How to Deal with a Criminal


One of WC’s Facebook friends, JW,1 saw this alarming story on FaceBook, and asked WC to comment on it. The story isn’t hers; it comes from a FaceBook person WC doesn’t know, KM. WC sets KM’s post out here, exactly as posted to FaceBook: Girls never open your door to anyone!!! I live in the…

"A signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property"

4th of July 2020


It’s not disrespect for the flag. It’s expressly permitted by federal law. 36 U.S.C. §176(a): “The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.” If you do not think the country is in dire distress, you haven’t been…

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Donnie and the Delauter Effect


Donald Trump is a bully. The latest proof of that is his and his family’s lawsuit against his niece, Mary Trump, who in the very finest traditions of the Trump family, has written a tell-all book about growing up in that dysfunctional Trump family. No doubt it will be chock-full of salacious tidbits that our…

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This Capitalism Catastrophe Is Brought to You by PG&E


Natural monopolies make lousy for-profit businesses. Natural monopolies that are also critical service providers are the worst. PG&E – northern California’s Pacific Gas & Electric – would be Exhibit A. PG&E is a natural monopoly. It’s pretty difficult to have two or more competing electric utilities in the same region. You can’t have two or…

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May WC Ask a Favor?


WC rarely asks his readers for a favor. It’s happened a couple of times, and each time readers have come through. This doesn’t involve any of your money, it will benefit you and your families, and it will make you feel good besides. WC wants you to contact your Representatives and Senators and ask them…

Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, left, is seen at a press conference Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska AG Clarkson Violates the First Law of Holes


Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson continues to work to solidify his position as Alaska’s worst Attorney General ever. He disapproved the petition to recall his boss, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy. He was reversed on appeal. He involved himself in several national issues, generally fights in which Alaska has no stake, and lost each time.  He…

Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, left, is seen at a press conference Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska AG Kevin Clarkson Finds Time to Interfere


Alaska’s Attorney General Kevin Clarkson has some grave challenges before him. Rural justice in Alaska is a disaster. Alaska has the highest rate of sexual assaults on women in the nation. The rates of child abuse in Alaska are a national embarrassment. The state’s fiscal woes have Alaska scrambling to keep the wheels from coming…

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Trump Keeps Losing


When Trump goes into one of these Twitter frenzies, touting conspiracy theories (Scarborough, China), lying about nonsense (Obamagate) and retweeting videos where the speaker says, “The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat,” when he does this it’s imperative you look to see what’s really going on, because those tweets are mostly distractions. Well, the…

Shawn O'Shea-Grantham was arrested in 2016 for a decade-long pattern of sexual abuse against children. (ADN archive)

Tales from Wasilla: Shawn O’Shea-Grantham


Even by the sometimes bizarre standards of Wasilla, Shawn O’Shea-Grantham was a very strange person. O’Shea-Grantham comes to mind because she died last week, back in prison for violating the conditions of her probation. She was proof, if we needed it, that sexual abuse isn’t always committed by men. In her sick world, she thought…

Department of Modest Victories: Trump Loses Again


Donald Trump is obsessed with undocumented immigrants to the United States. Egged on my the various scumbags he has surrounded himself with, he has repeatedly staked out extreme positions, even anti-Republican positions, in his effort to act out his obsession. One example would be his reaction to sanctuary cities. A sanctuary city is one that…

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Always Consider the Source


One of WC’s friends posted this on Facebook recently and it turned up in WC’s feed: The giveaway on this piece of propaganda is in the lower right hand corner. Turning Point USA is an “Alt-lite” right wing ultra-conservative group that targets college students and young adults. It has ties to the far right and…

Tales from Wasilla: The Book Burners Are Back


WC had intended to make this Tale from Wasilla about Shawn O’Shea-Grantham, who died recently while serving her prison sentence. But as appalling as Shawn O’Shea-Grantham’s story is, she’s been trumped (sorry) by the Mat-Su School Board and its 5-2 decision to ban five outstanding books from the tender eyes of Mat-Su high school students.1…

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Dealing with the Quarantine: Beyond Estate Planning


WC has mentioned before that his good friend, Ken Philip, died suddenly and unexpectedly, naming WC as his executor/personal representative. Ken left a will, but it was almost 20 years old and largely unhelpful. More importantly, much of Ken’s life was stored on computers. And the passwords for those computers were, for the most part,…

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How the Law Struggles to Keep Up with Technology


The law is arguably the American institution that is most resistant to change. After all, lawyers are the only folks who still officially use Latin in their conversations and writings.1 Lawyers and judges say stuff like “voir dire” and “ipso facto” with a perfectly straight face. Judge and justices belonging to the Antonin Scalia School…