WC’s On Sabbatical


WC will be taking a probably undeserved sabbatical from the blog for a few weeks. WC could say that he’s earned it, churning out two and sometimes three blog posts a day since Joe Miller crawled out of his law office and inflicted himself on Alaska’s Body Politic. But that would be a Miller-ism, a…

The Right Idea?


Arctic Terns famously migrate from the Arctic to the Antarctic each year. If you’ve seen them in flight, you know that effortless, buoyant motion that makes them so distinctive. It’s possible to imagine this elegant bird managing such a long migration. Their hovering posture, pictured here, is similarly graceful and beautiful. When the temperature in…

Cleaning Out the In-Box


From the miscellaneous stuff WC gets as email, comments and spam, he offers the following: If you want really snarky name-calling, invite economists to the party. Paul Krugman does a take down on both economist William Kristol and all of his fellow travelers: This¬†open letter to Ben Bernanke is a remarkable document, not least for…

The Sloop John B


A very long time ago, WC worked a summer for the University of Alaska Institute of Marine Science, aboard the R/V Acona in the waters off – sometimes a long ways off – Alaska. That summer, the Beach Boys had a hit with “Sloop John B.,” which made it to #3 on the Top 100…

What Price Democracy?


In the fallout from the 2010 election, it’s easy to lose sight of one of the important lessons: you can’t always buy your own way to a major political seat (ask Meg Whitman), but you don’t need to. It much easier to persuade American voters to give it to you. Like televangelists selling salvation, the…

Gulls & Terns; Terns & Gulls


All birds are wonderful, but if there is a single ¬†family of birds that WC likes best, it’s the Larids, the gulls and terns. In Interior Alaska, we see them only seasonally, but many hang around coastal Alaska all year. Here’s a selection of gulls and terns. Heerman’s Gull is casual in Alaska. It’s not…

Why Joe Miller Has Lost – Updated


Update for Results through November 12: Murkowski’s unchallenged ballots are now up to 90% of total ballots cast. That would take the write-in candidate to 83,681 votes, against Miller’s 82,180, with some 72% of the precincts counted. Absentee ballots aren’t all tallied yet, but unless they are statistically aberrational, they won’t affect the outcome. Bottom…