Elena James' Fiddle, showing a little wear on the bow after "Orange Blossom Special"

Hot Club Comes to Boise


Among WC’s very favorite live bands would be Hot Club of Cowtown. WC saw them live for the first time as a part of Mountain Stage’s first show in Fairbanks back in 2012. They blew the crowd away. At the time, WC called them “the offspring of Django Reinhard and The Texas Playboys.” They were…

Embarrassing Alaskans Since 1972


Rep. Don Young (R, Any Alaskans Who Voted for Him) managed to embarrass himself on the floor of the U.S. House again on Thursday. During the debate on government spending, Rep. Young tried to insert an unrelated amendment on wildlife management. Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D, Washington) had the temerity to criticize Young’s proposed amendment. Young…

About the 3% of Papers Denying AGW


Famously, some 97-98% of peer-reviewed climate science papers confirm the existence and impacts of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW). In at least three separate studies that arrive at that number. One of those studies involved review of almost 12,000 papers. By any measure, the overwhelming consensus among scientists is that the planet is warming dramatically and…

Jeff Sessions announces the Trump Administration is killing DACA

Laugh at Your Peril


Desiree Fairooz laughed out loud at Sen. Richard Shelby’s (R, Alabama) assertion that Senator Jeff Sessions had a “clear and well-documented” record of “treating all Americans equally under the law.” That was during Sessions’ confirmation hearing to be Attorney General. The Justice Department has announced it will retry Fairooz, who was arrested for her laughter during…

Red Fox, McCall, Idaho

Reynard


Reynard is to Northern European folktales as Raven is to Alaska. Trickster, joker and deceiver. The stories reached English in watered-down form, like the Grimm Brothers Fox stories. Here’s a Reyanrd the Fox1 story from WC’s ancestral stomping grounds, Holland, that gives you a flavor of Reynard as the stories were told about him in…