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…