The Other McCain

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

S.F. Police Raid Reporter’s Home

In February, San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi decided to spend Sunday with his mistress. He told his wife he was going to the gym, but instead went to a vacant Telegraph Hill apartment, which a friendly real estate agent, Susan Kurtz, had permitted him to use. There, Adachi spent the day with a woman […]

Learning the Lessons of History

  What are we actually arguing about? Willoughby Run is a stream too small to be called a creek. Trickling southward through the hills of Adams County, Pennsylvania, it runs between two low ridges and crosses U.S. Highway 30 east of what is now a golf course, but which on the morning of July 1, […]

Google Is Lying, Again

  Gosh, it’s almost as if they’re being evil, or something: The American Spectator is on a list of sites “blacklisted” in Google search results, according to documents obtained by the Daily Caller. Google created an “XPA news blacklist” to suppress “fake news, hate speech [and] conspiracy theories” in its search results, the Daily Caller’s J. […]

Is the Bible ‘Hate Speech’?

  Trigger warning: Homophobia and slut-shaming. “There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.” — Deuteronomy 23:17 (KJV) What would happen if a student started quoting the King James Bible in an American university classroom nowadays? It’s frightening to imagine the riots that would probably […]

Fear and Loathing: Journalism in the Age of Trump Derangement Syndrome

“In the context of journalism, here, we are dealing with a new kind of ‘lead’ — the Symbiotic Trapezoid Quote. The Columbia Journalism Review will never sanction it; at least not until the current editor dies of brain syphilis, and probably not even then. “What? “Do we have a libel suit on our hands? “Probably not, […]

Lynching America: Jussie Smollett and the Prejudice of Anti-Trump Hatred

“The media have summoned into existence a Hate-Hoax Industrial Complex that keeps manufacturing fake ‘incidents’ …” — Robert Stacy McCain, Jan. 28 Americans nowadays consider “racist” the worst thing you could call someone, but I’m old enough to remember a time and place where quite the opposite was true. There is an 11-letter hyphenated compound […]

Left-Wing Journalist Hacks Email of Republican Billionaire Joe Ricketts

GOP billionaire Joe Ricketts (left); left-wing journalist Molly Osberg (right). John Joseph “Joe” Ricketts got rich from the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade, and retired from the business in 2011 to concentrate on philanthropy. Ricketts is a staunch conservative, a Nebraska native and Catholic father of four, and his family bought the Chicago Cubs in 2009. […]

My Kind of People: Junior Johnson and the End of the American Way of Life

NASCAR legend Junior Johnson and his 1940 Ford. My wife has recently re-arranged my office and, in the process, moved some books that I hadn’t read in a while, so the other day I picked up Tom Wolfe’s The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965) and began re-reading it. The best journalism — and Tom Wolfe, […]

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