The Other McCain

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

There’s Always a Backstory: Why Was Ma’khia Bryant Living in a Foster Home?

Look closely at that photo. It’s what Columbus, Ohio, police Officer Nick Reardon was looking at a split second before he fired his pistol. The fat girl in blue jeans — 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant — had a kitchen knife in her right hand and was about to stab the woman in pink. In the parlance […]

Something Has Gone Disastrously Wrong With the Criminal Justice System in Ohio

Say hello to Cortez Turray Larkin, Ohio’s one-man crime wave. If I were a citizen of Ohio, I would be bombarding my state legislators with emails and telephone calls demanding to know why the state has been unable to keep this lifelong criminal locked up. On Memorial Day 2016, police in Columbus arrested Larkin for […]

Make Birthdays Great Again

Say hello to Jason, an Ohio boy who turned 12 years old yesterday. Because it was Election Day, and because Jason’s a big Trump supporter — it’s Ohio, which went for Trump by an 8-point margin — his family gave him a MAGA-themed birthday party. Instead of singing “Happy Birthday,” his family serenaded him with […]

Joe Biden Is Not Barack Obama (and Other Truths the Media Elite Can’t See)

In 2016, Donald Trump got 62.9 million votes, or about 2 million more votes than Mitt Romney got in 2012. Who were those voters? Hillary Clinton sneered at them as “deplorables,” and media elites have spent the past four years trying to pretend those voters don’t matter. You see evidence of that kind of make-believe […]

Ohio Sheriff Offers Free One-Way Tickets to Celebrities Threatening to Leave U.S.

Butler County is a suburb of Cincinnati: Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says he will help purchase one-way plane tickets for any celebrity who wishes to leave the country if President Donald Trump is reelected. The sheriff, who has gone viral in the past for his Facebook posts, including his comments on the tensions between […]

Ohio Is Trump Country

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ohio This morning I drove down to Mt. Gilead, county seat of Morrow County, and the route along Highway 61 was lined with Trump signs. The ratio of Trump to Biden signs was at least 10-to-1, if not higher. The county Republican Party headquarters in Mt. Gilead wasn’t yet open, but I got […]

October in Ohio

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ohio Just a few scenes of the maple trees around my mother-in-law’s house here in rural Ohio, where polls show President Trump with a narrow lead over Joe Biden but, in fact, everybody knows Trump will carry the state by a decisive margin (he won Ohio by 8 points in 2016).  

Ohio’s ‘Republican’ Governor

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ohio Republicans are the party of business, the party of free enterprise and deregulation. So why in the world is the Republican governor of Ohio dictating 10 p.m. “last call” at bars? An Ohio state representative who led the charge to reverse Gov. Mike DeWine’s order to move last call at bars and […]

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