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Hallowe’en on Harrison


As WC has reported here before, Hallowe’en is a pretty big deal on Harrison Boulevard here in the North End of Boise. Thousands of young extortionists trick or treaters arrive from all over Ada County. The homeowners on Harrison Boulevard – in addition to laying in thousands of candies for the hordes – do their…

Doonesbury, April 21, 1973

Guilt! Gulty! Guilty! Post-Post-Irony


Back in 1973, as Watergate was just starting to break, Garry Trudeau, in his three-year old comic strip Doonesbury, weighed in: In those early times, the strip was pretty controversial, and a number of newspapers, including the Washington Post, refused to run the comic.1 Never mind that Trudeau was mocking the left for pre-judging Mitchell.2 Mitchell was…

Sidewalk, Installed 1912, Boise

North End Sidewalks: A Photo Essay


WC grew up without sidewalks. Except for a few years Outside in Eugene, Oregon and Chicago, Illinois, attending school, WC hasn’t been around sidewalks very much. Which may explain WC’s fascination with them here in the North End of Boise. The North End of Boise was platted in the late 1880s, a few years before…

Fats Domino at piano. Credit: Getty Images

Guest Post: Fats Domino, 1928-2017


This is a guest blog post from WC’s buddy David James, who says it better than WC could. Another great one gone, but his professional career began seventy years ago this past summer, he waxed his first record sixty-eight years ago, and he was still performing not too many years ago. So we got to…

One Year of President Trump

Scariest Hallowe’en Ever!


WC wore a Dick Nixon mask to a Hallowe’en costume party at Roger Brunner and Niesje Steinkruger’s house.1 Nixon was history; the nightmare of President Nixon and Watergate was behind us. We knew how the nightmare ended. We could laugh about it, mock it. We don’t know how the much more frightening Trump nightmare is…

Wray speaks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)

Smartphones and the FBI’s Whinge


The new FBI Director, Christopher Wray, announced recently that the FBI had been “unable to retrieve data” from as many as 6,900 iPhones in the last eleven months. Wray told the International Association of Chiefs of Police: To put it mildly, this is a huge, huge problem. It impacts investigations across the board — narcotics,…