Rep. Lynn Gattis, Scofflaw

Tales from Wasilla: The Gattis Easement


The ill-gotten gains of Richard and Lynn Gattis have come to the attention of CREW, the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The Gattises granted the Mat-Su Borough an easement, since withdrawn, for a temporary road, that was never built, across property they didn’t own. And received $65,225 for the easement. Nice work if you…

One of a Dozen Ways the NSA Infiltrates Computers

Your Tax Dollars at Work: U.S. Sponsored Computer Malware


Recently, outgoing National Security Administrator Gen. Keith B. Alexander, in a speech at Georgetown, claimed Edward Snowden’s leaks of NSA snooping on Americans had slowed the effort to protect the country against cyberattacks on Wall Street. If that seems like a non sequitur, it is. General Alexander’s reasoning, such as it is, goes like this: the disclosure of…

A Disgrace to His Uniform, via Eidard.com

Hello, Congress? This Is Reality Calling


The United States Senate failed to invoke cloture on a bipartisan bill that would have forced the armed forces to alter the way in which sexual misconduct charges against members of the military are handled. Because the motion to close debate only got 55 votes, five short of the 60 required, the proposed changes won’t…

Captain Zero Sucking Up to the NRA

The Parnell Legacy: Shame and Disrespect


The frightening thing is that Governor Sean “Captain Zero” Parnell is eligible for another full term as governor of Alaska. The Alaska Constitution imposes term limits, but only two full terms; the near-two years as successor to The Quitter don’t count. Captain Zero can run against next year for another full four years. But in…

Not Appearing on Your Ballot

Hypocrite of the Year – Cast Your Vote


Sure, there’s still most of a month for more hypocrites to appear. But any especially despicable candidates arising in December will appear on next year’s ballot. Hold your nose, skim the candidates and pick the worst. However tempting it might be, you can only vote for one. However much you might like to, this isn’t…

FILE: A-Rod Sues Major League Baseball

Are There Any Adults in the Room? Not ARod


The sports media report that Alex Rodriguez stomped out of his arbitration hearing in a cloud of obscenities when the arbitrator refused to grant his request to compel the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Bud Selig, to appear and testify. That’s right. ARod didn’t get his way so he threw a temper tantrum and left…

Senator Rand Paul (R, KY)

Hypocrisy Hall of Fame, More 2013 Nominees


WC has neglected the important business of nominating candidates for the 2013 Hypocrisy Hall of Fame. There will be a reader poll near the end of the year. WC wants to make sure that there’s an adequate slate of nominees. Here are a few more candidates. Our first nominee is Charles Munger, the billionaire vice chairman…

Our Glitches Doubleplusgood; Your Glitches Ungood


The last major change to the United States’ health care system prior to the Affordable Care Act was Bush/Cheney’s Medicare Part D. Your remember Medicare Part D?  It was and is the Medicare prescription drug benefit, a federal program to subsidize the costs of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries. It went into effect on January 1, 2006. There were very serious implementation problems,…

Tales from Wasilla: the Thoms’ Denouement


The Thoms indisputably had a major dope growing operation in the Valley. They were busted when Alaska State Trooper Kyle “Super Nose” Young smelled the pot from across a swamp while he drove by in his patrol car on a below-freezing night. Yep. So he obtained a search warrant. He used a form and, unfortunately, the form…

Whatever Happened to? Larry Craig


Remember Senator Larry “Wide Stance” Craig (R, ID)? You know, the fervid anti-gay busted for soliciting a male undercover cop for sex in Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport? On June 11, 2007, Craig was at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, returning to Washington from Idaho. An undercover police officer said Craig sexually solicited him in the men’s room.…