Randy Credico (R) and his dog Bianca arrive at U.S. District Court, September 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. Credico, a comedian with ties to Roger Stone, was subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller and eventually testified before the grand jury.(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Why Roger Stone Is an Arrogant Idiot


There was a lot of excitement earlier this month when Roger Stone was finally indicted. You’ve likely read enough about the indictment and Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s careful ambiguities. No, what WC wants to point out is the Roger Stone is an arrogant idiot. No, WC isn’t referring to the tattoo of Richard Nixon Stone…

Mark Twain's "War Prayer"

The Other Alaska Prayer


Do you remember Mark Twain’s short essay, “The War Prayer“? In that essay, Twain has a messenger – perhaps a messenger from God – explain to a congregation what their prayer in support of their patriotic war meant. That messenger laid out, in part, what any war means: O Lord our God, help us to…

"Internet Archive," XKCD, by Randall Munroe

Getting Geeky: Dependencies Can fsck You Up


“If builders built houses the way programmers built programs, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.” — Gerald M. Weinberg, Computer Scientist, 1933-2018 It’s been a while since we wallowed in pure technogeekery here at Wickersham’s Conscience. And it isn’t every day an object lesson like left-pad comes along – in fact, this…

Marc Leder, left, and guests attend a 2015 benefit in the Hamptons. (Scott Roth/Invision/AP)

Sun Capital Is Scum: A Case Study


Mitt Romney looks pretty benign now, at least in comparison to the current clown sitting in the White House. But back when Romney was running for president, WC wrote a series of blog posts attempting to show just how dreadful Romney’s original line of work was: that leveraged buy-outs and Romney’s Bain Capital had done…