Oyster Roundup! Fake Palin, Heckling Cheney & Dirty Valentines
Former Vice President Dick Cheney got a heck of a greeting at CPAC, the yearly Conservative Political Action Conference where conservatives of all stripes come together to wallow in varying degrees of narrow-mindedness, religious zeal, military might, fiscal conservatism, and social backwardness. There are usually some internal squabbles about things like LGBT rights, and how they do or don’t fit into the conservative platform.
But back to Cheney’s greeting. It was spirited and passionate, but not what the former Veep expected. When Rumsfeld’s name was announced, and he took the stage to accept the conferences “Defenders of the Constitution” award, loud boos erupted, accompanied by jeering and leaving the room in protest. Then Dick Cheney took the stage to present the award, and was also met with boos, and cries of… wait for it… “Draft dodger!” and “Where’s bin Laden at?”
That would have been worth a trans-continental flight had I known. Maybe next time.
Speaking of those CPAC attendees, they seem to be easily impressed. In the absence of the actual real Sarah Palin, a fake one got a whole lot of attention at the event. Even when the crowd discovered the red-jacket-clad, spectacle wearing, doppleganger wasn’t who they hoped it was, they stayed and took pictures with cell phones and listened to the interloper talk about how she heard there were mooseburgers around somewhere.
The actual Palin of course would never darken the door of CPAC. She promised once and had all the fans at Team Sarah in a froth, spending their savings to make the pilgrimage. But then she denied she’d ever committed leaving the Conference and the Palinbots holding the bag. At least this year they got a fake one. OK…. the other fake one.
The last trial in the Jack Abramoff scandal has come to a close, with a conviction. And not surprisingly it leads right to Alaska and our one Congressman Don Young – specifically to his aide Fraser Verrusio. Now just recently I said thanks to Don for voting against the extension of three provisions of the Patriot Act, and for not taking his shirt off and hawking his wares on Craigslist. But, today he’s back in the corruption spotlight.
Verrusio accepted World Series tickets, airfare, steak dinners, strippers,… the usual. However, he
…maintained he did nothing illegal and that Capitol Hill aides and lawmakers commonly accepted travel provided by corporate sponsors with business before Congress. Verrusio attorney Joshua Berman suggested in closing arguments that FBI agents pursued his client because he refused to wear a hidden monitoring device in their investigation of Young and his connections to an Alaska businessman convicted of bribing state lawmakers.
Ah, yes. The investigation of Don Young that got suddenly and mysteriously dropped. What ever happened with that?
The Legislature is considering a bill to extend Alaska’s film tax credits program, which has attracted Hollywood productions like Everybody Loves Whales.
The current film tax break program is set to expire in 2013 and the House Special Committee on Economic Development, Trade and Tourism heard a bill Thursday which would give the program another 10 years.
Currently Alaska has no large sound stage, but Everybody Loves Whales worked around it, and other films with large budgets seem to be checking out Alaska as a possible location for shooting, thanks to the program. In addition to major motion pictures, other productions have taken advantage of the program…
One in particular which may have benefited from the state subsidies is (you know what’s coming) Sarah Palin’s Alaska. There’s no absolute confirmation, but an application was filed by one of the show’s producers. So, if it’s true, the first-time pioneer will be subsidized by the state of Alaska. What is with these conservatives and their dang government handouts?
There are only a couple days left before Valentine’s Day, and if your to do list still involves a little trip to the jewelry store, remember this! There are now fifty-four jewelers in the United States who have signed a pledge never to buy gold from a future Pebble Mine project, should it get permits and become a reality. Even jewelers whose livelihood depends on gold recognize that the risk to Alaska’s wild salmon, and 60% of the U.S. seafood harvest is too great to take. Tiffany, Zales, Helzberg Diamonds, Ben Bridge and dozens of others deserve our thanks and our business!