The Other McCain

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

The Taylor Lorenz-ing of Journalism

To explain what’s gone wrong with American journalism is a task so enormous that it’s hard to know where to begin. Whatever faults and failures the profession had back in the days of printing words on paper — yes, kids, that actually happened — there were nevertheless certain standards that were enforced, because you couldn’t […]

Rule 5 Sunday: Eri Yoshida

— compiled by Wombat-socho The 31-year-old “Knuckle Princess”, Japanese protege of former major league knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield, fought back from injuries that confined her to coaching to take another stab at pro baseball in the US. Having played previously for the Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden State League, she’s back this year with […]


— compiled by Wombat-socho Official soda of the 1971 Washington Senators. Our manager, of course, prefers Moxie. A fine homestand this week: first we got a split against the always-troublesome Royals, then swept the Braves in three games, which puts us just one game behind the A’s and two games up on the Twins. Our […]

Friday Evening News Dump: Biden ‘Speaks Out’ (But Not Really) About Cokehead Son’s Arkansas Love Child

Does anyone besides me remember Mike McCurry? He was White House press secretary during the Clinton administration. Whenever someone in the press corps raised a subject that he had previously addressed, McCurry would reply: “Asked and answered.” It didn’t matter whether the reporter was asking about some new angle in the Paula Jones case or […]

Mark Lamb for U.S. Senate: The Candidate the Left Fears the Most

Sometimes politics is easy, and Republican voters in Arizona have a no-brainer in next year’s U.S. Senate race against “independent” Kyrsten Sinema. The Democrats are going to pick one of the various “progressive” kooks in their clown-car primary, and Sinema will run for re-election as an independent, creating a dream scenario for Republicans, who will […]

In The Mailbox: 07.28.23

— compiled by Wombat-socho Usual weekend deadlines for the usual weekend posts. Ceterum autem censeo Silicon Valley esse delendam. OVER THE TRANSOM 357 Magnum: NY Post Editor Behind the Hunter Biden Laptop Story Testifies About Censorship EBL: Corb Lund – Spanish Armada Twitchy: Sleepy Joe Finally Acknowledges His 7th Grandchild, Miranda Devine Notes Who Has […]

If Trump Has Lost Ace of Spades …

It’s never been my habit to over-interpret anything — a Foucault-style textual analysis is just more work than it’s worth — but today I saw Ace of Spades take a shot at Donald Trump and thought, “Hmmmm.” Yesterday the special counsel added new charges to his indictment of Trump over #DocumentGate (or whatever they’re calling […]

Crazy People Are Dangerous (Special California Hate Crimes Edition)

In April 2021, the president of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce was assaulted on the streets by a man who yelled, “F–k you Chinatown! F–k you Chinaman!” A week later, 25-year-old James Lee Ramsey was charged with felony assault and a hate crime against Carl Chan, and the case was scheduled for trial in […]

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