McGehee's Freehold


Welcome to my website. I am a descendant of Scots Highlanders who were hunted like dogs by wealthier and better connected neighbors, and even targeted for extermination by a deluded King. If I'm skeptical of those who claim to be better than me, I come by it honestly.

I live southwest of Atlanta and I've had a web presence since 1996. I've also lived in Sacramento and Fairbanks; I may live in the South now but I'm a Westerner (not a Left Coaster) by temperament.

I favor individual liberty with all its attendant private responsibilities; I owe allegiance to a Constitution that limits federal power; I believe the strong need to protect the weak, mainly by ensuring the weak have the freedom to make themselves stronger.

And I believe faith should be reserved for higher principles, and not wasted on the promises of fallible, mortal men; no one will ever care as much about your life, your loved ones, or your hopes and dreams, as you do.


July 22, 2014



July 4, 2014

Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray
That by their might
And by their right
It waves forever.


July 2, 2014

"What good is insurance if you get punished for using it?" asks the stupidest TV commercial I've seen all morning -- for Liberty Mutual auto insurance.

What good it is, is to train you to drive more carefully.

Mandatory liability insurance isn't to protect you when you cause damage with your car -- it's to protect the poor innocent person whose property you damaged because you weren't paying attention to your driving.

"Nobody's perfect!" whines the spokesidiot. Well, duh. If anybody were, liability auto insurance wouldn't be mandatory.

Years ago, when I was at fault for an accident, my insurance paid, and my rates went up. I was more careful after that. That's how it's supposed to work. The trend toward protecting people from the consequences of their behavior is increasingly pervasive. It's pernicious and destructive and unsustainable.

Civilization is made possible by grown-ups, but as it fails to ensure a working supply of grown-ups in each succeeding generation, it dooms itself.


June 25, 2014

Both my phone and my tablet have successfully installed Android 4.4.4 in a perfectly routine manner and I have every reason to believe my backup phone will too the next time I boot it up.

Maybe if they were carrier-hobbled devices I might consider rooting one or another of these, but not a Google Nexus. The benefits are scant and the downsides, in crippling OTA Android updates, are too great. Never again.


June 18, 2014

Two words: Lo. Jack.


June 13, 2014

"Huh. Fifteen minutes can save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance."

"Everybody knows that."

"Well, did you know molasses in January isn't always slow?"


June 10, 2014

What is best in life?


June 2, 2014

Recently our cable system added a channel called FamilyNet. It carries shows like "West of Wall Street," and "Texas Country Reporter" -- essentially it's a rural-focused channel in the mold of RFD-TV, and in fact as those links demonstrate its program lineup largely coincides with RFD-TV's.

And one of the programs it carries is "Hee-Haw." Which has inspired me to republish something I'd posted on my blog back in 2006:

For CBS it was quite a gamble
But they didn't appreciate what they had
With Buck Owens, Roy Clark and Archie Campbell
Twenty years in syndication is more than a fad

Where, oh where are you tonight?
Why did you leave me here all alone?
I searched the world over and I thought I found true love
You met another and <pffft!> you was gone!

If you wonder where oh where I am tonight, or any night, I just might be watching TV.

Been a while since I'd have been willing to say so out loud.

One side effect of watching old "Hee Haw" episodes is the number of old country songs I'd forgotten I liked. My music library is expanding accordingly.


May 30, 2014

I have three Android devices, all of them part of the Google Nexus line.

The phone I carry came with Android Kitkat, but its predecessor and my tablet came with Jellybean -- and when Kitkat came out over the air both refused to install it. I couldn't figure out why this was happening or what to do about it.

Until last night. I was weeding out apps on my current phone and my tablet, and I discovered that one app on the tablet, left over from a time I had rooted it, couldn't be removed. Some online research disclosed that the only way to remove this app was to re-root, and then unroot.

By tonight I had relocked both the tablet and my backup phone, on which the same issue had the same symptom and cause, with Kitkat installed. Now I just have to wait for Android 4.4.3 to be offered to my gizmos to see if that fixed the OTA update problem altogether.

By the way, the backup phone's replacement touchscreen goes dark when the phone is in use, and doesn't wake up when I take it away from my face. I suppose if I ask whoever I'm talking to to do the hanging up, I could find out if that wakes up the screen. If not, I'll just do what I did upon discovering this problem -- force a reboot.

I'm sure there's a logical explanation for the problem but it is just a backup phone.

Update, June 10: Both phones have updated, starting with the backup, the Nexus 4 with the slightly defective touchscreen. The tablet still hasn't detected that the new OS is available, but it should happen eventually. It was detecting Kitkat all the time back when it couldn't install it.


May 25, 2014

Protip: Gentlemen -- supreme or otherwise -- don't go on murder sprees.


May 23, 2014

What really distinguishes those with African ancestry from everyone else is the former's lack of Neanderthal DNA.

So what the progressive Left is really complaining about when they speak of "white privilege" is Neanderthal privilege.

Let's see them try to sell that one.


May 18, 2014

I submitted this just last Friday, and it was published today.

I expect to be the target of some seriously hateful anonymous commentary on the op-ed page in the next few days.


May 16, 2014

The Church of England is an actual, honest-to-goodness, real live Establishment of Religion.

In the last 60 years, it has done less to restrict the free exercise of religion than our own Supreme Court.


May 15, 2014

So now it appears Jupiter's Great Red Spot is dwindling faster than America's global influence.

Is there no end to the Koch Brothers' perfidy?


May 8, 2014

My online empire is now down to one domain, In name as well as fact.

The other two had been virtually nonexistent for some years, and I finally decided this year rather than renew them I would let them lapse.

It just didn't make sense to keep paying to renew them if they weren't serving any purpose. The one that remains will still be useful even if I were to delete every last web page, so it stays.

© MMXIV Kevin McGehee