The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

The Real Problem With the American Left: Tedious Douchebags Like Brian Beutler

Don’t really have an argument to offer here, but neither does Brian Beutler in publishing a Salon blog post with this headline: The real problem with the American right: Aging, white radicals Saw that headline at Memeorandum, and instinctively knew what I’d find at the link: A humdrum rehash of the Republican Party obituaries that […]

Good News, Good News, Bad News

First, the good news: Ezra Klein failed to hustle a multimillion-dollar deal with the Washington Post and will instead go do his own independent site. This is good because (a) Ezra won’t be getting any more of Jeff Bezos’ money and (b) some other chump will therefore pay money for Ezra to compete with the […]

‘Blood Bath’ at O.C. Register

Two newspapers in Southern California owned by Aaron Kushner’s Freedom Communications, the Orange County Register and the Riverside Press-Enterprise, laid off about 70 editors and reporters Thursday. For the past 18 months, Kushner had been aggressively expanding his operation, but suddenly — whack! whack! whack! “It’s a blood bath at OCR. Nearly every top manager […]

#UniteBlue In Which @7serf7 Denies Being Convicted Felon Bill Talley

Background: In April 2013, liberal blogger Matt Osborne — someone I hate nearly as much as he hates me — wrote a long post exposing the fact that Bill Talley, who had been an activist in the #UniteBlue progressive online group, had recently pleaded guilty to multiple felonies, including possession of child pornography. Osborne’s “burn […]

Elegant Reporting in Appalachia

Kevin D. Williamson of National Review traveled to Appalachia — his dateline is Owsley County, Ky. — to write about the kind of poverty no liberal ever describes as “social injustice”: If the people here weren’t 98.5 percent white, we’d call it a reservation. Williamson’s article is not merely good reporting, but it is also […]

Reagan and the ‘Welfare Queen’

One of the things about the Internet Age is that it assists us in determining the truth about circumstances which have historically been the subject of myth-making. Josh Levin of Slate discovered the facts behind a favorite anecdote of Ronald Reagan’s: [I]n stump speech after stump speech, Reagan regaled his supporters with the story of […]

Today’s Ray Of Hope

– Wombat-socho Yesterday’s Washington Times featured an article by Rowan Scarborough indicating that the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. was going to be removing portraits of Confederate generals such as Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, and hinted that this was more political correctness run wild, as in the case of Duval County, […]

Brett Kimberlin’s Conspiracy Theory and Other Recent Legal Proceedings

Brett Kimberlin could have been sentenced to 230 years in federal prison “Kimberlin seemed to be the only one with a possible motive — to distract police attention from the Scyphers murder and delay or halt their quiet investigation of him.” – R. Joseph Gelarden, Indianapolis Star, “Kimberlin case a maze of murder, deceit,” Oct. 18, 1981 […]

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