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The Nintendo Solution

An attendee uses a Nintendo Switch game console at the Paris Games Week, France, October 29, 2019. (Benoit Tessier/Reuters)

Each January, Texas Monthly unveils its annual “Bum Steer” awards, a tradition that celebrates an authoritative list — in the magazine’s view, at least — of a year’s worth of embarrassing behavior, ten-gallon villainy, can’t-make-it-up incompetence, and general ineptitude from Texans of all stripes.

“Last year,” the magazine intoned in its 2020 “Bum Steer” introduction, “many Texans comported themselves in an admirable, even heroic manner. But too many other Texans seemed quite happy to try to compensate for all that decency by acting in an idiotic, even malevolent fashion.”

One could squabble over whether some of the awards are deserved — even

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Heather Wilhelm is a columnist for National Review. Her work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, RealClearPolitics, the Washington Examiner, Commentary magazine, the Dallas Morning News, the Miami Herald, and the Kansas City Star

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