12 June 2014

News That Makes You Say "Hmm..."

* Silly Season Politics Dept: Vic Kohring, a former state lawmaker who pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge in 2011, is running for U.S. Senate.

Kohring served in the Legislature as a Republican but is vying for the Alaskan Independence Party nomination in this race. The Division of Elections director says Kohring recently changed his party affiliation.

Kohring declined to discuss details, saying he'll get into those later. He says he's running because he's worried about the legacy today's leaders are leaving for future generations.

Kohring attempted a political comeback last year with an unsuccessful run for Wasilla City Council.

* Dirty Politics Dept: U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller says he was stopped and issued a ticket for a broken taillight by the Alaska State Troopers on Tuesday after another driver called in a meritless claim that Miller was driving drunk.

The conservative Republican, based in Fairbanks, said in a Facebook post that a trooper -- accompanied by a camera crew -- pulled him over on the Parks Highway while Miller was driving a vehicle carrying 4-foot by 8-foot campaign signs.

That was five minutes after Miller passed a truck driver in front of him who had "slammed on his brakes" for no reason - and four days after a pickup carrying Miller's son, and the same campaign signs, had been stopped for an identical offense, he said in his post.

"Explanation was that someone called in a complaint about a drunk driver," Miller said, referring to his own stop. "I was cited for a broken taillight. Let the games begin."

* Some Days the Bear Eats You Dept: Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials in Anchorage are warning anyone in the area of Rabbit Creek Road to beware of a brown bear protecting its moose calf kill.

Srsly, folks, stay away from the large grizzly while it's eating. Duh!

* People Are Dumb Dept:  The next time you see a moose calf by itself, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game asks that you leave it alone or call Fish and Game biologists.

The department says in the past two weeks, four moose calves have been picked up in the Mat-Su Valley by people who thought the animals had been abandoned by their mothers.

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And finally ...

* What a Tangled Web She Weaves Dept:


Well Seasoned Fool said...

Reminds me of a candidate for County Commissioner - her first try for elective office. Her husband has lost four elections now, mainly for State Representative. Maybe they are addicted.

Rev. Paul said...

I hear you, WSF. Kohring's only discernible skill seems to be "campaigning". Note: I didn't say he's good at it.

ProudHillbilly said...

I imagine moose do what deer do - leave the calf someplace they feel is safe while browsing nearby. I get to watch fawns in my back yard sometimes because of that.

Rev. Paul said...

You're correct, PH; moose are members of the deer family, and their behavior is similar in many respects.