The Spectacle Blog

A World Ruled by Tweeties?

By on 3.30.16 | 12:59AM

I don’t for a minute doubt that Donald Trump could negotiate a better deal with Iran than the giveaway that Barack Obama and John Kerry put together. But then, I expect someone chosen randomly out of the phone book could do better.

But even if the Donald did get us a better deal, how could we get the treaty down to 140 characters or fewer? And we’d have to call it a tweety.

Trump Now Says Fields Grabbed Him, But That’s Not What He Told Reporters After The GOP Debate in Miami

By on 3.29.16 | 10:21PM

Poor Donald Trump. Now that Corey Lewandowski has been charged with assaulting former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, Trump is now claiming Fields was grabbing him and Lewandowski saved him from the grievous harm of answering a question:

She was actually, if you look at her...she's grabbing at me and he's acting as an intermediary and trying to block her from doing that.

I'm sure after President Trump pardons Lewandowski he'll give him a Medal of Honor for his valor.

Except for one thing. This differs from his account he gave to reporters after the GOP debate in Miami nearly three weeks ago:

After Walker Endorses Cruz; Trump Blasts Walker….For Not Raising Taxes

By on 3.29.16 | 4:52PM

Donald Trump is mad that Wisconsin Governor picked Ted Cruz over him in the GOP race for the White House.

So Trump does what he does best (or worst). Call Walker a loser and question his competence. But in so doing Trump only reveals that he is lacking his own.

Trump actually chided Walker for not raising taxes:

There’s a $2.2 billion deficit and the schools were going begging and everything was going begging because he didn’t want to raise taxes ’cause he was going to run for president. So instead of raising taxes, he cut back on schools, he cut back on highways, he cut back on a lot of things.

Trump added, “Wisconsin has a lot of problems, plus there is tremendous hatred … I wouldn’t exactly say that things are running smoothly.”

Trump Defends Lewandowski After Battery Charge; Claims Fields Incident Never Happened

By on 3.29.16 | 3:22PM

Police in Jupiter, Florida have charged Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski with misdemeanor battery of former reporter Michelle Fields. The charges come three weeks after Lewandowski grabbed Fields' arm while she attempted to ask Trump a question following a press conference.

In Florida, simple battery is punishable up to a year in jail or 12 months probation plus a $1,000 fine.

Of course, it remains to be seen if Lewandowski will face any punishment at all. But even if he spends a day in jail, has to report to a probation officer or shell out any money, it will represent some measure of vindication for Fields because the Trump campaign has spent weeks trying to discredit her reputation. The candidate himself continued to do so today tweeting, "Wow, Corey Lewandowski, my campaign manager and a very decent man, was just charged with assaulting a reporter. Look at tapes-nothing there!"

Patty Duke, R.I.P.

By on 3.29.16 | 2:39PM

Actress/singer Patty Duke has died of sepsis from a ruptured intestine. She was 69.

Duke is best remembered for her portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker both on Broadway and in the movie adaptation. For the latter, Duke won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 16.

She would also star in her own TV series The Patty Duke Show in which she played twin cousins, Patty & Cathy Lane who had nothing in common except for their appearance. It would air for three seasons on ABC from 1963 to 1966.

Duke would not sustain stardom into adulthood although she worked regularly on television and during the mid-1980's served as President of the Screen Actors Guild. As it turned out, her stardom was spoiled by corrupt managers who made sure she saw little of her earnings and would also abuse her sexually. In recent years, Duke has become known for mental health advocacy as a result of disclosing her own diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

Waiting for the NBA Babes

By on 3.29.16 | 12:47PM

You’ve seen the news. For their own social reasons and political eccentricities, the anointed ones at the National Basketball Association and the National Football League are insisting that the republic can no longer endure unless men are allowed to use women’s public restrooms.

Don’t ask me what this has to do with staging football or basketball games. The obvious answer is nothing.

But just to show that while they may be daft, at least they’re not hypocritical, the NBA announced today that it will immediately begin to recruit women players for its teams.

Ha ha! Gotcha. Just kidding.

NBA officials are firm in their insistence that LeBron James should be able to use the ladies’ room if he gets up feeling womanish some morning. And have announced themselves willing to withdraw their product from those benighted precincts that refuse to go along with their Brave New World. But don’t hold your breath until the NBA announces that the women whose privacy LeBron would invade in this crackpot arrangement are worthy of playing basketball on the same court with the talented James.

Coulter, Gingrich Distancing from Donald Trump?

By on 3.29.16 | 11:24AM

It's looking more and more like Trump will fall behind in Wisconsin — especially now that Scott Walker has announced his support for Ted Cruz, and the "Dean of Conservative Talk Radio in Wisconsin wasted the Donald in an interview yesterday — and more and more as though Cruz is pulling even with Trump in California. The Donald desperately needs to take big chunks of both states if he has even a bare hope of winning the Republican nomination outright, but his hope is slowly fading.

But is "Trumpmentum" really slowing? The national poll numbers can only indicate so much. The real indication that people might finally be falling off the #TrumpTrain could be the high profile endorsers...who are slowly coming to terms with their full-throated defense the New York billionaire, apparently as a result of Trump's tweet disparaging Heidi Cruz.

Georgians Got a Raw Deal on Religious Liberty Today (And So Did The Rest of The Country)

By on 3.28.16 | 9:17PM

I agree with Caleb's dismay with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's veto the religious liberty bill passed in the state legislature.

While I've been at odds with religious liberty bills in other states such as Arizona and Indiana, the bill in Georgia was restricted in the main to  "provide religious officials shall not be required to perform marriage ceremonies in violation of their legal right to free exercise of religion."

Donald Trump’s Disaster of an Interview Or Trump Gets Sykes-ed

By on 3.28.16 | 4:32PM

Wow! Donald Trump came out of an interview with Wisconsin conservative talk radio host Charlie Sykes looking like the proverbial deer in the headlights. You can listen to the interview above.

Here are four observations.

1. Sykes asks Trump is he was aware that he is part of the #NeverTrump movement. To which Trump replied in the negative I would guess that no one else in the Trump campaign knew either. I guess Corey Lewandowski was probably busy roughing someone up & didn't have time to give The Donald a last minute cheat sheet. Needless to say, someone in that campaign is going to get fired. Trump had better realize that the questions are only going to get tougher. This means actually reading policy papers, Supreme Court decisions, etc. I know that's not nearly as exciting as retweeting uncomplimentary pictures of Ted Cruz's wife. But as Sykes told Trump, “Remember, we’re not on a playground. We’re running for president of the United States.”

Media Bias Monday: Deniers of ISIS Terrorism Come Unhinged

By on 3.28.16 | 4:04PM

There’s no question that many in the left-wing media are, at least, covertly disappointed that the terrorist attacks in Belgium were carried out by the Islamic terror group known as ISIS, and not "rabid right-wingers." Across cable television this weekend, there was a palpable reluctance to label the Brussels bombs that killed more than thirty and injured nearly 200, the work of radical Islam. 

Instead, you may have heard, from MSNBC and others, that the tragic incident was really just the result of, say, European society: