The Spectacle Blog

Alan Grayson Will Run for Senate in Florida

By on 7.9.15 | 1:17PM

That headline should probably read, "Former Rep. Alan Grayson to Run for Senate in Florida Because This is the Best Day Ever, Sorry Democrats."

Dems have been working hard to find an acceptable replacement for Sen. Marco Rubio, who is vacating his seat to run for President. It's not very easy since, after all, the Florida Dems live in Florida, where people get high on bath salts and eat other people's faces, and dudes walk around Miami Beach wearing living snakes as accessories. The last thing they needed was noted crazypants former Rep. Alan Grayson to challenge their hand-picked candidate. 

But yet, here we are

Next year’s Florida Senate primary between Reps. Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy will test whether Sunshine State Democrats are ready to embrace a deep-blue liberal.

Sen. Murray and the ‘No Evidence for School Choice’ Canard

By on 7.9.15 | 12:55PM

There are many good reasons to oppose a federal school voucher program, but a supposed lack of evidence that school choice improves student outcomes isn’t one of them. Sadly, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the ranking minority member of the U.S. Senate’s education committee, repeated this canard during the debates over a proposed amendment that would have added a federal school voucher program to the No Child Left Behind replacement bill: 

What’s more, studies of voucher programs in Milwaukee and the District of Columbia have shown that they do not improve students’ academic achievements, she said. “Study after study has shown that vouchers do not pay off for students or taxpayers,” Murray said.

Hillary Clinton Tells CNN Her Emails Were Never Subpoenaed, Which Is Weird Because They Were

By on 7.9.15 | 12:24PM

Thank heavens Hillary Clinton is still absolutely and blissfully convinced that people trust her, otherwise, she might be concerned with how quickly her softball CNN interview was fact-checked. 

There weren't any real questions to dodge in Hillary's sit-down, which aired Tuesday on CNN and marked her first interaction with the press in two months, so it's hard to believe that there'd be something so blatantly incorrect said in the first several minutes. According to the former Secretary of State, not a single human being on Earth had a problem with her private email server, all of her emails were available to investigators, who were so unconcerned with her communication, they never even issued her a subpoena.  

Making the Sale

By on 7.9.15 | 10:52AM

I have a most unpleasant appointment this afternoon with a hearing aid saleswoman who calls herself a “health care professional.” The lying jade told me, in what passed for a clinical test, that I didn’t understand half of what she told me. It was she who didn’t hear me, mind, and yet she boasted afterwards that she was a “normal-hearing person.” Smug little jezebel!

It’s what one expects, however. If she says there’s a problem, she makes a sale. Same thing at a garage. How often has a mechanic told you, from under the hood, “clean as a whistle”? I went through this for years until I sold my old Ford Explorer. Until then I had had the garage on speed-dial.

That’s how my father practiced medicine. With his skills honed in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, he became adept at emergency surgery, and afterwards firmly believed that there were few ailments that couldn’t be cured by loping off a limb or two. And so a patient would come in complaining of a headache and leave with one less arm. Laugh. if you must, but old Stumpy never complained of a headache again!

The Arctic Still Isn’t ‘Ice Free’ Despite Alarmism

By on 7.8.15 | 5:36PM

It’s been two years since former vice president Al Gore claimed the Arctic would be free of sea ice, and despite fears of a hastening polar “death spiral” earlier this year, the north pole looks like it could have near normal ice coverage this summer.

After experiencing its lowest maximum sea ice extent on record, the Arctic ice coverage has rebounded and is currently within its normal 30-year range. Near the end of May 2015, experts warned the Arctic “ice extent was at daily record low levels” because of early ice melting in the Bering Sea and low ice conditions in the Barents Sea.

Yet, even during the May melt, “ice [was] tracking at near-average levels” in other parts of the Arctic, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The Arctic is nearing the peak melting time for the year and sea ice levels are well above where they were in 2012 — that year saw record low levels in the early summer months.

Move over Barbie! Feminist Coloring Books Available This August!

By on 7.8.15 | 5:16PM

If as a women you have been feeling unempowered and looked down upon because of your anatomy, then today you can finally leave your mark in the world, literally.

Feminist writer and speaker Ijeoma Oluo is creating a “Badass Feminist Coloring Book” to print and be sold in August. Funded on Kickstarter.com, customers can sign up to fund the production of the book. Donations of $25 dollars receive the coloring book. The book has already raised $15,958, nearly four times its original $4,000 goal.

Oluo said the book will contain at least 20 different feminist and a matching “badass feminist quotes”. Here's one...unconventional...example from their website:

 

The proceeds will be divided into four categories: 25 percent towards the feminists pictured, 30 percent towards printing and shipping, 30 percent to Oluo, and 15 percent towards unanticipated costs.

State Department Hid Clinton Aide’s Special Job Status, Grassley Charges

By on 7.8.15 | 1:58PM

State Department officials “failed to disclose” a special employment status granted to Cheryl Mills who was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, according to Sen. Charles Grassley.

Mills was designated a “Special Government Employee,” and may have “abused her access” for the benefit of former President Clinton and the Clinton family’s foundation, Grassley, the Iowa Republican, charged Tuesday in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry.

Grassley is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Special government employee status allowed Mills to be paid simultaneously for several months in 2009 as Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department and as a member of the board of directors for the Clinton Foundation.

The SGE designation also exempted Mills from certain criminal and civil conflict-of-interest ethics laws that usually cover federal employees, as well as from other regulations governing outside income and affiliations while on the government payroll.

Ariana Grande ‘Hates America,’ Basic Food Service Hygiene

By on 7.8.15 | 1:39PM

Pop star and Disney Channel alumna Ariana Grande, was born in Boca Raton, Florida — not, apparently, a deserted island where she was raised by wolves.

You would, however, not have guessed at her civilized origins (or, I guess, as civilized as Florida gets), based on the video TMZ released this week, showing Ariana Grande wandering around in a donut shop, sucking face with one of her backup dancers, and making off-hand political remarks about the nation that provides her with the kind of wealth she needs to, say, order people to carry her around like a she's a giant, sleepy baby, when she no longer feels she is able to walk. 

BREAKING: NYSE Grinds to a Screeching Halt

By on 7.8.15 | 12:58PM

This morning, all United Airlines flights were grounded thanks to a "degraded router" that gave out just as most of the airline's flights were preparing to take off. And now, faulty technology (apparently) strikes once again as trading has been halted at the NYSE due to a "technical glitch" affecting all symbols. 

The latest from the NYSE is that all symbols are not trading and all open orders are now canceled.

"Additional information will follow as soon as possible," the NYSE's website says.

According to CNBC, the halt started at 11:32 a.m. ET and was triggered by "technical issues."

"The issue we are experiencing is an internal technical issue and is not the result of a cyber breach," NYSE tweeted out about an hour after the halt. "We chose to suspend trading on NYSE to avoid problems arising from our technical issue. NYSE-listed securities continue to trade unaffected on other market centers.

The Security Implications of Grexit

By on 7.7.15 | 6:08PM

This weekend’s news was dominated by the sorry tale of Greece, where a referendum on whether to accept the terms of a new European Union bailout failed by a landslide. Now Greece’s Eurozone creditors face the uneasy choice between offering a more generous bailout plan, or accepting a Greek departure from the Euro.

Sunday’s referendum was just the latest debacle in the five-year tug-of-war between Greece and other Eurozone members. The ruling Syriza party has been openly hostile to the austerity-focused conditions of EU bailout loans — which run counter to their left-leaning economic agenda — as well as to the EU negotiation process itself. The spur-of-the-moment referendum was itself largely a surreal PR stunt: the deal voters were evaluating had in fact been withdrawn by the EU prior to Sunday’s vote.

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