Republicans embrace Donald Trump

2016 in Review: WC’s Wishes for 2017


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

"That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain." Hamlet, Act I, scene 5

2016 in Review: Politics


United States voters proved themselves incapable of distinguishing lies told about Secretary Clinton from facts about Donald Trump. They will live with the consequences. WC has no idea how long it will take Republican voters to realize they have been conned. The white voters who think Donald Trump will help them get jobs in coal…

President Barack Obama, WC's Person of the Year 2015 (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

2016 in Review: WC’s Person of the Year


For WC, the year’s choice for Person of the Year could not be easier: Barack Obama. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have acted with class and dignity in the face of unrelenting affronts. His Administration has had fewer scandals than any in recent memory, certainly less than any recent Republican administration. In any Congress…

WC should get a new photo for this recurring topic.

2016 in Review: Revisiting WC’s Wishes for 2016


Once again, WC opened the year with wishes for the upcoming months. And once again, WC’s wishes and hopes were mostly dashed. Maybe “smashed” would be a better word. But with less than a week or so left in 2016, let’s look at the specifics (Wishes in bold face; outcomes indented below): Overpopulation. Yes. Still at the top…

Olympus Endoscope Schematic Drawing

Olympus Is in Yet Another Scandal


One of WC’s better decisions, after years fo frustration, back in April 2013 was to abandon Olympus cameras and switch to the Canon line. Not long after that, Olympus was mired in an accounting scandal that nearly killed the company and led to criminal convictions for several officers and former officers. The “re-focus” – heh –…

"That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain." Hamlet, Act I, scene 5

Trump Lie of the Week: Election Fraud


The president-elect famously tweeted out on November 27, after he had won the presidential election, “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” Since he currently trails former Secretary Clinton by some 2.8 million votes, we’re talking about…

Northern Flicker noshing on Virginia Creeper berries

The Yardbirds


Some random photos of yardbirds,[^1] photographed in WC’s backyard in the north end of Boise the last few weeks. Northern Flickers occur in interior Alaska in summer but, unlike their woodpecker cousins, Flickers migrate outh for the winter. Apparently to southwest Boise. The absence of red means this is a female. By far the most…

The James G. Blaine Society


Memory is a tricky thing. As you get older, you become increasingly suspicious of your recollections. But in the video tape recorder in WC’s mind, the last news item on CBS one night in 1970 or 1971 went something like this: Scene: Reporter and Interviewee huddled under umbrellas in furious rain storm, standing ankle-deep in…

Trumpeting Pudzer As Secretry of Labor

Trump’s Cabinet: The Pudzer Sucker Punch


The suckers voters who cast their ballot for President-elect Trump have already been sucker-punched by the guy who promised to save them and their jobs, to “make America great again.” First there was the farcical dog and pony show at Carrier. With much Trumpeting and boasting, the President-elect announced he had obtained a commitment from…

Machu Picchu, October 2016

Machu Picchu – Selected Photos


WC was fortunate enough to get to visit Machu Picchu, the Incan fortress in the Urubamba Valley, in southcentral Peru. The place is every bit as amazing and spectacular as its reputation makes it. While WC has written about the experience before, The place is easily worthy of a second blog post. Because the “standard shot”…