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Happy Solstice… It’s the longest night of the year tonight…

They peg the Winter Solstice to this evening. As that great Alaskan blog, The Mudflats, pointed out:

This is one of those holidays that exists objectively, whether we want it or not. Every culture marked it, and every human has noticed it since the beginning of time. And nobody will change it to Monday so we get a long weekend, or combine it with another event and call it “Celestial Day.” It is what it is – simple, scientific, magical and beautiful.

So if you Celebrate the Solstice have a great night… and we can proceed onward to next Summer.

…and here’s a song from one of my favorite musicals, Rogers and Hart’s The Boys from Syracuse, “The Shortest Day of the Year:

Why Alaska better pay attention to Joe Miller before he helps screw them royally…

For instance, his views on the Minimum Wage (Unconstitutional) or Social Security (close it down).
This from HuffPo:
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Employees in the U.S. should not be provided a federal guarantee of minimum wage, Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller said recently. The states, instead, should be left to determine the minimum rate that an employer can provide their workers, he argued.

“That is not within the scope of the powers that are given to the federal government,” the Tea Party-backed GOP insurgent argued in a recent ABC News interview. “That is clearly up to the states.”

Miller went on to clarify that “the state of Alaska has a minimum wage which is higher than the federal level because our state leaders have made that determination. The minimum level again should be the state’s decision.”

Such a policy stance is not extraordinary compared to Miller’s other anti-government views. But it is the most clear cut he has been on the issue of minimum wage.

Miller said that Social Security should be phased out in order “to transfer the power back to the states so that states can take up the mantle of those programs if they so desire.”
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We now enter the age of Tea Party Arrogance…

Joe Miller, who won the Republican nomination in Alaska with the support of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party, isn’t arrogant. Gee, no, not at all. That’s why he cut a bunch of Tweets from his Twitter account. Fortunately, The Mudflats, my favorite Alaskan site, saved a screen dump before he cut them:
So… he’s shopping for office furniture and looking for a House and the election hasn’t happened yet. And Lisa Murkowski has decided to run as a write in… so it’s a 3-way race. And I understand Alaskans don’t like arrogant politicians.

This is one to watch.

Opponents of Alaska wilderness road enlist ex-secretary Babbitt

I found this in my McClatchy update this morning… with everything else that has changed for the worse in America since Reagan, the state of our National preserves is one thing I would hope would remain pristine in the face of corporate advances.
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Opponents of a proposed road through Alaska’s Izembek Wildlife Refuge have enlisted the help of an environmental heavyweight: former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt.

Babbitt, a former Arizona governor who served in President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet, has signed a letter asking the current occupant of the office, Ken Salazar, to find that a road through the refuge is not in the public interest.

If Salazar agrees to the road, it would the first-ever road authorized in a wilderness area in the 45-year history of the Wilderness Act, Babbitt warned, setting a “dangerous precedent.”

The road could “jeopardize all the wilderness lands that we and so many others have worked tirelessly to set aside for future generations: every national park, refuge and wilderness area that the Department is pledged to protect,” Babbitt wrote to Salazar.

The Interior Department is reviewing Babbitt’s letter, said spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff.

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