Limerick and Defamation Contest, with a Valuable Prize


The New York Times has given WC a gift subscription. That is, WC can give twelve weeks of very nearly unlimited digital access to the Times  to anyone WC wants. This calls for a contest. WC will award the free 12-week subscription to the person submitting the best limerick involving our very own Governor Sean “Captain Zero”…

The Sequester Bites


The sequester, the Neocons’ ham-fisted approach to fiscal austerity, is starting to bite. Dylan Matthews breaks down the First Quarter Gross Domestic Product of the U.S. economy by sector: The sharp decline in defense spending in the 1st Quarter will echo through the economy, and continue its decline into the 2nd and 3rd Quarters, unless…

An Even Later Spring Bird Migration


WC probably should have known better. The snow squalls might have been a clue. The low-20s temperature was a tip. But WC nevertheless headed to Delta Junction in hopes of finding signs of spring bird migration. Note the tire tracks in the fresh snow are all from folks sensibly leaving. The day alternated near-blizzard, near-whiteout…

A Simple Syllogism, with Consequences


A syllogism is a formal logical argument, a structure for reasoning that has existed since Artistotle. From two premises the syllogism permits you to draw an inference or conclusion. Major premise: All humans are mortal. Minor premise: All Greeks are humans. Conclusion: All Greeks are mortal. Current events nicely demonstrate the syllogism: Major premise: The…

I Was Just Leaving


Sometimes just as you try to photograph a bird, it decides to leave. Mostly, the bird flies away from the photographer. Sometimes you get lucky and the bird flies towards you. And sometimes, if you are very lucky, you get some interesting interaction that causes the bird to fly towards you. Readers will note these…

Lost in the Scuffle: The Texas Prosecutor Homicides


Lost in the news of the tragedies in Boston and Texas, and most publicized manhunt since O.J.’s white Bronco crawled down the Santa Monica Freeway, is a major development in the murder to two Texas prosecutors. You may recall that in January, Mark Hasse, a Kaufman County, Texas prosecutor, was shot at close range multiple times in…