The Other McCain

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

‘Mashed Tater’: Ace of Spades Frantically Seeks New Target of Fat Jokes as CNN Axes Unpopular Pudgy Bald Guy

Really, I could just throw a link to Ace of Spades on this story and be done with it, because what can be said about Brian Stelter that Ace has not already said? While I don’t think Ace coined the nickname “Tater” for Stelter, he certainly popularized it, and if you’re a Tater hater, AOSHQ […]

We Were Told This Would Never Happen

Your beliefs, opinions and concerns have been derided as homophobic. But it turns out that facts are also homophobic: A Georgia couple has been charged with using their two adopted children to record child pornography, police said. Walton County Sheriff’s Office raided a home in Loganville July 27 on reports that a man there was […]

Despite the Media’s Deranged Obsession, Not Everything Is About Trump

Wednesday, there was a glitch on the Fox News signal, so I switched the home-office TV over to CNN and wow! If you haven’t watched CNN lately, it’s basically, “January 6 now, January 6 tomorrow, January 6 forever,” to paraphrase a certain Alabama Democrat. They’re leading every hour with some kind of Trump/“insurrection” angle, as […]

Historic Thoughts on ‘Our Democracy’

“It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their […]

The Future Democratic Voters Project and the 10-Year-Old Ohio Rape Victim

One of the things about political tribalism is that it encourages participants to think of politics as a fight for survival — Us and Them — in which there are no rules. The Democratic Party has made identity politics part of their core belief system, which interwoven with the strategic idea that demographic trends (particularly […]

‘Not a Whisper Anywhere’: Abortion Story About 10-Year-Old Ohio Girl Looking More and More Like a Complete Hoax

As any student of logic knows, it is very difficult to prove a negative, so I hesitate to say that the latest developments have definitively debunked the sensational story about a 10-year-old Ohio girl going to neighboring Indiana for an abortion. I first called attention to this story (“A Story Too Good to Check?”) on July […]

The Role of Controlled Opposition in Manufacturing Phony ‘Consensus’

Alex Christy at Newsbusters calls attention to an appearance by David Brooks on PBS NewsHour discussing mass shootings: I have never understood why an Australian-style gun buyback is an affront to anybody. It’s an open choice. You can sell your gun or not. But if we’re going to reduce 400 million guns, it would take […]

A Story Too Good to Check?

This headline appeared Friday in the Columbus Dispatch: As Ohio restricts abortions, 10-year-old girl travels to Indiana for procedure On Monday three days after the Supreme Court issued its groundbreaking decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist, took a call from a colleague, a child abuse doctor in Ohio. Hours […]

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