Sunday, October 31, 2010

Scott McAdams in Kodiak on Sunday Oct 31

I went to hear Scott McAdams speak and was very impressed.  He's straightforward and has not accepted any contributions from PACs - 1.25 million in donations of $200 or less from individuals in the last month.  He's our next senator!  Help make it so - vote McAdams!

Scott McAdams is scheduled to be at the Kodiak Teen Center from 4:30 - 6:00 today.  Meet the next senator from Alaska!
Excellent op-ed from the Juneau Empire about McAdams:  Give McAdams a Chance!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Scott McAdams Surges Past Joe Miller - McAdams is Best for Alaska!

McAdams latest ad is here.
Read all about it here!     Read about Scott McAdams here.
Don’t vote your fears, vote your values

Lisa Murkowski "I don't see any, any situation where I would choose to caucus with anyone other than the Republicans" 13:21 seconds of KTVA interview on 10/27/2010

Read Dan O'Neill's op-ed on why moderates should vote for McAdams:


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Afognak Island Elk Hunt October 2010: My First Elk

Last week I had the opportunity to spend a week hunting Roosevelt Elk on Afognak Island, based from a friend's boat. The weather was excellent and we did quite a bit of hiking  in search of the elusive animals.  We saw elk every day, but usually in bowls far away from where we were glassing, too far to reach the same day.  We had seven days of hiking a minimum of five miles and 2500 feet elevation gain each day and camped overnight two of those days - which means we were carrying heavy packs with camping gear at least four of the seven days.  Although we were able to follow game trails much of the time, we did considerable bushwacking through salmonberry and alder. Since the elk hang out away from the coast in upper elevations, every day from the boat was an uphill hike from sea level.  Finally on the seventh day we spotted a herd which we were able to stalk (although the term implies a slow, sneaky approach, much of it was actually running like hell to get around the mountain to head them off at the pass - literally!)  Three of us had permits and two shot cows that morning.  Then it was a long, long day of butchering and hauling meat; we staged our carries since we were almost two miles from our pickup point and our animals were on the wrong side of the mountain.  We had to go up before we could go down and we were carrying camping gear since we had camped the night before. We reached the beach with the final load right at dark, around 8 pm.  Predicted nasty weather meant we had to head back to Kodiak immediately and we arrived in the rain around 6 am Saturday morning.
It was a great hunt - excellent companions, comfortable base, superb weather, Kodiak Island Brewing Company beer, and spectacular scenery.   More photos are here and more about the hunt is here.  Here's a photo of us trimming and wrapping elk meat - two full days of work for four people.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Another Redeeming Aspect of Iran

In July 2010, the Islamic regime of Iran issued grooming guidelines to men supplementing the existing modesty stipulations to women. Among the new regulations is a ban of the mullet hairstyle. The ban on mullets is one of the measures that Iran has deployed to "confront the cultural assault by the West". The regime aims to promote a set of new Islamic hairstyles that were unveiled at the Hijab and Chastity Festival of 2010