Juniper Slash Pile, Steens Mountain Loop Road, Oregon

Juniper Madness


The smoke of burning juniper wood was said to aid clairvoyance, and was burned for purification and to stimulate contact with the Otherworld at the autumn Samhain fire festival at the beginning of the Celtic year. Maybe dubious contact with the “Otherworld” is the source of the “evidence” behind the campaign to remove Western Junipers…

Coyote, Center Patrol Road, Malheur Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

No Regrets, Coyote


WC and Mrs. WC encountered a coyote along the Blitzen River in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month. He was mooching along the dike on the westerly bank, across the little river from us. Looking for breakfast, no doubt. He gave WC these poses for free. He ignored us at first. But the camera…

WC’s Closing Argument


WC’s fantasy: Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the purpose of closing argument is to provide you with a summary of the People’s case challenging the validity of the election of President Donald Trump. My words to you now are not evidence. The evidence is the weeks of testimony you have heard and 300-plus exhibits…

“The Immigrants”


WC’s buddy Ray Funk, a highly respected music scholar and writer (and another unsuccessfully retired lawyer), pointed WC to a timely, powerful Gaby Moreno cover of David Rudder’s 1998 song, “The Immigrants.” Here are the lyrics. An acoustic version of Moreno’s cover is below the lyrics. WC likes both the metaphors and the very clever…

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25: (L-R) Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler (L) listens to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai testify before the House Judiciary Committee about Internet regulation in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. Wheeler faced a tough line of questioning from the committee's Republicans about the FCC's recent move to regulate broadband Internet service like a utility using Title II of the Communications Act. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Ajit Pai: Rhymes with “Lie”


Ajit Pai was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission – the FCC – by President Obama in May 2012, at the recommendation of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Another effort by President Obama to reach out to the Republicans that ended in failure. He was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on May 7, 2012, and…