Credit: Norwegian news outlet VG, December 2016, Tidsånden flirer ikke lenger

How Did We Let This Happen?


Contrary to rumor, this cartoon was not banned on Twitter or Facebook. But it’s a nice summary of the world’s perception1 of our President and his pattern of conduct. Trump as a baby, with a soiled diaper, pulling the world to ruin. Not just the rest of the world. Muhammad Ali Jr. – the son of…

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Trump and the (Mis)Uses of Distraction


President Trump has decided to punish reporters whose coverage he dislikes. His sycophantic press secretary, Sean Spicer, has barred journalists from The New York Times, CNN and several other news organizations from attending Spicer’s daily briefing, a extremely unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps. It’s an outrage; even Dick Nixon, at his most venal,…

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…

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“Alternative Facts” – A Clarification


One of WC’s favorite authors, Ursula K. Le Guin, recently wrote a letter to the Oregonian objecting to the characterization of President Trumpster’s “alternatie facts” as science fiction. In her own inimitable style, she describes the difference. WC sets out her letter in full. A recent letter in The Oregonian compares a politician’s claim to tell “alternative facts”…

A picture taken 29 April 1984 shows various graffiti painted on the Berlin Wall on the West Berlin side while East German and Soviet flags (R) fly on the other side of the East Berlin no-mans-land spiked with anti-tanks traps AFP Photo Joel Robine

Walls & Illegal Immigration


The Trumpster – sorry, President Trumpster – isn’t the first politician to advocate for a big wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration. Joe “Bad Penny” Miller famously argued for a “fence like East Germany built” to control illegal border crossings. It was President Trumpster who made the idiot idea a central claim of…