Cliff Edwards, voicing Jiminy Cricket, sings "When You Wish Upon a Star," from Walt Disney's Pinochio

WC’s Wishes for 2019


In what passes for tradition here at Wickersham’s Conscience, we spend the last week of each year thinking about the year that is ending, and making our wishes for the coming year. This final blog post in that tradition. Despite the abject failures of his wishes for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and most recently in 2018, WC, in his continuing triumph…

2018 in Review: Politics


In what passes for tradition here at Wickersham’s Conscience, we spend the last week of each year thinking about the year that is ending, and making our wishes for the coming year. This fifth blog post is firmly in that tradition. A year ago now, WC wrote: WC wrote a year ago, “United States voters…

Robert S. Mueller III, WC's Person of the Year

2018 in Review: WC’s Person of the Year


In what passes for tradition here at Wickersham’s Conscience, we spend the last week of each year thinking about the year that is ending, and making our wishes for the coming year. This fourth blog post is firmly in that tradition. It’s a depressing commentary on the state of our nation: the United States, avowedly…

Cliff Edwards, voicing Jiminy Cricket, sings "When You Wish Upon a Star," from Walt Disney's Pinochio

2018 in Review: Revisiting WC’s Wishes for 2018


In what passes for tradition here at Wickersham’s Conscience, we spend the last week of each year thinking about the year that is ending, and making our wishes for the coming year. This blog post is firmly in that tradition. Despite the abject failures of his wishes for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, WC, in a continuing (and perhaps masochistic) triumph of…

Last meeting of the Trump Foundation Board of Directors

Outrageous Abuse of a Family Foundation


WC is a lawyer. And one of WC’s little specialties was the law that applies to charitable organizations. In fact, WC even wrote a book about it. Through ten editions. WC has qualified as an expert witness in a court proceeding on that subject. So when WC says that misuse of a family foundation is…

Mitch McConnell, "Ol' Turtle Neck"

The Results Are In: 2018 Hypocrite of the Year


It wasn’t even close. Commanding an amazing 84% of the votes, Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. is the 2018 Hypocrite of the Year. Ol’ Turtleneck blew out the competition; Steve Stockman and Mike Pence divided the other eight percent between them. Voters were especially appalled by McConnell’s call for bipartisanship with Democrats in the incoming U.S. House.…

Mike Flynn (NBC News)

Grandma Turk Weighs In


WC’s maternal grandmother, Ruth Turk, was a large woman with large, strong opinions. And a quick hand for her smart-mouthed, oldest grandchild. But she inadvertently taught WC to look beyond the arguments and to examine the underlying assumptions. Let’s bring Grandma Turk’s approach to President Trump and Michael Flynn and see if there aren’t some…

Last Chance to Vote


This is your last chance to vote for 2018 Hypocrite of the Year. The polls close at midnight, MST Thursday evening. Don’t miss your chance to pick the scummiest of the scum. The link is here.

Influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital near Fort Riley, Kansas in this 1918 file photo (AP Photo/National Museum of Health)

Another Unhappy Centennial


The centennial of the end of World War I was observed with all due ceremony, even if President Trump embarrassed himself and the United States by his churlish behavior. World War I killed perhaps 16 million people, counting both soldiers and civilians. A nearly unimaginable number. But it wasn’t even the worst disaster of 1918.…

Potential yard birds, using another definition

Ambiguity and American English


WC doesn’t envy anyone who attempts English as a second language.  The language is riddled with euphemisms, words with multiple meanings and contextual defined term. As just one example, let’s use a term WC blogged about recently, “yard birds.” WC meant bird species seen in his yard. But “yard birds” has other meanings. There’s the…