Ben Stevens, former State senator and Unindicted

He’s Baaaack


The Anchorage Daily News reports that Gov. Mike Dunleavy has named former state Sen. Ben Stevens as an adviser for transportation, legislation and fishing. Remember Ben Stevens? He’s the guy who was never charged with accepting the bribe that former Veco Vice President Rick Smith was convicted of paying him. Actually, that’s just a small part of…

K.T. McFarland (Getty Images)

The Curious Case of K.T. McFarland


K.T. McFarland was a Fox News commentator and strong, early supporter of candidate Donald Trump. Her loyalty seems to have earned her first a place on the Trump presidential transition team and later appointment as Deputy National Security Advisor to Michael Flynn. She didn’t last much longer in the position than Flynn did. But she…

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker speaks to state and local law enforcement officials at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Some Notes on Matthew Whitaker


Not since Richard Nixon appointed Mudge, Rose bond lawyer John N. Mitchell as his attorney general have we had someone in that office as patently unqualified as Matthew Whitaker. Nixon appointed Mitchell because Mitchell had been his campaign chair and played a major role in sabotaging the 1968 Vietnam Paris Peace Accords, President Johnson’s effort…

Justin Schneider in court, photographer unknown

Message Received


WC’s analysis of the sentence imposed on sexual pervert Justin Schneider criticized both the District Attorney for under-charging the perp and the trial judge for approving the plea bargain. WC suggested that “a thoughtful voter will need to decide whether or not to vote to retain Judge Corey as a Superior Court Judge when he…

Software Patent Troll (Not to Scale)

Another Patent Troll Gone


Another patent troll has augured in. In September 2018, Shipping & Transit LLC (formerly known as ArrivalStar) filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy—voluntary liquidation. No one seems to have noticed – even WC, who tries to follow the death throes of the patent troll industry – until the Electronic Frontier Foundation pointed it out on October…