The Spectacle Blog

Obama Misses the Mark Relating to Kenyans

By on 7.27.15 | 3:34PM

At a news conference on Saturday in Kenya, President Barak Obama sat Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, in the corner and gave him a stern talking to — about LGBT rights.

During the speech, Obama equated LGBT rights to legalized racism. As reported by CNN:

"When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they are doing to anybody, but because they are different, that's the path whereby freedoms begin to erode," Obama said at a joint press conference with the Kenyan leader in Nairobi. "And bad things happen.”…

…"And when a government gets in a habit of people treating people differently, those habits can spread," Obama continued. "As an African-American, I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under the law."

Needless to say Kenyatta wasn’t too thrilled with the idea of Obama telling him how to run his country, and replied as follows:

Hillary Clinton Would Like You to Vote for Her Ovaries

By on 7.27.15 | 3:25PM

Last week, before she lost everyone in the news media to Bernie Sanders (seriously, did anyone see Andrea Mitchell admitting that the private email server was for nothing more than to escape oversight - and complaining about lack of media coverage?), Hillary Clinton was trying to lay out a case for her election.

She listed the regular stuff, sure - she supports gay marriage (kind of moot, but oh, well), she's great at foreign policy, she wants everyone to have a fair shake, she's the champion of the middle class - but she also threw in a curveball, quite literally, that we hadn't yet seen this cycle. As the Democrats jump ship from an old white woman to congregate towards yet anothter old, white male, she reminded her amassed supporters that it's very important to vote for Hillary Clinton - because she's got all the requisite ladyparts.

Huckabee Stands Ground as Obama & Hillary Criticize Iran Holocaust Comments

By on 7.27.15 | 3:19PM

Mike Huckabee isn’t backing down in the wake of criticism from both President Obama and Hillary Clinton over his comments that the Iran nuclear deal would “march Israel to the door of the oven.”

While visiting Ethiopia, Obama said that Huckabee was only try to “get attention” and that his comments were “ridiculous if they weren’t so sad.”

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton declared she was “really offended personally” by Huckabee’s comments. Hillary went on to say, “But this steps over the line and it should be repudiated by every person of good faith and concern about the necessity to keep our political dialogue on the facts and within suitable boundaries.”

McConnell’s Highway Bill Highway Robbery

By on 7.27.15 | 11:59AM

Before I start into the GOP-on-GOP war that took place last night while I was zoning out watching a David Crosby-lookalike save puppies on Animal Planet, I want to say that I am, for starters, whole-heartedly opposed to the feel-good, get-it-off-our-plate legislative approach some of our elected officials occasionally take with hotbutton issues. Last night, in a haste to get something on the record, Republican Senators attached a doomed-to-fail amendment to "defund" Planned Parenthood to the same highway bill I'm about to discuss, claiming that they were "working hard" to put an end to baby parts trafficking in this honorable country. 

They weren't. They were, as one friend termed it, engaging in "failure theater," the practice of doing something, doomed to fail, just so they can claim to have done something about it. See also, shutting down the government over Obamacare. This happened last night, it got a bunch of people riled up, and all it did was boost a lagging Presidential candidate's poll numbers briefly in an early caucus state.

Reds Trade Johnny Cueto to Kansas City

By on 7.26.15 | 5:00PM

Let the Reds firesale begin.

Cincinnati has traded its ace Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals for three left-handed pitchers - Brandon Finnegan, Cody Reed and John Lamb. 

Cueto has spent his entire MLB career in the Reds' organization signing with the club in 2004. He made his MLB debut in 2008. Cueto's best season took place last year when he won 20 games, led the NL in strikeouts with 242 and finished runner up in NL Cy Young balloting to Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. In 2015, Cueto went 7-6 with a 2.42 ERA with a medicore Reds team.

The Royals are currently leading the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central by 6 1/2 games. What is remarkable is that the Royals don't really have an ace. Cueto's former Reds teammate Edinson Volquez is the Royals' best starter with a 9-5 record with a 3.15 ERA. But while Jeremy Guthrie, Chris Young and Danny Duffy are serviceable they do not strike fear into the hearts of hitters. Cueto does so it cannot hurt the Royals to acquire an ace. Perhaps Cueto can also be a positive influence on Yordano Ventura.

Huckabee: Obama Marching Israel to the Door of the Oven

By on 7.26.15 | 2:41PM

Mike Huckabee invoked the Holocaust when speaking about Iran's nuclear deal yesterday. 

This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven. This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal. It should be rejected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and by the American people. I read the whole deal. We gave away the whole store. It’s got to be stopped.

Cole Hamels No-Hits Cubs in What is Likely His Final Appearance in a Phillies Uniform

By on 7.25.15 | 7:07PM

I just saw the final three outs of Cole Hamels' no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs. 

It looked like Kris Bryant had taken Hamels deep, but the wind knocked it down and then Phillies centerfielder Odubel Herrera fell down. But somehow he came up with the ball and Hamels had his no-hitter giving the Phillies a 5-0 win. It is the third no-hitter of the 2015 season. San Francisco Giants rookie Chris Heston and Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer have thrown the others. 

It was Hamels first win in more than two months. Since May 23, Hamels is 0-4 with a 5.06 ERA. But today Hamels was back in form striking out 13 batters.

Last September, Hamels was part of a combined no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves. But this is his first complete game no-hitter. 

This will likely be Hamels final appearance in a Phillies uniform as the lefty is widely expected to be traded prior to the MLB trade deadline of July 31st. It is very possible that Hamels could be traded to the very team he no-hit. 

Kerry Takes His Cue From Iran’s Foreign Minister

By on 7.25.15 | 12:57AM

I was struck by Secretary of State John Kerry telling the Council on Foreign Relations the following concerning Israel:

I fear that what could happen is if Congress were to overturn it (the Iran nuclear deal), our friends in Israel could wind up being more isolated and more blamed.

It looks like Kerry has been reading Iranian Foreign Minister's Mohammed Javad Zarif's playbook because a few days ago he said that "never before was the Zionist regime so isolated, even among her own allies."

OK, Kerry refers to Israel as "our friends" while Zarif calls Israel "the Zionist entity". Kerry says Israel could be isolated while Zarif says it already is. But the Obama Administration and Iran are on message when it comes to Israel's isolation.

Mets Acquire Johnson & Uribe from Braves; Cardinals Add Ex-Marlins Closer Cishek

By on 7.24.15 | 11:31PM

A couple of interesting trades.

Tonight, the New York Mets acquired Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Atlanta Braves for two minor league pitchers. I think the Mets are going to need Uribe and Johnson to spark their offense, but they both have pop in their bats and can play multiple positions. Uribe is hitting .272 with 8 HR and 23 RBI with both the Dodgers & Braves. Atlanta acquired Uribe from L.A. in late May for Alberto Callaspo. Meanwhile, Johnson is hitting .275 with 9 HR and 34 RBI. The Mets are Johnson's 8th MLB team since 2005. Johnson has had two stints with the Braves, a stint with the D'Backs and has played with all five AL East teams. I'm sure Johnson will add a 9th team in 2016 as he becomes a free agent. Ditto for Uribe who has two World Series rings with the Chisox in 2005 and the Giants in 2010. That should be of help to the Mets. But I'm sure Mets fans are expecting more of Mets GM Sandy Alderson to compete with the Washington Nationals.

Cementing Obama’s Legacy: More Thoughts on the Skewering of Hillary Clinton

By on 7.24.15 | 7:25PM

Dan Pfeiffer, long-time aid to Barack Obama, and his Senior Advisor for Strategy and Communication until joining CNN, told reporters at a Bloomberg Policy Breakfast last November that Obama needed a Democrat to win the 2016 to cement the “core elements” of his legacy.

“It’s very important because I know what we did in the first 100 days of our administration, and it was go through a lot of what President Bush did and sign executive orders doing the opposite,” Pfeiffer said.

And we all know how important his legacy is to Barack Obama. He’d do anything to achieve it—from selling out his country and its allies to an evil theocratic regime that needs a nuke to hasten the advent of the 12th Imam and the subsequent apocalypse, to serving as the Grand Ayatollah’s butt boy. So setting up a Democrat successor must be very high on his agenda at this time.