Wednesday Night Wonders

Bill Petti of Beyond the Boxscore lists last offseason’s position-player free-agent class and examines how they performed in 2011.

FanGraphs’ Jim Breen on Blue Jays executive Tony LaCava’s decision to turn down the Orioles’ general manager gig: “The intriguing aspect of this development, however, is not that LaCava turned down Baltimore in favor of Toronto. It’s more that nobody in the baseball community believes he made the wrong choice.”

With Tony La Russa retired, the Cardinals requested and received permission from the Phillies to interview Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg. Meanwhile, Theo Epstein informed Mike Quade that his managerial services were no longer required. (Epstein said that Chicago’s next skipper needed to have prior big-league experience, presumably excluding the Hall of Fame second baseman from consideration.)

Hardball Talk’s Craig Calcaterra: Len Dykstra to fight Jose Canseco? Um, OK.”

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Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More

Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More
Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

The horrifying school massacre in Parkland, Fla., has prompted another national debate about guns. Unfortunately, it seems that these conversations are never terribly constructive — they are too often dominated by screeching extremists on both sides of the aisle and armchair pundits who offer sweeping opinions ... Read More

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
Film & TV

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