On August 15th, civil rights leader Julian Bond passed away following a brief illness at the age of 75.
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What an eventful week for Matisyahu, the American Jewish hip hop reggae artist. First, BDS activists pressured Spanish concert organizers to cancel his performance because he wouldn’t denounce Israel. Then concerts organizers did an about face following a public backlash, apologizing to and reinviting Matisyahu to perform.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker responded to charges leveled by Donald Trump that his state is “really in trouble” and “has not performed well” by arguing that Trump was simply “using the talking points of Democrats.”
Walker was able to respond to Trump in a matter of minutes as the two appeared back to back on ABC News This Week with George Stephanopoulos yesterday morning.
If Trump thinks Wisconsin is “really in trouble” and “has not performed well” then I think it is fair to ask how Trump would have approached public sector collective bargaining had he been Governor of Wisconsin. Does he stand with the people of Wisconsin or does he stand with the union bosses?
Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Morning Spectacle, providing everything you need to face your week with a renewed cynicism.
In Our Sights:
Rand Paul has found a solution to his "Kentucky Problem," and can now run for Senate and for President at the same time — and he did it without even stepping foot in Kentucky. He's been in Haiti for the last few weeks doing free eye surgeries.
New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio has solved all of New York City's other problems, so he's now taking on Time Square's topless panhandlers. His solution: bulldozing Times Square, naturally.
If we’re going to nominate a celebrity, let’s nominate one more people like. I’d sure rather have Inspector Callahan than the Donald. The differences in their foreign policy is that the Donald would call Putin a loser. Squinty Clinty would call him a punk.
And it would make my day to hear Clint say to Donald in a presidential debate, “A man’s got to know his limitations.”
First he registers to vote as Hispanic , now he’s black (“Jeb Bush PAC Accidentally Mails Out Photos Of Bush's Head On Black Man's Body”). This must confuse the hell out of Barbara. But hey, if Billy-Bob can be the first black president…
You’d think with all the campaign cash Jeb! has hauled in, he could hire good help.
What a cycle, eh?
Houston Astros pitcher Mike Fiers fired a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers spoiling the debut of Chase Utley who was acquired from the Phillies yesterday. Utley was in the lineup as the DH. The Astros won the game 3-0.
I saw the last four innings of Fiers' no-no on the MLB Network. He got stronger as the game went on. His curveball was breaking really sharp At one point he struck out five consecutive batters and ended the game by fanning Justin Turner. Fiers had 10 strikeouts in all. It was Fiers first career complete game and first win as a member of the Astros. He was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in the Carlos Gomez deal at the trade deadline.
The Astros got their runs on a two run HR by Jake Marisnick in the 2nd and a solo shot by Evan Gattis in the sixth.
Two U.S. Marines have thwarted a terror attack on a train bound from Amsterdam to Paris.
The Marines, dressed in civilian clothes, heard the suspect load a weapon in the bathroom and surprised him upon his exit. One of the Marines was seriously injured in the attack as were two other people. French authorities detained a yet to be identified suspect of Morrocan origin who it is safe to say does not subscribe to Presbyterianism. This suspect was armed with a Kalashnikov, a knife, an automatic pistol as well as cartridges. He is known to French authorities and is believed to be an ISIS sympathizer. The Marines were praised by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve who said they were “particularly courageous and showed great bravery in very difficult circumstances." Cazeneuve added: "Without their composure we could have been confronted with a terrible incident.” I shudder to think what could have happened if not for these Marines. They are heroes. Let's pray for a speedy recovery for the injured Marine.
“A fundamental shift in Wall Street culture” is what the Department of Labor is aiming for with the “fiduciary rule.” That’s what DOL Deputy Assistant Secretary Tim Hauser said in an interview with FinancialPlanning.com during recent hearings on the proposed regulation that has been called “Obamacare for Your IRA.”
But the vast majority of comments submitted on the rule—most of which came far away from Wall Street—called on the DOL to change its own culture of paternalism, an analysis by the Competitive Enterprise Institute shows. Many of these comments took aim at the DOL’s explicit contention in the rule, which I have written about here and elsewhere, that individuals can’t “prudently manage retirement assets on their own,” and that they “generally cannot distinguish … good investment results from bad.”
Continuing what appears to be an unrecoverable spin into cultural incoherence, I see that the U.S. Army Ranger School has graduated two women soldiers. How narrow-minded of every generation for all millennia of human history to assume that warriors were men.
There’s an opportunity here. Recent Army mottos — “Be all you can be,” “An Army of one” — have just not gotten much traction. (And why should they? They’re vague and insipid.) With this progressive break-through (how many does this make now on Obama’s watch?), perhaps it’s time for a new motto. I suggest we consider: “Army — where the men are men — and the women are too.”