Palin’s Pitbull Problem.

4 09 2008

Hoo. OK. Before I get out the mud boots and shovel my way through the steaming pile of speech that Sarah Palin deposited on the stage of the Republican Convention last night, let me mention one thing that might be lost to most Americans – a telling little footnote.

Believe it or not, despite the unbelievable political news that’s been happening in Alaska lately (indictment of Senator Ted Stevens, investigation of Rep. Don Young, and all of the Palin antics) there’s really not that much else going on here. If you went throught the Anchorage Daily News wtih a pair of scissors, and removed the stories about politics, you’d end up with a quirky assortment of news that most people in the Lower 48 would consider not very newsworthy. The local news covers the high school basketball games.

Just so you get the idea, here are a few headline, front page news stories from the past few weeks:

Electronic scarecrows haze ravens from utility equipment

Orphaned Bear Cub Eludes Fish & Game Agents

Missing Hikers Found in Denali

In a small community, these are the kinds of things that really ARE news.

So last night, as I watched Palin’s debut on the national stage, something struck me. First, of course, she was polished and poised and handling her new found celebrity with confidence. She even pulled off an ad lib that was her greatest laugh line of the night. In response to the homemade “Hockey Moms for Palin” signs that were being held aloft, she said, “I love those hockey moms. You know the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick!” (thunderous laughter and applause from the crowd)

Now let me share with you another of those headline stories from three weeks ago:

Child Taken Off Life Support After Pit Bull Attack.

This was the big news story in Alaska for several days that week. A child and her babysitter were viciously attacked by the family pet pit bull. The owner surrendered the dog, waited for the girls father to return from his deployment in Iraq, and watched as his six-year-old daughter was taken off life support after she went into an irreversably vegetative state.

I don’t know how other Alaska residents felt about the pit bull joke, and obviously her audience loved it, but most of us here in “small town America” probably didn’t find it particularly funny.

Cross posted on Huffington Post

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230 responses

4 09 2008
Athabasca

Rage we can believe in!

4 09 2008
portland oregon native

Just goes to show why she has no business in show business.
And she didn’t even sell the frickin’ plane on eBay, but had to pay a broker to do it for her; the same way she had to hire someone else to run the city of Wasilla.
This “news” has to get out of the blogosphere and into every american home pronto!

4 09 2008
dongshow

i laughed as soon as I heard that. it won’t matter though, no one outside of Alaska will have put that together. I have a feeling Sarah may get metaphorically mauled in the next couple months though.

4 09 2008
ADAMS OFF OX

CNN just said she may not need to do any interviews.

Preemptive damage control.

4 09 2008
Audrey in Oregon

You also can’t put lipstick on a pig and call it a Vice President!

4 09 2008
DS

So Palin wants to be viewed as a pitbull? I never understood why Hillary Clinton wanted to be viewed as a fighter, either.

An election is more of a contest than a fight. You don’t have to bludgeon your opponent to win a contest. To win a contest, you just prove to the voters you’re the best pick.

4 09 2008
Glenn2008

To use the popular terminology this shows she is pretty much “out of touch” of her home affairs. Surely had she known about this piece of news she would not have embarked on the pittbull joke… Amazingly, with all the advisers around her no one realized the potential sensitivity of this joke.

The comparison of mothers and dogs alone was silly (pittbull or other).

4 09 2008
Jim S.

That report about the child, as you say about your states reaction, will also not sit well in much of the lower 49, and yes Hawaii is Lower Than Alaska, there’s been a number of those here in North Carolina, as well as other places, it’ll click with Many!!

As will these Attacks on Anything To Do with Community Service, meaning also All Service!!

4 09 2008
MH

Quoted-for-sheer-love from Metafilter’s epically long April 29 Palin thread:

Or, you know, maybe someone needs to remind Sarah Palin that Jesus Christ was a community organizer and Pontius Pilate was a governor.

4 09 2008
fredrik

About the “plane on ebay gate” ;-) : Not only did she not sell the plane. As I understands it, Alaska has used eBay to sell aircrafts before. So it wasn’t even her original idea to sell it through that site.

4 09 2008
BigSkyGirl

Have you seen Roger Simon’s great “apology” on behalf of the media?

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13143.html

Good stuff. I hope the media stick to their guns and don’t let a single Palin scandal go unexamined.

How can she NOT do any interviews? Can they really think we’ll simply elect someone who has merely proven she can read a teleprompter?

4 09 2008
ceti

Well it is apt as that is what Sarah Palin would do to the USA if she got into office. She has already demonstrated her take-no-prisoners approach to small town government and her comfort with firing veteran officials.

However, pitbulls don’t fly around gunning down wolves and bears.

4 09 2008
BigSkyGirl

The pitbull image does work for Sarah, though. Did anyone else notice how her nostrils flared when she spat out her strongest smears? Very canine-esque.

4 09 2008
Ian

Mudflats,

Any comment on why Alaska was the only state last night to reserve 5 of its electoral party votes for republican/libertarian Ron Paul? It makes sense to me since Alaska has such an independant/anti-goverment streak. But on a night when one of there own was on the ticket did not seem like the time to break line in the party ranks. Just curious on your thoughts.

4 09 2008
karen

WHAT ? She didn’t sell the jet on ebay?? Gosh, then did Palin look into a camera & lie to the american people ??????????

4 09 2008
Bethany

MH: Loves it! (Jesus was a community organizer line)

I posted this at the very end of the last post about her speech, but I thought I would post it again:

http://www.obamataxcut.com

will tell you an estimate of how much your taxes will be cut by when Obama is elected

4 09 2008
Jim S.

That Comment About The Pitbull Won’t Only Have Effect On Other Similar Tragic Incidents. They had to wait for her Father to Return:

Isis underwent surgery at Alaska Native Medical Center the day of the attack, then was placed on life support, Injasoulian said. The girl’s father was deployed to Iraq, and the family waited for him to return before taking her off the machines.

Child taken off life support after pit bull attack

4 09 2008
portland oregon native

MH: great line! May I use that?
Thanks so much!

4 09 2008
VA

Had Michelle Obama made a speech like Palin she would be labeled a angry black woman.

4 09 2008
DS

Is the National Enquirer story about Palin’s affair with her husband’s business partner going to be released today?

4 09 2008
Miemaw from Texas

Lots of cities in the lower 48 have had the “pit bull” problem. Many have passed laws that prohibit ownership of the animals. Debate still goes on in one major Texas City about outlawing ownership of the dogs. Several deaths to kids and grownups alike have resulted from their attacks.

Here’s the thing. It is the popular notion that people who own pitbulls either fight them, or are drug dealers who keep them for protection.

So, the Republican Party could not understand the “pit bull” comment in any context, because they don’t own the dogs. And know less about them. They are not a threat to, or part of the life of rich, white America. Rich, white America uses other means of protection. Gated communities, private security, alarm systems, etc.,

Normally, not pit bulls.

Pit bulls that are picked up by most large city animal control divisions, are almost immediately euthanized, because they are not considered “adoptable” pets.

Actually, I kinda feel that way about Sarah Palin. I don’t think the American people are going to find her “adoptable.”

4 09 2008
tammy

I know in the twin cities they had some pit bull attacks. And National Geographic is showing a special Friday on Michael Vick’s dogs. So did she really want to go there? Oh and that promo has been playing on msnbc.

4 09 2008
akmuckraker

Ron Paul came in third in the Alaska caucuses after Romney and Huckabee. John McCain came in fourth. Palin may be the only thing that keeps Alaska from going blue this year in the presidential race.

The Ron Paul fans in Alaska are absolutely steadfast. No WAY they ever would have tossed their votes to McCain.

4 09 2008
Granny in Dallas

Her speech struck me as a typical NATO speech: no action, talk only.

WHERE’S THE BEEF?

4 09 2008
Rita

I think we should call her “Bush with Heels” instead of a Pitbull with Lipstick.

As Bush says, “You are either with me, or against me”. She’s an oil woman, she’s against stem cell research, and she feels she’s doing the work of the lord in the war in Iraq.

4 09 2008
akmuckraker

Great point Jim S. I’m amending the post.

4 09 2008
BobbyG

I got’cher “Community Organizer” right here:

Pay it forward.

4 09 2008
Ana Gama

What’s the difference between Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin?

Lipstick.

(Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.)

4 09 2008
raingods

Looks like Wall Street wasn’t fond of the pit bull either, it’s down 259 points right now.

4 09 2008
pvazwindy

Steroid Sarah- Does she eviserate Alaskans like she did Obama last night? Now I know why McCain calls her his partner and soulmate. She goes straight for the nutz.

4 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

A must-read article in today’s L.A. Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-palin4-2008sep04,0,2730681.story

The headline reads: Sarah Palen, as governor, takes on energy companies.

Apparently, she virtually “nationalized” the AK oil fields, much to the consternation of the oil companies and slapped a huge tax on them. Then, when she couldn’t get the gas companies to play ball with her on the pipeline deal, she bypassed them and signed an agreement with a Canadian company. The oil execs are saying that it’s no longer economic for them to exploit the Alaskan fields, which peaked production nearly 20 years ago. As my DH noted, it sounds more like Hugo Chavez than Dick Cheney. Wonder if McCain’s vetters knew that…

Her pitbull in lipstick comment, if ad libbed as is being reported, really shows the nature of the beast (Sarah, not the dogs) given the story of the Alaskan child.

4 09 2008
Haley

While I would NEVER try to take anything away from this wonderful blog and our wonderful leader akmuckraker , it is my sincere hope that perhaps just maybe I had a little something to do with that huffington post thing.
(myself and many others here as well )
I spent the entire day yesterday as I wrote and followed this blog
sending out emails and making posts on other sites referring to this blog.
I sent emails about this blog to MSNBC, Countdown, The Huffington Post,
CNN, and placed links back to this blog everywhere I could.
Now, unlike our little Ms. Palin, I am 100% certain that I alone did nothing
all by lonesome to help this blog gain the attention I feel it deserved,
but I hope that along with many others here I helped to contribute
to the attention this blog might soon be getting.
And deservedly so. So come on everyone…help spread the word!
Lets get
akmuckraker into the media spotlight !
Link to this blog every time you have a chance.
Sarah…..we are watching you!

Good Job ! akmuckraker

4 09 2008
BahstinBoyo

Where to begin?

Kudos to Mudflats… I’m HOOKED! I get off work at 11pm EST and I am now up ’till 3am just trying to catch up! The posts here are insightful and at the same time hysterical! There are some GREAT tee shirts just WAITING to be made! Here are just a few BEGGING for some iron-on letters:

1. Somewhere in Alaska a village is missing its idiot
2. You had better hope the country is more sexist than racist
3. Michelle could take her
4. Jesus Christ was a community organizer… Pontius Pilate was a Govenor

There are MANY more! This blog to me is representative of the REAL America!

OBTW… anyone see The Daily Show with John Stewart last night? BRILLIANT! HYS-TERICAL! Can’t WAIT to see tonights show! I’m downloading them from Comedy Cenral for posterity… and future reference!

Do the right thing… tell EVERYONE you know about this blog… we may just save this country from itself!

4 09 2008
Haley

oops….forgot to close the brackets in the right place obviously,
I get a little forgetful when I am happy.

4 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

Can any of you Alaskans shed more light on or refute the L.A. Times article?

4 09 2008
White Agate

Ana Gama: Priceless!

This whole thing is making me go read ‘MacBeth’ again…remember, overarching ambition? Gotta go get some quotes.

4 09 2008
BobbyG

Good work, Haley. I, for one, appreciate it.

4 09 2008
Jenn

We have had a lot of contreversy about pitbulls here in the square red state right in the middle of the lower 48…

I noticed the comment. Made me a bit sick.

No one else did here though.

4 09 2008
CoolObserver

I love this site. I continue to blog about the Wasilla/Alaskan views of Sarah Palin, which many in the lower 48s could care less about right now. All that I hear is how good the speech was…but I’m having trouble appreciating it. In fact, it seemed a little distasteful coming from someone with an unethical investigation hovering overhead.

I hope the Alaskan people wronged by her will be vindicated somehow. Keep putting it out there, others will hear you.

4 09 2008
Haley

I am a faithful watcher of The Daily Show…is heading on over there right now
to send an email to JS about Mudflats!

Are you ready akmuckraker ,br>

You are going to be famous if I have anything to say about it !

Come on everyone…join me ! Send emails to JS ! and SC

Lets take Sarah Down !

4 09 2008
A.P.

Here is a video that someone put together for the edification of Ms. Sarah Palin:

4 09 2008
Road to Nowhere – nemski.com

[…] Mudflaps about the Hockey Mom / Pitbull joke: Believe it or not, despite the unbelievable political news […]

4 09 2008
All I Saw

The day her nomination was announced and her pro-gun position was lauded a 6 year old boy shot to death (accidentally) a 7 year old in a rural village in Alaska – with a high powered rifle they were both playing with.

4 09 2008
Cheryl

Thanks for the background. It certainly makes her humor look quite twisted and indefensible. I’ll certainly spread the word down here in the Lower 48. Just shows how very callous she really is.

I feel for those poor parents on several levels, but having her tell and the country laugh at the pit bull joke given what they’ve just endured, makes me angry.

Keep up your excellent work!

4 09 2008
pupule

Friends,
You gotta read Seth Greenland on the Huffington Post…”What John McCain is Thinking, Part IV”
Caution! Make sure you have no liquids in your mouth!
You will laugh ’til you cry!

4 09 2008
Jim S.

akmuckraker:

I’m the type that Already was pissed when I read your headline, when I Pulled up the Article I Flipped Out, the sub-title popped right out, than that paragraph!!!

Just sent it, as well as posted, to a Number of Vet Boards as well as one board that VoteVets uses for mostly our younger returning brothers and sisters of these present Debacles!!

4 09 2008
CoolObserver

I’m with you Haley. I’m beginning to think that maybe I need a job just blogging.

4 09 2008
BahstinBoyo

A.P.

Just watched that YouTube video… the Dems should just put that right on TV and not waste a moment in doing so! Who better to refute the RNC than ‘We The People’!

And Haley, I’m going there as well! Let’s hope the MSM has someone actually WATCHING The Daily Show!

I have never been this stoked during an election in the 37 years I’ve been able to vote!

4 09 2008
Chicago

As my friendly terrier has been attacked by PBmixes (ok after vets), these creatures are more viscious than any wold or grizzly bear. The link to pittbulls and gangs are indisputable.

It’s amazing that line wasn’t ‘vetted’ in the speech-editing process and her handlers.
Only demonstrates how out of touch GOP are with issues: crime, cities, and yes, the poor (as gangs thrive in the environment).

Jesus was a community organizer: there’s a bumpersticker if there ever was one!

4 09 2008
dongshow

All I Saw: gun control is a non issue in rural Alaska. No law anyone will pass would have much an effect on that type of stuff. It’s an entire step beyond rural America.

4 09 2008
Haley

Just do it email Jon Stewart with me !

4 09 2008
YummyMudslides

Another day with an aching in my stomach that this woman may somehow end up VP or, God forbid, President. I’m at a loss as to why so many things she said last night can so easily be proven as false yet not much is being written up in the MSM.

I’m emailing everyone I know posts from this website. I really almost chocked on my pepto when she said “To the families of special needs children all across this country, I have a message for you. For years you’ve sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters and I pledge to you that if we’re elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House”. Does this mean she’ll try and cut more than 62% from the entire country not just Alaska? Great friend.

4 09 2008
Haley

mmm didn’t work

thedailyshow@comedycentral.com

4 09 2008
All I Saw

I’m not sure we need anti-gun laws.

But perhaps the owner of THAT gun should serve time for not securing it.

4 09 2008
Anon

Give Spiro Agnew a sex change, raise his voice to somewhere between a whine and a screech, and put him in a trailer park, and you’ve got Sarah Palin. That act always has some appeal, but it’s not going to last too long.

The Republican Convention has solidified their base, but they’ve got a problem or two. First, it has also solidified the Democratic base, and the Democratic base is about one-third larger. Second, they did nothing to appeal to the center. They haven’t said a single thing about the things that are on people’s minds in the “heartland,” like health insurance and the economy.

Now, it’s going to be up to Obama and Biden to point that out, and to keep pointing it out. For starters, Biden ought to stop handing out compliments to McCain on his honesty and integrity and to Palin on her speech. Being gracious is one thing, but it doesn’t mean signing up for their campaign as volunteers.

I am not the only one who thought that Palin is a whining bitch who delivered a nasty, disrespectful, factless, content-free speech last night.

4 09 2008
sosad

Mh had the best line of the day ,, Love to here Joe say that in the debate
Jesus Christ was a community organizer and Pontius Pilate was a governor.

4 09 2008
4 09 2008
White Agate

The raven himself is hoarse
That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan
Under my battlements. Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full
Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood,
Stop up th’access and passage to remorse,
That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
Th’ effect and it. Come to my woman’s breasts,
And take my milk for gall, you murd’ring ministers,
Wherever in your sightless substances
You wait on nature’s mischief. Come, thick night,
And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,
That my keen knife see not the wound it makes,
Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark,
To cry ‘Hold, hold!’

Lady Macbeth speaks these words in Act I, scene v, lines 36–52

Now, I’m not suggesting what Lady Macbeth suggests, but there are parallels…

…basically, it always comes down to Shakespeare. Even in Alaska.

4 09 2008
dmk_Wisconsin

The McSame/Palin Pony and Pitbull show is coming to my area next week Friday. I live just outside Milwaukee Wisconsin, the 22nd largest city in the US, pop. 1.8 million. They are appearing in small suburb (ex-urb, as these are now being called), just north of Milwaukee called Cedarburg, pop. 11,000. Go figure. Now we know what their strategy is. Howard Fineman wrote an article on this last week: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26473986/

I am hoping to go see them, as much as I don’t want to, just to see if they will let her meet and greet the media. The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel is not exactly an attack dog.

Thanks for the insight and commentary on this sight. I am hooked! What in the world is going on with the affair rumors? The blogs seem to be bringing out info at lightning speed. I feel like I am growing old waiting for the mainstreame media to catch up.

4 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

Fact checkers are awake and aware. Unfortunately, I wonder if we’re all just preaching to the choir.

http://www.truthout.org/article/attacks-praise-stretch-truth-gop-convention

4 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

I want a bumper sticker that says that! “Jesus Christ Was A Community Organizer, And Pontius Pilate Was A Governor.

4 09 2008
Cat

Thank you for this blog. Great info. I am posting this link because this perspective is valid and we should not underestimate the Republicans strategy and Sarah Palin. Please take the time to read this article.

George Lakoff argues that the Republican choice of Palin makes total sense if you truly understand the strategy of the Republicans in this election.

The Palin Choice
The Reality of the Political Mind
by George Lakoff

http://files.tikkun.org/current/article.php?story=20080904070242463

4 09 2008
raingods

Just talked to my Mom. A lifelong Republican, she registered as a Democrat in 1996. Up until last night, she was leaning towards McCain; when I asked her what she thought of the speech last night, her comment was “This woman is batsh*t crazy.”

Couldn’t agree more.

4 09 2008
jen

You know what, someone needs to contact Paris Hilton and have her read the same speech Palin did and make a video of it. By using the GOP “logic”, Paris would be qualified to be VP too!

4 09 2008
PalinGate

MH – I LOOOOOOVE your comment. Just emailed it to all my friends:

Maybe someone needs to remind Sarah Palin that Jesus Christ was a community organizer and Pontius Pilate was a governor.

4 09 2008
portland oregon native

AP: GREAT! You tube video. I am snending along to everyone I know! Thanks!

4 09 2008
tammy

Actually the pitbull analogy will work for democrats. Think about it. Let me say first that my brother has owned pit bulls before and they were the nicest dogs you would ever see. They wouldn’t even attack a flea. Maybe lick the flea but wouldn’t attack it.

Lets go with the image that the american people have of the pit bulls. And the poster guy for that image. We all remember the pit bull fighting ring that Michael Vick was involved in. What does the pit bull fighting rings and the gop/current administration have in common? They operate in secret. Sure you can find these fighting rings but you have to dig for it. From what I recall reading on these rings, they don’t like being outed. Just like the gop/current administration doesn’t like being outed on the things they are doing.

What else do they have in common? What do the people do with these dogs once they get injured? Well, they might get them medical help. Might not. Similar to our health care crisis. You might be able to go to the doctor. But you are stuck within that HMO. Generally you have to pay a copay for your health insurance and prescriptions. That is assuming you have health care coverage. With some of the people involved in these dog fighting rings, they don’t care if they get the dogs help or not. The same feeling the gop/current administration has towards all americans having universal health care coverage.

If the dogs don’t fight, the people in these rings don’t care about those dogs. The same way the gop/current administration feels toward the military vets once they return home. This would also link up with the way the gop/current administration feels about the homeless and people in poverty. Even with the mortgage crisis and economic crisis. They don’t care.

What about the money these people make from these dog fights? Do you actually think they report this as earnable income? Unless they have a shell corporation set up, I bet they don’t. I am not for sure on this but I thought I saw recently where 95% of the corporations in the U.S. don’t pay taxes at all. If that stat is true, that is alot of corporations not paying taxes. You can also link this to the gop/current administration. Remember the democrats haven’t been in control of the congress and senate that long.

If you start asking about these dog fighting rings because you heard rumors on the streets, they will deny that they exist. Sound familiar? You can link this back to the gop/current administration. You could use any scandal from the gop in the last eight years to make this point. The reasons for going to war in Iraq. The WMD thing. The Larry Craig fiasco. The response to Hurricane Katrina.

What happens to the dogs that die? Well obviously the people involved in these dog fighting rings can’t have a bunch of graves on their property. That would alert people too much. Just like the gop/current administration doesn’t want the media showing the caskets with our soldiers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. Even if the family has no objections.

Once these dog fighting rings are busted, the people involved never accept full responsibility. Look at the Michael Vick case. To the very end he was parsing his words. Not accepting full responsibility. Even the judge in the case didn’t believe him. I read the indictments and plea deal. Same thing with the gop/current administration. Even after all the stuff came out about them misleading us into the war in Iraq, no one was held accountable. They tried to impeach Bill Clinton over having oral sex in the white house, which didn’t kill anybody. But when Bush continued to lie to us about the real reasons for going to war with Iraq (hint: OIL), he is not held accountable.

These are the ways I think the democrats can use the pit bull analogy against the republicans.

4 09 2008
BobbyG

TALKING POINT

McCain yesterday, during an ABC new interview with Charles Gibson, slammed Obama on Barack’s alleged lack of “judgment.”
______

On “experience” vs “judgment” –

A favorite line of mine is “experience is that which you get immediately after you really needed it.”

But, seriously, while empirical “experience” accrues in everyones’ cognitive databases, it not does axiomatically follow that everyone will effectively use the data to make informed, rational judgments. Some people — such as John McCain (Bush is the poster child here) — seem to never learn, immune from the weight of their experiences. Others have the cerebral chops with which to connect the deductive and inductive dots and arrive at cogent judgments.

On the aggregate evidence of “judgment” to date, I have to go with Obama, imperfect as he may be.

4 09 2008
Linda Francis

I’m SO tired of everyone using the term “Pit Bull” to describe tenacity, persistence, and determination.

I own a Pit Bull…I rescue Pit Bull’s, and I am offended at Palin’s reference. She should be so fortunate to have the qualities of a Pit Bull.!! This woman is laughable…and after reading about the kid who was attacked and is a vegetable, it was in very poor taste.

God: If you truly DO speak to Sarah then tell her to go home and take care of her special needs kid. I have YET to see her hold him…not once.

4 09 2008
BahstinBoyo

A & B…

Sent that link to all my contacts… EXCELLENT read!

I hate to leave this, but I MUST get ready for work… and I’m one of the lucky ones that still HAS a job! Well, at least FOR NOW!

I’ll catch up later tonight… AFTER The Daily Show!

4 09 2008
tammy

YummyMudslides (09:50:04) :

Another day with an aching in my stomach that this woman may somehow end up VP or, God forbid, President. I’m at a loss as to why so many things she said last night can so easily be proven as false yet not much is being written up in the MSM.

I’m emailing everyone I know posts from this website. I really almost chocked on my pepto when she said “To the families of special needs children all across this country, I have a message for you. For years you’ve sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters and I pledge to you that if we’re elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House”. Does this mean she’ll try and cut more than 62% from the entire country not just Alaska? Great friend.

_______________________

She will probably try to cut it out altogether. That is not an advocate I want for my two special needs kids. After fighting the school district for the whole school year to get my oldest son in to the proper programming that he needed, and the district was failing him at that, someone like Palin is not what we need.. As I said in an email to mediamatters.org Ted Kennedy has done more to help special needs kids than Palin has as governor. Even Jesse Ventura helped special needs kids more than she has as governor. Ventura has a child with mental retardation. Maybe other Minnesotans can correct me on this but I never saw that kid in the spotlight.

4 09 2008
EvilPoet

Not sure if this posted before but … about those signs…

Homemade signs? Ya RIGHT!

Manufacturing excitement, via the National Journal: The “homemade” signs seen on the floor of the Republican National Convention tonight are actually a bit of stagecraft. Floor whips–volunteers in plastic red, white, and blue hats–worked their way across the hall handing out paper posters with slogans such as “Hockey Moms for Palin,” “Palin Power,” and “Environmentalists for McCain.” One delegate looked at his “Environmentalists” sign and shrugged that he basically agrees with McCain’s views of the environment. “They’re acceptable,” he said.

Source: http://thesidetrack.blogspot.com/2008/09/homemade-signs.html

4 09 2008
Mary from TN

Sarah takes on the ‘community organizers’….well, I can only wonder what the greatest ‘community organizer’ of all time would think of Palin’s remarks. And who is that you ask? ……

Jesus Christ.

4 09 2008
Peter

A lot of people were turned off by her nastiness. Apparantly undecided women voters were less than thrilled.

http://www.100differentthings.com/2008/09/04/undecided-women-voters-turned-off-by-palin/

4 09 2008
White Agate

Cat: Great article from Tikkun. That is exactly what has been going on in our country for a few generations, and you bet that’s why Karl Rove has been so successful. It’s really a yin-yang, Phoenix-Dragon kind of deal with the competing world views in the electorate. Bottom line: people vote with their lizard brains, not their wonky brains. People vote for the narrative they can identify with, not with facts or realities or issues, even in the case of emergencies like the declining fortunes of the US middle class or 9/11.

So the choices for Obama are to overwrite the GOP narrative, poke holes in it, and present one that more folks can hold on to.

Read this article folks, worth 5 minutes and more! I hope Obama’s camp is reading this article.

4 09 2008
Sarah in CA

My dad used to say about stuff that bothered him, “this is the type of thing that keeps me awake at night.” At the time, I was never sure what he meant. I do now.

Last night I was up until 3am, disturbed and angry and worried and emotional concerning the future of this country. Thankfully, I found your blog, and it has given me some hope reading your viewpoint as well as the commentors’. At least half of this country seems to have its head on straight. Sometimes I feel like I’ve been transported to 1955 when forced to listen to the blatant lies and diatribe of the GOP.

I’ve been to your beautiful state, and didn’t consider it to be full of “f’ing rednecks” and pitbulls with lipstick. Then again, I didn’t take a tour of the government, so…

4 09 2008
speedingpullet

Wow – just loved the belittling of the ‘Community Organizers’.

So, what exactly were Cindy McCain, Laura Bush and Sarah Palin doing creating CARE packages on monday for the ‘please-don’t-mention-Katrina-because-look-how-well-we’re-doing-with-Gustav’ Service schpiell they did?

Ah, right, those packages will be flown on the wings of angels directly to the needy residents of NOLA.
No need for ‘Community Organizers’ to do the heavy lifting getting that aid to those that need it, as its so obviously such a demeaning job and so unworthy of note….

(/sarcasm off)

4 09 2008
Nebalaskan

Yes. The comment was deplorable. I was in Boulder Co this summer and someone had stolen a litter of (confiscated) pitbulls from the local Animal Shelter. It was big news. Why? Because it is illegal to own a pitbull in Boulder, Louisville, Denver, Etc. Maybe she meant “sled dog”. Their pretty mean too.

4 09 2008
Phil

I am still waiting for the “affair-gate” story to break from the NE. I hope it wasn’t just too good to be true!

4 09 2008
Rachel

This is the best “Sarah Palin Unmasked” site on the web!

I love this place! Please keep up the good work, and don’t let the fundies shut you down.

4 09 2008
swineprincess

White Agate: Ref MacBeth:

Lady MacBeth after reading her letter from her honey and realizing that he was not capable of achieving anything without her help:

Art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it.

Sarah Pitbull as Lady MacB? Well… she certainly has the illness that attends blind ambition.

4 09 2008
BobbyG

@Phil –

The potential downside of the Enquirer thing is that it had BETTER be verifiable (like Edwards was) or it’ll serve to further inoculate Palin from any media criticism of her political and policy track record.

4 09 2008
BahstinBoyo

One last thought before I go to work… why not just use the KISS system, abbreviate her nickname.. and call our girl..

SARACUDA ???

Ya follow me?

4 09 2008
tammy

I guess the Dow Jones wasn’t impressed that much with her speech.

The Dow records a 300-point loss after a jump in unemployment, The Associated Press reports.

4 09 2008
fixthebroken

Sarah in CA, I can relate. I didn’t get to sleep until well past midnight and woke up at 5 AM. I just can’t imagine what people are thinking with respect to the future of this country.

Anyway, I am not a big poll fan. But has anyone seen any polls yet that reflect the speech Palin gave? Gallup had one with Obama still in the lead nicely, but didn’t reflect the speech.

4 09 2008
pvazwindy

She held the baby last night just perfect for camera shots. God, she even exploits the newborn.

4 09 2008
jen

Donate. Volunteer. Vote.

Obama/Biden ’08

4 09 2008
bwilder

Service Nation is holding a forum in NYC on the 11th.
Obama and McStingy will both be attending.
Topic- Community Service !! How ironic is that
after last nights mocking comments!!!

http://www.bethechangeinc.org/servicenation/about_us/contact_us

4 09 2008
bwilder

BahstinBoyo (10:18:42) :

“SARACUDA ???”

I Love it!!

4 09 2008
Blue Idaho

Raingods, give your mom a big kiss from me. That was too funny.

4 09 2008
wolfy

Pick Flick

4 09 2008
fredrik

I prefer Secession Sarah.

4 09 2008
drchill

Would that be a -female- pit bull ?

Is that an invitation to use the B word ?

I wonder when the GOP will declare that there’s just SO much said about her and her family, that any scandal true or false will be lost in the din of competing scandals.

I wonder if they will “Dan Rather” someone with a true scandal, and fabricate evidence, thereby immunizing her from the scandal.
( A fake memo saying “Fire My brother-in-law”)

Poor hockey mom now the nasty liberal media is calling poor Sarah a liar and unethical after all the awful things they said about her family!
Oh, When will it ever end!?

4 09 2008
in a valley further south

just consolidating some thoughts here.

Biden seemed to take the approach with the highest probable success rate this morning (which will undoubtedly be the OB strategy). Build expectations beyond what could ever possibly be fulfilled and let what happens happen.

Anyone with half a brain knows, you don’t pick a fight with a pit bull unless you are willing to see some bloodshed (apologies to that family and the people who may be offended but, it’s out there now and must be heeded)

Clearly, just as it is written in ‘the good book’, what Sarah says is ‘the truth’.

If Sarah likens herself to a pit bull. This is a good thing. The will of the god guy. (or is it the god dude there in Wassilla?)

If you watched the Daily show, you get the idea about the double standard and the double talk and given the creationist belief, you have to expect that she has learned from the best of them. Create reality. Say what you say with a smile, with authenticity and with conviction (also reference the god dude when ever necessary).

Look, it worked for Bill Clinton. It took a year for him to ultimately say on television (well he almost said it) that he had lied to the people who had put him in that position of trust and authority. And look what happened to him.

Now he’s worth tens of millions of dollars. And millions of people continue to not only like him but support his wife (by giving her money, lots of it) who hung in there for the personal gain that she too has clearly reaped over the past months.

Ms Palin is not going away. no way, no how. Yup Yup!!!!!

If you want to make some money, go to intrade and short the contract that she will withdraw or be replaced. She proved last night that she can deliver exactly what McCain wanted to deliver and she will be there until the end. He now has absolutely nothing to gain by axing her and millions of votes to lose by all those who became (oooh a name opp) Palindrones? last night.

Yes, i like that one drones, the bees which do no work but fertilize the queen. How appropriate. Planting ‘the word’ of the redeemer in your head.

Clearly, zero press contact with her this morning is telling how she will be used. Bring her out. Prop her up in front of the soft minded and let her do ‘the work’. Plant the seed of doubt and let it fertilize.

The message last night was loud and clear. Every single thing that Sarah Palin has ever done in her life, every decision she has made, every action she has taken has been right, has been for you and has worked perfectly.

If you have any interest in keeping her from the Vice Presidency, you better start thinking about some strategy other than attempting to counter that message. (hint: Biden reaction this morning)

And don’t you think that she really looks like Sally Fields The Flying Nun?

4 09 2008
Bethany

those darn ‘community organizers’ are fighting back!

http://organizersfightback.wordpress.com

4 09 2008
raingods

I’ll be seeing her this weekend and will do! She’s on her way to Fl where my sister got hit by Gustav. 31,000 bucks in damages and counting. What’s Fema’s response? Fill out this paperwork for a loan.

4 09 2008
Sarah in CA

Fixthebroken — it’s the unabashed fearmongering that’s the hardest to undo. That some people can’t seem to think for themselves and will simply digest whatever they’re told is the scariest thing. That they don’t understand that their leaders don’t have anyone’s interests at heart except their own. Even if, year after year, the facts are right there in front of everyone.

It’s made me a crazy hardcore conspiracy theorist as of late, even going so far as thinking the Palin family fakes a miscarriage, or something equally horrible, just to get more sympathy votes. Or that once Obama is elected, there is suddenly some other “attack” on the US to prove how unfit the Democrats are in protecting us (of course, the same question wouldn’t be asked if the Republicans were in power during said attack). It sounds insane to me just to be typing this out, but I wouldn’t put it past these bastards at this point. I mean, who actually *mocks* community organizers?? Sigh.

*hands you some valium*

4 09 2008
D.M CA

Miss Sarah has gotten a taste of the big times,and likes it . Good bye Alaska Hello Washington! MCain is out of his league,and so is Rove,Palin is an egomanic and I don’t think she will be satified with VIP non duties . I just imagine her behind the scenes, working to upgame MCain if he wins.This Palin will work to be a big fish in the muddy waters of politics. Republicans beware!

4 09 2008
in a valley further south

one more thing.

after reading a few hundred ‘blog posts’ all around the net, the overall reaction has been if you like that, you liked it.

if you were anti McCain, you are still anti McCain.

in other words, very very few people blogging,

wow, i was sitting the fence
and am cemented to the Obama-Biden ticket now.

maybe small that way but no significant movement observed in the blogsphere by me. and certainly no significant movement the other way either i.e.

wow, they’ve really got if all figured out haven’t they!!! go McCain/Palin. none of that either.

lots of heat escaping into the atmosphere though.

4 09 2008
Phil

I am getting very concerned today with the MSM and the “rising star” image being talked about today. When Keith Olbermann (one of the only sane voices in the media today) said it was “wonderful” I have to wonder if they might fear for their jobs if they anything negative to say. Notice how there were no kudos from those on the obvious right after last weeks speaches. The first words out of their mouths were nothing but criticism.

4 09 2008
Groundhogday

“SARACUDA ???”

I LIKE it!!

4 09 2008
raingods

Saracuda been VP

but

Sarawont

4 09 2008
From England

@Cat..thank you very very much for that insightful article. We should all read this and pass it on. Let’s not let complacency be our downfall. In case you missed it:

http://files.tikkun.org/current/article.php?story=20080904070242463

It’s disgusting how DEVIOUS and disingenuous Mccain, rove et al are willing to get to win the election. Their ultimate goal is to win the election, whilst Obama’s is to win the right to govern the nation. What will they do if they win (Mcpalin that is)? They haven’t even thought that far.

We in the international community are with you all the way………and now you can all say you have foreign policy experience too because your having political discussions with folks from all over the world. You’re all more qualified than Obama, Biden and McPalin combined. LOL

4 09 2008
troubled

I cannot believe what has transpired this past week. Seriously I cannot. John McCain decided that Sarah Pallin would be VP….you know Country First.

Since Pallin decided to parade the kids last night I think I saw what McCain must have seen when he decided on Pallin:

Special needs child for special needs voters (hey she put it out there)
Iraq soldier son for voters in the same situation
Unwed teenage daughter for those who have been through it
Mother of five
Woman
A Mayor and a governor
Good looks as a bonus

All in one package……..wow think of all those votes!

Funny that he forgot his own slogan, Country First. It’s more like McCain First, because although she may bring him votes, there is no way it is in the country’s best interest to put Pallin so close to the White House.

She is likable…..just like you and me, down to earth right?? (that’s what I’ve heard from people) Scary thing is that people will vote for that.

4 09 2008
mde

<a href=”http://cnnwire.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/04/jesse-jackson-hospitalized-with-stomach-pains/”<Jesse Jackson hospitalized with stomach pains

He shouldn’t have watch the speeches last night :o)

4 09 2008
Phil

Obama/Biden need to start playing “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and take off the gloves. They have taken the high road, much to their credit. But now, it’s time to get down in the mud. It’s a catch-22 though, because if they attack back, the media will spin it as two bullies beating up on a woman and a mother. Where is Hillary Clinton when you need her?

4 09 2008
mde

Sorry. Try again…

Jesse Jackson hospitalized with stomach pains

He shouldn’t have watch the speeches last night :o)

4 09 2008
Keystone

These pictures were taken from Mercedes Johnston’s myspace blog (Levi’s brother):

Notice that Trig is no more than 1 or 2 weeks old.

Note also that “mother” Sarah (with the Idaho Vandals sweatshirt) has extremely skinny legs and does not at all look like she had recently given birth.

Also, the “appears to be Bristol” girl is probably Willow. Here’s a picture to compare her to:

Where are the pictures of Bristol holding the newborn?

Why did Mercedes get to see the baby so soon after it was born?

4 09 2008
Alaskan Woman

Sarah’s speech was mean, nasty, and condescending to Barack and Joe who have been extremely gracious and gentle in their comments about her.The Democrats always try to be ladies and gentlemen. I hope that isn’t our downfall again. It’s a risk trying to be a class act while we’re up against pitbulls! However, having Sarah be the attack dog when she hasn’t even introduced herself to the nation is very low-class. It’s shocking! No one knows what she’s all about, and the Republicans don’t care. CNN is saying that she may not give any interviews before the election! They are going to hide her because she knows nothing! I’m really frightened that this “team” might get into office.

I just thought, if we use that line about Jesus being a community organizer, they’ll say, “See, they think he is the Messiah.”

I too am grateful to Mudflats and I’d be glad to contribute $$$ to support it. I depend on this site to keep me from going crazy. I live in Alaska where it seems almost everyone loves Sarah! However, being the Governor of this tiny population and being VP of the nation is in a whole different ballgame.

I tell everyone about this wesite and I contribute to the Obama campaign every month when I get paid.

4 09 2008
Keystone

Forgot the blog:

http://cajunboy.tumblr.com/page/2

Sorry.

4 09 2008
How Insane Is John McCain?

Hey everyone, still compiling my list of Sarah Palin scandals. Thanks for your help so far!

4 09 2008
drchill

Phil- re taking the gloves off. They can and should ever so politely, precisely.
Like the clean through samurai cut … then the head drops off…

But I’d wait, and let her stick her neck out a few more times and a few more feet…then whack!

4 09 2008
JD

I think Sarah’s sick humor is going to fall perfectly in place with McScam, as he have already been known to say some really sick jokes and putting is $500.00 shoe in his mouth, numerous times.

Read this story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20080717/pl_politico/11823

4 09 2008
raingods

If the GOP thinks she can go through until election day without her giving an interview, they’re even more scared than I thought. What’s next cancelling the VP debates?

Nobody should be immune from interviews. That, I think, would do more damage than if she talked to MSM.

4 09 2008
Phil

I am thankful I can still look at all this with some sense of humor. Notice how Obama talked about bringing the troops home from Iraq. Next thing we know, on the news, there is Condi Rice “negotiating” about withdrawing the troops in Iraq. Then, Obama says neither Bush or Mc Cain wants to go to bin laden’s cave. Today, I heard on Faux News we have sent troops into Pakistan. What next? Will they magically pull bin laden out of a hat just before the election?

4 09 2008
Diva

dailykos has a great diary on Community Organizers.

I hope Caribou Barbie takes note of Ms. Susan B. Anthony.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/4/105623/5197/586/586233

4 09 2008
Dottie

Regarding nicknames for Palin, I prefer “Cheney with lipstick.” That was a good one.

For “From England,” I do think they have thought very hard about how to run the country. No sex education, no birth control available to women, no abortion available including to preserve the health of the mother, homeschooling, Creationism instead of studying science and math. Nothing outside of the U.S. is of any importance at all unless it pertains to oil. Oh, and invading and attacking “godless” other countries to bring “democracy.” Next stop, attack Russia and Iran, because they don’t share “our Christian values,” and the more wars there are, the more nobody but McCain, the POW, could possibly be qualified to be president. When he dies, it will be Sarah-Cheney- with-lipstick, forcing us all to live in some totalitarian Christian hell, where book learning is outlawed and women are baby making machines.

4 09 2008
Laurie

I have to say this. I am Canadian, so what I feel is really of no import. However, I will say, I did not start becoming interested in American politics and elections until the 2004 campaign. I was sure that American voters would vote for Kerry…and all would be ok. Well alright, at least a step in the right direction.

In Canada, our media are not really as powerful as your MSM, but then again, our politicians are not held to hero worship status. We have more than 2 parties, and most of the time we end up with a minority government. When that is the case…and Canadians are disillusioned, we can have an almost immediate election and kick the bum to the curb. Looks like we could have a fall election that will be started, run and finished before your vote in Nov. I digress however.

I am not saying this because I think we are better…on the contrary, I rather like your system. What I am having difficulty with is this.

Your MSM can go after folks like nobody else….when they want to. They have at their disposal currently, a wealth of information. They also have the fact that they were slapped roundly in the face last night and probably will be again tonight.

I went home from my office at lunchtime to watch CNN and MSNBC. How disappointing, to see them all kowtowing to the GOP. Some (Andrea Mitchell for one) are saying that Palin may not even have to give interviews. What????!!!

So…lets get this straight. As Americans you dont have the right to know all there is to know about Sarah Palin? Nobody is permitted to question her…to confront her on what any thinking person knows, are absolute lies, and right wing rhetoric?

My question I guess, is will the American MSM really allow this to happen? If they do, then the world has truly changed a great deal, and will never ever be the same again.

I am so impressed with all of the good people who are writing these blogs, responding to them, and sending links out all over the place.

I believe you can show Sarah just what “community organizers” are capable of accomplishing.

4 09 2008
Jim S.

D.M Ca:

You’ve hit it!!

4 09 2008
in a valley further south

For what it’s worth’

Best quote from this story:

“To vote in protest for McCain/Palin would be like saying, “Somebody stole my shoes, so I’ll amputate my legs.””

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-steinem4-2008sep04,0,7915118.story

4 09 2008
White Agate

I don’t think I totally agree…I think keeping the higher road is appropriate for the candidate, although directly rebutting some of the themes expressed last night in future engagements would work. No, Obama/Biden needs to retool and reframe the narrative, connect the wonkiness to the real people who are really hurting and want change out there in the purple US of A. Forget refuting all of the obvious lies, omissions, and half-truths, progressives need to out-Reagan Reagan, or out-Rove Rove. Palin is the avatar (as I said before) of all of the GOP narratives, she really is. Obama has to get people’s gut, not their heads.

The mud will continue to surface, but some people may not buy it and that’s just the way it is. Unless it’s just so obvious as to be irrefutable, and that’s what the NE et al. need to do. What we all need to keep on top of, too.

4 09 2008
Jim S.

Where is Hillary Clinton when you need her?

I was wondering that as well, and not only Hillary, but Maybe there will be movement next week, after the convention and a possible refresh of the Air that Palin has Sucked out of the Atmosphere with all this breaking Vetting!!!!!

4 09 2008
Harley

Dear Laurie
I happen to be an American married to a Canadian and am writing from Montreal.
I also have dual citizenship and am a landowner in California with FULL VOTING RIGHTS in my beloved home country of America.
I have a son in the United States Air Force about to be deployed at some point to somewhere so not safe. Unlike Ms. Palin I will refrain from saying anything further regarding my son as I was told never to so in public.
I am American born and bred and while I have grown to love Canada
and feel it is also my new home, it makes me sad to have to report to you
that the MSM in the states are a bunch of ” wimps ” when it comes to the Republicans. Always have been and always will be.
I fear for my country of birth. If Americans do not wise up this time, all is lost.
Remember the saying:
” Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it ”

…….George Santayana

The only problem with a repeat vote of the last 2 elections is that
I fear this is the LAST CHANCE for America.
If the Republicans win, we all lose…and for a very very very long time.

4 09 2008
fightin'Dem

I’ve got it… A new Obama/Biden ad that starts with scenes of last night – big ovation, etc.

‘She’s the biggest celebrity in the Republican Party…’

If we’re lucky, maybe Paris will respond to this one too…

4 09 2008
DownInMississippi

President John S McCain, the former POW, better not go huntin’ with VP Paling…especially if he’s on the ground and she’s not.

“Oops! Tucker, was that a wolf, pitbull, or a very old man who was a former POW? Tucker, do I need more lipstick? Tucker, see if Todd-dude can go huntin’ with us tomorrow. Don’t cry Tucker. This is God’s plan. Trust me, I know what I’m doing–I used to be in the PTA.”

4 09 2008
Kruseski

I have never commented on a blog before but things have changed with this
campaign. And I can’t be quiet about this!!!
I have been glued to Mudflats since I googled it on Friday after hearing the
horrifying news of McSame’s pick. Very insightful.
Palin is a megalomaniac!!
Palin is against equal pay for women, against abortion even in incest and rape cases, believes in creationism over evolution, thinks that man has nothing to do with global warming, tried to ban books in their library, wants to drill in ANWR, against polar bears on endangered species list, likes helicopter wolf killing, and abuses her power by firing all who stand in her way. She is about as maternal as a rock.
Plus all the rest of the personal crap now coming out about who this woman really is… She is trying to reverse womens’ progress.
I have never cared to even touch an issue of the National Enquirer, but today, I cheer them on to find out all the dirty facts on Palin and her family that she so proudly displays. I’m sure with Palin’s history of evil, underhanded ways, there are plenty of pissed off people in her community who will love to spill their guts. And like they like to do in Alaska….I hope the National Enquirer skins her alive!!!! or at least field dresses her!
GO OBAMA/BIDEN

4 09 2008
raingods

I’d love to see a side by side list of everything Obam/Biden planned to do during their administration and what MCCain/Palin say they’ll do. little mac and saracuda would have a completely blank page.

4 09 2008
Parker CA

Just to play the Devil’s advocate, as good as the, “Jesus was a community organizer” line is, the republicans will have a field-day turning that right back around on us saying that we believe Obama is the next savior. They will play on the whole “messiah” line they have been using, and distort the meaning in their favor.

These neo-cons are masters of spin-based marketing, and we do not need to add to their bin of fodder.

I’ve been in a debate with myself about how Obama/Biden need to react to the atrocious statements last night. Initially, I thought it would be best to come out with fists clenched, throwing jabs and hooks left and right. After some consideration, I think lowering to the standards exemplified yesterday evening would be playing right into their game and forcing the discussion directly into the republican mud-slinging arena.

I do believe that surrogates and other democratic party figures need to pounce on these issues in a tactful manner, and that some very specific ads need to be released against the blatant lies and hypocrisy spewed forth yesterday.

By taking the high-road, Obama/Biden can continue with their original game-plan and continually enforce the real issues of this campaign. By the looks of the responses to last night’s speeches, this is going to be an extremely close race. Get the word out. Encourage people to vote or register to vote if they aren’t already. There are a lot of us working for Obama/Biden and we need to be relentless.

Palin pulled 37 million viewers last night. Lots of people will be swayed by what she said. The fight must continue.

Obama/Biden ’08

4 09 2008
DG

Just so you know, those “home-made” signs are NOT homemade, they are created and distributed by the RNC; you are not allowed to bring your own signs into the convention.

Also all chants (e.g. “U.S.A.”) and applause are also scripted. Instructions are placed underneath the seat. Everything is VERY scripted!

4 09 2008
Haley

Shoot just noticed I had typed my name in wrong all this time on this blog.
I am Harley on wordpress and was never signed in to my WP Blog while I have been posting on here.
So I signed out to make this post.
I would prefer to be signed in from now on so in an effort to avoid confusion,
I am Harley, from California and I am an American transplanted to Montreal Canada via marriage. My real actual name is Harley BTw and I also happen to be the worst typist on the planet.
Love You Guys !

4 09 2008
kvass

If the poor old guy does make it to the Inaugural Ceremony I suggest he hire a food and drink tester. Ms Pitbull of 2008 sounds lethal.

Nice to see you nod in and make comments on your own blog. Another plus for Mudflats.

4 09 2008
Laurie

Dear Harley

Thank you for the response. My best wishes for your boy, that he may stay safe. I really do have great faith Harley, that this go round will be different. Sounds to me like most Americans are fired up and ready to rock and roll.

You have folk from many nations wishing you all the best in this election, for you….and for us too. America is a leader to most of us. I guess we are all praying for the leadership that we know your great country can provide. We havent seen it for the last few years, and because you live in Canada, you will know that more Canadian troops were killed in Afghanistan.

Obama is correct…that is where troops need to be. Things are getting really bad there, and a much bigger presence is needed.

4 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

Laurie, you’ve hit on something that’s really important. Our media used to take its role seriously. But then, big corporations, largely entertainment or defense related, bought our major networks. Instead of feeling a responsibility to We the People to ensure an informed electorate, their only legal responsibility is to their shareholders.

It’s expensive to have news bureaus in foreign countries, especially in war zones where security is a huge expense. So they’ve disbanded investigative reporting functions along with the overseas bureaus and instead they rely largely on the reports from a limited number of sources (e.g., AP, Reuters) for foreign news, and on talking points distributed by the major parties. In essence they’ve become propaganda distributors. And the government has figured out (the GOP in particular has made it an art form) that if reporters ask the tough questions you just quit talking to them at all. So, we’re left with the crumbs they want to toss us.

The Net and the bloggers are trying to fill the gap, but even they have a hard time. AK Muckraker is a rare exception of someone who can actually write, provides us with the backstory, and even better, most of those commenting are thoughtful, decent people, unlike the trolls found on some other blogs.

4 09 2008
Groundhogday

Can they REALLY not have her hold any interviews or press conferences from now to election day? And this woman can be president? Can they REALLY get away with this?

4 09 2008
Harley

@ Laurie
God Bless You Laurie and thank you.
God Bless ALL OUR TROOPs from ALL NATIONS.

@ Palmdale

I agree, thank you so much AK….this blog has helped keep my sanity

4 09 2008
Tamy

She compares herself to a pitbull, yet is mad because the “Guy’s” are beating her up in the press. What a peach!

4 09 2008
raingods

Yes, I’m quite surprised at how polite 99.9% of the comments are here, a refreshing change of pace to be sure.

4 09 2008
Phil

drchill,

true, just as long as they don’t let it go too long, and miss the perfect opportunity!

4 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

I don’t think they can spin “Jesus Was A Community Organizer” that would really make them look hypocritical!!!

4 09 2008
midnight drizzles

Please please write the article about state funding for special education.

She is not my advocate. Things are getting tougher here for families of children facing disabilities, not better. If I could tell you the problems we personally have going on right now…… you would be sick. Sick to your stomach.

But if we win, we’ll be stuck with her here for two more years! Her Senior and Disability Services head is no friend to families and he has her full support.

So write it, write it, write it. PLEASE.

I met Sarah once. A year ago. in a REALLY informal setting. I tried to talk to her about supporting the needs of children with special needs in our state. She made it quite clear she didn’t have time (understandable) and wasn’t really interested (not understandable). Her whole comment was to brush me off with a proud recitation from her roladex – “oh, that would be the Department of….”

I wanted to laugh. And say, “REALLY????? YOU’RE KIDDING!!!” (and John McCain is a POW – NO WAY!) I wanted to ask her, “need their phone number, 800 number, fax number, address? got em all right here in MY roladex, where they’ve been for years. Because I have to actually be constantly involved and meet my child’s needs, not defer people to others to meet their needs. Thanks but NO THANKS for your obvious concern and interest.”

I am a feminist. I even have a degree in Women’s Studies. And typical of the Repubs – they dive into something they never understood in the first place and muck it up completely. Feminism is not saying women don’t need to be active mothers. Feminism is saying give us the opportunity to be both mothers and have careers. Mothers of children with special health and educational needs put a whole new spin on the problem completely. To support us and our ability to work, you have to support our children and our families.

We will ultimately bring our society to a much better place. It will not be the same. But it will be a big transition to a FAMILY supportive society. And the Palins idea of ignoring family needs of folks in this State, then parading their badge of honor to be successful nationally isn’t my idea of where we’d like to head to.

(oh – and the double standard is almost breathtaking. I can’t imagine what doctors would have said to me if I got on a plane with my water broke prematurely – I’d probably lose may child if anything went wrong. we moms of kids with disabilities are open to judgement from all sides, at all times. But not Sarah – Sarah Barracuda can wear the badge and leave the work to everyone else and come out smelling like roses!)

4 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

I only feel the only way McShame/Plain will win this election is by stealing it! I just can not for the life of me see so many American’s falling for this who are having so many economic and social issues!

I just don’t believe most American’s are that naive!

4 09 2008
Parker CA

Obama giving a great interview on MSNBC right now.

4 09 2008
Harley

darn I missed it…trying to find it on the interwebs
I want to see him in ACTION

4 09 2008
BigSkyGirl

kvass, I’ve been wondering the same thing.

SP, being such a pitbull and seeming to believe she’s the next messiah of the GOP, could soon see McCain as a roadblock to her brunette ambition, since they really don’t agree on very much, he’s only pretending so he can get elected. I can easily envision a scenario in which she offers him mooseburger laced with hemlock and off he goes to the great igloo in the sky, allowing her to ascend to the other white House. Just a thought.

4 09 2008
Jim S.

And typical of the Repubs – they dive into something they never understood in the first place and muck it up completely.

Like Government!!!

And repubs don’t exist anymore, any that think they really still are have been completely quite as they allowed that label to be placed in the gutter, policies, torture, stripping of freedoms and the constitution…………………………………………, you name it.

The Dems, all of them, should be running on the record of the six years controlled by those who used the name repubs and sent our military into quagmires, nothing much was done, let alone much for the Country.

4 09 2008
4 09 2008
DemsAreNotAfraid

Laurie: I went home from my office at lunchtime to watch CNN and MSNBC. How disappointing, to see them all kowtowing to the GOP. Some (Andrea Mitchell for one) are saying that Palin may not even have to give interviews. What????!!!

Trust me – it’s just as disappointing to those of us in the U.S. who want both sides to come out. However, I think the media are pandering this week to the Republicans because they don’t want them to clam up or make every interview about the big bad media. After tonight, the gloves are off. I’m sure they are just waiting for the National Enquirer story like everyone else.

I saw John King on CNN earlier this week asking a McCain wonk rather heatedly about when Palin would submit to interviews, and you can bet they are all champing at the bit to interview her. I’m not a fan of Andrea Mitchell – she’s too soft soap on everything – so I wouldn’t worry about it. Chuck Todd is just playing nice today because he had the open microphone problem yesterday, and wants his sources to not be afraid that he will “out” them all on national TV.

It will be nice on Friday if Keith Olbermann is back on schedule – he won’t let her off the hook for sure.

The Media knows that eventually Palin will have to give an interview without help, and if she doesn’t, they will just dig up more stuff about her and run with it.

4 09 2008
Rebecka Justice, Portland, OR

Palmdale, CA (09:32:13) :

“Can any of you Alaskans shed more light on or refute the L.A. Times article?”

Fact Check did a pretty good job of it. :)
Google ‘Maverick Misleads’ I don’t know how to put a link on here.

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/maverick_misleads.html

4 09 2008
Harley

Newsweek is doing some ” vetting ” of the facts presented last night

http://www.newsweek.com/id/156981

4 09 2008
Jim S.

Rebecka:

You talkin the link you placed?

Works fine!

4 09 2008
Harley

yep Rebecka…works perfect !

Sorry, we must have posted at the same time, but as long as it gets read…!
Keep posting those links darlin!

4 09 2008
Parker CA

Obama responded it the most perfect and tactful way that he possibly could have. Excellent. I needed to hear those words today. Very encouraging. He is so on target with his message and the direction he is taking this country!!!

Obama/Biden ’08

4 09 2008
kem

Ok, this is probably ‘mean’ of me but if Palin’s sister and bro-in-law, Heather and Kurt Bruce, have a 13 year old special needs son, then why in the world did Palin slash the special ed program 62%????? Wasn’t he in one of those classrooms?? Her own nephew??? She cuts funding for her nephew’s education? My kids better hurry up and finish theirs!! Is that a true fact?

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0809/03/ec.04.html

4 09 2008
Harley

Sarah Palin, John McCain, and Earmarks
CAP offers a thorough debunking of Palin’s claim to be a champion of earmark reform.

http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2008/palin_earmarks.html

4 09 2008
AME

Here’s the inside scoop from someone who knows Palin personally …
check out the first poster who commented underneath the main article on this page:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/world/world/general/palin-accused-of-steamy-extramarital-affair/1262904.aspx

4 09 2008
Blue Girl

I just linked back to you and quoted this entire post. Keep up the good work! The AK trolls on the national blogs would like us to believe that she is the second coming and has a 99.9% approval rating – comments here tell me otherwise!

4 09 2008
fixthebroken

Sarah in CA,

I too have conspiracy theories, and I actually feel bad about it. But I don’t trust the Republicans anymore. Ever since that snake Karl Rove has gotten involved, I just feel like they would stoop to anything to get elected.

One conspiracy theory I have is that they put a small wireless earpiece in Palin’s or McCain’s (or I guess even Obama or Biden, to be fair….but most likely Palin or McCain) ear during the debates and they have people telling them how to answer the questions. I hope they do full body searches before the debates start. If baseball players can cheat, why is it so unreasonable to think that people going into a powerful political position wouldn’t cheat.

4 09 2008
Corie

No interviews? That’s like taking the Fifth. You’re entitled to, but it doesn’t look too good.

Now that the speech is over, I’m worried that if she prepares well and does OK in the debates, everyone will conclude that she actually *is* qualified for the post — even though it’s abundantly clear that she’s being coached 24/7 by a cadre of foreign and domestic policy experts. I don’t want a VP whom I know is just cramming for the final exam.

4 09 2008
fixthebroken

Do they know the debate questions ahead of time? I forget.

4 09 2008
Corie

By the way, Gloria Steinem has her say:

“…This isn’t the first time a boss has picked an unqualified woman just because she agrees with him and opposes everything most other women want and need. Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It’s about making life more fair for women everywhere. It’s not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It’s about baking a new pie.”

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-steinem4-2008sep04,0,7541303.story

4 09 2008
Michigander

please watch and pass it on

4 09 2008
TD

She might be a pit-bull, but the Whitehouse is not a doghouse.

4 09 2008
D.M CA

If this statement by Gov.Pataki does prove that Goverment is out of touch with the real world ,nothing ,but nothing will ever change. Pataki said in reference to Obama’s community work, “What in God’s name is a community organizer? I don’t even know if that is a real job!”
I wonder if Pataki is willing to say that to the thousands of community organizer across America? What do these people do in Washington do all day? Sit with their thumbs in their cherry pies?.

4 09 2008
TD

Hi fixthebroken,

In some debates the questions are provided in advance and in some they are not. So to answer your question, it depends and in case of Palin who seems to be OK with scripted speeches, the audience would need to know that in advance.

TD

4 09 2008
Sarah in CA

fixthebroken,

The only positive thing I can possibly come up with is, even if she has an earpiece, her side still has to actually answer questions about issues. Hopefully, then, if undecideds are actually listening to the words coming out of her venomous mouth rather than just admiring her ‘do, they’ll hear how inane and ineffectual the GOP really is. Or is that too optimistic of me?

I say we just ignore the dog (what? she said so herself). It seems she does the most amount of damage when she simply shows up and waves that beauty queen wave to a bunch of old, bigoted white people who would cheer for a pile of vomit on a stage so long as it was hugging a Bible, so I say just let her fade into obscurity until Biden has a chance to have his tete-a-tete with her at the debates.

Wow, this woman’s meanness is contagious! I’ve never been this insulting to any politician, not even W! He was at least a known quantity.

This blog is totally cutting into my productivity at work, but I keep justifying it b/c this election means so, so much. Ah, denial. Works for the Repubs.

4 09 2008
Rebecka Justice, Portland, OR

This is a little off topic, but it is something I have tried to post on a lot of Media forums.

Since Sarah and the rest of the speakers were repeating over and over what a great Patriot John Mccain is regarding his POW record, I wonder if any of them (especially Fred Thompson) know how to READ?

His first-person account of that harrowing ordeal was published in U.S. News in May 1973 (Or perhaps they don’t realize that ‘first person account’ means…HE wrote it. All 17 pages. Trouble is, he has a problem remembering what he has already written/confessed.

http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/2008/01/28/john-mccain-prisoner-of-war-a-first-person-account.html?PageNr=1

Page TWO, about halfway down the page:I think it was on the fourth day that two guards came in, instead of one. One of them pulled back the blanket to show the other guard my injury. I looked at my knee. It was about the size, shape and color of a football. (Remembes a guy he knew died form such an injury…BUT no mention of any Torture.)
When I saw it, I said to the guard, “O.K., get the officer.”

Later on, hearing his er..uh.. collaboration on the Hanoi Radio, he worries his father would find out. Mentions that he was going to commit suicide. (WHY, if he didn’t collaborated) He needn’t have worried, ‘Daddy loved his wayward son much more than his country’, as we can gather from all of Johnny’s bragging about the various increases of rank his ‘Daddy engineered. He brags about his ineligibiliy for these assignments and makes sure that the reader understands that he is entitled because his ‘daddy and Grandaddy are Admirals.

Throughout the 17 pages, Johnny tells his reader’s, several times how he was treated so much better than the rest of the POWs. Not to mention that when he claims at other times that he was tortured, we have ONLY his word for it. His 2 Commanding Officers doubt that he was ever tortured, and the fact remains that all the injuries he had, were a direct result of being shot down, which he lists on the 1st page.

We also have only his word that the Vietcong ‘found out’ his Daddy’s rank, and that they ‘offered him’ early release later on. (Doesn’t make much sense when you stop to think about it. The would release such a high profile guy for nothing?)

Maybe I could force myself to believe it if he hadn’t contradicted himself so many times in the 17 pages.

4 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

Hi Everyone!

Please don’t forget to tell your friends, family, and neighbors as soon as McCain starts to make his acceptance speech to go to http://www.barackobama.com and make a donation.

CNN is getting ready to talk about: Palin Speech = Cash for Obama

4 09 2008
Alaskan Woman

Maybe we already have such an organization, (God, I hope so!) but I think we need to quickly organize a women’s group of mostly Moms to fight back against this lying female attack dog! We have nice families too and some of them have special needs children! Where is Hillary when we NEED her! I am so mad! Please let me know if there is some organization of Progressive women that will stand up and call her on her attacks and lies! I am a community activist who like to tear her a new you know what!

4 09 2008
Tom Bowers

Palin is a GOD. You liberal trash WILL worship her as such of die.

4 09 2008
lindowan

I’m hoping that Hillary’s holding fire until this RNC is over, and then come out guns blazing. If she started fulminating before the RNC is over, it would get swallowed up in all the other coverage. She needs to be used carefully and strategically. I was not an original Hillary supporter, and I can imagine that she’s still smarting by being usurped by a relative newcomer, after her years of planning for the presidency. But I do believe that now that the Democratic die is cast, that she is firmly committed to getting a Democrat in the White House, if only to pave the way for her to make another attempt at the presidency in the future. I have belief that she is making her plans to ambush the lipsticked barracuda and I look forward to it. Let the Repugs get their party over – already people who are not in their ‘base’ are alarmed by their viciousness – then it’s time to hang them by their own bigoted, self-serving rope. Already people who were on the fence, or even sleeping Dems are donating to Obama’s campaign on the face of listening to the Pitbull.

4 09 2008
Rebecka Justice, Portland, OR

I can’t keep up. CNN was just reporting on the Alaska State Troopers providing some info?

4 09 2008
truthbeknown

If by chance that come November McCain/Palin would win, my take on what her position would be as the V.P. would be playing the role of what a V.P. use to do… Speak at functions, go to funerals…..etc. And that is all that she would be doing. All the while McSame takes on the role of George W. and Cheney stays on as the hidden President.
As he has for the last 8 years. This would be the worst scenerio for all of us.
He is not going to be happy until he has his WWIII. And he gets to place his finger on the red button. Do I sound pessimistic? Yeah I do.
The Georgia War with Russia….. come on that is just pushing buttons to see what Russia would do, and give McSame a chance to play president for just a moment. Show the American people how he handles pressure.
A Show for all. And Cindy can go and console the people of Georgia show her support from all the American people….Right on Cue!

Lipstick remark not in good taste. What this administration is doing now very, very scary.
People of these United States need to open there eyes and realize the big picture that is before, Us All.

One more thing befor I close.
As far as the abortion roe.v.wade. When are the pro life people going to get that it’s all politics and used every four years. It seems by now they would be banging there heads against the wall. And realize that THEY are being used, it will never be over turned… EVER! If the repubs did that, what would they use every four years…. Gay Marriage, probably, but it wouldn’t really ring as loudly as roe.v.wade.

4 09 2008
Billy

With regards to Sarah Palin, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer just said that the Christian community “loves her.”

No mention of the debt, the wars, the torure and corruption and lies and deciete the last 8 years or so. Not even any mention of the main issues and plans on how to possibly put America back together. Just one-liners and smiles is all America gets. Jerry Springer would kill to get the ratings the media is getting.

4 09 2008
Rebecka Justice, Portland, OR

truthbeknown, I think there is a whole lot more to the McCain/Georgia war bit.

Bush had ordered Georgia not to invade S. Ossetia. Mikheil Saakashvili decided to go ahead and do so anyway. It was almost as if someone had told him not to worry, because the US would come to the rescue and send troops. Mikheil Saakashvili was very, very annoyed at McCain over the fact that more help wasn’t forthcoming.

At any rate, Saakashvili and McCain seem to have mended their fences and are, again, talking to each other every day. Almost as if they reached agreement by setting a new date for the US/Russian war they both yearn for so much. I wonder if Janurary 20th, 2009 or shortly after has anything to do with it?

4 09 2008
Charles

How do you speak with a lipstick wearing pitbull? ssst jerk the leash or do something that shows you are the boss. I learned this from the dog whisperer, Cesar Millan.

4 09 2008
hANOVER fIST

This pitbull is leaving droppings all over the place…she needs a good curbing!

According to the swirling rumours about her:

She lied about giving birth to Trig – her 16 year-old daughter Bristol did;
She pressured Walt Monegan to fire her brother-in-law, he refused, so HE was fired;
And worst of all…she’s hearing the same voices the Monkey-In-Chief is hrearing about “how the war is good for Amurka”.

At first…looked like the RNC made the best move its made in eight years, and possibly more…but OOPS!

Ya done screwed the pooch.

“Songbird” McCain…someone better buy you a box with a red button…because that’s the closest you’re EVER coming.

4 09 2008
BigSlick

Check this out. Its a great look into the mind of a woman who I agree is “batsh*t crazy” and unfit to be mayor let alone governor and GOD FORBID she get into the White House.

http://media.adn.com/smedia/2008/07/18/13/071608-palin-wooten-email.source.prod_affiliate.7.pdf

A pitbull is a great animal if raised properly. Hillary is a good example. The problem with pitbulls is that when they have been poorly socialized and attack anything that moves near them, they just don’t know when to let go, and sometimes just CAN’T let go once they’ve bitten down hard on their prey. This is especially true if they are trained to attack as Palin so obviously has been trained by Karl Rove (The GOPs own Michael Vick).

The abuse and outright violent attitude of Sarah Palin is an insult to mistreated pitbulls everywhere, and firm evidence that the ever-hostile agenda of the GOP would have even soccer Moms become militants in their right-wing agenda to dominate the majority for the benefit of their hand-picked minority.

Lastly, to all soccer Moms everywhere – I know you are busy but please stop driving your SUVs at 50 mph in the 25 mph zones.

4 09 2008
BigSlick

Oh, and why weren’t the Palin’s charged with criminal negligence and failure to report crimes with respect to the allegations in her e-mail?

Molly Wooten was just as guilty as her husband in the moose shooting.

Sarah Palin is also very guilty of similar negligence and complicity in a number of the events outlined.

Somebody should nut up and file the charges.

4 09 2008
Jan

For those of you that have ever been to kids’ sporting events, it is those “pitbull” types of moms (or dads) that DO attack: coaches, volunteers, other parents and other players. They teach their children that whatever they do, it is OK and that they are better and more deserving than others. These are the parents that make excuses and pass blame and give youth sports a bad name. It is NOTHING to be bragging about. Those of us that work with kids on the field and in the classroom have known their type for a long time! The fact that the crowd laughed and applauded spoke volumes about “the base.”

I couldn’t sleep either. The McCain that I HAD kind of liked has now put me firmly (and financially) in the Dem column.

4 09 2008
thisniss

Of all the critiques that could be written on Sarah Palin’s persona (versus policy – of which, granted, there’s not much), your pit bull story may just be the most damning. I’m not often moved to tears by a blog post, but wow. Just… wow. She rivals Cheney for stone cold heartlessness.

4 09 2008
Rob Campbell

@5: That is the second lamest fucking thing I’ve ever read*. A pitbull mauling occurred in Alaska – they happen all over, as you’ll know if you follow Dan’s blogging – so it’s just awwwwwwful if Palin makes a completely unrelated pitbull joke. God, this shit must have hit the bottom of the barrel by now.

No one loses elections better than liberals. Seriously, it’s twats like you who are going to be scratching their heads come November saying, “I don’t know how he won. I don’t know a single person who voted for him.” Let’s focus on real issues of policy and character, and issues that matter not just to the self-selected group that reads blogs like these.

* The lamest thing I’ve read is the story about a woman in my great state of New Hampshire who complained that “a wireless company’s commercial poking fun at a bad camping experience with mosquitoes is no laughing matter in an area where mosquito-borne illnesses have proven fatal.”

http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Woman%3A+Buggy+Verizon+ad+offends&articleId=2245d00e-d7b5-4388-8d01-9f2966f59634

4 09 2008
BigSlick

Jan, bravo!

You’ve hit the nail on the head here.

Saracuda’s agendas — 500 million for MY state’s bridge to nowhere (ok, give me a prize for dropping the pretense, there is no bridge, BUT give MY state the $500 million anyway!). 27 million for MY town. Build a skate rink for MY kid. Fire the brother-in-law trooper for MY sister. God is MY saviour not YOURS.

Saracuda is the the soccor Mom who drives 50 mph past your kids walking on the shoulder of your un-developed road but reports speeders on her own sidewalked, speed-bumped street . On major steroids.

4 09 2008
BigSlick

Rob Campbell, if you can’t keep your speech civil, then you are just showing us what is truly inside the hearts of the far right. All vitriol and no logic.

Thanks for admitting that you’ve lost already.

4 09 2008
Rob Campbell

Bigslick,

I’m a liberal. I voted for Clinton in the primary and will be volunteering and voting for Obama.

Please read http://www.dailyhowler.com. Start anytime this week. Start anytime in the last year. Get depressed.

Thanks,
Rob

4 09 2008
BigSlick

Sorry for the assumption that you were right wing extremist. You are still an extremist and resorting to the level of profanity you introduced to the board is demeaning to the readers and to your own message.

4 09 2008
Laurie

Rob Campbell…how many posts are you going to post those exact same words on? Cant you come up with something different each time you log on?

4 09 2008
Rob Campbell

Sorry for the profanity. I followed a link from Dan Savage’s blog, where it’s par for the course, to here. But posts like these – from this blog – are just as obscene in a different way:

– Thanks for the insight and commentary on this sight. I am hooked! What in the world is going on with the affair rumors? The blogs seem to be bringing out info at lightning speed. I feel like I am growing old waiting for the mainstreame media to catch up.

– I am still waiting for the “affair-gate” story to break from the [National Enquirer]. I hope it wasn’t just too good to be true!

That’s what we’re pinning our hopes on? An affair story (we hope) from the National Enquirer? Again, there are real issues of character and policy to address. If you live in a swing state like me, there are letters to the editor to be written about energy policy, etc.

4 09 2008
Rob Campbell

Laurie,

Two posts. The blog entry on SLOG that led me to this blog entry, and this blog entry.

Thanks,
Rob

4 09 2008
Rob Campbell

And as I noted in my first reply, this post – Palin’s Pitbull Problem – is just asinine.

4 09 2008
jack

Can just see her goin’ huntin’ with Putin. They have such a lot in common. And as for her osmotic foreign policy, being next door to Russia ‘n’all… he has a record of helping out beleaguered neighbours looking for independence….

God bless America.

4 09 2008
God

I despise that woman and her jezebel tramp daughters.

4 09 2008
God

Jack – NO. You bless it.

4 09 2008
JRDS

I am truly amazed at the depth of the low we have hit. it was a joke, and a pretty funny one at that. i don’t understand how it is wrong?? have you EVER told a joke, because ANY joke has a punch line (well, any decent joke) and every punch line, well, its a knock on something somewhere.

did anyone watch tonight? to see the amount of protestors? protesting what?? a convention of people they don’t like?? seriously?? are you that sure that you cant win, that you need to have people come running in screaming crazy things to distract people. and i guess, i must have just not heard bout the ones at the democratic convention??

i cannot believe that we come down to throwing blows at each other because we are scared that the general public isnt smart enough to figure out whos right and whos wrong, or even who they like best…this is saddening.

4 09 2008
Patrick

The pit bull comment should at least ring out well with the Michael Vick voting base.

4 09 2008
lwayswright

Okay people…it was a joke! Can no one make jokes about anything anymore???? Geezzzzzzz!!!!!!!

4 09 2008
Dave

Wow.

If all you have against this woman is her jokes, Obama doesn’t stand a chance. See you in November!

4 09 2008
Billy

America is a joke. What idiots your people have truly become.
The media should be talking about the major problems Bush has caused, and the politicans simply get in front of the camera’s, smile alot and make fun of one another.
I think America needs the draft. And now.
Some of you bloggers want wars bad enough, well then join in the cause. Get out there and prove your war on terror is All of America’s war and not just some fat , lazy armchair warriors sitting in their momma’s basement, can’t get laid and hate losing all the time. Get out there , hit the nearest recruitment office and show you mean business.

4 09 2008
unastronaut.

It was an absolutely baseless and tactless joke to those who had just watch this ordeal. It’s the kind of think “small town America” really DOES respond to, and I don’t think any of this is good for Palin’s future. It’s either hers or Americas. She is ten times worse than Bush in terms of divisiveness and on par with his level of ignorance of the world.

Maybe that’s why America spoke with it’s wallet last night after her speech and donated ten times more to the Obama campaign than the McCain campaign. It will happen again tonight.

4 09 2008
Akguy

Cold, cruel and vicious, just what I expected. The comment on Obama doing nothing in the Senate was particularly crude, given his support for veteran’s rights and sponsoring of many bills. As pointed out, community organizers won women the right to vote, which this ungrateful power hungry woman chooses to ignore. Critical thinking requires effort, unlike reptile brain emotional labeling. We will win by reframing and constantly holding such trash to the light of day. If we do not, then perhaps the American public still chooses fear and anger over facing tough choices on what kind of America they want. The hole we are in will only get deeper the more we dig it. Let us hope this is the year we learn and start to turn from our empire ways.
A new future of renewable energy , revitalizing of community spirit and honoring our one planet can be ours, if we work for it. As Vandana Shiva says, “A new world is possible, sometimes if I listen quietly, I can hear her breathing. “

4 09 2008
Shaddow

http://ofthepeoplebythepeopleforthe.blogspot.com/

Jesus was a Community Organizer.

4 09 2008
Muriel

I’m commenting because I’ve read through what has been said and I don’t think anyone has truly grasped this:

1. It was a joke. A point to be made. I didn’t find it funny, but perhaps my sense of humor is based on bias.
2. Agreed, there are better topics on Palin (and the whole election) to blog/discuss.
3. I own a pitbull, and certain comments made here, and obviously by Palin, are precisely why their reputation is the way it is – ignorance.

And just to be clear, I’m not voting for McCain/Palin, but I don’t plan on bashing either ticket without being a reasonable being.

5 09 2008
BigSlick

Forget about the joke then, it is indeed only one small indicator that this woman is indeed batsh*t crazy. Just look at Governor Palin’s track record.

Saracuda’s pork barrel agendas make a great resume for reform don’t they?

I can hear her saying it in her prayers at night. “Thank you God for the $500 million for MY state’s bridge to nowhere (ok, give me a prize for dropping the pretense, there is no bridge, BUT you still gave MY state the $500 million anyway!). Another thank you for $500m that goes to a Canadian firm to build a pipeline US oil companies would have paid for themselves. Thank you for making it happen just so I can have it exactly MY way. And the $27 million for MY town in earmarks. When I leave office though, that $22 million debt IS NOT MY DEBT. Built a skate rink for MY kid with it though. Please make them fire the brother-in-law trooper for MY sister. God is MY saviour not THEIRS. And GOD has given us the task of destroying Babylon before the weapons of mass destruction (that aren’t there) get used on us. AMEN!”

What is she now? “Pitbull” is too kind of a word. Help me here Robert Campbell. ;-)

Again, Saracuda is the soccer Mom who drives 50 mph past your kids walking (on the shoulder of your un-developed road that she as Mayor decided not to put sidewalks on) but reports speeders for going over 20 mph on her own sidewalked, speed-bumped street.

One last thing. THERE NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN IRAQ WAR IN THE FIRST PLACE AND GEORGE W BUSH IS A GENOCIDAL MURDERER WHO IS HANDING OFF TO JOHN SIDNEY MCCAIN. MCCAIN/PAIN WILL BE EVEN MORE DANGEROUS. TO LET THE REPUBLICANS STAY IN THE WHITE HOUSE IS A CRIME AGAINST ALL HUMANITY.

GOD WILL ONLY SAVE US IF WE FIRST CHOOSE TO SAVE OURSELVES FROM THESE CRIMINALS.

5 09 2008
simplycara

A comment to Dave first. Dave, this pitbull “joke” is not all I have against Palin. How about censorship? I am against censorship, she seems to have a penchant for it. It occurs to me that m-a-y-b-e what she says and what she does are two different things?
ahem

Anyway, much applause to this post !!!

5 09 2008
shawn

Sheesh….it’s a joke people!!

So if the gov of Hawaii made a joke about a shark in her introduction, she would have been disrespecting Bethany Hamilton.

5 09 2008
Sports Carolina Monthly

It was a joke.

Get over it.

5 09 2008
The Sarah Palin Chronicles: Myth #5: She’s funny! « Nailing Jello to the Wall

[…] young child was just taken off life support after being mauled by one. From the great Alaska blog, Mudflats: Now let me share with you another of those headline stories from three weeks […]

5 09 2008
Partisan Hypocrisy, Part 1 (updated) « Illinois Reason

[…] Alaskan blogger “Mudflats” notes that Gov. Palin has a pitbull problem in her home state. Fresh in the minds of many Alaskans […]

5 09 2008
Just Sayin’ « Am I Half Dead or Am I Doin’ fine?

[…] got this link & a whole lot more interesting information at this really great website run by someone from […]

5 09 2008
Tretando
5 09 2008
Ohg Rea Tone

She is very much in touch with the McCain War machine. ………..

http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/09/05/stubborn-mccain-champions-war/

5 09 2008
serendipiti

If that is the best attack against Palin that you can come up with, you would make a terrible politician. For one, she is a Republican (in case you haven’t noticed) meaning that she does not believe in the cockamany of political correctness. The pitbull thing is a ridiculous link. Are we not supposed to talk about mothers, maybe even some of the hassles mothers can be just because there is a portion of the population who are without living mothers? Think, for a minute, about all the things you say in one day, and who it may offend. If we try to edit our speech to protect any hurt feelings, we won’t be able to say anything! Do you really think that Palin sat there and thought, “Gee, maybe if I make this joke about pitbulls and hockey moms I can bring heartache to this Alaskan family and others who have been the victims of pitbull attacks and aggression. Mwuahahaha.” ???? I doubt it, and your claim is ridiculous! What about Obama’s damn campaign being all about the black people, the black community, because he is black by skin color, but nobody seems to notice that his family is white! What about the fact that he belonged to a church that housed a crazy anti-white, kind of black supremacist, preacher. I find that much more offensive and worthy of our worry, since racism has not been eliminated at all, but is only beginning to be reversed against whites!

5 09 2008
pixelsfortroops.com

WOW .. you are really grabbing for straws huh?

You should advertise your blog on http://www.pixelsfortroops.com .. do something good!
I’m donating 50% of my gross .. are you??

Dan

5 09 2008
randommmperson

Oh noes. Palin is not politically correct? You mean she isn’t a “true” politician? She doesn’t have 30 assistants scouring the news to warn her what NOT to say?

I understand you being offended, I guess. If one is overly sensitive and correlates everything, then yes, Palin was just an insensitive asshole.

She should be much more like Obama, and never say anything. Obama is a TRUE politician.

It’s obvious who you’re voting for, and that’s great. Just understand my one vote is going to cancel yours out.

5 09 2008
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[…] Palin’s Pitbull Problem. […]

5 09 2008
claire

Palin bothers me to my core. Everything she says is a lie, everything she does is hypocritical. God bless America if she ever steps foot in the White House.

5 09 2008
JRDS

hmm, so i love all this “i know what sarah palin” is thinking crap. seriously? you think you know what another human is thinking? you have no idea what shes thinking and thats what scares you all. she isnt understood, and so we assume that means she is an enemy. yes, her daughter is pregnant…have you ever heard of anyone having a pregnant daughter out of wedlock. you know here is the crowd that says the girl can do whatever she wants including get pregnant and you all crucify the poor child. do you begin to think that you have enough together to tell the entire world that some woman you cant understand is straight from hell, because….wait, why?? becuase you dont like her? becuase you cant understand how she takes a stance even when it plagues her own family. maybe, just maybe, we should ask her daughter if she used a condom? i dont know very many teens who dont. and seriously, after that lets ask her if she thinks maybe she shouldnt have had sex in the first place? i am sure she regrets it every day of her life. which would also be a good reason for a mother to stand on that policy.

i still dont begin to understand Obama, or his following. no, i dont get it. but you know what, i will not crucify a him becuase i do not like him. he does not deserve me to speculate and spread rumors. he deserves a fighting chance at his dreams. he deserves the truth to be told, yes, but not these twisted half-truths that damage careers. i dont want you to vote for Sarah Palin, i want you to vote for the be st canidate in your own eyes, but please, lets all grow past 7th grade, and stop bullying just because we can. people say one nation, and i think that means we would at least have the decency to stand up for each other, or maybe at least tolerate each others differences. but apparently not, apparently it has become as bad as some churches. everyone crucify the other, and especially the ones we don’t agree with. you know, not one of you will ever be able to complain about judgmental leftists. every single one of you is one. every one of you is a hypocrite to everything you say you believe….

5 09 2008
harddriller

You are not even from AK,give me a break asshole.

5 09 2008
Kelley Eling

I didn’t read every single comment here, but did anyone besides me notice how nervous John McCain was during his speech. The darting of the eyes, the nervous smile (when written into the speech and prompted to do so). He seemed very old and sad and not at all up to the job. Palin is frightening. What an angry woman.

5 09 2008
xuthl

Wow! That is a pretty big stretch to criticise the woman for making a joke involving pit bulls. This is pretty childish as far as I am concerned.

5 09 2008
5 09 2008
spalavra

kamerun- No, she isn’t hot. She was ONCE a beauty queen. Hah. But will that help her out in the race and us as a country? NOPE!

5 09 2008
LarryG

I think we’ll be okay either way – but I know Barry will do well in the south…
especially with SEC football fans … just add a “g” and its’ GoBama :)

5 09 2008
sean

how about exposing obama le affair de sinclair and all the sordid other things like tokin on a crack pipe hes been involved with.

i voting for ralph nader by the way.

palin/mccain- war for israel
obama/biden- war for israel

http://www.judicial-inc.biz

find out who rules the world

6 09 2008
D.M CA
6 09 2008
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7 09 2008
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A Mom in Alaska speaks about christain values.

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Reflections on Palin from a Christian in Wasilla
Alaksa Gov. Sarah Palin positions herself as a “family values” candidate. But as the Republican candidate for vice president, is she putting her political ambitions ahead of her family, which includes a baby with Down syndrome?

By Dena Fox

I got a phone call from a reporter acquaintance from the Lower 48 before the official announcement of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s nomination to be Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s running mate was even made.

He knew I was an evangelical Christian, live in Wasilla, and that like Palin, have a son with Down syndrome.

“What do you think of all this?” he asked.

I was uncertain. As governor, Sarah Palin has had high approval ratings, but the closest I’d followed her in the news had been in regard to the birth of her son in April.

I told the reporter that I felt conflicted. In her position, I would have a hard time justifying the amount of time such a role would take from my family — but I told him not to quote me.

Five days later, the Sarah Palin story is huge, and it seems evangelicals are unanimous in commending Palin’s “pro-life and pro-family values.”

Surprisingly, the controversy surrounding Palin’s teenage daughter Bristol has only heightened the praise.

I am bewildered by these “defenders of the faith.” Certainly, evangelicals traditionally associate themselves with pro-life candidates, but so far neither campaign has indicated any interest in addressing abortion issues. McCain, in particular, has made no promises on that front, even if Sarah Palin is fervent and consistent in that position.

And what about “pro-family values” — as James Dobson puts it? With family values under attack and the state of America’s families in decay, certainly Christians will be anxious to vote for the party that promises a revival in pro-family values.

But is that what’s on the docket?

Considering that the Palin family includes four minors and that the income from either Palin parent would support the family, is this the position of evangelical Christians — for both parents to choose demanding jobs that require frequent and extended absences from home? Up until now, Dobson would have criticized that lifestyle. Now, he calls it a “personal matter.”

I would argue that a true pro-family stance insists on far more than not aborting one’s offspring. Responsible parenting acknowledges the need for individuals to take responsibility for their actions starting with the procreative act, which brings with it the potential of long-term consequences.

These consequences do not come cheap. Caring for a child is emotionally draining, expensive, and time-consuming.

Yet, it remains the Christian duty of both parents to ensure that between mother and father, provision and parental presence are available until the child achieves the maturity to make wise choices for him or herself as an adult.

A friend asked me today how I would have reacted, had one of my daughters come to me with the hard news that young Bristol brought to her parents.

After some thought, I answered that I would feel that I had failed my daughter in some way.

My friend suggested that the Palins undoubtedly feel likewise, and with this I tend to agree.

And yet, Sarah Palin actively chose to engage the national media machine rather than passing by this opportunity in favor of supporting her daughter through a physically and emotionally trying time.

I can’t find any way to get around the facts: Here is a mother who chose ambition over the needs of a daughter in crisis.

Do I condemn Palin? No, although I myself gave up my own career ambitions in light of the special needs of my children.

Like many good people, the Palins are going through a hard time. They’re struggling. With God’s grace, they’ll learn and grow and hopefully end up the wiser.

But are they an example of Christian values? Is this what I want for American families? Is this what I want for my family?

I think evangelicals need to be clear here:

No, it is not ideal for parents to put career before kids.

No, it is not ideal for struggling teens to be forced into the national media by their parents’ decisions.

No, it is not ideal for the daily hours of therapy young Trig will need to be carried out by people whose congratulatory smile is not Mom’s (or Dad’s) and whose cheers will not likely be, “Who loves Trig? Mama does!”

Over the past 11 years, I have learned that a child with Down syndrome requires somewhat more time, instruction and advocacy than my other children.

These demands have been intense, but the rewards just as great. I agree with Governor Palin’s assessment that her son is a gift and God’s will for her life.

But if it is God’s will that Sarah and Todd Palin raise a child with Down syndrome, it seems just as clear to me that God would will Sarah and Todd to be physically available to hold him, care for him, and — over the next twenty-plus years — raise him.

It would be nice to think that we could fix America’s broken values by supporting this attractive woman who seems to embody the pro-life values. But I stop short of identifying Palin with pro-family values.

No law can change the morality and behavior of immature people who lack solid role models and supervision. More than a law or a position, America needs models of responsible parents raising responsible adults to be responsible parents.

Palin may be a fine politician, but hers is not the example of Christian family values my family strives to live by, nor is hers the model of family values I want my family to emulate.

This is not about politics. By all means, vote Republican if that ticket represents your views.

But please, don’t confuse smokescreens and media spin with Christian values. Christ was selfless and sacrificed himself for others.

Palin may worship Christ, but in accepting this nomination, she may be sacrificing family in order to serve herself.

Dena Fox is a graduate student at Alaska Pacific University. She lives in Wasilla, Alaska, and has a son with Down syndrome.

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8 09 2008
bb

you had me at pit bull t shirts

http://www.cafepress.com/vppalin08

funny

10 09 2008
Financial Blog » Sarah Palin Having Affair With Husband’s Business Partner

[…] “Palin’s Pitbull Problem. […]

20 09 2008
BigSlick

McCain Campaign Low Blow, The Race Card Gets Played

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/19/itimei-new-mccain-attack_n_127670.html

Escalation should be rapid….

5 11 2008
Actongue

I know the answer to the pitbull problem
Call her for what she is

The Cur with Lipstick




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