Cliff Edwards, voicing Jiminy Cricket, sings "When You Wish Upon a Star," from Walt Disney's Pinochio

2015 in Review: WC’s Wishes for 2016


Despite the abject failures of his wishes for 2010, wishes for 2011, wishes for 2012, wishes for 2013, wishes for 2014 and most recently his wishes for 2015, in a continuing triumph of hope over experience, WC will once again set out his wishes for 2016. While it is tempting to moderate those wishes, WC is not inclined to lower his…

Republican Members, U.S. House Subcommittee on the Environment

2015 in Review: Politics


Limbo lower now How low can you go?  — Chubby Checker, “Limbo Rock” It’s pretty easy to summarize politics in 2015: it’s about as bad as it’s ever been. You have to go back to the years leading up to the Civil War to find a Congress as dysfunctional as the current one. And the…

2015 in Review: Religion


Some you find it odd that an avowed atheist like WC makes religion a subject for his annual, end-of-the-year review. It’s not an endorsement or a condemnation. Lots of folks seem to enjoy religion and derive enjoyment from fiddling with it. WC has no quarrel with them. Rather, WC is increasingly concerned that the religious…

Prof. Brian P. O'Donoghue, WC's Person of the Year

2015 in Review: WC’s Person of the Year


The late Judge James Wickersham, whose name WC has shamelessly appropriated for his blog, was a man of great conscience. WC honors Judge Wickersham’s memory by awarding an annual Person of the year Award. In past years, WC has chosen as his person of the year a national or even international figure. But there are…

WC should get a new photo for this recurring topic.

2015 in Review: Revisiting WC’s Wishes for 2015


Once again, WC opened the year with wishes for the upcoming months. And once again, WC’s wishes and hopes were mostly dashed. But with less than a week or so left in 2015, let’s look at the specifics (Wishes in bold face; outcomes indented below): Overpopulation. Yes. Still at the top of the list. The root of much…

Terry Pratchett signing WC's copy of Wintersmith

2015 in Review: Remembering Those We Lost


WC, will as usual begin his end of the year wrap-up with the saddest bit: the recollection of those we lost in 2015.1 Terry Pratchett signing WC’s copy of Wintersmith Sir Terry Pratchett, O.B.E. WC lost his favorite author. Terry Pratchett died March 12 at age 66. There won’t be any more Pratchett novels. Commander Vimes…