The Spectacle Blog

Jack Bruce, R.I.P.

By on 10.25.14 | 1:20PM

Jack Bruce, the former lead singer and bass player for the supergroup Cream, has passed away following a lengthy battle with liver disease. He had received a transplant in 2003. Bruce was 71.

Born in Scotland, Bruce was a classically trained musician at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music who fell in love with jazz and blues during the early 1960's. He cut his teeth with Alexis Korner's Blues Inc., John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann before rising to the top with Cream which famously included Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker and guitar legend Eric Clapton.

While Cream mostly covered blues standards, Bruce and lyricist Pete Brown contributed a number of original songs such as "White Room", "I Feel Free" and "Sunshine of Your Love".

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Maddon Resigns as Rays Manager

By on 10.25.14 | 12:18AM

Joe Maddon opted out of his contract as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. In nine seasons and a 754-705 record, Maddon was the winningest manager in Rays history. In 2008, Maddon shocked the baseball world by leading the Rays to an AL pennant. The Rays would also make post-season appearances in 2010, 2011 and 2013. 

However, 2014 was a trying year for the Rays. After a horrible 24-42 start, the Rays went 29-13 to get within striking distance of .500 by the end of July. But then at the trade deadline, the Rays dealt Cy Young winner David Price to the Tigers and went 24-30 the rest of the way. The Rays finished in fourth place in the AL East, 19 games back for the Orioles. 

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NYC Hipster Doc Probably Gave Everyone Ebola

By on 10.24.14 | 1:33PM

Until yesterday, the biggest danger hipsters posed to our quiet culture was the possibility that they'd bring back farmer overalls and fanny packs and keep Pabst Blue Ribbon in business. While many of us understood the cultural havoc that people with organic cheese fetishes and New Wave record collections were to the society at large, we were fairly certain that, while industrial modern would become a much more pervasive trend than anticipated, it would hardly lead to a gruesome and painful death (unless, of course, you are one of the chosen few who actually attempt to install edison bulbs in your household fixtures).

And then, we come to find out, that a New York doc, who recently returned from overseas where he treated Ebola patients, somehow managed to skip through the extensive CDC screening process of self-reporting, misunderstood the parameters of self-quarantine, and might have infected half of Williamsburg with the the deadly virus (provided Williamsburg residents are licking street vomit, I guess). 

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Madeleine Albright Owns Conan on Twitter

By on 10.24.14 | 1:16PM

If you were considering Tweeting Queen Elizabeth today, on her first day on Twitter, you may want to rethink your social media strategy. As late night talk show host Conan O'Brien found out yesterday when he tweeted at former Secretary of State Madeleine Albreight (that saucy minx!), you can't always be sure that elderly stateswomen are tasking their staff with their accounts

Please apply cold water to the burned area.

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Re: DHS Wants Your KC Royals Panties

By on 10.24.14 | 10:21AM

I appreciate Emily for briefing us on this government sponsored panty raid.

There are many things I'd like to say to Homeland Security, but they are unmentionable.

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Craig Shirley, Laura Ingraham on Reagan’s Time for Choosing

By on 10.24.14 | 9:04AM

Craig Shirley and Laura Ingraham have written a superb piece in the Los Angeles Times on the Reagan Time for Choosing speech 

Among the important points the two made was this:

… Yet in the face of the failed big-government Republicanism of recent history and the failed collectivism of the Democratic Party, men like Jeb Bush say the country and the GOP need to move past the “nostalgia” for Reaganism’s heyday. A top Republican consultant, Ford O'Connell, recently wrote: “Ronald Reagan is dead. Accept it. The Reagan fixation is a drag on the future.”

So what are the Bush Republicans missing? Reagan's New Federalism was the most successful governing philosophy of the 20th century, and that includes the New Deal, which never did solve the Depression. Only the Lend-Lease program and our entry into World War II did that. New Federalism was certainly more successful than the Great Society.

Reaganism is not about Reagan, who often said,“Don’t trust me, trust yourself.” He believed in the individual over the state.

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DHS Wants Your KC Royals Panties

By on 10.23.14 | 5:10PM

Everyone wants to show their support for their home team in their own way. For some of us, who live in the same city as the Cubs, we prefer to simply wear paper bag headwear during the post-season. For others, like the racy ladies of Kansas City, a pair of lovely blue panties emblazoned with a hand-drawn Royals logo is just the thing. After all, this is America, and if you want to wear your team pride on your ladyparts, you have a God-given right to do so.

Unless the Department of Homeland Security thinks you shouldn't. And then, they'll conduct an armed panty raid (literally) at the direction of Major League Baseball. Because if there's anything we need the Department of Homeland Security focusing on right now, it's what it says on your ass under your pants.

Homeland Security agents visited the Crossroads store and confiscated the few dozen pairs of underwear, printed in Kansas City by Lindquist Press.

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The Ebola Scare Has Been Awesome for Ebola Lobbyists

By on 10.23.14 | 4:26PM

You might be terrified to leave your house lest you catch the Ebola from a male stripper or two, but there are a few health care lobbyists in Washington who couldn't be more pleased that Americans are shivering at the thought of a disease that has killed less people than have been married to Kim Kardashian. 

According to a recent study by the Center for Responsive Politics, health-related lobbying has, in some cases, doubled in just the last few weeks, especially for companies that have Ebola-related treatments in the experimental phases (as if you thought only the government was responsible for developing an emergency Ebola vaccine) and who specialize in infectious disease response.

One such company who doubled the amount they spent on lobbying is Sarepta Therapeutics. Sarepta Therapeutics has been pushing its experimental Ebola treatment AVI-7537 for some time now. In the past, the group has never spent more than $40,000 annually on their lobbying tab. Now,in the third quarter alone, the company has poured $80,000 into lobbying efforts.

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Will Michelle Obama Run for Senate?

By on 10.23.14 | 4:14PM

A few months ago, there were rumors that the Obamas were going to move back to Chicago after they finished their tenure in the White House so that they could prepare Michelle to pick up the dynasty's reins with a run for Senate against Mark Kirk in 2016. As promising as that sounds to all of us in the Windy City (because who can't get enough of people who barely served our population before we sent them to Washington?), it soon became clear that no one with the Obama name would be inflicting themselves on any rust-belt states anytime soon. Plus, when Presidents consider retirement homes, they don't usually select them in places they can only golf three months out of the year.

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Before Kevin Vickers There was René Marc Jalbert

By on 10.23.14 | 1:41PM

Earlier today, Emily submitted a post about Canadian House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers getting a standing ovation from parliamentarians on all sides of the House for putting an end to the terrorist scumbag who killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the Canadian War Memorial yesterday and saving countless lives of those inside Centre Block on Parliament Hill.

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