It’s Easy to Despair


It was bad enough when WC stumbled across the Dunning-Kruger Effect a few years go and recognized how it explained politicians like The Quitter. But recently WC has been reading about Identity-Protective Cognition theory. Thomas Jefferson himself would despair. Despite the occasional – well, perhaps more often than occasional – lapses into sarcasm, WC is essentially an…

Barrels in the Arctic, by Terrific Nature Photographer Sergey Gorshkov

Alaska: Addicted to Koch?


A couple of weeks ago,the excellent Amanda Coyne reported that the Alaska Democratic Party would be using the slogan, “The GOP is addicted to Koch” as a tag line in the 2014 elections. It’s a cute zinger, but WC wonders if the problem isn’t far bigger than the aphorism suggests. Certainly, Alaska GOP politicians running…

By the Narrowest Margins, It's Pete Kelly

D.A.F.P. Award: We Have a Winner!


The inaugural Dumb As a Fence Post Award involved a wholly unscientific process, to keep it consistent with the Republican Party’s rejection of logic and science. Readers were invited to submit nominations of egregiously stupid actions and individuals. WC sorted through the nominations to choose the Stupider. The Stupider were put in a poll and…