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…

The Government Shutdown Explained


WC will undertake to explain the nation’s longest, stupidest government shutdown in words that possibly even Donald Trump can understand. There is no emergency at the border. It’s clear that illegal immigration is down and has been down for a while now. If there was truly an emergency, Congress would have addressed it when the…

American Kestrel, Hull's Gulch, Boise, Idaho

Some Notes on Sparrowhawks


“Sparrowhawk” is the old name for American Kestrels, the pint-sized falcons that are probably the most common raptor in North America. Back in the day, pretty much all raptors were called “hawks.”1 The name “Kestrel” derives from the Old French crecelle, meaning “rattle,” a reference to the sound of the bird’s cry. While Kestrel populations are…

Via Forbes Magazine

This Is Why We Have Government Regulations


The Trump Administration and a certain kind of Republican politician like to pretend that federal regulations are designed by bureaucrats – by the “Deep State” – solely for the purpose of making life that much harder and more expensive for the rest of us. On the contrary, regulations are written to address serious problem. They…

Goldman Sachs (Photo: Facebook)

Watching Goldman Sachs Steal


Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibi wrote of Goldman Sachs in 2010: The formula is relatively simple: Goldman positions itself in the middle of a speculative bubble, selling investments they know are crap. Then they hoover up vast sums from the middle and lower floors of society with the aid of a crippled and corrupt state…

Yellow-billed Magpie, Pinnacles National Park, California

The Magpie Principle Explained


WC has apparently confused folks by describing his approach to this blog as the embodiment of the Magpie Principle. While we live in confusing times, WC doesn’t want to unnecessarily contribute to that confusion. So let’s see if WC can explain his reference. (WC has used the term – sometimes as “magpie sensibility” – to…

Mitch McConnell, "Ol' Turtle Neck"

WC Resorts to Doggerel


Sometimes all a frustrated citizen blogger can do is resort to doggerel. Of all the villains in the Trump’s government shutdown – and there are a lot of them – the one who could fix the shutdown most easily has vanished from the scene. All Mitch McConnell1 would have to do is let the Trump…

Dark-eyed Junco, "Oregon" variety, Boise, Idaho

Some Notes on Juncos


Juncos are a very common bird, but they also represent one of the great ornithological puzzles. Depending on who you talk to, there are between three and twelve species. The number of species depends on whether you think the confusing color patterns represent color and song variations on one species or separate species. As Birds…

Portion of flight route from National Transportation Safety Board Report 3-0604

Aircraft N1812H


If you live in Alaska, especially rural Alaska, you fly a lot. Mostly, it’s safe. But sometimes it isn’t. There are plane crashes and sometimes fatalities. No aircraft crash in WC’s lifetime impacted Alaskans more than the crash of N1812H on October 16, 1972. There were four people on board that Cessna 310C charter flight:…