The Other McCain

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#FreeStacy: ‘A Girl’s Name’

Posted on | February 21, 2016 | 43 Comments

Yesterday, I did a short telephone interview with Ethan Ralph of The Ralph Retort, which began with him asking, “What should I call you?” This led to me explaining a bit about why (a) my friends call me Stacy, but (b) I use my full name as my byline.

The actual story of my name is this: My father’s name was William McCain, and my mother’s maiden name was Frances Kirby. My older brother is William Kirby McCain, who was always called by his middle name, Kirby. Our family’s pediatrician in Atlanta was a man named Dr. Stacy Burnett. My mother thought this a fine name, and so I was named Robert Stacy McCain, Robert being a family name on my father’s side, including my Uncle Bobby (who is actually a first cousin, but nearly as old as my father, and therefore my brothers and I were taught to address him respectfully as “Uncle”). Like my older brother, I was called by my middle name. After I started school, I would occasionally encounter the playground taunt, “Stacy is a girl’s name,” and perhaps a Freudian might speculate about psychological overcompensation — becoming in some way hyper-masculine as a defensive reaction to such “issues” — but Freudianism is mostly garbage. Sibling rivalry with my older brother almost certainly explains more of my personality than anything else from my early childhood, but it is amusing when left-wing trolls occasionally mock me as having “a girl’s name,” to which I sometimes reply by mentioning my wife, six children and two grandchildren.

Overcompensation? Maybe, but it works.

Anyway, as I explained in the interview, early in my newspaper career I discovered that unless I used my full name as my byline, I would get phone calls from readers asking to speak to “her.” Although a guy named Stacy could cite other men — including the tough-guy actor Stacey Keach and NFL star Stacey Bailey — in response to playground taunts about having “a girl’s name,” one had to confront the reality of ordinary expectations. So using the byline “R. Stacy McCain” on news articles resulted in people calling the office expecting to speak to a female reporter, requiring me to make an explanation of who I actually am.

Thus the use of Robert Stacy McCain as my byline, which sometimes causes another incorrect assumption, i.e., I’m using my full name as a matter of aristocratic ostentation. Anyway, my eldest son is named Robert Stacy McCain Jr., and he’s just Bob, and if Bob has a son named Robert Stacy McCain III, I’d expect my grandson to be called “Trip” or “Trey.” Maybe 25 or 30 years from now, when Trey McCain sires Robert Stacy McCain IV, the trend in names will have shifted enough that Stacy will be out of fashion as a name for girls, and my great-grandson can be known as Stacy without anyone ever being confused.

However, as I explained to Ethan Ralph, this confusion could sometimes be helpful to the kind of teenage hoodlum I used to be:

Maybe I shouldn’t tell stories like that, but I was a Democrat and a dopehead back then. It was the ’70s, man. Being a teenager in an era when the American people thought it was a good idea to elect Jimmy Carter president is the kind of experience which, if you were lucky enough to have survived it, should permanently cure you of such folly. Polyester pants? Disco? Voting for Democrats? What were we thinking?

Eventually the drugs wore off. Some of us grew up, got married, had kids, paid taxes, and vowed our kids would be spared the helpless gloom of existential despair that Jimmy Carter’s presidency represented. Other people, however, never grew up. They voted for Barack Obama, the narcissistic epitome of political adolescence.

Meanwhile, totalitarian forces seek to silence voices of sanity in this lunatic wilderness of 21st-century “progressive” madness.

Allum Bokhari at reports:

McCain is not the first high-profile conservative targeted by Twitter recently. From Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ unprecedented loss of “verified” status, to actor Adam Baldwin’s temporary suspension over innocuous tweets, Twitter has been disproportionately targeting conservatives for minor offences while leaving left-wing rule breakers on the platform unpunished.
Fears of political bias at Twitter were stoked after the company announced its new “Trust and Safety” council to help the site be “global and inclusive” in its future policies and practices. The council is packed with left-wing advocacy organizations, while not a single conservative or pro-free speech group can be found. More recently, it was revealed that Twitter maintains a “blacklist” of right-wing users whose tweets are “shadowbanned,” or effectively hidden from other users.
As Twitter does not comment on individual suspensions, it’s hard to know for sure why McCain was suspended. Yet the timing of the right-wing blogger’s ban, so soon after these other incidents of anti-conservative behaviour on the part of Twitter and at a crucial period in the election cycle, make it impossible to ignore.

It’s about partisan politics, you see. The whole build-up of the Feminist™ brand the past three or four years has been about establishing a cultural narrative that would benefit Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. This is why, as much as I enjoy talking about myself, #FreeStacy is not about me.

The Left will always find excuses and pretexts for smearing or silencing anyone who exposes the lies by which the Left gains power. Democrats could never be elected if the American people knew the truth about who the Democrats are — unless, of course, the perversity of the culture meant that the American people were themselves so corrupted that they would elect a person as dishonest as Hillary Clinton.

Be afraid, America. Be very afraid.



43 Responses to “#FreeStacy: ‘A Girl’s Name’”

  1. OrangeEnt
    February 21st, 2016 @ 5:54 pm

    Let them be destroyed. There’s no other way….

  2. Quartermaster
    February 21st, 2016 @ 6:42 pm

    A shareholder suit would be a good way of going after them. Since they would be sued for neglecting their fiduciary responsibilities, it’s personal and they are personally liable.

    Given what has started on Facebook, the same thing would probably be effective there as well.

  3. RS
    February 21st, 2016 @ 6:46 pm

    This sort of thing is going to continue apace until November, if not after. Twitter and Facebook are the first salvos, but I should expect web hosting services to start receiving hate mail for hosting the “wrong” sites. You know. The ones with “hate speech” quoting people exactly and analyzing and critiquing those words.

    And that’s the problem. Too few people control the access to the information. There’s no need to have a government pull the internet plug to prevent dissemination of the “wrong” ideas. You just need a few stooges who control the servers.

  4. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    February 21st, 2016 @ 8:12 pm

    Since I doubt you slept with Ken White’s wife, or harmed his dog, that leads me to conclude you managed to get the keys to his liquor cabinet…

    So why wasn’t I invited to help drink it?

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  6. Joe Joe
    February 21st, 2016 @ 8:24 pm

    “Shadow banned”? That sounds Orwellian,

  7. Wombat_socho
    February 21st, 2016 @ 8:45 pm

    It is. It’s a way of silencing someone without suspending or outright nuking their account. If a man tweets, and nobody can see his tweets in their browser, has he really tweeted at all?

  8. Joe Joe
    February 21st, 2016 @ 8:46 pm

    Stealth censorship.

  9. Zimriel
    February 21st, 2016 @ 10:13 pm

    “Jayne… the man they call, Jayne -“

  10. ELC
    February 21st, 2016 @ 10:20 pm

    Thanks for the Twitter link.

  11. DeadMessenger
    February 21st, 2016 @ 10:49 pm

    Dr. Stacy Burnett, eh?

    Since my maiden name is Burnett, I have to conclude that the good doctor is/was a brilliant man and caring physician, as well as a credit to his Scottish roots. So I’d say your parents made a good choice when they named you.

  12. concern00
    February 21st, 2016 @ 10:55 pm

    That is an Adam Baldwin reference isn’t it?

  13. DeadMessenger
    February 21st, 2016 @ 10:56 pm

    Stood up to Jack Dorsey and he gave him what for?

  14. DeadMessenger
    February 21st, 2016 @ 11:01 pm

    Feminist: “Be honest with us, Mrs. Clinton. Are you lying to us?”

    Hillary: “‘I’ve Always Tried’ To Tell the Truth, ‘Don’t Believe’ I’ve Ever Lied Or Ever Will”

    Feminist: “Well then, that’s good enough for me. You’ve got my vote.”

  15. Clinton
    February 22nd, 2016 @ 3:28 am

    I imagine Twitter shareholders are already
    unhappy with the company– last April
    Twitter was trading at $51 a share, but
    as of a few days ago, it’d declined to
    less than $20. Not a good time to start
    alienating swathes of ones’ customer
    base by banning people with no explanation.

  16. Christinefgoodwin4
    February 22nd, 2016 @ 6:44 am

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  17. Squid Hunt #freestacy
    February 22nd, 2016 @ 12:44 pm

    Yeah, but Hannity has been pulling the same stuff with Trump. If you watch him, he’s careful not to be too obvious, but he’s definitely giving that vibe.

  18. McGehee
    February 22nd, 2016 @ 1:17 pm

    Stacy, your account has also been deleted. I’ve moved over to FreezePeach (say it fast).

  19. PhatGramPhil
    February 22nd, 2016 @ 1:40 pm

    By 2025, voting will be done primarily online through social media sites like Facebook. Twitter won’t be catching up. It has a ceiling of narcissism that it’s just about capped out.

  20. Daniel O'Brien
    February 22nd, 2016 @ 2:35 pm

    Great interview. Do more of them.

  21. Dana
    February 22nd, 2016 @ 2:47 pm

    One of my sister’s is named Stacey, and now you know why I always refer to you as Robert Stacey Stacy McCain! 🙂

    As for growing up with a girl’s name, I know how you feel!

  22. Powered by UNicorn flatulence
    February 22nd, 2016 @ 2:54 pm

    Been banned from fakebook, myspace, and yahoo for speaking against feminism and a few smaller holes i try to forget.
    You attacking the war on women meme so effectively would make you a major target.
    You still da man

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