WC should get a new photo for this recurring topic.

Following Up and Following Down: August 2018


It’s time for one of WC’s irregular nods to journalism and diligence. While the Magpie Principle usually rules around here, sometimes foggy memories of WC’s one journalism class emerge and you get a post like this. So here are some follow-ups, nods and quibbles on stuff WC has written about earlier. No less venerable an…

Bird Banding Barbie Turns 18


WC has been very, very serious lately. Extinct species. Sociopathic congressmen. Monomaniacal gun nuts. WC will lighten up a bit, and at the same time preserve for posterity a classic birthday practical joke. WC presents, in very nearly its original form, Bird Banding Barbie. In that long, dark time between Christmas Bird Count and Spring,…

Brian Kesinger, Otto Does Walkies

WC Cleans Out His Inbox


WC has fallen behind in his email again. It’s past time to sort through the contents. Reader A. Nonny Mouse notes that Texas is walking down the same path as Oklahoma, with the same results: if you dispose of oil well fluids by injecting them into the ground you trigger earthquakes. Even in country that…

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…