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Saturday, April 22, 2006

"In the name of liberty, and freedom, and people, and... stuff... let's do that again." - Zaphod, Hitchhiker's Guide



The Boy's legs demand autonomy, and have petitioned the UN.

AP has reported that a group of indigenous Alaskans and Hawaiians want sovereignty. I figure that The New Boy would be in that group, since he is the only one of us born in Alaska. Being born in a place makes one indigenous, right?

From the AP story:
"We are independent and occupied peoples," Indigenous World Association spokesman Ronald Barnes said Thursday. "Neither Alaska nor Hawaii has ever ceded these powers."

Actually, I think Alaska petitioned for statehood for years and years, like we were pining to get the prom queen to out with us. I think we begged. It wasn’t pretty. So that’s maybe not the best claim for Ronald to be making. Most people living here then did have a chance to express themselves as we joined the Union. Heck, a large number of people living here were alive when Alaska became a state.

Alaska has the strength and vigor of being a youthful state. It also has the advantage of sitting on all that sweet, sweet oil. If you drove your car in California today, thank you. Your driving keeps me from paying taxes. Not that I’m gloating or anything.

I’m not sure exactly what the IWA is complaining about, besides having initials that would make one think that they give out world champion belts to people named “Hulk Hogan” or “Goldberg.” My bet is that they’re socialists (the word “World” gave it away) who want to recreate the wonders of socialism at the tribal level. Hopefully they read “Lord of the Flies” before they get too far into that project.

The part of the story that bothers me is that Mr. Barnes took his claim to . . . the United Nations. As much as I thought the idea of the UN was a good one in my naïve youth, I can certainly see that it was a silly one. To have a governmental body where the representatives of despots and dictators have equal footing with, say, Sweden, is silly. Sweden tortured the world with ABBA, but mostly otherwise is okay (dang it, now I have “Dancing Queen” echoing around my skull – curse you for your catchy pop songs, ABBA). Besides, the only things the U.N. has produced have been confusion and corruption and large numbers of strongly worded letters to people who view Schindler’s List as a “how-to” video.

So, a U.N. commission will investigate whether Alaska and Hawaii should be independent nations. I hope the representative from the United States doesn’t wilt under the pressure and throw in Idaho for good measure. Given where Alaska and Hawaii sit, it’s likely that should national sovereignty be granted, soon enough we’d have to learn Chinese. But that would be okay, because in China freedom of expression is number one and they always do what the U.N. asks, right?

6 Comments:

Blogger DogMa said...

I love the pic today first of all.

Secondly, I sometimes think it would be nice to become my own nation and get away from this place and it's rules and reg.'s. It's actually a lovely notion. I shall start a petition of my own...tomorrow. I will call it Procrasti-nation!

2:33 PM  
Blogger Woofwoof said...

It seems like if you survey Americans, most would prefer that their state, but just their state, secedes from the Union (except, perhaps, for New Jersey, but then, what do they know, they live in New Jersey). I would vote to let Alaska secede, but only if we get the bridge money back.

By the way, I just came back from a not very long trip. Spent over $300 on gas. Yikes. Highest we paid was $2.91 a gallon.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Al said...

I would surely hate to see Alaska and Hawaii become independent nations. Afterall, Dixie (the states not the person) tried that about 140 years ago and it did not work out too good. I for one am glad Alaska is part of the USA. It makes it easy to spend US dollars there. However, should this succeed, please take Vermont and Massachuetts with you and beat some sense into them.

Oh no...I've got 2 ABBA songs running through my brain. It changes from "SOS" to "Fernando" and back! Darn you John!

6:39 PM  
Blogger salty said...

I would love Hawaii & Alaska to secede together. We could build a bridge betweeen them, and cross back and forth as the weather allows, summers here and winters there.

Oh yeah, Looney-tunes has put out a new cartoon(maybe you have already blogged on this):

the Friends of Animals 'boycott Alaska' campaign? they are gathering photos from people around this country (and others) holding a sign saying 'I would rather be here than in Alaska' - it's in regard to our aerial wolf-control program.

They have decided it best that no-one visit Alaska (not that I mind personally) until the program is stopped.

I'm sure glad I gave up on my B&B idea, looks like there won't be many visitors this year~

5:34 PM  
Blogger John said...

dogma,
Thanks! I'll pass it on.

Oh, in Alaska it's the next best thing to having your own country. I could burn (but I don't) hazardous waste in my front yard, and no one would complain.

woof,
Done. Who do I make the check out to?

Wow. And, um, thanks. Keep driving. We like the income.

al,
NO! You can certainly keep Mass. and Vt. WE DO NOT WANT THEM. Especially Mass.

I'm sorry. But if it helps, I've got a Robert Plant song (29 Palms) moving through my noodle right now. Darn you, Robert Plant!

salty,
Go big bridges!

No, I hadn't seen the FOA boycott Alaska campaign.

If they don't want to come here because we kill wolves (THEY ARE WOLVES, NOT CUTE PUPPIES) we don't want 'em. Stay home.

Strangely, I think Fairbanks will have lots of visitors. Because most people don't live in cute n' fuzzy puppy world. Sheesh.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous CWH said...

Today there are so many things to comment on, where should I start. First off I bought gas today (your welcome) when I drove to San Fran for the day with the family. I noticed on the electric cable car city buses that they have a sign on them that states "emmission free". Being an engineer, I had trouble understanding that one, I guess us Californians have finally found the "no downside energy" and the world should follow suit. We just need to put cables up everywhere, where do we get those electrons to fill it with now?

Now if the IWA goes forward, I respectfully request that I be Jack, you know from the book. And to end on that note, I cannot get it out of my head, you know, the name of the game or is it waterloo?

Later, sorry I missed your last post of the night, I am running on time as usual.

8:21 PM  

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