Obligatory “Big Game” Music Post

Spoiler alert, it’s about Prince’s attempt to Usher in a different approach to the press conference.

Biden ‘An Elderly Man with a Poor Memory’

A special counsel has declined to prosecute the President but his rationale was painful.

Thursday Tabs

A Proportional Response

It’s what we do. I mean this is what we do.

Billy Joel Turns the Lights Back On

The Piano Man is back with a new song.

The Raft of the Medusa

The Washington Post proves that, no matter how hard you try, you can’t cover some stories neutrally.

The Enshittification of . . . Couches?

They don’t make ’em like they used to.

13-Year-Old Defeats Tetris (Sort Of)

James T. Kirk would be proud.

Nikki Haley’s Unforced Error

A poor answer to a softball question has created unnecessary controversy.

Thanksgiving Traditions

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

A Foreign Policy Election?

A competent leader versus a lunatic would seem an easy choice. Alas.

Dick Butkus, 1942-2023

The legendary football player and pitchman is gone at 80.

David Brooks’ $78 Airport Burger

A joke(?) gone a-rye.

Jimmy Buffett, 1946-2023

The Gulf and Western singer, songwriter, and mogul has died at 76.

Transphobic Cruelty

When prejudice overrides simple humanity.

Streaming Wars Killing Streaming Dream

Disney is making some unwelcome moves.

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Fee-For-Service Cars?

Will consumers put up with monthly fees on top of hefty sticker prices?

Barring Kids From Social Media

An odd set of Senators have a really bad idea.

President Biden Officially Running for Re-Election

“The question we are facing is whether in the years ahead we have more freedom or less freedom. More rights or fewer.”

The Limits of Academic Freedom

UPenn law professor Amy Wax as a test case.

Dilbert Canceled

Newspapers across the country are dropping the popular strip over a racist rant.

One App to Control Them All?

I somehow missed Google’s launch of a service that solves the biggest annoyance of streaming.

Harvard Extension Fraud

How dare people who paid for a cut-rate degree claim they paid for the good one?

Thursday Tabs

It’s the least I can do—and the most.

Right-Wing Musical Chairs on Satellite TV

Weirdly, politicians who don’t understand the debt ceiling also don’t understand other things.

The Tech Bubble Has Burst. Or Has It?

A lot of huge investments have failed for a variety of reasons.

The NFL is Taking Over

The biggest entertainment product in America is getting bigger.

The Deterioration and Death of Old Media

Headline News Network is shuttering after four decades.

Everybody Needs Some Elbow Room!

A memory of pop culture and its linkage to broader myths about America.

Thanksgiving Traditions

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

The Colorado Club Shooter [UPDATED]

New details are emerging about possible motivations.

Craziness, Disconnectedness, and a Toxic Political Climate Equals Violence

The attack at the Pelosi house should surprise no one.

Jerry Lee Lewis, 1935-2022

A member of the inaugural Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class and the most recent Country Music Hall of Fame class is gone at 87.

A Spotify for News

Publishers and consumers want very different business models.

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The Declining Market for News

Reading habits continue to evolve, not necessarily for the better.

Saturday Afternoon Funnies

A song and some passing thoughts on supermarket tabloids.

Elon Musk Buys Twitter

It’s happened. What does it mean?

A Key Aspect of the Ginni Thomas Story

Beyond who her spouse is, the texts to Meadows reveal a deeply concerning situation.

Christian Nationalism and American Democracy

A Manichean struggle between good and evil.

Ginni Thomas the Insurrectionist

A Supreme Court Justice’s wife urged the White House and Congressional Republicans to steal the 2020 election.

John Clayton, 1954-2022

The longtime NFL reporter is gone at 67.

Jussie Smollett Case Gets Even Weirder

The convicted criminal has been released pending appeal.

West Shamed Into Action

Actions deemed unthinkable days earlier are suddenly mandatory.

Ukraine Invasion Sending History in a New Direction?

The ferocity of the global reaction to Putin’s invasion is stunning.

West Accelerates Pressure on Russia

NATO has stepped up in a pleasantly surprising way to resist the Ukraine invasion.

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An example of the “trial tax”

With choices like these it’s easy to understand why people take plea deals