Osprey, North Pole, Alaska

Bird of the Week – Osprey


Osprey are comparative newcomers to Interior Alaska. Note those talons, among the longest among all birds. The Osprey feeds almost exclusively on fish – another name for them is Fishhawk – and however slippery a fish might be, it’s unlikely to escape those talons. Osprey need about 100-115 days to raise their kids:  Three days from…

The Donald Acting Out (David Becker/Getty Images)

Your Weekly Donald: Outsourcing Hacking


Until last week, The Donald was a Republican problem. A guy who stood for everything the political party of Lincoln opposed had won enough delegates to be the GOP’s candidate. But he was nominated, and is now that political party’s candidate for president. That has made him now everyone’s problem. Which makes his call for the Russians to…

Willie Nelson and Band at Outlaw Field, July 26, 2016.

Red-headed Stranger


For Willie Nelson, old age seems to be something that happens to someone else. Tueaday night, in concert, if you closed your eyes, he still sounded pretty much the same as he did back in the 1970s. At age 83, he still plays guitar with the best and, despite emphysema from all those years of…

Bird Photography: Sora Loser


Among the very toughest birds to photograph are the birds of the rail family. Among those rails, the Sora is one of the “eaiser” birds. You couldn’t prove that by WC. Last week, WC was in Camas Prairie,1 returning from the Sawtooths. While the Centennial Marsh there is drying out as summer progresses, there’s still…

Taylor in Concert, May 2015. Photo credit jamesTaylor.com

J.T.


Back in the early winter of 1972, when WC was trying to impress the lady who eventually become known as the Cat Thief, WC sprang for a pair of tickets to see James Taylor at the Chicago Opera House. Taylor was touring in support of his fourth album, One Man Dog. WC remembers the concert fondly, if…

Open carry supporters attended a counterprotest in front of the McKinney Police Department in June 2015. Photo credit: Dallas Morning News

Another NRA Myth Gets Busted


A murderous, criminal thug shot 12 police officers and two civilians in Dallas on July 7. Five of the police officers died. In the chaos in downtown Dallas, as the cops tried to figure out who was shooting, how many shooters there were and where they were, a new and completely unnecessary challenge developed: which of…