So, Disgraced Blogger Dave Weigel has washed ashore in Unalaska and the Port of Dutch Harbor.
Gosh, maybe someone needs to check the outfall line at the Waste water Treatment Plant.
For those Unfamillar with this Guy:
Basically he was hired at the Post to Report on Conservatives but pretty much trashed them any way he could. Anyone ever heard of the Impartial Journalist? Well they never use the term with guys like Dave Weigel.
Lets look at some of his posts this week:
"There is usually some diversity of companions on an airplane. Not on this one. The men have beards and gear and heavy boots; the women have all but one of these things. Your fellow travelers look like they're heading to the same bar after work, possibly because they are. Another thing you notice is that most of them have shirts or jackets with "Alaska" written on them. This seems odd -- you don't head into Newark and bump into travelers with "New Jersey" jackets. Then you realize you're being foolish, and that almost everyone you're flying with works for some Alaska company, in construction or fishing or research, and that they're wearing the raincoats they've been handed for free."
People on the Flight into Dutch Harbor are coming here TO WORK. Real work. Unlike the smarmy, condescending, so called "writing" some misguided people pay you for, So they come dressed appropriately. Oh wait, I'm sorry, you are not getting that Paycheck from the Post anymore are you? I'm sure we can get you a job on one of the processing lines in town, you seem good at slinging Shit Around.
Also, your sexist comments on the women on the flight are not going unnoticed. Are all women supposed to be brainless bimbos in $5000 outfits like the tramps from Sex and the City? Do you just dislike women Mr Weigel? Maybe it is just strong women you dislike, Like Megan Kelly or anyone of the women who live, work and make their homes here. All of whom I am CERTAIN are at least your Intellectual equals, if not superiors, and could also kick your smarmy sexist ass all the way back to Washington.
Oh, and your Comment about us all basically getting our Clothes for free? Yeah, the fishing companies are usually pretty Generous with their workers. Personally I have a Black Card from Macy's, The Mayor Prefers Nordstrom, and they basically have to fly an extra plane in every month for the catalogues that are sent here. Remember, EVERYONE here WORKS. That Means they have MONEY. You know, Like when you get your Unemployment Check.
"Fly into Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport (yes, still) and you don't immediately see the listing for your Dutch Harbor connecting flight. This is because you need to walk out of the main airport and into a few rooms located next to the airfield upon which 737s wait for clearance to fly."
Do you miss ANY opportunity to bash Republicans? First of all Ted was Cleared of all those Charges. (You Know, Like Clinton was with Monica and the whole "Depends on what your definition of Is, Is?") Also, Senator Stevens Did a lot for Alaska, suck it up and deal.
Next, How Drunk, Or Stoned, were you on the flight out here? You DO NOT Leave the Airport at any time in Anchorage to get to Pen Air. You take some beautiful escalators down to the first floor, then walk the newly marbled hallways down to the Pen Air Terminal. Yes, the terminal is on the same level as the planes. Don't really need a gangway to get up to entrance level on a 737.
Personally I find Anchorage one of the easiest Airports to get around In that there is. Next time stop Smoking that rock that you got on "K" Street before you board a flight.
"I took this photo yesterday on some winding road or another on the way to Summer Bay. This is a real sign, and it's one of several that warn Unalaska denizens of the threat posed by bald eagles. Sure, you think bald eagles are majestic. You don't see them more frequently than any other animal in your city, and you don't see them digging through trash and dumpsters."
Bald Eagles are majestic no matter where they are, and are protective of their nests. These signs simply inform those that are unfamiliar with our wonderful town to be wary. Every year a tourist or a visitor strays too close to these nests for photos and gets attacked. Please, I encourage you to test this out for yourself! The Eagle's nest at the Dutch Harbor Post office is really an easy climb from the parking lot. Personally I'd rather see 100 eagles in a dumpster than get shit on by 1000 pigeons as they make their way from Monument to Monument in Washington DC. At least we respect an honor our wildlife here, unlike the mass poisonings that Washington DC, New York and Others do to their pigeon population. I've already given my Eagle Alexander your picture and told him to treat you like a pigeon would.
This isn't the place I'd pick for a moral crusade. Crime is so unheard of that it's common to leave your keys in your car, and it's not unheard of to leave your house unlocked. The only resistance I've met from an authority figure here was polite disapproval for bringing an empty soda into a museum. (I threw it out.)
What? Do you miss the Gang Shootings? OH!!! You probably miss the easy availability of Drugs.
And What Kind of Idiot brings soda into a museum? Would you do that at the MOMA or the Louvre? Seriously, show some of the "Class" that you seem intent on proving you have. (Here's a hint though people who have class don't point out those who don't.)
But this isn't some podunk town. Yesterday, I sat down to work in the same room as some kids recording a radio show for KUCB. As they edited songs on a Mac, one kid asked me what kind of iPad she had, because she'd just bought her own and was digging it. An hour later, inside that museum, a woman saw me using my ostentatious Steve Jobs word domination device and asked if wireless was working. Convinced that it was, she opened hers up. That's two expensive toys on an island with less than 4000 people, where the Internet is so slow that you can't watch Netflix and five-minute YouTubes can take 30 minutes to stream.
Wow! Amazing! You can actually be swayed in your whole image of a community because someone has an I-Pad (which you casually insult as well. Is this an issue you need to work on in therapy sessions?)and a computer. Here's some news for you: I don't know anyone on this island that DOES NOT have a computer. Yes, The Internet is slow here, but we make due. Usually by not wasting our days downloading drivel such as you write.
What's it like to blog from a remote location like historic Dutch Harbor/Unalaska, America's largest fishing port?"
Well, I'll tell you. It's rife with difficulties! In previous posts I've mentioned that everyone on this island gets Internet access from a satellite, and I have now learned that the mountain the satellite pickup rests on is called "Haystack." So it's slow. It's also hard to finesse. I'd like to work closer to the girlfriend I came out here to visit when I'm at her radio studio. But the connection is slow near her office and, relatively, fast in an adjacent room where a bunch of high schoolers are recording a radio show that, for reasons that elude me, makes frequent use of a dance remix of Air Supply's soft-rock classic "All Out of Love."
As to the Kids on this Island, They are Brilliant. Our Schools place among the TOP 100 in the Entire Country. Yes, that is true. Look up the standings in US News and World Reports.
And Unlike Washington DC, New York, Boston, CHICAGO they do not have to pass through metal detectors to go to class or worry about Drive By shooting such as in those YOUR "type" of city. No Gang violence either. But this is not an easy environment to teach in. These kids come from all over the planet, from the USA, to Samoa, Ethiopia, Somalia, the Philippines, Mexico and more. Many of them speak little to no English when they begin school, but because of the AMAZING staff they go on to succeed. When you put down Dutch Harbor and Unalaska you are putting down these kids as well as that is something I simply will not stand for. Did you know about the Schools ranking? Did you know about the 2 week trip to Europe that some of the students just got back from? How about all their volunteer work in the community? DID YOU EVEN BOTHER TO ASK BEFORE INSULTING THEM OVER THEIR CHOICE OF MUSIC YOU ELITIST SNOB?
and helping me put things online in those frequent moments when Haystack let Unalaska wireless customers down. (I did learn from former mayor Frank Welty today that there's discussion of running fiberoptic cables over to the island from Kodiak, which would be nice, although it hadn't happened as of 3:06 p.m. local time.)
For Someone who bitches about technology an awful lot you certainly do not seem to know much about it. "Haystack" is a hill. It does not do anything to affect the wireless signal just to inconvenience you. Anthropomorphically Personifying Inanimate objects and technology is something the uneducated do. It would be better to blame the clouds overhead that might be messing with the satellite signal, or perhaps the numbers of people using the Internet for the slow speed. Don't Blame Poor Haystack Hill.
You have wasted your time here in Unalaska and the Port of Dutch Harbor. You could have tried to learn about our community before insulting it. (Wait, that is the same thing you did that got you "let go" at the Washington Post! Another issue for therapy?) Perhaps if you had come here with an open mind you could have learned how our School System is one of the Best in the Country?Why our crime rate is so low even with a huge transient population? How a tiny island in the middle of the Bering Sea is able to build a $25million powerhouse, a $15million new small boat harbor? You could have toured the Russian Orthodox Church and seen priceless icons gifted to them by the Czars of Russia or spoken to local artist Gert Svarny and learned how her work is in museums around the Country? You could have toured the processing plants and seen the economic backbone of this community. You could have learned about all the Charity work, Fund Raising, Silent Auctions, and more that this community participates in, all to make this world a better place. You could have asked about the families that call this island home and have MADE it a home for those of us without close family ties. You could have learned about the amazing generosity of companies in this town towards both their workers and the community. You could have talked to people who immigrated here LEGALLY and through hard work have become citizens and vital parts of this community. You could have learned about the EMS and Volunteer Firemen who work so hard to make this city safe after working all day at their regular jobs. You could have heard stories of the forced evacuation of this island's native population during WWII directly from our elders lips. You could have taken a walk along the beach while Eagles soared overhead and sea lions and whales breach the surface in their quest for food. You could have simply taken a drive on overland pass and made a Snow Angel in July. You could have noticed that if you smile and wave at anyone in this town, either driving or walking, they will smile and wave right back. You could have opened your albeit tiny mind for one minute and learned that it is the small towns of this country that can teach the "big cities" a thing or two.
No, Instead you insult us, our town and our lifestyle.
Well Mr Weigel, unlike those imprisoned in the cycle of poverty prevalent in the large cities you are so fond of, you are free to leave at any time.
Go back to your Skyrocketing Unemployment. (Familiar with that one aren't you?)
Go back to your Air Pollution.
Go back to your Gang wars, Drug Shootings, and Meth addicts.
Go back to your traffic jams.
Go back to your failing school systems.
Go back to your Urban Sprawl.
For me and the rest of the citizens of this amazing town, we'll keep the amazing beauty and sense of community that is all too lacking in YOUR world.
Have a Great Day Mr Weigel!!!