An Umpire’s Bad Call and Attitude

What gave you greater reason to shake your head as you watched this replay from Wednesday night’s Phillies–Marlins game: first-base umpire C. B. Bucknor’s embarrassingly bad judgment or his smugness while he delivered the out call?
 
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Fire the FBI Chief

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
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Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

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