Whatever Happened to? Larry Craig


Remember Senator Larry “Wide Stance” Craig (R, ID)? You know, the fervid anti-gay busted for soliciting a male undercover cop for sex in Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport? On June 11, 2007, Craig was at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, returning to Washington from Idaho. An undercover police officer said Craig sexually solicited him in the men’s room.…

Says It All, Really


We’re not going to be disrespected, We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is. - Rep. Marlin Stutzman ( R-IN) Definitely a political party that sticks to its principles, even if it is uncertain what they are. Or if it has any. Rep. Stutzman was talking specifically about…

Flags, Patriots and Hypocrisy


WC is not a flag fetishist. Anyone capable of rational thought understands a national flag is a symbol a nation, not the nation itself. A national flag is a symbol, not the thing. Injury to the symbol, whether flag-burning or something worse, is an injury to a flag, not to the country. Claiming that our…

Linda Harvey: Just the Parts of the First Amendment I Like


Mission: America is a Columbus, Ohio based Christian organization founded in 1995.  Mission: America’s founder and president, Linda Harvey, is an outspoken critic of LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage. The Southern Poverty Law Center designated Mission: America as an active anti-gay hate group in March 2012 based on its particular virulent anti-LGBT rights stances. Ms. Harvey used her radio commentary on September 4 to sing the…

A Skunk by Any Other Name


In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously.  Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher.  For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example.  Crime is contagious.  If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law;…

I Can’t Stand Pat, Volume II


Marion Gordon “Pat” Robertson is a despicable, miserable excuse for a human being. WC has managed to stay away from the subject for more than three years, but his most recent vileness can’t be left without comment. Here’s the latest from Reverend Robertson: Robertson said he “used to think [HIV/AIDS] was transmitted by saliva and other…

Joe McCarthy, Back from the Dead


In a U.S. Senate speech on June 14, 1951, Senator Joseph McCarthy claimed to have uncovered “A conspiracy on a scale so immense as to dwarf any previous such venture in the history of man. A conspiracy of infamy so black that, when it is finally exposed, its principals shall be forever deserving of the…

Tales from Wasilla: A Felon for Our Time


Convicted felon Vic Kohring has announced his candidacy for the Wasilla City Council. The ink is very nearly dry on the certificate restoring his voting rights. The political climate – a thicket of peers like Weiner and Sanford – seems about right to him. And, at least according to the Anchorage Daily News, he’s poor and needs a…

In God We Trust


An under-reported, near-forgotten Mark Twain eruption, set out in its entirety: “In God We Trust.” Now then, after that legend had remained there on our coinage forty years or so, unchallenged and doing no harm to anybody, the President suddenly “threw a fit” the other day, as the popular expression goes, and ordered that remark…

It Just Shows WC’s Naivete


DOMA is unconstitutional and California Proposition No. 8 is dead for lack of someone legally qualified to fight over it. WC is always surprised whenever the Roberts-led U.S. Supreme Court, however crassly or indirectly, actually does the right thing. Presidential wannabe and alleged human being Mike Huckabee, who seems to be the hack currently in…

Ms. Davis Goes to Austin


It was impossible to watch the live stream of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis Tuesday night and not think of Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. But this time, instead of Jimmy Stewart playing a U.S. Senator, we had a genuine heroine, Senator Wendy Davis (D, Fort Worth), suffering all of the physical discomfort and…

Deconstructing Another Joe Miller Speech


Serial election loser Joe Miller is teasing his followers about the foregone conclusion that he will run for Mark Begich’s U.S. Senate seat. While he plays coy, his psychology and self-image make running nearly irresistible to him. Besides, his law office burnt so he’s looking for work. Again. Still. As a service to his readers, WC will deconstruct one of Miller’s…

Bringing Facts to the Argument


John Cook et al., writing in a paper titled Quantifying the Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming in Scientific Literature published May 15, 2013 confirmed what we already knew. There is an overwhelming consensus on man-caused, anthropogenic global warming. Here’s the Abstract: We analyze the evolution of the scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming (AGW) in the…