"His Last Battle," Detail in center of work

Pyrography As Very Bad Art


For more than 25 years, every working day WC walked past a candidate for Worst Art Ever. Yes, that’s moose hide, and presumably the artist, William Beltzeler, has absolutely no sense of irony. In 1920 it probably would have been made with an electric wood burner, but perhaps not. But the drawing is burned into…

Ben Stevens, 2007, via KTUU

Now Unindicted Co-Conspirator “Senator B” Is Dunleavy’s Chief of Staff


Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has announced unindicted co-conspirator Ben Stevens will now be his Chief of Staff, replacing Tuckerman Babcock. You probably thought Dunleavy couldn’t find a more disreputable Chief of Staff than Babcock. You were wrong. Let’s re-visit Senator Stevens’ rap sheet resumé to evaluate his credentials for being the Governor’s Chief of Staff.…

What if Carl Sagan was wrong?

WC Gets Conspiratorial


WC is sharply critical of Americans’ tendency to see a conspiracy – sometimes two or three conspiracies – under every stone. In part it’s wish fulfillment; in other part is the primitive part of our brains seeing patterns that aren’t there. When the suspicious noise could have been a tiger, that pattern recognition skill served…

Alaska's economy under Dunleavy (not to scale)

An Open Letter to Dunleavy Supporters


Governor Dunleavy vetoed $444 million in line items from Alaska’s 2019-2020 operating budget. That’s likely more than all of Alaska’s past governors combined have axed from the operating budget.1 The Anchorage Daily News and other media have detailed the specific items cut. Dermot Cole has done a fine series of articles. But WC wants to address…