16 July 2007

In love?

The local Republican bigwig in town (so he fancies himself) owns a store near downtown that is festooned with campaign posters of yesteryear - Young, Murkowski (Frank and Lisa), Stevens are all over the place.

Last fall, there was a new name up here - Halcro. Our local bigwig turned away from our future governor and actively supported Andrew Halcro.

Well, today as I strolled down to the post office, I noticed a pile of trash outside our local bigwig's store and in it was a Halcro campaign sign. A cursory look of the side of the building revealed that where Halcro's blue and white had once festooned the walls, there was but fading yellow paint.

You might think this has something to do with a desire on the part of local bigwig to clean up. After all, it makes sense to throw things out after a while. But I quickly rejected this thought when I remembered that our local bigwig has a Don Young '74 campaign sign, a Frank Murkowski for Senate sign, and still sells 8-tracks ("sells" might be too strong a word; perhaps "stocks" is better).

Could it be that our lovely new governor is winning over the Republican establishment she claims not to need? Is her style of governing turning out to be so appealing that those Republicans who fled to Halcro are now joining the Palin gang?

On that note, the Palin media love affair has spread to Pittsburgh. I particularly like this author's interpretation of the governor's references to the Constitution. "Gratuitous" is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose.


David said...

Hey Jesse,

How much longer do you plan to stay in None? I've got a friend moving up there pretty soon from Ketchikan.


Ishmael said...

Yeah, Jesse,

How long you going to stay in Nome? You do a great job up there, so I hope it's a while. I liked the piece you had on APRN the other day.

Being the curious type, I clicked on the name of your friend David, above, and read his profile -- hey, it's public.... Just a slight correction there, David: Ketchikan is not the furthest south Alaska city. At 53 degrees 52 minutes north, Unalaska has you beat by 1 degree 28 minutes (55d20' for Ketchikan). Doesn't make your town any less nice, though; I've always enjoyed visiting.

And the furthest south point in Alaska is another 2 degrees 40 minutes further south at Nitrof Point on Amatignak Island out at 179.12139W.

Which brings me to one of my favorite geography questions: Name the states that reach the furthest North, South, East, and West in the United States.

Anonymous said...

North, west AND east are claimed by Alaska. Attu is both the westernmost and easternmost point, as it lies in the Eastern Hemisphere.
(good Alaska trivia)
Hawaii is the southernmost.

Ishy said...

Close! Attu is the furthest out island on the chain in Alaska, but does that qualify it as the furthest west and east? Look closer.... on both sides of the 180th meridian, and see what's near there....

Ishmael said...

And when I say "close," I mean you got the states correct. It's just not Attu that holds the position of most easterly or most westerly points in Alaska.

David said...

If I didn't have papers due this weekend, I'd chime in. Sound fun though! Keep playing...