Palin Will Continue to Steal Cookies, She Says.

10 11 2008

cookies

A newly released interview of Sarah Palin by KTUU and the Anchorage Daily News has left me speechless. I had to listen to it twice before I could really believe it. It’s a little over nine minutes, but it’s so filled with red meat, it’s going to keep me busy all day.

Here’s the first installment:

Remember “per diem gate”? It was one of Sarah’s many “gates” that came to light shortly after her nomination, and was revealed at the same time as “travel gate,” both of which were discovered by the Washington Post back in early September. It was a little embarrassing that we needed the Washington Post to discover our governor’s dirty little financial secrets, but it was better to know than not know. This one may not have incensed the average voter in the rest of the country, but up here, the implications were huge.

Alaskans are not pleased by fiscal shenanigans. We are a frugal people and wasteful spending is not going to win you fans. Fiscal conservatism is the mantra that gets people into office. Remember former Governor Murkowski and his spendy private jet? Part of Palin’s fiscal conservative label came from selling that jet, which had become a symbol of outrageous spending that a sitting governor charged to the state. Here’s the background:

Washington Post - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a “per diem” allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.The governor also has charged the state for travel expenses to take her children on official out-of-town missions. And her husband, Todd, has billed the state for expenses and a daily allowance for trips he makes on official business for his wife.

Palin, who earns $125,000 a year, claimed and received $16,951 as her allowance, which officials say was permitted because her official “duty station” is Juneau, according to an analysis of her travel documents by The Washington Post.

The governor’s daughters and husband charged the state $43,490 to travel, and many of the trips were between their house in Wasilla and Juneau, the capital city 600 miles away, the documents show.

Now, this is a sore spot with many Alaskans. Palin is not a fan of Juneau. She’s there as little as she can possibly manage. State lawmakers even wore buttons saying “Where’s Sarah?” in protest. Working in Juneau is part of the job. It is, after all, our state’s capitol, even though some wish it wasn’t. There have been a couple attempts to move the capitol from Juneau to Wasilla, or another location that is on the road system. But for right now, travel to Juneau by plane is just part of the package and everyone knows that going in.

From the Juneau Empire:

“Palin has spent little time in Juneau, rarely coming to the state capitol except when the Legislature was in session, and sometimes not even then. During a recent special session called by Palin herself, she faced criticism from several legislators for not showing up personally to push for her agenda. Someone at the Capitol even printed up buttons asking, ‘Where’s Sarah?’”

Many Alaskans figured that the fact that Palin was charging the state a per diem fee, while in the act of shunning our state capitol so she could stay home in Wasilla would be her undoing. THEN when we found out about her children showing up at events when they were uninvited, unexptected, and on the state’s dime, that was just too much. Swanky hotel rooms for her daughters, expensive multiple one-way flights…you could almost feel the fiscal conservatives, and budget watchdogs bristling. She was going to be in biiiiig trouble.

So, right up front in this interview came the question:

Q: One of the things that came up during the campaign is that you charged the state per diem for time spent here in Wasilla. Is that something that you are going to continue to do?

Palin: Oh, we’ve always followed the law and fully disclosed all that and the choice there in many months of the Juneau mansion being replumbed and um all the …all the improvements being made in the infrastructure in the Juneau house where we weren’t gonna be there anyway, knowing that in the end it would have cost the state more money to do what other governors had done and that is either charge the state for hotel rooms or the state renting an apartment like they did for Governor Murkowski. We said no, we just won’t sell our house knowing that we’re going to spend quite a bit of time here, especially those months when the remodels were taking place in the Governor’s mansion, and we would disclose my per diem. We wouldn’t try to hide it. But as long as this is about full disclosure, not trying to take anything from the state, just trying to do my job and part of my job is with the first family, having them with me at some of these events. I’m going to continue to do my job, and my family is going to continue to be a part of it.

She’d rather work from home, so she did. She says It would have cost the state more to have her working in Juneau where her actual job was located, but she didn’t feel like being in Juneau, so she decided to work from elsewhere, and charge the state for meals and incidental traveling expenses despite the fact she was eating in her own kitchen and sleeping in her own bed. And she charged the state for travel expenses to stay home. And somehow this is OK. And the state of Alaska paying for Bristol’s fancy New York hotel and over $20,000 in family travel? That’s OK too.

It was as though Sarah was caught with her hand in the cookie jar when mom and dad walked into the kitchen and turned on the light. “What do you have to say for yourself, Sarah?” ask Mom & Dad. “Well, Mom and Dad, I’m not doing anything wrong, and I’m fully disclosing the fact that I’m taking cookies, and I’m going to continue to do that.” Huh? This is one of those moments as a parent when you have to think long and hard about how you react, because there’s obviously a fundamental lack of understanding about who is in charge, and how this relationship works.

So…..what do Mom and Dad (the State Legislature) do? If you listen to legislators, they’re sounding awfully concilliatory lately, and it’s making those who want to hold Palin accountable uneasy to say the least. I’ve heard Democratic legislators saying that we all need to work together for the good of the state, and they’ve worked with Sarah in the past, and we all need to march ahead and let the healing begin, and so on. I’ve heard them squirm around about the makeup of the new Legislature, and that there aren’t as many Democrats as they would have liked. I’ve heard them cite the fact that Alaska voters have given Palin a 61% approval rating as evidenced by how many voted for the McCain-Palin ticket. In other words, the Alaska State Legislature sounds an awful lot like the U.S. House of Representatives under George W. Bush. If only things were different, we could hold him accountable to the law….sigh….

I am assuming that all members of the Legislature will be watching this video, and I hope that each and every one of them realizes what it is. It is a dare. As a matter of fact, it’s a double-dog-dare. The Governor has just said that she is going to continue being unethical, and she’s going to do it right. in. your. face. “What are YOU going to do about it?” says the child with her hand in the cookie jar.

So, what are you going to do about it, Mom and Dad Legislature? You have two choices.

1) Well…..OK, honey. But you really shouldn’t have done that. You can keep taking cookies but you just need to let Mommy and Daddy know first, OK? Kiss on forehead.

2) Listen young lady. We don’t need any of your backtalk. Put that cookie down and go to your room because we need to have a serious conversation.

It’s your choice Legislature. Alaskans are tired of corruption. And don’t forget that Palin may still have a 60% approval rating, but before her VP run, it was over 80%. The more we know, the less we like. And Alaska voters don’t get to vote on the law. It’s not a popularity contest to see who has to obey the law and who doesn’t. Dealing with law is YOUR job. That’s why we put you there.

I hope there are some strong statements forthcoming from our elected officials. I don’t think I voted to have representation that gets cowed by a kid who just got nailed swiping cookies.

(More to come on this interview.)

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308 responses

10 11 2008
Scrimshaw aka Sack Panther Hussein

Who took the cookies from the cookie Jar?

10 11 2008
Scrimshaw aka Sack Panther Hussein

One of the old favorite jumprope songs.
Foist!

10 11 2008
TCtopcat

Maybe she had to sell the jet to pay her per diem?… just a thought

10 11 2008
Road Runner

Palin oh-12 will be Miami for the GOP meeting this week.

http://blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/2008/11/palin-joining-o.html

10 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Where is everybody else?

10 11 2008
Lulu

During the campaign, Palin said that Alaska was key to American Nat’l Security and Energy. So, let’s say she’s right about that. Doesn’t that mean you all deserve a serious governor in AK who won’t throw away your $$$ while she sits in her own home? At the very least, don’t you need someone who will actually show up at the state capitol to do the state’s business?

10 11 2008
yellowdoggranny

I wonder if she has soe cajones under that skirt..cause that’s pretty balsy to me..

10 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@problem child :

We married to the same guy? I think he is jealous of our new “friends”!

10 11 2008
Lulu

OFF-TOPIC
@Jamie and @problem child, my spouse says the same–wants me back to normal!

10 11 2008
A Brit Abroad

AKM, bet you’re a great parent who sets firm boundaries!!!! That’s a wonderful analysis, thanks.

10 11 2008
0whole1

Ah-ha.

See, these mala-palinisms are why I think herself is going to go the way of “Dugout” Doug MacArthur. She’s gonna toddle along, keeping herself in the media spotlight because she thinks it’s gonna help further her political career, but all the while she’s just shoving her ill-gotten Jimmy Choos further down her throat.

Please, Schotze, *please* keep telling Alaskans how you plan to skim your grift off the top. And sides. And a bit off the bottom too.

10 11 2008
A Brit Abroad

0whole1 (10:44:26) :
A malapalinism… that’s just brilliant – I’m sure Sheridan would be very flattered.

10 11 2008
amy

“It is a dare. As a matter of fact, it’s a double-dog-dare.”

Yes it is…….I hope Alaska rises to the challange!
What a show for Greta! Bet she bought it hook, line and sinker. There is something really wrong with this woman.

10 11 2008
MrSleep

As a humerous aside, I have a family friend who tells her dog to go outside and make “cookies”. This means to go outside and defecate of course.

Palin is making “cookies” on the Alaskan Taxpayers.

Tsu-Bama-Nami.

10 11 2008
kvass

Now the price of a barrel of oil has plummeted do you all expect another whopping cheque in the mail? Will cariboobarbie be able to look so good running an administration with less revenue from the oil companies? This may all get sorted out quite easily when reality hits home. Good luck up there in the wilderness.

10 11 2008
Blue_in_AK

This interview made me so angry, I could barely see straight. Thank you for at least presenting it in a humorous light. I’m disturbed by the conciliatory tone that Hollis French apparently took with her on KWHL, Bob & Mark, that I read about. This woman has to be stopped. She’s out of control, and she doesn’t even have a clue how ridiculous she sounds.

10 11 2008
clarkbeast

That is JUST like the Bush administration, daring Congress to oppose them. How absolutely frightening. Good luck, Alaska. I hope your State legislature has more cajones than the one in Washington.

10 11 2008
Democrat G (formerly "G")

AKM – Do you think another email campaign to hold her accountable for her horrible actions and charges is in order? How do the good people of Alaska get the law changed so that she does NOT get a per diem?

When is HOUSEGATE going to start?

Come on Alaska, don’t let me down! Tell me what I can do and I will. DOWN WITH PALIN!

10 11 2008
superwife

She probably needed to stay in the Valley/Anchorage because she knew her kids can’t be left unattended. When left to their own devices, we see what happens… Track parties it up abusing drugs and alcohol, and Bristol… well, you get the idea.

10 11 2008
Sourdough Mullet Hussein Palin

As a State of AK employee, this absolutely INFURIATES me! I travel for work on occasion, and wouldn’t DARE to take advantage of the system in the ways that Sarah does. In fact, most state employees bend over backwards to avoid even the appearance of impropriety in their travel arrangements, because they know that this type of abuse would end their travel priviledges forever.
My state manager always takes a red-eye flight to the lower 48, in an effort to save the state money. They arrive at 4AM the morning before a meeting, and ask the hotel to allow an check-in early, in hopes of getting in a nap before the morning meetings start.
Here’s how the rest of us State employees live: My division’s Director (one of Sarah’s appointed friends) recently advised their staff that there will be no more comp time for required overtime worked (which is completely illegal). But unfortunately, we are in no position to fight this policy without losing our jobs. State of Alaska Legislators, please take note: this type of double standard does NOT go unnoticed. And those of us who have watched these types of unethical acts are paying very close attention to your response, or lack thereof.

10 11 2008
0whole1

> Blue_in_AK (10:48:54) :
> I’m disturbed by the conciliatory tone that Hollis French apparently took with her on KWHL

Well, you gotta get stuff done, state-government-wise. He might be taking hints from how the Obama campaign handled her. Let Sarah be Sarah, forsooth.

And, there might be plenty of duck-foot action going on under the surface — French going na-na-na to herself in public whilst all the while building a boom the which to lower. Also.

Speaking of which, I wonder if there’s any dirt-sharing going on behind the scenes viz Alaska state dems like French and Obama campaign staffers.

10 11 2008
aeroentropy

>Sourdough Mullet Hussein Palin (10:52:41) :

I’m with you — I used to work as an AK state employee, and I remember one time catching a meeting in Anchorage on my way out of state to visit family– I paid my own airfare, as I was traveling on anyway.

Governor P’s instincts are whacky, and her thought process to justify her actions is even worse. C’mon all, let’s not leave this “challenge” unanswered.

10 11 2008
libbs

She is the ultimate Cookie Monster…and she isn’t going away any time soon.

Why do people get away with this stuff?

10 11 2008
NMJ

OMG! I just “read” the first sentence of her interview, and I feel my brain getting scrambled. I had to take a break and make this comment, just to prove to myself I can still type and create whole sentences with proper structure.

Okay, I’m going to take a deep breath and dive in for the second sentence…

10 11 2008
Gina

It is time for healing. But healing usually involves getting rid of the bacteria that causes the sore to fester.

10 11 2008
Gina

It is time for healing. But healing usually involves getting rid of the bacteria that causes the sore to fester.

10 11 2008
NMJ

Gina (11:02:22) : It is time for healing. But healing usually involves getting rid of the bacteria that causes the sore to fester.

Oh, good one, Gina!

10 11 2008
halcrow

clarkbeast (10:50:39) :

That is JUST like the Bush administration, daring Congress to oppose them. How absolutely frightening. Good luck, Alaska. I hope your State legislature has more cajones than the one in Washington.

Hey, hold on there for a second, please!!

Are you suggesting that Palin pull a George W and invent an excuse so that Canada can be invaded? We don’t have any Weapons of Mass Destruction (shoot: neither did I-ran. No help for us there).

I can just see the headlines:

Armed-to-the-quills Canuckistan porcupine sneaks across Stewart/Hyder border crossing, gnaws postmaster’s pine tree.

10 11 2008
President Sarah Palin

Who told you thaaaaat?
I knew there is a leak in my office but it’s just not true!
I never stole those cookies!

10 11 2008
Frank LI,NY

Any job openings up there? Even though I live on Long Island, I’m sure I could make it up there once, maybe twice a year. As far as getting paid. My address is ……………:)

10 11 2008
Scrimshaw aka Sack Panther Hussein

I believe AK government may be afflicted with a raging case of sarafic paliphylis. The prognosis is messy.

10 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Didn’t I hear that she has asked the AG for an opinion on some of this stuff – you can guess what that will say – she’s just a crook plain and simple.

10 11 2008
Debbie aka Commando Coalfire Palin

I would bet the budget folks up there question every little expense other employees have.
Perhaps the people of Alaska should get together pitch in 10 bucks each and hire their own special prosecutor to represent them, not beholden to the government, but only to the people who hired him/ her.
Alaskans you really do have the power, get really cranky as a group and start holding their feet to the fire, create a few blisters and things will change in the blink of an eye.
I have said this before and I will repeat it, you seem to have a number of politicians that think if you are in elected office it is your god given right to rip off the citizens of Alaska for everything you can, not to mention take bribes, and who knows what else. They you are so stupid they freely admit to it and tell you that’s just how things are done mo problem. Even though I know you are all exhausted from this whole political season it would be in your best interest to clean house of these folks in whatever legal way you can find.
I will add my name to the list of outsiders who will do whatever you need of us even if it’s just moral support, I am with you.

10 11 2008
Debbie aka Commando Coalfire Palin

Above post should have read “They think you are so stupid” sorry I should proof read a bit better.

10 11 2008
austintx

Shameless grifter shitbag…….sailing a leaking boat on the ocean of delusion……..s-l-o-w-l-y sinking………

10 11 2008
White Agate

One word, and this was the case on the other video, too: hostile. Maybe two words: hostile and crabby.

10 11 2008
JBDC

you know, i usually like to refrain from emotional responses to stuff like this, instead contributing a mature, fact-based rebuttal. but i’m sorry: SHE SUCKS.

as for the family she couldn’t leave in wasilla or tote to juneau b/c the house was being replumbed–has anyone seen or heard from bristol in the past 2 months? has she been spotted in public, duly expanding in size?

i am no conspiracy theorist, but the fact that palin never released her medical records takes me back to the rumors about trig. she also never appeared on a sunday talk show with a hard-hitting interviewer. i gotta say it again, i’m sorry: SHE SUCKS.

10 11 2008
misanthropicleprechaun

Palin is indeed a whack job.

10 11 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

Lulu (10:43:12) :

HaHa! Mine has actually started to get whiney now!

I agree that Hollis French is taking a leaf out of the Obama campaign’s book, and giving her enough rope, shouldn’t take too long.

10 11 2008
Grammy in PA

I can’t believe how shamelessly unrepentant she is – and what can you do with someone who will not accept blame or responsibility for ANYthing. And, lying doesn’t even faze her. She should have her mouth washed out with soap . . . many times . . .

10 11 2008
Bear Woman

She gets away with it because she can and because no one holds her feet to the fire; legislature or voters.

This is all probably in concert with TPs efforts to have the state capital moved to Anchorage. I’m sure she’ll still charge travel to Anchorage, per diem, expenses since it isn’t within 10 miles of her front (or back) door.

TP’s initials are great! Hopefully votes and the legislature will do with him what the initials imply!

Now, folks, here’s why the capital shouldn’t be moved to Anchorage or the “road” system …. These actions were not known to the public or discovered by the media until she became a national “celebrity” [choke]. If she was in Juneau she couldn’t get away with this, including having the kids travel with her, because it is a small town (less than 35,000 people), and everything is seen by someone who passes the info on.

Think about it, for those Alaskans who remember, if George Jacko had stalked and harrassed the legislative aide in Anchorage, it would not have even made the paper, let alone been known, talked about, and punished!

All former and current state employees need to take notice of SP AND her appointees actions. If something isn’t right, get the info to a legislator who is interested in enforcing ethics and employment laws. Don’t just talk about these things in whispers, get the written proof and pass it to those who can do something! If you are in an overtime eligible position, start charging the state for the overtime you work. They only recognize the $$$, not the effort. If a job can’t get done in 37-1/2 hours/week of honest work, then they either need to pay the overtime or hire more workers. I know, most state workers go above and beyond, unfortunately, there are a few bad apples who don’t that give all a bad name!

Be brave, stand up and be counted!

I would also like to encourage anyone, state employee or otherwise, who has information regarding any Palin shenanigans to please email me at akmuckraker at yahoo dot com and I will be sure that the information gets to the proper place. I will honor confidentiality if you need it. I’d also welcome cc’s of anything you send to legislators :-) AKM

10 11 2008
libbs

JBDC, I’m with you. She actually says something to the effect that her medical records proved that Trig was her baby. Who saw those medical records? There was a doctor’s note sent out at the last possible minute but no official records were released.

I think she truly thinks that if she says something enough times, it becomes the truth. Scary stuff…

10 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Libbs

Exactly right – saying it enough makes it true and the problem is that people who know better don’t KEEP challenging her on her statements – but then if they did, she’d probably just talk in circles and they’d be sorry they even asked. She really knows how to play the game.

10 11 2008
NMJ

I’ve heard Democratic legislators saying that we all need to work together for the good of the state, and they’ve worked with Sarah in the past, and we all need to march ahead and let the healing begin, and so on.

Everybody talks about the hope and working together as one; Obama’s overriding message. But nobody talks about another big component of his administration that dovetails with everything else in order to create change, instead of a welfare country: ACCOUNTABILITY. This is a big reason I voted for him. He is going to require everyone to be accountable for their decisions and actions, right down to a parent’s accountability for the way a child is reared.

Your Dems are acting like Dems have always acted and which has kept us from winning elections and progressing. They are pandering to Palin in order to “just get along” and avoid confrontation.

If they do not hold Palin accountable, the public will hold them accountable for refusing to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the jobs for which the voters hired them.

Obama would not approve.

10 11 2008
TexanJane

I’m about ready to deduce that crooks and liars move to your state to run things because, well, why the hell not? Everybody in charge is of the same flock.

I think that before Palin got the VP nod, most of the country didn’t know or give a damn what was going on in Alaska.

And I think that if those of you who demand a modicum of honesty from your elected officials don’t bitch and moan at the top of your lungs continually,
your state is going to become the laughing stock of the whole damn union.

Good job, Muddy.

Now increase your troop numbers and get a bullhorn.

10 11 2008
austintx

D_E_L_U_S_I_O_N_A_L

10 11 2008
ds55

Speaking of racial backlash:

http://www.wapt.com/politics/17925627/detail.html

ACLU Concerned After Students Told Not to Say “Obama”

“Reporters with 16 WAPT News received several calls from upset parents that said a school bus driver told the children on a Pearl school bus that if they said Obama’s name, they would be written up and taken to the principal’s office for disciplinary reasons. Another parent said that a coach at Pearl Junior High School told students that if they speak Obama’s name, they would face expulsion.”

10 11 2008
Who's on First

What protests? – My favorite part of the interview was when Palin was asked about the demonstrations/rallies held across the state, protesting her and her handling of Troopergate. Her response – “I wasn’t aware of all the protests until like after they’d happened, I hear about it, a friend e-mailing me or something saying that there were placards out there saying whatever they would say.” For those who weren’t there, these were the two largest political rallies in Alaska history. So, what does our Governor have to say to all those Alaskans who stood out in the cold to express some real concerns………whatever.

10 11 2008
austintx

AKM – see if someone can print up some placards saying “mooseshit” ….at every place that she speaks- as soon as she lies…..hold up the signs !!!!

10 11 2008
Blue Idaho

Someone needs to do a Palin family carbon footprint.

10 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Here is one of my favorite mudflats stories – it had just been posted when I found this site – it’s one man’s protest – “Palin Lies” – he and his sign sat near the cruise ship docks in Juneau – I think it says it all and I think I’ll email it to her . . .

http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/09/19/palin-lies-one-mans-protest-on-the-juneau-cruise-ship-docks/

10 11 2008
Road Runner

I think the IRS will have something to say about this. This sounds like a good case for a Federal Prosecutor investigation. Palin oh-12 would have nothing to say about it.

10 11 2008
nomoreslavery

Wow. I’m speechless. There’s nothing left to say. Thank you for writing this. If only the Palin 2012 supporters would read this and be willing to listen to the truth about Palin for once. Here’s hoping!

10 11 2008
libbs

Who’s on First – Yep…if you aren’t building Sarah up, you don’t matter…the “protests” never happened in Sarah’s world.

I have to hope that the current price of oil will create such an uproar when Alaska’s State budget is blown that people with very loud voices and friends in high places will HOLD HER ACCOUNTABLE. When key programs are cut (in addition to the missing cash pay-outs to citizens) and she continues to charge the state for eating and sleeping in her own home, will Alaskan’s finally put her in her place?

It seems to me that healing can only begin to occur once the trauma is over…it continues every day that Gov.Palin rules her world on Alaska’s dime.

10 11 2008
ED

How large is this Governor’s Mansion? The state rented an apartment for Murkowski, Palin has been in office for almost two years and renovations are still not done? When Truman was in office he lived in the Blair House for, I believe, two years while the White House was renovated. The entire White House was gutted from subcellar to attic, the only thing left standing was the walls and roof. The entire inside was reconstructed using a lot of the original paneling, etc. and it was done in TWO years.

I think you should investigate the company doing the renovations if it is taking this long (two administrations) to replace a pocket door, entrance hall, railing, etc. There was a link to pictures of what was done on a much earlier post.

If these renovations are finished, all replumbed, then there would be no need to “um, rent an apartment like they did for Governor Murkowski” also.

10 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@NMJ : ACCOUNTABILITY

Exactly! The Bush Admin. should have been held responsible for their lies and all illegal activity. They weren’t so now all repugs think that a little whitewashing those lies and illegal behavior, a little “it’s for the good of the country and in the interest of the citizens” and all is okay. Bull hockey!

And all this “water under the bridge, it’s time now to work” is just a load of crap! People do need to be held accountable!

Bristol? Bristol who?

10 11 2008
rachelbirds

I want Sarah’s job —
work out of my home and have
you all pay for it.

http://www.thehaikudiaries.wordpress.com

10 11 2008
Rob in Ca

If I charged a per diem for a day I worked at home, I have worked for 4 companies that would have fired me, the first time.

It is up to you in Alaska to act on this. It is unethical and illegal and it paints a very poor picture, once again, of what is permissible in politics in Alaska.

The Legislature needs to follow this up, along with the other serious issues (forget Trig, people!!!), including questions about the house, troopergate, possible violation of privacy of Wooten’s personnel and worker’s comp file, improper shielding of emails relating to state business, sharing of confidential state business with a non-employee (Todd), allowing the Republican Party to be involved in running the state, and not ordering state employees to respond to a legal subpoena…did I leave anything out?

The media needs to also pursue these questions, along with asking how accusing a presidential candidate of ‘palling around with terrorists’ is in any way part of the normal rough and tumble of politics. Because if that does fit her definition of acceptable, she should be willing to justify it.

10 11 2008
Mired...in the Pine Barrens aka Sap Needles Understory

clarkbeast (10:50:39) :

That is JUST like the Bush administration, daring Congress to oppose them. How absolutely frightening. Good luck, Alaska. I hope your State legislature has more cajones than the one in Washington.
___________________________________

My thoughts exactly. And, you can tell Palin is just shakin’ in her boots at the thought of anyone doing anything to stop her. She really does seem to have a lot in common with Bush…especially the arrogance, and he’s still standing.

10 11 2008
rpahk

Come on, we all know after 8 years of Bush, Cheney & Co that laws do not apply to Republicans.

10 11 2008
Forty Watt

What fascinates me is what this says about her cognitive development. I once read a piece of research about the age at which children develop adult reasoning skills. Children under the age of 4, I think, were shown two scenes: 1) a child is caught with her hand in the cookie jar without permission; 2) a child is asked to bring the cookie jar to her mother but drops it and it shatters. The children were asked which child did something naughty. The vast majority said the second child because she broke the cookie jar.

This puts Sarah’s reasoning skills somewhere around pre-kindergarten. When you factor in her inability to form a sentence we can lower the age to about 2.

And that’s the kindest of interpretatioms.

10 11 2008
Hope

Sourdough Mullet Hussein Palin (10:52:41) :
As a State of AK employee, this absolutely INFURIATES me!

*****

I agree, SourdoughMHP. This is what’s real!

It feels to me like this is something that should be an Alaska thing. She’s no longer your problem, “Out there,” and if we do what needs to be done fairly and thoroughly,here in Alaska, she never will be again.

French may be trying to make sure this doesn’t look like Outsider Pile-on in the wake of the election, which I’m sure SP will hope to whine about if there is any hint of same. If she is totally taken to task by Alaskans on Alaskan issues and on Alaska property and Alaska law, it’ll stop being about politics and smoke and mirrors, and start being about what it IS about. She’s ripping us off. And we should have seen this long before the vet didn’t vet, but we didn’t. Now it’s time to get real, get the stars out of some Alaskan eyes, get the Palinese piles of dog cookies out of our ears, and do what needs to be done. Here in Alaska. For Alaska. By Alaskans.

And I still think that “60% mandate” is about to come tumbling down, too. I’m heading to Anchorage to count ballots as we speak.

HOPE! Finally! It’s real! HOPE!!

10 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@ Lulu (10:43:12) :

OFF-TOPIC
@Jamie and @problem child, my spouse says the same–wants me back to normal!

What, dear Lulu, is “normal”? I was this way before (well almost) but it was just another topic (food). But the election also had an impact on our life like nothing has ever before.

10 11 2008
NMJ

Jamie, Floridian in France (11:39:48) : And all this “water under the bridge, it’s time now to work” is just a load of crap! People do need to be held accountable!

You betcha!

10 11 2008
BigPete

AKM…thanks for the report..I had a chance to see the video (from a fellow Mudflatter’s link) but only got as far as ” the Mansion was plumbed” before quitting in disgust.
I’ll avoid Palin as best I can (it wont be easy)….and I’ll wait for your posts.

10 11 2008
Marty (VA) Mudstock DC Inaugural Party.. reply to mudstockdc@hotmail.com

Hey, listen up, all you meanies..

Beating up on poor lil ole Sarah is just wrong. Hey, if she wants a free house, damn it, she deserves it. If she wants to spend Alaskan money on her own personal things, why should anyone complain?? Remember, she’s the Govenor and she’s the boss and as any CEO, is allowed benefits and golden parachutes.

Taking her children on field trips, well, it’s just what a good mom does. There are clothes too ya know? She NEEDED those clothes.. She was wearing crap from consignment stores for Gods sake. Give her a BREAK..!

And this non-sense that she should spend time *IN* the State Capitol? That’s just assinine. Why would anyone assume that just because her office is in the State Legislative offices and the job requirement is that the Govenor needs to relocate is just crazy. Of course she’s going to spend more time at home. Geeze, you think you can miss General Hospital? Don’t be ignorant, you stinkers..

Todd, you know, he deserves to be paid too. If I’m the CEO, why can’t I hire my family and friends? That’s just normal, to hire people who’ll kiss her ass at all times.

And Troopergate? SEE???? NEENER NEENER.. I told you all she’d be fould innocent of all charges and she can get back to terrorizing other employees she dislikes. If ever a vindication of abuse of an employee was essential, clearly this one was and so perfectly timed to show her innocence right before that dog-gone vote.

And don’t forget she promised medical records, and VOILA.. There they were, right on time and as promised, it showed nothing abnormal.. Just as I suspected..

So, please, just stop picking on the girl.. She’s a lost soul. She lost the election for John McLoser (does anyone else find it creepy she NEVER calls him John? IT’s always his full name!) and she’s upset about it. It wasn’t her fault you know. IT was OUR fault for not voting for them. So, ultimately we’re the ones responsible for all the trouble out there!

Well there you have it.. I’m now going to eat my service weapon.. Gak..:)

10 11 2008
Lori

Hi everyone,

I’ve been reading along on Mudflats since the VP announcement on Palin came out but have only posted once or twice. I’ve been very curious about what would happen when Palin went back to AK and it looks like she is going to try to return to the status quo with a few more out-of-state trips just to keep herself in the limelight.

Everything I’ve learned so far about how AK politics works reminds me very much of how a small town works. It seems to me that Palin governs an entire state much the same way she operated as mayor of a small town. Lots of grandstanding but not much substance. I don’t think she has much interest in the details of governance and will wait for someone to definitively say “Sarah, you can’t do that” before she stops doing whatever it is she shouldn’t be doing.

Couple of cases in point are her re-decorating of the mayor’s office in Wasilla when she said she would continue doing what she wanted to until a court told her she couldn’t. Another was the campaign she ran against the Gas Commission guy she had fired/sanctioned/investigated for using his office for campaign business. When it was pointed out to her that she did the same thing, her response was essentially “oh, well.”

It seems that she relies on her personality and that people seem to like her (why they like her is a mystery to me) to get away with stuff. Whose going to kick up a fuss about Sarah when she’s just so pretty and friendly and has such a great family?

AK politics has to get at least a veneer of professionalism and drop the “just folks” MO. Otherwise, you’re going to keep getting people like Palin. I don’t vote for legislatures because I like them, I vote for them because I think they’re going to get something done.

Sorry for the ramble but Palin continues to rub me the wrong way and I’m at a loss to understand why the citizens of AK continue to let her and their other pols get away with such unprofessionalism.

10 11 2008
ds55

Sarah Palin says Hillary Clinton shouldn’t whine about tough media coverage.

10 11 2008
Forty Watt

Jamie, Floridian in France (11:43:49) :
@ Lulu (10:43:12) :
OFF-TOPIC
@Jamie and @problem child, my spouse says the same–wants me back to normal!

What, dear Lulu, is “normal”?

*********************

I was wondering why my husband keeps asking me if I’m alright.

10 11 2008
Rapture Spenard Palin

can’t that damned woman just fall into the Yukon at flood stage and save us all from years of ulcers? aackkk! I have NEVER had the urge to slam somebody up against a locker like the girl bully did to me in high school, but I am THERE. I want to hit her with pies. I want to put burning shit bags on her porch. I want to line up Taco Bell sauce packets under her office door and stomp on them so they squirt in her office. I want to put sardine juice under the seat of her vehicle. I want to tp her house and egg her car. I want to stomp her flowerbeds and break her gnome. I want to put a yard sale notice in the paper for her house on sunday morning. I want every dog in alaska to shit in her yard. I want her septic system to back up into her living room. I want her to have really bad breath. I want her to drop her blackberry in a toilet. And I want Todd to knock out all his front teeth in a snow machine fender bender.

10 11 2008
Proud Community OrganizerWA

Sorry Alaska it is time to fire your Governor! If you let her get away with her dare then you deserve what you get. Legislators need to hear from you get organized and write, march and raise hell!

Sourdough when I read this my eyebrows went way north:

Here’s how the rest of us State employees live: My division’s Director (one of Sarah’s appointed friends) recently advised their staff that there will be no more comp time for required overtime worked (which is completely illegal). But unfortunately, we are in no position to fight this policy without losing our jobs. State of Alaska Legislators, please take note: this type of double standard does NOT go unnoticed. And those of us who have watched these types of unethical acts are paying very close attention to your response, or lack thereof.

It is very illegal to require overtime and not pay for it. You not only call your legislators, you contact your state union, you refuse to work without pay period. If you lose your job you sue the holy mf#$%$#ing ass out of your State! If you let it slide, once again you get what you deserve.

I am sorry for being so blunt but I have been in the position with private employers and I did not let them get away with this shit! I turned there damn butts into the proper authorities! I not only did not lose my job but they were sanctioned.

What I did then was quit! I did not want to work for scumbags who would do this to people. You are still apart of the federal government of the USA. Last time I looked you have not become your own country!

Start making noise people our bend over now and just get it over!

10 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Rapture Spenard Palin (11:52:19) :

You crack me up!! I wanna do all those things, too, let me help!!

10 11 2008
Road Runner

If the Legislature does not take action, they should be voted out. It seems to me a special session should be called to address this issue. Why is it they don’t work fulltime(?), like the other states?

People of Alaska:
WAKE UP! WAKE UP! YOUR HOUSE IS BEING ROBBED!

These Palin family are criminals!!

10 11 2008
NMJ

Lori (11:47:49) : Sorry for the ramble but Palin continues to rub me the wrong way and I’m at a loss to understand why the citizens of AK continue to let her and their other pols get away with such unprofessionalism.

Lori, if you’ve been reading this blog and following the links people offer, then you know how amazingly far the citizens of AK have actually come in their civic awareness and activism.

They are fired up and ready to go! They just need to keep the momentum going, and our feedback and encouragement can help.

10 11 2008
Scott Palin

My favorite line from the interview –

“So gosh, we have so many examples, I mean every day, especially the first few weeks, every day something that was thrown out there”

10 11 2008
aeroentropy

ds55 (11:49:50) :
Sarah Palin says Hillary Clinton shouldn’t whine about tough media coverage.

_______________________

Wow – I’m not going to go back and listen again to count, but there couldn’t have been more than about a half-dozen sentences (“sentences”) in that whole 1:58!

10 11 2008
Ripley in CT

Three words: I. R. S.

10 11 2008
phoebe

I saw Todd lurking around during the interview. He doesn’t seem to work. The Palin house reminds me of……..a sports arena. Strange architectural style for a house, especially in Alaska with such cold winters. I could imagine myself roller skating throughout the main level without too many obstacles to run into. The Grifters know of no other way & unless someone acts like the adult,(the State Legislature), it will go on….

10 11 2008
Proud Community OrganizerWA

Sorry about the spelling and wording of my post but I am mad as hell for all of you. It drives me crazy when I see people put up with things that are just plain illegal!

I agree with Road Runner! Get up, Wake up! You are being robbed the only thing left is for her to burn down your house!!!

10 11 2008
sarahcudasixPAC

Another casual lie – “I did not ban Harry Potter. It [sic -- there are waht, seven different books?] was not even published when I was the mayor [from 96-02].” WRONG. HP #1 published 1998, No. 2 published ’99, and so forth. Sarah is pathological; she will lie about anything and everything.

10 11 2008
InJuneau

@Rapture Spenard Palin (11:52:19) :

Hey now, please don’t waste any pies on her… We can come up with something else to throw, but not the precious pies! ;)

10 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

I tell you, someone (a Mccainite) told me “education ain’t all it’s cracked up to be” as I explained the difference in education between SP and Obama. Well, I hope I don’t hurt anybody’s feelings here, me being an elitist and all, but she acts like an uneducated hick redneck. My Lord! No conscience, even the Beverly Hillbillies were more honest than that. She thinks the office was just invented to give her a luxury lifestyle. As they say, “you can dress her up but you can’t take her anywhere.” And she really hasn’t governed, has she? She spent her time redecorating, being followed by a PR person and smiling at photo-ops, finishing up the pipeline deal (which had already been started by others) simply by steering the contract to connections at Transcanada, not even counting the “governing” she did as mayor – redecorating, building a hockey rink (on land she didn’t buy), and letting walmart move in. Wow! Governin’ is sure easy!

10 11 2008
NMJ

Rapture Spenard Palin (11:52:19) :

ROFL! Sooooooooooooo well said!

10 11 2008
mmboucher (Florida)

AKM,
Will Todd & Family be going to Florida to the governers conference Wednesday and Thursday of this week when she is suspose to speak? Does the State of Alaska have to pay for them to go along, and does she go anywhere without Todd anymore?

10 11 2008
libbs

mmboucher-

Hmmm…stay in Alaska or “help with state business” in Florida? They will probably ALL be there…you betcha! (in new bathing suits, no less)

If they do show up, we are all going to have to be treated for whiplash for all of the head shaking we will be doing.

10 11 2008
Lori

@NMJ – I hear you and I hope AK citizens are able to carry through but I find it disheartening that Stevens is ahead in the vote although it seems there may have been some shenanigans there.

I truly hope for AK’s and the country’s sake that Begich manages to pull this one out. I am terrified that Palin might run for the Senate after Stevens is tossed out on his keister.

I don’t know what we lower-48ers can do to help out in AK. She is, after all, your governor. I guess I am less than optimistic that anything will be done about Palin. How can she still have a 61% approval rating? Wouldn’t the oil checks to citizens continue without her?

10 11 2008
phoebe

@mmboucher

Not if Mr. Personality can help it. She already had an affair with his business partner so I think Todd’s keeping a pretty good eye on things. Someone in the family has to work. They are starting to remind me of the Snopes.

10 11 2008
NotTakingItAnymore

How about the fact that Sarah and family all get free medical at the Alaska Native Medical Center. It seems that she has had all her kids there. Talk about someone who doesn’t know what it is like to worry how to pay the medical bills. I am sick of her just like the rest of us routine.

Actually, I believe that she did not have any of her children there, despite the fact that it would have been fully covered. Strange… AKM

10 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@ mmboucher (Florida) (12:07:13) :

You betcha! Those kids deserve a trip (“just put it on my tab”) to Disney after all the hard work they did to help mom during the campaign. And anyway, who has schoolwork to catch up on? School? Don’t matter none!

Help! We finally turned blue after all these years! Keep her away from my state!!!

10 11 2008
mmboucher (Florida)

Sorry I’m five or six hours away from Miami, but I wll be watching the news. Someone in Alaska should see them off, they will know who is on the plane.

10 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Hey, you know all that airfare AK paid for? All those one-way tickets? How about putting the whole bunch of ‘em on the last Shuttle out? One-way tickets, please!

10 11 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

Fine.

Let her continue to receive per diem payments, BUT Alaska MUST include these amounts in her wages —directly on her W-2—and allow her to deduct the expenses accordingly.

Otherwise, she is in violation of IRS statute.

NOBODY is allowed to receive income that is not taxed…certainly the inclusion of family travel is for her convenience, not for the benefit of the State of Alaska.

10 11 2008
Democrat G (formerly "G")

Proud Community OrganizerWA:

AMEN!

Alaska – stand up for yourself! Do not let this woman get away with this! Keep detailed notes of who said what, try to get something in writing:

I am leaving on X date for X hours, etc. What should I do with the overtime?

Hopefully you will get an email back or record the conversations where people say X,Y,Z. It is within your legal right to record it I believe.

Then go to the proper people/authorities.

As Morrissey use to sing “There Is A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends” – well, I dedicate it to Sarah Palin. Her and her friends, if there is such a place, will be going to hell.

10 11 2008
Bobg

Someone please tell Sarah that the people of Alaska voted her in as Governor not Queen. BTW: Remember what happened to Marie Antoinette when she thought she was better than the “Common Folk?”

10 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

The one or two times that I have accompanied my husband somewhere when he traveled on business (and never with the kids!) we paid half the hotel room and our restaurants when he dined with me instead of business people. It’s nice to be kept company by one’s family, but heck it should come out of her pocket.

10 11 2008
Sarah

Alaska should know that unlike before Sarah Palin we are all watching to see what they are going to do. Are the rumors that the government in Alaska is full of corruption or are they going to hold her accountable?

10 11 2008
Bobg

Sourdough Mullet Hussein Palin (10:52:41) :

Give me an email address where I can contact your supervisor and I will send him/her an email informing him/her that failure to pay hourly employees for overtime work is illegal.

10 11 2008
DeMo

Charlie Gibson got it right. A blizzard of words. She cetainly gives quite the snow job.

The question remains, will the time come when La Palin is held accountable? She truly believes she is above the law. No statute pertains to her. No siree, you betcha’. Also.

10 11 2008
mmboucher (Florida)

Is she back at the governers office today? Is Todd with her and the kids? Doesn’t he have to work? Didn’t I hear that he was the caretaker of them when she was working, and finally are you in Ak going to continue to let Todd run her office?

10 11 2008
Jim, aka Pit Bull Hockey Puck

Well, there’s always Moose Turd Pie you could be throwin’ her direction…

.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OItDidO3Afc

10 11 2008
Sarah

Oh this women gives me a headache. Is she for real? Thank God, she did not get elected. She is so cock sure of herself and seems to have no shame.

10 11 2008
0whole1

> sarahcudasixPAC (12:01:56) :
> Another casual lie – “I did not ban Harry Potter. It [sic -- there are waht, seven different books?] was not even published when I was the mayor [from 96-02].” WRONG. HP #1 published 1998, No. 2 published ‘99, and so forth. Sarah is pathological; she will lie about anything and everything.

I think it’s come time for the ADN or some print source to publish running tallies of errors of fact in each Palin media event. I don’t mean policy disputes but stuff like the Harry Potter lie, the lie about *anything* being proven by hear faxed-in doctor’s note, etc.

Needs a catchy — and Joe-Six-Pack-ish — title. Something like “Talks Like a Duck”.

Basically, we have now established that *no statement of fact in a Palin speech can ever be assumed to be true*. No matter how small. Personal history, anything.

10 11 2008
antsy

She loves to refer to the “first family.” Then turn around and say theirs is a regular family — just like everyone else. She’s not a diva, but one way airfare is fine.

I thought what we saw of her house lacks character/creativity. Whats up with the moose or elk head 15 feet up the wall? Maybe they can reach out from the loft area to decorate it for various holidays.

Lucky she didn’t get to be Veep — would cost us a fortune flying that bunch back and forth.

10 11 2008
Irishgirl aka puck mule

@phoebe (12:01:24) :

I saw Todd lurking around during the interview. He doesn’t seem to work. The Palin house reminds me of……..a sports arena. Strange architectural style for a house, especially in Alaska with such cold winters.
———————————————
I thought exactly the same thing about the house. And Todd sitting in the chair by the door in his white socks just creeped me out. Also.

10 11 2008
Marnie

I’m curious how she can get away with reimbursing the Dud’s expenses when he is apparently not a state empolyee. Has she appointed him to something. Like maybe translator.

Now that she’s not running for VP I’m beginning to really like Sarah. She’s just so intertaining.

10 11 2008
Lee

Hello, to everyone.
For some time now, about 2 years, I have been watching the energy issue up in Alaska. Right now Sarah has given BP $600,000.00 to handle the negotiations. In other words, she has outsorced to negotiations for the gas pipeline. It is at a checkmate at this point. There are oil companies looking at it but will not sign on because they feel they can do their own pipeline cheeper, and without paying a fee. She has also made a few enemies and will have to mend fences before things can move forward.
In the meantime she spends your money on whatever she wants to do. Rules, what rules?

10 11 2008
Forty Watt

@ DeMo (12:25:30) :

Charlie Gibson got it right. A blizzard of words. She cetainly gives quite the snow job.

**********************
I was just thinking about asking my husband why people found her so attractive. His answer: “She’s available.”

In that context, I read your post DeMo but not as SNOW job!

That woman just has a way of pulling your mind down into the gutter, dontcha know.

10 11 2008
A Brit Abroad

Hi Lee… tell us more… so Cruella’s not even at the negotiations? She’s paying more state money to get other people to do her job for her…

Oh, I was on my way to bed – now I’m going to have a hard time getting to sleep.

10 11 2008
phoebe

My word, do you realize that Sarah Palin didn’t know what a VP did on July 28, 2008? She is worse than influenza. Three months later she has terrified the country & still has an impact. What to do. What to do.

10 11 2008
Rapture Spenard Palin

I just read a yahoo story about sarah sorting clothes. Acting like it is such a chore (daddy expressed the hard jobness of it in the article) to figure out what is hers and family’s and what is RNC. Anybody here not able to tell their own clothes apart from other clothes? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Daddy’s comments are ultra lame.

10 11 2008
Irishgirl aka puck mule

Palin sorts clothes to see what belongs to the RNC
By GENE JOHNSON – 34 minutes ago

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spent part of the weekend going through her clothing to determine what belongs to the Republican Party after it spent $150,000-plus on a wardrobe for the vice presidential nominee, according to Palin’s father.

Palin and John McCain’s campaign faced a storm of criticism over the tens of thousands of dollars spent at such high-end stores as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus to dress the nominee. Republican National Committee lawyers are still trying to determine exactly what clothing was bought for Palin, what was returned and what has become of the rest.

.http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h21ZbzgPbTVRftcJPT5vkHkonY5QD94CA9HO0

10 11 2008
AlaskaGuy

Not really surprising. To say she’d stop would be to admit she knew she was wrong to do it. It’s definitely on the Legislature to tell her she’s wrong and to put a stop to it. And I hope they’ve got the collective balls for it.

10 11 2008
Irishgirl aka puck mule

Palin sorts clothes to see what belongs to the RNC
By GENE JOHNSON – 34 minutes ago

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spent part of the weekend going through her clothing to determine what belongs to the Republican Party after it spent $150,000-plus on a wardrobe for the vice presidential nominee, according to Palin’s father.

Palin and John McCain’s campaign faced a storm of criticism over the tens of thousands of dollars spent at such high-end stores as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus to dress the nominee. Republican National Committee lawyers are still trying to determine exactly what clothing was bought for Palin, what was returned and what has become of the rest.

From Associated Press. I can’t posts links – AKM’s spam monster eats me up.

10 11 2008
nocalgal

It is inconceivable to me that the government, sworn to protect the people of the State of AK would allow this to go on! It is inconceivable that the ppl, when they see all the money they are paying her to STAY HOME would want to keep paying.

I hope that you AK bloggers (AKM first and best of several in MY heart) and the progressive talk radios (and maybe even the more conservative ones) talk about this (these) issue(s) and foment the discontent that I am sure is out there!

As a citizen, I would be OUTRAGED to pay for this crap. And the governor’s nonsensical answers (blizzard of words is STILL the apt description) should continue to expose her for what she is. A mediocre (at BEST) public servant.

I too wish, as Andrew Sullivan does, that the MSM would ask the FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS! As in the medical records- ok Gov, WHERE ARE THEY?

As in the Per diem- DONT YOU THINK IT BEARS THE APPEARANCE of impropriety to charge the State for your remaining in your own home by your own choice? And if not, why then should the State pay for your children to travel?

The MSM and that means the ADN needs to man up and get the answers!

Thank you AKM for staying on top of this mess….

10 11 2008
Marty (VA) Mudstock DC Inaugural Party.. reply to mudstockdc@hotmail.com

Hey kids..

i had a thought.. How about if Mudflats became the Mudflats PAC and we collected funds and took out ads in both the Anchorage and Juneau newspapers??? I’d wonder how much we could collect. Then have a professionally done ad that shows all the inconsistancies in Barbieisms..

How could the public and legislature argue if the facts are put out there for everyone to see? And perhaps a list of all the members and phones of the AK legislature to call and express the outrage of how Barbie and Grifter have embezzled and ripped off from the people of Alaska.

If everyone donated $25-50.00 i think we’d be able to collect enough $ to get at least 1/4 page ads and who knows, how sweet would a full page ad be?

To protect AKM, i’m sure they have a lawyer who could handle the contract with the newspapers on his clients behalf. Besides, if loads of us paid for it, there’s nothing they could do to AKM anyway..

Whatcha all think? The Grifters use the media, why can’t we? Who knows, maybe there are DNC pacs who would contribute funds and expertise to mount an informational campaign to expose the Grifters..!

10 11 2008
nocalgal

BTW there is supposed to be an interview with her on the Today show tomorrow, Tues. It is supposed to have the kids too.. so…uhm.. BRISTOL watch!!

LOL

10 11 2008
Marty (VA) Mudstock DC Inaugural Party.. reply to mudstockdc@hotmail.com

Barbie is on in the morning.. and McLost will be on leno.. a big nbc day..

10 11 2008
nocalgal

Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout) (12:18:06) :

Fine.

Let her continue to receive per diem payments, BUT Alaska MUST include these amounts in her wages —directly on her W-2—and allow her to deduct the expenses accordingly.

Otherwise, she is in violation of IRS statute.

NOBODY is allowed to receive income that is not taxed…certainly the inclusion of family travel is for her convenience, not for the benefit of the State of Alaska.
**********************

Actually Cassie you may be onto something here. Regardless of how AK characterizes these payments, the IRS WILL deem them income subject to explanation as you have noted…

WHERE Is the IRS when you need them???? Do you suppose that they will be reviewing her returns now???

10 11 2008
Marty (VA) Mudstock DC Inaugural Party.. reply to mudstockdc@hotmail.com

hmmm. cable late night.. 1 minute spots in small markets could be $10-20… yikes.. what a thought.. use her own campaign ads to show what a liar she is.. haha

10 11 2008
Marty (VA) Mudstock DC Inaugural Party.. reply to mudstockdc@hotmail.com

contact the IRS fraud line and report the grifters..!
:)

10 11 2008
mvngfwd

First, OT- My husband says he wants to order a “Mudflats Widower” t-shirt as soon they are available. It seems fair since I have one that says “Poker Widow” that I got when he was all into online poker.

On topic- I believe that Ms. Palin and the surrounding circus is fueled by the same disillusioned furor that facilitated the Bush II reign. The ideologists carried him, the oil companies and lobbyists paid his way, and FEAR kept us trapped. NEVER AGAIN!!!! As someone wisely said on a previous post…”we were asleep before and dumb but now our eyes are open and we are awake”. I for one will not let down my guard and will fight this too just like I have for the last 8 years. But I am fortunately not alone this time. I have a wonderful new “family” who are ready to slay the Dragon before any more villages burn. So what can “we” do? There is so much brain power amongst this group that we should be able to find a strategic way to handle this threat to our “new era” of enlightenment. So who else is up for the challenge? Seriously, the lights have been on a dimmer in Alaska for far too long and I believe it is time we help turn on the klieg lights. Roaches do not like it when the light shines on them….they run away.

I also think that she will have an interesting reception at the GOP Gov’s meeting. In front of the cameras is one thing but amongst themselves she will probably get a few cold shoulders. Pawlenty, Romney, Hutchinson, et al were much more qualified to be the VP pick and she made them look bad on many levels.

10 11 2008
WeCan Hussein AKA Sarah "honey bucket" Hussein

Rapture Spenard Palin (11:52:19) : I wanna help, too. I also wanna shoot out her porch light with a b-b gun

InJuneau (12:05:44) : Rapture was talking about cow pies! ;-)

You know, it took a whole lot less for we Californians to recall Gray Davis, who actually seemed to be honest. Wake up Alaska! Hibernation’s over and while you were sleepin’, the squirrel in the next tree stole your nuts!

Did they have an architect on their house? Sorry, U of Idaho, but it looks like the same, uh, someone, granted the architect a degree as gave one to Sarah–another Boxtop U. triumph of higher education.

10 11 2008
Forty Watt

@ Marty (VA) Mudstock DC Inaugural Party.. reply to mudstockdc@hotmail.com (12:54:24) :

i had a thought.. How about if Mudflats became the Mudflats PAC and we collected funds and took out ads in both the Anchorage and Juneau newspapers???

I’m on board.

10 11 2008
Marty (VA) Mudstock DC Inaugural Party.. reply to mudstockdc@hotmail.com

geeze.. i am full of it today..

Get AKM on Hardball or KO.. in a disguise of course.. or in shadow.. altered voice.. how absolutely koool would that be? :)

10 11 2008
JK Copper Catfish Hussein

@ Rapture Spenard Palin (11:52:19) :
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Your list made me laugh so hard that now my flatmate thinks I’m crazy… it would take too long to explain it to her, so I’m just letting her think that for now!

I want those things too. I could be the gnome-breaker! Gnomes are sinister!

10 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

When I was a kid, I stole Twinkies from the cookie drawer at home and hid under my bed and ate them. It was close to Christmas and my mom asked me what happened to those Twinkies. I would not admit to or own up to taking them and my mom took the Barbie Dream Kitchen out that she was planning to give me for Christmas and gave it to a little girl who was poor (this was in 1960 or 61). I was devastated – but took my punishment.

I think Barbie needs her dream kitchen taken away and given to someone who will appreciate it.

Point is, I learned my lesson at age 9 or 10 – just WHEN will she take responsibility for her actions?

10 11 2008
BJA

So now she’s headed off to the governor’s conference this week. Is that a “take your spouse to work” event or is she about to nail the State of Alaska for First Dude’s airline ticket? The family expense thing is in the news and she’ll just continue it, as she said?

That trip to Florida this week is going to be a long one. Poor old Sarah is used to her own plane. I hope she gets a middle seat on the longest leg of the trip.

10 11 2008
WeCan Hussein AKA Sarah "honey bucket" Hussein

I like gnomes, myself. Maybe I’ll just steel her gnome. According to AK law, it’s OK, yaknow. he he
Now, breaking trolls–I’m there!

10 11 2008
sparkleball

BEAR WOMAN– I love the idea you espouse that Juneau is a great place for government to take place because it’s small enough to be transparent. We should all be so lucky to have that kind of state capitol.

AKM– If Palin’s not flushed out of Wasilla, if she’s not kept public in her governor role, she’ll craft her own public role– which will be campaigning 2012 on AK funds with Palin-crafted media coverage and trips south.

All I can do is send you my encouragement, AKM, to keep up the good work. Your translation of Alasakan politics makes me sad there is no one doing that for me on California politics or on San Diego city politics. So I come to you instead. Last night at a dinner party in San Diego, yet again I talked about how great your blog is. In fact you’ve made me have to retract my statement that I hate blogs. (That’s what MY husband keeps saying.)

10 11 2008
Irishgirl aka puck mule

Marty,
I certainly would be willing to contribute towards an advertisement.

10 11 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

No doubt that at the Governors meeting Billy Kristol will be doing his usual orgasmic drooling all over Silly Sarah!

How does this man have anyone still listening to him?

10 11 2008
Susie in Jersey

@Road Runner (11:37:26) :

I think the IRS will have something to say about this. This sounds like a good case for a Federal Prosecutor investigation. Palin oh-12 would have nothing to say about it.

~~

That’s the legislature’s “out” in this matter – let the IRS handle it and the legislators don’t dirty their fingers.

10 11 2008
Lulu

One prominent blogger who is not letting SP off the hook today is Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Dish:
andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com

10 11 2008
Jo Ann

From Huff Po:

Posted November 8, 2008 | 11:08 AM (EST)

How Do I Thank Thee, Sarah Palin?

by Erica Heller

(With profound apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

How do I thank thee for running, Sarah Palin? Let me count the ways.

I thank thee to the depth and breadth and height my Democratic, Obama-loving, unemployed soul can reach, still exhausted mightily from the interminable weeks of horrific suspense, waiting to find out if what we were witnessing was a monumental comedy or a catastrophic, world-ending horror-movie.

For letting Katie Couric peel back the layers early on and show that “There is no there there.” For not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is or being able to name any Supreme Court cases. (For a second there, I really thought you might say: “Howzabout ‘Stop In the Name of Love?'”)

For winking during the debate as if twin 747s had flown into your eyes.

For not believing in evolution, for being as narrow-minded and mean-spirited as Scrooge on Christmas, for assuming that all American IQs were no higher than your shoe size, for thinking you could do a Houdini with shockingly expensive couturier fashions, for making the great Joe Biden, a distinguished, solid, national treasure, look and seem even more treasurable.

For honestly believing that real life in our great land had become just one big reality show and that overnight, without benefit of wisdom, knowledge, intellect, experience, ethics, conscience or the merest trace of substance, you wouldn’t get voted off the island, could/would dance better than anyone else or be selected the next American Idol rather than the next American Midol.

Oh, how I thank you now for running, Sarah Palin. My mirth is bottomless!

I thank you for Ted Stevens, for thinking you could run the Senate, for defiantly refusing to show us your medical records, for thinking you could somehow look cool on SNL, for providing exquisite fodder for Keith, Rachel, Jon, Bill Maher, Richard Lewis and other mondo-brilliant minds everywhere who managed to spin your transparent mendacity and fomented hatred into gold, as we all watched and waited, breathless, astonished, that you, so unworthy and unfit, even came close. That you were ever even picked and taken half-seriously, you who wouldn’t know NAFTA from NAMBLA, didn’t know that Africa is a continent and not a country, allowed yourself to be pranked by a couple of impish and astute Canadian comedians, and probably thinks your next check-up is with Diet Dr. Pepper.

What a lesson it’s been. America is great enough, free enough, to let someone like you run. But also smart enough to let you lose.

So, I thank thee for running, Sarah Palin, and for helping us last Tuesday to dodge the surreal, existential and yes, perhaps the greatest historical bullet of our lifetime. (As has, no doubt, our pre-natal paragon, Levi “Shootin’ Shit” Johnston.)

Now, if only those poor Alaskan wolves could be so lucky.

10 11 2008
Marty (VA) Mudstock DC Inaugural Party.. reply to mudstockdc@hotmail.com

Ok kids..

I did not make this up.. ! Link at the bottom.. See if this reminds you of anyone..!! I think you can find someone who fits virtually every trait listed!

Profile of the Sociopath
This website summarizes some of the common features of descriptions of the behavior of sociopaths.

Glibness and Superficial Charm

Manipulative and Conning
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

Grandiose Sense of Self
Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”

Pathological Lying
Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

Shallow Emotions
When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

Incapacity for Love

Need for Stimulation
Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

Callousness/Lack of Empathy
Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others’ feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet “gets by” by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

Irresponsibility/Unreliability
Not concerned about wrecking others’ lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity
Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.

Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

Other Related Qualities:

Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them
Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them
Authoritarian
Secretive
Paranoid
Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired
Conventional appearance
Goal of enslavement of their victim(s)
Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim’s life
Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim’s affirmation (respect, gratitude and love)
Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim
Incapable of real human attachment to another
Unable to feel remorse or guilt
Extreme narcissism and grandiose
May state readily that their goal is to rule the world

http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html

10 11 2008
Nisperos

AKM

I’ve posted this before, but what about SP’s attendance at religious events? Especially when the participation involves having a religious experience herself (rather than just welcoming a religious celebrity or religious group). And then she bills travel to taxpayers????

As governor, Palin at times bonds church and state. By Garance Burke, AP, 10/11/08 (best read in full at link, teaser start follows): http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081011/ap_on_el_pr/palin_church_and_state

“WASILLA, Alaska – The camera closes in on Sarah Palin speaking to young missionaries, vowing from the pulpit to do her part to implement God’s will from the governor’s office.

What she didn’t tell worshippers gathered at the Wasilla Assembly of God church in her hometown was that her appearance that day came courtesy of Alaskan taxpayers, who picked up the $639.50 tab for her airplane tickets and per diem fees.

An Associated Press review of the Republican vice presidential candidate’s record as mayor and governor reveals her use of elected office to promote religious causes, sometimes at taxpayer expense and in ways that blur the line between church and state…”

10 11 2008
Marnie

halcrow (11:06:31) :

Hey, hold on there for a second, please!!
Are you suggesting that Palin pull a George W and invent an excuse so that Canada can be invaded?

Don’t worry, Palin doesn’t know that Canada is a foreign country.

10 11 2008
Bea

My goodness– the election is over and I STILL can’t get to the bottom of a thread before another goes up!

SO, here’s my carry over comments from the last one before I sprint back to the top of this one to begin again:

phoebe (06:50:21) :

Nine minute video of Palin at home. She blames the Bush admininstration for their lose. Very, very interesting.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/55562.html
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She does NOT want to give up that spotlight, does she?? I see Meg Staple Tongue was hovering in the background. I think she stopped being paid my the McCain campaign today. Wonder if Sarah will keep her on as part of her Spin Squad?

Forty Watt (08:53:02) :

So now we have an eedjit bisom messuganah pesada Siganes. It’s great being multilingual, isn’t it?

I’ll add the good old Italian “strega” to the list!

10 11 2008
ira2

Another nap, another shocker upon waking up. Dry tidbits and snap preview headlines of Palin and the cookie jar development are one thing, but AKM’s skilled word smithy turnout is quite something else – man, does it ever yank my eyelids open!

I’m in shock. Lemme wake up altogether first. Then tell me how I can help put a screw-down lid on that stinkpot of a woman.

10 11 2008
SMR

I am so sick of this person. I can’t even call her a “woman” or “lady” or even a “female” because she is the worst of our genetic breed, that chromosomal thing that allows us to give birth.

Anyway, I cannot agree more with the fact that our elected officials need to stand up to the cookie stealer. I’ve decided that I will not read anything that is an interview/Q&A/whatever where she speaks, or listen to the same.

However, this Alternet article about her sums up my feelings nicely. Buh Bye!

http://www.alternet.org/election08/106303/

10 11 2008
karen marie

what about the attorney general, taglis funnyname?

are his actions being revisited?

what about the ignoring of the subpoenas?

sarah’s not going to face any legal problems if she’s got that attorney general.

my suggestion would be that alaska change how they get their attorneys general. it should be clear to all that it being an appointment by the governor (or the president) can have very unfortunate consequences for enforcement of laws.

10 11 2008
InJuneau

@Jim, aka Pit Bull Hockey Puck (12:29:19) :

Can’t see youtubes from here, but if that’s the u. Utah Phillip’s song (rest his soul), I LOVE it. I’ve loved it since it first came out when I was a child and my parents bought the LP (and I’ve seen him in concert!).

@WeCan Hussein AKA Sarah “honey bucket” Hussein (13:00:58) :

Rapture Spenard Palin (11:52:19) : I wanna help, too. I also wanna shoot out her porch light with a b-b gun

InJuneau (12:05:44) : Rapture was talking about cow pies!

AH, that kind of pie is super fine with me then, and also…

10 11 2008
SC Sista M Cluckhead

You know, I can’t say I’m all that fond of the SC governor (we agree on so very little) but at least he lives in Columbia–the capital–when he has a much nicer place to live on the coast. The job is in Columbia, you see? And so the kids are in school in Columbia and the wife stays here, too. I am sure the plan is to return to the coast, when his term is up.

WHAT PART OF THE JOB DESCRIPTION (including location of the capital)

10 11 2008
amy

mvngfwd (13:00:29) :

First, OT- My husband says he wants to order a “Mudflats Widower” t-shirt as soon they are available.

My husband would also like one. He also wishes swwnbn would just shut up so I can clean the house. I don’t think he’ll get his wish………..

10 11 2008
AlaskaGuy

If the Governors shindig is this week the Legislature needs to make it clear to her before she leaves that Todd WILL NOT be on official business and can pay his own way. I doubt they can get their ducks in a row in time for that though.

10 11 2008
katiebegood

Boy, that woman sure did come back to Alaska with a swelled head and a sense of entitlement. I’m so glad she isn’t our problem any longer. We’ll do all we can to encourage your legislature to do the right thing, though.

10 11 2008
SC Sista M Cluckhead

Ahem… continued

DOES SHE NOT UNDERSTAND????????

10 11 2008
empish

I for one do not want to wait for the IRS to step in, or the FBI as was the case for Stevens. (though I really pray they are already on it) What’s the next step, a letter writing campaign or a formal recall petition? If its a PAC, willing to contibute.

10 11 2008
Ennealogic

Let’s see. 319 days of per diem, total cost $16,951.00. That works out to almost $54.00 per day. This, on top of her salary, not to mention additional communication costs to run the Governor’s office from home. Sounds like a pretty sweet job to me. Salary plus groceries for a family of 7! I’d like $54 bucks a day to spend on food and incidentals.

Looked at another way, 19 months of being in office = about 399 working days = Sarah lounging around the lake with an Alaska-paid Blackberry, phone, and computer over 75% of the time she’s had the job. Must be nice.

How many of the remaining 80 days were spent on Alaska-paid travel for her and her family, doing important Governor work? You know, visiting churches and going to conferences and sporting events and so on, all paid for by Alaska?

And did it really take 319 days to re-plumb the Juneau mansion? How long does it take to run some pipe? Is the plumbing done yet? Does that mean she moves back to Juneau now?

10 11 2008
JK Copper Catfish Hussein

WeCan Hussein AKA Sarah “honey bucket” Hussein (13:06:28) :

I like gnomes, myself. Maybe I’ll just steel her gnome. According to AK law, it’s OK, yaknow. he he
Now, breaking trolls–I’m there!
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I will admit that some gnomes may be quite affable in their way (when I lived in France I used to follow the activities of the Gnome Liberation Front with interest), but I still argue that any gnomes belonging to that woman could never be anything but sinister!

10 11 2008
Sauerkraut aka road apple palin

“The governor’s daughters and husband charged the state $43,490 to travel, and many of the trips were between their house in Wasilla and Juneau, the capital city 600 miles away.”

Like… what the hell?

How did they get to Juneau? What mode of transportation did they use? I realize there’s some distance between Wasilla and Juneau, but they could have used a gold-plated Rolls Royce limo with a pool on the back and still not have racked up 43.5K in travel expenses. Or did Todd not travel in the same vehicle with the girls? Did he have lap dancers in his?

Man… talk about abuse of public funds. Alaskan tax payers ought to be marching on Wasilla with torches and pitch forks. That is outrageous!

10 11 2008
0whole1

Check out HuffPost — apparently the Africa thing may have been a hoax.

Bets on how much hay herself’s gonna try to make outta that? Double-bluff con? Hoax the media to further discredit it to the far right?

10 11 2008
Forty Watt

Something sweet–Malia’s and Sasha’s secret service code names are Radiance and Rosebud. How perfect.

10 11 2008
Miemaw from Texas

I’m on board with the PAC thing.

I can not deal with this woman any longer.

10 11 2008
Aussie Blue Sky

SC Sista M Cluckhead (13:21:59) :

hey Sista – OT but regarding your sign, I would leave it there until it either turns to dust or after Thanksgiving you could put Christmas decorations on it. :D

10 11 2008
Aussie Blue Sky

AlaskaWatch. I’m there.

10 11 2008
Jim, aka Pit Bull Hockey Puck

InJuneau (13:20:48) :

Yep, that’s what it was. I always loved ol’ Bruce “Utah” Philips, and was saddened by his passing in May of this year…

.http://www.utahphillips.org/

10 11 2008
InJuneau

@Sauerkraut aka road apple palin (13:29:17) :

Bear in mind that Juneau is only accessible by plane or boat…

10 11 2008
phoebe

@Forty Watt

They are beautiful children & I hope they stay that way. I think Michelle O is like a mother bear…she will protect them. Noticed today that Barack & Michelle took separate planes to visit the White House…just wondering if it was a safety issue. They are going to set such a good example of family values.

10 11 2008
DeMo

Forty Watt (12:45:00) :

@ DeMo (12:25:30) :

Charlie Gibson got it right. A blizzard of words. She cetainly gives quite the snow job.

**********************
I was just thinking about asking my husband why people found her so attractive. His answer: “She’s available.”

In that context, I read your post DeMo but not as SNOW job!

That woman just has a way of pulling your mind down into the gutter, dontcha know.
_______________________________________
“Snow job” and what you thought of is exactly what I was going for. The woman can use her mouth! (If only she would use if for good instead of evil.)

I really don’t like to say I hate someone, especially someone I don’t know, but what this person pretends to be is quite sickening. Honest as the day is long, in her little world. As long as she’s telling you she’s stealing, but using different verbage (as only she could put it), it seems she can live with it. I can’t.

Powerless in NYC to do anything about it, but happy to help if and when folks come up with ideas how those of us in the lower 48 can help. Just don’t ask me to email Gary Wilken.

10 11 2008
InJuneau

@DeMo (13:40:29) :

-snip- Just don’t ask me to email Gary Wilken.

Not to worry–he didn’t run this fall and the likely replacement for him is the D candidate!

10 11 2008
HamletsMill

Anyone in our area wishing to attend should contact me by e-mail at:

HamletsMillMudflats at gmail dot com

Hello All Greater Pittsburgh MudBurghers!

TAKE A BREATH !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxuGHGqVZZ4

V I C T O R Y

YES. WE. DID.

So…

THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR

OUR SECOND GATHERING

RECOVERY MUDSTOCK II

THREE HOURS OF LOVE AND PEACE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21st, 2008
6PM-9PM

ROLANDS
1904 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
412-261-3401

http://www.rolandsseafoodgrill.com/

in the World Famous Strip District!

Joe Cocker sings the Sacred Mudstock Song in Celebration!

As I wrote on the Mudflats, this whole experience since August 29th and the sudden eruption of the incredibly disorienting Caribou Barbie factor was as close to a National Out-Of-Body Experience as you could get. In fact, combined with the last eight years of total dysfunction, all of this sorry tale has been as close to a National Near Death Experience (NDE) as you can get.

But we have now dodged a bullet and are all still here alive !

I had people in my extended family and people I work with who were literally weeping with joy to have seen This Day come. Every progressive aspiration since WWII has come together to save us. 63 million Americans came through with thoughtful, clear headed, thinking and personal direct action in the sacred and mighty national voting booth to save our country.

So I think it is time for a Second Get Together which I call the Greater Pittsburgh Recovery Mudstock II for general psychotherapy and sustained emotional support as we all take a breath, rest a bit and try to recover from the sheer hell we have been through!

Please feel free to bring other friends and family who would like to come to RECOVER too! Just let me know the head count if it changes by 5PM Thursday, November 20th via e-mail. Please shoot me an e-mail if you and any other MudGuests are coming so we can help the cook plan at Rolands.

If you have not been there before, when you come into Rolands, go up the wooden staircase in the middle of the building. Our banquet room will be on the LEFT at the top of the stairs. Please bring cash to pay for your meal and drinks because there will be only one check as part of the requirement for getting the upstairs special room.

See you there!

HamletsMill

10 11 2008
empish (wasilla)

I can hardly wait to hear CC’s slant on this, will be glued to my headphones and KUDO in just one more hour!

10 11 2008
whabs

Bobg (12:25:00) :

Sourdough Mullet Hussein Palin (10:52:41) :

Give me an email address where I can contact your supervisor and I will send him/her an email informing him/her that failure to pay hourly employees for overtime work is illegal.

It is the same here in Washington. My bosses g/f works for the state. No comp on OT. The state told her this…HOWEVER, we at my work just got NAILED because we had an employee taking comp time. He had always had comp time, however he never signed anything stating that he wanted the comp time so when he decided to assault me and quit, he was able to use the whole comp time thing against my boss because HE never asked for it in writing. We did though at the states advice. Turns out an employer can’t ask you to take comp time so the fact we did what L&I told us to do, screwed us.

10 11 2008
ocliberal

My impression is that that problem with Sarah Palin, speaking as someone who has only known (of) her for a few months, is that she just has never had to be accountable for anything.

She didn’t come up through the usual ranks of rough and tumble politics that most politicians have survived and thus never learned that there are lines that shouldn’t be crossed. She had the unique opportunity to run for Governor in Alaska when everyone around her looked so bad she actually looked good by comparison. She had the opportunity to serve her first year of Governor when oil prices were at an all-time high so she was able to basically ‘buy’ herself a 90% approval rating.

I think AKM hit the nail on the head. But while she likens Palin to a 3 year old, I liken her more to a self-absorbed teenager suffering from a bad case of entitlement. I see that in teenagers a lot whereas they believe they are entitled to things they didn’t earn or deserve just by the fact of their ‘being’. I call it living in ‘me-ville’

Her interview proves to me that she doesn’t get it. She has bought into her own publicity without even stopping for a minute to reflect on exactly why she has this free ride. Her sense of entitlement is disturbing to say the least.

Two of her greatness weaknesses are her lack of humility and her lack of introspection – a deadly combo.

What you have is a superficial eqomaniac who truly believes she is ENTITLED’ to a different set of rules than everyone else.

Healthly teenagers grow out of it by then time they reach the end of their teens. Unfortunately Sarah Palin seems to be stuck in perpetual me-ville.

But hey, as I always tell my teens (And I’m on my 4th one) – Karma is a bitch!

I say just let her keep talking and especially please let her keep giving interviews like that one. I also bet there is many a former McCain staffer out there just thanking his or her lucky stars that they aren’t responsible for what comes out of her mouth anymore.

10 11 2008
Shikago aka Chief Shikago

She makes me puke…

I’m glad someone else can listen to that voice, I am sick of her lazy ass, can’t even go to work and gets paid for it.

With such a strained relationship in the capitol why did the Empire endorse McCain/Palin???

Progressive voices in Alaska you must stand up, you have to take action. The Legislature is not going to do anything unless they are pushed.

10 11 2008
InJuneau

@Shikago aka Chief Shikago (13:47:11) :

The Empire is owned by the Morris Co./Corp./Family/something like that from Georgia (the state, not the country ;) ) so that’s prob. the main reason.

10 11 2008
Marnie

Rapture Spenard Palin (11:52:19) :

can’t that damned woman just fall into the Yukon at flood stage and save us all from years of ulcers? aackkk! I have NEVER had the urge to slam somebody up against a locker like the girl bully did to me in high school, but I am THERE. I want to hit her with pies. I want to put burning shit bags on her porch. I want to line up Taco Bell sauce packets under her office door and stomp on them so they squirt in her office. I want to put sardine juice under the seat of her vehicle. I want to tp her house and egg her car. I want to stomp her flowerbeds and break her gnome. I want to put a yard sale notice in the paper for her house on sunday morning. I want every dog in alaska to shit in her yard. I want her septic system to back up into her living room. I want her to have really bad breath. I want her to drop her blackberry in a toilet. And I want Todd to knock out all his front teeth in a snow machine fender bender.

That would probably all fit on a XL Tshirt. Maybe that could be their slogan.

But lay off Taco Bell, it’s my favorite TexMex junk food and I will not have it Palinized. I made an 80 mile round trip because a town here in Maine listed a Taco Bell in their phone book. It lied. For a born Texan to go without TexMex for over two years is like moving into a convent after and eventful life.

10 11 2008
Shikago aka Chief Shikago

PAC, I’m in.

I was a Account Exec, here in Chi with one of our big newspaper companies till 07, so I understand all the rates and stuff. We could get a lot of display space as a not-for-profit.

10 11 2008
girldujour

Just a couple of days ago there were approximately 1.3 million google results for the search terms “I hate Sarah Palin”. Today there are more than 1.55 million.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=i+hate+sarah+palin&aq=f&oq=

I’ve never met her, so I really shouldn’t say for sure, but it reallys does seem like she is someone that I can’t find anything at all about her to like.

10 11 2008
Shikago aka Chief Shikago

InJuneau (13:51:05) :
Figures… Thanks for clarifying that for me.

10 11 2008
10 11 2008
Scotsgirl

I am in too, for the PAC or ad thing.

10 11 2008
mvngfwd

Marty- I’m in!

10 11 2008
El from Saskatchewan

So Sarah’s going to Miami — Whatever will she wear?

Want some fun?

Barack roasting Rahm in 2005

10 11 2008
Northern Quilter AK

After Trig was born we kept seeing news pictures of Sarah at work with Todd and Trig in the background. I thought it would have been really great if all the state employees who had children under the age of one brought their babies to work. If the Gov does it, shouldn’t they be able to, too, also?

10 11 2008
mvngfwd

Shikago- I was in the biz too. I sold ad space for magazines out of NYC for 10+ years. I had a few accounts in Chicago and loved when I had to go visit them. I think we are onto something…. ;)

10 11 2008
Marnie

Jamie, Floridian in France (12:06:38) :

Well, I hope I don’t hurt anybody’s feelings here, me being an elitist and all, but she acts like an uneducated hick redneck.

Lincoln was an uneducated hick redneck, till he decided to do something about it.

My dad’s dad was born in a dog trot in the hills of Tenn. He and his brother graduated teacher’s college, and moved to Decatur, Texas. One brother taught and the other became the school’s Prinicpal.
For most people, being dumb assed, is a life choice.

10 11 2008
DeMo

InJuneau (13:43:47) :
+++++++++++++++++++++++
Heaving a sigh of relief that Wilken will be gone. Nasty man.

rachel (13:56:48) :
Palin is a noun and verb. Like Bork. Can you bork a palin?
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
One of Palin’s staffers was on Chris Matthews. I don’t think he very much cared for her. Either he or Chris said they couldn’t envision her ever winning 51% of a national vote.

10 11 2008
charlinka

One thing is becoming more and more apparent each time I read your timely, well-written posts. It should be dawning on most Alaskans by now that Governor Sarah Palin should not, can not be re-elected to office. She will serve out her term as governor it seems – on her own terms. Be that as it may, by the end of her term, it should be quite clear to most Alaskan that Governor Palin has no moral authority or personal integrity left…none whatsoever!

10 11 2008
mvngfwd

You know, MoveOn started like this and look at them now. Yes we can?!

10 11 2008
C.Rock

OT; Just seen this on CNN website

Gov. Sarah Palin responds to her critics’ attacks. Plus, why she’s blaming President Bush for John McCain’s loss.

She steps into “The Situation Room,” Wednesday, 6 p.m. ET.

10 11 2008
Jane in Ohio

Can’t seem to get over my mudflats addiction. I’m still coming to your blog at least 4 times a day.
Just read a piece on MSNBC about how poor Sarah is going through her clothes this last weekend, sorting what is her’s and what belongs to the RNC. Poor baby, having to give up all those clothes. Her father said that she was very distressed and that he brought her a pot of moose chili. Hope that calms her down as she sorts through the kids underwear. Don’t know what the big deal is… if it’s new, it’s the RNC’s. She said that all she had bought with her own money was a pair of shoes. Seems like a not brainer to me, but then my wardrobe probably isn’t as extensive as her’s is. Dear Lord, I feel sorry for you all up in Alaska. I can’t imagine that she can “smart up” enough to be considered as a serious candidate in 2012. Of course, that does say something about those that voted for her too, doesn’t it? Meow.

10 11 2008
mvngfwd

Where is this Gov’s thing in Miami? If I see her/them on the street what would be the best one liner to say? That is all I’ll probably get out before she is rushed away from the crazy chick in the Mudflats t-shirt!

10 11 2008
MarkA

What the hell is wrong with Alaska?

Has the cold frozen your brains completely? Do the summer time mosquitoes drain so much blood you become temporarily deranged?

You guys, on the whole (and by ‘whole’ I mean Republicans), have been voting-in these boozo Republicans for years. You apparently deserve the likes of Ted Stevens and now Sarah Palin. You seem to have a political system so corrupt it’s worthy of comparison to Chicago’s machine. But I could at least understand corruption of that magnitude in a major metropolitan like Chicago (but I don’t condone it)…..but Alaska?

10 11 2008
C.Rock

Test

10 11 2008
Forty Watt

@ phoebe (13:38:33) :

“I think Michelle O is like a mother bear…she will protect them…They are going to set such a good example of family values.”

I agree. I loved the story about their grandmother telling them surely their mother wouldn’t make them go to school the day after staying up late on election night. Grandma said, it would be too cruel and suggested Malia just forget to set her alarm clock.

The girls went to school anyway!

10 11 2008
mvngfwd

MarkA- be nice, we are trying to help our fellow Americans right the wrongs of the past. We all agree that things have gotten out of control but everyone here is on the same page with that. Any constructive thoughts to share?

10 11 2008
Ennealogic

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day, and the building where many of my teammates work will be empty of the usual federal workforce. As a result, the HVAC system will likely be shut off. My teammates have the choice to work in the building anyway, or to work remotely from home. Not one of these people would ever dream of charging per diem expenses for staying at home. It would never even occur to them to do so.

You can charge per diem if you are on the road, away from home AND away from your usual workplace. Nobody I know gets to charge for travel between home and office. And this is even MORE ridiculous when you consider that your office is a mansion you can live in!

Please count me in for support on any advertising blitz you can come up with. Newspaper ads. Web ads. Billboards!

10 11 2008
phoebe

@El

Thanks for the link….that was really funny.

10 11 2008
C.Rock

Seen this on CNN website
Gov. Sarah Palin responds to her critics’ attacks. Plus, why she’s blaming President Bush for John McCain’s loss.

She steps into “The Situation Room,” Wednesday, 6 p.m. ET.

10 11 2008
Sue

Palin in NEVER wrong. If she agreed to stop stealing cookies, she would be admitting she was wrong. To avoid such an admission, she must continue to steal them.

10 11 2008
Alaska_Phil

Is the legislature mom and dad, or are we mom and dad? The people of Alaska put her in office, we can take her out. (recall !) It seems strange that all the other Alaskan governors knew better but this one has to have new rules and laws written to keep her moral.

10 11 2008
ayerishgrl

ok first off (haven’t watched more than 24 seconds… is replumbed a word?

I’ll be back with more fabulous observations as the tape proceeds!

10 11 2008
Forty Watt

I love this quote from the article about her sorting through the clothes.

“That’s something I want to talk to her about: ‘What’s our vision for her hair?’ says Steele, proprietor of the Beehive Beauty Shop and keeper of the governor’s up-do since 2002.”

It’s the vision thing.

10 11 2008
ayerishgrl

ok catty comment here but…. has anyone else noticed the difference in the post “access to stylist” Palin? I sure do! Didn’t she get any makeup/hair tips? I mean gosh, they paid that makeup artist so much money! Or… is she tryin’ to look like the old 81% approval Sarah?

10 11 2008
proudgranny

Re: those missing medical records. Is there a chance Sarah may have availed herself of simple procedure to avoid further pregnancies? Considering the higher incidence of Down’s syndrome children in “older Mothers” I personally would fully support such a decision but would the “Religious right”?

10 11 2008
ttownlotta

Marty (VA) Mudstock DC Inaugural Party

Count me in. I will donate $25 to $50 to have an ad done showing what a joke SP is. Just let us know when to donate and where to send the money.

10 11 2008
Sauerkraut aka road apple palin

“We said no, we just won’t sell our house knowing that we’re going to spend quite a bit of time here, especially those months when the remodels were taking place in the Governor’s mansion, and we would disclose my per diem. We wouldn’t try to hide it. ”

Well, that’s all well and fine but… BUT! Taking per diems when no actual expense was incurred requires her to itemize/disclose the per diems as regular income subject to taxation.

Since I do not see those per diems included on her tax return, I have to ask: where is the IRS on the matter and why are they not pursuing an action for tax evasion? Full disclosure and all then, yanno. Hiding regular income from the IRS is not what I call an act of disclosure.

10 11 2008
teri

Paleontology lies on the border between biology and geology, and also shares with archeology a border that is difficult to define. It now uses techniques drawn from a wide range of sciences, including biochemistry, mathematics and engineering.

Contrary to Paleontology, “Palintology” “the world of Palin” there is no understanding of science or geology. Just a fun play on words, check out this video on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIGHnEcySE0&feature=related

Sadly, she is still in control and hard to believe that the citizens of alaska need to start holding her accounable. Just out of curiosity, I looked up the republican website and their plans for Sarah, IT seems as though we all live in 2 worlds.

10 11 2008
Marty (VA) Mudstock DC Inaugural Party.. reply to mudstockdc@hotmail.com

I just got a note from AKM and apparently there is already plans in the works..

I think once the power of the people get involved, Barbie Grifter has no chance..And with her national exposure, so many of us who’ve adopted Alaska, will be there to help as well..!

10 11 2008
Melissa

The McCain aides who called Palin a whack were correct.

10 11 2008
phoebe

@ayerishgrl

I would rather get a have a case of olive oil than $23,000 worth of Mary Kay cosmetics. I know we tend to get snide, but there are people in Alaska freezing their butts off while this fiasco continues. IT’S SO UNFAIR.

10 11 2008
here_in_ak

Well I plan to send a letter to every Legislator here in Alaksa asking that an ethics complaint be filed against Gov Palin.

10 11 2008
Nisperos

@ El from Saskatchewan (13:57:55) :

Barack roasting Rahm in 2005

Too funny!

10 11 2008
Stop the Palinator

Sarah Palin’s governance looks exactly like the bush/cheney administration (sans the pricy outfits) She seems to be sticking out her chin and saying: “We will do exactly as we please, and if you don’t like it, you can lump it.”

Will Alaska condone this criminal behavior in their governor? If so, they deserve her continued skimming and malfeasance — and all of the national scorn that will come with it. The press doesn’t appear to be walking away from the Palin story, and the more questionable her antics, the more bad press coverage Alaska can expect.

Sarah Palin may be a joke, but Alaska doesn’t have to be. I guess we’ll wait and see.

10 11 2008
Rob in Ca

Notice the interview where she pointed out that no one asked who was putting the makeup on the male candidates?

Funny, I don’t remember a single news story or blog where anyone asked who put makeup on Palin!

But I sure do remember a lot of questions as to why makeup was such an extreme expense! And the questions are about campaign expenditures that have been reported by the campaign and the RNC. Funny how there are no similar issues with the DNC campaign expenses. That is why the questions are being asked.

How come reporters on the scene don’t call her out on her ridiculous non-responses? I understand Greta and Sean won’t, but surely not everyone is so pro-Sarah that they are afraid to upset her with a followup question or call her on her non-answers?? Do we need Katie Couric to get back on the job on this?

10 11 2008
Road Runner

GUYS AND GALS!!!

Don’t know if this got posted. Great ADN article.

http://www.adn.com/politics/story/582698.html

10 11 2008
0whole1

> Rob in Ca (14:50:22) :
> Notice the interview where she pointed out that no one asked who was putting the makeup on the male candidates?

This is not quite true. I believe there was a report saying McCain was using an American Idol makeup person.

> Funny, I don’t remember a single news story or blog where anyone asked who put makeup on Palin!

Not “asked” but rather reported. The charges for her stylist was, I believe included in the list of things she blew money on right around the time the $150 grand story came out. Along with her pre-convention voice coach.

10 11 2008
MediaWeasel

El – “So Sarah’s going to Miami — Whatever will she wear?”

After the RNC manages to drag 13 suitcases full of clothes from her nerveless fists, who can tell. But there again, if she can dress a moose …

In some ways, this farce of a McCain/Palin ticket turned up some very shady shenanigans going on in Wasilla and has resulted in a) the imminent inauguration of the finest President in a lifetime and b) Palin likely to be handed the “Please sod off as soon as possible” Recall Paperwork by the good people of Alaska. Neither can come a moment too soon.

10 11 2008
Nisperos

@ teri (14:34:14) :

A repost, but since your YouTube had a Barbie World song playing in the background:

Caribou Barbie and First Dude:

As described in a 1965 Ramparts article by Donovan Bess entitled The Menace of the Barbie Dolls:

“…This year about six million [girls] are playing Barbie, who isn’t the kind of woman you would want to hug (unless you are a GI just coming back from a year in the Aleutians). Barbie is a frigid-looking teenager who somehow, through the magic eyes of childhood, is able to be simultaneously a sorority girl, a bride, a career girl, a debutante and a general all-around Superwoman…

Barbie is 11½ inches tall and has the long, unnatural legs of a Soviet female Olympic 800-meter runner. Her breast development, of course, is that of a healthy American woman of twenty. She can wear wigs in blonde, ash-blonde, platinum, brunette and titian. Her eyelids, to borrow Walter Pater’s phrase about Mona Lisa, are ‘a trifle weary.’ Last year she appeared in stores looking like a coed in a red jersey swimsuit. But in the 1965 deluxe model, she has been promoted; she looks very much like a bored but well-subsidized suburban matron: she sits in a stylish garden swing besides a planter, wearing a pink swimsuit with a matching fluffy bathing hat, matching earrings and matching high-heeled pumps. She looks as though she were waiting for a lover (the kind who would bring her a dozen American Beauty roses, sit at her feet all evening long and never go near the bedroom)…

The fiction and feature articles in the fan magazines depict these dolls as having upper-upper-class incomes and lower-middle-class tastes. Barbie is 100 per cent Caucasian, and she never associates with a racially impure person… There is little or no evidence that they ever read books or listen to music. Clothes and money seem to motivate their conversations and strategies…

One feels sorry for the small boys who will grow up to be the men in their lives. A solution may be found in the work of Remco Industries, Incorporated, in Harrison, New Jersey. This company has developed a doll called ‘GI Joe’ -’America’s Movable Fighting Man.’ After some hours of sincere play with GI Joe, your boy might well become more impolite, hateful, sadistic and subhumanly mean than he now is…”

10 11 2008
Marnie

Here’s a thought, not a very fun one like many of yours, but one that might just hit her in a vulnerable spot.

Since, she apparently doesn’t do Governor stuff very much, doesn’t need to stay in Juneau to work. Why then she should, as a caring Christian parent be attending training courses in possibly a large Anchorage hospital or speciality clinic, learning how to care for her special needs baby, instead of farting off in Wasilla.

Many letters to editors of any and all Alaskas newspapers (she reads them all, she said so), and comments to call in shows from parents who have special needs children and know what Sarah needs to be doing for her baby, showing their concern and support and making suggestions. Caring citizens asking how Trig is developing, etc.

Not all at once but consistently day after day. Letters and emails to the governors office and her personal on line site, if she has one as Governor. All sweetness and light and love, but continually lovingly shaming her day after day, week after week. Questions in press conferences about what Trig has learned etc.
If you feel activist, picket signs of the same sort, be sure to get video.

Does that grab anybody?

I like burning shit bags with Taco Bell Sauce better but it could get you arrested, and she would just get more self Righteous.

10 11 2008
Lila

Any Mudpuppies in Miami?

I live in Pittsburgh, and went to Mudstock I.
I was in Chicago at a convention, and went to Mudstock II.
Now, I will be at a convention in Miami this week and am staying 4 BLOCKS from the hotel where the Republican Governor’s Association meeting will take place http://www.rga.org/lib/2008-Annual-Conference-Schedule.pdf
this is too funny!!!

Anyone up for a Mudstock III in Miami on Thursday night?

Lila, can you infiltrate?? :-) What fun! Hope you Florida Mudflatters can pull it off on short notice. Repost on the new thread, and I’ll mention it tonight on the Open Thread. AKM

10 11 2008
Physicsmom

I totally agree with Rob in CA regarding holding SP accountable for all of the terrible things her administration has done or tacitly approved (and forget Trig).

With regard to the per diem charges, while apparently legal in AK, this is not permitted in the corporate world. When I travelled for work to my hometown and stayed with my parents instead of a hotel, I could not charge my company for anything other than meals that I ate at a restaurant (with receipt). Any meals my Mom prepared, were for my own account and I certainly could not ask for reimbursement for lodging. My husband and child travelled with me occasionally at my own expense.

Unfortunately, until the legislature changes the current law in AK, I don’t see any reason why she can’t keep claiming the per diem. I guess I expected she might not claim it, just because it’s become an embarrassment, but I forgot that she who will not be named cannot be embarrassed.

10 11 2008
Lori W.

If you have not yet read the recent thread on Kos about “The Britches to Nowhere,” it is a CRACK-UP! Sarah’s dad speaks, including losing the underwear!
OMG, what will Richard Lowry pay for Sarah’s used undies?

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/11/10/17327/385/277/658741

10 11 2008
Bec -Yes We Did - in Illinois

Lila – you are becoming the official Mudstock Ambassador! I hope you do hook up with some Miami folks!

10 11 2008
NMJ

UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady (13:07:41) : No doubt that at the Governors meeting Billy Kristol will be doing his usual orgasmic drooling all over Silly Sarah!

How does this man have anyone still listening to him?

He doesn’t have a choice:

The Republican Governors Association has announced today that Gov. Palin will be the featured guest at its annual conference later this week in Miami, Florida.

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/11/palin-still-cen.html

10 11 2008
0whole1

> Lori W. (15:03:54) :
> If you have not yet read the recent thread on Kos about “The Britches to Nowhere,” it is a CRACK-UP!

From http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/11/10/17327/385/277/658741:

“It’s truly mind-boggling to imagine a VP nominee and current Governor of any state spending a weekend ‘frantically going through clothes’ – apparently under pressure of lawyers from her own party – and having her own father report this on the record to news media ( including speculating about ‘lost underwear’ ), but that’s PRECISELY what we have here. ”

======

I have two words for folks old enough to remember: “Billy Beer”. Insert obligatory peanuts and crackers/crackers who are nuts joke here.

10 11 2008
drchill

So, AKM,
how does this business of Todd engaging in state business affect the decisions about Sarah’s ethics, and the governor restraining citizens verses those working on the state’s behalf?

Seems to me that the – oh gosh ya know Todd is just a citizen exercising his freedom of speech, argument, looks lame when the state is paying for his participation in state affairs…

just wondering …

BTW its a new dawn, a new day, a new life, and I’m feeling good !

“I adhere to the radical ideology of chairman meow”

10 11 2008
Sue

OFF TOPIC K Olbermann’s contract has just been renewed for 4 years. : )

ON TOPIC Of course SP’s serach for the clothing is frantic–the RNC has said she may have to PAY for it herself!

10 11 2008
the problem child (a jerk, also)

Hi all,
I’ve been having internet problems today, both at home and at work (not that I’d ever check mudflats from work;) ) so I’m just getting caught up now.

I’m up for it all. PAC, flaming bags of mooseshit, roving mudstocks, calling in the IRS, whatever.

10 11 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

Lori W. (15:03:54) :

Thanks for brill link!

“I told the RNC, thanks but no thanks to those britches from nowhere!”

Ha Ha Ha! funniest line yet!

10 11 2008
Nisperos

@ Marnie (14:58:10) :

Thanks for that “classical violin music suggestion”. Love it!

Amendment 51 to get individuals with Developmental Disabilities off the Colorado waiting list failed. It had bi-partisan support, and no organized opposition, but Palin spoke against it at a rally in Colorado. It amounted to a tax increase of 1 cent on $10. It was even supported by Republican former Colorado First Lady, Frances Owen. And yet, it was defeated 62.4% to 37.5%.

Results on Amendment 51 at Denver Post: http://data.denverpost.com/election/results/amendment/2008/51-st-sales-tax-increase/

Background pre-election articles (one has an unflattering picture of Palin):

http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/10/21/19513/343

http://www.examiner.com/x-574-Colorado-Politics-Examiner~y2008m10d24-Amendment-51

10 11 2008
Marnie

phoebe

@Forty Watt

Noticed today that Barack & Michelle took separate planes to visit the White House…just wondering if it was a safety issue.

President and VP never travel on the same plane, so your probably right.
I know of one Hollywood couple, can’t come up with the names (Edie Gorme and somebody), when they had children, they flew separately. If either was killed in a plane crash, their children wouldn’t be orphaned.

Plus, Obama doesn’t seem to be wearing a flack jacket and there are lots of death threats. Bush on the other hand, being the Chicken-in-Cheep often wears full body protection, including cod piece. He looks like Frankenstein.

I read today that on a previous occasion when Bush met and shook hands with Obama an aide gave Bush a squirt of disinfectant gel to clean his hand.
Unf…king believable. What a girlieman!

10 11 2008
More Light than Heat

Gee, when I want to return clothes, the tags need to still be on them and I have to have the original receipts. But then, I don’t shop at Neimans or at Saks. Maybe they have different rules??? And I don’t suppose it’d be too hard for me to sort out what’s new and what isn’t. In the past year I’ve bought 5 pairs of slacks and two tops. I bought the tops last week and one is going back this week — unworn. Didn’t the Palins have a nanny with them (courtesy of the good people of Alaska, if I’m not mistaken) to keep track of the kids and their things??? With 13 suitcases, that would have been a whole lot of extra bag charges for the rest of us given all the flying around they were doing… Amazing how some folks live.

@ Lori
OMG, what will Richard Lowry pay for Sarah’s used undies? Talk about sparkles flying around his room!

10 11 2008
NMJ

Just in case you didn’t know:

CREW Files FEC Complaint Against Gov. Palin and RNC for Violating Campaign Finance Law by Purchasing $150,000 Wardrobe for VP Nominee and Family

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/crew-files-fec-complaint-against/story.aspx?guid={E5CCBDC5-F4AC-410D-B237-39161EE46B32}&dist=hppr

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint against vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and several other political operatives associated with the RNC, for improperly spending $150,000 on clothing for Palin and her family, in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA).

I wonder how many cockroaches will crawl out from under that rug!

10 11 2008
Bec -Yes We Did - in Illinois

RE: The Clothing —
Is she going to send that underwear back clean or dirty?

I’d love to hear a report from the UPS driver or whoever picks up the shipment going back to the RNC – of just how many boxes it turns out to be. I want spies in Wasilla and a full report!

Where will they be shipped and who will have the lovely task of sorting through this stuff at the other end and then “disposing” of it. There is full photographic documentation of everything Palin wore in public. For the women (and maybe a few crossdressers) who end up with the loot – through exclusive snatching from the return shipment or bought on Ebay or wherever – are they going to wear their clothes with pride, or hang them in their closet museum and charge admission to look at it? Will there be a big secondary market for the stuff?

Will anything interesting be left in the pockets?

National Enquirer is sure to be on this story!

10 11 2008
Northern Exposure

Moving forward on a national level. Stuck in the quagmire in Alaska.

10 11 2008
NMJ

Shoot, that link was too long, let me find another one…

10 11 2008
Bea

In re: per diems…

Whenever I’ve had a job that required traveling and involved per diems, I had to produce receipts showing what of the daily amount I had actually spent. If the per diem was $50, it wasn’t hard to go through that staying in a big city, but if I was only overnight in a smaller town, I could only claim the amount the $25 it cost me to get 3 meals.

Also, per diems are for travel that your company REQUIRES you to make. It seems Sarah was in Wasilla by her own choice. HOW she can claim it costs her $54 a day to live in her own house is beyond mef!

10 11 2008
Bea

* mef = me! lol

10 11 2008
NMJ

Here you go…this one works:

CREW FILES FEC COMPLAINT AGAINST GOV. PALIN AND RNC FOR VIOLATING CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW BY PURCHASING $150,000 WARDROBE

http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/34812

10 11 2008
SC Sista M Cluckhead

It’s simple; she’s a cheater.
Plain and simple.

And she will continue to cheat until someone stops her.

10 11 2008
NMJ

Hoo, boy! Check out the 21 page Exhibit List that went with the CREW complaint! Especially look at it starting at page 5:

Exhibits to Wardrobe FEC Complaint

http://www.citizensforethics.org/files/Exhibits%20to%20Wardrobe%20FEC%20Complaint.pdf

(I hope this link isn’t too long to work…)

10 11 2008
Bea

‘She spent the weekend frantically sorting through clothes’

Didn’t she say at her little welcome home party at the airport that all the clothes were “in the belly of the plane” and headed back to the RNC? Oh, if only little JetBlue could talk…

10 11 2008
0whole1

> Marnie (15:21:55) :
> I read today that on a previous occasion when Bush met and shook hands with Obama an aide gave Bush a squirt of disinfectant gel to clean his hand. Unf…king believable. What a girlieman!

When I read that I thought, “Spruce Goose” — Howard Hughes goin’ batty and getting all germaphobic.

I guess you could spin some kind of hyper-sterile environment “life in a bubble” allegory out of it too.

10 11 2008
Sue

I doubt Palin will ever run for Pres. or VP. The RNC would have to support and fund whomever runs, and they don’t like her. Also, anyone with a brain should be able to see that she hurt McCain, not helped him. She is toast.

10 11 2008
Nisperos

@ Bea (15:40:03) : Oh, if only little JetBlue could talk…

Did anyone see Barack’s plane right before it took off from Chicago today? A chartered American airlines plane, but if you were watching on MSNBC they had the camera shot so you could just read “America” (without the final “N”). I thought that was beautiful; America and our President-elect!

10 11 2008
Blue Idaho

Looks like it was a hard weekend for Palin.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081110/ap_on_el_pr/palin

10 11 2008
mvngfwd

Lila- I’m in Miami and would love to me you at your hotel on Thursday. Any other Miami/Broward muddies game? Just think, we might get to see if First Dude showed up. You can reach me at my Mud-email address…mvngfwd@gmail.com. Got to run out but will check email when I get back. Yeah, spontaneous Mudstock Miami!

10 11 2008
ds55

@ Sue (15:43:31) : // I doubt Palin will ever run for Pres. or VP. //

I agree. Sarah has fans but not the serious support or $$ she needs.

10 11 2008
Forty Watt

@ NMJ (15:32:26) :
CREW FILES FEC COMPLAINT AGAINST GOV. PALIN AND RNC FOR VIOLATING CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW BY PURCHASING $150,000 WARDROBE

http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/34812

________________________________________________________

This is great, thanks. I was particularly blown away by the following.

‘Sloan continued, “If the RNC had an extra $150,000 to throw around, there were better alternatives than pricey designer clothes. For example, $150,000 could fund three Alaska teachers’ yearly salaries; library books for the Juneau, Alaska School district for nearly two years; health care premiums for 31 working Americans or 12 families; flu vaccinations for just over 6000 people, or pay the heating bills for 131 low-income households this winter.”

Puts it into very sharp perspective.

10 11 2008
the problem child (a jerk, also)

re: banning Harry Potter.

I think this is a classic case of misdirection on SWWNBN’s part.

The complaints about her banning books never specified which books she tried to ban (although a local pastor has a pretty good idea that his “Pastor, I’m Gay” was on the list).

Noooo… the HP banning rumour (and it listed all the Potter books) was part of a viral e-mail list of books that was out and out ridiculous (Huck Finn, Farenheit 914, Proust, all the usual suspects were on there). It was blatantly a put on. NO ONE in the MSM paid any attention to it except to debunk it.

So, misdirection — “Oh, those silly rumours, they even said I’d tried to ban Harry Potter and no one came to my defence!” But, yes, the evidence is that she tried to ban books. Just not specifically the one that she mentions.

She also fired the librarian, at least temporarily. Sounds familiar. Yeah, Barbie, we’ve got your number.

10 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

I agree that SP would never be a viable candidate for national office. She has already proved what she would do with someone else’s credit card; and as Commander in Chief think of the damage she could do at Sak’s…Oyi ya vei!

10 11 2008
Trini

My apologies Alaska. It seems you have had a little piggy up there who treated your lovely state as one gigantic teat! If no one stops her, she’ll continue to suckle.

P.S. She doesn’t know she lost. That concept is far beyond her.

10 11 2008
SMR

Are you all listening to CC? That caller that phoned in about the public funding gentleman’s agreement pissed me off! So I phoned in! Did you hear me?

10 11 2008
GottaLaff

http://thepoliticalcarnival.blogspot.com/2008/11/video-yes-we-did.html

I made a video tribute to Obama. After reading this post, I think you might enjoy a sentimental look at our new Prez. : )
<3

10 11 2008
trish in SW FL

“I have two words for folks old enough to remember: “Billy Beer”. Insert obligatory peanuts and crackers/crackers who are nuts joke here.”
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That would be me…I remember Billy Beer!

10 11 2008
InJuneau

For those of you wondering about when/where SWWNBN is going to be speaking at the Republican Governors’ Meeting, here is some info from the NYTimes:

“Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska is not going quietly into the sunset now that she has gotten off the Straight Talk Express. She has been granting interviews ever since her bid for the vice presidency ended, and this week she will be given a starring role when the Republican Governors Association meets in Miami for its annual conference.

Ms. Palin is scheduled to deliver remarks there Thursday on “Looking Toward the Future,’’ to hold a news conference, and to grant several national interviews.”

here is the link to the slightly longer blog entry: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/10/palin-is-center-stage-at-governors-meeting/

10 11 2008
austintx

I used to watch Imus on MSNBC……..his wife was frequently on the show and is a HUGE advocate for special needs kids…..as a matter of fact- Imus has a ranch in New Mexico for these kids can come for free……..anyway……..I would love to see Poodle go on and get her ass stomped GOOD !!

10 11 2008
strangelet

I think the tax thing on the per diem/travel is, indeed, a little complicated. I am not a tax attorney, but I know (like you) that both items would be taxable in normal corporate life, because they would be additional compensation without corresponding deductible business expenses.

Now, on the other hand, if we’re talking about a CEO-level rather than a regular employee, the corporation (let’s say the BOD) could have a policy that said that per diem for working at home, or transporting family members, or even taking a few days of vacation in connection with a business trip were expenses that the corporation wanted to allow as part of the exec’s compensation. I believe, however, that there are extensive IRS regs about what actually are allowable business expenses, so the corp would probably have to consider it as additional compensation, and possibly gross it up to cover the exec’s added tax burden. Then the corp could still declare the whole compensation + gross-up as deductible operating expense.

This is, in its own way, obnoxious; but it is important to note that the exec would then declare and pay tax on the extra compensation (using the gross-up). Generally, the IRS is satisfied as long as somebody pays tax on everything that looks like compensation.

If the corporation tried to call the extra payments “reimbursement” for business expenses, the IRS could disallow the deduction of those payments from the corporate income, so the corporation would pay tax on them. (In fact, this seems to happen all the time — every large corporation I’ve ever worked for has been perpetually involved in IRS disputes over business expenses).

What I don’t know is whether the same rules regarding allowable business deductions apply to government entities, like the state of Alaska. The State doesn’t pay federal income tax, for one thing, so I don’t see that the IRS would have any leverage against the State to force it to handle reimbursement / compensation properly. Then again, the tax code is immense, so there may be special rules for employees of governments.

One hopes that, however the legalities are resolved, the good folks of Alaska will be upset by the ethical chasm between Palin’s attempt to justify firing Moneghan because of a $2K business trip and her belief that a four day holiday trip to NYC with her 17-year-old daughter represents allowable state business.

10 11 2008
Marnie

Why is she having to seperate out the RNC clothes? She said she knew they didn’t belong to her, didn’t she??
For cryin’ out loud! You bought 13 suitcases. Why not keep RNC clothes in RNC suitcases, Sarah?

Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. What are we going to do with you?

10 11 2008
Aussie Blue Sky

KOS comments from the Palin Family Charity Auction:

“Our next lot was worn by Todd Palin during the Levi Johnson announcement.

We’ll start the bidding for this hairshirt at two hundred dollars.”

10 11 2008
frank

“Did anyone see Barack’s plane right before it took off from Chicago today? A chartered American airlines plane, but if you were watching on MSNBC they had the camera shot so you could just read “America” (without the final “N”). I thought that was beautiful; America and our President-elect!”

And when we he arrived to Washington, he descended upon the ground while folding his wings graciously. Then He approached the masses while the chartered plane’s logo transformed itself into an image of Jesus. At that point the President Elect blessed the crowds and walked on water while the multitudes chanted HE is the ONE.
Guys, please stay of the cool aid.

10 11 2008
Marnie

0whole1
She had a preconvention voice coach? I missed that one.

She still sounds like fingernails on the chalk board. She must have been absolutely painful before the coaching.

10 11 2008
Forty Watt

SMR (15:57:51) :

Are you all listening to CC? That caller that phoned in about the public funding gentleman’s agreement pissed me off! So I phoned in! Did you hear me?

Sorry, I didn’t hear you. What did you say?

10 11 2008
Brenda Kula

Good gracious, where did you find this woman? I live in Texas and have never been to Alaska. But somewhere there didn’t someone advise this woman of birth control if she was going to hold such an important post? Come on! My husband is a doctor. And he says it is completely irresponsible for women her age to get pregnant. Because sweet as that youngest child is, (and please don’t take this the wrong way!) do people understand the lifetime problems and health of a child with this disability? If they live to be in their forties, do people understand that Alzheimer’s is prevalent for this segment of the population? That’s where they’re studying it, in fact, for a possible cure. I find the woman patently ridiculous on all counts. Hate to think she shared my gender when there are so many fine females out there who could have lobbied better for us.
Brenda

10 11 2008
empish (wasilla)

listening to cc, was that you diva?

That was Linda from Celtic Diva’s Blue Oasis. AKM

10 11 2008
DeMo

GottaLaff (15:58:14) :

http://thepoliticalcarnival.blogspot.com/2008/11/video-yes-we-did.html

I made a video tribute to Obama. After reading this post, I think you might enjoy a sentimental look at our new Prez. : )
__________________________________________

I more than enjoyed it. Thank you.
__________________________________________

So, Palin was happy to be back in AL for the best job in the world. All she’s done is grant interviews and is now preparing to go to FL where she’ll give yet another speech (she thrives on crowd adulation) and do more interviews. Where’s the governance, Governor?

It’s clear that the campaign didn’t want her to speak. Now that she’s free, she won’t shut her mouth. While I can’t stand the mere sound of her voice, it’s all the more opportunity for her to shove her foot in there. Too bad, Sarah, but it won’t be a Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik or Louboutin covering your foot. Those days are long gone.

10 11 2008
InJuneau

@DeMo (16:19:07) :

Actually, she’s back in AK (AL would be Alabama, though perhaps they would like her there…)

10 11 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

Well, to be frank …………. sorry folks, that’s as far as I could get! HHhaaaaHaaHaa!!!

10 11 2008
empish (wasilla)

I wish she was in AL, unfortunately for us she is back in AK

10 11 2008
the problem child (a jerk, also)

Everyone remembers the “no troll food” rule, right?

10 11 2008
akmuckraker

New thread!

10 11 2008
Lance the Boil aka Crust Scramble

Sue (15:43:31) :

I doubt Palin will ever run for Pres. or VP. The RNC would have to support and fund whomever runs, and they don’t like her. Also, anyone with a brain should be able to see that she hurt McCain, not helped him. She is toast.
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I totally concur. I’m just wondering whose pockets Newt’s got his hands in to give her such a glowing endorsement.

10 11 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

Yeah, sorry, just couldn’t resist, was hoping it was to subtle for?

10 11 2008
katek formerly chin duststrap

She is so sure she is right about everything, it is so annoying. I loved the cookie jar analogy, though, more great writing.

Without the national exposure she might have been able to keep bilking the state for more goodies. Maybe people will keep an eye on her now. What is up with Todd? Did he get a absence from work or did he quit thinking he’d be in DC?

She’s like a car accident, I know I shouldn’t gawk but I can’t stop.

10 11 2008
Nisperos

This was fun:

Cathy Zimmerman: And the politicians think this was hard on them? The Daily News (Longview, WA) 11/10/08 (Best read in full at link; excerpts follow): http://www.tdn.com/articles/2008/11/10/focus/doc490fa160aa5d1076620462.txt

“…Stressed out since the primaries, my husband and I gorged on comfort food. Our habits gave new meaning to the term “political junkie.” I only hope the antioxidants in red wine cancel out the trans fats in ice cream…

Pundit, by the way, is from the Hindi word for “learned person.” And still, not a single newscaster addressed the question of how many angels can dance on the head of a talking point…

Here’s my dream: A populist who actually likes the populace. Someone who feels equally at home on a ranch as in a law library, who can groove on Mozart, Mos Def and LeAnn Rimes, who marvels at the crannies of the far reaches of the world as well as the Grand Canyon and the concrete canyons of Manhattan.

Someone who has gay friends, Bible-believing buddies and at least one acquaintance who is both.

No. Instead of the real world, which has been sighted even in Vader, we’re told that there are two Americas, polarized by hate. But come tomorrow, and January 7 and May 22, won’t we be running into those other Americans at church and Fred Meyer? Won’t we all be worried about our jobs, our kids’ tuition, our dad’s Parkinson’s disease, our neighbor’s deployment to Afghanistan?

My best self believes we’ll patch together some common ground and go to work there.

My cynical self is not so sure.

Habits of blame and contempt are like caffeine, a handy dose of cheap adrenaline. What we really need is a sustained energy source, made up of creativity, cooperation, guts and discipline. In this time of trial, all the candidates have insisted we have such resources. We shall soon see.”

Yes we did! Yes we can! President-elect Obama is that dream! Now the rest of us need to get to work too!

10 11 2008
Denise ThatOneFromMSgaAZca

Palin is practicing double speak. Smiling the whole while in an innocuous way. How could that sweet little thing be doing anything nefarious?

Batting her eyelashes and tossing her hair. Lord have mercy. The good old boys are reacting like . . . GOOD OLD BOYS.

Any way to get this to professional expectations as a focus? Any civilian suits possible? Maybe on behalf of all the other Alaskan state employees?

10 11 2008
Northern Quilter AK

SMR

I heard you! and I knew it was you! Way to go – you did Great!!! Now I know your name :-)

10 11 2008
InJuneau

Not to worry, trollies have been duly reported to higher authorities…

10 11 2008
Forty Watt

@ GottaLaff (15:58:14) :

http://thepoliticalcarnival.blogspot.com/2008/11/video-yes-we-did.html

The best! Just wonderful, thank you.

10 11 2008
DeMo

Wow, BIG mistake on my part. Apologies to all. AK is Alaska. I’m calling it a Palin moment.

10 11 2008
braveny

Hmmmmmm from Yahoo News comes this tidbit:

“Amid speculation in Alaska and nationwide about Palin’s political future, the governor has scheduled a series of national interviews on Fox News Channel on Monday night, NBC’s “Today” show on Tuesday and CNN on Wednesday. She also plans to attend the Republican Governors Association conference in Florida this week.”

(http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081110/ap_on_el_pr/palin)

10 11 2008
Ennealogic

Hello Clint (16:09:03) and Frank (16:09:05).

We usually don’t mock each other in the comments here. What do you say, sound acceptable to you?

10 11 2008
Forty Watt

@ UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady (16:21:36) :

Thanks for the laugh. :)

10 11 2008
Bea

GottaLaff (15:58:14) :

http://thepoliticalcarnival.blogspot.com/2008/11/video-yes-we-did.html

I made a video tribute to Obama. After reading this post, I think you might enjoy a sentimental look at our new Prez. : )
_____

Your video is GREAT!

10 11 2008
InJuneau

NEW THREAD, in case you didn’t notice AKM’s comment!

10 11 2008
Lance the Boil aka Crust Scramble

Ennealogic (16:33:17) :

Hello Clint (16:09:03) and Frank (16:09:05).

We usually don’t mock each other in the comments here. What do you say, sound acceptable to you?
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I admire your diplomacy, Ennealogic.

10 11 2008
Marnie

0whole1 (15:43:03) :

> Marnie (15:21:55) :
> I read today that on a previous occasion when Bush met and shook hands with Obama an aide gave Bush a squirt of disinfectant gel to clean his hand. Unf…king believable. What a girlieman!

When I read that I thought, “Spruce Goose” — Howard Hughes goin’ batty and getting all germaphobic.

I guess you could spin some kind of hyper-sterile environment “life in a bubble” allegory out of it too.

I think we found out with Duhyba and now with Sarah that the hyper-sterile enviornment in inside their skulls. There is no living matter between their ears at all.

10 11 2008
Charlotte

This along with Alaskan re-electing Ted Stevens really says something about us up here. I never voted for him or her. But what in the heck are people thinking? Is it because they don’t want dems gaining power in the state? They would rather elect a Republican that is a crook over an honest Dem???????????????????

10 11 2008
Lance the Boil aka Crust Scramble

Charlotte (16:38:03) :

This along with Alaskan re-electing Ted Stevens really says something about us up here. I never voted for him or her. But what in the heck are people thinking? Is it because they don’t want dems gaining power in the state? They would rather elect a Republican that is a crook over an honest Dem???????????????????
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This is one of the reasons why she should’ve blinked. She just brought the harsh light of sunshine to Alaska to disinfect all that ugliness that’s been going on up there under the radar. And with all that snow, it’s going to be blinding.

10 11 2008
SmallSteps in Blue VA (was Wrangler Tractor in VA)

OMG – I haven’t caught up with all the posts here. But, I have to share with you all on the tax thing…. my 9 year old son said about Palin and the IRS, “If you’ve got tax problems call Associated Tax Relief.” His favorite show is Countdown w/KO and he pays attention to the commercials!

10 11 2008
SMR

@Forty Watt —

There was a caller (repub?) who was upset that Obama didn’t honor the “gentleman’s agreement” re: using public funding for campaigns. Was a real jerk about it.

Note here that I have an aversion to speaking in public, even on the radio! But that was just B.S.! So I phoned in.

Anyway, here’s what I had to say: It is my understanding that the public funding issue was an agreement similar to that of the Town Hall “agreement” that McCain was droning on & on about — i.e. an agreement that was subject to McCain’s special rules for himself, so was never a real agreement in any sense, because Obama did not agree to the special terms/requirements as laid out by McCain. McCain did not want to limit himself to the public funding, he wanted that funding PLUS the funds of the RNC. McCain went on & on about the Town Halls that Obama wouldn’t agree to (uh, because McCain wanted it to be $??? per ticket, invitation only, and Obama wanted it first-come, first-served, and free), and he went on & on about the public funding issues, and both issues had 2 sides to them, the Dem side being one that Republicans were not & are not willing to research or listen to.

So, I also said (to forestall any accusations of liberal whacko-ness) that my husband and I have been long-term republicans. I changed my registration the week after the Palin pick. My husband remains a republican. We both voted for Obama. My husband would have voted McCain, but not with Palin as his VP pick! I said “hey Sarah, if you’re listening you DID cost McCain ONE VOTE in this household!”

Anyway, wrapped up my bit by saying this: all voters have the responsibility to educate themselves about the candidates & issues. My husband and I are republicans who chose to do so, instead of blindly believing everything spouted by McCain/Palin or any other republican. In educating ourselves we chose to vote for Obama!

@Northern Quilter —

yay! One mudfriend heard me. Yup, now you know my first name…

10 11 2008
Marnie

I am a little slow sometimes.

Having already commented on Palin having to separate her’s from RNC’s clothes. – why didn’t I see the obvious?

She has known, along with all the sentient life forms in the entire universe, that she was in the dog house about the clothes thing for, what, about three weeks now? And both she and the RNC had pointed out that the clothes were not hers.

So, knowing that, she packed RNC clothes in with her’s anyway.
Does the term Dumb As A Stump sound about right here???

10 11 2008
Marnie

braveny
“Amid speculation in Alaska and nationwide about Palin’s political future, the governor has scheduled a series of national interviews on Fox News Channel on Monday night, NBC’s “Today” show on Tuesday and CNN on Wednesday.

Darn that libruhl media.

10 11 2008
Visitor

I. am. so. sick. of. Sarah. Palin. SICK

10 11 2008
pearl89

I just google “who’s in charge of overseeing renovations to the governor’s mansion in AK”. What came up was a diary w/video on Daily Kos. According to this video featuring SP, TP is in charge of identifying repairs that are needed. The video went on to identify some of those repairs and the costs. There were such things as:
– replace pocket door – $10,000
– install missing handrails – $30,000
-architectural & engineering services – $200,000
Those are just a few of the ones noted. The total repair cost for the items featured on the video was $920,000. Who knows how many others things the first dude has identified as needing repairs.

I don’t live in Ak, so I can’t be sure, but it seems like you folks are being ripped off big time. Has anyone ever heard of Home Depot or Lowe’s or whatever the name of the big home improvement center is up there? Plus if Todd is a man who can build a house, why can’t he install some handrails, install a fence or fix some doors? Seems like this should be easy for man like him. Plus it might keep him busy enuf to stay out of meetings and from calling subordinates on the telephone. Supposedly there is a list at Alaska.gov of these expenses, but I couldn’t get the spreadsheet to open.

Having TP in charge of this just seems wrong on so many levels…but you gotta admit it is Palinesque.

10 11 2008
icarus

In the same interview Palin said, “…And we would disclose my per diem, we wouldn’t try to hide it … trying to go above and beyond, not accepting any per diem for the kids or Todd at all, they’ve lived outside of the governor’s house.”

So, according to Saint Palin, you should just be glad she’s not trying her per diem, and charging per diem for Todd and all 5 of her kids too.

10 11 2008
icarus

Correction: You should just be glad she’s not trying *to hide* her per diem…

10 11 2008
Ciaran87

Just skimming through and I am really starting to feel for the people of Alaska.
I was hoping that Sarah Palin would fade into the netherworld after the election. But then I remembered that she still has a job as your governor. God help you.
I hope that she is not allowed to continue on her merry way filching those cookies. You citizens will have to continue to keep an eye on her and hold your Legislature accountable. What a concept! My prayers are with you.
I’ll be praying for you.
I really enjoy your blog. Thanks.

10 11 2008
Bev

Sarah just like Bush, will never be held to any higher standards then what we have elected.

If we vote crooks in, then we get crooks.

She says hold her accountable…so if the only way you can is by not electing her to a second term, then by gosh, do that.
Or protest like we did in the 60’s when you knew something stunk…let the powers that be know you are not happy and are not going to take it anymore.

Don’t let a spoiled child have you running scared….if you vote her in again, then you get what you deserve.

10 11 2008
mhrt oregon

AKM

AKM
posted above

10 11 2008
NSWFM

SmallSteps in Blue VA (was Wrangler Tractor in VA) (16:45:50) :

OMG – I haven’t caught up with all the posts here. But, I have to share with you all on the tax thing…. my 9 year old son said about Palin and the IRS, “If you’ve got tax problems call Associated Tax Relief.” His favorite show is Countdown w/KO and he pays attention to the commercials!

I laughed so hard when I read this, the cat jumped off my lap!

then I got to this:

I just google “who’s in charge of overseeing renovations to the governor’s mansion in AK”. What came up was a diary w/video on Daily Kos. According to this video featuring SP, TP is in charge of identifying repairs that are needed. The video went on to identify some of those repairs and the costs. There were such things as:
– replace pocket door – $10,000
– install missing handrails – $30,000
-architectural & engineering services – $200,000
Those are just a few of the ones noted. The total repair cost for the items featured on the video was $920,000. Who knows how many others things the first dude has identified as needing repairs.

I don’t live in Ak, so I can’t be sure, but it seems like you folks are being ripped off big time.

I don’t live there either, but you are being ROBBED!

Acutally, the rest of us are probably being robbed by her as well since AK seems to just suck up money from the Federal Gov’t. As a Californian, I’m pissed that this is happening after she gave 1,200 to everyone from the PDF.

10 11 2008
GaryB

Yeah, she’s calling Obama a socialist when she taxes the hell out of the extraction industries to give out checks. Um, why exactly is that money Alaskan. The whole state is hugely subsidized already at the federal level (even before all her earmarks) by … people like me in CA… and that doesn’t cover the relative enourmous military subsidy that the rest of the US gives for Alaska defense. That’s what made me laugh about that wignut “Alaskan Independence” party that Toddy and Sorry like so much. Exactly how long would it take for Alaska to become in fact a Russian state if it stood on its own? At last count it had approximately zero population per square mile.

Anyhow, she’s a corrupt, mean and quite brain-addled “true believer” with frugal $170K (not $150K) shopping sprees. She cannot utter complete thoughts. She was “attacked” by the press who asked her such toughies as “what do you read”? Guess she was at least smart enough not to dare say the truth: “not a fucking thing” I’ll bet she has never even read the bible … which never even mentioned her 6000 year old dinosaurs. Her dysfunctional family, her abstinence only theories. Utter hypocrite, false accuser — she’s everything her religion condemns … Yucko.

10 11 2008
sonriemeradiosa

I can sympathize with you on this issue. I live in Illinois and our governor, Rod Blagojevich, resides in Chicago and refuses to live in the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield (our Capital). He flies back and forth daily, on the taxpayers dollar. And does our state legislature do anything about it? Of course not!

I think he might currently be ranked as the least popular governor in the United States.

11 11 2008
TW

Well written. How the hell does some of these jokers get into office?

11 11 2008
cafeanant

Just don’t understand why people would let them even enter the office!! lol!

11 11 2008
labman57

In some ways, Palin was the perfect running mate. Because she has no ethical boundaries, she was willing to do ANYTHING that the RNC strategists asked of her.

“Sarah, we need you to accuse Obama of being a foreign-born, christian-hating, terrorist sympathizer. Will do you this?” “You betcha!”

“Sarah, we need you to convince America that they should be afraid of a black man living in the White House. Can we count on you to sell this message?” “You’re darn right you can!”

Well, fortunately the American people did not buy the hate-filled rhetoric that Palin was selling.

To borrow a famous line by Aaron Sorkin used in “The American President”: “We’ve got serious problems, and we need serious people…..this is a time for serious people, (Sarah), and your fifteen minutes are up.”

11 11 2008
labman57

Sarah Palin speaks in a simplistic style reminiscent of Miss Nancy of Romper Room. Her comprehension of the complexities of foreign relations is appallingly lacking, as though she attained her knowledge of world affairs from a comic book. (Good guys vs. bad guys? Really?)

And her inability to speak extemporaneously on matters of domestic or foreign policy is frightening. Every time she went off script during a stump speech or interview, the McCain campaign had to go into damage control mode.

A Palin run for the Presidency in 2012 would be the best possible decision…for the Democrats.

11 11 2008
nearlynormalized

She is just FOS, is she related to Cheney? How bout forth cousin removed?

11 11 2008
Marianne

someone is jealous of sarah

11 11 2008
Palin's Gop

Just wait until Palin gets a hold of the GOP. She is clever enough to game the system in her favor. She is clever enough to pay off the people in Alaska to look the other way (oil checks). But on the big stage, these tactics will be transparent. It will be another hay day for the media.

11 11 2008
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snakeshock
11 11 2008
karen503

I’ve been convinced ever since reading the accounts of “Troopergate” that Sarah Palin’s reputation for being a “reformer” was bogus, and that she really was as corrupt as the guy she replaced and some of the folks she’s surrounded herself with….but that’s just my opinion.

The point is now, she’s been on the national stage, and oddly enough with the stories that are bubbling up out of Alaska about her gubernatorial management style, there are folks throughout the entire nation — hey, North America, Europe, worldwide! — who are getting increasingly curious about the internal affairs of Alaskan politics.

If Sarah Palin had more brains and a little less ego, she’d put a lid on all this post-election interview stuff and buckle down and shut up and do her job, however greasily achieved.

But no, she’s got to keep on talking, volunteering more and more outlandish denials (whilst still wearing the couture jackets and glasses bought for her), practically issuing an engraved invitation for not only an auditor from the RNC but an independent investigator (she couldn’t buffalo or bully or cajole or suborn) to review her “experience” as Alaskan governor.

11 11 2008
npreed

Why waste your breath? You got what you wanted (Obama as president). Why keep wasting your time to rant on shadow political figures?

N.P. Reed

12 11 2008
Bovver

hmmm… cookies




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