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

WC’s Wishes for 2020


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, 2018 and most recently 2019, WC, in his continuing triumph of…

Republicans embrace Donald Trump

2019 in Review: Politics


Not since the events before the Civil War has it been more important for our elected officials to set aside politics, set aside the exigencies of getting re-elected, and simply do the right thing. That’s not happening. What is happening is that their collective obsession with getting re-elected overrides all other considerations, at the expense…

Schiff and Thunberg, 2019

2019 in Review: WC’s Person of the Year


WC couldn’t decide between two candidates; as a result, we have the first co-Person of the Year here at Wickersham’s Conscience. WC isn’t the only one very impressed with Greta Thunberg’s willingness to speak truth to power. Time Magazine named her its Person of the Year. WC does so because she spoke truth to power.1 Her…

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

2019 in Review: Revisiting 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 blog post is firmly in that tradition. Despite the abject failures of his wishes for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 – nine years in a row now –  WC,…

Darth Vader Christmas, North End, Boise

Christmas in Boise — 2019 Edition


It’s Christmas Eve. WC will mark it with some snapshots of Christmas yard decorations that provoke a “What the heck?” reaction in WC. It’s not at all clear to WC what Darth Vader (neé Anakin Skywalker) has to do with Christmas, but you can buy the inflatable and someone did. Photobombed by Snoopy, too. If…

Wash. State Rep. Matt Shea (R, Extreme Right Wing) (photo credit: from law firm website)

Matt Shea’s Theocracy


Washington State Representative Matt Shea wrote a fatwa, a religious edict. Representative Shea’s fatwa calls for a religious war. In fact, it’s called “The Biblical Basis for War“. Here’s a sample: If you don’t agree to Rep. Shea’s vision of America, and are male, you will be killed. Murdered. That’s pretty righteous. Rep. Shea is unclear…

My Name Is Hypocrite

We Have a Winner Loser!


In the end, it wasn’t even close. By an overwhelming 82% of votes cast, Wickersham’s Conscience readers have selected Senator Lindsey Graham (R, Hypocrisy) as the 2019 Wickersham’s Conscience Hypocrite of the Year. WC will create a suitable award certificate and cover letter notifying the Senator of his award shortly. A copy will go to…

Corrupt Politician Being Thrown in the Lake of Burning Pitch, Dante's 8th Circle of Hell, 5th Bolgia

About that Oath in an Impeachment Trial


  WC, along with anyone born before 1973, share a distinction unique in the history of our country. We are witnesses to a third impeachment proceeding in our lifetimes. Perhaps it is because it has happened so infrequently that Senators Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham are unfamiliar with the U.S. Senate Rules for Impeachment, and…

William Barr on Capitol Hill on April 10. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Worst. Attorney. General. Ever.


This has been a hard post to write. WC had faint hopes that William Barr would serve honorably, that he would act as a restraint on Trump and as an enabler, not as a cheerleader. WC was probably being naive. Trump was unlikely to appointment anyone with scruples.   The late John Mitchell, Attorney General…

A Boise police officer stops his bike in front of homeless residents under the South 16th Street bridge in September 2014. (Photo credit: Idaho Statesman)

That’s $75,000 Pissed Away


The City of Boise has a homeless problem. Depending on who is counting, there are 120-150 homeless folks who shuttle between Boise’s limited number of shelter beds and the streets. Outgoing Mayor David Bieter tried to “solve” the problem by enforcing Boise’s long-standing, if unconstitutional, ordinances prohibiting folks from sleeping on the streets. Never mind…

Cave Art, Leang Bulu’Sipong 4, Sulawesi, via Nature Magazine

Notes on Art History


WC, to the dismay of a number of his undergraduate classmates, has never been especially interested in either anthropology or archaeology. Partly it’s because WC believes the history of humankind on the planet can be tracked by extinction events in the natural world. WC finds history depressing enough without studying prehistory. Partly it’s just that…