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…

Jackson and His Frisbee

Tales from Wasilla: Justice for Flash


WC wonders how it is that the death of a golden retriever seems to inspire more more notoriety and outrage than the death of three young men. Flash was a 12-year old golden retriever. He was dognapped when the van he was riding in was stolen. Flash died a miserable death; he is believed to…