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September 4, 2015

While it is always a positive to see the Chief Executive visit the state, given the Obama regime’s hostility to resource development had a lot of us worried. So far, there are no new National Monuments (yet).

January 28, 2015

With his action over the weekend on ANWR, President Obama announced that he has morphed from lame duck into troll, with Alaska as his first target. My experience with trolls is that he wants the appropriate thundering response from Alaskans and its elected leadership, while he moves on to the next target.

The Wiki defines an Internet Troll as:

January 16, 2015

It is always fun to speculate what comes next in the political world. Today’s episode concerns former US Senator Mark Begich and what he is going to do next.

It is always fun to speculate what comes next in the political world. Today’s episode concerns former US Senator Mark Begich and what he is going to do next.

December 19, 2014

One of the refrains we hear from the Walker-ites and on the talk shows these days is that the fiscal crunch puts “everything on the table.” I would submit that everything is most certainly not on the table, as decisions by the new Walker administration will be driven by their worldview and prejudices just like those before they came into town.

With the crash in the per barrel price of oil to the $60/bbl range, we here in Alaska are faced with the latest round of fiscal crises. That level is about half the per barrel forecast that former Governor Parnell’s budget was based upon.

November 11, 2014

Interesting election here in Alaska. All four of the democrat sponsored ballot initiatives passed. Three required a yes vote. One required a no vote. Unfortunately for the democrats, the positive outcomes on the initiatives did not drag their candidates across the finish line with them for the most part.

Interesting election here in Alaska. All four of the democrat sponsored ballot initiatives passed. Three required a yes vote. One required a no vote. Unfortunately for the democrats, the positive outcomes on the initiatives did not drag their candidates across the finish line with them for the most part.

October 18, 2014

Democrats found themselves quite a candidate to run for House District 13 in East Anchorage. Laurie Hummel is a 30-year Army Colonel who is painting herself as the very picture of fiscal restraint. She claims to be running because the last Legislature and LeDoux in particular simply spent too much money.

Democrats found themselves quite a candidate to run for House District 13 in East Anchorage. Laurie Hummel is a 30-year Army Colonel who is painting herself as the very picture of fiscal restraint. She claims to be running because the last Legislature and LeDoux in particular simply spent too much money.

October 9, 2014

Long time Democrat union hack (redundant) candidate Harry Crawford, fresh off raising your electric rates as a member of the Chugach Board of Directors is running for State Senate against incumbent Cathy Giessel.

 

 

 

Long time Democrat union hack (redundant) candidate Harry Crawford, fresh off raising your electric rates as a member of the Chugach Board of Directors is running for State Senate against incumbent Cathy Giessel. This is the second IBEW elected and supported democrat off the Chugach Board to try to beat Giessel in recent years.

June 10, 2014

New Horizons Telecom, Hangar

901 Cope Industrial Way, Palmer, AK  99645

http://www.parnell2014.com/

New Horizons Telecom, Hangar

901 Cope Industrial Way, Palmer, AK 99645

http://www.parnell2014.com/

April 13, 2014

The proposed Obama budget continues its assault on military members and retirees started a year ago during the Sequester, when for the first time in memory they targeted users and employees of the military commissary system for their special brand of loving care.

“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

– Samuel Johnson, April 7, 1775.

This is one of the great historic quotes, particularly applicable during the political campaign season.

March 28, 2014

The Alaska Volcano Observatory exists to warn commercial aviation of volcanic ash clouds encountered in flight.  FAA funding of it was cut in the anti-earmark wars of 2008.  What has been done to restore this basic public safety function?

Other than Hawaii, Alaska is the most volcanically active state in the union. There are over 130 volcanoes and volcanic fields that have been active in the last two million years. The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) monitors some 34 active volcanoes in Alaska on a real time basis. https://www.avo.alaska.edu/

March 2, 2014

A fundamental structural change in our inter-governmental system to better balance the powers of the states and the federal government and resolve disagreements with methods short of violence.

An alternate way to resolve constitutional disputes.

In Part 15, I suggested a way for states to assert constitutional violations in a manner that does not radically change our governmental structure. In the current column, I will suggest a way for the states to challenge the constitutionally of federal statutes by creating a new inter-state body. 

February 25, 2014

To control the masses, requires an enemy that is the antithesis of your beliefs and concerns.

Everyone, over thirty, has read George Orwell’s book, 1984. Some consider the emphasis to be about big brother watching you. However, there is another message.

To control the masses, requires an enemy that is the antithesis of your beliefs and concerns.

February 22, 2014

The feds forcast a mild, warm winter for the Lower 48 states.  We got one of the harshest and coldest in decades.  If they can't predict 3 months in advance, why believe them on predictions 50 years out?

There is a great H.L. Menken quote from his 1922 In Defense of Women that goes:

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."

February 8, 2014

When the Bristol Bay Native Corporation opposes the Pebble Mine, are they against all mining or simply using the public process to take out a competitior?

Last week news leaked out on local talk shows that Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC), located in the “Place that’s always been” had signed a mining agreement with Canadian mining corporation Milrock Resources for exploration for a proposed copper and gold mine in the Chignik region down the Alaska Peninsula a bit.

January 30, 2014

Our Congress has gotten so sloppy about keeping within the bounds they were assigned by the Constitution, that it is time to clarify both their duties and those of the Supreme Court.

Are you serious? Are you serious?”

I have had occasion to cringe when I hear sub-literate answers many US senators and representatives give when they’re asked “what is the constitutional justification for a law?” 

January 10, 2014

The McClatchy fish wrapper is stepping up the opposition to the Knik Arm Bridge.  Why oppose something that will save commuters time, money and cut vehicle emissions into the environment?

Why is it that the political left always wants to tell us how to live?

Latest example is a pair of hatchet job pieces in the editorial section of Anchorage’s McClatchy fish wrapper trashing the idea of the Knik Arm Bridge.

November 21, 2013

The income tax has been an ugly factor in American life for a hundred years. It has long been recognized as inappropriate and dangerous to a free people. Fortunately, superior alternatives exist.

October 29, 2013

Mark Begich now supports a delay in ObamaCare.  Pity he didn't three weeks ago.

Guess who jumped on the “Extend and delay ObamaCare” bandwagon. Why, none other than our Boy Senator himself, Mark Begich.

October 25, 2013

Federal judges serve for life. Thus court composition is dependant on who is President and the health and retirement whims of the individual judges. Let’s change that to long, fixed single terms, giving each President a predictable number of appointments.

Term Limits

October 19, 2013

Our Country’s Constitution, Part 3
Age and experience requirements for federal office

... that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

            - Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Cemetery, 19 November 1863

October 10, 2013

The rest of the nation has been treated to a week's worth of abuse we Alaskans see on a regular basis. 

The Shutdown Wars being conducted by the Obama White House via its Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has introduced the rest of the nation to the endemic thuggery and viciousness we Alaskans have come to know and expect from National Park Service (NPS) and its employees over the years.

October 4, 2013

Our Boy Senator, who is up for reelection next year had himself quite a week; one he should be proud of. Not.

Our Boy Senator, who is up for reelection next year had himself quite a week; one he should be proud of. Not.

September 17, 2013

In times of crisis, the US normally responds with a series of Constitutional Amendments to address the new problems.  Mark Levin proposes an Article V Constitutional Convention called by the many states to propose amendments that will move power out of Washington DC.

Why amend the Constitution?

Before I propose amendments that I believe strengthen the original intent of our Constitution, let me briefly explain why.

May 3, 2013

Why is Joe Miller, a self-professed staunch defender of liberty, a TEA Party favorite, and someone who has reported to be in the middle of the recent internal wars within the Alaska Republican Party for the last three years a bad idea for Alaska? Answer? 

Joe Miller announced setting up an exploratory committee for a possible run for US Senate in 2014 against Mark Begich. While glorious news to the Millerites and Paulians he has ingratiated himself with over the last couple years, I am skeptical that this is anything but bad news for the rest of Alaska.

April 14, 2013

When you invite auditors into your business, it is always a good idea to make sure that their assumptions and your assumptions match. Such is the problem with the Legislative Audit Agency’s audit of the proposed Knik Arm Bridge that was so gleefully reported by the local fish wrapper and democrats in opposition to it last week.

When you invite auditors into your business, it is always a good idea to make sure that their assumptions and your assumptions match. Such is the problem with the Legislative Audit Agency’s audit of the proposed Knik Arm Bridge that was so gleefully reported by the local fish wrapper and democrats in opposition to it last week.