Almost All of the Ice Covering the Bering Sea Has Melted, Throwing Alaskan Communities into Disarray

Almost all the ice covering the Bering Sea has melted, scientists have confirmed, throwing communities living around its shores into disarray.

The region’s ice cover normally persists for at least another month, and this year it has vanished earlier than any other year except 2017. . .

A report released by the International Arctic Research Centre at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has outlined the real-world effects of these stunning environmental changes on the many communities that inhabit the Bering Sea region.

“The low sea ice is already impacting the lives and livelihoods of people in western Alaska coastal communities by restricting hunting and fishing, which are the mainstays of the economies of these communities,” Dr Thoman told The Washington Post.

“Travel between communities via boat or snowmachine was difficult and limited due to thin, unstable sea ice,” the report said. (Read more from “Almost All of the Ice Covering the Bering Sea Has Melted, Throwing Alaskan Communities into Disarray” HERE)

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Is Alaska’s Dan Sullivan – the Oligarchs’ Golden Boy – the Dumbest U.S. Senator in D.C.?

There were many interesting moments in Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress – starting with the gazillionaire child-man’s decision to follow Larry Kudlow’s advice and eschew his usual garb for a suit and tie. . .

[But my] favorite exchange yesterday came when Senator Dan Sullivan took the microphone. He’s a Republican from Alaska, but he could as easily have been a Democrat of a certain disposition. He observed that Mr Zuckerberg had created his spectacularly lucrative global behemoth in his college dorm room at the age of nineteen. And then he said: “Facebook is an ‘Only in America’ story, right?”

The witness looked befuddled – as I do in, say, Marseille, when a bit of local vernacular runs up against the limits of my conversational French.

So Senator Sullivan attempted to clarify what he meant. “You couldn’t do this in China, right?”

Zuckerberg considered the matter, sincerely. “Well, Senator,” he said, “there are some very strong Chinese Internet companies.”

“Come on, I’m trying to help you,” growled the plain-spoken Sullivan, throwing in the towel. “Gimme a break, you’re in front of a bunch of senators: the answer is yes.” The audience laughed. But the child-man seemed genuinely nonplussed. (Read more from “Is Alaska’s Dan Sullivan – the Oligarch’s Golden Boy – the Dumbest U.S. Senator in D.C.?” HERE)

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The Liberal Left Is Blundering Into States Rights and Federalism

Recently, the state of California has done, or threatened to do, some very “radical” things in defiance of the federal government. Pro-Trump Republicans and independent conservatives have predictably wagged a finger at the Golden State of Liberalism, but they ought to reconsider the dynamic that is being played out. What we are witnessing is the liberal left blundering into states rights and federalism, something they will never like to admit. It could, however, portend well for other states that might have the gumption to reawaken devotion to true Constitutionalism.

Consider first California’s new state law on the selling of federal lands to be first offered to the state, rather than to another party. Attorney General Jeff Sessions pontificates from a quote in the Washington Post: “The Constitution empowers the federal government — not state legislatures — to decide when and how federal lands are sold. California was admitted to the Union upon the express condition that it would never interfere with the disposal of federal law. And yet, once again, the California legislature has enacted an extreme state law attempting to frustrate federal policy.”

This is selective reading of the Constitution, something which everyone except a few people, like Ron Paul, falls into. California was also admitted into the union on the premise that the federal government would obey the Constitution. What are we to do when this is violated? What kind of a deal is a contract where only one party must abide by the terms but not the other?

Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 specifically lists the things that the federal government is entitled to own in regards to land: The District of Columbia, forts, arsenals, magazines, dock-yards and other needful buildings. The existence of national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, monuments, battlefields, even cemeteries, ought to have required a Constitutional amendment. Instead, Yellowstone was created in 1872, when states rights were at a nadir in the era of Reconstruction. True, Yellowstone was in federal property at the time, but such designations still would have required an amendment.

The fact that national parks and the like have proven popular should not be confused with “constitutional”. Once a contract is violated, and accepted by both parties, the sky is the limit. Yet, why haven’t the amendments been passed? Because it would demonstrate that the “supreme law of the land” has been held in wanton disregard, and there would be other things that are not quite so popular which would be called into question.

Now, hold on, because I hear a voice that says, “But the Constitution doesn’t say you CAN’T have national parks!” Oh, yes it does, in the 10th Amendment. It fully informs us that the Founding Fathers fully anticipated such arguments and sought to answer them through the misnamed “Bill of Rights”, which, if one reads its preamble, makes it abundantly clear that many states would never have joined the union without first adding additional clarifications and restrictions to federal power. James Madison’s Federalist #45 also confirms this interpretation: that federal powers were “few and defined”, and all other powers were left to the states.

Let us now visit California’s other threat, and that is to defend illegal immigrants in its “sanctuary cities”. This is clearly a violation of federal prerogatives in controlling our borders and sovereignty.

Ah, but it also bespeaks something that few conservatives want to revisit, and that is secession. It clearly has been legal all along. Read the Declaration of Independence in its first breath. The American colonies were seceding from the British Empire, and creating thirteen separate nations, cooperating in self-defense. They had no legal mechanism within British imperial laws. However, they did cite Natural Law, an aspect of humanity that seldom gets any study except in seminaries and theology classes.

I publicly debated the right to secession not too long ago and pointed out that if the Constitution had specifically written a clause that fully confirmed what happened in our War Between the States, not a single state would have joined. It might have read, “No state may voluntarily or unilaterally leave the union without threat of invasion from the general government and the states”. There is no such clause, of course, yet it is precisely what Lincoln did.

In fact, New York, Virginia and Rhode Island laid out a conditional proviso that they could and would leave the union if the promises made in the Constitution were violated. This shocks many people, especially those who worship at the Cult of Lincoln. A supposed genius, Abe was more of the typical political hack than most historians care to admit. He was a “more government” member of the Whig Party for decades, which is what the Republican Party was at in its inception. Like most lawyers, he knew little of Constitutional law, and certainly was selective in citing history.

So, what does this have to do with California’s “sanctuary cities”? Clearly, the federal government is being defied, and in this case, in a legitimate power. If Governor Brown, his

attorney general and the California liberal legislators were honest with themselves, they would admit that they, in fact, don’t like being in the union. When they awake to this fact, the term “Erring Sisters, depart in peace” might have new meaning.

They brag about their state having one of the world’s strongest economies. Before political independence, the economic independence of a state is necessary. And this might explain a lot as to why Alaska’s statehood act has kept us in dwarf status and prevented us from largely making our own economic decisions.

I might not like California’s liberal use of states rights, but I certainly am encouraged by it, because once this cat gets out of the bag, abused western states such as Alaska will call in its chips and demand a proper relationship between the states and the federal tyrants in Washington, a tyranny that exists no matter what party currently controls the federal power.

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Oklahoma, Texas and Alaska

Contributed by Rick Small, Abolitionist Society of Anchorage & Mat-Su Valley

Something is happening in Oklahoma that shines a bright light, but first let’s look back over the past few years to set the stage.

For those who haven’t heard, abolitionists are rising up. Followers of Christ who rightly understand that abortion is sin, and more significantly, TREAT it that way. The modern Abolition of Human Abortion movement was reignited about five years ago in Norman Oklahoma. The abolitionists there have been praying and working to seed the ideology of Abolitionism, and God has been leading His children to repent of their apathy and their wrong thinking. In spite of much opposition, Abolitionism is growing and spreading nationwide and in several countries.

Two years ago, in Oklahoma, abolitionists planned a mission to call “pro-life” legislators, and those enabling them to repent (see www.youtu.be/QF5X0MizQXg “Calling Pro-Life Legislators to REPENT!”). Abolitionists from as far away as Alaska gathered in Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas. During our time there, a Senator Joseph Silk, who had an active bill to attempt to regulate the murder of the pre-born, repented, gutted his bill and replaced it with a bill to Abolish Human Abortion #SB1118.

Can you guess what happened? Prolifers actively opposed it and killed it. Yep… prolifers. National Right To Life vice president and president of Oklahomans For Life Tony Lauinger led the opposition. (See “Tony Lauinger and SB 1118” on YouTube for the playlist of the 5 videos).

Followers of Christ in Texas saw what happened in Oklahoma and brought it to their state. They prayed and actively worked to abolish human abortion in Texas. They were able to get the Texas Republican Platform to cease attempts to regulate pre-born murder and to abolish it. They also were able to get abolition to be a legislative priority as it should be.

Then, a representative there, Tony Tinderholt, rose up and with the help of the abolitionists introduced #HB948 The Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act. Again, hundreds of abolitionists from as far away as Alaska gathered in Austin and the surrounding areas. During our time there, several state representatives joined about a thousand others to support #HB948.

Can you guess what happened? Prolifers actively opposed it and killed it. Yep… prolifers. Texas Right To Life, Prolifer Byron Cook, Prolifer Abby Johnson and other prolifers led the opposition. Representative Byron Cook vehemently refused to allow #HB948 a hearing, while pushing through bills that allow the slaughter to continue. (See www.youtu.be/DJ038UAyEBs “Chairman Byron Cook of the State Affairs committee. Abolish Abortion. Don’t regulate it.”)

Followers of Christ in Alaska saw what happened in Oklahoma and Texas and brought it to our state. We prayed, planned, created a website and Facebook page (see www.AbolishAbortionAK.com and www.facebook.com/AbolishAbortionAK), started a petition to abolish abortion in Alaska, began working with David Eastman to help get him elected and encouraged him to introduce a bill of total immediate Abolition.

On May 15, 2017, he introduced #HB250 and #HB251 – the Alaska Life at Conception Act and the Responsible Judges Act. Over the past 10 months, it has largely been people who claim to be “Pro-Life” who have prevented those bills from advancing in the House and Senate. Many of them have done this while simultaneously pushing a bill to attempt to regulate the murder of the pre-born.

Enough is enough! We must repent of allowing prolifers to suppress the abolition of human abortion!

Guess what? Oklahoman believers are rising up! A former state legislator and pastor is running as an abolitionist, not a prolifer. (See www.FisherForGovernor.com for his platform which is prioritized to abolish abortion in Oklahoma). Another former state legislator, Randy Brogdon, has also repented of being a prolifer who attempted to regulate pre-born murder and is now an abolitionist supporting Dan Fisher (see www.youtu.be/AcynTFptQNE “Randy Brogdon Repents of Pro-Life Compromise”).

Believers, our life should be marked by repentance. Will you repent? Will you begin to treat abortion as it is, a sin against our Holy God, state-condoned sin? If we won’t repent, how can we call the apathetic legislators to do so?

What is happening in Oklahoma is spreading nationwide. Will you be on the right side of history?

For a clear, concise understanding of the difference, please watch the 28-minute video at
www.youtu.be/61Bwnf-jPJk “Why “Abolition” and Not Pro-Life”.

The Son of God entered the womb in order to be born among men, live a sinless life and be crucified for sinners. In this, He reconciled humanity to God, rose from the grave, ABOLISHED DEATH and is RIGHT NOW destroying every work of the devil. This is who we follow. If you confess your sin, turn from it and follow Jesus as Lord, you will be saved.

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Alaskan Rep: ‘How Many Jews Were Put in Ovens Because They Were Unarmed?’

Rep. Don Young, the Alaska congressman known for making controversial statements, seemed to suggest that Jewish people died in the Holocaust because they were unarmed.

While speaking at a conference in his home state, the Republican lawmaker said, “How many millions of people were shot and killed because they were unarmed? Fifty million in Russia because their citizens were unarmed.”

He continued: “How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?”

Young’s quote came after Dimitri Shein, a Democrat who is running for Young’s congressional seat, asked about school safety. Shein said his daughter’s school had been placed on lockdown, prompting the question. He didn’t identify himself a congressional candidate at the time . . .

“He was referencing the fact that when Hitler confiscated firearms from Jewish Germans, those communities were less able to defend themselves,” [spokeswoman Murphy] McCollough said in an email. “He was not implying that an armed Jewish population would have been able to prevent the horrors of the Holocaust, but his intended message is that disarming citizens can have detrimental consequences.” (Read more from “Alaskan Rep: ‘How Many Jews Were Put in Ovens Because They Were Unarmed?'” HERE)

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Alaska’s Population Declines for First Time in Decades

Alaska’s population declined for the first time since the late 1980s, according to recent figures from Alaska’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development . . .

Figures show the state’s population decreased by 8,900 last year, the fifth year in a row of net migration losses, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported . . .

The Fairbanks North Star Borough’s population fell by 1,216 in 2017. The borough had a natural increase (birth rate) of 1,118 last year. But a decrease of 2,334 in net migration (in-migration minus out-migration) means the borough’s population decreased. (Read more from “Alaska’s Population Declines for First Time in Decades” HERE)

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Murkowski and Her New Gang of 8 Push For Amnesty of Virtually ALL Illegal Aliens – Including FUTURE Illegals

Eight Republican senators just signed onto Sen. Chuck Schumer’s, D-N.Y., newly introduced amendment to grant de facto amnesty to every single illegal alien of any age present in this country who has not been convicted of a serious crime. Additionally, it invites people to sneak over the border for the next four months to enjoy amnesty as well. The American people need to know who these people are. Call them the new Gang of Eight:

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

Mike Rounds (S.D.)

Johnny Isakson (Ga.)

Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)

Susan Collins (Maine)

Jeff Flake (Ariz.)

Lindsey Graham (S.C.)

Cory Gardner (Colo.)

It is quite evident by the pencil marks on the bill that Schumer wrote the bill but then filed it in the names of Mike Rounds and Angus King, I-Maine. I doubt Rounds even understands the consequences of this bill. Yet, this man who never ran on amnesty is now granting amnesty forever and shutting down all deportations.

Take a look at the final page of the amendment:

Penciled in at the end is the crossing out of 2012 as the cut-off date for amnesty and dictating that anyone who comes to the United States after June 30, 2018 – 4 months from now – will get de facto amnesty. This is extremely dangerous and unconscionable that eight Republicans would sign onto such a proposal. While the cut-off for affirmative amnesty with positive legal status is still 2012, this bill dictates that DHS shall “prioritize available immigration resources” only for criminal aliens (and not all criminals) or those brought after four months from now.

This essentially shuts down the deportation of almost every illegal alien currently in the country while simultaneously inviting in new illegals to flood our borders for four months under the promise of no deportation.

Think about it: even under current law when statute unambiguously dictates that all illegals must be deported, fake judges are granted judicial amnesty and saying you are not allowed to deport those who aren’t dangerous criminals. Once it is written clearly in statute that DHS SHALL prioritize only those who come later, the courts will invalidate every single deportation of anyone who came before that point.

This also means that all of the MS-13 gang members who came in from Central America in 2014 (and are still coming) as a result of DACA amnesty will now be free from deportation.

So much for the general sentiments of “dreamers” and “of no fault of their own.” We always knew this was a down payment to abolish deportations and national sovereignty.

And even the affirmative amnesty provisions apply to anyone under the age of 43. It is not just those who received DACA, but at least 3 million illegals and it provides a clear pathway for millions of their parents.

Now consider this: Senator Cory Gardner, R, Colo., is the man in charge of recruiting other candidates to run as…Republicans. The chairman of the Republican Senatorial Committee now wants to grant amnesty to every illegal here and essentially shut down all deportations in the courts in perpetuity.

It’s time for President Trump to walk away. And it’s time for GOP voters to pledge to never vote for any of these Republicans in a primary or general election ever again.

Game. Set. Match. We have no country left. (For more from the author of “Meet the New Gang of 8: GOP Senators Push Amnesty for FUTURE Illegal Aliens” please click HERE)

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THE FACE OF EVIL: Murkowski Votes to Keep America’s Baby Butcher Shops Open For Business

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that would create a federal ban on abortions that take place after the 20th week of pregnancy, was defeated in the United States Senate Monday night. The Senate fell short of the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster and proceed to a simple majority vote on the bill.

Two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, joined with the Democrats to vote against breaking a filibuster. Three pro-life Democrats voted for the ban.

The 20-week point is approximately halfway through a woman’s pregnancy. Parents can know the baby’s sex. At 20 weeks, the baby is roughly the size of a banana, weighing about 10.2 ounces and measuring approximately 6.5 inches from crown to rump. At 21 weeks, the baby can be measured from “head to toe.”

At this point in the pregnancy, the baby can hear her mother’s heartbeat and voice. The baby’s hair is starting to grow. Her body, fully formed, is performing somersaults in the womb. The baby’s eyes are working, and she can perceive light. The baby has fingerprints, yawns, and sucks her thumb.

Also, at this stage of the pregnancy, the baby in the womb can feel pain. This means that during the abortion procedure, the baby can feel as her limbs are torn off with forceps and pulled from the mother’s womb.

As Townhall’s Guy Benson noted on Twitter, supporting a ban on abortions after 20 weeks is a mainstream position. Recent polling shows that even self-described “pro-choice” Americans support significant restrictions on abortion. Six in ten Americans support banning abortions after the 20-week point of pain.

\Abortion is cruel and inhumane. It is an evil thing. And today roughly half of the United States Senate, including two Republicans, voted to continue the practice even when a baby can feel pain.

New State Rankings Are In: Best and Worst State in America Revealed

A popular travel site rank ordered all 50 states in the U.S. and at least one Florida reporter is not happy with where the Sunshine State fell.

Thrillist, which has over 4.8 million followers on Facebook and nearly 400,000 on Instagram, ranked Florida dead last in its “The Definitive and Final Ranking of All 50 States.”

The criteria used by site editors Kevin Alexander and Matt Lynch to reach their findings included, “their contributions to America, so think inventions, food/drink, somewhat productive famous people, unique physical beauty, etc.”

The writers added they expect disagreements, but after the two of them hashed out the merits and demerits of each state, the chips fell as they did.

As for the continental U.S.’s most tropical state, Alexander and Lynch wrote, “When putting together a list such as this, there can be some temptation to defy popular expectations, and go against the grain. However, Florida’s awfulness resume is so staggeringly impressive that it couldn’t go any other way. You were born for this. Embrace it.”

Among the other bottom dwellers were Delaware, Ohio, Arizona, Utah, Mississippi, Connecticut, North Dakota, Missouri, and Nevada.

At the other end of the spectrum, Thrillist’s surprising pick for “best state” was Michigan, followed by Maine, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Hawaii, Minnesota, Washington, California and Colorado.

“Far too much of the Michigan narrative centers on Detroit and its many issues,” explained Alexander and Lynch. “The Motor City’s become a scrappily rising underdog you can’t help but root for, but Michigan’s greatest strengths lie in the state as a whole.”

“Did you know Michigan has more coastline than any state other than Alaska?” they added. “Did you know it has such an embarrassment of beer riches that you can easily hit Bell’s and Founders in the same afternoon?”

“Did you know the UP (Upper Peninsula) is so remote and uniquely beautiful that it almost feels like a secret 51st state where they inexplicably love British meat pies?”

However, Miami Herald reporter Howard Cohen took exception to Thrillist’s rankings.

“Florida ranks dead last when it comes to rating the best states in the nation,” Cohen wrote. “Michigan ranks No. 1, the very best state in the union.”

He continued, “Let that sink in for awhile. Michigan, the state that gave us the Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent and Kid Rock (the poor man’s Ted Nugent), is 49 states better than Florida.”

Cohen noted that food and drink seemed to weigh heavily in the ordering.

Thrillist mentioned Alaska’s salmon, but Cohen counted, “We have Joe’s Stone Crab in South Beach.”

As to Michigan and Alaska’s (ranked 16) long coastlines, Cohen wrote, “So have you had the desire to go swimming in Michigan — or Alaska lately?” (For more from the author of “New State Rankings Are In: Best and Worst State in America Revealed” please click HERE)

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Alaskan Wilderness Experience Planned for Children of Fallen Service Members

An ambitious new program known as Healing the Wounds is underway to build up and mentor the children of fallen military service members and law enforcement officers, combining the Alaskan wilderness with career and leadership training to last a lifetime, according to its founder.

The year-long program will be geared towards children aged 12-17.

Healing the Wounds President Jeffrey Epstein spent years leading wilderness experiences for families and groups in Alaska and strongly believes the changes he saw in those clients could also do a world of good for young people trying to chart a path forward following the loss of a parent in service to the nation or their community.

“I’d like to roll this out for the children of our nation’s fallen heroes – and that includes both law enforcement and the military – and provide them with the same opportunities, but actually help mentor them with unprecedented opportunities to blossom and lead productive lives,” said Epstein.

“We really want to have an impact. We want to help create the next generation of responsible young adults,” he added. (Read more from “Alaskan Wilderness Experience Planned for Children of Fallen Service Members” HERE)

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