House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Paul Ryan Sells His Soul; Doesn’t Get Much for It


Any lingering respect you might have had for Rep. Paul Ryan (R, Unprincipled) has been tossed in the dumpster. Ryan called out The Donald’s shocking, blatant racism. House Speaker Ryan – the third person in line to be U.S. President – called The Donald’s criticism of an Hispanic-American judge “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” You’ll recall…

The Proof Is in Paul Ryan


“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves…

The Commerce Clause and Fungal Meningitis


The ongoing tragedy of death and severe illness from fungal meningitis dramatically illustrates the danger of Neocons’ narrow view of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. It’s a perfect example of why a broader, not narrower, interpretation of the Commerce Clause is critically important. A “compounding pharmacy” in Framingham, Massachusetts has been identified as…

Cleaning Out the In-Box: Pre-Hallowe’en Edition


A lot of email piled up while WC was photographing birds. Without much enthusiasm, WC will sort through the missives from the digital illiterati, wing-nuts and assorted True Believers. There were three emails from folks who claim to have inferred WC is an atheist. Well, they didn’t use the word “inferred” but it’s what they…

Marching Off the Fiscal Cliff


Lost in the fog of neocon distortions about the impending sequestrations is the bigger issue of the fiscal cliff towards which Congress is blissfully marching. It’s more than the $1.2 trillion sequestration; it’s the lapse of a number of tax and stimulus programs, none of which seem to be on Congress’s horizon. And the concatenation…