Trump at the Republican Convention

A Trump Lexicon: The Fifth Edition


Trump’s recent anti-Muller tweet storms have brought a whole new batch of words and phrases from President Trump that require translation or explication. New additions to this work in progress appear at the top of the list. Our President uses language in strange and unusual ways. Notably, he often uses the same words or phrases…

Republican presidential nominee George H.W. Bush, right, and his running mate, Sen. Dan Quayle (R-Ind.), wave to the assembly of the Republican National Convention in New Orleans after delivering their acceptance speeches. J. Scott Applewhite/ASSOCIATED PRESS

George H.W. Bush: A Modest Dissent


WC agrees that, at least  in comparison to the current Republican president, the late George H. W. Bush was a pretty decent POTUS. But that’s damning with faint praise. And all the praise for his service following his death was largely earned. But it’s also another example of Americans habit of collective amnesia when interring…

Ben Stevens, former State senator and Unindicted

He’s Baaaack


The Anchorage Daily News reports that Gov. Mike Dunleavy has named former state Sen. Ben Stevens as an adviser for transportation, legislation and fishing. Remember Ben Stevens? He’s the guy who was never charged with accepting the bribe that former Veco Vice President Rick Smith was convicted of paying him. Actually, that’s just a small part of…

Graphene (via Wikipedia)

Graphene: The Next Big Thing?


In 1961, WC’s sixth grade teacher, the late Jerry Norum, told his students that “LASERs” were going to be the “next big thing.” He was right, of course; lasers are ubiquitous now, scanning groceries, transmitting data, playing music, performing surgery and serving hundreds of other tasks. They were, indeed, the “next big thing.”1 Is graphene…

K.T. McFarland (Getty Images)

The Curious Case of K.T. McFarland


K.T. McFarland was a Fox News commentator and strong, early supporter of candidate Donald Trump. Her loyalty seems to have earned her first a place on the Trump presidential transition team and later appointment as Deputy National Security Advisor to Michael Flynn. She didn’t last much longer in the position than Flynn did. But she…

Source: American Bird Conservancy

The Terrible Threat of House Cats


The American Bird Conservancy is an international leader is the efforts to save the world’s bird populations, especially birds of the Western Hemisphere. Across the Western Hemisphere, 12 percent of the New World’s 4,230 bird species are declining in population and headed for extinction in our lifetimes without immediate conservation action.The Conservancy has published its…