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TLC and Ann Coulter Help to Highlight Sarah Palin’s True Character

This week former VP candidate Sarah Palin’s eight episode campaign commercial series on TLC will come to end. The two hour finale is set for Sunday evening and should tie up any loose ends as to what we know about Sarah Palin.

There’s been a lot of commentary and discussion in the political and entertainment world as to just how well Sarah Palin presented herself to America with this experiment. Most have come to the conclusion that Sarah did a great job of showcasing who she is and it turns out she’s nothing like she’s presented herself over the last several years both to Alaskans and those in the lower 48.


Hunter becomes the hunted as Palin critics say she can’t shoot:

Not only did this week’s show portray field-sports in an ugly light, say critics; it also fuelled scepticism about whether she actually knows one end of a rifle from another.

Ms Palin took no fewer than five shots to hit the beast which wandered on to the hillside where she was eating blueberries with her 72-year-old father, Chuck Snr. However it was her lousy field-craft, rather than wonky shooting, which raised the most questions about whether she really ought to call herself a “lifelong hunter”.

The Conservative blogosphere, usually a forum for cheerleading on behalf the Palin cause, was awash yesterday with suggestions that her outdoorsy image is an elaborate charade.

“I turned on Sarah Palin’s Alaska and she just shot four maybe even five times at a caribou and missed,” noted a typical comment on the Fox News host Sean Hannity’s website. “Needless to say I’m not impressed with her ability to handle a firearm let alone aim it and hit.”

Among the basic items of protocol blithely ignored by Palin as she set off into the wilderness in a Rambo-style headband was her failure to take practice shots, or check the sights of the rifle, which duly turned out to be off-kilter. She failed to carry her own weapon, relying on her elderly father and his companion, Steve, to lug it around. When a beast eventually wandered into range, Ms Palin left Chuck Snr to load the rifle, and discharge spent bullet casings.



“What a joke,” wrote one viewer on Palin’s Facebook page. “I was a fan before the show. No one who is a true hunter lets others carry their rifle or can’t load their own shells. Sarah, you are a phony.”

The Awl, a website which collated reactions to the episode, noted that, while being passed the firearm, Ms Palin immediately moved her finger inside its trigger guard, a breach of basic safety rules. After missing the caribou several times, she then appeared to panic and shot at the beast while it was still moving, a technique usually avoided by all but the very best marksmen.

On leaving her hunting camp one morning, Ms Palin pointed to the horizon and declared “Let’s go west.” There followed an awkward pause. “That’s east,” noted her father.

The cognoscenti was meanwhile perturbed that the fact that Palin seemed scared by her weapon, a small gun described by Chuck Snr as a “varmint rifle”. Several times during the episode, she anxiously asked: “Does it kick?”

Even Chuck Snr’s handling of his weapons drew criticism. “I was surprised to see him using the gun as a walking stick,” noted one user on the Free Republic website.

“I do like the woman but think she needs some serious range time. I had the impression it was her first time firing a rifle.”

What Palin’s show says about us

From the opening credits, Palin’s not actually leading, as the show’s stirring theme song (Follow Me There) suggests. Instead, she’s tucked far under the wings of professional guides, friends, or family members — in a curious subtext, almost all males.

They instruct and coddle her along, at one point literally hauling Palin uphill on the end of a rope. Even post-production editing can’t hide a glaring, city-slicker klutziness.

Most of the show’s escapades bear scant resemblance to the activities of most outdoors-oriented Alaskans. In fact, about half of the Palins’ “adventures” are guided trips aimed at mass-market tourists. You won’t find many Alaskans on those theme park rides, which require no skills beyond a pulse and the ability to open your wallet.

Of course, there are sequences that feature Palin tagging along with working Alaskans. However, posing for hands-on scenes guided by loggers or commercial fishermen (including her husband, who’s obviously a top notch outdoorsman) doesn’t help. Alaskans would be a lot more impressed if she proved she could gut a caribou or set a gill net on her own — skills at which many bush-wise Alaskan women excel — and still keep those immaculately manicured French nails intact.

The caribou hunt episode provides a centerpiece of the series’ excesses, as well as Palin’s ineptitude. According to script, it’s Palin’s turn to replenish the family’s dwindling freezer with wild meat — from an Alaska point of view, all good. But the logistics of the trip defy common sense. Instead of hunting within reasonable distance of home, her party flies 600-plus miles to a remote camp in multiple chartered aircraft. This isn’t subsistence but the sort of experiential safari popular among high-end, non-resident sport hunters. For all that, Palin ends up with a skinny juvenile cow caribou. Boned out, we’re talking maybe 100 pounds of meat, at a staggering cost per pound.

Faced with that hapless animal, this darling of Second Amendment supporters nervously asks her dad whether the small-caliber rifle kicks. Then, even more astoundingly, her father repeatedly works the bolt and loads for her as she misses shot after shot before scoring a kill on the seventh round — enough bullets for a decent hunter to take down at least five animals. (Given Palin’s infamous tweet “Don’t retreat, reload,” we can infer she plans to keep her dad close by.) Later, Palin blames the scope, but any marksman would recognize the flinching, the unsteady aim and poor shot selection — and the glaring ethical fault of both shooter and gun owner if the rifle wasn’t properly sighted. Instead of some frontier passion play, we’re rendered a dark comedy of errors.

When Sarah Palin took us on a hunting/camping trip with her dad Chuck Heath on the latest episode of Sarah Palin’s Alaska, she said hunting was necessary to “fill her freezer!”:

“For many people in remote areas of Alaska, there’s no grocery store nearby, we just got to get out and hunt,” enthused Sarah.

HollywoodLife.com researched the logistics and cost of Palin’s hunting trip which resulted in a bagged caribou, and discovered that it was a mighty expensive way to feed the Palin family, at $42,400 for the trip.

The grand total to charter a Dehavilland Dash plane from Era Alaska to travel round trip from Wasilla’s Palmer airport to Deadhorse, Alaska was $37,600. In Deadhorse, the Palins switched to a 6 seat Cessna C207 Skywagon which they flew into the Kavik River Camp, at $1200 for the round trip, according to Lori Goodman, director of sales and marketing of Era Alaska, the company which chartered the planes for the Palins. Once in Kavik, the Palins spent two nights at the Kavik River Camp at $250 a person per night, for a $750 total.

Finally, the Deltana Outfitters flew them individually on a Piper Supercub airplane from Kavik into their hunting spot at a cost of $350 per hour for three hours each way, for a total of $2100, according to Deltana.

The grand Palin total to bag a caribou and get it back to the Palin homestead added up to $42,400, or $141.33 per lb. of caribou meat. Sarah shot and killed a female cow which may have weighed up to 300 lbs.

Just to put this is perspective, the Palins could have filled their freezer with ribeye steak at $10.99 a lb. from Alaska’s Mr. Prime Beef, which is based in Anchorage and ships anywhere in the state.

She Can’t Fish Or Shoot A Gun, Ctd

Sarah Palin’s attempt to cast herself as a true Alaskan, in love with the outdoors, fishing, hunting, is, of course, a lie. Her first ever appearance in the Alaskan press, long before she was governor or even Mayor, was in the Anchorage Daily News. It tells you all you need to know about a woman who wanted to be a beauty queen rather than the wife of a fisherman in the boondocks:

    Sarah Palin, a commercial fisherman from Wasilla, told her husband on Tuesday she was driving to Anchorage to shop at Costco. Instead, she headed straight for Ivana. And there, at J.C. Penney’s cosmetic department, was Ivana, the former Mrs. Donald Trump, sitting at a table next to a photograph of herself. She wore a light-colored pantsuit and pink fingernail polish. Her blonde hair was coiffed in a bouffant French twist. ”We want to see Ivana,” said Palin, who admittedly smells like salmon for a large part of the summer, ”because we are so desperate in Alaska for any semblance of glamour and culture.”

    Desperate for glamour and culture. That’s not exactly Palin’s message today, is it? But what she realized between then and now is that she could use Alaska as a means for her to gain “glamour and culture.” Notice how she admits she smells of salmon and wants to get past it to something Trump-like. Well, she has now, but only by exploiting the mythology of where she was born. How many beautiful clothes can she now buy with TLC’s moolah? More than she could steal from the RNC. Levi got her exactly:

“She says she goes hunting and lives off animal meat – I’ve never seen it,” said Mr Johnston, 19. “I’ve never seen her touch a fishing pole. “She had a gun in her bedroom and one day she asked me to show her how to shoot it. I asked her what kind of gun it was, and she said she didn’t know, because it was in a box under her bed.”

Levi’s Vindication: The Self-Exposure Of Sarah Palin

From the opening credits, Palin’s not actually leading, as the show’s stirring theme song (Follow Me There) suggests. Instead, she’s tucked far under the wings of professional guides, friends, or family members — in a curious subtext, almost all males.

They instruct and coddle her along, at one point literally hauling Palin uphill on the end of a rope. Even post-production editing can’t hide a glaring, city-slicker klutziness.

Sarah Palin Breaks the Law and Has No Common Sense

In Sarah Palin’s Alaska, her TLC TV show, the children are clearly unrestrained in moving vehicles — in clear noncompliance with the statutes of the state of Alaska. The reality of her show is that Sarah Palin is a lawbreaker. What she so contemptuously shows is that she and her family are above the law. She has demonstrated values that are illegal, nonsensical and reckless.

Alaska law says that a driver may not transport children under 16 in a motor vehicle unless the child is properly secured according to state child passenger safety law. Children who are not yet one year old or who do not yet weigh 20 lbs must be properly secured in a federally approved rear-facing car seat.

It is quite clear that from 4.12 onwards that Piper is jumping up and down in the RV while the vehicle is in motion, so she cannot be safely belted up. From 11.07 Trig is also seen standing on the sofa seat without a seatbelt.

There is no doubt that Palin has disregarded state law — and it is a primary offense. Glaringly, arrogantly, and unapologetically. She can argue, if she wants, that seat belt laws are burdensome and intrusive — but maybe she should have changed the laws before she quit as governor! Aren’t commonsense conservatives all about the rule of law? Does this mean because I don’t like speed limits I can do 125 mph in school zones? Or I won’t pay taxes because I don’t support endless wars?

As far as I am concerned she has been caught red handed. But it’s not the first time. Fellow reader, mxm, pulled this little excerpt from the September 7, 2008 edition of the Washington Post:

    WASILLA, Alaska — One Friday in June, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joined the chief of the state prison system on a tour of the Point MacKenzie Correctional Farm, a 90-minute drive north of Anchorage. It was a routine visit but for the presence of the governor’s infant son, Trig.

    Palin held her baby in her arms as the warden drove a short distance around the facility, said corrections director Joe Schmidt, who sat next to Palin. A few days later, the governor got a warning from her public safety commissioner that someone had complained that she did not strap Trig into a car seat for the ride.
    Palin dismissed the complaint as petty, and the commissioner, whom she appointed, took no formal action. But the incident shows the degree to which family and politics are bound together in Palin’s career.

So we come to conclusion that Sarah Palin’s show doesn’t necessarily show her behaving in the manner of an experienced fisher, hunter, hiker or grizzly-mama or even law abiding citizen but instead as someone who’s rather uncomfortable in those settings, nor does it appear much experience. Wasn’t a surprise here, but anyway……now others know too. But we also have other ways to judge Mrs. Palin’s true character and cojones. Does she really walk the walk of not only a special need’s mother but also that of an advocate for those with special needs?

An issue that has been recently overlooked is that another conservative commentator has publicly used the word retard to criticize a reporter they disagreed with this past week. The GOP’s own verbal agitator Ann Coulter posted the insult Dec 30th on her twitter while encouraging people to watch Republican Christopher Barron be interviewed by a “retarded” MSNBC host.

“Great video: head of GOProud interviewed by retarded person on MSNBC,” Coulter wrote, providing a link to this interview, in which Barron of Republican gay rights group GOProud defends the group’s conservative credentials to Cenk Uygur, after invitees of the Conservative Political Action Conference boycotted the event over the inclusion of Barron’s organization.

As Business Insider points out, Coulter’s use of the “r-word” — which she leveled at Uygur after he questioned Barron’s decision to identify as Republican — may put former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whose youngest child, Trig, has Down Syndrome, in a tight spot.

Palin called for Rahm Emanuel to be fired earlier this year after he addressed a group of people as “f*cking retards.”

“I would ask the president to show decency in this process by eliminating one member of that inner circle, Mr. Rahm Emanuel, and not allow Rahm’s continued indecent tactics to cloud efforts,” Palin said.

Following Rahm’s comment, Rush Limbaugh also fired off an attack using the word, an action that earned him a (much less passionate) rebuke.

Yet so far not a word from Mrs. Sarah Palin. Wasn’t even mentioned during her recent radio spot on Laura Ingraham’s radio show. Not a word. Laura didn’t ask and Sarah didn’t bring it up. Wonder why?

Can we assume that Palin hasn’t heard about this?

Or do we assume that again Sarah Palin only has criticisms for those on the other side?

Should we assume that Sarah Palin might be afraid to counter someone like Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter because she’s afraid of their power?

Should we assume that Sarah Palin thinks Ann Coulter used this word as satire, therefore making it ok by Sarah’s standards?

What about when she criticized Down Syndrome actress Andrea Friedman’s portrayal of an independent woman with Down Syndrome on the show The Family Guy?

Was that only because her character’s mother was also portrayed as the Governor of Alaska so Sarah thought they were really making fun of her?

Why does Ann Coulter get pass?

Why does Sarah Palin talk about the joy of having Trig, but never what it is like to raise him?

Just what does it take to raise a special needs child Sarah?

Does she know?

Why does Rush Limbaugh get a pass?

Why was it so easy for Sarah Palin to leave town for five days immediately after Trig had surgery?
That she has gone so far as to use and thereby abuse a child with Down Syndrome whose interests are clearly in seclusion, careful nurturing and care, and constant parental attention, tells you a huge amount. So does this:

    Her young son, Trig, was to have an operation — routine but still worrisome — on the Friday before [mid-term] Election Day, and so the mother was loath to commit to anything. Trig’s procedure went well. That evening, Palin’s political adviser, Andrew Davis, pulled an all-nighter arranging for her to make a Saturday drop-in on behalf of John Raese, the West Virginia senatorial candidate who was trailing the Democratic nominee, Joe Manchin, the popular governor. Raese’s wife, Elizabeth, had issued a personal plea to Palin to save the day.

Yes, she left her two-year-old with Down Syndrome after a “worrisome” operation to campaign half the world away the next day, to save a far right candidate who lost. But she didn’t leave Trig behind on a late-night stop in her red-state tour to promote her last book.

Why is Sarah Silent on this?


Liar Liar Alaskan GOP Candidate Joe Miller’s Pants are on Fire

It’s bad enough Joe Miller has been is arrogant enough to post on Twitter things like needing to buy furniture for his new senate office, as if he has already won the job of Senator from Alaska but now we find out even more about Joe. Seems he has as questionable a record as that of former Governor and VP candidate Sarah Palin and the other less than truthful candidates Mrs. Palin has endorsed.

From The AP:

Statements from Miller’s Twitter feed late Wednesday, when he was in Washington, D.C. fundraising, said he thinks he’ll “do some house hunting.” He also says he figures he should pick out office furniture and expressed appreciation for the welcome he’d received – including from those he called future colleagues.The campaign of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski labeled this “hubris.” The tweets later disappeared. Miller spokesman Randy DeSoto said Thursday that they came from a volunteer who will no longer have access to the account. DeSoto said the tweets were deleted because the campaign considered them inappropriate.

Turns out that Joe isn’t just arrogant but seems he has a sketchy memory and trouble meeting deadlines as well. Joe could learn a thing or two about the Internet too, like once it is out there someone is going to make a copy.

For someone who thinks they’ve already been anointed with the title of Senator before the ballots have even been cast, you would think good ol’ Joe Miller would have followed the rules of the game.

From Think Progress:

Sarah Palin-backed Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller (R-AK), who defeated incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in the primary in August, skyrocketed to power partially by demanding more transparency and ethics in Washington. In his 12-point campaign promise, Miller says he will “end czar layer of government” that “clouds transparency in government.” Miller’s campaign endorsement page features Alaskans praising him for having higher ethics and a greater commitment to transparency.

However, ThinkProgress contacted the Senate Ethics Committee and the Senate Office of Public Records yesterday and discovered that Miller has not filed a personal finance disclosure as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, as required by law. According to Title I of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 and Senate Rule 41.1, candidates for U.S. Senate must file a disclosure form within 30 days of raising or spending $5,000. According to the Federal Elections Committee, Miller raised well over $5,000 as early as April of this year. Asked again today by ThinkProgress if Miller has filed his personal finance disclosure, or has contacted the Senate Office of Public Records with any request for an extension to file, a staffer with the Office responded:

“We haven’t received anything from him. He hasn’t sent us anything.”

According to law, “failure to file or report information required to be reported by section 102 of the Act may subject” Miller — a Yale Law School graduate — to a “civil penalty of not more than $50,000 and to disciplinary action by the Select Committee on Ethics and/or any other appropriate authority.” As of today, Miller is at least five months late with his disclosures.

Say it aint so Joe! For someone claiming higher ethnic standards and a commitment to transparency you’d thikn he’d actually behave ethically and file the necessary financial disclosure. Could it be that Joe doesn’t want us to know something about his finances? Or maybe where the money being filtered into his campaign is coming from?

Could this be what Joe Miller doesn’t want anyone else to see?

Lately, a lot of Alaskans have been in an uproar over Joe Miller fudging his finances in order to obtain indigent hunting and fishing permits for himself and his wife in 1995. Of course, your Legal Eagle is also upset that Joe the moose-poaching divorce lawyer either flat-out lied about his income to get a $5 hunting and fishing permit, OR that he was seriously disingenuous in his application.

Even if Mr. Miller complied with the letter of the law, he certainly did not comply with the spirit of it. I am also very curious as to how la familia Miller was able to qualify for a $92,000 mortgage in 1994, which is the same year that the Millers reported an income of less than $8,200.00 in order to get indigent hunting and fishing permits. The cost of these indigent permits? $5. For residents who didn’t meet the income guidelines, the cost was $55. For non-residents, the cost was $300.

However, I see a more serious issue, and one that is both a clear and obvious violation of the law. Joe Miller was not a resident of the State of Alaska when he applied for and received an indigent resident hunting permit. Let me break it down for you, Mudpuppies…

In Alaska, we take fish and game very seriously. In fact, we take it so seriously that we put it right in the Constitution:

“Wherever occurring in their natural state, fish, wildlife, and waters are reserved to the people for common use.” Article VII, Section 3, Alaska Constitution.

This makes Joe Miller’s actions all the more egregious.

Joe Miller’s first lie? Residency status (cost savings: $245). Joe Miller’s second lie? Income (cost savings: $50). Is this how Joe intends to balance the budget, by lying and cheating? He’s quite the fiscal conservative!

But Joe Miller’s campaign responded to the questions about his income and the licenses and were told this:

Miller campaign spokesman Randy Desoto said the family met the guidelines for the 1995 licenses. He said Miller had been a full-time law student at Yale on a merit scholarship the previous years and his wife was taking care of their children, with family expenses paid through loans.

But the Alaskan website Mudflats was able to confirm today that Joe Miller’s claims of attending Yale on a merit scholarship doesn’t quite pass the smell test either.

No word about how he managed to zip back and forth from Anchorage to New Haven, Connecticut while earning less than $8200 that year. But, we have to admit that that merit scholarship to Yale is pretty impressive. I guess they were just trying to explain that he didn’t have enough money for law school when he and his wife supposedly earned the right to apply for hunting/fishing licenses for the poor. Yale actually recognized the young man’s brilliance and potential and offered to pay for his law school education. Wow.

Only one problem.

Yale Law School does not offer merit-based scholarships.

Jan Conroy at Yale verified that this morning on the phone with Shannyn Moore, and also noted, “We live in interesting times.” Indeed.

No word yet from Joe but certainly all of these things are just an accident right? Oh wait, I know it isn’t by accident at all, Joe will just tell us it’s the lamestream media and we should just ignore the truth about his record, right?


In Sarah Palin’s America 1st Amendment Rights Only Apply to Sarah

Sarah Palin was a busy grizzly this past weekend. She’s still busy dragging TLC producers and cameramen all over HER Alaska, showing them all the great people and places. Eventually Palin and her entourage made their way to Homer, AK where Palin discovered a banner waiting for her and the crew that read ‘Worst Governor Ever’. Sarah as thin skinned as she is couldn’t just keep walking and ignore the whole thing, she just had to stop and confront the woman who had hung the sign.

As you’ll see and hear in the video below, the woman protesting Palin’s visit to her town is displeased that Sarah abandoned her state for the spotlight, paid speeches, reality shows and a gig on Fox News. You’ll also get a chance to see how well Sarah and Todd have raised their daughter Bristol, mother of Palin’s grandchildren. Bristol seems to have no problem being confrontational or sarcastic, while the resident of Homer shows nothing but respect.


In the world of Palin, calling them out for their behavior amounts to disrespecting Sarah, who still likes to refer to herself as Governor Palin even though she quit that position with less than 18 months of her term served before resigning for ‘the good of Alaska’.

But what is most damning and most obvious in this video is Sarah Palin’s obvious disdain and dismissal of teachers in our society. You see the woman hanging the sign Ms. Kathleen Gustafson was asked by Sarah Palin what she does for a living to which she responded, I’m a teacher. Sarah immediately rolls her eyes, makes a few different ‘faces’ and glances knowingly at Bristol as if to say well that explains it. Sarah doesn’t say anything, not what a selfless job you do, thanks for dedicating yourself to educating the children of Alaska, nothing.

Sarah and Bristol’s reaction is so full of ‘pity’ it appears to have left Ms. Gustafson feeling inadequate so she continues and says I have a few other jobs too and my husband is a commercial fisherman. To which Mrs. Palin responded enthusiastically with ‘ooooooh my husband is a commercial fisherman too so we probably have a lot in common. At that point Mrs. Palin realizes a bystander has been recording her with his cell phone, but it’s apparent from the video that Todd and the other males in Palin’s entourage were already aware he was filming. You see them repeatedly roaming back and forth, circling the group, cutting in front of Sarah to block the cameras view.

Todd Palin is in the orange hat, Ms. Gustafson is to the right

At one point you even see Todd circle around the group (he’s in the orange hat and snacking on something the entire time) walk right past Ms. Gustafson while proceeding to elbow her as he walks by.

This is a true display of Sarah Palin’s view of education and how she and her family live their ‘christian’ values. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth is literal with these people. The thuggery of the AIP is deep in Palin’s bones and those of many of their family members.

Once Sarah Palin realized this video had gone viral and has garnered more attention than any other Palin screw-up so far, she directed her Facebook ghostwriter, Rebecca Mansour to post a denial that she ever rolled her eyes. Of course as many know Palin’s father Chuck Heath and brother Chuck Jr are both teachers as her defense, but Sarah has told us in her own words her father was instrumental in teaching her to lie to get out of band practice which she explains on page 31 of Going Rogue.
There were practical benefits of having Dad coach, though. He knew how much I disliked playing in the pep band after a rough basketball game, but it was required of all band students that we play for the boys’ games following ours, so Dad would tape my fingers and I’d explain to the conductor that I needed to be excused yetagain from the flute section: “It’s those darn sprained fingers again, sir!”

So you see her father taught her how to lie and Sarah takes great pride in that moment. She has no problem doing it and no problem telling the entire world her father was the type of teacher that encouraged and accepted lying. doesn’t mean Sarah respects his job or that of his brother. In fact Sarah’s father also has a long collegiate record like his daughter. While it only took Sarah 5 colleges to earn a degree (one we’ve yet to see) in journalism, it took her father 10 colleges before finally graduating.

So see for yourself, did Sarah roll her eyes and glance at her daughter while doing it? Sarah’s still denying but video doesn’t lie, and video’s can be slowed down, etc. to catch every single movement. It’s clear she disrespected this woman and her profession and was more than happy to allow her daughter to act disrespectful to this woman as well.

Sarah’s Facebook Writer responded:
While filming the Alaska documentary in Homer, I had a brief discussion with a local lady who, in typical Alaska style, decided to give me her two cents worth about my political leanings, American politics in general, and much else besides. It’s what makes our politics so uniquely democratic: two people discussing the things they care about, even though they respectfully disagree about just about everything (you can watch a brief video of the encounter here).

The LSM has now decided to use this brief encounter for another one of their spin operations. They claim I – wait for it – “appear to roll my eyes” when the lady tells me she’s a teacher. Yes, it’s come to this: the media is now trying to turn my eyebrow movements into story lines. (Maybe that’s why Botox is all the rage – if you can’t move your eyebrows, your “eye rolling” can’t be misinterpreted!) If they had checked their facts first, they would have known that I come from a family of teachers; my grandparents were teachers, my father was a teacher, my brother is a teacher, my sister works in Special Needs classrooms, my aunt is a school nurse, my mom worked as a school secretary for much of her professional life, we all volunteer in classrooms, etc., etc., etc. Given that family history, how likely is it that I would “roll my eyes” at someone telling me that they too work in that honorable profession? Stay classy, LSM.

One good thing to come out of this little episode, though, is that it helps to remind people once again that Alaska is a great state full of independent-minded people. I look forward to introducing you to some of them in the forthcoming documentary series on life in Alaska! The show will remind you to get outdoors, breathe in God’s creation, and taste the freedom!
– Sarah Palin

As you can see Palin’s writer not only lied about Palin rolling her eyes she even goes as far as to lie about the exchange and what Ms. Gustafson was upset about. Not once did Gustafson say she disagrees with her political leanings, instead she told her she was disappointed she quit the job she promised to do all in search of fame and fortune. In Sarah Palin’s world, everyone else is to blame, but never Sarah, never. It’s Ms. Gustafon’s fault and the media’s fault for reporting on a story.

But with modern technology we can see the video again at a slower rate and clearly see she not only rolls her eyes, but gives Bristol a knowing look.

For Still photos from several frames of the video and more on the story vist HERE.


The latest Re-Mix of the Homer Video Show Sarah and Daughter Bristol in fine form and shows how closely Bristol was to this woman and although she flails her arms around Sarah does and says nothing to correct her daughter.


In a final act of disrespect while ‘fighting for our constitution’ Sarah Palin’s entourage tore down Mrs. Gustafson’s sign. Keep on fightin for those freedoms we all love Sarah. Keep on!


Is Sarah Palin still wearing the clothing paid for by RNC donors?

Over the weekend Sarah Palin made her way to Canada for another $100,000+ speech on behalf of Americans and of course Alaska. In fact this was just one more stop on the ‘Progressing Pocketbook Alaska Without The Need For A Title’ tour. Never mind it was pretty much the same old tired speech and talking points first written for her by the McCain team or that she’s done little to learn anything new.

While this was pretty much just another of the recycled canned campaign speeches, true to form Sarah needed to tell a little story about how she and the Canadians have a lot in common. In Ohio she and God had ‘writing notes on their hand’ in common, in Canada the commonality is that she too knows what socialist Canadian healthcare is like because her family took advantage of it when she was a child.

Palin remarked:

“My first five years of life we spent in Skagway, Alaska, right there by Whitehorse. Believe it or not – this was in the ’60s – we used to hustle on over the border for health care that we would receive in Whitehorse. I remember my brother, he burned his ankle in some little kid accident thing and my parents had to put him on a train and rush him over to Whitehorse and I think, isn’t that kind of ironic now. Zooming over the border, getting health care from Canada.”

While that statement alone is getting quite a bit of attention, it is also coming to light as it most often does shortly after a Palin speech that she told a different version of a previously told story. It seems to happen quite often with Palin. She no sooner uttered those words when…………………………

A few different older versions of that story quickly started to emerge.

First story:

In a 2007 report in the Skagway News, Palin said her family travelled south from the town by ferry to Juneau, Alaska, so that her brother could get treatment after burning his foot when jumping through a fire.

And from the Skagway News:

Her brother burned his foot badly jumping through a fire, and her mother had to take him down to Juneau on the ferry to the hospital. “All these years later, that’s still what people have to rely on here in some instances,” she said.

Enter Chuck Heath once again who is now trying to get his daughter out of hot water:

“There was no road out of there at that time,” said retired teacher Chuck Heath, reached by phone in Wasilla. “The ferry schedule was very erratic. We had no doctor in Skagway. The plane schedule was very erratic. The winds dictated whether the planes could come in or not.”

So Palin’ recollection of childhood events might not be so great. But one thing we can always count on Sarah Palin to provide us with is hypocrisy and stretching the truth. While railing against Healthcare for Americans as ‘socialist’ we discover that Sarah’s husband Todd and all of her children and grandchildren qualify for and take full advantage of free socialist healthcare since Mr. Todd Palin is 1/8th Yup’ik Eskimo.

Because Tripp’s grandfather Todd is descendant from the Yup’ik Eskimo, his children and grandchildren are registered with the Curyung Tribal Council, part of the Bristol Bay Native Association, and thus eligible for government-run health insurance through the Indian Health Service. All “lineal descendants” of Native enrollees are eligible for the program.

So, while everyone is focusing on her statement about her family traveling to Canada for medical treatment it appears the mainstream media and followers of all things Palin didn’t happen to notice what Mrs. Palin was wearing for her speech in Calgary.

If they had they might have recognized that the very outfit she was wearing is one that was bought and paid for by the RNC per the McCain campaign. She can be seen here in photos from a campaign stop in Lancaster, PA on Oct. 18, 2008. She is wearing the same outfit here that she wore for her speech just last week in Calgary.

But that can’t be because Sarah assured us during a campaign stop in Tampa in 2008 that she had no intention of even taking those clothes back to Alaska let alone keeping them or wearing them.

In 2008 Palin told the crowd in Tampa, FL after Elizabeth Hasselbeck defended Palin’s shopping spree while introducing her:

“This whole thing with the wardrobe, you know I have tried to just ignore it because it is so ridiculous, but I am glad now that Elisabeth brought it up, cause it gives me an opportunity without the filter of the media to get to tell you the whole clothes thing,” she said.

“Those clothes, they are not my property. Just like the lighting and the staging and everything else that the RNC purchased, I’m not taking them with me. I am back to wearing my own clothes from my favorite consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska. You’d think – not that I would even have to address the issue because, as Elisabeth is suggesting, the double standard here it’s – gosh, we don’t even want to waste our time.”

When someone from the RNC remarked a few months after the campaign had ended that not all of the clothing had been accounted for or returned but they were working on it. So again, Sarah enlists Dad to remind people that his daughter is just too honest to ever consider keeping those clothes.

“She was just frantically…trying to sort stuff out,” Heath said. “That’s the problem, you know, the kids lose underwear, and everything has to be accounted for”.

Ok so let’s for fairness sake give Sarah a pass and allow for the fact that she might have overlooked this particular outfit when returning things to the RNC. I’d think she’d recognize something that was purchased for her during that time, but I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt until digging for pictures from the campaign when I first recognized that outfit. I recognized it because I remembered seeing a photo of her showing off the jacket after the story came out that the RNC has purchased clothing for her and her whole brood.

Okay so I thought I’d give her a pass on one but while looking for photos of the jacket but then came across more pictures of her on the campaign trail with McCain in a sweater that seemed recently familiar to me. I was right. I’d seen Sarah in the same sweater when Sarah and her daughter Bristol went on the Oprah show in January via satellite from Mrs. Palin’s home. They discussed Bristol’s newly found celibacy and her vow to remain a born-again virgin until marriage, how hard it is to raise a child when your Mother is a millionaire and so on.

Many took note of Sarah’s hairstyle that day which was so different from her usual look that even Oprah had to remark on the style.

Maybe the hair was meant to keep us from noticing that she was wearing what appears to be another item purchased for her to wear while campaigning by the McCain campaign with funds from the Republican Committee. But no notice of her recycled outfit which photos show her wearing in Kansas City, Mo in a September 2008 campaign stop.

Most didn’t buy it when Palin said she’d returned the clothing at the end of the campaign as she originally stated, especially once her father tripped up and told the press that they were running around the house trying to find all the stuff. Sarah has yet to learn that her father should be banned from speaking with the press. Just say no comment Pops otherwise you leave Sarah looking like a liar. More damage control, then the spin from both Palin and the RNC that every single item had been returned and accounted for. To date the RNC has never publicly shared just what was purchased and what all was returned.

I knew when all the discussion of whether the clothing had been returned or not that this day would eventually come and after some time passed she’d feel safe trying to sneak them back into her own wardrobe. Sarah Palin’s is too easy to read and all too transparent in her behavior.

She’s proven to be a liar and someone very challenged by the truth of any kind. We also know the Palin’s have no problem taking full advantage of anything they can get their hands on and have no problem breaking the law or doing things ‘their way’ regardless of the consequences.

How many more re-emerging outfits paid for by hardworking donors to the RNC will we see Sarah parading around in? How many more canned speeches need to be debunked and fact checked before people stop paying this woman enormous amounts of money to tell lies and give speeches of absolutely no substance?

Unfortunately I think it will be quite some time since our media no longer seems to be about anything of substance and no longer employs real journalists?


Alaskans Crawling Out from Under Sarah Palin’s Rogue Bus

The Blackberry addict & former Palin aide John Bitney, host Shannyn Moore, the town crank Anne Kilkenny, and the effete young chap Andrew Halcro. Courtesy of Moore Up North

It has already been established and is well documented that former Alaska Governor and losing VP Candidate Sarah Palin has a very hard time telling the truth in her book Going Rogue.

While she’s running around the country lapping up the adoration of the teabagger crowd, many in Alaska are crawling out from under the bus, while many are still under the wheels.

Voices from the Flats – Palin Critic’s Attorney on Being “Named” in Going Rogue:

Sarah trashes Nick Carney (the Wasilla city councilman who recruited Sarah into politics), John Stein (Sarah’s predecessor as mayor of Wasilla), Anne Kilkenny (a Wasilla resident whose viral email educated the nation to Sarah’s lackluster record as mayor), an unnamed City of Wasilla librarian, Frank Murkowski (Sarah’s predecessor as Governor of Alaska), Gregg Renkes (Frank’s Attorney General), Lyda Green (the former President of the Alaska Senate), Hollis French (the chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the Alaska Senate), Steve Schmidt (John McCain’s campaign manager), an unnamed KTUU television cameraman, Walt Monegan (Sarah’s Commissioner of Public Safety), Randy Ruedrich (the chairman of the Alaska Republican Party with whom Sarah worked at the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission), Bill Allen (the corpulent head of the oil field services company VECO, a odious scum bag whose reputation as the bag man for Big Oil in the state capitol had been a matter of common knowledge in Alaska for a generation when Sarah went with her hand out to Bill for the campaign contributions she used to launch her statewide political career), Mike Wooten (Sarah’s ex-brother-in-law), unnamed executives of the Exxon-Mobil, British Petroleum, and Conoco-Phillips oil companies, Pete Rouse (a former Alaskan who was Senator Barack Obama’s chief of staff), Rahm Emanuel (President Barack Obama’s chief of staff), Kim Elton (a former member of the Alaska Senate who is Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s Special Assistant for Alaska), unnamed members of the McCain campaign staff who prepped Sarah for her television debate with Joe Biden, John Bitney (Governor Palin’s liaison to the Alaska Legislature), Levi Johnston (the hockey-playing, Playgirl modeling impregnator of Bristol Palin).

That’s not the complete list. There’s no index and I’m tired of typing.

Of all the individuals on the Going Rogue enemies list, the two firsts among equals are Andrew Halcro and Andree McLeod.

Halcro is a former Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives who ran as an independent candidate against Sarah Palin in the 2006 Alaska gubernatorial election. After the election he started a website that he used to become one of Governor Palin’s most articulate and factually well-informed critics.

It was Andrew Halcro who broke the story that Governor Palin had fired Walt Monegan, her Commissioner of Public Safety, because Walt had refused to fire Mike Wooten, Sarah’s ex-brother-in-law, from his union job as an Alaska State Trooper. That news led to the Troopergate investigation of Sarah (and Todd) Palin’s misuse of the Office of the Governor. In the Troopergate report that Sarah touts as clearing her of wrong-doing, the investigator, a former prosecutor with whom (unlike the Legislature’s investigator) Sarah cooperated, implies that during his investigation either Walt Monegan committed criminal perjury or Sarah Palin committed criminal perjury. But the Legislature had no stomach during the remainder of Sarah’s tenure as Governor to determine whether she was the felon.

In Going Rogue Sarah describes Andrew Halcro as “a wealthy, effete young chap who had taken over his father’s local Avis Rent A Car, and he starred in his own car commercial. He would go on to host a short-lived local radio show while blogging throughout the day, all of which were major steps up from a previous job as our limo driver at Todd’s cousin’s wedding.”

Andree McLeod is where I come in.

Short, smart, politically committed, and tenaciously energetic, Andree McLeod is a Republican political activist of Armenian heritage who had once been a personal friend of Sarah Palin’s, who Sarah had endorsed when Andree ran in the Republican primary for a seat in the Alaska House of Representatives.

When I went to her home in east Anchorage to have my cup of coffee I found Andree sitting at her dining room table surrounded by two-foot-high stacks of paper print-outs of several thousand emails that the Office of the Governor had given to her in July in response to a request she had filed in June pursuant to the Alaska Public Records Act. The request had asked for emails that had been sent to or received by employees of the Office of the Governor who Andree suspected had been engaging in partisan – i.e., Alaska Republican Party – political activities during their public employee workdays. Andree submitted her public records request three months before anyone other than those of us in Alaska had ever heard of Sarah Palin.

The reason I had been invited to meet with Andree was that one of the things she had discovered by reading the emails was that when Governor Palin assumed office she had set up a private back-channel email system so that she and her senior staff could communicate with each other about state business without the content of their communications being “captured” by State of Alaska computer servers, and hence being available for public inspection pursuant to the Alaska Public Records Act. The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other national media would later report that story. To read more visit Alaskan site The Mudflats.

The month after the McCain-Palin ticket lost the presidential election, again representing Andree McLeod, on December 8, 2008 I filed a second lawsuit against Governor Palin when a further review of the emails that Andree had been given revealed that the Office of the Governor had given to Todd Palin, a private citizen who was an employee of British Petroleum, copies of emails that it was withholding from public inspection on the ground of deliberative process privilege.

That litigation is ongoing. The legal questions of first impression that they present for decision are important enough that my expectation is that both lawsuits will end up in the Alaska Supreme Court.

What does any of that have to do with me and Going Rogue?

Prior to me agreeing to represent her in the two lawsuits above-described, Andree McLeod had begun filing what became a series of complaints against Sarah Palin with the State Personnel Board that alleged ethical transgressions unrelated to the lawsuits. Other Alaskans did the same thing. According to Going Rogue, those ethics complaints have driven Sarah Palin flat-out full-crank nuts.

After trashing Andree McLeod at page 354 of Going Rogue Lynn Vincent aka Sarah Palin moves on to me. Here’s what Lynn and Sarah say:
We always suspected that someone was funding and directing Andree’s efforts. During the spring of 2009, she was actually still begging my administration for a job and led others to believe she hadn’t worked for a couple of years. Yet somehow she had enough time or money to turn harassment of the governor’s office into a full-time vocation. Over time, the wording of her ethics complaints became more and more sophisticated, and we later found out why: prominent liberal attorney Don Mitchell was advising her. As early as September 2008, weeks before the presidential election, Mitchell had already detailed the ethics attack strategy in an article in the Huffington Post. Later he sat with Andree as her counsel at one of her hearings.

I wish my late mother was still alive. Because I know how proud she would be that I made the Going Rogue enemies list and have been mentioned by name in a book whose first printing is 1.5 million copies. (Because he is not named, the mother of the KTUU cameraman who posed Sarah in front of the turkeys can take no such pride.)

But my number is listed in the Anchorage telephone book. If that failed, Lynn and Sarah could have googled “Donald Craig Mitchell.” And if that had failed, since Meg Stapleton, the increasingly strange combination of Sancho Panza and Odd Job who works for Sarah, and I have mutual friends, Meg could have found me quite easily.

Had Lynn Vincent, Sarah, or Meg called me before Lynn had finished writing Going Rogue, I would have told her that in a single paragraph Lynn/Sarah got almost every one of their facts about me, other than that I am an attorney, wrong.

While I probably once was, I haven’t been a “prominent” attorney in Alaska in years. While I am a registered Democrat, my personal politics are hardly “liberal.” To the extent anyone cares, I am a social libertarian who is an Eisenhower era deficit hawk who agrees with Teddy and Frank Roosevelt that the principal responsibility of government is to save capitalism from itself. And while during the presidential campaign several of my ‘Governor Girl Reports’ were posted by individuals other than me on the Huffington Post and Atlantic Monthly web sites, none of those musings “detailed an ethics attack strategy.”

But most importantly, not only have I never advised Andree regarding her ethics complaints, to the best of my recollection I have never read an Andree McLeod ethics complaint. Had Lynn, Sarah, or Meg called me, I also would have told them that neither Andree McLeod nor I have been paid a nickel by anyone for anything (although if I win either of my lawsuits I intend to send the Office of the Governor a bill for my attorneys fee, which under Alaska law I am permitted to do).

It is true, however, that, as Going Rogue reports, because she asked me to, I did accompany Andree to her interview with Tim Petumenos, the former prosecutor the State Personnel Board hired to investigate both the complaint Sarah filed against herself regarding the Troopergate affair and a complaint Andree filed against Sarah and Frank Bailey, Sarah’s Director of Boards and Commissions, for violating state civil service rules in order to give one of Sarah’s campaign supporters a job for which he was not qualified. Again to the best of my recollection, I have never read either complaint. And if he is asked, I think Tim will say that during his interview with Andree I pretty much just sat there.

It also is worth mentioning that the State Personnel Board found the ethics complaint that Andree McLeod filed against Frank Bailey meritorious.

Why should anyone care about any of that? The reason they should care is that if Lynn Vincent aka Sarah Palin got as many of the facts, asserted and implied, about me in Going Rogue as wrong as she did, what does that say about the validity of the many other, much more important, “facts” in Sarah’s book?

It’s fully fine by me that billions of federal tax dollars are being spent annually to invent an AIDS vaccine. But it is just as important to someday invent a Pinocchio serum.

If the world had one, before a faux celebrity like Sarah Palin writes a book, doctors from the CDC could roll up the celebrity’s sleeve and inject him or her with a jolt of the serum. And a serum also would have other important uses.

For example, on page 214 of Going Rogue Lynn Vincent reports that when the McCain campaign vetted Sarah, she confessed to Steve Schmidt, the manager of the campaign, that “the one skeleton I’d kept hidden in my closet” (my emphasis) was that she had gotten a D in a college course.

Had Sarah been shot up with Pinocchio serum prior to the vetting, the immediate growth of the length of her nose would have tipped off Schmidt that the more truthful answer to the one skeleton in the closet question would have been, as The National Enquirer subsequently reported with no push back from Team Sarah, “cuckolding Todd when he was working on the North Slope by hooking up with Brad Hanson, Todd’s business partner in the Polaris snow machine sales business Brad and Todd owned in Wasilla.”

The Anchorage Daily News Reports today that one former Palin aide isn’t too happy about being referred to as a Blackberry Video Game Junkie who can’t seem to keep food off of his tie.

Portrayal in Palin book irritates former aide:

Former Gov. Sarah Palin’s book, “Going Rogue,” blames her first legislative director for moves early in her term that helped poison her relationship with state lawmakers. But the ex-aide, John Bitney, calls Palin’s account a fabrication and said he wishes his former boss would leave him alone.

“I’m just pilloried right and left and turned into the big bad wolf here for stuff I didn’t do,” said Bitney, who is now an aide to Valdez Republican Rep. John Harris. “It’s like I’m this fictional character that she’s decided to make me out to be this sort of incompetent slob.”

Palin’s lawyer, Tom Van Flein, responded in an e-mail that Bitney and others have been talking about “their perceptions of, and distortions about” Palin for more than a year, since after she was chosen as Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential running mate.

” ‘Going Rogue’ is Sarah Palin’s book to set the record straight. It is her right to speak about the events that occurred in her administration and neither Mr. Bitney nor anyone else has the right to stifle that speech,” Van Flein said. “The statements in ‘Going Rogue’ speak for themselves, and it is Sarah Palin’s turn to get the truth out there after a year of misrepresentations, half-truths and dissembling by her critics.”

Palin’s writing about Bitney is her most detailed description yet of incidents that helped shape her relationship with legislators. Her bad blood with top legislators of both parties began not long after she took office. By last spring, relationships with many lawmakers from both parties had soured to the point that feuds with the governor overshadowed much of the other legislative business.

Bitney joins a list of people slammed in the book who are calling it fiction, including McCain’s former campaign manager, Steve Schmidt. Bitney, though, has a far deeper relationship with Palin than the others. He was a high school classmate of Palin’s from Wasilla who played a key role as an adviser in her successful 2006 campaign for governor.

Palin’s dealings with Bitney are described on several pages of her memoir, although he is never named and there are no details of his work on her 2006 campaign. Palin refers to him as “my first legislative director” and he comes in for some of the harshest criticism of anyone in the book. That includes observations on his personal grooming, such as, “He turned out to be a BlackBerry games addict who couldn’t seem to keep his lunch off his tie.” Later, in describing one encounter to discuss the budget, Palin writes, “The fact that his shirt was buttoned one button off and his shirt tail was poking through his open fly didn’t exactly inspire confidence.” But Palin’s larger point is that Bitney bungled her relationship with legislators.

Bitney is now swinging back hard at Palin, agreeing to appear over the weekend on a television show hosted by one of the former governor’s most vocal critics in Alaska, blogger Shannyn Moore. Bitney was on a panel of others slammed in “Going Rogue” that included Palin nemesis Andrew Halcro and Anne Kilkenney, who wrote a long e-mail critical of Palin’s leadership in Wasilla that was forwarded around the country during the presidential campaign last year.

Moore asked Bitney if Palin is sane. Bitney’s response: “Is a sociopath sane?”

‘ADULT IN THE HOUSE’
One turning point between Palin and Alaska lawmakers came in 2007 after her first legislative session. Legislators complained that Palin blindsided them with the scope of her budget vetoes and she rubbed it in by saying there had to be an “adult in the house.” Legislators saw it as a slap in the face and the remark was not forgotten.

Palin writes that it was Bitney who advised her to tell lawmakers that they were in need of adult supervision. In fact, she writes, he told her, “Trust me, I know this stuff, they want to hear it.”

Palin writes that she followed his advice and had a “come-to-Jesus meeting” with legislators. But, as it turned out, that’s not what they wanted to hear. She writes that “when the fallout began after that meeting, I looked at the legislative director. He looked at the ground and shrugged as if to say ‘Wasn’t me.’ ”

Bitney said in an interview that he joked with Palin in her office about how there needs to be an adult in the room when it comes to the state budget, but he said he never advised the then-governor to say it to anyone. He said Palin then made the comment in an interview with the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial board — not in a “come-to-Jesus” meeting with legislators as she recounts in her book.

Bitney left the governor’s office in July 2007 in what Palin’s spokeswoman initially said was an “amicable” termination in which it was mutually agreed that he would leave his post for personal reasons. When reporters raised questions about it during the presidential campaign, the reason given by Palin’s office was “poor job performance.”

Bitney has told reporters he was fired after Palin was informed he was having an affair with the wife of a friend of Palin and her husband, Todd. Bitney, who has since married the woman, has said he was not forthcoming with Palin about it and understands why he had to go.

Palin’s only reference to that in her book is that “later we learned the legislative director had been too busy with his personal affairs to attend to much state business.”

‘LEAVE ME ALONE’
Bitney has influential defenders in the Legislature, including Sitka Republican Sen. Bert Stedman, who has been critical of Palin and said he won’t read her book because she is “entertainment and not news.” Stedman said Bitney is qualified and that he did a good job dealing with the Legislature for Palin. He said he told Bitney at one point to let him know if he was ever looking for a job.

Palin writes that she told Bitney to send a letter to legislators about what sort of spending she would approve but that he didn’t do it. She said he indicated lawmakers were fine with budget vetoes that were coming but it became clear otherwise when they howled about being blindsided. “It soon became obvious just how little the legislative director had done to inform the legislature this was coming,” she writes.

Bitney said it was another staffer in the governor’s office, not him, who was requested to send the letter. The letter asked legislators for suggestions on which of their projects to cut, Bitney said, and not surprisingly they did not rush to answer Palin.

Bitney said he did meet with the four co-chairs of the state House and Senate finance committees to tell them about the coming vetoes, and reported back to Palin that three of them felt that was her prerogative and only one became angry.

But Palin staffers had only identified about $100 million worth of cuts by that point, about half of the final total. Bitney said the following day was when his “troubles” with Palin began. He said he was pulled from the governor’s budget work, and fired soon after. In the meantime, he said, Palin staffers kept cutting beyond what he had told legislators but he didn’t have authority to talk to them about it.

Palin uses Bitney in the book to illustrate a point about government. Bitney had years of experience as a legislative staffer and lobbyist before joining her team. “So much for my idea that I needed to hire an ‘insider.’ Lesson learned,” she writes.

Bitney said he tried to be fair to Palin when national media kept “crawling up my backside” over the past year to interview him about her. But the book is too much, he said.

“I’ve had it. Enough. Just enough; leave me alone,” he said.

The Wealth Effet Young Chap Andrew Halcro’s take on his mention in Going Rogue.
Monday Comment: Digging Two Graves November 16, 2009:

On Friday after they received an advance copy of Sarah Palin’s new book, the Associated Press called me to get a response from the two hundred plus words that Alaska’s former 1/2 term governor dedicated to me.

My favorite passage as read to me by Rachel D’Oro at the AP was when Palin referred to me as an “effete chap.”

An effete chap? Who am I, Nick Carraway in the Great Gatsby?

And by the way, when did Palin start using 17th century Latin in her dialogue?

According to the brief excerpts I’ve heard, the book seems like it’s less about her and more about blaming everybody around her for all of her short comings. From her lack of intelligence to the word getting out about her pregnant daughter, no matter what the problem or criticism, it’s always somebody elses fault and never hers.

This in and of itself is rich in irony.

After all, how many real rogues complain about being hemmed in by the actions of others?

Isn’t that the antithesis of a rogue?

However, once the book is on the street beginning Tuesday, those throughout Palin’s 413 page pity party that suffer the wild blows of her imagination will come forward with guns blazing to refute the revisionist history Palin has penned.

From the brief passages that Palin has written about me in her book, the terms unmitigated lies, narcissistic delusions and libel came to mind first.

Obviously she never learned the timely Confucius warning:

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”

Beginning Tuesday…the people whom Palin has attacked in her book will start reaching for their own shovels.

After perusing the articles on Andrew’s site I would feel confident in my assessment of what really bugs Sarah about Andrew…………….he’s smart, does his homework, works hard and cares about Alaska.

Alaskan Radio Host Shannyn Moore recently begin filming her new show Moore Up Northabout political and state issues. Moore Up North was taped before a live audience at Bernie’s Bungalow Lounge in Anchorage. Last weeks guests included: Rick Steiner, Anne Kilkenny, Andrew Halcro and John Bitney. As expected they discussed the Sarah Palin they know.

View the rest of the segments Moore Up North here.


Going Rogue: The Reviews Keep Coming

The Oprah-Palin interview has aired and the web is on fire with the various reviews and discoveries from not only the interview but also from all the reviews of the excerpts that have been obtained by various sources.

Considering the amount of information out there it would take all night to put it into context so instead I’ll list several and you can choose which articles to review. I might add that some of what’s being reported and discussed today is pretty revealing and emotions are running high. I’ve gathered from several of the Alaskan blogs that have followed her career from day one that she might end up wishing she never, ever wrote this book.

We’ll have to wait and see what’s next.

Palin Lied To Oprah…Or Hannity

In out takes posted by Oprah today, Sarah Palin states she made the decision to run with Todd. It was a “mommy decision”…and she told her children after the she had decided to run.

While campaigning last year, Palin went in to great detail about polling her children and not asking Track…about the decision to run. She answers this question in the first minute.

Rogue Nuggets from the Pages of ‘Going Rogue.’ (must read post with several portion lifted from the book)

Well, thanks to my fairy godperson, I’ve landed the motherlode of Going Rogue pages, and have served you up a tasty breakfast smorgasbord of easily digestible Rogue nuggets. Let’s start with the most revolting quote:“There was a bright spot in Philly, and his name was Joe Lieberman.”

It will be hard to top that one.

But here, for your reading pleasure is some wonderful comment fodder from the pages of Going Rogue.

Page 76
Her friends threw her a baby shower for Piper at a shooting range, with a cake the shape of an airplane. Piper’s middle name is Indi for “Independence.” (AIP anyone?) Starts railing on Anne Kilkenny whose letter about Sarah Palin to her friends went viral on email and was posted at numerous sites on line. Calls her a “Birkenstock-and-granola Berkeley grad.” She was friends with the evil town librarian and the police chief with whom Palin was “mixing it up.”

Page 233
Says she wasn’t used to fancy hotel rooms (Fancy hotel room anyone?),but learned that Bristol’s pregnancy had been outed while she was brushing her teeth looking at the flat screen TV embedded in the bathroom mirror. If only she had been able to be up front about it from the start, but the McCain campaign botched it.

Repeats the lie that Barack Obama told the media to lay off his family and they “obeyed him”, but they trashed her family. In actuality, Obama had asked the media to lay off HER family.

Page 237
On this page, Wasilla mayoral rival John Stein gets slammed for telling Time Magazine that Palin sought to ban books in the Wasilla Library.

Unbelievably, she also asserts that in the media “It was one lie after another – from rape kits to Bridge to Nowhere. All easy enough to disprove if the press had done its job.” WOW. Blames the Alaska GOP and Randy Ruedrich for not correcting it. Yes, it’s her lie and she’s stickin’ with it. Fortunately it remains easy to fact check HERE and HERE. Slams media and bloggers for saying that if she couldn’t control her own daughter how could she be president, and saying that her philosophy about teaching abstinence was hypocritical, and didn’t work just because… it’s hypocritical and it doesn’t work.

Page 336
John McCain says he’s going to thank America. She says “I want to thank YOU!” He says, NO SPEECH. She finally gets that there will be no speech. Time to get on stage, but she’s not ready and doesn’t know where the giant entourage from all across Alaska is. She wants to go on stage with the whole family. She walks on stage with Todd and everyone she could find and the speech still in her hand. She wants five generations of her family there.

Aw, She Just Couldn’t Help Herself – Sarah does Oprah – Updated w/Levi Reax

On Oprah Sarah says that Levi lied when he said that he had lived at the Palin home with Bristol.
Tonight Levi holds his ground:

“That’s total bullsh*t. I did [live with the Palin family] for a few months, then we split up and that was it.”

He is currently gearing up for a custody battle. “I think this interview is really gonna kick up some things,” he says. “I don’t think she wanted to do that.”

I think Levi’s pissed . . .

FYI – Apparently, Levi didn’t go the full monty 😉

“Going Rogue”: Sarah Palin trashes Katie Couric on 8 full pages – and has something nice to say about Steve Schmidt! – UPDATE!

What an exciting day we had yesterday! The unexpected email from Christopher Goff, Senior Vice President at Harper Collins, made our day. Many things happened as a result: We made lots of new and important friends, received a large amount of new visitors and the blogsphere showed its muscles and closed ranks in solidarity (many thanks again to Andrew Sullivan, Wonkette and Buzzflash for linking to us). With the new attention we used the unexpected opportunity to get one of our most important messages across to a greatly enlarged audience: That Sarah Palin faked her pregnancy with Trig (it’s a FACT, in case you didn’t know yet).

Christopher Goff, can we get more emails from you, please?

Palingates and Linda Kellen Biegel’s blog “Celtic Diva” were singled out by Harper Collins- why? Other blogs and websites also published extensive excerpts of Sarah Palin’s “Book of Lies” – but did they receive a letter by our new friend Christopher Goff? Noooooooooo!

The investigative bloggers are “the” thorn in Sarah Palin’s side. We are not afraid of the Quitter Queen, and we are ready to expose her many lies – after all, the MSM has failed on many levels and has for example conveniently overlooked the fact that from an objective point of view, the facts regarding her pregnancy with Trig DO NOT ADD UP. They never have. Believe me: I would not be so stupid to write here as a FACT in public that Sarah Palin had faked her pregancy if I didn’t know with 100% certainty that it is indeed a FACT.

Mr Van Flein, do you hear me?

Palin Onstage, Still Moving Off Message

There were no questions about the Bush doctrine, but Sarah Palin’s appearance Monday on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to promote her memoir looked less like a celebratory comeback than a redo of the presidential campaign.

For all her aplomb and telegenic charm, Ms. Palin still had the hunted look and defensive crouch she wore in television interviews with Katie Couric and Charles Gibson last year. And it would seem that the pain of those tongue-tied encounters was not exorcised by writing “Going Rogue: An American Life,” a tell-all book that blamed the McCain staff for the way it “handled” her on the trail.

When Ms. Winfrey pressed Ms. Palin about why she would not mention the names of newspapers or magazines she read when Ms. Couric asked her to, Ms. Palin said she found the CBS anchor’s persistence “annoying.” Still looking annoyed, she recalled how she left a rally “pumped up” and aglow, only to pull back the curtain and discover Ms. Couric waiting with camera and crew, or as she put it sourly, “There’s the perky one again.”

Ms. Winfrey, who didn’t hide her surprise at Ms. Palin’s impolitic wording, came to Ms. Couric’s defense, noting, “You’re pretty perky too.”

“Going Rogue”: Sarah Palin mentions the “Trig Truthers”! How nice of her! Also: How Piper and her family were harrassed by evil reporters!

First, I would like to say a big “thank you” to “Gawker”, who linked to us today, as well as to the “Daily Kos”, who in a very informative diary post also included a link and even cited from our blogpost! It’s great to see solidarity in the blogsphere in this important and difficult fight.

Gawker also posted four scanned pages of “Going Rogue” – NAUGHTY! But then as we know, Christopher Goff from Harper Collins is only going after the non-commercial citizen blogs, not after the commercial blogs like Gawker and Wonkette who certainly would have some sharphish lawyers and large funds behind them. But maybe we also have some battle-hardened lawyers in the background, who would just be too happy to take on Sarah Palin – you never know…!

So – does Sarah Palin mention the Trig Truthers in her book “Going Rogue”?

Yes she does! Hurray

Palin to be Sued? with New Vids Update: Proof positive Palin Lied, on tape!

Sorry folks, another Sarah Palin diary.

Bear with me though, you won’t have seen a lot of this.

Some of it is funny, some of it will make you furious.

I’m not much of a writer, and this will probably be disjointed, I am doing my best to give you a clear picture of the current state of play.

Monday Comment: Digging Two Graves

On Friday after they received an advance copy of Sarah Palin’s new book, the Associated Press called me to get a response from the two hundred plus words that Alaska’s former 1/2 term governor dedicated to me.

My favorite passage as read to me by Rachel D’Oro at the AP was when Palin referred to me as an “effete chap.”

An effete chap? Who am I, Nick Carraway in the Great Gatsby? And by the way, when did Palin start using 17th century Latin in her dialogue?

According to the brief excerpts I’ve heard, the book seems like it’s less about her and more about blaming everybody around her for all of her short comings. From her lack of intelligence to the word getting out about her pregnant daughter, no matter what the problem or criticism, it’s always somebody elses fault and never hers.

This in and of itself is rich in irony. After all, how many real rogues complain about being hemmed in by the actions of others?

Isn’t that the antithesis of a rogue?

However, once the book is on the street beginning Tuesday, those throughout Palin’s 413 page pity party that suffer the wild blows of her imagination will come forward with guns blazing to refute the revisionist history Palin has penned.

From the brief passages that Palin has written about me in her book, the terms unmitigated lies, narcissistic delusions and libel came to mind first.

Obviously she never learned the timely Confucius warning:

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”

Beginning Tuesday…the people whom Palin has attacked in her book will start reaching for their own shovels.


Sarah Palin Weaves a Tangled Web with Going Rogue

Ouch!

The advance copies of Sarah Palin’s kind of autiobiography are turning out to unearth some real doozies for people that care about the truth.

The McCain camp is out Saturday morning with their opinion of the book; McCain Camp Book ‘Petty and Pathetic’.

And former McCain Campaign Manager Steve Schmidt had some choice words about Palin’s characterizations of those working in the campaign.

“It’s all fiction,” he said.

Former McCain strategist John Weaver slammed Palin for using the book for “petty and pathetic” score-settling.

“Sarah Palin reminds me of Jimmy Stewart in the movie ‘Harvey,’ complete with imaginary conversations. All books like these are revisionist and self-serving, by definition,” Weaver wrote in an email to POLITICO. “But the score-settling by someone who wants to be considered a serious national player is petty and pathetic.”

“The problem wasn’t who her interview was with, the problem was her interview,” he added. “Couric asked no trick questions. This just seems to be an attempt to obscure as bad a performance since Roger Mudd asked Ted Kennedy that simple question.”

The Swamp – Palin Unbottled

A good wrap up of the book that is described as one long complaint about the McCain campaign, and its staffers. After a strange diatribe about the campaign’s penchant for Atkins diet bars, she recounts the reaction to the infamous prank call from a fake President Nicholas Sarkozy. ”Right away, the phones started ringing. One of the first calls was [Steve] Schmidt, and the force of his screaming blew my hair back. “How can anyone be so stupid?! Why would the president of France call a vice presidential candidate a few days out?!” And here’s where it starts to get really interesting.

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Sarah Palin speaking to Oprah Winfrey

Previews of her upcoming Oprah November 16th interview haven’t been so well received either and seem to open up another can of worms when it comes to her recent feuding with the father of her grandchild Levi Johnston.

Johnston has recently claimed that Sarah Palin has been interfering with the arrangements he and Bristol have regarding visitation with his son which has made it difficult to see his son if she is involved. He also stated that Sarah Palin isn’t the person she pretends to be and that if need be to get his time with his son, he’ll tell all that he knows about Sarah and her behavior as governor.

Johnston has been in New York busy with his photo shoot for Playgirl and spending a lot of time doing interviews over the last two weeks, meeting with Donald Trump, receiving an unearned award and busy talking with Inside Edition.

Levi tells Inside Edition that Palin’s laugh at the beginning of Oprah’s question about him proves the answer that followed was untrue.

The New York Times Book Review:

All in all, Ms. Palin emerges from “Going Rogue” as an eager player in the blame game, thoroughly ungrateful toward the McCain campaign for putting her on the national stage. As for the McCain campaign, it often feels like a desperate and cynical operation, willing to make a risky Hail Mary pass in order to try to score a tactical win, instead of making a considered judgment as to who might be genuinely qualified to sit a heartbeat away from the Oval Office.

The Huffinton Post has also obtained e-mails from the McCain campaign both sent to and by Sarah Palin while Vice Presidential candidate. The e-mails further confirm that Sarah Palin has a real problem telling the truth.

The Associated Press has been busy fact checking some of Palin’s statements.
Here’s just a snippet of what they found so far: These are just a few of the inconsistencies, but you can follow the link to read the rest by following the link

Palin goes adrift, at times, on more contemporary issues, too. She criticizes President Barack Obama for pushing through a bailout package that actually was achieved by his Republican predecessor George W. Bush — a package she seemed to support at the time.

PALIN: Says she made frugality a point when traveling on state business as Alaska governor, asking “only” for reasonably priced rooms and not “often” going for the “high-end, robe-and-slippers” hotels.

THE FACTS: Although travel records indicate she usually opted for less-pricey hotels while governor, Palin and daughter Bristol stayed five days and four nights at the $707.29-per-night Essex House luxury hotel (robes and slippers come standard) overlooking New York City’s Central Park for a five-hour women’s leadership conference in October 2007. With air fare, the cost to Alaska was well over $3,000. Event organizers said Palin asked if she could bring her daughter. The governor billed her state more than $20,000 for her children’s travel, including to events where they had not been invited, and in some cases later amended expense reports to specify that they had been on official business.
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PALIN: Boasts that she ran her campaign for governor on small donations, mostly from first-time givers, and turned back large checks from big donors if her campaign perceived a conflict of interest.

THE FACTS: Of the roughly $1.3 million she raised for her primary and general election campaigns for governor, more than half came from people and political action committees giving at least $500, according to an AP analysis of her campaign finance reports. The maximum that individual donors could give was $1,000; $2,000 for a PAC. Of the rest, about $76,000 came from Republican Party committees.

She accepted $1,000 each from a state senator and his wife and $30 from a state representative in the weeks after the two Republican lawmakers’ offices were raided by the FBI as part of an investigation into a powerful Alaska oilfield services company. After AP reported those donations during the presidential campaign, she gave a comparative sum to charity.
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PALIN: Rails against taxpayer-financed bailouts, which she attributes to Obama. She recounts telling daughter Bristol that to succeed in business, “you’ll have to be brave enough to fail.”

THE FACTS: Palin is blurring the lines between Obama’s stimulus plan — a $787 billion package of tax cuts, state aid, social programs and government contracts — and the federal bailout that Republican presidential candidate John McCain voted for and President George W. Bush signed.

Palin’s views on bailouts appeared to evolve as McCain’s vice presidential running mate. In September 2008, she said “taxpayers cannot be looked to as the bailout, as the solution, to the problems on Wall Street.” A week later, she said “ultimately what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy.”

During the vice presidential debate in October, Palin praised McCain for being “instrumental in bringing folks together” to pass the $700 billion bailout. After that, she said “it is a time of crisis and government did have to step in.”
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PALIN: Says Ronald Reagan faced an even worse recession than the one that appears to be ending now, and “showed us how to get out of one. If you want real job growth, cut capital gains taxes and slay the death tax once and for all.”

THE FACTS: The estate tax, which some call the death tax, was not repealed under Reagan and capital gains taxes are lower now than when Reagan was president. Economists overwhelmingly say the current recession is far worse. The recession Reagan faced lasted for 16 months; this one is in its 23rd month. The recession of the early 1980s did not have a financial meltdown. Unemployment peaked at 10.8 percent, worse than the October 2009 high of 10.2 percent, but the jobless rate is still expected to climb.
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PALIN: She says her team overseeing the development of a natural gas pipeline set up an open, competitive bidding process that allowed any company to compete for the right to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48.

THE FACTS: Palin characterized the pipeline deal the same way before an AP investigation found her team crafted terms that favored only a few independent pipeline companies and ultimately benefited a company with ties to her administration, TransCanada Corp. Despite promises and legal guidance not to talk directly with potential bidders during the process, Palin had meetings or phone calls with nearly every major candidate, including TransCanada.
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PALIN: Writes about a city councilman in Wasilla, Alaska, who owned a garbage truck company and tried to push through an ordinance requiring residents of new subdivisions to pay for trash removal instead of taking it to the dump for free — this to illustrate conflicts of interest she stood against as a public servant.

THE FACTS: As Wasilla mayor, Palin pressed for a special zoning exception so she could sell her family’s $327,000 house, then did not keep a promise to remove a potential fire hazard on the property.

She asked the city council to loosen rules for snow machine races when she and her husband owned a snow machine store, and cast a tie-breaking vote to exempt taxes on aircraft when her father-in-law owned one. But she stepped away from the table in 1997 when the council considered a grant for the Iron Dog snow machine race in which her husband competes.
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PALIN: Welcomes last year’s Supreme Court decision deciding punitive damages for victims of the nation’s largest oil spill tragedy, the Exxon Valdez disaster, stating it had taken 20 years to achieve victory. As governor, she says, she’d had the state argue in favor of the victims, and she says the court’s ruling went “in favor of the people.” Finally, she writes, Alaskans could recover some of their losses.

THE FACTS: That response is at odds with her reaction at the time to the ruling, which resolved the long-running case by reducing punitive damages for victims to $500 million from $2.5 billion. Environmentalists and plaintiffs’ lawyers decried the ruling as a slap at the victims and Palin herself said she was “extremely disappointed.” She said the justices had gutted a jury decision favoring higher damage awards, the Anchorage Daily News reported. “It’s tragic that so many Alaska fishermen and their families have had their lives put on hold waiting for this decision,” she said, noting many had died “while waiting for justice.”
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PALIN: Describing her resistance to federal stimulus money, Palin describes Alaska as a practical, libertarian haven of independent Americans who don’t want “help” from government busybodies.

THE FACTS: Alaska is also one of the states most dependent on federal subsidies, receiving much more assistance from Washington than it pays in federal taxes. A study for the nonpartisan Tax Foundation found that in 2005, the state received $1.84 for every dollar it sent to Washington.

Reports are also coming out now that Palin’s co-author has written some pretty offensive things in the past as well.

Then we have author Geoffery Dunne’s take on Palin’s book and it isn’t any prettier. Dunne is also in the process of completing a book on Sarah Palin’s life and has been spending a lot of time in Alaska. This again is only a portion of what he found. Follow the link to see other finds.

The Cover Byline: Palin didn’t write the book by herself. Most books with known ghostwriters list their co-author’s name on the cover. In this case it was Lynn Vincent (a well-known homophobe). Going Rogue does not.

Going Rogue features Palin’s obsession with Katie Couric and characterizes the CBS anchor as “badgering.” Palin refused to prep for the Couric interview because she was more concerned about her popularity in Alaska than about what was best for the campaign. Was it really badgering to ask what books or periodicals Palin read? Palin further claims that Couric suffered from low self-esteem. In fact, according to those close to Palin, it’s the former governor who suffers from low self-esteem and frequently projects that onto other women.

Palin asserts that there was a “jaded aura” around McCain’s political advisors once she entered the campaign. In fact, McCain’s aides bent over backwards to protect Palin and to try to get her up to speed on international affairs. In addition to not knowing whether or not Africa was a continent, according to sources in the McCain campaign, Palin also didn’t understand the difference between England and Great Britain. And much, much more.

Palin contends to have been saddled with legal bills of more than $500,000 resulting from what she calls “frivolous” ethics complaints filed against her. The lion’s share of those bills resulted from the ethics complaint she filed against herself in a legal maneuver to sidestep the Troopergate charges being brought against her by the bipartisan Alaska Legislative Council.

Palin rather astonishingly claims that she was saddled with $50,000 in bills for the legal fees associated with her vice-presidential vetting. A) She was not vetted; B) A McCain campaign advisor says this is “categorically untrue.”

Palin states that she found out only “minutes” before John McCain’s concession speech that she would not be allowed to make remarks of her own introducing McCain. In fact, she had been told at least three times that she would not be allowed to give the speech and kept lying about it in the hopes of creating some last-minute chaos that would allow her to assume the dais.

Palin asserts that her effort to award a license for a natural gas transmission line was turning a “pipe dream” into a pipeline. Although she claimed otherwise in her speech at the GOP convention, there is no pipeline. It remains a pipe dream.

And that’s just for starters.

Andrew Sullivan has learned from excerpts in the book that Sarah Palin was obsessed with his blog the Daily Dish and wanted to sue him for some of his posts regarding her fifth pregnancy and the birth of her son Trig. Palin’s obsession with Sullivan and his blog was reported first here.

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Sarah Palin speaks to Barbara Walters

Ms. Palin was particularly angry at bloggers and the media, associates said, for speculation that her baby Trig was really the child of Bristol, her daughter.

At one point, according to people familiar with the discussions, Ms. Palin considered pursuing a libel suit against at least one blogger, the Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan. Ms. Palin decided against such a move because of the publicity it would bring.

Mr. Sullivan, in response, said asking “factually verifiable questions is obviously not libel.”

A spokeswoman for Ms. Palin didn’t respond to email requests seeking comment.

We also have a preview of her previously recorded interviews with Barbara Walters that will air next week as she kicks off her book tour. One has to ask why a woman who repeatedly asked the media to leaver her children alone and only focus on her, then why are two of the children sitting right beside her during the interview?

The interviews with Barbara and Oprah are the only mainstream interviews that Palin will be doing on the book tour. All others that she will be interviewing with like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, BFF Greta Van Susteren, Bill O’Reilly and the like won’t challenge her or discuss subjects they know she’s weak on. Do you think we’ll see Piper or Willow sitting beside her for those interviews?

Did Sarah Palin bring those girls to sit front row at Oprah and right next to her on the couch with Barbara to stave off any serious discussions are personal questions?

Was Sarah dishonest in her answer to Barbara Walters when Barbara asked if Sarah Palin and her husband Todd knew that Bristol was sexually active before she informed then she was pregnant?

Could it have something to do with this post Just a Hunch on Romney and Palin: Is there a Trig Truther Story on The Horizon? at the right wing blog It’s a Kwazy Life

Is this why someone who obviously still considers themself to be a serious contender of the political world bring their young children to interviews, pretty them up and then sit them on the couch right next to you?

Meanwhile those is Alaska have also been busy pouring over Palin’s book Going Rogue and verifying her claims and statements from the book.

Blue Oasis – Has an analysis of how the books Sarah from Alaska, The Persecution of Sarah Palin, and Going Rogue handle the topic of the ethics complaints filed against her, the state records requests, and her tangle with the Alaska Public Offices Commission – No titilating gossip, but instead issues that matter a whole lot more. There’s no one better than Linda Kellen Biegel, former AK state employee at picking apart the details and giving a great analysis of this tangled mess.

Shannyn Moore: Just a Girl from Homer – One of the plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case, she notes, “So Sarah was against the decision before she couldn’t remember it before she was for it. And now, courtesy of Going Rogue, Sarah Palin manages to insult and injure Alaskans who will never be made whole with yet another one of her documented lies.” Videos included.

The Anchorage Daily News – Too many out there are watching and waiting for Palin’s emails that were requested via state records requests, to be revealed. The law is clear, and the state is breaking it – over, and over, and over. Palin is gone but now the big mess she left has been dumped squarely in the lap of the next administration who continues to stall. Paul Jenkins speculates that “enterprising young lawyers will have to haul the state into court for failure to obey its own law.”

While we can’t feel very confident in much of what Sarah Palin and her ghostwriter present as fact in her autobiography Going Rogue, one thing we can be sure of…………….the next week will be a crazy one. Sarah’s book comes out with Levi’s photo spread coming out the same day, while Howard Stern, Joy Behart and John Stewart court Levi to visit their shows. Sarah is already on her facebook page complaining

We’ve heard 11 writers are engaged in this opposition research, er, “fact checking” research! Imagine that – 11 AP reporters dedicating time and resources to tearing up the book, instead of using the time and resources to “fact check” what’s going on with Sheik Mohammed’s trial, Pelosi’s health care takeover costs, Hasan’s associations, etc.


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