Alaska’s Advocate Writer

DONN Liston lives in Eagle River, and attends church regularly.

DONN LISTON is an independent journalist who has lived in Alaska since 1962, and Eagle River since 2010. He was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News during pipeline construction, and a certified teacher who taught Adult Basic Education. He was selected as a 2013 BP Teacher of Excellence for work with Nine Star teaching adult basic education classes in a basement classroom at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club, and the Mat-Su Job Center. DONN was a member of three State Education Commissions.

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I write Alaska non-fiction stories in historical context about things regular Alaskans need to know and possibly act upon. If you are looking for a place where they scare you, tell you what you want to hear, and patronize you with happytalk sensationalism to distract you from reality of our failed Alaskan institutions, go to ADN.com.

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Latest Posts:

  • West vs East in A Dangerous World
    Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa For Americans liberty is in our blood. This is a western benchmark of commitment to enduring USA freedom. The Elks Club gained recognition for Flag Day during the Presidency of Woodrow Wilson. The stated purpose of the service I attended this year is to honor our country’s flag, to celebrate the anniversary… Read more: West vs East in A Dangerous World
  • Champion for Military Women
    Mary Louise Rasmuson By Jessica Schultz Pleasant Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa January 5, 2022, marked the day Alaska’s VA Healthcare System (AVAHS) facility was renamed to Colonel Mary Louise Rasmuson Campus. The focus is to bring attention to VA care of female veterans. VA also holds an annual Women Veteran’s Conference. This year’s event is June… Read more: Champion for Military Women
  • Alaskans Deserve to Elect Our State AG
    Currently the Governor’s Henchman… Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa [1] Alaska’s Mental Health Crisis Predates Statehood, DONN LISTON, May 16, 2023 Alaska’s Attorney General is expected to do too much. Every other department of AK State Government is run by a Commissioner. The Department of Law’s Attorney General (AG) is our top law-enforcement officer AND Commissioner of… Read more: Alaskans Deserve to Elect Our State AG
  • Life Keeps Getting Better
    Because God is So Good! Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa It’s Saturday morning in Antipolo, PH and the motorcycles are starting to wake up with a roar, blasting up the wide two-lane thoroughfare leading from the entrance of this gated community where I have lived since leaving Alaska for fear of my life, December 6, 2022. I… Read more: Life Keeps Getting Better
  • The Naked Truth About Alaska Courts
    They have Been Exposed but Nothing will Likely Change By Jessica Peasant You would be hard pressed to find an Alaskan journalist with as much Alaskan-specific experience as Advocate Journalist Donn Liston. Liston has lived in Alaska since 1962. He has watched Alaskan history unfold before him over those decades. He was a reporter for Anchorage Daily News during Alaskan pipeline construction and experienced the 1960’s Civil Rights Era. Liston worked as an aide to former University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor, John Lindauer, in the 13th Alaska Legislature and lived in the capital of Juneau 20 years. [1] Roy Peratrovich:… Read more: The Naked Truth About Alaska Courts
  • The Promise of *EaglExit*
    How Much Longer Must We Wait? Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa [1} Bio of John Asplund Responsible residents know detaching the sane part of Anchorage from the Mudflats is necessary. We who have lived in Anchorage proper–and also lived in the parts with representation not directly subject to crazy governance–know the difference. Those who elect the caliber… Read more: The Promise of *EaglExit*
  • Confessions Of An Alaska Boomer
    You CAN Blame Us! https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Generation_timeline.svg&lang=simple My Baby Boomer generation grew up in the long shadow of the Greatest Generation–Americans who lived through the Great Depression and fought for the rights and freedoms guaranteed in our USA and Alaska Constitutions. My father was a member of the following Silent Generation by one year (Born in 1929) but was not gong-ho about having won WWII. He served his military duty honorably and moved on with his life, working his blue-collar gig until self-absorbed IBEW Union retirement. [1]The Greatest Generation USA Baby Boomers had it easy, all we had to do was get… Read more: Confessions Of An Alaska Boomer
  • Why SCO 1993 Must be Overturned
    Alaskan Families are Being Harmed… By Jessica Pleasant Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa One hallmark of civilization is governance by Constitutional laws instead of by tyrants. The most compelling reason Supreme Court Order 1993 must be Overturned strikes at the foundation of the entire statute. Once the foundation of a statute is found unconstitutional the rest of… Read more: Why SCO 1993 Must be Overturned
  • Alaska Courts Promote Viewpoint Discrimination
    Arguments Based on Case Law… By Jessica Pleasant Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa [1] Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee University Viewpoint based discrimination allows for only one group’s opinion over another. The U.S. Supreme Court believes this type of regulated speech the most egregious. A law allowing content-based regulation is exemplified by social media platforms banning… Read more: Alaska Courts Promote Viewpoint Discrimination
  • Thinking about China; 4,000 Years of Recorded History
    What’s Alaska’s Long-Term Plan? Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa China HAS a Plan Long-Term Thinking: One who fails to plan for 10 generations cannot plan for one time. Reflecting views of previous Chinese thinkers and dynasty rulers, current president, Xi Zinping has maneuvered China away from failed dogmatic Chinese Communist Party (CCP) short-term thinking toward Enlightened National… Read more: Thinking about China; 4,000 Years of Recorded History
  • Today is NOT Tomorrow
    So a little Real Estate and Philosophy – because your concerns about the future may be stopping you making a decision today. Will prices go higher? Will interest rates to down? Will you still have your job? There are so many unknowns that we speculate about that impact our hesitancy to make a decision today. It is the purpose of this article to encourage you to abandon fears about tomorrow and just get on with it. You want a new home, so go and acquire it. Once you make that decision I can most certainly make it happen. When thinking about Real… Read more: Today is NOT Tomorrow
  • USA in Philippines
    Buildup of our Asian Frontline Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa Marcos Election Brings Back a PH Dynasty Former PH Pres Rodrigo Duterete, 2016-2022 soured USA relations with his response to Pres. Barack Obama’s expressed concern over human right issues related to Duterete’s War on Criminality and Drugs. During a press conference Duterte infamously called Obama “a son… Read more: USA in Philippines
  • Why AK Prosecutors are Afraid of Grand Juries
    It’s About Imperial Control, Baby… Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa Maybe what we need is a grand jury investigation into judge investigator Marla Greenstein, said Haeg as he was sitting in the court building waiting for the opportunity to present evidence to the Grand Jury. You know she would never be convicted because 100 judges would be… Read more: Why AK Prosecutors are Afraid of Grand Juries
  • Legislative Task Force to Assure Alaska Food Security
    It’s under control, Folks… Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa This writer’s growing number of Asian readers know Philippine people have experienced starvation. This island archipelago has had abundant food but invasion by hostile forces has meant mass death of Filipinos by starvation. But at a time when Filipino people were dying in Manila streets, Alaska had true… Read more: Legislative Task Force to Assure Alaska Food Security
  • Building an Honest Model for AK Property Tax Assessment
    Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa 2023 Alaska property tax assessment process failed the Haines community, causing local outrage and igniting a now statewide movement to amend State Laws currently allowing cutthroat bureaucrats to drive people off of their property to pay for more government. Previous story about this was in Mid-October: [1]Tyranny of the Powerful in Rural… Read more: Building an Honest Model for AK Property Tax Assessment
  • Who Should be Teaching YOUR Kids?
    Longstanding Alaska Dilemma Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa Updated version originally published: February 28, 2016 NorthernRight.com Editor’s Note: As the Alaska Legislature is once again barraged by special interests insisting the State of Alaska must provide increased funding for Public Education factories despite our bottom-of-the nation academic outcomes in 50+ Alaska School Districts, perhaps it’s time to… Read more: Who Should be Teaching YOUR Kids?
  • AK Supreme Court Rules Against Internet TROLLS!
    Sen. Lora ReinBOLD took them on and won. Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa Credit where credit is due. The AK Supreme Court has ruled correctly by accepting and approving former AK Senator Lora Reinbold’s Petition for Review in the Lawfare Freedom of Speech case brought by Bobbie McDow and the Northern Justice Project, LLC (NJP). Lawfare is… Read more: AK Supreme Court Rules Against Internet TROLLS!
  • How Alaskans are Rolled by the Alaska Court System
    And why I Dare Not Take MY Case Before the Alaska Supreme Court Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa Alaska is in a Constitutional Crisis. Nothing demonstrates that fact like current general lawlessness, and the way our AK criminal justice system operates, especially the courts. This writer has written about: 1. State Government efforts to overrule our Constitutional… Read more: How Alaskans are Rolled by the Alaska Court System
  • Public Officials vs. The People: Alaska’s Due Process Controversy
    Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa By Jessica Pleasant, The Conservative Fem, and DONN LISTON The State of Alaska is owned by Public Sector Unions organized into represented bargaining units of workers, apparently creating confusion for some appointed public officials who believe they, too, should be afforded Due Process as if they were part of a Union Collective… Read more: Public Officials vs. The People: Alaska’s Due Process Controversy
  • Activist Judges do Administration’s bidding Ex Pos Facto
    Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa By Jessica Pleasant, TheConservativeFem.com [1]AK Supreme Court judges information When former President Fernand Marcos plotted to become Philippines dictator beginning with his election in 1965, he changed the laws through a loaded legal and legislative process. Over more than 20 years Marcos enriched himself and his family, crashing the PH economy, causing… Read more: Activist Judges do Administration’s bidding Ex Pos Facto
  • ALASKA: Crime Capital of USA
    Big Mike’s Legacies of Failure… Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa Nobody in Alaska seems to care about the crime rate anymore so this story should offend plenty of elected officials and judges who have allowed our state to descend into anarchy. Laws don’t matter, courts don’t care, and smart people are packing…to get the hell out of… Read more: ALASKA: Crime Capital of USA
  • Is China Bluffing?
    USA/Asian Conference May Offer Opportunity for Détent Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa English.e. America has a Mutual Defense Agreement with Philippines requiring USA to come to Philippines aide in case of attack. But despite characteristic recent bluster from President Joe Biden, vulnerable allies such as the Philippines need ever more reassurance of USA commitment at this time. It is… Read more: Is China Bluffing?
  • The State Always Wins in Alaska’s Court System Casino
    Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa English. By Jessica Pleasant, TheConservativeFem.com Since statehood in 1959 Alaskans have enjoyed a process outside the inbred court system to demand justice for official wrongdoing through an Independent Grand Jury. Most Alaskans do not need to know about this aspect of our government established in the Alaska Constitution until they are wronged in a… Read more: The State Always Wins in Alaska’s Court System Casino
  • How Alaska Courts FURTHER Damage Children In Broken Families
    As her Son becomes a Man, Jessica Pleasant Celebrates their Bond Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa English. Jessica Pleasant is a Disabled US ARMY Veteran who has survived the corrupt Alaska Court System and Office of Children’s Services misfit application of Child in Need of Protection laws. Being trained as a paralegal, Pleasant recognized every distortion of the law… Read more: How Alaska Courts FURTHER Damage Children In Broken Families
  • Tyranny of the Powerful in Rural Alaska
    Haines, We have a Problem! Notice to International Readers: This site can be read in six languages. Just peck the popup at the bottom of the page to change from English. Ang site na ito ay mababasa sa anim na wika. I-peck lang ang popup sa ibaba ng page para magpalit mula sa English. Rural Alaska often suffers from tyrannical behavior from elected officials and their bureaucrat sycophants, who impose unfair expectations on people simply trying to live in a climate zone that can be unforgiving. Normally very optimistic Haines resident, Brenda Josephson, has been an elected official in Haines, Alaska, and… Read more: Tyranny of the Powerful in Rural Alaska
  • The Romblon Marble Festival!
    Natural Resource Bounty in Philippines Romblon, Republic of Philippines January 13, 2023–In the heart of the Philippine Archipelago is an island group with pristine white sand beaches and a major deposit of marble, for which the people celebrate each year with a festival! I was privileged to participate in this Filipino celebration and interviewed one of the largest marble factory owners in the country, Napoleon Makino, Jr. Having already spent some time at nearby San Agustin Island, it cost P72 (About $2.00 USD) for senior fare on the ferry. She was very crowded ship and we traveled a few hours… Read more: The Romblon Marble Festival!
  • Alaska/USA descending into 3rd World Banana Republic
    The DEVIL Went Down to Georgia, he was lookin’ for a soul to steal… If President Trump can be violated in our justice system, anybody can. I’ve personally experienced it myself. All Alaskans are at Risk. This isn’t hyperbole; when courts aren’t fair people consider taking the law into their own hands. The Borden thieves stole my security camera system, were ordered by a judge last February within 10-days to return it and everything else they stole, but nothing has happened. I fear for my personal safety in Alaska. Over 60 winters living in Alaska I have done a lot… Read more: Alaska/USA descending into 3rd World Banana Republic
  • Alaska Joins Philippines-China Love/Hate Relationship
    Alaska-Philippines Connection 11 While China has become the Neighborhood Bully in Asia, new economic challenges on many fronts will determine how far it can go with that behavior. USA is reducing trade with China. Will USA expect Alaska producers to reduce trade to our top export destination, too? China is now having economic problems… [1]Why China’s economy ran off the rails, Substack.com, Noah Smith, Econ Blogger Mexico and Canada have moved to the top exporters of goods to USA in the first half of this year, as economic decoupling between the two superpowers reduces China’s exports to USA by 25%… Read more: Alaska Joins Philippines-China Love/Hate Relationship

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