2012 in Review: Examining WC’s Wishes for 2012


Once again, WC opened the year with wishes for the upcoming months. And once again, WC’s wishes and hopes were mostly dashed. But with just a week or so left in 2012, let’s look at the specifics (Predictions in bold face; outcomes indented below): 1. Overpopulation. Among the crises facing the planet is human overpopulation. During 2011,…

2012 in Review: Politics as Usual


As WC did in 2009, 2010 and 2011, WC will undertake a brief review of politics in 2012 before we mercifully leave the poor, maimed calendar year behind. Mitt Romney won something, anyway. Poltico gave Romney’s Jeep political spot, claiming Chrysler jobs were to be exported to China, its “Lie of the Year” award. Interestingly, Romney’s political ads swept…

Dick Morris, Con Artist


. Among all the despicable characters hanging around Washington, D.C., Dick Morris has to be among the worst. You remember Dick Morris. He was The Clinton campaign advisor who, to impress prostitute Sherry Rowlands, invited her to listen in on his telephone conversations with President Clinton. He was fired resigned and has hated the Clintons since.…

Confetti and Tears: Sweeping Up


What of The Mitt? As usual, Andrew Sullivan describes the defeated candidate near-perfectly: Romney’s was, I thought, one of the most graceful and gracious concession speeches I can recall. I thought for a split-second: what if this Romney had run? And then I realized that his party would never have nominated that Romney and his ambition had…

Confetti and Tears: Parsing the Election


We have most of the election results. Some races may not be decided for days. Weeks. But some results are clear. President Obama has won re-election. Among certain ultra-conservatives WC knows, this means that the apocalypse is imminent or that a revolution will begin tomorrow. WC’s message to those far-righters: the country survived two terms…

George Romney’s Prescience


George Romney, in a December 1964 letter to failed presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, after the 1964 presidential election, wrote: First, as to your remarks in Jamaica concerning the possible realignment of the Republican and Democratic parties into “conservative” and “liberal” parties. Whatever the circumstances of the statement, you have indicated that you believe that might be…

Just One More Obama Story


In Douglas Brinkley’s fine story and interview of President Obama in the current issue of Rolling Stone, Brinkley tells this story: Over the summer, I brought my wife and kids to an Obama rally in the Ohio town of Maumee, not far from where I grew up. The president delivered a speech about how bailing out…

Shredding The Mitt’s Tax Plan


The Mitt famously proposes to cut taxes by 20%, and to avoid increasing the deficit by closing “tax loopholes” to increase revenue. Equally famously, The Mitt refuses to describe exactly which “tax loopholes” will be closed. A lot of professional tax and economic analysts don’t think it can be done. In the face of withering…

The Rhyme of the Ancient Politician


With abject apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, here’s an adapted, abridged version of the classic poem: The Rhyme of the Ancient Politician It is an ancient Politician, And he stoppeth one of three. ‘By thy well-styled locks and perfect chops, Now wherefore stopp’st thou me? The corporate doors are open’d wide, And I am next…

The Mitt: Unprincipled or Ignorant? Yes.


“I’m going to make sure you get a job. Thanks Jeremy. Yeah, you bet,” - Mitt Romney, October 16. “As president, I will create 12 million new jobs,” - Mitt Romney, October 16. “The government doesn’t create jobs,” - Mitt Romney, October 16. Sure, a spurious consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. But history? History is always…

Cleaning Out the In-Box: Pre-Hallowe’en Edition


A lot of email piled up while WC was photographing birds. Without much enthusiasm, WC will sort through the missives from the digital illiterati, wing-nuts and assorted True Believers. There were three emails from folks who claim to have inferred WC is an atheist. Well, they didn’t use the word “inferred” but it’s what they…

Neocon Smorgasbord: All You Can Stomach


WC’s mongrel pedigree includes a fair amount of Swedish blood, and when WC’s family made it back stateside we usually had at least one meal at an all-you-can eat Swedish smorgasbord restaurant. While the dessert buffet always appealed to WC, the lutfisk, smoked eel and head cheese, not so much. As the U.S presidential election…

Marching Off the Fiscal Cliff


Lost in the fog of neocon distortions about the impending sequestrations is the bigger issue of the fiscal cliff towards which Congress is blissfully marching. It’s more than the $1.2 trillion sequestration; it’s the lapse of a number of tax and stimulus programs, none of which seem to be on Congress’s horizon. And the concatenation…