Joe Miller Ignores the Law


Joe Miller thinks the Social Security Act is unconstitutional. So did George P. Davis, a minority shareholder in Edison Electric Illuminating Company. Davis was so upset that in 1937 he fought the constitutionality of the Social Security Act all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And lost. And in 1937, in  Helvering v. Davis,…

Paul Allen: Patent Troll


Paul Allen’s net worth is $13.5 billion, give or take. He’s about 57 years old. He’s had cancer twice. But let’s give him a life expectancy of 25 years. To spend his net worth, if he never made another dime, he’d have to go through $540 million a year. That’s $1.5 million a day. Even…

Joe Miller, Tea Baggers and the Koch Brothers


Joe Miller is famously supported by the Tea Party. The Federal Election Commission reports for Political Action Committees aren’t in for the current quarter yet, so WC can’t tell the extent to which the Tea Baggers contributed to Miller’s late-campaign spending, but all of those deceptive, last-minute television ads didn’t come cheap, and certainly cost…

It’s Looking Ugly


WC isn’t talking about the weather. Although it’s pretty ugly out there. WC is talking about the the nation economy and national politics over the next 5-7 years. Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist that WC admires, posted on his blog today: The important thing is that all signs are that the next few years…

Inquiring Minds Want to Know


The News-Miner reports US Senate candidate Joe Miller was involved in a traffic accident this morning. No serious injuries to anyone involved. And Miller is quoted, at second or third hand, as saying it wasn’t his fault. This is a bit of a family tradition. Also this morning, a crude, vulgar and sophomoric message was posted…

Are Kestrels in Trouble?


WC thinks that American Kestrels are in decline in Interior Alaska. According to Birds of North America (fee) there has been “a slight but significant overall decrease in the Western Region” populations. Interior Alaska, at the far edge of the Kestrel’s range, seems to have suffered a more significant impact, although WC doesn’t have anything…

Notes on the August 2010 Election Results


Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821) (often misattributed to Alexis de Toqueville), wrote that in a democracy, the people get the government we deserve. We must have been really, really bad. H.L. Mencken once said of democracy, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.” WC…