A Preventable Train Wreck

Pebble’s Really Bad, Terrible, Awful Week


Northern Dynasty, the sole remaining partner in the Pebble Limited Partnership, had one of the worst weeks in court that a company can have. First, it took a blow when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a memorandum decision, sustained the trial court’s dismissal of its claim that the Environmental Protection Agency had wrongfully ruled…

Let the Sunshine In


Citizens United, the worst U.S. Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott, isn’t going away any time soon. It would take either a significant change in the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court, or an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to undo what the Roberts’ court has done. While the fact basis for reconsideration is present…

A Recreation of President Harry S. Truman's desk, with the late president posing there

The Buck Stops Where?


The Anchorage Dispatch News has an article today by Nathaniel Herz, suggesting that the Republican-led majority coalition won’t be held responsible for the Legislature’s idiocy and futility since the regular session ended. Consultants like Taylor Bickford are quoted as suggesting that between now and the next general election in 2016 the voters will forget the…

Harlequin Duck Drake, Gulkana River, May 2015

Harlies


The Harlequin Duck is easily Alaska’s most colorful waterfowl. Nothing else comes close. Harlequin Ducks – “Harlies,”in birder slang – are sea ducks that move inland to white water rivers and streams to breed. The species’ name come from the comic servant character in the Italian Commedia dell’arte. You can see that it is apt,…

Black Phoebe on Tombstone, San Diego, CA

Memorial Day, 2015


Our leaders send our soldiers into idiot wars, stupid battles and pointless deaths. Vietnam, Iraq; wars based upon lies our leaders told us. Morally wrong and worse than futile. And each has involved the sacrifice of thousands of American lives. But as much as WC may loath and despite the American leaders who send our…