Would you buy a used car from this man?

The Lies of Donald Trump: Trying to Keep Up


WC has always thought the aphorisms like, “A lie can run around the world before the truth can pull its pants on,” were stupid. You know, the truth and all that. WC’s vocations, law and justice, to a considerable (but admittedly imperfect) extent, is the pursuit of truth. WC’s avocations, science and nature photography, also…

Phil Ochs during a Vietnam moratorium demonstration outside U.N. Building (New York City, 1967). Photo by Michael Ochs.

Phil Ochs Makes a Comeback


“One good song with a message can bring a point more deeply to more people than a thousand rallies.” – Phil Ochs, 1962 WC’s all time favorite folksinger, Phil Ochs, is making a comeback. Ochs and his amazing songs seem to make a comeback whenever American politics get especially dark. This is the man, after all, who sang, And the speeches…

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What WC Is Reading


The weather sucks, WC is struggling with a head cold and it’s the same old same old among the yard birds. So WC has been doing a lot of reading. Much of it has turned out to be pretty good. Here’s a quick overview of recent, decent stuff. Michael Lewis famously write Moneyball, which somehow got…

Sawtooth National Recreation Area, July 16, 2016

Can We Think About this Privatization of Federal Land Idea?


Americans, and international visitors, love federal lands. Idahoans pack the federal parks, national forests, national recreation areas and other federal lands all summer. Everything from dirt bike racing in the Owyhee Mountains to rafting Wild and Scenic Rivers to backpacking Forest Service trails to filling up all the campgrounds in the state on weekends. Hunting…