WC’s Wishes for 2013


Despite the wretched outcome of his wishes for 2010, wishes for 2011, and wishes for 2012, WC will once again set out his wishes for 2013. While it is tempting to moderate those wishes, WC is not inclined to lower his expectations in the hope of greater success. So here they are: WC’s wishes for 2013: Overpopulation. Yes. Still…

2012 in Review: Nature Bats Last


However much humankind may injure and maim the planet, we don’t control nature. Nature bats last. WC continues a category of year end reviews introduced last year, noting instances in this calendar year when we’ve had to be reminded of that lesson once again. One of WC’s all-time favorite books is John McPhee’s The Control of Nature (Amazon link).…

The Abject Failure of Austerity


The results are in. Austerity, as the solution for economic woes, is an abject failure. The European Union has imposed serious economic austerity measures on five of its member countries: Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Ireland. Here are the results: These are the consequences of fiscal austerity. This is the “solution” that Paul Ryan and…

2012 in Review: Politics as Usual


As WC did in 2009, 2010 and 2011, WC will undertake a brief review of politics in 2012 before we mercifully leave the poor, maimed calendar year behind. Mitt Romney won something, anyway. Poltico gave Romney’s Jeep political spot, claiming Chrysler jobs were to be exported to China, its “Lie of the Year” award. Interestingly, Romney’s political ads swept…

A Different Kind of “Hostile Work Environment”


The Smoking Gun has broken the story of a Social Security Administration employee officially reprimanded for recidivist farting. This isn’t a fart joke. This seems to really be happening. There’s a fart log and everything. There are so many things wrong with this story on so many levels that WC is tempted not  to even…

Lost in the Translation


WC’s brother gave Mrs. WC a telephoto lens attachment for the her iPhone. This is a photo of the back of the box. Sure, WC’s Chinese is even worse than this English, but then WC doesn’t try to market goods in China with Babblefish translations.

2012 in Review: Sports


The Big News in sports for 2012 was the NFL’s sudden realization discovery that football is bad for you. Specifically, that serial concussions work terrible damage to the brains of its athletes. Not that the NFL is actually admitting anything; there are lawsuits, after all, and we can’t have any damaging admissions. The NFL is…

Mr. Pot, Meet Mr. Kettle


WC notes with concern recent reports that the Taliban in Pakistan are targeting polio health workers for assassination. Polio is still endemic in Pakistan. The Pakistani government had been in the middle of a three-day vaccination drive targeting high risk areas of the country as part of its effort to immunize millions of children under the…

R.I.P. Daniel Inouye, 1924-2012


Vigilance abroad does not require us to abandon our ideals or the rule of law at home. On the contrary, without our principles and without our ideals, we have little that is special or worthy to defend. – Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D, Hawaii) WC believes Senator Inouye to have been the last World War II…

Another Cold Snap


The photo kind of says it all, except that the inversion wasn’t strong enough to make it a lot warmer up on Gilmore Trail. It was about -40 F in the valley; about -30 up on the hillside. You are looking south across the Tanana Valley. The large plume is North Pole Refinery. If there…

Dick Morris, Con Artist


. Among all the despicable characters hanging around Washington, D.C., Dick Morris has to be among the worst. You remember Dick Morris. He was The Clinton campaign advisor who, to impress prostitute Sherry Rowlands, invited her to listen in on his telephone conversations with President Clinton. He was fired resigned and has hated the Clintons since.…

The Disease That Is Killing Americans


We have an untreated disease that is killing 30,000 Americans each year. Today that untreated disease killed 20 young elementary school students in Connecticut. And 8 adults. WC has no words to describe the horror and the sorrow. Or the anger. We call ourselves “exceptional,” but we cannot even have an adult conversation about the existence…

Boy Scouts: Pay No Attention to Our Earlier Stonewalling


FRIAR BARNARDINE. Thou hast committed— BARABAS. Fornication: but that was in another country; And besides, the wench is dead. – Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta, Act IV The Boy Scouts of America, for decades, refused to perform criminal background checks on their volunteers. It kept inadequate records of volunteers who had abused young boy scouts,…

Untangling: The Charitable Deduction


In theory, if you make a donation to a charity, you get a tax deduction. If you give $10 to, say, the Alaska Conservation Foundation, on your tax return you get to exclude that $10 from your gross income, that amount used to calculate your federal tax payment. But because this is the Internal Revenue…