The Other McCain

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

Pray for Atlanta

Most people who say they’re “from Atlanta” are actually not. They’re from Cleveland or Pittsburgh or somewhere, and live in Marietta or Forsyth. The vast sprawl of metropolitan Atlanta has attracted millions of people, but I was actually born in Atlanta in 1959, at what was then called Georgia Baptist Hospital on Boulevard, not far […]

Trust the Health Experts!

  Last week, I was shocked to hear that Los Angeles was planning to be on coronavirus lockdown until August. Even if that was your plan, why would you announce more than two months of onerous restrictions so far in advance? Just extend it by two weeks now, see what happens and, if the number […]

Remember How Everybody Was Going to Die Because Georgia Ended Lockdowns?

  The headlines last month were scary: Georgia’s dangerous coronavirus experiment — Joel Mathis, The Week April 21 Georgia’s Kemp neglected to warn people about his dangerous gamble — Steve Benen, MSNBC, April 22 Kemp poised to lift restrictions, despite warnings of renewed outbreak — Alan Judd and Greg Bluestein, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 29 It […]

Ahmaud Arbery: Focus on Media Bias, Because ‘The Issue Is Never the Issue’

  Andrew Branca, an attorney specializing in self-defense cases, has referred to the “propaganda circus” surrounding the death of Ahmaud Arbery. One of the problems I’ve encountered is that, while my attention to the case has focused on the issue of media bias, which is what this “circus” is actually about, many people seem to […]

Georgia on My Mind

  “It seemed like a good idea at the time” is not a strong defense in a murder trial, and the question everybody seems to be asking in regard to the death of Ahmaud Arbery is why Gregory McMichael and his son thought it was a good idea to grab their guns, jump in their […]

Crazy People Are Dangerous

  The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph: A brief and somewhat uneventful high-speed chase across a southern stretch of Putnam County two nights before Christmas had salacious origins when a woman told police her ex-boyfriend broke in and stole several items, including a sex swing. A woman who lives a few miles south of Eatonton near Lake […]

Ben Hill and the New South

  As a boy growing up in Douglas County, Georgia, I did not realize that Ben Hill Road, which ran by our family’s house, was named for a historic figure. Benjamin Harvey Hill was a brilliant statesman, hailed as a “peerless orator,” who was so widely admired in Georgia that, although he had eloquently spoken […]

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 […]

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