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  • WHAT DO THEY KNOW THAT WE DON'T? Feds Preparing for Massive Natural Disaster in Pacific Northwest

    06/02/2016 10:09:32 PM PDT · 70 of 136
    SweetWilliamsMom to CurlyDave

    Dear CurlyDave,

    Not really. Less than 60 years ago (1958) there was a tsunami greater than 1400’ in Alaska.

    See below from wikipedia:

    “The 1958 Lituya Bay megatsunami occurred on July 9 at 10:15:58 p.m., following an earthquake with a moment magnitude of 7.8 and a maximum Mercalli Intensity of XI (Extreme). The earthquake took place on the Fairweather Fault and triggered a rockslide of 30 million cubic metres (40 million cubic yards, and about 90 million tons) to fall from several hundred metres into the narrow inlet of Lituya Bay, Alaska. The impact was heard 50 miles (80 km) away,[6] and the sudden displacement of water resulted in a megatsunami that destroyed vegetation up to 1,722 feet (525 m) above the height of the bay and a wave that traveled across the bay with a crest reported by witnesses to be on the order of 98 feet (30 m) in height.[citation needed] This is the most significant megatsunami and the largest known in modern times. The event forced a re-evaluation of large wave events, and recognition of impact, rockfall and landslide events as a previously unknown cause of very large waves.”

    Cheers! I admit, however, that it was probably the geography involved that resulted in this megatsunami and that would be unlikely in your area.

  • The Only State Where Everyone Gets Free Money

    09/07/2015 10:52:14 PM PDT · 12 of 16
    SweetWilliamsMom to FlingWingFlyer

    What the article “sort of says” but not explicitly is that in general (with a very few exceptions) the natural resources of Alaska are not privately owned; they are literally owned by all the people of the State. That’s most of why the dividend is possible. Oil companies bid for the right to develop a property. Then if they “hit it” one of every eight barrels is royalty oil, i.e., oil that goes back to the state. Then depending on several things, including the field, etc., up to 100% of the money from that royalty oil goes into the Permanent Fund.

    Dividends are then paid from the Permanent Fund. It should also be noted that on several occasions the Alaska legislature has made appropriations to the Permanent Fund beyond what was required to go into the Fund.

    So we’re pretty lucky, I suppose. My own recollection is that Hammond proposed the Permanent Fund for that “Rainy Day” when the oil money ran out and the Permanent Fund would be needed to run State Government. That scenario is pretty much politically impossible now. Unfortunately, many Alaskans are so tied to the dividend that they believe the dividend should continue no matter what and a highly progressive tax should be put into effect to run a state government, including all the transfer payments.

    I think we have some real belt tightening to do as a State. Having the dividend has not been good for our individual character development, in my opinion. It really has led to a sense of entitlement — I want my dividend and I want everything else to continue just the way it is and I want you to be taxed to be sure I get everything the government is currently giving me and if you don’t do that well, clearly, you are “balancing the budget on the backs of the poor and the children.”

  • Queen Elizabeth set to become longest reigning British monarch

    09/06/2015 10:44:04 PM PDT · 38 of 63
    SweetWilliamsMom to FrdmLvr

    While I believe Mary did execute Protestants, I don’t think she was thrown off her throne for those acts. She only ruled a few years and died still Queen while in her early 40s I think

  • Obama Pushes Solar Power--In Arctic Town That Sees Little Sun in Winter

    09/03/2015 8:49:38 PM PDT · 41 of 42
    SweetWilliamsMom to jazusamo

    Good grief! This article doesn’t pass the laugh test. The times for sunrise and sunset for Kotzebue at winter solstice are obviously wrong — they sound like Anchorage times to me. At winter solstice Kotzebue will have less than 2 hours between sunrise and sunset.

    Someone needs to do some fact checking.

  • IRS finds yet another Lois Lerner email account

    08/25/2015 1:14:46 AM PDT · 75 of 89
    SweetWilliamsMom to Eroteme

    I agree. It’s probably a pet’s name — lots of folks do this.

    Also, the existence of this email address isn’t exactly new. There’s an article on the web from more than a year ago (April 10, 2014) at by Karoli. In general the article is a gigantic defense of Lois Lerner. One of the paragraphs is the following:

    ****Other “evidence” used to claim privacy violations include alleged use of a personal email address to communicate, again without evidence. There was a person included on an email thread with an MSN email address, but Camp & Co offer no evidence it belonged to Lerner. In fact, Lerner used her official IRS address throughout the exchange. The MSN account name is Toby Miles. Camp & Co and assumed that because Miles is also Lerner’s husband’s last name, there must be some personal connection there. Except there is nothing offered to support that little leap. Miles isn’t exactly an unusual name, after all.****

  • Jay Rockefeller: Some Obama foes think he’s the ‘wrong color’

    05/06/2014 10:39:13 PM PDT · 62 of 69
    SweetWilliamsMom to piytar

    Two comments

    1. I’d make a campaign ad of his comments and play it against every Senate Democrat incumbent running for reelection with a very few words: “Had enough of this garbage? If your answer is yes, defeat _____ and vote for _______.”

    2. I’d take to the Senate floor and point out that many, including I’d guess Mr. Rockefeller, are very critical of Joseph McCarthy who said he had a list of communists in the State Department. [He may or may not have had a list, but of course he was substantially right about the infestation within the State Department.] Anyway, I’d point out the “McCarthyite” tactic and challenge Senator Rockefeller to start naming names.

  • Jay Rockefeller: Some Obama foes think he’s the ‘wrong color’

    05/06/2014 10:39:13 PM PDT · 61 of 69
    SweetWilliamsMom to piytar

    Two comments

    1. I’d make a campaign ad of his comments and play it against every Senate Democrat incumbent running for reelection with a very few words: “Had enough of this garbage? If your answer is yes, defeat _____ and vote for _______.”

    2. I’d take to the Senate floor and point out that many, including I’d guess Mr. Rockefeller, are very critical of Joseph McCarthy who said he had a list of communists in the State Department. [He may or may not have had a list, but of course he was substantially right about the infestation within the State Department.] Anyway, I’d point out the “McCarthyite” tactic and challenge Senator Rockefeller to start naming names.

  • Washer question ((VANITY))

    12/16/2013 10:17:22 PM PST · 87 of 104
    SweetWilliamsMom to Star Traveler

    I agree with almost every comment posted on this thread — and it’s a pretty long thread at the point at which I’m responding. But there’s one huge advantage of the front loaders, depending on your height. If you’re height challenged, top loaders are sent from the devil. You have the following choices in removing your clothes from a top loader: climb onto a ladder or step stool; rig up a clothes hanger and try to snag that sock; throw out your shoulder. I’ve tried all three. So I live with a front loader and when I bemoan all the problems associated with it (yup, had the guy here today to replace the gasket, which of course wasn’t in stock), I just remember to count my blessings: no thrown shoulder, no fall from ladder, no holes in clothes from rigged up hanger.

    Merry Christmas!

  • "Let's Unlose This war"

    10/12/2012 11:33:26 PM PDT · 8 of 12
    SweetWilliamsMom to TexasBarak

    Unfortunately, this book is NOT the middle volume of the Manchester biography of Churchill. It was supposed to be, but sadly Manchester died prior to completion of the 3d volume.

    I was a great fan of Manchester’s biographies and could hardly wait for the 3d volume to appear. Alas, it was not to be.


    10/12/2012 1:55:51 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    SweetWilliamsMom to FlingWingFlyer

    My idea for Romney ad — also has to do with fact checking and refers to the Biden answer re the relative size of Syria and Libya. I think Biden said Syria was 5 times the size of Libya. He was off by a magnitude of about 50 — Libya being about 10 times the size of Syria. To top it off, I think that was the answer where Biden concluded by talking about sticking to “facts.”

    There’s lots of times when fact checking is boring and tends to be discounted by perspective. But I think this would terrific to use Biden language as the camera closes in on a map showing the relative size of the two countries and asking “Really, Joe?” And there’s some saying to the effect, “It’s not the things I don’t know that’s the problem, it’s the things I know that are not so.” Perhaps that could be added in, also. Just an idea.

    Actually, I’d make a series of ads that have the same general lead in (things I know that are not so) and Biden blowharding at his best followed by a clear demonstration that he’s just a bombastic goofball who tries to cover up his ignorance with forceful language. Biden’s really a perfect candidate for this kind of treatment. And in fact there’s even a time in the debate, I think, where he says he always means what he says or that he says what he means. I actually think he was telling the truth about that.

  • Andrew Sullivan: Tucker Carlson A 'Degenerate, Disgusting Racist Demagogue'

    10/04/2012 1:56:49 AM PDT · 70 of 72
    SweetWilliamsMom to Deb

    I went over to the article where Sullivan says he posted the entire (he has the word “entire” in italics) speech. So I started to read it. I’d listened yesterday to the speech and remembered that one of the controversial parts of the speech was where Obama said something about not building roads/highways to the suburbs. So I just did a search on the word “suburb.” Not to be found.

    It does appear that Sullivan posted the speech that was handed out, not the speech that was given.

    Wouldn’t you think that after Carlson had explained in some detail that the controversial parts were ad libbed that Sullivan wouldn’t have been so irate?? I don’t understand this reaction. He’s just making a bad situation worse for himself.

  • Supreme Court upholds West Virginia redistricting

    09/25/2012 8:04:46 PM PDT · 5 of 6
    SweetWilliamsMom to Bubba_Leroy

    Sorry about my typo. Towards the end, I should have said, “abolition” not “absolution.” On the other hand, there’s a certain amount of humor with the first version.

  • Supreme Court upholds West Virginia redistricting

    09/25/2012 8:01:22 PM PDT · 4 of 6
    SweetWilliamsMom to Bubba_Leroy

    I disagree with your conclusion. Believe me, I absolutely oppose abolishing the electoral college for a whole variety of reasons. BUT absolishing the electoral college would probably decrease, not increase, the influence of states like California and Texas. Look at it this way, California’s a majority Democrat state. They’re going to win under the current system and there’s no incentive for Republicans to challenge their win because under California law all the electoral votes are in a bundle and go to which ever party wins, whether it’s by 1 vote or 10 million votes.

    Suppose, however, the electoral college was eliminated and it was all according to popular vote. Then there might be an incentive for Republicans to go in and encourage California Republicans to vote. Look at it this way — under the current system Democrats get 100% of California’s votes; under a different system, Democrats wouldn’t get nearly that proportion.

    Now think about the states that get ignored because they might be mid sized and are incredibly one sided. There’s no incentive for even the winning party to go in to that state and encourage turnout. But if the electoral college is gone, then there’s much more incentive to go in and try to ramp up your winning margin because all those votes could be used to counter losses from other states.

    As I said, I oppose absolution of the electoral college — but for other reasons: It somewhat contains electoral fraud (think Chicago); it encourages a two party system (rather than a multi-party system, which is inherently destabilizing). There’s more but you get the drift.

  • Stockton bankruptcy case could test security of public pensions

    09/08/2012 10:46:09 AM PDT · 7 of 18
    SweetWilliamsMom to Jack Hammer

    Suppose the bond insurors lose. Wouldn’t that mean that in the future they’ll either (1) refuse to insure the bonds OR (2) just raise the rates incredibly.

  • A Reason I Need Obama Gone.

    09/07/2012 11:00:59 PM PDT · 54 of 60
    SweetWilliamsMom to USNBandit

    Consider it. Alaska has many features to recommend it as a place to live.

  • Belle Starr, The Bandit Queen

    08/11/2012 8:51:08 PM PDT · 11 of 24
    SweetWilliamsMom to gwjack

    It’s probably not relevant, but I have the equivalent of a baseball trading card that features Belle Starr; I guess they circulated near the end of the Civil War or perhaps shortly after.

    And not to be picky (and when someone says that you KNOW they’re being picky — so just forgive me): anyway, prior to 1907 statehood, what is now Oklahoma was divided into 2 parts. The Eastern part of the state was known as Indian Territory; the western part of the state was known as Oklahoma Territory. They were two distinct legal entities. Can’t remember the name of the John Wayne movie, but it involves a young girl who insists on tagging along with him to find her father’s killer. Anyway, they go into Indian Territory to find the killer; I believe she encounters him in Ft Smith Arkansas, which is right on the border.

  • Student loan defaults rise as job prospects dim

    09/21/2011 5:49:48 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    SweetWilliamsMom to DeaconBenjamin

    Aware that one of the “Top 10” in defaults was a historically black college, I thought I’d check on the others. I was amazed to find that at least half of the “Top 10” institutions were in a list of historically black and predominantly black colleges.

    When you think about the relatively small number of institutions that fall into this category (historically/predominantly black) and then you see that half of the “Top 10” are in this category, this is astonishing. Why???? This is a scandal within a catastrophe.

    Having been an educational counselor (a lifetime ago), I wonder how many of all those defaulting on loans may be caught in a double bind — not only do they owe a lot of money, they failed to get a college degree that MIGHT have helped them pay off the costs of that degree. Then I wonder if that situation might be even more of a problem at the historically/predominantly black institutions.

    Pray for these young people — a terrible economy, few jobs to begin with, debt impossible to get out of and with compounding interest, no degree. Lots of these young people were likely the first ones in their families ever to attempt post secondary education. Imagine the message this situation sends to their friends and family members.

  • Public high school grads struggle at college (Chicago)

    09/13/2011 10:58:49 PM PDT · 17 of 27
    SweetWilliamsMom to Clintonfatigued

    This is just a guess but I suspect that while high school GPAs might not be very predictive of later performance in college, SAT and ACT test scores might be.

  • Pat Caddell for VP! ( I?)

    09/01/2011 12:13:52 AM PDT · 23 of 38
    SweetWilliamsMom to American Dream 246

    I had to go online to listen. What a speech! I wish it could be heard by every American.

  • Biggest Middle Class Tax Increase in History Will Come in Five Months

    08/02/2011 4:56:54 PM PDT · 17 of 18
    SweetWilliamsMom to andy58-in-nh

    Do you really think Obama would let the Bush tax cuts expire when the folks who’d get zapped the worst wouldn’t be the so-called “rich” but rather the folks at the bottom end of the income spectrum? Most folks ignore the fact that the Bush tax cuts resulted in a system that was considerably MORE progressive than was the tax system created by Bill Clinton.

    Yes the so-called “rich” got more in dollars, but not percentage wise. AND the earned income tax credit was increased under the Bush tax cuts. So we have about half the adults in this country paying zero income tax and a good portion of those actually getting transfer payments in the guise of the earned income tax credit.

    I agree with those who say that we need more folks who pay their “fair share.” But I’d argue that if you’re an able adult under the age of 75 then you need to be paying something into the income tax system: perhaps its only 1% or perhaps a mininum payment of $100, but you need to pay something.

    How much in “tax spending” would we save if we just got rid of the earned income tax credit? I don’t know, but I suspect it’s fairly significant.