Those Alaska militias are a real clown car. Of course they live in the most socialist and heavily subsidized state, Alaska, which is a vast sponge for federal monies drawn from the other 49 states. They love to pose with Alaskan politicians, the Palins have had some personal involvement. Factor in a lot of fringe beliefs about how religion should be running the country and belief in black magic (which they claim to be fighting, not practicing, but they they still believe, so there's that).
The busiest financial period of the year in Alaska is the PFD (Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend) day whereby those rugged individualists line up with hands outstretched to take their share of free money being dolled out.
It was so nice for Gov. Palin to tack on an extra $1200 back in 2008 on top of the largest PFD payment in AK history.
However, in 2008 Governor Sarah Palin signed Senate Bill 4002 that used revenues generated from the state’s natural resources and provided a one-time special payment of $1,200 to every Alaskan eligible
for the Permanent Fund dividend
I guess staying at home and trying to find ways to earn cash without going back to the ol' 9-to-5 doesn't count, then.
Factor in... belief in black magic (which they claim to be fighting,
not practicing, but they they still believe, so there's that).
Ironically, to someone who studies magic, what they're doing is in fact, black magic.
And you can read Le Guin’s story here
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