The Spectacle Blog

Scotland Votes No

By on 9.19.14 | 12:48AM

With 26 of 32 precincts reporting, the BBC is projecting that Scotland has voted against independence. The No forces are expected to win 55% of the vote. 

As Quebec referendums have become a permanent feature of Canadian politics, Scottish referendums will become a permanent feature of U.K. politics. Granted it will be at least another 15 years or so. But as long as the SNP is in the control of the Scottish Parliament this will surely not be the last referendum in Scotland. 

And when that referendum happens the results still won't matter.

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Ron Washington Reveals Reason for Resignation From Rangers

By on 9.18.14 | 4:44PM

Nearly two weeks after his abrupt resignation as manager of the Texas Rangers, Ron Washington revealed the reason for his decision in a brief press conference this afternoon.

He had been unfaithful to his wife of 42 years. His wife Gerry stood by his side during the press conference.

They were married on September 16, 1972. That was the day I was born.

It's difficult for me to imagine being married to someone for 42 years and two days much less being alive for that period of time.

I do know that when it comes to marriage that familiarity breeds contempt. This contempt sometimes leads to infidelity. Many a married man and woman commit adultery without a smidgen of remorse. Others become contrite when caught, but cannot or will not stop their behavior. This is especially so with public figures.

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Angels Clinch AL West

By on 9.18.14 | 9:15AM

The Los Angeles Angels will make their first post-season appearance since 2009 having clinched the AL West last night.

They clinched a tie with a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on a combined one-hit shutout by C.J. Wilson, Joe Smith and Huston Street. For a time, it appeared their celebrations would have to wait until Thursday. Jeff Samardzija struck out 10 batters over 8 innings and the A's had a 1-0 lead over the lowly Texas Rangers going into the 9th. But the A's bullpen imploded. Jimmy Doolittle, Jesse Chavez and Fernando Abad gave up six runs in the ninth and the Angels completed their ascent of the AL West.

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Biden: The Least Anti-Semitic Member of the Obama Administration

By on 9.17.14 | 4:51PM

Vice-President Biden's use of the term "shylock" is but the latest in a long line of verbal gaffes he has made over the years. But at least he knows he was wrong to have said that and has owned up to it.

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Orioles & Nationals Clinch; Could There Be a Beltway World Series?

By on 9.17.14 | 12:06AM

Within the space of about 30 minutes, the Washington Nationals clinched the NL East while the Baltimore Orioles clinched the AL East.

The Nats shut out the Atlanta Braves 3-0 at Turner Field. Tanner Roark, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen combined on a five-hit shutout. Ian Desmond drove two of Washington's three runs.

It is the Nats' second NL East title in three years. Washington and Atlanta fought tooth and nail for the NL East in the first half of the season, but the Nats took over first place on July 21st and never looked back. The Nats went 33-20 while the Braves went 21-32 over the same period. 

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British PM Cameron: “ISIS Not Muslim, But Monsters.”

By on 9.16.14 | 12:58AM

Last week President Obama declared that "ISIS isn't Islamic."

Now British Prime Minister David Cameron declares "ISIS isn't Muslim, but monsters."

Cameron made the comment in response to the beheading of British aid worker David Haines by ISIS over the weekend. 

Obama and Cameron can take the Islam out of ISIS all they want. All they have done is divorce themselves from reality, insult our intelligence and reveal their cowardice.

No wonder Obama and Cameron get on so famously.

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IRS Chief: ‘Wherever we can, we follow the law.’

By on 9.15.14 | 10:45AM

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee — again — to answer for how his agency is handling enforcement of Obamacare. In the course of questioning, he made this statement, giving an interesting revelation of the agency’s mentality:

“Wherever we can, we follow the law.”

“Wherever we can”? Sometimes it’s simply impossible for a federal agency to follow the law? Yet the IRS is authorized to nail any citizen who violates tax law, knowingly or unknowingly, and frequently takes full advantage of that authority.

Maybe I’ll tell that to the IRS next time I file my taxes. “I followed the law whenever I could, but sometimes, I just couldn’t — please excuse me.”

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When Smokey Sang The Star Spangled Banner

By on 9.14.14 | 6:51PM

The Star Spangled Banner  is 200 years old. Two centuries since Francis Scott Key wrote this poem during the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812.

It did not become our national anthem until 1931, but in the past eight decades it has been sung in public by thousands of people.

My favorite rendition was performed by Smokey Robinson at Fenway Park before Game 5 of the 1986 World Series.

I love the way how, at the climax of the song, he segues into America The Beautiful. 

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Mark Sanford Breaks It Off With Fiancée

By on 9.13.14 | 6:52PM

Well, that's no good. On Facebook, Sanford is blaming his legal troubles. When I say "blaming," I mean writing at the cringe-inducing length of well over two thousand words.

I remember when things were looking up for the old boy. Here, from Robert Stacy McCain, is the classic account of his comeback, which makes for better reading than Sanford's online tell-all.

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