To borrow from our president, “Let’s be clear” on why Curt Schilling matters. Curt Schilling matters because he — along with a band of idiots — delivered the Red Sox and their fans from the throes of 86 years of agony and defeated the Evil Empire all in one fell swoop. He matters because he and his bloody sock had a part in Reversing the Curse of the Bambino (which never really existed but made Dan Shaugnessy a fortune). He matters because Baseball is King in the Hub. My 96-year-old grandmother, who passed away during the first game of the ‘04 playoffs and knew next to nothing about sports, knew the Red Sox mattered in Boston. My mother, who raised five sons and one daughter, several of whom don’t miss a pitch, knows that Curt Schilling isn’t a Yankee fan. He matters because Rich Lowry and Jack Fowler and even K-Lo shudder at the mention of his name. Screwing up who Curt Schilling is isn’t just grounds for losing a Senate race; it’s ground for expulsion from the Bay State. If Massachusetts had the death penalty, it would probably qualify for that too. But then, this is Massachusetts, so that’s probably wishful thinking on both accounts.
American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
The Russians are engaged in “information warfare” against the United States. That was the big soundbite at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s press conference Friday afternoon, announcing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s election-meddling indictment against 13 Russians and three Russian ... Read More
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More