The Spectacle Blog

Is Sarah Palin Set to Endorse Donald Trump? UPDATE: Yes, It’s Official

By on 1.19.16 | 1:48PM

UPDATE: It's official.

The New York Times seems to think this will "rally conservatives." I tend to think otherwise.

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee who became a Tea Party sensation and a favorite of grass-roots conservatives, will endorse Donald J. Trump in Iowa on Tuesday, officials with his campaign confirmed. The endorsement provides Mr. Trump with a potentially significant boost just 13 days before the state’s caucuses.

“I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,” Ms. Palin said in a statement provided by his campaign.

Her support is the highest-profile backing for a Republican contender so far.

“I am greatly honored to receive Sarah’s endorsement,” Mr. Trump said in a statement trumpeting Mrs. Palin’s decision. “She is a friend, and a high-quality person whom I have great respect for. I am proud to have her support.”

Pete Rose To Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame, Well, The Cincinnati Reds’ Hall of Fame

By on 1.19.16 | 12:41PM

While Pete Rose will probably never get a plaque in Cooperstown, the Cincinnati Reds will enshrine Charlie Hustle into their Hall of Fame this June. Rose's number 14 will also be retired.

Rose played with the Reds from 1963-1978 and then rejoined the team as a player-manager in the middle of the 1984 season. He would set the MLB all-hit time record in 1985 and would finish his career the following year with 4,256 hits. Rose collected 3,358 of those hits while as a member of the Reds. Rose would remain the Reds' manager until he was banned from MLB in 1989.

Late last year, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred declined to remove Rose from baseball's ineligible list. Manfred did say that the Baseball Hall of Fame was free to induct him. However, Cooperstown rendered Rose ineligible for consideration in 1991 as a consequence of the lifetime ban imposed by the late Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.

Happy Birthday, Dolly

By on 1.18.16 | 11:17PM

Even in the absence of her, uh, anatomical peculiarities, she would still be a star. Whatever IT is, she has it. Her voice may not be as soulful as Patsy Cline’s was, or as pitch-perfect as Ella Fitzgerald’s. But the Tennessee songbird with the quavering voice is a great stylist who has pleased millions with such as “I Will Always Love You,” “Jolene,” “9 to 5,” “Islands in the Stream,” “Two Doors Down,” “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right,” and many others in a song-writing and singing career that has lasted more than half a century.

Glenn Frey, R.I.P.

By on 1.18.16 | 10:08PM

Singer, songwriter & occasional actor Glenn Frey, best known as a founding member of The Eagles, has passed away of complications from intestinal surgery last November. He was 67. Frey's passing was announced on The Eagles' official website

Frey sang lead on such Eagles' classics as "Take It Easy", "New Kid in Town" and "Heartache Tonight". He would also have a successful solo career during the 1980's with hits like "Smuggler's Blues", "The Heat is On" and "You Belong to the City". The last two songs were associated with the Beverly Hills Cop and Miami Vice soundtracks, respectively. 

His acting credits include Miami Vice, Nash Bridges, Arli$$ and Jerry Maguire. 

I've always liked the video for "You Belong to the City". They don't make songs nor videos like this anymore.

Are Bill and Hillary Still Making a Mint Off Pardoning Mark Rich?

By on 1.18.16 | 4:36PM

Hillary Clinton can't duck questions about her husband's infidelities, not from campaign journalists, not from her debate sparring partners, and not from Linda Tripp who, because everything from the 1990s is refusing to stay dead and buried, has resurfaced today with allegations that Bill had other White House dalliances and has slept with thousands of women, all while under Hillary's watchful, if ambitious, eye.

Bernie Sanders Admits He’s Open to a Middle Class Tax Hike

By on 1.18.16 | 4:03PM

Last night, if you were savvy enough to catch it (considering it was deliberately positioned opposite playoff football and Downton Abbey), the two candidates for the Democratic Presidential nomination faced off while Martin O'Malley looked on helplessly. To the untrained eye, flipping through stations to avoid prime time network entertainment, it looked like, in the words of Jim Gaffigan, your grandparents arguing. If you paid attention, it was still your grandparents arguing.

Iran Does Better than Powerball Winners, Earns $1.7 Billion from US

By on 1.18.16 | 3:36PM

Over the weekend, Iran released four American prisoners in a swap with American authorities. In return for releasing 7 Iranian "sanctions violators" and ending investigations into 14 more, Iran gave back wrongly held American citizens, including a Washington Post journalist, who had recently been the subject of a show trial, and a pastor arrested for building Christian churches.

Although everyone was overjoyed at the prospect of their return, I don't think I was alone in wondering what, exactly, Iran was getting in for their de facto hostages other than just a homecoming for some low-level criminals, two thirds of whom had yet to be caught. It turns out, Iran was actually awarded the Powerball jackpot: a $1.7 billion winfall - a settlement for money the US owes to Iran for various reasons. And it's the first of many possible winfalls. Because, of course it is.

NBC Did Everything It Could to Stack The Democrat Debate in Hillary’s Favor

By on 1.17.16 | 11:27PM

I have just finished watching the Democrat presidential candidates debate which emanated from South Carolina and aired on NBC.

Given Bernie Sanders' recent surge in the polls in Iowa, it was clear NBC did everything it could to stack the debate in favor of Hillary Clinton. The audience was stacked in favor of Hillary supporters while Andrea Mitchell interrogated Sanders (particularly for past criticisms of both Presidents Obama and Clinton). By contrast both she and Lester Holt asked softball questions of Hillary (i.e. what kind of advisor would former President Clinton be) and almost entirely ignoring Martin O'Malley. In fact, I was watching the debate with my Dad. When he saw O'Malley he asked, "Who is this guy?"

O'Malley did have one great moment when Holt informed the audience that Hillary would be getting 30 extra seconds, O'Malley chimed in by asking, "Can I have 30 seconds, too?" This drew him heavy applause. During the very last segment, Lester Holt said he was going to give an opportunity for candidates to say things they didn't feel they had a chance to talk about. He drew laughter when he promptly turned his attention to O'Malley.

Trump Loves Cruz, Trump Loves Cruz Not

By on 1.17.16 | 6:30PM

Today, Donald Trump tells George Stephanopoulos that Ted Cruz is "a nasty guy" and "nobody likes him."

That's a far cry from what Trump said scarcely four months ago when he and Cruz made a joint appearance at a DC rally against the Iran nuclear deal. Trump told reporters that Cruz was "a friend of mine" and "a good guy."

Trump says Cruz is a good guy. Trump says Cruz is a nasty guy. Trump loves Cruz. Trump loves Cruz not.

So how do you from being a good guy to a nasty guy in Donald Trump's book?

Well, there's a couple of ways. You can criticize him or gain on him in the polls. 

Last month, when Cruz began surging in Iowa, Trump called him "a little bit of a maniac" in an interview with Chris Wallace. For good measure, Trump also said Cruz had the "wrong temperament" to be President. 

Why I Don’t Like The NFL’s Overtime Rules (And No I’m Not a Packers Fan)

By on 1.17.16 | 12:10AM

I have just finished watching the NFC playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals in which the Cardinals won 27-20 in OT on a game winning touchdown by Larry Fitzgerald. Moments earlier, Fitzgerald had caught a pass from Cardinals QB Carson Palmer and rushed 75 yards to take the ball to first & goal. 

I don't want to take anything away from the Cardinals and particularly Fitzgerald. The man is a future Hall of Famer. The game itself was outstanding to the very end. Yet I think it ended too soon. I dare say the Packers were robbed. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had to throw an incredible Hail Mary pass to even get to OT. And then they don't even get a chance to run the ball down the field?

Could you imagine MLB invoking a rule in which if the visiting team could win an extra inning game without the home team getting its at bats? That's basically the NFL's overtime rules amount to in the grand scheme of things. 

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