The Morning Spectacle: Exclusions Apply

By on 9.11.15 | 4:00AM

You've made it to Friday, Spectators. Just a few short hours to go.

In Our Sights

Last night, Senate Democrats desperately tried to protect President Obama from an embarassing veto, derailing a resolution of disapproval floated by Senate Republicans, and preventing a final vote on a measure designed to complicate approval for the President's nuclear deal with Iran. This, essentially, means that President Obama has a clear path to approval for the agreement he considers the hallmark of his foreign policy, and, that you can enjoy all the benefits of our newest allegiance.

David Brock Accuses the NYT of Being Conservative

By on 9.10.15 | 2:54PM

Hillary Clinton may be undergoing a software upgrade to make her "nicer" and more "media-friendly," but that doesn't mean her surrogates are taking a softer and more subtle approach to her campaign priorities. 

David Brock, head of Media Matters and, more recently, dogged Marco Rubio investigator hell bent on documenting every last specious purchase Rubio made on his middle class salary, is concerned that a high-visibility media outlet has been too tough on his BFF, sweet Hillary. This outlet, which Brock believes to be nothing more than a propaganda arm of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, has been doing little more than parroting Republican talking points to curry favor with its heavily right-leaning readership, he says. The New York Times, David Brock says, must be stopped.

Yes, you read that right. That well-known conservative propaganda outlet the New York Times.

Jindal Trying to Trump Trump?

By on 9.10.15 | 2:18PM

Bobby Jindal, moving slow but dreaming fast,  knocked Donald Trump today by saying, "Donald, thanks for the show.  Almost as funny as Don Rickles."

Don Rickles made a career out of insulting people in a humorous way on stage.  Jindal is trying to diminish Trump's stature by saying his campaign is characterized by insults and is more performance art than serious politics.

In a way, then, Jindal is trying to channel Rickles himself, using an on-stage putdown as a way of looking good at Trump's expense.  Well, to paraphrase Senator Bentsen, "Governor Jindal, I know Don Rickles, and you ain't no Don Rickles..."

Jindal Tears Into Trump After Spate of Bizarre Insults

By on 9.10.15 | 1:15PM

Bobby Jindal is not going to take Donald Trump sitting down. 

The Louisiana Governor tore into Trump in a press conference today, calling the celebrity Presidential candidate a "carnival act" and an "unstable narcissist," and comparing Trump to Kim Kardashian (though, oddly, he left out any mention of Kardashian's husband, Kanye West, of whom Trump is a declared fan). The pushback comes as Trump has dominated the news cycle over the last 24 hours for a spate of bizarre comments, first about Carly Fiorina's looks (to Rolling Stone) and then about Ben Carson's track record as a neurosurgeon. 

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal tore into Republican presidential rival Donald Trump Thursday, calling him an “unstable narcissist” and warning that he would ruin the GOP’s chance of winning the general election of he wins the Republican nomination.

“We can 'make America great again,'” Jindal said, cribbing Trump’s campaign slogan. “But we will not do that by putting an unserious and unstable narcissist in the White House.”

Intelligence Analysts Blow Whistle on Altered ISIS Assessments

By on 9.10.15 | 1:02PM

Ever wonder why the Administration insisted that ISIS was nothing more than a "JV" team, even though they were running roughsod over most of the Middle East, hacking Christians to death by the thousands and destroying World Heritage sites with impunity? 

According to about fifty US intelligence experts working at US Central Command, much of the intelligence on ISIS in Syria and elsewhere was altered by senior intelligence officials to match the Obama Administration's underwhelming threat assessments. Even though much of the intelligence pointed to a very sophisticated, very aggressive ISIS force, these individuals believe that many reports were deemed "overly negative" because they didn't fit with administration's rosier public view of things. 

More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military's Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned.

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.


Nixon’s Silent Majority Was Not About Race

By 9.10.15

It is amazing to behold. For the Left — even the Republican Left — everything is about race. Even when it isn’t. Even when one has to re-write history to make that history something it never was.

All too predictably, the New York Times — the paper that cannot control its obsession with race-card playing — recently ran this headline:

Republicans Fear Donald Trump Is Hardening Party’s Tone on Race

Really? And how exactly is this happening? Why, Donald Trump is using the term “Silent Majority” from the Nixon-era. And everybody knows that was racist, right? Here’s the Times version of this nonsense:

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.