Rep. Doug Issacson: Certifiable


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reporter Matt Buxton writes that Rep. Doug Isaacson, R-North Pole, in the “debate” leading up to the vote on Alaska’s idiot nullification law, said: The Second Amendment is not intended to protect “hunting clubs” but well-maintained militias, adding that the public should have access to anything the military has, even if that’s…

Can You Hold Your Breath for Ten Days?


The battered, fuel-laden Kulluk left the protected waters of Kodiak Island this morning. Towed by three tugs, it’s bound for Dutch Harbor, midway out the Aleutian Islands. If you want to frighten yourself, visit PassageWeather, click on the North Pacific link and scroll down to the wave height forecast, towards the bottom of the page.…

Hard to Imagine


The News-Miner reports that Guy Christopher Mannino, who allegedly caused the explosion of 300 pounds of explosive in a residential neighborhood, has had the charges against him dismissed. “The grand jury, after careful deliberation, decided that Mr. Mannino’s conduct was not criminal in nature,” Fairbanks District attorney Michael Gray told the reporter by e-mail. WC has two…

Crazy Eyes


WC was on a business trip to the San Francisco Bay area recently, and made time to snap a few photos of some of the local birds. Those birds included the lovely Western Grebe, with their spectacular eye and long, elegant necks. The birds are starting to pair up, even though for almost all of…

WC to State House: Listen to Vic


Vic Fischer told the State House Education Committee not to do it. For those not aware of Alaska history, Vic Fischer is one of the two surviving members of the Alaska Constitutional Convention, the group that wrote the Alaska Constitution. He’s one of the very few surviving members of the group that created the State…

WC’s Antipathy for the Catholic Church


WC got an email recently from a reader who complained WC was “picking on” the Catholic Church. On the contrary, WC hasn’t given it half the thrashing it deserves. Set aside, for the moment, 50 years of pederasty. Set aside, too, 50 years of covering up, enabling and denying those frightful crimes against children. We…

Terry Pratchett: Anger, Humor and Grace


Sir Terry Pratchett is a British national treasure. Not only is he the second best-selling author in Britain. He is a brilliant writer, whose humanity and humor have entertained, educated and enthralled WC and 80 million other readers for more than four decades now. But Pratchett is dying. His impending death has been an implicit aspect…

Alaska Supreme Court Bitch Slaps Redistricting Board


The Alaska Supreme Court administered a bitch slap to the whiny Redistricting Board today. The Supreme Court on January 3 ordered the Redistricting Board to follow the directions they had been given still earlier and develop a redistricting plan that followed the court’s guidelines in Hickel, the court’s seminal redistricting decision. It’s not complicated. Redistrict applying…

Costa Rica Pix


If you haven’t suffered enough of WC’s Costa Rica trip photos already, here’s a link to WC’s photo account where you can look through as many of the 120 images as you can tolerate. Note the Slide Show button in the upper right hand corner. Interestingly, this species, the Masked Tityra, is a bit of…

Let’s Do Lunch


All of those posts about idiot politicians and corrupt corporations have WC is a pissy mood. So if you are squeamish, this is probably a post to skip. Roadside Hawks are probably the most common raptor of Central America, certainly if you are only looking along the road system. They hunt by dropping from a…

Concordia, Triumph, Splendor and HB80


The Concordia, Triumph and Splendor, of course, are all ships owned by Carnival Cruise Lines or its subsidiaries. And all three have turned their passengers’ dream trips into nightmares. HB80 is the Alaska Legislature’s capitulation to the threats of the cruise industry. Is WC the only one who sees a disconnect here? The hulk of…

Shell Game: The Great Asian Boat Lift


After a long and suspiciously quiet interval, there is word from Shell. You’ll recall that when we last examined Shell’s situation, it had one damaged drill rig anchored in a remote bay on Kodiak Island and one damaged drill ship in Seward, lightly papered with U.S. Coast Guard notices of violations. Royal Dutch Shell, the…

A Few Notes on Joseph Ratzinger


Pope Benedict XVI, nee Joseph Ratzinger, has announced he will step down as supreme leader of the 1 billion members of the Catholic Church. Oddly, WC, just the other night, working through a book of the late Christopher Hitchens’ essays, came across this piece from 2010: Very much more serious is the role of Joseph…