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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.

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Audio of Sarah Palin at Milwaukee Right to Life Event

OneWisconsinNow attended Sarah Palin’s recent speech at the Milwaukee Right to Life fundraiser. Even though the event was closed to the press and attendees that paid $30 a pop to get in were restricted from bringing in the items like cell phones, cameras or other recording devices, strollers and the like and all had to pass through the Palin metal detector before they could enter.

OneWisconsinNow had this to say about the event and their audio recording………..

Friday, November 6, Sarah Palin came to Milwaukee for a ticket-only Wisconsin Right to Life fundraiser.

In order to prevent the media from doing its job, cameras, recording devices and cell phones were barred from the event. Even baby strollers.

Palin was serious. All attendees were forced to endure metal detectors before entering the hall.

With the impending vote in Congress on health insurance hours away and coverage for reproductive rights under assault, One Wisconsin Now thought it critical to learn about what the right wings most influential intellectual voice had to say about this issue.

But we learned so much more.
For the first time, audio on the greatest threat facing America, its people and democracy.

They’re working on a transcription of her remarks as we speak, which isn’t going to be an easy task considering Sarah’s famous word salad, but you’ll get the jist of talking about that sneaky gold coin conspiracy. GW must be somewhere cracking up and thanking god for Sarah Palin who does a great job of making GW sound smart.

You’ll notice from the still shot in the video there are an awful lot of old white gray-haired men concerned about the babies of Wisconsin and their right to Life.

Yeah, right!


Fox News Finally Checks Sarah Palin’s Facts

Sarah Palin’s latest attempt at keeping her name in the news is her latest conspiracy theory on the “disturbing” redesign of U.S. coins while implying the current administration had something to do with the changes made to the coins. It’s either one more reminder that this simpleton just doesn’t like to do her homework or research no matter the subject or a reminder that Sarah Palin is most time less than honest and doesn’t care.

Last Friday, Palin traveled to Milwaukee, WI to speak at a Wisconsin Right to Life fundraising banquet. Attendees that paid $30 a ticket to hear her speak were barred from bringing cell phones, cameras, laptops, but that didn’t stop us from finding out just what Palin rolled out the latest: an anti-Christian conspiracy in the redesign of U.S. coins. Palin waded into the subject by remarking that there had been a lot of “change” of late — for example, the redesign of U.S. currency which moved the once-centered text “In God We Trust” to the edge of coins.

“Who calls a shot like that?” Palin demanded on Friday. “Who makes a decision like that?”

Fox News anchor Bret Baier answered the question for Sarah since she seems to have trouble finding facts on her own.

President Bush, that’s who, Smug Sarah!

Baier quoting the reporter from Politico who paid the $30 to attend to the speech: “Unsaid but implied was that the new Democratic White House was behind such a move to secularize the nation’s currency.” Baier added: “In actuality the coin’s design was commissioned in 2005, when Republicans controlled congress, and then was approved by then President Bush.”

I realize this isn’t too much to congratulate Fox News for considering this isn’t a subject that concerns a lot of people or will have an impact on our quality of life. I don’t expect them to fact check anything else she has said or will say in the future, but at least they called her out on one of her many disillusions.


Sarah Palin’s Private Right to Life Speech: Trig Pregnancy Version III

Sarah Palin was in Milwaukee Friday Nov. 6th to speak before the Wisconsin Right to Life group. At the end of her speech she presented the group with a check for $1,000 and encouraged attendees to join her new club Sarah’s Rogues to donate $1,000 too. Certainly most of them have an extra $1,000 sitting around right now and would be more than thrilled to be one of Sarah’s Rogues.

Although the event was closed to the press and attendees were told no cameras, no cell phones, no electronic devices and no note taking, no laptops, no audio recording devices and so on, we were still able to pick up from various sources the bulk of Sarah’s speech. One thing that seems to be a common theme for Palin when speaking to these right to life groups is to remind them that she had a difficult choice to make when she learned of her son Trig’s Down Syndrome.

While most would expect if she is so pro-life what choice or decision she had to make. If she’s pro-life all the time, then she wouldn’t have needed to consider a thing, correct?

But we learned for the first time at her speech to the Indiana Right to Life group that she did have a choice to make. She told the Indiana crowd that she had to choose to keep her baby, that yes thank the lord she has the right to choose whether to proceed with her pregnancy or to terminate the pregnancy. She chose to proceed (although many now believe she was never pregnant with Trig in spite of the MSM saving the bombshell for bigger times)with her pregnancy.

Yes, you heard right Sarah had a choice. Just like the choice she would like to see removed for any other woman in the country, but for Sarah having a choice meant everything.

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Sarah Palin speaking in Milwaukee, WI 11/06/09

But each time Palin decides to share with another pro-life group her experience as a woman carrying a child with a permanent and challenging disability the story never appears to be told the same way twice. In Indiana she tells the group she was out of town at a gas and oil conference when she first discovered she was pregnant (yet didn’t know she was pregnant with a ds baby) that right then and there she contemplated ending the pregnancy. Not once she discovered her child would be born with an extra chromosome that would make his health and life and a challenging one, but before that moment.

As reported in Indiana:

“I had found out that I was pregnant while out of state first, at an oil and gas conference. While out of state, there just for a fleeting moment, wow, I knew, nobody knows me here, nobody would ever know. I thought, wow, it is easy, could be easy to think, maybe, of trying to change the circumstances. No one would know. No one would ever know.

“Then when my amniocentesis results came back, showing what they called abnormalities. Oh, dear God, I knew, I had instantly an understanding for that fleeting moment why someone would believe it could seem possible to change those circumstances. Just make it all go away and get some normalcy back in life. Just take care of it. Because at the time only my doctor knew the results, Todd didn’t even know. No one would know. But I would know. First, I thought how in the world could we manage a change of this magnitude. I was a very busy governor with four busy kids and a husband with a job hundreds of miles away up on the North Slope oil fields. And, oh, the criticism that I knew was coming. Plus, I was old . . .

“So we went through some things a year ago that now lets me understand a woman’s, a girl’s temptation to maybe try to make it all go away if she has been influenced by society to believe that she’s not strong enough or smart enough or equipped enough or convenience enough to make the choice to let the child live. I do understand what these women, what these girls go through in that thought process.”

A Wisconsinite that attended the speech this past Friday noted that Palin made these remarks to the Wisconsin group:

“Two years ago I had an ultra sound. I was 12 weeks along. The technician said she saw boy parts. I was like, yes, what could be better than a little baby boy? Then she said the baby’s neck was thicker than usual. I was like yes, that’s great. Then I thought, oh oh. I recall the fear, knowing what a thick neck may mean. More tests. My baby had Down Syndrome. What is amazing is who this child is. My family’s life is so much richer because of this beautiful baby boy named Trig. He’s awesome! Groups like this affirm the value of every life.

That is what I had to hold onto – that seed of faith—when I was afraid.

We know that 80-90% of Down Syndrome babies are aborted. They’re aborted because they live in a society of some people’s idea of perfection, not God’s.

Today I thank God for all of these circumstances. I never thought I’d be asked to walk the walk. It took me a while to get there through my pregnancy. I asked God and I asked Todd, “Why us?” Todd said, “Why not us?”

I want to help you help people to be less afraid and make this world more welcoming for every baby.”

But interestingly enough neither of those versions meet with the version she and Todd told reporter People reporter Lorenzo Benet who interviewed the Palin family before Sarah Palin was selected by John McCain as his running mate. She and Todd spoke to him about the circumstances of the pregnancy, diagnosis of Trig’s condition and how the family dealt with. Benet then went on to write the book Trailblazer based on the several interviews he’d done with Palin and her family. People magazine was Sarah Palin’s preference for press announcements and articles about her family so one can assume it was quite easy for him to begin collecting information.

In “Trailblazer”, starting on page 181, Benet said:

“Sarah kept mum about the pregnancy until October.

Todd had figured it out but was discreet enough not to say a word. When Sarah finally gave him the great news, she said with a shrug, “Life is full of surprises”, she told People magazine. Todd was ecstatic. He had already wanted another son, friends said, and his oldest boy had just signed up for a stint in the Army, and the country was in the middle of a war. There was no telling what might happen if Track were called to serve in the theater, which he eventually was.

For the next five months, Todd and Sarah kept the pregnancy a secret. Any thoughts of breaking the news early to their kids were scuttled when Sarah learned her baby had Down syndrome after having amniocentesis at thirteen weeks. Todd was away working when her family doctor, Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, called with the news. Sarah drove over to Johnson’s office, discussed the implications, and received some reading material on the disorder. Then she headed home to ponder her fate.

Over the next couple of days, she read everything she could on the disorder. (…) Some children cannot speak until age four, and half of the infants are born with a hole in the heart, as was the case with Trig. If the holes don’t close, surgery is often required (Trig, fortunately, avoided surgery).

(…) There was never any question about keeping the baby, and Sarah explained later that the one reason she did amnio was simply to be prepared for any eventuality. It was time, she said, to walk the walk and not just talk the talk.

When Todd returned from his trip, she broke the news to him gently during a quiet moment at home. Tears welling in her eyes, she said: “The good news is we have a boy. But we have a challenge.” Unwavering in his support, Todd said: “Awesome! I am getting another boy.”

It may not have been part of their plan, the couple believed, but certainly it was part of a greater plan. “Why not us?”, Todd said. Sarah continued keeping her secret from the public and her children. Not discussing the pregnancy with her daughters, she felt, would shorten the process for them and spare them from unwanted attention. “I didn’t want Alaskans to fear I would not be able to fulfill my duties”, she told People.”

So the first time we hear about having an ultrasound is in Wisconsin and a technician not only felt comfortable enough to tell her the baby was not only a boy, but that it also had a thick neck which they could see at 12 weeks gestation. In the interview with Benet she gives the impression that Todd knew she was pregnant before any of the testing was done, yet in Indiana she gives a different version where Todd doesn’t know, nobody knows, yet she knows by 12 weeks that the baby will be born with down syndrome?

And despite all of the security restrictions someone was Tweeting the entire thing somehow.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Bill Glauber was at the event:

The speech marked Palin’s re-emergence on the national scene. The event was emceed by WTMJ-AM radio personality Charlie Sykes. The Journal Sentinel purchased a ticket to cover Palin’s speech.

Security was tight at the Wisconsin Exposition Center. Spectators were told beforehand that prohibited items included cell phones, recording devices, video and still cameras, as well as strollers and car seats. A line stretched across the length of the facility and out to a parking lot as spectators waited patiently to pass through security.

Once they got inside, spectators didn’t have to wait long for what they came for – Palin’s speech. The address began with Palin asking for a moment of silence to remember those killed in Thursday’s shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas.

As was Politico’s Jonathan Martin:

She then got a standing ovation from most of the crowd, but a few had begun to leave before she even finished and within seconds of her concluding, scores more got up and put on their jackets as they walked away.

In addition to the suggestion that government officials would consider hastening the death of the infirm or handicapped, she began her remarks with a puzzling commentary on the design of newly minted dollar coins.

Noting that there had been a lot of “change” of late, Palin recalled a recent conversation with a friend about how the phrase “In God We Trust” had been moved to the edge of the new coins.

“Who calls a shot like that?” she demanded. “Who makes a decision like that?”
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She added: “It’s a disturbing trend.”

Unsaid but implied was that the new Democratic White House was behind such a move to secularize the nation’s currency.

Maybe someone should have directed Sarah Palin to the internet to the site World Religious News here she would have learned the following about the change in coins that was reported in 2007:

The national motto “In God We Trust” will move from the edge of new dollar coins honoring U.S. presidents to the front or back of the currency. A provision in the $555 billion domestic spending bill for 2008, which President Bush signed into law on December 26, calls for the change to take place “as soon as is practicable.” Greg Hernandez, a spokesman for the U.S. Mint, said the change will occur in 2009.

Even Andrew Sullivan of the Atlantic while not at the event, wants to know why Sarah always has such trouble telling the same story twice about the baby she so desperately wanted to give birth to. Most mother’s never forget the moment they learn they’re pregnant and would certainly never forget the moment they were informed their precious child would be born with condition of down syndrome.

Some remaining questions: When exactly did Todd find out about the pregnancy? And when did he discover that his son had Down Syndrome? Or were those two pieces of news delivered simultaneously? Why did the Palins make no attempt to prepare their other children for Trig’s special needs when they had so long to do so? Why on earth did Palin believe that the mere fact of her pregnancy would elicit criticism and disdain – “Oh, the criticism that I knew was coming” – when it would obviously actually redound to her credit as a working mom and governor?

Maybe her “book” will resolve these and other empirical questions about the logic and detail of her pregnancy and labor stories. Maybe someone will even ask her to clarify the chronology of the critical reason for her enduring appeal. It would, you know, be relevant, if not deferent.

Something doesn’t quite add up, but with Sarah Palin there is no simple math, no logical findings, no balance and the story is never the same twice.

Wonder what the next version will be.


The Sanctimoniousness of Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin has been awfully busy lately. Preparing for a national book tour and trying to hawk yourself requires a lot of work. Obviously, the goal of course is to drum up interest in the subject of the book as much as possible to pique the curiosity of the buying public.

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Sarah Palin March 18, 2008 just one month before delivering her 5th child (Photo courtesy of Palingates)

In that respect, book selling should be Sarah Palin’s full time job because the one thing she’s best at is drawing attention to every single little aspect of her life.

Trouble is some of that attention may turn out to haunt Palin and her family. Sarah’s multi-tasking skills are certainly being put to the test right now, but how it all turns out is anyone’s guess, but many in Alaska say they’ll eventually have the pleasure of seeing her in bright yellow prison garb as she’s led off to serve her time as many believe is well deserved.

Over the last few weeks Sarah’s been very busy. Endorsing conservative third party candidates, firing off Palinesque type press responses about her daughter’s ex-boyfriend and father of her grandson(s) recent interviews, arranging paid speeches to the Right to Life group in WI and at the College of the Ozarks before sitting down with Oprah, and organizing a fund raiser with her cult like supporters of Team Sarah in order to drum up $100,000 and 3 first class tickets to Iowa so she can speak to the Right to Life group there without having to spend her own money.

Then busy denying her she ever requested a speaking fee, while trying to stifle the TS press release and fundraising request they sent out stating she had reached out and asked them to raise money, all while her ghostwriter was posting Facebook posts regarding several different topics and telling Sarah not to forget to pretend like she actually wrote them.

While it appeared her endorsement of candidates would be limited to anonymous facebook posts, she goes mavericky yet again and records robocalls for a candidate that previously stated her support was neither needed nor desired. But Sarah goes rogue and recorded a robo-call being sent out in Virginia apparently to help the GOP candidate for Governor there Bob McDonnell. Her spokeswoman Meg Spapleton confirms she recorded the calls and which is being paid for by the Virginia Faith and Freedom Coalition, the state branch of a national conservative group founded by former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed.


“Virginia, hello, this is Sarah Palin calling to urge you to go to the polls Tuesday and vote for Sarah’s principles,” the former Alaska governor says in the call, which was provided to CNN by one Democrat who recorded it. “The eyes of America will be on Virginia and make no mistake about it, every vote counts. So don’t take anything for granted, vote your values on Tuesday, and urge your friends and family to vote, too.”

It is not at all clear that McDonnell requested Sarah’s help but it appears that isn’t the case.

McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said the campaign had nothing to do with the phone blitz and was not aware of the robocalls until he was told about them by a reporter. It is also not at all clear whether Sarah Palin herself is in favor of robo-calls despite having recorded one herself. Last October, during her vice presidential bid, Palin told reporters that voters get “irritated” by the automated calls being used at the time by both presidential campaigns, calling the tactic part of the “old conventional ways of campaigning.”

As if all that wasn’t enough she’s also been busy filling out her final financial disclosure forms during her short stint as Governor, which were due by 10/27/09. Even more she’s also had time to start another business named Pie Sky, which is listed as a charity and conveniently created at the same time her AK Legal Trust was created to solicit donations from the public to help Sarah pay legal bills stemming from the many ethical violations she was found innocent of by her trust board of friends, the Personnel Board.

It must be said both the Trust and Pie Sky were created back in April when she was still actually the Governor of Alaska. A clear ethical violation, but not even a matter of concern in Wasilla because the trusty Personnel Board won’t ever let anything happen to Sarah. At least not at their doing. Meanwhile Palin continues to solicit donations to pay legal bills via her Alaska Fund Trust more than three months after an investigator hired by the state said it appeared to be in violation of state ethics law and has yet to release the quarterly financial disclosures as promised..

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(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Many in Alaska have been waiting for the day to come when Palin would have to finally submit those disclosures and just as many had predicted, the disclosure leaves far many more questions, than it provides answers. In fact if the sleuthing of some Alaskan bloggers that have been following Palin closely since she ran for Governor turns out to hold water and is actually investigated by someone outside of Palin’s protective circle, Sarah Palin could be in for some big trouble.

One former federal employee in Alaska with a vast understanding of government documents has uncovered that many facts and figures in Palin’s just submitted financial disclosures when analyzed against other documents Sarah has submitted just doesn’t add up. Not only don’t they add up they stink to high heaven and Alaskans seem determined to point that out to those with the power to investigate. The research they’ve done should be quite unsettling to Palin and to those responsible for upholding the law and ethics and the state of Alaska. What other troubles and Palin misdeeds will be discovered once the long delayed stalled e-mails and other documents requested in a FOIA by the same blogger will finally be received and reviewed? Could that be the reason for such a long delay?

You might be saying to yourself, well that is an awful lot for one person to toss around and juggle all at once, but we’re talking Sarah Palin here. She’s got the energy and apparently the money (I guess since her adoring fans pay for everything she needs and wants) to plan, design and build a second home before winter hits that will sit right next door to her current home and conveniently in between her home and a third home just on the other side that although sits empty has been rented by the Palin’s for the past several months. That Alaskan Trust Fund to help Sarah Palin her bills must be paying off. Photos show it’s a rather large house and is said to have an airplane hangar within in. Writer Joel McGinnis who is currently in Wasilla researching for a book about Palin and described the property this way to the NY Daily News.

“I stopped by her house,” says McGinniss, who brought along a copy of his 1980 book, “Going to Extremes,” about his adventures in Alaska. “Her son Track answered the door, [just back from Iraq]. We had a pleasant chat. He said he’d give her the book.”

Courtesy of Palingates


McGinniss was struck by the size of the construction on the lot the Palins have bought next to their present home.”They’re building another house and an airplane hangar,” he says. “It’s like a summer White House in the making. Just based on the size of the compound, I’d say Sarah and Todd are staying together.”

While no one can guess the outcome of the race New York’s Congressional 23rd district will be now that Palin has endorsed Hoffman, but the effect on the GOP and its unraveling will be linked to Palin by many. Some truly believe Sarah has finally come to realize she doesn’t have shot with the Republican Party and that going it alone as a 3rd party candidate would be the way for her to win. Unfortunately for her Palin probably believes this to be true, but will eventually face the same disapointment she did on November 4th, when she had no choice but to return to Wasilla.

Sarah Palin truly believes she holds a powerful place in politics and that the best way to prove that is to attempt to attack the President and Vice President every chance she gets, like the girl who gets passed over by the most popular guy in high school for another girl, just keep making stuff up about her. Yeah, that’ll show ’em Sarah.

So what has all this latest activity and publicity seeking done to drum up Sarah support and interest?

Well if you’re a member of Team Sarah, Conservatives4Palin or one of her facebook supporters, then in true fashion you need to get the word out and drum up funds in order for Palin to get paid to speak to organizations on why she’s a great political candidate. When you’re not busy with that, then next you too must attack the President and Vice President as well and the nastier, more racist and vile your comments, the better.

Attacking Levi Johnston, the 19 year old former boyfriend of daughter Bristol for the second time in the press?

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Levi and son( Photo courtesy of Palingates)

It appears that isn’t paying off for Sarah either. Apparently Levi is ready to talk, claims he has things that would destroy Sarah Palin and claims since his recent interviews to once again have his visitation with his son(s) discontinued. He now says he’s set on fighting for custody of his child and will go to court if need be.

From the Guardian: “I’m up to the point where I can’t see my kid again. I’m done. I’m sure we’ll end up in court. We’re definitely going to court,” Johnston, 19, said in an interview in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city.

Seeking payment to speak to a Right to Life group in Iowa, the birthplace of a successful campaign when you seem to have political aspirations? Again, not the response you’d hope for.

“If somebody tells me they want me to pay an appearance fee, it tells me they’re not very serious about running for president,” said Ed Failor, Jr., president of Iowans for Tax Relief and an influential GOP insider. “I found it really, really odd,” Failor said. He noted that his group had not and never would pay for a politician to speak—pointing out the obvious in-kind contribution any potential presidential hopeful receives by appearing in the state that kicks off the presidential nominating process. “They come and show up here because they want to be relevant in Iowa,” he said. Steve Scheffler, the president of the Iowa Christian Alliance and a longtime GOP activist, said his organization would also never ante up. “We certainly wouldn’t do it, even if we had the money,” Scheffler said, adding that he wanted to keep his group “impartial” in the caucus process and that paying money to one prospective candidate could raise questions about such neutrality.

Ouch! Double ouch if you respond the Iowa GOP’s reaction by blaming the rabid group of supporters at Team Sarah and causing in-fighting and anoomosity within the group. One can only wonder how many jumped ship from Team Sarah after this public relations disaster.

Presumably Sarah needs to stir up attention and keep her name out there in hopes of increasing book sales, but one has to wonder when a new CNN poll says that 71 percent of Americans do not believe Sarah Palin is qualified to be president and 47 percent of Republicans do not think Palin should be president if any of Sarah’s attempts at publicity have anything to do with her political aspirations or if the only goal is keeping her name alive to make money. If she still believes herself to be a viable candidate she really should fire everyone advising her now and start all over, but mavericky as she is, Sarah will be the only one to not see this.

We have three weeks yet until her book comes out. Certainly if she can create this much drama in one week’s time it’s going to be Wild Ride these next three weeks. I’m for one hoping this Wild Ride is as messy and complicated as the Sarah’s Wild Ride home to Alaska from the Lone Star State just in time to give birth.


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