The Other McCain

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

Kirby’s Birds

  My brother Kirby has found a way to make the COVID-19 lockdown amusing. He’s put up bird feeders behind our house and, as spring brings a return of our migratory feathered friends, he captures them in photos. You can click on any photo to see it full-size. Above, we see the brilliant plumage of […]

My Celebrity Brother-in-Law

    You probably never heard of Bucyrus Copper Kettle Works, which has occupied the same building in the same small Ohio town for more than 140 years. My wife’s brother Rex has worked there as a coppersmith for about 30 years. You can see Rex at work in this episode of Our Ohio, a […]

The Return of the Big Yellow Button

  In October, fearing that perhaps some of our readers were nearsighted, I decided to create an enlargement of the PayPal “donate” button, and was gratified by the response. Mrs. McCain has spent the past three weeks in a swing state with palm trees, helping care for our oldest daughter and her newborn son — […]

There Is No Substitute for Victory

  My Army son got an eight-point buck (click on the photo to see full-size) Sunday morning in the Georgia hills, yet this was small consolation for Saturday night’s tragedy, of which it is still too painful for me to speak. I spent most of Sunday working on a column for The American Spectator, and […]

Hereditary Genius

    These two portraits, of my 19-year-old son Emerson and my 17-year-old daughter Reagan, were taken Tuesday by my brother Kirby McCain. If you’ll click on the images you can see the photos full-size. Emerson is home for Thanksgiving from college, where he is a member of the acrobatics team and also president of […]

My Brother Kirby Needs Help

Last month, I rattled the tip jar for my brother Kirby, whose health problems have kept him out of work, and over the weekend he was hospitalized. Now he’s been released and my younger brother will be bringing Kirby up here to stay with us for a while until he can get back on his […]

Please Hit Kirby’s Tip Jar

My older brother Kirby’s coverage under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has expired and he is now officially unemployed. If you don’t know the backstory, Kirby is a 62-year-old Army veteran who works as commercial truck driver. He must undergo annual health checkups and, given his history of cardiovascular issues, this resulted in […]

The Family Business

My podcast partner (and former Kimberlin co-defendant) John Hoge is from an eminent Tennessee family, and some of his cousins are proprietors of Atomic Fireworks, headquartered in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, with retail locations in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Missouri. This company was founded in 1930 by L.W. Loyd, who in 1948 was one […]

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