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I do know how to fix this … November 9, 2011

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…you know, that nationwide test of the Emergency Warning System today that was supposed to get the word out about … something or other .. through every broadcast station.

Well, according to this report, it didn’t work — exactly. Some radio stations and some TV stations didn’t get the  memo, it seems.

Easy to fix, really.

Hire Sarah Palin and have her tweet it or shoot it out through her e-mail list.

Every TV and radio outlet in the nation is sure to not only see it, but go right into Breaking News mode with it.

Not a problem.

OK, Ms. Palin. Peek out your window at global warming November 8, 2011

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She’s among the deniers, you see, and her state is about to be hit with a storm described as being of “epic” dimensions.

Mainly because the sea ice that normally softens the blow isn’t there because. Well, because it melted. Here’s Rueters:

The storm, moving inland from the Aleutian Islands, was expected to bring hurricane-force winds with gusts up to 100 miles per hour, heavy snowfall, widespread coastal flooding and severe erosion to most of Alaska’s west coast, the National Weather Service warned. 

“History tells that the sea ice helps subdue the storm surge,” said Andy Brown, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Anchorage. “With no sea ice there, we could see the full brunt of that 6- to 9-foot storm surge.”

Arctic sea ice this year reached the second-lowest coverage since satellite records began in 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.

So when the predicted hurricane-force winds with gusts up to 100 miles per hour, heavy snowfall, widespread coastal flooding and severe erosion rolls in with the 6-9-foot storm surge, hang tight baby!

I hope you and every one of your neighbors makes it through unscathed with a great story to tell.  Because the rest of us could really use your energy and faith to help save this great creation from the wrath of future storms such as this.

 Truly. Be safe. 
 

Just what we need more of in D.C. … August 28, 2010

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… is this this kind of classy approach to winning over the hearts and minds of Americans.

We need men and women of character to tackle some huge problems — none of which lend themselves to solution by any one mind, any one philosophy or any one snap of the fingers.

Anyone approaching the task with the kind of mindset reflected in Mr. Miller’s Tweet, no matter who he directed it toward, should be sent back to his Mama for some remedial work.

Alaska has a lot more to offer and should expect a lot more from those who seek the privilege of representing its good people in our Congress.

But I’m not gonna put the pink slip on it August 28, 2010

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I guess I must take a look today at what all goes on with this, even though I have a very long list of things I’d rather do on a wonderful day, all blue sky beautious as it is and all. Almost a sin to peek, but even today’s wonderful highway won’t be enough to keep me from wondering on this cloddish collision.

I’m just going to pray that the sight of Abe staring down with his sad solemn eyes, the awesome white obelisk and the floaty, grainy image of Martin will lead Mr. Beck to a place he says he seeks today, a place of honor, a place of justice, a place of hope and building and great possibilities.

But more than any of all that, a place of basic faith — in us, our vision and the things that we will be if only we believe hard enough in us. A place where more than anything, our greatest enemy is a simple discouraging word uttered in anger sure to lead us first astray and then headlong into the shadows.

Perhaps Mr. Beck will be true to the words in the stone behind Mr. Lincoln, true to the character of the man who stood in that place so many years ago and matched a dream against all the bitter words, the burning hatreds and basest fears and willed us all to a better place, a still imperfect place a league nearer to the City on a Hill we stepped ashore to realize.

Perhaps he will be overcome as he glimpses this place and embraces the honor he speaks of seeking today.

Perhaps he will then turn to the microphone and speak with honor — and truth and dispense with the rancor, the anger, the accelerants spewed to titillate, incite and summon forces Abe and Martin and so many knew — but showed us how to resist with a much stronger calling.

Perhaps.

Phyllis Diller with gams August 2, 2010

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There’s only so much you can say about this woman, who becomes every day more of a sad figure as she flits about the political landscape, adding a zinger line here, accepting a party favor there, and generally adding to the evidence that there is nothing she would not do for money — or applause.

She wouldn’t last a half-hour in most of the playgrounds we all frequented and her taunts and asides into the spitoon just all play to the basest in even the fringe. At least Pat Buchanan made you stop and think every once in a while.

This act just makes you wince and wish she wasn’t so photogenic so the cable guys would just lay off and let her go home and clean the fish.

Let me see if I’ve got this right May 15, 2010

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Thou shalt not kill.

But thou shalt be ready to?