A not-so-brief introduction and mission statement

I started my writing career way back in 1995 by writing about pro wrestling.

Okay, I need to fact check that first sentence. Otherwise we’re getting off on the wrong foot here:

And he hasn’t even taken a single training session.

Marco Silva’s tenure at Everton was a disaster from the start. He left behind a despondent squad and a dispirited fanbase. We Evertonians spend 90% of every Premier League season in a bitter mood. It’s our normal disposition.

This was different.

Our options for Silva’s replacement were David Moyes and Big Sam Allardyce. Many supporters hated the idea of Moyes returning, but nothing rivals the hatred they feel for Allardyce. I ran a poll asking if fans would rather be relegated or have Allardyce on the touchline again. Relegation won by a wide margin.

So when reports started circulating about…

He was supposed to guide Everton to the Champions League. He led them to the brink of relegation.

Marco Silva spent his Sunday evening with the visage of a man forced to attend his own funeral. It was a funeral for Silva’s tenure as Everton manager. At the time of this writing, Silva has not been fired. But Everton’s board of directors are meeting via conference call on Thursday morning to discuss their next step, and any next step that involves Silva continuing as Everton manager is unthinkable.

Update: Silva was sacked on Thursday afternoon.

Everton’s shellacking at the hands of their hated rivals wasn’t the final nail in the coffin for the Portugese manager. Losing to Liverpool—which…

On handling the worst part of living.

I knew it when I walked in the room. She had no idea who I was.

“This is your grandson, Jeremy,” PawPaw said. He was sitting next to her hospital bed, his wood and bone cane nestled between his legs. He was leaning in her direction, the same way he’d been leaning her direction for sixty years.

The introduction didn’t spark her memory.

My grandmother was having surgery for a broken hip the next morning. She’d fallen earlier in the week, and things were getting worse. They’d been getting worse for a long time. But this felt different. The surgery…

On war and how you can go home, but never really leave.

I was there when Saddam Hussein emerged from his hole in the ground on a cold Iraqi night.

That’s what I’ll tell my hypothetical grandkids someday. And it’s true.

Grandpa fought in the war. He even helped capture the evil man responsible for the whole war in the first place.

They won’t make me go into details, because that’s one grace we still extend to old folks; we assume they can’t remember anything.

So I won’t have to tell them that yes, I was there, a part of Operation Red Dawn, that I was roughly 100 feet away from the hole, sitting in my driver’s seat of an A113 ambulance, staring intently through my night vision goggles. And…

An attempt to separate fact from ridiculous fiction

Actual migrants.

Let’s talk about this caravan of migrants heading to America, and what they are and are not doing, so that we can keep talking about what matters: the issues that are important to each of us and our right to vote based on our beliefs.

The administration and the media are doing a great job of distracting us from what we should really be focusing on, which are the issues that matter.

How do they distract us? By talking about literally anything else.

The perils of poor political messaging.

Beto O’Rourke likely will not beat Ted Cruz in the November mid-terms.

O’Rourke is out-raising Cruz by a substantial margin, and he has reduced Cruz’ lead in recent polling to single digits. He’s done so by traveling constantly, endlessly, to every county and town in Texas and meeting with people to tell his story and listen to their own. …

A helpful guide for the hosts of Fox & Friends

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement today.

This means that the most influential people in the world right now — the human beings capable of reshaping American society on a fundamental and permanent level — are the hosts of Fox & Friends.

These people have your fate in their hands. And I’m only half-kidding.

The first thing President Donald Trump does every morning (okay, technically it’s the second thing; the first task is making sure there are no cheeseburger parts stuck to his body from the previous night) is to tune in to Fox & Friends, the Fox News morning show. …

Anthony Kennedy’s retirement portends a terrifying future

There’s no easy way of saying this, America. So let’s just get it out of the way. Let’s rip off the band-aid.

We’re all screwed.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement today.

“It has been the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those years on the Supreme Court,” Kennedy said in a statement.

Kennedy is a conservative, of course, but he is also a human being with a heart and a history of displaying actual tolerance. He was often the swing vote in Supreme Court cases that…

Jeremy Botter

I write & edit the @whizzered subscription newsletter. Formerly: Policy advisor at Beto for America, senior writer at CNN.

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