Senator Pete Kelly: Economic Ignoramus or Political Coward?

Thanks, Pete Kelly!


There’s so much to thank Senator Pete Kelly for that it’s only right WC make an effort to show his appreciation. Credit where credit is due, after all. • CH2M Hill lost the oil field services contract. Those jobs will not go to mostly non-union Outsiders. If we had a state income tax, at least…

Image of the star KIC 8462852 (Boyajian’s Star) at infrared (left) and ultraviolet (right) wavelengths.

Tabby’s Star


“When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: Why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have an answer for the first.” — Attributed to Wener Heisenberg, 1901-1976 Tabby’s Star, technically a distant star in the constellation Cygnus, known officially as KIC 8462852, is the latest astrophysical puzzle to challenge…

Western Tanager Male, Boise, Idaho

Yardbirds: May 2017


WC has had some fun birds in the backyard this month. And even was able to photograph a few. The photos are all taken through windows, and as a result aren’t really very good. But they are adequate to document what’s been around.       In more than 20 years of birding in Alaska,…

Tracking the Trumpster: Ignorance of History


If you are a progressive blogger, there’s an embarrassment of riches right now. A tidal wave of scandals, crimes and high misdemeanors. The Comey firing, the idiotic blurting out state secrets to Russians, appalling late night twitter messages, the obstruction of criminal investigations, the unexplained delay in firing Michael Flynn; the list goes on and…

Don Martin does Michelangelo

Guilty Pleasures: Don Martin, 1931–2000


It’s Don Martin’s birthday. He’d have been 86 years old. Who’s Don Martin? Jeez. WC must be getting old. Don Martin was the best thing at Mad Magazine for 30 years. Sometimes the only funny thing. Charles Taylor described Martin’s unique art style: His people are big-nosed schmoes with sleepy eyes, puffs of wiry hair, and…

President Trump and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters)

Tracking the Trumpster: The Voter Fraud Commission


If you are a progressive blogger, there’s an embarrassment of riches right now. A tidal wave of scandals, crimes and high misdemeanors. The Comey firing, the idiotic blurting out state secrets to Russians, appalling late night twitter messages, the obstruction of criminal investigations, the unexplained delay in firing Michael Flynn; the list goes on and…

Yellow-rumped Warbler Dealing with the Snow, Malheur NWR

Late Spring Snow


A late spring snow can happen in the high desert of Harney Basin any year. It certainly did in 2017. Happily, WC and Mrs. WC had seen the weather forecast and had come prepared for the possibility: winter sleeping bags, the heavier tent, layers of fleece. The critters of the high desert, unhappily, do not…