Brandt's Cormorant, St. Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

Bird of the Week – Brandt’s Cormorant


We’ll finish up cormorants with the Brandt’s Cormorant. Unlike the other three, this species breeds only in North America, and reaches the northerly limit of its range at Kodiak Island. This species’ life history and populations are tied to the rich upwelling associated with deep upwelling currents like the California Current. Long-term monitoring of the population at…

Tammie Wilson, photo credit uknown

Another Reason to Loath Tammie Wilson


Rep. Tammie Wilson (R, Pure Selfishness) has staked out yet another outrageous, irrational political position. Once again, she has grossly overreacted to a constituent whinge and sabotaged an important government function. It’s a predictable, absolutely destructive pattern. This time, a constituent has complained that the Office of Children’s Services improperly acted against his or her kids,…

Would You Buy This Guy As a Candidate?

Bad Penny Returns: Joe Miller. Again.


Back in January 2011, WC noted that Joe Miller had finally, more than a year after the election, conceded that, yes, Lisa Murkowski had won. WC named Joe Miller “Bad Penny.” WC predicted that, like a bad penny, Joe Miller would keep turning up. Unfortunately, WC has been proven right. Miller has a strange mix of paranoia, an unseemly…