Jonah checks in from North Pole, Alaska, opining on the health care debate, the adventures of Jonah’s father-in-law, the Middlebury College riot and what it portends for our culture. a slew of Helen Keller jokes, inconsistencies with King Kong, and some thoughts on that BBC interview that was interrupted by kids. 

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  1. Profile photo of Chris Campion Thatcher

    So John makes the mistake of calling Middlebury students “terrible Vermonters”, or the like. John, what makes you think Vermonters can afford to swan about at Middlebury College?

    If Vermonters are attending Middlebury, it’s a very, very small slice of the group that can actually afford to go there. Vermonters that can’t afford Middlebury go to UVM, a state school, with one of the highest (if not still the highest) in-state tuitions in the country.

    There’s a reason I left. It wasn’t because I wasn’t allowed to riot and assault visiting guests on campus. It’s because there’s not much left for true Vermonters, anymore. I was born there. Pretty sure I don’t want to be buried there, despite the appeal of being buried in the same state as Ethan Allen, even though I was born, literally (not figuratively) about a half mile from his gravesite.

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    • March 14, 2017 at 6:19 pm
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    Have you heard about Hellen Keller’s autobiography?

    Neither has she.

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    • March 14, 2017 at 6:34 pm
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    Chris Campion (View Comment):
    So John makes the mistake of calling Middlebury students “terrible Vermonters”, or the like. John, what makes you think Vermonters can afford to swan about at Middlebury College?

    Sadly, Chris, there’s really no town/gown divide anywhere in Vermont today. The tribal, incoherent leftism on the campuses dominates the state’s politics. Volunteering for Reagan in 84 was the highlight of my undergrad years in Vermont. Even better than hearing a native pronounce “hornswoggle” for the first time. Reagan won almost 60% of the vote. He won every county in the state. Yes, even Chittenden.

    By 2008, John McCain, who you might have imagined could be a poster boy for a Vermont Republican in 1984, would win 30% of the vote.

    Such a silly, sad, socialist state full of the most obtuse white people in the country, no more able to see facts in front of them than Helen Keller.

    And all in little more than twenty years.

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    • March 14, 2017 at 7:53 pm
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    Quake Voter (View Comment):
    Such a silly, sad, socialist state full of the most obtuse white people in the country, no more able to see facts in front of them than Helen Keller.

    I see what you did there.

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    • March 14, 2017 at 8:23 pm
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    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    Quake Voter (View Comment):
    Such a silly, sad, socialist state full of the most obtuse white people in the country, no more able to see facts in front of them than Helen Keller.

    I see what you did there.

    Hear! Hear!

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    • March 14, 2017 at 8:29 pm
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    Quake Voter (View Comment):

    Chris Campion (View Comment):
    So John makes the mistake of calling Middlebury students “terrible Vermonters”, or the like. John, what makes you think Vermonters can afford to swan about at Middlebury College?

    Sadly, Chris, there’s really no town/gown divide anywhere in Vermont today. The tribal, incoherent leftism on the campuses dominates the state’s politics. Volunteering for Reagan in 84 was the highlight of my undergrad years in Vermont. Even better than hearing a native pronounce “hornswoggle” for the first time. Reagan won almost 60% of the vote. He won every county in the state. Yes, even Chittenden.

    By 2008, John McCain, who you might have imagined could be a poster boy for a Vermont Republican in 1984, would win 30% of the vote.

    Such a silly, sad, socialist state full of the most obtuse white people in the country, no more able to see facts in front of them than Helen Keller.

    And all in little more than twenty years.

    Entirely accurate. Which is why I called “hornswoggle” and moved to North Carolina 2 years ago. Last night’s snow storm in VT has helped cement the quality of this decision.

    In granite.

    Image result for vermont granite quarry

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    • March 15, 2017 at 3:14 am
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    WHAT? MEXICAN COKE IS GOING TO CORN SYRUP?!?

    Someone near the Trump administration needs to get them to stop this! Or do they think we’ll forget this fun campaign moment?

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    • March 15, 2017 at 8:23 am
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    Laughed and laughed. Knew all those HK jokes as a youngster. Thanks.

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    • March 15, 2017 at 9:07 am
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  9. Profile photo of Painter Jean Member

    Blue Yeti,

    Please settle a dispute I’m having with my beloved: I say the “Springtime in Alaska” song at the end is sung by Frankie Lane. He doesn’t know who it is, but doesn’t think it’s Frankie.

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    • March 15, 2017 at 2:20 pm
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    Painter Jean (View Comment):
    Blue Yeti,

    Please settle a dispute I’m having with my beloved: I say the “Springtime in Alaska” song at the end is sung by Frankie Lane. He doesn’t know who it is, but doesn’t think it’s Frankie.

    The version When It’s Springtime In Alaska at the end of this show is by Johnny Horton.

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    • March 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm
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    I’m convinced the different taste of Mexican coke is because of the glass bottle.

    “American” coke is all packaged in cans or plastic.

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    • March 15, 2017 at 5:19 pm
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    Why can’t Helen Keller drive?

    SHE’S A WOMAN!

    ya, ya, ya

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    • March 15, 2017 at 5:34 pm
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  13. Profile photo of Al Sparks Thatcher

    I’ve lived in Fairbanks for 30 years. I learned more about Paul Gavora from Jonah than….

    Wait, I actually didn’t know anything about him. The Gavora name was and is common in Fairbanks, but unlike some other families the Gavoras have kept a pretty low profile. For example, I never saw Paul Gavora in a local television ad, advertising his retail businesses.

    At some point, they stopped putting their name on newer businesses. A prime example is the North Pole Hotel, which is where Jonah did his podcast, and he said is owned by the family.

    The North Pole Hotel was built maybe 2-3 years ago, and I had no idea that it was owned by the Gavoras. That was probably the way they wanted it.

    One thing Jonah should have done, since he was in Fairbanks to pay tribute to someone who just passed, was spend more time talking about Donna Lee Gavora, whose life may not have been as daring, but was still adventurous and included a life of service.

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    • March 15, 2017 at 9:04 pm
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    @roblong, I believe the writer who was disillusioned by meeting Helen Keller was Lillian Hellman, and the friend who told her not to go meet Keller was Dorothy Parker.

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    • March 16, 2017 at 7:42 am
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    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    Painter Jean (View Comment):
    Blue Yeti,

    Please settle a dispute I’m having with my beloved: I say the “Springtime in Alaska” song at the end is sung by Frankie Lane. He doesn’t know who it is, but doesn’t think it’s Frankie.

    The version When It’s Springtime In Alaska at the end of this show is by Johnny Horton.

    Thanks, Scott!

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    • March 16, 2017 at 4:08 pm
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  16. Profile photo of Mike Mitchell Member

    Best joke ever

    Why did the punk cross the street?

    Answer

    Because he had a chicken stapled to his face.

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    • March 17, 2017 at 11:15 am
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  17. Profile photo of Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    We went to North Pole, Alaska last year and were surprised it was south of Fairbanks.

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    • March 18, 2017 at 1:25 am
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    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):
    We went to North Pole, Alaska last year and were surprised it was south of Fairbanks.

    I know that, though the irony never occurred to me.

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    • March 19, 2017 at 10:24 am
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    Quake Voter (View Comment):

    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    Quake Voter (View Comment):
    Such a silly, sad, socialist state full of the most obtuse white people in the country, no more able to see facts in front of them than Helen Keller.

    I see what you did there.

    Hear! Hear!

    Too bad she couldn’t.

    The silly HK jokes were great guys! What a fantastic addition!

    • #19
    • March 29, 2017 at 2:15 pm
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