What’s the Downside to Humoring Him?


In a November 9, 2020 article in the Washington Post, reporters Amy Gardner, Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Emma Brown quote an unnamed “senior Republican official” as saying of Donald Trump, What is the downside for humoring him for this little bit of time? No one seriously thinks the results will change. He went golfing this weekend. It’s not…

A National Party of Cheaters and Crooks


Trump and his fellow Republicans tried to cheat in the 2020 general election by purging voter rolls, imposing unnecessary voter identification requirements and closing polling places, all with the aim of suppressing votes by Democrats. It didn’t work. Trump and his clown car lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, tried to manufacture fake evidence in Ukraine against Joe…

The Donald Acting Out (David Becker/Getty Images)

My Baby Shot Me Down


Cher is not a featured artist on the soundtrack of WC’s life. But the news that U.S. Circuit Court Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, writing for a unanimous panel, had rejected Trump’s appeal from a decision by one of his own appointees shooting down his idiot challenge to the Pennsylvania election results makes this…

Burning Down the House


Hold tight, wait ’til the party’s over Hold tight, we’re in for nasty weather There has got to be a way Burning down the house — Talking Heads, “Burning Down the House” WC doubts he is the only one who thinks he has fallen into a Talking Heads song. With no competent evidence – accusations…

Can You Help WC with a Question?


Donald Trump has announced repeatedly that we have “turned the curve” in the pandemic, that cases are on the decline. The claim is patently false in fact. The only “corner” was back in September, when the incidence of new cases began a steep climb. New cases are at an all time high: 90,728 in a…

Is Remdesivir a Remedy?


WC is 70 years old, and by reason of age, if nothing else, highly interested in remedies, or at least treatments, for COVID-19. So WC was pretty intrigued when the Food & Drug Administration approved Gilead Lab’s remdesivir (the brand name is Veklury). Remdesivir is a previously developed general anti-viral. The drug was run through three…

Elect a Clown, Expect a Circus


In the faint hope that a Trump voter might change his mind, or that one of the endangered species of undecided voters might benefit, WC, on the eve of the presidential election, will undertake to summarize how President Donald Trump has done in meeting his earlier campaign promises. In a sensible universe, that’s how a…

There's a reason she looks uncertain

Call WC “Mr. Suspicious”


Thanks to some smart reporting by Juliet Eilperin and Desmond Butler at The Washington Post we now know that U.S. Geological Survey Director James G. Reilly had been suppressing a report on polar bear populations that has the potential to kill oil well drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Under pressure from the Post…

Acting BLM Secretary William Perry Pendley. (Photo provided by Democratic staff of the Natural Resources Committee)

Judge Dumps Pendley: It’s Bigger Than You Think


William Perry Pendley isn’t the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, the federal agency charged with supervision of most federal lands, and the largest landowner in most of the West. He isn’t even the Acting Director. Instead, the Trump Administration pretends he is the “official performing the Director’s duties under the Secretary’s [of the Interior]…

William Barr on Capitol Hill on April 10. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Flynn, Barr and Corruption


In any sensible Administration, in any sensible Congress, a special prosecutor would have been appointed a long time ago to investigate U.S. Attorney General William Barr. But we don’t have a sensible Administration; we have quite the opposite. We don’t have a sensible Congress; we have an impotent Congress, where the Republican majority will do…

Methane Levels, 1998-2019, Measured at Mauna Loa Volcano, Hawai'i

Trump, Wheeler and Methane


Almost twenty percent of human-generated methane – 105 million metric tons per year – come from leakage in fossil fuel production, distribution and use. It’s the largest single source of human-made methane discharged into the atmosphere. Methane – CH4, natural gas – is a powerful greenhouse gas, some 20 to 80 times more powerful than…

Siberian Wildfires, July 1, 2020 (via NASA)

Another Sip from the Fire Hose


The thing to remember as we struggle with COVID-19, Trump’s lies, Trump’s Brownshirt tactics and the country’s seemingly ongoing descent into chaos; the thing to remember is those aren’t even the biggest crisis. WC doesn’t know about you, but the unrelenting bad news is exhausting. It all sucks the energy and compassion out of WC.…

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

The Most Evil Act Yet


President Donald Trump has committed a long string of truly evil acts since his inauguration. But this past weekend, he set a new low mark. It wasn’t his continuing denial, obfuscation and outright lies about the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 140,000 Americans are dead as a result of his Administration’s grossly incompetent mismanagement of the…

Stone Cold Corruption


President Donald Trump gave his buddy and co-conspirator, Roger Stone, a constitutionally allowable Get Out of Jail Free Card. It’s Stone cold corruption. Stone has dirt on Trump’s connection to the Russians. Stone made a point of repeatedly telling the press that he could have gotten a deal by talking to the Feds, but didn’t.…

Charles I of England, with a divine hand placing his crown, by unknown artist, given to the National Portrait Gallery, London in 1971.

Donnie and the Divine Right of Kings


Donald Trump argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that he was immune from all criminal proceedings and investigations so long as he remained in office and that Congress was powerless to obtain his records because it had no legislative need for them. That was the divine right of kings: anointed by the hand of God,…

The Donald Acting Out (David Becker/Getty Images)

Donnie and the Delauter Effect


Donald Trump is a bully. The latest proof of that is his and his family’s lawsuit against his niece, Mary Trump, who in the very finest traditions of the Trump family, has written a tell-all book about growing up in that dysfunctional Trump family. No doubt it will be chock-full of salacious tidbits that our…

Brown Capuchin Monkey, Peru

Watching the Monkey Smash Its Toy


When WC was a young pup, his family took a vacation from Fairbanks, visiting Stockton, California, our old hometown, to visit the relatives. WC’s older cousins, Gary and Bob, were employed that summer as caretakers at the modest zoo Stockton offered at the time. WC tagged along one early evening. One of the attractions was…

An Open Letter to Lisa Murkowski


June 7, 2020 Senator Lisa Murkowski 522 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Murkowski: Thank you for your comments on General James Mattis’s rebuke of President Trump. You’re quoted in the New York Times as saying, “I thought General Mattis’s words were true and honest and necessary and overdue.” Given the strength of…

Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room at the White House, Washington, U.S., November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Trump Keeps Losing


When Trump goes into one of these Twitter frenzies, touting conspiracy theories (Scarborough, China), lying about nonsense (Obamagate) and retweeting videos where the speaker says, “The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat,” when he does this it’s imperative you look to see what’s really going on, because those tweets are mostly distractions. Well, the…

The Donald Acting Out (David Becker/Getty Images)

A Trump Lexicon, Seventh Edition


Our president uses language in unusual ways, a mix of babble, Orwell’s NewSpeak and nonsense. His recent bad weeks have once again spawned a stream of new and unusual terms. Newer terms and phrases are towards the top. It’s tempting to wait and see what new phrases appear as the pandemic proceeds, but WC will…

Donald Trump answers a question about hospitals and frontline healthcare workers reporting shortages of masks and coronavirus tests. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

It’s Beyond Embarrassing


It’s beyond embarrassing. It’s humiliating. What Timothy Eagan, writing in the New York Times has called “the lethal ineptitude of President Trump” has brought the United States to the point that other countries pity us. We were the leader. Now we are the bad example. The country Trump promised to make great again has never in…

Corona virus particle. Credit: technologworks.com

Knock, Knock


Knock, knock. Who’s there? Corona. Corona who? And that’s the point, isn’t it? The failure of the federal government – the failure by the Executive Branch of the federal government – to provide adequate coronavirus test kits in the face of the pandemic, means we don’t know who may be infected with the virus. Because…

Department of Modest Victories: Trump Loses Again


Donald Trump is obsessed with undocumented immigrants to the United States. Egged on my the various scumbags he has surrounded himself with, he has repeatedly staked out extreme positions, even anti-Republican positions, in his effort to act out his obsession. One example would be his reaction to sanctuary cities. A sanctuary city is one that…