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Snow, Sun, and Hams.

August 10, 2012

I apologize for my absence from the blog, but my granddaughter was in Alaska visiting for the first time, and I haven’t seen her for almost eight years. Today I sit serenely here in my cabin looking out over the woods and there is some kind of a bright yellow disk high up in the sky. It has, it seems, been weeks since the sun made any meaningful appearance and the past couple of sunlit days are more than welcome. And no I am not trying to torture you who live in the lower ’48’ with the many weeks of sun and heat, it is just an observation from this old man.

In general not much for me to comment on, partially because I haven’t been able to read my usual news sources, so I will try and leave the national scene alone for this posting. The summer rain has my yard looking like an impenetrable jungle, still blocking my router antenna so it will be a while longer before I can get back into commenting on the daily folly’s of our elected leaders and the posting of new photographs.

I will, however, make this one observation… It seems strange to me that there has not been some call from the White House for new gun laws because of the recent actions of a couple of mentally unbalanced individuals. Could it be he is thinking of courting the gun lobby? I do see a few congressional members asking for more and stricter laws, but it is strangely quiet over on Pennsylvania avenue.

Yes we have had our first road condition alert because of snow. It seems that four inches of the stuff fell almost at once causing hazardous road conditions up on the Dalton Highway. To those who don’t know, this does not mean winter is here. Because in Alaska it can and has snowed in every month of the year. This is just natures way of reminding those who live in the woods that winter is just around the corner and we should be getting ready.

For those hams (Amateur radio operators) who are trying to have a ‘QSO’/conversation with me on the radio. I have been on the air for three days now and the farthest my signal has reached is Idaho. I will try again next week (starting on Monday) at 21:00 on 14.345 or if it is occupied, somewhere close by that frequency. I also wish to once again thank those that have written to me about my article in QST. Your words have given this old man a sense of accomplishment.

My daughter sent me an email saying they are catching Salmon in the Chena river in Fairbanks

So maybe tomorrow night it will be BBQ’d Salmon

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Del permalink
    August 10, 2012 9:58 pm

    You didn’t miss much Pete nationally. Same ole BS from the left. Hopey and changey don’t you know…

    Looking for some straight facts on Obamacare and its impact? Here are some of the most important numbers you need to know about President Obama’s health law:
    • 20 million. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that as many as 20 million Americans could no longer have their current employer-based health coverage by 2019; others predict it could be as high as 35 million.
    • 85 million. The Office of the Actuary at CMS estimates that, by 2020, Medicaid enrollment will increase from 54 million in 2010 to 85 million, pushing America closer to government-run health care.
    • 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Individuals earning over $44,680 a year and families earning over $92,200 a year are not eligible for any federal subsidies to help purchase coverage under Obamacare.
    • $1 trillion. Based on an updated CBO score, Obamacare imposes 18 new taxes or penalties totaling over $1 trillion from 2013 to 2022 that will directly or indirectly impact families, including those earning below $250,000.
    • 8.1.2012. Starting August 1, Obamacare forces many employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to offer abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception.
    • $1.683 trillion. Obamacare expects to spend over one-and-a-half trillion dollars between 2012 and 2022 on its coverage expansion provisions alone, according to the CBO.
    • 30 million. Updated CBO estimates show that despite spending over a trillion dollars, Obamacare will leave 30 million Americans uninsured in 2021.
    • $716 billion. Although Medicare faces $37 trillion in unfunded obligations, Obamacare takes $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for non-Medicare coverage provisions, according to CBO’s latest update.
    • 15. The number of unelected officials that will be in charge of cutting Medicare payments for millions of seniors under the Independent Payment Advisory Board in Obamacare.
    • 50.8 percent. The majority of Americans continue to support repeal. The Real Clear Politics Average from March 10, 2012, to July 28, 2012, shows that voters support repeal by an 8-point margin.

    yea my sisters loaded up with copper river reds last weekend with the dip net….


  2. AussieAlaskan permalink
    August 17, 2012 7:36 pm

    You are back!!! :-)


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