As I previously mentioned, Palin decided not to accept the Democratic nomination for the open state senate seat and instead picked some guy who until recently wasn’t even a registered Democrat (srsly, did you think no one would notice that?) and is best known for losing his campaign bid for a state representative seat back in 2002. Palin’s pick had to be approved by the House, which obviously didn’t happen but then Palin tried to reject their rejection. That is pure horseshit, seeing as she has never had a problem with this process when it’s gone her way. What a ridunculous way to handle this situation.
Another great Palin decision? Appointing Wayne Anthony Ross as Attorney General for the state. OMFG, are you kidding me?! This douchebag needs to crawl back under the rock he came from. I can’t believe this guy went to Marquette University. Way to taint their reputation! He opposes Native subsistence laws, has called gays ‘degenerates’, and has said that he’d have the golden ticket into heaven if he ever managed to overturn Roe v. Wade. Yes, I am serious. The abortion stance I expect from a Republican, and honestly, the degenerate comment doesn’t really surprise me although it does make me incredibly sad, but for an Alaskan politician to argue against Native subsistence living is really, really interesting. Major Native federations are in an uproar over this pick and I don’t think the pressure over this move is going to go away anytime soon. Personally, I understand where he is coming from. He's basically arguing that everyone should have the right to subsistence living here. Currently there is Native and rural preference, but still, it's not a smart move to go around saying that in the state with the largest Native population in the United States. He really needs to work on his wording at the bare minimum.
Then of course there’s the Ted Stevens debacle that just won’t go away. Alaska republicans are calling for Mark Begich to resign to make way for a special election that would allow Stevens to run. Again. Have they not realized yet that Stevens is like, 5,000-years old? Give it a rest. (And yes, I am aware of the fact that if Stevens was in office and died, Palin would just appoint a new Senator and there wouldn't be a special election. But for the love of Pete, let the man enjoy a retirement and develop a new candidate for your party!) I actually like Mr. Stevens. I do not agree with most of the things that come out of his mouth, but you’ve got to give him credit for the pork he brought into Alaska and the sheer amount of time he stayed in the game. But come on. The jig is up. Seriously.
And finally, there's the new Fish and Game regulations regarding black bears. I admit, I'm behind on this one, but it's so disgusting I can't just ignore it. New tactics include using snares and helicopters. Alaska is now the only state that allows either. And it's bullshit. These bears are in remote areas that are ecologically sound. There is plently of game to support our bear populations. And there is no way to keep grizzly bears or moose out of snares set for black bears. It's supposedly to help caribou and moose populations, but it's a crock and a horrible way to 'maintain' populations. I just don't understand how anyone claiming to love the outdoors or claiming to be an ethical hunter could ever support these measures. It's wrong, wrong, wrong.
Okay, rant over. I’ll try to go back to vampires and book reviews now.