Palin is McCain’s Bridge to Nowhere. Thanks, But No Thanks.

30 08 2008

Perhaps the brain was still a little fuzzy from the shock of McCain’s new VP pick, Alaska’s own governor Sarah Palin.  Perhaps it was still stuck in the endless loop of wondering – why? why? why?  Whatever the reason, it took more than 24 hours for Palin’s first big untruth to register with me.

Today, while I watched her hop out of the “Straight Talk Express” bus, and give the second reading of her acceptance speech, one of my fellow viewers said, “You know, I don’t remember her opposing the Bridge.”  And it hit me.  I don’t remember that either.  A quick double-check with the third member of our watch party confirmed our confusion.  We all live here.  We all watch the news, read the paper, and pay attention to the local political circus, but none of us connected Sarah with her claims of rebuffing the controversial earmark.  If you weren’t watching, here’s the quote from her speech:

“I championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. In fact, I told Congress — I told Congress, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ on that Bridge to Nowhere. ‘If our state wanted a bridge’, I said, ‘we’d build it ourselves’.

Reeeeally.

Check out these entries from the Ketchikan Daily News:

“People across the nation struggle with the idea of building a bridge because they’ve been under these misperceptions about the bridge and the purpose,’ said Palin, who described the link as the Ketchikan area’s potential for expansion and growth.

Palin said Alaska’s congressional delegation worked hard to obtain funding for the bridge and that she ‘would not stand in the way of the progress toward that bridge’.
8-8-06

‘We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that’s so negative,’ Palin said.”
Ketchikan Daily News 9-28-06

Alaska Senator Ted Stevens (currently under indictment) and Representative Don Young (currently under investigation) were the bridge’s two biggest proponents.  But they were unable to convince Congress to fund the infamous bridge from Ketchikan to Gravina Island at the levels it had hoped.  Now, instead of Alaska paying $160 million, the cost to Alaska skyrocketed to $349 million.

After federal funding had been slashed, Palin was asked if she was still in support of funding the project.  She said:

Yes. I would like to see Alaska’s infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now–while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.

Well that assistance never materialized, and Alaska’s congressional powerhouse is tumbling like a house of cards.  Senior Senator Ted Stevens is under indictment on seven felony counts.  Representative Don Young is under investigation and has spent more than a million dollars of his campaign fund on legal fees…and he hasn’t even been indicted yet.  And although Stevens just won his primary bid handily, Young is hanging on by his fingernails while a recount is performed to determine the winner of his contest.  His challenger?  Sean Parnell, Palin’s Lt. Governor and also the head of the Division of Elections that is in charge of recounting the votes for his own race.  You can’t make this stuff up.  The third member of the delegation, Lisa Murkowski, was appointed to the U.S. Senate seat by her own father, Senator Frank Murkowski who left the senate to become the governor that Sarah Palin defeated in the 2006 primary.  (Are you keeping up with me?)  I could keep going, but those are the highlights.

So, if Congress had gone along and coughed up what Stevens and Young had asked for, guess what….that bridge to nowhere would have become a reality during the Palin administration.  She supported the bridge every step of the way…until the funding was cut.  So we decided to say, “Thanks, but no thanks.  If we want a bridge we’ll build it ourselves?!”   Is that like the failed earmark version of “You can’t fire me….I quit!”

The fact that “Thanks, but no thanks” was the money line for her debut as Vice Presidential candidate, and yet is a total fabrication, makes the mind reel.  Is there no fact checker on McCain’s staff?

Today, Palin called in to a local radio program, and bubbled, “This is so amazeen!”  Then she said that her children and she had only learned of her selection the day before the announcement was made.  I think of the extensive vetting process that the Democratic VP candidates went through.  Evan Bayh said that he was grilled extensively about skeletons in the closet, and even whether any of his kids had a Facebook or MySpace page that might come back to haunt him.

Apparently the Republicans don’t worry about such things.  With all the potential scandals and skeletons about to emerge from the Palin closet, (troopergate, babygate, bridgegate) we in Alaska are sitting here listening to the clock tick and wondering when it will all hit the fan.

But many Alaskans are just giddy over the whole thing.  The local sportscaster, after reporting on the high school basketball scores, said, “You know Sarah Palin used to be a sportscaster….and she’s the Vice Presidential candidate.  So, I think I wanna do that…yeah.” (eyeroll)  And one woman who was interviewed said she was totally in support of Palin because, “This is really going to put Alaska on the map.  Now people are going to find out what we’re really all about.”

Because this is what we’re looking for in the next Vice President.  We want Alaska to be on the map.  And not in that little box in the South Pacific you guys always stuff us in.  This election is about Alaska’s road to legitimacy!  Sar-ah Sar-ah Sar-ah! (banging head on desk and going to bed)

UPDATE:

Looks like the Anchorage Daily News is now reporting this.  Read HERENote to outsiders: the tongue-in-cheek reference Palin makes to herself as “Valley Trash” demonstrates a local ‘regional slur’, as it were.  Former State Senate president Ben Stevens (son of indicted Senator Ted Stevens, and currently under investigation himself) called what he perceived to be the under-educated redneck, rural population of the Mat-Su Valley where Sarah Palin is from, “Valley Trash”.

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30 08 2008
Ralph

There’s also this from the Anchorage Daily News, in which she was asked in Oct. 2006 to state her position regarding the bridge:

5. Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?
Yes. I would like to see Alaska’s infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now – while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.

http://community.adn.com/node/130090

30 08 2008
Henry

Personally, I feel like we’re living in an alternate reality. Like McCain’s camp has figured out how to manipulate space and time and they were just test marketing Sarah Palin to see what would happen, but at some point we’ll wake up again on Friday morning and McCain’s picked Romney, or someone else who makes a semblance of sense. I’m for Obama but I’m almost disappointed in McCain that he could be this stupid and misguided. But then I think what a gift this is.

30 08 2008
The Anti-Palin Blog

I’m reeeallly skeptical about “babygate” – but its important that these other scandals are publicized. I’m wondering specifically about “troopergate” – if the Alaska government had hard evidence about all of the allegations about Wooten, could they have gone over the head of Moneghan and just filed some kind of criminal complaint? I assume there are other mechanisms to take legal action without having to go through Moneghan. It seems like if they had good evidence, they wouldn’t have had to stoop so low as to pressure his boss to fire him. Am I missing something? I’m not from Alaska, so I don’t have a good sense of the history of this scandal, or about the structure of the state’s government.

30 08 2008
Brian Hayes

Thank you greatly for your sincere and thorough posts. I’m not grinding down Sarah Palin. I can see she’s brought her vigorous nature to Alaska politics and many folks appreciate that. I distrust the Republican Party deeply though, as mere electoral mechanics that carry on with obtuse theories about free markets, ‘owning’ our choices and installing social game theory while they party with wealth and arrogance and spend way-y-y too much.

We’re all jaded about our politics. But it’s time for Hope and Change methinks.

But I’m writing this to point to a republican site that published “How Palin Got Picked”. Stephan Hayes, a writer among the caffeinated crew at Weekly Standard, reports that McCain’s selection of Palin is more drawn out than reported, “driven by the senator’s desire to do something unconventional.”

30 08 2008
RJ Johnson

Thank you for your efforts on this front; I hope you enjoy your Labor Day holiday!

I was visiting the home page of the Ketchikan Daily News and trying to use their search tool to find the articles you quote above from 8/8/2006 and 9/28/2006; I don’t doubt your research, I’d just like to be able to link to the source material whenever possible in my own livejournal.

Unfortunately, I’m stymied by their search tool. I’ve tried using unique terms such as “spinmeisters” on the date you cite and even something as far-reaching as “palin bridge” and the dates, but still zip.

Any help from any of the readership?

30 08 2008
Jaimito

hmm, this sounds just like how Bush lied to americans about iraq.

for everyone else in the western world, let’s hope americans are not so stupid this time and get fooled again by fabrication.

31 08 2008
akmuckraker

Anti-Palin Blog,
After the complaints were filed against Wooten, he was investigated, and disciplined for two offenses, one of which was the taser incident. He was suspended without pay for a short period of time. This was all handled and finished before Monegan took over as head of the Dept. of Public Safety. The case was already closed. So, in effect, Palin was asking him to axe Wooten after he’d already done his time. Monegan even told her that it was inappropriate of her to discuss it with him. So she stopped…and then fired Monegan. None of the Wooten shenanigans happened on Monegan’s watch.
Hope this helps.
AKMuckraker

31 08 2008
Martin

Any thoughts on the “Trig is Bristol’s son – not the governor’s” rumors? These two blog posts seem to summarize the facts and speculation:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/30/121350/137
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/259222

31 08 2008
The Anti-Palin Blog

AKMuckraker:

Thanks! Based on your useful summaries and what I’ve been able to dig up elsewhere, it seems as though the disciplinary actions were internal, and did the investigations did not make it outside the Department that he worked for. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that seems like a big deal. I understand that Wooten is not exactly a good guy, but if the Palin administration had any evidence supporting their complaints, shouldn’t there have been some other avenues to address them that would not have gone outside the bounds of legal or ethical conduct?

31 08 2008
The Anti-Palin Blog

Does anyone know anything about the Palin family’s ties with the Alaskan Independence Party?

31 08 2008
All I Saw

I like your style mudflats.

Something has been bugging me lately about the Ted Stevens indictment, McCains disdain for him and now this Palin as Vice President hallucination and the timing of all of it.

Especially after seeing Cheney’s letter magically appear as evidence for the prosecution – and what happened to missing White House emails and executive privilege?

The way I have been able to break it down in my head is this:

Ted called Bill because Ted wanted to lift his house in Girdwood and make it a two-story. By all reasonable accounts, it’s a fairly modest house – for Girdwood.

Bill was happy to oversee the construction and Ted was happy to pay any bills that Bill sent his way.

Perhaps Ted got a smoking deal on the construction, and certainly increased the market value of his house.

My question is: If Ted didn’t sell his house, let alone profit from the sale of the improved house – how did Ted get a gift exactly? Ted had the opportunity to sell his improved house as the height of the real estate market here in the Anchorage area – and didn’t.

Would Ted have influenced the Gasline negotiations differently if he hadn’t received this (yet unrealized) gift?

The sentence that keeps repeating in my head is this: Ted Stevens was indicted for spending money but not receiving any.

By the way I think it’s great that Ted holds on (despite an indictment), Young might hold on as well and Parnell is in charge of his own recount. This stuff just can’t be made up.

Whats the line?

We cheat the other guy and pass the savings on to you!

31 08 2008
Kay

Well, the bloom is off the rose. Turns out dear Sarah was chosen only because every other Republican candidate McCain could consider saw the writing on the wall and folded, including Joe Leiberman just this week. McCain promised a candidate by Saturday, and after the scene in Denver he was in panic, all his backups turned him down, and the campaign was in real fear that they’d have to stand before the press and country without a VP candidate at all. Sarah Palin wasn’t even vetted, turns out. She was picked because no one else would touch it, plain& simple.

Here in Texas we have Gustav headed for us, which the Republicans are already using as an excuse to scrub their convention. Their explaination is that it’s unseemly for Republicans to party in St. Paul while another disaster strikes the Gulf Coast. Logical enough. They’re more concerned that Palin doesn’t get to make her speech because now that the floodlights are on they know they have to drop her and pick someone else. An Eagleton redux. Congressional Republicans are furious and terrified, and a televised convention only ties them up tighter to McCain’s sinking boat. She’ll claim family issues, whatever.

31 08 2008
Deborah Dean

I agree with everything said above, everything. I am a die-hard, gung-ho, Obama supporter. I would ask but one thing. In order to be fair about this hurricane thing, and I live in Houston, Texas, the Republicans are “damned if they do and damned if they don’t” with regards to holding their convention. But I will say this, after the way the Bush administration dropped the ball after hurricane Katrina, maybe this is Mother Nature’s way of saying, “Paybacks are hell!”

31 08 2008
Jim

Hope your provider can handle the coming traffic, it’s already been hitting, You’re Good!!

My guess, you’ll be around Alot Longer than Palin, Especially as to putting Alaska on the Map, instead on in that irritating little box, and yes it is even to us in the lower 48.

The 20plus percent rush sheep probably actually think you’re below or near Hawaii!

Peace and Keep ‘em comin ;c]

31 08 2008
Denise Velez

Greetings from upstate New York;
Home of Hillary. We are not taking kindly here to Republican attempts to paint Palin as a crack in the glass ceiling.

We thank your state for releasing her to campaign with McShame. Just talked to 4 neighbors who were undecided – her selection gained us 4 more votes for Obama/Biden.

Could you please post more info on her stance on abortion- we understand she won’t even grant exceptions for rape or incest.

Keep up the great work.

31 08 2008
Limpy

I’m interested in what “babygate” is — any Alaskans have some info or is this just a tinfoil hat tall tale?

31 08 2008
neil

Henry: I think Palin is McCain’s Harriet Myers — a bone thrown to the women’s groups to show that McCain is cool and supports women; but something that he knows won’t work out. After he takes the attention off Obama for several news cycles; and after some of the poo-poo hits the rotating blades re. Palin; she’ll withdraw from the race, and McCain will pick a different VP nominee, and take a few more news cycles away from Obama. His new nominee will look so good compared to Palin, that he and McCain will appear to be a “dream team.”

Furthermore, after all is said and done, McCain will seem to be pro-women (since he picked a woman) and pro-Christian (since he picked someone with conservative Christian values). So this will help him with both groups, while he then goes forward with his real VP candidate, most likely Romney.

That’s my predication, anyway. :-)

31 08 2008
michaelmeme

Limpy – Babygate is the allegation/rumor that Sarah Palin’s youngest child is actually her grandson, born to her 16 year old daughter.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/8/30/121350/137/486/580223
has photos and a review.

Muckraker – does this story have a foundation?

31 08 2008
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31 08 2008
Jim

Coming back from the store, a short while ago, heard a talking head on NPR say that McCain picked Palin in an Attempt at showing both are ready to go after the Washington Corruption even within their own Ranks!

If that’s the New talking points of the rights Think? Tanks, can’t wait to hear the spin coming from them now!

31 08 2008
bambambam

AKM, thanks for your posts of the last days and your link to me, which I have forwarded a lot.

Thanks for being calm and thorough about your writing and documentation. We were all panicking a bit because the news media, still too lazy to do what we all did in 36 hours, was simply reading off the non-vetted line on her.

The vet didn’t vet, so we will have to do it for him.

31 08 2008
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31 08 2008
kimbers

I hope the mainstream media will do it’s job and report on this now instead of letting another candidate slide. I was appalled yesterday watching McCain and Palin repeating what I now know to be blatant lies on the stump yesterday and I thought to myself, geez, if I can find out this information why can’t people who are paid big bucks and their staff find it out.

For all the people I have heard say the media loves Obama, I have to say hardly.

The media is protecting McCain and the time has come that we seriously need to ask ourselves and the media organizations why. What’s the benefit to them?

31 08 2008
willpen

Another hit out of the ballpark Mudflats. I think we all need to continue to link up to this site inorder for the momentum to continue. Like Kimbers said above, we need to do the job that the mainstream media is NOT doing. I will be linking you again from my blog as well.

31 08 2008
bwilder

Thank you for your insight and clarity! You should be
featured on HoffPo so that more people can read your
informative and factual blogs on the events of the last
few days.

Alaska is of course a state, but many of the
folks down in the lower 48 are completely clueless and
have never really had a reason to care- until NOW.
So your take on Palin and the state political situation
is very interesting and very much needed at the
moment.

Love the humor too!

31 08 2008
31 08 2008
connecticut man1

I dropped this in the last thread… But I think it fits just as well here since people are still talking about it:

Most people just want to figure our what the truth is about her so they can make an honest decision.

So far, there are clearly lies coming from the Palins on Troopergate. First they didn’t know anything about pressure to fire their inlaw, Wooten… Then she changed it to “Maybe?” some of her aides had called – but she only changed the story after she found out about tapes… Then the truth comes out that not only were the aides pressuring, but so were BOTH Sarah and Todd Palin in phonecalls, emails and face-to-face meeting(s) with Moneghan.

Also, we know that both Wooten and the Palins are complete idiots just based on the facts that have come out in that story.

Now this whole thing about who the Mom(s) and Dad(s) really are seems to have some serious legs getting ready to run… And the whole thing about the Alaska .gov pics on the website moving around and deleting a lot of photos only seems to add credibility to the whole story.

But she could also be hiding other photos with those Alaskan CBC types. Who knows? But it really doesn’t look good.

I am just waiting for Wooten to have to do a paternity test for Sarah’s or Bristol’s kid(s) OR Both Todd and Track having to do the same to round out the picture perfect family they “seem” to have created.

The only way this story could get more twisted is if VECO’s Allen, Ted Stevens or Don Young turned out to be the father/grandfather/great-grandfather to every single one of them.

Hell? With John McCain’s track record of turning in older ex beauty pageant winners for younger ones… Maybe Cindy should be demanding paternity tests? Are we really sure that he didn’t personally “Vet” the entire Palin family previous to their quickie before this decision? We really should check McCain’s travel records looking at 7 to 9 months before any of those kids were born, Sarah and Todd included – he is old enough…

Regardless of any of this, McCain has, undeniably, shown that he is recklessly capable of making the ridiculous attempt, by Bush, to put Harriet Myers on the SCOTUS almost seem like a competent choice in comparison…

31 08 2008
Joko

This isn’t going to end well for the hockey Mom from hell.

It will be an excellent case study for decades to come for Poly Sci students on why not to nominate a candidate who’s showing signs of early dementia.

31 08 2008
Gail

Surreal – it’s surreal here in the lower 48, too. I’ve been researching compulsively and even dreaming about it, trying to make sense of what don’t make no sense. And you’ve helped so much! That picture of beautiful downtown Wasilla really saved my sanity as I attempted to reconcile the low-key media coverage and glowing conservative reaction with apparent reality.

McCain made some comment “She first ran for office in 1992; I don’t know what Obama was doing in 1992″. So I looked up what Obama was doing in 1992. He was director of a massive, and massively successful, voter registration project in Chicago. He was also teaching law at the University of Chicago and writing “Dreams of My Father”. Really sitting on his hands compared to Palin’s hard-charging run for the City Council of Wasilla. He’s chosen not to strain credulity by trying to explain that “community organizer” *is* executive responsibility. But if Mayor of Wasilla counts, then community organizer in Chicago definitely should, too. Der.

I’m also impressed by how little people have learned from the GW experience. He was Governor of Texas for four years, and everybody thought that was just great. It turns out that, while being a governor is great experience, it takes some years before before the results of all that work become apparent. At 1 1/2 years, Palin has probably learned a lot, but we have learned very little about her.

What strikes me the most is what a low opinion conservatives must have of Obama to believe that Palin is comparable. But then I have to remember that they’re living in the propaganda machine, where he’s a Muslim who received his career start from 60s radicals. And Palin single-handedly stopped the Bridge to Nowhere. I’m real, real tired of this.

31 08 2008
bambambam

Oh and AKM, you obviously love your adopted home, but I think it’s clear that wherever you travel in the country now, grateful readers like me will make sure your money is no good at the bar. No good at all.

31 08 2008
bambambam

(sorry clicked before I thought) Also, I am getting so much dKos mojo from simply posting the links you fed me, I wish I could give them to you like airmiles. But I don’t think you need to post directly on Kos, many links obviously point to you in the threads. But yeah, Huff Po should be giving you a featured box right now.

31 08 2008
GiGi

Wow …good reporting..keep it coming I’m passing your site on to everyone

31 08 2008
halcrow

McCain and Palin are making Geo W look honest and open.

What I’m amazed at is the disgust and loathing expressed by the ordinary American people at having this unknown-outside-of-Alaska foisted off on them by McCain’s handlers.

George W’s manufactured WMDs weren’t an illusion concocted solely in George W’s pointy little head; others fed him most of the garbage which his paranoia eagerly embraced.

This Palin babe has seemingly created a false pregnancy which compressed about eight months of prelabour into a couple of months of real-time padding–and that seemingly false pregnancy has stood up to less than a day of semi-close scrutiny.

Gottoa love Christian politicians, lolz. Guess that mangers and donkeys are in short supply in Wasilla, AK, otherwise Sarah would have announced a semi-virgin birth and The Second-Best Second Coming (gotta explain away the Down’s somehow).

Palin and Putin. Mighty close close in spelling…and Alaska is situated mighty close to Mother Russia (just a gunshot across the Bering Sea).

You don’t suppose that Putin was boinking Bristol???

31 08 2008
bwilder

“Meanwhile, Palin’s mother-in-law, Faye Palin, told a New York Daily News reporter that she didn’t agree with Sarah on everything and hadn’t yet decided how she would vote. She added: “I’m not sure what she brings to the ticket other than she’s a woman and a conservative. Well, she’s a better speaker than McCain,” Faye Palin said with a laugh.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-mitchell/cindy-mccain-on-abc-today_b_122759.html

31 08 2008
bill

My have been reading this blog with intense interest and whole-heartedly agree with much of the analysis. With all the issues coming out about Sarah Palin, and the 90% voting record of McCain going with “W” there is no way in hell this country can afford to have Palin inches away from the presidency. McCain is to be admired, though, as it was an absolutely brilliant strategic move to pick Palin to lock up the key eskimo constituancy! That kind of brillian political move is right out of the Bush-Row playbook.

31 08 2008
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31 08 2008
gizmo

“I was for it before I was against it!”

31 08 2008
K Hamilton

So Gov. Palin was actually a SUPPORTER of the Bridge to Nowhere? We lower citizens (San Diego!) find ourselves scrounging for information and perspective. Like RJ Johnson, I like double checking what is printed as fact. I don’t have a subscribership to the Ketchikan Daily News, but did get this far in my fact-checking:

Ketchikan Daily News
Palin says to band together
10/2/2006
“We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that’s so negative,” Palin said.

Count me in as a regular reader. I am still reeling from this VP selection, but should have my thoughts together soon.

31 08 2008
BobbyG

She is The Deadliest Catch.

http://www.bgladd.com/GOPdeadliestcatch.jpg

I’m doing my part. I know she’s very busy at the moment, so I will help draft, pro bono, her withdrawal speech for later in the week.

“…it is now clear, however unfairly, that I have become a distraction…”

31 08 2008
mel

Here from Huffington Post…thanks for creating this blog–good pertinent information.

31 08 2008
Regi

I’m going with this is all just a cheap trick and the real nominee is waiting in the wings. I wonder if Palin is aware she’s being used, or cares. Great step backwards for women, thanks McCain.

31 08 2008
Carla

Thanks. I love this site! What a hoot!

31 08 2008
BobbyG

New, at The unauthorized McSame Store:

http://www.bgladd.com/McSameStore/GOPticket.jpg

31 08 2008
dal

Thanks for your thorough analysis & for including ALL your sources. You’re simply the most authoritative source in the Palin-gates! Keep it coming mudflats! Dallas, TX.

31 08 2008
TheraP

I just linked (in a comment) to a post of mine at tpm. Here’s the tpm link to my post: The Trophy Running Mate:

http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/2008/08/the-trophy-running-mate-1.php

I see you already used a similar term for that in an earlier post. But so have I. Rather than duke it out, let’s just agree it was term crying to be used to describe Palin. (great minds think alike?)

I commend your great framing of her as McCain’s Bridge to Nowhere!

You are a great wordsmith.

31 08 2008
Steve

This is an amazing story. The potential major scandals just keep on piling up.
Like at this blog for example, where someone has dug up some pictures of Palin from the 80’s and 90’s.
http://hottiesinthenews.blogspot.com/2008/08/sarah-palin-hot-pics-you-cant-afford-to.html

31 08 2008
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31 08 2008
Sue Williams

Oh my, Mudflats – you do make me laugh!! I’m sure I recongnize your voice from over on the adn blog and I’m so glad to have found this site b/c wading through the Palinbot Bumper Sticker Citz remarks at adn can really give me a headache sometimes.

Like, all the time.

Anyway, it appears this site attracts others who know this nomination is as CRAZY as anything that’s ever happened in American politics before. Ever. Ever. EVER. So insane.

What terrifies me like nothing else – is the thought they might win and then he might not make it four more years and then we’d have to live in a nation with a President ___________ — I can’t even bring myself to type the words.

When Friday happened, I lived on my phone with everyone and their neighbor’s dog calling me from the Lower 48 to ask, “Who?” But all day long felt like you feel when someone you know dies suddenly, that sick in the depths of your gut feeling.

After a bit of contemplation, I realized while it wasn’t a person who had died (obviously) it certainly was a belief I’ve held the entirety of my life – that being that we’re governed by people who have demonstrated some level of skill, some level of knowledge, some level of personal responsibility.

As a Christian, a Republican and a conservative I have never been more disheartened or disgusted or disappointed IN MY LIFE with my country. It is an abomination to me to know that my “brethren” right now around the nation are goo goo ga ga over Sarah. That they’re believing the lies the McCain camp and the Republican party are spreading about her: her reformist ways (what a joke); her Christian values (how does that work with her penchant for calling others “dumbass” and giggling about another woman’s weight, and chortling when she’s called a bitch and a cancer? How does that work, American Christians? We’re all being so disgustingly pandered to by this wack nut job of a crazy 72 year old. Wake up. Jesus called us to so much more than this sort of sick spin); her knowledge (the McCain camp can do the right thing now and quickly, quietly remove her; or we can all hold our heads in embarrasment when she fumbles her way through trying to answer the most basic questions about anything national or international. The only winners in this shtick are Jon Stewart, Colberg, Jay, David and Conan. For the rest of us it’s going to be so shameful).

Oh, I could go on and on but I need to get about my day. Maybe the Fair and another corn fritter (oh my gosh – isn’t it hilarious to think it was the call he made to her when she was at the Fair when he asked her to fly to Arizona. That is too, too much. Where was she standing? Next to Roscoe’s BBQ, or the rat place or bingo or Billy Bob’s Donut Holes? As an Alaskan I’m sorry to sound so hick and red neck – but, it’s so, so true, I can’t help but laugh. If the rest of the nation only knew how hick we really were. It just makes me keep remembering how Sarah’s one foray into the world of the private sector was during her three year unemployment phase (that immediately preceded her being elected gov) when she filed a business license called Cou Rouge (redneck in French). It was supposed to be a political consulting firm. Nothing ever came of it. ………….Or, did it?

But, yeah, don’t worry Wall Street, she at least knows where to go to FILE a business license.

31 08 2008
Where is… Palin and bridge to Nowhere Alaska « Grassroots Science

[...] on the road system so miss a lot of the bridge’s history. Here is a summary from Mudflats, Palin is McCain’s Bridge to Nowhere. Thanks, But No Thanks. Site Search Tags: Sarah+Palin, Bridge+to+Nowhere, Alaska, where+is, McCain+Palin Lisa+Murkowski, [...]

31 08 2008
Jim

This site has a lot of useful info that the public needs to hear. Thanks great posts. McCain needs to stick to the issues to get my vote. I love this spoof of McCain and Paris Hilton from MTV:

http://think.mtv.com/044FDFFFF0098A08300170099226F/

31 08 2008
jacob

Has anyone out there thought of what is going to happen if these two actually become the pres and VP. I am personally frightened beyond what any words could describe. I hope the people who’s issues and rights are at question and ultimatly sacrificed finally get up and fight back. I refuse to pay loyalty to a group of people I don’t trust. And truthfully, if they do win there is no way on this earth that I would believe it was won by fairness. There is far to much at stake here and it seems people just let it happen. How bout that, president is elected and there are protests the night of, the day after, and throughout everyday to come. Just take a listen at the candidates, who is confronting issues, and who is creating more. If america sits by and elects this person to be our president, it straight out deserves to get it’s ass handed to it by any and all means. I truly wonder what people around the world would vote and I pray to any and all Gods that the right person is picked. Perhaps this is a rumor but I heard John McCain only met her once and if this is true, how in any way can he say she is the right candidate for the job or in any way he knows her. Sounds like she has her own issues and motives for alaska and thinks that this will secure her spot on the corruption train. Barack Obama stands out as a diamond in the rough compared to these two comedians that follow such a corrupt personal agenda. It’s not about gender, skin color, or any petty thing that people make their decisions by. It’s about right and wrong, good and evil, and america needs to wake up.

Thank you for your personal perspective on this “angel” from alaska who was introduced to me for the first time 3 days ago. I look forward to when there comedy tour comes to town.

Peace and blessings to you.

cub

31 08 2008
Carathustra

I hereby suggest we leave behind the term ‘Palin-bots’ and instead adopt the far more amusing term ‘Palin-drones’.

Do i get a second on this one?

31 08 2008
31 08 2008
gizmo

If the Palin firing scandal in Alaska mushrooms out of control, the biggest part of the story is not going to be her failures as Governessa. The serious issue will the fact that the McCain team didn’t perform due diligence in the vetting process. He is not qualified to be Commander-in-Chief if he can’t make the right call on this pick.

31 08 2008
Down In Arizona

I’ve got a feeling your site is going to get a rush of visitors from folks like myself. I have no idea who Palin is, and I knew there had to be more to her than what the Republican strategists have been spewing all over the T.V. Thank God for the internet.

I’m sure we’ll see even more pop-up after the weekend, I’m sure the media and the democrats were caught flat-footed after McCain’s announcement.

Anyway, thanks for the news! It was most informative.

31 08 2008
whrab

This is the best blog ever.
You are a very good writer. Thank you.

31 08 2008
gizmo

Big Media is onto this story-

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/51273.html

The water may be cold in Alaska, but methinks Palin is in hot water….

31 08 2008
Ataray

seconded cara

31 08 2008
BobbyG

@gizmo –

She is indeed The Deadliest Catch.

http://www.bgladd.com/GOPdeadliestcatch.jpg

LOL!

31 08 2008
Canuck

I live in Canada, and while our politicians are no better than those in the U.S., this Presidential election is going from incredulous to unbelievable. As a concerned neighbour I am truly shaken by what is happening in the U.S.. The current adminstration has made the country insolvent, making it dependent on foreign entities for cash flow. Any moral currency the U.S. had to spend has been flushed away by the Iraq debacle and the disregard for diplomacy and international treaties. I respect every individuals right to vote for who they wish, but I still can’t believe that so many Americans seem willing to cast their lot with McCain/Palin. Am I convinced that Obama/Biden will be able to turn the boat around? No. But I truly believe that they are the only ones who can at least slow the boat down and start turning the wheel. If McCain/Palin are elected, I honestly believe it will be another nail in the coffin for America’s claim to leadership in the world.

31 08 2008
Bruce

Mudflats, I LOVE this blog.

What you write about is pathetic and laughable at the same time. Alaska is a beautiful state, but it is a political circus. And Palin is now headclown.

I linked to you before, but I will again this week. I plan to make Palin my new life’s work. What an idiot. And chosen by another idiot.

Even Palin’s mother-in-law is basically saying she’s voting Obama.

This woman was never vetted, but she’s certainly being investigated! LOL.

I’m going to work to bring more traffic to your site. I leave some links here and there. Everyone should read this.

KEEP WRITING ON PALIN!

31 08 2008
Bruce

I think there needs to be a new YouTube video, maybe a song:

Valley Trash Girl.

31 08 2008
joe

Just wanted to give you props on the blog. Very well-written and informative. Out here in Jersey, mostly everyone I’ve talked to is confused by the selection of Palin. Not to diss Alaska, but I the thought of a small town mayor, in the middle of nowhere, and 20 month governor of a state with fewer than a million people being a hearbeat away from the most important job on the planet is quite scary.

31 08 2008
Sarah Palin: Do you like my Flag Bikini? The perfect huntin’ attire! « the bruce blog

[...] of my favorite new blogs, Mudflats.wordpress.com has all the latest fun and facts and flip-flops on Alaska’s Pin-up Gov. Written by an Alaskan [...]

31 08 2008
Ana Gama

Hey! First off, great blog!! I’m sure your traffic is way up! I’m finding links everywhere. You should contact Huff-Post and see if they will give you a spot.

Couple of questions:

There is a ciruclating that Mayor of Wasilla is a part-time position, and there is no school district for the Mayor to oversee. True? If yes, this could cut way into the executive experience meme.

Can you comment on the story of the Matanuska Maid dairy? Kos has some stories that if true are not going to be very favorable to Palin.

Thanks for all the info here! This is a great blog.

31 08 2008
lfo

thank you so much for the information. this is a fantastic blog and btw you just got linked by Andrew sullivan so expect tons of traffic!

I have a quick question for anyone here who knows—-National Review Online had been touting Palin’s cred as as a Commander in Chief. They have also posted the following on which I would want some assessment from someone who knows. It this not inflating to the extreme the actual job?

“Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It’s on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units.

As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism. Her exposure to classified material may rival even Biden’s.

She’s also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security’s counterterrorism plans.

Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country’s defense. Given Alaska’s proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don’t even know about.”

31 08 2008
Julie P

I blogged about your blog and CNN picked it up. I’ve great traffic all day. When I get together with Move.org tomorrow your blog is the is going to be the first thing out my mouth. It’s time to Swiftboat the McCain campaign.

31 08 2008
Bruce

Well, here’s my tribute to the Pin-up Gov in her FLAG BIKINI. Miss Valley Trash Girl goes a huntin':

http://thebruceblog.wordpress.com/2008/08/31/sarah-palin-do-you-like-my-flag-bikini-the-perfect-huntin-attire/

31 08 2008
BobbyG

MoDo!!

Vice in Go-Go Boots?

By MAUREEN DOWD
PITTSBURGH

The guilty pleasure I miss most when I’m out slogging on the campaign trail is the chance to sprawl on the chaise and watch a vacuously spunky and generically sassy chick flick.

So imagine my delight, my absolute astonishment, when the hokey chick flick came out on the trail, a Cinderella story so preposterous it’s hard to believe it’s not premiering on Lifetime. Instead of going home and watching “Miss Congeniality” with Sandra Bullock, I get to stay here and watch “Miss Congeniality” with Sarah Palin.

Sheer heaven.

It’s easy to see where this movie is going. It begins, of course, with a cute, cool unknown from Alaska who has never even been on “Meet the Press” triumphing over a cute, cool unknowable from Hawaii who has been on “Meet the Press” a lot.

Americans, suspicious that the Obamas have benefited from affirmative action without being properly grateful, and skeptical that Michelle really likes “The Brady Bunch” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” reject the 47-year-old black contender as too uppity and untested.

Instead, they embrace 72-year-old John McCain and 44-year-old Sarah Palin, whose average age is 58, a mere two years older than the average age of the Obama-Biden ticket. Enthusiastic Republicans don’t see the choice of Palin as affirmative action, despite her thin résumé and gaping absence of foreign policy knowledge, because they expect Republicans to put an underqualified “babe,” as Rush Limbaugh calls her, on the ticket. They have a tradition of nominating fun, bantamweight cheerleaders from the West, like the previous Miss Congeniality types Dan Quayle and W., and then letting them learn on the job. So they crash into the globe a few times while they’re learning to drive, what’s the big deal?

Obama may have been president of The Harvard Law Review, but Palin graduated from the University of Idaho with a minor in poli-sci and worked briefly as a TV sports reporter. And she was tougher on the basketball court than the ethereal Obama, earning the nickname “Sarah Barracuda.”

The legacy of Geraldine Ferraro was supposed to be that no one would ever go on a blind date with history again. But that crazy maverick and gambler McCain does it, and conservatives and evangelicals rally around him in admiration of his refreshingly cynical choice of Sarah, an evangelical Protestant and anti-abortion crusader who became a hero when she decided to have her baby, who has Down syndrome, and when she urged schools to debate creationism as well as that stuffy old evolution thing.

Palinistas, as they are called, love Sarah’s spunky, relentlessly quirky “Northern Exposure” story from being a Miss Alaska runner-up, and winning Miss Congeniality, to being mayor and hockey mom in Wasilla, a rural Alaskan town of 6,715, to being governor for two years to being the first woman ever to run on a national Republican ticket. (Why do men only pick women as running mates when they need a Hail Mary pass? It’s a little insulting.)

Sarah is a zealot, but she’s a fun zealot. She has a beehive and sexy shoes, and the day she’s named she goes shopping with McCain in Ohio for a cheerleader outfit for her daughter.

As she once told Vogue, she’s learned the hard way to deal with press comments about her looks. “I wish they’d stick with the issues instead of discussing my black go-go boots,” she said. “A reporter once asked me about it during the campaign, and I assured him I was trying to be as frumpy as I could by wearing my hair on top of my head and these schoolmarm glasses.”

This chick flick, naturally, features a wild stroke of fate, when the two-year governor of an oversized igloo becomes commander in chief after the president-elect chokes on a pretzel on day one.

The movie ends with the former beauty queen shaking out her pinned-up hair, taking off her glasses, slipping on ruby red peep-toe platform heels that reveal a pink French-style pedicure, and facing down Vladimir Putin in an island in the Bering Strait. Putting away her breast pump, she points her rifle and informs him frostily that she has some expertise in Russia because it’s close to Alaska. “Back off, Commie dude,” she says. “I’m a much better shot than Cheney.”

Then she takes off in her seaplane and lands on the White House lawn, near the new ice fishing hole and hockey rink. The “First Dude,” as she calls the hunky Eskimo in the East Wing, waits on his snowmobile with the kids — Track (named after high school track meets), Bristol (after Bristol Bay where they did commercial fishing), Willow (after a community in Alaska), Piper (just a cool name) and Trig (Norse for “strength.”)

“The P.T.A. is great preparation for dealing with the K.G.B.,” President Palin murmurs to Todd, as they kiss in the final scene while she changes Trig’s diaper. “Now that Georgia’s safe, how ’bout I cook you up some caribou hot dogs and moose stew for dinner, babe?”

31 08 2008
Palin touts stance on 'Bridge to Nowhere,' doesn't note flip-flop - PoliticalGroove Forums

[...] local alaskan blog… Palin is McCains Bridge to Nowhere. Thanks, But No Thanks. 30 08 2008 Palin is McCain’s Bridge to Nowhere. Thanks, But No Thanks. Mudflats Perhaps the brain was still a little fuzzy from the shock of McCains new VP pick, Alaskas own [...]

31 08 2008
The Anti-Palin Blog

I asked about this earlier, and I guess I’ll ask again. I may be way out in tinfoil hat territory here, but in researching Palin’s political connections in Alaska, the Alaskan Independence Party (a far-right party with Alaskan secessionist (!) sympathies) keeps popping up – she even sent a supportive, videotaped message to their last state convention, and was rumored to have attended other conventions before becoming governor. This is disconcerting given Palin’s demonstrated connections and admiration for other far-right figures like Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul, and would definitely be of interest to voters in the lower 48 if there’s anything to it. Can any Alaska residents tell me if the AIP is prominent (for a 3rd party, anyway), or is in any way seen as respectable up there? Let me know if I’m barking up the wrong tree here.

31 08 2008
Sean

Ifo – any time you see somebody trying to argue a point and throwing in “may” for every point they make, they’re essentially conceding that it’s made-up.

31 08 2008
lfo

thanks sean! ;-)
I just wondered if there was anything at all to it.

31 08 2008
Suzi in Chicago

Dear Mr. Muck Raker: re: Babygate

Mr. Palin should book himself on Maury and submit to a DNA test. I can just hear Maury say, “You are NOT the father.” Or is he…? Hmmm, better book on Jerry Springer as well…

31 08 2008
Let'sGetReal

Here is a link from the ADN I find interesting….even her staff didn’t know she was pregnant.

http://www.adn.com/front/story/336402.html

31 08 2008
Lola

Someone on a previous thread said that Sarah’s daughter was expecting a baby. Is this true? Someone said they knew the family and that everyone in town, even the local media knew about it. I’m just wondering if McBush knew about this, as it’s obvious Palin did not get vetted. If this is true, then how do they intend to cover it up? I did notice that she held a baby blanket over her middle when she was on tv. I have read this on other local blogs also. Anyone know?

31 08 2008
Ana Gama

Ifo quotes the National Review: As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism. Her exposure to classified material may rival even Biden’s.
_____________________________________

If that’s the case, how come she has absolutely NO OPINION about foreign affairs?

31 08 2008
lfo

exactly Ana. I just want to know from people who know about alaska politics how big the whole defense angle is.

31 08 2008
Ana Gama

Prediction here: Sarah Palin is going to become one huge distraction for the McCain Campaign. He obviously did not vet her, so now the press and public will. All the questions will be raised and really, over the next 60 some days, when McCain should be taking on Obama, he is going to be spend ooooodles of time explaining his pick.

Good luck with that, Johnny.

31 08 2008
Ana Gama

Ifo, I didn’t mean to diminish your point or questions. Truly, they are valid. My instincts tell me that she is in the loop on defense and homeland security as far as Alaska is concerned. But she is not privy to anything beyond that. That stuff is “need to know” basis only. She actually probably knows less than other governors.

31 08 2008
Jasmine

And so it begins: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26486063/

Did the McCain campaign do their homework before picking Palin?

31 08 2008
femalady

I wonder when “main-stream media” will pick up on this information and start investigations or are they too afraid of the “Pubs” and their own bosses? This is the most ridiculous choice that has ever been made.The words judgement and McCain have no basis in reality! I was still slightly undecided about whom to vote for until this selection. Now there is absolutely no doubt! Go Obama! Even my husband who is very lukewarm about this election has decided to vote for Obama. The thought ot McCain/Beauty Queen finally did it for him. Thanks for the great Blog. Hope you get rich and famous and win a Pulitzer! Or, at the very least, inform America!

31 08 2008
lfo

no problem Ana. I really am just curious and since the NRO types are pushing this really really hard (if you go there they seem to think she is something akin to an expert) I wanted to know where the la la land stuff began. Thanks for the info.

31 08 2008
Rumpled Foreskin

Whew! I’m from Georgia where we’re used to our politicians (once Democrat, now Republican) pulling “you won’t believe this, but…oh! you believe it!?” kind of stunts.

But Sarah Palin, by herself, tops anything we’ve done here.

Is it just me, or does she remind anyone else of the Reese Witherspoon character in the movie “Election”?

31 08 2008
whrab

predictions, continued…
…and then she’ll withdraw from the race, saying she doesn’t want to put her family through this hardship. The family-values-voters will eat it up, shower her with sympathy, and McCain will gain the benefit of having her on the ticket without actually having Palin serve a single day. The whole thing is a big circus.

31 08 2008
jacob

I mean do you here this rhetoric. people straight out don’t trust this woman. I get a very uneasy feeling about her and john mccain. I think she and McCain are so very happy being this close to the presidency that they actually forgot the responsibilities that go along with the job. Do research into the Obama campaign and see how Obama has actually stretched out his campaign to see what the american people need. This is so surreal. I think if Barack gets the job than he will take our country in the right direction. John McCain is the kind of person who will say it and not actually go through with it. AHHHHH this whole thing is insane. I don’t want McCain to be our president.

31 08 2008
In The Land of Disbelief

My favorite comment of Palin & Bridgegate came from Mike Doogan (AK State Rep-D, and ex columnist for ADN).

“Her role in killing the much-touted Bridge to Nowhere? Talk about coming in after the battle is over and bayoneting the wounded.”

31 08 2008
halcrow

Jasmine asked, “Did the McCain campaign do their homework before picking Palin?”

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. You should see the ones who didn’t get the passing grade!!

31 08 2008
bwilder

Ditto on this- I’d love to know more about “What a mayor of Wasilla, AK does all day”

There is a ciruclating that Mayor of Wasilla is a part-time position, and there is no school district for the Mayor to oversee. True? If yes, this could cut way into the executive experience meme.

31 08 2008
halcrow

bwilder, “There is a ciruclating that Mayor of Wasilla is a part-time position, and there is no school district for the Mayor to oversee. True? If yes, this could cut way into the executive experience meme.”

The website for the school district, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, seems to indicate that the adminstration office is in Palmer, AK

http://www.matsuk12.us/RunScript.asp?Page=39&p=ASP\Pg39.asp

31 08 2008
Did Sarah Palin really oppose the “bridge to nowhere?” « Abel Harding

[...] Alaskan says otherwise: After federal funding had been slashed, Palin was asked if she was still in support [...]

31 08 2008
mruth

Excellent blog. I linked here from Andrew Sullivan and have been searching the web in vain until now for info on Palin’s political experience. Thank you very much from Mass. Unbelievable recklessness on the part of McCain–just appalling.

31 08 2008
Kay

The national focus is on a storm that, while devastating wherever it hits, is looking every hour more likely to dodge New Orleans to the west. In St. Paul, everyone except the press are gone and activities are pared to a bare minimum of the required placing of McCain’s name into nomination on Monday night. Even this may not happen now. Bush and Cheney are back in DC on the premise of being in charge of federal emergency ops; in reality the phones are burning up as they prepare a Khrushchev moment for McCain. Thems that hold the paper on the RNC decide to dump the whole thing, McCain and all, probably sooner than later. Romney/Leiberman 2008.

Unclear yet is exactly what becomes of Palin. She hardly can return to the Alaska Governor’s office after this fiasco. Expect an executive change there too, again soon, by next weekend or shortly thereafter.

A read through various pieces national security and disaster emergency legislation that the Bush Administration weaved through Congress and into law since Katrina would seem to be in order about now….

31 08 2008
Catherine

lso:
http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/380134.html

According to the above news release, Palin gave birth on April 18th, at the mat-su regional medical center. Here’s the birth announcements from April, and specifically, April 18th on the mat-su regional medical center website.

http://www.matsuregional.com/nursery/show_day.php?date=2008-04-18

http://www.matsuregional.com/nursery/nursery_calendar.php?month=05&year=2008

Of course, there is every possibility the Governor did not want the announcement public. But boy, it’s very difficult to find evidence that Palin gave birth to this child, or that she ever even appeared pregnant.

31 08 2008
Wild Weasel

ATTENTION OBAMA RESEARCHERS:

Find out how much money Sarah Palin and her entire family have been paid by the Alaska Permanent Fund. You’ll find that it has been well over $100,000 since the state started this Fund. No wonder she’s pimping for the oil companies to drill more in Alaska.

31 08 2008
Wild Weasel

Sarah Palin’s husband works for foreign oil company.

31 08 2008
Marissa

Do you think there’s any truth to this story? I would usually assume that this was tabloid fodder, but since the John Edwards story proved to be true, I thought I’d pass along what some bloggers are saying.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/8/30/121350/137/486/580223

Excerpt below:

Sarah Palin Is NOT The Mother [Photos+Video]
by ArcXIX
Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:12:31 PM PDT
Yesterday, with the news of Sarah Louise Heath Palin inexplicably being chosen as a Vice-Presidential nominee, the attentive American public was also introduced to her character. Unfortunately for all of us, it was filled with multiple instances of backtracking and outright lies. While Alaskans had been giving her an 80% approval rating, recently 87% of Alaskans polled on the subject of TrooperGate believed she was lying.
Now, I’ve known liars in my life. Their single core problem is not with themselves, but those around them. If they’re never called out on their twisting of truths and fabrications, they simply continue to make larger lies.
Well, Sarah, I’m calling you a liar. And not even a good one. Trig Paxson Van Palin is not your son. He is your grandson. The sooner you come forward with this revelation to the public, the better.
• ArcXIX’s diary :: ::

The story begins on March 6th, when Sarah decided to come forward and announce to the world that she was pregnant, a monumental occasion for an acting Governor. Republican Governor Jane Maria Swift of Massachusetts was the first sitting Governor in United States history to give birth in office just seven years before, and now here we were once again. Yet, no one could believe the news:
JUNEAU — Gov. Sarah Palin shocked and awed just about everybody around the Capitol on Wednesday when she announced she’s expecting her fifth child.

Palin said she’s already about seven months along, with the baby due to arrive in mid-May.
That the pregnancy is so advanced astonished all who heard the news. The governor, a runner who’s always been trim, simply doesn’t look pregnant.
Even close members of her staff said they only learned this week their boss was expecting.
“I thought it was becoming obvious,” Palin said. “You know, clothes getting snugger and snugger.”
But people just couldn’t believe the news.
“Really? No!” said Bethel state Rep. Mary Nelson, who is close to giving birth herself.
“It’s wonderful. She’s very well-disguised,” said Senate President Lyda Green, a mother of three who has sometimes sparred with Palin politically. “When I was five months pregnant, there was absolutely no question that I was with child.”

Palin said she’s not aiming to take any time off from her job as governor, assuming all goes well with the pregnancy.

With Palin riding extraordinarily high popularity ratings, pundits have mentioned her as a potential vice presidential candidate. But she said Wednesday night she’s “not pursuing or perpetuating it,” adding, “I have no desire to leave my job at all as governor.”

She’s known as a fashion plate, but said she hasn’t been dressing differently to cover her barely perceptible bulge.
Funny quote on her having no desire for the Vice-Presidency aside, the article is direly clear. No one knew she was pregnant, not even her own staff. Quite a feat. Why the secrecy? Sarah has never given an answer, and upon further reading, no one has bothered to ask.
Seven months into a pregnancy, and no one noticed.
Even Harry Houdini would be impressed.
And how could anyone tell? Sarah’s waistline never changed. Her wardrobe still remained tight and professional. In a video posted in February (nearing five months of pregnancy at the time), Sarah is seen trim, and walking around all of Juneau, Alaska.

31 08 2008
Linda Francis

Hey Mudflats…thanks SO much for the truth. I have sent your blog link to everyone I know as we all need to learn about this woman that no one in the lower 48, (including, apparently, McCain), ever heard of before last Friday.

I lived in Anchorage from 1980-1982 and LOVED it. Ever hear of Bill McConkey?

31 08 2008
Lisa Williamson

I found this blog via a commenter on Gawker.com, and you have no idea how relieved I am to have found a voice of reason amongst the livin’ la vida loca insanity. Thank you for sharing your insider’s perspective on why this prevaricating religious fanatic is a dangerous presence on the political stage.

31 08 2008
ebdrummer

FYI:
It’s not a bridge to “Nowhere.” It’s a bridge to Gravina Island. And who owns land on Gravina Island?

The Murkowskis-in-law …

http://www.opinionjournal.com/diary/?id=110007930

31 08 2008
Kay

“how much money Sarah Palin and her entire family have been paid by the Alaska Permanent Fund”?

Probably a lot of money. Alaska Permanent Fund pays by the head, does it not? She’s got 4 or 5 kids herself, and her sister/brother-in-law Wooten have at least 9 between them. One can imagine that the rest of the family is similarly structured.

31 08 2008
PJ

What is the story with Sarah Palin and Bristol Palin? I’ve also heard reports to th effect that Bristol is now preggo and had a shotgun wedding.

31 08 2008
Memnison Journal » Palin on the Bridge to Nowhere:

[...] was for it before she was against it but she kept the money anyhow…. Part of that reputation comes from [...]

31 08 2008
strangelet

About the 49th Missile Defense Battalion. I think the original source of the article was the blog blackfive, which is, let’s say, extremely pro-military. The 49th is charged with deploying Ground-Based Mid-Course interceptor missiles. This is a “Star Wars” technology, and is, I believe, the one where when it is tested by trying to shoot down a ballistic missile that has been tracked since launch, and which does not use any countermeasures, succeeds about 2 out of 5 tries. In any event, it is — while operable — still in evaluation mode.

Surprisingly for blackfive, the writer seems confused about how security clearances work. While I’m sure that Palin does get briefed on HS and Guard matters, I’d be surprised if she had more than a Secret clearance, because she has no operational need for anything higher.

Oh, and since the 49th MDB is, in fact, permanently operational, that probably means that it is Federalized — that is, in the direct Army chain of command — which means that Palin is not in its chain of command.

31 08 2008
citizen can

Actually, Keith Olbermann discussed the Bridge to Nowhere issue on Countdown this past Friday night. I saw it then and just now reviewed it on a podcast at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8132577/

He specifically discusses it four times: in the intro to the show and at the following points: 5:37, 12:20, and 13:36.

Thank you for your excellent work! Keep it up.

31 08 2008
Wild Weasel

We’re going to continue to see federal dollars going to BRIDGES TO NOWHERE instead of bridges that are broken in the lower-forty-eight until Congress changes the way the federal pie is divided.

That’s why New York and California get about 80 cents for every dollar sent to Washington D.C., while Alaskans get over two dollars back. That on top of Alaskans getting whopping dividend checks from Alaska’s Permanent Fund.

Who says socialism is not alive in America. Just look at all the Alaskans living on the dole.

31 08 2008
Catherine

You guys are not going to believe this. If you look at my previous comment by scrolling up – same name – you will see I posted about the matsu regional birth records calander. I posted two links, one to the whole April 08 calander, and one to the inside of April 18th which showed the pics of the two recorded births on that day – neither one of them Governor Palins. Well, either the site has crashed? or been pulled, because now it only gives a “400 bad ” error message. If it’s been pulled, the fact that this site automatically screenshots the links? might turn out to be the only record of this.

31 08 2008
Ana Gama

Catherine,

Andrew Sullivan posted a link to the nursery page a little over an hour ago. Maybe it’s a traffic jam. Then again, maybe it’s more scrubbing. It would NOT be the first thing Palin-related to disappear from the internet today.

31 08 2008
gmf

Catherine,

Something tells me that little hospital’s web site is seeing more traffic in the last few hours than it has since they put it up & it’s choking under the load.

31 08 2008
Catherine

Ok, I hope it’s just a jam. Thanks for telling me. I was actually starting to think I was going crazy. Still glad that the snapshots exist here, just in case.

31 08 2008
gizmo

What sort of earrings would you wear to visit a national disaster?

http://www.americablog.com/2008/08/what-earrings-would-you-choose-for.html

31 08 2008
Kay

“What sort of earrings would you wear to visit a national disaster?”

Daytime or evening wear?

31 08 2008
Flopping Aces » Blog Archive » Palin’s “Bridge to Nowhere”: Fiscally responsible or politically expedient?

[...] the anti-Palin blogger, Mudracker quotes from an old 9-28-06 issue of the Ketchikan Daily News, the then campaigning Sarah Palin was not about to get in the way of the Congressional efforts. [...]

31 08 2008
BobbyG

New and timely from The Unauthorized McSame Store, The Bridge to Nowhere!

http://www.bgladd.com/McSameStore/McSamebridgeToNowhere.jpg

31 08 2008
sheryl

Palin should be more concerned with the care and welfare of her four month old child that has Down’s Syndrome. This child is going to need the love and care from his mother for the rest of his life. She choose to give birth to this child knowing that he would be a Down’s child and this should be her first and formost obligation. Being away from her child in the crucial years of his development is doing a disservice to this special needs child!

31 08 2008
Ana Gama

Okay, here’s something intersting regarding Palin and running the AK National Guard. Seems that her creds on national defense (being up there so close to Russia and all) is a bunch of bloviating:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/31/alaska-national-guard-gen_n_122860.html

“Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard, considers Palin “extremely responsive and smart” and says she is in charge when it comes to in-state services, such as emergencies and natural disasters where the National Guard is the first responder.

But, in an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, he said he and Palin play no role in national defense activities, even when they involve the Alaska National Guard. The entire operation is under federal control, and the governor is not briefed on situations.”

31 08 2008
Lisa

Hi Sheryl,
As the mom of a child with autism, seeing Sarah Palin and her husband blithely go into a VP campaign with a 4-month-old baby with Down’s Syndrome did NOT make sense to me. There’s the doctor visits, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, etc. etc. Helping a child with a major disability is a time-demanding job and emotionally exhausting one, even if you have family or a nanny help out.
Also, as someone who has a child with a major disability, and knows many other parents who have children with severe disabilities or illnesses, the Palins are amazingly upbeat and rested, WHICH MAKES NO SENSE!!! I’d also like to point out that the divorce rate for parents with children with Down’s Syndrome or Autism is shockingly high (I know for autism it is over 80%) due to the stress involved.
That’s why when I saw the post that the child may actually Bristol’s, it made SO much sense to me on a psychological level. Of course the Palins are comfortable making such a tremendous commitment to be VP and VP spouse– they’re not the child’s parents, they’re the grandparents, and Bristol will actually be taking care of him.
Which was actually a comfort to me. I got weepy and upset yesterday when I saw that baby being dragged around on the campaign trail. Then I saw that photo of Bristol cuddling Trig with the baby blanket, and felt better.

31 08 2008
Palin: The Great Unvetted | The Ruth Group

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31 08 2008
Kay

Considering all the froth and fury that Hurricane Gustav has injected into McCain’s Palin situation, it would be well advised to keep in mind that Savannah, Georgia and environs are at or below sea level, just like New Orleans. The latest data from the National Hurricane Center shows Tropical Storm Hannah arriving at hurricane strength there midday on Friday, which by mid-week would send the Republican leadership and delegates from at least Georgia and the Carolinas home from any remaining convention events to prepare their own evacuations and other emergency plans.

31 08 2008
Deb

I am SO glad to have found this site! I lived in Alaska for 5 years in the 70s (actually my twins were born in Anchorage and would someday love to come back to see where they were born). We actually had some property out in the Mat-Su Valley, so I pretty much guffaw every time I here reference to Palin’s “executive” experience. When I first heard about the nomination, my first reaction was that this was some kind of joke! Well, I suppose it goes to show that McCain thinks the Vice-Presidency is a joke. Either that or he thinks the American voter is dumber than dirt.
Keep the pictures and stories coming and one can only hope that major news agencies will pick some of this up!

31 08 2008
sheryl

Lisa,
I thought this was more of a rumor….But yes they are calm if that is the case. I am a parent of a 21 year old adult that has Non-Verbal Learning Disorder. This is part of the Autism spectrum and is much more high functioning. Still it takes alot of guidance. All the same I think Ms. Palin is not equipt to take on this role especially should Mr. McCain drop dead and she heads up our country.
So much for the discussion for teaching her child the role of birth control.
She still needs to be there for the role of parenting to teach her child how to take care of a child with a major disabiity.

31 08 2008
Reggie

Frankly speaking its the husband that disturbs me. Every story I have heard from the mainstream media outlets are, either, he used to work for, or is seasonal.

What does this man do with his time? Is he an under-achiever? It’s just so odd that he lives under Palin’s thunder. Do we really want our sons or daughters to see a man who is living of his wife, while she is pumping out children and working herself to death?

What would he be doing for the next four years? What is his angle in this all, I would be interested in knowing? Please investigate. He has been married to a cut-throat woman for over 10 years, right?

This is disturbing on so many levels. The “pimping out your children” for photo ops and campaigning leaves you sick and numb. Not to mention, one child has special needs. The only thing you can give a child like that is love.

High risk behavior during a high risk pregnancy. One article I read said, they got to interview her at home since she was rarely at home in the evenings. The one about the hiking while pregnant. Lady take your family values somewhere else. We should be asking for John McCain’s psychological evaluations as part of his medical history for job fitness.

31 08 2008
Mudflats: the real deal about Sarah Palin « Suz at Large

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31 08 2008
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31 08 2008
Questinia

Yes great blog. Found you guys yesterday. Enjoying the posts

31 08 2008
Let'sGetReal

After reading the article about how Sara and her husband took a flight from Texas back to Alaska, and her water had broken. I realized this is far from the truth, as I am the 40 year old mother of 4 children, and I can recall my doctor saying that the length of time in labor is shorten as you have children. This was true with me. My first child I was in labor for 8 to 9 hours, my second child, roughly 6 hours, my third child abour 4 1/2 to 5 hours, and my 4th child, only 2 hours and 18 minutes.

I just don’t believe a 44 year old woman could go into labor, and endure the labor pain and continue to be in labor for over 10 hours if not more.

This does not add up!

31 08 2008
Charles

Noted that Palin’s name came up on the Alaska Independence Party site as having addressed their convention. I am also trying to download the youtube video of her address to the convention, but it’s very slow for some reason . . .

So are we living in 1862 or something? Sympathy with successionists? I can’t imagine a more unsuitable choice for VP of the US!

31 08 2008
Tandy

Wow. Wow. It’s all I can say.

31 08 2008
Dee

I’m with you, Let’sGetReal. My first child, my water broke. I was in labor within 35 minutes and had a c-section within 6 hours of very painful labor. You don’t get on a plane under those circumstances. In fact, I’m not sure they’d even let you on the plane.

So the baby was born in April 08. Does anyone know when she posed for that Vogue cover? It looks like Nov, December. If what I’m seeing on the internet is real and not photoshopped–we’ll I’m telling you that is not the figure of a woman who’s had 4 babies and is in her 3-4th month. With each consecutive pregnancy you start to show, much, much faster. She might be able to hide it under a suit, but not in that dress.

Still, isn’t Down’s syndrome mostly confined to children of older women? So, it does seem unlikely the baby would have been her daughter’s.

31 08 2008
babygate palin

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31 08 2008
bwilder

OK All of you BabyGaters- here’s the REAL truth.

Early today I spent a couple of hours looking for a MySpace member
of the right age in the Wasilla Community and found one. I messaged her
this morning an viola! I just this minute heard back. Baby Trig is NOT
Bristols. But Bristol Palin is indeed pregant!!

I am not going to share this teenagers name but am copying my email to
her and her response. If you are press or Dem campaign related and interested you can email me for the details and we can talk by phone…

—————– Original Message —————–
From: ..Berta..
Date: 31 Aug 2008, 09:31 AM

There is a huge rumor running around the internet and elsewhere that Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol Palin, is actualy the mother of the Governor’s new baby. Since you are local and around Bristol’s age I am wondering what your take on the story is? It’s also rumord that Bristol was out of high school most of last Spring and Winter? Is that true?

My friend is writing a story on this and any input from a local Wasillian would be great to have.

If you can help- great and if not- I understand.

Thanx
Berta

Respsonse:
Sep 1, 2008 12:15 AM Flag as Spam or Report Abuse [?]
RE: A Question
Body:
Umm noo.. The new baby is not Bristols baby, but Bristol is PREGNANT!! So im sure thats why she wasnt at school last year… Soo yep. Im really suprised that this story hasnt gottin big… it hasnt been on the news onces… Well theres the info that i will give u about her situation! have a nice day!

31 08 2008
Ana Gama

Andrew Sullivan has posted links to photos of an obviously pregnant Sarah in late April. Check it out:

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/09/she-looks-pregn.html

PLEASE SPREAD THIS WIDELY!

31 08 2008
Torrie

Maybe Trig is a very healthy, high-functioning kid. The photos of him show him reaching up with his hand to grab, and if he’s only 4 months, well, that seems pretty much right on target. (Grasping usually starts developing around3-4 months.)

He is a cutie. A very decided chin. :)

1 09 2008
cjw666

To Henry. I’m not American, but it’s the same everywhere. You’re right, of course, but why are you surprised? Pretty much all of politics IS an alternative reality! :)

1 09 2008
sarah palin: only good for one thing | get angry WITH me

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1 09 2008
JohnnyWhore

The Sullivan/flicker pics aren’t exactly conclusive,she is still wearing bulky clothes that could hide some type of cushioning. I still say Sarah does not look pregnant.

1 09 2008
Links for August 31 2008 « Pixie Links

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1 09 2008
Lite mer om Sarah Palins styrkor och svagheter « Tankar från roten

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1 09 2008
lindylou

John McCain’s decision was really quite thoughtful. As he watched the democratic convention he was clear on what was needed for his VP choice…Just imagine the conversations…
Criteria One: There he goes again, giving a great, inspiring speech. We need someone who can give a great speech, or at least look good doing it.
Criteria Two: Oh no, those cute kids again! Not just Obama’s daughters but Biden has grandchildren. We need some cute kids on stage too.
Criteria Three: Ok, Biden’s son being deployed, which just takes away from my own military experience. I’m the hero, I was a POW! OK need someone who has a family member going to Iraq.
Criteria Four: I’m the maverick!!! I’m the experienced one!!! But the Dems keep talking about “change”-We need the person who can represent change, wow did you hear how Palin opposed the bridge to nowhere? (Don’t let on that she favored it before she opposed it)
Criteria Five: FEMALE!! Yes we can get those Hillary voters, after all they don’t care about issues they want a woman. And just let Joe Biden pick on her….Tough like Cheney, the real Annie Oakley, someone with a big gun! But remember I don’t like ugly women!!! (Remember the joke about Chelsea Clinton?
Criteria Six-Must be accepted by the Evangelicals. After all I owe Rick Warren a big favor..And we need excitement. Pro-life, yes! Against choice no matter what! Teaching creationism in the schools-wow, that’s one I hadn’t thought about!! Good, really good. And forget the environment and global warming. It’s not man-made. Someone the rightwing nuts, OOPS I mean my base, can get excited about. Inspiration, I’ll show them Dems!!
Experience? Hey she was president of the PTO!! Oh, oh more importantly, Alaska is so close to Russia, that’s all the foreign policy knowledge she needs. Just because I said experience was important before….we’ll just say how she’s the experienced one. So she has no foreign service experience, hasn’t even thought about it-she’s just the VP and she can learn from me!!

America-BE SMART!!!

1 09 2008
Reggie

BREAKING NEWS ON FOX NEWS SEPT 1

BRISTOL PREGNANT

Sarah and Todd Palin say their 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant.The couple said in a statement released by John McCain’s presidential campaign that Bristol will keep her baby.

Sarah Palin is McCain’s vice presidential running mate.

The Alaska governor says Bristol intends to marry the father of her child.

She and the campaign also are asking that the media respect the family’s privacy

1 09 2008
Toni

Just want to say that I am delighted to have found you! Thank you so much for you site. I am a HuffPo junkie, but you will be a part of my daily reads.

I, like everyone else, who want the best for this country, and truly wants a government that works, am appalled by everything that transpired since the amazing Denver Convention came to an end.

I could not believe it! I am more convinced now than ever that Obama/Biden must be elected. The stakes are just too high for this nonsense to continue. Mr. McCain ought to be ashamed of himself.

Further, he was staring at her behind the whole time she gave her speech.

Thanks so much!

1 09 2008
clancop

You guys are pathetic… I did a post on the “Bridge to Nowhere” story and debunked these claims. It is one thing to support it when you are only paying 40%, and she was definitely smart to go against it when Washington changed its mind and told her state to foot 80% of the more than 400 million dollar bridge to a community of only 50 people.

1 09 2008
babygate palin

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1 09 2008
Tricia

What a joke! Anyone see the Repub Show today? Mrs. Bush and the beauty queen looked like spaced out fembots! Hey Palin! Maybe you’ll regret your opinion on Abstinance Now programs??? They don’t work and now you know it!

1 09 2008
statesman

1. Thanks for a good web-site with information voters should know.

2. Regarding oil drilling:

Following a ton of propaganda, Zogby Poll: 74 percent support offshore oil drilling in U.S. – In another related poll, 76% of Americans thought the world was once flat and that ghosts are real, proving, once again, that the American public is as dumb as a box of rocks and laughably easy to mislead–even into their own destruction.

* Approximately 1300 trucks a DAY deliver supplies to offshore drilling platforms – imagine 100 trucks on pristine Alaskan protected territory roads – destroying our heritage and tourism forever!

* The U.S. exports over 1 billion barrels a day. A large amount of the oil we pump out of Alaska goes to China.

* Most oil leases are not being drilled, the amount of oil in Alaska was derived from outdated seismic equipment, production or price of oil is not expected to affect the U.S. until 2030 (if any), the price of crude is kept un-naturally high by investors and gifts to GW oilmen – Reportedly, Palin is getting rich off ALASKA PERMANENT FUND oil drilling and Palin’s husband works for A FOREIGN OIL COMPANY!

How are Sarah PALIN & Casey Anthony alike? Count the lies.

(a) Sarah Palin attended Wasilla High School in Wasilla, Alaska, where she was the head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

1982 – Sarah attended college in Hawaii for one semester.

1984 – In 1984, Palin won the Miss Wasilla beauty contest, then finished second in the Miss Alaska pageant,[9] at which she won a college scholarship.
Do Christians pose nude for pictures? Some people are offering to sell real nude photos: http://www.hollywood-newsroom.com/gossip/sarah-palin-naked/

1986 – CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORK announced the GOPs VP candidate’s husband, Todd Palin, was arrested and charged with Driving under the Influence of alcohol in 1986. He was driving in a truck in Dillingham, Alaska, when he was pulled over for the DUI. Christian = DUI?

1987 – Sarah received a bachelor degree in communications-journalism in Idaho.

August 29, 1988 – Sarah claims she eloped to marry her husband (Todd) to avoid spending money on a big wedding! Sarah’s eldest child (TRACK) was born April 20, 1989 – 38 weeks before her son’s birth, she eloped? (Was Sarah missing the rest of her tale of the virginal birth, donkey, Magi, North Star and Bethlehem? Was Christian Sarah fornicating outside of marriage? Bristol apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.)
http://www.americablog.com/2008/08/sarah-palin-and-children-conceived-out.html CHRISTIAN MATH?

1992 – Palin began her political career in 1992 when running for Wasilla, Alaska city council, supporting a controversial new sales tax advocating “a safer, more progressive Wasilla”. Was Sarah Palin’s position – PART TIME MAYOR?
WASILLA POPULATION – 8,000+ with nearest school 10 miles away out of Wasilla government, 35% drive an hour to Ankorage to work, 13% of those under the age of 18 and 10% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. Her constituents claim Palin put a town of 8000 people 20 million in debt!

SARAH PALIN claims she has more executive experience than her counterparts:

*1996- Part-time Mayor of town of 8,000 people
* 1997, January – Palin fired the Wasilla police chief, citing a failure to support her administration. In response, a group of 60 residents calling themselves Concerned Citizens for Wasilla discussed attempting a recall campaign against Palin. The fired police chief sued Palin, saying he had been fired because he supported Palin’s opponent.
At this time, state Republican leaders began grooming her for higher office.
*2002- 2002, Palin made an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor.

*2003- PALIN directed Senator Ted Stevens fundraising and served as one of his directors; Stevens was indicted in July 2008 on seven counts of corruption.
*Governor Murkowski appointed Palin to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 2003 to 2004

*2006, Ketchikan’s Gravina Island Bridge, known outside the state as the “Bridge to Nowhere”, became an issue in the gubernatorial campaign. Palin initially expressed support for the bridge and ran on a “build-the-bridge” platform. NO ONE IN ALASKA REmembers Palin rejecting the Bridge to No Where, SHE SUPPORTED IT EVERY STEP UNTIL FUNDING WAS CUT BY US CONGRESS: “I championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. In fact, I told Congress — I told Congress, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ on that Bridge to Nowhere. (CHRISTIAN WHITE LIE?)

SEE WHO BENEFITS FROM THE BRIDGE TO NO WHERE: http://www.opinionjournal.com/diary/?id=110007930

2006 – running on a clean-government platform, Palin defeated then-Governor Murkowski in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

* In 2007, the Alaska Creamery Board recommended closing Matanuska Maid Dairy, an unprofitable state-owned business. Palin objected, citing concern for dairy farmers and a recent infusion of US$600,000 in state money. Gov. Palin subsequently replaced the entire membership of the Board of Agriculture and Conservation. The new board reversed the decision to close the dairy. Later in 2007, the unprofitable business was put up for sale. No offers met the minimum bid of US$3.35 million, and the dairy was closed. http://www.wikipedia.com

*March 2008 – Palin produced a video welcoming the convention of the secessionist Alaskan Independence Party to Fairbanks.
* May 2008 – Palin objected to the decision of Dirk Kempthorne, the Republican United States Secretary of the Interior, to list polar bears as an endangered species. She filed a lawsuit to stop the listing amid fears that it would hurt oil and gas development in the bears’ habitat off Alaska’s northern and northwestern coasts.
* July 11, 2008 Palin dismissed Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan.

* Palin vetoed money for energy projects in the Southcentral-Interior railbelt, including the 50 megawatt Fire Island wind project. Oil is responsible for 85 percent of Alaska revenue.

Palin denied that there had been any pressure on Monegan to fire Palin’s ex-brother-in-law Wooten from her or anyone in her administration. MEMORY BACK – she later disclosed that her staff had contacted Monegan or his staff about two dozen times regarding Wooten, including many from her chief of staff, stating most calls were made without her knowledge. Monegan claims he was also contacted about Wooten by Palin herself, Palin’s husband, and the state’s Attorney General, Talis Colberg. An investigation of the dismissal, currently being conducted by an independent investigator hired by the Alaska Legislature!
(PALIN’s under investigation in less than 2 years in office!)

??First, they didn’t know anything about pressure to fire their inlaw, Wooten… Then she changed it to “Maybe?” some of her aides had called – but she only changed the story after she found out about tapes… Then the truth comes out that not only were the aides pressuring, but so were BOTH Sarah and Todd Palin in phonecalls, emails and face-to-face meeting(s) with Moneghan.
(CHRISTIAN AMNESIA?)

* Nat’l Guard: PALIN PLAYS NO ROLE IN NAT’L DEFENSE ACTIVITIES – Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard says he and Palin play no role in national defense activities, even when they involve the Alaska National Guard. The entire operation is under federal control, and the governor is not briefed on situations.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com

WIKIPEDIA:
Two major Alaska newspapers have questioned Palin’s competency for the Vice Presidency. In an editorial dated August 30, 2008, the Anchorage Daily News wrote “It’s stunning that someone with so little national and international experience might be a heartbeat away from the presidency.” In an editorial dated August 30, 2008, the Fairbanks Daily News-Minor wrote “Most people would acknowledge that, regardless of her charm and good intentions, Palin is not ready for the top job. McCain seems to have put his political interests ahead of the nation’s when he created the possibility that she might fill it.”

FYI:

+ Palin opposes abortion for rape and incest victims.
+ Palin was originally baptized as a Roman Catholic, but her parents switched to the Assemblies of God.
+ Supported a non-binding referendum for a constitutional amendment to deny state health benefits to same-sex couples.
+ Palin said she supported teaching creationism in public schools.
+ Palin is a strong supporter of abstinence-only education to prevent unplanned pregnancies among teenagers.

ANOTHER VIRGINAL BIRTH with 4-month-old TRIG PALIN born April 18, 2008?
Many (including co-workers) claim Sarah had no belly and no pregnancy symptoms until her faux belly appeared. Students claim Bristol Palin did not attend school last year?

“Trig Paxson Van Palin is not your son. He is your grandson. The sooner you come forward with this revelation to the public, the better. LOOK at 03/09/2008 family photo!
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/8/30/121350/137/486/580223
2nd trimester fit and not pregnant Governor? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/31/145838/319/386/581332

WHY WOULD SARAH & TODD PALIN NOT ANNOUNCE THE BIRTH OF THEIR BABY via media or hospital births? In a video posted in February (nearing five months of pregnancy at the time), Sarah is seen trim, and walking around all of Juneau, Alaska.

AS SOMEONE SAID – Mr. Palin should book himself on Maury and submit to a DNA test. I can just hear Maury say, “You are NOT the father.”

??? August 2008 – The Palin’s announced their 17-year-old daughter Bristol is five-months pregnant – a Vice Presidential family affair???

Wasilla Police Department
On February 8, 2008, at 1737 hours, Wasilla Police responded to two vehicle collision at Seward Meridian Parkway and Fireweed Drive. Investigation revealed that Bristol Palin, age 17 of Wasilla, was driving a 4-door sedan and attempted to turn into a business when she struck a 2-door sedan driven by Joshua Moffet, age 19, of Wasilla. Palin was issued a citation for Failing to Use Due Care to Avoid a Collision.

(Her religion preaches fornication outside of marriage, firing people for personal reasons, fabrications, advocating death penalty and war killing by the government but considers herself “pro-life” and BIG BUSINESS? What holy book has she been reading?

During the 2000 presidential campaign, the GOP claimed McCain was a traitor and not mentally fit for office. These scandals and skeletons about to emerge from the Sarah Palin closet, (troopergate, babygate, bridgegate) appear to prove them correct in the NOT MENTALLY FIT FOR OFFICE.

1 09 2008
clancop

Oh wow, so even the female Dems are sexist. I guess you listen when Barack tells you to “get in the kitchen” eh? Pathetic…

1 09 2008
truthwillout

The issue is not that Palin’s 17 year old daughter is pregnant, but the issue is that Gov. Sarah Louise Heath Palin lied about it and that Sen. John Sidney McCain, III knew about the lie and did nothing about it. Here are just a few of the character flaws of these two candidates.
1. One of them is already lying: When the Anchorage Daily News did report the news today (that Palin’s daughter is pregnant), it pointed out: “The Daily News had asked Palin’s press secretary, Bill McAllister, over the weekend to address rumors that Bristol was pregnant. ‘I don’t know. I have no evidence that Bristol’s pregnant,’ he said on Saturday.”

The McCain team asserted that he knew about the pregnancy when he selected Palin. She has five children and now a grandchild coming as she hits the campaign trail.

2. Palin is already a flip-flopper (a character flaw that the Republicans like to throw around a great deal). “I told Congress, thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere,” Palin told the cheering McCain crowd, referring to Ketchikan’s Gravina Island Bridge. But Palin was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it. The Alaska governor campaigned in 2006 on a build-the-bridge platform, telling Ketchikan residents she felt their pain when politicians called them “nowhere.” They’re still feeling pain today in Ketchikan, over Palin’s subsequent decision to use the bridge funds for other projects — and over the timing of her announcement, which they say came in a pre-dawn press release that seemed aimed at national news deadlines.

3. Palin, the “family values” candidate is already begging the media to ignore her lie “We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.”

John Sidney McCain, III tells crude and insensitive jokes. Is this the man we want in the Whitehouse?

• “Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?” he asked guests at a Senate Republican fundraiser. “Because her father is Janet Reno;” Said by John Sidney McCain, III in 1998.
• “The French remind me a little bit of an aging actress of the 1940s who is still trying to dine out on her looks but doesn’t have the face for it,” McCain told Fox News a few years ago.
• Another favorite has been the elderly. He has recalled groveling for forgiveness when, during his 1986 campaign, he referred to a retirement community called “Leisure World” as “Seizure World.”
• In 1999, in the course of apologizing for his joke about Clinton he recalled for reporters another bad joke: ‘I said, ‘The nice thing about Alzheimer’s is you get to hide your own Easter eggs.'” (Earlier in the 2008 campaign season, he reworked that joke to make himself the target.)
• McCain was also recently condemned by the government of Iran for suggesting that increasing U.S. cigarette sales to Iran could be “a way of killing ‘em.”

But most voters will not know about this aspect of McCain when they vote this fall. They don’t know that he’s a guy who uses the word “c–t” to describe his wife–in public. They don’t.

• In an appearance before the National League of Cities and Towns in Washington D.C., McCain supposedly asked the crowd if they had heard “the one about the woman who is attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, raped repeatedly and left to die?” The punch line: “When she finally regains consciousness and tries to speak, her doctor leans over to hear her sigh contently and to feebly ask, “Where is that marvelous ape?” The joke, as one can imagine, did not go over well with various women’s groups, which responded with indignation. But the McCain campaign denied that he had ever said the offensive gag. “It’s pretty obvious to us that this is a politically motivated sideshow,” Torrie Clarke, McCain’s spokeswoman at the time, said back in 1986. Till this day it has never been proven definitively true or false whether the Senator ever said the line. The Huffington Post reached out to the original reporter in that story, Norma Coile (who after talking to multiple sources months after it was told wrote about the response to the rape joke in the Tuscon Citizen) to find out if she thought it was true.” I’m not sure exactly what the wording was of the joke, but something was said. Some joke involving a rape and ape was said. Enough women repeated it to me at the time and the McCain campaign had a non-denial denial,” said Coile, now with the Arizona Daily Star. “It came after his ‘Seizure World’ joke, in which he referred to the [retirement community] Leisure World as Seizure World… I just think it reinforced this idea that John McCain is humor-challenged. Whatever his qualities, he seems to have a tin ear for how these jokes will go over.”

John Sidney McCain, III and Sarah Louise Heath Palin are already beginning the lies for which the GWB administration has become notorious. We cannot afford another 4 years of the Bush type administration. These are selfish, inhumane people with our lives in their hands.
Before you tell me that any of this is untrue …Google it.

1 09 2008
James E. Snodgrass

I have always thought John McCain was a little off of his noodle and his choice for his Vice Presidential candidate proves it! George W. Bush made the most awful appointments as president but McCain would put him to shame!

2 09 2008
“Palin” that starts with “p” and rhymes with “t” and that stands for trouble. « Northwestlaw’s Weblog

[...] running mate for McCain.  God knows he fudges on his record freely.  In just a couple of days she has already falsified hers. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)My First Construction ProjectWasilla, Alaska [...]

2 09 2008
Annie

How pathetic all of this is. The McCain camp claims they KNEW about her daughter’s pregnancy. I think not –but Sara knew. I’m sorry what kind of mother would hold her daughter’s indiscretion up to the WHOLE world? Who is caring for these children? Isn’t the father away in the OIL drilling fields for some time during the year? I note that Bristol is carrying around the baby!! Hello – Bristol has her own ‘high risk’ pregnancy to worry about / SHE didn’t give birth to this baby SARAH did! A Down’s Syndrome child has all kinds of special medical problems and needs! SARA if she had any brains ( doesn’t know much about – duh – the war in Iraq) she wouldn’t be pandering to an old man lost somewhere in the 60s – who states he KNOWS nothing about economics (it appears that Sara doesn’t either with the sports arena debacle in her SMALL town) –and GAG her claiming to be like Hillary (and I don’t like Hillary) is a JOKE. She needs to tend to her FIRST priority and that is her children period —oh, and that’s BIBLICAL !!!

2 09 2008
Judgment, Experience, Honor, Country: Mccain’s Epic Palin Fail | Politics - Sharpy News

[...] others hanging if you’ve really chosen someone else. Don’t set your running mate up to tell untruths about the "bridge to nowhere" on her very first day. Don’t try to tell us your new running mate didn’t really support [...]

3 09 2008
dema

love the choice, love the VP candidate, the dems are embarrassing with their comments regarding daugther pregnancy and Mrs. Palin’s competance. She was a mother of 4 and a mayor, and a mother of 4 and a governor!

3 09 2008
HamletsMill

Well, I watched NBC and CBS News tonight. It did calm me down. It seemed even handed on some of the tip of the iceberg issues before the Teleprompter Annunciation tonight. I wonder if they will drive the Straight Talk Express Bus right out onto the stage? Oh, but wait, a moving hologram of the Straight Talk Express would be even better! Show those Chinese with the Olympic’s Bird’s Nest tower guys and the bead girls that we can do visual technology too!

Of course, everybody on this Blog which has now gone viral worldwide, has known since Saturday morning forward the inside story post by post and comment by comment on many of the major points touched on these newscasts tonight! It looks like whatever surfaces here, gets into the MSM 4 days later. How many news cycles is that? Are news cycles like dog years where something like 4 human days=16 news cycles? I don’t know. It is all so confusing.

I’m doing OK. I actually got a lot of stuff done today as a software engineer. Thank God and, well, Bill Gates’s mom and dad for getting busy fifty some year ago for the eventual evolution of Sonic and UltraVNC open source software. Could they teach the evolution of computer software in Alaska? But, yes, I will admit it…I took a “work from home” day today so I could try to regain some of my recent sleep deprivation like many of you. I have to regain some physical strength and mental clarity in time for the 10PM speech that may alter the space-time continuum tonight. And I have achieved this by rest without the use of alcohol or any mind altering substances. I am proud of myself. Well, I did take some Aleve. Maybe it will turn out Cindy McCain is my secret role model. She even looked rested tonight on the CBS news.

So I WAS feeling stable after those fairly straight forward newscasts.

But … then …”The Insider”… came … on.

OMG.

The whole tabloid wave came crashing into my personal space before I could find my misplaced remote. For a moment I thought things were normal like a political conventions when candidates themselves ran their own campaigns back in the day and not professional “handlers”. I tell ya McCain’s top guy Rick Davis, who apparently had to advise on this, is going to have to be buried in an unmarked grave in the future if this woman is elected Vice President of the United States.

Thank God I met Kurt Vonnegut face to face in NYC back in 1983. I am holding to that wonderful encounter now in this hour. God, I wish he was with us tonight on Earth to give his commentary. Maybe someone here could “channel” him tonight?

So all you fine people: I am ready. I will be able to face the 10PM hour.

Yes. I. Can.

See you then!

4 09 2008
Disaboom | GuRuth | Don't be Fooled by Sister Sarah's Bridge to Nowhere

[...] apparently shows, neither is Sarah Palin. (I have been reading an Alaskan political blog called Mudflats:  Tiptoeing Through The Muck of Alaskan Politics.  Last night the author made a comment about Governor Palin cut funding for special needs [...]

7 09 2008
With Respect and Deference

[...] promises Maverick™ reform™ and change™, while practicing Karl Rove style attack politics, lying about her support for the “bridge to nowhere”, lying about her record of earmarks, pork-barrel spending, and lobbyists, lying about her [...]

8 09 2008
Scholars and Rogues » Nota bene: Scholars & Rogues’s world-famous hot links

[...] No one is covering Palin better than the Alaskan blog Mudflats, which called Palin: “McCain’s Bridge to Nowhere.” [...]

9 09 2008
Sarah Palin’s MAGICAL Vice-Presidency! &raquo Out-Loud Brainwaves

[...] for the Bridge to Nowhere from the historical record. Palin, as you’ve well heard by now, actually supported the Ketchikan Bridge project pushed by Alaska’s Senator Pork himself, Ted Stevens. When the outcry over the project grew [...]

10 09 2008
mainliner

Bush-McCain’s “Bridge to Nowhere”: no jobs, no health care, no energy, no college, no home, no hope!

We’ve heard much lately of “the bridge to nowhere” from Sarah Palin and her Republican handlers. This is a bridge sponsored by Republican Congressmen and backed initially by Sarah Palin herself, that was never build! But the hundreds of millions of dollars allocated for it was spend nonetheless! Sarah Palin’s “bridge to nowhere” is a perfect metaphor of the Bush-McCain Republican Party. They spend billions of dollars of our money (trillions in national debt) and the people’s business is never built. (www.ThePoliticalDispatch.com/Why Do Republican Administrations Love Budget Deficits!)

This is not government reform! It is Republican political ‘bites’ to mislead, deceive and hide the problems we live every day. The American people have nothing to fear of a bridge in Alaska that was never build. But we have much to fear of another 4 years of Bush’s Republican policies running our country. McCain offers the American people 4 more years of Bush’s “Bridge to Nowhere”: no jobs, no health care, no energy, no college, no home, no hope! And the American people with one resounding voice must say “THANKS BUT NO THANKS” to Bush-McCain’s “Bridge to Nowhere”!

11 09 2008
Respecting Alaska’s Blogs–mudflats On Palin’s “bridge To Nowhere” Lie | Politics - Sharpy News

[...] why shouldn’t Open Left be that someone else? Especially when Mudflats brings us the diary, “Palin is McCain’s Bridge to Nowhere. Thanks, But No Thanks.”: Perhaps the brain was still a little fuzzy from the shock of McCain’s new VP pick, [...]

27 09 2008
Obama's Foreign Policy Stance

[...]Thus, the main thrust of the Democratic tradition is deeply steeped in fighting wars, but approaches this task with four things in mind: Wars should not begin until the last possible moment and ideally should be initiated by the enemy.Wars must be fought in a coalition with much of the burden borne by partners.The outcome of wars should be an institutional legal framework to manage the peace, with the United States being the most influential force within this multilateral framework.Any such framework must be built on a trans-Atlantic relationship.Democratic Party Fractures[...]

20 10 2008
WarMachine

Her face reminds me of a pitches mitt!

30 10 2008
Links for September 1 2008 « Pixie Links

[...] Massive police raids on suspected protestors in Minneapolis ABC Reporter Arrested in Denver Taking Pictures of Senators, Big Donors Palin is McCain’s Bridge to Nowhere. Thanks, But No Thanks. [...]

17 11 2008
Governor Palin-Life After the Campaign « Gr8k8e’s Blog

[...] the pair hit the campaign trail. They defended slanderous talk about their reputations and their policies on blogs and in the media and it just wasn’t enough.  In the end they were defeated, but [...]




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