The Other McCain

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

Beltway Hypnosis Syndrome

Larry O’Connor nails it: I hear it from half the callers on my talk radio shows. I read it in the comment sections of my favorite blogs. I see it from some of the most well-respected pundits on cable news. Every time the discussion turns to anything outside the Washington Beltway or to any topic […]

Why Would Brett Kimberlin Threaten to Sue the American Spectator?

For publishing the truth: Perhaps the most shocking element of Kimberlin’s 1978 bombing spree was that authorities believed it was an attempt to distract police investigating the murder of a 65-year-old grandmother, Julia Scyphers. As [Joe] Gelarden reported in a 1981 [Indianapolis Star] article, Scyphers had become concerned about her daughter Sandra Barton’s involvement with […]

Quota-Mongers Never Satisfied

Nose-counting diversity fetishists: On Wednesday, the Women’s Media Center released its annual Status of Women in U.S. Media Report, which tracks how many women are being hired, seen, and heard in American journalism and entertainment. . . . According to the report, women made up 36.3 percent of newsroom staffers atAmerican newspapers in 2013, a figure that’s decreased slightly […]

How Much Do You Hate Commies?

Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes a Vietcong terrorist, February 1968.’s Jesse Myerson (@JAMyerson) says “misconceptions” about Communism are the real problem, although survivors who escaped Communist regimes might beg to disagree. Personally, I think the main problem with Communism is that we haven’t shot enough evil lying Commie scum: Five years after the Bolshevik Revolution, […]

Unemployed Magazine Executives

Time, Inc. — which publishes Time, Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated and In Style magazines — is laying off hundreds of employees, and the hit list includes executives in the company: Gone in the cutbacks are David Geithner, an executive vice president who was in charge of the style and entertainment group that included No. 1 […]

How Bad Is Stephen Glass? ‘Morally Unfit to Be a Lawyer in California’!

Are California lawyers particularly moral people? However low the threshold of morality to be admitted to the practice of law in California, disgraced journalist Stephen Glass failed to clear it: The decision is long and citation-filled. It claims to make a rational, precedential case that Glass has not met the legal standard for being a […]

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 […]

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