Palin Throws Alaska Under the Bus.

17 09 2008

GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is effectively turning over questions about her record as Alaska’s governor to John McCain’s political campaign, part of an ambitious Republican strategy to limit embarrassing disclosures and carefully shape her image for voters in the rest of the country.

That’s the lead in from the Anchorage Daily News story about the latest GOP strong-arm tactics to perform what many Alaskans feel is an outside political takeover of the state’s Troopergate investigation.  A pack of high-powered east coast lawyers are the new artisans of the Palin “image”.  If anyone has a question about Palin’s 20 months as governor, ask the McCain campaign, because apparently no one else can give you  the answers.

This is not going over well in Alaska.  I’ll use my usual caveat that there are lots of Alaskans who happily subscribe to the “Sarah right or wrong” mentality, and will continue to do so.  However, the progressive take on this whole latest mess is only slightly short of taking torches and pitchforks and surrounding the Attorney General’s office, demanding an end to the stonewalling.  I’ve watched Alaskan progressives that I personally know go from saying, “Wow! I can’t believe I voted for a Republican!” to, “She’s doing OK.  I don’t agree with everything, but I don’t regret my vote” to being so furiously seething angry they just can’t say anything.

This means that there’s a shift, and shifts tend to bring along all people to a certain degree.  If there’s one way to tick off Alaskans it’s by bringing in ‘outsiders’ to try to control state affairs.  Imagine if you will how a small independant nation would feel being invaded by the superpower next door.  It’s like that.

I’ve even lived to see the day that Republican State Senate President Lyda Green (often vilified by Democrats over the years) agreed to do an interview on the local progressive talk radio station, and was practically hailed as a hero.  Why?  For simply stating the investigation should and will move forward despite the fact that the Attorney General, under the influence of McCain lawyers, said that state employees would defy their subpoenas. “Nothing has changed,” she said. “Our job is to find the truth.”  Real integrity coming from either side of the aisle is what Alaskans want.  It’s in desperately short supply these days.

And again, and again, I hear Alaskans quoting that now infamous promise of our governor (who is still our governor by the way) to run the state with “ethical, open and transparent” government.

It remains to be seen how effective the so-called “Truth Squad” is in ‘shaping her image’ in the rest of the country, but they are not doing her any favors here at home.  I’ve never heard so many people say they can’t wait to see her new approval ratings.

Meanwhile, the opposing side, not to be outdone by a goofy name, has come up with  “Alaska Mythbusters,” a nod to the popular television show. This white hat version of the Orwellian “Truth Squad”  is made up mostly of elected officials who have opposed or know Palin and who criticize her work.

So what does the Attorney General Talis Colberg have to say for himself?  I know a couple people who know Colberg, and respected him deeply until recently.  I heard from a friend of his that this whole thing is really taking a toll on him. “He’s really a decent guy,” says my bewildered friend. So, what say you sir?  Hello?  Are you there? 

Oh.  Talis Colberg just went “on vacation” to Kansas.  You can’t make this stuff up. 

Beware of tornadoes, falling houses, and flying monkeys!  Nothing would surprise me any more.

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281 responses

17 09 2008
Deb

As always, LOVE it, mudflats! Having lived in Alaska for a number of years back in the 70s, I can understand how Alaskans might get a LITTLE upset about “outsiders” messing with your state!
Thanks for being here for all of us!

17 09 2008
Chris Blask

She doesn’t need Alaska anymore, and now that it is obvious she won’t be getting the Female Vote she doesn’t need them anymore, either.

Another good piece on our friend the Governor by Tania Tetlow, Associate Professor and Director, Tulane Law School Domestic Violence Clinic:

“Former Federal Prosecutor Speaks Out About Palin” http://www.motleymoose.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=166

17 09 2008
mediumicedcoffee

I read about you in newsweek. I lived in Alaska for a year, and Palin spoke at a few army functions (I’m an army wife) and aggravated me to no end when she spoke about our troops “ultimate sacrifice” in Iraq combatting the “terrorists who killed thousands of innocent Americans on 9/11″. I got so angry that she was peddling the same old tripe, and I was SPEECHLESS when I saw her get nominated. THANK YOU for keepin’ it real. This is refreshing.

17 09 2008
Chris Blask

BTW, I can’t wait to see her new approval ratings, either. Any idea when someone will take that poll?

17 09 2008
John B.

I have to second not just Deb but everyone else who has complimented your work on all this. You’re a better source for Troopergate than anyone in the Lower 48. Thank you, ma’am.

So: seeing as these subpoenas have been issued by a committee appointed by the legislature, don’t they have the same force as a court summons would? Will this matter go before a judge?

And: The AG has said no state employees would answer the summonses; Todd Palin, though, isn’t a state employee (unless “First Dude” is a paying position)–so, what’s his status in all this?
My guess is that they’ll claim spousal privilege for Todd. However, Murlene Wilkes, who is rumored to have denied a workers comp claim filed by Mike Wooten at the request of the governor is another story. Wilkes denied it, but a conscientious employee called the “tip line” and said that she was in the office and knew different. The plot thickens… AKM

17 09 2008
Georgia peach

so, if Sarah plain and tall doesn’t become the next VP, will Alaskans support her tenure as governor?

and when we will see the next in-state poll for her numbers?

17 09 2008
BobbyG

From prior post (didn’t take)

@Bettina (18:41:55) :
enjay AKA Turbine Yukon:

You don’t wish to be unemployed! I’ve been looking for a job for 9 months and the economic news and the Palin news has me crying almost everyday. If gas prices weren’t so high, I would consider going to Alaska to join the protests!

I went from a good paying job to unemployment (which is about to run out) to looking for jobs that only pay minimum wage–because that’s all that are out there these days.
_____

Tell me about it.

I been laid off for more than 18 months now. My wife just got a job, after being laid off 10 months.

She had to move to California, though (our home is in Vegas). Wrote about it on my blog:

http://santafeandthefatcityhorns.blogspot.com/2008/09/sept-15th-gig-at-palms.html

Yeah, I’m on extended unemployment, which runs out mid-October. At least Cheryl found a job, so we can at least tread water ’til whenever.

But, hey, the economy is “fundamentally strong.” At least from the perspective of a beer heiress and her otherwise ward-of-the-state gigolo.

17 09 2008
rdr

I keep hearing about that 80% approval rating of Palin.
Can anyone tell me how old that was? Who did it etc.?
And when will there be a new poll? Because I can’t believe it would be the same….

17 09 2008
miserable_in_red_state

Will be interesting to see how long before she’s impeached as Gov after Obama/Biden win the election. Now that will be feeding red meat to the wolves, literally.

17 09 2008
mediumicedcoffee

You really think she’ll be impeached? It’s awful red up there. I knew people who LOVED her because she frequented their STARBUCKS, yet knew nothing about her. It was annoying.

17 09 2008
NMJ

I heard yesterday that, in the 48 hours after Saturday, her approval rating dropped 10 points. Apparently, that’s unheard of…

17 09 2008
CharlotteNAlaska

We need a REVOLUTION HERE IN ALASKA. If she does not comply with open INVESTIGATION I am willing to picket or whatever. I am down in Soldotna, AK. THIS IS COMPLETELY NONSENSE and we need to find out our constitutional rights and go door knocking to every citizen in AK to get the ball rolling. I am a mother of four kids and go to school p/t, but this won’t deter me. My hubby works up on the slope most of the time. If you have any ideas or want to get together to discuss action and unite against the federal government stepping in on their attempt at “hushing” this please email me. char.saavedra@gmail.com

17 09 2008
Hope C.

Kansas, you say? I live in Kansas! Where’s he staying… I’ll go knock on the AG’s door and ask for Alaska! I lived in Fairbanks fro 95-99 and it holds a special place in my heart, so I’m willing to do my part!

17 09 2008
Debbie aka Commando Coalfire Palin

And what will happen when she loses and has to return to Alaska with her tail between her legs? Think the whole state ought to meet her at the airpot with pitchforks and torches (and maybe tar and feathers for good measure). :)

17 09 2008
Mikeylikesit2

View slideshow from Anti-Palin rally this Sunday in Anchorage, AK

go to:

http://bigshow.bigfolio.com/?s=000011662&t=0e6a8ae03101be65098418ccb735e4a1

17 09 2008
Jo Ann aka Hump Gizzards Palin

mudflats-you are the BOMB!!

When they bandied about your name today on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, they mentioned a “certain to come your way” book deal. Let us know when it happens-I want to make sure and reserve a copy of that book!

Now let’s go win an election!

17 09 2008
MSL

Palin’s actual rating is 64% and that’s before any new polling comes out. But nationally her ratings, approval, and competence for the job is tumbling fast (Diageo, CBS/NYTimes, Research 2000 polls).

Palin, McCain and the Republican bounce are all toast now.

Obama’s increasing in the national polls, and is already bumping up in the state polls, which usually are a week behind.

McCain is tied in Fla now, down in Ohio, down in Virgina, down 5 nationally and down 8 in New Mexico now.

Wow. It’s suprising what “real issues” can do to the campaign.

17 09 2008
NMJ

CharlotteNAlaska (18:55:48) : If you have any ideas or want to get together to discuss action and unite against the federal government stepping in on their attempt at “hushing” this please email me.

Actually, you need to aim your efforts (which I completely support) against the correct enemy. It isn’t the Federal Government who’s causing the ruckus: It’s the McCain campaign; i.e., Rupubs outside of Alaska.

17 09 2008
pvazwindy

Senators French and Wielechowski receive threats. Wielechowski was a death threat. His aide was sending security to him. Did I hear that on KUDO? CC is linking the senator to Ed schultz on tomorrows program. What is going on up there.

17 09 2008
Deb

I hope Lyda Green can hold her ground over the Republican Party “strong arm”. That takes a REAL maverick!

Love her or hate her, Lyda Green is one tough nut. I’d pit her against anybody. AKM

17 09 2008
bree

What is Palin hiding? Why won’t she ever give a press conference? Why won’t she release her tax returns?

Something strange is going on. These people are Public Servants, they WORK FOR US – not the other way around.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
–Thomas Jefferson

17 09 2008
plwalsh

Oh God, will this never end?

I just hope the country survives this election.

17 09 2008
Glenn2008

I just watched the interview with the “first dude” on youtube. It is revealing to read the responses to the video. I agree he comes across as a simple, even likable character. This is how most people comment: “what a great family”, “good guy and family”, ” I would trust them the keys of my house – I would not trust Obama with the keys” etc. It looks to me that far too many people judge the race by “would have a beer with them”. I have seen this today at work. The sad thing you cannot even change their minds. I just wonder whether it is racism on some subconscious level.

17 09 2008
Deep Blue in VA

It’s heartening to see the polls go back up, but what I find even more encouraging is that the Obama campaign staff do not seem to be affected by the peaks and valleys of the numbers. They are totally focused on voter registration and voter contact. They have a truly impressive organization going here in Northern Virginia. I showed up to canvass last weekend in Alexandria and there were more than 50 volunteers for the first shift! We are really working hard to put Virginia in the blue column for the first time in over 40 years, and the addition of Palin to the ticket has only made us DC area Dems all the more motivated.

Keep up the fantastic work, AKMuckraker! It’s been great to see this blog getting so much national attention!

17 09 2008
Deb

@ Deep Blue
GO Virginia! Doing the same here in Colorado.

17 09 2008
recoil zoo palin

where do we donate? I can’t find it.

17 09 2008
BJA

Talis Colberg just went ”on vacation” to Kansas? On vacation?

He’s third in line for Governor. Both the Gov and lieutenant Governor are tied up in elections. He’s in the midst of the biggest investigation of his life. The Governor of his state is running for VP of the US and is being investigated for abuse of power. And he goes on vacation? That’s really priceless.

Has he been seen or is he taking swimming lessons with Jimmy Hoffa?

17 09 2008
drchill

Glenn2008 – “I just wonder whether it is racism on some subconscious level.”

Yes.

We’re not hearing people say “I won’t vote for him because he’s black.” They’re saying something else instead. We need to listen for the lame excuses, and infer some other motive.

I didn’t “get” Obama at first, and I’m not 100% on his positions, but he’s dignified, and had brought that dignity to the election. McCain is a blubbering embarrassment.

Drink a beer with him? heck I’d even buy it!
; )

17 09 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

@ AMK
RE:”If there’s one way to tick off Alaskans it’s by bringing in ‘outsiders’ to try to control state affairs.”

Granted I didn’t see too much state affairs, but in the small village of 90 locals I was at, I can attest to the distrust and dislike of outsiders. The moment people decided I was OK, I could feel it. The moment I watched them not accept someone else was quite unmistakable.

They will talk very openly and honestly about it and being an outsider, I totally understand it.

17 09 2008
TwinpeaksnikkiSF

She said at the town hall that everyone questioned if she could govern whil pregnant. The way I heard the story was that no one even knew.

17 09 2008
Glenn2008

VERY POWERFUL VIDEO

McCain/Palin – We need to stick to the issues
1. no economic plan and unlikely to reform (134 lobbyist on his side)
2. no energy plan othe than “drill baby drill”
3. no healthcare plan ( he can afford)
4. but most importantly: MORE WARS !!!

YOU NEED TO SEE THIS VIDEO AND PASS IT ON !!!!!

do you need more talking points than the above four to dilute the key message???? Keep these in mind, while we are following Mooselina….

17 09 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

@ recoil
RE: “where do we donate? I can’t find it.”

Top 1/3 of page. Right hand side under recent posts and above the map!

17 09 2008
plwalsh

Well, there are slew of new state polls in and they are quite interesting.

Obama is ahead in Ohio, New Mexico, AND Florida and only one point behind in North Carolina. In DC, he leads McCain by 69 points!

Wish I could believe this stuff.

17 09 2008
Soldotna Sue

As a person said in, the Anchorage Daily News, the other day:”Sarah Palin left the state as my friend and returned as my enemy.” He was referring to her resent visit to Alaska. I feel exactly the same way!

17 09 2008
TwinpeaksnikkiSF

Re:If you have any ideas or want to get together to discuss action and unite against the federal government stepping in on their attempt at “hushing” this please email me.

Actually, you need to aim your efforts (which I completely support) against the correct enemy. It isn’t the Federal Government who’s causing the ruckus: It’s the McCain campaign; i.e., Rupubs outside of Alaska.

Why don’t you start a petition to impeach or recall Caribou Barbie?

17 09 2008
Jake

Check this out, courtesy of CNN:

Asked for “specific skills” she could cite to rebut critics who question her grasp of international affairs, she replied, “I am prepared.”

“I have that confidence. I have that readiness,” Palin said. “And if you want specifics with specific policies or countries, you can go ahead and ask me. You can play ‘stump the candidate’ if you want to. But we are ready to serve.”

That’s not a hard question folks. Stump the candidate? Wow. She’s fucking clueless.

17 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

I am re-posting this here. Can anyone answer this question?

Is there a way to put camera’s on the computers of the polling supervisor’s are what ever title they have.

Just like police have to have camera’s video taping when they stop someone one, and interrogating someone. I mean, wouldn’t this be fair?

Trying to find ways, where our democracy will not be stolen again.

17 09 2008
Deb

Glenn-excellent post, and STUNNING video!

17 09 2008
Jake

I forgot to mention that she said this in response to a question posed by an audience member at a TOWN HALL meeting. This is a friendly audience.

That’s an EPIC FAIL.

17 09 2008
suchanut

AKMuckraker, I heart you. Can we all get together when this is over? An AKM Night at Koots? We can all wear nametags with our user names and hug each other.

A few words of advice. Be safe. Be careful and cautious. Take along a friend, always. This has the potential for nastiness. They are obviously desperate. If you get a funny feeling, pay attention to it. Gut instinct is real. OK – mothering moment is over – I can’t help myself.

CC on KUDO was more passionate this evening than I have ever heard her. She’s trying to get in touch with the AK Women Reject Palin sponsors to see if we can’t get something going for this weekend re: Troopergate and AK Government Invasion by McShame and company.

Keep up the good work Mudflatians!

17 09 2008
Gryphen

AKMuckraker expressed the feelings of Alaskans very well, but if I may I would like to pound the point home with just a little more force.

You see as a rule Alaskans are just not that crazy about ANYBODY telling them what to think, what to do, or how they should solve their problems.

Even Republicans who may have been very excited to have one of their own on the national ticket are starting to think that Sarah Palin left the screen door open and let all of the pests get in.

The independence that runs through our veins is boiling at the very thought that a bunch of “f**king outsiders” would dare to come up here and stick their pointy noses in our business.

Before we identify ourselves as conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, we identify ourselves as “Alaskans”. And we are about to teach these buzzards from the lower 48 that they have bitten of much more then they can chew.

I’ll hold the torch. You get the pitchfork! :-) AKM

17 09 2008
Divatalk

Deep Blue in VA
I signed up to go to VA since I am in MD. I haven’t heard back from anyne yet.
Are you going this weekend. If so where. I wanted to ensure I canvassed in
northern VA. Can you get me some details.

Thanks

17 09 2008
plwalsh

Jake:

Apparently McCain jumped in at that point so no one could take up her offer to play “stump the candidate.”

17 09 2008
Bystander

Jo Ann aka Hump Gizzards Palin (19:01:18) :

mudflats-you are the BOMB!!

When they bandied about your name today on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, they mentioned a “certain to come your way” book deal. Let us know when it happens-I want to make sure and reserve a copy of that book!

I would only hope
That after the printing’s done
Some haikus remain.
:P

17 09 2008
plwalsh

Gryphen:

I figured they were making a BIG mistake when they started sending all those fancy lawyers up to Alaska.

17 09 2008
suchanut

Amen, Gryphen!

17 09 2008
DemsAreNotAfraid

Oh. Talis Colberg just went ”on vacation” to Kansas. You can’t make this stuff up.

omg- that conjures up so many images – tornadoes, good witches, bad witches (we know who that is!).

Maybe Palin has been told by the Republicans that she should forget Alaska and move to another northern state where her hockey Mom schtick will still work for her. Even after Obama wins, she could get into Congress following the Hillary model of “pick a state” where she can win.

17 09 2008
SMR

Okay check out this article on Yahoo about the investigation “unraveling”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080918/ap_on_el_pr/palin_troopergate;_ylt=AtSp1Wj8j55Ki3_48DVxtJRsnwcF

Alaskans & Americans what are we going to do about this? Please muckraker fans, we must get a list of all reps & any other person that needs to be contacted about this abuse of power!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Where are our legal rights as Alaskans & Americans? We deserve justice & truth!

17 09 2008
Deb

sheesh….we could be at war with Pakistan BEFORE he election, and Pakistan DOES have nukes!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20080917/wl_mcclatchy/3047956

17 09 2008
Bettina

Did you read the NYT op-ed piece by David Brooks? He is one of the smartest people I have ever known and used to work for The Weekly Standard. He, like everyone else, knows that Palin is a gag-gift of a VP prospect.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/opinion/16brooks.html?em

17 09 2008
OBXPHX

What’s up with the hacked email? what a knuckleheaded thing to do, using a yahoo account for state business! and mcain doesn’t even know how to send an email?
Does anyone know more about this?

“Every generation needs a new revolution.”
-Thomas Jefferson

17 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

Jake, I saw that clip, she still didn’t give specifics. Hell I was an All Stater in basketball, and averaged 22 pts/per game. Do you think I can be VP?

17 09 2008
Independent in AZ

LOL…

National poll numbers swing slightly nationally to Obama/Biden and the Rovian distractions have started.

Watch closely for the Drudge/Fox web machines to start dropping the favorable poll results/stories for Obama or moving them to “lower shelf” placement on their websites and cranking out the outrage over “x’” (pick topic)/ gossip or negative innuendo scripts.

Our first distraction for the masses: Outrage – hacked Palin e-mails. Lions and Tigers and Bears….oh my..

2004 redux. Please MSM pundits….get a pair and do your job.

17 09 2008
Tom Davis

I love your writing!! Go Pro!

17 09 2008
Bettina

And this is what conservative genius David Brooks has to say about Gov. Palin. I am his biggest fan for a good reason!

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/opinion/16brooks.html?em

17 09 2008
pamela

Oh this is rich – all questions being referred to the McCain camgaign? Insulting voters by telling them they can play stump the candidate? Maybe this IS the beginning of the end.

But there’s still 6 weeks (?) to go and this can turn quickly. Obama can’t afford any missteps. So keep up the good work, AKM.

17 09 2008
Tom Davis

” Imagine if you will how a small independant nation would feel being invaded by the superpower next door. It’s like that.”

This is what I mean. OOOOOh the irony.

17 09 2008
madbluedog

i heart you all mudflats – and to AK mudraker, you are my hero. the bloom is off the rose folks…please keep fighting the good fight. it is different now – don’t lose hope.

17 09 2008
CA MudPuppy

OK, A couple of questions. After this plays out and Ms Palin returns to complete the term of governor, what are her chances of being impeached? Second, on the book, (Iknow a book is coming this is to historic to not publish a book, and who other than the most knowledgable and qualified.) are the “Mudpuppies in line for 1st edition signed copies. :) You lady are the bomb!!

17 09 2008
Wired Differently

No offense to the fine folks of Kansas, but I have never heard of making it a vacation destination, except to visit Grammie.

AKM – you da ma-, well, you da person. And I concur with suchanut. Watch your back.

Nobody likes it when outsiders come pushing through the door and try to tell us what to do. They don’t like it in my state any better than they do in Alaska. Those of us who live in the other 49 states can come here to get our daily (hourly) dose of outrage, and it galvanizes us to take action in our own hometowns.

As I commented last night, SP is going to have to carpetbag it on out of Wasilla after she’s impeached if she wants to continue her glorious political career. Anybody out there want her?

By the way, what’s happening in Galveston? What’s with the news blackout?

17 09 2008
Deep Blue in VA

DivaTalk:

We love those Maryland volunteers! I would suggest contacting the head of Alexandria field office. Her name is Katherine McFarland and she is great! Her email is: KMcFarland@vaobamaforchange.com

There are numerous canvassing events going on this weekend and one of them on Saturday is featuring a close friend and senior advisor of Barack and Michelle. Details here: http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/voterregistrationbarbershopsbeautysalons/gs5mj4

I had already agreed to a different canvassing event so I won’t be at the one mentioned above. I’ll be going to the Del Merei Grill in Alexandria at 9am on Saturday.

maplink: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=Del+Merei+Grille&fb=1&cid=0,0,13538931267624071756&near=Alexandria,+VA&oi=manybox&ct=10&cd=1&resnum=1

If you bring friends you get entered into a drawing to meet Barack the next time he comes to Virginia!

17 09 2008
The Messenger

I think Palin is a kind and truthful…^&%$& oops. I just drank some stupid juice. Give me a moment so I can spit it out. (spit – spit – spit)

There we go. Now I can speak the truth. I have decided that Palin is a pathological liar. You know, the kind of bitch your mother told you stay away from in high school because everyone knows that bitch is a vindictive bully bent on revenge to anyone she thinks dislikes her or she thinks has done her wrong.

Let’s recall Watergate. The cover-up was much worse than the crime. This (Trooper gate) cover is far worse than the crime itself. When will these Republican Simeon knuckle daggers get it? They are pathetic to the core. This is how stupid Palin really is. Palin is a complete disgrace to our great democracy. What’s left of it anyway.

17 09 2008
madbluedog

pWalsh: don’t tell if you don’t want to – are you M or F? what state are you from?

17 09 2008
A Nana from Alaska

How Palin Makes Appointments

Sarah Palin just made her gubernatorial appointments to the Alaska Marine Transportation Board–the Board that provides advice on the state’s public transportation ferries–the Alaska Marine Highway.

Her appointment from Haines, the community in which I live, is Robert Venables. Venables has supported roads and mines, not fuel-efficient ferries. In fact, over the objections of most people in Haines, Venables lobbied for a “fast-ferry” that endangers sea-life, burns excessive fuel, costs citizens more to ride, and is unreliable in bad weather. Venables has lobbied and helped Juneau lobby for a road from Juneau to the Kensington Mine in the Upper Lynn Canal, rather than for a renewed commitment to Alaska Marine Highway Service from Haines to Auke Bay, in Juneau. This way the State pays for the road to the mine, rather than the mine, which also is moving ahead with its operations with Palin’s sanction without proper permits being in place for clean water, etc. Our Borough Assembly fired Robert Venables as our Borough Manager a few months ago as he has been less than forthcoming and open with citizens and his own Borough Assembly. But he is a solid Republican and who supports roads and mining–so that’s who Palin appointed to her Marine Transportation Board.

17 09 2008
suchanut

My favorite daydream: Obama/Biden win big. We are at the Anchorage Airport, no longer called the “Ted Stevens International Airport” because he was found guilty, is in jail and lost the election. Mark is the Senator. Ethan is the congressman. Down the escalators, surrounded by the shining marble provided by Uncle Ted comes Governor Palin. Mudflatians greet the unsuccessful Vice Presidential Candidate with a rousing rendition of ………..What? Fill in the blank!

17 09 2008
madbluedog

The Messeger: Palin is the stuff Lifetime movies are made of. The mom of the cheerleader that doesn’t make the team. now she is out for revenge.

17 09 2008
SMR

Hey Alaskans, let’s picket state legislative offices! Any sort of offices involved with this bullshit! I suggest that we set up shift times and walk a little picket line holding our signs, making sure that the offices are covered the whole working day! I’ll get out there & do it with my toddler, rain or shine. She loves loves to yell OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA! I’ll have to teach her something else to yell, something G-rated, of course.

Is there some way to gather momentum for something like this, some way that is off-post so that contact information isn’t divulged to the hordes?

17 09 2008
angryxer

sorry to post and run; must go find some dinner. but i thought you might appreciate this jfk excerpt and audio link as an antidote to endless news of government lies, intimidation, and coverups. http://angryxer.wordpress.com/2008/09/17/jfk-the-president-and-the-press/

also, voter registration info, which includes deadlines and all sorts of other good stuff, for all 50 states.
http://thisweekwithbarackobama.blogspot.com/2008/09/all-information-you-need-to-register-to.html

patience and steel, mudflatters…

17 09 2008
Bettina
17 09 2008
Pacos_gal

I’m really curious as to how the “outsiders” coming into Alaska is going to affect the general election. It seems that quite a few Republicans aren’t overly pleased with Gov. Palin. Will this carry over to the general population?
Alaska is expected to go for McCain/Palin. Could they be shooting themselves in the foot by sending in all these “big guns” to basically save her from herself?
Perhaps I’m just being too hopeful, but wouldn’t that be a hoot if the people of her home state were to revolt and vote against her on Nov 4th.

17 09 2008
SMR

Yeah, about that Proposition 4 thing!!!!!!!!! When is someone from MSM going to bring that up? ETHICS VIOLATION!!!!!!!!!! Taking a public position on a citizen-generated proposition & swaying the vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Pick it up now!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes! Very good point. I’ve been meaning to post about that for weeks!! That, and wildlife/environmental issues. If she’d just give me 24 hours with no new scandal……Argh. AKM

17 09 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

Fallen Hero @ you tube

17 09 2008
Ask Alaska
17 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

Goodnight Mudflats! You are awesome!!!

17 09 2008
Lynne

Having the McCain campaign take over her life is just WEIRD. She is still the governor of the state, no? That’s her job, and I just don’t see how these yahoos get to interfere with that. If I were an Alaskan, I’d be pissed!

17 09 2008
upnorth minnesota

aka hose hotrod palin

Glenn2008 (19:19:43) :

Re: VERY POWERFUL VIDEO

Holy Cow! An amazing and very powerful video indeed. And the music in combination with the pictures and the narration were so dramatic and intense. I loved what Gen. Wesley Clark had to say about War as a last resort. And how odd to hear Buchanan criticize a fellow conservative (although I know he doesn’t think McCain is a true conservative)… The Gandhi line was great! Thanks for this! I’m forwarding it to everyone I know.

17 09 2008
Lauren

These may seem like silly questions, but who is running The Great State of Alaska while Ms Palin trots the country with her message of “reform”?
Why is a political campaign answering questions from the media directed at Alaska state officials?

17 09 2008
aud

The deck seems to be stacked against the women of Wasilla:
women outnumbered by men; “abstinence only” taught in school; rapists protected by city policy of charging victims the high cost of collecting evidence of the crime; resistance to offering “morning after” contraception to victims of rape; and abortion a receding and loudly resisted option at the local hospital. I wonder what Palin’s policy (not to mention, McCain’s policy) is on Viagra?

17 09 2008
Bystander

I’m new to appreciating “Alaskan spirit”, the independent streak or what you might call it, but even though 3 electoral votes probably won’t come into play, I will be one of I’d guess many whose eyes and ears are fixed on the message those folks send election night.

17 09 2008
JenaGG

Anyone read about this:
“Well, it doesn’t appear to have registered in the American press yet. But the story keeps bubbling in the Spanish press about McCain’s bizarre gaffe about the Spanish Prime Minister …”
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/9/17/233047/795/762/602329

17 09 2008
jade

aka Vise Peepers Palin (what the heck is up with that name? :D )

Thanks for the continued great info. I check back here frequently throughout the day now.
And just to note. When I was super young my family used to go camping in Alaska, from the Yukon. Some of my earliest memories are from there. All this focus on, though troubling, is bringing back some nice memories for me.

17 09 2008
A Nana from Alaska

How About the Wording of Initiative #2

Did it say? “Do you want to ban the aerial hunting of wolves, bears, and wolverines?”
No

It said: “Do you want to amend the law to add the airborne hunting of bears?”

How many people didn’t get that one?

It was Sean Parnell’s authority–but you gotta know that Palin supported the deception.

A good example of ethics (NOT)–don’t tell the people clearly what they are voting for or not–if it will gain her own agenda.

17 09 2008
Lani aka Bash Budweiser

@Wired Differently: “By the way, what’s happening in Galveston? What’s with the news blackout?”

The fear is that the loss of life is even greater than Katrina. Parts of the area are underwater. Others look like a bomb went off. One reporter mentioned floating bodies. Possible oil spill. There is a great deal of chatter on the ‘net, and it’s hard to sort out what is fact. However, take a look at the photos in this link and you will see that there will not be a happy ending. Scroll down and look at current photos next to pre-Ike ones.
http://jakeabby.com/cb/

Here’s a news report: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=209_1221546907

National Guard dropped off without food and water. Trucks loaded with supplies parked in Virginia. Another disaster, another failed FEMA response. Only this time, there is a news blackout. Oh, and FEMA controls cell phones in the area.

17 09 2008
Engine Nighthawk Palin

Well, well, what will Sarah do next? Declare martial law?

17 09 2008
Penny Moeller

We Kansans are working hard for Obama in Kansas City, Missouri since Missouri is such an important state to win. Things are looking up as people learn about Palin. I keep talking to more and more people who are just disgusted by her and most women say that she is against everything women believe in and would set womens’ rights back decades.

17 09 2008
Ask Alaska

Lauren:

A better question to ask is WHO is taking care of her newborn child? Remember, the one with special needs? Poor tiny baby has become a prop when handy, then seemingly discarded.

Palin should be home with her child and NOT out self-promoting. She disgusts me as a woman.

17 09 2008
Pacos_gal

Wired Differently,
The best place to get into on what is going on in Galveston and area, is from the local news media. These are the three links I use to keep up, but haven’t had time to check them for a couple days. They were giving great coverage though. It’s really awful whats going on down there.
http://www.khou.com/video/?nvid=178826&live=yes&noad=yes

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/livenow?id=6384042

http://www.click2houston.com/video/10903347/index.html

17 09 2008
NoCalGal

In CA failing to file a workers’ comp claim by an employer is fraud. Is it the same in AK?

I heard Lyda Green on KUDO (thanks for the headsup AKM) and found her interview to be just as you say- informed, calm, fair and full of resolve… I wish her and all those in the Legislature good luck and god’s speed in getting through this.

I DONATED!! YEAH THANKS FOR THE PAYPAL BUTTON!!

I will be curious to see if an Impeachment movement starts BEFORE November.. wouldn’t THAT be interesting???

17 09 2008
The Messenger

Here’s a couple of email addresses to send your Palin-o-grams to:
Rachel@msnbc – The Rachel Maddow Show
Countdown@msnbc – Countdown with Keith Olbermann
MalloyProducer@aol.com – The Mike Malloy Show http://www.novamradio.com/live/

17 09 2008
Clark Bunch

Nothing will surprise you anymore? How did this surprise you in the first place? I don’t mean to throw off on Alaska; my parents lived there 4 years, I have friends now from Alaska. Sarah Palin is the VP candidate, and her “image crisis” could make or break McCain’s chance at the White House. The GOP is looking to make any problems in Alaska disappear, so they can focus on getting McCain/Palin elected in November. It shouldn’t come as a shock. The population density in Alaska was less than 1per square mile last time I checked. Okay, one guy got fired that shouldn’t have, she probably is quilty of abusing her power. Yes, she’s still your governor. Do you want her in the White House? She could be the next president (after McCain). I politely suggest you quit squacking and get on the boat. Forget governing Alaska, we have bigger fish to fry. If she wasn’t suddenly thrust into the national spotlight, there would never have been a “troopergate” cause no one no where would even care.

17 09 2008
upnorth minnesota

aka hose hotrod palin

suchanat—Vice Presidential Candidate is greeted with a rousing rendition of ………..Hit the Road, Jack!

17 09 2008
NoCalGal

Another UK view

“Rubber Dodo award for governor
Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington
Thursday September 18 2008
The Guardian

Sarah Palin may have seen the light – sort of – on climate change but that did not spare her from being singled out yesterday as America’s environmental enemy of the year.

The Centre for Biological Diversity awarded Palin its Rubber Dodo award for her insistence – despite evidence to the contrary – that the polar bear population was rising across the Arctic. The Arizona thinktank condemned the Alaska governor as a “global warming denier”. and more-”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/18/uselections2008.sarahpalin1

17 09 2008
Glenn2008

Palin is on FOX now with Hannity. Her second interview. Just explained again ho “unfair” Obama’s attack was on McCain re. the fundamentals of the economy. Of course Mccain meant the “Amercian workers’ ingenuity”. We knew that.

We should also admire her ingenuity. She is obviously well scripted this time.

Need to get a puke bag, sorry.

17 09 2008
drchill

Clark Bunch -
Trooper gate was here before McCain made his choice.
Surprised!? Of course you are. Go back through the archives, and read read read… then read some more before you make more of your ‘polite’ suggestions.

17 09 2008
The Messenger

I don’t watch Fox News. I’d rather watch Corner Gas.

17 09 2008
clark

not going over well may be the understatement of the year. the running of state business is now in the hands of the mc cain campaign! my god. it’s like colonialism gone really, really bad. and mc cain came in a distant fourth in the alaska republican primary on feb. 5th. i think he’s somewhat less popular now.

17 09 2008
TheraP

I am firmly of the conviction that when Obama is elected, Alaska needs to be declared a “disaster zone” – due to Typhoon (buffoon?) Sarah. You have every right to claim a hardship here!

As for how SP is playing in the lower 48. I’m in a battleground state. I went for a haircut this afternoon. And one young woman (hairdresser) gave me an elaborate pantomime of an experience she had Friday night. Her friend has just parked the car and she was halfway out of it onto the sidewalk… when 3 women nearby turned and one of them said: “You look just like Sarah Palin!” Whereupon the hairdresser demonstrated how she grimaced and bent over as if to throw up. Clearly she had told this story multiple times since Friday night. And the 3 women? They thought it was funny too!

I think this lady is going to have to spend the rest of her life – hiding from the press. Tonya Harding… move over!

17 09 2008
pamela

Earlier this year in NY, our illustrious governor went down in flames. One day there’s a scandal – less than a week later, he resigned. OK, that was sex, and nothing hits the fan like that, but maybe you Alaskans won’t need to impeach Sarah if she continues to self-destruct.

AKM, had to listen to Talk of the Nation to hear what they were saying. If you’ve made it to NPR, there’s no stopping you!

BTW, any recent polls on Ted Stevens and Don Young? I was afraid adding SP to the ticket might doom the Dems chances in those races, but if she’s dropping in the polls, maybe she’ll take them w/ her.

Whoops – another late night reading Mudflats! Thanks again for being here.

17 09 2008
Amused and Bewildered

Ooooh — this is good. McCain/Palin town hall meeting in Michigan tonight (where there were “over 100 protesters” outside). Here’s how Palin answered a few questions. Unbelievable.

Asked For Policy Specifics, Palin Offers Generalities

http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/09/17/politics/fromtheroad/entry4456592.shtml

17 09 2008
schlock and flaws

suchanut said:

My favorite daydream: Obama/Biden win big. We are at the Anchorage Airport, no longer called the “Ted Stevens International Airport” because he was found guilty, is in jail and lost the election. Mark is the Senator. Ethan is the congressman. Down the escalators, surrounded by the shining marble provided by Uncle Ted comes Governor Palin. Mudflatians greet the unsuccessful Vice Presidential Candidate with a rousing rendition of ………..What? Fill in the blank!

That’s easy–“Talk to ya later”by the Tubes. Perfect song for the situation.

17 09 2008
Deb

clarkbunch-
I agree we’ve got bigger fish to fry, but I disagree with your blog that says republicans will likely win. Call me an optimist, but it is the middle class American who is still waiting to hear something real “platform” from the republicans on the issues. Granted we KNOW how McCain feels about war, but that about sums up his “platform”…oh, that and he’s old, and voted with Bush 90% of the time. Believe me, we are all over that “boat” and it’s sinking!

17 09 2008
clark

at clark bunch: while you were sleeping anchorage turned into a west coast city of nearly 300,000 that’s about to go democratic.

17 09 2008
winstonsmithcloned

does this mean that you should be putting some money into the stock market?

http://www.pollster.com/polls/us/08-us-pres-ge-mvo.php

remember every news story you read last week said that the momentum had changed and that Obama was toast? what happened?

17 09 2008
upnorth minnesota

aka hose hotrod palin

JenaGG (19:57:57) :

Yes, I the story on the Spanish Prime Minister gaffe too. How frightening that McCain is so clueless about internatial matters.
Unfit to govern! Downright scary as a world leader!

17 09 2008
plwalsh

Yikes! I keep reading more and more stuff about McCain just losing it. The Spanish prime minister is an “enemy,” the entire media is “biased and unfair,” he’s talking about his lymph nodes swelling up, he keeps repeating this nonsense about how by “fundamentals” he meant “American workers.” Is he really getting as unhinged as this sounds?

17 09 2008
Glenn2008

ok, swithched to youtube and found the Gibson interview snippet when she explains how she was against before she was against and even before – in short, never really wanted the bridge:

17 09 2008
Engine Nighthawk Palin

Glenn, excellent video.

17 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

BJA re:”Talis Colberg just went ”on vacation” to Kansas? On vacation?
He’s third in line for Governor. Both the Gov and lieutenant Governor are tied up in elections. He’s in the midst of the biggest investigation of his life. The Governor of his state is running for VP of the US and is being investigated for abuse of power. And he goes on vacation? That’s really priceless.

Yup…on vacation just like the Iraqi government has done repeatedly…hey, Bush–I mean McCain will take care of anything that comes up.

17 09 2008
Bettina

I love David Brooks and this why.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/opinion/16brooks.html?em

Priceless!

17 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin

@Amused and Bewildered (20:16:44) :

Asked For Policy Specifics, Palin Offers Generalities

I can hardly believe that after two whole weeks they haven’t learned one new line!

17 09 2008
Wired Differently

Lani & Pacos Gal,

Thank you for the links. I’m going to go there now. sigh.

17 09 2008
Bettina

<a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/opinion/16brooks.html?em”

17 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

A Nana from Alaska (19:46:45) :,

Thank you for that report. It is information like this that helps us understand her mentality. People do not change as the fractal of their original life pattern expands. The key patterns are all there. She is a loyalty freak. Not a good thing to be. Not good at all. The only thing I knew about her on P Day was that I had seen the piece on 60 Minutes some months earlier. In that piece I saw her as an amicable but vapidly one dimensional person who has never really been challenged in love to her core. If you have lived long enough you know to never, never, never put some one in charge of human lives and great fortunes unless they have bitterly failed at something in life or been dealt a very tough hand in life and have leaned from it and overcame it. Look at what happened to this nation under a clueless idiot like GWB with no real life skills.

The Greeks were right and history proves it with relentless fury: character is fate.

This woman is clueless. She does not know. She does not know what is out there beyond this single nation on this planet where we must all find common ground through leadership.

OBAMA – BIDEN ’08, ’12

17 09 2008
Cartoon Pig Dog

Well, it’s past midnight out here in the east, so I’m off to bed, Just a thought before I go, those of you here with blog sites (political blogs of course) should get together with the other bloggers from other parts of the country and cross-link to each other to get the word out to everyone what is going on in other parts of the country, especially those who live in Ohio and Michigan and a few other target areas for the GOP’s dirty tricks to manipulate the vote.
Good night Mudflatters, see you all again tomorrow.

17 09 2008
TheraP

Yeah, don’t you love how he calls us “fundamentals”?

No, I don’t, as a matter of fact!

I honestly find it insulting – does he think we’re so dumb we don’t notice a flip-flop and then calling us names?

17 09 2008
Katie

This is our Moment?
Wouldn’t it be great if somebody could organize a nationwide moment for change across the country?
Name a date and time and for 8 minutes….get it….’08….
People march in their respective cities asking for truth in this Troopergate madness?
Oh crap, I hate it when I wake from a really great dream.
Anyway, thanks Mudflats genius for your hard work.
I call this site, voices in the mist.
Love the, “Who are you?” section….desperate people calling out their names and location…….
It gives me chills!
And this Palin pick helped me make the decision to donate to Obama’s campaign and apply as a Deputy Field Organizer here in Texas.
They want us to drive to New Mexico, but hey, ya do what ya gotta do!
Right?
Power on in Alaska!
Be brave and stay safe!
Katie in San Antonio, Texas

17 09 2008
Bettina

Sorry about that. I can’t seem to get links to work anymore in the comments.

17 09 2008
bPoint

Prediction:

McCain/Palin are going to be in NYC next week on a class trip so she can meet a foreign leader for the first time.

Palin Plans to Visit U.N. And Join Protest of Iran-NYTimes headline.

My prediction is she will be on SNL…just a hunch, if I am wrong I will watch 1 hour of Hannity without leaving the room….I will probable welch on that bet if I lose

17 09 2008
TheraP

Ok. Here’s another story. The very day mcShame gave his speech at the convention our chimney sprang a leak (into the attic and then down the inside of the chimney).

The bad news is that it will take 3 weeks before they can come and do all the repairs that are needed.

The good news is that they are going to put a huge blue tarp on our HUGE chimney! And I plan to paint OBAMA on the tarp in White Paint!

The contractor doesn’t care. He’s for Obama too!

The city? Well, if we get any complaints, I’ll just have the press come and cover the whole event!

17 09 2008
Amused and Bewildered

@Aussie I know!!! I’m not going to post the whole thing but just to give others an idea, when asked what to “mitigate that concern” of her perceived lack of foreign policy experience, this was her answer:

“But as for foreign policy, you know I think that I am prepared, and I know that on January 20th if we are so blessed as to be sworn into office as your president and vice president, certainly we’ll be ready. I’ll be ready. I have that confidence. I have that readiness and if you want specifics with specific policy or countries, go ahead. You can ask me. You can play stump the candidate if you want to. But we are ready to serve.”

Then McCAIN had to jump in to give what he hoped was a better answer!

UNREAL. Sure, we can ask her…WHEN???? 12th of never.

17 09 2008
curveball

Is there any penalty for not honoring a subpoena or is it just a useless piece of paper?

17 09 2008
Ky Fork Decoy Palin

Growing up, my family always wished it would be the year that the entire Nation had to sit still while AK and HI decided who got to become president. It never happened. The winner was always announced while our polls were still open.

How cool would it be if this was the year?

And Alaska went blue.

17 09 2008
Sarah from CA

@ curveball — you only have to appear in court if you WANT to. Apparently.

Of course, if you or I didn’t appear, we’d be held in contempt. Go figure. ;)

With prompting by Chris Matthews, I looked up the story about Palin & her tanning bed.

“The Indoor Tanning Association addresses one of Sarah Palin’s lesser-known controversies: her tanning bed.

‘Kudos to Governor Palin for standing up to dermatologists and other members of the sun scare industry who are trying to frighten Americans away from UV light,” an association release stated today.’”

LOL! They do realize her running mate is a 4-time SKIN cancer survivor… right…? *Sigh*

17 09 2008
Amused and Bewildered

OMG — CNN is showing a clip of the very thing I posted RIGHT NOW!!

I am lost in a blizzard of words.

17 09 2008
Ky Fork Decoy Palin

TheraP, that is fantastic! haha!

17 09 2008
Mauimom

Mudflatians greet the unsuccessful Vice Presidential Candidate with a rousing rendition of ………..What? Fill in the blank!

That song from The Sound of Music: “so long, farewell, aufweidersein, goodbye”

17 09 2008
MinNJ

Well said, HamletsMill.

I’m phone banking this weekend at someone’s house through MoveOn. I’ve been reading voraciously and trying to follow all the links that all you terrific people provide. I’ve made notes, researched and paid attention…I’m ready! I hope I can knock someone off the fence to our side. I really, really hope…

17 09 2008
Peggno in SoCal

Now I know I need an intervention. AKM, you write such good stuff so well, and then you attract so many bright witty people that I’m pathologically addicted here. And now I burned dinner because I couldn’t pull myself away!
My favorite recent Obama bumper sticker:
Obama: One house. One spouse.

17 09 2008
Bystander

My current favorite sound bites are “Guys and gals” and “You can play stump the candidate if you want to”

17 09 2008
Julie Arizona

While I am thrilled that Obama is rising in the polls, I feel quite uneasy. The American public has a short attention span. All it would take is one major foreign relations crisis, terrorist attack or something of the kind for the momentum to shift back to McCain, he who is perceived as being vastly superior in that area, along with his VP who can see Russia and lives next to Canada.

The Republicans know that quite well. They are not above creating a crisis of their own if need be. They are playing to win at this point. Don’t be surprised at anything they do.

17 09 2008
bPoint

Here is an interesting piece in Time about McCain and Pork.

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1841380,00.html

17 09 2008
Derek

Outside, Outside, Outside … yeah, I know … one thing that ruined Seattle for me was the successive waves of folks moving up there when our sleepy little corner of the woods became THE city overnight … the Microsoft boom, the Grunge years (which introduced the term “carpetbagger” to Seattle lingo) the dot-com wave, etc ad nauseum … Nowadays Seattle has hardly any adults left who were born there. (Look at me, posting from KOREA, forgawds …) The distiction is gone, the uniquely weird sense of humor is gone, we can’t even keep our damn basketball team anymore.

Which is one reason I like AK folks – you’re the last true regionalists left. Like Seattle before the money rolled in. We let it slip away … somehow you guys are still Alaskan. (Even though a lot of you are from somewhere else too …) Lord love ya!

17 09 2008
GH

I just got home from the Obama pre-rally meeting in Española, NM where Obama is speaking tomorrow. I am working the event as a volunteer. The site will hold 9,000 people inside the perimeter. It will be interesting to see how many attend. It’s also very interesting to see how an event like this is organized and run. The meeting tonight was conducted by a member of the Obama national advance team. He went over all the logistics for the rally and then divided everyone up into teams with specific responsibilities. I will be an usher herding people around. Should be a fun, exciting day. I’ll post a link to pictures from the event tomorrow.

17 09 2008
Bystander

I’m just waiting for her to ring a bell or something and, affecting a motherly tone, tell us to “have fun and be safe”, while sending us guys and gals off to recess.

17 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

TheraP (20:31:54)

That’s the best “making lemonade” I’ve ever heard! What a great idea! (And sorry about the leak…)

17 09 2008
White Agate

Governor Palin seems to have all of Alaska and the netroots po’d. Ain’t pretty, I don’t know which one is worse. Both together, well…

This week is an absolute disgrace…this is what happens when you let people who hate/don’t believe in/want to end the government run the government: it’s just a big giveaway to corporate clients, hedge funders, mercenaries, defense contractors, etc. etc. etc. All at the expense of the taxpayers and their life savings. Next up: watch your mutual funds go poof! Thank god we still have (some) social security money, although they tried to take that, too.

It IS the economy, stupid.

Nobody in their right mind ‘vacations’ in Kansas…you can’t make this stuff up!

Sad thing is, if you run roughshod over your homeplace, people tend to remember it. Gov. Palin loves Alaska, I wonder if she realizes what this might do to her and her family?

Thanks, Alaskans, for standing up for integrity and due process, things that are severely lacking in our society right now. AKMuckraker, I second the wish that you watch your back at all times.

Over and out.

17 09 2008
whichferret

Ok this is from local Kansas City news http://www.kmbc.com/news/17499614/detail.html?rss=kc1&psp=news#- it talks about the Mark Twain museum inviting the presidential candidates to a debate that would be hosted/moderated by Stephen Colbert. So I am in for a drive to Hannibal MO, if this happens. How about the rest of the Kansas City area crowd? Heck even if it doesn’t happen I may start a campaign to let them know how much our side wanted it to happen

Oh and if I could send flying monkeys after those guys, trust me I would

Whichferret aka Trough Gutted Palin

17 09 2008
pamela

@Amused and Bewidered – Thanks for the link to the Town Hall.

Apparently her answers were so good that a Palin spokesperson later had to address Palin’s specific foreign policy credentials, including:

“She is Governor of the only state with two international borders – a land border with Canada and a maritime border with Russia.”

Well, I was skeptical when she said being able to see Russia could be considered foreign policy experience – but wow! – she can see Canada, too. Now I’m convinced.

Unfortuately, the report goes on to say: “Earlier at the town hall meeting, a woman rose to speak and said was a Democrat who previously supported Hillary Clinton but now backed the Republican ticket.”

That’s scary. None of the Hillary supporters I know feel that way, but I worry a little about swing states – esp. the ones Hillary carried, like OH and PA. We need to send those Hillary supporters to this blog!

17 09 2008
Scorpion

This is a MUST read.

here’s one of the questions that was asked during their town hall meeting earlier today.

“Give us some details and examples of your strategies and plan for economic empowerment for women,” she said.

McCain signaled for Palin to answer the question.

“Well first let me take a shot at that, and I’ll tell ya, I’m a product of Title IX in our schools, where equal education and equal opportunities in sports really helped propel me into the—I guess into the position that I’m in today where,” Palin said.

McCain then interjected, “Could I mention she was a point guard on a state championship basketball team.”

Read the whole thing here.
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/09/17/politics/fromtheroad/entry4456592.shtml

17 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin
17 09 2008
NoCalGal

“When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” – Sinclair Lewis

and I suspect it will vote republican…

17 09 2008
Bruce

Mudflats, you have a responsibility now:

You have so much traffic, you really need to guide people on to the next step:

voter registration, volunteer work, etc.

You can make a difference.

17 09 2008
AK Republican, no more

I just read the quotes from the town hall meeting today (cbs.com). I can’t even understand what she is talking about. How does Title IX related to anything that she was asked about. If you haven’t read it you should. It is pathetic.

17 09 2008
Waxman

You can’t wait for the new polls…. Why wait – why not contact one of your university Statistics departments or one of the local news organizations to conduct a poll. The challenge is that the McCain campaign is likely to produce or impact the next poll you see – and you’ll not know what that means. Maybe the Alaskans would like to see a poll conducted by Alaskans. I’m sure you know that the way you question people and the way you count your data makes a lot of difference in the “Outcome” of the polls. If one were to atch the daily polls, they would think people are changing their mind every other day. In fact, you identified reality – things start to change…. People do not change their mind every day – they change gradually over time..

17 09 2008
Amused and Bewildered

@pamela I know!!! Is that not unreal??????

17 09 2008
MinNJ

Oh, goody, GH. I love to hear how these events go and the feel, etc. It’s always a morale boost to have someone describe firsthand the reaction to Obama’s speech…he always impresses me. I’ll look forward to your post.

17 09 2008
Bruce

P.S. So that you and others don’t react too much to what I just wrote, I got a comment on my blog from an Alaskan woman who basically said the Anti-Palin rally could have been so much bigger. That’s good news. So please, do something with that information.

17 09 2008
whichferret

Oh but what about our giant ball of twine? and our giant well and giant steam shovel. The well is in Greensburg…you know the town that blew away a year or so ago. Or maybe he is trying to get our Gov. to try and help him figure out how to salvage the mess? Since she was on the very short list of Obama’s VP candidates?

Whichferret aka Trough Gutted Palin

17 09 2008
NoCalGal

With McCain/Palin slipping in the polls and not EVER having a specific answer re issues, what are the chances that the hack into a seemingly innocuous email account was done by the Rovians as a distraction?????

17 09 2008
ARCTICTUNDRA

Two observations as to a few comments on this post!
1 – Icedcoffee mentioned that people like her because she gets coffee at their Starbucks, well if she was so gung ho for Alaskans and Alaskan based businesses, why is she getting her coffee at Starbucks when there is a Kaladi Brothers in Wasilla?
2 – I watched a bit of the Todd interview and I couldn’t help but notice the WalMart size paved parking lot in front of their oversized house, kinda scarry!

Watching events unfold here from Chicago! Hopefully my trip on the Noatak next summer will be with Obama as POTUS and Palin Impeached!

17 09 2008
Amused and Bewildered

@pamela Honestly, I am not worried about Clinton’s supporters. I am one of them. ;-) For most of us, the primary vote had nothing to do with gender at all.

17 09 2008
Anonymous

Happy Constitution Day to all…
…and many more.

17 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

MinNJ (20:41:11) :

Well said, HamletsMill.

I’m phone banking this weekend at someone’s house through MoveOn. I’ve been reading voraciously and trying to follow all the links that all you terrific people provide. I’ve made notes, researched and paid attention…I’m ready! I hope I can knock someone off the fence to our side. I really, really hope…
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Thank you MinNJ.

I meant to write “In that piece I saw her as an amicable but vapidly one dimensional person who has never really been challenged in LIFE to her core.” But I wrote in maybe a Freudian typo “In that piece I saw her as an amicable but vapidly one dimensional person who has never really been challenged in LOVE to her core.”

As I caught my typo after posting, I thought maybe LOVE is more profound a word here. This soul cannot love. She is loveless. I absolutely cannot stand people who are needlessly adversarial in life. They are incredibly destructive to themselves to everyone around them including … entire nations. Yes. Sometimes you have to be adversarial to stand for justice in some situations in life when completely necessary. But a pit bull adversary stance to everything when you get up in the morning each day is delusional mental illness. There is no grace in the Universe with that stance. Ever. Is this a generational thing? Are there mass “forty somethings” out there this profoundly one dimensional in life? I don’t know?

Change of topic – since you are from NJ – I just have to give you this link. I gave it to our beloved AKM after she had to endure the unholy use of “Born to Run” at the Alaska Empty Palin Fest that day. Maybe this version will put it all back into an NJ perspective!

Maybe play this for breaks at your phone banking!

17 09 2008
AK Republican, no more

@ARCTICTUNDRA

You forgot to mention their float plane.

I just heard some republican say that people can relate to SP. Well, I don’t know about you all, but I can’t relate to someone who makes $125,000, has a plane, lives in a huge house and gets paid extra to stay at her own house.

17 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin

@Julie Arizona (20:45:31) :

I think a lot of people fully expect something to ‘happen’ but not to to the U.S. Something like an attack on Iran, maybe Georgia.

McCadaver will rabbit on about national security (he was a POW, you know)and Beehive Barbie will say “I told Congress thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere”.

Remember W’s refrain during the 2004 election? terrorism-terrorism-terrorism-terrorism-terrorism-terrorism-terrorism-terrorism … ha!

Nobody will be fooled.

17 09 2008
portland oregon native

Gibson form ABC said it best when he described one of her “answers” as a “blizzard of words”.
This bs has to be exposed for what it is, total nonsense.

17 09 2008
portland oregon native

ps: the jacket she was wearing at the rep convention on McCain’s nomination night was a Valentio and cost over $2000!
Hockey mom indeed!

17 09 2008
BigSlick

Department of Justice vs Talis Colberg

Dereliction of Duty, Obstruction of Justice

Anything else he should be charged with?

17 09 2008
JC

Unlike in Mr. Rove’s universe, when one ignores a subpoena outside of the beltway, a warrant will be issued and a perp walk will take place. Let’s hope that’s what we see in Alaska, couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of bureaucrats…

17 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin

@portland oregon native (21:07:50) :
I loved the jacket, but I hope she didn’t pay a lot for those red follow-me-home shoes that she wore later. They were horrible! I can’t imagine any professional woman wearing shoes like that and wanting to be taken seriously. Bimbo City!

17 09 2008
Bettina

Does it scare anyone else that our embassy in Yemen was attacked earlier today? Now that the U.S. is showing such weakness, it seems there will be more attacks. Terrorists seem to have the resources to pull off bad, bad things on a cheap budget, while the U.S. spends millions or billions on a military effort that’s targeting the wrong agenda. I have a very bad feeling about all of this. It seems our world has imploded in a matter of days.

And where did President Bush go? Haven’t heard from the commander in chief in a long time.

17 09 2008
mde

No it doesn’t scare me; I don’t live in Yemen. I’m much more scared by the prospect of a McCain/Palin win.

17 09 2008
MinNJ

@HamletsMill
Thanks so much! That’s great! I know that NJ usually goes blue, but my county is very red, and I want to change some minds, if I can.

To add to your Greek reference: When McGovern lost the election, I was in Massachusetts, the only state that went blue that year, and salved my wounds by watching ‘Antigone’ on PBS. Amazing evening.

17 09 2008
RFBorjal

I would not be surprised if the McCain campaign is now virtually running the state government of Alaska, what with Sarah Palin away campaigning. Do these unelected “outsiders” have the right to interfere in Alaskan affairs? If Sarah can easily cede the State to “outsiders”, no wonder Todd Palin is willing to secede from the Union.

17 09 2008
no more

@charlotteNAlaska. I have had it to. I made a big sign that says “Palin Lies” and am going to the capitol and the cruise ship docks tomorrow. Not very sophisticated but I don’t know what else to do! (besides commenting to newspapers, legislators, Etc.)

17 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin

@Bettina (21:13:55) :

[quote] Now that the U.S. is showing such weakness [/quote]

What weakness?

17 09 2008
Hick Town in W PA

I watched the McCain thing at the Ford plant. Interesting observation: he seemed totally uncomfortable even before the chanting and you could tell he was furious when it started. Cindy on the other hand seemed to relax and actually smiled. Now I expect someday (maybe soon when becoming first lady is over) she may have lots to tell.

17 09 2008
Hick Town in W PA

Mudflatians greet the unsuccessful Vice Presidential Candidate with a rousing rendition of ………..What? Fill in the blank!

17 09 2008
Hick Town in W PA

Sorry there

Mudflatians greet the unsuccessful Vice Presidential Candidate with a rousing rendition of ………..What? Fill in the blank!

Two great Austin Lounge Lizard songs — Low End if the Gene Pool and Jesus Loves Me but He Don’t Love You

17 09 2008
Bettina

mde,

You are forgetting history! The USS Cole was attacked off Yemen before 9/11/01. The U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya were before 9/11/01. I have fears that al-Qaeda is rebuilding and more fortified. Now that our country is weak (including putting someone as idiotic as Sarah Palin on a ticket) we should be on RED ALERT for an in-country attack.

I hate to write that, but it’s true!

17 09 2008
BlueLuna

I have lived with Sen. McCain since I moved to AZ in 1980 – and, as Dem. in a Blue County (Pima) in a Red State, he was a vibrant voice. He WAS a maverick. His run against Bush II, led by Rove, was horrific, deplorable, and disgusting. And he has now embraced those same Rovian-tactics that nearly destroyed his career and his family.

I saw him speak at my Niece’s graduation at the Univerisy of AZ (Tucson) 4 years ago and and he spoke on Darfur as a GENOCIDE – when no member of the Bush administration or the U.N. would utter the word.

The man I see today is a SHELL of his former self.

And, he looks sick. I have seen death in my own father, and he is courting it. Sarah Palin? Jesus help us.

17 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

Bettina – don’t buy into the ‘fear factor’. The world’s a big place, full of good and bad. Fear is very corrosive and is used by dictators to keep the meek in line. Life has its ups and downs. Our ancestors lived through some pretty tough times and they managed okay. I imagine we will too. If not, then ask ‘why’ – people aren’t born to hate. Sometimes they just get fed up with the unfairness of it all.

17 09 2008
marti

I read on the Who Are You section someone said “utterly objectionable” when describing Palin. I so often cannot find the words to describe the betrayal I feel from our state government. Although I am still jazzed from the Anti-Palin rally I am also blown away by the zero integrity of so many of the public people. These are people we see at New Sagaya, and at the movies and at local running events. The anger seething inside of me needs an outlet. I need another rally! I need to speak. Maybe I will make a bunch of posters so that I will be ready to rally. No way in hell will Palin come back to Alaska and continue to be the governor. No way will the idiots that lie for her be able to ever gain my trust.

17 09 2008
Cal Al

hello mudflatters,

I just got in..

I was listening to a NPR commentary on election obsession and Meghan Daum, of Los Angeles Times mentioned mudflats as one of the best blog. She said the blogger will probably have a book deal in the futures…and she thinks that you are a He, AKAMudracker…….LOL!

OK now I have to go catch up on the news.

17 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

Bettina – all you write is correct. But you are leaving out the other side entirely. I suggest you read up a little about many of the outrages that have been commited in your name against other citizens in their own countries.

17 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin

@marti (21:29:01) :

You could join ‘no more’ ;)

no more (21:22:32) :

@charlotteNAlaska. I have had it to. I made a big sign that says “Palin Lies” and am going to the capitol and the cruise ship docks tomorrow. Not very sophisticated but I don’t know what else to do! (besides commenting to newspapers, legislators, Etc.)

17 09 2008
flatlander

No offense to the fine folks of Kansas, but I have never heard of making it a vacation destination, except to visit Grammie.

No offense taken, but we do have some pretty areas, if you know where to go. Try the eastern third of the state in the fall.

Nobody in their right mind ‘vacations’ in Kansas…you can’t make this stuff up!

Even we Kansans don’t vacation in Kansas…unless we have to because of the price of gas.

This red state will stay red, unfortunately, but we blues keep trying. “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” Damned if I know.

Thanks for all the great stuff, AKMudraker, and to all who post here!

17 09 2008
Bettina

VP, Flat Earth Society :

Isn’t it common knowledge that the U.S. got out of the Great Depression because of war contracts during WWII?

I am no shrinking violet when it comes to foreign policy. I have been to Russia and the Balkans. I see this country going under economically and no one is standing up to save it.

We are now a target. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, I just worry that we have let ourselves go too much and now we have to worry. From the east and west coast. After Palin’s anti-Russia comments I’m a little worried that she’s trying to start WWIII.

That would not be fun.

17 09 2008
marti

Thanks Aussie Puck – good suggestion, I think that @charlotteNalaska is in Juneau which is way far away from Anchorage. But there are ways (rubbing hands together)

17 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin

Hey Marti, it’s ‘no more’ who’s going to haunt the waterfront – I don’t know where she is

17 09 2008
Bystander

Isn’t it common knowledge that the U.S. got out of the Great Depression because of war contracts during WWII?

I am no shrinking violet when it comes to foreign policy. I have been to Russia and the Balkans. I see this country going under economically and no one is standing up to save it.

We are now a target. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, I just worry that we have let ourselves go too much and now we have to worry. From the east and west coast. After Palin’s anti-Russia comments I’m a little worried that she’s trying to start WWIII.

That would not be fun.

All the more reason to NOT be scared, Bettina. History has not yet been written.

17 09 2008
PLB

Remember how upset Reps get when “outsiders” try to have a say on federal land and federal wildlife? Well?????

17 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

Isn’t it common knowledge that the U.S. got out of the Great Depression because of war contracts during WWII?
____________________

The entire world was in the “Great Depression”.

I really don’t believe that Miz Paling and the “Full of Crock Express” fella will be voted in. If, crazily, they are, then God help the American citizens because they obviously won’t be helping themselves. If the majority of the electorate vote in Old dude, Vacuous Velma and her ‘First Dud’, then that is how the country will have turned, and intelligence, logic, honesty and decency will become a thing of the past in this country.

17 09 2008
NoSarahPalin

@Julie Arizona and Bettina

I don’t want to bring any energy to this scenario, but it seems that in the research I’ve done an attack on Iran from Israel is just a matter of timing.

The predictions are that Israel will attack before November 4th if Obama is ahead, or after the election and before inauguration if McCain wins.

So, while I am happy that Palin is showing her true colors, I worry that there is a lot going on behind the scenes to steal the election from the rightful winners…again.

The yahoo email hack certainly seems to be an orchestrated effort to get Palin’s damaging email accounts “disappeared” and the tension on the international front seems to be on the rise.

It is my hope that the American public will stay focused in troubled times, but I see more fear mongering coming soon meant to distract Americans from the issues at hand.

That being said, having Mudflats as a resource and like-minded people like you all here makes it a little easier to sleep at night.

Thank you all so much for contributing your critical thinking skills to the world at a time when it needs it the most.

17 09 2008
Bettina

VP, Flat Earth Society:

Yes, I know the other side. I don’t like the other side either. The U.S. needs to solve their internal problems right now and NOT go looking for another fight that they don’t need to be in!

17 09 2008
portland oregon native

Hey I just read on the NYT caucus blogs that Sarah doesn’t even own her own domain name! I find that totally amazing for someone in public life. Her so called staff is very remiss. But then what else is new, right?

17 09 2008
Uncle Joe Mccarthy

dont care if colberg is a nice guy, before he was named ag, he was in private practice for 14 years

its ez for the big boys to push him around, he has never had to deal with guys like this

this is what happens when chronyism takes over

btw, why isnt the ag an elected office? it is in many states…just for this reason…so that the ag is not beholden to the governor

and i cant believe that only progressives are angry about this

doesnt the rest of the state care if they are being played for rubes?

17 09 2008
John AKA Gamebird Kelp

I LOVE all Mudpuppies!
Especially of the Alaskan kind…, particularly those where I live, down Soldotna way.
We outta’get together and “hoist” one somewhere.
“Lets POTLATCH!”
Pax Vobiscum….

17 09 2008
portland oregon native

@Aussi Puck mule
yes! those red shoes have gotta go! The team of stylists messed up on that one.
meow! meow!

17 09 2008
Bettina

Wow, I am so confused. As a person who covered 9/11 in a news respect, I am shocked that people aren’t worried about what the U.S. is facing right now. I am not trying to scare people, I am just stating the facts. And the U.S. embassy in Yemen was attacked this morning. It’s a fact.

17 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

I think we most definitely have a problem with our place in the world right now. But that is the beauty and gift of what Obama can bring to our country – dignity and respect again. I’ve read about polls in Europe – they want Obama to win. They can’t wait. If you read Obama’s “Dreams – Father” book, you see what a wonderful perspective he can bring to rebuilding our foreign relations and stature in the world.

Those Palin supporters who think she and First Dude are so cool, are not the types to even consider the rest of the world. It doesn’t matter to them. Bomb em. We don’t need em. For the rest of us, we realize how dire the situation has become.

17 09 2008
Bettina

portland oregon native:

Nope, she doesn’t I checked that out a while ago. GOD, buy your own domain name!! How stupid can she be??

17 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

I am really learning a lot about Alaska from Mudflats!I know you have folks like Palin who really haven’t been outside of the state, and in its isolation, there is that mentality. (They aren’t sure if she has ever been to Canada? Puleeze! Heard she might have been on vacation in Mexico)

I keep wondering why she would continue to wear an Alaskan pin when she is running on McCain’s Country First ticket – not Alaska First. But that is what that pin says to me!
I know most people noticed – McCain didn’t even wear a flag pin for his big acceptance speech.

What else I’ve learned about Alaska – thankfully there are plenty of people, hopefully masses of them, represented in this blog, who are thinking folks, have a world outlook, and are so wonderfully ready to embrace Obama and the promise he shows for turning things around. I have to pinch myself, reading all the positive messages on here. Seeing all the people working so hard, state by state. I hope the outcome will be Obama’s presidency, and Alaska’s second chance for different leadership soon, now that Palin has been SO exposed.

17 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin

@NoSarahPalin (21:47:19) :

I’ve read that all over the internet. But I can’t really believe it.

I can’t see that Israel would deliberately buy trouble just to (attempt to) hand someone like McCain an election. The electorate would see through it – remember, they fell for it last time.

If the fundamentalists were the big attraction, then all Jewish people would vote GOP.

However, we will all still be here, and we can take bets then. :)

17 09 2008
Bettina

NoSarahPalin:

Israel is not attacking anyone. Propaganda much?

17 09 2008
17 09 2008
NoSarahPalin

@Bettina

There are a lot of distractions misleading the American public right now, unfortunately the nomination of Sarah Palin is one of them.

There is a huge “American Idol” mentality going on right now, and I am afraid we are all in for a big, brutal reality check when there is another terrorist attack on US soil, or Israel attacks Iran and we go in with them.

It doesn’t seem like today’s US Embassy attack got many people’s attention, which makes me nervous. What will our big wake up call be?

I am not trying to be a fear monger or an alarmist, but there is a lot brewing right now and the election has implications internationally as well as domestically and there are a lot of people in power all over this globe who will do what it takes to get the outcome they desire.

I just posted a video, from FOX News of all places, that speaks to the issue of Israel and Iran.

http://nosarahpalin.blogspot.com

May my fears never become a reality.

17 09 2008
NoSarahPalin

May it all just be propaganda.

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Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin
17 09 2008
Bystander

Bettina (21:13:55) :

Does it scare anyone else that our embassy in Yemen was attacked earlier today? Now that the U.S. is showing such weakness, it seems there will be more attacks. Terrorists seem to have the resources to pull off bad, bad things on a cheap budget, while the U.S. spends millions or billions on a military effort that’s targeting the wrong agenda. I have a very bad feeling about all of this. It seems our world has imploded in a matter of days.

And where did President Bush go? Haven’t heard from the commander in chief in a long time.

I’m sure it was scary and worse for those who unfortunately were there. Here, whether it’s scary or, as someone posted above, something to fear (i.e., “fear factor”), in my mind comes down to an individual choice on how to respond, live.
It is what it is. And that’s NOT meant to be dismissive. Here is the world at the moment. Can it change? Of course. And, of course, that change doesn’t imply that everything would revert to a nostalgic time of peaches and creme. The “War on Terror” is not the province of Republicans or Democrats. It’s worldwide. There have always been enemies and probably always will be.
I wouldn’t characterize it as the “U.S. is showing such weakness.” Again, not to be insensitively reductionist, but there is no pure security for a nation. Nothing’s perfect, and the balance of aggressive effectiveness obviously shifted some over the past 20+ years. Today, though, it could have been much worse.

In Yemen, a Planned Massacre of Americans Is Averted

If the attack had gone according to plan, it would have killed or wounded countless U.S. diplomats in the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden, within a week of the seventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Although Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a left at least 16 people dead, the bravery and quick reaction of Yemeni security forces foiled what appeared to be a daring attempt to storm the embassy compound and kill everyone inside. No Americans were among the victims of the thwarted attack.

Yes, it could have been much worse. But it wasn’t. And that it wasn’t had little to nothing in regards to Republican or Democrat affinities.

As for GW, found this at Bloomberg’s:

Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) — This week, President George W. Bush held a state dinner for Ghana’s president, surveyed Texas hurricane damage, posed with Youth of the Year award finalists, and met with Army General David Petraeus.

During that time, Bush has publicly uttered 160 words about the worst Wall Street crisis since the Great Depression, saying the government is working to “reduce disruptions” in U.S. financial markets.

Has a lot on his plate.

and this:

Here’s what Bush said:

“This attack is a reminder that we are at war with extremists who will murder innocent people to achieve their ideological objectives.”

The president spoke after a meeting with General David Petraeus, who handed command over the Multi-National Force in Iraq, this week to Genera Ray Odierno.

“One objective of these extremists is to kill, to try to cause the United States to lose our nerve and to withdraw from regions of the world,” Mr Bush said.

The embassy assault was the deadliest attack on a compound that has been targeted four times in recent years by bombings, mortars and shootings.

Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden, has struggled to put down al Qaeda-linked Islamic militants, often to the frustration of US counter-terrorism officials

“Our message is that we want to help governments survive the extremists,” Mr Bush said.

“We want people to lead normal life. We want mothers to be able to raise their sons and daughters in a peaceful environment so they can realise the hopes and dreams of a better world.”

I’ve recently an article regarding an attack on Iran. And, we are aware that there are times we hear there is a lot of chatter and then times where there is less. That is a state. In terms of this election, for a voter to shift their vote based on a timed attack suggests that that voter might not have had a firm grip of their own views of what they want in their President and of the multitude of problems the US faces, all prioritized.

Judgment, intelligence, and character and everything else one might wish their President to possess are traits and skills applied to every problem. Those who surround, the advisors, etc., are frequently reflections of this. Very rarely is a President “in it alone”. The buck stops there, but you know what I mean. Both Republicans and Democrats at the national level are not typically shrinking violets when it comes to protecting the United States, despite how some caricatures are embedded.

17 09 2008
Bettina

Sweetie, no one was listening when the Tanzania and Kenyan embassies were bombed in 1998. I remember that day, but so many others don’t! It’s no ones fault that people don’t listen to the truth, but we must try to remind people of the truth.

Life happens and people don’t listen! America is crumbling!

17 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin

from yahoo.com

This has been the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. There is no question about it,” said Mark Gertler, a New York University economist who worked with fellow academic Ben Bernanke, now the Federal Reserve chairman, to explain how financial turmoil can infect the overall economy.

“But at the same time we have the policy mechanisms in place fighting it, which is something we didn’t have during the Great Depression.”

You’re doing a heckuva job there ……

17 09 2008
White Agate

Flatlander: Tuning in later….the above post was not meant to imply that Kansas is not worth a vacation…I love the prairie area that I’ve camped out in when driving across country. So no disparagement intended.

Speaking of ‘What’s the Matter With Kansas,’ I was just up reading Thomas Frank’s new book, ‘The Wrecking Crew.’ Y’all have to read it. If you are feeling fearful, particularly with the financial issues and then that bombing in Yemen, read this book and just get fired up, like me. The matter-of-fact tone describes the utter and total mismanagement of our country’s affairs to a degree I had not even dreamed possible. It makes me want to come out swingin’ and call everybody.

A SEA change, not just a change, is needed. McCain/Palin is not the ticket.

Biden gave a conference call at the DFL HQ here tonight. I heard he was very funny, bless him.

Yeah, pretty soon we are going to have to start playing ‘Where’s George?’

Also heard the new book, ‘Angler,’ about Cheney is pretty scary, worth reading. Anyone read it?

Okay, now I am REALLY going to bed. I used to live in Seattle and I do miss having coffee places around all the time. I think we are all contributing heavily to that industry these past few weeks.

17 09 2008
arkangel3

Just a few notes (hey, only two posts from me today! I was catching up on some rest after staying up late, reading Mudflats and writing my own stuff, LOL)

-I checked several states’ Voting Laws. It appears that students can vote in any of them, so long as they reside in the state. The length of time (residency) varies, but as long as the student lives in that state they can vote.

-No where on ANY application does it mention any Federal or State Tax implications on residing in another state. When I went to school, the rule was (and STILL IS on the Federal Level), you can be claimed as a dependent on a tax return until you’re 21. If anyone tries to deny students that right, then it should be reported immediately to whatever authority handles voting.

-Julie AZ: I posted something like that yesterday myself, and I wouldn’t put it past them. They will do ANYTHING to stay in power and have no regard for Human Life. They will protect you in the womb, but that’s all.

-Tomorrow and Friday on my Blog I will pretty much be tearing up McCain in two pieces. I almost feel guilty doing it because I feel like I’m sinking to their level, but whatever I write will be documented. The man in quite simply not the right man with the right temperament to be President. I will make the strongest case yet why he is a dangerous candidate. That’s more than I can say for them. If you’re interested in my blog, click my picture. I can assure you that the next two days will be barn burners.

-AKM…I gotta admit, as an unpublished author I’m a little jealous on the book deal, but you know what? Good for you! You’re a true Patriot. Just stay safe, OK?

17 09 2008
From England aka Spoon Archer Palin

Kansas? Are you joking AKM?

Also, if Mcfeign had done his job of vetting properly, he should have gone through her record as a governor with a fine tooth comb a long time ago – I don’t think Alaskans can complain about State Affairs going national. Part of teh par of being at the top(ish) of a national ticket. You can’t have your cake and eat it too

No growling intended

17 09 2008
Henry Porter

Just the Facts, Ma’am

Sarah Palin has the vast right wing media machine protecting & promoting her & lying about Barack Obama daily. She won’t go near the press until the Republicans teach her their lines. She’s given one interview that was teased out over days. She hasn’t gone near a press conference. She’s immature enough to not even speak Barack Obama’s name, referring to him as “our opponent.” In canned empty rhetoric speeches, McSame and Plain sound more and more like Bush. Obama consistently answers random questions from citizens and the press. Palin’s next interview is with Stazi news.

How can anyone as untested & unprepared as Palin even be considered for Vice President a mere 2 months prior to election? Well, come to think of it, Dan Quayle repeated the same sentence to almost every answer during a debate, & he got the job. We all knew Bush ran Texas’s education system into the ground, so what good was he gonna do for the Nation’s? He came up with a bogus policy and people bought it. Bush summed his entire environmental policy, which has allowed corporations to pollute the planet’s air, water, & soil, in the only sentence he was asked to make at a debate, “I’ve been a good steward of the land.” The mainstream press demanded nothing more. Debates have become zinger contests. News shoes have become talk shows with paid pundits yakking bullet points; if viewers & listeners are lucky there are 5 seconds of a candidate’s speech. Some people don’t listen anyway, and will vote for whoever waves a flag & says god, guns n’ country.

Palin’s convention speech was mean-spirited and misleading. She lies. “She said Obama had not authored a single bill. Hello? He authored the most sweeping ethics reform bill in Senate history. The ridicule of Obama’s years as a community organizer, from 1985 to 1988 (he was 27 then) makes as much sense as focusing on Sarah’s time as a sportscaster” – online quote from some guy named Ken.

Wasilla was a town of about 5000 when she was Mayor & she left it $20 million in debt. The main drag became one huge parking lot. As Governor, she recently earmarked funds for her home town when she cut them elsewhere. She thinks it’s okay to discuss banning books. She thinks triggering the deaths of 1,000,000 people, & displacing millions more from their homes, is “god’s will”? I know atheists who are more Christian.

She cut a lot of funding for poor people, and for those with special needs kids before she had one and became an “advocate.” She brags about this now as part of her, “I vetoed nearly half a billion dollars in wasteful spending.”

Look, the science is in, god gave us one planet to take care of, and teaching creationism ain’t gonnna help anyone. Does Palin believe Earth is only 5000 years old? If so, where did the oil come from? And what does it say in the Bible about recycling? The science is also in that 1 10th of our population is homosexual; it is part of “god’s plan.” It’s time for the religious right to put the old book down and think about what Jesus said, and be nice to the rest of us.

Taxes on oil in AK were raised because citizens demanded it amidst scandals. Democratic legislators fought & won for more than Palin advocated, while a few small-fish Republicans went to jail. She got the office in a red state as the “honest” Republican. If you don’t think she’s abused her offices, has a history of firing public servants because they disagree with her, and is going to further the Bush OIL FIRST agenda, you’re not paying attention.

Finally, the news is out now that while Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, raped women were charged for forensic rape kit tests. If she has her way, future rape victims will be forced to birth children they don’t want. I’m tired of her saying she is “pro life.” If you support war over diplomacy, you’re not pro life.

17 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

portland oregon native (21:48:57) :

Hey I just read on the NYT caucus blogs that Sarah doesn’t even own her own domain name! I find that totally amazing for someone in public life. Her so called staff is very remiss. But then what else is new, right?
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I find that absolutely astonishing! And she has been Governor of Alaska for TWO YEARS?

WOW!

What a Staff!

17 09 2008
Henry Porter

Something Happening Here

Barack Obama is making history and it makes me proud to be a U.S. citizen. If he attains the presidency, he will bring wisdom and honesty to the Whitehouse. He has more intelligence and compassion than many who have been President of the United States of America. The fact that he has darker skin pigmentation than all who have held this office will heal deep national psychological wounds. But history has repeated itself in my lifetime, and the second time around is more frightening. Greater crimes have been committed by the Bush administration than Nixon’s, with no accountability to the public. There is a through-line from Vietnam to Iraq.

What the Right learned from their war in Vietnam is: control the media (from FCC deregulation, to controlled embedded reports with few to no real images of war, to a daily digest of misinformation and outright Stazi news), quell the opposition (whip the populace into a “support the troops” froth and label opposition unpatriotic, create undemocratic, defeatist “free speech zones,” institute national wiretapping with immunity – the Democrats helped the Republicans make this happen), plunder the treasury (secret meetings and no bid contracts for war profiteers), and why not fund a private military and allow it to build camps around the nation…

Since the assassinations of the Kennedys & King, police and National Guard brutality, the Left has cowered. No viable, galvanizing charismatic political leader from the Left has successfully stuck a neck out until now. Others who have tried have fallen prey to complacency ruled by collective fear, disorganization, and the above tactics of the Right.

For 8 years we’ve accepted a puppet president, and the absence of democracy from our Republic. The tactics of Mugabe and Bush differ, but the result is the same. Recall that G.W. Bush said on a live 2000 election nite broadcast while seated next to his father, “we’re going to surprise people in Florida.” It was the most composed he’s ever been. The former two-term President, former head of our secret police, handed the office to his son. Corruptible voting machines and contemptible voting schemes scandalized elections again in 2004, primarily in Ohio. Only the rare, brave few such as Stephanie Tubbs Jones made a Congressional stand.

We’ve suffered begrudgingly through the lies, from Bush’s early ‘I can’t believe I’m getting away with this’ campaign speeches, to Colin Powell’s obfuscating speech to the U.N. complete with empty vial & drawn “evidence” props. Bush by his own admittance doesn’t read the press, and rarely takes questions from reporters. The press too often dazzles itself with paid pundits, rather than careful, critical evaluation of candidates’ platforms.

Bush counts among his friends corporate executives who treat our economy like their personal ponzi scheme. As financial entities fail, and peoples lives are ruined, these executives reap their profits. 1,000,000 innocent people have died in Iraq, and millions more have been displaced. After we leveled their infrastructure in the 1990′s, killing hundreds if not thousands of soldiers who were in retreat, Iraqis were able to rebuild – not because some ruthless dictator was whipping them, but because the engineers, doctors, and laborers had the community, capital, incentive & time to do so. The U.S.A., with it’s billions of dollars and massive military presence, has taken most of that away this time. Halliburton and its subsidiaries, Blackwater, and other companies including global oil corporations have netted record profits. What’s happened in Iraq is the largest treasury theft in U.S. history thinly disguised as an unjust war.

As for “the war on terror,” has anyone refuted the fact that within 3 days of 9/11, on the balcony of the Whitehouse, Bush smoked a cigar with Saudi prince Bandar whose countrymen attacked us? Saudi royals, some with reputed ties to Al-Qaeda, were allowed to flee the U.S. Similarly, a caravan was allowed to flee U.S. troops from Afghanistan to Pakistan. Do we have to wait for historians to consider these acts?

Now the Left thinks Barack Obama will lead us from shame. Our other option was Hillary Clinton, but how can 6 successive presidencies divided between 2 families in a country of over 300 million be considered “democracy?” We’re slouching toward, if not a reckoning, at least a course correction, but think of what we’ve squandered in the process. Since we’re a capitalist society -and no presidential contender has used the word “love” in a meaningful way since Robert Kennedy – put it in these terms: imagine the possibilities if the money funneled for 50 months into the war machinations in Iraq war was instead distributed to 50 states.

It’s foolish to think the individuals and corporations who propped Cheney & Bush into office with an Oil First/War First agenda will stop if Obama is elected. The current intensity of double standard double speak indicates their intention to retain power. An oil man as president started a war for oil profits, then bitch-slapped the populace by telling us we’re addicted to it. Gas prices are higher than ever. Banks are failing. Our national debt is the highest ever. It will take more than 4 years to turn the economy around. The oil-military- information-financial corporations will regroup using the billions of dollars they’ve made and come back for more.

If Barack Obama is assassinated, or elections are thrown again, we will be demoralized. The police are ready to break out their new riot equipment and turn it on the citizenry. If we suffer another terrorist attack, we will lose more of our Bill of Rights. Hope is all we have right now.

If Barack Obama attains the nation’s highest office, barriers of individualism will crumble. We will come out of our collective fog. More people will begin to relate to each other as neighbors and fellow citizens, instead of as strangers who fear one another and focus most dialogue around private property and commercial enterprise. Something closer to democracy will come to the U.S.A.

17 09 2008
AZtopcat

Here is a little tidbit, this crazy Third wave religious thing has bothered me about Palin. My theory is that many of these crowds she’s attacting are in areas where there are large populations of her religious friends. Yesterday in Vienna Ohio ( a place that is a democratic stronghold) a rather large crowd turned out . Well, lo and behold an event that drew in over 1300 pentecostal folks happened to be in town for a conference on Tuesday. Big crowd at the airplane hangar.

17 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin

Amen.

I hope you get real democracy.

17 09 2008
Lani aka Bash Budweiser

NoSarahPalin, Bettina, Aussie, I share the concerns. But the Yeman attack did not receive a great deal of attention solely because we entered a Depression today; however, it was on every channel. There is fear worldwide of a McCain/Palin win. They are the war ticket, neither of them hides it, and the world knows it. Many in the US are planning to leave and many more are planning to send draft-age children abroad. The fear runs deep. I posted a clip of McCain joking about bombing Iran a gazillion posts ago.

That’s why we must focus on the election of Obama. For the sake of our future, for the sake of world. Fear can stop us, or it can energize us to work harder. The stakes have never been higher.

As for a war to pull us out of the Depression, a redirection of our efforts can also do so. That’s why I am excited about Obama’s plan for energy independence.

Breathe deep, seek peace.

Bash Budweiser Palin

17 09 2008
Bettina

Lani aka Bash Budweiser:

You go girl! But we also need to keep the world in mind!

17 09 2008
Sue

re: Bolivar I heard on the news this morning (NPR, I think–I switch stations often) that officials were not letting people return to their homes in various parts of Texas because there is no clean water and no sewer system left. They didn’t want to add to the already huge mess/health hazard, so they are keeping people out. This doesn’t explain, though, the blackout on cell phones.

17 09 2008
Hick Town in W PA

Bravo Henry Porter!

17 09 2008
Bettina

Let’s get back to Sarah Palin and her un-qualifications!

17 09 2008
Bran Muffin

talking about the problems of getting the large crowds for her gatherings… when she was here, to make it look like she had a group, you had to get everyone to the front of the room, turn the lights down low and get a bleacher full of people behind you, AND THEN take the photos…

17 09 2008
LJP aka Revolver Trooper

Here’s a link to an op-ed column from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this morning, by Dan Simpson, one of the editors who is a former ambassador. He is an expert on foreign policy, and not because he can see West Virginia from the top of Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington. He argues that the three recent instances of saber-rattling (the incursions into Pakistan, the Georgia-Russian incident, and the indications that Israel wants the U.S. to support an attack on Iran) might be themselves attempts to frighten the voters into voting for McCain and Palin. I’ve worried about that, given the neo-con determination to stay in Iraq. I don’t think these people will give up power easily. We all might think about sending emails to our Senators to make it clear that we don’t want more wars and they should make that crystal clear to the president.
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08261/912615-374.stm

Here’s a passage: “The No. 3 cranked-up war threat is as follows. There is a new report out of Jerusalem that Israel would like to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear facilities, a favorite scenario of some in the Bush administration. The report says that Israel asked the United States for bunker buster bombs and access across Iraqi air space to carry out this attack but that the United States has said no because it doesn’t want Israel to go after Iran….

“It could easily be that the Bush administration told the Israelis “no” on the bunker busters and air clearance so that it can say that it told the Israelis not to attack Iran. If any U.S. administration really wanted to keep the Israelis from attacking Iran, there would be two sure ways to achieve that outcome: Tell Israel that if it attacked Iran the $3 billion blank check in aid it receives each year from the United States would stop or warn Israel that the United States would provide no help whatsoever in dealing with Iran’s retaliatory actions.

“No bunker busters and no access to Iraqi air space might serve as a semi-credible smokescreen for those who don’t really understand the situation. But they are not effective deterrents, and the Republicans might in this have their third voter-scaring potential war (or a real war) to attract votes on Nov. 4.

“Now, the obvious response to this “three wars” hypothesis is to say that even the most cynical Republicans would not risk another war just to win an election and stay in power. But that might be to overlook how it was that Mr. Bush won a second term, with the Iraq war, which he started, having made him a war president. The people behind him, of course, make money out of America’s wars because they raise the price of oil and the profits of defense contractors.”

And I am re-posting the terrific video link that someone else posted on one of the other threads. Thanks to whomever posted it; it is very effective.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7yDbwWNCUc

17 09 2008
Lani aka Bash Budweiser

@Henry Porter – I think I love you. Excellent summery of the situation, right down to the Ponzi scheme. So glad for this blog, where I FINALLY feel at home.

17 09 2008
BigSlick

Letterman’s re-run from Aug 29th really puts Palin into perspective

17 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin (22:20:44) :

portland oregon native (21:48:57) :

Hey I just read on the NYT caucus blogs that Sarah doesn’t even own her own domain name! I find that totally amazing for someone in public life. Her so called staff is very remiss. But then what else is new, right?
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I find that absolutely astonishing! And she has been Governor of Alaska for TWO YEARS?

WOW!

What a Staff!
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Hummm. Here’s the info. Looks like SOMEONE has had it for 5 years. At lest someone could plan ahead that far. Comes up for renewal on 26-Apr-09. Any takers if they let it lapse? But there appears to be no functioning website? No notice. No nothing. Just access blocked. Was there one before P-Day? Does anyone know?

Looks like all the other name types for it are taken too except for .NET! Available for $18.99. You would think some rather unsavory organization would jump for that name. Well, maybe not. Two rough days on Wall Street. $18.99 is looking like pretty big money. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. Night all Worldwide Mudpuppies!

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17 09 2008
Lani aka Bash Budweiser

LJP – that’s the clip I just wrote about, and it bears repeating:

ENOUGH!!!

17 09 2008
fawnskin mudpuppy

after very little deliberation, but with heartfelt emotion, i’ve decided to forgo my palin name.
i want to hereafter be known as a mudpuppy,

yours affectionatly,
fawnskin mudpuppy

17 09 2008
Blood Gravel Palin

I am starting to imagine McCain succumbing to cancer and at that very moment the generals come into the oval office and put an end to all this.

I am starting to think that might not be all bad.

I’m scared. I admit it.

Gravel Blood Palin formerly flywheelgrinding

17 09 2008
fawnskin cd mudpuppy

upon further reflection…well at least 2 minutes worth…i’ve decide that i do, indeed, like “chip dragon” and will delete the palin, add the mudpuppy and herefore be known as,

fawnskin chipdragon mudpuppy

17 09 2008
Gravel Blood Palin

Oops! Do martinis suppoz to have anything else innem?

Gravel Blood Palin

17 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

@LJP,

You are up far too late! I saw your note to me three threads ago. Or was it four? Or five? Or six? I will soon (been very busy at work) set up a gmail account where you can reach me. Keep watching for it in a note to you. YOU, HICK TOWN, and I think TWO OTHER Pittsburghers on here from what I saw can maybe reach me through that e-mail address and we can meet in the Strip District to commiserate, stratagize, and just generally try to stay sane and get through this national indignity. The Strip District somewhere around Penn Ave and 21st Street should be central to everyone I would think.

Meanwhile, I guess our own George A. Romero was prophetic indeed.

Yep. Chilly Billy’s daughter, Lori Cardille, still just knocks me out with her acting!

Leave a note here on this thread if you saw this post to you. Also HICK TOWN and anyone else from the Greater Pittsburgh area.

Now I REALLY MUST get to bed!

17 09 2008
Bettina

Did everyone go to sleep or are people afraid of talking politics? Palin needs to go and we need real leadership in the U.S,

17 09 2008
Hick Town in W PA

@LJP and HamletsMill

Let me know when.

You know there are still thousands up here without electrity from Ike. I hear it’s worse in OH/KY. That was one nasty storm!

17 09 2008
Lani aka Bash Budweiser

Hey, Bettina, I’m still up! Let me see if I can find you Dennis’s speech on Wake Up America at the DNC. BRB.

17 09 2008
Lani aka Bash Budweiser

Here you go – Wake Up America! Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) Speaks to the DNC

17 09 2008
Bettina

Thanks Lani! I am staying up through this storm of crazy politics!!

18 09 2008
Bettina

WOW, the Kucinich speech gave chills. He is so right on!

18 09 2008
Lani aka Bash Budweiser

I haven’t really slept for months. I’ve been tracking the financial downfall of the US, taking many countries in its wake. Once I finally figured it out – and that there were MANY people warning us for at least 5 years (but getting no press) – I thought the Rethugs would somehow prop up Wall St until after the election. Nope. And now the emperor has no clothes…. It is all too sad, too terrible. And I fear will get worse.

Anyway, enjoy the video. Lovely to see Dennis really speak his mind! (He also warned, and was ridiculed and marginalized. Like Ron Paul.)

18 09 2008
Bettina

I used to work for the GOP, and I regret it. Yes, Newt Gingrich wanted us hot young girls to brush his hair, um, gross! Bob Packwood sent me a personal note. Yikes! The GOP is a failed party. Smart girls don’t vote GOP anymore!

18 09 2008
Lani aka Bash Budweiser

LOL – I have Packwood stories, too. But I can’t repeat them. He was infamous in WDC. I left in the mid 80′s. Moved as far from WDC as I could.

The Rethugs began serious dismantling the banking laws in the 1980′s – the ones put into place during the 1930′s to prevent another Depression, btw.

18 09 2008
Bettina

Lani,

I am guessing you are a decade younger than I am. You go! Contact me through my little web site, stumptownunch.com. go to the contact section….

18 09 2008
Lani aka Bash Budweiser

Were you in DC? Wouldn’t it be funny if we met? I will email you in the morning. I think I need to do some things around the house – like feed the cats & wash some dishes! Is your site really stumptownunch.com or is a letter missing?

18 09 2008
Bettina

Lani! OK, you and I need to chat about DC. I spent 5 years there.

18 09 2008
Bettina

http://www.stumptowmlunch.com. I was dreaming about an ex-boyfriend who was just on LKL. Kidding.

18 09 2008
Lani aka Bash Budweiser

You are sooo on! Be back in the morning! I’m going to have a nice glass of wine, enjoy the new polls, and hope for a better future for all of us.

Take care & good night, Bettina and all Mudflatians.

18 09 2008
Bettina

Actually my ex-boyfriend was on LKL.

18 09 2008
Bettina

The only polls you can trust are Hotline polls!

18 09 2008
Lani aka Bash Budweiser

I don’t want to say where my ex-boyfriends have been….

18 09 2008
John Henry

Someone mentioned a Walt Monegan Defense Fund. I’d be happy to contribute if there is one.

18 09 2008
bill

Is there any chance that the state may flip to the Democrats in the national election?

18 09 2008
Alaska Backlash | SeevsPlace

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18 09 2008
MHammon

I live in Michigan and watched the town hall meeting in Grand Rapids last night. Alaska should be ashamed to elect this person as Govenor. If the troopergate investigation is dropped then I think Congress should investigate the McCain campaign for obstruction of justice.

18 09 2008
rachelbirds
18 09 2008
SexyC

CharlotteinAlaska, remember she belittles Community Organizers — isnt that the task you offering if it comes down to it… Oh, you getting on her bad side

18 09 2008
avahome

Power came on at my house yesterday(Wed) since Ike hit us Friday evening. I live 30 miles away from Galveston. Seems like an eternity…but I have been de-Palinated. Haven’t worried nor thought a bit about anything but where is FEMA and when will things return to normal……perishables in grocery stores.

Reading thru the comments just encourages me so much that America is alive and well….I can catch up on everything I missed these past days without electricity and TV. We need to go solar…..enough of this coal powered BS. And for drilling…just ask the folks in Texas City, TX where the oil refineries are how the storm went for them…I heard a blurb on the radio the whole area was devasted (peoples homes etc.) and you are NOT hearing about that part. Get a map…they are right on the Gulf.

Please keep the news coming….Alaska be the beacon of light for us all……we’re counting on you here in TX.

18 09 2008
PJ

I wonder if Palin can see Spain too.

18 09 2008
Patti-Wasilla Sign Waver

Valley Obama supporters are holding a Rally at 4pm on Friday, the 19th at the intersection of the Parks and Crusey. Bring you sign and join us.
Let keep the focus on McCain and the McCain campaign, not jus Sarah.

18 09 2008
Riverside

Whatever happened to the Republican support for state’s rights? What, the federal government should get out of states business, but its OK for the Republican National Presidenial Campaign to come in and take over a state government. What a bunch of baldfaced hypocrits!

This just goes to show what kind of rights any state will have under a McCain/Palin presidency.

What if the Democratic National Committee tried to take over the Delaware State Legislature to control Joe Biden’s national image. Can you imagine how Delawareans would love that? I can tell you, those outside invaders would have some teeth missing.

I thought Alaskans had a rep for looking out for themselves, not wanting some outside government to come in and dictate how things are going to be.

What have the national Republican power types been smoking-did they think the people would line the streets cheering and throwing flowers as they rolled into town?

18 09 2008
zagfan

I am an AK resident who is living in TX while my husband is in a residency program here. Can you give me the e-mails to all the representatives in Anchorage and the AG’s office? We need to flood them with protests over possibly allowing this to continue on until after the election. What about being transperant and having “nothing to hide”? We cannot allow her to ignore the law! We need to let everyone know that this was a bi-partisian investigation and she and the “First Dude” need to comply. Please, let us start a writing campaign to all these people stalling the investigation and to let them know we are watching and won’t stand for “politics as usual”!

18 09 2008
Laurie

@HenryPorter….I am sitting at my desk in tears. That post was beautiful…eloquent and above all…true.

So much inspiration to draw from on this blog. Thank you.

18 09 2008
Angela

I’m voting Democrat because I like the government making all of my decisions for me. I’m not smart enough to make them myself.

I’m voting Democrat because I want the same people who spend $900 on a hammer involved in my medical decisions.

I’m voting Democrat because supporting a work-capable person on welfare for over 50 years is so noble. Anyone who doesn’t take pity on these poor souls don’t have a heart.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe that the best strategy in war is defeat. It broadens the mind to learn Japanese, German and Arabic. Talk about multiculturalism!

I’m voting Democrat because I like the ideas they have over in France, but I don’t feel like moving there. I’ll threaten to move, but I really won’t. After all, I have a good job, healthcare, lower taxes, free speech and a social framework that promotes family structure. And all of it is defended by the most effective fighting force on the planet.

I’m voting Democrat because I don’t hate myself enough for being white, male, educated, straight or middle class.

I’m voting Democrat because I’ve been whining like a ritalin-marinated toddler on a temper tantrum about my candidate not having won a Presidential election for the last eight years, and I want to be right for once.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe that if I don’t have enough money, the solution is for the government to take more of my money. Who needs money when gas is $5 per gallon?

I’m voting Democrat because I believe that the ideal family is two homosexual bonobos, a goat and a parrot raising a human baby. Love and compassion is all it takes to make a successful family!

I’m voting Democrat because I’m not an individual. I’m a race, a gender, a religion (or lack thereof), and a sexual orientation.

I’m voting Democrat because I’d rather have gas prices be easily influenced by world markets rather than drill in the Anwar preserve set aside for the purpose of drilling. I think terrorists know how to use our money best.

I’m voting Democrat because it’s my body, and if I want to kill my baby, I’ll do it, even if its head is in the birth canal. If I want to cut out my intestines and feed them to the crocodiles, I’ll do that too. That’s the freedom our forefathers enshrined in the Constitution.

I’m voting Democrat because our enemies on the battlefield deserve comfy hotel rooms, Pay-Per-View, prostitutes and all the benefits of American citizenship.

I’m voting Democrat because we need to make the illegal immigrants feel more at home by learning to speak Spanish. I think we should hand them welcome brochures that detail where to get government services and free Ipods at the border too.

I’m voting Democrat because having a picture of Jesus within 100 miles of me is offensive. Colored lights are offensive. Christmas trees are offensive. Hell, let’s just ban the whole holiday! Let’s put up lots of Ramadan decorations, more footbaths, more mosques and more Islam recruiting posters in our subways instead. Diversity is our strength.

I’m voting Democrat because I care about the real victims of crime — criminals.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe we need other countries’ permission for me to turn down my thermostat.

I’m voting Democrat because I like the words “hope” and “change.” Also “kazoo.” That’s a funny word.

I’m voting Democrat because disagreeing with a black man is racism.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe that America’s founders were rich, white, greedy xenophobes, and that America’s founding principles are hogwash requiring periodic editing from an unelected group of liberal judges.

I’m voting Democrat because I hate Bush. He caused 9-11, Katrina, and the nail I broke this morning.

I’m voting Democrat because successful entrepreneurs either oppressed a minority or were lucky, and don’t deserve their financial success.

I’m voting Democrat because I can’t get the new Iphone 3G yet, my new Hummer needs new tires already, and McDonald’s screwed up my lunch order. The economy is making life in the US a 3rd world country!

I’m voting Democrat because I believe in minority rights (except in Muslim countries), free speech (with regard to pornography but not conservative talk radio), environmentalism (unless we’re talking about Al Gore’s house) and diplomacy (but never backed by the threat of military force).

I’m voting Democrat because I want the world to know that I want a weak America just like Europe does.

I’m voting Democrat because everyone deserves crappy healthcare. Sure, you’ll have to wait years for that life-saving cancer surgery. But it’s first come, first served at the cemetery!

I’m voting democrat so I can roll over and die the next time some emo ass-clown with more prescription drugs than teeth in his body shoots up a public place. Because I can’t be trusted to personally own or carry a firearm. And I’m too unsafe to dare shooting back.

I’m voting Democrat because the real cure for racism includes preferential policies based on race — particularly in presidential voting. If you believe that a black candidate ought to be qualified, as well as black, you’re worse than Bull Conner.

If only the institution of far-left values resulted in a great country. Oh, well. That won’t stop me from voting Democrat, though. After all, I’m voting Democrat because thought isn’t one of my strong suits.

18 09 2008
Intrigued

Bettina — Please educate yourself.

09/11 was an inside job, and the next “terror attack” on U.S. soil will be another “false flag” attack just like 09/11 was. (No matter who occupies the White House.)

Governments have been using this tactic for thousands of years to scare the sheeple and/or to get their country involved in a war. Relatively recent history: USS Liberty, 09/11, Guy Fawkes (gunpowder plot), Gulf of Tonkin, etc. etc. It’s a long list.

18 09 2008
sarah

PBS poll… is palin qualified to be vp?

currently the yes vote is at 45% and the no vote is at 53%

let’s get that NO VOTE HIGHER!!!

to vote: http://www.pbs.org/cgi-registry/poll/poll.pl

pass it on :)

18 09 2008
Ninjahedge

Angela:

Please don’t do a drive-by Ctrl-V

That chain-mail spammage you posted says NOTHING about teh investigation. Refusing to acnowledge what is the OT and spouting off something you did not even create yourself just screams ignorance and recalcitrance.

That post was just a series of straw men that dance around the issues avoiding the questions everyone wants answered. Why is Mrs. “transparent government” going to so much trouble to hide all this? If she was innocent, it should not matter and this should be expidited to get it out of the way before the election!

Oh, Intrigued? Enough with the conspiracy BS. It was not a bomb, it was not planned by our government.

There are many other less destructive ways they could have gotten us mobilized (Statue of Liberty perhaps?) that would not have cost so much money, and so many lives.

The worst they can be accused of is deliberate ignorance, figuring maybe that this was yet another call that the sky ws falling from the EXTREMELY popular previous administration that was ignored even though large chunks of stuff could be seen falling through the air by any who chose to look hard enough.

Again. NOTHING to do with Palin covering up her investigation.

At this rate, Hitler should be mentioned very soon…..oops.

18 09 2008
Matt

It is terrible how Palin is being treated. I love that she is a PTA mom, is not from a wealthy background and seems down to earth. She is the pride of Wasilla-the essence of small town America. Would seem irresponsible if she was to ignore the trooper drinking beer in the car, mistreating children etc. I love her and so does America! The Woman of Wasilla the nations first female VP

18 09 2008
shilo

responce to Matt

Do your homework , she abused her power, The book cover might be pretty, but the story is not.

18 09 2008
South Dakota Flats

This is an amazing Blog site and i’m happy i was directed here.
Now, here in SD i manage a Medical Uniform store and 99% of my clients are women. Currently i deal with say…almost 5,ooo women, and the majority of them are ESTACTIC about SP. I ask many of them why and they say either, “I believe she has more experience than Obama”, or “We need a no-non sense candidate in the White House”, and my favorite, “Because its about time”. Wow.
At any rate, il be sending them all to this site, not saying they will visit but hey, it’s worth a try.
Good job and thanks for the amazing links

18 09 2008
Sue HM

I always knew that So Dakota women were wise! Believe it or not, SOME Arizona women are too!! (of course this one was born and raised in SoDak so what does that tell you!!??) We all need to do all we can to save our country from the Palin lies and ludicrous representation of women of America. Hey, all you “guys and gals” ….let’s work to get it right this time!!
Sue HM

18 09 2008
Cara

I live in KS, and I can assure you that “vacationin in Kansas” means finding tons of crazy conservatives who can “really relate to Sarah.” If I see him, I’ll send him back up your way!

18 09 2008
drchill

Oberman on Troopergate coverup

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677#26763824

18 09 2008
morris saltikoff

you live in the dark 6 mo. of the year like a mushroom. so spread some of that mushroom food on your sandwich.

18 09 2008
whitehawk

Obama’s headwind has been minimized by racism, everyone has talked about that. My son-in-law plays video games with Americans and many of his office’s for staff throughout the country have been ripped apart and spray painted. He’s had several death threats many ways including video games. This is how hateful how much racism is still a factor in many pockets of America. He doesn’t make a big deal of it, just goes on.

Sort of like Sarah Palin called Indiginous peoples artic arabs. disgusting. but he is the brightest, most talented among all his peers. He is well schooled, compassionate and a fighter for the small guy or for human rights abuses. He is the best pick of all….in a very long time.

18 09 2008
skinkor (aka Free Radical Palin)

@Matt
The problem is not just abuse of power, as shilo pointed out. It also that she is trying to cover it. She is stonewalling the investigation and she is obstructing justice.

A few years ago, Howard Baker, the Republican Chair of the Watergate committee, said that if Nixon had fired Haldeman and Ehrlichman and come clean about the break-in, then he would have retired as one of the most respected Presidents in recent history.

Neither Palin nor the Republican Party has learned a damn thing in the past 35 years. If she had taken Baker’s advice and said something like, “It was an emotional divorce. I should not have used my office in attempt to harm my sister’s ex-husband,” the country would have her to be a humble and honest woman, and that would likely been the end of it.

But she didn’t. She choose the path of dishonesty and obstruction. Now, she will pay the price of that choice.

“Troopergate” is small potatoes compared to Watergate, and it is small potatoes compared to Palin’s other problems. It is not just that she has no foreign policy experience, she does not know what our foreign policy is. Fox News with a golly and gee and “regular Americans don’t what the ‘Bush Doctrine’ is either” as many times as they like. She is not running for “Regular American,” she is running for the Vice-Presidency.

She claims to be an expert on energy, but shown that she knows nothing about the topic beyond that Alaska exports oil.

I know more about our foreign policy, and the Bush Doctrine, and energy than she does, and I want the VP to know more than I do.

She is a dishonest, willfully ignorant religious fanatic, and America cannot afford to place her in any high office.

18 09 2008
Lynne

skinkor said: “She claims to be an expert on energy, but shown that she knows nothing about the topic beyond that Alaska exports oil.”

And even then, she’s wrong about how much of the country’s energy this provides. I have yet to hear her get the numbers right!

18 09 2008
johngex

I am so glad that the independent spirit and nature of the Alaskan people still has some integrity. Married to an AK born “dude” (arghh!) and can only vaguely relate his open and honest attitude to his parents. Also glad to know there are so many people who see beyond the Caribou Barbie image and evaluate Ms. Palin on what she says/has said and how she governs/has governed. I think the thing that really ticks me off (and I live in the independent-spirited Nevada) is that the McCain camp thinks it can come in and start meddling in Alaska State issues. And yes, she can’t get the numbers straight. She also state to Charlie Gibson she “didn’t even blink” when McCain asked her to run, but then in a more recent interview with Sean Hannity she spoke of consulting each of her family members (except the son who is going to Iraq for some strange reason wasn’t asked). Numbers, people, facts, say wha…..? Good grief! I hope you all just say “Thanks, but no thanks” to the interlopers. Keep up the cool blog!

18 09 2008
Steve

Not only is Palin throwing Alaskans under the bus, she is lying to us, not to mention the entire country. Alaska, we can bring back honesty to government by getting each and everyone of us to call our family members and friends to vote for Obama.

18 09 2008
steadycat

I’m still loving this blog. Keep up the good work. Cheers.

18 09 2008
Codfish Cake

We have turned our state over to the GOP and Sara Palin has help it doing it, why because she’s greedy.
Remember, SARA;
Render unto the GOP whta’s the GOP’s and render under GOD what is GOD (which is everything)
Sara Palin has sold her soul

18 09 2008
Mairona West

We live in pretty strange times. I mean, when have I believed anything I saw on tv for 100%? Never, I think. Not ever.

18 09 2008
Breadbaker

It really is nice to see a place where the reality of what the GOP is trying to do in Alaska is uncovered for all to see.

What’s weird to me is that you will never see Palin’s staffers’ emails quoted in a national news story. The question I’d like to see her asked is this, “If your staffers were using your name and that of your husband without authority, why are they still employed?”

18 09 2008
Gossip Rocks Forum

Sarah Palin Throws Alaska Under the Bus…

Palin Throws Alaska Under the Bus.

GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is effectively turning over questions about her record as Alaska……

19 09 2008
Trish

PLEASE< PLEASE< PLEASE…I’d pay somebody to get that approval rating poll doen now. Ok, I couldn’t pay much, I was out of work 9 months too, finally got a crappy job, but at least it’s mostly paying the bills, now, had to file bankruptcy though. Yeah, teh economies great John. We need this investigation to go forward asap!
HELP everyone, sign this get it to Greene, storm the AG’s office, whatever you have to do, please make it happen!
http://www.alaskatroopergate.com
We want the truth too before it’s too late!

19 09 2008
Trish

RIGHT STEVE (16:49)
That’s the best plan yet, vote for Obama. Tell all your friends and relatives in every state. She has to be stoped before she gets to the Whitehouse.
She got that $ for the tanning bed from that extra cash she claimed for expenses while actually being at home, $17 K wasn’t it!
She’s crook and she’ll take the whole USA down with her.
We’e counting on you guys up there!

19 09 2008
karen

Okay, let’s get this right. Palin says make me accountable & then refuses to testify, Frank Bailey is still drawing a paycheck & staying home, Palin bills Alaska for over 300 nights she spent at home, the attorney general says NOBODY has to testify & runs off to Kansas. Right??? This is some type of a movie maybe a comedy, RIGHT???




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