The Spectacle Blog

Congress Should Not Give Obama Fast Track Authority on TPP

By on 5.6.15 | 3:23PM

Yesterday, Pacific Research Institute fellow Wayne Winegarden wrote a piece for us arguing that Congress should give President Obama fast track authority concerning the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP):

Under a TPA, Congress would maintain a powerful voice over whether the U.S. would enter into the TPP agreement. However, Congress would only have the ability to conduct an up or down vote on the deal; it would not have the ability to amend the trade deal.

Such a commitment is important. It is unlikely that our trading partners will approve a free trade agreement with the U.S. knowing that the terms of that agreement could, and likely would, be endlessly changed or bottled up in Congressional committees due to amendments from any one of the 535 Members of Congress.

NFL Report: Patriots Staff Deflated Footballs and Tom Brady Probably Knew

By on 5.6.15 | 1:44PM

In a remarkable report released today by the NFL, investigators conclude that two New England Patriots employees, Jim McNally and John Jastremski, conspired to lower the air pressure in Patriots' game balls, that it likely had been going on before the Colts-Patriots playoff game in which the behavior was discovered, and that Tom Brady was likely aware of the activity, perhaps even being the one suggesting various bribes, such as sneakers and Brady-autographed items, to McNally -- who called himself the "deflator."

The report exonerates all other Patriots players, staff, and coaches.

So what's the NFL going to do about it...and what should they do?

Does It Matter Who Wins Britain’s Election? Could the Tories & Labour Form a Grand Coalition?

By on 5.6.15 | 1:02PM

I had planned to write my weekly article about Britain's forthcoming election. However, when I heard the tremors of a political earthquake in the province where my mother was born, I opted to focus my attention on Alberta. Given last night's results I am glad I did.

Nevertheless, I do want to comment on the British election which will take place tomorrow. Frankly, I don't think it matters whether David Cameron or Ed Miliband resides at 10 Downing Street. No, I have no enthusiasm for Red Ed, but Cameron isn't my cup of tea either. He is way too chummy with President Obama for my liking. Chummy enough to personally lobby Senators to support a nuclear deal with Iran. No wonder Obama calls Cameron his "bro".

Elizabeth Warren “Accidentally” Meets With Draft Warren

By on 5.6.15 | 12:16PM

It's definitely a mistake to think that the scandals that have dogged Hillary Clinton over the past few weeks will have any impact on her future, or her intended coronation. She's a Clinton, after all, and Clintons are immune from the ill effects of bad policy, bad press and bad ideas. And if they're not, they'll throw around some decorative accessories until things go their way - or the aide assigned to tell them the bad news has the kind of amnesia-inducing concussion that people only get in soap operas.

But it seems that, at least privately, Hillary's most obvious challengers are considering whether they have the foundation to mount a challenge. This week, as Hillary Clinton bunkered up and Bill Clinton flouted his bank account, Elizabeth Warren just happned to pow-wow with some of her most ardent progressive supporters, who just happened to also be the masterminds behind the Draft Warren movement.

Alberta Elects NDP Majority Government; Ends Tories’ 44-Year Reign UPDATE

By on 5.5.15 | 11:46PM

My newest article yesterday weighed in on the Alberta election and posed the question, "Could Alberta Vote Socialist?"

The answer is yes. Tonight, the people of Canada's most conservative province have elected an NDP majority government and thus ended the Tories' 44-year reign in power. That reign was the longest in Canadian history. 

The NDP have been elected or are leading in 54 of the 87 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The Wildrose Party remains the Official Opposition have been elected or are leading in 20 seats. 

The Tories, who won 61 seats in the 2012 election, have been reduced to 11 seats. It's their worst showing since 1967.

Meanwhile, the Liberals and the Alberta Party are leading in one seat apiece.

Rachel Notley will become Alberta's 17th Premier.

To give Americans an idea of how shocking the election of an NDP government in Alberta is; I am tempted to liken to the election of an African-American President. But even that wouldn't do it justice. 

Call Him Mister

By on 5.5.15 | 5:25PM

In a nation rapidly losing the distinction between law and Left advocacy, the U.S. Supreme Court has provided a moment of coherence by refusing to overturn a lower court ruling denying a sex-change operation, at public expense, to a convicted murderer.

Robert Kosilek, born male 65 years ago, and convicted of murder in Massachusetts in 1990, will have to keep his male bits and pieces, even though he insists he’s really a woman and that the Massachusetts Department of Corrections should provide him with the expensive surgery required to make the switch he says he desires. He is not content with the hormone and electrolysis treatments and the female clothing and personal items the Massachusetts Department of Corrections has already provided him.

Hillary Clinton Will Call Your Mom on Mother’s Day

By on 5.5.15 | 2:50PM

Obviously, if you're female and you haven't yet declared your ladyparts to be in the service of Hillary Clinton, your true gender is in question. And since it's been nearly a month since her highness announced her intent to rule over America like a feudal lord, it's about time they start using hardened Hillary supporters to recruit you into the collective. After all, the longer you hold out, the more painful it will be.

This Mother's Day, why give your mother flowers or perfume like every year when you can give her the gift of female solidarity? After all, she's the woman who created you to be the woman that you are, and if there's any chance our gender, which is now 51% of America, hopes to survive, we must join together to lift up a politican who proves that women can be just as corrupt, entitled, and out of touch as any man. 

So if you're truly serious, why not have Hillary Clinton call your mom on her special day to explain to her exactly that.

Cinco de Mayo: I’m Voting for Jeb

By on 5.5.15 | 2:12PM

After watching Jeb Bush’s moving message to all his Mexican and Mexican-American amigos y amigas, both north and south of the “border,” I’m moved to declare, which will surely surprise most of my conservative pals, that I intend to vote for Jeb for president — of the Downtown Mexico City Rotary Club.

Feminists Give Lifetime Achievement Award to Puppet

By on 5.5.15 | 1:44PM

Every year, the Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum awards one lucky woman with an impressive body of work with the Sackler Center Award, typically for their contributions to the advancement of womankind, or, alternatively, their exceptional ability to whine loudly abuot how their lack of significant human contribution is the result of their diminuitive gender. Past honorees include Anita Hill, Sandra Day O'Conner and a list of prominent female voices who have made it exponentially harder to be taken seriously in male-dominated fields.

This year, however, the Sackler Center is changing their focus, and will award their Lifetime Achievement Medal to someone who represents a new era in feminist leadership, whose work has spanned decades, inspiring women of all agens with her lessons on getting what you want, when you want it, especially if what you want is covered in feathers, and when you want it is in direct response to your shrill, unending cries for satisfaction. She is also a puppet. 

Does Huckabee Have a Prayer?

By on 5.5.15 | 12:01PM

When Mike Huckabee announced he was leaving FNC in January to explore a second White House bid, I figured he was all in. Why leave such a lucrative gig unless you're planning on taking a big risk?

Nearly four months later, Huckabee is all in and is now the sixth Republican presidential aspirant for 2016. Over at NRO, Eliana Johnson has a piece about how he plans to broaden his appeal by emphasizing his experience in post-Clinton Arkansas.