Sessions' Swiss Cheese Memory

Trump’s War on the Poor: AG Sessions Revives Debtor’s Prison


In Charles Dickens’ novel Little Dorrit – thank you, Eve Kozloski, for making your students read the book – the eponymous title character grew up in London’s Marshalsea prison, where her father was in debtor’s prison. Dickens could write so vividly about Marshalsea and the conditions there because Dickens’ own father was imprisoned there in Dickens’ youth, for…

Fire and Fury: Yep


According to CNN Money, President Trump’s personal lawyer, Charles Harder, has written to author Michael Wolff and Henry Holt Publishers, demanding Wolff’s book not be published. Mr. Trump hereby demands that you immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the Book, the Article, or any excerpts or summaries of either…

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates (Source: Eric Thayer/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

2017 in Review: WC’s Person of the Year


This year it’s very easy for WC to pick his Person of the Year: Sally Yates. It wasn’t just her outstanding testimony to a hostile, Republican-controlled Congressional committee, although that was exceptional: a principled, effective civil servant schooling a hostile group of unprincipled old men. It wasn’t even her diligent effort to perform her duties…

Movie Money, Passed in Juneau

Tales from Wasilla: Funny Money


Wasilla has a problem with counterfeit money. It’s not a new problem: searching the Mat-Su Frontiersman‘s website for “counterfeit” pulls up more than 100 stories going back to at least 2003, at least five since October 14, 2017. It must be pretty sophisticated counterfeiting to be getting passed, right? Apparently, so far this year, the Wasilla…

Get your programs here (Simon Fraser University)

Getchyer Program Here


“Getchyer program here! Can’t tell the felons without a program.” At Wrigley Field, back in the day, the guys hawking game programs near the bleacher seat entrance all had that thick, south side, back of the yards Chicago accent. “Get your program” came out – at least to WC’s young ears – as something like…

Whistling Past the Graveyard

Watching Trump Whistle Past the Graveyard


In American idiom, “whistle past the graveyard” has two meanings. It can mean an attempt to appear fearless in a dire situation; to proceed with a task, ignoring an upcoming hazard, hoping for a good outcome. It can also mean to enter a situation with little or no understanding of the possible consequences. With Michael Flynn copping a…