The Other McCain

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

About That Yellow Button …

There are good days and bad days in the life of a blogger, and some days are more productive than others. I’m happy to note that the month of October has been our most productive since August 2018, as measured by total number of posts per month, and overall traffic has also increased, thanks in […]

Dead Men Tell No Tales

  GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA News of Jeffrey Epstein’s “suicide” reached me Saturday morning in the parking lot of a Hardee’s in South Carolina. After driving all night, I’d stopped in for some breakfast, then took a brief nap in the car before resuming my journey. When I woke up, I called my brother Kirby to check […]

Reading for the Road: I Was Born in the Backseat of a Greyhound Bus

No, not me personally — I was born at Georgia Baptist Hospital (since renamed Atlanta Medical Center) off Boulevard downtown — but the lyrics of an old Allman Brothers tune came to mind: My father was a gambler down in Georgia. He wound up on the wrong end of a gun. And I was born […]


It’s 715 miles to LaGrange, Georgia. Saturday afternoon, they’re having the memorial service for my Uncle Casper, a combat veteran of Vietnam who married my mother’s baby sister Barbara. I’ve reserved a rental car ($211.17) for this road trip, and will leave this afternoon heading “south to see my kin.” You can figure the cost […]

More Thoughts on the ‘Red Pill’

“When he saw me at the beginning of the day and when he called me on the telephone, his first words were always, ‘Hello, Baby.’ . . . He was my mentor, my teacher and the love of my life.” — Lauren Bacall, on Humphrey Bogart Until Monday, I never realized that “Rollo Tomassi” (the […]

Memo From the National Affairs Desk: Totalitarians Try to Suppress Dissent

Morning shift at the National Affairs Desk. LAKELAND, Florida Just as I finished my breakfast here at Burger King and was checking around the ‘net, Professor Glenn Reynolds called attention to the latest outrage from the Thought Police at Google: The Claremont Institute has been banned for “wrongthink,” as Ryan Williams explains: What Google is […]

Intersectional History

  On my drive down here to Florida, I realized I’d be passing through Valdosta, where a long-time reader just moved, and so I stopped by, and was pleased to discover that her beautiful home is at the intersection of Toombs and Gordon streets. Students of Georgia history will smile at this serendipity, but for […]

Memo From the National Affairs Desk: Crazy People Are Dangerous

Working the free wifi at Krystal here on U.S. 441. MADISON, Georgia After 10 hours on the road, I got five hours of sleep Thursday night on the sofa at my brother’s house in Barrow County, the headed south to avoid Atlanta-area traffic, so that my route via Macon will get me to Orlando in […]

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