Matt Philbin
Managing Editor
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Race shakedowns used to be simple affairs. If, say, Jesse Jackson came knocking, a busy CEO could offer a lucrative beer distributorship or maybe just a fungible donation to Operation Slush, and the alleged iniquities would just melt away. 

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Crime does pay. Just ask Target. The Minneapolis-based retailer has shelled out millions since the 2020 BLM riots following the death of George Floyd -- on top of the money spent rebuilding its looted stores. 

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Now hear this: the lefty media has discovered a new victim group. This is not a drill. Please prepare to ally yourselves with and express your support for the “sex workers” who use the subscription web platform OnlyFans. Repeat: This is not a drill.

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How bad are things in Loudoun County VA schools? Well, they’re litigating reality. 

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Here’s a great media racket: whip up public terror over some dubious issue and then offer equally dubious advice for dealing with said terror. In the post-Christian west, it’s like taking candy from babies.

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The Washington Post has “spent this baseball season examining the experiences of nine African American ballplayers, from a 90-year-old icon to an 18-year-old prospect,” according to an introduction to it’s series of articles called “The Nine.” It’s an exercise that’s supposed to tell readers important things “about this game and this country.”

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Last Night, the New York Yankees played the Chicago White Sox in the twilit Iowa cornfield where the classic sentimental baseball movie* “Field of Dreams” was filmed. Kevin Costner, star of the picture, did a ponderous, cheesy monologue as he slowly walked in from the corn in centerfield, followed by the players themselves. “Is this heaven?” he intoned. “Yes it is.”

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What if they threw an Olympics and nobody watched? NBC execs are finding out. The network has broadcast the Summer Games since 1988, and the ratings have never been as dismal as Tokyo 2021.

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Carli Lloyd must have been tired of losing. Or maybe she just suddenly remembered why she was in Tokyo -- something about a soccer competition? At any rate, before the USWNT’s bronze medal match with Australia, Lloyd remained standing while the rest of her team took a knee to protest racism, or sexism, or whatever was Thursday’s gripe du jour.

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Is Gwen Berry relieved? She lost in the hammer throw; no medal for her, but at least she wasn't subjected to the savagery of hearing the Star Spangled Banner and seeing Old Glory from the podium. Or is she disappointed she she didn't get to call attention to her contempt for America with some protest gesture?