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  • How the 1964 Alaska Earthquake Shook Up Science (50 Years ago Good Friday)

    04/17/2014 12:21:35 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 11 replies
    Live Science ^ | 3/27/2014 | Becky Oskin
    The earthquake struck at 5:36 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Good Friday. When the first shaking hit, many parents were in the kitchen, fixing dinner. For more than 4 minutes, the earth buckled and lurched all across southern Alaska. Few people returned home to their meals that night. In Anchorage, the ground cracked open and giant fissures swallowed children whole, killing them in front of their siblings. Landslides launched tsunamis that swept away coastal villages before the shaking even ended. In Seward, spilled oil slicked the water and caught fire. When the earthquake-triggered tsunami hit minutes later, the wave was...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Palin: Vladimir Putin a 'Silly Little Man'

    04/17/2014 12:11:09 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 62 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 4-17-2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin fired back against Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday calling him a "silly little man" after he said that he was not interested in invading Alaska. Putin downplayed the value of Alaska during a question-and-answer session in Moscow today, pointing out that it was a cold northern territory. “What would you need Alaska for?” he said, advising Russians "not be overenthusiastic” about the state. “Mr. Putin, such a silly little man on this matter of invading Alaska,” Palin said in a written statement to Breitbart News, pointing out that it was obvious that Russia got...
  • Online newspaper Alaska Dispatch buys Anchorage Daily News for $34 million

    04/16/2014 6:47:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    ap ^ | April 8, 2014 | MARK THIESSEN
    Alaska Dispatch Publishing LLC, the parent company of the online newspaper the Alaska Dispatch, will purchase the Anchorage Daily News from The McClatchy Co. for $34 million. The sale is expected to close in May. ... Billionaire Warren Buffett's company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 31 small- and medium-sized daily newspapers. It has bought most of those newspapers since 2011 at bargain prices. Including weekly papers and other publications, Berkshire owns 70 newspapers.
  • Alaska to sue Interior Department for road to reach medical aid

    04/16/2014 6:31:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced Monday that the state will sue the Obama administration to allow construction of a 10-mile road to give residents of a remote fishing village access to emergency medical flights at an all-weather airport. Residents of King Cove, Alaska, were outraged in December when Interior Secretary Sally Jewell nixed a plan for a land swap that would have allowed the building of an unpaved road between the small town and the airport at Cold Bay. ... Since Ms. Jewell rejected the land swap, which would have given the refuge 43,093 acres of state land and 13,300...
  • Begich Earmarked Millions for Bankrupt Green Energy Company

    04/15/2014 10:28:44 PM PDT · by lowbridge
    freebeacon.com ^ | april 15, 2014 |  Lachlan Markay
    As Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska) seeks to shore up his energy policy credentials, a now-bankrupt green energy company to which he steered federal subsidies could cloud his message. Begich received campaign contributions from a lobbyist for an Alaska geothermal plant after helping the company obtain federal financing. The company is now bankrupt, but Begich continues touting his support for alternative energy. The senator, who is facing reelection in November, will address the Alaska Wood Energy Conference on Wednesday. The conference brings together leaders in the state’s biomass industry. He has also promoted fossil fuel development, including effort to open areas of...
  • Jury nullification bill won’t move this session ( Alaska )

    04/15/2014 12:03:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | April 15, 2014 | Matt Buxton
    Advocates of jury nullification did their best to improve a bill expanding a jury’s ability to nullify laws, but the bill won’t be making it to a vote this session. House Bill 316, a bill by North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson, would expand and protect a jury’s right to judge the merits of a law, not just the facts before them, in a criminal case. The bill would allow defendants to argue their case based merits of the law, encouraging jurors to find them not guilty even in cases where evidence shows otherwise. It also would bar judges from...
  • Senate rejects GOP oil drilling plan (GOP measure, defeated Tuesday by a vote of 56-42)

    05/13/2008 8:57:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 308 replies · 1,301+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/08 | H. Josef Hebert - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Senate has rejected a Republican energy plan that calls for opening an Alaska wildlife refuge and some offshore waters to oil development. Supporters of the measure couldn't get the needed 60 votes to overcome a Democratic-led filibuster threat. Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said more domestic oil production is needed to keep prices in check and to reduce U.S. dependence on oil imports. Opponents said areas such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and coastal waters that have been off limits to drilling for 25 years ought to remain that out of bounds to oil companies....
  • Senator Harry Reid: Cattle Rustler for Communist China

    04/12/2014 8:33:43 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 67 replies
    joemiller.us ^ | 12 Apr 2014 | by James Simpson
    This week, the Bureau of Land Management has been attempting to confiscate the cattle of Cliven Bundy, the last rancher in Nevada’s Clark County. On Wednesday, BLM agents confronted the Bundy family and supporters, using attack dogs, tasers and stun guns. Bundy’s son was tased and his daughter thrown to the ground. Three others were injured. Bundy supporters eventually drove the BLM off, but not before they had taken some cattle. The BLM claims the cattle are “tresspassing” on land designated for the endangered desert tortoise. This designation is a red flag that something else is going on. Desert tortoises...
  • Is This Abuse of Authority or Tyranny?

    04/12/2014 8:19:25 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 20 replies
    Joe Miller ^ | April 12, 2014 | Joe Miller
    Dear Friend of Liberty, Obama acolyte Mark Begich needs to go. It's time for a senator from Alaska who will provide proper oversight and stand up to the abuses of Washington. The Obama Administration is simply out of control. The spectacle we are watching in Nevada with the Bureau of Land Management's land grab and cattle round up is, sadly, unsurprising. The BLM's insistence upon driving ranchers off the land their family has inhabited for the last 140 years, just so the EPA can “save” a supposedly endangered turtle, is almost as brilliant as sending SWAT teams to invade small...
  • Iraq War Veteran Emerges as Republican Frontrunner in Iowa Senate Race

    04/12/2014 12:06:12 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 11, 2014 | Daniel Wiser
    Iraq War veteran Joni Ernst emerged as the Republican frontrunner this week in the race to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa). Ernst, who served as a company commander in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 and is a mother of three, gained a slight advantage over the other four candidates for the GOP Senate nomination in a Suffolk University poll. Ernst has 25 percent support among likely primary goers, followed closely by wealthy businessman Mark Jacobs with 23 percent. The other three candidates received less than 10 percent, while 40 percent are still undecided for the June 3 primary....
  • HARRY REID FUNDRAISING PITCH: SEND ME MONEY BECAUSE PALIN 'BERATED ME'

    03/31/2014 3:40:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/31/2014 | TONY LEE
    On Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who is under fire for spending at least $31,000 in campaign funds to buy jewelry from his granddaughter, asked his supporters to send him campaign donations because former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin berated him. "Sarah Palin berated me for calling out the Koch Brothers in their attempt to buy control of the U.S. Senate," he writes in an e-mail sent a day before the end of the first fundraising quarter.
  • Sasse outraises Osborn in Nebraska Senate race

    04/03/2014 4:44:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/3/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    GOP Senate candidate Ben Sasse announced Thursday he raised more than $850,000 in the first quarter of the year, significantly more than his main challenger in the race. Sasse made the announcement on Twitter. Another Republican candidate, Shane Osborn, announced earlier this week he raised more than $550,000 in the first quarter of this year. Osborn is a former state Treasurer and Navy pilot and his main rival is Sasse, who serves as president of Midland University. Last week, conservative group FreedomWorks withdrew its endorsement of Osborn and said it would support Sasse instead. They are among four GOP contenders...
  • FreedomWorks flips in Neb. Senate race (withdraws Osborn endorsement, now backs Sasse!)

    03/28/2014 1:54:55 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 3/28/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    In a major blow to former Republican state Treasurer Shane Osborn’s candidacy for Nebraska Senate, national conservative group FreedomWorks is withdrawing its endorsement and backing his main primary rival, Midland University President Ben Sasse, instead. At issue, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said in a statement, is the unspoken support Osborn is believed to have from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “Both Osborn and Sasse are great people, and this was not a decision taken lightly. The question at the heart of this decision is, who would caucus with the Freedom Caucus, and who would fall in line with the...
  • UAF reviews medical procedures after students inject unauthorized solution in classmates

    04/10/2014 7:38:45 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 24 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | April 10, 2014 | By Jeff Richardson
    FAIRBANKS — The University of Alaska Fairbanks is launching a widespread review of its procedures after dozens of students in the medical assistant program were told to inject each other with a solution that isn’t approved for human or animal use. Students practiced their injection techniques with the unauthorized solution during each of the past two semesters, according to UAF. Students only confirmed the potential danger after one of them contacted the manufacturer and was told to stop using the product immediately. Chancellor Brian Rogers called it “the most serious issue I’ve seen” since taking the top position at UAF...
  • SARAH PALIN ENDORSES PETE RICKETTS FOR NEBRASKA GOVERNOR

    04/06/2014 6:11:09 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | April 5,2014 | TONY LEE
    On Friday, former Alaska Gov. Palin went to Nebraska and endorsed businessman Pete Ricketts for governor in the state in which her endorsement has proven to be the gold standard. Palin joined Kay Orr, Nebraska's former Republican governor whom Palin called the "original Mama Grizzly," to endorse to endorse Ricketts, whom Palin called the clear principled commonsense conservative choice in this race whose positions are clear: "he opposes amnesty and taxpayer funded benefits for illegal immigrants in any form and always has." Palin said the "alternative is woeful dependency on an inevitable sinking ship I call 'Liberal Lunacy.'" Palin has...
  • Sarah Palin's New Show Debuts Thursday Night

    04/03/2014 12:01:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    KMBZ-FM ^ | April 3, 2014
    Sarah Palin has a new reality show premiering Thursday night on the Sportsman Channel. In Amazing America with Sarah Palin, the former Alaskan governor and Republican vice presidential candidate will showcase the places and people that she says represent what makes America so "good and free." Given that the show is airing on the Sportsman Channel, it's no surprise that it will feature outdoor activities like hunting and fishing. She recently told TV critics, "I think this world would be better off having more young women holding a fish in a picture, and fewer of them holding their camera in...
  • Sarah Palin to Appear on Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

    04/02/2014 5:40:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 2, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    The Tonight Show will have a special guest on tonight’s show: Sarah Palin. The show’s Twitter account made the announcement Wednesday afternoon, saying the former Alaska governor will be stopping by the show to “do something fun” with host Jimmy Fallon. Fallon Tonight ✔ @FallonTonight Last minute addition to tonight's show. We've got @SarahPalinUSA stopping by to do something fun! #FallonTonight 12:58 PM - 2 Apr 2014 The scheduled guests for Wednesday night’s show are Denis Leary, Cat Deeley along with musical guest Nickel Creek. It appears unlikely that Palin will sit down with Fallon for an interview, but perhaps...
  • Report: Condensate could be first crack in oil export ban

    04/02/2014 11:31:58 AM PDT · by thackney · 31 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 2, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    A simple tweak by the Commerce Department would allow the U.S. to begin selling ultralight fossil fuels overseas, a significant first step in easing the 39-year-old ban on crude exports, a new report says. The analysis released by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, focuses on condensate, a natural gas liquid made up of light fuels such as propane and butane. The fuels generally flow as liquids at normal temperatures even if they’re gas underground. Though it is chemically different than crude, condensate is swept under the oil export ban — at least as long as the light hydrocarbon is coming out...
  • Texas producing 36 percent of US crude

    04/02/2014 6:55:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 1, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Texas is producing about 36 percent of the country’s crude oil — three times more than any other state, according to the latest monthly figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Texas pumped nearly 2.9 million barrels of crude daily of the 7.9 million barrels produced nationwide in January, the latest month for which figures are available. The Gulf of Mexico produced about 17 percent, the second-largest portion, followed by North Dakota with about 12 percent of the U.S. crude. California and Alaska rounded out the top five crude-producing areas, each home to about 7 percent of the nation’s oil....
  • PALIN MOCKED IN 2008 FOR WARNING PUTIN MAY INVADE UKRAINE IF OBAMA ELECTED

    02/28/2014 1:52:52 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 177 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Feb 28, 2014 | By Tony Lee
    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin warned that if Senator Barack Obama were elected president, his "indecision" and "moral equivalence" may encourage Russia's Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine. Palin said then: "After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama's reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia's Putin to invade Ukraine next." For those comments, she was mocked by the high-brow Foreign Policy magazine and its editor Blake Hounshell, who now is one of the editors of Politico magazine. In light of recent...
  • Sarah Palin is Right: Obamacare Death Panel Real; Disguised as the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Comm

    04/02/2014 6:26:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2014 | John Ransom
    Turns out Sarah Palin was right. Obamacare does have Death Panels, and they are currently disguised as the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee. In this week when Obamacare finally turns one day old, the political problems that our economic recovery face have never been on better display. While the stock market makes new highs, even the Fed is acknowledging that this recovery is different. And because it’s different, Wall Street is winning and Main Street is losing. “Although we work through financial markets, our goal is to help Main Street, not Wall Street,” said...
  • Angry motorists want to put brakes on red light cameras

    04/01/2014 9:39:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    ·FoxNews ^ | April 01, 2014 | Robert Gearty
    The new law makes South Dakota the sixteenth state to stamp out red light cameras and speed cameras by statute or state court ruling ... the cameras violate due process, don’t make intersections safer and generate revenue more for the red light vendor than the community. ... Brekford, based in Maryland, reported last week that it is losing money. .. Redflex Traffic Systems in Phoenix has even bigger headaches. The firm has been the subject of a federal bribery investigation in Chicago for the past year.
  • Now U.S. copper mines under attack

    03/31/2014 7:22:43 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 51 replies
    WND.com ^ | 07/13/2013 | WND Radio
    80 billion lbs. of metal could 'wipe out American import dependency' On the heels of the Obama administration clamping down on oil and gas exploration and President Obama declaring what many consider to be a war on coal, environmental groups are now urging the government to deny exploration of the world’s largest known copper reserve before the permitting process even begins. ... “When a mining project goes into the permitting process, there are local avenues for some of the permits; there are state avenues for some of the permits and federal as well,” McGroarty said. “So it’s multi-layered, and it...
  • No, 30,000 Alaskans Did Not Sign a Petition to Join Russia

    03/31/2014 9:31:55 AM PDT · by null and void · 33 replies
    Front Page ^ | March 31, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    I assumed that this non-story would have gone away on its own, but some conservative sites still insist on taking it seriously. Some Alaskans apparently are not opposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent annexation of Crimea—in fact, they are hoping to be grabbed up next. More than 30,000 Alaskans have signed the petition “Alaska back to Russia,” pleading that the White House allow them to secede and join their native land. If the request garners 100,000 signatures by April 20, the White House will make an official response. The petition titled “WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Alaska back...
  • 30,000 Alaskans sign petition to ditch US, rejoin Russia

    03/29/2014 1:46:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/29/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Unrest in the nation must be running high if people are looking for ways to pull up stakes and leave the union entirely. Some Texans petitioned the White House to break away in 2012, though not much came of the effort. Possibly my favorite breakaway story was that of the Conch Republic, which seceded from the US in 1982, immediately suing the government for $1B in war damages.Despite the lack of success on the part of these previous efforts, they all had one thing in common. They weren’t looking to join up with any other nations, but rather to strike...
  • Two Claims for Reagan’s Mantle (Ted Cruz and Rand Paul)

    03/29/2014 12:43:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 23, 2014 | Albert R. Hunt
    Two newcomers, Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, are the hottest figures in the dominant conservative wing of the Republican Party. In markedly different ways, they both claim to be the heirs to the party’s contemporary patron saint, Ronald Reagan. In a short time, these first-term lawmakers have electrified elements of the party’s base and rattled the Senate establishment. The top two Republican leaders in the chamber, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and John Cornyn of Texas, have had to defer to the political popularity of their junior colleagues. Both are outside the party mainstream, rock stars...
  • How Conservatives Win

    03/27/2014 12:41:46 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    heritage.org ^ | 3/27/14 | Mike Needham
    It should come as no surprise The New York Times would bury news of a conservative victory over President Obama on page eight. The lead paragraph said it all: Senate Democrats, bowing to united House Republican opposition, dropped reforms of International Monetary Fund governance from a Ukraine aid package on Tuesday. The real question is whether this was merely a moment in time or a seminal shift in how congressional Republicans will approach future showdowns. And to be clear, future showdowns are inevitable if we are to achieve any conservative policy victories. Before going further, it is important to explain...
  • Alaska petition seeking secession back to Russia gets 10,000 signatures in three days

    03/26/2014 9:31:29 PM PDT · by kingattax · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | 3-24-14 | Evan Bleier
    A petition seeking the secession of Alaska back to Russia received more than 10,000 signatures in three days and is well on its way to getting enough signers to require an official response from the White House. The "Alaska Back to Russia" petition was created by an unnamed Anchorage resident (S.V.) last week and it has already gotten more than 18,000 signatures. The petition needs 100,000 signers by April 20 to warrant a response from the Obama administration.
  • Thousands sign WhiteHouse.gov petition for Alaska to secede -- to Russia

    03/26/2014 5:36:11 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 26, 2014
    <p>Moscow’s annexation of Crimea was condemned worldwide, but some people in Alaska apparently are yearning for the days when they, too, were part of Mother Russia.</p> <p>A petition on the White House website created by “S.V.” of Anchorage is calling on Alaskans and others to "vote" for Alaska to secede from the U.S. and become a part of Russia.</p>
  • How Russia is rousing a sleeping energy bear

    03/25/2014 4:27:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    The Globe And Mail (Canada) ^ | March 25, 2014 | SHAWN MCCARTHY
    Russia’s aggressiveness in Ukraine is proving a boon to North American energy producers looking for greater export opportunities. Whether for natural gas projects in the United States or for oil pipelines in Canada, the West’s confrontation with energy powerhouse Russia has refocused North American political debates – including the controversy over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline – on the need for global energy security. Russia’s aggressiveness in Ukraine is proving a boon to North American energy producers looking for greater export opportunities. Whether for natural gas projects in the United States or for oil pipelines in Canada, the West’s confrontation...
  • Poll shows Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark Begich trailing for the first time

    03/25/2014 2:17:35 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 24, 2014
    Alaska is one of seven states which have a Democratic-held Senate seat up this year and which voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. Nate Silver of 538 and Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post's The Fix rate the seat, held by former Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, as the least likely Republican turnover of the seven; 538 rates Begich's chances at 55 percent. Stuart Rothenberg rates it as toss-up/tilt Democrat, while Charlie Cook, slightly more bearish on Begich's chances, rates it as one of five pure toss-ups.Others may move in that direction given the latest polling from Rasmussen Reports. It shows...
  • Sarah Palin Praises Rush Limbaugh for Defending Matt Drudge Against MSM on ´Obamascare´

    03/24/2014 9:44:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Breitbart Big Journalism ^ | 3/24/14 | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin praised conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh for fiercely defending new-media pioneer Matt Drudge Monday after the White House and mainstream journalists attacked and mocked Drudge for honestly saying that he had paid a penalty for not signing up for Obamacare in his quarterly tax filing. "From one Dittohead to all you others, aren´t you thankful Rush defends truth, and as importantly, he defends those speaking truth!" Palin wrote on Facebook Monday. "Rush is consistently loyal to the cause of justice, walking the walk as he does here in defense of Drudge calling out Obamascare.
  • ‘Downton Abbey’ Democrats May Cost their Party the Senate

    03/24/2014 3:12:48 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 17 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 03.24.14 | Lloyd Green
    When it comes to green gentry liberalism, think of an Americanized version of the PBS hit—where everyone knows his or her place, and our betters look best. Last week was a good week for natural gas, but a bad one for green gentry liberalism. John Podesta, a veteran of the Clinton White House who is once again a presidential adviser, tried to explain some energy facts of life to the true-believing liberal base. Still, it’s unclear if Podesta’s intended audience was listening, and that willful blindness may cost the Democrats control of the Senate. Podesta warned that opposition to natural...
  • Message to Moscow? Feds give initial approval for Oregon facility to export natural gas

    03/24/2014 3:02:41 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | March 24, 2014 | FoxNews
    The Energy Department gave conditional approval on Monday to an Oregon-based facility to export liquefied natural gas, in a move hailed by the energy industry and congressional lawmakers who want the U.S. to step up gas exports to counter Russian influence. "Given the situation in Ukraine, this license sends a positive signal to our allies and to energy markets that the United States is ready to join the growing global gas trade," Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said in a statement. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for weeks have been pressing the Obama administration to expedite permits for natural...
  • Obama administration ignores eco-radicals, approves another natural gas export terminal

    03/24/2014 2:50:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/24/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Before today, the Obama administration had only approved six of the more than two dozen pending permit applications for natural gas export terminals for countries with which we do not already have free-trade agreements. In just the past few months, however, the Obama administration has tentatively signaled that they are finally ready to really recognize the boon the recent shale gas bonanza has been for boosting the economy as well as consider the potentially helpful long-term geopolitical benefits that could be reaped from allowing our domestically produced oil-and-gas to flow more freely into the world market — and even of...
  • PALIN SYRAH: WINE DRINKERS BALK AT A CHILEAN WINE WITH HINTS OF ALASKA

    09/24/2008 8:20:39 AM PDT · by Fox_Mulder77 · 31 replies · 237+ views
    Fox News ^ | September 24, 2008 | Jennifer Lawinski
    An organic wine from Chile has oenophiles in San Francisco turning up their noses. But there’s nothing wrong with the wine. It’s the name that bothers them: Palin Syrah. The wine from a boutique vineyard in Chile was once a strong seller, but now it’s an outcast in the City by the Bay because its name comes way too close to a certain governor from the state of Alaska, says Celine Guillou, co-owner of the Yield Wine Bar. Palin Syrah — pronounced Pay-LEEN — takes its name from a ball used in a Chilean-style hockey game, and it has been...
  • Harper ready to urge G7 colleagues to go tougher on Vladimir Putin

    03/23/2014 11:21:06 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies
    leaderpost.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Lee-Anne Goodman
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Stephen Harper heads to emergency G7 talks on Monday as the only leader in attendance who's personally witnessed the turmoil in Ukraine, clearly keen to advocate a tougher stand against Russia amid the biggest European crisis since the Cold War. The prime minister called for a "complete reversal" of Russia's recent actions in Crimea, including its formal annexation of the strategic Black Sea peninsula, during his six-hour visit to Kyiv on Saturday. He also suggested Russia should be booted out of the G8 and warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot be trusted. Others are sounding...
  • These Countries With Large Russian Populations Should Fear What Putin Might Do Next

    03/21/2014 2:44:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/21/2014 | Jeremy Bender
    Citing the right to intervene wherever Russians are deemed to be in trouble, Vladimir Putin has set a possible precedent for future Russian intervention across Eastern Europe and Central Asia.This map, from Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, highlights the regions in neighboring countries that have the highest concentrations of Russian citizens, ethnic Russians, and native Russian speakers. www.rferl.org Kazakhstan and Belarus, both countries with large Russian populations, are already within Russia's sphere of influence. Both countries are members of the Eurasian Economic Community and have strong ties to Russia.Still, according to Wikistrat senior analyst Mark Galeotti, Russia could take advantage...
  • Treadwell shakes up struggling Senate campaign (Alaska update)

    03/21/2014 2:47:31 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 21, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) has parted ways with his Senate campaign manager and top consultant following months of campaign struggles. ADVERTISEMENT Treadwell, once the front-runner for the GOP nomination to face Sen. Mark Begich (D), has posted weak fundraising totals quarter after quarter and has been eclipsed in the GOP race by former Alaska Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Sullivan (R). "I have had to make one of the toughest decision to this point in our campaign, I parted ways with Adam Jones, Campaign Manager. Rick Gorka, part of the communications team is also leaving," Treadwell said...
  • Only 5% of Alaska’s uninsured signed up for ObamaCare?

    03/19/2014 1:22:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Which is worse about this story? Is it that only 6,666 people in Alaska have signed up in ObamaCare, or that it’s only the fifth-lowest total among states? The state estimated that more than 139,000 Alaskans would have eligibility to enroll in ObamaCare, but with the deadline approaching for enforcement — kind of, anyway — only five percent of them have done so, reports the Alaska Daily News (via Salena Zito): In less than two weeks, the health insurance marketplace will close, shutting out Alaskans until the next enrollment cycle and imposing fines on some of the uninsured.Nearly 5 percent...
  • Club for Growth Backs Sullivan in Alaska Race (U.S. Senate primary)

    03/12/2014 1:41:59 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 12, 2014 | Caitlin Huey-Burns
    Club for Growth is backing Dan Sullivan in the marquee Alaska Senate race, giving the Republican a boost in a three-way primary to challenge incumbent Democrat Mark Begich. The endorsement marks one of the few times this cycle that the conservative group has rallied behind an establishment favorite. While the National Republican Senatorial Committee doesn’t officially get involved in primaries where no GOP incumbent is running, some senior members have helped Sullivan raise money. The endorsee was most recently the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and is competing against Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller, the...
  • Sarah Palin, Superstar, Rocks Conservative Faithful

    03/10/2014 6:38:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Alaska Public Media ^ | March 10, 2014 | Liz Ruskin, APRN - Washington DC
    Sarah Palin fired up thousands of conservative activists who came to hear her give the closing speech of the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, D.C. this weekend. Palin hasn’t held elected office since she resigned as Alaska governor in 2009. But at this gathering of 11,000, she was an A-list star. The wind-up included a video montage of her greatest hits and tributes, and an introduction by NRA Executive Director Chris Cox. “Does anybody here love Sarah Palin?” Cox asked, getting a loud cheer. “Now, if I walked out there and asked 100 of you why you love Sarah...
  • Two Of The GOP's Top Presidential Prospects Are Engaged In A Very Public Feud

    03/10/2014 4:35:26 PM PDT · by Mariner · 168 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 10, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    On Saturday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference by a landslide for the second consecutive year. Conservative firebrand Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came in second, but he actually gained the most ground of any candidate year-over-year. On Sunday, Cruz began making a play to draw foreign policy distinctions between himself and Paul, both of whom are considered two of the GOP's top presidential prospects. "I'm a big fan of Rand Paul. He and I are good friends," Cruz said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday. "I don't agree with him on foreign...
  • Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second

    03/08/2014 2:52:54 PM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 337 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 03-08-2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Sen. Rand Paul demolished his competition in the 2014 Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll on Saturday, winning 31 percent of the vote -- nearly three times the total of second-place Sen. Ted Cruz. Mr. Cruz's 11 percent was still a big improvement for the freshman senator, who won just 4 percent in last year's straw poll. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson was third with 9 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was fourth with 8 percent in results that signal growing discontent with the GOP establishment in Washington. Indeed, CPAC voters now have an unfavorable view of Republicans in Congress,...
  • I Do Not Like This Uncle Sam, I Do Not Like His Health Care Plan’: Palin Blasts Dems At CPAC

    03/08/2014 5:23:20 PM PST · by lbryce · 28 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | March 8, 2014 | Stafff
    <p>Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivered the keynote address at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, which she described as "the place where the future of conservatism always starts."</p> <p>The former vice presidential candidate blasted the Obama administration in her address.</p>
  • McCain, Manafort, and The Ukraine (GOPe behind Putin's Ukrainian lackey president?)

    03/07/2014 1:25:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 7, 2014 | Mark Musser
    In October of 2008, Sarah Palin was mocked as being too far-fetched by foreign policy media elites for predicting that if Obama won the presidency, Putin’s Russia’s might indeed invade Ukraine. "Saturday Night Live" had fun with Palin by lampooning her statement when she said one could see Russia from Alaska. Yet late last week, Palin got the last laugh when Putin invaded the Ukrainian Crimea, “Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. I'm usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as ‘an extremely far-fetched scenario’ by the ‘high-brow’ Foreign Policy magazine....
  • Does Russia Want Alaska Back?

    03/03/2014 6:39:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 3, 2014 | M. Catharine Evans
    Sarah Palin’s prescient assertion in 2008 that electing Barack Obama would embolden Russia to take on sovereign countries like Ukraine certainly seems to have been on the mark. Ironically, Tina Fey’s parody on "Saturday Night Live", taken for the truth about Palin exclaiming that she can see Russia from her house may also come true. I just hope we don't all wind up seeing Russia from our window. After the events in Ukraine this past week followed by President Obama’s lackadaisical response at a press conference Saturday and Palin’s original remark that Russia can be seen from “land here in...
  • Alaska group advances call for convention of states

    03/02/2014 5:10:14 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 28 replies
    JUNEAU, Alaska - A proposal urging a convention of the states to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution has advanced from the House Finance Committee. HJR22 would place Alaska on record as urging Congress to call a convention of the states to propose constitutional amendments that "impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office of federal government officials." HJR22 is sponsored by North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson. The resolution is meant to serve as a "continuing application" making the request until at least two-thirds of...
  • The Senate 7: The Races That Will Determine 2014 Control

    03/01/2014 6:21:39 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 17 replies
    USNEWS.COM ^ | Feb. 28, 2014 | Lauren Fox, David Catanese
    The familiar Washington narrative on the scrum for the U.S. Senate has been rinsed, recycled and delivered once again: Republicans are primed to pick up the six seats necessary to capture control of the upper chamber. The midterm atmosphere sure looks ripe, the polling appears favorable but, as it did in 2010 and 2012, the most competitive batch of races will likely come down to candidate quality. It’s the key component that stifled GOP chances before, and could very well again. .... .... A closer look at the most competitive contests demonstrates why a Senate majority in 2014 is again...
  • EPA Starts Process That Could Restrict Pebble Mine

    02/28/2014 8:48:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    ap ^ | February 28, 2014 | BECKY BOHRER
    EPA Administrator Gina ... McCarthy told reporters on a teleconference that EPA is initiating the process under the Clean Water Act to determine how it can best use its authorities "to protect Bristol Bay rivers, streams and lakes from the damage that will inevitably result from the construction, operation and long-term maintenance of a large-scale copper mine." EPA has rarely used this specific authority, which it can exercise before a permit is applied for. The agency says it has only done so 29 times in the past, and in 13 of those cases the EPA decided to take steps to...