The international Vote Is In (Not a Scientific Poll) (Photographer Unknown)

Appropriately Disgusting


WC reader LM sent in this photo. As a clever means of encouraging the citizens of Edinburgh, Scotland to put their cigarette butts in the trash, it’s impressive. As a polling methodology on America’s president, it’s appropriately disgusting. Smoking killed WC’s father and crippled WC’s mother. WC is furiously opposed to smoking. And regards the…

Annual US vehicle miles traveled (blue, in tens of billions) and traffic fatalities per billion miles traveled (red) from 1921 to 2015

Regulation and Safety: A Case Study


Our fellow citizens, in their blind zeal to protect their Second Amendment rights, reject any regulation of firearms, however slight. The result has been carnage. WC doubts you need a recitation of recent mass shootings.1 What’s curious, though, is that we accept the 30 thousand plus firearm deaths each year even though they arise from…

Trump meets with state and tribal leaders at the White House. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

A Nation of Laws


Until Donald Trump’s inauguration, America was a nation of laws. Until Trump became president, we recognized the risks of creating dictators and despots. That recognition drove the rule that no one, not even the president, was above the law. Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace because he wasn’t above the law; Bill Clinton faced impeachment because…

David Kautter, IRS Commissioner

When the Crooks Enforce the Law


The United States has a new Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. His name is David Kautter. When the international accounting firm Ernst & Young was running an illegal tax dodge scam, Kautter was one of the directors of Ernst & Young. When Ernst & Young tried to cover up its crimes, Kautter was still a director of Ernst…