September 5th, 2008

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Good Morning!



My son Jeff is 34 today.  I slept outside last night to treasure that event with the stars.  The moon set early and yet it still seemed  light in the night.  

A friend placed her daughter at Mt. Holyoke last week, and now her family is three at home, not four.  Somehow this morning it hit me how hard that transition is, how each transition requires something of us, and how sometimes we may not pause to recognize we've walked through another door.

I found myself yesterday noticing how when the fog is on approach at the ocean it can look like a solid wall and yet when it arrives, it is soft and liquid and sweet.  It is like being kissed all over, being licked by a dog we love. 

Maybe life's transitions are like that too, something that may seem formidable on approach and yet we are lit with blessings in its folds.

It was just about this time 34 years ago that I woke and recognized it was time for Jeff to enter the world a little more thoroughly.  I was blessed to have encountered Transcendental Meditation when Jeff was newly wombed, and I was told being pregnant I could meditate as much as I wanted not just twice a day, that it was important for the baby.  I had an easy birth, and meditation has been a lovely aid for me throughout my days.  I believe in bond between mother and child.  I believe it begins with conception and I believe it is nourished after birth.

I also believe in choice, and believe each person has a right to their choice.   What appalls me about Palin is that she doesn't understand the bond.  I believe if one is going to bring a child into the world, they are there for that child, as that child takes their first steps into their own breath, and that is not accomplished with just that first breath.  The breathing separation takes time.

I believe the children in Finland do well because both mother and father are given leave from work to be with the child in the first months.  What better gift can we give the world than that?   Time with our children and that is what Barack Obama speaks to.  He says to read to our children.  Again, what better gift.   May sanity and bonding prevail.   May the man who truly speaks to change, may the couple who writes their own speeches, win this election.  May the monitor of truth come through.

I also understand that some mothers have to work, have to get back to work.  I think running for vice-president hardly qualifies as necessity for putting food on the table, and this baby needs to be held by its own mother, and not by sisters and whoever else is caring for the baby while it is not a photo-op.    I read of native societies and how the baby was carried next to the mother until it walked.  I think we might return to a time of bonding, to help us with transitions and letting go.   I think in some ways our time here is a constant balancing of birthing and dying, and one day, it is the final letting go.  Honoring attachment allows us to let go, to adjust with sensitivity and grace.









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Banned books -

The subject of banning books in school libraries seems to be up. I remember the "discussion" from the days when my children were in school. We also had many meetings on what books could be sold to raise money for the school. Some people did not want Garfield comic books sold, feeling they demeaned the reading process. Others thought just getting their kids to read was the point and besides we could make money on them, which would lead to computers and on and on.

I remember when I excitedly went to the local Mill Valley Library to check out Hardy Boys books for my son. I had loved Nancy Drew and thought I might revisit her too. The books were not there. I was informed they were not "literature." Since that time, they have appeared.

Anyway, here is an interesting site if you enjoy the subject of what is controversial now, according to some.

http://www.abffe.org/bbw-booklist-detailed.htm


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Resentment -



I never understood how Bush was able to be portrayed as  a "good ole boy,"  when he was born with ten gold spoons in his mouth.

I also never understood how Adlai Stevenson could be so demonized as an "egg-head," when he and Ike were probably about equal on the intellectual scale.

Well, we have it again because it works.   The economy is not in good shape.  Maybe that will provoke a new wave in the thought process of those who are angry at the elite and maybe they will perceive of whom the elite may actually consist, and how they are being thoroughly, conveniently and cruelly manipulated by them. 


Op-Ed Columnist

The Resentment Strategy

 
Published: September 4, 2008

Can the super-rich former governor of Massachusetts — the son of a Fortune 500 C.E.O. who made a vast fortune in the leveraged-buyout business — really keep a straight face while denouncing “Eastern elites”?

Can the former mayor of New York City, a man who, as USA Today put it, “marched in gay pride parades, dressed up in drag and lived temporarily with a gay couple and their Shih Tzu” — that was between his second and third marriages — really get away with saying that Barack Obama doesn’t think small towns are sufficiently “cosmopolitan”?

Can the vice-presidential candidate of a party that has controlled the White House, Congress or both for 26 of the past 28 years, a party that, Borg-like, assimilated much of the D.C. lobbying industry into itself — until Congress changed hands, high-paying lobbying jobs were reserved for loyal Republicans — really portray herself as running against the “Washington elite”?

Yes, they can.

On Tuesday, He Who Must Not Be Named — Mitt Romney mentioned him just once, Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin not at all — gave a video address to the Republican National Convention. John McCain, promised President Bush, would stand up to the “angry left.” That’s no doubt true. But don’t be fooled either by Mr. McCain’s long-ago reputation as a maverick or by Ms. Palin’s appealing persona: the Republican Party, now more than ever, is firmly in the hands of the angry right, which has always been much bigger, much more influential and much angrier than its counterpart on the other side.

What’s the source of all that anger?

Some of it, of course, is driven by cultural and religious conflict: fundamentalist Christians are sincerely dismayed by Roe v. Wade and evolution in the curriculum. What struck me as I watched the convention speeches, however, is how much of the anger on the right is based not on the claim that Democrats have done bad things, but on the perception — generally based on no evidence whatsoever — that Democrats look down their noses at regular people.

Thus Mr. Giuliani asserted that Wasilla, Alaska, isn’t “flashy enough” for Mr. Obama, who never said any such thing. And Ms. Palin asserted that Democrats “look down” on small-town mayors — again, without any evidence.

What the G.O.P. is selling, in other words, is the pure politics of resentment; you’re supposed to vote Republican to stick it to an elite that thinks it’s better than you. Or to put it another way, the G.O.P. is still the party of Nixon.

One of the key insights in “Nixonland,” the new book by the historian Rick Perlstein, is that Nixon’s political strategy throughout his career was inspired by his college experience, in which he got himself elected student body president by exploiting his classmates’ resentment against the Franklins, the school’s elite social club. There’s a direct line from that student election to Spiro Agnew’s attacks on the “nattering nabobs of negativism” as “an effete corps of impudent snobs,” and from there to the peculiar cult of personality that not long ago surrounded George W. Bush — a cult that celebrated his anti-intellectualism and made much of the supposed fact that the “misunderestimated” C-average student had proved himself smarter than all the fancy-pants experts.

And when Mr. Bush turned out not to be that smart after all, and his presidency crashed and burned, the angry right — the raging rajas of resentment? — became, if anything, even angrier. Humiliation will do that.

Can Mr. McCain and Ms. Palin really ride Nixonian resentment into an upset election victory in what should be an overwhelmingly Democratic year? The answer is a definite maybe.

By selecting Barack Obama as their nominee, the Democrats may have given Republicans an opening: the very qualities that inspire many fervent Obama supporters — the candidate’s high-flown eloquence, his coolness factor — have also laid him open to a Nixonian backlash. Unlike many observers, I wasn’t surprised at the effectiveness of the McCain “celebrity” ad. It didn’t make much sense intellectually, but it skillfully exploited the resentment some voters feel toward Mr. Obama’s star quality.

That said, the experience of the years since 2000 — the memory of what happened to working Americans when faux-populist Republicans controlled the government — is still fairly fresh in voters’ minds. Furthermore, while Democrats’ supposed contempt for ordinary people is mainly a figment of Republican imagination, the G.O.P. really is the Gramm Old Party — it really does believe that the economy is just fine, and the fact that most Americans disagree just shows that we’re a nation of whiners.

But the Democrats can’t afford to be complacent. Resentment, no matter how contrived, is a powerful force, and it’s one that Republicans are very, very good at exploiting.



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My brother copied me on an email he sent to a conservative friend of his.  I am placing it here, as I think he says it well.  I think many of us now understand that the "other side" watches Fox and thinks it is news.  I know I have underestimated the power that is exhibited there.  I don't think I've ever actually seen it, just heard about it.  I was unaware how slanted and hate-based it is, and it seems people are not seeing through it.   I think it is called Fox for a reason.   The fox is in the hen house eating all the chickens and eggs and no one seems to know or care.  

My brother's words:


 

Bob…Please read this and give me your honest feedback.  I really want to know what I’m missing.  I understand what dumb guys see in Fox but I - for the life of me - cannot understand how smart guys like you buy in.  Please tell me what I’m missing.

 

I did give it my best shot last night.  I sincerely tried to watch and give Fox and O’Reilly the benefit of the doubt but I didn’t last 20 minutes.  It was easier to watch the Yankees lose again than watch that self-righteous, blowhard-bully, Bill O’Reilly.

 

But that wasn’t the worst of it or why I ultimately switched in absolute disbelief.  Were you watching?  He and Gingrich weren’t just insinuating but were openly and continually proclaiming that the media (all media besides Fox, of course) and in particular, NBC, are leftist organizations bound and determined to elect Obama as the next president of the United States.  They said that, word for word, countless times in the 20 minutes I watched.   

 

First of all, what an utterly ridiculous statement and how can you even take people seriously who make such idiotic remarks?  More importantly, what would possibly motivate any of the major networks and - NBC in particular - to want to sway the election toward a democrat, much less Obama?  Obama is openly campaigning upon ending the war in Iraq as quickly as possible and avoiding other such wars through the use of diplomacy.  NBC is owned by GE whose highly profitable military equipment division has huge financial interests in perpetuating military buildup and escalations.

 

Obama has openly campaigned on the promise to raise taxes on the 5% of richest Americans as well as corporate taxes.  The networks are businesses, trying to survive in incredibly competitive fields, and to assume that Obama would benefit them in any way is completely nonsensical.  They will clearly benefit far more from another Bush/McCain administration.

 

But here’s really the crux of this whole Rupert Murdoch, Fox News thing, and as I was watching last night I realized, he may not even be a conservative; it’s not a necessary component to his formula.  He may just be an even smarter and more Machiavellian-influenced businessman than I already thought he was.

 

If you’re a Fox loyalist and have bought into their whole, right vs. left deal, it comes down to this:  Democrats are awful, evil people (mostly lazy and black) who will tax you into the poor house, get your kids hooked on drugs, rape your wives, steal your children, etc., etc.  In short, Democrats are Evil! 

 

Additionally, all news organizations other than Fox are strident, left-wing, democratic propaganda machines who will do anything possible to keep democrats in power.  Translation: All media besides Fox are EVIL and support Evil Democrats!

 

Finally, Fox does not support democrats or evil.  Translation:  Fox is the only news network you can trust, Period!

 

Murdoch has brilliantly eliminated ALL of his competition.

 

If you believe what they’re preaching 24 hours a day, day in and day out, then you’re not allowed to ever mix your media and as such, you have only one choice - Fox.  Brilliant!

 

Furthermore, it’s easy to imagine that when he dreamed up this simple concept several years back, he probably went to the conservatives and said, “Look, I’ve got a plan here that can really help keep you guys in power, virtually forever, and will simultaneously make me rich beyond belief.  I’ll keep spreading your word that all media besides mine is leftist and then you support me by having all republicans watch my network.  And don’t worry, I’ll make it totally right-wing oriented and also, very entertaining and easy to watch so that all the poor, not-so-bright, republicans will enjoy watching as well.”

 

I’m serious, Bob.  Tell me how any of what I’m saying is inaccurate.  Tell me that Murdoch (an Australian born citizen who only became a naturalized U.S. citizen in order to buy American newspapers) is not hijacking our democracy for the sake of his own profit.  I would love to know that I’m wrong on this.

 

Gary



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I watched the film of Sarah Palin's life that the Republicans put together for the convention and found it way weak and wondered at what was not said.  It was only four minutes, and much of it was about moose hunting with her dad, which is certainly one of the top qualifications for president in my book. 

Now we learn that she switched colleges six times in six years.   Didn't she know it rained in Hawaii before she got there?   Why did she think it was so lush and green?  Green equals rain.  Duh!!   That is why the hills are "golden" in CA right now.  No rain.

It sounds like she went to Hawaii for the beach rather than school since there is no record of her enrollment.  How did she support herself if she wasn't in school?  Oh, she was only there two weeks.  That sounds like a vacation, not a going to school.  

I wonder how she will do with the weather in Washington D.C.

She may just throw a temper tantrum and drop out whenever she is displeased.   Of course, she was not actually "in" to drop out, but if she was in six schools in six years that does not sound like the kind of stability we want in political office.  


Palin switched colleges 6 times in 6 years

Thursday, September 4, 2008

     

(09-04) 17:03 PDT Spokane, Wash. (AP) --

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin seems to have switched colleges at least six times in six years, including two stints at the University of Idaho before graduating from there in 1987.

Federal privacy laws prohibit the schools from disclosing her grades, and none of the schools contacted by The Associated Press could say why she transferred. There was no indication any were contacted as part of the background investigation of Palin by presidential candidate John McCain's campaign.

"Our office was not contacted by anyone," said Tania Thompson, spokeswoman for the University of Idaho in Moscow.

Palin, the governor of Alaska, was born in Idaho. Her family moved when she was only a few months old to Alaska, where she was raised.

According to a biography — "Sarah" by Kaylene Johnson — Palin and three friends went to the University of Hawaii at Hilo after graduation from high school in Alaska in 1982. But they left after a few weeks because of the constant rain there, the book said.

The registrar at Hawaii-Hilo has no record that she ever enrolled, school officials said Thursday.

Palin, then known as Sarah Louise Heath, and a friend then traveled to Honolulu and enrolled at Hawaii Pacific University, a private, nonsectarian school. She attended only as a freshman during the fall of 1982, school spokeswoman Crystale Lopez said.

She was in the business administration program as a full-time student, Lopez said Thursday.

"We're trying to track down someone who knew her," Lopez added.

From Hawaii Pacific, Palin transferred to North Idaho College, a two-year school in Coeur d'Alene, about 30 miles east of Spokane. She attended the college as a general studies major for two semesters, in spring 1983 and fall 1983, spokeswoman Stacy Hudson said.

"We were not able to track down club affiliations or anything," Hudson said.

The school identified one of her professors but he did not remember her, Hudson said.

Prior to her selection by McCain, the North Idaho College Alumni Association notified Palin in June she would be the recipient of its 2008-2009 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award.

From North Idaho College, Palin transferred 70 miles south to the University of Idaho, the state's flagship institution. She majored in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast news. She attended Idaho, whose mascot is the Vandals, from fall 1984 to spring 1985.

She then returned to Alaska to attend Matanuska-Susitna College in Palmer in fall 1985.

Then she returned to Idaho, for spring 1986, fall 1986 and spring 1987, when she graduated. Despite her journalism degree, she does not appear to have worked for the college newspaper or campus television station, school officials said. She worked briefly as a sportscaster for KTUU in Anchorage after she graduated college.

The McCain campaign did not have an immediate comment on Palin's higher education record.

Palin's biography on her Alaska governor's website indicates only that she graduated from Idaho in 1987.



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It is difficult sometimes to tell what is legit as to Ms. Palin at this point.  While I was checking out one person, I came across this.   This seems legit and all can easily be checked.     I really like this tidbit as a predictor of the results of the election.   "The good news is that history often repeats itself. In the 1984 Miss Alaska contest, Sarah Palin lost to Marilyne Blackburn, the first African-American Miss Alaska."


Friday, September 5, 2008

My Alaskan soul sister is an empty vessel

 

I'm an Alaskan mom living in Galway. I have a Down syndrome daughter. But hell no! I won't be voting for Sarah Palin, writes Mary Mullin

SARAH PALIN and I are soul sisters. Well, sort of. I was born and raised on a homestead in Alaska, and moved to the west of Ireland with intentions of writing the great Irish-Alaskan novel. I was 44 then - big things seem to happen to women at that tender age.

When I moved to Ireland, I brought my love of Alaska with me. It's something you never can leave behind, even if you didn't mean to pack it.

The mettle required to live there, the sun on the mountains where they crash into the sea, the rawness and charm of the characters who found their way north, the shimmer of salmon splashing into a net, and potlucks with friends who become family are all impossible to shake out of one's soul. Being an Alaskan is a permanent and lovely thing, like being Irish even though you live in Argentina or Anchorage.

I won't be voting for Sarah Palin, even though she makes John McCain look better than he looked without her. She is dead wrong on all the issues and is way, way, way too insular.

In addition to our almost nationalistic love for Alaska, Sarah Palin and I are both proud mothers of a child with Down syndrome.

My daughter Lily was born in Galway 10 years ago. It may be hard to believe, but the early childhood services in Ireland are better than they are in Alaska for people with Down syndrome.

When Sarah Palin gave birth to Trig, her son with Down syndrome, I hoped that she would beef up services for Alaska's disabled population. She could have done so overnight - but "social conservatives", especially tough super-moms like Sarah Palin, don't do that sort of thing.

It's the Democrats who care about single mothers and people with Down syndrome. It's the Democrats who designed community programmes for early intervention; it's the Democrats who instituted programmes for integration and it's the Democrats who fought for and passed the law that gives people with disabilities the right to a free and appropriate education in America's public schools.

And now, Sarah Palin and her darling baby, Trig, are being held in the bosom of right-wing Christian fundamentalists who are delighted with themselves. But they have done nothing for people with disabilities. Nothing.

And I am here to tell you, the Christian fundamentalists do not have the market cornered on the love, respect, dedication, frustrations, and courage it takes to raise a child with Down syndrome.

The social conservatives are committing a tremendous act of cynicism by holding up Sarah Palin as a champion of anything. How dare they?

Democratic administrations have welcomed our children into the world with sound public policies; policies which the Republicans have whittled away and weakened.

Alaska was a Democratic state until oil was discovered in 1959. The old Democratic leaders of Alaska, whom my 88-year-old mother knew well, would have been ashamed of Alaska now. (Many of Alaska's founding politicians were statesmen who would have made great presidents and vice-presidents: Governor Bill Egan, Congressman Nick Begich, and aptly-named Senator Ernest Gruening.)

Lily and I spent six weeks in Alaska this summer. My old mother, beautiful Lily and I marched for Obama in our hometown's annual summer parade. Us three generations of Mullen ladies stood tall with our Obama '08 placards and smiled real big at the conservatives who lined the footpaths.

Sarah Palin is not a famous reformer. She did oust Governor Frank Murkowski, and Alaska is better because of that. But it's the Federal Bureau of Investigation who took on and jailed corrupt politicians - all Republicans bar one - who accepted bribes from oil company types. She is far from being the Mother Teresa of anti-corruption.

Sarah Palin is a tremendously ambitious woman. She has been in the right place at the right time; her fairy-tale timing is remarkable. As mayor of Wasilla she ruled in a time when the sales taxes from all the ugly strip-malls in the commercial town gave her a big budget. She cut spending for the museum - God knows why - perhaps just to keep her socially conservative reputation intact.

Then she became governor of Alaska in more fairy-tale times - when a barrel of oil soared to a ridiculously high price, filling the state coffers with plenty. She could have replenished weakened social services programmes, but she didn't. She has promoted no social agenda in Alaska.

And speaking of oil, remember the Exxon Valdez oil spill? Remember how the conservative Supreme Court judges who were appointed by George Bush gave Exxon a tiny slap on the monetary wrist? No punitive damages were awarded, thereby sending a message to corporations that they can do what they damned well please.

Fie on the commercial fishers and Alaskan Natives whose lives were shattered by the smothering oil! By participating in the Republican Party with such gusto, Sarah Palin has turned her back on the 33,000 plaintiffs in the oil spill case.

Alaska has just recently held their primary election, which included ballot measure number four, an initiative to ban large metal mines from discharging large amounts of toxic chemicals into salmon streams and drinking water supplies. It failed. I can't help but wonder, had Sarah Palin used her popularity and political clout to help the measure pass . . . oh well, she's the one who is not convinced that pollution is a problem.

The part of Alaska that will be most adversely affected by mining pollution is Bristol Bay, home to the richest wild salmon run in the world, and home to Todd Palin's fishing site, and the place that inspired the name of their daughter, Bristol. God bless all the Bristols.

An e-mail from my niece in Anchorage sums up the feelings of those Alaskans who are not star-struck by Sarah. It reads: "The Palin stuff is BIZARRE! So, Sarah has a son going off to war, a daughter soon to parent as a child herself, Willow and Piper, and then wee Trig. Oh yeah, AND she's supposed to be our governor. Oh yeah, AND she was elected the mayor of Wasilla with 909 votes. AND she's so damn charismatic, I'm afraid our electorate will fall for the act. I am beginning to realise that she's probably the most ambitious person I'll ever know of. I hope America surprises me. God knows the world needs Obama."

A million years ago, I was the youngest delegate from Alaska to the Democratic Convention in Miami, in 1972. The heady McGovern days. Political conventions are dazzling events for us Alaskan girls who are usually dazzled by the northern lights on a November night, grounded by the frosty cheeks of our loved ones, gazing up.

Her gumption and fairy-tale timing have brought her this far. I feel extremely connected to Sarah Palin because of my daughter, Lily, and her son, Trig. We belong to the same tribe. Even though she will set the sky ablaze, she is out of her depth. McCain's recklessness in tapping her shoulder was a cynical act which shows the world just how flimsy democracy can be.

Thank God for the seriousness and thoughtfulness of Obama and Biden. I hope America surprises us all and, as my niece says, won't fall for the gorgeous act. We must remember that Sarah Palin won Miss Congeniality in both of her beauty contests, but it takes a bit more than that to help run the most powerful nation in the world.

Like substance and sincerity and a world view.

A passport will also be needed. She had to scramble to get a passport when she went to visit Alaskan troops in Kuwait last year. Imagine, a woman aged 44 without a passport.

The good news is that history often repeats itself. In the 1984 Miss Alaska contest, Sarah Palin lost to Marilyne Blackburn, the first African-American Miss Alaska.

...

Mary Mullen was born and raised in Soldotna, a town on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. She lives in Ballinderreen, Co Galway, where she writes poetry and non-fiction and teaches a memoir writing class. She prefers salmon to moose

© 2008 The Irish Times



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Bill Maher -



I watched Bill Maher tonight and he is convinced that the Down's Syndrome baby is Bristol's baby, not Sarah's.

It seems Bristol missed five months of school last year supposedly due to mononucleosis, right about the time the baby came.

Interesting in light of it would be a little strange to get pregnant while you were run down from mononucleosis.  She certainly does not look run-down.  She is one healthy looking girl.  It would explain why Sarah didn't really show and was in meetings and on planes up until the birth of the baby and then working three days later, and why she is so hyper-vigilant now.  Where is the gentle bloom that comes with childbirth, the desire to just sit and look into the eyes of your child and watch the fingers and toes curl and uncurl?   This woman is a barracuda and proud of it, reads the words of the speech that say the only difference between her and a pit bull is the lipstick.

All this should not be in the news, and yet it is because this is not a family we want leading the land.   Sometimes character counts and no matter how you slice this debacle, the circumstances are too strange and have nothing to do with governing a land in need.

We need some one focused on true family values, and this family is not it.   As Bill Maher pointed out, Chelsea did not get pregnant as a teen-ager and you can bet the Barack girls won't either.  Leadership, anyone?   Community organizing.   The Palin family is big enough to be a community and some organizing would be a really good thing.  

What the supposed future son-in-law posted about himself is not anything that should be connected to the White House.  If a black man had posted it, he would be lynched, and the kid is clear he doesn't want kids, so here we are with a shotgun marriage, and tragic circumstances for all, including us, who don't want to know anything about it and yet there it is.








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Here's an Alaskan blog -

http://mudflats.wordpress.com/


This is what the person doing the blog has to say about themselves.

Mudflats has been a long time coming. Until now it’s been written in my head, where posts repeated themselves incessantly until they were set free and inflicted verbally upon friends, coworkers and my spouse. I think they all must be secretly relieved I have a new outlet. The thing that drove me over the edge, and into the blogosphere? Alaska Representative Don Young and the Republican Party voting against Mother’s Day (See my very first post). So, a nod to my muse, Don Young. Go figure.
I have worked as a promotional writer and editor in the magazine industry, marketing, advertising, and blogging for my business. This is the first time I’m writing from my own perspective without trying to sell something. I like it.
My political background? I am a citizen who is paying attention. I’ve had the good fortune to have had people in my life who were engaged, and aware, and dragged me along until I became engaged and aware too. I am also fortunate to count as my friends some of those who hold elected office in this state, and remind me by example that there are good people out there in our state and city government who are intelligent, diligent, ethical, and working hard for the best interest of Alaska.
Personal background? I grew up on the East Coast and attended an ivy-covered New England liberal arts college. After graduating, and diving in to the business world, I decided to flee the NYC area and take a two year adventure to Alaska. When I arrived in Anchorage in February of 1991 without knowing a soul, only one month rent paid and $300 to my name, I looked out the window at the snow falling in the dark and wondered what I had done. By the time my two years were up, I was hooked.
I’ve put down deep roots here, and consider Alaska my home in every sense. I see it as a place of tremendous potential for business, for energy, for innovative thinking, and for citizen activists to be able to make a tangible difference in their local and state government.
You can contact me at akmuckraker@yahoo.com
Thanks for checking in, and I hope you enjoy the blog,
AKMuckraker


Be prepared!! You ain't heard nothing yet when it comes to Sarah Palin. There is more.