Fake Dead Sea Scroll purchased by Hobby Lobby owner Steve Green

David Green and the Joys of Schadenfreude


David Green is the billionaire owner of Hobby Lobby. He is very interested – maybe obsessed – with early Christian Bible artifacts. He’s part of a group of ultra-rich evangelicals who are collecting those artifacts. Where there is a demand, there will always be someone prepared to meet it. And it’s a lot easier to…

Chief Justice John Roberts (Reuters)

2020 Hypocrite of the Year: The First Nominee


Yes, it’s early for the first nominee for the Wickersham Conscience’s Hypocrite of the Year, but some instances of hypocrisy are so blatant, so appalling, that they require a nomination at once. Which is why WC is nominating U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts for 2020 Hypocrite of the Year.1 When President Donald Trump…

Dr. Li being treated at the Wuhan Central Hospital late last month (photographer unknown)

Let’s Not Get Sanctimonious


It was disheartening to learn of the death of Li Wenliang. He was the Chinese physician who was punished by his government for warning of the danger and virulence of the new coronavirus when the disease was first discovered. Dr. Li was reprimanded by the police after he shared concerns about the virus in a social…

My Name Is Hypocrite

We Have a Winner Loser!


In the end, it wasn’t even close. By an overwhelming 82% of votes cast, Wickersham’s Conscience readers have selected Senator Lindsey Graham (R, Hypocrisy) as the 2019 Wickersham’s Conscience Hypocrite of the Year. WC will create a suitable award certificate and cover letter notifying the Senator of his award shortly. A copy will go to…

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey gives the annual State of the State address at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. on Jan. 9, 2018.Brynn Anderson / AP file

Hypocrite of the Year 2019: The First Nomination


Here at Wickersham’s Conscience, we are swamped with potential candidates for Hypocrite of the Year already, and the year is only a little over a third along. Last year’s HOtY, the despicable and appalling Mitch McConnell (R, 17th Century) is ineligible.1 As is his puppet master, the clown in the White House.2  But otherwise, WC…

Last meeting of the Trump Foundation Board of Directors

Outrageous Abuse of a Family Foundation


WC is a lawyer. And one of WC’s little specialties was the law that applies to charitable organizations. In fact, WC even wrote a book about it. Through ten editions. WC has qualified as an expert witness in a court proceeding on that subject. So when WC says that misuse of a family foundation is…

Mitch McConnell, "Ol' Turtle Neck"

The Results Are In: 2018 Hypocrite of the Year


It wasn’t even close. Commanding an amazing 84% of the votes, Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. is the 2018 Hypocrite of the Year. Ol’ Turtleneck blew out the competition; Steve Stockman and Mike Pence divided the other eight percent between them. Voters were especially appalled by McConnell’s call for bipartisanship with Democrats in the incoming U.S. House.…

Mitch McConnell, photographer unknown

Hypocrisy Hall of Fame: The Next 2018 Nominee


This one isn’t even close, and he threatens to run away with the 2018 trophy: Ol’ Turkey Neck himself, Senator Addison Mitchell “Mitch” McConnell Jr. (R, Chutzpah), the U.S. Senate Majority Leader. Senator McConnell wrote an opinion piece – for Fox News, of course – headlined “Will Dems work with us, or simply put partisan politics…

Melissa Howard posing with he mother and her forged diploma. Mom must be awfully proud.

It’s Not Just Republican Men


While WC was off photographing birds, two stories broke, both involving Republican candidates and both involving women, proving that despite President Trump’s egregious and unapologetic sexism, the Republicans are all about equal corruption, with no regard to gender. The first exhibit is Melissa Howard, a Florida state House candidate. She has achieved infamy, or t least…

Pervert, retired judge, school board member and, yes, a Republican, Tim Nolan. he Enquirer/Cara Owsley The Enquirer/Cara Owsley

Nothing to See Here; Just Another Republican Pervert


WC authored the Hypocrisy Hypothesis, the principle that a noisier a Republican politician is about Christian values, family values and domestic bliss, the more likely it is he is pervert or a horny dog. Think Newt Gingrich, serial adulterer, or Dennis Hastert, convicted child molester. If you needed more evidence that the Hypocrisy Hypothesis is…

"That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain." Hamlet, Act I, scene 5

The Pathological Liar in Chief


We have a President who lies. Who lies all the time. There are mental illnesses that involve compulsive lying. Perhaps that’s what’s going on. If so, WC isn’t qualified to offer a diagnosis. But WC isn’t sure it’s so simple. Sure, most of the lies are calculated to make Trump look better. In his speech…