Member Rara Avis
Lumpy oatmeal makes me crazy!
Jennifer, you say ďNot trying to vilify Palin, just stating the facts as I see them.Ē Perhaps you see your remarks regarding Palin and Alaska as humorous. I donít.
I have said repeatedly that I donít expect you to vote for Palin or believe all she says. I did say that I think you never gave her a chance. Many of the comments that you have written are insensitive and ignorant.
We are a state embroiled in political investigations and we have watched quite few politicians fall by the ways inside into courtrooms and jail. As an Alaskan, I expect our elected officials to be held accountable. Palin is no different in my eyes. I think this is an interesting investigation Ė I also think that the reasons she is being investigated are very interesting. I have thought so since July or whenever she removed the Commissioner from his position. Perhaps I am wrong, but it was my understanding that the Governors assign people to the Commissioner positions and can, as easily, remove them. Time will tell if she was within her rights to act as she did. I donít have enough information to say. My personal opinion is that we are spending money unnecessarily, but that is simply my opinion. I have issues with the fact that the State Trooper that is in the middle of the controversy remains working with the public. Yes, Jennifer, he was reprimanded and, I believe, suspended for some time. If the accusations had been groundless as you imply, he would not have been punished in any way.
Alaska is also a state that has huge environmental issues that we contend with as part of our daily life. The state is the largest state and one of our favorite expressions is if Alaska was divided in half, Texas would be the third largest state. With all this space, only three percent of the land is under private ownership. We have a very limited road system and travel within state is extremely expensive. We pay as much, or more, for gas and oil as any State in the US. The electric bills in the interior and remote areas are sky-rocketing in the summer when we normally donít pay much for power. Over half of my electric bill has additional charges for fuel charges. We are not exempt from the issues of high prices that everyone else faces. Yes, we receive an annual dividend for living here, but most of us use it on bills. We are like everyone who is struggling with rising costs. We need to heat our homes just like you do. When temperatures plummet to minus twenty and colder, we have no choice but to burn wood, coal, gas or oil. Wood and coal burning is under scrutiny by the EPA because of emissions that get trapped by temperature inversions. So we do what we can to keep our air clean, and not go broke trying to keep up with the basic necessities of life. I have no reason to believe that Sarah Palin wants to irresponsibly rape Alaska for its resources and leave devastation in developmentís wake. I do think that she has been working to help us find some respite from escalating costs.
The State is split on issues like ANWR, Pebble Mine, aerial wolf hunting, and if land should continue to be largely inaccessible or opened up for people to actually see and enjoy. We are a huge state in terms of land and a small state in terms of population. We are unique in many ways. We dress very informally. Itís not uncommon to see Alaskans in polar fleece and jeans at any social event. We have our share of fashionable people; they are just harder to find here. Many of us eat wild game Ė and since it cannot be purchased, we hunt. Moose meat is a very healthy meat. Itís naturally lean and some of us prefer it to beef and pork. I am not fond of caribou, but have friends who are. Hunting is something people do for cultural reasons, economic reasons, or they just like the meat. Not all people hunt, but many people here do. As I said in an earlier post, I am pretty turned off by how animals are treated as they are raised to be butchered, or for their milk or their eggs. I think that responsible hunting is a heck of a lot more humane than many places that raise animals for slaughter or what they can give to be sold. The hunters that I know take pride in killing humanely, taking care of the meat, and not wasting meat. I have no reason to believe that the Palin family is any different.
Alaskans live here because we love the land, we love the animals and it is our home. My father raised his children to hunt for one reason Ė to fill a freezer. I see very few animal heads displayed on walls. Most of us are not trophy hunters. Sport hunting is not about sports Ė itís about integrity and sportsmanlike behavior.
I do want to address a couple of things that you have said. First, the poster that you linked us to in response to my question about your source of information regarding aerial wolf kills was in poor taste. It was a slight against a state filled with wonderful people. We are some of the most giving people that I know. We pride ourselves on having differences of opinions and differences of beliefs while still getting along. We are passionate in our beliefs.
Letís recap some of your comments, Jennifer
ē She's unqualified, plus she needs a serious makeover. Pearls with fleece, get real! And the do, that went out in the 80's. No McCain and no big hair!
ē The only draw this woman has is to the fundie base.
ē I'm sure her being the head of the Christian Fellowship of Athletes is really going to put the fear of God into countries like Russia and Iran.
ē Palin just said NUK-U-LER. Please, not four more years of Bushisms! Send the big hair hockey Mom back to moose country!
ē Lying about the polar bear population, whatís she got against polar bears? Isnít killing moose enough for her? And aerial hunting - fly by killing, no need to get your Bean boots muddy or bloody.
ē Well, Iím off to make a big bowl of popcorn to munch on while I wait for the next episode of the Johnny and (she's his "soulmate") Sarah Show. Itís gonna be a real doozy!
ē Do you think a secessionist belongs on the ticket, doesn't make much sense to me. Do you think maybe she's one of those infiltrators the AIP is trying to place in the two major parties, sort of like Alaska's own Manchurian Candidate?
ē As for the wolves, aerial hunting http://www.bentbay.dk/dyr/wolf-ad-200603.gif
ē My personal opinion, yep, the BIL is a redneck Ö
And you took exception to me calling you ďdarliníĒ?
Jennifer, I told you from the onset that I was not debating the merits of Palen and her abilities to be Vice President. But, what you think is clever and funny, I find dismissive and negative. I can understand concerns about ANWR, experience (or lack thereof), suits against the Feds, and some of the other points that you have made. I might even have responded to them in a more upfront manner if I didnít find your responses mocking. It's not the issues that have led me to respond to you, Jennifer, it's your belittling attitude towards Palin. You didn't even give her twenty-four hours before you started in.
You want to know what I think, Jennifer? I think that making her Vice President was premature. I am concerned about her lack of experience, but I also think that the American people are tired of what we have had for so long. People have said that they want a change. Well, we are getting it Ė now we donít like our choices. Letís take the issue to vote. McCain made his choice. Do you think you are going to change his mind?
For the record, I did not vote for Palin when she ran for Governor. The reasons that I voted for Knowles are the same reasons that I am reading about now. She was Mayor of Wasilla. Big deal. I didnít find that enough experience to run the State of Alaska. She won. She ran against Ex-Senator/Ex-Governor Murkowski and later against Ex-Governor Knowles. Alaskans wanted a change and we got it with Sarah Palin. She has been a person that has been good for the State. Yes, you can Google all the reasons that she should not be considered good (and I think some of your reasons are valid and some are actually pretty funny); but she does not have such an exceptionally high approval rating because we are stupid people. She has earned it.
I did not vote for aerial wolf hunting. I did not vote for Pebble mine. As much as you want to ignore that fact that these issues were on a ballot, they were recently voted on.
Do I believe that Palin was a member of the Alaska Independence Party? Yes, if she wasnít she seemed to have attended meetings. She has a right to explore her political affiliations and just because she was a part of the party, it does not necessarily mean that she was a supporter of Alaska succeeding from the US as a state. Itís not that an unusual subject of discussion up here Ė and I believe that California has the same thoughts from time to time. Do I think that this means she should not be VP. No, not really. I guess I am not that hysterical over this issue.
Will I vote for McCain because Palin is on the ticket? Will I not vote for Obama because you have gone on some pretty ridiculous tirades? Nope. Iíll vote based on what I read and hear. Iíll listen to McCain and Palen and to Obama and Biden Ė and then, Iíll make my decision.
Thank you for my introduction to the Ally. I am now returning to the poetry side of the house.