Alaska Voices: Rudy Wittshirk

Rudy Wittshirk is a writer who lives in Willow.

Politics Of The Apocalypse (part 4) - The De-Lie-Lusionists: “Pastors of Persecution” - 3/24/2014 3:23 pm

Politics of the Apocalypse (part 3) - The American Dream Of Wealth And Salvation - 3/12/2014 6:09 pm

Get Out On The New Snow…Read This First - 3/5/2014 8:40 pm

Politics of the Apocalypse (part 2): Shutdown: Teapublicans Are The Party Of Deliberate Failure - 2/25/2014 3:26 pm

Politics of the Apocalypse (part 1): America, you are already owned by Big Money! - 2/15/2014 5:33 pm

Humans can walk on top of the snow but even a “mild” Winter is a hard Winter for moose - 2/7/2014 8:48 pm

Close contact with a moose calf - 2/3/2014 8:56 pm

Listen to the women---outdoors columns in Anchorage Daily News - 1/27/2014 5:02 pm

Politics Of The Apocalypse (part 4) - The De-Lie-Lusionists: “Pastors of Persecution”

“It’s not a lie…if you believe it.” - George Costanza (Seinfeld show)

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Politics of the Apocalypse (part 3) - The American Dream Of Wealth And Salvation

“Maybe something else around here sucks…the public.” - George Carlin

“In this present crisis, government is a problem; but government is also part of the solution to our problem." - Ronald Reagan, first inaugural address - January 20, 1981.

Well…not exactly (only if he had actually thought about it before speaking). Here’s what he really said:

"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."

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Get Out On The New Snow…Read This First

New Snow March 5, 2014New Snow March 5, 2014

Snow 3-6-14Snow 3-6-14

Willow Creek Canyon 3-6-14Willow Creek Canyon 3-6-14

Redoubt and Sleeping Lady 3-8-14Redoubt and Sleeping Lady 3-8-14

Alaska Range 3-8-14Alaska Range 3-8-14
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UPDATE 3-11-14:

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Politics of the Apocalypse (part 2): Shutdown: Teapublicans Are The Party Of Deliberate Failure

THE PARTY OF SEDITION AND SABOTAGE -

Watching all those crime shows on the TV finally paid off for the American public in October 2013. When the Teapublicans threatened House Democrats and gave their ultimatum to the Senate and the President: “Do what we say or the economy gets it!”---the public recognized it as a hostage situation with a ransom demand!

That was the moment when all but the most ideologically-stoned Americans finally figured out that the Teapublicans are quite willing to destroy America through acts of deliberate sabotage in order to make Obama fail.

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Politics of the Apocalypse (part 1): America, you are already owned by Big Money!

I feel like an idiot doing the usual political blogs about conservative versus liberal---the crazy Teapublicans against the hazy Democrats. The contrived idiocy of the right against the left. So, to clear the air…

WHO RUNS AMERICA -

Is there any doubt! America is a wealthocracy. The top 1% captured 95% of income gained during the first three years of the “recovery.” Top 1% incomes are almost fully recovered while bottom 99% incomes have barely moved (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-10/how-did-the-1-percent-get-ahead-so-fast-.html…plus many other Internet sites).

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Humans can walk on top of the snow but even a “mild” Winter is a hard Winter for moose

Once there were mooseOnce there were moose
From Baldy Mountain...From Baldy Mountain...
...to Willow Creek.....to Willow Creek..
...and Marten Lake...and Marten Lake

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Close contact with a moose calf

The EvidenceThe Evidence
The SceneThe Scene
The TrailThe Trail

I braced for the impact…there was a cracking of branches right next to me and then the heavy pressure of a spruce bough against my back. Belinda yelped in pain and fear behind me. The moose calf bounded away through the woods. I felt no pull from Belinda’s leash---she was as surprised as I was.

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Listen to the women---outdoors columns in Anchorage Daily News

Peak PerformancePeak Performance

I’m glad to see an expanding Outdoors section in the “new” Anchorage Daily News---almost like old times.

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The Luckiest Generation

Best of Both WorldsBest of Both Worlds

I just missed being in the “Greatest Generation”…but made it into the one that followed: The “Luckiest Generation.“ I didn’t know how lucky I was…just like those who went through the Great Depression and the Second World War didn’t know how “great” they were until journalist Tom Brokaw popularized the phrase. [see “Notes“ below.]

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Visions and other hallucinations

Visionary WorldsVisionary Worlds

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Dream machines (part two) - Sleeping Dreams [Reflections...]

Fields of dreamingFields of dreaming

SLEEPING DREAMS REFLECTIONS -

I’ve had a number of private responses to this sleeping dreams blog. Only one online comment but a good one [Thanks, Alison!].

A private respondent says: “No doubt that dreams are a huge part of our lives. Not sure if we will ever really understand them.”

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We’re all hooked up to dream machines (part one - Print and Digital Dreams)

Portal: PortalPortal: Portal

12-19-13 Hatcher Pass Snowmachine Update:

[Hatcher Pass East Management Area & Summit Lake SRS
Winter Recreation Conditions Report
DECEMBER 19, 2013
CLOSED TO SNOWMACHINES
Insufficient snow cover to protect vegetation
Additional snow and weather information can be found at the Independence Mine Snow-tel website at: http://ambcs.org/SiteViewer.shtml or Marmot Mountain weather station website at: http://www.cnjaic.org/wx/wx_marmot.php]

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Offline Dreams [Hatcher Pass closed to snowmachines - see below]

Summit Creek: Last October this little creek was covered with ice build-up.Summit Creek: Last October this little creek was covered with ice build-up.

[Effective immediately the Hatcher Pass East Management Area and Summit Lake SRS are CLOSED TO SNOWMACHINES.

The recent temperatures have remained above freezing resulting in a rapidly deteriorating snow pack with open creek/stream crossings and damage to underlying vegetation.

Please continue to check the Alaska State Parks website and Facebook page for condition updates.

SNOW CONDITIONS

Facebook-AK STATE PARKS]

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OFFLINE (The Camel-Boys and the Seven Mountains Gang)

OFFLINE

The communications tower that transmits my internet and email was blown over in the windstorm of October 28/29. Just got back online today, 11-18. I’ll post a new blog in a day or so.

Hajj:

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Annual vehicular harassment-of-moose season about finished

Returning from climbing in the mountains I often walk my dog late at night. She lets me know when something is around---usually one of two resident moose cows who know us. A moose with a calf might stomp her foot once as a warning---or glare at me with her big eyes reflecting in my headlamp.

A few nights ago I didn’t get within a few hundred yards before she and her calf or calves, feeding in a local pond, violently raced away in geysers of splashing water.

I saw only one other moose this entire “moose harassment season”---the butt end as it scurried deeper into the woods.

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Missile diplomacy

THE SYRIAN MISSILE CRISIS

Okay, it’s not exactly a great standoff like the Cuban Missile Crisis…but the same grand elements are in play. A lot of diplomatic “lies” going around on all sides. The Russians say that threats of U.S. missile strikes don’t have anything to do with their aid in brokering a deal with Assad to put Syria’s chemical warfare agents under international control. But of course they do! The Russians don’t want to see U.S. missiles flying into Syria…no more than the U.S. wants Russian missiles landing in Guatemala.

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[Keep commenting!] Congress may save face for Obama over Syria missile strike---one way or another

Is the Middle East so insufficiently messed up that the U.S. is contemplating shooting missiles into the middle of that mess? If Obama was going to lob missiles into Syria he probably should have already just gone ahead and done it by now. No matter what he does or doesn’t do he is going to catch hell anyway.

Our President Obama has decided to “…seek Congress ok on Syria,” (Anchorage Daily News, 9-1-13). Even if Congress doesn’t approve---which gives him an out---the Administration says the President has the authority to lob the missiles anyway. He should resist the urge.

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Hatcher Pass is for lovers (but not for wildlife)

PassPassHatcher Pass is a great place to meet people. During the day, decent road conditions bring tourists and locals to make the drive from Palmer to Willow or the other way around. The beauty of the land puts people at ease and brings out their friendly nature.

THE NIGHTS BELONG TO THE YOUNG -

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Hatcher Pass is for lovers (but not for wildlife)

Hatcher Pass is a great place to meet people. During the day, decent road conditions bring tourists and locals to make the drive from Palmer to Willow or the other way around. The beauty of the land puts people at ease and brings out their friendly nature.

THE NIGHTS BELONG TO THE YOUNG -

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What would Jesus say about gay Boy Scouts? It’s all guesswork because Jesus never mentioned homosexuality

rain flowerrain flower

The split personality of Christianity is not surprising, given the moral contradictions in the Bible. There a few lines about homosexuality in the old testament---supposedly superseded or moderated by the new covenant.

The Boy Scouts of America now allow gay youths to join. That’s all it took for Pastor Jerry Prevo of the Anchorage Baptist Temple to no longer allow the Boy Scouts to meet in his church facilities.

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