Annoying Tobacco Companies for Fun and Profit

WC Would Wear One of These T-Shirts


Skylar Shatz owns the independent T-shirt shop SkygraphX. Shatz developed this excellent t-shirt: WC would totally buy one of these t-shirts. Philip Morris, which owns the Marlboro brand, was unamused. Philip Morris accused Sky Schatz of infringing on its intellectual property. Philip Morris claimed that the t-shirt “misappropriated” and “diluted” its trademark. Happily, Schatz is…

Captain Zero Pointing to the Right

Captain Zero’s Talkin’ and Walkin’


It’s fair to conclude that our very own Governor Sean “Captain Zero” Parnell is decent at talking the talk. But an utter failure at walking the walk. Let’s choose as an example the serious problem of sexual harassment in Alaska’s government. One of Captain Zero’s favorite excuses for schmoozing voters is his “Choose Respect” campaign,…

Telling It Like It Is


Carl Sagan’s best student, Neil deGrasse Tyson, has WC’s deep admiration because he doesn’t hesitate to tell the truth about the grievous damage that Creationists and Christianists are doing to the U.S. educational system, our culture and economy. Worth watching to the end:

Rep. Lynn Gattis, Scofflaw

Tales from Wasilla: The Gattis Easement


The ill-gotten gains of Richard and Lynn Gattis have come to the attention of CREW, the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The Gattises granted the Mat-Su Borough an easement, since withdrawn, for a temporary road, that was never built, across property they didn’t own. And received $65,225 for the easement. Nice work if you…

One of a Dozen Ways the NSA Infiltrates Computers

Your Tax Dollars at Work: U.S. Sponsored Computer Malware


Recently, outgoing National Security Administrator Gen. Keith B. Alexander, in a speech at Georgetown, claimed Edward Snowden’s leaks of NSA snooping on Americans had slowed the effort to protect the country against cyberattacks on Wall Street. If that seems like a non sequitur, it is. General Alexander’s reasoning, such as it is, goes like this: the disclosure of…

A Disgrace to His Uniform, via Eidard.com

Hello, Congress? This Is Reality Calling


The United States Senate failed to invoke cloture on a bipartisan bill that would have forced the armed forces to alter the way in which sexual misconduct charges against members of the military are handled. Because the motion to close debate only got 55 votes, five short of the 60 required, the proposed changes won’t…

Captain Zero Sucking Up to the NRA

The Parnell Legacy: Shame and Disrespect


The frightening thing is that Governor Sean “Captain Zero” Parnell is eligible for another full term as governor of Alaska. The Alaska Constitution imposes term limits, but only two full terms; the near-two years as successor to The Quitter don’t count. Captain Zero can run against next year for another full four years. But in…

Not Appearing on Your Ballot

Hypocrite of the Year – Cast Your Vote


Sure, there’s still most of a month for more hypocrites to appear. But any especially despicable candidates arising in December will appear on next year’s ballot. Hold your nose, skim the candidates and pick the worst. However tempting it might be, you can only vote for one. However much you might like to, this isn’t…