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Paul Jenkins

The federal government's abdication of its duty to protect our borders is coming home to roost. Its refusal to act has forced Arizona -- Ground Zero for illegal immigration -- to protect itself from a slow-motion invasion by enforcing its own new, stringent immigration law.

The beleaguered state has no choice. One estimate puts the number of illegal aliens already in Arizona at more than 475,000 -- at a cost of at least $1.3 billion annually. Despite yammering from talk show hosts and others who should know better, what we are seeing in Arizona is frustration, not racism...

Paul Jenkins

Here is the note Rep. Les Gara would love to dash off to Exxon Mobil, if he had the guts: "Dear Exxon, You lie. A lot. I hate you. Your pal, Alaska Rep. Les Gara." He'd have it delivered stuffed in the craw of an oily, dead fish.

Gara makes no bones about his visceral loathing of the oil giant. He bleats about it at every turn -- usually, sad to say, without checking the facts. His attacks must, however, suffice as good politics in quarters where thinking comes extraordinarily dear.

One can only imagine what this guy sees in his mind's eye when he starts fulminating about Exxon Mobil or the other North Slope producers -- the same folks who pay for 90 percent of the state government Gara would love to expand...

Paul Jenkins

Too many of you are nuts. Anonymously, viciously nuts. Stark raving nuts. Read the comments about the column I wrote last week on the failure of the bus bond. You'll see.

Half-baked, pseudo-conservatives decided I was a pinko for having the temerity to wonder whether voters missed the bus in turning down the bond and its bank-breaking tab -- about 75 cents a year for an average house. The bond totaled less than $1 million, but would have netted $4 million or more in federal funds for a bus system needing all the help it can get. Maybe, I said, we should be smarter...

Paul Jenkins

Apathy, mopery and a suffocating lack of excitement made the municipal election about as enthralling as a Sean Parnell speech on the economy.

Only 16.71 percent of the city's registered voters even bothered to show up at the polls. That means a shade more than 8 percent of the city's 201,368 voters made all the decisions Tuesday in five Assembly races and on bonds totaling more than $38 million, and their attendant taxes -- and they goofed.

What mischief, after all, tripped up Proposition 4, the Areawide Public Transportation Capital Improvement Bonds for $932,000? The title may well have been part of the problem. In plain English, it was the bus bond...

Paul Jenkins

Nobody has been harder on Sarah Palin. Nobody. It wasn't always fun for me, but she arguably was Alaska's worst governor -- that point is debatable only because of Steve Cowper -- and she miserably failed Alaska on so many fronts it is painful to list them all. She earned the criticism.

Now, she is a national star, a former vice presidential candidate tweeting and Facebooking and hosting TV shows and writing and backing Republican candidates while taking the occasional swat at President Barack Obama. Not bad for an Alaska political lightweight, a sparrow among eagles...

Paul Jenkins

Liberals are panicked about Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan being a potential -- and potent -- conservative antidote in 2014 to Mark Begich's single term in the U.S. Senate and they are doing what liberals do -- identifying potential rival candidates early, targeting them and attempting to destroy them by any means possible.

Sullivan drew their ire when, as the new mayor last year, he kicked over one rock after another and found the city's financial picture was el stinko. Millions in deficits. Three-card monte fund manipulation. You name it. Begich's positive poll numbers sank to about 37 percent. Sullivan's -- after spending cuts and his refusing to tax to the max -- soared from 56 percent when elected to about 70 percent...

Paul Jenkins

So, I'm roosting on the couch half asleep last weekend when what passes for a telephone nowadays rings, or rather, ooodle-ooodle-ooodles -- a constant electronic reminder that America, indeed, is on a fast ride in a handbasket.

It was an automated call from my bank, its robot voice telling me somebody in Boondeer, Mich., I think it was, had tried a few hours earlier to use my check card number to boost about $400 worth of goodies from a Wal-Mart. The bank was trying to determine whether that person was me.

A nice lady came on and said the bank declined the transaction. She did not know whether the pesky criminal had been caught, beaten, or, even better, shot trying to escape. I was hoping for all three...

Paul Jenkins

Is it just me, or is the haut monde, the visionaries among us who tirelessly fret the law is not effective enough in advancing their leftist agenda, working to strip us of our right to think?

Their efforts, they tell us, are for our own good; that we cannot be trusted; that we are stupid and, worse, hateful. What we need, they say, is another law -- one to banish prejudice, bias and hate. A federal law? Already have one. No, what we need, they say, is a state law...

Paul Jenkins

Here's a really cool idea: Let's make it easier for good-hearted folks to buy, say, adjoining townhouses or homes in comfortable East Anchorage or Midtown or Hillside neighborhoods and remodel them so we can pack in 50 or so chronic drunks. That way the drunks can continue to drink safely, off the cold streets, away from prying eyes. It is, after all, OK for them to drink themselves nearly dead, as long as nobody has to step over them...

Paul Jenkins

Ethics and pornography are very much alike, at least in one regard. Nobody is exactly sure how to define them, but everybody knows what they are when they see them.

In seats of power, that is not always the case, especially when it comes to ethics. Take, for instance, the argument raging in Juneau over how much lobbyists can spend on a meal or drinks for lawmakers before the expenditures must be reported to the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The individual limit, hammered out by stampeding legislators in 2007, is $15...

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