The Spectacle Blog

Health Care Premiums About to Spike Again

By on 7.6.15 | 2:11PM

The Affordable Healthcare Act is about to get a little less affordable. Again.

Health insurance companies have petitioned for insurance rate hikes of 20% or more, because all the people who've gotten health insurance under the law are the people they turned down for costing them too much before the law mandated they accept them. And, as a result, everyone has to pay more. A lot more.

Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled back.

Bernie Sanders Admits He’s a Socialist, Team Hillary Admits She’s Scared of Him

By on 7.6.15 | 1:43PM

Bernie Sanders happily took on the Sunday morning talking heads this weekened in an effort to solidify his position as Hillary Clinton's worst nightmare. Drawing crowds in Iowa - and not just from college students and hippies that wandered in off the street after catching the scent of marijuana wafting through the crowd - Bernie spoke his mind, or at least what was left of it after all these years, drawing a distinction between his own version of America and Hillary Clinton's.

In a move that will surprise no one who was not already familiar with Bernie Sanders, when he finally gets into office, America, he's going to raise taxes on the rich, raise taxes on corporations, and use the resultant largesse to provide you, the little people, with all the free stuff your little hearts desire.

Bernie Sanders says America's wealthiest individuals and large corporations would face tax hikes if he's elected president.

Chicago Has 47 Shootings, 16 Dead Over Holiday Weekend - But It’s Better Than Last Year!

By on 7.6.15 | 1:24PM

I had friends come to stay with me over the holiday weekend, and normally, when you welcome guests into your home, you go over some of the basics. Here are the clean towels, here's the extra toothbrush, don't let the dog out, etc. In Chicago, though, we the few brave residents, have to field a variety of questions about our relationship to the wave of gun violence sweeping the city: no, we're nowhere near the gangbangers, please don't arm yourself with an automatic weapon, don't wander the city after midnight, and there's only a 17% chance you'll die even if you do get shot, because its mostly teenagers and their aim is terrible. 

Nothing to worry about. Have a mojito.

This weekend, we actually had an improvement over last year: only 47 wounded! Only 16 dead! We're doing so well. 

Chicago was yet again riddled with a flurry of shootings this Fourth of July weekend, with at least 47 wounded and nine killed, according to multiple media reports. 

Taking Stock of Peter Brimelow

By on 7.6.15 | 1:18PM

You may recall that when I took Ann Coulter to task last month for erroneously stating that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley wasn’t born in this country, Peter Brimelow took me to task for not disclosing yours truly “is himself an immigrant.”

 Like Coulter, I gently pointed out that Brimelow was wrong. I explained that I was born in Canada, but have an American father which automatically made me eligible to exercise American citizenship which I did before moving down to the United States more than 15 years ago. Therefore I am not an immigrant to this country. I invited him to correct the record.

Team Hillary Ropes Off Reporters, They Meekly Comply

By on 7.6.15 | 12:03PM

Hillary Clinton, like most candidates for public office, spent the weekend marching in a bunch of Independence Day parades, interacting with the common people as they lined the streets of small towns in New Hampshire, eager to get a glimpse of their local marching band, but only slightly annoyed that they were subject to a campaign. 

There were some mistakes. According to a reporter on Twitter, Jeb Bush got trapped behind a Bernie Sanders bus that featured live chickens, because the entire Bernie Sanders campaign, including its local volunteers, lack foresight (and, it seems, a basic understanding of livestock), and as Queen Hillary waved to her people on a New Hampshire boulevard, Clinton campaign staffers held reporters back with a moving rope line, lest they accidentally violate her personal space by asking her a question.

Thoughts on AL & NL All-Star Starting Lineups

By on 7.5.15 | 9:15PM

Earlier this evening, the 2015 AL & NL All-Stars teams were announced. They are as follows:

American League

1B - Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers 
2B - Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
SS - Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
3B - Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
OF - Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
OF - Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
OF - Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
 C - Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

National League

1B - Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
2B - Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins
SS - Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals
3B - Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
OF - Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
OF - Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
OF - Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals
 C - Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

Husband of Former Headline News Anchor Shoots and Kills Robber in Motel Room

By on 7.2.15 | 10:33PM

Former Headline News anchor and CNN correspondent Lynne Russell and her husband Chuck de Caro survived a robbery in their room at a Motel 6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 30 when de Caro shot and killed the assailant after the assailant began shooting at the couple. The yet to be identified robber burst into their room after Russell retrieved something from her car.

Presently, de Caro is in the hospital after being wounded by the assailant, but is expected to survive his injuries. Russell and de Caro, who also worked for CNN and was a special forces officer, were driving on a cross country trip at the time of incident. Both Russell and de Caro have concealed carry permits and it saved their lives.

Webb Joins the 2016 Democratic Presidential Race

By on 7.2.15 | 8:23PM

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb is the fourth Democrat to declare his intention to run for the White House. He made the announcement via his website.

Webb, a former Secretary of the Navy during the Reagan Administration, wants to talk foreign policy. Yet another weak spot for Hillary. But I suspect Webb is too hawkish for most Democrats despite his opposition to the War in Iraq.

Besides, the anti-Hillary sentiment has pretty much congealed around Bernie Sanders.

Well, at least he didn’t call for the introduction of the metric system. You can’t celebrate the Fourth of July on centimetres.

It Looks Like NYC Will Also Dump Trump and Keep Sharpton

By on 7.2.15 | 3:32PM

Today, Jeff Lord sorts out the sorry details of how NBC dumped Donald Trump, but is more than happy to keep Al Sharpton at MSNBC.

It would appear that New York City, namely Mayor Bill de Blasio, will follow suit as he has ordered a review of the city’s contracts with Trump.

Mayor de Blasio proclaimed, “Donald Trump’s remarks were disgusting and offensive, and this hateful language has no place in our city. Trump’s comments do not represent the values of inclusion and openness that define us as New Yorkers.”

All of which leads me to these questions.

Does de Blasio consider Sharpton’s false accusations of rape against former ADA Steven Pagones to be disgusting and offensive?

Obama Won’t Let Gulf Arab States Arm the Kurds to Fight ISIS

By on 7.2.15 | 12:18PM

I’ve always found President Obama declaration that he will “degrade and destroy ISIS” to be odd. If he wants to destroy ISIS then he should simply state that he will “destroy ISIS.” Well, it doesn’t really look like Obama is in any hurry to degrade ISIS, much less destroy it, as Con Coughlin of the Telegraph reports:

The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt.

Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades.

They now say they are willing to “go it alone” in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad.