Mile Market 73 Fire from Brownlee Road, Central Idaho

Is This the New Normal?


There are at least five active wildfires in Valley County, Idaho alone. One of those fires, the Mile Marker 73 Fire, sent WC and Mrs. WC on a gnarly detour along a ridge above the North Fork of the Payette River and Highway 55, our intended route. The detour was along a logging road with…

The Donald Acting Out (David Becker/Getty Images)

A Trump Lexicon – Third Update


Our President uses language in strange and unusual ways. Notably, he often uses the same words or phrases in numerous different Twitter messages. In an ongoing service to readers, WC offers the following updated Trump Lexicon, offering definitions of those word and phrases as an aid to understanding what the President is really saying.  …

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That Time Pence Stiffed Indiana for $21 Million


Vice President Mike Pence likes to brag about living the American Dream, growing up working for his Dad’s gas station empire. Kiel Brothers Oil Co. operated a chain of some 200 gas stations in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. The kids took over when Pop Pence died in 1988. Mike Pence’s older brother, Greg Pence, was…

Whack A Mole Fever | by TPapi

Following Up and Following Down: July 2018


WC will make another stab at his efforts at diligence, if not journalism, and follow-up on some earlier blog posts. Remember when Golden Valley Electric’s Healy 2 power plant was called the “Clean Coal Project”? In an ongoing affront to the Sunk Cost Fallacy, GVEA has now poured $175 million in rate payer dollars in…

Hordes of cops; one peaceful protester. CreditAgence France-Presse — Getty Images

WC Admires Therese Patricia Okoumou


Therese Patricia Okoumou was the woman who climbed up on the skirts of the Statue of Liberty to protest President Trump’s immigration policies. WC think there is a lot to protest and that Ms. Okoumou’s protest was a pretty mild response. She didn’t harm anything or anyone; just sat there peacefully. According to the New York…

Sir Thomas More, by Hans Holbein the Younger, via Wikicommons

Trump Sucks. So What Can We Do?


Several of WC’s readers have written to ask what a good citizen should do when the government is bad. WC is frankly astonished that anyone would ask him. WC, after all, is a tree-hugging, retired lawyer. But as must be obvious, not shy about his opinions. How bad has Trump gotten? George Will, the closest…