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  • Palin: I took off my mic and walked out when I realized Sacha Baron Cohen was tricking me

    07/13/2018 6:55:13 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/13/18 | Morgan Gstalter
    SNIP Palin appeared on ABC's “Good Morning America” on Friday to talk about the interview Baron Cohen staged for his new Showtime satirical series “Who is America?” The former governor of Alaska told host Robin Roberts that Baron Cohen showed her “propaganda” about sex changes and transgender people and claimed that Chelsea Clinton was the “recipient of a government-funded sex change.” “It got worse and worse and worse as the minutes went on in this bizarre, really embarrassing, humiliating interview,” Palin said. “It mocked middle class Americans, it mocked our values, it mocked the disabled.” Palin said she had had...
  • Red State Democrats Really, REALLY Don't Want To Discuss SCOTUS Pick

    07/11/2018 4:54:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 11, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    Judge Brett Kavanaugh is going to be a weeks-long torment for some on the Hill—and I’m talking about red state Democrats. Senate Republican moderates Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have been very receptive to Kavanaugh’s nomination, easing pressure from the right that they could sink this SCOTUS nominee if they defect. That could be the case, but for now, pressure has ramped up on Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and maybe Bill Nelson (D-FL). Nelson needs help. Republican Gov. Rick Scott is outworking him on Hispanic outreach, and he’s beating Nelson...
  • Sarah Palin says she was duped into interview with Sacha Baron Cohen

    07/10/2018 2:03:54 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 117 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/10/18 | Judy Kurtz
    Sarah Palin is calling on Sacha Baron Cohen to donate all the profits from his upcoming Showtime series to military veterans’ groups after saying she was duped into an interview with the comedian when he pretended to be a wounded warrior. The Daily Mail reports that the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee said she unknowingly participated in an interview for what turned out to be Cohen’s just-announced satirical series, “Who is America?” “This ‘legit opportunity’ to honor American Vets and contribute to a ‘legit Showtime historical documentary’ was requested of me via a speakers bureau,” Palin said. Palin, 54, says...
  • Law Firm Faces Charges for Defending Women's Homeless Shelter

    07/10/2018 10:37:45 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 13 replies
    Patriotpost.us ^ | 7-7-2018 | Todd Starnes
    An Alaska law firm has been accused of violating a city's nondiscrimination ordinance after it provided legal representation to a Christian women's shelter accused of violating the same ordinance. The Anchorage Equal Rights Commission filed a formal complaint against Brena, Bell & Clarkson, charging the law firm with committing "unlawful discriminatory acts or practices" in violation of a city ordinance regarding sex and gender identity. Its alleged crime is punishable by fines and possible jail time. In early 2018, Kevin Clarkson was asked to represent the Downtown Hope Center, a faith-based nonprofit that provides free shelter for homeless women and...
  • Senators Collins & Murkowski, It's Time to Leave the GOP

    07/05/2018 7:56:32 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 63 replies
    NYTimes ^ | July 5, 2018 | Susan Faludi
    Just hours after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, media legal analysts and commentators began forecasting what this will mean for women’s reproductive freedom. On CNN: “Roe v. Wade is doomed.” Huffington Post: “It’s time to prepare for life without nationwide legal abortion.” Reuters: “a death knell for Roe v. Wade.” Or, as one commenter remarked, invoking Dylan, “looks like it’s all over now, baby blue.” I share the despair, but have we forgotten something? Republicans have a one-vote majority in the Senate. Their number includes two female moderates, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, both of whom support...
  • A brown bear killed a hiker in Eagle River. A man searching for him was mauled.

    06/21/2018 1:43:38 PM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 20 June, 2018 | Matt Tunseth, Alaska Star - Michelle Theriault Boots, ADN
    Google Plus Print articleReddit Increase Article Font Size Decrease Article Font Size Update, 7 p.m.: WeÂ’ve posted a new story with updated information: Man killed, member of search party injured in Eagle River bear attacks â–¶ Play Update, 4:10 p.m.: What Anchorage police described as an aggressive brown bear believed to have killed an Eagle River man and suspected of badly injuring another man had not been found as of Wednesday afternoon. Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game searched for the animal earlier on Wednesday. As of 4 p.m., no one was in the field but biologists...
  • We’ll be cleaning up Trump’s mess for generations

    06/19/2018 3:00:43 PM PDT · by bgill · 92 replies
    anchorage daily news ^ | June 19, 2018 | Catherine Rampell
    President Trump’s generational warfare continues, as he repeatedly prioritizes cheap political wins today over the massive costs they will impose tomorrow. Consider, first and foremost, all the ways he’s trashing the planet... Or think about Trump’s unfunded tax cut, which, at its core, is a huge intergenerational transfer of wealth toward the old and away from the young... Other regulatory changes cheat the young to profit their elders. Amid the flurry of Trump tweets and porn-star scandals, many of those changes have received scant attention... With virtually no coverage, for instance, Trump’s Education Department announced on Friday it would once...
  • Bears vs. Lightning: Which is more Deadly?

    06/03/2018 7:31:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 77 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 30 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    In online discussions of bear attacks, it is not unusual for people to claim that a person is more likely to be killed by lightning than to be killed by a bear. That is true, in a gross sense. You are also more likely to die of a heart attack or to be murdered than to be killed by a bear when you use the entire United States population as a measure.This comparison is disingenuous. It is easy to avoid being killed by a bear, simply by staying out of areas where there are bears. Lightning strikes occur all...
  • Muslim inmates in Alaska fed pork during Ramadan: activists

    05/25/2018 2:46:39 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 70 replies
    AFP ^ | 05/25/18
    A federal judge granted a restraining order Thursday forcing prison guards in Alaska to stop giving Muslim inmates pork as they break their fasts during Ramadan, rights campaigners said. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a lawsuit on Tuesday claiming Anchorage Correctional Complex had violated constitutional prohibitions against "cruel and unusual punishment." CAIR said the US District Court for Alaska had granted its request for an emergency temporary order requiring guards to provide adequate meals in accordance with government health guidelines. "CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since...
  • Trump Ends Obama’s Ban on Bear Baiting and Other Cruel Hunting Techniques in Alaska

    05/22/2018 1:59:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 92 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | May 22, 2018 | By Ed Kilgore
    It’s the sort of thing that drives animal-rights advocates and other elite bunny-hugging liberals wild, to the delight of politically incorrect red-blooded MAGA-men. As NBC News reports, the Trump administration is bringing back savage hunting techniques to federal lands in Alaska: The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens. There are a lot of humans, much less bears, who can’t resist bacon and doughnuts. But before you can say...
  • US fighters intercept Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska

    05/12/2018 6:15:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/12/2018 | Rick Moran
    Two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers were intercepted in international airspace off the coast of Alaska yesterday and escorted out of the U.S. air defense zone. CNN: The Russian long-range bombers flew into the Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends approximately 200 miles off Alaska's western coast. "At approximately 10 a.m. ET, two Alaskan-based NORAD F-22 fighters intercepted and visually identified two Russian TU-95 'Bear' long-range bomber aircraft flying in the Air Defense Identification Zone around the western coast of Alaska, north of the Aleutian Islands," NORAD and USNORTHCOM spokesman Canadian Army Maj. Andrew Hennessy said in a statement. The...
  • US Air Force jets intercept 2 Russian bombers off Alaska coast

    05/12/2018 2:04:00 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 12, 2018 | Lucas Tomlinson
    A pair of U.S. Air Force stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers Friday morning off the coast of Alaska, a spokesman for NORAD (North American Aeorospace Defense Command) told Fox News. The approach by the two Tupolev Tu-95 Russian "Bear" aircraft marked the first time in just over a year that Russian bombers had flown that close to U.S. territory. The Russian bombers came within 55 miles of Alaska's west coast, north of the Aleutian Islands, but remained in international airspace, the spokesman, Canadian Army Maj. Andrew Hennessy said.
  • Sarah Palin Reacts to John McCain's Regrets Over Picking Her as Running Mate: 'Perpetual Gut Punch'

    05/11/2018 7:53:43 AM PDT · by ethom · 46 replies
    People Politics ^ | 2 hours ago | Dave Quinn
    John McCain may have admitted that he regrets picking Sarah Palin as his running mate in the 2008 presidential election, but according to the former Alaska governor, “that’s not what Sen. McCain has told me all these years.” The one-time Republican vice-presidential candidate told The Daily Mail on Thursday that she feels a “perpetual gut punch” every time she hears reports about McCain’s regrets and that having to read the news every day is “not a real fun thing.” “I attribute a lot of what we’re hearing and reading regarding McCain’s statements to his ghostwriter or ghostwriters,” Palin said. “I...
  • Can courts force action on climate change? Sixteen young Alaskans hope so.

    05/01/2018 7:24:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Alaska Public Radio Network ^ | April 30, 2018 | By Rachel Waldholz
    An Anchorage judge heard arguments Monday on whether a lawsuit brought by sixteen young Alaskans suing the state over climate change should advance. The plaintiffs in the case, Sinnok v. State of Alaska, argue the state is violating their constitutional rights by failing to limit greenhouse gas emissions – and they’re asking the courts to intervene. But the state says climate change policies must be decided by the legislature and the executive branch, not the courts. About a dozen of the young plaintiffs, ranging in age from elementary school to their early 20s, sat in the front row of the...
  • Climate Lawyers Hope 'Public Nuisance' Strategy Reverses Years Of Failure

    02/12/2018 11:31:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 12, 2018 | by Daniel Fisher
    First they tried suing the utility companies. Then they tried suing the automakers. They even tried suing oil companies on behalf of an Alaskan village in danger of being inundated by oil-fueled rising sea levels. Each approach ended when courts said that the judiciary branch wasn’t the right place to address human-induced global warming, a problem so big it requires a coordinated international response that only legislators can implement. Now private plaintiff lawyers and their allies in government are trying a new strategy: Suing under state-law theories of public nuisance. San Francisco and several other California cities and counties have...
  • The Government Shouldn’t Value Bears Over People

    04/15/2018 8:45:18 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 13, 2018 | Della Trumble
    King Cove, Alaska I watched my daughter nearly die in a plane crash—because of a misguided view of how best to protect nesting swans and foraging bears. She was in a single-engine plane with four others in 2010, when it was forced to the ground by a sudden downdraft while approaching our town’s little airstrip. Imagine standing by helplessly as your child’s plane collides with the runway. Thankfully, the pilot was able to pull the nose up at the last moment, which prevented a catastrophe and saved all on board. Almost every family here has a similar tale of a...
  • Six Questions Members of Congress Should Ask Zuckerberg

    04/11/2018 6:02:07 AM PDT · by davikkm · 5 replies
    breitbart ^ | ALLUM BOKHARI
    Mark Zuckerberg faced a mixture of tough and softball questions at yesterday’s Senate hearing. Many questions were left unanswered, and members of the House will have to pick up the slack today. The toughest questions in the Senate hearing came from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), who grilled Zuckerberg on Facebook’s political bias, its possible status as the “largest publisher in the world”, and its definition of “hate speech.” Democrats, when they weren’t urging Zuckerberg to do more to censor so-called “hate speech,” focused on irrelevant panics like Russian propaganda and “fake...
  • Alaskan spaceport to host secretive commercial launch

    03/21/2018 5:07:55 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 23 replies
    Space News ^ | 3/20/2018 | Jeff Foust
    An Alaskan spaceport will host the first launch of a rocket developed by a stealthy startup company as soon as next week, spaceport officials confirmed March 20. Alaska Aerospace Corp., which operates Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska (PSCA) on Kodiak Island, said the launch period for the flight of the unidentified vehicle runs from March 27 to April 6. It did not specify when during the day the launch would take place. A “Local Notice to Mariners” issued by the U.S. Coast Guard March 14 included a notice about a rocket launch planned from PSCA, giving a window of March 26...
  • USS Juneau, warship that sank with 600 aboard, discovered 4km down in Pacific

    03/20/2018 1:02:10 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 58 replies
    Guardian News ^ | 20 Mar 2018 | Eleanor Ainge Roy
    An expedition in the South Pacific ocean funded by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen has discovered the wreckage of a famous US warship that was attacked by the Japanese during the second world war, claiming more than 600 lives. The billionaire’s personal search team located the remains of the USS Juneau off the coast of the Solomon Islands on St Patrick’s Day. The Juneau was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in November 1942, claiming the lives of 687 men, including five brothers known as the Sullivans from Waterloo, Iowa. The men became navy heroes and had a destroyer named after...
  • AR-15 Used to Defend Against Charging Polar Bear (2008)

    03/11/2018 12:59:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 March, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Zeb Cadzow and Paul Herbert are experienced hunters who live north of the Arctic Circle in Fort Yukon, Alaska. In late March of 2008, residents of Fort Yukon, Alaska become concerned because a bear was not exhibiting any fear of humans near their town. Peter John originally saw the bear eating lynx carcasses near a cabin on the edge of town. People did not believe the white bear was a polar bear. Polar bears had never been seen in the area. They thought it was an albino grizzly or a grizzly bear covered with frost. The hunters, who depend for...