Bedtime in Alaska – Daily Roundup
Trees Sighted on the Lower Yukon!
When Rep. Mike Kelly (R) from Fairbanks suggested that if people in rural villages were cold, they should just “cut wood,” people in villages like Emmonak might have been scratching their heads, wondering about the secret location of all this wood. But now, Nunam Iqua resident Ann Strongheart has discovered trees right in the bustling heart of downtown Nunam Iqua. I’ll bet that purple one will burn real good. And if they run out of food again, and get hungry, I hear that there are lots of unicorns that hang out in the forest. A couple of those will get a family of four through the winter. Unicorn chili….mmmm.
Drill Baby D….
A federal appeals court today threw out the Interior Department’s 2007-2012 offshore oil and gas leasing program after finding that part of the department’s environmental analysis was inadequate.
The panel found that Interior, when preparing the plan, botched its implementation of a requirement under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act that federal officials consider the “relative environmental sensitivity” of different OCS areas. It ordered a new evaluation.
While [Ken Salazar] has suggested the Obama administration is open to some new leasing, he has also accused the Bush administration of acting too aggressively to widen development. Earlier this year, he described the draft proposal as a “headlong rush of the worst kind.”
Back to the drawing board, baby.
Undisputed You Tube Queen
Nope. It’s not Sarah Palin. And it’s not Tina Fey. It’s overnight internet star, singer Susan Boyle.
Visible Measures, a company that clutches the pulse of the online audience and refuses to let go, has identified more than 200 unique videos of Susan Boyle’s performance. According to Visible Measures, the combined figures seem to have exceeded the performances of George Bush’s shoe thrower, Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin, and President Obama’s victory speech.
Team Sarah Targets Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius
So, I guess “Team Sarah” isn’t just about promoting Sarah Palin, or even opposing opponents of Sarah Palin. Now the members of the mostly female team have organized a campaign to sabotage the nomination of Sebelius for the head of the Dept. of Health and Human Services.
The nomination is expected to pass through the committee and ultimately the Senate, though on Friday the terrain got a bit rougher, when ranking Republican Sen. Charles Grassley criticized the Kansas Governor for understating the amount of money she raised from doctor who performs (legal) abortions — likely the same revelation offending the Team Sarah members.
- Best Freudian Typo
In an email from the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee:
“Governor Palin represents so many everyday average working people. She shares our conservative values and is our standard barrier [sic]. That is why I am so passionate about our work and cause here at the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee.”