Hypocrisy Sampler: July 2011


WC and his readers have survived July, but not without an above-average level of hypocrisy. If you’ve got your rubber boots and gloves on, we’ll wade into some of the low points. The electronic in-box reveals: Andrew Sullivan reports that the ever-perspicacious (ahem) Christiane Amanpour used a multi-syllable word on one of those Sunday morning shows and…

May WC Be Frank? About Taxes


There are a few subjects on which WC finds it difficult to be polite. One of them is Alaskan’s incessant whining about taxes. Despite enjoying an enviable governmental infrastructure, particularly in the Railbelt, Alaskans don’t pay taxes. There is no state income tax on individuals. There is no state sales tax. There’s not even a…

Harry Harlow’s Monkeys


It was widely known though rarely mentioned that an eager young bride could accomplish in seven months or less what takes nine for cow or countess. -Robert Heinlein, “Time Enough for Love” In WC’s misspent youth, he was required to attend three quarters of psychology classes in order to be allowed out of undergraduate school.…

Mental Health Break: King Penguins


As important as the crises of government may be, WC needs to take a break from crises once in a while. Avian photography, as readers must know, if WC’s shelter from the storm. Here are a series of semi-abstract photos of King Penguins from back in December 2010 on South Georgia Island. Another angle: The…

Now THAT’S a Screed: Sam Harris


Sam Harris’s take down of Christopher Hedges is delightful. The man is not only wrong in his convictions, but dishonest—and determined to remain so. I trust this is a consequence of his most conspicuous quality as a person: sanctimony. There is a main vein of sanctimony in this universe, and it appears to run directly…

Calling Out the Big Lie


For WC one of the maddening aspects of the Great Deficit Debate is the willingness of the Democrats, the media and the voters to allow the Republicans, and particularly the Teabaggers, to get away with the Big Lies. If you were to stop the average person on the street, for example, and ask them who…

WC’s Earlier Claim Clarified


WC has earlier compared the U.S. House Republicans’ tactics to playing chicken with the economy. From Josh Marshall at TPM, a critical clarification: Yes, at some level it’s a game of chicken. Something we can all understand pretty intuitively in human nature and game theory terms. But to really get what’s going on you’ve got…