I. I spoke with AK Muckraker this evening at Shannyn Moore's birthday bash, and AKM was totally surprised by the Auburn report.
The report from Auburn was hilarious, as the anonymous correspondent was confronted by a Palin supporter about the sign carried by the correspondent. The sign protested Palin's rejection of the renewable energy part of President Obama's Alaska stimulus package:
Unfortunately, we had a guy behind us making wise (stupid) cracks but I kept silent. Several women standing near me asked what my sign meant and I explained the rejection of the stimulus money for weatherization (of course they didn’t know about that), and we discussed SC Governor Mark Sanford’s rejection of the education monies, and other intelligent topics (they weren’t supporters of HER). The guy continues to make LOUD rude comments about me and the Obama guys. He drove in all the way from Rochester to se HER! The best part was, he was keeping people from getting too close to me. “Don’t get near her! That’s insulation on her sign. You touch that and you’re gonna be itching!”
And another Mudflats correspondent was at the Long Island fundraiser attended by Palin and right-wing hate radio denizen, Sean Hannity:
7:30 – Sarah goes on – Christ, didn’t one of the five colleges teach her how to use verbs and pronouns?! She begins the speech with a bizarre story about blue star families and gold star families. Since Track is serving in , the Palins are a blue star family. She was very fortunate to meet a gold star family member, whose son paid the ultimate sacrifice. She almost sounded envious! Sarah then proceeds to a word salad that included precious in sanctity in every sentence. She was careful to make sure she thanked the important people and said serving children with special needs could be a non-partisan issue that the country could rally around. If she only used verbs and pronouns it would have been a fine speech for this audience; something you might expect from a small town mayor.
What is important about these two vignettes by members of the Mudflats community, is that this blog that is only 14 months old, had developed an Alaskan network and nationwide fellowship that can observe events here and across the country.
And while Mudflats correspondents were covering Palin on the Atlantic seaboard, other members of the community were delivering much needed supplies to Eagle, in efforts to repair ice jam flood damage there. And simultaneously, the Palin
II. Even more important was the collaborative reporting done by Alaska's southcentral progressive bloggers of the MOA civil rights hearing. It was - and is continuing to be - the most impressive alliance on an LBGTQ issue in the history of Alaska.
Bent Alaska, Henkimaa and others - we've got your back!
We're continuing to put what we learned by collaborating in the defeat of Wayne Anthony Ross to good use.
Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis, Just a Girl from Homer, Progressive Alaska, The Immoral Minority and The Mudflats, all helped Bent Alaska and Henkimaa detail aspects of the ambience of the hearing and the area around the hearing that border on encyclopedic compared to what Anchorage's mainstream media was capable of performing with their severely diminished resources.
Henkimaa's coverage of this issue is definitive. Mel approaches material as a research writer, used to the rigors of having created encyclopedia entries and scholarly material often in the past.
Most of us posted photos from the Loussac. My series has gotten more reprint premission requests by local blogs and LBGTQ or civil rights blogs from around the country than any other post I've published.
And this is a continuing story!
images - top and middle - The Mudflats; bottom - PA