Miller and His Beard

Bad Penny Has Another Bad Idea


Joe Miller, known around Wickersham’s Conscience as “Bad Penny” for all the obvious reasons, has had yet another bad idea: recall Governor Bill Walker. Yes, Bad Penny, petulant poor loser, wants to recall the only adult in the room. Typical. You’ll recall that Bad Penny surprised Lisa Murkowski in the 2010 Republican primary. And lost…

The State of Alaska Economy. Don't worry. Senators Chenault and Kelly are in charge

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…