Downtown Featherville, Idaho

A Visit to Featherville, Idaho


Ethnic resentment and clan consciousness are social forces far more powerful than economic class. It reflects the permanent truth that all people, including poor people, follow their values, however perverted, rather than their interests, however plain. – Adam Gopnik, “The Takeback,” New Yorker, April 8, 2019. WC and Mrs. WC spent a few days recently exploring…

Rep. Justin Amash at GRand Rapids, Michigan Town Hall May 19

The Difference Between Conservatism and Christianists


Congressman Justin Amash (R, Michigan) recently did a remarkable thing. He not only read the Mueller Report, he understood it, understood the evidence presented and concluded that President Donald Trump should be impeached for obstruction of justice. None of that would be remarkable, except Rep. Amash is the only Republican member of Congress to do…

Funding sources for the anti-climate change effort. Credit: Prof. Robert Brulle, Drexel University

Thirty Pieces of Silver


Why do people doubt the reality of anthropogenic climate change in the face of near unanimous expert evidence that it is real? It’s because the fossil fuel industry and its investors have spent billions of dollars working to persuade Americans of a lie: that there is doubt, that the science is uncertain. Those fossil fuel…

Snollygoster, Artist Unknown

Trump: The All-Time, Champion Snollygoster


WC is indebted to long-time reader CaliforniaCruisin for the word “snollygoster.” She applied it to Fairbanks politician wannabe and serial loser Joe Miller. But Miller is a piker, a mere pretender, just a hack in comparison to the grifter in the White House. A snollygoster is “One, especially a politician, who is guided by personal…

P F "Flip" Sloan with Barry McGuire, undated photo

How Flip Sloan Was Wrong


The late P. F. “Flip” Sloan (nee Philip Gary Schlein, 1945 – 2015) wrote the folk pop tune, “Eve of Destruction.” For those who have forgotten, or are too young to remember, here’s the lyrics:[^1] The eastern world, it is explodin’, Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’, You’re old enough to kill but not for votin’, You…