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The Hazards of Being “Pretextual”


It appears that a stake has finally been driven through the heart of Trump’s and the Republican’s attempt to sabotage the U.S. census. After losing in the U.S. Supreme Court, Trump has flopped around like a gaffed halibut, trying to find a way to discourage non-citizens from participating that could withstand review by those troublemakers…

Breakfast Smörgåsbord, Madison, Wisconsin

WC’s Smörgåsbord Edition


If you didn’t grow up in a household influenced by a Swedish grandmother, or haven’t been to Sweden, you may not know what a smörgåsbord is. Certainly none of the American efforts to establish smörgåsbord restaurants here appear to have survived contact with Americans. A smörgåsbord is “a celebratory meal and guests can help themselves…

Toddler, Tantrums and Presidents

Presidential Temper Tantrums


WC was in line in a big box store recently. The customer in line ahead of WC had a 4-5 year old child. There was an argument between mother and child over something from the rack alongside the checkout stand. Voices were raised, and then the kid launched in to a full blown temper tantrum,…

Snollygoster, Artist Unknown

Trump: The All-Time, Champion Snollygoster


WC is indebted to long-time reader CaliforniaCruisin for the word “snollygoster.” She applied it to Fairbanks politician wannabe and serial loser Joe Miller. But Miller is a piker, a mere pretender, just a hack in comparison to the grifter in the White House. A snollygoster is “One, especially a politician, who is guided by personal…

The Best People, the Very Best — UPDATED


Donald Trump promised us his administration would hire “the best people, the very best. Not the biggest donors or biggest supporters.” As a service to readers, WC provided an earlier summary table of how that’s working out. Here’s an updated version, with newer developments towards the top. WC has expanded the list to include the…

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

The Perils of Ignoring History


Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana, “Reason in Common Sense,” The Life of Reason (1905-1906) The Attorney General of the United States is the nation’s top lawyer, not the president’s. Once before, an Attorney General forgot that principle and paid the price. John N. Mitchell, a bond lawyer…