Two new progressive Alaska blogs are being added this week:
The Rogue Wave: Kodiak City Councilman, blue water deckhand, Alaska Report contributor, and community activist Terry Haines has started a blog. He hopes to concentrate on fishery labor and justice issues, among other things.
The Fireweed: Philip Loring is an anthropologist, working on an advanced degree at UAF. He describes the Fireweed thusly:
It is my hope that the Fireweed will become a respected venue, indeed community, for changing minds, through the sharing of socially- and culturally-relevant knowledge, story, and spirituality. Here you will find poetry, ’scholarly’ articles, rants, indeed anything and everything that is relevant to healthful peoples, communities and societies. Everyone is invited to share.
We will talk about food, god, art, sex and power, though not necessarily in that particular order. In doing so we will be kind to one another, because as brothers and sisters we are in this together, but with passion, because these issues are the most important issues we shall ever face. These conversations must be political because the problems we face are political, social because our neighbors are the ones we must be able to rely on, free because power is relative and fleeting, liberal because there is truly no “one right way to live,” and nevertheless conservative and humble because elders know much more about life than we do.
This past week was a busy one for Southcentral Alaska's progressive bloggers. Former Alaska Democratic Party chairman and U.S. House primary candidate Jake Metcalfe ended his campaign Wednesday, which had begun last summer in Washington, D.C. The next day, former Alaska GOP State Representative Vic Kohring was sentenced to three and a half years in Federal prison. Kohring's defiance at sentencing was markedly different from the demeanor of Pete Kott and Tom Anderson at theirs.
Steve Aufrecht, recently returned from work in Thailand, took a close look at Kohring's mindset in three essays at What Do I Know?. Dennis Zaki, in his new blog, commented on the quality of Steve's analysis. Zaki's Alaska Report Blog had the best video of Kohring's long conversation with reporters after the sentencing.
That's about all I got to cover on this today. As I was writing the update, kids started waking up. Our son moved back from Anchorage for the summer at the end of the week. Friends from UAA are staying, waiting for planes back to Sitka, Utah, other places.
And God flicked the winter-summer switch overnight. Judy and I spent most of the day raking, mowing, moving, pulling, hauling. It was such a beautiful day here.
image of our dog, Strider, on our cruising dock, this evening.