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Getting Your Priorities All Wrong


The Alaska Legislature adjourned without acting on any of the issues on its agenda.1 The Legislature, faced with the gravest fiscal crisis in its history, bailed. The Republican Majority Coalition didn’t even hold a substantive hearing. It’s the greatest legislative abdication of constitutional responsibility in WC’s memory. In the absence of legislative action, 70% or…

Stanley Lake and the Sawtooths at 6:10 AM

It’s Sawtooths, Part 1


WC spent the weekend in the Sawtooths;1 specifically in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The scenery there is very nearly up to Alaska standards. The Sawtooths are a chunk of the Idaho batholith that were heavily glaciated during the Wisconsian Glacial Episode. There are lakes created by terminal moraines of long-vanished mountain glaciers. It’s a…

Philip Philips Trying Hard

Phillip Phillips Concert: Meh


Thursday night WC endured the 96° F heat and scorching sunlight of a Boise summer evening to attend an outdoor concert at Outlaw Field in the Idaho Botanical Garden.1 WC had never seen Phillip Phillips, the 2011 American Idol winner, before. WC doesn’t watch American Idol; truthfully, WC had never heard of Phillip Phillips prior to…

An image from Chris Simcox's brief, dark-horse run for U.S. Senate in the 2010 GOP primary against John McCain.

Chris Simcox: Kindergarten Teacher, Vigilante and Pervert


WC is usually satisfied to let perverts rot without publicity. But Chris Simcox is such a strange story that it’s worth a look. Chris Simcox, most recently of Phoenix, Arizona, taught kindergarten through third grade at the affluent, private Wildwood School in Los Angeles, California,1 for a reported 13 years.[^2] After his employment as a teacher ended, he became a grade school tutor.…