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November 28, 2014

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    Gasline Secrets as Parnell Exits

    Alaskans know about airplanes and flying. No other state’s residents fly as much as we do. So we know every plane really ought to have two wings. Same with birds. There are no halibut-style birds, with two wings on one side of their bodies. I find government works best with matching wings, one on the left, one on the right. For the last few years, we’ve been trying to fly the Spirit of Alaska with two right wings. As a result, our captain, co-pilot and the rest of the crew never really got us off the ground. They didn’t kill…

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    Bird of the Week – Crested Auklet

    WC has neglected the Alaska alcids, the “flying footballs” of Alaska waters. Alaska doesn’t have penguins – whatever they may think in the Lower 48 – but we come close with these diving seabirds. We’ll start with a species that always makes WC smile, Crested Auklets. The crest is a sexual characteristic in both genders; both males and females prefer a mate with a big crest. Let the innuendo begin. Camera geek stuff: f14, 1/60 ISO1000 For more bird photos, please visit Frozen Feather Images.

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    Begich and Parnell Concede

    Mark Begich has officially called to congratulate Dan Sullivan on winning the senate race. I’m thinking maybe a constitutional challenge is in order now that Ohio has three senators. Alaskans didn’t used to fall for the carpetbagger who moved here just for a senate seat. But the times they are a-changing. The following statement was released by Begich, after calling Sullivan today. “Alaska is a place unmatched by any other, and the opportunity to represent Alaskans and all of Alaska’s communities in the U.S. Senate has been a tremendous honor for which I am eternally grateful. Alaska deserves a bright…

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    The Weekend Off – News You Missed

    Alaska Desmogblog – Keystone XL Scandal: Obama Attorney’s Law Firm Represents TransCanada’s Pipeline in Alaska A DeSmogBlog investigation reveals that Robert Bauer, former White House Counsel and President Barack Obama’s personal attorney, works at the corporate law firm Perkins Coie LLP, which does legal work for TransCanada’s South Central LNG Project, formerly known as Alaska Gas Pipeline Project. NBCNews.com – Airplane Warning After Alaska Volcano Erupts, Spewing Ash The National Weather Service on Saturday warned airplanes to avoid airspace near an erupting Alaska volcano as it spewed ash 30,000 feet above sea level. Winds were blowing ash from Pavlof Volcano to…

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    Bird of the Week – Red-faced Cormorant

    Alaska is the only place in North America where you can find the Red-faced Cormorant. Cormorants dive for fish, and nest on cliffs and ledges like the bluffs of St. Paul Island. The body appears black, but actually has a greenish-purplish cast, best seen on cloudy days. Camera geek stuff: f4, 1/8000 ISO100 For more bird photos, please visit Frozen Feather Images.  

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Notes from Election Central

Nov 4, 2014

Here we go again! 8:30 – No numbers yet. Sitting in a sweet spot with lots of plug-ins and within earshot of the table belonging to Ethan Berkowitz and the Party Planner who are interviewing talk bloviator Dave Stieren who is loudly and intently talking about Mark BAGitch (learn the name!) “Every election is about the next election,” he drops the pearls of wisdom on the floor for us to scramble after. Now something about Joe Miller, and the Democrats sending out flyers for Mark Fish the Libertarian candidate, hoping to split the Republican vote. The Party Planner nods in…

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Best Election Day Posts on Social Media… So Far

Nov 4, 2014

Have you voted yet? I voted!!! Have you…??? pic.twitter.com/kYA4gQHAlY — LeVar Burton (@levarburton) November 4, 2014 Your country needs YOU (to vote) pic.twitter.com/HnglnO1dNB — Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) November 4, 2014 If you haven’t voted yet, Gov. Jay Nixon wants you to get crackin’ http://t.co/DiW4HyZIwH pic.twitter.com/BdJBQiKPiz — Wonkette (@Wonkette) November 4, 2014 Not so subtle “Carpetbagger” message in the NH senate race. cc @NowWithAlex pic.twitter.com/FyanJzDp4g — Alex Wagner (@alexwagner) November 4, 2014 Amazing RT @rebleber: PHOTOBOMB pic.twitter.com/I4Ehcgfo8y — Patrick Caldwell (@patcaldwell) November 4, 2014 i gotta dedicate my life to wendy davis now RT @bomani_jones: #welcometo2014 pic.twitter.com/3Y2yI0Kw6Q — Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano)…

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Cruz to Wasilla

Nov 3, 2014

Fueled by Jitters coffee and a sugar cookie the size of a frisbee, I was as ready as I was ever going to be. I and two companions were on a political road trip north to the Valley. As we arrived in Wasilla, a small plane flew laps over the AT&T sports center, towing a sign that read “Sullivan for Senate.” In a media market filled to capacity with political ads, this apparently was the only air time left. Inside, Toby Keith, Neil Diamond, Eminem, Corey Hart, and an unlikely play list of songs presumably chosen for themes of freedom, America,…

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Treadwell Signs Up for A Racially Targeted Voter Hit list

Nov 2, 2014

Ask any Alaskan what the Lt. Governor does and the best answer that one might say is ‘protecting the Seal of Alaska.’ That’s Sec. 44.09.015. for those keeping track at home. The other somewhat important item that the Lt. Governor does – is oversee elections. For some reason that’s not talked about too much. When Mead Treadwell ran unsuccessfully for Senate earlier this year it was briefly discussed that he should step down at Lt. Gov. as he would, if we won the nomination be overseeing his own election. But in the end he said he wouldn’t. Because, you know we can trust…

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Whiny Sullivan Operative Must Work in Hellhole

Nov 2, 2014

Outside Republican Sullivan operatives haven’t quite figured out how the internets work. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan is having a hard time convincing people he’s from Alaska. Most of his contributions are from Ohio, because… well, he’s from Ohio. And while he may be sticking around Alaska long enough to try to get a Senate job in DC, some of his campaigners can’t wait to get out of this godforsaken hellhole populated by dumb rubes. (Psst! Hey, “RepublicanPolitico,” we can hear you!) Yes, Sullivan’s guns for hire pulled field programs in October because of the weather. Nahhh… nobody does any field work in…

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Someone Doesn’t Like Us & We’re Cool With That

Nov 1, 2014

Alaska’s premier morality cop Jim Minnery of Alaska Family Action doesn’t like us very much. Nor does he like the Alaska Constitution, apparently. When he’s not busy obsessing about what women do with their constitutional rights and their personal medical decisions, he’s busy obsessing about who is fornicating with and marrying whom. The continual ruminations about what other people are doing with their private parts must be exhausting. Republican Gov. Sean Parnell is lagging in the polls. You remember him, right? He’s the one who rejected additional funds for Denali Kid Care (SCHIP), to provide medical care to low-income pregnant women and children because… it might…

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Giant Weed Monster! RUN!

Nov 1, 2014

Soon voters will decide whether to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Alaska. Fortunately, Alaska Robotics News in Juneau has reporters on the scene in Seattle and Denver to tell us like what the heck is going on, man? Oh, and if you’re going out can you pick up some Funyuns? Awesome end of the world snack, dude.

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Bird of the Week – Glaucous Gull

Nov 1, 2014

The Glaucous Gull is Alaska’s largest pale gull. In shape and size, the Glaucous Gull is similar to the more familiar Herring Gull and Glaucous-winged Gull. But the Glaucous Gull has no black in its feathers, is quite pale and has a clear yellow iris. There are other very pale gulls in Alaska, but you won’t usually see them unless you are in Barrow in October. WC has no idea what this north coastal bird was doing at Galbraith Camp, along the Dalton Highway, 200 miles inland. Camera geek stuff: f11, 1/3200, ISO2500. For more bird photos, please visit Frozen Feather…

Nate Silver Calls It For Walker-Mallott

Nov 1, 2014

…in a squeaker. The 538 electoral modeling math nerd king was the undisputed champion of the 2012 cycle, correctly predicting 49 of 50 states (and only missing Indiana by 0.1%) While much national punditry is focused on the battle for the US Senate, last night Silver released his model for the 2014 gubernatorial cycle. Projecting Walker-Mallott ahead by a narrow 0.8 percent, Silver gives the Unity Ticket a 56% chance of winning the race. For Mudflatters around the Lower 48, Silver’s model is a mixed bag. Democrats are projected to flip the governorships of Maine, Florida, Kansas and Pennsylvania into…

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Alaska Girls Kick Ass & Midterms Matter

Oct 31, 2014

If you live in Alaska, you’ve seen that bumper sticker a hundred times if you’ve seen it once. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it when I arrived in the Great Land. As the years passed, I did things I’d never have done if I had stayed in east coast suburbia. I camped in bear country, and wolf country; I sailed in high seas in the Gulf of Alaska; traversed mountain passes with a baby on my back; almost tumbled into a gorge on a 3-wheeler; pulled up my share of halibut from the deep sea; had Thanksgiving in…