The Spectacle Blog

Ten Straight Wins For The Toronto Blue Jays

By on 6.13.15 | 6:42PM

The Toronto Blue Jays won their 10th consecutive game with a 5-4 victory in 11 innings over the Boston Red Sox courtesy of a home run by catcher Russell Martin.

If the Tampa Bay Rays lose their game against the Chicago White Sox (they are down 4-3 in the 8th inning) then the Jays will climb into second place in the AL East and be one game back of the New York Yankees in the AL East. 

The key to the Jays' success has been sheer offense. The Jays have scored at least 7 runs in 7 of their 10 victories during this streak. Martin, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson are their key offensive players. Indeed, Donaldson is having an MVP season. Trading Donaldson to the Jays might prove to be the undoing of A's GM Billy Beane whose team is languishing in last place in the AL West despite the best efforts of Brett Lawrie. Beane and Donaldson had a shouting match with each other during last season prompting Donaldson's departure. I saw an interview with Blue Jays manager John Gibbons the other day and he said that Donaldson provided the spark that the Jays' clubhouse has been missing in recent years. 

There is a Difference Between Rachel Dolezal & Caitlyn Jenner

By on 6.13.15 | 2:36AM

Over at The Federalist, Sean Davis is puzzled as to why there is outrage towards NAACP organizer Rachel Dolezal pretending to be black but not towards Bruce Jenner identifying as a woman:

Which of course brings us to Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner.

How, exactly is what Dolezal did any different than what Jenner is currently doing? Rachel Dolezal is not black, and Caitlyn Jenner is not a woman (putting aside the basic biological facts of how sex-selection and chromosomes work, Jenner’s not even undergone the so-called sex change surgery; by all accounts, his equipment is still intact). Rachel Dolezal changing her wardrobe, her makeup, and her hair do not make her black. Pretty much everyone seems to agree on that, for obvious reasons. You don’t turn red into blue by magically declaring that red is now blue.

Republicans Shouldn’t Be So Eager To Give Obama Trade Promotion Authority

By on 6.12.15 | 11:51PM

It puzzles me that a majority of Republicans are on the same page with President Obama where it concerns giving him Trade Promotion Authority on TPP and other trade agreements.

I realize that most Republicans favor free trade and so do I. But putting aside the fact that TPA is blatantly unconstitutional, I don't understand why the Republican Congress is so eager to relinquish their power to a President hostile to the rest of their legislative agenda and eager to demonize them.

Let me put it another way. How can Republicans trust Obama's negotiating skills concerning TPP when his negotiating skills have just allowed Iran to keep it secrets concerning the military aspects of its nuclear program

If we can't trust Obama to look out for America's interests where it concerns Iran's nuclear program then how can we trust Obama to look out for America's interests in international trade?

With this in mind, Republicans shouldn't be so eager to give President Obama Trade Promotion Authority.

I Hate To Say It But The Red Sox Really Suck

By on 6.12.15 | 11:26PM

After the Boston Red Sox scored five runs in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays, I turned to my roommate Christopher Kain and said, "They are going to find a way to blow it." Christopher looked at me like I shouldn't have said such a thing, but at the same time knew it was entirely possible. 

The Jays got a run in the second on a triple by Justin Smoak in which Sox centerfielder Mookie Betts did a face plant on the bullpen fence. He would later leave the game with a sprained back.

Christopher and I went to eat at Doyle's. By the time our food arrived, it was the 3rd inning and the Sox took an 8-1 lead on a three run home run by Dustin Pedroia. Jays starter Drew Hutchison gave up all eight runs. When John Gibbons came to give him the hook I'm sure he asked, "What kept you?"

But the Jays showed some life in the fifth scoring three runs and cutting the lead in half to 8-4 on a double by Ryan Goins and a single by Josh Donaldson. Still, Joe Kelly pitched six servicable innings. 

Oregon Democratic Congressman DeFazio: “I Was Insulted” by Obama

By on 6.12.15 | 9:45PM

In the wake of the House of Representative's rejection of extending Trade Promotion Authority to President Obama, Oregon Democratic Congressman Pete DeFazio succinctly summed up President Obama's legacy:

The President tried to both guilt people and impugn their integrity. I was insulted.

Of course, this is nothing new. It is Obama's stock and trade. He's been doing with Republicans since his first run for the White House. Now that a significant number of Democrats have crossed swords with Obama for the first time they now find themselves on the receiving end of his condescension and derision. 

A majority of Republicans might be aligned with Obama on both TPA and TPP, but this will do them no favors with The Anointed One. If Obama doesn't get his way or he does eventually get his way and no longer needs Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, he will resume his guilt trips with Republicans and impugn their integrity without a moment's pause. 


Could Someone Please Tell Me The Difference Between Rachel Dolezal & Elizabeth Warren?

By on 6.12.15 | 7:32PM

One of the biggest stories of the day is the revelation that Rachel Dolezal, an NAACP leader from Spokane, is actually white and has been passing herself off as black. The revelation came about by her parents. In the words of her mother:

Rachel has wanted to be somebody she's not. She's chosen not just to be herself but to represent herself as an African-American or a biracial person. And that's simply not true.

I have but one question. Could someone please tell me the difference between Rachel Dolezal and Elizabeth Warren?

Because if we can't then she could one day be addressed as Senator Dolezal.

Why We Will Not Adopt Canada’s Electoral System

By on 6.12.15 | 6:57PM

Gerald Skoning sings the praises of Canada's electoral system and thinks we should adopt it where it concerns our presidential elections.

Having had first hand experience with Canada's electoral system, there is much to admire about it. However, Skoning ignores is that it is a parliamentary system which does not directly elect the Prime Minister. 

Stephen Harper is Prime Minister of Canada because Canadian voters elected more Tories to the House of Commons than any other party in the 2011 election. This October, if Canadians elect a majority of Liberals or New Democrats then either Justin Trudeau or Thomas Mulcair will become Prime Minister.

It's true that voters might choose a political party because they like its leader, but they are voting for the person nominated in their riding. 

Iowa GOP Kills the Straw Poll

By on 6.12.15 | 12:48PM

The Iowa GOP may still insist that it's first-in-the-nation caucus is a national trendsetter when it comes to predicting the Presidential nominee, but at least they've now, finally, admitted that the Iowa Straw Poll, the yearly also-first-in-the-nation event that forced Presidential contenders to drag their entire staffs into broiling hot cornfields in the middle of August to compete for the love of self-obsessed Iowa politicos, Ethanol lobbyists and farmers we pay not to grow anything, has outlived its usefulness.

Thanks to a few key candidates who failed to express the requisite interest in the August event, the Iowa GOP has voted to cancel it for this year, at least. It may be back in the future, but for now, the Iowa straw poll is no more.

The Iowa Straw Poll is dead, leaving a heavier burden on winnowing an oversized GOP presidential field on Iowans who will cast the nation's first votes in February in the caucuses.

Dusty Rhodes, R.I.P.

By on 6.11.15 | 7:26PM

Pro wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes died today at the age of 69. The cause of death is unknown at this time although he was quite a bit thinner the last time I saw him on TV a few months ago.

Born Virgil Runnels, Rhodes was a fixture in professional wrestling for more than four decades. Nicknamed "The American Dream", his prime came during the 1970's and 1980's when he starred in both the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) where he would be a three-time world champion with his longstanding feud with Ric as well as the WWE (then known as the WWF). With his distinctive curly blond hair, flamboyant attire, awesome mic skills not to mention the "bionic elbow", Rhodes was of the industry's most popular figures and identfiable characters. 

Obama Admin Wants ‘Economic Diversity’ for Wealthy Neighborhoods

By on 6.11.15 | 6:00PM

The City of Chicago has an interesting Section 8 philosophy that mandates apartment buildings — even the really fancy ones — have a certain number of abodes set aside to serve as Section 8 housing. It's not a bothersome provision — most of the Section 8 tenents are perfectly nice, and the apartments are doled out through a lottery system to preserve at least a sense of fairness — but it's always interesting to note that there's a certain, unidentifiable, percentage of your neighbors who don't pay very much for an apartment you often conisder selling your organs on the black market to afford. 

If the Obama Administration has its way, a similar program will expand from just high-cost high rise apartments to wealthy neighborhoods. A new HUD rule, due out this month, is supposed to suggest what critics are calling a "utopian vision" of HUD's equal opportunity housing plan: granting money to organizations to put up "affordable housing" in traditionally affluent neighborhoods.