The Other McCain

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Re-Learning Crap

Posted on | January 1, 2019 | Comments Off on Re-Learning Crap

This morning Smitty called to wish me a Happy New Year, and our conversation continued until I went off on one of my veins-bulging on my neck rants about Jonah Goldberg. See, my friend Professor Paul Gottfried cited me today:

Recently American Spectator-columnist Robert Stacy McCain issued a blistering response to Jonah Goldberg’s latest efforts at refurbishing his “Never-Trump conservative” credentials. McCain points out that Goldberg keeps reprising the same attacks against Trump that he’s been making for more than two years. Goldberg goes after Chris Buskirk at the American Greatness website for dismissing his brand of “conservatism” and for indicating that Goldbergism may be outdated. Despite the fact that Goldberg’s fans continue to devour his offerings, his invectives seem to have become tiresomely repetitive. . . .

You can read the rest of that, and I’ll be happy to discuss it with you in the comments, but did I mention I was on the phone with Smitty this morning? Because after I’d exhausted myself ranting about whatever, Smitty was like, “Oh, by the way, we’re recombombulating the frammajamitz to import the new codeframe blahblahblah . . .”

Maybe that’s not a verbatim quote, but the point is that what he was actually calling me about this morning was not to listen to my rant, but to inform me that a Shiny New Upgrade was about to be activated. And so when I finally decided to blog something today, the toolbox was some awful effing thing I couldn’t recognize and have been barely able to use.

This is McCain’s Law of Technology: Just about the time you get the hang of Upgrade 2.0, the nerds who understand this crap will introduce Upgrade 3.0, which is allegedly an improvement, but instantly makes you nostalgic for whatever it was they just replaced.

Or, to put it more succinctly: Progress is the root of all evil.



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