Tales from Wasilla: Angela Lincoln


In 2017, Wasilla resident Angela Lincoln was chosen as Alaska Department of Corrections Employee of the Year. In August 2021, she was sentenced to two years in a federal penitentiary after pleading guilty to charges of bribery and conspiracy to provide contraband to prisoners at Alaska’s Goose Creek Correctional Facility. She admitted to the charges…

Parsing Randall Munroe


WC has praised Randall Munroe‘s excellent XKCD web comic before. But just for giggles, let’s parse a random cartoon and see why WC has such a high opinion of Munroe’s work. (Spoiler Alert: It’s not his artwork.) Here’s his 2650th cartoon, which went up a couple of weeks ago. If you mouse over the original…

“This is all heresy”


A Freudian slip, also called parapraxis, is a communications mistake that is believed to be linked to the unconscious mind. The theory – backed by some decent science – is that this kind of gaffe reveals secret thoughts and feelings that people hold. About 45 minutes into the July 21 testimony of former Trump White…

WC Gets Some Dirt


“Dirt,” in this case, is the fabulous Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, who gave us a lovely two hour show at Boise’s Egyptian Theater last Thursday night. It’s pretty wonderful to go to a live concert again, even if WC and Mrs. WC were members of the maybe half a percent wearing face masks. The Nitty…

Megaptera novaeangliae


“Megaptera” is Latin for “big-winged” and “novaeangliae” means “New England.” The name is nearly nonsensical. Whales don’t have “wings,” although these do have the largest pectoral fins of all cetaceans, and while they may or may not have first been seen in New England, in fact the species’ fourteen diverse population segments (“DPS”) are scattered around…

Christone "Kingfish" Ingtram

Have You Heard Kingfish?


There has been an endless stream of musicians who were supposed to be “the next B.B. King” or “the next Stevie Ray Vaughn.” Well, this time, they are right. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is an immensely gifted, immensely talented kid who, at age 23 – that’s not a typo – is already one of the very…

WC’s Summer Reading List


For WC and, WC suspects, most of his readers, these are not happy times. Between the lunatics running the asylum, the baking hot consequences of climate change, Putin’s vanity war in Ukraine and the latest surge of the pandemic, it might just be time to escape into a good book. WC has some recommendations, none…

The Idaho Republican Party Prepares for Violence


Lunatic, Lunacy: late 13th century, “affected with periodic insanity dependent on the changes of the moon,” from Old French lunatique “insane,” or directly from Late Latin lunaticus “moon-struck,” from Latin luna “moon” Etymology Online It is a remarkable coincidence that the new Chair of the Idaho Republican Party, elected on the occasion of the most recent supermoon, is named Dorothy…

Guest Blog Post: Abortion, Morality and the Law


An essay by David James, of Fairbanks, Alaska, that is dead on. Morality is not simple. It’s easy to hold absolute positions in the abstract, but when human realities intrude, what seems straightforward becomes complex. For instance, the Ten Commandments state, “Thou shalt not kill.” No exceptions. Yet the Bible is littered with exceptions, because…

A Crime Against Nature


Imagine running one of the great American marathons. Or, if you are in the kind of shape I am in, imagine jogging, then walking, and in the end possibly crawling to the finish line of an American marathon. Whatever your condition, by the time you reach the finish line you’d be in dire need of…

Fossil Lakes and Tuff Rings


During the Pleistocene, as recently as 12,000 years ago, central Oregon had a number of large lakes. One of them, Fossil Lake, located in south-central Oregon, in northern Lek County, was, at peak, about 30 miles wide and perhaps 250 feet deep. It’s vanished now. The last two ponds evaporated about 1877. But during the…

A Visit to Mt. Mazama


7,700 years go, give or take 1.5%, the 12,000 foot high stratovolcano Mt. Mazama catastrophically erupted, blasting so much ash and molten rock from its magma chamber that the whole edifice collapsed, creating an oblong caldera six miles long on the longer axis, four and a half on the shorter one, and nearly a mile…

Is Mike Lindell Off His Meds?


Idaho is a thoroughly Republican state. Both U.S. Senators, both U.S. Representatives, a supermajority in both houses of the state legislature, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and nearly every elected ministerial office. Those elected officials seemingly vie with each other to see who can be the most conservative. But they aren’t conservative enough for Mike Lindell,…