Victor Scavino, Dan Scavino's "chain migrant" great-grandfather

How to Make a Difference: Jennifer Mendelsohn


“People in genealogical glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” Jennifer Mendelsohn is #resistancegenealogy, whose mission is to expose the hypocrisy of some of the more egregious and noisy anti-immigrant members of Congress and the Trump Administration. For example, White House social media director Dan Scavino, Jr. tweeted an article claiming that “chain migration” was “choking” the US.…

Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) BILL CLARK/CQ ROLL CALL VIA AP

Department of Hypocrisy: Trump, Marino and Opioids


Consider the town of Williamson, West Virginia. Population 3,191. In the ten years 2006-2016, the pharmaceutical industry sold 20.8 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills in Williamson. Or Kermit, West Virginia, population 406, which in the same 10 year interval received some 6.3 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the overwhelming…

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Climate Change Denier (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

So What Did You Get for Selling Out, Lisa?


There was a Doonesbury cartoon decades ago, when George H.W. Bush agreed to be Ronald Reagan’s vice-presidential candidate. Throughout the Republican primaries, Bush and Reagan had disagreed on pretty much every issue. Garry Trudeau, in Doonesbury, mocked Bush, putting him in a faux interview: Interviewer: Tell me Governor, how long does it take you to give up…

In Defense of Richard Dawkins


Some of WC’s readers may sensibly think that Richard Dawkins is fully capable of defending himself and doesn’t need any help from sometime-intellectual wannabes like WC. Fair enough. Those readers can take this post as an attack on progressive radio station KFPA and the authoritarian left. Because what happened is ignorant and outrageous, as deeply…

Sometimes you have to draw a line

Boy Scouts, Bigotry and Trump: An Open Letter


26 July 2017 Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive Boy Scouts of America 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane Irving, TX 75015 Dear Mr. Surbaugh: WC is a former Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Explorer, member of Order of the Arrow and a camp counsellor at Lost Lake Boy Scout Camp. WC’s mother served as a Cub Scout…

Officer Richard Pinheiro at work

Cops, Crooks and Smarts


WC is a lawyer. Back in the day, WC did some criminal defense. And one of the things every criminal defense lawyer learns is that a lot of the players in the criminal law game just aren’t that smart. There was Jody Wilson. City of Fairbanks Policeman Dave Curwen knocked on Wilson’s door and said,…