Mary is the nicest, funniest, best blogging friend you’ll ever meet.
Mary Chastain’s first post at Legal Insurrection was on May 2, 2016. We announced her arrival in our world in June 2016:
Mary, our Contributing Editor, joined us at the beginning of May. Mary wrote for Andrew Breitbart’s website since 2011 and stayed on after his death. She covered mostly international issues, with a focus on Eastern Europe, but also covered domestic issues. And sports. She’s a batshit-crazy Cubs fan (is there any other type?). She lives in Oklahoma, the place people in flyover country refer to as flyover country.
Mary was a prolific writer during her years at Breitbart, and Andrew had a big impact on her, fostering a sense of outrage over government and leftist excess.
Mary also was a fixture on the conservative blogging scene, and she was passionate about the stories she covered.
We met Mary through Kemberlee.
Here they are at the 2012 BlogCon (you have no idea how much trouble I’m in for posting this):
Since Mary joined us, she has been our weekday current (and sometimes ‘breaking’) news coverage person, with an amazing ability to jump on several stories a day, now totaling over 4200.
I have often joked over the years about the dreaded “blogger burnout“: “If I hear another blogger complain about blogger burnout, I’m going to scream…. Let me guess, you worked the fields all day, so you don’t have the strength to push down on the keyboard with your bloodied, swollen fingers?”. Mary refuses to succumb.
She just keeps going, and going, and going.
But Mary is so much more than a blogging Energizer Bunny. She’s the nicest, funniest, best blogging friend you’ll ever meet. (She also can curse like a drunken sailor, but I’m not going to mention that.)
Mary has been open that she suffers from rheumatoid arthritis requiring medication and infusions, and was born with physical limitations, but it doesn’t stop her, and she’s not about to let the gubmint take her AR-15 away from her:
The AR-15 we can buy, which I own, is not meant for war. It is semi-automatic and holds a .223 round. That means it’s a smaller cartridge and I shoot only one bullet when I pull the trigger….
Also, do not tell me I do not need an AR-15. I need and want an AR-15.
Many people do not know this, but I was born with massive head trauma after the doctor got careless with the forceps. My left side is handicapped. My left hand can be careless and obviously doesn’t work well.
The AR-15 is light and I can basically use it with only my right hand. It has light recoil, too. It’s perfect for a female even without physical disabilities.
Yes, I do like that it’s big and scary looking!
She is a Cubs fan and a libertarian. Hey, no one’s perfect. Here she is with Cubs legend Ferguson Jenkins:
It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years already.
Thank you Mary, for all you do.
Our prior Author 5-year Anniversary posts:
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