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Fake news, the national guard…. and a short sabbatical

April 6, 2018

….there is no pie, its just not happening, I mean once again I have lost the inspiration to write the simplest of postings. This week is a prime example with the Sinclair ‘fake news memo’ and the bloodbath response by the mass media add to that the fact that the President has called up the national guard to stop a march of one thousand illegal’s from entering this nation while not allowing those soldier’s to be armed, it was a week of events that normally would have me drooling with glee.

I mean once you get past the ironic behavior of the mass media at appearing shocked by the Sinclair broadcasting corporation stating live on camera that they would not disseminate any ‘fake news’ one must understand that the mass media considers it their job as journalists to not only (report) the news but interpret it for those of us too (slow) to understand what it means. Added to that news anchor and icon Dan Rather saying how bad Sinclair’s memo was at the same time we must remember when Rather was caught live on the air lying about the fact that President George W Bush “shirked his duties when he was in the Texas Air National Guard in the 1960s and 1970s”.

The past week has also delivered to me another ironic news item when I learned that President Trump signed a proclamation for the deployment of the national guard to our Southern border, I call this ironic only because the military cannot act as a police force and make arrests or use force they must just be there as a (show of force) and help with the observation of movement along the US Mexico border.

A number of you know that in late April of 2016 I left Alaska for Texas and hopefully a better way of life. It is now 2018 and withing 60 days I must decide if my move becomes “official” and I become a resident of Texas. This approaching deadline and a bout with ill health has overwhelmingly occupied my mind to the extent that writing itself, let alone being creative while doing so, has not been a focus for me. So Until I resolve the ‘official’ residence issue I plan to take a sabbatical from these my humble pages.

The dust on my residency
will settle by the end of May
until then no doubt
I will poke my head up
and attempt to
entertain and enlighten
any who pass this way.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. Jon permalink
    April 6, 2018 4:53 pm

    Like the dog waiting to be let back in the house, I will patiently await your return to your evening lamp, & picking up the fountain pen to offer us your latest musings. Quiet and thoughtful times ahead for you.

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  2. john permalink
    April 6, 2018 5:37 pm

    hope that you get better,,at least you are close to family,,, I understand the lure of AK , but there comes a time(for me at least at a couple weeks shy of 77), that we need to realize there are some things that we can , or should no longer do.. accepting and adapting is a good part, while FAITH is the real key– qrx if you must,,, we will be QRV when you return 73 john w8wej

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  3. Terry permalink
    April 6, 2018 5:41 pm

    No easy answers, Pete. But I too will be waiting to “see” you 🙂

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  4. Mike Hohmann permalink
    April 6, 2018 9:03 pm

    Aww, hell Pete. Why not just stay with family in TX and keep an extra eye on the border… just think of it as your patriotic duty! It was a high of 22 degrees today in MN… we had 8″ of snow a couple of days ago, with more forecast for the weekend. You must be about ready to turn on the air conditioning down your way? Hope to see a post again soon.

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    • Jon permalink
      April 7, 2018 8:29 am

      Hi Mike,

      You know I live in the Twin Cities, (Eagan) can I ask where you live?


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      • Mike Hohmann permalink
        April 7, 2018 4:28 pm

        I’m in Mpls., Jon


    • April 7, 2018 12:12 pm

      Mike some days when out shopping I think the border has moved to the Dallas area. You know I loved late winter snows back in Alaska but now when it hit 50 degrees I get cold… your thoughts to just hunker down have a lot of merit especially since this old fishing guide is literally surrounded by a lake.

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  5. April 7, 2018 3:17 am

    I look at where I am and wish I could stay..and I will as long as I can. But……
    On the other hand, I know of a family from Fairbanks who decided to relocate to the Kenai because it was more temperate and it was near their kids! Your kids could visit the Kenai a lot easier!

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    • April 7, 2018 12:13 pm

      Yeah but I could never afford to buy a place down there?

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      • April 13, 2018 6:39 am

        There are lots of not so spendy spots out north and in Kenai. Soldotna is pricey, though.


  6. April 7, 2018 4:29 am

    It’s going to take a little more time to adjust oneself to a brand new living environment, even IF you’d lived there before, because, you’d moved away, and got used to living elsewhere, and so, there’s, going to be this period of adjustment when you move back to your original “hometown”…

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    • April 7, 2018 12:15 pm

      True and after 14 years alone in that remote cabin one might say I am ‘institutionalized’.

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  7. Del Hoskins permalink
    April 9, 2018 12:20 pm

    will be watching Pete…. Del


  8. April 9, 2018 11:37 pm

    Best wishes on your sabbatical, Pete. Recoup & recharge, we’ll be looking forward to your return.

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  9. unalaska permalink
    April 10, 2018 2:55 am

    Hey! Look forward to hearing from you in the coming months. In the meantime, focus on inner peace because all that’s happening in this world just makes the blood boil. Meditation, Tai Chi, yoga. Whatever strikes your fancy and makes your aura shimmer. I can just see it now.

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    • April 10, 2018 12:08 pm

      unalaska sometimes it appears if the world is indeed collapsing in on itself and I miss the seclusion I had at my cabin where one could easily turn off the outside world.

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      • unalaska permalink
        April 11, 2018 3:08 am

        My husband and I decided not to hook up cable tv when we moved. We now get our news from PBS radio and our local news station, plus we utilize our favorite news sites on the internet. We’ve chosen to keep informed using only our choices. So much better than being bombarded. We’ve opted to turn things down to our level. Take it easy, Pete.

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