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Since "Annie Oakley" Palin has decided to steer her never-ending train wreck of a candidacy to scare the world of the the looming menace on the Alaskan shores known as Russia, I thought I'd do a little poking around the Teddy Tubes to see where the closest border in distance was geographically between the U.S and Russia.  In fact it's only 2.4 miles.  So be afraid.  Be very afraid.  More below the super scary fold.  BOO!

"Gatling Gun" Sarah claims to have foreign policy experience due simply to Alaska's proximity to Russia.  With that allow me to introduce you to the Diomede Islands.

The Diomedes consist of two islands, Big Diomede and Little Diomede.  The Russians occupy the big one, and we occupy the little one.  They are separated by the International Date Line (IDL) at a distance of 0.6 miles from each island.

The islands are located in the Bering Strait between Alaska's western border and Siberia's eastern border.  Because of the IDL according to Wikipedia:

Because the International Date Line runs down the 4-km (2.5-mi) gap between the two islands, you can look from Alaska into "tomorrow" in Russia.

I'll bet "Winchester" Palin never thought that somewhere in Alaska you could look to the west and see 'tomorrow' in the evil confines of Siberia.  Here's a QuickTime panorama of what Little Diomede looks like on a good day (QuickTime viewer

Both Diomede Islands are incredibly remote and sparsely populated.  Little Diomede has no roads, airport, or harbor and supplies are delivered only by helicopter, weather permitting.  I suppose if you have to get around you can hop on your "snow machine".  Sorry Governor, but where I come from they're called snowmobiles.  Even Senator Ted Tubilicious visited once, and here's his take on Little Diomede:

When US Senator Ted Stevens arrived to the island on October 29, 2002, for an overnight visit, he commented "I did not realize you were this remote". He arrived by a National Guard Blackhawk helicopter and it was a first time when the island was visited by a statewide elected official.

Great Ted.  Maybe they could've helped you out pro bono by constructing an addition for your house in Anchorage out of baleen and walrus tusks.  

So, in closing I thought I'd shed some light on the terrible calamity we as a nation may face if Big Diomede and Little Diomede ever decided to go all Falkland Islands on us.  Just listening to "Remington Sally" spew the fear factor reminds me of the movie "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" which sucks because it's a great movie and Palin's ruining it for me with her baseless fears and lies.

I'm a realist.  People lie.  They lie to cover a transgression they're ashamed of, or they lie to protect others.  But to lie against overwhelming evidence to the contrary is simply inexcusable.  If you're caught in a blatant lie, you're caught.  There's no way out.  Eventually your guile isn't quite as bullet-proof as you thought it would be no matter how smart you think you are.  No matter how much you think you've covered your tracks there's always someone smarter out there to track you down. And that's where we come in.

Here's the movie trailer, and big tips to Alan Arkin:

I don't diary often since I don't consider myself to be nearly as prolific as others in the community (shocking, I know), but Sarah Palin scares the crap out of me.  So, with my DKos birthday coming up on four years next month I'm trying to stay as engaged as possible and working locally for Barack.  In those (almost) four years I've been here every day to get the news that unfortunately a vast majority of America gets a week later if they get it at all.  I love this place, and I always will.  On to November. Fight the good fight.  I'll do my best to stick around for comments.

Originally posted to Paulitics' Corner on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 01:49 PM PDT.

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  •  Tips if you think please most nice thing love you (11+ / 0-)

    I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. -- Adlai Stevenson

    by paulitics on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 01:51:50 PM PDT

  •  But the Diomedes formed the "Ice Curtain" (4+ / 0-)

    of the cold war and according to wiki:

    The native population is gone from Big Diomede Island. They had to move to the mainland, in order to avoid contacts across the border. Little Diomede has an Inupiat Eskimo population of 170, mostly in the City of Diomede. This village there has a school, and a local store. Some eskimos there are famous for their ivory carving. Mail is delivered by helicopter, weather-depending

    Yep. That's a bellweather test of foreign policy experience, all right.

    With McCain/Palin, on a clear day you can see your way to Nowhere.

    Try my dream: President Obama

    by MrSandman on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 01:59:01 PM PDT

    •  You are correct about the 'Ice Curtain' (1+ / 0-)
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      Not really like Iwo Jima, but maybe that's me.

      I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. -- Adlai Stevenson

      by paulitics on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 02:02:47 PM PDT

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      •  But it's a front on the GWOT, maybe?? (2+ / 0-)
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        Or maybe that's the Great War on Seals. Or Wolves.

        Or whatever unprotected species you can shoot from the comfort of a low flying plane.

        Try my dream: President Obama

        by MrSandman on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 02:08:04 PM PDT

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        •  Hey. Don't knock Seal (0+ / 0-)

          He's a pretty good singer with a hot wife.

          I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. -- Adlai Stevenson

          by paulitics on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 02:11:16 PM PDT

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          •  Back in the days (2+ / 0-)
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            when Seal had a girlfriend, not a wife, he gave her a beautiful white half-Persian kitten as a gift. Turns out that she was horribly allergic to cats, but she didn't want to tell Seal and disappoint him, so she gave it to her friend Don Davis, the space artist. Turns out Don is horribly allergic to cats, so Cheryl Davis called me and asked me if we wanted a cat. We had room for another cat, so we accepted her. The cat was about 5 months old when we got her. I named her C'mell after a character in a number of Cordwainer Smith stories. C'mell was brought up from Los Angeles and given to us at a Dead show in Oakland.

            Want to be a living kidney donor? I need one from someone with a bloodtype of B or O. Drop a note at

            by Kitsap River on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 03:42:50 PM PDT

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            •  This would be a great lead-in to pootie pics. (1+ / 0-)
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              At my country place, there's this great white cat named Alaska. Haven't asked Alaska how he feels about Palin but his owner was astounded that I was the first lap he sat on in his fifteen years. My progressive lap.

              Cats know. They just do. Even if the Alaska tag was foisted upon them.

              Try my dream: President Obama

              by MrSandman on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 04:57:45 PM PDT

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    •  So do Inupiat Eskimos have the ultimate foreign (4+ / 0-)
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      policy experience in the United States?

      Somebody ought to ask one of them if they feel prepared to be Vice President given that they live 1/2 mile from Russia and look at it every day.

  •  Frankly (2+ / 0-)
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    Frankly, I'm surprised she hasn't made a bigger deal of her ability to see into the future

  •  See Russia from Little Diomede (2+ / 0-)
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    I was wondering out loud on another small blog if you could actually see Russia from Little Diomede? I lived in Alaska but know.
    Has Sarah been to the Diomede Islands?

    A non-sexist Q.

    As a former Bering Sea fisherman. I've been wondering off and on could Sarah actually have seen Russia from Alaska (not that this Q, is anymore serious than her qualifications). Unless she visted one of the Diomedes Islands, or has been flying at high altitude along the dateline, I don't think it's possible to see from Alaska to Russia. The Diomedes are small desolate islands that straddle the date line. Trivia info: Because they straddle the date line they are both the furthest most western and eastern most points in the United States. Little Diomede is Yankee and Big Diomede is Russian. They are only a few miles apart, and on the rare non-foggy day you could easily see either neighboring island from the other. However, other than that, or being at high altitude, I don't think there is anyway to see Russia from Alaska. The mainland distance of Cape
    Wales (AK) to Cape Dezhnyou (Russia) is about 150 miles; and even the distance from Little Diomede to Russia is over fifty miles.

    •  Your point well taken (0+ / 0-)

      I was relying on the Wiki for the diary and it does mention the whole backwards east/west thing.  But Wales is on the mainland at Norton Sound.  Little Diogenes is farther west and northeast from St. Lawrence Island.


      I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. -- Adlai Stevenson

      by paulitics on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 02:27:58 PM PDT

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    •  I was wondering, too. (0+ / 0-)

      If she's actually visited Little Dio on a clear day then she really HAS seen Russia: Big Dio.  Can people in the Keys see Cuba, even on the clearest day?    I'd think the curvature of the earth would prevent seeing mainland Russia from either Little Dio or the Alaska mainland.  

      -7.62, -7.28 "We told the truth. We obeyed the law. We kept the peace." - Walter Mondale

      by luckylizard on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 05:27:40 PM PDT

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