Fake News? You Want Fake News?


President Trump continuously rails about “Fake News.” He dismisses news stories or media outlets that he doesn’t like as “fake news.” A database of his public remarks contains 320 references in 2017 to “fake news.” But if you want real fake news, look no further than Trump himself, who is an absolute champion at false claims,…

Some Notes on Jerry Norum


Jerry Norum died earlier this month, at age 84. WC lost a friend, a terrific teacher and a role model. WC’s 5th grade teacher was Dorothy McNavish. If you are of a certain age, your remember a gray-haired woman, hair in a tight bun, lips tightly pursed, carrying an “I’m from Foodland” shopping bag. Yeah,…

Eielson Fram Road via Google Earth

This Defense Stinks


WC’s Grandpa Walt taught WC that my freedom to swing my arm was limited to just less than the distance to my neighbor’s nose. He also taught WC tht cheaters never prosper. Grandpa Walt died too young too long ago, but he would be mightily pleased with Friday’s Alaska Supreme Court decision in Lander v. Riddle.…

Western Meadowlark, Camas Prairie, Idaho

It’s a Late Spring at Camas Prairie


Tuesday WC and Mrs. WC headed out to attempt their first Short-eared Owl survey at Camas Prairie in southcentral Idaho. Readers will recall WC volunteers for the Western Asio Flammeus Landscape Study (WAfLS). Asio Flammeus is the Short-eared Owl. For more background on the project and WC’s other assigned route, see the Weiser posts. It’s a…

She Got the Gold Mine (I Got the Shaft)


WC recently read the non-partisan Tax Policy Center’s report on the personal income tax impact of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, the Republicans’ signature tax bill enacted late last year. The TPC’s analysis brings to mind Tim DuBois’s 1982 country western song, made famous by Jerry Reed, “She Got the Gold Mine (I Got the…