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Bumpersticker Evidence


This pickup is a parked a few blocks from WC’s house. WC offers this photo as evidence that not every one is capable to critical, logical thinking. Even if their vote counts just as much as yours. Note the two references to Infowars, Alex Jones’ completely discredited conspiracy-mongering website and podcast. Recall that Jones testified,…

Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, 2005 (U.S. Supreme Court official photo)

R.I.P. John Paul Stevens, 1920-2019


Professor Stevens, in WC’s Appellate Law and Procedure class back in law school, told us, “Federal judges have no constituency, and thus have a duty to respect the legitimate policy choices made by those who do.” At the time Professor Stevens was a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and his course was…

It's a metaphor (Photo credit: Phoenix Channel 10 News)

Cops, Respect and Bad Cops


When WC was a newly minted young Fairbanks lawyer, he worked for a year and a half for a law firm whose clients included a pimp. Yes, really. During the TAPS construction boom, a number of prostitution rings relocated to Fairbanks. New associates in large law firms don’t get a lot of choice about who…

Nymph and Adult Asian Long-horned Tick, Two Haemaphysalis longicornis on a US dime.

Let’s Not Get Hysterical. Yet.


The reporting on the spread of the invasive Asian Long-horned Tick, verges on the hysterical. “Vicious species of tick.” “Bloodthirsty hordes.” “Ravenous swarms.” Sounds like a lousy (sorry) Grade-B horror flick. But there are some scary aspects to this recently invasive species. First, unlike native North American ticks, this species can reproduce parthenogenetically; it can…