The Other McCain

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

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 […]

The Four Most Important Words About Fireworks: ‘Light Fuse, Get Away’

  If you love shooting fireworks as much as I do, you have to be serious about safety. Later this month, my sons and I will be shooting a genuinely massive show — a belated Fourth of July celebration, delayed for family reasons — and we are experienced enough to do things right. Unfortunately, some […]

Happy Fourth of July, You Fascists!

  The Democrats are now a party of paranoid conspiracy theorists: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said in a new interview that she believes the United States is heading in a fascist direction under President Trump. “Are we headed to fascism? Yes. I don’t think there’s a question,” Ocasio-Cortez told Yahoo News earlier this week after […]

Cody’s Excellent Fourth of July Plan

It’s that time of year, when patriotic Americans have their garages stacked to the rafters with cases full of fireworks:   “Yeah, I know what you’re thinking — this has ‘divorce’ written all over it. . . . I did some math on this stuff, because we’ve got such a ridiculous quantity of fireworks here. […]

It Was Totally Awesome

Supplies for the McCain family fireworks show, July 4, 2012 (click photo to enlarge) FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION For the past two years, I had missed the annual family tradition of shooting off a crapload of fireworks on Fourth of July.  This year, however, we secured a shoot site and a sufficent stash to do […]

VIDEO: Not Intended as a Metaphor

Nevertheless, as we seem to be all-budget-all-the-time around here lately, this epic fail could be taken as symbolic of either Mitch McConnell’s “political leadership” or Barack Obama’s “economic policy“: (Via RD Brewer in AOSHQ Headlines.)

Now THAT Is What I Call a ‘Finale’

From Lancaster, Ohio’s 4th of July show: That show was previewed by the local newspaper July 1: “When that finale is done, the only thing you hear is the rip-roaring of the crowd,” [Hamburg Fireworks president Ken Sprague] said. “They’re saying, ‘Oh, my God,’ and, ‘Wow.’ The wow factor is huge.” . . . Sprague […]

Legalize Fireworks Now!

Maine’s York County Journal Tribune editorializes in support of a pending bill that would legalize consumer fireworks in that state, to which I say not merely yes, but hell, yes! Consumer (1.4G) fireworks are much safer today than in the 1960s, when most state fireworks bans were passed. Back then, the great danger was M-80s […]

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