Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot? - overis the phonetic alphabet for WTF - over. This is an expression that is often heard over military radios, either as the initials, here, or when someone is really surprised it may just be "What the Fuck? Over." What I find really fascinating is that proper radio procedure is always used - ending a transmission with "over".
It also seems to be a really appropriate name for a web magazine like this, in which I am continually trying to find out "WTF" and understand it. I don't have the answers here, I often don't even come very close to the questions. But with luck, I'll get closer. I will keep trying. This name seems to me to be a better approximation of what this process is all about.
I didn't like "Politics Plus Stuff" much as a name when I chose it, but nothing better seemed to strike me. That was September 2004. It's lasted a lot longer than I ever expected, and it still could stand as a subtitle. If I had the room for a subtitle.
So, here is is. New name, same location, same subjects, same treatments. I hope my regular readers like it. Both of you.
Interesting - the blogger spell-checker recognizes the spelling of "fuck." I find that somehow reassuring. The word as used here is an interjection, not a description of sexual practice. Anyone with an adequate education can pick that up from the context. You remember what interjections are, don't you? You had that in English classes in grades 4, 5, 6 and/or 7.
Also, this new name gives an interesting double meaning to my occasional interpolation in a quote where I will point out "Bolding mine - Editor WTF." :-}