The Other McCain

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

Who Is an ‘Extremist’?

A few recent headlines: Republican extremists could doom party to endless defeats — CNN, Jan. 26 Rachel Maddow: GOP has become party of a ‘fringe, violent, extremist criminal movement’ — The Hill, Jan. 27 “This Is War”: Inside the Secret Chat Where Far-Right Extremists Devised Their Post-Capitol Plans — Pro Publica, Jan. 28 Extremists Emboldened […]

How to Maintain Your Sanity

Some readers have noticed that I have barely commented at all about the legal wrangling over the presidential election. My post on Monday (“The Margin of Theft”) laid out a few points of circumstantial evidence pointing toward fraud in “battleground” states. If you believe Democrats stole the election, I’m totally with you, but the real […]

‘The Third Time It’s Enemy Action’

  “Mr. Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: ‘Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.’” California Republican Omar Navarro invoked Goldfinger’s famous quote in questioning the timing of the COVID-19 outbreak that not only infected President Trump and the First Lady, but also Trump’s campaign manager and two Republican […]

The Shark Has Been Infinitely Jumped: Russians Controlling Black Lives Matter?

  “I’m Not Making This Up, You Know,” says my podcasting partner John Hoge, reacting to the latest madness from Adam Schiff: SCHIFF: The peaceful protests, I think, are calling out, in a very important way, the murder of so many black men and women at the hands of police. And those protests are in […]

Just a Coincidence, I’m Sure

Last week, U.S. District Judge Esther Salas was assigned to preside over a lawsuit brought by Deutsche Bank investors claiming financial fraud related to the bank’s dealings with Jeffrey Epstein. Four days later — Sunday evening — a man dressed as a FedEx delivery man showed up at Salas’s home in New Jersey and shot […]

NY Times Prints Fawning Profile of MSNBC Host Rachel Maddow

  For two years, Rachel Maddow’s show was about one thing: “Russia! Russia! Russia!” She hyped Robert Mueller’s investigation as the silver bullet that would slay the Trump werewolf, and when Mueller failed, Maddow’s ratings slumped and have never recovered. Well, she’s got out a new book — Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and […]

Dead Men Tell No Tales

  GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA News of Jeffrey Epstein’s “suicide” reached me Saturday morning in the parking lot of a Hardee’s in South Carolina. After driving all night, I’d stopped in for some breakfast, then took a brief nap in the car before resuming my journey. When I woke up, I called my brother Kirby to check […]

Barr Testifies, Democrats Attack

  The low moment of Wednesday’s Senate hearing: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) shut down Sen. Mazie Hirono’s (D-HI) line of questioning Wednesday against Attorney General William Barr, saying that she “slandered” Barr “from top to bottom.” During Barr’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s report which concluded […]

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