What on earth is Russia doing in Syria? This question has no doubt crossed many minds in recent days, as Russia began to move substantial arms and troops into Syria. There are two possible scenarios: 1) with diplomatic ties at an all time low, and heavy sanctions already in place, Russia has decided it has nothing to lose in defying the West and backing the Assad regime militarily to the bitter end; or 2) Russia is maneuvering to give itself diplomatic leverage in any Syrian settlement by raising the stakes now. Though the latter is more likely, it’s difficult to know which scenario is accurate, further complicating already tortuous U.S. policy towards Syria.
The Spectacle Blog
As Emily noted this morning we at The American Spectator will be live blogging both CNN GOP debates on Twitter at #SpectacleDebate beginning at 6 p.m. EST.
As it happens it is also my birthday today and this is how I plan to spend my evening.
In the meantime, I am about to head outside to frolick in the afternoon sun. I need some outdoor fun before the indoor fun begins.
I hope you will join us at 6 p.m. EST.
I thought he had gone on long ago. Happily, no. In the Tampa Tribune sports section this a.m. there’s a photo of Jake LaMotta at the Trop before Tuesday night’s Rays game. He’s sitting in his wheelchair and looking very old and frail, while talking to Rays’ third-baseman Evan Longoria. He has a right to be a bit frail at 94.
But he wasn’t frail back when he had those great brawls with Sugar Ray (the original – not the extra crispy who later fought Roberto Duran).
Keep on keepin’ on, Champ.
This is a big day, guys. Tonight, we find out which Americas Got Talent contestants go to the final round.
Also, there is a debate.
In Our Sights
He'll be facing down an angry Jeb Bush and a motivated Carly Fiorina, but Donald Trump is already at least one step ahead of his debate competition. Tuesday night, The Donald earned the coveted Gary Busey endorsement.
The Obama campaign used behavioral data extensively to micro-target potential voters. Just in time for him to pass it on to the next slate of Democrats, Barack Obama has, reportedly, established a "Federal Social and Behavioral Sciences Team" to collect and experiment with behavioral data in order to make government function more efficiently. What could possibly go wrong?
The Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 6-5 on a sacrifice fly by Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland to put them into first place in the AL West by a half game over the Astros.
The Rangers were a sub-.500 team when they acquired Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies in late July. On August 3rd, the Rangers were 51-53 and 8 games back of the Astros. Since that date, the Rangers have gone 26-14 while the Astros have gone 17-21 over the same period. In September, the Rangers are 9-5 while the Astros are 4-9. The presence of Hamels, the return of Derek Holland and Adrian Beltre from the DL, the MVP calibre performance of Prince Fielder and the emergence of Steve Tolleson as the most underrated closer in the game under the stewardship of first year manager Jeff Banister has made this run possible. With nearly their entire starting rotation on the DL, the Rangers were expected to finish at or near the bottom of the division.
Of all the people I would have expected to speak out on the subject of campus coddling — that new trend of protecting our precious little butterflies, who are legally adults but psychologically stunted, from any opinion that dares to disagree with their own — it would not have been President Obama.
After all, campus coddling favors liberals by insisting that nothing that so much as tarnishes the closed, American, college student mind with potential disagreement, and that anything that prevents a competing worldview to the progressive is systematically eliminated from public discourse, thus rendering every last rising adult a ward of the public university they pay thousands to for education.
"It’s not just sometimes folks who are mad that colleges are too liberal that have a problem. Sometimes there are folks on college campuses who are liberal and maybe even agree with me on a bunch of issues who sometimes aren’t listening to the other side. And that’s a problem, too," Obama said during a town hall on Monday in Des Moines, Iowa.
Hillary Clinton is channeling her "inner woman warrior" for her college speeches now, entertaining and inspiring the one audience who, because of their complete lack of memories from the 1990s, is still firmly in her court.
Yesterday, at a rally at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Clinton had some tough words for anyone who would question the possible victim of a campus sexual assault, even though many of the most public examples of campus rape have been called into question by multiple sources in the media and beyond (including Rolling Stone's bizarre fraternity gang-rape story and the tale of the "Mattress Girl" from NYU). She remarked that any "victim" has a "right to be heard and a right to be believed."
But policy details aside, Clinton, speaking at a “Women for Hillary” event heavy on college students at the University of Northern Iowa, sought to portray herself as an ally and advocate of victims of college sexual assault— a group that a recent Washington Post survey found includes an estimated one in five women.
I mentioned this in the Morning Spectacle, but I feel like it deserves more attention.
Bernie Sanders does nothing but promise free stuff to people. That's his whole gig. Free school, free healthcare, free day care. Basically free everything. It's a free paradise! He'll happily tax the rich to the hilt in order to make certain that no one with a five-figure income will ever have to shell out a single dollar for anything ever again. They may have to wait in line like good members of the proletariat, but that should be of no concern for such a dedicated slate of workers. After all, socialism has worked so well for so many, how could it possibly go wrong this time?
As the great Margaret Thatcher once said, socialism only works until you run out of other people's money. And at the rate Bernie Sanders would spend, he'd run out of money before they'd swept up all the confetti from the inauguration. His whole plan, from top to bottom, would have a totally reasonable price tag of a mere $18 trillion.
Scientists are understandably excited about finding the fossil remains of 15 human-like individuals in South Africa. The pre-human species, to be called naledi, could have lived as long as three million years ago.
But apparently things, at least political things, may not have changed all that much in all that time. My sources tell me scientists have now deciphered some of the writings on naledi cave walls. The largest fragment has been translated: “Oog is a loser — I gotta tell ya. I, on the other hand, am terrific.”
Apparently narcissistic blowhards are survivors of the first order. Scientists have been looking for the missing link for a very long time. But who knew until now who it linked to?
You read it here first.
Keep on keeping on, guys.
In Our Sights
The last two months have brought nothing but woe for Hillary Clinton, who has been mercilessly ravaged in the polls, now dropping below 50% for the first time. Even worse? Hillary Clinton seems to be losing support among her core demographic: women who don't know better.
For Bernie Sanders, a "domestic policy," just means "giving a lot of stuff to people for free." But socialism only works until you run out of other people's money. And with a whopping $18 trillion dollar cost for all of his "free programs," he'll run out of money pretty quickly.