"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…

"Infowars" host Alex Jones arrives at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas, on April 17. Tamir Kalifa / American-Statesman via AP

Reality Bites: Alex Jones Learns About Defamation


Alex Jones, wacko conspiracy theorist only loosely in touch with reality, is starting to receive a schooling in the consequences of calling the parents of victims of the Sandy Hook mass shooting liars. For more than five years now, Jones has claimed the December 2012 Sandy Hook shooting didn’t happen, that the parents of the…

Fake News? You Want Fake News?


President Trump continuously rails about “Fake News.” He dismisses news stories or media outlets that he doesn’t like as “fake news.” A database of his public remarks contains 320 references in 2017 to “fake news.” But if you want real fake news, look no further than Trump himself, who is an absolute champion at false claims,…

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…