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Posted: October 13, 2010 - 8:00 pm
Last night it was time to go to Scotty Sideshow's (Scott McAdams) town hall meeting at the Spenard Recreation Center.
I arrived early for the 1715 meeting. I was asked to sign in and it quickly became apparent why. This was not a town hall meeting at all but more of a campaign rally and an attempt to organize supporters. "Town hall meeting" does sound better than "liberal stroke session" so the misrepresentation can be excused.
Posted: October 11, 2010 - 9:28 pm
Joke Miller just keeps living up to the well deserved nickname.
Today Joke told us he will no longer answer questions about his personal background. Does that mean we will no longer hear about West Point? Yale Law School? The Gulf War?
Posted: October 7, 2010 - 5:21 pm
The Constitution is a cleverly written document that had vision well beyond its time. It set up a government with checks and balances.
Most people understand the idea of each state having 2 Senators so that a large state like California cannot just dictate policy to the rest of the country. It is a principle which has nothing to do with true democracy.
Posted: September 30, 2010 - 3:02 pm
Lisa Murkowski is a princess. The seat belongs to Alaska, not the Murkowski dynasty.
Joe Miller is being pushed by Californians. This seat belongs to Alaska, not Califoirnia.
Scott McAdams is sure it is all about Alaska. He can fish and he married up.
All of it must be true because it has been on the commercials. The US Senate campaign has become a three ring circus. Well, maybe a two ring circus with a sideshow named Scotty.
What ever happened to the issues?
Posted: September 18, 2010 - 10:01 am
It has become an exercise in voting for the lesser of the evils walking into a voting booth. There are times when I look across the candidates running and wonder what the choice really is.
I watched the Lisa Murkowski announcement last night because I wanted to see what the spin of her being back in the race would be. The spin was Lisa would bring back the bacon to the Bush.
Posted: September 6, 2010 - 5:13 pm
I am often entertained with stories of the great buys to be found on craigslist. A nurse who does sedation for me regularly has a husband who will travel far and wide across the state to find the deals that have been posted.
Craigslist was the first place I went when my Super Nintendo stopped working. It turns out I was better off finding a clone system on another site for $40 which allowed me once again to play Super Street Fighter II.
Posted: August 31, 2010 - 9:30 pm
Joe Miller claims he was not responsible for this tweet. He immediately blamed a staffer. The campaign lamely tried to later say the tweet was aimed at the Libertarian Party and not Lisa Murkowski.
Libertarians think government should not be in everybody's life and tend to think prostitution should be legal. That does not mean they like to be compared to the "oldest profession."
Posted: August 27, 2010 - 4:36 pm
The city of San Diego in is in serious financial trouble. It has made serious cuts to services. This has led to claims that it may be causing tragedies.
The city is considering a 0.5% sales tax to help close the gap. The idea is meeting with significant opposition and a lawsuit has been filed to stop it from being on the ballot.
Posted: August 21, 2010 - 3:33 pm
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) opened the door earlier this year for corporations and other groups to make unlimited donations to political campaigns. The clock began ticking towards a time when a corporation was going to come under fire.
It would have been reasonable to expect that the first target would be a classic liberal whipping horse. Perhaps Exxon or Pfizer or another member of the hated Oil-Pharmaceutical complex? If it was going to be a retailer how could it not be Wal-Mart?
Posted: August 14, 2010 - 9:20 pm
On December 7, 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. It has been almost 69 years but if someone wanted to build a Japanese Heritage Center right next door I suspect there would be some angry veterans around to protest.
George W. Bush used unfortunate word choice when he talked about a "crusade" just before the Iraq War. The connotations of the word still have meaning across Islam centuries after the fact.
Posted: August 9, 2010 - 1:11 pm
President Obama decided to use his Saturday address to claim that his health care plan has led to Medicare solvency being extended for another 12 years. Populist pandering at its best aimed at the seniors of America.
Too bad it is not true. It is based on the recent report from the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees.
Posted: August 3, 2010 - 8:57 pm
I am old enough to remember the days when cameras were not allowed in most courtrooms. The evening news always had artists renditions of the proceedings. The practice always seemed strange to me.
The last holdout when it comes to cameras in the Supreme Court of the United States(SCOTUS). SCOTUS has resisted requests from C-Span to bring cameras into the highest court in the lands.
Posted: July 27, 2010 - 8:15 pm
Growing up in San Diego County there was always a park nearby. Public basketball courts and baseball fields were available for use and generally in great shape. There were playgrounds everywhere. The local cities also had public beaches that were well maintained.
All of the freeways in Southern California in urban areas had exit ramps and medians that were well maintained. It was not unusual to see workers tending to the landscaping.
Posted: July 24, 2010 - 2:47 pm
During rounds when I was in medical school once the intern started presenting the case with, "The patient is a 67 year old African American female." The staff physician interrupted and asked, "Why does the race matter?" We then had to suffer a 10 minute politically correct speech about how race did not matter.
Posted: July 16, 2010 - 7:37 pm
King James is an Ohio product and his movement away from the Cleveland Cavaliers is understandable but also distressing. The times are gone when athletes spent their entire career with a team.
Posted: July 12, 2010 - 10:55 pm
Muscular Dystrophy is a group of genetic disorders characterized by degeneration of skeletal muscle tissue. The diagnosis occurs in 1 in 3500 live male births. About one third of those cases represent new mutations.
The disorders represent horrible diseases where many patients are unable to walk by their teenage years. Patients eventually develop respiratory failure and cardiomyopathies and typically die in the third decade of life.
Posted: July 6, 2010 - 9:32 pm
Can you imagine the outrage if two members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)were standing outside a polling place with a nightstick?
So why is it that a couple of Black Panthers can stand outside a voting location with weapons in 2008 and get so little attention?
A federal judge was was on the verge of awarding judgement to the Department of Justice (DOJ) when a lawsuit was filed claiming the New Black Panther Party had violated the Voting Rights Act. The DOJ mysteriously withdrew the charges in May 2009.
Posted: June 28, 2010 - 9:51 pm
There are many nicknames out there for the Anchorage Daily News (ADN). A colleague of mine loves to call it The Daily Worker. Anchorage Daily Lies is another name that gets thrown around town. My favorite has always been Pravda.
There are times when ADN appears to deserve some of the nicknames. There are times when they do not deserve any of them. It is kind of the way I live up to labels at times and not at other times.
Posted: June 22, 2010 - 9:46 pm
A salty old US Army Master Sergeant told me a joke once about officers.
When you make Major they cut your tongue out. When you make Lieutenant Colonel they give you a lobotomy. When you make Colonel they give you your tongue back.
I was a Captain at the time but when I did become a Major and never demonstrated that his joke was true. I did not want to stick around to see if his prediction was right for the next promotion.
Posted: June 20, 2010 - 7:30 pm
The first time I went to pediatrics clinic as a medical student was eye opening. The charts of siblings were kept together under the name of their mother. Most of the mothers were under the age of 25 and most of them had 4-5 children. The shocker for me was it was not uncommon for all of the kids to have different last names.
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