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Sarah Palin continues to profit along while Americans continue to sink

While Americans continue to struggle with unemployment, increased job losses, foreclosures and the like and those in D.C. spend their time battling over whether Americans deserve the same healthcare they need, Sarah Palin spent her week filling her pocketbook.

In spite of her repeated lies, falsehoods, ass-backward statements and obvious disdain for anyone not ‘like her’ many continue to cover for her and pay her $100,000+ to tell more of her lies, falsehoods and made up life history.

First we have Jay Leno allowing her to spend 20 mins complaining and whining about the constant media interest in her family. He also allowed her an attempt at stand up where she attempted to make jokes at other’s expense to show just how great she is and how all the negative attention she creates is everyone’s fault but hers.

If you watched the broadcast you probably thought, hmmm she’s seems to be well liked by the audience and drawing a lot of support and laughter for her comments. They was clapping and laughing after all so she must have pulled it off, hey?

Maybe not. Turns out someone in the audience has a completely different take on her appearance at Leno. It not only makes clear that she is no policy wonk; it also appears she wasn’t very welcomed by the audience. At least not as welcome as Leno and NBC wanted you to think.

Founder of Takebackthemedica.com and long-time sound engineer and award winner was in the audience that night. He has lived in Alaska and is no fan of Sarah Palin.

 He and his wife created the “Going Rouge: The Sarah Palin Rogue Coloring and Activity Book” but that doesn’t mean his version of the events shouldn’t be discounted or ignored:

I’ve dealt with sound engineering for 30 years, as a film maker, interviewer, musician, working with master reel to reel tapes/decks at EMS Music in Seattle in the 80’s as a sound duplication engineer, or setting sound levels for my and other bands in live situations at shows. I won a Hollywood award for animation in 2000. I know sound. And it’s my opinion that audio portions of Sarah Palin’s March 2nd appearance on Jay Leno’s Tonight show were added or amplified, edited before broadcast to make it appear that Sarah Palin was more welcome than she was.

I know. I was there.

They added laughter where there was none during uncomfortable portions. Well, there was some laughter. Mine, of derision. During those pregnant pauses in her performance I was laughing long and loud, couldn’t help myself as much of what she was saying was utterly surreal, ridiculous, hypocritical – nonsense, spewed platitudes, pushed buttons. I was seriously thinking of leaving as it was getting hysterically unfunny.

After sitting through the taping of the show in the studio I can recount many portions where there was little or no laughter or response, but at the later broadcast they are smoothed over with applause and laughter that WERE NOT THERE at the taping. Groans, hoots, grumbling, or just dead silence – all missing.

He goes on:

Jay came out to raucous applause, hell, we clapped too, I like the guy, not as much as Letterman or Conan but I’m a comedy fan, and some of the show as funny. Shaun White was way cool, funny, authentic, there multiple ovations, and Adam Lambert ROCKED the house, as the latest and future incarnation of David Bowie. Lots of fun.

But when Jay brought out Sarah Palin, she was completely nerved. Watch the video; check out her breathing, she’s Freaked and talks a mile a minute. Both my wife and I agreed – when you actually get close enough, she’s just plain Creepy, and those yech vibes filled the room. Never mind the applause sign – something that’s a staple of late night shows.

Nothing in the rules said that laughing at all the Wrong Times would be a problem; the wrong times in this circumstance were when she was bringing the crazy that no one wanted to touch, or call her out on. And Jay, while he chided her, didn’t really put down the hammer. Ratings. Shame.

And while NBC Sold Palin, she sold her body, jiggling, teasing, pushing the cutesy-pie, what we used to call in the military, a “prick tease”. She short circuits brains, deflects the fact that most of what she says is nonsense or hateful, as lizard layers of right wing men’s brains hum a sexual fantasy tune, and women who have thrown all sense of propriety to the wind, watching her strip, want to be just like her. Rich. Stupid. The sweet “Bite Me” bitch attitude she’s honed to an art form. No, she doesn’t just “wink” – she uses her whole body to sell the package. Turn off the sound, just watch her body language. I find it whorish, repulsive, and I’m no prude.

At least four points in the show she was getting so far out in screwball territory, or was just so damned unfunny that I couldn’t help but laugh when no others were, at the absurdity of her statements. Literally biting off yards of tongue, because at home I’m ready to throw bricks at my TV when she’s on. The TV, not Her, let’s be clear.

One: She was so happy to back John McCain’s bid for re-election in Arizona, at least for now, left the audience puzzled, confused. I Chortled with great vigor. Not in the broadcast.

Two: During the monologue when she made a crack about No Tomatoes being allowed, even the Teabaggers in the audience didn’t want to touch that one. The Sarah Sucks crowd, my people, said nothing. Crickets. The whole audience seemed stunned, and again, I howled. Not in the broadcast. Nothing. Nada. (You may recall that after someone threw a tomato at her in a mall, at the following Costco Book signing ALL Tomatoes were removed from the store prior to her entrance.)

I was sitting by the band. They don’t mike the BAND? C’mon.

Three: Explaining how it’s cool to write on her hand. She lied about what was on there, then sails to pluto with, “my dad, a teacher, used to come home with notes (answers?) written all over his hands…” again, dead air. No ONE was buying it, it was just too bizarre. The answer? Just ADD canned Laughter. A lie.

Four: Was directed at US. (Of course this joke was written long before we were in the audience, and hey, she kills moose, so, it’s kind of an obvious one) The Moose Joke. We feature a layout in our book of a whole, cooked moose on a platter surrounded by vegetables as a Palin “recipe”. I wrote copy about her getting beauty sleep in a crashed plane, stealing canoes from natives, packing 800 lbs of moose out after plugging it, sitting on its body as it dies, all just to get back and feed her family.

Now, if you watch the video, Palin looks hard Left, right at us, pauses, as we wave our coloring books. Don’t look for footage of the coloring books being bandied about like a prize bass, you won’t see that. And I’m not saying that was edited out, audience video is very controlled, not everyone gets seen, though they try like hell – but she looked us in the eye. Sarah doesn’t like us much. We expose many of her anti-environmental policies in our book, her cruelty to animals, destruction of ecosystems, being in the pocket of the oil companies, all in a humorous way.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve eaten moose myself, lived in Alaska for 12 years. I know Alaska. I’ve crashed in helicopters in ANWR. She’s not the Alaska I know, and doesn’t represent those fine people, or their ways.

She’s a fraud, and I was beginning to think she knows it, deep down inside, when my wife said, “She’s Very Competitive, and she’s not about to give up. We may have actually spurred her on with our antics and the book.” Oops. We’ll spur her on with some more in the next one.

But Sarah Palin is vengeful. She ever gets into office again; she might have us sent to Siberia, or worse, Wasilla.

Hold me.

The real heroes of the night were Shaun White and Adam Lambert – the audience was delighted, all of it, and blew the roof off the place when they were mentioned and appeared. Meanwhile, Leno’s show used the ambience to give Palin Cover. They sold her. Her book, her body, her celebrity, her future, all of it. And 70% of an audience weren’t buying it, but you can’t tell from the broadcast.
I know. I was there.

They should bear some responsibility for hawking a defective product. This is corporate shilling in the worst way, not only to raise Leno’s ratings, but to push Palin on a crowd with fake laughter and applause. The applause sign is one thing, an American institution. But INSERTING Laughter for Sarah Palin? Try to realize that while you may be laughing at the things she says, because she’s a train wreck, the corporate powers that be are ADJUSTING the laughter so it appears APPROPRIATE. I worked in a mental institution. The very basic definition of insanity is “inappropriate laughter”.

WHO decides what’s “appropriate”? Apparently, corporations. Not you.

Your reality no longer belongs to you. There is at this time no way of telling if a crowd actually backs a person or not. (Enter Twilight Zone music here, or Outer Limits, your choice.) Because…
Your reality has been hacked.

But not mine. I was there.

I wanted to say that Leno has earned his ratings, that he’s funny, and he is at times, and deserves his talk show.

Can’t. Not now. Sorry to say, The Tonight Show is a lie, more than ever a corporate shill that’s performing a cultural engineering service. Selling garbage, that is literally ruinous to our nation and women’s rights. That destroys the fabric of our society. It’s real.

Oh how I so agree. Our reality was hacked a long time ago, but my personal belief is the Presidential election that led GW Bush to be placed in the White House as the duly elected POTUS was an amplification of all that has been hijacked. We’ve become so used to it that we don’t even notice. What we see on TV and on broadcast ‘news’ shows isn’t news, it is whatever hot story will get you to tune in for a few minutes and help their ratings. Nothing more than crap and the powers that be are taking full advantage of the train wreck that is Sarah Palin until it drives right off the track. More likely they are playing the Palin lying game because they all suspect and most likely have evidence that when the Palin train goes off the track it will be one hell of a wreck and one more news story they’ll over expose.

So in the name of truth, what else can we garner from Mrs. Palin’s financial tour for America over this past week.  Well, first we realize maybe she didn’t really mean it when she told Jay Leno she can’t understand the media’s obsession with her family and children after all because the next day we learned Palin and Survivor producer Mark Burnett were making the rounds to the various studio executives in L.A. pitching a reality show all about Sarah Palin and what else. …..you guessed it………her family in Alaska. Kind of reminds of her “I said no to the bridge to nowhere’ even though she campaigned for it and had no problem cashing that check.

It was also quite surreal watching Palin complain about the whole Family Guy episode and how she just told some poor ‘special needs family’ that asked her opinion what she thought and claiming it then just got ‘all over the internet’. You mean like your Facebook page Sarah where you posted the statement from Bristol? She actually sat there complaining that everyone had a chance to discuss this whole misunderstanding except for her and that no one allowed her a chance to address it.

Really, not Bill O’Reilly or your employer Fox News (full access to all the air time you need honey)? Not say while you’re sitting there on Jay Leno with access to a world full of ears? Nah, just roll with the same old victim line Sarah. Kind of like joking about all the Botox in Hollywood when you’ve got a face full of your own, huh Sarah? Poor girl, too bad she doesn’t have some type of outlet to make her side of the story heard. But I digress.

Then we learned that even though her book Going Rogue has been dissected by several various sources as nothing but a book of lies, Harper Collins doesn’t really care because they announced they are using her name again as another way to sell as worthless book. This time Harper tells us the book will “include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have inspired her, as well as portraits of some of the extraordinary men and women she admires and who embody her love of country, faith, and family”. So in other words this will be a book full of other writer’s works and Palin’s name will just be added to the cover for sales. What wonderful insight will she share with us about the pieces she’s ‘chosen’ to highlight as her inspiration………….Oooooh I really, really, really like this one.

I guess it’s a safe bet for Harper Collins since this one can’t be fact checked like her first. No worries about more lies from Sarah in this one. She won’t even have to be involved. But in the meantime, journalists do still exist that believe facts and truthful statements are important. One such journalist from Cedar Rapids, IA shared with us this week that Sarah Palin couldn’t even be bothered with the truth about a McCain-Palin campaign stop in Cedar Rapids in 2008:

In September 2008 Cedar Rapids was only three months removed from the most devastating natural disaster in its history, and thousands of residents and small business owners were still in the process of mucking out and gutting flooded properties.

But none of that is what former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin remembers about her visit.

On Sept. 18 — two weeks exactly from the close of the 2008 Republican National Convention — the McCain-Palin campaign planned their first joint stop in the Hawkeye State. The event was initially planned as a rally at the local airport; however, public outcry forced the campaign to make time for a trip into the city for a short walking tour of flood damage.

In her book, “Going Rogue,” Palin briefly discusses the visit to Cedar Rapids as follows: “… Jason, Jeannie and Bexie were there at one of our first campaign stops after the convention, a stop I’ll never forget. It was at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The town was a slice of Americana, with its quaint town square with mom-and-pop stores; red, white and blue bunting; moms and dads; kids in strollers; seniors; and people of every color. …”

Green Square Park, located in downtown Cedar Rapids, is likely the only place in the city that could be mistaken for a traditional town square. Located on 4th Avenue SE, it is bordered by a large parking ramp, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the True North building, the First Presbyterian Church and Waypoint Services. None of the facilities that surround Green Square Park could be misidentified as mom-and-pop businesses, and those larger businesses in the area, like the museum, were open but still renovating and restoring at the time of the McCain-Palin visit.

More importantly, though, the downtown area was not a portion of the city that McCain and Palin visited during their flood tour. According to several reporters and local officials who participated in the tour, the campaign drove from the rally at the airport directly to a predominately residential section on the northwest side of town, known locally as the Time Check neighborhood.

Sarah Palin’s description on page 248 of her book “Going Rogue” of a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids can only be described as fiction. The campaign event was held at the airport, and there was no quaint town square with patriotic bunting in the wake of massive 2008 floods.

After walking roughly four blocks of residential streets flanked by flooded-out homes and curbside debris, McCain and Palin paused in front of a completely gutted structure on which someone had hung an American flag to make brief remarks for the accompanying press pool. American flags were a commonplace feature in the flood zones of the city, and perhaps those are what Palin mistook for “red, white and blue bunting.”

While it may be easy to excuse a politician for confusing towns along a long campaign trail, this error happens against the backdrop of numerous concerns about facts in Palin’s book. The Associated Press dedicated a team of reporters to the book and found numerous discrepancies, ranging from her contention that President Barack Obama pushed the through a bailout package that actually was achieved by his Republican predecessor to her statements with regard to travel expenses.

But the Cedar Rapids stop should have been memorable because of the one thing that Palin appears to have forgotten: The flood-ravaged neighborhood she toured.

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When local Republican officials complained that McCain and Palin were not making time to see the devastation in Cedar Rapids first-hand at the time of the September airport rally, the campaign made time concessions so that the short walking tour could take place. A month later, in October 2008, both the McCain-Palin campaign and the Republican National Committee targeted Iowans with mailing pieces and robocalls that indicated Democrats “went on vacation” instead of helping flood victims.

The stop described in Palin’s book might very well be one she’ll “never forget,” but it did not take place in Cedar Rapids.

The Iowa Independent requested comment from Palin’s political action committee. There has been no response as of publication.

On a side note this article was posted at the Iowa Independent on 03/02/10 but as of today has conveniently been deleted from their website. The link provided above takes you to the cache page from Google so you can still see the article for now. A search for Sarah Palin takes you to a ‘404 Not Found’ page so I have to wonder is this more over the Media’s Reality or ours?  Where did this article go? Why was it removed from their site?

We also learned that Sarah’s not the only one in L.A. this week, nor is she the only one shopping or doing reality TV.  Bristol was also in L.A. this week on the set of ‘Secret Life of an American Teenager’ to film her appearances on the show. Bristol supposedly had her son Tripp in tow and Sarah drug along daughters, Willow and Piper.

While Bristol was taping and getting ready for her debut at a pre-Oscar party, Sarah was busy teaching Willow the many virtues and values of the political life. Free Schwag and how to grab it while the getting is good.

“like locusts” on the Oscar swag suite, scarfing up freebies in a binge that “practically cleaned the place out,” celebrity gossips reported Thursday.

The former Alaska Gov’s Wednesday pigout included jewels from Pascal Mouawad, watches by Skagen and a fancy new hairdo for her daughter Willow. The new coiffure came courtesy of Erick Orellana, Jennifer Aniston’s longtime hairstylist, witnesses said.

The Los Angeles Times reported Palin was supposed to donate all of her gift items back to the Silver Spoon Oscar Suite for auction, as well as $1,700 of her own cash, in support of Red Cross efforts in Haiti and Chile.

But E! Online insisted, “we can assure you she did not give up any of her swag.”

The entertainment news outlet quoted an unnamed vendor who said that as many as 20 people from the Palin camp swarmed the event.

“They were like locusts,” he said.

News of Palin’s grabfest ignited the blogosphere.

“She insisted every person in her huge entourage get something, and there were assistants, nannies, security – insanity!,” an unnamed HollywoodLife.com source said.

HollywoodLife.com also reported that Palin picked up a blue Kenya robe from designer Jenna Leigh, facewash and a pair of foam Bandal sandals.

“She kind of cleaned the place out,” Ben Russo of EMC/Bowery told AOL’s Pop Eater. The website said swag-grabs included 40 pairs of AIAIAI earphones.

One witness said security swept the venue and would not allow photos.

Sarah then moved on to Ohio where she then went on to explain to the crowd that despite what she may have said about the ‘whole writing on her hand thingy’ her real reason and inspiration for those notes on her hand during speeches was none other than Jesus. Seems her Dad isn’t the only person in her life that uses their hand as a place to take notes, but so did Jesus and hey, she was just following in his example like he asked her to last time he reared his head over her place(s) in Wasilla.

Then Sarah was off to Socialist Canada for another $100,000+ speech. Same old jokes, same old slams, same old same old same old Sarah.

Canadian journalist Colby Cosh had to attend Sarah Palin’s gig in Calgary and live blogged the event . Let’s see what he thought:

6:19 pm: “Alaska and Alberta!” Palin’s daughter Piper interrupts the first sentences of her speech, as if on cue, and gets a blazing round of applause. Palin talks about constantly having her accent described as “Canadian”. “You did an amazing job” with the Olympics; Canada’s filled with “tough and talented hockey players.” The pandering works.

6:22 pm: Girlish excitement about meeting Shaun White backstage at the Tonight Show. I didn’t know she’d cast her lot with Leno. Bad move! You’ll lose the youth demographic!

6:26 pm: She’s laying it on a little thick with the pandering and cute gags. Of course she can get away with it, but it occurs to me that I’m not exactly sure what the substantive portion of this speech is supposed to involve. Was there going to be a substantive portion?

6:48 pm: Here’s Sen. Wallin. With her help, Palin dispenses deftly with the “writing on the hand” thing and the “I can see Russia from my backyard” thing. First things first, I suppose. The former has Biblical warrant (book of Isaiah, people!) and the latter was, or so Palin says, just a Tina Fey quote that got hung on the real candidate. “And she made a lotta money sayin’ it, too,” gripes the Gov.

Hmmm, Sarah’s complaining about the money Tina Fey made from a few skits? Geesh Sarah we really should rename you to Sarah ‘Hypocrisy is my name, Blaming is my game’ Palin. But she did share some advice on education and healthcare with them though. She got paid though so all is good in Sarahland SarahPac.

Another reporter noted that Palin told of her family receiving socialized medicine from Canada when she was a child:

“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.”

Only it’s been discovered by Alaskans that she didn’t quite tell this story truthfully or shall we say the same way twice.

In the above link Palin claims that while living in Skagway her brother was burned and they took him to the town of Whitehorse, in Canada, for treatment. However in an article written in the Skagway News around May 0f 2007 (Using the guilty plea of the VECO executives as a reference point), Palin tells a completely story: 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.

She really should have a conversation with her parents or siblings or children or spouse before telling her silly and insulting little home spun stories because they never seemed to be the same twice nor do they always match her very own version in her book Going Rogue. Maybe that’s it…….Sarah hasn’t read the book yet so she doesn’t recall which history is hers.

While Sarah was busy making the rounds of Hollywood and picking up her $100,000+ speaking fees for the same old canned speech, stories, lies and antedoctes, all in the name of doing the good work of and for Alasaka, comedian Kathy Griffin was in Alaska actually doing something for Alaskans.

She brought her ‘Life of the D-List’ to Alaska, went ice-fishing with Sarah’s daughter’s baby Daddy, but she took time out for a book signing and stand up show in Anchorage. It appears Alaska was quite happy to welcome Kathy to their great state and had a blast all at the expense of the once Governor of Alaksa, now just Mrs. Palin.


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.


Saturated in Sarah

sp_going_rogueThis holiday season the internet and bookstores will be overloaded in Sarah Palin books and novelty items. Not only is Sarah’s ghostwritten autobiography coming out November 17th but many other books and various items will be available for holiday shoppers to choose from. Question is what will we learn about Sarah Palin.

Until then, you can spend your holiday dollars trying to look like Sarah Palin for Halloween. Hate her or love her Palin seems to be a big Halloween item this year. The Sarah Palin mask is especially big this year.

Or you can send a HalLoween or or Thanksgiving greeting from Sarah or one featuring Sarah. Your friends and family will love it.

Another book coming out November 17th is ORbooks Going Rouge: Sarah Palin An American Nightmare, compiled by Richard Kim and Betsy Reed, two top editors of the left-leaning weekly The Nation, and includes essays by Nation regulars like Katrina vanden Heuvel, Naomi Klein, and Katha Pollitt. Other contributors are Jeanne Devon of the Alaskan blog The Mudflats, Max Blumenthal, Shannyn Moore, Linda Hirshman, Naomi Klein, Dahlia Lithwick, Amanda Marcotte and many others. This will be a very enjoyable book.
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According to its website it’s the first release from OR Books, a fledgling outfit founded earlier this year by publishing veterans John Oakes and Colin Robinson that “embraces progressive change in politics, culture and the way we do business”.

On that very same day you can pick up a copy of a kid’s version of Going Rouge, so no the little ones won’t be left out of the fun.

Also expected out soon is the book Renegade: Sarah Palin’s Hatchet Man by one of Sarah’s former aides Frank Bailey known for. Frank and a co-author claim the book will be “accurate, factual and very documented.” She stated the book will tell Bailey’s “side of the story.”
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Bailey became notorious in Alaska during the Troopergate scandal. He was in the thick of the scandal before most of the nation had ever heard of Sarah Palin.

Along with his deleted emails and his recorded phone call released during the Troopergate scandal, which showed him pressuring a State Trooper officer to help get Palin’s former brother-in-law fired, his behavior raised questions about just how much the governor knew about Bailey’s dirty work.

Palin denied ever knowing about the phone call and called Bailey’s action “out of bounds” and “wrong,” even though Bailey told the Trooper he was calling on behalf of both the governor and her husband. Palin punished Bailey with a two month paid leave.

According to the co-author, the title of the book was inspired by a blog written by Andrew Halco, former State Representative and one of Palin’s opponents in the Governor’s race where he labeled Bailey the governor’s hatchet man.

And writer Geoffrey Dunn will be coming out with his book soon, expected around the first of the year. Dunn has authored many columns on Sarah Palin and relocated his family to Alaska for the summer so he could spend time conducting interviews and doing research for his book.

Levi_JohnstonAlso coming out with a book soon is former boyfriend of Palin’s daughter Bristol. Levi Johnston has reportedly now decided he’s reading to tell more. Johnston has become a vital figure in the controversy over whether several claims Palin and the McCain Campaign were factual. To this point Johnston has been fairly respectable and credible in his claims and actions.

From this quote of Tank Jones, Johnston’s agent and manager things have changed and if so, looks like things could get quite interesting in Wasilla. Good Luck Levi. Stay Safe.

“There’s a whole lot of material he hasn’t talked about because he wanted to protect the family,” Jones says. But since the Palin’s have been talking trash about him, Levi isn’t keeping quiet anymore. “The gloves are off; everything is going to come out.”

If you’re not a big fan of reading or just want to see Palin in person, you might and we stress the word might want to put your money elsewhere and take a leap of faith that Palin will show up for the events reportedly planned over the next few months.

You can take you chances if you live in Wisconsin if Sarah Palin speaks in a Milwaukee suburb next month as part of a program presented by Wisconsin Right to Life event on November 6th.

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Hold on to your extra pennies so you can share in the fun of Sarah Palin. Happy shopping!

If you’re broke but still curious you can always tune into Oprah November 16th when Palin is reportedly the featured guest, but if reputation holds true, she may not show.


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