The Spectacle Blog

Before Ben Carson Endorsed Trump He Needed to Make Sure Trump Doesn’t Believe the Things He Says

By on 3.14.16 | 1:02PM

When Dr. Ben Carson endorsed Donald Trump last week, it didn't exactly come as a surprise, but in the wake of his public embrace, a few of Carson supporters have questioned why the good doctor would be so welcoming to someone who basically insinuated, at one point, that Carson miiiiight be a sexual deviant.

Carson seems to think he addressed that in his endorsement speech, telling people that there are really "two Donald Trumps" and that the boisterous one who encourages supporters to take on protesters at his rallies and holds extreme policy positions is merely the public Donald Trump. The private Donald Trump is much more thoughtful and meticulous. Or so says Dr. Ben Carson, assuring his own supporters that even Donald doesn't believe some of the things he says

“I needed to know that he could listen to other people, that he could change his opinions, and that some of the more outlandish things that he’s said, that he didn’t really believe those things,” Carson said.

Michelle Fields & Ben Shapiro Resign from Breitbart

By on 3.14.16 | 2:05AM

Michelle Fields, the reporter roughed up by Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, has resigned from Breitbart along with editor-at-large Ben Shapiro.

Fields told Buzzfeed she could not remain with an organization that did not stand by her while Shapiro, who unlike other Breitbart colleagues has forcefully defended Fields, issued a statement condemning current Breitbart Chairman Steve Bannon for betraying the mission set out by the late Andrew Breitbart by turning the website into "Trump's personal Pravda."

No doubt Fields and Shapiro will soon find other gigs. But as The Right Scoop puts it, "And this is how Trump treats a news site that LOVES HIM!!! Imagine how it’ll go for the rest of us under emperor Trump."

The best that can be done is to see to it that such a coronation doesn't come to pass.

Will Charlie Hustle Come Up Roses for Trump in Ohio?

By on 3.14.16 | 1:34AM

With less than 48 hours to go before the Ohio GOP Primary, Donald Trump has received the endorsement of Pete Rose.

Trump tweeted an image of a baseball autographed by MLB's all-time hit leader bearing the following inscription, "Mr. Trump, please make America great again."

I am not surprised by this endorsement. When MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Rose's appeal for reinstatement, Trump blasted the decision. It marked one of the few times I've found myself in agreement with Trump in his entire campaign. I also thought it was politically astute on Trump's part:

Ohio is always an important state when it comes to presidential politics and the Buckeye state still loves Charlie Hustle. Who knows? If it's Hillary vs. Trump and it comes down to Ohio, it could be going to bat for Pete Rose is what gets Trump into the White House.

Daylight Wasting Time

By on 3.13.16 | 2:19PM

I just set my clocks forward an hour, a chore I completed with a good deal of grumbling. The federals can’t resist tinkering with everything. EVERYTHING! They can’t even leave the damn clock alone.

I doubt daylight saving time has benefitted anyone, anywhere. But its effect is particularly pernicious here in sub-tropical Florida. In Tampa, where I live, it’s of little avail to those who get off work at 5 or 6 DST that there are three or four hours of industrial strength sunlight left. At those times, it’s still 92 degrees with humidity to match (unless a thunderstorm is in progress — when it drops briefly to 85), and using that saved-up sunlight to mow the yard is an invitation to heat stroke.

As a conservative, my first choice would be for the government to leave the clock alone altogether. But if we must engineer time, as we engineer everything else, it would be much better for Florida if we switched in summer (in Florida March is summer) to DWT — daylight wasting time. Move the clock back another hour instead of forward. I didn’t want to mow the yard anyway.

Just a thought.

Shutting Down Trump’s Rally is Going to Backfire

By on 3.11.16 | 9:03PM

I am watching the images of protesters shutting down Donald Trump's rally in Chicago while listening to Trump being interviewed by Greta Van Susteren. 

Naturally, my mind goes back to Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. 

John Roberts is reporting that the protesters (many of them Bernie Sanders & Black Lives Matters supporters) are shouting, "We won! We stopped Trump!" But that victory will be very short-lived. As much as I object to Trump, this is bound only to strengthen him with the images of angry protesters with Trump now acting like a champion for the First Amendment. Of course, Trump sees an opportunity as he told Van Susteren that far more people are watching the images on TV than would have attended the rally.

The question is will this spread to other cities. If it does it is likely to harden the resolve of Trump supporters who might be even more disposed to violence then they are now. In which case, I fear lives will be lost.

But assuming it doesn't come to that, the students ought to bear in mind that the violence in 1968 resulted in the election of Richard Nixon.

Keith Emerson, R.I.P. UPDATE

By on 3.11.16 | 4:01PM

Keith Emerson, keyboard player with the '60's group The Nice and most notably with the '70's progressive rock supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer, has passed away. News of his death broke through his ELP bandmate Carl Palmer's publicist. Palmer's statement did not include a cause of death. Emerson was 71.

Emerson was arguably the greatest keyboard player in rock 'n roll history. With his jazz and classical music influences, he was certainly the most innovative.

While with The Nice, Emerson re-arranged Dave Brubeck's "Blue Rondo à la Turk" from a 9/8 time signature to the more conventional 4/4 and renamed his rendition "Rondo" Many years later, Brubeck jokingly told Emerson he couldn't play the song in 4/4 time.

Trump Supporter Who Punched Protester: “Next Time, We Might Have To Kill Him.”

By on 3.11.16 | 1:03PM

Consider what Donald Trump said during his closing statement in last night's GOP debate in Miami which aired on CNN:

The Republican Party has a great chance to embrace millions of people that it's never known before. They're coming by the millions. We should seize that opportunity. These are great people. These are fantastic people. These are people that love our country. These are people that want to see America be great again.

Among these great, fantastic people who love this country is one John McGraw who saw fit to sucker punch a protester at a Trump rally in Fayettville, North Carolina earlier on Wednesday. McGraw was subsequently arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct. He was not the least bit sorry for his conduct telling a reporter with Inside Edition: "The next time we see him, we might have to kill him."

‘The Young Messiah’ Opens Today

By on 3.11.16 | 12:51PM

The Young Messiah opens today in theatres around the country, and I encourage everyone to see it. It’s a movie about the seven year-old Christ, and it encourages Christians to wonder what He was like as a child. The Gospels don’t much tell us, and we’re left to speculate. Was he a normal kid? Did he like to run around and play with toys? Or was He already gifted with more than human intelligence and knowledge? It’s a puzzle as old as the earliest heresies. Was He human more than divine, as the Arians claimed, or was He divine but not truly human, as the Monophysites asserted?

In the film, Christ is both, which is the orthodox view of the question, and as The Young Messiah has been praised by bishops you don’t have to rely on me that the writers and directors, Cy and Betsey Nowrasteh got it right.

The film isn’t a theological lecture, however. It’s a stunningly beautiful and well-acted film that you can’t take you eyes off as you watch it. Go see it!

Has Tonight’s GOP Debate Given Rubio a Reprieve?

By on 3.10.16 | 11:35PM

Over the past few days, many anti-Trump conservative writers have been calling upon Marco Rubio to drop out of the race after having won only two GOP contests and lagging 20 points behind Trump in his native Florida. I have not been among them. I still think Rubio is the most viable Republican candidate in the field. If he should fail, I'd rather see him go down fighting than just give up because Ted Cruz says so.

Rubio explained why he did not drop out of the race after a disappointing night on Tuesday. His wife told him about a old man who recently had surgery and was told to rest. Instead, he has been going outside and holding up a Rubio sign. If that man wasn't giving up on Rubio then why should he give up on himself?

Ben Carson Has Gone From Praying to Playing for Trump

By on 3.10.16 | 8:25PM

When Ben Carson withdrew from last week's GOP debate prior to formally suspending his campaign, I wrote, "Whatever Carson does from here on out he will do no harm."

It would seem that I must take back that statement as it appears that Dr. Carson will be endorsing Donald Trump tomorrow becoming the second ex-GOP presidential candidate to do so following Chris Christie. 

I suppose we shouldn't be too surprised given the hubaloo between Carson and Cruz during the Iowa Caucus when the Cruz campaigned prematurely suggested he was withdrawing from the race.