The Con Begins to Unravel


Andrew Sullivan, writing in New York Magazine, writes that Donald Trump is a con man, that the con is his presidency, and that the con is beginning to unravel, as all con jobs do eventually. An unraveling con job requires increasingly desperate actions by the con man to keep the marks from tipping to the con.…

Mile Market 73 Fire from Brownlee Road, Central Idaho

Is This the New Normal?


There are at least five active wildfires in Valley County, Idaho alone. One of those fires, the Mile Marker 73 Fire, sent WC and Mrs. WC on a gnarly detour along a ridge above the North Fork of the Payette River and Highway 55, our intended route. The detour was along a logging road with…

Bobolink Fledgling, New Meadows, Idaho

The Kids Are All Right


WC isn’t talking about the movie or the song. WC is talking about the newly fledged birds. The next generation. The reason for migration, for courtship, for bird song. Richard Dawkins would call them the reason for birds. Either way, they are out of the nest. Newly fledged birds, for a birder, are delightful and…

A geological map of Valley County, Idaho

Geology and Payette Lake


Geologists tend to have a strange time sense. Mostly, they live in the present, year-to-year, decade to decade, like the rest of us. But their profession also requires them to live in geologic time, in epochs spanning millions of years. A geologist would look at Payette Lake in both ways: a beautiful, blue and blessedly…

Sessions' Swiss Cheese Memory

A Sad Day for Lawyers


At a speech on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the chief law enforcement officer for the United States, giggled and joined in when his audience chanted “Lock her up.” Never mind that a room full of college students was metaphorically lynching someone. Never mind that Hillary Clinton has been absolved of any crimes by the…