Some Semi-Secrets Revealed


If there are any readers out there who (a) care who WC actually is, and (b) haven’t figured it out already, well, here’s another chance. WC will have a photo show at River City Cafe for First Friday, July 1, from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Stop by if you are in town. /WC

The GOP and Blazing Saddles


Is WC the only one who sees a striking similarity between a classic scene in Blazing Saddles and GOP tactics on the federal debt ceiling? You’ll recall the newly appointed black sheriff Bart is threatened by the town folk of Rock Ridge with lynching. He resorts to desperate (and politically incorrect) measures, points his own…

Book Review: Good Omens


Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (1996) Bad news. The Apocalypse is coming. Soon. Luckily, Heaven and Hell have left the business with the Anti-Christ in the hands of Crowley and Aziraphale, demon and angel respectively. They have accidentally misplaced the Anti-Christ and pretty much decided they really like humanity a lot more than…

Health Care Reform Affirmed


As most readers know, the Affordable Care Act is under sustained legal attack in at least four federal court districts. To this point, the decisions had all been by U.S . District Judges; interesting, but not authoritative. Today, the first court of appeals decision was announced. While everyone thinks that ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court…

Do Republican Tactics Come from a CIA Manual?


Robert Parry argues that since the early 1990s, the Republican strategy for dealing with Democratic presidents has come the CIA manual on destabilization of foreign regimes. His premise: Modern Republicans have a simple approach to politics when they are not in the White House: Make America as ungovernable as possible by using almost any means…

WC’s Recommended Summer Reading – 2011


WC has had a couple of requests for additional recommended reading. Rather than be topical, WC has some suggestions from the roots of science fiction and fantasy, works that were seminal, and hugely influential, but are now mostly forgotten. William Morris, The Well at the World’s End (1896) (Amazon link) (Gutenberg link). William Morris may have been…