The Donald Acting Out (David Becker/Getty Images)

Presidential Firsts


The United States has had 44 different persons serve as president.1 You can only say these things about one of them: At the date he was sworn in to office, he was a defendant in a massive criminal and civil fraud case; three, in fact. Two class action cases and one case brought by the…

Long-tailed Tyrant, Costa Rica

Return of Bird of the Week: Long-tailed Tyrant


There are a staggering, bewildering number of birds in the Neotropics that eat bugs. Hundreds of species of flycatchers, alone. One of the more spectacular is the Long-tailed Tyrant. Long-tailed Tyrants feed exclusively on flying insects, especially stingless bees.  Insects are captured by making quick aerial sallies from a high exposed snag or branch. Not coincidentally, that perching…

Pogo, August 11, 1965, by Walt Kelly, © United Features Syndicate

The Uncanny Prophecy of Walt Kelly


Walt Kelly, for readers too young to remember (or too old to remember) was the creator and cartoonist for Pogo, a daily cartoon which ran from 1948 to 1975. WC has celebrated Kelly’s extraordinary work in past posts.1 But, since this is Friday the 13th and paraskevidekatriaphobia — a neologism derived from the combination of the Greek words…

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rat Deserts Sinking Ship


Paul Ryan has announced he is retiring. He won’t be standing for re-election. Another rat deserting the sinking ship of the Trump presidency. House Speaker Paul Ryan. The number three man in the federal government. The excuse? He wants to spend more time with his wife and family. That one doesn’t pass the red face…