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2017 in Review: WC’s Wishes for 2018


Despite the abject failures of his wishes for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and most recently in 2017, WC, in a continuing triumph of hope over experience, will once again set out his wishes for the coming year. While a few readers have suggested WC moderate his wishes, WC is not inclined to lower his expectations in the hope of greater success.…

Would you buy a used car from this man?

2017 in Review: Politics


WC wrote a year ago, “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 suggests you hold your nose and join him in a brief review of those consequences: the politics of 2017. Trump’s approval rating is dismal; according…

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates (Source: Eric Thayer/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

2017 in Review: WC’s Person of the Year


This year it’s very easy for WC to pick his Person of the Year: Sally Yates. It wasn’t just her outstanding testimony to a hostile, Republican-controlled Congressional committee, although that was exceptional: a principled, effective civil servant schooling a hostile group of unprincipled old men. It wasn’t even her diligent effort to perform her duties…

Jackson on Snowbank Mountain for the Total Eclipse, August 2017

R.I.P. Jackson, 2002-2017


We put Jackson down today. Blind, deaf, plagued with fatty tumors and failing hindquarters, it was the right thing to do. But painful for us, even so. Jack was a part of our lives for 14 years, chasing his cloth frisbee on Manchester Loop, chasing squirrels, cuddling in the tent on camping trips, riding on…

WC should get a new photo for this recurring topic.

2017 in Review: Revisiting WC’s Wishes


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 2017, let’s look at the specifics. (Wishes in bold face; outcomes indented below.) The news is pretty uniformly bad.…