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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…

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”…

Stockton, California's City Hall, May 13, 2014. REUTERS/

The Problem with Stockton


WC was born in Stockton, California. The family moved away when WC was four years old, and hasn’t been back for longer than a few months since. In fact, WC hasn’t set foot in the town since 1975. But your hometown, the place, you were born, never changes. And WC has followed the fortunes and…

Gary Larson's Far Side, November 11, 1994

Joe Hazelwood’s Birthday Card


WC offers a snarky birthday card to former Captain Joseph Hazelwood on the occasion of his 70th birthday, today, September 24, 2016. Captain Hazelwood’s legacy in Prince William Sound will outlive him. In 1999, WC was sea kayaking on the east side of Prince William Sound. Under the rocks at one beach on a small…

Near North Chicago Skyline from Water Treatment Plant, 1974

Chicago: Same Old Same Old


Practically the first thing WC saw on arriving in downtown Chicago to enroll in law school was a cop fixing a ticket. Some guy in a suit had parked at a fire hydrant. WC and his taxi driver watched as the suit and the cop negotiated the bribe. The first week of law school, WC’s…