Hits 500th Career Home Run

By on 9.12.15 | 10:34PM

Congratulations to David Ortiz for hitting his 500th career home run tonight. He did so in the Boston Red Sox 10-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

It was Big Papi's second homer of the evening. He hit 499 in the first inning off Rays starter Matt Moore. Ortiz would also take Moore deep for number 500. Of his 500 dingers, 442 have come with the Red Sox who he has been with since 2003. Ortiz is third on the Red Sox all-time HR list behind only Carl Yastrzemski (452) and Ted Williams (521). The other 58 came with the Minnesota Twins. Papi began his big league career with the Twins late in the 1997 season. He is the 27th player in MLB history to belt at least 500 career home runs. 

This season Ortiz has 34 home runs. It is the ninth time in his big league career he has hit 30 or more home runs in a season. He also has 95 RBI in 2015 will likely reach 100 RBI for the ninth time in his career. 

Perry Suspends Presidential Campaign

By on 9.11.15 | 8:06PM

And then there were 16.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced the suspension of his presidential campaign.

Although he gave a good account of himself on last month's undercard debate, he was overshadowed by Carly Fiorina. Money also proved difficult to come by.

No doubt Republicans still remember his lacklustre 2012 White House bid. Although he warned Republicans that Donald Trump would destroy the party his efforts fell on deaf ears. Perry may prove to be the proverbial canary in a coal mine.


Never Forget

By on 9.11.15 | 11:11AM

On this 14th anniversary of the devastating 9/11 terrorist attacks, we at The American Spectator would like to honor the lives and memories of those who perished. Let us never forget what we lost and continue to pray and work for a brighter future in freedom.

Never forget.

The Donald in Complete Sentences

By on 9.11.15 | 11:07AM

Here’s a clip of the Donald from long ago and far away. Many will be surprised that there was a time when the Donald spoke in complete sentences, rather than in the elliptical manner he has adopted for the current campaign. (How about an office contest: Be the first to catch the Donald combing a subject and a predicate in the same utterance, and win a night at Trump Tower.)

Also Donald then, as opposed to now, had hair of a color that appears in nature.

Finally, a Republican Stands Up Against Trump

By on 9.11.15 | 9:45AM

Bobby Jindal is a smart -- even brilliant -- and accomplished man who will almost certainly not be our next president. So he doesn't have much to lose by speaking from the heart.

Speaking at the National Press Club on Friday, Jindal launched the first full-fledged Republican assault on the political tumor that is Donald Trump. The video is a must-watch just to hear someone, anyone, give a lengthy description of the true nature of the current Republican front-runner.

Jindal followed the speech with a fund-raising e-mail which highlights that his speech was "about Donald Trump" and quoting some of his own speech:

The Morning Spectacle: Exclusions Apply

By on 9.11.15 | 4:00AM

You've made it to Friday, Spectators. Just a few short hours to go.

In Our Sights

Last night, Senate Democrats desperately tried to protect President Obama from an embarassing veto, derailing a resolution of disapproval floated by Senate Republicans, and preventing a final vote on a measure designed to complicate approval for the President's nuclear deal with Iran. This, essentially, means that President Obama has a clear path to approval for the agreement he considers the hallmark of his foreign policy, and, that you can enjoy all the benefits of our newest allegiance.

Thirsty Thursday: Wyoming Whiskey

By on 9.10.15 | 8:45PM

This week, we’re reviewing Wyoming Whiskey, a craft whiskey that claims to be from the first legal distillery operating in Wyoming since prohibition. Following a trend of craft spirits, the whiskey is made from “all locally sourced ingredients,” including mountain spring water (sourced from the nearby Big Horn Basin). Its mash is corn, wheat and malted barley. 

After the initial stages of distilling, the whiskey is aged for five years in new, white oak charred barrels, just as you would expect from a true Kentucky bourbon or Tennessee whiskey.  It is bottled at 44 ABV, in honor of Wyoming being the 44th state admitted to the union (88 proof). The whiskey is supposed to be evocative of the Old West, and as such, begs to be drunk straight from a shot glass – no frills. In practice, this is a whiskey you can sip and enjoy slowly in a classic cocktail, but we recommend you enjoy it straight or neat.