Another Alaska

7 10 2008

We talk an awful lot about Wasilla these days. Americans now know more about the inner-workings of the city council, the library, the police department, and local churches than they ever imagined they would. We also talk a lot about the North Slope of Alaska with its oil fields, and the larger city centers of Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks. But look at a map of Alaska superimposed on a map of the Lower 48. Most of Alaska, which some call the “real Alaska,” is much larger, and much less known that the parts that make the headlines.

For every person who has lived in “the bush,” there is a different story. But universal is the opinion that bush Alaska has some very real problems, that have not been adequately addressed. The remote location of many bush communities makes many aspects of construction and infrastructure difficult. Communities often do without what the rest of us would consider basic neccessities. Health care and education face unbelievable challenges. The rates of domestic violence, rape, and alcohol abuse are alarming. Alaska State Troopers are too few, underpaid, and often underequipped.  Sadly, our previous Commissioner of Public Saftey, Walt Monegan, was on track with a plan to address some of these issues. You’ll recall that he was fired by Sarah Palin, and his termination has become the focus of the “Troopergate” investigation.

Mudflats reader Josh shares the following story.

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Sarah Palin has stated in one of her now famous blurbs with Katie Couric that she was excited to debate Joe Biden to talk about energy and ideas. Interesting. Maybe if she had been doing that in her own state for the past two years, we wouldn’t have the Mayor of Anchorage, and the Anchorage School District Superintendent writing her office asking for help with a very real problem.

With growing evidence of an Alaska Native exodus from villages to the city, Mayor Mark Begich and Schools Superintendent Carol Comeau sent a letter to Gov. Sarah Palin on Monday asking her to organize an emergency task force to find ways to stem the migration. Anchorage and the state “cannot stand by and tolerate the deterioration of rural Alaska,” the letter read. (continue)

My wife and I have been teaching and living year-round in bush Alaska for the last four years, and recently moved to Anchorage. We left after trying to make changes in an extremely broken system that has been ignored and overlooked by the state and its officials for far too long. Our jobs were threatened, we had no union to go to, and therefore no recourse. Our issue was targeted at education , but the poor state of education in the bush can be easily attributed to a broader problem of isolation, poverty and lack of oversight that no one at the state level is willing to get a handle on.

Anchorage and the state “cannot stand by and tolerate the deterioration of rural Alaska,” the letter said.

The major problem that my wife and I are running into when we tell people our story is that many believe it is the Alaskan Native’s problem as a federally recognized tribe and therefore is no different than the many cases and issues that exist on the lower 48 reservations. This is not the case. Alaskan Native tribes are not a sovereign nation. There is no legal difference in the villages that exist off the road system in Alaska, and a small rural town in Kansas. The only difference is that if a small rural town in Kansas had overwhelmingly high suicide rates, rape cases, domestic violence issues, no infrastructure, no running water, poor electricity, energy bills that exceed thousands each month and no money or jobs to help cover the costs, someone would do something about it!

We became very close with a family in our village that had a child drown in a stell container of raw sewage. Let me say that again. They had a child drown in a steel container of raw sewage. Their child was simply outside playing and since there is no playground equipment for the kids to play on, they play on anything, often things too dangerous for children. In this case it was something commonly referred to as a “honey bucket.” This is a steel container where house sewage is dumped since there is no indoor plumbing.

Many of the problems that face rural Alaska are not solvable in a day, a month, even years. But, when you have a Governor bragging about her reforming ways, it does make you wonder. Why was she so unable to even start real reform in her own state over a two year period?

So as you watch Sarah Palin talking about energy issues, ask yourself one question: If Sarah Palin is so knowledgeable about energy and has had executive experience, why is the Anchorage Daily News running a story like the one above?

Sarah Palin has been in office for almost two years and managed to sell a plane, is under investigation for an abuse of power, and gave people that do not need it (including people no longer in Alaska) $1,200 rather than funding real energy relief for rural Alaskans. The Washington Post has stated in a recent article that in 2002 through lobbyist ties related to Ted Stevens and Don Young she secured $900,000 in upgrades for Wasilla’s infrastructure. There are still many rural villages today without roads, electricity, indoor plumbing, and some even have their sewage leaking into the water supply. Money is needed, but more importantly, someone that is willing to spend the time to start a conversation.


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7 10 2008
SC Strike Chipper Hussein Palin

Wow. It would certainly seem to be the governor’s job (and in her interest) to stabilize her own state and work on a goal along the lines of: basic necessities for all citizens, regardless of where they live???
Maybe that’s asking too much.

7 10 2008
Cindy aka Rake Trinket Palin

Thank you, Josh. It’s unconscionable that you and other writers like Raven at Alaska Real have to remind the rest of us what’s really going on in the rest of the state. It’s too easy to forget – even if you’ve been to some of the Bush communities yourself.

What continues to stymie me is the seeming flat refusal of the State to involve village residents in discussions about infrastructure and the purposeful disregard for those voices that ARE raised – kind of what the Cold Bay – King Cove road discussion looked like from Anchorage (or did I imagine that the loudest anti-road voices were from road-system community residents?)

**Yes, do check out the Alaska Real blog from Writing Raven for a wonderful Alaska Native perspective. She’s an excellent writer as well. Link is in the side bar. AKM

7 10 2008
A Nana from Alaska

Hi Mudpuppies. I wrote this out this morning. Maybe you can adapt as you please and send to letters to the editor in your state, red state, and swing state newspapers. Love and Peace!!

Obama Exemplifies Family Values

Senator Obama exemplifies family values. He honors his parents and his grandparents. He honors the stories of his extended family in Kenya. He has been married to one beautiful wife for sixteen years and he has two beautiful daughters. He honors his wife, works at his marriage, and supports his children. He respects women and works to uphold their rights. He’s worked in communities to better the lives of children, teen-agers, and families. He has his own Christian faith, but does not impose that faith on others. He values his own family and honors the families of others. His economic proposals are designed to help and lift up working families. He is working for a better health care system with an emphasis on prevention that is affordable and accessible to all–for families. He understands that families need clean air, clean water, healthy food, and adequate shelter. He leads his family and his country by example, with honesty and compassion.

7 10 2008
antsy aka CommaLibertyP

i am speechless and heartsick. How can Sarah Palin lie and say whatever she thinks people want to hear — and know she’s turned her back on so much suffering. I hate seeing thoughtless people in my state ooh and aah over her and totally ignore the truth about Sarah Palin.

Thank you Josh and your wife for trying — maybe soon, the atmosphere will change for the better.

7 10 2008
MCJ

Read the story here and watch a slide show of similiar pictures.
This is very disturbing.

http://www.palinsalaska.com/

This is actually Josh’s site. It’s also linked in the post. Thanks, AKM

7 10 2008
sheesh

Wow…I knew there were some major issues in the rural areas but this first hand account is shocking to read and one of those stories which needs to get a bit more MSM attention. It addresses all those ‘fundamental’ issues of family values, education, infrastructure, health care, executive of management an economy, and frankly shows what I have suspected all along…a complete disregard for the needs of citizens.

7 10 2008
Toon Moene

I have this sinking feeling I saw the same pictures from rural Georgia (the US state, to make no mistake) around the time of the Georgia primaries …

7 10 2008
Amanda in Virginia

I’m so glad that this nutty whirlwind of an election has at least given voice to the people who know about the problems of bush Alaska. I’m sure it’s like speaking of a foreign country to most of us. That visual of the map of Alaska inside the US is powerful.

We spend millions and millions of dollars to update the infrastructure of other countries when there are so many people in our own that are suffering.

Keep talking. We hear you!

7 10 2008
Hindsite2020

It’s time to contact the FBI.
I just emailed my local FBI office regarding the hate crimes going on with the McCain camp. After seeing the rally held in Florida yesterday And the hate filled words coming from Palin’s mouth I feel Senator Obama’s life is in danger. Did you see the response from the crowd? One person yelled “kill him” referring to Obama. At McCain’s rally the crowed yelled terrorist. The McCain camp is not repudiating these remarks and need to be held accountable if anything tragically happens.

I also told them that the person who yelled “kill him” needs to be called in and questioned. If he is a campaign plant we need to know so that they can be held accountable. Please email or phone your local office and let them know that McCain’s campaign needs to tone down it’s rhetoric before something happens. It’s just a matter of time before some wing nut takes up their cause.
I also posted this over in the forum under Swift Boating and other Distractions.

7 10 2008
Democrat G (formerly "G")

Breaks my heart!

Sarah Palin do anything that does NOT help her and requires ACTUAL work – THAT WON’T HAPPEN!

7 10 2008
5 Little Peppers

I can’t help but wonder what the money spent on the road to nowhere could do for these people…our people…our fellow Americans

7 10 2008
Kiminohio

This is another thing that needs to be passed along to MSNBC and let them get this out in the MSM. I am getting soooo frustrated with the MSM for not exposing her crap more. I still think she thinks she can get away with whatever she wants and they won’t touch her because they will yell sexism.

7 10 2008
culturepress

Thank you for sharing such a heartwrenching story.

Stories like this need to be told…

7 10 2008
mmboucher

Doesn’t Sarah brag, that Alaska has a $40,000,000,000 DOLLARS IN A SAVINGS ?????

7 10 2008
Scott(forgot my Palin name)

…..Soooo Sad……. without power there is no solution ……. Those looking to sovle the problem will never get power in todays “What can you do for me?” political climate……. I am my brothers keeper……. but powerless to help…..

7 10 2008
shoeho

It feels strange to thank you, Josh, for bringing out such a disturbing story, but thank you. I knew it wasn’t pretty, but didn’t realize it was quite this bad. That $1200 a person might have been better spent on rural infrastructure. Of course, that wouldn’t have won her points with the conservative tribe in DC.

7 10 2008
thelogicalsmoker

Yea she also bragged about selling a plane on Ebay…

http://andthisismyamerica.com/2008/10/07/the-second-debate/

7 10 2008
Ky Fork Decoy Palin

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Like you said, this story is not a new one, but at least past governors worked with the Native population. Palin hasn’t done a single thing for these communities!

I was born in rural Alaska, and these pictures are not of anything rare. If the state could afford to give everyone $1200 for “energy”, they sure as hell could help these people with basic living needs!

7 10 2008
JT

Wow, it is so nice to be back where the air smells great!!

I have to share my experiences with you all…..I learned something fascinating while checking on other blogs.

The last couple days I went to the forums on Sean Hannity’s website. Ok ok…I know you probably think I am nuts…but I wanted to get another perspective, and see what people from the other site of the aisle were thinking.

I tried to be polite…honest…and state my opinion’s clearly. I failed to read the TOS, which states if you criticize the sponsors – you get banned immediately from the site.

One of those sponsors is Rush…I criticized Rush, saying he lacked character and cited the fact that he made jokes on his radio show about the appearances of a President’s daughter when she was just a child. I think that behavior is horrid.

I was quickly blocked from the site….with the following message: Contempt of Affiliate… Rush

While I understand they don’t want Trollers to disrupt the board, it was interesting that an exchange of ideas would result in such a banning. The fact a poster can’t give a legitimate criticism of the sponsor, is chilling.

But before this happened, there was another interesting thing.

In spite of the racial innuendos, anti-Obama supporters insist it is not about race. They get very insulted at the suggestion. At one point I made some comment that they all jumped on me for, stating how all us liberals think it is about race, and it isn’t.

Well, a bit later someone started a thread, where they basically said it was time for white voters to stand up for themselves. Immediately there were dozens of posters, chiming in agreement. I posted, thanking them all for proving my previous point about race. They got defensive, yet the thread continued…each citing their reasons why whites uniting was not raciest, and then suddenly the thread vanished along with all the posts.

IMO, it did not disappear because the moderators felt the thread was bad per se, but that it provided proof to the “evil liberals”, that race is a big factor with the right.

7 10 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

This is the Alaska I saw. The village was population 90. Life was hard there compared to what I knew here in the lower 48 and I learned to adapt. It was a most humbling time. Things that were problems back home, simply weren’t even thought of there. It put into perspective what the word “important” means.
The school had a playground, but roads? HA! The logging road had potholes bigger than the van. Still as “rough” as it was. I learned much about words and their actual meaning while in Alaska. I saw things I never would see back home. Still, leaving it and coming home was the culture shock. Awesome post.

7 10 2008
Hmmmmm

Reminds me of Appalacia. Unfortunatly there will always be remote places where general cities services will be virtually impossible to provide. There are however solutions that can be implemented. The small disparate voices of isolated people are hard to hear in the city.

7 10 2008
PJ

Yes, rural Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia….it’s mind boggling to think in this day and age there are people who live without heat or indoor plumbing.

7 10 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

Thank you Josh.

I visited your sight several weeks ago, via Mudflats, and posted a comment about the sadness it evoked in me as an American; particularly that lack of running water and functioning sewers leads to disease. We know this. We can correct it. Why don’t we?

I am not pointing a finger at Alaskans. Areas of Appalachia, here in the lower 48(49) struggle with many of the same issues and I recognize that the answers are not simple ones.

Unlike Alaska, however, I know of NO state in the lower 49, that has a surplus year after year, while enjoying a source of income that is not collected from its citizenry.

Why can’t Alaska Permanent Fund monies be earmarked for providing basic necessities to these remote (it seems to go beyond rural) areas? Is there a prohibition against such use? In states that actually tax residents’ incomes, those taxes join any Federal monies to try to address these inadequacies.

It becomes clearer why earmarks are so vital to Alaskans….but it’s a little like Iraq having a $79 billion surplus while Americans, as a whole, pay to rebuild their country.

I certainly mean no disrespect to Alaskans who are involved in this struggle, as so many of you who contribute here are. But the situation begs the question: is there no one in the state who is willing to make the hard decisions required to affect change?

7 10 2008
Laurie

@JT…you are made of sturdy stock. For the sake of my own mental health I cannot venture on a right wing blog. They are filled with hate…one can almost feel the spittle flying in your face from the force of their nastiness in print. These are small minded and despicable people.

I am convinced, that although we have had a few come to this blog…they dont stay, because it isnt ugly enough for them. Its how they feel good about themselves you see…so if we dont entertain their BS…there is no fun in being here. In all my time of blogging…this site is the ONLY one with a high level of tolerance and maturity.

On another note…I guess Elisabeth Hasselback went off on another tangent on the view today. I want to feel sorry for her…but I find her to be just a more feminine portrait of Anne Coulter. She is a nasty piece of work, and I wish Barbara would get rid of her.

7 10 2008
MCJ

According to 538, Obama is inching up in the polls everyday!
10/7

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/search/label/today%27s%20polls

7 10 2008
phoebe

Once again AKM thank you for insightful & courageous website. Over the past 8 years there are so many forgotten Americans…so many sad, sad stories of decent people being brought to homelessness. We have become a meaner less compassionate society for many reasons… greed on the one hand & a sense of helplessness many of us feel. Sarah Palin & McCain represent all that is wrong today & the direction we can not go. Now they have added hate & racism to their ticket. I can only imagine how Alaskans feel….your state has been hijacked. Sarah Palin & her brand of cruel politics has been Alakska’s elephant in the livingroom,… she has now become Americas. We are seeing what she has done to Alaska…we can only imagine what she will do to this country.

7 10 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Thanks for this eye-opening thread. The image showing the size of Alaska in relation to the lower 48 is quite interesting. You don’t even go into healthcare issues, but I can only imagine the state of that up in the bush.

Gosh darn, from Palin I got the message that Alaska is rolling in money that is best managed by handing it out to every man, woman and child in a nice fat gift-check.

Sarah better get back home and mind the store. Or, hopefully, Alaskan citizens will figure out you need a new “store manager.”

7 10 2008
chalk revelations palin

I know this is off topic but please read this topic and email or post it on any other sites that you go to. Thanks. This was also a very enlightening article about life in Alaska. Thanks for your great site and the topics you bring to your readers.
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/10/7/131120/885/357/622049

7 10 2008
mae

quyana
quyana
quyana
To all whom contributed to this story.
It is often rare to see printed media about rural AK without the usual ignorant sterotypes.
Again, Quyana

7 10 2008
Proud Community OrganzierWA

The richest nation in the world? Bankrupt in all the ways that count. Taking care of our people should and must be a number one priority.

Gov. Palin is a disgrace. Period. The more I read the more I am disgusted by this woman. Yes there are other politicians and states with huge issues, but they do not have the money that Alaska seems to generate. I am tired of hearing about how we can’t take care of our own.

I would gladly pay higher taxes if I knew that all of us would have even the basic needs met.

Shame on her.

7 10 2008
JT

Laurie, I tried to ck out today’s View on their website, but I guess it isn’t posted yet.

I would love to see the MSM do some in-depth documentaries on Alaska, and show the rest of America what AKM has shown us.

Perhaps the Lord did send us Sarah Palin. Yet, not for the reasons Palin imagines. I know she has awakened my social conciousness that I have allowed to be dormant, as I let other people deal with the problems of the world, and assumed no real responsibility for what was happening.

After visiting Hannity site, it is clear to me how ignorance can destroy a country.

After visiting this site, it is clear to me that there is still hope, and people who are willing to look for the answers and seek the truth.

After seeing the rise in the polls, I am encouraged in the belief that more Americans would be comfortable on this blog, than at Hannity’s.

7 10 2008
Sandy Beach

No heat in southern rural areas is one thing. No heat in Alaska is something else entirely. Thanks for posting this, Josh and AKM. Because these areas are so remote, we mostly don’t have to look at them. We have very real problems in our urban areas, too, so we tend to forget the villages. It is unconscionable that our state, swimming in oil revenues as you say, won’t do anything to alleviate the problems. In the lower 48, “Indians” and their systematic, government-sanctioned expulsion and extermination seems like something that happened a long time ago. In Alaska, Native people are still suffering every day.

7 10 2008
Pursang

This is why I have such a problem with elected officials running for other offices without stepping down. I should also say this isn’t just about Palin but given this site is painfully clear that it is a problem for Alaska.

Sarah Palin was elected by the people to be the Governor of Alaska. She is paid to run the state, to act as a steward of public funds, and to address the problems of its citizens. Yet for the last two months she has spent how many days in state and how many minutes actually governing Alaska? Granted there is a Lt. Governor but if her absense to run for VP is indeed temporary (as in she and McCain lose) then what can that Lt. Gov. do that is of any good for the state or its people?

McCain is a Senator yet he hasn’t voted since April of this year and he’s missed over 80% of the votes this session. So in essence Arizona has had only 1 Senator to represent it close to the 2 years McCain has been running for President. The same could be said for Illinois though in Obama’s defense he’s made many more votes than McCain though very few recently.

If you want to run for another office that’s fine but if you’re an elected official you have to step down from your current office. Can you imagine you or I telling our bosses that we wouldn’t be in to work for 6 months while we look for another job? The people of this country elect these people to do a job, to represent their needs. They deserve someone in those seats to do the job and not be out auditioning for another one.

These people in rural Alaska deserve better than Sarah Palin has given them. They deserve her utmost attention and her full time effort to begin to solve the problems of rural America. I hope that you all remind her of this when she comes back in a little less than a month.

Thanks go out to everyone who gives of their time and efforts to help the less fortunate. You are truly Real Americans.

7 10 2008
GJ in Idaho

I find it very interesting that Palin can condemn women to hell for not supporting her, but can not point to any of the ways she has supported women and children in these rural communities. Even if she has only be in office a 18 months or so, if she really wanted to show her experience as an excellent leader wouldn’t she at least have a few stories about how she brought comfort and wellbeing to the women and children of Ak?

Even if she is a conservative wouldn’t she have some evidence of having helped rural women start small busness or gotten better jobs, perhaps in sports or guns shops, something?

7 10 2008
knikgoose HUSSEIN!!

Thank You so very much for getting to this!!
I can only add, in referencing who Ms. Palin’s racist attitudes have so horrendously affected, this article from ADN:
http://community.adn.com/adn/node/130953

Quotes from the mentioned linked article:
“Once in office, Governor Palin decided to continue litigation that seeks to overturn every subsistence fishing determination the federal government has ever made in Alaska.”
“Palin has continued uninterrupted the policies initiated by the former Governor Frank Murkowski Administration, challenging hunting and fishing protections that Native people depend upon for their subsistence way of life in order to enhance sport fishing and hunting opportunities.”
“Both the state courts and the federal courts have struck down Palin’s policy of refusing to recognize the sovereign authority of Alaska Tribes to address issues involving Alaska Native children.”
“Palin has refused to accord proper respect to Alaska Native languages and voters by refusing to provide language assistance to Yup’ik speaking Alaska Native voters.”

Unfortunately, the native’s way of life stands smack in the path of her “Drill, baby, drill” platform, so, the idea is to get rid of them, one way or another.
However, the pipeline would have to travel through native reserves on Canadian land, which is another thing entirely, and where native sovereignty is recognized.
No idea what she has planned when she hits the border. Invade Canada?

Thanks again AKM for getting the big light on this topic.

7 10 2008
lookingglass

My Mom works for the Native Health System, and flies into places like this on a very regular basis. I was hopeful when Sarah Palin accepted the nomination for Vice President because I felt she may talk about things like this.

The moment I found out I grabbed the phone and called my Mom. She said, “Oh honey, no. You won’t see the “real” Alaska on TV. She’ll do everything to hide the fact that some of her people don’t have running water and use a honey bucket.”

The truth hurts.

7 10 2008
Cindy aka Rake Trinket Palin

@ GJ in Idaho – one of the challenges of economic development in the remote parts of Alaska lies in the near-total lack of infrastructure. It goes beyond no plumbing and no sewage – there are no roads. And I don’t mean no roads of the all gravel once you get off the highway variety. There’s no highway. If you want to travel to/from these communities, you do it by air or water.

Which means there’s not a lot of money coming in from outside the community and what does come in is usually tied to a grant or earmark, so must be used for the purpose specified in the grant. There are many reasons subsistence rights are a big deal, here. Economic pressures are one of them.

7 10 2008
BullwinkleCringing

Here in MN and surrounding area alot of people have the “the only good Indian is a dead Indian”mindset. There are people with an 1800’s mindset all around us. Sara Palins’ (sp) mindset seems to be 2000 years earlier.

Looking at the economic meltdown going on I think we all may be in trouble, because these people really go crazy in a time of crisis.

Welcome to the third world people.

off topic but good:
http://www.pensitoreview.com/2008/02/17/in-1992-pows-accused-mccain-of-collaborating-with-vietnamese/

7 10 2008
Carol

15 million dollars for a sports facility in Wasilla…. the inequity between that and the lives of others in Alaska is enormous in more than dollars. Sarah Palin calls herself a Christian. I know of nothing in the Bible that condones greed and lying, in fact, those things are condemned.

7 10 2008
jt4breakfast

Those conditions are unacceptable for anyone to have to live under. The child drowned in sewage? WHAT can Palin do exactly for the “Joe Sixpacks” of the world when she hasn’t even tried to help her own citizens? Truly heartbreaking news . . .

7 10 2008
MCJ

The 26 million Palin spent on the Road To Nowhere could have done so much for the people living in these villages.

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-na-bridge19-2008sep19,0,5316609.story

7 10 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Speaking of Christianity — all these lies about Obama being Muslim (and also implying that ALL Muslims are terrorists – don’t forget) — is really ironic. If you study more about Obama, you’ll find he is much more of a Christian and has been involved with his church. Sadly he was forced to leave a very dynamic Chicago church because of the blown-up and phoney reactions about the now-retired pastor, Wright.

In contrast you find McCain, with his “Episcopalian” roots, now “attending” a Baptist Church (at least during the campaign). I won’t say more about McCain – haven’t done the research. But I never hear him pulling from his deep religious faith. He leaves that to Palin. HA

Obama’s church was important to him, though he does not let his religious views interfer with his policies or duties. But the fact is that both he and Michelle are committed Christians and look to this for their own personal strength. It should be admired by those who find it important in the “character” issue. But It is obvious a certain hateful portion of the public will never, ever admit this. And McCain is loving every minute of these lies, in particular.

Carol, I agree with you. This story of the Alaskan bush is a perfect example of – what would a REAL Christian do?

7 10 2008
SMR

Bec In IL,

You’re right about that big fat check issue! Lots of stupid comments & letters in the Anchorage Daily News saying “if you don’t like Sarah why don’t you send back that check!” as if it came out of her own pocket. That was Alaska’s money, and should have been spent on Alaska & Alaskans in other ways! There was a big outcry from us “liberals” saying “NO CHECKS!!!!” Unfortunately we were drowned out by A) many people with their hands out & voices raised, and B) Scarah’s need for high approval ratings. I have speculated since her VP pick if that wasn’t actually a reason for the checks for everyone scheme, but of course we’ll never know how long her name was really bandied about as a VP pick…

Alaska’s schools continue to crumble, we have total crap roads with huge ruts in them from snowtires, ruts that cause accidents & deaths & scare me to death. I’ve been driving in AK a looooong time, and I still get white knuckles on a road into/out of my little town, Eagle River. Eagle River is a pretty affluent suburb, but the highway remains shite even though people crash & die regularly right on our doorsteps. And never mind the cuts in spending for healthcare for children in this state, as well as the cuts for special needs children (although now that Trig has been born she is claiming that she is an advocate — lies!).

Of course there was plenty of support from other outside forces for those checks — the government will get a huge tax windfall when approx 600,000 Alaskans pay taxes on approx $3500 received… And then there is the fact that our local natural gas supplier, Enstar, is raising rates 22% this winter. Coincidence? Probably not.

But most important of all is the issue highlighted here, the marginalization of AK Natives and the rural communities that they live in. Scarah is not the first governor to ignore them, but I hope that their plight will now be revealed and she will be the last. Bridges & roads to nowhere, redecorating Wasilla mayors’ offices, buying big SUVs for Wasilla mayors, the list goes on & on of things that she has inappropriately diverted money to. I hope that this will be the wake-up call for the rest of the US and for Alaskans that is so desperately needed.

Perhaps a poster above is correct in that SWWNBN is truly a gift from God, but not at all in the way that she thinks. If the rest of the US is now awake to the corruption & wastefulness in Alaska then I am thankful for her pick as McLame’s VP. It is amazing how many stupid people think that her being chosen by McLame has been so GREAT for Alaska — what an honor and all of that shite. They are so easily manipulated and fooled. I’ve said it from the beginning: her pick has exposed Alaska & Alaskans for what & who it/they are, and the rest of the US is no longer going to allow us a free ride on their backs. Thank God!

By the way, although I was born & raised here, and have spent the majority of my life here, I’ve not received a PFD for many years, as I’ve been out of the country, and have just returned to AK. If I’d have received the stupid energy rebate check it would all have gone to charity. My husband works hard to earn a good living, and we aren’t in need of handouts. We have never been part of the huge number of Alaskans who spend their PFDs on snowmobiles/ATVs/trips/etc., and I have never felt that Alaskans are “entitled” to a share of the oil proceeds any more than any other American. It has long been a huge frustration in my “liberal” family that so many come to Alaska because we have the PFDs and no personal income tax, while we have been in this state approximately 50 years.

7 10 2008
bPoint

What these people of Alaska really need …….is a community organizer!!!!!!!

7 10 2008
antsy aka CommaLibertyP

Jt … I would love to see the MSM do some in-depth documentaries on Alaska, and show the rest of America what AKM has shown us.

Unfortunately the view we get is on the travel channel

7 10 2008
Suchanut Wesson Hussein Scalper Palin

AKM – is it safe to assume that Mark Begich and Carol Comeau haven’t heard back from Governor SP?

7 10 2008
bPoint

todd AIP Group tied to Iran?

Vogler wasn’t just a blowhard either. He put his secessionist ideas into action, working to build AIP membership to 20,000 — an impressive figure by Alaska standards — and to elect party member Walter Hickel as governor in 1990.

Vogler’s greatest moment of glory was to be his 1993 appearance before the United Nations to denounce United States “tyranny” before the entire world and to demand Alaska’s freedom. The Alaska secessionist had persuaded the government of Iran to sponsor his anti-American harangue.

The full article:

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2008/10/07/palins_unamerican/

7 10 2008
kimosabe

Hey SMR, greetings to a fellow Eagle River-er

7 10 2008
UK lady turning turtle Palinps

Had to laugh at this article by a guy who works for Fox – bless his little heart, he’s embarrassed!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-swadley/my-name-is-bill-swadley-a_b_132297.html

7 10 2008
Corejay

Thank you, Josh and AKM, for reminding me that there still are sensible, sane Alaskans.

I had to attend a family gathering last weekend (which is already bad enough, given that all of my relatives are conservative evangelicals), and met my Alaskan “bush” relatives I had not met for ages. There was a lot of things that enraged me – their creationist, christian fundamentalist stance, their uncritical support of Palin while claiming we should vote bad politicians out of office, their obvious racism, sexism and chauvinism.

But the worst of a bad bunch of issues was the moment when my nine-year-old cousin said he didn’t like WallE since it was a “Greenpeace Movie”. This one didn’t just make me angry, it made me sad and scared as well. I just hope he gets out of this madness before it is too late. But honestly – I don’t believe that will happen.

7 10 2008
AnneinWA

Josh, I admire the hard work you and your wife have done in Alaska, and
I certainly want to extend a thank you, for encouraging us ALL to open our eyes and hearts to people who are struggling – throughout the world.

As an elementary school teacher, there are several books I read to my students EVERY year. One is titled, “The Year of Miss Agnes”. It is about an English woman who travels to an Athabascan village in Alaska in 1948. Miss Agnes accepts the children for who they are, sets aside their old, worn-out curriculum and displays their brightly-colored work and maps instead, she plays opera music and ultimately makes a difference in the community.

However, like all other “small” books, this is only the beginning of the ongoing lesson regarding human suffering…and the differences we can make – individually or collectively. The kids, as they listen, are shocked at the conditions the Alaskan students face. Throughout the book, through conversations, I have the opportunity to inform my students that many people, in our country, still live this way today.

Please don’t think I am suggesting that “reading a book” is an alternative to tackling REAL problems straight on. I simply believe it’s important to expose children, in as many ways as possible, to the ways in which other people face their challenges.

I continue to hope this will instill the responsibility that we each share – to participate in our democracy.

7 10 2008
A Nana from Alaska

Monitor the Electoral College map and act where and how you can make a difference.
Updated daily–so good idea to bookmark.

http://www.270towin.com/

You can google newspapers in any state and find the “contact us” or “submit letter to the editor” link. Write one good letter. Sign your name, address, and phone number.

Copy and paste everywhere you can.

You can make a difference from your home computer!!

7 10 2008
asianHusseingrrlMN

Man, I am really down today, and this story didn’t help. It needs to be told, though, and told again and again until more people listen. Sadly, this is the story across this nation of ours, supposedly the best and the brightest in the world. How can anyone read such a story and not be ashamed at what we’ve come to ($800 billion bailout, anyone) in this country? I’m so glad there are people like the ones on this board ready to fight the good fight. You inspire me.

@JT–thanks for being our covert op in the world of rightwing blogging, but I am like Laurie. I am already sick at heart of what the rightwing spewage (yes, I made that up) is doing to this country; I don’t think I could stomach reading more of the same.

@BullwinkleCringing, what part of MN are you from? Where I’m at, it’s mostly retired conservatives. Saw many more Bush/Cheney in 2004, but funny thing–there are WAY more Obama signs this time around. Gee, maybe some people can see the light.

As for the fear-mongers spreading their filth–I really wish they would think about what they are doing. One blogger (can’t remember which, sorry) charitably said that McCain didn’t answer when that person shouted terrorist because he was stunned as if he’d just realized he’d gone to that dark ugly place, but I am not so sanguine.

Y’all who are playing drinking games tonight, make sure you drink heartily at each insinuation McCain makes, as well as each angry-sounding ‘My friends’. You should be nicley plastered by the end of the night.

By the way, I think McCain will blow before the first hour is over. His grip on his temper is ever-slipping, as are his ratings in the poll.

P.S. Let’s just say it–the myth of the compassionate conservative is now completely destroyed.

7 10 2008
antiAnti

Palin – media interview – Florida

Note the non-answer to “are you ready to be president” around minute 7

http://www2.tbo.com/video/2008/oct/06/kieth-cate-exclusive-interview-sarah-palin/

7 10 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Here is some upbeat news Asiangrrl — just on MSNBC —
Rep. Sen. Chuck Hagel’s wife is supporting Obama!

Do you suppose Cindy …..??? Nah

And — 7-11 stores are running a promotion where you choose a blue cup for Obama and a red cup for McCain. The outcome so far — 58% Obama 42% McCain.

7 10 2008
judi hussein

This needs to get air time…We should make sure that NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBS, and CNN get it..Forget that other network that shall not be named…

7 10 2008
janetshusb

I am not condoning the neglect of people and living conditions in ‘the bush’ but the permafrost underlying these villages makes the installation of water, sewer and roads as we know them in the lower 48 and in south central Alaska an almost impossible task. That said, there is a bias against Native villages and much, much more could be done and isn’t

7 10 2008
coryshubert

Here is a great play by play on Palin government from one of my local papers in Minneapolis:

Palin’s promise of transparency in Alaska wanes on touchy topics like e-mail and polar bears

http://tinyurl.com/4fv4on

7 10 2008
asianHusseingrrlMN

@Bec Hussein in Illinois

I heard about Hagel’s wife–that did make me smile. I kinda think maybe Cindy McCain….

As for the cups, that’s great. If we still had 7/11 in MN, I would go get me a hundred blue cups.

@coryshubert, thanks for linking to the Strib article. I have been sadly neglecting my hometown pubs, and I really should check them out.

7 10 2008
phoebe

I was having such a strong negative reaction to McCain/Palin on TV with their MSM “enablers” I decided to take the day off…..no tv news….just huffington & mudflats. I highly recommend it!! I hope many of the MSM” journalist” are toast after this debacle….talk about asleep at the wheel.

7 10 2008
AZ MOM

doesn’t this make the surplus of cash the state is sitting on seem somewhat gross? i mean isn’t the cash in the state’s bank intended to be FOR the PEOPLE of ALASKA? i don’t get what the rationale is behind going after big oil for taxes if you aren’t going to use that revenue to help your constituents? sure, the check you all get sounds nice, but state revenue should be used to build up the state and make it a competitive market place for businesses, to encourage growth and overall economic revenue – that means roads, schools, community centers, etc. i just don’t get it.

7 10 2008
GJ in Idaho

Cindy:
I completely understand and agree with you. My sister lived in the bush of AK for many years, raised two children 250mi from no where as she use to say, while her husband worked on the pipeline 300mi away and came home only for 7wks out of the year. That was in her back to the earth – homesteading years, when she lived in a sod and log house, hunted and trapped their own meat/fish and otherwise lived off the land. They lost one cabin when the creek flooded and most of another when the roof caught fire during a cold spell. PBS now has a series on how they use to live in the “good ole daz”, according to her the families on the PBS show have it good compared to how she lived with two babies and no man around most of the time. She still admitted that the natives had it even worse in some villages, if they had been taken away from their true native ways. The real natives were the ones that took her under their wing and taught her how to live in the bush.

7 10 2008
phoebe

Is there a possibility that Todd is the “Wizard of Oz” in this scenario & Sarah’s just a pretty (?) face & voice….oh god that voice.

7 10 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

It just hit me from this post that McCain and Palin have a lot more in common – with the native populations in their states. I went on a special trip last spring to visit the Colorado Indian River Tribes reservation and the Gila River Indian reservation. Even though these are sovereign nations, the same marginalization occurs.

I do hear that McCain likes the reservation casinos and their craps tables. So I guess he is doing his part to improve their lives, one throw of the dice at a time.

7 10 2008
Cindy aka Rake Trinket Palin

GJ in Idaho, I think you hit on an important part of the problem of living standards in the remote parts of the state – fixes seem to be divided into “Westernize ’em” and “move to Anchorage if you don’t like it,” neither of which adequately recognizes Native traditions.

I have no idea what the right answer is. (And your sister’s experiences, though harsh, sound like the sort of memories you carry forever.)

7 10 2008
GJ in Idaho

I just received a message from our local Demo Party head and he is very excited because our local Nez Perce rez is hosting an Obama night at their community center. It seems the word is getting out about how M/P have shunned natives.

7 10 2008
JT

antiAnti,

Actually, she came across very well in that interview. If I didn’t know about her background, I can see where other Americans, that just have time for snippets about her, would be impressed.

And yes, that question about her being prepared for Pres, she skillfully avoided.

~sigh~

7 10 2008
antiAnti

JT (13:52:09) — she skillfully avoided.

I know 3-years that could dodge a question more with more skill. … The reporter deserves a special place in h* for letting it by.

7 10 2008
enjay AKA Turbine Yukon

100% Agree

Who is representing the ppl while many are running elections (and not just Presidential) but Senate / Congress / Mayors / Atty Generals / State Auditors / Judges etc.

Pursang (12:06:33) :
“””If you want to run for another office that’s fine but if you’re an elected official you have to step down from your current office. Can you imagine you or I telling our bosses that we wouldn’t be in to work for 6 months while we look for another job? The people of this country elect these people to do a job, to represent their needs. They deserve someone in those seats to do the job and not be out auditioning for another one.”””

There should be a law in every state –

7 10 2008
antiAnti

3-years should be 3 year olds

7 10 2008
Another Alaska « The Wandering Mind

[…] to my comments about some of Swell Sarah’s neighbors lacking indoor plumbing and electricity, AKMuckraker posted this article today, with some very telling photos and a story from someone who was in the Alaska bush, of the things […]

7 10 2008
ochusseinliberal

akm: The more we see of the ‘real’ Alaska, the more we realize how unreal Sarah Palin is. She calls herself a real Alaskan but she obviously doesn’t really appreciate her amazing state. She turns her back on native Alaskans and she turns her back on the environment.

I’m also wondering about the snow machines that Todd rides? Is that similar to the ATVs we have down here in So Cal that are destroying our deserts?

jt: You are a stronger soul than me. I can’t tolerate the ‘hate’ sights. I never watch Fox News either. But thanks for taking some blows for our side.

Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.
George Bernard Shaw

Barack Obama obviously intimidates McCain.

7 10 2008
Shove Maggot Hussein Palin aka the problem child

janetshusb (13:15:19) : RE: permafrost
We see the same here in our Canadian artic. Many communities here have always relied on “winter roads” made of snowpack that would last long into the summer. But with global warming taking its toll, the winter roads turn to mud in a hurry. And when people drive heavier vehicles, that just adds to the mud problem (I was looking at the pictures above when I decided to respond to this).

All: adopting “Hussein” as a middle name had a certain vogue during the primaries as well among demo bloggers. I don’t see any reason not to add to our Palin Baby Names.

7 10 2008
BullwinkleCringing

@asianHusseingrrlMN

Hi I’m down here in Mankato a nice college town thats starting to outgrow me.
Came from Cal (LA) in 82 because I was sick of big cities.

At least I can get on my Harley and be outtatown in about 5 min LOL

7 10 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

antiAnti (13:06:26) :

I just took the time to watch the FL interview and I must say, they’ve muted her over the top recklessness, and she seems to have gotten the syntax right now.

Two things: Were Charlie and Katie her STARTER interviews?
Is she smarter when Todd is a continent away from her?

7 10 2008
Gravel Blood Palin

I’m horrified that a state governor would let such inequities go unnoticed.

Of course, if it doesn’t help add funding or support to your maverick-y campaign, and if it robs time and resources from building a multi-million dollar sports center for your own tiny town, it’s clearly not a priority.

7 10 2008
Halcrow

@ Bec Hussien

Speaking of Christianity — all these lies about Obama being Muslim (and also implying that ALL Muslims are terrorists – don’t forget) — is really ironic.

Anyone who tars ALL Muslims with a terrorist brush has never been to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, the UK, Canada, Australia or Iran…and has certainly never come into contact with the Ismaelis or their works and the inspiration of their leader, the Aga Khan.

North America befitted greatly from the clearances which afflicted so many people in Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries (the Scottish clearances which took the Scots off of their land so that the owners–their fellow clan members– could graze sheep; the Irish potato famine which starved the Irish out of Ireland); we in Canada, in much more recent history, are thankful for the insanities of Idi Amin who, in the 1970s, forced the East Indians out of Uganga.

We were fortunate to be chosen as the homeland for many, many Ugandan East Indians of the Ismaili (Muslim) faith. In one fell swoop, we got doctors, lawyers, accountants, teachers–all intelligent, law-abiding families which contributed greatly to our society.

Terrorists they’re not; humanists and exemplary citizens they certainly are.

7 10 2008
asianHusseingrrlMN

@BullwinkleCringing, ah, yes, Mankato. Um, yeah. The best I can say for where I live is that I’m fifteen minutes from either city.

Ok. I fear this is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. Can someone talk me down?

7 10 2008
Bella the Bunny Girl
7 10 2008
BullwinkleCringing

@asianHusseingrrlMN
The TwinCities, hey the don’t look like twins😉

7 10 2008
asianHusseingrrlMN

@Bullwinkle Cringing, sure they do. Dissonant, disagreeing, squabbling fraternal twins. St. Paul is the smart one, and Minneapolis is the pretty one.

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/07/cindy-mccain-obamas-waged_n_132751.html

7 10 2008
UK lady turning turtle Palinps

asianHusseingrrlMN (14:20:56) :

Don’t worry, Obama and his brilliant team are at least 4 steps ahead of Dumb and Dumber.

7 10 2008
Sharon Hussein/CA

Just when you think she can’t get any lower:

Palin Criticizes Biden While He’s At Mother-In-Law’s Funeral

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/07/palin-criticizes-biden-wh_n_132753.html

7 10 2008
Laurie

@Halcrow. Excellent post and as a fellow Canadian, I could not agree more.

7 10 2008
BullwinkleCringing

To all,

It’s OK I’ve lived through some of the worst things anyone can think of. What’s going on now just seems like DeJavu. Remember what doesn’t kill you just makes you stronger.

7 10 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

At this point, Cindy and Palin are just wind-up Stepford Wives dolls. The message is programed into them. I think down deep Cindy is so wounded, she can do nothing else but spout the message. Palin is just plain brash and running with it because she loves the power to get away with it, people think she is hot, they ask for her autograph, and cheer her on.

Their batteries are going to be removed in November.

7 10 2008
asianHusseingrrlMN
7 10 2008
phoebe

there are none so blind who cannot see….or are too stoned to see

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/07/palins-governor-expenses_n_132747.html

7 10 2008
Bobg

Wow! I just came across this video exposing Sarah Palin’s involvement with the Alaska Separatist Movement. This is rich! This should be carried by the MSM.

http://www.jedreport.com/2008/10/sarah-palin-palling-around-wit.html

7 10 2008
SMR

If Alaskans (& others) really want to be disgusted & pi$$ed off, read the utter shite column by Lynne Curry at this link:

http://www.adn.com/opinion/compass/story/547941.html

I’ve given Anchorage Daily News too many chances, today was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Here’s a copy of the letter to the editor that I’ve submitted (that will most likely not be printed):

I’m canceling my subscription to ADN today. I was appalled that your paper did not see fit to truthfully report the numbers at the Anti-Palin rally, the largest political rally ever held in Alaska at that time. I was angry that you did not report truthfully about the numbers, spirit and intent of the Alaskans for Truth Rally, further propagating partisan division within Alaska, but I gave you yet another chance. I hoped that maybe by Monday you would have afforded the local rally for Barack Obama more than a couple of photos with captions, but it was not to be. It was over for me when I saw today’s editorial piece by Lynne Curry; the spewing of McCain/Palin campaign talking points by someone whose column I had previously enjoyed reading has ensured that in the future I will read neither her column nor your newspaper. I am a born & raised Alaskan who is tired of the hatred & fear that Sarah Palin is fostering in her campaign speeches. I hope that in the future any business person or individual who might consider paying Lynne Curry for her advice will instead decide not to support someone who so wholeheartedly voices her blind support for an individual seemingly committed to returning racism to the United States.

NOTE:
I have really enjoyed her column over the years, but that is it for me. Obviously she is not the intelligent woman that I thought she was. She is nearly as big a fraud as Failin.

Alaskans unite to voice your disgust to the Anchorage Daily News!!!!!!!!

Hey, when you get your refund from ADN you can use it to help pay for the 22% increase in natural gas costs this winter!

7 10 2008
MinNJ Moose Roadster

You know, I wished we lived in a country where a public education was mandated for ALL children. Uh, gosh, wait…

Infuriating and saddening.

7 10 2008
asianHusseingrrlMN

Oops. Sharon Hussein/CA beat me to the latest Palinism! Dang, you guys are quick on the draw around here.

@UK lady turning turtle, I sincerely hope so, but I cannot forget what has happened the past eight years.

The sad thing is that no matter which way this election turns, there will be some devasted (if McCain/Palin win) or seething (if Obama/Biden win) people at the end of it all.

7 10 2008
SMR

Hi Kimosabe! We will have to stealthily make plans to meet at Jitters or something, so that we can catch up over coffee, share info & ideas, and then plan to meet to celebrate after Nov 4th!

Any other Eagle River mudflatters here? We could make it a group. I know there used to be a fella and one other lady. Still here?????????

And I am missing Enough Already & Arkangel & a few others who used to be regulars. Where have they gone? Can AKM email them and ask if they’ve not found their way to the new/old site????? Please?

7 10 2008
Cindy aka Rake Trinket Palin

@ SMR – Arkangel is active in the forums. I don’t know if I’ve seen Enough Already there.

7 10 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

SMR–

I just DARE the ADN to print your letter to the editor! Good for you!

Now, relax, take a deep breath😉

7 10 2008
NoCalGal

Andrew Sullivan said- and I think it bears repeating:

“The only response to this fear-mongering is hope-mongering, a pride in America’s resilience, a confidence in her inventiveness, and a determination to get to the ballot box.”

So- DO NOT BE COMPLACENT but DO NOT DESPAIR-

let us do some HOPE MONGERING!! humor and calling them on the facts- it will just drive them crazy.. it is hard to argue with good humored logic.

Mud puppies! Be HOPEFUL!!

7 10 2008
snowbelle

Wow. AKM, this is really powerful.

I grew up in Iowa, where there are nice, straight (usually paved) roads in a 1-mile grid across the state and good schools in every district.

It’s important to be reminded that I may know rural, but I don’t know remote. And while I don’t have a fancy life, I sure as heck don’t know real poverty.

So, if you put lipstick on a honey pot…..?

7 10 2008
mvngfwd

Can we say RECALL? I am appalled and saddened by this and I truly believe that KO or RM need to get this.

@terps- you are too kind. You were a rock star and you got in the comparison to Rove…bravo! Welcome to the Veterans of Protest Rallies Association..we are glad to have you.

7 10 2008
Gryphen

Thank you AKM for using this wonderful forum to allow your visitors from outside to understand that there is much more to Alaska then just Anchorage, or that horrible blemish Wasilla.

There are so many little towns and villages that live in third world conditions and NOBODY has ever done anything significant to help them. And that is a sin considering how much money this state has at its disposal.

But things have NEVER been as bad as they are right now. There is literally no hardier human on the planet then the Alaska native, but they are scared of dying out there alone and in the dark. They simply cannot afford to heat their homes or care for their children anymore.

In my lifetime I may bear witness to the end of a way of life that has endured for eons. These are proud people who will be shamed by their failure to endure as their elders have for so many thousands of years before them. I worry that they will no longer strive to keep the old ways alive to pass onto their children.

This is an issue that is worsening by the week, if something is not done soon to alleviate this problem it will soon be too late. And the person we look to for a solution is too busy lying about Barack Obama to come to the aid of her own people.

Sarah Palin shames us all.

7 10 2008
Caligrl aka Hussein wolf eats palin :)

Well all the stuff is just pissing me off righteously, Saracuda out there saying what a great govenor she is and she can’t even take care of the native people’s, which would be the Christian way, IF you were a real Christian person! (which she is not!) She is out acting “mavericky” and spewing hate…So, I am sending every little tidbit I come accross to moveon.org and pray to god it gets to where it needs to go! I sent them the the link for the youtube vid about the guy saying she WAS AIP! Gotcha!!!!Send them this link from above! Gotcha!!!
And the people of Alaska, someone needs to step up and start a grassroots campaign to recall/impeach her as governor, I live in Cali and we did recall a governor, so it can be done. Let Saracuda come back to a Hell, that she has created!!!🙂 :))

7 10 2008
Steph aka Beans Harpoon Hussein-Palin

Chris Matthews is on now…one of the Republican strategists is on, saying it won’t be a bullfight. Chris said a beautiful synopsis of McCain as the raging bull and Obama as the graceful matador.

7 10 2008
LibertyLover

I agree with NOCALGAL, Despair is NOT an option. There are a myriad of things to do before the election. The best way out of a depression is to GET busy!

As for Sarah Palin, AK’s Governor, I am more and more disappointed in her every day. Today, as Joe Biden attends the funeral for his mother-in -law, Sarah Palin is out on the stump criticizing him — which again shows her complete lack of empathy that she exhibited so brazenly on the night of her debate with Mr Biden when he choked up on the subject of his child lying in a hospital bed. There is an unspoken rule about waiting until a candidate returns to the campaign before hitting them with rhetoric.

BTW — Biden’s mother in law was 78. And most men (not including those who spent time in a POW camp) tend to have a much shorter life-span (say… minus about 5 years) than most women.

7 10 2008
Caligrl aka Hussein wolf eats palin :)

From the Chicago Sun times:

Sarah Palin should be censured
By
Mary Mitchell
on October 7, 2008 2:29 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)

Sarah Palin should apologize to the Obama campaign and the American people for her role in bringing out the worst in her supporters.

During a campaign rally yesterday in Clearwater, Florida supporters turned on the media after Palin again blamed mainstream media for her shortcomings.

According to a published report in the Washington Post, Palin reporters turned on the press after she blamed the media for her inarticulate interviews. Some supporters used racial slurs, and at one point someone in the audience yelled: “Kill him.”

Palin’s pit-bull mentality has not only set a negative tone, but a dangerous one. She should be censured.

7 10 2008
Sharon Hussein/CA

OK Group …… more good news:

Palin’s Governor Expenses, Including Billed Nights At Home, To Be Reviewed By Alaska

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/07/palins-governor-expenses_n_132747.html

(Note to asianHusseingrrlMN – the reason I’m so fast is because I keep jumping around to other favorite websites so I can feed my addiction ……)

7 10 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

Sharon Hussein/CA (15:31:53) :
************************************************************************************

…and it’s not up to ANYONE in Alaska to decide that it’s taxable income. It’s up to the IRS this time, guys!

7 10 2008
whichferret

This has probably been asked since I am so late to this, but…

Is there OIL under all those POOR people? Cause if you get them to move out of your way then you don’t have to deal with them later….to cynical?

7 10 2008
calico cat

This is very saddening to read, and shocking. Obviously, big changes are needed, but i am wondering if, in the meantime, there are places to donate funds and goods that will reach people in these remote areas – not that i have lots of spare funds in these times, but perhaps all the drops will fill one bucket anyway – if there are small ways in which we can help until (let’s pray it’s soon) substantial help arrives. Anyone know?

7 10 2008
knikgoose HUSSEIN!!

Take a drive over the border to White River First Nations.
Admittedly things aren’t perfect but, in comparison, the weather is colder, and there is less deciduous vegetation for fuel. Less soil cover for crops (so there really aren’t any) and most food has to be trucked in.
In the meanwhile, life there is bearable, the culture and language is federally supported, as are ‘perks’ to remaining in the area. People hunt, fish, and fill the freezer for the winter. The nurse comes in once a week, and the bank and post office operate a few hours each per week. The bus from Anchorage to Whitehorse will pick up mail and post it for you if you catch them. The roads are ALWAYS under construction, (since the ice destroys them each year, or they get washed out in the spring), but then, there are loads of jobs fixing them in the summer.
Permafrost doesn’t stop government from treating natives as human beings. It just screws up roads and sewage. It doesn’t stop the need for respect or human dignity.
Further north, the “fly or boat-in only’ communities don’t have it as easy as those planted on the Ak Hwy. but again, the culture is supported, and while many native reserve communities are substandard (compared to non-native communities), I was shocked by what I saw when visiting in Nenana and other Alaskan native communities with Hwy. access. I could only imagine how horrendous life must be where that road access is non-existent.

Then to hear that Palin wants to remove subsistence fishing and hunting rights for natives????
So that sports hunters and sports fisherman can access more?
Back in the 1800’s, the idea was that if the settlers killed all the buffalo, indians would starve to death and voila, the answer to the “indian problem’ is found. They came very close to achieving their end of ‘Manifest Destiny” and wiping out all natives.
Sounds like Sarah wants to turn the clock back 200 years and do to the polar bear, wolves , moose and caribou, AND natives, what the U.S. gov’t ALMOST did to the buffalo.

I wish her sweet dreams of three-legged wolves in mini-helicopters chasing her high-heeled butt through the halls of the White House.
She is neither human, nor humane.

7 10 2008
knikgoose HUSSEIN!!

” Some supporters used racial slurs, and at one point someone in the audience yelled: “Kill him.”

Palin’s pit-bull mentality has not only set a negative tone, but a dangerous one. She should be censured.”

I thought inciting a riot was against the law.

7 10 2008
C.Rock

MSN is reporting right now about the hate slurs by McCain camp

7 10 2008
GJ in Idaho

Let’s all watch KO….go…

7 10 2008
Mart

WOW! Excuse me I have to go vomit after reading this article….

OBAMA/BIDEN 08

7 10 2008
Trini

I saw more of the pageant video. This time, the evening gown stint. What strikes me is the derisive, demeaning and abusive tone of her comments. As if to say “put up with the mosquitos, (and the devastating poverty, honey pots, poor non-existant roads, lack of infrastructure or basic necessities of life) after all, ya gotch’yer beautiful mountians. It’s up to you”. What? Making rape victims pay for rape kits makes sense with this socio-pathic mindset. Invoking the name of God does not make injustice acceptable. She is likely to refer to the troubles of rural alaskans as “Quaint experiences of hardy and proud Alaskans”.

Here’s the link to the video:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/06/sarah-palins-evening-gown_n_132318.html

7 10 2008
Debbie aka Commando Coalfire Palin

My cousin lived in the bush for many years cooking for a mining camp. From the time she was 25 until shortly after she turned 60 she lived with no running water, no electricity, no indoor facilities, her kept her food in a small block house outside in the winter to freeze with a really well insulated part for a refrigorator had ice in there in the summer to keep it cool. From hearing her talk it sounds like this is really common.
This was her choice but for many there is no choice. Might be better if we were to see that the Alaska Natives got sovereign statis so they could self direct. Being connected with some various tribes around Washington and also my family members in BC most of the time it improves things.

7 10 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

Just another shout out to Obama/Biden:

Hubby went to pick up our car at the service station for a slight repair…walked in to pay for it and the service station owner and another customer were discussing the election. Typical stuff, bad economy, wars, country’s a mess…blah, blah.

Hubby: So have you decided how to vote?

Other customer: No, this is tough.

Hubby: I’m voting for Obama.

Other customer: Yeah, but I just can’t vote for a black man ( it is North Carolina).

Hubby: Why not?

Other Customer: If you look at any city or state governed by a black man you’ll see huge debt, poverty….

Hubby: Yeah, I know. Just like the whole USA which was governed by a …..?

Other Customer: white man ( then he turned and left. a little embarrassed by his argument)

Service station owner: I guess you have a point, there.

Hope someone had a thought or two on his way home.

Gobama!

7 10 2008
BullwinkleCringing

@Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout) : Wish I were there!!!;)

Thanks, you just got me out of my bad mood. We are gonna out hope and out think those fascists.

GOBAMA

7 10 2008
Crazy In Alaska

AKM – Thank you for posting this.

7 10 2008
GreenLadyHere

Hey! Thank you for this information! So, The Gov. can’t “sweep around her own back yard”, BUT she LIES and tries to convince the rest of America that she is “qualified” to help run a country!! I THINK NOT!! :>)

I was serious about my previous question: Do ALL/SOME/MOST/VERY FEW/NONE Alaskans “speak” like her – kind of a “phony” mid-western twang?

Thank you for your response(s).

Major props to YOU!! :>)

7 10 2008
BullwinkleCringing

BTW KO is talking AIP

7 10 2008
Cindy aka Rake Trinket Palin

@ GreenLadyHere – there may be some Alaskans who speak like Palin, but I don’t know any of them in Anchorage, including a few friends who were born and raised in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley (where Wasilla is.)

None of the people I grew up with in Valdez or Nikiski sounded like her, either, and none of the people I’m met in Southeast or Western Alaska or the guys I know from Fairbanks or former coworkers from the Pribilofs sound like Palin, either.

I am told that some of the older folks in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley have an accent similar to Palin’s, but I have not observed this phenomenon directly.

7 10 2008
Irishgirl aka puck mule

Can anyone help. Want to watch the debate tonight. Any links to watch it over the internet?

7 10 2008
GJ in Idaho

OMG…KO just pointed out the McLoonytoons voted for the Bear Study in MT pork. Now he’s saying he will not vote for any pork, and he will Know their name”….I guess he has forgotten his own…name at is.

7 10 2008
BullwinkleCringing

She sounds like a combination of Canadian and Minnisottian

7 10 2008
Cindy aka Rake Trinket Palin

For those curious about Alaskan accents, this Dialects of Alaska page may be interesting. Different regions of the state do seem to have different dialects.

7 10 2008
MinNJ Moose Roadster

Gryphen
So many of us love you now and that will not end with an election. Your inventive, intelligent and clever signage is so endearing and uplifting. You have given many of us a hope that because the 8 years we have endured seemed unavailable. We owe you, and I am grateful for that debt.

7 10 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Yah – Debbie Wasserman Schultz on KO — I keep saying it – she is the sharp new female rising star for he Dems. And she is from Florida — turning BLUE as we speak.

7 10 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

typos — Yay and ‘the Dems”

7 10 2008
twinkle toes aka Axe Diesel Palen

Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were a Trout) … are you in NC?

7 10 2008
karen marie

alaskans are very different from all other americans in one important respect: alaskans differentiate between those born in alaska and those not.

unfortunately, it seems that a fair number of caucasians born in alaska fail to give due respect to those native-born whose ANCESTORS were born and died there. that caucasians like todd palin point to their fractional native blood to bolster their “ownership” while discounting rights of full-blood natives raises a blister on my butt.

i don’t have a problem with the concept of alaskan independence (and not just as an opportunity to get rid of ms. palin). given the history and geography, it would be surprising if people DIDN’T talk about it and/or try to push things one way or the other. AIG wouldn’t be an issue if not for the fact of mr. vogler, the founder.

alaska really is like a foreign country to most of us in “the lower 48.” we have little or no concept what it is like there. i am only just now, after spending 37 days trying to get my head in alaska, beginning to understand how very different it is from anywhere else i have been in the united states.

others here have talked about similarities in issues of poverty, etc., but the thing that strikes me the most is how many alaskans in this thread, before opining, say something along the lines of “i am born alaskan” — not just “i live in alaska” or even “i’m from alaska” but “born alaskan.” it is probably almost unconcious, done reflexively. as each new wave of people came in over the past 100 years, those already there had to mark their territory thoroughly.

it’s interesting to contemplate.

especially as we think about russia and georgia and the two territories they’re fighting over. my understanding is that at least one of the territories wants to belong to russia, as they used to.

self determination.

puerto rico has self determination issues too but being puerto rican is not tied so rigidly to actually being born there. there are puerto ricans in new york city, for instance, who were not born in puerto rico.

it’s interesting to discover one more thing the united states has in common with many other places on the globe.

7 10 2008
Cindy aka Rake Trinket Palin

@ Karen Marie – I’m not sure it’s so much reflexive to preface opinions on Alaska with “I was born here” as self-protective. Alaska is rather provincial and “Outside” opinions are often unwelcome in the conversation. By providing our credentials as not just residents of Alaska but lifelong Alaskans, we circumvent the argument that, if we’d lived here longer, we’d understand why our opinions are wrong.

It’s the same reason you see comments on the ADN site about how the “real Alaskans” aren’t attending the rallies.

7 10 2008
ira2

BullwinkleCringing (14:06:17) :

@asianHusseingrrlMN

Hi I’m down here in Mankato a nice college town thats starting to outgrow me.
Came from Cal (LA) in 82 because I was sick of big cities.

At least I can get on my Harley and be outtatown in about 5 min LOL

A Harley, oh good :o) That means that you’re not one of those Towners who come out to the country with four-wheelers and snowmobiles that tear up our gravel roads and driveways and who don’t recognize private property unless it’s fenced off (ha), or with out-of-bounds dogs and kids that run all over the place because “it’s the country, man, there’s nobody out here who’d care if you run wild, not like in the city!” I like motorcycle tourists… they prefer the highway and stay off my driveway.

7 10 2008
Cindy aka Rake Trinket Palin

Your other points are valid, but I am not qualified to address them.

7 10 2008
SMR

Let me address the born in AK vs. other issue:

I’m NOT territorial in regard to Alaska. There are certainly many many people who live here that like/love Alaska much more than I do, and they were neither born here nor have they lived here for a fraction of the time that I have lived here.

Personally, when I say that I’m born & raised here that is to immediately quash any notion that anyone may have that I’m not a “real” Alaskan. There are certainly many many people who consider themselves “real” Alaskans by virtue of having spent a great deal of time in this state, yet were not born here. I think that probably exists in any state of the nation, there is a collective “ownership” of the state by some residents — but I feel that it’s a state of mind rather than any specific number of years spent in a place. It is true that Alaskans, in general — because a large portion of the population is conservative — only give weight to opinions expressed by those who fit their definition of a “real” Alaskan. I identified myself as such in my letter to the ADN editor to prevent that from becoming an issue in any hateful rebuttal letters sent to ADN should they print mine. The ADN letters to the editor(s) page can get REALLY ugly.

We’ve just returned from many years living in Scotland, and that is the home of my heart. A long time ago (well, within the last month, anyway) I posted on a different thread that I have had issues with the ignorance of voters in AK and the partisanship for many many years. That was a post made BEFORE Troopergate really blew up and before the M/P takeover of our state’s constitutional rights. I do feel protective of our state in the current crisis and in regard to all of the other ways that Ms. Failin has let our state down, but I have long been frustrated with the utter stupidity of voters here; their entrenched partisanship & small-mindedness is what has led to her being governor & the HUGE disparity between what our state’s wealth SHOULD be spent on and what it IS spent on. It never fails to depress me when we go to the polls — all of the school & park bonds voted down (you know, the ones that add 3 cents per year to your property taxes), and things like a f-ing hockey rink given the thumbs up even though it puts a city in debt 15 million dollars.

And by the way, we do NOT have accents up here, there is no discernible difference between how someone up north speaks from someone in the south unless you are a trained linquist. There may be a bit of a Canadian accent in southeast, but I’ve never met anyone who has it! Again I’ll say here that Andrew Sullivan has a great post that shows her speaking in public in Alaska prior to the M/P ticket, and she DOES NOT HAVE THAT INSANE ACCENT! Go check it out…

7 10 2008
Duct Idaho Palin

So Sarah Palin’s just putting on this act now, to get elected? She is SO strange

I keep wondering what will happen if (WHEN, I hope) she goes back to Alaska as governor. Will anyone remember everything that’s happened? Is there any chance she could be impeached or recalled? I just worry that there might be some Republicans out there who are thinking of her political future.

7 10 2008
whichferret

I would have to guess that SP does not actually have an accent by the fact that she can not actually stick to one complete accent. The only way my husband can truly tell SP and Tina Fey apart is the fact that Tina Fey always uses the silly accent and SP’s accent falls apart all the time. When they are not speaking he can not tell which one is which. Which just goes to show which one is the better actress

Whichferret aka Trough Gutted Hussein Palin

7 10 2008
John Mashey

re:Palin folksy accent

I’m curious: of the videos I’ve seen of her *before* the nomination, I haven’t heard a trace of the “gotcha” “betcha” “…in”, language. In fact, I thought her enunciation was generally pretty good.\ [whether or not her words made sense.]

Can anyone point to a pre-nomination video that illustrates the accent?

7 10 2008
SMR

Here’s Andrew Sullivan’s piece on the accent vs. non-accent issue. I have to agree with him that she is a fraud. She is also emotionally bankrupt, evil, pathological liar, etc etc the list goes on & on & on…

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/10/listen-to-the-a.html

8 10 2008
Steve

Not that I’ve sudenly become a Palin defender, but the problems in rural Alaska are not new. Blaming Palin for them, or for not working to solve them only lets her predecessors off the hook. What especially got my attention was “With growing evidence of an Alaska Native exodus from villages to the city, Mayor Mark Begich and Schools Superintendent Carol Comeau sent a letter to Gov. Sarah Palin on Monday….”

Which is really the problem for those guys, bad rural conditions, or Natives showing up in the cities? From the Natives’ point of view, moving to cities is a big problem solver, as it is for rural people everywhere – closer to jobs, grocery stores, hospitals, schools, sewer systems, all the stuff of modern life that they will never get in the bush. Who would want them to stay where they are?

8 10 2008
Miemaw from Texas

What you guys need is a whole bunch of Community Organizers.

What you don’t need is a Governor who ignores the problems of her state.
Economic Stimulas Checks to the citizens may buy the groceries, or help pay the heating bills.
What they don’t do is pay for increased law enforcement, pave streets, construct water and sewer plants. They don’t pay for the services that folks need to live decent lives, not just exist on a day-to-day basis.

What she did NOT DO, as Mayor, in Wasilla, if I recall correctly, is pave the streets, or put in a water and sewer system.

What she did do was build a sports complex – which left the City of Wasilla mired in debt.

AKM, After November 4th, she will be back in Alaska. Then will not be the time to stop blogging, stop protesting, and stop continuing to be a thorn in her side.

She and first Dud need to go. Although I suspect she will be offered employment somewhere here in the lower 48 (possibly on Fox,) and it’s probably not too soon to start looking for an honest, non-corruptible replacement. She is not representative of all public servants. She is, however, representative of the worst of the worst.

8 10 2008
Cindy aka Rake Trinket Palin

@ Steve – If an exodus from the villages is happening because people WANT to move to the cities or even just to the road system, that’s tough to quarrel with, but if villages are being abandoned because people HAVE to move, that’s a big problem. A compounding factor is the lack of support given to people transitioning from village to city life.

8 10 2008
John Mashey

I’ve only visited Alaska once, [Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks, Valdez, i.e., a small corner of the state], so maybe people can educate me on rural Alaska and AK government thoughts, in the light of an inevtaible trend.

The trend: we’re at or nearing Peak Oil, that is, we’re not about to run out any time soon, but we’re on the bumpy plateau where oil production rates don’t increase any more, and sometime in the next decade, total oil production will almost certainly begin decreasing. By 2100, no matter what its price, there won’t be much left that is practical to extract, although if the US has any, it will probably be in AK. Natural gas is more complicated, but the Peak there is probably a decade or two later.

So, my questions;

1) To what extent does rural AK depend on cheap oil?
Heating?
Electricity generation?
Ground transport?
Airplanes?
(During last century, oil was typically $20-$30/barrel. That has let us build lots of things, travel long distances, spread out.)

2) Suppose oil were $500/barrel, which means these villages aren’t likely to be able to afford any. What would they do? For sure, long-distance transport, except by electrified trains, will get more expensive. Shorter distances via electric cars will be OK.

3) I know 100 years is outside the planning horizon of most governments, but does AK give any thought to what happens for energy after the oil age is over? Does AK have useful wind resources? Is anyoine building wind turbines? More hydroelectric? [At least it will be warmer.]

4) In general, what do people expect AK in general to look like post-oil, and rural AK in particular? Thinking ahead might help figure out which villages can be sustainable long-term, and which ones it might be better to encourage people to leave. and help them do it.

8 10 2008
Cindy aka Rake Trinket Palin

@ John Mashey – in the areas we’re discussing as remote, ground tranport beyond between one village and the next is non-existent. Electric trains? The railbelt more or less follows the existing road system, so that’s more infrastructure that would have to be put in place before such services would be within the realm of possibility, and if State revenues are declining due to falling oil volume, we’re not going to see that investment. So transit between villages will be over mud or gravel roads and probably by ATV or snowmachine (or possibly dog team if the fuel costs continue to rise.) I’m trying to imagine electric cars on the roads I’ve driven in the Bush and I can’t quite get there.

The last figure I heard for home heating oil in Barrow (large enough to receive regular commercial jet service) is $9.10/gallon. The City of Adak nearly evacuated because the town couldn’t pay its fuel bill to run the town generator. (Residents reportedly had access to the fuel, but not the City.)

Alaska has great wind, geothermal, and tidal resources, but tapping them will take money, which we haven’t been overly keen to put up. There’s rumor of a wind farm on my former home, an island just south of Anchorage, but the project seems to be pushed back every year. I think it all comes back to funding, and since we’re the posterchildren for “evil” earmarks and our Uncle Ted (Sen Stevens) is in trouble, we’ll probably not see much in the way of federal money in the near future.

I don’t know what Alaska looks like ten years from now. I hope I’ll be able to afford to find out.

8 10 2008
Cindy aka Rake Trinket Palin

This article provides a map that may help in visualizing what Alaskans mean by “the road system.” Note how much of the state is roadless and that many of the roads shown are very rough to travel.

We also don’t generally refer to our roads by their numbers – “Highway 1” runs the Pacific Coast as far as I’m concerned, but I’ve driven the Glenn many times.

8 10 2008
thelogicalsmoker

Wow McCain looked desperate last night…

http://andthisismyamerica.com/2008/10/08/2-downone-to-go/

8 10 2008
John Mashey

Cindy: thanks.
Those are useful.
Needless to say, electric cars are only likely to be very useful in more builtup areas. In general, the energy system of the22nd century will have to use sustainable sources=>electricity, with just enough biofuels and (maybe) hydrogen-derived fuels for long-distance transport that can’t be electrified. Maybe some breakthrough will happen that will replace oil’s energy density at low cost, but so far it’s not there.

From your description, I’m having a hard time understanding how the rural villages are going to be viable. I can imagine electrified trains being useful in Anchorage and that corner of the state, but not in low-density areas.

I’m not quite sure how Juneau works as capitol in a post-oil world. Maybe people teleconference?

I hope somebody in AK is thinking about these things.

Oil is like a one-time inheritance, which one can split between having a good time or investing in assets that will keep yielding money/energy after the inheritance is all spent. At this point, I would think very hard about building any long-lived infrastructure without asking if it makes sense in a world of $500/barrel oil.

8 10 2008
MD2K

My first reaction is “What the heck.”

This is the same problems they have on northern Canadian reserves, and the Canadian govmint ain’t shy, you betcha, in pouring money into those reserves. Even so, the locals complain it’s not enough and demand more.

In a community where 90% of the locals are unemployed, and the other 10% are on government jobs like band administration, tax-free – there’s no reason why the locals can’t go out and chop wood for sidewalk planks, instead of walking in the mud. If everyone did 5 feet a day, the place would have sidewalks in no time.

A steel container full of crap should have a lid on it, even if you have to make it of logs – it’s a very sad lesson to learn that the kind of regulations OSHA and the Workers’ Comp boards enforce are there for a reason, and even remote communities should take notice.

The Canadian government spent a fortune on piped water and indoor plumbing. Half of it stopped working because the locals could not properly maintain the equipment, and half because of stupid white engineers. (Who puts a water intake where it will suck in the sewage every time the river gets high?)

Canadian reserves are the perfect socialist paradise; “you just sit there and be happy, and we’ll parachute in the police officer, the nurse, the teachers, the accountant… Oh, want to do the job yourself? We’ll give you the title of Chief or Treasurer or Clerk, or Social Services, and also hire an outside white guy to actually get the job done.” Until that or any society makes the effort to haul themselves up by the bootstraps, nothing will get done.

Sadly, the government is often as not part of the problem. A band that wants to force people to work for their government largesse is impeded by federal regulations that say you cannot withhold welfare money, even if the perosn is able-bodied and refuses to work.

8 10 2008
Steve

@ Cindy:

If people want their children to have a shot at a decent education, or year round medical care, or any number of other goodies, then they have to move to cities. If they want all-around softer lives, they have to move to the cities. Why is any of that a problem for city people? Would they be getting worked up if white people were suddenly moving into the cities for the same reasons?

Just to clarify, I don’t in any way mean to suggest that villages should be abandoned by the state, and left to rot with no improvement at all in services for people who really want to stay.

9 10 2008
Cindy aka Rake Trinket Palin

@ Steve – I have no idea whether the hue and cry would be the same. It’s possible – there were days when Alaskans invited all the Texans to go home, preferably with an Okie under each arm.

And thank you for clarifying your position. It’s frustrating to see a complex problem boiled down to a single “simple” fix (even if I have a tendency to do the same thing at times.)

@ MD2K – since boreal forests are not universal in Alaska, how much should we invest in trying to raise trees in the taiga and tundra biomes?

9 10 2008
Anonymous

@ Cindy

You don’t have to invest much to raise trees in the taiga. Global warming will dry it out enough for seeds to sprout before they rot – forests in Canada are known to be expanding northward, Alaska’s next.

9 10 2008
Steve

Oops – forgot to fill in some boxes. The message above addressed to Cindy is from me.

13 10 2008
mpb

Writing and explaining life in rural Alaska (or northern New Mexico) has been difficult for me because it isn’t as simple as others want to believe. It is too easy for reporters to come in and write about the mud and alcohol but not about the successes or the context. (but see the reference in http://benmuse.typepad.com/arctic_economics/2008/10/whats-it-like-in-eek.html)

The current devastation of rural Alaska, recently mentioned in the papers, was a crisis last October (2007). The official Congressional documentation of Alaska sanitation dates back to 1994 (“Toilets and Trash sanitation in the frontier”
http://13c4.wordpress.com/2006/12/25/toilets-trash-frontier/)

Palin didn’t reform Alaska government– Murkowski shredded access to government by rural residents. Knowles wanted the honey-bucket in the museum but by replacing it with piped sewage which isn’t appropriate technology, wastes water (we live in a semi-arid land. Bethel gets as much precip as Espanola NM), breaks down within a few years (e.g., 10 years if it works to begin with), based on diesel, and costs roughly 1/2 million dollars per person (sic) to install.

I am an “internally displaced person” (from Bethel to Anchorage) for economic reasons (lack of paid employment) but mainly because it is distressing to watch what is happening and not be very effective in stemming the ignorance. Frankly, most institutions would rather demonstrate they are spending money than identify the correct problems and solving those.

It is hard to know what people outside of the Unorganized Borough know or understand about living in Alaska. I’d appreciate suggestions from others. Had I known Palin would start to shine a light on our bush(el) basket, I would have had everything laid out neatly in advance.

For further info, read about experiences from “Tundra Teachers”
http://cerebraloddjobs.edublogs.org/2007/11/10/tundra-teachers/

Where is… Sarah Palin foreign experience (Russia) using the map of Alaska on the Lower 48, http://ykalaska.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/where-is-sarah-palin-foreign-experience-russia/

13 10 2008
mpb

Rhonda McBride just quit as “rural advisor”. Rhonda certainly knows rural Alaska issues but one person appointed by the Governor is not the Governor’s promised rural sub-cabinet.

If the Governor has acted such that even her rural advisor resigns

…”In all honesty, I have never felt authentic in my role,” McBride wrote in her e-mail, a copy of which was obtained by the AP.

then we can hardly look to the Governor for leadership, either in Wasilla or in Washington.




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