The Other McCain

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

The Big Yellow Button Returns

  As every regular reader of this blog knows, the yellow “donate” button takes you to my PayPal account, where you can contribute dollars, pounds, Euros, shekels, rubles or whatever to support the blog. PayPal has been very, very good to me over the years, and I was disturbed when I read that PayPal is […]

Celebrate the Joyous Occasion of the Return of the Big Yellow Button

  Occasionally, when the need arises to rattle the tip jar, I supersize the PayPal contribution button, and today is such an occasion. My family and I will be traveling today to a Midwestern state where our youngest son will be marrying his beloved Jasmine. Having a wedding in the middle of a pandemic requires […]


Good Lord willing, tonight I’ll be in Crawford County, Ohio, then I’ll spend Thursday and Friday in Berrien County, Michigan, before returning to Ohio on Saturday, then back home on Sunday. This is family travel, involving my youngest two children, including the handsome blond son who wants us to meet his future in-laws. Nevertheless, as […]


Whenever it comes time to, uh, celebrate shameless capitalism here, the suggested donation is $17.76, because we love America. Of course, our patriotic readers know what happened in 1776, and also know that this is why the Fourth of July is celebrated annually. Because we love America. And we love tradition. So our family has […]

Dining at the Longbranch

(Click photo to see full-size) (This is the second of two parts. Click here to read the first part.) “Hey, somebody told me you guys were serving beer?” “Outside service only,” said the guy who had come out of the kitchen. “We’re closed now, though.” “When do you open?” I asked. “Three o’clock.” “What time […]

We Made It

(Click photo to see full-size) When we got to Hedgesville, we turned right and the GPS on Kirby’s phone said, “Continue west on West Virginia 9 for four miles.” “Four miles!” my brother exclaimed. What the heck had gotten into my head, to bring us so far out into the boondocks of Berkeley County, W.Va.? […]

The Big Yellow Button Has Returned

  Occasionally, when the need arises to rattle the tip jar, I supersize the PayPal contribution button, and today is such an occasion. You see, we’ve been on COVID-19 lockdown here for more than two months, which means I haven’t been able to go out and enjoy a cold malt beverage since mid-March. And then […]

CPAC Emergency Tip-Jar Rattle

So, I had been procrastinating about preparations for CPAC, an event that I’ve been covering every year since 2006. It starts Wednesday, and today I went online to see about booking a hotel room and HOLY FREAKING CRAP! The Residence Inn where I usually stay is sold out, and the hotels nearest the event are […]

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