The Spectacle Blog

Morning Spectacle: Non-Conformists

By on 9.10.15 | 4:15AM

Can you believe it's already Thursday? 

In Our Sights

Hillary Clinton may be looking to show more "heart" on her campaign in order to connect better with "everyday Americans," but her campaign won't be mentioning "everyday Americans" anytime soon. Because the staff thought it sounded too much like Wal-Mart's plebian slogan, the campaign is dropping "everyday Americans" from all of their literature.

The man who practically invented viral anti-virus software, John McAfee, announced yesterday that he's running for President on the "Cyber Party" ticket, which he made up. McAfee is most famous for creating McAfee Anti-Virus, which is probably still on your PC despite being deleted sometime in the mid-1990s, and a short stint he spent as a fugitive from the law after being accused for murder.

Tom Brady is a Big Donald Trump Fan

By on 9.9.15 | 3:37PM

Since Tom Brady is now allowed to stock his locker, after a judge rolled back his "Deflategate" suspension, it only makes sense that he would immediately add a "Make American Great Again" Donald Trump hat to his post-game lineup. 

According to a follow-up interview Brady did on a Boston radio program, Donald Trump and Tom Brady are actually quite friendly, having met in 2002 when Brady was a "celebrity judge" for the Miss USA pageant, alongside other early-2000s celebrities like Willa Ford and Jermaine Jackson. While Brady wouldn't confirm to the show that he'd vote for The Donald, he did say that Trump has "done amazing things."

For his part, Donald Trump Tweeted some support for Brady after his Deflategate punishment was tosssed out, and told TMZ that "Tom Brady is the greatest."

Hillary Clinton Posts ‘Four Sentences’ Defense of Email Use, Pledges Transparency

By on 9.9.15 | 3:26PM

Hillary Clinton is desperately trying to rid herself of this email scandal that's been dogging her for weeks, collapsing her campaign. After all, in order to fully launch "Hillary 2.0," the kinder, gentler, more transparent software update she's been pledging, she has to leave all her problems behind her.

The most effective approach would probably be the simplest one: apologize, turn over the emails and allow authorities to comb through them, taking responsibility for whatever problems might arise, and then allowing the media to provide you with enough favorable coverage to ride out the drama without serving any time. But Hillary Clinton will always be a Clinton, and so cannot resist covering her own pantsuited behind with a host of excuses — the only things that are truly transparent about her response.

Late last night on Facebook, Hillary Clinton posted this defense of her email use:

State Dept. “Email Czar” is Hillary Clinton Donor

By on 9.9.15 | 2:53PM

The State Department announced yesterday that they would appoint an "Email Czar" to handle all of the FOIA and investigative requests, including the ones tied to Hillary Clinton's basement email server. The Czar, who they consider to be their "transparency guru," will be in charge of maintaining records for the State Department and "improving" the processes by which they State Department collects and disseminates information.

According to The Hill, Secretary of State John Kerry has had it up to here with all of the requests targeting Hillary Clinton's email, and wanted to get the problem off his hands as quickly as possible. So, they tried to find someone fast, settling on Ambassador Janice Jacobs, who is a former diplomat and visa-process consultant, and — in a move I'm sure none of you saw coming — a very recent, maxed-out donor to the Hillary Clinton for President campaign.

Queen Elizabeth II Has Surpassed Queen Victoria as Britain’s Longest Reigning Monarch

By on 9.9.15 | 1:12PM

Today, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history, surpassing the reign of her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901.

Elizabeth II has been Queen since February 6, 1952. Her reign has spanned from Churchill to Cameron, from Truman through Obama (and hopefully beyond).

Yes, I know many Americans are averse to the concept of the monarchy. Shots rang out at Concord and Lexington and a revolution ensued. But let’s face it. There is a lot of royalty in America or at the very least a lot of people who think they are regal. When you consider them and consider some other heads of states, we have done a lot worse than Elizabeth II.

Bob Barr Is Spot On About Kim Davis

By on 9.9.15 | 11:31AM

Over at, former Republican Congressman and Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr has a piece about the Kim Davis affair which I believe is quite spot on. Here is the opening paragraph:

Imagine waking up to the news that a Quaker county sheriff is denying concealed carry permits to citizens because of his religious objection to violence; or, a Muslim DMV supervisor in Dearborn, Michigan has ordered his staff to refuse to issue driver’s licenses to women out of a religious objection to women behind the wheel. These are among the realities that await should we make Kim Davis, the embattled County Clerk from Rowan County, Kentucky, an archetype for “religious freedom” in America.

Morning Spectacle: Immunity

By on 9.9.15 | 4:00AM

We return from a very long holiday weekend, and it's almost the weekend again.

In Our Sights

Mike Huckabee would prefer that Ted Cruz not steal his Kentucky thunder. After doing all the legwork, organizing a rally for recently freed, religiously objecting Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, Mike made sure that no other Presidential candidates muscled in on his territory — by any means necessary.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz backed Obama's Iran deal, defying both common sense and her constituents. Fortunately, the latter possesses the former: Debbie's already drawn a primary challenger, and he's very well financed.

Joaquin Andujar, R.I.P.

By on 9.8.15 | 11:30PM

Former big league pitcher Joaquin Andujar passed away today from complications of diabetes. He was 62.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Andujar signed with the Cincinnati Reds in 1969 at the age of 16. In the age of the Big Red Machine, Andujar couldn't reach the big club. Prior to the 1976 season, Andujar got his break when he was traded to the Houston Astros and would make the club that year. During his tenure in Houston, Andujar was selected to two NL All-Star teams in 1977 and 1979 and was part of first Astros team to make the post-season in 1980.

President Obama Eats a Bear’s Leftovers in Alaska

By on 9.8.15 | 3:10PM

While in Alaska, President Obama caught up with survivalist Bear Grylls, because why not

Although the President did not undergo Grylls's typical hazing maneuver, forcing his companions to drink their own urine (though, to be fair, there was a petition that got almost the required threshold number of signatures to require a White House response), he did manage to learn at least one survival skill during his short time fifty feet away from his handlers under the watchful eye of the Presidential doctor and the Secret Service: how to turn bear leftovers into a decent wilderness meal.


You really do need to see it to believe it.

Biden Beats Bernie (and Clinton) in New National Poll

By on 9.8.15 | 2:42PM

Joe Biden joined union bigwigs this weekend at Labor Day events, trying to show how connected he is to the "working Americans" that make up the very fabric of our proud nation. Armed with his trademark aviator sunglasses, Joe spoke about the "glory days" when men were men, women were women, and REO Speedwagon was still making gold records.

The schtick, though, seems to be working. As Bernie Sanders struggles to fire up anyone who understands basic economics, and Hillary Clinton struggles to fire up, frankly, anyone, Joe Biden, who isn't even officially in the race, has been surging to the tops of polls, making his first appearance this week as the national Democratic challenger to the Clinton throne.

Joe Biden is up and Hillary Clinton is down in a new Monmouth University national poll of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters.