The Other McCain

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

Healing Butt-Hurt: Theory and Practice

FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION Today Mrs. Other McCain got the news that we had been turned down on a rental application for what we had hoped would be our new home, which is rather a bitter pill, considering that we now have less than five days to find a new home. Selah. It has been five weeks […]

TEN MILLION HITS! and Presenting … Our Top 20 Most Commented Posts

Celebrating Smitty’s return from Afghanistan, September 2011 FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION Remember when an alleged “singer,” performing under the name Champagne Dream, recorded an unspeakably wretched version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”? Alas, the video has been removed from the Internet, so that readers can no longer experience the weird combination of insane laughter and […]

8,000,000: Fear and Loathing on Vegas Debate Media Credential Deadline Day

Later today we will record our 8 millionth visitor to the blog. We got our first 3.3 million at the old Blogspot site (March 2008-December 2009) and, since switching to the custom domain with WordPress software in January 2010, have added another 4.7 million visits. We recently recorded our best month to date with 339,343 […]

Like Islanders Mystified by Lack of Cargo, Blogger Weeps at Altar of the ‘Lanche God

Ceremonial cross of John Frum cargo cult on the island of Vanuatu Something has gone drastically wrong, and I can’t figure out what it is. About a month ago, as Wombat noted in his Aug. 28 FMJRA round-up, we got no fewer than six Instalanches in the span of a single week. There are bloggers […]

‘Like Losing Your Virginity …’

“. . . you will never forget your first Instalanche.” Unless, of course, somebody slips rohypnol in your drink at a party and you wake up the next morning with 10,000 new readers, trolls all over your comments, and a vague sense of guilty pleasure. The same young blogger who wrote to Doug Ross sent me […]

7,000,000 Hits, 7-Minute Blogs

by Smitty MAZAR-I-SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN — Fourth of July. My seventh wedding anniversary. Seven mega-hits on the blog. They managed to figure out the proxy settings so that I can put up a proper post. Woo hoo! In this recent mobile planning meeting, we see Stacy McCain, the passenger, discuss the importance of the number seven […]

The 7 Millionth Hit Approaches

The SiteMeter total this morning was nearing 6,990,000 visits, meaning that we are now within 10,000 hits of the 7-million mark. As we are currently averaging more than 8,000 hits a day, we should cross this traffic threshold tomorrow, the 4th of July, which seems entirely appropriate. Incidentally, we set a new record for monthly traffic in […]

Sex, Jokes and Politics: Why $15 Million Won’t Buy Traffic Like Ace of Spades

“All politics all the time gets boring after a while. . . . Even a stone political junkie cannot subsist on a 24/7 diet of politics. The occasional joke, the occasional hot babe, the occasional joke about a hot babe — it’s a safety valve to make sure we don’t become humorless right-wing clones of […]

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