Obama in Palmer…in Spirit.

25 05 2008

Barack Obama was at the Alaska Democratic Convention in Palmer….if only in spirit.  Below is a recorded message that played at the convention.  The fact that he had this message well thought out and ready to go once more shows that his roots as a community organizer will take him far.  The Obama campaign is polished and thinking of details.  He diplomatically thanks Patti Higgins, Democratic Party Chair and staunch Hillary supporter, refers to Mark Begich as the next senator from Alaska, and says he’s confident that either Ethan Berkowitz or Diane Benson will be the next Alaskan member of the House.  Berkowitz has been getting lots of coverage lately, so it’s good he acknowledged it’s still a two person race.  Enjoy!


A Democratic Convention Consolation Prize!

24 05 2008

Well, I’m sitting here watching the rain and feeling more than a little pouty that I’m not enjoying the fun & games at the Democratic Convention in Palmer, today.  For great coverage check out Celtic Diva’s Blue Oasis and Progressive Alaska.  They’re up there singin’ in the rain!

Meanwhile, if you’re like me and unable to attend, here’s a little gift to cheer you!  Jesse Ventura schooling Pat Buchanan on gay marriage.  Quite amusing.


Ted Stevens Caves.

23 05 2008

This must have been a tough one for ol’ Uncle Ted. He’s been openly opposed to the GI Bill for quite some time. Despite the fact that he himself benefited from the GI Bill after World War 2 (or was it World War 1?), and despite his fellow senator Lisa Murkowski cosponsoring the bill, he’s held fast. But the climate in Alaskan politics must have gotten a little too hot for his comfort lately. Those recent poll numbers showing Mark Begich leading by 5 points in his upcoming senate race must have been keeping him up at night. Or maybe it was Shannyn Moore on progressive KUDO-1080am urging listeners (the KUdogs) to call his office and shame him into supporting the bill. Or maybe, like the Grinch, his tiny heart grew three sizes that day……(yeah, right). Whatever it was,  he didn’t quite have it in him to vote ‘nay’ to legislation that supports our troops who’ve been getting screwed by their government since 2003….at least not the day before Memorial Day weekend.

Palin vs. Polar Bear

21 05 2008

Surprise! Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced that the state will be filing suit challenging the decision made last week by Dick Kempthorne, Secretary of the Interior, to list the polar bear as a threatened species, under the Endangered Species Act.

“While the state is challenging the listing, we remain committed to assuring Alaska’s polar bears are conserved,” Palin said. “The state will continue to monitor Alaska’s polar bear populations and their behaviors in relation to changing sea ice conditions.”

Monitor their behaviors in relation to changing sea ice conditions? Does that involve a lounge chair, a clip board and binoculars to watch the drowning? It’s almost pathetic at this point to watch the squirmings and writhings of the state as they try to denounce, deny and controvert the facts.

Palin’s meteoric rise to governorship, and unbelievable popularity both stem, ironically, from her squeaky-clean image, and pledges for honesty and transparency in government. So how about releasing the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s analysis of the polar bear situation? Oh….you won’t do that? Hmmm. Could that be because the scientific evidence that was so incontrovertible it even persuaded the Dept. of the Interior, also persuaded Fish & Game? Transparency when convenient. Honesty when advantageous to your own ‘oil & gas’ agenda? It’s hard to stay squeaky-clean when you’re covered with oil.

Ted Stevens – Time Traveler? Botox?

21 05 2008

Ted Stevens 2008 campaign photo

I was perusing Ted Stevens website (so you don’t have to), and got to the donation page. And who did I find there? A rakish Ted Stevens, dimpled grin, looking self-assured and quite dapper for his 84 years. Botox, I thought? Hardly. He must have dug down into the archives to come up with this picture from the halcyon days of …hmmm…what do you think? I’m guessing 1988. I don’t even think the Alaska DMV would let him keep recycling this picture. It does fit nicely into the general theme of denial that seems to be running rampant in the Stevens campaign, though. Mind you, I have nothing against the aged, just the delusional.

Above, please enjoy his 2008 campaign photo (left) vs. the shot taken last December (right).

Sad News for America.

20 05 2008

Sad sad news from Boston today. Senator Edward Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Kennedy, a political icon and moral champion for the working-class seemed almost indestructible. I had the privilege of being his constituent for four years and share the shock and sadness of the nation. I still have a lump in my throat. Please join me in sending best wishes to Ted Kennedy and his family, friends, and coworkers. No doubt that Kennedy is a fighter. Let’s hope he wins this one.

Pebble Mine Goes Big Time. Finally.

19 05 2008


There’s a great post about Pebble Mine on Daily Kos.  At this writing the poll question, “Have you ever heard of Pebble Mine?” fell out as follows:

Yes 29% (including me)

No 71%

Hopefully posts like this will help change those numbers.  Great maps, graphics and links. Check it out and email it to friends out of state who make up that 71%.