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So, today is my one year anniversary with the Alaska Public Defender Agency. Some thoughts. First, contrary to public opinion I do not hate all DA's. Quite frankly I don't trust any defense lawyer that says they could never be a DA. I also don't trust any DA that says they could never be a defense lawyer. We are hired guns. Our job is advance the position of the client, regardless of our personal opinion. Sometimes that is easy. Many of the rights that Americans take for granted were argued for by defense lawyers. On the other hand we have had to represent John Wayne Gacy. John Couey. Nazi's and war criminals. Many others who were guilty as hell and arguably deserved to die. But I am damn proud to be a defense lawyer. I have never told the story about how I became a defense lawyer, but one day I will. Every day I speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. I represent the poor. The addicted. The mentally ill. Every day I argue for more freedom. More rights. Of our…
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So, moose season is over. Saw my first Alaska bull last night. When I realized he wasn't legal, I played with him. I am learning how to call. Very cool stuff. Good thing I obey the law...I wasn't 25 yards from him and he was curious about my (bungled) cow and bull calls. My .300 win mag would have done him right in. The cows are starting to get desperate. I found another cow and managed to keep her within 20 yards for at least 30 minutes. Then another cow showed up!
Everywhere I looked there was a moose. I guess hunters have taken all the bulls so the cows seem really receptive to any call. Especially mine, which need work. It is good to know that if I needed meat, I could have shot at least 4 animals. Not a lot else is new. Going to Anchorage tomorrow to see a homicide client so will use the opportunity after work to stock up for winter. As for current events, I have two comments. First, the new attorney general of the United States. Although I am no fan of Bush, I appreciate …
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So, I got a letter from the Canadian Embassy today. It turns out that I didn't complete all of Kadee's Canadian citizenship papers right. It is a priority. It always amazes me how you Americans are so content to piss away your rights. Hell, if you don't have anything to hide, why not let the Government do what it wants, right? I guess the Founding Fathers were criminals when they insisted on the Fourth and Fifth Amendments? The latest outrage for me is this Department of Homeland Security plan to require all Americans to get government permission to travel. Under proposed regulations, all would be passengers or international or domestic flights, "to, from, via or within" the US would have to have government issued ID and case by case permission by DHS to the airline to allow the passenger to board. Nice country. Screw the US Supreme Court cases that say the right to travel is almost absolute. Now, if the DHS doesn't say "yes" you can't travel. W…
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So, today is my one year anniversary on our new life. One year ago today I left California. I'll never forget that moment. The house was empty. Everything we owned was in our horse trailer and in G's truck. J and Kadee's ride was on the way. It was still over 90 degrees. I stood in the driveway and said goodbye to our house. It was our first house. Maybe the nicest house we'll ever live in. We got married there. Had Kadee there. Had many good parties there. I said goodbye to the wife and child and started my 8 day journey north. I'll never forget how I felt when I crossed the border into Alaska with my work permit in hand. Now that we are here I am trying to live life in Alaska the best I can (such as tanning this hide). It isn't perfect. But as FDR asked the other day: has it been worth it? Absolutely. I'll never leave the North again. Whether I live and die in Alaska, the Yukon or the Northwest Terrorities, this is the life for me. This is a hard t…
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So, I should be out hunting right now. Last night a group of us tried to head out on Tustumena Lake for a moose hunt. But the wind blew up and the lake chased us back down the river. We camped at Slackwater. But when we tried to go back out today a storm had moved in big time. So I am at home. My vacation is about over and the list of things I was to do is as big as when the week started. Oh well. Let's talk about what is important: I realize that by blogging I am putting my life out there. Our life. In order to blog in the manner that I do I have to sacrifice some level of privacy. That is understood. But what I can't understand is those of you who think you know my family well enough to make negative comments. This blog is about my perspective on life. And it is a small slice at that. If you know me, and my family well enough to leave comments, then identify yourself. Even some those who don't know me personally have enough respect to identify themself. FDR. Ope…
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So, happy Labor Day. To celebrate, Bill and I took the boat (finally!) to Tustemena Lake. Everyone said how dangerous the lake is, so I was cautious. But it is beautiful and I would like to take J and Kadee to camp on the cabin on Caribou Island. I didn't shoot a moose yesterday but I found some great spots and I like my chances. But now, like a true Alaskan at this time of year, I take my .300 win mag everywhere. Here moosey moosey. Bang.
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So, thank you to the jackass who hit the moose calf friday morning. How a person hits a moose at this time of the year I don't know. I know those black bastards can jump out at you. I've had some close calls in the winter. But in August? In the daylight? Jackass. Just her legs were broken so the Troopers had to shoot her. It was the first time I used my butcher shop to process a big game animal. Today, I am formally an Alaska resident for the purposes of hunting. I am going hunting at 5 am tomorrow, so hopefully it won't be my last this year. J doesn't know it yet, but I am taking next week off of work. I was originally told I couldn't but my boss had a trial case dismissed and my trial got continued. Thank God too. You know for all the pros and cons of working as a civil servant, the 5 weeks of leave that Alaska gives us is sure appreciated. I had one of those weeks last week where I just had it with some of my clients. I know they are not paying me but could they…