A Tour of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention – Surprise Troopergate Spottings!

23 10 2008
I went to meet a friend today at the AFN Convention in downtown Anchorage. AFN stands for Alaska Federation of Natives. Every year, Native Alaskans come from all over the state to meet in Anchorage. The event is cultural, social, political, and practical. Today was the opening day, and I was scheduled to meet my friend for lunch. I looked up the program online and discovered that our Governor was due to address the convention at 10:30, so I planned my trip accordingly.

The convention was held in the newly opened Dena’ina Convention Center, and it was the first sizeable event held there. The first actual event held there was the Sarah Palin Welcome Home rally which I attended undercover….but that was hardly sizeable.

The facility is quite impressive, and able to hold many thousands of people.

Beautiful hanging 2-story art featuring Alaskan critters.

Beautiful hanging 2-story art featuring Alaskan critters.

I slipped in a seat just in time to hear Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich deliver a nice address.  He had a big hand in getting the convention center built, and talked about the process of giving it an Alaskan Native name.  He also talked about his six years as Mayor, his past experiences hosting AFN Conventions in his city, “Alaska’s largest native village,” and his travels around the state.  He, of course, is campaigning heavily right now in his attempt to dethrone Ted Stevens, and take the Senate seat that Stevens has held….forever.  He finished up and was met with rousing applause and a standing ovation.  Enthusiasm factor on a scale of 1-10:  8

Then, the recorded announcement from Sarah Palin.  She was flanked by flags, and sat next to a big vase of white roses.  I can’t tell you exactly what she said, but you can probably imagine.  She went on about how Todd and her kids are part Native, and they “cherish their Native heritage” (a point disputed by several Native people I know), and talked about comin’ together, and seekin’ change, and energy costs, and her travels around the state, and her travel to Kuwait, and the Alaska National Guard.   Then there was a reminder of the $1200 energy rebate checks everyone got, and how they came out early this year. (Sounds awful “spread-the-wealth-around” to me…)  There was a strained reference to Native legend, trying to tie something in to a story about the Raven.  Then a folksy story about two frogs stranded in a pail of milk.  One gave up and died, the other kept kicking until the milk turned in to butter and then hopped out.  She learned this story from embattled Attorney General Talis Colberg, who is under pressure to resign becuase of his conduct in the Troopergate fiasco, when he told state employees they didn’t need to comply with legislative subpoenas.   I’m guessing this little fable is meant to let us know that no, he will not be stepping down any time soon…he’s just gonna be kickin’ away until unethical behavior turns in to butter.  As a matter of fact, Sarah told us, Talis Colberg himself will be heading up a sub-cabinet on rural affairs.

By the time she wrapped up her saccharine-sweet, over-rehearsed, cotton-candy slideshow, my teeth hurt.  After it was done, I saw one non-Native woman bouncing, and applauding at about 5 claps per second, and the rest of the vast hall was very very lukewarm.  The applause was “polite.”   Enthusiasm factor on a scale of 1-10:  3.5

Then Lt. Governor Sean Parnell made a “surprise” appearance to present the first Shirley Dementieff Award to a Native woman who demonstrated exemplary public service.  Enthusiasm factor on a scale of 1-10 for Sean Parnell:  2   Enthusiasm factor on a scale of 1-10 for the winner of the award, Rep. Mary Nelson   :  9

Next up, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, appointed to the US Senate Seat by her Father, former Senator Frank Murkowski when he became Governor Frank Murkowski….the one who lost to Sarah Palin in the primary, garnering only 19% of the vote.   Alaskans then passed a law saying that the Governor can no longer appoint a vacant US Senate seat, and then proceeded to re-elect Lisa anyway.  Don’t ask me to explain that one.

That said, I will give credit where credit is due. Lisa Murkowski, who sits on the Indian Affairs Committee, knows her stuff, is intelligent, and actually seems to take her job pretty seriously.  There was an obligatory jab at Nancy Pelosi, but other than that, she was on good behavior.  She talked about the fact that milk is $10 a gallon in some areas of Alaska, that stove oil was already being rationed in some communities, that households in rural Alaska spend 40% of their budget on heating costs, that a woman had emailed her saying she was praying for a warm winter.  “Prayer is not, and should not be an energy strategy,” said Murkowski.  She talked about the fact that infant mortality for Native Alaskans is double that of non-Natives, and that 12% of Native deaths are in some way alcohol-related.  She talked about what she had actually been doing.  I sat for a moment marvelling at a woman holding high elected office in the state of Alaska who actually knows what she’s talking about.  Even though I disagree with Murkowski on a LOT of issues, and I have not and probably will not ever vote for her, I enjoyed the experience of not being embarrassed by a member of the Alaska congressional delegation. She was refreshingly un-mockable.  Enthusiasm factor on a scale of 1-10: 7 with a belated and not particularly enthusiastic standing ovation, but a standing ovation nonetheless.

This is the point where I started to feel like a birdwatcher. I should have brought a pair of binoculars, a better camera, and a Troopergate Field Guide so I could have checked off all the different species I saw.

It all started with a casual glance around at the crowd.  Lo and behold, 20 feet in front of me is Attorney General Talis Colberg himself!  He’s talking with someone….who is that?….It’s Palin’s Communications Director Bill McAllister!  AAACK!  Where’s my camera…which pocket??….must document this tete-a-tete!  Well, by the time I got the camera out of my pocket, McAllister had fled the scene.  I snapped a horrible blurry picture.  Then another horrible blurry picture of Talis Colberg….must fix the setting on the camera….  And by the time I fixed the setting, no more Colberg.  I submit these two awful pieces of photographic evidence  so I can check them off in my field guide.  The one of McAllister is like that photo of the Loch Ness Monster.  You’ll just have to believe me.

Bill McAllister is fleeing the interview!

A fleeting glimpse of AG Talis Colberg.

A fleeting glimpse of AG Talis Colberg.

 But wait, there’s more!  Out in the hallway, who should I spy, but Senator Lyman Hoffman of the Legislative Council that voted to release the Troopergate report! *clap clap clap*

Senator Lyman Hoffman of the Legislative Council

Senator Lyman Hoffman of the Legislative Council, and Mike Tibbles, former Palin Chief of Staff and current campaign manager for Ted Stevens.

And finally in this amazing Who’s Who of Troopergate, the former Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, Walt Monegan!  Himself, part Alaska native, he was ready to implement some very important and comprehensive strategies to improve the lives of rural Alaskans, when Sarah Palin decided to give him the axe….you know the story.

Walt Monegan! *snappy salute*

Walt Monegan! *snappy salute*

On the way out, I made a quick pass through the downstairs room where some incredible Native Arts and Crafts were on sale.

   

Good thing I had no money.

On the way out the door, one last Alaskan politician had his chance to make an “impression.”  Ted Stevens had his name and website printed on berry buckets which were stacked by the door.  My companion had to tell me what they were.  Berries, of course, are an important subsistence food, and Ted wanted to be sure his name was toted around all over the state on a useful object.  Quite clever, actually.

Ted Stevens berry bucket.

So Ted Stevens had the last word, even as he sat on the other side of the continent, waiting for a verdict from the jury.  Or so I thought.  Turns out, the last word, in fact, went to Mark Begich.  He was standing outside on the sidewalk talking to people and handing out samples of a traditional Native treat which is known as “Eskimo ice cream”.  Someone asked what kind it was.  The answer?  “Bethel style without the seal oil.”  The original recipe consists of (I believe) snow, berries and seal oil.  Other versions I’ve seen are berries, sugar and Crisco, and now this one which tasted like Cool whip with cranberries and blueberries.

   

I asked Mark how he was holding up, and he said he was doing well.  I didn’t mention the trial, but everyone is thinking it.  I give him credit…he must have a stomach of iron.  If he can handle the last two months, I think the U.S. Senate is going to be a breeze.

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166 responses

23 10 2008
healingmagichands

I actually was served real Eskimo icecream when I was in college at Fairbanks AK in the 70s. It is probably the most vile thing I have ever eaten in my life!

23 10 2008
Enjay in Eastern MT

Wow — you got the SCOOP AKM !!

Good job!!

23 10 2008
mimi

I hope that all of the people involved in these hearing know how important their work is to the rest of the nation. Thank them for us!

23 10 2008
Rene'

Hey, thanks for this, a bit of a break from the surreality of late. Anchorage DOES host a lot of very good Alaska stuff, and I’m sorry to miss this. I would have spent a LOT on those handicrafts! It’s snowy in the interior; keep the news coming! I VOTED!!!

23 10 2008
whichferret

Thanks for the cool look into more Alaska reality and less soap opera.

AKM–I have a question…how do you get the pictures to all line up in columns like that? I can not seem to make it work?(thanks) 🙂

23 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Runner up to Miss Alaska behind the scenes on the campaign trail (from the article I mentioned earlier)

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23 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

AKM about the frogs, Sarah may be telling Talis Colberg that she’s going to be kicking up the storm and he’ll be left floating face down in a bucket of milk. By the way, was she saying milk instead of cream to avoid reminding us of the Matanuska Creamery?

On a different note what is the meaning of the name Dena’ina on the Convention Center?

23 10 2008
Joan aka Timber Challange palin

Gee, the Ted Stevens berry bucket is about the same size as the little doggie doo-doo bucket which I use every morning in my yard! So folks, it can have “alternative” uses…!

By contrast, the Native Alaskan art is so beautiful!

Thanks so much for sharing a fascinating day!

23 10 2008
Forty Watt Hussein

Great description. I felt I was there. I’ve never heard of Eskimo ice cream. In fact, the one positive thing I can say about Sarah Palin is that because of her I found AKM and all of you, which happy happenstance is adding enormously to my education in all manner of unexpected ways.

23 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

Ted’s name on the berry buckets seems to have a mistake on the purchase order form, they actually should have been honey buckets.

23 10 2008
DrChill

nice job AKM.
: )

I enjoyed the local color.

23 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

eajphd Molten Contra Palin (20:32:36) :

On a different note what is the meaning of the name Dena’ina on the Convention Center?
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Dena’ina is the local tribe and language, I understand. I’m led to believe Wasilla means ‘breath of fresh air’ in Dena’ina.😉

23 10 2008
Lacy Lady

Lawsuit: Palin favored mining industry, stonewalls access to records
By Grace Jang, CBS 11 News Reporter
I just read this article which I found on KTVA.com
don’t really understand what it is all about, but just wondered if Palin will be in another lawsuit??????? It mentions e-mails ? hhmmmmm

23 10 2008
Forty Watt Hussein

@ eajphd Molten Contra Palin (20:32:36) :

I had looked up the meaning before I read your post.

From Wikipedia: (severely abbreviated)

The Dena’ina (also Tanaina) are an Alaska Native people, an extended tribe of American Indian lineage. They are the original inhabitants of the southcentral Alaska region ranging from Seldovia in the south to Chickaloon in the northeast, Talkeetna in the north, Lime Village in the Northwest and Pedro Bay in the Southwest.

The name means “The people,” and is related to the preferred name for the
Navajo people “Dene”

The city of Anchorage chose to honor the Dena’ina by naming the city’s new convention center the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center.

23 10 2008
Aoi

Thanks for doing such a great job covering Troopergate and introducing Alaska to the “Lower 48”. Great “paparazzi” work, too. Can’t wait to see how all this turns out. Do you think you can find out where Gov. Palin’s deposition will take place?

23 10 2008
antiAnti

Did Todd Palin turn up in Alaska on “urgent” campaign business? Was he at the civic center in Ahcorage?

23 10 2008
Susan, WA

I heard somewhere that the deposition will be in So.Carolina on Friday,
but don’t quote me on it.

23 10 2008
Lacy Lady

The deposition will be in St. Louis , Missouri—that’s what I hear

23 10 2008
Susan, WA

Sorry…wrong. It will be in St. Louis and then SP will drop the puck at the
hockey game. Make of that what you will.

23 10 2008
bPoint

http://plaidlemur.wordpress.com/2008/10/23/mccain-bumper-sticker-beating-hoax/

This could play out tomorrow in the media if true, along with the Palin’s depositions.

23 10 2008
portland oregon native

Check out the SNL update tonight. Wil Farrell reprises his role as W.
And also, there, well, …for the last year and a half I have been watching AK politics. After visiting with a nice man in Haines one day, who first told me that Ted was “vulnerable”, it has been interesting to witness his fall from grace. I am hoping that the fall will be complete.
I hope Sarah goes down too.

23 10 2008
Taupe Armageddon Palin

hasn’t Philly lost every hockey game this year, including the one where she dropped the 1st puck? So, she drops the puck in St Louis, the team goes on a losing streak, blames Palin and votes Obama! I love it… go Sarah.

23 10 2008
Braveny (CA) Rankle Hiway Palin

I wonder if SP will get boo’ed again when she drops the puck in St Louis.

I heard earlier that SP escaped her press people to go on a media talking spree.. any news on this yet? I just saw it briefly where her press handler kept saying thank you.. thank you… thank you.. trying to close the interview. Which was not scheduled?

23 10 2008
A Nana from Alaska

Great report, AKM. Thank you so much.

Meantime, the Republicans have been busy down south.
Here’s a snippet from the Charleston Gazette. Full story here:
http://wvgazette.com/News/200810210727?page=1&build=cache

The story tells of a young university woman who quit her job while working at a call center when she was handed the following “work paper” to read to the people she was to be calling. She objected to the message and therefore had to quit her job.

She (and doubtless numerous other callers present and to follow) was to say:

“Hello, I’m calling for John McCain and the RNC because you need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers [airs], whose organization bombed the US Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home, and killed Americans.

“And Democrats will enact an extreme leftist agenda if they take control of Washington. Barack Obama and his Democrat allies lack the judgment to lead our country.

“This call was paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee.”

She said, “We were just supposed to read that message and hang up. One of my other issues working there was that someone told me it didn’t matter who picked up the phone, whether it was a 5-year-old or a 95-year-old. We should read the message.”

23 10 2008
mwlfTHATONE40yrsAnchorage

Watching Larry King….Michael Moore did a great job, but there was much ado after he spoke talking up the chances of J&S as being good…….hogwash, I say!

23 10 2008
ira2

Forty Watt Hussein (20:40:50) :

[…]
The name means “The people,” and is related to the preferred name for the
Navajo people “Dene”

Having spent a decade living just south of the Navajo reservation, that similarity in names struck me right away (though I’ve seen it mostly spelled “Dineh”), but then I thought, naw, can’t be, they’re too far apart to have related languages. Apparently that’s not so after all, huh?! How interesting.

23 10 2008
Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA

Why are heating costs so high in Alaska? Just because winters are long and cold? Why not use some of their oil to help people paying out 40% of their income to heating their homes. $10 for a gallon of milk, yikes.

Winters are long, and cold, but the main cost is that all the fuel actually has to be flown to the villages, increasing the price dramatically. Same for milk, and everything else. You see why subsistence foods are so important. Buying all your food is way more expensive that utilizing local moose, salmon, caribou, whale, berries, seal, etc. AKM

23 10 2008
GJ sleepless in Idaho

Another great day, and another great depiction of life in AK, thanks AKM! As usual I can hardly wait to get my chores and appointments over so I can come back and see what the Mudpuppies have been up to and I can recap what I may have missed during the day. You’re all so amazing, this is really the place to find out what’s going on within the campaign(s) in so many places.

23 10 2008
A Nana from Alaska

From the Charleston Gazette:
Full story here:
http://wvgazette.com/News/200810210727?page=1&build=cache

A young university woman working at a call center quit her job when she was told to make calls and read the following “work paper”.

It told callers to say:

“Hello, I’m calling for John McCain and the RNC because you need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers [airs], whose organization bombed the US Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home, and killed Americans.

“And Democrats will enact an extreme leftist agenda if they take control of Washington. Barack Obama and his Democrat allies lack the judgment to lead our country.

“This call was paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee.”

She said, “We were just supposed to read that message and hang up. One of my other issues working there was that someone told me it didn’t matter who picked up the phone, whether it was a 5-year-old or a 95-year-old. We should read the message.”

23 10 2008
A Nana from Alaska

Nice work, AKM. Appreciate the report.

23 10 2008
solja

Speaking of SP – this video has been getting passed around, called “A Message For Sarah Palin” – definitely worth watching and passing along: http://juneauvampire.com/2008/10/23/a-message-for-sarah-palin/

23 10 2008
mwlfTHATONE40yrsAnchorage

Long and cold, yes, and many times homes are not as well insulated as they should be. $10 gal. milk in rural Alaska, in the city here, it is only close to $5.

23 10 2008
Taupe Armageddon Palin

on CNN: Juror #4 goes missing …

23 10 2008
GJ sleepless in Idaho

Kat, my sister use to live in the Ak bush and she explained it this way, milk is $3 but it cost $7 to get it here, or if I go to the store intown it cost me, $40 to drive to the air field and another $450 to fly there.

23 10 2008
Taupe Armageddon Palin

said she had to leave the state on a family emergency, then bailed out. Judge to decide what to do in the a.m.

23 10 2008
akmuckraker

I heard rumors about Todd heading to Alaska, but nobody I know here knows anything about it. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but if he is here it’s under my radar…

My understanding is that both Palins will be deposed in St. Louis on Friday by special counsel Tim Petumenos, who is making a house call. Ah, to be a fly on the wall.

23 10 2008
Braveny (CA) Rankle Hiway Palin

barf… OMG.. she does plan to run in 2012

this site is really scary… http://sarahpalinsociety.com/home/

23 10 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

AKM …..i have no idea when you sleep………one day last week…….i finally fell in to bed and slept for 12 hours………almost missed picking my grandaughter up from preschool………terrible
I don’t know you do it………but if you don’t know yet………..there was some not nice people over on the SWWNBN….. red jacket site……….they just did not seem to be our people………….when you come here you feel calm…….. reading them I did not feel calm……….here we need comfort food………..how do you do it…………

You were right! No less than 5 trolls and one elf on the Republican cloth coat thread. I let the elf stay and flung the others. 🙂 AKM

23 10 2008
Taupe Armageddon Palin

Braveny … OMG is an understatement. That site is too scary for words. Imagine her choosing the next Supreme Court Justice!

If she’s Christian, I renounce Christianity.

23 10 2008
Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA

mwlf and GJ, thanks for the answers

I forget how far apart everything is up there. Prior to SP’s nomination in this election and my happy discovery of Mudflats all of my Alaska information was gleaned from that tv show Northern Exposure. I pictured progessive little towns, with quirky yet brilliant people, a great radio station, a general store that sells everything, a cool bar, a resident ex-astronaut…..you know complete fiction. The truth is very sobering.

23 10 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

solja (21:04:29) :

WOW
Speaking of SP – this video has been getting passed around, called “A Message For Sarah Palin” – definitely worth watching and passing along: http://juneauvampire.com/2008/10/23/a-message-for-sarah-palin/
WOW………this good

23 10 2008
Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA

Thanks for the answer AKM, I like everyone else, simply adore this site. Thanks for all you do.

23 10 2008
lauren in SD

Wow! Great reporting and what a sensory description of the happenings! Thank you so much. Awesome! ( ——-> goes toward freezer for ice cream bar!)

I just watched SNL and am still laughing my butt off! Gonna miss it when Nov. 5th comes! However, I have made it my hobby to continue to research Caribou Barbie and her ongoing ilk. She is the Leona Helmsley of the North and must remain accountable for the rest of her days on earth. If that sounds like I am going to stalk her next moves … I am. I cannot believe any “thinking” person in my red state would believe her moose sh%t … but I tread lightly wherever I go because the citizens here actually do! Talk about low information … rather NO information. Figures. No innate curiosity.

As for the clothing debacle, I only laugh because it would have been much easier to do a St. Johns Knits or Chanel approach and actually look classy instead of hooker/hillbilly.

Good night all and snuggle in … the fight is not yet won, but it is looking like we will have a president who will unite and bring the fiber of our being back to live and play in this universe.

By the way, I just love to make, bake and serve pie!

23 10 2008
Lighthouse (CO)

Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA (21:17:45) :

mwlf and GJ, thanks for the answers

I forget how far apart everything is up there. Prior to SP’s nomination in this election and my happy discovery of Mudflats all of my Alaska information was gleaned from that tv show Northern Exposure. I pictured progessive little towns, with quirky yet brilliant people, a great radio station, a general store that sells everything, a cool bar, a resident ex-astronaut…..you know complete fiction. The truth is very sobering.
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Kat: me too!

and the funny thing is that I’ve been corresponding for most of this year with an old friend I just discovered in Anchorage. He never once burst my bubble. Being polite? I dunno.

Anyway, yeah, the truth is very sobering. And not a little depressing.

23 10 2008
Michele

Does anyone know the situation on the Personnel Board report? The Palin’s are giving depositions tomorrow. Is there any word on when that report might come out?

No. Unlike the Legislature and its actions, the Personnel Board is very private. I’ll post more on this soon when I have all the details, but basically depending on what they find, we may know, or never know… AKM

23 10 2008
A Nana from Alaska

The rural community I live in is very much like Northern Exposure’s Cecily. Lot’s of Northern Exposure moments here.

23 10 2008
GOBAMA!

I just read that Sarah Palin is planning on using Trig tomorrow to attack Obama’s tax plan as detrimental to families with special needs children. This is my response:

Trig Palin does not deserve to be a campaign prop in his mother’s quest for the White House. And, yet, that’s exactly what Sarah Palin has made him since the day John McCain picked her as his running mate. We’ve all seen the pictures of some member of the Palin family carrying Trig around to many events. He was dragged on stage at the RNC, the VP debate, and quite appallingly, to the post debate rally at the Chaifetz Arena, despite the fact that any 6 month old, disabled or not, should have been in bed at that hour. The McCain/Palin campaign has reached a new low—using Trig, who cannot speak for himself, as an accessory to an attack against Barack Obama. This tactic is pathetic, disgraceful, and sad. Sarah Palin should be ashamed. My brother is 28 years old and has severe mental retardation and uncontrollable epilepsy. I’ve watched how he and others like him have suffered when the Republicans are in charge. The Republicans love to cut funding for the disabled. The GOP just doesn’t understand the importance of providing services to the mentally disabled; they just don’t understand that giving mentally disabled people a high quality of life is the right thing to do. Sarah Palin slashed funding for programming in Alaska that benefited the disabled. And, now, she wants you to believe that she’s going to be a friend to the special needs children in our country. A true advocate for special needs children wouldn’t use her child as a campaign prop. My brother cannot speak for himself, so every election that I have had the right to vote, I place my vote on behalf of him. This year, when I place my vote for Barack Obama, not only will I do it on behalf of my brother, but also, on behalf of Trig. He deserves better than being used to enhance his mother’s political ambitions.

23 10 2008
Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA

Lighthouse,
Maybe Anchorage is really that way? Let’s go with that.

23 10 2008
Enjay in Eastern MT

Been catching up on all the Mudflats comments & links
(while my nails dry)

There is no doubt about it — if SWWNBN is looking at 2012 —
I HAVE to buy another puter chair – this one will not last
4 more yrs of fighting her ambitions!!

23 10 2008
Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA

A Nana,
That’s the second time today you have made me happy.

23 10 2008
Braveny (CA) Rankle Hiway Palin

http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/2008/10/23/wasilla_project/index.html

hmmm in the war room now.. they are looking into SP governership.

this is part of the filming crew on http://www.wasillaproject.com/

I am assuming you all up there know about this already, but just in case.

23 10 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

Look up focus on the family………….she was chosen by them to run by them……..the pro birth (not life or else they would not like the war which they do do) is really getting in to this………..
Sarah palin-5 kids
bachmann-5 kids
protenfffffff-5kids
marcia stiman…new mexico
katheryn harris……..FLORDIA………..who knows how many kids …………but she was on bush”s train………and they stole the vote in flordia………….by her magic wand…………..

23 10 2008
A Nana from Alaska

Thanks, Kat. Hope all goes well in Florida.

23 10 2008
Lighthouse (CO)

Maybe it is, Kat. I’d still like to find out for myself.

I remember telling my friend in March that I’d love to visit Alaska someday, that it seemed – to me – to be a much more real and peaceful place than down here. Where I could get away from the pointless craziness of stuff that goes on here. Yikes!

Thanks for news from your town though Nana! Maybe that’s where I need to head. I’d like some Cecily moments!

23 10 2008
Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA

Me too.

23 10 2008
suchanut

AKM – oh yeah, to be a fly on the wall…..

Great coverage of AFN. I hope that somwhere on the agenda is a call to get out and vote.

Begich campaign called tonight – they need canvassers and callers…..I’m just not good at that stuff…but if there are any Anchorites who are….contact the Dem Party in Anch. They are actually all WORKING TOGETHER to get out the vote.

I had another call from a polling org….it was Ted oriented I think. I’ve programmed my phone to reject most of the political calls…it only rings once when one of those calls come in. And that is about every other minute between 5:30 and 6:30 PM. No joke.

23 10 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

they are cloning these women………it is like the trogan horse…………if it is women ……….we let them in………they are not dangerous………….it it were men………everyone would look closer………..but women………it is a pass………..but who is behind all these women………….their husbands…………bachmannn said her husband told her to go to school………….and as being a wife you do as he says………..

pardon me ……….I have to stop and cough here……….. but look it up it is all there………………

23 10 2008
ira2

@ Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA (21:17:45) :

I remember commercials from back when I still had TV… there was often a remark at the bottom of the screen saying “Prices higher in Alaska and Hawaii”. Transportation costs are the obvious reason for this, but like you, I tend to forget that there’s a whole lot of transportation involved beyond just shipping something to a main port. Rural areas in the lower 48 don’t compare to “rural Alaska” in any way, shape or form. It’s easy to forget that though.

It’s a little bit like my (German) mother’s lack of comprehension of the distances in this country. Back when I lived on the CA coast and my sister lived in the middle of Kansas, our mother was dismayed that we didn’t visit each other. When we explained what the distance is like, comparing it to the equal in Europe, she wouldn’t believe us. It just didn’t fit in her perception of what it looks like on the map.
In that same vein, the huge Alaskan distances without roads between towns (villages) are pretty much incomprehensible to us down here – well, most of us anyway, I think.

Btw, a few years after the CA experience, my mother visited while I lived in Phoenix. She insisted on going for a nice walk in the desert (The Blooming Desert, Page #whatever in her pretty travel guide) dressed in thin slacks, a t-shirt, and skimpy sandals. I told her about rattlesnakes and scorpions and heat stroke, and she brushed it off by saying that there’s nothing about that kind of stuff in the travel guide (so it must be hogwash). She also had her heart set on an evening stroll through downtown Phoenix, because that’s what you do on vacation in hot European countries, strolling through downtown and eating ice cream and experiencing the local flavor. I told her that it doesn’t work that way in Phoenix and an evening stroll through downtown would be her best chance to get robbed, raped and shot, but again, that part wasn’t mentioned in the travel guide – ‘course, neither did it recommend a downtown stroll after dark or any other time-, so… you get the idea.

It’s very difficult to imagine that things might be so completely different in other places.

23 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@Michele (21:24:40) :

Does anyone know the situation on the Personnel Board report? The Palin’s are giving depositions tomorrow. Is there any word on when that report might come out?
———————————
There is no time constraint on the release of this report.

I guess that means we’ll miss all those lovely court cases.😉

23 10 2008
Enjay in Eastern MT

NY Times has a wonderful Opinion piece on Obama

“As tough as the times are, the selection of a new president is easy. After nearly two years of a grueling and ugly campaign, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois has proved that he is the right choice to be the 44th president of the United States.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/opinion/24fri1.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=opinion

Great Read & A Warm Hug of Support

23 10 2008
Lighthouse (CO)

Okay, I’ve got to give up and go to sleep. It’s just increasingly difficult to tear myself away…

23 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

mhrt oregon”steve” (21:33:52) :
Sarah palin-5 kids
bachmann-5 kids
protenfffffff-5kids
———————————-
It’s the fundies’ plot to breed us into extinction.😉

Good thing most kids rebel against their parents… Even if we only get 3 or 4 out of 5, we’re gaining! 😉 AKM

23 10 2008
LaNon

Thanks for AFN report, photos and neat crafts pix. Refreshing to connect in that way to Alaska.

23 10 2008
Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA

ira2,
Yes, I see what you mean, I’m getting more perspective all the time.

It’s hard to drag myself away but it’s almost 1o’clock in the morning here, goodnight everyone.

23 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

Forty Watt Hussein (20:40:50) :
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein (20:38:43) :
Thanks on the meaning of Dena’ina

Aussie Puck Mule Hussein: Wasilla means ‘breath of fresh air’ in Dena’ina.

Do you think that was wishful thinking from the BSP era? For those interested in Palintology the calendar is now divided into BSP definition – before 1964 and ASP – definition after 1964 or a nasty snake in the grass, whichever you choose to prefer.

23 10 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

@

Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA (21:17:45) :
this is how much the people of Ak are going out there for us ………AK is a large state………but few people……….

23 10 2008
Lighthouse (CO)

Haven’t managed to close the computer yet!

I was also born in 1964, and I am so very different from Sarah Palin. (Thank you, Lord, for that!) She freaks me out!

And yes, ira2, thanks for your perspective!

23 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Sorry, the “fresh” wasn’t correct; maybe ‘breath of [foul] air’? Or, as McCain said, “Breash of freth air”?

fm wiki:
Local miners used the name “Wassila Creek”, referring to Wassila, a chief of the Dena’ina. There are two sources cited for the name, one being derived from a Dena’ina word meaning “breath of air” while another stating Dena’ina derived it from the Russian name “Vasili.”

I bet Chief Wassila never thought it would come to this.

23 10 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

AKM, you have a way with words. I can envision the scene, even without the great pics. I have blackberry ice cream bars covered in dark chocolate, minus the seal oil. I think I’ll stick with mine!

mhrt oregon”steve”, unfortunately, many on the far right think it’s perfectly fine for the man to totally dictate what the woman does. I had a heated discussion with my cousin when we were at a wedding because the preacher was talking about how the wife had to obey the husband, and he was the decision maker in the family. My cousin tried to say that if the husband had the best interest of the wife in mind, then it shouldn’t matter if he made all the decisions.

I said, “Well, if she has his best interests in mind, why can’t SHE make the decisions?” He paused, look uncomfortable, then replied, “It’s tradition for the man to make the decisions.”

Then again, he’s also the guy who said he had decided not to kiss someone until he married. Needless to say, he had the shortest engagement in the history of engagements.

23 10 2008
Pacificnwgal

Holy Cow! This is very first decent interview I have read about Sarah Palin talking about her clothing and children with special needs. Here is the link.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-sarah-palin-1023,0,7917021.story?xid=rss-page

One quote I particularly like is ” These children are not problems, they are priorities”. This is a good quote, and true. Take it from another mom with a Down syndrome son. Maybe she is starting to get it. Anyway, I want Obama to win for sure. But, some things that she said actually rang truthful for once, and not just a bunch of ridiculous banter from her handlers. I hope she follows through when she gets back to Alaska for the people there.

23 10 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

Aussie Puck Mule Hussein (21:45:44) :

mhrt oregon”steve” (21:33:52) :
Sarah palin-5 kids
bachmann-5 kids
protenfffffff-5kids
———————————-
It’s the fundies’ plot to breed us into extinction.
——————————————-
well my daughter has decided………..that she can only have one………..heath care …….education…………….but i do think this may be true………..how sad no brothers…………no sisters………..

23 10 2008
braveny
23 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

Regarding the “bumper sticker assault”, I have posted a set of images of it at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/31142893@N02/ showing the victim in different orientations.

I am doubtful of the story. Particularly since the “B” looks like the spine of the letter is not fully formed – it looks almost as if two circles were made. But people do form letters in strange ways.

23 10 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

Pacificnwgal (22:09:23) :

Holy Cow! This is very first decent interview I have read about Sarah Palin talking about her clothing and children with special needs. Here is the link.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-sarah-palin-1023,0,7917021.story?xid=rss-page

One quote I particularly like is ” These children are not problems, they are priorities”. This is a good quote, and true.

Sorry…..I feel that is media talk…………….they way she carries him is just scary………….they never cover him up…..I used warn my daughter about the little ummpp thing they do …………..but she never believed me until she heard it………..the first time the wind caught her when she was not covered up……………SWWNBN is not a mother

23 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

Lighthouse (CO) (21:52:36) :
Of course you are very different. Even though you were born in the same calendar year its was in a different era in a parallel universe to SP – the real one outside the realm of Palintology.

23 10 2008
Bella the Bunny Girl

Latest on the Pittsburgh case http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/election/s_594939.html

Police planned to administer a polygraph test to Ashley Todd, 20, because her statements about the attack conflict with evidence from the Citizens Bank ATM where she claims the incident occurred, police said.

23 10 2008
Zim in Oz

@eajphd Molten Contra Palin (22:21:01) :
>>>Regarding the “bumper sticker assault”, >>>

Strange how the ‘B scratch’ colour matches her lipstick….

23 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

Regarding the Tribune interview is was clearly a softball one e.g.

“Q: So you’re not carrying around cartons of brand new clothes that people have gone out and bought for you.

SP: No, I think some of them were in the belly of the plane. No, yeah, that’s not have we live.

Q:This must be painful for you.”

23 10 2008
Denise ThatOneFromMSgaAZca

Lookee Lookee!!!

“Anti-American” Bachmann, incumbent Repub Rep out of Minnesota who is channeling McCarthy, is now polling behind Dem candidate Tinkle-whatever. 44:47.

http://kstp.com/kstpImages/bachmann_poll1.pdf

23 10 2008
Bella the Bunny Girl

http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/forums/index.html?q=http%3A//forums.ibsys.com/viewmessages.cfm%3Fsitekey%3Dpit%26Forum%3D182%26Topic%3D18950

Local opinions:

“But if you’re familiar with the city, there are several things about this story that don’t track. Bloomfield (where the attack happened) is a busy, lively, mostly Italian Catholic neighborhood. To outsiders, all of Pittsburgh probably looks a little scary, but Bloomfied is a mellow, really nice place.

At 9pm on a Wednesday night in Bloomfield, people would have been out walking, shopping, going to dinner, bars, coffee-shops, riding bikes. There’s a hospital right across the street from the ATM at Liberty and Pearl, with nurses and doctors coming and going all the time. Liberty Ave — a big, busy thoroughfare — would have been flush with cars at that hour.”

“if anybody has ever been to this exact area they will know two things: 1. it is always crowded, especially at “around 9:00 pm”, it’s filled with bars, resturants and coffeehouses. 2. there is a huge older italian population, pittsburghs’ little italy, who lives there and sit outside of the houses all hours of the night.”

23 10 2008
Denise ThatOneFromMSgaAZca

Guys…and Gals, I went looking for the source of the Governor Ratings. Found Survey USA. Last one listed (at least that is publically available) was in February 2008. Was this when the Alaska State Checks went out by any chance?

http://www.surveyusa.com/index.php/surveyusa-poll-results/

23 10 2008
Braveny (CA) Rankle Hiway Palin

This is a great post “Letter to the CEO’s of Fortune 1000 CEO’s

This is what we want 🙂

pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2008/03/letter-to-ceos-of-fortune-1000-cos.html

took me three hours to catch up on the blog and find goodies.
Now it is time for bed.. AKM “Salute” you are the best.. thanks for this blog, it has opened my eyes in many ways. I hope the lurkers like me get the courage to leave a comment. Nobody bites..

23 10 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Good morning from Nantes, France. Just finished my coffee listening to Sarkozy’s plans to help small businesses as they are starting to collapse one after the other. Don’t know where we are headed with the financial crisis. Have people already forgotten about it? What’s the chance that Congress’s new emergency plan that they are talking about bringing out will actually be what Obama has been proposing and they’ll do it before Nov 4?

23 10 2008
23 10 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

For me, I have trouble believing anything Palin says or does because she has shown that she can lie without blinking. Also, she can bluff her way out of a situation in which she feels over her head, also.

In other words, I have no idea when (if) she is telling the truth, and I am not apt to give her the benefit of the doubt.

As for the woman who was attacked, I have a feeling she might want to recant her story. I’m just sayin’. Also.

23 10 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

@pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2008/03/letter-to-ceos-of-fortune-1000-cos.html, what economic meltdown? I am the original Ms. Cynical, so i doubt that any action will be done to truly help the masses.

@ Braveny (CA) Rankle Hiway Palin, I second your plea for the lurkers to de-lurk. It took me a bit to take the plunge into the mud, but I am so glad I did. My skin thanks me for it as well.

23 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

Zim in Oz (22:38:05) :

Indeed, most strange, indeed. I also wondered about eye shadow, but she did file a police report even though she did refuse medical attention.

The original report is at http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/news/17789356/detail.html

23 10 2008
ira2

“She said he had a knife with a 5-inch blade and ran from the scene on foot, Harper said.”

Ok. Um. I could possibly hack a quick B on a large bar of soap that’s nailed to the table IF I used a little paring knife. A knife with a 5-inch blade is steak knife size. A 6′ 4″ (i.e., quite tall) man bends way down over a woman who is on the ground and, unless she’s a zombie, must be at the very least flinching a good bit at the knife-wielding hand that’s coming at her face, has the dexterity and control to lightly scratch a neat mirror image of a B on this soft, flinchy cheek with a FIVE-INCH-BLADED KNIFE?

Ya. Anybody wanna try and duplicate that feat on, say, a thawed chicken – even if it ISN’T moving?

Wow. A striking accomplishment on part of the big bad black dude. What’s equally striking (for me) is that there was a big hoopla in the German news a good while back about a young woman who claimed to have been attacked by neo-nazis or something like that, “carved” swastika in her skin and all – I don’t remember any details except for the basic headlines – and who was hailed as a heroine for having stood up to the vicious extremists of hate before being exposed as a fraud.

Not that one has anything to do with the other, but the coincidence of similarity seems interesting.

23 10 2008
SMR
23 10 2008
not your pal Palin

I just received a push poll robocall from the McCain campaign. I live in Anchorage and am a registered voter with no declared party affiliation. Republicans in the state have closed primaries, and I like to leave my options open.

Has anyone else in AK been getting these? It starts like a normal survey. Once you declare a vote for Obama, the robocall begins to give “information” about Obama’s ties to Freddie and Fannie. I hung up shortly after that and now wish I had listened to the whole thing.

I’d love to have a recording.

23 10 2008
Denise ThatOneFromMSgaAZca

mhrt oregon”steve” (22:28:30) :

Pacificnwgal (22:09:23) :

Holy Cow! This is very first decent interview I have read about Sarah Palin talking about her clothing and children with special needs. Here is the link.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-sarah-palin-1023,0,7917021.story?xid=rss-page

One quote I particularly like is ” These children are not problems, they are priorities”. This is a good quote, and true.

Sorry…..I feel that is media talk…………….they way she carries him is just scary………….they never cover him up
+++++++++++++++++++++++++

Down’s baby’s tend to catch colds easily, perhaps due to weaker immune systems. Two immune deficiencies occur more commonly among individual’s with Down’s.

Hope Trig is getting breast milk to provide passive immunity from his mom. Else it seems dangerous to be exposing that baby to crowds.

Of course, having had miscarriages and high risk pregnancies, I would not have flown hours after my water broke prematurely to get back to Alaska and then travel from Anchorage to get to tiny Mat Su hospital yet more time away. Moreover, my doctors would not have let me.

23 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

ira2 (23:01:21) :

My first and persisting thought is a white Tawana Brawley story.

23 10 2008
SMR

Uhm, if Bible Spice is so f%$#ing sensitive to her sister’s child’s needs, then why did she cut funding for special needs children in Alaska? What a LIAR LIAR LIAR LIAR LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If she couldn’t be arsed to do it for her sister, why would anyone think she’d do it for millions of strangers around the country? And the needs of her own child? Well, I think she’s proved many times over that she is her number one priority, and no kid is going to change that. As a mother who dropped everything when her daughter was very ill for many years, cried myself to sleep more nights than not, I’d like to see Bible Spice walk the talk before I will EVER EVER believe ANYTHING that comes out of her mouth!

23 10 2008
Denise ThatOneFromMSgaAZca

Jamie, Floridian in France (22:52:08) :

Good morning from Nantes, France. Just finished my coffee listening to Sarkozy’s plans to help small businesses as they are starting to collapse one after the other. Don’t know where we are headed with the financial crisis. Have people already forgotten about it? What’s the chance that Congress’s new emergency plan that they are talking about bringing out will actually be what Obama has been proposing and they’ll do it before Nov 4?
+++++++++++++++++++++++++

Bush is having world leaders convene and talk on Nov 17. Oh boy. Tell those small business SuperBush is on the way.

Too little too late. But At least Bush made it clear that the newly elected President was also invited. The only thing that gives it any credibility.

23 10 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

This knife hoax thing – doesn’t it remind you of the Al Sharpton/Tanya whatever hoax – pity us poor Repubs this time?

Re : the Chicago Tribune interview with the Palins had so many things in it – “Don’t people realize how frugal we are?” After all we have heard – $50,000 office makeover, the white Chevy Suburban, the free trips for the family, the new house in Wasilla, the renovation of the Gov’s mansion? Well, you could say that the Palin’s ARE frugal considering they themselves didn’t pay for any of it.

And the whole thing about McCain’s across the board spending freeze while the economy is in trouble EXCEPT for spending on Disability Education and increasing funds for special needs kids – doesn’t she know that even in good economic times, McCain has consistently voted AGAINST incresing funding for ANY KIND of education – Head Start, College Accessibilty, for veteran’s.

23 10 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

“My first and persisting thought is a white Tawana Brawley story.”

Yeah, that’s who I meant.

23 10 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Oh, BTW, I don’t get last night’s Larry King until later in the morning here – just want to know if Scott McClellan (gross as he is) had the ba**s to endorse Obama?

23 10 2008
ira2

Jamie, Floridian in France (22:52:08) :

Good morning from Nantes, France. Just finished my coffee listening to Sarkozy’s plans to help small businesses as they are starting to collapse one after the other. Don’t know where we are headed with the financial crisis. Have people already forgotten about it? What’s the chance that Congress’s new emergency plan that they are talking about bringing out will actually be what Obama has been proposing and they’ll do it before Nov 4?

Jamie, I’ve had a little currency converter thing on my side bar for about six weeks now, to keep track of the Euro/Dollar exchange rate (or whatever they call it in the world of finance). The euro stays at 1.00, the dollar value went from just under 1.50 to the current 1.26 in that time frame. Watching that, along with the news reports of state rescue packages and whatnot and businesses folding and old people losing their retirement investments, it sure looks like Europe is hurting pretty badly.
How has all this changed “daily life”? Has the cost of living gone up over there? Has it affected the job market? There’s little information “from the street” to be found in the main media, so I’m hoping that you can shed some light on this.

23 10 2008
Epic

A cheerful and comforting sentence from Nate Silver at Fivethirtyeight.com for all American Mudpups to cuddle as they toddle off to bed.

“John McCain’s chances of winning the election have dwindled to 3.7%, down from 6.5% yesterday.”

NN all.

23 10 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

Crap. The first part of my last post was for Janie, a Floridian in France. Sorry! I don’t believe that the government is going to do anything to alleviate the problems of the masses before the election. They MIGHT past the stimulus bill, but it seems that feet are draggin’ over that idea.

23 10 2008
Epic

Oh look! I can’t post. Guess the spam filter has learned to hate me.

I feel so unloved.

23 10 2008
Epic

software is not supposed to have a sense of houmor

23 10 2008
Sean

I take issue with your comments about Lisa Murkowski. She speaks well. So what? So did Adolph Hitler. Lisa Murkowski is an unapologetic fascist. She will take the side of the corporation every time. Lisa also, based on her voting record, hates the US Constitution. Murkowski voted for Bush’s Military Commissions Act of 2006 and she vote for FISA several weeks ago. The Military Commissions Act legalized torture retroactive to 2001 (pre-emptive war crimes pardon) and eliminated habeas corpus. Habeas corpus is the 13th century right to challenge your detention. It is the cornerstone of our constitution. The FISA Bill provided retroactive immunity for law breaking telecoms that illegally wiretapped American Citizens prior to 9/11! It set precedent that shifted the United States from a nation based upon the Rule of Law to a nation based on the rule of man. According to FISA, a corporation can break the law so long as the president gives them written permission. The question isn’t about whether the president abided by the law, but whether the president gave written permission to break the law. Thanks Lisa. We can have our disagreements over policy, but during last 8 years we have seen the systematic destruction of our civil liberties and the severe erosion of the constitution. It is unforgiveable. Lisa Murkowski needs to be held accountable everytime she appears in public. AND SO DOES EVERY OTHER MEMBER OF CONGRESS IN EVERY STATE! Love your blog but I couldn’t give Lisa a pass.

23 10 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

Jamie, McClellan did, indeed, endorse Obama. So did Barry Goldwater’s granddaughter, though BG’s son strongly disagreed.

23 10 2008
Denise ThatOneFromMSgaAZca

Ya’ll need to get this vital information to Trooper Wooten.
Tasers don’t effect Raccoons.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20081023/D940D8900.html

23 10 2008
Denise ThatOneFromMSgaAZca

Epic (23:26:51) :

software is not supposed to have a sense of houmor
++++++++++++++

Computer says No

23 10 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

I have to post this – it was in my print newpaper this week, but seems to have been on the Internet for longer:
[http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/sep/28/alaska.climatechange]
very sad look at “America’s first community of global-warming refugees” – who just happen to be the Yup’ik…

One of my favourite quotes is; “Alaska’s new lipstick-wearing pitbull megastar, Sarah Palin, is intellectually challenged when it comes to global warming.” Hah!!! And who is Sally Cox – should we be hearing more about her? She sounds like a good thing…

23 10 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

@Denise ThatOneFromMSgaAZca, snort. Thanks for the laugh. I surely needed it.

23 10 2008
Epic

Anyway, what I tried to say was, Nate Silver over at 538 has this nice little sentence for everyone to hug.

“John McCain’s chances of winning the election have dwindled to 3.7%, down from 6.5% yesterday.”

‘If I can spread a little sunshine as I pass this way… etc’

23 10 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

@Epic, I think it’s just moody. You need to stroke the filter’s ego in order to be let through. Much like what Palin does for older Republican men. Just fluff it up a bit, and you’ll slide right through!

23 10 2008
SMR

Before you get all warm & fuzzy due to Bible Spice’s words about children with special needs, check out how supportive Alaska’s Gov REALLY is of children with special needs… Her carefully scripted answers aside, her actions as gov speak much louder:

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/421376.html

And this from the gov of a state with BILLIONS in savings. And finding the money to keep her friends in jobs doesn’t seem to be a problem. You like cows? Here’s a $150k/yr job for ya! Child with special needs? TOO DAMN BAD!

23 10 2008
SMR

I’m pretty sure that AKM is no fan of Lisa Murkowski. She did say that she disagrees with her on virtually every issue. I think the point she was trying to get across is that as lame as Lisa is, she is still better than Bible Spice, and a much more credible politician. That’s not to say she’s a GOOD politician, but I think we can agree that those are in short supply. WHich is why we are all here!

23 10 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

@ asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN
“I said, “Well, if she has his best interests in mind, why can’t SHE make the decisions?” He paused, look uncomfortable, then replied, “It’s tradition for the man to make the decisions.”

Then again, he’s also the guy who said he had decided not to kiss someone until he married. Needless to say, he had the shortest engagement in the history of engagements.”
——–
I loved that! I have a long-standing friend (British born Chinese) who is married to a man of mixed European background who was raised in the US – he’s fairly traditional (in my eyes), but at the wonderfully multicultural wedding I nearly got into a very spirited argument with the husband’s best friend… I imagine he is a conservative American man through and through, as he was most upset that when I’d married I didn’t take my husband’s surname. I did feel as if I was judged as a person of lesser worth, I should have been one of my husband’s chattels. It was out of the question for the man to take the woman’s name in a marriage (that, actually, was a very offensive idea…), and he wouldn’t even agree that we could have different viewpoints – I was just wrong (an uppity European white woman!!!).

Ah… all these people who threaten to leave the US when Obama wins – where will they go????

24 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Palin denies accepting $150K in designer clothes

http://www.newsweek.com/id/165100

24 10 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

SMR (23:08:50) :

Uhm, if Bible Spice is so f%$#ing sensitive to her sister’s child’s needs, then why did she cut funding for special needs children in Alaska? What a LIAR LIAR LIAR LIAR LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
s——————————————- SaHRA………………..never really felt special NEEDS children
needed extra until some one in her family had one………yes I had a family member who had a down baby in her teens

24 10 2008
strangelet (Speck Backfire Hussein P.)

Aussie,

The amazing part is that she denies it because she hasn’t worn some of them yet.

24 10 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (23:26:51) :
“Jamie, McClellan did, indeed, endorse Obama. So did Barry Goldwater’s granddaughter, though BG’s son strongly disagreed.”

OMG! Can’t wait to watch!

@ira2 (23:18:39) :

It’s pretty complicated here. Daily life here, as in the US, is different depending on where you are financially. Gas was up to almost 1,50€/litre (what? about $10/gal?), this weekend we just paid closer to 1,26€/litre. Prices on things like milk, pasta and other wheat based items shot up, eggs, fruit, fish is scarcer and scarcer (partly due to gasoline costs, fueling fishing boats, transportion). But don’t forget, when europe went euro, companies, stores, etc took advantage of the confusion and changeover to raise prices sometimes as much as double!

But because of the crisis, we have discovered something new in France – COMPETITION! Supermarkets are now cutting prices, giving 2 for the price of one, etc. This is due partly to people living near Germany, Belgium etc going over the border to buy gas, groceries, cigarettes, things much cheaper due to less taxes on the products and laws that allow price competition (the laws here keep prices high which doesn’t make sense but it is true). So now things are changing to allow for stores to legally lower their prices.

Small businesses like restaurants and small shops are closing even faster than before (more restaurants closed this past quarter than any other quarter in the past 10 years). I heard a small business owner on the radio the other day say mainly it was because banks would no longer loan to small businesses nor would they cover overdraft. And it already is so expensive to own a business here. Restaurants are having a tough time because people can’t afford and thus cutting out those nice French bistro lunches in exchange for a cheap sandwich, and companies are cutting expense accounts on business lunches.

Real estate prices are dropping. Here in Nantes they just dropped 25%. What is hit hardest is the new: new housing developments, apartment buildings in town. Nantes starting growing at an amazing rate a few years ago, so all these developers came in and started building to try and keep up with all the people moving here. This past year we saw that buildings were being left half built: no more demand, no more money to finish the project. Hubby just told me there are now developers offering a new car “for the missus” if you buy an apartment.

What hit the French the worst though is the newly-discovered concept of CREDIT! Credit never existed in france until a few years ago when big stores like IKEA, furniture chains, etc started letting people buy on credit. So people who couldn’t afford things like motorcycles, tvs etc felt able to buy them and felt like they deserved what richer folks have. Now you see on tv show after show of people who make minimum wage with 5 flat screen tvs, 2 cars and a motorcycle, and are 25, 30, 50 thousand dollars in debt with the bank on their doorstep. And in the midst of all this – we just saw our first tv ad for a bank now offering American-style credit cards! NOW!

Another factory is closing this week – with a demonstration to go with it. That’s also what’s been hit hard. They are trying to alter the unemployment benefit rules, too, to ease the financial pressure on the state (less benefits, plus the requirement now to accept one of the first 2 jobs offered to you or you lose benefits). Luckily the Healthcare system keeps on going!

Gotta finish my gym and go shopping so I can get back and watch Larry King. I’ll be back in an hour….

24 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Denise ThatOneFromMSgaAZca (23:29:51) :

Epic (23:26:51) :

software is not supposed to have a sense of houmor
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Computer says No

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hey Epic, are we missing some of your gemmier gems?😀

24 10 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

@A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein “That One” Cobra, dunno. I can’t imagine Canada will want them.

I suspect this friend of your friend’s husband (wow, that sounded Palin-esque) would have a FIT over me. I am not married, have no intention of being married, but if I were ever to do so, would not take anyone’s last name.

I also find it funny when some Christians spout things from the Bible in order to justify whatever it is they are trying to justify. I could probably find verses in the Bible to justify the opposite. My cousin (yes, same cousin) and I were arguing about sex before marriage. He was against it, obviously. I said, “So since I have no plans on getting married, I shouldn’t have sex, ever?” He said yes.

24 10 2008
Epic

asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (23:32:26) :

@Epic, I think it’s just moody. You need to stroke the filter’s ego in order to be let through. Much like what Palin does for older Republican men. Just fluff it up a bit, and you’ll slide right through!
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An image that will require multiple flushings of the cache.

Also. eyeball scrubbing.

24 10 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

@Jamie, sorry, I read about it online. I don’t have cable. He probably did it on the Larry King show, but I am not sure. BG’s granddaughter wrote a blog at the Huffington Post. So did her uncle, BG Jr.

24 10 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

@Epic, sorry, I couldn’t resist.

About Palin and her “Golly gee it just hasn’t been reported right and we are sooooo frugal also” comment, I am tired of her saying something hasn’t been reported correctly. If it’s not true, then produce the damn receipt for the clothes.

As someone commented earlier, yeah, she’s frugal because she gets everyone else to pay for her stuff! I would be frugal, too, if I had multiple sugar daddies taking care of me. Or mamas. I’m not picky.

24 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@strangelet (Speck Backfire Hussein P.) (00:10:48) :

Aussie,

The amazing part is that she denies it because she hasn’t worn some of them yet.
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The plane, the plane! Where else would they live?😉

24 10 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

Computer says No: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBAibOQchD0&feature=related]

24 10 2008
strangelet (Speck Backfire Hussein P.)

Jamie, Floridian in France (00:10:49) :

Gas is only 1.26 Euro/l? Um – for the US folks, maybe $9/gal. As always, that is much higher than in the US, but maybe only 3X. The difference has been higher in the past.

I think we’re getting more expensive, rather than Europe is getting cheaper. That’s bad news, because we’re not getting more expensive for the same reason Europe is much more expensive (gas tax).

24 10 2008
JK Copper Catfish Hussein RefusetobePalin

OK people, I’m seriously confused now. She’s DENYING that she bought all those clothes? I thought it was the RNC that released the info in the first place? Is she calling them liars?

Or is this just another example of her talent for skipping right over inconvenient facts? (Like the child who stands there with chocolate smeared from ear to ear and says “Who, me?”)

24 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Isn’t it funny that the campaign filed a return that said they spent all this money, and the small shops can’t find any record of them?

24 10 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (00:13:08) :
Actually, my friend jumped in to defuse the situation because I’m now a divorced single mum who’s “living in sin” with a long-term partner and has no intentions of remarrying… could have been a long and non-productive “discussion”.

24 10 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

@A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein “That One” Cobra, oooooh, oooooooh, you’re a sinner! And probably a much better person that the friend’s husband’s friend.

@Aussie Puck Mule Hussein, the story is truly getting more bizarre. I don’t know what to think about it.

24 10 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

Us non-Euro Europeans (in Sweden anyway), aren’t really noticing an economic downturn – people are talking about it, but petrol is cheaper, interest rates have dropped, business isn’t slowing down… I run my own business and have been talking to other small business owners who are actually now doing better than this time last year, as am I (touch wood…).

24 10 2008
Lurker "That one" Hussein Palin

OT
I’m getting here a little late and wanted to share this story from Politico:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1008/The_history_argument.html

I haven’t read all the comments here yet so sorry if it’s already been posted.

24 10 2008
Epic

Aussie,

You didn’t miss much mate. I tried to cut n paste a comment from Nate Silver saying that J mac’s chances were down to 3.5% but the filter obviously threw a hissy at something in the pasted bit.

I see you’ve got your own little yellow dot on the map in Zimbabwe.

24 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@JK Copper Catfish Hussein RefusetobePalin (00:22:47) :

She said (1) the clothes were not worth $150,000 and (2) most of them have never left the campaign plane.

(1) They could be worth $148,000
(2) She hasn’t worn more than 50% of them yet – because they bought her so much.

In both cases, she would consider that the truth.

24 10 2008
JK Copper Catfish Hussein RefusetobePalin

@ Jamie, Floridian in France (00:10:49) :

LOL… I was living in France when the euro first came in… went home to the UK for Christmas, came back on the 2nd of Jan and suddenly everything in the supermarket had gone up!

The same thing happened in the UK when supermarkets started selling by weight in metric instead of pounds and ounces – a lot of them used it as a sneaky way to increase the price of cheese!

24 10 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

@ asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (00:27:51) :
Thank you, I sin with a good conscience and try to respect other people’s perspectives too… but people being judgemental just makes me see red!!!!! Big smile!

24 10 2008
ChaosRoosterPalin

Lovely to get a view of “real” Alaska AKM. Thanks!
Sorry, could not resist that one. Oh no, these days regular words like “that one”, “real” and the use of “also” freaks me out. I am a socialist also. Wink

24 10 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

@Epic, there’s your problem: Pasties!

@Lurker “That one” Hussein Palin, thanks for the link–I’m a sucker for stories like that.

@Aussie Puck Mule Hussein, so true, so true. She definitely is a by the letter of the law kinda gal, isn’t she? I hope I got the phrase and the idea behind it right. If I did not, oh well.

24 10 2008
JK Copper Catfish Hussein RefusetobePalin

@ Aussie Puck Mule Hussein (00:29:37) :

Thanks for clearing that up. The woman is SHAMELESS! What I wouldn’t give to be able to vote in this election – I would relish the chance to send her packing! UK elections have never been this interesting😦

24 10 2008
strangelet (Speck Backfire Hussein P.)

asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (00:13:08) :
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And, of course, the Old Testament is full of stories of revered people having sex before and outside of marriage, mostly in a rather male-favored way. I’m not endorsing the concept of concubinage, but all the kings had many wives and even many more concubines (who were not married to anybody), and that was evidently just fine with God.

24 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Epic (00:28:46) :

Wrong Aussie, matey. My little dot is mostly obscured by the big red one in SE Australia.

Maybe that’s why it was so overcast today …… ?

24 10 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

By the way, Palin’s assets along with hubby’s are more than Biden’s (not sure about his wife, but I don’t think she makes as much as he does), so I think she could have afforded to buy a couple outfits on her own.

24 10 2008
ChaosRoosterPalin

Off topic, but I saw in a news item that Barack’s grandmother is getting so many cards and flowers. I saw this idea some place in Mudflats also.🙂
Thanks to all of you Mudpuppies (annd others too) who followed up on this great idea.

24 10 2008
Epic

asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (00:33:39) :

@Epic, there’s your problem: Pasties!

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So true. Also, pies, cream cakes, pizza….

24 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@JK Copper Catfish Hussein RefusetobePalin (00:33:47) :

haha – I wouldn’t fret about voting – I’d just like to be the first to slap her.😉

24 10 2008
strangelet (Speck Backfire Hussein P.)

BTW, the bedtime thread is up. Nite.

24 10 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

@strangelet (Speck Backfire Hussein P.), and the offering of daughters for carnal pleasure to strange men instead of the angerls the men wanted to take, and David killing Bathsheba’s hubby so he could marry her. Yeah, that was all fine and dandy (well, not really, but he was forgiven in the end). Yup. My brother brings up the ‘it’s tradition’ for male/female marriage, and I remind him that women were chattel in the Bible. How’s that for tradition? Should we go back to that?

@Epic, great. Now you have me thinking about pie again.

24 10 2008
IndieWatch

Re Palin’s Chicago Tribune interview:

So, she was more coherent (or was transcribed as such), but she was still spouting fabrications and untruths….

She claims personal frugality? Right–that’s easy when the state of AK pays your bills! Per diems while in your own home; travel and hotel expenses for the family; and maybe even a cut-rate custom home? And what does she mean that those clothes “never left the belly of the plane”? She’s been wearing them!

And, if she supports special needs children, why did she speak out this week against a Colorado ballot initiative (Amendment 51) designed to help the state’s developmentally disabled population by raising the sales tax by one cent on every $10 spent in each of the next two years?

She claims raising taxes isn’t necessary: “It’s a matter of prioritizing the dollars that are already there in government. What I did as governor in Alaska is prioritize for a great increase in funding for students with special needs up there and I think Colorado can do that also.”
http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=102301&catid=188

She hasn’t a clue that every state doesn’t have huge budget surpluses from oil and gas. She hasn’t a clue….

She can claim to be a fiscal conservative and big govt reformer but records show that “Spending in Wasilla increased by 55% during her tenure from 1996-2002….In nearly two years as governor, she has presided over a 31% spending hike by a state government that sought earmarks from Washington even as it reaped billions from higher oil prices and Palin-backed tax increases on oil companies.”
http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-10-23-palinspending_N.htm

Right–she and McCain will impose a spending freeze but yet will fully fund these programs from money that’s just sitting there in the budget waiting to be re-prioritized.

She’s in la-la land.

24 10 2008
Steve

A good article, with map, on languages of Alaska, nearby Canada, and the U.S. Soutwest

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athabaskan_languages

24 10 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein “That One” Cobra (00:28:24) :
“Us non-Euro Europeans (in Sweden anyway), aren’t really noticing an economic downturn”

We all know that you guys up in the Scandinavian countries have it so much better anyway!

You have to see the big picture here – France is such a small country that when truckers block the road, when fishermen go on strike, when people take to the street – the Government sees it and feels it! So when fishermen and truckers said they couldn’t get the goods to the consumers because they could no longer pay for fuel/gas, when people took to the streets and said they couldn’t buy groceries anymore (last year one litre of brand name organic milk was 96 cents, now it is 1.60, so now I buy store brand for about 1.05 at the hypermarché), the government did react I think, with tax breaks and like I said allowing more price competition/cutting.

Plus people got mad when it was shouted all over the news that 70% of what we pay for gas are taxes!

24 10 2008
austintx

By the time 2012 rolls around……..won’t Dud and Poodle be convicted felons ?? ………she is sailing a leaking boat on the ocean of illusion……..

24 10 2008
WV Democrat

@ lauren in SD (21:23:50) :

You said: “As for the clothing debacle, I only laugh because it would have been much easier to do a St. Johns Knits or Chanel approach and actually look classy instead of hooker/hillbilly.”

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Hooker I agree with but PLEASE don’t insult us hillbillies.🙂

24 10 2008
tigerwine

Thanks for all the pix, especially Lyman Hoffman. I knew the Hoffman family when I lived in Bethel. It’s fun to hear that town on the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta mentioned in connection with Eskimo ice cream. Sounds awful: berries, Crisco and sugar, but it really doesn’t taste that bad. I gave a talk on AK to third graders, and they thought it wasn’t bad, either!

24 10 2008
Twinky Winky Pony Palin

AAAAARRRGGGHHH!!!!! @Braveny (CA) Rankle Hiway Palin,

I just saw that creepy Jeebus ‘Palin 2012’ site and my head exploded, I vomited on the cat, and an alien devoured my internal organs all at once.

Really, the GOP needs to take a serious look at itself. I really don’t think the central ‘Batshit Insane’ plank of the party platform has much future.

24 10 2008
24 10 2008
Nisperos

Yeah! Lighthouse! CO Almost Native! Sparky! Wyoming folks! Obama is coming to CSU on Sunday!!! Not just my town, but my neighborhood, since we live in Campus West. Details at the Coloradoan: http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081024/NEWS03/810240339&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL

Are you coming?

24 10 2008
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24 10 2008
tspey

Nothing says serving your constituents like a pre-recorded video. Palin is done in AK.

I nominate Les Gara to be our next Gov! Anyone second this?

24 10 2008
Wrangler Tractor in VA

Wow – I so admire Mark Begich. and Yeah, that’s a great idea TSPEY – Les Gara for Gov!!

I *sniff* miss Alaska sometimes, and do wish I could be there to vote for Mark. But, alas, and alak, I must be in VA and voting for great Dems here – Bill Day ( a newcomer) and Mark Warner (previous gov, running for Senate). And thankfully still gardening. My Alaskan gardening friends are missing it already. We’ve had some frost but not too bad.

24 10 2008
SMR

I already posted the link to the ADN article about cuts for special needs children. This is cuts in funding for 2009. Her sister’s child is old now, but must not live in Alaska, because here in AK, until she had a special needs child of her own, she was willing to throw the kids to the wolves.

See the article here: http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/421376.html

24 10 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor

@Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA (21:17:45) :

Even my town has some of those fun features like Cicily (AWESOME public radio stationS (yup, three of them!), don’t know about ex-astronauts, but certainly ex-Navy SEALs, you name it).

24 10 2008
TLJ

I give your article 8 out ot 1-10, because I enjoyed it! Post more.

Thanks

24 10 2008
CRFlats

Mudpuppies and AKM, I have been busy at AFN convention week as a delegate and missed my Mudflats daily hit as a result. Wish I knew AKM was there in person! Anyway, thanks for the mention on the blog. It really is my favorite Anchorage event. Those of us who live in rural Alaska are made to feel at home, and we reconnect with friends from all over the state. It really is a special time. For those of you who wish to know more about Alaska Natives, please check out:

http://www.nativefederation.org/
Also: FirstAlaskans.org

I’m off again to the convention at the beautiful Dena’ina Convention Center (finally, something named for the original inhabitants of the Anchorage area–the Dena’ina people–Athepaskan people).

24 10 2008
End the End Times

This article is great and most interesting, as usual, AKM. (AFN)

Sorry to be a bit off (don’t know where to post this)–Haven’t seen this elsewhere and I’m in a hurry, but have people read?: “Palin appointed friends and donors to key posts in Alaska, records show” http://www.latimes.com 10/24/2008–Found on the great Andrew Sullivans’ blog…This is of special interest to we Alaskans I would guess.

24 10 2008
proudgranny

I appreciate your fair assessment of Lisa Murkowski considering you are supporting the democrats. If only this election campaign had been conducted with such fairness. I wonder if Ms. Murkowski was able to carry out her responsibilities in Washington, DC without a “designer wardrobe”?
By the way does any one know if there is a clothing budget for VP? Seems to me there is lots of room there to “Trim the fat”.

24 10 2008
proudgranny

I appreciate your fair assessment of Lisa Murkowski considering you are supporting the democrats. If only this election campaign had been conducted with such fairness. I wonder if Ms. Murkowski was able to carry out her responsibilities in Washington, DC without a “designer wardrobe”?
By the way does any one know if there is a clothing budget for VP? Seems to me there is lots of room there to “Trim the fat”.

25 10 2008
Steve

@proudgranny:

There is no clothing budget for the VP.




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