Assessing players greatness by number of championships feels like a fairly silly thing when, in most popular sports, an individual player’s team success is heavily influenced by the team. It makes sense when you think of it: a player can have significant influence on the outcome but if the coaching or teammates are limited, the team is limited. And we are getting better at this understanding. You look at, for instance, the conversation around Lebron James and his place among the all time greats. Ten years ago (or ten days ago in Chicago), folks would say “he doesn’t have six…


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I really like the James Bond franchise. This is part eighteen of a behind schedule, bimonthly, 24-part series of me watching James Bond movies and providing a stream of consciousness style commentary for a given film. I will also rank the movies so stay tuned for that at the bottom of the piece. Simulating the time between License to Kill and Goldeneye wasn’t my goal but there was a long hiatus in the franchise. People weren’t ready for Dalton’s interpretation and the end of the Cold War led to real questions about the place of Bond. In steps Pierce Brosnan…


Pollical debates in such a polarized landscape do not care the same weight as they once did. Did you watch the 2016 debates? Did you see the result in the election? This post is not really about the debates as much as the obvious, latent framing of race in society. A framing that reinforces the seemingly intractable connection between Black people and problems for the mainstream audience.

Chris Wallace released the topics of the first presidential debate: The Trump and Biden records, The Supreme Court, The Economy, The Integrity of the Election, Covid-19, and Race and Violence in our Cities…


Following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, professional and amateur pundits rushed to figure out the political consequences. About 24 hours later, we’ve reached many predictable points: GOP hypocrisy on why it’s acceptable to nominate someone during the 2020 election year and not in 2016; the blame game featuring everyone from Harry Reid in 2013 to Justice Ginsburg herself for being selfish in not retiring(?); packing the court; and filibuster reform. …


I really like the James Bond franchise. This is part seventeen of a behind schedule, bimonthly, 24-part series of me watching James Bond movies and providing a stream of consciousness style commentary for a given film. I will also rank the movies so stay tuned for that at the bottom of the piece. License to Kill is Dalton’s final turn as Bond and it gets dark. While the movie has all the staples of the 80s — drugs, Uzis, ninjas, bar fights — it also represents the most serious, joyless romp in the franchise. Best suited for 2005, 1980s moviegoers…


I didn’t really post much about Kobe Bryant following his death because, well, it didn’t bother me in a deep manner. It was shocking and it was more on my radar compared to others who die in tragic circumstances. But, for me, he was a phenomenal entertainer. I didn’t have a kinship with him nor do I with any other celebrity. I also didn’t really get incredibly bogged down by the coverage of Kobe. But this Gayle King/Kobe legacy conversation has been inescapable. The conductor on my train brings it up with disdain towards King. People on social media elevated…


I really like the James Bond franchise. This is part sixteen of a behind schedule, bimonthly, 24-part series of me watching James Bond movies and providing a stream of consciousness style commentary for a given film. I will also rank the movies so stay tuned for that at the bottom of the piece. Moore has left the franchise and we get a new Bond with an entirely new approach to the character: back to the novel. Timothy Dalton brought grit, nastiness, and going rogue before it was popular, and the relative lack of success showed. The Living Daylights is also…


I really like the James Bond franchise. This is part fifteen of a behind schedule, bimonthly, 24-part series of me watching James Bond movies and providing a stream of consciousness style commentary for a given film. I will also rank the movies so stay tuned for that at the bottom of the piece. Sir Roger Moore’s final movie as Bond is A View to a Kill. He is looking and moving very old in this one but it captures the essence of Moore’s Bond: fundamentally silly with some seriousness, strong song, and a formula that does feel a bit tired…


I really like the James Bond franchise. This is part fourteen of a behind schedule, bimonthly, 24-part series of me watching James Bond movies and providing a stream of consciousness style commentary for a given film. I will also rank the movies so stay tuned for that at the bottom of the piece. We end the famed “Battle of the Bonds” with Never Say Never Again, the final return of Sean Connery to the 007 role. It’s Kevin McClory winning his court case and essentially making Thunderball again. It was a commercial success but failed to make as much as…


Let’s be honest: you really don’t know what is happening with this impeachment inquiry. It’s probably not a term you’ve heard of and, frankly, many people within the Democratic caucus don’t know what is happening according to reports following Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s Tuesday announcement to open a formal impeachment inquiry. I have some knowledge, more perspective, and a little nugget to consider the stakes for what is a notable change in the political landscape.

Let’s cover some civics basics here that matter until they don’t. Impeachment inquiry does NOT equal impeachment. Impeachment does NOT equal…

Allen L. Linton II

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