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"Give Me Control Over A Nations Currency And I Care Not Who Makes It's Laws." ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Critics have dubbed it "Bald Ego," "Murky's Turkey" and "Incontinental Airlines," but Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski finally has the sleek executive jet he says he and other state officials need. The $2.6 million Westwind aircraft, equipped with a leather sofa, burgundy carpeting and a flush toilet, arrived this week in Anchorage and will replace a no-frills turboprop used by previous Alaska governors for official business. Critics say Murkowski's jet is unusable in much of rural Alaska, where runways are too short and made of gravel or nonexistent. Murkowski press secretary Becky Hultberg defended the purchase, saying the Republican governor believes that "this is an aircraft that Alaska needs as one of the most aviation-dependent states in the nation." Alaska, which has a $30 billion oil-wealth savings account, is in better financial shape than most U.S. states. But the jet purchase has been cited as one reason for the former banker's low approval ratings. Polls show him to be the nation's second-most-unpopular governor, topped only by Ohio Republican Gov. Robert Taft. "Bald Ego" was the winner in a name-the-jet contest held by an Anchorage radio station. Runners-up included "Murky's Turkey" and, in a reference to the governor's complaints about the lack of a bathroom on the turboprop, "Incontinental Airlines." Elected governor in 2002, Murkowski served as U.S. Senator from Alaska from 1981 until 2003. Love Is The CornerStone Holding All Joy...^i^ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/suijuriscourtangels/ Blessings Of Love...Birdman^i^