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May 16, 2021

This Bud’s for You! (Warning – This Post Has Zero Political Content)

Another totally perfect day in Anchorage.  I decided to take a little hike to see if things were waking up yet.  Usually, the first spring flowers I see are violets, so I headed down to the creek to see if they’d decided to make an appearance yet, and check out what else might be around. The first thing I noticed was….ash.  Lots of it.  After the eruption of Mt. Redoubt sprinkled a fine layer of powdery ash over Anchorage, everything turned grey.  Then a couple more fresh blankets of snow, and it was all but forgotten.  Well, now that the…

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Black Hat, Mint Julep, Piles of Cash and Karmic Imbalance… Alaska Meets Kentucky.

Well, don’t that beat all.  In another stunning display of “you can’t make this stuff up,” yesterday’s Kentucky Derby winner, a 50:1 longshot named Mine That Bird belongs in part to Mark Allen, son of former CEO of Veco Corp. Bill Allen. Yes, THAT Bill Allen.  The Bill Allen that copped a plea deal with the feds to turn over the likes of Vic Kohring, Pete Kott, and Ted Stevens.  That last one didn’t work out too well, but nevertheless he tried. And it doesn’t stop there.  Part of Bill Allen’s plea deal with the feds was that Mark would receive…

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Open Thread – Blue Sky & Vitamin D(emocracy)

(brushing grass off arms) It’s a perfect day in Anchorage.  Warm, but not too warm.  A cloudless sky.  A slight breeze.  And I’ve come to a conclusion. There are few things in life quite so wonderful as lying in the grass on a warm spring day with a dog and a kid, looking at this: The only things that interrupted that amazing blue vista were an occasional recreational aircraft heading in the direction of Seward, and a twig-carrying magpie working to put the finishing touches on the summer abode. After a long cold dark winter, you’ll have to forgive me if…

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Let the Gnashing of Teeth and the Rending of Garments Begin!

Conservatives are all….”a-Twitter” (as you’ll see below) about the fact that, as we all knew, the President of the United States will actually be appointing a justice to the Supreme Court. David Souter today announced that he will be stepping down in June. Here’s what President Obama had to say today when he interrupted a press briefing to address the issue: Now, the process of selecting someone to replace Justice Souter is among my most serious responsibilities as president, so I will seek somebody with a sharp and independent mind and a record of excellence and integrity. I will seek someone who…

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Open Thread for Anything But Dan Sullivan

It was Friday night until recently, and for those of you who are as up to your eyeballs in Dan Sullivan as I am, here’s an open thread to start the weekend and talk about other stuff.  After today, I truly believe if I hear the name Dan Sullivan again my brain will start bleeding.  So, off I go to bed. Make it stop!  (Runs upstairs and dives into bed pulling covers over head) See you in the morning.

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Sullivan Saga…Chapter 2. The Cocktail Waitress Speaks.

Court documents came to light yesterday which seemed to point to Dan Sullivan mayoral candidate and bar owner, as the infamous “Dan” who served drinks to a young cocktail waitress in his employ until she was over the legal limit and then sent her out into the world at 4am to drive the wrong way down I Street, cause a head on collision, flee the scene and ultimately end up arrested.  The right wing leapt into action proclaiming that it couldn’t possibly be THAT Dan.  Surely there must be some other Dan….a miscreant Dan…a Guinness pouring Dan at McGinley’s pub that…

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Two Candidates and the Bridge to Debt.

I popped in to see the mayoral candidates forum hosted by the AARP at Central Middle School last night. Each candidate has made his views known, and has honed their answers to most of the questions by now. These two have been seeing a lot of each other lately. So, I’ll just note a few things that popped out at me. Both candidates look a bit tired. Eric Croft, who is usually 1000 watts of raw enthusiasm was only about 993 watts of raw enthusiasm, and Dan Sullivan looked even mopier than usual. He’s OK when he speaks, but then…

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Who is Bob Poe?

Dennis Zaki just got back from Kodiak, where he met Bob Poe. He asked him the question, “Who is Bob Poe?” and got this answer. Dennis hopes to ask this question of all the gubernatorial candidates. **WARNING** Do not watch this video if you feel insecure about your resume. Who is Bob Poe? from Dennis Zaki on Vimeo.

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Bedtime in Alaska – Odds & Ends

Don Young Twitterjacked! Oh, the Twitter fun just never ends.  Not only is the good governor tweeting up a storm on her brand new Twitter account, but so is Don Young…..or so we thought.  Turns out that according to Young’s office an imposter has been tweeting weird stuff using the name and image of Don Young, and Palin was briefly taken in and followed the scoundrel on her own Twitter account!  Now that the jig is up, he’s been un-followed.  And on an amusing note, Mudflats, too, was briefly on the governor’s “follow” list and then removed.  Interesting… The Dirty Truth About…

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“Alaska Fund Trust” – It’s the New SarahPAC!

SarahPAC is so….yesterday.  All the cool kids are now throwing their hard-earned money to Alaska Fund Trust! Campaign Solutions, the Republican consulting firm running the show at SarahPAC has dropped the PAC like a hot potato “parted ways” with Sarah Palin’s political action committee, whose first financial disclosure we can look forward to in June.   This news came the day after an ethics complaint was filed against the governor alleging that the contractual relationship between the Governor and SarahPAC is a violation of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.  The group had been working with the Palin operation to raise money for SarahPAC…

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