Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast


WC has concluded that, like the White Queen in Through the Looking-Glass, a successful Republican candidate for national office must be prepared to believe six impossible things before breakfast. As an aid to aspiring presidential wannabes, WC offers the following checklist: Most Republican politicians are intelligent enough to understand that with federal revenues at 14.4 percent…

The Cubs Are Really Bad Awful


As many readers know, W is a long-suffering Chicago Cubs fan. The Cubs have already slid to next-to-last place in the National League Central, with a record of 20-25. They are actually worse than the Pittsburgh Pirates. The statistics-loving Sabermetricists, who analyze (and over-analyze) every aspect of baseball stats, have concluded the Cubs now, a…

Palin: Ursus arctos horriblis


In a recent interview, Alaska’s Shame avoided confirming she was running for the Republican nomination for President, saying: It’s a matter for me of some kind of practical, pragmatic decisions that have to be made. One is, with a large family, understanding the huge amount of scrutiny and the sacrifices that have to be made…

Israel: An Excellent Metaphor


The Daily Beast’s Peter Beinart‘s has a perfect metaphor for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s rejection of President Obama’s proposals: A sailor throws a drowning man a life preserver. How dare you, screams the man. Because of you, people are going to think I can’t swim. The rest of the article is pretty darn good, too.

Too Wonky for WC


The explanation is too wonky for even WC to attempt, but the next time you are at a party and someone blames the Great Recession on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, tell them they are simply wrong. And make them read this article if they disagree. If they don’t read it, you win the argument…

Private Prisons and the Illusion of Savings


WC admits from the start he has always had a problem with private prisons. First, WC believes that the state should have a monopoly of force. When the state can contract away that monopoly, you enter a dangerous area in which private citizens, not subject to classic government constraints, can hold other private citizens against…

Peeps and Pipes


Among the last arrivals in spring migration are the shorebirds. Peeps and Pipes in birder slang. Small, mostly inconspicuous and difficult to identify, they are nonetheless among WC’s favorites. Here are some recent shots, in no particular order: One of the smallest of the Sandpipers: And one more, one of the more commonly seen plovers…