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(Alaska Dispatch News)   There really is a town in Alaska where you can see Russia, but thanks to budget cuts, you can no longer fly back to the US   (adn.com) divider line 25
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2014-07-09 04:32:14 PM  
4 votes:
Good. They should send Sarah Palin there to live permanently.
2014-07-09 04:37:07 PM  
3 votes:
OT1H, move. Why are my taxes subsidizing your patently-failing efforts to prove how rugged and self-sufficient you are.

OTOH, tfa slightly implies this is largely a native community. Since Whitey pretty much kicked you off your own lands and forced you to resettle in the butt-end of nowhere... would you like anything to drink, or a packet of crackers, during your flight?

Ah hell. With the various Pacific nations contesting ownership of various islands, it's probably best that we keep a permanent community there anyway.
2014-07-09 04:35:12 PM  
3 votes:
Hmmm. Assuming these native islanders were inhabiting the island before the advent of reliable helicopter service, why is this being subsidized? Maybe it's racist of me to ask.
2014-07-09 06:25:53 PM  
2 votes:

skyotter: lindalouwho: Oldiron_79: StrikitRich: Shame Tina Fey doesn't get the credit she deserves for this headline.

This.

She just did.

are we pretending that Palin DIDN'T say "you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska" when asked about her foreign diplomacy credentials?


I like how everybody likes to pile on to Sarah Palin on Fark for making a few gaffs in her speeches, while giving a complete pass to what comes out of Joe Biden's mouth. Things like: "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man." Or : "You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.... I'm not joking."
2014-07-09 05:12:41 PM  
2 votes:
Okay, perhaps I'm missing something here, and excuse me if I am.... but... If this town is part of Alaska, you wouldn't *need* to fly back to the mainland to be in the US.
2014-07-09 04:44:13 PM  
2 votes:
How about living where the roads are ?
2014-07-09 04:41:56 PM  
2 votes:
They had this on an episode of Flying Wild.  Apparently you have to line your airport up with their runway juuuust right or you get a visit from some MIGs.
2014-07-09 03:11:28 PM  
2 votes:
Shame Tina Fey doesn't get the credit she deserves for this headline.
2014-07-10 10:08:13 AM  
1 votes:

whidbey: hurr Saruh Palin didn't say that you libs durr


Actually, she did:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXL86v8NoGk

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2014-07-10 08:22:54 AM  
1 votes:
Why do people care about Sarah Palin? She was an unprepared failed vice-presidential candidate.
2014-07-10 07:45:06 AM  
1 votes:

TexasRedbud: Rigby-Reardon: Alien Robot: Rigby-Reardon: It would be like someone asking me about my foreign policy experience and having me answer. Minnesota shares a border with Canada that you could walk across.

If you were the governor of Minnesota.

That part doesn't matter. The question was not experience in government, or elected positions. It was foreign policy.

The fact that a governor could potentially see a foreign country from their state has as much foreign policy experience associated with it as my 19 month old looking across the border from minnesota to canada.

The answer you are looking for is none.

Of course you are correct.   And Rick Perry knows nothing about the open border with Mexico. the drugs and gangs coming across, and the complete lack of support from the Obama administration.    Because he is only the governor of the state that is right there next to Mexico.    Your biased opinion is completely logical.


If during an interview Perry's answer to a question about how he has interacted with Mexico he says, "well from parts of Texas you can see Mexico." I would be saying the same about him. I would expect him to state the things you listed, plus trade missions, etc.

Even Sarah Palin thought she flubbed the answer. The actual answer, not the SNL version.

You CAN see Russia from Alaska, but handled topic poorly

Katie Couric asked me how living in Alaska informed my foreign policy experience. So I began by trying to squeeze a geographical primer into a 10-second sound bite, explaining that only a narrow maritime borders separates Alaska from Russia. But Katie interrupted. I wish now I had stopped her and said, "Here's the geographical context. Now may I answer your question?"
There was so much I could and should have said, and I later kicked myself for not doing so. For instance, that Russian bombers often play cat-and-mouse with our Air Force near Alaska's airspace. That melting polar sea ice has created new trade routes but has also created security threats. And that, yes, you can indeed see Russia from Alaska.
And those were just the foreign policy issues (though issues certainly foreign to most governors). But Katie's purpose--shared by most media types--seemed to be to frame a "gotcha" moment. And it worked. Instead of my scoring points for John McCain, I knew that I had let the team down.
Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p.274-275 , Nov 17, 2009

That is what I am commenting on, not whether she did have any experience.
2014-07-09 10:33:19 PM  
1 votes:

This text is now purple: skyotter: lindalouwho: Loadmaster: StrikitRich: Shame Tina Fey doesn't get the credit she deserves for this headline.
skyotter: are we pretending that Palin DIDN'T say "you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska" when asked about her foreign diplomacy credentials?
Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/politics/palin/russia.asp

Thanks.
Can't link, wasn't in the mood to argue ;-)

there's an argument?  the Snopes link confirms her quote.  :)

Remind me again what the problem was. You can see Russia from Alaska.


I think the problem is that when asked about her foreign policy experience she used this as her credentials.

It would be like someone asking me about my foreign policy experience and having me answer. Minnesota shares a border with Canada that you could walk across.

Wasilla is about 600 miles from the nearest point in Russia. Minneapolis is 300 miles from the Canadian border. I guess I have twice the experience she did.
2014-07-09 07:45:28 PM  
1 votes:

Gabrielmot: Okay, perhaps I'm missing something here, and excuse me if I am.... but... If this town is part of Alaska, you wouldn't *need* to fly back to the mainland to be in the US.



Just wait till winter and you can drive back to Alaska, on your snowmachine. It's only about 25 miles.

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2014-07-09 07:08:15 PM  
1 votes:

Devil's Playground: skyotter: lindalouwho: Oldiron_79: StrikitRich: Shame Tina Fey doesn't get the credit she deserves for this headline.

This.

She just did.

are we pretending that Palin DIDN'T say "you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska" when asked about her foreign diplomacy credentials?

I like how everybody likes to pile on to Sarah Palin on Fark for making a few gaffs in her speeches, while giving a complete pass to what comes out of Joe Biden's mouth. Things like: "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man." Or : "You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.... I'm not joking."


Because there's no such thing as a liberal bias in media. None whatsoever. Only a paranoid neocon who rabidly watches Fox news would say such a thing.

texaslynn.files.wordpress.com

/basically sums up the real story
2014-07-09 06:20:22 PM  
1 votes:

fat boy: How about living where the roads are ?


www.quickmeme.com
2014-07-09 06:05:39 PM  
1 votes:

lindalouwho: Oldiron_79: StrikitRich: Shame Tina Fey doesn't get the credit she deserves for this headline.

This.

She just did.


are we pretending that Palin DIDN'T say "you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska" when asked about her foreign diplomacy credentials?
2014-07-09 05:52:32 PM  
1 votes:

Oldiron_79: StrikitRich: Shame Tina Fey doesn't get the credit she deserves for this headline.

This.


She just did.
2014-07-09 05:14:33 PM  
1 votes:

brimed03: OT1H, move. Why are my taxes subsidizing your patently-failing efforts to prove how rugged and self-sufficient you are.

OTOH, tfa slightly implies this is largely a native community. Since Whitey pretty much kicked you off your own lands and forced you to resettle in the butt-end of nowhere... would you like anything to drink, or a packet of crackers, during your flight?

Ah hell. With the various Pacific nations contesting ownership of various islands, it's probably best that we keep a permanent community there anyway.


what you said there, yes that.
2014-07-09 05:13:34 PM  
1 votes:

Copper Spork: whidbey: Because leaving it forgotten to history would be so much better

By all means remember it, learn from it, and do not allow it to happen again. But do not use it to justify special treatment for people who aren't affected by it.


It's cute you think First Nations people still aren't being oppressed in the modern day.
2014-07-09 04:54:07 PM  
1 votes:
I read the wiki page. It was interesting but full of holes. Apparently 135 people live on the island. Who are they and why the hell are they out there?
2014-07-09 04:54:03 PM  
1 votes:

fat boy: How about living where the roads are ?


I suspect that the government funds this little outpost in order to maintain a US presence.  Otherwise the Russians might just land on it one day and take it for themselves.

The Russians are more efficient/blunt about the whole thing...........get rid of the annoying civilians and just put a base there.

The fact that people live in these remote places is just fascinating to me.
2014-07-09 04:52:19 PM  
1 votes:

BigNumber12: [img.fark.net image 600x392]

No thanks.


I know that place.  The pyramid behind it has a cockroach-headed alien queen in the basement.  Every 100 years or so, some scorpion-faced dude shows up and goes hunting.  We lose a couple of "tourists" in the process, but the hunter is pretty cool to us.  Always stays at the local motel, drops a BUNCH of cash (all in gold ingots) on the local mom & pop stores.  Doesn't handle his liquor well, though.  He always gets hammered at the "Ice-Is" stripbar and has to be hauled out by the tribal police.  Then, while he's sleeping it off in the cell, we all have fun shooting his shoulder-mounted ray gun thingy at the icebergs.  I seen one 'berg about a mile wide get cut clean in half with one of those things.


/good times, good times
2014-07-09 04:49:43 PM  
1 votes:
The U.S. DOT and Alaska Legislature have already signed off on splitting the helicopter service's $377,520 price tag, with the federal government

So, who's paying the other half? It's not the Koch brothers, it's the 99% bill.
2014-07-09 04:47:55 PM  
1 votes:
We waste billions a year on stupid shiat. I'm fine with choppering  Eskimos off a rock a few times a year.


/dude I don't think that's the proper nomenclature
2014-07-09 04:38:25 PM  
1 votes:
Do the residents have to pay for this service? If not, then why the hell do I have to pay for public transportation in Chicago. Damn Red State Socialists.

/why isn't this on the Politics tab?
 
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