Tag: Alaska

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Let’s get one thing clear. I will never vote for Lisa Murkowski, and I hope everyone in Alaska will join me in retiring her very soon. That then begs the question: Who should Alaskans vote for? The quick answer is anyone else, and a lot of people I respect have settled on Kelly Tshibaka as the […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three bad but very important martinis. First, they sigh as the Biden administration gives in to yet another Iranian demand in order to reach a new nuclear deal. They also wince as Democrats win the lone congressional seat in Alaska and blast the state’s ranked choice voting system that allowed a candidate who finished fourth in the actual vote with just 10 percent of the vote to win the election. And they raise alarms in response to California urging people not to charge their electric vehicles just days after announcing plans to ban gas-powered vehicles while residents in Colorado were forbidden from lowering the temperature in their own homes due to an “energy emergency.”

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that after big fundraising numbers and weeks of intense campaigning, that Beto O’Rourke is still well behind Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and hasn’t improved his numbers at all. They also cringe as the National Republican Senatorial Committee shifts resources around to help candidates who have underperformed in their own fundraising. And as Alaska voters head to the polls they give thumbs down to the state’s system of advancing four candidates to the general election and using ranked choice to determine a winner.

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It’s OK for party primaries. General elections? Not so much. Having just returned to the Commonwealth of Virginia, I was surprised to find out that the candidates facing off in our May 8th Republican “Drive-By” Convention (Virginia and New Jersey have odd-year state elections) for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general will be chosen via […]

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Driving around Anchorage with no particular destination in mind – or if I had one, I rejected it once I perceived I had missed it – I consoled myself with the idea that I was at least getting used both to the rental car and the city. I thought of the time I’d rented a […]

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Universal Basic Income and the Alaska Dumpster Fire

 

Every now and then a think piece shows up from conservative writers considering whether providing a Universal Basic Income (UBI), or a fixed payment to everyone, no strings attached, might be a positive alternative to Great Society-type programs.

I urge all of those considering these arguments to take a look at the cautionary tale of Alaska.  As a condition of statehood, Alaska has no private oil and gas rights owned by the state, and the state invested the royalties in a Permanent Fund.  Eventually, the money flowing in was so much more than state expenses that the state income tax was rescinded, and a dividend on the fund earnings are paid every year to every resident (depicted here in the Simpsons movie).  This Permanent Fund Dividend, or the PFD, is essentially a UBI.  The Permanent Fund has ~$60 billion in it, and historically the PFD has been in the $1-2K range.  With the natural gas boom going on in the contiguous U.S., royalties on current oil production in Alaska plummeted around 5 years ago, so the previous governor (a left-leaning independent) reduced the dividend, expanded Medicaid by fiat, dipped in to the state’s savings to make the state budget, and proposed reinstating the income tax.  Last year, the current Republican governor was elected promising to restore the full dividend (and more), cut nothing of significance, and have no new taxes.

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If you’ve ever flown into Alaska, the first thing you notice as you peer out the airplane windows are the mountains, row upon endless row of snow-peaked ruggedness. The best word to describe them is a word often overused to describe lesser things: majestic.

Majestic should be reserved for the sort of rare and surpassing beauty that generates awe, like those mountains, especially around 3:00pm in the winter when the set sun casts a purple blanket across the snow. The moon rises behind them, a glorious, massive pale-yellow celestial that captivates, and causes you to stare regardless of how cold it is.

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Father Michael Oleksa is a retired Orthodox priest in Alaska, but he’s not actually from there – he’s from Allentown, Pennsylvania.  How he came to Alaska, what he found there, and why he stayed are just a few of the many subjects he covers in his delightful collection of stories that he has compiled here […]

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Someone recently posted about funny earthquake stories but I can’t seem find Ricochet search on my phone to bring it up. Anyway, we had a 7.0 this morning here. No funny stories unless one considers being a school bus full of screaming elementary kids bouncing like a bucking bronco funny…wait, that was kind of funny. […]

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Two weeks ago, the WordPress Photo Challenge topic was Elemental.  Water gives and sustains life in all its magnificent profusion here on Earth, and my post over at RushBabe49.com is entitled Elemental… Water.  I can add to @cowgirl’s post about living in the most beautiful place in the world.  In all my life, I have […]

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You might have noticed in the news today, there is a unanimous decision coming out of SCOTUS. Big deal cases do not often turn out that way, unless of course SCOTUS is throwing out some crazy administration power grab. We are conservatives, & as such assume that defeated power grabs are the least measure of success–we […]

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Three Facts to Counter Obama’s Alaska Global Warming Hype

 

I applaud President Obama for visiting Alaska. I have family there, and it is a state often forgotten when the White House schedules presidential trips. But Obama’s reason for going — to highlight the results of man-caused climate change — is fraudulent. Humans are not causing global warming in Alaska or anywhere else on the globe.

Here follow three facts to counter the nonsense you will hear this week. And by “facts” I mean data collected by incorruptible sources, not predictions based on dodgy computer climate models or readings from land-based stations that skew recorded temperatures upward, keeping alive the ever-failing hypothesis of man-caused global warming.