Oyster Roundup – Independence Day Edition
Happy Independence Day! Of course, “Alaskan Independence Day” was yesterday, the two year anniversary of the event at Lake Lucille in Wasilla that we like to cal “Quitstock.” That’s right, Sarah Palin abdicated the governorship and left us in the not-so-capable hands of Captain Zero. We Alaskans were rid of her whether we individually wanted to be, or not. Moving on…
You may notice that my usual John Tenniel illustration from Alice in Wonderland does not grace this Oyster Roundup. Instead may I present oysters from Kachemak Bay in Homer, Alaska that were presumably engulfed by our editor Shannyn Moore. All we got here in Anchorage was this digital variety, which, while it makes us salivate, is less gratifying.
Remember when Paul Revere warned the British about the colonists with clanging bells and blazing pistols? Me neither. But this British invasion, that is happening as we speak here in the Great Land, is definitely a “two if by sea” moment. And this little piece of history, in addition to having foreign powers trying to exploit America, and a cry for patriots to stand up for our rights, there’s even a Benedict Arnold. True story. Click the link in the title to find out why you non-Alaskans should join the revolution.
Even if it wasn’t mandated in the Constitution, I’d still love the Census. I felt bad for my census taker who, through a mix-up of address had to come hunt me down in person. He looked a bit anxious when I answered the door, and eventually told me some “interesting” stories about Alaskans who’d been told to fear the census like they fear the federal gubmint itself. Including one of its founding documents, apparently. Yikes.
In any case, the Alaska numbers are now out, not counting those who managed to dodge the questions. Did you know that in the last ten years, Alaska has grown by 13.3% compared to the nation as a whole that has grown by 9.7%? Alaskan women make up 48.1% of the population, compared to the national 50.7% which backs up at least half of that old t-shirt slogan about Alaskan men that says – “The odds are good but the goods are odd.” More fun facts at the link.
While most of us are celebrating the country’s independence from colonial rule, “The Foundry” – the blog presence of the conservative Heritage Foundation has taken a different tact this 4th of July. While good patriotic Americans across the land are thinking about all the common principles that unite us, they tweeted:
OUTRAGEOUS: Atheists Take Offense at 9/11 Memorial for Fallen Firefighters
Yes, I clicked. And there was a flag, and a cross made out of iron beams, presumably from the World Trade Center site. And a big, long, screed about how the atheists are trying to trample on the religious intent of the founding fathers… bla bla. 9-11… 7-4… Whatever. Now that they’ve inspired us with this message of American unity and freedom, and God, they can go watch a bunch of communist Chinese explosives.
Here’s a fun little 24-question quiz that answers the question. According to the wisdom of this Select-Smart questionnaire… Well, let’s just say that nest time it rains they’re expecting me to go fly a kite. I can totally live with that, especially if you consider that Ben Franklin was kind of the original anonymous blogger of the colonies. Just ask Mrs. Silence Dogood. If you are so inclined, share who YOU are in the comments. I’d be curious to see.