Roy Moore campaigning for the U.S. Senate

Smells Like Corruption: Roy Moore


Roy Moore is a defrocked Alabama supreme court justice,1 a virulent racist and a Christianist. Oh, and the likely new U.S. Senator from Alabama, replacing Jeff Sessions. Moore is also a liar, and a tax cheat. He’s a liar, because he claimed he did not take a “regular salary” from the Foundation for Moral Law, a small…

Joe Arpaio leaves a federal courthouse in Phoenix earlier this month. The former Maricopa County sheriff was found guilty Monday of criminal contempt, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail. Angie Wang/AP

Say It Ain’t So, Joe


Say it ain’t so, Joe.1 But, of course, it is. Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County Sheriff, was found guilty of criminal contempt on Monday. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton found Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt. For 24 years, he was the Sheriff of Maricopa County. He called himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” As many of…

Another Brief Update on the Bundy Boys


While WC was chasing birds in Peru, the Bundy Boys‘ trial started in Portland, Oregon. Here’s an update of sorts for those who haven’t been paying attention. WC’s buddy David Backstrom, a retired public defender, used to write his closing argument for the jury before the trial even started. If things went right, he reasoned, it…

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Another Reason to Loath Tammie Wilson


Rep. Tammie Wilson (R, Pure Selfishness) has staked out yet another outrageous, irrational political position. Once again, she has grossly overreacted to a constituent whinge and sabotaged an important government function. It’s a predictable, absolutely destructive pattern. This time, a constituent has complained that the Office of Children’s Services improperly acted against his or her kids,…

Tracking the Bundy Boys: An Update


Here’s a handy guide to the 26 various Bundy defendants in the Malheur occupation, tracking the status of their cases. The focus here is the Malheur charges; there are some references to the Cliven Bundy Nevada cases as well. There’s a passel of Bundys and their camp followers; if you find an error drop WC…