The U.S., Air Travel and Competition


WC had the pleasure of flying on LAN from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires, Argentina and back on a trip to Antarctica. If there was a battle for competitively-priced, quality air travel, the American carriers have lost. WC has flown to South America on Continental Airlines, American Airlines and now LAN. WC would compare Continental…

Sputnik Moments (with Spudnuts™)


Dear Sarah: I watched your appearance on Fox News “On the Record.” I’m sorry to say you ended up with your foot in your mouth, way past your ankle. It’s that ignorance thingy again. But once again, WC is here to help. You mocked President Obama’s reference to a “Sputnik” moment in his State of…

Suckers for Our Own Mythology


WC blames Shane. The guy with the fast gun who saves the day. The movie captures perfectly our collective imagined history. Our mythology. WC believes that mythology is a primary part of the Second Amendment gun nuts’ world view. It’s why Arizona state representative Jack Harper can say with a straight face, “When everyone is carrying a…

Palin, Politics and Religion


WC is trying to force himself to read all of The Quitter’s latest book. Don’t worry readers; it’s checked out from the Noel Wien Library. When WC got to the part where Palin criticized President Kennedy’s speech in Houston in 1960, where Kennedy addressed his Catholicism and voters’ concerns about a Catholic president; well, WC…

WC Takes the No-Palin Pledge


WC is joining Washington, D.C. columnist Dana Milbank in taking the Pledge: Never mind that any post involving the Queen of Darkness is by far more popular than any other topic. I, Wickersham’s Conscience, pledge to not write about Sarah Palin for a month. Will you pledge to not read or watch coverage of her? Join…

The Palin Follies Never End


In a very real sense, WC is tempted to declare a permanent ban on All Things Palin here at the Conscience. Alaska’s Shame is such a narcissist that she craves any attention anyone gives her, even unfavorable attention. Criticizing her, demonstrating the silliness or hypocrisy of her arguments, even calling out her lies; it all…

Whatever Happened To? January 2011 Edition


Sometimes it is interesting to follow up on old blog posts to see what, if anything has happened or changed. Understand, WC would take absolutely no credit for effecting change if there was a shred of evidence his efforts had been noticed, but as a semi-responsible blogger, checking out what happened later can be instructive…

Shakespeare on Johansen and Millett


[WordPress ate WC's first post of this entry; WC apologizes for the inconvenience.] Sometimes in order to understand current events, it’s necessary to view them through the prism of history. Specifically, WC thinks the best way to approach the saga of Alaska House of Representatives members Kyle Johansen and Charisse Millett is through William Shakespeare’s Sonnet…

The Christina Green Memorial Fund


Nine year old Christina Green was buried today, the first of the victims of the Tucson murders to be buried. Her death troubles WC the most: what kind of society cannot protect its children? What kind of work might she have done? All cut off. Such a waste. Christina Green is also a part of…

A Fine Job by the President


President Obama had a tough speech last night in Tucson. He needed to find a way to honor the dead, to start to pull the country back together, and not be too overtly political. WC thinks he did a fine job. Yes, some of the applause from the crowd was a little inappropriate, but that’s…

Foot in Mouth Disease


Sister Sarah, who seems to communicate now only through tweets and Facebook posts, has a new video up on her Facebook site. WC freely admits he has a very difficult time watching The Quitter’s videos. Her voice provokes a fingernails-on-the-chalkboard reaction in WC. It’s not just the Mickey-Mouse-on-helium voice or the fake upper midwest accent;…

The Same, Yet Not the Same: Still Wrong


One of WC’s readers pointed to a post from a site called Global Grind that had an interview with Fox News president Roger Ailes in which he claimed “We looked at the Internet and the first thing we found in 2007, the Democrat Party had a targeted map with targets on it for the Palin district.”…

Conspiracy Contest Cancelled


Towards the end of December, WC opened a contest to see who among his readers could find the wackiest conspiracy theory. The contest is cancelled. The psychotic meanderings of Rep. Giffords’ would-be assassin and murderer of six innocent souls have taken any humor out of the challenge. WC’s apologies to all who entered.

The Second Amendment: A Screed


What would have happened in Tucson on Saturday if the lunatic thug had been armed with a knife and not a semi-automatic Glock 9mm pistol with a 33-round clip? Would six people be dead? Would Rep. Gabby Giffords be in a coma, fighting for her life? Not a chance. Why have we allowed the Second…

The Advantages of Cluelessness


WC’s spouse gave him a gigantic, lap-crushing compendium of Doonesbury cartoons for Christmas. Allegedly, it holds only 14% of Trudeau’s 40-years of production. WC suspects that a volume of all of them would require a forklift to move about. Or collapse into a black hole. Anyway, Trudeau included some introductory notes and some comments on…

Krugman on the Tucson Shootings


As always, Paul Krugman’s essay in the New York Times is more articulate and pointed than anything WC can write. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to try to draw some lesson, however painful, from yesterday’s tragedies.