Yearly Archives: 2016


On E Clampus Vitus

The “Clampers” started durng the Gold Rush. You can see their pranks everywhere! They wear red long-john shirts and call their leader the Noble Grand Humbug. They wear badges made from tin, and their motto is “Credo Quia Absurdum,” which means “I believe it because it is absurd.” But the […]


The Subject Was Roses

The journalistic puns are already being employed; it’s a “thorny subject,” a “prickly issue,” etc. (I prefer “the subject was roses”) but the controversy over removing roses from Sacramento’s historic cemetery raises some serious issues. Here is a recent Sac Bee story: The recent designation of the Gold Rush-era graveyard […]