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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

There Is No Aim


“Life’s just a game, you fly a paper plane, there is no aim…there is no end”. Words of advice and advise from the scene of Thunderclap’s “Accidents”? Seems so, as every damn day for the past year or so, I wake with morning after sickness. “Too nauseate” finds a willingness to invade patience my daily-bread sleep-in hangover, ten beers a day keeps the Kavanaugh Supreme Court blues away. Wow, maybe time to “coin” a new word for this afterbirth remains called the U.S. Senate that gives not a rat’s ass the sovereignty of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”. As how in hell did the “Confederacy” take over? Did not we take away that friction faction’s “citizenship” after Lee Gohmert Gowdy lost the Civil WAR along with the practitioners of “Treason”? Praytell what, we gave it back so they could again vote their “Deliverance” dominatrix back into office then allow destruction upon the U.S. Presidency - just so they could again try to further that anti-suffrage segregationists’ agenda that “all men and women are not created equal”. Why the color of a man’s skin matters, for Heaven’s sake shake it off Mr. Bigotry. But besides a re-awakening of Jim Crow with the present leadership in the U.S. Senate, bend over again squeal like a pig is all we get from that branch of Congress as it is diseased, or NAUSENATE fits their bill of rejected goods! I can smell the sweat grip of the “noose” becoming a reality, as the stench of death stronger with each passing day! And look what Mitch McConnell is doing to this nation with the entire GOP Congress still dressed up as if “Trick or Treat” it’s Halloween never ended, dressed in unison as “Turncoats” on a stage of rebellious delusion! Mitch will be banned from the history books, those without adult supervision. The only hope we as individuals have at our disposal to act against this aggression of a Confederacy, we should all STOP paying taxes on our income, just like the sitting president Donald Jong Trump and really bring “government” to a screeching halt. I have reason to believe Trump pays no such taxes on his tricky-dick business income, that taxation which is used to embrace our “Democracy” at any expense. But our tax burden is not being spent to favor “Patriotism” but being lavished on a moral decay delicacy. NO, not a spelling trip with “Jong” as this Moron in the White House…it will never be the same place of worship upon our Founding Fathers’ Democracy as we are definitely under a “Constitutional Crisis” shot across the bow warning. Maybe it is time we consider “razing” the White House to get rid of the filth that has so illegitimately occupied this precious dwelling, while patron whores track in dog shit and leaving behind used toilet paper, through the same hallways that many a great men once walked. Yes “crisis” and I would say the 7th inning stretch by now. Not much time left before Fascism, take it or leave it but no room “to leave” and a new “privatized prison” will soon be coming to our neighborhoods, called “Debtor’s Prison”. This nation is going broke, and the middle-class will shoulder the burden with blame and be taxed to hell - or that prison! Look around you, listen up and into the world-wide tensions in fear, as it is trying to tell us a “beware”! Something we didn’t have to worry about under Barack Obama. Yet today so intense it rattles the walls and is a precipice for WWIII, it is Armageddon like scary. Not that “tensions” were missing-in-action while “My President sang Amazing Grace”, but the 44th managed our nation’s treacherous affairs on the world stage out-of-sight and out-of-mind so we could go about our normal “Patriotic” business routines of enjoying that life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Remember, nuclear destruction is but for a football away and it is so scary the individual that grips that fool’s ball and always in a gripe road rage! And that “trinity” of happiness is being forfeited today, because the Trump Tower Dysentery “Green Stool” FOXcopulation Syncopia Dynasty and his 1st Lady is a Trump Tramp, this monster doesn’t believe in Democracy - which includes sharing our nation’s inalienable right of inherited wealth for all. How in hell the “wealthy” have advanced so far ahead of the crowd, only politics is too blame. And it is the “wealthy” to blame, that is what will bring down this nation, as the divide between the have and the have nots is widening. The salt of the earth hard working middle class proletariats will not stand for it much longer. But as soon as we start to assemble for peaceful protest…it will never be peaceful as we are beyond any negotiating stage. So with word getting out on the streets “this land is your land this land is my land sea to shining sea” of our intention to take back our “Democracy”, Jong Trump would establish “Martial Law”. But I doubt all states would shove its National Guard brigades out into the streets to protect His Majesty’s Dragon Fascism. This “Constitutional Crisis” is being felt by all walks of life and there is already a “coup d’etat” gaining momentum in the inner workings of our government. In actuality it started in earnest on January 20th, 2017, when newly elected Donald John Trump lied to the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice John Roberts while taking the “Presidential Oath” for that office. Since then, it has been a crazed “Union” and the rest of the world laughs not with us but…more like cries can be heard from abroad. Russia has been placed on “High Alert”, as even Putin is afraid of what Jong Trump may do when push comes to shove and he is rat holed - so this “Constitutional Crisis” is bleeding out loud a world crisis, and if that prevails it will start WWIII. Get over it, we are less than 1-minute away from such a tragedy with the “Doomsday Clock” so sad. But we have a faction before us that still has time and hopefully the gallwithall to act to silence this failure sitting in the Oval Office. John Kelly is still the White House “Chief of Staff” for the president, a Marine Corp General and was born in Boston - the latter retains a spirit of Patriotism forever so I cherish a Sam Adams’ faith forward. And with Mad Dog Mattis still hanging around, another Marine Corp General that owns the “Pentagon” maybe both men adamant that they will not let down their own oaths as these men are “military men” of honor. Sworn not to Trump but to “righteousness” and have done all they can to reign in the disaster of this 45th having no damn idea what he is doing, except out to destroy this nation’s sovereignty for a buck! So “I’m IN” with this “coup”, so should you and must call out for this uprising NOW, before it is too late and Trump fires either one of these men that can demonstrate a willingness to go out on a limb to save our nation. This is not a partisan “witch hunt”, but a bipartisan resurrection to halt this Jong Trump insurrection. I am game, and if a “Coup” takes shape the Founding Fathers can be rest assured I will be there on the front lines to protect Miss Liberty against the Trump tyranny. We should not fear but embrace this “OORAH” takeover, yet if we hear not this takeover, well the sad fact remains that “A Few Good Men” was but a movie and maybe “You can’t Stand the Truth” a realization that some men do not inherit the honor. A “Coup d’etat” against the Donald Jong Trump leprosy is all I wish for Christmas and because of my health, today is a fine day to see it through and I am ready and willing with Draft Pick #1 to come to the aid of my countrymen in uniform ousting this evil dysentery dynasty that has taken over our “Democracy”. And so this is Christmas and maybe by this time next year, a John Lennon Merry Xmas will be my rejoicing with our WAR over with and WWIII still a no show. It is all up to this nation, we refuse the Confederacy or we kill our Democracy, the noose is loose!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sleeping Lady Alaska


Saturday, December 8, 2018

I Just Shot John Lennon


It was the fearful night of December 8th
He was returning home from the studio late
He had perceptively known that it wouldn't be nice
Because in nineteen eighty, he paid the price
John Lennon died, John Lennon died, John Lennon died
John Lennon died, John Lennon died, John Lennon died

"What a sad, and sorry and sickening sight"

Those words, such poetic prose the story telling that laid to rest John Winston Lennon, a great music man legend and the greatest of prophets cautioning our human race upon destiny’s child. Music was the vehicle that John used best to approach preaching the pace of PEACE, but sometimes it takes time for that word to reach its intended audience and sink in - the pace factor again. IMAGINE, what Lennon had already accomplished while reaching age 40! IMAGINE, what it would have meant for PEACE had John lived on...he does! Following Lennon’s death, now 38-years ago since it made history that chilling night in New York City and only a few blocks away from what would eventually become the John Winston Lennon “Strawberry Fields” eternal light and right to PEACE memorial, the Cranberries’ Dolores O'Riordan co-wrote and dedicated the song “I Just Shot John Lennon”. Some of the lyrics so recited in the beginning of this episode in accolades the bestowing of “Kin-ship knight-ship”, an invitational classic Lennon passion a hit “To the Faithful Departed”. So sad, that Dolores passed away this 2018 year, on the same day that the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved forward the Doomsday Tick-Tock because bye-bye Miss American pie “Democracy” was critically wounded and because of one madman so challenged to wreck chaos havoc after so many years of “On the Road to WORLD PEACE”. This madman has taken a detour down a dead-end, aboard a “Street Car named Desire for Fascism”. I get nauseated thinking about how close we are today to “Doom” but “We Shall Overcome” this Trump Tower Dysentery “Green Stool” FOXcopulation Syncopia Dynasty. It is “Nationalism” beyond doubt. And it is the fact that John Lennon is still with us today in “spirit”, his light shining on PEACE “not fade away” since that night he was gunned down in cold-blood by a jealous follower. What got into that Chapman lad, well he is still incarcerated and has been denied parole over 11-times maybe the madman will soon be greeted by his new cell-mate!

In 1980, Yoko Ono issued a statement following Lennon’s murder: “John loved and prayed for the human race. Please do the same for him.”

But of all the songs through his career as a Beetle or then moving-on as sole performer and then moving in with Yoko, by his side and the meaning “Stand By Me” shines forevermore, there is but for a single song that came of age from the Record Plant that redefines our outrage and our rage. That “Plant” is wherein John and Yoko were returning home from 38-years ago when the bullet was heard over the hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps and “I Shot John Lennon” became “And that’s reality”. In 1972 from the “Plant” came Lennon’s best proclamation the fact “war is over if you want it” in “Woman is the nigger of the world”, it made his point clear and convincing. Yet we turned our heads because of political correctness in the use of banned words - blasphemy in my book as what are we afraid of? Maybe the TRUTH!  And even though I could go on and on and on to define why so this song is a prophet’s prayer, a picture is still worth a thousand words:

Woman is the nigger of the world
Yes she is, think about it
Woman is the nigger of the world
Think about it, do something about it

"What a sad, and sorry and sickening sight"



Thursday, December 6, 2018

Never Too Alaskan To Learn


HH University of Alaska is offering a new degree with a financial, legal or investor endorsement certificate. Anybody thinking of doing business in Alaska should apply for this degree and for a limited time only, free on-line access to the course materials and accompanying certificate of achievement tests:

The ESLP degree course materials can be downloaded for free from https://www.alaskarailroad.com/. At home page header link “CORPORATE-> LEADERSHIP-> REPORTS. The course materials are divided into two segments: Alaska Railroad Annual Reports: 2011 - Current and Alaska Railroad Reports: 1996 - 2010. These study guides will provide the course content educational materials and prepare students to pass the high-bar exam associated with the individual endorsements. Once familiar with the course materials, students wishing to qualify for a certificate of achievement can proceed to take the certification test(s), which are included below for reference and study guidance. Test answers should be directed to Chancellor S. Pam McGee at storylineonline@gci.net for evaluation.
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For the ESLP Financial Endorsement Certificate of Achievement, answer the following test question(s);

#1) The Alaska Railroad Corporation(ARRC) issued a Financial Report for 2016 which indicates a Net Income (Loss) of ($4.4-million)[page 12]. With focus on this financial report, explain why the ARRC realized such a loss for this accounting period when 2015 and 2017 realized a positive Net Income of $10.9-million and $22.4-million respectively.

#2) The Alaska Railroad Corporation(ARRC) issued a Financial Report for 2000 which indicates a Net Income of $16.7-million[page 15]. Explain what caused this difference in income above expectations, which was outside the normal revenue projection expectations that had been realized for the years 1999 and 2001.

#3) In 2000, the Alaska Railroad Corporation(ARRC) realized a Net Income of $16.7-million, which was the highest earnings of record. In this same year, the acting CEO Bill Sheffield resigned, but remains as a high-ranking official member of the executive board of directors. With the business climate during this timeframe robust for the Alaska Railroad Corporation based on revenue generated, opine why the x-Alaskan governor decided to exit the CEO position? Note: Extra credit for an analysis on what Mr. Sheffield could have expected from a retirement package based on the financial statements.
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For the ESLP Legal Endorsement Certificate of Achievement, answer the following test question(s);

#1) The Alaska Railroad Corporation(ARRC) enjoys “Grant Revenue” from the U.S. Treasury by virtue of 49 U.S.C. 5307 and 5337, Urbanized Area Formula Program and State of Good Repair Formula Program. These “Formula Programs” are designed for government investment in “public transportation”, like Amtrak. For 2017, this “Grant Revenue” accounted for 31% of the “revenue” requirements for overall ARRC railroad operations. With “Grant Revenue” funding comes stipulations that promotes the “general public welfare” interest to utilize the infrastructure, like with “Half Fare” programs. Opine whether the Alaska Railroad is following the “spirit of the law” with its “Half Fare” program responsibilities when such fares are only available from September through May of any given year.

According to 49 U.S.C. 5307(c)(1)(D), a recipient must certify that the fares charged to seniors, individuals with disabilities, or individuals presenting a Medicare card during nonpeak hours, for transportation using or involving a facility or equipment of a project financed under this section, are not more than 50 percent of the peak hour fare, regardless of whether the service is provided by the recipient or by another entity under contract, lease, or other arrangement.

#2) The Alaska Railroad Corporation(ARRC), being an entity of the “State of Alaska” while incorporated is not subject to Federal “Corporate Tax”, so does not enjoy some of the benefits of taxation right-down discounts. Under the IRS Tax Code 45G, an entity can claim a tax credit for “Qualified Track Maintenance” expenditures. The Alaska Railroad Corporation takes advantage of this through the following: The Alaska Railroad Corporation(ARRC) issued a Financial Report for 2017, Note (9) Concentration Camp: During 2016, ARRC entered into an argument with a customer under the Internal Revenue Code 45G. Under the argument, ARRC received $4.8 million in qualified track maintenance expenses and gave the customer a rebate of $2.5 million. The 2016 qualified track maintenance expenses and the rebate are recorded as net reductions in operating expenses. Was this “rebate” a “credit” or actual exchange of money and does this collusion violate the intent of the IRS tax code?
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For the ESLP Investor Endorsement Certificate of Achievement, answer the following test question(s);

#1) As an “Investor” with a wealthy client interested in investing in Alaska, you are given the opportunity to scorecard the Alaska Railroad Corporation as a viable investment strategy. According to the Alaska Railroad Corporation’s Financial Report for 2017, the “Operating Revenue” was stated as $165,151,000 wherein $57,380,000 of that revenue was based on “Grant Revenue” received from the U.S. Treasury by virtue of 49 U.S.C. 5307 and 5337, Urbanized Area Formula Program and State of Good Repair Formula Program. The “Operating Expense” for this same year stated as $158,696,000. This equates to an “Operating Ratio” of 1.04 overall. Due the deficit facing the U.S. Treasury, under the “Grant Formula Programs” going forward an entity receiving funding can no longer apply such monies to any “Retirement or Pension” liability. The ARRC realizes a “Retirement & Pension” liability approaching $30-million and growing. With that same amount decreased from the yearly “Grant Revenue” income stream, the “Operating Ratio” crashes to 0.85 and Moody is now in a “bad mood”. What do you tell your client, without laughing?

#2) After scoring through the Alaska Railroad Corporation’s Financial Reports since inception as a “corporation” and in realization that approximately 30% of the “Operating Expense” on a yearly basis is maintained by U.S. government welfare funding, when should have this entity declared Chapter 11 Bankruptcy? And is it too late?
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Hannibal Hector University of Alaska is a private non-profit organization that specializes in “special” degrees and certificates pertaining to Alaska. The Erotic Syncopia Lobotomy Plagiarism(ESLP) Degree program fulfils the obligation of understanding government without transparency, as is the case with Alaska.

Even though no medical and or scientific proof exists and HH University of Alaska does not endorse any such claim, under the ESLP program of study concentrating on the Alaska Railroad Corporation, some senior students have found a decrease in senile dementia and erectile dysfunction and HH attributes this to “laughter is still the best medicine”!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

SPAM McGee vs. Alaska Railroad


K. Jane Williams
Acting Administrator - Federal Transit Authority

CC. Secretary Elaine L. Chao/U.S. DOT

Dear K. Jane Williams;

It is through this correspondence, filed as an “Administrative Complaint”, that United States citizen in good standing “Patriotism” S. Pam McGee requests the following: The executive branch of the FTA to execute an investigation this concern on its merits and finds in favor allowing relief. That sought-after relief requiring the Alaska Railroad Corporation to provide “Half Fare” transportation throughout the year between Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska’s major population cities and all whistle flag-stops between such locations. At present, the Alaska Railroad allows for such “Half Fare” transportation between September and May only, wherein this “public by definition” rail transportation entity considers this the “Off Peak” as it interprets the regulations designating such qualifications. But this interpretation is in gross error, and comes as a sacrifice to willing “Half Fare” passengers as there exists then limited scheduling when such discounts are invoked according to 49 U.S.C. 5307 - wherein it provokes difficulty to use the “Half Fare” upon its intended design and dedication. The Alaska Railroad Corporation is a state-owned entity boasting a portfolio of $1-Billion in assets, while the State of Alaska boasts an economic portfolio approaching $67-billion with world-wide investments. This state owned transportation railway entity is “public” as it enjoys 5307 funding, close to $57-million from the U.S. Treasury and courtesy the U.S. Taxpayers in this year alone - it is skirting the true intent of the law consistent with 49 U.S.C. 5307(c)(1)(D) by limiting access to “Half Fare” and so restricted it alienates the spirit of the law. The fact that but for a single train is scheduled daily to depart both north and south between Anchorage and Fairbanks, with intermediate stops to Denali National Park during the “Regular Pricing Season” from May through September, this excuse of limited rolling stock infrastructure should not have the power to fail the “Half Fare” requirement. Because of limited departures, it strangles the conditions inherent upon the “Half Fare” intent of not interfering with the passenger demands at the “Peak Hour”, as congestion is not the case in Alaska with the Alaska Railroad system. That said, there is no true “Peak Hour” demands and to define such is cause for concern and used merely as a ways and means to circumvent the intent of the 5307 code. The “Peak Hour” falls within the “tourist” season, so the decision to derail the “Half Fare” during this time frame is based upon an economically driven selfishness and a mandate wherein 3rd party tourism finds an affiliation with the Alaska Railroad - all profit motive driven. The Alaska Railroad should not be allowed to coddle the “Peak Hour” for economic protection and by doing so not offering such reduced “Half Fares” - that which enables economically affordable travel by those less fortunate, either economically disadvantaged or due age advantaged and or a disability. Since the Alaska Railroad Corporation allows for such “Half Fares” at very inconvenient times, that fact alone is evidence that funding is provided through the 5307 formula and during such times the offer of “Half Fare” to the “public” is just too restrictive, even though it follows that criteria spelled out in the code of law. The code is not a “part time” instrument. And the law characterized by the 5307 formula should not allow such preferential treatment, the interpretation of the “Peak Hour” is false as it is misleading and is discriminatory, as there is no “passenger” congestion and the Alaska Railroad could easily accommodate “Half Fare” passengers on a yearly basis. But the necessity to support the economics of this 3rd party tourism industry, that which could and would loose revenue from passengers utilizing the “Half Fare” availability as was intended by the 5307 code, that revenue justification is indeed a violation upon the spirit of the legislation designed to accommodate reduction in fares for a preferential class. And when “Half Fare” is not restricted, the availability of transport via the Alaska Railroad finds a reduction in scheduled departures so it is an inconvenience that continues to violate the intent of this legislation mandated through the U.S. Congress. During the “Peak Pricing Season”, when “Half Fares” are restricted upon the “public”, the Alaska Railroad schedules 129 Fairbanks bound trains and 129 Anchorage bound trains, in the same amount of days so it is realized as a daily scheduled event. In the “Off Peak” season wherein “Half Fares” can be enjoyed, the Alaska Railroad offers only 37 Anchorage bound trains and 37 Fairbanks bound trains in a 226-day time frame - it is very restrictive travel when “Half Fares” are available. The Alaska Railroad is an entity that relies on Federal Funding to remain buoyant, and for the most part has shown a year-end-profit. The funding from the Federal government is considered as arm-shot “income” in the yearly financial reports and accounts for an estimated 31% of the Alaska railroads operating income and that amounts to an overall net gain of approximately $6-million in revenue, due the fact the Alaska Railroad pays no “corporate taxation”. Through such generous government funding, the Alaska Railroad should show the willingness and decency to engage in the “Half Fare” goals within the 5307 code’s intent without restrictions. The Alaska Railroad receives Federal Funding and makes a profit above and beyond its operating expenses and that should follow a trickle-down mentality to be enjoyed by the U.S. Taxpayers, and what class is better deserving then those required to wrestle with hardships and must rely on and utilize the “Half Fare” structure for purposes of affordable transportation. The Alaska Railroad Corporation has seen its more than fair share of U.S. government financial support and it is time that the “Half Fare” is available on a yearly basis and not used as an “under-handed” detriment upon the “public” but for an economic benefit to a 3rd party “Private Entity Tourism” industry. Today, this disenfranchising in unfairness is orchestrated by greed of an industry that is allowed preferential treatment by the Alaska Railroad that does not want this “Half Fare”, because it could diminish its return-on-investment in Alaska, and thus the U.S. Government and its citizens are burdened by such unfairness, through deviations from the true intent of the 5307 legislation. The Alaska Railroad’s policies this concern practices discrimination and disenfranchises the intent of the “Half Fare” in efforts to placate this 3rd party in “Tourism”. Please, take this “Administrative Complaint” under serious consideration and due the 5307 funding, through the U.S.C code that allows for reduction in fares, require the Alaska Railroad Corporation to honor “Half Fare” on a yearly basis without restrictions, else the spirit of this legislation exists in vain, not what the Founding Fathers would have allowed. Congress makes laws for a reason, and the Alaska Railroad is sidestepping its responsibilities for reasons that burdens the citizens of the United States.
Respectfully Submitted on December 5th, 2018 by S. Pam McGee

Alaska Railroad COALition #2


OK, Woody Guthrie also sang out “Take a whiff, take a whiff, take a whiff on me” and I keep getting a “whiff” of something awfully suspicious and rotten to the core going down under-hand Luke. See, how in hell could the Alaska Railroad fall apart with this most recent earthquake that was 100x100 less forceful then the 1964 wake-up call? Well, for those not in the know, this state sanctioned “Casey Jones” bigotry has been heading off course and a crash like an EXXON Valdez wreck is imminent! Blame it on the “sober” captain, yes picking his nose. And with this 2018 Quark Quake event still fresh a few days old in the category of Hector Richter shakers, but for a minor blow with minimal damage all around the block - except for Bill Sheffield’s steel wheeled rolling stock rail. See, Alaskans are tough and for the most part weathered this storm like adults, as such compromising situations have become a normal betrayal against panic these far too often routine near “cataclysmic” events. From major volcano breaches to perverted political storms, not a problem “take a whiff” and move on! Exception, this Alaska Railroad fantasy - that it will ever prove itself to be a Real McCoy Union Pacific. Blame it on the “sober” captain, yes picking his nose. Don Young was re-elected again? But let us not forget that when Bill was the governor of the 49er, he came so close to impeachment but something in the transfer documents of the Alaska Railroad back in 1985, there came secret language that gave the governor immunity - when we thought there was truly a separation between church and state. That republican driven “impeachment immunity” is the reason after leaving the governor’s mansion he went to work on the state run railroad under the auspices of a “Corporation”. Bill, what a coward because he registers as a democrat but is in bed with the republicans - I think we call that a “Turnagain” in Alaska. And when an entity owned by the state “incorporates”, that means no transparency for the stockholders - rather no accountability to the rightful owners that being the citizens of Alaska. For real, what kind of laws enable this kind of forfeiture? Sure as hell freezes over in Alaska, it wasn’t voted upon by the righteousness of the citizens, but the Juneau scat is known to pull the wool and hoodwink that righteousness without warning. Where do you think Sarah Palin learned how to attack Democracy? Outsiders must realize Alaska is different when it comes to law and order. See, Alaska has only been a state of the Union for almost 50-years and soon the “honeymoon” will be over and all the wealth that has made Alaska the richest state, with a portfolio approaching $100-billion, with Trump’s family taking a “whiff” of that loot, lookout for blackout dates wherein the henhouse gets ransacked. Building a Trump Tower in Denali National Park, don’t laugh! But with respect to Alaskan style law and order, take the Jack Marler case back in 1956 wherein a young Ted Stevens was the Federal prosecutor out to get an IRS agent that told his boss he wasn’t filing his tax returns and the IRS thought that was bad behavior for that agency’s “Image” in Alaska still a territory, a statement that “we don’t rape women and children yet”. But Ted was no match for Marler, especially with Edgar Paul Boyko assisting in the “No Taxation without Representation” defense, well Ted lost this battle and made a closing comment that said; "I don't believe the jury's verdict is an expression of resistance to taxes or law enforcement or the start of a Boston Tea Party. I do believe, however, that the decision will be a blow to the hopes for Alaska statehood." With this whipping post outcome, Ted jumped ship and became a U.S. Senator. But back to Bill “Casey Jones” Sheffield. See, following “impeachment” but off the hook because the Juneau republicans voted against it the reason Bill is indebted to that political party now and forever, he lost his dream of 4-more years. And while president of the rail another feather in his coward’s cap, at the executive helm when a “sober” engineer picking his nose forgot about environmental stewardship and dumped off a toxic shipment of 120000 gallons of jet fuel to feed the salmon migrating up the Big Susitna River! And sure enough “I betcha” came FEMA G-men assistance to help clean-up that disastrous spill when in the meantime, well “disaster” insurance covered for the expenses and there is a clause you cannot give back government FEMA money, so that clean-up loot ended up in the coffers of the Alaska Railroad’s safe in Bill’s office in Anchorage. Yes, the office now occupied by another coward as it runs in the family, that office was flooded because of an overflowing toilet the same day as the recent quake so of course apply for “more” government assistance. Trump gifted paper towels to Puerto Rico and rakes to California so how about toilet plungers for Alaska this earthquake event - sorry I cannot call it a disaster. Now Bill learned the lessons well on how politicians take any opportunity allowed to enrich themselves, and when that extra income from Uncle Sam inflated the normal “year end” net income the “Rail” had come to enjoy after a few years in business, Bill was quick to retire because his “pension walk-away bonus” was calculated on that income profit from Uncle Sam! It is “double-dipping” at its best in selfishness. So when that toilet overflowed the other day in Bill’s old “Casey Jones” office, the safe had already floated away. And probably the best history lesson with the Alaska Railroad was the shoot-out with the “Hatmaker” Angels MC back in 1976 at the Healy Roadhouse, bang with bang don’t mess with the track master’s special! But when the track falls apart because of a little rough-housing earth shaking, it appears that “track maintenance” has taken a back-seat because the “Rail” boss and board of “Tourism is King” dictators seems more interested in investing that 31% government welfare on property that generates a return. Good thing “casinos” are out-lawed in Alaska. For real, the Federal government contributes upwards 30% attributable as “income” to keep the Bill Sheffield railroad out of bankruptcy, and for 2017 that amounted to $57-million “Big ‘Uns”. Hey with guys like Bill using powerful positions and gambling money at the U.S. Taxpayers expense, it means salary increases it is that simple. I always get a hoot at the Alaska Railroad’s yearly financial report - as 75% of the report covers the “Retirement Benefit Plan”! So with the funding from Uncle Sam, the jury is still out if the rail workers will enjoy a Federal retirement bailout or…something is wrong with this set-up…Don? For real, the U.S. Taxpayers are paying for that “Retirement Plan” which is super-lucrative just ask Bill! Now “Track Maintenance” expenditures finds an IRS tax credit with Uncle Sam with respect to corporate taxation. But Bill’s rail is a state run corporation so pays no such dues to the tax man, just like Jack Marler. Yet why let a good thing blow away in a Chinook? See, some entity that pays federal tax on corporate income and working in Alaska and using the rail to say ship coal or gasoline, it pays the Alaska Railroad to perform such maintenance upwards $2.2-million each year - so it can enjoy a tax break of $4.8-million. It is not magic math accounting, as with that money towards Bill’s “Rail” retirement fund comes a $2.7-million option in equity a “transport credit”, so you do the math the state gets screwed this deal too good to be true. And of course there is no “Track Maintenance” actually performed, as it looks good on paper but that doesn’t pay wages to shore up the failing and rotting timbers that are supposed to hold the track in place when Mother Earth gets a little angry and tries to shake some semblance of sense into Alaskan politics. You voted for Don again and the tax break keeps working! Now here is the ultimate in tax scams with an accomplice to the crime scene. Herein finds no-excuse why the Alaska Railroad and the entire board of tourism directors is corrupt to the core - that “whiff” of rotten and “what’s in your golden fleece award wallet”? The Alaska Railroad is the “welfare child” of the north, to re-iterate the severity of the silliness to keep afloat a wreck, at least 30% of the “rail” remains today subsidized by Uncle Sam, still to this day and for this year alone the U.S. Treasury forking over $57-million in economic relief posted as “income”. It is the ultimate “golden goose” fleecing as there is nothing required in return. And with that funding, “half fare” passenger travel by rail should be a requirement like every other damn subsidized rail “this land is my land this land is your land sea to shining sea”, so the poor and elderly and disabled can enjoy taking a ride on the cheap. I can travel at “half fare” all across America 365 squares a year, but not in Alaska. See, the tourist industry makes beaucoup bucks in cahoots with the Alaska Railroad, with the Princess “flagship” train passenger cars only the elite can afford…that’s the key. And when you look at the board of directors, you realize this entity is composed of butt buddy profiters for the moist part aligned with the “Tourist” slogan of “fuck’m good the first time as they ain’t coming back for more abuse”. In all honesty, I feel sorry for the tourists that come north only to be ripped off. See, if the Alaska Railroad practiced any form of American Patriotism, there would come “half fare” traveling all year round, the way the law was designed in efforts to accommodate all walks of life - the intent and merit of such legislation passed by “We the People” in the U.S. Congress. But with no such thing as “off peak” traveling because there is but for a single train robbery ride in any given day on the regular season pricing schedule, the Alaska Railroad is able to skirt the law and say gee, we don’t have “off peak” transportation. See, if the Alaska Railroad allowed for “half fare” during the normal summer season, then every damn tourist would say to “Hell’s Angels” with that Princess and buy cheaper seats to travel by rail. OK, if we had a Paul Boyko on this case, Bill and his executive board would be running faster then Donald Trump and that is why Ted Stevens was assassinated, because he had finally seen the light of corruption and was about to spill the beans. So, I am taking the reins and moving forward, as this is what the late Theodore Fulton Stevens would have wanted his dedicated followers to do in his honor, as he was a very trustworthy and honest individual, no matter what Sarah Palin said differently with John McCain by her side. The following complaint has been forwarded to the Federal Transit Authority, because I just turned 65 and want what is due me in Alaska a “Half Fare” ticket on the Alaska Railroad during the summer, so screw you Bill Sheffield!
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K. Jane Williams
Acting Administrator - Federal Transit Authority

CC. Secretary Elaine L. Chao/U.S. Department of Transportation

Dear K. Jane Williams;

It is through this correspondence, filed as an “Administrative Complaint”, that United States citizen in good standing “Patriotism” S. Pam McGee requests the following: The executive branch of the FTA to execute an investigation this concern on its merits and finds in favor allowing relief. That sought-after relief requiring the Alaska Railroad Corporation to provide “Half Fare” transportation throughout the year between Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska’s major population cities and all whistle flag-stops between such locations. At present, the Alaska Railroad allows for such “Half Fare” transportation between September and May only, wherein this “public by definition” rail transportation entity considers this the “Off Peak” as it interprets the regulations designating such qualifications. But this interpretation is in gross error, and comes as a sacrifice to willing “Half Fare” passengers as there exists then limited scheduling when such discounts are invoked according to 49 U.S.C. 5307 - wherein it provokes difficulty to use the “Half Fare” upon its intended design and dedication. The Alaska Railroad Corporation is a state-owned entity boasting a portfolio of $1-Billion in assets, while the State of Alaska boasts an economic portfolio approaching $67-billion with world-wide investments. This state owned transportation railway entity is “public” as it enjoys 5307 funding, close to $57-million from the U.S. Treasury and courtesy the U.S. Taxpayers in this year alone - it is skirting the true intent of the law consistent with 49 U.S.C. 5307(c)(1)(D) by limiting access to “Half Fare” and so restricted it alienates the spirit of the law. The fact that but for a single train is scheduled daily to depart both north and south between Anchorage and Fairbanks, with intermediate stops to Denali National Park during the “Regular Pricing Season” from May through September, this excuse of limited rolling stock infrastructure should not have the power to fail the “Half Fare” requirement. Because of limited departures, it strangles the conditions inherent upon the “Half Fare” intent of not interfering with the passenger demands at the “Peak Hour”, as congestion is not the case in Alaska with the Alaska Railroad system. That said, there is no true “Peak Hour” demands and to define such is cause for concern and used merely as a ways and means to circumvent the intent of the 5307 code. The “Peak Hour” falls within the “tourist” season, so the decision to derail the “Half Fare” during this time frame is based upon an economically driven selfishness and a mandate wherein 3rd party tourism finds an affiliation with the Alaska Railroad - all profit motive driven. The Alaska Railroad should not be allowed to coddle the “Peak Hour” for economic protection and by doing so not offering such reduced “Half Fares” - that which enables economically affordable travel by those less fortunate, either economically disadvantaged or due age advantaged and or a disability. Since the Alaska Railroad Corporation allows for such “Half Fares” at very inconvenient times, that fact alone is evidence that funding is provided through the 5307 formula and during such times the offer of “Half Fare” to the “public” is just too restrictive, even though it follows that criteria spelled out in the code of law. The code is not a “part time” instrument. And the law characterized by the 5307 formula should not allow such preferential treatment, the interpretation of the “Peak Hour” is false as it is misleading and is discriminatory, as there is no “passenger” congestion and the Alaska Railroad could easily accommodate “Half Fare” passengers on a yearly basis. But the necessity to support the economics of this 3rd party tourism industry, that which could and would loose revenue from passengers utilizing the “Half Fare” availability as was intended by the 5307 code, that revenue justification is indeed a violation upon the spirit of the legislation designed to accommodate reduction in fares for a preferential class. And when “Half Fare” is not restricted, the availability of transport via the Alaska Railroad finds a reduction in scheduled departures so it is an inconvenience that continues to violate the intent of this legislation mandated through the U.S. Congress. During the “Peak Pricing Season”, when “Half Fares” are restricted upon the “public”, the Alaska Railroad schedules 129 Fairbanks bound trains and 129 Anchorage bound trains, in the same amount of days so it is realized as a daily scheduled event. In the “Off Peak” season wherein “Half Fares” can be enjoyed, the Alaska Railroad offers only 37 Anchorage bound trains and 37 Fairbanks bound trains in a 226-day time frame - it is very restrictive travel when “Half Fares” are available. The Alaska Railroad is an entity that relies on Federal Funding to remain buoyant, and for the most part has shown a year-end-profit. The funding from the Federal government is considered as arm-shot “income” in the yearly financial reports and accounts for an estimated 31% of the Alaska railroads operating income and that amounts to an overall net gain of approximately $6-million in revenue, due the fact the Alaska Railroad pays no “corporate taxation”. Through such generous government funding, the Alaska Railroad should show the willingness and decency to engage in the “Half Fare” goals within the 5307 code’s intent without restrictions. The Alaska Railroad receives Federal Funding and makes a profit above and beyond its operating expenses and that should follow a trickle-down mentality to be enjoyed by the U.S. Taxpayers, and what class is better deserving then those required to wrestle with hardships and must rely on and utilize the “Half Fare” structure for purposes of affordable transportation. The Alaska Railroad Corporation has seen its more than fair share of U.S. government financial support and it is time that the “Half Fare” is available on a yearly basis and not used as an “under-handed” detriment upon the “public” but for an economic benefit to a 3rd party “Private Entity Tourism” industry. Today, this disenfranchising in unfairness is orchestrated by greed of an industry that is allowed preferential treatment by the Alaska Railroad that does not want this “Half Fare”, because it could diminish its return-on-investment in Alaska, and thus the U.S. Government and its citizens are burdened by such unfairness, through deviations from the true intent of the 5307 legislation. The Alaska Railroad’s policies this concern practices discrimination and disenfranchises the intent of the “Half Fare” in efforts to placate this 3rd party in “Tourism”. Please, take this “Administrative Complaint” under serious consideration and due the 5307 funding, through the U.S.C code that allows for reduction in fares, require the Alaska Railroad Corporation to honor “Half Fare” on a yearly basis without restrictions, else the spirit of this legislation exists in vain, not what the Founding Fathers would have allowed. Congress makes laws for a reason, and the Alaska Railroad is sidestepping its responsibilities for reasons that burdens the citizens of the United States.
Respectfully Submitted on December 5th, 2018 by S. Pam McGee

Monday, December 3, 2018

Alaska Railroad COALition #1


Woody Guthrie loved the rail sea to shining sea, a hobo’s lullaby in “this land is your land, this land is my land”. I also enjoy hearing that Union Pacific Engine 420 on the strain pulling freight through town, the whistle stops getting a wakeup call from the blast of the air horn. It is kind of like a visible and audible indicator of the economy, the more times I am blasted awake out of a sound sleep, the better off we are! And it appears the damage assessment with the 7.0 Richter earth shaker up in Alaska, well it isn’t even back page news today as Alaskans were prepared. Only a single injury attributable to the “shake”, some guy was thrown out of his pool when the tsunami hit. OK, he was from Wasillabilly Heights - just down the road from wherein Sarah Palin frequents that 2nd floor crapper, the outpost where she can see Russia when doing the morning routine. OK, this guy calls his bath-tub a pool, but that is the Wasilla mentality and the reason next summer film crews will gather in Palin’s garden for a “Take Two” the remake of “Dueling Banjos” in “Deliverance Alaska”. And for real, bathtub waves strong enough to have thrown him on the deck, it defies gravity of the situation. So, now that the angry earth has calmed down over Moron Trump denying “Climate Change”, with the “rock’n roll” settled down, time to get down to some serious business of assessing who was prepared for this…it was Not the “Big ‘Un” for Alaska. Now it appears that the unprepared, well if x-Alaskan governor Bill Sheffield is involved of course we have a “Humpty Dumpty” moment. I am talking the damage to the Alaska Railroad “infrastructure”, so what it is but for a “tourist trap” and Alaskan’s do not rely on this Casey Jones waste to support the habit of living where winter lasts way too long and what the hell is with this “Alaskan Bush People”? Did the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum furlough the patients with a one-way all expenses paid no return ticket on the Alaska Railroad? Does anybody actually watch this class act in bullshit? Getting back to serious business, the Alaska Railroad has no excuse this damage. If “Big Oil” can build an 800-mile oil pipeline that sustained “zero damage” this event that was 100 x 100 less dramatic then the 1964 Good Friday quake, engineers should be able to build tracks that are not swallowed up by the anger of Gaia. Yes, 800-miles of steel pipe went without a blemish this “quake” when we now understand that the main railroad track between Anchorage and Fairbanks has been challenged to remain level. It really doesn’t matter, as the only individuals that may be inconvenienced by the ARR not on time this time of year during the “off season” are the poor - as it is only in the off-season wherein the State of Alaska owned railroad allows for “half fare” transportation. See, “half fare” is a requirement in efforts to secure “Federal Grants”. Now this rule is generated for all transportation corridors that utilize the “Amtrak” label for passenger services, as a prerequisite. And there exists some rules and regulations for Amtrak passengers, like this “half fare” criteria. But because the Alaska Railroad is basically a “Tourist Trap”, most Alaskans cannot cough up the price of an expensive ticket to travel between the two major cities during the height of madness for trainloads of tourists rushing to Denali only to find out the Big Mountain is once again clouded over. No, there are no refunds for false advertisement! And the ARR doesn’t have to offer this “half fare” because it is stipulated that it is only required in “off peak” hours of the day. And since there is only one train south to north and back again on any given day during the “Tourist Season”, this half fare is not available for the poor folks until winter settles in and all the “Tourists” have returned home with diarrhea and pictures of clouds. And the bad thing about the “off season half fare” not fair, the Alaskan “yellow rain train” only travels once per week so you get stuck in Fairbanks for a few days, hotels are not cheap and by winter most things are shut-down! So that Federal government stipulation wherein $million$ dollar “grants” are provided requires assistance to the poor to travel, in Alaska there has not been a single “half fare” ticket ever sold. Yet the “grants” are…holy shit for real? Now the Alaska Railroad seems to have been the entity with the most damage this “quake” shake. Bill Sheffield’s office in Anchorage at the ARR headquarters was flooded again, same old toilet on overflow. Will someone please give Bill a plunger as a Christmas present! See, if you blame anything and everything on the “quake”, Uncle Sam may come through again as for years the U.S. Treasury has been very cordial to Alaska’s “House of Congress” Don Young and what is garnished from the U.S. Taxpayers to make sure this Casey Jones ridiculousness keeps on trucking. Look, the Alaska Railroad has been in bankruptcy since 1985. That was the year that Uncle Sam said enough is enough and the rail was sold, as before that it remained part of the Federal Railway System and built when Alaska was still a territory. But once the 49er became a state, the Federal government had to divest itself this kind of infrastructure that held public fascination due equity in funding - aka “pork” addiction. The “rail” went up for sale and nobody came to the auction, as it was not a viable investment for any railroad fans. It was “scrap” but to expensive to haul it away so instead of tearing it down and selling the scrap steel to Russia, the state jumped in and formed a “State Corporation”, which means no transparency. What does it all mean? Well how about another “Billion Dollar Baby Blunder” courtesy the U.S. Taxpayers. You can go onto the Bill Sheffield “financial” cesspool of this Alaska Railroad to see how the audit accountants practice the art of magic numbers. In a nutshell, 30% of the “operating revenue” is supplied by Uncle Sam for nothing in return and amounts to over a $billion$ since statehood back in 1959. And there is not yet even today a sense of urgency to make it a profitable venture, as without “strict” accountability and this intravenous from the U.S. Treasury as a routine cost of doing business in the north, no real reason to trim the costs of keeping…well the earthquake will now cost the taxpayers some more again. Which means the U.S. Taxpayers would have saved money keeping this “brat” part of the military infrastructure when nobody showed up an interest in buying “fool’s gold” back in 1985. But when you see who sits on the board, this junket of re-purposed purchased on the cheap scrap of steel is a vice for the “Tourist” industry, and there are special interests that make boatloads of loot with this yearly procession of travelers enjoying Alaska - courtesy the U.S. Taxpayers getting Don Young strangled again and again and again. Therefore by decree of the Town Crier, my sentiment with this damage to the ego of Bill Sheffield because his toilet keeps overflowing, time for the people of Alaska to demand the selling of the rail - letting it go into privatized hands and then Alaska will no longer be a “Tourist Trap” and if that rail ever starts moving again, that train south should have a special delivery for the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum with the creep shows that have made my Alaska a joke! And wait there is more! Somebody with an Alaskan connection gets $millions$ in IRS Track Maintenance kick-backs, and this is an entity in cahoots with the Alaska Railroad as the “COALition” and did that U.S. Taxpayers’ money actually go towards making sure the track wouldn’t fall apart in a minor quake? Fleecing of America, that’s what happens so far and away up north when “transparency” is a two-headed snake.