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One Alaskans politicaly incorrect observations

July 4, 2014

Photograph by Sal Veder AP

I wonder how many of you remember seeing on television newscasts the images of the Vietnam POW’s returning home. A number of the newscasts showed them walking on the tarmac along side massive military airplanes… then with open arms embracing wives and children with tears streaming down their faces. This scene was repeated a number of times after the end of the Vietnam war when our POW’s were released. Yes they did spend some time in a hospital making sure they were physically OK but after years in a Hanoi POW camp these men desperately wanted to be reunited with their families.

Why is Sgt Bowe Berdahl’s return to his family and the American public so different?
Why did we trade four important terrorist murders for Berdahl?
Why has he not told the American public thank you for his rescue?


At times I am a firm believer in the old military principle of “KISS”, ‘keep it sweet and simple’ so with
with just these next few words I hope to stir your minds to wonder ‘why’.

Our President is once again making a push
to get the ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act’ though congress.
I ask why not enforce the Immigration laws already on the books?


Does anyone find it strange that in the news lately we are hearing about al-Qaeda in Iraqi taking over a WMD, (weapons of mass destruction), factory. The talking heads are saying that the factory has many “old” biological weapons stored there, but we should not worry because they ‘believe’ al-Qaeda can not get the plant back in production.

I know I have a touch of ‘old-timers’ but……
didn’t they accuse Bush of lying about these same WMD factories?


Even in Alaska there seems to be no common sense when it comes to making fiscally responsible action. The government here has been working on different natural gas line proposals for years and has spent millions of dollars yet still no action has been taken. Yet Hundreds of families are leaving because it is just too expensive to heat our homes in the winter.

Maybe they should look for a plan that involves spending no government money.

Like giving the fuel the oil companies give us each year in royalties

to the people of Alaska at cost!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2014 11:14 pm

    If you don’t like the stars in Old Glory, if you don’t like the Red, White and Blue, then don’t act like the cur in the story, don’t bite the hand that’s feeding you. Old song from WW II.
    They traded five terrorists and some large quantity of cash for the deserter, what a deal, eh?


    • Terry permalink
      July 5, 2014 12:48 am

      You’ve highlighted so many things “wrong” in you blog, Pete – and in many ways, you are right.


  2. Jon permalink
    July 5, 2014 3:50 am

    The bit about al-qaeda taking over the weapons factory is interesting. I’d not heard that. Back in the day a local reporter, Bob McNaney, from our ABC affiliate was reporting from there & going through a few warehouses containing bunker bombs. If those aren’t WMDs I don’t know what is. That was one story on the local media never followed up on to my knowledge. Yup, Bush lied along with all the rest of the countries that were lied to by their intelligence teams. The media double standard rears its ugly head once again.

    Pete, your comments on the delays in enforcing our borders & the natural gas pipeline connect with the Keystone pipeline delay & are joined together by the fact government always tap dances around what should be done to make it look like they’re doing something about something when they’re doing nothing about something. “We need another study.” As Ross Perot said, “Ya foller me? Lookit these here charts.”


  3. July 5, 2014 5:03 am

    I’ve almost given up on politics. It’s sad but true. And I’m 55! I used to care deeply what went on but I would start to get stressed out and then start looking for others to vote for. The problem is, there is NO ONE ELSE to vote for. It doesn’t matter what “side” they’re on, they’re all corrupt. It’s all about globalization and China owning us financially and about our need for oil and our environmentalists saying we can’t tap into our own oil. Ugh! So on a happier note…thank you for the “picture of the week” dedication. I really love it! You used the texture very well here and the angle and colors are great! Thank you and glad to see you here!


  4. July 5, 2014 8:31 am

    As usual you’ve elucidated a number of the major issues facing this country and the administration’s unwillingness to even admit they exist let alone address them, Pete. Sadly our Liar In Chief isn’t even going to try to revamp our immigration policy with Congress; he’s planning to once more go it alone. The chutzpah of that jack ass; he really does believe he knows better than the American people! Without question he’s an arrogant SOB and will go down in history as the most ineffectual President this country has ever known; of course that’s assuming the liberal elite in academia don’t rewrite history once again..!.


  5. July 11, 2014 7:09 am

    I seem to recall that, back when Alaskan newcomers were called: “Cheechakos” or some such, they were told: “In Alaska, never believe anything that you hear, and believe only half of what you see.”

    I’ve reached the point where I’m not sure of what I tell myself …


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