Did I Mention The Guy's Name Is Corky Miller?

Corky Miller. Corky Mother-Humping Miller. Get serious. That name, I don’t think I need to tell you, just isn’t going to get it done. Corky Miller is the name of the grizzled chuckwagon cook in a western round-up. Corky Miller is the fat, beleaguered first baseman on a little league team in an After School […]

This is not about Terri Schiavo

It’s about George Bush. Here’s his comment today when told of the death of Schiavo. “I urge all those who honor Terri Schiavo to continue to work to build a culture of life, where all Americans are welcomed and valued and protected,” the president said, “especially those who live at the mercy of others. “The […]

Wonkery

Our dear old friend Ana Marie Cox , aka Wonkette, has certainly had a hard time staying out of the limelight these past twelve months. As James Woolcott points out today, there are good reasons to worry for the welfare of the funny, smart, cute little pill in D.C.—a town where, we have to admit, […]

The Final Pieces

It would truly be folly if, as has been rumored, the Twins end up keeping four catchers on their roster (two real catchers, and two imposters) and cutting Michael Restovich loose. I still have a hard time believing that’s going to happen. It’s all a result of a bizarre set of circumstances, of course, what […]

Satan, Etc.

To dine, drink champagne, make a racket, and deliver speeches about national consciousness, the conscience of the people, freedom, and such things, while slaves in tail coats are running round your tables, veritable serfs, and your coachmen wait outside in the street, in the bitter cold –that is lying to the Holy Ghost. –Chekhov, Diary, […]

David Scores a Minor Hit on Goliath

Last week, a landmark case was settled between freelance writers and some of the nation’s largest publishers. It was a long-running, complex case, but it basically came down to this: Freelance writers believed that electronic archives of their work—from articles on the web, to paid-access databases like Lexis-Nexis—amounted to republishing their work, without any additional […]

The business of being a Democrat

To anyone who has ever built a business, the logic of Bill Bradley’s op-ed piece in today’s NY Times is second nature. Build a strong base, add creative theorists, and hire great strategic sales people. From a strong organization, strong leaders will emerge. And such an organization will continue to grow and prosper. I’ve always […]

Twenty Questions: The Baseball Version

…Baseball owners, writers, fans and lots of others found themselves beset with questions for which nobody has any real answers. Was attendance keeping pace with the population growth? Were ball parks really outmoded? Was the game declining in popularity? Were ball players getting too commercial? Was the game too old fashioned for an audience getting […]

Twenty Questions

What is the one invention you couldn’t possibly live without? Do you subscribe to the theory that if the shoehorn were to become obsolete we would see the end of the true-fitting slip-on? When was the last time you listened to Nirvana’s “Nevermind”? In your dreams are you most commonly flying, swimming, or naked on […]

To Air is Human

One of the great myths promoted and promulgated by the me-first neo-con crowd is not only that the mainstream media is lousy with liberals and liberal bias, but that liberals are inherently “elite” or elitist. We’re not sure where this whole idea comes from, given the well-documented connection between labor and liberalism, as well as […]