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Images from Anchorage

A friend of mine that lives in Anchorage posted this image of her kitchen after the quake on FB.

Think we have problems in SF with municipal elections?

Anchorage just had a doozy . . .

Embattled Anchorage Election Clerk Seen Partying With ‘Winning’ Mayor from Her Disastrous Election

Oh, neato. Remember that recent disastrous Anchorage, Alaska election I told you about, during which voters were turned away all across the city because not enough ballots were distributed, and where the Deputy Municipal Clerk Jacqueline Duke, responsible for ballot and voting machine distribution, admitted to me that she had told poll workers not to worry if they found voting machine security seals broken on the morning of the election?

Aside from Prop 5, a ballot measure which would have extended anti-discrimination protection to the LGBT community — which a pre-election poll predicted would win by 9 points (before the Diebold computer tabulators reported that it lost by 16 points) — Anchorage’s Mayor Dan Sullivan was also on the ballot that day.

Unlike Prop 5, however, the anti-Prop 5 mayor reportedly won, according to the Diebold op-scan tabulators, by almost the same exact margin that the same pre-election poll had predicted he would.

And, whaddaya know? There’s Mayor Sullivan himself, in the photo above, seen celebrating on St. Patrick’s Day with none other than his old employee [PDF] turned Anchorage Deputy Municipal Clerk Jacqueline Duke! (She’s the one on the right.)

Neat, eh? I wonder why, according to a source of Alaska radio host, blogger and election integrity advocateShannyn Moore, Duke scrubbed that photo from her Facebook page recently. I tried to find out and get confirmation, but Duke didn’t respond to the email I sent to the address she gave me when we spoke. As a matter of fact, according to The Mudflats’ Linda Kellen Biegel, who tried to ask Duke a question at a recent Election Commission meeting called to investigate the continuing mess, the Deputy Municipal Clerk is no longer allowed to speak to anyone in the media.

Wonder why. Was it something she said?

Our recent election is not just a kinda, sorta, it happened accidentally thingy, as we are led to believe by city clerk’s office. This is an actual organized operation throughout the United States to take control of local election operations and then to limit who can and will vote. Debra Owen was not fired for any incompetence, but most likely for her competence. Salesmen like Huether, Karsky, Erpenbach or Diamond Jim do not want anyone around who would question their actions. By ridding themselves of competent advisors, they will always have deniability. The new Clerk will be thrown under the bus at first chance as a scapegoat.

Look at all the city management / department heads and try to find the level of competence / incompetence. No successfully run business would keep most of them in their positions. A successful business person trying to make a business successful wants innovation and daily competence. A ‘wannabe’ successful manager of a business wants individuals working with them who will give them “High Fives” or “yes” answers for schemes they can get by with.

When I propose work for a potential client, I interview them as much as they interview me. I want to see in their face before I sign on or if they are a schemer-follower manager or an innovation-leader manager. Guess which we have as a mayor / council majority?

(The Big ‘B’ contributed to this post)

Gov. Moose Drool has Mike Rounds syndrome

Rocky, it seems when you are a governor, you are expected to work and pay attention.

Syndrome symptoms include; ignoring the ecomony for months and the citizen needs of the state. Brought on by poor management skills and catering to special interest groups.

National News Odds and Ends

Impeach Bush Ornament censored from the White House Christmas tree, funny stuff;

It hung on the tree along with ornaments featuring lovingly painted state seals and state scenery till the Washington Post pointed out that it differed substantially from its fellows.

AP followed, and Lawrence’s ornment was plucked from its branch, on orders from Laura Bush.

David Gregory to host Meet the Press (like if this wasn’t totally freaking obvious);

Gregory has been a leading contender for the permanent spot since Tom Brokaw stepped in as interim moderator following Tim Russert’s death in June.

Sexy Saxby wins in Georgia, vows to be a one man army against Obama’s polices. Good luck with that.

The worst aspect of this is that Sarah Palin gets to claim some credit for the win. Sigh.

When all she ever asked for was an occassional Dr. Pepper.

Alaska’s Biggest Newspaper Wonders Which Palin Will Return Home

It’s obvious which Sarah Palin Alaskans need to see in the next two years. Alaskans elected her to be governor, not to give her a platform to run for president in 2012. Alaskans chose her because she promised a different way of doing business, not more of the same mindless partisan warfare.

Centrist Sarah Palin or the highly partisan social conservative Sarah Palin?

Best ‘TOKEN’ of 2008 Election Cycle; Piper Palin

I’ll have to admit, even though I think Sarah is dumber then jellied moose nose (yes they eat that shit in Alaska) I have been quite impressed with her daughter Piper. She is like a miniature, female GW Bush. Do whatever, whenever, who cares, I’m cute (spit combing her little bro’s hair and waving to the booing Philly Flyer fans, comes to mind). Sarah knows it to, that’s why you see Piper by her side anytime the MSM trys to ask her questions. You can’t ask hard questions when someone has there grade school aged child standing by your side.

So Piper, without little fanfare, I congratulate you on your award.

Governor ‘Abuse of Power’ just doesn’t get it

Alaskans are not happy with Sarah;

Sarah Palin’s reaction to the Legislature’s Troopergate report is an embarrassment to Alaskans and the nation.


Palin’s response is the kind of political “big lie” that George Orwell warned against. War is peace. Black is white. Up is down.

I love how Republican pundits are downplaying Sarah now that they have figured out she is hurting McCain. I have heard at least three of them say in the past couple of days “It’s McCain that is running for president not Palin.” While this is true I find it ironic she no longer is important to the Republicans.

Governor Moose Drool found Guilty

It seems a bi-partisan panel that is chaired by a Republican found Palin guilty of abusing her power. Won’t stop them from claiming it was ‘politically motivated’. I guess Alaskan Republicans are trying to stop the McCain/Palin ticket to.

I wonder if we will hear about this on any of my fellow Republican blogs?

Oh, and Betty White agrees, Sarah is a Crazy B**ch.

Thursday Night News Roundup

John McChickenshit couldn’t tell Obama to his face how he really feels about him,

OBAMA: Well, I am surprised that, you know, we’ve been seeing some pretty over-the-top attacks coming out of the McCain campaign over the last several days that he wasn’t willing to say it to my face.

Pallin’ around with domestic terrorists? Huh Sarah?

  • That Gov. Palin, when a Wasilla city council member, formed an alliance with some of the more radical far-right citizens in Wasilla and vicinity, particularly members of the secessionist Alaskan Independence Party who were allied with local John Birch Society activists. These activists played an important role in her election as Wasilla mayor in 1996.
  • Once mayor, one of Mrs. Palin’s first acts was to attempt to appoint one of these extremists (a man named Steve Stoll) to her own seat on the city council. This was a man with a history of disrupting city council meetings with intimidating behavior. She was blocked by a single city council member.
  • Afterward, Mrs. Palin fired the city’s museum director at the behest of this faction.
  • She fomented an ultimately successful effort to derail a piece of local gun-control legislation which would simply have prohibited the open carry of firearms into schools, liquor stores, libraries, courthouses and the like. The people recruited to shout this ordinance down included these same figures, notably the local AIP representative (who became the AIP’s chairman that same year).
  • She remained associated politically with the local AIP/Birch faction throughout her tenure as mayor on other issues, particularly a successful effort to amend the Alaska Constitution to prohibit local governments from issuing any local gun-control ordinances.

Will Obama be immune to the Bradley Effect?

This was on Rachel Maddow’s show last night and on her radio program. Interestingly they are saying the Bradley Effect worked in reverse on Obama in the primaries.

“Dear Lord Jesus help me get out of Wasilla”

I asked two Alaskan friends of mine to weigh in on governor Palin, this is from the one who lives in Seward which is east of Anchorage on the Southern coast.

I’ve had so many people email asking about Sarah the Beautiful.  Unfortunately, they think she would make a great VP.  I guess they don’t care if she has any experience.   


She would be a great candidate if we were voting for the Queen (beauty queen).  Will Todd give up his title as 1st Dude to be the husband of a VP?  What was I thinking…Sarah has never settle for being #2…maybe we should, “Rite her in for President”.  I’d love to joke about Sarah, but I’m really too scared.  How stupid are Americans to believe that she has experience because she has been the mayor of one of the larger communities in Alaska?  Does the rest of the USA realize that she was the mayor of Wasilla…a town of about 6,000 people…a town that is referred to as “Valley Trash” since it is part of the Mat-Su valley and there is garbage everywhere.  There are bumper stickers here that say “Dear Lord Jesus help me get out of Wasilla”.  To understand the humor in this, all you have to do is try to drive through this little cluster flip of a community.  You’ve got to love her foreign policy experience of living close to Russia…wow.  That’s my 2 cents.