Retired Associated Justice John Paul Stevens (via WikiCommons)

Citizens United and Redflex: More Evidence SCOTUS Screwed Up


Justice John Paul Stevens’ dissent in Citizens United challenged the unspoken majority premise that campaign contributions from businesses wouldn’t corrupt the political process. The majority rejected the argument but the evidence continues to mount that the line between campaign contributions and bribes is too fuzzy to be safe. WC has written before about the Redflex Scandal. Redflex…

Software Patent Troll (Not to Scale)

Another Patent Troll Gets Slapped


WC has been railing against software patent trolls pretty much since this blog began, back in 2008.1 Especially software patent trolls. It’s a self-inflicted wound; noting in U.S. patent law requires computer software to receive a patent. It’s a result of case law, culminating in Diamond v. Diehr, where a software algorithm implementing the Arrhenius Equation…

Software Patent Troll (Not to Scale)

Patent Troll Update: Another One Bites the Dust


It’s been a while since WC excoriated a patent troll. There’s a company in East Texas – the jurisdiction famously most friendly to patent trolls – called eDekka, LLC. eDekka has exactly one asset: US Patent No. 6,266,674. The ‘674 patent was filed in 1992, and it was granted to a man named Donald Hejna in 2001. He assigned it to eDekka.…

Justice Antonin Scalia—a well known critic of affirmative action—suggested that the policy was hurting minority students by sending them to schools too academically challenging for them.

A Prayer for Antonin Scalia


Several readers are apparently outraged that WC could be so callous as to speak ill of the dead. And in particular the recently deceased U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Heh. All right. In a modest effort to be a little more charitable, a little more forgiving, WC will offer a prayer for Antonin Scalia. Specifically, in…

Justice Antonin Scalia—a well known critic of affirmative action—suggested that the policy was hurting minority students by sending them to schools too academically challenging for them.

Birding with Antonin Scalia


Yes, it’s true. WC and Mrs .WC went birding in Fairbanks with the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. A few months after he joined in the supreme court decision that stole the presidency from Vice President Al Gore.1 And we let him live. It happened like this. The Alaska Bar Convention was in Fairbanks that…

WC Is Always Willing to Help Republicans Better Grasp Reality

Alaska’s Megaprojects and the Sunk Cost Fallacy


Charles Wohlforth had a nice opinion piece in the Alaska Dispatch News recently, discussing one of Alaska’s failed megaprojects, the Point MacKenzie Rail Extension Project. At this point, Wohlforth shows, it is a hideously expensive bike path. But it offers WC an irresistible opportunity to provide the Republican Majority caucus of the Alaska Legislature with an object lesson…