The Other McCain

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

Fall Back To The Fortified Blogs!

— by Wombat-socho Given the ongoing “cancelling” of conservatives and libertarians on social media, I’ve been using the title of this post as something of a catchphrase, and occasionally educating random yoots on how blogs worked before Jack and Zuck enticed us into their walled gardens. The rest of us ought to be giving some […]

The Internet Is Making You Crazy

  One way to drive yourself crazy is to become obsessed with a problem that is too large, or too distant, for you to influence the outcome — famine in Africa, global warming, “white supremacy,” etc. This is what Jordan Peterson’s “clean your room” advice to young people is about, correcting the “activist” mentality that […]

“I seen my duty, and I done it.”

— by Wombat-socho Generally speaking, I don’t comment on the rare occasions when I use the banhammer on some fool in the comments. The departure of the unfunny, unlamented Guinspen, however, strikes me as a good time to remind people of the ground rules here. Some years ago, when Stacy asked me to come aboard […]

A Princess, A Dragon, And A Qwerkywriter

— by Wombat-socho Finally scraped enough Amazon gift certificates together to order S.M. Stirling’s The Golden Princess, which is the latest in the series of “Change” novels that began with Dies the Fire. It’s the sequel to The Given Sacrifice, in which Mike Havel’s bastard son Rudi Mackenzie (a/k/a the High King of Montival) dies […]

Dear Vloggers: Please Learn to Type

Jaclyn Glenn (@JaclynGlenn) is an atheist video performer — vlogger, as they say — whose online presence seems to consist entirely of a YouTube channel and a Twitter account. This presents difficulties for those of us whose preferred medium is the written word. To explain: I’m a super-fast reader. If you were to provide me […]

Tara Carreon Doesn’t Know Why People Hate Her Censorious Douchebag Husband

Allegedly the wife of Charles Carreon When last we left the ongoing saga of censorious douchebag Charles Carreon, the “Popehat Reign of Terror” led to Charles being challenged to debate Ken White over Charles’ proposition that “Distributed Internet Reputational Attack” be recognized as grounds for a lawsuit, which inspired me to remark: Thin-skinned narcissists who […]

‘And It Just Blew Up’

Heteropatriarchal slut-shaming? Hell, I thought I was just making fun of a celebrity, until @Andria_XX enlightened me, and she had no idea what hit her when her Twitter timeline blew up with reactions to her Master’s degree in Gender Studies mini-lecture. So now it’s “cyberbullying” and “rage tourism” of which I’m accused. [email protected] @AmPowerBlog According […]

‘Distributed Internet Reputational Attack’? Charles Carreon’s Self-Evident Absurdity

Charles Carreon on Bloomberg News, March 2012. Ken White at Popehat continues his reign of terror by offering to debate censorious douchebag Charles Carreon over the latter’s proposal that “Distributed Internet Reputational Attack” be recognized as a tort (i.e., grounds for a civil lawsuit). Mr. Carreon’s problem is simple: He doesn’t understand how the Internet […]

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