Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, in the House chamber on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 at the Alaska State Capitol. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

The Worst of the Worst: Rep. David Eastman (R, Wasilla, AK)


With this post, WC inaugurates a new recurring, semi-regular series: the worst of the worst in state legislatures, focusing initially on the Alaska and Idaho state legislatures. Neither WC nor his readers have high expectations for state legislators, but this series looks at the exceptionally appalling. David Eastman represents the Susitna River Valley, Alaska.1 He’s…

Still a Huckster


This email turned up, appropriately enough, in WC’s Junk Mail folder. What Donald is selling this week has less flavor than a Trump Steak and less substance than a degree from Trump University. But it’s still just another con. He’s selling you the privilege of getting junk mail. He’s selling you the right to get…

Bird Feeders


WC and Mrs. WC maintain a few bird feeders in our backyard. Tube feeders with sunflower seed kernels, tray feeders with mixed seeds, a mesh bag with nyjer and a small suet cake. Nothing fancy, but it draws in a decent variety of birds. We also have cracked corn in ground trays for Mallards and…

The End of Open Source Software?


One of the things that is very, very important to software developers that non-programmers don’t know anything about is the vast amount of open source software that is out there. Those libraries of pre-written code, available mostly for free, are indispensable to developing today’s computer and smart phone applications. Without them, software development would be…

D.N.R.I.P. Cyber Ninjas, 2014-2022


Cyber Ninjas, the wholly unqualified computer security firm hired by the Arizona state senate to perform a wholly unnecessary audit of the Maricopa County, Arizona 2020 election, is going out of business. It leaves behind compromised election data, unpaid subcontractors, unperformed work, ongoing court fines and a laughably shoddy report, devastatingly rebutted by the Maricopa…

R.I.P. SN 2020tlf


It isn’t very often WC writes an obituary for a star, especially a red supergiant star. In fact, this is the very first time. Because it is the first time astronomers have watched the final days of a red supergiant star and observed as it exploded into a Type II Supernova. The star in question…

That Edict from Idaho Republican Soviet


The Idaho Republican Central Committee recently considered a proposal that would allow only candidates approved by the Central Committee to run for office. The proposal originated with the Bonneville County Republican Committee.1 Under Bonneville’s proposal, the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, legislators, even county commissioners and sheriffs would need official party permission to appear on the…

Remembering SFBC


Technically, the Science Fiction Book Club is still around, even if it’s a pitiful, feeble shell of what it was. But WC is getting ahead of his story. In 1976, in response to a mail solicitation (“Get Three Books for Free!”), WC joined the Science Fiction Book Club. It was owned by Doubleday then, but…

How WC’s Mind Works: Hans Island


For those who may be interested, here’s an annotated blog post illustrating how WC’s mind works in finding topics for and writing this blog. We start from one of Howard Weaver’s Facebook posts: That’s a nice meme. Wonder if it’s true? (A few minutes on Google) Huh. Hans Island, in the Kennedy Channel, between Ellesmere…

Why Is This Gator Smiling?


Alligators have been around a really, really long time. Fossils of Alligator prenalis date to the late Eocene; call it 35 million years ago. They are nearly indistinguishable from modern Alligator mississippiensis. And their reptilian ancestors, of course, trace back to the Jurassic. Humankind has been around about 300,000 years, less than a hundredth of…

An Open Letter to MLB Owners


WC is having surgery today. A few days of posts are written and scheduled, but depending on how his post-op recovery goes, there may be a break in blog posts. Comments may not be immediately approved. It’s nothing major and not a cause for alarm. But the chassis needs repairs. Major League Baseball – the…

Okie Dopey


Well I’m proud to be an Okie from Muskogee A place where even squares can have a ball We still fly Old Glory down at the courthouse And white lighting’s still The biggest thrill of all — Merle Haggard and Roy Burris, “Okie from Muskogee,” 1969 The use of marijuana in Oklahoma for anything but…

Happy New Year!


Should auld acquaintance be forgot And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot And days of auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear For auld lang syne We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet For days of auld lang syne We twa hae run about the braes And pu’d the gowans…

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

2021 in Review: WC’s Wishes for 2022


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 is the final blog post in that annual tradition. Despite the abject failures of his wishes for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,  2019 and most recently 2020,…

Trump at the Republican Convention

2021 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 blog post is firmly in that tradition: a look back at the kidney stone that was 2021 and a look forward to…