Mudflats’ Top 13 of 2013
Since it’s two millennia plus a baker’s dozen on the calendar, we thought that it seemed appropriate to give a nod to the top 13 Mudflats stories of 2013.
We noticed that six of the top 13 posts are about a certain former half governor who used to steer Alaska’s ship of state. We’re not quite sure what to make of this. We’re not ones to pat ourselves on the back, but that option is less horrifying to us than thinking that Sarah Palin is still all that important. We prefer instead to believe that she has simply morphed, devolved if you will, into nothing more than frivolous entertainment and that we’ve been able to capitalize on your sense of political relief by providing some chuckles. If we Alaskans bear some amount of collective responsibility for introducing her to the country, we can at least entertain you with our take on her slow and inevitable demise. We may not be entirely responsible for her, but if you’re looking for someone to make you laugh about it, it ain’t gonna be John McCain.
13) The Real Nazis (Jeanne Devon)
A bit of a surprise. This repost of a piece I’d written a few years ago went a little bit viral this Veterans’ Day. It’s a personal story of my father’s time in a prisoner of war camp in Germany in World War II, and how I’ve pretty much had it with people squawking about Obama being just like Hitler. Sadly, its relevance remains timely.
12) Greed ‘n Guns – A Very Palin Christmas (Jeanne Devon)
This was the first piece in the series of blogs on Sarah Palin’s Christmas book Good Tidings and Great Joy. There’s even an audio clip for the kind of people who run up mountains just to see if they can.
11) Mr. Balls vs. Fukuppy the Fukushima Egg (Jeanne Devon)
This piece was fun to write, and covers two of the biggest, most horrifying marketing fails in the history of time. Really.
10) Good Tidings and Great Pain – Chapter 1 (Jeanne Devon)
The first word sets the tone of the tome, and it’s all down hill from there… It doesn’t even help to read it through a glass of cognac.
9) Good Tidings and Great Pain – A Palin Xmas, Intro (Jeanne Devon)
Decisions, decisions. In retrospect, perhaps I should have gone with the Zombie’s Guide to the Holidays. This is the blog covering the introduction. It’s all you could ask for – Eskimo Bingo, guns for Christmas, agonizing gift hunts, and guns for Christmas.
8) Palin’s Book & My Christmas Pilgrimage to Wasilla (Jeanne Devon)
Zach Roberts and I used the buddy system for safety, and went on a road trip north. We thought we were going to take pictures of the northern lights, but instead we made an impromptu pilgrimage to the location of what may very well be the weirdest and creepiest nativity scene in the nation, in Wasilla, Alaska. It wasn’t quite what Palin described in her book.
7) Palin, Ducks & Free Speech (Zach Roberts)
The Duck Dynasty racist, homophobic disaster of a patriarch had the right up in arms, but they had it all wrong. The First Amendment – we don’t think it means what they think it means.
6) Assemblyman Admits Backroom Shenanigans (Linda Kellen Biegel)
The AFL-CIO’s Vince Beltrami got up in front of the Assembly and laid out for the audience the dastardly and craven plan of the mayor and his supporters with their latest election shenanigans. And one of the most conservative assembly members thanked him for his honesty! Shazam! All caught for you as it happened.
5) Duck Dynasty Duplicity? (Jeanne Devon)
Seems everyone wanted to take a peek at the reverse elitism of the Duck Dynasty crew.The offspring of the racist, homophobic “patriarch” had a pre-TV show penchant for the clean-shaven East coast J. Crew look. Go figure. Let’s hope these guys fade away in 2014.
4) TX Armed Group Identified & Running for Congress (Zach Roberts)
Here’s a follow up to the post that made it to #2.
3) Good Tidings & Great Pain – Top 10 Atrocities, Chapter 4 (Jeanne Devon)
I continued blogging Palin’s book despite the viral kudos to Dan Savage for his review of only the Introduction. His husband chucked the book in the trash before he’d even started Chapter 1. I had no such luck. Dan Savage himself got a kick out of the piece, tweeted the story and said, “Jeanne Devon of The Mudflats is a better woman than I…” I am humbled, and yes I will finish the book before the 12th day of Christmas.
2) Moms Group in “Armed Ambush” (Zach Roberts)
Zach Roberts was one of the very first to cover this emerging story about a moms’ group for gun control in Texas getting “ambushed” at their meeting by a group of armed 2nd amendment activists.
1) TPP 101 in Less Than 4 Minutes. Go. (Jeanne Devon)
Our biggest story of the year wasn’t a Palin piece, and wasn’t even an exclusively Alaskan piece. It’s perhaps the most important issue that most people have never heard of. The TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) is a global trade agreement that is so staggeringly bad it’s got legislators across the spectrum – Tea Party, moderate Republicans, Dems, Greens, all engaged and fighting hard against it. If you think it’s too wonky, or wish you knew how to speak about it intelligently, but don’t know where to find accurate, understandable and fast answers, read this and watch the video.
Less than 4 minutes, and worth your time. The fact that this is our #1 post of the year, by almost double the readership of #2 gives us hope that people are engaged in the world, and willing to learn what they need to learn to make it a better place.
All of us here at The Mudflats would like to thank you for your enthusiasm and support over the last five years. During that time, which has been mostly a volunteer labor of love, we have done our best to inform you, outrage you, make you laugh, show you the beauty of our great state, get you engaged in politics from the municipal to the state and national level, and cause you to think. It is a pleasure every day.
If you believe we’ve added to your online experience in 2013, we would gratefully welcome a few coins in the tip jar for things like gas, filing fees, server charges, time, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. —–> CLICK
May you all have a safe, healthy, and gratifying new year. Chins up, and chests out, Mudpuppies! There’s a lot to do.