Paul Jenkins

Absolutely mind-boggling. That's the only way to describe the homophobic frenzy among the dull-eyed, slack-jawed droolers panicked over the idea, the very notion, that gay folks, and lesbians too, believe they have rights like the rest of us. Just like us.

Imagine. Those who oppose equal rights for gays and lesbians are quick to worry that theirs are being trampled; that God will not love us anymore if we do not hate gays and lesbians. They fret God will strike Alaska stupid. (In my humble view, after reading some of the comments in the newspaper, He -- or She -- has a good start on that already.)...

Paul Jenkins

Just when you think government cannot get worse, short of human sacrifice or a ban on jelly doughnuts, along comes the Anchorage Assembly, a lunch bucket packed with hubris, lousy ideas and ersatz politicos eyeing the political barometer and ignoring common sense...

Paul Jenkins

If the presidential election were today and Sarah Palin somehow topped the Republican ticket, and even if she were joined in the race by an orangutan named Bob, and they were facing Barack Hussein Obama and Joe Biden -- or an idiot to be named later -- I would be forced to vote for her. Yeah, that's right. Vote -- for her. Sarah Palin. And Bob.

Embracing that reality makes me want to shower, and it is an acknowledgment that our political system has imploded. I'm the proud owner of a "Hater" T-shirt, for crying out loud, but the future is increasingly clear. If this nation is subjected to another four years of Obama's lunacy, it likely is finished, kaput, toasted...

Paul Jenkins

When do you suppose government stopped working for us and we started working for government? When did our elected officials become royalty?

There was no memo; no Internet video; no meeting. One day, without warning, they switched from servants to haughty masters.

In Washington, D.C., while ignoring history, our betters are spending this nation into bankruptcy and pocketing as much freedom as they can. In Alaska -- at the state and local level -- government arrogance is pandemic, and getting worse. State officials ignore public records law and refuse to amend Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share, a stifling oil tax choking off North Slope exploration, investment and job creation...

Paul Jenkins

It did not take long. The battle is under way in Chicago over "reasonable" gun control, a loophole left as the Supreme Court scrapped that city's onerous handgun ban and ruled the Second Amendment does -- surprise! -- bind cities and states.

The ink barely was dry on the court's June 28 decision when Chicago's Democrat-controlled Assembly stampeded to again shield the city from the Constitution with yet another imbecilic gun control law. This one, among other things, restricts handgun possession to inside the home, mandates firearms training and imposes permits. It also limits possession of long guns to places of business...

Paul Jenkins

Sean Parnell is not the guy. Not for governor. Not now. Not in these iffy economic times. At best, he is Palin-lite; at worst, he's a big spender who parses the constitution to bend the rules. Alaska needs somebody steady at the helm, unafraid to rock the boat to get the ship of state back on course. Sean Parnell is not the guy.

Most clearly disagree with me. Recent polls show Parnell racking up 60 percent to 70 percent approval ratings in Alaska, give or take. Those will drop, but a snapshot survey in early May by Rasmussen Reports shows he handily would cream any of the Democrats running for the state's top elected office, and he is the early runaway favorite in the GOP primary...

Paul Jenkins

Here's something odd: Gov. Sean Parnell's administration is chomping at the bit to hire a $2 million consultant quickly -- very, very quickly -- to take a peek at any proposals from the oil industry or lawmakers to change Alaska's oil and gas taxes to promote construction of a gas pipeline. Did I mention the state guys want the consultant very quickly?...

Paul Jenkins

It's déjà vu all over again. A guy minding his own business gets smacked around by a brown bear likely defending its cub...

Paul Jenkins

You know what's wrong with this country? Really wrong? Forget President Obama. Forget Harry Reid, or spandex on the mirror-challenged, or nosy do-gooders or even cell phone users yakking in the fast lane. Forget all that.

It's lawyers. There are too many; too many who went to Ivy League schools; and, way too many who went to Ivy League schools and ended up on the Supreme Court so they can plague us for the rest of our lives -- and theirs.

Not everybody is happy about that. There is simmering agreement between Democrats and Republicans in the nation's capital that the next court vacancy should be filled by someone sans an Ivy League education...

Paul Jenkins

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

-- First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The U.S. Supreme Court says it will take up a Kansas case this fall certain to test Americans' dedication to the Constitution and the depth of our humanity; a case that could allow the worst among us to continue wrapping themselves in the law of the land to torment the grieving among us. Or it could silence them at great peril to our freedom...

Paul Jenkins

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